Today I had the pleasure of interviewing two amazing gals, Stephanie and Iza, also known as The LaSalle Sisters. These two are Bloggers, m/m lovers, avid shoe wearers, and mega book FANatics! Be sure to visit their sites and catch their reviews, I always enjoy reading them 😉
Tell us about you and your gay romance blog. Where can we read it?
Stephanie: http://Man2manTastic.blogspot.com or http://divasdiscussions.blogspot.com/, though the man2man is strictly m\m genre. You can also catch Iza, Cheryl and I under LaSalle Sisters page on Facebook; https://www.facebook.com/sistersoflasalle
Iza: Well, we’re three book buddies that share a love for a good M/M book. Our blog is called Man2ManTastic and it’s ALL about male-on-male love stories.
What got you started as a m/m blogger or reviewer?
Stephanie: When we first started getting more into the m\m genre, we were a little “wet behind the ears” and didn’t see much in the way of blogs strictly m/m, and not a lot of m/m in a mixed genre blog either. We wanted something strictly for the m/m world.
Iza: Honestly? It just happened. I remember last year, the very first M/M book I’ve read was Try by Ella Frank. That popped my M/M cherry. Yes, I’ve previously read books with M/M scenes or M/F/M, and M/M/F but not books with ONLY M/M scenes. Cheryl suggested we write a review for it. At first, we did this over at Diva Discussions Book Club – which is not exclusively M/M but any- and every genre – but then The LaSalle Sisters were born and shortly after, our Man2ManTastic blog, where we continued posting our M/M reviews. And pics with hot guys. Of course.
Why are you passionate about reading and reviewing m/m books?
Stephanie: For me personally it is like reading the romance genre, but in a whole new light. It is a fresh spin on things that have been done before, and a new light on things not done before. The whole “coming out of the closet” brings on a whole new angst that a m/f book just can’t give you. Also, the GFY subject really intrigues me.
Iza: I’m a sucker for a good love story and I don’t care if it’s M/F, M/M, M/F/M, etc.
Many of my readers love reading m/m blogs but what makes yours unique compared to others?
Stephanie: Well, I hope it would be because we are just all around fun. We blog what we like just to share the love, not to get recognition, we like to “keep it real” ((I feel so gangsta saying that!!:p)). Not to mention all the wonderful mantastic eye candy :p
Iza: Well, we beta-read and reviewed A.E. Via’s books and were the first to share things about them. Plus Stephanie has the hottest pics posted there 😉
Define success as a m/m blogger and reviewer.
Stephanie: Spreading joy and a good book to others. I love it when someone comments letting us know they love our reviews, etc… and that they can’t wait for said book to come out. It warms my heart
Iza: Success? Hmm. We do it because we like it; we have a few authors that trust us and know they can always rely on us to either give advice as beta-readers or an honest review for their hard work.
What are some of the best m/m books you’ve read this year?
Full Disclosure by Kindle Alexander,
Blue Moon II by A.E. Via,
Embracying his Syn A.E. Via,
Taming Ryder by Nikola Haken,
Rough Canvas by Joey W. Hill,
Cross & Crown by Abigail Roux,
Broken Season by Kol Anderson,
Dangerously Happy by Varian Krylov,
Complementary Colors by Adrienne Wilder,
Take by Ella Frank,
Rush by Nyrae Dawn,
Ball & Chain by Abigail Roux,
Always by Kindle Alexander,
Broken Pieces by Riley Hart,
You Can See Me by A.E. Via,
The Half of Us by Cardeno C,
The Boy with the Beautiful Eyes by Michelle Maibelle,
Take What You Want by Anne Lister,
The Art of Breathing by TJ KLune
Iza: This year it HAS to be Take by Ella Frank and, even though it’s M/F/M – M/M/F, Beyond Jealousy by Kit Rocha.
What would you like to see more in m/m literature you don’t see now?
Stephanie: Cops, Military, MAFIA!!! 😀 also, I think we need more drag queens in our lives.
Iza: To be honest, I’m not an expert in M/M and so far, I’ve read great books and some okay ones too. Guess it depends on the style. I like seeing in M/M books what I like seeing in M/F books: strong characters, a little give-and-take, no walking over the other MC, some humor. Oh and feels. I need the feels, no matter what book I’m reading.
What advice can you give to aspiring m/m reviewers and bloggers?
Stephanie: Blog what you love, do it for you, not anyone else.
Iza: Don’t settle for the mediocre, no matter the book and ALWAYS be honest in your review, even though it’s a book written by one of your favorites. Express your opinion in a respectful manner.