Friday, January 06, 2017

Jane’s 2016 Favourites

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While the voting continues in our Readers’ Choice Awards 2016, we thought we would take this opportunity to share with you our personal favourites for 2016. It’s always such a difficult choice with so many wonderful books and narrowing it down always seems such an impossible task but it is a task that we have now completed with a lot of soul searching.

First to step up to the line is our reviewer Jane. Take a look and see what or who impressed Jane the most as she reveals her 2016 favourites……….

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Book of The Year 2016

Murmuration by TJ Klune

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In the small mountain town of Amorea, it’s stretching toward autumn of 1954. The memories of a world at war are fading in the face of a prosperous future. Doors are left unlocked at night, and neighbors are always there to give each other a helping hand.

The people here know certain things as fact:

Amorea is the best little town there is.

The only good Commie is a dead Commie.

The Women’s Club of Amorea runs the town with an immaculately gloved fist.

And bookstore owner Mike Frazier loves that boy down at the diner, Sean Mellgard. Why they haven’t gotten their acts together is anybody’s guess. It may be the world’s longest courtship, but no one can deny the way they look at each other.

Slow and steady wins the race, or so they say.

But something’s wrong with Mike. He hears voices in his house late at night. There are shadows crawling along the walls and great clouds of birds overhead that only he can see.

Something’s happening in Amorea. And Mike will do whatever he can to keep the man he loves.

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“This book kept me second guessing all the way through and the ending had such a shock and awe factor, I was speechless. It is such a fantastic, page turning read, I loved it.”

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Favourite Author in 2016

TJ KLUNE

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When TJ Klune was eight, he picked up a pen and paper and began to write his first story (which turned out to be his own sweeping epic version of the video game Super Metroid—he didn’t think the game ended very well and wanted to offer his own take on it. He never heard back from the video game company, much to his chagrin). Now, over two decades later, the cast of characters in his head have only gotten louder. But that’s okay, because he’s recently become a full-time writer, and can give them the time they deserve.

Since being published, TJ has won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Romance, fought off three lions that threatened to attack him and his village, and was chosen by Amazon as having written one of the best GLBT books of 2011.

And one of those things isn’t true.
(It’s the lion thing. The lion thing isn’t true.)

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“No surprises here, I'm a proper fangirl. He has released some epic books this year and I can't wait for his upcoming releases in 2017”

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Favourite Debut Author 2016

Tal Bauer

14519654_187171405053822_8821117826807220402_nTal Bauer writes LGBT fiction and romance, bringing together a career in law enforcement, trauma medicine, and international humanitarian and disaster relief work to create dynamic, strong characters, intriguing plots, and unique, exotic locations. Tal's stories weave together pulse-pounding adventure, cunning intrigue, and sweeping romance. Tal is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Mystery Writers of America.

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Favourite Series with a Book Published in 2016

The Executive Office Series by Tal Bauer

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“I was introduced to this series earlier this year and have read all three books and I just fell In love with them, I love everything about them. If you haven't read them yet, put them on your list. Must read series.”

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Favourite Character Couple in 2016

Jack Spiers and Ethan Reichenbach

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“From the Executive Office series by Tal Bauer, this couple marched into my heart this year and took up residence.”

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Favourite Book Cover of 2016

Murmuration by TJ Klune

Cover Artist: Reese Dante

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SYNOPSIS

In the small mountain town of Amorea, it’s stretching toward autumn of 1954. The memories of a world at war are fading in the face of a prosperous future. Doors are left unlocked at night, and neighbors are always there to give each other a helping hand.

The people here know certain things as fact:

Amorea is the best little town there is.

The only good Commie is a dead Commie.

The Women’s Club of Amorea runs the town with an immaculately gloved fist.

And bookstore owner Mike Frazier loves that boy down at the diner, Sean Mellgard. Why they haven’t gotten their acts together is anybody’s guess. It may be the world’s longest courtship, but no one can deny the way they look at each other.

Slow and steady wins the race, or so they say.

But something’s wrong with Mike. He hears voices in his house late at night. There are shadows crawling along the walls and great clouds of birds overhead that only he can see.

Something’s happening in Amorea. And Mike will do whatever he can to keep the man he loves.

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“A stunning eye catching cover!”

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Favourite Read of 2016 NOT Published in 2016

More Heat Than The Sun series by John Wiltshire

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“The characters in this series drew me in with their many layers and kept me intrigued. I worked my way through all the books currently published and can't wait to read more next year.”

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Audiobook of The Year 2016

The Lightning-Struck Heart by TJ Klune

Narrator: Michael Lesley

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Once upon a time, in an alleyway in the slums of the City Of Lockes, a young and somewhat lonely boy named Sam Haversford turns a group of teenage douchebags into stone completely by accident.

Of course, this catches the attention of a higher power, and Sam’s pulled from the only world he knows to become an apprentice to the King's Wizard, Morgan of Shadows.

When Sam’s fourteen, he enters the Dark Woods and returns with Gary, the hornless gay unicorn, and a half-giant named Tiggy, earning the moniker Sam of Wilds.

At fifteen, Sam learns what love truly is when a new knight arrives at the castle—Knight Ryan Foxheart, the dreamiest dream to have ever been dreamed.

Naturally, it all goes to hell when Ryan dates the reprehensible Prince Justin, Sam can't control his magic, a sexually aggressive dragon kidnaps the prince, and the King sends them on an epic quest to save Ryan's boyfriend, all while Sam falls more in love with someone he can never have.

Or so he thinks.

“This is an epic tale of fantasy and magic, with the most amazing cast of characters. It's one of the funniest books I've listened to or read and it gives you all the feels. Simply brilliant!”

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Narrator of The Year 2016

Michael Lesley

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“Michael has narrated some of my best loved audiobooks of 2016. He has such a fantastic range of voices and impeccable timing.”

5 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing. I have the Tal Bauer series on my TBR list - need to read it soon. :-)

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    1. Read it you will be enthralled, it's fantastic

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  2. LOVE More Heat Than The Sun series!!!!

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  3. It's so good, I just love the series and the entire cast of characters who you get to know more and more as the series progresses

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  4. Ditto with Jen, I really need to start reading Tal Bauer's series on my TBR. Thanks for sharing your list, Jane. :)

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