It all begins right here. Today we start our journey, On The Way to GRL 2015 in San Diego, along the way we are going to be stopping and talking with some Featured Authors, we’ll be able to learn more about the Authors and their books.
Today we are very fortunate to have Belinda McBride with us. She is going to tell us why she loves M/M romance and we are promoting her Uncommon Whore series. At the end of the post you can register to win an ecopy of any title on her backlist.
GRL Author Guest Post: Belinda talks about…”Why I Love Male/Male Romance”
Years ago, when I was dinking around on my first laptop, I started a story that had been playing at the edges of my mind for a long time. It was a dystopian fantasy about a spy named Mouse and her lover Diego. It was a fun story and yet it lacked drama, so I created a love triangle in the story. However, as the story unwound, Mouse didn’t have to choose between two men, because the men were actually past lovers and with her involvement, they were reunited because somehow, they all wound up in bed together.
I was stunned at how my characters got out of control and even more stunned that this scenario came out of my brain, but I believed my writing wasn’t going to ever see the light of day, s0 I went with it. I had no idea there was a market for bi-ménage. When I did finally find that there was indeed a market, I was overjoyed and able to let my imagination loose and put my LGBTQ characters front and center.
Here’s the thing: I’ve never considered myself a M/M author. I’m an author and not all my characters are straight. Some are gay, some are bi and given that I write so much sci fi, some of my characters don’t really fit into any sort of sexual/gender paradigm.
As an author, this is incredibly freeing.
As a reader, M/M romance was such a delight to discover. I remember the first books, I read… when I worked at Changeling Press, I got all the new releases free on my release week so one weekend I a binge read a bunch of M/M romance. I remember reading a book by Willa Okati, and of course, one of Jordan Castillo Price’s Channeling Morpheus novellas. After that I purchased Drawn Together by ZA Maxfield…I’d been lured by that amazing PL Nunn cover! After that, I was hooked. Needless to say, I love the idea of two men in a relationship that goes beyond friendship and brotherhood. I’d seen so many films that flirted with homo-erotica, but never delivered.
Do yourself a favor and get a copy of Appaloosa with Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen. Now that was a movie where the wrong couple rode off into the sunset.
I feel that M/M romance has more potential to push against the boundaries of what traditional romance allows. When I write M/M, it’s a little easier to get the guys busy in the bedroom. There’s an additional array of conflicts, ranging from coming out to discovering that it’s indeed possible to retain one’s machismo while being a bottom. And speaking of bottoming, while most M/M romance is viewed on the erotic end of the spectrum, a sweet story has its place. And a HEA is not always the rule. If characters don’t exactly follow the rules of romance, readers are far more accepting.
I published my first book in 2008. It was a bi-ménage that really wanted to be a M/M romance. I published my first M/M romance in 2010. That book started out as a het romance, but instinctively I knew the hero was just not interested in women. The act of pulling the heroine from the story and adding a hero was one of the best creative decisions I’ve ever made. And opening those first M/M files were the best decision I’ve ever made as a reader.
“As a general rule, you won’t find the love of your life while you’re on your knees under a table.”
— Helios Dayspring
Pasha is a slave, whoring for travelers at the most dangerous bar on Warlan. He has no memory, no future of his own, yet deep inside Pasha knows that that he is meant for better things. The day that Pasha spots the dangerous pirate in the bar, he knows that he mustn’t let the stranger slip away, regardless of what he must do to attract his attention.
Captain Griffin Hawke spent the greater part of a decade searching for his lost king, only to find Helios Dayspring crouched between his knees, swathed in the robes and shackles of a whore. Though he is appalled by the downfall of his king, the hardened officer finds himself falling for the allure of the sensual creature who has taken his place. Returning Helios to his position on the throne is the only right thing to do, yet Griffin knows that in doing so, he risks losing his lover forever.
“A whore is a whore is a whore, unless he’s something else completely. I guess I must be an uncommon whore.”
— Helios Dayspring
As king, Helios Dayspring is desperate to secure the future of his people and their new homeworld. His lost memories are slowly returning, bringing with them danger and betrayal.
As the king’s consort, Griffin Hawke wrestles with growing isolation from his lover. When Helios’s secrets begin to come to light, Griffin finds that he barely recognizes him anymore. And Griffin is haunted by his own secrets, nightmares that bring torture and death in his sleep.
Surrounded by enemies and allies, seductive aliens and dangerous operatives, Helios and Griffin find themselves tested to their physical and moral limits. Not knowing who to trust, they can only turn to each other.
Held captive against his will, Markus Dayspring wakes every morning with a thirst for revenge, and collapses every night with a prayer for strength. He lives on in spite of deadly addictions and a crippling, shameful secret. When he’s rescued by a man from his past, his reawakened love threatens to crush his damaged soul.
Caius also has a secret, one that could ultimately kill him. But his vow to rescue Markus is stronger than guilt, fear, and even his loyalty to King Helios. Too many have died because of Caius, and rescuing the missing prince might allow him to sleep without nightmares.
Old habits are hard to break and new pain threatens their growing love. Yet one gleaming ray of hope continues to guide them to safety, even in the face of an unexpected violation of trust. With the stakes growing higher by the hour, Markus and Caius must learn to have faith before they can heal and face the future together.
Belinda McBride is giving a lucky reader the chance to win an e-copy of any of her backlist titles, all you need to do to enter is leave a comment below on why you love Male/Male Romance.
Comments must be time/date stamped by Midnight Pacific time on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, to be eligible. One winner will be selected at random on Thursday, the 30th, and notified via email for prize delivery. (Void where prohibited) Best of Luck!
On the Way to GRL 2015 with Belinda McBride was last modified: July 22nd, 2015 by GGR-Review