Thursday, July 24, 2014

Cover Reveal by Michael Rupured and a Giveaway!


Thanks, Michelle, for allowing me to show off the cover for my upcoming release from Dreamspinner Press on your blog. By far, the most exciting part of the publishing process—at least for me—is seeing the cover for the first time. For my next novel, to be released August 20th, artist Christy Caughie created a gorgeous cover. To celebrate, I’m conducting a giveaway. Keep reading for details.



Blurb:

Terrence Bottom wants to change the world. A prelaw student at Columbia University majoring in political science, his interests range from opposing the draft and the war in Vietnam, to civil rights for gays, to anything to do with Cameron McKenzie. Terrence notices the rugged blond hanging around the Stonewall Inn, but the handsome man—and rumored Mafia hustler—rebuffs his smiles and winks.

Cameron McKenzie dropped out of college and left tiny Paris, Kentucky after the death of the grandmother who raised him, dreaming of an acting career on Broadway. Although he claims to be straight, he becomes a prostitute to make ends meet. Now the Mafia is using him to entrap men for extortion schemes, he is in way over his head, and he can’t see a way out—at least not a way that doesn’t involve a swim to the bottom of the Hudson in a pair of cement flippers.

Cameron is left with a choice: endanger both their lives by telling Terrence everything or walk away from the only man he ever loved. The Mafia hustler and the student activist want to find a way to stay together, but first they need to find a way to stay alive.



Preorder here:

Paperback: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5311

Ebook: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5310


New York City in 1969 is the setting for much of the action in Happy Independence Day. What was the legal environment then for NYC homosexuals?

By the middle of the twentieth century, a relatively large homosexual population had fled to New York City to escape persecution, discrimination, and limited opportunities in rural and small town America. Ironically, New York had more laws on the books targeting homosexuals than just about any place in America. Cross dressers of either gender were arrested unless they wore at least three articles of clothing for the gender listed on his or her birth certificate or driver’s license. The New York State Liquor Authority had determined the mere presence of homosexuals defined a drinking establishment as disorderly, and hence, would evoke the liquor license. Entrapment, extortion, and other crimes were committed against homosexuals with impunity by police, organized crime, and opportunistic thugs. The atmosphere in the summer of 1969 was especially tense because of Mayor John Lindsay’s crack down on vice to clean up the city as part of his campaign for re-election in November.




GIVEAWAY!!!!

To give you a reason to visit the other blogs helping me celebrate my new cover, I’ve come up with a Giveaway and a quiz about the Stonewall Inn and the 1969 uprising that made it famous. Find the answers on the blogs participating in my cover reveal and giveaway (links below). Comment on my post on any of the participating blogs by midnight, July 31, 2014 for a chance to win a signed copy of the prequel, After Christmas Eve (U.S. residents only; ebook available for international winners—one winner per blog).


What is the Stonewall Inn?


Who owned the Stonewall Inn?


What made the Stonewall Inn a magnet for homosexuals?


What happened at the Stonewall Inn on the night of June 28, 1969 to cause the uprising?


Who/what started the Stonewall riots?


How long did the Stonewall Uprising last?


    Shira Anthony
   Chris Koehler


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10 comments:

  1. Not sure which questions you want answered but Stonewall Inn was a bar in the Village catering to the gay community. It was owned by the mafia and on June 28 1969 while the police were trying to shut it down they were stopped by patrons and other members of the area. The police called it a riot and came down hard on the area. The incident is the spark for the whole Pride movement. Each year in NYC Pride week centers around June 28th. Is this enough?? Can't wait to read this book :)
    jasdarts at hotmail dot com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! You don't have to answer any questions--just leave a comment. The answers are scattered along the eight blogs participating in the tour.

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  2. I'll go with question #2: Who owned the Stonewall Inn? the New York Mafia. This, to me, is just fascinating.

    Jim Evans
    lakeviewfella@yahoo.com

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    1. I didn't know about the Mafia connection until I was doing my research for the book. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. The book sounds really good. Thanks for the chance and the book tour. I can't wait to find out more. I love trivia like this.

    jczlapin at gmail dot com

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  4. Yay! I already preordered this without realizing that it might spoil After Christmas Eve, so definitely count me in for the giveaway! perfectatlying at gmail dot com. Congratulations!

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  5. Will do! Thanks for stopping in….

    :-)

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  6. What is the Stonewall Inn?
    A gay bar! And honestly, a bit of a dive. But for gay people in NYC, it was a haven and a home.

    What was the legal environment in 1969 for NYC homosexuals?
    It sucked. Seriously. There were laws persecuting homosexuals such as one preventing them from even being in bars, or having their own bars. Police and criminals targeted homosexuals. The mayor was cracking down on things he considered vices, making things especially tense.

    Who owned the Stonewall Inn?
    New York City's own Mafia

    What made the Stonewall Inn a magnet for homosexuals?
    The Mafia ran it and made it a haven for homosexuals, paying authorities to look the other way even though it was illegal to have a gay bar.

    Who/what started the Stonewall riots?
    Police raided the bar and basically started tearing it apart, which understandably pissed off the patrons.

    How long did the Stonewall Uprising last?
    Technically, it was several days of riots and police brutality - from Saturday, June 28th, to Wednesday, June 2

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    1. The link is bad to Eden Winter's blog. You're sure to win if you comment there ;-)

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