Romancing the Blog: Mrs. Condit & Friends Read Books

Mrs Condit & Friends Read Books

Hello, fans and followers of Romancing the Book, one of the best book blogs around! We are thrilled to be guests on RtB today and thought we’d turn the tables on ourselves a little bit. Usually we’re interviewing authors so we thought it might be fun to interview each other! Mrs Condit & Friends Read Books is a book review blog. We focus primarily on reviewing erotic romance M/M books and stories but also cover erotic romance M/F and other genres. The mix is about 75% M/M, 20% M/F, and non-romance makes up the other 5%. For example, we reviewed a sweet biography about the founder of the Girl Scouts and a book about a heroic dog during the evacuation of the World Trade Center on 9-11.

So, let’s get started…

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Becky Condit: I’m a widow, grandmother, mother, and friend. I am the CTO of a large company, and am owned by a rude cat who is one generation removed from being feral. I love technology, cooking, read a lot, watch TV very little, see movies once in a while, date when someone is kind enough to ask me out, and spend time with my family.
Lady McNeill: I’m a 43year old married mother with two wonderful kids. I spend my daytime hours working at a logistics company doing analytical studies. All my other time is consumed with training for triathlons, my family’s activities and reading.
John: I’m a rare breed it seems. I’m a gay male that loves gay romance. lol I sometimes feel a bit out of place with all the straight women, but I get over it real quick. I’m single, 47, and I farm and ranch in Texas.
Pippa Wood: I’m a mum, taxi driver to the kids, dog walker, writer, reader, student, slave, and if I stick the broom up my arse I can sweep floors as well.
Danielle Barbour: I am a happily married mother of 3 currently working on building my own business as a photographer.

Why do you review books?

Becky Condit: I actually liked to write book reports in school and that’s all a review is, so I guess I still like to write down what I liked in a book or what it meant to me. I don’t have the creative talent it takes to write the books themselves so I make do with sharing the books that others write.

Lady McNeill: I love finding all of these new authors and genres I would have never read on my own. I was stuck in a runt of paranormal books and my eyes were opened to so many other great stories. Now I get a book from some unknown author and they can be amazing.

John: I like reading and somebody nice BEGGED me! [Note from Becky – I have no shame.]

Pippa Wood: Because I was asked *g*.

Danielle Barbour: I have always been the one that enjoyed offering my opinion about something (if asked) so, reviewing books is the perfect opportunity to do so.

What are your favorite genres or sub-genres to read?

Becky Condit: M/M, cowboys, men in uniform (firefighters, cops, military, etc.), historical or contemporary westerns, shifters, romance, mystery, sci-fi, biographies… almost anything. The genres I am least likely to choose are vampires, regency, F/F, and books with disturbing cruelty.

Lady McNeill: This is a hard one I love paranormal, highlanders and m/m books. I do mostly love romances and I want an HEA at the end or at least a strong HFN.

John: Ditto what Becky said. I love cowboys, marines, cops, and man love romance, but I like the steamy sex scenes too.

Pippa Wood: Obviously M/M, but I have a penchant for western and Regency.

Danielle Barbour: Mystery mostly and Romance

What is your all-time favorite book, and why?

Becky Condit: Definitely, To Kill a Mockingbird. My mom, cousin, and I read it together when it was first published. I was 13 years old and that was my first book club experience, although we didn’t call it such. That book about how prejudice affected gentle, heroic Atticus Finch, precocious Scout, and protective Jem, had a great impact on me and changed my life.

Lady McNeill: That is a really hard question. I don’t have any one book that has really stuck with me. I always remember studying Dante’s Inferno and loving his description of hell. Most recently though I was really affected by Wade Kelly’s When Love is Not Enough. A story on suicide that really made an impact.

John: The Draegon Lord series by M.L. Rhodes. I love the first one, True of Heart!! Impatiently waiting for book #4!

Pippa Wood: The Catch Trap by Marion Zimmer Bradley. It was the first book where I read a truly involved love story between gay characters that had an HEA. I adore that book with a passion.

Danielle Barbour: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I love stories where someone does the right thing no matter what others think.

The majority of our reviews are for M/M books and stories. Why do you read M/M?

Becky Condit: I’ve actually thought about this a lot. I love stories of romance. When two men fall in love they usually have such tremendous barriers to overcome their HEA is all the sweeter, and I’m a romantic at heart. I’m a straight woman, so descriptions of pussies and boobs do nothing for me. Give me a graphic tale of cocks, balls, muscles, men’s butts and I’m in reader heaven. Two or more men together, pleasuring each other… even better! And if they also happen to be alpha werewolves, well…

Lady McNeill: Great question! People ask me all the time how did married 40+year old women start reading m/m especially some of it being really erotic. Well, it started with a Lorelei James’ book that featured two guys who were really in love but couldn’t be together because of their circumstances. I absolutely fell in love with Trevor and Edgard and it took two books for them to finally find a way to be together. What makes any story for me though is the writing and if I can grow an attachment to the characters. I’m always looking for love and if you can write a good book with that then I don’t care if it happens to be two men. But as I started reading more of the genre I found myself intrigued with all of the obstacles men have to face to get together. It is interesting how they interact because it is so different than how men and women interact especially if both men are alphas. And being completely honest, another author said it great, that just like men think two women together is hot, well two guys together is smokin’ in my opinion.

John: I got started reading gay romance through reading gay porn or erotica. I bought my first Advocate Men back in the mid 90’s and loved looking at the nude men, but I really enjoyed the stories. Each magazine had 3 erotic stories and it was basically, find ’em, fuck ’em, and fuck ’em some more. I then found gay porno paperback books. I already knew that you can’t tell a book by its cover, but that didn’t stop me from buying them, first in adult bookstores scattered around Austin, San Antonio, and Houston and now on ebay. The quality of the writing varies widely, but I can’t help myself. Then I found Bareback by Chris Owens and True of Heart by M.L. Rhodes. And I had to change my view that women can’t write gay sex scenes, and boy have I changed that view.

Pippa Wood: Because I am totally obsessed by the varying dynamics of relationships between two men. And it’s hot. Sorry, that isn’t profound, is it?

Danielle Barbour: I have only read one m/m book. I read it for pure curiosity.

Jen, thank you for having us over today. We’ve enjoyed our visit! For the rest of this interview please go to Mrs Condit & Friends Read Books.

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14 thoughts on “Romancing the Blog: Mrs. Condit & Friends Read Books

  1. Cherie Noel says:

    Oh My Gosh! What a great interview! Lady McNeil, I loved Trevor and Edgard too!! Oh so much. They were a big part of what tripped me over into reading, and eventually writing m/m. Thanks to all of you for sharing this awesome interview with us.

  2. mc says:

    I, too, find it interesting to see how people ended up reading/writing m/m books – in about 10-20 years, when it’s less of a new genre, this won’t be a question anymore, but for now, it’s still a relatively small club, isn’t it?

    As far as the books you’ve mentioned, I *love* To Kill a Mockingbird (the movie as well, which I just saw again about a month, “Stand up, your father is passing by.” Sigh.) and the Trevor/Edgard/Cassie story continues to be memorable (I re-read it not too long ago).

  3. I had a great time learning more about the inner workings of your minds. Interesting too see how a genre that has been around for awhile embraced and becoming more mainstream.

    For the record Pippa, loved your broom comment. It had me rolling.

  4. I’m glad to get to know more about the rest of the team! Thank you for sharing and look forward to reading more about you in the future.
    Becky, books can transform you, mold you, build you up. They are powerful.
    John had some interesting point on women writing M/M stories. I would love to have more discussions about it.


    • John says:

      Chris, There is a lot of discussion from time to time about women writing gay romance. Originally I was of the mindset that it just wasn’t possible. Well…….women could write about 2 men falling in love and life after they get together. But how in the world could a woman write about gay sex? She doesn’t have a cock. She doesn’t have hair on her chest. Or I hope she doesn’t, grin. She can’t know the thought process of a straight guy discovering gay sex and all the ins and outs of that sexual process. And if you remember how I got into the romance side of gay literature, through reading gay erotica. All I read was men having sex. Occasionally there was a hint at happily ever after, but mostly just sex. And it was written by men. When I read Bareback, I looked at the author’s name, Chris Owens, I thought it was written by a man. But when I researched and then emailed the author, she admitted that she was indeed a WOMAN! But I liked Bareback and the sex scenes were as good as anything I read in Men or Torso. So I kept reading gay romance and kept finding women authors that can write all the nitty gritty details of sex between men.

      • That is a great point of view, John. Do you see anything lacking in regard to the show piece of the sexual act as per a male’s POV? I am always curious, just like you were, how that can come out right. I am not talking about a female not being able to write in the skin of a male, but of a person (independent of gender) can write and experience something they have not tried in their personal experience. But then again, if the show part of the sexual act focus on the feelings and heart of those involved, it wouldn’t matter whether they have male of female parts. It’s the emotional content in a scene that bring people together.
        Thank you for sharing another part of you with us. It’s very appreciated.

  5. Jen B. says:

    I have been following Mrs. Condit’s blog from the beginning (I think). I like the reviews. The reviewers are very honest and straightforward. I really like that.

  6. erinf1 says:

    Thanks for a fun post! It’s always fun to meet the people who are working so hard to make this such a fun blog 🙂

  7. Jess1 says:

    I always find it interesting to hear what people’s favorite book is, either all time fav or the fav for now.

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