Today, I’m very happy to welcome author E.J. Russell to the website. I have been in several workshops with EJ over the years, and absolute LOVE her writing. If you like the tone and humor of the Sentinels series and enjoy m/m escapades, you’ll love her books!
ABOUT EJ: E.J. Russell — certified geek, mother of three, recovering actor — lives in rural Oregon with her curmudgeonly husband, where she splits her time between her left-brain day job and her all-the-rest-of-the-time romance writing gig. She enjoys visits from her wonderful adult children, and indulges in good books, red wine, and the occasional hyperbole.
And now let’s hear more about her new book, Stumptown Spirits:
ABOUT STUMPTOWN SPIRITS: What price would you pay to rescue a friend from hell? For Logan Conner, the answer is almost anything. Guilt-ridden over trapping his college roommate in a ghost war rooted in Portland’s pioneer past, Logan has spent years searching for a solution. Then his new boyfriend, folklorist Riley Morrel, inadvertently gives him the key. Determined to pay his debt—and keep Riley safe—Logan abandons Riley and returns to Portland, prepared to give up his freedom and his future to make things right. Crushed by Logan’s betrayal, Riley drops out of school and takes a job on a lackluster paranormal investigation show. When the crew arrives in Portland to film an episode about a local legend of feuding ghosts, he stumbles across Logan working at a local bar, and learns the truth about Logan’s plan. Their destinies once more intertwined, the two men attempt to reforge their relationship while dodging a narcissistic TV personality, a craven ex-ghost, and a curmudgeonly bar owner with a hidden agenda. But Logan’s date with destiny is looming, and his life might not be the only one at stake.
Now, let’s hear from E.J.! (And be sure to enter the giveaway at the end…)
Worst. Job. Ever.
by E.J. Russell
I’ve held a lot of different jobs in my adult life. My first (other than the default early teen babysitting gigs) was at a hamburger stand in Disneyland—and let me tell you, nobody gets crankier at the Magic Kingdom than parents who are told that the nearest restroom is a five-minute hike away. (“But this little boy has to go right now!”)
In addition, I’ve been an actor, an assistant stage manager, a costume shop minion, a bookstore clerk, a customer service rep at a publishing house, a custodian at a beauty salon, a sales associate in the JC Penney fabric department (back when they had fabric departments), a not-for-profit arts administrator, the CFO of a mental health clinic, the financial manager of a rehabilitation center, a database designer, a business intelligence consultant—and, of course, an author. 🙂
But the worst job I ever had—the one that still haunts me to this very day—was the single shift I spent as a telemarketer for Time-Life Books. [Suz: OMG–eek!]
I have no idea what made me think I could do that job. On the Meyers-Briggs scale, I’m a 100% introvert. I loathe talking on the telephone. Asking people to buy things makes me shake in my shoes (I was a total failure at Girl Scout cookie sales back in the day). Those six hours in the call center pinged all of my panic buttons.
I didn’t return for a second shift. I never bothered to pick up the check for the first one (not that it would have been particularly huge). I considered it a more than fair exchange for never having to set foot in the place again.
While neither of my two heroes in Stumptown Spirits have sunk quite that low, neither of them is pursuing his true avocation either. Folklorist Riley is marking time as a go-fer/researcher for a third-rate paranormal investigation show while he tries to get his act together following being dumped by his boyfriend.
Logan (the boyfriend in question) bailed on his architectural studies seven years ago when he was responsible for trapping his college roommate in a supernatural prison. Since then, he’s taken temporary bartending gigs to get by as while scouring the country in his search to undo his mistake. Falling in love with Riley is the only thing that ever made him consider giving up his quest.
Both their cases are different from mine, of course—for instance, neither one of them runs screaming from their next shift! Logan, while lacking any ambition other than to rescue his roommate (and keep Riley out of the supernatural blast zone), is effortlessly competent. Riley might be a fish out of water with his Hollywood crew, but just because his job isn’t the one he’d have chosen, doesn’t mean he wants to be bad at it, so he does his best.
How about you? What’s the worst job you ever had—the one that still gives you nightmares—and how did you escape?
Okay, guys, how about it? My current job is the winner, sadly, barely squeaking past my job as a crime reporter for a daily newspaper while a serial killer roamed my city streets. Barely. I haven’t escaped yet, but the hatch is open in the distance and I’m headed for it!
So…tell all to be entered for a $10 Amazon gift card!