“Hi. Mom’s not here right now. She’s sort of in shock about how much people enjoyed the interview we did yesterday with the kitties from far away. Well, duh, Mom! Of course people enjoyed finding out more about kitties!” -Mayhem
Crazy Aunt Purl (aka Laurie Perry) is nearing the end of her blog tour to support her new book, Crazy Aunt Purl’s Home Is Where the Wine Is: Making the Most of What You’ve Got One Stitch (and Cocktail!) at a Time. Since Laurie’s probably answered every possible question there is to ask about her book at this point in her blog tour, her cats have stepped up to be interviewed… for the first time.
Today, Chaos and Mayhem are excited to welcome Bob, Sobakowa, and Frankie from Crazy Aunt Purl to Stumbling Over Chaos! Bob, Soba, and Frankie live in Los Angeles with Laurie.
Chaos: Excited? We are awake.
Mayhem: Speak for yourself, big kitty! Hi, other kitties!!!!!!!! Mom said you live far away. I hope you don’t live at the vet!! The vet is far away.
And May is a titch excitable… Perhaps you three can begin by telling us a bit about the book?
Soba: All I know is that I’m not on the cover – again – and she’s going to hear from my lawyer.
Chaos: So I heard that you actually wrote this book, Soba, but didn’t get any credit for it. Any truth to that, and if so, why do you let your mom get away with treating you so cruelly?
Frankie: I’m an airhead.
Bob: I’m scared. Or hungry. Or scared. Or hungry.
Soba: Obviously I have a more existential relationship with the manuscript, as my way of working is more self-directed, but I don’t need the recognition of a byline. Lesser cats may feel slighted by indignities like pooping in a box or having a stunt cat pictured on the cover of her human’s book, but I have loftier aspirations. Total world domination.
Chaos: Did you always know you’d be so successful at being crabby, Soba, and can you offer any advice to kitties who’d like to do the same?
Soba: I don’t think of myself as crabby. I think of myself as unfortunately equipped with claws but no thumbs.
Chaos: I feel your pain! The no thumbs thing really sucks, especially since Mom put locks on the cupboards. Hmph. Ok, Bob, you’re so laid back. Any tips for maintaining your boyish cool in a female dominated household?
Bob: Find a quiet spot in the closet.
Mayhem: Do you dye your fur, Bob? No one is that shade of orange!
Bob: I once ate half a bag of cheetos that I found in my human’s handbag. Maybe that did it?
Chaos: Are the rumors about Bob faking his dumbness true? Is it true he really has a degree in Economics, and it’s all an act?
Bob just fell off the bed, and is unable to answer this question.
Mayhem: Ouch. Poor Bob. I bet that hurt. Frankie, how do you deal with the pressure to be beautiful all the time? I myself find it requires many hours of napping to sustain.
Frankie: When you’re naturally gorgeous like me, you don’t feel pressure to stay beautiful because you just are. But finding people to appreciate your beauty nonstop is so hard! They always want to do things like “sleep” and “watch TV” so I have to stand on their stomachs or block the TV. It’s hard work being appreciated for your beauty.
Mayhem: Do you ever see ghosts? I do!!
Frankie: Not since we moved. Now we see more dust bunnies.
Chaos: Is it true that pets that live in California are all famous?
Soba: Only the ones with good representation. Our agent is with CAA….
Mayhem: What’s your favorite flavor of yarn? I like all kinds!!
Bob: I prefer knitting needles to yarn. Much easier to ruin.
Mayhem: Oh, yes, knitting needles are nice, too!!
Chaos: What kind of parties do you have when your mom’s at work?
Soba: I hate cats, so I spend most of the day trying to open the door and get to Starbucks so I can be with my own kind.
Mayhem: Do you have any suggestions on how to get our mom to quit spending so much money on yarn and buy more toys and treats?
Frankie: Have you tried throwing up on the yarn?
Mayhem: Oh, I’ll have to get the big kitty on that. He’s a very pukey kitty.
Chaos: What happens to you when your mom leaves for a while? (We’re pretty sure our mom stood in the hallway for two weeks when she said she was going on vacation, because even she wouldn’t visit the vet for two weeks.)
Frankie: We have a British nanny who stays with us. She’s like supernanny, only taller.
Chaos: How do you punish your mom for leaving you alone?
Soba: Targeted furniture shredding.
Frankie: Constant meowing when she returns is really helpful.
Chaos: Oh yeah, I work the constant meowing, too. So very effective, isn’t it?
Mayhem: Is it true that fluffy white birds [snowflakes] don’t fall from the sky in California?
Frankie: We have lint. Does that count?
Chaos: I still miss Roy. Care to share an amusing anecdote about the Old Man?
Bob: He could actually open doors! He was so tall that if he stood on his hind legs and put his paws on the long type of door handles he could open all the doors. It was amazing.
Mayhem: Where does your mom buy your catnip? Does she have an inside line to a reputable source?
Chris breathes a sigh of relief that May didn’t bring up Frankie’s bust for catnip possession last summer.
Frankie: Living in California has its advantages, as we have legalized the catnip trade for medicinal purposes. Soba uses it for her “glaucoma.”
Chaos: Do you like it when your mom has visitors? How do you react? I stand at the front door after Mom buzzes someone in and I greet them with growling and hissing.
Soba: I enjoy discourse with new humans. The other cats hide under the bed and pretend to be invisible, the fools.
Mayhem: Thank you for visiting with us, kitties from faraway!!!!!
And thanks for letting your cats visit with us today, Laurie!
Laurie’s publisher HCI has offered five copies of Home Is Where the Wine Is for me to give away, so make sure you mention that you’re entering the contest when you comment.
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Remember when I gave you an assignment last week? (You did splendidly and I thank you!) You were all helping Chaos and Mayhem prepare to interview Crazy Aunt Purl’s kitties during their visit here tomorrow. They’re supposed to be helping their mom promote her new book (reviewed below!), but you know how kitties are… You’ll also have the chance to enter to win one of five copies of the book (Crazy Aunt Purl’s Home Is Where the Wine Is: Making the Most of What You’ve Got One Stitch (and Cocktail!) at a Time by Laurie Perry), so make sure to drop by!
- Lea’s giving away copies of Stephanie Tyler’s Navy SEAL romances Too Hot To Hold and Hold On Tight. You need to leave a comment before she has her coffee on February 26 to have a chance to win.
- Lea’s also giving away a copy of Jaci Burton’s forthcoming erotic romance, Bound, Branded and Brazen. Leave a comment by the afternoon of February 26 for your chance to win.
- For a chance to win ebook copies of Leigh Ellwood’s m/m romances GPS (featuring Candy Cane Guy on the cover!) and Enter Sandman, leave a comment on her blog by February 26.
- Cecile’s celebrating her blogiversary by giving away a copy of Tracy Wolfe’s erotic suspense, Full Exposure. Leave a comment to enter – you have until March 31!
- Largehearted Boy’s giving away a copy of Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter and an assortment of cds and books. Contest closes midnight CST, February 26.
- Blodeudd’s celebrating her birthday by giving away a copy of 22 Nights by Linda Winstead Jones. Leave a happy birthday comment before the weekend for your chance to win!
- CJ and LB are at DIK, giving away a copy of each other’s forthcoming books (Mind Games (urban fantasy) by Carolyn Crane and Catch Me If You Can (m/m romantic suspense) by L. B. Gregg). Leave a comment answering their question for your chance to win. Contest closes 11:59 pm EST, February 28.
- Donna Fantasy Dreamer’s giving away an autographed copy of Foz Meadows’ new YA urban fantasy, Solace and Grief. Leave a comment by 8 am CST, February 28, for your chance to win.
- Donna Fantasy Dreamer is also giving away a copy of Thomas E. Sniegoski’s urban fantasy, Where Angels Fear To Tread. For your chance to win, leave a comment by midnight CST, March 2.
- Leah Braemel’s giving away a print and an ebook copy of Deirdre Knight’s amazing romance, The Butterfly Tattoo, which was one of my favorite books from last year. Read the directions to enter carefully. Contest closes 10 am EST, March 2. Oh, and keep your tissues handy if you win!
- And don’t forget that Abigail of All Things Urban Fantasy posts her weekly list of contests each Wednesday!
Of Things Bookish
- Zounds! Fantasy Dreamer’s Ramblings, SciFiGuy, and Literary Escapism have scads of info on new releases, contests, and other happenings in Bookbloglandia.
- A very interesting discussion of ebooks and piracy going on in the comments over at Jessewave’s. TeddyPig has expanded on one of his comments in a post on his blog.
- Maybe publishers should work on improving the quality of their digital content before they start talking about pricing?
- Casee of the Book Binge wants to know what characters you’re invested in. Are you waiting for their books to come out?
- It’s time to vote for the ugliest book covers in Jessewave’s Fourth Ugly Covers Competition! Please note that these covers are totally and completely NSFW and should not be perused by the easily offended. Bring your brain bleach and leave your comment about which cover you think is the ugliest before February 28. Why, yes, I did nominate the cover that has Candy Cane Guy on it. However did you guess? 😉
- O noes! CJ has detected a pernicious trend in Bookbloglandia! 😮
- Every week, Awful Library Books amazes me yet again. Or was that horrifies?
- Aw, thanks, Katiebabs, for including SoC in your list of Must Visit Blogs! 🙂
- Kristi’s writing a series of posts about knitting needles, particularly about how a knitting needle and yarn combo can affect your project.
- Turn yarn into a clever lampshade, no knitting required.
- Lifehacker shows us a simple way to keep those darn earbuds untangled.
- Who knew you could use snow for cleaning?
Stuff That Didn’t Fit Elsewhere (Because I Didn’t Put Enough Effort into It)
- Ever wondered how much money that meeting you’re in is wasting? Now you can figure it out!
- Check out the new, amazingly high-resolution photos of the Earth from space from NASA.
- Curious about Google’s secret search algorithm?
- Do you remember when people used to sit and talk in coffeeshops?
- This looks cool, but I have no idea how well it works for suggesting new music that you might like.
- Huh. Some colleges are now accepting YouTube videos as part of application.
- Probably not Minneapolis’ finest hour, huh?
- Ten reasons to avoid talking on the phone.
- I can’t imagine why these male models all look so disgruntled… (No nudity involved!)
Meow Meow Meow Meow
- I love this picture.
- Have you watched the Sky Mall Kitties video yet?
- Poor Myron, that most adorable black kitten. He tested positive for FeLV. But all is not lost! He’s going into special FeLV foster care! Whew.
- Well, that explains all those lost socks, huh?
- Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the bathroom…
- Probably not a good idea to play Monopoly for your soul.
- Probably a good idea to avoid the wireless cat.
Crazy Aunt Purl’s Home Is Where the Wine Is: Making the Most of What You’ve Got One Stitch (and Cocktail!) at a Time by Laurie Perry. Like its predecessor, Crazy Aunt Purl’s Drunk, Divorced and Covered in Cat Hair: The True-Life Misadventures of a 30-Something Who Learned to Knit After He Split, this is a book that, for all its humor and irreverence, is about personal growth. Follow along with Laurie Perry as she makes her New Year’s resolutions (#7: “Try Something New [and Not Just a New Food]”), then tries to achieve them throughout the year. This was a great read – and you definitely do not need to be a knitter to enjoy it, although there are some fun (and funny) knitting and crochet patterns at the end of the book. (I am so going to make the braided icord rug.) My favorite lines from the book are about meeting and speaking with sock knitters: “Eventually they found me and talked soothingly to me, and told me stories about how easy it was and how quick, portable, and fulfilling sock knitting could be. I’m sluttish and easy when it comes to craft cults, so it didn’t take much convincing.” *ahem* I may have said those same things to knitters who’d never tried knitting socks before. 🙂 (Please note that I received this book from the publisher for review.)
When Irish Eyes Are Sparkling by Tom Collins. ebook. Very good m/m romance about a bi-curious artist with a heart of gold (whose family own the Irish Eyes pub) and a paramedic who avoids emotional entanglements. I was briefly afeared that there was going to be squicky twin action in this book and am very glad there wasn’t! My only complaint is a plot thread involving a voicemail and an attack that never went anywhere. (If it sways anyone’s opinion on the book, there are kilts. Yum.)
Brindisi Bedfellows by Jamie Craig. ebook. Enjoyable m/m romance about a guy who gets dumped by his boyfriend the night before they were supposed to leave for three weeks in Italy. While drunk, he invites his ex’s best friend along in place of the ex, and things get a bit complicated (but interesting!).
Dress To Impress by Jodi Payne. ebook. Good m/m romance about a financial adviser who meets a mysterious guy at a bar and takes him home for the night, then can’t forget him.
Sweet Treats by Stormy Glenn. ebook. So-so m/m romance about a doctor and a baker (but no candlestick maker) that was so sugary sweet I barely stayed conscious. Also, the main characters were called Nicky and Brandon, which was a problem for me. (See Cheating Chance by James Buchanan…)
Fundamental Things (OC Pride, Book 2.5) by Stephanie Vaughan. ebook short. I loved the previous two books (Jumping the Fence and Crossing the Line) in this m/m romance series, but this short didn’t do much for me.
Handle With Care by Mallory Path. ebook short. M/m romance short that left me completely “huh?” and “ooooooooooookay…”
Crimes of Passion by Mel Keegan. ebook short. Ok m/m romance about a couple dealing with difficult in-laws coming to visit.
The Guardian by Mary Calmes. ebook. This fantasy m/m romance qualifies for Kris’ m/m rut challenge! I’m trying and trying, but I fear the fantasy enjoyment channel in my brain might be permanently damaged. 🙁 Again, as with Hero, I don’t really feel as if I can evaluate this. I loved Mary’s paranormal m/m romance (Change of Heart) and her four-part m/m romantic suspense, A Matter of Time, but this just didn’t immerse me to the same extent.
Seducing Stephen by Bonnie Dee & Summer Devon. ebook. I read this m/m historical romance for Kris’ m/m rut challenge because I tend to avoid historicals like… the Plague. *pauses for groaning to die down* But then I won it in a contest last week, which seemed like a portent of some sort. So I hunkered down and read it. (Tam, you’ll notice that although this is a whole bunch of sentences, I haven’t actually reviewed anything yet.) And… I loved it! Possibly because there weren’t all sorts of dreary historical details, true, but the authors also managed to portray the secrecy and discretion that being gay in the mid- to late-18th century demanded. Highly recommended.
“I am ignoring you and your nonsense about unobscured pictures, Mom.” -Mayhem
“Oh, what’s on the floor?” -Mayhem
“Mom hasn’t made one of these stripey kitty beds for ages!” -Mayhem
“Although I don’t understand why she didn’t make this kitty bed sparkly and pink! With feathers! Everything’s better with sparklies and feathers!” -Mayhem
“Woe. Woe. My life sucks.” -Mayhem
Poor cold angelic guy – doesn’t he realize he should be wearing a jacket in the snow? (Tragically, I haven’t come up with a clever nickname for him, beyond Bare Back Guy [BBG]… *ahem* Onward!)
Maybe he was waiting for the snow to free his wings?
Which is apparently a two-stage process…*
This was an image from Total-E-Bound/Totally Bound for their Shapeshifters & Morphers category.
Oh oh… I thought he was an angel… but apparently he was just a demon in disguise! (You have to be careful about these things.)
A-ha! He’s further revealed his demonic self with this tattoo – don’t those look like scaly demon wings to you?
Realizing that the demonic wings tattoo revealed too much, he started getting the tattoo removed by laser…
…although that was painful, even for a demon, so he had to drink many shots of brightly colored alcohol to dull the pain.
Remember, kids, you should always
Or maybe suggest that growing their hair and dying it blond isn’t a good look for a demon. 🙂
*Ok, fine, you caught me – that isn’t actually a cover, merely a graphic from an epublisher’s website. But… how could I resist?!
- JessaLu’s celebrating her blogiversary with a big contest – she’ll have five knitting related prizes, one for each year that she’s been blogging. The prizes are wonderful – some of her gorgeous box bags, socks knit for you on her sock knitting machine, or gorgeous sock yarn dyed by Scout. Contest closes midnight EST, February 19… and tell her I sent ya. 🙂
- Closetwriter Lea’s giving away an ARC of Julie James’ forthcoming romance, Something About You. You only have until the morning of February 19 to leave a comment and enter!
- Bronwyn Green’s celebrating, and to do so, she’s giving away a copy of Just Right, her scorching paranormal update of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Leave a comment by 8 pm, February 19, for your chance to win.
- Julie James is giving away a signed copy of Shiloh Walker’s forthcoming romantic suspense, Broken. Comment by 10 pm CST, February 19, for your chance to win.
- Largehearted Boy is giving away a copy of Peter Straub’s new novel, Dark Matter, and Emma Straub’s novella, Fly-Over State, along with an assortment of books and cds. Contest closes midnight CST, February 19.
- Jenre of Well Read is reviewing and giving away two of the Petit Morts (see Reading Update below for more details on the Petit Morts). Contest closes midnight GMT, February 20.
- Tracy’s running a contest for a copy of L. B. Gregg’s forthcoming m/m romantic suspense, Catch Me If You Can (Romano & Albright, Book 1). Leave a comment by 11:59 pm PST, February 21, for your chance to win. (I highly recommend this one!)
- Donna Fantasy Dreamer’s giving away a copy of the fifth Cal & Niko book, Roadkill, by Rob Thurman. Enter by midnight CST, February 25, for your chance to win.
- SciFiGuy’s giving away two copies of Robin Hobb’s new fantasy, Dragon Keeper. To enter, leave your comment entry by midnight EST, March 1. He’s also giving away two copies of Kim Harrison’s new urban fantasy, Black Magic Sanction. That contest also closes midnight EST, March 1.
- Answer a trivia question about Julia Rachel Barrett’s Captured for a chance to win $5.00 that you can use to purchase ebooks from Siren Publishing. Contest runs through March 31.
- Abigail of All Things Urban Fantasy has an amazing 88 contests posted in this week’s roundup!
Reading & Beyond
- You can get your book news and contest roundups from Donna Fantasy Dreamer, SciFiGuy, and Literary Escapism.
- Jessica of Racy Romance Reviews has all sorts of linky goodness that’ll get you thinking.
- Local bookstores Uncle Hugo and Uncle Edgar’s have posted their most recent newsletter, which is packed full of new and forthcoming release info for mysteries, science fiction, paranormals, urban fantasy, and more.
- Be prepared for a very fun read as Wren Boudreau rises to the challenge of Kris’ “Choose Your Own M/M Story” challenge! (And then go vote for the choices that the next sucker author will have to write around. You must vote for the potato shaped like Bono’s head.)
- What lessons might the publishing industry learn from the music and movie industries? And how come the publishing industry doesn’t seem interested in connecting with buyers, aka readers?
- Dear Author has an interesting post about using Calibre and Dropbox to put your ebooks “in the cloud” so you can access them wherever you are.
- Gizmodo found some interesting glasses that tilt your vision so you can read while lying flat in bed. (Hmm, I’m getting motion sick just thinking about tilted vision.)
- What are your reading neuroses? A major one of mine is getting extremely anxious about what’s going to happen to characters in books, to the point that I need to put the book down and have a bit of a lie down.
- Oh, Awful Library Books, how I do love you and the surreal things you find in circulation…
- Members of Team Edward, you can buy your very own Edward Cullen body pillow… O_o alas for Team Jacob, as that pillow is sold out.
- Thanks to trek for alerting me to this important news about Minnesota: it’s the fourth happiest state in which to live! (Hawaii’s first.)
- Must remember to pick up the The Minnesota Beatle Project cd…
Get Your Geek On
- Thanks again to trek for the link to this lovely laptop cover, made from a thrift shop sweater.
- You can make your own MagSafe connector to protect your laptop, so that when you trip over its cord, the cord snaps free instead of sending your laptop into oblivion.
- After you’ve scanned all of your old slides, why not use them to make a gorgeous and colorful privacy screen for a window?
- Conceptually, Computer Engineer Barbie is cool, but as TeddyPig asks – what’s up with the sparkly stretch pants?
- Did you know there’s a Motorola Droid app that will emulate a tricorder and actually do some cool and useful things?!
- McGuyver a light tent out of paper and binder clips!
- Clever – there’s a website that will help you find that filler item on Amazon to get your purchase to $25 for free shipping. Or if it’s just a single book you want, maybe you should go to the Book Depository instead so you don’t end up buying a random item. 🙂
- Hopefully you’ve been following the Google Buzz fiasco and have done what you need to do to make your Google account a bit safer? Update: You can now completely disable Google Buzz.
- Music blog Star Maker Machine is focusing on Canadian songs this week in honor of the Olympics.
- Don’t these gluten-free cinnamon rolls look delicious?!
Fun & Kitties & Goats, Oh My
- Part 2 of the Simon’s Cat “Snow Business” episode is finally out!
- Aww! How come my kitties have never slept in such a configuration?!
- What your kitties are thinking when they’re sleeping with their heads in your shoes?!
Love Ahead by Madeleine Urban & Abigail Roux. ebook collection. These two m/m romances were decent, but you can definitely tell that they were older stories from Urban and Roux. And, as Tam pointed out when she read them a week or two ago, how names are used in each story was definitely odd. In the first, both guys mostly used each others’ last names. That was ok, since they knew each other through their work at a construction site. Then, later in the story, when they started to use each others’ first names, it was obviously supposed to indicate their growing closeness and intimacy. I get that. But why the hell did they both have first and last names that could be first or last names?! It was so confusing. So very confusing. And in the next story? The name thing? Really? You never exchanged actual names after talking to each other on the phone for months? *headdesk*
Snow Plowed (Bay City Paranormal Investigations) by Ally Blue. free holiday short. This was a cute’n’steamy m/m Valentine’s short with the characters from Love, Like Ghosts. And if you haven’t read the Bay City Paranormal Investigations series, what are you waiting for?! It’s one of the series that sucked me into reading m/m romance. Hmm… Ok, maybe that’s why you haven’t. 😉
Petit Morts 1-5: Hue, Tint and Shade; Slings and Arrows; Moolah and Moonshine; Other People’s Weddings; Spanish Fly Guy (1, 3, 5 by Jordan Castillo Price; 2, 4 by Josh Lanyon). ebook shorts. These delightful little m/m romances are all loosely based around a mysterious chocolate shop and Chance, its equally mysterious proprietor. Although I enjoyed each and every one, I think that #4 (Other People’s Weddings by Josh Lanyon) was my favorite, with #1 (Hue, Tint and Shade by Jordan Castillo Price) following closely behind. Recommended. (Val at Obsidian Bookshelf has much more detailed reviews of the Petit Morts, as does Jenre of Well Read.)
Holiday Outing by Astrid Amara. ebook. Another delightful Hannukah m/m romance from Astrid Amara! A successful author of gay fiction, still closeted to his family, gets snowed in with his family (and a high school nemesis) for Hannukah.
Fantasies: Thanksgiving by Cassandra Gold. ebook. Enjoyable m/m romance about two guys, one gay, one straight, who have been friends for many years… and then something changes in their friendship. (We’ll be revisiting this cover image at some point in the future, too.)
True North (Lost Boys & Love Letters, Book 1) by Bethany Brown & Ashlyn Kane. ebook. Darn good m/m romance about a deeply closeted petroleum engineer and the new doctor in town, and about how limiting it can be to let your fears control you.
Picture Perfect (Lost Boys & Love Letters, Book 2) by Bethany Brown & Ashlyn Kane. ebook. Ok m/m romance that started out feeling like a freestanding story, but seemed as if, partway through, it suddenly needed to become part of a series (the few paragraphs that were apparently supposed to tie it to True North didn’t seem, to me, to fit)… probably right about the time it detoured into m/m/m for a bit. Very ambivalent about reading the third book.
Hero by Heidi Cullinan. ebook. This was another read for Kris’ m/m rut challenge. This was a fantasy (I guess sort of an urban fantasy, actually) based on the Japanese myth of the kitsune. Intellectually, I could tell it was a pretty good story, but I was fighting against the fantastical elements of the story the entire time. So, basically, I don’t think I can fairly rate this one.
Heart and Soul (The Assignment, Book 2) by Evangeline Anderson. ebook. Ah, this poor m/m romantic suspense got a bit caught in my expectations for it (sequel to The Assignment!) and my discomfort with parts of the story itself. Don’t get me wrong – it was a decent read and definitely worth reading if you enjoyed the previous book (and subsequent shorts) – but I had trouble reading around all the plot holes. *sigh*
Coach, In Bear’s Bed, Office Advances, and A Biker’s Vow (Campus Cravings, Books 1, 7, 8, & 9) by Carol Lynne. ebooks. Reading Carol Lynne is like eating potato chips – not very filling and you know they’re probably not good for you, but you just can’t stop. O_o As you might guess from the name of this series, it’s set on a college campus. (And yes, that is Candy Cane Guy In Bear’s Bed! That naughty boy…) Oddly, at the end of A Biker’s Vow, this series appears to be intersecting with Lynne’s Cattle Valley series.
Sonny’s Salvation (Good-Time Boys, Book 1) by Carol Lynne. ebook. See my comment on reading Carol Lynne books above. 🙂 Sonny quit the FBI to run the family ranch in Nebraska after his dad died. Too bad there aren’t many gay men in rural Nebraska… (And I already know I won’t be reading past the third book in this series, based on the subject matter of the fourth book.)
Rules Were Made To Be Broken by Lenore Black. ebook. Pretty good m/m romance about a guy who recently took over running the family sporting goods store and his (straight) best friend who’s feeling a bit jealous of the store and all the time it takes up. Very nice review of this and Lenore Black’s other works over at Dear Author.
Dead Men Get No Tail by Misty Malone. ebook short. Ok m/m romance about two college roommates, one of whom decides to have a fake funeral for himself. This one left me sort of “Huh?”
Fool for Love by Cassandra Gold. ebook. I’m not a big fan of May-December romances, but Cassandra Gold does a nice job with this m/m romance between a professor and his college student neighbor.
“Sheesh, May, you totally missed this spot by your elbow when you were bathing. What a slob.” -Chaos
*strikes kitty yoga pose #742* -Mayhem
- I have a very important assignment for all of you.
- They need your help coming up with questions for Frankie, Soba, and Bob.
- Brigitte’s kitties have already contributed some excellent questions. (Thank you, Malcolm, Gandalf, Atticus, and Mae!)
- Please leave your question ideas in the comments and one of the kitties is sure to get back to you to express their appreciation. 🙂
- I love music, so I always love posts like that.
- Through the course of exchanging comments with Eyre, I rediscovered the delightful short film “Don’t F*ck With Love” by the Sad Little Stars (it’s only one minutes and 25 seconds – be brave!).
- My favorite songs definitely change over time, but here are a few that have staying power:
“Lovecraft in Brooklyn” – The Mountain Goats (alas, I couldn’t find a decent version for linking)
“Coffee” – Aesop Rock ft. John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats (the video’s a little mini zombie movie…)
“For What It’s Worth” – Placebo
“Kingdom of Rust” – Doves
“I’m serious about the no more photos, Mo…. zzzzzzzzzz….” -Chaos
Jude Shea’s life is turned upside down when he rescues a dog he names Joe. Even though Jude has enough trouble taking care of himself – he doesn’t even have a job – he can’t resist the animal that needs him. Then one night, a man shows up on his doorstep looking to claim Jude’s new companion. As they run from a surprise attack, Jude finds out that “Joe” is not what he seems.
Eoin Thral is a guardian from an alternate dimension, and once he leads Jude through the veil that separates their worlds, he transforms into a handsome hulk of a man known for his fighting skills, not the capacity for love. Jude finds himself immersed in Eoin’s world, and he’s faced with the fight of his life to secure a happy future for them both.
Here’s what Mary has to say about herself:
My name is Mary Calmes and I have been writing since I was in the seventh grade. One of my first stories eve was about Demetrius and Konor, two big strapping gorgeous knights and while it was not historically accurate in any way, hello, seventh grade, the one thing that became glaringly obvious was that the guys liked each other more than the damsels in distress they were trying to save.
“Boys don’t sleep in the same bed when they’re grown-ups,” my mother said when I read it to her.
“Men don’t talk nice to each other like that,” my step-father said that night.
They do in m/m fiction which I was destined to write.
I tried really hard to write a female lead but it just left me flat. I read all kinds of different books and I have favorite writers in every genre but I can only write about men. The dynamics between two men are more interesting to me and as a woman, I like men and the idea of two men together, two beautiful men… I don’t understand the question.
When people tell you that they’ve enjoyed something you’ve written, there really is no greater feeling. I have technically written four books, Change of Heart, The Guardian, a new book to be released by Dreamspinner this spring, and A Matter of Time). Even though A Matter of Time was broken up into four books, it was written as one and that’s the way I think of it.
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“Mom! We talked about this! No more photos!! Stop!” -Chaos
So I’m starting to get this sinking feeling that maybe this is actually Slouching Open Black Jacket Guy with better posture and no jacket… Thoughts?! Until I’m sure (or you’re sure and convince me), meet Looking Down Guy. His hobbies include home remodeling,
hanging out with the guys,
taking moonlit walks,
being snowbound in the mountains,
I really wish I knew what this cover had been… all I know was that it was eXtasy Books…
and hanging out with Candy Cane Guy, helping him move
and decorate for the holidays. (Whoops! It’s Slave Boy in this next picture)
He also seems to be a bit torn between darkness
I wonder which way he’ll go? 🙂
“…zzzzzzz… Wha…? Mom, what are you doing? You aren’t taking more pictures of me, are you?” -Chaos