January 1st, 2015

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Martha Miller (born January 1, 1950)

Martha Miller is a midwestern writer whose stories, reviews and articles have appeared in several magazines and periodicles for the past 20 years. In addition to 5 books, she writes a column "Martha Lesbian Living" which is for the more domestic challanged woman.

Retirement Plan won a 2011 Rainbow Award as Best Lesbian Contemporary General Fiction.

Retirement Plan by Martha Miller
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (May 17, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602822247
ISBN-13: 978-1602822245
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What do you do when you fall through the loopholes in the system and all you have to rely on are your own wits?

Lois and Sophie have scrambled and saved for years, planning for their retirement in Florida. But now they've lost it all, and Lois's sniper training from her long-ago service as an Army nurse leads to a desperate career choice.

When Detective Morgan Holiday is assigned to investigate a spate of sniper killings, it's just one more stress point in her already overburdened life. But as she grows increasingly solitary—coping with an Alzheimer’s-plagued mother who refuses to be confined to a nursing home, and a police partner counting the days to retirement—she comes to realize that these murders may cut close to home.

A modern morality tale of justice, retribution, and women who refuse to be politely invisible.

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Thomas Keith (born January 1)

Thomas Keith has edited the poetry of Tom Crawford, Miriam Sagan, Jimmy Santiago Baca, and Dylan Thomas, and over a dozen titles by Tennessee Williams including The Magic Tower & Other One-Act Plays and A House Not Meant to Stand, for which he wrote the introduction. Keith is the co-author of The Histories of Gladys and The Collector’s Guide to Mauchline Ware, the editor of Robert Burns Selected Poems and Songs and Christmas Poems, the co-editor of The Selected Letters of Tennessee Williams and James Laughlin, and has written articles and chapters for American Theatre Magazine, The Drouth, Studies in Scottish Literature, Tenn at One Hundred, The Tennessee Williams Encyclopedia, Robert Burns in North America, and The Oxford Companion to Burns, among others. He teaches at Pace University.

Love Christopher Street won a 2012 Rainbow Award as Best LGBT Non Fiction.

Love, Christopher Street edited by Thomas Keith
Paperback: 408 pages
Publisher: Chelsea Station Editions (May 29, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1937627071
ISBN-13: 978-1937627072
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Representing some of the most talented writers at work today, the 26 original essays in Love, Christopher Street encompass revealing, intense, profound, funny, personal, and queer reflections that span forty years of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender life in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island. Together these essays create an LGBT love letter to New York City from native New Yorkers, American transplants, and international writers. This book continues the Lambda Award-winning series of LGBT tributes to great cities. Just a few of the quintessentially queer essays include the Rev. Irene Monroe's account of the hot summer night in 1969 when she witnessed police raiding the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street and the drag queens who fought back; Bob Smith's memoir of his life as an out stand-up comedian in the 1980s and how he has kept his fierce humor while faced with the diagnosis of ALS; Penny Arcade's saga of being a runaway in NYC and taken in off the streets by gay men who introduced her to Warhol's Factory; Ocean Vuong's chronicle of how he went from being a couch-surfing college student to homeless in Penn Station; and civil rights activist Brendan Fay reveals what took him all the way from Ireland to "Finding Jesús on Christopher Street." Contributors include Mark Ameen, Penny Arcade, Christopher Bram, Brendan Fay, Thomas Glave, Jewelle Gomez, Aaron Hamburger, Martin Hyatt, Fay Jacobs, G. Winston James, Michele Karlsberg, Shaun Levin, Amos Mac, David McConnell, Val McDermid, Rev. Irene Monroe, Rabbi Andrea Myers, Nicky Paraiso, Felice Picano, Charles Rice-González, Eddie Sarfaty, Justine Saracen, Bob Smith, Shawn Syms, Charlie Vázquez, Ocean Vuong, and Kathleen Warnock.

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Christopher Hawthorne Moss (born January 1, 1952)

Kit wrote his first short story when he was seven years old. When summer camp friend Laura and he started their florid medieval saga they called "The Story" Kit became a regular writer, with mostly wry humorous stories written with like-minded friends.

Kit had a stint writing copy for web sites, and he published a nonfiction work in 1991 titles LOVING THE GODDESS WITHIN.

Kit had been participating in a collaborative writing group called Ghostletters on Yahoogroups, at one point starting to rewrite "The Story" from an adult perspective. He realized he had a novel in all these tales and published it as AN INVOLUNTARY KING which he published independently in 2008. It was such a successful experience he decided to make historical novel writing a career.

Since that book he has continued to write stories, articles, reviews, and more novels, most recently with GLBT themes. He is devoted to using historical fiction to solve the erasure of GLBT history. He became the editor of OUr Story: GLBTQ Historical Fiction for GLBT Bookshelf.

Kit is transgender (FTM) and plans to apply the same plans to transgender fiction.

He lives in the Seattle area with his husband and their doted upon cats.

Beloved Pilgrim won a 2014 Rainbow Award as Best Transgender Fiction.

Beloved Pilgrim by Christopher Hawthorne Moss
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press; Library edition (April 23, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627985409
ISBN-13: 978-1627985406
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At the time of the earliest Crusades, young noblewoman Elisabeth longs to be the person she’s always known is hidden inside. When her twin brother perishes from a fever, Elisabeth takes his identity to live as a man, a knight. As Elias, he travels to the Holy Land, to adventure, passion, death, and a lesson that honor is sometimes found in unexpected places.

Elias must pass among knights and soldiers, survive furious battle, deadly privations, moral uncertainty, and treachery if he’ll have any chance of returning to his newfound love in the magnificent city of Constantinople.

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Bob Buckingham & E.M. Forster

Edward Morgan Forster OM, CH (1 January 1879 – 7 June 1970), was an English novelist, short story writer, essayist and librettist. He is known best for his ironic and well-plotted novels examining class difference and hypocrisy in early 20th-century British society. Forster's humanistic impulse toward understanding and sympathy may be aptly summed up in the epigraph to his 1910 novel Howards End: "Only connect". (P: ©Dora Carrington (1893–1932)/NPG 4698. E. M. Forster, 1920 (©4))

Forster was a humanist, homosexual, lifelong bachelor. Forster developed a long-term loving relationship with Bob Buckingham, a married policeman (his wife's name was May), whom he met in 1930. Buckingham was 28, Forster 51, when the two met. May became his friend and nursemaid. Forster included the couple in his circle, which also included the writer and arts editor of The Listener, J.R. Ackerley, the psychologist W.J.H. Sprott, and, for a time, the composer Benjamin Britten. Other writers with whom Forster associated included the poet Siegfried Sassoon and the Belfast-based novelist Forrest Reid. (Picture: E.M. Forster with Bob Buckingham, ca. 1934)

Maurice (1971) was published posthumously. It is a homosexual love story which also returns to matters familiar from Forster's first three novels, such as the suburbs of London in the English home counties, the experience of attending Cambridge, and the wild landscape of Wiltshire. The novel was controversial, given that Forster's sexuality had not been previously known or widely acknowledged. Today's critics continue to argue over the extent to which Forster's sexuality, even his personal activities, influenced his writing.
"A happy ending was imperative," Forster writes in the novel's Terminal Notes, even though Maurice says: "All the world's against us." Forster was right and helped inspire me to act accordingly with “Gaywyck”. (If I had a happy "ending" why couldn't they?) Meanwhile, my heart swells every time Alec says to Maurice: "And now we shan't be parted no more, and that's finished." (Vincent Virga)
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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._M._Forster
Forster is, of course, one of our literary lions. Maurice is a tale of love between men. It was written deep in the past and, at the author’s request, published posthumously. So no punches were pulled. Taking on the class structure as well as societal disdain for gay love, there is no question what desires lay deep in Forster’s eloquent heart. --Lee Bantle
Jimmy gave me Maurice as a 7th anniversary gift, Memorial Day 1972. (I just showed the inscribed edition to him; he exclaimed: "How sweet! Now don't cry! Don't burst into tears!" Why do I write romantic novels?!) I love this book so much that its two central characters, Maurice Hall and the heavenly Alec Scudder are currently frequent guests at Gaywyck and are the greatest pals with Robert Gaylord in “Children of Paradise”. And why not? I love them! Forster thinks they "still roam the greenwood." He may have written one of favorite novels, “Howard's End”, but he can be very silly. They needed to "connect" with their brothers in this our life. So I've given them the community Forster never had while he was alive. --Vincent Virga
E.M. Forster is well-known for his seminal gay novel Maurice, as well as for mainstream classics like A Passage to India and Howards End. The quality of writing in this short story collection, The Life to Come and Other Stories, however, shows that Forster was equally adept at writing shorter pieces. Many of the stories were unpublished until 1970 due to gay themes, and include standouts like the humorous seaside vignette “The Obelisk” and “The Other Boat,” a tragic story of an interracial relationship during the days of the Empire. --G.S. Wiley
A work that’s beautifully lyrical, understated and full of wonderful characters; most of the things I’d like to say about Maurice have already been said by better folk than me. I’ll just add one note – this book was written by a gay man, yet it resembles (style, pacing, slowly building and hesitant romance) some of the gay romances which originate from a female pen. To me, it’s one of the great pieces of evidence to counter the ‘men don’t write like women do, they understand gay relationships differently’ argument. Some men clearly do/did think and write this way. The extent to which Maurice is autobiographical (or at least based on EMF’s experiences) is a matter for debate – the author said that Maurice was very different from him - but I see EMF when I read it… --Charlie Cochrane
Maurice, male costume drama with a happy ending! I loved Forster's skewering of the Victorian British social hierarchy, contrasting Maurice's strangled, hamstrung relationship with the self-hating but socially equal Clive, with his ultimate, willing conquest by the Pan-like game keeper's son, Alec Scutter. Caught between the two, tossing and turning on his bed in Clive's house, Maurice finally throws open the window and shouts hopelessly, "Come!" And Alec does. And so does Maurice, in short order. And did I mention that it actually has a happy ending? Good movie, too. --Lynn Flewelling
Maurice is long and beautifully written. It's a comfort read for me, because despite Maurice's ill fated affair with his university sweetheart Clive, by the time Clive has become a pompous hypocrite, Alec has breezed onto the scene. And I may be a little in love with Alec, who is aggressive and inarticulate and lower class, perfectly willing to engage in blackmail, and literally a breath of fresh air. This was a ground-breaking book in its day, with its insistence on a happy ending for its two heroes, and I appreciate that a lot. There's something, even in the book, that lets you know how unbearably poignant, how lucky, how unexpected are the tender scenes between stuffy old Maurice and forthright, unashamed Alec. I'd have liked more of Maurice/Alec and less of Maurice/Clive, but I can see that it took the failure of the first relationship to enable the success of the second. Another classic, as it should be. --Alex Beecroft
One of England’s most prominent novelists, the story that was closest to Forster’s heart, Maurice, was only published after his death. This book means so much to me because it was one of the first ‘gay’ books I ever read, sneaking it off my older sister’s shelf. It was also one of the first representations of a gay couple I discovered in film or literature that didn’t end in tragedy. Seriously, check out the excellent documentary The Celluloid Closet to discover just how often a gay, or gay-coded, character doesn’t survive the film they’re in. Imagine my relief where I read a story where the characters slipped away into the mist, presumably to find a place where they could live freely and happily. --Sean Kennedy
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
CreateSpace Store: https://www.createspace.com/4910282
Amazon (Paperback): http://www.amazon.com/dp/1500563323/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Amazon (Kindle): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MZG0VHY/?tag=elimyrevandra-20

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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Andrew Holleran (born January 1, 1944)

Andrew Holleran is the pseudonym of Eric Garber (born 1944), a novelist, essayist, and short story writer. He is a prominent novelist of post-Stonewall gay literature. He was a member of The Violet Quill, a gay writer's group that met briefly from 1980-81. The Violet Quill included other prolific gay writers like Edmund White and Felice Picano. Garber, who has historically been very protective of his privacy, uses "Andrew Holleran" as his pseudonym.

Dancer from the Dance, his first novel, was published in 1978. Its narrative takes place among the discotheques of New York City and Fire Island, although it is Fire Island, with its literal distance from the mainland, that provides a pivotal backdrop for the novel. Dancer from the Dance shares many of its locales, as well as its themes, with Faggots, Larry Kramer's novel, published in the same year.

Holleran's second novel was Nights in Aruba, and his third is titled The Beauty of Men. The Beauty of Men takes place in central Florida where the main character, a 47-year-old gay man, has gone to take care of his quadriplegic mother. Holleran's Grief: a Novel received the 2007 Stonewall Book Award.

Holleran teaches creative writing at American University in Washington, DC, and he continues to edit gay short story collections like Fresh Men: New Voices in Gay Fiction and frequently publishes articles in The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide

He graduated from Harvard College in 1965.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Holleran
Once upon a time, I didn’t know there was a genre called gay literature. Not being gay myself, perhaps this is understandable—but not forgivable. When I discovered this rich world, the first book I read was Dancer from the Dance by Andrew Holleran. It’s not likely that anyone reading these summaries hasn’t read this book, so I’ll just offer the ways in which it affected me rather than try to describe the book itself. The Stonewall riots weren’t even a decade behind the timeframe of this story, and in the eyes of someone outside the gay community, this book depicts how people who had been cruelly restrained by persecution and societal shame began to express themselves explosively and unabashedly, even as they carried their past shame with them. Certainly, the main character, Malone, seems to struggle to express his true nature while wallowing in shame that was forced on him from external sources, and he carries both to extremes. This book, along with the next books I read from this genre (by authors such as Edmund White and John Rechy), are the reason I didn’t go to see Brokeback Mountain. By the time that film came out, not only did I not need to be told what happens when people are forced to live lives that are against their natures, but also I was chomping at the bit for stories in which gay people had promising futures, stories in which their fortunes were not dictated by their sexual orientation alone, but by the entirety of who they are as people. And these are the stories I write. So to Holleran’s classic I owe the impetus for my own work in a genre I didn’t even know about before I read this book. --Robin Reardon
With full knowledge of the horror of AIDS that followed in the 1980s, I still have fantasies about gay life in the 70s. I blame Andrew Holleran. His Dancer From The Dance is just too damn visceral, memorable, and detailed. Reading it is a multimedia experiences. I can hear the music on the dance floor and smell the sweat of men. The book is terribly sad, yet inspiring, an ecstatic reverie about a city I love and gay families, real and imagined. To this day, I can’t drive through Sayville (to a very different Fire Island than the one in this book) without hearing Holleran’s voice. His story has become part of my life, and that’s pretty cool. --Aaron Krach
Dancer from the Dance by Andrew Holleran about gay culture and strata in the big city was not only highly entertaining for me, but also highly instructional! A primer on how gay society was/is structured, about out own little demimonde, our focus on youth and its rules and expectations. As a young gay man in the Midwest, it presented life on the coasts as seductive and at the same time dangerous. One wanted to be a part of it, one wanted to be his hot hero Malone, yet only if it were going to be the good parts, hopefully those involving good sex and good drugs and some kind of painting you could put in your closet. Of course, in real life, you have to take the good with the bad, which is exactly what happens to Holleran’s characters in the book. --Jim Arnold
The Beauty of Men by Andrew Holleran: In which Lark becomes obsessed with Becker, and spends too much time at the lake waiting for cock; Becker’s in particular. And in which Lark makes daily visits to his paralysed mother, and remembers friends who have died of AIDS. I have always read Andrew Holleran’s The Beauty of Men as a cautionary tale. It is a story about what could happen if you left the city and went back to living in a small town. The Beauty of Men is a story of obsession, of aging without grace. But, my God, it is beautifully told. There is not a single writer in the whole of gaydom who writes, and has always written as exquisitely as Andrew Holleran. The honesty of his prose lifts every sentence into the lyric register and brings humour to the page the way only a person who has survived so much death can do. --Shaun Levin
Like many others, I find Andrew's “Dancer from the Dance” a doozy of a book. His ear for dialogue matches Jimmy McCourt's in my humble estimation. However, The Beauty of Men touches upon the same themes of aging, loneliness, and death that make “Time Remainin”g so precious to me as I enter more deeply into my Golden Years. (I call myself an elderly gentleman these days, too.) Andrew's Mr. Lark--and this is indeed a song of a lark--is "needy" to the point of madness. We leave him sitting alone in a car with newly tinted windows hoping to get a glance of a handsome security guard at a boat ramp. It's come to that after a not-so-long (he's only nearing fifty, for God's sake!), yet unfulfilling life. This is a truly audacious book. It dares to go where no other gay writer has ever gone in the way it confronts the loss of youth both in the mirror and in the bed in our youth-obsessed culture. It distresses me that so many find Mr. Lark "depressing" instead of seeing his last moments with us as an act of hope, an act of spiritual redemption finding joy in the beauty of men. And I seem to have come full circle here with Andrew's Proustian concern with Time, for as Beckett (again) says: "Proust's characters, then, are victims of this predominating condition and circumstance--Time...." --Vincent Virga
Many of the essays in Chronicle of a Plague, Revisited: AIDS and Its Aftermath by Andrew Holleran first appeared in the 1980s in “Christopher Street” magazine, the gay literary equivalent of “The New Yorker”, and were first collected in the Holleran’s book “Ground Zero”, published in 1988. The impact of these essays on both my writing and my personal life cannot be overlooked. Holleran wrote of visits to hospitals to see sick friends, attending funerals, memorials, and wakes, and discovering his present-day life as a sequence of memories. Holleran captured best what many other gay writers seemed to ignore or avoid when writing about the plague (if they wrote about it at all) — the fear and the denial of the times. He also depicted a gay metropolis at change: unruly, nervous, frightened, suspicious, and angry. Still, what rose to the surface of those grim, beautifully-executed essays was his firm portrayal of gay men and their friendships and how important they were to each other in the course of these trying and uncertain times. Also recommended: “In September, the Light Changes”, Holleran’s short story collection, and “Grief”, his most recent novel. --Jameson Currier
I know. I know. Holleran’s first novel, Dancer From the Dance makes all the lists of best of. But it’s this second, Nights in Aruba, more relaxed, more mature, bildungsroman that takes the prize for me. It’s about a young gay man in the U.S. Army in Europe when there’s no war to be fought except the usual internal ones, and those eternal ones with “society” -- in this case in the form of several astonishing queens! --Felice Picano
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Further Readings:

Grief by Andrew Holleran
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Hyperion (June 5, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1401308945
ISBN-13: 978-1401308940
Amazon: Grief

Now in paperback, the universally acclaimed novel about loss and yearning

Reeling from the recent death of his invalid mother, an exhausted, lonely professor comes to our nation's capital to escape his previous life. What he finds there--in his handsome, solitary landlord; in the city's somber mood and sepulchral architecture; and in the strange and impassioned journals of Mary Todd Lincoln--shows him unexpected truths about America and loss.

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Neil Bartlett (born January 1, 1958)

Neil Vivian Bartlett, OBE, (born 1958) is an award-winning British director, performer, translator, and writer. He is one of the founding members of Gloria, a production company established in 1988 to produce his work along with that of Nicolas Bloomfield, Leah Hausman and Simon Mellor. His work has garnered several awards, including the 1985 Perrier Award (for More Bigger Snacks Now), the Time Out Dance Umbrella Award (for A Vision of Love Revealed in Sleep), a Writers Guild Award (for Sarrasine), a Time Out Theatre Award (for A Judgement in Stone), and the Special Jury Prize at the Cork Film Festival (for Now That It's Morning). His production of The Dispute won a Time Out Award for Best Production in the West End and the 1999 TMA Best Touring Production award. He was appointed an OBE in 2000 for his services to the arts.

He is the author of: Who Was That Man: A Present for Mr. Oscar Wilde (1988), Ready to Catch Him Should He Fall (1992), Mr. Clive and Mr. Page (1996), Skin Lane (2007), "When the Time Comes; or, the Case of the Man Who Didn't Know" (short story).

Who Was That Man shows how the gay history of London in the 1890s affects Bartlett's life as a gay man in London in the 1980s. His latest novel, Skin Lane was published in London by Serpent's Tail publishing in March 2007.

He also served as Artistic Director at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith from 1994 until 2004. At the Lyric he directed productions of classic plays, which he translated or adapted. The following are some of the plays he directed and translated:

- The first English production of Jean Genet's Splendid's
- Kleist's Prince of Homburg and Marivaux's La Dispute
- His recent adaptation of Dickens' Oliver Twist

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_Bartlett_(playwright)
I often think of the men who planted the orchard, and I have done so many times in the last week while surveying the damage. They must have known they would never have seen the trees mature themselves, but must have hoped that their children and indeed children‘s children might one day pick the fruit on summer evenings, and think of them as they did so. --Neil Bartlett, Ready to Catch Him Should He Fall
It was several years before I met my own Boy, my very own Boy, that I read Ready to Catch Him Should He Fall. But thank you for that book, Mr. Bartlett. In another of your books, Who Was That Man: A Present for Mr. Oscar Wilde, you quote That Man himself:
It is quite true. Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else‘s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation. — Oscar Wilde, De Profundis
And is this quite true? This book you wrote, this Ready to Catch Him Should He Fall, this story of Boy and O, the bar where they met, the woman who helped bring them together, the marriage they shared: have I not only read and reread it, given it to others, written about it, quoted from it, but has it also, consciously or not, served as pattern and image for my most important relationship? Has life, as Wilde so famously said, imitated art? --Philip Clark, The Lost Library: Gay Fiction Rediscovered
Further Readings:

Skin Lane by Neil Bartlett
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Serpent's Tail (November 1, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1852429925
ISBN-13: 978-1852429928
Amazon: Skin Lane

Shortlisted for the 2007 Costa Novel Award

“I read Skin Lane with one eye closed out of sheer animal terror. Then, unimaginably, it brought me to tears; what a work of art—so unexpected and heartbreaking and lovely.”—Armistead Maupin

“A powerful and complex story of sexual obsession. . . . A profoundly original meditation on thwarted desire.”—Patrick McGrath

“Skin Lane welds itself to your hands from first to last. Textured, teeming with menace and deeply moving, it is an extremely fine piece of writing.”—The Times (London)

“A fiendishly taut little psycho-shocker.”—Will Self

At forty-seven, Mr. F’s working life on London’s Skin Lane is one governed by calm, precision, and routine. So when he starts to have recurring nightmares, he does his best to ignore them. The images that appear in his dreams are disturbing—Mr. F can’t think of where they have come from. After all, he’s an ordinary middle-aged man.

As London’s backstreets begin to swelter in the long, hot summer of 1967, Mr. F’s nightmares become an obsession. A chance encounter adds a face to the body that nightly haunts him, and the torments of his restless nights lead him—and the reader—deeper into a terrifying labyrinth of rage, desire, and shame.

Part fairy-tale, part compelling evocation of a now-lost London, this is Neil Bartlett’s fiercest piece of writing yet: cruel, erotic, and tender.

Neil Bartlett is an award-winning English novelist and theater director. He has directed on numerous occasions for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Ready to Catch Him Should He Fall: A Novel (Plume) by Neil Bartlett
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Plume (November 1, 1992)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0452268737
ISBN-13: 978-0452268739
Amazon: Ready to Catch Him Should He Fall: A Novel

This novel takes place almost entirely in a backstreet homosexual bar frequented by a motley collection of world-weary regulars. The bar is presided over by the owner, Madame, who looks after her boys, ensuring that the haven remains inviolate. Then one day an innocent young man walks in.

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Noel Alumit (born January 1, 1968)

Noël Alumit is an American novelist, actor, and activist. He has been identified as one of the Top 100 Influential Gay People by Out Magazine.

He was born, the second of four children, in Baguio City, the Philippines, and raised in Los Angeles, United States. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama from the University of Southern California and later studied playwriting at the David Henry Hwang Writers Institute at East West Players.

Alumit's play Mr. and Mrs. La Questa Go Dancing was produced by Teatro Ng Tanan in San Francisco and also in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Boston, and Philadelphia. Other plays penned by Alumit have been showcased at East West Players in Los Angeles and the Ma-Yi Theater Company in New York.

His one-man show, The Rice Room: Scenes From a Bar, was voted one of the best solo shows of the year by the San Francisco Bay Guardian and played to sold-out houses in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia and other cities. He also wrote and performed another successful solo show, Master of the (Miss) Universe at Highways Performance Art Space in Santa Monica, California. Master of the (Miss) Universe was named "Best Bet" by The Los Angeles Times.

His work has been published in Tilting the Continent (New Rivers Press), Take Out (Asian American Writers Workshop/Temple University), Subterraneans, and the literary journal DisOrient. His heralded debut novel, Letters to Montgomery Clift (MacAdam/Cage), received the 2003 Stonewall Book Award from the American Library Association for literature, the Violet Quill Award from Insight Out Books, the Global Filipino Literary Award from Our Own Voice and the Gold Seal from ForeWord Magazine. His second novel, Talking To the Moon, was released in late 2006 by Carroll & Graf.

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

Further Readings:

Letters to Montgomery Clift by Noel Alumit
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Alyson Books (September 1, 2003)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1555838154
ISBN-13: 978-1555838157
Amazon: Letters to Montgomery Clift: A Novel

This haunting and compelling novel of a Filipino boy sent to America by his parents to escape the brutal Marcos regime is a story of hope set against a backdrop of abuse and alienation. Following the Filipino tradition of writing letters to the ghosts of ancestors, Bong Bong Luwad begins to write letters to the ghost of Montgomery Clift, at first asking to be reunited with his family, but as he undergoes the pains of adolescence, sexual discovery, and mental illness, the letters form a journal of self-discovery.

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Statistics: December 2014

Here are the 3 months statistics for the visits on my website and 2 journals:

Site October 2014 November 2014* December 2014
elisarolle.com 484.634 549.644 602.830 9,7%
reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org 26.433 23.825 23.846  
elisa-rolle.livejournal.com 13.975 21.673 25.677  
Total 525.042 595.142 652.353 9,6%
*on a 31 days basis        

there was an increase of the 9,7% on the visits on the website, and of 9,6% on the total number of visits for all three locations. For the first time in 2014, the visit on the website went over 600.000 per month in December.

I decided to remove the ad banners from the website, thank you so much to all publishers who contributed this past year.

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Cover Reveal: The Adventures of Cole and Perry by Amanda C. Stone

The Adventures of Cole and Perry by Amanda C. Stone

It all started when Cole met Perry in a bar. Over three years they had some exciting adventures, and misadventures. The six stories included in this book are all about their journey from bar to wedding.
The Anniversary
Another cancellation of plans by his boyfriend forces Cole out to the neighborhood bar. Not long after arriving he meets Perry. Even as exciting as Perry is, he's unsure how the night will end.
The Fight
Cole and Perry are struggling to make time for each other and constantly at each other’s throats. A fight to the death will decide who is right or wrong in their arguments. But Cole really doesn't want to shoot Perry.
The Threesome
Deciding they want to spice up things in the bedroom, Perry wants to have a one-time threesome. Cole's nervous and doesn't want to ask any of their friends to join them. Perry finds the perfect solution.
The House
After two and a half years together, Cole and Perry want to buy a house. Once they find the perfect house, they get to spend their first morning together in their new space. Perry will have to help Cole decide which room is his favorite.
The Baby
Both Cole and Perry are exhausted. Taking care of a three month old is hard when she's up all night and is always hungry. If only they could find where they put the bottle warmer.
The Wedding
Cole is ready to make his commitment to Perry life-long. After careful planning, they created the perfect event. What could possibly go wrong? If only Cole didn't ask the same question.

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Author Bio: Armed with her Batman notebook, fourth grade Amanda C. Stone was ready to start writing stories about unicorns, family members, and her imaginary friends Pink Amanda and Blue Amanda. Today, Amanda is armed with a new notebook, along with a laptop, and a never ending supply of caffeine. Her stories are about all kinds of things, but the most important aspect is people falling in love.

Favorite of your characters?
I’m going to do one of my WIPs, which I know is frustrating because you can’t read it, yet. BUT. My favorite is going to be Emory’s story. It doesn’t even have a title yet but I know Emory is going to be fun.

Harry Potter or Twilight?
Twilight *whispers* I haven’t read any of the HP books *hides*

Where to find the author:
Website: http://www.amandastonebooks.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/amandastonebooks
Twitter: https://twitter.com/amandastonebks
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Email: amandastonebooks@gmail.com

Tour Dates: January 1, 2015
Tour Stops:
Parker Williams, Havan Fellows, Lee Brazil, Bayou Book Junkie, The Hat Party, Love Bytes, Velvet Panic, Inked Rainbow Reads, 3 Chicks After Dark, Decadent Delights, LeAnn’s Book Reviews, Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents, Molly Lolly, BFD Book Blog, Amanda C. Stone, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Charley Descoteaux, Hearts on Fire, Rainbow Gold Reviews, Wicked Faerie's Tales and Reviews, Fallen Angel Reviews, My Fiction Nook, The Fuzzy, Fluffy World of Chris T. Kat, MM Good Book Reviews, Dawn’s Reading Nook, Elisa - My Reviews and Ramblings, Christy Loves To Read, Cate Ashwood

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