Quote I Love: The Book Needs You

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“If books could have more, give more, be more, show more, they would still need readers who bring to them sound and smell and light and all the rest that can’t be in books. The book needs you.” –Gary Paulsen


Quote I Love: Take Me Away

“Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but, most important, it finds homes for us everywhere.”

–Hazel Rochman

Reader Book Recommendations for Newcomers to M/M Romances

At the end of 2012, I hosted my annual happy holidays giveaway on my blog where I asked readers to name a non-Sloan Parker m/m romance they’d recommend to a friend who hasn’t read any gay romances but would like to. The final list is below and includes over 130 titles, which I guess goes to show how vast reader preferences are when it comes to favorite reads.

I apologize for any misspellings of titles or author’s names. Each recommendation was copied as it was originally entered in the readers’ comments.

Thanks to all the readers who responded. I hope everyone who checks out this list finds some great new-to-you books to read.

Recommended Books

  • 7 Days of Christmas by Nicole Dennis
  • 911 by Chris Owens
  • A Better Man by RJ Scott
  • A Dickens With Love by Josh Lanyon
  • A Matter of Time series by Mary Calmes
  • A Strange Place in Time series by Alyx Shaw
  • A Strong and Sudden Thaw by RW Day
  • A to Z by Marie Sexton
  • Absolutely Eric by Erica Pike
  • Adrien English series by Josh Lanyon
  • After Ben from the Seattle Stories series by Con Riley
  • Among the Living by Jordan Castillo Price
  • Archer’s Heart by Astrid Amara
  • As You Are by Ethan Day
  • Bareback by Chris Owen
  • Bear, Otter and the Kid by TJ Klune
  • Blacque/Bleu by Belinda McBride
  • Blue Notes by Shira Anthony
  • Bob the Book by David Pratt
  • Brute by Kim Fielding
  • But My Boyfriend Is by  K. A. Mitchell
  • Cards on the Table by Josh Lanyon
  • Caught Running by Abigail Roux and Madeline Urban
  • Change of Heart by Mary Calmes
  • Chase in Shadow by Amy Lane
  • Clear Water by Amy Lane
  • Close Protection by Cordelia Kingsbridge
  • Coda Series by Marier Sexton
  • Collision Course by  K. A. Mitchell
  • Coming Home by Ava Rose Johnson
  • Companions Nich’ooni by Jed A. Bryan
  • Conquest Series by S. J. Frost
  • Cop Out by KC Burn
  • Crossing Borders by ZA Maxfield
  • Crying for the Moon by Sarah Madison
  • Cut and Run series by Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban
  • Dance with the Devil by Megan Derr
  • Dark Soul by Aleksandr Voinov
  • Diversion by Eden Winters
  • Duck! by Kim Dare
  • Fair Game by Josh Lanyon
  • Fairy Tales Volume 1 by Megan Derr
  • Fall in the Sun by Val Kovalin
  • Finding Zach by Rowan Speedwell
  • First Kiss by J. Tomas
  • Force of Law by Jez Morrow
  • Frat Boy and Toppy by Anne Tenino
  • Frog by Mary Calmes
  • Good To Know by D.W. Marchwell
  • Gravediggers’ Brawl by Abi Roux
  • Grey’s Awakening by Cameron Dane
  • Hammer series by Sean Micheal
  • Heaven Sent series by Jet Mykles
  • Hemovore by Jordan Castillo Price
  • Holland Brothers Series by Toni Griffin
  • Home Series by Cardeno C
  • Hot Head by Damon Suede
  • Hunter’s Moon by M.J. O’Shea
  • I Spy Something Bloody by Josh Lanyon
  • In the Company of Men series by Lynn Lorenz
  • Incursion by Aleksandr Voino
  • Infected series by Andrea Speed
  • Into Deep Water by Kaje Harper
  • Jarhead series by Sean Michael (starting with Three Day Passes)
  • Jay Bell’s Something Like Summer
  • Jewel Bond series by Megan Derr
  • Keeping Promise Rock by Amy Lane
  • Knitter series by Amy Lane
  • Like the Taste of Summer by Kaje Harper
  • Lost Boys series by JP Barnaby
  • Lost Gods series by Megan Derr
  • Love Means…No Shame by Andrew Grey
  • Love, Hypothetically by Anne Tenino
  • Loving Instincts by SJ Frost
  • Magic Mansion by Jordan Castillo Price
  • Marie Sexton’s Song of Oestend
  • Mark of the Gladiator
  • Missing Butterfly by Megan Derr
  • My Summer of Wes by Missy Welsh
  • Nighttime Wishes and Nighttime Dreams by M.A. Church
  • No Going Home by TA Chase
  • One Small Thing by Piper Vaughn and MJ O’Shea
  • Pricks and Pragmatism by JL Merrow
  • Prisoner by Megan Derr
  • Promises by Marie Sexton
  • PsyCop series by Jordsn Castillo Price
  • Quinn’s Hart by Cassandra Gold
  • Rayne’s Wild Ride by Jambrea Jo Jones
  • Regularly Scheduled Life by  K. A. Mitchell
  • Riding Heartbreak Road by Kiernan Kelly
  • Rough Stock series by BA Tortuga
  • Sanctuary series by RJ Scott
  • Scarlet and the White Wolf series by Kirby Crow
  • Scrap Metal by Harper Fox
  • Second Chances by T.A. Webb
  • Shadow of the Templar by M Chandler
  • Shattered Glass by Dani Alexander
  • Sinders and Ash by Tara Lain
  • Sno Ho by Ethan Day
  • Sock it to Me, Santa! by Madison Parker
  • Something Like Summer by Jay Bell
  • Special Forces epic by Aleksandr Voinov
  • Strawberries for Dessert by Marie Sexton
  • THAW by Jordan Castillo Price
  • The Assignment by Evangeline Anderson
  • The Bonds of Earth by G.N. Chevalier
  • The British Devil by Greg Hogben
  • The Cat in the Cradle by Jay Bell
  • The Christmas Throwaway by RJ Scott
  • The Cowboy Poet by Claire Thompson
  • The Cranberry Hush by Ben Monopoli
  • The Curtis Reincarnation by Zathyn Priest
  • The Ghost Wore Yellow Shoes by  Josh Lanyon
  • The Guardian by Mary Calmes
  • The Little Boy Lost series by J.P. Barnaby
  • The Missing Butterfly
  • The One That Got Away by Rhianne Aile & Madeleine Urban
  • The Rebuilding Year by Kaje Harper
  • The Winter Courtship Rituals of Fur-Bearing Critters by Amy Lane
  • Tigers and Devils by Sean Kennedy
  • Timing series by Mary Calmes
  • Tinseltown (author unnamed)
  • To Touch the Stars by Jeremy Pack
  • Tough Love by Helen Gabriel
  • Tri Omega Mates Series by Stormy Glenn
  • Truth in the Dark by Amy Lane
  • Turbulence by Jordan Castillo Price
  • Unconventional at Best Anthology
  • Wanting by Piper Vaughn
  • Where He Ends And I Begin by Cardeno C.
  • Whistling in the Dark by Tamara Allen
  • Witness by L.A. Gilbert
  • Wolfman Apocalypse by Brannan Black
  • Zero at the Bone by Jane Seville

General Recommended Authors

  • Andrew Grey
  • Belinda McBride
  • Ethan Day
  • JM Snyder
  • Josh Lanyon
  • Lex Valentine
  • Mary Calmes
  • Megan Derr
  • T. J. Klune
  • Vic Winter
  • Zathyn Priest

Quote I Love: Reading is Bliss

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“Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.”

― Nora Ephron

Quote I Love: No Books?

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“If you go home with somebody, and they don’t have books, don’t fuck ‘em!” ― John Waters

Never Laugh at a Cheesy Catalog until You’ve Seen Every Last Item

Lately I’ve gotten a huge influx of mail-order catalogs. The kind with bizarre items you can’t believe someone thought up, let alone had made into an actual product.

Rosie has this silly and adorable habit of paging through those catalogs and giggling as she finds gem after gem.

Like this…it’s called the Butt Putt.

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Can you believe that name? And to top that off, it farts when you sink the ball in the hole.

So, there’s my sweetie sitting on the couch, turning pages, laughing, and showing me item after item while I was trying to read my email. Good thing I find her laugh infectious and her 12-year-old-boy humor cute.

Then she stopped laughing and said, “Oh, that’s kinda cool.”

I was scared.

Seriously scared.

I didn’t want to end up with some sort of farting alarm clock.

Then she showed me this…

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And she was right, it was kinda cool. Of all the things I’ve looked at to hold my Kindle while I read in bed, I think this one looks like it might be both useful and comfy.

Anyone have anything like this? Or something similar you can recommend? I’m not sure I can bring myself to order from the catalog with the Butt Putt.

Ah, maybe I will.


Reader Survey & Chance to Win an Amazon Gift Card

Calling all romance readers:

Rainbow Romance Writers, the LGBT chapter of Romance Writers of America (I’m a member of both), is interested in your opinions. Our research committee would like to ask you some questions about your reading and buying habits. At the end of the survey you’ll get the chance to enter a drawing for a $25 Amazon gift voucher.

If you’re interested, you can take the survey here. Thanks so much for checking it out!

Quote I Love: The time to read is any time

“The time to read is any time: no apparatus, no appointment of time and place, is necessary. It is the only art which can be practiced at any hour of the day or night, whenever the time and inclination comes, that is your time for reading; in joy or sorrow, health or illness.”

-Holbrook Jackson

“Arrr! Lick Me Nipples”

Hi all. Hope everyone had a great week.

I’ll explain the title of this blog post in a moment, but first a brief writing update:

As I mentioned on Wednesday I finished a new short story and sent it off to my critique partner. Now that it’s done (or close to it) I realize I feel like I’ve spent months with those two guys, writing a novel, not a short story. Hopefully that means something good. I don’t know.

Since then I’ve been focused on TAKE ME HOME. Now that I have all the revisions in place I’m working on another read-through to polish the dialogue and descriptions. Today I read the first 5 chapters, and I think they are ready to go. I still need to do my final checklist of common mistakes and get my critique partner’s input, but other than that, I finally feel like this book is close to submission-ready.

Now on to review the next 20+ chapters again.

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Before I get back to it, I wanted to share a link. This week I blogged at Loose Ends, the Loose Id author blog, where I talked about the importance of having someone else proofread a story. The blog is titled: “Arrr! Lick Me Nipples” Or the Importance of Another Set of Eyes. I’m curious how much errors bother readers. I’d love to hear what you think. Feel free to leave a comment here or at Loose Ends.

Hope you all have a great weekend. My little baby nephew is getting married tomorrow. I guess that means he’s not a baby anymore. When did that happen?

For the Love of: the M/M Romance Group at Goodreads

If you haven’t checked out Goodreads or the M/M Romance group you should take a look.

What is Goodreads?
“Goodreads is the largest social network for readers in the world. We have more than 4,600,000 members who have added more than 130,000,000 books to their shelves. A place for casual readers and bona-fide bookworms alike, Goodreads members recommend books, compare what they are reading, keep track of what they’ve read and would like to read, form book clubs and much more.” (source: Goodreads)

What is the M/M Romance Group?
“The #1 resource on the internet for M/M Romance fans, this group has something for everyone.

  • Book and Series Discussions
  • Daily Updates on New Releases and Author News
  • Book of the Month Group Reads
  • Reading Challenges
  • Author Info & Writing Discussions
  • Erotic Photos
  • Games, Contests & Quizes”

(source: M/M Romance group)

The group currently has 2700 members, and they estimate they’ll have 3000 by mid June. They are also the top 20th most popular group on Goodreads which totally kicks ass when you think about the fact that this group is based on such a small niche market. Definitely a sign that readership and love of the genre is growing.

As a reader of m/m romances, I only wish I had more time to hang out there. If you’re a reader of the genre, you should definitely think about checking out the M/M Romance group.