E.J. Russell on Clickbait ~ Guest Blog Local Giveaway

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Title: Clickbait
Author: E.J. Russell
Publisher: Riptide
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Genre: Contemporary, Gay, Gay Fiction, Gay Romance, Humor/Comedy, Romance
Release Date: 12/05/2016


After the disastrous ending of his first serious relationship, Gideon Wallace cultivated a protective—but fabulously shiny—outer shell to shield himself from Heartbreak 2.0. Besides, romance is so not a priority for him right now. All his web design prospects have inexplicably evaporated, and to save his fledgling business, he’s been compelled to take a hands-on hardware project—as in, his hands on screwdrivers, soldering irons, and needle-nosed pliers. God. Failure could actually be an option.

Journeyman electrician Alex Henning is ready to leave Gideon twisting in the wind after their run-ins both on and off the construction site. Except, like a fool, he takes pity on the guy and offers to help. Never mind that between coping with his dad’s dementia and clocking all the overtime he can finagle, he has zero room in his life for more complications.

Apparently, an office build-out can lay the foundation for a new relationship. Who knew? But before Alex can trust Gideon with the truth about his fragile family, he has to believe that Gideon’s capable of caring about more than appearances. And Gideon must learn that when it comes to the heart, it’s content—not presentation—that matters.

Early Post-Turkey Adventures

Back in the day when Curmudgeonly Husband was Curmudgeonly Boyfriend, I traveled from New Haven, where I was in my second year at the Yale School of Drama, to Washington, D.C., where he was the technical director at New Playwrights’ Theater, to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with him. If I recall correctly, this was the first time we’d been together since September. We’d met and gotten together when we were both working at the Dorset Theater Festival in Vermont. After the end of the season, I returned to New Haven and CH returned to D.C. So by Thanksgiving, we’d spent more than two months with only letters and phone calls (this was before email) to remind us why we’d thought this relationship was a good idea.

Our reunion was a little awkward—especially since CH was his usual twenty minutes late for meeting my train, but the visit went well afterwards. At least I think it did. I don’t remember a lot about it (we’re talking thirty-four years ago, so I hope you can grant me a little slack!). Some of the memories of things we did around D.C. have melded with later that year, when I moved down to D.C. for the spring semester to do my theater management internship at New Playwrights’. I know we went to the Biograph theater in Georgetown—although I don’t recall if that month’s program was the RKO musicals from the thirties (we sawAstaire/Rogers picture, The Gay Divorcee) or the samurai series (the feature in that instance was Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo). It was one or the other, although since they’re so similar, I’m sure you can understand my confusion. 🙂

One thing I do remember, however, is the group Thanksgiving dinner at the home of the managing director of New Playwrights’ (who was also a graduate of the Yale program, and who was my boss during my internship). It was a potluck—and though I don’t remember the food (CH might have prepared a Middle Eastern squid salad or a chicken liver pate—possibly both, and I baked rolls), I do remember that after dinner, when we were all sitting around the living room in post-meal stupor, somebody suggested we go see a movie.

This was a new experience for me—not seeing a movie, obviously, but having the freedom to do something else on Thanksgiving that didn’t involve cooking or eating (or cleaning up after cooking and eating). So we all went out and saw The Empire Strikes Back in a nearly empty theater.

The movie wasn’t a new release—Return of the Jedi was due out the following May—but it didn’t matter. Just sitting in the theater with a group of friends, enjoying the movie, the evening, and each other, with no pressing need to be anywhere or do anything else?

It was glorious, and remains one of my most treasured holiday memories. How about you? Do you have a memory of something unexpected that you did on a holiday that’s stayed with you for years?


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Local Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Clickbait, one lucky winner will receive $25 in Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on December 10, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

About the Author

E.J. Russell holds a BA and an MFA in theater, so naturally she’s spent the last three decades as a financial manager, database designer, and business-intelligence consultant. After her twin sons left for college and she no longer spent half her waking hours ferrying them to dance class, she returned to her childhood love of writing fiction. Now she wonders why she ever thought an empty nest meant leisure.

E.J. lives in rural Oregon with her curmudgeonly husband, the only man on the planet who cares less about sports than she does. She enjoys visits from her wonderful adult children, and indulges in good books, red wine, and the occasional hyperbole.

Connect with E.J.:

Website: ejrussell.com
Blog: ejrussell.com/bloggery/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/E.J.Russell.author
Twitter: twitter.com/ej_russell
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/ejrussell/


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24 thoughts on “E.J. Russell on Clickbait ~ Guest Blog Local Giveaway

  1. Thank you for sharing. I’ve had a few holidays like that. In fact when I was younger my sister would take us out to the movies. Then we would return home for family dinner.
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  2. Your Thanksgiving movie sounds like so much fun! And since you asked, one year when I lived in Honolulu, I stayed in town for the holidays instead of flying home to Seattle for Christmas. I worked at a place called Moose McGillycuddys, and was scheduled to work – along with my best friend – on Christmas Eve. We closed early, like 9pm? and then hung out for hours with the manager, a bartender or two, and a couple other waiters. Someone played DJ, and we drank and danced till *very* late.
    Best. Christmas Eve. Ever.

  3. There is no thanksgiving in my country, so no special memories here. I remember one Christmas we went for a trek in the mountains and ended stranded in a hunters’ lodge with other thirty different people, because of the heavy blizzard. Despite being crowded, cold and quite uncomfortable, it turned out to be a great experience. I made many new friends there!

  4. Thanks for the post! We usually stay home for Christmas but a couple years ago we did something different and rented a house near Yosemite for the week. It was great! The house was on acreage and there was lots of wildlife. And, the owner set up a beautiful tree for us. Also, there was snow in Yosemite park. Since we rarely get snow where we live (and when we do it is just a light dusting), it was a real treat to have snow for Christmas.


  5. My family was in Disneyland one Thanksgiving when I was little (sans my dad, who had work)…it was kind of depressing and weird. I remember the buffet was just full of people, and some tuxedoed dude was making balloon animals in the corner…


    • My first job was at Disneyland (I worked at a hamburger stand). There was a marquee inside the employees’ entrance that told us the estimated attendance for the day. Christmas and Labor Day (go figure) were low attendance days. Independence Day? Forget it! Standing room only.

  6. A few years ago on Valentine’s, my husband and I went out to dinner. We knew it’d be busy but that night it was mad. We decided to ditch our plans, went home, changed into our lounge clothes, ate breakfast for dinner, and then went out rollerblading with our dogs. BEST. NIGHT. EVER. It’s now our tradition. Thanks for sharing your memory. peachescon(at)gmail(dot)com

  7. Sure, I went traveling to China and because I got lost. Probably because I went solo and I had no idea how to talk Chinese, and they didn’t really speak English. But it all went well, I arrived at Great Wall safely, and it was a highlight of my travel. I remembered it until today, 7 years later


    • Traveling alone–you’re braver than I am! My daughter (although she’s quite social) also is comfortable traveling solo. She uses the translation app on her iPhone to communicate with taxi drivers!

      • Well, back in 2009 translation app is scarce. I ended up using a lot of sign/body language to get my intent across. Although the person from my hostel helped me by writing down Great Wall in Chinese. So I pointed that paper and made some kind of motion of me wanting to go there, please, and which bus/road/direction I should take!

  8. The year my grandpa passed away, the entire family: my parents, my brother, SiL, his kids, my kid, & I all went to FL to stay with my grandma so she wouldn’t be alone for Christmas. After being cooped up in her tiny house for a week,us young folk decided to go to Sea World on New Year’s Day. My brother was on the JumboTron for a military salute during the Shamu show.

  9. I’m trying to avoid heartbreak 2.0 too :’v , in December during Winter Solstice and a day before the solstice I do a practice to leave negative things and to be more sucessful the next year. mevalem258 AT gmail DOT com

  10. Congrats and thanks. I love DC, have visted often, and I love thanksgiving dinners with my chosen family. Thanks for sharing.
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