January 17th, 2015

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Angel Rothamel aka A.J. Kelton (1975 - January 17, 2014)

AJ Kelton was the dynamic writing team of Angel Rothamel and Jordan. The couple met online several years ago on an Alexander fan site and have been friends ever since. Angel soon found that Jordan had a flare for storytelling with several half-finished stories on her computer. Angel encouraged Jordan to finish the stories and with help in creative description she decided to send the stories off to MLR press. They were both shocked and excited when they got the news that Faelon was accepted for publication. While Jordan may have a flare for storytelling she didn’t enjoy the smaller details in getting a story ready for publication. That is where Angel came in; she spent countless hours getting the story ready after line edits, going over each line in proofing and formatting, making decisions such as covers and fonts, all things that Jordan just had problems focusing on.

Angel loved to read, take pictures and attend concerts of all kinds. She loved all things 80’s. Angel lived in Texas with her two dogs, Daisy a beagle who she insisted was nothing like snoopy and her Chihuahua Bonita.

Angel was in the hospital with pneumonia and started to experience complications which resulted in kidney failure, respiratory troubles, and heart problems. She was then put into a medically induced coma and was receiving dialysis. At one point she appeared to be doing better but unfortunately she passed away on January 17, 2014, at 39 years old.



Source: www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/5579085-in-loving-memory-of-angel-rothamel-aka-the-a-of-author-aj-kelton

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Betsy Sweet & Dale McCormick

Dale McCormick (born January 17, 1947) won three consecutive terms in the Maine Senate, a remarkable accomplishment for a Democrat in a conservative rural district, and all the more remarkable for a woman who is totally open about her sexual orientation. “I’m Miss Lesbian from Maine” was her response when a Republican opponent tried to make it an issue. “Where has he been?” In 1994 McCormick got 68 percent of the vote. McCormick and her partner since 1985, Betty Sweet, adopted a child in the mid- 1990s.

McCormick began her career in the construction industry as a carpenter. In 1977 she wrote Against the Grain: A Carpentry Manual for Women. A second book, House Mending and Repair for the Rest of Us, was published several years later. In 1988 she started Women Unlimited, an educational organization offering courses in carpentry, road construction, truck driving, surveying, drafting, and other traditionally male occupations. In 1990 she was elected to the Maine Senate.

McCormick was elected state treasurer by the legislature on December 4, 1996, becoming Maine's first female constitutional officer. She was re-elected in 1998, 2000 and 2002. Term limits prevented her from seeking a fifth term in 2004. Gov. John Baldacci subsequently appointed her director of the Maine State Housing Authority.


Dale McCormick won three consecutive terms in the Maine Senate, a remarkable accomplishment for a Democrat in a conservative rural district, and all the more remarkable for a woman who is totally open about her sexual orientation. “I’m Miss Lesbian from Maine” was her response when a Republican opponent tried to make it an issue. “Where has he been?” In 1994 McCormick got 68 percent of the vote. McCormick and her partner since 1985, Betty Sweet, adopted a child in the mid- 1990s.

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Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dale_McCormick


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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Sir Compton Mackenzie & Faith Stone

Sir Compton Mackenzie, OBE (/ˈkʌmptən məˈkɛnzɪ/; 1883–1972) was a prolific writer of fiction, biography, histories and memoir, as well as a cultural commentator, raconteur and lifelong Scottish nationalist. He was one of the co-founders in 1928 of the Scottish National Party along with Hugh MacDiarmid, RB Cunninghame Graham and John MacCormick. He was knighted in 1952. (P: ©Alvin Langdon Coburn (1882–1966)/Wallach Division: Photography Collection. Compton Mackenzie, London, 1914 (More men of mark, Knopf, 1922) (©1))

Edward Montague Compton Mackenzie was born in West Hartlepool, County Durham, England, into a theatrical family of Mackenzies, many of whose members used Compton as their stage surname, starting with his grandfather Henry Compton, a well-known Shakespearean actor of the Victorian era. His father, Edward Compton, and mother, Virginia Bateman, were actors and theatre company managers; his sister, Fay Compton, starred in many of J. M. Barrie's plays, including Peter Pan. He was educated at St Paul's School, London, and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he graduated with a degree in modern history.

Between 1913 and 1920 he lived with his wife, Faith, on Capri at Villa Solitaria, and returned to visit in later years. This Italian island near Sorrento was known to be tolerant not just of foreigners in general, but of artists and homosexuals in particular. Faith had an affair with the Italian pianist Renata Borgatti, who was connected to Romaine Brooks.

Compton Mackenzie's observations on the local life of the Italian islanders and foreign residents led to at least two novels, Vestal Fire (1927) and Extraordinary Women (1928). The latter, a roman à clef about a group of lesbians arriving on the island of Sirene, a fictional version of Capri, was published in Britain in the same year as two other ground-breaking novels with lesbian themes, Virginia Woolf's love letter to Vita Sackville-West, Orlando, and Radclyffe Hall's controversial polemic, The Well of Loneliness, but Mackenzie's satire did not attract legal attention. He was a friend of Axel Munthe, who built Villa San Michele, and Edwin Cerio, who later became mayor of Capri.


Compton Mackenzie; Faith Nona (née Stone), Lady Mackenzie, by Central Press, bromide press print, November 1955, 10 in. x 8 in. (254 mm x 204 mm) image size, Transferred from Evening Standard Library, 1983, Photographs Collection, NPG x184032
Sir Compton Mackenzie was a prolific writer of fiction, biography, histories and memoir, as well as a cultural commentator, raconteur and lifelong Scottish nationalist. On November 30, 1905, he married actress Faith Nora Stone. Between 1913 and 1920 they lived on Capri at Villa Solitaria. Faith had an affair with the Italian pianist Renata Borgatti, who was connected to Romaine Brooks. Extraordinary Women (1928) is a roman à clef about a group of lesbians arriving on the island of Sirene, a fictional version of Capri.

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

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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Emily M. Danforth & Erica Edsell

Emily M. Danforth (born January 17, 1980) is an American author. She is Assistant Professor of English at Rhode Island College, teaching creative writing and literature. Her debut novel, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, was published in February 2012.

Danforth was born and raised in Miles City, Montana. She attended Hofstra University, where she came out. She received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Montana and earned her Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island, with her partner Erica E. Edsell.

"Erica Edsell and I have been E2 (E-squared) since our junior year of college. (I won't tell you just how long that's been, exactly, but awhile. Definitely awhile). During the entirety of this time she has been UNBELIEVABLY supportive of me "making-a-go at this writing thing," even though I'm not sure that such dedicated support has been, frankly, always warranted on my part.

Shortly after college she packed-up and moved across country with me to the mountain town of Missoula, Montana (some 2500 miles away from her family in Pennsylvania) so I could enroll in the MFA in fiction program at the university there.

Luckily: we both loved Missoula--it's a beautiful, vibrant place. (And, hello individual glazed lemon poppyseed Bundt cakes from the Good Food Store: we'll take twelve.) Then, two years later we moved to Lincoln, Nebraska so that I could get my Ph.D in English from UNL--despite that neither of us a knew a soul in Cornhusker country before moving there. We bough a money-pit of a fixer-upper house from 1900--a place with a--unbeknownst to us--severe snake infestation--and stayed for five years, during which time I completed and sold my first novel. I should mention, here, that Erica has a job that requires her to travel 225+ days a year. And that she's had this job for seven years, mostly to help support her poor-grad-student, struggling-writer-partner. AKA: me.


Emily M. Danforth (born January 17, 1980) is an American author. Her debut novel, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, was published in February 2012. "Erica Edsell and I have been E2 (E-squared) since our junior year of college. (I won't tell you just how long that's been, exactly, but awhile. Definitely awhile). A good friend of mine who's also an author recently said to me "You can have blah, blah (his boyfriend) and I'll take Erica. Let's trade." He was joking, of course, but my response wasn't: "No way," I told him. "Go find your own Erica. And good luck with that, because there aren't anymore out there.""

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emily_M._Danforth & apocalypsies.blogspot.it/2012/02/who-do-we-love.html

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m. danforth
Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: Balzer + Bray; Reprint edition (May 28, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062020579
ISBN-13: 978-0062020574
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Set in rural Montana in the early 1990s, emily m. danforth’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a powerful and widely acclaimed YA coming-of-age novel in the tradition of the classic Annie on My Mind.

Cameron Post feels a mix of guilt and relief when her parents die in a car accident. Their deaths mean they will never learn the truth she eventually comes to—that she's gay. Orphaned, Cameron comes to live with her old-fashioned grandmother and ultraconservative aunt Ruth. There she falls in love with her best friend, a beautiful cowgirl. When she’s eventually outed, her aunt sends her to God’s Promise, a religious conversion camp that is supposed to “cure” her homosexuality. At the camp, Cameron comes face to face with the cost of denying her true identity.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a stunning and provocative literary debut that was a finalist for the YALSA Morris Award and was named to numerous “best” lists.

More Spotlights at my website: www.elisarolle.com/, My Lists/Gay Novels


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