Welcome to The Novel Approach, and thanks so much for visiting our site! In case you haven’t noticed yet, TNA is an LGBT supportive blog, and is dedicated to the celebration of books, our shared addiction to reading, and to our strongly held conviction that Love Is Love. We are, each of us, dedicated to being a source of honest, well thought out and respectful points of view on the books we read.
Meet the TNA team!
Hi everyone, my name is Lynn and I’m happy to be here with you all. I’m a wife and mother, and obviously, an avid reader. I generally have a few books going at a time, and just jump to whichever book fits the mood I’m in. A few things I love (and a few I don’t) about books are:
1. hot guys who love hot guys
2. fast paced storyline
3. gritty, grimy, and angsty
1. ugh, fluff!
3. unrealistic “Happily Ever Afters”
I’m a 20 year old trapped in a 54 year old body and still married to same man for over 35 years now. Temporary insanity, romance novels, and wine helped produced four children (two boys, two girls). My oldest is 35 and my youngest is 17.
I would rather read than watch TV. Living in the Great Northwest gives me plenty of time for my reading addiction, especially during our rainy season – 1/1 through 12/31.
My favorite types of romance books these days are M/M. Since I’ve discovered manlove romance, regular het romances seems kind of blah, but still love to read stories by J.R. Ward, Karen Marie Moning, and Kresley Cole. And…I have the perfect job for a reader like me. For the last 10 years, I’ve worked at a library. And yes, we have M/M romance, YA, and mystery!
So, what to say about a woman who leads a lovely, simple, ordinary life…
I used to be a stripper and did pole danc…wait….maybe that’s an overshare?
Let me begin again…
I love dogs, but I have a restraining order out against both of my cats…
ok….this is not going as I planned…hmmmm….third time’s a charm?
Hello, my name Is Sammy Goode. It’s lovely to meet you! I teach small people who never cease to surprise me and I write plays for them as well…sometimes the plays garner me a boat load of money, sometimes they languish on my “this is such a flop-no one in their right mind will buy it” pile but always the writing is the thing I enjoy the most. I read almost as much as I sleep–lots of genres but M/M is by far my favorite.
I am an empty nester except I’m really happy that the nest is, well, empty. I think that either makes me a bad parent or a well adjusted woman. I’m opting for the latter!
Hi! I’m Jules, and I’m thrilled to be here. 🙂
I live in the beautiful city of Seattle, and have a fabulous husband, and two kids I adore. I was introduced to the M/M genre by a dear friend years ago, and immediately fell in love – with the books and the community. I am very passionate about reading (that’s why we’re all here, yes?), and LOVE discussing books/ideas/themes with friends. I’m so happy to be able to review and possibly introduce great reads to others!
Hi, my Name is Kathie!!! I would describe myself as an Onion. The outer layer looks dry and has blemishes on it. When you start peeling away the layers, it makes you cry, but with every layer the onion gets less blemished and tastes sweeter. That’s me!!!! On the outside I have a pretty smile and even comedians won’t make fun of me. Really! I look too much like their moms and apple pie. But start pulling away the layers and watch out! I like to swear really loud, go to gay bars to watch/stare at the go-go boys, and read hot hot gay romance. And when I am in the car on my way to work, I listen to audiobooks and giggle!!!!!
The largest carnivorous marsupial in the world is characterized by its stocky and muscular build, broad head, pungent odor, extremely loud and disturbing screech, keen sense of smell and apparent ferocity when feeding. That’s me! Voracious lover of romance, I keep a wealth of good books in my pouch to keep my appetite satisfied. But when I read, it’s with a hunger. So bring on the stories. I can’t get enough of ‘em. Oh, but I don’t have a pungent odor…or so I’m told.
Angel is a 38 yr. old married, working woman that loves to read just about anything she can get her hands on, taking short walks and curling up with her tablet for a round of simulation farming. She used to do this with books, but since the advent of ebooks, she has exchanged the paper and ink for the digital world. It makes for a much neater house. Or at least this is the excuse she uses when she is trying to justify another ebook purchase to her husband.
While Angel also still enjoys reading the ‘old fashion way’, as her teenaged daughter says, she doesn’t miss lugging about the heavy load or the toll that huge library bag had on her back. She is thrilled to join The Novel Approach team and can’t wait to share the next fabulous read with everyone.
Hi, everyone, my name is Jennifer! Like everyone else, I’m addicted to reading and buying books. I support my habit by being a teacher. Because hey, my students really do NEED that new book that just came out. I’m not buying for myself, so really, it’s okay. Right?
I’m a teacher by day, grad student by night, retail worker on the weekends and a published author (Andy Squared, Meeting Chance, and Tristant and Elijah), but I will always find the time to read. Who needs sleep? Not me!
When it comes to books, I love gay fiction and m/m romances. Any genre. And when I mean any, I mean it. Give me a book with a unicorn shifter who goes on a murdering rampage after his detective lover is taken hostage on a space station, and I will read it. Actually, someone should get on that…
Hi I’m Sadonna. Just like Madonna, but with an S 😉 Yes, that’s my actual legal name. I used to hate it when I was a kid, but then I learned to embrace it! I’m 52 (when the heck did that happen??) and I work in downtown Chicago as a corporate type in HRIT – but I have a 60 mile commute each way, so I have a LOT of time to read and watch the world go by from my express Coach that has wifi. 🙂
I’m a long time voracious reader who read nearly every book in my grammar school library and left the public library with stacks of books each week. My sister was always mad that I wouldn’t play with her because I was reading. As an adult, for years I read pretty much historical and literary fiction (history major in college) and nonfiction. I was introduced to m/m in 2010 when I saw one of my friends had Special Forces on her Goodreads feed. Now 2300+ books and counting later, I still blame her and Aleks Voinov (and I have told him so :D). I currently have over 9000 books in my Calibre library as well as over 1000 physical books in my house. So I guess you could say I have a problem. 😉
Besides reading, I love to travel all over the US and the world – 15 countries and counting. I’m a big art lover and I spend a lot of time in art museums whenever I travel. I used to say I could live in bookstores and art museums, but it seems bookstores are practically becoming museums now! I also love the opera both live and at the movie theaters and have seen some gorgeous productions in Chicago, the Met and Covent Garden. I dream of Vienna and La Scala someday! I also like to go to the theater and see live music whenever possible. I also have my own art in the form of tattoos – two so far, with plans for lots more. 😛
Hi I’m Maryann. I am retired and have lived in West Palm Beach, Florida for 5 years. I can say I have come full circle. I started in New York , spent a few years in New Hampshire and was uprooted again and lived in California for a very long time. Now I am back on the east coast again!
I’ve always liked to read, I remember going to the library and reading the Doctor Dolittle books by Hugh Lofting. Much later on became a big fan of Stephen King.
When I came to Florida, I started riding shotgun with my niece to Tampa. She was an RN and was working on getting her degree for Nurse Practitioner. I would read her medical books and review notes to her while we traveled. We also got hooked on Game of Thrones and listened to it on audio CDs. The medical book reading came in handy because the first M/M book I read in 2011 was Zero to the Bone by Jane Seville. The doctor had to repair a gun shot wound and I actually understood the medical terms. This was the book that got me started on M/M genre.
Seen a lot of Florida since I’ve been here, of course Tampa, Orlando, Naples, Miami and the Keys. Took my first cruise in December to the Caribbean. It was great!
I love my Kindle and Audible! Have both apps on my ipod, ipad, and MAC. So there is never an excuse not to be listening or reading.
I was interested in editing books but when I saw Lisa’s request for reviewing books, I thought I would give it a shot. I have hopes to do a good job for The Novel Approach. Happy reviewing everyone!
Hey All! My name is Amy Di Martino and I am a New York transplant living in Florida…… I am a Coffee addict and a complete extrovert.
I am a fiction lover from way back, my all-time favorites are very diverse, from Jane Austin’s sweet love stories to Poe’s The Tell Tale Heart to Shakespeare’s Sonnets’, I love all types of fiction. In the early 90’s I was introduced to Laurel K. Hamilton and found a passion for Mystery, Romance, and Paranormal.
For a while in the early 2000s I lost my literal way. I stopped reading for almost five years, letting my corporate job make me forget my love of literature. I know a lot of people will think this is silly, but I attribute my road back to fiction all to Twilight. I moved to Florida and met a lovely lady by the name of Jennifer who introduced me to that series, and that, folks, is all she wrote. My love of fiction rekindled, and I became a voracious reader again. I discovered M/M in 2008 after J.R. Ward opened my eyes with Blay and Quinn, and haven’t looked back since.
I do love all types of stories but do tend to love Mysteries, Gritty love stories, and beautiful tragedies the most. The things I dislike are recycled ideas and super sweet fluff.
I have been commuting 12 hours a week for over a year, and the only thing that has kept me sane was MULTIPLE audiobooks.
What better way to combine my love of M/M and Audiobooks than to review for The Novel Approach?
Hello, everyone, my name is Carrie! I am a mom to three wonderful college boys- 2 already there and one beginning in the fall. We are a bicoastal family with 2 kids on the east coast and home central being in Seattle. Don’t get me wrong – I am a southern girl. I grew up with formal dinner every Sunday after church and sweet tea. I learned good posture with Emily Post’s book of Etiquette on my head quite literally. So what am I doing in Seattle? No clue. I can say that I love books like my grandmother loved her gardening club. I read. A lot. I tend to have a voracious appetite for books which can get expensive since I was taught to speed read in third grade and I have never looked back. As such I love it when a book makes me pause- slaps me mid sentence and says slow down and enjoy me – let me tell you a story……
I want to start writing about and sharing those books with you. I will read just about anything but gravitate towards romance and mystery with a little erotic sci-fi thrown in for good measure. If you come by my house I will make you a mimosa and we can talk books – I can’t wait!
Hi I’m Lindsey! A thirty-something book lover, coffee addict and one of those crazy people who dance in their cars to any music that’s playing.
I always enjoyed reading but it wasn’t until my lovely child came along in 2008 that I became an official addict. TV stopped happening because “little ears” and all that. My loving husband gave me the best gift (resulting in his biggest mistake, or so he says… because he just doesn’t get it. But that’s okay I don’t get his love of fishing) a Kindle. Since then I have submersed myself in the written word and haven’t looked back!
When I’m not doing the whole “mommy, wife, work” thing you can find me parked in a comfy spot (I’m not too picky) reading and enjoying a cup of coffee or, if I’m lucky, a glass of wine!
Ben Brock has lived most of his life in the Pacific Northwest, with a couple years in Oklahoma. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in 2007 at Portland State University–which he mostly uses to contemplate how we can achieve a civilization more closely aligned with Star Trek. Because of his obsession to boldly go, his favorite novels are usually Speculative Fiction, or gritty Thrillers, but he has been known to read almost anything under the sun, and enjoys all the beautiful colors of the rainbow.
When not reading/reviewing novels, Ben spends his time writing, training for marathons, hanging out with his dog, and bemoaning the fact the world has yet to make a decent gluten free doughnut.
Favorite Speculative Fiction Novel: Heroes Die by Matthew Woodring Stover.
Mike Martinez lives and works in Chicago; his day job is event production and coordination and does beta reading, reviewing, and critiquing fiction primarily in the M/M genre for fun (and precious little profit). He writes genre fiction that makes the City of Chicago as much a character of his works as the people who populate them. He also does random child care for a small number of children who benefit from his love of iambic pentameter, show tunes, and all genres of music other than rap.
I’m a 30-something with way too many hobbies: knitting, acting, painting, singing, sort-of-sad piano, not-dancing, reading, listening to audiobooks (aka reading), more reading, sometimes writing, and now reviewing! I’m currently financing my hobbies with a surprise career in digital marketing operations in Chicago. Finding the M/M genre has helped me discover and accept unexplored facets in myself, and now I’m eager to share thoughts, community, and new reads with other thinkers, seekers, and readers out there.
The hunt for my next favorite book is on, and I’m thrilled you’re along for the ride!
The wild Caer can usually be found huddled over her keyboard and serving the needs of a tiny dog with a humongous diva complex. She’s a voracious reader of all flavors of queer romance with an appreciation for skillfully-used tropes, a special fondness for paranormal/urban fantasy, and a love affair with angst.
I’m a reading junkie. There, I said it. I’m addicted to the high of living other people’s lives and traveling to other worlds on the words from an author’s imagination. I read for pleasure, read to learn, read to escape, read with the hope that when I finish a book I’ll have found characters to fall in love with, stories that will have touched me emotionally, made me laugh, made me feel.
I’m a wife and mom to three amazing little humans (yes, I’m biased), and I eat and breathe and love by the single mantra, “live and let live.”
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