Hootenanny 2014 – Day 12


Well, here we are, friends. Day 12 is upon us. I know, I know. It’s like the Hootenanny just flies by, faster than reindeer on peppermint dust. We’ve had a grand and glorious time thus far, have we not? Well, DON’T STOP! Heck, we’re not! The elves have got blow-out partying down to an art AND science, and I’ll tell you what, even with the mess and the dancing and the snowball fights, the eggnog on the floor and ceiling (um, yeah), the tinsel strewn around the yard and the Christmas lights on the neighbor’s dog, this is all about the luv! And we’ve luuuuved sharing every minute with you.

So thank you again, authors and publishers, for your gracious donations to liven up this holiday season, and for everybody’s participation. You make this possible, all of you, and we are so very glad to be a part of it.

We’ve set this day aside as a special kind of tribute day. We’re calling it

TRAILBLAZERS, PIONEERS, AND WOMEN OF INFLUENCE, and we think you’ll see why below. It’s important, friends, that you know your history and you know some of the works of those who helped build the road to where we are now, and those who have built followings and lasting reader luv. Some on this list are no longer with us, but some are. We’d like to pay tribute to them, and hope you get acquainted with (or re-acquainted) with their work.

Tucker's extremely honored to be the one to open this box.
Tucker’s extremely honored to be the one to open this box.

You know the drill. If you want in on today’s goodies, leave a comment on this blog. Include your email address in the comment fill-out form, but not in the comment body.

Please, one entry per person.

And friends, we do not match books to winners. The first person drawn gets the first book, the second the second, and so on. That helps minimize confusion in the back.

Drawing ends at 10 PM EST US (world clock here to find out WHEN you are). The elves get on that right after we close it down and we notify winners and post the names here on the blog. If your name is on the blog but you haven’t received an email from us, check your spam filter.

NOTE: Print is specified for the country author will ship to. If there is no specification, the author or Women and Words will ship anywhere.


Have yourself a merry little bookfest
hope your reading’s bright
we hope that your troubles are out of sight

have yourself a merry little bookfest
keep your holidays GAYYYYYYY
never mind the crazy, read a book today

here we are, like in olden days
but these days, too, are golden days
faithful books that are dear to us
we gather them near to us once more

through the years we’ll read them over again
and if the fates allow
we’ll win some more and start reading right now
so have yourself a merry little bookfest

a merry little bookfest now.

(hint: “Merry Little Christmas”)

Happy Holidays, everyone!

The goodies:

MARIANNE MARTINWinner jtzmom96

Marianne is a quiet but tireless pioneer. One of the best-selling lesbian authors in the country, Marianne realized her identity early, but in the 1950s and 60s, it was even less of an option to live openly. When she started teaching, she had to ensure she remained closeted, so writing lesbian fiction became a balm for her soul. She published with the legendary Naiad Press, one of the first publishing companies devoted to lesbian/feminist literature. When it closed, it was the largest and best-known in the world. In 2004, Marianne co-founded Bywater Books, where she manages general operations (which includes marketing, sales, and business communications). Bywater also launched the Bywater Prize for Fiction, an annual writing contest looking for well-crafted stories about and for lesbians. She is a GCLS Trailblazer award winner and a three-time Lambda finalist.

Marianne is offering a winner’s choice of any of her books, paper (U.S.) or ebook.

RADCLYFFEWinners Anita, Regina, and Denee

Radclyffe has written over 45 romance and romantic intrigue novels over the course of her writing career and edited numerous anthologies. She is an eight-time Lambda finalist and the recipient of the Dr. James Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist award from the Lambda Literary Foundation. She is also a Romance Writers of American award-winner. In 2004, Radclyffe founded Bold Strokes Books, a trailblazing publishing house that has built an international following and expanded to include gay, bi, trans, and queer writers and topics. In 2013, she also founded the Flax Mill Creek Writers Retreat, which offers writing workshops to writers at all stages of their careers.

Three lucky winners will win one book each of their choice from Radclyffe’s bibliography (including writing as L.L. Raand). Paperback (U.S.) or ebook.

GERRI HILLWinners Catherine, Cat, Michele, emlynchly, Donna, and Maryb

Gerri Hill is a multiple Lambda finalist and winner of several Goldie Awards as well as the recipient of the Alice B. medal for her body of work. She has also been voted a favorite lesbian author. She has published nearly 30 novels since beginning her writing career some 15 years ago and as a result has built a hefty following of her romances, mysteries, and thrillers, often with outdoor themes.

Gerri is offering 3 copies of The Midnight Moon (one each to three winners) and 3 copies of Angel Fire. Paperback (U.S.). NOTE: If you’re not from the U.S., Gerri can accommodate 2 winners with ebooks (either Midnight Moon or Angel Fire).

CATE CULPEPPERWinner …jaynes ; )

Cate left us much too soon, on October 25, 2014. Known as much for her Xena fanfic, speculative fiction/horror and romance as for her mentoring and ability to connect with virtually everyone she met, Cate remains with us in the work she left behind and the memories that the myriad people who encountered her carry and share. She was a Lambda, Goldie, Rainbow, and Alice B. award-winner, beloved by fans and friends. Outside her writing life, Cate was a social worker who supervised ISIS House, a housing program for homeless LGBTQ youth in Seattle through YouthCare. Of her writing, she told fellow author Jove Belle that

I people my stories with the kind of women I hope to have in my life. My characters have helped me define what I’m looking for in relationships. The friends I value most have the courage of the Amazons in the Tristaine novels, and the passion and kindness of those in Fireside and River Walker. I believe writers create that emotional resonance when their characters reflect their bonds with those they love.

In honor of Cate’s enduring legacy, Bold Strokes Books is offering one copy of her complete Tristaine series. Print (U.S.) or ebook.

ANN BANNONWinners RJ, Jackie Baker, Alexis Parker, bookish butch, cw, and Heather Harper

In the world of lesbian fiction, if there were a definition of “legend,” a picture of Ann Bannon would be right there. From 1957 to 1962, she wrote the Beebo Brinker Chronicles, and has rightly earned the moniker “Queen of Lesbian Pulp Fiction.” Her books helped shape both lesbian and straight identities, but ironically, Ann didn’t realize the impact her books had. She stopped writing in 1962 and went on to an academic career. She separated from her husband in the 1980s and her books were re-released. Ann was stunned to learn that her books were cherished and were being taught, and were also the subject of academic papers and dissertations. She has earned numerous awards for pioneering LGBT literature. Her books are taught in women’s and LGBT courses, and in 2001-2003, her books were released again and turned into an off-Broadway production.

Here, Ann is offering SIX BOOKS, one each for six winners. Those books are signed:
2 Odd Girl Out, 2 Beebo Brinker, 2 I Am a Woman. Paperback.

KATHERINE V. FORRESTWinners Jay and Zea Apa

Lambda-winning Forrest’s Detective Kate Delafield is the first lesbian police detective, thus launching the genre in American lesbian fiction. The first book in the series, Amateur City, was published in 1984 by Naiad and has since been republished by Bella Books. In 1983, Naiad also published Katherine’s Curious Wine, considered a classic of lesbian literature for its themes and positive portrayal of romance and sexuality between women, probably the book that supplanted The Well of Loneliness as the first lesbian book many young lesbians read. Since then, Katherine has written eight more Delafield novels as well as romances, speculative fiction, and erotica. She’s also influenced at least 2 generations of lesbian fiction writers through her editing.

2 WINNERS ALERT! Katherine has put up a signed paperback copy of her latest Kate Delafield mystery, High Desert. Women and Words is putting up an ebook copy (Kindle is the fastest choice and easiest for us to get to you) of the book that started the lesbian detective genre, Amateur City.

LEE LYNCHWinner piscesmoon2u

Lee started writing lesbian fiction in the 1960s. She also writes nonfiction, and was a frequent contributor to The Ladder, the first nationally distributed lesbian magazine in the U.S. She has published essays, novels, feature articles, and reviews. Her portrayals of butch/femme relationships have set a literary canon for many lesbian writers since the 1970s. She has received numerous awards for her work, and continues to write. May that go on for many more years.

Lee is offering a 3-PACK to 1 lucky winner, who will receive a copy of American Queer: The Amazon Trail, a collection of Lee’s essays that chronicle over a quarter-century of LGBT life; The Swashbuckler, a vivid, heartwrenching and heartwarming portrayal of life in New York City’s Greenwich Village during the 1960s and 1970s; and The Butch Cookbook, a lighthearted collection of recipes contributed by butches around the world (fun fact: the Cookbook has a cameo appearance in movie The Perfect Family. Kathleen Turner picks it up and gives her pregnant lesbian daughter a look.) Paperback (U.S.)


Nancy Garden left us June 23, 2014. She published Annie on My Mind in 1982 with a major house. It’s considered a pioneering work in lesbian fiction because of its positive, sensitive, and honest portrayal of young lesbians coming of age. It garnered controversy because of its subject matter, but in spite of that, it has remained continually in print since. The book was also banned and burned in Kansas in 1993. A First Amendment lawsuit in 1995 returned it to shelves, and Garden became known for her championing of intellectual freedom, and was recognized for “significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature.”

Women and Words is offering 1 paperback copy of Annie on My Mind to a winner.


Set in 19th century New England, Miller’s classic lesbian-themed novel Patience and Sarah traces the relationship between painter Patience White and farmer Sarah Dowling, whose romantic bond doesn’t sit well in the Puritanical community. First published in 1969, the author hand-sold the copies on street corners in New York City. Slowly, it garnered more attention and in 1971 was awarded the American Library Association’s first Gay Book Award. The book was a touchstone for the women’s movements of the 1960s and early 70s.

Women and Words is offering one paperback or ebook (Kindle only) copy to a winner.

OCTAVIA BUTLERWinner aduncan

Octavia Butler didn’t broadcast her sexual orientation, nor did she write lesbian fiction. She was, however, a pioneer in science fiction — the first African American woman to come to prominence in the genre — exploring themes in a powerful and wholly unique voice. An African American lesbian writing science fiction was simply unheard of (still is, in many quarters), but she won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards (science fiction’s highest honors) and was the recipient of a MacArthur Genius Grant. Themes of gender ambiguity are rampant in her work, as well as explorations of human relationships and globalism. She also wrote about the psychology of how unusual creatures make their ways in hostile worlds — outsiders addressing and confronting different worlds. Slate said, “Her ability to both understand the outsider perspective better than others and then to invert it, places Butler above her science-fiction-writing peers. She is a disturbing and important writer who transcends the usual genre categories.” The Washington Post referred to her as “one of the finest voices in fiction, period.” Taken too soon, Octavia Butler left us in 2006 at the age of 58.

Women and Words is offering one copy of Dawn, the first in Butler’s Xenogenesis trilogy, considered in some quarters her masterpiece. Kindle or paperback.

RADCLYFFE HALLWinner sacchigreen
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British author Hall published The Well of Loneliness in 1928 and it was promptly banned for ten years in England. The novel follows the life of Englishwoman Stephen Gordon, born into an upper-class family whose “sexual inversion” (homosexuality) was apparent from an early age. She manages to find love with Mary Llewellyn, who she meets while serving as an ambulance driver in World War I. Their relationship is marred by social isolation and rejection, but the novel itself has an implicit plea to consider gay people normal, and just like everybody else. Hall faced numerous legal battles over the novel, and ironically the publicity surrounding the battles brought increased visibility to lesbians in the U.S. and U.K. For decades, it was the best-known lesbian novel in the English language.

Women and Words is offering one ebook (Kindle). (Latest paperback version is with Penguin Classics and will be available in February, 2015. A winner is welcome to wait for that edition in paper if he/she wants.) Or we can hook you up with an older paperback version.


  1. What a lineup. Thank you to everybody to put this together and donated the books I think it’s awesome that you treat your readers this way.


  2. Wonderful selections today and I’ve read several of them. Thanks for another Hootenanny and Merry Christmas to you all.


  3. It would be an honour to win any of these books. Trailblazers all. Thanks Andi and Jove and all the scary elves for your hard work. Thanks too to the authors and publishing houses. This was a hoot!


  4. What a great lineup of books. Thank you for the Hootenanny if was great fun. Please enter me in the drawing. Merry Christmas to All!


  5. Thank you for all for your hard work in making this Hootenanny so wonderful. Thank you also to all the authors, publishers and any others who contributed.


  6. What a wonderful selection to end the festivities. happy holidays and thanks to all…Andi, Jove, the authors and publishers, and the merry elves. Until next year…. πŸ™‚


  7. Another great selection. Thank you to the Hootenanny elves for all you hard work. Merry Christmas or Happy what ever you celebrate.


  8. Okay last day of the giveaway…. one last to win….I hope…I hope…and just wanted to thank all those who made this happen…and wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year!


  9. Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah (or Chanukah – However you spell it)! Happy Holidays! Or if you don’t celebrate anything… Happy Tuesday! Enjoy the end of the year as best you can… and may all your happy dreams come true. πŸ™‚


  10. What a fabulous collection to offer … lest we forget where we have come from … and what a strong and inspiring group of women lead the way. Young women do not take anything for granted. Knowing just a little bit of history, means knowing that the “government given” freedoms we enjoy today can be “government taken” away in a heartbeat. We must remain strong, vigilant, vocal, and OUT!
    Thanks to Women and Words for both the great Christmas “Hootenanny give away” and the leadership in remembering the “old” and celebrating the “new.”


  11. great list of great lesbian icons – i wanna win! thank you all so much for all the fun, and holiday spirit and books. it was a wonderful fest. y’all rock!


  12. Very nice selection! Thank you to the Authors, Publishers and all at Women and Words for offering this wonderful contest! I have enjoyed reading this everyday! Happy Holidays to all.


  13. Wow, what a way to go out with a bang. Many of these writers were my first introduction to lesbian fiction and reading literature relavant to my life.
    I would love to win any of these books from these wonderful authors.


  14. Please count me in for the final day. Thanks to the authors, publishers, and everyone who played a part in creating this wonderful Hootenanny. Happy holidays!


  15. Interesting offer today. Some authors I’ve never read, others I’ve read everything they have out – like Katherine Forrest; The Wall of Loneliness was the first lesbian book I’ve ever read, decades ago. Czech translation.
    I liked opening Internet in the afternoons of these twelve days to see what interesting brought Hootenay for the day.
    Thanks a lot for the fun and have a nice Christmas!


    • I agree. Neither have I. So glad to meet you. Same for me. I so looked forward to the hootenanny afternoons. Wishing you happy holidays and lots of luv. Hugs from the Netherlands


  16. Wow what an awesome collection today. ..enter me in please!
    Thank you for your wonderful and dedicated love of reading, writing, and sharing with us all.


  17. Thank you for such a great giveaway each year. I’m sure y’all are both sad & happy to see it end, though it may be ending just in time for the elves & reindeer — off to rehab they go!


  18. It would be an honor to win a book by any of these fabulous authors. It is an honor just to be considered for same. Thanks all for the great Hootenanny 2014. What a blast!


  19. Thanks to all the authors and everyone who put this year hootenanny together. Also for giving something back to all your loyal, devoted readers and lastly for knowing how to make this time of year fun for all yor fans.


  20. Twelve amazing days! Thanks to the authors, publishers and our host of women and words!! Unitl next year, happy reading and writing to all!


  21. Thanks Jove, Andi and all the elves for a fun filled book filled awesome 12 days. Thanks to all the authors and publishers for their generosity. You’ve given away an incredible number of books during this hootenanny! Whether I win or not it’s great fun to try and I always find some new authors to try even if I have to buy their work. And I definitely will buy some of them πŸ˜ƒ. Count me in one last time and have great Holiday.



  22. Sad that this is the last day of the hootenanny it is always so much fun. Thanks to all the authors who donate their wonderful books. Will look forward to next year. Happy holidays.


  23. Huge thanks ladies and elves for holding the Hootenanny again and for spreading all that cheer (and entertaining lyrics) and to all the authors, publishers, and readers! Happy holidays everyone and a safe, happy & healthy New Year to all.


  24. Cate was a friend of mine online and I had an all too short conversation with her not even a week before she passed. I’d love to get hold of her Tristaine series in print. Please?!


  25. Such a splendid choice to end this hootenannic journey with these courageous and adventurous women! We’ve come a long way.

    In my teens I desperately sought for books that would have some kind of “me” in it. The Well of Loneliness, Patience and Sarah and the Dutch author Anna Blaman about covered it back then. Almost everything I read or watched in the next decade with the exception of Ruby Fruit Jungle was pretty depressing in the sense that nothing ‘never ever’ worked out (won’t bore you with the details, but they either died, married a man or committed suicide). I was so happy with the L-world.

    I’m a book person. Radclyffe aka as Len to friends and founder of BSB showed me a whole new world. Thank you.

    I’m sososososo – that’s the words/song we say/sing when we cross the mountain pass in Tibet- very happy that our young women now have access to this. And of course I’m living and reading the vibe with them.

    I’ve been googling quite a few words during the past 12 days. I especially love this part of the definition of Hootenanny in the Urban Dictionary: :”it tends to be wild, uninhibited and dionysian..” Witchylike is the words that comes to my mind. No worries Tucker..

    Thank you Jove and Andi for materializing this wonderful event in cyberspace and beyond. Thank you all authors and publishers for your generous contributions.


  26. Thank you to all the authors and publishers who donated books for us to win and thank you to all the elves for organising it all. A very Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year to you all. A brilliant 12 days of Hootenanny


  27. Count me in!! What a great ending for the Hootenanny this year. Great job ladies!
    Happy holidays to all!


  28. I can’t believe it is almost over! Thank you to all the authors who participated! A bigger thank you to the organizers!!


  29. I did not know about Cate Culpepper. If I don’t win her books today, I will for sure buy them. What a great author.


  30. So sad to see the Hootenanny come to an end. 😦
    It’s been fun, and a great way to see what all reads are out there.
    Thanks to Andi, Jove, the authors, and all those unseen elves for spreading the Christmas cheer. May you and yours all have a very Happy Holiday, and much success in the New Year ahead!! πŸ˜€


  31. Oh my goodness. So many good memories. These authors brought me such great pleasure so long ago.

    Thank you

    And thanks again for running the Hootenanny Andi!


  32. Thank you to the authors, the publishers, and the elves at Women and Words for making the Hootenanny THE holiday party to attend!


  33. Thank you for helping make Facebook fun with great books by generous authors. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


  34. Reblogged this on Yvonne Heidt and commented:

    TRAIL BLAZERS – What an awesome way to bring the Hootenanny to a close. Without these brave women – I wouldn’t have the blessed ability to share what I love. Thank you to each and every one of them ❀


  35. Many thanks to all the authors, publishers and Women and Words for this very fun event! Today’s selections are exceptional for their historical significance.


  36. Thank you to everyone involved in making the Hootenanny possible. It’s been a fun 12 days. Sign me up one last time please.


  37. Well you finally got there. Thanks to all the authors and publishers who took part and a special thanks to Andi and Jove sho put this marathon giveaway on!!


  38. Thank you to Tucker and the elves for all their hard work organising the Hootenanny. Its the first year I’ve entered and was something to look forward to each day.
    Happy Holidays Everyone


  39. I was given the pied piper award in the fifth grade, and haven’t stopped since…One of these books would be great to add to my collection!!


  40. I am new to this hootenanny thing, but my wife, Candy Powell, said it’s awesome. Keep up the great works, writers!


  41. OH, NO, Lee Ann! You missed the cut-off by 47 minutes. We shut the drawings down at 10 PM EST U.S. But stay tuned to Women and Words, because authors are always stopping by and giving books away throughout the year. πŸ™‚


  42. Thank you soooo much It’s an honor to receive these books by such an amazing writer ! Thank you very much and may she be resting in peace .
    My condolences to her family and friends. Her book A Question Of Ghosts was a READ in LesficREADER and Cate was an amazing guest ; )


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