Next weekend is Labour Day when summer is unofficially over for the year, and those of you who have school-age kids breathe a sigh of relief. For the rest of you its time to put away those bikinis for another year that you shouldn’t be wearing anyway, and go back to eating chocolates. For the guys it’s that time of year when you pretend you’re working in the garage or shed when you’re really hiding out watching porn. I hope everyone had a great summer. Mine is just starting as I will blow this pop stand for three weeks after Thursday when I take off on vacation and Aunt Lynn and Muggs fill in.
Hey ho, Aunt Lynn here (and silly Muggs, too!). Wave is a little under the weather today, so I am doing this brief weekly update. It’s a beautiful day in the Bay Area — cool and sunny, and I’m my way out to do lunch with a friend. What are your plans (or what did you do) today?
Wave did a profile on author N.R. Walker back on Wednesday, so check that out. Otherwise it was fairly quiet with many of the reviewers out on holiday and hopefully having a great time.
Hello again guys. I keep repeating myself about the wonderful summer weather but I can’t help it. It’s been very warm so far, maybe too warm on a few days like today, however I’m not complaining because some of you are already having fall-like weather.
Every summer, things are very slow here on the site and this year it’s especially bad because Christian won’t let me have my Friday Guys. while he has a whole carousel full of Luke Guldan pictures. However before I go on holiday at the end of the month I’m definitely going to surprise him with an edition of the Friday Guys.
Don’t forget that I’m interviewing Brandon Shire and if you would like your questions answered please leave them in the comments section of this post by August 18.
I hope you have been enjoying Tj’s reviews of Joseph Hansen’s Brandstetter mysteries. He’s doing a stellar job of reminding us what great mysteries were like back in the day. I can’t wait for his next journey into the tortured mind of Dave Brandstetter.
Summer is spreading her wings and I’m having a great time – I hope you are too because if you blink she’ll be gone like the good fairy. This is yet another long weekend here in Canada (don’t be jealous) so I’m not sure if I’ll be back on the site until Tuesday, earliest, but in the meantime I’m posting a picture of Marlon Tiexeira that I stole from N.R. Walker’s website. He is so HOT!!
As I mentioned in the previous two weekly updates, many of our wonderful reviewers are on vacation although some of them are still posting reviews, but the number will be down considerably. Speaking of vacations, I will be away for three weeks at the end of August so the delightful Aunt Lynn will be doing the weekly updates with news of Muggs, her lovely and very well trained dog interspersed between reviews and free books.
On the technology front we’re continuing to experience problems with our hosting company (I’m sure you’re as sick of hearing about this as we are at talking about it) which is affecting access to the site, and we’re at the point of making them deliver or we get another host. We have had enough of their empty promises and Lynn, Christian and I are just as frustrated as you (probably more) . Thanks for continuing to support the site, those of you who can get through – we appreciate you more than you know.
I’ll be posting a request for questions for author Brandon Shire in my upcoming interview with him on Wednesday October 16 (I have to do all of the upfront work before I leave on vacation). Watch for my post as I know Brandon has lots of fans.
I will also be profiling Aussie author N.R. Walker later this month. Remember, profiles are different from interviews because you get to ask all the questions, I don’t. I’m sure you’re looking forward to speaking with her.
Holidays! Holidays! Holidays! Your reviewers are trekking all over the world on vacation so it will be another thin week as far as reviews are concerned. Larissa is somewhere in Switzerland, LenaLena is lying in the sun in the Netherlands, I think Sirius is in Russia (I’m sure she will correct me if I’m wrong) and the others are scattered all over the globe. But no worries, Aunt Lynn and I, with the help of the rest of this hardy bunch, are holding down the fort.
This week Nicole Kimberling has written another post about Binky’s sordid adventures and you will be able to read all about it tomorrow, Monday, July 29.
I don’t know if you saw this ad about some goings-on in Texas today. In case you didn’t, here is the announcement. I think Tj is there because I can’t get a hold of him all day. Do you think he is one of the guys doing the demos?
As I mentioned last week, many of the guest reviewers are on vacation so the number of reviews will be reduced this week and probably for the rest of the summer.
Books reviewed on the weekend: The Celestine Room by Gerald Rackler; Demolished by Astrid Amara; Tuck and Cover by S.J.D. Peterson;
Summer is here, which means that about half of the guest reviewers are taking off on their annual vacations to parts unknown. Consequently you will probably see a marked reduction in the number of reviews posted until September. I’ll be taking off too but not until the end of August. Last week I was too busy to check the uplifting stories on the Internet, but if I see something worthwhile this week I will definitely post it. If you see an article that you think your fellow bloggers would be interested in reading, be sure to email me with the link.
Reviews posted on the weekend: The Boy Who Came in from the Cold by B.G. Thomas reviewed by Sammy; Side Line by Ben Ryder reviewed by Feliz; Wild Horses by Kate Pavelle reviewed by J.K. Hogan; The Broken Triangle by Jane Davitt and Alexa Snow reviewed by Sirius; The Yellow Rope by M.A. Church reviewed by Sammy; Reaper of Souls by Jordan L. Hawk reviewed by Raine; and I reviewed Afflicted by Brandon Shire. If you like gay movies, Tj reviewed Lilies.
Don’t forget I’m interviewing Elliott Mackle September 4 and your opportunity to ask him questions closes on July 17. Here’s a link to the post.
This week will seem pretty dull after last week with all the animosity, vile comments and viciousness directed at me. You’ll probably hate to hear this, but I didn’t lose any sleep; sorry to disappoint the haters who I understand had a field day. Guess it was a slow news day in Romancelandia but I don’t have the time to visit other blogs so I didn’t have the pleasure of reading your various posts and the scintillating comments – I was much too busy doing stuff that I consider worthwhile.
I guess it will be someone else’s turn this week, as the social justice folks look for greener pastures to spread their message of love with a heavy helping of manure. I’m sure you guys know the high esteem in which I hold you, but the next few months will be awfully busy, so forgive me if I don’t visit.
Thanks to all the readers and a few authors who emailed me to offer their support during the contretemps. I appreciate you guys and you’re the reason why this site exists
Now on to other business.
Reviews on the weekend: Canines, Crosshairs and Corpses by Angel Martinez reviewed by Sammy; Boystown 5: Murder Book by Marshall Thornton reviewed by Lloyd Meeker; Don’t Trust the Cut by Cade Boehme reviewed by J.K. Hogan; A Different Drummer by Deirdre O’Dare reviewed by Zen Harley; Shadowcraft by Jean Woolf reviewed by Sirius; I reviewed Pickup Men by L.C. Chase; Fireflies and Crickets by Jackie Nacht reviewed by Larissa; and Sammy reviewed Damned If You Do (the Complete Collection) by J.L. Merrow.
Happy Pride Day in Toronto!
This is a big weekend here. It’s Canada Day tomorrow, July 1st – if you live in the US, it’s similar to your July 4th holiday. It’s also Pride Week here in Toronto and we host one of the biggest Pride Parades in the world with an attendance of over 1 million today. This Province (Ontario) also has the only openly LGBTQ (lesbian) premier in Canada.
Congratulations to our GBLTQ friends in the US on the decisions by the US Supreme Court last week that struck down the Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA) and also declared Proposition 8 in California unconstitutional. It has been a long and tough fight, and all those who worked very hard to make this happen should be commended. I hope that within the next decade there will be full equality in the US for every GBLTQ person in every state. Huge props to Edie Windsor, the tiny 80 year old woman who sued the federal government and challenged the constitutionality of DOMA, with help from the New York Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union. Now she can celebrate with everyone else. If you’re interested in the case of Windsor v. United States here’s a link.
Summer is here. Lots of sunshine everywhere in Canada except in the Province of Alberta where there are horrendous floods. A state of emergency has been declared in the City of Calgary which is under water, as well as neighbouring towns and cities and many residents have lost their homes and a few have lost their lives. You can help by donating to the Canadian Red Cross at 1-800 418 1111. My heart goes out to my fellow Canadians who are trying to cope with this disaster, and to make it worse there’s no power. Here are a few pictures of Kevin Yeats who had to swim to safety with his cat after his truck sank in flood waters in High River, Alberta. These pictures give you a sense of how devastating this situation is:
It’s a beautiful day even if it’s pouring with rain. As I told Rick Reed when I emailed him this morning, I feel like I’m in Seattle where I’m told it rains almost every day-he assured me that’s a rumour spread by people who live in the east.
Moving on ….
Rick Reed is writing a very provocative article on Barebacking in M/M Romance .. or the lack thereof. This should make for some very interesting discussions. Ican’t wait for the feathers to fly!!! Watch for his post on Thursday, June 20.
Today’s post will be short as we don’t have any essays this week. On Friday I posted my article on Self Publishing: Authors Doin’ It For Themselves which included an excellent essay from Jay Bell about what not to do and how to avoid mistakes. I hope those of you who are contemplating self publishing took note of all the comments and the list of resources.
The following reviews were posted on the weekend: Trill to me Sweetly by Charlie Richards reviewed by Zen Harley; Bound by Guilt by Sandra Bard reviewed by Sirius; Flexibility by Maja Rose reviewed by Orion; and Bane of Boston by J.P. Barnaby reviewed by Sammy.
This week should be quite busy. Today there’s a post about the Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up in Seattle, Washington – September 14. All of the pertinent information re how and where to register, who’s attending, location etc can be found here.
Tomorrow A.J. Rock will be live on the site. She has posted an article on gay weddings, a topic that about which, admittedly, she has very little knowledge. Watch for her post which I think is very funny as well as being informative.
Hello and G’day to everyone.
This week we have a new post by Nicole Kimberling where she emphasizes the importance of verbs. Trust me, it’s not dull but it will save many authors from writing dull stories. Check it out on Thursday, May 30.
In a couple of weeks I will be writing a joint post with Jay Bell on self publishing or Authors Doin’ It For Themselves. Sounds catchy doesn’t it? In order to make this post meaningful for authors considering self publishing, I will need help from those of you who have already dangled your feet into these murky waters. Watch out for my post later today asking for a list of recommended resources.
Hurray for Spring and great weather which makes me want to drink alcohol (I don’t really need an excuse)
To our authors: Last week I wrote an article about author royalties Writing is a Great Career but how much does it pay? There were over 125 comments on the post and more than 1300 hits, I assume mostly from authors. However, while it’s nice to know that you found the post and the comments interesting, and a lot of you said it gave you a different perspective of how much to expect in future royalty payments, only about 110 authors completed the survey. Since the number of M/M authors is at least 1000 and probably a lot more, this response is disappointing. I was hoping that a lot more of you would have completed the survey because you’re doing so for your fellow authors and yourself. As with any survey, without really good empirical data the information is inconclusive and not very credible: the larger the survey group and number of respondents, the more reliable the results. Thanks to those of you who completed the survey to date, but the results would be a whole lot more meaningful if the majority of M/M authors did so as well. I’m sure your colleagues would appreciate your willingness to contribute to this survey. Thank you.