Interview With M/M Blogger and Reviewer Gabby Lily Raines

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Today’s interview is with the lovely and incomparable Gabby Lily Raines. A self proclaimed ‘inveterate book junkie’, blogger, reviewer and proofreader. With an extensive amount of reviews under her belt, she’s always on the lookout for a good book to review. I highly recommend checking out her profile and following her on Twitter.

Tell us about you and your gay romance blog. Where can we read it?

I review all sorts of different genres ­ not just gay romances ­ as I tend to read different genres depending on what I feel like reading or what sounds interesting. I’ve been a little lax about posting there, but I’m working on it.

The blog can be found at http://lilysreviews.livejournal.com That is my own blog. I can also be found on NightOwlReviews.com as Lilyraines

What got you started as a m/m blogger or reviewer?

At the time I started reviewing, I was in need of a way to supplement my book habit and was fortunate enough to review for another site. While I no longer review there, it is where I first read m/m and never looked back.

Why are you passionate about reading and reviewing m/m books?

With any genre, I always look for a good story that grabs my attention. I also like seeing well-rounded characters and not just one who are all good or all bad, etc. I think that, for me, I look for different things in different genres. M/M just has a certain, well, zing that I’ve yet to find in others.

Many of my readers love reading m/m blogs but what makes yours unique compared to others?

I don’t know as I would consider myself unique. I try (though can’t say as I always succeed) to say what works and what doesn’t work for me in a book. I don’t mind if someone disagrees with me.
After all, what would be the fun in reading if everyone liked the same things? 🙂

Define success as a m/m blogger and reviewer.

I think success is different for everyone. Overall, my first ‘yipee’ moment came when an author liked a review I wrote (and yes, it was in the m/m genre). While my own blog still has little outside traffic (near as I can tell), I consider it a big success when I received the first e­mail directly from a publisher asking if I would like to review one of their titles.

What are some of the best m/m books you’ve read this year?

That’s a bit of a tough question. While I don’t know if someone else would consider these ‘the best’, some (though not all) of my favorite reads this year are: The Adorned by John Tristan, No Flag by Liz Borino, As Natural as Breathing by Thianna D, and Stuck in Oz by Andrew Grey. I won’t even go into the re­reads. 🙂

What would you like to see more in m/m literature you don’t see now?

I’ve liked pretty much a lot of what I have seen. Part of that could be due to having a feel for what I like reading (regardless of genre) and picking those I’m pretty sure I would like reading. Another part is that I’ve a great respect for writers and their craft and I’m happy seeing their output.

What advice can you give to aspiring m/m reviewers and bloggers?

Do what you love, stick with it, and find a way to be honest with a healthy dose of tact and diplomacy if and when you come across a book/scene/etc. that might not be to your liking.

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Jamie Lake is the author of Bad Boy: Naughty at Night and other m/m gay romance novels.

      

Interview With M/M Author Darien Cox

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I had the pleasure of interviewing today M/M author Darien Cox. A very talented author who is currently awaiting the summer release of his new novel I’m sure we are all anxiously awaiting! He enjoys guest blogging and giveaways, so be sure to follow him on twitter and check out his blog!

Tell us more about you and the books you’ve written.

I write contemporary romance, so I’m more or less pulling from real life, people I’ve known, things that have happened to me, and creating something fun out of that. Of course it can get a little crazy because it’s fiction and meant to entertain, but for the most part I like taking an ordinary guy and putting him in extraordinary circumstances.

What have you learned about writing M/M that you didn’t know before?

People unfamiliar with the erotic romance genres in general tend to think it’s something you can just phone in, that it doesn’t have to have any substance. As one who’s written in many genres, I’ve found that not only do you have to really put your whole self into a romance story, but the natural inclusion of love and intimacy in the plot means you have to invest emotionally as well as intellectually, and that can husk you out after finishing a book. But it’s worth it.

What’s your writing process or daily routine like?

When I’m plotting and planning a new book I’m a basket-case with no structure, just trying to develop characters and organize ideas, banging my head against the wall and telling myself I suck. But once it’s rolling and in the zone, I tend to do mad writing sprints where I stay up very late and am just trying to keep up with what the plot is revealing to me. So for me the hardest part is getting the idea down and getting it right. Once that’s done, I crank it out pretty fast.

Where do you look for inspiration when you’re having trouble getting started with your writing?

Mostly from real life! We’ve all had interesting experiences and known unique people, and gotten into our share of trouble and quagmires—at least I have. Life is full of story ideas, you just have to gather them up and examine them. I tend to brainstorm ideas until I hit one that I feel I can really build on. It has to be something that’s going to keep me interested for an entire novel, because if I’m bored, chances are the reader will be bored too.

What do you think draws so many women to love reading m/m?

I believe gender is largely a social construct, so if a greater majority of M/M readers are women, it’s nothing about their inherent ‘femaleness’ but more about what appeals to individuals intellectually, emotionally, and sexually. If men intrigue you in that way, it’s not a huge leap to think that intimacy between two men in a novel will appeal as well. But I’ll sometimes get an email from a straight female reader in her twenties the same week I get an email from a gay male reader in his sixties, and they’re both responding strongly to the exact same thing in one of my books. So male, female, gay, or straight, people seek out entertainment material based on what they know moves them as an individual.

What are you currently working on?

I’m deep into a new novel, sort of an opposites attract story. It has no title yet as I tend to save that until the frantic last minute, but I hope to have it finished very soon.

Do you have any M/M authors that you look up to?

SO many! There is so much talent out there. In this industry we joke and call ourselves smut writers etc. but there are serious literary authors who can tell a hell of a story who happen to love this genre, so it’s great. And I like reading them because it reminds me I can’t drop the ball, I’ve always got to be on the top of my game.

Do you have any advice for those who are trying to build an audience from scratch?

Well of course write the best book you can and make it as honest as possible. Other than that, be respectful—to your readers, to other authors, to everyone. You want to be judged on your work, not your behavior or online presence or anything else. If you do your best work and keep it about the stories, the readers will come.

Who is the LAST person you’d want to discover you write m/m fiction? How do you think they’d respond?

That’s a good question! I’m not ashamed of what I write and I don’t necessarily hide it, though I might avoid telling my grandmother I write about sex. But for me I keep my work from getting to the eyes of most family and friends for psychological reasons. If I think ‘Oh, so and so could possibly read this’ then I can’t shut everything out and write freely, without mental restrictions. I fear I’d hold back if I knew certain people in my life would ever read it, then the work would suffer.

What advice do you have for others who would like to be gay romance writers?

Write from the heart. Be vulnerable. Don’t think about outcome or how other people will react. While you’re in that story zone it should be between you and the page, nothing else. Become so intimate with your characters that you’re crawling inside their skin and becoming them, rather than trying to puppet something from afar. And have fun with it! As I said before, if you’re entertaining yourself, chances are the reader will be entertained too.

A little more about Darien….

Darien Cox lives in New England, bouncing back and forth between the mountain and the ocean states, anywhere there’s a wave or a ski slope. A nature lover and thrill seeker, he enjoys exploring the intensity, insanity, humor, and chaos that accompanies cupid’s arrow, whether it’s love at first sight or just the overwhelming power of lust. Mystery and thriller elements are occasionally tossed in to further spice up the mix, because let’s face it—sometimes the world is not enough.

Be sure to check out his website at http://dariencox.com

 

Jamie Lake is the author of Bad Boy: Naughty at Night and other m/m gay romance novels.

      

Interview With MM Author Sera Trevor

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I had an awesome time interviewing today MM author Sera Trevor. She has been writing for more than 10 years and has gained a lot of respect in the industry. If you’re looking for books written by a passionate and highly experienced author, I recommend you check her profile and her books!

Tell us more about you and the books you’ve written.

I just debuted my first original novella, Consorting with Dragons (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22826002.Consorting_With_Dragons), but I’ve been writing in fandom for – yikes, I just did the math, and it’s been about ten years. Wow. And I’ve been reading fan fic for even longer than that, but I’m not going to give specifics because I’m already feeling old!

I focus mainly on sci-fi and fantasy, but I tend to steer away from serious business epics. Consorting with Dragons is a light-hearted fantasy about Lord Jasen, a young noble who is sent off to Court by his father to land a rich husband. The trouble is that Jasen’s family is from the most backward of the Allied Realms, and he is at a complete loss at the sophisticated Court of the Draelands. He isn’t looking to cause a scandal, but that’s exactly what happens when he immediately attracts the attention of both a powerful dragon and King Rilvor himself. The King serves as the mystical link between the magic of the dragons and humankind; since the death of his wife two years before, magic in the Allied Realms has suffered. He must take a spouse this year, and the fight for his favor has gotten downright vicious.

No one, including Jasen himself, thinks he’s a proper match for the king. But the growing affection between them can’t be denied. Jasen loves Rilvor, but he’s petrified about becoming lord consort to a king. Unfortunately, the two can’t be separated, and Jasen must decide if true love is worth all the trouble.

I’m really excited to announce that the book was just nominated for two awards at the Goodreads M/M Romance Group’s 2014 Member’s Choice Awards! It’s up for both Best Book Debut and Best Love’s Landscapes Story. And since Consorting with Dragons was published through the Goodreads M/M Romance Group’s annual free story event, it will cost you exactly zero dollars if you want to read it. Just visit the group’s site here(http://www.mmromancegroup.com/consorting-with-dragons-by-sera-trevor/), choose your format, and there you go!

What are your favorite M/M books?

It’s hard to narrow down! Edmond Manning’s King Perry is probably at the top – it’s a book that manages to be extremely profound and hysterically funny at the same time. For fantasy, I’m absolutely in love with everything that Ginn Hale writes, particularly her Lord of the White Hell series. She balances intensive world-building while not forgetting that her stories are about her characters first and foremost. I also love historicals, so Joanna Chambers’Enlightment series is like catnip for me; she manages to write about queer characters in a historical setting without sacrificing believability. Kaje Harper is an awesome writer who laughs in the face of genre confinement, writing everything from fantasy to contemporary to paranormal to sci-fi, and she does it all so damn well. And lastly, both Jordan Hawk and KJ Charles write the most amazing paranormal historical m/m romance mysteries (Widdershins and A Charm of Magpies, respectively). I don’t know how they manage to get the exact right mix of all those genres in every single book, but they always do (I think they might be secret wizards or something).

What have you learned about writing M/M that you didn’t know before?

That the community is so amazing! When I was making the transition from fan fic to original work, I wasn’t even sure what to expect. It felt a little like transferring schools: would I fit in? Would I get invited to the cool parties? Would people make fun of my outfits? (Ha, just kidding. The best thing about the internet is no one has to know what a terrible dresser I am.)

But I was worried for nothing, because the m/m romance community is incredible. Everyone is so welcoming! I was stunned at how active the Goodreads M/M Romance Group is, and I’ve made a lot of friends at the M/M Romance Writers Group as well. The other thing I worried about with making the switch to original writing was that I wasn’t sure if there was an audience for m/m, but man, was I wrong. The M/M Romance group has over 15,800 members and keeps growing every year. There’s never been a better time to be a m/m romance writer.

What’s your writing process or daily routine like?

I usually start off with a vague idea of a scenario I would like to write. After the initial seed of the idea has been planted, one or two scenes will come to me, and then I just keep playing them over and over in my head, looking at them from every possible angle. (My husband can always tell when this is happening; apparently my face looks very goofy.)

From there, I extrapolate what comes before and what comes after those scenes. At that point, I begin my outline. I make my outlines as detailed as possible. Of course, a lot of stuff ends up going out the window during the writing process, but it’s good to at least eliminate major structural problems at the outset. I’ll write one chapter, then go back and revise the outline as needed. Rinse and repeat until the first draft is done.

I’m actually a great big weirdo in that my favorite part of writing is the editing. I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so it bugs the hell out of me when I know there are – gasp! – mistakes lurking in my manuscript. Editing is my reward for getting the damn words out.

Where do you look for inspiration when you’re having trouble getting started with your writing?

When my writing starts to falter, I go back to reading good books and watching good TV and movies. Getting lost in someone else’s story puts me back in a creative mindset.

What do you think draws so many women to love to reading m/m?

Gah, this question is so hard! I’ve thought about it for years, but I don’t really have an answer. I’m not sure there really are explanations for people’s sexual proclivities. I remember finding my first slash story when I was 14 and having a visceral “YES, THIS. THIS FOREVER.” response, but I couldn’t tell you why. And even if I could articulate it, I’m sure that my answer would be different from other women’s.

There is one thing that I’m sure of, though: it has absolutely nothing to do with hating my own vagina, which is an accusation I’ve seen thrown around. I am totally cool with vaginas. They are definitely in my Top 5 favorite body parts.

What are you currently working on?

I’ve got a few things in the works right now. I’m working on a 10,000 word expansion of Consorting with Dragons, which will remain totally free. I’m also writing a sequel to Consorting with Dragons, which is titled Larely Lands a Lover. It follows the romantic adventures of one of the supporting characters of the first book.

After those two projects are completed, I’ll be working on Curses, Foiled Again. It’s a paranormal story about Felix, a sexy yet dim-witted vampire, who becomes obsessed with John, a witch who is immune to his attacks and thus not easily impressed by all of Felix’s antics. And then after that, I’m going to dive into a steampunk alternate reality series called Manners and Machines.

But I’m getting ahead of myself, as usual. You can check out all of the particulars of these projects at my website here (http://www.seratrevor.com/coming-soon.html).

If you want to keep updated on my books (and get access to coupons and contests and stuff), you can sign up for my newsletter here: http://www.seratrevor.com/newsletter.html

Do you have any M/M authors that you look up to?

Oh, for sure. Everyone that I mentioned in my fav books section is an inspiration to me. (Well, sometimes they’re inspiring. Occasionally they cause me to curl up in the fetal position and weep in despair of ever being as awesome as they are. But mostly they are inspirational!) If I had to pick three, I’d choose Edmund Manning, Ginn Hale, and Kaje Harper. Edmond Manning, because if I could be even half as funny and a quarter as moving as he’s capable of being, I’d be a pretty dang fantastic writer. Ginn Hale, because her fantasy worlds are so complete and compelling, but her character development doesn’t suffer at the alter of world-building in the way that often happens in fantasy. And Kaje Harper, because in addition to being an awesome writer whose productivity and breadth of genres is truly awe-inspiring, she is also just an overall great person, always willing to offer advice to aspiring writers.

Do you have any advice for those who are trying to build an audience from scratch?

GET INVOLVED. Seriously. Find a community of fellow m/m lovers and dive in. Meet some people. Find some books to read. And then put yourself out there – not in an obnoxious way, but let people know you exist. Then back off. If they are going to like your stuff, they’ll come to it themselves. Keep your reader-self in mind: how do you like to be treated by authors? Then do that. I like authors who offer deals and bonus stuff, keep me updated on their projects (since I tend to be forgetful), and most importantly, don’t scream at me to buy their books all the time. So that’s the approach I’m taking.

Who is the LAST person you’d want to discover you write m/m fiction? How do you think they’d respond?

Ha, definitely my mom. I mean, she’s a lovely person with liberal views, but I do not want her anywhere near the sexy stuff I write. Parents and porn go together like pickles and chocolate: just the thought of it is enough to make you want to throw up in your mouth a little.

What advice do you have for others who would like to be gay romance writers?

Like I said above, find your community. I cannot overstate the importance of this. My debut book wouldn’t have gotten a fraction of the attention if I had put it out on my own. Since I put it out through the M/M Romance Group, I was able to reach a much wider audience.

Jamie Lake is the author of Bad Boy: Naughty at Night and other m/m gay romance novels.

      

Interview With M/M Reviewer Thommie

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I have the great pleasure of interviewing today M/M Reviewer Thommie! Along with her fantastic review team, her blog features M/M reviews, free books, interviews, and so much more. If you’re looking for comprehensive reviews on M/M book or love the genre, I highly you check out her blog! 

Tell us about you and your gay romance blog. Where can we read it?

MM Good Book Reviews http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com/ is the reviewing site I write for. It is a site for readers, writers, and publishers of the genre. Our reviewing team consist of people who love a bit of man-love in their life and each and everyone of us tries to write as honest a review without being obnoxious and/or rude in the way share our opinion. 

What got you started as a m/m blogger or reviewer?

Two plus years ago I was approached from one of my favorite people in the planet Portia de Moncur. Back then Portia was the owner of MM Good Book Reviews and with the help of Pixie was trying to form a strong reviewing team who loved reading m/m romance and were honest in their “viewing” of each book they read. So just like that I was absorbed into their group and am now a proud member of MM Good Book Reviews team. Ever since then things have changed; Pixie has been promoted to co-owner, and our team has gained the strong core we always dreamed of, and what can I say, we read our beloved books and share our opinion for them with the rest of the people who care.  

Why are you passionate about reading and reviewing m/m books?

Oh dear! It was a very lousy period of my life when I first stumbled into the m/m genre. I think I had reached rock bottom and everything looked like a dead-end to me. First time I read an m/m book, it was “Soldiers” from Voinov’s “Special Forces” I fell in love with the writing and the incredible force with which Voinov drags you into his story’s depths. In addition I realized that I wasn’t shocked or repulsed by two men loving/hating/indulging each other, on the contrary it felt from natural (a matter of course) to utterly erotic. This genre managed to make me smile and see different things. Made think that my own life isn’t so bleak and hard in comparison to others’s life and that of even children. Literally reading homoerotic literature change my viewing of the world. No wonder I’m passionate about it.

As for reviewing, it’s a simple thank you to my beloved Portia for allowing me access to so many masterpieces that I’ve found in the course of our relationship. Is a thank you to my amazing friend and book coordinator Pixie for – unknowingly perhaps to her – urging me to be a better person. Is a huge thank you to authors and publishers for providing us with the genre and more often than not quite spectacular books that blow our mind away. It’s a way to give back for the many that I’ve gained being a reader of this genre. 

Many of my readers love reading m/m blogs but what makes yours unique compared to others?

 Unique? Despite the fact that each individual is unique thus the blog is unique as it’s consequence, I don’t know. We love the books, we love the authors, we respect the publishers. But most of all we are crazy about gaining more “fans” for the genre. We adore the homoerotic genre and feel passionate about sharing it with as many readers as we can, so we try to make it easy for them to find the books that they like to read, the sub-genres that they are into. If you could sprinkle the world with mm-loving thoughts, we would. I think that shows in our blog.

In addition we aim to provide authors and publishers with feedback. What worked, what didn’t, why not etc. For me MM GOOD BOOK REVIEWS is the site that attends to all and about everything related to the genre. 

Define success as a m/m blogger and reviewer.

Success… If even one reader finds what he’s looking for from our reviews without us spoiling the story for them, I think it’s a huge success. If even one writer gets the feedback that will help his future work no matter the rating his present work has gained, I think it’s a huge success. If even one publisher thinks that we’re treating their books with the required responsibility and care while giving them the advertising and promotion they seek, I think that amounts to success. I don’t know, but isn’t that our purpose..? 

What are some of the best m/m books you’ve read this year?

I have been a bit low this year with real life intruding rudely into my reading time, but I managed to read some interesting books when I found some time. Augusta Li’s Blessed Epoch series has blown my mind away with that incredible fantasy world and the sizzling hot characters that simply rocked. Erotic, enticing, a heart-gripping adventure that had me read and read for hours, forgetting the real world.

Also Jackie Nacht’s Full Moon Torn – book 5 in the Moon Compound Series – was spectacular. I’m quite the fan of the series and I’m very happy to see that the quality of her work hasn’t changed as the story progress. I feel a bit heartbroken when that happens you know.

Another one that stole my breath away was McKenna’s Strength of the Mate. Yes, I do love my wolves 😉

And also I recently read Voinov’s  A Taste For Poison. Damn, this is one author who manages to make my skin crawl and shudder and shiver and heavens knows how many more emotions each and every time I read his books. Brilliant work. His books manage to challenge my boundaries every single time no matter the genre he chooses to write.

Overall there are many books that I loved reading this year, one would only have to check my reviews and find them you know as I would take forever to mention each and everyone of them 😉 

What would you like to see more in m/m literature you don’t see now?

Oh I’m a fan of Sci-Fi. I can never say enough when it comes to that 😉 I feel the genre needs more authors and books. I also adore the Yaoi genre. Unfortunately I think the quantity of pure Yaoi translated in English is quite low, so there. More Yaoi novels pretty please. 

What advice can you give to aspiring m/m reviewers and bloggers?

Advice? Oh hell no. I’m not that conceited as to try and advice people. What I do, is try and stay true to my feelings, acknowledge and respect authors, publishers, and readers alike. But most of all, I simply let my heart and mind open and accepts that there is so much diversity out there and I’m not required to “like” everything, simply not judge according to my likes, but try to be neutral, you know. Respect it all! As long as I go with these principals I think I’ll do alright as a reviewer. 😉

One last thing; Thanks for having me in your blog Jamie and I wish you all the best and all the success and love from your readers/followers.

Jamie Lake is the author of Bad Boy: Naughty at Night and other m/m gay romance novels.

      

Interview With Blog Owner, Reviewer, Author, and Publicist Brynna Curry

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It was short yet I had a grand time interviewing today blog owner, reviewer, author, and publicist Brynna Curry. Along with her wonderful team of reviewers, her blog features book reviews on different genres. She also does guest posts, cover contests, and a lot of exciting blog events. If you’re looking for a dynamic resource filled with great value, I strongly recommend you check her blog and her books!

Tell us about you and your blog. Where can we read it?

I’m the owner/admin of You Gotta Read Reviews, as well as an author and publicist. You can find us at http://yougottaread.com. We have a great team of reviewers.

What got you started as a m/m blogger or reviewer?

A book written by my critique partner. It was an m/m and erotic. I had never read one before (m/m or erotic lol). I was surprised at the intensity of the romance between the heroes. Being men, they were less reserved and more open with each other, both physically and emotionally. I was intrigued and decided to broaden my reading and test other genres.

Why are you passionate about reading and reviewing books?

Books have been my sanctuary since I was little. I like sharing my thoughts about them with others.

Many of my readers love reading m/m blogs but what makes yours unique compared to others?

I believe we are unique because of the variety of genres, heat levels and pairings we review.

What are some of the best m/m books you’ve read this year?

The Silk Tie by Lily Harlem. It’s technically a menage, but the m/m romance in it is very strong and emotionally intense.

What would you like to see more in m/m literature you don’t see now?

Classic romance with subdued heat.

Jamie Lake is the author of Bad Boy: Naughty at Night and other m/m gay romance novels.

      

Interview With M/M Blogger And Reviewer Adrienne

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I have the great pleasure of interviewing today MM blogger and reviewer Adrienne from ScuttlebuttReviews. I find their blog one of the best resources of LGBT materials. Along with her awesome team, Adrienne features book reviews, guest posts, tours, and more! If you’re looking for a wonderful blog updated constantly with a lot of interesting posts, I highly recommend you check hers!

Tell us about you and your gay romance blog. Where can we read it?

I’m Adrienne, and I run ScuttlebuttReviews (scuttlebuttreviews.com), though it’s really more of a collective than “mine”. Lord knows I’d never get anything accomplished if the other people involved weren’t on board.

We participate in book tours and share reviews, author introductions, and guest posts for books that fall anywhere within the LGBTQ spectrum.

What got you started as a m/m blogger or reviewer?

If we’re going for honesty, I have no idea. I remember being all fired up over a book I read and writing something about it, but I don’t remember where exactly I posted about it. I’m sure it was some social media platform like GR or FB.

I’m a bit opinionated, so whenever I read something that poked at me, good or bad, I’d share my thoughts.

A couple years ago, somebody from another site contacted me and asked if I’d review for them. I did that for a bit, took a break, then had a spark of motivation and started ScuttlebuttReviews.

Why are you passionate about reading and reviewing m/m books?

Because errors irritate the hell out of me and I hope to shame authors and publishers into perfection.That’s a joke.

Really, it’s because I think the authors in the genre deserve attention. There are some really great writers that are ignored by the mainstream (read: hetero romance) simply because thebooks featurequeer characters.

Sure, the gay/lesbian/bi/trans bit is usually addressed(at least as a subplot), but often the characters’ sexuality is not the main subject. When it is, it’s generally for a reason bigger than sex. People outside the genre seem to miss that and focus on the characters’ sexuality.

It’d be pretty awesome to receive an email stating, “Hey, y’all! I read your review, thought the book seemed interesting despite it being outside my comfort zone, bought it, and loved the writing so much the author is now an auto-buy.”

Many of my readers love reading m/m blogs but what makes yours unique compared to others?

I had to come back to this question about three times. I suppose it’s mostly that we review books we actually want to review. We do accept requests, but I never ask a reviewer to read something outside what they think they’d enjoy because that doesn’t do anything for anybody. If none of the reviewersthink they’dget anything out of a particular book, I won’t accept the book just to “be nice”.

On the other hand, even if we don’t want to read something, I’m totally fine with guest posts about the book because the author still deserves a chance to get their work out there. (Cover My Ass Disclaimer: Guest posts on the site that are not accompanied by a review were not necessarily books we passed on. Sometimes we’re just asked for a guest spot.)

Define success as a m/m blogger and reviewer.

Success? I suppose when one breaks one’s website and receives emailsfrom subscribers asking when it’ll be fixed.

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Not that I’ve ever broken our website. Certainly not for over a month.

What are some of the best m/m books you’ve read this year?

I recently finished Eden Winters’ A Matter of When and loved it. Jordan Castillo Price’s Meatworks.Zathyn Priest’s Amara: The Rebirth. Jordan L Hawke, Megan Derr, Adrienne Wilder (different Adrienne, I swear),and BA Tortuga are auto-buys, and all have released a couple books this year.

What would you like to see more in m/m literature you don’t see now?

Editing. I am obnoxiously persnickety about being poor word choice (or blatantly wrong words) thatsnaps me out of the story.

I know, I know. Authors hate nitpicking about editing. But really? Readers buy the whole package. Editing matters. So do terrible covers.

There are some authors I tend to give a pass to for this, because theirstorytelling surpasses any minor flubs. Not many, mind you, but some.

I’m totally going to get hate mail for this answer, aren’t I?

What advice can you give to aspiring m/m reviewers and bloggers?

Post reviews on social media sites and contact existing sites to see if they’ll post your reviews. Be constructive and offer criticism with a positive purpose; don’t be an ass just because you can.Base reviews off the book, not your relationship with the author.

Jamie Lake is the author of Bad Boy: Naughty at Night and other m/m gay romance novels.

      

Interview With M/M Reviewer And Blogger Mare

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I’ve never met a reviewer who’s so passionate with the M/M genre than Mare from Slitsread. She works together with 3 other awesome reviewers and she’s the one who specializes in M/M reviews. If you’re looking for a blog that features high quality reviews on different genres and would like to check out the M/M reviews of Mare, I highly recommend you check it! I visited it and love it! I know you’ll do the same!

Tell us about you and your gay romance blog. Where can we read it?

Well we have a few different avenues. However I just have to make clear that Slitsread reviews all genres. We have 4 girls that read and review. Only 2 of us read m/m books. Silvana will read any genre, she’s amazing like that, where as in I will only read m/m with very few other genres in there. I must love your work in order to read it 🙂

You can reach us on:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/slitsread

Twitter: @slitsread

Web: www.slitsread.com

What got you started as a m/m blogger or reviewer?

We needed an outlet to talk about books. Rant, rave, let our feelings out. Goodreads is a great forum but we wanted to branch out and hit more people with the good feelz.

Why are you passionate about reading and reviewing m/m books?

Because I love it so much. Each book brings something different. I’m most passionate when it comes to books that make me Feel and cry and get angry. Books that wrap around the core of me. And I review it because I believe everyone should also feel this way LOL. Even though I am completely aware that no 2 people read 1 book the same. Reviewing books is an outlet for me to explain all those feelings in one place.

Many of my readers love reading m/m blogs but what makes yours unique compared to others?

You could say we are different because we don’t only review m/m books but I don’t think we are different then anyone. Most bloggers/blogs all do the same thing. Talk about books they love and hope that others will enjoy as well.

Define success as a m/m blogger and reviewer.

When you rec a book and the person reading it loves it just as much as you or more. Getting to know the authors behind the pen or keyboard keys as such.

What are some of the best m/m books you’ve read this year?

Oh man!!!!!! This is a major put me on the spot lol! Are you sure you are ready for this list?

Fallocaust 1&2 and Breaking Jade by Quil Carter

BOATK by TJ Klune. All 3 books

When All the World Sleeps by Lisa Henry and JA Rock

Meatworks by Jordan Castillo Price. Actually JCP is a new read for me in 2014. So I have to say all of her work!

Stories Beneath Our Skin by Veronica Sloane

LTG series by SE Jakes.

There are many many more. I also have my go to re-reads that I read often.

What would you like to see more in m/m literature you don’t see now?

More angst lol

What advice can you give to aspiring m/m reviewers and bloggers?

Have fun!!! Have tact. If you didn’t like the book there are ways to go around saying it tactfully and nicely.

Jamie Lake is the author of Bad Boy: Naughty at Night and other m/m gay romance novels.

      

Hot! Hot! Hot! Excerpt from “What Happens in Rome … Just Don’t Tell My Boyfriend” — New Quickie by Jamie Lake

What Happens in Rome by Jamie Lake

What Happens in Rome by Jamie Lake

“If I had you as a boyfriend, I’d be jealous too. I mean, I’d keep you by my side at all times,” his sexy Italian personal assistant, Fabrizio said as he drove down the streets of Rome.

Jordan blushed. Was Fabrizio flirting with him or was he just being polite? Just the possibility of it made his cock swell a little. He really needed to get laid and fast before he got himself in trouble. Good luck with him getting any from his boyfriend Bryan, he hadn’t spread his legs for him in months.  He had to stop reading into it. Fabrizio was probably just being nice but then again, Jordan had heard how liberal and fluid European men were about sexuality and he often wondered if that was true.

“Well, thank you,”  Jordan answered, though he was keeping his questions and comments to himself. He knew asking what he really wanted to ask could only open a can of worms that he needed not dip into. So he leaned back a little and rolled down the window slightly. It was getting too hot in here, and he had a feeling, it wasn’t coming from the weather.

“Anytime,” Fabrizio said patting Jordan on the thigh awfully close to his cock. Fuck, Jordan was getting an instant hard-on. Why here? Why now?

Cold thoughts, cold thoughts, Jordan thought to himself. It was probably just an innocent remark, an innocent gesture, Jordan kept telling himself, maybe it was an Italian thing.

But as he looked out the window at all the buildings whizzing by, Jordan couldn’t help but ask, “Is it true European guys are more …. open-minded?”

“What do you mean?” Fabrizio asked with that sexy look on his face. It was a dumb question; Jordan thought. He knew he shouldn’t go any further with it, but he felt compelled to.

“You know more … like in America, guys are usually with women-only or men-only. I mean, you get some bi guys, but not like-”

“Oh, yeah, here? I mean, people don’t talk about it but who hasn’t sucked a cock before?” Fabrizio said nonchalantly.

Fuck, Jordan thought. He had to rest his arms on his crotch to hide the stiffy that was becoming so big it would be unmistakable in seconds.

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A New Sexy Excerpt from The Priest & Me — Jamie Lake’s Newest Quickie

The Priest & Me by Jamie Lake

The Priest & Me by Jamie Lake

“Tell me, son,” Father Gregory said, composing himself behind the confessional booth. They were both shrouded in secrecy, shrouded from the judging eyes and ears of the cathedral.

“I’ve had dirty thoughts,” the sexy man told him, his voice vibrating the confessional booth in a way that turned Father Gregory on. Grateful the cathedral was nearly empty except for Sister Mary Gertrude, a 90-year-old nun who couldn’t hear anyway even if she wanted to.

“What kind of dirty thoughts,” he felt himself compelled to ask as his hand intuitively reached his crotch.

“There’s this man, someone I’ve been watching,” the sexy man said. “I’m very attracted to him, but I don’t know if he’s attracted to me.”

So, he was attracted to me too? Father Gregory thought to himself. He knew the internal battles he must be going through, but the Father also knew his duty to help steer the man according to the church’s teachings.

“How do you know you’re attracted to him, my son?” Father Gregory asked, feeling an instant connection. He knew exactly how the man felt; the fight to suppress the feeling, then the wonder if the man felt the same, if the risk was worth the possible broken heart.

“Cause every time I see him, I get … ,” he answered. It was so quiet in the booth; Father Gregory could hear him swallow.

“Excited?” he asked, wanting, needing to hear more as his cock started to swell.

“Yes, Father. He does things … to my body, I become erect. I become hard, my cock … I’m sorry.”

“It’s alright, go on,” Father Gregory encouraged, wanting to hear more.

“My penis … You see, father?  I’m rather large down there and … it’s been difficult finding someone who … Who can handle it.”

“How large?” he asked.

“About 10 inches, Father,” the sexy man said with confidence and a twinge of shame.

Father Gregory’s own cock was growing larger, and though he fought the urge, he couldn’t help but slide his hand over to it.  Gripping it, squeezing it, he slid his fingers up and down as the sexy man spoke.

“That’s rather large,” Father Gregory swallowed.

“Most of the time, I have to please myself and I know it’s wrong but-” he started to say.

“No, only the Lord can judge,” Father Gregory said, “Go on, my son, tell me more about this … problem you have and this man.”

 

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A Steaming Hot Excerpt from Her Brother & Me: Don’t Tell Your Mom by Jamie Lake

Her Brother & Me by Jamie Lake

Her Brother & Me by Jamie Lake

“Why don’t you take your clothes off?” my Uncle, Dr. Elliott told me. He licked his lips slightly. “That way, I can get a better look.”

I swallowed hard. Even though I’d thought of getting naked with him over and over again since I’d met him, the reality of what I was about to do was making me a little shy. It’s not like I was ashamed of my body; I knew how many people my age had commented on what a tight little muscular body I had. But that’s the thing; they were my age. I’d never really been looked at by someone older than me, certainly no one as good-looking as my uncle.

He must have seen me stalling because he said, “Don’t be shy. It’s nothing I haven’t seen before. Would you like some privacy?”

I swallowed. “No, that’s all right.” My hands were nervously fishing for my belt, then my shirt. I couldn’t decide where to start.

“Good,” he said, leaning on the edge of the desk, watching me. “Tell you what, I’ll take off my shirt, and you’ll see it’s really no big deal.”

His shirt. Was he really offering me an “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours” moment? My eyes got larger as he unbuttoned and lifted his shirt over his head, revealing his amazing lightly hairy body. Ripped abs, amazing taut chest with chocolate-brown-kiss nipples, the type I could suck on for hours as I watch him moan in pleasure.

I thought my knees were going to buckle. His body was, to say the least, to die for. Even when he breathed, the way his chest rose and fell, every movement made his washboard abs vibrate and flex.

“See,” he said with a wink, “no big deal.”

“Okay,” I squeaked, pulling my shirt off, revealing my pink nipples. I swear I saw him bite his lip in anticipation.

“Good,” he told me, looking me up and down. “Now, take your pants off.”

“Okay,” I said.

“No, what do you say?” he asked me in a low tone.

“Yes, doctor. Yes, Uncle Elliott,” I answered.

A warm seductive smile spread across his lips. A smile I wanted to see over and over again that meant I pleased him, and the idea of pleasing such a big, strong and sexy man was turning me on. So much so, I was starting to get a hard-on and was afraid to take my pants off.

“Come on now,” he said, watching and waiting for me to take my pants off. His hand slid over to his crotch and rubbed it. I could see the bulge starting to get harder too.

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