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message 1: by Byron (new)

Byron (byft) | 1060 comments Roll up, roll up, and cast your votes for the April, BotM...

I've been trying to think hard about a theme... and I've only got two coming to mind.. Easter and for us in the south west Pacific lands we get to Honour our soldiers, (traditionally called ANZACS.. - google it!)

So in the tradition of all things chocolate and biscuit(y) goodness - (I'm serious google ANZACS!)

I think there should be nomination of books that are sweet... Chocolate can be a focus, or people from the defence forces.. - BUT no sad endings for April..

So pitch your case to the group. Voting will be held in the last week of March!

Please Nominate in the following format;
Title :
Author :
How it fits the Sweet and/or defence forces theme:


message 2: by Sammy Goode (new)

Sammy Goode | 5380 comments I did--I ALWAYS obey the moderators--I googled it--and then googled chocolate and lost my mind for a few minutes!!!


message 3: by Brendan (BJ) (new)

Brendan (BJ) (heresjohnny) | 382 comments how about we just have an unbearably sweet book? ;) haha mmm now you've got me thinking of Anzacs :( and I just ate a block of chocolate :S


message 4: by Byron (new)

Byron (byft) | 1060 comments hahaha I knew you'd be one of about 5 people who understood that BJ...

Seriously dude, lay off the chocolate, otherwise you'll end up like me..O_O (ok so it's like 20+ years away for you - but it started with a piece of chocolate!)


message 5: by Rach. (new)

Rach. S | 1728 comments I've already told him that By. F.A.T.T.Y pssssst and he won't even share. Just eats his chocolate and watches his porn.... lol :P


message 6: by Brendan (BJ) (new)

Brendan (BJ) (heresjohnny) | 382 comments haha I love anzacs! and I make a pretty mean anzac too if I do say so myself :P Sammy, I'll have to send you some :)

Welllll, this was a whole block :S I hurt my back and I needed the comfort food! yes... that's is... *shifty eyes* haha :P


message 7: by Kaje (last edited Mar 01, 2012 07:14AM) (new)

Kaje Harper | 16515 comments BJ wrote: "haha I love anzacs! and I make a pretty mean anzac too if I do say so myself :P Sammy, I'll have to send you some :)

Welllll, this was a whole block :S I hurt my back and I needed the comfort food..."


Hope you feel better fast (and chocolate is my go-to also.) Take care of yourself, BJ, you need to get a ton more years out of that back.

Are we defining "sweet" as just a happy ending or does the whole book need to be more angst-free (in terms of the relationship anyway)? (I have something in mind either way.)

Defense forces would be cool, but I can't think of a YA book that fits yet. I hope someone does find one though.


message 8: by Byron (new)

Byron (byft) | 1060 comments I'm going to leave the definition of 'sweet' to the person nominating the book.. Sweet can be defined any number of ways..


message 9: by Calen (new)

Calen Has anyone read or heard of "Wingmen" by Ensan Case? It's a new book. Military. Set during WWII. It's the story about a love that gradually builds between two men in the airforce. I found it to be really sweet. It's interesting and engaging and very different from the majority of gay romances out there. Side note: It was written back in the 70s and is just getting a reprint now. Either way, I would definitely recommend it.


message 10: by Kaje (new)

Kaje Harper | 16515 comments Calen wrote: "Has anyone read or heard of "Wingmen" by Ensan Case? It's a new book. Military. Set during WWII. It's the story about a love that gradually builds between two men in the airforce. I found it to be ..."

If it is YA appropriate I'd love to see it on the list. Is there an ebook?


message 11: by Calen (new)

Calen Kaje wrote: "Calen wrote: "Has anyone read or heard of "Wingmen" by Ensan Case? It's a new book. Military. Set during WWII. It's the story about a love that gradually builds between two men in the airforce. I f..."

Definitely YA appropriate. And I yeah, I'm pretty sure there's an ebook.


message 12: by Kaje (new)

Kaje Harper | 16515 comments Calen wrote: "Kaje wrote: "Calen wrote: "Has anyone read or heard of "Wingmen" by Ensan Case? It's a new book. Military. Set during WWII. It's the story about a love that gradually builds between two men in the ..."

In that case go ahead and nominate it - put up the GR link and the blurb, since you already told us why you like it.


message 13: by Calen (last edited Mar 08, 2012 06:47PM) (new)

Calen Kaje wrote: "Calen wrote: "Kaje wrote: "Calen wrote: "Has anyone read or heard of "Wingmen" by Ensan Case? It's a new book. Military. Set during WWII. It's the story about a love that gradually builds between t..."

Lol, what is a GR link and do I just post it on here?


message 14: by Kaje (last edited Mar 08, 2012 06:55PM) (new)

Kaje Harper | 16515 comments Calen wrote: "Kaje wrote: "Calen wrote: "Kaje wrote: "Calen wrote: "Has anyone read or heard of "Wingmen" by Ensan Case? It's a new book. Military. Set during WWII. It's the story about a love that gradually bui..."

When you post a comment there is an option above the box for add book/author. Click on it and search for the book you want. Decide if you want just the name or the cover (there is a button at the bottom to choose link or cover+link) Then click on add and you get : Wingmen or Wingmen by Ensan Case

Then you can cut and paste the blurb from the listing, thus :

Jack Hardigan's Hellcat fighter squadron blew the Japanese Zekes out of the blazing Pacific skies. But a more subtle kind of hell was brewing in his feelings for rookie pilot Fred Trusteau. As another wingman watches - and waits for the beautiful woman who loves Jack - Hardigan and Trusteau cut a fiery swath through the skies from Wake Island to Tarawa to Truk, there to keep a fateful rendezvous with love and death in the blood-clouded waters of the Pacific


So I did it for you here in the process, but you know for next time. Remember you can edit and delete your own comments so if something doesn't work out, try it again.

Either the cover or the title is a link - you can click on it and go to the page for the book to see reviews and rating info, etc.


message 15: by Calen (new)

Calen Kaje wrote: "Calen wrote: "Kaje wrote: "Calen wrote: "Kaje wrote: "Calen wrote: "Has anyone read or heard of "Wingmen" by Ensan Case? It's a new book. Military. Set during WWII. It's the story about a love that..."

I feel super dumb. It all clicks now. Sorry. Thank you for doing it. I'll definitely remember for next time :)


message 16: by Kaje (new)

Kaje Harper | 16515 comments Calen wrote: "I feel super dumb. It all clicks now. Sorry. Thank you for doing it. I'll definitely remember for next time :) ..."

Don't feel dumb - do you want to know how long I was copying and pasting covers, before I realized there was a simple button for that? Well you may want to know, but I am so not going to tell you because I have this rep as a smart person to maintain. (but it was a loooong time :)


message 17: by Calen (new)

Calen Kaje wrote: "Calen wrote: "I feel super dumb. It all clicks now. Sorry. Thank you for doing it. I'll definitely remember for next time :) ..."

Don't feel dumb - do you want to know how long I was copying and p..."



Haha! You're so cute! I won't ask ;) But thank you again nonetheless :)


message 18: by Tom (new)

Tom Ryan (tomryanauthor) Hey everyone - I'm a member of the YA LGBT books discussion group, and although I haven't been very vocal, I have stopped by a few times to see what everyone's talking about and it seems like a fun and positive community! There's no way that I can make this nomination without it sounding like self-marketing, which I'll admit, it kind of is, so here goes!

Bottom line, my YA novel - WAY TO GO - is coming out on April 2nd. It's my debut (I'm very excited!) and there's been some decent advance buzz. It's a coming out story that focuses on the MC's relationship with his two (straight) best friends. I did an interview with YA Fusion the other day, discussing the importance of LGBT fiction for teens, if anyone's interested. http://yafusion.blogspot.ca/2012/03/i...

Anyway, to wrap this up, if you guys were interested in doing an April debut for your book of the month, I would happily make myself available for a live chat about the book and the writing process.

Oh yeah - as for the sweet connection - the MC, Danny, discovers a passion for cooking and learns to make a Strawberry tart. A stretch? Possibly. Strawberry tart is delicious though.

Again, apologies for coming in here and overtly pushing my own book, hope that's not too tacky! I'm with a relatively small publishing house, so promotion is pretty much left up to me :) It's no exaggeration, however, to say that I'd be thrilled to have a live chat with queer readers. If not in April, perhaps sometime in the future? In any event, enjoy the spring and happy reading!

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12...


message 19: by Kaje (last edited Mar 25, 2012 05:02PM) (new)

Kaje Harper | 16515 comments Tom wrote: "Hey everyone - I'm a member of the YA LGBT books discussion group, and although I haven't been very vocal, I have stopped by a few times to see what everyone's talking about and it seems like a fun..."

Hey Tom, good to see you posting. You can nominate your own book, although I'm a little leery of selecting a book that's not out yet as BotM. We did that last month and then the author had an unexpected problem with his publisher and the book failed to release on schedule. We can put yours in the vote, but be aware that the release date and the absence of any chance to read it ahead of time may be a down-check. Congratulations on the upcoming release though - that's exciting, especially for a first book.

Way to Go by Tom Ryan is Tom's book.


message 20: by Tom (new)

Tom Ryan (tomryanauthor) Gotcha, that makes total sense! It won't be available for people to read or download until April 2nd (facepalm) but the book is definitely ready to roll - got my author's copies last week, and Publishers Weekly reviewed it last week (crazy!)
Anyway, thanks for pointing that out - perhaps sometime down the road it would be a decent choice :)
Have a great week,
Tom


message 21: by Kaje (new)

Kaje Harper | 16515 comments Tom wrote: "Gotcha, that makes total sense! It won't be available for people to read or download until April 2nd (facepalm) but the book is definitely ready to roll - got my author's copies last week, and Publ..."

We'll leave it on the vote list; if it doesn't win that doesn't rule it out in the future. If you have your copies then the expectation is that it will release okay. Put up a link to the review - any advance info is good. And wow, Publisher's Weekly! Congrats.


message 22: by Sammy Goode (new)

Sammy Goode | 5380 comments Tom wrote: "Gotcha, that makes total sense! It won't be available for people to read or download until April 2nd (facepalm) but the book is definitely ready to roll - got my author's copies last week, and Publ..."

Tom--the best to you as the release date nears--make sure you keep us posted with the book--maybe put up an excerpt on your self-promotion page at the end of this month along with the publishing info so folks know where to purchase--you could even post a buy link on your self-promo page! You do have one of those don't you? If you don;t and need more info--feel free to drop me a pm and I can help you get one set up!!

Also--if you are serious (as I think you are) about being an author of the month, Kaje and Byron and I can kick that idea around--I will definitely read your book so I can speak a bit more intelligently with them and you!


message 23: by Kaje (last edited Mar 22, 2012 08:57PM) (new)

Kaje Harper | 16515 comments If we're talking about sweet stories, I want to nominate Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan. This is an interesting story, well-written, a little utopian, a little strange and very sweet.

The blurb reads:

This is the story of Paul, a sophomore at a high school like no other: The cheerleaders ride Harleys, the homecoming queen used to be a guy named Daryl (she now prefers Infinite Darlene and is also the star quarterback), and the gay-straight alliance was formed to help the straight kids learn how to dance.

When Paul meets Noah, he thinks he’s found the one his heart is made for. Until he blows it. The school bookie says the odds are 12-to-1 against him getting Noah back, but Paul’s not giving up without playing his love really loud. His best friend Joni might be drifting away, his other best friend Tony might be dealing with ultra-religious parents, and his ex-boyfriend Kyle might not be going away anytime soon, but sometimes everything needs to fall apart before it can really fit together right.

This is a happy-meaningful romantic comedy about finding love, losing love, and doing what it takes to get love back in a crazy-wonderful world.


This book definitely give lie to the idea that male authors don't write books that are as romantic as women writers' stories. I'd be curious to see what the group thinks of it.


message 24: by Jo (new)

Jo Ramsey (Jo_Ramsey) | 1017 comments That book sounds both sweet and hilarious; I second.


message 25: by Kaje (new)

Kaje Harper | 16515 comments I'll post a vote this weekend - anyone with other candidates for BotM please post them by Saturday.


message 26: by Kaje (new)

Kaje Harper | 16515 comments Last chance for any more nominations...


message 27: by Kaje (new)

Kaje Harper | 16515 comments The poll is now up so go vote here - poll will close March 31st.


message 28: by Kaje (new)

Kaje Harper | 16515 comments Voting is closed and the winner is Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan . A discussion thread will be up for it shortly.


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