Abbreviated linkity on a day when I said there’d be none



Congrats to Astrid, who won Merry Gentlemen by Josephine Myles!

Congrats to  choccygrl, who won A Lion in Tails by Andrew GreyA Lion in Tails will be released by Dreamspinner Press on December 1 as part of its 2013 Advent Calendar.



Randonymity

  • I know I said there wouldn’t be linkity this week, but since I needed to post something about two contests closing this evening, you got a teeny weeny bit of linkity, too.
  • I sold my old condo! And there was much rejoicing.

Bookity

Think, Do, Make, Learn

Cookity

Gluten Free

Wha…?

LOL

Teh Cute

Reading Update

  • I’ll let you guess. 😉

Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na, BatCat!

Ebook giveaway: Christmas Serendipity by Liam Livings [CONTEST CLOSED]

Many thanks to Liam Livings for donating an ebook copy of his forthcoming m/m holiday romance, Christmas Serendipity, for a lucky commenter to win! Christmas Serendipity will be released by JMS Books on December 8.

In a snowy small town in England just before Christmas, handyman Christian thinks the world has ended – his parents are still getting used to his being gay and have disinvited him to their Christmas. Former waiter David has just been fired and is still getting used to the fact that his useless, cheating, money-grabbing, waste-of-space boyfriend has just dumped him. Their mutual friend Cathy steps in and invites the two strangers to a non-family Christmas at the flat she shares with Tony.

With Cathy’s organizational skills and enthusiasm, these four spend Christmas together, making the best of it and getting to know each other. A spark of attraction clearly brings David and Christian closer, and spending the festive season together may be just what these two refugees need to calm their troubled souls.

But the past still haunts them both and threatens to be their undoing. Is love enough to overcome the burdens they bear? Can they find a happy Christmas together after all?

Excerpt (scroll down)

About Liam

Three things about Liam – there are five more on the website and one is a lie:

  1. He lives, with his partner and cats, where east London ends and becomes nine-carat-gold- highlights-and-fake-tan-west-Essex.
  2. He was born in Hampshire with two club feet (look it up, it’s not nice) and problem ears, needing grommets: this meant he was in plaster from toe to groin until he was two, and had to swim with a cap and olive oil soaked lamb’s wool over his ears – olive oil bought from a health food shop, before it was sold by supermarkets.
  3. He started writing when he was 14: sat in French lessons during a French exchange trip, for want of anything better to do, he wrote pen portraits about his French exchange’s teachers. He wrote for his school’s creative writing magazine and still writes a diary every day.

You can find out more about Liam on his website, blog, Twitter, and Facebook.

Contest Rules

  • To enter, leave a comment stating that you are entering the contest. Contest closes 7 pm CST, Friday, December 6.
  • 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!

*sun stupor* -Mayhem

Signed paperbacks giveaway: The Replacement Guitarist (2nd ed) & Home for the Holidays (The Replacement Guitarist #2) (2nd ed) by Lori Toland [CONTEST CLOSED]



Congrats to Shelley, who won Let It Snow by Heidi Cullinan! Let It Snow is being released today by Samhain Publishing.



Many thanks to Lori Toland for donating signed paperback copies of her recently rereleased m/m romances, The Replacement Guitarist (2nd ed) and Home for the Holidays (The Replacement Guitarist #2) (2nd ed), for a lucky commenter to win!

Blaze Shinozuka has two goals: get a job as a guitarist and lose his virginity. At an audition for a famous pop star, he draws the attention of celebrity manager Jason Stockton – and their instant attraction sends his world careening off its axis just as he is thrust into the gritty world of rock ‘n’ roll.

Straight-laced music manager Jason Stockton is always professional and never dips his pen in the company ink. But there is something about Blaze that leaves him wanting what he shouldn’t. The guitarist’s exotic beauty and compelling innocence is a temptation Jason can’t resist.

After one lie in the national media pushes them apart, Blaze must decide whether he will trust Jason, a man he shouldn’t touch, let alone love. The cutthroat, jealous world of rock ‘n’ roll, has chewed up and spit out the toughest musicians, and Blaze vows he will be the last man standing, even after the music stops.

This gay romance contains very frequent love scenes, drug use and a very angry pop star dead set on coming between two men who will stop at nothing to be together.

Jason Stockton and Blaze Shinozuka are looking forward to escaping their hectic rock and roll lifestyle for a relaxing holiday. Their plan seems promising, and the passion between them burns hotter than ever as they keep each other warm despite the icy temperatures.

When a surprise Stockton family get-together threatens to reveal what Jason would rather keep hidden, their budding relationship is put to the test and an impromptu trip to Hawaii makes the differences between them more obvious than ever.

Thanks to two chaotic family holidays and a lot of painful secrets, Christmas could end up being more than their new found love can endure.

And *NEW* The Journey Onward

Getting back from paradise and being alone is exactly what Jason and Blaze need to build their relationship and break down the barriers between them but nothing is ever that simple. Being in LA means back to work for Jason and Blaze gets a sample of what life will be like as Jason’s partner.

Can loving each other be enough to keep them together? Blaze is finding out how much work goes into keeping a relationship alive and in their darkest hour, they will have to stand united as partners to weather a storm that could devastate their future.

Also by Lori

About Lori

CEO by day, erotic romance writer by night, Lori Toland lives in Orlando where the summers are hot but the romance between her characters is even hotter. Writing since the tender age of 13, Lori somehow finds time to play video games and watch movies while taking care of her beloved cats and a husband who will forever be her hero. You can find out more about Lori and her books at her website, on her blog, on Twitter, and on Facebook.

Contest Rules

  • To enter, leave a comment stating that you are entering the contest. Contest closes 7 pm CST, Friday, December 6.
  • By entering the contest, you’re confirming that you are at least 18 years old and that you can legally receive the book in the country in which you live.
  • 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.
  • This contest is open worldwide!

“Keeping an eye on you, Mom!” -Mayhem

“…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…” -Chaos

Misadventures in Stock Photography: Part the 179th (It’s Not Polite To Stare Guy [INPTSG])



Congrats to Peaches, who won Inside Out by Andrew GreyInside Out is being released by Dreamspinner Press today.



Welcome to another edition of the Misadventures in Stock Photography! Today we’ll be meeting It’s Not Polite To Stare Guy (INPTSG). There’s definitely a reason everyone uses the half-face stock photo – check out the full face version.

After the

-wearing

that he was actually a

, he disobeyed the

(with whom he used to be

), was trapped in the magical

of

, and subsequently had to visit some

.

Two weeks in a row that they make (some sort of) sense. O.O


“Hmph.” -Mayhem

Waiting until the last minute to try to come up with a linkity title is always a bad idea



Congrats to Peaches, who won Inside Out by Andrew GreyInside Out will be released by Dreamspinner Press on November 25.



Randonymity

  • I think I’ve triumphed over Windows 8 on my new computer by installing a shell that makes it mostly act like Windows 7. 🙂
  • No linkity next week, due to the US Thanksgiving holiday.

Bookity

Think, Do, Make, Learn

Cookity

Gluten-Free

Cool

Cool or Wha…?

Wha…?

LOL

Teh Cute

Reading Update

  • Hockey fics………………………

“…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…” -Chaos

“There aren’t enough birds to look at now. Hmph.” -Mayhem

Ebook giveaway: Making It Count by Kim Dare [CONTEST CLOSED]

Many thanks to Kim Dare for donating an ebook copy of her freshly released kinky m/m romance, Making It Count, for a lucky commenter to win!

Duncan’s wanted to do a scene with Toby ever since he met him in their first study group of the year, but when Toby failed to flirt back, or pick up on a single kinky hint, Duncan knew he had no choice but to back off. He always thought that Toby would be interesting if he ever came out of the kinky closet – but it never even occurred to Duncan that he’d suddenly find the boy standing on the doorstep of the club he runs.

Toby’s been fascinated and intimidated by Duncan in equal measure for months. When his flat-mate bails out on a kinky play-date with Duncan at the last moment, Toby’s need overtakes his nervousness. Before he has time to think twice, he’s there, offering himself up as a replacement sub for the night.

This might be the only chance Toby has to fulfill all his fantasies surrounding Duncan – and he’s determined to make it count.

Excerpt (scroll down)

Kim’s Other Books

About Kim

Kim Dare is a full time writer from Wales (UK).

First published in December 2008, Kim has since released 75 BDSM erotic romances. That means that well over one hundred characters have chattered away inside her head during that time – and that’s not even taking into account the fact that there are over three times that number of people clamouring in the wings for a chance to tell their stories. It’s no wonder she loses track of what’s happening in the “real” world at times…

While Kim’s 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 CST, Monday, December 2.
  • 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!

“What are you doing over there, big kitty?! Oh my, I think you’re going to be in trouble…” -Mayhem

Ebook giveaway: A Lion in Tails by Andrew Grey [CONTEST CLOSED]

Many thanks to Andrew Grey for donating an ebook copy of his forthcoming m/m holiday romance, A Lion in Tails, for a lucky commenter to win! A Lion in Tails will be released by Dreamspinner Press on December 1 as part of its 2013 Advent Calendar.

Larry Kincaid isn’t ready to be a parent, but when his sister dies in an accident, he takes his nephew, Angus, into his home. The change throws Larry’s life into limbo until he meets Joshua Langdon.

To Joshua, Larry is a lion: growly and strong, but too proud to ask for help. Joshua gets past his defenses and finds a place in Larry and Angus’s family, but Larry’s pride gets in the way. Can they turn their holiday romance into a relationship that lasts into the New Year?

Other Books

About Andrew

Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation. Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing). He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania. You can find out more about Andrew and his books at his website and his blog.

Contest Rules

  • To enter, leave a comment stating that you are entering the contest. Contest closes 7 pm CST, Friday, November 29.
  • 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!

“Sheesh, Mom, we’re trying to nap on your lap here – must you take pictures?!” -Chaos

*annoyed* -Mayhem

Ebook giveaway: Merry Gentlemen by Josephine Myles [CONTEST CLOSED]

Many thanks to Josephine Myles for donating an ebook copy of her freshly released m/m holiday romance, Merry Gentlemen, for a lucky commenter to win!

‘Tis the season of goodwill to all men…even the one who dumped you.

Riley MacDermott’s ambitions are simple. Managing the annual Bath Christmas Market – which involves long hours in the cold and a whole lot of hassle – will secure the promotion he needs to afford to move out of his noisy, top-floor flat. Where not even his balcony is safe from an aggressive herring gull.

The last stallholder he expects to see is his ex. Riley never recovered from their break up, and five years on the old chemistry still sparkles. So does their habitual head butting.

Stan never wanted to leave the love of his life, but the pull of the woods was too strong – and Riley was firmly planted in the city. Reconnecting is painful, but Stan still jumps at the chance to stay with his old flame during the Market. And damn the consequences.

As the weeks pass, the two grow closer than ever. But despite scorching sex and cozy intimacy, they both know they face a cold and lonely future. Unless one of them can compromise.

Warning: Contains sex in a shed, a seagull with a grudge, glamping, awful Secret Santa underwear, misuse of an Abba song, and as many wood-related puns as the author thought she could get away with.

Excerpt

Other Books by Jo

About Jo

Eccentric Englishwoman, absent-minded mother, proud bisexual, shameless tea-addict, serial textile craft hobbyist, iconoclastic logophile and writer of homoerotic romance – Josephine Myles is all these things at once. She has held down more different jobs than any sane person ever should, and is fundamentally rebellious, preferring the overgrown yet enticing path rather than the wide and obvious one.

Jo once spent two years living on a slowly decaying narrowboat, and was determined that she would one day use the experience as fodder for a novel. It may have taken a few years, but she got there in the end. She usually does.

She lives in rural Somerset, in the West Country of England, with her husband and four year old daughter. Currently self-employed, she gave up a career teaching English Literature to look after her daughter, who has Down’s Syndrome. When she isn’t working, writing or spending time with friends and family, she bakes cakes and attempts to finish off some of the textile projects she has started, with varying degrees of success. She can occasionally be spotted wearing her creations, as no one else will.

In her short stories Jo is particularly interested in exploring how characters react in the heat of the moment, and what they reveal about their deepest desires and insecurities. She most enjoys writing contemporary tales about unconventional men overcoming their fears through love, but ventures into sci-fi and paranormal when her muse insists. He can be a right difficult bastard at times.

Contest Rules

  • To enter, leave a comment below stating that you are entering the contest. Contest closes 7 pm CST, Friday, November 29.
  • 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!

“…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…” -Mayhem

Misadventures in Stock Photography: Part the 178th (Surly Side Eye Guy)



Congrats to Carolyn, who won Home for the Holidays (The Replacement Guitarist #2) (2nd ed) by Lori Toland! Lori’s releasing Home for the Holidays today.



Welcome to another edition of the Misadventures in Stock Photography! Today we’ll be meeting Surly Side Eye Guy.

On

, in the

, the

was

to be a

, and after a

, he cried a

from his

as he wailed,”

!”, hoping against hope that this

was

that would lead to an

,

.

I’m sure it’s my imagination that this one almost makes sense. 😉


*sigh* -Mayhem

In which there isn’t really any linkity at all



Congrats to Carolyn, who won Home for the Holidays (The Replacement Guitarist #2) (2nd ed) by Lori Toland! Lori will release Home for the Holidays on November 18.



Randonymity

  • I had the best intentions to do linkity… 🙂 But I treated myself to a new laptop as an early birthday present (I’ll be 47 on Sunday – ack!!!) and let’s just say the transition to Windows 8 isn’t going smoothly. *muttering darkly* Anyway, I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend, even without linkity. You can always catch up on some you missed, right?!

Bookity

Cookity

  • 27 pancake recipes (such as Gluten-Free Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes, Double-Stuff Oreo Pancakes, and Red Velvet Pancakes with Coconut Syrup and Blueberries).

Cool

Cool or Wha…?

Wha…?

Teh Cute

Reading Update

  • Hockey fics! You knew that already. 🙂

“Really, it’s terrible – Mom’s just been futzing with that new laptop and muttering some appalling things while she neglects us! We’ve even been forced to entertain ourselves.” -Mayhem

“Well, that trash basket was a bust, May – shall we move on to the next?” -Chaos