I want to welcome Kris Ripper to the blog today. Ze is taking her newest release The Butch and The Beautiful on tour. Today we have a Guest Post about a character in the book, a Giveaway and also an Excerpt.
By Kris Ripper
Hannah imagined Jaq reading that and grinned to herself.
My darling, I wither without your love. (Yes, I realize “wither without” looks bad, but I don’t feel like looking up a synonym, so deal with it.) Whence shall we meet again? Your adoring servant, H
She hit Send on the email and went back to pretending she was interested in the menu at her ex’s new restaurant. Obviously, Jaq couldn’t take time off teaching to come down to the grand opening with her, but it would really be nice to not look single around all her old couple friends.
Twenty minutes later she excused herself to the (gorgeous, well appointed) powder room, and checked her email. And grinned.
Jaq had changed the subject from A thousand missing kisses to I can’t believe Google didn’t spam can this.
First: I’m in the middle of class. Do not send me emails with “kissing” in the subject line.
Second: I’m in the middle of class. Do not send me emails with “your adoring servant” in them.
Third: I’m in the middle of class. Why is the big grand opening happening at 11 a.m.?
Fourth: I’m in the middle of class. I forbid withering. Of any kind.
Fifth: I’m in the middle of class. You want me to make Merin look up synonyms for you? Oh, wait. No. Probably “can you google synonyms for ‘withering’ because my girlfriend is lazy” isn’t actually appropriate.
Sixth: wish I was there. And also so glad I’m not fake smiling at LA people with you. Gross.
Hannah grinned at her phone and took a seat on the handy little padded bench provided. She studied the bench a bit more closely and imagined the suggestive things she’d say to Jaq if she were here, then opened a reply.
You’re lucky I respect your role in the community or I’d make you blush right now. I’m sitting on the most sturdy bench. It’s wasted in this restroom.
It’s an all day Event. Capital-E-Event. The muscles in my face are sore—and not in the good way. I think the Event is going well. And I won’t tolerate any nasty words about The New Partner, because they’re lovely, and way better than Sandra deserves.
She paused, considering Jaq sitting in her classroom, teasing her students, weathering their ambivalence about English literature.
But I’d rather be at work, counting the hours until you’re off and planning to debauch you in all the very best ways. I can’t wait to see you tomorrow.
The door opened and two women walked in, all designer-mismatched and professionally tousled. Their eyes slid over Hannah, who straightened her back, unwilling to cede any of the space in the room to the rich and skinny. She’d been done with that game long before she was done with Sandra.
It was well after lunch before she managed to check her email again.
Babe. You can debauch me any day. Have a good Event. And call me later. Tell me all about that bench. *eyebrow waggle*
Below the eyebrow waggle Jaq had typed LY.
For a long moment, Hannah just stared at it. Not that it was weird for Jaq to express her love. But she didn’t, usually, over email. Still, it couldn’t possibly stand for anything else.
Hannah realized she no longer gave a damn if people thought she was single. She tapped out Love you, too, princess, knowing it would rile Jaq up, and hit Send.
Now, to start planning for her triumphant homecoming. They didn’t have a bench, but they hadn’t fully explored alternative uses for the coffee table…
- Book Title: The Butch and The Beautiful
- Book Series: A Queers of La Vista Novel
- Author: Kris Ripper
- Publisher: Riptide Publishing (August 20, 2016)
- Book Length: 225 pages
- Genre: Romance, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy Romance, Lesbian