Thursday, January 1, 2015

2014 Reading List

Another year, another list of books!  2014 was a busy one for me, with RT, GRL, and a family wedding all taking me out of town.  And then there were the hats.  Many, many, many hats.  I was aiming for 300 books this year, and that didn't happen.  I was also once again aiming to end the year with fewer books on the TBR than I started with, and that definitely didn't happen.  But I read some good stuff, and I cleared a few titles that had been lingering in the TBR for a long time, so that's a plus.  And really, 242 books in a year isn't too shabby.

The titles I particularly enjoyed are marked with a *.

1. Capture & Surrender- LA Witt and Aleksandr Voinov
2. His Crossdressing Fantasy- Calandra Hunter
3. Stormhaven- Jordan L. Hawk*
4. Willful Impropriety: 13 Tales of Society, Scandal, and Romance- Ekaterina Sedia, Editor
5. Skybound- Aleksandr Voinov
6. The Flesh Cartel #13: The House Always Wins- Rachel Haimowitz and Heidi Belleau
7. How to Repair a Mechanical Heart- JC Lillis*
8. Fifteen Shades of Gay- T Baggins
9. Crystal Gardens- Amanda Quick
10. The Backup Boyfriend- River Jaymes
11. Don't Let Me Go- JH Trumble
12. Fangirl- Rainbow Rowell** (This one gets two, because I loved it so much!)
13. Family Man- Jayne Ann Krentz
14. Provoked- Joanna Chambers
15. My Heartache Cowboy- ZA Maxfield
16. Walking Kate- Sarah Addison Allen
17. Interlude With Tattoos- KJ Charles
18. Dead Kitties Don't Purr- Amber Green
19. Training Season- Leta Blake
20. Making the Grade- Shannon West
21. A Case of Possession- KJ Charles*
22. The Lord of Twink's Bottom- Danni Keane
23. Iron & Velvet- Alexis Hall
24. How to Misbehave- Ruthie Knox
25. Stars & Stripes- Abigail Roux
26. Divergent- Veronica Roth*
27. Psychic Moon- MD Grimm
28. Trick of Time- JL Merrow
29. Bayou Loup- Lynn Lorenz
30. After the Rain- Daisy Harris
31. Beyond Control- Kit Rocha
32. Eidolon- Jordan L Hawk
33. Sole Support- Kaje Harper
34. Steel's Edge- Ilona Andrews
35. Getaway- Cara McKenna
36. Shiny!- Amy Lane
37. The Dark Knight- Elizabeth Elliott
38. Luck in the Shadows- Lynn Flewelling
39. Copper Beach- Jayne Ann Krentz
40. Bound to Be a Groom- Megan Mulry*
41. Good Bones- Kim Fielding
42. Midnight in Berlin- JL Merrow
43. The Flesh Cartel #14: Independence Day- Rachel Haimowitz and Heidi Belleau
44. Dream Eyes- Jayne Ann Krentz
45. Cowboys Down- Barbara Elsborg
46. Ghosts & Flames- Kaje Harper
47. Portside- Elyan Smith
48. Portrait of a Crossroads- Kelly Rand
49. The Man Who Came Too Much- Ellie Saxx
50. Lick- Kylie Scott
51. Black Box- Jordan Castillo Price
52. Royal Street- Suzanne Johnson*
53. Thirteen Hours- Meghan O'Brien
54. Whiskey and Wry- Rhys Ford
55. Relief Valve- JL Merrow
56. Guarded Desires- Lexxie Couper
57. The Dom Project- Heloise Belleau and Solace Ames*
58. Bullet- Garrett Leigh
59. When You Give a Duke a Diamond- Shana Galen
60. Little Squirrels Can Climb Tall Trees- Michael Murphy
61. In the Red- Kari Gregg
62. Straight Shooter- Heidi Belleau*
63. Whisper of Jasmine- Deanna Raybourn
64. The Flesh Cartel #15: Twenty-Five- Rachel Haimowitz and Heidi Belleau
65. City of Jasmine- Deanna Raybourn*
66. The Mark of an Alpha- Kim Dare
67. Maelstrom 1- Yamila Abraham
68. The Caldwell Ghost- KJ Charles
69. It's All Geek to Me- JL Merrow
70. Fingersmith- Sarah Waters
71. Hard Time- Cara McKenna*
72. Bad Influence- KA Mitchell
73. Butterflies- KJ Charles
74. Losing Better- Katey Hawthorne
75. Poster Boy- Anne Tenino
76. Gold Digger- Aleksandr Voinov
77. The Midnight Hunt- LL Raand
78. Storm- Brigid Kemmerer*
79. Flying Blind- Jordan Castillo Price
80. Radio Silence- Jordan Castillo Price
81. Final Boarding- Jordan Castillo Price
82. Beyond Moonlight- Piper Vaughn and MJ O'Shea
83. Remnant- KJ Charles and Jordan L Hawk*
84. Payoff- LA Witt and Aleksandr Voinow
85. Last First Kiss- Piper Vaughn
86. The High Price of Pest Control- Scott Sherman
87. Alone With You- Shannon Stacey
88. Cocaine Blues- Kerry Greenwood
89. After the Fall- LA Witt
90. Organic Chemistry- Andrew Grey
91. Southern Comfort- Nikki London
92. Elemental- Brigid Kemmerer
93. Fearless- Brigid Kemmerer
94. His Roommate's Pleasure- Lana McGregor
95. Raincheck- Sarah Madison
96. #First Impressions #Second Chances- Heidi Belleau
97. First Time, Forever- KC Burn
98. Hooch & Cake- Heidi Cullinan*
99. Know Thine Enemy- Rosalie Stanton
100. Angel 1089- CC Bridges
101. Stranger on the Shore- Josh Lanyon
102. Necropolis- Jordan L Hawk*
103. Out-Foxed- Haley Walsh
104. The Pack or the Panther- Tara Lain
105. Spark- Brigid Kemmerer
106. The Derby Girl- Tamera Morgan
107. Double Shot- Christine d'Abo
108. Kamikaze Boys- Jay Bell
109. Breathless- Brigid Kemmerer
110. Hunter of Demons- Jordan L Hawk
111. Hard as It Gets- Laura Kaye
112. Beyond Pain- Kit Rocha
113. Deadlocked- Charlaine Harris
114. Touch & Geaux- Abigail Roux
115. Beyond Denial- Kit Rocha
116. All He Ever Dreamed- Shannon Stacey
117. Rulebreaker- Cathy Pegau
118. Buzz Kill- Beth Fantaskey
119. Saugatuck Summer- Amelia C. Gormley
120. Skin Game- Jim Butcher
121. Easy- Tammara Webber
122. Twelfth Night- Deanna Raybourn
123. Shock & Awe- Abigail Roux
124. Everything I Know- Josh Lanyon
125. The Flesh Cartel #16: To the Victor- Rachel Haimowitz and Heidi Belleau
126. Proprietary Rights- Sam Schooler
127. The Green-Eyed Monster- Melanie Tushmore
128. Kamikaze- Moira Rogers
129. The Student Prince- FayJay*
130. The Rosie Project- Graeme Simsion*
131. Loving Jay- Renae Kaye
132. Rule of Three- Kelly Jamieson
133. A Little Bit Country- SJ Frost
134. Cupid's Arrows- Sylvia Ketrie
135. Do or Die- Suzanne Brockmann
136. The Flesh Cartel #17: Boxed In- Rachel Haimowitz and Heidi Belleau
137. The Flesh Cartel #18: The Long Road- Rachel Haimowitz and Heidi Belleau
138. Trouble & the Wallflower- Kade Boehme
139. Prey- Andrea Speed
140. Double Blind- Heidi Cullinan*
141. Magic Rises- Ilona Andrews*
142. She Makes Hats- Robyn Devine
143. Blame it on the Mistletoe- Eli Easton*
144. Changing Plans- LA Witt
145. Guarded- Cat Grant
146. Master of Ghouls- Jordan L Hawk
147. Max and Finn- LB Gregg
148. The Flesh Cartel #19: Promise- Rachel Haimowitz and Heidi Belleau*
149. Last Car to Annwn Station- Michael Merriam
150. Deception Cove- Jayne Castle
151. Dirty Thirty- Cara McKenna
152. Tall, Tatted and Tempting- Tammy Falkner
153. Let it Ride- LC Chase*
154. Defiance- Stephanie Tyler
155. Night Broken- Patricia Briggs*
156. Destiny's Embrace- Beverly Jenkins
157. Voodoo 'n' Vice- KC Burn
158. The Theory of Attraction- Delphine Dryden*
159. The Princess and the Porn Star- Lauren Gallagher
160. Visions- Kelley Armstrong*
161. Tough Love- Heidi Cullinan
162. Same Page- Lily Velden
163. Wickedly Magical- Deborah Blake*
164. The Hot Zone- Jayne Castle
165. Courted- Sylvia Ketrie
166. Reaper of Souls- Jordan L Hawk
167. His Risk to Take- Tessa Bailey
168. Daylight Again- SE Jakes
169. Who's Your Daddy- Lauren Gallagher
170. Dead Ever After- Charlaine Harris
171. Luna- Julie Ann Peters
172. Fanning the Flames- Victoria Dahl*
173. The Field of Someone Else's Dreams- Amelia C Gormley
174. Eleanor & Park- Rainbow Rowell*
175. Bound by Honor- SE Jakes
176. Beguiled- Joanna Chambers
177. Facade- Zahra Owens
178.  Cake- Derekica Snake
179. Beneath the Stain: Part 1- Amy Lane
180. What This Woman Wants- Lauren Gallagher
181. Just a Little Bad- KA Mitchell*
182. Partners in Crime- Josh Lanyon, Sarah Black*
183. Beneath the Stain: Part 2- Amy Lane
184. Beneath the Stain: Part 3- Amy Lane
185. Beneath the Stain: Part 4- Amy Lane
186. Abercrombie Zombie- KZ Snow
187. Man Enough- Beth Burnett
188. Dirty Deeds- SE Jakes
189. Fever Pitch- Heidi Cullinan*
190. Blue Notes- Shira Anthony
191. The Holy Road- Ginn Hale
192. Seth and David- LB Gregg
193. Beneath the Stain: Part 5- Amy Lane*
194. The Boy With the Painful Tattoo- Josh Lanyon*
195. Bloodline- Jordan L Hawk*
196. Graceland- Ally Blue
197. Wholehearted- Ronica Black
198. Billionaire With Benefits- Anne Tenino*
199. Dark Geist- Amanda Steiger
200. Caught- JL Merrow
201. Spirit- Brigid Kemmerer
202. Flight of Magpies- KJ Charles*
203. Beneath the Stain: Part 6- Amy Lane
204. Bookended- Heidi Belleau
205. Normal Enough- Marie Sexton
206. Elfhome- Wen Spencer
207. Starstruck- LA Witt
208. Peek-a-Boo- Andrea Speed
209. Horny- Anne Tenino
210. Seducing Stephen- Bonnie Dee
211. Fair Play- Josh Lanyon
212. Dead in LA- Lou Harper*
213. Gabriel's City- Laylah Hunter*
214. Sheepish- Catherine Friend
215. Secret- Brigid Kemmerer
216. Beneath the Stain: Part 7- Amy Lane*
217. High Concept- Whitley Gray
218. Midnight Crossroad- Charlaine Harris
219. Nine Lights Over Edinburgh- Harper Fox
220. Bonfire Night- Deanna Raybourn*
221. Joys R Us- Kim Fielding
222. Trusted Bond- Mary Calmes
223. One Was a Soldier- Julia Spencer-Fleming
224. Three of Hearts- Kelly Jamieson
225. Housekeeping- Kim Fielding
226. Going Up- Amy Lane
227. Think of England- KJ Charles*
228. My True Love Gave to Me- Stephanie Perkins, Editor*
229. Gifted- Kelley Armstrong*
230. Came Upon a Midnight Clear- Katie Porter
231. Friday Night Lipstick- Giselle Renarde
232. Her Holiday Man- Shannon Stacey
233. A Small Miracle Happened- Mari Donne
234. Weekend and Widerhope Manor- Lucy Felthouse
235. Men of Smithfield: Adam and Holden- LB Gregg
236. How to Train Your Dom in Five Easy Steps- Josephine Myles*
237. Three the Hard Way- Sydney Croft
238. David's Selfie- Daisy Harris
239. Raising the Rent- JL Merrow
240. An Improper Holiday- KA Mitchell
241. Sleigh Ride- Heidi Cullinan
242. Fish and Ghosts- Rhys Ford

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Hats for Homeless Youth at GRL 2014

It's April!  It's finally warming up!  (Knock on wood.)  The Easter Bunny will be here soon!  This can only mean one thing.  It's time to warm up those knitting needles and crochet hooks and start making a few hats for homeless LGBT youth.

Last year at GRL (GayRomLit for the uninitiated) I collected handmade hats, scarves, and mittens for the kids at Lost-n-Found Youth.  We ended up with about 75 items for the kids, which I'm sure came in handy considering the kind of winter Atlanta had.

This year GRL will be in Chicago, and there will be another collection, this time for The Broadway Youth Center.  If you knit or crochet and would like to make some things for these kids who are in such need of our love and support, that would be great.  BYC works with youth ages 12-24, so a variety of sizes and styles will work.  These items will probably see heavy use, so machine washable yarn would be a good idea.  If anyone needs help picking a knit pattern, I can make a few suggestions.  I don't crochet, so I'm pretty useless there.  And since someone asked last year, if you don't knit or crochet, or if you just don't have the time to make anything, we'll happily take store bought items for the kids, too.

Thank you for taking the time to help.  Homelessness among LGBT youth is a huge problem, often because of family rejection.   Anything we can do to help them out and let them know there are people who care about them is a good thing.

And now, if you will excuse me.  A big box of yarn arrived yesterday, and I need to get knitting!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

My Reading List- 2013

It's time once again for my year end reading list.  My goal for the year was to end the year with fewer books in the TBR than I started with, and I achieved that goal- by 1 book!  But a win is a win, so I'll take it.  I've set the same goal for myself again this year.  Maybe I'll win by 2 books this time!

Anyway, here are the books I read in 2013.  The titles in bold are the ones I particularly enjoyed.

1. Cold Days- Jim Butcher
2. Beach Balls- Tara Lain
3. The Party Boy's Guide to Dating a Geek- Piper Vaughn & Xara X. Xanakas
4. The Scientist and the Supermodel- Tara Lain
5. The Flesh Cartel #3: Choices- Rachel Haimowitz & Heidi Belleau
6. Quid Pro Quo- LA Witt & Aleksandr Voinov
7. The City's Son- Tom Pollock
8. Who We Are- TJ Klune
9. My Roommate's a Jock? Well, Crap!- Wade Kelly
10. Permanently Legless- JL Merrow
11. Liberating Lacey- Anne Calhoun
12. My Summer of Wes- Missy Welsh
13. Take the Lead- Johnny Diaz
14. Catching Kit- Kay Berrisford
15. Natural Law- Joey W. Hill
16. Circuit Theory- Kirby Crow
17. Sand & Water- Shae Connor
18. Ethan, Who Loved Carter- Ryan Loveless
19. Never Seduce a Scot- Maya Banks
20. A Rose is a Rose- Jet Mykles
21. The Flesh Cartel #4: Consequences- Rachel Haimowitz & Heidi Belleau
22. Backwoods- Cara McKenna
23. The Lost Night- Jayne Castle
24. Shivaree- Cara McKenna
25. Not His Kiss to Take- Finn Marlowe
26. Blind Space- Marie Sexton
27. Something About Trevor- Drew Hunt
28. All the Gear, No Idea- Kim Dare
29. Wrestling With Desire- DH Starr
30. Once a Brat- Kim Dare
31. Darker Still- Leanna Renee Hieber
32. Too Stupid to Live- Anne Tenino
33. Like Pizza and Beer- Elle Parker
34. Plan B- SJD Peterson
35. Laying Ghosts- James Buchanan
36. Blood in the Sand- Robin Saxon
37. Games Boys Play- Fae Sutherland
38. Hearts and Flour- Tara Lain
39. 40 Souls to Keep- Libby Drew
40. The Replacement Guitarist- Lori Toland
41. Captain Vorpatril's Alliance- Lois McMaster Bujuold
42. Dance With the Devil- Megan Derr
43. The Flesh Cartel #5: Wins and Losses- Rachel Haimowitz & Heidi Belleau
44. Timeless- Gail Carriger
45. Ruin Me- Cara McKenna
46. More- Parker Sloan
47. Dark Soul Vol. 1- Aleksandr Voinov
48. Family Man- Heidi Cullinan & Marie Sexton
49. Genetic Attraction- Tara Lain
50. A Reason to Believe- Diana Copland
51. Dark Soul Vol. 2- Aleksandr Voinov
52. More Than This- Shannyn Schroeder
53. Perfect Day- Josh Lanyon
54. The Darkling Thrush- Josh Lanyon
55. Best of Both Worlds- Liz Andrews
56. The Flesh Cartel #6: Brotherhood- Rachel Haimowitz & Heidi Belleau
57. The Tradesman's Entrance- Cameron Vale
58. Star Crossed- Kele Moon
59. Screwing the System- Josephine Myles
60. Screw the Fags- Josephine Myles
61. Special Delivery- Heidi Cullinan
62. Idaho Battlegrounds- Sarah Black
63. Offside- Ryan Loveless
64. Dirty Laundry- Heidi Cullinan
65. Under My Skin- ML Rhodes
66. The Price of Falling- Melanie Tushmore
67. Out of Bounds- TA Chase
68. Inland Empire- James Buchanan
69. Far in the Wilds- Deanna Raybourn
70. My Fair Dork- Daisy Harris
71. Giving and Inch- Heidi Belleau & Amelia C Gormley
72. Covet Thy Neighbor- LA Witt
73. Battle Scars- Meghan O'Brien
74. Slam!- JL Merrow
75. Static- LA Witt
76. Tigers and Devils- Sean Kennedy
77. Bad Attitude- KA Mitchell
78. Alien 'n' Outlaw- KC Burn
79. Nine-Tenths of the Law- LA Witt
80. AJ's Angel- LA Witt
81. The Marrying Kind- Ken O'Neill
82. A Spear of Summer Grass- Deanna Raybourn
83. Play Me, I'm Yours- Madison Parker
84. Diva and the Frat Boy- Daisy Harris
85. Never a Hero- Marie Sexton
86. Doubtless- Cat Grant
87. Fearless- Cat Grant
88. Flawless- Cat Grant
89. Vulnerable- Amy Lane
90. Miss Lacey's Last Fling- Candice Hern
91. Dirty Kiss- Rhys Ford
92. A Lady Can Never Be Too Curious- Mary Wine
93. Cherries on Top- Rowan McAllister
94. Take it Off- LA Witt & Aleksandr Voinow
95. A Hellion in Her Bed- Sabrina Jeffries
96. The Flesh Cartel #7: Homecoming- Rachel Haimowitz & Heidi Belleau
97. China House- Vincent Lardo
98. Die For Love- Elizabeth Peters
99. Fear, Hope, and Bread Pudding- Marie Sexton
100. Bolt-Hole- Amy Lane
101. A Purrfect Match- Chris T Cat
102. Until Forever Comes- Cardeno C.
103. You Belong With Me- Jeff Erno
104. Freshman: Uncut- Daisy Harris
105. Gaming For Keeps- Seleste deLaney
106. Blood Red Butterfly- Josh Lanyon
107. Finding Master Right- LA Witt
108. The Casual Vacancy- JK Rowling
109. Tattoos & Teacups- Anna Martin
110. Not One Word- Kim Dare
111. Turbulence: Into the Bermuda Triangle- Jordan Castillo Price
112. Turbulence: Autopilot Engaged- Jordan Castillo Price
113. The Flesh Cartel #8: Loyalties- Rachel Haimowitz & Heidi Belleau
114. Turbulence: Red-Eye Dawn- Jordan Castillo Price
115. Good Breeding- JL Merrow
116. After Hours- Cara MeKenna
117. Snowball in Hell- Josh Lanyon
118. Dark Soul Vol. 3- Aleksandr Voinov
119. Lingerie Wars- Janet Elizabeth Henderson
120. Pickup Men- LC Chase
121. Butterfly Hunter- Julie Bozza
122. Convenient Strangers- Cara McKenna
123. Turbulence: Connecting Flight- Jordan Castillo Price
124. Gunmetal Magic- Ilona Andrews
125. Hairy, Horny, and Over Here- JL Merrow
126. Breaking Cover- Kaje Harper
127. Fortune Hunter- Ava March
128. Sweet Young Thang- Anne Tenino
129. Omens- Kelley Armstrong
130. I Spy Something Bloody- Josh Lanyon
131. I Spy Something Wicked- Josh Lanyon
132. Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide- Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn
133. Apple Polisher- Heidi Belleau
134. Tracking the Tempest- Nicole Peeler
135. Reaper's Property- Joanna Wylde
136. Sophomore: Undeclared- Daisy Harris
137. Finding Shelter- MJ O'Shea
138. The Flesh Cartel #9: Trials and Errors- Rachel Haimowitz & Heidi Belleau
139. A Rogue By Any Other Name- Sarah MacLean
140. Tigerland- Sean Kennedy
141. Santuario- GB Gordon
142. A Good Time- Shannyn Schroeder
143. Tempest's Legacy- Nicole Peeler
144. From the Ashes- Daisy Harris
145. Love You So Hard- Tara Lain
146. Wanting- Piper Vaughn
147. Hounded- Kevin Hearne
148. His Kind of Woman- Nona Raines
149. Inside Out- Jordan Castillo Price
150. My Cowboy Heart- ZA Maxfield
151. Thaw- Jordan Castillo Price
152. Many Happy Returns- Jordan Castillo Price
153. Glitterland- Alexis Hall
154. Mind Reader- Jordan Castillo Price
155. The Stroke of Midnight- Jordan Castillo Price
156. Junk- Josephine Myles
157. First Impressions- Josephine Myles
158. In the Dark- Jordan Castillo Price
159. Fuzzy- Josephine Myles
160. Last Chance- Josephine Myles
161. Spook Squad- Jordan Castillo Price
162. Catch My Breath- MJ O'Shea
163. Willoughby Spit- Katey Hawthorne
164. Eye of the Tempest- Nicole Peeler
165. The Haunted Heart: Winter- Josh Lanyon
166. Junior: Unscripted- Daisy Harris
167. The Flesh Cartel #10: False Gods- Rachel Haimowitz & Heidi Belleau
168. Left on St. Truth-Be-Well- Amy Lane
169. Choices and Changes- KL Belanger
170. Noah- Ben Ryder
171. Grime and Punishment- ZA Maxfield
172. Mystery of the Tempest- Sam Cameron
173. Widdershins- Jordan L Hawk
174. Dark Soul Vol. 4- Aleksandr Voinov
175. Dark Soul Vol. 5- Aleksandr Voinov
176. Fish & Chips- Madeleine Urban & Abigail Roux
177. Dance With Me- Heidi Cullinan
178. American Love Songs- Ashlyn Kane
179. The Red Thread of Forever Love- Nicole Kimberling
180. 18% Gray- Anne Tenino
181. Bonding- CB Conway
182. Starting From Scratch- Georgia Beers
183. Fall Hard- JL Merrow
184. Clockwork Mafia- Seleste deLaney
185. Devil at the Crossroads- Cornelia Grey
186. Rainbow Boys- Alex Sanchez
187. Illumination- Rowan Speedwell
188. All He Ever Desired- Shannon Stacey
189. Catch a Ghost- SE Jakes
190. Chaser- Rick R Reed
191. Sibling Rivals- Summer Devon
192. Senior: Uncommitted- Daisy Harris
193. FAST Balls- Tara Lain
194. Good Boy- Anne Tenino
195. Frost Burned- Patricia Briggs
196. Blacque/Bleu- Belinda McBride
197. Hard and Fast- Erin McCarthy
198. Love Lessons- Heidi Cullinan
199. An Inner Darkness- Ally Blue
200. Color of Grace- AM Arthur
201. Bayou Dreams- Lynn Lorenz
202. Where the Heart Is- Ally Blue
203. Bayou's End- Lynn Lorenz
204. The Magpie Lord- KJ Charles
205. Wallflower- Heidi Belleau
206. I'll Be Your Drill, Soldier- Crystal Rose
207. Reverb- Jet Mykles
208. Threshold- Jordan L Hawk
209. The Little Death- Michael Nava
210. Natural Disaster- Chris Owen
211. The Rebuilding Year- Kaje Harper
212. Love, Like Ghosts- Ally Blue
213. Demon Dog- Ally Blue
214. Divide & Conquer- Madeleine Urban & Abigail Roux
215. Rayne's Wild Ride- Jambrea Jo Jones
216. The Flesh Cartel #11: Permanent Record- Rachel Haimowitz & Heidi Belleau
217. Long Time Gone- SE Jakes
218. Eat Play Lust- Tawna Fenske
219. Home Work- Kaje Harper
220. Compensations- Kaje Harper
221. City Mouse- Amy Lane & Aleksandr Voinow
222. Brute- Kim Fielding
223. The Elegant Corpse- AM Riley
224. Masks: Rise of Heroes- Hayden Thorne
225. What Binds Us- Larry Benjamin
226. Warrior's Cross- Madeleine Urban & Abigail Roux
227. Armed & Dangerous- Abigail Roux
228. All In With the Duke- Ava March
229. The Cranberry Hush- Ben Monopoli
230. Dine & Dash- Abigail Roux
231. Ali's Intuition- K-lee Klein
232. In Plain Sight- Josh Lanyon
233. Pretty Monsters- Andrea Speed
234. Wild Justice- Kelley Armstrong
235. The Parting Glass- Josh Lanyon
236. Flowers For Him- Marie Sexton & Rowan Speedwell
237. Eight Days- Cardeno C.
238. Sleepwalker- Jordan Castillo Price
239. Disasterology 101- Taylor V Donovan
240. Let it Snow- Heidi Cullinan
241. If It Flies- LA Witt & Aleksandr Voinov
242. Light Me Up- James Buchanan
243. Learning Curve- Kaje Harper
244. Mending Noel- Charlie Cochet
245. I Spy Something Christmas- Josh Lanyon
246. Sweet and Sour- Astrid Amara
247. Eight Nights- Keira Andrews
248. Daybreak- Keira Andrews
249. If It Fornicates- LA Witt & Aleksandr Voinov
250. Merry Gentlemen- Josephine Myles
251. Sinner's Gin- Rhys Ford
252. Pretty Red Ribbon- Jet Mykles
253. Bad Brad- Cheryl Dragon
254. The Flesh Cartel #12: Paradise Island- Rachel Haimowitz & Heidi Belleau
255. Rules of Engagement- LA Will
256. Rain- LA Witt
257. Mistletoe- Lyn Gardner
258. Fate's Edge- Ilona Andrews
259. Love Brokers: Mister Romance- LC Chase
260. Southern Winterland- Taylor V Donovan
261. Stroke to His Cox- JL Merrow
262. Wish List- KA Mitchell
263. Midsummer Night- Deanna Raybourn
264. Do-over- Amy Lane
265. Mistletowed- Tara Lain
266. The 51st Thursday- Mercy Celeste
267. Tempted by Infamy- Sylvia Ketrie
268. How I Met Your Father- LB Gregg
269. Long the Mile- Ally Blue
270. Lost and Found- ZA Maxfield
271. Rogues- Ava March
272. Christmas Kitsch- Amy Lane
273. Beyond Shame- Kit Rocha
274. Until We Meet Once More- Josh Lanyon
275. Twice the Cowboy- James Buchanan
276. Fair Game- Patricia Briggs
277. Where the Lovelight Gleams- Keira Andrews
278. Turbulence- Lyn Gala
279. Bound by Deception- Ava March
280. The Forester- Blaine D. Arden
281. Happy Birthday to Me- Anne Tenino

Friday, July 5, 2013

A Yarny Project for GayRomLit

There are many things that delight me about the LGBTQ romance community.  One is how passionately we support various LGBTQ groups and causes.  Another is how many of us are passionate fiber artists.  This fall, let’s bring those passions together at GRL to support Atlanta area homeless LGBTQ youth.   

Lost-n-Found Youth, Inc is a non-profit organization dedicated to getting kids off the street.  But there are only so many shelter beds available, and they need warm clothing for those who can’t get a spot.  If you knit or crochet, please consider making a few hats, scarves, or mitts and bringing them to GRL for Lost-n-Found.  A wide variety of sizes and styles can be put to good use; I only suggest that the yarn be machine washable, so that the items will stand up to wear and tear.  If you have questions about the project, I can be reached at  You’ll also find me as Fibrobabe on Twitter and Ravelry (the greatest fiber crafting website ever!  If you’re not a member, you should be.  There’s even a M/M lovers’ group!).
Thanks for helping us keep these kids warm this winter, and letting them know that there are people out here who love them.


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The First 44

Whelp, the first 44 hats of 2013 are on their way to cold heads.  Or, sort of.  The ones in the box have been dropped off with a woman who volunteers at a food pantry for the homeless/near homeless in Johnson County, just south of Indianapolis.  Even though tomorrow is the first day of spring, we're still having highs in the 30s and 40s, and we've got a couple days of snow coming up in the 10 day forecast.  And there are no homeless shelters anywhere in Johnson County, something that I just found out.  So a lot of the people they work with are sleeping in cars, if they're lucky, or outdoors if they're not.

The hats in the laundry basket will get boxed up, and those will being going in the mail tomorrow for Trinity Place Shelter in New York.  Trinity is an LGBTQ youth shelter that I heard about from Leanna Renee Hieber when I met her last year at RT.  I saw a tweet yesterday from Trinity that the weather has been ugly in NYC, too, and their volunteers have been coming in early to provide a few extra hours of warmth and shelter to the teens they serve.  Trinity does good work, and if you've got a little wiggle room in your budget, I know they'd be happy for the help.

And now, I need to go knit something.  My donation tubs are empty again.

Friday, January 11, 2013

On the Tenth Day, I Sinned

One of my goals for 2013 was to lay off on the yarn buying for a while.  I have a whole, fancy new cabinet full of the stuff, so it's not like I'm hurting for something to knit or anything.  I was doing pretty well until yesterday, when Mom said, "Hey, do you want to go to Michael's?  They're having a sale on yarn."


I went with the best of intentions.  I was needing a pair of size 10 dpns (double pointed needles for the non-knitters- they're used for making circular things, like hats or socks), and I figured it wouldn't hurt to just *look* at the yarn.  And I set myself a small budget, in case there was anything that was just too good of a deal to pass up.

This is what I came home with:

The two giant bags are from Michael's.  The smaller bag is from a small LYS (Local Yarn Shop in knitter talk) called Starstruck Cat.  Mom talked me into going there, too.  And again, I went in with the best of intentions.  This time, I was looking for a set of size 13 dpns.  13s are big, maybe as big around as a finger, depending on how big your fingers are, and they aren't always easy to find.  I came out with the dpns and this beautiful yarn:

Isn't it gorgeous?

The little bag from Starstruck Cat cost as much as one of the giant bags from Michael's, but the yarn from Starstruck Cat is the good stuff: soft, cuddly merino.  It's going to make a lovely hat, for me this time!

Between the two stores, I managed to seriously blow the budget.  But the Michael's stuff was on sale for a really good price, and it's all going to be made into hats for donation, so I'm not going to beat myself up about it too much.

And after all, I've managed to keep my resolution not to buy any more ebooks... so far.

ETA: On the positive side, I've already finished a charity hat from some of the new yarn I bought.  It came out kind of cute, I think!

And a view from the top:

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Just Putting It Out There

The other day a read a blog post by someone who has a movie buddy.  Every once in a while they get together for a daylong marathon of the indie gay romances that they both love.  Can I just say, this sounds completely AWESOME?!?!  Living with my parents, I pretty much limit my watching of anything with significant gay characters to after they've gone to bed or while they're out of the house.  It isn't worth the hassle I'd have to put up with, even for something I really enjoy.

So I'm putting it out to the Universe right now.  I want to find a local friend to get together with occasionally, who enjoys those kinds of movies, and maybe even some of the same books I do, and won't think I'm a total weirdo or spout a bunch of homophobic crap.  (Also, if they like the occasionally other girlie movie, that would be good.  I had plans with my SIL to see Magic Mike that got cancelled- twice- before it came out that my brother wouldn't "let" her see it.  That pisses me off and skeeves me out in about equal measure.)

It would be really nice to have someplace I felt like I could be myself in real life, and not just on the internet.