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Comfort Reads

When Wave asked me to guest blog, I was honored. I mean, she has some great reviewers and awesome guests, like Josh Lanyon and Nicole Kimberling. Also, M.L. Rhodes will be making an appearance. Heck, how do I make my post entertaining enough for people to want to read on…lol. I’d like to be asked back at some point.
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Guest Opinion – Orgasmic Description

Val Kovalin of Obsidian Bookshelf  has, at my invitation, sent in this intriguing post on something I’m sure we have all wondered about in the context of M/M stories. She would love your comments and observations on her post. Val has been reviewing for about three years.  She reads across most fiction and nonfiction genres, but likes m/m fiction best. Visit her Obsidian Bookshelf blog (see link below) for reviews and non-stop advice on reading and…
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Women in M/M Romances – Are Negative Portrayals The Way To Go?

Recently I read an M/M book that led me to comment in my review about what I perceived as a very negative portrayal of the female characters. Both the story and the protagonists were well done and I quite enjoyed the book except for this one black eye. To my surprise a few bloggers defended the portrayals in the book and indicated that these were true to life depictions of the women in this case. Shortly after,…
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Why the hell aren’t you busy writing?!

I’m pretty new to this blogging game and some *okay, a lot* of the sites and thingymebobs everyone talks about make this terrific whooshing sound as they fly right over my head. To this end, I recently posted on my blog about my complete suckiness at all things to do with the internet and social networking and put out an SOS asking a gazillion stupid questions about what things were,…
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Do You Watch Gay Porn?

It’s been a while since I posted a poll and I thought this would be a good way to start off the new website.:) I couldn’t sleep last  night and was reading some of my “saved” articles and came across one that I had set aside  a few months ago  because I wanted to do a poll on this subject. So here’s the question. Do.You.Watch.Gay.Porn? Many of you will lie through…
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Josh Lanyon on…Man in a Black Hat

Josh Lanyon on…Man in a Black Hat

“It doesn’t work if the bad guys kill his mother’s uncle’s friend’s neighbor’s pet dog. You’ve got to make the stakes high.” Steven Seagal       When Wave invited me to contribute a guest blog, I tried to think of a topic I haven’t already hammered into the ground: things I like in m/m writing, things I dislike in m/m writing, professionalism and courtesy, why conflict is necessary for…
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A Question About Reviews – Part Deux

Why do you read book reviews? Is it to assist you in buying decisions? Or Not? What elements do you want to see in reviews? I don’t use a predetermined format, I just cover certain areas. I weigh the good and bad based on my criteria – characterization, plot, prose, world building, pacing, dialogue, conflict etc. Did the book move me? Did these elements work in the book being reviewed?…
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Burning “Gay” Questions – The Results

Last Wednesday I posted about several topics that I had been pondering for some time:1. Fingers – why 1, 2 and then 3?2. Gaydar – Does it exist?3. Rimming – What’s it all about Alfie? And does the giver get as much pleasure as the receiver?4. Taste Test – What does come (or cum) really taste like? You guys had a gay old time (couldn’t resist) with these topics. I…
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Burning “Gay” Questions

I haven’t posed a question on the blog for a while because I wanted to give everyone time to recover from our last series of questions. You have always responded to my polls and a lot of you admit that you love them (you know who you are — I won’t out you) and I hope you will this time. Today I have four burning “gay” questions that I hope…
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A Question About Reviews

I was asked today by someone I respect why such a large percentage of my reviews are 4 stars or higher and a full 50% of my most recent reviews were 5 stars. She joked that she would like to buy her books from the same place I get mine since she has had such rotten luck lately re book choices. Here’s what I told her (with some minor corrections…
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How Do You Like Your M/M Erotic Romances?

As mentioned in an earlier post, an author who writes M/M erotic romances asked me to gauge the psyche of M/M readers who frequent this blog, in this case female M/M readers who make up the majority of the fan base for these books, to get a barometer of what you like or don’t like about the genre. We would really appreciate your assistance in this short survey and although…
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CUT OR INTACT – THE RESULTS

Thank you so much to everyone who responded to our latest poll. As a general comment since a large percentage of adult males in North America were circumcised at birth or shortly thereafter, there is not a whole lot that they can do about their own sexual equipment as that choice was taken away from them. However, recent information indicates that this percentage is going down significantly. In Europe it…
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Cut or Intact – Guys, How Do You Like Your Men?

A well-known author who would like to remain anonymous emailed me a few days ago on this very sensitive topic. Do gay men prefer their partners to be cut or do they like an intact foreskin? This question has nothing whatsoever to do with religion or hygiene – it’s strictly sensory, aesthetic and to a lesser degree, olfactory. So, in my usual very inhibited and introverted way I thought I…
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