The weather’s been crazy the last few days; heavy rain, wind storms worthy of the fall, and then sudden bursts of sun. It’s stayed warm, which makes it easy for me to ignore the rain. The cats are not quite so unaffected, but they’re learning to cope. We only started letting them out in the spring, and it’s been dry summer, so fall will certainly be a shock to them.
In book news, “Summertime Blues” released on Wednesday; you can grab a copy for Torquere Press, Amazon, or the usual online bookstores The full anthology is also available in print from Amazon. I really couldn’t pass up the chance to write about something with baseball. (Let’s Go, Mets! Oh, wait…never mind. *sigh* Wait ’til next year!)
What’s it about? Adam’s on the road with the minor league baseball team as equipment manager; Will’s flying all over the country dealing with one client after another. They haven’t seen each other in weeks, and the strain is starting to show. Adam’s getting crankier by the day, and his teammates are trying to avoid him. On a trip to Atlanta, Will meets Darren, a handsome, aggressive businessman who’s more than willing to overlook Will’s relationship status if Will is. Could more weeks away from his lover lead Will astray or will he find a way to reconnect with Adam?
I’m off to write about Christmas, but I’ll leave you with a sample from Adam & Will’s story.
When Adam walked inside, he spotted Will’s bag sitting near the front door and the man himself walking out of the kitchen. He was wearing the dark blue Armani suit that Adam loved, the one that seemed to drape his frame and make him look like he should be on a runway, not in the hallway of a two-story A-frame.
“I was just about to call you. I kept thinking you’d be home sooner and we’d get a few minutes together.”
Adam recognized the frazzled “I need to leave for the airport thirty minutes ago” look. “We were delayed out of Phoenix.” He dropped his bag and met Will halfway. “Thunder storms.”
“Twice, I know. I read your texts.” Will smiled slightly. “Welcome home.”
Adam jerked his head toward the suitcase next to the stairs. “Just in time to see you off.” He’d intended to keep the annoyance out of his voice and failed rather spectacularly. Will took it in stride, just like Adam knew he would.
“Yeah, sorry. I have a client in Chicago in a panic about their implementation. I have to go smooth some ruffled feathers. I’ll be back in a couple of days.”
“Unless it takes longer and you head straight for Tampa. That doesn’t give you a lot of time.” After five years together, negotiating around the team’s schedule and Will’s business clients should have been old hat, but this season seemed worse than usual.
Will tried to look hopeful. “I’ll make it fast, I promise. I’ll be in Chicago this afternoon; that gives me plenty of time today and tomorrow to deal with the client and be back here on Saturday. I can push Tampa until Tuesday.”
Adam wanted to point out that Will was being overly optimistic and “That’s what you said last time” was on the tip of his tongue, but the blare of a car horn cut their time short.
With a glance toward the front window, Will said, “That’s my cab. I need to go.”
Adam sighed. “You’re lucky you’re so sexy in that suit.” He reached for the lapels and pulled Will in for a kiss.