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Friday, November 23, 2012

Guest Blog: Katalina Leon: Why Are Women Readers Interested in M/M Romance?


I have to confess that if someone had told me fifteen to twenty years ago that books would go digital, vampires would remain top sellers and women would fall madly in love with male gay romance, I would have said I think you’re mistaken.

I like being surprised and those three trends have genuinely surprised me, especially the warm embrace women readers have given to male gay/ bi-sexual romance or M/M. The popularity of M/M continues to soar with new devotees joining the ranks everyday.

Who knew that would happen and why did it happen?

I’m going to throw out a few of my thoughts and opinions about the current popularity of M/M romance and I BEG YOU TO SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS WITH THE REST OF US IN THE COMMENTS

First, let’s state the obvious women are not the only ones reading M/M. Gay and Bi-sexual men love it too and I strongly suspect a lot of straight men sneak a peek, just because it’s nasty hot willy-spanking stuff.

Why?

Because M/M sexuality tends to be frank and to the point. There’s lust, tenderness and romance but it’s male-centric. For the most part it is free of the overwrought tropes used in old style romance novels, which for many readers translates into variety. An M/M storyline can break free of a predictable path and take the reader somewhere else.

Second: M/M romance is inherently Heroic(pun fully intended!) The lovers involved usually take great risks by simply daring to approach a desired partner. Threat of punishment, rejection or exposure is often present. That amount of sexual tension delivers the emotional drama we romance readers crave! When love is declared taboo, risks are taken, forbidden realms explored and hearts are put in harm’s way—you get great story telling that not only turns readers on, it may also leave them weeping in sympathy.

Third: We learn about our hidden selves by looking beyond ourselves. Compassion is a beautiful teacher. M/M romance acts as a mirror to the slippery forbidden realms of female sexuality. M/M often reflects a raw sexuality and makes no apology for pursuing partners who are prized purely because they thrill the heart or deliver immense physical pleasure. Female fans of M/M love seeing male characters brought to their knees, made vulnerable and their loving sides exposed. It’s a paradox but it’s often true that we never see ourselves more clearly than when we are looking at someone else and feeling compassion for them.

Forth: From a female POV men are often the mysterious other country. A million bad jokes have been made about the differences between Venus and Mars but deep down I think most women remain curious about what male sexuality would look like, if women weren’t looking. M/M romance opens that door and allows women a peek into a forbidden world that in the end may look strangely familiar. Love is love and after all is said and done, male or female, it’s still a human heart.

What do you think of M/M romance? Are you a reader, an author or even a critic of M/M, please share your opinion. I love getting comments and I will try to respond to any or all of them with a detailed answer.

Claimed By Dragons
Bag Of Tricks Book 2
Amber Skyze and Katalina Leon
Genre: Erotic-romance, paranormal, dragon-shifters, ménage polyamory.
Publisher: Loose Id Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-61118-903-2
Word Count: 92k
Cover Artist: Valerie Tibbs
Loose Id
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In an odd Wiccan shop in Salem, Jael pulls an unusual stone from a witch’s wish bag. Little does she know her wildest dreams of adventure and a torrid affair with two gorgeous co-workers are about to come true—in spades.

Jael’s dreamy boss, Roarke offers her the assignment of a lifetime: a photo safari to Mount Kilimanjaro. The African scenery is stunning but the unexpected arrival of her two office crushes, Roarke and Kypton ignites her passion. Just as the trio is getting steamy at a beautiful waterfall, danger intervenes forcing the men to reveal their secret. They're dragons. And now, to save her life, they have no choice but to abduct a startled Jael to their mountain lair on Kilimanjaro.

In the dragons' love nest, Jael learns the truth about their origins and explores all the erotic possibilities two eager lovers can offer. Love awakens, but the guys are being stalked by a covert group of dragon hunters and withholding a life or death secret that will push Jael’s courageous heart and commitment to the limits.

Note: This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: anal play/intercourse, male/male sexual practices, menage (m/m/f).

Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/F9iN7Ajq4o4">http://youtu.be/F9iN7Ajq4o4

About the Authors:

BIO: Katalina Leon
I’m an artist, an author, mother and wife. I write for Loose Id Publishing and Ellora’s Cave. I try to bring a touch of the mystical and a big sense of adventure to everything I write because I believe there’s a bold, kick-ass heroine inside all of us who wants to take a wild ride with a strong worthy hero.

Night Owl Reviews Author page
Seven Sexy Scribes blog http://sevensexyscribes.blogspot.com/?zx=9dc4c582426b5efe
Katalina’s blog http://katalinaleon111.blogspot.com
Ellora’s Cave http://www.jasminejade.com/m-569-katalina-leon.aspx
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/katalina.leon.142

BIO: Amber Skyze
From a very young age, Amber Skyze began making up stories–the only child syndrome. Telling tall tales to all her friends she never dreamed of putting words on paper. In fact if anyone asked her if she would write when she grew up, she’d have laughed.

It wasn’t until raising children and reading all those romances that she decided–hey, I can write these. HA! Easier said than done.

When not crafting hot, steamy tales, this New York transplant now resides in Rhode Island with her husband, four children (who force her to work a day job), and three dogs.

She currently writes for Ellora’s Cave, Loose Id and is self-published.

http://www.amberskyze.com/
http://amberskyze.blogspot.com

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Amber Skyze said...

It's funny because if anyone ever told me I'd be writing M/M ten years ago, I'd laughed. Life has a funny way of changing over the years. :)

Tina Donahue said...

Excellent post, Kat - very informative. I've never read an M/M novel, but now I'm eager to try the genre. :)

Katalina Leon said...

Tina you're in for a treat. It's so much fun to write M/M too. Pun intended M/M runs the full spectrum from flirty and very romantic to push-me-in-the-corner-and-blank-me.
I wrote my first M/M scene at an editor's suggestion and I never dreamed I would enjoy writing M/M so much.

jean hart stewart said...

Video link wouldn't pull up for me, but loved the insights on the blog. I like all the excerpts I read of M/M and wonderf why I haven't read a whole book of it. Time to actually read one as I like all the excerpts....

Sandy said...

Kat, I have read a couple of M/M's, and I enjoyed them. If the characters are well written they are just as human as the rest of us. Great post, Kat.

Katalina Leon said...

Thank you Jean! Claimed By dragons has a lot of M/M scenes but it's primarily a M/F/M love story.
If you go to YouTube and type Claimed By Dragons, Amber Skyze, Katalina Leon. The video will come up or enter this
http://www.youtube.com/watchv=F9iN7Ajq4o4&feature=plcp

Paris said...

I read a lot of M/M. A couple of years ago I was looking for something different and started buying M/M romances and the reason I continue reading them is the same reason that I read any story; because the characters and the plots interest me. Maybe it is the unique dynamic of having two heroes:)

Katalina Leon said...

Hi Sandy! You said it well. We all have our own tastes but a love story is a love story regardless of gender.

Hello Paris! I like writing M/M because it feels fresh to me and I enjoy M/F even more.

Cris Anson said...

A good story is a good story, no matter the gender of the characters. Ever since I saw Brokeback Mountain and got hot watching the love scenes (and shedding a few tears during the movie as well), I've been turned on by M/M stories. And yes, I'm adding M/M scenes in several of my books.

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