New Release: A Summer Fling by Sarah Madison

summer_fling--segoe_print_reversed_copyWell, there you are! Another new release to share. Though technically it’s not *really* new. A Summer Fling combines the short novella Surf’s Up (written for the Goodreads M/M Romance Group’s Don’t Read in the Closet fest) along with the short story Bite the Dust, which features the fictional vampire detective mentioned in Surf’s Up. Bite the Dust was written for the Just One Bite contest, and was one of the 32 finalists in that contest.

The stories have been revised and slightly expanded, and now are available together for the first time in a combined edition. And you can’t beat the price! Just 99 cents on Amazon or Smashwords.

I spent most of the day finalizing the details on getting these stories online today. The weather was lovely: I should have gone out to the barn. It was still quite hot, eighty degrees Fahrenheit, but without the stifling humidity that has been making it miserable to be outside. I took the long-suffering boyfriend to lunch for helping me with the formatting and then took the dog for a nice walk.

Duckpond_resizedI was surprised how empty the park was today. The dog was on his best behavior, despite the occasional small children on bicycles and shirtless joggers who would come up behind us silently and run past without warning. The dog was a perfect gentleman, something that was impossible for him in his youth, as rapid movement has always proven to be too exciting for him. I was patting myself on the back (and praising him for his excellent, pleasant behavior) when we’d almost reached the parking lot where I’d left the car. We’d just safely negotiated a narrow wooden bridge on which a small child had paused in the middle to laboriously turn his bicycle around. I was telling the dog what a good boy he was when he ducked around the end of the bridge and went straight into the muddy water.

Ack. I’m leaning over the edge of the bridge, the dog’s leash threatening to drag me in behind him, while he wallows and plays in the stinking water. Everyone nearby laughed. That’s my boy. The class clown. He was quite pleased with himself as he clambered back up the slippery bank. I only just missed having him shake the dirty water on me as we headed back for the car.

Yellow Tiger Swallowtail_resizedNormally at this time on a Sunday afternoon, I am already becoming grumpy about the coming work week. I’m too conscious of the fact that my weekend is coming to an end and I haven’t done a tenth of the things I wanted or needed to do. But this time, I still have two days off in front of me, and I’ve gotten at least a few important things done today. I am at peace with my world rightΒ  now.

I’m sitting on the couch watching the Gold Cup final with the BF. In a bit, we’ll put steaks on the grill and open a bottle of wine. Tomorrow morning, I’ll sleep until I want to get up. And I have the next lovely 48 hours in which to write. Heaven.

8 thoughts on “New Release: A Summer Fling by Sarah Madison

  1. I’m busy with an edit, but I took time to visit a local farm. I didn’t know it was there, and I was delighted to stumble across it. Five miles of walking trails, animals, birds, lakes… it was wonderful! Totally worth the two hours I spent there.

    If I die tomorrow, I did something fun today. πŸ™‚
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  2. I like your dog! ;P
    I’m dreaming of my holiday break when I can sleep late, hang around my home for no reason, pamper my cats and only go out if it is really necessary!
    Congrats for the novella and the short story! πŸ™‚

    *hugs*

    • My dog is a handsome boy, isn’t he? I think he knows it too! πŸ™‚

      The past couple of days have been lovely. I got the dog out, rode my horse, and then spent most of the afternoon wrapping my head around my WIP again. When I’ve left a story for so long, I have to remember what I was thinking when I last worked on it!
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  3. Lovely post about contentment and achievement! I was grinning at the end of it.

    And I’m heading over to Smashwords to get the book. Just so you know, it hasn’t appeared yet at Amazon UK.

  4. Hee–H. undoubtedly is a very fine fellow, & becoming quite a gentleman in his early-middle age, but I think he’ll always have a toddler’s love of getting wet & dirty! πŸ˜€

    Eeeep! I must gallop over to Amazon & snatch up your stories! How did you know I needed a reward to promise myself for attacking the mountain of laundry??

    BTW, I was reading Josephine Myles’ blog (because she had smutty pictures, honestly πŸ˜‰ & another writer recommended: “Has anyone pointed you in the direction of these free planners. http://www.productiveflourishing.com/free-planners/ Don’t know if they might help, there’s one there aimed at blog posts in particular.”
    (I thought of you & your habit of trying to fit 30 hours of stuff in a 24-hour day. πŸ™‚

    Hope you enjoyed the time off, snogged D a lot & got a bit of rest! <3 <3

    • H is *finally* growing up. It just took him longer than most dogs! Hard to believe that so many years have passed since I got him, however!

      DO run over to Amazon and snatch up my stories! Tell all your friends! No, seriously, it’s a pretty low-cost way of checking out my work and deciding if you like it or not, right? I’d love to see A Summer Fling increase my visibility, but so far, that’s not happening.

      Now I will have to check out Josephine Myles blog! Maybe I need smutty pictures as well as a blog planner. πŸ™‚

      I did enjoy my time off. Didn’t get as much done as I would have liked, but I’m not nearly as snarly as I was before. Win-win!

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