Ebook giveaway: King’s Conquest (Mending the Rift #1) (2nd ed) by Valentina Heart [CONTEST CLOSED]

Many thanks to Valentina Heart for donating an ebook copy of her re-released m/m fantasy romance, King’s Conquest (Mending the Rift #1) (2nd ed), for a lucky commenter to win! (There will be contests in May for the next two books in the trilogy.)

The only way for Prince Rin to save his kingdom is to marry a king and bear a child, but will he survive his fate?

In a world where two kingdoms are constantly at war, Prince Rin, heir to the throne of the Kari kingdom, has been demanded as a war conquest by King Merinej of Jeda. The prince must travel to his enemy’s kingdom and share the king’s bed, bearing him a child, or the war will continue. But the prince will not lower himself to what he sees as nothing but the title of a whore, so he demands a contract requiring the king to be faithful to him. After all, giving Merinej a child will threaten Rin’s life.

Even going into the marriage headfirst, Rin expected nothing more than a business arrangement. Instead, he receives affection, yet the more surprising realization is his willingness to give love back. However, the king cannot save Rin from those who wish him harm, and their union might be over before it can fully bloom.

Reader Advisory: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series.

Publisher’s Note: This book was previously released by another publisher. It has been considerably expanded, revised, and re-edited for release with Totally Bound Publishing.

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About Valentina

Valentina Heart lives at different locations in Split, at the coast of the Adriatic Sea. Like the directions of her stories her life takes a new twist with every passing year and she welcomes every single one.

As an avid reader for many years, she had a habit of mixing fiction with reality, until she realized that she could simply breathe life to her characters and make them as real as they could get. From forever romantic to deeply troubled, they bring joy to their creator as well as frustration with their naughty behavior.

Kinky imagination aside, she enjoys music and movies just as much as reading, but give her summer all year round and she’ll be ready to free climb, swim, or stretch in all those mind stirring yoga positions.

You can find out more about Valentina at her website, on Goodreads, or on Facebook.

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*genteel snoring* -Mayhem

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Reading Update
Art for Kids: Drawing: The Only Drawing Book You’ll Ever Need to Be the Artist You’ve Always Wanted to Be by Kathryn Temple. Good basic overview of a wide variety of drawing concepts. I’ve tried a few of the exercises in my sketchbook and plan to try a few more before returning this book to the library.
The Gluten-Free Revolution: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know about Losing the Wheat, Reclaiming Your Health, and Eating Happily Ever After by Jax Peters Lowell. DNF. Not going to rate this. I didn’t realize it was the third edition of Lowell’s Against the Grain: The Slightly Eccentric Guide to Living Well Without Gluten or Wheat, which was a really important read for me after I was diagnosed with celiac disease in 1997. Lowell’s no-nonsense, seize-the-day attitude was so completely different from every other book about celiac and the gluten-free diet – it was refreshing and freeing. But I’m in a very different place now with the gluten-free diet and this time Lowell’s style was just rubbing me the wrong way.


“Don’t think I’m not keeping an eye on you, Mom!” -Chaos

Ebook giveaway: Jack in the Green (2nd ed) by JL Merrow [CONTEST CLOSED]

Many thanks to JL Merrow for donating an ebook copy of her forthcoming paranormal historical m/m romance, Jack in the Green (2nd ed), for a lucky commenter to win! Jack in the Green will be released by JMS Books on May 3.

Stranded in a remote country village in 1920s England by his car breaking down, shy young Arthur finds himself drawn to the rough mechanic who comes to his aid, Bob Goodman. Forced to stay until the May Day holiday is over, Arthur makes the best of it, enjoying the village procession and fete.

But the villagers seem to know more about him than they should, and there’s a second, darker, May celebration that starts when the sun’s gone down. In the drunken revelry that follows, Arthur is whisked off in a wild dance by Goodman, who plays the part of Jack in the Green, the spirit of the greenwood.

Dancing turns to loving, but is everything what it seems? And is one night all Arthur can have?

Note: This short story (approx. 7,500 words) was previously published as The Green Man. It has been fully revised and re-edited, but is substantially the same story as that previously available.

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About JL

JL Merrow is that rare beast: an English person who refuses to drink tea.  Having grown up by the seaside, she also loathes fish and chips.  She read Natural Sciences at Cambridge, where she learned many things, chief amongst which was that she never wanted to see the inside of a lab ever again.  Her one regret is that she never mastered the ability of punting one-handed whilst holding a glass of champagne. She writes across genres, with a preference for contemporaries and the paranormal, and is frequently accused of humour. You can find out more about JL at her website, blog, Facebook, Goodreads, and Amazon.

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  • To enter, leave a comment stating that you are entering the contest. Contest closes 7 pm CDT, Friday, May 1.
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  • 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…
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  • 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!

“Ha! I wonder how long it will take May to notice that I am in her favorite kitty bed?!” -Chaos

Misadventures in Stock Photography: Part the 236th (Torso Guy #2)

Welcome to another edition of the Misadventures in Stock Photography! Today we’ll be meeting Torso Guy #2 – check out the original Torso Guy to see how they differ.

heard the

in the distance and realized he’d taken a

when he left

after having

– now he stood little chance of

in time for some

or two with the

and blissfully escaping his

s while

in sexy comfort at home.

Is it my imagination, or did that make sense? *squints*


“I despair of you, Mom, and I despair of all the naughty boys.” -Mayhem

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  • Hockey fics! Woo-hoo! 🙂

“Clean face, clean face, I’m going to have a clean clean face!” -Chaos

Misadventures in Stock Photography: Part the 235th (Not Kissing, Just Resting Our Lips on Each Other Guys [NKJROLoEOG])



Congrats to Ali G, who won I’m the Guy You Hate by Isa K!

Congrats to Mary B, who won LIMBO by Clare London!



Welcome to another edition of the Misadventures in Stock Photography! Today we’ll be meeting the Not Kissing, Just Resting Our Lips on Each Other Guys (NKJROLoEOG). Thanks to Becky Black, who found a number of these covers for me. 🙂

When

are

s, they use

(particularly the

) to make themselves less likely to be discovered and

as punishment as soon as they realize they’re

anymore.

And it started so promisingly! 😉


“Naughty boys

?! And now they’re infringing on my space! I’m just so exhausted by such naughtiness…” -Mayhem

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Congrats to Ali G, who won I’m the Guy You Hate by Isa K!

Congrats to Mary B, who won LIMBO by Clare London!



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Urban Watercolor Sketching: A Guide to Drawing, Painting, and Storytelling in Color by Felix Scheinberger. Good overview of a wide range of watercolor techniques, emphasizing a more on-the-go and dynamic style of watercolor painting than most other introductory books.

And of course – hockey fics! 🙂


*still judging, still prettily* -Mayhem

*grumping about dinner being late, two hours before dinner time* -Chaos

In which linkity celebrates the installation of new windows

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A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains by Isabella L Bird. Very good tale, written in a series of letters to her sister in England, of Isabella Lucy Bird’s extensive (and mostly solitary) travels in the Colorado Rocky Mountains during the late summer and fall of 1873. I am in complete awe of her – I’m pretty sure I would’ve curled up into a little ball and refused to continue once the temperature plummeted! And I enjoyed her compulsively readable style enough that I will definitely read more of her travels, some of which you can find at Project Gutenberg.
A Year in the Life: Journaling for Self-Discovery by Sheila Bender. Meh. Disappointing book about the benefits of journaling, complete with a year of rather contrived journaling prompts. As I first read, then skimmed, I kept muttering to the author, “Do your own work. Do your own work.” I’m not sure there was a single page on which the author didn’t quote from or refer to another writer and it quickly became very, very annoying.
Writing as a Way of Healing: How Telling Our Stories Transforms Our Lives by Louise DeSalvo. DNF. I made it about 35% (into Part Two) before I put it down and decided I didn’t want to bother reading more. I found Part One weirdly off-putting as the author repeated over and over, in slightly different and not-so-different ways, what the Exact Specific Only Type Of Writing That Is Therapeutic was.
Creative Journal Writing: The Art and Heart of Reflection by Stephanie Dowrick. The title sums it up well. 🙂 This is a book that I’ll have close by when I’m feeling stuck and need some inspiration – there are thoughtful, thought-provoking exercises throughout and a list of 125 helpful prompts at the end.
Note to Self: On Keeping a Journal and Other Dangerous Pursuits by Samara O’Shea. Only made it to page 32 before I gave up. It just felt obnoxiously self-absorbed to me, in a way I couldn’t relate to at all. It has been donated to the nearest Little Free Library.
Learn Watercolour Quickly by Hazel Soan. Perhaps a bit too quickly…


“I’m blaming you for how scary and disruptive getting the new windows installed was!!” -Mayhem