24 January 2013

Snap Poll

Edited to add: I've gone with Color of Grace as I own it, but first some Sterek fanfic snuck in...quel surprise!

So....I'm almost at the end of my library book, which at 598 pages totally qualifies for The Big Book Challenge (except that it's not the book I said I'd read for the challenge - I'm so my own worst enemy :) Anyway, before I dive headlong into the next In Death book (where I'm hoping Roarke stops being Mr Perfect and actually isn't good at something - hey, dreams are free :) I'm going to sneak in an eBook...more about that later :)

Anyway....I can so rabbit trail...I've narrowed my next book down to two books ('cause the rest ain't published yet *grin*):

* Color of Grace (AM Arthur) [I keep wanting to put a 'u' in the title!]

* Too Stupid To Live (Anne Tenino)

So, which book should I read...

21 January 2013

Metal Heart (Meredith Shayne)

Metal Heart is the next book to be published by the lovely and very talented Meredith Shayne! Yes, I must admit that I'm probably the slightest bit biased as I am lucky enough to count Meredith as a friend, but putting that to one side I have been drooling over Metal Heart for a number of months and since it is to be released by Dreamspinner Press on 28 January I thought I would bring it to your attention:
Scott King swore off rock stardom after his band, King Phoenix, crashed and burned. Now in his forties, Scott lives a quiet life as a music producer and session guitarist. But in a box hidden in his wardrobe lie the relics of the past he left behind—a past filled with drugs, booze, and broken hearts. For sixteen years, Scott has had no contact with his former bandmates, so when he’s asked to play at a benefit gig for King Phoenix’s old sound man, his world turns upside down. A King Phoenix reunion means a run-in with Scott’s ex, Ash Walker—and sixteen years ago, believing Ash wanted to leave the band, Scott OD’d and almost died.

Since then, Scott has ruthlessly suppressed his feelings. As a result, he's completely unprepared for the impact of seeing Ash again, or for dealing with his emotions about the band’s demise. He definitely didn’t expect Ash to want to start up where they left off. Now Scott has to decide between his safe existence and the twenty-year-old love song that could cost him his sobriety—and his heart.
And isn't the cover just gorgeous?

08 January 2013

Expectation

According to the Oxford English Dictionary:

Expectation  • noun 1 a strong belief that something will happen or be the case: reality had not lived up to expectations [mass noun]: I sat down in expectation of a feast of nostalgia; a belief that someone will or should achieve something: students had high expectations for their future; (expectations) archaic one’s prospects of inheritance. 2 Mathematicsanother term for expected value.
 
So, there I was, reading a novella over breakfast, thinking to myself that I had a whole chapter to go until the end and wondering if I'd either be 1) late for work in an effort to finish it or 2) have to finish it over lunch (and, at the back of my mind unsure as to why I was only ~69% through the novella with only one chapter to go but figuring what did I know *grin*) when I saw those words that strikes fear into the heart of any reader who is enjoying a story and doesn’t want it to end: ‘About the Author’. WTF was pretty close to what came out of my mouth. Which translates into: 'And low and behold in the East the reader saw a sign…a sign of other books and the excerpts that surrounded them. And the reader was laid low with horror and grief. For indeed the novella had ended where those dreaded words had been laid, with the remaining almost ONE-THIRD of the novella filled with excerpts. And there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth.'
I do believe there is a free short epilogue somewhere, but…seriously…the novella itself…the one that I bought…only made up two-thirds of the file? I kind of feel…cheated. Not cheated WRT price though - I purchased the book expecting a novella and that it was I received. And US$2.50 for ~16,000 words seems fair to me. It's more that I wasn't expecting the novella to finish where it did. Usually I get up to ~90% before the book ends. And...usually the chapters listed in the Contents relate to the story and not the additional extras....
 
So, have you ever had an eBook finish way before you expected it too, with the remainder of the file filled to overflowing with excerpts?

OT - it seems an English footballer has become only the third footballer to feature on the cover of the UK's bestselling gay magazine Attitude. And, well, yum!

04 January 2013

Vent

Note: I should probably have subtitled this post 'Rant', because that is probably what it will end up being. (No probably about it *grin*) And yes I should be posting about my reading year, but... *waves hands in no recognizable way whatsoever* this is my blog and I'll whine if I want too *grin* FYI - it's a general whine and not directed towards anyone or any site in particular :)

So...book releases. I always get really excited when I know a book I am craving is being released. And I race off to ARe with glee only to realize that the book isn't there *sad* Because for some reason an increasing number of eBooks seem to be released in what I can only describe as a 'limited fashion, and by limited I mean at the publisher's site. Oh, and at Amazon, which for some reason seems to be the exception to the rule. The print book equivalent would be to only sell from one chain of stores...or even from only one branch of one chain. Except it wouldn't happen. Can you imagine if Bloomsbury had done that with the last Harry Potter book? Or how about Little, Brown and Company with the last Twilight book? There would have been riots! So...why does it happen for eBooks? I'm sure there are valid reasons, but...the bottom line is I'm lazy. I don't want to have accounts with numerous publishers - I want to buy my books at one place. And at present that's ARe. Plus that big holiday thing *waves hand in air again* has just been. And because my friends know that one of few ways I can stop my brain from spinning off into anxiety central 24/7 is by reading they very kindly gave me ARe vouchers for...it. So...I have vouchers to spend. So...why would I want to spend money, which has be earmarked for other (house-like) things, on books when I have vouchers? And if it was just a few days then I'd probably be OK with that (although yes I will admit there would be some wailing and gnashing of teeth, but I'm only human), but last year I waited a month for a particular book to end up at ARe and I couldn't decide whether it was the publisher or ARe (or both) that had resulted in the delay. (I did consider [for a couple of seconds] whether it might have been the author, but then figured the author would just like their book available for purchase where possible.) I was lucky enough to complete an ARe survey last year and pointed out that my biggest issue was the delay, but I still don't know why there is a delay. So... *grump*

And then we come to anticipated publication dates. I get that most of the authors whose books I purchase are based in North America or Europe. And up there the seasons are upside down - LOL! But...I think I'd prefer then to use quarters when referring to the anticipated publication of their books rather than the seasons. Because...and yes I know the majority of their readers are in North American and Europe, but...it's a small world now and if they mention a release in say...fall 2013, then I have to first work out that fall means autumn and then work out what months that equates to (I usually have no idea - it differs depending on the country) to actually relate it to me. 'Cause seriously, when y'all freezing up there in winter and complaining about the snow I'm sitting in shorts and a t-shirt complaining about the humidity! So seasons are pointless! (FYI - I watched some college football [American Football] on that holiday I mentioned in said short and t-shirt and was amused to see it was snowing :) The world is so small and yet so big :) Anyway...this is one vote for quarters...or a range versus seasons :) Just sayin'!

OK, rant/vent...over. I know it's not all about me, but...it felt good to get that off my chest! So, what has you almost boiling over ATM?

02 January 2013

Books 2012: December Update

Total: 102 books (12 books in December: m/m [12 books]) [Although I think it should be 103 - I need to find a way of viewing my GoodReads list by year :)]

The 2012 M/M Romance Challenge total: 92 books (12 books in December) [COMPLETE!]

The 2012 Support Your Local Library Challenge total: seven books [IN-COMPLETE :(]

The 2012 Big Book Challenge: IN-COMPLETE :(

A list of all the books I've read to date (from 01 January 2010) can be found at GoodReads.

Favourite book in December?

* How to Raise an Honest Rabbit (Amy Lane)

Currently re-reading: Three Traders (Rolf & Ranger) [I can't get enough of the ranch, especially ATM]

And the books I'm most looking forward to reading in 2013? [This list grew when I wasn't looking!]

* Bad Attitude (KA Mitchell)

* Color of Grace (AM Arthur)

* Dirty Laundry (Heidi Cullinan)

* Laying Ghosts (James Buchanan) [So excited!!!]

* Not So Innocent (Dani Alexander)

* The Boy with the Painful Tattoo (Josh Lanyon)

* Too Stupid To Live (Anne Tenino)

* And more Sterek fanfic!

Wishing your a joyous 2013!

01 January 2013

The 2013 M/M Romance Challenge

Edited to add: a new button! Just for 2013! *beams*

Yes, it's baaaaaack! The M/M Romance Challenge for 2013 is here!


The rules are as follows:

1. This challenge is for those of you who enjoy reading M/M romances (i.e. novels and novellas where the main focus is a romantic relationship between male protagonists) or who might like to try the genre.

2. You can join at any time throughout the year and do not need a Blog, LiveJournal (or equivalent) to participate, just the ability to keep a list of books read.

3. The books don’t have to be selected ahead of time and can be utilized in multiple challenges.

4. The books can be in any format (e.g. audio books, eBooks, and print) [and includes comics and manga] and re-reads are welcome.

5. There are 9 reading levels to choose from:
- Read 1 M/M Romance (For those of you who would like to try the genre) [Any book suggestions from those of you well read in the genre would be welcome!]
- Read 5 M/M Romances
- Read 10 M/M Romances
- Read 20 M/M Romances
- Read 30 M/M Romances
- Read 40 M/M Romances
- Read 50 M/M Romances
- Read 100 M/M Romances
- Surprise me! (This is for those of you who probably read hundreds of M/M romances :)

6. Optional. If you’re not new to reading m/m romances, re-read your first ever m/m title. Do you feel differently about the book now than you did when you first read it? You could also aim to read a series, along a theme, or a book that you wouldn't otherwise read...

Please sign-up below:


To date I have read the following:
1. Custom Ride (KA Mitchell)
2. Inertia (Amelia C Gormley)
3. Custom Christmas (KA Mitchell)
4. Color of Grace (AM Arthur)
5. Laying Ghosts (James Buchanan)
6. DILF (twentysomething)
7. When One Door Opens (JD Ruskin)
8. Gravity's Got Nothing On You (zosofi)
9. Too Stupid To Live (Anne Tenino)
10. Collusion (Eden Winters)
11.