Those Hot August Days and This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words



Those Hot August Days and Nights

In tropical climes there are certain times of day
When all the citizens retire
To tear their clothes off and perspire
It’s one of those rules that the greatest fools obey
Because the sun is much too sultry
And one must avoid its ultra violet ray

The native grieve when the white
Men leave their huts, because
They’re obviously definitely nuts!
Mad dogs and Englishmen
Go out in the midday sun…*

(find all lyrics here)

Mad dogs and Englishmen,written by Noel Coward and also later sung by Joe Cocker, summed up some of what the ancients already knew.  The hot summer skies could drive you batty.  It drove the lions and other predators out of the high mountains looking for water and food, telling the local populace that just by looking up at the night sky and the constellations looking down upon them that it was time to pen up their livestock or bring them down out of their highland pastures.  Or if you were honest like Jane Austen, you wrote this:

“What dreadful hot weather we have! 
It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance.”
  Jane Austen 

But if you look further, our poetry and books are full of lyrics and rhymes where the summer night air is forever perfumed and full of song (its crickets and cicadas, damnit, laughing)  and romance is waiting for lovers everywhere.  The fact that you were sweating away is somehow forgotten.  I sort of love that, since I’m sitting in my air-conditioned room writing this.  Plus, yes, I know, they didn’t know what air conditioning was.  They used fans or what have you.  It was still hot, they napped.  Hot is hot. Dry heat included.  Don’t get me started on Delta Dawn heat.

So before I start in on this week’s schedule I’ll leave you with two contrasting views of summer.  Not that the first author couldn’t write some startling views of humankind, but here he’s in a kinder frame of mind. Then there’s Henry Rollins.

“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”
– William Shakespeare

“The streets lie, the sidewalks lie, everything lies
You can try and read it but you’re gonna get it wrong…all wrong
The summer evenings burn and melt and the nights glitter but you’re gonna get it wrong
And it’s gonna sink its teeth into your flesh and pull you to the bottom.”
– Henry Rollins

Why bring them up?  On August 9th, its National Book Lovers Day.  From William Shakespeare to Henry Rollins, and Jane Austen to Walt Whitman. And in M/M fiction, from Ethan Stone to Devon Rhodes, to Amy Lane and Rick R. Rick and so many more. To any author you have ever loved and read and reread.  Grab up an extra book or two, or three or four.  I know I’m going for that new Harry Potter story too.  So many books.  Plus did you know that Rhys Ford has a new one coming out?  Shhh.  More about that later.  In the meantime, here is our schedule this week.  We have so many release day  reviews, I’m sure you will find books to add to you TBR pile.  Check them all out.

Plus we are still looking for reviewers.  Send us a email at if you want to review for our blog.


Books lined upThis Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words


Sunday, August 7:

  • Those Hot August Days and Nights
  • This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Monday, August 8:

  • Starting New Blog by SC Wynne – Riptide Publishing Tour and Giveaway
  • Confessions by Ethan Stone – author Guest Blog and Dreamspinner Tour
  • An Alisa Release Day Review: Confessions by Ethan Stone
  • A Paul B Review: Crash (Demon Elite 1) by April Kelley
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Release Day Review: Starting New by SC Wynne

Tuesday, August  9 – National Book Lovers Day:

  • Nash Summer’s Poison Tongue Book Release Author Blog
  • An Alisa Release Day Review: One Step Forward by Tia Fielding
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Release Day Review: Stranger in Black by Devon Rhodes
  • A Paul B Review: Wolf (Demon Elite 2) by April Kelley

Wednesday, August  10:

  • Nine Star Press Blog Tour – To Fight His Heart by Alex Nortan
  • An Ali Release Day Review: Poison Tongue by Nash Summers
  • A Paul B Review: Cosmo (Demon Elite 3) by April Kelley
  • An Alisa Release Day Review: Running Hot by Yolande Kleinn
  • A MelanieM Review: Blind Date by Kay Doherty

Thursday, August 11:

  • Posy Roberts’ North Star Anthology Blog Tour
  • A MelanieM Release Day Review:   North Star Anthology by Posy Roberts
  • An Alisa Review: Safe with You by Catherine Lievens
  • A Paul B Review: Tanner and Shade (Demon Elite 4) by April Kelley
  • An Ali Release Day Review: Spindrift by Amy Rae Durreson

Friday, August 12:

  • Ash by April Kelley –  Blog Tour and Giveaway
  • Review Tour & Release Blitz – Catherine Lievens – Safe With You
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Release Day Review: Expanded Hearts by Logan Meredith
  • A Paul B Review: Ash (Demon Elite 5) by April Kelley

Saturday, August 13:

  • An Ali Audiobook Review: Gambling Man by Amy Lane
  • A VVivacious Review: Orientation by Rick R. Reed


summer images with book