My last list only had ~20 books on it, so I went through my Goodreads and Amazon lists to fill it out a bit more. Be sure to check for warnings on each book because I have not read them all. I marked the ones I’ve read that have questionable content so you can look into them more.
Aisling, Book One: Guardian; Aisling, Book Two: Dream; Aisling, Book Three: Beloved Son by Carole Cummings
Ariah by B.R. Sanders
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
As Meat Loves Salt by Maria McCann
Ash and Echoes; Ice and Embers; Iron and Ether; Cairn and Covenant; Calling and Cull; Wine and Roses (I don’t know exactly where this one fits in or if it does) by August Li
At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O’Neill
The Beauty’s Brother by Leon Hart (read; ☆☆☆)
Black Magic; Come to Me (a short in the same universe) by Megan Derr
Blood for Magic by Aundrea Singer
Blood Tells by Rachel White
Brethren; Matelots; Treasure; Wolves by W.A. Hoffman
Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman
Captured Shadows by Richard Rider
Carry On (my sister recommends this one) by Rainbow Rowell
The Cat in the Cradle; From Darkness to Darkness by Jay Bell
Champion of the Scarlet Wolf: Book One; Champion of the Scarlet Wolf: Book Two by Ginn Hale
The Charioteer by Mary Renault
Cry to Heaven by Anne Rice
The Desire for Dearborne by V.B. Kildaire
The Devil in the Dust; Tower of the King’s Daughter; A Dark Way to Glory (doesn’t say LGBT on Goodreads; unsure if it actually is); Feast of the King’s Shadow (doesn’t say LGBT on Goodreads; unsure if it actually is); Hand of the King’s Evil; The End of All Roads
(doesn’t say LGBT on Goodreads; unsure if it actually is)by Chaz Brenchley
The Devil Lancer: A Novel of the Crimean War by Astrid Amara
Downtime by Tamara Allen
Dragon Slayer by Isabella Carter (read; ☆☆☆☆)
The Engineered Throne; The Painted Crown by Megan Derr
Eromenos by Melanie McDonald (underage)
The Errant Prince by Sarah L. Miller (read; ☆☆☆)
Evensong’s Heir by L.S. Baird
Family of Lies: Sebastian by Sam Argent
The Fire’s Stone by Tanya Huff
The Foxhole Court; The Raven King; The King’s Men by Nora Sakavic
Ghost; Weregild; Koan; Incendiary by Carole Cummings
Gives Light; Looks Over; St. Clair; Why the Star Stands Still; Lending Light; Overlooked by Rose Christo
Greenwode; Shirewode; Winterwode by J. Tullos Hennig
Highfell Grimoires by Langley Hyde
The High King’s Golden Tongue (read;
☆☆☆☆); The Pirate of Fathoms Deep by Megan Derr
Human Frailties, Human Strengths by Jaye McKenna
Kei’s Gift; Falling from the Tree; Staying Power; Home Ground by Ann Somerville
The Last of the Wine by Mary Renault
Lord Mouse by Mason Thomas
Lord of the White Hell: Book One (reading); Lord of the White Hell: Book Two by Ginn Hale
Luck in the Shadows (read; ☆☆☆☆☆); Stalking Darkness (read; ☆☆☆☆☆); Traitor’s Moon (read; ☆☆☆☆☆); Shadows Return (read; ☆☆☆☆; slavery, torture, sexual assault); The White Road (read;☆☆☆☆); Casket of Souls (read;☆☆☆☆); Shards Of Time (read;☆☆☆☆☆); Glimpses by Lynn Flewelling [My favorite series]
The Luxury of Vengeance by Isabella Carter
Made of Stars by Kelley York
Magic’s Pawn (read; ☆☆☆☆; VERY major character death); Magic’s Promise; Magic’s Price by Mercedes Lackey
The Magpie Lord; A Case of Possession; Flight of Magpies by K.J. Charles
Maurice by E.M. Forster
Mélusine; The Virtu; The Mirador; Corambis by Sarah Monette
Mordred, Bastard Son by Douglas Clegg
The Necromancer’s Dance; The Necromancer’s Dilemma by S.J. Himes
On A Lee Shore by Elin Gregory
One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva
A Royal Affair; Aleksey’s Kingdom by John Wiltshire
Sacrati by Kate Sherwood
Sacred Fate; Hallowed Bond; By Chance Met; Heartstrings; Cross Purposes; In Fine Form; Shield Mate by Eresse
Scarlet and the White Wolf; Mariner’s Luck; The Land of Night; The King of Forever by Kirby Crow
The Soldier of Raetia; The Heirs of Fortune by Heather Domin
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (read; ☆☆☆☆☆)
The Sons of Thestian by M.E. Vaughan
Stasis; Flux; Equipoise (according to Goodreads profile, all royalties from this series are donated to Doctors Without Borders!) by Kim Fielding
The Steel Remains; The Cold Commands; The Dark Defiles by Richard K. Morgan
The Stone Prince; The Painter Knight; The Granite Shield; The Golden Sword by Fiona Patton
Swordspoint; The Privilege of the Sword; The Fall of the Kings by Ellen Kushner
Tainted Blood; Tainted Soul by Sam C. Leonhard
Trick of the Light; Turncoat by Megan Derr
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
The Vintner’s Luck; The Angel’s Cut by Elizabeth Knox
Wicked Gentlemen by Ginn Hale
Widdershins; Threshold; Stormhaven; Necropolis; Bloodline; Hoarfrost; Maelstrom; Fallow by Jordan L. Hawk
Wraeththu: The Enchantments of Flesh and Spirit; Wraeththu: The Bewitchments of Love and Hate; Wraeththu: The Fulfilments of Fate and Desire by Storm Constantine
↳William and Catherine’s eight tiered wedding cake.
Made by Fiona Cairns, it was a traditional fruit cake with elements from the Joseph Lambeth technique and decorated in cream, white icing and 900 delicate sugar-paste flowers that not only mimicked the architecture of Buckingham Palace but also each represented something meaningful.
– At Catherine’s request over 17 different flowers were used for their symbolism. These included:
▸ White rose – symbol of england.
▸ Daffodil – symbol of wales.
▸ Shamrock – symbol of ireland.
▸ Thsitle – symbol of scotland Acorns, oak leaf - strength, endurance.
▸ Myrtle - love.
▸ Ivy - wedded love, marriage.
▸ Lily of valley - sweetness and humility.
▸ Sweet william – grant me one smile.
▸ Honeysuckle - the bond of love.
▸ Apple blossom - preference, good fortune.
▸ White heather - protection, wishes will come true.
From the bonny bells of heather They brewed a drink long-syne, Was sweeter far than honey, Was stronger far than wine. They brewed it and they drank it, And lay in a blessed swound For days and days together In their dwellings underground.
There rose a king in Scotland, A fell man to his foes, He smote the Picts in battle, He hunted them like roes. Over miles of the red mountain He hunted as they fled, And strewed the dwarfish bodies Of the dying and the dead.
Summer came in the country, Red was the heather bell; But the manner of the brewing Was none alive to tell. In graves that were like children’s On many a mountain head, The Brewsters of the Heather Lay numbered with the dead.
The king in the red moorland Rode on a summer’s day; And the bees hummed, and the curlews Cried beside the way. The king rode, and was angry, Black was his brow and pale, To rule in a land of heather And lack the Heather Ale.
It fortuned that his vassals, Riding free on the heath, Came on a stone that was fallen And vermin hid beneath. Rudely plucked from their hiding, Never a word they spoke: A son and his aged father— Last of the dwarfish folk.
The king sat high on his charger, He looked on the little men; And the dwarfish and swarthy couple Looked at the king again. Down by the shore he had them; And there on the giddy brink— “I will give you life, ye vermin, For the secret of the drink.”
There stood the son and father And they looked high and low; The heather was red around them, The sea rumbled below. And up and spoke the father, Shrill was his voice to hear: “I have a word in private, A word for the royal ear.
“Life is dear to the aged, And honour a little thing; I would gladly sell the secret,” Quoth the Pict to the King. His voice was small as a sparrow’s, And shrill and wonderful clear: “I would gladly sell my secret, Only my son I fear.
“For life is a little matter, And death is nought to the young; And I dare not sell my honour Under the eye of my son. Take him, O king, and bind him, And cast him far in the deep; And it’s I will tell the secret That I have sworn to keep.”
They took the son and bound him, Neck and heels in a thong, And a lad took him and swung him, And flung him far and strong, And the sea swallowed his body, Like that of a child of ten;— And there on the cliff stood the father, Last of the dwarfish men.
“True was the word I told you: Only my son I feared; For I doubt the sapling courage That goes without the beard. But now in vain is the torture, Fire shall never avail: Here dies in my bosom The secret of Heather Ale.”
Deity Associations: Nechtan Mac Labraid, the Cupbearer of the Tuatha De Dannan, guardian of the sacred well of Segais and husband of Boane, after whom the river Boyne in Ireland is named. Also, Isis, Osiris, Venus, Aphrodite.
History and Folklore: Heather (along with thistle) is the national flower of Scotland. In Scotland farmers carried torches of burning heather around their fields before midsummer to insure good crops and around their cattle to ensure their fertility. Heather is a symbol of passionate love, of sacrifice, and self-control. In the first place, heather represents enthusiasm and sensual pleasure, and the benefits that can be enjoyed from spontaneous self-expression. But within this lust for life and exhilaration lies a deeper lesson of the consequences that may arise out of unbridled passion. The Celts believed that you are always totally responsible and accountable for the outcome of your actions, so you were wise to be sure of your own true nature before totally abandoning yourself to the potent delights of heather ale and the pleasures that it could bring. Unchecked, heather is short-lived and unproductive but if burned yearly to the ground, it re-grows with fresh vigor. The lesson of the heather is that a necessary balance must exist between self-expression and self-control for both to be enjoyable and effective.
As I begin my final week of Chelsea Lately I thought I would take this time to reflect, thank, praise and just let everyone know what it has meant to me. 7 years ago I got an email from my friend Chelsea Handler and she told me she was doing a new nightly talk show on E! and was wondering if I would like to be a part of the pop culture round table discussion that she would have at the top of each show. Chelsea and I were old friends from our stand up days, I was very happy for her success and I jumped at the chance to be a part of it. Originally the round table was one comedian and two b-list celebrities (ex: Scott Baio-Ron Jeremy-Barry Williams) it didn’t take us long to realize Ron Jeremy’s comedy chops paled in comparison to his auto-fellatio skills and we decided to use a rotating cast of comedians. Everyday for the last 7 years I have had the privilege of working with some of the nicest and best comedians working today. To say that I have worked alongside these people is an honor and my memories of it will last a lifetime.
I was not only a round table regular but I was also a writer on the show for the past 7 years which means that for almost 1500 shows I had the best job in the world. Everyday was filled with laughter, joy and the hope that Chuy would remember his lines. Seeing Jen Kirkman, Heather McDonald, Sarah Colonna, Fortune Feimster, Jiffy Wild, Josh Wolf, Brad Wollack, Sue Murphy, Tom Brunelle, Dean Ward and Ian Karmel every morning made my day. Not only were the writers and producers a pleasure to work with but each and every staff member on the show was as important to me and the production as any of us.
Chelsea Handler and this show have changed my life in every way possible - I came to L.A. years ago in hopes of making a living in comedy and because of Chelsea’s generosity and belief in me that dream has come true.
Finally to the people that watch this show - I really have you to thank more than anyone. I know it’s been said many times, but without fans and a loving audience there is no reason to do this. I can’t tell you how much I appreciated every one of your kind ( and the not so kind) tweets, Facebook posts, messages and all around love for me and all of us at Chelsea Lately. This journey has taken me around the world and meeting you guys has been my favorite part. So as we prepare for our final show next week I just wanted to say thank you. Wherever I go people say that Chelsea Lately has made their night for the past 7 years - I just wanted to let you folks know that the feeling was mutual.