Sunday, July 26, 2015

Is gay romance about to disappear? #MM #GayRom

OMG, gay romance is dead!

I've seen this discussion in several places and to be honest, can't believe anyone is taking it seriously. I love the optimism that anti-gay hatred is about to be a thing of the past, but let's be realistic. That's not going to happen.

Do you want to know how big an impact marriage equality will have on the plight of the gay community we write about? Look at Toronto. The gay capital of Canada. Host to World Pride. The shining example of equality in North America with over ten years of legalized same-sex marriage.

It's the ideal city, right? Look a little closer.

Until this year, they had a bigot for Mayor, who refused to attend Gay Pride. He would purposely plan family vacations out of town to create a convenient excuse to miss it. The year he didn't do so led to his public admission that he doesn't like gay people and doesn't want to have to deal with a parade in their honor. He even refused to participate in World Pride and led a protest to remove the rainbow flag from city hall.

Toronto also has an unresolved issue with homeless LGBT kids. They have similar statistics to major cities in the U.S. More than 30% of their homeless teens are LGBT, on the street because their families can't deal with their sexuality or gender identity.

Yes, Canada, our usually level-headed neighbors to the north who jumped this equality hurdle ten years ago.

They have anti-gay hate crimes and poverty and sex trafficking of young LGBTs. 

In other words, they still look a lot like the US in some important ways. This is why activists keep saying don't take your foot off the gas. Laws don't change attitudes overnight. We're still fighting for blacks rights and women's rights and those laws passed a long time ago.

For M/M authors who only write about the sorrow of relationships that can never be legal, yes. I'm sure they'll have issues selling that plot, but that doesn't mean the genre is dying. It just means some people are out of touch with the reason readers like gay romance. The angst inspired by discrimination isn't what leads people to coo over adorable gay couples online. It's not why the gay porn industry has such a tremendous following of female fans. It's something else and as long as M/M authors continue to tap into that, books will sell because that same-sex dynamic strikes a chord with readers. It's a unique pairing they can't find in any other genre and that's why they're snatching stories off the shelves as fast as we can write them.

We of all people should know better than to ask what to write now that marriage equality is no longer an issue. Even if someone waved a wand and the anti-gay sentiment evaporated overnight, there would still be stories to write because gay men have the same struggles with relationships as everyone else. How do you find a good guy among a sea of people who only want to hook up? How do you find Mr. Wonderful when you live in a small town and can't afford to run off to college? Once you find the guy you want to settle down with, how do you deal with psychotic in-laws? What happens when the passion dies? What happens when you suspect your perfect guy is having an emotional affair with someone online? What do you do when your guy's ex-boyfriend/ex-husband comes back to town and you're terrified it will lead to something?

Romance is romance. It's all the same craziness because it's all the same love.

Write on, people! This isn't the end. It's the start of a new book in the series.

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Guest Post - THE KLOCKWERK KRAKEN by Aidee Ladnier #scifi #gay #giveaway

Introducing Aidee Ladnier's latest release
The Klockwerk Kraken.

Title: The Klockwerk Kraken
Author: Aidee Ladnier
ISBN: MLR-1-02015-0415
Pages: 155
Cover Artist: Deana Jamroz
Editing: Kris Jacen

When the right space pilot walks into his bar, a desperate bartender uses all his wiles (and tentacles) to talk the man into business and his bed--but the spacer is still enslaved by his past and isn't sure he can deal with a two-armed lover, much less one with six.

As the supply shipments stop coming, Teo Houdin needs all his tentacles to keep his waystation bar open. Facing a riot by thirsty miners stranded in the backwater of the galaxy, Teo helps a greenie space pilot buy a ship in return for a regular haul of liquor. But he longs for the courage to invite the enigmatic spacer to fill his lonely bed as well.

Still smarting from his newly implanted navigational ports, Jimenez knows owning his own ship will prevent him from ever being bought and sold again. For a former slave, transporting cargo through the emptiness of space sounds like paradise, but after meeting the compassionate and sexy Teo, his heart feels empty, too.

At the edge of the galaxy's spiral arm, can Teo convince Jimenez that the heart has its own tentacles and theirs should be entwined forever?

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Teo delayed last call, loathe to break up the party atmosphere imbuing the bar, but his eyelids drooped and his knees ached. The collective groan at his declaration made him smile. He filled the last orders and then began cleaning up as patrons finished their drinks, paid their tabs, and ambled away. Until only he and Jimenez remained. He chuckled at Jimenez staring glassy-eyed at the half-filled shelves of alcohol behind the bar.

“Hey, spacer, need help walking to your room?”

Teo sauntered out from the bar in the time it took Jimenez to twist on his stool and catch himself from falling down. Teo smirked. “Yeah. Looks like you can use some help.”

“I jush bought a sssship.” Jimenez’s unfocussed eyes alighted on Teo as he encircled arms and tentacles around the spacer to keep him on his feet while they ascended the stairs.

“I heard.” Teo grinned. “Bet she’s a beauty.”

“Ish the mosh beautiful sssship in the galaxy.” Jimenez’s words slurred like so much syrup from his mouth.

“You’ll have to give me a tour of her.” Teo pulled him closer as Jimenez stumbled against the railing.

“Why’re you a Pod?” Jimenez squinted at him, a wrinkle folding the skin between his brows.

Teo’s smile faltered. Jimenez still had a problem with his arms. It was just like Teo’s perverse cock to yearn for the one guy skeeved out by tentacles.

“Just born that way.” He propped the spacer against the door of his room and pressed his palm to the lock.

“But you’re sho…” The spacer’s clumsy hand reached to pat at Teo’s cheek. Teo leaned away from the flailing fingers.

“Yeah, I know. Irresistible.” The words lingered bitter on his tongue leaving a terrible taste behind. Why did he attract the thrill-seekers and drunks? Why couldn’t he find a nice sober guy? No doubt it had something to do with where he worked.

“Unab— unatt— unobtai—” Jimenez swallowed turning a little green. Teo shuffled him inside and toward the bathroom.

“No.” The spacer stopped him by clamping a hand on the doorframe. “I won’t get sick. I—” Jimenez turned in his arms and kissed Teo flat on the mouth.

The sour taste of whiskey met his tongue as the spacer took advantage of the shock that opened Teo’s mouth. The warm wet seduction of his lips and the prickle of his short beard sent an instant bolt of arousal to Teo’s cock. In response, all his arms pulled Jimenez closer. A fire ignited in his groin and his cock hardened. Teo longed to rub the man against his body until he came, kissing his mobile lips and sucking each bloom of pleasure from his mouth.

Jimenez’s fingers tunneled through his hair, holding their mouths together. The urgency of the kiss had Teo backing him against a wall for leverage, and the spacer retaliated by wrapping his legs around Teo’s body. Teo’s tentacles supported the spacer’s thighs while he pressed into the warm, willing heat of Jimenez.

Then the kiss changed, slowed, turned hesitant as the spacer’s hands roamed to his back, to where his shirt material opened around the extra arms. Jimenez shrank back.

The silence stretched between them as their panting breaths became the sole sound pounding against Teo’s ears. Jimenez unwound his legs from Teo. Teo retreated, removing himself from Jimenez’s grasp. He swallowed the bitter aftertaste of their kisses.

“Good night.”

Teo shut the door with a soft snick, wishing he’d slammed it.

The next morning, the spacer left before Teo woke. 

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Aidee Ladnier began writing fiction at twelve years old but took a hiatus to be a magician’s assistant, ride in hot air balloons, produce independent movies, collect interesting shoes, and amass a secret file with the CIA. A lover of genre fiction, it has been a lifelong dream of Aidee's to write both romance and erotica with a little science-fiction, fantasy, mystery, or the paranormal thrown in to add a zing.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Never Apologize! #readerprobs

So many lessons came out of the recent Q&A debacle on Twitter, it's a buffet of "don't let this happen to you!"

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1. If you have a controversial book, it's not a great idea to open the mic for comments in the International Den of Trolls. (Some people call it Twitter.)
2. Unless you are 1Direction, it's not a good idea to open the mic for comments on Twitter, period.
3. If you're a published author do NOT publicly attack another author. (The number of readers saying they were adding authors to their 'never buy' list because of Twitter and FB comments was surprising.)
4. One more time: if you want to be taken seriously as a professional, you have to act like a professional. Never rise to the bait.
5. Authors have their reasons for not liking a book. Readers don't always share them.
6. Never shame readers for liking a story.

This one is the most important:

7. Never apologize for what you like to read!

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I saw many comments during the last few weeks about people feeling ashamed to admit they read certain books because they know they'll have to defend their choice. They felt almost personally attacked, and certainly personally offended, by the comments made to and about the author of the books they love. That's too bad, especially if that negativity is coming from other authors.

I did my best to stay out of that inferno, but if I made a comment any of you FSoG fans found offensive, I apologize. I don't think anyone should ever be shamed for what they read.

That brings me to the point of this post. Never apologize for liking books, guys. Hold your e-reader high, give the critics the finger, and keep right on reading. As the saying goes: let your freak flag fly! If you love BDSM, be an unashamed reader. If you like erotica, MFM, sweet, the dirty pleasure of a deliciously trashy romance, or anything else that gets your motor running, read it with pride! You have no reason to feel ashamed.

Readers rock! Without you guys we'd be sitting at home writing stories to ourselves. If we authors get too mouthy about books we don't like, tell us to shut up and remind us we should be glad you're reading at all!

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