#WhyIWriteRomance, or Your Bitterness is Showing

romance heart love candle romanticI’m supposed to be working. But instead I’m infuriated because my Twitter feed is full of quotes from some SFF author who says romance is a shitty genre and *bless the little women who put so much effort into writing it* but our products are crap. I haven’t even looked who it is because honestly… another day, another Author-with-a-capital-A being condescending. I really couldn’t care less about them. Continue reading →

Hannibal Leaves Us Starving: Queerbaiting in Modern TV

hannibal-will-hannigramSo AJ and I started watching Hannibal recently. We literally devoured S1 and S2, but halfway through S3, it started to jump the shark. The reasons we said that were various, and included the mashed up timeline and the whole mess that was the European jaunt, but what most got our goat was the queerbaiting surrounding the relationship between Hannibal and Will. At the time (three days ago) fans of the show told us it wasn’t queerbaiting and to wait until we’d finished it completely to form a conclusion. Yesterday, we finished it. This is our conclusion.

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The Great Wattpad Experiment

I always felt like I missed out on something. A lot of m/m writers came to the genre through online fiction, fan or otherwise, but that whole world completely passed me by. Yet I’ve read some online fics in recent years that are among my most favourite books (I’m thinking Restraint, Drunk Textand I’m currently reading the In the Company of Shadows series and loving it).

I’ve suffered a terrible case of FOMO for too long, so I’m doing something different. I’ve signed up for Wattpad, and I’m sharing stories old and new. Join me now for an exclusive free read of my new book, Strait Laced.

Philip Lomax is a man with ambition. Getting ahead in business doesn’t leave much time for fun. Go-go dancer and all-round bad boy Ben is his polar opposite, but they can’t seem to leave each other alone. While Philip’s certain nothing can come of it, Ben seems determined to prove Philip isn’t as strait-laced as he appears.

Strait Laced will be published on Wattpad and remain exclusive for the first month thereafter. I’ll be posting regular updates so check it out, subscribe to get the next chapter as soon as it’s available, and don’t forget to vote and comment if you’re enjoying the story!

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Dirty Talk — Money, and How to Earn it From Home

WorkathomeadWe’ve all seen those signs at the side of the road, cheap paper flyers promising “Earn $$$ Working from Home!” Every other website seems to promise you can be rolling in cash if you just monetise your Pinterest account or learn Java or join some remote phone sales hotline.I don’t know anyone who’s ever seriously considered calling a number from one of those flyers, or taken those websites seriously when they suggested that ordinary people just like you are earning $10,000 a month working a couple of hours a week in their free time!

They’re scammy, right? Except for the past three years, I have been working at home (sometimes even in my pyjamas!), and I don’t intend to quit.

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