September 17th, 2013

andrew potter

Nate Berkus, Fernando Bengoechea & Jeremiah Brent

Nathan Jay "Nate" Berkus (born September 17, 1971) is an American interior designer and former daytime television host. He runs the Chicago interior design firm Nate Berkus Associates and has been a regular guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, offering design advice to viewers. May 25, 2010, was his last day on The Oprah Winfrey Show. His own show, The Nate Berkus Show, debuted in broadcast syndication September 13, 2010. It was co-produced by Harpo Productions and Sony Pictures Television and was cancelled after its second season ended on May 24, 2012. In December 2004 Berkus and his partner, photographer Fernando Bengoechea, were vacationing at a beach resort in Sri Lanka when the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami hit. While Berkus survived, Bengoechea is missing and presumed dead. Berkus appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show on January 17, 2005, to talk about his ordeal and the loss of his love.

After nearly a year of dating, Berkus became engaged to Jeremiah Brent in April 2013. They were married on May 4, 2014 in New York City. In early 2014, the couple was featured in clothier Banana Republic's "True Outfitters" ads in InStyle and Rolling Stone, among other magazines. The New York Times noted they were the first same-sex couple to be featured in ads for the magazines. Berkus announced on March 25, 2015, that the couple's daughter via surrogate, Poppy Brent-Berkus, was born March 23.

Berkus was born in Orange County, California, and grew up mainly in suburban Minneapolis. He is Jewish and openly gay. He attended Cushing Academy, a boarding school in Ashburnham, Massachusetts. He started working in design immediately after leaving high school and interned at Dominique Aurientis in Paris and Sotheby's in Chicago. Berkus graduated from Lake Forest College near Chicago in 1994 with degrees in French and Sociology. Berkus founded the company, Nate Berkus Associates, in Chicago in 1995.


Nate Berkus is an American interior designer and former daytime television host. In December 2004 Berkus and his partner, photographer Fernando Bengoechea, were vacationing at a beach resort in Sri Lanka when the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami hit. While Berkus survived, Bengoechea is missing and presumed dead. Berkus appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show on January 17, 2005, to talk about his ordeal and the loss of his love. Berkus became engaged on Monday, April 8, 2013, to Jeremiah Brent.

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Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nate_Berkus

Designer Nate Berkus spent eight years helping guests on The Oprah Show decorate their homes, but perhaps his most memorable show appearance was in January 2005, when he returned to Oprah's stage just two weeks after surviving an unimaginable tragedy. Nate was vacationing in Sri Lanka with his partner, Fernando Bengoechea, when the 2004 tsunami hit. The natural disaster claimed the lives of more than 400 people, and while Nate survived, Fernando Bengoechea  (1965 - December 26, 2004) did not.

An internationally acclaimed photographer, Fernando's work appeared in major magazines including O, The Oprah Magazine. From celebrities to gorgeous interiors, exotic locations and wonderful portraits of humanity, Fernando captured spirit and beauty.

"I want to keep saying [Fernando's] name out loud because I think it's important for everybody who's lost their life, for their life to be more than that moment of death," Oprah said when Nate opened up about his tragic loss. "[Fernando's] work and his art will live on for everybody who he filmed; for everybody whose life he touched. We get to see him through his work forever." (Picture: Nate Berkus)

Fernando Bengoechea was born in Buenos Aires Argentina and grew up in Brazil As an adult he moved to New York City to pursue a career in photography. His work have appeared in a number of magazines such as Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar, ELLE, and Oprah. Other clients of his included House & Garden, Town & Country, K-Mart, J-Crew, New York Times, and American, German and French Vogue. Celebrity clients of his included Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Tommy Hilfiger, Gloria Estefan, Naomi Campbell, Enrique Iglesias, and Ricky Martin.

Source: http://www.oprah.com/oprahshow/In-Memoriam-Remembering-Oprah-Show-Guests/2#ixzz2GA5bCpd9

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Ava March

Ava March is an author of smoking hot M/M historical erotic romance. She loves writing in the Regency time period, where proper decorum is of the utmost importance, but where anything can happen behind closed doors. She is published with Loose Id, Carina Press, and Samhain Publishing.

Further Readings:

Bound by Deception by Ava March
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (September 16, 2008)
Amazon Kindle: Bound by Deception

Lord Oliver Marsden has a secret. He's been in love with his childhood friend for years, though Vincent's never shown an interest in him beyond friendship. Ruggedly handsome, wealthy, and successful, Vincent is everything Oliver is not. And Vincent doesn't prefer men.

Then Oliver discovers Vincent hires a man during his visits to a London brothel. Desperate to be with Vincent, Oliver orchestrates a deception, switching places with the brothel's employee. When Oliver arrives at the bedchamber, he's in for another surprise. Restraints and a leather bullwhip? Apparently Vincent isn't as conservative as he appears.

Lord Vincent Prescot has a secret of his own. One kept locked away and only indulged once a month. But this month's appointment is different. The mysterious man is so perfect, so beautiful in his submission, rousing protective instincts Vincent can't deny. Yet he refuses to believe he might truly prefer men, for it could mean the end of his hopes of earning his father's respect.

Will betrayal destroy them or will they be bound together by deception?

The Bound Series by Ava March
Paperback: 306 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 6, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1478230754
ISBN-13: 978-1478230755
Amazon: The Bound Series

One erotic night at a brothel changes Lord Oliver Marsden and Lord Vincent Prescot’s friendship into something so much more…

The Bound Series includes:

Bound by Deception
Lord Oliver Marsden has a secret. He's in love with his best friend, Lord Vincent Prescot. When he discovers Vincent hires a man once per month, Oliver arranges to take the man's place, and discovers a dominant side to Vincent he never expected.

Bound to Him
Wealth, status, and a lover who submits to his every desire – Lord Vincent Prescot’s life is perfect. Then Oliver asks Vincent if he loves him, Vincent's father demands he marry, and Vincent’s neat orderly life spins completely out of control.

Bound Forever
Lord Oliver Marsden’s life is perfect…well, almost perfect. Then a letter prompts him to push Vincent, his dominant lover, to submit to him. Yet the erotic night has repercussions neither of them anticipated.

Also includes the short stories Deliberately Unbound and Deliberately Bound.

More Spotlights at my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/, My Lists/Gay Novels

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GayRomLit Ebook Giveaway: P.D. Singer - Blood on the Mountain

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: valeridavila

Today author is P.D. Singer: PD Singer lives in Colorado with her slightly bemused husband, two rowdy teenage boys, and thirty pounds of cats. She’s a big believer in research, first-hand if possible, so the reader can be quite certain PD has skied down a mountain face-first, been stepped on by rodeo horses, acquired a potato burn or two, and will never, ever, write a novel that includes sky-diving. When not writing, playing her fiddle, or skiing, she can be found with a book in hand. Her husband blesses the advent of ebooks — they’re staving off the day the house collapses from the weight of the printed page.
Website: http://pdsinger.com
Most recent title : Blood on the Mountain
Publishers: Dreamspinner Press, Rocky Ridge Press

Blood on the Mountain (The Mountains) by P.D. Singer
Paperback: 210 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 14, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1623802369
ISBN-13: 978-1623802363
Amazon: Blood on the Mountain (The Mountains)
Amazon Kindle: Blood on the Mountain (The Mountains)

The Mountains: Book Four

Jake Landon thinks a second ranger season in the Colorado Rockies with Kurt Carlson is close enough to heaven, and a national forest is big enough to be his closet. Pharmacy school-and the luxuries of electricity and running water-can wait, maybe forever, as long as Jake doesn't have to come out. He doesn't plan on Kurt's vision of his future being as narrow and direct as the single track roads through the trees.

"Your future, your fear, and me," Kurt tells Jake. "You can have two of the three, so choose wisely." Jake may have no choices left after they stumble on armed men guarding a beautiful but deadly crop that doesn't belong among the pines and spruces. Angry men with guns are only one danger in the Colorado wilderness, and Jake's reluctance to come out is now his smallest problem.

Kurt's skills and Jake's silver tongue may not be enough to get them out of this mess-how much of the blood shed on the mountain will be theirs?

Kindly offered by Dreamspinner Press


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