January 16th, 2015

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Jamie Scofield (born January 16, 1975)

Brushback, An Evan Austin Mystery won a 2009 Rainbow Award as Best LGBT Mystery / Thriller and Best Gay Novel.

Further Readings:

Brushback (An Evan Austin Mystery Book 1) by Jamie Scofield
Paperback: 327 pages
Publisher: Dancing Fools Press (July 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0982365101
ISBN-13: 978-0982365106
Amazon: Brushback (An Evan Austin Mystery Book 1)
Amazon Kindle: Brushback (An Evan Austin Mystery Book 1)

EVAN AUSTIN, PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR It couldn't be simpler. All Evan Austin needed to do was find R.J. Gibson before his eighteenth birthday and the kid would inherit a huge trust fund. Everybody would go home happy: R.J. would be set for life, the mom would appease her guilt, and maybe Evan would finally be able to put a tragic case from his past behind him. But nothing in life is ever that easy. Adding to the confusion are a young woman whose boyfriend liked to slap her around and the murder of an Assistant U.S. District Attorney, for which one of Evan's former clients is now a suspect. Throw in his growing attraction to R.J.'s guardian, artist Roman Cavanaugh, plus the Mariners having another really bad season, and Evan's got a bit more on his plate than he can handle. Not that it's ever stopped him before. The First Evan Austin Mystery

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Anne Fleming & Catherine Jennis

"Another [memorial] from the end of the [XVIII] century is the lovely monument to Catherine Jennis and her friend Anne Fleming, who are buried together in their vault in Wiveton parish church in Norfolk, at the foot of the steps to the communion table." Alan Bray

You can read: Near this monument and in the same vault with the remains of her much respected friend Mrs Catherine Jennis is interred the body of Mrs Anne Fleming, spinster, daughter of John Fleming gent and Sarah his wife late of Great Snoring. She died Jan 16th 1796 aged 73. In her were united the true Characters of a pious and charitable Christian and a kind and sincere Friend.

Catherine Jennis is buried near Anne, and in her memorial you can read: Here lieth interred the body of Catherine, the wife of Edmund Garrett (died 1712) who departed this life the 15th of January in the year of our Lord 1727, aged 61 years. Also Mrs Catherine Jennis, daughter of the aforesand Edmund and Catherine Garrett, she departed this life December 19, 178?, in the 75 year of her age.

Inside the church of St. Mary Virgin in Great Snoring, on a marble monument, are inscribed memorials to the FLEMING family:
Ambrose Fleming, died August 30, 1721, aged 78 years (1643-1721);
his wife Ann, died May 23, 1713, aged 75 years (1638-1713);
their son John Fleming, died May 24, 1764, aged 90 years (1674-1764);
his wife Sarah Fleming, died May 31, 1759, aged 66 years (1693-1759);
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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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George Kelly & William Weagley

George Edward Kelly (16 January 1887 – 18 June 1974, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania) was an American playwright, screenwriter, director, and actor. He began his career in vaudeville as an actor and sketch writer. He became best known for his satiric comedies, including The Torch-Bearers (1922) and The Show-Off (1924). George Kelly maintained a 55-year relationship with his lover William Weagley up until his death and was often referred to as his valet. That Kelly was gay was a closely guarded secret and went unacknowledged by his family to the point of not inviting Weagley to his funeral; he instead slipped in and sat quietly on a back seat, weeping quietly and completely ignored. He died a year later.

Born in Philadelphia, the second of ten children, Kelly was the brother of American businessman and Olympic champion sculler John B. Kelly, Sr. and the uncle of actress Grace Kelly. Not much is known about his early life, but he was an actor in his early years. He did not like the dramatic material available during the turn of the century, and wanted to change that. He served a year in France during WWI and after he came home starting writing.

Throughout his career, Kelly remained a realistic playwright, unaffected by the experiments of theatrical modernism. Novelist Edward Maisel described him as "a simple moralist using the theatre for simple moral purposes." Kelly's plays are often dominated by characters of monstrous egotism, and he casts a harsh light on their shortcomings. Uncompromising in his vision, he scrupulously avoided sentimentality and depictions of romance. Arthur Willis noted "Kelly appears to be anti-love, anti-romantic love, certainly, and distrustful of the tender emotions."


George Kelly was an American playwright, screenwriter, director, and actor. He was the brother of American businessman and Olympic champion sculler John B. Kelly, Sr. and the uncle of actress Grace Kelly. Kelly maintained a 55-years relationship with his lover William Weagley up until his death. That Kelly was gay was a closely guarded secret and went unacknowledged by his family to the point of not inviting Weagley to his funeral; he instead slipped in and sat quietly on a back seat, weeping quietly and completely ignored. He died a year later.

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Kelly_(playwright)

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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Denis O'Hare, Derek Anson Jones & Hugo Redwood

Denis Patrick Seamus O'Hare (born January 16, 1962) is an American actor noted for his award winning performances in Take Me Out and Sweet Charity as well as the HBO television show True Blood. He is also known for his supporting roles in the films Charlie Wilson's War, Milk, and Changeling and Dallas Buyers Club, playing doctors in both. In 2011 he starred as Larry Harvey and in 2013 Spalding in the FX series American Horror Story and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie.

O'Hare came out as gay while a student at Brother Rice High School (Michigan). O'Hare is married to Hugo Redwood and the couple have a son. "We got married because we could. It’s not sexy," Redwood explained. "City Hall’s like the DMV -- we stood in line with a lot of Eastern Europeans. A lot of the impetus for doing it was because, if we weren’t married, then we’d have to go through two rounds of adoption. I would be Declan’s father, and then Denis would have to adopt him. This way, it’s neat and clean. Now I’m a married man with child."

In 1992 O'Hare arrived to New York in John Logan’s play “Hauptmann” and 1994 he met Derek Anson Jones, with whom he lived and bought an apartment in Brooklyn. On January 17, 2000, Jones, who became a successful director, died of AIDS (He was the 1999 nomination for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Play with Wit: despite her success in Los Angeles, Margaret Edson discovered there was little interest from other companies, who deemed the play overly intellectual and difficult to produce. A close friend, Derek Anson Jones, was eventually able to convince the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut, to produce the play, with Jones as director. Wit opened on the East Coast in October 1997, earning strong word-of-mouth reviews before winning three Connecticut Critics Circle Awards, including best play.) Jones had told O’Hare he was H.I.V. positive two weeks after they met. “I thought about it and decided you don’t get to pick who you love,” said O’Hare. About five months after Jones’s death, O’Hare met Redwood. They met, O’Hare told Sanford Marcus on the blog Queer Sighted, in a chat room on AOL, from which he was booted after he sent Redwood an X-rated photograph of himself.


Denis O'Hare is an American actor noted for his performances in Take Me Out and Sweet Charity as well as the show True Blood. O'Hare is married to Hugo Redwood and the couple have a son. "We got married because we could," Redwood explained. "A lot of the impetus for doing it was because, if we weren’t married, then we’d have to go through two rounds of adoption. I would be Declan’s father, and then Denis would have to adopt him. This way, it’s neat and clean. Now I’m a married man with child."

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Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denis_O%27Hare

Derek Anson Jones, the director of ''Wit,'' which won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for drama, died on January 17, 2000, at St. Vincent's Hospital in Manhattan. He was 38. (P: Kathleen Chalfant embraces Derek Anson Jones at the 1999 Drama Desk Awards. Photo by Aubrey Reuben)

With a clean, precise vision of an emotionally complex play, Jones received the best reviews of his short career for ''Wit,'' the story of a haughty literature professor whose defenses are broken down by her battle with ovarian cancer.

It was a play with which Jones had long been associated; he and the playwright, Margaret Edson, had been best friends since the two were students together -- and each other's prom dates -- at the Sidwell Friends School in Washington.

Passionate about Edson's work, Jones played the role of the stricken professor during an informal reading of the script in 1991 and kept a copy of the play with him for several years, continually showing it to artistic directors of theaters.

Finally, in 1997, Jones convinced the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven to produce the play, with Kathleen Chalfant in the lead role. Positive reviews led to a New York production at the MCC Theater on West 28th Street, where the play became the surprise hit of the 1999 season.

After a brief flirtation with Broadway, Jones helped take ''Wit'' Off Broadway, to the Union Square Theater. Lisa Harrow of the Royal Shakespeare Company took over the lead role from Judith Light.

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Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2000/01/19/arts/derek-anson-jones-38-directed-off-broadway-plays.html

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James Steven Handshoe & Jeff London

Writer, producer, director Jeff London (born January 16) grew up in a small town outside Bakersfield, California, called Shafter. Later his family moved to Covina, California, where he attended school. The son of a Pentecostal preacher, Jeff moved a lot as a boy, never having the same friends to grow up with. He can recall at least 35 different moves in his life. Other than location work, he prefers to stay home these days.

In 2001 Jeff formed Guardian Pictures Entertainment, a truly independent production company, creating movies with feel-good themes that make a difference in lives. He's done all types of movies, from drama to romance-even a chiller.

Jeff's interest in filmmaking started at the age of twelve. Each chance he could, he would go into the mall bookstore and read through one certain book about filmmaking. Jeff was raised in a low-medium income family and his weekly allowance of $1 would not allow him to buy the $30 hardback book he so desired. After six months of saving, working for extra money, and holding yard sales, he finally got the cash. He was hooked on making movies.

Keeping his desire, he continued on through school, helping in theater and the video department in high school. The family did not have the money to send him to film school, so once again life took a different road. Jeff found he also had an interest in motion picture special effects makeup and jumped at the chance to go to makeup school. But guess what, the $5000 price tag was not in the cards.


James Steven Handshoe & Jeff London, Engaged: 3 years. Married October 31, 2014
Best Day Ever is based on writer/director Jeff London (born January 16) and writer/producer James Steven Handshoe's true life events. How Jeff still being single at age 49, and the anxiety of turning 50, brought him to a place of realization about his choices along the way. If he had made one minor change along his life's road, he would have never met the love of his life. Jeff and James married on October 31, 2014, after 3 years of being engaged.

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Source: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1174172/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm

Best Day Ever (2014)
Actors: Mel England, Tom Saporito, Peter Stickles, Nate Moore, Ace Lundon
Directors: Jeff London
Studio: Radioactive Cactus Entertainment
DVD Release Date: December 9, 2014
Run Time: 80 minutes
ASIN: B00NI2CRQC
Amazon: Best Day Ever

David's turning 50 and having a Mid-life Crisis! Along with relationship issues and career problems, he realizes that he only has about 35 years left, and must figure out his life's plan. He meets a 15-year younger man who shows him that age does not matter, and that maybe his future happiness is right in front of him!


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Blog Tour: The Harvest: Journey's End by MA Church

The Harvest: Journey’s End, Book Two of ‘The Harvest’ series, by M.A. Church
Series: The Harvest
Paperback: 396 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 1, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1505828694
ISBN-13: 978-1505828696
Amazon: The Harvest: Journey's End
Amazon Kindle: The Harvest: Journey's End

To survive is to adapt…
Dale Michaels knows all about change. As he settles into his new life with the Tah’Narian starship captain Keyno Shou, Dale has adapted to life with an alien, space travel, and having his body mutated so he can carry a young. He’s closed the chapter on his old life.
Living on Tah’Nar, Dale has a loving mate and good friends. He’s helped cement peace with the Onfre. Sure, being double-dosed during his harvest led to some serious drama, but that’s over. Dale’s happy.
But life is never that simple.
Even though Dale loves Keyno, he still struggles with the way the Tah’Narians harvest young males as mates. Dale finds himself hijacked by his own body, courtesy of his extra dose of Tah’Narian DNA. Then there’s the devastating secret his mate, Keyno, has hid all this time. And if all that isn’t enough, outside forces threaten to rip Dale’s hard-won peace apart as well.
Join Dale for a non-stop adventure and a love that crosses several worlds and transcends space.

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Author Bio: M.A. Church is a true Southern belle who spent many years in the elementary education sector. Now she spends her days lost in fantasy worlds, arguing with hardheaded aliens on far-off planets, herding her numerous shifters, or trying to tempt her country boys away from their fishing poles. It’s a full time job, but hey, someone’s gotta do it!
When not writing, she’s exploring the latest M/M novel to hit the market, watching her beloved Steelers, or sitting glued to HGTV. That’s if she’s not on the back porch tending to the demanding wildlife around the pond in the backyard. The ducks are very outspoken. She’s married to her high school sweetheart, and they have two children.
She was a finalist in the Rainbow awards for 2013.

Where to find the author:
M.A. Church's Blog
Amazon
Goodreads
Facebook Author Page
Twitter
Fan Page for ‘The Harvest’



Tour Dates/Stops:
5-Jan Cate Ashwood, Emotion in Motion. Christy Loves 2 Read
6-Jan 3 Chicks After Dark. The Novel Approach
7-Jan Kristy's Brain Food. Carly’s Book Reviews
8-Jan Hearts on Fire, Bayou Book Junkie
9-Jan MM Good Book Reviews, Prism Book Alliance
12-Jan Kimi-Chan, Full Moon Dreaming, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Multitasking Mommas
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14-Jan Parker Williams, Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents
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16-Jan Elisa - My Reviews and Ramblings, My Fiction Nook

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No Tea, No Shade by Clancy Nacht

I was curious about this novel due to the particularity of the main character, that if you want to define in a simplicistic way, is an hermaphrodite. To be more specific, Lindsey was diagnosed with the Klinefelter's syndrome, that means he has one extra X chromosome: male have XY chromosomes, female XX chromosomes; a human with XXY, having the Y chromosome is considered a male, but genetically he is both male and female.

In the novel Lindsey has a very feminine look, but his behaviour is totally male, so much that he is brave and bossy, even with Hank, the former high school quarterback who was his juvenile crush. That didn't end well, so bad indeed that Hank is on the verge of suicide; his high school girlfriend, well aware of who is Hank's real love interest, pushes him to go and look for Lindsey, who is now performing as a drag queen in a local night club.

Hank was a real surprise, I started the novel fully expecting to be enthralled by Lindsey and eventually my favorite was Hank. He was a mix of fury inside a fluffy ball, a power that unleashes only if the ones he loves are in danger.

The story flows smooth and basically without bumps, and to my taste maybe a little too fast: I was enjoying both Hank than Lindsey's characters so much that I would have liked to stay with them for a little longer. All the interactions with both parents are very quick, and I think there is space for at least another novel, or maybe a "coming back together" novella.

Publisher: Loose Id LLC (September 23, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: No Tea, No Shade

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