This will be a very short post because I only have 4 days to cover. A lot is happening this week but most important is the site closure.
Yesterday Aunt Lynn posted the Guest Reviewers Top Books in 2013. If you haven’t seen it here’s a link
Today Tam wrote a post about Changes which is very interesting considering what she has already done and will be doing later this year. Do check it out.
Tomorrow, December 30, Tj will tell you all about what happened in the GBLTQ world over the past year. His article is called A Final Word on GBLTQ News., It’s great (and funny too) as only Tj can write funny. :)
Also tomorrow I will be posting my Top Books in 2013 and Recommended Reads
This is almost a wrap-up post for the end of the year (there will be one more before we sign off) :) and I thought I would start off by linking this article by Cooper Smith Koch on the Gay List Daily’s Favorite You Tube Moments of 2013. Gaycrow sent me a link to one highlight that this post missed, that of Billy’s and Pat’s wedding. Here’s what she said “Billy and Pat are a gay couple who’ve blogged for the past year, leading up to their wedding. They’re gorgeous! EVERYONE should watch their wedding video. (And, if you have spare time during the holidays, go back and watch all of their videos. They really are awesome.)”
Last week I profiled author K.Z. Snow and here is a link if you haven’t seen it.
Coming up on the site this week is a post by Sammy on Christmas Eve, December 24. I have no details – all I know is that it’s about a fun night before Christmas. Knowing Sammy it’s sure to be funny.
This week I’ll be posting a profile on the writing partnership of H.L. Holston and Eleanor Bruce. this will be my final profile and it’s a fun one.
Next week Tj is doing his final GBLTQ round up and it’s awesome. You shouldn’t miss it.
Next week we’re also rolling out our Top Picks for the Year and I’ll also give you an opportunity to list your Top Books of 2013 in a separate post.
The fun just started with the 12 days of giveaways and it’s going swell. I would like to thank all 61 authors who donated over 300 books, in some cases entire series and multiples. You guys really rock and step up to the plate when your readers need you.
Last week I interviewed author Josh Lanyon for the last time and it was bittersweet. If you haven’t seen this interview here’s a link.
I also posted a profile on new M/M author River Jaymes from whom I am expecting great things - here’s a link.to her profile if you haven’t seen it.
This week I’ll be posting a profile on author K.Z. Snow, a brilliant writer with a wicked sense of humour. Many of you have yet to discover her books but hopefully, that will be remedied soon. Check out the post on Friday, December 20.
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. :shock: 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
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. :grin: 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 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
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.
G’day. It’s almost winter but it’s sunny here on the site.
On Friday, November 15 my interview with the reclusive Brandon Shire will be live. I hope you’ll stop by to read what he has to say.
Also today, watch for the post about my upcoming interview with Josh Lanyon next month. I’ll be asking you for questions that you would like Josh to answer. :grin:
If you haven’t seen my post on Series Books I have linked it for you.
Halloween is over and all the costumes have been put away until next year. :sad: It was fun while it lasted and I hope everyone had a great time scaring strangers. The Halloween smileys are still playing on the site but they will all be gone probably by the end of the week. Thanks to Christian for bringing them back.
If you haven’t seen Sammy’s Halloween post My First Gay Halloween Party or the Night I spent in the Closet you should check it out because it’s one of her funniest. Also last week J.K. Hogan gave us her take as a newbie on GRL 2013 . Here’s the link to her post.
Next Friday, November 15 is my interview with Brandon Shire. Be sure to check it out as he talks about almost everything related to books and his charities. Brandon’s newest book Heart of Timber, the sequel to Cold will be released November 15.
Coming up in December: Every year I interview Josh Lanyon in December and we talk about his upcoming projects and generally his take on the M/M universe. This year is no different and this time I would like you to submit a few questions for Josh. Watch for my post later this week.
It’s almost Halloween and Sammy is writing a post called My First Gay Halloween Party or The Night I spent in the Closet. What a riot! :eek: It will be published on October 31st.
Additionally, J.K. Hogan will regale us with her exploits at GRL 2013 in Atlanta and she has promised lots of photographs. Can’t wait for that one. If you were doing anything naughty at GRL 2013 run for cover. :smile:
Have you noticed that Christian has the Halloween smiley’s up? They look wonderful. :bravo:
Greetings! Fall and Halloween are both here with a vengeance, so I hope you’re prepared.
Aunt Lynn usually posts pictures of her dog Muggs to show me up because I don’t currently have a dog, which is why I include pictures of hot men or Christian in this weekly post, although Christian no longer permits me to post his nekkid pictures. I have no idea why. :sad:
For Halloween Sammy is writing a post about her first gay Halloween party. She says that the post will be very funny but you will have to be the judge of that (I think she went as a vegetable). :lol:
If you would like to write a Halloween post for the site please email me: jessewave [at] gmail [dot] com with the subject Halloween post
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!
Hi guys. I hope you’re having a wonderful fall and looking forward to Halloween.
This is going to be a banner week for a few reasons including the following:
The long awaited interview with Elliott Mackle is here and it’s worth waiting for. Elliott’s interview will be live on Wednesday, October 9.
Also Josh Lanyon has written a wonderful article called Strange Bedfellows: The Evolving Relationship Between Authors and Readers. It’s well worth reading. The article will be posted on Tuesday, October 8.
So much excitement!!
How is everyone now that fall is here? I think the weather gods forgot about summer being over and have given some of us (depending on where you live) the most unbelievably warm weather for this time of year. I’m not complaining – there will be enough time for that once the north winds start blowing and I have to get out the winter coat. :eek:
What’s on this week? Nicole Kimberling is writing a post about Swampy Womenfolds. I giggled when I saw the title and I’m sure you can’t wait to find out what it’s all about. :grin: It will be live tomorrow.
small market in Padova, Italy at siesta time
Hi Guys. Happy Fall. I’m back from an exciting holiday in Croatia and Italy which far exceeded my expectations. I don’t think I have walked and climbed as much as I did on this holiday. If you’re looking for a holiday destination I can’t speak highly enough about these two countries. The wine and the food were both exceptional and the places we visited were so beautiful they made me catch my breath every time I turned around. I’m including a few photos to give you an idea of why I love these two countries so much.
view from the villa in Italy where we stayed for a week