Friday Fun Five

Happy Friday! Today’s guest is Monique from Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews. Thanks, Monique!

To know more about Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews, check out their blog or see what they are up to on Twitter (@Sinfully_MMBlog). Their ongoing triumph is running Sinfully Gay Romance, a review site dedicated to bringing you the best in reviews, news, new releases & more in all things LGBTQ Romance. Sinfully Gay Romance can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and Instagram.


1) Are you going to tackle learning/doing anything new during this new year?

Strangely enough, my New Year resolution this year is to read more. Odd I know, coming from someone who runs a book review site, started because of my love and passion for reading. But 2015 was such a busy year both at home and on the blog and it was my reading that suffered, so I have vowed, this year I will take time out to just sit and read.

2) Always black or always blue ink pens?

Oooh… I love stationary! I have a thing about it, in fact I’m sure it borders on an obsession. Note books, pens, pencils, you name it, and I have very specific stationary requirements. So black or blue?

I only ever use black ink pens for writing 😉

3) Would you rather have a tail or wings?

Mmm… tails on animals are a great indication of mood, but unless you’re a monkey a tail isn’t going to be of much benefit that I can see. So I would have to say wings, yes definitely wings. Imagine, no traffic congestion and unnecessary waiting around. The peace and isolation of the sky… and the views, wow! Yes, I want wings.

4) What is your favorite word?

Discombobulated. I love that word! It sounds like exactly what it is.

5) If you could take a week’s vacation during any year past, what era would you visit?

I’m not really much of a history buff, I’m more of an onwards and upwards, look forward to the future kinda gal. But if I had to choose, I think I would like to go back to the 20’s and spend a week’s holiday with my Grandparents. My Grandfather died before I was born and my grandmother who lived to the grand old age of 97, never remarried, her heart only ever belonging to one man. So spending a week with them, yes, I think I’d like that a lot.

Monique started reviewing back in 2011 after discovering and falling in love withmonique the gay romance genre. She started Sinfully in 2012 and during that time it has morphed into a blog dedicated to bringing you the best in reviews, news, new releases & more in all things LGBTQ Romance, along with her friends and co-bloggers, Mark, Macky and Debra.


Friday Fun Five

Happy Friday! This week’s guest is Kade Boheme. Thanks, Kade.

To know more about Kade Boheme, check out his blog, or find him on Twitter  (@kaderadenurface) and Facebook. His latest literary triumph is Good Enough, available here.


1) If you could create a minor holiday, what would it celebrate?

Haha, it’s funny because we were just joking on my facebook the other day about how January would be Kademas because it’s my birthday, the anniversary of my first published book (Wide Awake 1st Ed, 2013), and the anniversary of my first #1 book on Amazon’s Gay Romance & LGBT Erotica Category (also for Wide Awake). But celebrating me for a whole month seems a little egotistical haha.

I’d much rather add Britney Spears’s birthday (December 2) as a national holiday. J/s.

2) Find-a-Word or Dot-to-Dot?

Find-a-word. I LOVE find-a-words. Dot-to-dots make my eyes hurt haha. But I still buy books of word searches from 5Below haha. When I was in 5th grade, I had a teacher who did different things to help us with our spelling words and every once in a while she used a Find-a-word generator to make them for our week’s vocabulary lesson and I was that nerdy (and proud) kid who asked her what website I could use to make my own haha.

3) A little bit of cake and a lot of frosting or a little bit of frosting and a lot of cake?

Little bit of frosting, lot of cake. I’m not a huge sweets person. The only frosting I really like is cream cheese frosting. Buttercream is too much for me. But that cake. *swoon* Strawberry or Red Velvet and you win my heart haha.

4) What is your favorite word?

I’d say discombobulate. Mostly, cuz I’m usually discombobulated, but also because it’s fun to say haha.

5) Where are you going to draw inspiration from for new things the new year?

Probably the same as always: people and places. I’m such a details person and I’ve always prided myself in being crazy observant (yeah, my friends love it haha). I’m fascinated by those little things that make humans tick, and in my stories I like knowing how a person might actually respond to something or those actions that make a conversation or interaction seem more real. I love meeting people and seeing how different their world is from mine. Humans are the most interesting thing ever to me—even if I find them equally frustrating.

Kade Boehme is a southern boy without the charm, but all the sass. kadeCurrently residing in New York City, he lives off of ramen noodles and too much booze. He is the epitome of dorkdom, only watching TV when Rachel Maddow or one of his sports teams is on. Most of his free time is spent dancing, arguing politics or with his nose in a book. He is also a hardcore Britney Spears fangirl and has an addiction to glitter. It was after writing a short story about boys who loved each other for a less than reputable adult website that he found his true calling, and hopefully a bit more class. He hopes to write about all the romance that he personally finds himself allergic to but that others can fall in love with. He maintains that life is real and the stories should be, as well.

Friday Fun Five

Happy Friday–and Happy New Year! This week’s guest is Elizabeth North. Thanks, Elizabeth.

To know more about Elizabeth North, check out her blog, or find her on Twitter  (@Elizabeth_DsP) and Facebook. Her ongoing triumph is being Executive Director of Dreamspinner Press, DSP Publications, and Harmony Ink Press.


1) Will pretty packaging sway you to buy something you absolutely don’t need?

It won’t sway me to buy it if I don’t need it, but it will definitely influence me to choose one item over another. The small details of a well packaged item pre or post purchase make a huge difference to me. A heavy box, a ribbon for lifting out a tight fitting item, accessories neatly arranged and tucked out of sight make opening a new item a joy.

When I was in Korea last year, I bought a dozen little gifts to bring home to my family. Every store had a unique heavy paper or cloth bag with handles. They removed tags and wrapped items individually. Frequently tying them with ribbon or twine and slipping paper cutouts of leaves, birds or flowers under the tie. The paper was usually plain, and they had red ink stamp for the store that they would mark the package with before slipping it in the bag. I’ve seen items packaged after they’ve been purchased in a high-end boutique, but these were trinkets. In most cases the packaging and bag cost more than the item, but it increased their worth tenfold.

2) Dream book: Brand new and unknown or a comfort-read old favorite?

Definitely brand new. I don’t typically reread books–even old favorites. My version of revisiting a beloved book is by sharing it with someone else.

Brand new books fall into two categories for me: known and unknown. I love seeing a new book from a favorite author, but I’m delighted when I find an outstanding book from an author previously unknown to me. It is the gift of a wonderful book, plus a backlist of titles to explore.

3) Good luck food to eat for New Year: 12 grapes or sausage & lentils?

Neither? I like both, but my family never followed a good luck food tradition. After living in the south for many decades, I’ve eaten many a bowl of black-eyed peas on New Years, but I don’t plan on it ahead of time. I will share my favorite recipe.

Texas Caviar

1/2 onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped
2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 (8 ounce) bottle zesty Italian dressing
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained
1 (15 ounce) can black-eyed peas, drained
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
hot sauce to taste
1 bunch chopped fresh cilantro

Mix first 11 ingredients together and let chill in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours – overnight is better. Add cilantro. Serve with pita or tortilla chips.

I also attached a picture from the front of my local grocery store.


4) What is your favorite word?

Absolutely impossible to say. I love all words. I’m a complete word geek. I will tell you a story, however.

Early in my life, my grandmother cared for me while my mother worked. To this day, I’ve never met anyone with a vocabulary greater than my grandmother’s. Most importantly, she used it. A day didn’t go by without us pulling her heavy dictionary off the shelf. She taught me that language is beautiful, that the choice of the correct word outweighed the use of a string of less precise words, and that the history of a word is as fascinating as the meaning. Her love of words was so genuine that she never came across as pretentious.

When I was thirteen, I slipped up and cursed in front of her. There was no punishment or even disapproval, but she sat me down and told me that cursing was a lazy habit because I couldn’t be bothered to come up with the appropriate adjective. That “d*#n” door is really that “stuck” door. That “as@%&le” cashier is really that “lackadaisical” cashier. In her opinion, the only proper use for a curse was an exclamation, usually of pain. She had no problem with a heart-felt expletive when you stubbed your toe on a chair in the middle of the night.

I never looked at swearing the same way again.


5) Instead of making a resolution for yourself, is there one you would wish for others to have in their New Year?


A few days ago on Facebook, I posted a cover to a book. Don’t Let Anything Dull Your Sparkle: How to Break Free of Negativity & Drama. That would be my New Year’s resolution. Collectively, we would be so much happier if we could stop our attraction to negativity and drama and focus on the good and joy in the world with gratitude.

A longtime lover of books and romantic fiction in 2006, elizabethnorthElizabeth North commented that someone should start a publishing company that specialized in gay romance. This sparked the creation of Dreamspinner Press, focusing on treating authors well, producing quality books that feel good to hold, and providing a happily ever after for all. Elizabeth’s gift is one of vision: she saw that the publishing industry was ready for gay romantic fiction to join the mainstream rather than being pigeonholed as a specialty genre. With extensive management experience and a master’s degree from Florida State University, she has guided the company toward a bright future, making authors’ and characters’ dreams come true and providing a great reader experience. Elizabeth is a strong believer in family, both by blood and by choice. She has a husband, four children, three dogs, two cats, and a circle of adopted sisters, but there is always room for more. With a maternal surname of Love, she knows that the emotion knows no limits.