- Lea’s giving away a copy of Juliana Stone’s new paranormal romantic suspense, His Darkest Hunger. Comment by 6:30 pm EDT, April 1 (really hurry!) for your chance to win. Hmm. There’s a black jaguar shapeshifter in this one. Do you think that would satisfy Mayhem?
- Tracy’s giving away a copy of this year’s Harlequin More Than Words collection, which contains stories from five best-selling authors inspired by real-life heroines. Contest closes at 11:59 pm PDT, April 1 (so hurry!).
- LesleyW’s curious about what sorts of extraneous details in books get on your nerves – food? Clothes? Something else? Leave a comment letting her know by April 2 and you’ll have a chance to win a copy of Stobie Piel’s Lord of the Dark Sun.
- For a chance to win a signed copy of Carolyn Crane’s new urban fantasy, Mind Games, leave a comment with your superhero names over at Angieville by midnight, April 2.
- Largehearted Boy’s giving away volumes 1-5 of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim comic, plus assorted books and cds. Leave a comment by midnight CDT, April 2, for your chance to win.
- Nalini Singh’s celebrating her PEARL Awards by giving away a copy of each winning book (Branded by Fire, Angel’s Blood, Blaze of Memory, Must Love Hellhounds). Leave a comment answering her question by 4 pm New Zealand Time, April 4, for your chance to win.
- Blodeuedd’s giving away an ebook copy of Michele Hauf’s new paranormal romance, Her Vampire Husband, to someone who comments by April 5.
- SciFiGuy’s giving away a signed copy of Jessica Andersen’s new urban fantasy, Demonkeepers (The Final Prophecy, Book 4). Contest closes midnight EDT, April 6.
- Sidhe Vicious is giving away an ebook copy of Brigit Zahara’s new steamy paranormal romance, The Turning. Contest closes 11:59 pm, April 8.
- A Journey of Books is giving away five copies of Jennifer Haymore’s historical romance, A Touch of Scandal. Fill out the form by midnight EDT, April 8, for your chance to win.
- Donna Fantasy Dreamer’s giving away a copy of Melissa Marr’s forthcoming YA paranormal romance, Radiant Shadows (Wicked Lovely #4). For your chance to win, answer her question in the comments by 8 am CDT, April 9.
- Author Laurie R. King wants to know what your fantasy library would be like. If you let her know by April 9 and she falls in love with your library, you’ll win two pieces of literary art, plus she’ll send a box of her books to the public library of your choosing.
- Leave a comment for author Julia Rachel Barrett in which you pitch a romance novel in 500 words or less. (Please note that this contest does not commit you to actually writing said romance novel!) Ten winners will receive a signed copy of The Cougar Book steamy short story collection, two winners will receive ebooks of Beauty and the Feast, two winners will receive ebooks of My Everything, and one winner will receive a raincheck for Daughters of Persephone (Books 1-4). Contest runs through April 21.
Reading and Beyond
- Looking for book news, contests, and new release info? Check out Donna Fantasy Dreamer’s weekly update (horror, paranormal, steampunk, urban fantasy, YA), All Romance (audiobooks), SciFiGuy (urban fantasy, paranormal romance), Literary Escapism (urban fantasy, paranormal romance), All Things Urban Fantasy (self-explanatory!), Lily’s I Love Books (m/m romance), and Elisa (LGBT).
- Renee’s looking for people interested in receiving copy of Ask Yourself Questions and Change Your Life: Stop Wishing Your Life Were Different and Make It Happen by Arlene Harder, MFT, and posting a review of the book on Amazon.
- All Romance eBooks is giving away the first ebook of series every day from April 1 through April 21. TeddyPig’s got the full list of ebooks that will be given away.
- Alas, the Fictionwise Buywise Club has been discontinued! Members will continue to get Buywise Club prices until memberships expire, but will not be able to renew. (The Amber Quill Press Daily Deals also ended yesterday.)
- “Hey, Chris, how come you aren’t posting all about that exciting new iPad gizmo?!” Well, two main reasons. First, I’m not an Apple fangirl. Yup, they’ve come up with some cool new stuff, but anything that’s going to force me to use iTunes (which I hate with a hatey sort of hate) isn’t going to appeal to me. Second, I think this we’re at a point of big change for ereaders. Maybe the iPad will change everything. Maybe it won’t. But as Gizmodo notes, there are more contenders out there than just the iPad.
- If, even after all the rambling in the previous item, you’re still thinking about getting an ereader now and not waiting until things shake out a bit, TeleRead found a handy buyer’s guide, as well as an overview article.
- Gizmodo noted that if you’re looking for a cheapish eInk reader, the Kobo might be just the thing.
- Interesting article on TeleRead on why publishers fear price. Dear Author goes into more detail about the possible upcoming ebook price battle.
- Do ebook readers mean the death of the dust jacket and its associated free advertising?
- The Book Smugglers have a great post about cliched covers in fantasy.
- Smart Bitches had some very amusing links yesterday – don’t miss the one for the 15th Century Peasant Romance Comics!
- Wow – the world’s smallest library is in a phone booth.
- And yet more monster’n’classic mashups… Plus mashup aficionado trek shares her review of Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters.
- CursingMama found a wonderfully thoughtful and eloquent post on simply blogging for blogging’s sake.
Learn and Make Stuff
- Not sure that anyone should be surprised that the effect fatty foods have on your brain is similar to that of drugs…
- Sometimes toys lead to major scientific breakthroughs.
- Gizmodo’s got a great post on the 40 most important phones in history.
- Here’s clever way to turn a milk/juice/soymilk carton into a cd mailer.
- Lily found a cool infographic filled with fun kitty facts!
- IKEA Hacker’s got a really nice hidden litterbox idea.
Things That Amused Me (or Made Me Go “Huh?”)
- You knew it was coming – the Periodic Table of All the Periodic Tables on the Internet.
- Fantasy league, in the truest sense of the word…
- The story of May’s life.
- Similar scenes have been enacted here.
- Check out the kitty pictures in the Consumerist Flickr pool.
Duty and Devotion by Tere Michaels. ebook. Very good m/m romance primarily about the guys from Faith and Fidelity and how their relationship and lives develop. Recommended, but you must read both Faith and Fidelity and Love and Loyalty first. That shouldn’t be a hardship.
Downtime by Tamara Allen. ebook. Excellent time travel m/m romantic suspense about an FBI agent from the present who ends up back in 1888 London. I don’t want to say anything more about it (besides my getting rather tearful at one point), except that, yes, it was rather historical. And I don’t read historicals. I guess I’m mellowing!
Freeze Frame (Faerily Imperfect, Book 3) by Mia Watts. ebook. Fun’n’steamy paranormal m/m romance about a half-faery PI whose unpredictable ability to freeze time might be more hindrance than help as he becomes involved with a guy he’s supposed to be following. Hijinks ensue.
Can’t Hurry Love by M. Jules Aedin. ebook. Another fun paranormal m/m romance, this time about a guy who, as his probation from the Easter Bunny Department, is assigned to help a guy in the Cupid Department who isn’t meeting his quotas or completing his paperwork.
Windows in Time by M. Jules Aedin. ebook. Very well done m/m romantic suspense/ghost story about a writer, convalescing in his apartment after breaking his leg, who sees a guy in the apartment across from his do a striptease… and then dissipate.
All the Things You Are by M. Jules Aedin. ebook. Sweet (but not too sweet!) m/m romance about a guy who’s just finished college and moved to San Francisco from Alabama. He’d been hoping to play pro football, but a knee injury ended that possibility; instead, he plans to explore life uncloseted, which he wouldn’t have been able to do as pro football player.
Simple Men by Eric Arvin. ebook. Decent m/m romance about a straight college football coach who finds himself inexplicably attracted to the new college chaplain. There’s another storyline about two of the football players who are best friends and roommates.
Drawing Closer by Jane Davitt. ebook. Good m/m romance about a professor who tries to resist a slightly younger painter because he doesn’t believe the painter could be attracted to a D/s lifestyle. (I find this cover very disturbing, because it looks like the guy lying down is missing the lower half of his body.)
Pineapples & Chocolate by E.M. Lynley. free ebook short. Nicely done m/m short story (and free!) about a guy out grocery shopping, hoping to score.
Last Chance by Viki Lyn. ebook. This m/m paranormal romance really drew me in and I’m glad I didn’t start reading it right before bed, because I might have stayed up too late. A sexy science major is desperately trying to find a cure for his encroaching vampirism, so he certainly doesn’t need the distraction of a straight football player as his time runs out… or does he?
Hearts Afire: January by Bonnie Dee & T. A. Chase. ebook collection. I enjoyed Bonnie Dee’s paranormal m/m romance about a guy who inadvertently starts fires when he gets stressed, excited, etc. Will the sexy firefighter he meets believe him, or think he’s an arsonist? T. A. Chase’s m/m romance about a firefighter, an architect scarred by fire, and an arsonist stalker was ok… but, oh, am I ever sick of stalker stories…
Hearts Afire: April by Emery Sanborne & Jamie Craig. ebook collection. I thought that both of the m/m romances in this collection were very good. In Emery Sanborne’s, two firefighters in the same station don’t fight their mutual attraction very much, but things are complicated by them being just about the worst communicators ever. (Possibly worse than me! Impressive, that.) In the Jamie Craig story, a guy who was blinded in a car wreck looks up the firefighter who talked him through the rescue…
The Messenger by Adrianna Dane. ebook. Ok m/m holiday romance with some slightly squicky voyeurism and another darn stalker! Ack! Please. No more stalkers! (Also, I’d figured out what the big reveal was going to be by the time I’d read half of the story…)
Timeless by Patric Michael. ebook reread. Good m/m romance about two guys, one straight, one gay, who become friends in high school and stay friends, helping each other through the ups and downs of their lives and loves.
Reckless by Rick R. Reed. ebook short. Good, albeit disconcerting, short m/m story about a guy accused of passing HIV on to a one-night stand.
Moving Day by Jaime Samms. ebook. Nicely done m/m romance about a guy afraid to take a chance on love, and his best friend, who has loved over and over and watched too many of those loves die.
Apron Strings by Jaime Samms. ebook short. Well done m/m romance short about two guys in a relationship that’s gone a little stale over time.
The Best Man by Jenna Jones. ebook short. Hmm. Another well done m/m romance short about two guys in a long-term relationship that’s gone a little stale over time.
Wild Lickins by Amber Skyze. ebook. Between the title and the author name, I should’ve been warned, eh? Meh m/m romance about a guy who goes to a gay resort in an attempt to get over his attraction to his business partner, with whom he owns the ice cream shop Wild Lickins. It wasn’t too bad at first, but after some rather twisted duplicity was revealed, I was over the story. And it got worse as the dialogue deteriorated.
*sigh* “Always with the ear cleaning, big kitty…” -Mayhem