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I, like most of us, will be happy to see the end of 2016. Bye 2016, don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. I don’t need to reiterate all the ways in which 2016 sucked. RIP Prince, Bowie, and Leonard Cohen, among others.
The bright spots of 2016 are the ones that will remain: family, friends, and community are all more important than ever. I’ve found that ever since the tragic election, bonds have deepened with the like-minded, decent people all around me. I’m touched by the commitment of the young adults and college kids to make a better future. I’m touched by the outpouring of contributions to organizations like the ACLU. I’m touched by the way my neighbors reach out to help each other.
I love this quotation by Albert Camus:
In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.
I’m especially touched by how human beings continue to create beauty and art in the midst of the darkness. All of us have beauty to contribute. All of us have within ourselves an invincible summer. Sometimes it’s in the sharing of our darkness and despair, because then others know they aren’t alone.
We need to keep noticing the goodness in the world while we do battle against the forces of evil. Because there is an evil underbelly to humanity which has been given permission to show itself. We’re all warriors now. And in order to keep fighting, we need to fortify ourselves with the good things: love and humility and laughter and friendship and books and sex and dancing. And keep standing for the dignity of the human spirit to prevail.
Last December for this column, I quoted my favorite lines from Leonard Cohen. I find they remain the perfect anthem as we stagger to the end of 2016, scarred but still standing:
Ring the bells that still can ring.
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything.
That’s how the light gets in.
Thank you to Brandilyn, everyone at Prism Book Alliance, and the readers and writers of romance for being sources of light in the darkness this year.
Here’s to a much brighter 2017.
Title: All the Way to Shore
Author: CJane Elliott
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date: 11/23/2016
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Jonathan Vallen has never felt good enough. A gentle musician who loves to garden, he’s woefully unsuited to running Vallen Industries, the family business. When his father hires a hotshot executive, Marco Pellegrini, to save the company, Jonathan moves away and leaves his humiliation behind. A year later and forty pounds lighter, Jonathan runs into Marco on an LGBT cruise. Marco doesn’t recognize him, the sparks fly, and Jonathan pretends to be someone else for the week—Jonah Rutledge—someone good enough to be loved.
Marco Pellegrini has always been driven. He rose from poverty to the pinnacle of business success, and he’ll do anything to protect his reputation—including hiding his bisexuality. Having saved Vallen Industries, he’s weary of the rat race and ready for a more meaningful life. When Marco meets his soul mate for that new life—Jonah Rutledge—on an LGBT cruise, he prepares to stop hiding and start living.
Back on land, the romance crashes when Marco discovers his perfect man is not only a lie but the son of his boss, Frederick Vallen. Jonathan resolves to win Marco back, but Frederick takes vengeful action. Jonathan and Marco must battle their own fears as well as Frederick’s challenge to get to the future that awaits them on the horizon.
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.
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