Friday, May 20, 2016

Blog Tour: Stumptown Spirits E.J. Russell with Guest Post & Giveaway


Please join us in welcoming E.J. Russell to Sinfully as she celebrates the release of her new book Stumptown Spirits, and shares five random things about herself.


Five Random Things

E.J. Russell

According to the Meyers-Briggs scale, I’m a 100% introvert. Consequently, I don’t get out much, although I make every effort not to go completely feral here in my writing cave. In that spirit, here are five random things about me.

1) I don't drink coffee. Never have. (Well, okay. Once or twice in college, but I never, you know, inhaled.)

Tea, though. Tea is awesome. Lately, though, it’s nearly impossible to find a non-herbal tea in a restaurant that isn’t Earl Grey. I hate Earl Grey — oil of bergamot and I do not mix. My current favorite is #18 (Brahmin) by Steven Smith Teamaker—a Portland company!

2) My first job was at a hamburger stand in Disneyland.

I had to join the Hotel, Restaurant, and Bartenders union (Disneyland is a total union shop — or at least it was back in the early seventies). I worked there for about a year, and when I left, I was earning a whopping $1.71 per hour.

3) I once skated on the same ice as Tonya Harding. (She was just a trifle better than I was.)

Between the Nancy Kerrigan knee-bashing and the Jeff Gillooly hubcap-flinging incident, she coached briefly at the ice rink where our family was taking lessons. The rink was in the middle of a shopping mall, so the caliber of skaters wasn’t exactly Olympic quality. Watching her speed and power over the ice was pretty damned awe-inspiring. My daughter, who was in grade school at the time and in full drama princess mode, was impressed on her own behalf regarding Tonya. Who cared about Tonya’s skill? In skating network theory, by skating on the same ice, my daughter was only two degrees of separation from Michelle Kwan. Squeeee!

4) I have an extensive collection of Marx Brothers memorabilia.

I started collecting books, pictures, even statuary, in high school after reading Harpo’s hilarious autobiography, Harpo Speaks. In those days, before cable and Netflix, it wasn’t easy to score a showing of a Marx Brothers movie—it was years before I finally saw Animal Crackers—but my friends and I managed. I remember standing in line for the bobsled ride at Disneyland, trading lines from one of Groucho’s scenes with Chico. Harpo was—and still is—my favorite, but it was difficult to trade any of his lines without a bicycle horn or a table over which to chase a convenient blonde.

5) In my first year as a theater administration graduate student at the Yale School of Drama, Glenn Close threatened to kill me.

It was in my first rotation, in the press office, and a second-year student and I were reviewing the proof sheets from the photo shoot for Uncle Vanya, in which Ms. Close was appearing as Yelena. This was before the release of The World According to Garp, her first big film, and she was known mainly for stage work. Ms. Close has a very forceful jaw—which I rather admire, actually—but in one of the shots, the photographer caught her at an awkward angle and she looked exactly like Ruth Buzzi’s Gladys Ormphby character. I showed it to Ms. Close — I thought she might be amused.

Not so much. Hence the death threat: “If you print that, I’ll kill you.”

Since I didn’t print the photo, I guess we’ll never know if she was serious.


Stumptown Spirits

E.J. Russell


Publisher ~ Riptide Publishing 

Published ~ 16th May 2016

Genre ~ Paranormal M/M Romance



What price would you pay to rescue a friend from hell?

For Logan Conner, the answer is almost anything. Guilt-ridden over trapping his college roommate in a ghost war rooted in Portland’s pioneer past, Logan has spent years searching for a solution. Then his new boyfriend, folklorist Riley Morrel, inadvertently gives him the key. Determined to pay his debt—and keep Riley safe—Logan abandons Riley and returns to Portland, prepared to give up his freedom and his future to make things right.

Crushed by Logan’s betrayal, Riley drops out of school and takes a job on a lackluster paranormal investigation show. When the crew arrives in Portland to film an episode about a local legend of feuding ghosts, he stumbles across Logan working at a local bar, and learns the truth about Logan’s plan.

Their destinies once more intertwined, the two men attempt to reforge their relationship while dodging a narcissistic TV personality, a craven ex-ghost, and a curmudgeonly bar owner with a hidden agenda. But Logan’s date with destiny is looming, and his life might not be the only one at stake.

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Meet E.J. Russell

E.J. Russell holds a BA and an MFA in theater, so naturally she’s spent the last three decades as a financial manager, database designer, and business-intelligence consultant. After her twin sons left for college and she no longer spent half her waking hours ferrying them to dance class, she returned to her childhood love of writing fiction. Now she wonders why she ever thought an empty nest meant leisure.

E.J. lives in rural Oregon with her curmudgeonly husband, the only man on the planet who cares less about sports than she does. She enjoys visits from her wonderful adult children, and indulges in good books, red wine, and the occasional hyperbole.





To celebrate the release of Stumptown Spirits, EJ is giving away $25 in Riptide credit. Leave a comment to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on May 21, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!


  1. LOL!Thank you for sharing those five things with us... I love tea as well, but I wouldn't be able to do it in the morning without coffee... It's a psychological as well as physical dependence!
    Congratulations on the release. I love paranormal, so the book sounds perfect to me!

  2. I've added this book to my TBR - the blurb intrigues me! Congratulations on the new release, EJ.
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  3. Fun interview! I actually like tea and coffee (I like Earl Grey, but Lady Grey is icky)!

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  4. You make me feel a little better about my pay. I started at $2.01 as a waitress with no union dues, but regular minimum wage was $2.35 for non-tip jobs and that's what I got paid for the thankless job of being a janitor in my school after hours when I was 15.

    I sipped coffee once and while it smells good, I never had the desire to try it again. YUCK. I do brink tea to be social, but that's it, I don't really like it either. I'ma Diet Coke gal but I'm weening myself to water.

  5. I love all I have read so far. Can't wait to read the rest. (

  6. congrats on the release...great post today
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  7. this book is going to be so awesome,,,can't wait to read this one

  8. LOL - thanks for sharing your 5 things! I love coffee (okay slightly obsessed), for me 'NO COFFEE NO TALKY' haha

  9. Thank you for sharing with us. I can stand with you on #1. I don't drink coffee either.

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  10. Great post. I am glad she didn't follow through and I hate coffee as well. I only drink tea.
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  11. Thanks for the great list - especially the story about Glenn Close!


  12. Thanks for sharing this list! I am not a coffee drinker either!
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  13. If your new book is anywhere near as entertaining as Five Random Things I know I'll
    love it. :-)

  14. I like the sound of this book
    added to my wish list


  15. Thanks so much for hosting me today, and thanks to everyone for the great comments! I really appreciate your involvement in my first blog tour with Riptide!

  16. I'm a tea person (British, so it is part of us!) -.I do like Earl Grey but do love a Winter Spice infusion!
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  17. Congrats on the release fellow tea-drinker :-)

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  18. interesting list

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