Dustin Reviews: Bitch Hollywood by Robert Bryndza & Ján Bryndza



Bitch Hollywood
When handsome twenty-five year old Fillip wins the American Green Card Lottery, his dreams of being a Hollywood Costume Designer come a leap closer.

But Hollywood is a huge shock, moving from his cosy, comfortable life in London to the cut-throat world of Tinseltown.

Then a stroke of luck first meeting leads to a job with fading actress Veronica Madison – a movie star on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Soon Fillip is pulled into the dark and hilarious world she inhabits, surrounded by the famous (and infamous) residents of the Hollywood Hills.

Fillip faces a choice, to make his dream a reality should he become a manipulative fame-hungry wannabe? Or should he choose happiness and return to the love of his life he left back home in London?

Bitch Hollywood is a hilarious celebrity comedy about the trials of life and love in the city where dreams are supposed to come true.

Bitch Hollywood was a delightful humorous romp into Fillip’s topsy-turvy reality where if it could go bad, it usually did. Plagued with bad luck, poor timing and a small cast of dysfunctional one-dimensional Hollywood characters, Fillip treads water (so to speak) in an attempt to make his career dream come true in Hollywood. Bitch Hollywood is the cure to cheer any reader on a gray and gloomy day.

About the authors

Robert Bryndza

Robert Bryndza is a British born author and playwright, currently living in Slovakia. He originally trained as an actor, but was bitten by the writing bug when his play Branko & Branka: The Croatian Magic Sensation was a hit at the 2007 Edinburgh Festival.

He was a finalist in the 2010 BBC Drama Writers Academy and has published two novels, The Not So Secret Emails Of Coco Pinchard and Bitch Hollywood (co- written with Ján Bryndza). The latter was inspired by the year Robert and Ján spent living and working in Los Angeles.

Robert is currently working on a sequel to The Not So Secret Emails Of Coco Pinchard – Coco Pinchard’s Big Fat Tipsy Wedding – which will be published in May 2013.

If you fancy getting in contact with Rob visit his website at www.teambryndzabooks.com add him on Twitter: @RobertBryndza add him on Facebook :facebook.com/teambryndza or email him at robertbryndza@gmail.com

Jan Bryndza

Ján Bryndza is published author of bestseller Bitch Hollywood and was born in the magical town of Nitra, Czechoslovakia now Slovakia.

He has worked in the fashion industry his entire life, first as a Model and then a Stylist and Fashion Journalist. His work as a Stylist took him to Hollywood where he lived and worked for a year with his civil partner Robert Bryndza. Their adventures from this time were the inspiration and starting point for Bitch Hollywood.

Ján now lives in Nitra-Slovakia with Robert Bryndza, where they work together as Team Bryndza Books. He has just completed a Slovak translation of The Not So Secret Emails Of Coco Pinchard, which will be published by Ikar in 2013.

Bitch Hollywood is available at: Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Bitch-Hollywood-Celebrity-Comedy-ebook/dp/B0092FW64M

Page Count: 251 pages
Publication Date: August 25, 2012 (
Team Bryndza Books)
Language: English
ISBN:147915394X
ISBN13: 9781479153947
ASIN:B0092FW64M

4 out of 5 stars

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Dustin Reviews: If It Ain’t Love by Tamara Allen


If It Aint Love by Tamara Allen

In the darkest days of the Great Depression, New York Times reporter Whit Stoddard has lost the heart to do his job and lives a lonely hand-to-mouth existence with little hope of recovery, until he meets Peter, a man in even greater need of new hope.

A Goodreads M/M Romance Member’s Choice Awards Nominee

If It Ain’t Love isn’t a typical M/M Romance (cookie-cutter style) novel with in-your-face sex and shallow characters. Instead, Tamara Allen brings “real” characters to life in a well written feel-good story filled with human compassion. Although the story takes place during the Great Depression, it is written in a manner that the reader could easily mistake it for a contemporary tale. Timeless.

If It Ain’t Love is available at::Smashwords & Amazon

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/86037

http://www.amazon.com/If-It-Aint-Love-ebook/dp/B005KV1EHW

Print Length: 44 pages
Publication Date: August 25th 2011 by Tamara Allen
Language: English
ASIN: B005KV1EHW

4 out of 5 stars

HOLIDAY GIFT from Dustin Adrian Rhodes!


Till midnight on December 31, PULPIT to PORN (novella) can be digitally downloaded FREE of CHARGE.

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Down syndrome Awareness Month & PULPIT to PORN (novella)


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It’s a coincidence that PULPIT to PORN was released in time for Down syndrome Awareness Month.

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Reverend Marc Strawder’s life is turned upside-down when he is forced to make a life-altering sacrifice to save his beloved nephew’s life. Complications associated with Down syndrome put’s Marc’s nephew’s life in jeopardy as Marc’s life spins out of control.

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Published: 9-23-2012 
Word Count: 
27040 (approximate)
Language: 
English
ISBN-13: 
9781301396634
ISBN-10:1301396634
ASIN: B009FMVR6A

Available to purchase:

Amazon (Kindle or Paperback)
Smashwords

What I’ve learned from self-publishing


It’s been one year since I self-published my first novella. Boy was that an adventure and a half. Just months earlier I had written my first short story (Storm of Passion). The overwhelming positive feedback and encouragement I received from readers prompted me to write an expanded version of the original short story. Mind you, I had no prior writing experience or training, yet, I boldly went where I had never gone before.

The first draft of the manuscript was sent off to a small group of Beta readers who volunteered to give their feedback on my story, grammar, punctuation, etc. Their comments came back and I could barely make out the actual manuscript from their too numerous to count comments. I sifted through their notes and I made revisions to the manuscript. After reading my revised work, I created cover art for the book cover and then formatted the manuscript for submission to Amazon and Smashwords.

Already, I had learned some valuable lessons and more would follow:

  1. Importance of patience

    Take the time to do it right to my fullest ability. Don’t rush.

    My novel Auf Wiedersehen~Journey to Goodbye is the perfect example. It’s been three years in the making and it’s still morphing and improving as each day passes. This is the fourteenth re-write, the core story has not changed, but the manner of how the story unfolds has changed dramatically. Patience I tell myself – Rome was not built in a day.

  2. Importance of relying on the kindness of others

    I could save myself time and frustration if I do it alone, but the final outcome is more rewarding if I recruit outside help. Beta readers for example, they were wonderful. But they had not been in total agreement with their generous comments and suggestions during the Storm of Passion Beta read. I took from the experience the comments I was in agreement and revised the manuscript of my first novella.

  3. Importance of editing & proofreading

    Ok, here’s where I learned the valuable lesson about the importance of proper editing and proofreading. After the novella (Storm of Passion) was published, the reviewers comments were focused on the lack of and need of editing and proofreading. I will be the first to admit that I have no idea how to structure a proper sentence, my punctuation skills suck and I can’t spell worth a ding dong. But through my many flaws and inadequacies, I was still able to get the gist of my story across to most readers.

    An author friend told me that there are three kinds of writers:

    1. The technical writer: an individual that has the training and proficient skills to write professionally, but they aren’t as creative as a storyteller.

    2. The storyteller: an individual that can mesmerize his/her audience with endless stories, but can’t write a proper sentence if his/her life depended on it.

    3. The technical writer AND storyteller: an individual who possesses BOTH talents (like Stephen King or J.K. Rowling), but this kind of extraordinary talent only comes along once in a blue moon.

    So, I’ve accepted the fact that I can weave a yarn (in fact quite a few) but lack the technical training and ability. There are lots of folks in this world that are more than willing to assist, if only I ask.

  1. Importance of formatting

    Formatting a manuscript for self-publishing can be a chore and a headache. I read all the manuals and help hints and guidelines before I began my various forms of formatting for self-publishing. I applied all of the knowledge I had absorbed and began the online manuscript submission process. Overall, they came out ok, there were a few minor glitches I was unable to rectify.

    Recently the importance of proper formatting slapped me in the face (big time) as I read a self-published book on my Kindle. The text was all over the place, and not on just that page but the entire book. It was difficult to follow the story and especially the witty dialogue. I limped through the rest of the book, just because I was drawn into a wonderful story. Had the book been better formatted, the read would have been much more enjoyable. After all, isn’t that what a reader wants, an enjoyable read?

  2. Importance of believing in myself

    I’d have to say that the most important lesson I’ve learned is to believe in myself and to follow my dream. From the start, I realized that I had to block out the little voice inside me, the one that said I couldn’t do it. Because I ended up doing it! I had self-published my first book.

    I had considered the suggestions and comments from Beta readers and took what I deemed the better of the advice and applied it to my writing. I never compromised my story, but willingly listened to the advice along the way. Ultimately, that advice vastly improved my story.

    After the Beta read of my second novella Masked Identities, one of the Beta readers advised me to trash the whole manuscript as it was nothing but sheer crap. Sure, the comment stung, but I wasn’t about to let one person’s opinion squash my story. After all, for each story read, each individual reader will take away a different opinion. This particular comment had only been one person’s opinion. I forged ahead and self-published the manuscript. As of this writing, Masked Identities has two 5-star reviews posted on Amazon and additional 5-star reviews on other review sites.

  3. Importance of setting a goal

    Right from the start, I was determined to write and publish my stories, because I had tales to share. I wasn’t writing for fame or money, I wrote to tell my stories. Sure, my books haven’t graced the best-seller lists, nor have I received huge, whoppin’ commission checks, but that wasn’t my goal. I enjoy weaving my tales and hope that one or two readers will be whisked away from reality for a few minutes and settle into the fictional world I create in the form of a written story.

    Pulpit To Porn, my current WIP is just that kind of novella.

  4. What have I learned?

    More than I could have ever imagined. I’ve traveled to places and periods in history where it would have been otherwise impossible. I’ve become intimately acquainted with colorful characters living within my imagination. I’ve laughed. I’ve cried. I’ve cheered. I’ve told my yarn.

    That’s the reward of self-publishing …

Dustin Reviews: Man*hattan: a fairy tale by Philip Higgins



Meet Michael Dearborn. Telephone therapist by day, complete and utter mess by night.

It’s just another New York story of boy meets boy, boy breaks up with boy, boy gets depressed, works in the basement of a funeral home, drinks too much, wakes up in a strange bed, dates a crazy person, and still makes it to brunch in time to tell the tale.

Man*hattan: a fairy tale is a breath of fresh air – a thoroughly entertaining read. Philip Higgins writes in a style similar to that of Michael Thomas Ford, with a smattering of Bart Yates and a dash of Proust. Higgins takes the reader on a journey of discovery through a varying mix of human emotions with just the right amount of humor to make for a superb tale. His characters are colorful, yet believable and they jump to life right off the pages. Mr Higgins has a winner here! I look forward to more exciting tales from this new author.

About the author
Philip Higgins is a licensed clinical social worker and fiction writer. He lives in Massachusetts with his husband – whom he met, dated and, when he finally came to his senses, married in Manhattan – and their adorable son in a great big old house they never could have afforded in New York City.

 Man*hattan: a fairy tale is available at: Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Man-hattan-fairy-tale-ebook/dp/B008IXE5DO

Tags: gay romance and love, gay love triangle, gay college romance, gay college boys, gay college, gay adult romance, gay contemporary romance, gay erotic romance, gay romance, contemporary romance

Print Length: 241 pages
Publication Date: July 8, 2012
Language: English
ASIN: B008IXE5DO

5 out of 5 stars

Dustin Reviews: What A Tangled Web: A Non Fiction Narrative by Daniel Curzon


The Dark Side of the Internet appears in the form of a so-called Teacher Review website that becomes a source of Machiavellian deviltry.

A college teacher (Dr. Nathaniel Tack) runs into the dark side of the Internet when a libelous website is allowed to post lies. Also tells the story of being a gay father as well as being in a hard-fought love relationship with another man. A side theme is the stranglehold Political Correctness has on telling the truth.

What A Tangled Web was a delightfully funny story, but a difficult read due to a slaughtered job of Kindle formatting. The text was all over the place which made it difficult to follow the witty dialogue. Let’s not even begin on the long list of missing words and repeated phases. This manuscript needs a good thorough editing/proofreading. Overlooking the train-wreck technical flaws, the story was wonderful, it was just difficult to read due to the overwhelming amount of errors. I give the story a 5+, however the technical issues made for an uncomfortable read. Overall, the best I can rate this book is an anemic 3.

About the author

Daniel Curzon (born March 19, 1938) is the pen name of Daniel R. Brown. He is the author of Something You Do in the Dark, first published by G. P. Putnam in 1971 and which may be considered as one of the first gay protest novels.It is the story of a gay man’s attempt to avenge his entrapment by a Detroit vice squad police officer by murdering him.

Curzon has written other novels, including The Misadventures of Tim McPick (original title: Queer Comedy), From Violent Men, Among the Carnivores, The World Can Break Your Heart, Curzon in Love, The Bubble Reputation, or Shakespeare Lives!, and What a Tangled Web. His non-fiction books include The Big Book of In-Your-Face Gay Etiquette andDropping Names: The Delicious Memoirs of Daniel Curzon. This last was described by Ian Young in Torson as “ferociously honest and very funny” and by Philip Clark in Lambda Book Report as “a blunt, hilarious, page-turning ride that is…impossible to put down.”

Curzon edited and published the early homophile magazine “Gay Literature: A New Journal” In 1975 and 1976. The magazine included poetry, fiction, literary reviews, essays, photography, and short plays. Curzon’s own written work sometimes was included. Curzon contributed articles for other magazines such as “Gay Times” in 1976 and “Alternate” in 1978.

In the theater, Curzon won the 1999 National New Play Contest for Godot Arrives, and has won many other play contests, such as the Great Platte River Play Contest. His play My Unknown Son was produced off-Broadway at the Circle Rep Lab in 1987 and at the Kaufmann Theatre in 1988, as well as in Los Angeles in 1997. Baker’s Plays published Curzon’s one-act play, A Fool’s Audition. Seven volumes of his Collected Plays have been published as POD books through BookSurge.

Curzon, who is openly gay, is currently a retired professor of English.(Wikipedia)

What A Tangled Web: A Non Fiction Narrative is available at: Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/WHAT-A-TANGLED-WEB-ebook/dp/B003XT5J92

Tags: pet, chicago, alcoholism, sexual violence, rape, oral sex, black gay, dogs

Print Length: 569 pages
Publisher: IGNA Books (February 24, 2010)
Language: English
ASIN: B003XT5J92

3- out of 5 stars