Thanks, Charlie, for allowing me to show off the cover for my upcoming release from Dreamspinner Press here at the Purple Rose Tea House. 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.
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.
The Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village is the setting for much of the action in Happy Independence Day. Who owned the Stonewall Inn?
Because the New York State Liquor Authority deemed the mere presence of homosexuals sufficient cause to revoke liquor licenses, legitimate businesses stopped serving alcohol to gay men and women or were raided, stripped of their liquor license, and closed down. The Mafia, seeing an unmet need with profit potential, operated most of the city’s gay bars. After the Mattachine Society sued the SLA and won, paving the way for legitimate businesses to serve alcohol to gay clientele, the Mafia tried a new approach. The fire-gutted Stonewall Inn Restaurant was refurbished for $3500 and opened in 1967 as a private bottle club, bypassing the need for a liquor license and other requirements for public spaces. The chief of the local police precinct was paid $1200 a month in bribes to look the other way and provided advance notice of any raids.
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?
What was the legal environment in 1969 for NYC homosexuals?
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?
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