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2016, good riddance! 2017, welcome?
The week after Christmas and all of January is easily filled up with reflection and plans for the future at my house. Some of that is simply because a new year is coming, but my husband and I started our life as a newly married couple at New Year’s, as well. It was the start of a whole new life for us, so we might take it a bit farther than most.
This year was no different in the evaluation department, except that it really was. For the first time since…maybe forever, the future is a complete unknown. On January 21st, will we have war looming on the horizon, a zombie apocalypse? I don’t know what the incoming president will do to my country, people like me who identify on the LGBTQAI spectrum, and because of all of that, I fear what will become of this beloved MM Romance genre.
When I first ran across MM Romance, it was in the form of slash fan fiction. I’d read books with gay secondary characters. I’d read really bad gay erotica anthologies. I’d read fiction where gay men were the main characters, but I had never run across romance about men loving men.
I was hooked. No, seriously. I was hooked so hard my entire world shifted on its axis. I went from reading a novel or two a year, along with a lot of non-fiction, and started devouring the equivalent of several novels or fists full of novellas a week. Before long, I was writing. A few years later, I decided to submit a story to a publisher to see if they thought my stories had any value. Fall Into You was picked up by Dreamspinner, so I kept on writing.
At one point, books were practically falling out of my head, usually when I was nowhere near a keyboard. I was working part-time as an educator, and there were times plot bunnies came to me in the middle of a lecture. While students were discussing a topic amongst themselves, I’d jot a quick note so I wouldn’t lose my thought, and then I’d keep on teaching.
Eventually, I took a leave of absence from that job to take a stab at writing full-time while homeschooling my kid. I started editing on the side, just to have an income to fall back on for a rainy day, and before I knew it, I had a writing career, an editing/book formatting sideline, and I was actually making money. Not a lot, but I was doing well enough that I decided to quit my teaching job for good.
I love this genre. I love that the first stories I read opened up my mind in ways I never imagined. They taught me things about myself, about other people, about the world, and I’m still learning years later. I love hearing from readers who discovered my books and felt accepted because of my words and those who discovered hope for their futures.
So despite there being a possible trumpocalypse on the horizon, I made plans to write at least four books this year. Two novels, two novellas, and I even made the bold decision to blindly leap into a different genre and see if writing something new will pan out.
In some ways, it feels a heck of a lot like those first days of reading such new and OMG, I love this! stories or taking a stab and writing my own.
But I’m ready for a risk. Hell, if the zombies take over the earth, I may as well be writing something that will entertain me while I hide out in my bomb shelter next to all my canned goods. Right?
Title: Silver Scars
Author: Posy Roberts
Publisher: Labyrinth Bound Press
Publication Date: 06/22/2015
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Genre: Contemporary, Drama, Gay, Gay Romance
After surviving an explosion, Gil suffers with physical and emotional scars. Meanwhile, Keith is on his own path to recovery after a traumatic event. Can the two open their hearts to the love between them — and find healing in each other?
Novel, Hurt/Comfort, Medical, PTSD, Contemporary MM Romance, LGBT.
247 pages, 86,500 words
About Posy RobertsPosy Roberts writes about romantic male love. Whether her characters are family men, drag queens, or lonely men searching for connections, they all find a home in her stories.
Posy is married to a man who makes sure she doesn’t forget to eat or sleep; her daughter, a budding author and dedicated Whovian, helps her come up with character names. When Posy’s not writing, she enjoys crafting, hiking, and singing spontaneously about the mundane, just to make normal seem more interesting.
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,
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