January 6th, 2015

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Ronica Black (born January 6, 1976)

Ronica Black spends her free time writing works that move her with the hope that they will move others as well. She lives in the desert southwest where she enjoys exploring, spending time with family, reading, and creating. When she's not doing those, she's most likely chasing after her beloved Parson Russell Terrier, Cleo. An award-winning author, Ronica has five books published by Bold Strokes Books. In Too Deep, Deeper, Wild Abandon, Hearts Aflame and Flesh and Bone. She also has several short stories published with Bold Strokes Books in Stolen Moments, Lessons in Love and Road Games. She was also published in Ultimate Lesbian Erotica 2005.

The Seeker won a 2010 Rainbow Award as Best Lesbian Mystery / Thriller and Best Lesbian Novel.

Wholehearted won a 2012 Rainbow Award as Best Lesbian Romance and Best Lesbian Novel.

Further Readings:

The Seeker by Ronica Black
Paperback: 351 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (December 15, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602821283
ISBN-13: 978-1602821286
Amazon: The Seeker
Amazon Kindle: The Seeker

FBI profiler Kennedy Scott battles ghosts from her past, deadly obsession, and the evil that haunts her. The Seeker. Famed Hollywood actress Veronica Ryan arrives at a red carpet event with her wife Shawn. They are the world's most famous gay couple--beautiful, wealthy, and by all appearances, the happiest couple in the world. But things aren't always as they appear. And someone is out to dampen the parade. A shot rings out and Veronica finds herself tackled to the ground by security, her wife lying next to her in a pool of blood. Kennedy Scott used to be the best behavioral profiler the FBI had, but she is haunted by a string of child murders no one can solve. A single quote--Seek and ye shall find--was all she had to go on. The case has eaten her alive, and after her own family is threatened by an armed intruder, Kennedy retreats to be with them. But one phone call brings her back into the game. Veronica Ryan needs her help and the path may lead to the one who haunts her. The Seeker.

Wholehearted by Ronica Black
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (February 14, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602825947
ISBN-13: 978-1602825949
Amazon: Wholehearted
Amazon Kindle: Wholehearted

Healing, respect, and empathy are what the H&S Ranch promises when helping troubled juveniles. Madison Clark hasn’t had much trouble in allowing teens to help care for her recovering horses. But then in walks Jake, a know-it-all thirteen-year-old with a smart mouth and a strong penchant for trouble. What’s worse is what’s behind him—his uptight, opinionated lawyer aunt, Grace Hollings. Madison does her best to ignore her, but focusing solely on Jake isn’t always possible.

Grace Hollings is convinced nothing can help her nephew, especially Madison Clark and her feel-good horse ranch. Unfortunately, Jake’s presence there is court ordered so Grace does her best to keep an eye on him, and on Madison, who is way more than she originally gave her credit for. Her calm strength and good looks are powerful and just the tip of the iceberg, leaving Grace green with jealousy. Not just because Jake is thriving and has taken to Madison over her, but because Grace is beginning to be taken by the ranch owner as well…

Wholeheartedly so.

More Rainbow Awards at my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/, Rainbow Awards/2010 & 2012

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Bren Christopher (born January 6)

Bren Christopher is a multi-published romance author who currently resides in Florida. Although Bren has always been an avid reader in every genre, it wasn't until she discovered erotic romance that the characters who had been content to reside in her imagination started insisting they needed a wider audience. She has a lot of fun helping her folks come to life, and hopes you have just as much fun getting to know them.

Second Chance Sam won a 2013 Rainbow Award as Best LGBT Erotic Romance, the Bobby Michaels Award.

Second Chance Sam by Bren Christopher
Paperback: 210 pages
Publisher: Loose Id, LLC (November 16, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1623005728
ISBN-13: 978-1623005726
Amazon: Second Chance Sam
Amazon Kindle: Second Chance Sam

Tristan and Cory have been together forever and thought they always would be--until Sam comes into their lives.

In a fit of jealousy, Tristan commits an inexcusable act of anger. Unable to trust his own temper, he leaves Cory although it breaks both of their hearts. Even if Cory can forgive him, Tristan can never forgive himself. Cory is determined to prove that Tristan has nothing to fear and that, together, they can find a way to put the past behind them. Then an old guilt of his own arises to weaken his resolve.

Somehow in this morass of jealousy, remorse and grief, Sam must find a way to reunite the couple he inadvertently tore apart. But the ghosts of Tristan's difficult childhood threaten to keep them separated despite Sam's best efforts. Now Sam must be more than a friend to the two if he is going to bring them back together. He'll do whatever is necessary, and if his plan happens to lead to a bit of fun for all three of them... surely no one can blame him for enjoying it just a little.

But if Sam succeeds, will it mean the end of his own chance for happiness?

More Rainbow Awards at my website: www.elisarolle.com/, Rainbow Awards/2013


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Gary Kalkin & Laurence Mark

Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King are some of the most successful films of all time. Among the most important reasons for their box-office triumphs were the brilliant marketing campaigns that encouraged rave reviews and huge audiences. And the man behind those campaigns was Gary Kalkin (1950 - January 6, 1995), senior vice president of domestic marketing for Buena Vista Pictures—which includes Touchstone, Hollywood, and Disney Films.

Kalkin began his career in the 1970s as a press agent for Universal Pictures. In 1975 he went out on his own, creating publicity for Saturday Night Fever, Grease, American Gigolo, Staying Alive, Nine to Five, and other films. He also handled publicity for John TRAVOLTA, Robert DeNiro, and director Martin Scorsese before joining Disney in 1984. Kalkin’s innovative marketing techniques drove the popularity of many films, including Good Morning, Vietnam, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Pretty Woman, The Joy Luck Club, and The Santa Clause.

Kalkin died of AIDS-related illness in 1995. His companion Laurence Mark was a prominent film producer in Hollywood (As Good As It Gets, Dreamgirls, Jerry Maguire, Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion). In Kalkin's memorial quilt, Mark wrote: Old friend, Best friend, My hero, Thanks for 23 years, Love always, Larry.

In October 1995, Laurence Mark established the Gary Kalkin Memorial Fellowship Endowment Fund at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. At the time, about $500,000 had already been raised by such contributors as Jeffrey Katzenberg, David Geffen, John Travolta, Scott Rudin, Dawn Steel, Tom Werner, and Disney executives David Vogel, Richard Cook and Terry Press.


AIDS Quilt
Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King are some of the most successful films of all time. The man behind their campaigns was Gary Kalkin, senior vice president of domestic marketing for Buena Vista Pictures. His companion Laurence Mark was a prominent film producer in Hollywood (As Good As It Gets, Dreamgirls, Jerry Maguire, Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion). In Kalkin's memorial quilt, Mark wrote: Old friend, Best friend, My hero, Thanks for 23 years, Love always, Larry.

Source: Stern, Keith (2009-09-01). Queers in History: The Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Historical Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals (Kindle Locations 6896-6905). Perseus Books Group. Kindle Edition.

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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Francesco Scavullo & Sean Byrnes

Francesco Scavullo (January 16, 1921 – January 6, 2004) was an American fashion photographer best known for his work on the covers of Cosmopolitan and his celebrity portraits. Scavullo died of heart failure at the age of 82, while on his way to a photo shoot with a then up-and-coming CNN news anchor, Anderson Cooper. Scavullo met Sean M. Byrnes at a fashion show in New York. Beginning in 1972 he was assisted by Byrnes, who became his life partner.

Born in Staten Island, Scavullo began to pursue his fascination with images of beauty by picking up his father's camera and taking snapshots, using his sisters as models. After graduating from high school in 1945, Scavullo began working for a studio that produced fashion catalogs. He soon moved on to Vogue. Scavullo spent three years as Horst P. Horst's assistant, studying Horst's techniques. In 1948, he created a cover for Seventeen that won him a contract with the magazine. Scavullo's soon opened his own studio in Manhattan.

In 1969, Scavullo painted singer Janis Joplin, with a cigarette in her hand, a picture exhibited at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. The museum poster refers to Joplin, who died in 1970, as having a "free-spirited fervor of the counterculture revolution."

Some of Scavullo's more controversial work included a Cosmospolitan centerfold of a nude Burt Reynolds, and photographs of a young Brooke Shields that some considered overly sexual. He also befriended a young teenager from Philadelphia, future supermodel Gia Carangi, whose career he was largely responsible for launching. Later, when Carangi's heroin addiction made it impossible for her to find work, Scavullo continued to employ her and support her until her eventual death from complications relating to AIDS.

Scavullo also created shots for various movie posters, album covers and Broadway shows, including one for A Star is Born (featuring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson), a portrait of Julie Andrews for Blake Edwards' Victor Victoria., and the cover and in-sleeve photos of Donna Summer for her Once Upon A Time and Live and More double albums. In 1981, Scavullo was commissioned by Mikhail Baryshnikov to photograph the dancers of the American Ballet Theatre which formed the basis of an exhibition that was later shown in a nationwide tour.


@Chris Gulker (1951-2010). Photographer Francesco Scavullo at the G. Ray Hawkins Gallery, West Hollywood, 1980s
Francesco Scavullo (January 16, 1921 – January 6, 2004) was an American fashion photographer known for his work on the covers of Cosmopolitan and his celebrity portraits. Scavullo died of heart failure at the age of 82, while on his way to a photo shoot with a then up-and-coming CNN news anchor, Anderson Cooper. Scavullo met Sean M. Byrnes at a fashion show in New York. Beginning in 1972 he was assisted by Byrnes, who became his life partner. Scavullo: Photographs 50 Years is dedicated to him.



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Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francesco_Scavullo

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