Well, it's the last day of the Olympics. Canada had an amazing last couple of days. Friday night Charles Hamelin in short track got two gold medals within an hour. (The one with the beard.) One in the 500 metres where Ohno was disqualified for shoving the Korean just before the line so we got the bronze in that too. Then in the 5000 relay we were ahead the whole way so Charles, his brother Francois and the other guys got the gold. US, the bronze. Those short track guys are really tiny, but our men looked huge. Especially our dread locked rasta man. LOL
It was adorable when Charles won the 500 m his girlfriend (who won a silver at the Olympics) came flying down from the stands and leaped up on the edge and he leaped up from the other side and they were hugging and kissing. We also got a sliver in women's curling, the gold in men's curling, the gold in men's speed skating team pursuit, a bronze in bob sled (we had a bad crash too which took one of our teams out) and then the gold in men's parallel giant slalom. My daughter and I were having a heart attack here. It was pouring rain and our guy was .75 behind and had to make it up and pass the guy on the second run. Ack!!! I can't believe he did it. So we ended on a high note. Of course we still have a medal waiting in hockey today and there is the 50 km cross country (I'm dying just thinking about skiing that far) but I'm not sure we seriously have a chance there. I believe Canada has now received the most gold medals of any one country in a winter Olympics. We are third in total, but have the most golds. Really can't complain about how well we did, just took us a while to get going. So no more Olympic updates from me.
I did some reading too. Surprise.
Regularly Scheduled Life by K.A. Mitchell (387 pages)
I have put off reading this because I knew it was an angst festival even though I love KA Mitchell's work. Yep angst galore. Almost needed a tissue a few times. Amazing story, but if angst isn't your thing you may not enjoy it. Sean is a teacher who's been with Kyle for 6 years. The day of their anniversary there is a school shooting and Sean tackles the shooter getting shot himself. He survives and is deemed a hero and a PR guy starts getting him on Oprah, etc. where he can try and change the image of gay men. It's basically 300 pages of watching the slow erosion of a perfect relationship due to dealing with the physical aftermath, the emotional crap and how people are changed irrevocably. Also Sean refuses counseling which doesn't help and Kyle walks around saying "fine" to everything. I swear if I heard "fine" one more time I was going to slap someone. LOL But I think it was amazingly well done and depicts what often does happen after a life-changing event. People are never the same and working through it doesn't always happen in a nice steady way. So a fabulous story but not something you read when you want something light and fluffy.
From Afar by Ava March (64 pages)
Raphael is a vampire who has basically been stalking Aleric since he moved to London three years ago. He just feels compelled to be near him. One night he rescues him from some muggers but Aleric is stabbed and the only way to save him is to turn him into a vampire. Amazingly it goes pretty well, Aleric has always had a thing for guys and they burn up the sheets. However the vampire clan in London is run by a woman. It's very bad to create a new vampire without her permission but Raphael lives on the outskirts of the clan. He takes Aleric to meet her and see the great big gay orgy that is living with the clan. Aleric is not impressed when he finds out Raphael was stalking him, but on the whole he wants to stay with him and not live in the porn palace but they know they have to leave London (for somewhere warm, smart men). Yes, it was historical but it was set in a very specific world and only takes place over a couple of days so I quite enjoyed it. I like paranormal historicals I think I'm finding. I enjoyed Raphael and you got to know the real Aleric, not just Raphael's image of him from afar. I also think the guy on the cover at that book is swoon-worthy. So if you like vampires or historicals or both I think you'll enjoy it.
Oh yeah, the pdf version says 80 pages but the story is only 65 or so. What's in the back you ask? Well, I knew this before I read it because Jenre commented on it in her review so I wasn't overly annoyed. Also there is an excerpt from the author's other m/m book which I did read (sounded interesting), then there was an excerpt from Charlie Cochrane's book and Mychael Black's book, again both m/m so I can live with this. At least they are in the same genre and might catch the interest of the reader