November 1st, 2014

andrew potter

2014 Rainbow Awards - Cover Contest

We have 52 covers in the poll, the list of covers is:

1 - Paradise at Main and Elm ( Adrian Nicholas )
19 - The Engineered Throne ( Megan Derr )
41 - Year of the Monsoon ( Patty G. Henderson )
77 - Queers ( Theo Fenraven )
89 - The Tin Box ( Anne Cain )
98 - London Calling ( Kevin Pruitt )
115 - The House on Hancock Hill ( Brooke Albrecht )
119 - Slide ( GD Leigh )
120 - Stitch ( Eli Easton )
123 - Out of Hiding ( Paul Richmond )
148 - Gathering Storm ( Alexa Land )
151 - Motel. Pool. ( Paul Richmond )
169 - Every Inferno ( Reese Dante )
175 - Saugatuck Summer ( L.C. Chase )
207 - Bitter Waters ( Elizabeth Legget )
212 - Love Lessons ( Kanaxa )
215 - Fall Hard ( Kanaxa )
217 - Caught! ( Kanaxa )
230 - The Mating of Michael ( AngstyG )
243 - More Than Everything ( Reese Dante )
245 - Perfect Imperfections ( Reese Dante )
247 - Hell & High Water ( L.C. Chase )
263 - Not In The Stars ( Freddy MacKay )
267 - In Your Eyes ( Reese Dante )
280 - A Case of Possession ( Lou Harper )
294 - The Next ( Adrian Nicholas )
295 - Shirewode ( Paul Richmond )
296 - Blood’s Voice ( Rue Volley )
302 - Behind the Curtain ( Anne Cain )
305 - Splinters ( Thorny Sterling )
326 - A Heart for Robbie ( AngstyG )
330 - Omorphi ( Reese Dante )
331 - The Companion ( Dan Skinner )
332 - Wolf Hunter ( Nelson Yan )
337 - The Merman and the Barbarian Pirate ( Julie Wright )
344 - Pukawiss the Outcast ( Anne Cain )
383 - Names Can Never Hurt Me ( Christy Caughie )
385 - Balefire ( TreeHouse Studio )
388 - Flights of Fancy ( TreeHouse Studio )
395 - Into the Wind ( Anne Cain )
398 - Silent ( Dani Alexander )
402 - The Silence of the Stars ( Aaron Anderson )
421 - The Empath ( TreeHouse Studio )
429 - Brokenhearted ( Aaron Anderson )
431 - Ironhearted ( Aaron Anderson )
444 - Home The Hard Way ( Amber Shah )
446 - That Certain Something ( Fereday Design )
447 - Lessons on Destroying the World ( Aaron Anderson )
454 - Pray The Gay Away ( Sara York )
456 - A Hunted Man ( Reese Dante )
482 - Junk ( Lou Harper )
510 - The Last Thing He Needs ( AngstyG )

To vote for the covers you like you can use the following form: http://www.elisarolle.com/rainbowawards/covers.php (you have to vote for at least 3 covers otherwise the vote is null; no limit on how many covers you can vote)

I will personally donate a kindle ebook to one commenter (I will send the kindke ebook to their contact email address after contacting them with a PM): the winner can choose any of the listed books, provided they are available in kindle.


The poll will remain open for 2 weeks until November 1.





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Barry Brennessel & David

When Barry's first collection of stories was read aloud by his second grade teacher, the author hid in the bathroom. As the years flew by, he wrote more, hid less (not really), and branched out to Super 8 films and cassette tape recorders. Barry's audience--consisting solely of friends and family--were both amused and bemused.

Since those childhood days, Barry has earned degrees in English and French from the State University of New York College at Brockport, and a Master of Arts in Writing from the Johns Hopkins University.

His work has appeared in SNReview, Perspectives, Time Pilot, Liquid Ohio, Nocturnal Lyric, Midnight Times, Gival Press's ArLiJo, Polari Journal, and the Dreamspell Nightmares (I & II) and Dreamspell Revenge (I & II) anthologies from L&L Dreamspell. His stories, novels and teleplays have won awards, including a 2008 Pushcart Prize nomination; 3rd Place in the 2010 Pacific Northwest Writers Association (PNWA) literary contest and finalist status in the 2006, 2008 and 2009 PNWA contests; 3rd Place in the 79th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition and finalist status in the Winter 2010 WILDSound Screenplay competition.

When not embroiled in his own writing, Barry sips wine, nibbles on chocolate, and watches films and TV--both the classic and the cheesy. (Mmm...cheese!)

On July 15, 1988, Barry (born January 1, 1964) met his husband, David (born November 1, 1963).

Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
Paperback: 760 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1500563323
ISBN-13: 978-1500563325
CreateSpace Store: https://www.createspace.com/4910282
Amazon (Paperback): http://www.amazon.com/dp/1500563323/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Amazon (Kindle): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MZG0VHY/?tag=elimyrevandra-20

Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. “It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I kept learning things. I love the decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram “I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse “This international history-and-photo book, featuring 100s of detailed bios of some of the most forward-moving gay persons in history, is sure to be one of those bestsellers that gay folk will enjoy for years to come as reference and research that is filled with facts and fun.” Jack Fritscher


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Louise Boynton & Maude Adams

Maude Ewing Adams Kiskadden (November 1, 1872 – July 17, 1953), known professionally as Maude Adams, was an American actress who achieved her greatest success as the character Peter Pan, first playing the role in the 1905 Broadway production of Peter Pan; or, The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up. Adams's personality appealed to a large audience and helped her become the most successful and highest-paid performer of her day, with a yearly income of more than one million dollars during her peak.

Adams began performing as a child while accompanying her actress mother on tour. At age 16, she made her Broadway debut, and under Charles Frohman's management, she became a popular player alongside leading man John Drew, Jr. in the early 1890s. Beginning in 1897, Adams starred in plays by J. M. Barrie, including The Little Minister, Quality Street, What Every Woman Knows and Peter Pan. These productions made Adams the most popular actress in New York. She also performed in various other plays. Her last Broadway play, in 1916, was Barrie's A Kiss for Cinderella. After a 13-year retirement, she appeared in more Shakespeare plays and then taught acting in Missouri.

Adams retired after A Kiss for Cinderella in 1916. During the 1920s, she worked with General Electric to develop improved and more powerful stage lighting and with the Eastman Company in developing color photography. It has been suggested that her motivation for her association with these technology companies was because she wished to appear in a color film version of Peter Pan, and this would have required better lighting and techniques for color photography. After 13 years away from the stage, she returned to acting, appearing occasionally in regional productions of Shakespeare plays, including as Portia in The Merchant of Venice in Ohio, in 1931, and as Maria in Twelfth Night in 1934 in Maine.


Adams as Peter Pan
Maude Adams was an American actress who achieved her greatest success playing the role of Peter Pan in the 1905 Broadway production of Peter Pan; or, The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up. Maude first met Miss Lillian Florence “Lilliet” in 1892. The young pair lived together until Lillie's premature death from a terminal illness in 1901. In 1905, Miss Louise Boynton assumed Lilliet's special place in Maude's private world and remained there for forty-six years. Maude is buried with Louise, with both their name on the tombstone.


Louise Boynton & Maude Adams are buried together in Cenacle Convent Grounds, Lake Ronkonkoma, Suffolk County, New York. Maude asked to be buried beside her secretary and faithful friend, Louise, who had died 2 years before, with both of their names on the gravestone.

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Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maude_Adams

Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
Paperback: 760 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1500563323
ISBN-13: 978-1500563325
CreateSpace Store: https://www.createspace.com/4910282
Amazon (Paperback): http://www.amazon.com/dp/1500563323/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Amazon (Kindle): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MZG0VHY/?tag=elimyrevandra-20

Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. “It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I kept learning things. I love the decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram “I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse “This international history-and-photo book, featuring 100s of detailed bios of some of the most forward-moving gay persons in history, is sure to be one of those bestsellers that gay folk will enjoy for years to come as reference and research that is filled with facts and fun.” Jack Fritscher

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Statistics: October 2014

Here are the 3 months statistics for the visits on my website and 2 journals:

Site August 2014 September 2014* October 2014  
elisarolle.com 427.387 405.615 484.634 19,5%
reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org 29.733 27.038 25.773  
elisa-rolle.livejournal.com 21.610 22.263 13.975  
Total 478.730 454.917 524.382 15,3%
*on a 31 days basis        

there was an increase of the 19,5% on the visits on the website, and of 15,3% on the total number of visits for all three locations.



Reminder: starting from January 2014, there is the possibility to place an advertising banner on my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/. The two top banners are already booked for all 2014, but there is still availability for the rotating side menu banners.

Moreover I have a special proposal for spotlight/promotion, to be considered if you have a coming soon release.

For more info please contact me and I will send details.

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Rainbow Awards pre-party and 8th anniversary (Day 1)

November 2014 marks the 8th anniversary since I opened my first journal on LJ, and the 6th anniversary of the Rainbow Awards and we will have again a 1 month long big bash party. 119 authors, all of them in the 2014 Rainbow Awards, have donated an ebook and I will use them for a Treasure Hunt. Every day, for all November, I will post 4 excerpts (a random page of the book). No reference to title, or author, or publisher. You have to match it with the book ;-) comment on the blog (do not leave anonymous comments, if you post as anonymous, leave a contact email (comments are screened)), you can comment 1 time for more matchings (you can even try for all 4 books if you like, so 4 chances to win every day). Until the end I will not say which matching is right, so you will have ALL month to try. No limit on how many books you can win, the more you try the better chance you have to win. End of November, among the right matchings, I will draw the winners. So now? let the game start!

If at the end of the treasure hunt there will be still unmatched excerpts the giveaway will go to the one who matched more books.

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