October 2nd, 2015

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Mathew Ortiz (born October 2)

Mathew Ortiz was born in Nuremburg Germany in 197O, the son of a quiet Army man and his loud Hungarian wife. Spending only two years in Germany, his family relocated to Fort Smith, Arkansas where he spent his youth in exile. Here is where he attended primary school and college, obtaining a degree in Nursing. He moved to Phoenix and met the bane and love of his life, Tim. When not on his laptop watching Are You Being Served or Keeping Up Appearances, Matt can be found either napping or reading with gusto.

Love and Salvage: Loving Emmett won a 2014 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Erotic Romance (The Bobby Michaels Award).

Further Readings:

Love and Salvage: Loving Emmett by Mathew Ortiz
Publisher: Mathew Ortiz (December 18, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Love and Salvage: Loving Emmett

Tatesville was a quiet little town just east of Atlanta, home to the Gaither clan. Emmett Gaither loved his family and his life. It was perfect. Being the only gay son had its challenges but his family stood by him and loved him all the same. He never dreamed that his world would be turned upside side by the new banker in town. The sexy blonde man made Emmett’s blood boil. But he wouldn't be interested in a redneck man like Emmett? Would he?
Alex King had lived a gypsy life. Leaving the northwest, he thought he wanted to live in the bustling city of Atlanta. Still he wasn’t happy, so he jumped on the change to move to a quieter life in Tatesville. He was sure he’d never meet a good guy in the little southerntown. Imagine his surprise when one of his customers wanted to fix him up with her SON! Had he move to the Twilight Zone? If so, he was happy to live there when the customer’s tall, dark and handsome walked into his bank…now what?

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Alfred Kinsey, Clara Bracken McMillen & Clyde Martin

Alfred Charles Kinsey (June 23, 1894 – August 25, 1956) was an American biologist, professor of entomology and zoology, and sexologist who in 1947 founded the Institute for Sex Research at Indiana University, now known as the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. He is best known for writing "Sexual Behavior in the Human Male" (1948) and "Sexual Behavior in the Human Female" (1953), also known as the Kinsey Reports, as well as the Kinsey scale. Kinsey's research on human sexuality, foundational to the field of sexology, provoked controversy in the 1940s and 1950s. His work has influenced social and cultural values in the United States, as well as internationally.

Kinsey married Clara Bracken McMillen in 1921, whose ceremony, like his college graduation, was also avoided by Alfred Sr. They had four children. Their first-born, Donald, died from the acute complications of juvenile diabetes in 1927, just before his fifth birthday. His daughter, Anne, was born in 1924, followed by Joan in 1925, and Bruce in 1928.

Kinsey was bisexual and polyamorous. He and his wife agreed that both could sleep with other people as well as with each other. He himself slept with other men, including his student Clyde Martin.

Kinsey designed his own house, which was built in the Vinegar Hill neighborhood of Bloomington, Indiana at 1320 First Street. There he practiced his deep interest in gardening.


Alfred Kinsey married Clara Bracken McMillen in 1921, whose ceremony, like his college graduation, was also avoided by Alfred Sr. They had four children. Their first-born, Donald, died from the acute complications of juvenile diabetes in 1927, just before his fifth birthday. His daughter, Anne, was born in 1924, followed by Joan in 1925, and Bruce in 1928. Kinsey was bisexual and polyamorous. He and his wife agreed that both could sleep with other people as well as with each other. He himself slept with other men, including his student Clyde Martin.
Shortly after he started collecting sex histories, Dr. Kinsey sought out funding for his research expenses. With a grant he received from the National Research Council, he was able to hire other researchers to assist him. The first one hired was Clyde Martin, in 1941. In 1943, he hired Wardell Pomeroy. These two researchers shared the credit with Dr. Kinsey for writing the landmark volume Sexual Behavior in the Human Male. Martin had a degree in economics; he handled the early statistical analysis for the team. Pomeroy was a psychologist by training, with a graduate degree from Indiana University. The team's diverse background contributed to the success of the project. Photo credits: All pictures were taken by the Institute's staff photographer, William Dellenback, except the photos here entitled "Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey" (unknown photographer); "Authors of the Male Volume" (Indiana University's Audio-Visual Center) and "Dr. Kinsey Lecturing (unknown photographer). (http://www.kinseyinstitute.org/about/photo-tour.html)

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

Clara Bracken McMillen (2 October 1898 – April 1982) was an American researcher. The wife of Alfred Kinsey, she contributed to the Kinsey Reports on human sexuality.

Born in Bloomington, Indiana, McMillen majored in chemistry at Indiana University, graduating with Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, and other honors. She also attended graduate school which she eventually left after marrying Alfred Kinsey. She first met him briefly the May he visited Indiana University before joining the faculty and they met again at a zoology department picnic in 1920. The couple were married from 3 June 1921 until Alfred's death in 1956. Alfred was bisexual and polyamorous. Clara and Kinsey had an open relationship. Clara slept with other men (as well as with him) and Kinsey slept with other men, including his student Clyde Martin.

Alfred and Clara had four children: Donald (1922–1927), Anne (1924), Joan (1925), and Bruce (1928). Donald died of diabetes just before his fifth birthday.

Laura Linney earned an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of McMillen in the film Kinsey.

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

Clyde Martin (born January 2, 1918) was an assistant to Dr. Alfred Kinsey and a co-author of Sexual Behavior in the Human Male.

Martin commenced study in economics at Indiana University in 1937. Soon after in December 1938 Martin actively sought out Kinsey and gave Kinsey his sexual history. The pair formed a bond, and Kinsey offered the cash-strapped Martin work in Kinsey’s own garden. From spring 1939, he was assisting Kinsey with tabulation of his sexual history surveys. In 1941 when funding for the project was received from the National Research Council, Martin became the first researcher hired by the project. In 1960 he resigned from the Institute for Sex Research to pursue his doctoral degree, receiving his Ph.D. (in social relations) from Johns Hopkins University in 1966. From 1966 until 1989, he conducted research, specializing in gerontology and sociology at the Francis Scott Key Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. He retired in 1989.

In May 1942, Martin married his girlfriend, Alice, in the garden of Kinsey’s house.

The 2003 musical Dr. Sex focuses on the relationship between Martin, Kinsey and his wife, with the character of Wally Matthews being based on Martin, Martin and Kinsey sharing Kinsey's wife as sex partner.

The 2004 biographical film Kinsey, written and directed by Bill Condon, stars Peter Sarsgaard as Martin.


The next step in the process after the interview was to get the information from the written answer sheet onto data punch cards. This picture shows Clyde Martin with the Institute's card sorter, the only data-processing option available to researchers at that time. Photo credits: All pictures were taken by the Institute's staff photographer, William Dellenback, except the photos here entitled "Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey" (unknown photographer); "Authors of the Male Volume" (Indiana University's Audio-Visual Center) and "Dr. Kinsey Lecturing (unknown photographer). (http://www.kinseyinstitute.org/about/photo-tour.html)

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clyde_Martin

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Assotto Saint & Jan Holmgren

Assotto Saint (October 2, 1957 - June 29, 1994) was a poet, dancer with the Martha Graham company, and playwright. He appeared in Marlon Riggs' No Regrets.

Through his contributions to literary and popular culture, Haitian-born American poet, performance artist, musician, and editor and publisher Assotto Saint increased the visibility of black queer authors and themes during the 1980s and early 1990s. In addition, Saint was both one of the first black activists to disclose his HIV-positive status and one of the first poets to respond to the AIDS crisis in his work.

His legacy includes his own literary and theatrical work and his role as publisher and editor of other writers. His theatrical and multimedia productions made him one of the central figures in the black gay cultural arts movement of his time; and as the editor and publisher of several important literary anthologies, he helped to make queerness an important element within the black literary community.

Saint was born Yves François Lubin in Haiti on October 2, 1957. He was raised by his mother and did not meet his father until he was an adult. He recognized that he was attracted to men when he was seven years old, but did not realize that there was a gay community until he left Haiti and settled in New York.

While visiting his mother in the United States in 1970, he decided to relocate to New York. He enrolled in Queens College in a pre-med curriculum, but soon left to pursue his interests in dance and theater.


Assotto Saint, 1987, by Robert Giard
Assotto Saint (born Yves François Lubin) was a poet, dancer with the Martha Graham Company, and playwright. Jan Holmgren was a composer for theatrical works of Saint and his companion of 13 years. Saint was known for his acting up and acting out: at fellow black gay poet Donald W. Woods's funeral, Saint openly confronted the family for their hypocritical elision of Woods's gayness; outraged, especially since Woods had fought to end the repressive forms of silence that equal death for gay individuals and AIDS victims, Saint stood up and "testified" on his brother's behalf.
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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Citation Information
Author: Prono, Luca
Entry Title: Saint, Assotto
General Editor: Claude J. Summers
Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Culture
Publication Date: 2011
Date Last Updated January 23, 2011
Web Address www.glbtq.com/literature/saint_assotto.html
Publisher glbtq, Inc.
1130 West Adams
Chicago, IL 60607
Today's Date June 29, 2012
Encyclopedia Copyright: © 2002-2006, glbtq, Inc.
Entry Copyright © 2011 glbtq, Inc.

Donald W. Woods (1958 - June 25, 1992), the head of an AIDS education organization and a former museum official, died of cardiac arrest on June 25, 1992, at New York Hospital in Manhattan. He was 34 years old and lived in Brooklyn.

Mr. Woods was the executive director of AIDS Films, a nonprofit company that produces AIDS education and prevention movies, and had worked there for the last two years.

Before that, he was the public affairs director of the Brooklyn Children's Museum for five years.

He was also active in other organizations, including Art Against Apartheid, the Other Countries Cultural Foundation, the Hetrick-Martin Institute for gay and lesbian youth and the Brooklyn Arts Council.

Mr. Woods was one of several authors of "Tongues Untied," a documentary by Marlon T. Riggs about black gay men that was shown on PBS. He also appeared in another film by Mr. Riggs, "No Regrets."

Mr. Woods was born in Queens. He earned a bachelor's degree at the New School of Social Research and did postgraduate study in arts administration.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/1992/06/29/obituaries/donald-w-woods-34-aids-film-executive.html
Assotto Saint was known for his acting up and acting out: at fellow black gay poet Donald W. Woods's funeral, Saint openly confronted the family for their hypocritical elision of Woods's gayness; outraged, especially since Woods had fought to end the repressive forms of silence that equal death for gay individuals and AIDS victims, Saint stood up and "testified" on his brother's behalf. Saint's acting up, like Woods's life, was memorialized in a short story entitled "The Final Inning" written by the Jamaican American black gay writer Thomas Glave and published in his story collection Whose Song?, which won the O. Henry Award for Fiction. --Artists, Performers, and Black Masculinity in the Haitian Diaspora by Jana Evans Braziel
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Jan Holmgren (April 25, 1939, Alno, Sweden - March 29, 1993, New York, New York) was a composer for theatrical works of Assotto Saint, his companion of 13 years.

Jan Holmgren began writing music at age ten. After a tour of duty in the Swedish Army, he received musical education in Sweden and immigrated to the United States in 1965. He worked as a flight attendant for American Airlines for 25 years.

In 1980, Holmgren became lovers with the Haitian-American poet, writer and performer Assotto Saint (born Yves F. Lubin) (1957-1994), who also died of AIDS. Together they collaborated on a variety of artistic creations. Holmgren wrote songs for all of Saint's many theatre pieces on gay black life which they produced themselves for their Metamorphosis Theatre. They formed a "techno pop duo band," Xotika, for which Saint was lead singer. Xotika's dance song "Forever Gay" was released on the CD Feeding the Flame by Flying Fish Records in 1990.

Holmgren is usually credited as a composer under the names: Jaan Urban or Jan Urban.

Jan Holmgren died of AIDS in New York at the age of 53 on March 29, 1993. —Joseph Dalton



Source: http://www.artistswithaids.org/artforms/music/catalogue/holmgren.html

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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Charles de Sousy Ricketts & Charles Hazelwood Shannon

Charles Hazelwood Shannon R.A. (26 April 1863 – 18 March 1937), English artist, was born at Sleaford in Lincolnshire, the son of the Rev. Frederick William Shannon, Rector of Quarrington (himself the son of a Royal Navy Captain, Rodney Shannon and his wife Frances Nash), and Catherine Emma Manthorp, the daughter of a surgeon, Daniel Levett Manthorp (and his wife, Elizabeth Mason).

Shannon attended the City and Guilds of London Art School (then known as South London School of Technical Art, formerly Lambeth School of Art), and was subsequently considerably influenced by his lifetime partner Charles Ricketts and by the example of the great Venetians. In his early work he was addicted to a heavy low tone, which he abandoned subsequently for dearer and more transparent colour. He achieved great success with his portraits and his Giorgionesque figure compositions, which are marked by a classic sense of style, and with his etchings and lithographic designs. (Picture: Charles de Sousy Ricketts by George Charles Beresford)

The Dublin Municipal Gallery owns his circular composition "The Bunch of Grapes" and "The Lady with the Green Fan" (portrait of Mrs Hacon). His "Study in Grey" is at the Munich Gallery, a "Portrait of Mr Staats Forbes" at Bremen, and a "Souvenir of Van Dyck" at Melbourne. One of his most remarkable pictures is "The Toilet of Venus" in the collection of Lord Northcliffe. Several of his portrait works are on display in the National Portrait Gallery in London.


©George Charles Beresford (1864-1938). Charles Hazelwood Shannon and Charles de Sousy Ricketts (©4)
Charles Hazelwood Shannon attended the City and Guilds of London Art School (then known as South London School of Technical Art, formerly Lambeth School of Art), and was subsequently considerably influenced by his lifetime partner Charles de Sousy Ricketts and by the example of the great Venetians. Shannon became disabled in 1928 after a fall, and the neurological damage that resulted caused amnesia and ended his career.



The Toilet, 1912


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

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Charles de Sousy Ricketts (2 October 1866 - 7 October 1931) was a versatile English artist, illustrator, author and printer, and is best known for his work as book designer and typographer from 1896 to 1904 with the Vale Press, and his work in the theatre as a set and costume designer.

Ricketts was born in Geneva to a French mother and an English father. He grew up mainly in France and Italy. He began his studies in art at the City and Guilds Technical Art School in Lambeth, in 1882, after both his parents had died.

According to William Rothenstein, "Ricketts, with his pale, delicate features, fair hair and pointed red-gold beard, looked like a Clouet drawing. Half French, he had the quick mind and the rapid speech of a southerner."

At the Art School he met Charles Shannon (1863–1937), painter and lithographer, who would be his lifelong partner in both his artistic and personal life. On the advice of Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, they settled in England rather than abroad.

They founded The Dial, a magazine, which had five issues from 1889 to 1897, and the Vale Press, named after their house, The Vale, in Chelsea, London. "The portrait of Ricketts by Shannon was painted two years after Ricketts had founded the Vale Press. It is a record of their friendship, slightly tentative in its character, with Ricketts turning his head away so that he is seen in profile. He liked it precisely for this reason since it shows him 'turning away from the 20th century to think only of the 15th.' It is labelled on the back 'The Man in an Inverness Cloak'." - National Portrait Gallery

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


Recently sold, for 50$, on ebay this delightful ex-libris was designed for Joseph Gleeson White by Charles Ricketts - a more 1890s combination one couldn't really find. Gleeson White was the editor of The Studio, an editor and book designer for George Bell and Co., as well as a talented artist in his own right. He was part of a circle of the literatti in Christchurch in Hampshire in the 1890s which included Frederick Rolfe for a while.


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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
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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Elizabeth Tuckniss & Jan Morris

Jan Morris CBE (born James Humphrey Morris 2 October 1926, Clevedon, Somerset, England) is a Welsh historian, author and travel writer. She is known particularly for the Pax Britannica trilogy, a history of the British Empire, and for portraits of cities, notably Oxford, Venice, Trieste, Hong Kong, and New York City.

Born in England of an English mother and Welsh father, Morris was educated at Lancing College, West Sussex, and Christ Church, Oxford, but now considers herself Welsh. She is a transsexual woman and was published under her birth name until her 1972 sex change.

Morris served in World War II in the 9th Queen's Royal Lancers, and later wrote for The Times. As a correspondent for The Times, Morris scored a notable scoop in 1953 when accompanying the British expedition which was first to scale Mount Everest. Morris reported the success of Hillary and Tenzing in a coded message to the newspaper, "Snow conditions bad stop advanced base abandoned yesterday stop awaiting improvement", and by happy coincidence the news was released on the morning of Queen Elizabeth's coronation.

Reporting from Cyprus on the Suez Crisis for The Manchester Guardian in 1956, Morris produced the first "irrefutable proof" of collusion between France and Israel in the invasion of Egyptian territory, interviewing French Air Force pilots who confirmed that they had been in action in support of Israeli forces.


Jan Morris and her son, Twm Morys
In 1949, Jan Morris married Elizabeth Tuckniss, the daughter of a tea planter; they had five children together, including the poet and musician Twm Morys. Male at birth, Morris began medical transition in 1964. In 1972, Morris traveled to Morocco to undergo sex reassignment surgery, because doctors in Britain refused to allow the procedure unless Morris and Tuckniss divorced, something Morris was not prepared to do at the time. They divorced later, but remained together and on 14 May 2008 were legally reunited when they formally entered into a civil partnership.


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

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GRL: Jenna Kendrick

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 Jenna Kendrick: Jenna Kendrick writes male/male new adult and contemporary romance, her favorite genre to read. She lives in Upstate New York, where she spends the better part of the year trying to stay warm and dry. When she’s not writing, she reads, has lost count of the number of times she’s watched The Princess Bride and The Avengers, and drinks more coffee and tea than she’d care to admit. She shares her home office with her dog, Tally, and her cats, Loki and Tamiris. The rest of the house is also occupied by her husband and two children.

Jenna spent most of her class time in high school writing bad poetry and short stories in which her teachers were the villains. She began writing in earnest in college. She developed an interest in reading romance novels when she spent a semester in Spain with a friend who had filled half her suitcase with historical romances (the other half held two changes of clothes and chocolate bars). Those books proved to be a gateway to contemporary, paranormal, and all manner of other sub-genres, but she found her true home as both a reader and writer when she read her first male/male romance, Collision Course by K.A. Mitchell.

In addition to fiction, Jenna also writes nonfiction technical books under another name. But writing male/male romance is her favorite way to spend all those rainy days.


Further Readings:

Make Me Believe (Hawaiian Haven Book 1) by Jenna Kendrick
Publisher: Jenna Kendrick (July 20, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: Make Me Believe (Hawaiian Haven Book 1)

With Tyler ready to move on, Drake’s run out of second chances.

Tyler Bryant and Drake Sutton met one day on the beach in Oahu and never parted—until Drake was offered the movie role of a lifetime and abandoned Ty to pursue fame and fortune. Tyler has moved on to another beach in another country, but he’s left his heart behind. And yet, every time Drake shows up he can’t help but let him back into his life. When he gets a familiar phone call, Tyler vows this is it, one last hook-up to provide a lifetime’s worth of memories.

Drake Sutton is tired of living a lie when it means not having the love of his life by his side. This booty call is going to be his last—because he’s determined to get Tyler back for good. But Drake’s going to have to go way off-script to make Ty believe.



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2015 Rainbow Awards Submission: Lost Bitches (an Abel Kane Mystery) by Antonio

Lost Bitches (an Abel Kane Mystery) by Antonio
Gay Mystery / Thriller
Publication Date: May 31, 2015
Amazon Kindle: Lost Bitches (an Abel Kane Mystery)

Private detective Abel Kane is on the case. And he is willing and able to do what it takes to get the job done. What starts off as a seemingly simple dognapping case turns into much more when the mob, a pretty call girl, and several hunky men get involved.

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

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Cover Reveal: A Solitary Man by Shira Anthony & Aisling Mancy

COVER REVEAL!

Authors Shira Anthony and Aisling Mancy have teamed up to write a red-hot action-packed thriller!



A Solitary Man coming from Dreamspinner Press November 6th!: www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/advanced_search_result.php

Sparks fly when Chance meets tall, sexy Xav at a Wilmington bar and they have the hottest one-nighter of their lives. But Chance doesn’t do repeats, Xav seems detached, and they go their separate ways without a word. Two months later, when closeted Assistant District Attorney C. Evan “Chance” Fairchild meets Dare’s Landing’s newest deputy sheriff, Xavier “Xav” Constantine, Evan isn’t only wary. He’s irritated as hell.

Xavier is a former FBI agent turned deputy sheriff who is hot on the trail of a South American child prostitution ring. Evan is fighting to put an end to rampant cocaine trafficking and chafing under the thumb of an election-hungry boss. When someone tries to kill the thirteen-year-old witness who holds the key to both their investigations, they’re forced to work together as they put their lives on the line to protect him. As Chance and Xav collide in heat of a sweltering North Carolina summer, dodging bullets and chasing bad guys isn’t the only action going on.

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About Shira Anthony: Shira loves a great happily-ever-after and never writes a story without one. She’s happy to write what her muse tells her, whether it’s fantasy, sci fi, paranormal, or contemporary romance. She particularly loves writing series, because she thinks of her characters as old friends and she wants to visit them even after their stories are told.

In real life, Shira sang professionally for 14 years, and she currently works as a public sector attorney advocating for children. She’s happy to have made writing her second full-time job, even if it means she rarely has time to watch TV or go to the movies.

Shira writes about the things she knows and loves, whether it’s music and musicians, the ocean, or the places she’s lived or traveled to. She spent her middle school years living in France, and tries to visit as often as she can.

Shira and her husband spend as many weekends as they can aboard their 36′ catamaran sailboat, “Lands Zen,” at the Carolina Coast. Not only has sailing inspired her to write about pirates and mermen, her sailboat is her favorite place to write. And although the only mermen she’s found to date are in her own imagination, she keeps a sharp lookout for them when she’s on the water.

Shira looks forward to meeting you at Gay Rom Lit!

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About Aisling Mancy: Aisling is an author who lives, most of the time, on the West Coast of the United States. Aisling writes adult fantasy, adult LGBTQIA romance, and fiction for gay young adults (C. Kennedy).

Raised on the mean streets and back lots of Hollywood by a Yoda-look-alike grandfather, Aisling doesn’t conform, doesn’t fit in, is epic awkward, and lives to perfect a deep-seated oppositional defiance disorder. In a constant state of fascination with the trivial, Aisling contemplates such weighty questions as If time and space are curved, then where do all the straight people come from? When not writing, Aisling can be found taming waves on western shores, pondering the nutritional value of sunsets, appreciating the much maligned dandelion, unhooking guide ropes from stanchions, and marveling at all things ordinary.

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