Is out tomorrow! !  Which is awesome, because the tension is killing me!

Seriously– I had so much fun writing Dex!  Maybe it was because Sidecar made me flashback to my youth (and therefore feel old) and Mourning Heaven was just so emotionally raw, but Dex?  Dex made me remember being young again, and fucking up and realizing that I had a little bit of time to get it right.  Dex and Kane are all about reclaiming their innocence and realizing that it was never really lost in the first place because innocence is more than sex, it’s the way you see the world and trust the people around you, and they’d never really lost that.  And maybe it’s that infectious enthusiasm of being young that makes me so nervous about this one.  I want people to like my guys!  The adult Amy, the one who’s put out a few books, is perfectly sanguine with the fact that people aren’t always going to get her guys.  (Seriously–someone wrote a review on Winter Courtship of Fur-Bearing Critters criticizing my use of the word “sheep fur”, because no one she knew thought that was funny.  I actually refrained from responding to that review in order to point that all of my friends thought that was fucking hysterical and odds were, I’d like those people better anyway.  Frankly, I’m considering that restraint a hallmark of maturity on my part.  I turned forty-five today, so, well, Happy Birthday to ME!)  But, well, the less mature Amy– she gets nervous, and she wants everyone to like all her guys (even though the adult Amy keeps saying that’s not possible!) so, well, I’m gonna be all nerves.  Because these guys are important to me.  They’re young, and they fuck up, but by the end of the book, they’ve got the rest of their lives to sort it out, and even then, they’ve got a plan for the afterlife that they’re both amenable with, and they’re gonna run with that.

I love this book very much a lot, and I hope that you do too;-)

And in other news?

*  Well, there’s the birthday thing today–my stepbrother called, and we both remembered that we used to be young, and, well, that made me feel old.

* I almost created a major disasticle with my hotel reservations at GRL, and, even worse, with someone else’s, and the fact that I managed to scale that back to just a kerfluffle is making me feel like maturity may have it’s bennies.

*  Mate played three softball games yesterday after coaching soccer, and then slept a lot today after counting his boo boos, because Mate turns forty-five tomorrow, and, well, boo-boos rack up when you pass forty-four.

*  Big T scared the holy crap out of me last night when he forgot to call me and tell me he was going to be late.  It’s the first time he’s done something like this, and part of me is proud that he’s finally getting around to worrying us stupid, and part of me says if he ever does that again, I’m braining him with an alarm clock.

*  I’m not quite caught up with all of the stuff on my desk, and I don’t understand why it’s so HARD to write when I’m texting Chicken just as much as I used to talk to her when she was here.

*  Squish is enjoying the holy hell out of moving into her big sister’s room.  She’s been putting all her clothes away in the drawers and sitting there and playing.  The incidences of screaming coming from their shared room have diminished considerably, and that’s good.

*  Zoomboy is missing his people so badly he hasn’t slept in a week, and that’s bad.

*  And today, I remembered two stories that need to be shared, and I shall leave you with those:

A.  So, before I took Chicken to San Diego, I stocked her up on supplies.  Toilet paper, shampoo, feminine protection– you get the idea.  Well, Chicken and the Target guy ended up flirting, after having bonded over Pokemon of all things, and it was cute to watch them.  And then, in the middle of the cuteness, the guy started handing me $5 gift certificates that came as rebates because, well, I bought a lot of feminine protection.

“Wow!  This is cool!”  I said, taking the third one from him.

The guy nodded and said, “Yeah–it’s because you bought a lot of–”  And then it occurred to him.  He was flirting with a pretty girl while he was ringing up her maxi pads, and now he was pointing out that he’d handled the maxi-pads to her mother.  The kid turned red, looked down at the bag in front of him and said, “This.  You bought a lot of this!”  And then we both politely ignored what “this” was and they continued their flirting.  But the squashed-possum look in his eyes was priceless, and I shall treasure it always.

B.  And two things happened on the way to San Diego that deserved note.

The first one was that we were trying to decide if we’d gone too far down 5 south (almost impossible, we know that now) and we were feeling sort of lost, when our only responsibility was to drive a straight line.  We were in the middle of cursing my damned GPS and squinting into the darkness wondering if that cursed freeway ever fucking ended, when her phone rang.  It was her room assignment guy making sure she would be at the orientation the next day.  She hung up, and I got frustrated with her.

“Why didn’t you ask for directions!”  I wailed.

“Because he doesn’t know where we are either!” she snapped back, and then we realized what we’d just said and giggled for ten miles until we saw the next road sign.

And the second one happened about an hour after that, as we were approaching San Diego.  She’d fallen asleep, and had been that way for about ten minutes, when I saw a sign and needed her to wake up to navigate.

“Chicken!”  I said, “Wake up.”

And then, as she flailed about on the passenger seat, she OPENED HER DOOR!

As soon as it was open, her panic subsided and she clenched it shut, staring around the darkened car with big eyes.

My eyes were also big as I scanned our surroundings for the next place to get off and shut it.

“Interesting choice,” I said, staying calm.  “I’d love to know why you did that!”

“I have no idea.  I woke up and spazzed out.  I do that.”

“Awesome.  Just like your father.  Good to know.  Be sure to tell your roommates so you don’t scare the shit out of them either.”

“Will do.  Can we get off at this exit?”

“Yeah, yeah, hold your door shut a little while longer.”

And then we fixed the problem–but I did not have long enough to give her hell about that, cause now that we’re all alive and everything, it was funny!

And that’s it.  Dex is out tomorrow, did I mention it?  It is.  And I’m excited.  And I hope you are too!

0 thoughts on “DEX!”

  1. Logan says:

    Omg there is just do much to say here. First and most important, the very first thing u do after everyone is settled into the car is LOCK THE DAM DOORS! Solves just do very many problems. Crazies on the outside trying to get in..or ya know in ur case, crazies on the inside trying to get OUT!
    Secondly, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Cuz u tots rock and should have the very best of days.
    Moving on in order of importance, people who don't get ur use of sheep fur, well yeah, let's just move past them
    Since they have no business taking up any kinda important space.
    Lastly, holy shitballs (is that 1 word or 2 I'm never sure) Dex is out TOMORROW!! Be happy in knowing there will be no sleep now and I can not wait to read this.
    Have the happiest of birthdays Ms Lane knowing u rock not only as a writer but as a mom too. You've got mad skillz babe!!

  2. Anonymous says:


    im sure ur daughter will do just fine in college.

    And did I mention? SOOOO ECITTEEDD FOR DEXX IN BLLUUE!!!! =D

  3. Anonymous says:

    Happy birthday, Pookie.

    Heh, you owe me a book. And your kid's stocked up on manga for a day or two.

    We shall drink a shot of birthday celebrations in ABQ.

  4. Happy Birthday!!

    (sniff) You've grown up so much in the last few years.

  5. TeresaWMc says:

    So excited but cannot find it on amazon. When will it show up there?


  6. Galad says:

    Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!

    Who knew you needed child safety locks for a college student. That story will live on,and on, and on…

  7. Your life is hilarity 🙂
    But why I came on here was to leave a comment account Dex In Blue. I usually get antsy and want to skip to the good stuff in books where the story starts picking I can genuinely say I never have that problem with your writing. Everything you write is beautiful. I haven't even finished reading the excerpt for Dex In Blue, which I have been counting down for, but I had to write this and say that the imagery just killed me. I see the scenes in my head and the characters really come alive. Not only do I love this series but it is a pleasure to read anything you write. Thank you for sharing your gift with us 🙂 Looking forward to more books!
    And happy late birthday!

  8. TeresaWMc says:

    Just finished. Loved it! Thank you.

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