Misadventures in Stock Photography: Part the 245th (The return of the HLMGYTHMG)

Congrats to Jamie, who won Redemption (Diversion #5) by Eden WintersRedemption was released by Rocky Ridge Books on August 8.

Whoops! Forgot to schedule this before I hit publish, so hey – early Misadventure. :)

Welcome to another edition of the Misadventures in Stock Photography! Today we’ll be catching up with the Here, Let Me Give You the Heimlich Maneuver Guys (HLMGYTHMG).

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made him decide he was finally ready for some


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“No! You can’t pet my tummy because naughty boys again!!!” -Mayhem


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Congrats to Jamie, who won Redemption (Diversion #5) by Eden WintersRedemption will be released by Rocky Ridge Books on August 8.




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Reading Update
Artists’ Journals and Sketchbooks: Exploring and Creating Personal Pages by Lynne Perrella. Very good idea book/peek into the art journals of a number of artists. What’s particularly interesting about this book is it was published in 2004 – apparently the term “art journal” was just gaining traction.
Drawing from Life: The Journal as Art by Jennifer New. Very good look into the journals of 31 people whose journals fuel their creativity and work. Many of the contributors aren’t artists per se – an engineer, a volcanologist, a gardener, travelers – but all the journal excerpts are highly individual and artistic. Also, the book’s graph-paper themed pages give the impression that the book itself is a journal.

“I like these books. They are my books now. You can’t return them to the library, Mom.” -Mayhem

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Ebook series giveaway: The Rainbow League series by Kate McMurray [CONTEST CLOSED]

Many thanks to Kate McMurray for donating an ebook copy of her m/m baseball series, The Rainbow League, to celebrate the upcoming release of the third book, The Long Slide HomeThe Long Slide Home will be released on August 14 by Dreamspinner Press.

Welcome to the Rainbow League, New York City’s LGBT recreational baseball league, where the competition is hot… and so is the action off the field.

The Windup (The Rainbow League #1)

Ian ran screaming from New York City upon graduating from high school. A job offer too good to turn down has brought him back, but he plans to leave as soon as the job is up. In the meantime he lets an old friend talk him into joining the Rainbow League, New York’s LGBT amateur baseball league. Baseball turns out to be a great outlet for his anxiety, and not only because sexy teammate Ty has caught his eye.

Ty is like a duck on a pond – calm and laid-back on the surface, a churning mess underneath. In Ian, he’s found someone with whom he feels comfortable enough to share some of what’s going on beneath the surface. The only catch is that Ian is dead set on leaving the city as soon as he can. Ty works up a plan to convince Ian that New York is, in fact, the greatest city in the world. But when Ian receives an offer for a job overseas, Ty needs a new plan: convince Ian that home is where Ty is.

Thrown a Curve (The Rainbow League #2)

Mason made headlines when, after his professional baseball career was sidelined by an injury, he very publicly came out of the closet. Now he’s scratching the baseball itch playing in the Rainbow League while making his way through New York’s population of beefcakes, even though they all come up short. Plus, he’s still thinking about last summer’s encounter with hot, effeminate, pierced and tattooed Patrick – pretty much the opposite of the sort of man he has long pictured himself with.

Patrick hasn’t been able to forget Mason either, and now that baseball season is back upon them, he’s determined to have him again. Mason is unlike any man Patrick has ever been with before, and not just because he’s an ex-Yankee. All Patrick has to do is convince a reluctant Mason that their one night wasn’t just a crazy fluke and that they could be great together…if only Mason could get past his old hang-ups and his intolerant family.

The Long Slide Home (The Rainbow League #3)forthcoming

Nate and Carlos have been the best of friends since their childhood playing baseball together in the Bronx. For the last few years, Nate’s been in love with Carlos, though he’s never acted on it, and Carlos has never given any indication that he returns Nate’s feelings. Nate has finally given up, determined to move on and find someone else, especially now that Carlos has shacked up with his boyfriend Aiden.

Carlos doesn’t understand why Nate has suddenly gotten weird, acting cold and distant at team practice for the Rainbow League. But if that’s how things are going to be, Carlos is done trying to figure Nate out. But then Aiden starts to show he might not be the man Carlos thought he was, and Carlos needs his best friend’s support. Worse, he starts to realize his feelings for Nate might not be limited to friendship. But in the aftermath of his relationship with Aiden, and with Nate having problems of his own, the timing is all wrong to make a real relationship work. As emotions run high, both have hard time figuring out what is real and what is just convenient.

Other Books by Kate

About Kate

Kate McMurray is a nonfiction editor by day. Among other things, Kate is crafty (mostly knitting and sewing, but she also wields power tools), she plays the violin, she has an English degree, and she is maybe a little obsessed with baseball. She lives in Brooklyn, NY. You can find out more about Kate at her website, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

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Misadventures in Stock Photography: Part the 244th (The return of the return of the return of YCDYLOMWAG)

Congrats to Curlyq, who won Immutable by Becky Black!

Welcome to another edition of the Misadventures in Stock Photography! Today we’ll be catching up with You Can Do Your Laundry on My Washboard Abs Guy (YCDYLOMWAG) once again. Remember, you can hover your cursor (or long-press on mobile) to read the titles as I used them in the Misadventure.

were holed up in

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) when they heard that

had succumbed to


to any of them, really) and that, taking advantage of the situation,

ed her off, then declared that she was his

and scoffed at all talk about the importance of


*blink blink*

“I am appalled by this tale of multiple naughty boys, Mom. Appalled!” -Mayhem


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Congrats to Curlyq, who won Immutable by Becky Black!


Reading Update
Journal Spilling: Mixed-Media Techniques for Free Expression by Diana Trout. Very good overview of art journaling techniques, complete with prompts at the end. “Spilling” refers to writing (or creating an art entry) without thinking about it – basically stream-of-consciousness. I liked this book enough that I’ve ordered a used copy for myself.
Painted Pages: Fueling Creativity with Sketchbooks and Mixed Media by Sarah Ahearn Bellemare. This was ok – it focused on creating mixed media works, with a sketchbook being one of the tools to get there. After reading perhaps the first third without any of it resonating with me, I skimmed the rest. I do love how her work looks – it turns out that some pretty journals I just bought had covers with her art on them. :)

“Can’t we have the windows open and the air conditioning on, Mom?! I’m just too warm and sleepy to enjoy the open windows otherwise.” -Mayhem

Pretty sure she’s had that actual thought. :)

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