March 7th, 2014

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Julian Eltinge (May 14, 1881 – March 7, 1941)

Julian Eltinge (May 14, 1881 – March 7, 1941), born William Julian Dalton, was an American stage and screen actor and female impersonator. After appearing in the Boston Cadets Revue at the age of ten in feminine garb, Eltinge garnered notice from other producers and made his first appearance on Broadway in 1904. As his star began to rise, he appeared in vaudeville and toured Europe and the United States, even giving a command performance before King Edward VII. Eltinge appeared in a series of musical comedies written specifically for his talents starting in 1910 with The Fascinating Widow, returning to vaudeville in 1918. His popularity soon earned him the moniker "Mr. Lillian Russell" for the equally popular beauty and musical comedy star.

Hollywood beckoned Eltinge and in 1917 he appeared in his first feature film, The Countess Charming. This would lead to other films including 1918s The Isle of Love with Rudolph Valentino and Virginia Rappe. By the time Eltinge arrived in Hollywood, he was considered one of the highest paid actors on the American stage; but with the arrival of the Great Depression and the death of vaudeville, Eltinge’s star began to fade. He continued his show in nightclubs but found little success. He died in 1941 following a show at a New York nightclub. He leaves a legacy as one of the greatest female impersonators of the 20th century.

Though the details of his professional life are widely known, Eltinge's personal life is shrouded in mystery; mystery partly due to the passage of time, but really more likely to Eltinge's own hand. Eltinge was born in Newtonville, Massachusetts. It is believed that his father was a mining engineer and that early in his life he traveled out west with his father, ending up in Butte, Montana.

His start in show business, like his early life, is also shrouded in myth. Most sources cite his first female role being at the age of ten with the Boston Cadets Review at the Tremont Theater in Boston. He is reported to have played the role so well that the next year the revue was written around him which led to minor roles elsewhere. But as to how he came to perform as a female with the Boston Cadets, sources differ. In some versions he was taking cakewalk lessons from a Mrs. Wyman's dance studio when he impressed upon his teacher an incredible ability to emulate females. It is said to be Mrs. Wyman who encouraged young William to study the art of female impersonation. Boys often play female roles in all male organizations.



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

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It Happened Today: March 7

Algernon Islay de Courcy Lyons & Kenneth Macpherson: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3928726.html

Kenneth Macpherson was born in Scotland, 27 March 1902, the son of Scottish painter, John 'Pop' Macpherson and Clara Macpherson. Descended from 6 generations of artists, Macpherson was a novelist, photographer, critic and film-maker. He married Bryher maintaining a menages a trois with Bryher lover's H.D. (Hilda Dolittle). He was lover of NY nightclub singer Jimmie Daniels. He took care of aging scottish novelist Norman Douglas. His last lover was photographer Algernon Islay de Courcy Lyons.

Belinda McBride (born March 7): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4247636.html

"I write erotic romance, primarily under the umbrella of speculative fiction. That term covers science fiction, fantasy and urban fantasy. The sexuality of my characters is fluid, so if you are turned off by menage or same sex (or opposite sex) interaction, please check the book blurb before you buy." An Uncommon Whore won a 2010 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Sci-fi / Futuristic. Blacque Bleu 2011 as Best Gay Paranormal / Horror. The Bacchi 2012 as Best Bisexual / Transgender Sci-fi/Fantasy.

Julian Eltinge (May 14, 1881 – March 7, 1941): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1448258.html

Julian Eltinge was an American stage and screen actor and female impersonator. After appearing in the Boston Cadets Revue at the age of ten in feminine garb, Eltinge garnered notice from other producers and made his first appearance on Broadway in 1904. He appeared in vaudeville and toured Europe and the United States, even giving a command performance before King Edward VII. His popularity soon earned him the moniker "Mr. Lillian Russell" for the equally popular beauty and musical comedy star.

Kevin McDaid & Mark Feehily: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3493594.html

Kevin McDaid was brought up in Newcastle, England. He was best known as member of the British boy band V, which he joined in 2003 along with four other boys. Mark Feehily is one of the lead singers of the former Irish boy band Westlife. They had been a couple since January 2005. They got engaged on 28 January 2010. The couple own a pet pug named Saffy and French bulldog named Nullah. On 31 December 2011, Feehily announced on Twitter that he and McDaid had split after seven years together.

Lorena Hickok & Eleanor Roosevelt: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1489235.html

Lorena Alice Hickok was an American journalist and confidante of Eleanor Roosevelt. Her relationship with Roosevelt has been the subject of research. A key passage from just one early 12-page handwritten missive to Lorena from Eleanor sheds light on their relationship:Goodnight, dear one. I want to put my arms around you and kiss you at the corner of your mouth. And in a little more than a week now, I shall! It is not universally accepted by historians that the two were romantically connected.

Robert de Montesquiou (March 7, 1855 – December 11, 1921): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4107767.html

Robert de Montesquiou-Fézensac was a French aesthete, Symbolist poet, art collector & dandy. In 1875 he met Prince Edmond de Polignac. Montesquiou was the one who introduced, through his cousin Élisabeth Greffulhe, Polignac to heiress Winnaretta Singer, with whom Polignac had a lavender marriage. Montesquiou, who felt Edmond owed him a debt of gratitude for effecting this marriage of convenience, felt slighted when Edmond was not sufficiently effulgent, and the friendship was irrevocably broken.

Robin Becker (born March 7, 1951): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3089570.html

Robin Becker is an American poet, critic, feminist, and professor. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she is author of 7 collections of poetry, most recently, Domain of Perfect Affection (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2006). Her All-American Girl (University of Pittsburgh Press), won the 1996 Lambda Literary Award in Poetry. Becker earned a B.A. in 1973 and an M.A. from Boston University in 1976. She resides in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania and spends her summers on the North Fork of Long Island.

Wanda & Alexis Sykes: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3493654.html

Wanda Sykes (born March 7, 1964) is an American writer, comedian, actress, and voice artist. She earned the 1999 Emmy Award. In November 2008, she publicly came out as gay while at a same-sex marriage rally in Las Vegas regarding Proposition 8, which forbids new marriages of same-sex couples in California. One month earlier, Sykes married her wife, Alex, whom she met in 2006; they have two children. Sykes publicly expressed being devastated after California voters passed state Proposition 8.

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2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: The Stars that Tremble

Gay Contemporary Romance
The Stars that Tremble by Kate McMurray
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (September 30, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627981357
ISBN-13: 978-1627981354
Amazon: The Stars That Tremble
Amazon Kindle: The Stars That Tremble

Giovanni Boca was destined to go down in history as an opera legend until a vocal chord injury abruptly ended his career. Now he teaches voice lessons at a prestigious New York City music school. During auditions for his summer opera workshop, he finds his protégé in fourteen-year-old Emma McPhee. Just as intriguing to Gio is Emma's father Mike, a blue-collar guy who runs a business renovating the kitchens and bathrooms of New York's elite to finance his daughter's dream.

Mike’s partner was killed when Emma was a toddler, and Gio mourns the beautiful voice he will never have again, so coping with loss is something they have in common. Their initial physical attraction quickly grows to something more as each hopes to fill the gap that loss and grief has left in his life. Although Mike wonders if he can truly fit into Gio's upperclass world, their bond grows stronger. Then, trouble strikes from outside when the machinations of an unscrupulous stage mother threaten to tear Gio and Mike apart—and ruin Emma's bright future.

Charities Donation program progress:
25$ Lost-n-Found Youth: www.lost-n-found.org/
25$ YouthCare: www.youthcare.org/
25$ Lambda Legal: www.lambdalegal.org/
25$ Point Foundation: www.pointfoundation.org/
50$ Wes for Youth: wesforyouth.privacemail.com/
83$ COLORS: www.colorsyouth.org/
125$ Cancer Research Institute: www.cancerresearch.org/
132$ Galop: www.galop.org.uk/
140$ SAGE: giveto.sageusa.org/
160$ UCAN: www.ucanchicago.org/
300$ Ali Forney Center: www.aliforneycenter.org/
TOTAL: 1090$*

* 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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UK GLBTQ Fiction Meet: Susan Mac Nicol

Starting from March up until June I will feature authors attending the UK GLBTQ Meet in Bristol (June 7 & 8, 2014: ukglbtfictionmeet.co.uk/2014-registration/2014-attendees/).

Today author is Susan Mac Nicol: Sue Mac Nicol was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, in the United Kingdom. At the age of eight, her family moved to Johannesburg, South Africa, where she stayed for nearly thirty years before arriving back in the UK in December 2000. The first year Sue was back in the UK, it snowed on her birthday, as it did the day she was born in 19*coughs* and she swears this was England welcoming her back.
Sue's career has mostly been in the financial services area and she specialises in what she calls 'boring' compliance and regulatory work. That's why she escapes into the world of writing and fantasy where she chats to her characters ad nauseum and is overjoyed when they reply. It beats the monotony of legalese, contracts and legislation and let's face it, writing hot scenes between men can only be rewarding.
Sue is a PAN member of Romance Writers of America and is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association in the UK. She is also a member of a rather unique writing group called the Talliston Writers Circle, whose 'creator' is a man who is both a Bard and a Shaman. It makes for a really interesting evening and dinner conversation. She lives in the quaint village of Bocking in Essex, set in the countryside and not far from the sea should she get the yen to eat oysters.
Website: www.susanmacnicol.com/‎

Susan Mac Nicol is offering a copy of each of her books to one commenter on this blog. You can comment on LJ or DW if you have an account (I will send a PM to the winner), if you don't have an account, please leave a comment on DW with a contact email.

Waiting for Rain by Susan Mac Nicol
Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 24, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627984321
ISBN-13: 978-1627984324
Amazon: Waiting for Rain
Amazon Kindle: Waiting for Rain

The village of Stamford, the quintessential chocolate box English scene, seemed an impossible dream for foster kid Toby Prentiss. Now he’s found a home among the haystacks and village fairs as the general manager for the Duck and Drake Hotel. With the fears and demons from his youth hidden away in this bucolic oasis, he’s very protective of who he lets in. Until he stumbles across shirtless carpenter Rain Engel building the hotel’s new custom-designed bar.
Working in the countryside, Rain prepared to face his biggest fear: sheep. He didn’t expect to deal with his second biggest fear: commitment. Toby’s controlled tough guy façade coupled with his “find happiness where you can” optimism calls to Rain like nothing before. While Rain may be an exhibitionist, his romantic history forces him to hold his emotions close. As their relationship develops, secrets from their pasts drive a wedge between them: the ex-boyfriend who tore apart Rain’s trust and Toby's history with the law. But can the secrets hiding among the quirky villagers bring them together? With missing sheep, pole dancing at the winter festival, and a crippling drought, everyone is waiting for Rain.

Stripped Bare by Susan Mac Nicol
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group (July 20, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Stripped Bare

Now that Shane Templar has stripped the armour from Matt Langer’s heart, will either of them ever be safe again?
Though two years past, Matthew Langer is still getting over the death of a loved one. He’s steered clear of serious relationships, but when he meets the irascible, dirty mouthed and tempestuous Shane Templar that decision has never been harder. Shane is sexy, warm and funny, and Matthew finds himself trying like hell not to fall for him. Especially when Shane, with his quick wit and hacking skills, is quick to stand up for justice and avenge wrongs. Then Shane strikes at the wrong target, and Matthew realises just how far he’s already fallen. At the threat of losing for good yet another man who has broken through his armour, Matthew finds his heart stripped bare. He must face the demons of his soul or a future without love.

Worth Keeping by Susan Mac Nicol
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group (December 22, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Worth Keeping )

Abused horrifically as a boy, Nick Mathers has come to terms with his existence as a man. Mostly. Other days life seems a little much. Especially when Nick knows he’ll always be alone.
On those days his thoughts turn black. He walks the Norfolk coast and considers the frigid embrace of the waves. And then, one stormy night, he finds someone who’s tasted just that. The beautiful stranger on the beach is near death, and Nick rushes him home to slowly nurse back to health. As he does, he finds a love unlike any other. Owen Butler’s body is as warm as the sea was cold, his heart as big as an ocean. And Owen is a man who swears to repay the favor. Nick can yet be saved from himself, and he will see that he is indeed a man… worth keeping.
We are contributors to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children- http://www.nspcc.org.uk - and we encourage you to donate, too.

Saving Alexander by Susan Mac Nicol
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group (October 27, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Saving Alexander

Punishing himself for a horrific past that is not his fault, bestselling author Alexander Montgomery seeks redemption and love—and perhaps he will find it.
Famous author though he may be, Alexander Montgomery is not someone you take home to meet your mother. Seriously flawed, damaged by a horrific past, he’s trying hard to claw his way back to normality. But how can anyone respect what he truly is? His therapy involves regular sessions at Study in Scarlet, an exclusive S&M club.
Then comes Sage. Tall, with black hair and blue eyes, an up-and-coming actor with impossible charm and boy-next-door good looks, he’s the perfect choice to play the leading man in a TV adaptation of Alex’s latest best-seller. Even more, he is a man you introduce to your family. Which Alex would do—if he weren’t taken by another man who offers the punishments Alex prays will wipe away the past and make him the person he wants to be. Yet, perhaps there is another path to redemption. If only the solution would reach out and touch him.

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