June 10th, 2015

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Jordan L. Hawk (born June 10)

Jordan L. Hawk grew up in North Carolina and forgot to ever leave. Childhood tales of mountain ghosts and mysterious creatures gave her a life-long love of things that go bump in the night. When she isn't writing, she brews her own beer and tries to keep her cats from destroying the house. Her best-selling Whyborne & Griffin series (beginning with Widdershins) can be found in print, ebook, and audiobook at Amazon and other online retailers.

Hainted won a 2013 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Paranormal Romance.

Further Readings:

Hainted by Jordan L. Hawk
Paperback: 248 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 18, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1484073134
ISBN-13: 978-1484073131
Amazon: Hainted
Amazon Kindle: Hainted

THE GOOD GUY

Haint-working runs in Dan Miller's blood. Not everyone can help the restless dead cross over, especially when the haunting threatens the Living. But the death of his parents six years ago forced Dan to give it up in exchange for raising his brother and sister, all the while struggling to keep their rural NC farm afloat.

So when the flamboyantly goth Leif Helsvin shows up on Dan's doorstep looking for help with an evil necromancer named Rúnar, Dan's first instinct is to turn him down. With two teenagers to look after, he's already got all the trouble he can handle. Besides, the sexy Leif is too much of a temptation, and Dan is firmly in the closet.

THE BAD BOY

Pierced, tattooed Leif never has sex with the same guy twice. It keeps things simple, especially since his oath to stop Rúnar has him constantly drifting from one town to the next. But this time, it looks like Leif is going to need help, in the form of the very down-to-earth Dan. Since Nice Guys are off the menu, Leif just has to keep his hands to himself for as long as it will take to stop Rúnar's latest scheme.

But as Leif finds himself drawn deeper into Dan's life, he quickly realizes he's not just in danger of breaking the rules, but breaking his heart as well.

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J.L. Merrow (born June 10)

JL Merrow is that rare beast, an English person who refuses to drink tea. She read Natural Sciences at Cambridge, where she learned many things, chief amongst which was that she never wanted to see the inside of a lab ever again. Her one regret is that she never mastered the ability of punting one-handed whilst holding a glass of champagne.

She writes across genres, with a preference for contemporary gay romance and the paranormal, and is frequently accused of humour. Her novella Muscling Through was a 2013 EPIC Award finalist, and her novel Slam! won the 2013 Rainbow Award for Best LGBT Romantic Comedy.

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

Midnight in Berlin won a 2012 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Paranormal/Horror and Hard Tail won the William Neale Award for Best Gay Romance. Pressure Head won a 2013 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Mystery / Thriller and Slam won as Best LGBT Romantic Comedy. Relief Valve won a 2014 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Mystery / Thriller and Caught! won as Best Gay Romantic Comedy.

Further Readings:

Midnight in Berlin by J.L. Merrow
Paperback: 232 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (January 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1609288904
ISBN-13: 978-1609288907
Amazon: Midnight in Berlin
Amazon Kindle: Midnight in Berlin

The hookup from hell…or the ride of his life?

Leon’s drifter lifestyle gives him the freedom to attend as many music festivals as his heart desires. Even the ones that leave him covered in feathers. Wet feathers, thanks to the rain as he hitchhikes back to his hostel. When he’s offered a ride by a good-looking man in a Porsche, Leon thinks it’s his lucky night. Until he discovers his savior from the storm hides a dark secret: he’s a werewolf.

At first glance, Christoph thinks the shaggy stranger walking Berlin’s streets is a rogue werewolf. By the time he realizes his mistake, it’s too late for both of them. Forced to turn Leon into a monster to save his life, Christoph still has to suffer his pack leader's brutal punishment for endangering them all.

Leon awakens, horrified by what he’s become—but it’s his lover’s fate that spurs him to action. Freeing Christoph is easy, but the aftermath complicates everything as they go on the run, desperate to uncover the secrets their pack leader is hiding. Secrets the pack will kill to protect…

Hard Tail by J.L. Merrow
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (April 2, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1619210576
ISBN-13: 978-1619210578
Amazon: Hard Tail
Amazon Kindle: Hard Tail

Finding love can be a bumpy ride.
His job: downsized out of existence. His marriage: on the rocks. It doesn’t take a lot of arm twisting for Tim Knight to agree to get out of London and take over his injured brother’s mountain bike shop for a while. A few weeks in Southampton is a welcome break from the wreck his life has become, even though he feels like a fish out of water in this brave new world of outdoor sports and unfamiliar technical jargon.

The young man who falls—literally—through the door of the shop brings everything into sharp, unexpected focus. Tim barely accepts he’s even in the closet until his attraction to Matt Berridge pulls him close enough to touch the doorknob.

There’s only one problem with the loveable klutz: his bullying boyfriend. Tim is convinced Steve is the cause of the bruises that Matt blows off as part of his risky sport. But rising to the defense of the man he’s beginning to love, means coming to terms with who he is—in public—in a battle not even his black belt prepared him to fight. Until now.

Pressure Head (The Plumber's Mate Book 1) by J.L. Merrow
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (August 6, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1619213621
ISBN-13: 978-1619213623
Amazon: Pressure Head (The Plumber's Mate Book 1)
Amazon Kindle: Pressure Head (The Plumber's Mate Book 1)

Some secrets are better left hidden.

To most of the world, Tom Paretski is just a plumber with a cheeky attitude and a dodgy hip, souvenir of a schoolboy accident. The local police keep his number on file for a different reason—his sixth sense for finding hidden things.

When he’s called in to help locate the body of a missing woman up on Nomansland Common, he unexpectedly encounters someone who resurrects a host of complicated emotions. Phil Morrison, Tom’s old school crush, now a private investigator working the same case. And the former bully partly responsible for Tom’s injury.

The shocks keep coming. Phil is now openly gay, and shows unmistakable signs of interest. Tom’s attraction to the big, blond investigator hasn’t changed—in fact, he’s even more desirable all grown up. But is Phil’s interest genuine, or does he only want to use Tom’s talent?

As the pile of complicated evidence surrounding the woman’s murder grows higher, so does the heat between Tom and Phil. But opening himself to this degree exposes Tom’s heart in a way he’s not sure he’s ready for…while the murderer’s trigger finger is getting increasingly twitchy.

Slam! by J.L. Merrow
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (April 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1619217155
ISBN-13: 978-1619217157
Amazon: Slam!
Amazon Kindle: Slam!

Limericks, lies, and puppy-dog eyes…

Jude Biggerstaff is all the way out and loving it—mostly. The Anglo-Japanese university graduate is a carnivore working in a vegan café, an amateur poet with only one man in his life. His dog, Bubbles.

Then there’s “Karate Crumpet,” a man who regularly runs past the café with a martial arts class. Jude can only yearn from afar, until the object of his affection rescues him from muggers. And he learns that not only does this calm, competent hunk of muscle have a name—David—but that he’s gay.

Jude should have known the universe wouldn’t simply let love fall into place. First, David has only one foot out of the closet. Then there’s Jude’s mother, who lies about her age to the point Jude could be mistaken for jailbait.

With a maze of stories to keep straight, a potential stepfather in the picture, ex-boyfriends who keep spoiling his dates with David, and a friend with a dangerous secret, Jude is beginning to wonder if his and David’s lives will ever start to rhyme.

Relief Valve (The Plumber's Mate Book 2) by J.L. Merrow
Paperback: 306 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (March 3, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1619224127
ISBN-13: 978-1619224124
Amazon: Relief Valve (The Plumber's Mate Book 2)
Amazon Kindle: Relief Valve (The Plumber's Mate Book 2)

If you dig up the past, be prepared to get dirty. The Plumber's Mate, Book 2 It hasn't been all smooth sailing since plumber Tom Paretski and P.I. Phil Morrison became connected at the heart, if not always at Tom's dodgy hip. Neither of their families has been shy about voicing their disapproval, which hasn't helped Tom's uneasy relationship with his prickly older sister, Cherry. But when Cherry is poisoned at her own engagement party, the horror of her near death has Tom's head spinning with possible culprits. Is it her fiancé Gregory, a cathedral canon with an unfortunate manner and an alarming taste for taxidermy? Someone from her old writers' circle, which she left after a row? Or could the attack be connected to her work as a barrister? Phil is just as desperate to solve the case before someone ends up dead-and he fears it could be Tom. At least one of their suspects has a dark secret to hide, which makes Tom's sixth sense for finding things like a target painted on his back...

Caught! (The Shamwell Tales Book 1) by J.L. Merrow
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (August 19, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Caught! (The Shamwell Tales Book 1)

You can run from the past…but the past runs faster.

Shamwell Tales, Book 1

Behind Robert’s cheerfully eccentric exterior lies a young heart battered and bruised by his past. He’s taken a job teaching in a village primary school to make a fresh start, and love isn’t part of his plans. But he’s knocked for six—literally—by a chance encounter with the uncle of two of his pupils.

Sean works in pest control, rides a motorbike, and lives on a council estate. On the face of it, he shouldn’t have anything in common with Robert’s bow-tie, classic-car style and posh family background. Yet Robert is helpless to resist Sean’s roguish grin, and a rocky, excruciatingly embarrassing start doesn’t keep the sparks between them from flaring.

Despite Robert’s increasingly ludicrous attempts to keep his past where it belongs, his past hasn’t read the memo. And soon his secrets could be the very things that drive Sean away for good...

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Ben Daniels & Ian Gelder

Ben Daniels (born 10 June 1964) is an English actor. On television, he has appeared in The Lost Language of Cranes (1991), Conspiracy (2001), Cutting It (2002–2005), Ian Fleming: Bondmaker (2005), The Virgin Queen (2005), and The State Within (2006). Daniels has also appeared in films such as The Bridge (1992), Beautiful Thing (1996), Passion in the Desert (1997), I Want You (1998), Madeline (1998), and Doom (2005). Daniels is openly gay. He remarked: "Out? I've never been in." He lives with actor Ian Gelder. They began seeing each other during a 1993 production of Joe Orton's Entertaining Mr Sloane. Daniels was already sure of his sexuality in his teens, although he did not discuss the matter with his parents because they did not have a very close emotional relationship. He was "cautious about mentioning it when I left drama school, because AIDS was terrifying everyone and there was a huge homophobic backlash". He decided to come out at the age of 24, while appearing in an all-star benefit performance of Martin Sherman's Bent.

Daniels said in an interview: "Homophobia is still shockingly prevalent in film and TV. I know I've lost work because of being gay, and it is always an issue. Even on a serious BBC Two drama, there will be some suit in some office going, "Hmmm, isn't he a poof?" I don't consider myself politically gay, but whenever I catch a whiff of that now, I'm on it like a ton of bricks." In 2007, Daniels was ranked number 79 in the annual Pink List of 100 influential gay and lesbian people in Britain published by The Independent on Sunday, down from number 47 in 2006. In his spare time, he is an amateur painter and practitioner of Ashtanga yoga.

Daniels was nominated for Best Actor at the Evening Standard Awards for Best Supporting Actor in the Laurence Olivier Awards for Never the Sinner (1991), 900 Oneonta (1994), Best Actor in the M.E.N. Theatre Awards for Martin Yesterday (1998). He eventually won the Olivier award at the 25th Laurence Olivier Awards in 2001, as well as the Best Supporting Actor award at the 2001 Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers' Choice Theatre Awards, for his performance in the Arthur Miller play All My Sons. Other theatre credits include Tales From Hollywood (2001), Three Sisters (2003), Iphigenia at Aulis (2004), The God of Hell (2005), The Wild Duck (2005–2006), and Thérèse Raquin (2006). In 2008, Daniels made his Broadway début in a revival of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play.


Ian Gelder and Ben Daniels
Ben Daniels (born 10 June 1964) is an English actor. On television, he has appeared in The Lost Language of Cranes, Conspiracy, Cutting It, Ian Fleming: Bondmaker, The Virgin Queen, and The State Within. Daniels lives with actor Ian Gelder (born 3 June 1949). They began seeing each other during a 1993 production of Joe Orton's Entertaining Mr Sloane. Gelder is known for his numerous stage and screen roles, including Mr Dekker in Torchwood: Children of Earth and Kevan Lannister in Game of Thrones.

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

Ian Gelder (born 3 June 1949) is an English actor. He is known for his numerous stage and screen roles, including Mr Dekker in Torchwood: Children of Earth and Kevan Lannister in Game of Thrones.

Gelder appeared in the TV movie of Rumpole of the Bailey as Rumpole's university lecturer son. He has also played many other roles on stage and screen. His stage work includes The Low Road (2013). From May to July 2014 he performed as Marcus Andronicus, brother of Titus, in Lucy Bailey's revival of her original 2006 production of Titus Andronicus at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.

He has appeared in television programmes such as Torchwood: Children of Earth in 2009, and Game of Thrones, 2011 as Mr Dekker and Kevan Lannister respectively. After an absence of three years, Gelder will reprise his role in the HBO series Game of Thrones in Season 5 as Kevan Lannister.

Gelder's partner is actor Ben Daniels. They met 1993 while they were both involved in a production of Entertaining Mr Sloane.

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

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Basil Hoskins & Harry Andrews

Basil William Hoskins (10 June 1929 – 17 January 2005) was an English actor. (P: Basil Hoskins (©2))

Hoskins, a native of Edmonton, London was educated at the Edmonton County School. The popular British actor who also had a distinguished career on the London stage, Hoskins studied acting at RADA and later joined the Nottingham Playhouse Company. Hoskins was the long term romantic partner of fellow English actor Harry Andrews (10 November 1911 – 6 March 1989). Andrews was a gentle soul and intensely private, living with his long-time partner in Salehurst, near Robertsbridge, in East Sussex. Andrews died at the age of 77 on 6 March 1989, at his home in Salehurst, leaving behind Hoskins. Basil is buried next to Harry in the churchyard of St. Mary's at Salehurst.

His best known films are Ice-Cold in Alex (1958) and North West Frontier (1959). On television, he played the part of Number 14 on The Prisoner television series (episode "Hammer Into Anvil").

Basil Hoskins, who has died aged 75, was a character actor in the romantic mould and dedicated his career, which spanned nearly half a century, to the theatre.

Alternating between the classics and musical comedy, Hoskins had the height, looks, carriage and voice to range from suitors and flirts, deceived husbands and anxious lovers, to sardonic men of the world. Heartthrobs were an early speciality.


Basil Hoskins & Harry Andrews are buried together in the churchyard of St. Mary's at Salehurst.
Basil William Hoskins (10 June 1929 – 17 January 2005) was an English actor. Hoskins was the long term romantic partner of fellow English actor Harry Andrews (10 November 1911 – 6 March 1989). Andrews was a gentle soul and intensely private, living with his long-time partner in Salehurst, near Robertsbridge, in East Sussex. Andrews died at the age of 77 on 6 March 1989, at his home in Salehurst, leaving behind Hoskins. Basil is buried next to Harry in the churchyard of St. Mary's at Salehurst.


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Source: www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/1483247/Basil-Hoskins.html & http://www.bruce-gray.com/Passions%20Playing/Hazel%20Boskins.htm

Harry Fleetwood Andrews, CBE (10 November 1911 – 6 March 1989) was an English film actor, known for his frequent portrayals of tough military officers. His performance as Sergeant Major Wilson in The Hill alongside Sean Connery earned Andrews the 1965 National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor and a nomination for the 1966 BAFTA Award for Best British Actor. He made his film debut in The Red Beret in 1953. (P: ©Allan Warren. Harry Andrews taken in London, 1970 (©17))

Prior to his film career, Andrews was an accomplished Shakespearean actor, appearing at such venues as the Queen's Theatre, the Lyceum Theatre, and the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in England as well as theatres in New York City, Paris, Antwerp and Brussels. Andrews made his London theatre debut in 1935 at the St James's Theatre and his New York debut in 1936 at the since-demolished Empire Theatre.

Harry Andrews was born on 10 November 1910, in Tonbridge, Kent. He was the son of Henry Arthur Andrews, a General Practitioner, and Amy Diana Frances (née Horner). Andrews attended Wrekin College in Wellington, Shropshire. From October 1939 to October 1945, Andrews served with the Royal Artillery during the Second World War. Andrews died at the age of 77 on 6 March 1989, at his home in Salehurst, leaving behind his long-term friend and partner Basil Hoskins.

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

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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Bo Huston & Dan Carmell

Bo Huston (June 10, 1959 - May 1993) adopted cinema as his model for aesthetic structures and the act of writing as the force of expression within those structures.

Huston took the first gay course taught in college in the United States, a course on gay film taught by Tom Joslin. Vito Russo, who at that time was writing The Celluloid Closet, did several guest lectures in that class based on his notes for the book. In this class Huston realized that being gay was a politically and culturally valid identity and something more than the desire for other male bodies.

In 1980, Huston moved to New Haven, Connecticut, which geographically expressed his psychic ambivalence in that it was halfway between Boston and New York, halfway between an academic community and the drug community, the latter of which was gaining increasing importance in his life. His cocaine habit eventually gave way to a heroin habit: he moved to New York and entered New York University in a master's program in film studies, but his drug addiction and his sexual adventures eventually led him to withdraw from the program. He then took courses briefly at the New School, but this also became impossible to continue.

Huston worked as a typesetter and became very involved in the New York club scenes. He would wake at 2 p.m., go to work, and afterward party at the clubs until 8.30 the next morning. He would frequent first the straight or mixed dance clubs - particularly the Mud Club, Cee Bee Jee Bee's, the Rock Lounge, and Studio 54 - and then move on to the more notorious gay bars: the Anvil, Mineshaft, and the Hellfire Club. In 1981 Huston met the poet Tim Dlugos in the backroom of the International Stud. They became lovers at first, but remained close friends until Dlugos's death in 1990. Dlugos introduced Huston to Dennis Cooper and the other Little Caesar poets. When Cooper returned to New York from Amsterdam, he read Huston's stories and gave him his first real encouragement for his writing.


Bo Huston, 1992, by Robert Giard
At a 1987 Christmas party, Bo Huston met Dan Carmell, a young man of extraordinary grace and charisma, who could even tame cats on the street by talking to them. They became lovers almost immediately. Huston and Carmell shared a beautiful home in San Francisco with their four cats. Huston died of AIDS complications more or less simultaneously with the publication of his second novel, The Dream Life, in 1993, Lambda Literary Award for Gay Fiction nominee in 1992.
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. (http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/digitallibrary/giard.html)
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Source: Contemporary Gay American Novelists: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook by Emmanuel S. Nelson
The Listener, nostalgic novel, proves that characters don’t have to be interacting much with other characters to seem alive and real. This book is about being alone and combing through memories, and it’s not very well known. --Blair Mastbaum
'Bo Huston's The Dream Life is an exhilarating and frightening tale of love and emotional discontent that manages to seduce us with its beautiful prose and elegant construction. The Dream Life is Huston's best work...one of the most startling and powerful novels to appear in years.'--Michael Bronski
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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Eugene Glynn & Maurice Sendak

Maurice Bernard Sendak (June 10, 1928 – May 8, 2012) was an American illustrator and writer of children's books. He was best known for his book Where the Wild Things Are, first published in 1963.

Sendak mentioned in a September 2008 article in The New York Times that he was gay and had lived with his partner, psychoanalyst Dr. Eugene Glynn, for 50 years before Glynn's death in May 2007. Revealing that he never told his parents, he said, "All I wanted was to be straight so my parents could be happy. They never, never, never knew." Sendak's relationship with Glynn had been mentioned by other writers before (e.g., Tony Kushner in 2003). In Glynn's 2007 New York Times obituary, Sendak was listed as Glynn's "partner of fifty years". After his partner's death, Sendak donated $1 million to the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services in memory of Glynn who had treated young people there. The gift will name a clinic for Glynn.

Sendak was born in Brooklyn, to Polish Jewish immigrant parents Sadie (née Schindler) and Philip Sendak, a dressmaker. Sendak described his childhood as a "terrible situation" because of his extended family's dying in The Holocaust, which exposed him at an early age to death and the concept of mortality. His love of books began at an early age when he developed health problems and was confined to his bed. He decided to become an illustrator after watching Walt Disney's film Fantasia at the age of twelve. One of his first professional commissions was to create window displays for the toy store F.A.O. Schwarz. His illustrations were first published in 1947 in a textbook titled Atomics for the Millions by Dr. Maxwell Leigh Eidinoff. He spent much of the 1950s illustrating children's books written by others before beginning to write his own stories.


Maurice Sendak, ca. 1970s (©2)
Maurice Sendak was an American illustrator and writer of children's books. He was best known for his book Where the Wild Things Are, first published in 1963. Sendak mentioned in a September 2008 article in The New York Times that he was gay and had lived with his partner, psychoanalyst Dr. Eugene Glynn, for 50 years before Glynn's death in May 2007. Revealing that he never told his parents, he said, "All I wanted was to be straight so my parents could be happy. They never, never, never knew." 



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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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Dustin Lance Black & Tom Daley

Dustin Lance Black (born June 10, 1974) is an American screenwriter, director, film and television producer, and LGBT rights activist. He has won two Writers Guild of America Awards for his work on the television series Big Love and an Academy Award for the 2008 film Milk. Dustin is in a relationship with British Olympic diver Tom Daley. Following Daley's revelation in December 2013 that he was in a relationship with a man, it was publicly acknowledged in May 2014 that Black is Daley's partner. The two now live together in London.

Black is a Founding Board Member of the American Foundation for Equal Rights and writer of 8, a staged reenactment of the federal trial that led to an appellate court's overturn of California's Proposition 8.

Black was born in Sacramento, California and grew up in a Mormon household, in San Antonio, Texas and later moved to Salinas, California when his mother remarried. His father had been the Mormon missionary who had baptized Black's mother earlier

Growing up surrounded by Mormon culture and military bases, Black worried about his sexuality. He told himself, "I'm going to hell. And if I ever admit it, I'll be hurt, and I'll be brought down" when he found himself attracted to a boy in his neighborhood at the age of six or seven. He says that his "acute awareness" of his sexuality made him dark, shy and at times suicidal. He came out in his senior year of college.


Dustin Lance Black is an American screenwriter, director, film and television producer, and LGBT rights activist. He has won two Writers Guild of America Awards for his work on the television series Big Love and an Academy Award for the 2008 film Milk. Dustin is in a relationship with British Olympic diver Tom Daley. Following Daley's revelation in December 2013 that he was in a relationship with a man, it was publicly acknowledged in May 2014 that Black is Daley's partner. The two now live together in London.

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Thomas Robert "Tom" Daley (born 21 May 1994) is an English diver and television personality. Daley specialises in the 10 metre platform event and was the 2009 FINA World Champion in the individual event at the age of 15. He started diving at the age of seven and is a member of Plymouth Diving Club. He has made an impact in national and international competitions from age 9. He represented Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Olympics where he was Britain's youngest competitor, the youngest competitor of any nationality outside the sport of swimming, and the youngest to participate in a final. In 2009, Daley reached a career best ranking of number one in the FINA World Diving Rankings for the ten-metre platform.

He won two gold medals for England at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, in the 10 metre synchro diving (with Max Brick) and the 10 m Individual Platform competition, and won the bronze medal for Great Britain in the individual competition at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

After his success at the 2012 Olympic Games and a summer of great sporting interest amongst the public in the UK, television network ITV approached Daley to have a role in their new celebrity diving reality TV show Splash!. Daley made his debut in the show's premiere on 5 January 2013 as a mentor to the celebrity competitors taking part.

Daley's father, Robert, died from a brain tumour on 27 May 2011, aged 40. He has two brothers - William who is three years younger, and Ben who is five years younger.

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John Alcorn & Ronnie Burkett

Ronnie Burkett (born June 10, 1957 in Lethbridge, Alberta) is a Canadian puppeteer, best known for his original theatrical plays for adults, performed with marionettes. He was the puppeteer for Ralph on the TV Ontario series Harriet's Magic Hats during seasons three and four. Openly gay, Burkett lives in Toronto with his partner since 1998, jazz singer John Alcorn. Alcorn's daughter, Coco Love Alcorn, is also a noted Canadian jazz and pop singer.

After winning a regional Emmy Award in 1979 for the puppets in "Cinderrabbit" on PBS in the US, Burkett formed his own theatre company in Alberta in 1986. His early works included Fool's Edge, Virtue Falls, The Punch Club and Awful Manors. In 1994, his work Tinka's New Dress was his international breakthrough, winning two Dora Awards, four Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards and a special citation from the Obie Awards. Performed internationally, Tinka's New Dress was the first part of a trilogy which continued with Street of Blood in 1999 and Happy in 2000. He also won a Chalmers Award in 1996 for Old Friends, a piece commissioned by the Manitoba theatre for young people. In 2009, Burkett received the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre for design. (Picture: John Alcorn)

His work, Provenance, was performed for the first time in October 2003, premiering at Theatre Network in Edmonton. In November 2007, he finished touring his show 10 Days on Earth that premiered at CanStage in Toronto in April 2006. In October 2008, he premiered his quasi-autobiographical show, Billy Twinkle: Requiem for a Golden Boy, at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton; the show toured several cities in Canada, the UK, and Australia through late 2009. Burkett’s partner, acclaimed musician John Alcorn, composed the score. “"This show is the first time that we worked together,"” Burkett told. "“And about a year and a half ago when we started the process, there was almost a murder-suicide! Because I had worked with the same composer for 15 years and she and I had the same shorthand. I just assumed that because he’'s my partner and we'’ve been together for almost a decade that we’d have our own shorthand. But not so in the process."


Ronnie Burkett, Phillip Huber and John Alcorn
Ronnie Burkett (born June 10, 1957 in Lethbridge, Alberta) is a Canadian puppeteer, best known for his original theatrical plays for adults, performed with marionettes. He was the puppeteer for Ralph on the TV Ontario series Harriet's Magic Hats during seasons three and four. Openly gay, Burkett lives in Toronto with his partner since 1998, jazz singer John Alcorn. Alcorn's daughter, Coco Love Alcorn, is also a noted Canadian jazz and pop singer.


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Matt Pierson & Nick Adams

Nick Adams (born June 10, 1983) is an American musical theater actor and dancer. In 2010, Adams, who is gay, was a part of a PSA for the It Gets Better campaign with cast members from Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. His boyfriend is model Matt Pierson.

His first professional theatrical job was at age 16. After high school he spent a summer in Chicago training at Gus Giordano Jazz Dance. In 2006 he earned a BFA in musical theatre with a minor in dance from the Boston Conservatory of Music.

In New York Adams joined the international tour of the musical Chicago, later joining the Broadway cast. He was also in the original Broadway cast of The Pirate Queen. In 2007 he co-starred in a Broadway revival of A Chorus Line. In June 2009 he was in the Broadway revival of Guys and Dolls.

In 2010, Adams played one of the "Cagelles" in the La Cage Aux Folles on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre. It starred Kelsey Grammer of "Frasier" television fame. (Picture: MattPierson)

Adams appeared as one of the leading roles (Adam/Felicia) in the Broadway production of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, which opened at the Palace Theater on March 20, 2011 after a short run in Toronto at the Princess of Wales Theatre.

Adams has appeared on US television productions of As The World Turns, Guiding Light, Dancing with the Stars, The View, The Today Show and The Early Show.


Nick Adams (born June 10, 1983) is an American musical theater actor and dancer. In 2010, Adams, who is gay, was a part of a PSA for the It Gets Better campaign with cast members from Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. His boyfriend is model Matt Pierson. Adams appeared as one of the leading roles (Adam/Felicia) in the Broadway production of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, which opened at the Palace Theater on March 20, 2011 after a short run in Toronto at the Princess of Wales Theatre.

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Euro Pride Con: Chris McHart

Starting from June 1, 2015, I will daily feature authors attending the three conventions I will join, Euro Pride in Munich (July), UK Meet in Bristol (September) and GRL in San Diego (October).

For the Euro Pride in Munich, July 11-12, 2015, today author is Chris McHart: "I'm Chris McHart and I'm a writer from Germany. My pen name is not German, it is based on my love for a lot of Scottish things (yes, kilts and single malt whisky).
I stumbled upon English written books because I was tired of bad translations. It was kind of natural to continue in English as I started writing myself a few years ago.
I've got way too many animals, always not enough time and more stories in my head than I can possibly write. If I'm not busy you can find me on a few social networks, killing time until I'm running late again..."

Further Readings:

Never Wrong by Chris McHart
Publisher: MLR Press, LLC (November 9, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Never Wrong

Dean believes love is never wrong, but is that still true if there's a twenty-one year age gap?

Jeff was raised to believe love between two men is wrong. Or is it? Can love ever be wrong? When Jeff meets the much younger Dean, he only knows he wants him, consequences be damned. But things are not as easy, especially after Jeff's ex calls and announces big news.

And Dean? He thinks the new neighbor is hot, but he's not interested in anything more than a rebound fuck. That's what he tells himself, at least. But lust isn't a good basis for a relationship, more so since Jeff isn't sure whether he can deal with being gay.

Love is never wrong, but can Jeff accept that?





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UK Meet: Blaine D. Arden

Starting from June 1, 2015, I will daily feature authors attending the three conventions I will join, Euro Pride in Munich (July), UK Meet in Bristol (September) and GRL in San Diego (October).

For the UK Meet in Bristol, September 11-13, 2015, today author is Blaine D. Arden: Blaine D. Arden is a purple-haired, forty-something author of gay & trans* romance mixed with fantasy, mystery, and magic who sings her way through life in platform boots.

Born and raised in Zutphen, the Netherlands, Blaine spent many hours of her sheltered youth reading, day dreaming, making up stories and acting them out with her Barbies. After seeing the film "An Early Frost" as a teen in the mid-eighties, an idealistic Blaine wanted to do away with the negativity surrounding homosexuality and strove to show the world how beautiful love between men could be. Our difference is our strength, is Blaine's motto, and her stories are often set in worlds where gender fluidity and sexual diversity are accepted as is.

When not writing or reading, Blaine has singing lessons and hopes to be in a band someday. Supporting Blaine in pursuing her dreams and all matters regarding household, sons, and cairn terrier, is her long-suffering husband for over twenty years.

Blaine has been published by Storm Moon Press, and has recently signed contracts with Less Than Three Press and Wilde City Press. Her scifi romance "Aliens, Smith and Jones" received an Honourable Mention in the Best Gay Sci-Fi/Fantasy category of the Rainbow Awards 2012.

Further Readings:

The Fifth Son by Blaine D. Arden
Paperback: 104 pages
Publisher: Cayendi Press; 2 edition (February 1, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9082296608
ISBN-13: 978-9082296600
Amazon: The Fifth Son
Amazon Kindle: The Fifth Son

A prince without power

In a land where magic is commonplace, Prince Llyskel has none. He can’t command spells, he has never been taught to fight, and as the fifth son of the King, he will never rule. Everyone believes he’s a weakling, most of all himself.

Powerlessness is Llyskel’s problem—and his pleasure. In his secret fantasies, the prince dreams of nothing more than finding himself helpless at another man’s hands… particularly the hands of Captain Ariv of the Guards.

Then Ariv makes Llyskel’s dream a reality, and as the powerless prince surrenders to the soldier’s desire, he finds his own true strength at last. But a web of royal politics is closing around Llyskel, threatening to tear him from his lover, and it will take all his newfound courage to escape…

Contains five shaded black-and-white illustrations by Yana Goya

NOTE: This is the second revised/re-edited edition of The Fifth Son. It was previously published by Storm Moon Press.



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GRL: Tina Blenke

Starting from June 1, 2015, I will daily feature authors attending the three conventions I will join, Euro Pride in Munich (July), UK Meet in Bristol (September) and GRL in San Diego (October).

For the GRL in San Diego, October 15-18, 2015, today author is Tina Blenke: Tina is a retired Air Force brat and has lived in several states as well as a handful of countries. She has always had a soft spot for literature and is a voracious reader. When she isn’t writing, she can be found cuddled up with a good book. Though Tina adores a thrilling novel with sappy lovesick heroes, she is terrified of things that go bump in the night. This makes for quite a complicated relationship with zombies, something that she just can’t get enough of.

Further Readings:

Shifting Weight (Shifting Paradigm Book 1) by Tina Blenke
Publisher: eXtasy Books (November 21, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Shifting Weight (Shifting Paradigm Book 1)

Jason is a West Coast wolf Shifter who leaves his native Pack Lands to search for his destined mate. When he finds the large muscled man working out a local gym, Jason is ecstatic and apprehensive. Eric is a Changeless human and there are tense sides to the politically heated debate around the integration of Shifters and Changeless. Jason is at risk of losing control of his wolf without bonding with his destined mate. But, will Eric accept that Jason is a Shifter? And can Eric trust Jason after his heart has been left shattered from a previously failed relationship?



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2015 Rainbow Awards Submission: Always Been You by Jess Buffett

Always Been You (Second Chances Book 1) by Jess Buffett
Bisexual Contemporary Romance
Series: Second Chances
Paperback: 206 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 5, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1507863896
ISBN-13: 978-1507863893
Amazon: Always Been You (Second Chances Book 1)
Amazon Kindle: Always Been You (Second Chances Book 1)

After recovering from a shooting that took the lives of his best friends, Seth Hall returns to his hometown for the first time in eleven years with his two children in tow. Intent on setting up a happy, stable life for them, he vows not to allow his past to intervene with their future. That is until Jared, the boy who had broken his heart all those years ago, returns to his life a full grown man who knows exactly what he wants...Seth.

Jared Stewart thought he had lost his only chance to be with Seth after a series of misunderstandings and mistakes. When Seth finally comes home and back into Jared’s life, Jared vows to do anything it takes to keep him there. However, while Jared and Seth grow closer, they discover that not everyone is so happy for them.

Will they be finally able to make a life for themselves together? Or will they be torn apart again, by people they thought they could trust?

2015 Rainbow Awards Guidelines: http://www.elisarolle.com/rainbowawards/rainbow_awards_2015.html

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