PUBLISHER: AVID PUBLISHING LLC PUBLISHER WEBSITE: https://www.avid-publishing.com
RELEASE DATE: May 22, 2018
GENRE: Avid book, MM, Contemporary, Romantic Comedy/Drama, New/Young Adult.
WORD COUNT: 66,480 words
PAGE COUNT: 285 pages
The Rushes is a brisk and funny tale of friendship, love and ambition set in present-day Hollywood. Aspiring filmmakers Jamie Alford and his BFF, Carson Thorne, must navigate the industry’s ruthless politics and ingrained prejudices, while also trying to maneuver the treacherous waters of romance.
For years, Jamie has been obsessing on his ex, the tortured Owen Worth. And just as he’s about to start afresh with a dashing young producer, Owen reappears to complicate his life.
Carson, who has put romance on the back burner to focus on his career (much to the chagrin of his friend and former film professor, David Mendoza), falls hard for a wildly ambitious screenwriter.
When Jamie and Carson’s best-laid plans are sabotaged by jealousy and betrayal, they must band together to help one another move forward both in their professional and personal lives. But after all, isn’t that what best friends are for?
If it had only been a one-time thing, Jamie would have written off the encounter as the byproduct of adolescent hormonal fever. Even the most devout young man can succumb to temptation. But the next night, Owen was sitting outside his cabin again. And the next night and the next.
Each evening, they headed for the lake where they swam naked and kissed and held on to one another for dear life. And each night the lovemaking got better, until Jamie couldn’t believe that a few nights earlier, Owen had been a virgin; that he’d never even been kissed.
Now Jamie finally understood what it was all about; why wars were waged, kingdoms upended, hearts decimated. All for love.
No, it’s not love, Jamie, it’s lust. You’re too young to be in love.
But what may have begun as lust was growing into something more. He and Owen shared intimacies and affection and laughter. Even during the day, whenever they were within sight of each other, an unmistakable electrical charge passed between them. It was hard to miss, and even Toby picked up on it.
“Hey, what’s up with you and Big Bird?” he asked.
Jamie deflected by mentioning the family connection, but the explanation was paper thin.
“Spare me,” Toby said. “I’ve mooned over guys before. I know the look when I see it. You’re not fooling me and I hope you’re not fooling yourself.”
It was all happening so quickly that Jamie seesawed between euphoria and angst. The most telling sign that his emotional equilibrium had been compromised came during his phone calls to
Carson, during which he did not allude to Owen, except for that one time at the beginning of the summer when he mentioned meeting him. “He’s just about what you’d expect. Total loser.”
As far as Carson was concerned, he was still hooking up with Toby. And whenever he inquired, Jamie carefully steered the conversation back to Carson, which required very little effort. Jamie had long ago made peace with the fact that Carson’s favorite topic of conversation was himself – with movies running a close second – and used it to his advantage.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Richard Natale is a Los Angeles-based writer and journalist. His short stories have appeared in such literary journals as Gertrude Press, MCB Quarterly, Wilde Oats, Chelsea Station Magazine, Hollywood Dementia and the anthologies, Image/Out, Happy Hours and Off the Rocks. His novel CAFE EISENHOWER, was an Honorable Mention for the Rainbow Book Awards. Other novels include LOVE ON THE JERSEY SHORE, JUNIOR WILLIS, the YA fantasy adventure THE GOLDEN CITY OF DOUBLOON and the short-story collection, ISLAND FEVER. Additionally, Natale wrote and directed the feature film GREEN PLAID SHIRT, which was a closing night attraction at the Palm Springs Film Festival and played at twenty-five film festivals around the world.
Q. What inspired you to start writing?
A. My inspiration was having to make a living. Right out of grad school. Needed a job. Became a daily newspaper reporter. Learned how to write by writing every day.
Q. What was your childhood career dream?
A. My first dream was acting. But I soon learned that the downside of being an actor was having to work with other actors.
Q. What do you like to do when not writing?
A. I read. I watch movies. I listen to music.
Q. Which Author(s) inspire you and your writing?
A. Colm Toibin, Alan Bennett, Michael Cunningham, Alan Hollinghurst, Christopher Isherwood, Gore Vidal.
Q. What is an everyday writing life for you like?
A. Sometimes a pleasure. Sometimes torture.
Q. What is the hardest part about writing for you?
A. Self-doubt, procrastination.
Q. Which book was your debut release?
A. For Avid it was The Rushes. My first novella was Junior Willis. My first novel, Cafe Eisenhower
Q. Tell us about the book published by Avid and your writing process for it.
A. The Rushes grew out of my years reporting on the movie business as well as the numerous short stories I’ve written for Hollywood Dementia.com.
Q. Which character was the hardest for you to write in the book published by Avid.
A. The hardest character was the co-protagonist Jamie Alford, who has the biggest character arc.
Q. How do you come up with the titles of your book?
A. Sometimes it’s right there in front of me. The Rushes was the most difficult because it’s metaphorical. Rushes are raw film footage that has to be edited and coordinated into a movie.
The two main characters are like raw footage and have the edit their lives together. To use what’s good. To discard what doesn’t work.