June 20th, 2014

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T.A. Chase (born June 20)

There is beauty in every kind of love, so why not live a life without boundaries? Experiencing everything the world offers fascinates TA and writing about the things that make each of us unique is how she shares those insights. When not writing, TA’s watching movies, reading and living life to the fullest.

T.A. Chase writes stories about men loving men, but her stories are more than that. It’s about one person finding the other half of themselves. It doesn’t matter whether that person is male or female. She is an happily married woman living in the Midwest with her husband of fifteen years. She has been writing since 2007.

Website: http://www.tachase.com
Most recent title: The Whore of New Slum
Publishers: Amber Quill/Amber Allure, MLR Press, Total E-Bound

Further Readings:

No Going Home by T.A. Chase
Paperback: 260 pages
Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing (January 14, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1781845603
ISBN-13: 978-1781845608
Amazon: No Going Home
Amazon Kindle: No Going Home

Six years ago, a hoof to the head ended Leslie Hardin’s showjumping career and his relationship with the man he loved. Broken, hurt and rejected, Les has focused his energies on rebuilding his life. Les’ accident has shown him that the most valuable treasures are usually found under an imperfect surface, and his reputation for taking in strays starts to grow. But it’s one of these strays in particular, injured rodeo cowboy Randy Hersch, who captures more than just his compassion. Between his disapproving father and his chosen career path, Randy has always felt the need to deny his passion. When Les takes him under his wing, Randy begins to realise that he is truly strong enough to admit his true self—to himself and to the rest of the world. But in the arms of a broken man, can he find acceptance…and love?

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Aaron Hamburger (born June 20, 1973)

Aaron Hamburger (born June 20, 1973) is an American writer best known for his short story collection The View from Stalin's Head (2004) and novel Faith for Beginners (2005).

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Hamburger went to college at the University of Michigan (BA 1995) and then spent a year abroad teaching English in Prague, Czech Republic, the setting for his first book of stories, primarily about the lives of expatriates after the end of the Cold War. The View from Stalin's Head was awarded the Rome Prize by the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy in Rome. His next book, Faith for Beginners, is a novel about a dysfunctional family vacation in Jerusalem, and was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award.

Hamburger's writing has appeared in The Village Voice, Out, Poets and Writers, Details, Nerve, and Time Out New York. He has won a fellowship from the Edward F. Albee Foundation and first place in the David J. Dornstein Contest for Young Jewish Writers. Currently he teaches at Columbia University and American Language Institute (New York University). He is also working on a new novel set in Berlin.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_Hamburger

Further Readings:

Faith for Beginners by Aaron Hamburger
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks (November 14, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0812973208
ISBN-13: 978-0812973204
Amazon: Faith for Beginners: A Novel

An acclaimed short-story writer has created a miraculous first novel about an American family on the verge of a breakdown–and an epiphany.

In the summer of 2000, Israel teeters between total war and total peace. Similarly on edge, Helen Michaelson, a respectable suburban housewife from Michigan, has brought her ailing husband and rebellious college-age son, Jeremy, to Jerusalem. She hopes the journey will inspire Jeremy to reconnect with his faith and find meaning in his life . . . or at least get rid of his nose ring.

It’s not that Helen is concerned about Jeremy’s sexual orientation (after all, her other son is gay as well). It’s merely the matter of the overdose (“Just like Liza!” Jeremy had told her), the green hair, and what looks like a safety pin stuck through his face. After therapy, unconditional love, and tough love . . . why not try Israel?

Yet in seductive and dangerous surroundings, with the rumbling of violence and change in the air, in a part of the world where “there are no modern times,” mother and son become new, old, and surprising versions of themselves.

Funny, erotic, searingly insightful, and profoundly moving, Faith for Beginners is a stunning debut novel from a vibrant new voice in fiction.

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2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: Francis Gideon

Gay Mystery / Thriller
Other People by Francis Gideon

Publisher: JMS Books LLC (May 6, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Other People

Carl Bodewell and John Fitzgerald broke up nearly a month ago, much to Carl’s relief. When he gets a call from his ex, he dreams of telling John off. He’d love to never have to deal with the man again But John has been attacked, and he killed the attacker in self-defense. Now he needs help disposing of the body.

As the two begin to clean up and hide the evidence, Carl thinks back to the beginning of their relationship, their trip to Maine together, and their eventual break-up. Carl has always believed he ended the relationship because John was too clingy. But after seeing the crime scene, hearing the story behind it, and remembering his own past, Carl begins to doubt all the things he used to take for granted. By morning, Carl wonders if seeing other people was really such a good idea, especially if John is really the only man he can depend on.

Transgender Erotic Romance
Born This Way by Francis Gideon

Publisher: JMS Books LLC (May 20, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Born This Way

Jacob Matthews has gotten really sick of confessing his autobiography every time he meets someone new. Ever since coming out as a gay transgender man, Jacob feels as if no one really cares about who he is right now. Instead, they would much rather have access to his past and create another Lifetime movie out of it. The typical transgender narrative, Jacob notes, always ends in surgery or tragedy. It’s been two years since Jacob’s crossed the final marker to become who he is, and he’s running out of options of what to do next.

The only way that Jacob can overcome his own backstory is by blending in. Every Tuesday Night, he heads out to the local gay club called Boy Division and watches gay men from the sidelines. But when Jacob hooks up with a stranger who understands him with just a simple look, Jacob soon realizes that blending into the walls no longer satisfies him.

Jacob soon runs into his old friends at the LGBT community center, where he is forced to reconsider his life beyond rainbow colors and poppy disco beats. In group therapy, Jacob is confronted by the harsh realities of being transgender, hate crime violence, and the dwindling offers for his future. Just before Jacob leaves, his favorite doctor makes him a bet: if Jacob can find someone to connect to, then she will renew his testosterone prescription without question or qualm. She urges him to find some type of community, even if it’s not in the community center’s brightly painted walls.

Jacob takes the bet, figuring he has nothing to lose but his happy ending that may -- or may not -- really exist. He becomes determined to find the mystery man from the club again, even if it means blowing his cover.

Charities Donation program progress:
25$ YouthCare: www.youthcare.org/
25$ Terrence Higgins Trust: www.tht.org.uk/
25$ Odyssey Youth Center: www.odysseyyouth.org/
25$ Lancaster LGBT Center: http://www.centralpalgbtcenter.org/
30$ Covenant: www.covenanthouseno.org/
50$ Wes for Youth: wesforyouth.privacemail.com/
50$ Lambert House: www.lamberthouse.org/
50$ PFLAG: community.pflag.org/
75$ Inland Northwest LGBT Center: www.thelgbtcenter.org/
75$ CARE: careprogram.org/
75$ Ruth Ellis Center: http://www.ruthelliscenter.org/
100$ The Center Colorado: http://www.glbtcolorado.org/
105$ Moveable Feast: http://www.mfeast.org/
160$ UCAN: www.ucanchicago.org/
175$ Point Foundation: www.pointfoundation.org/
180$ The Trevor Project: www.thetrevorproject.org/
210$ Lambda Legal: www.lambdalegal.org/
317$ Galop: www.galop.org.uk/
372$ COLORS: www.colorsyouth.org/
425$ SAGE: giveto.sageusa.org/
437$ Lost-n-Found Youth: www.lost-n-found.org/
715$ Ali Forney Center: www.aliforneycenter.org/
772$ Other Funds
TOTAL: 4473$*

* more than 150$ is a direct donation from a supporter of the Rainbow Awards who isn't submitting; while some authors were more than generous, arriving to donate 5 times the suggested amount, being the submission fee a non mandatory and voluntary direct donation, we were struggling to raise the same amount as last year and there is who decided to cover part of it. I thank you for all you are doing, and if you wish to donate to the above links, please drop me a note with your donation and I will update the total.

2014 Rainbow Awards Guidelines: reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4162490.html

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