Things Change ….. by Tam

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Wave asked me to do a post about some changes coming up in my life, and I realized this is a crazy time in both in my life, and the m/m world I suppose. This month Jenre and I closed our blog Brief Encounters Reviews, Wave is closing this site, there are constant evolving changes in the m/m world (as there should be), and also in my personal life. This year my daughter has left home to attend university in Vancouver, and just before Christmas it was confirmed that I will be taking a position overseas next summer.

Yes, I miss the short story reviews we did at BER. I will miss Wave’s blog as it was one of the first that I found in the genre, and the first I started blogging at. I miss my daughter, although thanks to social media we usually talk several times a day, and I will miss Canada when I move. But times change, people change, needs change. There will be new blogs and communities that fill our place on the web and it’s been fun.

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Readers’ Favourite M/M Books in 2013

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shower2Last year I gave readers the opportunity to recommend their top books for the year, and you’ll be able to do so once more in 2013. Selfishly, one of the reasons I did this is because I read a lot (except this year) as do most of you, and your suggestions of great M/M books you have read during the past 12 months help me and other readers choose which other books to read that we might have missed. I can’t wait to build up my TBR even higher in 2014 now that I’ll have some free time at last. :)

You have seen the guest reviewers’ top books for 2013. Which books moved YOU this past year? What did we miss that you’re dying to recommend – and this includes you Sirius, as well as the bane of my reading life, LenaLena). :lol:

 

After The Rain

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18277992Title: After The Rain
Author: Daisy Harris
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Buy Links: Publisher, Amazon
Cover Art: Kanaxa
Genre: Contemporary m/m
Length: Novel (161 pdf pages)
Rating: 4 out of 5 rating stars

A Guest Review by Feliz

Summary Review: Opposites meet, attract and make a cute couple in this entertaining book.

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The Ghost in Number 9

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GhostNumber9Title: The Ghost in Number 9
Author: Rick R. Reed
Cover Artist: Trace Edward Zaber
Publisher: Amber Allure
Amazon Buy Link The Ghost In Number 9
Genre: Paranormal M/M Romance
Length: 33 pages
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

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A Guest Review by Lloyd A. Meeker

Review Summary: A beautifully crafted story, perfectly paced, a very satisfying read—a closeted gay man’s Christmas Carol.

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Guest Reviewers’ Top Picks for 2013

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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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Author Profile – H.L.Holston and Eleanor Bruce

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Beneaththe13thmoon510w-220x330This is officially the last author profile on the site. I wanted to close off this series with an author whose stories were very different from those of the other M//M writers who have graced these pages before, and the writing partnership of H.L. Holston and Eleanor Bruce fit the bill because I’ve been chuckling ever since I read  The Moon’s Dirty Light. They figured out what works for their fans and they continue to delight them, but who knew these authors were such avid fans of The Boss?

Here, in their own words, are the biggest stalkers fans of The Boss aka Bruce Springsteen – H.L. Holston and Eleanor Bruce.

This is definitely a different kind of author profile. :)

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When Wave asked us to do a post, we had no idea what we should write about. Funny that, since Eleanor works as a technical writer and I teach writing/reading for a living. However, in the end we decided to talk about what brought us together as a writing team.

About ten years ago, we were first introduced by a mutual friend in slash fandom and while both of us havebruce2 always loved the hot man on man action, it was our mutual love of Bruce Springsteen that really solidified our friendship.

Or to be more specific Bruce Springsteen’s ass. That picture is circa 1975 on the Born to Run tour.

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Falls Chance Ranch

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imageTitle: Falls Chance Ranch Series
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Author: Rolf & Ranger
Cover Artist: Author
Publisher & Link: Self Published
Genre: M/M Romance Polyamory/Cowboys/Domestic Discipline
Length: Novel
Rating: 5+ stars DIK  5+-DIK-read

A Guest Review by Raine

Summary Review: The first in an outstanding and original series set on a Wyoming ranch with beautifully drawn characters who help stressed ill executives find a balance between work and life- their latest client Dale is in desperate need of their old fashioned and loving kindness.

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Sense of Place (Thomas Elkin Book 3)

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sense of placeTitle and Link: Sense of Place
Author: N.R. Walker
Cover Artist: N/A
Publisher URL: Totally Bound
Amazon Buy Link: Not Yet Available
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Genre: Contemporary M/M
Length: novella
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5, DIK

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Review Summary:  I thought Book 2 could not be topped but N.R. Walker saved the best for last – and this is the last book in the series. Great characterizations, a complicated plot, scintillating dialogue, and most of all, a romance in the best sense of the word

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The Little Things

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LittleThings[The]Title: The Little Things
Author: Jay Northcote
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Genre: Contemporary.

Length: 214 pages
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

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Review by Zac D

Amazon Link; Publisher Buy Link

Review Summary: A sweet, well written book that left me with a warm old heart. Ordinary in the very best kind of way.


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

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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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Christmas Eve or the Night I Oughted My Two Best Gay Friends, accidentally, of course!

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Merry Christmas everyone!!! Here at Chez Goode we have a tradition of attending midnight mass at Saint Andrews with my two besties, Rick and Freddy!! Well, we had a tradition…till last year…when I may have inadvertently let a certain cat…a certain gay cat out of the bag…to the new parish priest…ahem….

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Sex & Sourdough

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Sex&SourdoughTitle: Sex & Sourdough
Author: A.J. Thomas
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher Buy Link: Sex & Sourdough
Amazon Buy Link:  Sex & Sourdough
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 266 pages
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

A Guest Review by Andrea

Review Summary:  An interesting tale of two men finding love while hiking the Appalachian trail and trying to stay one step ahead of the crazy ex stalking them.

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Hungry For Love

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Title: Hungry For Love
Author: Rick R. Reed
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Buy Link:  Hungry for Love
Genre: M/M contemporary romance
Length: Novel
Rating: 4.5 stars

A Guest Review by Sammy

Review Summary: The pursuit of romance leads to painful truths revealed and hunger fulfilled.

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A Case of Possession ( A Charm of Magpies #2)

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Publication date: January 28 2014

Title: A Case of Possession
Author: KJ Charles
Cover Artist: Lou Harper
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Buy Links: Amazon; Publisher
Genre: Historical, Paranormal
Length: Novel (159 pages)
Rating: 4.75 stars out of 5

A Guest Review by LenaLena

Review Summary: Even better than the first one!

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