Category: Lori Perkins

M/M Romance Blogs: Chicks & D..ks


Whenever I think about how the gay/lesbian genre has evolved in the past twenty years, I’m still in absolute shock. Ten years ago, if you were writing anything with same sex content, your choices were to try to get a short story into an anthology published by a gay press, try to get a single author title pubbed by a gay press, or hope for the best and contact a literary agent who represented authors in the “gay/lesbian” genre. There weren’t many agents who did this; there still aren’t; mainstream publishers have never considered same sex material saleable.

If you self-published you were basically wasting a lot of money and time…unless you did it for vanity reasons. If you were a reader looking for books with same sex material your choices were just as limited as author choices. Even today, if you haven’t joined technology and started reading digital books, you’re not getting the choices in brick and mortar bookstores.

And then came M/M Romance, in digital format. In some cases, M/M/ Romance has replaced Chick Lit for some readers. And the variety within the sub-genre of M/M Romance seems to be across the board. There are sexy romances with explicit scenes, there are more emotional romances with less sex, and there are highly charged romances with hardly any sex at all. The choices now astound me, mainly because I never thought I’d see this happen.

I remember a blog post Lori Perkins wrote about six or seven years ago. I’d been following her agent blog for a while and I enjoyed her take on the publishing industry. I’ll never forget one post she wrote about erotic romance and same sex erotic romance. She actually talked about authors writing same sex erotic romance and making money while doing it. At the time, I’d been writing and getting published in the “gay/lesbian” genre for almost fifteen years. I thought the woman had lost her mind. The only money I was ever paid for submitting a short story to a gay press was a flat fee of fifty bucks and one free copy. No royalties; no hope for anything more than fifty bucks. And one gay press in particular had dropped its flat fee to twenty-five bucks. I believe they are still doing this. Gay/lesbian fiction wasn’t just on the fringes of publishing it wasn’t even on the map.

Evidently, Lori saw something coming I didn’t see. I’m glad I took her post seriously, too. As an author always eager to write anything, when I started to write M/M Romance and I started to submit to digital publishers, my entire world changed. Although I did eventually publish with Lori, with Ravenous Romance, a publishing company where she’s part owner, I actually started submitting my work to Loveyoudivine.com. Within months I was amazed at how much I loved working with digital publishers. The process was basically the same as far as submission and editorial goes. But there wasn’t any attitude. E-publishers actually treated authors like human beings. But more than that, I didn’t need an agent. I have nothing against agents. It’s just nice to know that an author can manage and control his or her own career if he or she so chooses to do this.

The point of this post is about M/M Romance and how it’s evolved. In one way that I’ve seen it evolve is within the blog sphere. I came across a blog last night I didn’t know was around. It’s called “Chicks & Dicks.” The posts are interesting and often come from a POV I don’t see very often. Yesterday I read an interesting post written by someone who wanted to see more femme characters in M/M Romance. Being that I know a lot of effeminate gay men of all ages, I wouldn’t mind seeing this either. But what I find even more interesting is how blogs like this are helping the entire M/M Romance genre grow and expand into something larger than I ever expected I’d see in my lifetime.

I know there’s still a long way to go. But at least we’re on the map. I recently posted about an “incident” regarding a group affiliated with RWA and same sex discrimination. I’m not even going to get into that again because I’m more interested in blogs and authors at places like “Chicks & Dicks” who are doing positive things with their lives. I’d rather read something positive than negative any day. And because I know, first hand, how unbelievably difficult it was to even get an ounce of attention or recognition as a gay author not more than ten years ago, I fully appreciate anyone who wants to help promote anything in same sex fiction.

If you’re a fan of M/M Romance, check out Chicks & Dicks. You can get there from here.

Huddle, Edited by Lori Perkins


As promised, here’s the Amazon link for the new football anthology edited by Lori Perkins.

I read most of the book after I went over final edits for my story. I liked it a lot because there were authors I’ve read before. It’s well written; the stories have good storylines. And all are hot.

For those who love football, you’ll enjoy this. For those who want something to do while the rest of the country is watching the Superbowl tomorrow, this will keep you busy for a while (smile).

Raw Preview; HUDDLE: Football Anthology by Lori Perkins

(Update: Just received an e-mail where you can purchase the book here. And I’ll post more links as I get them)

Every year around this time…Superbowl Sunday…Lori Perkins edits and publishes a new football anthology. While I was going over final edits, I asked if I could write a post with a preview and include her raw introduction. The answer was yes.

I’ve been in all the football anthologies since Lori started doing this, and I’m in the new one again this year. I don’t have a cover yet and I don’t have all the exact details. But I will post them soon. The title is: HUDDLE: EROTIC TALES OF FOOTBALL MENAGE. And I’ve read all the stories already while I was checking my own edits. I loved them. A few are written by authors I’ve read before and always enjoy…(Lisa Lane).

For now, here’s the raw intro, below that is an excerpt from my story, SUPERBOWL SUNDAY AT THE GAY BAR.

Who doesn’t love Super Bowl Sunday? Too much beer and booze, food that’s proven to be bad for you, and a smorgasbord of beautiful, well-toned man-ass on big screen TV. And everybody’s loving it. In public. Does it get much better than this?

Well, yes, if you read the stories in this sizzling anthology of football love and lust.

This year’s football sextravagnza features threesomes (and a foursome) of all kinds by some of our favorite Ravenous Romance authors. Johnny Murdoc returns with his M/M/M high school farewell, while husband and wife writing team of Lisa and Tommy Lane show us, in explicit detail, what happens when the power goes out while watching the game. Derek Clendening gives us some tail at a Tailgate Party, and Courney Sheets lets us into the opposing team’s locker room just before a big game. Ryan Field shows us what a gay Super Bowl party is like, and Stacy Brown serves up some very Hot Wings for two old flames.

So, grab a beer, a handful of Doritos, and enjoy!

Excerpt:

By the time my third Super Bowl Sunday party at the bar approached, I was a senior in Princeton and I’d already made a few close friends that I would hang out with at the gay bar on weekends. One of those friends was a feather of a guy named Joe Kremlish. Joe had mousy brown hair that always looked a little greasy and mussed, a long thin face with a square jaw, and the smallest, beadiest eyes I’ve ever seen on a human being. His body was rail thin and he stood with a slump, which created a sunken chest look. He wore loose stucco painter paints and beige jackets whenever he went to the bar. Though to look at him most people would never have guessed he was gay, he tended to speak with a slight lisp. When someone made a risqué comment he would blush, lean over, and cover his mouth with his hand. Sometimes I used to say shocking things on purpose, just to see his typical reaction.
My nickname for him became Mary Joe. It wasn’t meant in a derogatory way. It was more of a good-natured, affectionate campy reference, because he was always so skittish about everything. He reminded me of a timid little girl named Mary Joe in a book I’d once read. He didn’t go to Princeton with me. He was a few years older and he’d already graduated from Rutgers in New Brunswick. He worked at a posh hotel in Princeton at the front desk. I met him one night during my junior year after I’d tricked with a pharmaceutical salesman who worked for Johnson & Johnson. After we fucked, the salesman checked out of the hotel, walked me to my car, and patted me on the ass. I never saw him again either. But when I climbed into my car and realized I’d left my watch on a nightstand in the hotel room, I went back inside to see if I could go up and retrieve it before the maid went in to clean up the mess.
Mary Joe was working the front desk that night. I’d seen him before at the bar in New Hope and I knew he was gay. I flirted with him, made a few jokes about the salesman’s big dick that made him blush, and he let me go back to the room to get my watch. After that, we struck up an unlikely friendship and started meeting at the bar in New Hope every Friday and Saturday night. It was nice to have a friend to stand around with and talk to when there was nothing else going on. Neither one of us were heavy drinkers; we didn’t care too much about dancing in the disco. We both usually went home alone, but always with smiles on our faces because we’d entertained each other all night.
On the night of the Super Bowl Sunday party during my senior year at Princeton, I phoned Mary Joe at the hotel and told him I’d meet him at the bar earlier than usual that night. He took a quick, nervous breath and told me his sister in Lawrenceville had invited him to a Super Bowl party at her house, along with his Uncle Harv and Aunt Nan. I laughed and said, “Are you joking? You’re going to sit in your sister’s house, with her screaming little kids, eat bad food on paper plates with plastic utensils, drink beer, and listen to the straights during halftime when you could be with me in New Hope surrounded by hot men all night? Have you lost your mind, dude?”

Lori Perkins Talks About E-publishing

I’ve been following Lori’s blog for at least six years now…might be longer. We’ve worked together in a strictly author/editor/publisher relationship many times, and she’s been responsible for having the final say with a few of my titles at Ravenous Romance. She also helped brainstorm the concept of the Virgin Billionaire series when I wasn’t even sure I wanted to write the first book in the series. I’ve posted about how that book freaked me out many times.

And now, Lori just wrote a great post about e-publishing you should check out. This isn’t someone just blowing smoke up your butts either. There’s a lot of that going around these days. This post is based on personal experience and facts that I know Lori has learned first hand through a great deal of hard work, not to mention hard knocks.

You can get there from here.

Here’s an excerpt:

Ebooks now outsell mass market titles, practically putting paperbacks out of commission. Borders went out of business completely. But more and more people are reading, and that includes a whole new generation of readers who now consider reading entertainment again.

Nice Review For TOUCHDOWNS

I was adding friend requests to my goodreads.com account tonight and noticed this review for TOUCHDOWNS and I wanted to share. The review has been taken verbatim from goodreads and can be viewed there as well. And when I was searching for the link, I saw the same review on amazon too.

As a side note, I’d like to add that my story in this book is actually a lost chapter from THE VIRGIN BILLIONAIRE SERIES, about Cory Rhodes and what his life is like away from Luis, Jase, and Cider Mill Farm. I wrote it in a day, and enjoyed building upon Cory’s character.

I love anthologies – there is always something for everyone and it’s a great way to sample new authors without buying into a full-length novel. This anthology has the kind of variety that I enjoy – humor, emotion, varied settings, and lots of yummy sex.

Hall of Famer by Bradley Church is a sexy and ultimately sweet look back over a long love.

The Mascot and Captain by Garland is a hilariously hot scene between the title’s namesakes.

The Absence of Shame by Ryan Field combines his trademark erotic prose with a story of friendship turning into something more.

Giving him Fitz by Suleikah Snyder is an unexpected, laugh-out-loud caper between a pro player and his image consultant.

Reunion Game by Rebecca Leigh makes sure that his reunion is worth putting up with bad punch in the school gymnasium.

Halftime Entertainment by Kyell Gold is an erotic race against the clock for two players who take teamwork to a whole new level.

After Party by Ellis Carrington combines humor and hot sex in a tale of new beginnings after the game is over.My only complaint is that the novellas were too short – I didn’t want to leave these characters!

Lori Perkins Wins Golden Apple Award for Agent of the Year

Last night, Lori Perkins was the recipient of the Golden Apple Award for Agent of the Year. I can’t even begin to say how happy I am to see Lori win this. She’s nurtured more authors, started more careers, and sold more books than I can count. And she did this all as a single mother who now has a son in his first year of college. I know first hand how hard Lori has worked and still works. It’s often said that talent and hard work usually win out in the end. And in this case, they certainly did. Below is a post I just pilfered from Lori’s blog with the speech she gave to accept the award. I’m just sorry I couldn’t be there last night when she won.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Golden Apple Awards
This evening, I was given the Golden Apple Award from the New York Chapter of the Romance Writers of America as Agent of the Year. It is quite an honor.
Below is the speech I made:
“I am so honored to be given this award tonight. I can’t tell you how much it means to me.
As many of you know, I have been a literary agent for two decades, where I really started as an agent of horror fiction. I am responsible for the sale of more than 250 vampire novels, and many of them have been romances, although we didn’t call them that years ago.
About 10 years ago, we started calling love with the proper vampire ‘paranormal romance’. The romance community truly embraced me, and my writers and junior agents, and made us all feel loved.
I was also an agent of erotic fiction written primarily by women,. They too were taken in by the romance community and you will find many of my authors writing erotic romance happily ever after because they now have a much larger readership.
I am thrilled to be part of this amazing community that continues to grow and support each other, as well as other writers. And this RWA chapter is a dynamic force in this incredible universe.
Thank you so much for this award.”
The Golden Apple Award, which fits perfectly in the open palm, is truly one of the most stunning awards out there. Mine has already found its place at the center of my living room table!

Lori Perkins Literary Agent Wins Golden Apple Award

I just heard Lori Perkins, literary agent, has won this year’s Golden Apple Award. The New York City chapter of Romance Writers of America just made the announcement this week, and I couldn’t be more thrilled for Lori. Though I’ve never worked with her in a client/agent relationship, I have worked with her as an editor and a guide. I’ve even seen it mentioned that Lori is referred to as a “Fairy Godmother” because she’s always helping writers achieve their dreams. And I know first hand how true this is.

In the past few years, she’s helped me with a great many projects, from beginning to end. I’ve never met anyone who can come up with a great book title in seconds, edit three books at the same time, handle the demanding job of being a literary agent, and raise a great kid as a single mother. And this is only the tip of Lori’s talents. There are far too many to mention. She’s a delight to work with, she’s always an inspiration, and she one of the most creative people I’ve ever met. And I’m not surprised she won this year’s Golden Apple. She deserves it!