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The difference between Blake Moreno
Gay - Erotica
Paperback: 286 pages
Publisher: Dark Inn (January 11, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626227594
ISBN-13: 978-1626227590
Amazon: The difference between Blake Moreno

Wade Maguire and Russ Paulson are in love. After a year of passion and happiness, they’re buying a home and moving in together. Everything is rosy for them—until a jealous and insane ex from Wade’s past puts all of that to the test. After being kidnapped and tortured by his deranged former lover, Wade loses his ability to engage with his own sexuality or with Russ. With the help of a psychologist, EMDR therapy, and a sex plan, they work together to overcome the damage inflicted. In the process, they discover wells of love they’ve never known before. As passion is reborn and their sex life reignited, Wade realizes a need to re-experience certain events in Russ’s loving arms. For Wade, the difference between pain and pleasure is love, and the difference between rape and rough sex is consent.

Dark, and yet ultimately hopeful, this book contains many emotional and graphic sex scenes, as well as some scenes of torture. This book deals with rape and rape recovery. Proceed with care. Stand-alone with a happy ending. 78,000 words.
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You are not me ('90s Coming of Age series #2) Leta Blake
Bisexual - Young Adult
Series: '90's Coming of Age
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 28, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1540699188
ISBN-13: 978-1540699183
Amazon: You are not me ('90s Coming of Age series #2) Leta Blake

Follow Peter into the summer following his senior year to face new beginnings, new friends, and old baggage. After a tumultuous final year of high school, Peter Mandel needs a break. It's the summer of 1991, and his secret relationship with his ‘best friend’ Adam Algedi is put on hold as Adam goes away to Italy for the summer. On the cusp of adulthood, Peter has a couple of months to explore who he is without Adam at his side. Enter Daniel McPeak, a slightly older, out, responsible college guy with a posse of gay friends and an attraction for Peter. Drawn into the brave new world of the local gay club, Peter embarks on a whirlwind of experiences—good and bad—which culminate in a hotel room where he has to make the ultimate choice. But Adam will come back eventually, and there are promises that have to be kept. As autumn draws near and college awaits, can Peter break free of the binds of twisted first love? And what exactly is Daniel's role in his life - a brief temptation, or something more? Join Peter in the second book of this four-part coming of age series as he struggles to love and be loved, and grow into a gay man worthy of his own respect.
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Pictures of you ('90s Coming of Age series #1) Leta Blake
Bisexual - Young Adult
Series: '90s Coming of Age
Paperback: 356 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 17, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1537740040
ISBN-13: 978-1537740041
Amazon: Pictures of you ('90s Coming of Age series #1) Leta Blake

Growing up gay isn't easy. Growing up gay in Knoxville, Tennessee is even harder.

Eighteen-year-old Peter Mandel, a private school senior--class of 1990--is passionate about photography. Peter doesn't have many friends, preferring to shoot pictures from behind the scenes to keep his homosexuality secret.

Enter Adam Algedi, a charming, worldly new guy who doesn't do labels, but does want to do Peter. Hardly able to believe gorgeous Adam would want geeky, skinny him of all people, Peter's swept away on a journey of first love and sexual discovery.

But as their mutual web of lies spins tighter and tighter, can Peter find the confidence he needs to make the right choices? And will his crush on Daniel, a college acquaintance, open a new path?

Join Peter in the first of this four-part coming of age series as he struggles to love and be loved, and grow into a gay man worthy of his own respect.

This new series by Leta Blake is gay fiction with romantic elements.

Book 1 of 4.
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To Love and To Cherish Addison Albright
Gay - Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: JMS Books (November 26, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1539675270
ISBN-13: 978-1539675273
Amazon: To Love and To Cherish Addison Albright

Companion to Til Death Do Us Part

Jilted by his fiancé two weeks before their wedding, Nash Marino’s outlook on life in general, and love in particular, is jaded. After months of couch-surfing, Nash is fed up. He’s sick and tired of his living conditions, worn out by the demands of his nursing job, and despairs of ever finding love again. In fact, he doesn’t think he’s capable of true love. Monogamy, commitment, companionship, and regular sex ... that’s all he wants, and the sooner, the better.

When Nash crosses paths with a like-minded man who’s also in need of a live-in nurse for a beloved relative, Nash figures all his problems are solved. But matters are complicated by a freak accident and amnesia. When Nash’s marriage of convenience scheme is muddied by notions of love after his memory reboot, will their plans go awry, or will Nash’s new outlook on life be just what the doctor ordered?
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Every Breath You Take Robert Winter
Gay - Romantic Suspence
Series: Pride and Joy (Book 2)
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 5, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1635334950
ISBN-13: 978-1635334951
Amazon: Every Breath You Take Robert Winter

A Pride and Joy novel

When Zachary Hall leaves Utah for a job in Washington, it’s finally his chance to live as a gay man and maybe find someone special. In a bar he meets Thomas Scarborough, a man who seems perfect in and out of the bedroom. But Thomas never dates. He never even sleeps with the same man twice. Despite their instant connection, he can offer Zachary only his friendship, and Zachary is looking for more.

Thomas is tempted to break his own rules, but years before, he became the victim of a stalker who nearly destroyed his life. Even though his stalker died, Thomas obsessively keeps others at a distance. Despite his fascination with Zachary, he is unable to lower his barriers. Frustrated, Zachary accepts he will never have what he wants with Thomas and soon finds it with another man.

But young gay men in Washington, DC are being murdered, and the victims all have a connection to Thomas. Once again someone is watching Thomas’s every move. Can it be a coincidence? When the depraved killer turns his attention toward Zachary, Thomas must face the demons of his past—or lose his chance to open his heart to Zachary forever.
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September Robert Winter
Gay - Contemporary Romance
Series: Pride and Joy
Paperback: 290 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 9, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 163533117X
ISBN-13: 978-1635331172
Amazon: September Robert Winter

A Pride and Joy novel

David James is smart, successful, handsome… and alone. After the death of his lover, Kyle, from cancer, he buried himself in his law practice and the gym. At forty-eight, he is haunted by his memories and walled off from the world. When David injures himself working out, he’s assigned to Brandon Smith for physical therapy. The vibrant young therapist is attracted to David and realizes he needs a hand to get back into dating. What begins as a practice coffee date escalates to friendship, passion, and maybe something more, as they navigate a new relationship in Washington, DC, and the gay mecca of Provincetown.

But David remains trapped behind the barrier of fear and guilt. Will he remain loyal to Kyle’s memory if he moves on? Can he and Brandon manage a twenty-two-year age gap? Brandon thinks he understands David’s concerns, and for him, the answer to those questions is yes. He wants to be with David, and he believes he can overcome David’s barriers. But Brandon fails to account for the world’s reaction to a handsome young man attached to an older, wealthy lover. David’s memories, Brandon’s pride, and an unexpected tragedy might cost them something very special.
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The Phisher King Clancy Nacht & Thursday Euclid
Gay - Romantic Suspence
File Size: 1130 KB
Print Length: 355 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Eine Kleine Press (March 29, 2017)
Publication Date: March 29, 2017
Amazon: The Phisher King Clancy Nacht & Thursday Euclid

In his nightly ritual of trolling dude-bros online, college student and hacker Hunter Walsh uncovers a terrorist plot to bomb Seattle Pride. When his digging hits a wall, he anonymously surrenders his findings to the FBI—only to discover he didn't cover his tracks as well as he'd thought. Agent Callum Riggs shows up on his doorstep with an ultimatum: Help the FBI find the culprits or face jail time for his hacking. Hunter hates and mistrusts the Fed, but he has no other choice.
Straight-arrow Cal has better things to do than babysit a pink-haired criminal—even if Hunter is everything Cal wants and has never let himself have—but he can't ignore the lethal threat Liberty Association poses to their community. When the Bureau refuses to allocate more resources to the case, Cal is forced into a devil's bargain, not only tolerating Hunter's rebellious behavior in exchange for his help but serving as Hunter's personal bodyguard 24/7.
Will these total opposites work together to foil a deadly plot? Or will their constant bickering and seething sexual tension endanger everything both men hold dear? And if they do succeed, can enemies become lovers, or will their differences keep them apart?
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Boyfriend Goals Clancy Nacht & Thursday Euclid
Bisexual - Contemporary Romance
File Size: 512 KB
Print Length: 168 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (October 10, 2016)
Publication Date: October 10, 2016
Amazon: Boyfriend Goals Clancy Nacht & Thursday Euclid

What happens when a nerd and a jock pretend to be dating for the summer? Social justice whiz Trev needs to convince his parents that his bisexuality isn't a phase, and swim team star Lee needs somewhere to stay until the new semester starts. Forced together for three months at a Vermont lake house with Trev's family, the boys influence each other in unexpected ways, and despite their differences, a real bond begins to form. What will it take for a fake odd couple to become a real one?
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Fried & Convicted: Rehoboth Beach Uncorked Fay Jacobs
LGBT - Biography / Memoir
Series: Tales from Rehoboth Beach
Paperback: 250 pages
Publisher: Bywater Books (April 11, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1612940935
ISBN-13: 978-1612940939
Amazon: Fried & Convicted: Rehoboth Beach Uncorked Fay Jacobs

As the author of four humorous memoirs, activist and comedian Fay Jacobs returns with her newest tall tales, Fried & Convicted, Rehoboth Beach Uncorked. And, as you’d expect, It’s chock-full of Fay’s signature witty, wise, and often laugh-out-loud commentary about the craziness of contemporary life in the diverse and welcoming resort town of Rehoboth Beach on the Delaware Coast.

This time, though, everyone’s favorite “Sit-Down Comic” grapples with the insanity of a high-tech bra, cartoon bladders in prescription advertising, and refusing to act her age . . .

Fried & Convicted was written over the last few years and culminates with Election Day, 2016. It chronicles the joy of gaining equal marriage rights for same-sex couples, tales of Icelandic lagoons, Provincetown adventures, and much ado about lesbians of a certain age. It tells a few harrowing personal stories, such as Bonnie’s unnerving medical diagnosis, the time Fay went kayaking with alligators, and how she came up with a public relations scheme to rescue her pal’s purloined pooch. And through it all, she finds a way to make it provocative, political, occasionally heartwarming, and reliably hilarious.

Featuring Fay’s latest magazine columns plus new, never before published material, Fried & Convicted is a pleasure for longtime fans and new readers alike.

Come along for the ride—you’ll be happy you did!

Fay Jacobs spent thirty years in Washington, DC working in journalism and public relations. Her latest project is a one-woman show, Aging Gracelessly: 50 Shades of Fay, which is being performed in theatres around the country. She lives in Rehoboth Beach with her wife of thirty-four years and a Miniature Schnauzer.
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Piaffe (The Legacy of Three #1) Rhi Etzweiler
Gay - Fantasy
Series: The Legacy of Three (Book 1)
Paperback: 290 pages
Publisher: Independently published (February 1, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1520507747
ISBN-13: 978-1520507743
Amazon: Piaffe (The Legacy of Three #1) Rhi Etzweiler

Five years after his forced conscription, Eldrenji Sorenne and his insignis, Davyn, are present to witness the Emendati forces receiving Jaedyn Myfala into their ranks. As the squad's medic, it's his responsibility to ensure the already wounded man makes it to the training facility in one piece.


Jaedyn is a disenfranchised orphan with nothing to his name but that--a name, and a stone as smeared with blood as his memories. He's watched his sire die twice in the span of a decade, and he's determined to make someone pay. Ethos and respect have intrinsic value that those around him seem only ready and willing to exploit. Conscription and the consensus that comes with it are all he has left. The prospect of an insignis means he won't be alone; at least there'd be someone watching his back. It's the best he could hope for.

But Jaedyn presents a danger: to himself and Modalynde, his insignis; to Eldrenji and his well hidden secrets; to the forces nearest him, regardless of their prowess or skill. He has vengeance on his mind, a strange amulet resting on his chest, and five kinds of trouble on his heels.
First volume of Dancing Circles, in the Legacy of Three series.

About The Legacy of Three
When the paen revolted, they toppled mardonken civilization from its pinnacle back into an agrarian struggle for survival. They destroyed all but a remnant of the powerful summa who once served the three races as immortal leaders.

Though generations have passed since the revolt laid waste to half a continent's ecosystem, left every metropolis in crumbling, skeletal ruins, and extinguished the flame of Aedis Idolon's bloodline, Alea's thirst for summa blood is not yet quenched. In order to find the final three and free the paen forever from the oppressive rule of those who would control the endless line of ancestral knowledge, Alea must hunt down those mardonken who hold the keys to awakening them.

The mardonken and insigni sworn to guard the legati, the last of the summa, will stop at nothing to ensure their preservation.

No cost too great, no sacrifice too large, no wound too deep.
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The 5 Iza Moreau
Lesbian - Contemporary General Fiction
Paperback: 328 pages
Publisher: Black Bay Books (January 2, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1523418133
ISBN-13: 978-1523418138
Amazon: The 5 Iza Moreau

Sandra Croft has some misgivings when a university professor asks her to join a mysterious and select class of 5 women. Especially since they include an ex-Living Goddess from Katmandu, an ex-prostitute, a woman who believes that she is the reincarnation of a lesbian author, and a woman who has no memories at all. But when the professor fails to show up for their first meeting, it is up to the group to discover why they have been brought together. This novel, part mystery, part love story, and part magical realism, blurs the boundaries between what is real and what is fictional.
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Fierce Rob Rosen
Gay - Fantasy Romance
Paperback: 294 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 20, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1544111932
ISBN-13: 978-1544111933
Amazon: Fierce Rob Rosen

Lucas has a typical life -- apart from being abandoned as a baby, raised by wolves, and having super powers. Still, inside, he feels like two people, both vying for control of himself. He's a superhero and a nerdy college freshman. He's both feral and tame. He wants to do good in the world and, at the same time, he wants to do nothing. And most of all, he wants to find his birth parents.

In this comedic tale of romance, mystery, and adventure, our hero is joined by his hunky boyfriend, his acerbic boss, an uptight college science professor, and his ex-boyfriend/once crime-fighting partner -- not to mention a whole pack of wolves -- to help foil his nemesis and uncover the secrets of his past to save his future.
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One Bullet Casey Wolfe
Gay - Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 156 pages
Publisher: NineStar Press (March 24, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1945952822
ISBN-13: 978-1945952821
Amazon: One Bullet Casey Wolfe

When Ethan Brant was shot, he found himself dealing with severe PTSD and unable to do his job as a police officer any longer. With the aid of Detective Shawn Greyson, the man who saved his life, Ethan not only finds himself again but discovers love as well. Shawn’s life growing up was less than ideal, however, he overcame that to become who he is today. That doesn’t mean he isn’t missing something in his life. What Shawn hadn’t realized, upon first meeting, was that Ethan could give him all that and more. One bullet changed both their lives.
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Fantasize Kay Ellis
Gay - Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 15, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1543134025
ISBN-13: 978-1543134025
Amazon: Fantasize Kay Ellis

Male stripper Saxon is the ultimate fantasy lover for men and women alike. But all they see is the beautiful exterior. It’s all he lets them see. Saxon is sure nobody could ever love the monster living beneath his perfect, muscled body. Casey is supposed to be a distraction, a pleasant way of alleviating the boredom of being on tour. He’s not supposed to fall for Saxon and Saxon definitely isn’t supposed to fall for Casey. Somehow, Casey is getting under Saxon’s skin. Even learning Saxon’s deepest, darkest secrets brings Casey closer instead of scaring him away. Just when Saxon starts to believe he can actually be happy, his past returns to threaten all that he holds dear. When he loses everything, including his sanity, it’s down to Casey to bring his man home.
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Restoring the Dream Robert L. Ramsay
Gay - Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 226 pages
Publisher: Booklocker.com, Inc. (January 10, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1634920473
ISBN-13: 978-1634920476
Amazon: Restoring the Dream Robert L. Ramsay

Marc meets Howard during his final year at graduate school. Howard is Marc’s dream of what a real man should look like: tall, dark and muscular. When Marc discovers that Howard shares his minority affectional orientation, the two men become lovers.

Upon graduation, they plan to escape prairie winters by moving from Winnipeg to Vancouver, British Columbia. They dream of their life on the coast: a house with an ocean view, skiing Grouse Mountain, and sailing the Salish Sea.

Marc successfully interviews for a teaching position on the coast. If Howard can land an engineering job, their dream will be realized.

Marc’s plans for a life with Howard are destroyed when Howard accepts an engineering position in Winnipeg. He cannot overcome the guilt instilled by his conservative religious upbringing, which tells him that men who love men will burn forever in hellfire.

Twenty-five years later, disillusioned with his lonely life on the coast, Marc returns to the prairies. He reconnects with his former lover, but learns that Howard, after recently undergoing reparative therapy, is about to marry a woman.


Will Marc win Howard back before he makes the biggest mistake of his life?
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Coils Barbara Ann Wright
Lesbian - Fantasy Romance
Paperback: 312 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (September 13, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626395985
ISBN-13: 978-1626395985
Amazon: Coils Barbara Ann Wright

Cressida loves Greek mythology, tales of gods and monsters, but she knows they aren’t real no matter how awesome it would be to meet the beautiful women of myth. When her aunt June disappears, Cressida realizes the other members of her family aren’t so rational. June’s notes point to a possible entrance to the fabled Underworld before they cut off completely.

Following June’s footsteps leads Cressida into a world she knew only as legend, a place of marvels and danger, where the living are highly prized by the dead. Desperate, Cressida turns to Medusa, a demigoddess who’s been maligned by myth, but everything in the Underworld comes with a price. Medusa is more than willing to help find June, and all it will cost Cressida is one little murder.
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Undaunted Devin Harnois
Bisexual - Fantasy Romance
File Size: 4095 KB
Print Length: 263 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: October Night Publishing (January 23, 2017)
Publication Date: January 23, 2017
Amazon: Undaunted Devin Harnois

A warrior’s broken soul.
A vampire’s kind heart.

Kelas Vartorvi escaped from one vampire only to find himself bound to another. Roshan saved his life and honor demands Kelas stays by his side until he repays the debt.

Roshan takes his broody new werewolf bodyguard in stride. Slowly, his relentless good nature begins to break down Kelas’s walls.

And their tentative friendship becomes something more.

An unexpected visitor from Roshan’s past throws them into a political plot and gives Kelas a chance for revenge. But are the gods blessing Kelas, or asking for a sacrifice?

Content warnings: Contains slavery, violence, body control, bottom shaming, misogyny, and rape mentioned in backstory. All sex between the heroes is clearly consensual.
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Give Me Thorns: A Lesbian BDSM Romance Elizabeth Andre
Lesbian - Erotic Romance
Paperback: 136 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 4, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1540510875
ISBN-13: 978-1540510877
Amazon: Give Me Thorns: A Lesbian BDSM Romance Elizabeth Andre

The worst day Megan has ever had is about transform her life in ways she never believed possible. Megan, a long-haired femme lesbian with beautiful pale skin and chestnut brown hair, is having a very loud and public fight with her soon to be ex-girlfriend when a woman on a motorcycle comes to her rescue. Against her better judgement, Megan hops on, and they ride off into the setting sun. Stevie, a handsome African-American butch lesbian with a lock of blonde hair curling out of the front of her helmet, loves rescuing damsels in distress. Sometimes, she just gives them a ride home when they need it. Sometimes she ties them up in her playroom when they are both ready to have some fun. At first, Megan is terrified of Stevie’s playroom, but soon admits that BDSM is something she’s always wanted to try. Stevie is initially willing to give Megan a chance, but isn’t sure about playing as hard as she really wants to with a total newbie. Together they explore Megan’s limits as well as Stevie’s and discover that true love requires knowing yourself most of all. This lesbian BDSM contemporary love story includes numerous scenes of graphic sex and is intended for adults only.
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Serptent's Kiss Layla Dorine
Bisexual - Paranormal Romance
Paperback: 262 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 8, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1545197857
ISBN-13: 978-1545197851
Amazon: Serptent's Kiss Layla Dorine

While searching for their missing sibling, Zaiden and his sister Kaandhal, come across the last pureblooded psy-clairvoyant of their kind. Unfortunately for them, the psy-clairvoyant Darian has no idea who he truly is and isn’t interested in learning, much less helping Zaiden and Kaandhal locate their missing brother, Zxex. A bounty hunter by trade, who’s been all but banished from his family due to his visions, Darian is a bit cynical about his ability to be of any assistance to them. Nevertheless, Zaiden brings him back to their home Rhumba, where Darian discovers that very little is what it seems. With plots unfolding all around them and discoveries about his own heritage leaving Darian reeling, he is left with the choice of whether to embrace who and what he is, or spend every moment with them as a prisoner on the fringes of their society. Add in a pesky little bond that only seems to grow the more time he and Zaiden spend together, and several factions looking to gain possession of him and Darian is left wondering if his visions just might be the least of his troubles.
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Out of this world: Queer Speculative Fiction Stories Catherine Lundoff
LGBT - Anthology / Collection / Fantasy
File Size: 1712 KB
Print Length: 241 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Queen of Swords Press (January 1, 2017)
Publication Date: January 1, 2017
Amazon: Out of this world: Queer Speculative Fiction Stories Catherine Lundoff

Eleven tales of the queer fantastic by award-winning author Catherine Lundoff. A bookstore clerk goes on a quest for the Norns while a couple of mercenaries wake up to some big surprises at their favorite inn. Shakespeare’s sister, Judith, forms an alliance with playwright Christopher Marlowe. A witch attempts the wrong love spell and a young prince meets an irresistible monster. Swordswomen, ghosts, the Queen of the Fay, the occasional gentleman of the evening and other unforgettable characters populate these stories rich and strange. Includes the Gaylactic Spectrum Award finalist “At the Roots of the World Tree” as well as several other stories not previously collected.
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The Art of Three Erin McRae & Racheline Maltese
Bisexual - Contemporary Romance
Paperback
Publisher: Avian30 (March 28, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1946192015
ISBN-13: 978-1946192011
Amazon: The Art of Three Erin McRae & Racheline Maltese

Jamie Conway has a charmed life. At 24, he's relocated from Dublin to London to star in his first feature film. Unfortunately, he also has one very big problem: He has a huge crush on his happily married costar.

British heartthrob to middle-aged women everywhere, Callum Griffith-Davies should have more sense than to flirt with his new-to-the-business colleague, but good judgement isn't one of the qualities for which he's known.

Nerea Espinosa de Los Monteros Nessim has better things to do than fret about her husband's newest conquest. She's busy planning her daughter's wedding at the family's farmhouse in rural Spain. Besides, she and Callum have been married and polyamorous for almost 30 years; she's content to let him make his own bad choices.

But when Nerea flies to London after her artwork is selected for a high-profile museum show, she falls for Jamie too. Soon Callum, Jamie, and Nerea have bigger problems, and surprises, than international logistics. From ex-lovers and nosy neighbors to adult children with dramas of their own, The Art of Three is a contemporary romance that celebrates families, and farce, in all shapes and sizes.
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Skythane J. Scott Coatsworth
Gay - Sci-Fi / Futuristic
Paperback: 244 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 17, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1635334039
ISBN-13: 978-1635334036
Amazon: Skythane J. Scott Coatsworth

Jameson Havercamp, a psych from a conservative religious colony, has come to Oberon—unique among the Common Worlds—in search of a rare substance called pith. He’s guided through the wilds on his quest by Xander Kinnson, a handsome, cocky skythane with a troubled past.

Neither knows that Oberon is facing imminent destruction. Even as the world starts to fall apart around them, they have no idea what’s coming—or the bond that will develop between them as they race to avert a cataclysm.

Together, they will journey to uncover the secrets of this strange and singular world, even as it takes them beyond the bounds of reality itself to discover what truly binds them together.
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The Grim Reaper's Calling Card (A Katsuro Tanaka Mystery) Donald Webb
Gay - Mystery / Thriller
Paperback
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (November 15, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626397481
ISBN-13: 978-1626397484
Amazon: The Grim Reaper's Calling Card (A Katsuro Tanaka Mystery) Donald Webb

Two months ago, Anne Bradley, a young California nurse, disappeared and the case has gone cold. Hired by her father, private investigator Katsuro Tanaka must pick up the pieces of the tragedy that occurred on that fateful day. He soon discovers that Anne Bradley is not the only missing person. Two other people are missing under similar circumstances, and in each of the three cases, the abductor has left his calling card: A tarot card of the Grim Reaper. It is now up to Tanaka to determine how the missing persons' lives intersected, and to unravel the mystery of their disappearance.

A Katsuro Tanaka Mystery
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Diving Deep P.D. Singer
Gay - Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 210 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 9, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1635330912
ISBN-13: 978-1635330915
Amazon: Diving Deep P.D. Singer

Adventure, danger, passion. A heady mix that only a select few can breathe—and live.

Standing by while his lover tempted fate deep under the Atlantic drove Lee Preston into the bottle. The pain of watching his captain drown in a sea of booze sent elite wreck diver Bobby MacArthur running.

Lee chases whiskey the way Bobby chases adrenaline. The farther apart they stay, the better off they’ll both be. And if Bobby repeats those words often enough, he might start believing them. Now his former partner is calling to his diver soul with the promise of the find of a lifetime. Every crazy chance he takes underwater is safe compared to coming back, but if Lee’s turning his life around, Bobby will haul his gear back aboard the Bottom Hunter.

But not as lovers—yet—and no booze, no wild gambles two hundred feet below. Not even to identify a missing piece of history sunk to the bottom of the Atlantic. Fate has given them a chance to redeem what was lost, if they survive.

But the sea is jealous of her secrets, and the price of her treasures is high.
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Blades of Justice Jess Faraday, Helen Angove & Rachel Green
Lesbian - Anthology / Collection / Historical
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Blind Eye Books (March 7, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1935560468
ISBN-13: 978-1935560463
Amazon: Blades of Justice Jess Faraday, Helen Angove & Rachel Green

The scissors are blacksmith worked, crude and blackened. They’ve always hung there at the door of Treagove. For three-hundred years they have played a part in murders and mysteries surrounding the women of the old house. Who says the tool of justice can’t be domestic?

Three Novellas Spanning Three Centuries of Mystery

1798 ◆Despite the danger, the abandoned tin mine had always been the place where Eseld and Rosie felt safest. But that was years ago. Eseld’s beloved Rosie is dead, and the place where they used to meet now holds a deadly significance to someone else.

1888 ◆ If anyone deserved to be murdered, it was Davy Sowden. So, Miss Eliza Bell is not surprised that someone has finally killed him. But when she and her lover, Alice, become suspects in his murder Eliza won’t just need to prove who did it but also who didn’t.

1977 ◆ Melanie’s first teaching job brings her to a seemingly dull Cornish village. But after meeting Bernadette Merrick she’s inspired to dig into the villiage’s past. Unfortunately for both women, someone is dangerously determined to keep old secrets buried.
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Ruthless Venus Reising
Lesbian - Mystery / Thriller
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Bella Books (September 27, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1594934894
ISBN-13: 978-1594934896
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After a sting operation goes horribly wrong, police officer Jackeline Raelston Jacks) swears off the force and turns to private investigating.

Riddled with guilt over the death of her partner, Jacks is determined to keep her heart and herself safe from danger. But that’s before she’s hired to find missing Southampton heiress, Cassandra “Cassie” Wainwright.

The search for Cassandra pulls Jacks into a world of intrigue and espionage where things aren’t necessarily as they seem—including the sexy and flirtatious heiress. The more time the two women spend together, the more Jacks becomes entangled both personally and professionally.

But which is more at stake? Jacks’s heart or her life? And is she willing to gamble on both…
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The Fragrance of Reflection A.L. Duncan
Lesbian - Anthology / Collection / Contemporary General Fiction
Paperback
Publisher: Troubadour Books by Rce (December 1, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1619293048
ISBN-13: 978-1619293045
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A woman's expression isn't just about her complex language of beauty, divine thought, or the creative luster. Underlying are the elements of depth and intensity, of the tragic story, of the comedic roust. The great appeal is her flourish of spontaneity; the nurturing spiritual nudge; the haunted workings of ill circumstance. This collection of poems, prose and short stories explores the struggles between intention and hindrance and the perishable human heart, whose spirit is endowed with timelessness.
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Hacked Up Ethan Stone
Gay - Mystery / Thriller
File Size: 4776 KB
Print Length: 264 pages
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Publisher: Stone Publishing (February 6, 2017)
Publication Date: February 6, 2017
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Seattle is being plagued by a string of gruesome murders. For Detective Peter Tao, it’s a career-making case, but he’s struggling to find a lead. How is the killer choosing his victims? What is he trying to prove?

With a long list of suspects and nothing to connect them, Peter is more determined than ever to apprehend the murderer. Then Peter gets the one vital piece of evidence that ties everything together. Now he’ll have to look beyond the obvious to identify the killer before anyone else is murdered.

Solve the mystery in this fast-moving crime thriller by Ethan Stone.
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Drama Luau (Nicky and Noah Mystery #4) Joe Cosentino
Gay - Mystery / Thriller
Series: Nicky and Noah Mysteries
Paperback: 220 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (March 7, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1544240430
ISBN-13: 978-1544240435
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Theatre professors and spouses, Nicky Abbondanza and Noah Oliver, are on their honeymoon at a Hawaiian resort, where musclemen in grass skirts are keeling over like waterfalls. Things erupt faster than a volcano when Nicky and Noah, along with their best friends Martin and Ruben, try to stage a luau show. Nicky and Noah will need to use their drama skills to figure out who is bringing the grass curtain down on male hula dancers—before things go coconuts for the handsome couple. You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, side-splittingly funny, edge-of-your-seat entertaining fourth novel in this delightful series. Curtain up and aloha!
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Drama Cruise (Nicky and Noah Mystery #3) Joe Cosentino
Gay - Humor
Series: Nicky & Noah Mysteries
Paperback: 194 pages
Publisher: Lethe Press (November 21, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590216237
ISBN-13: 978-1590216231
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Theater professors and couple, Nicky Abbondanza and Noah Oliver, are going overboard as usual, but this time on an Alaskan cruise, where dead college theater professors are popping up everywhere from the swimming pool to the captain’s table. Further complicating matters are Nicky’s and Noah’s parents as surprise cruise passengers, and Nicky’s assignment to direct a murder mystery dinner theater show onboard ship. Nicky and Noah will need to use their drama skills to figure out who is bringing the curtain down on vacationers before it is lights out for the handsome couple. You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, ribald, edge-of-your-seat entertaining third novel in this delightful series. Curtain up and ship ahoy!
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New Beginnings (Cozzi Cove #4) Joe Cosentino
Gay - Romantic Comedy
Paperback: 170 pages
Publisher: NineStar Press (March 24, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1945952784
ISBN-13: 978-1945952784
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Cozzi Cove, Book 4 Welcome back to the romantic and magical place called Cozzi Cove, seven guest bungalows on the New Jersey Shore. This summer, Cal and his new husband, Michael, along with sister, Taylor, and her wife, Carla, prepare for the first in the next generation of Cozzis. To add to the action: Cal finds his great-grandfather’s diary, exposing a shocking surprise; Michael and Taylor weigh new job opportunities that could take them far away from Cozzi Cove; red-letter Christian and new houseboy, Billy Dean, gets his wish when meeting Jesus and John at the cove; summer guest, Nijad, can’t decide which sibling he prefers—Annabel or Andrew; and Jonathan, an occult enthusiast, encounters a sexy vampire. As usual, nothing is as it seems when romance blossoms once again at Cozzi Cove. What secrets, mysteries, and passions lie waiting to unfold? Find out in Book Four of the Cozzi Cove series.
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Stepping Out (Cozzi Cove #3) Joe Cosentino
Gay - Contemporary Romance
Series: Cozzi Cove
Paperback: 190 pages
Publisher: NineStar Press (January 20, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1945952512
ISBN-13: 978-1945952517
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Cozzi Cove Book 3 It’s time for another summer of sun, sand, suntan lotion, sandals, and Speedos on Cozzi Cove at the New Jersey Shore. Cal Cozzi’s seven bungalows are once again open for love. This summer, sexy Cal welcomes back his brother and sister, who are confronted with people from their pasts. Connor, the maid packed with muscle and mayhem, becomes the subject of a handsome young psychologist’s study on human sexuality. Tommy, the strapping, bald and tattooed local bartender, is captivated with guest Cory Magnum, a police officer with a secret. Another guest, Bill, a disbelieving pastor, is inspired by a vision of two sexy male angels on the cove. And Cal and Michael reach a plateau in their relationship. What secrets, humor, tragedies, mysteries, and passions lie waiting to unfold in this magical place called Cozzi Cove?
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Jeanne Deckers, aka Jeannine Deckers, better known as Sœur Sourire, was a Belgian singer-songwriter and initially a member of the Dominican Order in Belgium as Sister Luc-Gabrielle.
Born: October 17, 1933, Laeken
Died: March 29, 1985, Wavre, Belgium
Education: Catholic University of Leuven
Buried: Cheremont Cemetery, Wavre, Arrondissement de Nivelles, Walloon Brabant, Belgium
Buried alongside: Annie Pécher
Find A Grave Memorial# 11350
Albums: Best of Sœur Sourire, Dominique, Chants d'enfants, more
Parents: Lucien Deckers, Gabrielle Deckers

Jeanine Deckers, better known as Sœur Sourire, was a Belgian singer-songwriter and initially a member of the Dominican Order in Belgium as Sister Luc Gabrielle. She acquired world fame in 1963 with the release of the French-language song Dominique. In 1963, she was sent by her order to take theology courses at the University
of Louvain. She reconnected with a friend from her youth, Annie Pécher, with whom she slowly developed a very close relationship. Pulled between two worlds and increasingly in disagreement with the Catholic Church, she left the convent in 1966. She still considered herself a nun, praying several times daily, and maintaining a simple and chaste lifestyle. In the late 1970s, the Belgian government claimed that she owed $63,000 in back taxes. As her former congregation refused to take any responsibility for the debt, Deckers ran into heavy financial problems. Citing their financial difficulties in a note, she and her companion, Annie Pécher, committed suicide by an overdose of barbiturates and alcohol in 1985. In their suicide note, Decker and Pécher stated they had not given up their faith and wished to be buried together after a church funeral.

Together from 1963 to 1985: 22 years.
Annie Pécher (1944 – 1985)
Jeanine Deckers aka Sœur Sourire (October 17, 1933 — March 29, 1985)

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Cemetery: Jeanine Deckers (1933-1985), better known as Sœur Sourire, was a Belgian singer-songwriter and initially a member of the Dominican Order in Belgium as Sister Luc Gabrielle. She acquired world fame in 1963 with the release of the French-language song “Dominique.” In 1963, she was sent by her order to take theology courses at the University of Louvain (Grand-Place 23, 1348 Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve) where she reconnected with a friend from her youth, Annie Pécher, with whom she slowly developed a very close relationship. Pulled between two worlds and increasingly in disagreement with the Catholic Church, she left the convent in 1966. Citing their financial difficulties in a note, she and her companion, Annie Pécher, committed suicide by an overdose of barbiturates and alcohol in 1985. In their suicide note, Decker and Pécher stated they had not given up their faith and wished to be buried together after a church funeral. They are interred together at Cheremont Cemetery (Avenue de Chèremont, 1300 Wavre).

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Buried: The Evergreens Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Buried Alongside: Yves François Lubin aka Assotto Saint
Find A Grave Memorial# 161933698

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. In the preface to the anthology The Road before Us: 100 Gay Black Poets, Saint had requested that, in protest of the indifference of American society to those dying of AIDS, that the American flag be burned at his funeral and its ashes scattered on his grave. The Road before Us was a 1992 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. Here to Dare was nominee in 1993 for Gay Anthology, Wishing for Wings was a nominee in 1995 for Gay Poetry, Spells of a Voodoo Doll was a 1997 nominee for Gay Biography/Autobiography.

Together from 1980 to 1993: 13 years.
Assotto Saint (October 2, 1957 - June 29, 1994)
Jan Holmgren (April 25, 1939 - March 29, 1993)

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Cemetery: At Cemetery of the Evergreens (1629 Bushwick Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11207) is buried Ella Wesner (1841-1917), the most celebrated male impersonator of the Gilded Age Vaudeville circuit. At the time of her death she was living at 431 Claremont Pkwy, Bronx, NY 10457. In the same cemetery are buried together Jan Holmgren (1939-1993) and Assotto Saint (1957-1994). When Assotto Saint delivered to the Names Project his quilt panel, he also enclosed a copy of Holmgren's funeral program and a moving note he had penned by hand, an intimate death notice of his partner and himself. "I made this quilt for my 13-year life-partner, Jan Urban Holmgren. He was my Jan & my man. Born in Alno, Sweden, on April 25, 1939, he died in my arms on March 29, 1993. We both found out in late 1987 that we were HIV-positive. Jan came down with full-blown AIDS in early 199o. I came down with full-blown AIDS in late 1991. Yes, it is a strange phenomenon when both life-partners in a relationship are fatally ill. Because of my disbelief in God & a spiritual after-life, it gives me great pleasure to know that at least we will be physically reunited in the same grave at The Evergreen Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY."

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Helen Arthur was a theatre manager, known for managing the Neighborhood Playhouse for thirteen seasons. Arthur was the manager of several notable actors, including Ruth Draper.
Born: March 29, 1879, Lancaster, Wisconsin, United States
Died: December 9, 1939, New York City, New York, United States
Find A Grave Memorial# 161717445
Partner: Agnes Morgan

School: Northwestern University (NU, 633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208) is a private research university based in Evanston, Illinois, with campuses in Chicago, Illinois; and Doha, Qatar. Composed of twelve schools and colleges, Northwestern offers 124 undergraduate degrees and 145 graduate and professional degrees. In 1930, construction began on the Charles Deering Library at Northwestern University (Charles Deering died in 1927). Funding was provided primarily through donations made by the Deering, McCormick, and Danielson families. Dedicated in 1933, it served as Northwestern's primary library until 1970, when an adjacent library was constructed. The Deering Library now houses certain special collections of the Northwestern University Library, along with art, music, government information, maps, and the University Archives. Deering's son Roger (1884–1936) also was an art patron and benefactor to Northwestern. Notable queer alumni and faculty: Barbara Gittings (1932–2007); Charles Deering (1852-1927); Helen Arthur (1879–1939); J. Michael Bailey (born 1957), James Deering (1859–1925); Ned Rorem (born 1923); Rich Gordon (born 1948).

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School: New York University (NYU), 10003, is a private, nonsectarian American research university. Founded in 1831, NYU is one of the largest private non-profit institutions of American higher education. University rankings compiled by U.S. News and World Report, Times Higher Education and the Academic Ranking of World Universities all rank NYU among the top 34 universities in the world. NYU is organized into more than 20 schools, colleges, and institutes, located in six centers throughout Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn. NYU's main campus is located at Greenwich Village in Lower Manhattan with institutes and centers on the Upper East Side, academic buildings and dorms down on Wall Street, and the Brooklyn campus located at MetroTech Center in Downtown Brooklyn. Notable queer alumni and faculty: Helen Arthur (1879–1939), John Ashbery (born 1927), Howard Austen (1929-2003), Sara Josephine Baker (1873–1945), Rita Mae Brown (born 1944), Countee Cullen (1903-1946), Thomas M. Disch (1940-2008), Fred Ebb (1928–2004), Perry Ellis (1940–1986), Edward Field (born 1924), Lillian Hellman (1905-1984), Bo Huston (1959–1993), Arthur Laurents (1917-2011), William Alexander Levy (1909-1997), Todd Longstaffe-Gowan (born 1960), Carson McCullers (1917-1967), Ismail Merchant (1936-2005), Richard Thomas Nolan (born 1937), Robert Spitzer (1932–2015), Harold Norse (1916–2009), Larry Rivers (1923-2002), Douglas Sadownick (born 1959).

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Theatre: Helen Arthur was a theatre manager, known for managing the Neighborhood Playhouse for thirteen seasons (1915-1927). Arthur was the manager of several notable actors, including Ruth Draper.

Address: 340 E 54th St, New York, NY 10022, USA (40.75658, -73.96529)

Place
The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre is a full-time professional conservatory for actors located at 340 E 54th St, New York, NY 10022, and is known as the home of the Meisner technique. Neighborhood Playhouse had originally been founded as an off-Broadway theatre by philanthropists Alice Lewisohn and Irene Lewisohn in 1915, but closed in 1927. The following year, it re-opened as the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre with the addition of Rita Wallach Morgenthau. Sanford Meisner joined the faculty in 1935 from the Group Theatre. Meisner used his study of Russian theatre and acting innovator, Konstantin Stanislavski's System to develop his own technique, as an alternative to Lee Strasberg's Method acting. In 1955, Farley Granger (1925-2011) moved to New York and began studying with Bob Fosse, Gloria Vanderbilt, James Kirkwood and Tom Tryon in a class taught by Sandy Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse.

Life
Who: Helen Jean Arthur (March 29, 1879 – December 9, 1939) and Agnes Morgan (October 31, 1879 - May 25, 1976)
Helen Arthur was born in Lancaster, Wisconsin to Lemuel John Arthur (a lawyer) and Mary Emma Ziegler Arthur. She attended Evanston Township High School, followed by a year at Northwestern University (1897-1898), and received a Bachelor of Law degree from New York University in 1901. She was the first woman to try a criminal case in New York State. During her time in law practice she co-authored the handbook "Domestic Employment: A Handbook" which sought to explain applicable laws to an area which was subject to abuse. Helen Arthur's legal work brought her into contact with Lillian Wald of the Henry Street Settlement. Arthur was in residence at the Settlement during 1906, and was one of two people known to have had romantic relationships with Wald. The two vacationed together during August-September 1906. While practicing law Arthur began writing theatre reviews for a small publication. She soon gave up her law practice and became the agent for actress Grace George. She performed secretarial work for the theatrical managers, the Shubert brothers Lee and Jacob J. Shubert. A 1915 notice in Variety announced her leaving the Shuberts brothers "after seven or eight years." The notice also mentioned that Arthur, an "occasional authoress," had written a skit based on the Shuberts featuring characters Jake and Lee and that Arthur had taken the "Jake" part. By 1915, Alice Lewisohn (later Alice Crowley) and her sister Irene Lewisohn were in need of legal help for their nascent theatrical project, the Neighborhood Playhouse. Alice called upon Arthur to assist her, becoming part of the staff, despite Sarah Cowell Le Moyne's (the head teacher) distaste for "all feminists who invade the profession of men." A 1916 article in Variety described Arthur as publicity director. Arthur was responsible for introducing Agnes Morgan (by that time her partner) to Lewisohn, who went on to become one of the Playhouse's most significant directors. In her memoir of the Playhouse, Lewisohn (now Crowley) described Arthur as "lithe, shirt-waisted, and stiff-colored Helen Arthur, dapper, bright-eyed, keen; and her friend the quiet, serious, watchful Agnes Morgan." A Playhouse performer described her as "quite a pixie, bright as a whistle, and a little devilish too." Of the relationship between Arthur and Agnes Morgan, another Playhouse performer said they "were a lesbian couple; just everyone knew." Helen Arthur also engaged in pursuits outside of the Playhouse. In 1916 she was the manager for actress Doris Keane. In 1918 Arthur managed the Over There Theatre League in which a number of actors sailed for France and England to perform for the troops stationed there. She was director of the Casino Theatre in Newport, Rhode Island from 1935-1939 during its summer seasons. The plays she produced there included “At Marian's” (with Laurette Taylor), “Night in the House” and two plays written by Morgan, “If Love Were All” and “Grandpa” (written under the pseudonym Cutler Hatch). In 1936 she and Morgan joined the Popular Price Unit of the Federal Theatre Project where they presented “American Holiday,” “Thirteenth Chair” and “Class of '29.” In 1938-1939 she was appointed executive director of the Ann Arbor Dramatic Season for 1938. After the Neighborhood Playhouse closed in 1927, Helen Arthur and Agnes Morgan formed their own company, Actor-Managers, Inc. Arthur continued to manage notable actresses including Mrs. Patrick Campbell, Florence Roberts as well as the singer Marion Kirby and dancer Angna Enters. She managed Ruth Draper for ten years, from 1929 until her death in 1939. Helen Arthur died of cerebral thrombosis at the Neurological Institute of New York. Her obituary stated that she had homes in New York City and Pleasantville, New York. Agnes Morgan was a director, playwright, actress and theatrical producer. She is most known for her association with the Neighborhood Playhouse where she was a director and functioned in numerous other roles. Morgan was born in Le Roy, New York to Frank H. Morgan, an editor, and Sarah L. Cutler Morgan, a teacher. Lewisohn described Morgan as "quiet, serious, watchful." In speaking the Lewisohn sister, founders of the Playhouse joining with Morgan and Helen Arthur, Lewisohn added "...never had five people cast in such different molds joined forces with more congeniality." In speaking of two comedies, “Great Catherine: Whom Glory Still Adores” by Shaw and “The Queen's Enemies” by Lord Dunsany, Crowley recalled that "the spirited quality in both productions was largely due to Agnes Morgan's skillful direction. Perhaps Great Catherine was paving the way to her gift in handling burlesque, which was later to create an infectious vogue on Grand Street and Broadway through the [Grand Street Follies].” Crowley described Morgan as an essential part of the Playhouse: “Agnes Morgan's apprentices were the stage crew, a neighborhood corps of assistant property boys, scene shifters, and painters But her technical facility was such that she was everywhere in the theatre, combining a collection of functions the mere mention of which would drive any "self-respecting" member of the theatre union of today into a decline. Skilled as an actor, she played an occasional role; she developed the technical side of lighting, and had an instinctive gift for direction, as for the function of stage manager. As an amateur she responded to any production need while pursuing her professional career as playwright.” Grand St. Follies: Neighborhood Playhouse had an in-house burlesque. While searching for an experimental play (promised to subscribers), Lewisohn suggested that the in-house burlesque be open to the subscribers. It had been the inspiration and creation of Agnes Morgan and Helen Arthur. The following season, staff were concerned as to whether they could equal the success of the first Grand Street Follies. "...it was clear that her genius for brilliant satire had flowered overnight. Morgan directed thirty-one out of forty-four dramas mounted at the Neighborhood Playhouse between 1915 and its closing in 1927, as well as dance and festival shows. After the Playhouse closed she formed her own company, originally sharing the name of the annual Grand Street Follies and later called Actor-Managers, Inc. which existed until 1939. She directed eight plays on Broadway between 1927 and 1935 as well as three plays for the Federal Theatre Project. In 1931 she wrote the play “If Love Were All” under the pseudonym Cutler Hatch and staged it as well. In 1940 Morgan became associate director of the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey, a position she held until 1972. Morgan died in 1976 in San Bernardino, California.

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Edward John Burra was an English painter, draughtsman, and printmaker, best known for his depictions of the urban underworld, black culture and the Harlem scene of the 1930s.
Born: March 29, 1905, London, United Kingdom
Died: October 22, 1976, Hastings, United Kingdom
Education: Royal College of Art,
Chelsea College of Arts
Buried: Rye Cemetery, Rye, Rother District, East Sussex, England
Find A Grave Memorial# 15089223
Artwork: The Snack Bar, Dancing Skeletons, The Common Stair, more

School: Chelsea College of Arts (16 John Islip St, Westminster, London SW1P 4JU) is a constituent college of the University of the Arts London based in London, and is a leading British art and design institution with an international reputation. The School of Art merged with the Hammersmith School of Art, founded by Francis Hawke, to form the Chelsea School of Art in 1908. The newly formed school was taken over by the London County Council and a new building erected at Lime Grove, which opened with an extended curriculum. A trade school for girls was erected on the same site in 1914. The school acquired premises at Great Titchfield Street, and was jointly accommodated with Quintin Hogg's Polytechnic in Regent Street (a forerunner of the University of Westminster). The campus at Manresa Road introduced painting and graphic design in 1963, with both disciplines being particularly successful. Notable queer alumni and faculty: Barbara Ker-Seymer (1905-1993), Dirk Bogarde (1921-1999), Edward Burra (1905-1976), William Chappell (1907-1994).

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School: The Royal College of Art or RCA (Kensington Gore, Kensington, London SW7 2EU) is a public research university in London. It offers postgraduate degrees in art and design to students from over 60 countries; it is the only entirely postgraduate art and design university in the world. In the 2016 QS World University Rankings by Subject, the RCA was placed first in the Art and Design subject area. The RCA was founded in Somerset House in 1837 as the Government School of Design or Metropolitan School of Design. In 1853 it was expanded and moved to Marlborough House, and then, in 1853 or 1857, to South Kensington, on the same site as the South Kensington Museum. It was renamed the Normal Training School of Art in 1857 and the National Art Training School in 1863. During the later XIX century it was primarily a teacher training college. In 1896 or 1897 the school received the name Royal College of Art, and the emphasis of teaching there shifted to the practice of art and design. The Darwin Building in Kensington Gore dates from the 1960s (English Heritage Building ID: 487894 (Grade II, 2001)). It was designed by a team of RCA staff members, H. T. Cadbury-Brown, Hugh Casson and Robert Goodden. Notable queer alumni and faculty: Edward Burra (1905-1976), Ossie Clark (1942–1996), Una Vincenzo, Lady Troubridge (1887–1963).

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House: Early-Mid XIX century. Two storeys and attic. Three windows. Three pedimented dormers. Stuccoed, ground floor rusticated. Pilasters flank the front. Stringcourse. Wide eaves cornice. Hipped slate roof. Glazing bars intact. Venetian shutters to windows. Wide porch with coupled Doric columns.

Address: A268, Rye Foreign, East Sussex TN31 7UL, UK (50.97103, 0.72161)
English Heritage Building ID: 412891 (Grade II, 1961)

Place
Springfield Court is a substantial mansion house originally constructed in the XIX Century and has Italian architectural influences. The property has white painted rendered elevations with green shutters under a pitched Mansard lead and slate roof. Springfield Court is situated in the sought after Domesday village of Playden which lies exactly 1 mile to the north of Rye. Playden derives its name from the Saxon word of “Plaidena” which means “deer pasture” and to this day still retains its original charm. The property has a very private setting and is reputed to be the quintessential house of Playden. The historic Cinque Port town of Rye dates back to pre-Norman times. Originally the area was part of the Manor of Rameslie which in 1014 was promised to the Abbey of Fécamp in Normandy by Elthelred the Unready and during the reign of King Henry III the area was returned to the English Crown. Following this the area underwent a period of fortification with the construction of four gates and a town wall in 1380 under King Edward II. During the late XIII Century the Plantagenet Kings gave Rye the Charter of the Cinque Port which meant that it provided safe harbour for ships. Springfield Court is approached through electronic wrought iron gates via a sweeping gravel driveway which leads to a carriage turning area in front of the main house. Springfield Court has been fully restored to its original splendour with the highest degree of attention to detail and fixtures and fittings being used. Throughout the main reception rooms are impressive marble fireplaces, polished oak floors and internal window shutters. The property retains all of its period charm including ornate moulded cornicing, plasterwork ceilings and original paint colours being used wherever possible throughout the property. The interior combines Georgian grandeur and modern living. The library has the original wooden shelving from No 11 Downing Street and then The Treasury and there is air conditioning across all floors which can be controlled remotely by computer. The property has a commanding position over its gardens, grounds and as such many of the reception rooms and bedrooms have superb views. To the rear there is an impressive raised decking area which again has magnificent views over the formal western gardens and to the valley beyond. To the south of the main house there is a self contained cottage annexe which provides excellent additional accommodation and has two separate access points. From the gravel driveway, there is a fine central plastered and pillared portico with flagstone steps leading to the front door.
Life
Who: Edward John Burra (March 29, 1905 – October 22, 1976) and William Chappell (September 27, 1907 – January 1, 1994)
Edward Burra was an English painter, draughtsman, and printmaker, best known for his depictions of the urban underworld, black culture and the Harlem scene of the 1930s. Burra was born at his grandmother's house in Elvaston Place, London to Henry Curteis Burra, J.P. and Ermentrude Anne (née Robinson Luxford). His father was a barrister and later Chairman of East Sussex County Council. Edward attended preparatory school at Northaw Place in Potters Bar but in 1917 suffered from pneumonia and had to be withdrawn from school and home-educated. Burra took art classes with a Miss Bradley in Rye in 1921, then studied at Chelsea School of Art until 1923, and from 1923–5 at the Royal College of Art under drawing tutors Randolph Schwabe and Raymond Coxon. A fellow student at the Chelsea School of Art was William Chappell (ballet dancer, choreographer, theatre producer and director), who became a close and lifelong friend. Burra visited Paris with William Chappell in October 1925. In September–October 1927, Burra and Chappell travelled to the south of France. In May 1928 Burra visited Toulon with Chappell, Irene Hodgkins, Barbara Ker-Seymer, Brian Howard and Anthony Powell. From October to December 1928, he stayed in Paris with Chappell, Fedorovitch, Frederick Ashton, Cedric Morris, Arthur Lett-Haines, Arthur Mahoney and John Banting. In May 1929, he visited Paris with Chappell, Ashton, Fedorovitch, Mahoney and Birgit Batholin. Ashton's ballet A Day in a Southern Port (Rio Grande) opened at the Savoy, London in November 1931 with sets and costumes by Burra. In 1940, Burra suffered terribly from rheumatism and gout. He spent much of the War years at his home, Springfield, near Rye as travel is difficult. In 1953 the Burra family left Springfield for Chapel House in the middle of Rye which had been built for them. In 1969 Burra moved from Chapel House to 2 Springfield Cottages, a gardener’s cottage next to his former home, Springfield at Playden, near Rye. After breaking his hip in 1974, his health declined sharply and he died in Hastings in 1976. He is buried at Rye Cemetery (Rye Hill, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7NH). William Chappell was a British dancer, ballet designer and director. He is most noted for his designs for more than 40 ballets or revues, including many of the early works of Sir Frederick Ashton and Dame Ninette de Valois. Chappell was born in Wolverhampton, the son of theatrical manager Archie Chappell and his wife Edith Eva Clara Black (née Edith Blair-Staples). After his parents separated, Chapell and his mother moved to Balham, London, where she pursued a career as a fashion journalist. Edith's daughter by her first marriage, romantic novelist Hermina Black, Chappell's half-sister, was living nearby in Wandsworth. Chappell studied at the Chelsea School of Art where aged 14 he met fellow students Edward Burra and Barbara Ker-Seymer forging a lifelong friendship. He did not take up dancing seriously until he was 17 when he studied under Marie Rambert, whom he met through his friend Frederick Ashton. For two years Chappell and Ashton toured Europe with Ida Rubenstein's company under the direction of Massine and Nijinska. He retired to his home in Rye and died there after a long illness in 1994.

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Dora de Houghton Carrington, known generally as Carrington, was a British painter and decorative artist, remembered in part for her association with members of the Bloomsbury Group, especially the writer Lytton Strachey.
Born: March 29, 1893, Hereford, United Kingdom
Died: March 11, 1932, Newbury, United Kingdom
Education: Slade School of Fine Art
Bedford High School, Bedfordshire
Lived: The Mill, Tidmarsh, Reading, West Berkshire RG8, UK (51.46833, -1.08754)
Ham Spray House, Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8 3QZ, UK (51.3681, -1.50219)
Buried: under the laurels in the garden of the Ham Spray House, Wiltshire, England (ashes)
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Artwork: Farm at Watendlath, Spanish Landscape with Mountains, more
Siblings: Noël Carrington

Giles Lytton Strachey was a British writer and critic. Dora Carrington was a British painter and decorative artist, remembered in part for her association with members
of the Bloomsbury Group, especially Lytton Strachey. Though Strachey spoke openly about his homosexuality with his Bloomsbury friends (he had a relationship with John Maynard Keynes, who also was part of the Bloomsbury group), it was not widely publicized until the late 1960s, in a biography by Michael Holroyd. In 1921, Carrington agreed to marry Ralph Partridge, not for love but to secure the 3-way relationship. Strachey himself had been much more sexually interested in Partridge, as well as in various other young men, including a secret sadomasochistic relationship with Roger Senhouse (later the head of publisher Secker & Warburg). Dora Carrington committed suicide out of grief in 1932, shortly after Lytton Strachey’s death. Ralph married Frances Marshall on March 2, 1933. They lived happily at Ham Spray until Ralph’s death in 1960.

Together from 1917 to 1932: 15 years.
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School: Bedford High School for Girls (Bromham Rd, Bedford MK40 2BS) was an independent school for pupils aged 7 to 18 in Bedford. It was one of a number of schools run by the Harpur Trust. The school was opened on May 8, 1882. It was built on the site of former Harpur Trust cottage almshouses. There were 43 girls on that first day. The school was located on its original site in Harpur ward, near the centre of Bedford, until its closure in 2012. In September 2010 the junior department of the school merged with the junior department of Dame Alice Harpur School. From September 2011 to September 2012 the senior schools also merged, the new school is known as Bedford Girls' School. The daughter of a Liverpool merchant, Dora Carrington (1893–1932) was born in Hereford, and attended the all-girls' Bedford High School which emphasized art. Her parents also paid for her to receive extra lessons in drawing.

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School: The UCL Slade School of Fine Art (informally The Slade, University College London, Gower St, Kings Cross, London WC1E 6BT) is the art school of University College London (UCL) and is based in London. It is world-renowned and is consistently ranked as the UK's top art and design educational institution. The school is organised as a department of UCL's Faculty of Arts and Humanities. The school traces its roots back to 1868 when lawyer and philanthropist Felix Slade (1788–1868) bequeathed funds to establish three Chairs in Fine Art, to be based at Oxford University, Cambridge University and University College London, where six studentships were endowed. Notable queer alumni and faculty: Dora Carrington (1893-1932), Ralph Chubb (1892-1960), Dorothy Brett (1883-1977), Duncan Grant (1885-1978), Eileen Gray (1878–1976), Derek Jarman (1942-1994), Mary Josephine Bedford (1861–1955), Robert Medley (1905-1994), Oliver Messel (1904-1978), William Bruce Ellis Ranken (1881–1941); Roger Rees (born 1944), Alix Strachey (1892–1973), Henry Scott Tuke (1858–1929), William Dobell (1899-1970).

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House: Once home to the Bloomsbury group, The Mill at Tidmarsh in Berkshire is still an inspiring abode. The Mill was last on the market in 2010 for £1.995.000.

Address: Sulham Hill, Tidmarsh, West Berkshire RG8 8ER, UK (51.46833, -1.08754)
English Heritage Building ID: 400899 (Grade II, 1984)

Place
"Sounds too good to be alright!" wrote Dora Carrington to Lytton Strachey on the morning of October 19, 1917. She was poring over the particulars of The Mill at Tidmarsh in Berkshire. There was electric light and "bath H & C.” It was romantic and lovely, and the rent was £52 a year for a three-year lease. Carrington first set up house with Lytton Strachey in November 1917, when they moved together to Tidmarsh Mill House, near Pangbourne, Berkshire. Carrington met Ralph Partridge, an Oxford friend of her younger brother Noel, in 1918. Strachey fell in love with Partridge and eventually, in 1921, Carrington agreed to marry him, not for love but to hold the menage a trois together with Lytton Strachey. Strachey paid for the wedding, and also accompanied the couple on their honeymoon in Venice.

Life
Who: Dora de Houghton Carrington (March 29, 1893 – March 11, 1932)
Dora Carrington moved into the mill with Lytton Strachey (1880-1932) just as he was publishing “Eminent Victorians,” the book that made him famous. The pair were already prominent in the Bloomsbury circle, which included Clive and Vanessa Bell (1879-1961), whose highly decorated house, Charleston in Sussex, is open to the public. Lytton and Carrington were frequently seen at Lady Ottoline Morrell (1873-1938)’s parties at Garsington Manor. He was a spidery, bearded intellectual, widely known to be homosexual, she a Slade-trained artist with a pageboy haircut and no first name. Their decision to live together raised eyebrows inside and outside their group.

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House: Love and literary retreat, a Wiltshire farmhouse was a bliss for a Bloomsbury threesome. Ham Spray House was last on the market in 2008 for £2.750.000.

Address: Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8 3QZ, UK (51.3681, -1.50219)

Place
In 1924, Lytton Strachey and Ralph Partridge, members of the Bloomsbury group, bought Ham Spray House, and several of that group and other writers and artists spent time there from then until Ralph died in 1960, including Dora Carrington and Frances Partridge. Ham Spray, which cost Partridge and Strachey £2,300, suited their communal living and working arrangements. Surrounded by fields, and with a local shop selling Wellington boots, it was "a perfect English country house.” "We believed there was no view more beautiful, more inexhaustible in England, and no house more lovable than Ham Spray," wrote Frances in her diary. The rooms are of Georgian proportions, with high ceilings and cornices and pretty fireplaces. Carrington’s paintings hung on every wall, alongside works by Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell and Augustus John. While Lytton Strachey wrote in his upstairs study, looking out across Ham Hill and Inkpen Beacon, Carrington painted in a studio above the former granary. In the evenings, they gathered in the music room, where there was a piano, gramophone and ping-pong table. In Strachey’s former study – now a bedroom - there are surviving works by Carrington, including a mural of an owl and a self-portrait of her riding across the Downs, painted on a tile. On a door in the corner of the room is a trompe d’oeil of a bookshelf, featuring titles such as “Deception” by Jane Austen and “The Empty Room” by Virginia Woolf.

Life
Who: Ralph Partridge (1894 – November 30, 1960)
Dora Carrington was in love with Lytton Strachey, who loved Ralph Partridge, an ex-army officer; Carrington loved Strachey, but married Partridge to stabilise their triangular relationship. In 1924, they set up home together at the XIX-century farmhouse outside the village of Ham, in Wiltshire, along with Ralph’s lover (and later wife) Frances Marshall (1900-2004.) Strachey died of stomach cancer at Ham Spray in January 1932. Carrington, who saw no purpose in a life without Strachey, committed suicide two months after his death by shooting herself with a gun borrowed from her friend, Hon. Bryan Guinness (later 2nd Baron Moyne.) Her body was cremated and the ashes buried under the laurels in the garden of Ham Spray House. Strachey's modest little brass plaque is in the family church at Chew Magna, Somerset. The Partridges had a son, Burgo, and continued to live at the house for almost 30 years, entertaining a roll-call of artists and writers, among them E.M. Forster and Patrick Leigh Fermor. Frances sold the house a year after Ralph’s death in 1961, insisting that it did not become a shrine to the Bloomsbury Group.

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Maurice Denton Welch was an English writer and painter, admired for his vivid prose and precise descriptions.
Born: March 29, 1915, Shanghai, China
Died: December 30, 1948, Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
Education: Repton School
Lived: 34 Croom's Hill, Greenwich
Middle Orchard, Long Mill Lane, Crouch, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 8QB
33 The Little Boltons, Earls Court, SW10
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Denton Welch started at the Goldsmith School of Art in New Cross in 1933, where he studied for 3 years; among his teachers was the printmaker and graphic designer Edward Bawden. He moved into a house near Greenwich Park where the landlady was Evelyn Sinclair, who became a close lifelong friend. Eric Oliver was introduced to Welch in November 1943 at a time when Oliver, a conscientious objector, was working on the land and Welch was living as a semi-invalid, following a road accident when he was 20, near Hadlow, in Kent. The intensity of Welch's emotions was not returned, for on his own admission Oliver was incapable of love ("You must never take me seriously," he wrote in the only letter of his to Welch which survives), but, once they had sorted out the imbalance in their relationship, Oliver moved in with him, and as Welch's physical condition deteriorated Oliver nursed him with practical expertise. When Welch died on December 30, 1948, in Oliver's arms, the manuscript of his third and finest novel, A Voice Through a Cloud, lay by the bed, and Oliver was instrumental in John Lehmann’s publishing it in 1950, with a foreword signed by Oliver but probably written by Lehmann.

Together from 1943 to 1948: 5 years.
Maurice Denton Welch (March 29, 1915 - December 30, 1948)
Eric Oliver (October 6, 1914 - April 1, 1995)

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School: Repton School (The Lodge, Repton, Derby DE65 6FH) is a co-educational independent school for day and boarding pupils in Repton, Derbyshire. The school has around 660 pupils aged between 13 and 18, of whom 451 are boarders. Repton School taught only boys for its first 400 years; Repton started accepting girls in the sixth form early in the 1970s, and within 20 years became completely coeducational. Notable queer alumni and faculty: Christopher Isherwood (1904-1986), novelist and screenwriter; Basil Rathbone (1892-1967), actor most known for playing Sherlock Holmes in the Sherlock Holmes (1939 film series); Denton Welch (1915-1948), painter and poet.

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House: Denton Welch (1915-1948) started at the Goldsmith School of Art in New Cross in 1933, where he studied for three years. At first he lived in a house where his brother Bill was also rooming, and then he moved into 34 Crooms Hill, London SE10 8ER, a house near Greenwich Park where the landlady was Evelyn Sinclair, who became a close, lifelong friend. The house belonged to Miss Sinclair’s brother, Braxton. It had an interesting combination of architectural styles; there was a lovely view across the park; the road was absolutely quiet.

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House: Denton Welch (1915-1948), Chinese born (Shanghai) English writer and artist, stayed at 33 The Little Boltons, Kensington, London SW10 9LL, in 1931 with his cousin, when he ran away from school. He recorded his childhood in China in his fictionalised autobiography of his early years, “Maiden Voyage” (1943). With the help and patronage of Edith Sitwell and John Lehmann this became a small but lasting success and made for him a distinct and individual reputation.

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House: On June 7, 1935, Denton Welch (1915-1948) was traveling by bicycle to go visit his aunt when he was hit by a car. His spine was fractured, and for a few months he was paralyzed from the chest down. He was able to learn to walk again, but with difficulty. For the rest of his life he had kidney and bladder infections, which would cause frequent and severe headaches. After the accident, Welch first spent time at National Hospital, and then in the Southcourt Nursing Home in Broadstairs, Kent. When he left the nursing home July 1936, Welch rented an apartment with Evelyn Sinclair in Tonbridge in order that he could be close to his doctor, John Easton. Sinclair remained with Welch as his housekeeper at his different residences until May 1946, two months after Welch and his partner Eric Oliver moved to Middle Orchard (Long Mill Lane, Crouch, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 8QB), the country house of Noël and Bernard Adeney at Crouch, near Borough Green, Kent. However, Sinclair returned to Middle Orchard in July 1948 to assist Welch until his death. He died December 30, 1948, at Middle Orchard Cottage in Crouch, Kent.

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By exploring a subject that had personal and societal implications, Andrew Mattison helped bring gay relationships into the media spotlight. Teaming with his life partner of 34 years, Dr. David McWhirter, Dr. Mattison wrote the groundbreaking book The Male Couple, an in-depth study evaluating the quality and stability of long-term homosexual relationships. Mattison died of stomach cancer at 57. McWhirter, who was 16 years older than Mattison, died of a stroke less than 7 months later. Published in 1984, before AIDS became a scourge in the gay community, the book gained international attention and landed Dr. Mattison and his partner on the TV and radio talk-show circuit. With McWhirter, Dr. Mattison wrote extensively on counseling gay couples and the effects of HIV on lesbians, gay men and their families. In his last years, Dr. Mattison researched the phenomenon of "circuit parties" among gays – large gatherings at which risky behaviors such as unsafe sex and drug use were suspected.

Together from 1971 to 2005: 34 years.
Andrew Michael “Drew” Mattison (August 5, 1948 - December 29, 2005)
David Paul McWhirter (March 29, 1932 - July 28, 2006)

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Cecil Arthur Lewis MC was a British fighter pilot who flew in World War I. He went on to co-found the British Broadcasting Company and enjoy a long career as a writer, notably of the aviation classic Sagittarius Rising.
Born: March 29, 1898, Birkenhead, United Kingdom
Died: January 27, 1997, London, United Kingdom
Lived: Arolo, Italy
Find A Grave Memorial# 176217775
Books: Sagittarius Rising, Farewell to wings, Gemini to Joburg, Turn Right for Corfu, A way to be
Movies: Pygmalion, Carmen, The Indiscretions of Eve
Awards: Academy Award for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay
Battles and wars: World War I, World War II

National Park: Charles Ricketts died on 7 October 1931. He was cremated at Golders Green, and his ashes were to be scattered to the four winds in Richmond Park. His friends found out that the shoe box they were given contained a seemingly endless quantity of ashes, so they decided in the end that Cecil Lewis would take the remaining ashes to be scattered in Arolo near the Lago Maggiore. The Arolo land had been a present from Ricketts to Lewis. Lewis himself hollowed out a niche of the cliff, placed Ricketts's head in bronze by F.R. Wells facing the mountains, and a plaque was attached underneath it, “duly inscribed,” as Lewis wrote. The inscription is probably his, but the carving itself may have been a local job.

Address: 22010 Moltrasio CO, Italy (45.85111, 9.08944)

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Who: Cecil Arthur Lewis MC (March 29, 1898 – January 27, 1997)
Cecil Lewis was a British fighter pilot who flew in WWI. He went on to co-found the British Broadcasting Company and enjoy a long career as a writer, notably of the aviation classic “Sagittarius Rising” (some scenes from which were represented in the film “Aces High”). While at the BBC in the 1920s he was taken under the wing of the artist Charles Ricketts, who awakened his creative heart, giving him a love of art and language. When Lewis discovered a villa in Italy Ricketts gave him pounds 300 to buy it. Between the wars Cecil Lewis created a beautiful retreat out of a rocky wilderness overlooking Lake Maggiore in northern Italy, which he said was always "waiting to restore me to sanity and peace". He edited the letters and journals of Charles Ricketts, “Self-Portrait” (1939), which were, like his 1928 translation from the French of Paul Raynal's “The Unknown Factor,” later adapted for television. He wrote and produced plays for stage, television and screen, including the adaptation of two Shaw plays for the cinema - his “Pygmalion” (1938) won him an Academy Award. In 1991 he wrote and presented on Radio 3 “Between Ourselves,” a dramatised portrait of Ricketts, whom he had so greatly admired in younger days, with Sir John Gielgud in the principal part. A few months later, by now 1993, Lewis published “Sagittarius Surviving,” a further flying autobiography. In the same year he wrote an introduction to Antoine de St Exupery's “Wind, Sand and Stars,” and two years later his autobiographical “All My Yesterdays” appeared. He was the last surviving British flying ace of WWI. George Bernard Shaw wrote of Lewis: "This prince of pilots has had a charmed life in every sense of the word. He is a thinker, a master of words and a bit of a poet."

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