Misadventures in Stock Photography: Part the 147th (What the Hell Is That on the Ceiling Guy)



Congrats to elaing8, who won Substitute Heart by Summer Michaels!

Congrats to Rita and Kathleen, who won Moonstruck (Lucky Moon #3) by Piper Vaughn and M.J. O’Shea! Moonstruck will be released January 1 by Loose Id.


No post on Tuesday, January 1 – holiday! Happy New Year to all of you. 🙂



Welcome to another edition of the Misadventures in Stock Photography! Today we’ll be meeting What the Hell Is That on the Ceiling Guy (WTHITOTCG).

When

got together with

in the

to sing

, they thought they were all too well

to worry about its

… but it turned out to be

misplaced – they could not

when relying on

, who confessed, “

, the

you feel is the result of me

and completing the

. Now, hush, it’s time for

, and action!”

That was… dizzying. 😀


“Nooooooooooooooooooo more naughty boys, Mom! I mean it!!!!” -Mayhem

Of snowflakes and linkity



Linkity’s a little sparse this week – it was pretty quiet online, plus I’ve felt rather vegetative. 🙂



Bookity

  • New releases and more: Fiction Vixen (romances) and AAR (best romance audiobooks of 2012)
  • If you’re a mystery fan, I hope you’re familiar with Stop, You’re Killing Me! It’s a fabulous resource for finding new things to read or just figuring out the order of books in a series.

Ebookity

Think, Do, Make, Learn

Cookity

Drinkity

Cool

Cool or Wha…?

Wha…?

LOL

Teh Cute

Reading Update
Hockey fics, FTW! 🙂
Blood on the Ice by AM Riley. ebook short. reread. Very good short paranormal m/m romance about a hockey player who gets bitten by a vampire.
How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You by Matthew Inman. Pretty good collection of The Oatmeal’s cat-themed comics. I knew someone would get me this for Christmas… it was my brother. 🙂 (Or, per the gift tag, his cat Riley, who happens to be Chaos’ mom…)


“Feedmefeedmefeedmefeedmefeedmefeedmefeedme!” -Chaos

Ebook giveaway: Show and Tell by Kate McMurray [CONTEST CLOSED]

Many thanks to Kate McMurray for donating an ebook copy of her forthcoming paranormal m/m romance, Show and Tell, for a lucky commenter to win! Show and Tell will be released on January 8 by Loose Id.

One of the few joys in Dan’s life is the TV show Junk Shop, a reality show about antiques hosted by the handsome and charismatic Malcolm Tell. Then an old music box turns up, and Dan’s sister encourages him to try to get on the show and meet the object of his affection. He does, and his life changes completely.

When Dan and Malcolm first meet, they have a sudden vision of a couple from the past. Is it a glimpse at a past life or something else entirely? They agree to work together to figure out what is going on, and they stumble upon a forgotten Celtic myth that may explain everything. If the myth is true, then Dan and Malcolm could be a pair of lovers who have been reincarnated over and over again over two thousand years. That seems impossible, but it’s hard to deny that something very strange is happening.

As Dan and Malcolm work to find the truth, they fall for each other hard. But searching for who they really are puts them both in grave danger, and they find themselves racing against time to keep their happily ever after.

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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.

Contest Rules

  • To enter, leave a comment below stating that you are entering the contest. Contest closes 7 pm CST, Monday, January 7.
  • 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 luck and counterintuitive espionage 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.)
  • Winner 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!

 

“Hmph. I was on Mom’s lap first, big kitty!” -Mayhem

“Tough.” -Chaos

Ebook giveaway: Analyzing Emory by Lily Grace [CONTEST CLOSED]

Many thanks to Lily Grace for donating an ebook copy of her forthcoming m/m romance, Analyzing Emory, for a lucky commenter to win! Analyzing Emory will be released on January 4 by Dreamspinner Press.

When a family friend offers him the job of resident psychologist at Chicago’s GLBT Center, Kyle Michelson jumps at the chance to reinvigorate his career, move on from his recent breakup, and get his life back on track. Kyle hopes returning to the familiar territory of his hometown will do him good, but meeting Emory Brenner at a club changes everything.

Anything but familiar, Emory leaves Kyle breathless from the start. There’s just one problem: Kyle wants more than a one-night stand, Emory doesn’t do relationships, and neither man can resist the other. Luckily for Emory, he never has to see Kyle again. Or so Emory thinks until he runs into him while volunteering at the GLBT Center.

Kyle makes Emory want things he never thought he could have and chips away at secrets Emory has kept locked away for years. On the surface, Emory’s recovered from his past: he has a job at a record store and a roof over his head. But putting his trust in another person, having a relationship, means opening himself to more pain – and that is a risk he can’t take.

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About Lily

Lily Grace hails from the Midwest but currently resides in the DC metro area. Her background is in public health and the life sciences and she spends her days working as a health care consultant. When she’s not busy being a nerdy scientist she curls up with her laptop and dreams up romantic stories about beautiful men.

She’s a fan of loud rock concerts, cooking, shoe shopping, and strawberry ice cream. She loves love, hates cleaning, and is still amazed that when she decided on a whim to try writing a story a few years back that it would lead to having her works published. You can find out more about Lily and her books at her blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

Contest Rules

  • To enter, leave a comment below stating that you are entering the contest. Contest closes 7 pm CST, Thursday, January 3.
  • 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 luck and counterintuitive espionage 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.)
  • Winner 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!

“I feel ominous today.” -Chaos

Ebook giveaway: Something to Believe In by Sloan Parker [CONTEST CLOSED]

Many thanks to Sloan Parker for donating an ebook copy of her freshly released m/m holiday romance, Something to Believe In, for a lucky commenter to win!

After running away from the hatred and abuse of their teen years, Sean and Gavin have been hustling to survive for too long now. When some extra cash lands them alone in a hotel room until Christmas, they can no longer deny their feelings for each other. Now neither one can imagine watching the other walk off with one more trick. Even with no money and no job prospects, Sean is determined to not just show Gavin what a real home and holiday is like, but to keep them off the streets for good and build a life together.

Excerpt

Other Books

About Sloan

Sloan Parker writes passionate, dramatic stories about two men (or more) falling in love. She enjoys writing in the fictional world because in fiction you can be anything, do anything…even fall in love for the first time over and over again. Sloan lives in Ohio with her partner and their neurotic cats. Her greatest moments in life are spent with her family, her friends, and her characters. You can find out more about Sloan and her work at her website, blog, and Goodreads.

Contest Rules

  • To enter, leave a comment below stating that you are entering the contest. Contest closes 7 pm CST, Friday, January 4.
  • 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 luck and counterintuitive espionage 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.)
  • Winner 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!

“I can be just as menacing and scary as the big kitty – see?!” -Mayhem

In which there is linkity, bacon candy canes, and a cute picture of BOTH cats



Congrats to Alder, who won Little Stalker (College Fun & Gays #4) by Erica Pike!

Congrats to Joanne B, who won Soups and Diners by Alex Whitehall!

Congrats to laurie, who won the Winter Warmers anthology!

Congrats to Paula, who won The Prince of Galerir (The Galerir Saga #1) by Anna Lee!


No Misadventure on Monday and no post on Tuesday as I take a little break. Happy holidays! 🙂



Contests

Bookity

  • New releases and more: Fiction Vixen (various types of romance)

Ebookity

Think, Make, Do, Learn

Cookity

Drinkity

Crafty

Cool

Cool or Wha…?

Wha…?

  • I took this photo in a shop in my neighborhood – click to embiggen:

LOL

Teh Cute

Reading Update
Hockey fics, FTW!


“I was totally here first!!” -Mayhem

“Whatever.” -Chaos

Ebook giveaway: Moonstruck (Lucky Moon #3) by Piper Vaughn & MJ O’Shea [CONTEST CLOSED]

Many thanks to Piper Vaughn and M.J. O’Shea for donating an ebook copy two ebook copies of their forthcoming m/m romance, Moonstruck (Lucky Moon #3), for lucky commenters to win! Moonstruck will be released January 1 by Loose Id. (Thanks to Piper & MJ for adding a second copy after the contest broke 100 comments!)

Surya Patel is the drummer for the massively popular band, Moonlight. When his label suggests a collaboration with Luck, the band Moonlight toured with the year before, he should be all for it. Except for one thing – he slept with Luck’s manager during the tour, and then bolted in the dead of night. He’s regretted it ever since, but he knows being around Emmanuel will only lead to disaster. Unfortunately for Surya, the person the label sends to sweet talk him into joining the collaboration is none other than Em himself.

Emmanuel Cortez has spent months trying to forget about the hottest night of his life – the night he slept with Surya. It’s been a year, but not even the death of his beloved grandmother and the subsequent drama with his family could keep the memories away. Now it’s time to be professional. His job is to convince Surya to collaborate with Luck, nothing more, but a day spent together leads to yet another passionate night. This time Em is the one to leave.

But unexpectedly Surya has a change of heart. He isn’t satisfied with just one night anymore. He wants forever.

Excerpt

Other Books

About Piper

Piper Vaughn wrote her first love story at eleven and never looked back. Since then, she’s known that writing in some form was exactly what she wanted to do. A reader at the core, Piper loves nothing more than getting lost in a great book – fantasy, young adult, romance, she loves them all (and has a thousand book library to prove it!). She grew up in Chicago, in an ethnically diverse neighborhood, and loves to put faces and characters of every ethnicity in her stories, so her fictional worlds are as colorful as the real one. Above all, she believes that everyone needs a little true love in their life…even if it’s only in a book. You can find out more about Piper at her website, Facebook, Twitter, and joint blog with M.J.

About M.J.

M.J. O’Shea has been writing romance since algebra class in sixth grade (when most of her stories starred her and Leonardo DiCaprio). When she’s not writing, she loves listening to nearly all types of music, painting, reading great authors, and on those elusive sunny days in the Pacific Northwest, she loves driving on the freeway with her windows rolled down and her stereo on high.

You can find out more about M.J. at her website, Twitter, and joint blog with Piper.

Contest Rules

  • To enter, leave a comment below stating that you are entering the contest. Contest closes 7 pm CST, Monday, December31.
  • 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 luck and counterintuitive espionage 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.)
  • Winner 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!

 

 

“Feedmefeedmefeedmefeedmefeedmefeedme.” -Chaos

Ebook giveaway: Dead in L.A. (L.A. Paranormal 1 & 2) by Lou Harper [CONTEST CLOSED]

Many thanks to Lou Harper for donating an ebook copy of her recently released m/m paranormal romantic suspense, Dead in L.A. (L.A. Paranormal 1 & 2), for a lucky commenter to win!

Trouble comes in deceptive packages

Still recovering from an accident that left him emotionally and physically battered, Jon’s goal is to lead a simple life, free of complications and attachments. His new roommate – a happy-go-lucky bookworm – seems to fit into his plans fine at first. He doesn’t find out till later that Leander’s also a psychic, specializing in finding lost pets. Jon’s a skeptic when it comes to the supernatural, so he’s convinced Leander’s a nut job.

Jon’s beliefs are challenged when Leander has to track down a missing teenager and he ropes Jon into assisting him. Soon the two of them are knee-deep in a decades-old murder case. The hills and valleys of the City of Angels hold many buried secrets, and Leander has a knack for finding them.

Jon’s hopes for a trouble-free life go out the window as he’s drawn deeper into Leander’s psychic sleuthing. Digging into the past poses many dangers, but the biggest risk Jon faces is putting his bruised heart on the line.

Warning: Men loving men, skeletons, and an unlucky Chihuahua.

Excerpt

Other Books

About Lou

Under a prickly, cynical surface Lou Harper is an incorrigible romantic. Her love affair with the written word started at a tender age. There was never a time when stories weren’t romping around in her head. She is currently embroiled in a ruinous romance with adjectives. In her free time Lou stalks deviant words and feral narratives.

Lou’s favorite animal is the hedgehog. She likes nature, books, movies, photography, and good food. She has a temper and mood swings.

Lou has misspent most of her life in parts of Europe and the US, but is now firmly settled in Los Angeles and worships the sun. However, she thinks the ocean smells funny. Lou is a loner, a misfit, and a happy drunk. You can find out more about Lou and her books at her website, her blog, and Goodreads.

Contest Rules

  • To enter, leave a comment stating that you are entering the contest. Contest closes 7 pm CST, Thursday, January 3.
  • 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!

Don’t panic! May was just deeply asleep, not dead.

Ebook giveaway: Substitute Heart by Summer Michaels [CONTEST CLOSED]

Many thanks to Summer Michaels for donating an ebook copy of her recently released holiday m/m romance, Substitute Heart, for a lucky commenter to win!

Three years have passed since Travis buried his husband, but he is unable to let go and move on. Even the support of his late husband’s fellow Marines cannot motivate him to live again. His apathy for life reaches a breaking point when he is fired days before Christmas, and an unexpected visitor shows Travis that he has one last chance for a happy future, else he is doomed to one far bleaker…

Excerpt

About Summer

Summer Michaels is an energetic, fun-loving southern belle. She is also an avid reader of all things romance. With a belief that love should be shared no matter what the form, she enjoys telling stories of rowdy cowboys, reunited lovers, and steamy shifters. When Summer is not reading and writing, this Kentucky girl can be found cheering on her Wildcats, camping, hiking, water rafting, and giving the old woman in a shoe a run for her money. You can find out more about Summer and her books at her blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

Contest Rules

  • To enter, leave a comment stating that you are entering the contest. Contest closes 7 pm CST, Monday, December 31.
  • 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!

 

 

“Why aren’t you feeding me?!?” -Chaos

Misadventures in Stock Photography: Part the 146th (Ho, Ho, Ho – It’s Baddest Santa Guy!)



Congrats Penumbra, who won Santa, Actually (That’s Entertainment #2) by Clare LondonSanta, Actually was released on December 16 by JMS Books.

Congrats to Ria H, who won Chase the Ace by Clare LondonChase the Ace was released on December 16 by Amber Allure.

Congrats to sylvan65, who won Naked Tails by Eden WintersNaked Tails is being released today by Dreamspinner Press.



Welcome to another edition of the Misadventures in Stock Photography! Today is the (apparently) annual Baddest Santa Guy holiday special post. Check out the original Baddest Santa Guy post from last year to find out how he got his name. (That post is not recommended for people who actually eat candy canes.)

Said Baddest Santa Guy, “This year,

was

working as

during

,

with a little

in his own

way while I was at

for

to celebrate

,

. We were laughing about

(

) when we realized with dismay that

, who’d been

and left with a

, no longer led

and would be

,

and

, like maybe

and to come

(but not get

) unless we could avoid

, practice our

, and celebrate some

.”

The not-very-conclusive end.


“Once again this doesn’t make any sense, Mom, because Santa Claws is a kitty, not a naughty boy!” -Mayhem