Congrats to Vicki T, Tina, and Lauren L, who won the Three Fates anthology by Mary Calmes, Andrew Grey, and Amy Lane. Three Fates is being released by Dreamspinner Press today.
Congrats to Pat N, who wonÂ Accounting for Luke (Dangerous Lovers #2) by Amber Kell!
Congrats to Sally, who won Summer School by Tam Ames! Summer SchoolÂ will be released by Silver Publishing on July 28.
- Joyfully Jay is giving away an ebook copy of Calling the Show by JA Rock. Closes 11:59 pm EDT, July 27.
- Josephine Myles is giving away an ebook from the backlist of Christiane France. Closes 9 am GMT, July 30.
- Pants Off Reviews is giving away an ebook copy of The Summer Place by Ariel Tachna. Closes 11:59 pm EDT, July 30.
- Tracy’s giving away a paperback and an ebook copy of Savage: Daughters of the Jaguar by Willow Rose. Closes 7 pm PDT, July 31.
- Pants Off Reviews is giving away an ebook copy of Moonlight, Tiger, and Smoke by Connie Bailey. Closes 11:59 pm EDT, July 31.
- Book and publishing news from Dear Author.
- VacuousMinx on the structural problems she sees with Goodreads and how GRs may have decided that readers are the problem…
- “You Chose Wrong” is a tumblr of endings gone wrong from the Choose Your Own Adventure series. (via Tor.com)
- Auntie Special Snowflake on how authors can become rich and famous online, winning the internet war, and an author’s most important battle.
- More on privacy and ereading from Dear Author, specifically focusing on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Sony, and Kobo.
Do, Think, Make, Learn
- Chick fil-A’s CEO made it clear his company is against marriage equality. The Jim Henson Company does not wish to partner with Chick fil-A in the future. Chick fil-A may or may not have created a fake Facebook account as part of this. Boston’s mayor wrote a letter to Chick fil-A, telling the company it wasn’t welcome in Boston. Unfortunately, the ACLU said that’s unconstitutional.
- Mitt Romney puts his foot in his mouth re: Sally Ride… And yay, The Mountains Goats/John Darnielle! 🙂 (Thanks, Jeanne!)
- Poor airlines – a court has ruled that they have to tell the truth about airfares.
- You can search Google from your tablet or phone by scribbling letters on the screen instead of typing.
- Deaf people might be able to get near-real time subtitles/text translation of things happening around them.
- New gluten-free beer labeling policy in the US. Why it’s hard to assess hydrolyzed and fermented products (including beer) for gluten. (Keep that in mind when considering “gluten-free” barley-based beer such as Omission.)
- Creme brulee ice cream. (via The Kitchn)
- Tropical sangria (scroll down). (via The Kitchn)
- White peach cooler. (via The Kitchn)
- Knitted landscapes. (via CRAFT)
- TARDIS tea infuser. (via The Mary Sue)
- TARDIS closet. (via CRAFT)
- Photos of Einstein. (via Tor.com)
- xkcd’s “What If?” blog makes physics way more interesting and accessible than I remember it being in college. This week, I learned what would happen if you gathered a mole of moles together. O.O
- Cute video called “Don’t, Darren, Don’t” about red shirts and other characters who tend to die in movies and on tv.
Cool or Wha…?
- An 11-year old managed to fly from the UK to Rome without a ticket, passport, or accompanying adult.
- Eyelash wish log. (hover the cursor over the comic for additional text)
- Unicorn chasers and oddly specific apologies at Cake Wrecks.
- Black cats! Black cat! Black kitten! Leopard and baby! Black jaguar! Snow leopard and baby! Egret! Cheetah and baby! Cheetah and babies! Bison! Wombat! Baby otters! Rock hyrax and babies (they’re the closest living relative of elephants)! Red panda! Pygmy rabbits! Manatee and baby! Spotty toes! Baby padu! Baby tiger! Panda and baby! Baby cougar! Cat!
Wacky Wednesday by JA Rock. ebook. Very good kinky m/m romance about a dom and his younger sub who haven’t been connecting very well recently… and then they wake up to find they’ve switched bodies, which definitely gives them the chance to understand each other better!
Daddio (Horizons #3) by Mickie B. Ashling. ebook. Very good m/m romance that picks up six months after the second book as Lil and Grier settle into their relationship – Lil learning to parent, Grier working to control his anger, and both of them learning to communicate and compromise. Jody and Clark are back, too! Plus there’s plenty of smutty goodness to go around. 🙂
Marlowe’s Ghost by Sarah Black. ebook. Very good paranormal m/m romance about a former Marine turned history scholar who goes to England at the request of a professor to check up on the professor’s sickly, scholarly nephew and perhaps shepherd him back to the US. The lyrical writing was vaguely scholarly and packed with info about Christopher Marlowe, yet didn’t have the brain dump quality that some of Black’s other works have had.
A Better Man (The Men of Halfway House #1) by RJ Scott & Jaime Reese. Very good m/m romance about a contractor who’s been unable to find work and is about to be homeless, so he answers an ad for a handyman job that turns out to be much, much more. And what’s up with his secretive, prickly, and attractive new boss? I’m glad there’s a sequel planned, because I want to see what the next chapter of their lives looks like!
The Auspicious Troubles of Chance (The Auspicious Troubles of Love #1) by Charlie Cochet. ebook. Very good historical m/m romance about a guy who lost everything that mattered to him and has been living on the edge ever since. He knows he can’t keep going on as he has been, so… he joins the French Foreign Legion.
Roses in the Devil’s Garden (Fallen Rose #1) by Charlie Cochet. free ebook short. Very good short historical m/m romance about two NYC Prohibition agents who constantly have to be on the lookout for agents on the take. Definitely looking forward to reading the next book!
Lost in My Waking Dream by Charlie Cochet. ebook short. Good short sort of historical romance, sort of not (can’t say more without being spoilery) about a guy who feels as if he’s surely been going crazy since the Great War.
Latin Boyz by PA Brown. ebook. Good but unevenly paced m/m suspense with a tiny bit of almost romance thrown in. Actually, this reminded me of an Oprah book – the depressing stuff tended to overwhelm the happy moments and… it did not end so well.
People periodically ask how I get such good pictures of Chaos and Mayhem. (Aw, thank you!) The secret is to take lots and lots of pictures, crop, and don’t be afraid to tweak the pictures to make them more interesting (plus tweaking can hide a multitude of problems). I’m all about simplicity when I work on pictures – I use a simple photo editor to crop and then tweak in Picasa. Here’s a crappy original:
Here’s the crappy original cropped to focus on the cats:
And here’s the cropped and tweaked final version (still crappy, but more interesting):
“Quit taking my picture! I’m outta here.” -Chaos
“Yeah! What the big kitty said! You are trying to steal our souls!!” -Mayhem
17 thoughts on “Linkity at your service”
Lol, boner demons. I so do not suck at my religion..maybe cos I believe in nothing and everything
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I laughed quite a lot when I saw the hammocks for the kitties. The person who invented them has obviously never owned a kitty! 🙂
Thanks for the mention – great linkity as always!
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More fun, as always. I just use GR to try and remember books I’ve read or want to read, when I remember to put them in. It never fails to amaze me how there are always people who want to spen their time getting into a pissing contest with others in public forums.
Chris- I clicked on the link for Terry Gilliam, when what do I see but the Mouse Ears family from Meaning of Life.
It made my day.
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You’re trying to steal our souls! LOL…
Yeah. That under the chair cat hammock would not fly here. At.All.
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Hmm…I have to wonder if that charging station is safe. I’m thinking those electronics could generate an awful lot of heat.
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I loved that choose your own adventure bad endings tumblr! Very depressing after the first few though :).
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OK, after seeing those awful Unicorn chasers, I’m going to have to do my own chaser… baby sloths: https://www.google.com/search?q=baby+sloths&hl=en&prmd=imvns&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=HtwSUOfWL9SFqQG5v4DgBw&ved=0CEsQ_AUoAQ&biw=1406&bih=841
A recent post from Cheryl S…Back in Black
Laughed loud at those movie autocorrects!
Loved Wacked Wednesday too. I also just read Calling the Show by this author, which was not as great but still a good read.
Thanks for the GF links. When I saw Omission beer my first thought was “no way in hell will I drink that beer”. However, I’m lucky to get any GF beer here in Utah let alone a local brewer (who does not use barley). yay!
A recent post from margene..And Even More Weekending
Chaos can be such a grump.
The Oatmeal really does understand that when you tell the truth, you have to make people laugh or they will kill you.
I love your mini-reviews +D
LOL @ the dog-shaped scratching post.
Would your cat use it?
& ironically, it’s shaped kind of like a rotty (which I have). Funny stuff there.
I’m not sure I want perfume that smells like new books, but air freshener would be nice. And the link also mentions a scent called “In the LIbrary.” I think I should get it and wear it to work. How meta would that be???
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Ohhh, linkity! Where to start? As soon as A Better man appears on ARe I’m buying it…the wait is killing me though!
May – Chris wouldn’t do that!
A recent post from orannia..Equality
LOVE the Terry Gilliam archives – made my day! As did The Oatmeal!
Oldest son now wants me to turn his closet into the TARDIS. I should know better than to show him this stuff. 🙂
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A Better Man sounds really good. Off to mark my “to buy” list. 🙂
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