- Jambrea Jo Jones is giving away three ebook copies of her books (both m/m and m/f). Comment by February 12 for your chance to win.
- Smexy Books is giving away your choice of an ebook from Scarlett Parrish’s backlist. Contest runs through February 12.
- Blodeuedd’s giving away two of Lori Brighton’s ebooks (Mind Readers and The Ghost Hunter) to one lucky commenter. Contest closes February 13.
- Jase and Juni are giving away a $10 gift certificate to All Romance Ebooks. Comment by February 14 for your chance to win. (Site is very NSFW!)
- For your chance to win a signed copy of Sara J. Henry’s book, Learning to Swim, comment at Punctuality Rules or at Booking Through Thursday before February 16.
- Answer one of Sloan Parker’s questions for your chance to win an ebook copy of her m/m romance, Breathe, at Book Lovers Inc. Contest closes February 19.
- New releases and more: Lily (m/m romance), Book Lovers Inc (UF, PNR, romance), Literary Escapism (UF/PNR news, reviews, etc), and AAR (romance).
- Educational and amusing book linkity from Smart Bitches.
- Jessica of ReadReactReview on ten things she noticed when rereading Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward.
- Kiernan Kelly shares a conversation she had with a muggle, trying to explain that she writes gay romance.
- Bronwyn Green with some tips for writers. (Acutally, it’s been tips/secrets for writers all week at Writer’s Evolution!)
- Kris on why she reads m/m romance.
- Awful book covers and titles (probably NSFW).
- Would ads in ebooks help prevent piracy by allowing lower prices? (Please, no book ads…)
- An interview with Neil Gaiman on piracy and the web – definitely some points worth thinking about.
- Some thoughts from Gizmodo on Apple as a publisher.
- Did you know that you can read epub books, including Adobe DRM books, on your Kindle?
Make, Think, Do, Learn
- A very good post about what gay marriage means, from L.A. Witt. (This does the same thing, but be aware that you’ll likely hit NSFW stuff if you wander from that link.)
- Use your computer screen as a “green screen” to make photo backgrounds easy to remove.
- Most people will feel happier if you acknowledge their unhappiness, rather than trying to tell them that things aren’t so bad.
- Is it possible to redirect a bad day before it really gets started?
- A recent study suggests that it might be possible to treat celiac disease (and perhaps other inflammatory autoimmune diseases) by blocking a specific inflammatory protein.
- A Gizmodo writer wonders why there are so many stock photos of outraged women dealing with broken computers.
- If you’ve ever wondered why time flies…
- Through February 14, you can give someone $2 worth of free mp3s on Amazon – and there’s nothing wrong with giving yourself some music, right?
- Tor.com has 14 urban-fantasy inspired Valentine’s gift ideas…
- What could be a more perfect Valentine’s meal than Nutella-coated bacon, washed down with chocolate-infused vodka?!
- Just hoping that it’s not a real deer…
- Jen of EPBOT talks about the treadmill desk she and her husband made.
- Kristi has craft, food, and photo linkity. mrspao has craft, food, and humour linkity. Marsha has fun and eclectic linkity.
- I like this quote on happiness.
- I’m not sure I’m ready for Monopoly Live, which is controlled by a tower in the middle of the board.
- A very good question: why do these batteries come with a free glue stick?
- Nose vibrator?! (Completely SFW. I know you’re surprised. But really, it is.)
- The Starbucks Trenta holds an entire bottle of wine… (But officer, I just had one glass of wine…)
- If you’ve ever wondered what happened to Major Tom…
- I’m pretty sure that this is how black kitties hide so well.
- It’s Cat Guy Week in Los Angeles.
- Kitten! Floofy baby bun! Tiger parent and cub! Some sort of super cute baby “big cat”! Baby antelope! Slow motion calico kitten! Slow motion chipmunk! Baby ocelot! Baby blackbird! Baby platypus! White tiger parent lugging cub! Kitten! Kitten! Baby penguin! Tiny marmosets! Kingfishers! Big cats playing with an iPad! Baby tiger and red panda (although not in the same photo)!
Rinse and Repeat by Amberly Smith. ebook. Excellent paranormal m/m romance about a guy who’s a Repeater, stuck repeating the same day over and over again until he can change some key event from the day. Things are different on this Repeat, because he’s started to care way too much about a skateboarder he’s watched die far too many times. (Hi, Pouty Guy!)
These Haunted Heights by Ally Blue. ebook. Very good paranormal m/m romance about a photojournalist who’s staying alone at his aunt’s house on the Oregon coast while he shoots a story about the area. Mysterious crying from the empty tower room and a handsome brooding neighbor complicate things in interesting ways…
How the Other Half Lives by Clare London. ebook short. Very good short m/m romance about two guys, one very tidy and the other very untidy, who exchange flatsitting duties with each other, but never actually meet… until they do.
A Russian Bear by C.B. Conwy. Very good kinky m/m romance about a grad student and a Dom who meet through a case of mistaken identity that leads to the Dom helping the grad student explore his attraction to submission.
Maleria, Cholera and Bubonic Plague (A Russian Bear, Book 1.5) by C.B. Conwy. web short. Good short m/m romance about Mischa waking up with hangover. (Although I would’ve eaten toast first, not chili!)
Call Me Sir, Boy! by Kim Dare. ebook short. Cute kinky short m/m romance about a dom who loses a bet and is stuck wearing a hat that says “Call Me SIR, Boy!” at the club for an evening when he’s approached by a submissive he’s never seen before – a submissive who seems perfect for him.
Opposites Distract by Stephani Hecht. ebook short. Sweet short m/m romance about a party boy who’s really attracted to a geeky guy he sees at their college’s GLBT student center, but the geeky guy doesn’t trust the party boy’s intentions.
Chocolate Dreams by Em Woods. ebook short. Sweet short m/m romance about an accountant who’s been burned by love before and lies about having a boyfriend to the chocolatier he finds attractive.
Sagittarius Blues by Katrina Strauss. ebook. Good holiday m/m romance about a college student whose inflammatory vlog personality has unexpected negative impacts on his life. For some reason, this never really came together for me and I haven’t been able to figure out why.
Into the Light (Clear Water Chronicles, Book 1) by Scarlet Blackwell. ebook. Ok m/m romance about a sheriff who’s a good man now, but was part of a bullying gang when he was in high school… and other members that gang raped a gay student while he stood by and did nothing. Now the victim of that rape has returned to town and wants the sheriff to pay for his part in the unreported crime. This was a really mixed read for me – I felt that it started out strongly, but by the end had turned into a melodramatic soap opera.
One True Thing by Amanda Grayson. ebook short. What an unsatisfying read! This m/m romance about an agent who has to go into deep cover by having his cover story planted in his brain was frustrating, particularly since it had so much potential. There was way too much story for a short, so the story had no depth and often seemed to jump around. And then the story just stopped, so you have no idea if they successfully completed the mission (i.e., the purported reason for the story).
“Go away. Being noble and dignified was exhausting.” -Chaos