The post on Men in Sports: Why Are They Almost Non Existent in M/M linked here was incredibly popular and brought a number of sports fans out of the closet. 🙂 Some of the issues that emerged from the comments were that many female authors were not comfortable writing sports themed stories because they had never been involved in competitive sports in their formative years or had family members and close friends who played different professional sports. Consequently their knowledge was sketchy at best, they felt that the amount of research involvded would be daunting if they wanted to make the books and characters authentic, and sports fans would end up disappointed in the books if they got it wrong. Of course this doesn’t explain why more male authors are not stepping up and writing more of these books.
I thought it would be great if some of you who are knowledgeable about sports could beta for a few authors who asked for help in different sports. You would have to read parts of the manuscripts and advise the authors about the sports aspects of the stories. If this is something you would like to do, please add your name on the comments section of the post and indicate the sport in which you have some expertise or knowledge. You don’t need to indicate your email address since I can take it off the site. I could then develop a list that I would provide to those authors who require assistance.
Also please note that there is now a “sports” link on the site on the top left hand sidebar under Navigation. There are a few reviews under the link, not nearly as many as I would like but I’m working on building up the number by reading and reviewing more sports oriented books. I will be reviewing a couple of sports M/M books by A.J. Llewellyn and Stephani Hecht Fire and Ice (hockey) & A Hundred Fires (boxing) within a few weeks.
I have added a few sports themed M/M stories to this post that were recommended by other readers, in case you would like to buy any of them . Please feel free to add your own recs. to help your fellow readers, including me. 🙂
These books were suggested by Quinn, another reader:
Northridge High Football Camp by S. Joseph Krol (High School Football) YA ***
Mahu by Neil S. Plakcy (Kimo is a detective AND surfer) ***
The Wild Man by Patricia Nell Warren (Bullfighting / Spain) ***
Changing Pitches by Steve Kluger (Baseball) ***
Eight Seconds by Jean Ferris (Rodeo) YA ***
Pins by Jim Provenzano (High School Wrestling) YA ***
Bad Boys by Diane Wieler (High School Hockey) YA
A Secret Edge by Robin Reardon (High School Track) YA **
Tag Team Studs by Clay Caldwell (Wrestling)
The Lions Den by Larry Howard (College Swimmer)
Gay Blades by Ben Tyler (Figure Skating) Fluff
I’m not sure that all of these books are “pure” M/M so buyer beware.
Here are a few others I selected at random:
Bases Loaded (baseball) by Sean Michael
Perfect 10 (gymnastics) by Sean Michael
Personal Best 1, 2, and 3 (swimming) by Sean Michael
Making a Splash (swimming) by Sean Michael
Love Match (tennis) by Keira Andrews
City of Lights (tennis) Keira Andrews – this is a holiday short with characters from Love Match
Playing the Field: Teed Off (golf) JM Snyder
Playing The Field: Face Off (hockey) JM Snyder
Playing The Field: Play On (soccer) JM Snyder
Playng The Field: Served (tennis) JM Snyder
The above series is available in print as an anthology with all 4 stories
B.A. Tortuga has written the Roughstock series about the sport of bullriding but I don’t know much about them although I understand that many of the books are more about the personal relationships than about the sport.
A.J. Llewellyn wrote the following sports M/M books:
Hanalei Moon and sequel Blue Moon (surfing)
Stolen Magic (Boxing)
Blood Eclipse (Ultimate Fighting)
Hardsex (skateboarding) D.J. Manly and A.J. Llewellyn – July 1 eXtasy Books
The Mediator (boxing ) D.J. Manly and A.J. Llewellyn –August 13 Total-e-Bound