Finding New Things To Read

Because that To-Be-Read pile isn’t going to grow on its own… And besides, I don’t think it’s possible to have too many books. Even if the garage is currently full of boxes of books. Anyway.

So! Smaller publishers often have the first chapter or so up for free, right on the buy page for the book; sometimes they have a link that opens a pop-up window with the excerpt. If you’re looking for M/M stuff in particular, you can try:

Dreamspinner Press (full disclosure: they’ve published two of my stories and I love them to bits)
Samhain Publishing (I can definitely recommend The Balance Of Silence and The Slipstream Con)
Torquere Press (GLBT publisher)
Amber Allure (the GLBT arm of Amber Publishing)

If you’re looking for a community with which to interact, you can try:
The Goodreads M/M Romance Group (It’s a restricted membership group, but not hard to get into; if you don’t want people to know your precise birthdate, use the proper month/year and pick a different day. It’s also very active, with lots of author/reader interactions; for the past two years, the group has put together an annual anthology of over 100 free stories. It’s a great way to discover new voices.)
The LoveRomancesCafe mailing list (Two important things to know: 1) it’s VERY busy, and can/will swamp your inbox, especially on Mondays and special-event days and 2) the age-restriction is due to the adult excerpts (M/M and het) that get posted. As for the list itself: There’s usually a monthly Dreamspinner chat and a GLBT-only day every month/6 week. Monday is open promo day, which means you get some of everything. Also a great way to find other groups, since some people cross-post like crazy without bcc’ing.)

And if you’d rather have someone else read it and give you an opinion, here are a few review sites to get you started:
Rainbow Book Reviews (Run by Serena Yates and friends; freshly revamped and reopened)
Reviews By Jessewave (Reviews, giveaways, and gratuitous pictures of lovely men.)
Mrs. Condit Reads Books (Not exclusively M/M, but she does review it on a regular basis.)
A Bear on Books (thoughtful reviews of M/M only)
– and not least, the tag ‘read this you might like it’ right here (I do my best to avoid spoilers.)