May 1st, 2015

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Blair Mastbaum & Scott Coffey

Blair Mastbaum (born January 24, 1979) is an American writer and a former model who lives in Brooklyn, New York.

He traveled the globe as a model working for such clients as Calvin Klein, Versace and L'uomo Vogue. Hommeboys, based on true journal entries, shines an unflinching light on the world of fashion through the eyes of a male model. As Karl Lagerfeld said, "fashion is ephemeral, dangerous, and unfair," and this novel tells it like it is.

Mastbaum acted in and produced the 2005 Sundance Film Festival official competition film, Ellie Parker, directed by his partner Scott Coffey.

Mastbaum's first novel, 2004's Clay's Way, won a Lambda Literary Award.

Mastbaum's second novel, Us Ones In Between, published by Running Press and released in May 2008, centers on depressed art school graduate Kurt Smith, who fantasizes about pushing boys in front of subway trains. The title is taken from the song "Us Ones In Between," written by Spencer Krug and performed by the band Sunset Rubdown. The novel was a finalist for the 2008 Ferro-Grumley Award.

Mastbaum also edited the anthology Cool Thing: The Best New Gay Fiction by Young American Writers, released by Running Press on November 10, 2008.

After living in L.A. for many years, Mastbaum and Coffey have moved to Brooklyn. The couple live with their rescue mutt and several Koi.


Blair Mastbaum (born January 24, 1979) is an American writer and a former model who lives in Brooklyn, New York. Mastbaum acted in and produced the 2005 Sundance Film Festival official competition film, Ellie Parker, directed by his partner Scott Coffey (born May 1, 1967). Mastbaum's first novel, 2004's Clay's Way, won a Lambda Literary Award: Set against the dazzling backdrop of Hawaii’s Oahu and Kauai islands, Clay’s Way seethes with energy and hormonally charged nihilism.

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

Scott Coffey (born May 1, 1967) is an American actor, director, producer, screenwriter. His acting credits include films such as Shag, Some Kind of Wonderful, Dream Lover, and Mulholland Drive. As a director he made Ellie Parker in 2005 and the upcoming Jupiter.

Coffey was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he began his acting career appearing in school plays, community theatre and with the Hawaii Performing Arts Company. He also appeared in several episodic television shows. He is now an acclaimed writer director. Coffey lives in Portland, Oregon with his boyfriend, the novelist Blair Mastbaum.

At sixteen, with the money he had earned acting, he travelled to Europe. Inspired by Bertolucci's La Luna, he felt compelled to visit Rome along with Paris and Budapest. He stayed three years, attending high school in Rome and acting in seven films, including Once Upon a Time in America, and the CBS miniseries Christopher Columbus. While on location for Christopher Columbus, Coffey was contacted by the William Morris Agency and moved to New York, where he signed with the agency and studied acting while co-starring in the off-Broadway play It's All Talk. After a year he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his film career and has been working ever since, appearing in Ferris Bueller's Day Off and SpaceCamp His television work includes a special The New Twilight Zone entitled "Private Channel", as well as a memorable Amazing Stories episode directed by Robert Zemeckis and featuring Christopher Lloyd and Coffey's Some Kind of Wonderful costar, Mary Stuart Masterson.

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Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Coffey

Further Readings:

Clay's Way: A Novel by Blair Mastbaum
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Alyson Books (July 1, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1555838197
ISBN-13: 978-1555838195
Amazon: Clay's Way: A Novel

Set against the dazzling backdrop of Hawaii’s Oahu and Kauai islands, Clay’s Way seethes with energy and hormonally charged nihilism. For 15-year-old Sam, a wanna-be punk rocker who writes bad haiku poetry, his middle-class suburban life feels like a prison. Mistaking lust for fate, Sam becomes obsessed with Clay, a 17-year-old surfer, outwardly cool but equally adrift. The violence and tumult of Clay’s search for identity propels him, with desperately confused Sam in his wake, through the hardest decisions and obstacles of their young lives.

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Bertha Vyver & Marie Corelli

Marie Corelli (1 May 1855 – 21 April 1924) was a British novelist. She enjoyed a period of great literary success from the publication of her first novel in 1886 until World War I. Corelli's novels sold more copies than the combined sales of popular contemporaries, including Arthur Conan Doyle, H. G. Wells, and Rudyard Kipling, although critics often derided her work as "the favourite of the common multitude."

Mary Mackay was born in London, the illegitimate daughter of Scottish poet and songwriter Dr. Charles Mackay and his servant, Elizabeth Mills. In 1866, eleven-year-old Mary was sent to a Parisian convent to further her education. She returned to Britain four years later in 1870.

Mackay began her career as a musician, adopting the name Marie Corelli for her billing. Eventually she turned to writing and published her first novel, A Romance of Two Worlds, in 1886. In her time, she was the most widely read author of fiction. Her works were collected by Winston Churchill, Randolph Churchill, and members of the British Royal Family, among others.

Mackay faced criticism from the literary elite for her overly melodramatic writing. In The Spectator, Grant Allen called her "a woman of deplorable talent who imagined that she was a genius, and was accepted as a genius by a public to whose commonplace sentimentalities and prejudices she gave a glamorous setting." James Agate represented her as combining "the imagination of a Poe with the style of an Ouida and the mentality of a nursemaid."


Bertha Vyver & Marie Corelli are buried together in the main cemetery at Stratford-upon-Avon. Marie Corelli is buried close to the entrance on the Evesham Road. The marble angel that Bertha Vyver had ordered from Italy is set up to watch over her tomb with one outstretched arm pointing the way to heaven. Bertha died in 1941, aged 87, and is buried next to Marie Corelli.
Marie Corelli was a British novelist. Corelli's novels sold more copies than the combined sales of popular contemporaries, although critics derided her work as "the favorite of the common multitude.” For over 40 years, Corelli lived with her companion, Bertha Vyver; when she died, she left everything to her friend. "Over the fireplace in the fine, old spacious lounge at Mason Croft the initials M. C. and B. V. were carven into one symbol. And it was the symbol of life.”

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Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Corelli

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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Caroline M. Branson & Maria Louise Pool

Maria Louise Pool (August 20, 1841 – May 18, 1898) was an American writer. (P: Wallach Division: Print Collection. Maria Louise Pool (©1))

She was born in Rockland, Massachusetts to Elias Pool and Lydia Lane. She attended the public school of the town (then East Abington), and later taught school for two years. She moved to Brooklyn, New York in 1870, where she first wrote for a Philadelphia paper and afterward for the New York Evening Post and the New York Tribune. Later she resided in Wrentham, Massachusetts. It was not until 1887 that she became widely known through her A Vacation in a Buggy.

Her work was reviewed extensively, as by the New York Times, but has lapsed into obscurity. She was an influence upon the young Canadian-American writer Mary MacLane, who became friends with Pool's "literary companion" Caroline M. Branson. Branson and MacLane lived together from 1902 to 1908 in the house Branson and Pool had lived in. (
P: Mary MacLane (From the inside cover of The Story of Mary MacLane, Herbert S. Stone and Company, 1902) (©1))

Most of her literary work, which consists of sketches (chiefly of New England life) and social novels, appeared in the periodicals, and was later issued in book form.


Caroline M. Branson & Maria Louise Pool are buried together in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Rockland, Massachusetts.
Maria Louise Pool was an American writer. She was an influence upon the young Canadian-American writer Mary MacLane, who became friends with Pool's companion Caroline M. Branson after Pool's death. When Pool died, the Rockland newspaper, named, among the survivors of Pool, Caroline, her "literary companion.” Branson and MacLane lived together from 1902 to 1908 in the house Branson and Pool had lived in. Pool and Branson are buried together in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Rockland, Massachusetts.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Louise_Pool

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
Amazon: Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time

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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Trebor Healey (born May 1)

Trebor Healey is an American poet and novelist. He was born in San Francisco, raised in Seattle, and studied English Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. He spent his twenties in San Francisco, where he was active in the spoken word scene of the late 80s and early 90s, publishing 5 chapbooks of poetry as well as numerous poems and short stories in various reviews, journals, anthologies and zines. He received both the Ferro-Grumley Fiction Award and the Violet Quill Award for his first novel, Through It Came Bright Colors, and his story "Mercy Seat" was named one of the top ten online stories of 2004 by StorySouth. He lives in Los Angeles.

Source: www.treborhealey.com

Further Readings:

Through It Came Bright Colors by Trebor Healey
Paperback: 232 pages
Publisher: Harrington Park Pr; 1 edition (August 2003)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1560234520
ISBN-13: 978-1560234524
Amazon: Through It Came Bright Colors
Amazon Kindle: Through It Came Bright Colors

The story of Neill Cullane, a closeted, conflicted 21 year-old that lives in two worlds that seem light-years apart, but that he travels between in a beaten-up VW car. At home, he's the dutiful son of Frank and Grace, and devoted brother to Peter, whose battle with a cruel, disfiguring cancer pulls the Cullane family together, however reluctantly. But in the shadows of the San Francisco underworld, Neill finds release with his secret lover Vince Malone, a beautiful junkie/philosopher/thief whose burning desire for truth lights the path Neill always knew he'd travel. Through Vince, Neil learns about honesty and love and finds the courage to confront his family in the face of tragedy and loss.

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Blog Tour: Justice Prevails by Morticia Knight

Justice Prevails (Sin City Uniforms 3) by Morticia Knight
Series: Sin City Uniforms
Paperback: 202 pages
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing (April 3, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1784305189
ISBN-13: 978-1784305185
Amazon: Justice Prevails (Sin City Uniforms 3)
Amazon Kindle: Justice Prevails (Sin City Uniforms 3)

Never judge a sexy man by his cover.
Detective Beau Williams is hard-working, dedicated, and professional. He enjoys the finer things in life, but with his heavy caseload that includes what Beau suspects is a new serial killer, he has no time to enjoy much of anything. What the tall redhead needs is someone to shake him up a little.
Investigative Technician Austin Kent never met a snarky joke he didn’t like - or a set of stairs that couldn’t trip him up. One night after a devastating episode at work, Austin sees something else he likes - the handsome detective he’s seen around the station whom he’s always wondered about. But after he makes a drunken fool of himself in front of Detective Williams, he’s sure there’s no hope.
Beau and Austin’s worlds collide right away when Austin is sent to pick up some evidence at the station. Amidst a myriad of twists and turns in the troubling serial killer style murders of Vegas conventioneers, Austin and Beau discover that there’s more to the other than they’d originally thought. There might even be more they’d like to give – unless the killer has the final say.

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About the author: M/M Erotic Romance author Morticia Knight enjoys hot stories of men loving men forever after. They can be men in uniform, Doms and subs, rock stars or bikers - but they're all searching for the one (or two!) who was meant only for them.
When not indulging in her passion for books, she loves the outdoors, film and music. Once upon a time she was the singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She is currently working on more installments of Sin City Uniforms and The Hampton Road Club, as well as the follow-up to Bryan and Aubrey's story from Rockin' the Alternative.

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Mascarado by Runny Magma

Even if it's probably unbelievable, it was more than 10 years I haven't read a full novel written in Italian. So it was quite strange at first, I have often told to an Italian friend of mine how I'm not able to read erotic details in Italian while I have less trouble to read them in English. But aside from the sex, that indeed was nice but not really graphic in details, what pushed me to finish Mascarado was the romance between Iacopo and Matteo, both so cute and apparently unaware of that, and yes, that is like honey for bees.

Even if Iacopo was living a lie, he was basically honest and indeed strong enough to put himself in front of a choice that was easy to take at that point. Matteo maybe had displayed more courage when they were young, not denying his homosexuality, but he was also the one who didn't take the chance to drag Iacopo out of the closet, like maybe Iacopo was secretly hoping.

Mascarado has the whole spectrum of the LGBT community, the flaming queen, the drag queens, the bisexual man, the fruit flies, the closeted case, and so on. It's a mix of realism and romanticism, not full pink glasses perspective, but neither a drama about being gay in Italy: it's not easy, but that doesn't mean you cannot find your happily ever after.

First novel I read by this author, and if it's, as I believe, the first long story by them, then it's a very nice debut.

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Amazon Kindle: Mascarado

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