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We’re super excited to announce some changes for the Just Love blog. Since 2015, we’ve been devoted to reviewing and promoting queer lit and queer lit authors. But as 2018 begins, we’ve decided to change things up a bit, and broaden our horizons.

Going forward, Just Love will be a platform to elevate, discuss, and, yes, review queer media of all shapes and forms. From movies and television shows, to sports and celebrities, we want the blog to be a place where we can highlight the topics that really matter to us.

But we’re not giving up on books! Our dedicated (and brilliant!) team of reviewers will still be sharing their thoughts on the books that impact them the most– for better and for worse. However, we’re changing up our review policies a bit, to help our crew and our readers find the books they want to read.

Finally, we’d love to open up our blog to you! Not only do we encourage you to engage with us in the comments, but we’d love to see your thoughts on whatever you’re passionate about. If you have a topic you’d like to blog about, feel free to drop us a line!

We hope you’ll stick with us going forward, and we look forward to an amazing 2018!

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JLR TURNS 1! Have some giveaways: ebooks, paperbacks, audiobooks! Come celebrate our birthday with us!

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Just Love Romance turns 1 today! It’s been a fantastic year, and I’m so proud of how much the blog has grown. Today JLR has seven amazing reviewers and posts daily to help readers find new books to buy!

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Big News and Exciting Changes for JLR!

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I’ve been teasing some big news over on Twitter lately, but had to delay while I was on vacation… so here it goes!

I’ve been running Just Love Romance solo since I started it more than ten months ago, and have loved the experience. And while I’ve gotten some jabs for “reading too much”, I haven’t felt any stress about maintaining such a regular posting schedule on my own.

But JLR has grown, and I’m incredibly proud of everything that I’ve managed to achieve. So here’s the first big change:

I’m bringing on some additional reviewers!

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Please welcome our first new reviewer: DMac! She’s a long time sports fan who has broad reading interests that can only be explained by looking at her goodreads account. Her favorite romance novels involve sports and/or people who snark at each other.

seeking-reviewersI’m also seeking more reviewers to come on. Interested? Shoot me a message through my contact page! I’m looking for people to commit to at least 4 reviews per month (more is fine!), and please include a link to sample Goodreads, Amazon, or blog reviews that you’ve written.

And that brings me to the big news:

I’ve signed a contract to publish a novel in early 2017 through Riptide Publishing!

I’ve always loved reading and writing queer romances, and publishing with Riptide is a dream come true. I can’t wait to share these stories with the world! This is the first in a four book series, and will be an M/M romance. The other books in the series are still in talks, so I can’t say much; Book 2 is an F/F asexual romance, Book 3 will be F/F, and Book 4 will be M/M.

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I won’t be talking about my books here, as I want to keep reviewing and writing separate. Instead, you can follow book news over on my author twitter (@ElyseSpringer) for more info.

So what does that mean for JLR? Right now, nothing. I’ll continue to be the lead reviewer and blogger here, and will continue to bring you honest reviews and news on upcoming releases. I’ll also be attending RT Convention in two weeks as a blogger, so I’ll be reporting back on that!

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But as my writing amps up, I do anticipate needing to step back a bit. I’m not giving up on JLR; this blog is so important to me, and I’m so proud of what I’ve achieved here. But I’m also excited to be bringing in new voices and opinions, and hopefully to keep expanding JLR to more and more readers.

So that’s all for now!

#LoveWins, or Why I Woke Up Crying

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My phone beeped this morning while I was still sound asleep. It was from my sister: Check the news RIGHT NOW!

I flipped on my television, found the first news station I could, and was suddenly looking at a literal rainbow of color through bleary, sleep-deprived eyes. The headline said, “Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Gay Marriage”. I blinked again, and tried to figure out if I was awake or not.

And then it hit me like a wave, and I couldn’t stop crying, lying there in bed. Gay Marriage is legal. Except it’s not “Gay” Marriage anymore… now it’s just Marriage. SCOTUS has decided that we are free to marry whoever we want.

#LoveWins, finally.

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Back in 2003, I bought a magazine from my local Barnes & Noble and snuck it home. I wasn’t eighteen yet, and living in Texas meant I had to keep some pretty big secrets from both my parents and society around me. I brought the magazine home and kept it in my room, and dreamed about the cover story. When I was eighteen, I came out to my parents as bisexual, and was honestly surprised by the love and support I received. I then went on to school elsewhere, and was able to live openly and date who I wanted. But I’ve never forgotten about that magazine that I snuck home one summer:

Newsweek Magazine, July 7, 2003

Newsweek Magazine, July 7, 2003

Today is just a big step in a very long road for equal rights. My last girlfriend, Amy, still fights to be recognized as the gender of her choice. Trans people still battle daily to be able to be called by the correct pronouns, to use the bathrooms of their choice. And discrimination won’t vanish overnight. The decision from SCOTUS was a close one, and the dissent from those Justices opposed shows how narrow this victory truly is, and we shouldn’t take it for granted.

But for today at least, I’m going to ignore the negative and focus on the positive. Marriage is legal for everyone, and marriage certificates are being handed out from Atlanta to Dallas and beyond… it’s a beautiful day in America, and I’m so glad this day has finally come!