Sunday, June 14, 2015

Sunday Snippet: A Valentine Caper

So… some good TV this week. Strike Back continues to be excellent viewing. Awesome to see Martinez and Richmond kick ass as they're trained to do. I did call the wife, which is all I'll say for now. Can't wait for the next installment!

Orphan Black, once again, totally blew everything out of the water. Seriously, every time I think I'm cool to settle back and watch, another twist has me sitting on the edge of my seat with my mouth hanging open. I love it!

Defiance returned and, geez, cleaned freaking house. Not only is the E-rep gone, with the exception of Berlin—thankfully—but three regular characters are no more. I love having Nolan and Amanda working in tandem. We'll see how long that lasts.

The premiere of Dark Matter has me intrigued enough to keep watching. I like the blend of characters so far. Hopefully, as the show unfolds, that'll stay the case. Who knows? Killjoys opens next week and I'm very much looking forward to adding it to my Friday night viewing.

More on new shows next week…

Tonight's post is from A Valentine Caper, a novella set around Valentine's Day, featuring a workaholic cupid who needs some downtime.

Here's the tagline:

A cupid, Lorna Heartshorn, is a workaholic who wants to spend Valentine's Day—the one day her magic doesn't work—with a mortal man who needs a hot woman. When Gus Shepler pops up on her radar, she thinks she's found the perfect guy and sets out to seduce him. No easy feat, since he's sworn off women after a string of bad luck and nasty break-ups.

And a preview snippet…

Lorna Heartshorn dropped down beside her fellow cupids, Marie and Katie. "I'm finally taking some time off. What should I do?" She waved to the waiter and signaled for her usual, a slinging arrow—cranberry juice, green apple schnapps, and vodka.
Marie snorted. "Since when do you ever take time off?" She idly toyed with her stir stick, spearing a cherry from her love struck martini.
Katie chimed in. "Wait a minute. Valentine's Day doesn't count, Lorna. We all get that day off." She rolled her eyes. "The one day our magic doesn't work shouldn't count." She brought her cupid's bow, a frothy pink concoction, up to her lips.
Lorna shrugged. "Yeah, yeah. But I'm thinking about taking an extra day or two. I need to have a fling and I want a mortal man." Her drink arrived and Lorna fought the urge to down the entire glass.
Marie blinked. "Did you say mortal? Since when do you traipse around with birthday set?" She took a sip of her martini. "I've known you seventy years and you've never had a burning desire to go off the celestial plane."
Marie spoke the truth. Lorna used to visit the mortal coil at least twice a year when she'd first become a cupid almost a century ago. But she'd had decades of staying in the ether, the mists separating the celestial from the humans inhabiting the earth.
Katie tilted her head to one side. "What's going on with you? You're not like having a midlife crisis or anything, are you?" She leaned closer, peering over the top of her tall tumbler.
Lorna laughed. "No. I'm not having a meltdown or anything crazy." She swirled the liquid in her glass. "I'm just… I don't know… out of touch." She didn't have a clue how to explain the weird disconnect she'd had with everyone lately.
Marie smirked. "You're suffering burn out, Lorna." She slid her gaze toward Katie. "Told you."
Katie nodded. "Yep. You did." She settled back in her seat. "Marie has a theory, Lorna."
Lorna rolled her eyes. "Well, do share. I know you can't wait." She took another sip of her cocktail.
Marie squared her shoulders, getting into mother hen mode. "How much vacation time do you have saved up?" She quirked an eyebrow.
Lorna smirked. "I don't know. Seven years?" She sobered. "Maybe more." What would she do with time off?
Hike through a mountain range. Relax on a beach. Sail around the world. Bah! She'd be bored within forty-eight hours. She loved her work.
Marie threw up her hands. "Seriously? Come on, Lorna, how can you not realize you're completely tapped out?" She calmed down and schooled her features. "Sweetie, you're so good at matching and extremely dedicated, but yes, you're also out of touch. Very."
When Marie dragged out the adverbs, it meant shit just got very real.

Marie and Katie are a hoot and they're going to give Lorna what she wants along with what she needs in the form of Gus Shepler. Let the matching begin…

That's it for this week.



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