April 2011

Sing a song of linkity



Congrats to Kathleen, who won The Locker Room by Amy Lane! The Locker Room is being released by Dreamspinner Press today.



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Do, Make, Think, Learn

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Cool

Cool or Wha…?

Wha…?

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  • For Tetris fans. Make sure you hover your cursor over the comic for extra text!

Teh Cute

  • Some friends of mine have been fostering a pregnant cat (their very first fostering experience!). Imagine their shock when she had eight kittens! Yes, I might post some pictures of wee calico kittens at some point. 🙂

Reading Update
Boots by Angel Martinez. ebook. Excellent m/m fairy tale, based on Puss in Boots, about an estranged youngest son (going through some rough times) who inherits only $300 and the family cat when his father dies…
True: Bruce & V fanfic by anonymous. ebook. If there was a fanfic this good for Blay and Qhuinn, I would be done reading the Black Dagger Brotherhood series – and I would be a lot happier. Since the Warden hates on fanfiction, this ebook seems to be spreading very quietly between friends.
Rules of Engagement by L.A. Witt. ebook. reread. Very good m/m romance (that I had a hard time putting down, even rereading it) about a recently divorced guy who finds himself powerfully drawn to a guy he meets playing pool in a bar. Yes, I got sniffly, so you know there was some angst. I think my only complaint was the abruptness of the ending. I really liked this quote from one of the other characters: “If I knew how a lot of my relationships would have turned out, I never would have gotten involved in them…. And I would have missed out on some of the best times in my life.” (Of course, for me, I would also have missed out on some of the worst times in my life – you?)
Rain (Rules of Engagement #2) by L.A. Witt. ebook. Good follow-up to Rules of Engagement, which ended rather abruptly. Rain starts two years later, when Brandon and Dustin are engaged and trying to deal with some lingering family issues.
Undercover Blues by Laney Cairo. ebook. reread. Hmm. Whose bright idea was it to send the allegedly straight cop undercover to hook up with the crime lord’s brother? 🙂 Very good.
Unfinished Business (Undercover Blues #2) by Laney Cairo. ebook short. reread. Good short m/m romance that follows up with the guys from Undercover Blues a few months later, when a reporter has tracked them down.
Snapshots & Bylines (Friends to Lovers #1) by Stephani Hecht. ebook. Cute m/m romance about two guys who have one awkward night together right after high school, then don’t have any contact with each other for ten years.
Handcuffs & Megabytes (Rawlings Men #7) by Kim Dare. ebook short. Very good kinky short m/m romance about a brash young computer geek who’d like to dabble in dominance with the older cop to whom he’s supposed to demonstrate a computer program.
Angel & the Assassin (Book 1) by Fyn Alexander. ebook. Very good BDSM May-December m/m romance about a cold-hearted British government assassin sent to the US to kill an international arms dealer who’s supposed to be alone in the house… Strangely, the assassin finds himself unable to kill the man’s stepson, who witnessed the hit, and instead brings him back to the UK. (Yes, that is Slave Boy!)
Resisting the Tempation by Valentina Heart. ebook. I’m finding it really hard to rate this m/m romance because I really disliked the main character… and the story is told in first person from his point of view. Obviously your mileage will vary.
Hellbourne 1: Lost and Found by Amber Kell. ebook short. Ok short paranormal m/m romance about a half-fae who was dumped for a woman by his werewolf boyfriend. This is actually one book split into three very short books, which I find annoying.
Acting Naughty (Action #1) by G.A. Hauser. ebook. Ok m/m romance about two (supposedly) straight actors playing a gay couple in a cable television series who begin to have feelings for each other. This book ends with very little resolved. (Yes, that is Candy Cane Guy!)
Playing Dirty (Action #2) by G.A. Hauser. ebook. Meh m/m romance that I only read because things were left so open-ended in the previous book. The menagey bits took me by surprise and the main characters spent way too much time crying at the slightest provocation.
The Highest Bidder by Kimberly Hunter. ebook. So-so m/m romantic suspense about a wealthy Japanese businessman who’s been working with Interpol to bring down a human trafficking and drug ring. Contrary to what the cover might suggest, there’s absolutely no kink in the book.


“Big kitty, what are you doing?! Are you trying to sneak up here to steal my tiara?! -Mayhem

“Why would you think that, May? Hee hee hee. I’m so sneaky!” -Chaos

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Ebook Giveaway: Cup Check (Blue Line Hockey #3) by Stephani Hecht [CONTEST CLOSED]



Congrats to Cori O, who won Back Home by RJ Scott!



Many thanks to Stephani Hecht for donating an ebook copy of her forthcoming m/m romance, Cup Check (Blue Line Hockey #3), for a lucky commenter to win! Cup Check will be released by eXtasy Books on May 1.

After years of hard work and sacrifice, Kip Cooper’s dream of playing for the NHL is finally within reach. Soon he’ll be able to leave behind his farm team to taste fame, fortune and the respect that comes with being number one. So he’s not about to allow anyone or anything get in the way. But try telling that to his libido, because despite everything, he can’t keep his mind off his teammate, Sergei. Too bad  Sergei is young and openly gay… and Kip isn’t. When a chance encounter leads to a night of passion, Kip realizes he has to make a choice: Sergei or his dreams.

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About Stephani

Stephani Hecht is a happily married mother of two. Born and raised in Michigan, she loves all things about the state, from the frigid winters to the Detroit Red Wings hockey team. Go Wings! You can usually find her snuggled up to her laptop, creating her next book or gorging on caffeine at her favorite coffee shop.

When she’s not running around like crazy, trying to get her kids to their various activities, she’s working on numerous projects.

You can visit Stephani at her blog or her website.

Contest Rules

  • To enter, leave a comment stating that you are entering the contest. Contest closes 7 pm CDT, Friday, April 29.
  • By entering the contest, you’re confirming that you are at least 18 years old.
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  • This contest is open worldwide!

“Ack! You’re too close, May! Too. Close.” -Me

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Ebook Giveaway: Visible Friend by KZ Snow [CONTEST CLOSED]

Many thanks to KZ Snow for donating an ebook copy of her forthcoming m/m romance, Visible Friend, for a lucky commenter to win! Visible Friend will be released by Dreamspinner Press on April 27.

Christopher Borgasian has spent the last seven months painstakingly breaking up with a lover he’s adored for three years: heroin. Now he’s trying to make it on his own – without the drugs, without the family that rejected him for being gay, and, seemingly, without a friend in the world.

The night before Chris leaves a sober-living facility to pursue his uncertain future, a stranger named Denny shows up in his room. From then on, Denny returns whenever Chris needs him the most, always vanishing as mysteriously as he appears. Chris desperately needs emotional and physical intimacy, but who is Denny, really? And can Chris believe in him when it also means believing in unconditional love?

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M/M Romances Also Available

About KZ

KZ Snow has published close to thirty shorts, novellas, and novels in a variety of genres and with a variety of publishers, including Ellora’s Cave, Cerridwen Press, Loose Id, Liquid Silver Books, Dreamspinner Press, Changeling Press, Samhain Publishing (under a different name), and Double Dragon Publishing. At the urging of two headstrong characters, she began writing m/m romance about three years ago and fell in love with it. Her work has since been exclusively in that genre.

KZ lives with her boyfriend of nine years in rural Wisconsin, where she still loves all creatures great and small… except wood ticks, mosquitoes, and chicken-killing raccoons.

You can visit KZ at her blog, where you’ll find more information about all of her books, including her m/f and menage titles.

Contest Rules

  • To enter, leave a comment stating that you are entering the contest. Contest closes 7 pm CDT, Tuesday, April 26.
  • By entering the contest, you’re confirming that you are at least 18 years old.
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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!

“The specklies on these socks are sort of mesmerizing, aren’t they?” -Mayhem

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Ebook Giveaway: Handcuffs & Megabytes (Rawlings Men #7) by Kim Dare [CONTEST CLOSED]



Congrats to TJ, who won The Seventh Veil (Etsey Novels #1) by Heidi Cullinan! The Seventh Veil is being released by Loose Id today.



Many thanks to Kim Dare for donating an ebook copy of her forthcoming kinky m/m romance, Handcuffs & Megabytes (Rawlings Men #7), for a lucky commenter to win! Handcuffs & Megabytes will be released by Resplendence Publishing on April 20.

Mike Shane’s an old fashioned kind of cop. To his mind, police work should be all about pounding the pavement, interrogating suspects and following leads. It should not involve hours spent sitting at a desk staring at a computer screen. When he’s seconded to a computer crimes task force, he’s dreading spending all his time surrounded by computers and computer geeks.

Carl Rawlings is no geek. With a body full of tattoos and piercings, along with a new found interest in anything and everything kinky, he’s not your average cop – or your average computer expert either. Immediately drawn to the other man’s old school style of dominance, he quickly decides that teaching Mike all about the new program he’s developed won’t be so bad after all, but who knows what Mike may teach him in return?

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Kim’s Other Books

About Kim

Kim Dare is a twenty-seven year old full-time writer from Wales (UK). First published in December 2008, Kim has since released over thirty BDSM erotic romances.

While the stories range over male/male, male/female and all kinds of menage relationships and have included vampires, time travellers, shape-shifters and fairytale re-tellings, they all have three things in common – kink, love and a happy ending.

You can visit Kim at her website and her blog.

Contest Rules

  • To enter, leave a comment stating that you are entering the contest. Contest closes 7 pm CDT, Tuesday, April 26.
  • By entering the contest, you’re confirming that you are at least 18 years old.
  • 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 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.)
  • 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 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!

“Well, these are sort of stripey, but look at how speckley they are. I’m not sold on that.” -Mayhem

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Misadventures in Stock Photography: Part the 70th (WiHG revealed!)



Congrats to elaing8, who won Boots by Angel Martinez!! Boots was released by Amber Allure on April 17.



Welcome to another edition of the Misadventures in Stock Photography! Today we’ll be catching up a bit with Wind-in-Hair Guy (WiHG). It turns out that WiHG’s real name is Sam Bond and he’s a bodybuilder from the UK.

Make sure that you keep an eye out for Candy Cane Guy as you stumble through this Misadventure. And many thanks to everyone who’s been sending me covers! You’re all coming along nicely. 😉

Imagine

when he heard about

of the

because of some ill-advised

after

he had

from a

, leading Luke to think, “

raider of my very own!” That night, exhausted after

to be a

instead of

who had slain

as Thorn had claimed, Luke again had

,

, grasping at

that continued to elude him. Waking to discover that his

were twined in a

around him, Luke gasped, “I can’t think of anything other than you

! You’re

s I crave, and

! Not even the

of

can compare! But alas, I’m told that I must save myself

, so I await

.”

*blink blink blink* I’m as surprised as all of you over where that ended!


“Ignoring you and those accursed naughty boys, Mom!” -Mayhem

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