Hola and a big smushy WELCOME to our LGBT 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 Avril Ashton with reasons why everyone should try at least one LGBT book. She’s also giving away an ebook copy of any LGBT book in her backlist, along with a $5 Gift Card to All Romance Ebooks, to one commenter. *Winner must have an account with ARe.
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I write both M/M and M/F romance. My fan base is broken up into three groups: those who only read my MM books, those who read anything I write, and those who won’t go anywhere near the Gay Romance.
I personally like the dance of watching two men fall in love. Especially if they’re both alpha. Both arrogant, both determined to lead. That dynamic sets up so much conflict and deliciousness right off the bat you can’t help but follow along for that wicked ride. I find myself every so often trying to convince someone why they should give Gay Romance a try. In case you’re still on the fence and not sure if you’d like it, or worry about what the people around you might think, here’s my argument:
Some of the most talented authors I have ever had the luck to experience write Gay Romance. More and more I find myself in awe of this ever-growing pool of skilled craftsmen and women who sling words together like no one’s business. It’s enough to make me a teensy bit—okay, a lot—jealous.
The diversity in plot and storyline is second to none. There’s something for every taste, every heat level, every time period. Every length too, and no, that pun was not intended.
The Sex. I’m actually not a fan of writing it, but reading it? Oh hell. There is nothing hotter, let me tell you. There is nothing that can have you reaching for a cigarette—when you’d never before touched the stuff—faster than a well done gay love scene. Mercy.
Most of you will tell your fellow readers, to “Just try it.” I second that motion wholeheartedly. Just try it. If you don’t like it, by all means you don’t have to continue reading, but there’s no harm in trying, is there?
The Readers. I have never met a reader as loyal, amazing, and down for anything as the Gay Romance reader. They know where the good stuff’s at, and once they’re in your corner they’re with you. Until you mess up, at which point they’ll call you on your bull.
Social Issues. While we write in the fiction world, nearly everything is colored by the very real world issues our fellow LGBTQ citizens face. Fiction isn’t where you go to know what’s happening in society, of course not, but believe me it helps to at least have a clue as to what it’s like to have two men fall in love and wish to marry in fiction when in RL that right is still being debated and fought for.
Love. No matter what, it’s romance. It’s about two people, or more (we don’t judge) falling in love, dealing with that and all its challenges as they journey to the finish line and that HEA. Gender has nothing to do with love. Love is its own force, the most powerful, and when that bad boy hits, it doesn’t matter that you used to sleep with girls before. Love cannot be denied. In fiction and in real life. Fighting it guarantees you will lose, every time.
We are all the same when it boils down to it. We want to be seen, to be heard, to be appreciated, to be valued, to be loved. You’ll find all that and more between the pages of Gay romance.
I picked up my first Gay Romance because I read the blurb, and the storyline had me asking, “How will they make it work?” It was Sloan Parker’s Breathe. If you’ve read that book amazing then you know, that wasn’t easy at all. But we hung in there to see it, didn’t we? And it was so worth it.
I gave it a try.
Did I miss any other points in my argument? Tell me in the comments. I’m giving away an ebook copy of any LGBT book in my backlist, along with a $5 Gift Card to All Romance Ebooks, to one commenter. *Winner must have an account with ARe.
About the Author
A West Indian transplant, Avril now lives in Stone Mountain, GA., with a tolerant spousal equivalent. Together they raise an eccentric daughter who loves reading and school (not so much school anymore she’s back to loving it). Avril’s earliest memories of reading revolve around discussing the plot points of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys with an equally book-minded mother.
Always in love with the written word, Avril finally decided to do the writing in August of ’09 and never looked back. Spicy love scenes, delicious heroes, and wicked women burn up the pages of Avril’s stories, but there’ll always be a happy ending; Av remains a believer of love in all its forms.
Addicted to cake, the ID Channel and the UFC, Avril writes Gay and Erotic Romance.
Here comes trouble…
Men. Women. Drugs. Dima Zhirkov’s favorite things. Add in the element of danger and he should be right as rain. But not today. It’s not working, hasn’t for a long time. He’s grasping at the flimsiest of straws to prove he’s indeed strong enough to run his streets. Until he sets eyes on him. In the midst of a room full of strangers, Dima is drawn to a man as cold and dangerous as he’s beautiful. Captivated, Dima embarks on a ruthless campaign to get his new toy into bed.
Here comes the danger…
Xavier “X” Storm is content to pull the strings while someone else handles the day to day dealings of his gang, The Rude Boys. He’s after what Dima holds closest—the Coney Island streets. He contracts out the job of killing the Russian, except Dima isn’t that easy to kill. When he suddenly shows up in X’s path, tempting him to indulge in the dirtiest play, he finds Dima isn’t all that easy to shake, either. His cocky attitude and rough submission tempts X to go where he’d vowed to never return, and they plunge head first into an affair fueled by possessive obsession.
Run for cover.
Sex and pain Dima can handle, and X delivers the most depraved kind. Their connection is explosive, their games addictive, but Dima can end it whenever he wishes. He doesn’t see that X is breaking him down, giving Dima everything he wants and even more than he ever thought to need. By the time he realizes who X is and what he wants, Dima is raw and bullet riddled. It’s run or fight. And Dima doesn’t back down. Neither does X.