Jun. 6th, 2015

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Stephanie Kusiak grew up in an idyllic neighborhood in Orange County, California. She spent her formative years watching after her brothers, rescuing stray animals and learning all she could about the supernatural from her grandmother over Sunday brunches. As a writer, she realistically captures the humanizing elements in life and focuses on the characters that live in her worlds. She is known on the internet for her steamy erotica and her poignant emotional twists. Her interests include, playing the piano, karaoke singing, online gaming and perusing local farmers’ markets. She currently works in the financial sector and resides in Aliso Viejo, California with her wife and their tortoiseshell cat, Sydney.

Loved and Lost won a 2014 Rainbow Award as Best Lesbian Contemporary & Erotic Romance and Best Lesbian Debut.

Further Readings:

Loved and Lost by Stephanie Kusiak
Paperback: 566 pages
Publisher: Sapphire Books Publishing (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1939062586
ISBN-13: 978-1939062581
Amazon: Loved and Lost
Amazon Kindle: Loved and Lost

Blake Fortnier and Rachel Kaplan are the perfect couple. Fifteen years into a marriage that will seemingly last forever, a tragic accident tears them apart. After reaching the end of her rope, Blake is blessed with the chance to relive her life. She can right her wrongs, live life to the fullest and change the course of fate, or so she hopes.

More Rainbow Awards at my website: elisarolle.com, Rainbow Awards/2014
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Antony Tudor (4 April 1908 – 19 April 1987) was an English ballet choreographer, teacher and dancer. (P: Carl Van Vechten (1880–1964), Library of Congress. Antony Tudor in “Gala Performance”, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1941

In 1938, he founded the London Ballet with Rambert members, including his future life partner, Hugh Laing, Andrée Howard, Agnes de Mille, Peggy van Praagh, Maude Lloyd and Walter Gore, but with the onset of World War II, in 1940 was invited with them to New York, joining Richard Pleasant's and Lucia Chase's reorganized Ballet Theater. Chase's company was later to become the American Ballet Theatre, with which Tudor was closely associated for the rest of his life.

He was resident choreographer with Ballet Theater for ten years, restaging some of his earlier works but also setting the new works, his great Pillar of Fire, Romeo and Juliet, Dim Lustre and Undertow, on that company by the end of the war. Retiring from dancing in 1950, he headed the faculty of the Metropolitan Opera Ballet School, taught at the Juilliard School recurrently from 1950 onwards, and was artistic director for the Royal Swedish Ballet from 1963-64. He choreographed three works for the New York City Ballet. Tudor continued his teaching career as Professor of Ballet Technique at the Department of Dance, University of California, Irvine from 1973 (work curtailed by a serious heart condition), while rejoining American Ballet Theatre in 1974 as associate artistic director, creating The Leaves Are Fading and Tiller In the Fields, his last major work, in 1978. With Laing, he continued seasonal residence in Laguna Beach, California.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antony_Tudor

Hugh Laing (6 June 1911 – 10 May 1988) was one of the most significant dramatic ballet dancers of the 20th-century. He was the partner of choreographer Antony Tudor. 

Hugh Laing was born in Barbados in the then British West Indies. He moved to London in 1931 to study art, but soon became interested in ballet. After taking ballet classes with Marie Rambert, Margaret Craske and Olga Preobrajenska, he joined Miss Rambert's experimental Ballet Club in 1933, and it was there that he met Antony Tudor. (P: ©Carl Van Vechten (1880-1964)/LOC ds.03994. Hugh Laing, 1940 (©3))

He remained Tudor's artistic collaborator and companion until the choreographer's death in 1987. For the Ballet Club, Tudor created roles for Laing in The Planets, The Descent of Hebe, Jardin aux Lilas and Dark Elegies.

In 1938, Laing became a member of Tudor's London Ballet, a short-lived troupe for which he danced in Tudor's Gala Performance and Judgment of Paris.

Hugh Laing accompanied Tudor to New York in 1939 to participate in the first season of Ballet Theater, as American Ballet Theatre was originally known. Just as Tudor soon was recognised as a great choreographer, so Laing was hailed as one of the company's finest artists.

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

Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
Paperback: 760 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1500563323
ISBN-13: 978-1500563325
Amazon: Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time

Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. “It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I kept learning things. I love the decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram “I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse “This international history-and-photo book, featuring 100s of detailed bios of some of the most forward-moving gay persons in history, is sure to be one of those bestsellers that gay folk will enjoy for years to come as reference and research that is filled with facts and fun.” Jack Fritscher
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As far back as junior high, Jet used to write sex stories for friends involving their favorite pop icons of the time. To this day, she hasn't stopped writing sex, although her knowledge on the subject has vastly improved.

An ardent fan of fantasy and science fiction sagas, Jet prefers to live in a world of imagination where dragons are real, elves are commonplace, vampires are just people with special diets and shape-shifters live next door. In her own mind, she's the spunky heroine who gets the best of everyone and always attracts the lean, muscular lads. She aids this fantasy with visuals created through her other obsession: 3D graphic art. In this area, as in writing, Jet's self-taught and thoroughly entranced, and now regularly uses this art to illustrate her stories or her stories to expand upon her art. Only recently, through the wonders of the digital age, has Jet, a self-proclaimed hermit, been able to really share this work with others.

In real life, Jet lives in southern California with her life partner, his daughter and father and too many cats. She has a bachelor's degree in acting, but her loathing of auditions has kept her out of the limelight. So she turned to computers and currently works in product management for a software company, because even in real life, she can't help but want to create something out of nothing.

Further Readings:

Heaven Sent: Heaven and Purgatory Jet Mykles
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Loose Id, LLC (July 30, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1596325127
ISBN-13: 978-1596325128
Amazon: Heaven Sent: Heaven and Purgatory

Heaven Sent: Heaven Desperate to save his family's hotel, the Weiss Strande, Tyler and his best friend sink their hopes and what's left of their money into a new venture: a nightclub at the hotel. The White Room must succeed, or the hotel will go under. Against all hope, they manage to sign the mega-popular rock group Heaven Sent to play the grand opening. Already a huge fan of the group, Tyler couldn't be more excited to welcome them to his hotel. He's not at all prepared for the bomb of lust that hits him when he's finally face-to-face with the painfully gorgeous lead singer, Johnnie Heaven. Johnnie's probably the most beautiful person he's ever seen, but Tyler is straight. He's feeling a misguided form of hero worship, right? When Johnnie invites Tyler to his room to play video games, their shared passion, Tyler jumps at the chance. He and Johnnie have a great time with the games, but Tyler soon discovers that Johnnie aims to introduce Tyler to a whole new level of game play...

Heaven Sent: Purgatory Lucas Sloane defines beautiful for Reese. Tall and sleek with gorgeous red hair and deep, dark eyes to drown in, it's no wonder that the famous bass player of Heaven Sent is the hero of many a starry-eyed teenager's dreams. Reese used to be one of those teens back when Heaven Sent was no more than the house band for the local club, Purgatory. Back then, Reese found the courage to confess his love to Luc...only to be soundly rejected. Luc wasn't gay. Not long after, Heaven Sent left town and skyrocketed into rock and roll stardom. Now, six years later, Luc is back in town for a visit and more gorgeous than ever. Surprisingly, he not only apologizes for his treatment of Reese years ago, he comes onto him. Luc's discovered the pleasures of being with a man and wants to know what it'd be like between the two of them. But Reese can't. He lives the straight and narrow, teaches high school...he's even got a girlfriend. He has a normal life. He can't be gay. But it's hard to deny the man who's defined everything beautiful in Reese's artistic mind. No one has to know about it, right?

Heaven Sent 2 by Jet Mykles
Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Loose Id, LLC (December 16, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1596326239
ISBN-13: 978-1596326231
Amazon: Heaven Sent 2

Heaven Sent: Hell Heaven Sent gets a hell of new keyboardist with a name to match. Hell Witting is an amazing musician and proves to be the answer to a sound that the band was missing. With lavender hair and big violet eyes, he captivates Brent Rose from the start, and not just with his music. Brent knows better than to get involved with a member of the band. That just invites trouble and the last thing he wants is trouble for Heaven Sent. So he'll just keep the attraction to himself. Doesn't matter anyway. Hell couldn't possibly want him. After all, Brent's not gorgeous and flashy like the other members of the band. When Hell makes his interest in Brent all too obvious, Brent is unprepared...and unable...to stay away.

Heaven Sent: Faith Darien's best friends are the other guys in the rock band Heaven Sent. The three-now four-of them are closer than brothers to him and he's happy that they've all found their life mates. He is. He doesn't at all mind that each of those life mates are men. He doesn't. In fact, that's just it. Maybe there's something to this gay stuff. He's never been particularly interested before, but after a short, failed marriage, he's willing to open himself up to new possibilities. Especially if one of those possibilities is the gorgeous lawyer who handled his divorce, Christopher Faith. Trouble is, Chris doesn't seem to want to believe that Darien's serious. Well, sure, Darien's never slept with a guy before, but he's allowed to change his mind. Isn't he?

More Spotlights at my website: elisarolle.com, My Lists/Gay Novels
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Joel Redon was born Nov. 15, 1961, in Portland, Oregon, studied writing with Paul Bowles in Morocco and with Elizabeth Pollet at NYU, and wrote columns and reviews for the New York Native in 1986-87. He is the author of Bloodstream (1989), If Not on Earth, Then in Heaven (1991), and Road to Zena (1992). He died June 6, 1995, at age 33. His epitaph reads: To have placed the impossible word on the rainbow's arc, then it would have been all said.

A writer, he had published three novels and received several writing grants. In the mid-1980s, Mr. Redon moved to California from Portland.

In Bloodstream, Peter returnes to his childhood home, where he must deal with an alcoholic father, a hostile sister, and a loving mother as well as confront his own impending death. If Not on Earth, Then in Heaven, an historical fiction, Joel Redon, HIV positive, depicts the prejudice TB sufferers experienced earlier in the XX century.

Burial: Zena Cemetery, Spring Valley, Polk County, Oregon, USA


AIDS Quilt

Joel Redon, by Robert Giard )

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More Particular Voices at my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/, My Ramblings/Particular Voices
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Thomas Mann (June 6, 1875 – August 12, 1955), considered by many to be the greatest German novelist of the twentieth century, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1929 for his novels Buddenbrooks, Death in Venice, and The Magic Mountain.

When Hitler took power in Germany, Mann (whose wife was Jewish) emigrated with his family to the United States. He became a US citizen in 1944.

Marin displayed a notable sexual ambivalence, and homoerotic love features in many of his works. For instance, when love comes to Gustav von Aschenbach, the artist hero of Death in Venice, his hopeless affection for the boy Tadzio leads to Aschenbach’s destruction.

Mann’s correspondence demonstrates that his gay-themed works had a foundation in personal experience. Papers that were unsealed twenty years after his death revealed that he was exclusively homosexual until his late twenties and was intensely attracted to men throughout his life.

Some of Mann's first short stories and poems are dedicated to his friend Armin Martens, immortalized in the pages of Tonio Kröger by the name of Hans Hansen.

Anthony Heilbut’s biography Thomas Mann; Eros and Literature established the centrality of Mann’s sexuality to his work. Mann’s diaries speak movingly of his struggle with his sexuality, and he described his feelings for young violinist and painter Paul Ehrenberg as the "central experience of my heart."


Thomas Mann June 6, 1875 – August 12, 1955), considered by many to be the greatest German novelist of the twentieth century, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1929 for his novels Buddenbrooks, Death in Venice, and The Magic Mountain. Mann’s correspondence demonstrates that his gay-themed works had a foundation in personal experience. Some of Mann's first short stories and poems are dedicated to his friend Armin Martens, immortalized in the pages of Tonio Kröger by the name of Hans Hansen.


Papers that were unsealed 20 years after Thomas Mann's death revealed that he was exclusively homosexual until his late 20s and was intensely attracted to men throughout his life. Paul Ehrenberg was an excellent violinist, who often played chamber music with Mann. Based on the evidence of Thomas Mann's letters and diaries, Mann was infatuated with Ehrenberg, and they had an intense personal relationship from 1899 to about 1903. Mann based several characters in his published writings on him.

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Source: Queers in History by Keith Stern

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More LGBT Couples at my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/, My Ramblings/Real Life Romance
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Starting from June 1, 2015, I will daily feature authors attending the three conventions I will join, Euro Pride in Munich (July), UK Meet in Bristol (September) and GRL in San Diego (October).

For the Euro Pride in Munich, July 11-12, 2015, today author is Alina Popescu: I am a writer, traveler, blogger, and coffee addict. I started writing stories when I was 10 and kept doing it as a hobby till a few years ago. I prefer fantasy and sci-fi when it comes to writing and I am currently working on a vampire series, Bad Blood. Book I of the series, The Edge of hope, was published in April 2014.

Further Readings:

The Edge of Hope (Bad Blood, #1) by Alina Popescu
Series: Bad Blood
Paperback: 274 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (April 3, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1497436303
ISBN-13: 978-1497436305
Amazon: The Edge of Hope (Bad Blood, #1)
Amazon Kindle: The Edge of Hope (Bad Blood, #1)

When tall, dark, and gorgeous shows up on your self-prescribed emotional recovery vacation, some would call it fate smiling down on you. If he also happens to be interested in your work and ready to make all the room you need in his life, it starts to sound too good to be true. Alexa skips the doubts and jumps right in, only to be thrown into the mysterious world of vampires. The secrets of their origin and their very existence are far more important than her life to some of her new acquaintances. They are ancient, they are powerful, they have unlimited resources, and they are keen on controlling what the world knows of their kind. As Alexa discovers their complicated, blood feud bound world, she tries to better understand herself, heal old wounds and give love chance after chance. Will she survive the journey?

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Starting from June 1, 2015, I will daily feature authors attending the three conventions I will join, Euro Pride in Munich (July), UK Meet in Bristol (September) and GRL in San Diego (October).

For the UK Meet in Bristol, September 11-13, 2015, today author is Anna Butler: A native of Durham, England, Anna worked for many years as a communications specialist in the UK government. She now spends her time indulging her love of old-school science fiction featuring handsome heroes running about shooting lasers. When she isn't writing, she looks out at her garden thinking that she really should get out there and tackle the weeds, but is easily distracted into building up the biggest collection of tiara images on Pinterest instead. She lives in London with her husband and Molly, the cockapoo.

Further Readings:

The Gilded Scarab by Anna Butler
Paperback: 314 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 16, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1632167727
ISBN-13: 978-1632167729
Amazon: The Gilded Scarab
Amazon Kindle: The Gilded Scarab

When Captain Rafe Lancaster is invalided out of the Britannic Imperium’s Aero Corps after crashing his aerofighter during the Second Boer War, his eyesight is damaged permanently, and his career as a fighter pilot is over. Returning to Londinium in late November 1899, he’s lost the skies he loved, has no place in a society ruled by an elite oligarchy of powerful Houses, and is hard up, homeless, and in desperate need of a new direction in life.

Everything changes when he buys a coffeehouse near the Britannic Imperium Museum in Bloomsbury, the haunt of Aegyptologists. For the first time in years, Rafe is free to be himself. In a city powered by luminiferous aether and phlogiston, and where powerful men use House assassins to target their rivals, Rafe must navigate dangerous politics, deal with a jealous and possessive ex-lover, learn to make the best coffee in Londinium, and fend off murder and kidnap attempts before he can find happiness with the man he loves.

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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 Simone Anderson: Simone currently lives in West Michigan with her family, but has lived in a handful of states and Japan and traveled to many more of each. She has been writing all of her life, seriously in the past few years, when her writing took on a dark and delicious twist. A college student, she offsets the tedium of lectures by thinking up new and interesting ways to torture her characters, occasionally shrieking in the middle of class "I got it!" to the puzzlement of those around her.

Further Readings:

Bond Mates (Bissari Confederation Book 1) by Simone Anderson
Publisher: Resplendence Publishing, LLC (September 24, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Bond Mates (Bissari Confederation Book 1)

Thane ap del Kala is an officer in the Bissari Confederation’s military. While on leave, a chance meeting brings him face to face with his soul mate. Throughout Mykel Breyan Treadway’s unlikely profession he has met people from all walks of life, but none called to him like soldier sitting at the bar did. The man gives him a life-altering choice, and Breyan must take a leap of faith.

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