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I don’t know about you, but it’s been a long month for me. I’ve been making quarter inch baguettes and rewriting Where the Grass Is Greener as well as editing Frank at Heart.
On a health level, I’ve been suffering from migraines from the barometric pressure. Doctors throughout my life have promised that these would go away with age. Not so. But enough of my complaining.
What have you been up to? While you think back, here’s a more detailed report on my month.
I’ve become a quarter-inch (1/4” = 1’) French bread baker this past month using a mold from Charrita Teague’s Grapevine Miniatures. While her miniature cheeses are to die for, her bread mold is out of this world.
Not only do I need a bunch of different kinds of items for the French bakery I’m decorating, but I decided to give my swap group a sampling of the breads I’ve been “baking.” In the photo, you can see the samples and the container I’ll be mailing them in.
The loaves and rolls are made from air-dry clay, from either Amaco Cloud or Sago Brothers. While the clays dry in a few hours, I usually make the bread while watching TV in the evening and let the loaves dry overnight.
The tricky part is coloring the loaves to make them look like real bread. The ones in the picture are browned with artist’s chalk although I’ve also used eyeshadow which works as well. I’ve ordered some pan pastel in burnt sienna and burnt sienna tint, so we’ll see if they’ll be closer to baked bread browns.
In the meantime, I’m sending the samples to my swap buddies and will see what they think.
If you have any hints or tricks—even off-the-wall suggestions—I’d love to have them.
Since I’m an RWA PAN member, I volunteer every year to judge the preliminary round of entries in the Rita Awards. This year I’ve got five books to read and judge before March 7.
What are the titles? Who are the authors? Sorry, can’t tell you. But you can take a peek at the books in the picture.
However, this is what I can tell you: It’s been quite a while—one year, in fact—since I last read het romance. When I started reading the first book, I wondered which guy the male protagonist would end up with. Then I realized I had to get back into the het groove before I could move on.
Yes, I laughed about that too.
My M/M picks of the month, however, are Matt Ortiz’s The Butcher, the Baker, the Custom Bike Maker: The Myer Triplets: The Butcher and Kelly Wyre and A. F. Henley’s Breaker.
Be assured that Ortiz treats Cotton, who was such a sad, troubled character in the previous books in the series, to the true love the former alcoholic deserves.
Also, Wyre and Henley start their new Exile series with a stunning story of a dysfunctional world and two wonderful men who find each other.
Check them out.
Currently, I’m in last edit for the next Foothills Pride story, Frank at Heart, which should release sometime this summer. Frank, the owner of the Stone Acres’ hardware store, has spent his life tied to the old ways his father and grandfather did business when they were alive. Consequently, the twenty-first century has passed him by. But in Frank at Heart, steadfast, loyal, and universally loved Frank will be pulled out of his rut and into the new century toward the romance he’s longed for.
I’m also revising what used to be called The Road Runs Both Ways. My country versus city addition to the Foothills Pride series is now called Where the Grass is Greener. When San Francisco nightclub owner Mitchell O’Shea wants to turn the vacant Thompson’s Original Steakhouse into a family-friendly restaurant, good-old-boy Ben Behr meets with him to give him a contractor’s estimate. Once down-home country meets sophisticated city, a real meeting of the minds occurs, sparking an opposites attract romance.
I’d like to submit it to Dreamspinner Press before I attend the March retreat in Orlando. But as I said at the beginning, the migraines have tap-danced in my head for a while now, which means forward motion has been slow. I’m resisting prescription pain pills because I fear going forward might stop altogether.
While I struggle on, what are you doing? I’d love to know. Really.
Title: Behr Facts
Author: Pat Henshaw
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date: 10/28/2015
Cover Artist: AngstyG
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, Gay Romance, Romance
Big, burly CEO Abe Behr is dismayed to discover someone—possibly a family member—is stealing from Behr Construction, which primarily employs Behr relatives. Abe takes the unprecedented step of hiring an outsider, likeable CPA Jeff Mason, to go over the books and help find the culprit. They are drawn to each other as they talk to workers, including Abe’s two younger brothers and their shifty cousin.
Since he has sacrificed romance all his life to build the business, Abe’s surprised by his feelings for the handsome Jeff. He’s even more shocked when they are confronted by bigotry in the Sierra Nevada foothills community, which is being inundated by gays moving from the San Francisco area. As he and Jeff get closer, Abe must come to grips with coming out to a family and community that aren’t very tolerant. Fortunately, being the head Behr helps him find his footing and grab onto love when it bites him.
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