Phillip and I went to the laundromat this morning. I took my eReader with me. (We always bring books with us when we do laundry.) I started reading Minutes Before Sunset, by Shannon A. Thompson. I’m not reading it for the 2016 Reading Challenge (unless it surprises me and turns out to fit an unused category.) I’m just reading it.
I’ve been following the Shannon A. Thompson blog for a long time. She has a lot of interesting things to say. Her “Coffee & Cats” videos are pretty funny. She’s very good at self-promotion. She almost made me want to buy her books. The genre – or, more accurately, what I perceived the genre to be – teenage vampire romance – didn’t appeal to me.
Then, recently, Ms. Thompson began offering Minutes Before Sunset – the first book in the “Timely Deaths” trilogy – as a free download. I figured a free eBook never hurt anyone, so I downloaded a copy. I thought I may read it someday.
I’m 10% of the way into the book now, and, you know what, it’s very good. I’m sorry I misjudged you, Shannon. I haven’t figured out exactly what’s going on yet, but it’s got me hooked.
The main characters are high school students with secret identities. During the day, they look and act like everyday high school kids. At night, they change appearance and names. They use their magic powers of Dark to protect humans from Light. (This is very much like the role-playing game I’m involved with in Everett.) I don’t know, yet, if these kids are vampires, or wizards, or what – but I can’t wait to find out.
After the laundromat, we dropped our laundry off at home. Then we drove up to 15th Avenue for lunch at El Farol. Then we did some browsing in Ada’s Technical Books and that hardware store at the corner of 15th and Republican. Then we bought some cookies and chocolate at Ruckus.
We drove home, parked the car, and then walked over to Summit Foods. Phillip needed me to shave his head, and he always buys me a beer for my labor. (He usually doesn’t ask me to shave his head – he asks, “Can I buy you a beer?” and I know what he means.) I picked out a beer I’d never had before: Hawaiian Sunburn (pineapple and habanero sour) by Seattle’s Elysian Brewery.
Hawaiian Sunburn is very good – more sweet than hot. I’d have it again.