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.
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.
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.