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Title: There You Are
Author: CJane Elliott
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: AngstyG
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
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.
Ten favorite characters from my books:
This was fun to look at. I keep a master list of the character names from all my published works, mostly so I won’t screw up and give the same name to MCs in two different books. I went to the list to refresh myself about the characters and I have so many good ones! I’m going to put them in categories.
Alex Harrison from Mercury In Retrograde: I like Alex so much I gave him a cameo appearance in There You Are. He’s the movie star that Cody meets at the river rafting lodge toward the end of the story. Alex is beautiful and talented, but throughout Mercury In Retrograde he’s clueless about what’s right in front of his face. Despite his cluelessness, what I love about Alex is his generosity and exuberance, and enjoyed showing these qualities in his small scene in There You Are.
Matthew Layton from Serpentine Walls: Matthew is an almost perfect person. He’s cute and fun and funny and loving and talented. He’s helpful to his friends. He lives in a cool group house that gives all the best parties at U.Va. I love Matthew for his kindness and his sense of decency. I know that makes him sound dull but he’s anything but.
Apollo from Stepping Through: Apollo is the beautiful, other-worldly creature in my one urban fantasy, who turns the MC Cameron’s life around. He owns a jewelry shop in LA but he isn’t really of this world. I loved describing his beautiful aura and magical presence. He gives Cameron the wise advice: Follow your soul and not your past.
Aidan Emery from Aidan’s Journey: Aidan first made his appearance in Serpentine Walls as a primary love interest for the MC Pete. But he was creepy to Pete in his inability to commit and he had something going on with the even creepier Professor R. Aidan got under my skin and I had to write the next book, Aidan’s Journey, to figure out what made Aidan turn out that way, and to see if he could be redeemed. I love Aidan for how he found the way through all his pain and the damage he did to himself and others, and got to his happy ending.
Secondary characters (friends and sidekicks):
Murphy from Stay Right Here and Bud Doremus from Serpentine Walls and Sex, Love, and Videogames:
Murphy and Bud are my favorites of a character I could call “loveable doofus.” These are best friends or relatives of the MCs, extroverts with little angst or sensitivity, but will tell home truths in their blunt way.
John from Serpentine Walls: John is another best friend but he’s a cool guy rather than a doofus. He’s a psych major so he tells MC Pete his own brand of truth and helps Pete to see what Pete is blind to.
Bette from Wild and Precious, There You Are: Bette is a great character as a good friend to Cody. She’s a lesbian, a black woman from the South, and has no trouble speaking her mind. She’s the one who calls Cody on his need to keep running away by quoting the movie line: no matter where you go, there you are.
Morocco from Sex, Love, and Videogames: Morocco Ambrose is a transgender female who is the cousin of MC Charlie Ambrose. She is such an amazing person and keeps Charlie on his toes. I should also nominate Charlie’s and Morocco’s Granny Myrt who is the formidable matriarch of the African-American Ambrose family. She’s a great character in her own right.
Rodney Montgomery from Serpentine Walls and Aidan’s Journey: I’m fascinated by the character of the ultra-suave and sophisticated Rodney Montgomery, the evil Professor R who preys on his students but actually falls in love with Aidan. Rodney is half-British, half-Pakastani, rich and gorgeous. He’s not totally villainous, which is why he’s so compelling. He provides a lot of support to a young and love-starved Aidan, but he can’t be monogamous and he pulls Aidan into a dysfunctional relationship. But he’s not a completely bad person. Although I give him his comeuppance at the end of Aidan’s Journey, it’s kind of bittersweet.
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About the Author
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.
Where to find the author:
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.
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