I feel much cleaner after it rains

WinterRain-500x750Winter Rain, being the second RAINN anthology after Summer Rain, as masterminded by Audra North, is now available to buy.

Here are all the links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PPC8F8M
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00PPC8F8M
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id941882008
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/winter-rain-delp…/1120788608
kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/winter-rain-1

I, um, I hope you will buy it. Really, if you buy anything, you should buy this. First ...

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singular pleasures

I … I am back on the Euro Truck Simulator 2.

I always say the full thing, including the number. I like to be fully aware of the reality of what I am doing with mean.

Every now again a sim game will pop up on Steam, faintly hilarious in its sincerity and banality: Wood Chopping Simulator 9, Road Sweeper Simulator 6. Try and actually play game – and I’m a sufficiently ironic motherfucker dick to occasionally do that sort ...

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Preferences, sexual and otherwise

I’ve just read this post by Heidi Cullinan on the subject of writing about socially marginalised communities. As ever, there are things here I agree with, but there are also a number that I disagree with quite strongly. I should probably say from the outset this isn’t really about Cullinan and I respect the fact that she pays attention to these issues, and feels they’re worth talking about. But, having read her post, I feel that we’re coming ...

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Sand and Ruin and Released

SandRuinGold_200x300So, Sand and Ruin and Gold – my cyberpunk fairytale of love and alienation – got released today. Yay!

If that’s the sort of thing you’re into … I hope you’ll consider checking it out.

It’s available on Riptide’s site as per usual, and also on various Amazon type entities.

There’s also a blog tour (full details here), which is running from 22nd September to the 26th.

I tried to do something a ...

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The rest is drag

As usual I’m going to start by linking to someone else’s post and saying I mostly agree with it before going off on a random and largely unrelated tangent. The post in question is this one by E.E. Ottoman. It touches on a lot of complex issues so it’s quite difficult to summarise but broadly it’s about the difficulties inherent in the assumption that the primary audience for LGBTQ romance is heterosexual, cis-gendered women.

I do, as I observed ...

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BLANK For You

I was chatting to a friend on Twitter this morning about Gay For You / Out For You, which is something I’ve been meaning to blog about since I saw this post on Romance Novels for Feminists. Sorry, it’s really old, but it’s a good summary of the key issues.

As with anything, I can absolutely see why GFY (both the term and the trope) bothers some people, and I can absolutely see why others are okay with it. ...

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Promatoes

Oh, do you see what I did there?

ShadowsAndDreams_200x300 (1)So, Shadows & Dreams, being Book 2 of the Kate Kane series, was released on Monday. Available from Riptide Publishing, the usual reputable places, and probably some disreputable ones too for all I know.

Here’s be the blurb:

Second rule in this line of business: be careful who you kill.

My name’s Kate Kane. And right now, I ...

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the jossing of m/m

I do apologise for the long run of posts all about the m/m genre.  It’s just I’m trying to process its … existence, I think, and my place in it. Or if I have one, or am meant to have one. I’ll go back to talking potatoes any day now.

This is a belated reaction to an interesting post by Kate Sherwood called “Any Lawful Impediment: Conflict in Romance (especially m/m).” Its central thesis, with which I broadly agree, is that a ...

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So non-con, huh?

I’ve been aware for a while now that a surprisingly – or perhaps not so surprisingly – large amount of m/m is non-con or dub-con. I wouldn’t go so far as to say it made up a majority of the genre, but I think I can say it ranks alongside college boys and men in uniform as one of its mainstays.

Now, before I go any further I should say two things. The first is that this post is about, well, ...

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How many roads must a man walk down?

This month’s hot topic in the blogosphere is the role of men in romance, to wit whether it is desirable for them to have one. The first thing I want to say on this topic, and it is basically the whole theme of this post, is that this is a conversation that the community has to have with itself.

Let me know when you decide.

The one specific point I did want to address was male members of the romance community engaging ...

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