There You Are Release Party #5 – Drag Queens + Excerpt

December 24, 2015


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Cody finds out early on that Phineas was a drag queen by the name of Phanny Hill and performed regularly at a local drag club, and that Phineas gave up doing drag after Allen died. One of the ways Cody helps Phineas come back to life is by encouraging him to return to performing as Phanny Hill.

I modeled the club Janelle’s in the book after Portland’s drag club Darcelle’s, which I went to a few years back with some other DSP authors. This is Darcelle herself who is Janelle in my book:


Here’s the drag queen version of Phineas from Shutterstock. This is the same model as the cover. Isn’t she beautiful?


I love drag shows! It was fun to include drag in my story. And when Phineas allows Phanny out again, he finds a whole new spark to his life. Cody likes it too. ;)

Here’s an excerpt from when Phineas returns to Janelle’s after four years to perform as Phanny Hill.


Janelle herself, a regal old drag queen, took the stage. She bantered and told ribald jokes, pointed out some bachelorette parties and other would-be notables in the crowd, and then paused to take a sip of water. “And now, I’ve been savin’ the best for last, chickadees. Because tonight marks the return of one of the fiercest queens ever to grace our stage. It’s been too long, way too long, and I’m overjoyed that she’s here with us tonight. Please welcome back to Janelle’s stage our very own Phanny Hill!”

Cody and friends applauded wildly as Janelle exited and the stage went black. The first chords of Diana Ross’s “I’m Coming Out” accompanied the spotlight illuminating Phanny Hill, a vision in a formfitting scarlet sequined gown and short black hair. She was coming out, all right, strutting the stage in her spike heels, her lips ruby red, her long eyelashes fluttering, glitter in her cleavage. Cody had no idea where the breasts had come from, but it didn’t matter. Phineas had disappeared, leaving sexy, alluring Phanny. And fuck, was she a turn-on.

She sashayed in their direction, her painted mouth lip-synching the song, and stopped right in front of them. Blaine and Gemma had their dollar bills at the ready to stuff into the top of her dress. She leaned down to accommodate them, then slid her hand, with the long red nails, along the back of Cody’s neck, emanating a trace of tantalizing perfume. He lifted his face, and the crowd cheered at their kiss. Then she was off, playing to the audience, while Cody touched his lips and Blaine and Gemma laughed.

Question: I don’t have a good question for this topic, so how about asking me anything you want to know – about me, my writing, this story or my others. Fire away!

GIVEAWAY: Make sure you comment because three people who comment during the There You Are  Release Party today will win a CJane Elliott ebook of their choice. You can leave a comment any time. I’ll be checking throughout the day!


8 Responses to “There You Are Release Party #5 – Drag Queens + Excerpt”

  1. Kylia says:

    This book sounds like a lot of fun. I don’t really have a question, but it seems like your characters are really drawn from life, which is fantastic.

  2. Angela says:

    I loved the first book Wild and Precious and i was wondering if we get to see Brent and Graham in this book?

  3. CJane Elliott says:

    Kylia, thank you! I had a great time writing this book and living with these characters.

  4. CJane Elliott says:

    Angela, we don’t see Brent and Graham in this book, although Brent is referred to several times in the beginning. I’m working on the third book in the series, which features Phineas’s nephew Sandy, and B and G don’t come into that story either, so I think I need to bring them back for Book 4!

  5. Angela says:

    Yeah that would be great :)
    But it is also good to read that there will be a third and even fourth? book!

  6. CJane Elliott says:

    Yes! Sand-Man’s Family is the name of the third book and should be out by May/June 2016. I’m going to have to think about a great plot for the fourth book that brings everyone back together.

  7. H.B. says:

    Thank you for the excerpt! I haven’t read many stories that involve drag. Do you have any favorites?

  8. CJane Elliott says:

    H.B., TJ Klune has a great book, Tell Me It’s Real, that has a wonderful drag queen character, and a sequel that features that character which is coming out in 2016. Other than that, I can’t recall others. If anyone else has suggestions, please share!

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