August 21st, 2014

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Alexander Chee (born August 21, 1967)

Alexander Chee is an American fiction writer, poet, journalist and reviewer.

Born in Rhode Island, he spent his childhood in South Korea, Kauai, Truk, Guam and Maine. He attended Wesleyan University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

His short fiction has appeared in the anthologies Best American Erotica 2007, A Fictional History of the US (With Huge Chunks Missing), Men on Men 2000, and His 3. His essay I, Reader was selected for inclusion in the Notable Essays list of the 2011 edition of the Best American Essays. Compilations of his personal essays have appeared in From Boys To Men, Loss Within Loss, Boys Like Us, The M Word, and The Man I Might Become. His poetry appeared in Barrow Street, LIT, Interview, the James White Review, and 'XXX Fruit. He has written journalism and reviews for Time Out New York, Out/Look, OutWeek, The Advocate, Out, Bookforum and the San Francisco Review of Books.

He received the Asian American Writers Workshop Literary Award, the Lambda Editor's Choice Prize, the Michener/Copernicus Fellowship Prize, the 2003 Whiting Writers' Award, a residency from the MacDowell Colony and the 2004 NEA Fellowship in Fiction. He was a judge for the PEN/Open Book award in 2012. In 2003, Out named him one of their 100 Most Influential People of the year. The associate fiction editor of the online literary magazine The Nervous Breakdown, Chee now lives in Massachusetts.

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

Further Readings:

Edinburgh: A Novel by Alexander Chee
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Picador (November 9, 2002)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0312305036
Amazon: Edinburgh: A Novel

Twelve-year-old Fee is a gifted Korean-American soprano in a boys' choir in Maine whose choir director reveals himself to be a serial pedophile. Fee and his friends are forced to bear grief, shame, and pain that endure long after the director is imprisoned. Fee survives even as his friends do not, but a deep-seated horror and dread accompany him through his self-destructive college days and after, until the day he meets a beautiful young student named Warden and is forced to confront the demons of his brutal past.

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Eytan Fox & Gal Uchovsky

Eytan Fox (born on August 21, 1964) is an Israeli film director. Fox and his partner, Gal Uchovsky, celebrate 25 years together in September 2013. They are also professional collaborators, Uchovsky, a writer and journalist, is involved in much of the scriptwriting for Fox's movies.

Fox was born in New York City and moved with his family to Israel when he was two. His father, Seymour Fox, was a Conservative rabbi and a leading professor of Jewish education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His mother, Sara Kaminker-Fox, was the head of the Jerusalem city council and involved in Jerusalem urban planning. Fox has two brothers, David and Danny. He grew up in Jerusalem, served in the army, and studied at Tel Aviv University's School of Film and Television. He is openly gay and many of his films contain themes of homosexuality, as well as the effect the Israeli–Palestinian conflict has on interpersonal relationships.

In 2006, Fox was the first recipient of the Washington Jewish Film Festival's Decade Award, a prize given to a filmmaker whose work has made a significant contribution to Jewish cinema over a period of at least ten years.


Eytan Fox (born August 21, 1964) is an Israeli film director. Fox and his partner, Gal Uchovsky, celebrate 25 years together in September 2013. They are also professional collaborators, Uchovsky, a writer and journalist, is involved in much of the scriptwriting for Fox's movies. In 2006, Fox was the first recipient of the Washington Jewish Film Festival's Decade Award, a prize given to a filmmaker whose work has made a significant contribution to Jewish cinema over a period of at least 10 years.

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

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K.L. Going (born August 21, 1973)

Kelly Louise Going (born August 21, 1973 in Rhinebeck, New York), known by her byline KL Going, is an American author most widely known for her Michael L. Printz Award Honor winning Young Adult novel Fat Kid Rules the World.

Going began writing novels in college. She has since published three novels under the category of young adult literature, plus two for middle grade readers age 8 - 12, a picture book, and a reference book titled Writing and Selling the YA Novel published by Writer's Digest. She also has numerous additional picture books under contract.

She has written short stories for several anthologies, including Rush Hour volume 3, Full House, and No Such Thing as the Real World.

Going's books have been published by Penguin's Group USA, Harcourt Houghton Mifflin, and Writer's Digest. Fat Kid Rules the World was chosen as one of the Best Books of the Past Decade by the American Library Association. Her books have been Booksense picks, Scholastic Book Club choices, Junior Library Guild selections, winners of state book awards, and featured by Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and Children's Book Council as Best Books. Her work has been published in Germany, Japan, South Korea, Italy, and the UK. Her first four novels were also released as audio CDs by Listening Library.

King of the Screw Ups (2009) is the humorous tale of Liam Gellar who is kicked out of his home and forced to move in with his glam-rocking, cross-dressing uncle. Determined to get back in his father's good graces, Liam resolves to do better in school and not fall prey to the insidious popularity that has continuously been his downfall. However, even when he tries to screw up, he screws up.

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

Further Readings:

King of the Screwups by K. L. Going
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 and up
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (May 3, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0547331665
ISBN-13: 978-0547331669
Amazon: King of the Screwups

Liam Geller is Mr. Popularity. Everybody loves him. He excels at sports; he knows exactly what clothes to wear; he always ends up with the most beautiful girls in school. But he's got an uncanny ability to screw up in the very ways that tick off his father the most.

When Liam finally kicked out of the house, his father's brother takes him in. What could a teenage chick magnet possibly have in common with his gay, glam rocker, DJ uncle who lives in a trailer in upstate New York? A lot more than you'd think. And when Liam attempts to make himself over as a nerd in a desperate attempt to impress his father, it's his "aunt" Pete and the guys in his band who convince Liam there's much more to him than his father will ever see.

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2014 Rainbow Awards Submissions

Lesbian Sci-fi / Futuristic
Invisible Soft Return :\ by Roberta Degnore
Paperback: 420 pages
Publisher: Digital Fabulists (October 6, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0615900550
ISBN-13: 978-0615900551
Amazon: Invisible Soft Return :\
Amazon Kindle: Invisible Soft Return :\

**LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD FINALIST**
What if you are forced to be more than you ever dreamed? And there's a cosmic gun pointed at your head to make sure you'll do it. Murderer or creator? That's Evet's choice in the 23rd Century...
Evet is a boundary-testing writer in the future who is attacked from the past. Accused of murder, she races to escape an alluring police torturer and her own crisscrossing identities that everyone seems to know better than she does. In a lonely cosmos with the latest drugs, she rebels in the oldest way: she fights against getting caught.
But when she's forced to know other lives, the wind of eternity stops her. She learns the terror that an ultimate power may be hers: control over life and death.
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We don't live only once. Like tuning an old radio, if we listen we can catch bizarre whispers of lives that shouldn't be real.
I know this place; but I've never been here.
Yes you have, time and again.
We step into the same streams. Maybe sometimes with hooves, or with a scaly body. Or sometimes we're the supplicant greenness of a drowning leaf... Murderers, creators?

Gay Contemporary General Fiction
My Favorite Uncle by Marshall Thornton
Paperback: 312 pages
Publisher: Wilde City Press, LLC (June 25, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1925180247
ISBN-13: 978-1925180244
Amazon: My Favorite Uncle
Amazon Kindle: My Favorite Uncle

Martin Dixon's carefully-constructed, peaceful life is turned upside down when his super Christian eighteen-year-old nephew Carter shows up unexpectedly on his doorstep and announces he's gay. Martin's first impulse is to send him back to his parents. But when he discovers that Carter has been in a mental hospital to cure his gay-ness he realizes he's stuck with the boy. Unfortunately, the two get on each other's nerves, each driving the other to distraction. Independently, however, they each arrive at the same conclusion. The other would be much less annoying if he only had... a boyfriend.

Gay Contemporary Romance
Hat Trick 2, Playing The Rebound by Jeff Adams
Publisher: JMS Books LLC (July 26, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Hat Trick 2, Playing The Rebound

The events from two years ago are still fresh in Simon Robert’s mind as he and Alex Miller begin their sophomore year at the University of Michigan. Nightmares are a routine occurrence as Simon relives the crimes his father and brother committed. Now, with his father ill and asking to see him, Simon must decide if he should see the man who tried to send him away to be fixed. And then there's Zach. Simon's conflicted about making peace with his older brother who tormented him as they grew up and caused him to be outed to his parents, friends and teammates.

Alex wants Simon to find closure, but Alex is furious at the thought of forgiving Zack. With no clear direction, Simon finds guidance from an unexpected, but very welcome, source.

At the same time, the University’s student body is faced with an anti-gay attacker among them. When he witnesses an attack first hand, memories threaten to overwhelm Simon. At the same time, he’s also emboldened to take action, which might turn him into a target.

Despite the distractions, Simon works towards his future as he begins working with teens at the local LGBT community center. He has the opportunity to use his story as a teaching tool to help others come out. While he’s never enjoyed telling his story, he looks for the courage to speak his truth to an audience.

Luckily, not everything is chaos. Simon and Alex mark their anniversary in epic fashion, continue to play hockey and hang out with good friends. But with many demands on them, can Simon and Alex set up the rebound necessary to create the scoring opportunity for their future?

Gay Erotic Romance
Better Than Chance (Better Than Stories Book 2) by Lane Hayes
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 22, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627984097
ISBN-13: 978-1627984096
Amazon: Better Than Chance (Better Than Stories Book 2)
Amazon Kindle: Better Than Chance (Better Than Stories Book 2)

A Better Than Story

Jay Reynolds has a crush on his project leader at work, but an office romance with Peter Morgan isn't likely to happen since Peter is straight. Worse, Jay soon fears Peter is homophobic, and his initial infatuation turns to loathing. But one fateful night, Jay is forced to acknowledge things aren't quite as they seem with Peter. Suddenly, his crush is back and unbelievably, Peter is interested too.

They begin a friends with benefits arrangement, which becomes difficult for Jay when he starts falling for his sexy boss. Peter’s past issues keep him from committing, and Jay has to decide if he can be satisfied with friendship if Peter isn’t ready to take a chance on anything more.

Gay Historical Romance
The Black Orchid by Sawyer Caine
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (July 13, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: The Black Orchid

Duty bound to fulfill his dying father’s last wish, Lord Alfred Heathwood embarks on an adventure into the Amazon to return an artifact taken by his grandfather years before. Accompanying him on this journey is his dashing American lover, Frederick. Lord Heathwood, unprepared for the overwhelming desire he begins to feel for their exotic young native guide, Nekai, struggles to keep his love for Frederick intact while battling his own demons.

Charities Donation program progress:
328$ Albert Kennedy Trust: http://www.akt.org.uk/
1165$ Ali Forney Center: www.aliforneycenter.org/
10$
Australian Marriage Equality: www.australianmarriageequality.org/
50$ Audre Lorde Project: http://alp.org/
25$ BiNet US: http://www.binetusa.org/
125$ CARE: careprogram.org/
125$ The Center Colorado: http://www.glbtcolorado.org/
25$ LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland: http://www.lgbtcleveland.org/
506$ COLORS: www.colorsyouth.org/
130$ Covenant: www.covenanthouseno.org/
75$ Diversity Role Models: http://www.diversityrolemodels.org/
25$ The Diversity Center: http://diversitycenter.org/
10$
Gay and Lesbian Foundation of Australia: www.galfa.org.au/
367$ Galop: www.galop.org.uk/
150$ GLYS: http://www.glyswny.org/
135$ Human Rights Campaign: http://www.hrc.org/
50$ Huntsville GLBT Advocacy & Youth Services: http://www.glbtays.org/
125$ It Gets Better: http://www.itgetsbetter.org/
100$ Inland Northwest LGBT Center: www.thelgbtcenter.org/
28$ In Other Words: inotherwords.org/
40$
Los Angeles LGBT Center: www.lalgbtcenter.org/
415$ Lambda Legal: www.lambdalegal.org/
50$ Lambert House: www.lamberthouse.org/
50$ Lancaster LGBT Center: http://www.centralpalgbtcenter.org/
50$ LEAP: http://www.glbtleap.org/
515$ Lost-n-Found Youth: www.lost-n-found.org/
50$ MKE LGBT Center: www.mkelgbt.org/
130$ Moveable Feast: http://www.mfeast.org/
25$ Odyssey Youth Center: www.odysseyyouth.org/
25$ Out Youth: outyouth.org/
50$ Pathfinders: pathfindersmke.org/
205$ PFLAG: community.pflag.org/
175$ Point Foundation: www.pointfoundation.org/
130$ Ruth Ellis Center: http://www.ruthelliscenter.org/
854$ SAGE: giveto.sageusa.org/
25$
Seta: seta.fi/seta-in-english/
25$ Terrence Higgins Trust: www.tht.org.uk/
530$ The Trevor Project: www.thetrevorproject.org/
160$ UCAN: www.ucanchicago.org/
25$ WayGay: http://www.waygay.org/
225$ You Can Play: http://youcanplayproject.org/
75$ YouthCare: www.youthcare.org/
25$
You Will Rise Project: youwillriseproject.blogspot.com/p/our-mission.html
1077$ Other Funds
TOTAL: 8485$*

* 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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Caught! Blog Tour

Hi, I’m JL Merrow, and I’d like to thank Elisa Rolle for hosting me on her blog today as part of the Caught! blog tour.


Giveaway: I’m offering a free signed paperback copy of my Icelandic-set romantic suspense novel Fall Hard (I’m happy to ship internationally) to a randomly chosen commenter on the tour, plus a $10 Amazon gift certificate!

I’ll be making the draw around teatime on Monday 1st September, GMT. Good luck! :D

Some memories are better off lost in the mist… Fall Hard

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You can run from the past…but the past runs faster
Shamwell Tales, Book 1



Behind Robert’s cheerfully eccentric exterior lies a young heart battered and bruised by his past. He’s taken a job teaching in a village primary school to make a fresh start, and love isn’t part of his plans. But he’s knocked for six—literally—by a chance encounter with the uncle of two of his pupils.
Sean works in pest control, rides a motorbike, and lives on a council estate. On the face of it, he shouldn’t have anything in common with Robert’s bow-tie, classic-car style and posh family background. Yet Robert is helpless to resist Sean’s roguish grin, and a rocky, excruciatingly embarrassing start doesn’t keep the sparks between them from flaring.
Despite Robert’s increasingly ludicrous attempts to keep his past where it belongs, his past hasn’t read the memo. And soon his secrets could be the very things that drive Sean away for good…
Warning: contains the alarming misadventures of a pest control technician, a stepsister with a truly unfortunate name, and a young man who may have more bow ties than sense.

Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Samhain

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JL Merrow is that rare beast, an English person who refuses to drink tea. She writes across genres, with a preference for contemporary gay romance, and is frequently accused of humour. Her novel Slam! won the 2013 Rainbow Award for Best LGBT Romantic Comedy.

She is a member of the UK GLBTQ Fiction Meet organising team.

Find JL Merrow online at: www.jlmerrow.com, on Twitter as @jlmerrow, and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/jl.merrow


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