CC Bridges: So Jersey – Post + Giveaway

March 15, 2017

 So Jersey w/ CC Bridges


When Dreamspinner first mentioned the idea of the States of Love series, I knew I needed to write for New Jersey. I’ve lived in NJ all my life. I’m so Jersey, I’ve never pumped my own gas. Heck, I’m so Jersey they even filmed an episode of the Sopranos in front of my childhood home.

For such a tiny state, Jersey has a lot of variety. There’s a dividing line between North, Central, and South Jersey, but the location of that line is not always agreed upon. I couldn’t tell you exactly where the split is between Yankees and Phillies fans (and let’s not even talk about the Mets fans:)

But for all our differences, there are a few things all native Jerseyans have in common – besides a hatred of traffic. The Jersey Shore is one of those places. Now, everyone has a different favorite, the shore is over 140 miles long after all.

The Jersey Shore

I moved down the shore about fifteen years ago, and while that still doesn’t make me a local, it’s allowed me simple pleasures – like standing on the boardwalk in the January cold, watching the ocean slam against the rocks. Plus, the arcades are open (and heated) in the winter. There’s a reason I’ve racked up so many game tickets that I’m on a VIP list of points holders.

The Jersey Shore

This is the world where I’ve set Love in the Time of Hurricanes. That magical vacation spot known as the Jersey shore, only long after the tourists have left, and just before the winter blows in. This world is new to Nick, the narrator of the story. He’s chosen to rent a shore house for the winter, to take a few classes at the local community college and figure himself out. He doesn’t expect to fall in love, but then again, he never expected to meet Lou.

I absolutely loved writing Lou. He’s adorable: loves to cook, has an appreciation for vintage things, and is ridiculously good at skee ball.

I hope you enjoy reading about these guys, and experiencing a little bit of my home state. I couldn’t live anywhere else (seriously, I’d have to learn how to pump my own gas!).

Tell me in the comments about your favorite place. Is it home? Is it the beach? Or maybe the mountains? All comments will be entered for a chance to win a $20 Dreamspinner Press Gift Certificate. (giveaway ends 3/31, midnight EST)

Oh, and I promise to tell the Sopranos story on my blog, so check me out on social media:


Check out Love in the Time of Hurricanes today!


Love in the Time of Hurricanes by C.C. Bridges

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The night Nick Henderson storms into Martelli’s Pizzeria, he’s just looking for something to eat. Along with dinner, he finds Lou Martelli—pizza cook extraordinaire and Jersey Shore native. Nick is renting a Shore house for the winter while taking classes at the local community college as he devises a way to escape the accounting major his father chose for him.

When Lou offers to show Nick around, heat flares between them as they realize they have more in common than domineering families. But it’s not all fun and games on the boardwalk. Hurricane Sandy blows ashore, changing the place Nick was starting to think of as home. His peace is shattered, and it will take everything he has to keep his relationship with Lou from being torn apart by the storm brewing around them.

States of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the United States.



CC Bridges is a mild-mannered librarian by day, but by night she writes about worlds of adventure and romance. When she’s not busy solving puzzles in an escape room, she can be found diving into comics or binge-watching superhero movies. She writes surrounded by books, spare computing equipment, a fluffy dog, and a long-suffering husband in the state of New Jersey. In 2011, she won a Rainbow Award for best gay sci-fi/futuristic novel.

12 Responses to “CC Bridges: So Jersey – Post + Giveaway”

  1. susana says:

    Congratulations on the release, CC. I’ve never been at Jersey, but it sounds good. My favourite place in the world is my parent’s house in my home town. You see, I’ve travelled a lot, but I’ve never found a place where I felt more easy and relaxed as my parent’s garden. It is nice and quiet, and the best place in the world to spend the summer evenings reading.

  2. H.B. says:

    Congrats on your new release!

    I’m a homebody so I find comfort being home or being around home. I’ve been to jersey several times mainly for the malls and the beach since it’s only 30-45 mins to drive to, more depending on which beach.

  3. Trix says:

    I haven’t been to NJ in 20+ years, but I loved it…this Californian was shocked at how green it is, and who could resist the Princeton Record Exchange? I tend to feel at home wherever there are a lot of museums, books, and good coffee nearby…

  4. Jillian Too says:

    I love any beach. I’ve had a lot of fun at the Jersey Shore but my favorite beaches are on St. John.

  5. dee says:

    Congrats on the release of “Love in the Time of Hurricanes”!
    I belong to those people, who feel most comfortable at home. I love to read and that’s the best place to do so.
    I was abroad in Tokyo for some time and there I explored the world around me a lot. I think it was the novelty of everything around me and the fact that I lived in a shared house, where I never felt at peace.
    So,I came to the conclusion that I can be happy everywhere as long as it feels right to me.

  6. Didi says:

    Congrats on your newest release, CC.
    I’m not much of a traveller though I do love visit new places. Even so, my favorite place is home because it’s where I can be most comfortable with myself.

  7. Debra Guyette says:

    Congrats on the release. I have been to the Jersey shore and the beaches are beautiful. I love to travel and experience new things.

  8. Shirley Ann Speakman says:

    My favourite place to be is where I am now we’ve finally moved back to the place I was born Lincolnshire it’s a beautiful county and we live just 10 minutes from the beach.

  9. James Escol says:

    Hi, CC! I love the cover of your novel. I mean, look at that guy! Simply G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S!

    *clears throat* Answering your question, well… I think there’s no better place than sitting on the couch with the natural light filling our living room while sipping coffee with my Kindle lying on my lap as I read. <3

  10. Ami says:

    My favorite place is my home — I can be such a hermit, being an introvert I need my space to unwind and recharge. And my home is the best place to do that because it’s MINE and I can just be there without anyone bothering me. Just me, TV, music, or of course my Kindle :)

  11. Andrea says:

    I love traveling. Not the mountains so much, but I love discovering cities and I love the sea. Not being on a boat (having so much water underneath is just creepy) but on the shore. Ultimately though I have to admit that I love my hometown and can’t imagine not living in a big city – just having basically everything at my fingertips can’t be beaten. But it is my family that makes it home the most. So to sum up my ramblings: I can be happy wherever most of my family is, preferably in a big city ;) , and I love the sea and traveling but a homebase is necessary.

  12. CC Bridges says:

    Thank you all for telling me about your favorite places!

    And congrats to Didi for being the winner of the $20 Dreamspinner gift certificate! Didi, please email me at ccbridges10 at gmail dot com.

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