February 21st, 2014

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Hubert de Givenchy (born February 21, 1927)

Count Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy (born 21 February 1927) is a French aristocrat and fashion designer who founded The House of Givenchy in 1952. He is famous for having designed much of the personal and professional wardrobe of Audrey Hepburn, as well as clothing for clients such as Jacqueline Kennedy. He was named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1970.

The younger son of Lucien Taffin de Givenchy (1888–1930), marquis of Givenchy, and his wife, the former Béatrice ("Sissi") Badin (1888–1976), Givenchy was born in Beauvais, Oise.

The Taffin de Givenchy family, which traces its roots to Venice, Italy (the original surname was Taffini), was ennobled in 1713, at which time the head of the family became marquis of Givenchy.

After his father's death from influenza in 1930, the future fashion designer and his elder brother Jean-Claude de Givenchy (1925–2009), who inherited the family's marquessate and eventually became the president of Parfums Givenchy, were raised by their mother and maternal grandmother, Marguerite Dieterle Badin (1853–1940), the widow of Jules Badin (1843–1919), an artist who was the owner and director of the historic Gobelins Manufactory and Beauvais tapestry factories. Artistic professions ran in the extended Badin family. Givenchy's maternal great-grandfather, Jules Dieterle, was a set designer who also created designs for the Beauvais factory, including a set of 13 designs for the Elysée Palace. One of his great-great-grandfathers also designed sets for the Paris Opera.

Impressed by the 1937 World's Fair in Paris, young Givenchy decided he wanted to work "somewhere in fashion design". He studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. His first designs were done for Jacques Fath in 1945, an association that came through family members who knew Fath personally. Later he did designs for Robert Piguet and Lucien Lelong (1946) — working alongside the still-unknown Pierre Balmain and Christian Dior. From 1947 to 1951 he worked for the avantgarde designer Elsa Schiaparelli.


Ball gown, 1953

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hubert_de_Givenchy

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Tiziano Ferro (born February 21, 1980)

Tiziano Ferro (born 21 February 1980 in Latina) is an Italian pop singer, songwriter, producer and author. He broke through in 2001 with his international hit single "Perdono" and has remained commercially successful since then, primarily in his home country. Ferro has released a Spanish version of each of his albums, and has also sung in English, Portuguese, and French. Known as the modern face of Italian pop music, he frequently writes songs for other artists and has produced albums for Giusy Ferreri, Alessandra Amoroso and Baby K. (P: riverblog. Tiziano Ferro,

In contrast to his flourishing professional life, Ferro's personal life was marked by ever increasing despondency. Convinced that he would have to give up his singing career if the truth about his sexuality were ever revealed, he kept family and friends at a distance, living alone in England. He was diagnosed as depressed in 2008 and started taking antidepressants. In late 2009 he came close to taking his own life, going as far as to write a suicide note. In early 2010 his desperation led him to break down and come out to his father, an event that inspired the title of his first book, Trent'anni e una chiacchierata con papà (Thirty years and a talk with dad). This book was published shortly after publicly coming out as gay in October 2010, and contains most of his personal diaries, dutifully kept since his teenage years. The following year Ferro moved back to Italy to end his isolation and live closer to his friends and family.

Aside from his success as an artist, Ferro is well known for his personal struggles. Having been overweight as a teenager, he has been outspoken about his battles with food addiction and eating disorders. In May 2006, several comments he made during an interview on Italian television resulted in major controversy abroad, effectively ending his blossoming career in Latin America. In October 2010, at the height of his fame, Ferro came out as gay, admitting that he had remained closeted out of fear that his homosexuality was not compatible with a career as a pop singer.

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Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiziano_Ferro

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Jaida Jones & Danielle Bennett

Miss Jaida Jones is a student at Barnard College, majoring across the street at Columbia University in East Asian Languages & Cultures. Basically, she's spending most of her time trying to learn Japanese and research her undergraduate thesis, roughly titled "Very Long Paper About Japanese Monsters."

Writing fantasy has long been her dream. Her favorite animal is the otter, followed closely by a more specific category known as "the orange cat." She lives in New York City with two overgrown kittens and two underappreciated parents.

"I'm a 21 year old native New Yorker, free at last from school without much direction in life. Perhaps that will come soon; for now, I am both feckless and aimless!

I've worked as an editor for Harris Publications (assistant editor, 2006 - 2007) and Scholastic (summer 2005). My poems have appeared in Hanging Loose Press, Mythic Delirium and Jabberwocky magazines, and in the compilations Where We Are, What We See and The Best Teen Writing of 2004; I edited the collection of The Best Teen Writing of 2005. A collection of my poetry, Cinquefoil, was published by New Babel Books in November, 2006.

Havemercy, an original fantasy novel co-written with Danielle Bennett, was published by Bantam/Spectra in June 2008. A second fantasy novel, Shadow Magic, was released in 2009.

I'm an unrepentant nerd, a total dork, and a lover of carbohydrates, Danny Kaye and lolcats.

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Source: http://www.jonesandbennett.com/

Further Readings:

Havemercy by Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett
Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Spectra; Reprint edition (July 28, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0553591371
ISBN-13: 978-0553591378
Amazon: Havemercy
Amazon Kindle: Havemercy

This stunning epic fantasy debut introduces two exciting new authors—and a world brimming with natural and man-made wonders, extraordinary events, and a crisis that will test the mettle of men, the boundaries of magic, and the heart and soul of a kingdom. Thanks to its elite Dragon Corps, the capital city of Volstov has all but won the hundred years’ war with its neighboring enemy, the Ke-Han. The renegade airmen who fly the corps’s mechanical, magic-fueled dragons are Volstov’s greatest weapon. But now one of its members is at the center of a scandal that may turn the tide of victory. To counter the threat, four ill-assorted heroes must converge to save their kingdom: an exiled magician, a naive country boy, a young student—and the unpredictable ace who flies the city’s fiercest dragon, Havemercy. But on the eve of battle, these courageous men will face something that could make the most formidable of warriors hesitate, the most powerful of magicians weak, and the most unlikely of men allies in their quest to rise against it.

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It Happened Today: February 21

Barbara Jordan & Nancy Earl: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4139108.html

Barbara Jordan was an American politician and a leader of the Civil Rights movement. She was the first African American elected to the Texas Senate after Reconstruction and the United States House of Representatives, and the first to deliver the keynote address at a Democratic National Convention. Jordan's partner of close to 30 years was Nancy Earl. Jordan met Earl, an educational psychologist who would become an occasional speech writer to Jordan, on a camping trip in the late 1960s.

Francisco X. Alarcón (born February 21, 1954): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3079133.html

Francisco Xavier Alarcón is an American poet and educator. He is an award-winning poet and educator who was born in Los Angeles, California, and is the author of eleven volumes of poetry, including, FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF NIGHT: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS, SONNETS TO MADNESS AND OTHER MISFORTUNES, SNAKE POEMS: AN AZTEC INVOCATION, DE AMOR OSCURO / OF DARK LOVE. He is also an acclaimed children's author who is able to write his books both in English and Spanish.

Hubert de Givenchy (born February 21, 1927): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3471865.html

Count Hubert de Givenchy is a French aristocrat and fashion designer who founded The House of Givenchy in 1952. He is famous for having designed much of the personal and professional wardrobe of Audrey Hepburn, as well as clothing for clients such as Jacqueline Kennedy. He was named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1970. Hubert de Givenchy retired from fashion design in 1995. In January 2007, La Poste issued postage stamps for the St. Valentine's Day designed by Givenchy.

Jaida Jones & Danielle Bennett: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/740279.html

Havemercy is a stunning epic fantasy debut: a world brimming with natural and man-made wonders, extraordinary events, and a crisis that will test the mettle of men, the boundaries of magic, and the heart and soul of a kingdom. Thanks to its elite Dragon Corps, the capital city of Volstov has all but won the hundred years’ war with its neighboring enemy, the Ke-Han. The renegade airmen who fly the corps’s mechanical, magic-fueled dragons are Volstov’s greatest weapon.

Jane Bowles & Cherifa: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3579658.html

Jane Bowles was a writer and playwright. Paul Bowles introduced Jane to Cherifa (Amina Bakalia) working in the grain market near the bottom of the Grand Hotel Villa de France, who will become Jane's live-in partner. Later Jane wrote: “I love Tangier. But like a dying person. When Tetum and Cherifa die I might leave. But we are all three of us the same age, more or less. Tetum older, Cherifa a bit younger. I’d like to buy them meat and fish and oil so that they will stay alive longer."

John Henry Newman & Ambrose St. John: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4216037.html

John Henry Newman was an important figure in the religious history of England. The Reverend Father Ambrose St. John was an English Oratorian. He is now best known as a lifelong friend of Cardinal Newman. Newman wrote: "I have ever thought no bereavement was equal to that of a husband's or a wife's, but I feel it difficult to believe that any can be greater, or any one's sorrow greater, than mine." In accordance with his expressed wishes, Cardinal Newman was buried in the grave with Fr. St. John.

Paul Bowles & Jane Bowles: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1349546.html

Paul Frederic Bowles was an American expatriate composer, author, and translator. Jane Bowles (born Jane Sydney Auer) was an American writer and playwright. Jane spent her life examining lesbian identity with an honest and sardonic wit. Jane's adventures in the lesbian and gay bars of Greenwich Village, and her open pursuit of women lovers, caused her mother and her family consternation. In 1937, she was introduced to Paul--himself a homosexual--and agreed to marry him.

Tiziano Ferro (born February 21, 1980): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4216237.html

Tiziano Ferro is an Italian pop singer. His 2001 hit single "Perdono" has remained successful since then in his home country. Convinced that he would have to give up his career if the truth about his sexuality were ever revealed, he kept family and friends at a distance, living alone in England. His desperation led him to break down and come out to his father, an event that inspired the title of his book, Trent'anni e una chiacchierata con papà. The following year Ferro moved back to Italy.

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New Release: Take a Chance on Love!

Following the critically acclaimed anthology Fool for Love, editors Timothy J. Lambert and R. D. Cochrane bring together a new compilation to appeal to sensual appetites. Foolish Hearts: New Gay Fiction is a collection of seventeen passionate yet lustful gay romance stories, ranging from the adrenaline-pumping days of youth to the heartbreaking nights of middle-aged romance. Readers are taken on a joyride through the wild memories and fantasies of well-known erotica writers, such as Felice Picano, Andrew Holleran, and Greg Herren. Escape to new worlds while rediscovering the intense and beautiful emotions associated with falling punch-drunk, head-over-heels in love.
"Every once in a while a book comes along that completely bowls me over. It shakes me out of any reading ennui I may be experiencing and reminds me once again of the reasons for my love of the written word.” —The Indie Reviewer, (praise for Fool for Love)
Foolish Hearts: New Gay Fiction by Timothy J. Lambert and R.D. Cochrane
Paperback: 232 pages
Publisher: Cleis Press (January 7, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 162778005X
ISBN-13: 978-1627780056
Amazon: Foolish Hearts: New Gay Fiction
Amazon Kindle: Foolish Hearts: New Gay Fiction

In the age of online dating, one night hook-ups, and getting dumped via text, it seems like romance has left the building. Best-selling authors and die-hard romantics, Timothy Lambert and R.D. Cochrane are back with a follow-up to their critically acclaimed Fool for Love, one of Insight Out Bookclub's bestselling titles ever, with a collection of gay romance that incites love (and lust) in readers everywhere.

About the Editors: Timothy J. Lambert is an accomplished gay erotica writer. His stories have been appeared in Best Gay Love Stories and The Mammoth Book of New Gay Erotica.

R. D. Cochrane has published short stories and two novels, Coventry Christmas and Coventry Wedding. Together they have co-published several written works, including The Deal; Three Fortunes in One Cookie; and Someone Like You. Both writers reside in Houston, TX, and can be found online at timothyjlambert.com and beckycochrane.com.

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Cleis Press is giving away one print copy of the book to one commenter on this blog. Please be aware the copy will be shipped so you will need to provide a mail address once I contact you (DO NOT LEAVE your address here, I will send a PM to the winner. DO NOT LEAVE anonymous comment, if you don't have a LJ or DW account please leave a contact email)


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2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: Crimes of Memory

Transgender Mystery / Thriller
Crimes of Memory (A Detective Jackson Mystery) by L.J. Sellers
Series: A Detective Jackson Mystery (Book 8)
Paperback: 306 pages
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (October 15, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1477809473
ISBN-13: 978-1477809471
Amazon: Crimes of Memory (A Detective Jackson Mystery)
Amazon Kindle: Crimes of Memory (A Detective Jackson Mystery)

Fresh off the leave-of-absence he took following his ex-wife's tragic death, Detective Wade Jackson's life is in upheaval. He struggles to keep his grief-stricken, out-of-control daughter, Katie, from succumbing to the same alcoholism demon as her mother, while trying to reinvigorate a passion for his work. When a body is found in a local storage unit, Jackson hopes a simple open-and-shut homicide case will help him get back on track. But when the victim is identified as ex-con Craig Cooper—a former meth addict who did time for bank robbery, the spoils of which were never recovered—it becomes quickly apparent that the case will be challenging.
The same night Cooper is murdered, a firebomb goes off in a bottled water factory on the other side of town. The prime suspects are from an organization called Love the Earth—eco-terrorists believed to be modeling themselves after the infamous Earth Liberation Front. Fears that new group is plotting another attack bring agents from the ATF and FBI to town, among them Jamie Dallas, an undercover agent with a wild streak, and Carla River, an FBI agent with a complicated past. When Jackson discovers a shocking link between the murder case and the bombing, they will have to work together to solve both crimes before they blow up in their faces.

Charities Donation program progress:
25$ Point Foundation: www.pointfoundation.org/
25$ Lambda Legal: www.lambdalegal.org/
25$ YouthCare: www.youthcare.org/
53$ COLORS: www.colorsyouth.org/
85$ SAGE: giveto.sageusa.org/
107$ Galop: www.galop.org.uk/
125$ Cancer Research Institute: www.cancerresearch.org/
160$ UCAN: www.ucanchicago.org/
200$ Ali Forney Center: www.aliforneycenter.org/
TOTAL: 805$*

* 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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