July 14th, 2015

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Annie Hindle & Annie Ryan

The first popular male impersonator in US Theater was Annie Hindle (1847 – July 14, 1897), who started performing in NY in 1867; in 1886, she married her dresser, Annie Ryan (died in 1891).

The New York Sun, December 27, 1891: “In the summer of 1886 Annie Hindle's dresser and faithful companion was a pretty little brunette of 25 - a quiet, demure girl, who made friends wherever she went.

She accompanied Hindle to and from the theatre, and she was a very valuable help to the singer.

One night in June 1886, Annie Hindle and Annie Ryan left the Grand Rapids Theatre, where Hindle was then engaged, and drove to the Barnard House.

In room 19, a minister of the gospel, the Rev. E.H. Brooks, awaited the couple.

There was a best man, jolly Gilbert Saroney, who, oddly enough, was a female impersonator, but there was no bridesmaid.

At ten o'clock Mr. Brooks performed the marriage ceremony, and solemnly pronounced Annie Hindle the husband of Annie Ryan.

The female groom wore a dress suit.


The first popular male impersonator in US Theater was Annie Hindle, who started performing in NY in 1867; in 1886, she married her dresser, Annie Ryan. "I know all the circumstances," said Rev. Brooks. "The groom gave me her - I mean his - name as Charles Hindle, and he assured me that he was a man. The bride is a sensible girl, and she was of age. I had no other course to pursue. I believe they love each other and that they will be happy. “

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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 (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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Arthur Laurents & Tom Hatcher

Arthur Laurents (July 14, 1917 – May 5, 2011) was an American playwright, stage director and screenwriter. Laurents wrote Original Story By Arthur Laurents: A Memoir of Broadway and Hollywood, published in 2000. In it, he discusses his lengthy career and his many gay affairs and long-term relationships, including those with Farley Granger and Tom Hatcher. Hatcher was an aspiring actor whom Gore Vidal suggested Laurents seek out at the Beverly Hills men's clothing store Hatcher was managing at the time. The couple remained together for 52 years until Hatcher's death on October 26, 2006.

After writing scripts for radio shows after college and then training films for the U.S. Army during World War II, Laurents turned to writing for Broadway, producing a body of work that includes West Side Story (1957), Gypsy (1959), Hallelujah, Baby! (1967) and La Cage Aux Folles (1983), and directing some of his own shows and other Broadway productions. (Picture: Tom Hatcher)

His early film scripts include Rope (1948) for Alfred Hitchcock, followed by Anastasia (1956), Bonjour Tristesse (1958), The Way We Were (1973) and The Turning Point (1977).

Born Arthur Levine, Laurents was the son of a lawyer and a schoolteacher who gave up her career when she married. He was born and raised in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, a borough of New York City, New York, the elder of two children, and attended Erasmus Hall High School. His sister Edith suffered from chorea as a child.


Arthur Laurents (July 14, 1917 – May 5, 2011) was an American playwright, stage director and screenwriter. Laurents wrote Original Story By Arthur Laurents: A Memoir of Broadway and Hollywood, published in 2000. Tom Hatcher was an aspiring actor whom Gore Vidal suggested Arthur Laurents seek out at the Beverly Hills men's clothing store Hatcher was managing at the time. The couple remained together for 52 years until Hatcher's death on October 26, 2006.

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

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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Bill Olander & Christopher Cox

Christopher Cox (1949-1990), an editor, author, actor, director, and producer, was born August 27, 1949, in Gadsden, Alabama, to Howard R. Cox, a prominent banker, and Dorothy Trusler Cox. His birth name was Howard Raymond Cox Jr., and his family and childhood friends called him Ray throughout his life. He graduated from Emma Sansom High School, as did his brother Timothy, and sisters Carol and Nancy.

In 1966, at age 16, Cox took a summer job in Washington as a page for Alabama's senator John Sparkman, and then returned to the city the summer after high school to work for two representatives, Armistead Selden and George Andrews. He attended the University of Alabama in Birmingham for two years, where he became involved in college dramatics. Dropping out at the end of his sophomore year, Cox moved to New York in hopes of a career in the theatre and never returned to college (although he did list a 1969 BA from the University of Alabama on some of his resumes). His first role was an understudy for the Mute in The Fantasticks , which he said was the only role open to him because of his Southern accent. It is not clear whether he achieved further study in theater, but ephemera in Series III, Personal Papers, indicates that he took classes at the HB Studio in New York in the fall of 1969.

Cox took Christopher as his professional name in 1970, he wrote to his friend Steven Beil, because when he went to join the Actors' Equity labor union there was a Ray Cox already enrolled. His life in the theatre included performing, directing, and writing both plays and lyrics. His primary contribution was as director of the New Play Series and the Writers Workshop at the Joseph Jefferson Theatre Company, where he produced a dozen works by young playwrights between 1974 and 1976. He performed in both Broadway and Off-Broadway shows through the 1970s before turning more to writing, editing, and photography in the 1980s. In the last decade of his life, Cox worked for publishing houses, primarily E.P. Dutton and Ballantine, and wrote freelance articles and reviews for the Soho Weekly News (published between 1974 and 1982) and other papers and magazines. His book, A Key West Companion , was issued by St. Martin's Press in 1983, and his short study of photographer Dorothea Lange was published by Aperture in 1987.


Christopher Cox, 1989, by Robert Giard
Christopher Cox was an editor, author, actor, director, and producer. Cox was affiliated with the literary group known as the Violet Quill. Cox died in 1990 from AIDS-related complications. His partner Bill had died one year earlier. William R. Olander was an art historian, museum curator, and critic. In the spring of 1986 he met Cox. Olander is probably best remembered for the installation known as "Let the Record Show (that there are many in the community of art and artists who choose not to be silent in the 1980’s)”
American photographer Robert Giard is renowned for his portraits of American poets and writers; his particular focus was on gay and lesbian writers. Some of his photographs of the American gay and lesbian literary community appear in his groundbreaking book Particular Voices: Portraits of Gay and Lesbian Writers, published by MIT Press in 1997. Giard’s stated mission was to define the literary history and cultural identity of gays and lesbians for the mainstream of American society, which perceived them as disparate, marginal individuals possessing neither. In all, he photographed more than 600 writers. (http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/digitallibrary/giard.html)
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William R. Olander (July 14, 1950 - March 18, 1989), partner of Christopher Cox, was an art historian, museum curator, and critic. Born in Virginia, Minnesota, on July 14, 1950, he attended Northwestern University, where he studied with Jack Burnham, and received a Ph.D. in art history from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts in 1983. His dissertation, Pour Transmettre À La Postérité: French Painting and Revolution, 1774-1795 , was guided by the noted art historian Robert Rosenblum. After internships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Toledo Museum of Art, Olander was appointed curator of modern art at the Allen Memorial Museum at Oberlin College; he held that position from 1979 to 1984, and served as the museum's acting director in his last two years there. On January 1, 1985, he became curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, and met Christopher Cox in the spring of 1986. Olander was senior curator at the New Museum when he died from AIDS-related complications on March 18, 1989.

In addition to organizing exhibitions at both museums during his years there, Olander served as a guest curator, juror, or catalogue essayist for shows in many other venues. Among his exhibitions were the Allen Memorial Museum's New Voices series: 6 Photographers (1981) and Women and the Media: New Video (1984); Drawings: After Photography (circulated by Independent Curators Incorporated, 1984); Fake (The New Museum, 1987); and retrospectives of the work of artists May Stevens (New Museum, 1988), Edgar Franceschi (El Museo Del Barrio, 1988), and Janet Cooling (Beacon Street Gallery, Chicago, 1989). He wrote, as well, numerous exhibition and book reviews, and presented papers at academic institutions and conferences on the topics of French painting, new media, photography, and postmodern theory. Particularly interested the work of women and other marginalized artists, Olander often incorporated social and political statements, performance art, video, film, and photography into his exhibition programs.

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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
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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Alex Jeffers (born July 14)

Alex Jeffers is author of Safe as Houses, a novel, and The New People, a science-fiction novella. His many works of short fiction have appeared in magazines including North American Review, Blithe House Quarterly, Fantasy & Science Fiction, —-Brane SF, and Icarus; and in anthologies such as New Dimensions (#s 6, 8, 9, 10, 12), Universe (new series, #s 2 & 3), Men on Men (#s 3 & 7), Best Gay Erotica 1996, The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2009, and Wilde Stories 2009.

Further Readings:

Safe as Houses by Alex Jeffers
Paperback: 318 pages
Publisher: Lethe Press; Reissue edition (December 15, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590211235
ISBN-13: 978-1590211236
Amazon: Safe as Houses
Amazon Kindle: Safe as Houses

''A gay novel about family values'' (Edmund White), Safe as Houses is the story of Allen Pasztory and his family -- the family he was born to and the family he has stumbled into and embraced. His loving parents, raised in the inhumane surroundings of a state school for the deaf. His sister, bilingual like himself, pursuing ordinariness as if it were possible, and her son Kit, disowned by his father. Allen's husband in all but name, brave, solid, scared, Jeremy; Jeremy's ex-wife Ruth, involved despite her best intentions; and their son, Toby, precocious and ferociously loyal. Ill and likely to die before his time, Allen tells himself the stories he needs to survive, stories that may explain his life to the boys he's raised, for ''your life is never only your own story, and what you don't know for sure you must invent, using all the clues you can gather.''

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Elle Parker (born July 14, 1969)

Elle Parker likes her heroes snarky and human, and she writes with a realism that incorporates humor and everyday detail into steamy and exciting stories. Although she writes a few forms of erotica, her first love and primary focus is M/M Erotic Romance. She works hard to create characters you can't help but fall in love with.

Most of the time, Elle can be found in her home in the north woods of Wisconsin, working on her latest novel, or spending time with her husband and teenaged kids. When not writing, she likes reading, brewing beer and swimming with the loons. Unless it's winter. In that case she grabs a book and drinks the beer.

Further Readings:

Like Coffee and Doughnuts by Elle Parker
Paperback: 366 pages
Publisher: Lyrical Press, Inc (February 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616501278
ISBN-13: 978-1616501273
Amazon: Like Coffee and Doughnuts

Dino Martini might accept his friend Seth as a lover--if they can stay alive. Dino Martini is an old-school P.I. in a modern age. Sure, he may do most of his work on a computer, but he carries a gun, drives a convertible, and lives on the beach. Best friend and mechanic Seth Donnelly will back him in a fight, and there's not a lot more Dino could ask from life. Until his world is turned upside down. A dangerous case and a new apartment are just the start. His friendship with Seth has turned into a romance, only Dino has never had a boyfriend before. Can he handle this sudden twist? Just as he begins to believe it's possible, he loses Seth in more ways than one...

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Gerry Bernardi & Joe Keenan

Joe Keenan (born July 14, 1958) is an award-winning screenwriter, television producer and novelist and openly gay American. Keenan lives in Los Angeles, and does not drive a car. Since 1982, he has been partnered with Gerry Bernardi, who Keenan says “manages our lives well enough so that I don’t have to do anything but write.” The art deco, Los Angeles hill-top home of Joe Keenan and Gerry Bernardi features on the cover of Bryan Batt's "Big, Easy Style".

Keenan was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His family is Irish American and Roman Catholic. He has a twin brother, John, and two other siblings Ronald and Geraldine. He grew up in the blue collar neighborhood of Cambridgeport. Keenan attended Cambridge public school's Academically Talented program for 6th-8th grade. Boston College High School and Columbia College.

In 1991 Cheers creators James Burrows and Glen and Les Charles, having read Keenan's novel Blue Heaven, invited Keenan to create a new sitcom for their production company. The resulting pilot, Gloria Vane, starring JoBeth Williams, was not picked up by a network, but it led to a writing post on Frasier. In 1992, his first play, The Times, a musical that charts the course of a seventeen-year marriage between Liz, an actress, and Ted, a writer, won the Richard Rodgers Awards for Musical Theater, awarded by The American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1993, the lyrics for The Times won the Edward Kleban Award.

He joined the staff of the sitcom Frasier as an executive story editor in 1994 for the series' second year. His first produced script for the series, "The Matchmaker," received an Emmy Award nomination, a GLAAD Media Award, and the 1995 Writers Guild Award for Episodic Comedy. He won a writing Emmy Award in 1996 for being one of eight writers of the classic Season 3 episode, "Moon Dance," and also received Emmy Award nominations for "The Ski Lodge" episode in 1998 and, with Christopher Lloyd, "Something Borrowed, Something Blue," in 2000, which won the 2001 WGA award for Episodic Comedy. During his six-season tenure on Frasier he rose through the ranks from executive story editor to co-producer, supervising producer, co-executive producer, and finally, executive producer. He was executive producer when the series ended in 2004. He also co-wrote the series finale, "Goodnight, Seattle." Keenan won five Emmy Awards during his tenure on the show. He was nominated for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series five times, and won once. He won the Outstanding Comedy Series award four times for his work as the show's producer. He also won two Writers Guild of America Awards for his work on the series.


Joe Keenan (born July 14, 1958) is an award-winning screenwriter, television producer and novelist and openly gay American. Since 1982, he has been partnered with Gerry Bernardi. The art deco, Los Angeles hill-top home of Joe Keenan and Gerry Bernardi features on the cover of Bryan Batt's "Big, Easy Style". Keenan  is commonly referred to as a "gay P. G. Wodehouse". As of 2007, he has written three novels: Blue Heaven (1988), Putting On the Ritz (1991), and My Lucky Star (2006).

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Keenan_(writer)

Further Readings:

My Lucky Star by Joe Keenan
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Back Bay Books (November 1, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316013358
ISBN-13: 978-0316013352
Amazon: My Lucky Star

In this hilarious, laser-sharp comedy, the Emmy-winning writer and producer of "Frasier" sends up Hollywood pretense higher than it's ever been sent before.

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John Barlow & Scott Rudin

Scott Rudin (born July 14, 1958) is an American film producer and a theatrical producer. In 2012, Rudin became one of the few people who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award, and the first producer to do so. In 2008, in his Oscar's acceptance speech, upon accepting the award for Best Picture for No Country for Old Men, Rudin made a point of thanking his partner of 10 years (as of 2008), John Barlow, by name, and referring to him as "honey."

Scott Rudin was born in New York City, NY, on July 14, 1958, and raised in a Jewish family in the town of Baldwin on Long Island. At the age of sixteen, he started working as an assistant to theatre producer Kermit Bloomgarden. Later, he worked for producers Robert Whitehead and Emanuel Azenberg. In lieu of attending college, Rudin took a job as a casting director and ended up starting his own company. His newly minted firm cast numerous Broadway shows, including Annie (1977) for Mike Nichols. He also cast PBS's Verna: USO Girl (1978), starring Sissy Spacek and William Hurt, and the films King of the Gypsies (1978), The Wanderers (1979), Simon (1980) with Alan Arkin and Resurrection (1980).

In 1980, Rudin moved to Los Angeles, taking up employment at Edgar J. Scherick Associates, where he served as producer on a variety of films including I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can (1981), the NBC miniseries Little Gloria... Happy at Last (1982) and the Oscar-winning documentary He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin' (1983).


Scott Rudin is a film and theatrical producer. In 2012, Rudin became one of the few people who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award, and the first producer to do so. In 2008, in his Oscar's acceptance speech, upon accepting the award for Best Picture for No Country for Old Men, Rudin made a point of thanking his partner of 10 years (as of 2008), John Barlow, by name, and referring to him as "honey." Rudin is currently the lead producer for the Broadway musical The Book of Mormon.

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UK Meet: Louise Lyons

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 Louise Lyons: " I currently live in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, having moved from my home town of Grimsby in 2010. I come from a family of writers, although my Mum, Nana and Auntie have all written poetry. For me, it has always been fiction that drew me.Louise Lyons introductory photograph

It started with Mum’s old manual typewriter when I was eight years old – a story about a little girl and a pony, which at the time was my dream. By the time I reached my early teens, I progressed to romance although I still only wrote for my own pleasure. This quickly developed into primarily gay romance stories and when I discovered the world of Fanfiction, I gradually built up a large following in some fandoms.

Knowing that other people liked my work drove me to follow a new dream – to become a published author – which has finally been realised with Dreamspinner Press."

Further Readings:

Hungry For Love by Louise Lyons
Publication Date: June 13, 2015
Amazon Kindle: Hungry For Love

When Sam Wilkinson visits the doctor after experiencing breathlessness and dizzy spells, he receives the news that his weight is putting his health at risk. With instructions to choose healthier meals, and get some exercise, he makes efforts to change things for the better.

Sam joins his local gym, and discovers exercise isn’t as bad as he’d feared—especially when he meets gorgeous gym trainer, Luke Walker. Luke’s not only good to look at, but he’s friendly and helpful with it. When Luke smiles at him, Sam knows it’s just his job to be nice, but in his dreams it means something more.

Sam’s confidence is at an all-time low, with his ballooning weight, following a failed relationship, and he’s certain Luke would never look twice at him in reality. But when he discovers Luke has been hurt, too, by an uncaring ex, and has similar insecurities, Sam realizes there might be hope for him after all.



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GRL: Joey James Hook

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 Joey James Hook: " Hello there! My name's Joey James Hook. I'm a twenty-five-year old man who lives in many different places. Among my favorite things to do are reading, writing, watching TV, eating ice cream, and listening to loud music. I attended three and a half years of schooling at Western Nevada College.

My passions aside from writing are eating, music - particularly going to shows and rocking out - and going to the beach. My biggest inspirations are the bands Dear Silence, Burn Halo, Eighteen Visions, Atreyu, Bleeding Through, Papa Roach, Asking Alexandria, A Skylit Drive and, more than any other, Avenged Sevenfold. My first novel has been dedicated to the loving memory of Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan (RIP, February 10th, 1981 to December 28, 2009).

I am a freelance writer. I have two novels contracted to ebook publishers, Phoenix to Extasy Books, and One Two Three, Shatter to Silver Publishing. I also do write advertisements for two companies called The Content Authority and Interact Media. They both give their employees a broad subject such as men’s watches with specifications to what they want in the article, and ask the writers employed to write engaging, well-researched 300+ word summaries for the product being sold. I have been writing since I was about nine years old, starting with poetry and moving onto fiction."

Further Readings:

Phoenix by Joey James Hook
Publisher: eXtasy Books (January 15, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Phoenix

For Blake, it’s a test of wills and patience—who will accept him, and who will cast him out? Every connection he makes brings him further and further away from his own ever-growing dark thoughts. Maybe someone can even convince him he’s not just a freak.

Devon’s starting to realize how much it’s a growing up experience. He’s away from his best friend in a whole new world, and he’s got a lot to learn.

Riley, the unlikely friend and frat boy, finds himself pulling away from his typical clique—including Dominic, the bully and star quarterback, and gravitating elsewhere. Work, fascination, friendships—needless to say, they’ll never be the same.



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