February 20th, 2015

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Bobbie Andrews & Ivor Novello

Robert Tobias "Bobbie" Andrews (20 February 1895 – 1976) was a British stage actor. He also briefly appeared in films. Actor, singer, composer and film star Ivor Novello and his lover, musical comedy star Bobbie Andrews, were at the very hub of London's theatrical gay society, dubbed "the Ivor/Noel naughty set" by Cecil Beaton in his diaries. (P: The actor Bobbie Andrews – image printed in and scanned from "The Betrothal", The Play Pictorial, January 1921, p.34)

Amongst his many character parts was the Prime Minister in Ivor Novello's musical play King's Rhapsody at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. (
George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). Ivor Novello, Welsh actor and songwriter, presumed 1920s/1930s)

When Andrews, who was homosexual, met Ivor Novello in 1916 they became close friends, and eventually lovers. Their relationship lasted 35 years until Novello's death, during which they performed together many times in Novello's musicals and plays. 

David Ivor Davies (15 January 1893 – 6 March 1951), better known as Ivor Novello, was a Welsh composer and actor who became one of the most popular British entertainers of the first half of the 20th century.


Bobbie Andrews was a British stage actor. Actor, singer, composer and film star Ivor Novello and his lover, musical comedy star Bobbie Andrews, were at the very hub of London's theatrical gay society, dubbed "the Ivor/Noel naughty set" by Cecil Beaton in his diaries. When Andrews met Ivor Novello in 1916 they became close friends, and eventually lovers. Their relationship lasted 35 years until Novello's death, during which they performed together many times in Novello's musicals and plays.

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Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Andrews_(actor)

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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Barbara & Mab Segrest

Mab (Mabelle Massey) Segrest (born February 20, 1949 in Alabama) is an American feminist writer and activist. Mab Segrest is best known for her 1994 autobiographical work Memoir of a Race Traitor.

As a lesbian, Segrest was part of a minority of people in a country where homophobia was rampant in both the social and political spheres. As a result, she and her partner were faced with the task of trying to “figure out how to have a life,” negotiate work, where one would most likely be fired for being openly gay, and to navigate a homosexual relationship in a largely intolerant society.

Segrest and her partner, Barbara, were also trying to figure out how to have a child. Not wanting to use an anonymous sperm donor, and wanting to provide their child with a father figure in her life, the two women contacted David, a gay man looking for a similar situation. Together they agreed that he would donate the sperm and Barbara would carry the child. After drawing up a contract to keep any disagreements out of the courts, the three successfully raised a healthy baby girl, Annie, born in 1986.

In the 1970s, Segrest moved to North Carolina to attend Duke, where she earned her Ph.D in English literature in 1979. Since 2002, Segrest has worked at Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut. In 2004, Segrest was appointed the Fuller-Matthai Professor of Gender & Women's Studies there. Currently she is on sabbatical and has a fellowship at Emory to research a book or series of books about the Central State Hospital in Milledgeville, Georgia.


Mab Segrest with Barbara and Annie, 1991, by Robert Giard
Mab Segrest is a feminist writer and activist. Segrest and her partner, Barbara, wanted to have a child, but not from an anonymous sperm donor, wanting to provide their child with a father figure in her life. The two women contacted David, a gay man looking for a similar situation. Together they agreed that he would donate the sperm and Barbara would carry the child. The three successfully raised a healthy baby girl, Annie. Segrest is known for her autobiographical work Memoir of a Race Traitor.
American photographer Robert Giard is renowned for his portraits of American poets and writers; his particular focus was on gay and lesbian writers. Some of his photographs of the American gay and lesbian literary community appear in his groundbreaking book Particular Voices: Portraits of Gay and Lesbian Writers, published by MIT Press in 1997. Giard’s stated mission was to define the literary history and cultural identity of gays and lesbians for the mainstream of American society, which perceived them as disparate, marginal individuals possessing neither. In all, he photographed more than 600 writers. (http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/digitallibrary/giard.html)
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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mab_Segrest

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Terri de la Peña (born February 20, 1947)

Terri de la Peña, novelist, short-story writer, and fifth-generation Californian, focuses her narratives on the myriad of cultural and social issues that Chicana lesbians face, such as a search for identity, cultural assimilation, class consciousness, historical awareness, internal and external racism, and homophobia. Her writings, therefore, continue a literary tradition and treatment of themes that began with earlier Chicana writers such as Gloria Anzaldúa and Cherríe Moraga.

Terri de la Peña is the author of Margins (1992), the first Chicano lesbian novel, Latin satins (c. 1994) and Faults.

Mary Theresa de la Peña was born on 20 February 1947 in Santa Monica, California. Her father, Joaquin de la Peña, was a tire repair foreman; her mother, Juanita Escobedo, owned a beauty shop. De la Peña was educated in Santa Monica parochial schools and at Santa Monica Community College, but she is a self-taught writer. She began to write fiction as an adolescent, though her first publication, "A Saturday in August" did not appear until after her fortieth birthday.

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Book Blast: When In Bloom (Southern Charm 4) by Nicole Dennis

When in Bloom, Southern Charm 4, by Nicole Dennis
Series: Southern Charm
Paperback: 222 pages
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing (February 18, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1784304417
ISBN-13: 978-1784304416
Amazon: When in Bloom (Southern Charm 4)

Will the personal challenges of a former Army doctor and a brilliant florist get in the way of a chance at life and love?

Fighting type one diabetes since childhood, Jude Sebastian runs to prove he can live a normal life, until epileptic seizures begin to change his life. Even with Dawson, his medical alert Golden Labrador, at his side, Jude finds daily life difficult. He owns the floral shop Flowers in the Breeze, and designs everything from simple bouquets to elaborate themes for weddings and celebrations.

At the Shore Breeze Clinic, Jude comes across a man clearly suffering with a PTSD episode. A new arrival in the small town, Doctor Elliott Sheffield, a retired Army Ranger doctor, is looking for a second chance after what he saw in the Middle Eastern deserts.

Wanting a normal relationship, Jude tries to deny his disorder, but something is happening. He can’t regulate his sugars and his disorder worsens. When he returns to the clinic, Dawson alerts Jude to an oncoming seizure.



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Author Bio: Ever the quiet one growing up, Nicole Dennis often slid away from reality and curled up with a book to slip into the worlds of her favorite authors. Over the years, she’s created a personal library full of novels filled with dragons, fairies, vampires, shapeshifters of all kinds and romance. Always she returned to romance. Still, there were these characters in her head, worlds wanting to be built on paper, and stories wanting to be told and she began writing them down whether during or after class. She continues to this day. Only recently has it begun to become fruitful, spreading out to let others read and enter her worlds, meet her characters, and see what she sees. No matter what she writes, her stories of romance with their twists of paranormal, fantasy and erotica will always have their Happily Ever Afters.

She currently works in a quiet office in Central Florida, where she also makes her home, and enjoys the down time to slip into her characters and worlds to escape reality from time to time. At home, she becomes human slave to a semi-demonic tortie calico.

Coke or Pepsi? (Or something else.)
Ick. No soda for me. Not even when I was a kid. I spit my first taste of soda out and never looked back.

Sweet or Salty?
Combo.

Guilty indulgence?
Chocolate covered cherries

Best moment of your school career?
Graduated! Yay! I got out of there alive!

Where to find the author:
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Tour Dates: February 20, 2015
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Rhianon Etzweiler (born February 20)

Rhi's formative years were spent steeped in military culture, and it influences every story--with a definitive twist. Though focusing mainly on science fiction and fantasy, Rhi enjoys spicing things up with a speculative mixture that sometimes defies an easy label. Next to Elizabeth Moon and Meredith Ann Pierce, Rhi counts Jane's Defense and Popular Science among still-strong influences.

For Rhi, writing is how the muses tell their stories. They might begin small but they rarely remain so. "Some of them require luring or bribery to draw them out. Usually wine and chocolate work well. Other times all it takes is a little art. But once they realize I'm listening, they will just keep going."

Dark Edge of Honor, co-authored with Aleksandr Voinov, won a 2011 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Sci-fi / Futuristic.

Further Readings:

Dark Edge of Honor by Aleksandr Voinov & Rhianon Etzweiler
Publisher: Carina Press (August 15, 2011)
Amazon Kindle: Dark Edge of Honor

Sergei Stolkov is a faithful officer, though his deepest desires go against the Doctrine. A captain with the invading Coalition forces, he believes that self-sacrifice is the most heroic act and his own needs are only valid if they serve the state.
Mike, an operative planted within Cirokko's rebels, has been ordered to seduce Sergei and pry from him the Coalition's military secrets. His mission is a success, but as he captures Sergei's heart, Mike is tempted by his own charade and falls in love.

When the hostile natives of the planet Cirokko make their move, all seems lost. Can Mike and Sergei survive when the Coalition's internal affairs division takes an interest in what happened in the dusty mountains of Zasidka Pass…?

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2015 Rainbow Awards Submission: In Someone Else's Hands by Sam Sommer

In Someone Else's Hands by Sam Sommer
Gay Contemporary General Fiction
Paperback: 370 pages
Publisher: Triplicity Publishing, LLC (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0990471640
ISBN-13: 978-0990471646
Amazon: In Someone Else's Hands
Amazon Kindle: In Someone Else's Hands

When a failed terrorist attack on the Boston Art Museum draws a young gay couple into the plot by abducting and holding them hostage, one of the two men’s lives suddenly and horrifically comes to an end, while the other is saved at the last minute by the swift actions of a hard-nosed and dedicated detective. Drawn into the life of the man he’s just saved (a man who bears a striking resemblance to someone he loved and tragically lost), it soon becomes obvious that there’s more to their friendship than meets the eye. Through a series of serendipitous events, both men must revisit painful memories and emotions once believed put to rest. Yet what they ultimately discover is that in order to find a future together, they must first find a way of letting go of their pasts.

2015 Rainbow Awards Guidelines: http://www.elisarolle.com/rainbowawards/rainbow_awards_2015.html

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2015 Rainbow Awards Submission: Becoming Andy Hunsinger by Jere' M. Fishback

Becoming Andy Hunsinger by Jere' M. Fishback
Gay Historical Fiction
Paperback: 220 pages
Publisher: Prizm (December 31, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1610408594
ISBN-13: 978-1610408592
Amazon: Becoming Andy Hunsinger
Amazon Kindle: Becoming Andy Hunsinger

It's 1976, and Anita Bryant's homophobic "Save Our Children" crusade rages through Florida. When Andy Hunsinger, a closeted gay college student, joins in a demonstration protesting Bryant's appearance in Tallahassee, his straight boy image is shattered when he's "outed" by a TV news reporter. In the months following, Andy discovers just what it means to be an openly gay in a society that condemns love between two men. Can Andy's friendship with Travis, a devout Christian who's fighting his own sexual urges, develop into something deeper?

2015 Rainbow Awards Guidelines: http://www.elisarolle.com/rainbowawards/rainbow_awards_2015.html

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