Various on Damsels in Distress collection and Take a Chance (Like You Have Before) ~ Guest Blog

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Title: Damsels in Distress collection
Author: Various
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Cover Artist: Aisha Akeju, London Burden, Natasha Snow
Publication Date:03/18/2015
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Fantasy, Lesbian Romance, Trans*, Urban Fantasy, Western

Blurb:

A collection of stories about women not content to sit around and wait for men to come to the rescue. And while they might be busy saving themselves, there’s still a bit of time to romance the fine women at their sides.

Hello, readers. My name is Megan, I’m here today to talk about the Damsels in Distress collection by Less Than Three Press, and the way lesbian romance is treated versus gay romance.

Take a Chance (Like You Have Before):

Years and years ago, when I was still fairly new to writing, posting to LJ, and pretty sure I’d never be a published writer, I had many an idea that ultimately I decided I shouldn’t write and reluctantly let go. Given the first smut scene I ever wrote was a foursome, and one of my most popular stories right now involves tentacles, it doesn’t seem like much would stop me.

But I chose not to write those stories because I was scared. I was an m/m writer, and a pretty small time, fresh-faced one, and I didn’t dare make my fans angry. All the stories I abandoned starred or heavily featured women, and I didn’t want to risk writing them because there is nothing the m/m community hates more than women. In the middle of writing this I went to screw around for a few minutes and sure enough, there on goodreads was a woman who ‘disappointed’ in a book because it had m/f sex in it. And someone else a few days ago got mad at an author for including ‘girlie bits’ in her book.

This community brags constantly about being predominantly ‘by and for women’ but there is an alarming amount of contempt and disgust for women and lesbian fiction. And that’s depressing.

I am extremely proud of two stories I’ve written recently. One of them is The Broken Forest, my contribution to the Damsels in Distress Collection. It’s a fairytale, one of my fav that I’ve written so far. It’s also a lesbian story, and one of the characters is trans—two things this community tends to reject out of hand.

It hurts, because the people rejecting this book, this collection, are the same ones who brag about their open minds, how adventurous they are, how they’ll read anything and are scared of nothing. Most people reading this post are more willing to read rape fic, slave fic, and taboos like incest and anthro than they are lesbian (or queer) romance.

The same way so many LGBTQ publishers only publish m/m. The same way so many LGBTQ review sites only review m/m (or ninety percent of the books they accept are m/m instead of any effort made to accept more books from the rest of the spectrum).

And that’s a shame. A community that prides itself on being so accepting and loving, a place that means so much to so many women, shouldn’t turn around and hate or be disgusted by books that focus on women.

Less Than Three Press is extremely proud of our Damsels in Distress collection. We’re beyond excited that every year the number of stories about lesbians and bisexual women grows and grows. And that the rest of the spectrum is steadily catching up. Everybody deserves a happy end—not just straight people and gay men.

If you enjoy lesbian romance, or are just looking for something new or different, give these damsels a try. You might just find something you never knew you liked. It’s happened to me a hundred times.

About the Author:

Megan is a long time resident of LGBTQ fiction, and keeps herself busy reading, writing, and publishing it. She is often accused of fluff and nonsense. When she’s not involved in writing, she likes to cook, harass her cats, or watch movies. She loves to hear from readers, and can be found all over the internet.

Author Links:

maderr.com
maderr.tumblr.com
meganaderr.blogspot.com
facebook.com/meganaprilderr
meganaderr@gmail.com
@amasour

Buy Links:

Less Than Three Press

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2 thoughts on “Various on Damsels in Distress collection and Take a Chance (Like You Have Before) ~ Guest Blog

  1. This post makes me so happy. Not the hurt or pain but that there is someone else thinking the same things I am. The vehemence against “girlie parts” has always confused me. My first instinct was to agree in a way, why is the MC in an M/M having sex with anyone other than the other male MC whether it be male, female, or donkey. But I’m amazed at how poorly women are written in M/M, the friends, mothers, etc. which makes me wonder what that says about who we women see ourselves as individuals.

    I’m very interested in the Damsel set of stories. I like girlie parts. Romance has been an evolution for me. I cut my teeth on the Harlequin’s and expanded to erotic M/F which eventually moved to M/F/M. Then one day I read an M/M/F and became fascinated with the idea of the two guys. Tired of women written as TSTL, doormats, shrews, or useless, M/M was a logical place to go.

    Robyn Bachar changed that for me with F/F/M pairings (is that the right word?). I’ve seen nothing like them and gobble them up like candy. F/F is a logical step from that but when I began looking so little F/F on the market. And much of it was pure sex with no plot. So I was somewhat on the bandwagon that F/F stories were not interesting because much of what I read at the time wasn’t.

    I’ve found wonderful F/F stories at Bold Stokes but what I like about the Damsel stories is the variety of genres. I’ve really been wanting to read some paranormal F/F for a while.

    So thank you Megan for giving the girls a chance and a story.

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