Join Prism Book Alliance® as Lisa Henry goes Outside the Margins today.
Coming home from GRL always leaves me feeling ambivalent. On one hand, it’s great to be home with family and friends again, and sleep in my own bed again, but on the other hand I feel like I’m slipping into that place where I only exist as an author in some sort of parallel online world that’s not quite real.
I have a friend at work who is really into Star Wars. She does cosplay. And she was saying the other day how much she’s looking forward to going to the premiere of Rogue One, and dressing up in her Jedi robes, and hanging out with all the other fans in line. Because we’re in a smallish city, the opportunities for cosplay are few and far between. “But the night the movie comes out? That’s our night!” And I think I know exactly what she means.
For most days of the year, my enthusiasm for m/m romance is something that I don’t get to talk about a lot in person to anyone. I mean, the internet is fantastic, but nothing beats an actual physical conversation with people who are into the same things you are. And to me, that’s what’s so fantastic about GRL. It’s a chance to share ideas and inspiration, to talk about the books and the characters we love, and to not care, for once, just how loud we’re being about it.
I like that I can admit I read and write romance without almost wanting to clarify that statement somehow, as though there’s something embarrassing about loving romance, as opposed to a more “serious” genre. Romance, someone said to me once. Isn’t that pure escapism?
Right, and some guy taking down an entire squadron of terrorists armed only with a single handgun is a documentary. But aside from that, what’s wrong with pure escapism? Sometimes real life sucks. Sometimes I want to grab hold of all the happy endings I can get, thanks. I’m certainly not going to apologise for that.
In that spirit, and to help me get over my post-GRL (and everything else that’s happening in the world) funk, I’d love it if you could all recommend me an m/m book you love, whether it’s an old favourite or a new discovery, and tell me what you love about it. I need a bunch of great books to get me through to the new year!
On December 1st I’ll draw a commenter’s name at random to win an ebook of their choice from my back catalogue.
About Lisa HenryLisa likes to tell stories, mostly with hot guys and happily ever afters.
Lisa lives in tropical North Queensland, Australia. She doesn’t know why, because she hates the heat, but she suspects she’s too lazy to move. She spends half her time slaving away as a government minion, and the other half plotting her escape.
She attended university at sixteen, not because she was a child prodigy or anything, but because of a mix-up between international school systems early in life. She studied History and English, neither of them very thoroughly.
She shares her house with too many cats, a green tree frog that swims in the toilet, and as many possums as can break in every night. This is not how she imagined life as a grown-up.
- Blog: lisahenryonline.blogspot.com
- Twitter: @lisahenryonline
- Goodreads: goodreads.com/LisaHenry
- Website: lisahenryonline.com
One random commenter with thoughtful, relevant comments will win a $25 gift certificate each month in 2016.
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