Juliana is a romance that takes place in 1941. Alice "Al"Huffman comes from the potato fields of Long Island with her beau, her best girlfriend and her girlfriend's beau to make it on the Broadway stage only to find she has no talent. On the kids' first day in New York City, they meet Maxwell P. Hartwell III, a failed nightclub owner, Broadway producer, and possible con man who, according to Al, looks a little like Clark Gable. He invites them to a nightclub where Al hears Juliana, the glamorous, perpetually-on-the-brink-of stardom nightclub singer, sing for the first time. She thinks Juliana's voice sounds like, "warm milk slipping down the whole of my body."
Through Max and Juliana Al is increasingly pulled into a secret gay underworld of men who wear hula skirts and women who smoke cigars, while her childhood friends continue in their "normal" lives. Al glides easily between the two worlds until these worlds begin to collide.More info →
What if your love was illegal? What would you do?
It’s 1945. 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 3 of the Juliana Series. You can enter the season 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.
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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.
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