April 16th, 2015

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Nell Stark & Trinity Tam

Nell Stark (born April 16, 1980) is an award-winning author of lesbian romance. In 2010, everafter (with Trinity Tam) won a Goldie award in the paranormal romance category and was shortlisted for the Foreword Book of the Year award in the horror category. In addition to the everafter series, she has published three standalone romances: Running With the Wind, Homecoming, and The Princess Affair. When she is not writing, Nell works as the Chair of English, Philosophy, and Religious Studies at a college in the SUNY system. She and Trinity (born March 23) live, write, and parent their rambunctious child and dog a stone’s throw from the historic Stonewall Inn in New York City. They married on October 12, 2013.

Trinity Tam is an award-winning writer-producer of movies and television. Her favorite job was in video games. Her least favorite, in mutual funds. Everything in between ended in dotcom. In 1996, she graduated cum laude with a BA in East Asian Studies. She giggles whenever someone says cum laude but she doesn't blush. She thinks twelve years living in Manhattan makes her a New Yorker but concedes that loathing the Yankees makes her a bad one.

everafter won a 2010 Rainbow Award as Best Lesbian Paranormal / Horror. nevermore won a 2011 Rainbow Award as Best Lesbian Paranormal / Horror. sunfall won a 2012 Rainbow Award as Best Lesbian Paranormal/Horror.





Further Readings:

everafter (Everafter Series Book 1) by Nell Stark & Trinity Tam
Paperback: 230 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (October 13, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602821194
ISBN-13: 978-1602821194
Amazon: everafter (Everafter Series Book 1)
Amazon Kindle: everafter (Everafter Series Book 1)

How far would you go to save your lover’s soul? When medical student Valentine Darrow is bitten by a Vampire on her way home to propose to her lover, Alexa Newland, her life becomes a nightmare. She is consumed—both by a craving for human blood, and by an obsession to find her attacker and bring him to justice. Alexa is determined to be everything that Valentine needs, but when Val's appetite outstrips Alexa's ability to nourish her, Alexa risks her life to save her lover. Will Valentine be able to control her thirst—for blood and for vengeance? And can Valentine and Alexa's relationship endure against seemingly impossible odds?

nevermore (Everafter Series Book 2) by Nell Stark & Trinity Tam
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (October 19, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602821844
ISBN-13: 978-1602821842
Amazon: nevermore (Everafter Series Book 2)
Amazon Kindle: nevermore (Everafter Series Book 2)

A coup. A plague. A falling soul.

In this sequel to everafter, Valentine Darrow and Alexa Newland are separated when Alexa is caught in the middle of a Wereshifter civil war halfway around the world. Meanwhile, a mysterious disease begins to ravage the shifter population of New York City. Unable to reach Alexa to warn her, Val must penetrate the darkest secrets of the Consortium in a race against time to save her lover and friends.

Will Alexa be able to avoid the clutches of a powerful Were who wants to use her as bait? And in Alexa’s absence, will Valentine be able to resist the powerful temptation of her growing thirst?

sunfall (Everafter Series Book 3) by Nell Stark & Trinity Tam
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (May 8, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826617
ISBN-13: 978-1602826618
Amazon: sunfall (Everafter Series Book 3)
Amazon Kindle: sunfall (Everafter Series Book 3)

In the final installment of the everafter series, Valentine Darrow and Alexa Newland work to rebuild their relationship even as they find themselves at the heart of the struggle that will determine a new world order for vampires and wereshifters. To survive, they must defeat the growing threat posed by Balthasar Brenner, who has been a thorn in the side of the vampire-wereshifter Consortium for centuries.

The search for Brenner leads Val and Alexa deep into the heart of the Alaskan wilderness, where they must confront Brenner’s forces and either secure peace between the paranormal races, or die in the attempt.

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Muño Vandilaz & Pedro Díaz

A same-sex marriage between the two men, Pedro Díaz and Muño Vandilaz, occurred on April 16, 1061, in the Galician municipality of Rairiz de Veiga in Spain.

A priest at a small chapel married them. The historic documents about the church wedding were found at Monastery of San Salvador de Celanova. St. Rudesind (San Rosendo) founded the once wealthy abbey of Benedictines in 936.

The jewel of the complex is the small Mozarabic chapel of San Miguel, dating from 942. It is located near Allariz and 14 miles (23 km) from Ourense. In the garden is one of the oldest chapels in Spain, built before 973. In the abbey church, are the ancient sepulchers of Ilduara and Adosinda, the mother and sister of the founder, who was buried in a sepulcher supported on four pillars, and constructed after the fashion of that of San Torcuato, one of the companions of Santiago. The Christians, at the Moorish invasion, deposited his body at Santa Coinba, 10 miles (16 km) away. Being near the frontier, some Portuguese carried it off and brought it to Celanova, whose bells began to ring of their own accord.


Monastery of San Salvador de Celanova

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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Daniel Mendelsohn (born April 16, 1960)

Daniel Mendelsohn (born 1960) is an American author and critic.

Mendelsohn was born on Long Island and raised in the town of Old Bethpage, New York. He attended the University of Virginia from 1978 to 1982 as an Echols Scholar, graduating with a B. A. summa cum laude in Classics. From 1982 to 1985, he resided in New York City, working as an assistant to an opera impresario, Joseph A. Scuro. In March 1985 Mendelsohn returned to Charlottesville, VA, to prepare for graduate school, and lived there until began his graduate work in Classics at Princeton University the following year. He received his M. A. in 1989 and his Ph. D. in 1994. His dissertation, later published as a scholarly monograph by Oxford University Press, was on Euripidean tragedy.

Mendelsohn began contributing reviews, Op-Eds, and essays to such publications as QW, New York Times, The Nation, and The Village Voice in 1991, while still a graduate student; after completing his Ph. D. in 1994, he moved to New York City and began writing full-time. Since then his review-essays on books, films, theater and television have appeared frequently in a number of major publications, most often in The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books; others include The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, Esquire, The Paris Review, and The New Republic. Between 2000 and 2002 he was the weekly book critic for New York Magazine, and between 1996 and 2006 his reviews appeared frequently in The New York Times Book Review. He has been the recipient of numerous prizes and honors both in the United States and abroad; apart from awards for individual books, these include a Guggenheim Fellowship for a translation of Cavafy's "Unfinished" poems, with commentary; the National Book Critics Circle Award Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Book Reviewing (2000); and the George Jean Nathan Prize for Drama Criticism (2002).

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

Further Readings:

The Elusive Embrace: Desire and the Riddle of Identity by Daniel Mendelsohn

Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage; 1st Vintage Books Ed edition (June 20, 2000)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0375706976
ISBN-13: 978-0375706974
Amazon: The Elusive Embrace: Desire and the Riddle of Identity
Amazon Kindle: The Elusive Embrace: Desire and the Riddle of Identity

Hailed for its searing emotional insights, and for the astonishing originality with which it weaves together personal history, cultural essay, and readings of classical texts by Sophocles, Ovid, Euripides, and Sappho, The Elusive Embrace is a profound exploration of the mysteries of identity. It is also a meditation in which the author uses his own divided life to investigate the "rich conflictedness of things," the double lives all of us lead.

Daniel Mendelsohn recalls the deceptively quiet suburb where he grew up, torn between his mathematician father's pursuit of scientific truth and the exquisite lies spun by his Orthodox Jewish grandfather; the streets of manhattan's newest "gay ghetto," where "desire for love" competes with "love of desire;" and the quiet moonlit house where a close friend's small son teaches him the meaning of fatherhood. And, finally, in a neglected Jewish cemetery, the author uncovers a family secret that reveals the universal need for storytelling, for inventing myths of the self. The book that Hilton Als calls "equal to Whitman's 'Song of Myself,'" The Elusive Embrace marks a dazzling literary debut.

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Joan Snyder & Maggie Cammer

Joan Snyder (born April 16, 1940) is an American painter from New York. She is a MacArthur Fellow and a Guggenheim Fellow. Her paintings have been exhibited at several museums, including the de Saisset Museum and the Jewish Museum. In 1980, Snyder moved to Mulberry Street in Manhattan where she raised her daughter and painted in a nearby studio. She later became afflicted with Lyme Disease. In 1989, she moved to Park Slope, Brooklyn so that she could be with her new partner, Maggie Cammer, who is a New York City Civil Court judge.

Joan Snyder's "stroke paintings" from the late 1960s and early 1970s were "abstract compositions, many of them quite large, that are loosely based on a grid format and that together constitute a dissection of the language of painting." The 1980s and 1990s saw a refinement of her earlier vocabulary as "[...] brighter feminine colors and the grid returned. Written phrases, natural materials, and fabrics such as burlap and silks also appeared."

Her paintings have been described by the Boston Globe as "abstract", "intuitive and spontaneous", and "pointedly political". She also paints with a colorful style, using floral effects which are branded with paint sprinkled with a range of materials, such as jewel-like metal objects.

In 1978, Joan Snyder's paintings were exhibited in the Neuberger Museum at the State University of New York at Purchase. Snyder's work has been featured at a number of museums. From June to August 1989, Joan Snyder Collects Joan Snyder, a collection of Snyder's favorite paintings, was featured at the de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University. From September to October 1989, this collection was exhibited at Sonoma State University. In 2005, Joan Snyder: A Painting Survey, a retrospective collection of Snyder's paintings was exhibited at Danforth Art in Framingham, Massachusetts.


Joan Snyder Painter Brooklyn, NY Age: 67 http://www.macfound.org/fellows/838/ September 20, 2007. (AP Photo/Stewart Cairns)
Joan Snyder is an American painter from New York. She is a MacArthur Fellow and a Guggenheim Fellow. Her paintings have been exhibited at several museums, including the de Saisset Museum and the Jewish Museum. In 1980, Snyder moved to Mulberry Street in Manhattan where she raised her daughter and painted in a nearby studio. She later became afflicted with Lyme Disease. In 1989, she moved to Park Slope, Brooklyn so that she could be with her new partner, Maggie Cammer, who is a New York City Civil Court judge.

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Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_Snyder

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Paul & Sean Maher

Sean Maher (born April 16, 1975 in Pleasantville, New York) is an American actor, best known for his role as Simon Tam in the science fiction television series Firefly and follow-up movie Serenity. Maher and his partner Paul (an advertising agency president, together since 2002) have two adopted children: Sophia Rose (born 2007) and Liam Xavier (born 2010). Following the birth of their daughter, Maher took two years off from acting to be a stay-at-home dad. He publicly came out as gay in 2011, using his role as a closeted gay man on The Playboy Club as a platform.

After graduating from Byram Hills High School, Maher trained at New York University where he earned his drama degree in 1997. He acted on stage in several productions, including Yerma and Into the Woods. He is of Irish descent.

Maher starred as the title character, a rookie police officer, on the short-lived TV series Ryan Caulfield: Year One. In 2000 he was one of the main characters on the Fox show The $treet, and he has also appeared on the television series Party of Five (as Adam Matthews) and on CSI: Miami.

He reprised his role from Firefly in the film Serenity (2005). Maher was also cast as a chief resident in a hospital on the new series Halley's Comet. He appeared in the 2005 Lifetime movie The Dive From Clausen's Pier as Michelle Trachtenberg's new love interest. He also appeared as Brian Piccolo in the 2001 remake of Brian's Song.

In 2006, he appeared in the television movie Wedding Wars. After taking a brief break from acting, Maher came back to TV in 2009 as a guest star in Lifetime Television's pilot episode of Drop Dead Diva, followed by 2010 guest appearances in the second season of The Mentalist (CBS), the first season of Human Target (FOX) and the second season of Warehouse 13 (on Syfy).


Sean Maher is an American actor, best known for his role as Simon Tam in the science fiction television series Firefly and follow-up movie Serenity. Maher and his partner Paul (an advertising agency president, together since 2002) have two adopted children: Sophia Rose (born 2007) and Liam Xavier (born 2010). Following the birth of their daughter, Maher took two years off from acting to be a stay-at-home dad. He publicly came out as gay in 2011, using his role as a closeted gay man on The Playboy Club as a platform.

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


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Cover Reveal: Good Family Man by Thianna Durston


A Good Family Man by Thianna Durston
Series: Corbin’s Bend
Book: Season Three, Book 8 (This is the first M/M book of the series)

Jack Carmichael’s natural instinct is to take care of people. In his job as a U.S. Marshal, he has done that for 25 years. Unfortunately, being married to his job has left his love life in tatters. Now classified unfit for duty, he retires and comes home to Colorado to figure things out. Dominant and used to taking control like his brother Brent, he has never been interested in spanking. Until a cute Nurse Practitioner catches his attention.
Josh Martin feels lucky. He's not only accepted into Corbin's Bend, but he'll be working at the brand new Corbin's Bend Medical Clinic as its only Nurse Practitioner. At thirty-two, he figures this is his last-ditch attempt at finding a dominant partner who isn't abusive. He finds more than his share of dominant men in Corbin's Bend, not the least of which are the Carmichael brothers. Brent's dominance is both comforting and unnerving, Jack's turns him on.
Josh is unlike any submissive male Jack has encountered and when the younger man asks him out, he decides to give it a go. One day of fun turns into two, three...until Jack, with more failed relationships than he can count in his past and unsure he can be the head of house Josh needs, leaves, burying himself once again in work. Forced to see the error of his decision, he puts aside the worries that have plagued him for months and returns to Corbin’s Bend. To become the good family man he wants to be, he has to earn back Josh’s trust and truly take on a role he’s never considered before: head of a loving discipline household.

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About the author: Thianna likes to say she’s eclectic, fun, and just a bit naughty. She can also add, subtract, multiply, and divide in her head, but if people ask her to do it at parties, she isn’t impressed. While she would love to say there wasn’t a genre she had read that she didn’t enjoy, it would be a lie. For some reason, she keeps skipping to the ends of mystery books to find out who done it.
The creator and acquisition editor for the Corbin’s Bend Romance series, she wants to know: Who else wants to be safe, secure, and spanked in Colorado?
Under the name Thianna Durston, she writes M/M romance. Under Thianna D., she writes M/F romance.

Where to find the author:
Thianna’s Website - http://mm.thiannad.com/
Thianna’s Blog - http://blog.thiannad.com/
Facebook Author Page - https://www.facebook.com/ThiannaDurstonAuthor
Twitter - https://twitter.com/ThiannaDurston
Google+ - https://plus.google.com/u/0/+ThiannaDurston
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25005586-a-good-family-man



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