But here are some folks I would A) fangirl stalk if they were to attend next year B) wish desperately to finally meet in person or C) have met in person and just miss terribly
Freds and I met in Tennessee the first time and found that our biology-background, geek brains meshed well. Maybe too well sometimes. We communicate by telepathy. A good friend and one of my staunchest supporters, I can't tell you how much I appreciate her.
Freddy's writing is sometimes surprising if you've met her. It can be dark. Very dark. Complex. Twisty. I enjoy these things in a good story. Yes, the stories have often made me cry. She's quite proud of that fact. (Freds - I'll miss you this year!)
But Luki and Sonny stole my heart from the first chapter of that first book. I read everything Lou writes. It may take me a bit sometimes, but she's always at the top of my biannual must-have list.
Can't wait until I can get my grubby paws on the next one - Saving Sony James :)
Some day I will meet Lou. In the meantime, I'm content with my desperate crush on Luki, whom I love as much as...
Like me, Andrea writes both kinds of gay romance - SF and Fantasy - though she tends toward a few shades darker. Even though she's committed literary felonies I often don't deal well with (character death, cliffhanger endings and so on) I love the stories and the characters so damn much that I just need more. Yep. Infected junkie and not looking for a 12 step program, thanks.
Again, an author I would like very much to meet someday, even if I can't get two words out.
Maybe not. Toni is kinda tall. Toni writes with mix of humor and pathos that's refreshing and touching. Sweet endings, hot men, and some very funny conversations pepper her tales of shifters, hellhounds, and cowboys.
Looking forward to 2014! Toni promises to visit :D
Through their intervention and kidnapping, er, invitation, I got to be involved with this little venture - our first work together with the newly revamped Totally Bound coming out in November, :D Each of these writers has a unique voice, from Lee's often surreal twists on romance to Havan's unique characters to Em's gift for an intriguing situation.
I do hope we get to work together again but even more, I hope we can meet someday.
Andi is the sweetest person I have ever met. People say that all the time, but this time, it's all the gods honest truth. And how cool is it that she writes about angels? (Yes, I react to that on a personal level but these angels are much prettier than me, lol.) Hoping to have Andi join us in anthologies in the months to come. (Hooray!)
She writes fantasy worlds of such astounding depth and breadth, with such an marvelous grasp on the history and cultures involved, that her worlds became real to me. I understood the historical timelines, understood the cultural variances as if I had gone back to college and was studying them. I have read everything she wrote in the genre. Then she stopped. There are no new L. E. Bryce novels. Her website hasn't been updated since 2010. As a reader, I am devastated. I think a lot of erotic romance readers didn't "get" her work. It was too serious, too dense, not always happy, not simply concerned with sex. Sometimes the endings were bittersweet, sometimes tragic. Perhaps the criticism was too much, and that would be a great shame. At least if I saw her in person, maybe I could ask why.
Those of us who will be at GRL will enjoy the company and the camaraderie - but I think each of us will have that odd spot in out hearts where we feel someone is missing. Here's to the day when we can all be in the same place at the same time. Cheers everyone and I'll see the GRL'ers starting tomorrow when my flight gets in early afternoon!