Aug. 28th, 2013

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Infinity's Song (Siren's Song Series) by Penelope Grey
Series: Siren's Song Series
Paperback: 214 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 5, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1482582279
ISBN-13: 978-1482582277
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Cassandra Blake and Helen Walker, both successful professionals who live on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound, have been in a committed relationship for eighteen years. They have it all – or so they thought. Their outwardly happy, loving and richly-rewarding life suddenly comes off the tracks when tragic events from both their pasts gradually come back to drive a wedge between them. The walls they’ve each built to protect their own hearts have created a rift so wide in their marriage that it may not be surmountable. A chance encounter forces Cassandra to finally face the demons of one fateful night and to bring out the real person she has spent years hiding away. Helen’s struggle is to cast aside the darkness of her own painful past and attempt to reconfigure her life – the only way she can save herself and her life with Cassandra. Infinity’s Song is the first in the Siren’s Song Series. It is a story about destruction, discovery and reconstruction.
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Silver/Steel (Arcada) by Belinda McBride
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (December 3, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Silver/Steel (Arcada)

When dream hunter Dylan Ryve spots a beautiful shapeshifter raising hell in a bar, he knows he wants the wild young man. But Travis Feris is more to Dylan than a few hot minutes outside in the snow; he's the assassin's ticket into the magical town of Arcada. He didn't plan to rescue the kid, but when he found the shifter being attacked, the opportunity to play hero was too good to pass up.

Through the solitude of a long winter night, Dylan walks in Travis's fevered dreams, learning about Arcada and the pack, and showing the shifter the man he'd been so very long ago. When morning comes, both men know their lives will be forever entwined.

From Dylan, Travis learns that he is a strong, valued member of the pack. The dreamwalker sees his own worth reflected back at him in the dark blue eyes of the wolf. Yet when Dylan has the chance to free himself from centuries of enslavement, can he betray the man he has come to love?
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Regardless of his sexual orientation, Andrej Pejić (born August 28, 1991) has become a favorite of the LGBT community, alongside models like Lea T. Pejic told New York Magazine that, “I know people want me to sort of defend myself, to sit here and be like, ‘I’m a boy, but I wear makeup sometimes.’ But, you know, to me, it doesn’t really matter. I don’t really have that sort of strong gender identity—I identify as what I am.”

Andrej Pejić (born 28 August 1991 in Tuzla, SR Bosnia-Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia) is an Australian androgynous model of Bosnian Croat and Bosnian Serb ethnicity.

Pejić was born in Tuzla and has one older brother, Igor. Pejić's mother, Jadranka Savić, is a Bosnian Serb, and Pejić's father, Vlado Pejić, is a Bosnian Croat. The couple divorced shortly after Andrej's birth. During the Bosnian War, Andrej and Igor fled to Serbia with their mother and grandmother, settling in a refugee camp near Belgrade. After the refugee camp, the family settled in Vojska village near Svilajnac.

After the 1999 NATO bombing of Serbia, Pejić's mother felt unsafe and decided to initiate the immigration process for Australia. In 2000, the family moved to Melbourne, Victoria, Australia as political refugees when Andrej was eight years old.

While attending high school at University High, Andrej was described as being 'academically brilliant.'

According to Vangardist Magazine, Pejić was in a relationship with ADEEN designer Rembrandt Duran, who explicitly refers to Andrej as 'she', but they broke up. It is widely believed that Andrej had previously dated Swedish model and fellow androgynous personality, Erika Linder.

It has been reported that Pejić was scouted as a model just before turning 17 while working at McDonald's, but they have also referenced being scouted at a swimming pool whilst still in high school in Melbourne.

Andrej Pejić (born August 28, 1991) has become a favorite of the LGBT community, alongside models like Lea T. Pejic told New York Magazine that, “I know people want me to sort of defend myself, to sit here and be like, ‘I’m a boy, but I wear makeup sometimes.’ But, you know, to me, it doesn’t really matter. I don’t really have that sort of strong gender identity—I identify as what I am.” According to Vangardist Magazine, Pejić was in in a relationship with ADEEN designer Rembrandt Duran, but they broke up.

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Joseph Wright Alsop V (October 10, 1910 – August 28, 1989) was an American journalist and syndicated newspaper columnist from the 1930s through the 1970s.

Alsop was born in Avon, Connecticut, to the socially prominent old Yankee family of Joseph Wright Alsop IV (1876–1953) and his wife Corinne Douglas Robinson (1886–1971). His mother was the niece of Theodore Roosevelt and was also related to President James Monroe. Both his parents were active in Republican politics. His father sought the governorship of Connecticut several times, his mother founded the Connecticut League of Republican Women in 1917, and both served in the Connecticut General Assembly.

Alsop graduated from the Groton School in 1928, and from Harvard University in 1932.

After college, Alsop became a reporter, then an unusual career for someone with an Ivy League diploma. He began his career with the New York Herald Tribune and in a short time he established a substantial reputation as a journalist, particularly by his comprehensive reportage of the Bruno Hauptmann trial in 1934.

Because of his family ties to the Roosevelts, Alsop soon became well-connected in Franklin Roosevelt's Washington. By 1936 the Saturday Evening Post had awarded him a contract to write about politics with fellow journalist Turner Catledge. Two years later, the North American News Alliance (NANA) contracted Alsop and Robert E. Kintner to write a nationally-syndicated column on a daily basis. His first book The 168 Days (1938), covering Roosevelt's unsuccessful campaign to enlarge the Supreme Court, became a bestseller. In 1940, Alsop and Kintner moved from NANA to the New York Herald Tribune.

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Michael Stuart Shere was a theatrical-lighting designer whose work includes the L.A. production of Present Laughter. He was also a playwright.

Michael Stuart Shere, an award-winning set and lighting designer for more than 25 years, died at the age of 47 on August 28, 1994, in Los Angeles of complications of AIDS.

His work on the Noel Coward play "Present Laughter" earned him Drama-Logue awards for sets and lighting.

Shere also wrote and directed plays, including "Conversation at Taormina" for Purple Stages and "The Outing of Tommy Morgan."

An activist as well, Shere served on the board and was chairman of the Response Committee of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation in Los Angeles. He also worked with Artists Confronting AIDS, the Purple Circuit and the AIDS Service Center, for whom he staged the benefit performance of "Angels in the Square" in June.

At the time of his death, Shere was working on a historical music revue about Los Angeles' defunct Turnabout Theater.


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Nicholas Schaffner (January 28, 1953 – August 28, 1991) was an American non-fiction author, journalist, and singer-songwriter. As an author, his works include the biographies The Beatles Forever and A Saucerful of Secrets: The Pink Floyd Odyssey as well as the children's book The Boys from Liverpool: John, Paul, George, Ringo. Schaffner also wrote articles for Rolling Stone, Musician, The Village Voice, and Trouser Press. He was the grandson of Imagist poet Hilda Doolittle, better known as H.D..

Schaffner died on August 28, 1991 in New York City of an AIDS-related illness shortly after the release of Saucerful of Secrets: The Pink Floyd Odyssey.

Schaffner's song cycle, Magical Kingdoms, was released in 1990. Music from the collection has been performed posthumously at tribute events at venues including New York's Lincoln Center.

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Although same-sex friendships played a more important role in his emotional and personal life than relationships with women, his hostility to all forms of nonprocreative sexuality caused Augustine to condemn homosexuality. (Picture: "St Augustine and Monica" (1846), by Ary Scheffer)

Augustine was born in Thagaste, Numidia (now Algeria), to a Romanized family of Berber origins. Much of his youth and early adulthood was dominated by his mother Monica, a pious and spirited Christian. Having received a traditional literary education, he embarked on the career of a Roman rhetorician.

At about nineteen, he was converted to the "love of wisdom" by reading Cicero's Hortensius. Henceforth the promotion of a career would be balanced by intellectual and spiritual pursuits. Being repelled by the Bible's apparent "barbarity," Augustine drifted into Manichaeism. After nine years' involvement with this religion, he became disillusioned of its truth-claims. He traveled to Rome and, after a brief liaison with academic skepticism, was appointed imperial rhetorician at Milan. There he was introduced to Bishop Ambrose, a man whose spiritual intensity was matched only by his political ability.

Ambrose's allegorical method of interpretation largely reconciled Augustine to the Christian Scriptures. In addition, he became deeply influenced by the philosophy of Plotinus and Porphyry, and also began an attentive reading of St. Paul's letters. It was in this intellectual-religious context that Augustine committed himself to Christianity.

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Author: Walton, Brad
Entry Title: Augustine of Hippo
General Editor: Claude J. Summers
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Publication Date: 2002
Date Last Updated January 30, 2006
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Today's Date August 28, 2012
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Walter Raines, dancer and teacher, was a charter member of the Dance Theater of Harlem and artistic director of its school. He died on August 28, 1994, at his home in Manhattan. He was 54.

The cause was AIDS, said Jeffrey Hankinson, his cousin.

Mr. Raines was a classical ballet dancer of an elegance so unyielding that he could stand on his hands for two minutes, or so it seemed in Arthur Mitchell's "Biosfera," without losing his distinguished look. But Mr. Raines also choreographed, taught ballet at several universities as well as at Dance Theater of Harlem, staged rock acts and Off Broadway plays and was even responsible for the art direction and costumes for the film "The Cruz Brothers and Miss Malloy" (1980). 'A Man of the Theater'

"I've been warned against being a jack-of-all-trades and master of none," Mr. Raines said in a 1977 interview, "but when I die I'd just like to be called 'a man of the theater."

Mr. Raines was born in Braddock, Pa., and trained in dance at the Pittsburgh Playhouse School of Theater and Dance and the New York City Ballet-affiliated School of American Ballet. He was also a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University. In addition to his career with the Harlem company, where he danced from 1968 to 1978, Mr. Raines performed with the Stuttgart Ballet in Germany and the Pennsylvania Ballet.

He was an associate professor at City College of New York from 1978 to 1989 and headed several programs at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in the 1980's. He was also a guest teacher in Germany at the Tanz-Forum der Oper der Stadt Koln, at the Vienna Opera Ballet and at Den Norske Ballet of Oslo.

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I asked to all the authors joining the GayRomLit convention in Atlanta in October ( a personal favor, a special Ebook Giveaway: everyday 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: whitestar

Today author is Feliz Faber: Ever since I first discovered books, I knew what I wanted to do when I grew up. I was going to have a job where I could read all day long and where I could wallow in words and play with them to my heart's desire. However, life had something else in store for me. You know the saying, life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans, right? Tell me about it. Anyway, before I knew it, I found myself in college learning a "decent profession" - one which, although it includes a lot of talking, is as far removed from "playing with words" as possible. What followed were years of doing an insane variety of odd jobs to finance my study, and afterwards years of traveling in order to make a career. This too passed, though, and I eventually put down roots. Today, I live with one man, two dogs, four budgies and about seven dozen fish. When I'm not glued to my computer or a book, I run, play the flute, drive around on my motorbike, or try for the umpteenth time to get a single hydrangea to survive in my garden. So far, I've killed about twenty of them. Hope the poor darlings won't hold it against me and await me in heaven one day.

Thorns by Feliz Faber
Paperback: 260 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 26, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1623809371
ISBN-13: 978-1623809379
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How can love between two men possibly be responsible for a horse's death during the Kentucky Derby? Reporter Will Yeats wants to know the truth.

Seventeen years ago, a love affair between a jockey and a horse trainer and a tragic accident on the racetrack scandalized the horseracing world. But Nic Pithiviers and Louis Meerow seem to have no desire to set the record straight: they refuse the interview and send attorney Francis LeBon to question Will's motives.

Francis has a special place in his heart for Nic and Louis, who taught him to take pride in himself as a gay man, and he'll stop at nothing to protect them from a gossipmongering reporter. However, Francis doesn't expect the reporter's honesty and genuine determination to exonerate two men falsely accused... or the growing attraction to Will he feels.

While visiting with Nic and Louis at their horse training center in France, Will uncovers a web of intrigue, secrets, and old lies, and he unwittingly sets a series of perilous events into motion that not only threaten to destroy his budding relationship with Francis, but Nic and Louis's decades-long commitment as well.
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Once you understand this is not a realistic cop/thriller novel but a comedy, then you are ready to read it, and as comedy goes, it’s pretty good.

Usually undercover cops, especially the young ones, believe, or pretend, to know what they are doing. Here Jamie is totally honest in saying, he is not, and he doesn’t even particularly want to. Son and grandson of police officers, he entered the academy more following a trend than for real attitude; as a patrol officer he is not bad, but the job is boring and so he happily accepts to go undercover to gather evidence against a mafia boss. And here the first hint this is more a comedy, cause, for what little I know, it’s probably naïve to think that an undercover cop will use his real name, and real ID, for the job; that is the reason why Dmitri, the supposedly mafia boss, is well aware that Jamie is a cop. And here the second hint: despite knowing Jamie is on the other side of the barricades, Dmitri falls in love with him 2 minutes flat after meeting him.

Jamie and Dmitri are more lovesick puppies that grown men; actually I did wonder how these two are living alone from their families, cause sometime they remembered me more teenagers than adults. To a sex experience level, Jamie is indeed little more than a teen, having being together with his very Irish Catholic boyfriend since the age of 15, and that means his boyfriend didn’t want to bring them to the next stage of sexual knowledge (being the first oral sex). Just months before, the boyfriend in question decided he was not gay and dumped Jamie, who is now on the rebound with Dmitri, only that the rebound is way more intense than the previous love.

An assortment of mostly female supporting characters (3 sisters from Jamie’s side, 5 from Dmitri’s, Jamie’s best friend, Dmitri’s best friend and fake fiancé) make a perfect corollary for the comedy plot: Jamie and Dmitri are like dolls all the females use to play, dressing them and playing home. They are mostly harmless, and indeed, both Jamie than Dmitri enjoy more their company than that of the big boys.

This was a funny, uncomplicated and cute reading, very light but good.

Amazon: Way Off Plan (Firsts and Forever) (Volume 1)
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Series: Firsts and Forever
Paperback: 344 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (January 25, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1482027402
ISBN-13: 978-1482027402


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Under the Rushes by Amy Lane
Paperback: 340 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 21, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 162380244X
ISBN-13: 978-1623802448
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Ten years after Dorjan trusted a boy's word over his superior officer's, he and his best friend, Areau, are still living the aftermath-and trying to stop the man responsible. Locked in a careful dance to bring down a corrupt government, Dorjan struggles to balance his grief with Areau's anger. Just when Dorjan reaches the end of his rope, he sees a familiar face in the shadows, and the boy he trusted a decade before offers him unexpected kindness.

Taern remembers the soldier who found him under the rushes and listened to his pleas to save his family. When Dorjan reappears in his life, Taern is both captured by his commitment to justice and terrified by the risks he takes. All Taern wants to do is fix him, but the oncoming destruction has been ten years in the making, and Dorjan doesn't want his help. Not if it puts Taern at risk.

Powers clash and a world's fate dangles between Areau's madness and Dorjan's nobility. While Dorjan fights to save the world, Taern joins the battle simply to save Dorjan, knowing everything hinges on the heart of a man in armor and the strength of the man who loves him.
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Dex in Blue by Amy Lane
Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1623800102
ISBN-13: 978-1623800109
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Ten years ago David Worral had plans to go to college and the potential for a beautiful future in front of him. One tragic accident later, he fled to California and reinvented himself as Dex, top porn model of Johnnies.

Dex's life is a tangled mess now, but the guys he works with only see the man who makes them believe even porn stars can lead normal lives. When Kane, one of Dex's coworkers, gets kicked out of his house, the least Dex can do is give him a place to stay. Kane may be a hyperactive muscle-bound psycho, but he's also a really nice guy. What could be the harm?

Except nothing is simple-not sex, not love, and not the goofy kid with the big dick and bigger heart who moves his life into Dex's guest room. When they start negotiating fractured pasts and broken friends, Dex wonders if Kane's honest nature can untangle the sadness that stalled his once-promising future. With Kane by his side, Dex just might be able to reclaim the boy he once was-and if he can do that, he can give Kane the home and the family he deserves.
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Mourning Heaven by Amy Lane
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (September 7, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613727453
ISBN-13: 978-1613727454
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Heroes fall.

Peter first came to the tiny backwater of Daisy, California, as a child, and he was sure of one thing: his cousin Michael would take care of him. When Michael started a friendship with the fragile, haunted Bodi Kovacs, Peter's consolation in losing any claim to Bodi was that Michael would care for him too. But tragedy struck, and Michael ripped himself out of their world and threw away the people who loved him most.

Six years later, Michael is coming home in a box. All it took to destroy a hero was a town full of bigotry and hatred. Reclaiming him will take strength of heart that neither Peter nor Bodi had six years ago. Since Michael left, Bodi has been lost and alone. Peter can try to make Bodi his and take the role Michael should have had, but first he and Bodi have to confront the past. They will need to face Michael, the good and the bad, the beauty and the sadness, and see his memory truly for what it was and not what it could have been. It's a simple act that may destroy them both: sifting through the flaming ruins of heaven is a sure way to annihilate a bleeding mortal heart.
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Racing for the Sun by Amy Lane
Paperback: 260 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (April 26, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 162380647X
ISBN-13: 978-1623806477
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"I'll do anything."

Staff Sergeant Jasper "Ace" Atchison takes one look at Private Sonny Daye and knows that every word on paper about him is pure, unadulterated bullshit. But Sonny is desperate, and although Ace isn't going to take him up on his offer of "anything," that doesn't mean he isn't tempted.

Instead, Ace takes Sonny under his wing, protecting him when they're in the service and making plans with him when they get out. Together, they're going to own a garage and build race cars and make their fortune hurtling faster than light across the desert. Together, they're going to rewrite the past, make Sonny Daye a whole and happy person, and put the ghosts in Ace's heart to rest.

But not even Sonny can build a car fast enough to escape the ghosts of the past. When Sonny's ghosts drive them down and run their plans off the road, Ace finds out exactly what he's made of. Maybe Sonny was the one to promise Ace anything, but there is nothing under the sun Ace won't do to keep Sonny safe from harm.
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Bolt-hole by Amy Lane
Paperback: 246 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 27, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1623805376
ISBN-13: 978-1623805371
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Terrell Washington's childhood was a trifecta of suck: being black, gay, and poor in America has no upside. Terrell climbed his way out of the hood only to hit a glass ceiling and stop, frozen, a chain restaurant bartender with a journalism degree. His one bright spot is Colby Meyers, a coworker who has no fear, no inhibitions, and sees no boundaries. Terrell and Colby spend their summers at the river and their breaks on the back dock of Papiano's. As terrified as Terrell is of coming out, he's helpless to stay away from Colby's magnetic smile and contagious laughter.

But Colby is out of college now, and he has grand plans for the future-plans Terrell is sure will leave his scrawny black ass in the Sacramento dust until a breathless moment stolen from the chaos of the restaurant tells Terrell he might be wrong. When the moment is shattered by a mystery and an act of violence, Terrell and Colby are left with two puzzles: who killed their scumbag manager, and how to fit their own lives-the black and the white of them-into a single shining tomorrow.
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I don’t particularly care for BDSM, especially when it’s done more for show than love, and so I wasn’t particularly liking Glenn, the man Luke falls in love with; I read the blurb, and I knew there was a moment in the story where Luke was finally meeting his real love, but still, with the “bad” introduction he had to D/s, I wasn’t really sure it was possible for him to still enjoy it.

Sawyer is a completely different man from Glenn, not only he is sweet, and caring, he is also open with his feeling; it’s not weakness to admit you are in love, on the contrary it’s proving that you are confident and a well-balanced man. That is a man that can really understand the meaning of BDSM and how it can enhance a relationship.

It’s strange but the story doesn’t span much in the lives of its characters, on the contrary from the moment Luke meets Glenn to the last page, it’s probably little more than one month, but nevertheless, while the reader is sure Glenn is the wrong man, you are also sure Sawyer and Luke’s relationship is destined to last; it’s in their ability to trust each other, despite past misadventures.

Claire Thompson is probably the first author I read with a BDSM theme, Golden Boy, and years later, she is still among the few that is able to deliver a full BDSM novel that rings true to my ears, and not some fake stage act.

Amazon: Heart Thief
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Paperback: 230 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 4, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1463687230
ISBN-13: 978-1463687236



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