December 1st, 2014

andrew potter

Donald Hardy

A San Francisco Bay Area resident for the past twelve years, Donald Hardy moved from the east coast, where he had lived since childhood, while trapped in the grip of a midlife crisis of Biblical proportions, and lives in a small, tree shaded cottage with a very conversational Schnauzer named Schultz and too many books.

He began writing after moving west and dumping his television, and has gradually expanded his output. His first novel, Lovers’ Knot, was released in December of 2009 by Running Press to critical acclaim. He is currently working on a stage adaptation of Pride and Prejudice for the Butterfield 8 Theater Company. Other work includes Space/Time Magic, (as editor) by Taylor Ellwood, for Immanion Press, and his biographical essay Puppy Whipped was published in Paws And Reflect (by Alyson Press).

When he isn’t writing -- or catering to the demands of Schultz -- he can be found onstage or in rehearsal with Butterfield 8, usually performing in Shakespeare with a twist. On certain weekends, he’s an avid Renaissance (Faire) Man — proving that even when he’s offstage, he’s onstage.

He has discovered, in the writing of this biography, that speaking of himself in the third person is strangely appealing, and is struggling with his desire to break into the royal first person plural. He fears he may fail, and so will end, lest he offend even more.

Since December 1, 2013, he is engaged with Andrew David Hirss.

Lovers Knot won a 2010 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Historical and Best Gay Novel.

Source: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2916187.Donald_Hardy

Further Readings:

Lover's Knot: An M/M Romance by Donald Hardy
Series: M/M Romance
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Running Press (December 22, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0762436859
ISBN-13: 978-0762436859
Amazon: Lover's Knot: An M/M Romance
Amazon Kindle: Lover's Knot: An M/M Romance

Jonathan Williams has inherited Trevaglan Farm from a distant relative. With his best friend, Alayne, in tow, Jonathan returns to the estate to take possession, meet the current staff, and generally learn what it’s like to live as the landed gentry now. He’d only been there once before, fourteen years earlier. But that was a different time, he’s a different person now, determined to put that experience out of his mind and his heart….

The locals agree that Jonathan is indeed different from the lost young man he was that long ago summer, when he arrived at the farm for a stay after his mother died. Back then the hot summer days were filled with sunshine, the nearby ocean, and a new friend, Nat. Jonathan and the farmhand had quickly grown close, Jonathan needing comfort in the wake of his grief, and Nat basking in the peace and love he didn’t have at home.

But that was also a summer of rumors and strange happenings in the surrounding countryside, romantic triangles and wronged lovers. Tempers would flare like a summer lightning storm, and ebb just as quickly. By the summer’s end, one young man was dead, and another haunted for life.

Now Jonathan is determined to start anew. Until he starts seeing the ghost of his former friend everywhere he looks. Until mementos of that summer idyll reappear. Until Alayne’s life is in danger. Until the town’s resident witch tells Jonathan that ghosts are real. And this one is tied to Jonathan unto death…

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andrew potter

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day, observed on 1 December every year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection, and mourning those who have died of the disease. Government and health officials, non-governmental organizations and individuals around the world observe the day, often with education on AIDS prevention and control.

Since 1995, the President of the United States has made an official proclamation on World AIDS Day.

As of 2013, AIDS has killed more than 36 million people worldwide (1981-2012), and an estimated 35.3 million people are living with HIV, making it one of the most important global public health issues in recorded history. Despite recent improved access to antiretroviral treatment in many regions of the world, the AIDS epidemic claims an estimated 2 million lives each year, of which about 270,000 are children.

Please, spend a moment to mourn the million of people killed by the desease, some of them featured in this journal and which life you can recollect through this page: http://www.elisarolle.com/, Ramblings/Beyond Shame

Patrick Cowley (October 19, 1950 - November 12, 1982) - Musician
Guy de Cointet (1934 - 1983) - Artist
Robert Christian (December 27, 1939 - January 27, 1983) - Actor
Marc Wilder (May 1, 1929 - April 18, 1983) - Dancer
Bobby Blume (January 30, 1956 - February 4, 1984) - Musician
Hollis Frampton (March 11, 1936 - March 30, 1984) - Director
Robert Moore (February 1, 1927 - May 10, 1984) - Actor
Arthur Bell (November 6, 1939 - June 2, 1984) - Activist
Michel Foucault (October 15, 1926 - June 25, 1984) - Essayist
Gregory Connell (September 16, 1949 - September 11, 1984) - Model
Lynne Carter (1924 - January 11, 1985) - Eccentric
Adam Grammis (1948 - January 24, 1985) - Dancer
Wade Nichols aka Dennis Parker (October 28, 1946 - January 28, 1985) - Musician
David B. Goodstein (June 7, 1932 - June 22, 1985) - Activist
Rock Hudson (November 17, 1925 - October 2, 1985) - Actor
Roger Jacoby (1945 - November 19, 1985) - Director
Laughlin Barker (1949 - January 2, 1986) - Eccentric
Carl Wittman (February 23, 1943 - January 22, 1986) - Activist
Bill Kraus (June 26, 1947 - January 25, 1986) - Activist
Howard Greenfield (March 15, 1936 - March 4, 1986) - Musician
Erik Bruhn (October 3, 1928 - April 1, 1986) - Dancer
Perry Ellis (March 3, 1940 - May 30, 1986) - Designer
Robert La Tourneaux (1945 - June 3, 1986) - Actor
David Kalstone (1933 - June 14, 1986) - Essayist
John MacDonald (June 10, 1951 - November 5, 1986) - Designer
Gia Marie Carangi (January 29, 1960 - November 18, 1986) - Model
Steve Tracy (October 3, 1952 - November 27, 1986) - Actor
Douglas Lambert (July 7, 1936 - December 16, 1986) - Actor
Robert J. Kadel (December 14, 1927 - 1987) - Model
Sam Wagstaff (November 4, 1921 - January 14, 1987) - Eccentric
Robert Fulps (November 22, 1953 - February 3, 1987) - Artist
Liberace (May 16, 1919 - February 4, 1987) - Musician
Paul Popham (October 6, 1941 - May 7, 1987) - Activist
Charles Ludlam (April 12, 1943 - May 28, 1987) - Actor
Michael Bennett (April 8, 1943 - July 2, 1987) - Dancer
Tom Waddell (November 1, 1937 - July 11, 1987) - Sport
Casey Donovan (November 2, 1943 - August 10, 1987) - Actor
Jorge Samaniego (1947 - August 12, 1987) - Dancer
Elizabeth Eden (August 19, 1946 - September 29, 1987) - Eccentric
Geoffrey Burridge (1948 - September 30, 1987) - Actor
Peter Hujar (October 11, 1934 - November 26, 1987) - Artist
Raul Damonte Botana aka Copi (November 20, 1939 - December 14, 1987) - Author
Sam D'Allesandro (April 3, 1956 - February 3, 1988) - Author
Robert Joffrey (December 24, 1930 - March 25, 1988) - Dancer
Arnie Zane (September 26, 1948 - March 30, 1988) - Artist
Youri Egorov (May 28, 1954 - April 16, 1988) - Musician
Michael Grumley (July 6, 1942 - April 28, 1988) - Author
Leonard Matlovich (July 6, 1943 - June 22, 1988) - Activist
Logan Carter (May 11, 1954 - June 23, 1988) - Model
Robert Ferro (October 21, 1941 - July 11, 1988) - Author
Paul Thek (November 2, 1933 - August 10, 1988) - Artist
Leonard Frey (September 4, 1938 - August 24, 1988) - Actor
Guy Hocquenghem (December 3, 1946 - August 28, 1988) - Author
John Bernd (May 8, 1953 - August 28, 1988) - Dancer
Howard "Howie" Jeffrey (December 6, 1934 - November 2, 1988) - Dancer
Warren Casey (April 20, 1935 - November 8, 1988) - Musician
Sylvester (September 6, 1947 - December 16, 1988) - Musician
Joseph Towles (August 17, 1937 - December 19, 1988) - Essayist
Joseph F. Beam (December 30, 1954 - December 27, 1988) - Activist
Bruce Chatwin (May 13, 1940 - January 18, 1989) - Author
Jerry Blatt (1942 - January 19, 1989) - Musician
Ondrej Nepela (January 22, 1951 - February 2, 1989) - Sport
Ron Field (1934 - February 6, 1989) - Dancer
Tom Young (May 14, 1947 - February 20, 1989) - Author
Robert Mapplethorpe (November 4, 1946 - March 9, 1989) - Artist
Timothy Meyers (August 31, 1945 - March 14, 1989) - Actor
Merritt Butrick (September 3, 1959 - March 17, 1989) - Actor
William R. Olander (July 14, 1950 - March 18, 1989 ) - Eccentric
William Hibbard (August 8, 1939 - April 5, 1989) - Musician
George Whitmore (September 27, 1945 - April 19, 1989) - Author
Howard Brookner (April 30, 1954 - April 27, 1989) - Director
Ondine aka Robert Olivo (June 16, 1937 - April 28, 1989) - Actor
Mark Morrisroe (January 10, 1959 - July 24, 1989) - Artist
Steve Rubell (December 2, 1943 - July 25, 1989) - Producer
Mark Riese (January 13, 1953 - August 29, 1989) - Musician
Cookie Mueller (March 2, 1949 - November 10, 1989) - Actor
Alan Bowne (1945 - November 26, 1989) - Author
Alvin Ailey (January 5, 1931 - December 1, 1989) - Dancer
Jim Hulick (1951 - December 10, 1989) - Sport
René Highway (1954 - 1990) - Dancer
Ernie Horvath (1946 - January 5, 1990) - Dancer
Ian Charleson (August 11, 1949 - January 6, 1990) - Actor
David Combs (1953 - January 27, 1990) - Eccentric
Bill Sherwood (June 14, 1952 - February 10, 1990) - Director
Tony Holiday (February 24, 1951 - February 14, 1990) - Musician
Keith Haring (May 4, 1958 - February 16, 1990) - Artist
Fred Palmisano (October 3, 1945 - February 26, 1990) - Musician
Halston (April 23, 1932 - March 26, 1990) - Designer
Jose De Vega, Jr. (January 4, 1934 - April 8, 1990) - Dancer
Juan Antonio (May 4, 1945 - May 24, 1990) - Dancer
Demian Acquavella (January 25, 1958 - June 2, 1990) - Dancer
Dan Turner (1947 - June 4, 1990) - Activist
John Fox (1952 - August 14, 1990) - Author
Christopher Cox (August 27, 1949 - September 7, 1990) - Essayist
Daniel Krumholtz (May 17, 1956 - October 5, 1990) - Activist
Craig Russell (January 10, 1948 - October 30, 1990) - Eccentric
Vito Russo (July 11, 1946 - November 7, 1990) - Essayist
Tim Dlugos (August 5, 1950 - December 3, 1990) - Author
Robert Chesley (March 22, 1943 - December 5, 1990) - Author
Reinaldo Arenas (July 16, 1943 - December 7, 1990) - Author
Marcel B. Aucoin (1951 - 1991) - Designer
Stan Hurwitz (1945 - January 5, 1991) - Producer
Alan L. Hale (1950 - January 22, 1991) - Producer
John Bobanick (February 1, 1950 - February 11, 1991) - Musician
Arturo Islas (May 25, 1938 - February 15, 1991) - Author
Joe Bracco (May 2, 1960 - March 3, 1991) - Musician
Howard Ashman (May 17, 1950 - March 14, 1991) - Musician
Adam Geiger (December 16, 1950 - March 17, 1991) - Musician
Brian Shucker (May 29, 1958 - April 12, 1991) - Musician
Duncan Stalker (1955 - May 6, 1991) - Essayist
Phil Zwickler (June 1, 1954 - May 7, 1991) - Director
Leland Hickman (September 15, 1934 - May 12, 1991) - Author
Nicholas Dante (November 22, 1941 - May 21, 1991) - Dancer
Tom Eyen (August 14, 1940 - May 26, 1991) - Author
Andy Milligan (February 12, 1929 - June 3, 1991) - Director
Thomas A. Hannan (1950 - June 4, 1991) - Musician
Larry Kert (December 5, 1930 - June 5, 1991) - Actor
Gordon Stewart Anderson (1958 - July 8, 1991) - Author
Bill Sawyer (March 28, 1953 - August 12, 1991) - Musician
Allen Barnett (May 23, 1955 - August 14, 1991) - Author
Gordon Heath (September 20, 1918 - August 27, 1991) - Actor
Nicholas Schaffner (January 28, 1953 - August 28, 1991) - Essayist
Brad Davis (November 6, 1949 - September 8, 1991) - Actor
Peter McGehee (October 6, 1955 - September 13, 1991) - Author
Craig Lee (1956 - October 8, 1991) - Musician
John Kobal (May 30, 1940 - October 28, 1991) - Essayist
Michael Ballard (1942 - November 10, 1991) - Dancer
Howard Brunner (August 20, 1940 - November 12, 1991) - Actor
Tony Richardson (June 5, 1928 - November 14, 1991) - Director
Rob McCall (September 14, 1958 - November 15, 1991) - Sport
Freddie Mercury (September 5, 1946 - November 24, 1991) - Musician
George Stambolian (April 10, 1938 - December 22, 1991 ) - Essayist
Herve Guibert (December 14, 1955 - December 27, 1991) - Author
Ian H. Cooper (1946 - 1992) - Designer
Richard Hunt (August 16, 1951 - January 7, 1992) - Actor
Willard Ching (1942 - January 14, 1992) - Designer
A. J. Antoon (December 7, 1944 - January 22, 1992) - Director
Frank Santo (October 3, 1943 - January 26, 1992) - Musician
Michael Weltmann (February 28, 1949 - January 27, 1992) - Activist
Clark Tippet (October 5, 1954 - January 28, 1992) - Dancer
Daniel Sotomayor (August 30, 1958 - February 5, 1992) - Activist
John Wilson (1928 - February 24, 1992) - Dancer
David Carroll (July 30, 1950 - March 11, 1992) - Musician
Marty Robinson (1943 - March 19, 1992) - Activist
Shaun McGill (1962 - March 23, 1992) - Sport
Brian Pockar (October 27, 1959 - April 28, 1992) - Sport
Peter Allen (February 19, 1944 - June 18, 1992) - Musician
Donald W. Woods (1958 - June 25, 1992) - Activist
David Wojnarowicz (September 14, 1954 - July 22, 1992) - Artist
Don Amador (October 23, 1942 - August 13, 1992) - Activist
Tommy Nutter (April 17, 1943 - August 17, 1992) - Designer
Anthony Perkins (April 4, 1932 - September 12, 1992) - Actor
Frederick Combs (October 11, 1935 - September 19, 1992) - Actor
Robert Caviano (1950 - September 22, 1992) - Producer
Douglas Wilson (1950 - September 24, 1992) - Author
David Scott Richardson (1962 - September 29, 1992) - Author
Paul Jabara (January 31, 1948 - September 29, 1992) - Musician
Victor Valentine (1952 - October 1, 1992) - Director
Melvin Dixon (May 29, 1950 - October 26, 1992) - Author
Richard Hall (November 26, 1926 - October 29, 1992) - Author
Steve Abbott (December 21, 1943 - December 2, 1992) - Author
Dan Erkkila (March 18, 1941 - November 1, 1992) - Musician
Gary Abrahams (1944 - November 5, 1992) - Producer
James Festa (1956 - November 5, 1992) - Musician
Scott McPherson (October 13, 1959 - November 7, 1992) - Author
Jay B. Laws (1958 - November 9, 1992) - Author
G. Luther Whitington (1957 - November 10, 1992) - Essayist
David Oliver (January 31, 1962 - November 12, 1992) - Actor
Brian Lasser (February 8, 1952 - November 20, 1992) - Musician
Cary Scott Lowenstein (May 24, 1962 - November 29, 1992) - Dancer
Philipp Jung (June 10, 1949 - December 10, 1992) - Designer
Allen Wallace (1953 - December 12, 1992) - Producer
Gary Essert (1938 - December 16, 1992) - Producer
Robert Tanella (1950 - December 16, 1992) - Designer
Glenn Rowen (1934 - December 20, 1992) - Musician
Vincent Fourcade (February 27, 1934 - December 23, 1992) - Designer
Thomas Lorango (June 8, 1959 - December 30, 1992) - Musician
John Dorr (1944 - January 1, 1993) - Director
Stephen Harvey (1949 - January 1, 1993) - Essayist
Rudolf Nureyev (March 17, 1938 - January 6, 1993) - Dancer
Jim Burgess (July 21, 1953 - January 18, 1993) - Musician
Stephan A. Love (1955 - January 18, 1993) - Dancer
Robert B. Nofsinger (July 11, 1963 - January 19, 1993) - Musician
Dudley Stevens (August 8, 1935 - January 23, 1993) - Actor
Huck Snyder (1954 - January 23, 1993) - Designer
Art Bauman (1940 - January 27, 1993) - Dancer
Carlton T. Jones (1959 - January 28, 1993) - Dancer
Jerry Mills (February 26, 1951 - January 28, 1993 ) - Artist
Edward Myers (1951 - February 1, 1993) - Dancer
Gustavo Motta (June 20, 1944 - February 6, 1993) - Musician
Stephen Sapuppo (October 17, 1959 - February 19, 1993) - Actor
Carl Sautter (April 29, 1948 - February 23, 1993) - Author
Cyril Collard (December 179, 1957 - March 5, 1993) - Author
Kevin Oldham (August 30, 1960 - March 11, 1993) - Musician
Anthony Bowles (1931 or 1932 - March 15, 1993) - Musician
Kenneth Siminski (1952 - March 22, 1993) - Director
Louis Falco (August 2, 1942 - March 26, 1993) - Dancer
(1945 - March 28, 1993) - Producer
Jan Holmgren (April 25, 1939 - March 29, 1993) - Musician
Gary DeLoatch (1953 - April 2, 1993) - Dancer
Jack Damlos (1948 - April 7, 1993) - Producer
Richard Schmiechen (July 10, 1947 - April 7, 1993) - Producer
Gordon Hoban aka Tom Hardy (August 4, 1941 - April 10, 1993) - Author
Andre Oliver (1932 - April 22, 1993) - Designer
Kris Kirk (1950 - April 27, 1993) - Activist
Bo Huston (June 10, 1959 - May 1993 ) - Author
Larry Lillo (September 20, 1946 - June 2, 1993) - Director
Severo Sarduy (February 25, 1937 - June 8, 1993) - Author
Crawford Barton (June 2, 1943 - June 10, 1993) - Artist
Daniel Warner (June 14, 1955 - June 14, 1993) - Activist
Craig Rodwell (October 31, 1940 - June 18, 1993) - Activist
Swen Swenson (1932 - June 23, 1993) - Dancer
Richard Rorke (1953 - July 3, 1993) - Actor
John Falabella (1953 - July 6, 1993) - Designer
John Beaird (April 9, 1953 - July 9, 1993) - Author
Oleg Kerensky (January 9, 1930 - July 9, 1993) - Essayist
Norman Andersson (1953 - July 19, 1993) - Musician
Chris DeBlasio (February 22, 1959 - July 21, 1993) - Musician
Jack Brusca (1937 - July 31, 1993) - Artist
B.J. Turner (March 20, 1949 - August 1, 1993) - Actor
Stefan Fitterman (1955 - August 1, 1993) - Director
Christopher Gillis (February 26, 1951 - August 7, 1993) - Dancer
Roy London (March 3, 1943 - August 8, 1993) - Actor
Dorian Corey (1937 - August 29, 1993) - Author
Don Hall (1949 - September 2, 1993) - Musician
James Tyeska (August 5, 1950 - September 5, 1993) - Musician
Bruce Ferden (1949 - September 19, 1993) - Musician
Michael Harvey (1944 - September 23, 1993) - Producer
Kenneth Nelson (March 24, 1930 - October 7, 1993) - Actor
Marc Berman (1954 - November 4, 1993) - Author
William Bory (August 18, 1950 - November 12, 1993) - Activist
John A. Avant (September 1, 1945 - November 13, 1993) - Essayist
Spencer Henderson III (1949 - November 14, 1993) - Dancer
Richard DeFabees (May 30, 1947 - November 18, 1993) - Actor
Emile Ardolino (May 9, 1943 - Novembber 20, 1993) - Director
Martin Worman (July 19, 1945 - November 25, 1993) - Author
Paul Walker (1952 - December 5, 1993) - Director
Patrick Kelly (1953 - December 10, 1993) - Dancer
Jeremiah Sullivan (September 22, 1935 - December 12, 1993) - Actor
Darrell Yates Rist (February 26, 1948 - December 23, 1993) - Author
Juan Gonzalez (January 12, 1942 - December 24, 1993) - Artist
Michael Callen (April 11, 1955 - December 27, 1993) - Musician
Ronald Muchnick (1938 - January 4, 1994) - Producer
Stephen M. Kritsick (1952 - January 16, 1994) - Essayist
Philip Dwayne Labhart (1956 - January 18, 1994) - Producer
Eugene W. Hancock (February 17, 1929 - January 21, 1994) - Musician
R.A. Radley (1951 - January 21, 1994) - Activist
Gary Clare (1962 - January 28, 1994) - Producer
Jorge Zontal (1944 - February 3, 1994) - Artist
Walta Borawski (1947 - February 9, 1994) - Author
Fausto Bara (January 21, 1952 - February 10, 1994) - Actor
Bruce Voeller (May 12, 1934 - February 13, 1994) - Essayist
Randy Shilts (August 8, 1951 - February 17, 1994) - Essayist
Derek Jarman (January 31, 1942 - February 19, 1994) - Director
Victor Leo Heineman (1954 - February 27, 1994) - Dancer
Aldyn McKean (1948 - February 28, 1994) - Activist
Tomm Ruud (1944 - February 28, 1994) - Dancer
Harry Kondoleon (February 26, 1955 - March 16, 1994) - Author
Mark Stevenson (1950 - March 16, 1994) - Actor
Dack Rambo (November 13, 1941 - March 21, 1994) - Actor
Dan Hartman (November 4, 1950 - March 22, 1994) - Musician
Terry Helbing (May 21, 1951 - March 28, 1994) - Essayist
Marlon Riggs (February 3, 1957 - April 5, 1994) - Director
John Curry (September 9, 1949 - April 15, 1994) - Sport
Ron Vawter (December 9, 1948 - April 16, 1994) - Actor
James Raitt (1953 - April 25, 1994) - Musician
John Preston (December 11, 1945 - April 28, 1994) - Author
William Dickey (December 15, 1928 - May 3, 1994) - Author
Fred Sadoff (October 21, 1926 - May 6, 1994) - Actor
Joe Brainard (March 11, 1941 - May 25, 1994) - Artist
Bruno Fonseca (1958 - May 31, 1994) - Artist
Felix Partz (1945 - June 5, 1994 ) - Artist
Murray Gitlin (1927 - June 22, 1994) - Dancer
Assotto Saint (October 2, 1957 - June 29, 1994) - Author
Steve Gilden (1960 - July 1, 1994) - Musician
James Carroll Pickett (December 17, 1949 - July 4, 1994) - Author
Denis Lemon (August 11, 1945 - July 21, 1994) - Essayist
Colin Turnbull (November 23, 1924 - July 28, 1994) - Author
Pierre Menard (1941 - August 3, 1994) - Musician
Steven F. Arnold (1943 - August 6, 1994) - Artist
Benn Howard (1939 - August 7, 1994) - Dancer
Dave Catney (1961 - August 11, 1994) - Musician
Billy Wilson (1935 - August 14, 1994) - Dancer
David M. Lindahl (February 15, 1957 - August 26, 1994) - Author
Walter Raines (1940 - August 28, 1994) - Dancer
Michael Stuart Shere (1947 - August 28, 1994) - Designer
Michael Peters (August 6, 1948 - August 29, 1994) - Dancer
Charles Horne (1946 - September 2, 1994) - Author
James F. Jacobs (1952 - September 3, 1994) - Dancer
Christopher Coe (1953 - September 6, 1994) - Author
Randall Fostvedt (1953 - September 10, 1994 ) - Producer
Hiram Ortiz (1958 - September 23, 1994) - Designer
Jeff Wadlington (1965 - September 24, 1994) - Dancer
Douglas A. Pagliotti (1958 - September 27, 1994) - Producer
Richard Charles Bollig (1943 - October 6, 1994) - Musician
Paul Swift (August 18, 1934 - October 7, 1994) - Actor
David B. Feinberg (November 25, 1956 - November 2, 1994) - Author
Martin Smith (June 26, 1957 - November 5, 1994) - Actor
Pedro Zamora (February 29, 1972 - November 11, 1994) - Activist
Tom Villard (November 19, 1953 - November 14,1994) - Actor
Joey Stefano (January 1, 1968 - November 26, 1994) - Actor
John Boswell (March 20, 1947 - December 24, 1994) - Essayist
Leigh Bowery (March 26, 1961 - December 31, 1994) - Designer
Tim Melester (1954 - January 5, 1995) - Activist
Gary Kalkin (1950 - January 6, 1995) - Producer
Tony Bonifant (1952 - January 12, 1995) - Musician
Stan Leventhal (1951 - January 15, 1995) - Author
Christopher Palmer (September 9, 1946 - January 22, 1995) - Musician
Lance Mulcahy (April 17, 1931 - January 26, 1995) - Musician
James Merrill (March 3, 1926 - February 6, 1995) - Author
Paul Monette (October 16, 1945 - February 10, 1995) - Author
Bob Randall (1938 - February 11, 1995) - Author
Nigel Finch (August 1, 1949 - February 14, 1995) - Director
Hugh Auchincloss Steers (1962/1963 - March 1, 1995) - Artist
Jerriese "JJ" Johnson (May 8, 1954 - March 10, 1995) - Musician
Antony Hamilton (May 4, 1952 - March 29, 1995) - Actor
Jimmy McShane (May 23, 1957 - March 29, 1995) - Musician
Charles Bell (1935 - April 1, 1995) - Artist
Kenny Everett (December 25, 1944 - April 4, 1995) - Eccentric
Ron Richardson (January 27, 1952 - April 5, 1995) - Actor
Joseph Villa (August 9, 1948 - April 13, 1995) - Musician
Kenneth MacDonald (December 31, 1948 - April 20, 1995) - Dancer
John Moffat (1956 - May 16, 1995) - Actor
Glenn Burke (November 16, 1952 - May 30, 1995) - Sport
Joel Redon (November 15, 1961 - June 6, 1995) - Author
Kenneth L. Wiederhold (January 26, 1946 - July 22, 1995) - Activist
Steven Corbin (October 3, 1953 - August 31, 1995) - Author
John Megna (November 9, 1952 - September 5, 1995) - Actor
Tom McBride (October 7, 1952 - September 24, 1995) - Actor
Essex Hemphill (April 16, 1957 - November 4, 1995) - Author
Simon Bailey (June 16, 1955 - November 27, 1995) - Leader
Richard Hornung (1950 - December 30, 1995) - Designer
John Casey (? - 1996) - Eccentric
Paul Mariah (1938 - January 12, 1996) - Author
Christian Haren (February 1, 1935 - February 27, 1996) - Model
William Douglas (September 25, 1953 - March 10, 1996) - Dancer
Dario Bellezza (September 5, 1944 - March 31, 1996) - Author
Norman Rene (1951 - May 24, 1996) - Director
Peter Adair (November 22, 1943 - June 27, 1996) - Director
Stephen Donaldson (July 27, 1946 - July 18, 1996) - Activist
Miguel Godreau (October 17, 1946 - August 29, 1996) - Dancer
Oscar Moore (March 23, 1960 - September 12, 1996) - Author
Martin Greif (February 4, 1938 - November 17, 1996) - Essayist
Howard Rollins, Jr. (October 17, 1950 - December 8, 1996) - Actor
Bernard Johnson (December 12, 1936 - January 22, 1997) - Designer
Thomas B. Stoddard (1949 - February 12, 1997) - Activist
Carld Jorel Jonassaint (1962 - February 28, 1997) - Dancer
Jermaine Stewart (September 7, 1957 - March 17, 1997) - Musician
Jon-Henri Damski (March 31, 1937 - November 1, 1997) - Activist
Charles Desjardins (March 11, 1962 - February 20, 1998) - Eccentric
Keith Christopher (April 27, 1957 - February 23, 1998) - Actor
Bruce Cratsley (1945 - June 29, 1998) - Artist
James Holmes (April 2, 1939 - January 7, 1999) - Musician
Benjamin Smoke (January 28, 1960 - January 29, 1999) - Musician
Paul Schmidt (1934 - February 19, 1999) - Author
Charles Macaulay (September 26, 1927 - August 13, 1999) - Actor
Derek Anson Jones (1962 - January 17, 2000) - Director
Ronnie Robertson (September 25, 1937 - February 4, 2000) - Sport
Rodger Max Barrow (November 23, 1954 - May 14, 2000) - Dancer
Faygele Ben-Miriam aka John Singer (October 21, 1944 - June 5, 2000) - Activist
Stephen Gendin (February 20, 1966 - July 19, 2000) - Activist
B. Michael Hunter (April 15, 1958 - January 23, 2001) - Activist
Andrew Howard (1967 - May 21, 2001) - Author
Peter Bellinger (March 28, 1947 - April 18, 2001) - Musician
Alan Bray (October 13, 1948 - November 25, 2001) - Essayist
Lance Loud (June 26, 1951 - December 22, 2001) - Actor
Paul Reed (May 28, 1956 - January 28, 2002) - Author
Frank C. Moore (June 22, 1953 - April 21, 2002) - Artist
Jackson Kevin Myars (October 24, 1963 - May 28, 2002) - Musician
Robert Giard (July 22, 1939 - July 16, 2002) - Artist
Herb Ritts (August 13, 1952 - December 26, 2002) - Artist
Michael Jeter (August 26, 1952 - March 30, 2003) - Actor
Guillaume Dustan (November 29, 1965 - October 3, 2005) - Author
James K. Lyons (October 8, 1960 - April 12, 2007) - Actor
Bob Hattoy (November 1, 1950 - March 4, 2007) - Activist
Allan Berube (December 3, 1946 - December 11, 2007) - Essayist
Chuck Pepe (1961 - 2008) - Designer
Paco Vidarte (March 1, 1970 - January 29, 2008) - Author
Larry McKeon (June 30, 1944 - May 13, 2008) - Leader
Bobby Michaels (1951 - October 30, 2011) - Author
Robert Miles Parker (August 22, 1939 - April 17, 2012) - Artist
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Mischief Corner Books 'Chestnuts Roasting' tour

Chestnuts Roasting Anthology by Toni Griffin, Angel Martinez, Silvia Violet, Freddy MacKay
Publisher: Mischief Corner Books, LLC; First edition (November 27, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Chestnuts Roasting Anthology

Christmas means different things to everyone, but most often it’s all about pulling loved ones close and brightening the gloom. The fire’s crackling. The snow is piling up outside, even if it's only in your dreams. Time to snuggle up with some cocoa and some stories carefully crafted by the Mischief Corner Crew to warm hearts and cockles.

Wreath of Fire: Smokey Mountains Bears 2 - Toni Griffin
Michael's trying to start a new life away from his abusive father, but he's drifting and not sure what he wants. When he accidentally starts a kitchen fire, the hot new fireman who comes to the rescue is not only another bear shifter. He's Michael's mate. Michael desperately needs to get his act together and figure out what he wants if he has any hope of claiming the bear fated to be his.

A Christmas Cactus for the General - Angel Martinez
Exiled to Earth for perhaps the worst failure in Irasolan history, General Teer must assimilate or die. Earth is too warm, too wet, too foreign, but he does the best he can even though human males are loud, childish louts whom he can't imitate successfully. When a grieving seaplane pilot strikes up a strange and uneasy friendship with him, he finds he may have been too quick to judge human males. They are strange to look at, but perhaps not as unbearable as he thought.

Holly Jolly - Silvia Violet
I’m not gay. I just notice men sometimes. Everybody does, right? I notice Dane a lot, like every time I’m near him, but just because I think he’s an attractive man that doesn’t mean I like him, does it?

I’m also not a fan of Christmas. Too many years “celebrating” with my Bible-thumping family ruined the holiday for me. So what if I envy all these cheerful souls dashing about with smiles on their faces? I don’t have to like Christmas, do I? If anyone could get me in the Christmas spirit, it would be Dane with his easy, relaxed manner and his gorgeous smile. If that were going to happen, though, I’d have to find the courage to talk to him and to admit that maybe I don’t know myself all that well after all.

Snow on Spirit Bridge - Freddy MacKay
Alone in Japan, Finni is struggling against the constant distrust, avoidance, and xenophobia he experiences every day. He misses home. He misses his family. Nightmares come all too frequently because of the stress, and well, Christmas is just not Christmas in Japan. Not how he understands it.

Distressed by how miserable Finni is, his roommate, Mamoru, offers to be Finni's family for Christmas. Little does he know how much one agreement would change everything between them, because both of them kept secrets neither ever dreamed were true.



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Publisher:
Mischief Corner Books is an organization of superheroes... no, it's a platinum-album techno-fusion group...no, hold on a sec here...
Ah, yes. Mischief Corner is a diverse group of authors who met on a mountain in Tennessee and decided since we probably were too easily distracted to rule the world that we'd settle for causing a bit of mayhem instead.
In addition to making mayhem, we publish books with a diverse range of genres and topics... we live to break molds.
MCB. Giving voice to LGBTQ fiction.

Contact:
Mischief Corner Books Website and Store: https://mischiefcornerbooks.weebly.com MCB Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MischiefCornerBooks
Publisher: Mischief Corner Books, LLC
Cover Artist: Catherine Dair



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Statistics: November 2014

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

Site September 2014 October 2014* November 2014
elisarolle.com 392.531 469.001 531.914 13,4%
reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org 26.166 25.580 22.045  
elisa-rolle.livejournal.com 21.545 13.524 20.974  
Total 440.242 508.105 574.933 13,2%
*on a 30 days basis        

there was an increase of the 13,4% on the visits on the website, and of 13,2% 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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2014 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mentions

Waiting for the winners to be announced on December 8, I will post daily the 2014 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mentions: an honorable mention means a judge gave a rate of 36 or above out of 40 to the book; an honorable mention doesn't mean the book is among the winners or runners up, could be could be not, but it's important to understand there were more than 500 books in the literary contests, more than 250 among the finalists, and the difference between winners or not is only few decimal points. So please, congratulate with me this year honorable mentions:



Gay Romantic Comedy
Caught! (The Shamwell Tales) by JL Merrow
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (August 19, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Caught! (The Shamwell Tales)

This was a delight to read. The characters were very well written and funny.

Visual Arts & Photography
dr.a.g. by Christopher Logan

Publisher: Bookthefilm Publishing

Oh, I so wanted to give this book a perfect score... but there was a single photograph whose flaws seemed unintentional. The lack of focus neither softened the models face, nor made it seem I looked through the lens of a kinder world...it merely left me with a nagging sense of the photo being out of focus. But something in the absolute precision of detail in the feathers and sparkling faux gemstones surrounding the models face combined with the soft focus and almost painted quality of the actual face was...riveting. I returned to this single photo repeatedly (page 42) and gradually came to see that my fascination was because the picture was not, in fact fuzzy, poorly taken or poorly photo-shopped. It was in fact brilliant. A bit disturbing as great art is wont to be, and because of this, the piece became a mesmerizing statement about the nature of drag and its implications in art.

Gay Historical Romance
Forever Hold His Peace by Rebecca Cohen
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 16, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627987703
ISBN-13: 978-1627987707
Amazon: Forever Hold His Peace
Amazon Kindle: Forever Hold His Peace

Well-crafted story with several turns making the main characters figure out how to manage their changing roles and relationships.

I have not read the first two in the series, but I certainly will now! Anthony and Sebastian are beautiful together with their love and are memorable. I especially liked how truelove prevailed and that they overcame the odds to stay together and get their happy ending.

Lesbian Young Adult
Freak Camp: Posts From a Previously Normal Girl by Jessica V. Barnett

Series: Freak Camp
Paperback: 226 pages
Publisher: Jessica V. Barnett; 1 edition (April 25, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0692028528
ISBN-13: 978-0692028520
Amazon: Freak Camp
Amazon Kindle: Freak Camp

From word one this book sort of sucks you in. Great read.

Wonderful story about discovering who you are and how you fit in the world.

Gay Young Adult
Heavyweight by MB Mulhall
Paperback: 230 pages
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press (April 23, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627987142
ISBN-13: 978-1627987141
Amazon: Heavyweight
Amazon Kindle: Heavyweight

Excellent story tackling the relevant teenage issue of bulimia, with a male sufferer to make it even more valuable. MB Mulhall's writing style is accessible and touching. The MC, Ian, is well developed and steals your sympathy right away. I found the device of Jules's family just a little too perfect - they were almost unbelievably nice. It would have been nice to see some minor discord there, just for believability.

Gay Paranormal Romance
Hell & High Water (THIRDS Book 1) by Charlie Cochet
Paperback: 296 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 7, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1632160110
ISBN-13: 978-1632160119
Amazon: Hell & High Water (THIRDS Book 1)
Amazon Kindle: Hell & High Water (THIRDS Book 1)

This is a great paranormal story. The twist on shape shifters keeps this fresh so that the readers do not as if they are re-reading something old. The follow up books are just as good and since this is a series that needs to be read in order do not forget to pick them up as well.

Transgender Young Adult
If We Shadows by D.E. Atwood
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press (March 6, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627988203
ISBN-13: 978-1627988209
Amazon: If We Shadows
Amazon Kindle: If We Shadows

I do not know how this book could get any more perfect. An intricate plot told in accessible language that manages to come through in a very believable teenage voice. The characters are multi-layered and likeable. Most of all, the author addresses the difficulties of being a transgendered teen, as well as the mechanical details--therapies, "packers," balancing the opinions of parents/friends/school/potential love interests--rather than romantically glossing over them. It is simultaneously romantic and realistic. I am looking forward to reading it again.

Gay Erotic Romance
It's Like This by Anne O'Gleadra
Paperback: 202 pages
Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing (July 7, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1909192791
ISBN-13: 978-1909192799
Amazon: It's Like This
Amazon Kindle: It's Like This

I loved this book and its characters; how much each loved each other and needed each other. I appreciated that even when there was doubt, they continued to be there and fight for their relationship. I also appreciated the uniqueness of their relationship and how it was just them learning each other and what felt right for them. They were young, but not immature or ridiculous. Very well written and engaging.

Gay Historical Romance
Lovers and Liars by Paul Alan Fahey
Paperback: 230 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 11, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1494361973
ISBN-13: 978-1494361976
Amazon: Lovers and Liars

A collection of short stories. Well, I am not too fond of short stories because I like to be longer with the characters I grew to love. However, I tried to be objective and I can say that this collection was good – it was a great portrait of people living in difficult times. We cannot forget that there was life during the war – not only battles. People were still people.

Gay Romantic Comedy
Merry Gentlemen by Josephine Myles
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (November 12, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Merry Gentlemen

I just love Josephine Myles' characters. They are always so well written and easy to fall in love with. Merry Gentlemen was no exception. Loved the humor in the story as well.

Lesbian Contemporary Romance
No Boundaries by Donna K. Ford
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (May 6, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626390606
Amazon: No Boundaries
Amazon Kindle: No Boundaries

This book was amazing. From the beginning, I was riveted by the characters as they grabbed hold of my attention and did not let go. The author's style was quick, light and easy to read and I would love to pick up more from Ms. Ford.

Gay Young Adult
Not Broken, Just Bent by Mia Kerick

Paperback: 180 pages
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press (February 14, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627985298
ISBN-13: 978-1627985291
Amazon: Not Broken, Just Bent
Amazon Kindle: Not Broken, Just Bent

I love Mia Kerick's writing, and this YA novel had all her hallmarks - realistic characters she made you feel for in a very believable situation and setting. The issue of physical abuse and deprivation were sensitively tackled without hitting the reader over the head with it.

I was swept up in this engrossing novel for the best of all possible reasons: the author made me care deeply about all of the characters...and maybe even love them.

I found this to be an excellent read. The writing was solid, the setting clear, and the character development grew in depth as the story went along. Mia did not take the easy way out of any of the problems in her characters’ lives and she gave no easy answers. realistically Ben's heartache was painfully brought to the page and I could 'feel' his regret and pain....and even though Timmy was 'off page' for some time during the separation, because the writing had been so strong earlier in showing the love they both felt for each other, I felt that I 'knew' his pain during the separation too without having to read of it. I was completely emotionally involved in the story and characters, hence my high marks for characters, plot and setting.

Lovely. Such a great build of character. We see how they both grow, especially in the time they are apart, and have a good inside view on Ben. Nice secondary characters, especially Ben's dad. This is not really a plot driven book, but there is development with tension - the build-up of the abuse and Ben's indecision then action; their period apart which is not static for either boy, and then the development of their relationship through their reunion. Felt like school and college and in Ben's case a home, albeit a very masculine one.

Gay Sci-fi / Futuristic
Piper by Leona Carver
Paperback: 540 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (September 10, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620042428
ISBN-13: 978-1620042427
Amazon: Piper
Amazon Kindle: Piper

My second read of this book, and I will now seek out Leona's work avidly. The characters start out, like we all do, as seen from the outside without knowledge of what is within. Leona then develops them by showing us their natures, not telling us. The world is perfect for a sci-fi novel - a space station marvelously described that you feel you're inside it, but it's very fragility in space is made clear too. The plot? Amazing. An obvious modern rewrite of ""The Pied Piper,"" it takes that story, does not diverge much from the traditional storyline, but expands it into something that is believable and works. I did not want this to end. It's far from short, and doesn't go on too long, but you want to know more. Yet it is satisfyingly complete, which sounds a contradiction, but Leona Carver made me want more of perfection. In addition, yes, I would love to see it win.

I am a sucker for a good fairy tale retold in a new and well-developed setting, and this novel delivers that in spades, with engaging characters, an intriguing universe, and a finely crafted plot.

I very much enjoyed Piper from start to finish. The characters are all engaging and the plot just gets more and more complicated. I wasn't as sold on Atmosphere's last ditch efforts as I wanted to be, though. I think more time from his POV leading up to that scene would have helped. However, I thought the epilogue nicely wrapped up what could have otherwise been several additional books, making this a great stand alone story.

Gay Anthology / Contemporary General Fiction
Playing Ball by Shae Connor, Kate McMurray, Kerry Freeman & Marguerite Labbe

Paperback: 270 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (September 25, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627981756
ISBN-13: 978-1627981750
Amazon: Playing Ball
Amazon Kindle: Playing Ball

This was overall a very enjoyable anthology. The characters are 'people' one can actually 'see' in real life. Their situations are factual, things like what each of these men went through I could see happening to men out there.

This array of stories sucked me in... I liked they were so easy to fall into and feel like you were a part of the story itself—sign of good writing to me.

Probably the best anthology I have ever read. Each story was a little gem. Loved it.

Gay Sci-fi / Futuristic
Rarely Pure and Never Simple by Angel Martinez
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (January 24, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608209199
ISBN-13: 978-1608209194
Amazon: Rarely Pure and Never Simple
Amazon Kindle: Rarely Pure and Never Simple

Gorgeous story I was reading for the third time. It did not matter a bit. The plot is tense, the characters well built up throughout until you really know them by the end. The romance is achingly lovely without being mushy for a single moment. These are real people. The world building is perfect - a logical premise, a believable response to Variants with in the population. Angel's writing style is likewise impossible to fault. She does not fall into the trap of overusing epithets, repeating herself, etc. She writes narrative and dialogue equally well. Lovely story I would not mind seeing win this.

Gay Fantasy Romance
Reawakening by Amy Rae Durreson
Paperback: 260 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 17, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627984054
ISBN-13: 978-1627984058
Amazon: Reawakening
Amazon Kindle: Reawakening

I loved this story. Approaching the breadth of The Hobbit in scale, setting and character development, yet filled with "sparkly" characters and MCs. (Sparkly means lesbian and gay, no transgender in this book). Great glossary at the end, but meant for reading after the story ends. Prepare to be transported to an "earth like" planet or maybe earth a long time ago, with dragons, spirits, and humans. You will laugh, cry and yearn to be part of this dragon's hoard!

Gay Young Adult
Running Through A Dark Place: Children of the Knight #2 (The Knight Cycle) by Michael J. Bowler

Series: The Knight Cycle
Paperback: 388 pages
Publisher: self; First edition (May 12, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0990306305
ISBN-13: 978-0990306306
Amazon: Running Through A Dark Place: Children of the Knight #2 (The Knight Cycle)
Amazon Kindle: Running Through A Dark Place: Children of the Knight #2 (The Knight Cycle)

So I guess this was book two in a series. I now want to read book one. Definitely sucks the reader in.

Gay Contemporary Romance
Sacrifices (Jeff Woods Mysteries Book 2) by Chris T. Kat
Paperback: 250 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (April 28, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627986685
ISBN-13: 978-1627986687
Amazon: Sacrifices
Amazon Kindle: Sacrifices

I loved the first book in this series and the second did not let me down at all. Tense plot, three dimensional characters and excellent writing. Cannot wait for the next one!

Bisexual Contemporary Romance
Slide (Roads) by Garrett Leigh
Paperback: 326 pages
Paperback: 274 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 14, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627981470
ISBN-13: 978-1627981477
Amazon: Slide (Roads)
Amazon Kindle: Slide (Roads)

Slide is a stunning work of homoerotic fiction, a deep psychological study awash with authentic details, gripping characterizations and two protagonists who personify the term “survivor”.

I only have a couple things to say about my experience reading Slide. It pulled me in from the very first page. I was expecting an angst-fest but it was not. Sure, there was some angst but it made sense and never felt like too much. The writing and the characters were exceptionally well done.

Gay Contemporary Romance
Solitude by Anna Martin & Tia Fielding
Paperback: 214 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 27, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1632161605
ISBN-13: 978-1632161604
Amazon: Solitude
Amazon Kindle: Solitude

Not everything is about S*x. Even for pornostars. Gael and Liam exploring their compatibility in and especially out of bedroom.

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