News, Reviews and Giveaways for the week of September 26, 2016

Good morning!
I hope everyone had a great weekend.  Did you read or listen to any great books last week?   I read a book this week that I have been so excited about, Mad Lizard Mambo (Book 2 of the Kai Gracen series) by Rhys Ford.  I also listened to one of my all time favorite Neil Gaiman books, The Graveyard Book.  Although not in the M/M genre or even considered an adult book.  It is an all ages book that I absolutely adore.  What are you reading or to listening to this week?  Let me know in the comments section.

The three review blogs that post their upcoming schedules for the week have a great line up for us. 
Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words have their last installment about audiobooks .  If you have missed this series, take a look and go back to the first two installments too.  There are some great books listed and interesting thoughts on audiobooks from authors,narrators and the reviewers too. 
Joyfully Jay Reviews wraps up the September reading challenge with Genre week and The Novel Approach Reviews is joining the American Library Association and the Office for Intellectual Freedom this week for Banned Books Week.  Plus they all have a great week of news, reviews, giveaways, and blog tours planned.

the-graveyard-book-audiobook-coverTitle:  The Graveyard Book
Author:  Neil Gaiman
Narrator:  Neil Gaiman
Publisher:  Harperchildren’s
Publication date:  September 30, 2008
Format: Audiobook
Length:  7 hours 47 minutes
Genre: All ages (although it is marketed as a children’s books) horror, paranormal, fantasy.
Summary: Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead.

There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack – who has already killed Bod’s family.

Beloved master storyteller Neil Gaiman returns with a luminous new novel for the audience that embraced his New York Times best-selling modern classic Coraline. Magical, terrifying, and filled with breathtaking adventures, The Graveyard Book is sure to enthrall readers of all ages.

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Thoughts:    LYLBTB 50 star   I first listened to this book read by Neil Gaiman on his website, Mouse Circus. I was enchanted. I decided to buy the audible edition with Mr. Gaiman narrating it. I adore this story.  Perfectly creepy and enchanting. My absolute favorite Neil Gaiman book. Buy the audiobook (I prefer the one that Mr Gaiman narrates because that is how I first heard it and I love his voice) and when you get a moment, go mousecircus.com and watch him read the book. It’s a treat.

I will also leave you with this excellent Review by Sally  on Goodreads

 

MadLizardMamboFSTitle:  Mad Lizard Mambo
Series:  Kai Gracen Book 2
Author:  Rhys Ford
Publisher:  DSP Publications
Publication Date:  September 13, 2016
Format: ebook
Genre:  Urban Fantasy, LGBT
Cover Artist:  Anne Cain
Summary:  Kai Gracen has no intention of being anyone’s pawn. A pity Fate and SoCalGov have a different opinion on the matter.

Licensed Stalkers make their living hunting down monsters and dangerous criminals… and their lives are usually brief, brutal, and thankless. Despite being elfin and cursed with a nearly immortal lifespan, Kai didn’t expect to be any different. Then Ryder, the High Lord of the Southern Rise Court, arrived in San Diego, Kai’s not-so-mundane life went from mild mayhem to full-throttle chaos.

Now an official liaison between the growing Sidhe Court and the human populace, Kai is at Ryder’s beck and call for anything a High Lord might need a Stalker to do. Unfortunately for Kai, this means chasing down a flimsy rumor about an ancient lost Court somewhere in the Nevada desert—a court with powerful magics that might save Ryder—and Kai’s—people from becoming a bloody memory in their Merged world’s violent history.

The race for the elfin people’s salvation opens unwelcome windows into Kai’s murky past, and it could also slam the door on any future he might have with his own kind and Ryder.

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Thoughts:  LYLBTB 50 star   When I saw that Rhys Ford was coming out with the second book in the Kai Gracen series I was thrilled!  I love all of her work and she writes a varied mix of genres.  This series is pure urban fantasy.  When I finished reading it yesterday the first thoughts I shared where these

“I just finished Mad Lizard Mambo by Rhys Ford. Woohoo! What a ride! Violence, bloodshed, dragons, an arrogant- not so arrogant sidhe lord, a stalker with a gentle heart under a gruff exterior, evil relatives… And did I mention- Dragons. Sigh. When is Kai #3 coming out?”

As you can tell, I was a little excited.  This is a fast paced action packed book.  I love the world the author has created and the amazing creatures that inhabit it.  You really need to read the first book in the series- Black Dog Blues (Kai Gracen Book 1)  Then you will be able to jump right into Kai’s next adventure.

This is a great Review for Mad Lizard Mambo by Christy at Rainbow Book Reviews. 

 

The first three blogs listed below detail what they have on tap for us for the coming week.   The blogs that follow,  are ones that I check periodically throughout the week.  They all have wonderful articles, news, reviews and giveaways.  Whatever your taste in books, you will find among these blogs.
 I hope you have a fantastic week and read (or listen to) some amazing books. 
Grab a cup of your favorite brew and enjoy.

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The Novel Approach
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Joyfully Jay Reviews
m/m romance reviews and more.

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This Week at Reviews and Scattered Thoughts on Books

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  Bu sure to take a look at their unique features such as Sunday Spotlight, Five Thing Friday, Outside The Margins, as well as news, reviews and blog tours.

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Love Bytes Reviews came into existence as on 4th of April, 2014, being formerly known as The Blog of Sid Love.

The Blog of Sid Love was started on 12th March, 2013 with a sole aim of promoting those M/M fictions that have quality and uniqueness in them. Like TBSL, LoveBytes struggles to give such books and their works the much deserved recognition by posting reviews, running giveaway contests for the authors, featuring their newly published works for promotion, hosting blog tours, conducting author interviews and lots more!

The blog has received great amount of popularity since its inception. As on date, the blog has caught attention of awesome followers in such a short period of time and brings on approximately 1000+ unique visitors each day (2000+ unique visitors on a peak day!). On an average, three book reviews per day are posted on the blog and there are contests on a daily basis to keep the readers and authors entertained!

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M/M Holiday Delights – Author updates

Hello,

I recently published several blog posts about the call for submissions for the 2016 M/M Holiday Delights event.  The new forms for this year have been wonderful.  (Thank you Lisa of The Novel Approach Reviews for the idea❤ )

A thought occurred to me after an author submitted a form for a book already on the 2015 reading list.   I asked her if anything about the book had changed and she said no, but after reading through the form I realized that there were things that needed updating.  Her story had been part of an anthology and is now available as a standalone.  I also had more buy links and author contact information that I could add.  I have since updated the Holiday Spotlight information for this author.

With the information that I gained from this experience, I now ask:

Authors, if you had a book or books in the M/M Holiday Delights event from 2015 and want to check to see if you need to update your information, please click on the short link next to your name. 
Has your cover changed?
Was your story a part of an anthology and now available as a standalone?
Do you have a new Publisher?
Has your book been re-released with added content or changes?
Do you have more or different buy links?
*Would you like to add contact information so readers can find you and your books more easily?*
The post it opens is your Holiday Spotlight for 2015 and it may have New next to your book.   I will update the posts before publishing for the 2016 event.

If you see something you would like to change please click the image below to access the form and update your information.

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Author List:  (The authors in BOLD are new this year and do not have links to their holiday spotlights)

1              Kol Anderson                                     http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1px

2              C.J. Anthony                                     

3              Astrid Amara                                      http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1pC

4              John Amory                                        http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1pH

5              Shira Anthony                                   http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1pE

6              Keira Andrews                                  http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1pN

7              J.P. Barnaby                                       http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1pP

8              J.P. Bowie                                           http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1pR

9              Kenzie Cade                                       http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1sJ

10           Mary Calmes                                      http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1pT

11           Cardeno C.                                          http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1pV

12           Skylar Cates                                        http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1pX

13           Joanna Chambers                            http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1q0

14           L.C. Chase                                           http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1q2

15           T.A. Chase                                           http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1q4

16           Charlie Cochet                                   http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1q6

17           Joe Cosentino                                   http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1r1

18           Amy Jo Cousins                                 http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1q8

19           Heidi Cullinan                                     http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1r3

20           Kim Dare                                              http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1r5

21           Ethan Day                                            http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1r7

22           Claire Davis                                       

23           Megan Derr                                        http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1ra

24/25     Summer Devon and                    http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1rd
Bonnie Dee

26           Mari  Donne                                       http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1rf

27           Amy Rae Durreson                          http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1rh

28           Eli Easton                                             http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1rj

29           K.C. Faelan

30           Jamie Fessenden                             http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1rl

31           Suki Fleet

32           Harper Fox                                          http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1rz

33           L.E. Frank                                             http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1rB

34           Ofelia Gränd

35           L.B. Gregg                                           http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1rD

36           Andrew Grey                                     http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1rF

37           Liam Grey                                            http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1rH

38           Toni Griffin                                         http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1rJ

39           Kaje Harper                                        http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1s9

40           Daisy Harris                                         http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1sb

41           Dianne Hartsock                               http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1sR

42           Saxon Hawke                                     http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1wa

43           Gwen Hayes                                      http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1sd

44           John Inman                                        http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1vP

45           Ashley John                                        http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1vO

46           Nicole Kimberling

47           Derrick Knight                                    http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1sA

48           Amy Lane                                            http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1sE

49           Josh Lanyon                                       http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1sG

50           Lynn Lorenz                                        http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1vS

51           Kate Lowell                                         http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1vU

52           Em Lynley                                            http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1vW

53           Aisling Mancy                                    http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1vY

54           Angel Martinez                                 http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1w1

55           Z.A. Maxfield                                     http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1w3

56           Freddy MacKay                                 http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1wd

57           K.A. Mitchell                                      http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1wh

58           Josephine Myles                              http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1wj

59           Jay Northcote                                    http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1wl

60           Stephen Osborne                            http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1wn

61           Madison Parker                                                http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1wp

62           C.S. Poe

63           Rick Reed                                            http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1zU

64           Devon Rhodes                                  http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1zU

65           Posy Roberts                                     http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1zY

66           R.J. Scott                                              http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1A0

67           Rowan Speedwell                            http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1Ad

68           Isobel Starling

69           Nic Starr                                               http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1Ai

70           Felice Stevens

71           Al Stewart

72           B.G. Thomas                                      http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1Ak

73           Indra Vaughn                                     http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1Am

74           Piper Vaughn                                     http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1Ao

75           Silvia Violet                                         http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1Aq

76           Max Vos                                              http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1As

77           Deanna Wadsworth                        http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1Au

78           T.A. Webb                                           http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1Aw

79           K.C. Wells                                            http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1Ay

80           Alexis Woods

81           Em Woods                                          http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1AA

82           Therese Woodson                           http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1AC

83           Atom Yang                                         http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1AE

Thank you,

Melyna

M/M Holiday Delights – Author updates

Hello,

I recently published several blog posts about the call for submissions for the 2016 M/M Holiday Delights event.  The new forms for this year have been wonderful.  (Thank you Lisa of The Novel Approach Reviews for the idea❤ )

A thought occurred to me after an author submitted a form for a book already on the 2015 reading list.   I asked her if anything about the book had changed and she said no, but after reading through the form I realized that there were things that needed updating.  Her story had been part of an anthology and is now available as a standalone.  I also had more buy links and author contact information that I could add.  I have since updated the Holiday Spotlight information for this author.

With the information that I gained from this experience, I now ask:

Authors, if you had a book or books in the M/M Holiday Delights event from 2015 and want to check to see if you need to update your information, please click on the short link next to your name. 
Has your cover changed?
Was your story a part of an anthology and now available as a standalone?
Do you have a new Publisher?
Has your book been re-released with added content or changes?
Do you have more or different buy links?
*Would you like to add contact information so readers can find you and your books more easily?*
The post it opens is your Holiday Spotlight for 2015 and it may have New next to your book.   I will update the posts before publishing for the 2016 event.

If you see something you would like to change please click the image below to access the form and update your information.

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Author List:  (The authors in BOLD are new this year and do not have links to their holiday spotlights)

1              Kol Anderson                                     http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1px

2              C.J. Anthony                                     

3              Astrid Amara                                      http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1pC

4              John Amory                                        http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1pH

5              Shira Anthony                                   http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1pE

6              Keira Andrews                                  http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1pN

7              J.P. Barnaby                                       http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1pP

8              J.P. Bowie                                           http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1pR

9              Kenzie Cade                                       http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1sJ

10           Mary Calmes                                      http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1pT

11           Cardeno C.                                          http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1pV

12           Skylar Cates                                        http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1pX

13           Joanna Chambers                            http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1q0

14           L.C. Chase                                           http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1q2

15           T.A. Chase                                           http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1q4

16           Charlie Cochet                                   http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1q6

17           Joe Cosentino                                   http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1r1

18           Amy Jo Cousins                                 http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1q8

19           Heidi Cullinan                                     http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1r3

20           Kim Dare                                              http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1r5

21           Ethan Day                                            http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1r7

22           Claire Davis                                       

23           Megan Derr                                        http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1ra

24/25     Summer Devon and                    http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1rd
Bonnie Dee

26           Mari  Donne                                       http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1rf

27           Amy Rae Durreson                          http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1rh

28           Eli Easton                                             http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1rj

29           K.C. Faelan

30           Jamie Fessenden                             http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1rl

31           Suki Fleet

32           Harper Fox                                          http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1rz

33           L.E. Frank                                             http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1rB

34           Ofelia Gränd

35           L.B. Gregg                                           http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1rD

36           Andrew Grey                                     http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1rF

37           Liam Grey                                            http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1rH

38           Toni Griffin                                         http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1rJ

39           Kaje Harper                                        http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1s9

40           Daisy Harris                                         http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1sb

41           Dianne Hartsock                               http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1sR

42           Saxon Hawke                                     http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1wa

43           Gwen Hayes                                      http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1sd

44           John Inman                                        http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1vP

45           Ashley John                                        http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1vO

46           Nicole Kimberling

47           Derrick Knight                                    http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1sA

48           Amy Lane                                            http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1sE

49           Josh Lanyon                                       http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1sG

50           Lynn Lorenz                                        http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1vS

51           Kate Lowell                                         http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1vU

52           Em Lynley                                            http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1vW

53           Aisling Mancy                                    http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1vY

54           Angel Martinez                                 http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1w1

55           Z.A. Maxfield                                     http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1w3

56           Freddy MacKay                                 http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1wd

57           K.A. Mitchell                                      http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1wh

58           Josephine Myles                              http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1wj

59           Jay Northcote                                    http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1wl

60           Stephen Osborne                            http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1wn

61           Madison Parker                                                http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1wp

62           C.S. Poe

63           Rick Reed                                            http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1zU

64           Devon Rhodes                                  http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1zU

65           Posy Roberts                                     http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1zY

66           R.J. Scott                                              http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1A0

67           Rowan Speedwell                            http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1Ad

68           Isobel Starling

69           Nic Starr                                               http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1Ai

70           Felice Stevens

71           Al Stewart

72           B.G. Thomas                                      http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1Ak

73           Indra Vaughn                                     http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1Am

74           Piper Vaughn                                     http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1Ao

75           Silvia Violet                                         http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1Aq

76           Max Vos                                              http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1As

77           Deanna Wadsworth                        http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1Au

78           T.A. Webb                                           http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1Aw

79           K.C. Wells                                            http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1Ay

80           Alexis Woods

81           Em Woods                                          http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1AA

82           Therese Woodson                           http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1AC

83           Atom Yang                                         http://wp.me/p3GRKG-1AE

Thank you,

Melyna

Dragon Thursday – Happy Autumnal Equinox

Happy Autumnal Equinox  to those of us in the Northern hemisphere.  It is the time of all things pumpkin spice.  So , in the spirit of things, I Googled pumpkin spice dragons.  Wow.  It’s a thing.  I found the most wonderful site with some whimsical dragons and yes, a pumpkin spice dragon.🙂

I found this adorable dragon on Deviantart.  The artist is PixieEmz and she has an Etsy shop, Myriad Art Studios,  with more of these whimsical creatures.  To see more of this artists work visit her shop here:   myriadartstudios-logo

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M/M Holiday Delights call for submissions update 09/19/2016

Hello!

The response to a call for submissions has been wonderful.  So far there have been 11 new author submissions and one returning author submission including: C.S.Poe, Josh Lanyon, Nicole Kimberling,Dawn Sister, Suki Fleet, Ofelia Gränd, Al Stewart and Claire Davis, Amy Spector, Isobel Starling, Alexis Woods, C. J. Anthony and K.C. Faelan.

This brings the total number of authors participating, so far, this year to 83.

Add your M/M winter / holiday themed book to the list by clicking the image below.

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Melyna

News, Reviews and Giveaways for the week of September 19, 2016

Good morning!
I hope everyone had a relaxing weekend.  It is starting to feel like Fall around here.  Not cooler weather.  That doesn’t happen until much later here in central Texas.  School is underway with football games and bonfires, marching season for the band and pumpkin and gourd displays at the stores. Plus everywhere I look is something flavored with Pumpkin Spice. lol  I even got in the spirit of things and pulled out the fall decorations for our house too.

Here at the blog it feels like an odd mesh of seasons with the call for submissions for the M/M Holiday Delights event.  I will have an update on that later today.  There has been a great response.  I already picked up a holiday book that I discovered after talking to someone last week about a review and found out they were an author.  One of the nice things about reading and interacting with readers and authors is meeting new people with similar tastes.  Soon I will be traveling to Kansas City, Missouri for the GRL Retreat 2016.  This will be my third time and it will be great to catch up with old friends and meet new ones.

This week Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words continues it’s conversation on Audiobooks with a narrator interview and some wonderful audiobook reviews lined up.  Joyfully Jay continues the September reading challenge this week with New-to-me author week.  The Novel Approach Reviews and Joyfully Jay both have GRL author features and all of the review blogs have a full week of reviews, blog tours and giveaways.

I listened to  a delightful audiobook by Megan Derr titled Tournament of Losers, I also read two fun books.  Adulting 101 by Lisa Henry and Fred & Ginger by Isobel Starling.

tournament-of-losers-megan-derrTitle: Tournament of Losers
Author: Megan Derr
Narrator: Michael Stellman
Publisher:  Less Than Three Press
Publication date: August 3, 2016 (audiobook)
Format: Audiobook
Genre:  M/M,  Fantasy
Summary:   All Rath wants is a quiet, peaceful life. Unfortunately, his father brings him too much trouble – and too many debts to pay – for that to ever be possible. When the local crime lord drags Rath out of bed and tells him he has three days to pay his father’s latest debt, Rath doesn’t know what to do. There’s no way to come up with so much money in so little time.

Then a friend poses an idea just ridiculous enough to work: enter the Tournament of Losers, where every 75 years, peasants compete for the chance to marry into the noble and royal houses. All competitors are given a stipend to live on for the duration of the tournament – funds enough to cover his father’s debt. All he has to do is win the first few rounds, collect his stipend, and then it’s back to trying to live a quiet life….

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Thoughts:  LYLBTB 50 star  This book is a wonderful fairy tale. It is sweet and predictable, although that didn’t matter – in fact I think it made it all the better because, I as the reader, knew where this was destined to end and it was perfect – happy sigh) I was also brought to tears a couple of times. Right in the feels.
Rath is one of those characters that just can’t seem to get a break, misses things that we as readers see and has a heart of gold. I wanted him to have his HEA so much. I adored Tress as the love interest and the idea of the tournament. I also enjoyed how the author wove this tale with just enough adversity to keep me hovering one the edge of “Is this all going to go terribly wrong and they not get their HEA?” all the while hoping they would. They must. Such a lovely well written story.
I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Michael Stellman. It is a very enjoyable narration. This is definitely a book I will listen to again. Going into my keepers, all time favorites list.

Janice (My good friend and enabler extraordinaire who recommended that I listen to this book) had this to say: “A wicked smart fairy tale…5++”  I wanted to steal this review because – yes, it is a wicked smart fairy tale and… I love the word wicked, but she beat me to it.😉

For a wonderful in depth review, I am sharing this one by Whit!!!!! at It’s About The Book. (Enjoy)

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adulting-101-lisa-henryTitle: Adulting 101
Author:  Lisa Henry
Publisher:  Riptide Publishing
Publication date:  August 13, 2016
Genre:  M/M Contemporary
Format: ebook
Summary:  The struggle is real.

Nick Stahlnecker is eighteen and not ready to grow up yet. He has a summer job, a case of existential panic, and a hopeless crush on the unattainable Jai Hazenbrook. Except how do you know that your coworker’s unattainable unless you ask to blow him in the porta-potty?

That’s probably not what Dad meant when he said Nick should act more like an adult.

Twenty-five-year-old Jai is back in his hometown of Franklin, Ohio, just long enough to earn the money to get the hell out again. His long-term goal of seeing more of the world is worth the short-term pain of living in his mother’s basement, but only barely.

Meeting Nick doesn’t fit in with Jai’s plans at all, but, as Jai soon learns, you don’t have to travel halfway around the world to have the adventure of a lifetime.

This is not a summer romance. This is a summer friendship-with-benefits. It’s got pizza with disgusting toppings, Netflix and chill, and accidental exhibitionism. That’s all. There are no feelings here. None. Shut up.


Thoughts:  LYLBTB 50 star  I loved this book.  It is a very cute, sweet coming of age story.  Nick is a huggable, quirky character dealing with growing up, making adult decisions, leaving his best friend and making sure he isn’t a virgin before he leaves for college.  His quirks aside, his character is very believable.  This is a scary time in a lot of peoples lives, huge changes and his relationship with his family isn’t helping.  Then there is Jai.  Older, smoking hot, world traveler that is the object of Nick’s fantasies.
Once these two get together, nothing goes as either one of them planned.  I enjoyed reading about their experiences, meeting the wonderful secondary characters and seeing how it was all going to work out.  I finished this book feeling happy and hopeful for the characters.

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fred-ginger-isobel-starlingTitle: Fred And Ginger
Series:  Stand alone
Author:  Isobel Starling
Publisher:  self published
Publication date:  November 19, 2015
Cover artist:  Isobel Starling
Genre: M/M Romantic comedy
Length: 72 pages 11.577 words
Characters:  Christopher Miller and Robin Summers… and of course, Fred the puppy.
Summary:  A sexy, funny, stand alone short Christmas story. Patisserie Chef Christopher Miller works for Big Boy Cupcakes, London’s only gay bakery. His boss had closed the bakery on the 23rd of December, and Chris was looking forward to some well needed time off, and Christmas ALONE. But then his boss calls him with a last minute order—the order of his dreams—to bake for his movie idol, actor Jason Beck. Just as he is about to deliver the order, Chris’s dreams are turned upside down by an explosive, fateful meeting with Fred, an errant Chocolate Labrador. The dog’s owner turns out to be Robin Summers, a one night stand from months before…the man that Chris could not forget.

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Thoughts:  I love holiday books. This short story is sweet and cute and sexy. I enjoy food-centric stories and this one was fun, especially since parts of it reminded me of an event they have at the GayRomLit Retreat. It is a short, snippet in the lives of two men,and an exuberant Labrador. Bonus – the author includes a recipe at the end. So much fun.

The first three blogs listed below detail what they have on tap for us for the coming week.   The blogs that follow,  are ones that I check periodically throughout the week.  They all have wonderful articles, news, reviews and giveaways.  Whatever your taste in books, you will find among these blogs.
 I hope you have a fantastic week and read (or listen to) some amazing books. 
Grab a cup of your favorite brew and enjoy.

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The Novel Approach
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Joyfully Jay Reviews
m/m romance reviews and more.

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  Bu sure to take a look at their unique features such as Sunday Spotlight, Five Thing Friday, Outside The Margins, as well as news, reviews and blog tours.

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Love Bytes Reviews came into existence as on 4th of April, 2014, being formerly known as The Blog of Sid Love.

The Blog of Sid Love was started on 12th March, 2013 with a sole aim of promoting those M/M fictions that have quality and uniqueness in them. Like TBSL, LoveBytes struggles to give such books and their works the much deserved recognition by posting reviews, running giveaway contests for the authors, featuring their newly published works for promotion, hosting blog tours, conducting author interviews and lots more!

The blog has received great amount of popularity since its inception. As on date, the blog has caught attention of awesome followers in such a short period of time and brings on approximately 1000+ unique visitors each day (2000+ unique visitors on a peak day!). On an average, three book reviews per day are posted on the blog and there are contests on a daily basis to keep the readers and authors entertained!

Founder: Sid Love

Owner & Manager: Danielle Maas

Reviewers Team:  Danielle , Taylor, Carissa, Cindy, Donna, Roberta, Irene, Vicki, Dan, Paul, Marieke, Kimberley, Tara, Dennis & Rhonda

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It’s All About Books (and maybe some other stuff) We’re experienced reviewers trying out our own blog! Basically anything book related can be found here!

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Welcome to Queer Sci Fi. We’re a blog and website that’s all about LGBT characters in science fiction, fantasy and supernatural fiction – whether it’s MM or FF romance with a sci fi bent or sci fi with LGBT characters. We’re dedicated to promoting the inclusion of LGBT characters in these genres.

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In addition to hosting the above queer sci fi site, J. Scott Coatsworth has his own site with several weekly features: Author Spotlight, The Weekly Fix and Point of View

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Happy Reading

Melyna

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Calling all authors – The holiday season is just around the corner.

holidays-are-comingSeptember is already here and before we know it Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule, Kwanzaa and many other holidays that occur during this time of year will also be upon us.

Last year I hosted an event called M/M Holiday Delights which focused on the M/M Holiday Reading list 2015.   It featured over 72 authors and their holiday/winter themed stories. This included their new releases as well as their previously released holiday books.  Plus 2015 included 18 holiday themed anthologies.  It  was the second year for the event and it grew considerably between 2014 and 2015.

I am working on the M/M Holiday Reading list for 2016 and need your help.  Last year I had several authors and readers contact me with holiday themed books they thought would be perfect for this event.  I love fall/winter holiday books and added them as they came to my attention.  There were a couple of times that information was lost or the information changed from when it was first brought to my attention and corrections were needed.

This event is great fun to organize but as a one person crew, it is also a bit overwhelming.   This year I have created a form that authors can fill out and submit to   be included in the event.  I hope this is an easier way to make sure that the information that the author wants to get out to the readers is up to date and accurate.

M/M Holiday Delights 2016 Event Submission Form Link

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Click Santa snail to go to the M/M Holiday Delights submission form.

I will compile the holiday reading list, which includes a Holiday Spotlight, New Release posts and a Wrapping Up the Holidays post for each author.  These are also cross posted to Facebook,Twitter and Tumblr.

Since the first call for submissions we have had eight new authors and one returning author submit forms for the 2016 event.  This brings our total to 80 authors for this year.   This is very exciting because there are a lot of us who love to curl up under a warm blanket with a hot cup of coffee,tea or hot chocolate and snuggle in with a great M/M holiday book.  The more the merrier.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you and making it another wonderful holiday season filled with M/M Holiday Delights.

Melyna

Finn and library

The 2016 M/M Holiday Delights call for submissions is underway.

holidays-are-comingLast year I hosted an event called M/M Holiday Delights which focused on the M/M Holiday Reading list 2015.   It featured over 72 authors and their holiday/winter themed stories. This included their new releases as well as their previously released holiday books.  Plus 2015 included 18 holiday themed anthologies.  It  was the second year for the event and it grew considerably between 2014 and 2015.

Since the first call for submissions we have had eight new authors and one returning author submit forms for the 2016 event.  These include  C.S. Poe,Josh Lanyon, Nicole Kimberling, Dawn Sister, Suki Fleet, Ofelia Gränd, Al Stewart, Claire Davis and Amy Spector.
This brings our total to 80 authors for this year! (so far)

I am working on the M/M Holiday Reading list for 2016 and need your help.  Last year I had several authors and readers contact me with holiday themed books they thought would be perfect for this event.  I love fall/winter holiday books and added them as they came to my attention.  There were a couple of times that information was lost or the information changed from when it was first brought to my attention and corrections were needed.

This event is great fun to organize but as a one person crew, it is also a bit overwhelming.   This year I have created a form that authors can fill out and submit to   be included in the event.  I hope this is an easier way to make sure that the information that the author wants to get out to the readers is up to date and accurate.

M/M Holiday Delights 2016 Event Submission Form Link

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Click Santa snail to go to the M/M Holiday Delights submission form.

I will compile the holiday reading list, which includes a Holiday Spotlight, New Release posts and a Wrapping Up the Holidays post for each author.  These are also cross posted to Facebook,Twitter and Tumblr.

If you have a M/M Holiday / Winter themed story, I hope to hear from you too.

This is very exciting because there are a lot of us who love to curl up under a warm blanket with a hot cup of coffee,tea or hot chocolate and snuggle in with a great M/M holiday book.  The more the merrier.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you and making it another wonderful holiday season filled with M/M Holiday Delights.

Melyna

Finn and library