Romance and Religion: Anne Brooke and Dennis Paul Stradford

Since the major religious festivals of the Spring Equinox cycle are underway I thought I’d take a look at two romance writers whose Christian faith informs their writing. G. K. Chesterton wrote, “The very word ‘romance’ has in it the mystery and ancient meaning of Rome.” But this mystery can have a sinister aspect as… read more

Valentine Hearts

Last Night I Dreamed I Went to Manderley Again At first glance Greg Herren’s Timothy (Bold Strokes Books, 2012, may simply appear to be an entertaining gay rewrite of Daphne du Maurier’s darkly romantic classic, Rebecca. However, in Timothy, du Maurier’s questions about the subjection of female identity in marriage—du Maurier’s heroine has no name… read more

Romance in Theory and Practice

Theory I’d like to think we’re past the controversy over straight women who write and read m/m romance, but the Sturm und Drang that arises every time I mention the subject in this column makes me appreciate the service that best-selling romance adventure writer Geoffrey Knight has performed for the gay and m/m romance communities… read more

Book Lovers: Big Picture Storybooks

Mother always decorated the tree sparsely with a few precious ornaments that she had collected over the years.  The tree stood in the pale winter light coming in from the large picture window, the room slightly chilly but warmed by the smells of cinnamon toast and hot chocolate.  We had opened our presents the night… read more

Book Lovers: Get Booked! Romance Reading at Las Vegas Pride

Get Booked! Romance Reading at Las Vegas Pride Get Booked, one of the few remaining independent LGBT bookstores in the country right here in my hometown of choice, Las Vegas, celebrated Las Vegas Pride in September with a reading by three leading m/m romance authors, J. P. Bowie, James Buchanan, and Marshall Thornton…. read more

Book Lovers: Ban This! The Novels of Elliott Mackle

When acclaimed gay novelist Elliott Mackle asked the director of the University of Miami’s writers’ workshop if he had any talent, the director replied, “Talent?  Of course you have talent but talent is cheap.  You have to write and write and write and see what you come up with and where you can go.”… read more

Book Lovers: Places I Read About on My Summer Vacation

Being flat broke in Vegas and not much of a world traveler in any case, I let my imagination soar above baggage checks and TSA searches to journey to exotic locales safe in the hands of some capable m/m romance writers.  If your vacation hasn’t gotten off the ground yet, it isn’t too late to… read more

Book Lovers: Reunion

When my best friend, Helen, went to Paris with her mother, I asked her to bring me back a Paris blue ribbon. Helen’s mother didn’t approve of her daughter’s homosexual friend, so I never got my ribbon. Now, Barry Brennessel has given all of us romantically inclined homosexual boys a ficelle […]… read more

Jim Provenzano: Muscle Memory

The love between teen boyfriends Reid Conniff and Everett Forrester is threatened when Everett suffers a disabling sports injury in Every Time I Think of You, the 2012 Lambda Award winning romance novel by Jim Provenzano.  It is a theme that Provenzano explored in his first novel, PINS (Myrmidude Press, 1999).  I wondered what meaning sports injuries have for him personally, and for his work
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Book Lovers: What’s It All About Alfie?

I believe in love, Alfie. Without true love we just exist, Alfie. As we celebrate the 24th annual Lambda Literary Award winner in Gay Romance, Every Time I Think of You, by Jim Provenzano (CreateSpace/Myrmidude Press), I invited three leading romance writers and critics to join me in discussion on the meaning of the gay romance… read more