Thoughts on reading and reviewing…

Live your Life buy The BookLive Your Life Buy The Book, the blog that I reviewed for, closed its doors yesterday.  The blog owner had lost her joy for reading in the rigors it takes to keep up a review site while also having all the responsibilities that are part of life outside of a blog like jobs and family.  She spoke about trying to get the three “R’s” back into her life:  She wanted to “refresh, rewind, and rekindle” her need to read.   Loss of joy, burn out, feeling overwhelmed are sentiments that I have heard from others and have felt myself when I committed to review more books than I had time to read.  This is where the joy starts to fade a bit.

Reading is an escape for me, a pleasure that allows me to step outside of my life.   There are so many wonderful books out there begging to be read and enjoyed that if I were to live long enough to read them all I would be rivaling Methuselah in age before finishing them.  Maybe live forever because there are new ones to add every week. ;-)

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”

George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

This led me to contemplate why I wanted to start a blog.  I wanted to see if I could.  Maybe not the best reason to do it, kind of my version of exploring the digital frontier.  I chose to start one that encompassed things I love: books, coffee and taking photos.  When I talked to friends about starting this blog, I was warned to keep in mind why I was doing this – For Fun!  Like a mantra, I repeat it to myself when I see that I am putting more time into making sure I write a blog post because I think that I need to rather than because I want to.

This brings me back to reviewing.  I want this to be a place where I share books I enjoyed reading.  I am a “feels” kind of person.  I want to tell you how a book made me feel.  I enjoy happy books, but will dip my toes into angst when I feel assured of a happy ending (waves at Amy Lane).  This is not for everyone but I am reading for me – not anyone else.  You may see a lot of the same authors as I do have ones that I tend to gravitate to.  You will also see “new to me” authors and I love recommendations from friends about what they have found.  If I read a book that just does not do it for me – you will not see it reviewed here.  Not all books are for all people and I do not like to see reviews that bash a book or author because the person that read it did not like it.  Not my cup of coffee and I will not do it. Ultimately, this is not a dedicated review site.  I share my love of the books that I read for the pure fun and joy of doing it, and I hope you find some joy in it too.

That said, I plan to get the list of M/M Historical romance titles in order and posted here that my friend Dianne put together for me. She is an awesome source for that genre of M/M romance.  I will also be moving my list of M/M holiday titles over here from my Facebook page M/M Holiday Delights.  Having everything in one place will make it easier for me and as you will see, I Love holiday themed romance.

I want to thank Barb for asking me to review for her site, allowing me to be part of her blog family and introducing me to some awesome people. Through her and her blog I had the courage to reach out and talk to other readers, reviewers and authors, and it has been a wonderful experience.

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Happy reading,
Melyna

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Christmas in July from Dreamspinner Press

PresentADay_website Some how I missed this awesome event.

Dreamspinner Press is having Christmas in July by offering three books at just .99 everyday.

 

They are also having a 25% discount on all of their holiday themed books.

So check it out and get some great deals.

Today’s gift:

It’s Christmas in July!
As a special present from us to you, the eBook versions of  Designs of Desire by Tempeste O’Reilly, Wake Me Up Inside by Cardeno C., and Moonlight Becomes You by M.J. O’Shea and Piper Vaughn and are each $0.99 today only!
All holiday eBooks are 25% off for all of July, and this is your last chance to get the 2011 I’ll Be Home for Christmas Advent Calendar set! It’s only $49.99 for the full set. On August 1, it will be gone forever.

 

New Release: Project Fierce Chicago Charity Anthology

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Happy release day to my fellow authors in the Project Fierce Chicago Charity Anthology! This anthology was a labor of love. The subject of GLBTQ homelessness is near and dear to my heart. I’ve even addressed the topic on this blog in the past. When I heard about Project Fierce Chicago, an up and coming charity trying to raise money to purchase properties which it hoped to convert into transitional homes for some of the homeless GLBT youth in the city, I wanted to do something to help. I didn’t have the means to donate a huge amount of money myself, but I thought maybe if we put together an anthology, as I’d seen done before, we might be able to give them a sizable amount over time. The owners of Less Than Three Press generously agreed to produce the anthology and to give up their own earnings to the cause. All…

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Wolf Bound by Theo Fenraven

Wolf Bound by Theo Fenraven Title: Wolf Bound
Author: Theo Fenraven
Publisher: Voodoo Lily Press
Genre: M/M, Paranormal, Shifter
Published: May 25th 2014
Pages/Word Count: 136 Pages
Rating: 4.0   Stars
Blurb:
A year after suffering a disastrous end to his relationship with his partner, teacher Jon Anderson trades his apartment in the city for a lake house in the country. Told there is an author living nearby, Jon, who dreams of being a writer, goes in search of him and finds the attractive older man in a small, rustic cabin on a tiny island on a neighboring lake. Harrison Kalmes shows Jon around, but makes it clear he’d rather be left alone. Jon respects that wish until the night he and his friend, Suzie, drink a little too much scotch and impulsively decide to visit the island.

What happens then is the start of an incredible journey that will eventually take Jon all the way to mysterious and seductive Transylvania in Romania, where he searches for the answers that will save someone’s life while setting him on the road to rediscovering his own.

Beware the woods. Transylvania isn’t only about vampires.
Review:
I have read some of Theo Fenravens free reads on his blog and enjoyed them.  When Wolf Bound was released, I was intrigued but hesitant. Of the paranormal sub-genres, shifters are not ones I gravitate to.  I decided to read it because of the good experience I had with his other stories.
I was not disappointed.
Jon and Harrison are wonderful characters.  Both have suffered traumatic experiences in their lives, although of very different types.  Harrison is a writer and Jon aspires to become one.  When Jon finds out that Harrison is his neighbor, he decides to introduce himself. Harrison is pleasant, but he makes it clear he prefers to be left alone.  When events occur that bring Jon back to Harrison’s home, Jon discovers that things may not be as they seem with Harrison.
This is a short story and I don’t want to give anything away.  I Can say I love the way the author built his shifter mythology.  It was refreshing.  The author’s style is crisp and uncluttered while still being beautifully vivid and laced with humor.  I was happily caught up in seeing where the author would take the characters.

4 Stars – Very enjoyable read, would recommend to a friend.

SPLINTERS on Amazon

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Hooray! It’s here!

Originally posted on Thorny, Not Prickly:

So Amazon went a little early. Oops. Since it’s already selling, I’m just gonna go ahead and tell you all right now.

I SOLD MY FIRST BOOK!! :D

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Waking up in a strange place isn’t a first for model and actor Allan Seville, but discovering himself alone and bound to a rough plank in the middle of an open Texas range certainly is. With no memory of who did this to him or why, panic sets in, until rescue comes riding up on a big, brown horse.

There’s more to Duke Walters than a handsome face and sexy drawl. In the arms of this rugged cowboy, Al discovers a peace and safety he never knew he needed, and now doesn’t want to be without.

But someone wants Al out of the way and drugging him during a movie…

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Weekly News from Prism Book Alliance

I’m happy to be able to add another source for our reading delight.

Prism Book Alliance has a “Weekly Summary” that has their reviews, author interviews, blog tours and giveaways.  Plus a “Coming this Week” entry.   There are some great finds here!

Check it out!

Coming this Week                                  Weekly Summary

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Happy reading,

Melyna

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Coming this Week From Joyfully Jay

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From Joyfully Jay’s Blog:

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a great week!

This is my final week with the kids away at overnight camp. Four weeks went so fast! But hubs and I are celebrating our last week of freedom with him taking the week off of work. We have no real plans other than to be lazy and try to do some day trips during the week. My goal is at least one trip to get crabs since the kids won’t eat those. But it should be fun to have some time together where we have no real plans or obligations before the kids get home.

Hopefully you all are having a great summer too with lots of reading time!  We are all tearing through our TBR piles!  Here is what we have planned this week…

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