I'm a huge Manga fan - or more specifically Yaoi fan. Yaoi is "boy love" (M/M).
|Koisuru Boukun, by Takanaga Hinako|
I have a lot of yaoi books in my bookshelf and I never tire of reading them. The art is beautiful, the stories are romantic and they very often make me laugh too with the jokes and humor (in fact, yaoi humor has influenced my own m/m writing). My favorite yaoi authors are Nakamura Shungiku (Junjou Romantica and Seakiichi Hatsukoi), Takanaga Hinako (Koisuru Boukun), Sakuragi Yaya (Renai Kyoutei Nukegake Nashi!), and Minase Masara (Gokujou no Koibito). But there are others who are amazing as well.
|Gokujou no Koibito, by Minase Masara|
I came from yaoi to m/m romance and I discovered that there are different rules to the two. M/M romance is more realism, more serious, while yaoi is often lighter. That is not to say that yaoi is only comics in the comical sense. Works like Koisuru Boukun and Sekaiichi Hatsukoi are very deep and my heart gets wrenched out every time I read them. A yaoi book can affect me as much as a romance book can - sometimes even more - both with the story line and with the facial expressions. The phrase "A picture is worth a thousand words" is very true when it comes to yaoi.
|Kousuru Boukun by Takanaga Hinako|
Other differences is that in yaoi, the roles of top and bottom are usually fixed. There's no switching. The bottom is the smaller, effeminate guy who also tends to be hot tempered and often inexperienced in sex and sometimes also quite oblivious/innocent. The top is the taller, more masculine and is often the one who has a calm, patient temperament and is more experienced. Things are not always that way though and I haven't found two yaoi stories with exact same kind of characters (it's amazing how the authors can create unique characters), but I have only once seen the fixed-top/bottom rule broken.
Okay, I'll stop now. Seriously, I could go on forever, hehe. This is supposed to be a giveaway ^.^ (yes, I got that emoticon from manga...).
|Sekaiichi Hatsukoi by Nakamura Shungiku|
Before I get to the good part, if there's any yaoi fan out there who'd like to try m/m romance, I had a new release yesterday and it's free! Half-Baked Promises can be downloaded from Goodreads (pdf, ePub, and mobi formats - download pdf to read from your computer screen if you don't have an e-reader).
I'm offering one of my books to two people who comment below along with their email address. Please state which book you would like to have if you win. If you don't want to leave your email address on the internet then feel free to contact me at eripike at gmail dot com (don't forget to say which book you'd like to win. I will do a random drawing for winners and contact them on Monday.
What do I have to offer? One of the below:
A Life Without You:
Jesse's like a bar of soap: the tighter Adam holds on, the faster Jesse slips away. Or thats how it feels to Adam. It doesnt help that Jesse has a girlfriend back home and claims to be straight, but there's no way with all the sparks and physical intimacy flying between the two roommates.
When Adam believes he has reached his ultimate happiness, the bedroom walls come crashing down with a visit from Jesses girlfriend.
Now Jesse has to decide if he can come to terms with his sexuality, while Adam has to learn to accept that Jesse might never be able to crawl out of the closet.
Eric Wesley is short and snazzy, hot and happy. Or thats what he thought. After three years of living on the wild side hes tired of being a playboy and wants to find love.
Eric, however, has never been in love before and doesnt see that the guy whos been gazing at him all summer might be Mr. Right. Alexander Centauri isnt only style-less and clumsy, but also terribly awkward. After a miserable date, Eric plants Alex on another guys lap and goes after Mr. Wrongwho looks so right.
When Eric realizes his mistake, it might be too late.
For weeks, college student Casper has been the victim of sail-by goosing and groping. The problem is that Casper would very much like to get more than groped by those wonderful, big, hot hands.
With a journal full of clues, he sets out to discover who his mystery groper is. However, he may be in serious trouble once he discovers the ominous identity, trouble that has nothing to do with the light bondage involved.
When College professor Daniel Corrigan was brutally kicked out of his home after revealing his true sexuality to his wife, he had to make a whole new life for himself. For the first time in two years Daniels main heartache isnt the none-existent relationship with his two kids, but the fact that the grade-A-sex deal with his student Troy Anderson is about to expire. After a whole semester of office fun, Troy has managed to squeeze his way into the core of Daniels soul. Daniel, however, is positive hes nothing more to Troy but a teacher who can modify a grade.
The Walls Have Ears:
Short and scrawny college student Harley Santos has a strange relationship with the guy on the other side of his bedroom wall. For weeks, the two have been masturbating to each others voices, but they have never met in person.
When Harleys roommate (Ryan) is asked out on a date by one of his neighbors, Harley is devastated that his wall-mate mistook not-hot Harley for super-hot Ryan. Helping Harley through his heartache is Tasha Novokov, the other neighbor, who is tall, dark, and impossibly handsome.
When Harleys affections shift to Tasha, his heartache hits an all time high because with all the girls hanging around, Tasha has to be straight.
But there's more!
We're offering a grand prize to one of the people who comment on any of the blogs in this hop. You can gain one entry for every blog you comment on. You can find more info here (but really, you just have to comment on the blogs, leave your email, and you will be entered).
As for me, I have a follow button I'd love for you to push - if you're interested in keeping up with me and whatever silly things I have to say (oh, and updates about book releases and such). I also have a newsletter option, if you want to get news in your email box. I'm also on facebook and twitter. You can find all these buttons on the right side of this blog. None of this is necessary to take part in this giveaway though.
Are you a yaoi author? I'd love to swap a book of mine for a book of yours, if you're interested :)
First impressions in Sekaiichi Hatsukoi below. Don't you just love Takano San? ^.^
|Sekaiichi Hatsukoi, by Nakamura Shungiku|
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