July 17th, 2013

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Gavin Lambert (July 23, 1924 - July 17, 2005)

Gavin Lambert (born 23 July 1924 - 17 July 2005) was a British-born screenwriter, novelist and biographer who lived for part of his life in Hollywood. His writing was mainly fiction and nonfiction about the film industry.

Lambert was educated at Cheltenham College and Magdalen College, Oxford, where one of his professors was C. S. Lewis. At Oxford, he befriended filmmakers Karel Reisz and Lindsay Anderson, and they founded a short-lived but influential journal, Sequence, which he co-edited with Anderson. Lambert eventually left Oxford without obtaining a degree. From 1949 to 1955 he edited the periodical Sight and Sound, again with Anderson as a regular contributor. At about the same time Lambert was deeply involved in Britain's Free Cinema movement which called for more social realism in contemporary movies. He also wrote film criticism for The Sunday Times and The Guardian. In 1957 he moved to Hollywood, California, to work as a screenwriter and personal assistant to director Nicholas Ray, whose movie Bitter Victory (1957) he co-wrote. He claimed to be Ray's lover for a period of time.

Gavin Lambert became an American citizen in 1964. From 1974 to 1989, he chiefly stayed in Tangier, where he was a close friend of the writer and composer Paul Bowles. He spent the final years of his life in Los Angeles, where he died of pulmonary fibrosis on 17 July 2005. He left behind a brother, niece and nephew, and named Mart Crowley executor of his estate.

Gavin's father's half-sister was Ivy Claudine Godber aka Claudine West (1890-1943), a screenwriter who won an Oscar for her joint writing of the script of Mrs. Miniver in 1942.

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

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Gay Romance Challenge: July 2013

Here is the Bestsellers List on Amazon I'm referring to for the challenge:

Bestsellers in Gay Fiction

And here is the actual situation (in bold the books I read with link to the review and marked as New the books entering the Challenge this month):

1) In Pieces by Alexa Land
Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DRFN4QC/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
2) Ten in the Bin by N.R. Walker
Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DPROWWW/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
3) Making it Personal by K.C. Wells
Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DG9E0YE/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
4) The Current Between Us by Kindle Alexander
Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DG9L4B6/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
5) Forged in Steele [Brac Village 8] by Lynn Hagen
Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DRIF48K/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
6) Crash (Westside Wolf Pack) by Zoe Perdita
Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DQICAF6/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
7) The Return by Brad Boney
Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DSGNFOG/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
8) Hawk 'n' Harley by Max Vos
Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DND1ST8/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
9) Elan [Beyond the Marius Brothers 8] by Joyee Flynn
Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DRIF4LW/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
10) Micah's Refuge (Pack Mates, Book 2) by Lynn Tyler
Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DKHLB8K/?tag=elimyrevandra-20

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GayRomLit Ebook Giveaway: A.J. Kelton - Faelon

I asked to all the authors joining the GayRomLit convention in Atlanta in October (http://gayromlit.com/grl-authors) a personal favor, a special Ebook Giveaway: twice a week I will post 1 book from each author, and among those who will leave a comment, I will draw a winner. Very easy and very fast ;-) I will send a PM to the winner, so remember to not leave anonymous comments!

And the ebook giveaway goes to: silverwingz888

Today author is A.J. Kelton: Angel and Jordan make up the dynamic duo known as AJ Kelton. They met eight years ago on line and soon discovered that they had many things in common, including the love of writing. Jordan had a flare for storytelling and Angel had a flare for description. Angel makes her home in South East Texas with her two dogs Bonita and Daisy while Jordan can be found in Kansas.
Website: http://www.ajkelton.com
Most recent title: Under The Australian Sky
Publishers: MLR Press

Faelon by A.J. Kelton
Paperback: 250 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (April 5, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608208605
ISBN-13: 978-1608208609
Amazon: Faelon
Amazon Kindle: Faelon

Who knew that loving a Nephilim could be so dangerous. Faelon, a 3000-year-old nephilim, fleeing a demonic master, found safety with the church. He has repaid their kindness by translating various artifacts. Father Donovan has watched as Faelon became a recluse, fearing those who would harm him. Jax, wanting a change, moves to Salem, MA where he finds work as a churches security guard. Not believing that Faelon is a nephilim, he is forced to confront his own beliefs in the supernatural. Can he learn to accept Faelon, and be the master he requires? Or lose the man he loves to the demons who would harm him.

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Afflicted by Brandon Shire

I shouldn’t have been surprised, but well, I was: Afflicted is one of the most romantic novels of this year, meanwhile maintaining the slightly ironic and dry style that I had the chance to experience with this author in the past. A classic hustler themed novel, with the addition of the disability, both of them theme that could have made this a sugary story, and instead are dealt in a way that clicked them perfectly in balance.

Hunter is a blind; not particularly wealthy, he has his own business that allows him to comfortably live, but nevertheless he sometime feels alone; a chance encounter with an escort leads to a night of paid sex, but well, it was good and Hunter enjoyed it, pity he has not enough money for a repeat.

Dillon has long stopped to work the street, and he is actually well-off enough to stop even the escort services, but when he meets Hunter, it’s like an epiphany; Dillon’s best friend, and probably first love interest, was his blind cousin, and Dillon has never forget him. In a time in his life when he feels the need for a change, looking at the past makes some things more beautiful and nostalgic than expected. Hunter brings back good memories and Dillon wants to relive them.

Another unexpected side of the novel was the good sex, so much that this is probably more an erotic romance than a contemporary romance; Hunter and Dillon enjoy sex, Hunter almost considers it a way to feel Dillon even more, and having sex with Hunter is for Dillon a way to feel something at all, sex for him wasn’t pleasure for a long time. As expected, removing the sight from the equation, Hunter gives a lot of importance to the other senses, and I liked that Hunter is frank and open, the fact that Dillon has an hot body is important, cause Hunter feels him with his hands, enjoys Dillon’s body with all his body.

Afflicted is first in a series regarding Dillon and Hunter, so I’m still not sure of what the final ending the whole plot will have, but for now, Dillon and Hunter are leading towards a quite traditional happily ever after, and that was good, I enjoyed a lot the combination of erotic plot with romantic (happily for now) ending.

Amazon: Afflicted (Volume 1)
Amazon Kindle: Afflicted (Volume 1)
Paperback: 214 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 28, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1480289817
ISBN-13: 978-1480289819

Reading List: http://www.librarything.com/catalog_bottom.php?tag=reading list&view=elisa.rolle

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