Thursday, 13 August 2015

'SCANDALOUS LIES' AND NIGEL MAY




They say the first rule to writing good fiction is to write about what you know.  Well, if that’s the case, UK author Nigel May is one heck of a dirty old man.  His third offering SCANDALOUS LIES is nothing but sex, sex, sex; sex in toolsheds, sex in hotel suites, sex in RVs...  Not that there’s anything wrong with that, especially when it’s as well-balanced as is the main plot—all about the disappearance of a curvaceous TV dancer and her hottie boyfriend.  Around it swirl a bunch of Hollywood biggies and British wannabees whose own stories mirror the ones found in every supermarket and online tabloids.  Drug addiction, fame addiction, and yes, sex addiction, nothing is spared.   And it’s fast-paced.  So much so that, sometimes, you almost feel as if the author needs to keep the ball rolling for fear of losing his readers.  But despite of that, SCANDALOUS LIES delivers.  It is as much fun as binge-watching every episode of a frothy prime time TV series.
 
 
 
And just like many of his characters, Nigel May may very well be on his way to superstardom. His first two novels were self-published until Bookouture snagged his third and released all three as digital books and softcovers.  Last checked, the man was doing really fine sales-wise.  I am not surprised.  He certainly has the flair for it.  Besides, we need another male author in this female-domintated field.  And who better than an already established TV personality (he’s the host of a home shopping program, among other things) with a passion for fluff, glam and smut.
 
 
 

Until next post—Martin
 
Nigel May

 

 

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

'DYNASTY', SEASON FIVE (1984-1985)





The one thing I must bring up right away in regards to DYNASTY’s fifth season is the constant abuse of Fallon’s hotel name, La Mirage.  It is not La but Le.  If you plan on using a French pronoun, use it wisely.  Now on to other scandals: this is the season where we are introduced to Amanda, Blake and Alexi’s third child.  Yes, they have another one. What next, a black child?  Wait, Dominique’s already there so scratch that.  Amanda comes from London and wears a sad face—permanently.  I guess if you’ve been hiding away overseas after all these years you ought to be unhappy. Or is it just that she is bad acting? Anyway, Alexis refuses to acknowledge that she’s Blake’s child.  It takes a couple of episodes to confirm it.  In the meantime Fallon mysteriously vanishes and ends up dead in a plane crash—or is she?  In real life, actress Pamela Sue Martin wants out and big boss Aaron Spelling regretfully obliges.  Jeff, however, has a hard time handling this, Fallon’s disappearance I mean.   They were supposed to remarry and he is just devastated, devastated.  So against his better judgment, he sets out to find her.  But she’s gone damn it, she’s gone—or is she? 
 

Alexis and her red gown get out of the slammer after posting bail.  Remember, she is accused of pushing to his death Mark Jennings from a high rise balcony, but we have a hunch she’s innocent.  And right we are when the culprit turns out to be Neal McVane (VALLEY OF THE DOLLS Paul Burke) who has had a vendetta against Alexis for a couple of seasons now.  Imagine this: he dressed up as Alexis with the shoulder pads and all just so any witness (Steven in this case—whose drag radar is clearly off) would think it’s her.  I wonder if he used one of her wigs. I doubt it.  Like her clothes, she must put them under lock and key. I know I would. 
 

Blake refuses to believe that Dominique is related to him.  How wrong he is, for her mom banged his dad and voila, Dominique.  She has proof.  He wants none of it but comes to accept it later on.  Meanwhile all this nonsense puts a strain on Krystle’s pregnancy (yes, she’s with child) and she goes into premature labor, but don’t worry, the baby’s fine.  They even call her Kristina, the poor thing.  Let’s just hope that her mom doesn’t force her to have the same hairdo later on. Huh, wait...  On the other side of the mansion, Claudia and Steven have marital problems.  She wants him, he wants newcomer Luke (who wouldn’t?).   Luke wins.  Not before having to confront the wife which would shake any gay fellow.  Speaking of gay dudes, in comes Daniel Reece, played by the legendary Rock Hudson.  He is Sammy Jo’s dad, a millionaire.  He has the hots for Krystle and since Krystle is not too fond of Blake these days, she is tempted.  He kisses her one day and all hell breaks loose, off-camera mostly.  This is the controversial season where it is revealed that Mr. Hudson has AIDS.  Has Linda Evans contracted it too?  Not to worry, we learn that it is transmitted only through blood and semen.  Unless she banged the guy in between scenes, which I sincerely doubt, she’s just fine.  Mr. Hudson passes away a few months later.  Rest in peace, sir. 

This is also the season where guest stars pop up: from Hudson to MAHOGANY Billie Dee Williams to LOVE STORY Ali McGraw.  The latter plays a renowned photographer who wants Blake but ends up with Jeff instead.  She helps him deal with Fallon’s apparent death.  Just as Luke does with Stephen’s homosexual urges (yay it’s back on!).  But before we can say happiness the couples are torn apart by the Moldavian massacre (the what?).  Indeed, during the wedding ceremony between Amanda and her prince charming Michael (whom she has chosen over mom’s hubby Dex—don’t ask) armed revolutionaries invade the chapel and shoot everyone.  Who will live who will die?  That, dear readers, the next season answers.  In the meantime back in Denver, Sammy Jo is fuming over the fact that her inheritance from daddy Reece who, like in real life, has died unexpectedly, is managed by her aunty Krystle.  She plans her own attack for season six, which indirectly states the outcome of Krystle’s chance of surviving in Moldavia (but did we really have any doubt?).  The season also ends with the revelation that Fallon isn’t dead after all.  She just changed faces and accents.  Gasp and double gasp—not.  

 

Until next post—Martin