- Smokin’ Hot Books is giving away a copy of The Beast Within, which contains stories by Erin McCarthy, Bianca D’Arc, and Jennifer Lyon. Comment by September 20 for your chance to win.
- Let Lea and Fiona Jayde know what else you’d add to their kickass heroine mixture for your chance to win a $10 Samhain gift certificate. Contest closes 6 pm CDT, September 21.
- Katiebabs is celebrating her blogiversary with a contest. For your chance to win some pretty cool bookity prizes, leave a comment by September 22 and let her know which blogs you’ve particularly enjoyed during the past year.
- Katiebabs is giving away a copy of Kazua Ishiguro’s novel, Never Let Me Go. Comment by September 26 for your chance to win. (US only)
- Penguin Girl’s having a contest in which you need to caption photos of her black cat for your chance to win some handmade goodies. Contest closes 11:59 pm EDT, October 31.
- Author LA Witt is holding a NaNoWriMo contest – if you successfully complete NaNoWriMo this November and submit your validated word count by December 10, you’ll have the chance to win a signed paperback or ebooks.
- Lily rounds up this week’s m/m romance new releases.
- ReadReactReview looks at Amazon, Border, B&N, LibraryThing, and GoodReads and notes that GoodReads has far, far more ratings and reviews than the other sites.
- Watch out for these commonly misheard expressions in your writing.
- Jessewave wonders whether an m/m author’s gender matters.
- Besides making a library reference desk, there are all sorts of other things you can do with pbooks that you can’t do with ebooks.
- Check out Carolyn Crane’s shiny new book trailer!
- Carolyn Crane wonders why all men aren’t like Jamie Fraser of Outlander.
- Dear Author on the 2010 Sony Readers.
- What’s the current state of color ebook technology?
- Will tablet computers take the place of netbooks or even laptops? Best Buy’s CEO says that the iPad has cut laptop sales dramatically.
- Did a federal appeals court just gut the first sale doctrine?
Learn, Make, Think, Do
- What things should you buy new and what are fine to buy used?
- I’m going to have to try this carpet stain removal trick that involves vinegar, water, a towel, and a steam iron.
- If you’re changing your car’s oil every 3000 miles and your car was made during the last eight years, you’re likely getting the oil changed too frequently.
- Have you ever used a bath towel to keep salad greens fresh in your refrigerator?
- These mini-caramel apples look like fun for parties!
- Download an ebook with 42 free gluten-free recipes in it – although a giant splash screen tried to get me to sign up for the linked site, I was able to download the book without signing up. (Thanks, Jase!)
- If you need to toast gluten-free bread in a non-gf toaster and you don’t have a toaster bag handy, parchment paper may do the trick.
- Kristi has links to craft, food, photography, and more.
- Katiebabs has NSFW WTFery links.
- Very cool looking LEGO-esque camera.
- Don’t you wish you had a LEGO Tardis?
- Jordan Castillo-Price found a Misadventure in the wild and took a picture for me! (True, true, I haven’t posted Slave Boy’s Misadventures yet, but I do have two posts drafted…)
- As someone who gets motion sick very easily, the movie theater bus doesn’t sound like much fun.
- You could find self-serve wine tanks in your local grocery story within the year.
- The adventures of cat urine?! (Thanks, Jeanne!)
- Banana shoes! (Thanks, Jase!)
- No, thank you, I do not want to sit in a saddle during an airplane trip.
- Female sea snails in the waters near Western Australia are growing penises on their foreheads due to a chemical used in boat paint 20 years ago.
- Nearly a quarter of US residents think it’s ok to be online during sex?! Gizmodo is trying to clarify that statistic – does watching internet pron count? etc…
- Hyperbole & a Half reflects on a childhood dental visit.
- Do you ever read the terms of service?
- If you’ve ever had a garage sale, you’ll enjoy trek’s garage sale log (glog).
- Make sure you carefully evaluate advice you get from the internetz…
- Basement Cat has stealth technology.
- Kittens! A cute pink animal! Baby otters! Hungry kitty! Pesky leopard cub! Sugar gliders! Baby penguin! Kittens! Baby skunks! Meta kitten! Panda! Kitten! Sloth wristwarmer! Tiger cub! Basement Kitten and Ceiling Kitten! Koalas! Cleaning a kitten! Cat village!
In the Flesh by Ethan Stone. ebook. Very good m/m romantic suspense about an out cop who lives according to a list of rules that protect him from getting close to anyone. When he’s accused of a crime he didn’t commit, his rules slowly start to fail him.
Cover Me by L. A. Witt. ebook. Very good m/m romantic suspense about a paramedic who is consumed by guilt over a judgment call that left someone dead and put his own life in danger. Maybe. If he’s not just being paranoid.
Twice in a Lifetime (Sutter’s Bay, Book 2) by Shawn Lane. ebook. Very good m/m romance about Jude from Sweet Reunion, who hasn’t gotten past his lover being murdered five years earlier. He surrounds himself with color in his small flower shop and doesn’t get involved… until he meets the new vet in town.
The Swap by Devon Rhodes. ebook. Very good m/m romance about two machinists who’ve become good friends over the several years they’ve worked together. When one is laid off at the same time the other buys a house that needs fixing up, things start to get a bit complicated.
Tommy’s Blind Date by Anne Brooke. ebook short. Very good short m/m romance about a guy who’s been on a series of spectacularly unsuccessful blind dates when his actor best friend suggests that they go out on a blind date together, so he can evaluate his friend’s blind date technique… Something that was nice about this story is that the guys were very average blokes – no amazing bodies or model looks to be seen.
In the Crease by Stephani Hecht. ebook short. Good short m/m romance about a guy who’s back in town for his sister’s wedding, trying to figure out how to stop her from marrying one of the two brothers who terrorized him in high school.
Resistance by L. M. Turner. ebook. Really good m/m romance about a bouncer who never hooks up with the same guy twice as part of not feeling and not getting close… until he does hook up with the same guy more than once, which scares him and sends him running. This had me sniffling more than once and I would’ve rated it higher, but… it’s (slightly inconsistently) in third person present (my least favorite tense), which kept pulling me out of the story.
Seasons of Change by Carolyn LeVine Topol. ebook. So-so Jewish inspirational m/m romance (my categorization) about a rabbinical student whose boyfriend dies in a subway accident just a few months before their planned wedding. I felt like this was a story with potential, but as written, I never connected with the characters.
Revenge Is a Dish by Stevie Woods. ebook. So-so m/m romantic suspense about two coworkers and friends who are kidnapped for an unknown reason by an unknown person. The writing was choppy, the timeline didn’t feel plausible, and I never connected with the main characters.
He Scores by D. J. Manly. ebook. Meh m/m romance about a young guy who gets together with a pro hockey player in town for the summer. I still haven’t recovered from sorting out all the unclear pronoun references.
“We don’t really like each other. It’s just getting cold here.” -Chaos