Buddy Review: Alex and Edwin talk Apocalypse Alley by Don Allmon

Apocalypse Alley by Don Allmon

Published by: Riptide

Format: eARC

Genre: Fantasy

Release date: February 26, 2018

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Reviewed by: Alex & Edwin

What to Expect: Death Race 2000 meets Mad Max in The Matrix. Featuring a hacker, a supersoldier with side servings of the Daddiest orc in history and a terrifying cyborg assassin. Read More

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Countdown to a New Year, December 31: Amy Jo Cousins

Countdown to a New Year, December 31: Amy Jo Cousins

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2017 has been one damn rough year.

From the personal to the political, this year has been pretty much nonstop stress and anger and sadness for me, and I didn’t actually read a ton of new books this year. In these kinds of situations, I tend to do a lot of comfort rereading instead, especially of mystery and SFF novels, and let me tell you…my bookcase got a workout. But when I picked up a new book this year, I made some stellar choices, so I’m here to tell you about my favorite reads of 2017.

Let Us Dream by Alyssa Cole makes 1917 Harlem come alive, with the politicians and nightclub owners, the prostitutes and church ladies, the immigrants and the police, the number runners and the hairdressers, all moving in and out of each other’s orbits in a tight-knit world of labor and corruption and gossip and kindness. Bertha is magnificent. She is fierce and demanding and controlling and care-taking. And Amir is angry and judgmental and kind and sexy as hell. I just loved the both of them, and the secondary characters too. This is the kind of book where, after I finished it, I wanted to turn right back to page one and start all over again. It’s fantastic. (Alyssa’s Civil War series that starts with An Extraordinary Union is also recommended, but brace yourself. I was so tense reading it, I almost gnawed my own hand off.)

My number one goal for 2018 is to get Hillary Clinton to read Hamilton’s Battalion by Sarah Lerner, Courtney Milan, and Alyssa Cole (yes, Alyssa again!). This collection of novellas set during and after the American Revolutionary war is magnificent, bringing us one of the angriest heroines it has ever been my absolute pleasure to read, along with so many missing pieces of American history: Jewish soldiers fighting in the hope of creating a nation where they will be welcome, LGBTQ folks, people of color, and bit about cheese that really ought to be in the history books. I did the literal LOL thing, and then pages later I would find myself crying, because there’s a lot of truth, painful honesty, and compassion in this book.

Yoon Ha Lee has blogged about how he didn’t intend to write about being trans in a book, because that would touch too close to home, but realizing he’d done it anyway with Ninefox Gambit. He’s also written a brilliant military sf book about math, sacrifice, loyalty, manipulation, madness, and revolution. I found it intensely apropos to current events and brilliantly written. Oddly enough, I particularly recommend this book to Tolstoy fans, especially those who read SFF too.

A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson is a gorgeous story of love and magic, gods and math, wending through time and a world where men dance and war while women study. Beautiful writing, really intriguing worldbuilding, with a gorgeous and risky m/m romance, I was full of stress reading this one because I wasn’t sure if it was meant to be a romance novel or a SFF novel with strong romantic elements. The HEA did not seem guaranteed, which leads to Much Anxiety. But it is indeed a romance novel, and a beautiful one.

The Infamous Miss Rodriguez by Lydia San Andres is a historical romance set in the Spanish Caribbean. The opening scene of this book hooked me in an instant, as the heroine plots to get herself into a big enough scandal to convince her fiancé to end their engagement, while the heroine’s aunt calmly ignores her every provocation. Add a conflicted but admiring hero, excellent secondary characters, a saturated sense of place, a sharp awareness of class issues, and a terrifically witty narrative voice, and this delightful book became one of my favorite historical romances of the year. 

I am a huge fan of the holiday novella and this past year of reading gave me two of my favorites: The Remaking of Corbin Wale by Roan Parrish and Suleikha Snyder’s story in the Silver Belles anthology, “A Taste of Blessings.” Suleikha’s story is set during the Indian holiday of Durga Puja and is full of large community gatherings, much food, and gossiping aunties. I was so happy to find it in an anthology of stories featuring characters over forty. Roan’s Corbin Wale is a fey loner who is very gently invited to share meals and friends and more by a magical baker (yes, magical) whose return to the small town where his mother lives is complicated by many feelings about his own failures and possible futures. A fairytale with a clear eye for the real world, The Remaking of Corbin Wale was a pure pleasure.

When I’m stressed (and 2017 was pretty much nonstop stress, as previously discussed), I reread more than pick up new books. This year, I did a lot of rereading, including a week-long binge of everything KJ Charles has ever written. (Happy sighs. That was awesome.) Spectred Isle by KJ Charles kicks off her latest series, the Green Men, and ties in to her Simon Feximal stories. Post WWI, a small handful of remaining occultists and arcanists are left from the wreckage of the battlefield to protect England from ever-growing magical threats. The two men who feature in Spectred Isle are wounded and jaded and pretty damn miserable, until they meet each other, figure out they’re better off working together than yelling at each other, and save the world. Not a bad day’s work.

This one’s for the epistolary fans! Zen Cho is a delightful writer, witty and kind and full of sparkling insight. The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo is recorded in the journal entries and letters of Jade Yeo, who writes articles about dress hemlines for women’s magazines and one scandalously scathing book review for a literary mag, Zen Cho’s book sings with the wittiness of Austen or KJ Charles. I love Jade’s blunt honesty and also her utter obliviousness to the lovely man who’s absolutely fallen for her.

Devin Harnois’s Rainbow Islands exists because of a tumblr post where the replies to a homophobic comment about gays and lesbians dying out if they were all sent to separate islands became the outline of a killer dystopian LGBTQ adventure novel. If I hadn’t seen that original tumblr post, I might have found the worldbuilding a little too precious, but because I had read it, the entire story was just nonstop fun.

The best nonfiction book I read this year (and one of the best I’ve ever read) is The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein. We do a terrible job in this country of teaching ourselves our own history, and Rothstein’s book rewrote the past one hundred years for me, showing me how our nation’s racial segregation was codified by hundreds of laws and explicit government regulations. This book will radically change your understanding of how segregation happened and how our attempts to stop it in the future did nothing to address the calculated damage done by 20th century laws creating and enforcing systemic racial oppression.

Knit One, Girl Two by Shira Glassman is a sweet, funny, Jewish f/f romance about two artists, a painter and the yarn dyer who is inspired by the painter’s color palette. This novella is a super charming, closed-door romance about two delightful women who navigate the early days of a relationship with caution and care for each other’s sore spots. It’s just lovely. 

One of the proudest bits of 2017, for me, has been my involvement in the Rogue anthologies. Kicked off on Twitter by Emma Barry’s brainstorming about a couple admitting they were in love amidst a constitutional crisis involving the president, the Rogue anthologies became the place for us to fight all our fears by writing about our hopes for those battling on the side of equality and compassion and science and the power of government service to do good and not evil, while guaranteeing nonstop HEAs. (WHICH WE ALL NEED. IT’S NOT JUST ME. THROW US A FRIGGING BONE, 2017.) I have loved reading all of my anthology-mates’ stories, but Kris Ripper’s story in Rogue Affair has a special place in my heart. A widowed female president and her bodyguard, a younger trans man, fall in love so gradually and with such care for each other, my heart was made happy.

I don’t generally do well with serials, as my impatience knows no bounds and I am easily frustrated by cliffhangers and waiting. But I started reading Mia West’s post-Roman Empire Into the Fire series when all the books were already out and collected into multi-book volumes, plus I’ve loved her Tell Me When time travel erotica series (don’t get me started about the volume that made me cry my eyes out, which was not what I expected from time travel erotica!) and her Grizzly Rim shifter books. Her writing just clicks with me. I’m still working my way through this one, rewarding myself with a new volume when I’ve accomplished something particularly onerous, and I love reading about the developing relationship between the ex-Roman soldier and the powerful blacksmith who are traveling together across the wasteland of a fallen empire.

Maybe my favorite book of 2017, period, Peter Darling by Austin Chant is magic. It’s about the loyalty of fairies and adventure, the dangers of rage and forgetting, swirling frock coats and fabulous boots, and the seductive lure of imagining yourself as the hero, even as you figure out that you might be the bad guy. It’s funny, and heartbreaking, and always, always full of hope, with a HEA that made my heart happy. “”That’s the trick of growing up. Nothing stays the same.” Hook sounded oddly sympathetic. “You see the faults in everything. Including yourself.””

Okay, so it turns out, I read even more great books in 2017 than I’d remembered. Here’s hoping 2018 reading will be done for reasons of pleasure and not mental health protection! Help me kick off the year right by telling me your favorite reads of 2017? Thank you!


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 again. Amy Jo is represented by Courtney Miller-Callihan of Handspun Literary Agency.

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Countdown to a New Year, December 27: Jay from Joyfully Jay

Countdown to a New Year, December 27: Jay, Owner of Joyfully Jay

From December 20 through December 31, Binge on Books will be hosting a series of posts each day counting down to the new year. Joined by authors, publishers, and fellow bloggers, this series will focus on takeaways from 2017 and what we can look forward to in 2018. Think the biggest, longest, most book-filled reflection of the past year and the hopes and dreams for the new one all wrapped into one: that’s Binge on Books’ Countdown to a New Year. Come see what your favorite members of the book world have to say about the past year and what’s up next for them in the year to come!

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Thanks so much to Judith for inviting me to stop by today! I am so excited to be included in this event!

This is a fun time of year as a blogger because I am thinking about the fabulous books I have read this year, as well as looking forward to new ones to read in the coming year. I have already shared my Best of 2017 on my blog, Joyfully Jay, so you can check that out here (along with Best of 2017 lists from many of my reviewers). So I thought today it might be fun to look ahead to some books I am anticipating for next year. These are all sequels to stories I have loved and I can’t wait for the next installments.

Down by Contact by Santino Hassell (January 16) – I went totally crazy for the first book in this series, Illegal Contact. There is a nice opposites attract vibe, as well as a fun insider look into the life of a professional athlete. Plus I totally loved the vibe of the story and the two guys together. We meet Simeon in that first book and he is one of the MCs in the second story. I am definitely intrigued by him and can’t wait to check it out!

A Gentleman Never Keeps Score by Cat Sebastian (July 15) – Sebastian’s debut book, The Soldier’s Scandal, just blew me away (me and everyone else it seems) and the series as a whole was just fabulous. I wondered if she could repeat the feat with her newest series, Seducing the Sedgewicks, and its first book It Takes Two to Tumble. So I am happy to say I went crazy for this one too and found it a delightful historical with a great dynamic between the MCs. The Sedgewick men are really fascinating and I am highly looking forward to Hartley’s story coming next.

Agent Bayne by Jordan Castillo Price (January 2018) – I get excited every time I hear there is a new story coming in Jordan Castillo Price’s PsyCops world. This is one of my favorite series in the genre and I adore Vic and Jacob beyond reason and I love the blend of romance, suspense, and paranormal. I was lucky enough to hear the author read an excerpt from the book at GRL this year, and it just whet my appetite for more (you can check the excerpt out here on her blog). So I am dying to follow along for this latest adventure.

Ravensong (July 2018) and A Wish Upon the Stars (March 2018) by T.J. Klune – I am a huge T.J. Klune fan and these series highlight how well the author can move from comedy to dramatic intensity so well. Ravensong is the sequel to the fabulous Wolfsong, a shifter story that sucked me in and left me emotionally wrung out but totally happy at the end. I loved Klune’s unique take on the common shifter trope and I am looking forward to getting back into this world. A Wish Upon the Stars is the fourth book in Klune’s Tales from Verania series, a completely hysterical fantasy featuring an apprentice wizard, his best friends (a hornless unicorn and a half giant), and his dreamy knight commander boyfriend. I am currently listening to book 2 in this series, A Destiny of Dragons, in audio, and it is laugh out loud in the grocery story funny. I can’t wait for more in this fabulous series.

Breaker of Chains by Jordan L. Hawk – Hawk is perhaps best known for her phenomenal Whyborne & Griffin series (and I am an enormous fan). But her urban fantasy/paranormal SPECTR series is another one of my favorites, so much so that I read the first six books in the serial in about three days. Once I started, I could not put it down! Not only that, but while I was visiting Charleston this summer I gave myself the SPECTR tour of the city and visited a bunch of spots that are featured in the books. We are now on to the second season and I love the suspense and paranormal elements here, but particularly the fascinating dynamic between the three main characters, John, Gray, and Caleb. They have such a unique relationship and I can’t wait for the next step on their journey.

Arden St. Ives series, book 3 by Alexis Hall (February 2018) – I just finished the second installment of this series, How to Blow it with a Billionaire, and was once again blown away by this story that combines a fabulously quirky and humorous narrator with his reserved billionaire not quite boyfriend. The ending of this second book leaves us hanging and I am DYING to see how it all resolves. These books are full of both intensity and playfulness and I can not wait to read the conclusion.

So there you have it, seven sequels that I am looking forward to for 2018. If you haven’t had a chance to check out these series, I can highly recommend them all. And I’d love to hear what you are looking forward to reading next year!


Jay is a wife, mom, blogger, and cat wrangler. She is an avid reader and lover of beaches, lazy days, and all things chocolate and peanut butter. Jay loves m/m romance and has been reading the genre for about 8 years. She averages about 4 books a week and loves to talk about them with readers.

You can find Jay over at her blog, Joyfully Jay.  We review all subgenres of GLBT romance, focusing primarily on male/male stories. Joyfully Jay runs about 20 reviews per week, as well as hosting daily guest posts from a variety of authors.  

Jay also hangs out on Twitter or Facebook and always loves meeting fellow readers!


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Countdown to a New Year, December 24: Cat Sebastian

Countdown to a New Year, December 24: Cat Sebastian

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Cat Sebastian’s End of Year Post

I don’t think I’m going out on a limb by saying this year has been resoundingly terrible on many levels. A bright spot has been the books. It seems like more than the usual number of stellar, inclusive, romances came out this year: Alisha Rai’s Hate to Want You. Alyssa Cole’s An Extraordinary Union. Mackenzi Lee’s The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. KJ Charles’ An Unnatural Vice. Alyssa Cole, Rose Lerner, and Courtney Milan’s Hamilton’s Battalion. Those are pretty much my favorite books this year. The thing is that they’ve all rightfully gotten a fair bit of attention and nobody needs my advice to read them (just in case: go read them). What follows are some books that might have skipped your notice but which staved off my existential dread for a few hours and made me feel hopeful about the future. (Some came out before 2017, but if I read them this year, I’m just going with it.)

I read Harper Fox’s Seven Summer Nights more times than I ought to admit (okay, it was five times. Hush.). The prose is lyrical; the characters are beautifully drawn and complete. There’s a bit of magic and a stray dog. I cried twenty million buckets of tears.

Kris Ripper’s Gays of Our Lives has a prickly character who learns that the people around him really care about him and want to help him. If “difficult loner finds community” is your catnip, you’ll probably like this book. It’s also really satisfying for me to see a disabled character get a HEA despite not being a cheerful ray of sunshine.    

Romantic suspense ordinarily stresses me out, but Layla Reyne’s Whiskey & Irish trilogy was light on fear and instead wonderfully character driven and emotional. I didn’t start this series until the third book came out and then I glommed like my life depended on it.

A vital part of my self-care is reading about Sherlock Holmes; in particular I require stories about Watson and Holmes being either in love or queerplatonically happy together. To this end, I read about eleventy million words of Holmes/Watson fanfic. It isn’t a romance (at all) but Lyndsey Faye’s The Whole Art of Detection is compatible with a queerplatonic reading (the author confirmed this, so put that in your pipe and smoke it, OKAY) and I loved every minute of it. Will your life be enriched by a chapter from Holmes’ point of view in which he misses Watson and worries that Watson doesn’t have his muffler? Yes, yes it will.

Zen Cho’s Sorcerer to the Crown is the post-colonial feminist regency-set fantasy romance the world needs. It’s what I wished Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell had been. It’s alternately hilarious and sad. The entire world may disagree with me, but I’m positive there’s a lowkey gay dragon shifter secondary romance in there.

Other books that have delighted and distracted me this year: Anna Zabo’s Outside the Lines (poly relationship, very satisfying, I am in love with Lydia), Jordan Hawk’s entire Hexworld series (shifters and magicians in 1890s New York but it’s actually about structural oppression; it’s tender and dark and optimistic all at once), Liz Jacobs’ Abroad, Austin Chant’s Peter Darling, and I could go on. So many good books this awful year! Happy holidays!  


Cat Sebastian lives in a swampy part of the South with her husband, three kids, and two dogs. Before her kids were born, she practiced law and taught high school and college writing. When she isn’t reading or writing, she’s doing crossword puzzles, bird-watching, and wondering where she put her coffee cup.


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Countdown to a New Year, December 22: CB Lee

Countdown to a New Year, December 22: CB Lee

From December 20 through December 31, Binge on Books will be hosting a series of posts each day counting down to the new year. Joined by authors, publishers, and fellow bloggers, this series will focus on takeaways from 2017 and what we can look forward to in 2018. Think the biggest, longest, most book-filled reflection of the past year and the hopes and dreams for the new one all wrapped into one: that’s Binge on Books’ Countdown to a New Year. Come see what your favorite members of the book world have to say about the past year and what’s up next for them in the year to come!

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2017 seems to at once have passed by in the blink of an eye and also to have dragged on, day by day, at a snail’s pace. Much of this is due to how I’ve woken up each morning to some new horror enacted by those in power and the fear that everyday, things are getting worse.

And yet this year I also saw everyday people who spoke out against injustice, people who took comfort in each other and what brings them joy, people who encouraged others to take care of themselves, people who looked after one another.

The book community is an amazing one– readers and writers and bloggers and people in publishing and people creating endlessly and the feeling of excitement and support and hope for things to get better– in publishing and in our world at large. It is in books and in this community that has gotten me through 2017 and gives me strength for 2018 and beyond.

A few things that helped me this year and I hope helps you:

Do something everyday that brings you joy. Whether it’s eating your favorite candy or rereading a favorite book, or even sitting and doing nothing for awhile. For the longest time I would always guilt myself about how little I’d gotten done that day, or how behind I am in my work or that I don’t need this extra piece of chocolate. I would also feel guilty about celebrating any achievements or accomplishments, especially in this year of bleak news, but it is so easy to get burnt out in the day-to-day barrage of calling reps and trying to navigate the day that celebrating any joy and sharing it can brighten not just your day, but a friend or a stranger’s.  I love seeing moments of joy in others, too, and definitely seeing amazing book news for friends have brightened my day so many times this year.

You don’t have to do it alone. One of the hardest things to do is to ask for help. For me, I know I am that worst at this, because I always thought it was a mark of personal failure if you didn’t know how to do something or couldn’t figure it out on your own. But whatever endeavor you’re going through, whether it’s writing a book or trying to tell a friend something important, asking someone for help or even just chatting about what you’re going through can be a huge support.

Turn mountains into molehills. One of the biggest things I learned while writing novels is that setting out to do one can be a huge, daunting task. “Just write a book,” I’ll tell myself, and it seems like this massive undertaking– and it is. But setting a huge goal like that can make it difficult to even start; what I’ve learned is that setting small goals like “write a romantic scene” or “write a discovery scene” or “let’s do some backstory on Emma here” are tasks that are bite-size and a clear sense of when you’ve accomplished them.  

Wishing you all the best in 2018!


CB Lee is a hiking enthusiast and the author of Not Your Sidekick and Not Your Villain. She likes cozy socks and you can find her on twitter at @author_cblee, Instagram at @cblee_cblee or visit her at http://cb-lee.com.


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Countdown to a New Year, December 21: Candysse Miller, Publisher at Interlude Press

Countdown to a New Year, December 21: Candysse Miller, Publisher at Interlude Press

From December 20 through December 31, Binge on Books will be hosting a series of posts each day counting down to the new year. Joined by authors, publishers, and fellow bloggers, this series will focus on takeaways from 2017 and what we can look forward to in 2018. Think the biggest, longest, most book-filled reflection of the past year and the hopes and dreams for the new one all wrapped into one: that’s Binge on Books’ Countdown to a New Year. Come see what your favorite members of the book world have to say about the past year and what’s up next for them in the year to come!

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LOOKING FORWARD: 2018 AT INTERLUDE PRESS

It’s that time of year when people take stock of their lives. Do we need change as we start a new year? Is it time for a resolution? Maybe we just need to make a list of goals, benchmarks for a new season. In that spirit, we thought we’d spill some details about what’s around the bend for the first half of 2018 at Interlude Press.

For those of you who don’t know us yet, IP is a small press dedicated to publishing top quality fiction featuring main characters that identify as LGBTQIA. We’re a young company, and we like to approach our work from unconventional angles.

As we look forward to the six months leading up to our anniversary, we see a publication calendar that balances new voices, old favorites, and a lot of great fiction.

2018 begins with a final nod to a series that began as a fandom phenomenon: Zane Riley’s Go Your Own Way. The first two installments of this series (Go Your Own Way and With or Without You) originated as enormously popular fanworks that Zane rewrote from the ground-up for his books. When It’s Time is the final coda of the new adult love story of Lennox, a tough and brash kid whose life takes an unexpected turn after he meets and falls for high school baseball player Will.  

Valentine’s week will mark the debut for the writing team of Tom Wilinsky and Jen Sterick with Snowsisters from our YA imprint Duet Books. A story of friendship, love and coming of age set in a week-long writers’ camp for girls, Snowsisters is being hailed as “a wonderful, important debut” by a New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult (Small Great Things) and “thoroughly satisfying” by Kirkus Reviews.

In March, we’ll be revisiting Taylor Brooke’s soulmate contemporary romance Camellia Clock Cycle series with Curved Horizonin which the women from Brooke’s IP debut, Fortitude Smashed meet their soulmates and the original couple’s relationship is put to the test.

March also features the return of Michelle Osgood with Moon Illusion, the third installment in her popular shifter series, The Better to Kiss You With. In Moon Illusion, she concentrates on Nathan and Cole, who must juggle a fracture in their relationship with a mysterious death.

In April, award-winning adult and YA author Mia Kerick joins IP with The Weekend Bucket List from Duet Books. Determined to experience the wild side of teenage life, high school seniors Cady LaBrie and Cooper Murphy set out to check off items on their bucket list in the 48 hours before graduation. When dropout Eli Stanley joins them, they all face new questions about love and friendship.

Jude Sierra follows up her Kirkus Reviews best-of-2016 nod for Idlewild in May with A Tiny Piece of Something Greater. After moving to Key Largo to make a fresh start, Reid Watsford meets Joaquim, a dive shop intern looking for adventure. As their relationship develops, they both must learn how to navigate Reid’s secrets, and a past he can’t quite escape.

And in the final stretch leading up to our fourth anniversary, we will feature books from authors both new and familiar. The month starts with Julian Winters’ YA debut,  Running With Lions. Set in the world of high school soccer, it is the story of how a star goalie must reconcile with an estranged childhood friend for the good of the team, only to find that there is more to his former friend than soccer skills.

Finally, we will celebrate our fourth anniversary in late June with one of our original launch authors. Amazon bestseller Lilah Suzanne returns with Jilted, a romantic comedy about two men left at the alter when their respective exes run off together, and whether taking a fake honeymoon together can result in a second chance at love.

There’s plenty more to look forward to in 2018! Follow us @InterludePress as we reveal covers and announce summer and fall titles.


Candysse Miller, Director of Marketing & Communications at Interlude Press, is a former journalist and media industry veteran, guiding communications programs that have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, and every major U.S. television network. She is a native of Los Angeles and bleeds Dodger Blue.

Learn more about her and Interlude press at: www.interludepress.com.


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Countdown to a New Year, December 20: Megan Erickson

Countdown to a New Year, December 20: Megan Erickson

From December 20 through December 31, Binge on Books will be hosting a series of posts each day counting down to the new year. Joined by authors, publishers, and fellow bloggers, this series will focus on takeaways from 2017 and what we can look forward to in 2018. Think the biggest, longest, most book-filled reflection of the past year and the hopes and dreams for the new one all wrapped into one: that’s Binge on Books’ Countdown to a New Year. Come see what your favorite members of the book world have to say about the past year and what’s up next for them in the year to come!

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Goals (not resolutions!) for 2018

I don’t really make New Year’s resolutions, mainly because it feels so…set in stone. The definition of resolution is the firm decision to do or not do something. And as soon as someone tells me to do something or not to do something, I balk. Because I’m immature. To me a resolution is like lobbing a life preserver into the sea and asking me to swim to it. If I don’t make it, I drown. Since I hate swimming, this is altogether a terrible and daunting thing.

Goals on the other hand—are much less intimidating. Rather than asking me to swim or I drown, goals are like little life preservers on the way to dry land where I can rest before moving on. To me, success is 75% mentality, so even the act of giving myself goals rather than resolutions is a huge help.

So, with that said, I figured I’d lay out some goals I have for 2018. It’s a little scary because now you all are reading these and will know if I fail, but oh well. Maybe I just rested longer on a life preserver than I was supposed to. I’ll make it to land eventually!

1) Be more active. This job is so sedentary. I sit in my bed, or at my desk, or on the couch and write. Sometimes I mix it up and go to Starbucks. But either way, I’m on my butt and I’m not moving. It’s not healthy. This Christmas, my husband and I are treating ourselves to a treadmill, so that’s going to be step one in taking better care of myself. Step two is finally making those doctor appointments I’ve been putting off. Baby steps!

2) Slow down. These past couple of years, I set myself up with back-to-back deadlines. At first, I loved it. But by mid-year in 2017, I was burnt out. I’ve been taking time off now and my mental health is so much better for it. So I’m making sure I don’t schedule myself out of a happy life in the future.

3) Get back to enjoying promotion. I used to love to promote my books! It was one of my favorite things. Lately, it’s felt like a chore. So my goal for 2018 is to get back to enjoying it. Treat every book differently and come up with a unique way to promote it rather than fall back on the same thing over and over. First up is Zero Hour, which releases the end of January, and is about a team of hackers. I’m going to do a live-tweet re-watch of the movie Hackers, because that movie is ridiculously fun. There’s no way that will feel like a chore.

4) Clean my house. Honestly my house is a disaster because I’m a disaster. I need to get it organized so that my brain feels clearer. I’m going to set up a nice little schedule for myself so it seems less daunting. I can do this!

5) Call my friends (okay maybe text). Our lives are busy. We have kids and jobs and all of that, but I can’t let that get in the way of my valued friendships. They matter and enrich my life.

6) Set nights aside for my kids. I spend a lot of time after they get home from school and in the evening on my computer and I need to stop. Put down the laptop. Social media can wait. Emails can wait. Focus on my kids and give them more attention. Also I’m tired of listening to them watch toy unboxing videos on YouTube.

7) Speaking of social media… cool it. I need to spend less time on social media. It’s not even that I’m posting a lot. I’m reading my Twitter feed and checking my FB timeline. This is not necessary! Half the time, it raises my blood pressure. I want to be clued in to what’s going on in the world, but I don’t need to be plugged in 24/7. I would like to set aside several working hours while the kids are at school where I close out of all social media and focus on getting my daily word count. Maybe on my treadmill desk, haha.

8) Pet my cats more. I actually have zero problems with this and pet my cats a lot, but they deserve it because they are soft and improve the quality of my life 100%. So yeah, extra cuddles in 2018.

9) Keep records of my expenses as I go so it’s not such a big task at tax time. I actually am not sure I will do this, but hey it’s a goal.

10) Be happy. If I feel myself slipping into an anxious hole, seek help immediately, reach out to friends, do what I have to do to keep my head above water. Indulge in the simple things that bring me joy.

What are your goals? Any similar to mine?


Megan Erickson is a USA Today bestselling author of romance that sizzles. Her books have a touch of nerd, a dash of humor, and always have a happily ever after. A former journalist, she switched to fiction when she decided she liked writing her own endings better.

Her next release is Zero Hour, book one of the Wired and Dangerous series, which releases January 30 with Grand Central Publishing/Forever.

Connect with Megan: Web | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads


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Sara Beth’s top reads of the year

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Historical Romance review: The Masterpiece by Bonnie Dee

Title and Author: The Masterpiece by Bonnie Dee

Genre: Historical M/M Romance

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Reviewed by: Anya

Why you need this book: Slow-build, adorable romance which is perfect to chill with on hot summer days. Read More

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New Binge Worthy Book: Sara recs Blue on Black by Carole Cummings

Blue on Black by Carole Cummings

Published by: DSP Publication

Format: eBook, paperback

Genre: science fiction (maybe? closer to fantasy?), steampunk (maybe?)

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Reviewed by: Sara Beth as part of her column, Binge Worthy Books

What to Expect: This book basically defies whatever genre you might want to file it under, so whatever you’re expecting, probably best to let that go, and settle into a fantastic read filled with mystery, cleverly rendered tech, and just a titch of romance. Read More

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