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Guest Post: Words for Nerds, by Allie York

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 10, 2020 9:45:00 AM / by Guest Post posted in guest post

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We've been reading about characters who love reading for decades (centuries?), but it's fairly recent that the characters in romance novels have embraced their nerdy/geeky sides. Whether it's Annabeth Albert's Gaymers, Melissa Blue's #DirtySexyGeeks or Christina Lauren's Dark Wild Night, characters who love gaming, astronomy, science, superheroes and/or comics are on the rise in the last decade or so. We've even got some superhero romances, like Blaze, by Christa Tomlinson. And remember when Nadia Diament stopped by to talk about her own love affair with comics?

It won't surprise you that we here at Love in Panels are fans of both romance and geekiness, so we're pleased to welcome author Allie York today to talk about flying her nerd flag high and writing the geeky romance of her heart.

Her latest book releases on February 13, so if you want to read a comic shop romance don't miss more info at the end!

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Guest Post: Small Town, Queer Community, by Valentine Wheeler

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 5, 2020 9:45:00 AM / by Guest Post posted in guest post, list

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Today we're sharing a guest post about how queer individuals and communities function after breakups and how that may be different from straight relationships. Remember how everyone on The L Word dated each other? Yeah, that. (With less bananas soap shenanigans.)

Author Valentine Wheeler writes both contemporary and SFF queer romance. Her latest book is No Parking, a bisexual f/f romance set in small-town Massachusetts. Scroll down to the end of the post for more on the book, out on February 10th!

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There’s a punchline I’ve heard in the queer community for decades, though the joke varies: when women break up, they stay friends. I’ve seen variations about queer men, too, though less often. But it’s rare that that trope makes it into romance fiction. When it does, I for one am thrilled.

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Sarah's Faves: 10 Kinky Queer Romances

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 9, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Guest Post posted in list

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This is the second in a series of LGBTQ+ romance lists Sarah has written just for you! Sarah runs a couple of queer book clubs, including Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts, which you can find on Facebook. Find her on Twitter @queer_reader. Her first list was about m/m romance series featuring the same couple for multiple books.

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Guest Post: What the Heck is Gaslamp Fantasy? By Leanna Renee Hieber

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 8, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Guest Post posted in guest post

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When they're not creating entirely new worlds, fantasy authors love to play with different historical time periods. Remember when steampunk was all the rage? Renaissance Italy? Okay, that last one is just a dream of mine, but roll with it.

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Cover Reveal: Tikka Chance on Me Gets a Makeover!

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 4, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Guest Post posted in cover reveal

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Today we're super excited to share a guest post and cover reveal from Suleikha Snyder. We've been holding this secret for a little while now, but it's felt like months. We can't wait for you to see it!

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Sarah's Faves: Nine M/M Romance Series With the Same Couple Throughout

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 25, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Guest Post posted in list

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This is the first in a series of LGBTQ+ romance lists Sarah has written just for you! Sarah runs a couple of queer book clubs, including Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts, which you can find on Facebook. Find her on Twitter @queer_reader.

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For those who enjoy following one couple for multiple books, seeing how they grow, evolve and take down the bad guys together, here are 9 of my favorite gay/bi romance series featuring the same couple.

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Guest Post: Prickly and Problematic Heroes, by W.M. Fawkes

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 24, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Guest Post posted in guest post

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Today we're happy to share a guest post from W.M. Fawkes, co-author of the brand new m/m fantasy romance, The King's Dragon. More about the book at the end!

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Guest Post: Finding Silver Linings with the Silver Screen, by Luna Joya

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 21, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Guest Post posted in guest post

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When the world isn’t so great (okay, when it’s a dumpster fire) and you don’t have the time or perhaps the mental capacity to read, a movie with a guaranteed happily ever after can be a great solution. But how do you know which ones come with that satisfying ending and not a breakup or a cliffhanger? I’ll share my two favorites to get this movie marathon started.

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Guest Review: Too Sweet to Be Good, by K.M. Jackson

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 25, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Guest Post posted in review

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I don't read a ton of small town romances because many times that can be code for middle of America white small town and I'm not interested in that. Happily, K.M. Jackson's Sugar Lake series is definitely not. Jackson's writing of family dynamics shine particularly when Kellen's love for his grandmother is allowed to take center stage, as highlighted by his hesitations and actions.

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Guest Post: Depression, Romance, and Mirrors, by Melinda Utendorf

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 9, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Guest Post posted in guest post, list

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I, like millions of people, struggle with depression and anxiety. I know that I’m not alone in this…but that is extremely difficult to remember when the clouds come rolling in. I deal with depression, anxiety, and multiple chronic health issues and I find myself struggling on a regular basis. Admitting you’re depressed out loud feels like being a huge failure at whatever you’re working on, at everything, at life. And there’s such a huge stigma about mental health in the media, and our society in general, that it can feel suffocating and almost dangerous to say it out loud. And for anyone who isn't white, cis, het, able, etc… it’s so much right now.

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