Month: July 2013

Don’t Boycott Russian Vodka!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably aware of the increasingly hostile situation faced by gay men and women in Russia at the moment. It’s never been a good time to be an LGBT Russian, but since the recent passing of an anti-gay propaganda law things have only got worse. Stories of foreign nationals being arrested have already surfaced; and entrapment, torture and even murder are becoming commonplace. Those who do attempt to fight back are attacked in the street and the Russian police does nothing to intercede – often arresting the protesters, rather than their attackers.

Yet Russia is due to host the 2014 Winter Olympics, and corporate sponsors are meeting public outrage with a wall of stony silence. Reading such stories, I think we all feel helpless. We can’t even donate money to Russian LGBT organisations, because they’ll get fined for receiving it. So what can we do?

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Posted by Kate Aaron in Queer Stuff

Nanny Doesn’t Always Know Best

Some of you may have seen a (very quiet) announcement in the news that by the end of the year, the majority of British ISPs will block access to pornographic content unless a homeowner opts in to receiving it. There are a multitude of reasons why this is a Very Bad Thing, and why we should all be worried.

1. Who voted for this?

Not me or you, or anyone in fact. This is a deal that has been struck under the table between senior politicians and the ISPs. Commercialism over Democracy. Whatever the measure, whatever the cause, we should all be concerned about sanctioning such methods. Today it’s ISPs being bullied into blocking porn; tomorrow… who knows?

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Posted by Kate Aaron in Random

Announcing ACE!

Yes, it’s here! Ace: Part One is now live and it’s free on Smashwords, ARe and RainbowEbooks.

Coming soon to Amazon, and rolling out everywhere else in the next few weeks.

ACE-pt1-full-size-192x300 Announcing ACE!

 At twenty-two years old, World No.6 and England’s No.1, Brian Scagill has the tennis world at his feet. Last year’s semifinalist, this year Brian enters England’s biggest tournament determined to win. A Grand Slam on home turf is calling to him and he’s not going to let anything stand in the way of victory – certainly not a cute Croatian who doesn’t even play in the same league. 

Fooling around with Lexi might be an easy distraction but the last thing Brian needs right now is to be distracted, and there’s more than this tournament at stake.

Word count: 5,200.

Part Two is coming next Monday 22nd July.

Posted by Kate Aaron in Books

Hate Begets Hate

Some of you may be aware of an incident that occured the other day at Seattle Pride, where a street preacher was attacked by an attendee. While I would never condone resorting to physical violence to solve a problem… Is anyone really surprised that something like this happened? Wasn’t it inevitable?

Just think for a moment of all the abuse LGBT people put up with, day-in and day-out. I’ve been to Prides, I’ve lived in the gay ghetto, dealing with the haters has been a commonplace in my life. Sadly, it’s a commonplace in all our lives. Whatever we do, wherever we are, there’s always someone who wants to judge.

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Posted by Kate Aaron in Queer Stuff

A Wave of Nausea

So I’m sure by now you’ve probably heard of the latest kerfuffle from JesseWave. A nasty little blog post bitching about mf content in mm romances. What Wave wants, apparently, is a trigger warning for every occurrence of het sex  in books sold as mm, in order that she and her ilk can avoid them. Well since when did straight sex become a trigger up there with rape, incest, underage sex and taboo practices?

Why are M/M readers treated so disdainfully? Are we not on par with het romance readers? M/M romance has been around for a decade, so why can’t our authors get it right? Clearly we are not respected because if we were this wouldn’t happen, and so often. Would authors insert graphic gay sex scenes in het romances? Not f*****g likely…

You know why most authors won’t insert graphic gay sex scenes into het romances? Bigotry. That’s why. Because the mainstream consumers of het romance would find it squicky to see two men or two women getting it on. I’m old enough to remember the days when a side character (the Token Gay) having even one weeny, fleeting little kiss, was enough to see a film slapped with an 18, or at least a 15, certificate. Suffer the little children – no one wants to see that!!

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Posted by Kate Aaron in Books, Queer Stuff

Storm & Strike – Lost Realm #3 – RELEASED!

Woop!

And therein ends my post. Heh. It’s 5.25am which makes it (about) midnight on 01 July 2013 (in New York. Or somewhere. I’m claiming it) and finally, finally, the waiting is over. I proudly present Storm & Strike.

SS-Cover-original-195x300 Storm & Strike - Lost Realm #3 - RELEASED!

War has arrived…

Exiled from the Realm, Ash seeks refuge among the vampires in the world. Encouraged by the witch Alyssia and driven by an idealistic desire to unite his home in harmony for the first time in his lifetime, he begins to build an army.

When ideology isn’t enough, Ash knows he’s going to have to lead his troops into war. Witch, fae and vampire clash in an epic battle that threatens to destroy the very fabric of the Realm itself, and none will escape unscathed. 

Available now from AllRomanceEbooks, RainbowEbooks and Smashwords. Coming soon to a plethora of other places (including Amazon, hopefully later today!).

For the next week only, I’m also discounting Blood & Ash down to a bargain $0.99 at all retailers, so grab your copy now!

Posted by Kate Aaron in Books