3.5 Stars, CJane Elliott, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, New Adult, Reviewed by Sammy

Review: Sex, Love, and Videogames by CJane Elliott

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Title: Sex, Love, and Videogames

Author: CJane Elliott

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 264 Pages

At a Glance: The story was a bit of a ramble for me, but there were definitely some winning elements to this installment.

Reviewed By: Sammy

Blurb: Shy guy Jed Carter has always felt invisible next to his charismatic older brother, Kent. Kent’s master plan for Jed is simple: University of Virginia, fraternity, business, sports, and ladies’ man. None of it is Jed, except for playing on the rugby team, which he joins in defiance of soccer-loving Kent. Jed comes out in his sophomore year and starts seeing Pete, an attractive junior, who uses him for sex and videogames. Jed wants more—in life and in love—and starts making his own plans. First on the list: getting to know Charlie, the handsome guy working at the local videogame arcade.

Charlie Ambrose has always felt like an oddball, and not just for his tendency to stutter. Being gay sets him apart from his African-American community, and as a “townie,” he doesn’t fit in with the college crowd. Charlie’s inspiration is his cousin, Morocco, who’s transgender and doesn’t give a fig about fitting in. Art is Charlie’s passion, and when a local videogame designer discovers him, Charlie’s living a dream. The only thing he’s missing is love. But the last person Charlie expects to find it with is a cute, white U.Va. rugby player named Jed.

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Review: Author CJane Elliott has released the third in her Serpentine series, Sex, Love, and Videogames. Interestingly, this one could be read as a standalone and does not hinge on the first two having been read to lend it continuity. Having read the others, the setting (University of Virginia) was once again represented well, and the college atmosphere was spot on. The story was a bit of a ramble for me, but there were definitely some winning elements to this installment.

Jed has followed, reluctantly, in his big brother Kent’s footsteps most of his life. The “plan” now is for the two of them to be in an on campus frat together, along with Kent’s best buddy, Tucker. Unfortunately, as Jed’s freshman year gets underway, the stress of hiding his sexuality from his brother and the realization that he really doesn’t want to follow in Kent’s footsteps comes crashing down on Jed. When he accidentally outs himself to the frat, things seem to ease up a bit, albeit slowly. Unfortunately for Jed, finding a boyfriend is not as easy as he is assured it should be by his best friend, Myesha. The one boy he does like seems to treat him as a dirty little secret despite being openly out himself. For Jed, life is not the dream he had hoped it would be, and his self-esteem plummets more and more as he moves through the year into his second; unattached, lonely, and questioning whether he will ever find someone to love.

In town, Charlie Ambrose wiles away the hours wishing for so much more in his life. Occasional clandestine meetings with a school friend leave him wanting more than hurried and secretive blowjobs. He wishes he could be like his cousin, Morocco, a transgender whirlwind who constantly pushes at Charlie to come out, pursue his talent for art, and live the life he so desperately wants. But Charlie’s fears as a half white/half black man in the African American community, along with his sexuality, make him so very fearful that he will never fit in. Stuck with a painful stutter when he is stressed, Charlie prefers to hide and not make waves.

When these two boys meet, life seems to continually pull them apart until a rally for the LGBT community finds them working together, and then sparks begin to fly. But can two young men who see themselves as only inferior and lost find the courage to be together?

Sex, Love, and Videogames had many good elements. CJane Elliott excels at painting her characters with a realistic brush and allowing us to get inside their heads to see what makes them tick. I felt I really understood the fears both of these guys faced and how similar their struggles were with fitting into a world that seemed poised to condemn them. I also appreciated how the boys were just that—boys who still needed their friends and family to help them as they grappled with their futures, their career paths and their coming out. I loved the fact that there were strong female characters and not the typical screeching harridans we so often see in m/m novels. The fact that Morocco was a transitioning/questioning transgender leant depth to the story in many ways, and allowed us to see a bit of the way families sometimes accept their child’s struggle often by not addressing it.

The story itself seemed to languish at times, and once again I was struck by this author’s tendency to tell us the story rather than putting us in the moment and allowing us to experience it along with her characters. There were huge leaps in time and place so often that I had to stop at times to get my bearings. Major life events were often glossed over—in particular, Morocco’s attack. It was presented as severe enough to cause her to leave school and nearly revert back to being a boy. Yet, there was next to no mention of how she grappled with this horrible attack. One moment she was battered and bruised in the hospital, then she was wearing boys clothing, then suddenly Charlie managed to convince her to come help with the community rally and she was headed back to school the next fall. Yes, there was mention of therapy, but we never saw even a glimpse of the healing process she was undergoing. It’s as if her attack was placed in the story to solidify Charlie’s fears that he would never be accepted. So, that begs the question, why wasn’t Charlie the one attacked? There was certainly enough potential for that plot point to happen since the old school friend Charlie hooked up with sexually was trying to be pulled into a gang—that hates gays. I really felt the story skimmed the life events surrounding Jed and Charlie rather than developing them and using them as a means to mature the two boys. This, coupled with the fact that every roadblock facing them was neatly and conveniently tied up in the last three chapters of the book, made for an unbelievable ending and a lackluster story overall.

With the story being told in alternating points of view, I thought we would get more ‘in the moment action’ rather than a heap of emotional angst and regret each boy seemed to have after nearly every life event and little more than a description of that event from their understanding of what had occurred. Again, the biggest concern with this novel was the author’s way of talking at us—describing what had taken place as an afterthought rather than placing us in the action and allowing us to live there and enjoy the moment.

All in all, Sex, Love, and Videogames had some wonderful characters whose potential was lost in the wake of a sprawling storyline that lacked enough development to make the story as gripping as it could have possibly been.

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Guest Post and Giveaway: The Sex, Love, and Videogames Blog Tour with CJane Elliott

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We’re pleased to welcome author CJane Elliott to The Novel Approach today, to celebrate the release of her latest novel, Sex, Love, and Videogames. Enjoy CJane’s guest post, and then be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget below for the chance to win an e-copy of a book in the Serpentine series.

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Hi there. Thanks so much for having me on your blog today to talk about my newest book, Sex, Love, and Videogames, the third novel in the Serpentine Series. Each book is a standalone but the series has recurring characters. Sex, Love, and Videogames is the story of Jed Carter, who we first met in Serpentine Walls, and Charlie Ambrose, a new character to the series.

The Serpentine Series is set in and around the University of Virginia. That fact is already known but what you might not know is that some of the events of Serpentine Walls came straight out of my life when I was in college, specifically Pete’s meeting with Professor R on the steps of the old amphitheatre, and the family divorce saga.

In Sex, Love, and Videogames, I made up the coffee shop, Higher Grounds, and the artist collective and C’Ville Queer Alliance. I created the kind of community groups and spaces that I would like to see. I have no idea if something like them exists in Charlottesville today, but it would be great if they did.

The Serpentine Series comes from the title of the first novel, Serpentine Walls. The University of Virginia campus was designed by Thomas Jefferson and he included these wavy brick walls called serpentine walls that enclose the formal gardens behind the stately faculty houses. I liked the allusion to those actual walls. But the title also alludes to the walls we build around our hearts and the fact that there’s no straight path to figuring ourselves out and letting love in.

Sex, Love, and Videogames was a brainstorm I had as I was trying to figure out a title for Jed and Charlie’s story. It’s loosely based on the title of a Steven Soderbergh movie, Sex, Lies, and Videotapes. I was thinking about how Jed wants something more than sex and videogames (which is what he had with Pete, the guy he’s with before Charlie). What Jed wants is love. The title popped into my head and I went with it

Q:) Your main character wants to cook something for his love interest. What does he make?

A:) I’m laughing because neither Jed nor Charlie are much of a cook. Charlie hasn’t had to be because his grandmother, Granny Myrt, is a wonderful cook. But since Jed and Charlie move in together in Richmond to attend Virginia Commonwealth University at the end of the story, they now have to fend for themselves. I can see a cute scene in which Jed asks Granny Myrt for her macaroni and cheese recipe so he can surprise Charlie with it

Q.) What do you think makes a good story?

A.) In romance, one in which the characters are believable, which includes their internal struggles and motivations. An interesting plot is great but I don’t need a lot of plot, as long as the characters are taking an emotional journey that feels true and the resolution is satisfying. That usually means they have learned something or overcome something in order to get to the happy ending.

Q.) What does your family think of your writing?

A.) It took me a long while to “come out” to my family about my writing. I told my husband first and he was fine about it. One of my older sisters was next. I remember going on a long car ride with her and telling her the plot of my first novella – like almost acting out the scenes – and her being enthralled. My younger sister belongs to a “born again” Christian church so it took me longer to tell her, but she didn’t bat an eyelash, nor did my mother. The major hurdle for me was my father. I had no intentions of sharing my writing with him. But Dad insisted and persisted until I finally sent him a story. Thus began the oddest and most wonderful email exchange in which my 85-year old father would ask me questions like “What is a twink?” When my first novel was published, I sent him a paperback copy with no qualms. He passed away about a year ago and I’m so glad I was able to share my writing with him while he was alive.

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Sex, Love, and Video GamesBlurb: Shy guy Jed Carter has always felt invisible next to his charismatic older brother, Kent. Kent’s master plan for Jed is simple: University of Virginia, business, sports, and ladies’ man. None of it is Jed, except for playing on the rugby team, which he joins in defiance of soccer-loving Kent. Jed comes out in his sophomore year and starts seeing Pete, an attractive junior, who uses him for sex and videogames. Jed wants more—in life and in love—and starts making his own plans. First on the list: getting to know Charlie, the handsome guy working at the local videogame arcade.

Charlie Ambrose has always felt like an oddball, and not just for his tendency to stutter. Being gay sets him apart from his African-American community, and as a “townie,” he doesn’t fit in with the college crowd. Charlie’s inspiration is his cousin, Morocco, who’s transgender and doesn’t give a fig about fitting in. Art is Charlie’s passion, and when a local videogame designer discovers him, Charlie’s living a dream. The only thing he’s missing is love. But the last person Charlie expects to find it with is a cute, white U.Va. rugby player named Jed.

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Author BioAbout 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.

Where to find the author: Facebook || Twitter || E-mail || Website

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Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Coming Week

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Cheers, everyone, and many thanks to you for popping in to see who and what we have coming up for you in the next six days. We have a great lineup of authors set to visit with us this week, so I hope you’ll come back to spend some time with us.

Here’s what’s on tap!

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Monday – Kicking off the week, we welcome author Z. Allora, with a chat about the re-release of book one in her Club Zombies series, Zombies Ahead

We’ll also have author Chris McHart joining us today, on the Alex’s Surprise/Saving Alex blog Tour

Tuesday – Today we’ll be bringing author Katey Hawthorne your way, on the tour for her new book Back to the Sky

Wednesday – We kick off the day today with author Silvia Violet, our next guest on the Countdown to GayRomLit blog tour

Author Lloyd A. Meeker will also be stopping in to talk to you a bit about his new novel from Wilde City Press, Blood & Dirt

ThursdaySkylar M. Cates joins us today on the tour for her new book Lovers, Losers, and You

FridayCJane Elliott drops in today to tell us a bit about her new novel Sex, Love, and Videogames

We’ll also have K.A. Mitchell popping in with an interview for her new novel Put a Ring on It

Saturday – Finally, to close out our week, we’ll have Max Vos with us on the tour for his new audiobook My Hero

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3.5 Stars, CJane Elliott, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, New Adult, Reviewed by Chris

Review: Aidan’s Journey by CJane Elliott

Title: Aidan’s Journey (The Serpentine: Book Two)

Author: CJane Elliott

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 326 Pages

Rating: 3.5 Stars

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. Continue reading

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Guest Post and Giveaway: Aidan’s Journey by CJane Elliott

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Thank you, Lisa and everyone at Novel Approach, for hosting me today. I’m so excited to be on your blog on the release day of my second novel, Aidan’s Journey. Aidan’s Journey is a stand-alone novel that is part of The Serpentine Series, 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. Continue reading

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2 Stars, CJane Elliott, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Taz, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

Review: Stepping Through by CJane Elliott

Title: Stepping Through

Author: CJane Elliott

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 52 Pages

Rating: 2 Stars

Blurb: Cameron Wheeler’s life is all mapped out: he’ll finish business school, return home to Vermont, get a job, and marry his high-school girlfriend. He’s packed away what he really wants—a career as a musician—because he knows it’s never going to happen. But Cameron’s well-planned life is turned upside down when he walks into a musty jewelry shop in LA and meets the mysterious Apollo, who tells him to “follow his soul, not his past.” Apollo’s magical presence spurs Cameron to discover and follow his true path, in life and in love. Continue reading

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Book Blast and Giveaway: “Stepping Through” by CJane Elliott

Title: Stepping Through
Author: CJane Elliott
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 52
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond

Blurb: Cameron Wheeler’s life is all mapped out: he’ll finish business school, return home to Vermont, get a job, and marry his high-school girlfriend. He’s packed away what he really wants—a career as a musician—because he knows it’s never going to happen. But Cameron’s well-planned life is turned upside down when he walks into a musty jewelry shop in LA and meets the mysterious Apollo, who tells him to “follow his soul, not his past.” Apollo’s magical presence spurs Cameron to discover and follow his true path, in life and in love.

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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Hi, everyone, thanks so much to all of you for stopping by to see what we have in store for you in the week ahead. It’s going to be a full one, so be sure to check back frequently to catch all the guest posts, giveaways, and reviews.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up…


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MondayHayden Thorne kicks off the week with a guest post and giveaway of her Young Adult Historical Fantasy, The Glass Minstrel

A.E. Via also stops in on the Embracing His Syn Blog Tour

TuesdayShira Anthony is here with a giveaway on the Dissonance Blog Tour

B. Snow also drops by with a guest post on the Bedtime Stories Anthology Blog Tour

Brita Addams will also be here today in her monthly guest spot

WednesdayHeidi Cullinan makes TNA a tour stop on the Hero Blog Tour, with a guest post and giveaway

CJane Elliott is here today, as well, with a giveaway on the Stepping Through Blog Tour

ThursdayLisa Henry and Heidi Belleau are here with a giveaway on the Bliss Blog Tour

FridayPoppy Dennison stops in today on the Coconut Grove Blog Tour

Saturday – Today we have Perie Wolford here with a giveaway on the Turning 17 Blog Tour

J.P. Barnaby is also here today with an exclusive (and naughty!) little ficlet featuring Brian and Jamie of the Little Boy Lost series

Sunday – Finally, to close out the week, we have Garrett Leigh here today on the Bold (Blue Boy: Book Three) Blog Tour, with a giveaway

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Serpentine Walls by Cjane Elliott winds its way onto the page with a few twists and turns.


“The human heart is like a ship on a stormy sea driven about by winds blowing from all four corners of heaven.” – Martin Luther King Jr.


TitleSerpentine Walls

Author: CJane Elliott

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 290 Pages

Rating: 3 Stars

**Review Contains What May Be Considered Minor Spoilers**

Blurb: Reeling from the news that his parents are divorcing, Pete Morgan starts his junior year at college cynical about love and commitment. Continue reading

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CJane Elliott Is Here Today With An Excerpt And Giveaway Of “Serpentine Walls”


I’m happy to be here today to share my novel, Serpentine Walls. Serpentine Walls is a contemporary coming-of-age romance set at the University of Virginia. I got the title both from the actual serpentine walls that enclose the gardens at the University of Virginia:

and from the serpentine paths that matters of the heart often take. I love including psychological themes and the process of self-discovery in my stories. In my books, self-awareness is the key to finding real love. That’s why I enjoy writing about college-aged characters – they still have so much to learn!

Pete Morgan, the main character, starts the story angry and not interested in love after finding out his parents are getting a divorce. During his third year at U.Va, Pete meets and gets involved with several men but he’s clueless about what he actually wants. It takes him the bulk of the book and the support of his good friends to figure things out and get to his happy ending.

Aidan Emery is a glamorous senior theater major who Pete has had a crush on for two years. After an exciting hook up, Aidan informs Pete that he’s not open for a relationship. He also seems to be involved with a professor notorious for hitting on students. Despite this, Pete pines for him through much of the story. [Author’s note: I got so interested in Aidan and why he’s entangled with the nefarious Professor R that I wrote the second novel in the Serpentine series about him. Tentatively titled Aidan’s Journey, it should be coming out later this year.]

Jed Carter is a sophomore, a jock, and a nice guy who really likes Pete. Pete allows a “friends with benefits” relationship to happen between them but isn’t interested in more. Poor Jed. Many readers empathize with him, and I’ll be writing his story for the third book in the Serpentine series.

Matthew Layton is a graduate student who is cute and wonderful in every way. He and Pete become friends when Matthew helps Pete make his first movie. Matthew seems perfect and Pete is strongly attracted to him, but there are obstacles. You’ll have to read the book to see how Pete and Matthew overcome them!

Official 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.

Excerpt:

Heaving a sigh, Pete was picking up his drink when he felt a hand on his neck. Aidan peered hazily down at him.

“I mean it, baby. You’re delish.” Aidan swayed toward him, and Pete steadied him with a hand on his chest.

“And you’re trashed.”

“What?” Aidan said in mock outrage and then chuckled and ran his hand through his hair. “Yeah, you’re right. What I need is another drink.” He picked up a bottle of vodka and sloshed some into a cup, baptizing the table with a liberal amount before Pete removed the bottle from his hand.

“Allow me, sir,” he said in his best butler voice, pouring a little more into Aidan’s cup and handing it to him.

Aidan glanced down at it, and then at Pete. “I know what you’re doing. You’re cutting me off. Is this even alcohol? Why, Pete? Why—.”

“Shh.” Pete stopped him from saying more by putting his finger on his lips, but made an undignified sound when Aidan opened up and sucked it into his warm, wet mouth. He pulled his finger away to compose himself.

“Lez go out on the screen porch,” Aidan said, a slight slur to the words.

“Sure.” Aroused and anticipatory, Pete followed him through the kitchen and the pantry, but when Aidan opened the door to the screen porch, they found a crowd of people out there already, some smoking cigarettes, others sharing a joint.

Aidan backed up and shut the door, mumbling, “Too many people. This’ll do.” Setting his drink down, he crowded Pete up against the wall and attacked his mouth with none of his usual savoir faire.

Pete reached blindly back to put his glass on a shelf while Aidan kissed him like he was trying to suck his face off. It wouldn’t even have been sexy, except it was Aidan, with his lush lips and that alluring spicy smell. He tasted like liquor and something minty, and his mouth was as addictive as ever.

But as much as Pete relished finally making out with Aidan again, he’d rather it not be happening in this cramped pantry. Although the doors on each end were closed, anyone could barge in on them at any moment, and public sex wasn’t his kink. He pulled his mouth from Aidan’s, but Aidan didn’t miss a beat, moving on to suck at Pete’s neck while his hands roamed restlessly over his back.

“Aidan.” No response except for Aidan sucking harder. “Hey. Aidan?”

Aidan paused. “Hmm?” He moved his lips to nuzzle at Pete’s ear.

“Why don’t we take this somewhere more private?” Like your bed.

“S’private,” Aidan mumbled. “God, baby, you taste so good, wanna eat you up.” He moved his hands down Pete’s back and grabbed his ass.

“Mm.” Pete tried to keep his mind on what he was saying. “What about going to your place?”

“Can’t.” Nibbling on his earlobe, Aidan pulled Pete’s body against his.

“Why not?” Pete asked, finding it hard to catch his breath.

“Just—shut up, baby. I wanna—” Aidan ran his hand up Pete’s bare leg and palmed his cock.

“Fuck.” Pete stopped worrying and pressed into Aidan’s hand, a groan escaping as Aidan stroked him.

Of course, the universe chose that moment to screw things up: the door to the kitchen opened and Matthew appeared. Matthew’s eyes locked with Pete’s for an agonizing moment, and Pete pushed Aidan away without even thinking, but Matthew had already retreated, shutting the door behind him. Aidan made a sound of protest at the loss of contact and moved in again. Pete put his hands on his chest to hold him off, face warm with mortification.

“Come on, baby. C’mere,” Aidan complained, covering Pete’s hands with his.

“Not here,” Pete hissed. “Matthew just walked in on us!”

“So? Shoulda asked him to join us. Three-ways’re hot.”

“Not really into that,” Pete said, still queasy about the expression on Matthew’s face when he had walked in on them.

“Oh.” Aidan dropped his hands and the seductive act at the same time. He paused. “Hey, I’m sorry. I’m kinda being an asshole, aren’t I?” He slumped next to him against the wall and ran his hand over his face, muttering, “I’m fucked up tonight.”

“Why?” Pete somehow knew Aidan wasn’t talking about being drunk right now.

Another pause. “That’s a long story—a long and boring story.” A text tone sounded, and he pulled his phone out of his pants pocket. Whatever the text was caused him to say,

“Charming, just charming,” and laugh mirthlessly. He raised his head. “I gotta go.”

“Now?”

“Yeah. Sorry. I… I’ll see you around, baby.” Giving Pete one final kiss, he exited through the door to the kitchen.

Numb and fricking horny, Pete watched him leave. Well. Alrighty, then.

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Bio:

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 gay 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.

Ways to contact CJane Elliott:

Dreamspinner | Website | E-Mail | Twitter

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Happy Sunday, Everyone, I hope it was a great week for all of you. And if not, well, it’s almost over, so there’s that.

Speaking of great weeks, we’ve got another one of those coming up at The Novel Approach—more reviews, more guests, and more giveaways are on tap, so read on to see what’s coming up, and then stay tuned for more chances to win some great prizes!


MondayEthan Stone is with us today. He’s answered a few questions for us and is also offering a giveaway of his book Damaged to one lucky reader.

TuesdayCJane Elliott is our guest as she tours to promote her coming-of-age novel Serpentine Walls.

Wednesday – Author A.J. Damien is here today to introduce herself and tell us a little bit about the erotic fiction she writes.

ThursdayJulie Lynn Hayes is here with a guest article and giveaway of her newest release, When Will I See You Again.

FridayJP Barnaby drops in on her In the Absence of Monsters Blog Tour to talk about love, and she’s also offering a giveaway.

John Goode is also back today with his bi-weekly article in his popular Writing Series.

SaturdayLeighton Rose joins us today on the Back to You Blog Tour, and she’s also offering an e-copy of the book to a lucky winner

SundayNikka Michaels drops in on the Waking Up Wolf Blog Tour, with a guest article and a giveaway.

And Robert Kingett will be back with another installment of Kingett Reads

And that’s it for this week. Until next time, happy reading!

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