In which I completely fail to come up with anything remotely clever for a linkity post title

Congrats to Lily, who won the copy of Strawberries for Dessert by Marie Sexton! Strawberries for Dessert is now available from Dreamspinner Press. (To promote Strawberries for Dessert, Heidi Cullinan posted a free short featuring Randy and Sam from Special Delivery and Double Blind.)


  • LesleyW’s curious about your book prejudices. Leave a comment about said prejudices before August 7 for your chance to win a copy of The Vampire Shrink by Lynda Hilburn.
  • Devyn Quinn’s giving away a copy of her new paranormal romance, Siren’s Call (Dark Tides), to a commenter on each of the three posts she made during her visit to Desert Island Keepers. Leave your comments by midnight, August 7, to enter.


  • New releases: Lily (m/m romance), Literary Escapism (UF/PNR; includes interviews, contests, & news), Katiebabs (forthcoming releases whose covers intrigued her), Renee (romances that she’s looking forward to), and Elisa (GLBT releases for July).
  • The climbing library is gorgeous and very clever. I wonder if my condo association would notice me adding one…
  • Check out the Misadventure that Kris found! I added another example in the comments. Be warned that some of the other links in the comments are very NSFW.


Make, Learn, Do, Think

  • Yes! Vindication for my years and years and years of not making my bed. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • And vindication for being a twitchy, doodling meeting attendee!
  • I really like this nautical rope bracelet. I wonder if I could find black nautical rope to make one for myself?


  • You will not catch me knitting any of these. Some of the comments are pretty funny, too. (Um, thanks??, MamaTulip!)
  • If you’ve always wanted to be able to punch a hole through the cap of a beer bottle and drink your beer through a straw (and you aren’t worried about the little metal disk now floating in your beer), you’ll love the BottleBop Bottle Cap Punch.
  • July was National Ice Cream Month in the US. Consumerist listed ten bizarre ice cream flavors that you might want to try… or not. No, no haggis ice cream for me, thanks!


Linkity Peeps


  • Is it bad that I’d like to modify my car to do this?! And while I wouldn’t necessarily want to modify my car to do this, it’s pretty clever. (Thanks, Jeanne!)

Teh Cute

  • Just be warned that you might not make it out alive from the Daily Squee

Reading Update
See what happens when I read long books instead of shorts?! I have a very short Reading Update. ๐Ÿ™‚
Brushback (Evan Austin Mysteries, Book 1) by Jamie Scofield. ebook. Excellent m/m mystery about a Seattle private investigator hired to find an about-to-be heir by the mother who abandoned the boy and his father years ago. However, things aren’t quite as straightforward as that. ๐Ÿ™‚ So… are there going to be any other books in the series?! This seems to be the only book from the press and the only book by this author… and no updates since the June 2009 release.
Double Blind (Special Delivery, Book 2) by Heidi Cullinan. ebook. Excellent m/m romance about a gambler who picks up and inadvertently saves a guy who just lost his last five dollars at roulette and isn’t sure what he has left to live for.
Loving Edits by Mickie B. Ashling. ebook. Very good m/m romance about a rich and prestigious editor, the writer/lover he dumped years ago, and the writer’s beloved and devoted boyfriend. The beginning might be tough to get through, because none of the three are shown in a particularly good light, but the payout is more than worth it (probably because of it)! I’m always hesitant to read menage, because so few authors have convinced me that it would work emotionally for everyone involved, but I can definitely add Mickie B. Ashling to my list of authors who can make it work.
Priority One by Stephani Hecht. ebook short. Good short m/m romance about a new paramedic, young and inexperienced in more ways than one, who’s living with his overprotective brother while trying to recover from a traumatic incident.
Tinsel and Frost by Eden Winters. ebook short. Sweet short holiday m/m romance about a former ballet dancer who’s now a stripper after a career-ending accident.
The Distance Between Us by L.A. Witt. ebook. Decent m/m romance that, unfortunately, drove me completely nuts more than once or twice, or I would’ve rated it higher. It’s about two guys who have been together for ten years and finally broke up recently. However, they’re still living together because of the housing market – they can’t afford to sell their house and they can’t afford to pay rent somewhere else and pay the mortgage on the house. They get a very hot roommate and then both get sexually involved with him. I wanted to slap the two main characters. Many, many times.The sex-to-story ratio was seriously skewed. And this wasn’t one of the menage books that worked for me. All of this is a shame, because I really like L.A. Witt’s writing.
So Much More Than Naked (Books 1 & 2) by D.J. Manly. ebooks. Um. These m/m romances were codependent trainwrecks of pseudo-bdsm, the two main characters were both TSTL, and I only kept reading out of sick fascination for how bad it could get.

“Well, ok, I am less bored now that Mom finally opened the windows again.” -Mayhem

31 thoughts on “In which I completely fail to come up with anything remotely clever for a linkity post title”

  1. I’ve actually already read one of these!! Yay me! (Double Blind) Plus, that free short with Sam and Randy for the new Marie Sexton book was gorgeous. What a cute way to promote the book!
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  2. Congrats Lily!

    Oh, I like the sound of Tinsel & Frost…but then I like dance ๐Ÿ™‚

    Ohhh, and the climbing library is giving me ideas way beyond my means. Fun though *grin*

    Thank you! Oh May – can you see any naughty boys from the window? *whistles innocently*
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  3. Melanie: Her eyes are both the same color. I was just messing around with focal black & white in Picasa. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Brigitte: Woot!

  4. Hey there Lady!!! I’ve been hanging with kiddos more this summer and it’s been great. :0) But I wanted to drop in and see how things were on your part of the continent…good, it looks. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Whoa! What happen to May’s eye? Summer heat maybe? Or boredom making the mischievous creep in? LOL!

    I’m very interested in how the Tx/Ct vs Apple & others will turn out…that will mostly set the stage ebook pricing in the future since in the spotlight.

  5. I used to carpool with a woman who’s windshield washers shot over the top of her car at high speeds. She used it several times on tailgaters. It was quite funny. One time, even the tailgater’s passenger was laughing at it.

  6. So much linkity goodness today!!!

    Still can’t get over the snow hats/masks/things. Terrifying.

    LOVE the Star Wars cupcakes, but made the mistake of showing them to my kids and now they think I should make them. Silly, silly mama. Sillier boys.

    Thanks for mentioning the contest! ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. The rope bracelets were all the rage among a certain set when I was in HS. I was not in that set, however. Didn’t have a beach house. And I’ve just been reading some books about the brain and focus. Knitting in meetings does it for me.

  8. I have never wanted to give my opossum a pedicure. Nor to buy a $500 cat dress (which would soon become vacuum fodder). But thank you anyway. I do, however, want that library.

    Also – re the Star Wars cupcakes… have you seen the Star Wars pancake molds? ๐Ÿ˜€
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  9. I would buy a kitty shaped lipstick!

    I used to work with a copywriter who took particular delight in stealing the office drill sergeant’s lunch. (Sheesh, how hard is it to spell sergeant?)

  10. Yay! Thanks again for the book and the mention, too!

    Lots of interesting links today. I had a lot of fun clicking and reading.

    I loved Double Blind and totally agree with you about So Much More Than Naked. I’ve got book 2 in my TBR but haven’t read it yet.
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  11. I love the climbing library!

    I have a “shake and bake” bed. I just shake out the comforter and go on. I’m also a doddler, especially when I’m on the phone. At meetings, I tend to sketch.

    I’m not sure I’d buy a $1 cat dress. It wouldn’t be worth the blood loss.

    ROTFL at the opossum pedicure!
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  12. Oh, that article on sleeping in on the weekend totally validates my wacky sleep schedule! And as a usually twitchy, doodling meeting attendee, that article on floating attention was quite vindicating. Wow, I’m now loaded with amunnition for the next time someone gives me the evil eye during a meeting or someone claims I can’t catch up on sleep. Thanks ๐Ÿ˜‰
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  13. How did I miss this yesterday, especially last night when I was bored?

    Love the book tower. I never make my bed either, but I rarely move in the night so I just have to smooth it out. Unlike the kid where it looks like a tornado went through.

    That alien baby sperm ghost is gonna give me nightmares. Jeebuz. And now I’m gagging at the ice-cream flavours.

    I have to wonder what ships at sea or passing planes thought of the fireworks. Kind of freaky, but cool.

    I’ve gone into a diabetic coma from Daily Squee.

    Books. Umm. I’ll pass on the last ones. I’ll have to check out Eden’s, Stephani’s and maybe the m/m/m one. I like it as a rule but if I don’t like the characters I’m liable to bail before it gets worthwhile.
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  14. Hi there! I was pointed in your direction and I just wanted to say thank you for reccing Brushback! I’m so glad you enjoyed it – and yes, there is a sequel coming. I’ve got more adventures planned for Roman and Evan, so your recommendation is very encouraging – thanks again!

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