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Boardroom Omega Preview

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The following is an excerpt from Cherry Pickett’s Boardroom Omega. You can read more about the book here. Chapter One As the clock struck one, Percival breezed back into his office, not quite slamming the door behind him. He heaved a heavy sigh as he slung himself down into the plush of the incredibly expensive leather executive’s chair, the glow of the three monitors dominating his desk...

Who Are Reviews For?

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At this point, I’m fairly firm on my review policy: I don’t read them. That can be discouraging to readers—why bother leaving a review for a book then? It’s a position that took me some time to come to, though, and every time BookTwitter rehashes the reviews drama, I’m only more convinced that my policy is a good one. Reviews Are for Readers That’s it. That’s the answer. Reviews are ultimately...

When Empowerment Becomes a Cudgel: The Life and Death of OwnVoices

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In the last decade, we saw more calls for diversity. Specifically after the riots in Ferguson, voices for racial justice were uplifted. These voices are everywhere on social media, and there are activists who touch on almost every aspect of society, from housing to policing to policies that keep Black children in the inner city from excelling in school. Reading is tied to education, and with it...

The Official Playlist for Lions Will Tame Leopards

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I have a new book out, so you know what that means! It’s time to drop the official playlist for Lions Will Tame Leopards, Book 5 in the Flirting with the Zodiac series. It’s really funny: I always procrastinate with these playlist posts. I don’t know why. They’re actually one of the easiest types of post to put together. With the last couple of books, The Bull by His Horns and Main Squeeze, I...

Who Is M/M Romance For?

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Every now and then, we get into a debate about who can or should be writing m/m romance. A lot of cishet women right it, and not a few gay men feel pushed out by this trend. How can we balance this? The answer probably isn't more gatekeeping.

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