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…)
As I mentioned in my previous post I evolved from reading just non-fiction self-help guru’s and biographies (of people with way more interesting lives than my own) to reading the erotic romance novels of great authors such as Karen Marie Moning, Maya Banks and Sherrilyn Kenyon, to name only a few (there are many!) – but it was the book Tempted by Megan Hart that really turned things around for me.
Just to recap: Tempted is about the perfect and cozy married life of Anne and James, living on a lake, crazy about each other, etc. Then James gets a call from a long, lost college buddy, Alex, who accepts James’ invite to stay the summer before Alex leaves to travel overseas. What transpires is a subtle realization that things are not what they seem in Anne’s world – she both fears and is tantalized by James and Alex’s intimate friendship. It’s a great story, but to me the ending was deflating – I felt as though Alex’s decision in that final scene went against everything he was built up to be, but of course I don’t know Alex like the author does so my ‘perception’ of Alex from the book was just that, mine alone. (more…)
A little background:
I have read books all of my life. I remember, at the earliest age, sitting on a swing in my backyard reading the Little House on the Prairie and Nancy Drew books as fast as humanly possible. I was lost in the world of Laura and Nancy – their loves, home life, daily adventures everything was fascinating to a young girl growing up in Nowhere-in-Particular, Indiana. After several years, in my teens, I graduated to biographies, I’m not sure why but the idea of reading about someone else’s life, since mine was dull as dish water, intrigued me and for about the next 10 years they dominated my reading library. (more…)