August 15th, 2016: What’s On My Kindle?

Hey hey, book bingers, it’s Judith here! Today I’m debuting a new feature on Binge on Books, called What’s On My Kindle? To break it down, once a week I will be giving you a sneak peek at what’s on my kindle: ARCs, current bestsellers, romance classics, fiction, YA, fantasy, whatever I’m reading will be up for grabs. I’ll give you a rundown of what’s happening in the book, how far I’ve gotten, and how I feel about it.

101Since I’m doing this in audio and clearly cannot school myself in the ways of keeping secrets…there be spoilers! You’ve been warned.

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Binge on Books Best of 2015: Liz’s Top Picks

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Author Chat: Best Books of 2015, part 1

Hard to believe but it’s that time of year again. You know the time…it’s that sloooow build up to the end of the year when we reflect on all that we’ve read, poring over kindle lists and pulling out paperbacks in order to figure out our top reads. It’s one of the most heart wrenching, soul searching, totally painful times here at Binge on Books ’cause, well, we read a lot and love a lot and honestly, have a lot of difficulty picking just five books that topped this year’s list.

To make the choosing easier this year, I thought about spicing things up by giving you my favorite books podcast style talking it out and really telling you what I think. But then, with a decisive, “NO!” I decided I needed to spice them up EVEN MORE: that’s right, it won’t be me talking about my favorite reads (which frankly, I do all the time and you probably know them all already).

So along with fellow book reviewer, Onnica from I Love Romantic Fiction, four of your favorite authors will be coming to Binge on Books to give you their TOP PICKS OF 2015!

The Lineup: 

Part 1 (out 12/15): Amy Jo Cousins and Nalini Singh

Part 2 (out 12/30): J.R. Gray and Jessica Hawkins

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Too eager and in need of great reads to listen to the podcast? Or did you listen and just want to see them before you buy them? Complete lists from both authors can be found here:

Amy Jo Cousins

Amy Jo Cousins’ Top Picks of 2015 (in no particular order)
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Nalini Singh
Nalini Singh’s Top Picks of 2015 (in no particular order)
Honorable Mentions (not mentioned in the podcast)
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Onnica is the sole reviewer of I Love Romantic Fiction, a site dedicated to…you guessed it, romance! Onni hails from England and if she wasn’t reading and reviewing, she’d probably wither and die – it’s her passion.  She believes there are always more amazing authors out there to discover and she’s always looking for good recommendations, so don’t be shy!
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Amy Jo Cousins writes contemporary romance and erotica about smart people finding their own best kind of smexy. She lives in Chicago with her son, where she tweets too much, sometimes runs really far, and waits for the Cubs to win the World Series. Amy Jo is represented by Courtney Miller-Callihan of Greenburger Associates.

Find out more about Amy Jo at www.amyjocousins.com | twitter: @_AJCousins | facebook: AmyJoCousins

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Nalini Singh is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling, Guild Hunter, and Rock Kiss series. She lives in New Zealand but travels as much as possible (the travel bug bit hard from when she escaped working as a lawyer to run away and teach English in Japan). Nalini loves to write, loves to read, and thinks chocolate is a food group.

Find out more about Nalini at www.nalinisingh.com. Make sure to join her monthly newsletter to receive exclusive updates, free short stories and more! Chat with Nalini on twitter @nalinisingh and on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorNaliniSingh

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Intro and outro of today’s podcast comes from: Songs From Your Collarbone (Myndra) / CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 / portion of intro used

 

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How We Began Anthology Giveaway Extravaganza!

How We Began AnthologyHow We Began by Alexis Hall, Delphine Dryden, Vanessa North, Amy Jo Cousins, Annabeth Albert, Geonn Cannon

Available on: Amazon

Release Day Extravaganza Organized by: Liz

I was lucky enough to read an ARC of this anthology a few weeks back, and after I finished it, I felt like I was in a bit of a daze and also floating on the happiest bubble into a rainbow. This collection of stories, the proceeds from which are all going to benefit The Trevor Project, felt almost monumental to me. Some stories are bigger in scope than others, but all are so human and touching and every single one of them is affirming in a way I wish I could have had when I was in high school.

So, we thought about how best to showcase this wonderful anthology, and decided that hey, a giveaway is a beautiful thing. A TRIPLE giveaway? Even better. All money goes to charity? Sound the trumpets!

It’s time for an Extravaganza!

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October + Romance = Queer Romance Month!

Guys. Guuuuuuys. Get excited. No, really. Get very Very VERY excited cause October is fast upon us and with it comes a very special celebration: QUEER ROMANCE MONTH!

Queer Romance Month? What is that?” you are no doubt all wondering. Well, you see, it’s a fabulous month long celebration of romance across the LGBTQ+ spectrum. What? Yes. FABULOUS. Month Long. Celebration. Every day in October, three to four posts from a variety of readers, writers, bloggers and other brilliant people get posted on queerromancemonth.com. Contributors come from all corners of romance, united by the belief that love is love, romance is romance, and sexuality is not a sub-genre.

Last year’s theme was: Love is Love; this year’s theme is: We All Need Stories. And we do, we all need stories. We All Need Stories badge

You’ll find the awesome contributors all over social media, giving exclusive interviews, audio clips and video readings in addition to the cool content on the Queer Romance Month site.

Now, here’s the clincher: why should you care? Because everyone involved in Queer Romance Month is terribly brilliant and sexy, of course (YOU, the reader, included!!).

No, really.

But on a serious note, it’s a chance to talk about books you love or discover books you’re going to love in an exciting, diverse and enthusiastic community.

There’ll be actual, legit, brand new content from a wide range of writers who we hope you’ll already think are fabulous or will decide are fabulous after you read them.

Here at Binge on Books we are so excited for the return of all those who contributed to the Charmed & Dangerous anthology, as well as so many of our other favorite writers, such as Santino Hassell, Roan Parrish, Alexis J Hall, EE Ottoman, Rose Lerner, Amy Jo Cousins… You get the picture, right? That’s just the beginning of the incredible and diverse list of authors. We are also excited for some of our favorite artists and bloggers to contribute, such as Catherine Dair and Elisabeth Lane, as well as our very own, Liz(!!)

We hope you will join us in celebrating all the amazing and unique queer stories that have already been told, are in the process of being told, or will be told in the future.

There will also be a lot of free stuff. Woot woot. FREE STUFF. You know. As a bonus.

You can visit daily at www.queerromancemonth.com. Subscribe by email or add the RSS to your feed-reader of choice. You can also, and most importantly, follow on Twitter at @QueerRomance, which will alert you when new posts go up.

You can also snag one of the gorgeous badges to display on your own site or use temporarily as a Facebook or Twitter icon to show your support of Queer Romance Month.

Tweet, leave comments, enter giveaways – Queer Romance Month is coming to share stories and the contributors love hearing from people.

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I Love YA Fiction is now Binge on Books plus a HUGE Book Giveaway!

In case you hadn’t noticed, I Love YA Fiction is looking a little…different? Unusual? Completely not the same at all? Whatever word(s) you choose, it’s true! There’s been a complete site overhaul and now you’re looking at the new, improved, gloriously, more aptly named: BINGE ON BOOKS!

*throws confetti* *shouts* *plasters a big smile on and opens arms wide to all the guests* Welcome to the new site! We’re still just as cool and fun as before but now we can more comfortably talk about the books and book news that you enjoy. It’s a win for everyone! And you know what I have to do whenever there’s big news on the site…

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An Interview with Alexis Hall, Author of For Real and Glitterland

Last week, I had the great pleasure of interviewing Alexis Hall, romance author whose latest work, For Real, came out June 1st from Riptide Publishing. We chatted about this, his other works, queer lit, and the deep bowels of London, amongst others.

For Real by Alexis HallFor Real:

Laurence Dalziel is worn down and washed up, and for him, the BDSM scene is all played out. Six years on from his last relationship, he’s pushing forty and tired of going through the motions of submission.

Then he meets Toby Finch. Nineteen years old. Fearless, fierce, and vulnerable.  Everything Laurie can’t remember being.

Toby doesn’t know who he wants to be or what he wants to do. But he knows, with all the certainty of youth, that he wants Laurie. He wants him on his knees. He wants to make him hurt, he wants to make him beg, he wants to make him fall in love.

The problem is, while Laurie will surrender his body, he won’t surrender his heart. Because Toby is too young, too intense, too easy to hurt. And what they have—no matter how right it feels—can’t last. It can’t mean anything.

It can’t be real.

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Romance review: For Real by Alexis Hall

For Real by Alexis HallFor Real by Alexis Hall

Published by: Riptide Books

Format: Kindle ARC

Genre: M/M Romance

Reviewed by: Liz

Score: 9/10

I can’t tell,” says one character to another, “if I’m being seduced or bludgeoned.”

Which is something you will need to know when starting “For Real” – it will do both at the same, and you will love every second of it. Much like with the rest of Alexis Hall’s work, you have to be ready to enter into an exceptionally personal, tight, and vulnerable point of view, where the narrator misses no pertinent detail. The words quickly slither under your skin and into your mind until you are in the scene, with these people, experiencing what they experience, and feeling what they feel.

Ostensibly, this book is billed as a BDSM novel, but what it truly is at its heart, is an unapologetic and stunning romance centered around – and also having nothing to do with – kink. If you go into it expecting carefully worded negotiations around safewords, soft and hard limits, and which toys are allowed to go where, when, and how, you may be a bit disappointed. However, if you are looking for a beautifully realized love story with a stunning backdrop of sexual compatibility that goes beyond the physical, it’s hard to imagine you won’t find it here.

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Quickie review: There Will Be Phlogiston by Alexis Hall

ThereWillBePhlogiston_500x750There Will Be Phlogiston by Alexis Hall

Genre: M/M/F Steampunk Romance

Score: 9/10

Plot: An instructive story in which vice receives its just reward.

Inspired by true and scandalous tales of the Gaslight aristocracy, we present the most moral and improving tale of Lady Rosamond Wolfram.

Weep, reader, for the plight of our heroine as she descends into piteous ruin in the clutches of the notorious Phlogiston Baron, Anstruther Jones. Witness the horrors of feminine rebellion when this headstrong young lady defies her father, breaks an advantageous engagement, and slips into depravity with a social inferior. Before the last page is turned, you will have seen our heroine molested by carnival folk, snubbed at a dance, and drawn into a sinful ménage a trois by an unrepentant sodomite, the wicked and licentious Lord Mercury.

Reader, take heed. No aspect of our unfortunate heroine’s life, adventures, or conduct is at all admirable, desirable, exciting, thrilling, glamorous, or filled with heady passion and gay romance.

Review: A debutante in all things steampunk, I was told again and again to use There Will Be Phlogiston as the pond in which to dip my toes. And now in turn, I implore you, dear readers: read this book! It’s a thrilling romp through a world made up of aristocrats and airmen, school girls and carnival folk.  At its core, two aristocrats learn to come to grips with their innermost desires and in turn, be able to love the low born yet wealthy, Anstruther Jones. Arkady is the effeminate last of his line who can’t allow the rest of the aristocracy to know that he prefers the company of men like Jones; Rosamond is a seventeen year old school girl thrilled to be able to marry yet devastated by what that entails. These three meet and perform an unlikely courtship that is madcap, dizzying, and fantastical as it shifts from gilded ballrooms, the gutter, and a nightmarish circus populated with mechanical animals. The pace is frenetic and over the top; the language is lush and otherworldly. In the end, the message is simple: find love where you will and embrace it. There Will Be Phlogiston is one of the smartest, finely crafted books I have read in ages and it will be sure to tickle your interest for more from Alexis Hall.

You’ll enjoy: phenomenal world building set in a fantasy land called Gaslight; the finely honed and playful language of the author; the various sexy scenes between alternate pairings of the three main characters; the character of Anstruther Jones who reads as the perfect romantic hero for anyone anywhere ever; the fact that this is a side-story in a wider catalog of steampunk stories written by the author meaning that there are many more adventures that await you.

You might not enjoy: steampunk is not for everyone – it’s a weird hodgepodge of fantasy, mechanical invention, and alternate reality without any real explanation of how it came to be; a menage-a-trois story (M/M/F) which some find implausible; the grandiose language; the seemingly quick ending which sneaks up on you out of nowhere!

Final score: 9/10 

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