Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Pen & Drink Monthly Report by S.A. McAuley and SJD Peterson ::First Edition Includes Giveaway::

Pen & Drink

We are SooOoo excited to welcome as regular Author Columnists to Sinfully… Sam McAuley and SJD Peterson for the first of their Pen & Drink Monthly Reports …and we have been warned shenanigans may be in our future… haha, sounds to me, like they will fit right in!

By way of introduction Sam and Jo are gifting one lucky reader a $20 gift card to an ebook retailer of their choice so read on and enter the giveaway below.

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Smut and Social Activism

Sam: Jo and I met each other for the first time online four years ago (wow, was it really FOUR years!!!???) because I was reading her Whispering Pines series and had to berate her over how many tears I shed with those books.

Jo: Oh how I remember the email well. You don’t bite your tongue or hold back in the least. A quality I find both endearing and insufferable (but mostly endearing because I’m the complete opposite). Probably why we get along so well--you the outspoken alpha and me this mild and meek beta. *blinks innocently*  By the way Sam, the name of this post is totally geeky.

Sam: Cause I’m a first class geek. But you, m’darling, are anything but innocent!

Jo:  Let’s move along, shall we?

Sam: So anyway the more we talked, the more we realized that it wasn’t just the hot men or great books that we had in common, it was also that we had personal experiences that had drawn us to gay fiction and we both wanted to be active in the gay rights movement.

Jo: And the rest they say is history. The coolest thing was we realized we lived about 45 minutes from each other and four years later (yes, Sam, four years!) we still try to meet up every couple of weeks to discuss current issues. I like to refer to it as BBB--Books, Booze, and Boys.

Sam: The emphasis being on the booze part of course. We’ve built our own hideaway from the real world with the BBB rendezvous. That’s the really cool part of being a part of the MM community.

Jo: I agree we are part of the greatest community ever!! And on that note we should end our ramblings before peeps get bored, eh, Sam?  Although, you and I never get bored. Partly due to the fact that Sam is always chasing the shiny and a day with her is like getting a day pass to the loony bin and I mean that in the best possible way. It’s where all the best people hang out…

Sam: *coughs loudly* Time to end our ramblings, indeed. We’re going to be doing the Pen & Drink Report monthly here at Sinfully (thank you, Monique!!) so I think everyone is going to quickly learn just how many layers of loony we bring to said bin.

Jo: It will be epic. Or tragic. One of the two. So we want to hear from you now! What brought you into reading MM and what (or who!) makes you want to stay?  

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Meet Sam McAuley

Sam sleeps little, reads a lot. Happiest in a foreign country. Twitchy when not mentally in motion. Send her a picture and a song and she's bound to write a story about it. And yes, that's an invitation.

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Meet Jo Peterson

SJD Peterson, better known as Jo, hails from Michigan. Not the best place to live for someone who hates the cold and snow. When not reading or writing, Jo can be found close to the heater checking out NHL stats and watching the Red Wings kick a little butt. Can't cook, misses the clothes hamper nine out of ten tries, but is handy with power tools.

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Giveaway

For this first edition of the Pen & Drink Monthly Report Sam and Jo are gifting to one lucky reader a $20 gift card to an ebook retailer of your choice, all you need to do is enter the Rafflecopter below… Say Hello! …and leave a comment telling us what brought you into reading MM and what (or who!) makes you want to stay?

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76 comments:

  1. Hello! I started reading M/M following the recommendations of some friends... And I'm hooked to the genre because I've found really good books and writers I love. M/M was an unexpected surprise and I seem unable to get enough.

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  2. Actually, I got interested through TV watching shows like Torchwood and AWZ( german soap opera). Then was introduced to Japanese manga which led to M/M books.

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    1. Is AWZ the one with Christian and Oliver? Haven't seen the show but the YouTube videos are killer!

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    2. No, AWZ isn't on youtube anymore. It took place at a gym that trained figure skaters for the Olympics. The guys were Roman and Dennis. The you're thinking of is Verbotene Liebe which is the other one I've watched.

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  3. Hi! I got in to reading M/M books after reading JR Wards "Lover at Last". I couldn't believe how steamy that story was, so I went looking for other books with M/M main characters. I have been hooked ever since!

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  4. I got some free ones from an ARe promotion and read them years ago. Those first authors stuck with me. Authors like Cardeno C, Jo, Abigail Roux, and a whole host of others keep me here and happy. M/M is all I read now.

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  5. ... 45 minutes aways from each other? You sure are lucky. =)
    I started reading mm books almost at the same time I started with yaoi manga. I came across a blog where they only had 3-5 mf stories (one of them I was looking for) and the rest where all these books with half naked guys and yaoi as well. I read several comments of people saying 'what a wonderful story' or 'this story is better than any mf book I read bofere'. That was quite intriguing so I decided to get out of my comfort zone and give it a go ( which I am still surprised because at the time I didn't even like paranomal, fantasy or sci-fi books)...
    And here I am now, enjoying all these wonderful mm books!

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  6. Hi! I've always loved romance, and enjoyed stories about shifters. Well, one day a search for romance and shifters led to "Change of Heart" by Mary Calmes. That was my first introduction into M/M romance and I haven't looked back. Now, I find myself reading M/M romance almost exclusively because I enjoy that (in most stories) both characters are strong, either physically and/or mentally. I also love that despite so much hate or just indifference, the characters can find love.

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  7. Hi,

    I got into m/m stories by just randomly picking up some mysteries featuring gay couples at the library. Two were the Mark Manning series by Michael Craft and the Paul Turner series by Mark Richard Zubro. Don't recall the transition from mystery to m/m romance though I've read m/f romance almost as long as mysteries. My first gay mystery series was a lesbian series by Ellen Hart, again, not a conscious choice for a homosexual read, but the blurb sounded good so in the basket it went.

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  8. Hi ladies! I would love to be a fly on the wall when you two get together! I have to tell you that the panel you did with Abi at GRL was the highlight of the con for me. I saved the video that TJ took and watch it all the time. Anyway, I got to M/M through Qhuinn & Blay from the BDB. The first M/M book I read was Hot Head by Damon Suede, then I found Ty & Zane and never went back to het romance. What keeps me here are all of the talented authors (such as yourselves) that I've discovered along the way. You both are auto-buys for me. I look forward to your month posts here and wish you the best! Hugs!!

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    1. Ty and Zane I think have converted many to the point of no return, Jennifer :-)

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  9. I can just imagine the fun you two have together.
    I think the Black Dagger Brotherhood got me to some threesomes where I found out I liked the m/m parts best. The Tin Star by JL Langley was recommended somewhere, the way to Lorcan's Desire wasn't long and I haven't looked back since. Apart from all the wonderful stories I've met lots of lovely people in this community and am looking forward to my first (UK) Meet this year.

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    1. Haha... we'll see you there Yvonne!!!

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    2. Oh good! Have only been reading M/M for 2 1/2 years but have been wanting to attend a con ever since I first saw reports from GRL.

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  10. I got into M/M when I was looking for a good action/suspense book and gave Cut & Run a try. After that I was hooked. After finding the MM Romance group in goodreads I was able to get so many good recommendations that I have stayed :)

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    1. I think a lot of people got addicted to M/M due to Abi's Cut & Run series, Valeri, you're not alone there. It also had an heavy influence on me at the beginning. Wasn't my first M/M read ever, that was with a book by Marie Sexton, Sinners and Saints. Discovered by accident and have never looked back :-)

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  11. Hello! I discover the M/M book world through reviewers and their love of the Cut & Run series (Abigail Roux & Madeleine Urban, for the first part).
    Then I stayed because of the men of course, I can never read enough about their ridged abs, strength laced with sensibility, and the feels of love are universal so it is always touching for me (in M/F or in M/M)...
    And bloggers made me aware of many great authors, especially through Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews (now Sinfully... Addicted to All Male Romance) so this blog is very guilty of keeping my interest in M/M too ;-)
    Thanks for the chance at your wonderfully generous giveaway.

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    1. Hi Elle, happy to think that we have led you astray in a positive way of course :-) Thank you for your continued support and we'll be sure to bring you lots more fantastic M/M books.

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  12. Hi! I started out reading m/m through a small fandom with little activity over a decade ago. There wasn't much to read so I ended up reading an m/m fic out of boredom and it was really interesting so I just kept reading m/m. I stay because there are so much m/m books waiting to be read. My to-read list is way long.

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    1. Oh I so know the problem with a never ending TBR list Lirasy :-) We should get together and compare who has the longest - lol!

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  13. Hi Sam and Jo! Looking forward to your monthly columns. I'm sure hanging out with the two of you at the loony bin would be a blast. :D I discovered m/m romance after I bought my Kindle over 5 years ago. I started searching for ebooks and found a couple of menage stories. In these stories, the guys liked the girl, but they also liked to have sex with each other. I decided that was my favorite part so I started looking for more and have never stopped. I think K.A. Mitchell, Ally Blue, and Chris Owen were the first m/m authors I found. Since then, I have discovered so many wonderful authors (Jo and Sam included). My TBR list continues to grow. :)

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  14. I first stumbled onto M/M through Kate Douglas's Wolf Tales, which is a polyamory series. When I found myself caring much more about the two men than the women, I decided to venture further! I keep reading, because I love seeing how relationship dynamics between men play out differently than they do with men and women or women.

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  15. Hello! I came to read my first m/m novel via slash fanfiction. I think my first m/m story was Piper Vaughn's Wanting. Many, many authors keep me in this genre. There are too many to name and so many books on my to-read list

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  16. I got into it after reading suggestions my book bloggers that I trusted. I love all different types of stories

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  17. I read a very good review of Zero to the Bone so I bought it to read as a one off or so I thought. Loved it and went looking for more. Found the Men of Honour series and then Ty and Zane , I am well and truly hooked now.

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  18. I have been reading m/m for sports long I don't even remember the first book I read.

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  19. Howdy! For years i avoided MM books and movies because, well, they did nothing for me. I had 0 interest in them. Then one day i was surfing around Amazon looking for a new book to read and saw a cover that just grabbed me. It was for Shannon West's Taken in Hand. But, since it was for a MM book, i moved on. Over the course of a month, i kept seeing this cover and it kept grabbing my attention, it was like i couldn't look away from this cover. So finally one day i just decided to give it a shot, and if i didn't like it, then lesson learned. Now i literally devour MM books and very very rarely get a MF book. And i have to say that Jo's books are one of the reasons i stay with this genre. :)

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  20. Hello and welcome to Sinfully Sexy Books. I discovered my love of m/m romance by entering a contest on s blog and won a signed trilogy. I was shy at first but by the second chapter of the first book I was a changed woman. I finished all three books in two days and have been a fan of this genre ever since. The books were written by Ann Lister and I am a huge fan. It took me a while to find a balance between New Adult and m/m. Thank you for this Awesome giveaway.

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  21. Hello and welcome to Sinfully Sexy Books. I discovered my love of m/m romance by entering a contest on s blog and won a signed trilogy. I was shy at first but by the second chapter of the first book I was a changed woman. I finished all three books in two days and have been a fan of this genre ever since. The books were written by Ann Lister and I am a huge fan. It took me a while to find a balance between New Adult and m/m. Thank you for this Awesome giveaway.

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  22. In 2012, a paranormal/contemporary romance book blog I read recommended BOaTK by TJ Klune right at a time I was looking for something different. That was my first m/m and I haven't looked back since. I love the dynamics between 2 (or more) men. I was getting tired of the heroines of many romance books who I could rarely relate to and seemed to be the same thing over and over. I read probably 95% m/m now.

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  23. I started reading m/m with the Cut & Run series and have never looked back!!!

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    1. Same, Kathy! Ty & Zane were my first :)

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  24. Hi Sam and Jo! I came to the M/M genre by way of an author that wrote a series. Her 4th book was about men. Blew me away! She suggested that if I liked the story to try Lee Brazil and have been hooked ever since! There are so many great authors within this genre that I love so I don't see myself going back to M/F books. i agree with Debra on this " I was getting tired of the heroines of many romance books who I could rarely relate to and seemed to be the same thing over and over."

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  25. I got into reading m/m through fanfic, actually, but after I got published (turning one of my fanfics into a contemporary m/f romance with a sequel), I started looking into writing m/m professionally under my pseudonym, Jordan S. Brock. Now I'm fortunate enough to be working with a very talented co-writer. I think writing fanfic was an invaluable resource for us both. We learned which tropes are overdone, and we got immediate feedback from our readers, helping us learn what does and doesn't work.

    We're just not as lucky as you two. He's in Chicago, and I'm in Arizona! Looking forward to more columns...

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  26. I accidentally stumbled upon M/M books around 3 years ago. I remember putting my kids to bed and getting ready to read that night when my son informed me that he had a test the next day. While studying with him, I had my husband download a book I wanted to read so it was queud up. I vividly remember my husband pulling me aside, as my son was still in the room, whispering that there were 2 men kissing on the cover. I told him he was mistaken and to go ahead with the download. Boy was he right!! I ended up reading the full SJ Frost Conquest series and have never looked back!!!

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  27. Hi! I got into m/m via slash fic (music and especially hockey), and my first official m/m book was Marie Sexton's BETWEEN SINNERS AND SAINTS. I love the more unpredictable relationship dynamic and variety of appealing male characters in m/m, so I'm in for good!

    --Trix

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    1. Oh god, Trix. Music and sports slash fic??? You're speaking my language!!

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  28. I was reading a M/F book and the MC's brother had a male lover and their part of the story was so good I decided to try a M/M now this was back in 2003 there weren't many M/M websites about then but I did find Torquere.com. I loved the books I found there and have been reading M/M ever since.

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  29. Hello! I received a kindle from my kids about three years ago and I was mostly reading mysteries and historical romances. Then my daughter showed me the 'Kindle Best Sellers List' and how there was also a category for free books! Oh, I was in heaven! In those days, all romance and mystery books were lumped together so I downloaded a book and it was a mystery with MM romance. I was hooked so here I am! Plan B is one of my favorite books and is permanently on my List of Re-Reads. Sam is a recent new author for me but I just purchased Damaged Package. I'm looking forward to begin it! Thank you!

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  30. reading the Alluring Indulgence series was what originally got me interested....I'd read M/F/M before but never read M/M/F so Travis was an eye-opener! the scenes between Travis and Gage were soooo hot!! ....and then Try by Ella Frank came out and I was intrigued and HOOKED!! I hardly read M/F at all now

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  31. I started reading M / M with the Cut & Run series, and I have never looked back!

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  32. hi, i just started reading them if i like the story i will read it. they are so moving.

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  33. i couldnt click follow on all the twitter entries because according to twitter i have reached my twitter follow limit.

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  34. I came to read the genre from an angle, hetero but with a menage. Sometimes the guys were gay and other times they just wanted the woman as a third, with no real sexual contact between them. Then I picked up a completely MM book (I'm ashamed to say I don't remember which one, I've read so many) and fell in love. Sam and Jo are two of my favorites and Rhys Ford and Mary Calmed are two of my other favorites. Thanks for the giveaway. I look forward to this monthly report.

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  35. started reading mm with kindle alexander and havent syopped

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  36. I've enjoyed m/m for years....... Anne Rice's Beauty series opened my eyes :)

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  37. My first experience with m/m was is a m/m/f book by Emma Holly. After the first scene, I was hooked. I really enjoyed the post. The logo for the column reminds me of Tread Marks and Trademarks. When I saw it I got excited and thought Sam was releasing a new Team Maker Jock book. Maybe soon? I look forward to reading future columns. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  38. I've been a huge anime/manga fan since... pfft... wayyy back, so I knew about yaoi (which is pretty much the japanese word for erotic gay novels/comics and the like) And well, one day my very good friend said, Hey, have you read gay novels? I was like, yeah! of course!
    And she was all "no, no, I mean, American gay novels?" And pretty much.. yeah, the rest is history. My first book ever was Bareback by Chris Owen and to this day remains one of my top favorite books.

    And as to why I stay, Because just like how I am hopelessly addicted to yaoi manga, I am now hopelessly obsessed with reading gay novels. That's all. LOL... Just too obsessed with my man porn to ever let it go. LOL

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    1. BAREBACK!!!!!!!! That book RUINED me. I literally threw my Kindle twice while reading it... It's so damn good.

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  39. I read one of Josh Lanyon's books and really enjoyed it and that started me looking.

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  40. Maurice by EM Forster was what started me down the path. Then, I got a Kindle and discovered how many great ebooks there were. I got hooked - not sure why - but I am and the great books and wide variety available seem endless. :-)

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  41. I first got into yaoi (manga and novels) and after several years I saw something about m/m fiction on someones livejournal posts. The person kept on promoting books they were reading and urging people to give them a read. I was kind of "ehh...it sounds like yaoi novels probably not missing much" but after a year I just picked a book from her list and gave it a try. Now I'm addicted...

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  42. Hello! Let's try this again. My first post didn't work so this one will be much shorter. Lol I started reading m/m after reading m/f for so long and it all started bleeding together and I lost interest. I found lots of favorite m/m authors and they keep me coming back for more.

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  43. hola! :)... my first m/m book experience came courtesy of Kindle Alexander and I was absolutely blown away!! I've found sooo many great authors and books within the genre but I will always remain in the genre because of Kindle :D

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  44. So cool reading what books ect brought you to the genre. For me it was The Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I'm still bitter about Butch & V!! I then found Lorelei Jame's Rough Rider series. Fell in love with Trevor and Edgar in the first book and was totally smitten with Rough Raw & Ready.
    Thanks for all the support and all the great comments!
    ~Hugs~
    Jo

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  45. Hello Sam and Jo! I have been a romance fan for a long time. I then found anime about 15 years ago and that somehow segued into yaoi manga about ten years ago. eventually I found myself craving a bit more of that good BL loving, thus, I ventured into the gay literature world. (And I will never leave!) As for what keeps me here... the love, the sexiness, the drama, the fun, and the heart.

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  46. Hello. I just found you through google

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  47. Hi, all! Like someone mentioned above, i started reading m/m because i was part of a fandom. Then, i met a girl who recommended me to read thebCut & Run series, and the In The Company of Shadows series.
    After meeting Ty & Zane, and Hsin & Boyd, it was impossible to look back.. Sooo, here i am. Lol

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  48. I actually started reading it with a book called breakaway from Bianca sommerland it wasn't exactly m/m but a menage and i like the scenes in them and from there i started looking for the m/m stories and have been engrossed since then:)

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  49. Hi, my introduction to MM was through the Cut & Run series and once I started I haven't looked back. My TBR list and my audiobook list is huge and keeps growing daily. So many fabulous reads and listens in this genre.

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  50. I was reading erotica and picked up a book by Tymber Dalton-Love Slave for Two. It is a really good book and the MC were a gay or bisexual couple. I enjoyed the book and decided to look for something MM. My first book was Between Sinners and Saints by Marie Sexton. Loved the book and interaction between the MC's, so different from the MF stories I had been reading for over 30 years. Now MM romance is 99% of what I read. This genre is great. I love the stories and I love the interaction among the authors. It feels so much like a family. Yes there are fights but for the most part they stick together. Hugs to every one

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  51. Waaaay back in high school, when I realized I wasn't precisely straight, I looked for books that had heroes and heroines that didn't fit easily into the narrow definitions imposed on most of the books available to me. There were very few at that time, and they weren't easy to find in Texas. I found the Peter and Charlie trilogy by Gordon Merrick, and that was the first M/M romance I read, back in the late 70s. When I found the independent publishers who offered a variety of queer romance a few years ago, I was thrilled. We have many talented and dedicated writers now, with new voices being added all the time. It's something I wish had been available when I was a young adult, and it's something I'm proud to be a part of, whether reading or writing. My kids have grown up knowing that it's not who you love that's important, and I'm grateful to every artist and writer who has contributed to this new atmosphere of freedom and tolerance that we're building. What keeps me reading M/M romance? The stories coming out of today's writers are as excellent as any fiction being written in any genre. With authors like Aleksandr Voinov, Garrett Leigh, S.E. Jakes, Cardeno C., Lou Harper, Josh Lanyon, and so many other tremendously talented writers, I can't imagine ever getting tired of these stories.

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  52. I started to read m/m fanfiction on the internet and that made me look up m/m books on goodreads. First i read some free stuff on Goodreads and i bought an e reader so i could buy books. I think the first books i bought was The Heart of Texas and the Christmas Trowaway by RJ Scott.

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  53. I kind of stumbled in & kept coming back for the storylines & characters. Not sure which book was the first.

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  54. I won a m/m book in a contest and I've been hooked on them ever since.

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  55. Well,J.R. Ward brought me to M/M genre (Lover at Last)...and what makes me stay are books like Aftermath,Lexington Black,Mark of Cain. And of course my No. 1 - ICOS series...

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  56. I started with menage books that had m/m action in them. That lead me to m/m books in general, but the first m/m books I read were part of the Midnight Mating series by Stormy Glenn and others.

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  57. The Nightrunner series was my starting point. And boy, have I been hooked ever since...

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  58. Hmm... there's so much about the m/m world that keeps me here. The books--which are delicious and fabulous. The people--I've not only met some of the best friends ever, I've also had a chance to meet some of my favorite authors (and find out that they are absolutely as awesome as I always knew they were *wink wink*). I love this community and I count myself lucky every day to be here. :)

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  59. For me, at the time, an avid reader of M/F romance, I went to my local book store and said "there must be romance novels for me" and that eventually brought me to the Dreamspinner site where I purchased my first M/M story by Amy Lane. This is a wonderful community of people and I love being able to interact directly with authors and other readers both online and at events like GRL (registration is today!!!!!)

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  61. I started reading slash fanfiction and then "branched" out into original fiction. Not sure when I really got into it.

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  62. I got into m/m after reading a book with a gay supporting character. I loved it! It's been a while now and I still love reading m/m! Thank you!

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