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June 5th, 2015

Andrew Tobias & Charles Nolan

Andrew Tobias (born 20 April 1947) is an American journalist, author, and columnist. His main body of work is on investment, but he has also written on politics, insurance, and other topics. Since 1999, he has been the treasurer of the Democratic National Committee.

Tobias graduated from Harvard College in 1968 with an A.B. in Slavic languages and literatures. In 1972, he obtained his Masters of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School. During his schooling, he wrote for New York Magazine, and after graduation became a contributing editor.

Tobias is also an author. Among his titles on investment are The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need, The Only Other Investment Guide You'll Ever Need, My Vast Fortune, Money Angles, The Invisible Bankers: Everything the Insurance Industry Never Wanted You to Know and The Funny Money Game. Tobias also wrote the semi-autobiographical novel The Best Little Boy in the World under the pen name "John Reid" in 1973. He used a pen name because he wasn't comfortable yet with publicly disclosing his homosexuality to a broad audience. This book was later republished in 1998 under his real name to coincide with the sequel, The Best Little Boy in the World Grows Up. Despite his writing and successful investing on his own behalf, he has never been employed in the investment industry. He parlayed his writings and advice into success in the software industry as well with his Andrew Tobias's Managing Your Money financial application, which was ultimately eclipsed by Quicken.


Charles Nolan, a fashion designer who proudly wore his politics on his sleeve, and also on his runway, died on January 30, 2011, at his home on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. He was 53. The cause was cancer of the head and neck, said Andrew Tobias, the financial writer, who was Mr. Nolan's partner of 16 years. Tobias also wrote the autobiography The Best Little Boy in the World under the pen name "John Reid" in 1973. Nolan was a force behind the expansion of mainstream American sportswear.

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Tobias
The Best Little Boy in the World by John Reid was my first "openly gay" book, and such a wonderful throwback. Good, old-fashioned self-hatred and inhibition are allowed, and it was even published under a pen name. ("John Reid" turned out to be finance guru and journalist Andrew Tobias.) And it's all so WASP-y, like me! Still closeted, I was scanning the shelves in a friend's apartment, and the second I saw the title The Best Little Boy in the World, I knew what it had to be about: the paralysis, the image-managing, always trying to say the right thing and do one's duty. And while we East Coast urbanites may think "all that's changed" for young gay men in 2010, it hasn't changed for any but the most privileged. (Not even: how privileged is Ken Mehlman?) I have not re-read Best Little Boy in years, but I am sure that today, 37 years after publication, it is still dead-on in terms of feelings. --David Pratt
Having come of age as a brow-beaten, Irish Catholic gay boy in the late 1970’s (am I that old?), I devoured The Best Little Boy in the World by Andrew Tobias, a lighthearted autobiography about a queer kid who’d been trained to willfully deny just about everything human about himself; I was sure that Andrew Tobias had somehow channeled me while writing it. I’m recovered now, thanks to a string of good therapists, a partner who chastises me should I momentarily regress into my BLBITW routine, and this book. --Nick Nolan
The Best Little Boy in the World by John Reid was the very first gay book I ever read, the one that started it all for me, and set me on my journey of reading and ultimately writing gay fiction. And it´s still the best coming of age, coming out book I´ve ever read. Full of humor and honesty, it´s one of those books that you start and read all the way through to the very end. Poignant and touching and witty, there´s a good reason it´s still a gay classic more than 30 years after it was published! --Rob Rosen
Charles Nolan (June 5, 1957 - January 30, 2011), a fashion designer who proudly wore his politics on his sleeve, and also on his runway, died on January 30, 2011, at his home on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. He was 53.
 
The cause was cancer of the head and neck, said Andrew Tobias, the financial writer, who was Mr. Nolan’s partner of 16 years. Tobias also wrote the autobiography The Best Little Boy in the World under the pen name "John Reid" in 1973. He used a pen name because he wasn't comfortable yet with publicly disclosing his homosexuality to a broad audience. This book was later republished in 1998 under his real name to coincide with the sequel, The Best Little Boy in the World Grows Up. 

Early in his career, Mr. Nolan was a major force behind the expansion of mainstream American sportswear labels like Bill Blass, Ellen Tracy and Anne Klein. But he was perhaps better known publicly for the work he did dressing private clients, including many prominent women on the political scene.

At the 2000 Democratic National Convention, for example, Tipper Gore was wearing a periwinkle Charles Nolan coat-and-dress ensemble when she was kissed so passionately by her husband, Vice President Al Gore, that the resulting image was widely described as humanizing Mr. Gore’s robotic reputation during his run for president. 

Since establishing his own label in 2004, Mr. Nolan recruited a number of his famous friends and clients to appear as models at his runway shows. Peggy Kerry, a sister of Senator John Kerry, walked in a show in 2007, and Kerry Kennedy, a daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, appeared on his runway in 2006. 



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Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/31/fashion/31nolan.html?_r=1&#h[] (By Eric Wilson,A version of this article appeared in print on January 31, 2011, on page B7 of the New York edition.)Further ReadingsCollapse )

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Chad Allen & Jeremy Glazer

Chad Allen (born June 5, 1974) is an American actor. Beginning his career as a child actor at the age of seven, Allen is a three-time Young Artist Award winner and GLAAD Media Award honoree. He was a teen idol during the late 1980s as David Witherspoon on the NBC family drama Our House and as Zach Nichols on the NBC sitcom My Two Dads before transitioning to an adult career as Matthew Cooper on the CBS western drama Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman. In November 2006, The Los Angeles Daily News wrote in passing that Allen's real-life boyfriend, actor Jeremy Glazer, was also in the film Save Me. In a September 2008 interview with Out.com, Allen stated that he was currently in a three-year relationship and had been sober for eight years. In October 2008, AfterElton.com stated his boyfriend to be Glazer. In May 2009, Allen was the recipient of a GLAAD Media Award: the Davidson/Valentini Award. In his acceptance speech he said he had met Glazer, his partner, exactly four years earlier.

Allen was born Chad Allen Lazzari in Cerritos, California, and grew up in Artesia. He has a twin sister named Charity. Allen is of predominantly Italian origin, with a "dose" of German origin. He was raised within a "strict" Roman Catholic household and regards himself as being a "deeply spiritual person" because of his upbringing. Allen attended St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, California. (Picture: Jeremy Glazer)

Allen guest-starred on several prime time series including an early episode of Airwolf for which he was nominated as 'Best Young Actor: Guest in a Series' at the 6th Youth in Film Awards and St. Elsewhere, in which he played autistic child Tommy Westphall (1983–88). The series final episode, "The Last One", ends with the indication that all of its storylines occurred in Tommy's imagination. In 1983, he appeared on Cutter to Houston, playing "a kid who got hurt and had to be given mouth-to-mouth and carried to the waiting chopper by Dr. Hal Wexler (Alec Baldwin)". "I thought it was the greatest job I had ever gotten," he later stated. Allen's first regular role was as David Witherspoon on Our House (1986–88). In 1989-90, he had a recurring role as Zach in My Two Dads. Allen's next contract role was Matthew Cooper in Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman alongside Jane Seymour (1993–98).


Chad Allen is an American actor. Beginning his career as a child actor at the age of seven, Allen is a three-time Young Artist Award winner and GLAAD Media Award honoree. In November 2006, The Los Angeles Daily News wrote in passing that Allen's real-life boyfriend, actor Jeremy Glazer, was also in the film Save Me. In May 2009, Allen was the recipient of a GLAAD Media Award: the Davidson/Valentini Award. In his acceptance speech he said he had met Glazer, his partner, exactly four years earlier.

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chad_Allen_%28actor%29

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Billy Merrell & Nico Medina

Billy Merrell (born January 7, 1982) is an American author and poet. He published his first book Talking in the Dark, a poetry memoir, with Scholastic in 2003. He also co-edited The Full Spectrum: A New Generation of Writing About Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Other Identities for Knopf Books for Young Readers with David Levithan. It was released in 2006 and won the 2007 Lammy in the Children's/Young Adult category.

Merrell lives in Brooklyn with his husband Nico Medina. "On April 1, 2007, I asked Nico to marry me by performing the final proposal monologue I had been writing for weeks prior. He said yes, and we exchanged vows in the yard of his childhood home in Winter Park, Florida, on October 18, 2008. Two years later we had a legal ceremony in Washington, DC."

"Billy Merrell and I have been together since our sophomore year at the University of Florida. We'd met the summer before (2001), at a Fourth of July party. I was wearing a tight ribbed purple shirt, so for some reason he assumed I was a whore. Charming, right? Ha! So, long story short, after meeting in July, and Billy dating some guy, and then me dating some guy, and a very long eight months of flirtation, we got together on March 18, 2002.


Billy Merrell is an American author and poet. He published his first book Talking in the Dark, a poetry memoir, in 2003. He also co-edited The Full Spectrum for Knopf Books with David Levithan. Merrell lives in Brooklyn with his husband Nico Medina. "On April 1, 2007, I asked Nico to marry me by performing the final proposal monologue I had been writing for weeks prior. He said yes, and we exchanged vows in the yard of his childhood home in Winter Park, Florida, on October 18, 2008."



Source: http://talkinginthedark.com/writing/the-proposals/

"I'm Nico Medina. Not the 25-yr-old hottish Argentinean soccer player Nico Medina, but the twenty-five-year-old professional copyeditor and YA novelist Nico Medina. I was born and raised in Orlando but now live in New York City with my boyfriend, Billy Merrell, and our overweight, sneezy pug, Paisley.

Though we've been in New York for over three years now, I still consider myself to be a Florida boy in many ways. For one thing, I have an almost incurable and impenetrable love for fast food and chain restaurants. I know, I know, it's all bad and nasty for you and the small businessman, blah, blah, blah, but where else but Chili's has an unending happy hour, free chips and salsa at the bar, and that sumptuous fajita pita?

If anyone knows, please let me know. There are no Chili's in New York! Help!!!

Moving right along past the nasty-food habits, I'll go ahead and give you the basics.

I was born on June 5, 1982, in Orlando, Florida. I've got two sisters, one who came before me in 1979, one in 1986. I think it's safe to say that being the bratty middle child (and only boy), I probably made their lives hell for a while. But we're all cool now! Same goes for my parents. My dad's where I get the "Medina" from—he's half-Puerto Rican, half-Panamanian. My mom was born and raised in Orlando (she rode a bike in the Walt Disney World opening-day parade in 1971), and she's where I get my wordiness from—she's a professional copyeditor, too, and has been correcting my grammar for as long as I can remember.

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http://www.nicomedina.com/about_nico.html

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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Ivy Compton-Burnett & Margaret Jourdain

Dame Ivy Compton-Burnett, DBE (5 June 1884 – 27 August 1969) was an English novelist, published (in the original hardback editions) as I. Compton-Burnett. She was awarded the 1955 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for her novel Mother and Son. Compton-Burnett spent much of her life as a companion to Margaret Jourdain (1876–1951), a leading authority and writer on the decorative arts and the history of furniture, who shared the author's Kensington flat from 1919. For the first ten years, Compton-Burnett seems to have remained unobtrusively in the background, always severely dressed in black. When Pastors and Masters appeared in 1925, Jourdain claimed to have been unaware that her friend was writing a novel. Evidence that theirs may have been a lesbian relationship is sparse.

Ivy Compton-Burnett was born in Pinner, Middlesex, on 5 June 1884, as the seventh of twelve children of the well-known homeopathic physician Dr James Compton-Burnett (pronounced 'Cumpton-Burnit'), by his second wife, Katharine (1855–1911), daughter of Rowland Rees, civil engineer. She grew up in Hove and London. She was educated at home with two brothers until the age of 14. She attended Addiscombe College, Hove, in 1898–1901, then boarded for two terms in 1901–2 at Howard College, Bedford, before embarking on a university degree in Classics. After graduating she in turn tutored four younger sisters at home.

Ivy's mother sent all her stepchildren away to boarding school as soon as possible. According to the scholar Patrick Lyons, "In widowhood Compton-Burnett's mother provided her with an early model for the line of outrageous domestic bullies that appear in her novels, anticipating the grief-stricken and over-demanding Sophia Stace (Brothers and Sisters, 1929) and the more shamelessly lucid Harriet Haslem (Men and Wives, 1931), who declares candidly: 'I see my children's faces, and am urged by the hurt in them to go further, and driven on to the worse.' Four of Ivy's sisters rebelled against home life in 1915 and moved up to London to live in a flat with the pianist Myra Hess. Ivy successfully managed the considerable family fortune after her mother's death.

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Margaret Jourdain (c. 1876 – April 7, 1951) was a prominent writer on English furniture and decoration. She began her career ghost-writing as Francis Lenygon for the firm of Lenygon & Morant, dealers in furnishings with a royal appointment, who were also the fabricators of carefully crafted reproductions, especially of Kentian furnishings, some of which have been displayed in public collections for decades.

The finely-honed writing that distinguishes Jourdain's work must be partly credited to careful pre-editing by her lifelong friend and domestic partner, the novelist Ivy Compton-Burnett. Ivy and Margaret Jourdain lived together from 1918 until Margaret's death in 1951. Members of their circle might speculate on whether they were lovers: Ivy referred to herself and Margaret as "neutrals". Margaret Jourdain's papers are archived at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, but some of her unpublished translations of poems by Jose Maria de Heredia, Pontus de Tyard and Gérard de Nerval are among Ivy Compton-Burnett's papers at King's College, Cambridge.

Margaret Jourdain teamed with Ralph Edwards, keeper of Furniture & Woodwork, the Victoria and Albert Museum, to produce Georgian Cabinet-Makers (1944, 1951), a series of biographies of the major London furniture-makers from the Restoration of Charles II to 1800, supported by archival work, which had not been a strong feature of previous connoisseurship. As revised by Edwards, it remained the essential standard in the field for several decades until superseded by work by Peter Ward-Jackson, Christopher Gilbert, Helena Hayward, and members of the Furniture History Society.

Her Regency Furniture (1931) covered new ground in extending the classic period of English furniture design forward to 1830.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Jourdain

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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Lee & Walter Plunkett

Walter Plunkett (June 5, 1902 in Oakland, California – March 8, 1982) was a prolific costume designer who worked on more than 150 projects throughout his career in the Hollywood film industry. He lived in West Los Angeles on Goshen Avenue with his devoted and much younger partner, Lee. Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy would visit them occasionally. "They were both into knitting." Bachardy remembered. "They knitted covers for their toilet seats. They knitted things all over the place." Plunkett retired in 1966, after having worked in films, on Broadway, and for the Metropolitan Opera. He spent the last years of his life with his partner Lee, whom he formally adopted so that he could inherit his estate. He died at age 79 in Santa Monica, California.

Born in Oakland, California, Plunkett studied law at the University of California, where he was a member of the California-Alpha chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, but showed greater interest in the school's theatrical group. He moved to New York City in 1923 and began work as a stage actor as well as a costume and set designer. After some time in Greenwich Village, he moved back to California, this time to Hollywood, and found work as a movie extra. (He can be seen dancing with Irene, another future top designer, in Erich von Stroheim's 1925 film The Merry Widow.) He soon made a career change to costume and wardrobe.

Plunkett's first credited work as a costume designer was the 1927 film Hard-Boiled Haggerty. At RKO, he developed a huge costume and wardrobe department that became a major studio asset. Given free rein, he set about creating costumes that rivaled the work of his contemporaries, such as Travis Banton and Adrian.


1934-Black-afternoon-dress-Walter-Plunkett 30s day dress long black floral white accents hat purse shoes photo print ad model magazine
Walter Plunkett was a prolific costume designer who worked on more than 150 projects throughout his career in the Hollywood film industry. He lived in West Los Angeles on Goshen Avenue with his devoted and much younger partner, Lee. Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy would visit them occasionally. "They were both into knitting." Bachardy remembered. "They knitted covers for their toilet seats. They knitted things all over the place." Walter formally adopted so that he could inherit his estate.

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

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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Kathy Travis & Suze Orman

Susan Lynn "Suze" Orman (born June 5, 1951) is an American author, financial advisor, motivational speaker, and television host. Orman was born in Chicago and received her B.A. in social work. She worked as a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch. In 1983 she became the vice-president of investments at Prudential Bache Securities and in 1987 founded the Suze Orman Financial Group. Her program The Suze Orman Show began airing on CNBC in 2002. In 2006 she won a Gracie Award for Outstanding Program Host on the The Suze Orman Show on CNBC. She has written several books on the topic of personal finance.

In February 2007, Orman told The New York Times Magazine that she is a lesbian. Her partner since 2000 is Kathy Travis, a co-producer on The Suze Orman Show. In the interview, Orman said that she wished she could marry her partner partly because it could save them both a lot of money. She says, "It's killing me that upon death, K.T. is going to lose 50 percent of everything I have to estate taxes. Or vice versa." In 2010 she married Kathy Travis.

To the question "When would you say was the first time you really found love?", Orman answered: "When I met KT. Sure I would say I was in love before, but it would come and go out of my life. With KT, it never goes away. It has been 12 years now and I love her more today than yesterday. I was 49 when I got together with KT and she was the best 50th bday gift I ever gave myself."

Orman was born on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, in 1951. She grew up in a Jewish family. Her mother worked as a secretary for a local rabbi, while her Russian immigrant father worked in a chicken factory and managed a delicatessen in Hyde Park.

She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received a B.A. in social work in 1976. In 2009, Orman received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


In February 2007, Suze Orman told The New York Times Magazine that she is a lesbian. Her partner since 2000 is Kathy Travis, a co-producer on The Suze Orman Show. In the interview, Orman said that she wished she could marry her partner partly because it could save them both a lot of money. She says, "It's killing me that upon death, K.T. is going to lose 50 percent of everything I have to estate taxes. Or vice versa." In 2010 she married Kathy Travis.

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Dragon and Crow - Deluxe 2 Volume Set (Series: Dojo Boys) by Alex A. Akira
Publisher: TRIPLE A PRESS- YAOI GAY ROMANCE 2 VOLUME E-BOOK; 1 edition (May 16, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: Dragon and Crow - Deluxe 2 Volume Set

Twenty-three-year-old, Michael Black’s life is disrupted when he is ambushed at the dojo he frequents by a mysterious Japanese youth called Kiyoshi. The gifted nineteen-year-old is an intriguing mix of angst, innocence and crafty intelligence, and soon circumstances have the gorgeous teen living at Michael’s apartment.
Honor bound by a promise to his sensei, Michael tries to keep his mounting desire for his house guest in check, but Kiyoshi’s heated kisses says the stunning Japanese youth wants Michael in his bed. As Michael wrestles with desire, Kiyoshi's painful past manifests and a twisted tale of tragedy and vengeance emerges. A perilous saga that revolves around Kiyoshi, Michael’s sensei, Ichiro Kimura, a detective called Masato Takahashi, the Japanese Yakuza and a mysterious vigilante named Yoshiro Tanaka.

Volume two finds the web of deception surrounding Kiyoshi intensifying when he goes missing. Driven by despair, Michael agrees to go undercover to save Kiyoshi from the vicious Yakuza lord, Takeshi Ikeda. But once immersed in the dangerous world of espionage he realizes no one is who they seem. His sensei appears to be under the power of Masato Takahashi, a man he once loved. Detective Takahashi seems intent on arresting both Takeshi Ikeda and Kiyoshi. And the cunning vigilante, Yoshiro Tanaka, is doing business with the despicable Yakuza lord … aided in his efforts by a far too attractive French-Korean spy.

Forced to suppress his temper and play the submissive, Michael must use both his creative and martial skills to survive. He finds himself accosted at a nightclub, kidnapped at a casino, seducing secret agents and fighting Kiyoshi’s Yakuza ex-lover, in a tumultuous journey to a bittersweet endgame that he can only hope will win him the full trust and complete love of Kiyoshi Kimura.
Secrets, lies, sex and action combine in the finale of this racy, romantic thriller as two estranged couples—Michael Black and Kiyoshi Kimura, and Ichiro Kimura and Masato Takahashi—fight for justice and enduring love.

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About the Author: Alex A. Akira is the author of the yaoi romance series Dojo Boys, racy tales of young, male martial artists navigating some unorthodox and adventurous paths to find love. The Deluxe two-volume box set of Dojo Boys: Dragon and Crow are available at Amazon:
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dojo-Boys-Dragon-Crow/1586470108305850
WEBSITE: http://www.alexaakira.org/
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Euro Pride Con: Alexis Hall

Starting from June 1, 2015, I will daily feature authors attending the three conventions I will join, Euro Pride in Munich (July), UK Meet in Bristol (September) and GRL in San Diego (October).

For the Euro Pride in Munich, July 11-12, 2015, today author is Alexis Hall: Alexis Hall was born in the early 1980s and still thinks the 21st century is the future. To this day, he feels cheated that he lived through a fin de siècle but inexplicably failed to drink a single glass of absinthe, dance with a single courtesan, or stay in a single garret. He did the Oxbridge thing sometime in the 2000s and failed to learn anything of substance. He has had many jobs, including ice cream maker, fortune teller, lab technician, and professional gambler. He was fired from most of them.

He can neither cook nor sing, but he can handle a 17th century smallsword, punts from the proper end, and knows how to hotwire a car.

He lives in southeast England, with no cats and no children, and fully intends to keep it that way.

Further Readings:

For Real: A Spires Story by Alexis Hall
Paperback: 362 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (February 15, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626492808
ISBN-13: 978-1626492806
Amazon: For Real: A Spires Story
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Laurence Dalziel, a thirty-seven year old trauma surgeon, is worn down and washed up. And for him the BDSM scene especially is all played out. He’s tired of pantomiming submission, and he’s long since given up looking for more than hollow release.

Then he meets Toby Finch. Nineteen years old. Fearless, fierce, and vulnerable. Everything Laurie can’t remember being.

Toby doesn’t know who he wants to be or what he wants to do. He doesn’t know how he ended up where he is or where he’s meant to be going. But he knows, with all the terrible certainty of youth, that he wants Laurie.

He wants Laurie on his knees. He wants to make him hurt, he wants to make him beg, he wants to make him fall in love. But while Laurie will surrender his body to Toby’s desires, he won’t surrender his heart. Because whatever they have, however right it feels, he knows it can’t last. Toby has to live his own life, and Laurie has to let him.

It can’t be for real.



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UK Meet: Annabelle Jacobs

Starting from June 1, 2015, I will daily feature authors attending the three conventions I will join, Euro Pride in Munich (July), UK Meet in Bristol (September) and GRL in San Diego (October).

For the UK Meet in Bristol, September 11-13, 2015, today author is Annabelle Jacobs: Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with her husband, three rowdy children, and two cats.

An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They're usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.

Further Readings:

The Altered (Lycanaeris Book 1) by Annabelle Jacobs
Series: Lycanaeris
Paperback: 286 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 9, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 151208963X
ISBN-13: 978-1512089639
Amazon: The Altered (Lycanaeris Book 1)
Amazon Kindle: The Altered (Lycanaeris Book 1)

Twenty years ago the UK’s water supply was contaminated with an experimental pathogen, Lycanaeris, causing widespread panic across the nation. Terrorism was suspected but never proven, and when nothing happened--no epidemic, no unexplained illnesses--the whole episode was written off as an elaborate hoax. But Lycanaeris was selective. Only those of a certain age, and with a specific gene in their DNA were infected. Time would reveal the pathogen’s true nature, when those susceptible grew up Altered. Daniel is one of thousands forced to hide his altered status by living a quiet life. He’s not like the others, though. Daniel can’t help looking so distinctive or being able to see every altered for what they really are. To those abducting altereds, that skill makes him valuable. For Jordan, shifting from human to wolf means living under the radar to avoid unwanted attention. Meeting Daniel complicates matters. Daniel’s existence is a threat to Jordan and his friends, but Jordan can’t seem to shake the strange connection between them. When danger threatens, there’s little time for Daniel and Jordan to work out their feelings before lives are at stake.



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GRL: Arshad Ahsanuddin

Starting from June 1, 2015, I will daily feature authors attending the three conventions I will join, Euro Pride in Munich (July), UK Meet in Bristol (September) and GRL in San Diego (October).

For the GRL in San Diego, October 15-18, 2015, today author is Arshad Ahsanuddin: By profession, I am a hematopathologist, a laboratory physician who specializes in diagnosis of diseases of blood, bone marrow, and lymph nodes, such as leukemia and lymphoma. Yes, I realize the irony that I write about vampires. ;)

The Pact Arcanum Saga consists of five books: Sunset, Cathedral of the Sky, Sunrise, Moonlight, and Starlight. It is best described as non-explicit, futuristic, gay vampire space opera. The Interscission Project is gay space opera/time travel. Note: While each series conforms to standard conventions regarding the romance genre overall, I do not guarantee a happy ending to any individual book within the series.

Further Readings:

Sunrise (Pact Arcanum Book 2) by Arshad Ahsanuddin
Series: Pact Arcanum
Paperback: 506 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 21, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1479324493
ISBN-13: 978-1479324491
Amazon: Sunrise (Pact Arcanum Book 2)
Amazon Kindle: Sunrise (Pact Arcanum Book 2)

Steel and Shadow

San Francisco, 2015. A group of friends celebrating a windfall in their musical careers take a wrong turn down a deserted alleyway, only to find their path blocked by two creatures out of nightmare. Surviving only through the arcane intervention of a cryptic savior, they find themselves thrust unwillingly into the center of a war of extermination between two mystical races.

The Gauntlet

Rory loved his best friend Takeshi for as long as he can remember, though he never had the courage to speak of it. The discovery of their supernatural destinies as the leaders of the Sentinel race only compounded the danger of a relationship, so he kept silent. When Rory is captured, his soul hangs in the balance as the Nightwalkers delve into ancient magic to corrupt his spirit. Takeshi attempts a desperate rescue, but is unprepared to face the enemy that waits in the depths of the vampire fortress. In the end, his own damnation may be the key to Rory's salvation.

Night and Day

Nick was surprised to see Rory at a Christmas party so many years after the other musician disappeared from public life. Renewing their friendship, he remains completely unaware that Rory is not at all what he appears to be. Nick's ignorance costs him dearly when Rory's enemies attack. To save Nick, Rory and his allies must find a way to triumph over the first and greatest of the vampire lords, before Nick's soul is twisted forever by the torments of the Prince of Nightmares.



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A Second Past Midnight by Rae Gee
Gay Mystery / Thriller
Paperback: 328 pages
Publisher: Torquere Press (April 22, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1610409086
ISBN-13: 978-1610409087
Amazon: A Second Past Midnight
Amazon Kindle: A Second Past Midnight

In 1981, at the height of the Cold War, a single nuclear warhead sent America's technological capability back to the 18th century. Four years later, the shattered country is still struggling to put itself back together. Infrastructure has crumbled, the government is gone, and convicted criminals are hunted for food. James lives in a small, Midwestern town. By day, he tends his family's farm, trading the food they grow for other supplies. By night, he dreams of being a musician. But with his world destroyed, music remains a frivolous dream. That is, until he meets Flame. Convicted of drug dealing, Flame has become a part of the bi-annual Shoot to Kill hunting season. He has a dark past and people want him dead. Yet he has a strong determination to live and shares James' musical dream. James and Flame join forces, traveling first to New York and then to London, in spite of the numerous obstacles in their path and the shadow of death hanging over them. Will they be strong enough to escape it and find their dreams together?

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

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