September 11th, 2014

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Diane Sabin & Jewelle Gomez

Jewelle Gomez (born September 11, 1948, in Boston, MA, daughter of Dolores Minor LeClaire (a nurse) and John Gomez (a bartender).) is an American author, poet, critic and playwright. She lived and worked in New York City for twenty-two years working in public television, theatre as well as philanthropy before relocating to the West Coast. Her writing---fiction, poetry, essays and cultural criticism---has appeared in a wide variety of venues, both feminist and mainstream. Her work often intersects and addresses multiple ethnicities as well as the ideals of lesbian/feminism and issues. She has been interviewed for several of documentaries focused on LGBT rights and culture.

Gomez was raised by her great grandmother, Grace, who was born on Indian land in Iowa to an African American mother and Ioway father. Grace returned to New England before she was fourteen when her father died and was married to John E. Morandus, a Wampanoag and descendant of Massasoit, the sachem for whom Massachusetts was named. (Picture: Outside of 25 Van Ness after the 5:17 AM celebration. Gomez's outfit was hand made by Dark Garden in Hayes Valley, Photo Credit: S. Page-Ritchie, Copyright: Gomez/Sabin)

Growing up in the 1950s and 1960s she was shaped socially and politically by the close family ties with her great grandmother, Grace and grandmother Lydia. Their history of independence as well as marginalization in an African American community are referenced throughout her work. "Grace A." from the collection Don't Explain is an early example. During her high school and college years Gomez was involved with Black political and social movements which is reflected in much of her writing. Subsequent years in New York City she spent in Black theatre including work with the Frank Silvera Writers Workshop and many years as a stage manager for off Broadway productions.

Jewelle Gomez (b. 1948) is an American author, poet, critic and playwright. Diane Sabin (b. 1952) has been a lesbian feminist activist in the San Francisco Bay Area. Diane Sabin, left, kisses her partner Jewelle Gomez, right after hearing the Supreme Court decision on same sex marriages outside the court house in San Francisco, Calif., on Thursday, May 15, 2008. In a monumental victory for the gay rights movement, the California Supreme Court overturned a voter-approved ban on gay marriage. (AP Photo/ Tony Avelar) Photo: Tony Avelar / SF.

Cheryl Clarke and Jewelle Gomez, 1987, by Robert Giard

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2014 Rainbow Awards Submissions

Lesbian Contemporary Romance
Awaiting My Assignment (Friends Series Book 2) by AJ Adaire
Series: Friends
Paperback: 298 pages
Publisher: Desert Palm Press; 3 edition (December 22, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 149479067X
ISBN-13: 978-1494790677
Amazon: Awaiting My Assignment (Friends Series Book 2)
Amazon Kindle: Awaiting My Assignment (Friends Series Book 2)

Amanda ends her long term relationship when she discovers that her partner, Bernie, has been unfaithful yet again. Amanda takes temporary refuge with her friend Dana in New York State. There Amanda meets and is attracted to Dana's wonderful neighbor Mallory.

However, the consistently surprising Bernie isn't finished with Amanda yet. Bernie assigns her ex one final task. Amanda's assignment is to keep a damaging secret. The request comes with a gift that delivers dramatic and life-altering changes not only to Amanda's life, but to the lives of her closest friends and new partner as well.

Unexpected twists make this double romance a lighthearted read. Enjoy this stand alone sequel to Sunset Island.

Lesbian Contemporary Romance
Anything Your Heart Desires (Friends Series Book 3) by AJ Adaire
Series: Friends
Paperback: 248 pages
Publisher: Desert Palm Press; 3 edition (March 10, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1496060326
ISBN-13: 978-1496060327
Amazon: Anything Your Heart Desires (Friends Series Book 3)
Amazon Kindle: Anything Your Heart Desires (Friends Series Book 3)

"Whoa--lesbians!" That was straight author Stacy Alexander's first thought as she observed the group of women in the new shop across the street kiss each other in greeting. Stacy had been staring out her apartment window trying to think of a motive for the death of the character she'd killed off in her mystery novel. Ah ha--extortion! What could be a better reason for the murder of my heroine than being blackmailed because she's a lesbian? Now all I need is a lesbian to teach me about the 'lesbian lifestyle.' That's where policewoman Jo Martin enters the picture. Jo has two rules by which she religiously lives her life: never get involved with someone already in a relationship and never, ever date a straight woman. As Jo and Stacy collaborate on the novel, will Stacy want to gain a more intimate knowledge of the topic, and will Jo hold steadfastly to her rules? Catch up with old friends Amanda, Mallory, Nic and Dana and meet some new characters in this sequel to Awaiting My Assignment and Sunset Island.

Lesbian Contemporary Romance
One Day Longer Than Forever by AJ Adaire
Paperback: 246 pages
Publisher: Desert Palm Press; 1 edition (June 13, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1499354150
ISBN-13: 978-1499354157
Amazon: One Day Longer Than Forever
Amazon Kindle: One Day Longer Than Forever

Dr. Kate Martin needs a vacation after a failed romance with her business partner nearly ruins her. Lee Foster is recovering from her first lesbian relationship that self-destructed when her partner moved several states away, leaving her behind. Two failed romances, a double booked vacation cabin, and a blizzard—will fate intervene again and turn a passionate affair with a stranger, into something more?

Bisexual Anthology / Fantasy
Bi Magic by D.M. Atkins, Lon Sarver, & Rylan Hunter
Paperback: 212 pages
Publisher: Fantastic Fiction Publishing (August 20, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1622341783
ISBN-13: 978-1622341788
Amazon: Bi Magic
Amazon Kindle: Bi Magic

Bi Magic collects nine of ForbiddenFiction's most popular tales of magic, mystery, romance, and of course, steaming hot sex. These high fantasy romps prove that whether you're a man, a woman, a shapeshifter, a fairy, or a trickster god from a forgotten pantheon, you really can have it both ways. Sacrifices to Ecstasy by James L. Wolf The Thief's Dungeon by Madeleine Swann Chaining Flame by James L. Wolf Fools Rush In by Elizabeth Schechter Milk by Claryssa Berg To Market by Elizabeth Schechter The Snake and the Lyre by Annabeth Leong Gods Among Men by Jacqueline Brocker The Fair, Laudenum, and Passion by Madeleine Swann

Gay Contemporary Romance
Heart Knot Mine by Lily Velden
Paperback: 226 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 2, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627986871
ISBN-13: 978-1627986878
Amazon: Heart Knot Mine
Amazon Kindle: Heart Knot Mine

Despite a successful college teaching career, Noah Daniels has become depressed. He feels he’s leading a monochromatic life: love has eluded him. When he’s offered a chance to teach in London as part of an exchange program, he accepts, hoping a change of scenery will do him good. But once he’s there, his outlook on love and sexuality changes in ways he never expected.

Robert Callinan is Noah’s English counterpart in the program. The men exchange not only their jobs, but also their homes, and it is what Noah stumbles across while staying at Robert’s house that sends him on a journey of self-discovery—both mentally and physically. A journey that puts color back into his life… just not in the way he expected. When the exchange program ends, Noah has to go home, but he doesn’t know if he wants to return to the life he left behind.

Gay Romantic Comedy
Merry Gentlemen by Josephine Myles
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (November 12, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Merry Gentlemen

’Tis the season of goodwill to all men…even the one who dumped you.

Riley MacDermott’s ambitions are simple. Managing the annual Bath Christmas Market—which involves long hours in the cold and a whole lot of hassle—will secure the promotion he needs to afford to move out of his noisy, top-floor flat. Where not even his balcony is safe from an aggressive herring gull.

The last stallholder he expects to see is his ex. Riley never recovered from their break up, and five years on the old chemistry still sparkles. So does their habitual head butting.

Stan never wanted to leave the love of his life, but the pull of the woods was too strong—and Riley was firmly planted in the city. Reconnecting is painful, but Stan still jumps at the chance to stay with his old flame during the Market. And damn the consequences.

As the weeks pass, the two grow closer than ever. But despite scorching sex and cozy intimacy, they both know they face a cold and lonely future. Unless one of them can compromise.

Gay Contemporary Romance
Island House by Bru Baker
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (November 11, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627983147
ISBN-13: 978-1627983143
Amazon: Island House
Amazon Kindle: Island House

Unable to move on after the death of his lover, British expat Niall Ahern clings to Nolan's dream of living in the Caribbean by moving to Tortola. Once there, he finds that not even the beauty of the island can fill the hole in his heart. Broke and spent in nearly every way imaginable, Niall wants out of the lonely, miserable, guilt-ridden life he's carved out for himself.

When Ethan Bettencourt, a wealthy tech guru, shows up in British Virgin Islands looking to purchase a second home, he gives Niall hope that he can move on. Both men fall hard and fast, but Niall finds piloting his yacht in the midst of a hurricane is nothing compared to weathering life's simple misunderstandings. As their troubles come between them, Niall is left to wonder if he and Ethan are over before they've begun.

Gay Contemporary Romance
Junk by Josephine Myles
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (August 27, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Junk

Letting go is the first step to healing…or bringing it all crashing down.

When an avalanche of books cuts off access to his living room, university librarian Jasper Richardson can no longer ignore the truth. His ever-growing piles of books, magazines and newspapers can no longer be classified as a “collection”. It’s a hoard, and he needs professional help.

Professional clutter clearer and counselor Lewis Miller thinks he’s seen it all, but even he has to admit he’s shocked. Not so much by the state of Jasper’s house, but by the level of attraction he still feels for the sexy bookworm he remembers from school.

What a shame that Lewis’s ethical code forbids relationships with clients. As Jasper makes slow but steady progress, though, the magnetic pull between them is so strong even Lewis is having trouble convincing himself it’s a temporary emotional attachment arising from the therapeutic process.

Jasper longs to prove to Lewis that this is the real deal. But first he’ll have to lay bare the root of his hoarding problem…and reveal the dark secret hidden behind his walls of books.

Gay Sci-fi / Futuristic
Light by 'Nathan Burgoine
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (October 15, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602829535
ISBN-13: 978-1602829534
Amazon: Light
Amazon Kindle: Light

Kieran Quinn is a bit telepathic, a little psychokinetic, and very gay--three things that have gotten him through life perfectly well so far--but when self-styled prophet Wyatt Jackson arrives during Pride Week, things take a violent turn.

Kieran's powers are somewhat underwhelming but do have a habit of refracting light into spectacular rainbows for him to hide behind. Even so, it's not long before Kieran is struggling to maintain his own anonymity while battling wits with a handsome cop, getting some flirting in with a hunky leather man, saving some drag queens, and escaping the worst blind date in history. It's enough to make a fledgling hero want to give up before he even begins.

One thing's for sure: saving the day has never been so fabulous.

Finalist for the 2014 LGBT SF/Fantasy/Horror Lambda Literary Award.

Lesbian Historical Romance
The Gardener of Aria Manor by A.L. Duncan
Paperback: 228 pages
Publisher: Yellow Rose by RCE (March 28, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1619291584
ISBN-13: 978-1619291584
Amazon: The Gardener of Aria Manor
Amazon Kindle: The Gardener of Aria Manor

Janie O'Grady is a woman quite adapted to her life and circumstances as they are, living in New York City during the Great Depression. A hint of cynicism clouds the cold winter streets and keeps the rum runners strange bedfellows to the Irish mob's bounty in and out of speakeasy's, daring to brush shoulders with the neighboring Italian mobs. At a moment where Janie fears for her life she is presented with circumstances which seem like a harsh nudge from the heavens to decide her own destiny. Feeling there is no other choice, Janie makes the fateful decision to change her identity and move to the Devon countryside on the coastal shores of England, as a Head Gardener to a 17th century manor, where déjà vu and the intrigues of a past life and murder mystery overshadow her life in the big city. This tale invites you to peek into the pages of one woman's life and follow her incredible story of self-discovery of a very different kind; where looking back at one's past includes connecting the threads of passions and desires of a life lived before. A life lived where one's odyssey must wait to complete the circle in the next life.

Gay Contemporary Romance
A Grand Prix Romance (International Men of Sports Book 7) by T.A. Chase & Devon Rhodes
Series: International Men of Sports
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing (June 13, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 178430090X
ISBN-13: 978-1784300906
Amazon: A Grand Prix Romance (International Men of Sports Book 7)
Amazon Kindle: A Grand Prix Romance (International Men of Sports Book 7)

Two men who share a passion for speed find out what can happen if they slow down enough for a Grand romance. Paolo’s more than just a football player—he plays at life. But underneath the party boy image, he’s well aware that his career is stagnating and a big move might be needed. Before anything like that can be decided, though, he’s going to enjoy his annual trip to Monte Carlo for the Grand Prix. The only thing Johann loves more than his Formula One racing is gambling in the glittering atmosphere of Monaco. This year, he finds that high stakes applies to more than just cards—his heart is going all in and if he bets it all and loses, it could cost him everything.

Lesbian Historical Romance
Agnes by Jaime Maddox
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (January 14, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626390320
ISBN-13: 978-1626390324
Amazon: Agnes
Amazon Kindle: Agnes

Sandy Parker left and never looked back after Hurricane Agnes washed her childhood home into the Susquehanna River. Her lover, Jeannie Bennett, died in the flood, and although Sandy went on to live an extraordinary life, she regrets that she never really said good-bye. Now, Sandy returns to bury her grandmother and finally find closure with Jeannie. Instead, she uncovers secrets long buried in the debris of the flood, secrets that at least one person is willing to kill to protect. Will Sandy discover the truth that will change her life forever, or will a murderer put another Parker in the grave?

Gay Young Adult
Red Devil (Dangerous Spirits Book 2) by Kyell Gold
Paperback: 266 pages
Publisher: Sofawolf Press (February 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1936689359
ISBN-13: 978-1936689354
Amazon: Red Devil (Dangerous Spirits Book 2)
Amazon Kindle: Red Devil (Dangerous Spirits Book 2)

When Alexei seeks the help of a ghost to deal with a swaggering bully, he gets the strength and confidence he hopes for. If in the process, he hurt his best friend Sol, well, he can make it up to the wolf later. Things get worse when the ghost, an old Siberian soldier, demands that Alexei give up his gay life, which Alexei fled his home country for. The young fox is resolved to send the ghost away--until his sister, left behind with their abusive parents, falls into mortal danger from which only the ghost can save her. Now Alexei must choose between living the life he risked everything to have and rescuing his beloved Caterina from death...or worse.

Gay Erotic Romance
Uncovered (Dev and Lee Book 4) by Kyell Gold
Publisher: 24 Carat Words (September 1, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Uncovered (Dev and Lee Book 4)

The playoffs are here, and Dev Miski's life has never been busier. As the only gay professional football player, he's in great demand for interviews and commercials, but if the Chevali Firebirds are to make it to the championship game, he'll need to play the best football of his life. Every distraction is a danger.

And the number one distraction is his boyfriend Lee. Sick over the death of a young player, Lee pushes Dev to take a more active role in reaching out to gay youth, and doesn't take Dev's resistance well. When push comes to shove, will their love for each other triumph?

This fourth book in the award-winning Out of Position series (adults only) is illustrated, as usual, by Blotch.

Bisexual Erotic Romance
Twin Affairs (Twin Ties 2) by Lynn Kelling
Series: Twin Ties
Paperback: 278 pages
Publisher: Fantastic Fiction Publishing (February 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1622341465
ISBN-13: 978-1622341467
Amazon: Twin Affairs (Twin Ties 2)

All Evan Savage wanted was a quiet night at the bar, waiting for his boyfriend to finish his shift; what he gets instead is a nightmare. Things were complex enough when his biggest problem was the tangled sex life he and his brother Brennan share with twin lovers Alek and Luka. When a selfless act ending in terrible violence lands Evan in the hospital, Brennan and Evan's father returns to loom over their lives, asking questions none of the four want to answer. The young men’s relationships to each other begin to unravel as carefully drawn boundary lines are blurred and crossed. The four must question the nature of their commitments to each other, what they each want, and what to say to those relentlessly demanding the truth. When the most dangerous thing you can do is admit to who you love, and jealousy is a luxury you can no longer afford, brutal honesty is the only remaining key to salvation... ...or damnation.

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GayRomLit Retreat: L.E. Franks

Starting from March up until September I will feature authors attending the GayRomLit Retreat in Chicago (October 16-19, 2014:

Today author is L.E. Franks :
A California native with a lifelong wanderlust, LE writes gay fiction-both romantically inclined and otherwise-in and around her home in the SF Bay Area. With books published by MLR, DreamSpinner, and Wilde City, her sensibility is character driven with just enough quirkiness to keep things interesting. Look for new releases coming in 2014 from all three publishers.

L.E. Franks and Wilde City Press are offering a copy of 6 Days to Valentine to one commenter on this blog. You can comment on LJ or DW if you have an account (I will send a PM to the winner), if you don't have an account, please leave a comment on DW with a contact email.

6 Days to Valentine by LE Franks
Publisher: Wilde City Press (February 4, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: 6 Days to Valentine

In Nick’s perfect world, Valentine’s Day would be struck from the calendar.

Nick’s dreams of a Happily Ever After were shredded long ago and the last thing he and his customers need is a bunch of happy loving couples rubbing it in their faces.

Bouncer Fat Boy Newman is willing to bet he knows Nick’s heart better than he does. He has just six days to change Nick’s mind about romance and the holiday and the perfect man to do it.

Too bad it’s not him.

Too bad Nick’s not going down without a fight.

Too bad he cheats.

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Blog Tour: Water Witch by Amelia Bishop

Water Witch by Amelia Bishop
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Amazon Kindle: Water Witch

Vincenzo is a witch with a short fuse, a sexy smile, and dirty mouth.

Life demands little from Vincenzo. Treasured by his mother and grandmother, protected by his coven, and blessed with precognitive skills, he grew up happy and carefree in his snug home by the bay.

Then a sexy Fae walks into his house to steal his beloved heirlooms, and into his dreams to steal his heart. Meanwhile, haunting visions of an unknown disaster on the horizon shake his secure world and force him to take responsibility for the first time in his life.

Now he must master his witchcraft, temper his impulsiveness, and listen to his heart.

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Author Bio: I am a reader and writer of romantic erotic fiction of all varieties. Sometimes, the little stories in my head just need to be shared (and sometimes they are just for me). I enjoy red wine, black rum, shell-hunting walks along the seashore, and solo late-night drunken dance parties.
Author Contact:
Twitter: @anotheramelia

Tour Dates/Stops:
9/8: MM Good Book Reviews
9/9: Book Reviews, Rants, and Raves
9/10: Cate Ashwood
9/11: Elisa - My Reviews and Ramblings
9/12: Love Bytes
9/15: Velvet Panic, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words
9/16: EE Montgomery
9/17: Amanda C. Stone
9/18: Prism Book Alliance
9/19: The Hat Party

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