August 2nd, 2015

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Annie Cogswell Wood & Irene Leache

Anna "Annie" Cogswell Wood (Aug. 2, 1850, Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia - Feb. 9, 1940, Florence, Toscana, Italy) was an American writer, art Collector, teacher and world traveler. (P: Annie Wood in Florence circa 1930 (Chrysler Museum of Art collection))

She wrote under her own name and the pseudonym Algernon Ridgeway. Her books include "Westover's Ward," "The Story of a Friendship," "Idyles and Impressions of Travel, From the Notebooks of Two Friends."

Along with her teacher and companion, Irene Kirke Leache (1839 - Dec. 2, 1900), she founded a school for girls, The Leach-Wood Seminary, in Norfolk, Virginia. The Norfolk Society of Arts, an offshoot of the school's alumnae association, funded the construction of the Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences. They ran the Leache-Wood Seminary for nearly two decades before retiring to Europe, where Leache died in 1900.

Upon the death of her friend of 30 years, Anna founded the Irene Leache Memorial Collection, now a part of the Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia.

Even if they died in Italy, they are both buried at Elmwood Cemetery, Norfolk, Norfolk City, Virginia, though not on the same plot. Epitaph for Irene reads "The thought of her past years is us doth breed perpetual benediction", that for Annie "Their works do follow them."


The Leache-Wood Seminary, facing Granby Street (from Artwork: Norfolk and Vicinity, Part VI, 1895 - Jean Outland Chrysler Library Rare Book Collection)
Annie Cogswell Wood was an American writer, art Collector, teacher and world traveler. She wrote under her own name and the pseudonym Algernon Ridgeway. Along with her teacher and companion, Irene Kirke Leache, she founded a school for girls, The Leach-Wood Seminary, in Norfolk, Virginia. They ran the Leache-Wood Seminary for nearly two decades before retiring to Europe, where Leache died in 1900. Upon the death of her friend of 30 years, Anna founded the Irene Leache Memorial Collection.



Annie Cogswell Wood & Irene Leache are both buried at Elmwood Cemetery, Norfolk City, Virginia.

Source: www.chrysler.org/about-the-museum/irene-leache-memorial-foundati/

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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UK Meet: Nephylim 

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 Nephylim: Born into a poor but loving mining family in the United Kingdom, Nephylim grew up in the beautiful and history rich South Wales Valleys, becoming the first in her family to attend university. As a lawyer practicing Family Law for several years, the profession allowed Nephylim to learn more about human nature at its worst and best moments, and develop empathy and a view of life not limited by social standing or background.

Tapping into the heritage of her people that throughout Earth's ages welcomed the wandering bard into the hearts of their villages as keepers of lore, Nephylim trained as a Druid and brings the richness of her Celtic past and spiritual training to enrich and elevate her writing. Since a child Nephylim has been fascinated with other worlds, which exist within and alongside her own and has reveled in creating worlds and characters for others to enjoy.

Despite lack of family support, Nephylim continued writing privately and eventually found the Gay Authors website. With the positive response and a warm welcome received, she found the confidence to pursue her passion to a greater degree. Feeling gay fiction was a woefully neglected corner of the market where readers were all too often presented with what amounted to erotica, Nephylim strives to write quality gay fiction where sex and sexuality is not the central premise. Instead, concentration is given to character and narrative development through storytelling that goes beyond the physical.

Nephylim still resides in Wales, UK, and enjoys writing, reading, art, and taking part in medieval reenactments.

Further Readings:

Project X by Nephylim
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing (September 21, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Project X

Morgan Bentley is a bastard. Always was and always will be.

At least that’s what Matthew Hopkins thinks. Unfortunately, Morgan is also a brilliant law student, and easily eclipses Matthew, academically and socially.

Matthew insists he hates Morgan. According to Matthew’s best friend, Cory, perhaps he doth protest a bit too much.

Cory has received the chance of a lifetime in the form of an internship with ITM—Information Technology and Medicine—the prestigious research company where Morgan’s father is the CEO. Too inquisitive for his own good, the naturally curious Cory stumbles on a deadly secret inside of ITM. What he has learned will tip the balance of everything, but for good or bad?

Just what is the mysterious Project X?

What is Morgan’s involvement?

Matthew has to sort fact from fiction, friend from foe, as his world is turned upside down and inside out, and nothing can be the way it was.



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GRL: Carter Quinn

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 Carter Quinn: Carter Quinn was born and raised in a very small Western Kansas town where cattle vastly outnumber humans. In the 90s he read enough depressing gay fiction to give up on it. He discovered M/M in 2010 and started writing again. Now he's told Corporate America to kiss his books. Carter lives in the Denver area, near his beloved Colorado Avalanche.

Further Readings:

Into the Light (Avery Book 2) by Carter Quinn
Publisher: Carter Quinn Books (May 26, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: Into the Light (Avery Book 2)

Avery spent years in the blackness, fighting memories of abuse and feelings of self-loathing. His only sanctuary used to be his brother Sam, but after two years of intensive therapy and a long-term relationship with Noah, his world is a much brighter place.

Things have changed in the year and a half since Avery and Noah confessed their love for each other. Noah’s mother and brother have moved East. Sam and Kira are married. And Avery and Noah are moving in together at long last. Family dynamics strain in uncomfortable new ways, especially when Avery’s past reappears.

What will this mean for Avery’s recovery? Will he surrender to the Blackness or is he strong enough to continue his journey Into the Light?





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2015 Rainbow Awards Submission: Nobody’s Hero by J. Leigh Bailey

Nobody's Hero (Letting Go) by J. Leigh Bailey
Gay Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Carina Press (April 27, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: Nobody's Hero (Letting Go)

Bradley Greene's family all but discarded him when his brother caught him fooling around with another boy. Now Bradley has seventeen dollars and a gas card, and he's sleeping in his car. He’s an emotional mess and if he doesn't land a job soon, he's up the proverbial creek.

Danny Ortega can take care of himself…most of the time. When what started as a date turns into sexual assault in a dark parking lot, he's grateful for Brad's help—and an instant admirer of Brad's military school-honed muscles. He certainly doesn't expect to see him again, and definitely not as the newest hire at Ortega Construction.

As Brad and Danny's quiet attraction turns into more, things start to go sour before they've even started. Danny grows frustrated that Brad won't open up emotionally. And Brad is terrified of being responsible for someone else's feelings. When Brad's family makes one last attempt to turn him into an "acceptable" son, all bets are off—he and Danny will need to decide if they're in this together…or apart.

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

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2015 Rainbow Awards Submission: Double Crush by Sally Bosco

Double Crush by Sally Bosco
Bisexual Young Adult
Publisher: Queerteen Press (December 7, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Double Crush

What would you do if you inadvertently developed crushes on both a guy and a girl while working on a summer film shoot?

That’s what happens to seventeen-year-old Piper Handy. She’s new in town and sees a poster advertising a science fiction film that’s going to be in production in her small New England town. Though interested in filmmaking, Piper’s real intent is to make friends. She’s moved around a lot, but not by her own choice, so she’s happy when her nomadic father finally concedes to settle down.

During the shoot, she becomes friendly with both Mia and Evan, who will be going to her high school in the fall. What she doesn’t anticipate is that, as she’s dealing with one disaster after another during the shoot, she develops major crushes on both of them. When both are receptive to her attentions, she has a difficult decision to make.

Will she take the more accepted path and go out with Evan? Or will she follow her heart and begin a relationship with Mia? In the process of trying to decide, Piper comes to learn some surprising lessons about herself.

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

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