Tag: Queer romance month

Spotlight on Annabeth Albert


This mini-interview with one of our contributors is brought to you in support of
Queer Romance Month.

QRM runs throughout October, celebrating love stories in all shades of the rainbow in all shades of romance. Join us, and over a hundred LGBTQ+ authors and allies, for essays, flash-fiction and much, much more.

 

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  1. Your favourite queer romance?

The Coda series by Marie Sexton is something I re-read a lot, along with Dirty Laundry by Heidi Cullinan, Moving in Rhythm by Dev Bentham, and Cost of Repairs by A.M. Arthur, and many others.

 

  1. A queer romance you’d recommend to a newcomer:

I started with Promises, by Marie Sexton, and I still feel it’s a great introduction to the genre. Other great ‘first’ choices: Understatement of the Year by Sarina Bowens, Off Campus by Amy Jo Cousins, No Such Thing by A.M. Arthur, Hot Head by Damon Suede

 

  1. Recommend a book you love, but feel is under appreciated

Driving Into the Sun by Dev Bentham – I just re-read this for the third or fourth time. I’m not sure why more folks haven’t discovered Dev’s wonderful lyrical prose.

 

  1. Tell us about your book(s)

I’m really excited about STATUS UPDATE, my gamer geek romance coming December 7th from Carina Press. Fans who liked my quirky Portland Heat heroes should enjoy this new series starring a group of friends who all work for the same video game developer. I had a lot of fun creating the fake online role-playing game that the heroes work for and in immersing myself in the gamer geek. In STATUS UPDATE, a hipster video game designer is stranded in a tiny RV with an archaeology professor. Sparks fly as the snow falls!

 

  1. What do you think is the future of queer romance?

I think we’re going to see a lot more diversity. More f/f pairings, more trans characters, more ‘mixed’ series with m/m, f/f, and m/f in the same series, more characters of different backgrounds and from different backgrounds.

Annabeth’s contribution to Queer Romance Month – Dear Auto-Buy Authors – will be published on 16th October.

 

Thank you for struggling even when it feels like no one sees – thank you for persevering even when sales are low or reviews are mixed.”

-Annabeth Albert

 

About Annabeth

Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all sub-genres of romance out in the open – no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer.

Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Annabeth loves finding happy endings for a variety of pairings and is a passionate gay rights supporter.  In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two toddlers.

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Blog tour & author spotlight – Catalysts by Kris Ripper

I’m really pleased to be hosting Kris Ripper today and as part of the tour I get to share some goodies with you!

 

The blurb:

Sometimes all it takes is meeting one person to turn your world upside down. Will Derrie likes girls but he isn’t honest with them; he wants kinky sex and lots of it. When Hugh offers to dominate him, no sex required, Will realizes it might not be so easy to separate the two.
Sometimes all it takes is a new angle on an old idea to change everything you thought you wanted. Hugh Reynolds holds the world at arm’s length. He lives alone, works alone, and he thinks he’s as happy as he’ll ever be. But Will gets under his skin and once he’s gone, Hugh realizes he doesn’t want to go it alone forever.
Sometimes all it takes is a random encounter to open your mind (and your heart). Truman Jennings hits on a cute guy at a conference and he’s smitten by the end of their first date. Hugh’s not the kindest or the easiest boyfriend Truman’s ever had, but he brings one thing to their relationship that no one else could: kinky, adventurous, sweetly submissive Will.

Sometimes you can’t find the right man till you find the wrong one. Three men. Three sides to love, and intimacy, and laughter. Three people who didn’t know what they were looking for…until they found it in each other.

I thought (having read the book) that I’d do my usual schtick and tell you why you should read it. Then I had a better idea. Let Kris do it instead. Kris wrote it and conceived these great characters, why not let Kris tell us how it came about?

The Accidental Romance

I once wrote a book called The Scientific Method.

It wasn’t a romance novel. I didn’t intend for it to be a romance novel. I’d written it (and revised it, and redrafted it, and revised that) because I couldn’t get the characters out of my head. The dynamic was something I’d never written quite the same way, or read in other books.

In fact, at the time I published it, I didn’t think there was any real romance in it. Oh, there was a whole lot of tension, yes, but I didn’t see the deep abiding romantic love that draws people to romance in novels and film.

Until I wrote book two, which featured one of the gentlemen from the first book and a new love interest. Book two had romance, sure. What surprised me, however, was that in book two the lingering tension, all that delicious dynamic I’d loved playing with so much in The Scientific Method, seemed to spark something…deeper. Something…other. Something, well, romantic.

And the romance? Wasn’t just between two characters. It was between three.

Catalysts is the book that should have been. It is ultimately the story of three men on different paths, seeking different things out of life, who end up tentatively exploring something none of them expected.

Will Derrie just wants to be normal, to get off on normal things, to not screw up all of his relationships because he can’t figure out how to want what everyone else seems to want. Hugh Reynolds thinks he can help Will without falling for him, without risking himself, because he knows absolutely that love isn’t in the cards for him. And Truman Jennings really only asks a man on a date; he has no idea he’ll end up involved in the most complex, intense relationship of his life. And that it includes all three of them.

I didn’t sit down one day and think to myself, I want to write a kinky polyamorous romance novel. I sat down one day, looked at my books, and realize I already had written that, I’d just done it in such a way that it seemed accidental.

Maybe it was.

But the story deserved a lot better than its main arc, its main love, being something of a side note. Once I realized I’d managed to bury the lede, I knew I had to rework the books into one longer, more intricate, significantly more clear novel. A romance novel, in fact. (I can hear the raucous laughter of the people who tried to convince me, over my strenuous objections, The Scientific Method was romance. Many “I told you so”s are in my future. And they’ll be right – ish.)

This book is a surprise. Bear in mind I’d drafted and redrafted a couple of times before I published it, and now I’ve redrafted it again. You’d think words I’ve been over so very (very) many times couldn’t still surprise me, but these did. I found little pockets of humor I’d never stumbled on to before. I pulled out crystal clear threads of intimacy and played with the dialogue until I could hear the voices better than I ever had.

Catalysts is a love story very much about surprise and intention and surrender. Perhaps especially about surrender. It’s not just about surrendering to your lover (or lovers); sometimes it’s far harder to surrender to the unexpected and trust that it will take you where you need to go.

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About Kris Ripper

portrait of the author kris ripper

Kris Ripper lives in the great state of California and hails from the San Francisco Bay Area. Kris shares a converted garage with a toddler, can do two pull-ups in a row, and can write backwards. (No, really.) Kris is genderqueer and prefers the z-based pronouns because they’re freaking sweet. Ze has been writing fiction since ze learned how to write, and boring zir stuffed animals with stories long before that.

Find Kris at:

website: krisripper.com

facebook: facebook.com/kris.ripper or facebook.com/krisripperbooks

twitter: @smuttastickris

Spotlight on Queer Romance month

imageEverything You Ever Wanted To Know About Queer Romance & Weren’t Particularly Afraid to Ask

What it is
Queer Romance Month is a month long celebration of romance across the LGBTQ+ spectrum. Every day in October, we publish three to four posts from a variety of readers, writers, bloggers and other brilliant people. Our contributors come from all corners of Romancelandia, united by our belief that love is love, romance is romance, and sexuality is not a sub-genre.
On the website, we’ll be showcasing essays, think pieces, flash fiction, and other good things inspired by this year’s theme: We All Need Stories.
You’ll also find us around the blogosphere all month long, bringing you exclusive interviews, audio clips and video readings from our wonderful contributors.

Why it’s awesome
Because everyone involved in Queer Romance Month is terribly brilliant and sexy.
More seriously, it’s a chance to talk about books you love or discover books you’re going to love in an exciting, diverse and enthusiastic community.
There’ll be actual, legit, brand new content from a wide range of writers who we hope you’ll already think are fabulous or will decide are fabulous after you read them.
We hope you’ll laugh and cry and think and find something that speaks to you.
Also we give away free stuff.
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