Hello everyone, I’m Mel Pixie’s favourite child and most incredible daughter 😉
Mum is in the hospital at the moment and we aren’t sure when she’ll be released, no it’s nothing to do with COVID-19 (coronavirus) and everything to do with her stomach. The doctors aren’t sure what is wrong as she’s violently vomiting, last week they thought it was a re-occurrence of a stomach bug but tests have come back negative. Now they are doing further tests to see if they can find the cause or narrow it down.
While mum is unavailable I’ll be helping out with MM Good Book Reviews, I’ll be posting the blog tours, book blasts and cover reveals and will be posting the reviews. They won’t be as pretty as when mum does them but please bear with me as I keep the blog going.
Mum will be back as soon as she is able to, she’s very concerned with not letting any authors or readers down and is stressing herself out over it, so here I am 🙂
Well wisher messages are welcome and thank you for your continued support.
Book lovers have one thing in common: stretching our book budgets! To that end, Dreamspinner Press is starting a new Daily Deals newsletter. This short, daily newsletter will announce flash coupons and deeply discounted eBooks from the Dreamspinner Press store. You can sign up for this newsletterhere.
Additionally, every month Amazon has special pricing on Dreamspinner Press, Harmony Ink Press, and DSP Publications eBooks. These range from 99-cents to $1.99 eBooks. Typically, Dreamspinner and its imprints will price match so international readers can take advantage of the sales. To find out about these deals, join theDreamReaders Facebook Group, or follow Dreamspinner onTwitter. September deals include Blackbird Knitting in a Bunny’s Lair by Amy Lane for $1.99 and Can’t Live Without You by Andrew Grey for 99 cents. On the YA side of publishing, Ragnarok and Gudsriki by Ari Bach are $1.99 each. For genre fiction readers, the Men of Myth series by Brandon Witt are also $1.99 each.
All readers know keeping to a book budget is tough. Dreamspinner Press hopes sales like this makes it a tad easier!
The group started out with a Facebook conversation between authorsDale Cameron LowryandOlivia Hellingin mid-April, after news of the targeted imprisonment, torture and executions of gay men started coming out of Chechnya. Other authors quickly got involved, and the effort snowballed from there.
Dianne Hartsock, a romance and speculative fiction author, has donateda set of two signed paperbacksto the charity auction. Here, she talks about why she decided to get involved:
“As a believer in human rights for all, I was horrified and heartbroken to realize what is happening in Chechnya. At first I was shocked, which quickly turned to a feeling of grief and helplessness. Participating in Readers & Writers for LGBT Chechens has given me the opportunity to help in a small way. If all of us take part, we can make a difference.”
“I got involved because it’s a small way I can contribute to the fight against brutality. As part of my day job, I’ve been studying hate crime for over two decades, and I’m well aware of how bad things can get. I think the fight against bias and violence is eternal, but every battle counts.”
Ways to Get Involved
If you are a reader who would like to learn more about the situation in Chechnya — including news updates and how to make a direct donation to a designated charity, buy a book whose proceeds go to a designated charity, or bid in the auction — please visitReaders & Writers for LGBT Chechens.
Authors, Publishers and Artists
If you’re an author or artist who would like help out, please sign up atAuthors & Publishers for LGBT Chechens. There, you can also find answers to frequently asked questions about royalty donations, the charitable organizations that are helping out LGBT Chechens, and more.
Dianne Hartsock is the author of paranormal/suspense, fantasy adventure, m/m romance, and anything else that comes to mind. Oh, and a floral designer, which is the perfect job for her. When not writing, she can express herself through the rich colors and textures of flowers and foliage.
Kim Fielding is the bestselling author of numerous m/m romance novels, novellas, and short stories. Like Kim herself, her work is eclectic, spanning genres such as contemporary, fantasy, paranormal, and historical. Her stories are set in alternate worlds, in 15th century Bosnia, in modern-day Oregon. Her heroes are hipster architect werewolves, housekeepers, maimed giants, and conflicted graduate students. They’re usually flawed, they often encounter terrible obstacles, but they always find love.
Hey guys, this is a special offer that you will not want to miss! Six great authors have clubbed together to bring this one time limited offer to all mm readers, not only will you get SIX fantastic titles for only $10 but all the proceeds are going to the TREVOR PROJECT!!! So check out the titles below and see what hot reads you could soon own! Hmmm what’s that, you already have them? Well they will make a fantastic Christmas gift 😉 So grab your copies while you can, the offer is only ongoing till the 1st January 2015! <3 ~Pixie~
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Get ready to lower your thermostat because your winter is about to get hot! For a limited time only, get SIX great reads by some of the hottest authors in M/M! A guilt-free guilty pleasure at an incredibly low price with all proceeds going to The Trevor Project!
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Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.
Due for release on 30th December, Brit Boys: On Boys, a collection of 8 M/M novellas written by 8 top British M/M authors. This smokin’ hot box set is initially available at the bargain price of 99c/99p, that’s a steal for 147,000 words/440 pages of unforgettable M/M erotic romance that will leave your eReader, and you, burning up.
Every High School has their social outcasts. The band nerds, the math geeks, the chess club, the girl that chews her hair, but at Butler High, even the creepy nose picker in the chess club is more popular than Caleo Anima. No matter what he did, his pale skin, snow white hair, and piercing blue eyes always made him an easy target. He used to think that the only way things could get worse would be if someone found out that he was gay, but that isn’t even the tip of the iceberg of problems after a mysterious stranger shows up and changes Caleo’s life forever.Hidden amongst our society, a secret and magical race of people known as ‘Leeches’, have been engaging in civil war for decades. Both sides are desperately searching for a weapon with unlimited power that will give them the advantage they need to rule their world. This wouldn’t mean anything to Caleo, except for one problem…He is that weapon!Forget making it through High School. Caleo has bigger problems! As the search for him goes on, the world is quickly crumbling around him. He’s now fighting for his life and the life of what little family he has left. With the help of new friends, he has little time to try and master his newly found powers as he tries to figure out who he can trust, who is trying to use him, and who just wants him dead. One wrong step and being the awkward pale outcast will be the least of his worries.
What if you knew the exact date and time the world will end, what would you do?
Sam Tucker was faced with that dilemma when he began getting visions of the Earth’s demise. Luckily for him, he was able to save his family and as many people as he could before the tragic event occurred, and he did so with the help of unknown visitors. With Earth now destroyed, Sam, his family, and thousands of other lucky survivors must live the rest of their lives on a faraway planet in a Dome that simulates life on Earth. But Sam’s mind can’t seem to rest as a few questions arise. Why did the aliens save them? How did they know about Earth’s sure fate? And exactly what are they hiding?Emma Tucker begged for an escape from her boring life but never in a million years did she think it would come at the destruction of Earth. Living on a new planet and finding it difficult to get rid of her rebellious habits, Emma finds herself making friends with a member of the alien race and it soon develops into an unexplainable love; a love that is more dangerous than she could ever imagine. While her father is searching for his own truths, she has no idea that she is stumbling on a truth of her own.Told from the point of view of both Sam and Emma, author Nova Sparks takes readers on a journey to discover love, fate, faith, truth, and the mystery of the DOME!
Publisher: James Crawford (Self Published) (29th April 2011)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: Every High School has their social outcasts. The band nerds, the math geeks, the chess club, the girl that chews her hair, but at Butler even the creepy nose picker in the chess club is more popular than Caleo Anima. No matter what he did, his pale skin, snow white hair, and piercing blue eyes always made him an easy target. He used to think that the only way things could get worse would be if someone found out that he was gay, but that isn’t even the tip of the iceberg of problems after a mysterious stranger shows up and changes Caleo’s life forever.
Hidden amongst our society, a secret and magical race of people known as ‘Leeches’, have been engaging in civil war for decades. Both sides are desperately searching for a weapon with unlimited power that will give them the advantage they need to rule their world. This wouldn’t mean anything to Caleo, except for one problem…He is that weapon!
Forget making it through High School. Caleo has bigger problems! As the search for him goes on, the world is quickly crumbling around him. He’s now fighting for his life and the life of what little family he has left. With the help of new friends, he has little time to try and master his newly found powers as he tries to figure out who he can trust, who is trying to use him, and who just wants him dead. One wrong step and being the awkward pale outcast will be the LEAST of his worries.
Review: Caleo has always been a social outcast. Bullied and ignored he has just one friend, Jack. But, sometimes even that doesn’t help. Caleo’s life changes the day that a strange man shows up and starts talking about powers and a hidden society of magical people. But, it gets worse when his hometown is bombed. The power struggle between The Blessed and The Rebels is tearing society apart, as they hunt for a powerful weapon. A powerful weapon that is clueless as to what is happening. But, Caleo has to master his new-found powers, if he is going to save his friends and family. And he wants nothing to do with either The Blessed or The Rebels.
Well, this is a great Young Adult paranormal story that is filled with danger, confusion and angst. Caleo is a young man struggling to get through school every day. he has one friend, Jack, who has been his best friend since they were small. Discovering he is different is a shock, but he can’t trust any of the Leeches, because they want to use him or ‘recycle’ him. Escaping from danger with his family is hard and rescuing strangers from capture is the only right thing to do, when your world is turned upside down.
This is an excellent, exciting adventure for Caleo and his friend Jack. It is action filled, dangerous, angst filled and teenaged drama filled with jealousy and despair. This story is all about seventeen year old Caleo. He is different from others and even different from the Leeches. It places him in danger, just because he is alive. Caleo and Jack face huge odds together. But with the help from Nolan, they try to survive. Caleo is a great character and he is written brilliantly. Jack is more laid back, but you can see his awkward attraction to Caleo, which Caleo misses. And Caleo is dazzled by Nolan’s Greek god beauty.
This storyline is far from straightforward. it twists and turns bringing surprises along the way. Who can you trust when it seems like everyone is trying to kill you? The loss of everything you have ever known and the insecurities of teenagers, battling with trying to hide and survive is a brilliant idea. Add in paranormal powers, warring factions of Leeches and a young man who could be The Angel and you have a great action packed read that shouldn’t be missed.
This is a great story if you want angst and danger, never knowing what will happen next and having a cliff-hanger ending that will have you reaching for the next book. So if you love any of that and adore Young Adult stories, then don’t miss this book.
Review for Jack; book 2 in the Leech series: http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com/2013/07/08/jack-by-james-crawford/
(Aug. 27, 2013) AUSTIN — Torquere Press is celebrating their 10-year anniversary in September with giveaways, special releases, and more.
Torquere Press, a royalty paying, full-service publisher of gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual romance, began in 2003. The oldest ebook publisher for the GLBT community, Torquere has published several best-selling authors such as Sean Michael, Julia Talbot, Chris Owen, BA Tortuga, and Kiernan Kelly.
Torquere publishes every genre of romance, from paranormal to western to sci-fi, as long as the main characters are GLBT. They have also expanded with Prizm, the first YA GLBT publisher and a subsidiary of Torquere Press, which began in 2008 and targets a young and new adult audience.
To commemorate their anniversary, Torquere Press will be re-releasing five original books in hardback for a limited time only:
Bareback by Chris Owen
Stormy Weather Series by BA Tortuga
Three Day Passes by Sean Michael
Bent by Sean Michael
Thatcher Brother Series by Julia Talbot.
Each day of the month of September, Torquere will be also be doing a book-a-day giveaway. For an hour every day, a book by your favorite GLBT romance author will be free through our website. A list of these titles can be found at glbtromance.blogspot.com.