Switching Gears with Lissa Matthews

Switching Gears

Switching genres is never easy. At least not for me. It’s not easy to switch in reading and it’s not easy to switch in writing.

Since I started publishing in 2009 I’ve been a primarily m/f author. As a romance reader, I started out the same way years before. I was content as a cucumber to stick with it too. But, in this digital age, more and different genres were suddenly available to me. The one that drew me in, that truly captured my naughty little heart was…M/M.

I was sent a M/M book by a friend and she hooked me for life. The book was My Fair Captain by J.L. Langley. From there I read every bit of M/M romance I could download. Contemporary. Historical. Paranormal. Whatever it was, I was reading it. Some of it was really amazing, some of it not so much, but I devoured it all. I still do. I get tired of M/F books easy because it sometimes feels as though I’m reading the same story over and over and maybe it’s because I’ve been reading M/F romance for about sixteen years whereas M/M is newer to me.

After much coaxing from some amazing readers and authors, I decided it was time to jump into the pool. I wrote my first M/M and self-published it. Readers asked for more. And more. I wrote and self-published two follow-up books to the first and then found I couldn’t stop writing M/M. Which would be why we’re here today.

My first publisher published M/M romance is actually a M/M/M romance with Loose Id titled Double Up. It’s cowboys. Montana. Sex with boots on. Beer. Snowballs. And fear… fear of being left behind, fear of being let go of, fear of losing what you didn’t even know you wanted.

Sadly, I don’t have a cover for it yet 🙁 but, I do have a blurb… It’ll be available October 23rd.

Double Up

Jared and Bryson started their life together by leaving their childhood homes to make their way west. Ending up in a small community near Livingston, Montana, with a small horse ranch, life is just about perfect for the two men until Jared gives Walt, a Native American drifter and horse trainer, a ride.

Sparks fly in the truck cab and when Jared gets him home, Walt finds himself caught between two hot-blooded cowboys, a place he never expected to be and one he doesn’t want to leave. Their idyllic ménage of love and lust hits the skids though when Jared experiences jealousy and fear. He issues an ultimatum to Bryson and Walt…either they leave, or he will.

Hoping Jared will come to his senses with time and space, Bryson and Walt wait. But after three months, Jared hasn’t budged. On his birthday, Bryson and Walt steal into the house they all once shared and wake him with a kiss, a grope, a thrust of hard bodies, and a birthday spanking he will never forget.

Will Jared be able to conquer his doubts and insecurities, or will he lose the only two people who will fight to keep him?

I also have a M/M romance coming out November 6th from Samhain Publishing. It’s the first in a new series that I am in love with call The Bar Next Door. The book is titled Malachi’s Word…

Drunken confessions. Sobering friendship. And two cowboys gambling on love…

The Bar Next Door, Book 1

Could he love me? Malachi has wanted to know the answer since his best friend, Daniel, confessed to being gay. He has never forgotten that long-ago conversation, or the secret hope that another confession would follow: that Daniel is in love with him.

Daniel is—and always has been—in love with Malachi. But how is he supposed to share that information without risking the only friendship that has ever mattered to him? He couldn’t handle it if he were kicked out of Malachi’s life. The best Daniel could do was move home to Texas, buy a little rundown ranch to work outside Austin, and visit the watering hole where Malachi tends bar.

Malachi knows that something heavy is riding his friend and he’s tired of watching Daniel’s downward spiral of too much beer and too many meaningless flings. Enough is enough.

Except, when he gets Daniel home and some strong coffee down his gullet, the truth comes pouring out. A truth that nearly knocks Malachi out of his boots.

Courage like that doesn’t come easy…and Malachi can only pray his answer is enough to turn lifelong friends into forever lovers.

Warning: This little tale tries to contain a gay bar, a lot of beer, a hot cowboy with a pitchfork, another one with a serious addiction to boots and coffee, and a secret yearning between the two for hot blooded, can’t wait to get naked, just leave your boots on sex. Oh, and there are doughnuts…

I hope you’ll pick both of these up and give my men a shot.

Do you have a hard time switching between M/F to M/M reading? Do you even switch around or are you pretty faithful? For those who leave a comment, answering my question, you’ll be eligible for a giveaway of both Double Up and Malachi’s Word when they’re released.

Thank you for having me and letting me a bit of my love for M/M romance. If you wish to find out more about me, please visit me in one or all of the following places: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest

Living in North Carolina, talented, multi-published author, Lissa Matthews, writes contemporary erotic romances with Southern ties, delicious food, copious amounts of coffee, and spankings for those who are extra naughty.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!
  • Eva P.

    I have read both and really have no troubles switching both genres, I may stick with one for a while and then go back, or I may read an m/m and the next book is m/f, then m/m again and so on…I love reading them all 🙂

  • Jenny

    As a reader I have no problem switching between m/m and m/f. Sometimes I will get on a kick where I’m in the mood for m/m and will read several in a row, but I still switch between paranormal/historical/contemporary etc to keep it fresh. I like variety.

  • SheriV

    I have no problem switching between M/M and M/F. Though I do find myself reading more M/M these days, mostly because I do find myself able to burn out on M/F faster these days.

    smurfettev AT gmail DOT com

  • Susan W.

    I’ve actually found myself reading more m/m and menage stories lately. I’ve been reading romance novels for around 37 years and for the last several years I’ve been changing up my reading selections. I looked through my Kindle and realized I have a LOT of m/m on there!

    suz2(at)cox(dot)net

  • I get very burnt out on M/F books. I’m looking for something specific in them and while I can recognize it, I couldn’t tell you what it is. I read a lot more m/m lately. Well lately being a couple of years. It’s hard for me to switch as a reader…

  • Courtney S

    Lissa, as you know, if you write it I will buy…lol
    For me, I tend to read mostly m/m, but I do still read m/f (or even better, m/m/f). It’s almost like a palate cleanser…lol

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  • I know Courtney 😉 I don’t know what I’d do without you! I agree about it acting almost as a palate cleanser at times, the switching back to M/F. I do still love it though and have a handful of authors who I buy and who strictly write M/F or M/FM, but honestly, my real love in reading is M/M…