I did a full wipe and format. Then I flashed the ROM and the hotfix (much appreciated) and then the GAPPS.
The only thing that I had done prior to that is to backup my APN's and then restore them, once I made the utility "APN back up and restore" a system APP, and turned off its ICS+ check.
All seems to work well with the very latest beta of Nova Launcher.
Thanks again c3c0