First, I want to apologize for totally flaking two weeks ago when I didn’t post a blog. 100% my bad. I forgot. 😐
I also want to say Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms out there! I hope each and every one of you is indulged to the max this Sunday. You deserve it! XO
As many of you know, I was in Kansas City last week for RT 2013. Now contrary to popular belief, I do not spend all of my time at the bar. In fact, this go around, I spent very little time at the bar. I spent a good portion of my time with Sylvia who, even if you lived in a cave, would know is having a phenomenal run with her amazing Crossfire series. Syl and I were roomies and it was exhausting watching that woman do her thing. But seriously, when I grow up I want to be Sylvia Day!
I met another young lady (the silver lining of the smoking section) I immediately liked and as the week went by grew to totally covet as my third daughter: Stephanie Grober , the lovely Marketing Coordinator at Riptide Publishing.
Riptide Publishing you ask? Well, so did I, and Stephanie happily explained to me that Riptide is a LGBT press that was kicking some ass.
Her enthusiasm not only for her job, but for her authors was contagious. She loved everything about Riptide. In her enthusiasm, she explained dicklit to me.
Dicklit you say?
Yup, dicklit. Simplified it’s chicklit with penises. MM erotic romance.
I explained to Stephanie that I had been curious for a while about MM romance and had wanted to dip my toe into that pool since last year at RT when one of the gals sitting next to me at the signing told me all about her MM love stories.
Well, you all know me, Procrastination is mah middle name! I never did pick up a MM romance, that is until Stephanie robustly recommended a few Riptide titles.
Well, there was no way I wasn’t not going to follow through, I mean, I promised her I’d read one of Riptide’s titles. And so, a couple of nights ago, I cracked open the Nook and began my new dicklit adventure.
Now before we go any further here, as I’m sure some of you have probably stopped reading this blog by now, which is fine, I still love you! But if you’re stopping because you’re afraid I’m going to get dicklit graphic on you, not to worry. I’ll leave that to the dicklit authors.
So, I’m really glad I made the time to start TOO STUPID TO LIVE by Anne Tenino, and while I’m only 100 or so pages into the story, I’m very much enjoying Ian and Sam’s romance. Two very different men, so not the others’ type, but as in real life, when cupid strikes, one really doesn’t have much of a say. The author has a fun light voice that I enjoy. From the first page, I found myself smiling. Smiling is good. Very good.
I’ve only read one sex scene and as an erotic romance writer myself, I was not in the least offended, mostly because I was rooting for Ian and Sam to get together, and in my books, sex is part of falling in love. Not only did I enjoy the sex scene, I found myself studying it. Student of the act studying it. Get my drift? It’s another reason I eagerly looked forward to reading this new-to-me sub-genre. I wanted to know what the big deal was, because dicklit is coming (pun intended) on very strong and I suspect here to stay.
Will it be a staple of my future reading? Probably not, but I won’t turn it down either, especially if there’s buzz on a particular title. It’s why I picked up the 50 Shades trilogy. Professionally and personally I needed to know what all that buzz was about! I’m so glad I did and don’t have one regret.
I like new and different. I like books that push me out of my regular reading zone (except horror, I’m a wuss).
I’m not sure what’s going to be my next first new-to-me genre or sub-genre read, perhaps you could recommend a title or two? And while you’re at it, tell me what was the last book you read outside of your normal reading genre that you loved!