50 shades fandom

50 Shades Movie Fan Site; New Author Highlight; Owen Keehnen Wild City Press

50 Shades Movie Fan Site

I have to admit I’m not big on fandom personally. I’m just not wired that way. But I do think it’s interesting that 50 Shades move fan sites are already popping up all over the web. Also, when I write these posts and share them on social media I know that some people don’t like 50 Shades and they can be very vocal about it. I’m not one of them, and I try to be objective with posts like this and I’m only passing information along to others. In other words, this isn’t an Amazon or Goodreads forum to slam 50 Shades or praise it. It’s just information. And looking at it objectively, on the most pragmatic level, 50 Shades has sparked interest in reading, has helped people who work in publishing get bonuses during a difficult time, and has inspired a great deal of discussion.

Here’s one fan site I found this morning. I actually heard it mentioned on my local Philadelphia news channel.

The gorgeous and talented Charlie Hunnam will be Christian Grey in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey.

We know this is going to rock the world of FSoG fans…positively and negatively…especially those that have supported their favorites for so long now, but having watched Charlie in Sons of Anarchy, as well as other movies, it’s not difficult to see why E L James and Team Fifty felt he could portray this iconic character. As Jax Teller fans will tell you, he has a depth of emotion to bring to the role.

New Author Highlight

I’ve posted a lot about The Women Who Love to Love Gay Romance this summer, so I’m not going into more details about that right now. But I did want to mention something about one of the authors who contributed to the book, Oleander Plume. She wrote the short story, The Courage to Jump, which is a sort of fantasy/reality mix where a straight female m/m author actually meets two of her sexiest gay male characters. In the fantasy, the main character releases her emotions and her innermost apprehensions. And the title of the story is symbolic to the theme.

When I first read the story myself, I fell in love with it. It was exactly what I’d been hoping for with The Women Who Love to Love Gay Romance. And yesterday I was thrilled to hear that this same author just signed a contract for a new release with Cleis Press.

From my inbox, with permission from the author.

I am also very excited to tell you that one of my stories will be included in the next Violet Blue anthology from Cleis press, Best of Women’s Erotica 2014, due out in November, I just signed the contract. Of course, you were the first person to publish one of my stories, and for that I will forever be grateful. I still remember how completely terrified I was as I hit the send button, and then how crazy elated I was when I got that email from you telling me I had made the cut. Wow.

I know that feeling all too well as a writer. I don’t think think any of us ever get over that fear of pushing the send button.

In any event, Oleander Plume has won contests, here. The story that won her the award is titled, The Night Shift. And this is her web site. I think she’s someone to watch in the future.

Owen Keehnen Wild City Press

I noticed by accident that an author I met a while back, Owen Keehnen, has some new titles out with Wilde City Press. I met him about eight or nine years ago when I was still submitting work to LGBT print publishers like Alyson Books, and he put up a few of my stories on a web site that I believe is now defunct. Even though I’d been published in print many times by then, it was the first time I ever saw anything I’d written actually on the Internet. And I’ve never forgotten the encouragement he gave me at the time.

And now I’m looking forward to reading his new releases with Wilde City Press. We’ve also been in a few anthologies together and I’ve read his work and loved it.

This web site gives a few more details about Owen.

This is his author page at Wilde City where you can check out his upcoming books.

And this is one of the books we were in together.

Here’s something about one of his Wilde City books. From the sound of the blurb, I think it might be something interesting for those who think they know all there is to know about gay people, but really don’t. History is important.

The LGBT Book of Days is a reference book, a fun trivia compilation, and a tool for further investigation into our rich, colorful—and profoundly challenging—past. Year by year, month by month, day by day, this book chronicles the unforgettable events and incredible lives that have forged our history and made us the strong, brave and proud community we are today.
Compiled by gay author and historian Owen Keehnen, this comprehensive and important book has been written in appreciation of those who have come before…