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Writing #GLBTQ Literature

Welcome to the Rainbow Book Reviews Blog Hop! Be sure to click on the graphic to link to the rest of the participants. Lots of fabulous prizes – leave a comment to enter, for ours as well as all the grand prizes. We’re offering one free download, reader’s choice, from our published books.

What does writing GLBTQ literature mean to us? We’re a married couple writing erotic romance together under our pen name, Adriana Kraft. We’re also proud parents of a gay son, members of our local PFLAG chapter, and social activists who’ve supported causes we believe in across more decades than we necessarily want to count.

Nearly three and a half years ago, we stood with other supporters on the steps of our local county Courthouse on an April afternoon awaiting word on the Iowa Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision. We were prepared to stand for our values whichever way the decision went – and we were thrilled with the outcome (and blogged about it, HERE). I don’t think we can say it better than one of us told a reporter that afternoon: “Love is love, and every couple deserves a happy ending.”

So that’s one major reason we write what we write: to celebrate love wherever it can be found, and to share with the world our belief that all persons, whatever their sexual orientation, deserve equality under the law when they form a love relationship.

There’s more of course – we do write erotic romance, after all, and our tag line is Erotic Romance for Two, Three, or More. There are so many varieties and combinations under the rainbow banner. We’re especially partial to scenes and stories that feature two women together, whether lesbian or bisexual. Our short stories and novels explore what’s possible for women (well, and the occasional man) who can’t fit themselves neatly into the box labeled “straight.” Sometimes their foray into same sex relationships turns out to be a small part of coming into their own sexually, as in Mistress of Purgatory Point. More often, same sex erotic encounters become more central for them, and they find a range of solutions for ongoing expression of their entire spectrum of sexuality. We write a world where three- and even four-way committed relationships are not only possible but welcomed.

We hope you’ll leave us a comment on why GLBTQ literature matters to you, and what your favorite pairings are. We’ll pull a winner by random number Monday morning, August 27. Good luck!

 

Bisexual Invisibility

Okay, now THIS is scary. I follow blogger Mike Szymanski at the Bisexuality Examiner. I can’t remember quite how I found him in the first place – probably through the BiWriters group I belong to on Yahoo. But if I’d gone looking for him on a Google search, without that personal connection, I might never have found him. Did you know that when you start to search the term “bisexual” or “bisexuality,” the Google auto-complete function is blocked? This vastly reduces the number of hits you’re likely to get – making it appear there’s almost nothing out there on your topic.

He’s referencing a Huffington Post article by Faith Cheltenham, who’s done some research on this issue. As she points out, how many bisexual persons just looking for validation and affirmation will never find what they’re seeking because Google has blocked the auto-complete for searching the term bisexual? She offers data, and has some links to give Google some feedback. If you care about this issue, hop on over there and help fight bi invisibility.

 

Monday is B Day!

Monday is B Day!

No, not my birthday lol – that’s three weeks away. B Day in June is Bisexuality Day at Beth Wylde’s Loop, where there’s a Pride celebration going on all month long. Special author guests and publishing houses are booked for every day in June, and each Monday is devoted to one of the four GLBT letters.

Join me and the exciting authors listed below Monday, June 18, for a day of great conversation, excerpts and even a few prizes. I’ll be doing a giveaway at the chat for one lucky commenter – plus, if you respond to my posts at Beth’s any time this month (AND if you subscribe to my Newsletter, upper left sidebar), you’re entered in my June contest for another giveaway!

Elizabeth Black Elizabeth Black lives in Massachusetts next to the ocean with her husband, son, and four cats. Her articles and erotic books and short stories have been published by Romance Divine, Circlet Press, Whiskey Creek Press Torrid, Xcite Books, Ravenous Romance, eXcessica Publishers, Scarlet Magazine, Sexis Magazine, Alternet, the Ms. Magazine Blog, Good Vibrations Magazine, and nuts4chic.

Louisa Bacio Louisa Bacio published her first erotic thriller SEX UNIVERSITY: Physical Education in June 2010, and since then has published three more, including The Vampire, The Witch & The Werewolf: A New Orleans Threesome and its sequel Chains of Silver. And, she possesses contracts for more! Her story “Two’s Company” can be found in I Kissed a Girl: A Virgin Lesbian Anthology. Bacio takes on the tale of Lilith in “Lilith: In Her Garden” in the Seducing the Myth anthology.

Delilah Devlin Delilah Devlin is a prolific and award-winning author of erotica and erotic romance with a rapidly expanding reputation for writing deliciously edgy stories with complex characters. Whether creating dark, erotically-charged paranormal worlds or richly descriptive historical stories that ring with authenticity, Delilah Devlin “pens in uncharted territory that will leave the readers breathless and hungering for more…” (Paranormal Reviews) Ms. Devlin has published over 100 erotic stories in multiple genres and lengths.

Giselle Renarde Eroticist Giselle Renarde is a queer Canadian, avid volunteer, contributor to more than 50 short story anthologies, and author of dozens of electronic and print books, including Anonymous, Ondine, and My Mistress’ Thighs. Ms Renarde lives across from a park with two bilingual cats who sleep on her head.

Ann Herendeen Ann writes from the “third perspective,” the woman who prefers a bisexual husband and an m/​m/​f menage. With Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander, Ann put a new twist on a traditional form, creating the ultimate love story she always wanted to read: a Regency romance with a bisexual hero. In Pride/​Prejudice, she tells the hidden bisexual story within Jane Austen’s classic novel.

Here are some of the stories I’ll be talking about:

Ripening Passion Swinging Games: Dare to Adventure Meghan's Playhouse: Meg's Folly

 
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