New Books: 23 June – 29 June 2013

Here’s some new titles and re-releases coming out next week. Take a look, see what catches your eye!

Quite a lot of stuff coming out this week, and it looks like something for everyone (with an abundance of paranormal). If I’ve missed something, please let me know in the comments. Happy reading!

Scrap Metal (review)

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Published by on March 27, 2012
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Pages: 258
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five-stars

What would you give up for your family? After the tragic deaths of his mother and older brother, Nichol Seacliff abandons his exciting new life in the city, his university studies, and his promising future to return to Arran and help his grandfather run the family’s isolated, failing sheep farm.

Could you give up even more for the love of your life? Cameron’s on the run (from what or who, he won’t say) that cold, stormy spring night when he tries to take shelter in the barn at Seacliff Farm. When Nichol catches Cameron in the barn, he’s first tempted to send him on his way into the storm, but relents. The offer of a place to sleep in the barn that night turns into an (unpaid) position as farmhand for the city born and bred Cameron.

Nichol is obviously stuck grieving the loss of his mother and brother, as well as the loss of his chosen life. He’s just not doing it very well. He throws himself into the work necessary to help his grandfather keep the farm in the family, putting in 12-hour or longer days. His grandfather, Harry Seacliff, always preferred his older brother and never hid that fact. To say he’s rough on Nichol would be an understatement. In his own fashion, though, Harry is still grieving the loss of his daughter and favorite grandson, and failing just as spectacularly as Nichol is. That’s when Cam comes into their lives. Continue reading

five-stars

About Harper Fox

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Bestselling British author Harper Fox has established herself as a firm favourite with readers of M/M romance. Over the past three years, she’s delivered thirteen critically acclaimed novels, novellas and short stories, including Scrap Metal (Rainbow Awards Honourable Mention), The Salisbury Key (CAPA nominated) and Life After Joe (Band of Thebes Best LGBT Book, 2011).

The Rest of Forever (review)

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The Rest of Forever The Rest of Forever by
Published by on May 17, 2012
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Pages: 40
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four-stars

Thomas Wolfe famously said “You can’t go home again.” But what if you did? What would happen if you went back and tried to correct the worst mistake you ever made in your life? That’s the story of The Rest of Forever, a contemporary romantic novelette by Kate Aaron. Jack and Paul were best friends growing up, and planned to go to the big city together for university. After confessing his love for Jack, Paul ended up staying home after Jack panicked. Years later, regretting his reaction, Jack returned to his home town to see if their friendship could be repaired. It’s an age-old story. Can Aaron make it her own? Continue reading

four-stars

About Kate Aaron

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Kate Aaron lives in Cheshire, England, with two dogs, a parrot, and a bearded dragon named Elvis…

She holds a BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature and an MA in Gender, Sexuality and Culture, and is an outspoken advocate for equal rights. When not hitting the campaign trail, doting slavishly on Elvis or simply trying to earn a crust, she does what she does best – writes about men in love.

June/July Poll

So I can better understand what people want in M/M fiction, I’m going to start running some polls here. The first one is, “What kind of M/M fiction do you like best?” I’ve tried to include all the basic types: contemporary, historical, paranormal (vampires, werewolves, shifters, etc.), sci fi, fantasy, mystery. I’ve even left a spot where you can add your own type if I’ve forgotten one. This poll will end July 15, so go ahead! Vote!

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Brothers of the Wild North Sea (review)

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Published by on 11 June 2013
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Pages: 346
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five-stars

Caius is a recent monk and physician in a community run by a somewhat unorthodox abbot. Set on the northeast coast of England near Hadrian’s Wall in the late 7th century, it’s a pretty isolated community, sitting on the sea cliffs. Cai doesn’t necessarily follow all the teachings of his new faith, but he tries to do the best he can. His biggest temptation is his fellow monk, Leof, who is killed in a Viking raid early on in the book.

Fenrisulfr is a Viking raider, from the Dane Lands, abandoned at the community after being wounded in a raid. He’s savage, wild, and contemptuous of all things Christian. Despite the disapproval of the community, Cai nurses Fen back to health, and a tenuous trust and relationship develops between them. Continue reading

five-stars

About Harper Fox

harperfox

Bestselling British author Harper Fox has established herself as a firm favourite with readers of M/M romance. Over the past three years, she’s delivered thirteen critically acclaimed novels, novellas and short stories, including Scrap Metal (Rainbow Awards Honourable Mention), The Salisbury Key (CAPA nominated) and Life After Joe (Band of Thebes Best LGBT Book, 2011).

Pirated eBooks

One thing my CMS software lets me do is see what search terms led people to this site. I’ve noticed that a few (not many, but enough) come here looking for free versions of recently published books. Frequently on the day of publication. I do occasionally offer links to books on legitimate sites that are free. These are usually temporary price cuts by the author or publisher in order to get people to try an author’s  book. I haven’t, and won’t, link to anything that I think are pirated ebooks.

This is something I feel strongly about. Writers need the commissions from legitimate sales of their works. They deserve them, and have earned them. In fact, if we readers want good M/M fiction, then we need to encourage it through purchasing the books we like. I know it can get expensive. I see books everyday that I’d buy if I had the money. Unfortunately, I have to be pretty selective. Fortunately, the prices for individuals aren’t that bad (you should see what I have to pay for ebooks for our library from some publishers!). The way I see it, that helps me support the writers I really like and want to see more from. That’s why you won’t see links here to questionable sites, only legitimate sites for the publishers, booksellers, or authors themselves.

And that’s today’s public service announcement.

City of Jade (Review)

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Published by on 6 June 2013
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Pages: 350
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five-stars

Gallienus is a former imperial soldier, set to guard the walls of Constantinople after being wounded in battle. Feeling “put out to pasture,” he’s not the happiest of men. Restless, dissatisfied and lonely, he’s ready for a change. Misahuen is a refugee from war in Korea. Turned caravan guard to see the world and find a safer life, he’s arrived in Constantinople with his employer.  City of Jade, by L.J. LaBarthe, is their story.

They first meet when the caravan Misahuen is guarding arrives at Constantinople. Gallienus, one of the guards on duty, inspects it for contraband. In typical fashion, it’s not long before they’re in each other’s arms, and in love. Of course, this being 12th century Byzantium, love between men is not accepted in the empire. Facing severe punishment if caught, Misahuen and Gallienus take to the road, hoping to find a better, more accepting place to build their life together. They sign on as guards for the caravan of a Byzantine merchant, and travel the Silk Road to China. Continue reading

five-stars

About L.J. LaBarthe

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L.J. LaBarthe is a French-Australian woman, who was born during the Witching Hour, just after midnight. From this auspicious beginning, she went on to write a prize-winning short story about Humpty Dumpty wearing an Aussie hat complete with corks dangling from it when she was six years old. From there, she wrote for her high school yearbook, her university newspaper, and, from her early teens to her twenties, produced a fanzine about the local punk rock music scene. She enjoys music, languages, TV, film, travel, cooking, eating out, abandoned places, urbex, history, and researching.

First Impressions: City of Jade

Hey all! I’m currently participating in the 48 Hour Book Challenge. Right now, I’m reading City of Jade, by L.J. LaBarthe. First impressions: It’s an interesting book, but with a lot less action than I’m used to. Probably because I just finished reading Dan Brown’s Inferno. Still enjoying it, though. I’ll have a more in-depth review up later today or tomorrow.

Here’s some free Nook (epub) books

Not My Wolf (cover), Eden ColeAs promised, here’s some more links to free books. This time, it’s Nook/epub books.

As always, there’s no guarantee that these will stay free, so be sure to check the price before you buy it. Let me know if you’d like to see more of this.

New Books, May 1-7, 2013

Here’s a list of new books coming out the first week of May. Lot’s of good reads!

From Dreamspinner Press:

  • The Caveman and the Devil, by Chris T. Kat (ebook)
  • Coal to Diamonds, by August Li (ebook)
  • Evolution, by Sam Kadence (ebook, paperback)
  • I Can See for Miles, by Lisa Worrall (ebook)
  • The Jouster’s Lance, by A.J. Marcus (ebook, paperback)
  • Paid Leave, by Hayley B. James (ebook, paperback)
  • The God Hunters: Reunion (book 2 of The Godhunters), by Mark Reed (ebook, paperback)
  • Horn Gate, by Damon Suede (ebook)
  • Prelude (a Blue Notes novel), by Shira Anthony & Venona Keyes (ebook, paperback)
  • Soul Magic (book 3 of Triad), by Poppy Dennison (ebook, paperback)

From LooseId:

  • A Little Bite of Magic, by M.J. O’Shea (ebook)
  • One Bad Day: A Theo Bourne Story, by Evelyn Shepherd (ebook)
  • What You Do To Me: A Breathe Epilogue, by Sloan Parker (ebook)

From Riptide Publishing:

  • The Laird’s Forbidden Lover, by Amelia C. Gormley (ebook)

From Siren BookStrand:

  • Dance with the Devil (Gods of Chaos book 2), by Gabrielle Evans (ebook)
  • Craving Owen (Tides of Love book 2), by Scarlet Hyacinth (ebook)
  • Virgil (Marius Brothers book 8), by Joyee Flynn (ebook)
  • Siren Call (Gods Behaving Badly book 1), by Jana Downs (ebook)
  • Held Hostage by the Vampire Lord (The Vampire District book 6), by Marcy Jacks (ebook)
  • Cowboy’s Challenge (Cowboys of Snow Lake book 4), by Susan Laine (ebook)
  • Excite Me (Sultry SoCal book 3), by Taylor Brooks (ebook)
  • Rio’s Fire (Brac Village book 4), by Lynn Hagen (ebook)

Check them out. If you find one you enjoy, let me know in the comments.