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

 

 

The Top Summer Holiday M/M Romances

“Italy. Summer. The noise of the cicadas in the early afternoon. My room. His room. Our balcony that shut the whole world out. The soft wind trailing exhalations from our garden up the stairs to my bedroom. The summer I learned to love fishing. Because he did. To love jogging. Because he did.”  –    ‘Call Me By Your Name’ by Andre Aciman

We’ve had some unexpectedly sultry weather here in the Scottish Highlands, so I wanted to put together a review of my favourite M/M novels that have a summer setting and make great holiday reading. There’s a mixture of historical novels, comedies and teenage love in this collection, with locations in England, America, Thailand and Italy, so I hope there’s something for everyone to try and enjoy.

The Other Guy” by Cary Attwell – After being dumped at the altar by his fiancee, Emory James gets away from his life by taking the planned honeymoon trip to Thailand. There he meets Nate who helps him move on from the past. This is a witty novel that made me laugh aloud in places and the holiday location in the first half of the novel is so well written you can almost imagine yourself there. Emory is a likeable main character, who you can’t help but root for after the events at the start of the novel and Nate is a perfect partner for him, if he’ll just realise it in time.

Call Me By Your Name” by Andre Aciman – This is a story of first love between Elio and Oliver, a summer guest at his family’s home. This beautiful, bittersweet romance is set in Italy, the heat and details of the setting described vividly. While I wanted to shake Elio sometimes during the first part of the book for being so passive, there’s a raw honesty to his shyness and fear, that also makes him very relatable. This is a novel that stays with you long after you finish it.

Arson” by Cap Iversen’s is the first book in a fun historical trilogy about gunfighter, Dakota Taylor, and while he has a number of gay flings, it’s Ben Colsen who wins his heart here. Ben’s family have been murdered at their cattle ranch in Arizona and he hires Dakota to find out what happened to them. While this isn’t a holiday novel, the heat of the Arizona setting is well described and it’s full of action and excitement.

Discreet Young Gentleman” by M J Pearson – This is a light-hearted historical romance where Dean, an impoverished new lord, meets Rob, a male prostitute, and goes on a summer journey with him through England to win back his fiancée, something he grows increasingly reluctant to do. Between the travelling, the ghost-stories and the mysterious woman following them, there is plenty going on to keep the novel moving at a good pace. Dean’s insults about Rob’s profession grew annoying at times but he made up for it in the end, making this an entertaining and satisfying read.

Something Like Summer” by Jay Bell – This novel begins with a romantic meeting over the school summer holidays in Texas between teenagers Ben and Tim, but takes place over more than a decade, with Ben later getting involved with Jace before Tim reappears to confuse matters. While I have to confess that I found the first half of the book, covering Ben and Tim’s teenage lives, more compelling than the later part, it’s an engaging novel that’s well worth reading.

Do you agree with my novel choices or have others you loved?  If anyone wants to talk about these books or recommend other summer romances, please get in touch via the comments box.

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April M/M News

M/M Articles

Judith of Binge on Books has written a new article for USA Today on the friends-to-lovers trope in M/M novels here.

LGBT Characters on Television

There’s an interesting article in The Guardian on the changing portrayal of LGBT characters on TV here.

TV Guide has an article on 25 Great LGBT Characters in Pop Culture Right Now here.

Popular M/M Novels Released in April

Paranormal

Tell Me the Truth” by Lisa Oliver
Wild Ride” – by Preston Walker
Forbidden Love” by D. J. Heart

Contemporary

Let’s Pretend We’re Married” by Edith Scott
FU: Fixer Uppers” by Devon McCormack
He’s Worth It” by Jerry Cole
Playing Daddy” by Aiden Bates
Cocky” by Sean Ashcroft
Rescue Me” by K. M. Neuhold
Red Dirt Heart Imago” novella by N. R. Walker
Sound of Us” by A. M. Arthur

M/M News for March 2017

M/M Articles

Judith of Binge on Books has written a couple of new articles for USA Today with recommendations for M/M novels with military men here and ones with hockey players here.

LGBT E-Mail Newsletters

LGBT Romance Deals is a great newsletter you can sign up to here to get details of free and discounted LGBT novels.

You can also sign up to the Gay Romance Readers’ Club here to get a free M/M book by a well known author every month.

Popular M/M Novels Released in March

Drinker of Blood” by Jordan L Hawk (I love this paranormal series!)
Moving Maverick” by Lucy Lennox
Together Again” by Aiden Bates
Wedlocked” by Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine
Deliver Me” by Aiden Bates
Salt and Pepper” by Garett Groves
Dyed and Gone to Heaven” by Aimee Nicole Walker
Working It” by Riley Hart and Devon McCormack
Unforgiven” by Ruth Clampett
Who We Are” by Nicola Haken
Left Behind” by Michele Notaro
Embrace the Fire” by Felice Stevens
Deadly Times (Book 3 of the Human Hybrids Series)” by me!!

Release of “Deadly Times”

I’m happy to announce that “Deadly Times“, the final novel in the Human Hybrids trilogy, is released today.  This completes the M/M science-fiction/ paranormal series that comprises a guide, 2 free books and the 3 book trilogy:

  • A free Guide to the world, characters and 5 Human Hybrid species – available when you join my e-mail list
  • A Destructive Power” – the free PDF prequel to the series here
  • Coexistence” – novel 1 – on sale for free at Smashwords, Nook and Kobo and for $0.99/£0.99 at Amazon
  • Kye” – companion novel to “Coexistence” that’s free on my e-mail list
  • Blood and Choice” – novel 2
  • Deadly Times” – the final part of the trilogy

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Amazing Giveaway!

To celebrate the completion of my Human Hybrids trilogy with the upcoming release of “Deadly Times” on 23 March, I have 6 gay M/M paperback novels in the genres of SF, fantasy and the paranormal by 5 amazing authors (and me!) to be won by a lucky winner.

Rules

Given the adult nature of the books, you have to be 18 year old or over in order to enter the Giveaway.  The Giveaway is hosted by Gleam and is open internationally.  To enter you just have to say why you want to win the prize.  (Comments will appear below this post.)  You can read the full Terms and Conditions when you click to enter.

The competition ends on 23 March, when a winner will be randomly selected by Gleam and announced here and by e-mail.

Prize

6 gay M/M paperback novels: “Widdershins” by Jordan L Hawke, “Swordspoint” by Ellen Kushner, “Luck in the Shadows” by Lynn Flewelling, “The Magpie Lord” by K J Charles, “The Tyack & Frayne Mysteries: Books 1-3” and “Coexistence” by Clare Solomon

How to Enter the Giveaway

Just click the button on the right to enter the Giveaway.

Future Giveaways

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M/M News for February 2017

M/M Articles

M/M ‘Comfort Re-read’ recommendations by Kaje Harper at Prism Book Alliance here.

K J Charles has a post here about her upcoming M/M trilogy, “Sins of the Cities”, with some beautiful illustrations.

Judith of Binge on Books has written a couple of new articles for USA Today recommending M/M SF books here and M/M books with geeky heroes here.

LGBT News

The closure of gay publishing company Samhain will make many M/M novels by popular authors unavailable, at least for the present time. There’s a blog post by K J Charles here about how it will affect her books and one by Kaje Harper here.

February is LGBT History month so there have been a variety of articles and events for this across the world.

The Church of England voted in favour of LGBT marriage, refusing to endorse a report by the House of Bishops condemning it.

Popular M/M Novels Released in February

Imago” by N R Walker
After the Fire” by Felice Stevens
An Unseen Attraction” by K J Charles
Code Silver” by Max Walker
Yes, Professor” by Renae Kaye
Between These Sheets” by Devon McCormack
Weight for Happiness” by Jason Collins
Beau and the Beast” by Kay Simone

“Deadly Times”

I’m very happy to announce that “Deadly Times“, the final novel in the Human Hybrids trilogy, is now available for pre-order at Amazon, to be released on 23 March.

Novel Description: The war with the cannibal wendigoes reaches its explosive climax in the last part of this nail-biting trilogy.

Scientists have genetically engineered five human hybrid races known as werewolves, vampires, dragons, sensers and wendigoes. The first four races coexist with humans in relative peace. The fifth one wants to slaughter the others.

Theo has a secret agenda when he joins the Invercade HyCO but which side is he working for? Daelin is suspicious of him but how much of that is due to Theo reminding him of the lover who nearly wrecked his life?

With sabotage from within the group and devastating battles being fought, the HyCO officers must face their worst fears in a war that not everyone will survive.

Here are the Amazon links: UK  US  DE  AU  CA

To celebrate the new book, I’ve made “Coexistence: Book 1 of the Human Hybrids Series” free at Kobo, Nook and Smashwords.  I’m working on getting Amazon to set their price to free too.  I also have an interview at Smashwords where I talk about some of my favourite M/M novels and authors here.

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