Mid September and the Week Ahead at ScatteredThoughtsandRogueWords

Had a terrific time yesterday in Ellicott City at the BareBones Grill.  It was our monthly DC Metro M/M Group and it was awesome.  It was terrific to see everyone again, especially as the countdown has started to GRL.  Just one month away!  Yikes!  So I have pictures but will post them later.  For now, here are the winner announcements and the schedule for the week ahead.

Winner Announcements!

  • Winners of Shira Anthony’s Dissonance contest are:

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Jodi C.
Denise D.
Michelle W

  • Winner of Liv Olteano’s A Tooth for a Fang Contest is Cornelia.


Here is the schedule this week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words:

Monday, September 15:

  • VBT:  Moriah Gemel’s Load The Dice Book Tour and Contest
  • Rob Rosen on his Men of the Manor Book Tour and Contest
  • Amelia Bishop’s Water Witch Book Tour and Contest
  • Review:  The Last Wolf by Sue Brown

Tuesday, September 16:

  • On Tour with Susan McNichol’s Love and Punishment (contest)
  • Review:  The Nesting Habits of Strange Birds by Charley Descoteaux

Wednesday, September 17:

  • Book Tour: Natalya Parks & Brooke Johnson Book title: The Need to Touch (contest)
  • Review:  Finally Home by Zee Kensington

Thursday, September 18:

  • Sophie Bonaste’s Death Gets A Boyfriend Book Tour and Contest
  • Review: A Forbidden Rumspringa (Gay Amish #1) by Keira Andrews

Friday, September 19:

  • Review:  Starling by Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese

Saturday, September 20:

  • On Tour with Aleksandr Voinov and Counterpunch! (contest)


Olympic Games, the Week Ahead in Reviews and The Michelada Cocktail

So many things going on to talk about today.  First let’s get right to the Olympics.  Closing ceremony is tonight, bringing to an end one of the best Olympics I can remember.  I have been glued to the television watching this incredible spectacle unfold from the beginning, from the high drama of the swimming pools and gymnastic mats to the cross country course of the Equestrian events to the river and glistening rowers then to track and field, and all the sports in between.  So many athletes, so many stories, so many tears of sorrow to match the tears of joy.  How not to feel a part of something bigger, to feel connected to other nations and nationalities when you see people cheering the athletes on regardless of the colors they wear or the countries they represent.  Oscar Pistorius? Who wasn’t cheering that man on?  Some of my favorites? Katie Ledecky, Misty  and Terri, Usain Bolt, Jessica Ennis, Michael Phelps, Gabby and the rest of the US gymnastic womens team,  Misty Franklin….so, so many.

And what will the closing ceremony look like?  Who knows?  After the dancing nurses and their twirling hospital beds, massive shrubbery moving, the Tor, and best torch ever, I am waiting in anticipation to be confounded, baffled, and touched beyond measure.  I know we will all be watching it together.

I am also going into this week with a working generator (dances for joy) so once more I am able to enjoy the rumble of thunder, the darkening skies, the sound of pounding rain for their beauty and music, secure in the knowledge that a storm no longer equals loss of power, food and appliances!  Take that, Pepco.  Now only if I could send you the bill.

Finally, Monday brings my review of Stars & Stripes, the latest in the Cut & Run series from Abigail Roux featuring Ty and Zane.  So many people were trying to download their pre-ordered copies at midnight on the 11th that they crashed the servers over at Riptide Publishing.  Wow.  So was the wait worth it?  Read my review on Monday.  So here is what the week is looking like in books:

Monday:                                Stars & Stripes (Cut & Run #6) by Abigail Roux

Tuesday:                                Synchronous Seductions Trilogy by Haven Fellows

Wednesday:                         Inertia (Impulse #1) by Amelia C. Gormley

Thursday:                             Brook Street: Thief by Ava March (rescheduled from last week)

Friday:                                   Mending the Rift Series by Valentina Heart

Saturday:                               Word Play Anthology by the Story Orgy authors

And finally our summer cocktail of the week. The Michelada, perfect for grilled foods and watching Olympic closing ceremonies!

The Michelada


1/4 teaspoon piquin pepper
1/4 teaspoon salsa picante
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (12-ounce) can Mexican lager, chilled

Garnish: lime wedge


In tall beer glass, stir together pepper sauce, salsa, lime juice, salt, and lager. Garnish with lime and serve immediately.

Happy viewing and have a great week!