Aidan’s Journey Release Party Giveaway Winners

October 16, 2014

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Hi Guys! I had a lot of fun sharing Aidan’s Journey with all of you today. And then I went out dancing tonight to an awesome funk band, so overall the release day for my second novel was epic!

I just ran all of your names through my random name picker and here are the three winners:

Tea58, JenCW, and Kejara

We’ll be in touch with you shortly and you can claim your free copy of either Serpentine Walls ebook or any of my previous novellas (and I have one great short story too). Here is my author’s page on Dreamspinner if you want to look them over: CJane’s Author Page.

You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, or my website too!

Take care everyone and happy reading!

CJane

 

Aidan’s Journey Release Party — What’s Next, Tour Dates, and Giveaway Reminder

October 15, 2014

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Thanks so much for joining me today for the Aidan’s Journey Release Party! Wooo! Aidan appreciates it too. Here’s a lovely review of Aidan’s Journey by Brandilyn of Prism Book Alliance, which was posted while we were partying today. Thank you, Brandilyn, for your kind words.

What’s Next:

Serpentine Series:

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Buy links at Dreamspinner (25% off until 10/19 for all my books):

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I have at least two more books planned and an idea for a fifth book. My next novel in The Serpentine Series will be about Jed, the nice guy that Pete has a friends-with-benefits relationship with in Serpentine Walls. I wanted to give Jed a chance to shine and have his own happy ending, because he ends up being crushed by Pete’s indifference. Jed has an older brother, Kent, and Kent has an intriguing roommate, Tucker, and there will be a book featuring them after the Jed novel is done.

Upcoming Novella:

I have a novella in the editing process at Dreamspinner Press, which should be released in December. It’s called Wild and Precious and is set in Washington, DC. It has the requisite tall and handsome man, Graham, who is the editor of an arts magazine, his cute employee Brent, who is an aspiring writer trying to figure out his sexuality, and a sexy bisexual musician guy, Cody, who’s helping Brent with his explorations. Although there are three main characters, it isn’t a ménage story, but a coming of age and happily ever after romance.

My Secret Dream – A Life in the Performing Arts:

I have a dream to make Serpentine Walls into a musical, with me providing the script and my musician son providing the music. It’s a wild dream that I have no idea how achieve but it goes bigger than that. I would like to start a theater troupe for LGBT teens and young adults. I want this theater troupe to help reduce the isolation and homophobia that LGBT teens experience.

Aidan’s Journey Tour Dates/Stops:

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October 14: Love Bytes

October 15: Amanda C. Stone, The Novel Approach

October 16: MM Good Book Reviews, Prism Book Alliance

October 17: Wicked Faeries Reviews

October 20: Tara Lain, Michael Mandrake

October 21: Parker Williams, Multitasking Mommas

October 22: Cate Ashwood

October 23: Inked Rainbow Reads, It’s Raining Men

October 24: Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words

October 27: Rebecca Cohen Writes, BFD Book Blog, Smoocher’s Voice

October 28: Jade Crystal, Kimi-Chan

And come by for a Meet The Author Dreamspinner Facebook Chat on Saturday, 10/18, from 2 to 5 p.m. East Coast US time.

Giveaway Announcement: I will announce the giveaway winners tomorrow. Three people will be chosen at random from all who comment today on any of the blog posts. There’s still time to leave a comment and win a chance at a free ebook from my backlist: either Serpentine Walls or any of my novellas.

Thanks again for stopping by!

Aidan’s Journey Release Party — Seduction Achieved, Excerpt (NSFW-ish)

October 15, 2014

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Here’s the last excerpt from the book: the first time Aidan has sex with Professor R at the vast age of eighteen. It’s not the entire scene, but gives you the sense of Aidan’s conflicting feelings about what’s happening, even though he thinks he wants it.

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Excerpt:

Nothing I said in the ensuing weeks would convince Rodney to reconsider his no-sex stance. But it didn’t matter. He had me well and truly hooked. We continued with our cozy talks, and I kept trying to get into his pants with all the suaveness of your typical seventeen-year-old. He played me with finesse, with the perfect mix of concern and reluctance, so I felt cherished even as he was refusing my advances. [Looking back at it, I think he was waiting until after I turned eighteen, which wasn’t until mid-March.]

He didn’t lack for companionship. I saw him and Grant walking together a few times, and I also saw him with other students, male and female. Rumors abounded about his lecherous ways. His reputation didn’t bother me. I was the special one—Rodney had told me so! By the time I managed to get him into bed—or more accurately, by the time he maneuvered things to that result—I was convinced ours was the epic love of the century.

It happened in late May, at his party celebrating the end of the school year. He had a gathering of students and teachers over for dinner, a lively group of drama and English-department types. I made sure to stay past when everyone else left, gathering up plates and cups and carrying them into his kitchen despite his protests to leave them.

Rodney and I were the exact same height, and our shoulders touched as we stood side by side at his sink, rinsing dishes and putting them in the dishwasher. I was enamored by the domesticity of the scene. When I made some joke, we turned to each other, laughing, our faces inches away. My laughter died and I caught my breath. Rodney seemed as arrested as I was. He didn’t move when I bridged the distance between us and pressed my mouth to his.

His full lips were surprisingly soft, and I felt the tickle of his mustache. It was awkward because we weren’t touching except for our mouths, my hands still resting in the sudsy water. I pulled my lips away to see how he was taking things. He gazed at me with his big, dark eyes, his expression inscrutable. My heart sank, and when he started to speak, I expected to be shot down again.

“Are you sure you want this?”

I nodded, almost laughing at the absurdity of that question after my relentless pursuit of him. I took my hands out of the sink, splashing water on to the floor. He grabbed hold of them and dried them with the dish towel, and that simple gesture made me fall for him even more.

He put down the towel and scanned my face. “Very well. Come with me.”

Rodney took me to the living room, where he opened a sliding wooden door and ushered me into another, smaller room. It looked like a den. I got a fleeting impression of wood panels, large shuttered windows, bookcases, and a desk, but my attention was riveted by a large daybed in the corner. He slid shut the door while I stood, nervous for the first time since I’d started my campaign to seduce him. What if I don’t measure up? What if he doesn’t want me? What if he gets totally turned off?

I watched him turn and walk back to me—tall, lean, and dashing—and was overcome with inadequacy. Why would someone that classy want me? My inner turmoil must have shown on my face, because he stopped a few feet away and cocked an inquiring eyebrow.

“What is it? Are you having second thoughts?”

I cleared my throat. “No. I’m good.”

“Aidan. It’s okay to be honest with me. I can tell you’re scared.”

I gaped at him, unable to admit my real feelings, trying to act cool and experienced—at the vast age of eighteen—to be the kind of person he’d desire.

He moved closer and put a gentle hand on my shoulder. “You want to know the truth?” he murmured, smiling at me. “I’m scared too.”

I laughed out loud at that. Rodney, scared of me? Ridiculous. Deciding to go for it, I took a breath and grabbed his arm.

He allowed himself to be pulled close, and then he kissed me. And oh, this kiss was far different—a soft and sensual press that led to him capturing my bottom lip and sucking on it. He slowly insinuated his tongue into my mouth, teasing with light strokes until I was rock hard and panting for it.

I didn’t get he was moving me until the backs of my knees hit the edge of the daybed. I was so lost in the warmth of Rodney’s mouth that I would have stood there against the bed forever had Rodney not drawn away.

“Let’s lie down,” he whispered.

I sank down on the bed, and that put me at eye level with his crotch. I could see the outline of his erection pressing against the front of his slacks, and without thinking, I rubbed my cheek against his hardness. The shocked gasp I heard from above thrilled me, and I reached for his belt, feeling reckless. I wanted his cock in my mouth.

“Aidan,” Rodney said in a choked voice.

“I want to suck your cock,” I interrupted, looking up at him through my lashes. “Can I?”

He ran his fingers through my hair and let out an exhale. “Now, how can I resist an invitation like that?” He unzipped his slacks and pushed them down to midthigh. He was wearing dark purple briefs, and the glimpse of the smooth, brown skin on his belly and legs enraptured me. When I stroked his cock slowly through his underwear, he licked his lips, watching me with slitted eyes.

Putting on a sexy show, I lifted his shirt to kiss his flat stomach, then snuck my hands underneath to explore his chest. It felt nicely muscled and smooth, save for the tight nubs of his nipples. I grazed them with my thumbs, earning another sharp inhale and a fluttering of his eyelids. “You like that?” I husked, my attempt at sultriness somewhat marred by the goofy grin that had broken out when I saw I was turning him on.

“Oh yes,” he breathed.

Emboldened, I mouthed at the head of his cock through his underwear while continuing to fondle his nipples.

“My God, Aidan, you’re a menace.”

“Mmm.” I sucked at the fabric for a moment longer before hooking my thumbs under his waistband and pulling his briefs down far enough to free his cock.

I stared. Rodney’s penis was uncircumcised, the first I’d seen in real life. It was long and elegant, like Rodney, and nestled in a thatch of black, glistening hair. I tore my eyes away from it to look up at him, and he was regarding my ogling with amusement.

“Does it meet with your expectations?”

“More than,” I said, not wanting to tell him I’d never seen an uncut dick.

“Have you not seen someone uncircumcised before this? It’s not as common in the States, I’ve found.” He smiled down at me and caressed my cheek, and the affectionate gesture made me feel less of a noob.

“I… no.” I ran my fingers lightly over the head of it, checking out the part that looked like a hood. “It’s… I like it.” He chuckled, and before I could lose my nerve, I leaned over and took it into my mouth.

“Ah, that feels exquisite.”

I would have laughed at how Rodney sounded posh even while he was being sucked off, but I was too busy exploring. I played my tongue over his foreskin while I held his balls. They felt heavy in my palm. I was drunk on the smell of him, the taste of him, and such a wave of lust went through me I pressed my hand on my own cock, afraid I might come.

Perhaps Rodney had the same problem, because after a few minutes, he said, “Wait a minute,” sounding breathless. I pulled my mouth away and he cradled my face in his hands. “My God, you’re a vision.” He ran a thumb over my lips. “That was lovely, but I want to lie down and hold you, if I may.”

“Yeah, sure.” Now that I wasn’t preoccupied with sucking his dick, a fresh wave of terror came over me as I realized what I was doing, and with whom. Oh God, oh God, oh God….

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Aidan has started on a long journey in which for years he is in the thrall of Rodney and his machinations. How he gets there, how he’s stuck there, and how he ultimately gets free and finds real love — that is the story of Aidan’s Journey.

No questions come to mind but anything you want to comment on is welcome!

Aidan’s Journey Release Party — Anatomy of a Seduction, Part Two

October 15, 2014

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Pretend reluctance before moving in for the kill.

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After becoming Aidan’s friend with cozy chats in his office, Professor R (now Rodney to Aidan) holds an eager Aidan at bay. Let’s witness his finesse in the following scene:

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By the time Lee and I drove back into Charlottesville in mid-January, I was full of something I couldn’t put a name to. I walked through the Grounds late that night, restless and frustrated. When I’d given Rodney a call, he’d said to meet him at his office.

I burst in the room and started pacing while Rodney watched me with a bemused air. I’d expected to be soothed by his presence as always, but instead, I got more keyed up.

“Are you okay?” Rodney asked in his sexy British accent.

“Yeah. Being home was the pits.” I stopped at his bookshelf, picked up a bust of Shakespeare, set it down, and paced to the other side of the room.

“Would you like to sit down?” Rodney gestured to the sofa where I usually perched during our rambling talks.

“No. I’ve been sitting in a car for two hours.” I turned and gazed at him, sitting back in his desk chair, eyes on me, long legs sprawled out. Fuck, I want him. It hit me like a ton of bricks and I sank down onto the sofa after all.

My expression must have been peculiar, because Rodney leaned forward, eyebrows drawn together. “Aidan? Are you quite alright?”

“Actually, no.”

He moved his chair closer. “What can I do to help?”

“Can you come here and sit next to me?”

A series of emotions crossed his face. “Certainly.” He rose gracefully and came over to sit at the opposite end of the sofa, far enough away that we weren’t touching. He turned to face me, one arm stretched out. “Is this about your parents? Did something happen to upset you?”

“No. I mean, yeah, they upset me, but that’s nothing new.” I gave him what I hoped was a sexy smile. “It’s about you.”

“What do you mean?”

“Come sit next to me.” I patted the sofa cushion, my heart racing.

“I don’t think that would be wise,” Rodney said in a soft voice.

“I do.”

“Aidan, no. Let’s not let what is a nice connection—for me too, by the way—become… tainted, as it were.” [Yes, that’s the actual way he talked, like some British lord.]

“It doesn’t have to be. You’ve slept with students before.” I stopped, embarrassed at what had come out of my mouth, worried he’d take offense.

But Rodney simply inclined his head. “That is true. But you’re different.”

“How? You’re not attracted to me?”

Rodney had been keeping his eyes on mine, but at those words, he dropped his gaze to my lips, and I felt a shiver of triumph. “You must know you’re attractive, Aidan,” he said. “You’re quite exceptional-looking, and of course I’m attracted to you. When I say you’re different, I mean that I feel a close connection to you. I don’t believe I’ve ever felt so close to a student before.”

[There was nothing Rodney could have said that would have thrilled me more. He’d hit on my need to be special, to get the recognition I’d never gotten from Father. And subsequent events would prove what Rodney said was true, for once. Out of all the many people—male and female—Rodney slept with over the years, I was the one he chose to form an ongoing bond with. That’s one of the things that kept me attached to him—the fact that this glamorous man would choose me for his… what? Boyfriend, I guess, although ours was far from a conventional relationship. But I’m getting ahead of the story.]

That night, as I sat glowing inside at Rodney’s words, he patted my shoulder, then withdrew his hand. “That’s why I’m not going to sleep with you.”

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Oh, Rodney, you clever, clever man, pretending to have integrity when you actually have none. Warning to my readers: this story gets quite dark before Aidan climbs back into the light. There is no physical abuse, per se, because the sex is consensual, but Aidan doesn’t see the dubious elements of what’s going on between him and Professor R for a long time.

Question: Have you ever been in a shady situation but didn’t see it that way until later, sometimes much later? Um, or what’s your favorite food? (We’ve gotta do something to lighten things up here!)

Aidan’s Journey Release Party — The Anatomy of a Seduction, Part One

October 15, 2014

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Now let’s get into some of the heavy stuff about Aidan’s Journey.

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To set the scene, let’s revisit the blurb:

The star of the University of Virginia theater department, Aidan Emery is lusted after and admired for living out and proud. He uses his talent and good looks to his advantage and never sleeps with the same guy twice. But his glamorous patina has been carefully honed to hide the pain he carries inside.

Aidan wasn’t always such a player. He starts college naively romantic, hungry for the attention he can’t get from his workaholic father and mentally ill mother. Unfortunately, that leaves him ripe pickings for predatory professor Rodney Montgomery. Rodney’s flattering regard seduces Aidan into a dysfunctional relationship that destroys his innocence.

Life looks up for Aidan when he finally breaks free of Rodney’s pull and moves to New York City to make it as an actor. Meeting sweet fellow actor Patrick Jaymes seems like the start of a fairy tale. But before Aidan can rebuild his life into happily ever after, family secrets rip him wide open, leaving him easy prey when Rodney decides he’s not willing to let Aidan go.  

One of the most disturbing parts of Aidan’s Journey is the emotional abuse that Aidan suffers at the hands of Professor R. Aidan’s background and relative inexperience leaves him easy prey. Here’s an excerpt of their initial encounter when Aidan is a first year student and only seventeen.

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Professor R managed to worm his way into my life despite my initial reluctance to have much to do with him. He was involved with the drama department and helping Eli with the musical, so he was hard to avoid. One night in mid-September, I was walking out of the coffee shop with my Americano when I heard someone calling my name. I turned and saw Professor R sitting at a table.

“Oh, hey, Professor R.”

“Would you care to join me?” he asked with a welcoming smile.

Not really, I thought, but sat down anyway. Father had drummed into me the importance of “making connections,” especially with important or powerful people, and Professor R was a pretty prominent figure at U.Va.

“So, Aidan, how are you finding university life?” Professor R had been raised in London and had the most wonderful voice, low and rich, with a sexy British accent.

As I was thinking about what to reply, he smoothed his mustache with one finger, which drew my attention to his full and sensual lips. I tried not to stare, but the man was truly gorgeous close up, like movie-star handsome. His skin was the color of café au lait, he had big, dark brown eyes, thick, dark hair, and the aforementioned mustache. He was tall and slim, with broad shoulders, and he dressed with impeccable taste.

“Good, so far.” I gave an enthusiastic nod, playing my Aidan-the-charmer role to the hilt. “I’m enjoying my classes and, of course, being in the musical. I love theater.”

“Good, good.” Professor R regarded me with a thoughtful expression. “What is it about theater that you enjoy so much?”

[And that, right there, is what first attracted me to Rodney: he listened. He seemed genuinely interested in me. I look back on it now with a more cynical eye. Rodney’s abiding attention was designed to hook all of the many undergraduates he bedded through the years. Who doesn’t want a dashing, worldly man hanging on your every word? It was flattering as hell, especially to the boy I was at seventeen.]

I don’t remember what I said in response to his question, but what followed was a half hour of me talking and Professor R listening as I waxed enthusiastic about life and school and the theater.

At the end of it, he leaned back in his seat. “This has been fascinating.”

You’re kidding, I thought. I viewed myself as inherently boring, which was why I liked to play other people and had adopted the role of “charming Aidan” at U.Va. I didn’t think the real Aidan had much to bring to the party. “Really?”

“Yes. I wish I could stay and hear more, but I’ve got a meeting. But do stop by my office in Bryan Hall anytime you’re in the vicinity. Actually, can you stop by tomorrow afternoon? There’s a book I think you’ll enjoy, given what you’ve told me.”

“Tomorrow?” I thought about my class schedule. “Is three okay?”

“Three is excellent.” Professor R flashed me a smile that lit up his whole face and afforded a great look at his teeth, which were white and even. “I’ll see you then.”

I watched him walk away, all of my prior suspicions forgotten. Rodney had that effect on people. Being listened to the way Professor R listened to me as a young first year was new and intoxicating. I wasn’t going to sleep with the guy, but I was looking forward to talking to him again.

I started visiting Professor R in his office once or twice a week, hungry for the approval and interest of an older man, something I’d never gotten from my father. Rodney was not only older, but worldly, intelligent, and successful, a perfect stand-in for dear old Dad. I wasn’t aware of that then. I just knew it felt good talking to him.

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Ah, poor Aidan. That’s what I kept saying to myself as I wrote this book. I was never more glad to finally get him out of the pit toward the end. I’ll post a few more excerpts of his growing entanglement with Professor R.

Question: Hmm, what to ask? Have you ever done something you regretted when you were young and naïve? You don’t have to say what it was, but I sure have!

 

Aidan’s Journey Release Party #4 — Locations Galore!

October 15, 2014

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One of my favorite things about being a writer is putting my characters into different locations. I enjoyed writing about the different locations in Aidan’s Journey. To begin with, the book is a part of The Serpentine Series, a series of novels set partially or wholly at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, which is famous for its serpentine walls.

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Aidan roams around the U.Va. campus and visits Professor R in his faculty house on the Lawn, as pictured on the cover of the first book, Serpentine Walls. (I’ll use any excuse to post L.C. Chase’s beautiful covers!)

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But Aidan mostly hangs out in cities. Aidan lives in a suburb of Washington, DC, where  his father is a US congressman.

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Aidan journeys to London several times during the story, which is where Rodney Montgomery, aka Professor R, is from. When Aidan is in London with his parents, he and Rodney meet in Trafalgar Square:

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And Aidan ultimately ends up in New York City, to make it as an actor on Broadway. You can see the New York skyline on the cover of the book (yay, another excuse to post an L.C. Chase cover!):

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Question time: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

Aidan’s Journey Release Party #3 — Here Be Dragons (and Excerpts)

October 15, 2014

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Behold the dragon slayer:

 

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Aidan talks about slaying dragons at the beginning of Aidan’s Journey:

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Every good story begins with a journey. Mine started on a June day in 2011 as the Amtrak train pulled out of Union Station in Washington, DC. Lee and I were bound for New York City, ready to dazzle ’em all with our acting and singing chops. Look out, Broadway, here come Aidan Emery and Lee Dunlap, the stars of the U.Va. drama department! Jazz hands!

I was leaving my family home—which I’d recently been kicked out of by my father. I was also leaving behind a long-term, toxic relationship. Yes! I felt pretty fucking victorious sitting on that train, talking and laughing with Lee. I’d done it! Left my past behind! Right? I was sure, with all the surety of a twenty-one-year-old, that my dragons had been slain and New York City was where the gold awaited.

Not so fast there, bucko, I want to tell myself now. You’ll get to the gold, but you have many more hard roads to travel before you arrive. Oh, but don’t despair—there is a Prince Charming at the end of it all.

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In Aidan’s Journey, our hero and narrator Aidan takes us on the journey of his life. He descends into the pit several times and has many dragons to slay along the way. One thing he learns is that slaying outward dragons – such as the huge step he takes in breaking away from his dysfunctional relationship with Professor R – only gets him so far.

The real journey Aidan has to take is the one into his own depths, where the worst dragons await, those internal voices that tell him he’s a worthless piece of shit. But Aidan is not alone in this journey. He has a guide, his therapist Dr. Phil Larkin, and help from his family and friends who are like beacons of light in the darkness, encouraging him to keep going.

At the end of the book, here is what Aidan has to say about the journey he’s been on:

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There’s not much left to tell in the epic journey of Aidan Emery. Once the hero slays the dragons and passes the tests put to him by the Fates, he gets to claim his treasure and return to the kingdom to share his new gifts. My return to New York in June, two months after the conversation with Patrick at my kitchen table, had that sense about it. I’d been to the bottom of the pit and back, and I felt wiser and richer because of it.

The treasure I’d gained was priceless to me. I had confidence, the kind that arises not from some act or bravado but from being true to myself. I trusted myself now. I was even learning to love myself. And because of this, I could let in the love others had for me.

Question time: Do you think your “dragons” are more internal (like fears or doubts) or external (like challenges given to you by life circumstances) and how are you doing on slaying them?

Aidan’s Journey Release Day Party #2 — What’s it all About, Alfie?

October 15, 2014

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Ten points to anyone who gets the reference in the title and why it might apply to Aidan’s Journey (in a gay sort of way, of course). For those of you who’ve never heard of the movie Alfie, it’s about an unrepentant womanizer who finally has to confront the consequences of his behavior.

If you’ve read Serpentine Walls, you know that Aidan is the gay version of Alfie, an unrepentant manwhore who fucks ‘em and leaves ‘em. There’s an inkling toward the end  of that book that Aidan is beginning to regret his ways, but in Aidan’s Journey we learn the full story.

Blurb:

The star of the University of Virginia theater department, Aidan Emery is lusted after and admired for living out and proud. He uses his talent and good looks to his advantage and never sleeps with the same guy twice. But his glamorous patina has been carefully honed to hide the pain he carries inside.

Aidan wasn’t always such a player. He starts college naively romantic, hungry for the attention he can’t get from his workaholic father and mentally ill mother. Unfortunately, that leaves him ripe pickings for predatory professor Rodney Montgomery. Rodney’s flattering regard seduces Aidan into a dysfunctional relationship that destroys his innocence.

Life looks up for Aidan when he finally breaks free of Rodney’s pull and moves to New York City to make it as an actor. Meeting sweet fellow actor Patrick Jaymes seems like the start of a fairy tale. But before Aidan can rebuild his life into happily ever after, family secrets rip him wide open, leaving him easy prey when Rodney decides he’s not willing to let Aidan go.

Buy links: Dreamspinner  (25% off through 10/19)  ARe   Amazon

My Inspiration

In Serpentine Walls, the first book of the series, my motivation for Aidan’s character was to have someone glamorous and talented for the main character Pete to project all his desires on – a sparkly performer with a killer voice who stirred things up for Pete and had him want to live his life fully. Someone much like this fellow (Adam Lambert, for those not in the know):

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… only with blond hair.

Aidan was meant to be a charming cad who slept with guys right and left and had something going on with the sleazy Professor R. But as I continued to write, Aidan’s character got more and more dimensional and I could see he had a heart and a lot of pain under that gleaming surface.

I started to wonder why he was the way he was and what had led him to be involved with Professor R. Being a therapist by profession, I’m fascinated with people’s psychology and what drives them. I also wanted to explore how Aidan could heal himself and get to his own happy ending. And that was the inspiration for Aidan’s Journey.

Question time: Has there been an “Aidan” in your life? I don’t mean some charming cad, but someone whose very nature inspired you in some way?

 

Aidan’s Journey Release Party #1 Welcome to the Journey!

October 15, 2014

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Hi all, CJane Elliott here to welcome you to the release party of Aidan’s Journey, the second novel in The Serpentine Series. Let’s all admire the beautiful cover by L.C. Chase:

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The Serpentine Series consists of contemporary stories that feature characters who attend the University of Virginia. The series started with my first novel and 2014 Rainbow Awards finalist, Serpentine Walls, although the books can be read in any order.

I’ll be back soon to talk more about Aidan’s Journey. Make sure you comment because three people who comment during the Aidan’s Journey Release Party today will win an ebook of either  Serpentine Walls, or any of my novellas.

So to start things off here’s the first question: What’s the most memorable journey you’ve ever taken?

 

 

New Releases: October 15th, 2014

October 15, 2014

Puncture Wounds by A. Morell

 

Forced to take care of a feral vampire, James sees they might not all be monsters. His quest for revenge becomes a war for retribution.

James is at the end of a long crusade for vengeance against the vampire clan that destroyed everything he held dear. He has Ren, the final and most dangerous of them all, cornered at last in London. But victory remains just out of reach when Ren sets a feral vampire on James and makes his escape. With no other leads, James is forced to take in the feral until he can use its connection to its sire to track down Ren. But in caring for the vampire, James sees they might not all be the monsters he thought them to be. Faced with an ugly truth, his quest for revenge becomes a war for retribution, and the discovery of what it truly means to be human.

 

Length: Novella (78p.) | Genre: Paranormal, Vampires, Mystery/Suspense

Release Date: October 15, 2014

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Together, Apart by Y.H. Lim

 

Daneliarr, a soldier of the Liannarrit Empire, must accept the help of healer Arkdian, and is soon wrestling with his growing feelings.

The Liannarrits and Toritalatians have the world locked in constant war as their battles rage with hatred and bloodshed. Daneliarr, a soldier with the 4th Legionnaire of the Liannarrit Empire, barely survived the last clash. Washed ashore, isolated from the rest of his legion, he has no choice but to accept the help of local healer Arkdian. Trained in the way of the sword from an early age, Daneliarr lacks experience with peace. And growing feelings for Arkdian that could get him killed at home have him wrestling with the conflicting ways of the heart, leading Daneliarr into the one battle he’s not prepared to face.

 

Length: Novella (81p.) | Genre: High Fantasy, Historical Ancient | Release Date: October 15, 2014

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Aidan’s Journey by CJane Elliott

 

Before Aidan and Patrick can build their happily ever after, they must deal with family secrets and a predatory professor from Aidan’s past.

A Serpentine Series Book

 

The star of the University of Virginia theater department, Aidan Emery is lusted after and admired for living out and proud. He uses his talent and good looks to his advantage and never sleeps with the same guy twice. But his glamorous patina has been carefully honed to hide the pain he carries inside.

 

Aidan wasn’t always such a player. He starts college naively romantic, hungry for the attention he can’t get from his workaholic father and mentally ill mother. Unfortunately, that leaves him ripe pickings for predatory professor Rodney Montgomery. Rodney’s flattering regard seduces Aidan into a dysfunctional relationship that destroys his innocence.

 

Life looks up for Aidan when he finally breaks free of Rodney’s pull and moves to New York City to make it as an actor. Meeting sweet fellow actor Patrick Jaymes seems like the start of a fairy tale. But before Aidan can rebuild his life into happily ever after, family secrets rip him wide open, leaving him easy prey when Rodney decides he’s not willing to let Aidan go.

 

Length: Novel (326p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance, New Adult

Release Date: October 15, 2014

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