Top 5 things I like to do (when I’m not writing!) by Jodi Payne – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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Top 5 things I like to do (when I’m not writing!)

1. Read. I like to read outside the Romance field. Most of my reading is actually not romance. I do read some of course, but I find I need to get out of romance-head when I read, and I also find lots of inspiration for characters in other genres. I love Stephen King books, forensic action/mystery novels, non-fiction, and I’ll read anything that makes me think.

2. Bake. For me, baking is therapy. I’m one of those left-brained types that measures and plans, so a recipe appeals to me. I love all of that. The smell of something baking in the oven is so comforting. Watching my family enjoy whatever I’ve baked it a good feeling too. I especially like to make breads (banana bread mmm) and muffins and scones and that sort of thing. Breakfast-type foods.

3. Superhero Movies. I love them. I love epic battles between good and evil. I love capes and cool weapons and superpowers and strong women. I love underdogs that win, winners that give others a hand up, heroes with a tenuous hold on reality and heroines who are morally ambiguous. I love every Marvel and DC movie ever. Almost. I don’t know about some of those Batman movies. I even love superhero theme music. I’m a big dork about these things.

4. Get out on the water. I love the beach, it’s my most favorite place in the world. I love to sail, but if I can’t get there, then I’m happy taking out a canoe on Carnegie Lake or even just sitting/walking along the bank and watching other people row by. We often get to watch the Princeton Crew practice and host regattas on the lake, which is fun.

5. Live music! Anywhere, anytime, anything. I’m game. I love live music, whether it’s a huge concert or a small bar. My music tastes are eclectic and broad, so I’ll enjoy almost anyone that puts on a decent show whether its upbeat or low key.

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After losing his husband to cancer, Oscar Kennedy has his hands full with their four girls, the house, his job, and his mother-in-law. When he loses his father too, keeping Stable Hill, the old horse farm where he grew up, becomes impossible. Oscar hires Jeffrey Stokes, a slick-looking real estate broker with a roll-up-his-sleeves work ethic, to get it on the market.

Russell White manages the day-to-day at Stable Hill. Russ had loved Oscar’s dad like a father, and took on even more responsibility when the old man fell ill. He is shocked and saddened by Oscar’s decision to sell.
All three men have a stake in Stable Hill, and it’s not long before they start to invest in one another too. But their complicated relationship doesn’t make having to sell Stable Hill any easier. Will the fragile triad they’re building last when the farm that brought them together is gone?

About the Author: Jodi Payne spent too many years in New York and San Francisco stage managing classical plays, edgy fringe work, and the occasional musical. She therefore is overdramatic, takes herself way too seriously, and has been known to randomly break out in song. Her men are imperfect but genuine, stubborn but likeable, often kinky, and frequently their own worst enemies. They are characters you can’t help but fall in love with while they stumble along the path to their happily ever after.

For those looking to get on her good side, Jodi’s addictions include nonfat lattes, Malbec and tequila any way you pour it. She’s also obsessed with Shakespeare and Broadway musicals. She can be found wearing sock monkey gloves while typing when it’s cold, and on the beach enjoying the sun and the ocean when it’s hot. When she’s not writing and/or vacuuming sand out of her laptop, Jodi mentors queer youth and will drop everything for live music. She lives near New York City with her beautiful wife, and together they are mothers of dragons (cleverly disguised as children) and slaves to an enormous polydactyl cat.

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  1. Angela Saver says

    I enjoyed learning about this author & this sounds like a good read!

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