Joely Skye's Blog
April 8, 2013
This fourth book in Skye’s Northern Shifters series is absolutely adorable… The slow-build romance will keep you flipping pages to see what happens next…
I’m doing a giveaway of the print version on Goodreads. Seven books available! Runs until April 25. (The print book goes on sale May 7.)
Btw, for those interested, Ri’s twin, Zach, has his book and releases next week: Running Free (by Jorrie Spencer).
June 19, 2012
My new release, Running Wild, is out! It’s a horse-shifter romance, as well as being part of my Northern Shifters series. I had a lot of fun writing this one. The two heroes are new to this world, but Trey and Jonah do make an important appearance in the book.
In related news, I recently did a guest post at The Book Binge where I talked about horse shifters.
And I just wanted to thank MinnChica at The Book Pushers for her thoughtful review (“…interesting and unique read”). As well, Angela Waters did just a fantastic job with the cover art. I love the horse on it!
May 2, 2012
The wildest heart can’t outrun love.
After years of hiding from other mind controllers, loneliness drives Scott to break his own rule and allow himself to fall asleep in a stranger’s arms. Rory’s been keeping an eye on Scott for his pack alpha. Seduction wasn’t part of the plan, but now maintaining distance isn’t an option. No matter how far or fast Scott runs…
For Rory, life is all about connections. But for Scott, connections spell danger—for himself and everyone he cares about. The bottom line is, Scott has only a small window of time to treasure every moment with his lover. Yet when a shadow from the past inevitably appears, he discovers he can’t just cut and run.
Wolf Town never quite felt like home to Iain—until he bonds with Teo. Yet the scars of his past mangle his declaration of love. The young wolf’s fumbling explanation for his attraction only serves to remind Teo why it’s a bad idea to date within the pack.
Teo’s apparent rejection not only breaks Iain’s heart, it triggers a deep-seated desperation that pushes him to take a terrible chance to show Teo their shared link is no illusion.
February 1, 2012
Here's the blurb:
The road to believing can be one wild ride.
A Northern Shifters book.
Seamus O'Connor thought his friendship with Zachariah Smithson was just that—a relationship born on one horrific night seven years ago. He never thought he'd end up inheriting the old man's farm.
Tons of chores and hard work are nothing new for Seamus. The farm comes equipped with all he needs—and something he didn't expect. Unsettling, late-night visits from Zachariah's grandson Ri, a man who appears and disappears like a ghost.
Ri has had little contact with the outside world, with good reason. Horse shifters aren't any human's idea of normal. Plus, he's wary of being the next target of the werewolves who took his twin brother. Trust his matchmaking grandfather to give him a reason to come home—Seamus.
As Seamus gradually learns the truth of Ri's life, their relationship tentatively grows—and danger grows closer. For it was Ri who rescued Seamus on that terrible night long ago. Seamus is about to realize he's had his own encounters with werewolves. He just doesn't know it—yet.
January 22, 2012
I have two new covers! One for my print release, Wolf Town Mates. (Comprised of the novellas Wolf Town, Push Pull and Moon Run.) Coming in May.
One of my June digital release, Running Wild.
November 17, 2011
There have been a series of posts by Aleksandr Voinov this past week. This one in particular, the post he never wanted to write, really moved me. It is gorgeous, raw, gut-wrenching and very affecting. I've read it more than once.
I don't have it in me to go over the controversy from beginning in the end. And even if I did, I don't think I'm in quite the right position to do so. I'm part of the m/m community, in that, among other things, I write it, read it, do occasional chats with other m/m authors (though it's been a while). But it is obvious to me I do not see much of what goes on beneath the surface. While I do range the Internet, from LJ to GR to blogs and Twitter, there are a lot of public spaces, let alone private spaces, I don't know of and don't read. Plus my career is with my one (beloved) publisher, so my knowledge is limited in that way too.
Nevertheless I do have opinions on a few things.
1) I do not believe that having or taking a male-representing name in 2011 is going to in any way significantly boost sales. If you just look around the Internet in terms of Kindle numbers or visibility, you cannot see a pattern of male-named m/m authors bringing in the real money. Sure you'll occasionally hear of readers seeking out male writers. But you'll also occasionally see readers saying they prefer women writers. It is my belief it all comes down to individual writers and their writing.
2) People can't know why someone—well, unless they are a close and trusting friend—has a male pen name, and it bothers me that they speculate upon the reasons. How does someone know that author X has taken on a masculine name to sell books? I'm not claiming this has never happened in all of m/m history (even there, people often do something for more than one reason), but I can't conceive deciding I understand someone in that way.
3) Writers do not owe readers their personal life. That writers are feeling forced to come out in any way is just wrong and makes me very uncomfortable.
Last year, or perhaps two years ago, there were a couple of fairly prominent news articles that described m/m romance as straight women writing for straight women. I just don't think that's true, and I never liked that description. Of course, there are straight women in the genre. But it doesn't take much to observe that there are a lot of women who identify as otherwise. And there are men, including prominent bloggers and successful writers. These articles almost seemed to erase the gay/queer presence from the genre, which was very odd to my mind, and unsettling.
The m/m genre draws romance readers who haven't found quite what they're looking for in het romance. (It draws in other readers too, but a number of readers have talked about coming from romance.) And the reasons for that are incredibly varied and personal, sometimes tied to sexuality, sometimes not. I can't pinpoint why I started writing m/m romance. I continue to write m/f romance too, as I miss writing women when I don't, and I love both genres. But there is something freeing about stepping away from gender expectations of women in romance—in a way I haven't succeeded to so with m/f. My failing, perhaps. I honestly doubt that's the only reason I write what I write. And it's not something I find easy to analyze or necessarily want to analyze.
And I don't need to know why someone else writes what they write, or why they choose the name they choose, or what is going on in their personal lives. I just need to read the books and make my buying choices based on that. I don't feel writers should be pushed to lay it all on the line, even if they are very brave, as Mr. Voinov was, to do so.
I realize there is some concern about appropriation and marginalization in the m/m genre, and I think these can be important conversations. And authors themselves need to use some commonsense in the way they present their persona online. (Persona is not my favorite word in the world, but it exists.) But outing authors isn't the way to go.
In ending, I want to link to a thoughtful post by Sunita/Vacuous Minx, about pronouns and social categories and respect.
October 18, 2011
Moon Run, the third novella in the Wolf Town trilogy is now on sale. I'm so happy to see it go live. This is Teo and Iain's story.
I'm excited to see it's already on lists at Samhain and Amazon and I'm so grateful to my readers
September 20, 2011
Its release date is October 18. Here's the blurb!
The wolf races in where the human heart trembles to follow.
Wolf Town, Book 3
Iain's head has called Wolf Town home for six years. His heart, hurt by a childhood spent suppressing his wolf, won't let him believe he isn't one misstep away from exile.
During the first moon run of the year, the electrifying connection his wolf makes with Teo, the pack's beta and resident doctor, has potential mate written all over it. Yet the only emotion that rises above the tangled scars of his past is excitement over ensuring a permanent place in Wolf Town.
Teo can't believe Iain so easily crashed through his rock-solid resolve never to date within the pack. The young wolf's artless, fumbling explanation for his attraction only serves to remind Teo why he set those rules—his own past in a dysfunctional pack. Guilt that he let Iain so far under his skin forces Teo to do the one thing his heart rails against. Keep it clinical.
Teo's apparent rejection not only breaks Iain's heart, it triggers a deep-seated desperation that pushes him to take a terrible chance for the sake of the pack. And to show Teo their connection is no illusion.
September 12, 2011
There's an article at Genreville today: Authors Say Agents Try to "Straighten" Gay Characters in YA.
Obviously in my corner of the world, gay characters are thriving in gay or m/m romance. But it is discouraging in the extreme to think that gay characters are being kept out of YA lit. As the authors, Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith, say: "We wrote this novel so that the teenagers we know—some of whom are gay, and many of whom are not white—would be able, for once, to read a fun post-apocalyptic adventure in which they are the heroes."
I think that's important.
July 26, 2011
You can read an excerpt here.
And just for fun, I'm going to put all three covers of the Wolf Town series up.