Friday, July 14, 2017

Friday's Film Adaption: Susan Slept Here by Steve Fisher & Alex Gottlieb


Summary:
Genre: Comedy
Characters: 4 males, 4 females
Scenery: Interior

A Hollywood writer in need of some research material finds Susan, a 17 year old delinquent, on his doorstep on a rainy Christmas Eve. He learns her life, decides he won't let her be sent to the prison farm, and therefore contrives to have her marry him in Las Vegas. Before she awakens after their all night ride back, Joe leaves for his mountain cabin to write a play about Susan. In his absence, Joe's old Navy pal talks Susan into studying acting. Finally Joe's play opens with Susan in the cast, and she immediately becomes the talk of Broadway. However, she walks out on the play to go back to Joe, who has since realized how much he really loved her. She has little trouble convincing him that age differences mean nothing when two people love each other.

Film
A Hollywood screenwriter takes in a runaway girl who's more woman than he can handle.

Release Date: July 14, 1954
Release Time: 98 minutes

Cast:
Dick Powell as Mark Christopher
Debbie Reynolds as Susan Beauregard Landis
Anne Francis as Isabella Alexander
Alvy Moore as Virgil, Mark's assistant
Glenda Farrell as Maude Snodgrass
Horace McMahon as Sergeant Monty Maizel
Herb Vigran as Sergeant Sam Hanlon
Les Tremayne as Harvey Butterworth
Mara Lane as Marilyn
Maidie Norman as Georgette, Mark's maid
Rita Johnson as Dr. Rawley
Ellen Corby as Coffee Shop Waitress
Benny Rubin as Sylvester the janitor
Barbara Darrow as Miss Jennings
Sue Carlton as Coffee Shop Cashier

Awards:
1954 Academy Awards
Best Song - Jack Lawrence, Richard Myers - Nominated
Best Sound - John O. Aalberg - Nominated


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Author Bios:
Steve Fisher
Stephen Gould Fisher was an American author best known for his pulp stories, novels and screenplays. He is one of the few pulp authors to go on to enjoy success as both an author in “slick” magazines, such as the Saturday Evening Post, and as an in-demand writer in Hollywood.

Alex Gottlieb
Educated at the University of Wisconsin, Gottlieb worked in theater publicity and advertising before entering radio writing. Later he ventured into screenplays and film production. Among his credits were "I'll Take Sweden," "Frankie and Johnny," "Buck Privates" (in 1941 the first Bud Abbott and Lou Costello picture) and "Hollywood Canteen." On Broadway he produced "Separate Rooms," "Susan Slept Here," "Two for the Money" and "One Big Happy Family," while his TV work involved "The Gale Storm Show," "Bob Hope Chrysler Theatre," "Donna Reed Show" and "The Smothers Brothers Show."


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Letting Go by Morningstar Ashley

Title: Letting Go
Author: Morningstar Ashley
Series: Love By Design #1
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: July 14, 2017
Cover Design: Jay Aheer at Simply Defined Art
Summary:
Years ago, before tragedy struck, Alex made a child’s promise to always protect and care for his little sister, Evie. Then piece by piece, all the good in his life was taken away until Alex was left alone as guardian to his much younger sister. Suffering and loss scarred Alex, causing him to withdraw from the world. Struggling with anxiety and trust issues, Alex attempts to help Evie heal from their shared traumatic past, but each day is harder than the last. To make matters worse, Alex’s best friend, Ben, is pushing him to get out of his rut, confronting him with the fact that what Alex thinks is contentment is just stagnation and fear. The last thing he needs is for an old acquaintance to reappear in his life, making him feel things he hadn’t dealt with in years.

The executive of the marketing department at graphic design firm Vivid, Kelley has his life together. While not perfect, he’s happy with his career and his three best friends. A chance encounter with Alex, the guy he was once attracted to, is icing on the cake. Fighting through Alex’s defenses to find the breathtaking man underneath will be hard, but Kelley is up to the challenge. Kelley believes that the things most worth fighting for never come easy.

To accept all that Kelley is offering means Alex must drop his barriers. Kelley will need to keep trying and prove that Alex can trust him, even when grief and anxiety try to pull him back.


Pushing him back on the couch Kelley straddled Alex’s body, using his weight to hold the squirmy man in place, Kelley put his hands on Alex’s abs, fingers at his sides as his possessed Alex’s.

Shoving Alex’s shirt up as Alex lifted to give enough room for Kelley to pull the shirt off, dropping it to the floor. Attacking his nipples with teeth and tongue making Alex whimper and moan. Fuck! Hearing those sounds just turned him inside out. Turning the heat between up to lava level.

Moving back up to his neck Kelley sucked, tasted as he reached down with one hand greedily rubbing Alex’s dick through his pants. Running his hand up and down giving him the same of the pressure that Kelley’s throbbing cock was begging for.

“Oh, God.” Alex groaned with a rough edge to his voice as he arched his neck giving Kelley even more room to explore and mark. He wanted his mark on this man. Wanted everyone to see that he was Kelley’s. Fearing that with all the pain locked inside Alex he would never truly be his.

“Your shirt. Take off your shirt. I need to feel your skin.”

Kelley did exactly that.

He flattened Alex to the couch again, pressing their chest together once again, Alex had spread his thighs, Kelley slotted himself right there. Their groins meet and slide together. And holy fucking hell did that feel good. The pressure of Alex’s steel length against his rock hard cock sending relief and pleasure throughout his body.

Alex scratched his nails down his back making him growl. He had his legs bracketing Kelley’s body holding him in place. Like he would be so fucking stupid as to move.

He can feel Alex’s heart jackhammering through his chest. Their breaths panting out between kisses and moans.

What had started out slow had built and built until Kelley wanted to say fuck it and rip Alex’s clothes off to get at every inch of his skin. To have their bodies, slippery from sweat, sliding together.

And just like that Kelley knew exactly what he was going to do. Oh, sweet jesus the thought alone sending lust hurtling to his aching balls, making him want to shoot.

He was going to drive Alex to the brink over and over. Making him forget anything and everything except the need that would be coursing through his body. The need Kelley would put there. Have Alex begging and pleading Kelley to let him come.

Within minutes they lay back on the couch completely naked, kneeling between Alex’s thighs once again. All of Alex’s gorgeous fucking skin on display. His cock seemingly begging for attention, the crown purple and leaking pre-come onto his stomach. Kelley mouth waters with the thought of sliding it between his lips. But not yet.

Unable to stop himself he slipped his hands, fingers spread wide, to his ankles, over his thighs, across his chest. Gliding with the lightest touch around Alex’s erect nipples, back down his arms. Over and over he did this, needing to get his fill of this beautiful man. No one should have this effect on another person. He sat there with a naked Alex in front of him in awe of every lean muscle that pushed up to meet his hands, every scar his traced.

“Kelley,” Alex bites out as his body trembled under Kelley’s gentle touches.

“Yeah, baby. You need something?”

“Fuck. Don’t be an ass. You know want I want.”

Kelley sank back down on top of him. Licking a path up his collarbone to his throat and then their mouths meet stifling any more words that Alex was going to say. Their cocks align perfectly, and Kelley begins to thrust his cock against Alex’s as their kisses turn desperate and needy.

Kelley pulled away, and before Alex could utter a protest, he moved, swallowing his cock to the back of his throat. Letting his saliva pool in his mouth, needing all the wetness he could get for the slide of their cocks. With every groan that Alex had let out Kelley’s cock would twitch and throb tightening to epic proportions.

Each time he could feel Alex getting close Kelley would back off. Time and time again bringing him to the brink before pulling his mouth and hand away. Alex would whimper and wiggle, unable to lay still. He was so out of it that he words were reduced to grunts and groans.

When Kelley was satisfied that he had sufficiently teased Alex, he pulled off his cock with a pop. Using the spit that was now covering his hand, he coated his own cock with it before laying on top of Alex, lining their cocks up.

His body fitting tightly to Alex’s. Wrapping one arm around Alex’s shoulders, holding as close to him as he could, both needing the closeness this position gave them. Kelley began thrusting his cock against Alex’s.

“I’ve got you, baby. Just feel.”

Profanities had started to spill from Alex’s mouth. Kelley’s whole body was so overwhelmed by the slide and friction of their cocks he felt like he could’ve blown his load at any moment, hoping that Alex was feeling even a silver of what he was.

Alex had begun to counter thrust, writhing his tight body under Kelley. His head was tipped back, the muscles of his neck corded and straining.

“That’s it, baby. Let go.”

Author Bio:
Morningstar Ashley is a transplant from the Yankee-controlled territory of New York, and now finds herself in the heartland of cowboys and longhorns—Texas. Armed with her imagination, wit, and trusty sidekicks in the form of her two crazy kids, devoted dorky husband, big lap dog, and rambunctious cats, Morningstar spends her time reading the books she loves, crafting her own characters, and arguing the merits of hot chocolate over the bitter brew known as coffee (Hot chocolate wins, FYI.).

Morningstar loves graphic design, so much so she returned to school for a degree and regularly tromps her exams and maintains a stellar GPA that occasionally leaves her confounded and pleased. She can while away the hours on new designs, and perfection isn’t too much to hope for when it comes to her art.

Her ideal career would be full-time artist and author, and so far, she hasn’t come up against anything to stop her on her journey. A fierce and devoted friend, Morningstar tries her best to always be kind, always be learning, and always improving. Giving up isn’t an option, and her greatest talent may be in her ability to convince others not to give up, either. After a lifetime of trying to get people to realize her first name wasn’t Ashley, Morningstar decided the best way to settle the debate was to put her name on a book cover. An avid reader and fiction reviewer for the blog and site Diverse Reader, Morningstar harbored a dream to one day join the ranks of her heroes, and she sweeps into the contemporary gay romance genre with her debut novel, LETTING GO. With plans to conquer gay, lesbian and LGBTQA+ romance, Morningstar has her gaze set on the horizon, her determination her own guiding star.











Kitten Mine by Kay Maree

Title: Kitten Mine
Author: Kay Maree
Series: Mine #2
Genre: Romantic Suspense, 18+
Release Date: July 1, 2017
Summary:
KATHERINE -
The day Antonio walked into my CafĂ© I knew things were about to change. He had this presence about him, and I could see shadows in his eyes of things I could never understand. But he was like a force of nature, taking what he wanted, when he wanted. He was big, strong, and had eyes the color of the finest chocolate. Everything he made me feel, scared the hell out of me. When he opened his mouth, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to slap him or kiss him, he made every nerve in my body come alive. But, I have a secret. I didn’t want to let him go but its better this way. I have let enough people down in my life so, I tried to distance myself, and push him away. I never thought I could love, or trust, any man after my father left, but Antonio was here to prove me wrong, and he wasn’t going to back down.

Kitten: Antonio was determined to take me to my knees and crack me wide open.

ANTONIO -
Katherine was the kind of woman you could only ever dream up in your wildest fantasies. A woman who oozed sex kitten with every sway of her hips, and she had the attitude to go with it. With hair like fire, and eyes as blue as the sky on a clear summer's day, that body of hers I swear had a direct line to my cock. Then, she pushed me away, but I don’t go down that easy. I didn’t get to where I am today without fighting tooth and nail for it. Katherine was mine and no matter how long it took me, I was going to make her see she belonged to me, just like I already belonged to her. I know she is hiding something, I can see it in her eyes every time she looks at me. I don’t care what I have to do, or how long it takes, I will find out what it is. My kitten isn’t the only one with secrets.

Antonio: Katherine brought me to my knees, and I was going to take her down with me.


After slamming my bedroom door shut, I dive on the bed, and bury my head in the pillows, hugging the teddy bear from my father close to my chest while trying to block out the screaming going on downstairs.

“Why would you think it’s ok to take your little sister to that party?" Mom yells.

“Mom, nothing happened." My sister’s words sound slightly slurred.

“That’s not the point. You’re older, you know better than this, and instead of looking after her you got drunk and left her to fend for herself.”

“So, I’m not supposed to have fun because I have to look out for her?"

“You’re supposed to take some responsibility and look out for your sister”

Pushing my head deeper into my pillows so I can’t hear them anymore, I wish I could take back telling mom where I was because I know my sister will turn this around on me. It’s always the way. Suddenly, my door flies open. Ashley, my sister, is standing in the doorway with a pissed off look on her face.

“This is all your fault. If you had kept your mouth shut, none of this would have happened.”

“I’m sorry, I didn’t think mom would have been home from work.”

“You’re the reason everything has turned to shit. You’re the reason daddy left and now mom says we have to move back to Newcastle. You’re the reason I won’t be able to see my boyfriend anymore. When are you going to stop being mommy’s little girl and grow the fuck up?"

She rushes at me and I cower. She grabs me roughly, digging her nails into my arms. I cry out as I feel her nails break the skin

“My friends are right about you, you’re pathetic and ugly. No wonder you have no friends.”

“That’s not true I have, Brooklyn." I defend myself in a weak voice.

“She won’t be your friend when she finally wises up and sees how pathetic you really are.”

I gaze through tear-filled eyes into the eyes of my sister, not recognizing who she is anymore. Ever since daddy left, she has been different. I use to look up to her and wanted to be just like her when I got older. With her beautiful blonde hair and tanned skin, size 8 figure. She’s perfect. Me? I have fiery red hair, pale skin and curves.

Her words hurt every bit as much as the things she does to me. I feel like I owe her, not being the good sister she deserved. I’m not clever like Ashley either. I do okay in school, but I’m not the smartest person. I don’t have a lot of friends. I have Brooklyn and when we don’t have school we’re constantly together. I’m not sure how I’ll cope if we move away from here.

I run my finger over the recent cut on my wrist hidden under my watch, Ashley looks down and notices what I’m doing.

“Why don’t you save us all the trouble and do it already, I’m sick of hearing you cry every night. You're broken and that will never change."

She pushes me back onto the bed and I watch through tear-filled eyes as she leaves my bedroom. I wait until I hear the door shut before I crawl under the covers, pull my diary out, and let the worthlessness I feel out.

Dear Diary,

Why did I open my mouth, why do I ruin everything I touch?
It’s all my fault. If only I was a better sister, maybe then Ashley would like me.
No wonder daddy left. I’m so pathetic.
I vow from this moment on, the only person I will trust is Brooklyn until she realizes I’m not worth the trouble and she walks away too.
I will build a wall around myself, one brick at a time, and keep pushing forward.
I will try to be stronger than the blade I hold in my hand.
I hate myself.

Angel Mine #1
Summary:
BROOKLYN -
I'm scared but I have to be strong not just for me but for my beautiful daughter, after years of being emotionally and physically abused it needed to end.

I always wanted a love like the fairy tales I was told as a child, a love like my parents had but after escaping hell I lost all hope.

Trusting another man and falling in love was now the last thing on my mind, making it through everyday was now the new goal for my daughter and me.

Then everything changed the day I looked into the most captivating green eyes I have ever seen, it was like they saw into my very soul.

And I knew nothing would ever be the same again.

DOMININC -
I was brought up in a dangerous world, a world I had to quickly become accustomed to.

It took my brothers death and the events that unfolded after that lead me to be the man I am today a Mob Boss.

One of the most powerful man in Newcastle, I'm not a good guy, I have done bad things.

I closed my true self off the day I failed to protect the one person I loved dearly, and she paid the ultimate price.

But one look into those ocean blue eyes and I felt my whole purpose in life shift, I didn't deserve her but I was going to make her Mine.

I had finally found the missing pieces to my heart I didn't know I was missing and I wasn't letting them go...

Angel: "I WANTED TO BE THE LAST THING HE TASTED AT NIGHT, AND THE FIRST THING HE TOUCHED IN THE MORNING"

Dom: "SHE BROUGHT ME TO MY KNEES, AND I NEVER WANTED TO GET BACK UP"

Author Bio:
I live in Newcastle, on the New South Wales coast of Australia with my husband and three beautiful children.

Between being a taxi for my children, and working full-time, I somehow find the time to write. It’s something I love with a passion and with the encouragement of my very supportive husband, I have accomplished one of my dreams – releasing my first novel.

I hope you fall in love with my characters as much as I have.

I love reading and getting lost in a good book when I manage to snatch five minutes to myself.





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The Escape by Nicky James

Title: The Escape
Author: Nicky James
Series: Follow-up to New Beginnings
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: July 14, 2017
Summary:
Dancing, loud music, drinking and sex…

Who wouldn’t love a job that entailed all these things?

After giving up on school and being cast aside by an unsupportive family, Soren Matheson figured he’d landed every young man’s dream job.

But… there is a catch.

Not everything is as it seems and at the end of the day…

Maybe even dream jobs don’t exist.

Remy Moretti lives in a world of precision and order. When a chance run-in with a sassy, sarcastic blond one evening upsets his structured world, Remy needs to find out who he is.

What he discovers makes his hair stand on end.

The defeat and fear hidden behind the young man’s eyes gives him nightmares.

Someone needs to get to the bottom of this.

Until then, Remy will need to do whatever it takes to keep Soren safe.




Author Bio:
Nicky James lives in the small town of Petrolia, Ontario, Canada. She is mother to a wonderful teenage boy and wife to a truly supportive and understanding husband who, thankfully, doesn’t think her crazy.

Nicky has always had two profound dreams in life; to fall back hundreds of years in time and live in a simpler world and to write novels. Since only one of those dreams was a possibility, she decided to make the other come alive on paper.

Nicky writes MM romance books in a variety of styles including contemporary, medieval, fantasy, and historical.


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