Author Name: CJane Elliott
Book Name: There You Are, Wild and Precious Series, Book #2 (Series should be read in order)
Release Date: December 23, 2015
Pages or Words: 33,000 words
Categories: Bisexual, Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: AngstyG
We are pleased to be hosting CJane Elliott and her new release, There You Are. Hi CJane, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
Hi there! Thank you for having me on the blog today to share about my new novella, There You Are, which is the second book in the Wild and Precious series. There You Are picks up the story of Cody Bellstrom where we left him in Wild and Precious. He moves to Portland, Oregon to join a funk band and meets the man who is to become the love of his life, Phineas MacDonald. But they both have issues to work through before they can get to their happy ending.
By the way, those who have read my novella, Mercury In Retrograde, will recognize a cameo appearance of one of the main characters, Alex Harrison, toward the end of the book. It’s a short but key scene which proves to be a turning point for Cody.
- Tell us something about your character’s friends.
I love the friends of my main characters, particularly when they help them to get beyond their hang ups or fears and take a chance on love.In There You Are, Cody’s two best friends are a lesbian couple, Bette Johnson and Aurora Lane, who live in DC. They all went to college together and have been friends ever since. We first meet these three in Wild and Precious, where Bette and Aurora help Cody write a personals ad that leads him to be involved with Brent Granger, the main character of that story. Readers of Wild and Precious will be happy to know that Bette and Aurora return in There You Are. In fact, the first scene of the novella, which is the excerpt included in this tour post, shows Bette and Cody debating his decision to once again pick up stakes and leave his current life for greener pastures. It’s Bette who quotes to Cody the line the title is taken from: No matter where you go, there you are, and Bette who urges him to be honest with Phineas about his fear of being tied down.Phineas has a best friend, Blaine, who he’s known since elementary school. Blaine and Phineas both fled their hometown of Rockford, Illinois, to move to Portland. Blaine is the lead vocalist in the funk band that Cody moves to Portland to join. Blaine and his girlfriend Gemma are very good friends to Phineas, helping him through his grief when his lover Allen dies, and encouraging him to get back into life again. They are all for Phineas getting involved with Cody and are overjoyed when Phineas starts performing drag again as Phanny Hill.
- What is your character’s favorite meal?
Phineas will eat just about anything, because he doesn’t cook, so any home-cooked meal seems wonderful to him. One way Cody impresses him at the start is by coming over to cook him a meal, and there’s a funny scene where Phineas can’t figure out what kind of sausage to buy from the list of ingredients Cody gives him, so gets Jimmy Dean breakfast sausages for Cody’s gourmet meal. Cody enjoys good food and cooking, so he’s particularly jazzed to be living in the Pacific Northwest now, with its abundant local produce and seafood. One of his favorite meals is grilled locally caught salmon along with grilled veggies from the farmer’s market.
- What activity does your character absolutely hate?
Cody hates anything routine. For instance, a paperwork job that would have him confined to an office would be torture to him. He loves novelty, adventure, and new activities and people.Phineas hates cooking! He feels quite lucky to have ended up with Cody, who loves it.
- What other author’s book do you think your character would be good in?
I love Kim Fielding’s books and I think of her because some of her stories are set in Portland. I absolutely love her Bones series in which one of the main characters, Dylan, is a wolf shifter who works in Portland. In his human incarnation he reminds me of Phineas in a lot of ways. His boyfriend Chris is a down-to-earth guy who loves to cook and I could see him and Cody getting along great. I don’t know how Phineas and Cody would react to the shifter characters, but knowing them, they’d be cool with it!
- What’s your favorite decade and why?
Personally, the 1980s were wonderful for me. I made my first cross-country move, from DC to San Francisco, got an amazing job, fell in love with living in the city and had great adventures as a single person running around with my posse, and then met the love of my life and got married in 1989. All in all, a stellar decade!
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.
Cody shifted, touching the door handle to ready his escape. “Yes, I’m sure. Didn’t we go over this?” In excruciating detail, he added silently but didn’t dare say aloud. Not with the mood Bette was in.
“I’m giving you one more chance to come to your senses.” Bette pulled up outside the train station, frowning, and turned off the engine.
She looked so unhappy, Cody wanted to change his mind. I can’t, he thought.
Won’t, you mean, said the Bette in his head. He reached over and laid his hand on top of hers. “You’ll get along fine without me.”
“That’s not the point.” She nailed him with a baleful scowl. “We don’t want to get along without you. Dang you, Cody Bellstrom, you have no idea who you are to us.” At his puzzled expression, she turned away and stared stonily through the windshield.
“Well… I guess this is it.” Cody waited, but she didn’t respond. “I love you, girl, you know that, right? You and Aurora.” He meant it. He, Bette, and Aurora had been friends since they were college freshmen ten and a half years ago. Cody sometimes found it hard to believe that he’d known them since before Bette and Aurora had become a couple. It seemed like they’d been together forever.
A barely perceptible nod.
“Come on, Bette, don’t be mad. I’ll be back. I swear.”
“Sure you will.” She sighed and turned a softer face toward him. “Goddammit, you better. We love you. If you gotta do this, of course we can’t stop you. All we want is for you to be happy.”
A car honked behind them, and a uniformed officer motioned them to get moving.
“Shoot,” Bette muttered. “All right, babe. Get outta here.”
Cody leaned over and planted a kiss on her cheek. “I’ll text. And call. And Skype.”
“Okay. Send us a postcard from every stop, and take a picture of yourself in Powell’s Books when you get to Portland.”
Cody opened the door and unfurled himself from the passenger seat, then hauled out his luggage, such as it was. He traveled light; always had. A knapsack, one rolling suitcase, and his guitar, and he was good to go.
He stood on the curb and waved as Bette pulled away, then strode into the station, his spirits lifting, while Willie Nelson’s “On The Road Again” played on a loop in his mind.
Aspiring writer Brent Granger has good friends and a great job at an arts magazine in DC, but he’s batting zero in the arena of love. Brent begins to get a clue why things aren’t working with women from his strong attraction to his gorgeous, gay, and already attached boss, Graham Stoneford. When he sees a personal ad from a man that quotes his favorite poet, Brent decides to do something wild and answer.
Enter Cody Bellstrom, easygoing bisexual musician, who is happy to initiate Brent in the ways of gay sex. Brent now has a new problem: he realizes he’s gay and no one in his life knows it. Cody tires of hiding their relationship, but Brent finds it challenging to come out to family, friends, and especially to Graham. In the end, Brent must confront the truth of where – and with whom – his heart lies.
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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