- Largehearted Boy’s giving away a $100 Threadless gift certificate, plus an assortment of books and cds. Answer the posted question in the comments by midnight CST, March 12, to enter.
- Dear Author’s giving away copies of some forthcoming Penguin and Riverhead releases – comment by noon CST, March 13, for your chance to win.
- Ralph of The Dancing Dove is giving away some m/m ebooks to celebrate Read an Ebook Week! The contests for Hue, Tint and Shade by Jordan Castillo Price and Hell Hath No Fury by Carol Lynne both end at midnight EST, March 13, the contest for Mara Ismine’s A Journey To Compromise ends at midnight EDT, March 15, and the contest for K.P. Kincaid’s The Next Competitor ends at midnight EDT, March 16.
- Patti the Book Addict is giving away a copy of Megan Hart and Lauren Dane’s steamy Taking Care of Business. Comment by midnight CST, March 13, for your chance to win. Even if you aren’t interested in winning the book, it’s worth reading the post for her hilarious momfail story!
- Donna’s giving away a signed copy of Angelology by Danielle Trussoni to someone who comments before 8 am CST, March 14.
- Anna’s giving away a copy of Amanda Forester’s new Highland romance, The Highlander’s Sword – enter before March 14 for your chance to win.
- It’s time for the Third Annual Snow Melt Contest over at Knitnzu! Submit your guess by 5 pm EDT, March 15, to be in the running. Last year the snow pile wasn’t completely gone until nearly the end of June.
- SciFiGuy’s giving away a copy of the new all-Canadian vampire anthology, Evolve: Stories of the New Undead, to someone who comments by midnight EDT, March 15. He’s also giving away a signed copy of Marta Acosta’s delightful Happy Hour at Casa Dracula – leave a comment by midnight EDT, March 16, for your chance to win.
- Head over to CursingMama’s before 10 am CDT, March 17, for your chance to win a copy of The Mayo Clinic Diet.
- KB’s giving away three hardcover copies of Rachel Ward’s new young adult novel, Num8ers. Leave a comment by March 19 for your chance to win.
- Cecile has a whole bunch of contests going on at her place, for books from Beth Kery, Jenna Byrnes, Tracy Wolff, and Kimber Chin. Make sure you enter each of them by March 31!
- If you support Erin for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society fundraiser walk in Olympia, Washington, and let Heidi know, you’ll be entered in a drawing for either a $25 Amazon gift certificate or a $25 KnitPicks gift certificate. If we donate more than $100, Heidi will add a second gift certificate to the prize. Contest closes March 31.
- The list of urban fantasy contests over at All Things Urban Fantasy was at 145 when last I checked.
Books & Reading & Readers, Oh My!
- Head over to SciFiGuy for the urban fantasy weekend update, to Fantasy Dreamer’s Ramblings for this week’s interesting paranormal/urban fantasy/YA releases and contests, Literary Escapism for midweek urban fantasy updates, and I Love Books for this week’s m/m romance releases.
- MrsGiggles with some thoughts on and links to the relationship between authors and readers. (Dear Author has a bit on the events leading to the post from MrsGiggles.)
- Sounds like this month will see the “first big web copyright content crackdown”.
- A study found a correlation between free ebooks and increased print sales for most publishers.
- Check out the daily Read an Ebook Week updates at Books on the Knob.
- SciFiGuy on what men are reading.
- Author Jordan Castillo Price writes about why she loves ebooks.
- Gizmodo has a great article about ebook formats and all the pain we’re going to suffer because of them.
- Interesting op-ed piece from Gizmodo on the wider implications of censorship in the Apple Apps Store.
- Another op-ed piece, this time from author Ben Bova on the current state of ebooks.
- Still some time (I think) to vote for hottest m/m romance couple at Kris’n'Good Books (NSFW). Vote by midnight Perth time, March 12.
- Lifehacker has a good article on making the most of a point-and-shoot camera.
- I had no idea you could turn a hoodie into a laptop bag.
- Ugh. More food recalls – this time for salmonella in hydrolyzed vegetable protein.
- But hey! Looks like I live in America’s drinking belt.
Things That Didn’t Fit Elsewhere
- Don’t these kitty beds/caves look like something hobbits would have for their cats?
- An iPhone case made from a rock? Huh.
- Yup. This happens to me every day, too.
- Several of CJ’s sidekicks (the skeery Little CJ and the most proper Miss Doreen) were over at DIK this week, being interviewed by True Blood’s Eric Northman.
- The caffeine curve is pure brilliance!
- Franklin on some of the things his fellow airline passengers would rather do than sit next to him as he knits.
- I had no idea you could shoot an entire short film (1 minute, 8 seconds) on a scanner.
The Larton Chronicles by James Anson. I heard about this delightful m/m romance when Josh Lanyon mentioned on his blog that it was one of his comfort reads. The book is about Robert, ex-policeman and mystery author who moves to the obscure village of Larton, and Michael, the horse-mad and out of control village “squire”. Written in a fabulously understated style that seems quite British indeed to me (Jenre and EH will have to confirm or deny this for me), the book chronicles the ups and downs of building a life together. (Also, all sex occurs entirely offsides and is only referred to in the most discrete terms.) I’d definitely recommend picking this up directly from the publisher and not from Amazon – the price difference is quite significant. Recommended.
The Dark Farewell by Josh Lanyon. ebook. As previously mentioned, I won this historical m/m romance over at Jessewave’s. This was an extremely well-done story about a reporter from NYC in central Illinois to follow up on a union-related massacre when he becomes intrigued by a medium who is staying at the same boarding house. From Josh’s comments on Jenre’s review of this ebook, I was sort of prepared for the abrupt ending to the story, which is modeled on ghost stories from the period (early 1920s), but I found myself really wanting to know more about these characters! Recommended.
No Souvenirs (Florida Series, Book 3) by K.A. Mitchell. ebook. Very good, steamy, and intense m/m romance about that mysterious ER doctor we met in previous books. Hard to go wrong with K.A. Mitchell! Recommended.
Custom Ride by K.A. Mitchell. ebook. Good m/m romance about a guy who has an anonymous encounter with a mysterious stranger at Pride (in Minneapolis!), then keeps encountering the guy again back home in St. Cloud.
Scared Stiff by Laura Baumbach, William Maltese, Josh Lanyon, & Sarah Black. ebook collection. This was a good m/m paranormal romance collection overall, although each story had its foibles. Baumbach’s was unfortunately plagued by egregious editing errors such as misused words, missing words, and randomly introduced names. (Wait, I thought that Eli and Mason were in bed together. Where did this “Josh” come from?!???) Black’s story suffered somewhat from the main characters overusing each other’s names in conversation, so their conversations seemed stilted. (Handily, author Patti O’Shea just posted about this very problem.) Lanyon’s story was very good, with just a condom use issue. I skipped Maltese’s story because I’m not a big fan of his style, plus it was fantasy.
Primal Passions (Lost Shifters, Book 1) by Stephani Hecht. ebook. Enjoyable paranormal m/m romance about a paramedic who suddenly discovers that the world is much weirder than he knew when he’s imprisoned by thugs and rescued by a feline shapeshifter.
Fire and Ice by A.J. Llewellyn & Stephani Hecht. ebook. I definitely like Stephani Hecht’s work on her own better. This m/m romance about a former boxer and a hockey goalie was all over the place, with instalove and bits of story that didn’t fit very well.
Garron’s Gift and Rawley’s Redemption (Good-Time Boys, Books 2-3) by Carol Lynne. ebooks. Ok m/m romances being the continuing story of the Good brothers, their guys, and dangerous homophobes in their small Nebraska town. It appears that this series, like Campus Cravings, also intersects with the Cattle Valley series. Apparently Cattle Valley is like the Borg…
Now and Forever by Addison Albright. ebook short. Sweet m/m romance short about a couple planning their wedding reception, during the all-too-brief time gay marriage was legal in California.
Moving On and Moving Along by Addison Albright. ebook shorts. These are sweet m/m romance shorts about a guy trying to move on after his lover was killed in a car accident a year ago.
Aidan and Ethan (Seeking Redemption, Book 1) by Cameron Dane. ebook. Angsty m/m romance about a guy who vanishes without a word after planning a life together with his best friend, then reappears over a decade later. I started out feeling as if the entire premise of the story was extremely flimsy, but that was actually addressed a bit later. (Also, not so good with the condom thing in this book.)
Private Dicks by Katie Allen. ebook. This m/m romantic suspense was a reread – it’s one of my comfort reads. Obviously I think it’s a good book! And you’ll have a chance to win a copy of the sequel in the not-too-distant future…
“Mom, do I really want to know why you’re taking a picture of my back toes?” -Chaos
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