Friday, February 9, 2018

Friday's Film Adaptation: The Downhill Racers by Oakley Hall

The ski world - glory seekers, bums, and bunnies - the hangers-on and the has-beens - the rich patrons and the fading patronesses who move with the snow, trying to make it any way they can.

An ambitious skier sacrifices love and family to win.

Release Date: November 6, 1969
Release Time: 101 minutes

Robert Redford as David Chappellet
Gene Hackman as Eugene Claire
Camilla Sparv as Carole Stahl
Karl Michael Vogler as Machet
Jim McMullan as Johnny Creech
Kathleen Crowley as American newspaper woman
Dabney Coleman as Mayo
Kenneth Kirk as D. K. Bryan
Oren Stevens as Tony Kinsmith
Jerry Dexter as Ron Engel
Walter Stroud as Mr. Chappellet
Rip McManus as Bruce Devore
Christian Doermer as German skier
Richard Egan as Extra in bar scene (uncredited)
Sylvester Stallone as Restaurant Customer (uncredited)

Author Bio:
Oakley Hall also wrote under the nom de plume of O.M. Hall and Jason Manor.

Oakley Maxwell Hall was an American novelist. He was born in San Diego, California, graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, and served in the Marines during World War II. Some of his mysteries were published under the pen names "O.M. Hall" and "Jason Manor." Hall received his Master of Fine Arts in English from the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa.

Obituary from NY Times May 16, 2008.



Release Blitz: Wolf and the Holly by Sam Burns

Title: Wolf and the Holly
Author: Sam Burns
Series: Rowan Harbor Cycle #2
Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal
Release Date: February 8, 2018
Cover Design: Melanie Harlow @ Clause & Effect
Five years ago, Jesse dropped out of college and came home to Rowan Harbor to find safety with his pack. A broken man, he’s been living as though the world is ending—allergic to responsibility and spending most of his nights at the local bar.

But he can’t avoid growing up forever. On the night of his thirtieth birthday party, he finds his childhood friend Isla unconscious, attacked in the middle of their peaceful hometown. The wolf inside him wants to protect its people from the slick-haired, smooth-talking vampire who’s brought trouble to town, and Jesse can’t run from his instincts any longer.

Now that his inner wolf is out of its cage, it’s picked the most inconvenient moment to find its mate. Sean Anderson—recently back from college and much changed from the skinny preteen Jesse once knew—is just what he never knew he needed.

💥Trigger Warning: discussion of past abuse.💥

💕This novel is intended for adult audiences, and contains swearing and sex.

💙📲This is the second of nine books in The Rowan Harbor Cycle, not a standalone. It continues where the first book left off. Jesse and Sean will return in book five to continue their story, so this book contains a HFN, not their HEA.📲💙

Blackbird in the Reeds #1
Devon Murphy has never believed that there were fairies at the bottom of the garden, but when he’s in an accident on his way to his grandmother’s house and comes face to face with the biggest, baddest wolf he’s ever seen, he’s forced to reconsider.

When his grandmother asks him to look into a string of suspicious accidents, he finds a much bigger mystery to unravel. From his childhood best friend to the too-attractive Deputy Wade Hunter, everyone in Rowan Harbor seems to have something to hide. Devon has to get to the bottom of it all before the accidents turn deadly.

Sam BurnsAuthor Bio:
Sam wrote her first fantasy epic with her best friend when she was ten. Like almost any epic fiction written by a ten year old, it was awful. She likes to think she’s improved since then, if only because she has better handwriting now.

If she’s not writing, she’s almost certainly either reading or lost down a wikipedia rabbit hole while pretending to research for a novel.


Wolf and the Holly #2

Blackbird in the Reeds #1

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Release Blitz: Heart 2 Heart Charity Anthology

Title: Heart 2 Heart Anthology
Authors: May Archer, Charlie Cochet, Poppy Dennison
Alison Hendricks, Sloane Kennedy, Lucy Lennox, AE Wasp
Ruthie Luhnow, Lily Morton, Chris Owen, Hailey Turner
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: February 7, 2018
Cover Design: AngstyG
Anthology Editor: Leslie Copeland

Once upon a time, a bunch of authors wondered… What if a dating app that guaranteed you a love match broke down just in time for Valentine’s Day? What if you found yourself on a blind date with a random guy who might be your opposite in every single way? It could be a disaster. Or… When the code breaks down, fate just might take over.

Eleven of your favorite gay romance authors have joined forces to light up your Valentine’s Day with a collection of sweet, sexy, silly, and hot short stories, featuring a wacky cast of characters chosen from your reader suggestions! Morticians and magicians, superheroes and spies, lawyers and lobstermen, will all learn that love has nothing to do with algorithms… and sometimes you find it in the least-likely places.

And the best part? All proceeds from this collection will go to the authors’ favorite LGBTQ charities, to ensure that love in all its incarnations will be celebrated and protected every single day of the year!

⌛⏰⏳It will only be available for 90 days, so Tuesday, May 8th will be the last time you can purchase this anthology.⏳⏰⌛

We are pleased to be donating 100% of our proceeds to 3 wonderful charities:  

We encourage all readers to learn more about these groups and
consider making a donation of your own. Every little bit helps.

What began as a random idea quickly turned into a collaborative and completely voluntary effort from 11 authors, more than 130 readers, cover designer, 2 proofreaders, and one cat herder to keep it all together.

Readers were asked to submit ideas for characters, both typical and off-the-wall, and from that list, each author picked 2 seemingly mismatched guys and helped them find love.

The Baker and the SEAL by May Archer

The Assassin and the Dog Walker by Charlie Cochet

The Electrician and the Event Planner by Poppy Dennison

The Professional Gamer and the Paranormal Photographer by Alison Hendricks

The Florist and the Lawyer by Sloane Kennedy

The Uber Drive and the Phone Sex Operator by Lucy Lennox

The Lawyer and the Lobsterman by Ruthie Luhnow

The Tattoo Artist and the Writer by Lily Morton

The Criminal and the Sommelier by Chris Owen

The Superhero and the NSA Agent by Hailey Turner

The Magician and the Mortician by AE Wasp

The Set-up
How Bailey the geeky programmer lost his focus

It was like a scene out of a soda commercial. All of the women (and a few of the men) in the office gathered around and drooled over the sexy eye candy hanging onto the side of the damned building as if the guy was nothing but a sex object.

Fuck, he’s a hot sex object, Bailey thought. I’d like to sex object the hell outta that beefcake.

Bailey himself had been watching the guy for two days now. At first, he assumed the man on the scaffold was a window washer. It was the obvious explanation. Otherwise, why would a man—a beefy, hot, muscled man, ahem—be riding a hanging scaffold on the fifteenth floor of the office building?

But how long, exactly, does it take to wash a few windows? He’d been right outside of Bailey’s cubicle window for two straight days.

Bailey shook his head and tried to focus on his job, ignoring all of the lookie-loos in the space behind his cubicle. He was finalizing the algorithms to be used in Heart2Heart’s new matchmaking software, and it was critical he got the matchmaking algorithms just right in order for the product launch to be a success. He needed to pay attention to what he was doing.

A lot was riding on the Heart2Heart launch. Their big marketing campaign promised love matches just in time for Valentine’s Day, and in order for the actual matches to work, Bailey had to create pristine code that took all of the variables into consideration. He was almost done with the programming. Just cleaning up a few final glitches and he’d be over the last of the hurdles. His plan was to stay late to double-check everything that evening before the software went live after midnight.

His eyes slid over to his cubicle window again and caught sight of thick, tanned forearms flexing above huge, strong man hands. The late afternoon Miami sun shined against the guy’s skin, showing a light sheen of sweat from his work doing… something.

Ungh. You can do something… to me. Get sweaty… with me, Bailey mused, chewing on the end of his pen. He saw one of the man’s large hands grab a screwdriver out of his tool belt. Maybe he’s screwing… something.

The window man looked like he needed to be licked. Like, a lot.
Bailey didn’t realize his elbow had rested on the spacebar while he drooled out the window until he heard an angry series of beeps from his computer.

“Fuck. Shit,” he stammered, focusing again on his monitor and correcting his lapse.

A few minutes later, he heard a thud coming from the window. With his heart racing in fear of something happening to the poor man on the scaffold, Bailey snapped his eyes to the large pane of glass.

The sexy stack of muscles grinned at him and held up a piece of paper.
With a phone number on it.

The hot guy gestured to his cell phone and pointed at Bailey with a flirty grin.

Bailey looked behind him before turning back and pointing at his own chest. Me?

The beefcake nodded and put his finger and thumb up to his ear in the universal gesture of call me.

With trembling hands, Bailey dialed his phone, never taking his eyes off the window man while the man answered his own phone.

“How long do I have to pretend to wash this one window before you notice me?” Window Man asked in a deep, sexy voice.

“Who me?” Bailey squeaked in response.

“Yeah, you,” he said pointing to Bailey through the window and winking at him. The wink tightened Bailey’s pants in an instant.

“Um… I noticed you about two days ago…” Bailey admitted. “Can I help you with something?”

“Yeah. I can’t get your adorable nerdy self outta my head. Please god, tell me you’re gay or bi or something.”

Bailey’s face turned fuchsia and he squeaked again. “Gay. Mm-hm. Yeah. Gay.”

“What’s your name, gorgeous?”


“Well, Bailey, I’d love to take you to dinner tonight. Are you free?”

“Uh huh,” Bailey stammered. “Sure. Of course. Yes.”

“I get off work right now. Any chance you’re ready to pack up and get outta here?”

Bailey stood up from his chair quickly enough to knock his keyboard to the floor.

The Heart2Heart matchmaking algorithms would be just fine without a final round of testing.


May Archer

Charlie Cochet

 Poppy Dennison

Alison Hendricks

Sloane Kennedy

Lucy Lennox

Ruthie Luhnow

Lily Morton

Chris Owen

Hailey Turner

AE Wasp