Join Prism Book Alliance® in welcoming our newest Outside the Margins contributor, CJane Elliott.
Hello, everyone! I’m CJane Elliott and I’m thrilled to be starting a monthly post for Prism Book Alliance’s Outside the Margins.
August is Brandilyn’s birthday month and I’m doubly happy to provide her with a flash fic from her picture prompt as my first OtM column.
Brandilyn holds a special place in my heart because she was one of the first to review my debut novel, Serpentine Walls, and her words encouraged me no end. I felt like I’d been “discovered.”
Thanks, Brandilyn, for all you do for the m/m romance world – writers and readers alike – and happy birthday!
He stands against the wall in a busy NYC street. My dream come to life… ethereal, androgynous, cheekbones for days, and lips that promise sin. His masculine, angular jaw contrasts deliciously with his pretty eyes. Such a serious expression on his face, though – don’t fuck with me – perhaps necessary for so beautiful a man? Well, he’s young and the young do take themselves quite seriously. And he’s beautiful, like I said.
Who knows what he has to deal with, living in this city, looking like that? A thousand projections of yearning and desire, or hostility and loathing. A thousand people who want to fuck him, or own him, or kill him. Capture him somehow in the net of their longing.
I walk by, giving him a small nod that says, “I see you there, but don’t worry. I have no claim on you. You’re safe.” And that’s a lie, actually, because I also intend to capture him.
He smiles at me, which makes him look even younger. Younger and somehow vulnerable. But there I go, projecting again. For all I know, he could be one mean motherfucker.
“Andre!” He turns to greet the young woman who called his name. She is clearly a dancer, judging from the bag over her shoulder, her tights, and that erect posture. Aha, the beautiful man – Andre – is he a dancer too? What wouldn’t I give to see him in tights.
They’re speaking rapidly in a foreign language. Russian? Maybe, or maybe I’m filling in scenes from The Turning Point and expecting any moment for Mikhail Baryshnikov to come bounding around a corner. This is the point at which Randy would nudge me and say, “Earth to Elias. You’re spinning your tales again.”
Well, of course I am. I’m a writer. And beautiful Andre, the Russian ballet dancer, will be starring in one of my books. Let’s see…. He grew up in a small village and at age ten was plucked from obscurity by the Minister of Culture (note to self: Google arts organizations in Soviet Union – what is their official arts agency called?). By thirteen he was dancing in the corps of the Bolshoi Ballet (Google Bolshoi Ballet to make sure they’re still a thing), and he had his first sexual experience (with another teen-aged boy? with a teacher or mentor?) at fourteen. By sixteen he’s dancing major parts and breaking many hearts, male and female. Does he hide his gayness? Is he bi? I can’t wait to start writing to see who he becomes in my imagination.
After stealing a final look at him, beautiful face animated as he laughs with his friend, I store him away, thanking him silently for tickling my muse.
My phone buzzes. “Hey, babe,” I say to Randy on the other end.
“How’s my guy?”
I smile into the phone. “Spinning tales.”
His low chuckle entices me. “Well, come on home and spin ‘em in my ear.”
Randy’s no dream – he’s my warm hearth, my safe haven. He’s the happily ever after at the end, and the beginning, of all my tales.
“On my way.”
Title: Sex, Love, and Videogames
Author: CJane Elliott
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date: 08/21/2015
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Genre: M/M Romance
Shy guy Jed Carter has always felt invisible next to his charismatic older brother, Kent. Kent’s master plan for Jed is simple: University of Virginia, business, sports, and ladies’ man. None of it is Jed, except for playing on the rugby team, which he joins in defiance of soccer-loving Kent. Jed comes out in his sophomore year and starts seeing Pete, an attractive junior, who uses him for sex and videogames. Jed wants more—in life and in love—and starts making his own plans. First on the list: getting to know Charlie, the handsome guy working at the local videogame arcade.
Charlie Ambrose has always felt like an oddball, and not just for his tendency to stutter. Being gay sets him apart from his African-American community, and as a “townie,” he doesn’t fit in with the college crowd. Charlie’s inspiration is his cousin, Morocco, who’s transgender and doesn’t give a fig about fitting in. Art is Charlie’s passion, and when a local videogame designer discovers him, Charlie’s living a dream. The only thing he’s missing is love. But the last person Charlie expects to find it with is a cute, white U.Va. rugby player named Jed.
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.
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.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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