BDSM I: History & Community: Leontii Holender

BDSM I: History & Community: Leontii Holender

May 10, 2013

From whips and chains, raunchy BDSM clubs, to a little spank and tickle, BDSM (An acronym for Bondage/Discipline, Dominance/submission, and Sadism/Masochism) themes have become a popular avenue for those looking to delve into the world of romantic fiction as a reader or writer. For the modern-day writer, some of the mysticism around the variety of erotic...

The Definition of Sexy: Jessica Frost

The Definition of Sexy: Jessica Frost

Apr 19, 2013

For a romance writer, sexy is one of the most important words of the trade, after the word love, of course. Both intertwine to cast the writer’s spell on his or her intended target, the reader. Metaphorically speaking, the writer is the spider and the story is the web he or she weaves that entangles the reader. So knowing exactly how to weave a romance story,...

Venice in the Fifteenth to Eighteenth Centuries: Joy Lynn Fielding

Venice in the Fifteenth to Eighteenth Centuries: Joy Lynn Fielding

Apr 12, 2013

My purse, my person, my extremest means, Lie all unlock’d to your occasions. —Said by Antonio to Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice (1.1.46). While Shakespearean scholars disagree whether or not Antonio and Bassanio were lovers, there is no doubt that Venice has a history in which homosexual acts were common enough to trouble the authorities greatly...

Women Love ManLove: Jess Buffett

Women Love ManLove: Jess Buffett

Apr 5, 2013

Why is womens’ interest in ManLove so shocking? Okay, I admit. No one was more surprised than me when I realized that I enjoyed reading M/M. I stumbled onto the genre while reading an M/F that had an M/M element. I kept going back to the two male characters and found myself wanting to yell at them, “Just bloody kiss already!” When they finally did I found...

An Attempt to Change the World: Cinzia Maro

An Attempt to Change the World: Cinzia Maro

Mar 29, 2013

When I was sixteen, I had a teacher of Latin who had become a joke for the whole school. Every day of the semester for thirty years she gave the same lesson. The older students, including my older sister, had made a diary of what she would speak every day, for each day of the semester. Same arguments, same homework. And that pattern was followed to...

Gay Men in the Fire Service: Tonya Ramagos

Gay Men in the Fire Service: Tonya Ramagos

Mar 22, 2013

“Act like a firefighter and you will be treated like one.” I was pleasantly surprised to discover just how many firefighters feel this way. So, what exactly does it mean? One firefighter said it best when he responded, “When the sh*t hits the fan, you are there for me, I am there for you, and at the end of the shift we go home to our loved ones safely and...

Men in Love: What’s Not to Like?: J. Rose Allister

Men in Love: What’s Not to Like?: J. Rose Allister

Mar 15, 2013

There was a time in my romance writing career when sex, meaning S-E-X as spelled out by my publishing advice gurus, was something to be treated with the delicate, featherlight touch of a flower about to drop all of its petals. No more. Writers playing on today’s field, even in the mainstream, are now challenged to write sex with the same daring, unabashed...

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