reader/writer Category

Heidi’s Handy-Dandy “How Do You Patreon as an Author” Post

I’ve been asked by a number of authors lately to give my thoughts and share my experience as someone who has used the Patreon platform, and in the interest of both giving that reply and helping anyone else who might be curious, I’m going to answer those questions here on this blog. I began my own Patreon […]

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.@TheMarySue Casually Smears Romance: Twitter and I Respond

Today we’ll unpack an article from The Mary Sue. “Tropes of Love: Gender Roles in Romance.” Sounds like a wonderful topic. We need more discussion of romance, and gender roles, and tropes are the best! Let’s go. “I’ve always felt a strange fascination with romance novels. There’s no genre that the general public will associate […]

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My Kingdom For a 1 Star Review

I love my 1 star reviews. I mean, I seriously fucking adore them. One and two stars both. I get stressed until they start to show up, and then when they do I’m uneasy if they don’t seem “real.” I feel almost proud of the ones who are lone rangers on a book so many […]

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My Book Is Not My Baby, Though Sometimes It Does Reek of Poo.

“My book is my baby.” You hear that a lot from authors, especially of novels, and as one of that number, I get it. Most of us don’t mean it more than a very loose metaphor, an image-intense description of what it’s like to create something out of almost nothing and have it become something […]

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How to Appropriate by Not Really Trying: An Author’s Guide to Writing Socially Marginalized Communities in Romance

I hate to start a post with a dictionary definition, but this topic needs every card laid out on the table. Let’s begin with the beginning. Appropriation is the act of using something that doesn’t belong to you as if it does. Authors do this hourly. It’s practically our job: we’re professional pretenders. In my published career […]

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Talk of Iowa Talks About Romance, Books Out, Books for Preorder, Books Recommended, and Other Things Happening Right Now

Tomorrow morning at 10AM I’ll be live on Iowa Public Radio’s Talk of Iowa program talking about romance novels. You can listen live here, or wait and when I have a link, I’ll post it for you. It’ll be on that main page above. They’re doing a bit about Dorothy Parker first, which I’m totally […]

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BREAKING NEWS: Media Still Sexist In Reporting of Romance Industry

I write gay romance novels. That statement contains three concepts: I write fiction. I write romantic stories. I write gay male protagonists. It is often assumed by my readership and my heterosexual peers that the greatest “shocker” in that list is that I’m a married female in the Midwest writing gay fiction. But the sad […]

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A PSA on how, when, and why to contact an author, or at least this one

A decade ago I sat with NYT bestselling authors at an RWA function, several of them friends, and one of them leaned over, held my hand and said, “Honey, treasure this time you’re not published. It’ll never be this quiet and easy once you start making your mark.” Another author from this same crew in […]

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KA Mitchell is giving away more stuff, we’re all reading everything, the boys are still chatting, and small side note about sadists.

First the admin stuff: KA Mitchell is still having a buddy read. We’re sliding slowly into book 3 (I’m still behind, but I’m catching up today). She’s still taking questions, and so are all her characters. We’ll start book 4 Tuesday when it releases! KA Mitchell is giving stuff away. A $10 certificate and a […]

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Be Bad in Baltimore With K.A. Mitchell and Me

Earlier this week I realized how close it was getting until K.A. Mitchell’s Bad Influence releases, which meant I should re-read the first three books in the Bad in Baltimore series. It occurred to me it would be fun to buddy read it with people. Between the various social media platforms, it turned out a lot […]

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