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Fri
Jul 31 2015 2:00pm

Slash Through the Heart: Popular LGBTQ Ships in Pop Culture

Focus on Me by Megan Erickson

Today we're thrilled to welcome author Megan Erickson to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Megan's latest release, Focus on Me, came out on July 21 and is a male/male romance. Male/male romance has started to edge its way away from the fringe and into the mainstream. That means we can now openly appreciate many of our favorite relationships, even if they weren't part of the original story—yes, we're talking about slash fiction (ships in fandom that squee all over the interpersonal attraction and sexual relationships between fictional characters of the same sex). Megan is here today to talk about those popular pairings—complete with gifs and fan art! Thanks, Megan!

Fandoms. They love their non-canon ships just about as much as they love their fan fiction. And some of the most popular ships romantically link characters in LGBTQ relationships. Dudes with dudes. Women with women. Non-binary with non-binary. It’s pretty awesome, in my opinion, that we don’t limit our imaginations to only what’s written on the page. And I think it speaks to authors and show creators who create so many amazing characters that we all want them to kiss!

[Pop culture couples we ship...]

Fri
Mar 20 2015 9:30am
Excerpt

Trust the Focus: Megan Erickson Shares Exclusive Alternate POV Scene

Megan Erickson

Trust the Focus by Megan EricksonToday we're thrilled to have Megan Erickson here today to introduce a special scene from her book, Trust the Focus, which was released this past Tuesday. Sometimes characters' voices are too loud to be ignored. Megan is here today introduce and share the alternate POV scene from Trust the Focus! Thanks, Megan!

With his college graduation gown expertly pitched into the trash, Justin Akron is ready for the road trip he planned with his best friend Landry— and ready for one last summer of escape from his mother’s controlling grip. Climbing into the Winnebago his father left him, they set out across America in search of the sites his father had captured through the lens of his Nikon.

As an aspiring photographer, Justin can think of no better way to honor his father’s memory than to scatter his father’s ashes at the sites he held sacred. And there’s no one he’d rather share the experience with more than Landry.

But Justin knows he can’t escape forever. Eventually he’ll have to return home and join his mother’s Senate campaign. Nor can he escape the truth of who he is, and fact that he’s in love with his out-and-proud travel companion.

Admitting what he wants could hurt his mother’s conservative political career. But with every click of his shutter and every sprinkle of ash, Justin can’t resist Landry’s pull. And when the truth comes into focus, neither is prepared for the secrets the other is hiding.

Trust the Focus is told from Justin Akron’s POV—a twenty-two-year-old college graduate on a road trip with his best friend, Landry. When I was drafting this book, there was a pivotal scene that was giving me fits. I talked it over with my critique partner, Natalie Blitt, and she suggested, as an exercise, to write the scene from Landry’s POV. That way, the scene would ring true for Justin as well as Landry. It was a really great exercise, and I think this scene works better because of it.

Since the book is told from Justin’s POV, this scene wasn’t used in the final version. But thanks to Heroes and Heartbreakers, you have a chance to read it. Thanks H&H!

Without further ado, get a taste of Megan Erickson's Trust the Focus with an exclusive alternate point of view scene!

I leaned against the RV, my whole body vibrating with anger. I wanted to hop on a bus, get the fuck out of here and away from my best friend hurling that word at me.

The word. The one he knew better than to say. The word Justin had punched a guy for when he’d used it toward me.

[Continue on to read the full scene...]

Wed
Aug 27 2014 2:45pm

Sweatpants Are the New Wranglers: Hot Heroes in Cotton

Make It Right by Megan EricksonToday we've asked author Megan Erickson to come talk about a very serious topic: Men wearing sweatpants. Megan's upcoming release, Make it Right, is a companion book to Make it Count. Both books are part of the Bowler University series, and Make it Right's hero, Max Payton, teaches a self-defense class, so of course he has to don casual, comfortable clothing to do so. Making the heroine (and us!) very happy indeed. Thanks, Megan!

Sweatpants.

On hot guys.

Are hot.

And I’m going to tell you why you need to join me over on the 100% cotton Dark Side. I know what you’re saying. “Ew, Megan. Sweatpants? I like worn jeans on my guy or nothing at all.”

I KNOW. But hear me out? Or actually, let me start with some visual inspiration:

[We're ready to be inspired...]