Rating my books
Personal / November 14, 2018

As a book blogger I am constantly rating and reviewing Books. But I have always found one thing to be very difficult. I just can’t get to grips with the 5 star rating system that everybody loves to use. Now like a lot of people I keep track of all my reading on Goodreads because it is an easy way to keep track of what you have read, what you still want to read and what you are reading at the moment. But there is one little thing that just irritates me very much. Whenever I have read a book they want me to Give it a rating.  I can choose between 0 and 5 stars, where 5 stars is the most perfect book I have ever read I guess. But after reading a lot of books I find that most of them fall in the 3 star category, with so far only 1 book making it up to 5 stars, namely a Dutch book about the Second World War. 3 stars to me means “It’s just a great book” but that is just a little bit too easy for me. Because even in the 3 star category, one book is…

Call For Submissions
Personal / June 6, 2018

Recently I partnered up with a great new publishing house and now they are calling for submissions. Feel free to contact them for more information. AUTHORS & READERS We warmly welcome you all to our new publishing house; Avid Publishing LLC which launched on April 16, 2018 on our Facebook page. As a new publishing house, we welcome all Authors to submit their manuscripts to us and we welcome all Readers to take an interest in our upcoming Authors and Book List. We bring to you quality work and an escape into literary pleasure!!! CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS Avid Publishing LLC is now accepting Submissions from Authors all over the world. We are accepting across all genre books in the Male/Male (MM), Male/Female (MF), Female/Female (FF), MMM, MFM, and all Menage Category. We are accepting books of all genre of fiction including but not limited to Sci-fi, Contemporary Romance, BDSM, Historical/Time Piece Romance, Western, May/December Romance, and all other genres. We invite Writers of Color to submit to us and we look forward to your manuscripts. To find out more about how to submit Manuscript and get signed with our publishing house, visit our website at; https://www.avid-publishing.com/submissions You can find and follow our…

The Riptide Affair
Personal / March 16, 2018

Dear readers of this blog, Like so many others already have done, I am aware of all that has been going on lately in the world of Romance, and specifically around Riptide Publishing. I have been working with Riptide promoting their books for years now and they have never treated me wrong in any way. I really do sympathise with everyone who feels they have been wronged, but the discussion needs to be somewhere else. My blog is not the place for this and therefore I will not allow any comments or posts smearing Riptide or any author, reader, blogger or whatever else. I have already deleted several comments in this matter and I will continue to do so. Normal comments will of course still be allowed. I have spoken with Riptide and they assured me everything is being taken care of. I will continue working with them on blog tours in the future, and trust in the fact they will do whatever is necessary to get things right again. I do not condone discrimination in any way and the people responsible should be dealt with. But, as a gay man myself, I have never felt Riptide Publishing thought less…

On the current situation in Chechnya
Personal / May 8, 2017

I am sure we have all heard about the horrible things that are currently happening in Chechnya. An organised campaign of torture, imprisonment and murder against gay men, or men perceived to be gay. It makes me feel very sick when people do such things to other people for no other reason than who they choose to love. Dale Cameron Lowry and Arshad Ahsanuddin have asked me to post on my blog about it and make people aware of the horrible things that are happening right now. I happily agreed to do so….. By Dale Cameron Lowry with Arshad Ahsanuddin When the news started coming out of Chechnya about the organized police campaign of torture, imprisonment and murder being conducted against men perceived to be gay, it hit me hard. Growing up in the Netherlands just a few decades after World War II, I learned to dread authoritarianism and genocide — authoritarianism’s frequent offspring — early on in life. On school and family outings we visited houses with secret rooms where families had provided refuge to Jews as they sought to escape Occupied Europe. Every summer, we would drive through northern Germany to see my cousins, and my mom would announce the…

Goodreads Reading Challenge 2015
Personal / December 21, 2015

Of course we all know about Goodreads as it is the number one source for all book related information. So you might also know they allow you to set yourself a challenge every year on how many books you are going to read in that year. I always join in and I find myself having to set the challenge higher every year. So this year I set myself the challenge of reading 175 books in one year. And guess what, today, with a few days to spare, I completed the challenge. So I feel extra proud of myself today. How many books did you read this year?

RainbowCon 2015
Conference/Meeting , Personal / April 11, 2015

Rainbow Con 2015 is on in July 2015. Taking place in Tampa, Florida, from July 16th to 19th. It’s an exciting event centered around QUILTBAG (Queer/Questioning, Undecided, Intersex, Lesbian, Trans, Bisexual, Asexual, and Gay/Genderqueer) multimedia. This includes fiction, fanfiction, non-fiction, television, movies, stage, music, comics, fan art, and anything else involving QUILTBAG media. Sponsored by some of the best publishers in the genre, this is one of the events you need to be if you love our special kind of romance. Meet the authors, buy their books and most of all make lots of new friends and fans. Visit the con site right here for all the latest information available. And of course if you go and are willing to share some pictures or even a story with me, feel free to do so.