October is LGBT History Month. This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

October is LGBT History Month


Before I get all into the meanings of All Hallows Eve and Samhain and all things coming up towards the end of October, I didn’t want the month to go by without recognizing that October is also LGBT History Month. As some of you may have noticed that National Coming Out Day was October 11, last week.  That was a date I let slip by and I meant to say something, especially as important as it is and with all the  incredible stories still pouring out from authors on this subject.  It doesn’t matter where on the LGBTQIA  spectrum or QUILTBAG as my friend  author J. Scott Coatsworth loves to call it, the bravery it takes to come out …to tell everyone who you are…is a warrior’s horn of courage.  Transgender, gay, lesbian, bisexual, ace, anywhere on the Quiltbag spectrum you may fall, to stand up and assert yourself, your right to love who you love, and who you are is a scary event.  Sometimes you find you have support, sometimes horrifically you find you do not.  LGBT Youth shelters are testament to that sad fact.

LGBT history is full of the courageous, those that have made their mark in pushing LGBTQIA rights forward and those that still continue to do so.  I’ve run across several articles each with differing opinions on who they think are the most influential LGBT historical figures.

Here’s the article from The Advocate. I also included the Huff Post’s Not sure I agree with all their choices. I guess my views tend more towards modern figures like Harvey Milk and Christine Jorgensen (yes they are there on the Advocate’s list). One’s that moved political rights forward, not influenced the world.  That latter is the view The Advocate took.  My list would include Harry Hay, co-founder of the Mattachine Society.  The Stonewall Rioters.  RuPaul.  Ellen DeGeneres. Barney Frank. Margarethe Cammermeye (a former colonel), George Takei.

  Which is yours and who would be on your list?  Or should we even break the lists apart?

20 LGBT People Who Changed the World | Advocate.com

There are a number of marvelous books out there to read.  The history of Stonewall Riots is must reading for those interested in LGBT rights.  With the pressure from the current government to roll back rights, we should never forget it wasn’t that long ago when the frustrations boiled up and over.  Here’s two for your consideration:

Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution by David Carter

Stonewall By Martin Duberman

The second one I reviewed and taken together add a thoughtful, in-depth accounts at an historic moment in LGBT history.

So let’s celebrate LGBT History Month!  I’ve missed the chance to name some great LGBT historical novels but you can refer to our rec lists for a few.  Or leave a comment or two with some for everyone to enjoy.  I might just hand out a surprise or two.  Maybe list your choices for people you’d put on your LGBT list of Important LGBT People in History.

Our other contest will resume next week.

Now onto our week at the blog!

This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Sunday, October 15:

  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Release Day Review: Fireman’s Pole by Sue Brown
  • A MelanieM Release Day Review: Building Forever (The Rebuilding Year, #2.5) by Kaje Harper
  • October is LGBT History Month. This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Monday, October 16:

  • Blitz Tour: In Over our Heads by CJane Elliott
  • Harmony Ink Promo Jeff Adams
  • Dreamspinner Promo Kim Dias on Breakfast at Midnight
  • A Caryn Release Day Review: In Over Our Heads by CJane Elliot
  • A Lila Review: Faeted by Shiloh Saddler
  • A MelanieM Audiobook Review: Played! (The Shamwell Tales #2) by J.L. Merrow and Mark Steadman (Narrator)

Tuesday, October 17:

  • Dreamspinner Promo Andrew Grey on Taming the Beast (guest post and tour)
  • RIPTIDE TOUR and Giveaway: Count the Shells by Charlie Cochrane
  • Tour: The Stark Divide (Liminal Sky #1) by J. Scott Coatsworth
  • A MelanieM Release Day Review: Dream (Aisling #2) by Carole Cummings
  • An Alisa Release Day Review: Deeds and Confetti by Brandon Witt
  • An Alisa Review:  14 Days by Patrick Mangan

Wednesday, October 18:

  •  TOUR Not Your Villain (Sidekick Squad #2) by C.B. Lee
  • Release Blitz and Giveaway Tour – Deacon’s Law (Heroes #3) by RJ Scott
  • A Free Dreamer Review: Golden by R L Mosswood
  • A Kai Release Day Review: Safe and Sound by Caitlin Ricci
  • An Alisa Review: Nosy Neighbors by Nina Schluntz
  • An Ali Audiobook Review: Unquiet (Resilient Love #3) by Melanie Hansen and Michael Stellman (Narrator)

Thursday, October 19:

  • Release Blitz Tour – VL Locey’s Improper Fraction
  • Review Tour ~ A Cowboy for Caleb (Great Plains Shifters #1) by L.C. Davis
  • An Alisa Review: A Cowboy for Caleb (Great Plains Shifters #1) by L.C. Davis
  • An Ali Audiobook Review: Horny by Anne Tenino and Nick J. Russo (Narrator)
  • A Julia Review: Figure Study by Suzanne Clay
  • An Alisa Review: Honey and Heat by Rian Durant

Friday, October 20:

  • Review Tour – We Met In Death – KA Merikan
  • Review Tour – Bitten By Desire – Annabelle Jacobs
  • Dreamspinner Press Spotlight:Xenia Melzer
  • A Lila Audiobook Review: Out of the Shadows by KC Wells
  • A MelanieM Release Day Review: Familiar Angel by Amy Lane

Saturday, October 21:

  • A MelanieM Review: A Reason To Stay (Book #1) by RJ Scott




A Melanie Release Day Review: Building Forever (The Rebuilding Year #2.5) by Kaje Harper

Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Four years ago, Ryan and John decided they’d wait to get married until it came with full legal equality. Now, thanks to the Supreme Court, that historic moment has finally arrived. But two hundred miles separate Ryan’s hectic residency from John’s busy campus job. With a son in college, a daughter choosing her future, and a rambunctious Irish Setter needing attention, planning a wedding isn’t simple.

Of course, even the most perfect ceremony can’t solve all their problems. What does it take to build forever?

If you like me, fell in love with Ryan and John from The Rebuilding Years, then this is the story you’ve been waiting for.  Be prepared to laugh until your stomach hurts, cry more than a little, hold your breath through some white knuckle maneuvers and delays until we get to the culmination of their love story….their long awaited marriage.

It all happens in the heartwarming, joyous Building Forever (The Rebuilding Year #2.5) by Kaje Harper.  Much like John and Ryan, their inability to get legally married has left their readers frustrated as well as themselves.   So here we see the SCOTUS ruling having it’s effect all over again with the result that Ryan and John now finally get to get married.

Oh, if it was only that easy!

They are now living apart, divided by Ryan’s residency and John’s job.  Mark is in college and Rory is making her own plans, only their Irish Setter is still at home causing problems.  Getting everything into place for a wedding turns into an almost insurmountable feat, with obstacles piling up by the minute.  But (with Harper’s deft comedic touch and easily flowing plot) the narrative’s lively pace makes you howl and cry as the men scramble forward with love towards the one goal they’ve wanted…rings and HEA.

Harper brings in many of the secondary characters for the wedding, Tory and Mark their children, even the Irish Setter and of course the college as a setting.  All the elements are right, the dialog is perfect, and I just loved the ceremony.  Really, I couldn’t have asked for more.  For this couple or for us as readers.  It’s simply everything I wanted and didn’t know to ask for.

No, this is not a stand alone story.  Read all the others, starting with The Rebuilding Years and end here with Building Forever.  Better yet, read all three at once!  I highly recommend them all.

Cover by Karrie Jax.  I love the cover. It works for both men and setting.

Sales Links:

Book Details:

ebook, 80 pages
Expected publication: October 15th 2017
Edition LanguageEnglish
Series The Rebuilding Year #2.5


A Barb the Zany Old Lady Release Day Review: Fireman’s Pole by Sue Brown

Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Like others in this Dreamspun Desires series, this is a sweet M/M romance.  The new fireman in town is Dale Maloney.  His recent breakup from his long-term partner has shown him that it didn’t pay to stay in the closet at his last job so he immediately comes out to his fellow firefighters.  They’re okay with him but rib him over many other things, including backing the rig into the town’s maypole.  A historic pole, it’s a well-known centerpiece and the “lord of the manor” comes after Dale with a vengeance. 

Ben Raleigh, the Baron Calminster, literally comes up to Dale and starts telling him off.  Later embarrassed by yelling back and by what he says, the two stand toe-to-toe in the town square shouting at each other.  But more than just a fight over the maypole takes place during this confrontation.  The spark of an attraction is kindled. (Firefighter pun intended.) 

Over time, the two get to know each other and they take a long slow-burn romantic route to consummating their love.  Along the way, though, there’s plenty of small arson fires, a mystery to solve, and a decision Ben needs to make about coming out of the closet. Though he doesn’t know it, that secret really isn’t one at all. Ben has never been a stand-offish landowner, so his “people” know very well that he’s gay and that he’s fallen for Dale. 

There’s a side plot about a woman named Sabrina who was dating Ben before Dale came on the scene.  Ben breaks up with her and ends up with her as his new attorney.  She helps him get clear of her father, who had really been behind their romance in the first place.  He wants to merge the companies, and even near the end of the story, he’s still complaining that he won’t stop until he has his hands on Calminster Hall. 

Without giving away the ending, I will say that I felt like the Sabrina thread and the business end of that with her father felt like they were dropped.  Going back over the story, I see the threads were wrapped up, but they did still feel as if they were going to culminate in more drama.  Maybe that’s because these stories follow old tropes and other authors have added that drama so I just assumed this one would as well. 

Nevertheless, the story remained sweet, but not overly dramatic, and not anything I’d rate higher than 3 stars.  If you are loving these Dreamspun books, and you enjoy a UK story with a good deal of local politics and lingo, you should definitely enjoy this one.   


Cover art by Bree Archer features a handsome shirtless fireman in turnout gear, carrying a kitten.  He’s placed against a background featuring a large country mansion.  The mansion would be Calminster Hall so represents Ben.  It’s bright and colorful and eye-catching.

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press | Amazon

Book Details:

ebook, 220 pages
Expected publication: October 15th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
Edition Language English