Friday Reads | The Universe Doesn’t Give a Flying Fuck About You

I think I’m among few who choked on their morning coffee this morning because they realised it’s Friday. I did, there I was sitting on the sofa, rocking my youngest while trying to sneak in a sip every now and then when it hit me that I should get in front of the computer and write a few lines about what I’m reading. What I was reading was my own writing and there’s no way I’m doing a Friday post about that.

The emergency solution was to go to Amazon and look at the 15 min read list. The first title that got my attention was You’re Dying, and Your World is a Lie by J. Truant, only I saw it was Book 2 in a series. I didn’t read the description, didn’t check what kind of book it was or what categories it was listed in, I just went looking for Book 1.

The Universe Doesn’t Give a Flying Fuck About You (Epic Series Book 1) sounded good to me. I haven’t read anything by Johnny B. Truant before but I’m listening to his podcast, The Self-Publishing Podcast, quite often. Had it been any other author I might have looked at the blurb or at least checked what genre it was, but I didn’t.

The Universe Doesn’t Give a Flying Fuck About You is actually #1 in both Motivational and Entrepreneurship on Amazon…I thought it was fiction. That’s what you get for not reading up on what you download, but with almost 1.700 reviews I thought it must be good.

But, no matter how much I like listening to Johnny and how awesome the title is, this wasn’t really for me. It’s about how short your life is and that you shouldn’t dream about things, you should do them. And I agree, you should. This could be the last day in your life and worrying about what others will think it quite pointless. They will have opinions whether you do something or not…but the universe doesn’t give a flying fuck. So get to it, people! Be awesome!

If you walk around every day on eggshells, nervous about making a mistake or looking stupid, then you should read this.

If you have a “next big thing” in mind you want to do because you know it will be awesome (starting the business, making the big move, launching the nonprofit, writing the book) but are afraid of doing what it would take to make that thing happen, then you should read this.

The universe is very big. You are very small. In fact, you’re so small and so insignificant in the big picture that you don’t even register to the eye of the cosmos. The universe was here before you were born and will be here long after you’re gone, and your life is but a blip on its vast, vast radar. If your life is to matter, it’s not going to matter to the universe. It’s up to you make your life matter in the only way you can: by doing things that make a difference to you, to those around you, and to those whose lives you touch. Time is short. You have exactly NOW to do whatever it is you’re here to do, or to let the inexorable passage of hours and days and years kill your potential like fruit left to die on a vine.

The universe doesn’t hate you, but it doesn’t love you, either. You’re just an atom in its infinite workings. The universe doesn’t care if you live, die, suffer, or thrive. Whatever your life here will mean is up to you.

Stop worrying so much about what others think and start being who you’re supposed to be. It’s time to do some epic shit.

Friday Reads | The Break-In

It’s NaNo times people, I don’t have time to read! That’s not entirely true because I haven’t been writing either, but there haven’t been many pages read on my part this week. Since my attentions span isn’t up to its normal level I picked a short read for this Friday. The Break-In by Sloan Parker is an erotic short story about Billy, Dough, and Roger.

Billy used to be a part of their relationship but after having been in prison he doesn’t feel he has the right to come back. That doesn’t stop him from breaking into what once was his home every Friday night when Dough and Roger are out eating. This Friday, however, they happen to come home a little early…

I enjoyed it, it’s a short, hot read, and being a little crazy like I am I found it quite funny when Billy hid under the bed. Check it out if you’re in the mood for a short M/M/M.

Book cover The Break-In Sloan ParkerHeartbroken and lonely, Billy’s been breaking into his ex-lover’s apartment every Friday night for a little solo sex in the bed they used to share. One night he almost gets caught. Now he has only seconds to decide if he should stay or run from the most erotic encounter of his life—and maybe a chance at love again.

This story includes m/m/m sexual content and was originally published via the author’s website.

Contemporary Erotic
Short Story
includes m/m/m sexual content
16 pages (in PDF)
Word Count: 6,000

Author’s Note
This story was inspired by the Alanis Morissette song “Your House” where she walks into her former lover’s house, puts on his robe, listens to his music, and lies in his bed, all while he’s seeing someone else. I wanted to write a story with a similar theme, but give it a romantic twist. “The Break In” is the result of that personal challenge.

Friday Reads | Cherry Pop Valentine

Friday!!! Have you been reading anything good this week? I had me some Cherry Pop Valentine by Debbie McGowan with my morning coffee today—a lovely distraction for the fact that my mother is coming and the house looks like crap. But I favour coffee and a good book over cleaning every day of the week so I decided to read…and soon I’ll have to clean *sigh*.

If you’ve read Debbie McGowan before you know the writing is good, and it is here too, but the plot isn’t really what I associate with Ms McGowan.  This is a rather short, steamy read, and for a Swedish girl like me, it’s always fun to see Swedish characters in books. We meet Sven and Flavier who has been together for ten years. The story is told in Flavier’s POV, and there is no mistaking how much he loves Sven, but one stupid little slip-up, and he risks losing Sven forever.

This is the kind of story you read in one sitting (or two if you have kids who interrupt you), and lucky for all of you who haven’t read it it is free on Smashwords this month. Head over to Cherry Pop Valentine click buy and then enter SFREE as coupon code and it’ll be yours! All Beaten Track Publishing’s books over 0.99 are in Smashwords’s Summer Sale, type in SSW50 and get 50% off. So hop on over there!

Their band’s new single is due to be released in four days’ time, and lovers Sven and Flavier are beyond excited. It’s tipped to be a big hit, and Flav can’t wait to see the online reaction to the promo film he’s made.

But when he joins Sven in bed, he can’t even begin to imagine the fallout that will ensue when he awakes, and all his dreams are shattered with just one click of an upload button.

Can he fix the damage caused by that one careless click, or will he be condemned to endure Valentine’s Day alone?

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WARNING: this story contains sex acts between consenting male adults.