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Author: E.J. Russell
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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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.
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