Due to the holiday weekend here in the States, the Misadventures in Stock Photography will be on Tuesday instead of Monday next week.
- Lea’s giving away two ARCs of Devyn Quinn’s forthcoming paranormal romance, Siren’s Call – hurry, because this closes at 7 pm EDT, July 2.
- Cecile’s giving away a copy of Harris Channing’s new histroical menage, Goldie and the Three Behrs. Contest closes July 3.
- Mandi’s giving away a copy of Chloe Neill’s third Chicagoland Vampire novel, Twice Bitten, and a Chloe Neill swag pack. Contest open through July 4.
- Bloudedd’s giving away two copies of Jackie Lee Miles’s novel, Cold Rock River. Leave a comment by July 4 for your chance to win.
- Ralph’s giving away a copy of Clancy Nacht’s recent m/m steampunk romance, A Certain Pressure in the Pipes. Contest closes midnight EDT, July 7.
- Patti’s giving away a copy of Pieces of Happily Ever After by Irene Zutell. Contest closes July 12.
- Shawn Lane’s giving away a paperback (your choice signed or not) of her forthcoming Only Forever collection. The contest will remain open until the paperback is released later this month.
- New releases: Lily (m/m romance), AAR (July romance audiobooks), Renee (all sorts), and Literary Escapism (UF/PNR, with interviews, etc.).
- Kindle folk: Do you follow the Books on the Knob blog? Lots of info on freebies for the Kindle. Two from yesterday are Darkfever (Fever, Book 1) by Karen Marie Monig (urban fantasy) and Out of Bounds (Love of Sports, Book 1) by T.A. Chase (m/m romance).
- Dear Author posted about historical accuracy in m/m romance and then interviewed some authors of historical m/m romances.
- Katiebabs points out an article on how important book bloggers are to publishers and lists some of her favorite book blogs.
- The Smart Bitches have determined that the same belt shows up on an awful lot of urban fantasy covers.
- Tracy on her Astak ebook reader (we have the same ereader!).
- Sony just announced its Reader program for public libraries.
- Very sad that schools are closing their libraries.
- Rich Adin of American Editor on why buying an ebook reader is economical.
- What’s a fair price for indie ebooks?
- Google and the American Booksellers Association are talking about using Google’s forthcoming ebook platform to sell ebooks from the websites of indie booksellers.
- TeddyPig discovered a new GLBT romance ebookstore.
- If you like reading and reviewing GLBT fiction, Three Dollar Bill Reviews needs you!
- It’s time to vote for the next round of Kris’s Choose Your Own M/M Romance! Submit your votes by midnight (Perth, Western Australia time), July 4. And make sure you check out the free story by Mia Watts from the last round!
- Curious how authors react when they read Amazon reviews? This short video will clarify all!
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- Lifehacker on protecting your skin from sunburn (and soothing it after) and on keeping away bugs without bug spray.
- Check out how much street space cars take versus buses and bikes.
- Confused about which smartphone to buy? Maybe this infographic will help.
- Have you optimized your WordPress blog for mobile readers? (If you’re a mobile reader, have you noticed a change in how SoC looks on your device in the past several days? Was it a good change?!)
- Thanks to Amy for discovering that Explore Minnesota and The Current are streaming Minnesota music online.
- Check out the cute (and free) baby alligator pattern that Knitnzu found!
- What’s not to love about Twilight knitting humor from Franklin?
- Did you get a chance to pick up your 61-star American flag?
- ‘Fess up – one of you must own a wafflesicle maker.
- Just say no to smoked salmon vodka.
- Does the world really need a spork multitool?
- Price tag placement failures that are very, very funny. (Make sure you click through to see the complete list of nine.)
- I think it’s best if you don’t leave your children unattended…
- xkcd on Jurassic Park – make sure you hover your cursor over the comic!
- The Lego Facebook is pretty cute.
- Ah, yes – kitties aren’t very helpful during emergencies, are they? (Thanks, Jeanne!)
- Is that your real cat, or a decoy?!
- Make sure you get it in writing when you sell your soul.
Fall Down the Mountain by P.D. Singer. ebook. Very good m/m romance about a guy who works as a ski patrol at a fancy resort and who’s having a hard time getting over both his crush on an unavailable man and not having been able to save someone from dying in an avalanche. Will the sexy chef who lives down the hall from him be able to help him move on? I must confess to getting a titch frustrated with the main character’s clinginess during part of the book, even though I completely understood why he was acting that way.
The Best Man by L.A. Witt. ebook. Good m/m romance about two guys who become involved in a casual affair as they’re both getting over being dumped. This was one that I thought could’ve been very good to excellent with a bit more editing to tighten up the story. (And, hey, stalker alert!)
His One and Only (Only Forever, Book 4) by Shawn Lane. ebook. His One and Only was a sweet finish to this m/m romance series centered around the partners at a California law firm.
Poisoned Ivy by Scott Ryersson. ebook. This so-so historical paranormal m/m romance about students at Yale in the early part of the 20th century just never really came together for me. Between the language (aping Jane Austen? or trying for a more literary feel?) and the WTF ending, I never warmed to the story.
Straight as an Arrow by Sean Michael. ebook. Good kinky m/m romance about a guy who travels a lot for his job. He’s in a long-term relationship, but starts to surf D/s chat sites while he’s away from home. Typical Sean Michael fare, although one of the major aspects of this book was so implausible that it definitely detracted. (All that eye rolling I had to do, you know.)
Bound Together by Jane Davitt. ebook short. Very good m/m romance about a book collector who discovers his dominant tendencies after a younger man shows up on his doorstep selling a rare book. (Yes, that is Candy Cane Guy in the back. Good show, you!)
Aftermath by Angel Martinez. ebook. Good m/m romance about a long-term couple who struggle to recover after one of them is betrayed by a friend and assaulted. I did have a bit of a niggle about the couple not using condoms after such an assault…
Mastering Toby by Jan Irving. ebook. So-so m/m romance about a straight actor on a gay soap opera who has some confusing feelings for his gay costar (and best friend). This book never really came together, for all sorts of reasons: pacing issues, an odd tangent from the main storyline 2/3 through, and a mixture of Eastern mysticism and D/s that just didn’t work.
Strange Carnivorous Flowers from Outer Space by Matthew Vandrew. free ebook short. Cute short scifi m/m romance about a guy who’s taking his alien boyfriend home to meet the family.
From the Dreamspinner Midsummer’s Nightmare Daily Dose…
One Wild Wish by Devon Rhodes. ebook. Very good paranormal m/m romance about a band hired to play several shows at a mysterious lodge, with a contract that has some very unusual clauses that they sort of fudge.
Romanus by Mary Calmes. ebook. Good paranormal m/m romance about an exhausted firefighter who gets lost driving home after his shift and whose life will never be the same.
Beneath Lake Redemption by Libby Drew. ebook. Good paranormal m/m romance about a guy who rents a houseboat to check out a mysterious area of Lake Redemption because he suspects it hides a secret government operation.
Give the Devil His Due by Zoe Devlin. ebook short. Good paranormal m/m romance about a guy who tries to avoid emotional entanglements because the Devil takes away those he loves.
Reverie by Dawn Kimberly Johnson. ebook short. Cute paranormal m/m romance about a guy who saves someone’s life in a dream one night, then starts to wonder if it was actually a dream.
Halfway House by Lisa Worrall. ebook short. Pretty good paranormal m/m romance about two college students who don’t really know each other and are just sharing a ride home for Spring Break… and then the car breaks down in the middle of nowhere.
The Man in the Woods by Ashleigh Brannigan. ebook short. So-so paranormal m/m romance about a guy who gets a flat tire while driving on a desolate road through the woods and is rescued by a very bossy and slightly creepy guy. And what the heck – this is at least the third story I’ve read from the Midsummer’s Nightmare Daily Dose that’s based on a car breaking down on a deserted road!! Hmph.
The Min Min Lights by Barry Lowe. ebook short. Ok m/m historical romance about a relatively innocent young British man who interviews with a more worldly Australian who’s looking for a tutor for his children. The ending was a bit abrupt and left me “huh?”
The Gray Ghost by J.J. Levesque. ebook short. So-so m/m romance about a couple who have just purchased a house that no one’s stayed in for longer than a week.
Last week, I woke up to discover my eyeball looked like this:
I was, understandably, somewhat freaked, but it turned out to be very minor – a subconjunctival hemorrhage, which can happen when you’re sleeping, sneezing, coughing, or simply stressed. It’s quite a bit less dramatic now (because the red bits are mostly above and below my pupil), but probably won’t fade completely for another week.
Due to a new store in my neighborhood, things have been a bit noisy as July 4th draws near. Make sure you embiggen the photo to read the signs. Truth in advertising indeed!
Speaking of fireworks…
“I really, really hate all the loud noises outside, Mom. It’s probably your fault, so knock it off!” -Mayhem
46 thoughts on “My eyeball, let me show it to you (now with more linkity than you’d expect from that title!)”
Thank you so much for all the links! I hope you have a lovely long weekend!
Oh, must go vote in Kris’ ‘Chose Your Own M/M Romance’. And no school should not have a library!
May – I’m with you on the fireworks. I loathe fireworks!!!
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We had our fireworks yesterday. The guys just *loved* that…
EW. EW. EW.
I really hope that eye looks better now. Because? EW.
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I always come back for the LOls you know, I LOVE the Lols 😀
and on another note, ewwwwwwwwwwwww, I hope it gets better
Oooh, your poor eye!
I don’t know, I think that I would like to keep all 10 fingers as long as possible, before blowing them off to Kingdom come, but that’s just me.
Have a happy 4th!
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I soooo want a wafflesicle maker. Dip in syrup and enjoy. Yum.
That link about the unhelpful cat reminded me of this video of Cat Lassie (scroll down) my friend Adam posted on his site today. Too funny.
Must read Fall Down the Mountain and the Witt one. I like stalkers. 🙂
Have a super long weekend and hope the kidlets aren’t too frightened by the noise. We had a bit of noise in our neighborhood but I don’t believe the cats even looked up from their naps. Oh and your eye freaked me out. Glad it is getting better but, ewwwwww.
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What an informative post, and I can’t believe you put up the EYE PHOTO!!! LOL. I loved the bedhead thing, and that life hacker on computer networks…yeah!! You rock!
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Okay, first – your eye is making my eye hurt…
I’d never heard of Books on the Knob but I’m a subscriber now! I can’t possibly mention all the cool links but I did enjoy the author’s reaction to Amazon reviews.
And that fireworks sign is awesome 🙂
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Smoked salmon vodka? Seriously…leave well enough alone. Your eye looks painful and even though I know it’s not a big deal it’s not fun walking around with a big red eye. I’ve been there.
Moxie and Max feel your pain, Mayhem. They have been hiding under the bed for a few days now and may be on doggy tranquilizers all weekend. Poor boys.
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Love the alligator pattern, thanks! I so want a Waffsicle maker! Salmon Vodka…really who thought that was a wise idea?
May…just pretend its someone playing the drums.
Ewwww – my mother had the same eye problem a couple of months ago. At least it’s nothing serious, just scary-looking.
Loved the St*rmore Twilight comic.
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Oh honey, thanks for the mention!!! You are too sweet! Thanks!
Wow.. love the links and books!!!!
Oh honey… The pic of the eye… I am sorry about that.. but I am glad that it is nothing TO BAD.
I love Mayhem! Have a great weekend honey!!!
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So you’re not their best customer…. Have a great long weekend!
I think your eyeball just wanted to get in on the patriotic activities of the weekend, LOL!
The fireworks have been going like crazy around here for a couple of week already. It always makes me so nervous because we’re so dry.
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Whoa … that eyeball is something else! Hope it gets back to normal soon. And I’m totally with the kitties on the fireworks — I don’t mind watching them away from home, but can’t stand the noise right in my neighborhood.
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sorry ’bout your eye.. and ewwwww
love the photo of the cat eyes in the dark. That’s a regular scene here at my house 😉
I hope your eye is better. Anything icky with eyes makes me icked out. 😛
All these library closings really make me sad.
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Amazing links as always. Thursday, now Friday mornings, are truly entertaining since I started spending them here.
The menstruation device is pretty weird, as was the video, and I can’t imagine there will be a big demand for it. Loved the idea of the Wafflesicle, I can see the kiddies being tempted to eat breakfast now. 🙂
Wow, you rocked out on the reading. Impressive!!
And as always, thanks for the mention.
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Who, indeed, needs all ten fingers? This is some post, girl. So many links, so little time. Take care of that eye. It does look painful. And, Happy 4th!!
So it’s not just you looking for recurring stock photo images, huh? There could be money in this. (Well. Probably not.)
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May, it’s not your momma’s fault. It’s all of those naughty boys that are on the books. They’re making that nasty noise!
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I very much liked the price tag placement thingie. Truly it never occurred to me that people might do that sort of thing on purpose. I’m sure it makes the job more interesting.
Your eyeball is eewie. Hope it’s all better soon.
I would really like to read “Fall Down the Mountain” it sounds good…
That menstruation machine? Huh is right! *shaking head* And, a “Wafflesickle”? um O-K?
That Amazon Reader Reviews vid – OMG too funny Chris! These sites are hilarious!!
And, thank you for the mention, as always it is so appreciated.
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I have had several of those hemorrhages and they always come at a time when I least want them—granddaughters wedding, a graduation, a baby shower, etc.
That eye gives me the shudders. I hope it’s all better. And your linkety-links are always good for at least an hour of fun and games on the internet!
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I had something similar happen to my eye when I was a kid.. I hope it gets better soon! I can’t believe I missed my chance to get an upside down 61 star flag for my house!! Man. There went my chance to be EXTRA patriotic!
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Awww – you added my ode to Astak! lol Thanks honey!
Rainbow ebooks – cool.
Love the author reacting to Amazon reviews! Great pictures.
Price tag failures – hilarious. I especially like Tigger and Pooh. *snort*
Holy Shit! Your Eye! I first looked at the picture and thought wtf is that? I almost fell off my chair when you said it was your eye. Glad it’s better.
Wow – lots of books to buy. I’m such a suck! lol
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*gasp* Mary Calmes has another m/m book, love her.
So, I’m trying to decide between Sean Kennedy’s Wings of Equity, Shawn Lane’s Pieces, or MAry Calmes new book. Pick one for me Chris.
KC– go for Mary’s book! (Okay… so she’s a friend. It was still an awesome book!)
And awesome linkity… loved the price tags gone wrong, and Franklin… oh, Franklin, Franklin my knitting comic genius… LOL!
Oh your poor eyeball! That happened to my hubby. It goes away eventually but he’s had it happen a couple times. Nice links, girl!
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Chris, you find the best stuff!
It’s horrible that some school libraries are going by the wayside. More and more of my students rely on the internet for research, and few of them actually check out fiction unless I make them.
OMG so much to look at! Holy kamoley! Must resist clicking links until I’m done for the day!
Thanks for the VG on OWW! 🙂
Oh your poor eye. I had a similar thing happen under my eye several years ago. It looked like someone had punched me in the eye.
Hey, just the other day I was thinking how nice it would be to eat with the same tool I used to tighten dirty nuts and screws. 😉
Now I know why I always have a bad case of bedhead. LOL!
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Your eye, it (still) wigs me out.
Loved the Twilight knitting humor- I can so identify with the counting one. 😉
The price tag placement was awesome, as was the Urban Fantasy belt. I used to have that belt…
However, the school library closing article is just depressing.
The vast amount of stuff you pack into these post is great…
Hope the eye is OK now – that is frightening actually..
I see the Panther Princess is already warning you about the noise levels – poor baby..
How can I be both amused and agog – all in one linkety post? “Who needs all ten fingers?” and a menstruation machine complete with vivid demo photograph? If I had eaten lunch, I would lose it.
I truly do hope your eye clears up and there is no permanent damage. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy a safe and relatively quiet 4th.
Your poor eye. I just cringe whenever I look at it.
You would have thought that I would be used to red eyes by now but……..
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I’m heaving just thinking about smoked salmon vodka.
Me. I need all ten fingers.
I’m glad the alarming redness in your eye isn’t/wasn’t more serious!
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I did half of the links last Friday and then got distracted and forgot to return for the other half… sorry. But I did the other half today! 🙂 It’s really a lot, but so worth the time! And I’m adding a few books to my wishlist, like the ones by Jane Davitt and the Devon Rhodes.
I hope your eye looks better again!
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Books on the Knob has brought me TONS of free books. Granted. Some of them are just deleted right away, but I don’t feel so bad ’cause I didn’t pay for them!
It took me a couple of days to work thru the linkitys, but there’s lots of good stuff here.
My guy especially enjoyed the menstruation machine. NOT! Tho’ I did enjoy showing it to him and freaking him out. lol
Love the “how google works”!
Ouchy on the eye. I’ve had it happen before because of “high eye pressure” (like blood pressure but for the eye). Hope it clears up soon!
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Oh, and I meant to say thanks for my link! 😛
A recent post from Renee..June 2010 Read Books- Part 1
Ha! That Franklin’s a hoot. Up until a month ago, Franklin and I were neighbors, frequenting the same Caribou.
While I’m not too into the vampire books, I’m tempted by the Chicagoland vampire book!
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I hope your eye is better soon, that looks very scary to wake up to. I love the fireworks tagline. And Mayhem, I know how you feel. My Hobbes is still yelling at me.
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I’m clicking though the links, tempted by the wafflesickle, amused by the price tags, then freaked by your poor eye! Glad to hear that it’s “minor”! Now stop it with the health stuff.
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