Jun. 4th, 2013

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George (Cecil) Ives (1 October 1867 in Germany – 4 June 1950) was a German-English poet, writer, penal reformer and early gay rights campaigner.

Ives was the illegitimate son of an English army officer and a Spanish baroness. He was raised by his paternal grandmother, Emma Ives. They lived between Bentworth in Hampshire and the South of France.

Ives was educated at home and at Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he started to amass 45 volumes of scrapbooks (between 1892 and 1949). These scrapbooks consist of clippings on topics such as murders, punishments, freaks, theories of crime and punishment, transvestism, psychology of gender, homosexuality, cricket scores, and letters he wrote to newspapers.

Ives met Oscar Wilde at the Authors' Club in London in 1892. Oscar Wilde was taken by his boyish looks and persuaded him to shave off his moustache, and once kissed him passionately in the Travellers' Club. Ives was already working for the end of the oppression of homosexuals, what he called the "Cause." He hoped that Wilde would join the "Cause", but was disappointed. In 1893, Lord Alfred Douglas, with whom he had a brief affair, introduced Ives to several Oxford poets whom Ives also tried to recruit.

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

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Josephine Hutchinson (October 12, 1903 – June 4, 1998) was an American actress.

She was born in Seattle, Washington. Her mother, Leona Roberts, was an actress best-known for her role as "Mrs. Meade" in Gone with the Wind. Through her mother's connections, Hutchinson made her film debut at the age of thirteen in The Little Princess, starring Mary Pickford. She later attended the Cornish School of Music and Drama in Seattle, and then moved to New York City where she began acting in theater. By the late 1920s she was one of the actors able to make the transition from silent movies to talkies.

Hutchinson married Robert W. Bell, a stage director, in 1924. In 1926, she met the actress Eva Le Gallienne and became a member of Le Gallienne's Civic Repertory Theatre company. By 1927, the two women were involved in a lesbian affair, and Hutchinson and Bell, who separated in 1928, were divorced in 1930. The press quickly dubbed her Le Gallienne's shadow, a term which at the time meant lesbian. Both actresses survived the scandal in those heady days and carried on with their respective careers. (Picture: Eva Le Gallienne)

Under contract with Warner Bros., Hutchinson went to Hollywood in 1934, debuting in Happiness Ahead. She was featured on the cover of Film Weekly on August 23, 1935 and appeared in The Story of Louis Pasteur in 1936.

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

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Daniel Francis Turner, born in 1947, was an actor, author, composer and gay/AIDS activist. Turner was reared in Bloomington, Illinois in the Hotel Rogers where his father was manager. In 1962 the family moved to Cheboygan, Wisconsin where Turner began acting in high school drama productions and graduated in 1965. He received his B.A. from Fairfield University in Connecticut in 1969, spending a year abroad at Exeter College in England and traveling in Europe. During the late 1960s, Turner also traveled to Malawi in Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer and to Alabama as a VISTA volunteer, where he wrote and produced his early play "Cottonmouth." (Dan Turner (foreground). Photo: Paul Sjoberg, courtesy Ulysses L. D'Aquila)

In the early 1970s, he studied play writing with Kenneth Cameron at the University of Iowa, writing and producing a play entitled "Light Years." He was, however, asked to leave this program during an anti-gay pogrom, Turner then went to Texas where he was awarded an internship from the Dallas Theater. Center. During this program Turner also experienced homophobic prejudice, being "called before the entire theater company and ordered to choose between gay liberation and the theater." In spite of this prejudice, Turner wrote and produced several plays and musicals in Dallas including: Getting to Know the Natives (published by Samuel French Inc., New York, 1974); and "A," a musical based on The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. He received his Masters of Fine Arts from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas in 1974.

AIDS Quilt

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Source: http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt5199r16v/admin/

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Thomas A. Hannan was an an actor and singer who was a founder of Community Research Initiative and of the People With AIDS health group. He died on June 4, 1991, at his home in Manhattan. He was 40 years old.

He died of AIDS, said his companion, Carl Goodman.

Mr. Hannan was active in Community Research Initiative's sponsorship of research into drugs to treat AIDS and in the effort of People With AIDS to obtain drugs lacking Federal approval for victims of the disease.

He was born in Weehawken, N.J., graduated from Harvard University and attended Fordham Law School. He acted in musical comedies and children's theater in New York and elsewhere and sang with opera companies in Germany and Austria.

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Source: http://www.nytimes.com/1991/06/06/obituaries/thomas-a-hannan-entertainer-40.html

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I asked to all the authors joining the UK GLBTQ Fiction meet in Manchester in July (http://ukglbtfictionmeet.co.uk/2013-event/2013-attendees/spotlight_authors-2/) a personal favor, a special Ebook Giveaway: twice a week I will post 1 book from each author, and among those who will leave a comment, I will draw a winner. Very easy and very fast ;-) I will send a PM to the winner, so remember to not leave anonymous comments!

And the ebook giveaway goes to: gisu29

Today author is Anna Butler: Anna worked for many years as a communications specialist in the UK government working a range of government departments. She now spends her time combining her love for science fiction with that for m/m romance. She lives in London with her husband and Molly, the cockerpoo.
Flashwired is Anna's first published book. She is currently working on a series of five science fiction/gay romance novels, Taking Shield. The first will be published shortly.
You can contact Anna through her website (www.annabutlerfiction.com) or at annabutlerfiction@gmail.com

FlashWired by Anna Butler
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Amazon Kindle: FlashWired

Cal Paxton and Jeeze Madrid are the top scouting team on the Pathfinder-class starship, the Carson, on the very outer edge of Earth's expansion across the galaxy. They're wingmen, best friends and lovers. When Jeeze is shot down over a planet inhabited by a race Earth has never before encountered, what will Cal find when the Carson can finally mount a rescue mission?
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Promises Made Under Fire by Charlie Cochrane
Publisher: Carina Press (February 25, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Promises Made Under Fire

France, 1915

Lieutenant Tom Donald envies everything about fellow officer Frank Foden—his confidence, his easy manner with the men in the trenches, the affectionate letters from his wife. Frank shares these letters happily, drawing Tom into a vicarious friendship with a woman he's never met. Although the bonds of friendship forged under fire are strong, Tom can't be so open with Frank—he's attracted to men and could never confess that to anyone.

When Frank is killed in no-man's-land, he leaves behind a mysterious request for Tom: to deliver a sealed letter to a man named Palmer. Tom undertakes the commission while on leave—and discovers that almost everything he thought he knew about Frank is a lie…
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Vampires, Demons, Angels, Fae people, same old same old you would say, and instead nothing was as expected. The author took the usual characters of paranormal/fantasy romance and intertwined it in a story that was a mix of romance and horror, gothic in a modern setting. The strange mix was also aided by the choice of location, a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean, that helped the gothic feeling due to the “being trapped” situation but at the same time was big and modern enough to dispel the haunting and dark. BTW I have the feeling the author did know about cruises since the little details she used were quite right, at least according to my experience.

Silas is a fae with a mission; he is using a glamour to mix among the other passengers, but Rhys seems able to see beyond it; to Rhys, Silas appears with an otherworldly beauty, that is actually his real looks. But also to Silas, Rhys appears “different”, and not only since he is young and cute. There is a mystery in Rhys’s past and apparently Silas has the right answers.

The novel was starting in an “ordinary” way, two men meeting by chance, passions flaring between them, good sex and all; the fact one was a fae, wasn’t particularly exceptional, considering this is a fantasy romance. So yes, I was thinking, good story, nothing out of ordinary. And then the real danger arrives, and more than paranormal is horror, vampires eating human flesh, not only drinking blood; and Silas, the fae, wasn’t cute and pretty, he was dangerous, armed with a sword, and when wounded, he was almost pathetic, gaunt and feral. The author took elements that usually convey beautiful imaginary, and turned them into horrific details, with a mastery that is almost unsettling.

Close Quarter was a surprise and a very good debut novel.


Amazon Kindle: Close Quarter
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (November 13, 2012)

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Someone Like You by Syd Parker
Paperback: 262 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 4, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1482310589
ISBN-13: 978-1482310580
Amazon: Someone Like You
Amazon Kindle: Someone Like You

Does true love ever get a second chance? Aspen Lane hasn’t forgotten her first love or the heartbreak she’s been dealing with since she left. As an artist, Aspen tried to pour her feelings into her art in hopes of healing, but five years later, she’s still trying to move on. There’s just one thing keeping Lex Tataris from marrying her girlfriend, Cassidy Scott – being married to another woman. A divorce should be simple enough. Go home to Vermont and live there long enough to file the paperwork. When Aspen offers to live with Lex for the six months it will take to prove residency in Vermont, she figures it will be a chance for her to get closure and move on. Lex is certain everything will go smoothly and she will be free to marry Cassidy soon enough. The two women soon discover that letting go may not be as easy as they thought or what they wanted after all.
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Sea Glass Inn by Karis Walsh
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (January 8, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602827710
ISBN-13: 978-1602827714
Amazon: Sea Glass Inn
Amazon Kindle: Sea Glass Inn

After a life of wrong turns and lost hope, can true love be more than a bittersweet fantasy?

Melinda Andrews arrives on the Oregon coast with a dream of running the Sea Glass Inn. Still reeling after an unexpected divorce, Mel believes she has missed her chance to find love. All she wants is to make her business a success and regain her independence. She locates the artist who inspired her move so she can commission more paintings for her new inn.

Pamela Whitford runs a gallery in a small seaside town, planning events and supporting other artists while neglecting her own talent. Since being deserted by the love she thought was forever, she refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her again. But Pam can’t resist the struggling new innkeeper, and she agrees to paint for her even though it means opening herself up to creativity and the vulnerability that goes with it.

Can they learn to trust again and discover a second chance at love?
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Improvisation by Karis Walsh
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (May 14, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602828725
ISBN-13: 978-1602828728
Amazon: Improvisation
Amazon Kindle: Improvisation

After a lifetime of moving and change, Jan Carroll wants nothing more than to settle down and build a home. Then her father gets sick, and the stable—if solitary—life she’s made as a high school geometry teacher in Spokane, Washington, threatens to crumble around her. She wants little to do with newcomer Tina Nelson, a shallow and unreliable playgirl. Especially since their mutual friend Brooke Stanton has been not-so-subtly matchmaking…

Tina, a graphic artist and musician, has vowed to spend her life free from the obligations that characterized her youth. No ties, no long-term commitments. But she agrees to travel to Spokane to help her cousin promote his business and, in a second moment of weakness, promises to contact Jan. Tina is certain her acquaintance with the too-logical and inflexible woman will be a short one.

Sometimes, though, love makes you throw away life’s careful script. Can these women learn to improvise?


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