- Rarely Dusty Books is giving away $10 in Riptide Publishing store credit. Closes 11:59 pm, October 7.
- Joder’s giving away $10 in Riptide Publishing store credit, too. Closes 11:59 pm, October 7.
- The Armchair Reader’s giving away a choice from the backlists of JL Merrow and Josephine Myles, who stopped by to ponder whether real men knit. Closes October 8?
- Luisa Prieto’s giving away a copy of her book Written in Blood. Closes October 9.
- Tracy’s giving away a set of four paperback paranormal romances. Closed midnight PDT, October 18.
- Tracy’s also giving away a set of four paperback historical romances. Closes midnight PDT, October 19.
- New releases and more: Literary Escapism (UF/PNR), Tor.com (PNR), Elisa Rolle (LGBT), and Rarely Dusty Books (m/m romance).
- Is there a Little Free Library near you? There’s one at the end of my block!
- A new study (with an extremely small sample size…) found that eink didn’t seem to be easier on the eyes than LCDs.
Think, Do, Learn, Make
- 15 unusual October holidays. You’ve already missed National Homemade Cookies Day and National Name Your Car Day!! (Although… what’s so unusual about Canadian Thanksgiving?!)
- The Gluten-Free Goddess’ favorite pumpkin recipes (scroll way down).
- In the free online strategy game High Tea, you can play a British smuggler involved in the Chinese opium trade. (via JCP News)
Cool or Wha…?
- Traffic lights. (Hover your cursor over the comic for additional text.)
- Sword shopping. (Again with the hovering.)
- Red panda! Black cat and baby! Kitten! Baby tiger! Kitten! Baby red panda! Baby cheetah! Baby red panda! Kitten! Cat and kitten toes! Baby red pandas! Baby pudu! Baby flamingo! Cat and kittens! Baby coatis! Baby tiger!
Note: This a completely incomplete reading update, without links to the stories and without listing all the stories I read. (You would truly be horrible if you knew how many there were.) I was contacted by the hockey rpf community and asked to not add their stories to Goodreads (or link to their stories elsewhere), as the authors were becoming very uncomfortable with the level of visibility their stories were getting (to the point that some authors locked their stories so they aren’t visible to the general public). I have honored their request, as I meant no disrespect to the hockey rpf community. If you’ve become intrigued by hockey rpf (or any other fanfic), I highly recommend that you request to join The Freeloaders group on Goodreads.
- Hanging with the Unloved Kids by ChibiRHM. free ebook/online fiction. Very good rpf m/m romance about a deeply closeted team captain whose strategy has been to simply ignore that he’s gay. It’s been working ok, until he realizes that he’s slowly fallen in love with his teammate and best friend.
- See This Through by Impertinence. free ebook/online fiction. Very good rpf m/m romance about a hockey player who orders a Russian bride online while he’s drunk, then forgets about it… until a scruffy Russian guy shows up on his doorstep.
- My Siberia: A Russian Knitting Circle Story by Impertinence. free ebook/online fiction. Very good rpf m/m romance about a Russian hockey player whose crush on his socially awkward and oblivious team captain is apparently obvious to everyone… except his team captain.
- Play Along by shihadchick. free ebook/online fiction. Very good short rpf m/m romance about a hockey player whose teammate bets him he can’t get with the next person to come in the door of the bar… and it turns out to be his best friend (and teammate).
- Nothing But Good Times Ahead by shihadchick. free ebook/online fiction. Very good rpf m/m romance about a hockey player who propositions his team captain the minute his rookie year is over.
- Enough to Crush Your Veins by doctor_denmark. free ebook/online fiction. Very good rpf m/m romance about a former figure skater with a wrecked knee who’s starting college and working as a nanny for a hockey player’s three-year old son. This one builds slowly and I do wish there’d been a little more at the end.
- not gonna write you a love song by justbreathe80. free ebook/online fiction. Very good short rpf m/m romance told from the perspective of a goalie who slowly realizes that two of his teammates are together.
- run my fingers through your hair and watch the lights go wild by justbreathe80. free ebook/online fiction. Very good short rpf m/m romance about a hockey player who realizes that his somewhat older teammate and lover may be the less experienced off the ice…
- How to Become a Man by liketheroad & mockturtletale. free ebook/online fiction. Very good rpf m/m romance in which a team captain has to deal with his best friend and teammate who’s suddenly become a six-year old. Being able to take care of his friend gets him thinking about a lot of feelings and stuff he’s been trying not to think for a long time.
- I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together by Northern_Star. free ebook/online fiction. Very good rpf m/m bodyswap romance about an uptight hockey player who scoffs at a gypsy fortune teller and is then cursed…
- This Must Be the Place by thehoyden. free ebook/online fiction. Very good rpf m/m romance about a socially awkward team captain who’s feeling lonely and upset during the offseason when a teammate gets traded away… but everything’s better when his best friend agrees to come back from Russia early to train together.
- Dynamic Immersion Method by Sharksdontsleep. free ebook/online fiction. Very good short rpf m/m romance about a hockey player who starts learning Russian to he can understand what his teammate is mumbling to him.
- Try to Map the Ocean by oflights. free ebook/online fiction. Sweet and surprisingly poignant rpf paranormal m/m romance about a hockey player who turns into a penguin and the teammate who takes care of him.
“I’m hanging out on the back of a chair. How is this photo-worthy?!” -Mayhem