February 14th, 2014

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New Release: What Lies Beneath by Iyana Jenna

What Lies Beneath by Iyana Jenna
Publisher: Torquere Press, Inc. (February 4, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: What Lies Beneath

Blurb: On Dylan's birthday, his friends give him a chocolatey surprise -- a night at a private gay club, starring Jarrett, the most beautiful stripper he's ever seen. The pair have an obvious connection, but Dylan's hiding a big secret.

Jarrett has a rule: Never fall for a client. But Dylan is cute, and sweet, and Jarrett is only human, okay? But when the past comes back to haunt Dylan, will Dylan push him away, or will he help Dylan conquer his fears once and for all?

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About the Author: Iyana lives in Jakarta, a city famous for its traffic jams, a lot of cars and motorcycles, and people selling stuff on the roads. You can spend two hours on the road going to a place you can reach in half an hour in a normal situation. Thanks to the traffic jams, though, Iyana can come up with a lot of stories, mostly shorties, as she prefers to spend the time during her trips writing into her cell phone rather than sleeping.

Another thing Iyana loves is kitties. Right now she has five of them. Their names are Larva, Nyil, Cil, Mermood, and Horus. When she doesn’t write, she plays with them, or they would play with her when she writes.

Author’s Links: Blog - Website - Amazon - Goodreads - Facebook - Twitter

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Nigel Finch (August 1, 1949 – February 14, 1995)

Nigel Lucius Graeme Finch (1 August 1949 – 14 February 1995) was an English film director and filmmaker whose career influenced the growth of British gay cinema.

Nigel Finch was born in Tenterden, Kent, the son of Graham and Tibby Finch, and raised in Bromley, south east London. He studied art history at the University of Sussex.

Finch began working as co-editor for the BBC television documentary series Arena in the early 1970s. He produced and directed many notable programs including My Way (1978), and The Private Life of the Ford Cortina (1982). He rose to prominence with the documentary Chelsea Hotel (1981), which profiled the famed New York hotel and its legacy of famous gay guests, including Oscar Wilde, Tennessee Williams, William S. Burroughs, Quentin Crisp and Andy Warhol. His documentary subjects include artist Robert Mapplethorpe (1988), filmmaker Kenneth Anger (1991), and artist Louise Bourgeois (1994). Finch went on to direct films such as the BAFTA-nominated drama The Lost Language of Cranes, and the musical soap opera The Vampyr.

Finch died from AIDS-related illness in London in 1995 during post-production of his first full-length feature film Stonewall, a docudrama loosely based on events leading up to the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City.

Nigel Finch's death was commemorated in the ending title of the opera-film "Dido and Aeneas" (1995) directed by Peter Maniura (conducted by Richard Hickox. See the corresponding entry in Dido and Aeneas discography).

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigel_Finch

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Tony Holiday (February 24, 1951 – February 14, 1990)

Tony Holiday (born Rolf Peter Knigge 24 February 1951 – 14 February 1990) was a German pop singer and songwriter.

Knigge was born in Hamburg, Germany. He began his career initially as a textile businessman and fashion designer. In 1974, he received a record contract with Hans Bertram, who rechristened him "Tony Holiday". His first two singles met with little success. Holiday's breakthrough came in 1977 with the German recording of "Tanze Samba mit Mir" ("Dance the Samba With Me") in 1977. The song quickly became a hit in both Germany and Austria, peaking at No.4 on the German music charts and reaching the Top 20 on the Austrian music charts. In 1979, he participated with the title "Zuviel Tequila, zuviel schöne Mädchen" ("Too Much Tequila, Too Many Beautiful Girls") in the German finals for the Eurovision Song Contest and the song finished in ninth place.

Between 1975 and 1984, Holiday would perform eleven times on the popular German music television program ZDF-Hitparade.

In 1980, Holiday scored a second European hit with "Nie mehr allein sein" which reached the number 15 on the German music charts. The song was a reworking of "Sun of Jamaica" by the German band Goombay Dance Band. Holiday subsequently hosted several music programs on television and released several more singles throughout the 1980s.

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Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Holiday

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It Happened Today: February 14

Angela Robinson & Alex Kondracke: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4201217.html

Angela Robinson is an American film and television director, screenwriter and producer. Robinson's partner is television writer and director Alexandra "Alex" Martinez Kondracke, the daughter of Morton Kondracke, whom she met while they were both studying at NYU. In 2009, Kondracke gave birth to their child, Diego. They live in Los Feliz, California. In 2007, Robinson created the online series Girltrash! which resides on www.ourchart.com, an online offshoot of the television series, The L Word.

Christopher Isherwood & Don Bachardy: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/2530249.html

Christopher Isherwood (1904 - 1986) was an Anglo-American novelist. Born in Los Angeles, California, Don Bachardy was the life partner of writer Christopher Isherwood, whom he met on Valentine's Day 1953, when he was 18 and Isherwood was 48. They remained together until Isherwood's death in 1986. A number of paperback editions of Isherwood's novels feature Bachardy's pencil portraits of the author. A film about their relationship, titled Chris & Don: A Love Story, was released in 2008.

Martha May Eliot & Ethel Collins Dunham: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4201597.html

Martha May Eliot was a foremost pediatrician and specialist in public health, an assistant director for WHO, and an architect of New Deal for maternal and child health. During undergraduate study at Bryn Mawr College she met Ethel Collins Dunham, who was to become her life partner. In the 1970s they wrote day after day: "Dearest, it was hard to say goodbye and I shall miss you terribly.. Ever and ever so much love, my darling"; "How I count the time until you do arrive. I miss you my darling".

Nigel Finch (August 1, 1949 – February 14, 1995): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4202181.html

Nigel Lucius Graeme Finch (1949 – 1995) was an English film director and filmmaker whose career influenced the growth of British gay cinema. Finch died from AIDS-related illness in London in 1995 during post-production of his first full-length feature film Stonewall, a docudrama loosely based on events leading up to the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City. Nigel Finch's death was commemorated in the ending title of the opera-film "Dido and Aeneas" (1995) directed by Peter Maniura.

Stephanie Figarelle & Lela McArthur, Phil Fung & Shawn Klein: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4201798.html

Stephanie Figarelle and Lela McArthur became the first lesbian couple to be married at the Empire State Building on February 14, 2012. Figarelle and McArthur were among 4 couples who won an online contest for a Valentine's Day wedding at the Empire State Building. Figarelle and McArthur met in an anatomy class at the University of Alaska. Celia Milton, the interfaith minister who married them, said that Figarelle invited McArthur out to see a drag show and McArthur thought she meant a drag race.
Phil Fung and Shawn Klein became the first gay couple to be married at the Empire State Building on February 14, 2012. They met in 1994 at the Roxy, a popular nightclub that has since closed. "You can find true love on the dance floor. It can happen," said Klein, who works in procurement at New York Presbyterian Hospital while Fung works in the technology department of a financial firm. They walked up the aisle to the strains of the Michael Bolton song "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You."

Steve Snyder & Rick Fishman: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4202452.html

It was Valentine's Day, 1980. I was 18, Rick was 19. That evening, the most handsome man I'd ever seen walked into the Frat House bar in DC. We immediately hit it off, chatting about our love for Liza Minnelli, Bette Midler and more. On our first anniversary, sitting on the floor of our apartment, we exchanged rings and made vows to each other. On our 29th anniversary, Rick shocked me with a proposal. A year of planning ensued... we would marry on our 30th anniversary: Valentine’s Day, 2010.

Tere Michaels (born February 14, 1968): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1051694.html

Tere Michaels began her writing career at the age of four when her mother explained that people made their living by making up stories - and they got paid. She got out her crayons and paper and never looked back. Faith & Fidelity won a 2009 Rainbow Award: NYC Vice Detective Evan Cerelli is trying to build a life for his children. Former Homicide Detective Matt Haight is a ladies' man, all sex/no commitment. He's depressed, having a midlife crisis, and not sure where his life is headed.

Tony Holiday (February 24, 1951 – February 14, 1990): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4202734.html

Tony Holiday was a German pop singer and songwriter. His first two singles met with little success. Holiday's breakthrough came in 1977 with the German recording of "Tanze Samba mit Mir" ("Dance the Samba With Me") in 1977. Holiday died on Valentine's Day, 1990 of AIDS in his native Hamburg at the age 38, just ten days shy of his 39th birthday. In 2000, Tony Holiday's single "Tanze Samba mit Mir" was featured in the Teddy Award-winning film Water Drops on Burning Rocks, directed by François Ozon.

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2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: Rocky's Road

Gay Contemporary Romance
Rocky's Road by Lynley Wayne
Paperback: 274 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (September 13, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608208974
ISBN-13: 978-1608208975
Amazon: Rocky's Road
Amazon Kindle: Rocky's Road

The road to finding oneself is never easy. For Rocky, at times it's downright painful. How can you find yourself when you don't know where to start? For Rocky, the move from Indiana to Maryland isn't half as daunting as the prospect of finally taking the time to explore his sexuality. Luckily for him, Rocky has his brother's best friend for a guide... Landon had all but given up on finding someone to spend his life with. Hope sparks in his chest when he meets Rocky, whose naturally submissive nature perfectly complements Landon's dominance. As Landon introduces Rocky to the world of BDSM, the two men learn that sometimes you have to traverse a rocky road to find your way to happiness.

Charities Donation program progress:
25$ YouthCare: 34068youthcare.thankyou4caring.org/page.aspx
53$ COLORS: www.colorsyouth.org/giving
60$ SAGE: giveto.sageusa.org/donate
100$ Ali Forney Center: www.aliforneycenter.org/index.cfm
107$ Galop: www.galop.org.uk/donate/
125$ Cancer Research Institute: www.cancerresearch.org/how-you-can-donate-now
160$ UCAN: www.ucanchicago.org/donate/
TOTAL: 630$*

* more than 150$ is a direct donation from a supporter of the Rainbow Awards who isn't submitting; while some authors were more than generous, arriving to donate 5 times the suggested amount, being the submission fee a non mandatory and voluntary direct donation, we were struggling to raise the same amount as last year and there is who decided to cover part of it. I thank you for all you are doing, and if you wish to donate to the above links, please drop me a note with your donation and I will update the total.

2014 Rainbow Awards Guidelines: reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4162490.html

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2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: Mark of Cain

Gay Contemporary Romance
Mark of Cain by Kate Sherwood
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (May 20, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Mark of Cain

When a man is consumed by hatred, is there anything left to love?

After a tough day of counseling sessions, Anglican priest Mark Webber is looking forward to a relaxing dinner at a local restaurant. When he sees who’s bellied up to the bar, though, he reaches for his cell phone to call the police.

It’s Lucas Cain, the man who killed Mark’s brother three years ago. Apparently he’s out of jail and hanging out with his old crowd, which has to be a breach of parole, right?

Pulled over upon leaving the bar, Lucas blows a clean breathalyzer and hopes this isn’t a harbinger of things to come. He’s ready to build a sober, peaceful life. His friends aren’t ready to let him move on, though, and he ends up taking refuge in an Anglican half-way house.

Thrown together, Mark and Lucas find common ground in the struggle to help a young gay man come to terms with his sexuality—and the fight against homophobic townsfolk. As attraction grows, the past is the last stumbling block between them and a future filled with hope.

Charities Donation program progress:
25$ YouthCare: 34068youthcare.thankyou4caring.org/page.aspx
53$ COLORS: www.colorsyouth.org/giving
60$ SAGE: giveto.sageusa.org/donate
100$ Ali Forney Center: www.aliforneycenter.org/index.cfm
107$ Galop: www.galop.org.uk/donate/
125$ Cancer Research Institute: www.cancerresearch.org/how-you-can-donate-now
160$ UCAN: www.ucanchicago.org/donate/
TOTAL: 630$*

* more than 150$ is a direct donation from a supporter of the Rainbow Awards who isn't submitting; while some authors were more than generous, arriving to donate 5 times the suggested amount, being the submission fee a non mandatory and voluntary direct donation, we were struggling to raise the same amount as last year and there is who decided to cover part of it. I thank you for all you are doing, and if you wish to donate to the above links, please drop me a note with your donation and I will update the total.

2014 Rainbow Awards Guidelines: reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4162490.html

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