Tempted by the Plot of Another by Nicole Kimberling

For those of you who do not know me, I am an editor. Traditionally, I am that person who reads your manuscript and then complains about the number of times you use the word, “look,” when you could have used a stronger verb. For a while, I thought policing vocabulary was enough. Sure, some parts of some manuscripts disturbed me, some characters seemed really dumb but I didn’t think much of it. Then I began to see a sinister pattern of abuse emerging within the great flood of fiction. Time…

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Catch the Follow Me Into Darkness Reboot Tour + Exclusive Posts and Giveaway!

If you loved last year’s Mardi Gras release, Follow Me Into Darkness, you’ll love it EVEN MORE this Mardi Gras with a fun reboot tour featuring all new posts and audio from Santino Hassell, J.R. Gray, Roan Parrish, J.C. Lillis, and Kris Ripper + a big giveaway, and a little something more from 2/26 – 3/5 only… Site Post Type When Just Love Reviews Exclusive Audio Excerpt from Touched, read by Roan Parrish + Giveaway 2/25 Booknista Exclusive Excerpt Teaser from If We Be Friends by J.C. Lillis + Giveaway…

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Men in Romance: What’s In a Name? by TJ Klune

  Men in Romance is a series of posts focusing on the various experiences and perspectives of men who write romance. Read more from this series here.   Back in the spring of 2011, I was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, completely unaware of what being published actually meant. I had submitted my first book to a publisher—with the odd title of Bear, Otter, and the Kid—and it had been accepted. I was in a state of shock, unsure of how it had happened, a majority of me convinced that it was…

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Men in Romance: Mountaineers in Love by Jeff Mann

Men in Romance is a series of posts focusing on the various experiences and perspectives of men who write romance. Read more from this series here.   I’m both flattered and bemused by the opportunity to write a post for Men in Romance. When I try to imagine a typical romance writer, I envision the hysterically funny Matt Lucas on Little Britain portraying Dame Sally Markham, a character based on Dame Barbara Cartland.  Dame Sally—an obese elderly woman with a silvery hairdo, dressed in pearls and an elegant pink gown—sprawls…

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Men in Romance: M in a W M4M World by Edmond Manning

Men in Romance is a series of posts focusing on the various experiences and perspectives of men who write romance. Read more from this series here. I’ve been avoiding writing this guest blog post for weeks, though almost daily, I’ve been ruminating.  It takes a lot of effort to ruminate. Big Author Word. In some ways, this seems like a no-win topic. Whenever a gay man discusses being a writer in a woman-dominated genre, discussion often intensifies into a “who belongs here” argument. Let’s skip to its resolution: women belong…

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So what does blogging mean to me by Abby, Crime by the Book

Growing up, I always aspired to having a “serious” job. I’m not sure when this idea first took hold, but by age 11 I was committed to being a lawyer. (If we’re being totally honest, it started from a combination of “Legally Blonde” and Nancy Drew books.) So much about me changed in the following years, but that goal remained until one day during my junior year of college, I looked up and found that I hardly recognized myself. In constant pursuit of what I believed to be the ultimate…

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Let’s talk books by Jay, Joyfully Jay

Hi everyone! My name is Jay and I run a review blog called Joyfully Jay where we review gay romance and more (the “more” being some other GBLT romance and romantic fiction). I am closing in on my fifth year of blogging and I will tell you, things aren’t anything like I expected when I started. First off, I didn’t really intend it to be a review blog. I kind of figured it would be a personal blog where I talked about books, tv, or other random things about which…

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Baby Steps, Talk to My Characters Again by Rebecca Grace Allen

My characters aren’t speaking to me right now. It’s not very nice when they do that, although in the past I’ve been happy for the break. They would pipe up with lines of dialog when I was driving. Full-on scenes appeared in my head when I was working out. They’ve woken me up in the middle of the night with their stories screaming to be told. Now, they’re quiet. To be fair, that happens to a lot of writers. Your muse takes a day off and the words won’t come….

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