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The blog of m/m author Jaime Samms. 

Sunday Entertainment: February 5, 2012

Jaime Samms

SERIAL READING WEEK Let's talk about free reads, serials and authors who love their readers so much they give this shit away. And not just any old shit, either. I'm talking about the good stuff.

First up, brave and dedicated solo writer and artist, Zathyn Preist is offering a vampire serial for your reading enjoyment.

The Blurb My name is Matthew Mitchell. I’m a vampire slayer. My return to Nottingham wasn’t to recapture memories of youth. It was to put an end to the choke hold rogue Amara half-breeds put on that part of England. My husband, Dean Sutton, and I arrived determined to track down Amdis, the leader of the rogues, and kill him. Chances were, if I had to put up with Dean for much longer, I’d want to kill him, too.

The noble purebred Amara’s were long gone. Dairy pages, supposedly written by legendary Emrys Amara, were fraudulent. That was what I believed. Nothing could convince me otherwise. A teenage vampire couldn’t survive without his family. Emrys was sixteen when turned by the equally as legendary Mihangel Amara. That’s if he’d ever existed at all.

The only good vampire is a dead vampire. Another thing I fervently believed. As my marriage crumbled around me, I found myself drawn into the arms of another. Dean’s taunts haunted me: He’s not centuries old, Matthew, he’s been sixteen for centuries. He’ll always be sixteen. You’re sick for fantasising about a child.

Lost, lonely, and orphaned, Emrys Amara made me vow to send him to God in return for killing Amdis. He then stole my heart completely, changed my fate, and changed my life. This is our story. It’s a story of destiny, of profound love, of hope, and the rebirth of the greatest vampire clan in history.

Sounds like great stuff. This one, I haven't had a chance to really get into, yet, but I've been folioing his art adventures, and I can say, without doubt, he's putting a lot of work into this baby. If it resembles his other writing in any way, shape or form, it'll be well worth the time.

Boxer Falls a daytime drama This is an offering headed up by authors Damon Suede, Ellis Carrington and Poppy Dennison, and will be featuring guest authors from time to time, and is posted weekly on the Goodreads M/M group for everyone's reading enjoyment.

The Blurb

Boxer Falls is a weekly homoerotic soap opera being posted at the M/M Romance Group at Goodreads. Episodes are written as serialized, interconnected short stories about the ongoing adventures of the residents of a Berkshires resort town with a queer reputation.

Join Ellis Carrington, Poppy Dennison, and Damon Suede along with a host of your favorite gay romance scribes as they cut loose with suds and studs in abundance.

And certainly not to be left out is our own Lords of Aether! The past week was Stephanie Hetch's turn at the helm, and we get to meet Silas and Byron. These two boys, well, young men, have a world of communication issues and now, trouble in the form of Byron's missing parents. Drop by and read this latest installment. I guarantee you'll not be disappointed in the latest developments.

And of course, over at our own Lords Of Aether Lex is up again this week with a mystery man kidnaping one of our heroes and, well, being mysterious. Incarceration. Nash is in a spot, and it remains to be seen if he can get himself out, or if Jack will come to the rescue.....

Things I found on the web

Now, I think it behooves me to point out the RWA fiasco in which a few judges feeling "uncomfortable" reading gay romance means a whole chapter, and by extention, the RWA itself gets to disciminate and feel ok about it. Well. Screwballs. I think it sucks. But plenty of other authors have said it better that I, and here are their posts.

Stephanie Hetch talks about how it affects her and her son. Heidi Cullinan tells us about the difficulty she has as Chapter President of the Rainbow Writers under the RWA swallowing this decision. I can't really be any more elloquant than these two ladies, and I have emailed the Contest co-ordinator to ask why this change has occurred. If I get a response, I'll let you all know.

In the mean time, on a much more positive note, David Gaider from Bioware, a gaming software development company, has this to say to a "straight male gamer" about his discomfort at not being catered to by the developers of Dragon Age 2 : "And the person who says that the only way to please them is to restrict options for others is, if you ask me, the one who deserves it least. And that’s my opinion, expressed as politely as possible."

You really need to read this article on No More Lost about the situation in which "straight Male Gamer's" character received a flirtatious advance from another male character, his complaint on the forums, and Gaider's response to him. I'm not a heavy gamer, though I used to be, and in fact one of my fav games was Bioware's Neverwinter Nights, back in the day, but I don't think you have to be a gamer to agree: this is awesome of the company to make a stand and point out just because straight male privilege exists doesn't mean it should be perpetuated. Kudos, Bioware!