March 19th, 2014

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Julien Macdonald (born March 19, 1971)

Julien Macdonald OBE (born 19 March 1971) is a Welsh fashion designer who has appeared as judge on the television programme, Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model. In 2001, he was named "British Fashion Designer of the Year" and, on 15 March 2001, was appointed as chief designer at Givenchy (Alexander McQueen's successor).

Moved To Tyndrum Stirling, Scotland, Macdonald attended Cyfarthfa High School in his place of birth. Macdonald was taught knitting by his mother and soon became interested in design.

MacDonald was also interested in a career as a dancer, but, instead, studied textiles at The Faculty of Arts and Architecture, Brighton, UK. He then became a student at the Royal College of Art, where he gained a Master's Degree. Soon after graduation, MacDonald was recruited by Karl Lagerfeld to work for Chanel; a role that was accompanied by freelance work creating knitwear for Alexander McQueen.

In 2000, MacDonald was appointed to the position of chief designer at the Paris Haute Couture house of Givenchy (as successor to Alexander McQueen); and, in 2001, he was named British Fashion Designer of the Year.

He was selected by British Airways in 2001 to redesign their flight attendants' uniforms.

MacDonald's creations have been worn by stars such as Joely Richardson, Dannii Minogue, Geri Halliwell, Dame Shirley Bassey, Carmen Electra, Naomi Campbell, Beyoncé Knowles, Bonnie Tyler and Selena Gomez.


Evening dress, 1996
V-neck t-shirts and 1930s bias-cut evening dresses inspired this intricately knitted evening dress with semi-circular train. The designer, Julien MacDonald, creates ingenious and highly complex knitted garments. This dress, for example, took him three weeks to make. It is intended to be worn with only a pair of black lace pants.


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

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Lee Rowan

"I've been writing since childhood, but professionally only since spring of 2006, after learning my craft writing fanfiction for some 30 years. In earlier times I'd have been called "a lady of a certain age," old enough to know better but young enough to do it anyway. A confirmed bookaholic with a spouse of many years, I'm kept in line by a cadre of cats and a dog who get me away from the computer and out of the house at least once a day.

Until I was in my 40's, I thought romance was utterly unrealistic--a pretty dream, but little more. What I'd seen of relationships didn't seem worth the effort or the pain. A big-hearted dog and a few wonderful cats kept my own heart going, until, in the first weeks of the new millennium, I fell in love with a friend I'd known most of my adult life. How did that happen? Well, I'd just written Ransom, and I could not find anyone who was willing to read it and give me feedback. I got that--and a lot more besides!

We're halfway through our tenth year as life-partners. In 2007, we moved to Canada, where our marriage is legally recognized. Real love isn't just a pretty dream. It's a lot of work--but it's worth every minute.

The stories I write are usually--not always--about two men, which may seem odd subject matter for a woman who's married to another woman. But I write the sort of stories I want to read. While many girls were dreaming of wedding dresses and wondering what they'd name their children, I was dreaming of running away to sea or riding across the prairie, and wondering what I'd name my horse. I was intrigued by how people lived before cars, TV, modern medicine, and excited by stories of adventure.

Love, honor, courage... those aren't male qualities or female qualities. They're the very best human qualities, and I think we all have the capacity to experience them, no matter how different we may be when it comes to sex, age, color, or any of the other tiny subcategories. We are all human, and we all have dreams.

I'd like to share some of mine, and so I write."

Source: http://www.lee-rowan.net/

Further Readings:

Ransom (Royal Navy, Book 1) by Lee Rowan
Paperback: 302 pages
Publisher: Cheyenne Publishing (August 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 097977733X
ISBN-13: 978-0979777332
Amazon: Ransom (Royal Navy, Book 1)
Amazon Kindle: Ransom (Royal Navy, Book 1)

"Rich, historical detail, engaging characters, and tightly written scenes of action - both nautical and romantic - set this Age of Sail tale of love and lust on the high seas far ahead of the rest of the fleet." - Josh Lanyon An officer, a gentleman...and a sodomite. The first two earn honor and respect. The third, a noose. Even as he falls in love with his shipmate, David Archer realizes it is a hopeless passion. Not only is William Marshall the son of a minister, his first act aboard ship was to call out and shoot an older midshipman who made offensive advances. Davy realizes that Will would probably not shoot him if he expressed his feelings, but their affectionate friendship would surely end, once Marshall learned of Archer's "unnatural" yearnings. William Marshall has never given much thought to any feelings beyond duty, loyalty, and honor. For a young Englishman in 1796, the Navy is a way to move beyond his humble origins and seek a chance at greatness. Captured by accident when their Captain is abducted, Archer and Marshall become pawns in a renegade pirate's sadistic game. To protect the man he loves, David Archer compromises himself-trading his honor and his body for Marshall's safety. When Will learns of his friend's sacrifice, he also discovers that what he feels for Davy is stronger and deeper than friendship. The first challenge: escape their prison. The second: find a way to preserve their love without losing their lives. "Ransom", the first book in the Royal Navy Series by Lee Rowan (author of "Tangled Web" from Running Press), introduces readers to the appealing characters of Lieutenants Marshall and Archer. Become part of the story as they discover their shared love against a backdrop of intrigue, mystery, and danger.

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It Happened Today: March 19

Daniel Curzon (born March 19, 1938): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1456394.html

Daniel Curzon is the author of Something You Do in the Dark, first published by G. P. Putnam in 1971 and which may be considered as one of the first gay protest novels. It is the story of a gay man's attempt to avenge his entrapment by a Detroit vice squad police officer by murdering him. Dropping Names was described by Ian Young in Torso as "ferociously honest and very funny" and by Philip Clark in Lambda Book Report as "a blunt, hilarious, page-turning ride that is...impossible to put down."

Freda Stark & Thelma Mareo: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4263011.html

Freda Stark was a New Zealand dancer. In 1933, Stark joined Ernest Rolls' revue, and met a young dancer named Thelma Trott, and the two women fell in love. In 1934 Trott married Eric Mareo, their conductor. In 1935 Trott took a fatal overdose of a prescription drug, leading to Mareo being charged with her murder. During the Second World War, she was a famed exotic dancer at Auckland's Wintergarden cabaret and nightclub, a favourite of American troops and she earned the title "Fever of the Fleet"

Julien Macdonald (born March 19, 1971): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3508959.html

Julien Macdonald is a Welsh fashion designer who has appeared as judge on the television programme, Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model. In 2001 he was named "British Fashion Designer of the Year" and, on 15 March 2001, was appointed as chief designer at Givenchy (Alexander McQueen's successor). MacDonald's creations have been worn by stars such as Joely Richardson, Dannii Minogue, Geri Halliwell, Dame Shirley Bassey, Carmen Electra, Naomi Campbell, Beyoncé Knowles, Bonnie Tyler and Selena Gomez.

Karin Kallmaker (born March 19, 1960): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3509166.html

Karin Kallmaker is an author of lesbian fiction whose works also include those originally written under the name Laura Adams. Her writings span lesbian romance, erotica, and science-fiction/fantasy. Dubbed the Queen of Lesbian Romance, she publishes exclusively in the lesbian market as a matter of personal choice. Kallmaker and her partner of more than 30 years reside in the San Francisco Bay Area. They were married on August 25, 2008, and are the mothers of two children, Kelson and Eleanor.

Lee Rowan: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/581174.html

Ransom was Lee Rowan's debut in the field of Historical Gay Fiction. "Rich, historical detail, engaging characters, and tightly written scenes of action - both nautical and romantic - set this Age of Sail tale of love and lust on the high seas far ahead of the rest of the fleet." - Josh Lanyon. An officer, a gentleman...and a sodomite. The first two earn honor and respect. The third, a noose. Even as he falls in love with his shipmate, David Archer realizes it is a hopeless passion.

Marty Robinson & Tom Doerr: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3509393.html

"In the heady days immediately before the world's first Gay Pride parade in 1970, Marty Robinson's photograph--along with his lover Tom Doerr--appeared on the cover of America's first gay weekly newspaper. Doerr, a graphic artist, had designed a symbol--the Lambda--to represent the new movement. "It represents energy too," he explained. Doerr's lover, Marty, was clearly a young man with energy, a winning kind of vitality, truly macho on the surface, but deeply caring within." --Jack Nichols

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2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: The Angel at the End of the Road

Gay Mystery / Thriller
The Angel at the End of the Road by D.J. Manly
Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Amber Quill Press, LLC (January 21, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1611248450
ISBN-13: 978-1611248456
Amazon: The Angel At The End Of The Road
Amazon Kindle: The Angel At The End Of The Road

Freelance journalist Colton West can’t wait to finally end it with the rich and shallow Martin. Their relationship had been a mistake from the beginning. But just when Colton feels that he’s made it clear to Martin it’s over and he can move on with his life and career, he gets a phone call that will change his world forever. Whitfield, Vermont, is the sleepy little town where Colton grew up, a town he couldn’t wait to leave. It’s also the place where his best high school friend was found murdered years before, left on a road outside town that goes nowhere. The killer was never caught, although a stoic old man named George Hill, who lived with his young grandson in the only house on that road, was considered by many to be the prime suspect and passed away several years later. But now, another boy has been found dead at the end of that same lonely road, with his body eerily laid out in the same disturbing manner as Colton’s best friend. And this time, the victim is Colton’s fifteen-year-old nephew. With the original murder suspect deceased, Colton knows the killer of both teenagers is still on the loose, perhaps preparing to strike again, and Colton won’t rest in his investigation until he unearths the whole, ugly truth.

Charities Donation program progress:
25$ YouthCare: www.youthcare.org/
25$ Point Foundation: www.pointfoundation.org/
25$ CARE: careprogram.org/
25$ Lost-n-Found Youth: www.lost-n-found.org/
25$ Lambda Legal: www.lambdalegal.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/
160$ UCAN: www.ucanchicago.org/
165$ SAGE: giveto.sageusa.org/
350$ Ali Forney Center: www.aliforneycenter.org/
TOTAL: 1190$*

* 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: K.C. Wells

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 K.C. Wells: I've always written, right from an early age. I was always writing stories as a child, and as I grew up, I had the idea of writing a novel, like so many people do. My first book was based on an idea that I kicked around for about a year, before I actually decided to do something about it. But once I started writing it, it wouldn't stop coming! Actually sitting down to write stemmed from the desire to do something creative at a time in my life when I was at a very low point. My writing was the only positive thing in my life, and once the process had started, it simply flowed out of me.
I first discovered erotic romances in 2009. One such book featured two male characters who were bisexual, and their scenes together were something I'd never encountered before - but definitely found intriguing. After searching for similar books (f/m/m), I took the plunge and tried a gay erotic romance - and I was hooked!
The vast majority of m/m romances that I came across had a Happy Ever After ending, which I loved, and characters who weren't perfect by any means, but who met, fell in love and wanted to be monogamous.
Dreamspinner Press was one of the first publishers of m/m romance that I discovered, and I quickly began to build up my own library of ebooks. Those writers truly inspired me: they are the main reason that I decided to fire up the laptop and finally write something of my own.
Website: www.kcwellsworld.com/

K.C. Wells is offering a copy of Personal Secrets 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.

Personal Secrets by K.C. Wells
Series: Personal
Paperback: 284 pages
Publisher: Island Tales press; 1 edition (February 10, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1495461424
ISBN-13: 978-1495461422
Amazon: Personal Secrets (Volume 4)
Amazon Kindle: Personal Secrets (Volume 4)

This book is an erotic gay romance. It contains explicit language and lots of steamy sex between two hot guys. For readers 18+ only. Blake Davis and husband Will are delighted when Ed Fellows turns up at the hospital the night their daughter is born—even if he is covered in mud from playing rugby and drunk out of his skull. Team-mate Colin is the Good Samaritan who drives him there, and when he takes Ed home, Colin finds himself on the receiving end of a blow-job. He has no problem with that whatsoever. He’s been in lust with Ed since Ed joined the rugby team some fourteen months ago. Only thing is, Colin’s assumed up ’til now that Ed is straight. Except the man sucking him off certainly didn’t seem straight…. Talk about the morning after the night before…. Ed awakens to find a nearly-naked Colin asleep on his sofa. The problem is that for some reason, he can’t get Colin out of his mind. Okay, so it wasn’t the first blow-job Ed’s ever gotten from a guy—or given, for that matter—but that was a long time ago, right? And why does Ed now want more? With friends Rick, Angelo, Blake and Will to advise him, Ed finds himself on a completely unfamiliar road, as he struggles to accept that maybe the line he is walking isn’t as straight as he’d first imagined….

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Floodgates by Mary Calmes

Not being able to read all Mary Calmes' books at first I was a little confused, cause there were so many characters, and apparently so many interesting subplot, that it was like one of those romances where you meet couples from previous books, huddling all together to enjoy some festivity together. But that went away quickly and actually I was able to catch what the author was doing, introducing a new "world" and any possible future books (even if I know want the story of Matt and Eric).

Anyway, our man, Tracy, is coming out (no pun intended) from a break-up with Breckin, and even if Breckin is basically perfect, I have never liked the perfect ones, so I was all for Tracy to forget him and see the fine candidate boyfriend he has in Cord, his brother's best friend. Cord was a player, but that was years ago, and if Tracy wasn't distracted by Breckin, maybe he would have noticed it before.

Tracy is a little crazy, seeing things at his own way, able to see the good in his business partner (Dimah), when everyone else tells him to leave him and the danger he represents; but Tracy is also precious, to his friends and family, precious cause he is like a treasure, and they know it; you can see in how much fiercely protective they are of Tracy, how they will do everything for him. Cord wants a little of that, he wants Tracy, but he wants also to be part of the circle of love that is around Tracy, to finally be part of something, not alone anymore.

I have to say that, as for as mystery goes, I understood who was the villain first shot, it wasn't really that difficult, but truth be told, this wasn't really a plot focused around the mystery, but more around the romance between Tracy and Cord, and that was good.

Paperback: 234 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 3, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627987371
ISBN-13: 978-1627987370
Amazon: Floodgates
Amazon Kindle: Floodgates

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