Release Day Blast for Sand-Man’s Family by CJane Elliott!

Today I’m stoked to tell you about this great book! I was lucky enough to beta an early version but am looking forward to being surprised like you because i haven’t read this cut yet. You know what my commute will look like today!

Happy Release Day, CJane!

Here’s an excerpt from Chapter One to get us all started…

SANDY WALKED down the aisle balancing snack box and drink as the train gently lurched from side to side. He entered the compartment just in time to catch Cody and Uncle Phinney stealing a kiss. Those guys were so storybook—it was enough to make him barf. Seeing his Uncle Phinney happy more than made up for having to watch him and Cody act all gooey, though. Uncle Phinney had been sad for years over Allen’s death, and now look at him—all smiles as Cody messed with his hair and said something to make him laugh.

“Hey, dude.” Cody grinned at him, and Sandy grinned back.

Cody Bellstrom was awesome. He’d befriended Sandy on a train much like this one eight months before, when they’d both been headed west to Portland, Oregon—Sandy running away from his homophobic home, and Cody doing his own brand of running. But then Cody had met Phinney, and boom. Instant attraction. Sandy had watched them fall in love, and the best part was that Cody had settled down to live with Uncle Phinney, and Sandy got to make his new home with both of them.

“That looks delectable.” Uncle Phinney arched a sarcastic eyebrow at the bright orange cheese on Sandy’s pile of nachos.

“Yep.” Truthfully, it looked kind of gross. Cheese probably didn’t come in that color in nature. Or, wait—did cheese exist in nature? You had to make it, so that meant it didn’t exist until then. Which brought up philosophical questions Sandy was too lazy to pursue. Anyway…. “Yeah, well, get your own if you want any.” Sandy made a show of protecting his snack box.

“You wound me, child. That means I have to walk all the way to the cafe car, and at my advanced age.”

“C’mon, old man.” Cody gave Uncle Phinney a nudge. “You could use the exercise.”

Grumbling good-naturedly, Phinney unfolded himself from the seat and landed a soft punch on Sandy’s shoulder. “You got all you need? Sure you don’t want another serving of orange cheese glop?”

“Nah, ’m good,” Sandy mumbled through a big bite of nacho. Hmm. It wasn’t as bad as he’d feared.

The door slid shut, and Sandy munched, watching the scenery flash past the window. They were in Washington State, a few hours into their two-day journey to Chicago. Once they got there, they’d drive the rest of the way to Rockford. “Going home for Thanksgiving,” Uncle Phineas had told Blaine and Gemma, excited and nervous about introducing Cody to the relatives. But Sandy didn’t call where they were going “home” anymore. He’d gotten himself out of Rockford for good.

He hoped he wouldn’t change his mind and get all sentimental once he was actually home… at my parents’ house, he amended. Oh, who was he kidding? He’d always think of the house he grew up in, with his four siblings and his parents, as home. It was going to be hella weird to see the family for the first time since April.

Sandy slumped in his seat as memories of those last awful days at home assailed him. Dread began to eat at his insides. Or maybe that was the lump of nachos now sitting in his stomach. Maybe he should have gone with the hot dog instead.

 

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Wild and Precious: Book Three

When Sandy Nixon’s conservative Catholic parents discover he’s had sex before marriage, they are furious. But when he blurts out he’s bisexual, they go ballistic. After they threaten him with conversion therapy, Sandy does what many queer kids long to do—leaves his homophobic parents in the dust. He moves in with his Uncle Phineas and Phineas’s partner Cody in Portland, Oregon, and is finally safe to be himself. Sandy misses his siblings, though, and decides to visit his former home in Rockford for Thanksgiving. On the train, he runs into Jade Byrne.

As the only out gay kid in their Catholic high school, Jade has stared down homophobes while being fabulous in the school musicals. He’s crushed on Sandy for years. But he’s made sure never to show it, even after they had a onetime hookup, because Sandy’s the good Catholic kid, the altar boy, and the apparently straight athlete—all the things Jade isn’t. Traveling back to Rockford together sees the start of a month of adventures, a blossoming attraction, and a chance for Sandy to learn what it means to have a family that hurts and to choose a family that heals.

 

Author Bio

After years of hearing characters chatting away in her head, CJane Elliott finally decided to put them on paper and hasn’t looked back since. A psychotherapist by training, CJane enjoys writing sexy, passionate stories that also explore the human psyche. CJane has traveled all over North America for work and her characters are travelers, too, traveling down into their own depths to find what they need to get to the happy ending.

CJane is an ardent supporter of LGBTQ equality and is particularly fond of coming out stories.

In her spare time, CJane can be found dancing, listening to music, or watching old movies. Her husband and son support her writing habit by staying out of the way when they see her hunched over, staring intensely at her laptop.

 

E-mail: cjaneelliott@gmail.com

Website: http://www.cjaneelliott.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CJaneElliott

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cjane.elliott

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Sand-Man’s Family

Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Bisexual

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Length: 105 pages

Book 3 of the Wild and Precious Series.

(Book 1: Wild and Precious. Book 2: There You Are.)

Can be read as a standalone.
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New Release: There You Are by CJane Elliott!

Happy Release Day CJane!

I was lucky enough to beta read this story and the next book in the series and just love these characters. If you’re looking for something a little different this holiday season, check it out! You can read Chapter One on the Dreamspinner store, just click the pretty cover to get there.

There You Are by CJane Elliott

Wild and Precious: Book Two

Bisexual musician Cody Bellstrom is a free spirit, easygoing and unattached. On a cross-country trip, Cody befriends young Sandy Nixon and gets him safely to Portland and his uncle, Phineas MacDonald. Beautiful Phineas turns Cody’s life upside down, and Cody learns he’s not as unattached as he aspires to be. With the hard-won knowledge of what lies underneath his need to be free, Cody wins a chance at real freedom and true love.

Ever since his longtime lover Allen died, Phineas MacDonald has lived a circumscribed life. He stopped performing as fierce drag queen Phanny Hill and works part-time in a bookstore. Phineas never expected to find love again. But when sexy and caring Cody Bellstrom turns up, Phineas feels his orderly life slipping out of his control. Cody brings him alive again, but now Phineas must find the courage to let go of his grief over Allen and give love a second chance.

 

Pages: 122

Cover Artist:  AngstyG

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Book Blast: Stepping Through by CJane Elliott!

Today is release day for CJane Elliott’s novella Stepping Through! I’ve been waiting for this one and can’t wait to read it!

Check out the Rafflecopter link below and enter to win an ebook of one of CJane’s novellas. Or head over to the Dreamspinner store and grab your copy now!

 

Stepping Through, by CJane Elliott

Cameron Wheeler’s life is all mapped out: he’ll finish business school, return home to Vermont, get a job, and marry his high-school girlfriend. He’s packed away what he really wants—a career as a musician—because he knows it’s never going to happen. But Cameron’s well-planned life is turned upside down when he walks into a musty jewelry shop in LA and meets the mysterious Apollo, who tells him to “follow his soul, not his past.” Apollo’s magical presence spurs Cameron to discover and follow his true path, in life and in love.

Excerpt:

May I help you?”

When Cameron turned, he forgot to speak. Standing there was a man—a beautiful creature, whispered a voice in Cameron’s head. He didn’t quite look of this world. He was tall with dark hair swept off his face, its highlights of turquoise and green reminding Cameron of the peacock feathers he’d been looking at earlier. Dressed all in black, he was adorned with silver earrings, necklace, and rings, and his eyes were lined with purple. And what amazing eyes they were: sea green, ocean gray, ancient, wise, and warmly regarding Cameron as if the man knew him well. His generous mouth curved in a small smile. He looked to Cameron like some fantastic nobleman from the eighteenth century.

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After years of hearing characters chatting away in her head, CJane Elliott finally decided to put them on paper and hasn’t looked back since. A psychotherapist by training, CJane enjoys writing sexy, passionate stories that also explore the human psyche. CJane has traveled all over North America for work and her characters are travelers, too, traveling down into their own depths to find what they need to get to the happy ending.

CJane is an ardent supporter of gay equality and is particularly fond of coming out stories.

In her spare time, CJane can be found dancing, listening to music, or watching old movies. Her husband and son support her writing habit by staying out of the way when they see her hunched over, staring intensely at her laptop.

You can contact CJane at cjaneelliott@gmail.com. Her website is http://www.cjaneelliott.com. Twitter: https://twitter.com/CJaneElliott and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cjane.elliott

Cover Artist: Paul Richmond

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Guest Author: CJane Elliott!

Happy Hump Day!

Today, my guest is fellow Dreamspinner author, CJane Elliott. She’s brought an excerpt from her upcoming release, which sounds great and is available for pre-order (hint, hint). I hope you’ll all help me make her feel welcome.

Thank you, Charley, for this opportunity to talk about Serpentine Walls.

Hello all, I’m CJane Elliott and my novel Serpentine Walls is being released by Dreamspinner Press on October 30th.  I’ve published three novellas through Dreamspinner but this is my first novel-length work and I’m excited to share it with everyone.

The novel is a contemporary romance set at the University of Virginia, my alma mater.

Serpentine Walls, by CJane Elliott

Reeling from the news that his parents are divorcing, Pete Morgan starts his junior year at college cynical about love and commitment. Although his new openness to one-night stands does wonders for his sex life, fighting his romantic nature proves harder than he’d anticipated. He soon finds himself pining for a glamorous senior, Aidan, who doesn’t mind taking Pete to bed but shows no interest in commitment—at least not with Pete. And Pete’s attempt at a “friends-with-benefits” relationship with sophomore Jed leaves Pete feeling empty.

One bright spot in Pete’s year is Matthew, an easygoing graduate student who assists Pete in making his first film. Matthew has some baggage too, and has sworn off relationships and sex altogether, so Pete feels safe to enjoy their friendship. But he falls for Matthew anyway, not able to fight his growing conviction that Matthew is the perfect guy for him. Even if Pete can accept that he made a mistake when he turned his back on relationships, that doesn’t mean Matthew will feel the same. With a few life lessons under his belt, Pete’s ready to take a chance on love. As he finds the courage to bare his heart to Matthew, he can only hope that Matthew will take a chance with him.

I see that there’s been a discussion of heroes on Charley’s blog lately.

Pete is the “hero of the tale” but he’s just a college-aged guy who has his share of flaws.  He doesn’t understand himself too well as the story begins and although he’s basically a nice person, he acts like a dick without even realizing it.  As my first editor commented, “I definitely wanted to smack him upside the head more than a few times.”

For instance, he starts a “friends-with-benefits” relationship with a nice guy named Jed.  Jed is really into Pete and Pete isn’t interested in more, but Pete tries to ignore Jed’s growing attachment because he doesn’t want to give up having regular sex and playing video games.

Pete’s cousin, Bud, who is the one who introduced the two, confronts Pete about what he’s doing.  They are in Pete’s car driving home for Christmas break.

Excerpt:

“Hey, but I’ll see you on Christmas Eve, bro.” Bud’s parents had hosted a huge party for family and friends every Christmas Eve for as long as Pete could remember. “You and Jed.”

“Jed?”

Bud stared at him like he was dense. “Jed—your boyfriend? He’s gotta meet the family sometime.”

“Jed isn’t my boyfriend. Wait—you didn’t invite him…?

“’Course I did!” Bud said, indignant. “I don’t care what you call him; you guys have been hooking up for months, right?”

“That doesn’t make him my boyfriend! Crap. Why’d you have to invite him to the family Christmas party?”

“Well, what is he then? What—you too good for Jed? You can’t bring him around?

You’re such a snob, Pete.

“Shut up.”

“No, I’m serious, man. You finally get someone who likes you—a normal guy, not one of those—”

“Bud, shut the fuck up. If you say one more thing, I’m gonna smash your face in.” Pete said this knowing that threats never stopped Bud, and, true to form, he barreled ahead, crossing his arms over his chest with a belligerent scowl.

“All I’m sayin’ is you finally get a guy who’s into you and you blow him off. For what? That Aidan guy? Gimme a break.”

Pete gripped the steering wheel, wanting to pull over and punch Bud out, although he’d never actually do that. He couldn’t pull over anyway. They were trapped on I-66, surrounded by wall-to-wall automobiles, and there was no escaping Bud’s continuing diatribe.

“I don’t even know what you see in that asshole. He fucks everyone in sight. You’re better than him, bro, even if you’re a dumbass at times.”

“Can we stop talking about this?” Pete said through gritted teeth.

“Yeah, fine. But I got one more thing to say. If you don’t think you’re boyfriends with Jed, you should tell him, ’cause he thinks you are. And I ain’t disinviting him from the Christmas party. That’s just rude.”

Stony silence. Pete didn’t stop Bud this time when he leaned over and changed the radio to the country station. He was suddenly in the mood for “Achy Breaky Heart” and all that other lachrymose shit. Yeah, and maybe he was a snob, because he didn’t think either Bud or Jed even knew what “lachrymose” meant, but fuck it. I am who I am.

Not the main point, Morgan. Okay, the main point was Jed. He liked him—Jed played a mean video game and was fun to hang out with. And, yes, they’d been having sex—not exactly regularly, but off and on since September. Someone like Angie could misconstrue that, but Jed was a guy. A gay guy! “Friends with benefits,” right?

So what? argued an opposing voice, as a vision of Jed’s double bed and shy smile arose in his mind. What makes gay guys exempt from wanting a relationship? He was not going to dwell on his next memory: Aidan, naked on top of the coverlet, telling him, You want someone to love. Aidan had that all wrong. (But he’s not as big of an asshole as you think, Bud.)

Back to Jed, Pete knew there had been signs of Jed getting attached to him since the beginning. But tell him they weren’t boyfriends? Pete could just imagine that conversation:

— Uh, Jed, it’s come to my attention that you think we’re boyfriends, and I just wanna let you know that we’re not. ’Kay?

— Oh. Sure, Pete. Thanks for letting me know. Wanna play Mortal Kombat?

And what if he brought it up, and Jed looked at him like he was nuts because Bud had gotten it all wrong? As his cousin who’d been stuck with him all their lives, Pete was aware that the likelihood of Bud getting shit wrong, especially when it came to people and relationships, was high.

So, what’s the plan? Ignore it and hope it goes away? That sounded good to Pete. Jed hadn’t brought it up, so he sure as hell wasn’t going to. He had a week before the Christmas party; he’d think about it later. That resolved, Pete cut off Blake Shelton and turned the music back to his R&B station.

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Oh, Pete.  I’m glad to report that he grows and learns so much throughout the story. And poor Jed.  I’m planning to write a follow-up novel where Jed gets his happy ending, but it’s not to be in this book.

More About CJane Elliott

After years of hearing characters chatting away in her head, CJane Elliott finally decided to put them on paper and hasn’t looked back since. A psychotherapist by training, CJane enjoys writing sexy, passionate stories that also explore the human psyche. CJane has traveled all over North America for work and her characters are travelers, too, traveling down into their own depths to find what they need to get to the happy ending.

To get the book with the full adventures of Pete and friends, go here: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4336

You can find me on my website: www.cjaneelliott.com and on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CJaneElliott