As some of you may remember, for the past couple years I’ve been donating royalties from purchases of my e-books to a great organization called LGBT YOUTHLINE. They provide queer-positive peer-to-peer counseling by phone, instant messenger, and email to young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bi, queer, questioning, transgender, transsexual, and 2-Spirit.
I’m a queer woman. I know that “coming out” isn’t something you do once and then–ta-da!–your life is wonderful (or it isn’t). Coming out is something you do (or don’t do) every day, with every new person you meet, and the ramifications of being open about one’s sexual identity can be devastating. Without a good support system, I’d be screwed. I want to make sure this great support system for LGBT youth remains strong. It’s hard enough to be a teenager or young adult!
So here’s how it works this year: during the summer I decided to be democratic. I asked readers to vote on which titles should be included in this year’s royalties donation drive. You wonderful people chose the following three books:
Red Satin by Giselle Renarde
Regan and Maisie had sex once, back when Maisie was living the “boy’s” life, but Regan wrote it off as nothing more than a drunken rebound hook-up.
Now that Maisie is in transition and all her feminine qualities are rising to the surface, Regan is realizing what she saw in Maisie that one inebriated evening so many years ago. But Maisie has fears of her own about starting up a relationship amidst the turmoil of other changes. Does Regan see her for who she really is, or will she love her and leave her like last time? See what power is evoked by mid-December mall magic, a red satin evening gown and two lovers who meet again for the first time.
Third Rail – Giselle Renarde
Perhaps it is a touch unusual to have a girlfriend and boyfriend both living in the same body, but Kokoro doesn’t classify her relationship with Fiona and Martin as strange. Kokoro rides the third rail, a dutifully subservient lover to both aspects of her transgendered partner’s psyche.
The Little Burlesque House by the Sea by Giselle Renarde
Sapphic secrets abound at the little burlesque house by the sea!
Madame Mireille’s ocean-side parlour, Les Trois Dames Jouissantes, is one of the last houses holding to the tenets of classic burlesque. They specialize in raunchy comedy sketches, undulating fan dances, chorus lines and, of course, the striptease. In post-war Maritimes, Trois Dames enjoys notoriety thanks to an all-female cast combining the smart with the sensual.
It was this reputation that drew the troupe’s two newest members to the little burlesque house by the sea. Ginger the saucy redhead is master of the Comedy Striptease. New to the business, Wild Orchid embodies all that is innocent–or so she’d have you believe! Secrets abound at Les Trois Dames Jouissantes, and it takes more than slippery fingers to bring them to the surface.
This year, you can buy these titles at any reputable retailer throughout October, November, and December 2010 and I will donate my portion of the royalties to LGBT YOUTHLINE. Keep in mind if you purchase directly from the publishers’ websites a larger percentage of the purchase price will end up in YOUTHLINE’s pocket. Also, The Little Burlesque House by the Sea is only available at the Shadowfire Press website.
Thanks for your support again this year!
Canada just got hotter!