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Cleon's comments from the Q&A with Josh Lanyon group.

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34844 Becky wrote: "Cleon wrote: "Emanuela ~Zstyx~ wrote: "Cleon wrote: "I think it'd be awesome to promote these overlooked books. ... Hm... I might start a blog just for that purpose... "

When you start, let me now..."


I have an LJ account because I still follow many fandoms, but I intend to keep my original fic pen name separate from my fandom one. Many have migrated to Dreamwidth, but Dreamwidth is still not as popular as LJ.

As for Wordpress, I am kind of worried because my blog will certainly meant for adult. Will the mods take it down from their server for adult content? At least I know we can post adult content at Blogger and LJ as long as we properly label our blogs.
34844 Emanuela ~Zstyx~ wrote: "Cleon wrote: "I think it'd be awesome to promote these overlooked books. ... Hm... I might start a blog just for that purpose... "

When you start, let me now! :)

I added it to my to-read shelf an..."


I am still considering the best place to open a blog. Livejournal? Blogger? Opinion?

Anyway, lately I've been thinking why I am looking for obscure titles rather than popular ones. Sure, I buy some popular titles, but end up read the more obscure ones instead. Perhaps it's a rebellious side of me? lol.
34844 I left comment at Ellisa Rolle's review and she said that there were too little attention paid to the "small books".

Strangely, I find that these "small books" are some of the best ones I've read lately, at least the most unique. I think it'd be awesome to promote these overlooked books. I mean, practically everyone in this genre knows Adrien English, Cambridge Fellow Mysteries, or similar popular books and series. Hm... I might start a blog just for that purpose...
34844 Calathea wrote: "I've read some really good stories by her but then again some with... uhm, less quality. Never quite know what to expect..."

Yeah, I understand. I am careful with authors who have published so many books. That's why I usually buy based on reviews when it comes to new authors and authors I am not sure of. And series that are longer than 3 books are turn offs for me, unless some people I trust recommend it to high heaven.
34844 Anyway, I just finished Dona Nobis Pacem by Willa Okati by Willa Okati. This is the first book from her that I've read. It is such a beautiful and touching story about a mute pianist cum saloon owner and a former priest. I gave it 5 stars! However, if you're sensitive with religious issues (don't like negative portrayals of pastors/priests) this book might not be for you.
34844 Calathea wrote: "Nicole wrote: "Well, yeah. But I have to finish overseeing production for Ginn Hale's Rifter release before I can write my own stuff. (Thems the breaks when you are a writer-editor.) "

I'm still d..."


Ughh.. I can't wait until my paypal payment is in.. I am really itching to get my hand on the Rifter series, but I plan to buy paperbacks ( I hope I can find some Josh' works) with my credit card so the Rifter will have to wait.
34844 Nicole wrote: "Merith wrote: "Cleon wrote: "I have no idea, but surely will buy if she writes more :D "

Hopefully she'll read this and get inspired, right? :) I loved the Bellingham mysteries and would love to ..."


YAY!
34844 Finished Blue Fire by Z.A. Maxfield by ZAM. Quite angsty, but with HEA. The book is very character driven rather than plot driven though.
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May 25, 2011 12:21PM

34844 Emanuela ~Zstyx~ wrote: "Cleon wrote: "But we can't predict the future and sometimes we can only follow the tide."

Sometimes I wish I could just detach myself from the madness of my work to be able to put everything into ..."


So true.
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May 25, 2011 11:57AM

34844 Josh wrote: "Thanks, Becky, Cleon, Blaine, Sylvia, Anne, LC. Don't mean to cast a pall over the group. It's just unexpected.

I keep thinking -- inappropriate humor here -- of that Oscar Wilde quote: To lose ..."


You know we're behind you, Josh, as fans and friends.

Yeah, I know what you mean about parents, especially with the stress they're under right now. But we can't predict the future and sometimes we can only follow the tide.
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May 25, 2011 10:23AM

34844 Josh wrote: "Cleon wrote: "I also think that the tendency to categorize every M/M romance into erotica section causes more authors to force themselves to include sex in their books than they are comfortable wri..."

I just read this after I finished replying... I am so sorry to hear that, Josh. *big hugs to you* I will send positive thought to you and your uncle.
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May 25, 2011 09:54AM

34844 Josh wrote: "Yes, you can. And know that your words fall on sympathetic hearts. :-D This is the perfect place for ranting, so you go straight ahead."

This is why I love this place! Anyway, my rant about publishing & bookselling industry is over. For now, anyway. Now back to beating my muse to cooperate for the HJD... sigh... It seemed like a good idea at the time... my plot, I mean.
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May 25, 2011 09:38AM

34844 Josh wrote: "Cleon wrote: I know, I am just ranting at the injustice of labeling all M/M romance "adult" or "erotica" while there are many explicit work out there in the market to corrupt any "innocent minds".
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LOL, justice is a very rare thing everywhere, Josh. I know this very well, too well, in fact. But I can rant, can't I?
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May 25, 2011 09:31AM

34844 Josh wrote: "Not that sex doesn't exist in mainstream, just that I write mostly mysteries and, in general, sex and mystery is an uncomfortable mix. Maybe because mystery is still seen as a kind of cerebral thin..."

I know, I am just ranting at the injustice of labeling all M/M romance "adult" or "erotica" while there are many explicit work out there in the market to corrupt any "innocent minds".

Sandra Brown and soem other het romance writers also have quite explicit scenes (some are more explicit than some of your works), yet their books are not considered "adult" or "erotica".
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May 25, 2011 08:48AM

34844 I also think that the tendency to categorize every M/M romance into erotica section causes more authors to force themselves to include sex in their books than they are comfortable writing or even necessary. Perhaps it is why most M/M publishers push for sex scenes.

I intend to write a novel with implicit or even no sex scene. I am hoping that I can also publish the book in Indonesia one day (since it is a book about an Indonesian gay set in Indonesia). Explicit sex scenes will exclude the book of any possibility being published here.
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May 25, 2011 08:33AM

34844 Josh wrote: "Cleon wrote: "There is a discussion on Dear Author about women motivation to write M/M and the discussion turns into lumping all M/M books into erotica category. http://dearauthor.com/features/lett..."

Not every M/M romance have explicit sex scenes though, some are far milder than some of the mainstream books I've read. Some have almost none at all.

I read a James Patterson's book once. I forget the title but it was about a serial killer. In one of the scene in the book he described --- warning for disturbing imagery ---(view spoiler)

You know where I read this book? At my school library. I warned the librarian and he moved it into Only for Teachers section. Still, it was a mainstream book, with no warning, so the librarian who hadn't read the entire book didn't know about the graphic scene.

Oh yes, and let's not forget the last scene in Memnoch the Devil where (view spoiler)> Why the book is not categorized as an erotica or porn?

If these scenes can be included in a mainstream books I don't see why kissing between men or your mild lovemaking scenes can't. Sometimes I am so mad at the unfairness of it and I believe some people in the thread feel the same way about your work.

*rants over*

ETA: Memnoch The Devil is Anne Rice's book.
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May 25, 2011 07:46AM

34844 There is a discussion on Dear Author about women motivation to write M/M and the discussion turns into lumping all M/M books into erotica category. http://dearauthor.com/features/letter...
34844 Calathea wrote: "Cleon wrote: "Just finished Nicole Kimberling's Bellingham Mysteries series. As always, I love her witty humor. I especially love Peter's inner journalistic musings. Sooo funny... "

I finished the..."


I have no idea, but surely will buy if she writes more :D
May 24, 2011 09:46PM

34844 From Wyndyslash: Conquest by S.J. Frost is free this week at http://mlrpress.com/ .
34844 Just finished Nicole Kimberling's Bellingham Mysteries series. As always, I love her witty humor. I especially love Peter's inner journalistic musings. Sooo funny... The mysteries are not as developed as most M/M mysteries and the last book the crime is very minor. The romance is sweet though.

Her books are light amusing reading when you don't want to read something heavy. Kind of like well done chicken soup. Is that making any sense? lol I think I draw food parallel too much.


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