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Remember When Authors Could Just Write Books? Why Your Readers Might Hate Your Author Platform!

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!

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Can Women Authors Write Gay Men?

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.

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My Thoughts on M/M Indie Book Reviews: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

10minutespastcoffee.wordpress.comSo 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…)

So You Want To Read M/M Gay Romance? Start Here…

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…)

Why I Prefer M/M Gay Romance: It’s All About The Men!

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…)

Weekendspiration: Go Outside, Enjoy Autumn!

The smell of the wet fallen leaves, the wood burning fireplace chimneys, a biting chill in the air nipping at your nose and ears, and then you walk into your home and you are greeted with the aroma of homemade soup and baked apple pie… it’s Autumn!  I originally posted this on my Pinterest board “Falling For Autumn” so I thought I would share it here.

Regardless of when your weekend is or how many days you have off, or if you work from home as I do, you owe it to yourself to enjoy everything Fall has to offer: beautiful weather, colorful landscapes in pumpkin, gold and every shade in-between. Throw on your favorite sweater, flannel shirt or grab a fuzzy, cozy blanket and gather around the fire pit for marshmallows, hotdogs and spiced cider! The following gorgeousness via Pinterest and Tumblr – Enjoy! (more…)