August 15th, 2013

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: T.J. Askren - Killian James

Killian James by TJ Askren
Publisher: Red Treehouse Publishing (August 8, 2013)
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A provocative novel about sex, love, family, and friendship.

Killian James loves all kinds of women, but she doesn't always consider the consequences of giving into her desires. Fearing rejection from her family, Killian hides her sexual orientation and maintains a façade for her colleagues at Ohio Valley General where she works as an emergency nurse. Her best friend, a straight man named Joel, knows everything about her and tries to steady Killian's moral compass by steering her towards women who are more available.

Throughout her life, when faced with conflict, Killian sought solace with her grandmother, the only family member who knows her truth. When her beloved grandmother dies, Killian discovers family secrets that make her understand the importance of being true to oneself.

Killian James takes you through her erotic and tender journey toward understanding that true love never dies and the importance of friendship and family.

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Brad Boney - The Nothingness of Ben

The Nothingness of Ben by Brad Boney
Paperback: 248 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (November 23, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1623801389
ISBN-13: 978-1623801380
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Ben Walsh is well on his way to becoming one of Manhattan's top litigators, with a gorgeous boyfriend and friends on the A-list. His life is perfect until he gets a phone call that brings it all crashing down: a car accident takes his parents, and now he must return to Austin to raise three teenage brothers he barely knows.

During the funeral, Ben meets Travis Atwood, the redneck neighbor with a huge heart. Their relationship initially runs hot and cold, from contentious to flirtatious, but when the weight of responsibility starts wearing on Ben, he turns to Travis, and the pressure shapes their friendship into something that feels a lot like love. Ben thinks he's found a way to have his old life, his new life, and Travis too, but love isn't always easy. Will he learn to recognize that sometimes the worst thing imaginable can lead him to the place he was meant to be?

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Brad Boney - The Return

The Return by Brad Boney
Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 5, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1623804981
ISBN-13: 978-1623804985
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Music. Topher Manning rarely thinks about anything else, but his day job as a mechanic doesn't exactly mesh with his rock star ambitions. Unless he can find a way to unlock all the songs in his head, his band will soon be on the fast track to obscurity.

Then the South by Southwest music festival and a broken-down car drop New York critic Stanton Porter into his life. Stanton offers Topher a ticket to the Bruce Springsteen concert, where a hesitant kiss and phantom vibrations from Topher's cell phone kick off a love story that promises to transcend ordinary possibility.

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George Gross & Harry Who

Back in 1967, two blokes met at the South Australian Hotel in Adelaide. George Gross, 24, was a Hungarian refugee who had arrived in Australia at 14. He designed his first gold-sequinned sheath dress at six and started selling his designs at 15. Harry Watt, 30, was a travel agent who had developed a love of adventure during a stint in the navy. They became a couple and a few years later, in partnership with Gross's twin sister, Kathy, they started the fashion labels George Gross and Harry Who.

From The Advertiser, Up close and personal with George Gross and Harry Who, by David Penberthy:

THE lady in the store was insistent. She loved the dress. It was superb. It was just overpriced.

People didn't pay that sort of money for clothes in Adelaide. She'd wait, and buy it when it was reduced in the sales.

But the dress would never be reduced. It would also never be worn.

Harry Watt can finish the story.

"There was one outfit of George (Gross)'s which was absolutely fantastic and this woman was desperate to have it," Harry says. "She would come in once a week, once a fortnight, she just kept trying it on all the time. The price was always the same.

"She was in again one Friday and came up to George with the dress in her hand, and George said to her, 'Madam that really does look fantastic on you, tell me, are you buying it today?' And she said, 'No, no, I'm waiting for that sale that's going to make me buy it.'


Back in 1967, two blokes met at the South Australian Hotel in Adelaide. George Gross, 24, was a Hungarian refugee who had arrived in Australia at 14. He designed his first gold-sequinned sheath dress at six and started selling his designs at 15. Harry Watt, 30, was a travel agent who had developed a love of adventure during a stint in the navy. They became a couple and a few years later, in partnership with Gross's twin sister, Kathy, they started the fashion labels George Gross and Harry Who.



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Source: http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/up-close-and-personal-with-george-gross-and-harry-who/story-e6frea6u-1226381452738

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More Fashion Designers at my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/, My Ramblings/Art

More Real Life Romances at my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/, My Ramblings/Real Life Romance

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Ivy Bottini (born August 15, 1926)

Ivy Bottini was born in August 1926. She is an artist, a mother and a legendary activist, devoting over 40 years to the feminist & LGBT’s struggle for civil & human rights.

She was married for 16 years, the mother of two daughters, Laura and Lisa and has a grandson, Jason. Ivy and her husband at the time bought a house in Levittown, Long Island, NY in 1954. They owned and operated three art galleries on Long Island between 1960 and 1965. The galleries concentrated on presenting new artists’ work. Ivy chose to not exhibit her own art in their galleries. She did, however, exhibit in other galleries on Long Island.

She spent her early school years illustrating book reports, creating maps for geography class that were works of art, designing posters for school activities and painting for her own enjoyment. She went on to study at Pratt Institute School of Art in Brooklyn, NY under full scholarship from 1944 to 1947, where she obtained a certificate in advertising graphic design and illustration. After graduation she worked in several art & advertising agencies in New York City and then completed a 16 year career at Newsday, a major east coast daily newspaper, where she was art director and illustrator. She left Newsday in 1971 when she moved to California.

After leaving Newsday and moving to Los Angeles in 1971, she studied acting at Lee Strasberg Institute and spent several years performing her one woman show, “The Many Faces of Women” thorough out the Nation. She is the recipient of the Drama-Logue “Best Performance” award for her role in the play “Against the Rising Sea.”



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Source: http://www.ivybottini.com/2010/bio.html

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Richard Poirier (September 9, 1925 - August 15, 2009)

Richard Poirier (born Gloucester, Massachusetts, September 9, 1925, died New York City, August 15, 2009) was an American literary critic.

He co-founded the Library of America, and served as chairman of its board. He was the Marius Bewley Professor of American and English Literature at Rutgers University. He was also the editor of Raritan, a literary quarterly, and an editor of Partisan Review.

In 1968, he signed the “Writers and Editors War Tax Protest” pledge, vowing to refuse tax payments in protest against the Vietnam War.

Mr. Poirier (pronounced to rhyme with “warrior”) was an old-fashioned man of letters — a writer, an editor, a publisher, a teacher — with a wide range of knowledge and interests. He was a busy reviewer for publications from The New York Review of Books to The London Review of Books, and his reviews could sting.

His own works were ambitious and forward-looking and idiosyncratic, addressing the teaching profession, the notion of style in American literature and the relationship between high and low culture. He wrote about Walt Whitman and Wallace Stevens, but also George Balanchine and Bette Midler. He wrote admiringly of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Robert Frost, Norman Mailer and the Beatles, finding in all of them a motivating sense of performance that made their otherwise disparate work comparably brilliant.

Mr. Poirier, who was a longtime professor of English at Rutgers, founded Raritan, an influential literary journal based there, in 1981. The magazine was an attempt — successful, by most standards — to engage both academics and non-academics “in a conversation about literature and culture,” in the description of T. Jackson Lears, who took over as editor of Raritan in 2002.

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Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/18/books/18poirier.html  

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Waide Aaron Riddle (born August 15, 1963)

Waide Aaron Riddle was born on August 15, 1963, in Kingsville, Texas. Raised in Houston, Texas, Riddle eventually moved to Los Angeles where he worked as a barber and in various jobs in the entertainment industry. Beginning in the mid-1990s, Riddle began writing poetry and short stories. His first poem, "Two Men Kissing," won the National Author's Registry Honorable Mention in 1996 and the Registry's President's Award in 1997. Riddle went on to self-publish two books of poetry: All-American Texan, in 1999, and The Chocolate Man: A Children's Horror Tale, in 2002. In addition, his short stories and articles have been published in anthologies and magazines, and he has won a number of awards in poetry competitions.

As of June 2008, he continues to live in West Hollywood, California.

As a boy, Waide was an extremely slow learner. Academically, he often fell behind his other classmates and was eventually separated into 'Slower Learner' classrooms and education. More often than not, he failed his studies. In fact, his teachers would purposely 'push' him through his classes with a 'C' or 'D' just to pass him and move him on to the next grade level.
Waide went through Kindergarten twice. He failed First and repeated that. Teachers encouraged his parents to repeat the Third grade, as well , but, because of his age, they refused and ushered in continual tutoring during the evenings. His weakness in the academia was obvious and continued to shadow him all the way through elementary, middle and high school...

But, as the elders say, "It's not where you start, it's where you finish..."

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GayRomLit Ebook Giveaway: Lori Toland - Dangerous Submission

I asked to all the authors joining the GayRomLit convention in Atlanta in October (http://gayromlit.com/grl-authors) a personal favor, a special Ebook Giveaway: everyday I will post 1 book from each author, and among those who will leave a comment, I will draw a winner. Very easy and very fast ;-) I will send a PM to the winner, so remember to not leave anonymous comments!

And the ebook giveaway goes to: whitestar

Today author is Lori Toland: My name is Lori Toland and I've been spinning stories from a young age. I've always loved writing but when I was young, my mind always went faster than my fingers could so I grew frustrated fast. As my typing skills grew, I kept trying to come back and once upon a time, it took a while for my computer to catch up with what I was typing (good old days of Windows 3.1). With a passion for romance from a young age, I wrote my first YA story at 13 and kept going from there.
My first novel was published in 2010, a long journey finally complete, just like the story. I love watching the romance develop, from the first kiss to the first date, and the first look to the moment they realize this is the person they can't live without. And all the sex and lovemaking in between too. *smile*
I live in Orlando now, although I've moved around like a nomad for years. I've lived in the history and culture rich D. C., tried to survive in the wilds of Las Vegas before moving east to my family roots of Dallas, and even a stint in New York City.
Most of my life has been where I've been in the right place at the right time, including meeting my best friend, my hero for life, my husband. He's the reason I believe there is someone out there for everyone. We live a quiet life in Orlando, with our two cats, a brother and sister. You'll see lots of pictures of them on Facebook and Twitter as I'm a very proud parent.

Dangerous Submission (Dangerous Affairs) by Lori Toland
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (April 22, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Dangerous Submission (Dangerous Affairs)

British Agent Drake Steele never thought when he was hired on at the Serious Organised Crime Agency that his job would involve spanking a co-worker. But when the colleague is Lord Robbie Covington, the sexy red-headed computer hacker for SOCA and MI-6, Drake can't agree fast enough to pop Robbie's cherry and pull him into the sensual world of BDSM.

Now they are caught up in a web of lies as they pose as members of the jet-setting crowd. Drake and Robbie have to race against the clock to stop a weapons haul that could threaten the safety of all Europe. As their covers begin to fade and danger is closing in, protecting Robbie is Drake’s most important task, but neither man is ready for the moment when their hearts are put on the line.

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Between Now and Then by Adam Fitzroy

I did wonder why the author chose to set this story in 1992 and I found different reasons, the main two: maybe the author wanted a period in time when being gay in UK was still something that was better to keep into the closet, plus this was 1992, the peak of the AIDS plague and the characters are working in health services, I’m pretty sure being gay was a sure ticket to being fired, with a reason or the other; maybe it needed to be far away in time to the WWI, but not so away that everything was almost forgotten, all people witnessing it already dead. In case, whatever reason, the nice coincidence is that these men (and one woman) are travelling together towards Germany more or less in the same period I did, right after the falling down of the Berlin Wall, when the once DDR was again a place you could freely visit. It was a strange feeling to read about a time I could relate and at the same time being transported back at a period I have only read about.

I have already told in the past, I try to avoid reading about WWI stories, cause they almost always end in a bad way for their characters, there are not many happily ever after for those men, and most of the time they were so young, so full of life, that is heartbreaking reading of how their life was cut so soon. So that is the reason why I liked this novel, the idea, for how much fantastic could be, that some of those young souls will be able to have a second chance. Sure, at the beginning, thinking that Allan and Dennis will be the vessels of that chance it’s quite strange, truth be told I didn’t even have the feeling they were gay or interested in each other, but then, little by little, you understand that, among the group, Allan and Dennis are probably the ones with much in common, was that the connection with the past, or the real chance of a future together.

This is not the first time I read a book by Fitzroy, and so I wasn’t surprise this was not strictly a romance; btw I would like to highlight that it’s not mandatory that every story involving two gay characters has to be a romance, I prefer that, but it’s not mandatory; in a way, this is the ending of a past romance and the beginning of a future one. The strength of Fitzroy, and this novel, lies in the characters and setting, both of them very English-style, both of them carefully crafted.

Amazon Kindle: Between Now and Then
Publisher: Manifold Press (May 10, 2013)

Reading List: http://www.librarything.com/catalog_bottom.php?tag=reading list&view=elisa.rolle

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