ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN DE MODE OF LITERATURE (VOLUME V, ISSUE XXVI) | Article Published on: 27th May 2022 | www.demodemagazine.com
1. 'CLUBBED TWO' - BY AUTHOR ROBERT KARL
CLUBBED TWO is historical fiction, set in Philadelphia PA from 1982 to 1992. A love story is included, but this is not your typical gay romance novel. It's his second book in a planned three-part series exploring LGBTQ history and culture.
Much of the story is told in a first-person narrative by Joey, the owner of Club Sanctuary. Joey and his partner, Henry, continue to develop their relationship as they build the club into a huge success. However, in order to provide greater insights into the words, thoughts and actions of various characters, the author often moves into a third-person narrative. This allows the reader to dive more deeply into the stories of characters whom Joey might not know at all. This format allows Club Sanctuary to be a metaphor for the greater LGBTQ community, without limiting the scope of the story.
LGBTQ Pride; Diversity; Disability Awareness and incredible diversity in the LGBTQ community. Acceptance; Interracial Love; 1980s Queer Fashions and Fads; Ageism, Infidelity, and AIDS Activism.
Historical references are made as the characters attend the Gay Games, view the AIDS Memorial Quilt, or learn about the deaths of celebrities, AIDS activists and advocates, co-workers and friends. Others get involved with real-life organizations, such as ACT UP, as they struggle to fight against indifference and ignorance.
Readers have described the book as profound, poignant, fun, spicy, hilarious and as an amazing book with important stories. Come along for the ride and experience life in the true spirit of the Queer community.
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THE JOURNEY OF AUTHOR ROBERT KARL
Robert A. Karl is a native son of Philadelphia, PA. He spent his adult life as an active member of the LGBTQ community there. He earned his M.Ed. from Temple University and worked for the School District of Philadelphia as a teacher and technology specialist for 30 years. He also taught courses in Educational Technology at the Temple University College of Education.
Losing many friends to the AIDS pandemic dramatically altered his world. Living in the LGBTQ community provided the historical background for his novels, CLUBBED: A Story of Gay Love and CLUBBED TWO: Anxiety, Anger, Activism. His work is a tribute to the LGBTQ Pride; Diversity; Disability Awareness and incredible diversity in the LGBTQ community.
By setting the novels in a specific place and time (Philadelphia, PA during the 1970s through the 1990s) the author uses Club Sanctuary as a metaphor for the LGBTQ community and the many characters in the books embody the fabulous, funny and flawed people of that community.
The author openly discusses issues of internalized homophobia, racism, ageism, sexism & other problems that continue to exist within the Queer community. Ignoring these problems does nothing to provide a solution. The author believes that open, honest communication is essential to preserving our culture and our world.
Currently retired, he is the proud Gay Dog Dad to Zuna, the Awesome Boston Terrier. Living in San Juan, Puerto Rico, he enjoys the beauty and culture of La Isla del Encanto, the Island of Enchantment.
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2. 'LIVING IN JOYFUL RESILIENCE' - BY AUTHOR KATE OLSON
Drawing from psychology, education and neuroscience, the book explains how joyfulness contributes to the responses that enable us to bounce back from adversity, thriving not just surviving. Included are resilience stories from the author and ten contributors that will resonate and inspire you. The book is divided into three parts.
In Part 1, the author explains the difference between resilience and joyful resilience, as well as,
some of the research on what we have defined as resilience and a little about the history and philosophy behind the traits that we have come to know as resilience.
In Part 2, the author tells her own resilience stories and resilience learned from friends. There are also, ten resilience stories contributed by other invited authors. Kate included these resilience stories to motivate and inspire you and to give some examples that readers might see in their life circumstances.
In Part 3, the author includes practices, exercises and tools to help you in building resilience traits and becoming both stronger and more joyful.
Throughout the book, Kate offers resources from traditional research, science, neuroscience, psychology and even the physical sciences and the world around us to demonstrate the link between joy and resilience and draw her concept together. This is her mission as an owner of Soul Fire Wisdom Coaching & Hypnotherapy. Author Kate was inspired to write this book during the pandemic and her move from Washington to the Arizona desert in 2020. She saw the signs of resilience all around her. The book is available in formats: kindle, paperback & hardcover.
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THE JOURNEY OF AUTHOR KATE OLSON
Being a writer was not the first career that sparked Kate Olson’s interest growing up. Archeologist, Astronaut and a few more were in the running, but writing was one she loved beginning in grade school when she discovered the magic of reading and books and it stuck with her.
She began college as an English major with the idea of becoming a writer, but was soon discouraged by an advisor who told her all of the professors had wanted to be writers and they were teachers, so what made her think she could be one? If only she had known herself better and had more resilience at the time. She changed her major to Psychology, which probably did play an important part in her journey. Her degree, however, was just a stepping stone on the way and not a final destination. Writing skills became a resource Kate used throughout her career in marketing, technical writing and even a few articles and contributions to other people’s books, along the journey. It would be a lifetime before she achieved her initial objective of becoming a writer.
As a "Change Adventure Navigator", Kate helps clients to embrace change and see all its possibilities. This is her mission as an owner of Soul Fire Wisdom Coaching & Hypnotherapy. Kate believes strongly in creativity, self-expression and pursuing our passions. She believes in our uniqueness, worthiness and beauty. It is her mission to help clients see these qualities in themselves and to guide them to find their Path, Purpose and Peace. She is a speaker, author, radio host and retreat facilitator.
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3. 'THE BLOODSHED OF THE BETRAYED' - BY AUTHOR A. L. SLADE
Unable to feel emotions, angels are God’s devoted soldiers, who are tasked with carrying out God’s will. One of which is to answer the question: can angels handle the gift of emotions without it interfering with their loyalty to God?
Enter Laramie. Angel Laramie is given emotions as a trial to decide once and for all if angels are ready to feel again. However, she soon becomes sidetracked by an infatuation with a human called Maggie, prompting her to neglect her orders and allow her mission to fail. She returns to her superiors in hopes of helping the human only to learn her feelings were a test. Her failure means her banishment to Earth until she fades away forever. Magda Mercy is a twenty-three-year-old college student with dreams of becoming a doctor. Her life changes forever when her brother returns on leave from the military with devastating family news. In exile, Laramie is confronted by Lucifer with a confounding revelation that changes everything Laramie has ever known as an angel. Lucifer presents an offer of eventual immortality in exchange for Laramie’s ceaseless fidelity. When Laramie declines, Lucifer lashes out by tormenting the innocent Maggie as punishment for Laramie’s refusal. Laramie must now do everything in her power to save Maggie and prevent Lucifer from realizing his goals, even if it means reaching oblivion sooner.
The Bloodshed of The Betrayed is a diverse dual point-of-view fantasy/adventure novel for the upper YA markets that touch very maturely on dark subject matters.
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THE JOURNEY OF AUTHOR A. L. SLADE
A. L. Slade is the 18-year old author of “The Bloodshed Of The Betrayed” is the first book in the anticipated series, “The Mercy Chronicles.” Slade brings this skillfully adapted tale to life with her endless creativity and descriptive story-telling as her hopes to enlighten readers and portray young authors in a brilliant way is the backbone of her writing career. Slade has spent the past five years cultivating her first book, "The Bloodshed Of The Betrayed" to be able to share it with the world. Slade has been writing for as long as she can remember and has been a part of the writing field since early 2017 when she first self-published her book with a self-publishing company under the title ‘Retribution.’ Since then, she has gone back and implemented revisions to her book. She was unsatisfied with the preliminary result and has spent the past five years editing, revising, and developing her story into its truest form. Slade’s craft has always come very naturally to her and is undoubtedly her greatest passion in this world.
The author openly discusses issues of internalized homophobia. Slade is a young Canadian author, and he