The Nesting Habits of Strange Birds Release Party!

August 11, 2014

Cover The Nesting Habits of Strange BirdsHello and welcome! Charley Descoteaux here, to celebrate the release of my first full-length novel, The Nesting Habits of Strange Birds!

I’m taking over the DsP Blog today to give away a copy of the book, of course, and I also have something a little different. More on that later. ;)

For those of you who don’t know me, Dreamspinner released my first novella in June of 2013, and Strange Birds is my fifth title. I live in Portland, Oregon, and right now am missing the rain big-time! I’m happiest when it’s 75 or below, and this summer it feels like we barely get those temps at night. I exaggerate, but 90 is just too hot for us web footed folks.

Soon I’m heading to the day job (which isn’t evil, only demanding :) ) so I’ll only be around during breaks and on my commutes (don’t worry, I take the train :) ). I’ve planned ahead—four posts with excerpts and a little extra are scheduled throughout the day, and all comments are eligible for all the giveaways. If the winner already has a copy of Strange Birds, they can choose two from my backlist.

Before I go any farther, I want to thank everyone who pre-ordered Strange Birds during my charity drive. Between pre-orders and my Rainbow Award entry fee, I’ll be sending a total of $XX to The Trevor Project! They’re my go-to national charity, and especially relevant to this book.

Okay, just a little business and then I’ll give you the first excerpt.

All comments today will be in the running for copies of Strange Birds—one signed paperback (US only), and one ebook copy.

I also have a special charm bracelet I made to celebrate my fifth release with Dreamspinner. I’ve added a charm for each of my stories, and left plenty of room for you to add to it with charms for your favorite books, vacations, anything that makes you happy!

The bracelet has a flip-flop for Directing Traffic, a piece of hard candy for Curious Sustenance, a wing for Toy Run, a key for Not the Doctor, and a camera for Strange Birds.

Along with the bracelet will come one very strange bird—a rubber owl. I saw these little guys and just couldn’t resist! Since this will be the first one to go, the winner can choose which color they’d like.

Now, on to the fun part! This excerpt is a good introduction to Phil and Lee, and how they see each other. It’s the first time they talk. But first the blurb.

All he ever wanted was to be a normal guy….

Phil Brask spends his days in the basement of his mentor’s Victorian home, converting legal documents into electronic format. When the pipe feeding the water heater bursts, Lee Redding arrives in the plumber’s truck and draws Phil away from the narrow focus of his computer and camera lens. Lee gives Phil hope for a life beyond the walls he’s constructed using the nesting habits of migratory birds and dense legal files, a guided tour through a world filled with romance and music…maybe even family. But there’s a reason Phil retreated behind those walls, why he panics at a simple touch.

Lee has a good life—working with his uncle and on his mother’s farm, playing bass in a horrible metal band, and hooking up when he pleases—but he’s always suspected something was missing. When he meets the hot photographer with the icy-blue eyes, he knows exactly what that something is. Phil isn’t like other guys, but neither is Lee beneath his carefree exterior. Maybe Lee’s the perfect guy to show Phil that everything doesn’t have to be done the hard way and “home” isn’t a four-letter word.


TWO DAYS later he was busy again—scan; file; shred—when unfamiliar footsteps entered the garage.

“Sorry to bother you, but would it be okay if I used the phone in the kitchen?”

His hand shook when he reached for the next sheet of paper, so he pulled it back empty. After a quick glance up to make sure the guy was looking, he nodded.


The guy didn’t leave.

“Say, this is the part where you tell me your name.”

He waited, but still the guy didn’t leave. He took a slow deep breath and rehearsed it silently first. “Phil.”

“Hey, Phil. I’m Lee.”

He glanced up again. Lee’s smile—patient; kind; happy—wasn’t like anything he’d ever seen before. Lee had arrived in the plumber’s truck, with his worn jeans and his surfer hair. Lee. Lee had laughed at Jerry’s silly story about the case that made him want to retire. Lee still wore that same smile when Phil tilted his head to the side just enough to see that Lee’s eyes were brown. He returned his gaze to the floor beside his feet. “H-hey.”

“So I’m half brain-dead from lack of sleep and forget to charge my phone.”

Lee laughed, and the sound felt so good in his ears Phil wanted to laugh along with him. He settled for a strategic head-tilt that allowed him to watch Lee while keeping his face mostly hidden.

“What’re you doing with all these boxes?” Lee twisted to look around the small garage at the Bankers Boxes lining the workbench and sitting in stacks on the floor.

“S-scanning the d-documents.”

“Why? I mean, this is a lot of documents to scan.”

Phil sidestepped behind a stack of boxes and glanced up again. Lee’s smile dialed up a notch. He was so close, Phil could see the outline of his body beneath his T-shirt—the muscular body of a guy who ate like a guy. How was he supposed to get anything out with that in front of him? Talking was difficult enough anyway.

Lee leaned over an open box and looked inside.

“Th-those are p-priv—They’re c-confidential.”

“Oh, sorry. I didn’t see anything.” He took a step back and wiped his palms down the front of his shirt. “Are you a lawyer too? Jerry’s a cool guy. I bet he’s fun to work for. Or with.”

Phil shook his head. “N-not a…. Jerry’s great.” The corner of his mouth twitched into something like a smile.

“Well, I better make that call. Thanks. You really saved my bacon, Phil.”

Lee grinned and took a few steps toward the door. He looked over his shoulder just before he disappeared in the direction of the house.

After he left, Phil leaned against the table holding the computer and scanner to catch his breath.


Thanks for reading!

I’ll be back in a bit with another excerpt and a bit about the actual birds in The Nesting Habits of Strange Birds.

I’ll check in during my break, so if you have any questions fire away!

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11 Responses to “The Nesting Habits of Strange Birds Release Party!”

  1. Sula says:

    Hi Charlie, what a wonderful gift and prize haul thank you so much for offering these to your fan base :) Hopefully I might have a chance to win the ebook, as I am UK based so the physical items will not be viable, but I do luv that little rubber owley :D

    I hope to catch up on your posts during the day


  2. Sula says:

    Just a few questions (for now):

    What book(s) are you working on next?

    Will there be a follow on to this book?

    What books do you enjoy reading and who are your favourite authors?

    Do you listening to music when you write?

  3. Doris says:

    Blurb sounds interesting! Looking forward to the rest of your posts.

  4. cdescoteaux says:

    Hi Sula and Doris! Thanks so much for visiting. :)

  5. cdescoteaux says:

    Sula, thanks for asking! I just submitted a short story and a novella, and am working on two novellas.

    One of those may become a novel, because it keeps getting more complicated. I’m calling it the wrecking yard romance (just a working title :) ) & it’s about a guy who’s running away from his old life but doesn’t quite make it to Alaska as he planned. It’s a little dark and gritty and so far has surprised me a few times–which is pretty cool. The other is sweeter, about two friends opening a little camp on the central Oregon coast.

    Right now, I don’t think there will be a sequel to Strange Birds. I have thought a lot about what would happen to Phil and Lee, though, so who knows? I love those guys, so if I get a good story I’ll run with it. :)

  6. cdescoteaux says:

    Favorite authors? That’s a hard one, because I love so many. I’m lucky that my commute lets me read, and lately I’m going through 2-3 novels a week that way.

    I just finished Spirit by John Inman and loved it. I’ll start Resurrection Man this morning on my commute (if I can stay off my phone long enough! :) ). I love KZ Snow’s writing. And I can’t resist an Amy Lane angst-fest. :)

    I also read a lot of YA, especially authors like Sarah Rees Brennan and Holly Black. In fact, I have a story in the Harmony Ink anthology due out in September, under my YA pseudonym Charli Green. I’m excited about that one!

  7. Susan says:

    The Trevor Project is my favorite non-environmental charity! You have some interesting give-aways, so thanks for thinking of your readers.

  8. Trix says:

    Looks like so much fun! I like reading on trains and buses myself, and I’ve just started getting into the YA end of m/m myself. I wasn’t aware of your Charli Green work, so I need to check that out…

  9. charley descoteaux says:

    Thanks for stopping by Susan &Trix!

    T ~ the short in Harmony’s antho will be my first LGBT YA story released. I do have a novel i’m shopping,but it’s not mm. ☺

  10. JenCW says:

    Congrats on the new release! Thanks for the great set of giveaways. :-)

  11. CJane Elliott says:

    Hi Charley! Congrats on the release of your first novel. I preordered it and am excited to get to read it. I love this excerpt — it establishes the characters of Phil and Lee right from the get-go, and I’m already rooting for them.

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