November 16th, 2013

andrew potter

Clark Gable (February 1, 1901 – November 16, 1960)

Clark Gable is known to have indulged in at least one drunken same-sex encounter: with wildman actor William HAINES.

Years later, in 1938, gay director George CUKOR—a close friend of Haines’—was working with Gable on Gone with the Wind. Another friend, Andy Lawler, was overheard at a party to exclaim, “Oh, George is directing one of Billy’s old tricks.” When word of the remark reached Gable, he stormed off the set and refused to return until Cukor was replaced. In Gable’s words, “I won’t be directed by a fairy! I have to work with a real man!” Victor Fleming was brought in to finish directing the Civil War epic.

Gable may have been particularly sensitive about his sexuality because his birth certificate mistakenly recorded him as a female. While he was growing up, his father often berated him and called him a sissy. When he was twenty-three Gable married forty-year-old acting coach Josephine Dillon, who told him, “I’ll at least make an actor of you, for you’ll never be a man.” Gable later claimed their marriage was never consummated. His third wife and the love of his life Carole Lombard once said disparagingly of his manhood: “If he was one inch shorter we’d be talking about the Queen of Hollywood.” (Picture: William Haines)

Stern, Keith (2009-09-01). Queers in History: The Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Historical Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals (Kindle Locations 5167-5178). Perseus Books Group. Kindle Edition.

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Rainbow Awards pre-party and 7th anniversary (Day 16)

November 2013 marks the 7th anniversary since I opened my first journal (and yes, I have an itch, but I will scratch it!), on LJ, and the 5th anniversary of the Rainbow Awards. So, of course I decided for a big bash party. 188 authors, all of them in the 2013 Rainbow Awards, have donated or an ebook, or a print book, and I will use them for a Treasure Hunt. Every day, for all November, I will post 6 excerpts (a random page of the book). No reference to title, or author, or publisher. You have to match it with the book ;-) comment on the blog (do not leave anonymous comments, if you post as anonymous, leave a contact email (comments are screened)), you can comment 1 time for more matchings (you can even try for all 6 books if you like, so 6 chances to win every day). Until the end I will not say which matching is right, so you will have ALL month to try. No limit on how many books you can win, the more you try the better chance you have to win. End of November, among the right matchings, I will draw the winners. So now? let the game start!

Be aware that these previous excerpts: 11, 23, 25, 86 have not yet been matched, so if you go back there is good chance to win them!

The books are (Author - Title - Format of prize):

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Today excerpts are:

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Gay Romance Challenge: November 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) Collide (Blackcreek Series) by Riley HartLink:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GK9L2XO/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Review:
2) Shock & Awe (Sidewinder) by Abigail Roux
Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1626490562/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Review:
3) Crashing the Comicon by Charlie Richards
Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GJYBS1G/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Review:
4) Keeping Kylen (Moon Pack) by Amber Kell
Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GKA20C0/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Review:
5) Brokenhearted (Hope Cove) by Cate Ashwood
Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1627980822/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Review:
6) Determined Mate: Holland Brothers 2 by Toni Griffin
Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GKS31AW/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Review:
7) More Than Everything (Family Series) by Cardeno C.
Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1627982604/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Review:
8) The Dragon and the Wolf by Mandy Rosko
Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00G8UF35S/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Review:
9) Love You So Hard by Tara Lain
Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00G89PNCW/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Review:
10) Long Time Gone (Hell or High Water) by SE Jakes
Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1626490619/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Review:

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The Harvest: Taken (Book 1 of The Harvest) by M.A. Church

I have to be truth, I picked up this book as soon as it was out cause I wanted to read a good mpreg story, and that is not easy to find. While the good part was there, there isn’t much of the mpreg, I think that, being this a series, most of it will be in following book.

The main theme is an interracial love story between a young human, Dale, and a warrior alien, Keyno. From what I could gather, the alien race hasn’t really gender, they are all warrior with the ability to conceive; only that, as an aftermath of a chemical war, their reproductive system was damaged, and now they need to find mates who are able to carry on a pregnancy; female apparently won’t go, cause the babies are bigger than usual, and it leads to miscarriage. So basically, Keyno’s people is travelling the star system, vising various planets and picking a few thousands of willing or unwilling men to be “harvested”. At first, Dale was on the unwilling side. But he soon changed idea when he saw the advantage of having a sexy mate like Keyno, even if he comes with a tail and a little more fur than usual (cat-like) and with the requirement for Dale to be the one to give birth to their babies.

Let me say that I enjoyed the story, it was mostly light and cute, not really heavy-set on details like many sci-fi novels. So yes, I’m not a big fan of sci-fi, I prefer my stories like this one, but this is also a warning to possible readers of what they will have reading it, if you are hard-core sci-fi fans, maybe it’s good for you to set your expectation.

Another little warning is for the character of Dale, he is a brat, a cute, little brat, well aware of the appeal he has on Keyno and able to use it. The relationship between them is, or better, should be Dominant versus submissive, but Dale soon learns the technique of topping from the bottom, and he has soon Keyno tied around his little finger. Truth, that was fated from the beginning, cause Keyno’s people is used to consider mates like precious ones to be protected and cherished.

I wouldn’t have minded to read a little more about Dale and the prospective pregnancy but he mostly joked about it using stereotypes about women and pregnancy; I suppose the real deal will be in following books when it will be his time to experience it.

Series: The Harvest
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Storm Moon Press LLC (October 31, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 162757073X
ISBN-13: 978-1627570732
Amazon: The Harvest: Taken: Book 1
Amazon Kindle: The Harvest: Taken: Book 1

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