This week we have two wonderful posts that I know you’re looking forward to reading.
First, Josh Lanyon is back and he’s written an essay called The Mainstreaming of M/M. Watch for it tomorrow, February 11.
Rick R. Reed’s essay is about Why Do We Love Whom or What We Love? Although this post will be live on Valentine’s day it’s not exactly what you’re thinking.
On another front, Lori James, Chief Operating Officer of All Romance Ebooks wrote a very interesting post about what’s hot in romance on Dear Author. Some of the information about books rated 5 flames may surprise you. Here’s the link
I’m pleased that you like the new feature about positive stories. Of course I can’t promise that I’ll be able to find noteworthy stories every week but I’ll do my best. One reader, Trix, sent me a link to a story about Cory Oskam, a 16 year old transgender hockey goalie in the Minor Leagues who recently shared the ice with his idol Cory Schneider of the Vancouver Canucks. Cory is a role model in the community and is an advocate on issues of homophobia, transphobia, bullying, violence, and discrimination in schools. He was preparing to give a talk at the Dare to Stand Out Vancouver conference on January 21st when his mom told him about skating with Schneider and the Canucks on January 23rd. What an uplifting story!! Here’s the link
Trix also reminded me about the You can Play Project that was set up in memory of Brian Burke a college hockey player who died as a result of an accident almost 2 years ago and although he was not in the NHL he was probably the first “out” semi pro player in hockey. You may remember I featured Brian in my Coming Out and Bullying post, Part II 18 months ago. Here’s a link to the You Can Play Project
and my post:
If you have any uplifting stories you would like to share with other readers, please email me with links, subject heading uplifting stories. Thanks.
Reviews this weekend:
Losing Better by Katey Hawthorne reviewed by Jeayci; The Strength of the Pack by Kendall McKenna reviewed by Lasha; I Am Here by Evelyn Shepherd reviewed by Shy; The City of Lovely Brothers by Anel Viz reviewed by Lloyd A. Meeker; Tumbling Blindly by Sue Brown reviewed by Cryselle; Aiden’s Luck by Con Riley reviewed by Sirius; and How to Save a Life by Sloan Parker reviewed by Raine.
Free Books This Week
Japanese translation of Fair Game by Josh Lanyon (3 print copies) – Shinshokan Publishing
Japanese translation of Catch Me If You Can – Romano and Albright by L.B. Gregg (3 print copies) – Shinshokan Publishing
Open Cover Before Striking by Willa Okati – Loose id
Snowfall by Cameron Dane – Loose id
Once A Brat by Kim Dare – Riptide Publishing
Line and Orbit by Sunny Moraine & Lisa Soem – Samhain Publishing
The Curtis Reincarnation by Zathyn Priest – MLR Books
First Footer by Jules Jones
Reviews This Week
Andrea: Under the Australian Sky by A.J. Kelton
Leslie S: Family Man by Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton
Sammy (who is in New Zealand on vacation): Happily Ever After by C.B. Conwy
Val Kovalin: Plan B by S.J.D. Peterson
Raine: Arcada 2 Silver/Steele by Belinda McBride
Jeayci: Losing Better by Katey Hawthorne
Lasha: What Chris Wants by Lori Foster
Cryselle: Sharing Tomorrow by Michael Barnette; Cover Up by KC Burn
Sirius: Between Now and Then by Adam Fitzroy
Feliz: Sweet as Chili Pepper by Veronica Stone; Laying Ghosts by James Buchanan (duelling review)
Wave: Laying Ghosts by James Buchanan (duelling review); Blind Faith by N.R. Walker.
Some sad news. Jenre who has been with this site the longest as a guest reviewer (about four years) said goodbye at the end of January for personal reasons. I kept hoping that she would stay but I understand why she left. I will miss her as I’m sure will those of you who were fans of her reviews and looked forward to them every Wednesday.
If you speak or read Japanese, Shinshokan Publishing is donating three copies each of Josh Lanyon’s Fair Game and L.B. Gregg’s Catch me if You Can – Romano and Albright. Pass the word on to your friends who read Japanese.
Till next week, that’s a wrap.