Polls

Historical Romances – What’s the Allure?

Historical romances. Putting these 2 words together seems almost an oxymoron in the world of “happily ever after”. For the contemporary romance author, writing a romance without an HEA is like committing hari kari in terms of potential sales, because romance readers demand that their heroes end up together. When they don’t, it’s a death knell for the book once the word gets out.
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The Lure of the Anti Hero

The Lure of the Anti Hero

Mychael Black is a wonderful M/M author who has written, with Shayne Carmichael, such books as And The Two Shall Become One and Dark Needs, two of my favourite vampire series and other books such as Realms of Fantasy, The Prince’s Angel to name just a few. His latest book Blood Curse is available from Changeling Press. Myc is talking about the lure of the Anti Hero today and here’s his…
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By the numbers/Feedback

First of all I would like to thank all the bloggers who support this site and continue to do so every day. It is gratifying to know that so many of you find the content useful and entertaining and we hope you will continue to log on. The numbers detailed at the end of this post show that there were almost 5 million hits on this site since July 19 which is…
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Why do we love thee?

Why do we love thee?

This post is inspired by a poll on Afterelton which asks women to vote on why they love gay men in movies and television. I have run many polls about sex in M/M books and other related topics, but I was wondering about whether there are similarities between movies, television, M/M books and real life. We  love our M/M books. According to one publisher (Amber Allure) that I interviewed recently, their percentage…
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Mini Poll – Friday Guys

For all you Friday Guys watchers – Christian has just put up a new mini poll on the top right hand sidebar. (I couldn’t figure out how to do it)*g* This poll will be up for about a week to 10 days and the intent is to try and find out the types of guys you like to ogle, pinch and mutilate.:-D Please VOTE. If you don’t vote don’t whine afterwards.:)
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“I’m sorry but the safe word is not ‘I forgot the safe word.’” – A bit about BDSM in books

“I’m sorry but the safe word is not ‘I forgot the safe word.’” – A bit about BDSM in books

“Look, if you want to torture me, spank me, lick me, do it. But if this poetry shit continues just shoot me now please.” ~Lori Petty in Tank Girl Hey, it’s ManCandy day and I, James Buchanan am butting in. Don’t worry, I’m sure Wave will still give your pre-Halloween candy.   Heck, it’s Halloween, you deserve a treat, so I’ll give you half-dressed Twister from this year’s Folsom Street Fair.  …
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Cover Art – Help or Hindrance?

Cover Art – Help or Hindrance?

This past week we had a lot of fun with the covers nominated for the 3rd Ugly Covers competition – many of them were horrible and your comments reflected amazement that they were published. The question most frequently asked was ” What were they thinking”? As some of you know, I get very exercised about cover art (probably the only exercise I get):) because I believe it is an essential part of the marketing…
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Fanfic or Plagiarism?

  I was talking to Jordan Castillo Price yesterday about the rampant problem of stealing an author’s proprietary work, either on pirate sites where wholesale downloading of  books is taking place 24/7, to outright theft of a writer’s intellectectual property. So I suggested that she post about this topic since many authors have been victims of this ongoing problem in many forms. Here’s Jordan post – Yesterday morning, I received a disturbing email. A fanfic writer…
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Prevalence of Injuries and Illness in M/M Books. Do gay men really hum? 69 for all:)

Here’s Stuart’s weekly dose. You do remember Stuart, our regular correspondent that most of you have come to love (or dare I say, want to kick to the curb)?*g* I think he has a point in his most current beef. I’m wondering if a few authors ran out of plot bunnies and used the old standby of illness when all else failed. Don’t get mad, it was just a question.:) Here’s his question and…
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When ‘Clean’ Has a Negative Connotation

Hello again. Last Friday everyone had fun with Stuart and his questions about why M/M authors write about twitching penises and thumping the hell out of them.:) This week the topic is a little more serious. Here’s what he wanted to know about why authors use this term in M/M books when the connotation is anything but what was intended: “I’ve noticed that authors of m/m fiction generally refer to being HIV…
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Long ones…too much of a good thing or just right?

Long ones…too much of a good thing or just right?

Hey! Get your minds out of the gutter. I’m not talking about long ones of those. Although, that’s not a bad subject for another post. I’ve certainly come across my share of monstrous…er… parts in the M/M genre and wondered. But no, I’m not going there. At least not today. 🙂 Today I’m talking about long books (though I’m not averse to offering you a little eye candy while I…
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Do penises twitch when erect?

I get mail regularly from men looking for recommendations on what to read, or they ask questions about the M/M sub genre, to which they think I have answers or can find them. *g* Recently I received a very interesting email from Stuart, a gay man who had quite a few questions. Here’s his very short bio – he is 46 years old and lives in the US, and up until  2004 he resided…
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