September 2012

That week when linkity was almost manageable*



Congrats to Renee, who won Danny and Mike by Valentina HeartDanny and Mike will be released by Silver Publishing on September 29.

Congrats to Serentiy, who won Love Comes Silently by Andrew Grey! Love Comes Silently will be released on October 1 by Dreamspinner Press.

Congrats to Victoria H and Marsha S, who each won Dex in Blue (Johnnies #2) by Amy LaneDex in Blue will also be released by Dreamspinner Press on October 1.


*Because a catastrophic Firefox crash took out my plugins and left me VERY CRANKY…



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The Hot Floor by Josephine Myles. ebook. arc. Very good m/m/m romance about a glassblower who’s attracted to the couple living downstairs from him. As they become friends, his attraction only increases, but he respects their rule about not getting involved with people they see all the time. And then things change in a flood of surprising circumstances…
Heart in Hand by salifiable. free ebook/online fiction. reread. Very good m/m romance about two hockey players on rival teams who become friends – and more – through an unusual turn of events. I got sniffly more than once while I was reading this one. What didn’t work so well for me were all the hockey details in the last third of the book, which got to be a bit much. (Note that this is, as Kate puts it, set in an alternate universe and features two real-life NHL players.) Reread: Just as good, if not better, on the reread. My eyes leaked this time, too. Reread the second: Yeah, I read it twice this week. 🙂
If Heaven’s Hypothetical by Shoemaster & Impertinence. free ebook/online fiction. Very good m/m romance about a guy who runs away from home and his minor league hockey team in Canada because he doesn’t think he has a choice. And then he becomes friends with a vaguely familiar guy who keeps coming into the diner where he waits tables…
At the End of All Your Lines by Lake (beyond_belief). free ebook/online fiction. Surprisingly sweet short m/m romance about best friends and hockey teammates who get drunk married in Las Vegas.
Not a Heart of Gold by queeniegalore. free ebook/online fiction. Steamy short m/m romance about a hockey player who becomes obsessed with the thought of his teammate and best friend as a hooker he can buy.
Inferno by Scarlet Blackwell. ebook. Good m/m romance about a closeted cop who’s pissed at a sexy club owner for being tempting… oh yeah, and for being a murder suspect, too. 😉 Over-the-top drama ensues.
Baked to Death (Simon Kirby-Jones #4) by Dean James. Good gay mystery in which an old friend shows up trying to regain Simon’s affections and a medieval fair provides a dangerous distraction. This was the last book in the series and one thing had to happen for me to be happy with how it ended. I’m happy. 🙂
How to Quit Playing Hockey (Hockey #1) by Isa K. ebook. Good m/m romance about two closeted minor league hockey players whose idyllic summer together ends with the start of the new season as one is sent up to the majors and the other faces the possibility of being cut from the team and trying to define a post-hockey life.
There’s Cock in This Book (Hockey #0.5) by Isa K. free ebook short. reread. I should’ve refreshed my memory and reread this before reading How to Quit Playing Hockey! Good short m/m story about a deeply closeted minor league hockey player who survives by keeping his head down and blending in… until the new guy on the team hits on him. With a bit more proofing and a less abrupt ending, this would have been a 4.5 star read.
Another Dead Republican (Tom & Scott #13) by Mark Richard Zubro. ebook. Good gay mystery in which Tom and Scott head to Wisconsin to support Tom’s sister after her loathsome husband was murdered during a gubernatorial recall election. A titch more editing would have helped on this one.
Summerboys by stlkrchck. free ebook/online fiction. Good m/m romance about two camp counselors who don’t communicate with each other very well. I think this one’s probably more fun if you have actual familiarity with the hockey players who inspired the fic.


*admires the unbearable cuteness of Mayhem*

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Ebook giveaway: Theory of Attraction by Cleon Lee [CONTEST CLOSED]

Many thanks to Cleon Lee for donating an ebook copy of her recently released m/m romance, Theory of Attraction, for a lucky commenter to win!

Ethan Roberts is a TA and the resident gay Don Juan of St. Phillips University. Getting tired of one-night stands, he decides to pursue a serious relationship. However, the only guy he really wants is Aaron Marcus, a shy and nerdy Sociology TA.

His upbringing and his past relationship have made Aaron Marcus insecure and paranoid. He thinks Ethan is just another guy who wants to make fun of him with his over-the-top courtship. However, his perception of Ethan changes when Ethan takes him home and takes care of him after Aaron gets drunk in a bar.

It is up to Ethan to reassure Aaron that despite Ethan’s inexperience in relationships and Aaron’s neuroses, they can make their relationship work.

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About Cleon

Although a cynic at heart, Cleon Lee is passionate that the stories she reads and writes have happy endings because she believes the world needs more optimism.

Her physical self is located in a country in South East Asia, but her family and friends think she lives in a castle in the sky. You can find out more about Cleon and her books on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and her website and blog.

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  • To enter, leave a comment stating that you are entering the contest. Contest closes 7 pm CDT, Monday, October 8.
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“Ready to fire in three… two… one…” -Chaos

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Ebook Giveaway: Home Work (Life Lessons #3) by Kaje Harper [CONTEST CLOSED]

Many thanks to Kaje Harper for donating an ebook copy two ebook copies of her forthcoming m/m romance, Home Work (Life Lessons #3), for lucky commenters to win! Home Work will be released October 5 by MLR Press. (Edited: Kaje donated a second copy when the contest hit 100 comments. Thanks, Kaje!)

Mac and Tony thought the hard part was over. They’re together openly as a couple, sharing a home and building a life with their two children. It’s what they dreamed of. But daughter Anna struggles with the changes, Ben is haunted by old secrets, Mac’s job in Homicide still demands too much of his time, and Tony is caught in the middle. It’s going to take everything these men can give to create a viable balance between home and work. Especially when the outside world seems determined to throw obstacles in their way.

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About Kaje

I live in Minnesota (where the two seasons are snow removal and road-repair, and the mosquito is the state bird, and where sometimes in winter it is so beautiful you can’t breathe for gazing at it). I have been writing for longer than I care to admit, and currently am focused on writing m/m romance. I have an interview on the BookWenches site that is more biographical, for those who are interested.

My first professionally published book, Life Lessons, came out from MLR Press in May 2011. This was the first thing I had submitted anywhere and I was thrilled when it was accepted. And now I have other work in print, both free and professionally published. This writing thing is addictive. So read, comment, tell me what you like and what you don’t, and help me make the upcoming books even better.

You can find out more about Kaje and her books on her blog and at Goodreads.

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  • To enter, leave a comment stating that you are entering the contest. Contest closes 7 pm CDT, Thursday, October 4.
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“I’ll just sprawl here until you throw that mouse for me, Mom…” -Mayhem

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Ebook giveaway: Magpie (Avian Shifters #2) by Kim Dare [CONTEST CLOSED]



Congrats to Ilona, who won her choice of Mate Healer (Dragonmen #4) or Back to Hell (Hellbourne #2) by Amber Kell!

Congrats to Donna, who won The Hot Floor by Josephine Myles! The Hot Floor is being released today by Samhain Publishing.



Many thanks to Kim Dare for donating an ebook copy of her forthcoming kinky paranormal m/m romance, Magpie (Avian Shifters #2), for a lucky commenter to win! Magpie will be released by Resplendence Publishing on October 3.

Everet has found his perfect place in the nest. As a raven, he’s ideally suited to his new role in the nest’s security flock. Some of the jobs it entails have been far more enjoyable than others, but when he’s called to retrieve a magpie who’s got himself into trouble in a local human club, it becomes a truly life changing experience.

Magpie shifters have always been looked down on by other avians. Just as attracted to shiny things in their human bodies as they are in their avian forms, everyone knows they’ll do anything for money – and they’re not above stealing what they can’t get by more honest means.

Kane knows what being a magpie means, and he’s got the bruises to show for it. When Everet rescues him from his latest scrape, Kane knows better than to believe the raven will actually take an interest in him and his welfare, but it’s just possible that Everet is different from any other man Kane has ever met.

Please note: This book will make more sense if you read Duck! first.

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About Kim

Kim Dare is a twenty-eight year old full time writer from Wales (UK).

First published in December 2008, Kim has since released 75 BDSM erotic romances. That means that well over one hundred characters have chattered away inside her head during that time – and that’s not even taking into account the fact that there are over three times that number of people clamouring in the wings for a chance to tell their stories. It’s no wonder she loses track of what’s happening in the “real” world at times…

While Kim’s stories range over male/male, male/female and all kinds of menage relationships and have included vampires, time travellers, shape-shifters and fairytale re-tellings, they all have three things in common – kink, love and a happy ending.

You can visit Kim at her website and her blog.

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  • If you haven’t commented before, your comment will not be visible until after I moderate it. Please do not leave a second comment because your first doesn’t show up! The blog gnomes will decide your comments are spam and then only ritual dust bunny sacrifice will salvage your entry…
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“Hmm. What sort of trouble should I get into today?” -Chaos

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Misadventures in Stock Photography: Part the 137th (The return of SSTTJG)

Welcome to another edition of the Misadventures in Stock Photography! Today we’ll be catching up with Stubborn Set To The Jaw Guy (SSTTJG). Keep an eye out for some other familiar faces bodies, too! (Don’t forget you can hover your cursor over the covers to see how I used the title in the story – helpful for hard to read covers, or when other text on the cover is larger than the title.)

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. The end. If you squint just right as you read it, it makes total sense! 😉


“That poor black kitty up there! What sort of life can he possibly have, hanging out with naughty boys?!” -Mayhem

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