June 12th, 2015

andrew potter

Charlie Mitchel & Henry Scott Tuke

Henry Scott Tuke, RA RWS (12 June 1858–13 March 1929), was a British visual artist; primarily a painter, but also a photographer. His most notable work was in the Impressionist style, and he is probably best known for his paintings of nude boys and young men.

He was born into a Quaker family in Lawrence Street in York. He was the second son of Daniel Hack Tuke (1827–1895) and Maria Strickney (1826–1917). In 1859 the family moved to Falmouth, where Daniel Tuke, a physician, established a practice. Tuke's sister and biographer, Maria Tuke Sainsbury (1861–1947), was born there. Tuke was encouraged to draw and paint from an early age and some of his earliest drawings—from when he was four or five years old—were published in 1895. In 1870, Tuke joined his brother William at Irwin Sharps's Quaker school in Weston-super-Mare, and remained there until he was sixteen.

In 1875, Tuke enrolled in the Slade School of Art under Alphonse Legros and Sir Edward Poynter. Initially his father paid for his tuition but in 1877 Tuke won a scholarship, which allowed him to continue his training at the Slade and in Italy in 1880. From 1881 to 1883 he was in Paris where he met Jules Bastien-Lepage, who encouraged him to paint en plein air. While studying in France, Tuke decided to move to Newlyn Cornwall where many of his Slade and Parisian friends had already formed the Newlyn School of painters. He received several lucrative commissions there, after exhibiting his work at the Royal Academy of Art in London.


©Henry Scott Tuke (1858–1929)/Guildhall Art Gallery & London's Roman Amphitheatre. Ruby, Gold and Malachite, 1902 (Charlie Mitchel is first from the left) (©4)
Henry Scott Tuke was a British visual artist. His most notable work was in the Impressionist style, and he is probably best known for his paintings of nude boys and young men. All of Tuke's regular models were eventually called up during the First World War, and some did not return, including Maurice Clift—a model for August Blue—who was killed in France. One of the model of Ruby, Gold and Malachite was Charlie Mitchel, who was Tuke's boatman for 30 years and in his will, Tuke left him £1,000.


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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Scott_Tuke
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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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Claire Waldoff & Olga von Roeder

Claire Waldoff (born as Clara Wortmann, October 21, 1884 in Gelsenkirchen – January 22, 1957) was a German singer. She was a famous cabaret singer and entertainer in Berlin during the 1910s and 1920s. Waldoff lived together with Olga Freiin von Roeder (June 12, 1886 - July 11, 1963). The lesbian couple lived happily in Berlin during the 1920s. Together they met often other lesbian friends in the club, Damenklub Pyramide, in Berlin. After the German Nazis won the elections 1933 and Hitler came to power, Waldoff's success ended. In 1939, she and Olga von Roder left Berlin together, and they lived in Bayerisch Gmain. Claire and Olga are buried together, on the same lot.

Wortmann was born the eleventh child of 16. Her parents owned a tavern in Gelsenkirchen. After completing school, she studied theatre and chose as her pseudoynm Claire Waldoff. In 1903, she got her first theatre jobs in Bad Pyrmont and in Kattowitz. In 1907, she went to Berlin, where she performed at the Figaro-Theater on Kurfürstendamm. In 1907, she also began a working as a cabaret singer. Rudolf Nelson gave her a job at the theatre Roland von Berlin on Potsdamer Straße. She had great success during the next several years in German cabaret. She sang at Chat Noir on Friedrichstraße and at the Linden-Cabaret on Unter den Linden. Waldoff was known for singing her songs in distinctive Berliner slang. Waldoff's success reached its peak in the 1920s. She performed at the two great Berlin varietés, Scala and Wintergarten, sang together with Marlene Dietrich, and had her songs played on the radio. Her repertoire included around 300 original songs.


Claire Waldoff was a German singer. She was a famous cabaret singer and entertainer. Waldoff lived together with Olga von Roeder. They lived happily in Berlin during the 1920s. Together they met often other lesbian friends in the club, Damenklub Pyramide. After the German Nazis won the elections 1933 and Hitler came to power, Waldoff's success ended. In 1939, she and Olga von Roder left Berlin together, and they lived in Bayerisch Gmain. Claire and Olga are buried together, on the same lot.


Claire Waldoff & Olga von Roeder are buried together at the Pragfriedhof cemetery in Stuttgart.

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Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claire_Waldoff

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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Jim Kitchen & Marsh Cassidy

Marsh Cassady (born June 12, 1936) is the author of fifty-two published books and approximately 4000 shorter pieces in many different genres.

Marsh has five kids who live across the U.S. from California to Florida–Kathi, Kim, David, Beth and Heather. It was no small task to see them all into adulthood after his wife Pat died in 1978. The oldest child was then seventeen; the youngest four.

Fortunately, two years after the death of his wife, Marsh met the man who would become his partner–in business and life. Jim Kitchen, the father of four sons, helped rear the three younger kids. Jim has written and published several books and is co-founder of the School of Public Administration and Urban Studies at San Diego State. (Picture: Jim Kitchen)

He has won a San Diego Book Award for nonfiction for The Newhall Incident, (true crime co-authored with retired CHP commander John Anderson) and a national competition for his book of haiku, The Music of Tree Limbs.

He has been a finalist for six national awards for Alternate Casts (science fiction novel), Light (literary novel, finalist in two competitions.), Triple Fiction (short story collection with two co-authors), and Brass Pony (two novellas). In addition he has been nominated for several other national awards–for playwriting, a poetry collection, a book on theatre, and Love Theme with Variations (a novel).

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Source: http://marshcassady.com/BIO/index.html

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More Real Life Romances at my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/, My Ramblings/Real Life Romance


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Blog Tour: The Eagle and The Fox by Nya Rawlyns

The Eagle and the Fox (Snowy Range Mystery) by Nya Rawlyns
Series: Snowy Range Mystery
Paperback: 262 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 3, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1514104865
ISBN-13: 978-1514104866
Amazon: The Eagle and the Fox (Snowy Range Mystery)
Amazon Kindle: The Eagle and the Fox (Snowy Range Mystery)

Kit Golden Eagle is running. From poverty, from abuse. Forced to live by his wits, the Ojibwe teen slowly succumbs to living a life of hate and lies.
Josiah Foxglove is given a second chance when he takes over his family's spread in the shadow of the Snowy Range. A veteran of the Gulf War, he came back broken in body and spirit.
Marcus Colton buried his long-time lover and best friend three years ago. Lonely and still grieving, Marcus finds solace in keeping his business afloat but that doesn't help him get through the long, dark nights.
Three damaged souls converge as violence wracks the small community of Centurion, WY. The town protects its own so when Kit Golden Eagle shows up, it’s easy to place blame on the stranger. It looks open and shut, but for Josiah and Marcus the facts simply don’t add up.
Something’s rotten in Centurion, something that smacks of a hate crime…

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About the author: Nya Rawlyns has lived in the country and on a sailboat on the Chesapeake Bay, earned more than 1000 miles in competitive trail and endurance racing, taught Political Science to unwilling freshmen, and found an avocation in materials science.
When she isn’t tending to her garden or the horses, the cats, or three pervert parakeets, she can be found day dreaming and listening to the voices in her head.

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/Nya_Rawlyns
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+NyaRawlyns/posts
Blog: http://loveslastrefuge.com/
Website: http://www.romancingwords.com

Tour Schedule:
June 9: Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents || Molly Lolly: Reader, Reviewer, Lover of Words
June 10: Because Two Men Are Better Than One || MM Good Book Reviews
June 11: The Purple Rose Tea House || RJ Scott
June 12: Sue Brown - Love. Imperfect. Real. || Elisa - My reviews and Ramblings
June 15: Man2ManTastic || BFD Book Blog
June 16: Author Susan Mac Nicol || Divine Magazine
June 17: Diverse Reader || Drops of Ink
June 18: Love Bytes Reviews || Sid Love Writes
June 19: Nessa’s Book Reviews || Rainbow Gold Reviews

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Euro Pride Con: Feliz Faber

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 Feliz Faber: Feliz Faber, Reader, writer, translator. "Small things are what matter: The first cup of coffee in the morning. Starting a new book on a rainy Sunday. Laying awake at night and hearing my family's breaths around me. Meeting with friends and talking about everything and nothing for hours on end.

Wording the perfect phrase.

Starting a new story. Typing the word "end".

That's bliss."

Further Readings:

Thorns by Feliz Faber
Paperback: 260 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 26, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1623809371
ISBN-13: 978-1623809379
Amazon: Thorns
Amazon Kindle: Thorns

How can love between two men possibly be responsible for a horse's death during the Kentucky Derby? Reporter Will Yeats wants to know the truth.

Seventeen years ago, a love affair between a jockey and a horse trainer and a tragic accident on the racetrack scandalized the horseracing world. But Nic Pithiviers and Louis Meerow seem to have no desire to set the record straight: they refuse the interview and send attorney Francis LeBon to question Will's motives.

Francis has a special place in his heart for Nic and Louis, who taught him to take pride in himself as a gay man, and he'll stop at nothing to protect them from a gossipmongering reporter. However, Francis doesn't expect the reporter's honesty and genuine determination to exonerate two men falsely accused... or the growing attraction to Will he feels.

While visiting with Nic and Louis at their horse training center in France, Will uncovers a web of intrigue, secrets, and old lies, and he unwittingly sets a series of perilous events into motion that not only threaten to destroy his budding relationship with Francis, but Nic and Louis's decades-long commitment as well.





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UK Meet: Charlie Cochrane

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 Charlie Cochrane: As Charlie Cochrane couldn't be trusted to do any of her jobs of choice - like managing a rugby team - she writes. Her favourite genre is gay fiction, predominantly historical romances/mysteries, but she's making an increasing number of forays into the modern day. She's even been known to write about gay werewolves - albeit highly respectable ones.

Her Cambridge Fellows series of Edwardian romantic mysteries were instrumental in seeing her named Speak Its Name Author of the Year 2009. She’s a member of both the Romantic Novelists’ Association and International Thriller Writers Inc.

Happily married, with a house full of daughters, Charlie tries to juggle writing with the rest of a busy life. She loves reading, theatre, good food and watching sport. Her ideal day would be a morning walking along a beach, an afternoon spent watching rugby and a church service in the evening.

Further Readings:

Lessons for Idle Tongues by Charlie Cochrane
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (June 29, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626492727
ISBN-13: 978-1626492721
Amazon: Lessons for Idle Tongues

Cambridge, 1910

Amateur detectives Jonty Stewart and Orlando Coppersmith seem to have nothing more taxing on their plate than locating a missing wooden cat and solving the dilemma of seating thirteen for dinner. But one of the guests brings a conundrum: a young woman has been found dead, and her boyfriend is convinced she was murdered. The trouble is, nobody else agrees.

Investigation reveals that several young people in the local area have died in strange circumstances, and rumours abound of poisonings at the hands of Lord Toothill, a local mysterious recluse. Toothill's angry, gun-toting gamekeeper isn't doing anything to quell suspicions, either.

But even with a gun to his head, Jonty can tell there's more going on in this surprisingly treacherous village than meets the eye. And even Orlando's vaunted logic is stymied by the baffling inconsistencies they uncover. Together, the Cambridge Fellows must pick their way through gossip and misdirection to discover the truth.



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GRL: A.C. Burch

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 A.C. Burch: A.C. Burch spent his early summers on Cape Cod and since then, the sand has never left his shoes. His first visit to Provincetown sparked a romance with the town and forged a love of the sea that continues to this day. A.C. trained as a classical musician, but his passion for the arts extends to photography, the art scene in Provincetown and Miami, and, of course, the written word. His literary icons run the gamut from Jane Austen to Agatha Christie by way of Walter Mosely and Patrick Dennis.
Since 1987, A.C. has lived in Provincetown—since 1997, in an old house with views of Provincetown Harbor. He’s a devoted sailor and can be found most summer days out on Cape Cod Bay. He’s just recently become the proud father of a golden retriever pup named Dori.
A.C. splits his time between Provincetown and South Beach.

Further Readings:

The HomePort Journals by A.C. Burch
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Wilde City Press, LLC (March 18, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1925313034
ISBN-13: 978-1925313031
Amazon: The HomePort Journals
Amazon Kindle: The HomePort Journals

Fleeing New York City and an abusive partner, would-be writer Marc Nugent finds work at HomePort, the Provincetown mansion of Lola Staunton, a fabulously wealthy recluse. Aided by an attractive-but-unattainable artist and an all-too-available cross-dresser, Marc investigates accusations of rape and murder that have estranged Lola from a childhood friend for more than sixty years. Past and present converge when a long-lost journal reveals tales of infidelity, adultery, and passion that mirror the life Marc has recently abandoned. When his ex-lover arrives in search of revenge, Marc must confront his past, his notions of family, and his capacity for love. Evocative, funny and heartfelt, The HomePort Journals will be to Provincetown what Tales of the City is to San Francisco. - William J. Mann Author, The Men from the Boys series. A cockeyed, full-hearted Provincetown fantasia, The Homeport Journals combines history and romance with a dash of wit and a firm belief that in some magical places there is always a second chance- for love and for art. -Heidi Jon Schmidt Author, The House on Oyster Creek



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