Summer is officially done. I doubled-up my hoodie today for my wander to After Stonewall, where I saw the pile of books ready for the book launch/reading/signing.
So. That totally settled my nerves.
In all seriousness, I think I'm going to be fine. I'm fairly certain I know which part of the book I'm going to read, and I've got a funny little intro to discuss about book covers (where the ol' chestnut of the take-out box will get trotted out for an audience that hasn't heard that story before, and then I'll one-two them with my story about that time the police officer came). Hopefully, it shall amuse.
Either way, I'm looking forward to it with most of my being. I also picked up copies of What Comes Around by Jameson Currier and The Hardest Thing by James Lear. Those will likely be two titles I use to get me through the last flickers of warm weather and into the autumn that is so happily descending at a rapid pace.
Speaking of warm weather...
"Summer Hire," by Chrissy Munder
This was a cute and fun little story about a summer job. Jim is a techy kind of guy, a bit of a network nerd and more than a little clumsy, and when he first sees the man who will be his boss all summer, it's like he's watching the start of one of his porn DVDs - hot man, tattoos, mechanic overalls, muscles... Aaron is definitely fine - but he's also Jim's boss. That the chemistry between the two of them is obvious doesn't help, and neither does Jim's constant stream of klutziness, but in the hands of Chrissy Munder, the reader gets a fun and light story of the start of a relationship that no one would likely expect.
Better, it's not as simple as the start would have you believe. Jim's got some family troubles, and Aaron might be the local-boy-done-well, but before he was that, he was anything but the popular young man in town. They both have every reason to be hesitant despite the chemistry, and that helped the tension roll onward without feeling like it was going on a bit too long.