2239IT’S A BOY! No really, the tv has been on ALL DAMN DAY and that’s all they’ve been talking about. I wondered if after they finally announced that Princess Kate had given birth if they would go off tv and start talking about something else. But, nope.

And I was so sure it was going to be a girl!

So what has everyone else been up to lately? I’ve been trying to stay out of the heat. I just put in a new window AC unit because it’s just way too hot and the central air in our house just can’t keep up. I’ve been reading a LOT. What is up with all of you authors releasing books at the same time! I swear, Spring and Summer have so many great releases (not counting the mass releases around Christmas) and I’m just trying to keep up. This week’s reviews are some of the best books I’ve been having the pleasure of reading, and some of my most awaited.

In the meantime, I’ve been re-watching the whole Lost series, now that I finally realized that the whole series is available to watch on Amazon Prime. I was a Lost fanatic back when it was on tv from the first episode of Season 1 thru Season 3. Season 4 is where it started to get a bit wonky and I was too busy with school to keep up anyway. But before the last season started on tv, I watched up until the end of Season 5 and I’m almost ashamed to admit that I’ve still never seen the last season. I’ve even avoided learning what happened in the last episode! And it’s been about 5 years now! NO DON’T TELL ME! Please πŸ™‚

And a quick notice, make sure you read the Announcements section lower down the post, I have a really great one!

Anyway, I’ll get on with it now.

This Week’s Wrapup

We had so many great guest posts last week and several awesome giveaways. Ewan Creed visited to kick off my Wilde City Press erotica reviews, with a post about his two books/stories that I reviewed last week — The Leather Bar Mural and The Erotic Adventures of the Masked Raider Part One.

Tali Spencer visited to talk about writing the awesomest blurb ever, “My Blurb Has Balls” for her new book Thick as Thieves!

AF Henley visited on Wednesday for her new release Sonata, and talking about “Kids in Fics”.

Clare London was here with her post on Thursday, “The Unreliable Narrator” and the re-release of her book Freeman from Wilde City Press.

And lastly, but definitely not leastly, I was eagerly awaiting Edmond Manning’s guest post here on Friday. He visited to talk about his new book King Mai, the sequel to King Perry (which I LOVED) and he talked about “Opening a Man’s Heart”.

Two of those guest posts still have open giveaways! Clare London is offering a copy of her book Freeman and the giveaway is ending tonight at Midnight. Edmond Manning is offering a copy of King Mai and the giveaway will end at Midnight tomorrow.


Here are last week’s reviews:

Blood Bathory: Like the Night by Ari McKay – Really Liked It
The Leather Bar Mural by Ewan Creed – So So
The Battle for Galerir (The Galerir Saga #2) by Anna Lee – Pretty Good
The Erotic Adventures of the Masked Raider (Part One) by Ewan Creed – Pretty Good
Trucker Fucker by Barry Lowe – So So
The Man I Know by Dale Chase – Pretty Good
Sweet Young Thang (Theta Alpha Gamma #3) by Anne Tenino – Loved It!
Confessions of a Gay Rugby Player (Part One) by Patrick Darcy – So So
The Beginning of Knowledge by Anne Brooke – Really Liked It
And So It Begins (Prince and Trader #1) by RG Green – Really Liked It

Coming Up This Week – July 21 – 27

cover3_frontAnyta Sunday visited today to talk about β€œOn (Not) Coming Out as a Gay Romance Writer, One author’s perspective” and is offering a copy of her new book, Taboo For You, for giveaway to commenters! So go, get over there and enter to win. And while you’re there take note of the great post she wrote for us. I found it really interesting from a female author’s perspective πŸ™‚

03 SurfeitTalya Andor also visited today to talk again about her Appetite series. This is the third time she’s visited and I’m always interested to hear what she has to talk about because these books are all about FOOD! This one was quite interesting, talking about “Themes of Progression” and how her books in this series are mimicking a proper multi-course meal. Yum! She’s also offering a copy of her book, Surfeit the Senses, so go comment to enter!

Anne Brooke is visiting tomorrow to talk about writing erotica, in a post entitled “Erotica, or How to Be Fully Human” πŸ˜€ And in a surprising twist (yeah right, just kidding!) there’s another giveaway! Her book that I reviewed last week, The Beginning of Knowledge is on offer, so don’t miss it.

Wednesday will see us a guest post by Barry Lowe, a new visiter to The Armchair Reader! I reviewed his story Trucker Fucker last week and he’s here to talk about it and offer a copy!

And that’s not even all, I also have a guest post coming from Megan Derr about her new book in the Dance with the Devil series, Dance Only For Me, and a guest post from Dev Bentham. So please stay tuned all week for a chance to win several books and read some interesting posts. I promise you πŸ˜‰


Here are the planned reviews for this week:

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Announcements

As some of you have no doubt realized, Jo Myles hasn’t posted one of her “Confessions of a Shameless Yarn Slut” in several months now. I have been remiss in keeping you updated and for that, I’m dearly sorry! Jo has a really full plate right now, and I’m sure that you all don’t mind that she’ll be discontinuing her knit/crochet series here at The Armchair Reader for now, because you’ll all be happy to have more of her books πŸ™‚ I know I will. And I’ve really, really loved all that she’s brought to the blog. I thank her so much for her awesome posts. She’s definitely held up the crafty side of this blog since last Fall and done more than enough.

I do, however, have a new announcement to make. I’ve been looking around and hoping to find a new interesting series for you all. And I’ve found two really amazing, awesome ladies to fill the spot! Carole Cummings and J Tullos Hennig have come together to talk about Spec Fic and their first post goes up on July 30th, titled “Two old Speculative Fiction Nerds walk into a bar…”. Carole and Jen will be writing a monthly column about Spec Fic and I’m so excited to have these two wonderful ladies here at The Armchair Reader πŸ™‚ Both have new releases coming as well and I’ll be profiling those as well!

That’s a wrap folks. It takes me so long to put together these posts, don’t hold it against me if it’s another month by the time there’s another one!