February 8th, 2015

andrew potter

Clifford Henderson (born February 8, 1958)

Clifford Henderson is the author of three novels: ForeWord Magazine's Gold Medal Book of the Year, and Lesbian Fiction Readers Choice Winner, "The Middle of Somewhere"; Rainbow Award winner and one of Richard LaBonte's top ten novels for 2010, "Spanking New"; and her most recent novel, a Golden Literary Award winner, "Maye's Request". She lives and plays in Santa Cruz, California where she runs The Fun Institute, a school of improv and solo performance, with her partner of twenty-one years. In their classes and workshops, people learn to access and express the myriad of characters itching to get out. Her other passions include gardening and twisting herself into weird yoga poses.

Spanking New won a 2010 Rainbow Award as Best Bisexual / Transgender Contemporary. Maye's Request won a 2011 Rainbow Award as Best Lesbian Contemporary General Fiction. Rest Home Runaways won a 2014 Rainbow Award as Best Lesbian Contemporary General Fiction.

Further Readings:

Spanking New by Clifford Henderson
Paperback: 259 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (February 16, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602821380
ISBN-13: 978-1602821385
Amazon: Spanking New
Amazon Kindle: Spanking New

Getting born is trickier than Spanky ever imagined.

Yearning for life, Spanky chooses Nina, a flighty actress just out of college, and Rick, a sax player who changes tires to get by, to be his parents. Only Nina seems to be hung up on her gay guy friend Pablo, and Nina’s best girlfriend Dink is hung up her! Will Nina and Rick get it together in time to conceive Spanky before he evaporates? And if this hurdle gets crossed, will they choose to keep him?

There’s not much Spanky can do but watch from above while his fate plays out—and if that’s not scary enough—an unexpected twist of fate makes Spanky have to completely reevaluate his expectations. He’s a girl!

A poignant, hilarious, unforgettable look at life, love, gender, and the essence of what makes us who we are.

Maye's Request by Clifford Henderson
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (January 25, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602821992
ISBN-13: 978-1602821996
Amazon: Maye's Request
Amazon Kindle: Maye's Request

She has a history of complicated relationships. Is it her family legacy?

Freshly out of college and possibly in love, Brianna Bell, aka Bean, worries that she’ll never be able to have a normal relationship due to her screwy upbringing. Her parents form a perfect triangle: Mom, Dad, and her mother’s lover—who also happens to be her Dad’s twin sister. Although each of Bean’s parents now lives alone, the animosity between the twins makes dealing with either of them like tiptoeing between landmines. Then her mom, Maye, is threatened with a rare and possibly fatal illness, and she begs Bean to help heal the rift between brother and sister. Reluctantly, Bean intervenes. But the more Bean finds out about her parents’ complicated history, the more she realizes how little she knows.

A story of love, longing, and family values.

Rest Home Runaways by Clifford Henderson
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (August 19, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626391696
ISBN-13: 978-1626391697
Amazon: Rest Home Runaways
Amazon Kindle: Rest Home Runaways

Baby boomer Morgan Ronzio’s troubled marriage is the least of her worries when she gets the call that her addled, eighty-six-year-old, half-blind dad, Mac, has stolen a car and escaped the rest home.

Before she can alert her uber-capable wife, Treat, a trio of lady octogenarians appropriates the rest home van to rescue Mac, embarking on an adventure that makes national news. But Morgan knows something they don’t: Mac is taking orders from her mom’s ghost, trying to make good on a promise he made years ago. Worried sick, Morgan sets out on the 126-mile drive from Fresno to Santa Cruz, praying she finds Mac before he hurts himself—or worse. The chase is on, but the mission becomes one of more than miles; Morgan must also undertake a journey of the heart.

More Rainbow Awards at my website: www.elisarolle.com/, Rainbow Awards/2011 & 2013


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Jack Larson & James Bridges

Jack Edward Larson (born February 8, 1928) is an American actor, librettist, screenwriter and producer. He is best known for his portrayal of photographer/cub reporter Jimmy Olsen on the TV series The Adventures of Superman. Larson was the life partner of director James Bridges from 1958 until Bridges' death on June 6, 1993. Prior to that, he was the companion of actor Montgomery Clift.

Larson was born in Los Angeles, California, is of Swedish and Russian descent, and reared in Pasadena. He graduated from Montebello High School in 1945 at the age of seventeen, and has at times claimed 1933 as his birth year.

Larson found the role of the cub reporter to be a handicap because of being typecast in it. He has not done much acting since then, mostly behind-the-scenes work such as writing and production. Larson has always been willing to sit for interviews about the Superman series and his connection to it, and in recent years has had a number of cameos that pay subtle tribute to his character and the series including a 1991 episode of the TV series Superboy alongside Noel Neill, who had played Lois Lane in Adventures of Superman, and Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman as an aged Jimmy Olsen in the episode "Brutal Youth", first telecast on October 20, 1996. Larson had a cameo in a late-1990s American Express card commercial with Jerry Seinfeld and an animated Superman, directed by David Kellogg. He and his co-star Noel Neill provided commentary on several Adventures of Superman episodes for the January 2006 DVD release of the 1953 season, and in 2006, he appears in Bryan Singer's film Superman Returns in a cameo role as "Bo the Bartender"; it was rumored prior to the film's release that his role would actually be Suicide Slum resident and Superman fan, Bibbo Bibbowski, a supporting character from the modern Superman comics. In one of Larson's Superman Returns scenes, where characters celebrate Superman's rescue of a plane, his character is shown wearing a bow tie in the style of Jimmy Olsen and hugging the film's incarnation of Jimmy Olsen played by Sam Huntington.


A portrait of actor Jack Larson (left) with director James Bridges and their dog Max by Stathis Orphanos. Courtesy Stathis Orphanos. Copyright © Stathis Orphanos. All Rights Reserved.
James Bridges (February 3, 1936 - June 6, 1993) was an American screenwriter and film director. From 1958 to 1993, his life partner was actor Jack Larson (b. 1928), best known for his portrayal of Jimmy Olsen in the TV series Adventures of Superman. The James Bridges Theater at University of California, Los Angeles was named in his honor in November 1999. (A portrait of actor Jack Larson (left) with director James Bridges and their dog Max by Stathis Orphanos. Courtesy Stathis Orphanos.)



@Bobak Ha'Eri. Frank Lloyd Wright's Sturges House (1939) in Los Angeles, California.
The George Sturges House is a single-family house, designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright and built for George D. Sturges in the Brentwood Heights neighborhood of Brentwood, Los Angeles, California. Wright hired Taliesin fellow John Lautner to oversee its construction. The home remains a privately owned residence (owned by Jack Larson), but it can be viewed easily from the street (449 N. Skyewiay Road).[1] It was designated as Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #577 on May 25, 1993.

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Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Larson

James Bridges (February 3, 1936 — June 6, 1993) was an American screenwriter and film director. From 1958 to 1993, his life partner was actor Jack Larson, best known for his portrayal of Jimmy Olsen in the TV series Adventures of Superman.

Bridges was born in Paris, Arkansas. He got his start as a writer for Alfred Hitchcock Presents after catching the attention of Norman Lloyd, a producer for the series. One of his episodes, An Unlocked Window, earned him a 1966 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Episode in a TV Series.

Bridges went on to write and direct a number of notable films, including The Baby Maker, The Paper Chase, September 30, 1955, The China Syndrome, Urban Cowboy, Perfect, and Bright Lights, Big City. Bridges was a mentor to actress Debra Winger.

Bridges died in Los Angeles, California of cancer. The James Bridges Theater at University of California, Los Angeles was named in his honor in November 1999. Bridges was a faculty member there early in his career.

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

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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Cover Reveal: True Brit by Con Riley


True Brit by Con Riley
Publisher: Figment Ink Ltd. (February 18, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: True Brit

Winning the United Kingdom’s favorite singing contest is a challenge for half-Afghani Pasha Trueman. He doesn’t have the best voice, but success would be life-changing. His strategy is simple—he’ll make the British public love him.

Ex-soldier Ed Britten has a different agenda. Winning means he’ll keep a promise made after a deadly Afghan ambush. His voice is his weapon, but he leaves his heart unguarded.

Ed and Pasha’s discovery that the contest isn’t a fair fight calls for creative tactics. Staging a fake love story could bring victory, only there’s more at stake than the prestigious first prize. If winning means surrendering each other, they could both end up losing.

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Author Bio: Con Riley lives on the wild and rugged Devonshire coast, with her head in the clouds, and her feet in the Atlantic Ocean.
Injury curtailed her enjoyment of outdoor pursuits, so writing fiction now fills her free time. Love, loss, and redemption shape her romance stories, and her characters are flawed in ways that makes them live and breathe.
When not people watching, or wrangling her own boy band of teen sons, she spends time staring at the sea from her kitchen window. If you see her, don't disturb her—she’s probably thinking up new plots.

Where to find the author:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/con.riley.1
Facebook Page: http://www.amazon.com/Con-Riley/e/B00F8GT35O/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1420117810&sr=8-1
Twitter: https://twitter.com/con_riley



Tour Dates: February 8, 2015
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