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:


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!

8 Responses to “Serpentine Walls Release Party #2 — The Story”

  1. Susan says:

    I did go to college and one of my favorite memories is getting to be good friends with a guy in my Latin class. Needless to say, it was a small class and we were the only two freshmen. He was my introduction to the world of gay men and I think of him often when reading MM fiction.

  2. CJane Elliott says:

    What a nice memory, Susan! You’ve made me remember that it was in college that I also met and became friends with some wonderful gay guys. Now I’m having fond memories of going out dancing in gay clubs.

  3. Gene says:

    Yes, I went to college. Besides academics, my favorite memory was discovering an all-night coffee shop where (gasp!) gay guys hung out. I had no idea there were so many of us! We had no gay bar in town yet, so I spent many happy nights after midnight downing cup after cup of coffee. I hadn’t known before how much I enjoyed… COFFEE.

  4. Carolyn says:

    One of my favorite memories of college actually happened away from my own school. I met and fell in love with someone going to school all the way across the country from me. Long distance relationships don’t always work so well (this one lasted two years), but each visit I took to another campus to be in love and actually be in within physical proximity was a joy I’ll always remember.

  5. CJane Elliott says:

    How nice, Carolyn. A college campus is a great setting for a romance, and for nice memories too.

  6. CJane Elliott says:

    Gene, I love your memories. It’s a great thing to find your tribe. And COFFEE… one can never get enough of it!

  7. JJ says:

    I went to college and one of my favorite memories is being introduced to Baskin & Robbins 31 ice cream store for the first time. Yummy memory.

  8. CJane Elliott says:

    JJ, it’s funny how many of our favorite memories have to do with food! I remember the cafes and restaurants I ate in at U.Va., some of which are in the book. I particularly remember this one place that stayed open all night and we’d have “one-eyed bacon cheeseburgers”, which is a cheeseburger with a fried egg on top. Oh, to be young and eating junk food all night!

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