M/M News for January 2018

LGBT Films and TV Shows

Indie Wire reviews some of the top LGBT films of 2017 while Dazed looks at upcoming LGBT movies for 2018.

Find out about new LGBT TV shows at Pride here and, if you haven’t already watched the second season of “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” on Netflix, I really recommend it as it has some great gay and bisexual characters.

New M/M Novel Releases

His Kind of Love” by Kate Hawthorn – When Joel Reading, a lonely nineteen-year-old, loses his home he ends up being taken in by Gabriel Hunter, a handsome older man with too many secrets. This is a dark novel with a spin on the Red Riding Hood fairytale.

Love Me Whole” by Nicky James – Oryn Patterson has dissociative identity disorder, sharing his mind with five other personalities. It makes his life a constant struggle. Vaughan falls for him but can he cope with such a complex relationship?

The Right Way” by May Archer – The third novel in the series about two men getting involved while one tries to solve the mystery of why his parents were murdered in a plane crash.

Omega’s Stepbrother” by Anna Wineheart – Mpreg novel about omega, Wyatt, who is recovering from the abusive relationship he jumped into after kissing his stepbrother, Raph. Raph still has feelings for Wyatt but can they cope with all the difficulties of starting a romantic relationship?

Straight by Day” by Jason Collins – Famous actor, Patrick, is living a glamorous lie until he meets Braden. Will he have the courage to try to create something real with him?

Rebound” by Remi Ryan – A broken heart leads Noah home to the small town he used to dislike and back into the life of Aiden, best friend of Noah’s brother. Aiden is in the closet but his encounter with Noah could change both their lives.

Blaze” by Avery Ford – This first book in the Masterson series shows fireman, Luke, rescue the kitten of single father, Freddie. Their lives are complicated but their evolving relationship helps them cope with everything.

M/M News for December 2017

New Releases

True (Temptation Book 6)” by Ella Frank – The final part of the popular Tate/Logan contemporary romance is set over the holidays.  Will they finally get their happy ending?

Trust Fund Baby” by Aiden Bates – Mpreg alpha/omega paranormal romance between a struggling artist and successful lawyer.

Just a Bit Shameless (Straight Guys Book 8)” by Alessandra Hazard is part of a series but can be read as a standalone – Thief, Sam Landon, falls for his crime lord boss, Dominic Bommer, unaware that Dominic is actually a fake identity for a CI5 agent.

My Winter Family (Rose Falls Book 2)” by Raleigh Ruebens – part of a series but can be read as a standalone.  A one-night stand at a wedding turns into more when two very different men – a father with a daughter and a commitment-shy bachelor – keep running into each other in Rose Falls.

Snow on the Roof” by Sean Ashcroft – a family man and his younger male PA spend a memorable Christmas stuck together in a cabin.

Eight Nights in December” by Keira Andrews – a virginal student spends the Christmas holiday with his roommate’s family, including the photographer brother, Nate, but will they have a future at the end of the holiday?

Popular Christmas M/M Novels

Here’s a list of some of the best-loved Christmas M/M books to provide you with plenty of reading choices this festive season.

Unwrapping Hank” by Eli Easton – Sloane is the son of two psychiatrists so he thinks he knows people pretty well but, when he joins a college fraternity, he can’t figure out Hank, the brother of his friend.

Let It Snow“, “Sleigh Ride“,”Winter Wonderland” and “Santa Baby” by Heidi Cullinan – four-book ‘Minnesota Christmas’ series, each with a different couple getting together over the holidays.

Blame it on the Mistletoe” novella by Eli Easton – a geeky college student convinces his popular roommate to teach him how to kiss for an upcoming Christmas party.

Christmas Kitsch” by Amy Lane – Teenagers Rusty and Oliver couldn’t be more different but when their friendship begins to turn into something more they face overwhelming problems. (Twenty percent of the profits from this book go to an LGBTQ charity.)

A Family for Christmas” by Jay Northcote – when Rudy invites office colleague Zac to spend Christmas with his family, they are mistaken for a couple and find it increasingly difficult to prevent the fantasy becoming a reality.

A Fortunate Blizzard” by L. C. Chase – Two stranded men spend Christmas together but one of them is seriously ill and it could take a Christmas miracle to give them a happy ending.

Winter Oranges” by Marie Sexton – a young man, sick of his failing Hollywood life, goes to stay in an out-of-the-way house over the holidays, where he meets a ghost… (Twenty percent of the royalties of this book go to charity.)

So This is Christmas” by Josh Lanyon – part of the Adrien English mystery series about an amateur detective. In this book Adrien is asked by a friend to find the man’s missing boyfriend.

The Christmas Throwaway” by R J Scott – a cop finds a young man living on the streets on Christmas Eve and takes him home for a proper Christmas.

Candy Man” by Amy Lane – Adam’s life is at an all-time low when he gets a job at a candy store and meets Finn, but will he find the strength to take a chance on him?

For even more holiday reading, see my personal favourite festive M/M romances here.

M/M Celebrity Romance Novels

The Acting World

No Apologies” and “Acting Out” by Tibby Armstrong – 2-book ‘Hollywood‘ series – “No Apologies” has a screenwriter making a film about his great romance that might not be entirely true. In “Acting Out” 2 actors fall for each other on the set of a coming-of-age film.

Starstruck” by L. A. Witt – a retired action star joins the cast of a TV series and falls for his co-star, but he has promised to stay in the closet…

3 book ‘Hollywood Hotties‘ novella series:
Wrong Number, Right Guy” by Mia Watts – when an ordinary guy phones the wrong number it leads to a romance with a Hollywood star.  The other stories are “Acting Out” and “Heartthrob“.

The Perfect Role” by me! My new actor romance is available for pre-order now and will be released on 12 December. It includes romance, heartbreak, the glamour of the acting world and a touch of festive cheer.  Read the first 2 chapters for free here.

The Music Industry

Perfect Imperfections” by Cardeno C. – A bartender pretends to be the boyfriend of a rockstar, but soon wants to turn the fake relationship into reality.

The Rock Series‘ by Sandrine Gasq-Dion – each novel can be read as a standalone: “FRET“, “Jinxed“, “Harley’s Achilles“, “Falcon’s Fox” and “Stryke First“.

Lucky Moon‘ series: “Moonlight Becomes You“, “The Luckiest” and “Moonstruck” by M. J. O’Shea and Piper Vaughn – 3 different rockstar romances in a connected series of novels

A Little Bit Country” by S. J. Frost – a rock singer and country singer clash in the media but when they finally meet there are sparks of a different kind

Every Move He Makes” by Barbara Elsborg – romance between a pop star who’s receiving death threats and his MI6 bodyguard

Other Celebrities

Dance with Me” by Heidi Cullinan – a footballer and ballet dancer fall for each other.

Take My Picture” by Giselle Ellis – a famous photographer falls for his assistant

November 2017 M/M News

Popular M/M Novels Released in November

One Moore Trip” by Alex Miska – this final book in the light-hearted Moore series is a second-chance romance.

Last Bell” by Alison Hendricks – Second in the Glen Springs series but can be read as a standalone. Features a widowed father falling for the teacher of his daughter.

The Consumption of Magic (Tales from Verania Book 3)” by T J Klune – the final part of this gay fantasy trilogy.

The Long Way” by May Archer – Sequel to “The Easy Way” where Damon’s life in pieces and the only person who can help him is the son of the man who destroyed him.

Other Releases

C.S. Pacat and illustrator, Johanna the Mad, have just released a gay M/M graphic novel called “Fence #1“, the first in a series about 2 teenagers meeting in a fencing competition.

New Releases with a Festive Theme

A Very Marian Christmas” by Lucy Lennox – the seventh book in this series features a new couple getting together over Christmas.

A Dye Hard Christmas” by Aimee Nicole Walker – The fifth and final book in this mystery series should be read as part of the series and isn’t a standalone novel. Gabe and Josh want to celebrate their first Christmas as fathers but nothing goes to plan.

The Perfect Role

My new novel, “The Perfect Role” (Amazon links below), will be released on 12 December 2017 and is available while on pre-order for the special price of just £0.99/$0.99.  It is a contemporary gay romance about 2 actors with a mixture of feel-good love story, plenty of angst and tension, some acting world glitz and a touch of festive warmth.  See the full book description below or read the first two chapters for free here.

Book Description

Peter is still reeling from the pain of his ex-wife’s affair and their subsequent divorce. As he takes on a new acting job, all he is concerned about is spending as much time as he can with his children. He is certainly not expecting to fall for charismatic actor, Alex, who is twelve years younger than him – not when his friends and family don’t even know that he’s bisexual.

Alex is hiding problems of his own, but this is his first major acting role and he is desperate to do well. His kind, sophisticated co-star, Peter, is a reassuring presence who increasingly captures his heart, but how will their changing relationship affect their job?

With everything to lose and those closest to them against the relationship, will their love survive everything that is trying to rip them apart?

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M/M News for October 2017

Interviews

Popular, award-winning novelist, Alan Hollinghurst, is interviewed about his new novel – featured below – by The Guardian here.

M/M Novel Reviews

Judith of Binge on Books has 3 new LGBT articles this month at the USA today website here, including recommendations for ghost stories.

Popular M/M Novels Released in October

The Sparsholt Affair” by Alan Hollinghurst shows the lives and relationships of a group of men who meet at Oxford University at the start of World War 2 and continues through the next 60 years.

Bromosexual” by Daryl Banner – In this humorous, slow-burn romance, Ryan and Stefan are best friends in high school before a falling out makes them lose contact. Stefan goes on to become a popular baseball player but a chance meeting with Ryan changes everything.

Safe and Sound (Twist of Fate #2)” by Lucy Lennox and Sloane Kennedy – Playboy, Aiden Vale, isn’t interested in anything more than a one-night-stand until he meets vulnerable Ash Valentine, a young man desperately trying to escape an abusive ex-boyfriend.

Strike First (The Rock Series #5)” by Sandrine Gasq-Dion – Rebel Stryker leaves a tough childhood behind when he finds fame as a rock star and finds himself increasingly interested in Stan Jackson, the band’s new manager, but Stan has a dark secret.

Hexslayer (Hexworld #3)” by Jordan L Hawk – the third book in this compelling supernatural series, with a new mystery to solve by a new M/M shifter and witch.

Jared’s Evolution (Jared & Kieran #1)” by Riley Hart – Lawyer Jared explores BDSM and a daddy kink with doctor Kieran.

Popular M/M Horror Novels

"Interview with the Vampire" by Anne Rice

Anne Rice is both a best-selling author and the queen of horror novels. Not all her books have major gay characters but most do and her 11-book ‘Vampire Chronicles‘ series has been loved for decades.  The first book in the series, “Interview with the Vampire“, featuring the characters of Louis and Lestat, was made into the 1994 film starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt.

Poppy Z Brite is another popular writer of gay vampire fiction. Her first five novels – “Lost Souls“, “Drawing Blood“, “Wormwood“, “Exquisite Corpse“, “The Crow: The Lazarus Heart” and “Are You Loathsome Tonight” – are all horror novels. (Her latest two novels still feature m/m characters but aren’t horror.) The characters are often extremely dark, sometimes showing no conscience, so the books won’t be liked by everyone.

Sacrament” by Clive Barker – a surreal gay horror novel by this best-selling author about a wildlife photographer who experiences strange visions while in a coma.

All Jordan L Hawk‘s novels tend to have a supernatural and horror element, particularly the ‘Widdershins‘ and ‘SPECTR‘ series. The plots are exciting and, at times, scary and the characters and romances are loveable. Anyone who has read a few of my articles will know that I’m a big fan of this author and I’d like to take this chance to once again recommend all her novels!

A Reason to Believe” by Diana Copland – a detective has a shocking vision where a ghost leads him to her dead body. Confused by the experience, he turns to medium Kiernan Fitzpatrick. Passion grows as they investigate the murder together.

IM” by Rick R Reed – a gay detective hunts for a serial killer who may not even be alive.

 

 

Unmissable Television: “Dirk Gently” (2016)

Dirk Gently Season 2 – copyright: BBC America

The latest TV version of “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency“, based on the novel by Douglas Adams, will be airing its second season on BBC America this Saturday, 14 October, and, hopefully, not too long after that on UK Netflix. The first season is available to catch up on at the BBC America website and, for UK viewers, on Netflix.  So why should you be watching it?

The plots are funny, clever and insane. English actor Samuel Barnett stars as Dirk, having previously appeared in the TV and stage versions of gay drama, “The History Boys“. Much of the first season’s focus is on the love/hate friendship between Dirk and Todd, who is played by the wonderful Elijah Wood, who previously found fame in the three “Lord of the Rings” films.  It is their complex relationship and the way it evolves that makes for compelling viewing.

Season 1 Quotes

Todd (to Dirk): I’m not your Watson, asshole!

Dirk Gently Season 1 – copyright: BBC America

Dirk: I don’t have any friends. I am always surrounded by bizarre and frightening states of disaster and I am always alone. Even you keep saying you’re not my friend. But, since you’re the closest thing I’ve had, I’d really appreciate it if you’d stop calling yourself an asshole.
Todd: Okay. You’re right. When we get back in the morning we’ll solve the murder of Patrick Spring, save Lydia and figure out whatever the hell that thing is. And I’ll tell Amanda the truth about everything. And, Dirk, I am your friend.

Actor Quotes

Samuel Barnett: ‘[Dirk] just doesn’t understand social cues. But the universe has told him that Todd is the guy, so he’s just going for Todd. He thinks Todd is his best friend. He really likes Todd and thinks Todd is brilliant … I think Dirk drives Todd absolutely insane. I think if Todd could walk away from Dirk and have nothing to do with him, he would, but the universe keeps leading him back to Dirk.’ – Samuel Barnett interview for “Collider”

Samuel Barnett, re working with Elijah: “I couldn’t have asked for a better acting partner and a better human being to work with. We have to work very closely together, and I felt, in our screen test, that we had really good chemistry, but I wasn’t sure if I was just making that up. Max has written a really finely wrought bromance. I have complete trust in Elijah. To me, he is one of the best actors of my generation. He’s so incredibly present and in the moment, when you’re working with him, and then we just chat away about anything off camera because he’s such a lovely guy.” – Samuel Barnett interview with “Collider”

 

M/M News for September 2017

Sorry about the long wait since my last News post. I’ve been busy writing and editing my novels lately but I’m intending to spend more time blogging and hope to have some interesting articles and News round-ups over the next few months.

Upcoming Gay Films

Call Me By Your Name“, the film based on the novel reviewed by me here is due to be released in UK cinemas in October and US cinemas in

November. It stars Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer and, after being shown at various film festivals, has had a lot of positive reviews.  (Warning: the main character is seventeen so, in some countries/US states the relationship includes underage sex.)

M/M Novel Recommendations

M/M author K J Charles has brief reviews for a number of books, both M/M and not, here.

Popular M/M Novels Released in September

Locked in Silence” by Sloane Kennedy
Jagged Edge” by Jo Raven (content warnings for sexual abuse and violence)
Tate” by Ella Frank
Dragon’s Heat” by Lisa Oliver – paranormal novel with warning for graphic content
Someone To Call My Own” by Aimee Nicole Walker (sexually explicit warning)
Looking In” by Michael Bailey (content warnings for abuse and self-harm)
Living Out Loud” by Nyrae Dawn and Christina Lee