Posts Tagged ‘Kate McMurray’

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Guest Post: “The Gay 90s” by Kate McMurray

Ten Days In August Kate McMurray

Last time I was here, I talked a little about what it was like to be gay in the 1920s. My new novel, Ten Days in August, is set in 1896. So what kind of difference does going back in time thirty years make?

The 1890s were a rough time for LGBT people. There was new scholarship on homosexuality and an increased recognition of it in some medical circles, but in the U.S. and Europe, prosecution for sodomy was on the rise. “Gay” as we think of it now wasn’t really a thing yet; men who we’d call gay or bisexual now often married women but hooked up with men on the side. In New York, men could go to find other men in dance halls and clubs, particularly those in what is now the East Village, along the Bowery or tucked into Bleecker Street. Men of the 1890s had their own version of the hankie code, too—men seeking men could identify each other by certain markers: a red ascot, dyed blond hair, a certain way of dressing.

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Deal Alert: Jaima Fixsen, Kate McMurray, and Holly Newman

Looking for an excuse to curl up with a great book? Check out these deals from Jaima Fixsen, Kate McMurray, and Holly Newman!

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Fairchild by Jaima Fixsen

Truth or dare?
Good English families all have a house in the country with a deer park, a trout stream, and an army of gardeners. They should have a son and if it can be managed, he should be handsome. Cleverness isn’t important. Daughters in limited quantities are fine so long as they are pretty. Bastards are inconvenient and best ignored. It’s not a big problem, unless you are one.
Unfortunately, Sophy is.
Sick of her outcast role, she escapes her father’s house, only to fall from her horse during a spring storm. Injured, soaked, and shivering, she stumbles to a stranger’s door—Tom, a blunt edged merchant from a family of vulgar upstarts. Mistaking Sophy for the genuine article, he takes her in.
Sophy can’t resist twisting the truth. Soon she’s caught in her own snare—and it might just be a noose.


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Guest Post: “A Few Great Gay Historical Romances” by Kate McMurray

Such a Dance Kate McMurray

I’ve heard from readers that gay historical romances are a tough sell—could be people who could be breaking the law by being together really find happy endings?

Yes, they did. And not just in novels.

I’m a huge history nerd, and I read all manner of romance, so seeking out gay historicals was a pretty natural thing for me to do. And there are some fantastic ones out there. I picked six, kind of at random; think of this as a jumping off point to the many others that are out there.

Bonds of Earth by G.N. Chevalier

This book is kind of a gothic romance set in Jazz Age New York, so it has this odd contrast of the characters caught in a secluded mansion juxtaposed against the excesses of the era. It’s a story of two broken men, one of them who goes to the estate of the other to tend to its gardens, though he has some experience as a masseuse as well. The book deals with the fallout from World War I, which is one of those periods in history that I think gets glossed over quite a bit, or lost in the glitz of the Jazz Age. It’s beautifully written and compelling.

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Guest Post: “The Gay 20s?” by Kate McMurray

Such a Dance Kate McMurray

Today we’re joined by author Kate McMurray, whose newest release (out this week!) is a historical m/m romance set in the 1920s in America. It’s got Prohibition, dance, and the mob. Yow! Kate is here to talk about what it actually meant to be gay during that time.

My novel Such a Dance is largely about the relationship between a male dancer (Eddie) and a Mob boss (Lane), set in the era of Prohibition and Roaring Twenties. It was a particularly interesting period to write in because, contrary to what I think is widely believed, the 1920s were not a terrible time to be gay in New York City. So, in honor of the release of the book, I thought I’d talk a little about what it was like to be gay in the ‘20s.

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