May. 19th, 2015

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Barbara Ann Wright writes fantasy and science fiction novels and short stories when not adding to her enormous book collection or ranting on her blog. Her short fiction has appeared twice in Crossed Genres Magazine and once made Tangent Online's recommended reading list. Her first novel, The Pyramid Waltz won a 2013 Rainbow Award for Best Lesbian Fantasy. It was also one of Tor.com's Reviewer's Choice books of 2012 and was a 2012 Foreword Review Book of the Year Award Finalist as well as a Golden Crown Award finalist. She is a member of Broad Universe and the Outer Alliance and helped create Writer's Ink in Houston. She is also a member of the Round Rock Writers Guild and the Austin Speed-Writing Challenge.

She is married and has an army of pets. Her writing career can be boiled down to two points: when her mother bought her a typewriter in the sixth grade and when she took second place in the Isaac Asimov Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing in 2004. One gave her the means to write and the other gave her the confidence to keep going. Believing in oneself, in her opinion, is the most important thing a person can do.

The Pyramid Waltz won a 2013 Rainbow Award as Best Lesbian Fantasy and Best Lesbian Debut. A Kingdom Lost won a 2014 Rainbow Award as Best Lesbian Fantasy Romance.

Further Readings:

The Pyramid Waltz by Barbara Ann Wright
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (September 18, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602827419
ISBN-13: 978-1602827417
Amazon: The Pyramid Waltz
Amazon Kindle: The Pyramid Waltz

To most, Princess Katya Nar Umbriel is a rogue and a layabout; she parties, she hunts and she breaks women’s hearts. But when the festival lights go down and the palace slumbers, Katya chases traitors to the crown and protects the kingdom’s greatest secret: the royal Umbriels are part Fiend. When Katya thwarts an attempt to expose the king’s monstrous side, she uncovers a plot to let the Fiends out to play.

Starbride has no interest in being a courtier. Ignoring her mother’s order to snare an influential spouse, she comes to court only to study law. But a flirtatious rake of a princess proves hard to resist, and Starbride is pulled into a world of secrets that leaves little room for honesty or love, a world neither woman may survive.

A Kingdom Lost by Barbara Ann Wright
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (April 15, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626390533
ISBN-13: 978-1626390539
Amazon: A Kingdom Lost
Amazon Kindle: A Kingdom Lost

Princess Katya Nar Umbriel has little left to lose. Her uncle Roland took her home, scattered her family, and forced her to abandon Starbride, her dearest love. Slim hopes and righteous anger carry Katya into Starbride's homeland to raise an army and take back all that was stolen from her.

Starbride never dreamed she’d lead a pack of foreign rebels against a Fiendish usurper. She holds the capital city out of love, denying any rumor of Katya’s death. As the two strive toward each other, Roland dogs their every step, loosing Fiend-filled corpses on Katya’s army and hypnotizing the capital’s citizens into hunting Starbride down. If they ever meet again, it’ll be over his dead body.

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Marc (Morris Rubin) was born Aril 2, 1932, died February 28, 2007 at age of 74. Marc Rubin was a founding member of the Gay Teachers Association. He also was a founder of the Institute for the Protection of Lesbian and Gay Youth, later known as the Hettrick-Martin Institute. He was Active in the Lavender Hill Mob and ACT UP.

Marc Rubin was an educator and longtime political activist, involved in gay causes since 1969. For many years before, he was active in the Reform Democratic Party through the Bolivar Douglas Club. He was involved in the Freedom Summer in Mississippi, teaching at the Freedom School in Shaw, Mississippi. After Stonewall, he joined the Gay Liberation Front. Soon after, he left that organization for the newly formed Gay Activists Alliance.

He met his partner, Peter Fisher at GAA. He was joint author with Pete Fisher of the book "Special Teachers/Special Boys" ©1979, St. Martin's Press, Inc., NY, NY. He wrote poetry from 1954 to 1969 and 1970-1974 with at least one poem published.

His partner of 36 years, Peter Fisher added more boxes in August 2009, to Marc's collection at the Center, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center. There ares also papers about/by Marc in the Peter Fisher Collection.

Peter Fisher committed suicide in August 15, 2012. He was 68 years old.

Source: http://www.gaycenter.org/community/archive/collection/031

Peter Randolph Fisher was born in May 19, 1944 in Richmond, VA and graduated from high school in Eastchester, NY. He did two years at Amherst College, a short term in the Air Force then graduated from Columbia University in 1969. He joined Gay Activist Alliance (GAA) in 1970 and met his lover Marc Rubin - they were together until Marc's death in 2007. He published 4 or 5 books, composed music, was an artist, was employed by Chemical Bank in the data center, had a software consulting business.

"I graduated, with High Honors from Eastchester High School and did two years of study (on the Dean’s List) at Amherst College, College, majoring in psychology, before deciding to leave school in order to come to terms with being gay.

I worked as a laboratory technician for a year, and, when I was about to be drafted, enlisted in the Air Force, hoping to complete my education while in the service. While stationed in Texas as a psychiatric technician administering psychological tests and counseling basic trainees, I began attending night classes in political science at St. Mary’s University.

Getting out of the Air Force on a medical discharge, I began attending Columbia University in 1967, where I participated in the Political Science Department's special Honors program. I received my B.A. Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, in 1969, when I was awarded a full scholarship in the form, a Herbert H. Lehman Fellowship and began two years of graduate work at Columbia in political theory before resigning from the Ph.D. program to write The Gay Mystique.


Marc Rubin and Peter Fisher, 1999, by Robert Giard
Peter Fisher joined Gay Activist Alliance in 1970 and met his lover Marc Rubin - they were together until Marc's death in 2007. They were joint authors of the book "Special Teachers/Special Boys". Marc Rubin also wrote poetry from 1954 to 1969 and 1970-1974 with at least one poem published. Partners for 36 years, Peter Fisher donated Marc's and his own papers to the Center, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, in NYC. Peter Fisher committed suicide on August 15, 2012.
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: http://www.gaycenter.org/community/archive/collection/097

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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The son of Holocaust survivors, Lev Raphael is a pioneer in writing fiction about America's Second Generation, publishing his first short story about children of survivors in 1978. Many of his early stories on this theme were collected in his award-winning book, Dancing on Tisha B'Av, while the best of those and newer ones appear in his second collection Secret Anniversaries of the Heart.

Raphael is the author of 18 other books, including two novels about survivors, Winter Eyes and The German Money, and three memoirs, Journeys & Arrivals, Writing a Jewish Life, and My Germany. Raphael's fiction has been widely anthologized in the U.S. and Britain, most recently in the anthology Promised Lands, which contains Lev's latest story featuring a child of survivors: "Money."

Along with hundreds of reviews in papers from The Washington Post to The Detroit Free Press, Raphael has published dozens of essays, articles, and stories in a wide range of Jewish publications: Midstream, Hadassah, Psychology and Judaism, The Forward, Reform Judaism, Reconstructionist, Agada, Commentary, The Baltimore Jewish Times, The Detroit Jewish News, Inside, The Jewish Exponent, Jewish Currents, Tikkun, Jerusalem Report, and Shmate.

Raphael has keynoted three international Holocaust conferences where he received standing ovations, as well as appearing at hundreds of invited lectures and readings in Israel, North America, and Europe at Jewish Book Fairs, Jewish Community Centers, synagogues and universities. Featured in two documentaries, he has been a panelist at London's Jewish Film festival. His stories and essays are on university syllabi around the U.S. and in Canada; his fiction has been analyzed in books, scholarly journals and at scholarly conferences, including MLA.

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Source: http://www.levraphael.com/sglev.html

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"I've been writing all my life, but professionally for half a century, with more than 200 published books and many shorter works. Publisher's Weekly credited me with "the master's touch in storytelling." I was born in Pennsylvania but the family moved to Ohio when I was a baby. I grew up in a small town there but lived most of my adult life in California, both Southern (The Los Angeles area) and northern (San Francisco) - but now I live and write in West Virginia's beautiful Blue Ridge.

At age 75, I'm in a sort of semi-retirement, but still do the occasional story when ideas pop into my head - the most recent was Cooper's Hawk, available on Amazon, a bittersweet story of long time love. I'm presently working to get my backlist uploaded to Kindle and some of the books on audio."

Further Readings:

Longhorns by Victor J. Banis
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Running Press (July 13, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0786719524
ASIN: B001G8WL2U
Amazon: Longhorns
Amazon Kindle: Longhorns

A bawdy love story set on the Texas plains. Longhorns ranges from hard riding action and sex as hot as the blazing Texas sun to lyrical descriptions of the Old West.

More Spotlights at my website: www.elisarolle.com/, My Lists/Gay Novels
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Songbook: Paulo and Preston Shorts by Lee Benoit
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Cue the music! SONGBOOK collects, for the first time ever, all of the stories in the Paulo and Preston series!

PRESTON is a lifestyle Dominant, recently retired from a career on stage at an exclusive BDSM club. When the series begins, he's single and looking forward to a quieter life. All that changes on the night of Preston's last performance when PAULO, a complete novice, takes the place of Preston's usual stage submissive. By day Paulo does odd jobs and sings in the Sister City Gay Men's Chorus. After that first night with Preston, however, he wants more. He wants everything. Can a newbie sub and a gracefully aging Dom learn to harmonize?

Each story chronicles a new phase in Paulo and Preston's relationship and features song lyrics mangled in deliciously naughty ways by Paulo.

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About the author: Before dawn and after dark, Lee Benoit is a writer of queer fiction, some contemporary, some speculative, some historical. During the daylight hours she is a professor of sociology & anthropology. In the old days, Lee traveled the world doing field research. Now she lives in the middle of a New England hayfield where being a single parent provides more than enough excitement. Proudly pansexual, whenever she gets itchy feet and misses the world of research and advocacy, Lee invents a new world in her head and takes notes on what happens there.

Discover more about Lee at http://www.leebenoittales.com



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Lower Education by A.M. Leibowitz
Gay Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Supposed Crimes, LLC (November 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1938108523
ISBN-13: 978-1938108525
Amazon: Lower Education
Amazon Kindle: Lower Education

Phin Patterson is an educational consultant dissatisfied with his job and his life. On a mission to complete one last assignment before escaping his unfulfilling career and figure out what he wants, he accepts a commission from Donald Murdock at the New York State Education Department. Suddenly, he finds himself on his way to evaluate a tiny school in New York's Southern Tier, not far from the town where he grew up. Now his only goal is to get in, do his job, and get out before anyone from his past remembers him. That turns out to be easier said than done. Dani Sloane, the sharp-witted administrative assistant to the principal, learns the truth about why Phin is really there. With the help of her friends, she sets out to unmask him and force the local board of education to stop the plans that could ruin their school. Discovering that her sometime-lover is an old business associate of Phin's only complicates both the situation and their relationship. Meanwhile, Phin, who has committed himself to keeping his emotional distance, can't resist the charm of the town and its residents-especially the school psychologist, who turns out to be an old friend he hasn't seen in over twenty years. While Dani works to take him down and save her school, Phin wrestles with learning how to do the right thing, including telling the truth to the man with whom he's already falling in love.

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