Yup, linkity’s on Thursday because there won’t be a post on Friday this week. Happy New Year to all of you!
Congrats to Tj, who won The Stroke of Twelve (Perfect Timing, Book 6) by Kim Dare! The Stroke of Twelve will be released by Total-E-Bound on January 3, 2011.
Congrats to Susmita, who won Offside Pass by Stephani Hecht! Offside Pass is the first book in Stephaniâ€™s new hockey series and will be released by eXtasy Books on January 1, 2011.
- Tracy’s giving away a pdf copy of Karen Mercury’s m/m/f Western historical romance, Working the Lode, to someone who comments by 11:59 pm (PST), January 4.
- New releases and more: Elisa (GLBT); SciFiGuy (UF/PNR, YA); Tor.com (UF/PNR, fantasy, scifi); and Literary Escapism (UF/PNR).
- Book linkity from Dear Author and ReadReactReview.
- Does the Library Journal article that listed some m/m romances to get libraries started on an m/m romance collection mean that the genre is gaining mainstream acceptance?
- Sign ups are now open for the 2011 M/M Romance Challenge.
- An American Editor wonders if Amazon has too much power.
- Aw, a lamp for your nightstand that’s shaped like a little house and your book becomes the house’s roof when you’re done reading for the night. Not quite so cute if you’re reading an ebook. 🙂
- The state of ebooks at the end of 2010. Some ebook publishing predictions for 2011 from Smashwords. The Electronic Frontier Foundation reviews its predictions from the beginning of 2010.
- Ebook readers are putting classics on best-selling (free) ebook lists.
Think, Do, Learn, Make
- Amazing bee facts! (Thanks, Jase!)
- If you got a new gadget for Christmas, check out Gizmodo’s handy setup guides.
- You might be able to get rid of your texting plan by using one of these eight applications.
- Are gift cards good gifts? Some tips on how not to waste gift cards.
- Ack! The Nintendo 3DS can actually mess up kids’ eyes! 🙁
Belated Gift Idea
- Nothing says geek quite like percentile dice hanging from your rearview mirror…
- Cheryl continues to outfit her Barbies in high style. (The kitty is my favorite addition to Barbieland!)
- If you’re having trouble coming up with New Year’s resolutions, this handy generator might help. (via Paperback Writer)
- Um. If it’s cold enough that you’re using the Nose Dialer instead of taking off your gloves to dial the phone, you’re probably going to get snot all over your phone…
- Male/female plug rings (not as dirty as you’re thinking)…
- Kitties! Baby bun! Baby cougars! Kitten! Squirrels! Tiger cub! Bunny! Charlene Butterbean! Kitten! Cheetah! Kittens! Baby reindeer! Baby penguins! Kitten! Baby chinchilla!
Ummm… So I’ve been on vacation since last Friday and have gotten rather a lot of reading done… and I read a lot of shorts. Don’t freak. 🙂
Life Changes Everything (Life, Book 2) by T.C. Blue. ebook. Very good m/m romance mostly about Ben from Life or Something Scary Like That as he goes on with, well, life after the events of that book. This book does a nice job tying up the loose ends, even if I was kind of cranky about one of them while it was in process.
Sno Ho by Ethan Day. ebook. Reread. Very good m/m romance about a guy staying at a ski resort whose boyfriend was supposed to join him there, but instead dumped him over the phone. Funny, yet touching.
Life in Fusion (Sno Ho, Book 2) by Ethan Day. ebook. Very good m/m romance that picks up exactly where the first book left off and continues the story of Boone and Wade during the six months Boone said needed to pass before he would move in with Wade. And like the first book, this manages to be both funny and touching.
Big Balls and Trouble by Sarah Black. ebook short. Good short m/m romance about a pro football player who’s in Boise for the summer and ready to admit that he’s always loved the childhood friend he hasn’t seen for years. I found this story frustrating because it was so short – it felt more like a fragment from a longer story than something that could stand on its own.
Tooth and Nail (His Hearth, Book 2) by Mary Calmes. ebook. Very good paranormal m/m romance about a big, tough warder who takes too many chances because, according to the other warders, he doesn’t have a hearth (i.e., a mate). And then he rescues an angel…
Just One Bite (Volume 1) by Scarlett Blackwell, J.L. Merrow, Josephine Myles, Erik Orrantia, Nix Winter, & Stevie Woods. free ebook collection. Scarlett Blackwell: Very good, want more! Vampire. :: J.L. Merrow: Very good. Stone circle. :: Josephine Myles: Very good. Genie. :: Erik Orrantia: Pretty good. Mayan. :: Nix Winter: Ok. Fantasy. :: Stevie Woods: Pretty good. Vampire.
Delany’s Catch by Diana DeRicci. ebook short. Pretty good short paranormal m/m romance about a wolf shifter who walks into a bookstore to ask for directions and realizes that the proprietor is his mate.
Same Time Next Year by Eden Winters. ebook short. I’m not usually a fan of ghost stories, but this one, about a guy whose true love died when they were in college, worked pretty well, although I found it to be very sad.
Vanilla: The Dominant Ingredient by Andy Slayde & Ali Wilde. ebook. Very good m/m romance about a sub-for-hire, escaped from a bad situation, who is desperately trying to convince the man he’s staying with while he sorts out his life that he’d be the perfect sub. I want to read more about these characters!
Commanding Acquisitions (1-800-DOM-HELP, Book 2) by Christine d’Abo. ebook. Good kinky m/m romance about a dom, struggling not to lose his bookstore, who’s also lonely and needing something more than just casual encounters. He finds the mysterious 1-800-DOM-HELP business card in his office…
Floggers’ Holiday Sale by Stormy Glenn & H.C. Brown. ebook. Meh two-story kinky m/m holiday romance collection. The two stories were supposed to be about two different doms, each of whom purchased a sub at the Floggers’ (bdsm club) holiday auction, but things weren’t consistent between the two stories: in one, the dom’s not allowed to take possession of the sub until they both negotiate contracts; in the other, the club owner sends the virginal sub with the notoriously brutal dom and just tells the dom to bring the sub back to the club at the end of the week. Editing was consistently horrible across both stories, although perhaps a bit worse in the Stormy Glenn story – for the first part, “dominate” was substituted for “dominant” and “dominant” was substituted for “dominate”…
Hang a Shining Star by Ashlyn Kane. ebook short. Very good m/m holiday romance about a high school teacher who runs into a former student working at a Christmas tree lot and, discovering that the former student has no one to spend the holiday with, impulsively invites him over. My only complaint with this one was that the main characters were named Evan and Eric – I kept getting the names mixed up, as did the editor/proofer at least once! 🙂
Snow and Mistletoe by T.C. Blue. ebook short. Very good short m/m holiday romance about a guy with a really bad self-image who hasn’t had any luck finding journalism work. He starts finding mysterious presents outside his apartment door – he’s sure they’re from his friends, trying to cheer him up, because no way could he have a secret admirer…
Christmas with Danny Fit by Amy Lane. ebook. Very good m/m holiday romance about a guy who’s still living with his mother at 30, not really living his life, until his burgeoning friendship with his sexy assistant at work inspires him to start making changes.
You Can’t Choose Your Family by Zahra Owens. ebook. Very good holiday m/m romance about a couple who’s been together for 20 years. One guy’s family is fabulously accepting; the other’s was controlled by his fire and brimstone father. Now that his father is dead, will anything change?
Christmas Bells by Andi Deacon. ebook short. Very good short m/m holiday romance about an assistant professor, staying at his parents’ house for Christmas, whose brother brings home a very attractive friend from grad school who doesn’t have anywhere to go for the holidays.
Silver Thaw by Nora Catherine Price. ebook short. Very good short m/m holiday romance about next door neighbors who get the chance to know each other a bit better because of an ice storm.
Sharing Christmas by Shae Connor. ebook short. Steamy short m/m holiday romance about a guy, recently moved to Atlanta for work, whose next door neighbor invites him over to help put together packages for the homeless shelter.
The Santa Mug by Patric Michael. ebook. Very good m/m holiday romance about a guy whose boyfriend died four years ago and who’s basically retreated from the world since then, until a friend drags him along to a family Thanksgiving celebration.
A Very D Christmas by Jane Seville. ebook short. Very good short m/m holiday romance about D and Jack from Zero at the Bone, reconnecting with family, and being a bullied teenager. (Through 1/31/2011, a portion of the purchase price will be donated to the Trevor Project.)
The Christmas Visit by Marshall Thornton. ebook short. Good short m/m holiday romance about a guy returning to the small town he grew up in to see his dad at Christmas. He keeps running into the deputy who he’d had a crush on and who is now married…
Secret Santa by Deanna Wadsworth. ebook short. Steamy short m/m holiday romance about a guy waiting naked, blindfolded, and wrapped up with a bow as a present for his boyfriend, hoping to revitalize their fading relationship.
Well-Hung by the Chimney by E.M. Lynley, Ryan Field, & Chloe Stowe. ebook. Pretty good m/m holiday romance collection. I really liked EM Lynley’s story about the difficulties involved in mixing business with pleasure. Ryan Field’s story about a couple dealing with career changes and meeting family was ok. I found Chloe Stowe’s story about an Air Force colonel and a doctor at the Air Force base to be sort of confusing. I might’ve enjoyed Field and Stowe’s stories more had I realized they were about characters from a previous collection and read it first.
A Little Something for Santa by J.M. Snyder. ebook short. Ok short m/m holiday encounter about a guy waiting tables at an all-night diner who confesses to the cook that he has the hots for Santa.
A Christmas Eve Wish by Nicole Dennis. ebook short. So-so m/m holiday romance about a celebrity chef, planning to escape to his mountain cabin for a few days, who gets caught in a blizzard and discovers his cabin is trashed. This one didn’t work for me because of instalove and awkward writing.
All I Want for Christmas by Aeryn Traxx. ebook short. So-so short holiday m/m romance about a guy dreading his friends’ holiday party because his cheating ex will be there.
It’s a Calling by Mara Ismine. ebook short. Ok short paranormal m/m romance that I actually read in October, but I somehow managed to not write down the dates I read it or what I thought about it beyond “Huh.”
My Life in Your Hands by A.R. Moler. ebook short. Very good short m/m romance about an ER doctor and an undercover detective who get together.
Eyes Wide Shut by Meredith Shayne. ebook short. Very good short m/m romance about a doctor and a miner who care deeply for each other, but that’s not enough, because the miner doesn’t want anyone to know they’re together. Part of this takes place in Perth!
Of Sound Mind by Elizabeth Brooks. ebook short. Good short futuristic m/m romance about a guy who has cancer and doesn’t want to telepathically bond with his destined mate because if he dies, his mate would die with him.
This is definitely a picture you need to click on to embiggen. 🙂
“Have a Happy New Year. Or else.” -Chaos
34 thoughts on “Should auld lang linkity be forgot…”
Wow, lots of shorts! I have quite a few of these on my TBR pile. I did like the Amy Lane story though. Aren’t you getting a little fed up of Christmas shorts now? I am!
A recent post from Jenre..Nice- Holiday Deal by Mel Spenser
Yes, sir, Chaos!
Your amount of reading amazes me. I wish I could break my television addiction.
OMG that Gingerbread of Fallingwater is AWESOME! (And the real thing is right in my backyard)
I just bought Tooth & Nail but haven’t read it yet. (That’s a big deal people. I NEVER buy ebooks, only win them.)
And I totally enjoyed Just One Bite vol. 1 as well.
Happy New Year!
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LOL, OK Chaos, don’t bite. I’ll have a happy 2011!
Yeah, I know why I’m switching from iTunes to mp3’s… >:(
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Chris- Just when you think you’re safe from Dr. Who crafts, someone does it in cross stitch.
Wishing you and the kitties a terrific New Year.
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Whoa! Chaos! In extreme close-up!
What does May think of those panther boots? I hope she isn’t planning to get some.
Mmmm. That “how to deal with the neat freak in your life” linky was exactly what the doctor ordered….I suppose you can guess…I’m not the neat one….
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Happy New Year, Chris, Mayhem and Chaos, too!!!!
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Crap. I was going to run home and make the magnet-free compass from Legos, but on the first page were pieces I know I don’t have. Crap.
Lol, oh you evil nerds, now I know why the GPS is strange
A recent post from blodeuedd..Review- Toil and Trouble – HP Mallory
I don’t let my car idle because of the engine, it’s because it’s too damn cold to sit in there. I want it to warm up. LOL
Those family photos were cute with one really disturbing one. Ack!
Loved the horse photo. Definitely sending that to the kid.
That time lapse blizzard was so cool. When you’re not in it.
My random resolution was to start collecting pencils? I don’t think so.
I wish I could get that salami CD for my vegan friend. Just to gross him out.
Wow. Considering I was on holiday and have no family I didn’t get that much read. LOL There is another story connected to the last one the author mentioned. I must get that because I really liked it. I’ve read some of the other ones. I really liked Amy’s. I think I have TC’s in my TBR and I won the Vanilla one at Wave’s so I have several of those I need to read.
Have a great New Year’s.
Oh, that little bedside-table “house” lamp is just so nifty. But I have to wonder–does it look like total crap without a book on top?
I don’t idle the car for the engine on a cold morning. I start it for my poor cold arse. Not having a groovy car with heated seats.. BTW, the canned unicorn meat was ruled the best gift of 2010. Thanks! And Happy New Year.
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Very cool set of links. I shared the blizzard fast forward on Facebook earlier in the week. It was a bit more fun than our actual blizzard.
Also, WTF. In Boston we have a blizzard Sunday-Monday and this Saturday it is supposed to be almost 50F?!
A recent post from Seanna Lea..after Christmas reveal
Wow, what a Christmas binge. 🙂 Are you feeling bloated from all those shorts? I mean, it’s easy to over-indulge during the holidays. They’re so small and tasty, so it’s easy to say, “Just one more…”
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Gawd, I can’t wait until the avalanche of holiday stories comes to rest in the Valley of Christmas Past. I’m reading Alex Beecroft’s The Wages of Sin right now just to counteract those tons of sparkly sugar. 😉
Aren’t Elisa’s lists eye-opening? I was amazed to see that JMS Books put out more titles this month than Dreamspinner, MLR, or Silver. Holy smokes!
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Holy Mistletoe, that’s a lot of GLBT books released!
That guy in the diaper, recreating an old photo – ACK!
I flipped through a bunch of those New Year resolutions but didn’t like any of ’em 🙂
HA! You are truly my demon master Chaos!! Embiggen is scary..
That Gingerbread house is spectacular. I agree with the American Editor, Amazon does have too much power – yikes!!
Happy, happy New Year Chris – wishing you everything wonderful in 2011. 🙂
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Wow, you did read a lot. Sadly I’ve been back at work since Wednesday. I’m going to read all weekend in between de-Christmastzing the house that is. 🙂
A recent post from Lea..Merry Christmas!
Yea, but if I don’t warm up the Jeep, it takes a l-o-o-ong time to be bearable in the chilly weather.
LOVED the time-lapse snow accumulation!
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Lots of fun links once again, thanks!
I liked Christmas with Danny Fit and Vanilla: The Dominant Ingredient. Both were good stories. This morning I finished Sno Ho and now I’m reading Life in Fusion. I am totally loving Boone and Wade. Boone is a trip. Very funny but also has a nice depth of emotion.
I’ve got a couple of others on my TBR and others sound interesting.
Hope you have a fabulous New Year!
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I want that purple barbie coat! And the embiggened Chaos is….*eek* He definitely has the ‘don’t mess with me’ stare down pat.
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Happy New Year, Chaos! You can pass that along to May and you mom. 🙂
Thanks for the idling tip! Although, I have to say I’m still going to let my car run for a few minutes. It has to be warm inside before I head to work.
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Ohhhhhh Happy New Years to my favorite kitties on the blog world!!!!! And to my dear friend!! Hugs to you honey!
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Gingerbread Fallingwater! So awesome! (I acknowledge it might not be so impressive to someone who hasn’t been there several times, but it was one of the nearby touristy things when I was a kid.)
The linkies! I’m going to have to check out those text apps.
Happy New Year!!
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Happy New Year, Chris – hope 2011 is fantastic for you!
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* Like many of the commenters, I think that putting a book on top of a lamp is an invitation to a fire.
* Our highway and sheriff’s departments both instituted a no-idling policy a couple years ago to save fuel.
* The placebo effect is real, no doubt, but it fades as time passes since the placebo was administered.
* Love the time-lapsw snow video!
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The blizzard video is cool!
Happy New Year Chris, Chaos and Mayhem! Hope 2011 is a wonderful year.
A recent post from Sydney..Merry Christmas!
Thank you so much for the kind words for The Dominant Ingredient. Ali Wilde & I enjoyed Ajay and Cam so much in Mist Gray:falling Apart Falling Together that we wanted to tell their story. They, along with Riley and Avery, will be making another appearance in the upcoming, untitled at the moment, wattleseed story.
Thank you again and Happy New Year.
Oh, lots of reading 🙂 Happy New Year!
Chaos – I am definitely listening!
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Thanks for the giveaway shout out. 🙂
Those GF cookies look really good!
You read some great books. I’m especially attracted to You Can’t Choose Your Family, Sno Ho and Danny Fit. 🙂
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Those Tardis socks just blew my mind! Awesome… and so, so delightfully nerdy.
Happy New Year, Chris! That’s one heck of a lot of reading there.