August 2009

Introducing Kuroi Neko (formerly known as “Dell Mini 9”)

My new netbook skin arrived! I applied it to my Dell Mini 9 netbook and dubbed said netbook Kuroi Neko (Japanese for “black cat”).

I think it fits right in around here. 😉

When I was taking pictures, I realized that Kuroi Neko is literally half the size of my Toshiba laptop, which has a 14.1″ screen.

Of course, not everyone was impressed…

“Um, Mom? There’s something seriously hinky about this cat.” -Chaos


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In which I post the most racy pictures of Chaos ever!

Don’t forget to leave a comment on the contest post before 7 pm CDT, Thursday, September 3, for your chance to win a copy of Michelle Rowen’s forthcoming paranormal romance, Tall, Dark and Fangsome!

“What are you doing, Mom?” -Chaos

“You’d better not be taking nude bathing pictures of me to post on the internetz is all I have to say…” -Chaos

Those Cats

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Book Giveaway: Tall, Dark and Fangsome (CONTEST CLOSED)

Many thanks to the Hatchette Book Group for providing five copies of Michelle Rowen’s forthcoming paranormal romance, Tall, Dark and Fangsome, for me to give away!

Sarah Dearly’s vampire life is not all B-positive cocktails. A curse made her a nightwalker, the most vicious vamp there is; the charm she wears to curb her deadly tendencies is losing its juice; and a hunter from hell is turning up the heat. Gideon Chase will kill the ones she loves most if she doesn’t obey his orders. That includes breaking up with master vampire Thierry and turning Gideon into an immortal vamp so he can escape a doom of eternal hellfire.
Making things worse are Sarah’s growing feelings for Gideon, a bad boy who keeps showing a vulnerable side . . . but is it for real? Will Sarah’s dark side take over? Or can she cure herself of the nightwalker curse in time to stop Gideon and finally live happily ever after with Thierry . . . forever?

Contest Rules

  • To enter, leave a comment below stating that you are entering the contest. Leave your comments by 7 pm CDT, Thursday, September 3.
  • If you haven’t commented before, your comment will not be visible until after I moderate it. Please do not leave a second comment! :)
  • Winners will be selected by random number.
  • You must leave a valid email address in the “Email” portion of the comment form. (Please make sure that your spam filter allows email from!)
  • If a winner doesn’t respond to my congratulations email within 48 hours, I will select another winner.
  • Only residents of the US and Canada are eligible to win.
  • No PO Boxes.

Good luck!

Hmm. How about Furry, Dark and Fangsome?

“You know you want me, baby.” -Chaos


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Reading, contesting, and linking, oh my!

Congrats to the commenters who won copies of Dark Hunger: Tink, Anne, Morning Glow, CC, and Dottie! Thanks to everyone who participated – stop back tomorrow for a new book giveaway.

All About Books has a copy of Karen Marie Moning’s Dreamfever up for grabs – comment by 11:59 pm, EDT, August 27, for your chance to win.

You have several chances to win a copy of Devyn Quinn’s latest release, Possession: at Love Romance Passion (comment before August 29) and at Anna’s Book Blog (comment before August 30).

SciFiGuy is giving away two signed copies of Annette McLeave’s new release, Drawn into Darkness. Leave a comment by midnight, August 31, for your chance to win.

For your chance to win a copy of Jory Strong’s Ghostland or Spider-Touched, leave a comment at Literary Escapism by midnight, September 1.

A Journey of Books is giving away copies of Highland Rebel – you have until midnight EDT, September 15, to participate.

Fantasy Dreamer has a great list of book news and contests. So does Cecile!

Sony announced a wireless ebook reader yesterday. Gizmodo compares the major wireless ebook readers and has some info about the virtual library ebook checkout that Sony mentioned.

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any crazier than Mr. Darcy, Vampyrehere comes Jane Bites Back.

LOL – if you’re brave and need some laughs, head on over to The Thrillionth Page to read about Miss Doreen’s sordid reading discovery

How about a random but adorable link to a little black kitty boy?

Reading Update
Blue Fire, ePistols at Dawn, and The Long Way Home by Z.A. Maxfield. ebooks. M/m romance. Blue Fire and ePistols at Dawn were ok. Sadly, The Long Way Home would definitely have benefited from more editorial attention – the basic story was good, but it rambled, wandered, and fell down more than once due to structural issues.
St. Nacho’s and Physical Therapy by Z.A. Maxfield. ebooks. Related m/m romances about the somewhat mystical and strangely healing California town of Santo Ignacio, known as St. Nacho’s. (And hey, there’s a detour to River Falls, Wisconsin!)
Fire on the Mountain by P. D. Singer. ebook. Smokin’ hot m/m about two guys fighting forest fires in the Rockies.
Black Hills by Nora Roberts. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned how much I love the Black Hills, so I was particularly interested in the latest from Nora Roberts. Alas, it’s set in the Deadwood area, which isn’t the area of the Black Hills with which I’m familiar. As usual with the Nora, it was well-written and suspenseful until almost the very last page.
Dead and Gone (Sookie Stackhouse, Book 9) by Charlaine Harris. Oh, my, just when you think that Sookie’s life can’t get any more complicated and crazy… another book comes out.
Somebody Killed His Editor (Holmes & Moriarity, Book 1) by Josh Lanyon. ebook. Mystery writer Christopher Holmes is trying to revitalize his career at a writing retreat and things don’t go quite as planned… This was really well-done and poked fun at publishing and crazyily targeted mystery niches. Speaking of Josh Lanyon, Love Romances & More is deep in their m/m focus series and had a great interview with him yesterday.

May appears to have forgiven the toy basket… mostly.

“I’m keeping an eye on this toy basket, and keeping one foot on the floor. Just in case.” -Mayhem

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Proof that Chaos isn’t dead (plus contests and links to free books!)

For your chance to win a copy of Mr. Darcy, Vampyre, leave a comment at Suburban Vampire suggesting the next vampire-classic mashup you’d like to see. Contest closes 8 am PDT, September 1.

Park-Avenue Princess is holding an assortment of book contests right now – some of the books up for grabs are Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd, How to Tame a Modern Rogue (which I read and loved), and How to be a Hepburn in a Hilton World.

For a chance to win The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker, leave a comment at Book Smugglers by 11:59 pm PDT, August 29.

Lea has links to several more contests: one for an Amazon gift card and another for copies of Eve Silver’s books.

For a chance to win copies of Kiss of Darkness (NK cover!) and Bride of the Wolf by Jennifer St. Giles, leave a comment at The Knight Agency Blog before tomorrow morning (August 26).

Shayla Black’s giving away her Doomsday Brethren novella, Fated, as a free download. I enjoyed the first book of the Doomsday Brethren (hunky wizards – what’s not to enjoy?), Tempt Me with Darkness, and am definitely reading more of the series as it’s released.

Lynne Connolly’s historical romance, Yorkshire (Richard and Rose, Book 1) is available as a free download at Books on Board.

Definitely not dead. 😉

“Gee, Mom, it’s too bad about you having to work so much…” *yawwwwwn* -Chaos


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