Thank you for hosting me, Berengaria!! I'm honored to be here!
I'll start with a mention of my latest release, due out March 26th, entitled "Life After Math". It's a sequel to my paperback "Love by the Numbers" from 2009. It revolves around my now college-age couple of Scott and Jared and the four years of drama, love, jealousy, and will leave you guessing until the very end!
Right now, it's in the cover design phase, and I wish it were done so I could share it, but it'll be a couple more weeks yet.
As for the rest of my blog post...wow, I could mention the unceasing series of snowstorms we're getting here, or my graduate studies, or even my unceasing look for a job that I'll love (besides being an author).
I'll take a cue from my good friend Jules and talk about a movie that has inspired me from the moment I saw it; Star Wars, episode four; A New Hope. I was such a little kid when it came out in 1977, but it stuck with me for the rest of my days, even influencing my author name...lol. I've often held contests to see if anyone could guess what the L in S. L. stands for...wanna take a crack at it? Star Wars is a major clue.
To this day, Star Wars can teach us things, esp if you watch all 6 movies and truly understand the 'backstory' of it all. Tis not just fantasy or sci-fi, but political, family, life, attitude, and how we treat people. I highly recommend it to anyone who says they aren't a 'fan' of sci-fi, this is an everything series!
Now, to cap things off, here is a snipet from my up-n-coming book: Life After Math.
Thank you again!
The two fell silent for a moment. Scott bowed his head and gripped his hair. "Dammit. This whole situation has gotten out of hand. If I don't help out I'm a jerk and jeopardizing people's school careers, but if I do, then I'm endangering my relationship."
"It's up to you. Which future do you want to face?"
Scott stood up and removed the kimono. "One where I can win on both sides. There's gotta be a way to work this out where everyone benefits!" He folded the kimono over his arm and walked towards the door. "Thank you for the gift again. I'll let you know what I decide about the tutoring."
Daniel nodded. "I hope you find a balance, my friend."
"So do I," he said contritely. He turned the knob and walked out the door.
Back at Jared's dorm room, he was still unpacking items when Scott knocked on his door.
"Hey, baby." They kissed quickly.
"Hey, handsome. Come on in. What the heck is that?" Jared asked, seeing the kimono.
"Oh, uh, it was a gift from Daniel. Now, before you get all bent out of shape, I told him I'd never been there. He got it for me just as a surprise."
Jared bristled a bit. "That's how these things start. Haven't you ever watched a bad movie romance? It's always just a little this or that and pretty soon the two are all over each other."
Scott scowled. "Sorry I even brought it up. Look, we need to talk."
"Oh yeah? About what?"
"Us and school."
Jared sighed and continued his task. "I thought we'd already decided. You were going to cut back on your tutoring so you'd have more free time with me. Has that changed now? Oh wait, shit. I bet Daniel talked you out of it, didn't he?"
Scott looked away. Jared finally stopped what he was doing and walked over to his lover and cupped his face. "Scotty…you've gotta stop doing this."
"Doing what? What the hell am I even doing anymore? I don't get to decide who I'm going to help?" His lower lip quivered a bit and a few tears spilled out.
Jared held him close. "Shhh, Scott. You told me you didn't have the time to help much anymore, didn't you say that?"
Scott nodded and sniffed a bit. "I guess so."
"Don't you want to spend more time with me again?"
"Of course I do, but this isn't about you or us. This is about helping students pass their classes. Think of where you'd be if Mrs. O'Reilly hadn't made us work together!"
Jared went over the words in his mind. "Made us work together? She may have ordered it, but it was up to me if it worked out at all. I could've been a very difficult student."
"Not if you wanted to play baseball again to save a beating from your father." Both men fell silent and sat on the bed together. "Jared, I love you more than anything, but I'm needed by other people too. It's not forever! We have the rest of our lives together, plus weekends and holidays and everything else. Remember what our parents said?"
Jared nodded. "I remember. It's tough, very tough. I suppose it's our first taste of the real world as adults. Too busy for anything."
"Pretty much." He took Jared's hand and kissed it. "Look, I want to keep seeing you, do you want to also?"
Jared kissed him softly and smoothed his hand over Scott's pale face. "Of course I do! I want to be around you always."
"Then please, let me do what I'm best at. Let me help them pass their math classes the way I helped you."
Jared pulled his hand away. "What if I need help too? Do you just pencil me in?"
Scott cleared his face and nodded. He retrieved the hand and held it tight. "If need be. I'll make you my special time student; the only one who gets tutored naked." They grinned and kissed a couple of times.
"Hope Daniel understands I need you too."
"He does. Look, for the first time in my life I've got a lover and a friend! That's huge to me!"
"I hope he knows you're just friends."
Jared fingered the kimono. "Really? A silk kimono as a friendly gift?"
Scott smoothed the fabric himself. "That's how I perceive it."
"I hope you're right, baby. I really do."
S. L. Danielson
Author of m/m erotic fiction
Life After Math coming March 26th by Silver Publishing!