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September 23rd, 2015

Jerry L. Wheeler (born September 23)

Co-founder of Out in Print: Queer Book Reviews, editor Jerry L. Wheeler’s erotica, fiction, and nonfiction has appeared in a number of anthologies. His first effort at editing was a Lambda Literary Award finalist.

Riding the Rails won a 2012 Rainbow Award as Best LGBT Erotica.

Further Readings:

Riding the Rails: Locomotive Lust and Carnal Cabooses edited by Jerry L. Wheeler
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (December 20, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602825866
ISBN-13: 978-1602825864
Amazon: Riding the Rails: Locomotive Lust and Carnal Cabooses
Amazon Kindle: Riding the Rails: Locomotive Lust and Carnal Cabooses

Some of the hottest writers of gay erotica spin tales of Riding the Rails.

Trains are so romantic. The clock fades from your mind as the country spreads out before you. Forget catching up on your reading—you have scenery to inspire you and time for an innocent flirtation or two. Or ten. Maybe not so innocent and more than a flirtation.

It could be the guy in the cargo shorts across the aisle, sleeping with his legs just far enough apart. It could be the blond in the tight muscle shirt and baggy sweatpants heading for the bathroom. It could even be the handsome stranger sitting opposite you who chats you up and invites you to the dining car with yet another invitation in his eyes. This train will take you places you never dreamed of going.

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Bruce Cohen & Gabriel Catone

Bruce Cohen is an Academy Award-winning producer of film, television, and theater. He began his film career as the Directors Guild of America trainee on Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple, and went on to serve as associate producer and first assistant director on Spielberg's Hook. Cohen won the Best Picture Oscar for producing American Beauty. He earned additional Best Picture nominations for Milk and Silver Linings Playbook. He married Gabe Catone in 2008 and they have a two year old daughter.

American Beauty, directed by Sam Mendes, won a total of five Oscars, as well as the Golden Globe, British Academy of Film and Television (BAFTA), and Producers Guild of America (PGA) awards. Milk, directed by Gus Van Sant, was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won Oscars for Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay, as well as the PGA's Stanley Kramer Award. Silver Linings Playbook, written and directed by David O. Russell, was nominated for eight Oscars. It was the first film in 31 years to be nominated in all four acting categories, and Jennifer Lawrence won the Oscar in the Best Actress category.

Among the other films Cohen has produced is Big Fish, directed by Tim Burton, which was both a Golden Globe and BAFTA nominee for Best Picture. He is currently a lead producer of the stage musical version of Big Fish, now on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre, with direction and choreography by five-time Tony winner Susan Stroman.


Bruce Cohen is an Academy Award-winning producer of film, television, and theater. He began his film career as the Directors Guild of America trainee on Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple, and went on to serve as associate producer and first assistant director on Spielberg's Hook. Cohen won the Best Picture Oscar for producing American Beauty. He earned additional Best Picture nominations for Milk and Silver Linings Playbook. He married Gabe Catone in 2008 and they have a two year old daughter.

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Graeme Aitken (born September 23)

Graeme Aitken is best known for his two popular bestselling novels '50 Ways of Saying Fabulous' and 'Vanity Fierce', published by Random House Australia and by Hodder Headline in the UK. '50 Ways of Saying Fabulous' was adapted into a feature film in New Zealand and was an official selection for the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival. It also became a popular hit on the queer film festival circuit. Most recently, Graeme has been working as an indie author, writing and self-publishing his own e-books, most notably 'The Indignities' series, a sequel to 'Vanity Fierce'.

In addition to his work as an author, Graeme has also worked as the manager of Sydney's specialist LGBT bookshop for the past 23 years. There are now only a handful of these shops left in the world. With all this experience he is an Australian authority on LGBT books/writing and he edited 'The Penguin Book of Gay Australian Writing' back in 2002. Graeme is also extremely knowledgeable about publishing (he has experience with all facets - mainstream, small press, and indie self-publishing) and the current state of the publishing/bookselling industry.

Graeme was born and raised on a remote farm in Central Otago, New Zealand, but has made his home in Sydney, Australia. He has lived and worked there for the past 25 years.

Further Readings:

50 Ways of Saying Fabulous by Graeme Aitken
Paperback: 242 pages
Publisher: Green Candy Press; 1 edition (July 25, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1931160481
ISBN-13: 978-1931160483
Amazon: 50 Ways of Saying Fabulous
Amazon Kindle: 50 Ways of Saying Fabulous

12-year-old Billy loves food and Lost in Space. As the only son on a remote farm in New Zealand, he’s forced into farm chores that aren’t just abhorrent, but that leave him little time to indulge his theatrical bent. He gets by with the help of his tomboy cousin Lou and a rich fantasy life. The arrival of two outsiders — the freaky, pimply Roy and the sexy David Cassidy look-alike Jamie — changes everything. Billy is drawn to both Roy and Jamie, testing his friendships and loyalties in the process. Funny and engaging, this tale of a gay awakening resonates with anyone who endured an awkward adolescence. Billy struggles with his sexual identity, but also with his weight, in achingly familiar attempts to diet and camouflage his girth. Capturing the period when the adult world begins to impinge on the child’s, the book narrates the agonies of early adolescence with wit and tenderness.

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Simon Sheppard & William

Simon Sheppard is a writer of gay erotica and a sex-advice columnist from San Francisco. He lives with his husband William in San Francisco, where San Francisco magazine dubbed him “our erotica king.” They married on September 23, 2013: "William and I went down to San Francisco City Hall and got hitched. It was a whole lot of fun, and now we're happily husband and husband. Yippee!"

He is the author of many books of gay sex writing, including Man on Man: The Best of Simon Sheppard, Sodomy!, Jockboys, Kinkorama: Dispatches From the Front Lines of Perversion, In Deep, and Sex Parties 101.

He is also the editor of Homosex: 60 Years of Gay Erotica, winner of the 2007 Lambda Literary Award for LGBT erotica; the anthology Leathermen; and is the coeditor of the anthologies Rough Stuff and Roughed Up.

Sheppard's work is wide-ranging, often combining history, philosophy, and culture — high and low — with hardcore sex. His first book, Hotter Than Hell and Other Stories, won the Erotic Authors Association Award for Best Collection of the Year, and the title story of In Deep was shortlisted for the Rauxa Prize for Erotic Fiction. His work has also appeared in over 300 anthologies and magazines, including many editions of Best Gay Erotica and The Best American Erotica. He wrote the syndicated column "Sex Talk," and the online columns "Perv" and "Notes of a Cranky Old Fag." The online serial "The Dirty Boys' Club,” which he wrote for OutPersonals, was published as a novel in 2012. He also curates and co-hosts, with Carol Queen, the San Francisco performance series Perverts Put Out! Sheppard is openly gay, and is active in the queer artistic, political and AIDS-activist communities.


Simon Sheppard is a writer of gay erotica and a sex-advice columnist from San Francisco. He lives with his husband William in San Francisco. They married on September 23, 2013: "William and I went down to San Francisco City Hall and got hitched. It was a whole lot of fun, and now we're happily husband and husband. Yippee!" He is the author of many books of gay sex writing, including Man on Man: The Best of Simon Sheppard, Sodomy!, Jockboys, Kinkorama: Dispatches From the Front Lines of Perversion, In Deep, and Sex Parties 101.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_Sheppard_%28writer%29


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2015 GRL Featured Blog Tour: Jaime Samms

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). Moreover I'm taking part at the 2015 GRL Featured Blog Tour as Featured Blogger.

For the 2015 Featured Blog Tour, today author is Jaime Samms:

People always say writing is a lonely activity. A solo one. And to some degree, that’s true. No one else is going to write my words down if I don’t do it. But from concept to finished product, a lot of people end up influencing what I do.

Maybe they inspired the book with just the right picture. (Mary. Michelle. I’m looking at you.) Or offered a much needed sounding board when I hit a problem spot in the plot. So may other writers have filled this need for me over the years.
Even non-writers who knew more about my subject matter were invaluable to me in getting details just right. Not to mention editors, cover artists, productions teams. It really does, in the end, take a village to anything truly worthwhile.

That’s sort of what a convention like GRL is all about. It brings that far-flung village of ours under one roof for a few days. Because let’s face it. Without readers, no book can truly meet its full potential.
Meeting readers is an amazing opportunity. I never really get tired of talking about “my guys”, even the ones long nestled between the covers of their books after I’ve moved on as a writer. It’s fascinating to meet and talk to a reader who saw one of my characters in a completely different light than I had first imagined him.
It’s always with mixed emotions I approach this con. I’ll be honest. I’m not a social girl. At the heart of me, I like my fictional characters, my keyboard, and my coloured pencils. It’s a feat for me to fly hundreds of miles to meet people who have only ever been names on a screen. But that’s the thing, right? Your names belong to real, breathing members of my village. In the end, despite my wailing and wringing of nervous hands, I never regret going because we are all there for the same reason. We love what we do and what we read.



Patchwork Heaven by Jaime Samms
Paperback: 344 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (September 26, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 163216406X
ISBN-13: 978-1632164063
Amazon: Patchwork Heaven
Amazon Kindle: Patchwork Heaven

Singer Coby Kennedy and his drummer twin, Bruce, have a band called Patchwork Heaven. They have been rising steadily up the country music charts, but unfortunately, that rise has attracted unwanted attention. Faced with anonymous letters, sinister gifts, and the wanton destruction of their personal space, they hire The Detail, a specialized security firm. Coby never anticipated Gregor, The Detail's owner and his personal guard, would be quite so intriguing.

As the stalker gets closer and more violent and questions pile up, Gregor fears his past might get in the way of him finding who is threatening his client when he becomes suspect number one. Even though Coby is convinced Gregor is not behind the threat, Gregor is not sure he's the right man to keep Coby safe, either from the stalker, or from his own interest in the singer.



About the Author: Jaime has been writing for various publishers since the fall of 2008, although she's been writing for herself far longer. Often asked why men; what’s so fascinating about writing stories about men falling in love, she's never come up with a clear answer. Just that these are the stories that she loves to read, so it seemed to make sense if she was going to write, they would also be the stories she wrote.

These days, you can find plenty of free reading on her website. She also writes for Freya’s Bower, Jupiter Gardens, and Total E-Bound.

Spare time, when it can be found rolled into a ball at the back of the dryer or cavorting with the dust bunnies in the corners, she's probably spending crocheting, drawing, gardening (weather permitting, of course, since she is Canadian!) or watching movies. She has a day job, as well, which she loves, and two kids, but thankfully, also a wonderful husband who shoulders more than his fair share of household and child care responsibilities.

She graduated some time ago from college with a Fine Arts diploma, and a major in textile arts, which basically qualifies her to draw pictures and create things with string and fabric. One always needs an official slip of paper to fall back on after all....

Website: http://jaime-samms.net/
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Blue Paramour (Blue Ridge Saga 1) by Louise Ligon & Hunter Maine
Gay Erotic Romance
Series: Blue Ridge Saga
Paperback: 344 pages
Publisher: 4word press, LLC; 1 edition (June 20, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1941668011
ISBN-13: 978-1941668016
Amazon: Blue Paramour (Blue Ridge Saga 1)

When Brayden, a devastatingly handsome heir to a prominent Southern family, is caught in a compromising position with his handsome male lover, Jackson, life as he knows it comes crashing down. Exiled from the only home he’s ever known and separated from his love, Brayden is ordered to live in Boston where he is expected to become a true man and a proper successor. But life will show him that things don’t always go as planned… When Brayden encounters the mysterious and powerful, Vincent Gallaud, he instead embarks on an unforgettable adventure with his newfound king in the tantalizing world of New York City, forsaking everything he has ever known. Taking him on an unexpected journey that teaches him lessons Daddy would never approve. Back home, Jackson has no choice but to consent to marry Brayden’s greatest adversary and twin sister, Annabelle Steed. Consumed with greed and longing for revenge, Annabelle will stop at nothing to destroy Brayden’s life and rob him of his birthright, Blue Ridge. But everything comes at a price.

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