Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Brilliant Idea! Review Copies of "Catering to the Masses"

What makes this such a brilliant idea?  I've never offered review copies to the general public before, but it's not like I'm reinventing the wheel, here.  Authors give out review copies all the time.

If you're not sure what I mean by "review copies," I'm talking about you receiving a free book in exchange for an open and transparent review posted on Amazon or Barnes & Noble (or both, and you can post it on your own blog or on Goodreads, or wherever else you'd like to post it).

Here's what makes this one a little different:

If you follow the politics of M/M romance review sites, you're probably aware of a certain notorious site that shall remain unnamed. This very popular site not only implemented transphobic regulations (they refuse to review gay romances that contain trans men), but every other week I seem to hear about them blogging off on weird transphobic rants.

Let me be clear about one little thing: I don't follow the politics of romance reviews sites. At all.  Particularly not M/M review sites, since I write very little gay romance.  But there's been so much anti-vagina, anti-trans bullshit spouted from this site that it's been impossible to ignore.


My gay erotic romance Wedding Heat: Catering to the Masses happens to feature (take a guess) a trans guy!  Actually, he identifies as 2-Spirit.  But that doesn't help because he still has one of them pussy things certain reviewers seem so afraid of.

What's my brilliant idea? 

YOU be my willing reviewers.  YOU be my queer-friendly, LGBT (yes, the T means something!) trans guy short story reviewing squad.  Wedding Heat: Catering to the Masses is under 10,000 words, so it won't take you forever to read it.

And you don't write a thesis as your review.  Just a couple lines at Amazon or B&N will do.  More if you feel like it.

AND your review does not have to be glowing. It can be good, bad, meh, whatever--as long as you're sharing your honest impression of the work.  Love it, hate it, like it, have mixed feelings, just make sure to include in your review that you received a free copy of the e-book in exchange for your honest remarks.

Make sense?



It just occurred to me that I should share Wedding Heat: Catering to the Masses' blurb so you can decide if it's a story you'd like to read:

Taylor’s never been one to bottle up his emotions. As an out, gay, twenty-three-year-old resort waiter, he’s tired of being told to “take it like a man” every time something upsets him. And Bill upsets him more than anything.

Yeah, sleeping with his married boss is a really bad idea, but Taylor can’t seem to stop. When Bill breaks another date, the only shoulder for Taylor to cry on belongs to his roommate and coworker, an aboriginal trans guy named Jordan.

Level-headed Jordan convinces him to work his shift, even after a blow-out with Bill the Bully, but all bets are off when Taylor reveals a secret his roommate’s not supposed to know.

Will the cater-waiters’ night of rebellion get them fired, or can they take down their big bad boss once and for all?

WARNINGS: This gay transgender love story contains explicit sex and rebellious romance.

Word Count: 8,500

If you'd like to review Wedding Heat: Catering to the Masses:
  • Please email gisellerenarde AT yahoo DOT com 
  • In the subject line, put Review Copy: Catering to the Masses 
  • In the body of your email, please let me know which format you'd like: PDF, EPUB or MOBI
  • I'll be sending out review copies throughout August. Please try to have your review posted at Amazon or Barnes & Noble by the end of September.
Thank you for your interest and involvement.

Send me an email. Let's elevate trans fiction!


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