Welcome to Beautiful Boys Books and the Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia! I'm Tara Lain and i write the Beautiful Boys of Romance. There are 178 authors participating in this Hop. You have a week to visit all of them. Each will have wonderful thoughts and books to share as well as something special for you.
Here are the prizes on my Blog. There will be three winners!
- One winner will receive an ecopy of Hearts and Flour, my love story about a passionate vegan and a cross-dressing cupcake baker. I will *modestly* tell you that this book was just featured on the Happy Ever After Blog of USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/story/happyeverafter/2013/05/16/throwback-thursday-tbt-sugar-and-spice/2164599/
- Another winner (US readers only. If you are international we'll work something out) will receive a
- The third winner will receive a $5 Amazon GC
How do you enter to win these prizes?
- Leave a comment with your EMAIL
- Like my Author Page on Amazon
- This is not required at all, but i'm trying to reach 1000 Likes on my FB Page. So if you do like me, would you Like me?
My heroes are gay men. I mean that in more than one way. I don't have to look far to find my idols and icons who are gay. Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo (both arguably), Oscar Wilde, Nureyev, Nijinsky, most of the men who have ever designed a dress, Jean Cocteau, Tennessee Williams, Noel Coward, Alan Turing, Leonard Bernstein, all those beautiful young heartthrobs who captured women's hearts on the screen in the days before anyone asked much less told (Montgomery, James, Sal, Rock, Tab,etc.) and on and on. We would have no world, no culture, no civilizations without them.
I've had my personal heroes as well. You've heard me talk about my two friends in high school neither of whom knew they were gay. Or at least they never talked about it. One was my dearest friend and my date for the senior prom when i was a sophomore. He ended up being a male nurse in the military. Talk about your horror jobs in the days when admitting you were gay could get you killed with few objections from anyone. I used to attend his military balls with him. His real partner never got to go.
My other friend was a hunky, bad-ass, athlete and man of few words. Think Clint Eastwood with red hair. He married and had kids. It wasn't until years later that he came to visit me with his partner -- a guy so flamboyant, effeminate, and full-on gorgeous he stopped traffic in department stores.
Today, i have a gay hero who was born and raised in Utah by a Mormon family. Wow. Handsome, with gorgeous silver hair, and a shined pair of cowboy boots, he's made a life for himself far from the constraints and almost unimaginable conflicts of his youth. He loves my books and i'm honored.
And i get to pay homage to my gay heroes by writing my own Beautiful Boys of Romance. I try to capture all the variety and uniqueness of the gay men i've known and admired in my life. The tough ones, the flamboyant guys, the so-ordinary-they-could-be-your-uncle-Charlie men, all united by the extraordinary challenges of being homosexual in our world. I look forward to the day when these love stories will be shelved under just plain old romance. Don't you?
Thank you so much for Hopping with us. Remember, leave your comment with your EMAIL, then hop on to the next Blog. Go HERE to Hop http://hopagainsthomophobia.blogspot.com/