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Françoise Sagan (21 June 1935 – 24 September 2004) – real name Françoise Quoirez – was a French playwright, novelist, and screenwriter. Hailed as "a charming little monster" by François Mauriac on the front page of Le Figaro, Sagan was known for works with strong romantic themes involving wealthy and disillusioned bourgeois characters. Her best-known novel was her first – Bonjour Tristesse (1954) – which was written when she was a teenager. She had life long friendships, like the one with Juliette Greco, who remained close until the end, with Yves Saint-Laurent, a young man who heads an empire, with writer and journalist Bernard Frank, with former Opera dancer Jacques Chazot and Peggy Roche, designer, lover and muse of elegance. She had a relationship with wealthy heiress Ingrid Mechoulam, who isolated her from the rest of the world.

Sagan was married twice. On March 13, 1958, she married her first husband, Guy Schoeller, an editor with Hachette, who was 20 years older than Sagan. The couple divorced in June, 1960. In 1962, she married Bob Westhof, a young American playboy and would-be ceramicist. The couple divorced in 1963; their son Denis was born in June 1963. She then had a long-term lesbian relationship with fashion stylist Peggy Roche. She also had a male lover, Bernard Frank, a married essayist obsessed with reading and eating. She added to her self-styled "family" by beginning a long-term lesbian affair with the French Playboy magazine editor Annick Geille, after Geille approached Sagan for an article for her magazine. (Photo: Peggy Roche photographed by Lothar Schmid for French ELLE, December 1974)

Sagan was born in Cajarc (Lot) and spent her early childhood in Lot, surrounded by animals, a passion that stayed with her throughout her life. Nicknamed 'Kiki', she was the youngest child of bourgeois parents – her father a company director, and her mother the daughter of landowners. Her family spent the war in the Dauphiné, then in the Vercors. Her paternal great-grandmother was Russian from Saint Petersburg. Although she later attended university, she was an indifferent student, and did not graduate.


Juliette Greco with Jacques Chazot and Françoise Sagan
Françoise Sagan – real name Françoise Quoirez – was a French playwright, novelist, and screenwriter. Sagan had life long friendships, like the one with Juliette Greco, who remained close until the end, with Yves Saint-Laurent, a young man who heads an empire, with writer and journalist Bernard Frank, with former Opera dancer Jacques Chazot and Peggy Roche, designer, lover and muse of elegance. She had a relationship with wealthy Ingrid Mechoulam, who isolated her from the rest of the world.


Françoise Sagan & Catherine Deneuve
Françoise Sagan was married twice. In 1958, she married her first husband, Guy Schoeller, an editor with Hachette, who was 20 years older. The couple divorced in June, 1960. In 1962, she married Bob Westhof, a young American playboy and would-be ceramicist. The couple divorced in 1963; their son Denis was born in June 1963. She then had a long-term lesbian relationship with fashion stylist Peggy Roche. She also had a male lover, Bernard Frank, a married essayist obsessed with reading and eating.


Annick Geille with Bernard Frank and Françoise Sagan
Françoise Sagan added to her self-styled "family" by beginning a long-term lesbian affair with the French Playboy magazine editor Annick Geille, after Geille approached Sagan for an article for her magazine. In his memorial statement, the French President Jacques Chirac said: "With her death, France loses one of its most brilliant and sensitive writers – an eminent figure of our literary life." Sagan's life was dramatized in a biographical film, Sagan, directed by Diane Kurys, released in 2008.

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Jeff Wadlington was a dancer for the Paul Taylor Dance Company in New York City from 1985 until his death. (Picture: Jeff Wadlington by Carolyn Jones)
To dance is to live. Dancing connects me to God, myself, my fellow man, and most importantly, to life itself.
Jeff Wadlington, who danced with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, died on September 24, 1994, at his home in Galisteo, N.M. He was 29.

The cause was AIDS, said Nelson Bloncourt, his companion.

Mr. Wadlington was a dancer with a sunny, boyish charm that was captured in the "Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy" solo Mr. Taylor created for him in "Company B." He trained in dance with Richard Kuch and Richard Gain at the North Carolina School of the Arts and danced in New York in the mid-1980's with the companies of May O'Donnell and Joyce Trisler.

Mr. Wadlington was the first scholarship student at Mr. Taylor's school and the first student to graduate into the company. He performed with Mr. Taylor from 1985 to 1993. The other roles created for him included Himself, as He Reflects, in "Speaking in Tongues." Mr. Wadlington's choreography was performed at the Marymount Theater in New York City and Railyard Performance Space in Santa Fe, N.M.


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Source: http://www.nytimes.com/1994/09/28/obituaries/jeff-wadlington-dancer-dies-at-29.html

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Benjamin Sumner Welles (October 14, 1892 - September 24, 1961) was an American government official and diplomat in the Foreign Service. He was a major foreign policy adviser to President Franklin D. Roosevelt and served as Under Secretary of State from 1937 to 1943, during FDR's presidency.

Benjamin Sumner Welles was born in New York City, the son of Benjamin J. Welles (1857–1935) and Frances Wyeth Swan (1863–1911). He preferred to be called Sumner after his famous relative Charles Sumner, a leading Senator from Massachusetts during the Civil War and Reconstruction. His family was wealthy and connected to the era's most prominent families. He was a grandnephew of Caroline Webster Schermerhorn Astor, known as "the Mrs. Astor". Among his ancestors were Thomas Welles, a colonial Governor of Connecticut, and Increase Sumner, Governor of Massachusetts from 1797 to 1799.

The Welles family was also connected to the Roosevelts. A cousin of Sumner Welles married James "Rosy" Roosevelt, Jr., half brother of future President Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR). At the age of 10, Welles was entered in Miss Kearny's Day School for Boys in New York City. In September 1904, he entered Groton School in Massachusetts, where he remained for six years. There he roomed with the brother of Eleanor Roosevelt. He served as a page at Franklin D. Roosevelt's wedding to Eleanor in March 1905 at the age of 12.

Welles attended Harvard College where he studied "economics, Iberian literature and culture," and graduated after 3 years in 1914.

Sumner Welles married Esther "Hope" Slater of Boston, the sister of a Harvard roommate on April 14, 1915, in Webster, Massachusetts. She came from a similarly prominent family that owned a textile empire based in Massachusetts. An heiress, she was descended from industrialist Samuel Slater and granddaughter of the Boston painter William Morris Hunt. Sumner and his wife had two sons, Benjamin Welles (1916–2002), a foreign correspondent for the New York Times, later his father's biographer, and Arnold Welles (1918–2002). Mrs. Esther Slater Welles obtained a divorce from Sumner Welles in Paris in 1923 "on grounds of abandonment and refusal to live with his wife."

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Tom McBride (October 7, 1952 − September 24, 1995) was an American photographer, model, and actor. He starred in the 1981 horror movie Friday the 13th Part 2 as Mark. He also starred in the 1985 movie Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins. His only TV guest appearance was on the TV series Highway to Heaven. McBride, an openly gay man, died in 1995 due to complications from AIDS, only two weeks from his forty-third birthday. A documentary by director Jay Corcoran titled Life & Death on the A-List followed McBride in the final months of his life.

McBride is also remembered for his modeling career as one of the famous Marlboro Men in the 1980s.




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Storm Constantine (October 12, 1956)

Storm Constantine (born 1956) is a British science fiction and fantasy author, primarily known for her Wraeththu series.

Since the late 1980s she has written more than 20 novels, plus several non-fiction books. She is featured in the Goth Bible and is often included in discussions of alternative sexuality and gender in science fiction and fantasy; many of her novels include same-sex relationships or hermaphrodites or other twists of gender. Magic, mysticism and ancient legends (like the Grigori) also figure strongly in her works.

In 2003 she launched Immanion Press, based out of Stafford, England. The publishing company publishes not only her own works but those of new writers, as well as well-known genre writers, mainly from the UK. After seventeen years of being professionally published, Storm decided that the only way for her books to stay in print for any length of time was to publish her back catalog herself. With Immanion Press, she intends to rectify the typical fate of books, which is to have the "shelf life of a magazine."

Storm underwent a cursory art college education, but found it too restricting creatively. After a series of mundane jobs, she began writing seriously, and her first book, The Enchantments of Flesh and Spirit was published in 1987 by Macdonald Futura. Storm has written over twenty books since! (For a complete bibliography, see Writings and for other things she’s been involved with, see Magic & Healing and Personal.)

In the 1980s and 1990s, she frittered away some time managing bands, and caught the publishing bug from producing fan club magazines. After giving up the musical distraction, Storm embarked on the fiction project, Visionary Tongue, which was a regular magazine of dark fantasy/fantasy/sf stories. She enlisted the help of several writer friends to act as editors, so that up-and-coming writers would have the chance to work with a professional, and pick up tips about their craft and the industry. Immanion Press is undoubtedly an extension of what Storm began with Visionary Tongue.

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The Way of Light (The Chronicles of Magravandias, Book 3) by Storm Constantine
Paperback: 428 pages
Publisher: Immanion Press; 3 edition (July 4, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1907737553
ISBN-13: 978-1907737558
Amazon: The Way of Light (The Chronicles of Magravandias, Book 3)
Amazon Kindle: The Way of Light (The Chronicles of Magravandias, Book 3)

They who walk the way of light cast a shadow... In the Magravandian capital of Magrast, the emperor, Leonid, lies dying. His warring sons wait in the shadows to fight for the throne against the legitimate heir, Prince Gastern. Valraven Palindrake, Dragon Lord of the imperial army, concerned only with keeping his family safe in these precarious times, has vowed to support Gastern. But other people, in secret cabals across the world, have different ideas, and see Valraven as the obvious champion to overthrow the rule of the decadent Malagashes. He is the Sea Dragon Heir of mystical Caradore, the only man in power fit to wear the ancient Crown of Silence that embodies all the best qualities of a true king. While Valraven devotes himself to keeping order in Magrast in the run-up to Gastern's coronation, his wife Varencienne and his daughter Ellony are kidnapped by the magus Taropat and his apprentice Shan, who are opposed to either Valraven or any of the Malagashes taking the throne. As the new emperor goes slowly insane, tormented by horrific visions, Valraven is forced to face up to the dreams that others have invested in him. The elemental dragon spirits of old are waking from their timeless sleep, and the eternal conflict between them and Madragore, god of the Magravandians, will be played out through human avatars. While shadowy figures plot and scheme to secure the best result for themselves, Valraven and his family must face perils both physical and spiritual to reclaim their lost heritage and harness the power of Foy, the sea dragon queen, once more. Published first in 2001, 'The Way of Light' concludes Storm Constantine's Magravandias trilogy, a gripping epic fantasy series of intrigue, forbidden desire and magic.

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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: cmtrudell

Today author is Shira Anthony & Venona Keyes:Shira Anthony is a complete sucker for a happily-ever-after, and rarely reads or writes a story without one. Never a fan of instalove, Shira likes to write stories about real men with real issues making real relationships work. In her last incarnation, Shira was a professional opera singer, performing roles in such operas as “Tosca,” “Pagliacci,” and “La Traviata,” among others. Her Blue Notes Series is loosely based upon her own experiences as a professional musician. Shira is married with two children and two insane dogs and when she’s not writing, she is usually in a courtroom trying to make the world safer for children. When she’s not working, she can be found aboard a 36’ catamaran at the Carolina coast with her favorite sexy captain at the wheel. She’s given up TV for evenings spent with her laptop, and she never goes anywhere without a pile of unread M/M romance on her Kindle.
Website: http://www.shiraanthony.com
Most recent title : Stealing the Wind (Mermen of Ea #1)
Publishers: Dreamspinner Press

Venona Keyes is a modern woman who believes in doing it all; if doing it all is only in her head. She amazes people that she can be wholly unorganized yet pack a perfect carryon suitcase for a ten day trip to Paris. Ms. Keyes is a believer in the just in time theory, and can be seen sprinting in airports to the gate before the plane door closes. Venona has experienced love and loss at the deepest level, and is thankful for writing and daydreaming, for it kept, and still keeps her sane. Writing also introduced her to some of the most supportive and wonderful people, to which she will always be grateful. Venona is a voracious reader, loves her two feline boys, volunteers at an animal shelter, is an accomplished speaker, enjoys swimming, biking, skipping, and her beloved over-grown garden. You can find Venona Keyes on Facebook and can email her at VenonaKeyes@yahoo.com.
Most recent title : Don't Try This At Home

Prelude (Blue Notes) by Shira Anthony and Venona Keyes
Paperback: 250 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 6, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1623805961
ISBN-13: 978-1623805968
Amazon: Prelude (Blue Notes
Amazon Kindle: Prelude (Blue Notes)

A Blue Notes Novel

World-renowned conductor David Somers never wanted the investment firm he inherited from his domineering grandfather. He only wanted to be a composer. But no matter how he struggles, David can't translate the music in his head into notes on paper.

When a guest violinist at the Chicago Symphony falls ill, David meets Alex Bishop, a last-minute substitute. Alex's fame and outrageous tattoos fail to move David. Then Alex puts bow to string, and David hears the brilliance of Alex's soul.

David has sworn off relationships, believing he will eventually drive away those he loves, or that he'll lose them as he lost his wife and parents. But Alex is outgoing, relaxed, and congenial-everything David is not-and soon makes dents in the armor around David's heart. David begins to dream of Alex, wonderful dreams full of music. Becoming a composer suddenly feels attainable.

David's fragile ego, worn away by years of his grandfather's disdain, makes losing control difficult. When David's structured world comes crashing down, his fledgling relationship with Alex is the first casualty. Still, David hears Alex's music, haunting and beautiful. David wants to love Alex, but first he must find the strength to acknowledge himself.

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Taming the Bander by Summer Devon

For sure the story wins the originality badge for the choice of shifter: at first I thought it was a problem of my English knowledge, cause I was reading the story, and going through the first shift of Jake, and still I didn’t know which shifter he was. When also Vaughn had the same issue, I understood it was not me, but actually the key point of the story. Due to this, I will actually not say it, I think the author wanted for the discovery to be part of the enjoyment of reading the story, enough to say, this is probably the reason why you should read the story.

Another interesting point was the homely feeling of the plot; it was a strange melting pot, considering Vaughn and his cousin Maya, both trust fund boys, are living in Manhattan, but Jake Bander and his Ark of rescued animals are living in the wild. Again, I think it was intentional, to give the reader the feeling that even just outside your safety comfort zone, fantasy can happen. And the homely feeling is also in Jake himself, who isn’t really a paranormal hero, but more your next door neighbor, only with a “particularity”.

Yes, that is the word, I find Taming the Bander to be very particular, not yet again your paranormal romance; maybe I was a little gasping at the beginning, the reader is thrown in the middle of the story with very little background on the characters. It was like you were supposed to know them, and this was a sequel to another story, where maybe Jake and Vaughn weren’t the main characters but just supporting.

Amazon: Taming the Bander
Amazon Kindle: Taming the Bander
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (February 4, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1619216833
ISBN-13: 978-1619216839

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For a short story I thought both characters, but especially Josh, were well developed. The first scene, with Josh leaving New York and mourning the loss of his house was so sad, but so good to put the reader in Josh’s shoes; also the following travel back to Texas, all Josh’s life stowed in the trunk of his car, just a step before living on the streets, and that step is Josh’s father home, an homophobic father who will never accept Josh being gay. And then the first day at his new construction job, Josh meets Zach, a man who can be his dream man.

The story has the potential of being much more, and considering the subtitle Zach and Josh’s Love Affair, I have the feeling the author is indeed planning more for these two. Considering the preamble, I think it will be good to see them again.

Amazon Kindle: Working Stiff (Zach and Josh's Love Affair)
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Love Is In The Hallways by R.J. Scott

Considering I liked a lot the previous one, Love Is in the Title, there is no wonder I liked also this one; again, despite this being a short story, the feeling was of something bigger, of a whole novel concentrated in little more than 40 pages.

On the contrary of many coming of age stories, Love is in the Hallways is not a pink glasses/fairy tale perspective, there isn’t roses falling down around Luke and Cameron, and fellow students cheering at them like the next homecoming couple, there is instead ostracism from the usual suspects, and friendship from who was already best friend. Luke and Cameron don’t have an easy path in front of them, but high school is only a stage, college could be better and most important, they have the support of good friends and above all family. Happiness is possible and it’s just around the corner.

Amazon Kindle: Love Is In The Hallways
Publisher: RJ Scott (August 26, 2011)

Series:
1) Love is in the Title: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1694371.html
2) Love is in the Hallways

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