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Vanda is currently writing a series of novels about LGBT modern history that is NOT for LGBT folks only. These are books about people surviving and rising though some very difficult and dark days. However, they are not gloomy books. The characters are filled with spirit and lots of humor. Book 1 begins in 1941 and ends when the war is almost over in 1944. Book 2 runs from 1945-1955. Book 3 takes place in Paris in 1955-56 and Book IV covers January - August 1956. The same characters mature and change throughout each book. These books can each be read as a stand alone. Vanda is presently hard at work on Do You Know Dorothy? Book 5 which will cover the years 1957-1960.
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Can Aging Drag Queens Save a Night Club from Going Under?
It’s 1956. TV is stealing Al’s (Alice) nightclub audience. The mob is planning a takeover of her crippled club to turn it into a strip club. Al has no revenue to bring her usual crowds back. Her one solace: Juliana. But ever since Juliana’s husband discovered them in bed together, they have not seen each other. On the brink of losing her love and her livelihood Al makes a bold decision. Go into debt by producing a costly extravaganza with aging female impersonators. Once she has succeeded, she will find her way back to Juliana.
Can be read as a standalone
“An Absolutely Beautiful and Moving Novel!
--Philip Crawford, author of Mafia and the Gays
She went looking for fame, and found her true self, instead.
New York City, 1941. Alice “Al” Huffman and her childhood friends are fresh off the potato farms of Long Island and bound for Broadway. Al’s plans for stage success are abruptly put on hold when she’s told she has no talent. As she gets a job to pay for acting classes, Al settles into a normal life with her friends and a boyfriend. It all changes when she meets Juliana.
A singer on the brink of stardom, Juliana is everything Al isn’t: glamorous, talented, and queer. The farm girl is quickly enthralled, experiencing thoughts and feelings she never realized were possible. Al finds herself slipping between two worlds: the gay underground and the “normal” world of her childhood friends. It’s a balancing act she can handle until the two worlds begin to collide
In a city bursting with change, can Alice find what she was looking for all along?
Juliana: Volume 1: 1941-1944 is a captivating work of LGBT historical romance. If you like extensively researched settings, spell-binding storytelling, and characters you can’t help but fall for, then you’ll love the first book in award-winning playwright Vanda’s new Juliana series.
Buy Juliana to discover a sexy, funny, and deadly serious world today!
It’s 1945 and Juliana wants to be a star and she has the singing voice to do it.
Alice (Al) is determined to make Juliana into the star she wants to be.
The worst thing that could happen to Juliana is to be discovered as gay.
The worst thing that could happen to Al is to lose Juliana.
Al must guard their secret at all costs.
Will the gossip columnists and the new laws destroy them?
If you like stories about 1950s Manhattan and behind the scenes drama in theater and nightclubs you’ll love, Olympus Nights on the Square: Book 2 of the Juliana Series. You can enter the series at any point. It’s sexy, funny and deadly serious; it’s full of mobsters, the FBI, McCarthyism, gay bashing, lesbian pulp, a beginning awareness of transgender persons and “cures” for homosexuality. A lot like now.
You can read Book 2 first and still follow the story
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She wanted a safe harbor for their love. But rough waters could destroy any hope of starting over…
Paris-bound, 1955. Alice "Al" Huffman can't wait to reach the City of Light. As soon as their ship arrives, Juliana's singing career will get the spotlight it deserves and the two women will finally bring their relationship out of the shadows. Or so Al thinks.
Before the SS United States hits land, a stranger approaches Al with a Broadway contract for Juliana. But the offer comes with a threat that can't be ignored. And unless Al can find a way out, Juliana's comeback could come crashing down before it even begins…
As she hides the awful truth from Juliana, Al searches for an answer before another obstacle destroys their last chance for happiness…
Paris, Adrift, 1955 is Book 3 in a breathtaking LGBT historical romance series. If you like pulse-pounding suspense, characters who tug at your heartstrings, and true-to-life portrayals of 1950s Paris, then you'll love award-winning writer Vanda's stunning series of novels.
Buy Paris, Adrift and set sail on a harrowing journey of love today!
It’s 1956. In Heaven is to Your Left (Book 4 of the Juliana Series) Alice (Al) and Juliana arrive home from a successful run at Le Lido in Paris, only to be greeted by Dan Schuyler who has threatened to reveal to the world the nature of their “immoral” relationship. Under this threat Schuyler has gotten Juliana to sign a contract with him to be in a Broadway play. Now, the control and manipulation begins. Al seeks a way to free Juliana from this man’s clutches. She turns to Max, accomplished businessman, owner of two night clubs, to help her. There must be something he can do; he has friends who are gangsters. Still, Max does nothing. Or does he? Al knows she has to act. She knows gangsters too.
“An…inspired script with ribald humor, flights of poetic beauty and admirable grasp of the history, customs, social milieu, and religious controversies of the time.”—Backstage
Vile Affections is the true story of Benedetta Carlini, a seventeen-century abbess, who is charged with being a false mystic. When she begins to upset the church, the government and church fathers come to discover the truth. The truth they uncover shakes their world beyond anything they could have ever imagined.