Somehow this trend slipped right on by us, but apparently gay/queer romance novels are a VERY big deal right now. But, it’s a little bit understandable; the huge success of m/m romantic fiction is largely consumed by straight women (and some gay men & women as well) and was largely fueled by the rise of “slash” fiction, where same sex celebrities or famous fictional characters are paired up in some steamy clinches, (ie: “Star Trek’s” Kirk & Spock were one of the first such lusty pairings.)
There’s also a lot of gay romantic fiction writers, publishers, and groups in the Pacific Northwest, including GAY ROMANCE NORTHWEST MEET-UP, who are hosting a big conclave on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at the downtown Seattle Public Library and the Hotel Monaco. You can get tickets and more information on that event, over here.
But, if you’re in the mood to revel in literary romance of the man on man variety, you don’t have to wait until September. Gay City Health Project is hosting an event this Thursday, July 18, 2013 as part of their “Meet The Author” series and this installment is titled: The Love Book. Local author Rick R. Reed and guests Jeremy Pack & Kade Boehme will read from their work and discuss it with the audience from 6:30pm to 8pm at Gay City’s Michael C. Wiedemann LGBT Library, 517 E. Pike Street. The event is free and open to the public.
Here’s more information on the authors:
Jeremy Pack is a writer of fiction about men who happen to be gay. You’re as likely to find him thrilling to a midnight release of the latest popcorn actioner as weeping in the greeting card aisle to a particularly touching Hallmark card. It is these tastes that inform his storytelling. A fan of car chases, heart-melting sentiment, and head scratching puzzles, he strives to pepper his stories with all three.
Born and raised in a small-town in Idaho, Jeremy now resides in the Pacific Northwest with his partner and their weak-in-the-knees-cute, but teenager-precocious six-year-old daughter. Jeremy believes the best part about writing is making connections with readers!
Kade Boehme is a southern boy without the charm, but all the sass. Currently residing in Seattle, he lives off of ramen noodles and too much booze.
He is “the epitome of dorkdom”, only watching TV when Rachel Maddow or one of his sports teams is on. (That’d be Orioles, Seahawks, Ravens, or Gators.) Most of his free time is spent dancing, arguing politics or with his nose in a book.
It was after writing a short story about boys who loved each other for a less than reputable adult website that he found his true calling, and hopefully a bit more class.
He hopes to write about all the romance that he personally finds himself allergic to but that others can fall in love with. He maintains that life is real and the stories should be, as well. Website: kadeboehme.wordpress.com/
Rick R. Reed
Rick R. Reed is all about exploring the romantic entanglements of gay men in contemporary, realistic settings. While his stories often contain elements of suspense, mystery and the paranormal, his focus ultimately returns to the power of love. He is the author of dozens of published novels, novellas, and short stories. He is a three-time EPIC eBook Award winner (for Caregiver, Orientation and The Blue Moon Cafe). Lambda Literary Review has called him, “a writer that doesn’t disappoint.” Rick lives in Seattle with his husband and a very spoiled Boston terrier. He is forever “at work on another novel.”
Visit Rick’s website at rickrreed.com or follow his blog at rickrreedreality.blogspot.