Congrats to Paula, who won A Game of Skills (The Farmingdale Gentleman’s Club, Book 2) by TC Blue! A Game of Skills will be released by Total-E-Bound on August 16. (And go read this interview with TC Blue!)
If you read m/m romance, you should definitely join the M/M Romance Group on GoodReads. It’s a great source for reading recommendations, discussions, eye candy, author news, giveaways, and more.
- Leontine’s giving away a copy of Gena Showalter’s The Darkest Lie and a copy of Kresley Cole’s Pleasure of a Dark Prince. Leave a comment before August 14 for your chance to win.
- KMont’s giving away an ebook copy of KT Grant’s new f/f pirate romance, The Princess’s Bride. Comment by August 15 for your chance to win.
- Cecile’s giving away an ARC of the forthcoming romance by Jennifer Crusie, Maybe This Time. Leave a comment by August 17 for your chance to win.
- Patti’s giving away prize pack that includes Brenda Novak’s White Heat (Department 6 Hired Guns, Book 1). Leave a comment by August 21 for your chance to win.
- Patti’s also giving away a copy of Jenny Nelson’s new novel, Georgia’s Kitchen. Leave a comment (and be a follower) by August 26 for your chance to win.
- Knittymama’s giving away “something yummy and something crafty”. To enter, guess how many t-shirts her husband the Skeptic has. Contest closes August 30.
- New releases: Lily (m/m romance), All About Romance (September romance releases), and Literary Escapism (UF/PNR: news, new releases, interviews, etc).
- Thought (and discussion) provoking article about sexuality and same-sex romance by Jill Sorenson.
- Clare London found a great post about whether sex is the only thing that sells books these days.
- Speaking of which… Jessica at ReadReactReview wrote a humorous post called “Penis vs. Clitoris: Romance Superior Court, County of Erotica.”
- Tracey D left such a great comment here yesterday I had to share it with all of you: “Transported to a surreal landscape, a young girl kills the first person she meets and then teams up with three strangers to kill again. — Review for The Wizard of Oz”
- Ten tips to help you Kindlefolk get the most out of your devices.
- A look at 32 slate and tablet computers.
- An intellectual property lawyer wonders how many times the media industry can claim that it’s being destroyed by new technologies.
- Dear Author on the transformational time for publishing in which we find ourselves.
- Wendy the Super Librarian weighs in on Dorchester’s announcement that it will stop printing paperbacks and move to an ebook and POD (print-on-demand) model instead.
- The Vancouver Public Library is seeing increased new memberships since it started offering ebooks.
- TeleRead found a new, free online converter that does non-DRM ebooks.
- If you aren’t using Calibre (free!) to manage your ebook library, maybe this tutorial will help you get started.
- Some ereader humor.
Learn, Make, Do, Think
- Matrix offers flight pricing without all the extraneous crap.
- Nice guide from Lifehacker on avoiding environmental health risks.
- Yikes! In the past month, a very sophisticated Trojan has siphoned about $1 million from British bank accounts.
- Ack! There’s a million pounds of beef in California, Texas, Oregon, and Arizona that’s contaminated by E. coli!
- Have you seen the social network planet?
- Hmm. Maybe sleeping in on the weekend won’t make up for not getting enough sleep during the week.
- Make a custom t-shirt with a photo of your pet (or kidlet) on it.
- I’m pretty sure FOX News wasn’t expecting Ted Olson to defend the Prop 8 trial decision so eloquently (or at all?).
- Kristi has photography, craft, and foodie links.
- Jessica has bookish news and more in the Monday Morning Stepback.
- Katiebabs has her weekly NSFW WTFery post.
- 1950s hand-carved statue of a cat with a ball of yarn.
- I love marble track things likes this, although the best one I ever say was at the Boston Museum of Science – it was huge and used bowling balls instead of marbles! (And yes, it was enclosed in plexiglass.)
- You’ll have to wait until October to buy the LEGO London Tower Bridge.
- Sharpie’s new liquid pencil can be erased for the first 24 hours, but then it’s permanent.
- If you have a handy baby this Halloween, you can put together this uber-creepy ventriloquist and ventriloquist’s dummy costume.
- Don’t you think your kids would have nightmares from this two-story inflatable black cat Halloween decoration?! (Make sure you watch the short video.) (Thanks, Brenda!)
- Would you use fake melted food to save your seat?
- Alas, I simply don’t have space for this giant cat couch.
- Erm. I certainly know what I think this pen looks like! (NSFW, depending on how you perceive the pen.)
- Not sure that these skull spoons could actually be used as spoons, with those eye holes…
- SoC is not responsible for any injuries incurred if you actually make these DIY office roller skates.
- The Batman of my imagination does not look like this.
- Twelve things that CursingMama can’t believe she’s actually said but has because she’s a pet owner.
- xkcd on sleep deprivation. (Make sure you hover your mouse over the comic.)
- What would happen if the internet broke forever?
- I guess this means that neither of my cats is 100% evil, no matter what I might think.
- Absolutely the cutest geek toys you’ll ever see. I thought Cthulhu was particularly adorable.
- Kitten! Kitten! Kitten in a shoe! Kittens! Melly! Kitten! Kitten! Pallas cat! Puppy! Kitten! Melly! Pallas cats! Kitten! Puppy! Escape artist panda! Kitten!
This week’s short reading list is due to my small part in the M/M Romance Group’s celebration, plus I’m in the midst of reading a very long book. I’m sure I’ll finish it by next Friday.
Duck! by Kim Dare. ebook. Very good kinky paranormal m/m romance/fairy tale about an avian shifter who was raised in the human foster system and only recently discovered that he wasn’t human. Since it’s believed he’ll be a low-status duck shifter, he’s being treated very, very poorly until a high-ranking hawk shifter decides to take him home as a servant/submissive. Um, I might’ve gotten sniffly while reading this one…
Strawberries for Dessert by Marie Sexton. ebook. Very good m/m romance about an accountant who works all the time, always chasing his next promotion, and a guy who doesn’t need to work but travels incessantly, unable to stay too long in one place. I got sniffly while reading this one, too!
A Game of Skills (The Farmingdale Gentleman’s Club, Book 2) by T.C. Blue. ebook. Very good m/m romantic suspense about a guy who’s been on the run for a long time, protecting his dead best friend’s child, who has special abilities. Along the way, they rescue a member of the Farmingdale Gentleman’s Club… but will coming to the Club’s attention help them, or further endanger them?
Boys of Pleasure by Heidi Cullinan. illustrated short ebook. Very good short m/m romance about a librarian who’s out at a bar to clear his head after a fight with his boyfriend and becomes fascinated by the guitarist onstage.
Valley of Shadows by Phoenix Emrys. ebook. Good paranormal m/m romance about a famous historical romance author who has a big secret: he can see and speak with ghosts. Ghosts who want him to pass on messages to their loved ones so that they can rest in peace. He does so anonymously… until one fateful day. This story took a somewhat odd and unexpected turn about 2/3 through… and I still haven’t decided what I think about it.
Changing Perspective (Lusting Wild) by Marilu Mann. free ebook short. So-so free short paranormal m/m romance about a bar owner who is unexpectedly attracted to the guy applying to be a bouncer. (The cover’s a bit amusing for an m/m romance, isn’t it?)
Heart Song by Jambrea Jo Jones. ebook short. Sweet short m/m romance about a guy whose older, emotionally distant lover has just died. (And talk about a cover bonanza! Candy Cane Guy and Torso Guy!)
“Tough luck, Mom. I’m staying right here, so you can just forget about mailing all this stuff out to those M/M Romance Group people.” -Mayhem