Island House release party—Bringing the scent of the ocean to you with another giveaway

November 11, 2013

Drum roll, please….(don’t you love my super-scientific method of choosing a winner?)…

Congratulations to Susie Ritzko, who picked up a free ebook copy of Island House in the last contest. I loved all the comments! Check out the end of this post for another chance to answer a question to win some swag.

If you’re just tuning in, I’m Bru Baker, author of Island House. I’m here on the Dreamspinner Press blog talking about my favorite parts of the book. This time we’ll take a closer look at the island of Tortola, which is where Niall and Ethan meet and start to fall for each other.

Cane Garden Bay, Tortola. Image credit: WikiTravel

I’ve never had the pleasure of visiting the British Virgin Islands, but I’ve been to several other Caribbean islands and I loved the beautiful scenery and the laid-back feel. I chose Tortola as the setting for Island House because it’s somewhere that has always sounded intriguing to me but that I haven’t had a chance to visit yet. Through the magic of Google I’m pretty familiar with the island’s layout now, and I’ve spent quite a bit of time daydreaming over the gorgeous views.

Frenchman's Lookout

The view from Frenchman's Lookout on Tortola. Photo credit: Inspirato

Niall moves to Tortola after his longtime partner Nolan is murdered in the UK. It isn’t a random choice; the two of them had vacationed on the island several times and Nolan owned a vacation home there. Living on Tortola is a sort of penance for Niall because he blames himself for Nolan’s death. The island is gorgeous, but to Niall it’s more like a prison.

Even though four years have passed, Niall is still in love with Nolan and grieving. When he meets Ethan Bettencourt and feels an instant, undeniable attraction, it’s a bit of a shock for him. And in typical Niall fashion, he manages to make a bit of an idiot out of himself in their first interaction. Here’s their first meeting:


“You’re Ahern?”

The voice belonged to a tall, dark-haired man who would have been handsome save for the stubble covering his face. The rugged two-day growth transformed his slightly sharp features into something dangerous, and paired with his slight tan and blue eyes, the end result was nothing short breathtakingly gorgeous. Were it not for the faded button-down and pair of tattered Dockers the man was wearing, Niall would have sworn he was an 18th century pirate somehow transported to the modern day.

Niall didn’t realize he’d been staring, until Jacks cleared his throat and stepped forward, hand outstretched to welcome the visitor. Niall swallowed, his already heat-flushed cheeks burning with the beginnings of a blush. He hadn’t reacted to a man like this since—well, since ever. Niall’s only serious relationship had been with a man he’d known since childhood, and it definitely hadn’t started with a spark of lust like this. He felt a familiar pang of guilt at the thought of finding a man other than Nolan attractive, though Nolan had been gone for years.

“Sorry?” Niall asked when it became clear the would-be pirate was talking to him again.

“I asked if you were Niall Ahern,” the man said, blue eyes narrowed slightly as he studied Niall. “He said he’d be here to pick me up—”

“Mr. Bettencourt!” Niall felt his stomach drop. Ethan Bettencourt was one of the world’s most sought-after software developers and technology consultants. He wore Armani suits and custom-made Italian shoes, not ancient Dockers and flip-flops. But as Niall stared at him, he could see the full lips and aquiline nose that had made Ethan fodder for gossip magazines across the world. It was definitely him.

“I’m so sorry, sir,” Niall said, rushing forward. He wasn’t sure if he should shake his hand or offer to take his luggage, and as a result he did neither, hand raised awkwardly in front of him as his mind tried to catch up and figure out what to do.

Bettencourt solved Niall’s dilemma by shifting his bag to his other hand and reaching out to take Niall’s half-raised hand. “Call me Ethan.”

The contact had Niall cringing inside, the cool skin of Ethan’s hand making him even more aware of his own sweaty palm.

“Of course,” Niall said, cursing himself for being so flustered. He’d never had this problem before when greeting important clients. Of course, he’d never had an important client who was as gorgeous as Ethan, nor one who could keep Niall’s business afloat for another year with a single transaction.

Island House

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Have you ever really botched a first impression? How did you fix it? One lucky commenter will win a small ceramic oil warmer with a vial of ocean breeze oil to bring a little bit of the island to them. (Since international shipping is a beast, non-US residents will receive a different prize if they win.) I’ll announce the winner at 3 p.m. EST (just in time to introduce the next contest!)

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Island House release party—Getting the party started with a giveaway!

November 11, 2013

Hello, Dreamers! Bru Baker here. Today is release day for Island House, and I have goodies to share! I’m terrified and ridiculously excited all at the same time, and so happy be here with you today! It’s my first novel, so I’m new to the promotion circuit. I figured I couldn’t go wrong if I came bearing gifts.

I’ll be doing giveaways throughout the day here on the Dreamspinner Press blog, so check back for snippets of the book, insights into the characters, and chances to win copies of the ebook as well as other swag. I’ll also be sharing some of my favorite things from the book.

We’ll start out with the blurb and the beautiful cover that L.C. Chase designed.


Island House

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Unable to move on after the death of his lover, British expat Niall Ahern clings to Nolan’s dream of living in the Caribbean by moving to Tortola. Once there, he finds that not even the beauty of the island can fill the hole in his heart. Broke and spent in nearly every way imaginable, Niall wants out of the lonely, miserable, guilt-ridden life he’s carved out for himself.

When Ethan Bettencourt, a wealthy tech guru, shows up in British Virgin Islands looking to purchase a second home, he gives Niall hope that he can move on. Both men fall hard and fast, but Niall finds piloting his yacht in the midst of a hurricane is nothing compared to weathering life’s simple misunderstandings. As their troubles come between them, Niall is left to wonder if he and Ethan are over before they’ve begun.


In Island House, Niall quits his job and moves to Tortola to open up a fishing charter, since that was his deceased partner’s dream. What’s your dream job? One lucky commenter will receive a free ebook copy of Island House. I’ll announce the winner (and the next contest!) in my next post at 12 p.m. EST, so check back then!

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When Adam Kissed Me – Release Party: Wrap Up

November 7, 2013

Well, that’s it for me today. I’ve had such a great time. I think my first release party was a success. Many thanks to everyone who took time out of their day to join in. I have put all of your names into a bowl (okay, vase) and randomly selected the winner of my free novella.

The winner is… Carolyn

Carolyn, I’ll send an email to the address you used here and we can talk about logistics. If for whatever reason you don’t receive it, please contact me at cscully@bell.net.

Don’t forget that the promo code ScullyBlog is still good for another 24 hours. Worth 25% off my novellas AND any contemporaries in the store.

What’s next for me, you ask? Well, I have a short novella coming out in December as part of the Advent Calendar, so stay tuned. It’s called Rebound and it’s definitely a heart warmer. It’s not up on the DSP site yet as an individual download so check out the excerpt on my blog: http://chrisscullyblog.wordpress.com/2013/11/07/excerpt-rebound/

Then I get down to work on what I hope will be my debut novel. Follow my blog for all the latest or subscribe to the Dreamspinner group on Goodreads.

You can always find me on:

Chris Scully’s Blog: http://chrisscullyblog.wordpress.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6152322.Chris_Scully

Old fashioned email: cscully@bell.net

And finally, check out some of the advance reviews for When Adam Kissed Me:

http://mrsconditreadsbooks.com/index.php/?p=15732

http://boysinourbooks.com/2013/11/01/pre-release-review-when-adam-kissed-me-by-chris-scully/

Serpentine Release Party — Wrap Up and a Sugary Snippet

October 30, 2013

Okay, everyone, it’s getting time to wrap up this party. I’m being taken out to dinner for my birthday by my lovely husband and son so I have to go get beautiful.

But before I go, have a sugar-sweet snippet from the boys of Serpentine Walls:

Excerpt:

“One more toast to the happy couple.” Angie raised her glass in Matthew’s dining room as the latest blue house party—this one called April Follies—roared on around them. Cleo, John, and Brian followed suit, while Matthew poured more champagne for himself and Pete.

“Come on, Ang,” Pete protested, “we’ve been together a month already. When are you going to stop proposing toasts to us?”

“Never!”

“Jeez, we’re not getting married or anything.” But he raised his own glass nonetheless, his other hand clasped securely in Matthew’s.

“To happy endings,” Angie persisted. “And to Pete and I finding The One. Told you so!”

Pete bowed down to her. “To Angie, the sorceress, whose premonitions come true so often that it’s scary.”

Brian nodded in agreement while the rest of them raised their glasses to Angie.

Matthew tugged on Pete’s hand. “We’re not getting married?” he asked, giving him the sad eyes. “I… I thought I meant more to you, darling.

You do, dearest. You’ll never know how much….”

“Are they always like this?” Brian asked.

John smiled and shrugged. “You mean the bad romantic movie lines? Yeah, pretty much.”

“How dare you mock our love?” Matthew asked, eyes widening in faux shock. “It’s a rare and tender flower.”

“Hoo boy.” Brian held out his hand to Angie. “Let’s go sit on the screen porch so you can whisper some bad movie lines in my ear.”

“Wow, Brian,” Cleo said. “That’s the most suggestive thing I’ve ever heard you say.”

“What can I say?” Brian asked as Angie giggled. “She inspires me.”

When Angie and Brian walked away, holding hands, Matthew murmured into Pete’s ear, “Let’s go in the den. I want to sing ‘You’re All I Need To Get By’ with you.”

“Yes, Tammi.” Pete jumped when Matthew pinched his ass.

Pete secretly agreed with Matthew about the love thing. While he would never call it a “rare and tender flower,” he knew he’d lucked out. He could write reams of bad poetry just describing Matthew’s face, a case in point being the particular smirk Matthew was giving him right now—the one where his eyes crinkled up and he looked like a devilish angel.

***

It’s been a blast sharing my Serpentine Walls release party with you! I have a few more stops on my Serpentine Walls Blog tour, and would love for you to join me:

October 31    Purple Rose Tea House, Charlie Cochet

November 2  Dreamspinner Facebook

November 5  Suzanne van Rooyen

November 7  Lane Hayes

Let’s have one more question to give you all a chance to win GIFTS! Because it’s my birthday, I will be giving out some gifts.  All you have to do is answer one (or more) of the questions I’ll be asking through the day during the party. One of you will win a signed copy of Serpentine Walls and three more of you will win a free e-book of one of my novellas (your choice).

Question: What’s the most romantic thing that ever happened to you?

Your answers on any of my release party posts will count in the contest as long as they are posted before 12 midnight PST today, October 30!

Check back on this post by tomorrow night, 10/31 (boo! Halloween!) and I will post the winner of the signed copy and the novellas.

WINNERS

Alright, y’all, I’m back to announce the winners of the free gifts!  I took everyone who answered at least one question and put your names in a random name generator… and the winners are… (drum roll)

One signed copy of Serpentine Walls paperback:  JJ

One free ebook of any of my novellas: Gene, Sophie, and Susan

YAY! And thank you everyone for hanging out with me yesterday on my birthday/release day. It was fun.

WINNERS: please email me at cjaneelliott@gmail.com with your email address for your DSP account (and JJ I need your snail mail). Novella winners please let me know which one you want. If you go to Serpentine Wall order page below my novellas are listed underneath.

Thanks again for partying with me on this special day.

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Serpentine Walls Release Party — Newsflash! 25% Off Birthday Gifts from Dreamspinner

October 30, 2013

Breaking Birthday Present News!  I just heard from those awesome folks at Dreamspinner that EVERYONE gets gifts!  With the code CJaneBlog you’ll get 25% off all of my books and all Coming of Age books in the Dreamspinner Store. It’s good until 5 p.m. EDT on Friday, November 1!

THANKS, DREAMSPINNER!  You guys are the best!

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Serpentine Walls Release Party #6 — Roadblocks To Romance

October 30, 2013

Welcome to the Serpentine Walls release party!  I’m enjoying chatting with everyone on all kinds of topics.  Join in.  There’s virtual cheesecake and gifts to be had.

Okay, got my therapist’s hat back on for a moment.  Shall we talk about relationships? After all, that’s what romance books are all about.

People often don’t realize what’s getting in the way of finding love or making love work.  My characters sure don’t.

In Serpentine Walls, Pete is clueless for much of the story about what’s really driving his behavior regarding relationships. He’s angry at his parents for splitting up and cynical about love. His roommate, Angie, has a premonition that they’re both going to find “The One” this year, but Pete wants no part of it.

I mentioned before that Pete’s best friend, John, is my stand-in character for my therapist side.

This edited excerpt is a scene between Pete and John where John is pointing to what’s underneath Pete getting hung up on glamorous but unavailable Aidan. Although he doesn’t get it at first, Pete comes to understand himself much better by the end of the novel:

Excerpt:

“I don’t know. I get mixed signals, but why should I care?”

Pete slumped on the futon in John and Cleo’s living room and brooded, having jogged straight there from his unsatisfying tryst with Aidan.

“You knew he was a player from the get-go,” said John, sprawled out next to him. “Don’t let Cleo hear you moaning or you’ll get a big, fat ‘I told you so.’”

“Good she’s asleep.” Pete eyed the closed bedroom door. “But—well, okay, he’s a player. He even said so himself. But neither of us are into commitment, so what’s wrong with some uncommitted sex? What’s the big deal?” He made a frustrated sound.

“Don’t be a moron. You’re already hung up on the guy, and you’ve only had sex with him two times.”

“Three.”

“Three? Oh, right, the time he groped you in the closet and—”

“Pantry.”

“Do you hear yourself? Jesus, Pete. If you keep having sex with him, it’ll turn into a big deal pretty fucking fast. For you, not for him. And Aidan knows it. That’s what he’s trying to tell you.”

“It wouldn’t be a big deal! It’s just hooking up.” He flounced onto his stomach and mumbled, “Why will no one believe me?”

John gave him a look that was part amusement, part exasperation. “Pete, you dimwit. Methinks thou doth protest too much.”

“Fuck you, and Shakespeare too.”

He wanted to punch John, who was laughing into a pillow on the futon, but it would’ve taken too much energy.

“So you wanna crash here tonight?” John asked, once he’d stopped laughing.

“I guess I’ll go home.” Pete rolled off the futon and was at the door when John spoke again.

“Hey.”

“What?”

“Back to Aidan. You think maybe there’s something you’re getting out of this situation?”

Don’t start with the psych babble, Pete thought darkly. “What d’you mean?”

John propped himself up on his elbows. “Just that it’s pretty fucking safe to be hung up on a guy who’s unavailable.”

“Safe?” Pete had no idea what John was talking about. “And I’m not hung up on him.”

“Whatever you say. Think about it.” John lay back down with a yawn. “Later, dude.”

Pete walked down Rugby Road in a funk. Safe. What the fuck? What does wanting to hook up with Aidan have to do with being safe?

***

This pattern of Pete’s to fall for people who are unavailable (and to not be interested in people who are) is one I know well, because I did the same thing throughout my twenties. My parents split up when I was eighteen and although I thought I’d gotten over it, the result was that I never could seem to find a lasting relationship. The guys that wanted me, I wasn’t interested in. And I’d get riveted on the ones who weren’t available and try to change them.

I finally realized that I was more interested in protecting myself from getting hurt than I was in having a relationship. And once I had that realization, I was able to get beyond my fear and let a great guy into my life. I’ve been married to him for 24 years.

Question time, so remember: GIFTS! Because it’s my birthday, I will be giving out some gifts.  All you have to do is answer one (or more) of the questions I’ll be asking through the day during the party. One of you will win a signed copy of Serpentine Walls and three more of you will win a free e-book of one of my novellas (your choice).

Any of you see yourselves in Pete? What are some of the roadblocks that you see yourself or other people putting in the way of love?

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Breaking Birthday Present News!  I just heard from those awesome folks at Dreamspinner that EVERYONE gets gifts!  With the code CJaneBlog you’ll get 25% off all of my books and all Coming of Age books in the Dreamspinner Store. It’s good until 5 p.m. EDT on Friday, November 1!

Serpentine Walls Release Party #5 — Let’s Talk Movies!

October 30, 2013

Thanks, all, for joining the party! My birthday has been great so far, getting to hang out with all of you and talk about Serpentine Walls.

GIFTS! Because it’s my birthday, I will be giving out some gifts.  All you have to do is answer one (or more) of the questions I’ll be asking through the day during the party. One of you will win a signed copy of Serpentine Walls and three more of you will win a free e-book of one of my novellas (your choice).

Let’s talk about movies.  I love movies, which you will notice when you read the novel.  My MC, Pete, makes his first film under the tutelage of Matthew, the guy he falls in love with. Pete’s other love interest, Aidan, plays a part in his movie while the rest of Pete’s friends are involved in some way.

The characters also talk about movies a LOT in this book.  I hadn’t realized how much until I went back through and made a list of every movie that is mentioned in the novel.  Here’s the list, in the order in which they appear:

Cinema Paradiso

Hannah and her Sisters

Transformers 3

Ruby Sparks

The Squid and the Whale

Seventh Seal

Animal House

Brokeback Mountain

Sleepless In Seattle

When Harry Met Sally

Sweeney Todd

South Pacific

The Sound of Music

Monsters, Inc.

L’Avventura

Now, Voyager

Mean Girls

Trainspotting

Camille

Casablanca

Romeo and Juliet

Grease

The Hobbit

Pete and Matthew quote lines from Now, Voyager, the classic Bette Davis film.

And one of my favorite lines in the story is the movie line that comes to Pete’s mind when he and Matthew are about to share their first kiss:

Their eyes held, and everything became quiet inside of Pete. It felt like being on a precipice. Screw it, he thought, and before he could lose his nerve, he reached out and took Matthew’s hand.

“What are you doing?”

“Um, holding your hand?” Pete winced as the suave line he could have said if his life were a movie ran through his head: What I should have done long ago….

Okay, question time.  What is your all-time favorite movie and why?

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Serpentine Walls Release Party #4 — On The Couch

October 30, 2013

Welcome again to the party.  We’re having cake and talking about Serpentine Walls.

I’m a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist. My stories often contain some psychological themes and Serpentine Walls is no exception.

The character in Serpentine Walls who stands in for my psychotherapist side is John Borden, Pete’s best friend from childhood. John is a psychology major and is studying the work of Carl Jung, who was a famous Swiss psychiatrist and friend of Sigmund Freud.

Here’s Jung. Ain’t he cute?

Archetypes, extrovert/introvert, collective unconscious – all are concepts developed by Jung. John talks to Pete about “animus projection” in the story, which would take a whole other post to explain.

So let’s talk about dreams. Both Jung and Freud were interested in dreams and the messages that they convey. Pete mentions a few of his dreams in the book. Here’s one:

Excerpt:

Jogging down the sidewalk, Pete let the rhythmic pounding lull him into a meditative state. The wind kicked up, and a fragment of a dream he’d had the night before drifted into his mind.

He’s outside his house, but he’s lost his key and can’t get in. Now he’s inside, standing in the foyer. All of the furniture is unfamiliar. Adults in black mourning clothes are in the hallway, and they say, “We’re sorry for your loss.” His eyes fill with tears and he keeps groping in his pocket for the key, but it’s not there.

Pete wiped the sweat from his forehead. Freud could do something with that. No, Jung. John was forever spouting Jungian theory. He’d have to tell him this one—John loved to analyze his dreams.

I’ve got an analysis. Life sucks. Nothing lasts. People are shitheads and leave you in the end. Like Dad.

***

I think Pete’s friend John might come up with a more positive analysis.

Dreams are amazing. They sometimes seem bizarre but they are the avenue through which our unconscious mind comments on and works through life events.

Pete’s dream shows that he’s mourning the loss of his old life where his family was together. But it also shows the presence of “adults in black mourning clothes” who sympathize with him. These are helpful figures, an aspect of Pete’s unconscious that is there to support him.

When you study your dreams, you can get much information about yourself that isn’t available through your waking mind.  So here comes the question:

Have you had dreams, good or bad, which stuck with you or made an impact on your life? I’d love to hear about them.

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Breaking Birthday Present News!  I just heard from those awesome folks at Dreamspinner that EVERYONE gets gifts!  With the code CJaneBlog you’ll get 25% off all of my books and all Coming of Age books in the Dreamspinner Store. It’s good until 5 p.m. EDT on Friday, November 1!

Serpentine Walls Release Party #3 — Locations Rock!

October 30, 2013

Location has played a role in all of my books. I usually set my stories in places that I’ve lived. My first novella, Electricity Sparks Inside Of Me, was set in the Washington, D.C. area where I grew up. I currently live in Oregon and most of Mercury In Retrograde was set at an Oregon river rafting lodge. Stay Right Here was set in another city I have lived in and dearly love: San Francisco.

Serpentine Walls is a contemporary novel set at the University of Virginia (U.Va. for short) in Charlottesville, Virginia. I chose U.Va. because I went to school there many years ago and it was fun to revisit the old alma mater in my imagination.

U.Va. has a beautiful and historic campus the core of which was designed by Thomas Jefferson in the 1800s. Central to the campus (called “grounds” at U.Va.) is The Lawn.

The cover of Serpentine Walls shows my two MCs, Pete and Matthew, standing on The Lawn with a bunch of white columns in the background. Those columns line a walkway that runs down each side of The Lawn and is called the Colonnades. Here’s a view of The Lawn and the Colonnades:

That building you see at the far end is Old Cabell Hall where the music department is. Pete and his other main romantic interest, Aidan, attend rehearsals for the student chorus there, and Matthew likes to play piano in the practice rooms.

Here’s another view of the Colonnades as one walks through them. Pete, Matthew and the gang do a lot of walking along the Colonnades as they go to and from classes.

The Corner is mentioned in the story (and the name confused my editors at first). The Corner is several blocks of shops and restaurants right across from the university.  Pete and his friends hang out in various places at The Corner:

And what about the serpentine walls alluded to in the title?  Here’s one:

The serpentine walls are only mentioned in the book once, when Matthew and Pete have a misunderstanding at Professor R’s party in his faculty home. Matthew splits and Pete runs after him through the back garden and along the serpentine wall.

I have loved every place I’ve lived, which is probably why I like to revisit them in my books.

GIFTS! Because it’s my birthday, I will be giving out some gifts.  All you have to do is answer one (or more) of the questions I’ll be asking through the day during the party. One of you will win a signed copy of Serpentine Walls and three more of you will win a free e-book of one of my novellas (your choice).

How about you?  Are you living in a place you love?  If not, where do you want to be? What has been your favorite place to live?

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Breaking Birthday Present News!  I just heard from those awesome folks at Dreamspinner that EVERYONE gets gifts!  With the code CJaneBlog you’ll get 25% off all of my books and all Coming of Age books in the Dreamspinner Store. It’s good until 5 p.m. EDT on Friday, November 1!

Serpentine Walls Release Party #2 — The Story

October 30, 2013

Okay, all, I’m back.

GIFTS! Because it’s my birthday, I will be giving out some gifts.  All you have to do is answer one (or more) of the questions I’ll be asking through the day during the party. One of you will win a signed copy of Serpentine Walls and three more of you will win a free e-book of one of my novellas (your choice).

Let’s talk about Serpentine Walls. I love the cover by L.C. Chase:

Blurb:

Reeling from the news that his parents are divorcing, Pete Morgan starts his junior year at college cynical about love and commitment. Although his new openness to one-night stands does wonders for his sex life, fighting his romantic nature proves harder than he’d anticipated. He soon finds himself pining for a glamorous senior, Aidan, who doesn’t mind taking Pete to bed but shows no interest in commitment—at least not with Pete. And Pete’s attempt at a “friends-with-benefits” relationship with sophomore Jed leaves Pete feeling empty.

One bright spot in Pete’s year is Matthew, an easygoing graduate student who assists Pete in making his first film. Matthew has some baggage too, and has sworn off relationships and sex altogether, so Pete feels safe to enjoy their friendship. But he falls for Matthew anyway, not able to fight his growing conviction that Matthew is the perfect guy for him. Even if Pete can accept that he made a mistake when he turned his back on relationships, that doesn’t mean Matthew will feel the same. With a few life lessons under his belt, Pete’s ready to take a chance on love. As he finds the courage to bare his heart to Matthew, he can only hope that Matthew will take a chance with him.

Serpentine Walls is set in college.  It was fun to write college-aged characters and think back to how life was for me back then.  I was still trying to figure out what I wanted in life and who I was in the world.  I think you’ll see my characters going through the same process.

So here’s a question or two.  I can never ask just one question so feel free to answer only one or more:  Did you go to college (or are you in college now)? If so, what is one of your favorite memories? If not, what was behind your decision not to go?

Okay, I’ll be back again soon with more!

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Breaking Birthday Present News!  I just heard from those awesome folks at Dreamspinner that EVERYONE gets gifts!  With the code CJaneBlog you’ll get 25% off all of my books and all Coming of Age books in the Dreamspinner Store. It’s good until 5 p.m. EDT on Friday, November 1!