Despite the primary premise of this book being a romance between two asexual characters, all of the really intriguing elements of this relationship revolved around what made the characters unique aside from their asexuality. Which I suppose proves the point.
Both men were a study in contrasts. Brennan is a skater dude to reads science fiction and fantasy. Zafir is a Muslim single-father who works at a porn shop. I can’t say that their chemistry was instantaneous, but I will say that their friendship was genuine. Because that was the other point of this book — its difficult to have an excellent relationship if it’s not built on the solid foundation of a true bond of friendship. Continue reading
I’m not much of a podcast person, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think some of them are awesome! The Ink to Film Podcast was co-founded a few months ago by a friend in my extended writers network. It seems that, these days, there’s a podcast for literally everything. This one, however, seems like it’s got some definite staying power. I can’t describe it better than they do:
Ink to Film is for readers and film aficionados alike. We read and discuss a novel in a granular way, then move to the film adaptation and talk about all the ways it relates to the book and how it stands on its own. Hosts Luke and James have studied writing and film respectively, and bring an insider’s insight into the show. Whether merely curious about the source material or an avid fan, Ink to Film should appeal to you.
Today, I’m happy to feature Luke and James as they discuss their awesome project. For those of you always on the lookout for new things to listen to, I hope you check them out!
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What inspired you to create this podcast?
James: I’m a consumer of a lot of podcasts, and many of them end up being film/production-related. It’s a community I always wanted to participate in because it seemed like so much fun. Luke and I separately had talked about how we wanted to start podcasting, and eventually because of our different backgrounds (film & writing) we realized we could bring an interesting perspective to the film/book podcasting niche if we collaborated.
Luke: I’d had a few ideas for a different podcast I wanted to start and taken steps with some others, but it just wasn’t coming together. James and I talked it over and it seemed like we were both committed to actually doing this thing. At that point, we figured out what we could bring to a show that would be unique to us and so the idea behind Ink to Film was born. We liked that it spans both books and film and is potentially of interest to either side of the spectrum of book-readers and non-book-readers (and those who like both). Also, James has the background in audio production he could lean on, so we realized the division of labor would work perfectly with me handling written material (show notes, social media, etc.) and him producing/editing the audio. Continue reading
I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the two Bluewater Bay books that have made me cry so far are by the same author. I devoured this book in less than 24 hours, even pushing back work on my own book to both finish it and type up the review while everything is fresh in my mind. Selfie was my sort of romance, because it wasn’t just a romance. It was a story of a character’s journey through heartbreak and loss and how to come out the other side in (mostly) one piece. Continue reading
I got incredibly spoiled by how good all the books in the Bluewater Bay series have been so far. This installment certainly wasn’t a terrible book by any means, writing-wise, but it didn’t hold up to the story-telling quality of the other novels. Continue reading
As always, I had a fantastic time at Cleveland ConCoction this year! It’s one of my favorite cons, for the people I get to see, how many books I tend to sell, and especially how well this convention treats the authors they invite to participate in programming. I wish other conventions would take note!
My flight from Baltimore to Cleveland was smooth. But after collecting my bags in Cleveland, it was time for something totally new. Since ConCoction moved hotels this year, I had to rent a car to get there. I’d never rented a car before! But the process was smooth, and I drove a nice Ford Focus hatchback out of the rental lot.
Luckily, the snow had tapered off and the roads were clear, so I only had to deal with flurries during the drive. I arrived at the hotel with enough time to drop my bags off in a friend’s room, then it was off to three panels in a row!
First, I moderated a panel on coming up with characters, where we discussed elements of character creation and everything from basing characters on real people to effective ways to leave things up to the reader. Then, I launched right into a panel on mistakes that beginning authors tend to make. This discussion touched on both writing issues and submission issues, and we got some great questions from the audience. The themes I tend to push on panels like this are “Don’t be a jerk” and “There’s no one, right way.” Finally, supported by soda and chips acquired by a friend, I headed for a discussion on author perspectives on fanfiction. We never really reach consensus, which is totally fine. All authors have different goals with their careers and different ways they are willing to get others play in their sandbox. Continue reading
Though at first it seems odd to have an F/F romance in the midst of a series that has been primarily M/M to this point, Anna Maxwell has been a recurring character through the Bluewater Bay tales, and it was lovely to finally see her find some happiness of her own after the drama of her drawn-out breakup with Leigh featured over so many stories.
Of course, the elephant in the room for this book is Anna’s biphobia. Continue reading
Though I wasn’t a huge fan of the short story that featured these characters in the Bluewater Bay Valentine’s Day collection, I’m very glad I went back to read Lucas and Gabe’s novel when I realized I’d missed it. I didn’t have the patience for either character when they were teenagers. As adults, I still don’t have much patience for their angst, but they make up for it by being slightly more adorable. Continue reading