Top Five Embarrassing Situations by Bru Baker – Guest Blog

Long and Short Reviews welcomes Bru Baker who is visiting with us as she celebrates the recent release of her newest book Downward Facing Dreamboat.

Top Five Embarrassing Situations
I am at heart a very awkward individual, so I have so many to choose from. I mean, my formative years were like the before footage of all the “geeky” girls who got a makeover or some jock dated on a bet and then they became popular.
I knocked the prom queen down the stairs once, for god’s sake. Accidentally, but still.

5. Last week I went to Noodles & Co with the kids and got excited about the new cauliflower noodles. (I’m diabetic, so pasta is generally a no-go for me.) Their zucchini noodles are called Zoodles, so I somehow got it in my head the cauliflower noodles were called Caulifloodles. I ordered them for myself and for Thing 1, so I probably said Caulifloodle no less than six times.

Turns out they’re just called cauliflower noodles. The cashier didn’t say a word, but honestly I’ll probably never go to that location again…

4. When I was 17 my family vacationed in Las Vegas. My parents spent the days in the casino leaving me to entertain my younger sister, which wasn’t that much of a challenge because our hotel had several pools and an arcade.

We were playing around in the pool and I dove in and came up…without my swimsuit top. A group of Japanese tourists were on the deck and they took considerable interest in my predicament but were respectful and didn’t catcall or anything. Later that night we were in the arcade and the same group of tourists were there. They gave me all of the tickets they’d won playing games. I nearly died of embarrassment.

Even worse: Being dragged back down to the arcade by my father who wanted to find those (adult) tourists after my sister and I came back to the room with the gigantic stuffed bear we’d bought with the tickets. (Because sure, I’d been embarrassed, but I’m not a fool. I spent those tickets!) >.<

3. A few years ago Hubs and I took the kids to visit my mother for Thanksgiving. We stayed in a hotel and the kids had a great time. They were getting along so well that I took a picture of their cute little heads bent together as they watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and posted it to Facebook. A few hours later a friend messaged me and asked me if I had zoomed in on the photo, so I of course pulled it up and zoomed in and realized there was a mirror next to the television, and my reflection was clearly visible as I took the photo.

Clad only in a bra and a pair of tights.

2. When I was 19 I accidentally boarded the wrong plane. This was a year or two before Sept. 11 and I’d been speaking at a conference in New York with my college newspaper advisor and some friends. A friend had managed to buy us a huge bottle of vodka and we didn’t want it to go to waste so we filled our water bottles with it and carried it through security still drunk from the night before. Somehow a friend and I managed to board the wrong plane (they even took our tickets at the gate!). The flight must not have been sold out because no one noticed we were in their seats. The doors were closed and the flight attendant started the safety spiel, welcoming us on the flight to Pittsburgh.

We were supposed to be flying to Indianapolis.
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Needless to say they were NOT amused to have to open the plane back up and escort us down the jetway, where we ran into my advisor having a hysterical breakdown at the gate because he thought we’d already taken off for Pittsburgh….

1. I’ve shared this story on some blogs before but it’s too good not to share again. When I was working as a librarian I was in the reference department at the library in a very conservative and wealthy community. I had spearheaded a program to teach computer skills to senior citizens, and given that it was a well-off community the classes were always full because the older people in the town had the money to buy all kinds of devices and then didn’t know how to use them.

I was teaching a class on Goodreads at the time, guiding people in real-time through account settings and features. I was using my own Goodreads account, a personal one I kept just for the library because I certainly didn’t want to link them to my Bru Baker account. One of the features we were using was the “import books from Amazon” and I had my screen projected on a big screen so they could follow along. My Goodreads shelf started populating with all the books I’d bought, which was all well and good until I looked up and saw the book “How To Bottom Like a Porn Star” very prominently featured right in the middle of the screen.

I didn’t want to call too much attention to it in case they hadn’t seen it, so I just casually kept talking as I navigated away from that page. Unfortunately several of these senior citizens HAD seen, and I was pretty lucky no one reported it because I doubt I’d have had that job much longer if they did…

Love is trying to catch up to two lonely men. Can they stop long enough to let it?

Running defines Kincaid’s life. It’s not until he loses it that he realizes how isolated he’s become. But even if an injury hadn’t forced him to slow down, the hottie in the yoga studio would have given him pause. In fact, admiring the man each morning is the only thing keeping the spring in his step when it feels like he’s lost everything.

Owen’s busy life as a yoga instructor doesn’t leave him much time to meet guys, let alone date. He’s convinced his passion for helping people is worth the sacrifice, but he’s willing to spare a few moments for the cutie who walks past the studio every morning.

When their lives intersect and romance is set in motion, they stumble off the starting block. But no matter the obstacles in their path, this race won’t be over until they reach the finish… together.

About the Author:Bru Baker writes sophisticated gay romantic fiction with strong characters, real-world problems, and plenty of humor.

Bru spent fifteen years writing for newspapers before making the jump to fiction. Whether it’s creating her own characters or getting caught up in someone else’s, there’s no denying that Bru is happiest when she’s engrossed in a story. She and her husband have two children, which means a lot of her books get written from the sidelines of various sports practices.

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