Link-Up

Link-Up

linkbanner2

Using the below keywords for loose inspiration, I’m sharing a little bit of everything I’ve come across and liked, bookmarked, saved, or added to a wishlist. Hopefully it gives you something to like, link, read, make, or get for your own.


LOOK
Historical pictures of famous landmarks.

LISTEN
A wonderful rendition of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, rarely produced full-length for television, performed by the Vienna Chamber Orchestra & the Westminster Symphonic Choir. From PBS.

LAUGH
A cool af squad of dawgs (please don’t pardon the awful pun).

CREATE
Awesome pumpkin luminaries.

READ
Life lessons from Dolly Parton.

RESTORE
Go to this address using your phone’s browser: paperplanes.world

CRAVE
Attending this event. Beyond the veil spooky Halloween fun.


Please feel free to comment with your own recs and/or if any links are broken.

My Books

Everything About: Drawn

My latest book is out! Purchase DRAWN at all the usual book-getting places.

drawn_fbbanner_dsp

Find out more!

Fun extras!

Link-Up

Link-Up

linkbanner2

Using the below keywords for loose inspiration, I’m sharing a little bit of everything I’ve come across and liked, bookmarked, saved, or added to a wishlist. Hopefully it gives you something to like, link, read, make, or get for your own.


LOOK
Fragment of a Queen’s Face in yellow jasper. One of my favorite pieces in the whole of the Met in NYC. Part of the permanent collection, Egyptian Art in Gallery 121.

LISTEN
Ruth B – Lost Boy.

LAUGH
Puppies and a piglet. omg :3

CREATE
Spiced bourbon cherries. Sounds delicious and like a perfect holiday gift.

READ
My Son, The Prince of Fashion by Michael Chabon for GQ magazine.

RESTORE
Denali National Park webcams. Majestic views and the majestically cute sled dog puppies.

CRAVE
Tea & Book Club by Bookishly. I feel as if this was made just for me. And just for tempting me!


Please feel free to comment with your own recs and/or if any links are broken.

Link-Up

Link-Up

linkbanner2


Using the below keywords for loose inspiration, I’m sharing a little bit of everything I’ve come across and liked, bookmarked, saved, or added to a wishlist. Hopefully it gives you something to like, link, read, make, or get for your own.

LOOK
Journey, a visually stunning and emotionally resonant indie video game from thatgamecompany. This links to a letsplay youtuber I enjoy and she presents the game in full and without commentary.

LISTEN
This NPR story with the actor who portrayed The Most Interesting Man in the World.

LAUGH
Shake paws with Dug in real life.

CREATE
Color America’s treasures in this Find Your Park coloring book celebrating The National Parks and its 100 Year Anniversary.

READ
A Home Invasion, A Torture Session, One Lawyer Nearly Killing Another—The Gruesome November Night in One of Washington’s Wealthiest Suburbs. By Jason Fagone of the Washingtonian.

RESTORE
A baby sea otter asleep on Mom’s tummy.

CRAVE
These Crayola markers. They’re my go-to when coloring. I love the range of colors (and tones!) and there’s something about the size that just delights. Fine work and broad strokes.


Please feel free to comment with your own recs and/or if any links are broken.

Link-Up

Link-Up

linkbanner2


Using the below keywords for loose inspiration, I’m sharing a little bit of everything I’ve come across and liked, bookmarked, saved, or added to a wishlist. Hopefully it gives you something to like, link, read, make, or get for your own.

LOOK
Bits of Pluto, a wonderful twitter account. Just like it reads on the tin, it tweets awesome pictures of Pluto.

LISTEN
In The Dark, a true crime podcast about the murder investigation of Jacob Wetterling. Think Serial but in reverse–looking over the decisions made in the criminal investigation and not an unraveling of the crime itself. H/T to Bree for the rec!

LAUGH
Kitteh being ridiculous kitteh.

CREATE
This year I’m taking part in InkTober. It’s fun and a great way to get back into a creative groove. As the website says, “Anyone can do InkTober, just pick up a pen and start drawing.” Word.

READ
Wil Wheaton’s life reboot. I’m really inspired by his honesty and the straightforward–but in no way simple or easy–steps he took to undertake the reboot. And I’m really glad he continues to update how he’s doing. Good going keep going, Mr Wheaton. 🙂

RESTORE
Sunrise Earth, this one from Yellowstone National Park. I love starting my day with one of these.

CRAVE
A thunderstorm in your living room. Or hung over the bed. Or several arrayed in your library.


Please feel free to comment with your own recs and/or if any links are broken.

Link-Up

Link-Up

linkbanner2


New weekly(ish) feature! Using the below keywords for loose inspiration, I’m sharing a little bit of everything I’ve come across and liked, bookmarked, saved, or added to a wishlist. Hopefully it gives you something to like, link, read, make, or get for your own. 🙂

LOOK
Last week in panoramas: A weekly digest of panoramas taken at Picture Post sites.

LISTEN
Has anyone *not* heard this yet? I’m here to save you if that’s so. Dolly & Pentatonix sing Jolene.

LAUGH
Doge happiness.

CREATE
Cherry Pistachio Scones (so gooooood).

READ
The epic journey of a stolen iPhone.

RESTORE
Monterey Bay Aquarium Webcams.

CRAVE
Dr Teal’s Epsom Salt Body Lotion. It smells great works great and is great.


Please feel free to comment with your own recs and/or if any links are broken.

Author - Tea Drinker - Adventurer

Welcome

Welcome to the official website for author Elle Brownlee. Thanks for stopping by! Find out what’s new with me in the post below, and keep scrolling to read my blog. Social links to the side, author links up top, and the kettle’s always on. Enjoy.

NEWS

  • Hello October! It’s autumn & I’m thrilled. My favorite time of year. Crisp air, crunchy leaves, slow mornings, mellow evenings. I’m busy with several projects & I’m excited about all of them–complicated feelings college historical! SAR teams! bff boys on the bumpy road to love! Can’t wait to share them with you. || There’s a lot going on in the world so take care and protect yourself, each other, and this glorious planet we share. Hold on best you can to a fighting, willing, generous spirit.
  • Be sure to check out Bookshelf Buddies, a Facebook author group with my pals Tere Michaels, Kate McMurray, and Rayna Vause. Join for fun activities, book talk, and exclusive content.

LATEST BOOKS

  • DRAWN || A contemporary romance with a mysterious twist. When a free-spirited artist meets a remote businessman they discover an instant connection they can’t explain or deny. With bit of mystery mixed in and kept at a constant simmer over some steamy NOLA heat.
  • TWO FOR TRUST || A contemporary, sweet, old-school Harlequin tropey category for Dreamspinner Press’ Dreamspun Desires line (think Betty Neels <3). The Cinderella story of an American tourist who takes an impulsive dream vacation to England, makes a silly mistake, then loses everything, but in the process just might find his Prince Charming.

WIPs

I’m busy at work on several projects: 1) 1930s Americana historical of college boys feeling complicated feelings 2) Magical contemporary where boys grow up together, become besties become Bonded, fall in love, and then are torn apart by circumstance 3) Contemporary starring a guarded cowboy falling for a doubly-guarded outsider 4) Romantic Suspense with hunky heroes to the rescue–of each other and 5) The Untitled Complicated Regency.

EVENTS

I plan to attend the following events. Hit me up to meet, chat, and share a pot of tea.

friday fun five

Friday Fun Five

Happy Friday! Today’s guest is Macky from Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews. Thanks, Macky!

To know more about Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews, check out their blog or see what they are up to on Twitter (@Sinfully_MMBlog). Their ongoing triumph is running Sinfully Gay Romance, a review site dedicated to bringing you the best in reviews, news, new releases & more in all things LGBTQ Romance. Sinfully Gay Romance can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and Instagram.

unnamed


1) Is there any one thing you simply can’t travel without?

Well, the first thought that comes to mind is clothes (haha) but if we’re talking gadgets then as an avid reader, it’s got to be my preciousssssssss Kindle: “Sophie”, named in memory of my favourite fur baby who is now sadly in pussy cat heaven.  Holidays, car journeys, shopping, doctors, dentist…the loo…where I go, she goes.

2) White water rafting or lake pontoon float?

I’ll go for the less turbulent lake pontoon float… White water rafting sounds exciting but I don’t think they do life jackets for Kindles do they?  *Grins*

3) Around the house: fresh cut flowers in vases or tons of potted plants?

Oh definitely fresh cut, although I much prefer to see flowers thriving in their natural habitat. Unfortunately when it comes to anything growing in soil,  my thumbs are more ‘black death’ (*gulp*) than the proverbial green so I tend to admire potted plants from afar…and I mean afar! Too close and I can wilt a plant just by breathing on it!

4) What is your favorite word?

Actually I have two—Harrumph and Pshaw! Lol, granted you don’t see them used much, and I’ve yet to hear anybody actually utter those exact words, but somehow when you see them written down in the right context, they do seem to perfectly express what they’re meant to portray. Personally I don’t think we Harrumph or Pshaw enough nowadays! 😉

5) If you had unlimited access to any ancient monument, where would you explore?

Definitely somewhere mystical and spiritual like Stonehenge. I can only imagine how amazing it must feel, visiting and exploring somewhere so ancient. Steeped in mythology and lore, the atmosphere must be palpable in a place as mysterious as that. Although knowing my luck I’d probably anger the spirits of the Druids and end up unleashing the pagan god of a thousand pustulating pimples! So perhaps not! Disneyland’s been around a long time hasn’t it? Perhaps I’d be safer exploring there! Lol.

friday fun five

Friday Fun Five

Happy Friday! Today’s guest is Debra from Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews. Thanks, Debra!

To know more about Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews, check out their blog or see what they are up to on Twitter (@Sinfully_MMBlog). Their ongoing triumph is running Sinfully Gay Romance, a review site dedicated to bringing you the best in reviews, news, new releases & more in all things LGBTQ Romance. Sinfully Gay Romance can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and Instagram.

unnamed


1) If you could safely have any animal as a pet what critter companion would you choose?

I’m a cat person so if I could I would have a big cat like a tiger or maybe a jaguar.

2) Rocking dance club or cozy little pub?

I love to dance and have done my share of clubbing, but these days it’s definitely a cozy pub, preferably with some live music and a good beer selection.

3) Sunrises: Get up early or stay up late to see them?

Before I was a mom it would probably have been stay up late, but with my daughter’s school schedule it’s get up early whether I want to or not!  If I had a choice though most days I’d be sleeping through it.

4) What is your favorite word?

What does it say about me that my favorite word is a curse word?  Since this is a classy blog and I’m a classy lady I’ll default to enigma.

5) This is a Leap Year–how will you commemorate/celebrate Leap Day?

Leap Day will probably be spent trying to catch up on all the things I didn’t do the day before!  Maybe I’ll get to sneak in another book – do you have any recommendations? 🙂


Debra started reading gay romance in 2012 and hasn’t stopped since!  tardisShe has a TBR that can’t possibly be conquered in her lifetime, but that doesn’t stop her from adding new books daily.  She couldn’t be happier to be sharing her love of the genre as a member of the Sinfully blog team along with Monique, Mark and Macky.

friday fun five

Friday Fun Five

Happy Friday! Today’s guest is Avon Gale. Thanks, Avon!

To know more about Avon Gale, check out avongalewrites.com or see what she’s up to on Facebook and Twitter (@avongalewrites). Her latest literary triumph is the novella Conversation Hearts, available here.

ConversationHeartsLG


1) If you were a Dream Date Coordinator, what all would you plan for a couple whose first date had been a disaster?

I would send them to an amusement park, because who can’t have fun on roller coasters?

2) Terribleawesome TV Movies: Lifetime, Hallmark, or SyFy?

SyFy all the way! Though I will not say no to the others. I just happen to like things with robots and giant animal monsters. Especially in the same movie.

3) Conversation hearts or chocolate roses?

Conversation Hearts! Okay, not really, unless they’re the kind that taste like good ol’ sugar instead of chalk. I like dark chocolate, but not milk chocolate unless something else is involved, like peanut butter 😀

4) What is your favorite word?

If you look through my manuscripts before I edit them, probably “almost.” I’m on a mission to stop using that word so much! But I do really love the word Sacrosanct. It just looks pleasing and I like how it sounds 😀

5) Which Valentines that you gave out as a kid were just the coolest ever?

Oh man, I know I had some pretty sweet Transformer Valentines back in the 80’s. And I also vaguely remember having some that came with these suckers where it was next to impossible to get the plastic wrap off of them. I’m not sure these were cool as much as really annoying, though!


Avon Gale wrote her first story at the age of seven, avon-gale-author-pic-300x300about a “Space Hat” hanging on a rack and waiting for that special person to come along and purchase it — even if it was a bit weirder than the other, more normal hats. Like all of Avon’s characters, the space hat did get its happily ever after — though she’s pretty sure it was with a unicorn. She likes to think her vocabulary has improved since then, but the theme of quirky people waiting for their perfect match is still one of her favorites. Avon grew up in the southern United States, and now lives with her very patient husband in a liberal midwestern college town. When she’s not writing, she’s either doing some kind of craft project that makes a huge mess, reading, watching horror movies, listening to music or yelling at her favorite hockey team to get it together, already. Avon is always up for a road trip, adores Kentucky bourbon, thinks nothing is as stress relieving as a good rock concert and will never say no to candy. At one point, Avon was the mayor of both Jazzercise and Lollicup on Foursquare. This tells you basically all you need to know about her as a person.