EJ Russell and the Job from Hell—Literally (and #Giveaway)

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.

Visit E.J. at her website, Facebook; and Twitter.

And now let’s hear more about her new book, Stumptown Spirits:

EllenABOUT 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.

You can find Stumptown Spirits at Amazon; Barnes & Noble; iTunes; Kobo; and Riptide Publishing.

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!

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban and paranormal fantasy and romantic suspense, currently living in Auburn, Alabama. Author of the Sentinels of New Orleans series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, and Belle Chasse (Nov 2016). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the upcoming Wilds of the Bayou series (Book 1, Wild Man's Curse) releases April 2016).

25 thoughts on “EJ Russell and the Job from Hell—Literally (and #Giveaway)

  1. Telemarketing for two long months. I was so glad when summer ended and very determined to do so well at college that I would never have to do it again!

  2. I was a secretary once, but it wasn’t the position that was horrible-it was the boss. He would call me his sex-retary, paid me $2 an hour and verbally harassed me. Took me two months to land another job with a different company, but ANY job was better after that!!

    • I completely forgot about my year as a secretary. The boss wasn’t bad, but I had a co-worker who nearly made my head explode. Worst thing about that job, though, was the ditto machine (this was a long time ago!). My fingers were always purple from the ditto fluid.

  3. Personal assistant to an attorney for roughly 6 months. He made Miranda Priestly from “The Devil Wears Prada” look like a cuddly lamb. In hindsight, I should have been suspicious about why they paid that position so extremely well. Little did I know that it was basically pain and suffering money …

  4. I had a job that lasted one day, doing gift wrapping at a card shop during Christmas break. I am all thumbs, gift bags were invented for me, and could not “get it”. I went home with a migraine. Told the owner that he didn’t even have to pay me for that day, I was beyond useless. He took pity on me and paid me. I promised not to come back and ruin anymore gift wrapping. What a nightmare!

  5. No really hellish jobs with me either, but there was one absolutely terrifying beginning. I was on an exchange program just out of college and it was my first few days in London. I was hired to work behind the bar at a pub in the city. My first day was the Friday night shift. The British tend to buy drinks in rounds, meaning that a person will head for the bar and order drinks for the entire group. Which meant I had to juggle getting together up to 15 different drinks, learn the mixture for different drinks and how to pull a pint so that the head was perfect, and add up said drinks total in my head because they didn’t actually have a cash register with a running tape…all on the busiest night of the week. The owner later explained that he started all of the staff on a Friday to see if the employee would be able to stick things out, and he was curious on how an American would handle it.

  6. no real hell job….a student job at our city center was a nighmarre as i ended without my supossed surpervisor and had to do tasks i wasn’t supposed to but i survived

  7. I used to work for a home center. It wasn’t the job itself that was bad – it was one of the store managers. Fortunately he got promoted out of the store.

  8. I worked at a SAS shoe store when I was 19. which is a fancy orthotic shoe and there were a lot of little old people. I think I just quit b/c I hated it and school. Thanks for sharing!

  9. All my hellish jobs involved hellish bosses, in particular the one who would call you into the main lobby to yell at you, usually to cover up something he had done, in the belief that the customers would feel sorry for him having to work with such incompetents. Yeah, the company president yelling at the 20 year old clerks got lots of sympathy.

    My most depressing job was giving out free samples in a grocery store back before that was a common practice. People would run away from me and my tray of warm diet Pepsi.

  10. I hate talking on the phone too! I’m still in college, but I’m currently a medical technologist intern at the lab. All I can say is that the shifting schedules are hell. All I do when I get home is sleep!

  11. I worked in a Nursing Home part time when I was in High school. My plans were to go into nursing but after working in a business where no one got better and went home, I changed my mind and went into accounting.

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