Tis the Merry Month of May
Yes, May is upon us and I couldn’t be happier! That means our official last day of frost has passed and its safe to plant our annuals. For us nerds, we can look forward to May 4th….Star Wars Day. Yes, May the Fourth be with you! And Cinco de Mayo will follow on its heels.
Bluebirds have been back, nest building in earnest. The pollen count is rising…sorry but the trees are going mad in the spring. Nature is bursting forth again with growth. And the days are getting longer, something that always lifts my spirits.
So too the fact that I can take my Kindle outside to read while the dogs investigate the yard to see what’s new and exciting or old and inviting. You never know with them.
Odd little interesting items you might be interested in, especially if you like comic books like me. The first saturday in May? Its Free Comic Book Day. Here’s the history and info. Call your local store to see if its participating.
Calling all nerds, geeks, and comic book aficionados. Today is Free Comic Book Day.
Who says you can’t get something for nothing? On this very special day, comic book stores all over the country hand our specially printed copies of free comic books. Some comic book stores take it a step further, setting up shelves of free comic books, with no strings attached. Take one or take several, and you don’t owe the store anything. Of course, the comic book stores are trying to hook you into the fun world of comic books, so you come back and buy new editions over and over again. Occasionally, stores will also hand out other freebies, memorabilia, posters, etc.
Free Comic Book Day, taking place on the first Saturday of May, is an annual promotional effort by the North American Comic Book industry to help bring new readers into independent comic book stores. At last count, over 2,000 retailers in 30 countries participate in this fun filled day.
Head on out to your local comic book store, and get hooked on the world of comics.
Friday, May 5th is a very busy day. It’s also Oyster Day (great since I’m so close to the Chesapeake Bay). I’ll take advantage of this! Maybe have half a dozen raw oysters and read a free comic. Sounds like a plan to me. Did you know that there are LGBT comics out there? Remember that post?
Anyhow it’s looking to be a busy week! Let the May celebrations begin!
From our readers who left comments for our What’s Old is New Again Giveaway, I’d like to post them here.
Thank you for the generous giveaway … I think in regards to issues coming left and right from Romancelandia these days, I would love to read more about INTERRACIAL COUPLE trope. I don’t feel like I read it a lot. Other than that, I still see the same old tropes playing around, enemies-to-lovers, friends-to-lovers …
[ I agree, Ami. Your comment is timely, One of the books I read last week Why I Trust You by Colette Davison featured an interracial couple as does one by Alex Beecroft in one of my favorite series Contraband Hearts (Porthkennack #10) by Alex Beecroft. I’m reviewing that on Saturday. What is fascinating about that one is that it is an M/M historical romance that absolutely feels authentic. Authors! More please!]
I read pretty much the same tropes I’ve always have keeping to shifter stories, mpreg and friends to lovers. Mpreg and shifter stories kind of go hand in hand but I notice in the past year there have been more and more stories that focus on mpreg stories that involve alpha /omega couples that don’t having shifting abilities. I see resurfacing of marriage of convenience/relationship of convenience stories too.
[True, H.B., I see more and more of those as well. One of the things I see popping up on cable/tv…everywhere are the prince stories and the commoner stories. Gosh. Wonder where that idea came from. And how long before it makes its way into the M/M stories. shall we take a poll?]
♦︎From Purple Reader:
Thanks for the generous gift. And thanks so much for taking time to highlight the issues brought up in “What’s New In LGBT Romance Fiction”. As you can tell, they mean a lot to me, and I think it’s good to visit these issues so that we keep in mind how our community is impacted by such RW issues, but also how we can create positive change. And that’s something SPRING does for me, too – bringing warmth and hope as well as renewal.
[You’re welcome, P.R. and yes, those issues mean a lot to us here too. The LGBTQIA Book World is a small universe of authors, publishers, editors, covers artists, and promotional groups and more. All of those have a larger impact that extends outward to current readers and, I feel, future readers that will find their books and, perhaps, recognize themselves within and see a larger universe that awaits them. I hope so. Thanks for all your wonderful comments!]
🎼Music of the Moment: Appalachian spring by Aaron Copland
Because I can hear the bubbling spring all along its journey and yes, everything about this piece makes me think of Spring and possibilities!
My thanks to everyone who left such wonderful comments. The winner of What’s Old is New Again Giveaway is H.B.!. H.B., please contact Stella at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will hook you up with your gift certificate! Congratulations.
This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
Sumday. April 29:
- Release Blitz – Corked by Brigham Vaughn
- Tank by Nora Phoenix & K.M. Neuhold Release Blitz
- Tis the Merry Month of May. This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
Monday, April 30:
- BLOG TOUR And The Beagle Makes Three by Geoffrey Knight
- Exclusive Excerpt Tour MEDLEY (Changing Lanes #2) by Layla Reyne
- Release Blitz – Sharon Maria Bidwell – Flowers For The Gardener
- Release Blitz – A Love To Remember by Sarah Hadley Brook
- A Lucy Review: And The Beagle Makes Three by Geoffrey Knight
- A MelanieM Review: Masc (Femme #2) by Marshall Thornton
- An Alisa Review: Corked by Brigham Vaughn
- A Barb the Zany Old Lady Audiobook Review: Smoldering Flame (Rekindled Flame #3) by Andrew Grey and Michael Pauley (Narrator)
Tuesday, May 1:
- The California Dashwoods by Lisa Henry – Release Day Blitz
- Release Blitz – Diego’s Secret by Bryan T Clark
- Book Blitz for Astray by Elvira Bell
- A Free Dreamer Release Day Review: The Wanderer (Chronicles of the Riftlands #1) by Rowan McAllister
- A Barb the Zany Old Lady Release Day Review: Stand By Your Manny (The Mannies #3) by Amy Lane
- A MelanieM Release Day Review: Forged in Fire (Asheville Arcana #2) by Ari McKay
Wednesday, May 2:
- BLOG TOUR Hard To Get by Jaclyn Quinn
- DSP Promo Sean Michael
- Series Blitz – – Strain Series by Amelia Gormley
- Release Blitz for Forged in Fire (Asheville Arcana #2) by Ari McKay
- A Caryn Review: Orderly Affair (Hearts & Health #6) by DJ Jamison
- A MelanieM Release Day Review: Stand By Your Manny (The Mannies #3) by Amy Lane
- An Alisa Review: Rended Hearts by Riza Curtis
- A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Tied up by the Boss (Office Kink #2 ) by Hunter Frost
Thursday, May 3:
- DSP Promo Elliot Joyce on In The Desert
- Book Release Tour for Contraband Hearts by Alex Beecroft
- Release Blitz for Machine Metal Magic by Hanna Dare
- A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Creature (Bureau #3) by Kim Fielding
- A Lila Review: Fighting for You (Lifesworn #2) by Megan Derr
- A MelanieM Review: Hard To Get by Jaclyn Quinn
- A VVivacious Review: The Captain and the Cavalry Trooper (The Captivating Captains #1) by Eleanor Harkstead & Catherine Curzon
Friday, May 4:
- Erin McLellan on Life of Bliss
- TOUR Creature by Kim Fielding
- Release Blitz – – Whisper by Garrett Leigh
- Review Tour – The Perfect Whore by Josephine Myles
- An Ali Review: The Perfect Whore – Josephine Myles
- An Alisa Release Day Review: In the Desert (States of Love) by Elliot Joyce
- A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Life of Bliss (Love Life #2) by Erin McLellan
- A MelanieM Audiobook Review: The Hockey Player’s Heart (Hockey Hearts) by Jeff Adams and Will Knauss with Finn Sterling (Narrator)
Saturday, May 5:
- Release Blitz Tour – Hawk In The Rowan by Sam Burns
- A MelanieM Recent Release Review: Contraband Hearts (Porthkennack #10) by Alex Beecroft