November 2012

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Congrats to Seanna Lea, who won Acceleration (Impulse #2) by Amelia C. Gormley! Amelia is releasing Acceleration today.

Congrats to Shelley, who won When Love Flue In by Lillian FrancisWhen Love Flue In will be released by Silver Publishing on December 1.

Congrats to Lori S, who won Eight Days by Cardeno CEight Days will be released on December 1 by Dreamspinner Press as part of their 2012 Advent Calendar collection.

Congrats to Stacia H, who won Snowbound in Nowhere by Andrew GreySnowbound in Nowhere will also be released on December 1 by Dreamspinner Press as part of their 2012 Advent Calendar collection.

Congrats to Judi P, who won An Isolated Range (Stories from the Range #5) by Andrew GreyAn Isolated Range will be released on December 3 by Dreamspinner Press.

Congrats to Josieb1 and Marie A, who won the Oh, Come All Ye Kinky anthology, courtesy of  Kim Dare and Ava March! O Come All Ye Kinky will be released by Riptide Publishing on December 3.



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  • If I had Christmas lights, I’m sure I’d be taking May to the vet to have them removed from her stomach…

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Reading Update
Of course there were hockey fics. Onward! 🙂
Counterpoint (Song of the Fallen #1) by Rachel Haimowitz. ebook. Very good m/m fantasy romance about an elf who’s captured by humans while trying to protect his sister, then becomes the favored prisoner of the area’s regent. I started reading this nearly two years ago, soon after it was released. Then I learned that the book ended in an evil cliffhanger, so I stopped reading until the sequel came out  (if I’d reached that cliffhanger, I would have been too pissed to ever read the sequel).
Crescendo (Song of the Fallen #1) by Rachel Haimowitz. ebook. Very good m/m fantasy romance picking right up where the first book left off, as a human prince-regent and his elven lover-slave try to find their way through deceit and betrayal and perhaps save both their races.
In the Dark (PsyCop #6.1) by Jordan Castillo Price. ebook short. Good short m/m paranormal romance in which Vic and Jacob go to a fancy Halloween party thrown by one of Jacob’s exes.
Jock Straps on Sale (PsyCop Flash Fic) by Jordan Castillo Price. free online short. Ok ultrashort fic about Vic stopping at Crash’s store.
Black Box (Turbulence #5) by Jordan Castillo Price. ebook short. Good installment of this serial, with several flashbacks to Marlin, the pilot who killed himself at the beginning of the story.
Khyber Run by Amber Green. ebook. Pretty good m/m suspense about an Afghan-American Navy corpsmen who’s roped into helping a group of Marines track down a deserter without knowing the full story. Having just read the blurb, it makes some things clear that weren’t really clear from reading the story, but would definitely have been good to know when reading…
Fontana by Joshua Martino. ebook. Ok novel told from the first person POV of an alcoholic sportswriter who tries to save his career by outting a record-breaking major league baseball player. In Steve Kluger’s hands, this could’ve been a great story.
Stranger in Translation by Charles Raines. ebook. So-so stream-of-consciousness story of a Englishman living in Marseilles, translating a novel into French and becoming intrigued by a stranger who persists in chattering away when he’s trying to enjoy the quiet of a cemetery.
Lord & Master by HC Brown. ebook. Not sure there’s a likeable character in this kinky m/m historical “romance”. Between the characters and the intermittently overwrought and clumsy writing, this wasn’t for me. DNF.


“Not only can I read your minds, I can control your thoughts!” -Chaos


Nothing much new to report from ’round here. May’s still staying in my bedroom overnight and when I’m gone for any length of time, since Chaos keeps hissing (and occasionally growling) at her. Of course, now May’s asleep on the ottoman and Chaos is in the chair looking baleful but not hissing…

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Ebook giveaway: Xylophone by KZ Snow [CONTEST CLOSED]

Many thanks to KZ Snow for donating an ebook copy of her forthcoming m/m romance, Xylophone, for a lucky commenter to win! Xylophone will be released on December 12 by Dreamspinner Press.

Daren Boothe’s most significant secret centers on an unlikely object: a xylophone. That secret led him to develop his professional alter-ego, a sensual, androgynous dancer. When Dare begins his second (and considerably more wholesome) job playing clarinet in a polka band, he meets a young man who takes his grandmother out dancing. But Dare knows the man has his own secret.

Jonah Day immediately recognizes the clarinetist. Three years earlier they crossed paths in a therapist’s office, but they both abandoned that route to mental health. Neither was ready then to open up about the psychological traumas that haunted them.

In an attempt to heal their wounds, Dare and Jonah turn to each other. Understanding and empathy come instantly, accompanied by ambivalence about their growing attraction. But the repercussions of victimization are many. Soon, the very experiences Dare and Jonah share threaten to drive them apart.

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About KZ

KZ Snow has published over thirty shorts, novellas, and novels in a variety of genres and with a variety of publishers, including Loose Id, Dreamspinner Press, Ellora’s Cave, Cerridwen Press, Liquid Silver Books, Changeling Press, and Samhain Publishing (under a different name). At the urging of two headstrong characters, she began writing m/m romance about five years ago and fell in love with it. Her work has since been exclusively in that genre.

She lives with one human and two canine companions in rural Wisconsin.

You can visit KZ at her website or blog, where you’ll find more information about all of her books and upcoming projects.

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“Yes, I can read your minds. Fear me!” -Chaos

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Ebook giveaway: Lovers Entwined by Lillian Francis [CONTEST CLOSED]

Many thanks to Lillian Francis for donating an ebook copy of her forthcoming m/m romance, Lovers Entwined, for a lucky commenter to win! Lovers Entwined will be released on December 6 by Ellora’s Cave.

Ewan is one of Boston’s leading genealogy experts. When a would-be bridegroom comes looking for confirmation that there are no skeletons in his ancestral closet, Ewan considers turning the job down. Trey is a jerk of the highest order and yet Ewan experiences an infuriating attraction that’s easy to justify. Trey’s exactly his type – a carbon copy of the man Ewan’s been looking for his entire life.

Harder to explain is the sense of recognition that leaves Ewan speechless the moment Trey steps into his office. Or the stomach-churning sensation at the thought of casting the job aside.

Trey gets more appealing by the day, leaving Ewan struggling with forbidden desire for his client. Desire not helped by strange voyeuristic dreams that have started to haunt his sleep. Dreams that appear to be an echo of the past…

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About Lillian

An avid reader, Lillian Francis was always determined she wanted to write, but a ‘proper’ job and raising a family distracted her for over a decade. Over the years and thanks to the charms of the Internet, Lillian realized she’d been writing at least one of her characters in the wrong gender. Ever since, she’s been happily letting her ‘boys’ run her writing life.

Lillian now divides her time between family, a job and the numerous men in her head all clamouring for ‘their’ story to be told.

Lillian lives in an imposing castle on a wind-swept desolate moor or in an elaborate ‘shack’ on the edge of a beach somewhere depending on her mood, with the heroes of her stories either chained up in the dungeon or wandering the shack serving drinks in nothing but skimpy barista aprons.

In reality, she would love to own a camper van and to live by the sea. You can find out more about Lillian and her books on her blog, Goodreads author page, and Twitter.

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*sharpen sharpen sharpen sharpen sharpen* -Chaos

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Ebook giveaway: Turning the Tables (Sex Sells #4) by Kim Dare [CONTEST CLOSED]

Many thanks to Kim Dare for donating an ebook copy of her freshly released kinky m/m romance, Turning the Tables (Sex Sells #4), for a lucky commenter to win!

If there’s one thing Lee can’t stand, it’s a submissive pretending to be a dominant. When the man in question is the most stunning submissive he’s ever set eyes on, it’s obvious that something has to be done.

Turning the tables on a man who’s spent years pretending to be someone he’s not isn’t easy. Teaching a man, who spends every day struggling to hold his own against the dominants that surround him, that submission isn’t a weakness, is even harder.

Can Jacob Neilson learn to submit? Would the other owners of SKIN Designs accept it if he did? And, most importantly of all, can Lee hold everything together when it all threatens to fall apart?

Can the man who’s given the other partners hell over playing where they work really risk the future of SKIN Designs over a temp?

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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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“…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…” -Chaos

Cat reintroduction is going pretty well. Chaos hisses whenever May’s within two feet of him – even if he has to crawl under the blanket on the chair to where she’s napping for that to happen. *rolls eyes* Mayhem just looks at Mr. Hissy McHisserPants with a perfect “What is your problem?” expression, then ignores him or saunters away. Not quite ready to leave them together overnight or when I’m in the office on Tuesdays and Thursdays, though.

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Ebook giveaway: From Out in the Cold by LA Witt [CONTEST CLOSED]

Many thanks to L.A. Witt for donating an ebook copy of her forthcoming m/m romance, From Out in the Cold, for a lucky commenter to win! From Out in the Cold will be released by Loose Id on December 4.

Neil Dalton’s foundation is already cracking. Grief, guilt, and PTSD have ruled his life since a terrible crime tore his world apart last year, and he’s dreading a holiday visit with the family he simultaneously needs and resents. Then someone from his past shows up and rattles that shaky foundation right out from under him.

First a war nearly destroyed Jeremy Kelley. Then his family threw him out when he needed them the most, and now he’s barely holding on emotionally. He spends his last dollar to get to Chicago and prays his former best friend doesn’t leave him out in the cold.

Together, Neil and Jeremy spend the holidays with Neil’s family in their hometown of Omaha. They struggle to deal with families, flashbacks… and feelings that haven’t even begun to fade since their last failed attempt at more than friends. As they try to repair their fractured psyches and rebuild damaged bridges, they rely on each other more than ever, but they can’t deny the mutual attraction that’s existed since before they were both emotionally battered and scarred. If they couldn’t make it work back then, how in the world can they pull it off now?

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About L.A. Witt

L.A. Witt is an M/M erotica writer who, after three years in Okinawa, Japan, has recently relocated to Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband, two cats, and a three-headed clairvoyant parakeet named Fred. There is some speculation that this move was not actually because of her husband’s military orders, but to help L.A. close in on her arch nemesis, erotica author Lauren Gallagher, who has also recently transferred to Omaha. So, don’t anyone tell Lauren. She’s not getting away this time…

You can find out more about L.A. at her website, blog, Twitter, and Facebook.

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Behold, the Paw of Mayhem!

Cat reintroduction is going pretty well. Chaos hisses whenever May’s within two feet of him – even if he has to crawl under the blanket on the chair to where she’s napping for that to happen. *rolls eyes* Mayhem just looks at Mr. Hissy McHisserPants with a perfect “What is your problem?” expression, then ignores him or saunters away. Not quite ready to leave them together overnight or when I’m in the office on Tuesdays and Thursdays, though.

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