We’re so pleased to welcome author Silvia Violet to The Novel Approach today to help us celebrate the Countdown to GRL 2015 in sunny San Diego.
Enjoy Silvia’s guest post, and be sure to pay special attention to the part where she tells you how you can enter for the chance to win $10 in e-Bucks at All Romance eBooks.
This will be my fourth GRL and I’m excitedly counting down the days ready to see the friends I’ve made during the last four years and meet new readers and authors. I always come away from GRL filled up with love for this genre. I’ve been a voracious romance reader since my teens. The heroes filled my fantasies: British noblemen, sultry vampires, alpha wolves, rough-riding cowboy, hard-edged Navy SEALs. I love them all. When I discovered Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooters series, I fell in love with Jules Cassidy. After reading his story, I was open to more m/m storylines. I sough out some m/m/f ménage and read a few m/m here and there, but it wasn’t until I read Cut & Run that I because a full-on m/m romance fanatic. I’m thrilled to have the privilege of being an author in this genre and I can’t wait to see everyone in San Diego. Please feel free to introduce yourself to me. I’m always eager to talk books.
Let me know how you found this genre in the comments and you’ll have a chance to win $10 in e-bucks from All Romance eBooks. Also, I offer a free book to anyone who joins my newsletter. (**See Below for Contest Rules and Deadlines**)
My next release will be Unexpected Engagement (Unexpected Book 3). It will be available October 1. It’s currently with my editor and I’m working on another story. The main characters, Simon and Edgar, are getting a bit impatient. Here’s a conversation we had while I was writing:
Simon: I’ve been waiting years for him to finally realize we should be more than friends. You have to finish our story now.
Me: If you’ve waited years, you can wait a little while longer.
Simon: Come on. If I can just get one kiss, I’ll have him right where I want him.
Edgar: *grabs my attention when he thinks Simon’s not listening* I’ve wanted him for so long, and I’ve put up with so much shit from him. It’s time for him to pay. With his ass.”
Me: Oh, oh that sounds very intriguing, but like I told Si, if you’ve waited this long, you can wait some more.
Edgar: You know you want to hear him whimper just as badly as I do.
Me: *barely contains whimper of my own* I um… I’m editing as fast as I can.
Simon: *realizing Edgar is talking to me* What are you doing?
Edgar: Trying to get our story written. Now don’t go being an asshole to her and ruining it. She’s not good at taking orders.
Simon: Neither are you.
Edgar: *giving him a once over* No, I’m not
Me: Boys! Stop right now. If you want a story, then you wait your turn.
Simon: I don’t believe in waiting.
Me: Unless you’re going to type it yourself, you don’t have much choice.
Simon: No typing for me today. My hands will be busy.
Edgar: Busy? I’m thinking they’ll be all tied up.
Blurb: Simon McLeod was a promising young naval captain before his ship was attacked and CIA agents forced him to fake his death and join their ranks. Since that horrible night, Simon has focused on finding the men responsible for ending his career. He’s close now, but he needs help from the man he loves. The problem is Edgar is straight, has no idea how Simon feels, and threatened to strangle him the last time they were together.
After years of using his medical expertise to patch Simon up after ill-advised missions, Edgar told Simon not to come running to him anymore. Watching Simon self-destruct was too painful. But when Simon shows up on Edgar’s doorstep covered in blood, Edgar can’t turn him away. He also can’t fight the feelings he has for Simon, feelings that go way beyond friendship.
Neither man thought he’d ever truly be happy again, but if they can survive a final dangerous mission, they might be able to prove themselves wrong.
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Author Bio: Silvia Violet writes fun, sexy stories that will leave you smiling and satisfied. She has a thing for characters who are in need of comfort and enjoys helping them surrender to love even when they doubt it exists. Silvia’s stories include sizzling contemporaries, paranormals and historicals. When she needs a break from listening to the voices in her head, she spends time baking, taking long walks, and curling up with her favorite books. Read excerpts from Silvia’s stories at her website.
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20 thoughts on “Guest Post and Giveaway: The Countdown to GayRomLit with Silvia Violet”
I was searching for romance stories with shifters and came across Change of Heart by Mary Calmes. After devouring that book, I haven’t looked back.
Loved the character interview; they definitely have interesting personalities. ;) And have fun at GRL.
I enjoyed reading Sci Fi romance books and this book had a secondary character who was gay and had a partner he had a small part but for me it was the best part of the book. Then I found Torquere press they had just opened and I read “Forty Two Days” by Willa Okati and “Second Sight” by Sean Michael and I was hooked. I’ve been read M/M for about twelve years now.
My first taste was reading Maurice by EM Forster. I was on a Forster kick after reading another of his books for school. Then, I started reading some books with gay MCs, but there were not that many easily available at the time in hard copies. When I got my first Kindle and discovered ebooks, that is when I took off with m/m romance. Some of my first books were Chase in Shadow by Amy Lane, A Midwinter Prince by Harper Fox, and The Heart of Texas by RJ Scott.
Thanks for the post! Hope you have a great time at GRL.
I have been reading some paperback copies of m/m in the eighties but there wasn’t a lot available at that time, i read Maurice by EM Foster and the Boys on the Rock by John Fox but that was it. Some twenty years later i discoverd m/m fanfic and i really liked it so after a google search i became aware of goodreads and a lot of books in the m/m genre :) I bought a Kobo reader and one of the first ebooks i bought and read was The Heart of Texas by RJ Scott and some books by Kindle Alexander after that i was hooked and now have read many m/m books by many different authors.
Thanks for this post and the giveaway chance, i have read Unexpected Rescue and Unexpected Trust and i look forward to Unexpected Engagement. Good luck with the release.
I found it totally by accident. Just got my new e-reader for Christmas and was downloading every free book I saw. One was Out of Bounds by TA Chase. I was shocked to see it was a GAY romance. Once I started reading I was completely 100% hooked. Haven’t went back and will be attending my third GRL this year.
BTW…I found Silvia Violet at my first GRL. She read from Fitting In and I just had to get more. She is now one of my auto buy authors!!!
I like to read a lot, went through the romance section in the bookstore and ended up in sci-fi/fantasy. Next to sci-fi/fantasy were the manga which landed me in anime. From anime I joined an anime club in college and got a job. I met a fellow fujoshi and a couple of otaku at said job and somehow ended up at yaoi-con. At yaoi-con there were m/m manga and doujinshi as the con main focus is yaoi (m/m) – so manga, doujinshi, and fanfiction landed me in this genre. I have not looked back and have only gotten more selective as plot is still my first love I just prefer my couples to both be male or in an open amorphous story driven relationship where it’s not just moving on but like the Al Green song says “Let’s Stay Together”.
Didn’t mean to write a novel ^_^.
I have fallen in love with shifter stories and found this one.
Thanks for your post! I read a lot of fantasy when I was younger and fell in love with some stories with gay main characters, and wanted them all to get HEAs. Later there was fan fiction and Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooters series with Jules and Robin, who I adored. After that I stumbled upon my first m/m romance and just kept reading them.
My introduction was freebies on my nook. Before that I always found books to read at the library or bookstore. Once I realized these stories actually existed, I went to the digital library and found more. Then, when those ran out (there weren’t that many), I went to the publisher’s websites and found so much more. Thanks for sharing your post and book with us! It was fun to get a peek at Edgar and Simon. I hope you have another fabulous time at GRL!
I was semi-introduced to the M/M genre through reading Menage books…when occasionally the M/F/M line was crossed that line. Then after reading several books in a series by author Cameron Dane, I contacted her. We became friends & she sent me one of her M/M books to try out. Immediately hooked me. Now, it’s a very rare thing if I read a F/M book.
I started down this path when I started reading yaoi manga in my early teens then about eight years ago I came across review for A Change of Heart by Mary Calmes on a yaoi manga livejournal, it was easy enough to make the switch.
Hi, Silvia. Funny I arrived into M/M through the same book you did. I was browsing comments in this good in goodreads and everybody was raving about this series which was soooo goood! It was Cut & Run, and there was no way back for me either! :)
I arrived at the M/M genre by way of another author. She writes M/F and had a little M/M/F thrown in one book. She recommended Lee Brazil and I found a couple of free books and haven’t looked back!
It was a slow process at the beginning. I had started reading M/F/M books and some of them were series that M/M/F. I started noticing that I liked the men together with each other more than with the woman after a while. At the same time, I had gotten some books from ARe during one of their free book promotions that were M/M and I really enjoyed a lot of them. Eventually, my reading of M/F and menage became M/M only, or multiples therein. I haven’t read a book with a female main character in close to two years now.
I discovered m/m stories through Lord of the Rings fan fiction. Later, I found out about the different published authors/stories out there which overwhelmed me at first.
My first MM book was Lover At Last by J.R. Ward,but the book that introduced me to this genre and got me hooked on it was Evenfall by Santino Hassell & Ais. I stumbled upon it while browsing Goodreads for some good dystopian book,and…the rest is history. I read couple of hundreds MM books since then,but it’s still my favorite one…
I starting reading yaoi (Boys’ Love japanese comic) and 2 months later, while searching for it I came across an mm book by Stormy Glenn. The name of the author caught my attention nd I thought it was some sort of online fic and decided to give it a go. After that, I was charmed by the genre and now it’s my fav one. ;)
I came across this genre via Stephanie Tyler a.k.a SE Jakes. After reading one of her M/F books,I stumbled upon her alter ego SE Jakes (or is it the other way around?) and decided to give Catch a Ghost a try. Was blown away by that book and stuck in M/M genre ever since.
Eagerly anticipating the third book in Unexpected series!
Congrats on the release of Unexpected Engagement. I can’t wait to read it. I was first introduced to the M/M genre though Twilight based stories on fanfiction.net, Edward/Jasper primarily. Several of the fic writers started publishing their own original works. I’m not sure how many readers know them from that process so I won’t name names. I followed them here and have a brand new playground. I’m loving it!
Hi, everyone, and happy Monday! Thanks so much to all of you for participating in Silvia Violet’s GRL tour fun. The contest is now closed, and the winner of the ARe e-Bucks is
Congratulations, Bonnie! I’ve just emailed Silvia with your contact information, so expect to hear from her soon. :)