August 22nd, 2014

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Francis & Hugh Paddick

Hugh William Paddick (22 August 1915 – 9 November 2000) was an English actor, whose most notable role was in the 1960s BBC radio show Round the Horne, in sketches such as Charles and Fiona (as Charles) and Julian and Sandy (as Julian). Paddick lived for over thirty years with his partner Francis, whom he met at a party in London. The two men were keen gardeners at their west London home. He was distantly related to Brian Paddick, Britan's first openly gay police commander.

Both Paddick and Kenneth Williams are largely responsible for introducing the underground language polari to the British public.

Paddick also enjoyed success in The Boy Friend.

Born in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, Paddick preferred theatre to any other form of acting and spent most of his life on the stage, from his first role while at acting school in 1937 until his retirement. He appeared in the original Drury Lane production of My Fair Lady. He was also an accomplished musician - singer, pianist and organist. He can be heard at the piano accompanying Julian and Sandy in a number of their sketches on both Round the Horne and The Bona World of Julian and Sandy.

Paddick died in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire in November 2000, aged 85.


Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
Paperback: 760 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1500563323
ISBN-13: 978-1500563325
Amazon: Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time

Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. “It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I kept learning things. I love the decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram “I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse “This international history-and-photo book, featuring 100s of detailed bios of some of the most forward-moving gay persons in history, is sure to be one of those bestsellers that gay folk will enjoy for years to come as reference and research that is filled with facts and fun.” Jack Fritscher

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Kate Christensen (born August 22, 1962)

Kate Christensen (born August 22, 1962) is an American novelist. She won the 2008 PEN/Faulkner Award for her fourth novel, The Great Man, about a painter and the three women in his life. Her previous novels are In the Drink (1999), Jeremy Thrane (2001), and The Epicure's Lament (2004). Her fifth novel, Trouble (2009), was released in paperback by Vintage/Anchor in June 2010.

Her last novel, The Astral, was excerpted in the Summer 2010 issue of Open City and was published in hardcover by Doubleday in June 2011.

She is a graduate of Reed College, Class of 1986, and the Iowa Writers Workshop. Her essays, articles, reviews, and stories have appeared in many anthologies and periodicals, most recently The New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, Elle, The Wall Street Journal, Tin House, The Wilson Quarterly, The B&N Review, and


Further Readings:

Jeremy Thrane: A Novel by Kate Christensen
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor; Reprint edition (June 11, 2002)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0385720343
ISBN-13: 978-0385720342
Amazon: Jeremy Thrane: A Novel
Amazon Kindle: Jeremy Thrane: A Novel

Jeremy Thrane seems to have everything. As the long-time boyfriend of the handsome (but deeply closeted) movie star Ted Masterson, he lives rent-free in a beautiful apartment on the top floor of Ted's Manhattan brownstone and has an easy job that gives him plenty of time to read books and write his novel. When an influential gossip columnist overhears Jeremy talking about Ted, Jeremy's perfect world begins to crumble: in just a few hours Ted asks him to leave. Although Ted says he needs to spend more time with his wife and daughter, Jeremy suspects another man is involved.
With little more than his books, his sprawling manuscript, and his fickle little bird Juanita, Jeremy finds that he needs to re-connect with the eccentric family whose love he has taken for granted, and determine which of his friends have his true well-being in mind. In a dizzying world of art galleries, rock clubs, trendy restaurants, casual sex, dry wit, and drier martinis, Jeremy Thrane must finally figure out what it means to grow up and fall in love.

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Ron Schreiber & John MacDonald

Ron Schreiber (1934 - August 22, 2004) was as direct and accessible as the poetry he wrote. ''His poems had great lucidity, integrity, and simplicity," said Linda Dittmar, a fellow English professor at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. His most poignant work, published in 1988, was his final collection, ''John: Poems," a memoir about the slow death of his longtime companion John MacDonald, who died in 1986 from complications of AIDS.

''He once told me, 'This wasn't the plan,' " Dick Lourie of Cambridge said. ''You see, he was about 10 or 15 years older than John. He said, 'I thought I would get old and John would care for me.' "

''John was really the love of his life," said Lourie, ''and much like many widows and widowers, Ron remained single -- though not solitary -- for the rest of his life."

Schreiber's work was very much like the man. ''He was very approachable and nonjudgmental," she said.

Ron Schreiber published several poetry collections in addition to teaching at UMass for more than three decades. He died of pancreatic cancer Aug. 22, 2004, at his Cambridge home.

An only child, Mr. Schreiber was born in Chicago and grew up in Dayton, Ohio. He graduated from Wesleyan University and served in the Army from 1955 to 1957. After his military service he moved to New York City, where he earned a doctorate in English at Columbia University.

Ron Schreiber (with arm-band for lover), 1987, by Robert Giard
Ron Schreiber was as direct and accessible as the poetry he wrote. His poems had great lucidity, integrity, and simplicity. He was a professor at the University of Massachusetts. His most poignant work was his final collection, ''John: Poems," a memoir about the slow death of his longtime companion John MacDonald, who died in 1986 from complications of AIDS. He once told, "This wasn't the plan," he was about 10 or 15 years older than John. "I thought I would get old and John would care for me."

American photographer Robert Giard is renowned for his portraits of American poets and writers; his particular focus was on gay and lesbian writers. Some of his photographs of the American gay and lesbian literary community appear in his groundbreaking book Particular Voices: Portraits of Gay and Lesbian Writers, published by MIT Press in 1997. Giard’s stated mission was to define the literary history and cultural identity of gays and lesbians for the mainstream of American society, which perceived them as disparate, marginal individuals possessing neither. In all, he photographed more than 600 writers. (
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2014 Rainbow Awards Submissions

Lesbian Mystery / Thriller
The Little Black Dress by Linda Palund
Paperback: 180 pages
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press (May 15, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627988513
ISBN-13: 978-1627988513
Amazon: The Little Black Dress
Amazon Kindle: The Little Black Dress

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

Carmen is the most beautiful and desirable girl Lucy has ever known, and when Carmen is savagely murdered, Lucy's teenage life crumbles. She is devastated by the loss of her first love, and when it appears the killers might never be found, she vows to solve the murder herself.

Together with her best friend Seth, who is not only a master computer hacker but also the son of LA's new Chief of Homicide, they gain access to the gruesome autopsy reports. They learn the true extent of the horror inflicted on Carmen, and Lucy gets closer to understanding the secret behind Carmen's little black dress.

After another beautiful girl is murdered, they uncover the brutality lurking within the corridors of their privileged Los Angeles high school. They put their lives on the line to come face to face with the murderer himself.

Gay Contemporary Romance
A Heart for Robbie by J.P. Barnaby
Paperback: 214 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 11, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1632160668
ISBN-13: 978-1632160669
Amazon: A Heart for Robbie
Amazon Kindle: A Heart for Robbie

Celebrated Young Adult author Julian Holmes pits the heroic characters in his Black Heart series against all different kinds of monsters. But when a critical heart defect threatens his son’s life, he finds he has no champion. No amount of books, classes, or practice can prepare Julian for the fight to save his beautiful son’s life.

Suddenly there are hospitals, transplant lists, and the nightmare of insurance red tape to navigate. In the midst of his trouble, Julian meets Simon Phelps, the insurance coordinator for Robbie’s case. Simon lives so deep in the closet he might never find his way out, but he dreams of exactly what Julian has. Then one night, drunken need and desperation brings them together, and a new fight begins.

Gay Contemporary Romance
Painting Fire on the Air (A Survivor Story) by J.P. Barnaby
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (September 27, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627981810
ISBN-13: 978-1627981811
Amazon: Painting Fire on the Air (A Survivor Story)
Amazon Kindle: Painting Fire on the Air (A Survivor Story)

A Survivor Story

From her perch on a shelf above my bed, the doll accuses me with lifeless eyes of failing Juliette in the most heinous way imaginable, forcing me to crave the bite of his whip and the steel in his voice to drown out the ache in my chest.

For his entire life, Benjamin Martin’s parents drilled into his head that he must watch out for his little sister, but one horrific night, he failed. Now, the bite of a whip, cuffs digging into his wrists, his arms and legs stretched beyond endurance, these things give him what he needs to forget his sister’s violent death, at least for a while.

When Ben’s latest Dom casts him aside like a broken toy, he manipulates his best friend, Jude Archer, into picking up the pieces. Jude has been in love with Ben for years, but his fantasies about his friend never included whipping him. He doesn't understand why Ben needs BDSM and he worries about Ben’s addiction. Most of all, he fears losing his humanity because he’s already lost himself in Ben. When he’s forced to trade the marks upon his soul for the pain that ravages Ben, Jude learns the real definition of submission.

Gay Contemporary Romance
Spencer (A Survivor Story) by J.P. Barnaby
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 21, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627987010
ISBN-13: 978-1627987011
Amazon: Spencer (A Survivor Story)
Amazon Kindle: Spencer (A Survivor Story)

A Survivor Story

It’s been nearly five years since Aaron woke up in the hospital so broken, he couldn’t stand the sight of his own face. The flashbacks no longer dominate his life, but he’s still unable to find intimacy with his lover, Spencer Thomas. With time, patience, and the support of his family, his therapist, and his loving partner, Aaron has figured out how to live again. The problem is, Spencer hasn’t. His life has been on hold as he waits for the day he and Aaron can have a normal relationship. Hoping to move things forward for them both, he takes a job as a programmer in downtown Chicago, leaving Aaron alone.

Reeling in the wake of Spencer’s absence, Aaron receives another shock when his attackers are caught.

Now, he must testify and verbalize his worst nightmare. Publicly reliving his trauma without Spencer at his side destroys his precarious control. But he finds someone who can understand and empathize in Jordan, who watched his brother cut down in a school shooting. With Spencer gone and the DA knocking at his door, Aaron seeks solace in Jordan, and Spencer will have to risk everything to hold on to Aaron’s love.

Gay Young Adult
Omorphi by C. Kennedy
Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press (December 19, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627980083
ISBN-13: 978-1627980081
Amazon: Omorphi
Amazon Kindle: Omorphi

With a foreword by Jamie Mayfield.

High school senior Michael Sattler leads a charmed life. He’s a star athlete, has great friends, and parents who love him just the way he is. What’s missing from his life is a boyfriend. That’s a problem because he’s out only to his parents and best friend. When Michael accidentally bumps into Christy Castle at school, his life changes in ways he never imagined. Christy is Michael’s dream guy: smart, pretty, and sexy. But nothing could have prepared Michael for what being Christy's boyfriend would entail.

Christy needs to heal after years of abuse and knows he needs help to do it. After the death of his notorious father, he leaves his native Greece and settles in upstate New York. Alone, afraid, and left without a voice, Christy hides the myriad scars of his abuse. He desperately wants to be loved and when he meets Michael, he dares to hope that day has arrived. When one of Michael’s teammates turns enemy, and an abuser from Christy’s past seeks to return him to a life of slavery, only Michael and Christy's combined strength and unwavering determination can save them from the violence that threatens to destroy their future together.

Charities Donation program progress:
328$ Albert Kennedy Trust:
1165$ Ali Forney Center:
Australian Marriage Equality:
50$ Audre Lorde Project:
25$ BiNet US:
125$ CARE:
125$ The Center Colorado:
25$ LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland:
506$ COLORS:
130$ Covenant:
75$ Diversity Role Models:
25$ The Diversity Center:
Gay and Lesbian Foundation of Australia:
367$ Galop:
150$ GLYS:
135$ Human Rights Campaign:
50$ Huntsville GLBT Advocacy & Youth Services:
125$ It Gets Better:
100$ Inland Northwest LGBT Center:
28$ In Other Words:
Los Angeles LGBT Center:
415$ Lambda Legal:
50$ Lambert House:
50$ Lancaster LGBT Center:
50$ LEAP:
515$ Lost-n-Found Youth:
50$ MKE LGBT Center:
130$ Moveable Feast:
25$ Odyssey Youth Center:
25$ Out Youth:
50$ Pathfinders:
235$ PFLAG:
175$ Point Foundation:
130$ Ruth Ellis Center:
854$ SAGE:
25$ Terrence Higgins Trust:
555$ The Trevor Project:
160$ UCAN:
25$ WayGay:
225$ You Can Play:
75$ YouthCare:
You Will Rise Project:
1077$ Other Funds
TOTAL: 8540$*

* 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.

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2014 GRL Blog Tour: Taylor V. Donovan

Starting from March up until September I will be part of the 2014 GRL Blog Tour as featured blogger. I will host authors attending the GayRomLit Retreat in Chicago (October 16-19, 2014: To my guests, I asked to brainstorm around the common theme "inspiration". Today author is Taylor V. Donovan:

GayRomLit, Fourth Edition

When GRL kicked off in October 2011 I was still learning my way around MM Romancelandia. I’d been reading gay romance almost exclusively for a few years already, and Six Degrees of Lust was under contract, but it wasn’t until April 2011 that I joined Goodreads. That’s when I really became a part of a specific genre reading community, and it was great. I was able to talk to others about the books I enjoyed for the first time, and I didn’t feel like such an oddball anymore. Needless to say, I was beyond excited when I found out there was an actual conference I could attend.

New Orleans is an amazing city. I’d visited it several times in the past, and always thought there’s something mysterious about it. Mythical… magical… That sense multiplied tenfold by the enthusiasm shared by the Gay Rom Lit attendees. Now, I know I’ll sound redundant but what the heck, I’ll say it anyway. The vibe was like magic in the air.

We all believed love comes in different shapes and forms. We all supported the right of our brothers, cousins, friends, and strangers to be out and proud with the man they love. And we all absolutely adored reading stories that convey hope.

At the time of GRL 2011 I only had one short story published. Heatstroke was inspired by a picture and a prompt, and what do you know, readers loved it. But promoting my work was the last thing on my mind. I wanted to hang out and have fun. I wanted to spend time with the friends I’d met online and meet more. And that’s exactly what I did for the first two days. Then I got really sick and spent the rest of the conference in bed. :-(

GRL 2012 was slightly different. By that time I had a few published titles and decided to register as an author. But even though my badge identified me as such, and I participated in and/or hosted a couple of events my main goal remained the same: have fun and hang out with my friends. I had a blast. Albuquerque is my favorite location to date. The hotel was great, the food was great, and the space was great. It was a blast… until I got sick again.

GRL 2013 was the first time I actually did a Q&A as an author. I was all kinds of nervous because, albeit not shy by any stretch of the imagination, I do keep a low profile. I’m a listener rather than a talker and will always be the one person in the room trying to occupy as little space as possible. But I stood in front of the room and answered questions about my characters and stories, and it was amazing. I was still high on the thrill of coming face to face with some of my readers when I got sick. I kid you not. This time had to spend a night in the hospital and everything. They wanted to admit me but I refused. I told the doctor I’d take care of the pesky kidney stones when I got back home.

This will be my fourth year attending Gay Rom Lit. It’s become a tradition. October is the time of the year when I get to see my author colleagues, the ones who have become close friends and are my rocks and partners in crime, and all the readers I’m lucky enough to count as friends. I don’t believe GRL will ever be a promotional event for me. Yes, I’ll bring books and swag, but the one thing I’m really looking forward to is seeing you all. What I’m not looking forward is getting seriously sick again. I admit GRL feels a bit like a blessing and a curse to me. I look forward to it but also dread checking in at the hotel. The moment I settle in my room I start wondering what will go wrong. Hopefully this year will be a breeze. :-)

I’ve come a long way in the past three years. I’ve published more titles and grown as an author, but Heatstroke will always have a special place in my heart. It wasn’t the first story I sold, but it was my first published work, and I can’t tell you how much your support and praise words for it meant to me.

Last year I decided to celebrate what pretty much marks the beginning of my writing career by adding a few scenes to the original story and releasing a print version of Heatstroke: The Extended Edition. This year I’ll have ten copies of it with me to give away at GRL, so, if you’d like to win one, leave a comment sharing your favorite thing about GRL if you’ve already attended, or MM Romancelandia in general if this will be your first time.

I’m looking forward to meeting the winners and personally give them a copy. For those of you who can’t attend, hopefully we’ll see each other next year. It’ll be a blast. :-)

Ta for now!


Heatstroke: The Extended Edition by Taylor V. Donovan
Paperback: 120 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (October 14, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1492937738
ISBN-13: 978-1492937739
Amazon: Heatstroke: The Extended Edition
Amazon Kindle: Heatstroke: The Extended Edition

At twenty-one years old, Richard Lewis Bancroft was on the fast track to fame and fortune. An award-winning start on the Broadway stage led him to the silver screens of Hollywood, where his star began to rise, and his heart fell hard for professional baseball sensation, Manuel Guzman. But there was no script for living out loud with the man of his dreams in the world of 1964. Then Richard disappeared without a trace. Forty years later, Michael Spencer discovered a journal in his grandmother's attic that would change his life forever, and quite possibly, solve the mysterious disappearance of Richard Lewis Bancroft.

Bio: Taylor V. Donovan is a compulsive reader and author of gay romance and suspense. She is optimistically cynical about the world; lover of history, museums and all things 80s. She is crazy about fashion, passionate about civil rights and equality for all, and shamelessly indulges in mind-numbing reality television.

When she’s not making a living in the busiest city in the world or telling the stories of gorgeous men hot for one another, Taylor can be found raising her two daughters and their terribly misbehaved furry baby in the mountains she calls home.

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