Misadventures in Stock Photography: Part the 148th (Candy Cane Guy returns for the nth time)

Welcome to another edition of the Misadventures in Stock Photography! Today we’ll be catching up with Candy Cane Guy yet again.

predicted that the

and

of

would leave him

after the

 with

– and that was before Jacinto realized he would have to

when the

turned out to be

, leading to an uncomfortable crowd of

.

The end! Whew! 🙂


“I am so very, very, very disappointed in you, Mom.” -Mayhem

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Misadventures in Stock Photography: Part the 121st (It’s Candy Cane Guy… again)



Congrats to Michelle, CursingMama, and Tracey D, who won King Perry by Edmond Manning!

Congrats to Peggy C, who won Still Waters (Sanctuary #4) by RJ ScottStill Waters was released by Silver Publishing on May 19.

Congrats to Paula S, who won her choice of More Than Pride (Supernatural Mates #6) or Switching Payne by Amber Kell! Switching Payne was released by Silver Publishing on May 19 and More Than Pride will be released by Total-E-Bound on May 28.



Welcome to another edition of the Misadventures in Stock Photography! Today we’ll be catching up with Candy Cane Guy… again. And maybe I should warn you ahead of time that it’s likely you’ll get whiplash reading this one. 🙂

Said Candy Cane Guy, “It all happens

dream perchance – they think I’m just

, but ever since I fell afoul of

, I’m actually

!

from

unattainable. Instead of being the

and forming a

to become one of the carefree

, now I’m working a job

make ends meet. Asking people, ‘

‘ during the day and working

p0rn0 at night is a real drag, when I’d much rather be

, trying to appease his near-

appetites and waiting for him to tell me, ‘

!'”

Well. Um. Look! Over there!


*determinedly and crabbily ignoring the naughty boys* -Mayhem

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Misadventures in Stock Photography: Part the 100th (Back to the Beginning: Candy Cane Guy!)



Congrats to Dianna, who won Winter Warmers by Josephine Myles, JL Merrow, Clare London, Chrissy Munder, and Lou Harper!



When I started the Misadventures back on December 3, 2009, I had no idea it would evolve into a long-running series of quirky, incoherent little stories strung together from book titles. Thanks to all of you for reading and commenting! A special thanks to those of you who’ve sent me covers, too. I’m honored to be part of you never looking at book covers the same way again. 😉

For this, the 100th edition of the Misadventures in Stock Photography, I thought we should go back to the very beginning, to the cover that started it and gave Candy Cane Guy his name. 🙂

Because he was

,

just couldn’t seem to stop himself from

, especially when he was

, wandering the

and trying to avoid

with

as he looked for things that needed to be

while a not-quite-

(maybe a

?) kept playing in the back of his mind. Obviously he hadn’t done enough

in his misspent youth, when he worked as a

, then abruptly left behind his

of

and went

, traveling

to stay

‘s notice.

*blink blink blink*


“I can’t believe there are so many naughty boys! Surely you must be almost out of them by now, Mom?!” -Mayhem

Bad news, May: I have plenty of naughty boys stocked up! 🙂

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Misadventures in Stock Photography: Part the 91st (Curly Blond Bangs Guy)



D’oh! I published this early by accident… Whoops!


Congrats to Jen B and Beth, who each won a copy of Bulletproof (A Matter of Time #3 or #5, depending) by Mary Calmes! Bulletproof will be released today by Dreamspinner Press.



Welcome to another edition of the Misadventures in Stock Photography! Today we’ll be meeting Curly Blond Bangs Guy (CBBG). If you were worried about how much sense last week’s Misadventure made, rest assured that’s not the case this week. 🙂 And keep an eye out for Candy Cane Guy!

left, after

, after

thwarted

to power, what was left beyond

? Those

had been

a dream he hated to give up, even for

or

. But would being in

preclude a

?

I’m pretty sure that was the most challenging set of titles I’ve yet encountered.


“I’m not coming out until you promise there won’t be any more naughty boys!” -Mayhem

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Misadventures in Stock Photography: Part the 75th (Candy Cane Guy drops by)



Congrats to Lea W, who won Impossible to Resist by Em Woods and Keeping House by Lee Brazil!


If you’ve heard anything on the news about tornadoes in Minneapolis, Minnesota, they were in the north part of the city. I’m in the southwest. Here it rained crazily, the tornado sirens went off just in case, and the kitties hid under the couch.



Welcome to another edition of the Misadventures in Stock Photography! Today we’ll see what Candy Cane Guy’s been up to recently. Keep an eye out for Shy Guy and Wind in Hair Guy!

Said Candy Cane Guy, “

to you! This year,

is

, tied with a

and sent

– really, that would it make it an absolutely

for me!” Meanwhile, the

was working

on

using that

,

, which

had

with

,

. Sure, he craved

, but he knew that beauty was in the

and that even when he was whipping up some

, he was

. The end. I think. 😉


“If you haven’t noticed, Mom, I am indignant that you found more naughty boys!!” -Mayhem

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Misadventures in Stock Photography: Part the 73rd (The return of the return of Shy Guy)



Congrats to Helena, who won Fanning the Flames (The Match Before Christmas #2) by Eden Winters! Fanning the Flames was released by Torquere Press on May 7.

Congrats to Lynn, who won Sharing Paul (Portals #3) by Jade Archer! Sharing Paul will be released today by Total-E-Bound.



Welcome to another edition of the Misadventures in Stock Photography! Today we’ll be revisiting Shy Guy. Watch out for Candy Cane Guy, Everywhere Guy, Looking Away Guy, Crossed Arms Guy… and see if you can figure out who I plan to feature in the future as Smarmy Guy!

warned her there would be a

when

herself with

, who was trying to fight his

by

. “


bring me

, I know, but it’s all I want this year!” exclaimed the Playful Prince. “I’ve been

, trying to

, but I’m not sure that

while he’s

from the

is covered under ‘everything.’ By the way,

Um, was it really obvious that I had a bit of trouble with that last cover?! 🙂 I’ve had that cover since before the very first Shy Guy Misadventure and finally accepted it isn’t going to fit smoothly into a narrative.


“I’m starting to think you do this naughty boy thing just to annoy me, Mom.” -Mayhem

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Misadventures in Stock Photography: Part the 49th (Candy Cane Guy rides again!)

Happy Fifth Blogiversary to Stumbling Over Chaos today! Wait, that’s me… 😉 Serendipitously, the blog will also receive its 50,000th non-spam comment today – if that comment is you, you’ll win a prize to be determined congrats, Jenre!!

Thanks to all of you for making the last five years so much fun for me!


Welcome to another edition of the Misadventures in Stock Photography! It’s been a while since we checked in with Candy Cane Guy, hasn’t it?

Candy Cane Guy was dreaming of the

he had planned for his night of

and

, starting with a

because he was sooooo done

, then moving on to some

, and ending with him

(or maybe

, depending on his mood). (EC really likes to pair CCG’s body with that head)

Slowly waking up, no longer completely

in his dreams, he thought about how wonderful it would be to have

, to be

with

.

Do you remember how Candy Cane Guy got his name? It was in the very first Misadventure, nearly a year ago!


*sigh* “I don’t think Mom listens to me at all about the naughty boys. At least there’s a handsome spotty kitty for me to look at this time…” – Mayhem

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Misadventures in Stock Photography: Part the 38th (Revisiting Candy Cane Guy)

Welcome to another edition of the Misadventures in Stock Photography! I’m sure you’ve all been dying to find out what Candy Cane Guy’s been up to since the last time we visited him, right? Just nod and smile, everyone. 🙂

Candy Cane Guy fell

because his

broke

had a bit of a temper tantrum while they were trying to find the

. This left him in

with

,

who kept insisting that

and that he should be

and putting himself

in order to experience a

of

.

I’m going to end the story here, so you can all gawk at that cover. Yes, that really is Candy Cane Guy’s body. See?


“Oh no, now there are mutant naughty boys?! Eeeeek!” -Mayhem

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Misadventures in Stock Photography: Part the 27th (Too Smooth Guy)

Welcome to another edition of the Misadventures in Stock Photography! Today, we’ll be following the misadventures of Too Smooth Guy, so named because he looks as if he’s made from plastic on many of these covers.

Too Smooth Guy set out

, charting his course by

and relying on

to keep him from going astray (or more astray at least). Indeed, he thought that he had

, but alas, it was actually a

, sweeping away

that was his only legacy. (Hi, Candy Cane Guy! Wow, you sure do get around…)

Too Smooth Guy refused to let his failure bring him down and vowed that he would

, no matter how many

were required. Unfortunately, he got a little sidetracked when he was captured,

, and compelled to participate in

in order to ensure his own

. (I’m going to pretend that the flaming guitar-playing skeleton is a figment of my imagination.)

It had been late

when he was captured; he was finally released after spending

a (*waves at YCMMSG*)

. Remember, boys and girls, that

goes unpunished and a little

will apparently get you distorted by the photoshop monsters!


“Mom, how many naughty boys are there?! Surely we have seen all of them by now?! Also, I haven’t forgiven you for not telling me there was still an inch of water in the tub yesterday until after I jumped in.” -Mayhem

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Misadventures in Stock Photography: Part the 23rd (The Return of the Return of Candy Cane Guy)

Thanks to Eyre for pointing out that today is the International Day Against Homophobia, described on its website as “a rallying event offering an opportunity for people to get together and reach out to one another.” So be especially kind today, ok?


I’m sure you’ve all been worried about Candy Cane Guy, since I haven’t posted about him since the beginning of April! 😉 It will not surprise you to discover he’s been a busy, busy boy.

, they immediately formed a

and set about

and just generally

. They were living in

until Candy Cane Guy suddenly decided that it was time for some

and hastened to

on a

. His former team member, now left alone, wailed, “Baby, you are

! Please, won’t you

?”

Oh, teh dramaz! 😉 Whatever do you think will happen next??


“I just want you to know that I do not approve of naughty boys, Mom! Not at all. Just in case I haven’t been making myself clear.” -Mayhem

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