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Sale: buy more books

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JMS Books redesigned their site and offers 30% off all ebooks to celebrate until Friday October 20th. Why not run over and buy some books??

Here’s a link to my books if you haven’t read them all yet: Nell Iris at JMS Books. 30% off! That’s a steal, go buy them at once! 😁

But why not browse around and see if you find something else you like? My friend Addison’s books are on sale too, and they are all great (especially Cultivating Love❤️). And I’ve done some shopping myself. I’ve been eyeing Sarah Hadley Brook’s Eggplant Highlights and Mustard Yellow Jeans for a while, but haven’t bought it until now. Isn’t it the greatest title? The cover is cool, too. Clickety-click the link and see for yourself.

I also bought Purple Daze by J.D. Walker (because purple cover), Dude Mama by Michael P. Thomas (because mpreg), and Dish of the Day by Clare London (because MMM). I also preordered Sweeter Than Honey by Jessica Payseur.

Yay, I love shopping books. Don’t you?

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Short story recommendations

I’ve said it before and I’ll probably say it again: I absolutely love short stories. Many times I prefer to read a short story instead of a 400+ page novel. I’m not necessarily a big fan of all the side plots and the unnecessary drama you need to fill up all those pages. I want to read about the romantic couple, not about everything else happening in their lives.

And these last few weeks I’ve read three excellent collections of short stories, so I thought I’d share.

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Snapshots by Addison Albright

I’ve already told you that I had the privilege of beta reading Addison’s collection of short stories, but that didn’t make me any less excited to read the finished versions. I absolutely love reading the final product of something I’ve critiqued or betaed: it’s like watching a child grow up.

And I wasn’t disappointed with the result: I loved every one of them. What I like most is that it’s such a diverse collection of stories, ranging from a meet cute in an adult video arcade to an established couple getting married, and everything in between. It’s an aptly named book: the reader is treated to snapshots from the different couples’ lives, a brief look into their relationship.

Most of them leave me wanting more, which I consider a good thing. It means I wasn’t bored with the story, it kept my interest the entire time, and I’m hungry to know what happens next in their lives. I want to know what happens to George and Blaine in King Kong vs The Skinny Pirate—will their relationship work out despite them being so seemingly different? I would love to read about how Darryl and Warren in Now and Forever met, their story before the marriage. And I definitely want to read more about Evan and Gary, in my favorite story Cow Pie Bingo.

TL;DR: Snapshots is awesome. Read it. 😀 

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Falling Hard: Stories of Men In Love by Dale Cameron Lowry

I found this collection of stories via the #RainbowSnippets group I joined a few weeks back. I click around and read all the other authors’ contributions and this jumped out at me immediately. It was something about the language and the way the author treats the words that made me weak in the knees. And after the second week in a row with the same reaction, I decided I needed to buy it.

And I was not disappointed. All of the stories are magical, there’s no other word for it. The emotions leap off the page in Dale’s writing and I was mesmerized and couldn’t put it down. I even loved Far From Home, which is a sci-fi story and I don’t read sci-fi (I prefer to watch it, thank you very much!) But the concept of the story was so clever and original, so it was impossible not to love it.

The stories in this collection is also diverse and interesting. I loved everything from the shy ghost in Ghost of a Chance, to reading about how established couple Mike and Ken meet a third guy that they can’t seem to forget in Pacific Rimming. But I think my favorite was Loggerhead. I’ve always said I don’t like reading about established couples because the author always fucks up their relationship for the sake of the story—but that’s not the case here. Loggerhead tells the story about how Jake and Eric find their way back to each other. And it contains my favorite quote:

“I never forget that I love you. But sometimes I forget how important that is to me.”

*swoon*

TL;DR: Falling Hard is awesome. Read it. 😀 

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A More Perfect Union by B.G. Thomas, J. Scott Coatsworth, Jamie Fessenden, and Michael Murphy

I’ve read this collection of short stories before, when it was just released. But the other day I felt like something short and cute and thought I’d just read one of the stories before bed time. 

Yeah, right. As if. *snort*

At 5:30 AM, I put it down after re-reading all of the stories again, and they were even better this time. I love the premise of the collection, I’ll cut and paste it here for you (taken from Goodreads), if you’re not familiar with it:

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I can’t decide which story I love most. Flames by Coatsworth tells the story about Alex and Gio, and how Gio gets badly hurt in a fire. I love to read about Alex’s journey from being afraid of commitment to how he’s willing to do anything to get Gio to come back to him.

Jeordi and Tom by Michael Murphy is about a young couple. They show extraordinary bravery and loyalty and fight for each other against a homophobic family in a small Kentucky town. Someday by B.G. Thomas is a story about a Lucas who met Dalton in kindergarten and knew from the start they would get married one day.

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So cute! And so right. What if two boys fall in love, why shouldn’t they be allowed to marry? It’s incomprehensible.

But maybe it’s Destined by Jamie Fessenden that’s my favorite after all. And even though I love the story about how Jay and Wallace meet, get separated by life and circumstances, meet again, and finally start building a life together, I think it’s the dedication from the author that makes me love it the most.

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 TL;DR: A More Perfect Union is awesome. Read it. 😀 

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I warmly recommend any of these collections of short stories. If you haven’t read them, I strongly suggest you run to your nearest virtual bookstore and buy them—you won’t regret it.

And if you have suggestions about short story collections you think I’d like, feel free to tell me in the comments 🙂


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Best books 2016

If we ignore how shitty last year was for a second and concentrate on something good I have to say I read quite a few great books in 2016. I read a lot less than I usually do, but I guess that’s what happens when I try to write, too.

This is what Goodreads have to say about my statistics (this is from my personal account, not my author account):

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246 books isn’t the entire truth though. I’ve been on a re-read binge and re-read a lot of books last year (and I haven’t found a way for Goodreads to make them count if they’re already added to my library. If you know a way, let me know) so I’d estimate that I need to add 50-100 books to that list to make it correct.

Four of the books were poetry books. The rest MM romance 😁

The statistics also show that I love short stories, an average of 134 pages. And what can’t be seen on this image is that my average rating for 2016 was 3.3 stars. I’d say that’s quite good.

I thought I’d make a list of my the best books I read last year and a few of them will even be reviewed here on the blog eventually.

Here’s my Top 12 Books of 2016 – in no particular order.

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I’d recommend all of these books and they’re all on my re-read list for the future.

What were your favorites from last year? 🙂


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Book recommendations

Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? If the answer is no and you have someone who loves to read gay romance I have a couple of suggestions for you. Or for yourself, if you need a break from all the hectic preparations. I know I do. It’s hard work flying to Sweden, hugging my darling daughter, and anxiously awaiting the Christmas feast at my parents’ house 😀


Happy Merry Christmas by Amy Tasukada

If you’re in the mood for something super cute with adorable characters, Japanese Christmas traditions and one of the most interesting jobs of all times this is the book for you. Aoi is an erotic voice actor, moaning for a living. How great is that? And did you know they eat KFC in Japan on Christmas?

It’s released today. Buy it, you won’t regret it.

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(This is the print cover, and not the e-book cover, but I think it’s so much cuter than the e-book one so that’s why I’m showing you this one instead.) 


To Love and To Cherish by Addison Albright
If you want a break from all Christmas preparations and want to read about interesting character growth and fabulous intimate moments between two people finding their way to each other, I recommend this one. You probably recognize it, I’ve written about it before, but it’s definitely worth mentioning again.

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That’s all for today. Have a great Saturday!


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Books that changed my life

I saw a blogpost on Goodreads awhile back about life-changing books. The people at Goodreads had asked users about what books’d had a huge impact on their lives. Lots of people answered, and in the blog post Goodreads told us about the top 28 titles. I can honestly say I’ve only read two of the books on that list (“Eat, pray, love” and “Siddharta“), and neither qualifies as life changing for me.

But it got me thinking. Which books I would my list of life-changing books?

Pippi Långstrum by Astrid Lindgren

(that’s Pippi Longstocking for you non-Swedes)

I daresay there’s not a single Swedish girl that hasn’t been influenced by Pippi in some way or other since the 1940s when the book first was released. Pippi is quirky, independent and fiercely loyal to her friends. She’s also the strongest girl in the world, but even though she can literally lift her own horse I think the strength is more metaphorical than physical. She makes up her own rules to live by, and more often than not they’re not according to society’s standards. She has the strength and courage to stand her ground, and not conform or give in when various authority figures are trying to make her.

She believes she can do anything — my favorite quote is “I have never tried that before, so I think I should definitely be able to do that”. When do we lose that belief? We all should take a leaf out of Pippi’s book and believe in ourselves more. When my daughter was little I bought her all the Pippi books I could find, and read them aloud to her. I don’t think a girl can have a better role model to be honest.

And Astrid Lindgren is sort of our national treasure. When she died at 94, the King and Queen of Sweden attended her funeral. Astrid not only wrote many of the best children’s books I’ve ever read, but she also advocated children’s rights. She’s the mother of so many interesting and beloved characters, and she made me believe it was okay to be different.

This is why Astrid Lindgren and Pippi Långstrump is number one on my list.

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Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery

I loved Anne Shirley —with an E— fiercely when I was a kid. I loved her romantic spirit and imagination, and even the words she used. Just taste expressions like bosom friend or kindred spirit — they are words I want to use in my everyday vocabulary.

I loved her loyalty, her quick temper and most of all I loved that she was smart. She was one of the best in her class and that was totally fine, encouraged even.

She influenced me profoundly, and I identified with her, in the sense that I too was a romantic who didn’t much appreciate the mundane things in life. Like her I wanted great adventures and even greater love.

But at the same time: one of the things I loved most is that she found what she was looking for at her beloved Green Gables in the end. And I loved her relationship with Matthew and Marilla, and how she slowly melted the ice around Marilla’s heart. Can you imagine how lonely Matthew and Marilla would have been if Anne hadn’t shown up in their lives?

I cry big, sad tears every time I read the book and Matthew dies. It’s like I’m holding out hope that maybe this time—this time he won’t die. It still hasn’t happened, but you never know…

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Pride and prejudice by Jane Austen.

A friend introduced me to Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy in my teen years, and I will be forever grateful to her for that. It was love at first read.

Elizabeth is such a great character and I love to follow along on her journey from someone who is quick to judge, to someone more thoughtful and open to alternatives. I love that she’s witty and intelligent, and that she’s determined not to marry for any other reason than love. It was probably foolish considering the times, and what opportunities a young woman like her had, but it makes for great reading.

And Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy…well, what’s there to say about him other than…*swoon*?

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And I just realized something: a third book where the protagonist is a strong, fiercely loyal and intelligent woman – I think I sense a theme 🙂 

Nowhere Ranch by Heidi Cullinan

This is the odd duck out, compared to the others on my list. It’s the first MM Romance book I read (I had read a MMF before, but no “pure” MM) and to say it has changed my life is an understatement. If it wasn’t for this book I wouldn’t have found this genre I love so much.

Who knows if I’d ever gotten around to giving writing a try if it wasn’t for MM Romance?

This book is still to this day one of my favorites. I love the juxtaposition between the extreme kinkiness and the soft romance Cullinan writes so well. I love the characters, I love broken heroes like Roe, and to follow them along on their journey to a better life.

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Well, that was my list of books that changed my life and influenced me as a person in one way or another. What books would be on your list?