I think most of you know this already, but I’ve been on a Male/Male reading binge for over three years now. I still love it and read an average of four to five books a week. I wake up early to read before the days starts. I challenge myself to reach a writing goal before lunch so I can read while I eat, and I finish every day by reading in bed.
I gave up TV when I decided to try being an author. For me, reading is an escape, but I also read to learn. I view every book as a chance to gain something new about my craft. Whether it’s what to do or what not to do, I’m absorbing knowledge on style, wording, depth, characterization and themes from each book I read.
So what have I read this month?
As my reward for turning in my book to my editor, I spent the next six days reading all nineteen episodes (over 400,000 words) of the completed Flesh Cartel serial by Rachel Haimowitz & Heidi Belleau. This serial is not for the faint of heart. It’s dark and gritty, but an interesting physiological study of how the mind can be manipulated.
I went for something lighter after so much dark with The Roommate Situation by Zoe X. Rider. A fun college coming-of-age story of discovery peppered with dominance and submission elements.
Last night I finished In the Fire by Eileen Griffin & Nikka Michaels. It’s a nice follow-up to In the Raw, about the relationship of two competitive chefs through culinary school and their subsequent careers.
And I just started Two Steps Back by Lyn Gala. I enjoy her books and the way she writes BDSM. This one is starting out strong, but I have to finish this post before I can stop for lunch and read more.
My taste definitely varies within this genre and the wealth of books continues to grow as more authors venture into this once taboo genre. If you haven’t read Male/Male yet, there are plenty out there to pick from.