So, what happens when you get four readers and an author/reader together in Dublin, California on a sunny Sunday afternoon? You have five hours of new and old friends talking M/M — and other! — reading, eating some giant portions of yummy food, teasing with waiters, and laughing a good deal. That’s what happened this afternoon as a group of us — jeayci, Reggie, Katie, EM Lynley and I (Aunt Lynn) — met for the monthly gathering of the Bay Area M/M Romance Book Club.
I picked up jeayci and EM on the way down from Berkeley a little early because I had to do something for &*#% RL work at the exact time we were supposed to meet Reggie and Katie. Nice first impressions as I was the newbie to this group. And poor EM, she got stuck into riding in the back seat of the Jeep, a breezy experience at the best of times, but she was a good sport about it. My Jeepmates were gracious enough to run over to the Starbucks across the street from the restaurant with me as I fired up my laptop for a bit to get done what I needed to get done. They headed off at 1 to meet Reggie and Katie as I furiously made my fingers fly over the keyboard. I didn’t want to miss anything!
Once that crap was dealt with I joined up with the other four in a large booth where we proceeded to enjoy each others’ company for the afternoon. Apparently this group is well-known for its long stays and boisterous nature as the waiters teased us — and us them — about previous visits. We talked writing and reading and reviewing and publishing and editing and RL stuff and GRL (past and future) and smexxin in loud voices that I am sure both annoyed and amused our neighbors. We discussed the book of the month, Mardi Gras by A.B. Gayle. We ate from very generous portions and laughed. We took some pics for this post (jeayci and Katie are shy!). At 5:30, we took the conversation outside and said our goodbyes with hugs and a date set for next month.
If you live in the Bay Area and want to join in the fun, let me know and we’ll get you the info. My four cohorts, thanks for having me and if you have anything to add or if I missed anything or got something wrong, comment below.