River Jaymes is brand new M/M author and as you all know, I love to promote authors in this genre whose books I think deserve it, especially newbies. When I read her first book, Brad’s Bachelor Party, I fell in love with her writing and her characters but I wondered if that book was a fluke, as often happens. I became a fan when I read her follow-up story The Backup Boyfriend which I loved, loved, loved and despite everything I have on my plate this month I ‘m taking a time out to introduce this author to you readers as someone whose books deserve your consideration. I think she’s definitely someone to watch. With this in mind I emailed River on the weekend and asked her if she would like to be profiled here, and she said she would be happy to meet all of the readers who drop by the site.
Here’s River’s profile:
First off, thank you for having me, Wave! Like everyone else, I’m sad to see this site close but I totally understand how much time a project like this would take. You shall be missed.
Now, a little about me. I’m married with three wonderful kids and my day job consists of working one crazy-ass week a month as a physician in a bush town in Southwest Alaska – usually on call for 36 hours and then off for 12. Think Northern Exposure plus ER, minus the beautiful mountains and George Clooney The rest of my time I’m a stay-at-home mom who tries ( and often fails) to juggle kids and writing and hubby demands.
The nominations for Favourite M/M Author of 2013 close at midnight Wednesday, December 11 EST (that’s tomorrow). If you want your favourite to have a chance at the big prize you must nominate him or her.
Please submit your nominations here.
Voting for the top 5 nominees starts Friday December 13 and ends Friday December 20. The winner will be announced Sunday December 22nd.
Hurry if you don’t want your favourite author to be left out
Sorry for the delay folks. Here are November’s recommended reads. If I’ve forgotten anything (which always happens with me) please leave a comment on the post.
Of Dreams and Ceremonies (Butterfly Hunter #2) by Julie Bozza – 4.75 stars (Feliz)
Everyone Loves a Wedding by Chris Owen – 5 stars (Wave)
The Broken Road Cafe (Broken Road Cafe #1) by T.A. Webb – 5 stars (Sammy)
Bone Rider by J. Fally – 4.75 stars (Raine)
Benedict by Hayden Thorne – 5 stars (Larissa)
Breaking Point by N.R. Walker – 5+ stars (Sammy)
Serenading Stanley by John Inman – 5+ stars (Sammy)
Shock & Awe (A Sidewinder Story) by Abigail Roux – 5 stars (Wave)
Silent by Sara Alva – 4.75 stars (Sirius)
Drifting by Jayson James – 4.75 stars (Orion)
Medium, Sweet, Extra Shot of Geek by R. Cooper – 5 stars (Sammy)
Turbulence by Lyn Gala – 4.75 stars (Raine)
Happy birthday Christian from all your friends here.
We wanted to celebrate this special day with you but you’re not here … you’re still in Vegas ….. so we got together to make you a special birthday present. Because you like Luke so much we thought you would appreciate a vimeo of just him which you can take with you wherever you go when the site closes.
I baked a special cake for you - hope you like it. It took a lot of time and effort to come up with something this perfect and I didn’t even have to use any butter or flour or sugar because I really don’t know how to bake. BTW this is the same cake as last time.
We would have liked to cut the cake for you but I think you should do the honours yourself. Send me the candle – the big one in the middle – as a souvenir.
First, thanks to everyone who emailed me or commented on my post announcing the closure of the site. I appreciate all of your comments and I was especially surprised at the number of emails from authors, even those whose books I reviewed which I felt needed a bit of work. If I haven’t responded to your email it’s because my in-box is so jammed I’m having a difficult time finding it but please know that I appreciate each and every one of you who felt that the site was of value to you, over and above being a review site. Many of you said that we offered something special because we focused on more than book reviews, although that was our primary purpose, and I would like to thank you for appreciating all the work that went into making reviewsbyjessewave special. As I mentioned in the post, we will update you as soon as we have news about a new host and the status of the site after January 1.
Coming up this week: Tuesday, December 10 is Christian’s birthday so I thought I would give him a present to make his day memorable. He probably is having a lot of memorable days as he’s still in Vegas. I hope you will drop by to wish him a very happy birthday on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, December 11.I will be posting a Profile of new M/M author River Jaymes. I think you will like it and her and most important, you will love her books. Watch for her profile and please ask as many questions as you would like as she loves to hear from readers.
My last interview with author Josh Lanyon will be posted on Thursday, December 12. Please drop by to hear what he has to say. Also, he’s always interesting to talk to and he loves to hear from his fans
Title and Link: Bound to Break (Men of Honor 6)
Author: S.E. Jakes
Cover Artist: Angela Waters
Publisher URL: Samhain Publishing
Amazon Buy Link Bound to Break (Men of Honor)
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Genre: Contemporary M/M, BDSM, Men in Uniform
Length: Novel/208 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Review Summary: An intense, action packed, engrossing story with multiple MCs. For me, the best book in the series so far.
Title and Link: Kick Start (Dangerous Ground 5)
Author: Josh Lanyon
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Publisher:: Just Joshing Publishing Inc.
Amazon Buy Link Kick Start (Dangerous Ground 5)
Genre: Contemporary M/M
Length: Novella/128 pages
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5, DIK
Review Summary: Will and Taylor finally realize what’s most important in their lives – each other
2011 was the first year we had a competition on the site for Favourite M/M Author. To no one’s great surprise Josh Lanyon was crowned the winner by a landslide and he received his blue ribbon.
In 2012 Abigail Roux walked away with the honours (an author can’t be nominated again so Josh wasn’t eligible, although his fans stubbornly still entered his name in the competition).
Nominations are now open for 2013 and there are no rules except that the author must write male/male romance. It doesn’t matter how long your nominees have been writing in the genre or if they occasionally write in other genres, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the winner will be someone who writes M/M exclusively or at least whose major output is in M/M. Neither Josh nor Abi is eligible so please don’t waste your vote.
So who will be crowned this year’s winner? You, the readers will decide because only readers can vote.
Please leave your nominations in the comments to this post and we will keep the contest open for 10 days. The top 5 nominees in terms of votes from readers will move on to the voting where you will elect a new champion.
Nominations are now open and will close at midnight EST on Wednesday, December 11, 2013. You can only nominate one author unless your nominee is part of a writing team. If you nominate more than one author we will choose the first name on your list as your nominee. Good luck to all the nominees.
Christian is getting ahead of himself. He already has the Santa hats on the green men. I have no idea what he’s been drinking. The guys in the Hot Tub have been misbehaving because they heard that we’re closing and they said they want a piece of the action. I think they were in Vegas with Christian and had a few body shots. :lol:
Now on to the business of the week…. we have a site to run kiddies.
Reviews Posted on the Weekend - Stealing the Wind by Shira Anthony reviewed by Sammy; The Left Hand Path by Jeff Erno reviewed by Orion; Of Dreams and Ceremonies by Julie Bozza reviewed by Feliz; Beautiful Dreamer by Sarn Singer reviewed by Lloyd Meeker; A Small Miracle Happened by Mari Donne reviewed by Sirius; and Chasing the Sun by Jacob Z. Flores reviewed by Sammy. If you haven’t seen these reviews as yet now is the time to do so.
It’s been an incredible ride for almost six years, and for the most part I have really enjoyed it, so it is with great regret and mixed emotions that I announce the closing of Reviewsbyjessewave effective January 2, 2014.
Please note that you won’t be cut off entirely from the site as we will try to keep it open for awhile, but after January 1 there will be no new content. You will still be able to access past reviews or posts, but you won’t be able to comment. This, I think, is a reasonable compromise instead of shutting down altogether.
Title and Link: Everyone Loves a Wedding
Author: Chris Owen
Cover Artist N/A
Publisher URL: Torquere
Amazon Buy Link: Everyone Loves a Wedding
Publisher Buy Link Everyone Loves a Wedding
Genre: Contemporary M/M
Length: Novella/20K words
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Review Summary: This book is a delight and I ate it up because of Spencer and Dean. In addition to being incredibly funny, Everyone Loves A Wedding is all about romance, family, and how a gay man threw a great wedding for his twin.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. We had our first snowfall in Toronto yesterday with winds at 60 K/hour and all the stores were playing inappropriate Christmas songs (because it’s not even the end of November). It seems like everyone is conspiring to get your money. But here’s something that’s free for readers of M/M books – the annual Author Book Giveaway which will start on December 13. It’s Aunt Lynn’s version of the Twelve Days of Christmas or Hanukkah or whatever holiday you celebrate, which brings me to this :
Calling All M/M Authors: Our annual party on the site, euphemistically called the Big-Ass Holiday Author Giveaway™ (BAHAG) has just started and we’re asking all M/M authors for book donations so that their fans can have a special holiday treat. Authors you can sign up here. PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE YOUR PUBLIC EMAIL ADDRESS. I don’t think I need to tell you how much Aunt Lynn and I AND the other readers appreciate your generosity
Title and Link: Scent of a Wolf
Author: Draven St. James
Cover Artist: Valerie Tibbs
Publisher URL: Loose-id.com
Amazon Buy Link Scent of a Wolf
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Genre: Paanormal M/M/
Length: 34K words/115 pages
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Review Summary: I wish that the dream sequences were much longer as I thought they were better than the rest of the book, but I did like the concept of a different race of weres.
Hi everyone. I hope everything is great in your world.
Rick R. Reed’s article The Gay Man Who Loves Women will be on the site on Tuesday, November 19. Be sure to check it out.
Calling all authors: on Friday, November 22nd Aunt Lynn is getting into high gear for the annual BAHAG (Big Ass Holiday Author Giveaway) with a post asking for donations. I hope that as in previous years you will give generously to the readers who access this site. We all appreciate everything you offer and would like to thank you in advance.
Last Friday my interview with author Brandon Shire was posted. If you haven’t seen it, here’s a link. This is one interview you shouldn’t miss if you’re an advocate for LGBTQ youth.