Thursday, 5 May 2016

Pick Me A Book ǀ Upside Down

Here again, with a review of the next book you guys picked for me to read. And don’t forget to follow to the bottom and vote again. Sorry for the crap quality I'm in the middle of a computer crisis, but when I get myself a new one I'll make sure to update everything, including a camera

UPSIDE DOWN (Bronco’s Boys #2) by Andrew Grey

·         Comment on the book you think I should read
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Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Indigo Cover Reveal: Jason Huffman-Black with Snakes Among Sweet Flowers

Indigo Tour: Guest Rawiya with Mocha Kisses and Coffee

Writing Gay Men of Color

Sharita Lira

Unfortunately, the media is filled with stereotypes. How people perceive men of any color is a guy lacking emotion, rough, most of the time an alpha with a bad attitude. Then there’s the gay man who is sometimes portrayed as overly girly, weak, and more often than not, a sex addict. In the early 2000’s we were blessed with Queer as Folk, showing beautiful gay men of all types, embracing their sexuality, dealing with the same issues as straight couples trying to survive in the modern era. As brilliant as QAF was, it was missing a key element. In my opinion, a gay man of color who was also a main character would’ve added something to the show.

Some time later, Noah’s Arc came along and I believed it only lasted two seasons. From the couple of episodes I did see, it portrayed gay men of color in a positive light. Seemingly, this series might not have been interesting enough to keep running so it disappeared without a trace.

What about in fiction? These days we have a wealth of colorful gay characters in many books. The question is how do we write them? Do we draw on the stereotypes? Black and or Hispanic men who are angry and always intense; Asian men who seem timid and weak. Those are just a couple of examples. Do we need to add this to our books for them to seem real? In my estimation we don’t. I often wondered why authors, whether it be books, TV, and or movies can’t make a character, especially a gay male character of color, who doesn’t fit that mold. Sure, you can add to the setting to make it more “real”; a young black man from a poorer neighborhood. Perhaps his family hates that he’s gay and his friends don’t accept him. Yes, that’s all the reality I need and let me say, not every black man comes from a background like that. But with his attitude? Must he be overly angry at the world and seething all the time? Well hell, he could be a goth boy or an intelligent scholar, from a not so poor neighborhood. Perhaps he was the rich one and his white counterpart the middle class working man.

What’s my point here? When I write a gay man of color, I try to avoid the stereotypes unless it is a central part of the plot. I feel people should be written as people, without pulling from the so called mold.

Regardless of race or nationality or orientation, we’re all human with unique traits and attitudes that make us stand out from others. Characters should be treated in the same fashion.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Clocking Back On

My apologies for missing last week. Too much rained down on me in such a short time I was unable to keep up the blogging side of my world. But I’m set now, or as much as I’m able and hope to have no further interruptions without notice *wink*

This week I was hoping I’d be able to get back into writing. However these first few days having been the best. Hell the week hasn’t been. And I’m not sure if I’m able to get my head off my worries enough to write. As it is. I’ve done all the research (for the BonyDee Challenge series) that I possible could and I still haven’t been able to get my head to work out the fictions details. And really it just makes me sigh so hard when I think about picking up my laptop to start writing.

I’m also trying to figure out if I should write how the MC got each person in the first book or if I should make that the prologue of each book how they met the MC in the main book. Which means I have to write them anyway, ‘cause there going in. so do I write them up now or wait?? Honestly no idea, again most of this is because I’m so exhausted with my RL that I can’t think past it.

But hey if you have your opinion on how you’d like that in a series then I’d be more than happy to hear what you’d prefer.

Saying this is if goes into the first book then that one will be a two parter which would help me as all 4 book on this series are meant to be 20K and that’s pushing it for me.

I guess though I should go over what I did last week. I did my birthday shorts. Okay, so I have one I need to think a little more over, because the characters are just not there anymore which is a shame as I’ve got to finish their story at some point soon.

I’ve also done a heap of research and a gallery read. Promo art. And formatted something else that’s in review at the moment, so you’ll learn about it soon enough.

And that’s it for me, I think I’m just going to have to take it easy this week. Beta read the one story I’ve been sitting on way to long (really she should have me beaten), as well as a reading for a friend just to make sure (she’s nervous about this one, it means a lot to her, which I can understand completely). And maybe I’ll finally get myself to watch season 1 of Penny Dreadful that I got for Christmas.

Oh and dye my hair, semi-permanent, lilac blush. I’m testing, seeing if, and what suits me.

What about you guys? What are you up to this week?

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Indigo Blitzes: Will & Patrick’s Happy Ending

Will & Patrick’s Happy Ending by Leta Blake & Alice Griffiths
(Wake Up Married ep 6)
Published 15th of April 2016 by Leta Blake Books
127 pages ǀ heat: 5
Contemporary Comedy Romance

Follow Will & Patrick in this final installment of the romantic-comedy serial, Wake Up Married, by best-selling author Leta Blake and newcomer Alice Griffiths!

Sure, Will and Patrick are in love now, but they weren’t when they got married in Vegas. For Patrick, that’s no problem, but Will can’t shake his doubts that a relationship started through coercion can ever become the real deal.

Since the Molinaro crime family has reversed their position on divorce, Will and Patrick have a chance to rectify their drunken mistake. But is divorce the solution? Find out in this final instalment of the much-beloved Wake up Married serial.

Episode 6 of 6 in the Wake Up Married serial.


Others in Series
Wake Up Married, Meet the Family, Do the Holiday, Fight their Feelings, Meet the Mob


Thursday, 28 April 2016

Pick Me A Book

so this is the first attempt at what I want this blog to look like. the angle isn't the best, the quality worse but honestly with the second it probably wont change until after July when I can afford myself a new computer. though I do hope you enjoy
Quick Note: I was going to have this uploaded to YouTube but...haven't and so it's done in the event that you'd watch it over there more then here for the first time :)
I'll do better next time, but enjoy

  • Comment on the book you think I should read
  • The one with the most comments win
  • On Thursday, I’ll do something with the book in question. A review. An impression. Something a big different but about the book – I feel this might not be the same thing ever week (am trying to talk myself into doing a video chat about it)