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Searching the site by author:
The authors are arranged alphabetically by first name. Katrina Strauss will be under “K” and Sean Kennedy under “S”.
Searching the site by book title:
Books that start with “The” such as The Man from Camp will be found under T. sometimes we list the books under T as well as the first letter of the name but not always
On the secondary menu you can see how the star system works on this site.
m/m Romance Genres
From time to time books are categorized into genres which may be less clear-cut than contemporary, historical or paranormal. Some of the genres which have generated questions are:
Steampunk: This usually denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used — usually in a world similar to the 19th century – with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions or real technological developments like the computer occurring at an earlier date. Some consider Jules Verne to be the forefather of steampunk and some recent movie examples are The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Steamboy and Wild West. Examples of m/m steampunk books are Wings of Equity by Sean Kennedy, Wicked Gentlemen by Ginn Hale and The Sursein Judgement by Jet Mykles.
Dystopian Fiction: These books are set in the future with a back story of a war, revolution, uprising, critical overpopulation, or other disaster (including natural disasters caused by climate change). This results in a shift in emphasis of control, from previous systems of government to a government run by corporations, totalitarian dictatorships or bureaucracies. Examples of m/m dystopian books are A Strong and Sudden Thaw by R W Day and Angel Land by Victor J Banis.
Speculative Fiction (Spec Fic) is fiction that is, in some way fantastical. It is an umbrella term that describes a very wide range of stories similar to the term “historical”. When you buy a historical book it could be anything from a romance that takes place in medieval Scotland to a family saga that is set in eighteenth century Brazil, but you know that the word historical means that it’s set in a real place and also that it’s set back in time somehow.
With speculative fiction, you know that some element of fantasy will be involved. It might be a time travel romance or it might be a hard-science engineering story set in the year 3000 or it might be a very subtle element, such as having a character who ages backwards. Sometimes horror stories are speculative and sometimes they aren’t. A good example would be Carrie, by Stephen King is a speculative story because it contains psychic powers, but Cujo by the same author is not, because dogs with rabies is something that really happens. They are both thrillers and both horror stories but only Carrie can be called speculative. Examples of m/m spec fic books are Turnskin by Nicole Kimberling and the Utopia X series by K Z Snow. Generally most paranormal and/or science fiction books are referred to as spec fiction.
Gaytopia is not a genre but is a spin off of Utopian Fiction which depicts a perfect world where everything is wonderful and strife free. Gaytopia is such a world for the GLBT community. Gay men never face discrimination and rarely if ever get a bad reaction to the fact they are gay; in fact it’s a perfect world.
Gay Sex Terms: These can be found on the main page of the site.
Terms specific to authors or publishers:
EDJ: Evil Day Job – Many people may be surprised that making a living solely as an author of m/m fiction is not an easy feat and most authors continue to work in other fields to pay the bills while writing fiction.
WIP: Work In Progress
LJ: Live Journal, a popular site that many authors use for their blogs.
ARC: Advance Reader Copy These are advance copies of books that publishers/authors send to reviewers free of charge. The may not have final formatting or cover artwork.
Miscellaneous terms you may run across
DIK: Desert Island Keeper (This can also be referred to as a DIR – Desert Island Read). One of the books you would take with you if banished to a desert island.
DNF: Did Not Finish
Special thanks to authors Sean Kennedy and Nicole Kimberling and Kris of Kris ’n’ Good Books for helping out with these FAQs.
A very special thank you to Tam, the author of this FAQ. (this FAQ was updated by Wave because of site changes)