The Summer Olympics are in full swing. Some of us are dancing in the aisles in jubilation while others are drowning our disappointment in demon rum because our athletes didn’t do as well as we expected. There’s still almost a week to go before all the national fervor dies down and the world returns to normal.
What else is going on? There are lots of summer events and festivals all over the world. If you’re planning a trip to Canada be sure to visit Toronto, its largest city. There’s so much going on it would take me a long time to run them down but you can visit this website which is one of many with information on events here. Come for the Caribbean Festival on now or TIFF, Toronto International Film Festival in September, second only to Cannes. What’s happening where you live? Leave a comment on this post in case someone is visiting your city/town/country this summer. You, too, can be a travel ambassador like many other bloggers were last year.
Here’s an example of a great event going on this summer : This weekend Larissa attended the Gay Pride Canal Parade in Amsterdam and she will be posting pictures on Saturday, August 11. Ingrid, who has been our scribe for this event over the past couple of years, was unable to attend the parade this year because she’s on vacation.
A few months ago I asked you for your recommendations so that I could update the very popular Readers’ Favourite Gay Books which is almost 2 years old. You responded in huge numbers as always. However, it has taken a long time to incorporate your changes because many of you did not follow the instructions. In addition, authors’ names were misspelled, books were either misspelled or incorrectly labeled in terms of genre, etc. etc., which made the job of updating the list even more tedious than usual. The new list will be published this week but I wanted you to know why it has taken so long.
A small reminder in my capacity as chief nag: Many of you bid on books but forget to come back to see if you won, which means that Aunt Lynn has to write a post every so often (seems to be monthly now) asking winners to contact her. We would appreciate it if you could check back on the site late the next day if you bid on a book, to see if you won, as this would save Aunt Lynn a lot of extra work. Thanks guys! Lynn’s latest post is here.
As many of you know, I love to have a bit of fun (okay a LOT of fun) and this article written by Rex Murphy, a correspondent for a local paper, the National Post, made me giggle. The Post is not known for being funny so it was even more remarkable that the article made the front page yesterday. An Italian man went to court recently about the delicate matter of being insulted by another man regarding the size of his testicles. Apparently the other man claimed that he had no balls. The plaintiff said that this was not just insulting, but injurious. The court agreed and upheld his claim. I wonder if it would have been just simply insulting if someone had claimed that said balls in question were merely tiny rather than non-existent. All of you guys who disparage the size of your neighbour’s jewels (do you check them out in the locker room at the gym? )may find yourself in front of a magistrate …… if you do so in Italy. I wonder if there are pictures of the evidence on which the magistrate based his ruling? If so I would like to see it, just so I could compare, of course. Here the link to the post:
On to the business of the day: Angie Benedetti published a thought-provoking post on Friday which she called What Does Love Look Like? If you haven’t seen her post this is your opportunity to do so because I have linked it.
The following reviews were posted on the weekend: A Recondite Matter by G.S. Wiley reviewed by Cryselle; The Last Concubine by Catt Ford reviewed by Sirius; The Silent One by Kari Jo Spear reviewed by Jeayci; Wolf Biker’s Mate (Wolves of Stone Ridge #10) by Charlie Richards reviewed by Lasha. These reviews are all linked.
Free Books This Week:
The Wish by Eden Winters
Barging In (print) by Josephine Myles
Bound series (print) (includes Bound by Deception/Bound to Him/Bound Forever plus two shorts Deliberately Unbound and Deliberately Bound) by Ava March
Four Corners by Kate McMurray – Dreamspinner Press
Stars & Stripes by Abigail Roux
The British Devil by Greg Hogben – Dreamspinner Press
Mason’s Murder by Gregory L. Norris – MLR Press
Reviews This Week:
Leslie S: Aliens, Smith & Jones by Blaine D. Arden
Larissa: The Isle of Where? by Sue Brown
Andrea: One Last Kiss Goodbye by N.J. Nielsen
Cryselle: The Declaration by Geoff Knight; Inertia by Amelia Gormley
Sammy: Sin and Salvation by Laura Baumbach
Jeayci: The Silent One by Kari Jo Spear
Feliz: His Gift by Clare London
Sirius: The Druid Stone by Heidi Belleau & Violetta Vane; Point of Knives by Melissa Scott
Raine: Calling The Show by J.A. Rock
Jenre: Running Wild by Joely Skye
Lasha: Waves Break my Fall by Kendall McKenna
Wave: August Ice by Dev Bentham; Four Corners by Kate McMurray; Stars & Stripes by Abigail Roux
The Friday Guys asked me to let you know that they appreciate all the love you have shown them in the past and they will be back this weekend. However, their future is up in the air because of a recent lawsuit against a blogger by a photographer. More on this later.
Till next week, that’s a wrap.