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      Important Announcement!   07/28/2018

      Dear BCF members,   This forum has been running now for many years, and over that time we have seen many changes. Generalised forums are nowhere near as popular as they once were, and they have been very much taken over by blogs, vlogs and social media discussions. Running a forum well takes money, and a lot of care and attention, as there is so much which goes on behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly.   With all of this in mind, and after discussion within the current moderator team, the decision has been made to close this forum in its current format. I know that this will disappoint a lot of our long term members, but I want to reassure you that it's not a decision which has been taken lightly.    The remaining moderator team have agreed that we do not want to lose everything which is special about our home, and so we are starting a brand new facebook group, so that people can stay in touch, and discussions can continue. We can use it for free and should be easier for us to run (it won't need to be updated or hosted). We know not everyone has FaceBook, but we hope that those of you who are interested will join the group. We will share the link, and send invites as soon as we are ready to go. Added: We may as well get this going, find us here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/195289821332924/   The forum will close to new registrations, but will remain open for some time, to allow people to collect up any information, reading lists etc they need to, and to ensure they have contact details for those they wish to stay in touch with.    The whole team feel sad to say goodbye, but we also feel that it's perhaps time and that it feels like the right choice. We hope we can stay in touch with all of you through our new FaceBook group.   I personally want to thank everyone who has helped me moderate the forum, both in the past and the present, and I also want to thank every single person who has visited, and shared their love of books.. I'm so proud of everything we've achieved, and the home we built.   Please visit the new section in the Lounge section to discuss this further, ask questions etc.

LGBT author - Feedback needed!

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Hello all,

Happy New Year!


So I recently wrote my first novel - An LGBT coming out story and I'm now trying to get it published.


My question to you is, what do you look for in a good romance type novel? What characters are you drawn to? what stories do you like? Etc!


Look forward to hearing you thought,

Bex :)



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Congratulations finishing your first novel. It must feel good! I am not there yet.

 To answer your questions; I am old fashioned and I like a good slow build up in a romance and it has to be set against a plot of something major and life-changing going on , where two characters are thrown together by circumstance. Ideally they won't even like each other at first.

The attraction  between the characters has to make sense.

For me I like any sex to be used sparingly and with discretion; I don't  like it too graphic.

These are all just my opinions and preferences, of course.  

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I can enjoy different things in a romance novel, but in general I prefer character driven romance with protagonists that have a certain depth to them, do not feel stereotypical and have a good chemistry together. I need to know why they love each other, not just that they do. It needs to feel believable. Banter is always very much appreciated, as is some humor, with a decent portion of sweet and adorable.

I'm not a fan of a lot of angst or unnecessary drama and forced, endless miscommunication are a pet-peeve of mine. I prefer simple, everyday situations, at least in contemporary romance. I like a good supporting cast: parents, friends, coworkers, etc. I always feels weird when you have the happy couple in a lonely bubble somewhere.

I'm not a fan of insta-love, though insta-attraction is fine with me. I like a slow burn more than a book that fills most of it's pages with enforced separations and absurd problems for the couple to solve, though I do enjoy a few chapters of couple-dom at the end.


I do like some graphic sex, or even a lot, as long as it's not just gratuitous. But it needs to be either really hot or realistically awkward.


Oh, and since we are talking LGBT, I get annoyed when everyone in the vicinity is homosexual. That's just not realistic. Also, flawless gaydar is boring too.

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