What has it gots in its linkses, precioussssss?



Congrats to Chris B, who won Where He Belongs (Belonging) by Rachel Haimowitz (courtesy of Storm Moon Press)!

Congrats to Seanna Lea, who won Shattered Secrets (Shadow of the Wolf #1) by RJ Scott and Diane AdamsShattered Secrets will be released by Silver Publishing on August 27.

Congrats to wildflower3d, who won For the Attention Of (Pushing the Envelope #1) by Kim Dare! For the Attention Of will be released by Amber Allure on August 28.



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Reading Update
Not One Word (Stand Alone Shorts #1) by Kim Dare. ebook short. I’m definitely biased, because a photo I took at Twin Cities Pride 2011 was the inspiration for this story. 🙂 But this was an enjoyably steamy, kinky short m/m story about a jogger who stops to make sure a mime in the park is ok… I hope the real life mime had as enjoyable an evening as did the mime in this story!
Landfall by Lori Toland. ebook short. Very good short m/m romance about a hospice nurse who rides with some firefighters (including the one he’s been crushing on) during a hurricane so he can reach an at-home patient.
Finding Eden (Eden #2) by Kele Moon. ebook. Good kinky m/m romance that left me feeling conflicted. I really liked the evolution of Paul and Danny’s friendship as it developed into something infinitely darker and more complex. However, I was frustrated by the story seeming to end in midstream. I see that Beyond Eden takes place a number of years later, and perhaps it addresses what happens after this story ends… but I don’t want to read an mmf story. I want Paul and Danny to sort things out themselves!
Heartsong (Fae #2) by SW Vaughn. ebook. Very good paranormal m/m romance about a prostitute who accepts a month-long contract, but has no idea that the man he’ll be staying with is a Fae prince (unsurprising, since he hadn’t realized the Fae existed). If only he found the Fae prince as compelling as the prince’s much abused bodyguard…
Unforgiven (Fae #3) by SW Vaughn. ebook. Very good paranormal m/m romance about the Fae prince from the previous book, who’s returned to the human realm on his own and very out of his element… dangerously so.
Swapped by Christopher West. ebook short. Fun short paranormal m/m romance about a gay guy whose straight wizard buddy needs to switch bodies with him for 24 hours. How odd to be inside the body he’s been crushing on for years…
On the List (Changing Plans #3) by LA Witt. ebook short. Good short m/m romance that starts with Derek and Elliott just days away from their wedding… and then Derek’s family manages to shake Derek to the core.
Sometimes It’s Fate by Angela S. Stone. ebook. Good m/m romance about two members of the RCMP (Mounties) whose friendship slowly develops into something else. I think this book had the potential to be much, much better than it was – better editing would have helped tighten it up and would have resolved problems with punctuation and the like.
Wanna Do Bad Things With You by Shelley Munro. ebook. Good m/m romance about two rugby players on the Auckland team (one gay and out, one closeted) who get secretly involved with each other. I enjoy Shelley Munro’s stories, but always end up feeling as if a deeper edit could’ve smoothed out the roughness.
Cafe de l’Amour by JM Snyder. ebook short. Sweet short m/m romance about a barista and a guy who comes into the coffee shop and flirts with him every day.
Love’s Evolution by Ally Blue. ebook. Ok m/m romance about two guys who meet and feel a deep connection with each other. The book is a series of short stories about their relationship over the course of several years. I wasn’t a fan of the book’s structure, and I found one character’s constant use of “my darling” and “my love” to be cloying and annoying.
Hard Candy (Love’s Evolution #1.1) by Ally Blue. free ebook short. Steamy short m/m romance that’s basically just a sex scene involving chocolate.
Life, Love and Lemon Cookies (Love’s Evolution #2) by Ally Blue. ebook short. Good short m/m romance in which Chris is suddenly out of work after 15 years and not doing very well at all with the situation.
Protect and Serve by Eden Cole. ebook short. Ok short m/m romance about a cop and a district attorney, whose adversarial relationship conceals their mutual attraction.
Fighting Chance (Chances #2) by Viki Lyn. ebook. Ok paranormal m/m romance that picks up where Last Chance left off, with vampire Johan having the chance to live if he stays in the custody of slayer Corbin and takes a newly developed serum that might turn him human again. Corbin chafes at the responsibility, which prevents him from taking his revenge on the vampire who killed his father. While I liked the storyline, the writing often seemed rough and overdone, which I found very frustrating.
Artie, the Good Witch by Scarlet Hyacinth. ebook. Ok paranormal m/m romance about an innocent young witch who narrowly escapes an evil wizard with his virtue intact… and then further drama ensues. And ensues. And ensues. *sigh*


*sigh* “You’d think I’d be able to get away from the picture taking up on top of the cabinets.” -Mayhem

25 thoughts on “What has it gots in its linkses, precioussssss?”

  1. Chris, I know Paul and Danny’s one on one relationship continues in Claiming Eden 🙂

    As for the .99c books…I haven’t bought them so far. I do download some of that free stuff promo from Kindle but those are mostly authors I know who want to promote their series or an upcoming release.

    Anyhoo, it is stormy here, lighting-y and raining *blegh* but a huge invitation to snuggle on the couch with tea, blanket and a book 😉 And that is exactly what I’m going to do in 5 seconds 😀

    Have a great weekend, Chris!!
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  2. My brother never uses apostrophes! It drives a grammar geek like me crazy. (He also doesn’t capitalize or acknowledge that there’s a difference between “your” and “you’re” and other such points of grammar.)

    I did know about the acupressure thing. I’ve used it many times before 🙂

    My old dog sort of woke up during the quake and looked around funny, but the young one didn’t give us any indications of odd behavior at all – before, druing, or after. (Then again, thunder storms also don’t faze him, so…)
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  3. RE: Stephanie I’m A Tramp Plum
    I didn’t call her a ho bag but I certainly thought it AND I wondered quite loudly to anyone listening while I was reading if Janet really wrote the latest book. Something seemed fishy to me with that one.

    RE: $0.99 books – some have been great some have been utterly horrible. Before I buy I check the Goodreads reviews to see if I should put my $ to better use – like possibly skipping 4 cheap books and buying 1 better more expensive book.
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  4. Gah, the article about the YA publishing industry makes me want to gnash my teeth. About 80% of what I read is YA, and the rest are M/M or other genres.

    I read interesting stories with strong characters. I have a bias towards wanting to read about strong female characters, which is why Twilight was such a fail for me. Bella was just not strong enough with her desire for a stalker boyfriend. However, I really enjoyed Harry Potter, loved all of the Tamora Pierce books, and read am always looking for more.
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  5. There is no escape, Mayhem. Sorry.

    AK Prentice’s comment on the vintage book cover Grid It tech organizer totally sums it up for me. “See, look, I hate this book so much that I TORE IT UP AND MADE A TROPHY OF ITS SKIN!”

    Who should I go live with? Karl Lagerfeld or Keith Richards? Decisions, decisions.

    A Closer Look at Flyover Land always makes me want to move to MN! It’s so cool there!
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  6. What the hell was that creepy thing on Oprah’s couch? I love these celeb libraries that appear to be filled with the Encyclopedia Britannica, because no one publishes normal books that look like that. LOL

    I kind of like the idea of a soundtrack, although how could it track what my eyes are reading and I can read “he slammed the door” probably faster than the sound could happen. I’d already be on to the next part before it got finished.

    It’s not that I CAN’T make cleaners from stuff at home, It’s I don’t WANNA.

    Those porcelain skulls are amazing.

    That Tupperware thing is true at my Mom’s. I store mine with lids on.

    The only ones of those I’ve read is the Love’s Evolution and I agree with your assessment and the Viki Lynn one. I got a bit tired of Corbin’s whining about how awful his life was and he couldn’t ever be in a relationship. Umm. Your father was, and your uncle and everyone else who was married and breeding. What made you so special? LOL I thought the vamp should have dumped him. He deserved someone less whiny.
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  7. I love being able to audit classes online.

    Really?! Homemade Ding Dongs? They look wonderful but the name makes me think of the commercial variety.

    Hey, those lunchbox recipes look pretty tasty.

    Cute hobbit house!

    LOL at the OK GO Muppet theme.

    Poor poodles!

    I guess Katie is a Princess of Insufficient Lighting.

    Aw cute baby ferret.

    May, there is no escaping picture taking.
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  8. Linkity – YAH! Thank you 🙂

    The cat scan photo is gorgeous!

    May – maybe you need to talk about a protection order against the camera? It’s stalking you…but then you’re so photogenic *grin*
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