How Did I Get Here? ~ Sunday Spotlight by Lirtle

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How Did I Get Here?:

How Did I Get Here?

No, not that how did I get here. Though, it’s always a crazy, mind-bending trip to ponder that philosophical beauty, eh? But I digress…

Ahem.

I mean, how did I end up here at PBA? When this question popped up in my brain this morning, I wanted to grease up the memory cell gears and see what all would report for duty. Here’s what I got…

A little over two years ago – yes! only two! it was the beginning of 2013 – I was reading a book that was a part of an ongoing series. One of the relationships featured as a storyline was about two guys who’d been friends for a very long time and were only now starting to deal with (read: admit) the more than friendship thing pulling and pushing between them.

I was hooked. In. In like Flynn. In like Flynn had taken me to breakfast, we had pumpkin pancakes, with extra cinnamon, and I could indulge in as many as I wished.

Back to this morning, I was wracking my gray matter, trying to awaken those synapses that contained my first M/M read. However, being one who reads relatively quickly, and most times has several books going at once, I’m a-feared I could not be 100% certain of that fact.

I had purchased my first kindle early in 2013 after encountering that all too well known experience of thinking: I want to read the sequel RIGHTNOW! Hmmmm, if I had a kindle, I could download and be reading in seconds. I ordered a kindle. Once it arrived, I ordered that sequel.

Peanut gallery: hey, what does that say about our consumerist society?

Me, right back: hey, that’s a conversation for another time. Today, I’m trying to tell a story and be gracious and grateful in telling it.

Fast forward about three months (maybe?) and I had started doing searches on Amazon, found some books, and stumbled upon Goodreads. It all happened so fast.

Down the rabbit hole, I went.

I quickly found the M/M Romance group, started posting, made a few friends (thank you!!! Y’all are still some of the best peeps I’ve ever met and continue to enjoy and value our friendships) and started exploring this genre we all love so, so, so much.

Early reads included: Scrap Metal by Harper Fox, Laurel Heights by Lisa Worrall, Tigers and Devils by Sean Kennedy, Cold by Brandon Shire, A Casual Weekend Thing by A.J. Thomas, Special Forces: Soldiers by Aleksandr Voinov and Marquesate, Six Ways From Sunday by Mercy Celeste, Screwing the System by Josephine Myles, Fettered by Lyn Gala, Strength of the Pack by Kendall McKenna, Come Unto These Yellow Sands by Josh Lanyon and Bound By Honor by SE Jakes.

I read all of these within the first month or so, the results of those initial searches and finding GR and the M/M RG. Speaking of, the very first story I read from one of the DRItC events was Daddy’s Boy, from Love Has No Boundaries, by Isla James. This was also during that first month.

More than anything, when I began to experience these immensely talented writers, I wanted more. I also knew I’d found a place that felt like home. I wanted to be one more voice working to bring their stories to more people.

A few months later, towards the end of 2013, a friend extended an invitation to become a reviewer on the blog Brandilyn Reviews Books. I was surprised, flattered, and curious. I’d never interacted with or even met Brandilyn but I trusted this friend (one of those early ones on GR) and was certainly willing to have a convo about the possibilities, parameters, expectations, etc., and get a feel of the place.

I quickly discovered B is a no nonsense kinda gal and I can most definitely work with and appreciate that! I’m rather straight forward myself, no B.S., please. Looking back now, it’s quite amazing, wonderful and, frankly, kick ass cool all of the things we’ve experienced, learned and accomplished here on PBA. I’ve definitely learned a lot. Experienced wonderful friendships. I feel accomplished in those things, as well as the hard work I put into my reviews and the contributions I make to this awesome place that is Prism Book Alliance ®.

I could go on and on (seriously, I skipped two more pages in my notebook that I’d written for this) and, just to surprise those of you who are saying to yourselves, “I know, I know you can”, I won’t. (HA!)

Except to say this…

So, here I am, here we are, it’s spring – or nearing Autumn if you’re Down Under – and there is so much to look forward to, so much to enjoy right now, today.

Looking back is often a way to appreciate, reinforce connections, and simply feel content about the past, present, and future. That’s how I feel as I finish this up: content. Fortunate. Kinda incredible.

Thanks, you guys, all of you, for going along on this journey with me, and everyone here at Prism Book Alliance ® , readers, reviewers, and authors. All of us together, we’re all readers and that’s one of the reasons I so love being here and being a part of this whole shindig.

Thank you.

What do you remember about your early M/M reads? Or any early reading experience, including from childhood?

Where did you discover your first reads and ensuing love of this constantly growing genre? I mean, ya had to feed the beast that wants to read somehow. 😉

Who do you remember being there in the beginning, encouraging, squeezing, and crying with you?

I wana know your memories, too. 😀

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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4 thoughts on “How Did I Get Here? ~ Sunday Spotlight by Lirtle

  1. Lovely spotlight Lirtle and I’m so glad I met you through PBA – I’m using the initials as I haven’t worked out how to put the tiny R next to our site’s name :p –

    I have been reading queer books, or what we might call m/m or gay fiction as long as I can remember. I think I was 13 when I read Picture of Dorian Gray and I know I felt a tingle then 🙂 It wasn’t until University that there was a difference between books with queer characters and well…books!

  2. Lol @ the trademark thing. Most mobile devices make it one of their included alternate keys.

    That’s such an interesting point: how many stories did we all read that may have included even very subtle lgbtq characters or themes but, since we were young, it didn’t feel different or separate for any reason? Only as we get older and realize how the world works do those imagined differences appear.

    I’m fortunate and giddy that we met through PBA, BJ. 😀 <3

  3. Love this spotlight, Sistah! I love sharing this PBA journey with you and the memories we have created together so far. I can’t wait to make more of them and feel incredibly honored and blessed to be a part of such a fabulous team. #omgimu

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