M/M…Good! by Leigh Ellwood
Hello, and thank you for reading. I am Leigh Ellwood, author of romance and erotica, and I thank Erotica for All for hosting me on the blog today. It was suggested I talk a bit about the popularity of M/M romance, which is one of the many sub-genres I write. Why is it so popular, and what is it about M/M romance that appeals to me as a writer? I don’t know if there is a cut-and-dry explanation for both questions, but I have my theories.
Over the years I’ve had the pleasure of meeting authors and readers who love M/M. They may have specific authors they consider auto-buys, or else they’ll stick with a specific publisher, or pretty much buy most titles that are released. Once I got into a discussion with booksellers at Book Expo America. I shared a table with two popular M/M authors – both of whom agreed with me that there is an emotional attachment between men that readers and authors like to explore. I don’t know if we don’t see enough sensitivity expressed by the men in our life, or unconsciously we like to root for the underdog in a relationship – I think of how same-sex couples are fighting now for the government to recognize their unions as legal, and I admire their determination.
Perhaps, too, M/M romance provides a reader with a taste of the forbidden. Some enjoy paranormal romances for the fantasy aspect, and it’s possible that M/M offers avid readers the same thing – even in contemporary novels where the story is plausible in real life. At the end of the day, though, readers of romance and erotic enjoy the sensual interaction between two lovers. Whether it’s a man or a woman or two men, if the emotion and attraction is genuine it will make for an enjoyable story.
That said, if you comment on this post, I’ll give a random visitor two free downloads from my backlist. I have a number of M/M and het erotic romances, which I hope you’ll enjoy. 🙂
Giveaway for this specific blog: Readers choice of two downloads from Leigh’s backlist.
Leigh Ellwood is an award-winning author of erotica and erotic romance fiction. Following the release of her first novel, Truth or Dare, in 2004, Leigh has since written several novels, novella, and short stories. She is an EPIC Award winner and has been nominated for many reviewers awards for her works.
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Greg Hargrove has a ticket to the hottest party in town: Drew Bradley’s annual Odd Ball. Dressed for the theme as one half of a popular sitcom duo, Greg doesn’t expect to meet his match and engage in a secret night of passion while the festivities rage on. When handsome Rick Wade falls on his radar, however, Greg decides to partake of more explicit party favors. Is Rick more than a one-night stand, though, or can Greg look forward to many passion-filled reruns?
In the ten years Drew Bradley hosted his annual Odd Ball, people knew to expect two events: sometime toward the end of the evening Drew would lose his pants, and the two winners of the Best Oscar and Best Felix costume awards would immediately hook up afterward and live happily ever after. That many of the happy couples continued to come to the big party as their chosen television personas stood testament to their host’s impeccable matchmaking—and entertaining—skills.
Greg Hargrove personally didn’t care if either happened on his watch. After years of watching siblings primp and prepare for the biggest bash in town, he’d finally reached the requisite legal drinking age and could now attend. Though he’d never seen the television show that inspired the theme of the party, he’d gleaned enough by living vicariously through older friends—and researching YouTube clips—to know the score.
On November fourteenth, Felix Unger was asked to his leave his apartment. This request came from his wife…
There was more to the prologue, he knew, but in his excitement Greg thought himself fortunate to recall his own name, much less those of characters from a TV show that ceased airing first run episodes long before he was a “glint in the mailman’s eye,” as his brothers liked to tease.
Greg adjusted his Yankees ball cap and smoothed a hand over his three-day-old stubble. It itched like hell, but he wanted to shoot for realism even if he didn’t win the grand costume prize. Would be nice, though, since neither of his older brothers had won before, and Greg had heard Drew didn’t skimp on the goods. Last year’s couple, he’d been told, won matching gold watches.
At the front door of Drew’s McMansion of a home, a wiry, unsmiling man with a long nose looked down at Greg over his John Lennon glasses. “Your invitation?” He held out a pale, almost wrinkleless palm.
“Sure.” Greg surrendered the requisite card given him by his brother Joe, who couldn’t make it this time. Joe hadn’t kidded him when he warned about the exclusivity of the event. What the hell went on here that required protection against crashers?
The butler-bouncer, for lack of a better description, peered down at the invitation for a long moment, as though determining its authenticity. Then, curling it in his bony hand, he addressed Greg. “You may access all designated party rooms with the exception of the VIP area, and you must stay in character. How everyone behaves throughout the evening will determine the final judging for the contest.”
“Got it.” Damn, people sure took this party seriously. At least, going as slovenly Oscar rather than uptight Felix, Greg believed he could blend in easily. Acting like a slob came naturally to him anyway.
“Good.” The man startled Greg with a warm smile that completely softened the landscape of his face. “Enjoy yourself.”
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