10 May '15

LGBTQ Post :So you want to read an M/M romance by j. leigh bailey (Incl. eBook Giveaway)

Posted in Active Giveaway, LGBT 2015 / 17 Comments

 

Hola and a big smushy WELCOME to our LGBTQ event which is here for the month of May. We have reviews, Guest Posts, Top Ten List and lots and lots of prizes all with a LGBT theme. The posts will be indexed on the side and I do hope you hop through … I have been so lucky this year!

Today, we have the lovely j. leigh Bailey giving us some MM recommendations for every type of genre. She is also giving away a copy of her eBook Nobody’s Hero to one commenter on the post (comments must give LGBTQ recommendations).

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First, I’d like to thank Nix for inviting me to join in the LGBT Event this month. Any chance to help spread the word and share the appreciation for LGBT fiction—especially romance—is a worthy cause.

LGBT romance, particularly M/M romance, has been gaining a lot of momentum the last several years. More and more publishers are publishing them, more writers are writing them, and more readers are reading them. Like any new subgenre, the question “Where should I start?” is a common one. There are a lot of choices, and word-of-mouth recommendations and reviews are key components to a person deciding to try something new.

Like most authors, I’m a voracious reader. So, when someone asks me “Where should I start?” I’ve got some thoughts.

These are some of the books I recommend to readers new to the M/M genre:

Collision Course by K. A. Mitchell. This was the first M/M novel I ever read and it rocked my world. It’s got some serious angst, it’s seriously sexy, and is, to this day, one of my go-to comfort reads.

Crossing Borders by Z. A. Maxwell. This was the second M/M novel I ever read. In today’s vernacular, this would be considered a New Adult novel. I love the elements of discovery, the family dynamic, and the depth of characterization.

For the paranormal lovers, no one can beat J. L. Langley’s “With or Without” series. I love her werewolves. The stories are sweet and funny, with just enough drama to keep it going. Then, to top it off, she has a “Sci-Regency” series that is the coolest combination of space opera/Regency romance that is just awesome. That’s right: space opera/Regency romance. Killer combination.

If you like sports romance, I’d check out Tara Lain’s Long Pass Chronicles. Outing the Quarterback is great, but Canning the Center is outstanding.

Heidi Cullinan is definitely one of my go-to authors. If you like a little kink in your sexy-times, I’d check out her Special Delivery books. They break some romance’s rules, but do it beautifully.

For those who like a little military/spy action in their romance, SE Jakes’ Men of Honor and Hell or High Water series are great. They’re gritty, dirty and full of high stakes action and adventure. Equal parts adrenaline and hormones.

One of the categories I haven’t mentioned yet is New Adult. Since my own M/M New Adult romance, Nobody’s Hero, just released, I’d be a fool not to recommend it. That being said, and since I suck at self-promotion, here are a few of my favorite New Adult M/M romance authors: Heidi Cullinan, Amy Jo Cousins, Megan Erickson, Karen Stivali and Annabeth Albert.

Bradley Greene’s family all but discarded him when his brother caught him fooling around with another boy. Now Bradley has seventeen dollars and a gas card, and he’s sleeping in his car. He’s an emotional mess and if he doesn’t land a job soon, he’s up the proverbial creek.

Danny Ortega can take care of himself…most of the time. When what started as a date turns into sexual assault in a dark parking lot, he’s grateful for Brad’s help—and an instant admirer of Brad’s military school-honed muscles. He certainly doesn’t expect to see him again, and definitely not as the newest hire at Ortega Construction.

As Brad and Danny’s quiet attraction turns into more, things start to go sour before they’ve even started. Danny grows frustrated that Brad won’t open up emotionally. And Brad is terrified of being responsible for someone else’s feelings. When Brad’s family makes one last attempt to turn him into an “acceptable” son, all bets are off—he and Danny will need to decide if they’re in this together…or apart.

Buy Links

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This is just a short list, and seriously, there are so many amazing books that I could go on forever, but, depending on your sub-genre interests, I’d bet there’s an M/M romance out there for you.

There is more to LGBT romance than just M/M. I haven’t read a whole lot of F/F or Transgender romance, and I’d love some recommendations. I’ve got a free electronic copy (epub, mobi or pdf) of my book Nobody’s Hero. I’ll do a drawing from any commenters who recommend their favorite LGBT romances (in whatever section of the LGBTQ spectrum).

Author Bio:

leigh bailey is an office drone by day and the author of Young Adult LGBT Romance by night. She can usually be found with her nose in a book or pressed up against her computer monitor. A book-a-day reading habit sometimes gets in the way of… well, everything…but some habits aren’t worth breaking. She’s been reading romance novels since she was ten years old. The last twenty years or so have not changed her voracious appetite for stories of romance, relationships and achieving that vitally important Happy Ever After. She’s a firm believer that everyone, no matter their gender, age, sexual orientation or paranormal affiliation deserves a happy ending.

Now she writes Young Adult LGBT Romance novels about boys traversing the crazy world of love, relationships and acceptance.

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17 Responses to “LGBTQ Post :So you want to read an M/M romance by j. leigh bailey (Incl. eBook Giveaway)”

  1. There really are more m/m out there. I haven’t seen too many others out there but I thinks it’s great that it’s becoming popular. I don’t normally read the genre but I have read a few and my favorite was Rush by Nyrae Dawn.

  2. I read tons of LGBTQ, mostly m/m. I absolutely adore LB Gregg and Josh Lanyon. They’re at the top of my list, but I’ve read scads of other authers. I agree that JL Langley’s shifters are good, but her sci-regency and westerns are re-reads too. 🙂

  3. Christine LaCombe

    Not just of the m/m but of m/f ,mfm, and mmf variety is one of my favorite authors, Nicole Edwards with her Club Destiny series and Alluring Indulgence series. But I have also read just books with m/m and that would be Kindle Alexander, especially her book Always, sigh!!! Charity Parkerson comes to mind also with her Ugly Eternity series. Thanks for the giveaway.
    lacombejc at suddenlink dot net

  4. Thanks for this post! Some of the books on your list are favorites of mine as well. I also love KJ Charles and Jordan L Hawk. Also Rhys Ford, Josh Lanyon, Josephine Myles, JL Merrow and Heidi Cullinan. I recently read Keira Andrews’s gay Amish trilogy which was fantastic. I mostly read m/m but I can recommend The Burnt Toast B & B by Heidi Belleau and Rachel Haimowitz which is great and has a main character who is transgender. I could go on forever – I love to read and there are so many great books out there!

    • Ooh…I’ll definitely need to check out the Burnt a toast B&B. I love those two authors, but I must have missed this particular book. Thanks!

  5. I read a lot of m/m fiction novels and a majority of the time it’s the only genre I read now. My favorite I have to say is A Matter of Time series by Mary Calmes but all her serial works are awesome so do give her a try if you haven’t.

  6. Thanks for the recommendations, I love Heidi Cullinan also. I’ve also read a few books by Amy Jo Cousins and Megan Erickson.

  7. Lee Todd

    I love so many LGBT books
    Temptation series by Ella Frank
    Cut & Run series by Abigail Roux
    Assassin/Shifter and 12 Olympians series by Sandrine Gasq-Dion
    THIRDS series by Charlie Cochet
    Whybourne & Griffin and SPECTR series by Jordan L Hawk
    Infected series by Andrea Speed
    Adrien English series by Josh Lanyon
    everything by SE Jakes
    I could go on…..

  8. There are so many great reads. I would definitely recommend any book by NR Walker and especially the Red Dirt Heart serie.
    I also love Frog by Mary Calmes (who doesn’t love Weber).
    The men of Halfway house by Jaime Reese
    Lang Downs serie by Ariel Tachna and i could go on and on but i better stop LOL
    Thanks for the giveaway i really like the blurb of Nobody’s Hero and it’s on my TBR/Wish list 🙂

  9. The winner of the ebook giveaway is Christine LaCombe. Email me –j.leigh.bailey (at) gmail (dot) com.–and I’ll send you your copy of NOBODY’S HERO. 😀

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