Book Name: Wild and Precious
Release Date: December 31, 2014
Author Name: CJane Elliott
Author Bio: 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 gay 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.
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: AngstyG
Blurb: 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.
Categories: Bisexual, Contemporary, Erotica, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
Excerpt: As Brent sat cross-legged on a pillow, tearing pieces off the rubbery bread and dipping them into various dishes he couldn’t identify, he realized he was having more fun than he’d had in ages. Along with being thoughtful and smart, Graham was one of the most hilarious people he’d ever met, and Brent was in stitches for most of their lunch.
“If only my dates could be like this,” Brent said, after another bout of laughter between them, then widened his eyes. “Oh, wow, man, that sounded dumb.”
Graham didn’t seem fazed. “They’re not? But why? You’re so fun to talk to. Any woman would be nuts not to appreciate you.”
“Uh, well, tell them that. But I guess I don’t really appreciate them either. I don’t know, it’s like, awkward and boring most of the time. Whatever. Ari keeps trying to set me up, but…. Anyway, how did this get into talking about my love life, or lack thereof?”
Graham regarded him, warmth in his eyes, and said softly, “You’ll find it, Brent. Everyone deserves to have love in their life. You’re young. You’ll find it.”
Graham’s words touched Brent, but the intensity of the moment made him uncomfortable. Even worse, he noticed he was getting aroused.
He shifted on his pillow with a weak laugh. “Hey, no more of this ‘young’ crap, okay? You’re not that much older than I am.”
Pages or Words: 80 Pages
INTERVIEW WITH C JANE ELLIOT
VP: What show from your childhood would you love to bring back?
This is more from my teen years, and I guess it’s still on in some form, but I loved Masterpiece Theater. They had so many outstanding miniseries. I remember one called “The Spoils of Poynton” that was enthralling. As for childhood, I loved Sesame Street and watched it throughout my teen years too.
VP: If someone gave you a free plane ticket to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Italy. It’s been on my bucket list forever.
VP: Which of the four seasons suits your personality?
I think autumn is my season. I was born the day before Halloween and being a Scorpio, I’m drawn to that spooky holiday. Death fascinates me. What can I say? So autumn, when leaves are turning and falling off the trees, and everything gets grey and misty…. That’s me.
VP: Describe your favorite reading space:
I like to read in bed, all snuggled under the covers. Now that I have a Kindle, I can even read with the lights off! I have two other special spaces: my “cave”, which is a sunroom off the master bedroom. I don’t usually read there but I write in my journal and listen to music. Then there is the loveseat in my bedroom which is by the windows that look out on to wonderful trees and ferns. This is where I most often write, with my legs up on the footrest and my iPod playing some tunes.
VP: How did you come up with the title of your book?
Wild and Precious comes from the last line of a poem by Mary Oliver called “The Summer’s Day.” The line is wonderful: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” I just love the idea that our lives are wild and precious, and what that evokes. I also love that she’s asking what we plan to do with this one life we have, like life is precious and don’t waste it. In the story, my main character Brent keeps remembering that line and it encourages him to step out beyond his comfort zone, in love and career.
Tour Dates: December 31, 2014 – January21, 2015
Rafflecopter Prize: E-book copy from CJane’s backlist