- EH is giving away an assortment of romances (including some paranormals) to readers who live outside the US and Canada. Leave a comment by midnight UTC, June 21, for your chance to win.
- Anna’s celebrating her third blogiversary by giving away an assortment of paranormal romance and urban fantasy if you leave a comment before June 30.
- The Rainbow Romance Writers (RWA LGBT Special Interest Chapter) is accepting submissions from June 1 – August 31, 2010, for the 2010 Rainbow Romance Award for Excellence in Romantic Fiction. Categories are contemporary, paranormal, romantic suspense, historical, scifi/fantasy, YA, and short/novella. To be eligible, submitted works must have been published in 2009 and have an ISBN.
- Sweet Vernal Zephyr mentions new contests daily and keeps a list of contests in her sidebar. All Things Urban Fantasy had over a hundred urban fantasy related contests this week.
- New releases and more: Lily (m/m romance), Renee (UF/PNR), Literary Escapism (UF/PNR, interviews, etc), and Elisa (LGBT).
- Dear Author had a nice list of links Wednesday.
- Curious about what the top 25 blogs for librarians are?
- Is it more likely that you will read a book from your TBR (to-be-read) piles/files, or a freshly acquired book? (Me? I’m all about the “oh! shiny! new book!”)
- While my Misadventures in Stock Photography feature the male form, Miranda’s found some covers of a particularly popular female cover model.
- For a free paranormal m/m romance read the likes of which you’ll not soon find, check out Tam’s Chia Pet Hell.
- What’s behind our switch away from physical media? For me, it’s the delight of not adding more stuff that takes up space and needs to be dusted. (Quit laughing, Jeanne. I dust. Annually.)
- A book collector wonders how ebooks can compete with the wonders of a signed paper book.
- Ebook Ant is a new ebook search and comparison site.
- You can now buy ebooks from Penguin at Amazon again, but the pricing is completely bizarre. So bizarre, in fact, that it inspired TeddyPig to write about how publishers promote piracy through silly pricing.
- TeddyPig also wonders why the whole price fixing agency pricing model is Amazon or Apple’s fault – maybe we should be pointing to the traditional publishers instead.
- Borders is now selling an ebook reader for $120… too bad it’s not rated better.
- Speaking of ratings, Consumer Reports took a look at ebook readers.
- Charlie Stross reviews the iPad and thinks it feels like a “magic book.”
Learn, Do, Think
- Coffee doesn’t actually make us more alert?!? Waaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!
- Congrats to Sir Patrick Stewart!
- Gizmodo had an interesting comparison of Google (Android) and Apple and their approaches to computing and connectivity.
- Whoa. Check out the stats on internet p0rn that Online MBA put together in a handy infographic.
- Find out which sunscreens Consumer Reports liked.
- Domino’s now sells gluten-free pizza in New Zealand. Wow. Pretty sure we won’t see that here for a while…
- If you have a Maytag (or one of numerous associated brands) dishwasher that you bought between February 2006 and April 2010, you should check to see if it’s on the recall list before it burns down your house…
- Sony’s just come up with a tweeting-cat device…
Did You See?
- I had a rare second post of the day on Wednesday, which included a picture of me being used as a climbing gym by Mayhem.
- My goodness, being manly certainly looks dangerous, if it entails battling giant flesh-rending… otters.
- Before you start looking for the key to this graph of math you’ll actually need to use, read the Math Topics axis…
- The Oatmeal takes on Twilight – make sure you watch the video, too. Hee hee. (If you’re a huge Twilight fan, you might want to skip it…) (Thanks, Julia!)
- Beware of helpful computer programs.
- CJ discusses all the words she can’t remember how to spell. (Warning: Even if you don’t start out having trouble spelling these words, you might after reading the post.)
- Can you determine whether you’re actually dealing with a mad scientist?
- My results of the classic dames test and classic leading man test (how could I resist trying both?) were Katherine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart, respectively.
- O noes! Poor scared little castle.
- Chaos would be in heaven if I actually put a dirty dish in the sink.
- Minion wannabes! Make sure you word your requests to Basement Cat very carefully.
- Sorry, kitten, I don’t believe you.
- What if Cheech and Chong were cats?
- The Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds featured cats last week.
Dark Designs (Half Lives, Book 1) by Luisa Prieto. ebook. Excellent m/m dark fantasy romance about a Pulitzer-winning journalist haunted by a horrifying event he can’t quite remember and a graphic novel artist who has been drawing strips that he believed were fantastical, but which may be echoes from a previous life. Deft and complex, this book drew me in slowly until I realized I couldn’t put it down. Do be aware that things are not at all resolved by the end of this book. *commences waiting impatiently for Book 2*
The Rest Is Illusion by Eric Arvin. ebook. Wow. I don’t even know where to start. This excellent novel is about a group of college students who are all, without necessarily knowing it, poised at the brink of transformation. It’s thoughtful, spiritual, ultimately hopeful, and worth savoring; I’m very glad to have read it.
The Mark of an Alpha (Pack Discipline, Book 1) by Kim Dare. ebook. Very intriguing paranormal m/m romance that takes the standard alpha werewolf trait of dominance and mixes it up with bondage and submission. Plus it was nice not to read a fated mates story for a change. I’m definitely reading more in this series as they are available.
Turquoise and Leather (Collared, Book 1) by Kim Dare. ebook. Very good kinky m/m romance about a dominant who’s not sure he wants to take on a very chattery untrained submissive.
Lights and Sirens by Stephani Hecht. ebook. Very good m/m romance about a nurse who has a crush on a straight paramedic, but is pretty sure he doesn’t want to take that path to heartache.
Blood on the Ice by A.M. Riley. ebook short. Very good short paranormal m/m romance about a hockey player who gets bitten by a vampire.
Bad Angels: Falling by Belinda McBride. ebook. Ok m/m fantasy m/m romance about a fallen angel and the member of the Fae who teaches him what he needs to know to live in the world.
Ghost of a Chance by Jude Mason. ebook short. Ok short paranormal m/m romance about a guy who discovers that the house he’s just purchased has a ghost… a very amorous ghost, tied to a mystery. Yup, that’s Underwear Guy!
Melting Ice and Melting Ice 2 by D.J. Manly. ebooks. So-so unrelated m/m romantic suspenses about deeply closeted law enforcement agents who “thaw” under the attention of the wrong guys. By the end of each book, I wanted to slap characters.
“This is my box and my very special cushy mailing envelope that I dragged in here and placed just so.” -Mayhem