Dear Author review for #gay story: “I adore romances in which ‘forbidden’ isn’t just a buzzword in the title”


 

Dear Author praises A Forbidden Rumspringa:

The story is rich with descriptive details that immerse the reader in the unfamiliar environment, and also with moments that highlight the emotional realities of this kind of life… Overall this is a very well-realized, touching story, with plenty of heat. (It is also well produced, with nothing that screams “self-published.”)

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Check out this must-read gay romance from USA Today


 

USA Today raves about A Forbidden Rumspringa:

 There is great chemistry between David and Isaac, and once they admit to each other their true feelings, we get a lot of romance scenes. Their affection is intense and warm and made me smile. While there is a happy ever after at the end of this book, their story will continue in a second book coming out early next year. I can’t wait.

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“I bought it, hook line and sinker”: 5 stars for gay Amish lovers


 

5 stars for A Forbidden Rumspringa from Love Bytes:

Keira has done her research and written a beautiful, believable story. Isaac and David are strong characters, Isaac seeming younger and more innocent, tragedy hasn’t hit him like it has David. David is a little dark at times, much more focused. But he’s the naughtier of the pair by far. All of the characters are wonderful and add so much. Isaac’s parents and siblings, a younger one beginning to question things. David’s mother and sisters, so traditional. The elders in the community pushing their agenda. Isaac’s friend who on one hand is looking at movies on a forbidden iPod Touch, but can’t deal with Isaac life as it comes to light. Every bit of this book works. I loved it.

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The evolution of #fanfiction: how the times have changed!


 

Last week I did an interview at Keysmash, a fandom blog that discusses a range of topics with enthusiasm and intelligence. It was a treat for me to discuss my fandom roots and how I got started as a fanfic writer. In the days of dial-up, my very first online fandom was for Homicide: Life on the Street. I was part of a listserv where we discussed the show via email. I recall someone mentioning this thing called fanfiction, and my reaction was mostly:

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It seemed kinda weird, but it was no skin off my nose. It wasn’t until I became heavily involved in the Angel fandom that I started reading and writing fanfic for Angel/Cordelia. (Don’t get me started on how the show totally ruined Cordy!) Fanfic became this incredible outlet for not only love of the show and characters, but my creativity. Fanfic now made me feel thusly:

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I do recall the first time I saw RPF/S (real person fic/slash). It was Sarah Michelle Gellar/David Boreanz.

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I just did not get it. How weird, I thought! But the great thing about fandom is that it truly does expand your horizons. I don’t judge anybody else’s interests, whether it be RPS, Wincest or what have you. Even if it’s not my cuppa, it all became completely normal. Fandom was this fun, crazy place with every kind of fanfic you could possibly want. It truly made me a more accepting person to be in fandom.

Tear down this (fourth) wall!

In the last few years, fandom has become much more mainstream. It used to be fairly hidden on message boards and sites like LiveJournal. Fandom was Fight Club, and we didn’t discuss it with showrunners or actors. Then with the rise of social media such as Twitter and Tumblr, fandom became much more known. Sometimes I really miss the days of having our own secret world, but that horse is out of the barn and galloping out of sight. Some shows and actors engage fandom expertly. Others not so much. I honestly think that you have to be a fan to understand fandom. Many people know about fandom now, but they’re still Muggles, if you will. Or maybe Squibs.

50 Shades of Grey was a watershed moment for the publishing of fanfiction. I was initially not happy about it.

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But as time went on, I began to reconsider my position. These days it’s a brave new world, and if people can find success publishing their fanfic, who am I to object? Often it seems fanfic that has the serial numbers filed off to publish are AU (alternate universe) stories, which are mostly original to begin with. Some authors encourage it, including Hugh Howey.

I’ve read some amazing fanfic in my time, and it’s a genre I’ll always love. I haven’t had time to write any in the past couple years, but I’m sure I will again if a shipper obsession strikes. If I read fic it’s almost always because it’s about a relationship that either isn’t canon or that I can’t get enough of. Fanfic is something that not everyone understands, but when you find that perfect story for the moment you wanted to see onscreen? It’s magic.

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p.s. You can read most of my fanfic at AO3. I still need to upload some stories, but the bulk is there.

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“Isaac and David’s story is the ultimate in forbidden romances”


 

5 stars for A Forbidden Rumspringa from 3 Chicks After Dark:

The ending of this book is probably my favorite due to the emotional complexity. It’s painful yet joyous, and I was pretty conflicted while reading it. I wanted it to end so I would know what happened, but at the same time I didn’t want it to ever end. Andrews doesn’t take it easy on us either, literally waiting until the last minute to bring some closure to the issues and questions at hand. I’m warning you now – there will be tears. Tears of sorrow, tears of joy…so many tears. Each and every one of them worth it to take this journey with Isaac and David.

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5 stars for this gay Amish romance: “Two men risk everything for love”


 

5 stars for A Forbidden Rumspringa from The Novel Approach:

The development of the characters and storylines was incredibly well done. Both Isaac and David had such rich backstories; it was beautiful to see how each of their families and all of their experiences made up the fabric of their lives, and had such a huge impact on the men they were becoming and on every decision they made along the way throughout the book.

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Yummy scene featuring friends to lovers


 

Favourite Things Friday:

Mmm, friends to lovers. Yum.

Have you seen this movie, The War Boys? I’m sure it all ends tragically. Le sigh.

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5 stars for this “heartfelt” gay Amish romance


 

5 stars for A Forbidden Rumspringa from Smut Book Club:

I went into this intrigued by the blurb and with no idea what to expect. What I got was a heartfelt, sometimes heartbreaking, often hot tale of two men who literally have everything going against them. It’s a beautiful start to a series I will definitely be reading more of. Highly recommended.

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Adventures in Amazon algorithms


 

A couple of weeks ago I blogged about my gay Amish romance ending up on the inspirational romance and Christian books and bibles bestseller lists. I removed the word “Amish” from the product tags. But lo and behold, the book was still showing up in the Christian categories. So I emailed Amazon.

The first rep explained:

The category “Books > Christian Books & Bibles > Literature & Fiction > Romance > Amish” was added automatically because you had added “Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Romance > Inspirational > Amish” in the Kindle store. Books categories will be added automatically according to the category that you select from the Kindle store.

The only problem is that I didn’t add that category. Nope! So I contacted them again. Rep #2 replied:

I’ve checked and can see that the category Books > Christian Books & Bibles > Literature & Fiction > Romance > Amish was added automatically because you initially had a keyword or tag as ‘Amish’.

When you add certain keywords or tags, your book would be listed in certain sub-categories automatically depending upon the keyword. In this case, as you used Amish as a tag and as it is a keyword for Romance > Amish, the above category was automatically added.

By the way, both reps were very nice, and the responses to my queries were prompt. So, even though I’d deleted the tag “Amish,” the system was still wanting to use it. I was told that they’d remove the categories and it could take 72 hours. That timeline has now passed, and as you can see, I’m still rocking the Christian charts as of Sunday, Sept 7.

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Not that I have anything against Christian books and bibles, or inspirational romance, but for those readers:

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I don’t want to upset customers, and I want to reach my target audience. So far I haven’t had any outraged reviews from readers who expected an inspirational romance, so maybe I should just make it my goal to be on the gay erotica and Christian books and bibles charts simultaneously for as long as possible! :D

Have you had any adventures with Amazon that you’d like to share? Let me know!

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“Just fucking go buy it. Read it. Do it. Five goddamned fucking stars.”


 

On Friday night, Heidi Cullinan, a fabulous author I respect and admire — and fangirl –  made my life year by reading my new gay Amish romance and tweeting about it. A sampling:

After Heidi’s religious experience, she also blogged about it, giving A Forbidden Rumspringa five stars. Or should I say five goddamned fucking stars:

I’ve been seeing this book around, and I gotta tell you, I was saying no. Because I could think of eight million ways this setup could go horribly, terribly wrong… I will stand here now, hat in hand and say, not a single fear was realized. Not one.

It is full of research and respect and knowledge and FULL understanding. It is not over-angsted. It is fucking hot, while not being gauche given the subject matter. It ends happily, but I swear to god, at 93 fucking percent complete, I still wasn’t sure. I really, really worried. I couldn’t imagine how. And when it was done, I exhaled with those best of breaths. The ones where you know everything is okay, and you made it, they made it, EVERYBODY FUCKING MADE IT and the sun will come up tomorrow, and two boys will be happily snuggled in a corner of it somewhere.

I’ll just be over here alternating between:

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