Monthly Archives:: June 2014

Flight by Kate Christie

Flight by Kate Christie

June 30, 2014 Contemporary, Reviews 2

Author Jill Sorenson stops by today with a review of a coming-of-age/New Adult f/f book that she really enjoyed. I have no idea why I bought this book. I think I found it on Amazon during one of my endless searches for affordable, well-edited lesbian romance. By the time I… Read more »

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All They Need by Sarah Mayberry

All They Need by Sarah Mayberry

June 27, 2014 Contemporary, Reviews 5

I was talking on Twitter yesterday about how books with tattooed heroes with violent tempers are frequently described as “edgy” and how it didn’t make sense to me. How can a violent construction of masculinity be “edgy” when it’s clearly the norm? Wouldn’t a straight hero who’s really into musical… Read more »

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Links: Thursday, June 26th

June 26, 2014 Links 9

Tom Waits/Cookie Monster mashup – God’s Away On Business On Street Teams, and My Lack of One – I strongly dislike the sort of reader who’s attracted to joining a “street team.” At best they’re sycophantic cheerleaders and at worst they’re intimidating bullies. I avoid reading authors with street teams… Read more »

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Links: Tuesday, June 24th

Links: Tuesday, June 24th

June 24, 2014 Links 9

20 Yard Sale Signs That Are Advertising Gold Robin Thicke and the Dynamics of Abuse – This post could easily describe a substantial portion of romance’s “alpha” heroes. Seeing this behavior written by a real live man actively pressuring a real woman to reunite with him makes it a lot… Read more »

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How To (Not) Train Your Dragon 2

How To (Not) Train Your Dragon 2

June 23, 2014 Movie / TV 0

Sometimes you see a sequel so incredibly bad it ruins the first film. How to Train Your Dragon 2 hits that hard. Standing in the ashes is a tired tale of the One True Boy and his Peaceful Nation. Plus racism. Remember Astrid and how much you loved seeing a strong female… Read more »

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Links: Saturday, June 21st

Links: Saturday, June 21st

June 21, 2014 Links 3

Cat Shaming Only Spinning Forward: On the Commercial Viability of LGBTQ Literature – What I know about trends in general fiction could fill a thimble but this article completely ignoring romance seemed to weaken its argument pretty significantly. Aside from sucking generally, this dismissal of LGBTQ artwork has personal resonance… Read more »

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The American Duchess by Joan Wolf

The American Duchess by Joan Wolf

June 20, 2014 Historical, Reviews 7

This month’s TBR Challenge called for participants to read a “classic” romance from their stash, for whatever definition of classic the reader decided on. I decided to define classic as “old” and went diving through my stash for books old enough to buy a pack of cigarettes and a scratch… Read more »

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Links: Thursday, June 19th

Links: Thursday, June 19th

June 19, 2014 Links 1

A bad idea no one can resist. Gendered Violence, Annotated – Olivia Waite read through a writing guide and was horrified at the prevalence of violence against women offered as great examples of ways to add drama to your writing. James Scott Bell, the author of Revisions and Self-Editing, is… Read more »

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Links: Tuesday, June 17th

Links: Tuesday, June 17th

June 17, 2014 Links 3

Ubisoft Refused To Talk To Me About Women Women writing m/m, yada yada, redux, etc. – I’m putting this here but I don’t agree that the authors writing the books are irrelevant. m/m is a genre run, edited, written and read mostly by women, largely straight women, and I don’t… Read more »

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