Posts Categorized: LGBT

23 Apr '14

LGBT Fiction Event Day 23 : My Top 10 Gay Romance Short Stories by Shae Connor (Incl. Grand prize giveaway)

LGBT Fiction Event Day 23 : My Top 10 Gay Romance Short Stories by Shae Connor (Incl. Grand prize giveaway)

  I’m a short story writer. I’ve pretty much accepted that about myself. Out of my 15 published stories, all but one have been under 25,000 words. I can write novels—I’ve done it once, and I’m nearly done with another—but it’s a long process. I don’t dare promise anything novel length by a certain date, but I have no trouble meeting deadlines for short stories and novellas. I realize that most readers prefer novels. Heck, I read more novels than anything else too. But I don’t think most people have an appreciation for shorter stories. It can be difficult to put together a complete story in a smaller package: character development, relationship development, meaningful conversations and sex, happy endings—all take time and word count. It takes special skills to fit it all in without leaving threads hanging. For today’s post, I wanted to highlight some of the shorter gay romance stories I find myself re-reading often. These run the gamut from silly to angsty, and each one is a perfect… Keep Reading »

22 Apr '14

LGBT Event Day 22 : MM author Christa Tomlinson hosts a Character Interview with her Swat boys and a giveaway

LGBT Event Day 22 : MM author Christa Tomlinson hosts a Character Interview with her Swat boys and a giveaway

  Hello everybody. Teresa, your favorite romance blogger, here. For today’s interview, I went on a ride along with Sergeant Logan Pierce and Corporal Clay Foster from The Sergeant. I loved talking to these two men. Sergeant Pierce has this air of cool command while Corporal Foster was surprisingly playful for a cop. I met up with the two members of Houston Police SWAT in the garage while their team is waiting to be picked up. The entire group looks bad-ass in their black gear with weapons just about everywhere. Two men separate from the rest of the pack. They have helmets on but I know immediately who is who. Sergeant Pierce greets me first, then Corporal Foster jumps in. By the time the truck pulls up I’ve met everyone on the team and I’m ready to get started. Teresa: This is a pretty intimidating truck Foster: Yep. We want our suspects ready to cry uncle from the moment we pull up. Pierce: It’s called a Bearcat. It’s an armored… Keep Reading »

22 Apr '14

Release Day Guest Post : Tibby Armstrong won’t blame her characters for the BDSM in (what could be) the last in the Hollywood Series! (Incl.Giveaway)

Release Day Guest Post : Tibby Armstrong won’t blame her characters for the BDSM in (what could be) the last in the Hollywood Series! (Incl.Giveaway)

  I’ll tell you a secret. Authors like to pretend their characters are in charge of their stories. We enjoy the fiction that our creations possess us, run away with us, make us say and do things on the page the would bring a scarlet blush to our cheeks if we had been responsible for the story. This excuse is really a not-so-new twist on “the devil made me do it.” In fact, I’d like you to believe this about my newest book, Numbers Game. Two devils named Aaron Blake and Greg Falkner, definitely, certainly, without a doubt, made me write it. *cue crickets* You’re not buying it? Yeah. Me either. The problem is? I think I knew what I was doing all along. You see. I wrote a story that I’d been trying to poke a stick at ever since I began writing the Hollywood series and No Apologies. I knew what and who these characters were the first time Aaron had Greg on his knees looking up at him against the backdrop… Keep Reading »

21 Apr '14

LGBT Fiction Event Day 21: Andrew J.Peters introduces his new series and hosts a competition!

LGBT Fiction Event Day 21: Andrew J.Peters introduces his new series and hosts a competition!

  Many thanks to Nix for this opportunity to introduce myself to fans of Scorching Book Reviews! I’m a new-ish author, and this chance to connect with potential readers means a lot to me. I write a paranormal series for Vagabondage Press called Werecat. The first installment The Rearing came out in June 2013, and the second The Glaring was just released in March. I also have a young adult novel The Seventh Pleiade with Bold Strokes Books. That came out this past November. It’s the story of a young gay prince who becomes a hero during the last days of Atlantis. That’s three books that all came out in the past year. It’s all been happening very fast, and in a majorly exciting way. 🙂 The invitation to participate in SBR’s LGBT Event caught my interest right away. I’ve been involved in the LGBT community since the early 90s when I came out as gay. I’ve always been a writer, but the bigger part of my career so far… Keep Reading »

20 Apr '14

LGBT Fiction Day 20 : LGBT characters in classic literature by Monica Corwin (Includes Giveaway)

LGBT Fiction Day 20 : LGBT characters in classic literature by Monica Corwin (Includes Giveaway)

  Today I’m going to discuss LGBT characters in classic literature. No, this won’t be a history lesson but an informal discussion and maybe a few good reads you can add to your TBR piles. Classic literature is choc full of LGBT characters…many refuse to acknowledge their presence or try to have certain pieces banned because of this. So…here is my list of a few awesome classic lit titles featuring at least one LGBT character. Although…I can’t guarantee you will love them all…for example my first title: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde – This is an excellent book and a much revered classic. Basil Hallward is the man who painted Dorian Gray’s infamous portrait and he is very much a gay character…something Dorian Gray takes extreme advantage of. I also like to believe Dorian himself is bisexual but some might contest me on that. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – This is a newer novel but undoubtedly is considered a classic. Patrick, in… Keep Reading »

19 Apr '14

LGBT Fiction Event Day 19 : Character interview from Benoît Grenier from ‘Moonlight & Love Songs’ by Alyssa Linn Palmer (Includes Paperback Giveaway)

LGBT Fiction Event Day 19 : Character interview from Benoît Grenier from ‘Moonlight & Love Songs’ by Alyssa Linn Palmer (Includes Paperback Giveaway)

  I sit in a dim corner of the rundown jazz club, Le Chat Rouge, just off the Boulevard St. Germain, in the heart of Paris’s Left Bank. It’s early yet, and the cleaner is just finishing the last of his mopping, carefully scrubbing the small entryway. A bartender chops lemons, and the tart citrus scent briefly overcomes the stale scent of cigarettes and dust. I’m with the club’s pianist, the world-renowned Benoît Grenier. He hasn’t changed for his performance, and he’s still clothed in slightly tatty jeans, a dark sweater, and oxfords that need polishing at the toes Benoît Grenier: Hey, they do not. They’re perfectly worn in. Daniel Marceau (that’s me): If you say so. Not much of an outfit to impress, though, is it? BG: Are you actually interviewing me, or just taking the piss? DM: Someone has to prep you for that reviewer from Metro, and it might as well be me. But we don’t have much time. BG: They won’t really comment on what I’m… Keep Reading »

18 Apr '14

LGBT Fiction Event Day 18 : Vanessa North talks Demisexuality in her new MM book and offers an exciting eARC giveaway

LGBT Fiction Event Day 18 : Vanessa North talks Demisexuality in her new MM book and offers an exciting eARC giveaway

  Erotic content is a big part of my writing, and I don’t think that’s ever going to change. Yet, I decided to write a book about a gay character who falls under the asexuality umbrella. Demisexuals do not experience primary sexual attraction—they must form an intense emotional connection first. When I first came across a description of demisexuality, I dropped everything and read everything I could find about primary vs. secondary sexual attraction—I was fascinated because secondary sexual attraction explained so much about romantic attachment and how it sustained sexual attraction in long-term relationships of the Happily Ever After variety. And then, I wrote Adam Walker—a demisexual gay romantic. As a writer, I saw a chance to explore the opposite of insta-love or even insta-lust. Here we have a character who isn’t attracted to another person without the emotional connection. He didn’t need just anyone—he needed Harris. And yet—I wanted to dispel this myth that asexual or demisexual people are passionless—Adam is a passionate character. He loves flying, he… Keep Reading »

17 Apr '14

LGBT Fiction Event Day 17 : Zoe Rider interviews her rock star characters & offers a giveaway

LGBT Fiction Event Day 17 : Zoe Rider interviews her rock star characters & offers a giveaway

  The news broke over the weekend: musicians Brian March and Dylan Denault, founding members of Attack From Space, are “together.” Fans have had much to say about it—not surprisingly—but the guys themselves have until now given a “no comment” to the press. I’m not sure what to expect when I arrive at their rehearsal space. It’s not Brian or Dylan who answer the door but Dylan’s sister, Kelsey. She points to the other end of the room, where a few cast-off chairs and an old, scratchy couch with duct tape over one of the cushions are gathered, all of them empty. She’s in the middle of a call. I imagine there are a lot of calls right now. Taking a seat on one of the chairs, I run through my notes again, raising my head when the door opens and Brian and Dylan come through, Brian smiling like Dylan’s just told him a joke. Dylan, on the other hand, looks a little wary, like he’s about to face a… Keep Reading »

16 Apr '14

LGBT Fiction Event Day 16 : Reesa Herberth introduces the playlist to her work & offers a giveaway

LGBT Fiction Event Day 16 : Reesa Herberth introduces the playlist to her work & offers a giveaway

  Hey everyone, I’m Reesa Herberth. Thanks to Nix for having me! I decided to do a collection of songs that represented the main characters and feel in the Ylendrian Empire space opera universe, and I’ve created a playlist (below) so you can take a whirl through my personal soundtracks for the books. First, from the Rainbow Award-winning space opera caper, The Slipstream Con, we’ve got our three main characters: Kellen Frey – A Good Idea at the Time | OK Go: This is the perfect song for a man not known for his restraint. See also: lusting after the married bounty hunters chasing him across the ‘verse. Tal Serafine-Reyes – Backfire | MuteMath: See Tal make plans. See Tal worry. See Tal accidentally fall in love with the thief he and his wife are supposed to be turning in for a bounty. Look at Tal squirm! Poor Tal. Vanya Serafine-Reyes – Nocturnals | Peter Gabriel: Vanya’s past isn’t so much shadowy as ink black. Lucky for Kellen, she finds… Keep Reading »

15 Apr '14

LGBT Fiction Event Day 15 : Amber Belldene explains how reader empathy can make romance erotic (Incl. series giveaway)

LGBT Fiction Event Day 15 : Amber Belldene explains how reader empathy can make romance erotic (Incl. series giveaway)

  Here’s a little secret about me: pretty much anything will turn me on, if it turns on a character I love. In my sordid reading life, I’ve been shocked, embarrassed, and even frightened by what’s aroused me in an especially well-written story. This might be an occupational hazard of mine.  I’m a priest in the Episcopal Church (the American branch of the C of E) and I’m one of those empathetic criers.  If you start tearing up, I’m sure to follow.  I cry while planning funerals and officiating at weddings.  In a well-written erotic story, it sort of works the same way.  If a lovable character—male, female, straight, gay or anywhere in between—gets hot and bothered, I start to get all warm and tingly too, regardless of my personal proclivities. But I know its not only priests that experience this kind of identification with a character. It’s part of the pleasure of reading and one of the truly miraculous things about stories.  They invite us into someone else’s heart,… Keep Reading »