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Blog Tour: There You Are by CJane Elliott

There You Are (Wild and Precious 2) by CJane Elliott
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (December 23, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: There You Are (Wild and Precious 2)

Blurb: 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.

Excerpt:

“YOU SURE about this?” Bette’s pointed glance packed a world of meaning as she maneuvered the car through the DC traffic and Union Station came into view.

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.”

“Will do.”

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.



Meet 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.

"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, Wild and Precious just released in audiobook, narrated by the fantastic K.C. Kelly. Here’s the link if you want to check it out: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=7519"

1) Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing come from?
I grew up in a book-loving family. We all loved to read. I recall times I and my siblings each had our nose in a book at the dinner table! I was an English major in college so I could read more and more books. While my writing had been praised in school, I’d never considered writing fiction as an adult. I’m glad I finally picked up that pen and that yellow pad to scribble my first story.

2) What were your goals when you started this book? Do you think you met them?
To write a story worthy of Cody in which he gets his own happy ending. I believe I did meet that goal!

3) Have you ever co-written with someone before?
No. I’m not sure how that would go, given I’m a control freak. On the other hand, it would be nice to share the writing angst with someone else. Angst meaning those times when I’m blocked, or up against a deadline, or editing.

4) Tell us about your favorite character in a book (yours or someone else’s).
One of my favorite characters is Morocco Ambrose from Sex, Love, and Videogames, my third novel in the Serpentine series. She is a black, transgender female who grew up in a religious family in Virginia. She’s the cousin to Charlie Ambrose, one of the MCs in that book. Morocco transitions to expressing her gender fairly early in her life, and makes her family and her church community deal with it. She’s brave and feisty and a lot of fun.

5) List five foods you can’t live without.
Cheese, rice, chocolate, olives, red wine (I know, wine isn’t a food but I can’t live without it!)

Where to find the author:
E-mail: cjaneelliott@gmail.com
Website: http://www.cjaneelliott.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CJaneElliott
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cjane.elliott
Goodreads Link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27919852-there-you-are



Tour Dates & Stops:
23-Dec Book Lovers 4Ever, Louise Lyons, Joyfully Jay, The Hat Party
30-Dec Elisa - My Reviews and Ramblings, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Love Bytes
6-Jan Unquietly Me, Because Two Men Are Better Than One, A.M. Leibowitz
13-Jan Havan Fellows, Two Chicks Obsessed With Books and Eye Candy, Divine Magazine, Jessie G. Books
20-Jan Happily Ever Chapter, Bonkers About Books, My Fiction Nook, Prism Book Alliance
27-Jan The Novel Approach, Alpha Book Club, Bayou Book Junkie
3-Feb Molly Lolly, MM Good Book Reviews, Inked Rainbow Reads, Wicked Faerie's Tales and Reviews
10-Feb BFD Book Blog, TTC Books and More, Elisa - My Reviews and Ramblings, Up All Night, Read All Day

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