Tag Archives: Author

A Place to Call Their Own by Dean Pace-Frech #giveaway

Today I have Dean Pace-Frech visiting to celebrate the second edition publication of his book A Place to Call Their Own.

APTCTO

Blurb

Frank Greerson and Gregory Young have been discharged from the Army and are headed to their childhood homes. They both defied their parents in 1861 when they joined the Army. After battling southern rebels and preserving the Union of the United States of America, the two men set out to battle the Kansas Prairie and build a life together. Once they find their claim, they encounter common obstacles to life on the Kansas Prairie in 1866: Native Americans, tornadoes, wild animals, and weather.

When a prairie fire destroys their crops and takes their neighbor’s lives, Frank and Gregory are instructed to find their young son’s aunt. Faced with leaving a destroyed claim, the railroad coming through their land, and dwindling funds, Frank and Gregory must decide whether to leave the place they have worked hard to make their own or fulfill their friends’ dying wishes.

Buy Links:

JMS Books

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Excerpt:

You two together, or…” Mr. McAvoy asked with a puzzled look on his face.

Mrs. McAvoy raised an eyebrow, also curious about the situation.

Gregory gave Frank a nervous and mischievous look and answered, “Ah, yes, sir. We planned to each get a claim and build one house for now, help each other out.”

The answer seemed to satisfy both Mr. and Mrs. McAvoy. “That sounds like a good idea. It’d be nice to have a few neighbors around to help with things once in a while. And what I wouldn’t give to have had just one other man to help me with some of the house building and stable. You stay around here, and you’ll need a stable. Wolves and coyotes will get your livestock if you don’t.”

“How did you protect yourself before? This stuff doesn’t get built in a day.” Gregory asked.

“It takes ’em a while to figure out you’re here. And of course, it’s worse in the winter than this time of year. They haven’t been quite so bad the last few weeks, have they?” he directed to his wife.

“No, they calmed down. Hopefully they’ve been preying on the deer that are eating my potato plants.” answered Mrs. McAvoy. “You two want to stay for supper? I’ve got a big pot of rabbit stew on the stove.”

“It’ll be good, I promise. She’s done great cooking whatever I can find for us,” Mr. McAvoy added.

Gregory ignored the invitation. “How’s the hunting around here? You do good during the winter months?”

“Yeah, in the fall it’s the best—the animals are all fat and sassy from the summer. You can tell the bucks from the does, and you don’t have to worry about orphaning a young deer like you do now. There are plenty of rabbits and prairie chickens right now. You can find squirrels…”

“And the meadowlarks do fine, too, in a pinch,” piped in Mrs. McAvoy. “Now, what about supper?”

“We appreciate the offer, ma’am,” Frank spoke up. “But we’re just trying to find us our claims and be done with traveling. We’ve been traveling nearly six weeks now. It has been that long since we had a decent home-cooked meal, but we need to keep moving on today.”

They both remembered the last time they joined anyone for dinner. The McAvoys seemed harmless, but Frank and Gregory were both a bit shy about joining anyone else at this point.

“Yeah, we’re getting close to where we want to settle,” Gregory added. “We appreciate the offer and all, but we just want to keep moving.”

Mrs. McAvoy smiled, turned, and ran into the house with her load of laundry. Neither Frank nor Gregory knew if she was hurt because they declined the supper invitation or just needed to get back to her household chores.

“We understand that. Took us nearly six months to get here from New York, where we come from. We stayed with some relatives along the way, but the missus did appreciate it when we finally stopped here.”

“Well, we appreciate your hospitality and all your help. We should probably get going,” Frank said, glancing at Gregory.

“If you happen to end up around here, don’t be strangers. Just let us know where you’re at,” Mr. McAvoy replied.

“It’s a deal, sir,” Frank said and extended his hand.

Mr. McAvoy walked over and took it. After they were done, McAvoy stepped away from the wagon.

Gregory slapped the reins and yelled “giddyap,” and the horses sprang forward.

A frantic Mrs. McAvoy yelled from inside the house, “Wait!”

Frank grabbed Gregory’s arm to stop him. Gregory pulled back on the reins.

Mrs. McAvoy came out of the cabin with a small basket covered with flour sack cloth.

“This here isn’t much, but maybe it will allow you to rest once you stop for the night. I put two crocks of my stew in there and part of the bread I baked for our supper tonight. I don’t know why I did it, but something told me to make extra bread today.”

“We’re mighty obliged, ma’am. This will help. Now we don’t have to worry about hunting anything for our dinner. We’ll just warm this by the fire and be ready to go,” Gregory spoke up.

“Yes, ma’am. We are getting a bit worn out by this trip,” Frank said. He grinned at Gregory and said, “Hopefully, we’ll be finding our home soon.”

Both men tipped their hats once more, and Gregory got the horses going again.

Dove and Daisy lumbered along for the rest of the afternoon and into the early evening. Before they realized it, the wagon climbed a gentle, gradual grade. The early evening sun blinded them as they reached the crest of the ridge. At the top, Frank looked over his shoulder where the wagon had just been. There he saw the trail left by the wagon and horses in the prairie grass. To the west, a line of trees indicated a creek, river, or some sort of waterway. The sun drenched the entire landscape in its golden hue. He looked at Gregory, and they both knew this was their new home. They had arrived on the homestead.

“Welcome home, Frankie!” Gregory yelled at the top of his lungs.

————-

Giveaway:

In celebration of the release of A Place to Call Their Own, Dean is giving away three copies of his novel, Disappear With Me.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

With inspiration from historical tourism sites, the love of reading, and a desire to write a novel, Dean started crafting his debut novel, A Place to Call Their Own, in 2008. After four years of writing and polishing the manuscript, it was accepted and originallypublished 2013. His second novel, Disappear With Me, set in Edwardian England was published later that same year. Both novels were re-released in May 2015.

Dean lives in Kansas City, Missouri with his husband, Thomas (legally as of February 14,2015), and our two cats. They are involved in their church and enjoy watching movies, outdoor activities in the warmer weather and spending time together with friends and family. In addition to writing, Dean’s hobbies include reading and patio gardening.

Dean is currently working a standalone title, Need Your Love, set in 1966, and The Higher Law, a continuation of the story of Frank and Gregory’s family set in the 1930s.

Connect with Dean Pace-Frech

Email deanfrech@aol.com

Blog: Dean’s Web Site

Facebook: Dean Pace-Frech, Author page or send a friend request Dean Pace-Frech.

Twitter: @deanpacefrech

Google+: +deanpacefrech

Goodreads: Dean Pace-Frech

Pinterest: Dean Pace-Frech


Jay Northcote’s “The Marrying Kind”

Today I have a taste of Jay Northcote’s latest, The Marrying Kind. Check out this fun excerpt!

Final Banner300x250

Blurb

 

Five sex-free dates—how hard can it be?

When they were at uni, Owen always had a bit of a crush on Nathan. But Nathan was apparently straight, and Owen was too busy with other guys to take his crush seriously.

When Nathan moves back to Bristol after a year away, Owen hears that Nathan has come out of the closet, and he propositions him. Nathan doesn’t want to be just another notch on Owen’s bedpost, though, so he challenges Owen to prove he can be serious: five dates before they have sex.

Owen doesn’t think that sounds too difficult. He’s expecting Nathan to find his charms irresistible anyway. But as they grow closer, Owen begins to care more about proving himself to Nathan than he does about getting him into bed.TheMarryingKind_FINAL

Excerpt

“So,” Owen began. “I gather you’re into cock now?”

Nathan’s eyes widened, and his cheeks flushed pink. “Um…. Yes?”

“Cool. So, do you wanna get out of here and go someplace to fuck, or suck, or whatever?”

Nathan raised his eyebrows. “Seriously?”

“Yeah.” Owen let his gaze slide down over Nathan’s torso to land on his crotch. It looked like Nathan might be getting a little hard. Either that, or he was a shower rather than a grower. “I always thought you were hot. I just never knew you swung my way. So how about it?”

Nathan cleared his throat and shifted uncomfortably in his seat. He was definitely getting hard. Owen lifted his eyes expecting to see a smile. But Nathan was frowning and biting his lip.

“That’s flattering, but I’m not interested.”

Owen raised an eyebrow and glanced briefly at the bulge in Nathan’s jeans again. “You sure about that?”

Nathan’s face was even pinker now, but he held Owen’s gaze. “I’m not interested in a hookup. I’ve been there, done that, and decided casual sex isn’t for me. I’m looking for something more serious.”

Owen blinked. This wasn’t how the conversation was supposed to go. He found himself blurting out his next words without thinking. “What, like a relationship? I could have a relationship. With you, I mean.”

Nathan chuckled then, a snort of laughter that raised Owen’s hackles, because what the fuck? He’d made a move and was being laughed at. That wasn’t cool.

“What’s so fucking funny?”

“Sorry.” Nathan pulled himself together and pasted on a more serious expression. “But Owen. You don’t do relationships. Everyone knows that. I know what you were like at uni, and from what I’ve heard on the grapevine, you haven’t changed much. And that’s fine—each to their own. But I don’t want to be another notch on your bedpost. I’d rather be friends with you than one of your conquests.”

Owen’s irritation rose, and he resisted the urge to pout childishly, but he wasn’t prepared to back down. Nathan’s words had stung, because yes—Owen would be the first to admit he was a bit of a tart on the surface, but at least he was honest about it. He’d never strung anyone along or made promises he couldn’t keep. And he’d never met anyone who made him want more than a one-night stand or a few casual no-strings repeats.

But that didn’t mean he wasn’t capable of having a relationship, and he found himself wanting to prove to Nathan that he wasn’t as bad as his reputation seemed to imply.

“Will you go on a date with me instead, then?” he asked.

“A date?” Nathan narrowed his eyes. “What, so we eat first and then have sex? I’m not sure that would be any better.”

“We don’t have to have sex!” Owen protested, raising his voice in frustration, then lowering it quickly as he noticed a few people glancing their way. “Jesus. Contrary to popular opinion, that’s not the only thing I’m interested in.”

“So if we went on a date, you wouldn’t expect me to put out?” Nathan’s lips quirked in amusement. He seemed to be enjoying this conversation a little too much.

“Not unless you wanted to.”

“I’d like to get to know you better first. I think we’d need more than one date for that.”

“Okay, so what’s your magic number? Try me.”

Nathan’s brow furrowed as he considered the question for a moment.

“Five,” he finally said. “Five sex-free dates. Then when we’ve had a chance to connect, we can take it from there. Oh… and in case it wasn’t obvious, if this is going to be a relationship, I’d expect you to be exclusive.” Nathan sat back in his seat and folded his arms. “So, what do you say?”

Owen glared at him. Nathan’s pink lips stretched further as he grinned, and all Owen could think was how he wanted to come all over Nathan’s smug face.

“I’m in.”

Nathan’s smile vanished abruptly. “You’re… what, really?”

“Really.” Owen smirked, finding Nathan’s obvious surprise very satisfying. “Five dates with no sex. So, when are you free this week? I can see you every night apart from Thursday, so if you’re free to meet most nights we can be done with all five dates by next weekend.”

“Oh no. No way.” Nathan shook his head. “If we’re going to take things slow, the dates need to be spread out. One a week for five weeks.”

Somehow Owen had thought his loophole was too good to be true.

“You drive a hard bargain, but okay.” He shrugged, conceding some ground, but not defeated. “Next weekend for our first date then?”

“Okay.”

“And while we’re discussing ground rules for this… whatever-the-fuck this is.” Owen waved his hand disparagingly. “What are we counting as sex for the no-sex rule? No fucking obviously, but does that extend to no blowing each other? No handjobs? What about dry humping?”

“Shh!” Nathan’s face was flaming, and he moved his chair closer, leaning in so he could talk quietly. “Keep it down, for fuck’s sake.”

To be fair, Owen’s voice had got rather loud, and a group of girls at the next table were looking very interested in their conversation.

“Well?” Owen asked. “We need to be clear what the boundaries are. Can we even kiss?”

“Kissing is fine,” Nathan replied promptly, and his gaze dropped to Owen’s mouth. He paused before adding, “No orgasms. That’s the line.”

***

Author Bio

JN-Banner2

Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England, with her husband, two children, and two cats.

She comes from a family of writers, but she always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed her by. She spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content. One day, she decided to try and write a short story–just to see if she could–and found it rather addictive. She hasn’t stopped writing since.

Links

Buy The Marrying Kindhttp://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NF6TM00

www.jaynorthcote.com

Twitter

Facebook profile

Facebook Author Page

Jay’s books


Coming Together: Girl on Girl

Hello, my name is Leigh Ellwood and I am pleased Kim has graciously offered her blog for my guest post today. I am thrilled to announce that my latest project, Coming Together: Girl on Girl, is now for sale.

Girl on Girl 6x9 wrap

Girl on Girl, as you might expect, is a work of lesbian erotica and romance, but it’s much more than that. It’s a collection of some of the finest short stories in the genre that I’ve had the pleasure to read and edit. As a publication from Coming Together, royalties will benefit a specific charity – that’s right, no authors or editors were paid (or harmed) during production.

I have been involved in some way with Coming Together for a few years now – I have contributed to a previous anthology and have worked with many contributing authors. Girl on Girl marks the first time I have edited a full book with them, and it’s also the first all lesbian erotic work, which makes it extra special for me. I write many genres of erotica and romance, but I find my F/F works tend to sell well – I’ve even seen one of my books final in the Goldie Awards for lesbian fiction. I wanted to create Girl on Girl to help the National Center for Lesbian Rights, an organization dedicated to helping all LGBT people with legal issues. It pleased me to see so many authors willing to give their time to support human rights for all.

You can buy it now here:

Amazon- http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ECF79SA/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00ECF79SA&linkCode=as2&tag=gayromance-20

ARe – https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-comingtogethergirlongirl-1259489-362.html?referrer=51458c1318495

Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/344220?ref=comingtogether

If you enjoy lesbian erotica and romance of all sub-genres, Girl on Girl has it for you in one place. There’s BDSM, futuristic, contemporary, interracial, and historical. Toys, spanking, sex in public places…it’s all hot, and your purchase helps a great cause.

Leigh Ellwood
http://www.leighellwood.com
@LeighEllwood

Related Posts:

http://www.salandtalerotica.com/1/post/2013/08/womens-desires.html

 


Interview with Ravon Silvius and Giveaway!

Today I welcome M/M erotic romance author Ravon Silvius to my blog.  We’ve got a fun interview in store for you, and the opportunity to win a PDF of Ravon’s latest release, “Remembrance.”

Comment at the end for one chance to win.  To throw your hat in the ring twice, follow my blog (shameless, I know), and for a third chance, pop over to Ravon’s blog and subscribe.  Finally, tweet this post and you can qualify four freakin’ times!  That’s gold!  I’ll collect all the votes and draw a random winner on Saturday, March 16th.  May the luck of the Irish be with you!  Ravon will contact the winner, so don’t forget to leave an e-mail address with your comment (in the blah blah at whatever dot com format–damn spambots).  Feel free to tell me which ways you are qualifying so I don’t hurt my wee little brain with all the counting. 🙂

Since I can’t win, I’m going to have to buy this one, because it sounds right up my alley.  Smokin’ hot sci-fi guys!  Yum.

Now, on with the show!

Hi, Ravon!  Great to have you here.  Let’s get right into it, shall we?  Screw the foreplay!  Do you have a character you’ve written who you most strongly identify with?  Who and why?

Ooh, tough question! I often write characters who I’d like to be, not who I actually am, but let me think…

I think I relate to both Nick and Julian, from Alpha, which was my first novel. I see some of my ambition in Nick, and I see a lot of my uncertainties in Julian.  I want to do great things and go places, but I always second guess if I’m good enough.

What got you interested in writing M/M?

I can honestly say that it was yaoi manga that first got me into the genre. I hadn’t realized there was fiction out there that had gay characters, and I began devouring it as soon as I found it. That also led me to find slash fiction for anime and video game characters, which I read and enjoyed. That was back in high school. I’ve mostly grown out of yaoi, but once I got to college and got my Kindle, I found M/M.

Writing it came along with reading it, with one minor caveat. My very first novel, written before I graduated high school, was the WaterLord Trilogy, which I always intended to contain gay characters. A lot of people told me it would never sell, though, so I focused on other things until I realized how popular M/M was. I began writing more M/M, and soon enough I started going for publication. Then I realized I could take my old story, improve it, and finally share it. So in a way, it came full circle.

You write a lot of high fantasy and science fiction.  What authors/books inspired your love for those genres?

I always loved fantasy and sci fi, even as a child, when I mostly read animal fantasy such as Tad William’s excellent TailChaser’s Song. I got into high fantasy when I read the Wheel of Time series, which to this day is my favorite series of all time, warts and all. As for science fiction, I can’t think of a series that influenced my love for it early on, but there are plenty of science fiction authors out there now, including John Scalzi, who I really enjoy. A lot of my sci fi explores themes that I don’t see often in mainstream sci fi, though.

What is your writing process like?  Are you a planner?  Pantster?  What is your favorite writing tool or tip?

I’m definitely a pantser, although I tend to have the ending of the story in my head at the very least. Of course, it doesn’t always turn out the way I intended.

My favorite piece of writing advice? Hmm…I can’t think of one that is more helpful than any other. It took me a long time to write well, and I’m still improving. But I think one piece of advice that helped me is to remember that my first draft is never as good as I think it is. It’s always good to step back from your writing for a while after finishing and edit it later. You’ll find many more mistakes that way.

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

42!

I see you are privy to the top secret woodchuck information [Ravon and Kimber do the woodchuck handshake complete with buck-teeth chattering].

Do you believe in Happily Ever Afters in real life?  Why or why not?

I don’t think Happily Ever After in the fantasy sense is realistic. A story is never truly over, and no matter how romantic and wonderful a romance is, there will always be the annoyances and fights and challenges down the road. But a slow, quiet life together, taking the challenges as they go? Sure, that can happen. A true loving relationship is measured at the end, not the beginning. Real romance is an elderly couple walking slowly down the road without even realizing they are walking in perfect sync with each other. 

Who are your favorite M/M authors right now and why?

Hmm…I tend to have favorite books, not favorite authors, but I’ve loved a lot of what Mark Alders has written. Mark writes a lot of science fiction, which is less common than other things in M/M. Also, I loved Outcast Mine by Jamie Craig.

If you were stuck on a deserted island, what one book, one CD, and one type of food would you choose to have with you?

Food is easy-chocolate. As for book, probably something long, as I read fast. Maybe Andrew Ashling’s Dark Tales of Randamor the Recluse? They’re long and complex. And CD…I’m easy with music. I have the ability to like anything if I listen to it enough times, so probably just a CD of the top music on the charts or something.

 If you were conducting this interview, what question would you want to ask yourself and how would you answer it?

Yikes, the hardest question yet! 😛 Hmm…I’d ask what kind of themes I go for in my writing and how I got the ideas for my stories. And now I get to talk about my books!

For Perils of Forgotten Pain and Remembrance, I wanted to explore the concept of a cyborg. In a lot of sci fi, cyborgs are present, but they are the faceless enemy, or a way to show lots of explosions and ridiculous battles. I wanted to see how changing the human body would affect someone, and in Perils, how changing memories could affect someone. Herman and Aldric, the main characters in Perils and Remembrance, are some of the most complex characters I’ve come up with.

For Alpha, I wanted to explore social inequality. Even today, access to good schools, tutors, and high economic standing has a huge effect on life success. I took that to an extreme with the idea of an intelligence increasing machine that only the rich have access too, creating a giant social gulf where intelligence is the only thing that matters.

As for the Waterlord Trilogy, like I said above, it was my first novel. I wanted to write a pure fantasy, and it also addresses the idea of the outcast, since the main character is a water mage driven out of a society ruled by fire mages.  

Please give us a two-hundred word teaser from your latest release, as well as the tag line for your book. J

I’ll share a bit of Remembrance with you.

The world is ending, but love can remain.

The war is over. The majority of humanity has fled the dying planet to live in space, leaving behind a chemical called Overgrowth that will speed up the restoration of the war torn world.

But some were left behind, and not all by choice. A chapter of humanity is coming to an end. Aldric, a soldier who thought he had nothing left, finds a city that is struggling to hang on to life despite predations by desperate killers. There he meets Daniel, a historian who sees potential even in destruction. Aldric agrees to help Daniel with his project to catalogue what will be the end of civilization on Earth for nearly a thousand years. In doing so, he may even find love, but only if Daniel can put aside his own past and accept Aldric’s feelings.

If that sounds interesting to you, leave a comment on the blog! I will select one person at random and send them a free PDF copy of Remembrance!

For more of my work, you can check out my blog here!  Don’t forget to follow for an extra chance to win!  

I have lots of books, and a free read that is ongoing right now. If you want a free New Adult M/M story with a dash of fantasy fun, check out Freshmen Blues on my blog. The first chapter is already up!

For direct links to buy my books, check out my author page at Extasy here.

Thanks so much for stopping over to chat, Ravon!  I look forward to checking out your work!

Thank you so much for having me! J


Girls Who Write Boys Who Dig Boys Who Like Girls

You know the tune to sing to that, right?

If not, here you go.  Thank me later for the incredible ear worm.

Our talk today is about–you guessed it, girls who write boys who dig boys.  Don’t be discombobulated by my sketchy title.

Recently, I wrote a short gay erotica after reading some of the same.  For one, I like to flex my writing muscle, try new things, all that jazz.  My mom asked me, “How would you even know how to write that?”

Yeah, that’s right; I told my mom I was writing gay smut.  She’s my mom.  She has to love me no matter how far off the charts I go.  Besides, it’s just fun to see what she says.  If she wants to spend more time with her bible-thumping daughter, she’s entitled, but so far my writing proclivities haven’t boomeranged her in that direction.

Anyway, I didn’t tell her that I’ve done all the shit I write about; therefore, it’s really not too tough to write about.  Shock her, yes.  Give her a heart attack with confessions about blow jobs and anal sex—no.  Even I have my boundaries.

But, really, is it a huge stretch to imagine what two hot gay guys might get up to with a tube of lube and all the time in the world?  Nope.  In fact, a large percentage of M/M erotica authors are women.  Yes, men write it too, but the chicks are well represented.  And why not?

Is there some rule that non-lawyers can’t write a legal thriller?  Those without a medical background are incapable of producing the next Patricia Cornwell-esque novel?  Non-pet owners shouldn’t write characters who own dogs?As anything, you must do your homework.  The old adage, “write what you know” applies to an extent; in that, if you don’t know, you better find out.  Research–online, real live books, ask friends, whatever.  I wish I had a close gay friend so I could pick his brain.  And ask him for fashion advice.  But I don’t—yet.  So for now, I’ll stick to reading what others have written, trolling forums, and watching porn.

I’ll also keep DVR-ing Dr. G for when I get around to my autopsy mystery masterpiece.  You never know.

&&&&&&&&

Not to deviate too much from my topic, I also wanted to address the believability of females writing male characters and vice versa.  I read a blog post a little while back in which a woman was bashing a male author who had written from a female character’s POV.  Her beef was that he, apparently, did not have the slightest idea how women talk, think, behave, etc.  I did not read the original, so can’t weigh in on it.  I do, however, write horror on occasion, and I wonder if men generally shy away from female horror authors?  Also, do they dislike reading fiction with a female main character and/or dislike when women authors write from a male POV?

Just some thoughts, and if anyone has theories on this, lay it on me.  I am stone-cold curious.

Discuss. 

On a side note, I’m so glad they are letting that big ole lobster go free.  The guy that eats that bad boy would probably die immediatly of mercury poisoning anyway.  Bury ‘im with the plastic bib still on and melted butter running out of his nose.


The (Real) Problem with Romance Novels

I was led to a lovely little blog via an erotica author on twitter.  The blog author is an unpublished Sci/Fi writer, but states that he “will write anything that pays” for his questionable eating habits (except Romance, I surmise).  His blog post is entitled “The Problem with Romance Novels” and I won’t paraphrase here–the link is below so you can get it straight from the donkey’s mouth.   

I read through the entire post and all the comments and felt spurred to throw my own voice into the ring.  At the time, I figured that the all-powerful Cale McWhatskey would delete my comment as I failed to agree with him. 

I checked back a few days after launching my comment, to see if he had a reply for me, but the blog master had added a final statement of his own, saying, approximately, that he would no longer be posting/replying to comments as he was tired of repeating himself and couldn’t waste any more time on the subject matter.  It was truly magnanimous of him to post on the dubious merits of the romance genre in the first place, I’d say.

As of right now, he seems to have removed his ban on comments to allow another that shares his narrow view to take up residence.  And he seems to have gotten his second wind as far as replying, so long as you agree with him.

Well, this is my blog, and I can respond right here.  Hoorah for free speech and free blog fodder.  Thank you, Oh McWise One, for making my blogging day.

Here is the link to the original blog post, followed by my response.  If anyone cares to comment, feel free to do so.  I promise not to post only the comments from my boot-licking friends. 🙂

http://calemccaskey.blogspot.com/2012/01/problem-with-romance-novels.html#comment-form

My comment:

I realize your goal is to cause a stir here because even negative attention is still attention.  That’s blogging 101.  Not sure they teach that in Harvard

Anyway, kudos.  Here I am.

I love your “grown women should be over that” argument.  I wonder if you lump erotica in with romance or if that is a steaming pile all on its own, but either way, romance has sex scenes, graphic or no, and is therefore, completely inappropriate for “little girls.”

Furthermore, romance/erotica frequently has sub genres, like the paranormal you mentioned, and sci/fi, suspense, fantasy, or even horror.  The author not only has to write an engaging spec. fic., or historically accurate Regency, but she/he also has to get the emotional/physical love part right.  So said author is taking your chosen genre one step further.

Is everyone who gets published Hemingway or Poe (and I’m sure you hate them, too)?  Of course not.  That reality goes for all genres, as you are doubtless aware.

Ought grown men to be done with Sci/Fi after their comic book days are over?  Or does still living in one’s mother’s basement make reading the genre acceptable?  Seriously, a woman could lose herself in a Romance story and be swept up by a perfect, fictitious, male character, or she could hang with the likes of you. 

I don’t care how big your… wallet is; hand me the book.  If men were as fantastic, in reality, as those in romance novels, I would totally read F. Scott Fitzgerald while receiving my post cunnilingus foot rub.  Your mere existence makes romantic fiction an absolute necessity for the female of the species.

***

So, that is the whole of it.  And it brings us full circle to the real problem with romance novels.  That is, the delicious men of fiction make real guys seem even more intolerable.  Alas, keep reading and keep looking, Ladies.  And don’t settle for the dregs. 


Connecticut Daylily Society

For the Latest News on the Connecticut Daylily Society

Luv My Books ♡

Sharing favorite romance books/reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, & Twitter @Luv_MyBooks

three books over the rainbow

Blog about m/m novel - TRE LIBRI SOPRA IL CIELO

Alexis Duran

Writer of Fantasy, Science Fiction and Erotic Romance

Reckless Indulgence

of the Written Word

piper vaughn

piping hot

Moonbeams over Atlanta

A writer's, and reviewer's, area to explore stories in erotica, romance, and love. Love is Love: Romance with a twist.

Mia Kerick

Love is What I See

The Smutsonian

Book Reviews From a Professional Reader of Erotica

Rosanna Leo

Star-crossed loves are my specialty.

The Paisley Kamyleon

Digital Designs, Photography & Fine Art by Kamryn E. Priebe

V's Reads...

Reviews, Rants and Rambles from a mom and pre-published author

Molly Lolly

Reader, Reviewer, Lover Of Words

Amy Quinton

Historical Romance Author - Romance * Sexy * Historical * Love * Magic

readersperspectiveblog

Where reader's choose their favorite M/M romance book and let them shine!

Natasha Snow Designs

Book Cover Design

The Drinkslinger

If you sell booze, this blog's for you!