Justice, Chapter 8 is with the betas. They've all indicated that they're going to get it back to me by the weekend. The earliest I may be able to post is Sunday after I write my exam, but if the chapter needs a lot of work, it might be Monday instead. I'm hoping it no longer needs a lot of work! I really tweaked it a lot.
I'm writing part two of the lemon now. I'm not going to get anyone to beta it, so once it's done, I'll just post it. I imagine that will be sometime tomorrow.
Other news: I have been impressing myself by making the most wonderful salsa recipes in my food processor. I've recently been buying and using a variety of hot peppers for the first time in my life. Prior to this, if I ever wanted to make a dish spicy, I just added cayenne pepper or dried chili flakes. I was too intimidated by fresh peppers like jalapeno, serrano and chili peppers.
If you have never cooked with fresh spicy peppers before, let me give you a word of warning: their juices will make your fingers burn for hours! Serrano peppers are the worst! (My hands burned all evening, even after I washed them about twelve times, and one spot was still burning when I woke up the next morning) Try not to get the juice on your fingers, and if you do, do NOT touch your face for any reason. I didn't know that pepper juices would burn my skin. Thank God I didn't rub my eyes.
I also bought tomatillos for the first time in my life, too. For those who don't know what they are, tomatillos are funny little green tomatoes that Nature wraps up in a papery covering. You can use them to make a green salsa.
Now for the fic rec. I've just finished reading Arson! by Cap Iversen. It's a Western about a gunfighter who falls in love with the man who hires him to get revenge on the men who murdered his family. It's written in the first person from the point of view of the gunslinger. It has a few sex scenes, but they're not detailed. I found I didn't mind at all because it has a great plot and lots of interesting side characters. It was so engrossing that when I was reading the exciting parts, I kept annoying my husband with my frequent gasps of dismay, also by the way I kept bursting out laughing. There are so many laugh-out-loud funny bits as well as scenes and observations that display a more subtle kind of wit. The main character, Dakota Taylor, is a bit of a scoundrel, but is really likeable, and is definitely all man. He's not at all a typical suave hero. His love interest, Bennie Colsen, reminded me a lot of Ryo, in terms of his behavior.
I got it from Torquere ebooks. Here's the link if you want to go and read a sample. http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=2706
There are two sequels that don't seem to be currently available in an ebook format, but I'm so determined to keep reading about Dakota Taylor that I ordered them from Amazon. I hope I ordered paperbacks and didn't accidentally order a hardcover in my enthusiasm, which has happened before. Now I have to wait until the middle of September before they arrive. I don't think you guys needs to worry about the sequels, though. Arson! is a stand-alone book. It doesn't leave any loose ends. It's a hell of a good read. I absolutely could not put it down. It dominated my life for two days. Now I'm reading it all over again and discovering lots of subtle little things that I seem to have missed the first time around.