September 30th, 2015

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Amy Lane (born September 30, 1967)

Amy Lane has four children, two cats, an aging dog, a crumbling mortgage and an indulgent spouse. She also has too damned much yarn, a penchant for action adventure movies, and a need to know that somewhere in all the pain is a story of Wuv, Twu Wuv, which she continues to believe in to this day! She writes fantasy, urban fantasy, and m/m romance--and if you give her enough diet coke and chocolate, she'll bore you to tears with why those three genres go together. She'll also tell you that sacrifices, large and small, are worth the urge to write.

A Solid Core of Alpha won a 2011 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Sci-fi / Futuristic. Country Mouse, co-authored with Aleksandr Voinov, won a 2012 Rainbow Award as Best Bisexual / Transgender Romance/Erotic Romance. Sidecar won a 2012 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Romance (The William Neale Award) and Best Gay Novel. Dex in Blue won a 2013 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Contemporary General Fiction. Racing for the Sun won a 2013 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Contemporary Romance (The William Neale Award) and Best Gay Novel. Mourning Heaven won a 2013 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Contemporary Romance (William Neale Award) and Best Gay Novel. Under the Rushes won a 2013 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Sci-Fi / Futuristic. Shiny! won a 2014 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Romantic Comedy.

Further Readings:

Keeping Promise Rock by Amy Lane
Paperback: 344 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 18, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1615813462
ISBN-13: 978-1615813469
Amazon: Keeping Promise Rock
Amazon Kindle: Keeping Promise Rock

Carrick Francis has spent most of his life jumping into trouble with both feet. The only thing saving him from prison or worse is his absolute devotion to Deacon Winters. Deacon was Crick's sanity and salvation during a miserable, abusive childhood, and Crick would do anything to stay with him forever. So when Deacon's father dies, Crick puts his college plans on hold to help Deacon as Deacon has helped him.

Deacon's greatest wish is to see Crick escape his memories and the town they grew up in so Crick can enjoy a shining future. But after two years of growing feelings and temptation, the painfully shy Deacon finally succumbs to Crick's determined advances and admits he sees himself as part of Crick's life.

It nearly destroys Deacon when he discovers Crick has been waiting for him to push him away, just like Crick's family did in the past. When Crick's knack for volatile decisions lands him far away from home, Deacon is left, shell-shocked and alone, struggling to reforge his heart in a world where love with Crick is a promise, but by no means a certainty.

A Solid Core of Alpha by Amy Lane
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 8, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613721420
ISBN-13: 978-1613721421
Amazon: A Solid Core of Alpha
Amazon Kindle: A Solid Core of Alpha

In an act of heroism and self-sacrifice, Anderson Rawn's sister saved him from the destruction of their tiny mining colony, but her actions condemned the thirteen-year-old to ten years of crushing loneliness on the hyperspace journey to a new home. Using electronics and desperation, Anderson creates a family to keep him company, but family isn't always a blessing.

When Anderson finally arrives, C.J. Poulson greets him with curiosity and awe, because anyone who can survive a holocaust and reinvent holo-science is going to be a legend and right up C.J.'s alley. But the more C.J. investigates how Anderson endured the last ten years, the deeper he is drawn into a truly dangerous fantasy, one that offers the key to Anderson's salvation-and his destruction.

In spite of his best intentions, C.J. can't resist the terribly seductive Anderson. Their attraction threatens to destroy them, because the heart of a man who can survive the destruction of his people and retain his sense of self holds a solid core of alpha male that will not be denied.

Country Mouse by Amy Lane and Aleksandr Voinov
Paperback: 222 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing; first edition (August 15, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626490449
ISBN-13: 978-1626490444
Amazon: Country Mouse
Amazon Kindle: Country Mouse

COUNTRY MOUSE

Owen may be a bit of a country mouse, but after a long day playing tourist on his London vacation, he’s on the hunt for some cheap beer and a good burger. Instead he finds a man hunting him with only one thing on the brain: the kind of meat that doesn’t come on a bun.

Owen’s all for an adventure, but he’s not the pushover Malcolm Kavanagh thinks he is, and Malcolm’s not as shallow as he tries to be. They both soon learn that nothing’s too intimate to share with a stranger, and the strangest things happen when two people share the most important pieces of their hearts.

CITY MOUSE

A magical weekend, a breathless declaration, a happy ever after . . . Right?

Wrong. Anyone who’s ever been in love knows that happy endings take a lot more work than that. But there’s one problem: Malcolm has never been in love. He doesn’t know the rules of a relationship and isn’t confident enough to trust that his is real.

Luckily, Owen knows a little more about relationships, and labors patiently to survive the first six weeks of their life together. Maybe, if Owen is patient enough and Malcolm learns to give, the two of them can make it past Relationship Armageddon to a real happy ending.

Sidecar by Amy Lane
Paperback: 270 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 29, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 161372568X
ISBN-13: 978-1613725689
Amazon: Sidecar
Amazon Kindle: Sidecar

The year is 1987. The boys wear pink Izod shirts, the girls wear big hair, everyone has a stash box, and AIDS is just an ugly rumor rumbling like a thunderstorm from the cities. A teenage runaway wanders the side of the road, a heartbeat away from despair, and is rescued by a long-haired angel on a Harley. But that's just the beginning of their story. Josiah Daniels wanted peace and quiet and a simple life, and he had it until he rescued Casey from hunger, cold, and exhaustion. Suddenly Joe's life is anything but simple as he and his new charge navigate a world that is changing more rapidly than the people in it. Joe wants to raise Casey to a happy and productive adulthood, and he does. But even as an adult, Casey can't conceive of a happy life without Joe. The trouble is getting Joe to accept that the boy he nurtured is suddenly the man who wants him. Their relationship can either die or change with the world around them. As they make a home, negotiate the new rules of growing up, and swerve around the pitfalls of modern life, Casey learns that adulthood is more than sex, Joe learns that there is no compromise in happy ever after, and they're both forced to realize that the one thing a man shouldn't be is alone.

Dex in Blue (Johnnies Book 2) by Amy Lane
Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1623800102
ISBN-13: 978-1623800109
Amazon: Dex in Blue (Johnnies Book 2)
Amazon Kindle: Dex in Blue (Johnnies Book 2)

Ten years ago David Worral had plans to go to college and the potential for a beautiful future in front of him. One tragic accident later, he fled to California and reinvented himself as Dex, top porn model of Johnnies.

Dex's life is a tangled mess now, but the guys he works with only see the man who makes them believe even porn stars can lead normal lives. When Kane, one of Dex's coworkers, gets kicked out of his house, the least Dex can do is give him a place to stay. Kane may be a hyperactive muscle-bound psycho, but he's also a really nice guy. What could be the harm?

Except nothing is simple-not sex, not love, and not the goofy kid with the big dick and bigger heart who moves his life into Dex's guest room. When they start negotiating fractured pasts and broken friends, Dex wonders if Kane's honest nature can untangle the sadness that stalled his once-promising future. With Kane by his side, Dex just might be able to reclaim the boy he once was-and if he can do that, he can give Kane the home and the family he deserves.

Racing for the Sun by Amy Lane
Paperback: 260 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (April 26, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 162380647X
ISBN-13: 978-1623806477
Amazon: Racing for the Sun
Amazon Kindle: Racing for the Sun

"I'll do anything."

Staff Sergeant Jasper "Ace" Atchison takes one look at Private Sonny Daye and knows that every word on paper about him is pure, unadulterated bullshit. But Sonny is desperate, and although Ace isn't going to take him up on his offer of "anything," that doesn't mean he isn't tempted.

Instead, Ace takes Sonny under his wing, protecting him when they're in the service and making plans with him when they get out. Together, they're going to own a garage and build race cars and make their fortune hurtling faster than light across the desert. Together, they're going to rewrite the past, make Sonny Daye a whole and happy person, and put the ghosts in Ace's heart to rest.

But not even Sonny can build a car fast enough to escape the ghosts of the past. When Sonny's ghosts drive them down and run their plans off the road, Ace finds out exactly what he's made of. Maybe Sonny was the one to promise Ace anything, but there is nothing under the sun Ace won't do to keep Sonny safe from harm.

Mourning Heaven by Amy Lane
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (September 7, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613727453
ISBN-13: 978-1613727454
Amazon: Mourning Heaven
Amazon Kindle: Mourning Heaven

Heroes fall.

Peter first came to the tiny backwater of Daisy, California, as a child, and he was sure of one thing: his cousin Michael would take care of him. When Michael started a friendship with the fragile, haunted Bodi Kovacs, Peter's consolation in losing any claim to Bodi was that Michael would care for him too. But tragedy struck, and Michael ripped himself out of their world and threw away the people who loved him most.

Six years later, Michael is coming home in a box. All it took to destroy a hero was a town full of bigotry and hatred. Reclaiming him will take strength of heart that neither Peter nor Bodi had six years ago. Since Michael left, Bodi has been lost and alone. Peter can try to make Bodi his and take the role Michael should have had, but first he and Bodi have to confront the past. They will need to face Michael, the good and the bad, the beauty and the sadness, and see his memory truly for what it was and not what it could have been. It's a simple act that may destroy them both: sifting through the flaming ruins of heaven is a sure way to annihilate a bleeding mortal heart.

Under the Rushes by Amy Lane
Paperback: 340 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 21, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 162380244X
ISBN-13: 978-1623802448
Amazon: Under the Rushes
Amazon Kindle: Under the Rushes

Ten years after Dorjan trusted a boy's word over his superior officer's, he and his best friend, Areau, are still living the aftermath-and trying to stop the man responsible. Locked in a careful dance to bring down a corrupt government, Dorjan struggles to balance his grief with Areau's anger. Just when Dorjan reaches the end of his rope, he sees a familiar face in the shadows, and the boy he trusted a decade before offers him unexpected kindness.

Taern remembers the soldier who found him under the rushes and listened to his pleas to save his family. When Dorjan reappears in his life, Taern is both captured by his commitment to justice and terrified by the risks he takes. All Taern wants to do is fix him, but the oncoming destruction has been ten years in the making, and Dorjan doesn't want his help. Not if it puts Taern at risk.

Powers clash and a world's fate dangles between Areau's madness and Dorjan's nobility. While Dorjan fights to save the world, Taern joins the battle simply to save Dorjan, knowing everything hinges on the heart of a man in armor and the strength of the man who loves him.

Shiny! by Amy Lane
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 21, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627986545
ISBN-13: 978-1627986540
Amazon: Shiny!
Amazon Kindle: Shiny!

Will Lafferty and Kenny Scalia are both having sort of a day. Will gets fired for letting fifth graders read Harry Potter, and Kenny finds his boyfriend and his sex toys in bed with a complete stranger. When Will knocks over Kenny's trash can—and strews Kenny's personal business all over the street—it feels like the perfect craptastic climax to the sewage of suckage that has rained down on them both.

But ever-friendly, ever-kind Will asks snarky Kenny out for a beer—God knows they both need one—and two amazing things occur: Kenny discovers talking to Will might be the best form of intercourse ever, and Will discovers he's gay.

Their unlikely friendship seems like the perfect platonic match until Will reveals how very much more he’s been feeling for Kenny almost since the beginning. But Kenny’s worried. Will’s newfound sexuality is bright and glittery and shiny, but what happens when that wears off? Is Will's infatuation with Kenny strong enough to stay real?

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Christopher Herbert & Timothy Long

Timothy Long (b. 1968) married Christopher Herbert (b. 1981), Martha Stewart's nephew, with a private ceremony in Stewart's home in Bedford, New York, in September 2010. Chris and Tim dated for several years before deciding to tie the knot. Like many couples, they met through work – Tim is a pianist and conductor, and Chris is a classical singer. After an audition by Chris at the Aspen Music Festival, Tim says he just couldn't get him out of his head. The pair connected through music, after a while started dating, then finally moved in together in New York.

While on a family vacation in 2009 they decided to take the next big step. "We wanted to be a family – officially," Tim says. When they broke the news to relatives who were on vacation with them, Chris says it triggered a "big group family hug." And when Aunt Martha found out a few days later, she graciously offered her farm as a venue. The next year, the happy couple had a legal ceremony in Massachusetts that coincided with a family reunion, then repeated their vows at a wedding with Martha's horse stables as the backdrop on a gorgeous day.

Chris and Tim feel lucky that their parents were so supportive, since they realize that not all gay couples have that. Indeed, one of their reasons for getting married was to bring their two families together. They are also mindful of the fact that gay couples can't get married in most of America. Tim points out, "The fact that we have to fight for marriage forces us to really consider what it's really about."


Tim Long married Christopher Herbert, Martha Stewart's nephew, with a private ceremony in Stewart's home in Bedford, New York, in September 2010. Chris and Tim dated for several years before deciding to tie the knot. Like many couples, they met through work – Tim is a pianist and conductor, and Chris is a classical singer. After an audition by Chris at the Aspen Music Festival, Tim says he just couldn't get him out of his head. After a while started dating, then finally moved in together in NYC.


Basset hound mix Pumpkin checks out potential new family members with dads Christopher Herbert (near right) and Timothy Long. Photo: Zandy Mangold (http://nypost.com/2012/08/05/dog-meets-dog-world/)

Source: http://www.whymarriagematters.org/stories/entry/chris-and-tims-story

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Chuck Howard, José “Pete” Martinez and the others

This is the last appointment in my "Vintage Man Candy" series (you can find first appointment here: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1347308.html and the second here: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1414451.html). Why and when I was inspired to do this serial? since while browsing for artists and authors of the past, there was always something that linked together what I arrived to identify as the Gay Metropolis circle, i.e. those circle of artistic people (authors, screenwriters, choreographers, painters...) all living in New York City between the '30 and the '50. They all wandered around three focal points: the first one was the menages a trois of Glenway Wescott, Monroe Wheeler and George Platt Lynes (Barbara Harrison and Monroe Wheeler established Harrison of Paris, a press publishing limited-edition literary paperbacks; Barbara Harrison married Glenway's brother Lloyd Wescott and the press relocated to New York); the second one was that of the artistic trio PaJaMa, i.e. painters Paul Cadmus, Jared French and Margaret Hoening (when Jared French married Margaret Hoening he was already in a relationship with Paul Cadmus, relationship that didn't suffer from the marriage, Margaret Hoening smoothly joined the couple); the third and last focal point was that of Lincoln Kirstein and his wife Fidelma Cadmus, the sister of Paul Cadmus (In 1946, Balanchine and Kirstein founded the Ballet Society, renamed the New York City Ballet in 1948. Kirstein served as the company's General Director from 1946 to 1989 and he was the one giving the task to George Platt-Lynes to immortalize many of his dancers on glossy B&W photos). (Picture: Chuck Howard and Ted Starkowski, 1950, by PaJaMa)

Today I will tell you the story of Chuck Howard, George Platt-Lynes's lover and the one his friends believed was the right one for George and of José “Pete” Martinez, Lincoln's favorite dancer and lover, who shared Lincoln's life even during the first year of Lincoln's marriage with Fidelma Cadmus.


The Architect, 1950, by Paul Cadmus. Charles "Chuck" Howard was the model

Chuck Howard was George Platt-Lynes’s lover. Howard had come to New York after the war and met Platt-Lynes there at a farewell party for Bernard Perlin, whom he had met in Miami Beach while serving in the army. Platt Lynes’s circle, Glenway Wescott and Monroe Wheeler, Paul Cadmus (he is the model for The Architect), Jared and Margaret French, and Lincoln and Fidelma Kirstein welcomed Howard, in part because he had a beneficial and organizing influence upon the photographer.

Excerpt from Intimate Companions: A Triography of George Platt Lynes, Paul Cadmus, Lincoln Kirstein, and Their Circle by David Leddick:

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Excerpt from Intimate Companions: A Triography of George Platt Lynes, Paul Cadmus, Lincoln Kirstein, and Their Circle by David Leddick:

Another male dancer added to the company was José “Pete” Martinez, with whom Lincoln Kirstein maintained a liaison until his marriage. Martinez was from Los Angeles, where he had received his early dance training, and had entered the School of American Ballet as soon as he came to New York. Kirstein and he lived together, and when Lincoln Kirstein married Fidelma Cadmus in 1941, she moved into their apartment with them temporarily. (Picture: José Pete Martinez, 1937, by George Platt-Lynes)

José Martinez, who died in 1997, less than a year after Lincoln Kirstein, was a droll and witty young man of Mexican origin. Those who knew the two men in the 1930s said he was capable of endlessly amusing his lover, and that of all the men in his life, Martinez was the man that Kirstein most likely loved the most. Kirstein loved gossip and other men’s tales of their sexual exploits, and this love of storytelling drew him to Martinez. In addition, Martinez was handsome, and many artists painted, drew, and photographed him. Fidelma Cadmus drew him, Paul Cadmus drew and painted him, and George Platt-Lynes created a beautiful series of photos of him nude in a windowlike aperture, wearing a large straw hat.

Martinez was a member of Ballet Caravan. Organized by Kirstein, this company toured the United States, visiting many smaller cities as well as large ones. Their repertoire was very different from the classical companies, Colonel de Basil’s Ballet Russe and the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, the two offshoot companies from the original Diaghilev companies. Other young male dancers added to the company during this period were Nicholas Magallanes and Francisco Moncion, both of Latin American origin and both of whom were to remain with Balanchine and Kirstein throughout their long careers. Magallanes was discovered by Kirstein’s painter friend Pavel Tchelitchev, roaming the streets of New York. Tchelitchev not only used him as central figure in his large painting Phenomena, but brought him to Kirstein to study dance. He immediately showed talent and became one of the leading dancers of what eventually became the New York City Ballet.

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Robert McVoy was a fellow dancer of Pete Martinez in Lincoln Kirstein’s company. Theodore "Ted" Starkowski was George Platt Lynes's lover. Mel Fillini was a Broadway actor. Ralph McWilliams was the new “addition” to the circle of friends after Pete Martinez went away to Norfolk searching for being enlisted.

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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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Jack Dunphy & Truman Capote

Jack Dunphy (August 22, 1914 – April 26, 1992) was an American novelist and playwright, well known today for his long-term relationship with American author Truman Capote.

John Paul Dunphy was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and raised in a working class neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He trained in ballet under Catherine Littlefield, danced at the 1939 New York World's Fair, and toured with the George Balanchine company in South America in 1941.

He married another Philadelphia dancer, Joan McCracken. They later appeared in the original Broadway production of Oklahoma! in 1943, in which McCracken played Elvie and Dunphy danced as one of the cowboys. Dunphy also danced in The Prodigal Son, a ballet performed on Broadway in conjunction with The Pirates of Penzance in 1942.

Dunphy enlisted in the U.S. Army in January 1944 during World War II. During his service, he published his first work, "The Life of a Carrot," in Short Story magazine.

When he met Truman Capote in 1948, Dunphy had written a well-received novel, John Fury, and was just getting over a painful divorce from McCracken. In 1950 the two writers settled in Taormina, Sicily, in a house where the author D. H. Lawrence had once lived. Ten years older than Capote, Dunphy was in many ways Capote’s opposite, as solitary as Truman was exuberantly social. Though they drifted more and more apart in the later years, the couple stayed together until Capote's death.


Jack Dunphy and Truman Capote by Jared French
Truman Capote was an American author, many of whose short stories, novels, plays, and nonfiction are recognized literary classics, including the novella Breakfast at Tiffany's (1958) and the true crime novel In Cold Blood (1966), which he labeled a "nonfiction novel." Jack Dunphy was an American novelist and playwright, well known today for his long-term relationship with American author Truman Capote. When he met Capote in 1948, Dunphy had written a well-received novel, John Fury.


Jack Dunphy & Truman Capote's stone at Crooked Pond in the Long Pond Greenbelt in Southampton (town), New York. Truman Capote was cremated and buried in Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles, California, leaving behind Jack Dunphy. When Dunphy died in 1992, some of their ashes were mixed together and scattered at Crooked Pond, Long Island, New York, where they had maintained property together. Another portion of his cremated remains was given to his friend, Joanne Carson.

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

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Truman Capote (September 30, 1924 – August 25, 1984) was an American author, many of whose short stories, novels, plays, and nonfiction are recognized literary classics, including the novella Breakfast at Tiffany's (1958) and true crime novel In Cold Blood (1966), which he labeled a "nonfiction novel." At least 20 films and television dramas have been produced from Capote novels, stories and screenplays.

Capote rose above a childhood troubled by divorce, a long absence from his mother and multiple migrations. He discovered his calling by the age of 11, and for the rest of his childhood he honed his writing ability. Capote began his professional career writing short stories. The critical success of one story, "Miriam" (1945), attracted the attention of Random House publisher Bennett Cerf, resulting in a contract to write Other Voices, Other Rooms (1948). Capote earned the most fame with In Cold Blood (1966), a journalistic work about the murder of a Kansas farm family in their home, a book Capote spent four years writing, with much help from Harper Lee, who wrote the famous To Kill a Mockingbird. A milestone in popular culture, it was the peak of his career, although it was not his final book. In the 1970s, he maintained his celebrity status by appearing on television talk shows.

Born Truman Streckfus Persons in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of 17-year-old Lillie Mae Faulk and salesman Archulus Persons. His parents divorced when he was four, and he was sent to Monroeville, Alabama, where, for the following four to five years, he was raised by his mother's relatives. He formed a fast bond with his mother's distant relative, Nanny Rumbley Faulk, whom Truman called "Sook". "Her face is remarkable — not unlike Lincoln's, craggy like that, and tinted by sun and wind," is how Capote described Sook in "A Christmas Memory". In Monroeville, he was a neighbor and friend of author Harper Lee, who wrote the 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird, with the character Dill being based on Capote.

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truman_Capote
Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote (1955). Or “Answered Prayers” or “Music For Chameleons.” Pretty much anything by the tiny, fame-crazed Southern-Belle in Brooks Brothers clothing will do. His writing is never less than wonderful and everything he wrote is so imbued with his unstoppably queer sensibility that it doesn’t make any difference what the character’s gender preference happens to be. “Tiffany’s” happens to be a perfect piece of fiction; and the way that Capote hides/reveals his gay narrator is a masterly example of how deft closeted, Pre-Stonewall writers could “play the game.” --Felice Picano
I was honored when I discovered Truman and his lover (Jack Dunphy) read “Gaywyck” aloud to one another at Christmas. True, there is a long Christmas-shopping sequence in it, but I think what amused them most was the echoes (more like shouts!) in it of Truman's first novel, which I add to my list here because when I read it in my youth I was blissed out by Joel Harrison Knox, its 13-year-old hero, and his great spiritual awakening of self-acceptance at the end: "I am me," he exclaims. "I am Joel, we are the same people." For me this is a stunning (and “Gaywyc” inspiring) reference to Emily Bronte's Catherine Earnshaw exclaiming in “Wuthering Heights” --another of my favorite books! --"Heathcliffe and I are the same person," which is the great rallying cry for dementia in romantic literature and novels by obsessives like M. Proust and in all those popular love songs I adore. Then add a vast Southern gothic mansion, a cousin Randolph in Mardi Gras drag waving as a "queer lady" in a window, and see just how much I love "homages" (as opposed to stealing?) from books I revere. And, oh, how that Truman could write! When was the last time you read “Breakfast at Tiffany's”? I recently lent a copy of “In Cold Blood” to a young friend who passed it on to SIX others in a state of shock over its (and Truman's) greatness. Yes, indeed, a genius talent for our side.... --Vincent Virga
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 Bernard, Paul Dehn & Ken McGregor

James Michael Bernard (20 September 1925 – 12 July 2001) was a British film composer. Around the time Bernard graduated from the RCM, he met the writer and critic Paul Dehn with whom he started a professional relationship, but who also became his life partner. Paul Dehn asked James Bernard to collaborate with him on the original screen story for the Boulting Brothers film Seven Days to Noon (1950). For this Paul Dehn and James Bernard shared the 1952 Academy Award for the Best Writing, Motion Picture Story. Paul Dehn died in 1976. Working on She (1965, in which Ken McGregor played one of the members of the tribe), Bernard first met the man who later became his second life partner, actor Ken McGregor, with whom he lived in Jamaica until McGregor's death there in 1994. Bernard then moved back to London and lived there for the remainder of his life.

He was a pupil at Wellington College which had previously been attended by the future actor, Christopher Lee, who starred in many of Hammer's horror films, for which he wrote the score. While still a schoolboy, Bernard met Benjamin Britten when the composer visited the school to consult with the then art master, Kenneth Green, about the stage designs for Peter Grimes. Britten took interest in an inter-house music composition, and advised Bernard on a composition he was writing. The two stayed in touch during Bernard's service in the RAF from 1943 to 1946, and Britten encouraged him to learn the principles of composition. After being demobbed Bernard went to the Royal College of Music, studying under Imogen Holst and Herbert Howells. He graduated in 1949. In 1950 Britten approached him to copy out the vocal score of his new opera Billy Budd for his publishers Boosey & Hawkes. While doing this he stayed with Benjamin Britten at Aldeburgh. He went to the opening night with Benjamin Britten's housekeeper and the librettist, E. M. Forster.


Paul Dehn
In 1949 or 1950, Paul Dehn began a professional relationship with composer James Bernard, who later became his life partner. Dehn asked Bernard to collaborate with him on the original screen story for the Boulting Brothers film Seven Days to Noon (1950). For this Paul Dehn and Jame Bernard shared the 1952 Academy Award for the Best Writing, Motion Picture Story. Paul Dehn died in 1976. James Bernard went into semi-retirement in Jamaica with his new partner, Ken McGregor. James died in 2001.

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Bernard_(composer)

Paul Dehn (5 November 1912 – 30 September 1976) was an Oscar nominated British screenwriter, best known for Goldfinger, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Planet of the Apes sequels and Murder on the Orient Express.

Dehn was born in 1912 in Manchester, England. He was educated at Shrewsbury School, and attended Brasenose College, Oxford. While at Oxford, he contributed film reviews to weekly undergraduate papers.

He began his career in 1936 as a film reviewer for several London newspapers.

During World War II he was stationed at Camp X in Canada. This was one of several training facilities operated by Special Operations Executive to train spies and special forces teams. He was the Political Warfare officer from 1942–44 and held the rank of Major. Dehn took part in missions in France and Norway.

He narrated the 1951 film Waters of Time and later wrote plays, operettas, and musicals for the stage. He wrote the lyrics for songs in two films, The Innocents (1961) and Moulin Rouge (1952).

In 1949 or 1950, Dehn began a professional relationship with composer James Bernard, who later became his life partner. Dehn asked Bernard to collaborate with him on the original screen story for the Boulting Brothers film Seven Days to Noon (1950). For this Paul Dehn and James Bernard shared the 1952 Academy Award for the Best Writing, Motion Picture Story.

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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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K.M. Soehnlein & Kevin Clarke

Karl Manfred Soehnlein better known by his literary name K. M. Soehnlein is an American writer (born in New Jersey in 1966) most famous for his novels The World of Normal Boys and You Can Say You Knew Me When. His most recent novel is Robin and Ruby. He was also a musician playing the clarinet for six years as part of the band The Cubby Creatures. He lives in San Francisco's SoMa district with his partner Kevin Clarke, a graphic designer and performer. They married on March 14, 2009, at the Lodge at the Regency Center in San Francisco. They met in 1999 when they were living around the corner from each other in the Mission district of San Francisco. Their first encounter was at a cafe. Mr. Clarke said he attempted to start a conversation, but admitted, “My opening gambit was a miserable failure.”Mr. Soehnlein said that Mr. Clarke “asked if my name was Darren, “so I assumed he thought I was someone else.”About a week later Mr. Clarke spotted Mr. Soehnlein at a neighborhood laundry. "I caught him alone, folding a yellow T-shirt,” Mr. Clarke said. “He flashed me a let’s-try-that-again grin.” (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/22/fashion/weddings/22clarke.html?_r=1&)

Soehnlein studied film in Ithaca College, then moved to New York City in the late 1980s, working in film production and magazine publishing, and was a member of ACT UP and Queer Nation. He worked as a journalist, writing mainly on films in Out, The Advocate, The Village Voice and other publications. Living in San Francisco, he made his living as a freelance writer and aspiring author. He studied at San Francisco State University graduating with an Master of Fine Arts and became the associate editor of the monthly film magazine, Release Print, as well as the manager of the Film Arts Foundation website. He wrote a number of essays as well as short stories that were published in Modern Words and The James White Review publications. He also worked as a freelance copywriter and editor.


K. M. Soehnlein is an American writer most famous for his novels The World of Normal Boys and You Can Say You Knew Me When. His most recent novel is Robin and Ruby. He lives in San Francisco's SoMa district with his partner Kevin Clarke, a graphic designer and performer. They had a commitment ceremony on March 21, 2009, at the Lodge at the Regency Center in San Francisco, and married on September 30, 2013. They met in 1999 when they were living around the corner from each other in the Mission district of San Francisco.

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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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Helene Wolff & Margarete Herz

Dentists Margarete Herz (March 23, 1872 - 1947) and Helene Wolff (July 25, 1871 – September 30, 1917) were founding members of the local Women's Suffrage Association in Bonn in 1909, in which they were active together with the publicist and fighter for women's suffrage Johanna Elberskirchen (1864-1943). Helene passed in 1917 and during WWII Margarete lost everything to the Nazi Regime. Margarete moved to the US and made her first home in Chicago.

Ingeborg Boxhammer is a freelance researcher in Bonn, Germany who created a lecture centered around Margarete and Helene's lives.

After Helene's death in 1917, Margarete Herz opened a vegetarian restaurant in eastern Germany, but needed to flee the country in 1938 because she was Jewish and lost all her belongings to the Nazi Regime. She made her first home in Chicago, on Paulina Street above the Herz General Store with her relatives. With the help of American relatives, including Judy Chrisman, a retired D/97 elementary school librarian and long-time Oak Park resident, Ingeborg's lecture includes information and photos of these early suffragettes in Germany.

Software-Trainer Ingeborg Boxhammer ( M. A. ) works as a freelance in Bonn, Germany. She is co-administrator of the website www.lesbengeschichte.org ( since 2005 ), which is presenting "lesbian-like" ( Judith M. Bennett ) publicists and activists from before 1933 until after 1945 as well as critiques and filmlists with regard to lesbian-like representation in German-speaking films from 1911 till this day. Boxhammer published a book about lesbian film history ( 2007 ) and is doing research on biography research and local lesbian history.

Source: www.centeronhalsted.org/coh/calendar/newevents-details.cfm


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Jonathan Adler & Simon Doonan

Simon Doonan (born 1952) is the Creative Ambassador-at-Large of the New York City-based clothing store Barneys.

Doonan comes from the English town of Reading. His first retail job was a summer position at Heelas, a department store in Reading, owned by the John Lewis Partnership. After returning to work at the same store after university, he first got involved in the art of window dressing. He later left Reading for London and dressed windows at Aquascutum before moving to Nutters of Savile Row.

Invited to dress his windows by the proprietor of Maxfield, a department store in Los Angeles, Doonan moved to the United States in 1978. He joined the Barneys staff in 1986 as a window dresser.

In addition to his work at Barneys, he writes a column on style for Slate. Previously, he wrote a similar column for The New York Observer.

In his book, Eccentric Glamour, he decried porno chic in Western society in general. Interviewed for an article for the New York Daily News, he said, "There are two horribly worrying trends! Celebrities are becoming so gun-shy that there is no diversity, no sense of fun on the red carpet. There's no experimentation — which is incredibly important to fashion." On "porno chic," (the second trend) he said, "Imagine if you said to people 20 years ago that, in 2008, a significant number of women would be going around dressing like porno stars with fake hooters and butt cracks showing? No one would have believed you."


Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan with their Norwich Terrier Liberace, Lagerfeld exibition, Givenchy, 2006
Simon Doonan is the Creative Ambassador-at-Large of the NYC-based clothing store Barneys. In September 2008, he married his partner of 14 years, designer Jonathan Adler, in California. Doonan and Adler live in New York City with their Norwich Terrier, Liberace. Jonathan Adler is an iconic potter, designer, author, & personality. Adler launched his first ceramic collection in 1993 at Barneys New York. 5 years years later he expanded into home furnishings, opening his first boutique in Manhattan.

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Jonathan Adler (born in 1966 in New Jersey, United States) is an iconic potter, designer, author, and personality. Adler launched his first ceramic collection in 1993 at Barneys New York. Five years years later he expanded into home furnishings, opening his first namesake boutique in Manhattan.

Jonathan Adler now has nineteen stores worldwide, a thriving e-commerce site, and a wholesale business boasting over 1,000 locations worldwide. While remaining committed to ceramic design, Jonathan has now grown far beyond the potter’s wheel to become an internationally recognized design brand offering decorative objects, tabletop collections, bedding, bath accessories, gifts, candles, furniture, rugs, pillows, lighting, and most recently handbags. Adler is dedicated to bringing style, craft and positivity to your home.

Jonathan’s creativity is fueled by various sources of inspiration: Mid-century modern, art and global pop culture combine to create the signature Adler aesthetic. The company prides itself on its ability to combine a serious design philosophy with a colorful sense of optimism. The guiding motto, "If your heirs won't fight over it, we won't make it," reflects Jonathan’s commitment to impeccable craftsmanship and irreverent luxury.

In addition to designing furniture and product, Jonathan has collaborated with many notable brands. In 2004, Jonathan redesigned the iconic California hotel, The Parker Palm Springs. In 2009, Mattel called upon Jonathan to design the modern-glam interiors for the “real” Barbie™ Dream House in celebration of Barbie’s 50th anniversary. He designed Starbucks 2010 (RED)™ card and mug which directly benefits The Global Fund, and most recently Jonathan was selected as LACOSTE’s 6th Annual Collectors series artist, debuting Holiday 2011.

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

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Boyd McDonald (1925 - September 1993)

Born in 1925 in South Dakota, Boyd McDonald entered Harvard as a high-school dropout after serving in the army in World War II: "I was a pioneer high school dropout," he writes, "leaving school to play badly in a bad traveling dance band. I was drafted into the Army, graduated from Harward and came to New York, where my principal activity was taking advantage of the city's public sexual recreation facilities. As a sideline I worked as a back writer at Time, Forbes, IBM and even more sordid companies. In 1970 I started the magazine, S.T.H. (Straight to Hell), the Manhattan Review of Unnatural Acts, later re-named the New York Review of Cocksucking".

Jobs with Time, IBM, and several Wall Street firms preceded Boyd's career as a chronicler of gay sex. He was the founder and editor of Straight to Hell (alternatively the Manhattan Review of Cocksucking), and later published a number of anthologies of true sex histories, the final three of which were Raunch, Lewd, and Scum. Boyd died in September 1993, two months after completing his final book.


Boyd McDonald, 1987, by Robert Giard (http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/dl_crosscollex/brbldl_getrec.asp?fld=img&id=1121533)
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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2015 GRL Featured Blog Tour: Melanie Hansen

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). Moreover I'm taking part at the 2015 GRL Featured Blog Tour as Featured Blogger.

For the 2015 Featured Blog Tour, today author is Melanie Hansen:

Hello! I’m Melanie Hansen, and I’ll be attending my second GRL this October, although it will be my first time as a published author. My second novel, Signs of Life, was released on September 28th, and I posted on my blog a couple of weeks ago about my experience licensing a pic of gorgeous Cory Zwierzynski, Andrew Christian underwear model, for the cover of that book. It was painless, and easy, and I was surprised at how accommodating this large, multi-million dollar company was to me.

(Read the original post here.)

Today I’m so excited to announce that Cory himself will be at GRL 2015 to sign the cover of Signs of Life!
This was definitely another case of IT NEVER HURTS TO ASK! Again, I figured Drew LaQuang would laugh in my face, but already knowing how nice he is, I went for it without any hesitation. His response? “I’m sure I can get Cory to do it.” It was that easy!
Since I wanted to get to know Cory a bit better before October, I posed a series of 10 interview questions to him recently, and he was gracious enough to sit down with me and answer them.

We started with the basics:

I first fell in love with your work when I saw the Andrew Christian "Kiss" video.
How were you discovered by Andrew Christian?
I was visiting some friends in LA and Andrew Christian happened to come over to my friend’s place. After meeting him, he asked me if I would be interested in modeling for him.

How long have you been working as an Andrew Christian exclusive model?
It will be 2 years in November.

What's your favorite part about working for Andrew Christian?
Being able to travel around the world.

Then I got a little more in-depth about what it’s like to be an Andrew Christian model, and there were a couple of “oh no” moments:

As an underwear model, there has to have been a few embarrassing moments during the course of your career. Can you tell us about one?
I jumped into a pool for a shoot and when I got out the underwear was see-through.

You've gotten to travel a lot, to different appearances and events. What's your best memory?
My best memory would have to be when I was in Italy and did a few wine tastings in the vineyard.

Now tell us about your worst memory!
Worst memory would have to be when I was on my way to the airport from an event and my wallet fell out in the car and I didn’t realize it until I got to security. It almost ended up with me missing my flight. The driver was nice enough to drive all the way back in time to return it.

It's time to get a little personal  Where are you from, and what's your family like? Brothers, sisters, pets?
I’m from Pittsburgh PA. I have one older brother and he has 3 kids of his own. My mom has two dogs, a miniature greyhound and a shih tzu.

(And aww, Uncle Cory! Makes my heart melt.)

On your days off, what is your favorite thing to do? What are your hobbies?
Well, sleep in, of course. Maybe the beach or a nice pool day.

And now he shows us a snarky sense of humor. Gotta love it:

How about your ideal date? If money wasn’t an object and you could go anywhere and do anything with that special someone, what would it be?
My ideal date would have to be April 25th because it’s not too cold or not too hot. All you need is a light jacket. Lol, just kidding.
My ideal date would have to be a nice dinner and a walk on the beach at night. If money wasn’t an object we would travel to Australia and New Zealand.

And finally, what I’ve been waiting for, to ask him about his appearance at my GRL Supporting Author signing:

And last but not least, you're coming to sign your hot book cover during GayRomLit in San Diego on October 15. I can't wait! What can we expect from your appearance there? Will you bring some Andrew Christian giveaways?
One hell of a good time! And of course there will be AC giveaways.

So there you have it! Cory Z. is smart, and sexy, and so very nice. If you’re in San Diego on October 15, please come out to meet him! Even if you’re not attending GRL, the Supporting Author signing event is open to the public! Keep an eye on my Twitter, @MelJoyAZ, for information on the time and location of the signing. There will be a limited number of Signs of Life paperbacks for sale at the Dreamspinner table on-site, but to be sure you don’t miss out, here is the link for where it can be purchased beforehand:

Along with the Andrew Christian hats and undies he will bring along to give away, he is always happy to pose for pictures, so if you’re around, come out to see him…and me, of course! I’ll be there with some awesome swag of my own, and I’d love to meet each and every one of you.
See you in San Diego.



Signs of Life (Resilient Love) by Melanie Hansen
Paperback: 234 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (September 28, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1634761774
ISBN-13: 978-1634761772
Amazon: Signs of Life (Resilient Love)
Amazon Kindle: Signs of Life (Resilient Love)

Successful lawyer Jeremy Speer has it all—a loving husband, a beautiful home, and a cherished dream that’s about to become reality. He’s learned not to take happiness for granted, meeting the challenges of life and love head-on with unwavering commitment and fierce devotion. A series of tragic events leave Jeremy shattered, adrift on a sea of unimaginable pain. He’s able to piece his life back together, but instead of embracing it, he merely exists, using isolation and punishing physical exertion to keep the world at bay.
High school teacher Kai Daniels has a heart for at-risk kids—he was one himself, and a teenage brush with the law and some troubled years behind bars left him scarred inside and out. With courage, hard work, and the support of friends, he’s built a fulfilling life that leaves no time for a relationship.
An intense encounter with Kai at a gay club ignites a spark in Jeremy that he thought was extinguished forever, but he’s unwilling to destroy the fragile peace he’s managed to create, and he leaves Kai humiliated and disappointed. Things should have ended there, but a bizarre occurrence brings the two together in a way neither of them expected.

About the Author: Melanie Hansen has spent time in Texas and Florida prisons…for work. She’s been in a room with a 17-year-old mass murderer who was also one of the most soft-spoken and polite teenagers she’s ever met. After a 13-year career as a court reporter, she can tell many stories both hilarious and heartbreaking.
She grew up with an Air Force dad, and ended up marrying a Navy man. After living and working all over the country, she hopes to bring these rich and varied life experiences to her stories about people finding love amidst real-life struggles.
Melanie left the stressful world of the courtroom behind and now enjoys a rewarding career transcribing for a deaf student. She currently lives in Arizona with her husband and two sons.

Contact info:
www.melaniejhansen.com
@MelJoyAZ (Twitter)
meljhansen@gmail.com
https://melaniejhansen.wordpress.com

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2015 Rainbow Awards Submission: Danny and Mike by Valentina Heart

Danny and Mike by Valentina Heart
Gay Contemporary Romance
Publisher: The Rooster & The Pig Publishing, Inc. (October 6, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Danny and Mike

Sometimes love can be found in the most unlikely places, or so Danny discovers once he finds himself in a bar brawl. With a life of abuse behind him, he's more than ready for a new, happier start, and Mike seems to be exactly what his damaged soul needs. With a completely different background, Mike is close to a ray of sunshine. Always optimistic and happy, he anchors Danny and shows him life can be about love instead of hate. But chapters of the past are rarely completely closed, and once Danny's nightmares come back into his life he has to make a choice--to fight or to save the one who showed him life is worth living

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

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