What Matters by Gracie Leigh.

I absolutely loved this book. I nearly read it in one sitting! It is a contemporary romance with a heroine I totally fell for. Eddie is smart, occasionally a little cranky and trying hard to grow up and deal with her shit under trying circumstances. As you do. The hero, Sam, is a bit of a grump – which is just how I like my heroes and he cooks. There is loads of banter, arguing and lovely tension. The story was just right and I found it seriously sex positive, which was so good to read. There were some secondary characters I’d like to see more of too, and I am cannot wait for more. So good! Go read it now!!!

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Pretty Face by Lucy Parker

I must admit to a bit of a squee moment when I saw this was coming out. I absolutely loved the first book in this series and this second novel is an absolute treat. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and story, an couldn’t put it down. London is described vividly and the theater setting feels very real with a feisty and romantic tale woven in. If you’ve not picked up the author already, then do. One of my favorites of 2017 already.

5 Stars.


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Dear Bookseller…

I saw the Expresso Book Machine in a news article here the other week on local news. I was pretty excited that with local media actually talking about electronic publishing, eReaders and the like, that we may actually see a real example in NZ. And, god forbid, taking ePublishing to its next iteration with the introduction of print on demand. The future (it’s not all just sheep doing the haka here).

Picture 1Living at the bottom of the world is certainly beautiful, but getting paperbacks and comics here for a reasonable price can be a bit of a joke. Because of transportation costs the lines carried here are a lot smaller than the US, UK and Australia. For goodnessake, we only got Charlaine Harris and Laurell. K Hamilton into shops here in the last 3-4 years! Before that most of what I’ve picked up has been imported from the US through Amazon. Incredibly costly I can assure you!! (see picture above O-o) Having the Expresso with access to a wide variety of publisher catalogues would be magic. And, of course a pricing structure that reflects the reduced cost of not having to import physical stock and keep books on shelves. Or maybe a price per page, so you pay based on manufacturing cost. I am getting just a bit excited just thinking about it. :p

Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate having eBooks and eComics more readily available now, but sometimes it is just nice to have a paperback and it also appeals to my bookshelf fetish. I like to see books on my shelves, especially those special ones that I re read. And,  I have GOOD shelves! Shelf porn. merow.

I think despite the problems facing some publishers, now is an incredibly exciting time for readers due to the technology that is maturing and becoming available with regards eBooks, eReaders and this wee gem of a POD machine. WANT NOW PLEASE!

Some other articles of note –
The Revolution Was Digitized. Teddy Pig.
All the world’s books to go online. Telegraph UK.
The book as work of art. Telegraph UK.
Book Fair Buzz Is Not Contained Between 2 Covers. NY Times.
AND my favorite link this week, Red-Hot and Filthy Library Smut. Rowrr.

Weekend and interviews and Lola.

In September I am anticipating the release of the latest Adrien English novel, Death of a Pirate King. I cannot wait! This series is beautifully written, engaging and when September comes you might just hear my squee from there. In the mean time check out a fab new *interview* with Adrien himself over at In Their Own Words. There are shoes and everything, Woot!

I saw the following youtube goodness after finishing Lola Dances by Victor J. Banis. It is such a sexy book and Victor certainly has a rather fantastic style. I was thrilled to see another copy of Longhorns in the local book shop today. Woot Victor! Anyway, Lola was a really different read for me. I was not sure I would be into it to begin with but I throughly enjoyed it and find that androgynous feel really quite smexin, and for goodness sake invest in a fan when you read it. Check out this seriously good review here for more details. 

Below is yet more strangely alluring androgyny… and don’t the lyrics from Blur come to mind? Girls who are boys, Who like boys to be girls, Who do boys like they’re girls, Who do girls like they’re boys, Always should be someone you really love… yep. Well, they did for me any way! Merow.

On the internets.

Over at Fiction with Friction they are posting snippets of stories all week. Just read the Jet Mykles entry which is hawt and see there is a sneak peak at some Lanyon and Baumbach goodness in the way of Mexican Heat. Get thee to the site!

Saw an interview with Henry Rollins last night, not this one, but cannot find a link to the one I saw. I find the man strangely alluring… and silvery, and tattooed… 

And, for the inner biblophile… hold onto those books, they might be worth something someday. Check this out, rather interesting!

A couple of interesting *Why the man smexin* articles here and here.

Finding that perfect book.

A blog entry over at Nose in a book by lisabea about grading books has got me thinking. How do I choose an ebook? What makes me pick one book over another and does the cover, excerpt or blurb play a role in my choice? Made me think about the process I go through, especially when it comes to trying new authors.

So back to where I started… (imagine flashback scene music)

I read my first book with gay characters years ago in the early 90’s. It is a dark, gothic horror called Lost Souls by Poppy Z. Brite. It’s beautiful, and in the midst of my then huge Anne Rice glom a welcome change. I went on to read her short story book Swamp Foetus and another one edited by her called Love in Vein. By far my favorite book by her is Drawing Blood. When I read her comments on this book about it being a very “druggy book” and how the “bong was never far from her desk” I cracked up. heh. It is lush, scary, angsty, dark and sexy and even though she has moved away from writing the smex in her books, she is an excellent read and incredibly talented. (OK, so I like sex in my books!!!) She is also responsible for us drinking a lot of Chartreuse during this time! I can still feel the burn… The two leads in this book, Trevor and Zachary, are among some of my favorite characters. Check out this link to the last chapter of the book here, er…not particularly wk sf.

I spent a lot of time re watching Maurice written by E.M. Forster and directed by James Ivory. I had this great anthology called His edited by Robert Drake and Terry Wolverton. It was lovely and sexy but had some really depressing elements and I really like my m/m with plenty of candy coated goodness. There is quite enough crap to have to deal with in life without having to pour over it in a book. My GLTB collection was quite wee.

I have pretty much stuck to het romance since then as there was just no m/m romance to be found where I live. Honestly, our book shops blow much. I also think that there is a bit of a difference in what I consider m/m romance and gay fiction which I often got out of the local library. Josh Lanyon discusses the differences here, which is very interesting. Although, I am not sure I totally agree with the sex for sex sakes comment. In a recent Emma Holly book, All u can eat, there is a scene, with the heroine and the hunk of spunk kitchen aproned bloke, that is incredibly hot and so not about romance. To me it was more about fulfilling a need. I guess you could call it promiscuous but I did not connect with the character any less because of this. The aproned kitchen guy was not the hero and I did not consider the encounter at all romantic, it was more about people connecting physically. But, I like this more human touch to a book it made it more real and I was really ok with it. Might be an interesting discussion to have! 

With the advent of the internets at our house and online shopping I discovered ebooks and online bookstores that order lovely smexy goodness in from overseas. The credit card has not been the same since. I first read Crash Course by Juliet Hastings which had a menage scene. I then read Emma Holly’s book Menage which had a m/m partnership in it and from there started trawling Amazon for similar reads. I saw  Hard Candy advertised somewhere and managed to get it in pb form. It was bloody marvelous and I got a serious jones for Morgan Hawke’s books from this first short story of hers. She is a good writer and I just adore her Interstellar Service & Discipline series, which you can check out here. They are totally hot and it all kind of opened up from there. I got into buying some loose id books, and found JL Langley, which was one of the first strictly m/m romances I read in ebook form and she is absolutely one of my favorites. 

I found some sites that had reviews and now I always check them out before I buy anything as I have brought a few lemons. I am such a tightwad and books are incredibly expensive to get in. If it costs 10 in the US you need to add on another 3$ for exchange rate then then postage which is exorbitant. So, I usually check out librarything.com. I have a few libraries on my favorites page that I have found to have similar tastes to mine own and they often have new authors I have not tried. Also, ebooks are generally cheaper! I regularly read The Naughty Bits, not only to find good books but because teddypig cracks me up with that occasional acerbic wit. I am so missing the pig at the moment! Lisabea at Nose in a book is a daily stop. She not only has reviews but new authors on there I may not have read before, like James Buchanan, my current squee. There are a couple of other sites I have found that have similar tastes to moi and also have graded books how I would have, so I often trawl through them. When I read an review online, I look less at a review grade and more at what the reviewer has said about the book and the feel I get from their words. You can tell if its hit a nerve by the tone of the review and any gushing or tellingly absent gushing.

I am not at all that keen on readying excerpts unless I have actually read an authors work already. I am more inclined to pick a book up due to a review, book cover (shallow I know) or the synopsis will appeal to me. They only time I really get into reading an excerpt is usually for a favorite authors new book. My latest fav is The Englor Affair excerpt by J.L. Langley. I find reading an except cold without having read other work a bit meh. I have no knowledge of the authors voice and no feeling of connection, god that sounds overwrought and emotional!! but it is true. When I like an author I am just that much more inclined to pick up another one of their books if I’ve enjoyed the 1st one.

I feel kinda lucky to have discovered some wonderful authors in the past year or so that feed my reading addiction so well. J.L. Langley, Josh Lanyon, Jet Mykles, Morgan Hawke, Emma Holly, James Buchanan and a whole load more.  I am so impatient though, they can never write fast enough, so am always on the look out for the next glom!

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