Saturday Status 6/6/2015

WP_20150526_003Howdy! It’s been a while. Not that you’ve missed anything. I did have a good time in Dallas during the RT Conference. It was cloudy the whole time, but still warm. I met my idol, Sandra Brown, and only embarrassed myself a little bit. I think. I know I babbled a lot and my face glowed red. This picture is from a recent trip to Colorado. Pictures never do mountains justice.

Work in Progress News ~ Plugging away on my firefighter story. I finally came up with a bit of an internal conflict, but I think it needs more, so we’ll see what happens. Pantsing is hard, guys.

Favorite Song of the Week ~ You probably remember Howard Jones from his 1980s synth days, but he’s still writing and performing music, and I think he’s only gotten better. (That’s a play on words if you’re a HoJo fan) The video is pretty psychedelic…

Flipped-by-Olivia-Brynn-cinecoverBacklist Review ~ From FLIPPED which is on sale through the end of the month for only $0.99! Lasha at Dark Diva Reviews gave Flipped 4 1/2 Delightful Divas and this review: “What I loved about Flipped by Olivia Brynn was the relationship between Carter and Mario. You could feel the history, love and friendship between the two men as you were reading. Plus, once they decide to become lovers…wow, there was some serious chemistry going on there! But then Ms. Brynn adds in the extra twist that both men are tops, so how will this affect them in the long run if they decide they want a relationship and not just a one night stand? That is not a plot device I’ve normally seen in m/m books, where so many characters switch, so the originality of that plot point really perked my interest.”

Tweet of the Week ~ 

51l05G0idHL.SX316What I’m reading ~  A really nice and easy read:

Leyla Karimi can’t keep her eyes off the hunky guy living in the house behind her. How couldany woman resist ogling Dr. Mason Barrett, especially when he makes it so easy by parading around in his skin and skivvies?

If it was only their age difference, she would have made a move a long time ago. Except Mason is more than a neighbor. He’s her baby brother’s oldest friend. It’s not like they can have a casual fling and walk away in the morning.

Today’s Tearjerker ~ This performance artist and her lover went their separate ways years ago. As she performs a piece at MOMA where she shares a minute of silence with a stranger, her former lover Ulay sat down in the empty chair. A third artist, a musician, saw the video and wrote the song you hear. Okay, if you just read that paragraph, you can skip ahead to about 36 seconds on the video.

Book Snippet ~ From Flipped:

Mario tossed aside the sweat-soaked T-shirt he’d just peeled over his head and turned, to look over his shoulder at Carter. Every window in the house stood wide open, but there wasn’t a breeze to clean out the stuffy air caused by drywall dust, the compressor for the air-powered tools, and the sweat and heat from two male bodies.

“Too hot for you?”

“Very hot.” Carter set the trowel down and took off his own shirt. “But I think I can handle it.”

Mario watched each muscle in Carter’s abs ripple back into place as he lowered his arms. The freckle on his hipbone peeked from behind his waistband, making Mario’s mouth water. “Maybe we should work in separate rooms. I think I’d get more done if I didn’t stop to stare and daydream every thirty seconds.”

Carter shook his head. “Nice try. I know you hate drywall, and this is your way of getting out of finishing this job.” He crossed the room, a dangerous glint in his eye.

That’s it for this week. I’m enjoying the weather here on top of this mountain. Hope you all get some fresh air as well!

Whadd'ya think?