C. J. Baty on Drifting Sands ~ Guest Blog

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Title: Drifting Sands
Author: C. J. Baty
Publisher: Bottom Drawer Publications
Cover Artist: Mumson Designs
Genre: Contemporary, Gay, M/M Romance, Mystery


As he approaches his fortieth birthday, Justin Warfield feels alone, drifting like the sand that blows along the beach near his family’s hotel. He has done exactly as his father wanted. Married the right girl and carried on the family tradition of running the Warfield Hotel. On paper things seem perfect, but happiness hasn’t been a part of his life for a very long time.

Marcus Drummond once spent a summer with his best friend Peter at the Warfield Hotel and fell hard for Peter’s much older brother. Five years later he’s back, and this time hopes that Justin will see him as more than his kid brother’s friend.

Sparks fly when the two meet again, but there are a few things standing in their way. The closet that Justin has himself buried in and someone on a killing spree, dumping bodies on the Warfield beach . . . victims that indicate Justin may be involved in some way.

Drifting Sands Character Profile and Fantasy Casting

Justin Warfield

Justin is loyal and sometimes over-protective of the people he cares about. Hides his true feelings and desires, even from himself. He longs for love and someone to share his life with, but he’s afraid to take the chance when loves comes looking for him.

My choice of actor to play Justin in a fantasy casting would be Peter Facinelli playing edgy and moody.

Marcus Drummond

Marcus lives his life openly. He’s had a crush on Justin Warfield for many years. When the bodies start piling up and Justin is a prime suspect, he has a hard time seeing the real man Justin is with the fantasy Justin he had made up in his mind.

My choice of actor to play Marcus in a fantasy casting would be Matt Bomer as he has the most amazing eyes and a key feature of Marcus.

Peter Warfield

Justin’s younger brother and best friend to Marcus, Peter has a big heart. He loves deeply and seems to be the only one who truly understands Justin and his motives. All he wants is for those he loves is to be happy.

My choice of actor to play Peter in a fantasy casting would be Liam Hemsworth. Liam has the boy-next-door good looks and the sweet personality to go with the whole package.

Caroline Brooks-Warfield

Justin’s wife knows he is gay and refuses to let go. She is beautiful but arrogant. She truly believes that having people find out her husband is gay and doesn’t want her would ruin her in her society. But there is a dark side to her beauty and secrets that she keeps from everyone.

My choice of actor to play Caroline in a fantasy casting would be Amanda Seyfried. Amanda has the cool blonde good looks and I think she could pull off the arrogance needed for this role.

Moses Lee

The Police Chief of Beaufort is an egotistical man who believes he is superior to everyone he knows. He enjoys manipulating people with his size and power. He hates Justin Warfield to the point that he is willing to do anything to destroy the man, even breaking the law.

My choice of actor to play Moses in a fantasy casting would be Cuba Gooding Jnr, because although he often plays comedic roles I think he’d be perfect playing someone who on the outside can seem jovial, but also be able to show that there is more than meets the eye.

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About the Author


  • J. Baty lives in southwest Ohio. Her heart, however, lives in the mountains of Tennessee where she hopes to retire some day. The mountains have always provided her with inspiration and a soothing balm to the stresses of everyday life.

The dream of writing her own stories started in high school but was left on the back burner of life until her son introduced her to fan fiction and encouraged her to give it a try. She found that her passion for telling a story was still there and writing them down to share with others was much more thrilling than she had ever expected.

She has a loving and supportive family who don’t mind fixing their own meals when she is in the middle of a story, and a network of friends who have encouraged and cheered her on in her quest of being an author.

One thing she has learned from life and she is often heard to say is: “You are never too old to follow your dream!”

Farewell Giveaway
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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