Happy Holidays from Ava March, A.M Arthur and Josh Lanyon. The three of us write what is known as male/male romance, a relatively new but steadily growing sub-genre where strong and intelligent men fall in love with…other strong and intelligent men! Today we’d like to share a little bit about our work with you.
When I ‘discovered’ historical romance years ago, I fell hard and fast for the subgenre. I glommed books from my local libraries. Seriously, I’d check out ten at a time and read them all before they were due. Then I’d go back and get more. Once I realized M/M romances existed, I went on another glom. But back in 2007, there weren’t that many M/M historicals out there. In the grand scheme of things, there weren’t a heck of a lot of M/M romances, period. So for the first time in years, I read other genres and discovered some amazing books. Yet I wanted to read erotic stories of men in Regency England falling in love. So I started penning my own.
As the ebook market has grown, so has the quantity and diversity of M/M romances. And with that growth has come more M/M historicals. I set my books in England during the Regency era…which happens to be my favorite time period for romance. The gorgeous clothes, the proper manners, the luscious element of excess. A time when men strove to be gentlemen…at least when out in public. Yet the historical subgenre includes up through World War II, which gives readers a vast array of options.
If you are in the mood for gladiators, 18th century spy catchers, WWI fighters, or an Age of Sail romance, you can find them from Fae Sutherland/Marguerite Labbe, Tyler Flynn, Charlie Cochrane and Alex Beecroft. And if you are in the mood for a smoking hot Regency romance with some yummy angst, check out the books in my Gambling on Love series, with book #3 (Viscount’s Wager) coming in 2015.
I’m so excited that there are more authors now than ever writing M/M historicals. The subgenre was my first love of romance, after all. And I’ll be on the lookout for more historicals to add to my to-read list in the new year.
About Ava March
Ava March is an author of sexy, emotionally intense M/M historical erotic romances. She loves writing in the Regency time period, where proper decorum is of the utmost importance, but where anything can happen behind closed doors. With over fifteen works to her credit, her books have been finalists in the Rainbow Awards and More Than Magic contest, and deemed ‘must-haves’ for Historical M/M romance by RT Book Reviews readers.
M/M romance is an exciting, dynamic genre in which to both read and write. I’ve been a fan and loyal reader of many of my fellow m//m authors long before I first published my own stories. When I first discovered the genre, I admit that I went on a bit of reading binge. I sampled a little bit of everything: contemporary, historical, SF/F, humor, erotica, and everything in between. As a reader, I enjoy diversity in my subgenres. As a writer, I most enjoy contemporaries with adult characters.
When New Adult became a thing, I decided that I wanted to give writing an NA series a shot, and that is how the Belonging Series was born, and I am very lucky to have a found a great home for it with Carina Press. The unique troubles and stresses of NA characters was a fun playground, and I adore those boys. For me 2014 was definitely the year of New Adult.
But as the trilogy came to an end and another character decided he wanted his own book, I realized that James wouldn’t fit into the world of the Belonging characters. To start, he’s thirty-four and so is his love interest. All of his friends are twenty-nine or older. So I left NA behind and a new trilogy of adult contemporaries was born. The first book, Getting It Right, kicks off the Restoration series on March 16, 2015, with two more books to follow. I had a blast getting back to adult contemporary stories for 2015, and I can’t wait to see wear my characters decide to take me for 2016.
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About A.M. Arthur
A.M. Arthur was born and raised in the same kind of small town that she likes to write about, a stone’s throw from both beach resorts and generational farmland. She’s been creating stories in her head since she was a child and scribbling them down nearly as long, in a losing battle to make the fictional voices stop. She credits an early fascination with male friendships (bromance hadn’t been coined yet back then) with her later discovery of and subsequent love affair with m/m romance stories.
When not exorcising the voices in her head, she toils away in a retail job that tests her patience and gives her lots of story fodder. She can also be found in her kitchen, pretending she’s an amateur chef and trying to not poison herself or others with her cuisine experiments.
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My first love is mystery. I grew up reading everything from Raymond Chandler to Mary Stewart, so it was natural that my first efforts at writing Male/Male fiction would combine equal parts romance and suspense. Somehow if my guys aren’t stumbling over bodies or chasing clues together, it just doesn’t seem like true love to me.
I write contemporary, historical, and sometimes speculative fiction, but there’s always a mysterious element. What kind of men will you find in my stories? All kinds! I write about sensitive, artistic types — college professors and writers and ballet dancers — and I write about tough guys, men hard as nails — cops and FBI agents and Texas Rangers. I write about smart, competent grown-ups because that’s what I find attractive in a man — and in a woman, for that matter. A sense of humor doesn’t hurt either.
Next year I’ll be writing something a little different for Carina Press. Jefferson Blythe, Esquire is a New Adult caper. It’s about old maps, new adventures, getting lost, getting found, getting drunk, and being mistaken for an international criminal. In other words, normal summer vacation when you’re in your twenties. It’s going to be a change of pace for me and my readers, but I think we’re all up to the challenge.
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About Josh Lanyon
A distinct voice in gay fiction, multi-award-winning author Josh Lanyon has been writing gay mystery, adventure and romance for over a decade. In addition to numerous short stories, novellas, and novels, Josh is the author of the critically acclaimed Adrien English series, including The Hell You Say, winner of the 2006 USABookNews awards for GLBT Fiction. Josh is an Eppie Award winner and a three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist.
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