Friday, July 6, 2012

Male Romance Authors...Thoughts?

I read my first Erotic Romance novel a couple of months ago, and I must say, it was a pleasant surprise! I had always avoided them due to the fact I honestly felt that a man could never capture the essence of true romance! Another reason, I suppose I thought that the erotic side of it would seem more like porn than something beautiful. I was wrong on both counts! Sascha Illyvich was my first encounter with the unknown :) I picked up Sidella's Surrender out of curiosity. Not only was the story itself a great read but the writing style was rocking also! I thoroughly enjoyed it! 2 thumbs up Sascha! My question to you all...Given a choice, would you purchase a female Romance writer over a male, and why? Have you read a romance novel written by a man, and if so...what are your thoughts? One more question to the male Authors..Do you use a male pin name or a universal one, so no one knows? If so, why? I think these male Authors need to come out of the literal closet and get the credit they deserve!!

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  1. So I honestly don't care. Sometimes I can tell the difference, but usually, if the book is written well enough, it doesn't matter. It's the author's voice that matters.

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  2. I have to admit that I have not read a complete novel written by a male. The reason I say complete is because I started one many, many months ago and found that it was basically sex without the romance. I have to have the emotional, heart-wrenching love to go along with the sex for me to be satisfied.. I would be willing for Sascha to prove me wrong and if Sidella does the trick then I would read it.

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    1. Thats great Pammie! Sascha, what book would you recommend for Pammie?

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    2. I cut my teeth reading Harlequin BLAZE and Temptation lines before moving to other category romance, so I'd suggest Pammie start off with "A Christmas Favour"

      Can love unite two best friends that yearn for each other, even after years have passed?

      Angela does have the blessed luck to have a best friend with a very handsome body and a kind heart. She's managed to end up single during the holidays and having Christian come up from Houston to cheer her up has made a huge difference in her life. Things were going fine until a little playfulness became arousal and they ended up making damn sure neither suffered a cold winter night together!

      Christian has been incredibly blessed with his life. He's been given the IT job of his dreams, has the income he needs to feel secure and has the support of his long time best friend, Angela. What more could he ask for? Well, turns out he asked for her in his bed, over and over again and he wound up getting it. But his work schedule interferes with their relationship and causes heartache on both sides. Will he be able to figure things out and convince her that he's the one for her?

      http://www.amazon.com/A-Christmas-Favour-ebook/dp/B003YRII82/ref=sr_1_8?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1307715379&sr=1-8

      I wrote that book for my sister, who at the time was having a very hard time in her life and I thought and felt she deserved a happily ever after.

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    3. Ok, Sascha, you're on....A Christmas Favour it is...

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  3. I love Brindle Chase. I'm like Carrie Ann in the fact, I don't care who writes the book as long as its good. :)

    Marika

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  4. I think male authors offer a fresh insight into romance (erotic or otherwise) novels. More people should expand their perceptive and their TBR list to include more male authors!

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  5. I agree Desmond! I am guilty of the stereotype bullshit myself! I also read Ryan Winfield and loved him immediately!

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  6. If it's a good book I don't care who write's it... Man, Woman, Alien, Vampire... Hey I like smut and I cannot lie!

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    1. LOL Lola! Vampire...Now theres a good concept!

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    2. I like smut and I cannot lie,
      All you other brother's cant deny,
      When a girls walks in with an itty bitty waist and a round thing in your face, you get sprung....

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    3. LOL. You beat me to it Mark.

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  7. I was going to suggest Brindle Chase as well. Also, Benjamin Russell and K.T. Bishop.

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    1. Thanks Elle!! I will go in search of them!

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  8. I don't care male/female author as long as there is a good plot, some sex, romance, action and possibly a HEA I'm good. My first Adult taste was KMM's Fever and Highlander series and now I'm addicted to all types! My TBR list continues to grow in part to you DITTER, TY!!

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  9. I haven't read any romances by males, I've read very few by females. I have never read any erotic romance though. They just aren't my thing. I would rather have blood and guts. Though, I do read Laurell K Hamilton until she ruined it with her BDSM theme and I read Charlaine Harris and Kelley Armstrong. I wouldn't really call them romances, though they do have it in their content. Its more a quick read fantasy.

    For fiction as a writer, I use my initials so that readers do not judge me based on my gender.

    Phoenix .

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    1. I read your post twice Phoenix...And I hate that men are judged based on their gender! We have to change that! *Thinking*

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    2. When I first began reading romance, I picked up all the "classic" chicks, like Julie Leto, Jill Shalvis and Lori Foster. Then someone turned me on to Tori Carrington, which is actually a husband and wife couple who write for Harlequin and I was impressed. For me it's about a good story, a solid romance and hot sex. Gender is generally unimportant.

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  10. I have always thought that women would to do better job with the romance part and the sex parts, and that men would always come in second, no pun intended. Men have typically had the role of exploiting sex (Playboy, Penthouse, Jugs,(my personal fave :-)) But through life I have learned that the women are just as naughty as the men, maybe even more so, they usually just keep it inside more, but once you tap into it, BAM! they can freak you out and make you wonder where the heck that came from. I have only recently been exsposed to Romance novels, I just never have been interested in them, but I am pleasantly surprised at how well they are written and that ehrer are actually stories in there, not just sex! What a shocker! I'm being sarcastic, but that is what they are typically steroetyped as. I am in the middle of Floor Time, Blood Lust Rising and Fury and am loving all of them! The stories are so alive and exiting, even for an avid horror fan. My previous ignorant, closed-minded sterotypes were exposed as the thieves they were, stealing any chance of enjoyment gained by branching out into other genre's. I haven't had the chance to read anything from a male Romance writer, but since stereotypes are being blasted away, it won't surprise me that Sascha or any other male can write Romance just as well as our sister authors. I am planning in reading some of Sascha's work when life allows, and I am looking forward to it, with an open mind. I can't tell you the difference between male and female romance writing yet, but I can tell you that if the story comes from the soul, they will both be incredible and it won't matter what gender wrote it.

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    1. Bravo Mark Tompkins!!! Just bravo!!! I'm about to tear up!

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    2. If you're aiming for horror, I've got Siddella's Surrender and Siddella's Submission for you, both aren't really horror but they're science fiction/fantasy BDSM erotic romance. You've heard Ditter talk about the book and the hot sex, but the world I wrote that book in is the same world as my Covenant of Wolves series that one agent currently has. I hope you do find something of mine to enjoy Mark.

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  11. I've read books by male and female authors and have no problem. Both are just as good and write amazing stories. It should not matter the sex as long as the author writes a book you love.

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    1. Well said Savannah! I am going to read more of Sascha and give some of the others a chance also!

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  12. Until recently I had been under the assumption every romance novel in my book case were all written by female authors. It wasn't until about a year and half ago that I learned I had assumed wrong. Although, many were women, some of my faves were written by men. I was surprised to say the least. They were -at the time- written under a woman's name or a name that is unisex. I had stereotyped and that bothered me, because I don't like being stereotyped and here I had done exactly what I dislike. Now with that newfound knowledge, I try to keep an open mind about who writes what. As an author myself, I'm not a fan of being known for only one genre of writing, so I try to apply that to each author when a book catches my eye. Hell, I'll even purposefully avoid the name until I've read the blurb. I believe if the storyline is a good one it shouldn't matter who is writing what. There are some very sensitive men out there, just as there are some very heartless women. I'd like to think their styles reflect in their writing. It can go both ways. In my opinion.

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    1. Thank you Alix! Thats exactly how I felt!

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  13. I have not read yet from a male author or that I know of but I do fancy the thought. I guess you can say its getting a mans point of view? I don't know. Either way If the book is good and the sex is hot, i will get the same crush I do with female authors. :)

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    1. Try one Tonya! You wont be sorry! They need more attention..They are fighting an uphill battle without help from the readers! Lets stand behind them :)

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    2. I can't say that I write from a man's point of view entirely, because I write emotion, Tonya. Sadness, anger, angst, confusion, disillusion, elation, trepidation, lust, and hopefully, finally happiness. My heroines suffer and I feel it, therefore I write it. My heroes feel things I feel and it hopefully carries over into the pages so you, the avid reader, can be taken for a wild ride that you wish would never end.

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  14. I love Sascha's books I've been reading them for a couple of years. I don't see how a man writing romance is any different from a woman writing from a male POV or gay romance.

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    1. Hiya Hollie!! I couldnt agree more! We need to get the word out!

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    2. Thank you for saying that, Hollie! I have 3 M/M romances out and a menage and one more menage coming. It's the author's skill that delivers the story with complex emotions from any POV, not the genitals they own. :-p

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  15. Saying a man can't write (erotic) romance is like saying a woman can't write a great (romantic) suspense. Some writers are just able to create great stories that resonate regardless of gender. Besides Sascha (whom I LOVE) the other male author whose erotic romances really touch me is Roscoe James. I highly recommend any of his books. Beautiful writing and memorable characters. Great topic Ditter!!

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    1. Thank you Nina!! You always leave the best posts!

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    2. I could just stare at Nina for days...*swoon*

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    3. Me too Sascha, and I dont swing that way! :)

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  16. I read both male and female writers and while there are some differences, I can't say I like one more than the other. I think it's interesting to see how men write romance or erotic romance. Just like when my hubby reads them, his point of view is different than mine but we both enjoy the books.

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    1. Thanks for your comment Slick!! I am definitely going to give more male Authors a try...Sascha opened my eyes!

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  17. I'll admit when I read erotica/erotic romance I prefer women. In my experience most men, writing or reading, seem to think 'erotic' consists entirely of 'Putting Tab A into Slot B.' For the most part I've found men's work to be boring and trite.

    Plus, they like numbers. His cock is this many inches long. Her tits are this size. Who gives a flying fuck? That isn't what delineates a person and people is what romance, or any other form of writing, is about.

    Not doing these things is something I work really hard to avoid in my own writing.

    So I prefer women authors. Unless I've already encountered their work or I know them a male author's name on a cover of a romance/erotic romance work is a 'Move on. It's going to suck.'

    But I'm not a big fan of my gender anyway.

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    1. Hi RH! Thanks for the comment! I love feedback...I'm going to check you out...see what you write :)

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    2. I tend to actually see numbers more from female romance authors, OR at least size descriptions. Being a writer I understand the need for that, there IS some emotional involvement in the fulfillment of penetration...

      But I would not ever say my work is boring. Heh.

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    3. Thanks Sascha! Rock on Man! You introduced me to male romance writers...I am forever grateful!

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    4. I've seen plenty of authors create characters that exceed the usual definitions of normal when it comes to a physical description of their characters. I tend to write characters you might have seen somewhere. Stunning or very interesting, but definitely not someone you'd think "fire hydrant" or "ouch" from when you read about them. Romances are fantasy. We'd all like to score better between the pages than we do in real life, but I like to keep things real. Makes me wonder if a ruler with the character's name printed on it might make a good bookmark? bwhwahahaaha!

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  18. Count me among the Brindle fans. I also dig Scott Carpenter and Geese Gabriel. We get lots of submissions from men at EC (tons more since we started the EC for Men line), and the sad truth is, the vast majority can't write female POV. At least, most of those subbing to EC seem to struggle with it. But that's okay...many women I know can't write a realistic male POV, either. They write the POV they either think men have, or the one they *wish* men had. :)

    Now before anyone tries to burn me in effigy, allow me to clarify that I think struggling with the POV of the opposite sex makes perfect sense (if you're not a man, or a woman, what makes you presume you know what's going on in their heads?). I also think it's perfectly FINE that the male POV is often unrealistic in erotica/erotic romance. It's highly escapist fiction, after all. Female authors *should* write the perfect (or near-perfect) fantasy males, because most readers demand it. Our entire industry was built on the fictitious shoulders of excessively buff and beautiful alpha males who can cook and clean and fix your car and write romantic sonnets, all while looking hot, never farting, maintaining erections for days and always staying in touch with their feelings. ;)

    Though I have always found one thing extremely interesting throughout my years in the editing trenches: Women happily gobble up unrealistic male POVs in these genres. But woe to the male author (or woman author, actually) who writes a female POV that's anything but completely realistic. Lol! Women... We're such strange creatures.

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    1. Kelli...I KNEW you would nail it!! And nail it you did! *Golf clap* ;)

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  19. Being a male erotica author, I have been able to change readers' minds when they take a chance on some of the things I have written, both in the erotica and the erotic romance genres... the connection is the key for readers, and if they have the ability to see the connection between the characters, they will definitely connect to see what happens next.

    Rather than being completely vulgar regardless of the scene, I do my best to describe and paint the scene to give the reader, regardless of gender, the sensuality of the encounter, or I can give them the raw and unadulterated version too. I'm versatile like that :)

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    1. I would like to check out some of your work!! Thanks for the comment also ;)

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  20. I honestly don't care if the writer is a male or a female. Romance is romance to me no matter the race or sex. If you're good a writing M/M, F/F go for it! Myself, I've only read one short M/M story and I absolutely adored the story. Way to go, Sascha!

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    1. Thank you Lani Rhea!! Its definitely opened my eyes to a whole new world of writing I knew exsisted but didnt take a chance on!

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  21. I used to shy away from male-written romance as a reader because of the issues previously mentioned. However now it's not as easy to spot. More male literary and pop fic authors are adding romantic elements, more male readers are coming on board as a result of ebooks and cross-genre successes by Kenyon and Hamilton, Ward and Harris. Kenyon said once in a signing she had about a 40% male readership. As more men enter the market as consumers, more 'romance' will be tailored to accommodate them, I think.

    I'm happy writers like Sascha and Scott Carpenter and KevaD are stepping forward and being blatantly MALE in the community. They can bring an added element of the unexpected to a book; maybe a bit of a rough edge or dark humor women enjoy but don't necessarily see in the rest of their library.

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    1. Thank you Decadent! I agree! I will definitely be nosing around and doing what I can to make people more aware! I took a chance on Liz Crowe and boy did she blow my socks off!!

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    2. Thanks Heather, this is a genre i truly live

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  22. I don't care if the writer has gonads or ovaries. Writing talent is writing talent. I seek well-crafted, well-rounded plots, realistic sexual situations within the context of the story and complex characters for my very limited reading time and have read good AND bad from men and women both. As a reader I seek quality writing and pay no attention to the gender of the writer. As a writer, I merely keep looking for ways to improve my appeal to readers be they men or women or somewhere in between. congrats on all your success Sascha.

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    1. Liz Crowe... *Bows* You have won me, heart and soul with your writing abilities! Kudos to you Lady!! *Team Jack*

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  23. I don't think I've read any erotic romance by men except the great excerpts Sasha posts. I've read Richard Paul Evans who I generally like and Nicholas Sparks who I don't really like. I agree with many above that the story has to be there and if it's a good story the writer's sex is irrelevant.

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    1. Jeanne, Thanks for the post! Are you going to give one a try? If so, Please let us know what you think!!

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    2. If I've done my job right then you won't know my gender but you'll love my stories!

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  24. I generally prefer books written by female authors, although there are a few exceptions. Terry Pratchett, for instance, is one of my favourite authors. I read more fantasy than romance, so I'm not sure if there's a difference. I'm open to reading any book that sounds interesting, no matter who wrote it or what genre it technically belongs to.

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    1. Awesome Sorcha! Thanks for the comment! I think you would enjoy Ryan Winfield! ;)

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  25. As an editor of romance and erotica, I can usually tell within a couple of pages if a man wrote it. The voice is often edgier, and men bring something to romance fiction that many female authors don't. And the sex is typically more visceral when men write it, because let's face it, men and women are hardwired to view sex differently. Many men can, and do, write amazing romance fiction!

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    1. I try for sex that's emotionally involving when i write romance. Most of what you've seen from me is lighter on the romance aspect because it's harder to get depth in 12k

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  26. I don't care if the writer is male or female. Brindle Chase is one of my favorite writers. I'm looking for good stories, well-delineated characters, great writing. I always find that with Brindle. And his books are hot.

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    1. Hi Jean, Thanks for the comment! I heard he was good!

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  27. I am not an eloquent writer, or someone who should be talking about someone else's writing, but seeing as you are asking for opinions on this...here goes.

    I read because I love to get lost in the world that these people bring to life in words. I don't care if they are male or female, if you move me, make me feel something that I haven't or had forgotten I could feel, then you've got me. I love the feeling of satisfaction when a story is well told, or the feeling of loss when a series has ended. I look forward to how things are told, the flavour of the writer and characters. The smells, and music...they come alive for me.

    I'm just happy that there are these brilliant people out there who I can take home with me and curl up in bed with (k, fine not them but their work).

    My two cents...

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    1. Rosie, Your two cents are greatly appreciated! Nothing like a good character to curl up with! Keep reading! :)

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  28. For me, it's all about the story. I don't care who writes it!

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    1. Thanks Kim...Its really opened my eyes recently!

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  29. I grew up reading mostly male authors. Admittedly...they were horror novels. Stephen King, Richard Laymon, and Paul Saul were/are a few of my favorites. I’m happy to see a stronger showing of male romance authors. I care more about a storyline I’m interested in than the sex of the author. LOL!

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    1. Laurann, It's great that you support Male Romance Authors, My Queen!!

      Ps. I love you! <3 lol

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  30. Doesn't matter to me if the author is male or female in any genre. But I can tell the difference (mostly). I wouldn't make any judgement prior to purchase of a romance as regards the sex of the author but my expectations are slightly different based on those male romance authors I've read. Kelli and Valerie summed it up perfectly.
    I admit that in my MM stories the men might be bad boys but they are the vision of what women want to see rather than the reality. I LIVE with the reality. I'm not going to write about him. No one would find that interesting. Sorry husband.

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    1. Ha ha Barbara!! Thank you for the comment! It got a smile from me! Love the honesty!

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    2. Read one of my contemporary romances, then tell me you can tell the differnece.

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  32. I am a man writing erotica under the pen name Amber Rose Thompson. I initially was going to use my real name but was persuaded otherwise by the publisher because there is the belief that female names sell better. I wish I could come out of the proverbial closet and use my real name but at this point I have six books published. :-) My situation is also a bit odd. I am a trans man, meaning I started life as a woman and now live as a man. Writing under a female name is even odder for me. Men often get the wrap of being unemotional or caring but I think a lot of that is cultural baggage. Men in my books are certainly anything but unemotional or wooden (well their lower regions get wood-like). amber.rose.thompson.author@gmail.com

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    1. Yeah well once the world discovers you and you figure out your author platform Ambrose, you're going to do very well. I'm proud to edit your work.

      Sascha

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