Film Discussion – No Men Beyond This Point

comedy romance film

In a world where women have become asexual and are no longer giving birth to males, a quiet, unassuming housekeeper named Andrew Myers (Patrick Gilmore) finds himself at the center of a battle to keep men from going extinct.

My husband and I still argue over who added this DVD to our Netflix queue, and once it arrived, it took us weeks to sit down and actually watch it. But once we did, we were delightfully surprised. It’s awkward at points, which isn’t our usual comedy preference, but the concept was interesting, and the images of men doing all the manual household labor was…well, I don’t know that it was funny, except maybe for the visual of a male character hanging bras and panties out on a clothesline.

The film is set up as a documentary, and focuses on a household run by two women who have “hired” a man to keep house. He’s the youngest man alive–the last male infant to be born. A forbidden romance develops, and it was fascinating.

Men are definitely set up as second-class citizens, which I think was supposed to be humorous on its own. It’s…funny, I guess? Except for the fact that it’s too easy to see the roles reversed, and that’s not funny at all. I mean, I read The Handmaid’s Tale. So other than the clothesline part, I wasn’t really laughing.

The subject matter was at turns humorous, enraging, and sad, and if my husband still refuses to take credit for choosing this DVD for our queue, well, I’ll happily shoulder the responsibility.

Wild Homecoming – a New Paranormal Romance

Writing news – I’ve got a brand new release to share with you, for a brand new shifter romance series!

The brief version is that the Dark Pines Pride features three mountain lion shifter siblings who are finally coming home after four years of wandering. The first book features Jackson, a funny, laid-back guy who knows what he wants and isn’t afraid to go after it.

paranormal shapeshifter romance cover

Screw the territory—all he wants is her.

Summer Grieb is thrilled to be single. Her butthole ex stole her credit info and the resulting legal battles have pretty much thrown her off guys forever. She gets along just fine with her online friend, Jackson, with whom she exchanges messages nearly every day. He’s safe because he’s always on the road and they’ll likely never meet in person.

Mountain lion shifter Jackson Jaynes is willing to risk everything, even his relationship with his siblings, to return to the Dark Pines territory and meet the woman who sends him those funny, flirty messages. But when his return sparks a new wave of violence, he’ll have to decide whether to fight it out, or leave home again, in order to keep Summer safe.

Like all of my books, Wild Homecoming is a paranormal shapeshifter romance with an HEA, steamy sexytimes, and an abundance of naughty language. I’m extremely thrilled to share it with you! It’s 99 cents on Amazon, and it’s a part of the Kindle Unlimited program, so free to KU subscribers!

Why Paranormal Romance Rocks

I’d like to extend a warm welcome to McKenna Dean, author of The Panther’s Lost Princess. I’m really excited about her book, which sounds awesome!


Liza Street invited me on her website to share with you what I love about paranormal romances. Thanks for having me here, Liza!

I love ‘what if’ questions. What if a vampire wanted to live a normal life? What if a gargoyle wanted to be human? What if gaining special powers didn’t make your life fantastic but utterly ruined it instead? Does reincarnation exist, and if so, are we doomed to repeat our past mistakes?

To me, this is the meat and drink of storytelling. Despite being a pragmatic, no-nonsense person in my day job, I have a closet weakness for romance. I want to see lovers overcome odds to end up together. I want my protagonists to battle circumstances and self-doubt to wind up in a happily-ever-after ending. I might wear sensible shoes to work, but in my daydreams, I’m sporting Cinderella’s glass slippers. I might decry overt sentimentalism in my daily life, but I long to have a romantic proposal under circumstances that hold meaning for me. I wear Victoria’s Secret lingerie under work coveralls. My fingernails must stay short and painted with only clear nail polish, but I splurge on fantastic colors with my toenails. There is a hidden element of ‘naughty’ that runs through every aspect of my daily life.

Or maybe not naughty so much as secret. Yeah, the average person on the street has no idea what’s going on inside my head on a given day, and I like that. I think that’s something else that draws me to shifter stories—stories where characters must make peace with what they truly are and stories where being yourself isn’t necessarily an easy path. I think many of us understand what it’s like to be ‘Other’ and not part of the in crowd.

I realize contemporary romance outsells every other subgenre. I’m proud of the contemporary stories I’ve written. But by far and large, I need that little ‘twist’ that makes a story different, that takes it out of the ordinary. That’s what truly makes writing fun. Paranormal romance does that for me. I have the focus on the couple, which I love, but I also get the ‘what if’ questions and the world-building that results out of it.

pantherwithlogo_final_200x300Ellie, my heroine in The Panther’s Lost Princess, is at first glance a very average person. Raised in foster care and on her own as a young adult, she has dreams of leaving her life as a waitress behind and making it big as a singer. Only deep down, she harbors a fear that she might be some kind of monster—that there was a reason her parents abandoned her as a baby. What if she’s not wrong? What if some terrible creature really does live inside of her? Will she be able to control it? Come to terms with it?

I love that. I love working with that kind of uncertainty, and throwing Ellie head first into a world she wasn’t aware of when she meets our hero, Jack Ferris. I thrill to the politics behind shifter clans, and whether or not people would be open about their shifter status. I like knowing that the rules I’ve created for shifters work in my universe, and that they have a sort of weird logic to them.

Having fun is important to me as a writer. Sure, I might be more popular if I churned out more formulaic stories that fell into the category with the highest demand by readers, but bottom line, the straightforward contemporary doesn’t grab me to the same degree as the ‘story with a twist’. A certain amount of conflict is necessary for good storytelling. Paranormal romances seem to give me greater scope for introducing that conflict without having it be a simple misunderstanding or a seemingly endless back-and-forth dance between the protagonists, when in reality, there is often very little reason they can’t be together. I prefer romantic suspense stories to the average ‘boy meets girl’ because I crave the kind of excitement I don’t get in my real life. As a reader, I’m always going to choose wands, magic rings, and spaceships over just about any other stories, so it only makes sense I want to play with dragons, wolves, and tigers in my own tales.


MD_logo_white 300x300McKenna Dean has been an actress, a vet tech, a singer, a teacher, a biologist, and a dog trainer. Finally she realized all these jobs were just a preparation for what she really wanted to be: a writer.

She lives on a small farm in North Carolina with her family, dogs, cats, and various livestock.

She likes putting her characters in hot water to see how strong they are. Like tea bags, only sexier.

You can find McKenna’s book, The Panther’s Lost Princess, here on Amazon!

Links:

Website: http://mckennadeanromance.com/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B075CRHQ7B/

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/McKenna-Dean-Author-262328784224302/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/McKennaDeanFic

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mckennadeanromance/?hl=en

Tumblr: https://mckennadeanromance.tumblr.com/

Email: mckennadeanromance@gmail.com

The Rose King – Now for Sale!

Subscribers to my newsletter have been getting installments for free online, but for those of you who want an ebook they can put on their Kindle, Nook, or Apple device, that can happen now!

Rose King cover(1)

He will have to fight for the woman he loved and lost.

Rex has known since he was a teenager that his neighbor, Gemma, is the one for him. But as a wolf shifter, he’s been told that his life is too violent to bind himself to a fragile human. For the past eight years, he’s been fighting in cage matches and trying to forget the woman who holds his heart.

Now that Gemma has found her long-lost best friend, she can’t believe he’s the Rose King, a violent fighter. When cruel men want to control Rex, Gemma must confront the reason he left her, all those years ago. If she knows the truth about him, can their love endure?

The Rose King is available now on iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Amazon, Scribd, and Thalia! You can click this link, which is a universal book link and will magically whisk you to your online retailer of preference (if you haven’t used it before, you can set your preference. If you want to change your preference now or later, that’s possible, too).

First in Series Freebie Event and Book Sale!

For the next three days, Savage Yearning and many other first-in-series books will be FREE. You can try out lots of new authors without handing over your hard-earned cash! Click here to check out the event, or click the image below:

promo graphic from Keira Blackwood

To help celebrate the First in Series Freebie event, Savage Loss is a Kindle Countdown deal. With a Kindle Countdown deal, a book’s price incrementally goes up, so grab it today if you want the best value. 🙂