Friday, September 30, 2011
I spent the last three hours posting over on the Dreamspinner Press Blog about the book, excerpts, a couple of contests, and other details about my writing as well as my future plans. If you missed out on the live posting, no worries, you can still head over and read as well as comment. I'll be checking back through the weekend to see if there's any further replies.
Also the 2nd contest I had running is still going as I have not received the correct answers to the ten trivia questions I have posted. Two of my contestants were close but I am afraid they had two of the questions wrong. Interesting that they both had the exact same two incorrect! :( I really hope someone is able to provide me the correct answers!
As a reminder, until midnight tonight, All Romance Ebooks is offering a 25% discount on all Dreamspinner Press releases so hurry on over to their site to grab up some great reads, including Chasing Seth ;)!!!
If you read the book, drop me a note here, the DSP blog, or even on my personal website http://www.jrloveless.com/ under the Contact J.R. section to let me know what you thought of it! I appreciate any constructive feedback and of course I always love to hear when someone really enjoyed it.
For now, I leave you with a gorgeous man. Think of warm breezy nights on the beaches of Miami and martini glasses with the tiny umbrellas!
Sunday, September 11, 2011
October brings me many wonderful things. Cold mornings, cool afternoons, crispy leaves beneath my feet, sweaters, scarves, boots, pumpkins, Halloween, and my birthday. But best of all: October also has Yaoi Con!If you’re unfamiliar with yaoi con, you ought to be ashamed of yourself and cry in the corner. Or simply read the introduction page here and get on with life.
Yaoi was my first foot into the door of the wonderful world of male on male romance. Wikipedia has a nice article on it here. In short, yaoi is a representation of gay men in loving or plain sexual—healthy or unhealthy—relationships with a target audience of women. There’s manga, novels, drama CDs, animes, and computer games.Fans of the genre will tell you about the “rules” yaoi must live and die by. The top is always taller, older, larger, than his bottom. The bottom is usually a clueless sort and more feminine than his top. Sometimes these rules are broken, but it seems to be a faux pas in the industry. I admit my library of yaoi manga is measly compared to most fans, but I’ve read enough to know the filthier ones are strictly to squeeze your legs together while reading, or marvel at how that little guy took that big guy without lube or a fingerfuck first.
For a starter manga (comic) series, I suggest The Sex Therapist. It’s pretty much a "plot-what-plot" with something that might resemble plot if you squint and turn your head. Mainly, the therapist has sex with men who are too chickenshit to confess to their crushes, and he cures them of their stage fright so they can admit their love. You can read it online in the USA, UK, and probably other places too because it doesn’t seem to be licensed and for sale outside of Japan. (Just do a quick search online to be sure.)
Junjo Romantica is a long, popular series that is enjoyable for the plot and sex. If you don't want to read comic form, that's okay because it’s also an anime available online to buy in your (maybe) region! It is not dubbed, so you’ll have to read subtitles. Yaoi novels are now being released as digital format for your e-readers. I prefer the written novels over the comic format, so I’m happy I can now buy as an ebook and save some shelf space. (not to mention how much easier ebooks are to hide!) These are most like the M/M romance novels we all know and love, but if you're used to the western style romances, you will notice a difference.
If you’re a fan of M/M romance novels (which you should be if you’re reading this), I recommend branching into Yaoi. You might find a niche you enjoy.I don’t like every anime or manga that’s released, but I do find a few I love. Netflix has a few older titles available that I can't suggest completely because I've only seen Descendants of Darkness, but if you ever have a free Sunday afternoon, might as well check them out.
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If you're in the San Francisco area between October 21st through the 23rd, swing by Yaoi-Con and find Hayley B. James at the Dreamspinner Press table in the dealer's room. She'll sign a book and give you a free bookmark too!
(You can also read a guest blog from me, J.R. Loveless, on Hayley's blog! So be sure to stop by and visit her at http://www.hayleybjames.com/ !!!)
*1: Logo from http://www.yaoicon.com/
*2: Image borrowed from: http://iamfujoshi.tumblr.com/post/9536644684
*3: Image from Right Stuf store: http://goo.gl/WPvRH
*4: Image from June store: http://www.junemanga.com/digitaledition/
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Congratulations, to both of you!
I'm very sorry for those who weren't chosen. I woud love to give everyone a copy, but I only have two available.
Thank you for participating and keep an eye out for more opportunities like this in the future! :-) My new book Chasing Seth comes out Sept 30th and a new Christmas short was accepted by Silver Publishing called White Rain. :D
Thursday, September 1, 2011
The rules are super simple!
1. Merely Visit my new website: J.R. Loveless.
2. Browse the site to discover the answer to my questions:
A) What was J.R. Loveless's screen name on AarinFantasy.com?
B) What is the name of the main character in J.R.'s Free Read?
3. Submit your answer via the Contact J.R. form
4. You have until Monday, September 5th, to submit your entry.
I will randomly choose 2 winners Tuesday morning with the correct answers to receive one free copy of Swift's Temptation e-book! All winners will be notified by email, so please be sure to include your email address when filling out the form! I will post the winners here on my blog after the contest has concluded.
If you are uncertain of any of the rules, please drop me a note and I will explain further.
My newest novel from Dreamspinner Press, Chasing Seth, is due out this month on September 30th! Chasing Seth E-Book or Chasing Seth Paperback
Be one of the first twenty people to order a paperback copy and receive a signed copy by yours truly!
This weekend, September 4th, is my birthday and I'm going to be celebrating with friends! Can hardly wait!
I will be having a Guest Blogger next week, Hayley B. James! So keep watch for her post(s)!