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Recommended Reads — December 2013


sense of placeHere is the list of Recommended Reads for December 2013, our last. If there are incorrect links or something I missed, please leave a comment in the post. Enjoy!

The Only One Who Matters by Cat Grant and L.A. Witt — 5+ stars DIK (Wave)
The Ghost in Number 9 by Rick R. Reed — 5 stars (Lloyd Meeker)
Falls Chance Ranch by Rolf & Ranger — 5+ stars DIK (Raine)
Sense of Place (Thomas Elkin Book 3) by N.R. Walker — 5+ stars DIK (Wave)
A Case of Possession (A Charm of Magpies #2) by KJ Charles — 4.75 stars (LenaLena)
The Only One Who Knows by L.A. Witt and Cat Grant — 4.75 stars (Wave)
The Little Things by Jay Northcote — 5 stars (zac)
Making It Count by Kim Dare — 5 stars (Sammy)
Clarity of Lines (Thomas Elkin book two) by N.R. Walker — 5 stars (Wave)
Merry Christmas, Utah by Erin O’Quinn — 4.75 stars (Orion)
The Backup Boyfriend by River Jaymes — 5+ stars DIK (Wave)
Secrets And Ink by Lou Harper — 5+ stars DIK (Sammy)
The Trouble With Tony by Eli Easton — 5 stars (Sammy)
Brokenhearted by Cate Ashwood — 5 stars (Sammy)
Kick Start (Dangerous Ground 5) by Josh Lanyon — 5+ stars DIK (Wave)
Stealing the Wind by Shira Anthony — 5 stars (Sammy)

Guest Reviewers’ Top Picks for 2013


Good morning everyone.  Aunt Lynn here with our last edition of the team’s Top Picks of this past year.

Guest Reviewers! Without them we could not do what we do and since the beginning we have been grateful to have them. As in years past, we added new team members to the established family we have cultivated.

As usual at this time of year, we put together lists of the top books we’ve reviewed in the last twelve months and you’ll notice that they range from just a few to ten (depending on length of time with the site and amount of time they could devote to reviewing)…and a little something more.

In alphabetical order, here are the books rated by Andrea, Feliz, Lady M, Lasha, LenaLena, Leslie S, myself (Aunt Lynn), Lloyd, Orion, Raine, Sammy, Sirius, Tj and Zac as the best of 2013:

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Happy Christmas (and thank goodness it’s just about over)


muggsXmasHat13_DSCN2280So, I forgot it was Christmas. Well, not completely, but yeah, this year it’s not my main focus. I’m a recovering Catholic who does generally celebrate the holiday, but my partner got a new, shiny titanium knee, nicknamed Ti-Knee of course, for the holidays and I have been spending a good portion of my time not at home, but first at the hospital last week, and now rehab. Yeah, while I was doling out books and updating posts and switching the format and dealing with the elves, I was mostly sitting in one uncomfortable chair after another with my laptop or tablet staged on the wheelie table/tray in a place with constant beeping, moaning people, interrupting staff, bad food and…wait for it…television with commercials.  I know, the horror!  :)

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Recommended Reads — October 2013


17936957Here is the list of Recommended Reads for October 2013.  Looks like it was a great month! If there are incorrect links or something I missed, please leave a comment in the post. Enjoy!

Long Time Gone (Hell or High Water #2) by SE Jakes — 4.75 stars (Feliz)
Trusting Thomas by K.C. Wells — 5 stars (zac)
In the Key of by WIlla Oakti — 5 stars (Sammy)
The General and the Elephant Clock of Al-Jazari by Sarah Black — 5 stars (LadyM)
Afflicted II by Brandon Shire — 5+ stars DIK (Wave)
Kid Gloves by Anna Martin — 5 stars (Sammy)
Acts of Kindness by B.A. Tortuga — 4.75 stars (Orion)
Someday It Will Be by S.A. McAuley — 5 stars (Sammy)
Daron’s Guitar Chronicles #5 by Cecilia Tan — 5+ stars DIK (LenaLena)
Point Pleasant by Jen Archer Wood — 4.75 stars (Raine)
The Tin Box by Kim Fielding — 5 stars (Andrea)
Painting Fire On The Air (A Survivor Story) by J.P. Barnaby — 4.75 stars (Sammy)
Shock & Awe (A Sidewinder Story) by Abigail Roux — 5 stars (Wave)
A Broken Kind of Life by Jamie Mayfield — 5 stars (Sammy)
Captive Magic, Sentinels #3 by Angela Benedetti — 4.75 stars (Sirius)
The Parting Glass by Josh Lanyon — 5 stars (Tj)
Love Lessons by Hedi Cullinan — 4.75 stars (Sammy)

OzMMmeet 2013…by Alison Todd



The first ever OzMMmeet took off on the second weekend of October, 2013, in Sydney. The aim was to meet each other, share information and spread awareness of the M/M genre (as it has not yet taken off in Australasia like it has in other continents). And it all started with a comment to A.B. Gayle from Shaz that Sydney should have meetings the way Melbourne does (a group in Melbourne meet every two to three months for lunch).

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Coming Up This Week October 13



Apologies for the delay, folks.  Aunt Lynn here for Wave as she does the Thanksgiving thing up in Toronto. Food, food, a nap, and more food.  :)

Speaking of turkeys, Berkeley is being overrun with the punks. It used to be that we saw a Gilman herd down on the corner of San Pablo and Marin/Buchanan at the USDA field, but apparently they are migrating. In the last several months I’ve seen them — or splintered groups of them (turkey gangs??) — in many areas of the city that I’ve never seen them. That shot above was taken a block and a half from me, and there were about 30 of them. I’ve seen them in the basketball court next to me, can hear them in the park across the street, and down in the business section of Fourth Street (maybe wanting lunch at Bette’s?).  I almost ran one over as it popped out of one of these garden-filled little traffic circles that cover west Berkeley. It’s crazy!

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Recommended Reads — September 2013


NoAngelHere is the list of Recommended Reads for September 2013. If there are incorrect links or something I missed, please leave a comment in the post. Enjoy!

No Angel by Daniel Kaine — 4.75 stars (Sammy)
Enigma (A Russ Morgan Mystery) by Lloyd Meeker — 5 stars (Wave)
Sixty Five Hours by N.R. Walker — 5 stars (Sammy)
Charlie, Rentboy by J.P. Barnaby — 5 stars (Sammy)
Dead in the Desert by Lou Harper,— 5 stars (Lloyd Meeker)
On the Right Track by Sam Kadence — 4.75 stars (Sammy)
Learning Curve by Kaje Harper — 5 stars (LadyM)
The Haunted Heart: Winter by Josh Lanyon — 5+ stars DIK (Tj)
Wireless by L.A. Witt — 5+ stars DIK (Sammy)
Different by Kim Dare — 5 stars (Sammy)
Catch a Ghost (Hell or High Water #1) by SE Jakes — 4.75 stars (Feliz)



SparkTitle: Spark
Author: Posy Roberts
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Buy Links: Amazon, publisher
Genre: Contemporary Romance / YA
Length: Novel (282 pages)
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

A Guest Review by Aunt Lynn

Review Summary: : A good start to a new series featuring second chances and rekindled love.

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Torquere Press Call for Sip Submissions



Torquere Press is looking for authors to contribute to their overhauled Sip line:

January 2014: Take It Like a Man (deadline November 1)
Whether giving or receiving, everyone knows that bigger is better, so to kick the New Year off right, we want to unwrap some spectacularly big packages! For our Take It Like a Man anthology, we’re looking for fully realized, romantic LGBT stories about size queens. Who wants it, who has it, and who can Take it Like a Man? Make us laugh, make us cry, or surprise us and make us glow with happy endings!

Please send your 3000 -10,000 word submissions to with “Take It Like a Man” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Deadline for submission is November 1, 2013; all submissions will be held and reviewed after the deadline.

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Lethe Press Call for Lycan Submissions



Lethe Press is looking for short lycan stories for their upcoming anthology, Cry Wolf: Gay Tales of Lycanthropy. From their editor:

“I am seeking short stories for Cry Wolf. All the stories must be reprints (the final anthology will contain a couple original tales, but these authors will be personally solicited by me). As with all Lethe titles, we want the fiction to be gay poitive (no homophobic protagonists). Stories can be romantic or erotic or somber and serious. No story longer than 8k. Payment will be 1 cent per word. Deadline for all submissions is January 31st, 2014. Submissions must be sent as rtf files to with the subject line Cry Wolf. Feel free to query us.”

Coming Up This Week of September 15


muggs_082013bGood morning everyone, and I am hoping you’re enjoying your Sunday! Aunt Lynn here filling in again for Wave as she starts week three of her European Vacation. I believe she’s somewhere drinking her ass off in Italy, or so the Boyz tell me when she’s passed out. :)  Me, I’m in the Virginia Beach area getting ready to head to the sand and surf for a few hours hoping to catch some of those last rays of late summer. I head back to Berkeley on Tuesday.

Muggs returns as well looking cute as usual.  Sometimes he’s so adorable that I don’t want to give him to the next person walking by—but just barely.

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Coming Up This Week of September 8


muggs_082013aGood morning everyone! Aunt Lynn here (with goofy Muggs!) from hot and sunny Northern CA at the beginning of week two of Wave’s European Vacation. Poor Muggs, he has a drooling problem. Berners aren’t supposed to have loose flews (lips) like Mastiffs, St. Bernards, and Newfies do, so they don’t usually drool.  But my beautiful boy does, especially when his mamas are eating, so we have fashioned a bib with a kitchen towel and binder clip. He looks funny, but it works!

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Uplifting Story Part Deux: new Steve Grand video


And now for something light and fun — a new Steve Grand video! If you’ll remember, the out country music talent’s first video, All American Boy, was well-received and went viral quickly.

Tj, who let me know that Stay was up on YouTube, says “It’s a catchy song with beautiful, buff, shirtless guys kissing. MMM-MMM. Enjoy!”

You can support Steve buy purchasing the song:

Happy Labor (or Labour) Day!


Flag-Pins-Canada-USAToday is a holiday in the US and Canada — Labor/Labour Day is upon us once again as the kiddies head back to school, the days get shorter and somewhat cooler, and people are trying to milk that last long holiday weekend before fall comes in.

Me, I’m taking in a pilates class at the Y, then  heading on out to the Labor Day version of Fire Patrol.

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