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Author Spotlight: Romancing the Geek

By On Jul 23 2014, 9:00 am

Get What You Need by Jeanette GreyI’ve never made any secret of the fact that I love a good geeky hero. Sure, geeks can be portrayed as ungainly and unbearably awkward on TV sometimes, but they have so much potential. They’re smart. They’re witty. They’re passionate about what they do.

And most importantly, they’re layered.

Perhaps my favorite thing about a really good, compelling geeky hero is the mixture of confidence and insecurity. This is a sweeping generalization, but I tend to think of geeks as being masters of their fields. They’ve always been good at their chosen areas of expertise, and when they’re in their domain, they own the playing field. Take them out of that comfort zone, though? Instant vulnerability as they’re forced to contend with things they can’t control.

Take a social situation, for example. While there’s nothing saying a geek can’t have a rich social life, buried at the heart of every one of them, I like to imagine there’s a kernel of the kid who didn’t get picked for the kickball team back in second grade. Being different from their peers has always set them apart, and it informs everything they do, even as relatively well-adjusted adults.

Greg London, the hero of my new book, Get What You Need, is a geek, through and through. He’s a graduate student in engineering, and he typifies this confident/insecure dichotomy. He’s always been good at school work, and he’s thrown himself into his studies with abandon. Anyone on the outside who looks at him would see a successful, driven young man. His housemate, undergraduate jock Marshall Sulkowski sure does.

But when Marsh comes onto him, Greg is paralyzed by that part of him that’s still a seven year-old boy with glasses, desperate not to be the last person chosen for a team in gym class. He thinks he’s boring, and that the glasses Marsh frankly finds dead sexy are ugly and unsightly on him. His unwillingness to believe that attractive, self-assured, popular Marsh could really want a relationship with him is one of the things that sets them off on a rocky trajectory together.

Throw in the fact that he’s a work-a-holic with communication issues?

Well, let’s just say that it’s a damn good thing Marsh sees what a brilliant, amazing person lives inside this geek.

And it turns out that Marsh is just the man to help bring that geek out of his shell and show him he’s deserving of love, sex, happiness, and so much more. Read more…

Author Spotlight: Librarians Are Magic

By On Jul 2 2014, 7:30 pm

I love libraries. As a college student I worked in the main library of the University of Illinois. The stacks are massive—two buildings, ten floors, endless rows of books. Old books bound in decaying leather that leave a rusty residue on your hands and jeans after you pull them from the shelves. I always wondered [...]

Author Spotlight: It Isn’t Sex That Sells

By On Jun 25 2014, 9:00 am

Non-romance readers think romance novels are all about the sex. Even if they include descriptive love scenes they are not. They are about romantic love and commitment. For the purpose of this discussion let’s separate out erotica from the romance genre and stick to romance novels. If they’re not about sex then why include sex [...]

Sex: Fiction or Reality?

By On Jan 28 2014, 12:53 pm

I went to the pub with a friend the other day, to celebrate the imminent release of my second book, A Case of Possession. This book has substantially more sex in it than my first (it’s a sequel, and my heroes are now an established couple), and after the second round my friend demanded: “What’s [...]

Samhain author Heidi Cullinan breaks new ground in gay romance fiction

By On Jan 3 2014, 3:23 pm

Congratulations to Heidi for the well-deserved recognition of her work in gay romance fiction! She is featured in both USA Today and in a more detailed article in The Des Moines Register. Author Page USA TODAY The Des Moines Register

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