I have about 5 authors I watch like a stalker; patiently awaiting their next work of genius or maybe the next book in a series. I can picture them right now: sitting in their disheveled home office, coffee mug sitting dangerously close to the Mac’s keyboard, while they tap, tap, tap away creating pages upon pages of lyrical prose of love and lust between hot men. Lately though, I have noticed that my top five, instead of writing are more oft to be found in the hallowed halls of Facebook, Twitter or Goodreads touting their latest blog hop or giveaway. And you know what? I don’t blame them!
Or, as some have questioned, can female authors write a convincing male character, gay or not? Can she seriously know how a man thinks enough to produce a male protagonist a reader will care about enough to get completely lost in his manly sensibilities (or non-sense abilities), one who can be a total jerk and yet be scathingly swoon-worthy? I have one name for you: Rhett. Butler.
Mr. Butler was a rogue black-sheep who was thrown out of West Point, chronic gambler and pretty much an anti-war guy who left Scarlett-and-company alone to face the soldiers on the road back from Atlanta and lest we forget, turned his back on the spoiled heroine after letting her know he really didn’t give a damn anymore — he is what we would refer to today as a big, fat jerk. Margaret Mitchell, first and foremost was a woman, one who grew up in early 1900’s Atlanta; she wrote Gone With The Wind, Rhett Butler, when she was in her mid-twenties, married and the writer of a society column. So how was this woman able to flesh out such a believable and eventually beloved rascal of a character? Simple… observation.
Sometimes I just like to see images of men, doing manly things–remember, women are visual too–so whenever I want to highlight the male physique or talk about the things that make men, well, men… class will be in session. Manology 101 is a study of men and the male mind–just kidding, I meant body, the male body 😉 There are few places on the internet that truly showcase the ways of men in a positive light… until now! Today I thought I would showcase the male anatomy in black and white photography, which shows off the body beautifully! So, pin/reblog/post away, or maybe just get some inspiration!
So you’ve been living in Antartica studying the personal hygiene habits of Emporer Penquins for the past 3 years and you have no idea what this Pinterest-thing is, right? In a nutshell, Pinterest is a magical place where you can take all your favorite images and “pin” them to your virtual happy boards! In other words, it’s an online bulletin board–a place where you can have your dream kitchen full of amazing recipes you would never dare attempt, a dream home filled to the rim with Ralph Lauren styled furniture and decor that is way out of the average person’s price range and where you can plan your six-figure dream wedding to your perfect mate who looks an awful lot like Brad Pitt, George Clooney and David Gandy. (more…)
Don’t even tell me you didn’t scream at the T.V. when you saw Gone with the Wind for the first time; sitting there wide-eyed when the credits started rolling after the whole “…tomorrow is another day!” No way, Scarlett, it is NOT another day! I want to know where Rhett is going and I want you to gather up your big-ass hooped skirt and hightail it out to where ever he is and get that man back! I just spent 4-hours watching you pine over Ashley Wilkes for cryin’ out loud, waiting for you to come to your senses, and you’re going to just sit on the stairs?
What Margaret Mitchell failed to realize, is that Gone with the Wind needed to be a series; then maybe my 9-year old self wouldn’t have cried myself to sleep worrying over how lonely Scarlett was going to be without Rhett and how much I wanted to slap someone–namely Scarlett–for leaving me hanging. I would have been more like my 15-year old self when I watched in utter horror as the Millenium Falcon sped away from the rebel cruiser while Luke and Leia watched. Even though I wanted to strangle George Lucas in a very bad way, I knew I had something to look forward to; I had the third installment of the series to finish the story (or so I thought).
So I’m on my computer perusing Amazon.com, adding M/M books to my wishlist, reading author bio pages (and, yes, they get read so please make sure you dust them off occasionally) and I wanted to leave a review for a book I had just finished. I ended up in the reviews of one of my all-time favorite M/M books, a book written by an established author of the genre with a hefty backlist and lots of kudo awards, and stopped dead in my tracks after reading a two-star review that went something like this:
Adult book,… this book is NOT a christian book… this was not for me at all…
Seriously? An “adult” book? (This woman obviously has no idea what “adult” is!) I thought maybe there was a mistake in the description or in the category selections, so I read the book’s entire product page and guess what? Nope, no mistakes to be had. The categories for this book were as they should be–gay romance, gay fiction, etc.– and the description described the two main characters as attracted to each other and it talks about the “other gay man” in town as well. I just couldn’t help myself, I left a comment on that one letting this woman know exactly what the description explained about the two men and that with an easy scroll of the mouse she could have looked at the categories and known what the heck she was buying. How can someone have the where-with-all to set up an Amazon account and not know how to read a book’s product page and figure out that a book– with two shirtless men on the cover!–is NOT a christian book? Holy crap! (more…)
O.k., so you’re curious and want to try something new but you’re a little nervous, not sure if you can do it. Maybe it will be too much too fast, or worse maybe you will like it and suddenly you are not who you thought you were… gasp! No, we’re not talking about sexual orientation here, you just want to read an M/M erotic romance!
First of all you need to know that there are a whole slew of the most talented and amazing authors you have never heard of and many of them have been writing M/M for many years with very healthy backlists containing some of the best book series I have ever had the privilege to read (and obsess over), so needless to say there are literally thousands of gay romance books to choose from. So then where do you start if you’re just dipping your toe in and crossing over for the first time? (more…)