Journaling Opens the Heart and Mind w/ CJane Elliott + Giveaway

November 29, 2016

Journaling Opens the Heart and Mind with CJane Elliott

Hello, all! I’m CJane Elliott and it’s my privilege to be on the Dreamspinner Blog today to talk about my new release, All the Way to Shore. One of the elements in the story I most enjoyed writing is the journal that Marco keeps.

I’ve kept a journal for most of my life. I still have my first diary, started in the 4th grade, in which I talk mostly about food, a preoccupation that continues to this day! Journaling has always been a form of therapy for me—a way to pour out whatever’s bothering me, muse about the previous day’s events, and center myself for the day ahead. It clears my mind and gets me in touch with my heart. I often work out story ideas too! If you’ve never tried journaling, I recommend giving it a try.

In All the Way to Shore, Marco’s journal entries are included throughout the story and show a side of Marco that most of the world never sees, because on the surface he’s a hard-charging CEO. No one would suspect he loves his cat and his Mama and his little sister, and actually has a tender heart. I’ve never written journal entries into a story before, but I think it worked really well. It was a way to get a first-person point of view of Marco without having to write the whole story that way. We’re able to see right into Marco’s mind as he talks to himself about everything that’s happening. I include an example below. By this time in the story, Marco has met “Jonah” (the name Jonathan is going by) on the cruise and things are already going way beyond expectations:

 

EXCERPT

MARCO’S JOURNAL

A fling, I said. A hot shipboard affair. Blowing off some steam was my plan. Not falling for some sweetheart of a guy. But why not? What am I protecting myself from? The days of strategic relationships are over. I torpedoed that game when I broke it off with Ashley. But having a serious relationship—like something real—wasn’t on the table. Was it?

All I can say is I’ve never talked to anyone but Sophia as much or as freely as I talked to Jonah today. He feels so comfortable—like a comfy pair of slippers or my ratty red sweater I wear at home. Home. That’s the word. He feels like home.

But how can that be? I don’t know the guy. I’ve talked to him for a sum total of six hours. I think—no, I know—he was disappointed when I didn’t pursue something physical tonight. But damn. It’s already gone beyond a quick fuck. I don’t need that kind of action, no matter what I was thinking before I got on the ship. I’ve got Hank, the masseur with the happy endings, for that. And I don’t want to hurt the guy. Jonah. I don’t want to hurt Jonah. There’s something kind of naïve, almost innocent, about him, despite how hot he is. He doesn’t seem very experienced, in sex or relationships. I have to step carefully or this could end up being an unholy mess.

Enough whining, Pellegrini. What’s the game plan? 1. Spend more time with Jonah and get to know him better. 2. ???

Hmm. I’m rarely at such a loss. But maybe that’s what this trip is really about—venturing into unknown territory in more ways than one. Tomorrow we reach the first port of call. I want to take Jonah onto the island and wander the streets. Maybe find a little church. Spending time with him has me wanting to reconnect to my spirituality.

Gratitude: Being in the middle of the ocean. Jonah’s blue eyes. Sophia the magical sister having so much fun. Rest. Renewal. A sweet man to spend time with. It’s enough.

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All the Way to Shore by CJane Elliott

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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.

 

GIVEAWAY

For a chance to win an ebook of your choice from my backlist, please comment. Here’s a question or two for you: Have you ever kept a journal? If so, did it help you? If not, do you think you might try?

Thanks, everyone! I look forward to hearing from you and I hope you all enjoy reading All the Way to Shore as much as I enjoyed writing it.

 

ABOUT CJANE

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.

E-mail: cjaneelliott@gmail.com
Website: www.cjaneelliott.com
Twitter: @CJaneElliott
Facebook: www.facebook.com/cjane.elliott

8 Responses to “Journaling Opens the Heart and Mind w/ CJane Elliott + Giveaway”

  1. Michelle says:

    Thank you… The book sounds great. I love the inner dialogue. I did keep a journal back in junior high…It didn’t seem to help in any way. I might try it again now that I understand more what it could do for me.

  2. Ami says:

    Yes, I used to have journals when I was younger. I found it therapeutic since I was quiet child and I couldn’t find friends that truly share same interest. I moved to online journal (livejournal) where I started to find friends all over the world who share same interest and thoughts and it was really fun. I no longer have keep them though. I guess I feel like I have other outlets now to let my feelings out.

  3. Debra Guyette says:

    I started so many journals but never kept them up

  4. Trix says:

    I’ve mostly journaled in school situations, when it was required for a class. I think the ones about things I studied (art, music) have been more useful than the personal ones, since they’ve been good touchpoints for me to use as research in my arts writing jobs…

  5. CJane says:

    Hi Michelle! I think journaling at any age can be beneficial. I bet your junior high journal makes for some interesting reading now! :)

  6. CJane says:

    Hi Ami! I loved Live Journal and still have some good friends that I made from the online communities I was in. I also like keeping my own journal for my *ahem* PRIVATE thoughts. Thanks for commenting!

  7. CJane says:

    Hi Debra! I know what you mean. I went through a period of not writing in a journal at all. I was busy with my life. I find that the best way for me to keep the journal going is to write in it first thing in the morning. When I was a teen I used to write in it last thing at night. Thanks for dropping by!

  8. CJane says:

    Hi Trix! That’s awesome about keeping journals regarding your creative pursuits. I do find it helpful to write about what I’m working on and puzzle things out. Thanks for commenting!

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