September 2010

Ebook Giveaway: Counterpoint by Rachel Haimowitz [CONTEST CLOSED]

Many thanks to Guiltless Pleasure Publishing for donating an ebook copy of Rachel Haimowitz’s m/m fantasy romance, Counterpoint (Song of the Fallen, Book 1), for a lucky commenter to win!

It is the twilight of mankind. Depleted by generations of war with a dark race, the human kingdoms and their ancient alliance stand on the brink of extinction. The outlands are soaked with the blood of the fallen. The midlands are rotting with decadence and despair.

Elfkind, estranged by past crimes, watches and waits for nature to run its course.

And then the two collide.

Ayden’s life has long been guided by two emotions: love for his sister, and hatred of all things human. When he’s captured in battle, he must for his sister’s sake swallow his pride and endure slavery in the service of a human prince. To his dismay, this close-up view of his enemy is nothing like he expected. Now curiosity and contempt make a battlefield of his soul, even as he struggles to pick up the pieces of his shattered worldview.

Freyrik Farr, Crown Prince of Farr Province, finds his new elven prisoner puzzling. He’s always known elves to be beautiful and dangerous, but never has one affected him as deeply as Ayden. Can his life of service to his people leave room for this attraction? Dancing on a dagger’s edge between duty and high treason, Freyrik discovers that some choices can change a life, and some an entire world.

Between prejudice, politics, pride, and survival, Ayden and Freyrik must carve a new path, no matter how daunting. For nothing less than the fate of both their peoples rests on the power of their perseverance — and their love.

About Rachel

Rachel is a freelance writer and editor who’s dipped her toes into cable news and book publishing and now helps would-be authors polish and publish, writes for websites and magazines, and ghostwrites nonfiction. Her professional interests vary widely; she’s a Contributing Editor to Construction Source Magazine, a political/media blogger at the Huffington Post, a ghostwriter in the small business and motivational space, and a writer of niche erotica.

Her first foray into slash came at the feet of an amazing array of X-Files fanfic writers, and once she knew the truth (so to speak!) was out there, she never left. Today you can find her on various fake news and Stargate Atlantis communities, and when she’s not reading or writing H/C slashfic, she’s performing in musicals, hiking, gluing captions to cats, and examining the (often lamentable) intersection of media, politics, and civic engagement.

You can visit Rachel at her GoodReads blog.

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  • If a winner doesn’t respond to my congratulations email within 48 hours, I will select another winner.
  • If you win, please respect the author’s intellectual property and don’t make copies of the ebook for anyone else.
  • This contest is open worldwide!

“Clean paw, clean paw, I’m going to have a clean, clean paw!” -Mayhem

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Ebook Giveaway: Like Pizza and Beer by Elle Parker [CONTEST CLOSED]

Congrats to Nancy L, who won Handcuffs and Headlocks (Rawlings Men, Book 3), by Kim Dare! Handcuffs and Headlocks is being released today by Resplendence Publishing.

Congrats to Wendy, who won Lime Green: Margarita Mondays, TC Blue! Lime Green: Margarita Mondays is being released today by Torquere Books.


Many thanks to Elle Parker for donating an ebook copy of her forthcoming m/m romance, Like Pizza and Beer (the sequel to Like Coffee and Doughnuts), for a lucky commenter to win! Like Pizza and Beer will be released by Lyrical Press on Monday, October 4.

Working for his ex and his boyfriend, Dino’s past and present cross.

Dino is caught off guard when his ex shows up out of the blue asking for help. His current lover, Seth, is pushing him to find dirt on his sister’s boyfriend. Juggling two cases – and his boyfriend and ex – isn’t easy, but what choice does he have?

Working with his ex takes Dino on a trip down memory lane, raising a few doubts and stirring up Seth’s jealousy. Now he must save his ex’s restaurant and his relationship with Seth before it’s too late.

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About Elle

Elle Parker likes her heroes snarky and human, and she writes with a realism that incorporates humor and everyday detail into steamy and exciting stories. Although she writes a few forms of erotica, her first love and primary focus is M/M Erotic Romance. She works hard to create characters you can’t help but fall in love with.

Most of the time, Elle can be found in her home in the north woods of Wisconsin, working on her latest novel, or spending time with her husband and teenaged kids. When not writing, she likes reading, brewing beer and swimming with the loons. Unless it’s winter. In that case she grabs a book and drinks the beer.

She’s also a great fan of country bars, and can often be found in one, plugging the jukebox and getting ready to shoot a game of pool. It’s often during these times that she gets some of her best inspiration.

You can find out more about Elle at her website and her blog.

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  • To enter, leave a comment stating that you are entering the contest. Contest closes 7 pm CDT, Tuesday, October 5.
  • If you haven’t commented before, your comment will not be visible until after I moderate it. Please do not leave a second comment because your first doesn’t show up! The blog gnomes will decide your comments are spam and then only luck and ritual dust bunny sacrifice will salvage your entry…
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  • If a winner doesn’t respond to my congratulations email within 48 hours, I will select another winner.
  • If you win, please respect the author’s intellectual property and don’t make copies of the ebook for anyone else.
  • This contest is open worldwide!

“I can’t believe you forgot to tell everyone that I turned seven years old yesterday. Bad Mom. No kitty treat.” -Chaos

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Ebook Giveaway: Back To Normal by Wren Boudreau [CONTEST CLOSED]

Congrats to Leontine, who won Electric Melty Tingles by K. Z. Snow! Electric Melty Tingles is being released today by Loose Id as part of their National Coming Out Day series of book releases.


Many thanks to Wren Boudreau for donating an ebook copy of her forthcoming slightly paranormal m/m romance, Back To Normal, for a lucky commenter to win! Back To Normal will be released by Loose Id on October 5 as part of their National Coming Out Day series of book releases.

Is it normal for a romance to blossom between a man who’s in the closet and a man who’s never wanted more than a hook-up? How about when a clairvoyant grandmother and the ghost of a dead aunt are thrown into the mix, along with a stiletto-wearing twin sister, an Irish pub, a detective brother, and a mother who thinks her son just needs a good woman?

Greg Capello thought that he’d feel normal if he pretended he wasn’t gay, and now it’s making him crazy that he can’t stop thinking about his new boss Finn Sparks and Finn’s amber eyes, brilliant smile and strong hands, among other things. Finn thinks it’s not normal that instead of wanting to hop into bed with Greg, he’d like to know more about the man, like what’s under that starchy exterior, and who he’s talking to when it appears that no one’s there.

They can’t fight the attraction between them; every time they touch it’s electric. So Finn finds himself taking it slow and going on dates, for crying out loud. And Greg has to accept himself, or accept the consequences of staying hidden.

What’s normal anyway?

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About Wren

Back to Normal will be Wren’s second published book. The first was Ice Cream on the Side, released by Loose Id, now available at the usual places. In addition to being a first-class introvert, Wren is a typical Pisces: imaginative, sensitive, intuitive, naive, escapist and secretive, and often tries to swim in two directions at once. She has one husband, one son, one dog, two grandcats and a plethora of imaginary friends. She looks good in hats but hates to wear them because they make her big hair go flat. Her favorites: color – purple, food – pizza, drink – pina colada (today’s biography is brought to you by the letter P). If her communication skills are currently lacking, it’s because Wren missed most of the fourth and the entire fifth season of Supernatural and is watching the DVD’s to catch up so she can follow season six as it unfolds.

You can find out more about Wren at her blog.

Contest Rules

  • To enter, leave a comment stating that you are entering the contest. Contest closes 7 pm CDT, Monday, October 4.
  • If you haven’t commented before, your comment will not be visible until after I moderate it. Please do not leave a second comment because your first doesn’t show up! The blog gnomes will decide your comments are spam and then only luck and ritual dust bunny sacrifice will salvage your entry…
  • If your comment is actually an advertisement or if your CommentLuv link turns it into an advertisement, your comment will be deleted. (Most of you do not need to worry – this refers to some pretty clever comment spam.)
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  • 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 stumblingoverchaos.com!
  • If a winner doesn’t respond to my congratulations email within 48 hours, I will select another winner.
  • If you win, please respect the author’s intellectual property and don’t make copies of the ebook for anyone else.
  • This contest is open worldwide!

“Oh, stripey socks! I will love you and hug you and call you George!” -Mayhem

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Misadventures in Stock Photography: Part the 42nd (YFIGTFLTG)

Congrats to Jane, who won Not Anymore by Em Woods! Not Anymore will be released by Total-E-Bound today.


Welcome to another edition of the Misadventures in Stock Photography! Today we’ll meet Your Face Is Going To Freeze Like That Guy (YFIGTFLTG).

Because he had a

, YFIGTFLTG left his

, where he’d been

, and

, while trying to avoid his ex-

, who was after

. Whew!

The end. For now. Because I’m sure I’ll hear about all sorts of other covers featuring YFIGTFLTG, now that I’ve done this post. :)

Many thanks to Mary Calmes, who found some of these covers!


“Naughty boys, I stick my tongue out at all of you!” -Mayhem

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A flood of linkity!

Congrats to Jane, who won Not Anymore by Em Woods! Not Anymore will be released by Total-E-Bound on September 27.


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  • I must confess to finding human-powered gadgets very cool – if all tvs and video games were powered by exercise bikes, would America have an obesity epidemic?

Linkity Peeps

Cool

  • Cute game, although it may cause cubicle workers to weep uncontrollably… (Thanks, Jase!)

Huh

LOL

  • The bad ex service… make sure you hover your cursor over the comic for additional text!
  • My kitties did not enjoy this black cat meow mix video. At all. Chaos was so sure that I was hiding another kitty in my laptop that he got mad and started to act out. (Thanks? Lisa!)

Teh Cute

  • Fetching kitty! (Both Chaos and Mayhem are fetching kitties – in both senses of the words.)

Reading Update
Seriously, was this my week to read about mysterious guys or what?! You’ll see. :)
Ruthless Pursuit (Lost Shifters, Book 6) by Stephani Hecht. ebook. Good paranormal m/m romance continuing the story of the search to find the Lost (Feline) Shifters, who were abducted when they were young and raised by humans. This installment is about trying to capture the criminally inclined Andrew.
Man and Wolf by Kate Roman. ebook. Decent paranormal m/m romance about a vet who meets and immediately connects with a mysterious guy who brings in his poisoned dog. I enjoyed this one, although an entire storyline of menace never really played out to be anything. Plus the sex-to-story ratio was a bit skewed.
Touch of a Wolf by Jez Morrow. ebook. Very good paranormal m/m romance about a grad student who just caught his boyfriend cheating and moved out. He has an uncharacteristic sexual encounter in an alley with a mysterious guy he runs into on the street – who later shows up on his fire escape – and his life is changed, possibly forever.
Wicked Cool by Val Kovalin. ebook short. Very good short m/m romance about a guy with a junk removal business who becomes very intrigued by a mysterious property manager he meets while on a job. Can he deal with the unknown, or will all the secrets drive them apart?
His Gift by Clare London. ebook short. Very good short m/m romance about a guy who wakes up injured in a rainy ditch, with no memory of how he got there. He manages to make it to an old house, where he meets a handsome, mysterious man and his life takes on a dream-like quality.
Bound by Blood (Soul Mates, Book 1) by Jourdan Lane. ebook. Very good paranormal m/m romance about a bartender with a vampire phobia who slowly realizes that not only is the hot guy he’s been ogling a vampire, he’s the Master vampire of the city… (I can definitely tell that Lane was influenced by Anne Rice’s early Vampire Chronicles and LKH’s early Anita Blake books. It works.)
Ethan’s Choice (Kindred Spirits, Book 1) by Jude Mason & Jenna Byrnes. ebook. Decent paranormal m/m romance about an analytical guy who’s considering buying the seaside inn he’s vacationing at. But why are the current owners selling it after only six months? And could the hunky handyman possibly be gay?
Almost Home by Nicole Gordon. ebook short. Intriguing short m/m story about two guys who’ve been friends for years, while one has been going through some rough things that just ended with his father’s death. Sadly, this book simply stops, with no resolution of any sort. However, I did leave a question for Nicole Gordon on her blog and she’s working on a sequel.
What They Say About Love by Alexi Silversmith. ebook short. Very good short m/m romance about a guy who breaks up with his girlfriend instead of proposing to her as he’d intended. He decides to go out and pick up a guy to explore a side of himself he’s kept under wraps since college…
The First Real Thing by Cat Grant. ebook. Good m/m romance about a male escort who picks up the wrong guy in a bar and finds himself in an actual relationship… with a guy who doesn’t know what he does for a living.
Not Anymore by Em Woods. ebook short. Good m/m romance about a guy who’s on vacation in Hawaii with his sister and her boyfriend when his attraction to a guy who approaches him on the beach outs him to his family. Things get really complicated when his nasty ex shows up and then the identity of the guy from the beach is revealed. Despite a few niggles, this was an enjoyable read and I’ll definitely look for future books from Em Woods.
Vince by J.M. Snyder. ebook. Pretty good young adult m/m story about two guys who’ve been best friends since they were little… until, when they’re 14, one confesses he’s in love with the other and gets laughter in return.
Just the Right Notes by Sean Michael. ebook. Good kinky m/m romance about an architect and a composer who periodically escape to their cabin for a weekend of D/s play. Will that be enough to keep them grounded when their lives go into crisis?
Prisoner of the State by Alex Morgan. ebook short. So-so short kinky m/m about a police chief who abducts a guy he pulled over for speeding and keeps the guy in his basement as a sex slave. This would’ve been better if it had been fleshed out more – it read more like a story outline at points.


“This sock, it has a flavor! It tastes… woolly.” -Mayhem

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