February 27th, 2015

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Tracy Rowan (born February 27)

Tracy Rowan has done office work, sold books, made and sold all manner of crafts, taught beading, edited tech manuals, been an artist and illustrator, and a street photographer, and for fifteen years she was a caregiver. But the thing she's found most difficult and therefore most fulfilling is writing. She lives in a craftsman-style two flat on Chicago's northwest side where she and her housemate spend a lot of time planning the garden, hanging with their friends and laughing a lot.

Suffer the Little Children won a 2011 Rainbow Award as Best LGBT Historical and Best Writing Style.

Source: www.goodreads.com/author/show/3306086.Tracy_Rowan

Further Readings:

Suffer the Little Children by Tracy Rowan
175 pages / 52000 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-153-1

When Victorian private investigator Nick Romney’s step-father, an Anglican bishop, is murdered, Nick refuses to get involved. At the urging of his family, though, Nick and his lover Davy step in to investigate. Together they uncover the truth of the bishop’s involvement in the dark and horrifying world of child prostitution, the reason why he was killed, and the shocking identity of the murderer.

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A.J. Thomas (born February 27, 1981)

A.J. Thomas writes romantic suspense. She's earned a Bachelor's degree in Literature from the University of Montana and worked in a half-dozen different jobs from law enforcement officer to librarian before settling down. Life as a military spouse has tossed her around the country so many times she doesn't know how to answer when people ask her where she's from, but she delights in living as a perpetual tourist, visiting new places and discovering amazing things.

Her time is divided between taking care of her three young children, experimenting with cooking and baking projects that rarely explode these days, and embarrassing her husband with dirty jokes. When she's not writing, she hikes, gardens, researches every random idea that comes into her head, and develops complicated philosophical arguments about why a clean house is highly overrated. Her work has won multiple awards, including the 2013 AMB Ovation Award for Best LGBT Inter-racial Romance, and the 2014 Rainbow Award for Best Gay Contemporary Fiction.

Sex & Sourdough won a 2014 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Contemporary General Fiction.

Further Readings:

Sex & Sourdough by A.J. Thomas
Paperback: 266 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 13, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627983074
ISBN-13: 978-1627983075
Amazon: Sex & Sourdough
Amazon Kindle: Sex & Sourdough

Anders Blankenship never intended to hike the Appalachian Trail alone, but when his boyfriend cancels, Anders steels his courage, leaving the abusive relationship to tackle the long-distance hike. Though a hiking virgin, he’s glad he made the decision when he receives threatening messages from his ex. Luckily, Kevin, an experienced backpacker, takes him under his wing.

Kevin Winters isn’t looking for a hiking partner, let alone a fling with a cute man on the rebound. After learning he has the autoimmune disorder that killed his father, Kevin left his family to wander remote trails. Convinced his future holds only pain and death, Kevin refuses to get close to anyone. The family sourdough recipes he recreates over a campfire are his only solace.

In the wilderness, Anders and Kevin discover a lot of common ground. While the future holds uncertainties they may not be ready to deal with, it might also hold the chance for happiness.

More Rainbow Awards at my website: www.elisarolle.com/, Rainbow Awards/2014

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Ari Shapiro & Michael Gottlieb

Ari Shapiro (born September 30, 1978 in Fargo, North Dakota) is an American radio journalist who grew up in Portland, Oregon. He currently is White House correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR). On February 27, 2004, Shapiro and longtime boyfriend Michael Gottlieb were married at San Francisco City Hall. Out since high school, Shapiro has shared his life with lawyer Michael Gottlieb since 1998, when they were both students at Yale.

Ari Shapiro is the son of database researcher Dr. Len Shapiro and university professor Dr. Elayne Shapiro. When he was eight years old, he moved with his family to Portland, Oregon. He attended Beaverton High School. He graduated magna cum laude from Yale University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and is a member of the Scroll and Key secret society. He is currently a White House Correspondent for National Public Radio.

Shapiro began covering the White House in 2010, after five years as NPR's Justice Correspondent. He began his NPR career as an intern to legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg in January 2001. Following that assignment, he worked as an editorial assistant and an assistant editor on Morning Edition.

Before becoming NPR’s justice correspondent, Shapiro worked as a regional reporter for NPR in Atlanta and Miami.


Ari Shapiro is an American radio journalist. He currently is White House correspondent for NPR. On February 27, 2004, Shapiro and longtime boyfriend, lawyer Michael Gottlieb, were married at San Francisco City Hall. Out since high school, Shapiro has shared his life with Michael since 1998, when they were both students at Yale. In 2010, Paper included Shapiro in the list of "Beautiful People," saying he "must have a clone. No one man could have so many talents and be in so many places at once."

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Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ari_Shapiro

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Jade DeForest & Sonia Johnson

Sonia Johnson (born Sonia Ann Harris; February 27, 1936) is an American feminist activist and writer. She was an outspoken supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and in the late 1970s was publicly critical of the position of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), of which she was a member, against the proposed amendment. She eventually was excommunicated from the church for her activities. She went on to publish several radical feminist books and become a popular feminist speaker. Johnson currently lives in New Mexico with partner Jade DeForest, where they run Casa Feminista, a hotel catering to feminist women. Johnson explains that, beginning of the '90, she and DeForest also retreated into their private lives, surrounded by female friends, flowers and laughter. But beginning of 2000s, they 'felt a quickening' and agreed that it was time to go back to New Mexico. They bought an old place and rehabbed it into a women's retreat center. 'That was fine as far as it went but we needed a real reunion … to begin to weave the broken web back together, recommit ourselves to women again. To bring women together again.' Like any major public event, the Feminist Hullaballoo has been a huge organizational undertaking, growing and coming to reality through the efforts of many women. 'The original idea,' Johnson is anxious to emphasize, 'was definitely Jade's.' She continues to speak at feminist events, including the 2007 Feminist Hullabaloo.

Sonia Ann Harris, born in Malad, Idaho, was a fifth-generation Mormon. She attended Utah State University and married Rick Johnson following graduation. She earned a Master's degree and a Doctor of Education from Rutgers College. She was employed as a part-time teacher of English in universities both in the United States and abroad, following her husband to new places of employment. She had four children during these years. They returned to the United States in 1976.


Mormons for ERA founders Sonia Johnson, Maida Withers, Hazel Rigby, and Teddie Wood
Sonia Johnson is an American feminist activist and writer. She was an outspoken supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and in the late 1970s was publicly critical of the position of the LDS Church. Johnson currently lives in New Mexico with partner Jade DeForest, where they run Casa Feminista, a hotel catering to feminist women. Johnson explains that, beginning of the '90, she and DeForest also retreated into their private lives, surrounded by female friends, flowers and laughter.


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Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonia_Johnson

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John Balance & Peter 'Sleazy' Christopherson

John Balance (first name also spelled Jhon and Jhonn; born Geoffrey Laurence Burton, later taking his stepfather's surname of Rushton; 16 February 1962 – 13 November 2004), born in Mansfield, England, founded the experimental music group Coil, in collaboration with his partner Peter 'Sleazy' Christopherson (27 February 1955 – 25 November 2010). He was responsible for vocals, lyrics, chants, synthetics and various esoteric sound-making instruments and devices. Outside of Coil he collaborated with Nurse with Wound, Death in June, Psychic TV, Current 93, Chris & Cosey, Thighpaulsandra and produced several Nine Inch Nails remixes. His early work and wide-ranging collaborations made him one of the most influential figures in the industrial, experimental minimalist and neofolk music scenes.

Balance died on 13 November 2004, after falling from a two story balcony at his home. Peter Christopherson announced Balance's death on the Threshold House website, and provided details surrounding the tragedy. Balance's memorial service was held near Bristol on 23 November, and was attended by approximately 100 people. Ossian Brown, a long term collaborator and member of Coil, dedicated his first book Haunted Air to Balance.

Balance first recorded using the alias "Merderwerkers". The Merderwerkers track, "Blue Funk (Scars for E)", was included on the Sterile Records cassette compilation Standard Response. Balance also published an underground zine, Stabmental, and released a track, "A Thin Veil of Blood", also using the nom du guerre Stabmental. "A Thin Veil of Blood" was included on the cassette compilation Deleted Funtime – Various Tunes for Various Loons. Balance then joined up with Peter Christopherson and Boyd Rice to record Nightmare Culture under the moniker "The Sickness of Snakes". Balance subsequently joined Psychic TV and performed alongside Christopherson; however in 1984, Balance and Christopherson left the group to develop Coil. A short collaboration with Zos Kia produced the split tape Transparent. Credit for the album was shared, and marked Coil's first release. The original Coil / Zos Kia tape, Transparent, was released as a "His-Storical" CD reissue in 1997.


John Balance founded the experimental music group Coil, in collaboration with his partner Peter 'Sleazy' Christopherson. During Coil's 23 years career, they collaborated with a number of peers, including Jim Thirlwell/Clint Ruin (Foetus), Marc Almond, Thighpaulsandra, NON, Current 93, and CoH. Balance died on 13 November 2004, after falling from a two story balcony at their Weston-Super-Mare home. After moving to Bangkok, Christopherson died in his sleep on November 25, 2010.

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

Peter Martin Christopherson (also known as Sleazy, 27 February 1955 – 25 November 2010) was a musician, video director and designer, and former member of the influential British design agency Hipgnosis.

He was one of the original members of the Industrial Records band Throbbing Gristle. After Throbbing Gristle he participated in the foundation of Psychic TV along with Geoffrey Rushton, aka John Balance. After his short time in Psychic TV, Christopherson formed Coil along with Balance, which lasted just under 23 years, until Balance died of a fall in their Weston-Super-Mare home. Christopherson participated in the reuniting of Throbbing Gristle and he composed an album for his solo endeavour The Threshold HouseBoys Choir.

Prior to his musical career, Peter Christopherson was a commercial artist, designer, and photographer. Notably, he was one of the three partners of the album cover design group Hipgnosis, which was responsible for many notable album covers of the 1970s. Christopherson remained involved with commercial art through his later musical career as a director of music videos and television commercials.

Born in Leeds, Christopherson was a founding member of Throbbing Gristle, who are credited with creating the industrial music genre before disbanding in 1981. Throbbing Gristle members Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti formed their own group while Peter Christopherson and TG's other member Genesis P-Orridge formed Psychic TV along with other musicians. John Balance met Christopherson as a Throbbing Gristle fan and the two became partners. Christopherson worked on the first two Psychic TV albums, Force The Hand Of Chance and Dreams Less Sweet, joined by Balance on the second one. The two performed live several times with Psychic TV then formed their own project, Coil. Along with Chris Carter, Christopherson has personally documented on his MySpace blog (with photographic evidence) of having played a custom-made (for him) keyboard-triggered sampler before the first sampler (Fairlight CMI) was available in UK. While not the first sampler, this was a major step towards the use of samplers in live performance, as noted by Christopherson himself.

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

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Blog Tour: Stolen Dreams by Sue Brown

Stolen Dreams by Sue Brown
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; Second Edition edition (January 30, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1632164035
ISBN-13: 978-1632164032
Amazon: Stolen Dreams
Amazon Kindle: Stolen Dreams

After cheating on and losing the man he loved, Morgan Conway decided to get his life right. Now he owns a coffee shop and is engaged to Jase, an actor and rising star. All is perfect in his world until the man he thought was gone forever walks into his shop. His hidden feelings rush to the surface, unfortunately there for everyone to see, including his fiancé.

Shae Delamere was crushed when Morgan cheated on him five years ago. But he has a reason for seeking Morgan out. As Morgan and Shae get to know each other again, they discover the extent that friends meddled in their lives to keep them apart. Morgan cannot deny he is still in love with Shae, but he is engaged. With some hard decisions to make, Morgan struggles not to hurt the men he cares about—again. Shae has secrets he came to share with Morgan, but revealing them now could keep them apart for good.

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AUTHOR BIO: Sue Brown is owned by her dog and two children. When she isn't following their orders, she can be found plotting at her laptop. In fact she hides so she can plot and has gotten expert at ignoring the orders.

Sue discovered M/M erotica at the time she woke up to find two men kissing on her favorite television series. The series was boring; the kissing was not. She may be late to the party, but she's made up for it since, writing fan fiction until she was brave enough to venture out into the world of original fiction.

AUTHOR LINKS:
Website: http://www.suebrownstories.com/
Blog: http://suebrownsstories.blogspot.co.uk/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/suebrownstories
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/suebrownstories

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:
Because two of her book tours (for The Next Call and Stolen Dreams) are going to run simultaneously, we have decided we would have a common giveaway for both the tours! It makes for an awesome giveaway as you’ll see :D
There will be FIVE winners chosen from this contest:
1) First Winner will get a $20 Amazon Gift Card.
2) Second Winner will get a paperback copy of Stolen Dreams. (The contest is open for everyone and not limited to a specific region!)
3) First Runner up will get e-copies of The Next Call and Stolen Dreams each.
4) Two Second Runners up will win an e-copy of either The Next Call or Stolen Dreams.
Contest Begins: 26th January, 2015
Contest Ends: 28th February, 2015
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