With an unusual hero, great characters, and an interesting storyline, Laying Ghosts is a great read. Anyone who hasn’t read this series ought to pick up the first book ASAP.
I’d say it’s one of the more dramatic moves that the armed services has made with their new acceptance policies (After the continental shift from exclusion to inclusion). Considering that open service is still in its infancy, it’s a acknowledgement of just how far they will go to live up to their new ideal.
“In a short letter dated May 2, a Navy official told Autumn Sandeen, a veteran and transgender activist: “Per your request the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System DEERS has been updated to show your gender as female effective April 12, 2013.”
National Leather Association: International, a leading organization for activists in the pansexual SM/leather community, announced the winners for excellence in literary works in SM/leather/fetish writing published in 2012 at its Annual General Meeting in Oklahoma City, OK on May 3-5, 2013 and held during Tribal Fire. The judges received a greater number of nominations this year than ever before and judging in most categories was quite difficult with such exemplary pieces of writing..
Winners of the Geoff Mains Non-fiction Book Award are Lee Harrington and Mollena Williams for “Playing Well With Others: Your Field Guide to Discovering, Exploring and Navigating the Kink, Leather and BDSM Communities.” Honorable mention in this category goes to Tristan Taormino (ed.) for “The Ultimate Guide to Kink: BDSM, Role Play and the Erotic Edge.”
In the John Preston Short Fiction category, the winner is Annie Cox for “Muriel” (Pink Flamingo Press). Honorable mention for short story goes to I.G. Frederick & Patrick for ““Aunt” Grace” (Smashwords Edition).
Winner of the Samois Anthology Award is Elizabeth Coldwell (ed.), “LIPSTICK LOVERS” (Xcite Books). The honorable mention goes to Wes Royal (ed.), for “Whatever Lola Wants (and Other Wicked Tales)” (FDC Publication).
Victorious in the Pauline Reage Novel category is L. M. Somerton for “The Portrait’ (Total-E-Bound). The judges were unable to concur on second place honors this year with 27 novels submitted for consideration. Honorable mentions therefore go to The Masters of Falcon’s Fantasies by Cassidy Browning & Reggie Alexander (Siren Publishing), Power Exchange by A. J. Rose (Voodoo Lily Press), Eve Portrait of Submission by Steve Maser (Pink Flamingo Publications), Beyond the Edge by Elizabeth Lister (MLR Press) and A Forbidden Love by Lee Dorsey (Pink Flamingo Publications).
The winner of the Cynthia Slater Non-fiction Article Award for the second year in a row is Mollena Williams, this time for “On Collars And Closure and Owning Myself” which appeared in her blog The Perverted Negress at http://www.mollena.com/. Ms. Williams also earned second place in this category for “Digging in the Dirt – The Lure of Taboo Role Play”, which appeared in Tristan Taormino’s (ed.) “The Ultimate Guide to Kink: BDSM, Role Play and the Erotic Edge” (Cleis Press).
Nominations for literary works published in 2013 will open late this year.
A person using the restroom that does not match the gender on their birth certificate could be charged with a Class One Misdemeanor (up to $2,500 in fines and six months in jail) under the proposed legislation.
I didn’t enter this year as I had nothing published in 2012 that would qualify, but congrats to the finalists.
From the NLA-I press release:
FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2012 NLA-I WRITING AWARDS
(Columbus, OH) — National Leather Association: International (NLA-I), a leading organization for activists in the pansexual SM/leather/fetish community, announced today the finalists for its annual writing awards. Named after activists and writers Geoff Mains, John Preston, Pauline Reage, Cynthia Slater, and the groundbreaking organization Samois, they are awarded annually to recognize excellence in writing and publishing about Leather, SM, bondage and fetishes.
The finalists for the Cynthia Slater Non-fiction Article Award are:
Civility Revisited by Kassie (Leatherati.com)
Rogue Leatherwomen by Leland Carina (Leatherati.com)
Stop, Drop and Role! Erotic Role Playing by Mollena Williams (The Ultimate Guide to Kink: BDSM, Role Play and the Erotic Edge)
Digging in the Dirt – The Lure of Taboo Role Play by Mollena Williams (The Ultimate Guide to Kink: BDSM, Role Play and the Erotic Edge)
On Collars And Closure and Owning Myself by Mollena Williams (The Perverted Negress)
The finalists for the Geoff Mains Non-fiction Book Award are:
Twenty-Five Years of Living in Leather: The National Leather Association, 1986-2011 by Steve Stein (Adynaton Publishing)
The Ritual of Dominance & Submission: A Guide to High Protocol Dominance & Submission by David English
Playing Well With Others: Your Field Guide to Discovering, Exploring and Navigating the Kink, Leather and BDSM Communities by Lee Harrington and Mollena Williams (Greenery Press)
The Ultimate Guide to Kink by Tristan Taormino, ed. (Cleis Press)
Sexual Outsiders: Understanding BDSM Sexualities and Communities by David Ortmann, LCSW and Richard Sprott, PhD
The finalists for the Pauline Reage Novel Award are:
The Masters of Falcon’s Fantasies by Cassidy Browning & Reggie Alexander (Siren Publishing)
Power Exchange by A. J. Rose (Voodoo Lily Press)
The Portrait by L. M. Somerton (Total-E-Bound)
Eve Portrait of Submission by Steve Maser (Pink Flamingo Publications)
Beyond the Edge by Elizabeth Lister (MLR Press)
A Forbidden Love by Lee Dorsey (Pink Flamingo Publications)
The finalists for the Samois Anthology Award are:
Bound by lust: Romantic stories of submission and sensuality, ed. Shanna Germaine (Cleis Press)
Cheeky spanking stories, ed. Rachel Kramer Bussel (Cleis Press)
Luscious: Stories of anal eroticism, ed. Alison Tyler (Cleis Press)
Whatever Lola Wants (and Other Wicked Tales), ed. Wes Royal (FDC Publication)
LIPSTICK LOVERS, ed. Elizabeth Coldwell (Xcite Books)
The finalists for the John Preston Short Story Award are:
THE GREENER GRASSES by M. Christian, from “STROKE THE FIRE: The Best ManLove Fiction of M. Christian” (Renaissance E Books/Sizzler Editions)
Christmas Comes to Otters’ Gap by Jeff Mann, from “The Dirty Diner” (Bold Strokes Books)
Wild Like Honey by Angel Propps, from “Dangerous Curves” (Ravenous Romance)
Muriel by Annie Cox (Pink Flamingo Press)
“Aunt” Grace by I.G. Frederick & Patrick (Smashwords Edition)
The winners will be announced at the National Leather Association’s Annual General Meeting, which will be held during Tribal Fire on May 3-5, 2013 in Oklahoma City, OK. For more information on the AGM or Tribal Fire Please go to http://www.tribalfireokc.com/
For more information about the awards, please contact the award committee chair, pyxy, at nlai.
We’re off to Vegas this weekend.
SG has a Bowling Tournament…yeah, you can take the trash out of the trailer but you can’t take the trailer out of the trash (snort). Hey, it’s the social thing for him. Friday we drive up, probably do sushi Fri. night and call it early. SG bowls at noon on Sat. and we come home on Sun. If I’d had enough notice, I’d have arranged a book signing…oh well.
Sat. night were going to see John Pinette. I’ll post photos when I get back.