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Lichen Craig’s “Fireside” is Official! An Inside View of GLBT Books & Publishing


From the GLBT Bookshelf website:


Lichen Craig invites you into the Bookshelf’s study for an inside, close-up view of the world of GLBT books and publishing and the world of the arts and entertainment as  it pertains to GLBT literature. Sit beside the fire, pour yourself a glass, and listen in as Lichen talks to some of the most interesting and influential people in the industry: writers, publishers, illustrators, filmmakers, actors, reviewers and other movers and shakers. Each has a unique point of view, each looks at the world of GLBT books from his or her own unique perspective.

We will also look at trends within the GLBT publishing industry and trends in other areas such as current events, film, music, academics, and societal mood that influence GLBT literature.  Lichen brings you news from these arenas, and sits down by the fireside to chat with personalities that can bring you the most interesting and helpful insights into these fascinating worlds.

Step inside, pull up a chair, and make yourself comfortable!





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Rainbow Awards 2012-Best LGBT Biography/Memoir Winner

SILENCE IS MULTICOLORED IN MY WORLD, published by Flying With Red Haircrow, tied for 3rd in the annual event RAINBOW AWARDS hosted at Elisa: Reviews & Ramblings in the non-fiction category. Please read about all winners in this category, as well as the other genres at their webpage.

Description:Silence is Multi-colored in My World is an imaginative collection of memories and observations written from the perspective of a young man who was orphaned early, who was gay, deaf and Russian. He was simple and complex, light-hearted and serious, whimsical and infinitely strong, and when he loved, he loved with all his heart and soul.

A former sex worker and later a husband, he was an amateur activist and philosopher, a startlingly intelligent, passionate individual able to intensely appreciate even the small wonders of the world and the people for whom he cared.

Part diary, part dialogue, part rhetoric, “Silence Is Multi-colored in My World” is based on actual experiences and is a literary portrait of a man with nothing to hide and everything to reveal. It is a slice into the willing veins of a mental and emotional free bleed.”

Available at online distributors such as Amazon Kindle, Rainbow Ebooks, Smashwords and others.

A Selection of Editorial Reviews:

“It made me laugh, broke my heart, and made me think of so many things.  What a funny, bright, kind and loving young man!  His pain makes me hurt, yet he had such an enormous capacity for love in spite of the cruelty and injustices he endured.  I just want to hold him in my arms and not let go.” –Nancy Ferrer, Outlaw Reviews

“I read this book in a single sitting. It is an inspirational, often poignant, occasionally brutal, collection of essays about love, life, beauty, suffering, triumph, joy, pain and responsibility. I do not generally like collections of essays as a format preferring a straight line narrative. Had I read only the synopsis of this work without the author’s additional comments in requesting the review I would not have picked it up. Do not judge this book by its synopsis. Pick it up. Read it. Five stars.”- Bob Cherny, The LL Book Reviews

“As someone who has devoted their life to sound, and I suppose, at the same time silence, it is always very compelling for me to learn the perspective of someone who is deaf, and understands the vibration spectrum in a very different, but no less meaningful way….This book transcends all differences, stereotypes, judgements and becomes the sharing forth of a very honest human experience relevant to all of us, connected to all of us.“-Ana Cristina Caelen, Sound Therapist and Composer

“Silence Is Multi-Colored in My World is a beautiful and moving collection of essays, diary and blog entries written by a young deaf man. I read this collection with a sense of wonder, humility and inspiration and the writing deeply touched me on a multitude of levels. The honesty with which the writing conveys the joys and sorrows, fears and pains, hopes and dreams of this man serves as a testament and reminder of the capacity of the human spirit to not only persist but also to thrive and to soar.” –Indigene, Indie Reviews

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Interview With Paulette Mahurin, Author of “The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap”

Paulette Mahurin, an award-winning author, is a Nurse Practitioner who lives in Ojai, California with her husband Terry and their two dogs–Max and Bella. She practices women’s health in a rural clinic and writes in her spare time. 

Paulette’s Interview:

First, let me say thank you for having me over to your great blog site for this interview. I’m very grateful for every opportunity to promote my book, especially since all profits are going to animal rescue (Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center, the first and only no-kill animal shelter in Ventura County, CA where I live:

Tell us about yourself:

I’m a Nurse Practitioner, specializing in women’s health in a rural clinic in Ojai, CA, where I live with my husband Terry and our two rescue dogs, Max and Bella. Prior to doing women’s health, I spend years working in the second busiest emergency room in Los Angeles County, with the highest census of child abuse. You name it I saw it. My passions are writing, animal rescue, and advocating for tolerance.

Could you tell us a bit about your latest release?

The story takes place in 1895, just after the imprisonment of Oscar Wilde, and the impact that has on a lesbian couple living in a small Nevada ranching town. It’s a story about hatred, and how it shuts people’s hearts, how hatred is spread, and the devastating consequences that happen, usually to the innocents. It is also a love story, a metaphor on the power of friendship and the strength of the human spirit to rise above adversity and conflict to take the high road. It’s message is tolerance, have your differences but don’t make another human being a label because of them, we are after all, all just human, deserving of human rights. The genre is historical fiction.

Was the story and the lesbian theme sparked by personal experience?

Yes. I had a friend, who shall remain nameless, who was severely abused, molested, and tortured as a child and teenager. No counseling or other supportive help has worked thus far. It pains me deeply that my friend is in the closet, unable to live a life in the sun like flowers blooming, birds singing, dogs wagging tails, and others laughing and connecting from their authentic selves. . When I became ill with Lyme disease and was house bound, I had conversations with my friend and by the time I was better and started a writing class, in which a photo sparked the seed that was to become my book, the combination of the two women in a photo (an exercise from class was to take one of the photos brought in and write a ten minute mystery) and my friend’s saga screamed out to me, lesbian couple afraid of being found out. A lot of what I poured into the story was my angst over the heartache that my friend lives with.

What have you learned about writing and publishing since you first started?

Writing is the easy part. Publishing and marketing, that’s not for the weak of heart. Takes an enormous amount of time to get the word out, whether published or indie. There are a lot of good people out there, networking, willing to help, like you, Annette, and that takes the sting out, big time.

Is there anything you would do differently?

I really can’t think of anything right now. I’ve been lucky with the editors I’ve worked with, lucky with the support I’ve gotten, and lucky with all the friends I’m making who are helping me promote. I don’t know what else I could have done differently. I put in the time writing, had a professional editor (three of them), multiple readers, and sent it out to tons of reviewers. I think the rest is luck, does that one special someone read and endorse it? I guess that’s every author’s dream. I’m still hoping for it, not so much for me, but because all the profits are going to animal rescue and when I think of getting their sorrowful faces out of cages and into their forever homes, with wagging tails, it makes my heart feel good.

Who, or what, if anything has influenced your writing?

My experience with people who have been abused and persecuted. Then there was the research that strengthened my emotional conviction to bring as much truth to the page as I can. Oscar Wildes’ imprisonment, a gross miscarriage of a legal system, did that. It motivated me, brought me to places, that poured out onto the page, and I didn’t hold back. My best teacher has been life, experiences I’ve or others have lived that I’ve encountered. What could possibly be more powerful?

Anything you would say to those just starting out in the craft?

A writer writes. Just sit your butt down in the chair and do it. Doesn’t matter if it’s ten minutes or ten hours. It’s really that simple. Like the Nike commercial slogan, Just do it. And, tell the inside of your head, all the excuses and put downs to shut up!

All profits from the sale of the book are going to animal rescue, to be specific, the first and only no-kill shelter in Ventura County, CA. Can you say something about that? And, where is Ventura County?

It’s in California, the next county south of Santa Barbara County, which you’re probably more familiar with. It’s a large county, over 800,000 and just a few months ago had it’s first and only no-kill animal shelter open in one of the smaller towns, Santa Paula. My husband & I are animal advocates, been rescuing dogs for 28 years. The story of why I am donating all the profits to this rescue group was just written up in the VC Star (the largest circulating press in the county) and I’ll quote from them to answer this very important to my heart question.

“Paulette Mahurin’s eyes light up when she talks about the dogs. An animal advocate, the Ojai resident and her husband, Terry, have been rescuing Rottweilers for nearly three decades.

When her beloved rottie, Tazzie, died last year at age 15, she was heartbroken. In addition to losing her best friend, the dog had been her constant companion throughout Mahurin’s life-altering bout with Lyme disease.” The story then talks about my illness with Lyme disease getting into my heart valves, paralysis, arthritis & meningitis, and goes on to talk about how I attended class when I was well enough, and finally ends with this quote; “In honor of the 15 years spent with her beloved companion Tazzie, as well as her desire to support no-kill animal shelters, proceeds from the sales of “The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap” benefit the Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center.”
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Tazzie was the most amazing dog. I had her portrait done while she was dying. It hangs in my bedroom where she used to sleep, and I wake every morning and say hello. We’ve had three more dogs since her death, but none can ever match up to my relationship with her or take her place, and some say she may have even saved my life by her constant attention and sensitivity during the worse. She’s now my angel. I hope to give back; it’s my prayer that the profits from my book can get some animals out of death row and wagging in their forever homes.


 By Paulette Mahurin


ISBN # 978-0-9771866-1-7   Price: $14.95

Published March 23, 2012

Kindle Version FREE on AMAZON October 19-22, 2012

Description: The year 1895 was filled with memorable historical events: the Dreyfus Affair divided France; Booker T. Washington gave his Atlanta address; Richard Olney, United States Secretary of State, expanded the effects of the Monroe Doctrine in settling a boundary dispute between the United Kingdom and Venezuela; and Oscar Wilde was tried and convicted for gross indecency under Britain’s recently passed law that made sex between males a criminal offense. When news of Wilde’s conviction went out over telegraphs worldwide, it threw a small Nevada town into chaos. This is the story of what happened when the lives of its citizens were impacted by the news of Oscar Wilde’s imprisonment. It is a chronicle of hatred and prejudice with all its unintended and devastating consequences, and how love and friendship bring strength and healing.

Editorial Reviews:

 “Paulette Mahurin’s first novel is surefooted and unflinching in its portrayal of a singular and unique character and her compelling struggles. Compassionate and confident, Mahurin allows Mildred’s story to burn through onto the page with all its inherent outrage and tenacious, abiding love. Here is a character we can champion—flawed, striving, surviving— and fully embrace in her awkward, beautiful navigation of a world that resists her in every way.”      Deb Norton, Playwrite/screenwriter of The Whole Banana

“If you need to question your values, read this book! The author captures the intolerance and hypocrisy of a 1895 Nevada town, and its transcendence in time through tolerance and understanding.  The angst and pain that two women feel daily, living the ‘lie’ of  their lesbian relationship, and the prejudice they must endure, is unconscionable.  I
was moved to tears by their struggle in the face of the conflicted values that continue to dominate our ‘modern’ society.”   —
William K. Fox, PhD, Professor of Zoology


PRESS ARTICLE: VC STAR Sept. 9, 2012 Sunday Life Section


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Select Titles at 50% or Free at Smashwords Annual Summer/Winter Sale

It’s an annual events that gives readers a chance to find new authors they might never have considered, and take advantage of discounts and giveaways to add to their ebook collection titles they’ve been searching for: Smashwords Summer/Winter Book Sale, July 1-31stand Flying With Red Haircrow is offering three items this time around.

The House of Doom, Dreams and Desire” with its new cover and revisions is free, just enter the code SSWIN at check-out.


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Description: “John Jones believed himself the most enlightened of gay men. Professional, well read and boyishly handsome despite his age, he also believed himself open-minded, tolerant and devoid of vice.

Yet he cannot resist the temptation of “The House”, a computer generated environment where one can explore their own subconscious in a safe environment. Safe except for the darkness you bring with you.

Psychologically twisted with disturbing images and surreal scenes that might offend some readers, “The House” is a mind and gender bending fantasy of a John in hellish Wonderland!”

Rated NC-17 for sexually explicit descriptions, adult language and imagery some readers might find disturbing or offensive.


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At 50% off, excellent savings for books one and two in the Enigma series, by hot author on the gay suspense and erotic romance scene: Nephylim, whose website Nephy’s World always has some interesting to offer readers. Use code SSW50 at check-out.

Description: “Troubled residents come and go at the Care House where River Caulfield is a caregiver, working towards fulfilling his dream of becoming a nurse. When Silver arrives, a patient found on a roadside near death after suffering terrible abuse, River finds his previous personal detachment is compromised. Seeking to help the mysterious and enigmatic young man locked inside his own mind and memories, River finds his professionalism slipping as Silver begins to open up and live again.

But as their relationship begins to blossom, the roots of Silver’s past abuse and the abuser who forced him into such a mental state sends forth new shoots of darkness enveloping them in dangers threatening not only Silver’s sanity, but their very lives. With River’s devotion and help, will Silver finally be able to break away from his past? The answer lies in the words of a priest, a painting and a long walk through a churchyard harbouring the secrets of the enigma that is Silver.”

Published December 3, 2011 at Smashwords.

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Description: “Silver has been freed from sexual slavery and settled down with River, his lover and former patient, yet cracks begin to form when it becomes increasingly obvious that the stress of constantly having to care for Silver, begin to tell on River. When River’s parents die, leaving him to care for his 12 year old brother it, at first, seems that the introduction of the lively twelve year old into the mix was going to do them all the world of good. However, when spiteful relatives involve Social Services, the previous flaws nearly rip them all apart.

Faced with the dilemma of keeping either Ben or Silver at home and sending the other to stay with Sam, a personal friend, River chooses responsibility for his brother over his love and concern for Silver. Things come to a head when a series of misunderstandings lead Silver to believe River doesn’t love him anymore and that everyone is secretly ashamed of him because of his past. After running away, Silver reasons the only place he can fit in is with his own kind and he sets out to search of a new “home.”

At the Theatre de la vie he meets Tony, a club owner with big ideas, who ‘looks after’ a group of young men who dance and “entertain” patrons of the club. There, among others, Silver finds Ariel, an ephemeral little minx with a knack for getting into trouble, Alex, the big hearted mountain of muscle, and Asher. With Asher, a former sex slave like himself, Silver finds a kindred spirit and soon finds himself falling for the beautiful, broken boy.

Together, Ariel and Asher show Silver a whole new way of looking at the world, a transformation echoing the sleeping chrysalis of his soul, and soon his inner self emerges as the beautiful butterfly he was always meant to be. Yet as happy as he is with his new friends, Silver eventually realises he truly misses River and intends to return to his side, but a dark figure from his abusive past returns to threaten both a possible reunion and the very ones who would protect Silver.

River learns of the danger, and hurries to add his own support of Silver and reaffirm their love, but with so many doubts and unspoken regrets between them, is it too late for a chance at happiness together? At the emotional climax to this suspenseful story of love and loss, Silver and River reach conclusions that will either save them both or drive them apart forever.”

Published May 6, 2012 at Smashwords.

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