There You Are By CJane Elliott
Author Name: CJane Elliott
Book Name: There You Are
Series: Wild and Precious
Series should be read in order to best appreciate this book
Release Date: December 23, 2015
Bisexual musician Cody Bellstrom is a free spirit, easygoing and unattached. On a cross-country trip, Cody befriends young Sandy Nixon and gets him safely to Portland and his uncle, Phineas MacDonald. Beautiful Phineas turns Cody’s life upside down, and Cody learns he’s not as unattached as he aspires to be. With the hard-won knowledge of what lies underneath his need to be free, Cody wins a chance at real freedom and true love.
Ever since his longtime lover Allen died, Phineas MacDonald has lived a circumscribed life. He stopped performing as fierce drag queen Phanny Hill and works part-time in a bookstore. Phineas never expected to find love again. But when sexy and caring Cody Bellstrom turns up, Phineas feels his orderly life slipping out of his control. Cody brings him alive again, but now Phineas must find the courage to let go of his grief over Allen and give love a second chance.
Pages or Words: 33,000 words
Categories: Bisexual, Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance
“YOU SURE about this?” Bette’s pointed glance packed a world of meaning as she maneuvered the car through the DC traffic and Union Station came into view.
Cody shifted, touching the door handle to ready his escape. “Yes, I’m sure. Didn’t we go over this?” In excruciating detail, he added silently but didn’t dare say aloud. Not with the mood Bette was in.
“I’m giving you one more chance to come to your senses.” Bette pulled up outside the train station, frowning, and turned off the engine.
She looked so unhappy, Cody wanted to change his mind. I can’t, he thought.
Won’t, you mean, said the Bette in his head. He reached over and laid his hand on top of hers. “You’ll get along fine without me.”
“That’s not the point.” She nailed him with a baleful scowl. “We don’t want to get along without you. Dang you, Cody Bellstrom, you have no idea who you are to us.” At his puzzled expression, she turned away and stared stonily through the windshield.
“Well… I guess this is it.” Cody waited, but she didn’t respond. “I love you, girl, you know that, right? You and Aurora.” He meant it. He, Bette, and Aurora had been friends since they were college freshmen ten and a half years ago. Cody sometimes found it hard to believe that he’d known them since before Bette and Aurora had become a couple. It seemed like they’d been together forever.
A barely perceptible nod.
“Come on, Bette, don’t be mad. I’ll be back. I swear.”
“Sure you will.” She sighed and turned a softer face toward him. “Goddammit, you better. We love you. If you gotta do this, of course we can’t stop you. All we want is for you to be happy.”
A car honked behind them, and a uniformed officer motioned them to get moving.
“Shoot,” Bette muttered. “All right, babe. Get outta here.”
Cody leaned over and planted a kiss on her cheek. “I’ll text. And call. And Skype.”
“Okay. Send us a postcard from every stop, and take a picture of yourself in Powell’s Books when you get to Portland.”
Cody opened the door and unfurled himself from the passenger seat, then hauled out his luggage, such as it was. He traveled light; always had. A knapsack, one rolling suitcase, and his guitar, and he was good to go.
He stood on the curb and waved as Bette pulled away, then strode into the station, his spirits lifting, while Willie Nelson’s “On The Road Again” played on a loop in his mind.
What is your character’s hair color? Eye color?
Brown hair, blue eyes. He wears his hair long and most people consider Cody quite sexy.
Does your character have a birthmark?
No, but Cody has tattoos on both arms. He got them right after college when he was going through a punk rock musician phase and wanted to look more bad-ass. He also got a lip piercing but doesn’t wear a lip ring any more.
Who are your character’s friends and family? Who does he surround herself with? Who are the people your character is closest to?
Cody’s father left when he was a kid and he hasn’t seen his mom and siblings in many years. He considers his friends his family. He is closest to Bette and Aurora, friends from college, and has many other friends who are fellow musicians. Cody tends to pick up and move every few years so although he has many friends, it’s hard to keep the friendships going long-distance.
Where was your character born? Where has he lived since then? Where does he call home?
Cody was born in Bellevue, Ohio, a smallish mid-Western town. He left Bellevue at age 18 for college in Columbus, Ohio, and hasn’t looked back. Besides Columbus, he’s lived in Philadelphia and Washington, DC, and now resides in Portland, Oregon.
Where does your character go when he’s angry?
Cody doesn’t consider himself an angry guy. He goes with the flow. It’s somewhat curious that Cody feels the need to pick up stakes and move away every so often, though. He doesn’t connect his need to be a “free spirit” to anger until he falls in love with Phineas.
When has your character been in love? Had a broken heart?
Cody fell in love with a woman the year after college. Her name was Eliza. They even got engaged but Cody chickened out. Later, he thought he was falling in love with Brent Granger from Wild and Precious but broke it off when he realized Brent wasn’t in love with him.
When your character thinks of his childhood kitchen, what smell does he associate with it? Why is that smell so resonant for him?
Cody’s mother cooked basic non-memorable meals. His father was the real chef and loved cooking gumbo and etoufee from his native New Orleans. Even though Cody was only 9 when his dad left, he still remembers the spicy smells that filled the kitchen when he cooked, and to this day a whiff of Cajun cuisine takes him back to those happy days. His father’s example is probably why Cody became a great cook.
Your character is getting ready for a night out. Where is he going? What does he wear? Who will he be with?
That’s easy. Cody plays in a funk band by the name of Da Beat. He’s probably going to whatever club they’re playing in, wearing tight black jeans and a tank top or t-shirt, leather jacket on if it’s wintertime. He’ll be with Phineas after they’ve gotten together, and even before they got together, Phineas is likely to be there because his best friend Blaine is the lead singer for Da Funk.
Aspiring writer Brent Granger has good friends and a great job at an arts magazine in DC, but he’s batting zero in the arena of love. Brent begins to get a clue why things aren’t working with women from his strong attraction to his gorgeous, gay, and already attached boss, Graham Stoneford. When he sees a personal ad from a man that quotes his favorite poet, Brent decides to do something wild and answer.
Enter Cody Bellstrom, easygoing bisexual musician, who is happy to initiate Brent in the ways of gay sex. Brent now has a new problem: he realizes he’s gay and no one in his life knows it. Cody tires of hiding their relationship, but Brent finds it challenging to come out to family, friends, and especially to Graham. In the end, Brent must confront the truth of where – and with whom – his heart lies.
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Meet the author:
After years of hearing characters chatting away in her head, CJane Elliott finally decided to put them on paper and hasn’t looked back since. A psychotherapist by training, CJane enjoys writing sexy, passionate stories that also explore the human psyche. CJane has traveled all over North America for work and her characters are travelers, too, traveling down into their own depths to find what they need to get to the happy ending.
CJane is an ardent supporter of LGBTQ equality and is particularly fond of coming out stories.
In her spare time, CJane can be found dancing, listening to music, or watching old movies. Her husband and son support her writing habit by staying out of the way when they see her hunched over, staring intensely at her laptop.
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Goodreads Link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27919852-there-you-are
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
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