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Guest Post: “Sex Talk—Co-Writing Hot Scenes in Cyberlove” by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell

Fast Connection Megan Erickson Santino Hassell

Santino Hassell and Megan Erickson are back! And not only have they brought us a hilarious behind-the-scenes look at the writing process, it’s also deliciously not safe for work. (Consider this a warning and a teaser!) That’s not enough? Well, hold the phone, because we’ve also got an excerpt of Fast Connection, out now!

A lot of people ask us how we co-write sex scenes. Is it fun? Awkward? Uncomfortable?

Well, let’s just say it’s a little bit of each but usually it’s hilarious (mostly because we are ridiculous). Over the past several months we amassed a list of amusing (to us) gems from our sex-related conversations, and we’re sharing it with you guys. Anyone looking over our shoulders were a little….taken aback but we know we can trust romance readers to get it. 😉

1.“So I got this really cool wall-mounting idea…”


S: This scene took place during one of the famous dirty Skype scenes in Strong Signal. That book was fun. Also, Megan said that to me at random one day. I’m pretty sure I just rolled with it and was all “tell me more!” By then, it was normal for us to pitch ideas out of the blue.

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Deal Alert: Jaima Fixsen, Kate McMurray, and Holly Newman

Looking for an excuse to curl up with a great book? Check out these deals from Jaima Fixsen, Kate McMurray, and Holly Newman!

Fairchild Jaima Fixsen
Fairchild by Jaima Fixsen

Truth or dare?
Good English families all have a house in the country with a deer park, a trout stream, and an army of gardeners. They should have a son and if it can be managed, he should be handsome. Cleverness isn’t important. Daughters in limited quantities are fine so long as they are pretty. Bastards are inconvenient and best ignored. It’s not a big problem, unless you are one.
Unfortunately, Sophy is.
Sick of her outcast role, she escapes her father’s house, only to fall from her horse during a spring storm. Injured, soaked, and shivering, she stumbles to a stranger’s door—Tom, a blunt edged merchant from a family of vulgar upstarts. Mistaking Sophy for the genuine article, he takes her in.
Sophy can’t resist twisting the truth. Soon she’s caught in her own snare—and it might just be a noose.


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Guest Post: “One of These Things Is Not Like the Other” by Elisabeth Staab

By The Rules Elisabeth Staab

I love the way the landscape of publishing is changing. It’s definitely a fun, exciting time to be a writer.

When I released At the Stars, the first book in my Evergreen Grove series, my heroine landed unexpectedly in a tiny town with no plans. Her first friend in this strange place was a colorful hairdresser/motel handyman named AJ, who had a slightly sketchy past as a male escort. He was so much fun for me, but so “out there,” and as much as I loved him I hadn’t given much consideration to him as a future hero of his own story.

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Guest Post: “Longtime Companion” by Cecilia Tan

Daron's Guitar Chronicles Volume 8 Cecilia Tan

On writing a serial and the same character for 20+ years…

That used to be a euphemism for a same sex partner, you know: “longtime companion.” Back in the days before same sex marriage, and before people could be open about their relationships. I titled this essay that because my “secret gay companion” who has been with me since I was a teenager is the main character of Daron’s Guitar Chronicles. I’ve literally been living with this character in my head since about 1983.

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Guest Post

Keep Queer Romance Month All the Year

Queer Romance Month

Queer Romance Month is winding to a close, and to celebrate the month, I’m following up on a post I wrote in celebration in October 2014. Take a look around the site to find posts by authors and readers of queer romance.

Last year, I shared how I came to read queer romance (primarily m/m), which was a fairly recent thing.

This year, as I thought about writing something to contribute to QRM, I wanted to figure out what more there was to say. I read queer romance, I like it, and I support it. Easy-peasy, right?

Not necessarily.

As I thought about what to write for this year, I realized that I was still pigeon-holing my queer romance reads. As being, you know, queer romance. And yet the theme of this month is love is love and, to paraphrase Charles Dickens, “”I will honor [Queer Romance Month] in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” I feel that it’s doing the work a disservice by categorizing it even before I’ve read it, based on my preconceived notions of what it is. Not so much that it IS queer romance; I mean, I expect certain things from my historical reading as well, and would think less of the book if it had an anachronism (that I could identify) as much as if a m/m romance ended up being a m/f.

So my challenge to myself as I set forth on continuing to read stories where ‘love is love’ is not to segment them in my mind based on whose parts are on what character. It’s all romance, and I’m a romance reader, and I like to read stories where people fall in love.

Maybe it is easy-peasy. I just have to keep it in my heart.

What queer romance have you read, and would want to recommend? My recommendations for this year are below:

Amy Jo Cousins’s Off Campus from the Off Campus series
Alexis Hall’s Waiting for the Flood
Larissa Ione’s Base Instincts
Kate Rothwell’s The Gentleman and the Lamplighter
KJ Charles’s A Fashionable Indulgence


Jay Crownover Announces Surprise Novella LEVELED and Answers our Questions!

In a surprise announcement, Jay Crownover is releasing a novella, Leveled, to kick off her Saints of Denver series, which is a spin-off of her Marked Men! In Leveled, fan favorite Lando gets the HEA he so richly deserves! This is also Jay’s first M/M book!

Leveled releases on November 2nd, and if you pre-order today you can get your copy for $1.99 (normally $2.99)! There will also be an excerpt of the first Saints of Denver novel, Built in the back of Leveled!

We all need a hero…let the Saints of Denver begin.

Orlando Frederick knows what it is to be leveled by pain. Instead of focusing on his own, he’s made it his mission to help others: sports stars, wounded war vets, survivors of all kinds. But when Dom, a rugged, damaged, sinfully attractive cop makes his way into Lando’s physical therapy practice, he might be the biggest challenge yet. Lando loved one stubborn man before and barely survived the fallout. He’s not sure if he can do it again.

Dominic Voss is a protector. The police badge he wears is not only his job, it’s his identity, so when he’s sidelined because of an injury, the only thing he cares about is getting back on the force. He expects Lando to mend his body, he just doesn’t realize the trainer will also have him working towards a hell of a lot more. As attraction simmers and flares, Dom sees that Lando needs repair of his own…if only the man will let him close enough to mend what’s broken.


If you could only read five books for the rest of your life, what five books would they be, and why?

  1. Catcher in the Rye: Because it’s the best book ever
  2. 1984: Because it makes me feel smart
  3. Lord of the Flies: Because I don’t ever want to be ‘That Guy’
  4. Ritual Sins: Because it’s my favorite book and has the best anti-hero ever in it.
  5. Motorcycle Man: Because Kristen Ashley is queen and she should be on any and all lists

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Exclusive Excerpt

Exclusive Excerpt: TWISTED WHISPERS by Sheri Lewis Wohl

Twisted Whispers Sheri Lewis Wohl

This exciting, honest-to-goodness piece of multi-media content 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.

Sheri Lewis Wohl provides a fireside reading from her latest novel, Twisted Whispers.

Twisted Whispers

A missing sister. A friend in need. A twisted web of dark secrets.

Thea Lynch’s twin sister is missing, abducted from her vehicle as she worked at a remote transfer station outside Spokane, Washington. Help arrives in the form tall, dark, and beautiful Detective Katie Carlisle who races against the clock knowing that with each passing hour the chance of finding Thea’s sister alive diminishes. With no leads, no progress, and hope waning, Thea does the only thing she can think of: she calls her friend for help. Can reluctant psychic Lorna Dutton pull away the veil and reveal the truth? Or will the secrets destroy them all?

Sheri Lewis Wohl grew up in Northeast Washington State surrounded by mountains, pine trees, rivers, and lakes. Though she always thought she’d move away to somewhere big and bold, she never did, and is now happy to write surrounded by the beauty of nature. When not working her day job in federal finance or writing her stories of vampires, werewolves, and psychics, she participates in local triathlons and is a member of a K9 search and rescue team. Keeping true to her love of the paranormal, Sheri has also appeared as a zombie in the SyFy series, Z Nation. She can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and

Guest Post

Top Five M/M Character Types

EverAfter Romance

…or There’s No Accounting for Taste

I’m an avid reader of the M/M romance novels.  There are many paranormal, urban fantasy, dystopian and military-themed books amongst my favorites.  The biggest allure of the genre stems from the fact that it delivers a vast array of fascinating and lavishly written fictional male characters.   Not only are they often incredibly physically attractive but also – and more importantly – lusciously psychologically complex and multi-dimensional.  Naturally, there are certain characters types that I, as a reader with a psychology training, feel more drawn to than others.  As I tend to cruise within the darker, edgier and grittier spectrum of the genre, my personal preference often leans towards the heroes with flaws, emotional scars and issues or even downright antiheros.

I’ve compiled a list of my Top Five M/M Character Types, solely based on the men I enjoy reading about, taking into consideration the qualities and personality traits I find most appealing.  These are the characters, who capture my attention and make me burn the midnight oil while draining my Kindle’s battery.  I set about this task with alacrity, mindful, however, of the fact that creating any synopsis requires categorizing and it may therefore stink of generalization and resemble a pathetic attempt of fitting square pegs into round holes.  It is not my intention to fetishize in any way, either. Nevertheless, here it is.

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Guest Post: “Promises” by Amy Lane

I get them sometimes—on Keeping Promise Rock or Deep of the Sound in particular: reviews in which the reviewer doesn’t understand the central conflict of the story—because the central conflict of the story is a promise.

“Crick could have just told the army he was gay—that way he wouldn’t have had to serve!”

“I don’t get why Cal wouldn’t have sold his parents’ property for the money. Why wouldn’t you just cash in?”

The thing about these observations—the thing that many people do not get—is that when a character puts down their name on a contract, or gives his word to an elder, that means something very specific to a writer. To a writer?

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