Be Beautiful Midaresomenishi Winner Presented With Her Prize
Date Posted: 2006/02/01

Be Beautiful Makes One Reader’s Dream Come True

New York, NY (February 1, 2006) At the same time that Be Beautiful announced its acquisition of Kazuma Kodaka’s samurai yaoi Midaresomenishi at Yaoi-Con 2005, it announced a contest giving fans the chance to choose the English title of the book.  Further, Be Beautiful revealed one lucky fan would be chosen at random to receive a Midaresomenishi banner autographed by Ms. Kodaka.

That lucky winner, Lauren Agliata of White Plains, New York, met up with Be Beautiful’s publisher, Masumi Homma O’Donnell this past Monday at Be Beautiful’s New York headquarters to claim her prize.  Lauren is an avid reader and has even completed The Tale of Genji.  She discovered yaoi through the works of Mary Renault, Mercedes Lackey, Ellen Kushner, as well as fan fiction and has since gotten friends and even pen pals into Be Beautiful.

After a chat with Masumi, Lauren was officially presented with her banner:

(Caption:  Masumi Homma O’Donnell and Lauren Agliata posing with Lauren’s prize)

Following the presentation, Masumi treated Lauren to a lunch at Be Beautiful’s favorite Japanese restaurant.  Their day together concluded with a bow, handshake, and smile.

Be Beautiful was North America’s first yaoi publisher and has experienced dynamic growth due to the dedication of its fans.  Be Beautiful thanks Lauren and all its readers for their support.  Fans are encouraged to visit for details concerning upcoming Be Beautiful contests and promotions.

About Midaresomenishi - A Legend of Samurai Love:
A tale of samurai love by Kizuna author and Yaoi-Con 2005 Guest of Honor Kazuma Kodaka. Midaresomenishi is the story of the samurai Shirou, a man with violently red hair and a temper to match. When Shirou is sent away to become a priest, bandits capture him and his brother, Fujimaru, along the way. Shirou submits to becoming the bandit leader's love slave in order to spare his brother punishment; however, the event leaves Shirou forever changed. Midaresomenishi follows Shirou and his sexual odyssey throughout feudal Japan in search of the one man who can tame him. Violent, tragic, beautiful, and graphic, Midaresomenishi is the story of a man who lives by the sword and dies for love.

About Be Beautiful:
Be Beautiful is America's leader in the publication of yaoi manga graphic novels, aimed at college age and older female readers. Yaoi manga are illustrated romantic graphic novels, featuring stories about love and relationships between impossibly beautiful men, written by female artists for female readers.  
Be Beautiful is an imprint of fifteen-year old Central Park Media, one of America's oldest publishers of Japanese anime and manga.

For high resolution, downloadable artwork and information, please visit Be Beautiful’s distributor’s electronic press kit at


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