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Big warning before I start this post: I’m not preaching. This is my opinion, and I wanted to share it with you all. I hope to be able to discuss this, but this is not a lesson. After reading and discussing, I will still have my position and you will have yours, and both are good since it’s up to the single individual to choose their own stance.

People is complaining about authors in the M/M community impersonating a character, and they are saying, why is happening now, why is so common in this community, this is bringing bad attention to the community…

First of all, remember the wise words of Oscar Wilde: "There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about."

Second, I want to tell you a story: in 1962 a newbie author by the name of Rosalind Erskine published a novel, The Passion Flower Hotel. The story concerns a young girl going to an English girls' boarding school. In the dormitory, the girls discuss losing their virginity and decide that the best way is to set up a "service" for the local boys' school situated across the lake from them. It was adapted as a musical in 1965 and as a movie in 1978. It was a huge success and it became a “loosely” Lesbian classic. Loosely since the story wasn’t really targeting the Lesbian readers, but that was what happened and many young Lesbian girls around the world started to send fan mails to Ms Erskine (and I know for sure since one of those young lesbians told me she did), and she replied to them with advices and good words. She gave them sometime hope, sometime pleasure. But if various fans, from various genre of literature, checked carefully, they would have found an odd coincidence: Ms Erskine shared her mail address with Scottish historical novelist Laura Black, spy thriller novelist Ivor Drummond, mystery thriller novelist Frank Parrish, black comedy about dysfunctional families’ novelist Domini Taylor and even other two smaller authors, Megan Barker and Grania Beckford. Plus sport writer Roger Longrigg. Was this a sort of literary agent who was working for many authors? Was he collecting the fan mail for all his clients? When Mr Longrigg died, the truth came out: Mr Longrigg adopted different styles and pseudonyms to suit different audiences. But it wasn’t just a question of using pen-names, he replied to his fan mail as Ms Erskine, he accepted awards for emerging writers as Domini Taylor, he released interviews as Queen of Gothic Romance as Laura Black… was he deceiving his readers or was he giving them what they wanted?

Now I want, for once, take my position: if you are a man and want to write with a female pen-name since you think romance readers will trust you more (Roger Longrigg/Laura Black, Tom E. Huff/Jennifer Wilde, Nick Bienes & Rhea Gallaher/Judith Gould, William Maltese/Willa Lambert) or if you are a woman and want to write with a male pen-name since you think readers of Gay romance will trust you more, that is up to you. I sincerely do not care. I care for your books. I personally think Jennifer Wilde’s books were too much, I did not like the romance in it, the sex was good, but the romance was so and so… was that since Jennifer was in reality Tom? Maybe. Sure you are deceiving your fans, who believe what you say you are, but in the end, if you let “speak” your books, the stories in the books, and what you are only faking is the name of the author on the cover of the book, then, again, I do not care. I’m buying your book, not you; the story is good? The money I spent are well spent.

But if you are a thirty something female author, faking to be a male teen prostitute to be able to catch the interest of a notorious male gay novelist so that he will sponsor you with his publisher (J.T. Leroy anyone? Do you remember that story?) and when you manage to do so, you use the teenager sister of your husband to impersonate the supposed gay teen prostitute, and you sold his fake personal life other than your real fictional books… well, then maybe you went a little over. People is not only buying your books, you decided also to sell yourself, and sorry, but I want to obtain what I decided to buy: if I want to buy fake bijoux I go to Wallmart, if I want to buy diamond I go to Tiffany, if Tiffany sold me fake bijoux than they are deceiving me.

Personally I do not think the readers should associate too much their personal life with their fictional dreams, cause in doing so, they are, from my point of view, eradicating the reason of being reader. Let me explain: once they asked me why I read Gay Romance, and I told them, me, as a working woman, was not able to identify with the female heroine. That is partially true, but it doesn’t explain why I was reading heterosexual romances before gay romances. But there is an important detail: when I was reading heterosexual romances, my favorite genre was Historical Romance or Paranormal Romance; now that I’m reading gay romances, my favorite genre is Contemporary Romance. Do you see the connection? I like to read about dreams. I’m a romantic reader, I want the romance, I want the dream, I do not want the reality. Again please, be careful, this is ME and not for everyone. If I read contemporary romance with an heterosexual couple, that could be me, and I do not want to read about me, so I prefer historical romance, because I cannot live in the past. If I read contemporary romance with a male gay couple, I’m good, since I’m not male and I’m not gay, and I do not want to be male and/or gay. So to the previous question of why I read Gay Romance, my answer should not have been, “I’m not able to identify with the female heroine” but better “I do not want to identify with the female heroine”.

So, when I’m reading gay romance, I’m reading fiction, and in a way, I do not care if the author is a woman or a man, I care about the fiction. But if I’m a man, and gay, and I read a gay romance, I probably care about the author, cause I’m probably identifying with them. And if the author appropriates my identity, of gay man, he is hurting me: AIDS, rejection, fear, and many other scares, they didn’t live them, and therefore, they can write fiction about it, but they cannot pretend to have gone through them in real life.

Another point is when the reader, female or male, other than caring for the books, start to care for the author, pushed or not by the author themselves. Again I think the fault, if fault you want to find, lays on both side: as a reader you are buying the books, you should not “buy” the author. You want to help the community? Buy the books to help spreading the acknowledgment of the community, and then pick a shelter near to you and help there; there are plenty of LGBT young people needing your help, and they are probably living just a block from you, or worst, they are homeless and dying just a block from you. And if not youth shelters, there are organizations who help AIDS patients, old people, people with disability, veterans… change the world starting from your own home. You want a list? I have hundreds of links to LGBT organizations.

But let’s say you trusted that author, believing he needed your help since he was a runaway, homeless, a former prostitute, a veteran, living with AIDS or whatever, and in the end she was not… yes, she was wrong. But remember, she sold you the story you wanted to buy.
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I decided to take part to this event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1641992786037710/ telling two stories:


Lili Elbe was a male to female transgender and one of the first identifiable recipients of sex reassignment surgery. She was a successful artist under the name Einar Mogens Wegener. She also presented as Lili, sometimes spelled Lily and publicly was introduced as Einar's sister. After transitioning, however, she made a legal name change and stopped painting. Elbe met Gerda Gottlieb at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and they married in 1904. They moved in Paris in 1912, where Elbe could live openly as a woman and Gottlieb could be actively lesbian. Elbe started dressing in women's clothes; over time, Gottlieb became famous for her paintings of beautiful women with haunting almond-shaped eyes dressed in chic fashions. In approximately 1913, the unsuspecting public was shocked to discover that the model who had inspired Gottlieb's depictions of petite femmes fatales was in fact Elbe. The Wegeners' marriage was declared null and void in October 1930. Elbe died in 1931, due to complications three months after her fifth and last operation. This operation was designed to enable her to carry a child, and entailed the transplantation of a uterus. Her cause of death is believed to have been transplant rejection. Gottlieb went on to marry an Italian military officer, aviator, and diplomat, Major Fernando "Nando" Porta (born 1896), and move to Morocco, where she would learn of the death of Elbe, whom she described to a friend as "my poor little Lily"
Together from 1904 to 1930: 26 years.


Eddie Redmayne as Lili
Eddie Redmayne, who has become the darling of Hollywood with his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything, is preparing to take on another challenging role - that of Lili Elbe. The Oscar-winner is reportedly already losing weight to play the Danish painter born Einar Wegener who, with the support of his wife, fellow artist Gerda Gottlieb, first started living as a woman and finally became one of the first people to undergo gender reassignment surgery in the 1930s. Directed by Tom Hooper, the film will explore the extraordinary life of a figure who risked her reputation, marriage and finally her life to be the person she felt she should be.


Lili Elbe and Gerda Gottlieb


Vita Sackville-West was an English author, poet and gardener. She won the Hawthornden Prize in 1927 and 1933. She was famous for her exuberant aristocratic life, her strong marriage (although she and her husband, Harold Nicolson, were both bisexual), her passionate affairs with novelist Virginia Woolf and Violet Trefusis, and Sissinghurst Castle Garden, which she and Nicolson created at Sissinghurst. Sir Harold Nicolson was an English diplomat, author, diarist and politician. The couple had an open marriage. Both Sackville-West and her husband had same-sex relationships. These affairs were no impediment to the closeness between Sackville-West and Nicolson, as is seen from their almost daily correspondence (published after their deaths by their son Nigel), and from an interview they gave for BBC radio after World War II. Portrait of a Marriage: Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson is their 1973 biography compiled by their son Nigel Nicolson from Sackville-West’s journals and letters, a book of strong emotions relating to her complicated marriage to Nicolson.
Together from 1913 to 1962: 49 years.


From left to right: Harold Nickolson, Vita Sackville-West, Rosamund Grosvenor, Lionel Sackville-West, 1913


Portrait of Violet Trefusis by Sir John Lavery, 1919

I will donate a print copy of Days of Love to a commenter on this blog (need to provide mailing address once contacted, also internationally)

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

and these are all the other blogger who are joining: )
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If you are following my blog since beginning you know I used to post male nudes (sometime I still do, by Dylan Rosser, but not much). Once I posted about a real life gay couple who did a beautiful photoshoot together, moreover their story was so romantic, meeting for working related reasons but living in different countries, they decided to move together. When I posted, one of the two commented and left a nice message. Months passed, probably a year even, the two split and the same one who left the comment send me a private message asking me if I could remove the post: he was trying to move on with his life and that post, like many others on the net, was basically forcing him to always step back. I told him, sure no trouble, and he said me I was basically the only one who replied. I gave him some advice how to contact other bloggers to ask for the removal of the pictures and that was all.


The room I booked in Dublin, very nice, very cheap, but I slept only 2 hours

We did have a small connection indeed, another friend of mine, an actor in New York City, was in a movie with him in the past. Once I was visiting New York and I planned to meet my friend for a coffee; while we were chatting, he told me the following day he was filming the sequel of that movie and many of the cast from previous movie were expected for some cameos. I told him of that other guy, but again, not really knowing him, it was just a passing comment. But right the day I was back in Italy the guy wrote again, telling me how he would have liked to meet me. I told him, next time I'm in NY? OK.


Walking to the theathre, St Stephen Green

Indeed it was two years later, in the meantime I think we chatted on Facebook, and we planned to have dinner. I was a little scared to meet a, basically, complete stranger (I'm indeed very shy) and I asked to another friend in NY to come with me. It was a wonderful night and from that moment on, everytime I was in the US, I managed a day or two in NY to meet him and other friends, but I was never able to be there when he was in a production as an actor.

And then, a time I was in London for work, he was in Dublin, and I thought, why not? London-Dublin by airplane is more or less the same cost of a train or a bus, and there was a nice hotel in the city center that was cheap. So I booked and I told him, I will be there. He obviously told me lets have drinks afterward.


On the Trinity college grounds, second before my friend recognized me from behind and called me

The night of the show, I was near the theatre some time before since it was inside the Trinity College and I wanted to take a walk on the grounds. I met my friend who was walking to the theatre with his co-actor and he introduced us. I sincerely didn't pay much attention to the other guy, I was there for my friend. When the show begun, I had a HUGE surprise: basically my friend and his co-actor were in a one-act show completely NAKED... now I remembered my friend posting about the fact he needed to be fit for the role, and the show was age-restricted, but, well, I wasn't expecting that.

The show was really nice and at the end, my friend and I didn't manage to go out alone: the co-actor, another girl working for the show and I think another friend from Dublin joined us. We went for drinks and then to the most famous gay club in Dublin, the George. Since I was there for my friend, I sincerely didn't consider the other two guys, really, and then my friend was so caring and attentive I really didn't have time to chat with anyone else. At one point I told him I needed to use the restroom, and he even wanted to come with me and wait outside... I told him it wasn't necessary, and inside me I though, we are in a gay club, I don't think I'm in danger, but well, I didn't mind: as I told I'm shy and having someone near me was reassuring.


The day after at the Chelsea Psychic Garden waiting for the flight back to Venice

Almost at the end of the night, I understood why he was so keen to not let me alone: while we were out smoking (him not me) he told me his co-actor used to take to bed a different girl every night and to not give him space... and I told him, I though he was gay, and my friend, no, absolutely not, on the contrary indeed. So we went inside, and in the end my friend let me alone for just a moment to go and take a drink, and as soon as he was out of the picture, do you remember the other guy, the one from Dublin who joined us? he sat beside me and kissed me, and after I just looked at him in a shocked way, and he told me, your were so pretty sitting there alone, and I was thinking weren't you gay? apparently not...

It was almost 3 o'clock and my flight back to London was at 7 am, so my friend took me to a taxi... sincerely even if I wanted to take up the offer from the guys, there wasn't enough time LOL

So I learned two lessons:
- online you can find real friends, I still consider this guy one of my best friend, even if I'm not able to see him as much as I would like
- do not judge by stereotype, doing so you can loose your chance :-)
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My presentation for yesterday Italian MM Meeting:



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Here are the 3 months statistics for the visits on my website and 2 journals:

Site January 2015 February 2015* March 2015  
elisarolle.com 700.967 716.241 730.077 1,9%
reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org 24.568 21.218 24.122  
elisa-rolle.livejournal.com 44.854 45.908 47.159  
Total 770.389 783.367 801.358 2,3%
*on a 31 days basis        

there was an increase of the 1,9% on the visits on the website, and of 2,3% on the total number of visits for all three locations.



I decided to remove the ad banners from the website, thank you so much to all publishers who contributed the past year.
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‘DAYS OF LOVE’ CELEBRATING LGBT HISTORY ONE STORY AT A TIME IS THE WINNER OF THE 3RD ANNUAL BEVERLY HILLS INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS

Dear Elisa, It is our great pleasure to inform you that you are a Winner in the LGBT Non-Fiction Category of the 3rd Annual Beverly Hills International Book Awards. Your book, Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time, truly embodies the excellence that this award was created to celebrate, and we salute you and your fine work. The entire team at the Beverly Hills Book Awards sincerely hope your participation in our contest will serve you well in creating the success your book deserves. You have our warmest congratulations. Warmly, ELLEN REID, President & CEO Beverly Hills Book Awards http://www.beverlyhillsbookawards.com/2015-BHBA-Winners-and-Finalists.htm#lgbtnf

‘DAYS OF LOVE’ CELEBRATES LGBT HISTORY ONE LOVE STORY AT A TIME A new book chronicling 2,000 years of same-sex love stories, from Alexander the Great to the latest Literary Award winner, makes the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. Days of Love, created and Edited by Elisa Rolle, makes inspiring reading and lays to rest the myth that LGBT couples are not capable of sustaining life-long relationships. Packed full of beautiful photos and illustrations it lovingly features the personal stories of 700 LGBT couples from the dawn of history to the present day. 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 the families they have started together. Days of Love is also a great source of LGBT trivia and stories that have all-too-often been written out of history. For example, did you know that Sir Isaac Newton, who laid the foundation for modern physics, may have had a relationship with a Swiss mathematician, Nicolas Fatio de Duillier? That the British author of 2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke had a 13-year partnership with a male Sri Lankan teenager, and they are buried together? This is only a fraction of the fascinating facts that you can discover. What comes across is an alternative cultural history of LGBT people. As we celebrate growing social acceptability and the increasing introduction same-sex marriage, we are reminded that many people past and present paved the way for our civil rights, not the least of which is the right to love whoever we want. Elisa Rolle explains in the introduction to Days of Love why she decided to compile this book: "I have always liked love stories, and to me, even if you only spent one day in blissful happiness, then it was a love story. I see the following pages like a family photo album, the enlarged LGBT family sharing their memories: you will read about couples who managed to stay together for more than 70 years, but also those who were able to have only some days of happiness."

A successful, multi-lingual career woman, Elisa Rolle’s job takes her all around the world, yet she somehow manages to find time to review books, write articles and interview authors for her site. Her website — http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/ — is one of the most comprehensive online journals dedicated solely to LGBT literature, art, and film. She also founded ‘Rainbow Awards’, an online annual awards event that judges hundreds of LGBT titles in dozens of categories.

Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
Paperback: 760 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1500563323
ISBN-13: 978-1500563325
Amazon (Paperback): http://www.amazon.com/dp/1500563323/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Amazon (Kindle): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MZG0VHY/?tag=elimyrevandra-20

Reviews & Spotlights )

Early Bird Reviews )
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Here are the 3 months statistics for the visits on my website and 2 journals:

Site December 2014* January 2015* February 2015  
elisarolle.com 544.492 633.131 646.927 2,2%
reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org 22.164 22.190 18.471  
elisa-rolle.livejournal.com 23.192 40.513 41.465  
Total 589.848 695.835 706.863 1,6%
*on a 28 days basis        

there was an increase of the 2,2% on the visits on the website, and of 1,6% on the total number of visits for all three locations.



I decided to remove the ad banners from the website, thank you so much to all publishers who contributed the past year.
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Here are the 3 months statistics for the visits on my website and 2 journals:

Site November 2014* December 2014 January 2015  
elisarolle.com 549.644 602.830 700.967 16,3%
reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org 23.825 24.539 23.853  
elisa-rolle.livejournal.com 21.673 25.677 44.854  
Total 595.142 653.046 769.674 17,9%
*on a 31 days basis        

there was an increase of the 16,3% on the visits on the website, and of 17,9% on the total number of visits for all three locations. For the first time, the visit on the website went over 700.000 per month in January.



I decided to remove the ad banners from the website, thank you so much to all publishers who contributed the past year.
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Here are the 3 months statistics for the visits on my website and 2 journals:

Site October 2014 November 2014* December 2014
elisarolle.com 484.634 549.644 602.830 9,7%
reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org 26.433 23.825 23.846  
elisa-rolle.livejournal.com 13.975 21.673 25.677  
Total 525.042 595.142 652.353 9,6%
*on a 31 days basis        

there was an increase of the 9,7% on the visits on the website, and of 9,6% on the total number of visits for all three locations. For the first time in 2014, the visit on the website went over 600.000 per month in December.



I decided to remove the ad banners from the website, thank you so much to all publishers who contributed this past year.
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So, if I had to do a "review" of 2014, of course it would be my book, Days of Love, and I did wonder... have I ever posted the whole list of couples featured in it? I don't think so, and so, here they are and if you want to read about them... well buy the book!

Anniversaries (as of 2015)

Platinum Anniversary (>70) )

Diamond Anniversary (60-69) )

Emerald Anniversary (55-59) )

Emerald Anniversary (55-59) )

Sapphire Anniversary (45-49) )

Ruby Anniversary (40-44) )

Coral Anniversary (35-39) )

Pearl Anniversary (30-34) )

Silver Anniversary (25-29) )

China Anniversary (20-24) )

Crystal Anniversary (15-19) )

Aluminum Anniversary (10-14) )

Wood Anniversary (5-9) )

Paper Anniversary (1-4) )

Other Couples: )

and here are some feedback:

What people are saying about Days of Love )

Reviews: )


DNA Magazine, November 2014 (Australia)

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.
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To celebrate Christmas and the New Year, the ebook Kindle version of my Days of Love is free for 2 days, 24 and 25 of December! Enjoy!

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 (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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Here are the 3 months statistics for the visits on my website and 2 journals:

Site September 2014 October 2014* November 2014
elisarolle.com 392.531 469.001 531.914 13,4%
reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org 26.166 25.580 22.045  
elisa-rolle.livejournal.com 21.545 13.524 20.974  
Total 440.242 508.105 574.933 13,2%
*on a 30 days basis        

there was an increase of the 13,4% on the visits on the website, and of 13,2% on the total number of visits for all three locations.



Reminder: starting from January 2014, there is the possibility to place an advertising banner on my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/. The two top banners are already booked for all 2014, but there is still availability for the rotating side menu banners.

Moreover I have a special proposal for spotlight/promotion, to be considered if you have a coming soon release.

For more info please contact me and I will send details.
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Full page and close up, from DNA Magazine Australia, November issue. Thank you again to Jesse Archer, their content editor, and of course to all my wonderful couples... and is that a coincidence, but look who is on the same page? the Rainbow Awards pin-up boy by Paul Richmond (who is, btw, among the couples featured in Days of Love!)





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Here are the 3 months statistics for the visits on my website and 2 journals:

Site August 2014 September 2014* October 2014  
elisarolle.com 427.387 405.615 484.634 19,5%
reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org 29.733 27.038 25.773  
elisa-rolle.livejournal.com 21.610 22.263 13.975  
Total 478.730 454.917 524.382 15,3%
*on a 31 days basis        

there was an increase of the 19,5% on the visits on the website, and of 15,3% on the total number of visits for all three locations.



Reminder: starting from January 2014, there is the possibility to place an advertising banner on my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/. The two top banners are already booked for all 2014, but there is still availability for the rotating side menu banners.

Moreover I have a special proposal for spotlight/promotion, to be considered if you have a coming soon release.

For more info please contact me and I will send details.
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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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The Second Tuesday Lecture Series is the oldest and longest running cultural event of The LGBT Community Center (GayCenter.org) in New York City.

Gay Center Logo
208 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10011
(212) 620-7310

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Doors open at 6:30, Presentation at 7:00

Elisa Rolle presents "Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time" with six couples from the book

Days of Love is a massive undertaking, a 700-page non-fiction book that features more than 500 LGBT couples throughout history. Presented in a generally chronological order, couples from history include:

-- Religious figures, such as Jean, bishop of Orleans & Raoul II, Archbishop of Tours (1086 to 1117), as well as Aleister Crowley & Herbert Pollitt (in the 1890's)

-- Early American colonists, such as Mary Vincent Hammon & Sarah White Norman (1633 to 1654)

-- Authors and philosophers, such as Fanny Blood & Mary Wollstonecraft (1775 to 1785) as well as Margaret Mead & Rhoda Metraux (1955 to 1978)

-- Politicians and lawyers, such as Abraham Lincoln & Joshua Fry Speed (1837 to 1865) as well as Barbara Jordan & Nancy Earl (1967 to 1996)

-- Arts and the theater, such as Louise Abbema & Sarah Bernhardt
(1875 to 1923) as well as Greta Garbo & Mercedes de Acosta (1931 to 1960)

Each couple is given a postcard style description and picture. The individual stories range from historically interesting to politically important to whimsically charming. The many pages of acknowledgement of lesbian and gay couples from every station in life build a powerful narrative of love and partnership through history.

Nine individuals from six modern couples featured in Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time will appear with Elisa to celebrate their appearance in the book and their ongoing relationships:

  • Charles Silverstein (author of The Joy of Gay Sex, who is featured in the book with his late partner William Bory -- together 20 years)
  • Christopher Bram (author of The Father of Frankenstein and Eminent Outlaws) & Draper Shreeve (filmmaker) -- together 36 years
  • Jeffrey Costello & Robert Tagliapietra (creators of our favorite fashion house: Costello Tagliapietra) -- together 21 years
  • Fay Jacobs (author and journalist) + Bonnie Quesenberry (dental-medical laboratory administrator) -- together 33 years
  • Ulysses Dietz (museum curator and author, who has been with his partner Gary Berger for 40 years)
  • Vincent Virga (author of the gay gothic romance Gaywick and an introduction to this book, who has been with his partner, the novelist James McCourt for 50 years)

The 740-page trade paperback book (as shown below with a sample page-spread) is available online from CreateSpace and Amazon:

CreateSpace Store: www.createspace.com/4910282
Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/1500563323/

 Days of Love book cover     Days of Love sample spread

A couple of the photos from the book, showing the range of images and couples presented. In 1985, photographer Robert Giard set out to create an archive of gay and lesbian portraits. Many of his photos are prominently featured for the modern couples.

   James Buchanan William King sample pic   

Elisa Rolle lives in Italy where she actively reviews books and writes articles. She is the originator of the annual online Rainbow Awards. See www.reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/ for more information about her.
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Here are the 3 months statistics for the visits on my website and 2 journals:

Site July 2014* August 2014* September 2014
elisarolle.com 412.443 413.600 392.531 -5,1%
reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org 26.795 28.774 26.166  
elisa-rolle.livejournal.com 22.194 20.913 21.545  
Total 461.432 463.287 440.242 -5,0%
*on a 30 days basis        

there was a decrease of the 5,1% on the visits on the website, and of 5% on the total number of visits for all three locations.



Reminder: starting from January 2014, there is the possibility to place an advertising banner on my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/. The two top banners are already booked for all 2014, but there is still availability for the rotating side menu banners.

Moreover I have a special proposal for spotlight/promotion, to be considered if you have a coming soon release.

For more info please contact me and I will send details.
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Here are the 3 months statistics for the visits on my website and 2 journals:

Site June 2014* July 2014 August 2014  
elisarolle.com 328.662 426.191 427.387 0,3%
reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org 16.309 27.688 29.733  
elisa-rolle.livejournal.com 20.253 22.934 21.610  
Total 365.224 476.813 478.730 0,4%
*on a 31 days basis        

there was an increase of the 0,3% on the visits on the website, and of 0,4% on the total number of visits for all three locations.



Reminder: starting from January 2014, there is the possibility to place an advertising banner on my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/. The two top banners are already booked for all 2014, but there is still availability for the rotating side menu banners.

Moreover I have a special proposal for spotlight/promotion, to be considered if you have a coming soon release.

For more info please contact me and I will send details.
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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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Dear readers, I will be on vacation leave until August 18. All activities will resume upon my return. Have a wonderful week!
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Here are the 3 months statistics for the visits on my website and 2 journals:

Site May 2014 June 2014* July 2014  
elisarolle.com 350.927 328.662 426.191 30%
reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org 19.238 16.309 27.688  
elisa-rolle.livejournal.com 25.354 20.253 22.934  
Total 395.519 365.224 476.813 31%
*on a 31 days basis        

there was an increase of the 30% on the visits on the website, and of 31% on the total number of visits for all three locations.



Reminder: starting from January 2014, there is the possibility to place an advertising banner on my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/. The two top banners are already booked for all 2014, but there is still availability for the rotating side menu banners.

Moreover I have a special proposal for spotlight/promotion, to be considered if you have a coming soon release.

For more info please contact me and I will send details.
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Here are the 3 months statistics for the visits on my website and 2 journals:

Site April 2014 May 2014* June 2014  
elisarolle.com 360.427 339.607 318.060 -6%
reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org 15.077 18.617 15.783  
elisa-rolle.livejournal.com 31.895 24.536 19.600  
Total 407.399 382.760 353.443 -8%
*on a 30 days basis        

there was a decrease of the 6% on the visits on the website, and of 8% on the total number of visits for all three locations.



Reminder: starting from January 2014, there is the possibility to place an advertising banner on my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/. The two top banners are already booked for all 2014, but there is still availability for the rotating side menu banners.

Moreover I have a special proposal for spotlight/promotion, to be considered if you have a coming soon release.

For more info please contact me and I will send details.
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Here are the 3 months statistics for the visits on my website and 2 journals:

Site March 2014 April 2014* May 2014  
elisarolle.com 335.393 372.441 350.927 -6%
reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org 12.131 15.580 19.238  
elisa-rolle.livejournal.com 27.526 32.958 25.354  
Total 375.050 420.979 395.519 -6%
*on a 31 days basis        

there was a decrease of the 6% on the visits on the website, and of 6% on the total number of visits for all three locations.



Reminder: starting from January 2014, there is the possibility to place an advertising banner on my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/. The two top banners are already booked for all 2014, but there is still availability for the rotating side menu banners.

Moreover I have a special proposal for spotlight/promotion, to be considered if you have a coming soon release.

For more info please contact me and I will send details.
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Here are the 3 months statistics for the visits on my website and 2 journals:

Site February 2014* March 2014* April 2014  
elisarolle.com 327.311 324.574 360.427 11%
reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org 11.716 11.388 14.747  
elisa-rolle.livejournal.com 36.386 26.638 31.895  
Total 375.413 362.600 407.069 12%
*on a 30 days basis        

there was an increase of the 11% of the visits on the website, and of 12% on the total number of visits for all three locations.



Reminder: starting from January 2014, there is the possibility to place an advertising banner on my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/. The two top banners are already booked for all 2014, but there is still availability for the rotating side menu banners.

Moreover I have a special proposal for spotlight/promotion, to be considered if you have a coming soon release.

For more info please contact me and I will send details.
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Here are the 3 months statistics for the visits on my website and 2 journals:

Site January 2014 February 2014* March 2014
elisarolle.com 315.510 338.221 335.393
reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org 12.746 12.107 11.768
elisa-rolle.livejournal.com 25.985 37.599 27.526
Total 354.241 387.926 374.687
*on a 31 days basis      



Reminder: starting from January 2014, there is the possibility to place an advertising banner on my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/. The two top banners are already booked for all 2014, but there is still availability for the rotating side menu banners.

Moreover I have a special proposal for spotlight/promotion, to be considered if you have a coming soon release.

For more info please contact me and I will send details.

Feedback

Mar. 2nd, 2014 10:12 pm
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Every two/three years I need to push people to come out from lurking, also to understand if what I'm doing is good for someone else other than me ;-) so please, this time I'm asking you to comment here and tell me if you read this blog, what you like, what you don't like; do not worry, I'm not stirring polemic, it's a genuine interest in knowing the people reading this journal, cause I know you are out there! Thank you! Elisa
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Here are the 2 months statistics for the visits on my website and 2 journals:

Site January 2014* February 2014  
elisarolle.com 284.977 305.490 7%
reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org 11.513 10.935  
elisa-rolle.livejournal.com 23.470 33.960  
Total 319.960 350.385 10%
*on a 28 days basis      

there was an increase of the 7% of the visits on the website, and of 10% on the total number of visits for all three locations.



Reminder: starting from January 2014, there is the possibility to place an advertising banner on my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/. The two top banners are already booked for all 2014, but there is still availability for the rotating side menu banners.

Moreover I have a special proposal for spotlight/promotion, to be considered if you have a coming soon release.

For more info please contact me and I will send details.
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Here are the 2 months statistics for the visits on my website and 2 journals:

Site December 2013 January 2014  
elisarolle.com 275.398 315.510 15%
reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org 13.792 12.746  
elisa-rolle.livejournal.com 32.387 25.985  
Total 321.577 354.241 10%


there was an increase of the 15% of the visits on the website, and of 10% on the total number of visits for all three locations.



Reminder: starting from January 2014, there is the possibility to place an advertising banner on my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/. The two top banners are already booked for all 2014, but there is still availability for the rotating side menu banners.
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Here are the 2 months statistics for the visits on my website and 2 journals:

Site November 2013 December 2013
elisarolle.com 263.011 275.398
reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org 14.157 13.792
elisa-rolle.livejournal.com 32.017 32.387
Total 309.185 321.577

there was an increase of the 4% on the visits.



Reminder: starting from January 2014, there is the possibility to place an advertising banner on my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/. The two top banners are already booked for all 2014, but there is still availability for the rotating side menu banners.
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Announcing the 2013 Preditors & Editors Annual Readers Poll!

I just wanted to let you know this year's poll is underway! It's at

http://critters.org/predpoll

as usual.

Vote for your favorite book, short story, author, artwork, artist, forum, workshop...-- there are three dozen categories honoring all genres and all aspects of writing and publishing.

As in past years, every voter is registered in a drawing for gifts from our sponsors. Sponsor ReAnimus Press is also conducting a drawing for a free kindle that may interest you (the link is on the voting pages).

So please come share with us what great works you've read this year, what authors, publishers, editors, artists and the like you feel are worth recognition!

With best wishes for the holidays,

--Andrew Burt, P&E Readers Poll Votemaster

Last year I was under Review Sites and always did well :-)
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With the new year, 2014, I decided to put some banners (2 top banners, fixed, 4 side menu banners, rotating) on the home page of my website: www.elisarolle.com; you can already see where those banners will be placed. Be aware that 1 top banner is already booked for all 2014.

The website is entirely devoted to LGBT history, literature and show business, and I will accept only advertising from LGBT authors and publishers of fiction and non fiction. The space for the banners will remain the same, no more than those you can already see.

If you are interested, I can provide you daily, monthly and yearly statistics on the website.

Ads are available on a monthly basis. If you are interested, please contact me at elisa_rolle@livejournal.com
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In the month of August my three online venues, Dreamwidth, Livejournal and my Website totalized 554.631 visits, that means an average of 17.891 visit per day. Considering that for most of October I didn't post at all, the slight negative trend in comparison to September is justified.



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In the month of August my three online venues, Dreamwidth, Livejournal and my Website totalized 476.106 visits, that means an average of 15.358 visit per day.



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Do you know I have also a website? other than my Livejournal (http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/) and my Dreamwidth (http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/), I have also a website (http://www.elisarolle.com/). It's a paid account on a server, and when I opened it, years ago, I activated the statistics, but I basically forgot about them until recently.

The reason why I decided to look at them is that I noticed an "interest" on my various websites/accounts, people asking to post advertisements, my Livejournal ranking (at today) 44 on, listen listen, more than 26 million journals; a notice from Goodreads that I was on the 1% best reviewers, but that 1% counted like thousands of people, until I actually went and saw that on the (world) Top Reviewers list I'm n° 15; and of course I'm still on the Top1000 Reviewers list on Amazon.

So I decided to collect all my statistics, Livejournal gives you the stats if you have a paid account, you can activate Google Analytics on Dreamwidth and I have the native statistics on the server hosting my website. I decided to post the result cause, well, I found out that in June I reached quite an awesome, and unexpected, target, something that I still am looking and looking with awe, more than 300.000 visit per month! meaning more than 10.000 visit per day! O_O really, I'm still in shock!

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Since this morning I found out that the cross-posting from DW to LJ is not more working. It didn't really work well, some post was missing, but at least the majority of them were working... since this morning? NOTHING. I reposted the giveaway, cause I don't want for you to miss the chance, but sorry, I don't have time to repost everything, Rainbow Awards Submissions, serials, reviews. I opened a ticket to LJ, sadly all the other tickets are in Russian, so I'm not able to say if it's a problem of my journal only. If you want to be updated on everything, please visit my other blog: http://reviews_and_ramblings.dreamwidth.org/

The funny thing is that this journal is ranked 51 on more than 26 million journal (at today), but apparently LJ is doing everything in their power to push me away; first I had to close the journal to comment if you are not friends due to the spamming (their suggestion) and now this...

ETA: Crossposting is working again, so I went back and updated all posts and crossposting links... hope I haven't to do that everyday :-(
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Just received this news from Goodreads, unexpected to say the least. So apparently I'm a top, Top 1% on Goodreads, Top1000 on Amazon, Top100 on Lj...

On behalf of the Goodreads team, I want to say thank you. You’re in the top 1% of reviewers on Goodreads! Your many thoughtful book reviews help make us a vibrant place for book lovers.

And our community has been growing! We now number more than 20 million members on Goodreads.

Every day readers from all over the world are connecting over a love of books. And our 25 million reviews – including yours – are a big part of that conversation.

Thank you for your support of Goodreads, and keep reading! I’m looking forward to seeing what you think of your next book!

--Otis
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Just a notice to let you all know I'm leaving for a 2 weeks cruise and I will have limited connection, so I don't think I will be able to post. I promise pictures for when I'm back (we will touch Spain, Portugal and Morocco).

And just since I love it ;-) I remember the P&E poll is still open (until January 14): http://www.critters.org/predpoll/reviewsite.shtml

Announcing the 2012 Preditors & Editors Annual Readers Poll!

Howdy, your P&E Poll Votemaster here, Andrew Burt. Since you're a voter in a prior year's P&E Readers Poll, I just wanted to let you know this year's poll is underway! It's at


http://critters.org/predpoll

as usual.

We've added Steampunk categories this year, both Novel and Short Story. That's in addition to our over 30 other categories honoring all genres and all aspects of writing and publishing.

As in past years, every voter is registered in a drawing for gifts from our sponsors.

So please come share with us what great works you've read this year, what authors, publishers, editors, artists and the like you feel are worth recognition!

With best wishes for the holidays,

--Andrew Burt, P&E Readers Poll Votemaster

P&E Poll

Jan. 3rd, 2013 03:52 pm
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The P&E poll is still on (until January 14): http://www.critters.org/predpoll/reviewsite.shtml (hint, hint, you are still in time to vote!)

Announcing the 2012 Preditors & Editors Annual Readers Poll!

Howdy, your P&E Poll Votemaster here, Andrew Burt. Since you're a voter in a prior year's P&E Readers Poll, I just wanted to let you know this year's poll is underway! It's at


http://critters.org/predpoll

as usual.

We've added Steampunk categories this year, both Novel and Short Story. That's in addition to our over 30 other categories honoring all genres and all aspects of writing and publishing.

As in past years, every voter is registered in a drawing for gifts from our sponsors.

So please come share with us what great works you've read this year, what authors, publishers, editors, artists and the like you feel are worth recognition!

With best wishes for the holidays,

--Andrew Burt, P&E Readers Poll Votemaster

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I have an interview on in the M/M Italia groups on Goodreads; here is the interview in Italian:

http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1134180-gennaio-2013---elisa-rolle

and here is the English translation:

http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1153258-the-english-speaking-corner---updated-with-elisa-rolle-s-interview

Recommended reads are: Maurice by E.M. Forster and Atom Heart John Beloved by Luke Hartwell ;-)

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