We are so, so excited that QRM begins officially tomorrow.
We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to half the world: to KJ Charles, Julio Alexi Genao, Audra North and Vanessa North for organising this, to Kaetrin, Karen, Pam and Kat for helping us with the actual, y’know, work, to Catherine Dair for her wonderful QRM artwork, to Tracy Timmons-Gray at GRNW for the wonderful post she wrote for us, to all the bloggers listed in our sidebar for supporting us, to publishers (Blind Eye Books, Riptide Publishing, Dreamspinner Press, Torquere Press and Prizm Books) for offering prizes for our launch party rafflecopter which you’ll find tomorrow over at Joyfully Jay. To the wonderful authors who have contributed their time, their brains, their hearts and their typing fingers to making Queer Romance Month actually happen. And, finally, to everybody who is reading this, who is talking about it, who is talking to us, who is Tweeting, and Facebooking and spreading the word. To everybody who believes, as we do, that love is love. And that it’s a story worth telling.
We’d like to … offer up a small QRM aperitif in the form of a slightly different sort of media today: it’s us talking. With varying degrees of success.
So if you have a few minutes to spare, please do, um, enjoy us. And possibly laugh at us. Apologies for the variations in audio quality, it was partially my laptop and partially Vanessa’s dog, who clearly does not support queer romance. Bad dog.
Being consummate professionals, we also forget to say hello and goodbye and introduce ourselves. So, KJ Charles is the English one, Vanessa is the sweet one, Audra is the smooth-talkin’ one and Alexis Hall does not sound like the others.
In helpful summary:
Vanessa North recommended Rowan Speedwell’s Illumination, KJ Charles suggested The Salisbury Key by Harper Fox, Alexis Hall talked too much and too quickly and suggested the best way to get into queer romance is to start with a genre you actually like, and then at about 100mph suggested KJ Charles’ The Mapgie Lord for paranormal fans, Alex Beecroft for those who love historicals and beautiful writing, and SE Jakes for people who like their plots crazy, and their men sweaty. Audra North taunted us all with a book that isn’t out yet, alongside Suleikha Snyder’s Bollywood and the Beast.
Outtakes (featuring special guest star Vanessa’s Cthulhu dog)