Amy Lane, Queer Romance Month

Queer Romance Month: An Interview With Amy Lane


We at The Novel Approach are so pleased to have been able to play a role in the Queer Romance Month celebration. Today we bring you the one and only Amy Lane.




This mini-interview with Amy Lane is brought to you in support of Queer Romance Month. 

QRM runs throughout October, celebrating love stories in all shades of the rainbow in all shades of romance. Join us, and over a hundred LGBTQ+ authors and allies, for essays, flash-fiction and much, much more.

  1. Favourite queer romance

All Kinds of Tied Down– by Mary Calmes

  1. Favourite non-queer romance

The In Death series by J.D. Robb

  1. A queer romance you’d recommend to a newcomer

Matter of Time by Mary Calmes

  1. Recommend a book you love, but feel is under appreciated

Wicked Gentlemen by Ginn Hale

5. Favourite queer romance hero

Cole McGinnis, from Rhys Ford’s Dirty series

  1. Favourite romance character

Whyborne from Jordan Hawk’s Whyborne & Griffin series

  1. A character from romance you identify with

Jory, from A Matter of Time

  1. Why is queer romance important to you?

Everybody deserves a happy ending. Everybody deserves respect. Nobody deserves to have to cut off a part of themselves to function in the world, and love should never be disregarded or marginalized.

  1. Tell us about your book(s)

I have three flavors– light contemporary, angsty contemporary, and angsty alternative universe–but one universal theme; Family is important– even if you have to forge one of your own.

10. What do you think is the future of queer romance?

I honestly think that as queer rights become more and more mainstream and accepted, the romance itself is going to look much more like het romance. The central conflicts aren’t going to be based around being queer– they’re going to be based around being in love. I think that’s what we want to happen–the stories shouldn’t be special because the characters are queer. They should be special because love really is an awesome thing to have in your life, and everybody should have a chance at it.

Amy’s contribution to Queer Romance Month – “In Search of the Golden Heart” – will be published on 22nd October.

“Rooting for a happy ending, seeing two people as humans and not a “lifestyle”, believing that love really is for everybody—these are powerful concepts.”

–Amy Lane

DividersAmy LaneAbout Amy: Amy Lane has four children, two cats, a love starved Chi-who-what, a crumbling mortgage and an indulgent spouse. She also has too damned much yarn, a penchant for action adventure movies, and a need to know that somewhere in all the pain is a story of Wuv, Twu Wuv, which she continues to believe in to this day! She writes fantasy, urban fantasy, and m/m romance–and if you give her enough diet coke and chocolate, she’ll bore you to tears with why those three genres go together. She’ll also tell you that sacrifices, large and small, are worth the urge to write. 

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Bitter TaffyAbout Bitter Taffy: Rico Gonzalves-Macias didn’t expect to fall in love during his internship in New York—and he didn’t expect the boss’s son to out them both and get him fired either. When he returns to Sacramento stunned and heartbroken, he finds his cousin, Adam, and Adam’s boyfriend, Finn, haven’t just been house-sitting—they’ve made his once sterile apartment into a home.

When Adam gets him a job interview with the adorable, magnetic, practically perfect Derek Huston, Rico feels especially out of his depth. Derek makes it no secret that he wants Rico, but Rico is just starting to figure out that he’s a beginner at the really important stuff and doesn’t want to jump into anything with both feet.

Derek is a both-feet kind of guy. But he’s also made mistakes of his own and doesn’t want to pressure Rico into anything. Together they work to find a compromise between instant attraction and long-lasting love, and while they’re working, Rico gets a primer in why family isn’t always a bad idea. He needs to believe Derek can be his family before Derek’s formidable patience runs out—because even a practically perfect boyfriend is capable of being hurt. 

A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Coming Week!

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Greetings from somewhere over the US, everyone! :) I’m flying home from San Diego right now—I’m sure GRL was a lot of laughs. Just a guess since I’m typing this before I’ve even left home, but let’s just go with it, shall we?

Thanks so much for dropping in to see what we have in store for you in the coming week. In keeping with my apparent ability to predict the future, it’s sure to be a good one, with lots of great guests, giveaways, and more reviews to come.

Here’s what’s on tap!


Monday – Kicking off this week, we’ll first be bringing you the exclusive cover reveal for author Garrett Leigh’s upcoming novel Between Ghosts

To add to that, we’ll also have author Santino Hassell here to chat about his new novel Stygian from Dreamspinner Press

Brita Addams also joins us today to chat about her newest historical novel Beloved Unmasked

Tuesday – We get to bring you another cover reveal today, as we help authors Piper Vaughn and Kenzie Cade show off the pretty artwork for their new novel Prickly By Nature

We’ll also have author A.M. Arthur dropping by on the tour for her new novel The World as He Sees It, so stay tuned for that

Wednesday – Author Anna Butler will be our guest as she tours the internet to chat about her new novel Heart Scarab

Thursday – Today we’ll be bringing you an exclusive interview with author Amy Lane as we continue to celebrate Queer Romance Month

We’ll also welcome author Thianna Durston today as she drops by TNA on her Drakyl Ranch: Discovery tour

Friday – And finally, to help us close out the week, we’ll have author Ethan Stone with us on the tour for his new book Closing Ranks


And that does it for the week ahead. Until next Sunday, happy reading!

Queer Romance Month

Guest Post and Giveaway: Queer Romance Month 2015


We here at The Novel Approach are so proud and pleased to be sharing in the Queer Romance Month Celebration. Read on to see what QRM is all about–besides love, that is–and then be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget to enter for the change to win a great big pack of e-books from Ginn Hale, Keira Andrews, Megan Erickson, Kirby Crow, Alexis Hall, LC Chase, Cecilia Tan, J Scott Coatsworth, and Santino Hassell.

Good luck!


We started Queer Romance Month in 2014 as a celebration of love and love stories across the whole LGBTQ+ spectrum.  Throughout October, there’ll be essays, flash fiction, think pieces, and personal musings from a wide variety of queer-identifying and queer-supporting writers and readers from across the romance community. You’ll also find us popping up across the blogosphere, bringing you exclusive interviews and actual legit multi-media content from our amazing contributors.

We’re really excited QRM is back for its second year. Last time around, we were overjoyed by the support and enthusiasm we received.  It was great to get so many people together reading and writing about LGBTQ+ romance in such an intense and joyful way.  We hope you’ll join us on Queer Romance Month, chat to us over Twitter @QueerRomance and get involved in the conversation.

To give you an idea of what you can look forward, here are just a few of the fabulous posts that were part of last year’s Queer Romance Month.


Not Just a Nice Idea, in which Jenny Haddon talks about the importance of Mary Renault’s queer masterpiece, The Charioteer:

“All right, I’m in love with Ralph. It is he sets the whole tone of the book when, as a disgraced, expelled schoolboy, he accepts his lot philosophically, forbids Laurie to raise the school in protest, and gives him his own copy of Plato’s Phaedrus, with the light words, ‘It doesn’t exist anywhere. Don’t let it give you illusions. It’s just a nice idea.’ The nice idea, if I interpret it aright, is that the lover will put the good of the loved one above his own […]. His fortitude, his forbearance are heroic. And they give rise to one of the most heart-stopping love scenes I have ever read.”

“There’s not that much interest in f/f.” Wait … what?, in which Andi Marquette challenges the tired old market stereotype that nobody is interested in f/f.

“In other words, yes, there is a market for F/F, and I don’t accept that it’s just ciswomen who identify as lesbian or bi. I have readers who are cisgender heterosexually-identified women and they let me know that they enjoy it and love my characters. I assume I have queer and trans readers, as well, whose sexual identities are across the straight/queer spectrum.”

Why We Need Trans Romance, in which EE Ottoman discusses both the personal value and political necessity of trans romance:

I do think I am deserving of love. Not despite that fact that I am trans, not because I’m someone’s fetish but because I am me, and that’s going to have to be good enough.

Moreover, I deserve to be respected by my partners. Not despite the fact that my gender is sometimes messy and sometimes complicated. Not because my life fits into some sort of education/redemption narrative that they are the hero of. But because I have decided that in order to love me they must love and respect all of me – including my gender.

And because it is MY body and MY gender I am the one who gets to decide what pronouns I use, how I dress and how I want to be touched, or loved.

Life After Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, where Jessica Scott shares the stories of her friends and family after the repeal of DADT:

When my friends can post on Facebook that their partner is meeting them at the airport to pick them up. Or post anniversary pictures of them with their partners. Or weddings or babies or any other celebrations – just like straight couples have always been able to. Seeing my friends be able to openly love and share who they love and not have to hide it – knowing my friends can truly, truly be happy with the person they love.

It makes me smile every single time.

Rose, a gorgeous short story from Mary Ann Rivers and Ruthie Knox

It was terrible. And also, she knew, she knew, it was everything. The whole morning. That was the thing about this job — it was the same. Every day, the same, but Rose would be different, even when it got so she knew every item of clothing in Rose’s wardrobe. Even when she knew that peppermint-coffee-Rose smell so well that she would wake up to it, full and aching, there would be some little thing she’d never noticed before, and that would be the shape of her day.

The day Rose crossed her legs and she saw the shiny strap of a garter.

Voices Carry by Amy Lane, in which she thinks about how to gently and meaningfully affect social change both online and off:

But if we’re not preaching to a choir, where else do we preach? If we’re living in hostile communities (and I’m very aware that some of us are) how do you make your stand in real life without opening your home, your children up to criticism, bullying, or even danger? I mean, it’s not like I can run up to gay and lesbian couples and say, “Hi! I’m an ally! I know I’ve got the hub and fam and all, but I’m here for you!” 

And these are just are taste of the diversity, the passion and the general awesomeness of Queer Month Romance. And we’re sure it’ll be just as wonderful this year.

See you there!


Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Queer Romance & Weren’t Particularly Afraid to Ask

What it is

Queer Romance Month is a month long celebration of romance across the LGBTQ+ spectrum. Every day in October, we publish three to four posts from a variety of readers, writers, bloggers and other brilliant people. Our contributors come from all corners of Romancelandia, united by our belief that love is love, romance is romance, and sexuality is not a sub-genre.

On the website, we’ll be showcasing essays, think pieces, flash fiction, and other good things inspired by this year’s theme: We All Need Stories.

You’ll also find us around the blogosphere all month long, bringing you exclusive interviews, audio clips and video readings from our wonderful contributors.

Why it’s awesome

Because everyone involved in Queer Romance Month is terribly brilliant and sexy.

More seriously, it’s a chance to talk about books you love or discover books you’re going to love in an exciting, diverse and enthusiastic community.

There’ll be actual, legit, brand new content from a wide range of writers who we hope you’ll already think are fabulous or will decide are fabulous after you read them.

We hope you’ll laugh and cry and think and find something that speaks to you.

Also we give away free stuff.

How to get involved

You can visit us daily at Subscribe by email or add our RSS to your feed-reader of choice. Err, assuming people still do that. You can also follow us on Twitter at @QueerRomance, which will alert you when new posts go up.

You can also snag one of our gorgeous badges to display on your own site or use temporarily as a Facebook or Twitter icon to show your support of Queer Romance Month.

Tweet to us, leave us comments, enter our giveaways – we’re here to share our stories and we love hearing from people.


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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Coming Week

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Cheers, fellow bookish obsessed, and welcome! We have another great week in store for you this week as we wrap up our Countdown to GayRomLit 2015 and look forward to the next installment of Flashback Friday.

Here’s what’s coming up!


Monday – Kicking off a great week, we have a cover reveal for author J. Johanis’s Dream God coming up today

And we’ll also have author Chris McHart visiting with us on the Small Steps blog tour

Tuesday – We have author Rick R. Reed dropping by today as the final—yes, the final—guest to appear on the Countdown to GayRomLit celebration tour here at TNA

We’ll also be celebrating with Queer Romance Month today, with the first of two spotlights for the month because, as they say, “Love is not a subgenre.”

Wednesday – Today author Lane Hayes stops in as she tours the web to promote her newest book in the Better Than series, Better Than Safe

We’re also helping Riptide Publishing celebrate their Four Year Anniversary, with author Reesa Herberth

Thursday – Today we’re so pleased to be taking part–along with Prism Book Alliance, Rhys Ford, Joyfully Jay, and Love Bytes Reviews–in an exclusive excerpt tour for Eric Arvin‘s latest release, The Rascal

Author Rob Damon will also be our guest on the tour for his new release with CoolDudes Publishing, Into the Team

Friday – Today we welcome the writing team of Jenn Burke and Kelly Jensen on the tour for their new novel Skip Trace

And, for the next installment in our Flashback Friday segment, we’ll be bringing you our favorite Historical reads, along with the chance to win an e-copy of one of our selected titles

Saturday – And finally, to close out the week, we’ll have author Annabelle Jacobs with us today to chat about her new book Altered 3


And that does it for the week ahead. Until next time, happy reading!