September 28th, 2015

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Rachel Haimowitz (born September 28)

Rachel is an M/M erotic romance author and a freelance writer and editor. She's also a sadist with a pesky conscience, shamelessly silly, and quite proudly pervish. Fortunately, all those things make writing a lot more fun for her . . . if not so much for her characters.

When she's not writing about hot guys getting it on (or just plain getting it; her characters rarely escape a story unscathed), she loves to read, hike, camp, sing, perform in community theater, and glue captions to cats. She also has a particular fondness for her very needy dog, her even needier cat, and shouting at kids to get off her lawn.

Power Play: Awakening won a 2012 Rainbow Award as Best LGBT Erotica.

Further Readings:

Power Play: Awakening: Volume 2 by Rachel Haimowitz & Cat Grant
Paperback: 262 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (June 11, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 193755144X
ISBN-13: 978-1937551445
Amazon: Power Play: Awakening
Amazon Kindle: Power Play: Awakening

Give me six months, and I'll give you the world.

Brandon McKinney is a man reborn. Newly awakened to the notion of consensual power exchange and the submissive urges inside him, he begs for a second chance from the man who opened his eyes to this world: Silicon Valley superstar Jonathan Watkins. But no birth is absent pain, and Brandon’s is no exception. He fears he’s not strong enough to see it through.

Jonathan knows better. He’s seen the iron core inside his new submissive, and the wounded heart inside him too. He means to teach Brandon to heal the one with the other. They have five months left on their contract, after all, and Jonathan has done more with less before.

It’s tough to stay objective, though, when you’re falling in love. Shame Brandon doesn’t feel the same. He’s only there for the three-million-dollar payout at contract’s end—a fact that Jonathan, nursing his own wounded heart, reminds himself of each day. For even as Brandon’s barriers break and his mind expands, even as he grows to love his place at Jonathan’s feet, he’ll never love life with a sadist—especially one who cannot escape the public eye.

More Rainbow Awards at my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/, Rainbow Awards/2012

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Anna Adams Gordon & Frances E. Willard

Anna Adams Gordon (July 21, 1853 – June 15, 1931) was an American social reformer, songwriter, and, as national president of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union when the Eighteenth Amendment was adopted, a major figure in the Temperance movement.

Gordon was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to James M. and Mary Clarkson Gordon, both Christian abolitionists. When she was three, her family moved to Auburndale. She went on to attend Boston High School, Lasall Seminary, and Mount Holyoke College. She spent a year abroad in San Sebastián with her sister, Alice Gordon Gulick, who had started a school for girls there in 1871.

In 1877, Gordon met Frances E. Willard at a Dwight L. Moody revival meeting, in the building where Willard was holding temperance meetings. Gordon's younger brother Arthur had died just days before, a traumatic event which had, as Willard later wrote, driven Gordon "Godward". The two became close friends, with Gordon continuing to play organ for Willard's meetings. Gordon eventually moved into Willard's residence as her personal secretary. Gordon subsequently followed her employer on her travels through the United States, Canada and Europe, spending a year in England, mostly as the guests of Lady Henry Somerset. Modern scholars have speculated on the precise nature of the relationship between Gordon and Willard (who preferred to be called "Frank"), believing both to have been lesbians.

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Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Adams_Gordon

Frances Elizabeth Caroline Willard (September 28, 1839 – February 17, 1898) was an American educator, temperance reformer, and women's suffragist. Her influence was instrumental in the passage of the Eighteenth (Prohibition) and Nineteenth (Women Suffrage) Amendments to the United States Constitution. Willard became the national president of Woman's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) in 1879, and remained president for 19 years. She developed the slogan "Do everything" for the women of the WCTU to incite lobbying, petitioning, preaching, publication, and education. Her vision progressed to include federal aid to education, free school lunches, unions for workers, the eight-hour work day, work relief for the poor, municipal sanitation and boards of health, national transportation, strong anti-rape laws, and protections against child abuse.

Willard was born to Josiah Flint Willard and Mary Thompson Hill Willard in Churchville, near Rochester, New York, but spent most of her childhood in Janesville, Wisconsin. Frances was named after English novelist Frances (Fanny) Burney, the American poet Frances Osgood, and her sister who had died the previous year, Caroline Elizabeth. She had two siblings, Mary and Oliver, and was born the middle child. Her father was a farmer, naturalist, and legislator while her mother was a schoolteacher. Her father had originally moved to Oberlin, Ohio, to be part of the ministry there. During the family’s stay in Wisconsin, they converted from Congregationalists to Methodists, a Protestant denomination that placed an emphasis on social justice and service to the world. In 1858, the Willard family moved to Illinois so that Mary and Frances could attend college and their brother Oliver could go to the Garrett Biblical Institute. Willard had three years of formal education. She attended Milwaukee Normal Institute where her mother's sister was a teacher, and she attended North Western Female College in Illinois. She moved to Evanston, Illinois when she was 18. Willard's time at the Northwestern Female College led her to become a teacher and she held various teaching positions until she became the President of Evanston College for Ladies. She held this position on two separate occasions, once in 1871 and again in 1873. She was also the first Dean of Women for Northwestern University.

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frances_Willard_%28suffragist%29

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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Eleonora "Eleo" Sears & Isabel Pell

Eleonora Randolph Sears (September 28, 1881, Boston – March 16, 1968 Palm Beach) was an American tennis player of the interwar period. In addition, she was a champion squash player, and prominent in other sports; she's considered one of the leading all-round women athletes of the first half of the 20th century.

Sears also was a lesbian, according to author Peggy Miller Franck, whose new book, Prides Crossing: The Unbridled Life and Impatient Times of Eleonora Sears, details the amazing life and times of a sporting hero born well before the world was ready for her. Sears had multiple lesbian relationships, though none was officially announced or confirmed, including one with Isabel Pell in the 1930s.

"There was limited information about lesbians at the time," Franck said. "Plus, at the time, young women were encouraged in school and in life in general to form close friendships with other women. An intensely close relationship was possible, and not frowned upon."

She was finding a real need to assert her desire for love and companionship. In 1917, she met l8-year-old actress Eva Le Gallienne while in New York to attend the theater. and a close relationship was formed. Then in 1922, while in Paris, she met Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas, and also began a long friendship with David Windsor, Prince of Wales and the future King of England. Her social connections, exquisite manners, and wealth—as well as her looks—made her a magnet for the Sapphic and bi-ladies set. Among her friends and lovers were Isabell Pell, Mercedes de Acosta, Isadora Duncan, Alla Nazimova, Tallulah Bankhead, Greta Garbo, and Marlene Dietrich. Eleanor Roosevelt was one of Eleo’s close friends and often stayed with her at her various residences.


Eleo Sears and Isabel Pell (©2)
Eleonora Sears was an American tennis player of the interwar period. She was also a champion squash player, and prominent in other sports.Among her friends and lovers were Isabel Pell, Mercedes de Acosta, Isadora Duncan, Alla Nazimova, Tallulah Bankhead, Greta Garbo, and Marlene Dietrich. Eleanor Roosevelt was one of Eleo’s close friends. As Eleo aged, a Frenchwoman, Marie Gendron, often called “Madame”, took her up. Eleo died in 1968 at the age of 86. Her will had donated to six hospitals.




John White Alexander (1856–1915), Young Girl in Rose, a Portrait of Eleonora Randolph Sears (1895)

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Isabel Pell (September 28, 1900 - 1951) was born into New York City’s upper crust. Her father, real estate speculator S. Osgood Pell, was “quite conspicuous in society,” according to The New York Times. His marriage to a young Manhattan belle named Isabel Townsend was a notable social event of 1899, but, as the Times put it, “[T]heir married happiness was of short duration.”

Evidently the bride discovered that her husband was carrying on affairs, so at the age of 19 she obtained a divorce — highly unusual in those days. She and her infant daughter, also named Isabel, moved in with her parents.

Osgood Pell paid scant attention to his daughter. As a young child, Isabel wrote him sad letters pleading for money. “Please send the cheque or I will not be able to come to you,” she wrote. She begged for a pony: “All the other girls have one. I am the only one who doesn’t, and they make fun of me.” She asked him for $35 for a bicycle and pleaded for more support.

And then, apparently having decided that the problem lay with her gender, she took a different tack. The little girl started signing her letters, “from your loving boy, Osgood Pell.” Perhaps she thought her father might respond better to a son and namesake.

The letters don’t indicate whether the feckless father sent the money or not. Although Osgood Pell ran up debts, he maintained his membership in New York clubs and his connections with the very rich. He died young in a spectacular crash when his car was hit by a train at a railroad crossing. Isabel was left penniless.


Arnold Genthe, Isabel Pell
Isabel Pell was a handsome, heroic, cruel and athletic woman who once owned 40 pairs of riding boots and seduced the women of New York, New England and France. Isabel had to leave NY because of a very public affair with a soprano at the Metropolitan Opera. She fled to Paris, where she met her new love, Claire, the Marquise de Forbin. Claire was the daughter of François Charles-Roux, French ambassador to Russia before the WWII, and later she was a member of the resistance. They lived in Grasse.

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Source: www.msmagazine.com/spring2005/isabelpell.asp

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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James McCourt & Vincent Virga

James McCourt (born July 4, 1941) is an American writer and novelist.

McCourt is openly gay. His life partner since 1964 is novelist Vincent Virga; they met in graduate school at Yale.
"I went through college with no sexual adventures. Several guys expressed their love for me, but I took it in stride. Never took it to heart or bed.
Enter Jimmy at Yale. When we met, I had never been to a gay bar. I had never tricked. When he told me late Spring 1965 that he was in love, I assumed it was with one of the other guys in our class. I can still see us crossing Chapel Street in New Haven going to my apartment after class having this conversation: Is it Bill? Is it Gary? Who is it?
”It’s you,” he said.
I was beyond stunned. There were no women in my life. There were no men in my life. All of that had been put on hold. I was a spiritual hooker, as I came to call myself. I was the center of the social life of my class at Yale. My apartment was the meeting place. Everyone loved me. Safety in numbers, no? I was offered a beginner’s place in Pearl Lang’s & Martha Graham’s dance companies. I came to hate Yale because the drama teacher was not a fan of my work and was pretty up-front with her rejections. I was contemplating transferring into the Director’s class where I knew I probably really belonged. But, then, Jimmy told me he loved me and I began to look at him in a different way. And then one Saturday morning when my roommate was away, Jimmy boldly slipped into my bed.
We left Yale and went to the London School of Drama. I was still not fully committed to having a love-life with Jimmy though you would never have known that from the way I behaved with him. We were lovers, passionately and relentlessly and shamelessly physical with one another whenever possible, which was all of the time. I was still not altogether convinced I was gay. Then in Paris–of all unoriginal places!?–I told him while we were walking by the Seine that I had decided I didn’t think a life with him was a good idea. He said okay. He also said goodbye and walked away leaving me standing by the Seine. I followed him back to the hotel and watched him pack his bags to go back to London alone. And then the bubble of denial burst. I began to cry hysterically. He took me in his arms. Boy, did I cry! And what did he say?
“We all have to come out in our own way.”" --Vincent Virga

Vincent Virga and James McCourt, 1987, by Robert Giard
James McCourt is an American writer and novelist. His life partner since 1964 is novelist Vincent Virga. "I told him while we were walking by the Seine [...] I didn’t think a life with him was a good idea. He said okay [...] and walked away leaving me standing [...] I followed him back to the hotel and watched him pack his bags to go back to London alone [...] I began to cry hysterically. He took me in his arms [...] And what did he say? “We all have to come out in our own way.”" --Vincent Virga

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_McCourt_(writer)
Read Time Remaining — and McCourt‘s other books — like installments of the thinking gay man‘s Encyclopédie. Absorb the crowded intensity of this novel: old movie plots, snippets of fine poetry (Schuyler! Auden! Ashbery!), situationist arguments, modern art, sassy banter on a midnight train, bad puns and brilliant ones. He helps explain the world, through a thousand little examples and citations. Maybe the texts won‘t, in the end, point to the big answer, but, to let Odette have the last word, ―All a body wants, really, is a little emphasis now and again. --Timothy Young, The Lost Library: Gay Fiction Rediscovered
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I’m a native New Yorker born September 28, 1942.

That day, my orphaned mother was mistakenly told by her surrogate mother, Mamie O’Neill, that two tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda (instead of two teaspoons) would ease her discomforts. Soon, an ambulance rushed Frances to St. Vincent’s Hospital with me being propelled into the world. In shock, my mother asked a passing nun, “Where am I?” When another nun followed hard upon to ask for my name my mother announced, “Vincent!” Turns out, St. Vincent de Paul is the patron saint of orphans....

We moved into a large city project on the East River opposite the present site of the UN until my dad moved us to Lindenhurst, Long Island in 1952. I felt kidnapped. I loved the city, especially the local movie theater–The Beacon–where they showed reruns of the golden Hollywood movies. That is where my visual vocabulary, my acute visual literacy, was born and nurtured. I learned how to look at what I see from the movies and from picture books. I joke that I look therefore I am.

I’m also a compulsive reader. I cannot remember a time when I couldn’t read. Dizzy Gillespie said that when he found the trumpet he found the best part of himself. Well, when I found the word and the image I, too, entered a luminous realm of existence.

After Lindenhurst High School, I went to St. Bonaventure University, and then to Yale Graduate School where in 1964 I met my life-partner, the writer James McCourt who had a deep and abiding friendship with the musical genius Victoria de los Angeles. (Her love and her art became a cornerstone of our lives together.) Jimmy and I went to live in London for nearly 5 years before returning home to NYC for the publication of his story Mawrdew Czgowchwz and for the making of a life in the city of my dreams.

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Source: http://www.vincentvirga.com/
I loved Gothic romantic suspense novels when I was a teenager (Mary Stewart, Victoria Holt, Phyllis A. Whitney), so I was absolutely delighted when a copy of Gaywyck passed my desk when I was editor of Lambda Book Report. Alyson republished this classic from the late 70’s in 2000; and I was thrilled to read a gay Gothic romantic suspense. Virga channeled the Bronte Sisters when he was writing this classic, in which a handsome young gay orphan goes to work as a tutor at a gorgeous brooding (and possibly haunted) mansion on Long Island (Gaywyck), complete with a sexy but mysterious master of the estate, and secrets galore. Set just before the turn of the twentieth century, Virga’s attention to historical detail gives the book an authenticity so many other, similar books sadly lack. --Greg Herren
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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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Kell Hicklin & Scotty Cade

Scotty Cade (born February 8, 1960) hails from “The Big Easy,” none other than New Orleans Louisiana. He attended Louisiana State University and shortly after joining a high-tech, company in New Orleans was transferred to Atlanta Georgia where his career took off and ultimately landed him the position of Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing and Public Relations for an international payments processor. Georgia is where he met Kell Hicklin (born September 28, 1959), the love of his life. Ten years ago, after being in corporate America for over twenty-five years, Kell and Scotty gave up the rat race and bought a small hotel and restaurant on the island of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. From the beginning, they worked 24/7 building the business from the ground up and about four years into their venture, fighting burnout, hired a general manager to take over and took a year off to decompress. For the first time in their lives, with little to do but relax, Scotty finally had time to attempt a story that had been nagging at him for as long as he could remember…and that is how his first novel, Final Encore was born. It took a full year to write and once Scotty built up the nerve to submit it to a publisher, Dreamspinner Press picked it up almost immediately. He has not stopped writing since and after ten published novels, he is still going strong. 

Scotty and Kell had a commitment ceremony on December 31, 1998 and legally married on August 24, 2013.


Courtesy of Scotty Cade. Scotty Cade and Kell (©15)
Georgia is where Scotty Cade met Kell, the love of his life. Ten years ago, after being in corporate America for over twenty-five years, Kell and Scotty gave up the rat race and bought a small hotel and restaurant on the island of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. Scotty's first novel, Final Encore, took a full year to write. He has not stopped writing since and after ten published novels, he is still going strong. Scotty and Kell had a commitment ceremony on December 31, 1998 and legally married on August 24, 2013.


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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GRL: J.R. Barten

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 J.R. Barten: J.R. Barten feels like she’s been researching her career as a writer since she was a teenager. At a neighbor's garage sale in the 1980s, she discovered romance novels and offered the woman a quarter for the entire box. From that time on, she would go to her room claiming she had homework to do, and proceed to read book after book from her stash. She is a hopeless romantic who believes love is love--end of story. Her passion for M/M pairings started with writing fanfiction for TV couples. That kick-started her muse, and soon she was creating her very own characters.

J.R., or Jen, as most call her, was born and raised in Iowa and now lives in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. She is grateful for her wife, family and friends, coffee, the two best rescue dogs, and especially for the many authors who give generously of themselves every time they write a story. Thank you for showing us the way.

Further Readings:

Back in the Saddle by J.R. Barten
Paperback: 136 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 5, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1514210797
ISBN-13: 978-1514210796
Amazon: Back in the Saddle
Amazon Kindle: Back in the Saddle

Gregory McKnight is not lucky in love. In fact, he feels like a downright failure, having had two partners leave him for someone else. So, instead of trying another relationship, Gregory focuses on what he does do well: run a business and raise his daughter, Kendall. Willing to do just about anything for his daughter, the single dad takes them on vacation to Colorado and books a weekend tour riding horseback in the mountains. For Kendall, it's a dream come true. For Gregory, who has been afraid of horses since he was a kid, this is just another opportunity for him to fail. Enter Cowboy Cooper, the tour's lead guide and expert rider. The two men have an immediate connection, and while Cooper isn't shy about making that known, Gregory is terrified of getting his heart broken again. They share an amazing night in the stables, but Gregory ultimately rejects the sweet Cowboy and leaves the ranch without saying good-bye. Knowing how her dad really feels about Cooper, Kendall convinces him that it's time to get back in the saddle and take a chance on love. What Gregory and Cooper soon realize is that getting together was the easiest part. Can their relationship survive when they're not even in the same time zone? Follow Gregory and Cooper from the mountains of Colorado to the lakes of Minnesota, where they navigate a relationship hampered by distance and insecurity, and finally find their happily-ever-after.



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2015 Rainbow Awards Submission: Bobby and Clyde by Etienne

Bobby and Clyde by Etienne
Gay Contemporary General Fiction
Publication Date: January 24, 2015
Amazon Kindle: Bobby and Clyde

Bobby and Clyde were inseparable for the first sixteen years of their lives; until a life-altering event shook their world, and separated them.

Years went by, and Bobby wondered what had become of the boy he’d loved so completely. Then, everything changed, and the possibility of reuniting with his first and only love finally seemed it could become a reality; but danger was lurking around every corner.

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

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2015 Rainbow Awards Submission: The View From Baskins’ Ridge (Bobby and Clyde Redux) by Etienne

The View From Baskins’ Ridge (Bobby and Clyde Redux) by Etienne
Gay Contemporary General Fiction
Publication Date: August 28, 2015
Amazon Kindle: The View From Baskins’ Ridge (Bobby and Clyde Redux)

After several years in Atlanta, Bobby and Carlyle (formerly Clyde) have returned to their beloved Blue Ridge to join the family law firm of Baskins and Baskins, but a few surprises await them.

Workmen building a driveway to their new home discover an abandoned moonshine still, and a tin shack containing two skeletons, so they have a forty-year-old mystery to solve. A few months later, their involvement in exposing graft in the local sheriff’s office, results in an attempt on their lives.

But their greatest challenge occurs when the real Carlyle Baskins turns up, and Bobby and Carlyle wonder if their lives will ever be the same again.

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

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2015 Rainbow Awards Submission: All Fall Down (an Avondale Story) by Etienne

All Fall Down (an Avondale Story) by Etienne
Gay Mystery / Thriller
Publication Date: April 27, 2015
Amazon Kindle: All Fall Down (an Avondale Story)

Happy birthday to you… now die. Someone is on a murder spree and it’s up to Chief George Martin’s team to find out who. The murders, which have taken place on the victims’ birthdays, have occurred in not just Jacksonville, but also Orlando, and as far away as Asheville. Even when the team finds them, the clues don’t seem to lead anywhere, especially when everyone seems to have an alibi. Eleven people have died, and the race is on to catch the killer before he strikes again.

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2015 Rainbow Awards Submission: Violated by Jamie Fessenden

Violated by Jamie Fessenden
Gay Contemporary General Fiction
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 7, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1634764501
ISBN-13: 978-1634764506
Amazon: Violated
Amazon Kindle: Violated

Derek Sawyer thinks he has it all―a high-salaried position, a boyfriend, a dog, even a new cabin on the lake―until a business trip with his manager and best friend, Victor, shatters his world.

One night of drunken horsing around in their hotel room leads to the most intensely personal violation Derek has ever endured. As if the humiliation of working under his attacker every day isn’t enough, Victor reports Derek for sexual harassment. Now he’s without a job, without a boyfriend, and the mortgage on the cabin is due.

Officer Russ Thomas has worked with rape victims before, and it doesn’t take him long to sort out the truth in Derek’s tale. With his support, Derek finally reports the crime, months after it happened. But restraining orders and lawyers further Victor’s anger toward him, and even though a relationship develops between Derek and the policeman, Russ can’t be there to protect him all the time.

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