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TRR Readers Choice Awards - GLBT Historical Romance

Hello all! Hard to believe September is almost over. Where has the time gone? Next thing you know Halloween has come and gone, then Thanksgiving, Christmas, and we're celebrating the start of a new year. It's crazy!  Personally, I'm looking forward to the temperatures dropping below 90 here in Central Florida. As we near winter (which I'm sure will make some folks wish it were summer again), The Romance Reviews is hosting their Winter 2015 Readers' Choice Awards. I've already mentioned how the THIRDS are in the Paranormal Romance category, but I wanted to mention A Rose by Any Other Name which is in the GLBT Historical Romance category. If you find yourself voting, please consider voting for one or all of the books in the GLBT Historical Romance category because we could use some historical romance lovin'.

Here are the books up for nomination in GLBT Historical Romance, along with their links:

A Rose by Any Other Name by Charlie Cochet

A Rose by Any Other NameNights in the roaring city remind bright young things that life's too short to take for granted. Tucked away in Times Square hides the Pantheon: a secret cabaret for wealthy gay men. Pretty young men in elaborate costumes and rouged lips are eager to please, and the champagne flows all night long. It's a world of frivolity, fantasy, and debauchery. As Eros, the most sought after performer at the Pantheon, Julius uses his beauty and charm on enthusiastic patrons, but growing weary of superficial love, he longs to make a better life for himself.

Five years after being declared mentally unfit after surviving the trenches of No Man's Land, Edward Joseph Clarence Junior pieced his shattered life back together. Now he's ready to take on the family empire. To celebrate his thirtieth birthday, Edward's cousin takes him to the most posh nightclub in town, the Pantheon. Falling under the sway of Eros, Edward and Julius find a love they've never imagined and the chance for a future they had only dared to dream about. But as Ares, a notorious gangster and Julius's most important—and dangerous—client watches them, the threat to their love and their lives grows by the day. Book One, Roses in the Devil's Garden, was published in Don't Read in the Closet by Charlie Cochet and is available as a free download from All Romance eBooks.


Blue Paramour by Louise Ligon & Hunter Maine

Blue Paramour (The Blue Ridge Saga Book 1)When Brayden, a devastatingly handsome heir to a prominent Southern family, is caught in a compromising position with his handsome male lover Jackson, life as he knows it comes crashing down. Exiled from the only home he's ever known and separated from his love, Brayden is ordered to live in Boston where he is expected to become a true man and a proper successor.

But life will show him that things don't always go as planned…

When Brayden encounters the mysterious and powerful, Vincent Gallaud, he instead embarks on an unforgettable adventure with his newfound king in the tantalizing world of New York City, forsaking everything he has ever known. Taking him on a journey he never expected and teaching him lessons that Daddy would never approve.

Back home, Jackson has no choice but to consent to marry Brayden's greatest adversary and twin sister, Annabelle Steed. Consumed with greed and longing for revenge, Annabelle will stop at nothing to rob Brayden of his birthright and his happiness.

But everything comes at a price.


Bound with Love by Megan Mulry

Bound With LoveA perfect life—until one letter threatens to unravel it all....

Lady Vanessa Cambury, Marchioness of Camburton, adores her life of bucolic contentment with her partner, acclaimed portrait painter Nora White. Together, they have raised two children from Vanessa's first marriage and built a home filled with purpose, ease, happiness, and passion—always passion.

But when Nora receives word that the child she lost twenty years ago is alive and in England, ancient heartache threatens to destroy their idyll.

To salvage their love, they must come to a deeper understanding of who they are—in the world, and to one another. Nora must learn to overcome the dark shadows of her past. Vanessa must learn to put others' needs before her own. And Nora's stubborn daughter must find it in her heart to forgive the mother she thought abandoned her. This unconventional family must rely on the powerful links of love and mercy to bind them back together.

http://glbt.theromancereviews.com/viewbooks.php?bookid=17329   Thank you all so much for your support, and a huge thank you to those who've already voted! <3

Writing M/M Romance and Getting Started

Hello all! When I first started writing M/M Romance, I did a lot of research. Not just for the stories I was writing, but on being a writer in the genre. I wanted to start off on the right foot. I'm one of those people who likes going into something with as much information as possible. If I'm travelling, I have print-outs, maps, GPS, the whole nine yards. I know, it doesn't sound very spontaneous or adventurous, but I beg to differ. I'm all for setting off on an adventure, I just like to be prepared.  Heck, you should see my bag. I carry everything from a portable first-aid kit to a spare, fully-charged phone battery.

JL1I researched everything from marketing, to the genre itself. I make it no secret that I was inspired to write my own historicals after reading Tamara Allen's beautifully written stories. When I read Whistling in the Dark, it stayed with me for days. The story, the characters, the feelings, stayed with me. I read A LOT of M/M Romance. I read The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks by Josh Lanyon (my first Lanyon book), and loved it. I read more of Josh's work. I saw he had published a book called Man, Oh Man! Writing M/M Fiction for Kinks & Cash and I rushed out to buy it because I'd heard it offered some great advice for newbies like me on writing M/M Romance. I wasn't interested in the cash bit--although making a living from my writing is a goal I'm striving for, it wasn't my reason for getting into M/M romance.

Any author who goes into writing M/M fiction solely for the money is in for a surprise. I'm not saying it can't be done, because there are plenty of authors who do it and do it well, I'm just saying authors who are only in it for the money, who lack the passion for what they do, won't be fooling anyone. Your love for what you do comes through in your work, and if it's not there, then it will reflect in the writing. That's just my two cents. Anyway, so I wanted to read what Josh had to say, and the book turned out to be such a great help, and a fab source of info on everything from insight on the genre to publishers.

JL2Over a year later, I'm a published M/M Romance author with 11 stories under my belt (a mixture of novellas, short stories, and free reads) with my first full length novel coming out this year, and waiting to hear back from two publishers on two other stories. I have a few reader nominations for my books, a Best Author award from Speak Its Name, and a growing readership. I've had the best year ever! Then, I received a message from Josh Lanyon, asking if I would like to contribute in the Historical Round Table discussion in the updated Man, Oh Man! Writing Quality M/M Fiction. Arms flailed. Flailed madly around the room.

Not only did I feel honored, but I was going to be part of a discussion that included Alex Beecroft, Tamara Allen, Ava March, Aleksandr Voinov, and Charlie Cochrane. Me. In the same vicinity as some of the historical authors whose books I'd gobbled up before nervously submitting my first story. The flailing continued.  Obviously, I bought the new book, because how could I miss a discussion on historical M/M Fiction from these authors? Then I see my name in the book. I blink then peer at it, still amazed it's there.  Yep, that's my name all right. Not a typo. I managed to give useful info rather than paragraphs of ermahgerd typed over and over like a geeked out version of The Shining.

Before I became published, I read the first version, and now that I'm published I'm reading the second, because it contains 373 pages of awesomeness on everything from marketing to pacing, theme, dialogue, and author etiquette. It has loads of input from authors from all different genres, from reviewers, and publishers. If you're considering writing M/M fiction, I can't recommend this book enough. The M/M genre has changed pretty dramatically since the first version came out, so it's certainly worth the read. A big thank you to Josh for allowing me to be a part of it.

You can get your copy on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Man-Writing-Quality-Fiction-ebook/dp/B00DSTMFTE/ref=sr_1_8?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1373998953&sr=1-8&keywords=josh+lanyon

x Charlie

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