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12.31.2011

Top Reads of 2011

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I love to read. I read over 200 M/M or male ménage books in 2011.

Not all of these books were published in 2011, in fact a few of them were published between 2007-2010 instead, but I just got to read them late. This is my Top Reads-list.

Best of the Best in no particular order:

Nothing Ever Happens by Sue Brown – This is a book about finding love where you don’t want to find it. It has a controversial theme (cheating) and in general, it’s not for everyone. But boy is it a great book!

Static by L.A. Witt - If you’re looking for a unique story, this is it. Transgender-theme.

Bear, Otter, and the Kid by T.J. Klune – The loveliest family story of the year. Great writing and just generally perfect, faulty, annoying, witty characters.

A Solid Core of Alpha by Amy Lane – The biggest genre-surprise of the year. I don’t like sci-fi. This book blew me away as a writer, as much as it did as a reader.

Hot Head by Damon Suede – What’s not to love about firemen and a great gay for you-story that is written in such a great way? Mhmm…

Kindred Hearts by Rowan Speedwell – Language, characters, making me read historical without cringing… Perfect.

Honorable Mentions:

I’ll Be Your Drill, Soldier by Crystal Rose – Army story. One of the best, heart wrenching, funniest stories out there.

Duck! by Kim Dare – This will forever be one of my favorite BDSM and shifter-books.

Take My Picture by Giselle Ellis – One of the most heart wrenching, beautiful stories out there.

Acquainted with the Night by Tymber Dalton – You could call this book crack-fiction. It’s a multiple partners-story, a sci-fi story and a story where males can get pregnant. It’s certainly not for everyone, but it will forever remain one of my favorite books despite my intentions of never reading it, lol.

Remastering Jerna by Ann Somerville – If you like BDSM, you need to read this book. That’s all.

Private Eye by S.E. Culpepper - A lovely, slow build and strong, likeable characters.

Rules of Engagement by L.A. Witt - Sensual, sexy, gorgeous book. (published in 2009)

Yakuza Pride by H.J. Brues – Made even someone who doesn’t generally go for Japan-themed things swoon. In so many ways…

Snakeskin Boots by Xara X. Xanakas – Shifters. All kinds of shifters. So much fun!

Room at the Top by Jane Davitt & Alexa Snow – One of my top BDSM-books of the year. Very fresh in the genre.

Dark Horse (and the rest of the series) by Kate Sherwood – Some of my favorite M/M/M-books.

Another Way by Anna Martin – I’m biased, because Anna is a friend, but I love this book so much.

Basic Training by Marquesate – I really like this a LOT. Another solid army-themed story.

I Was An Alien Cat Toy by Ann Somerville – Despite the stupid name, this books is GREAT. I didn’t like the ending, it’s not your typical HEA, so be forewarned. But it’s a lovely book nevertheless.

Muscling Through by J.L. Merrow – Different, funny, gorgeous story.

Between Sinners and Saints by Marie Sexton – Everyone who knows me knows how I shy away from anything religious. A religion as a theme makes me gag. That said, this is the only book I’ve read where it didn’t annoy me at all. A great read.

My Fair Captain (and the rest of the series) by J.L. Langley – I do know this is a book from 2007, but I just read it this year. Amazingly good read for someone who couldn’t care less about regency or sci-fi.

Visible Friend by K.Z. Snow – I don’t read paranormal as such, but I loved the unique take in this story.

The Locker Room by Amy Lane – Who wouldn’t love Xander and Chris.

Special Delivery and Double Blind by Heidi Cullinan – Both of these were published in 2010, but I read them this year and fell in love with all the main characters. Lovely writing and a great story.

Keeping Promise Rock (and the rest of the series) by Amy Lane – These books changed me as a writer, reader and as a person. I’m not even hesitant to say it. I love them so much.

Zero at the Bone by Jane Seville - This is a book from 2009 too, but I read it in early 2011. Definitely one of the best books I read all year.

Driftwood by Harper Fox – This was pretty much a done deal for me. It has everything I love in it and you should read it. Just because I say so.

08.20.2011

About respect and writing

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I vented about this on Twitter last night, but it didn’t leave me alone like I thought it would.

When we write, and by we, I mean us females who write M/M-romance, we get so much prejudice, so much “You can’t do that” thrown our way it feels that much worse, when we get it from another writer.

Now, I’m thinking the issue is mostly “girls can’t write guy/guy”-stuff. Bullshit. Anyone who is creative, has the words and the emotions, can write what ever they want. It’s just about being a good writer.

We also have people who write to aspire being The Great M/M-romance Writer, and then we have people like yours truly, who wants to write for people who like to read for the entertainment value. I don’t CARE if I’m the next big thing out there, but I do respect those who actually are. I’m not ambitious like that, I write because I have no choice.

Now, then there are people who look down on us poor beings who write entertainment. And I’m looking at one certain male author at the moment, singling him out because he singled us out first. I read his “how to write M/M-romance”-guide, and it came across terribly prejudiced and condescending. There was no respect what so ever for us who like to write things he doesn’t write.

In fact, this gentleman takes it as far as making this prejudice and disrespect part of his own books. There is a series of his that I liked a lot, that didn’t contain this as much as the NEXT series did. The next series… Let’s just say, the main character is a writer who dislikes and mocks everything he doesn’t like. This, incidentally, is exactly what the author of the series does not write.

So when did he turn his writing, which by the way is pretty good all the time, award-winning even, into a tool for disrespecting the people who don’t write the kind of books he does? I don’t know, and I frankly don’t care. He’s talented, he is, but when he works something like this into his books, I just throw my hands up and wonder what the hell did he and/or his editor see in this next quote.

She was a big girl. A very, very big girl. One of those very big girls who you fear won’t live to see forty if they don’t take action now.

Is this how he sees all women that are “big”? Is this just how he sees “big” women that are writers (as the character referred to in the quote just happens to be)?

Whatever the reason of this sort of politically very incorrect sh—stuff being published by someone who is supposed to be an author for us to look up to, I only have one thing to say; I quit.

I quit reading his books, and I’ll hold my chubby head up high and keep writing stuff that I and my readers find entertaining. They might never be the next big thing that wins awards, but hey, at least I did my best?

01.19.2011

News or Something Like Th…

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My first anthology-submission wasn’t accepted into the said anthology. However, the publisher is considering contracting it separately, so I’m waiting for a word on that.

I also sent another submission to another publisher today, it’s a short one, M/M/F-story. Soooo, we shall see what comes out of that as well.

My first full length story has been pre-read by a dear friend and I’m going to re-work it a bit before I’m even going to have it pre-edited etc. But it looks good, apparently, so who knows, maybe eventually I’ll actually have a real full length novel out there… ;)

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