HELLO FRIENDS I AM HERE WITH A PROMO POST AND AUTHOR INTERVIEW FOR SEX, LOVE & VIDEOGAMES BY CJANE ELLIOTT! I HAVE BOOK INFO, LINKS, AND EVEN AN EXCERPT, GIVEAWAY, AND AUTHOR INTERVIEW, SO LET'S GET STARTED!!
Author Name: CJane Elliott
Book Name: Sex, Love, and Videogames
Series: Serpentine Series
Can be read as a standalone
Can be read as a standalone
Release Date: August 21, 2015
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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NOW FOR AN EXCERPT! WOO HOO THIS LOOKS GREAT!!
“Okay, warm up laps!” Beau led the rugby team in a slow circuit around the perimeter of Mad Bowl. After a few laps, he stopped and had them do stretching exercises.
The other team did their warming up, and when they moved to take positions, Jed noticed a pair of people standing on the sidelines. His breathing stopped for a second. Charlie stood, hands in his pockets, shifting from foot to foot, while Morocco, a vision in a pink track suit, set up a camp chair (apt name, that) and sat down. Morocco saw Jed looking and waved. Charlie turned and gave a small wave himself, and Jed waved back, heart beating faster.
“Who’re they?” Bud asked, squinting over at them.
“Um, Charlie’s a guy who works at Lucky’s. In the gaming area. And the other is his cousin.”
“Um, well, about that….” Jed cut himself off because the referee blew the whistle. Time to play ball and hope he did well in front of those two.
The game proved the usual testosterone-fest, with lots of grunting and body contact. When Jed scored some points, Morocco produced pom poms that matched her outfit and waved them wildly.
At the break, Jed ran over to them for a minute to say hi—fuck what the rest of the team thought.
“Jed, child, my word!” Morocco fanned her chest. “Y’all are such manly men! Rugby is going to be my new obsession, I just know it!”
“I like it. My mom never let me play contact sports in high school, so I kinda love ramming into people.” Jed felt his cheeks flame at what he had said. Crap-a-doodle.
But Morocco laughed and Charlie faked a cough so he could smile behind his fist.
“So, hey, thanks for coming. I gotta go back now.”
Charlie nodded as Morocco said, “We’ll see you after the game.” She picked up her pom poms. “Wa-hoo-wa!”
When the team huddled before the second half, a homophobe named Welburn said with a sneer, “Who are those freaks on the sidelines?”
Another guy laughed. “Yeah. I thought all the he-shes lived in San Francisco.”
“What’re you talking about?” Bud peered over toward Charlie and Morocco. “That girl?”
Welburn spit on the ground. “That girl is no she. She’s a he. What the hell are they doing here?”
Beau raised his voice. “Hey, concentrate, guys. We need to win this game.”
Jed held up a hand to stop Beau from continuing. “Before we do that, you all need to know that those are some friends of mine. So shut your fucking faces before I shut them for you.” He leveled a lethal glare at Welburn and his compatriot.
Fueled by his anger, Jed played an amazing second half, and the team pulled out a victory on the strength of his points alone. After their team high five, he trotted over to Charlie and Morocco. Charlie smiled broadly while Morocco jumped up and down. “Jed, Jed, Jed! Wa-hoo-wa! Thass right!”
“Okay, okay.” Jed couldn’t help laughing at Morocco’s outrageous enthusiasm. “Thanks for coming to the game.”
“It was fun. I’m glad we came.” Charlie took a step back, seemingly surprised to have gotten two stutter-free sentences out.
“I’m glad too.” They gazed tentatively at each other, and Morocco suddenly got busy folding up the camp chair.
I KNOW I HAVE TO READ THIS ONE, AND I BET YOU DO TOO! HOW ABOUT AN AUTHOR INTERVIEW, I THINK YOU WILL LIKE THIS!! :)
Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing CJane Elliot author of Sex, Love and Videogames!
Hi CJane, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
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.
I really can't wait to read all these books, I love books that can be standalone, or read as a series!
- What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I don’t have huge ambitions. I hope to continue to be inspired to tell stories that make me happy. I hope to continue to build a readership of people who like my stories. I hope to continue to grow in my abilities as a writer. Although I would love to land on some bestsellers list or have one of my books win some award, I’m happy to be able to write and publish stories about believable characters who find the courage to love.
I find that wanting to remain true to yourself and your writing style in your work is very ambitious indeed! I love this answer!!
- How many published books do you have? Can you tell us something about them?
I have one short story, four novellas, and three novels currently published through Dreampinner Press, with another novella and a short story under contract and in the editing phase. They are all m/m contemporary stories with the exception of Stepping Through, which is my one foray into urban fantasy. My novellas feature guys in their mid-twenties to thirties, often musicians or actors or writers. I love the arts so this is reflected in my stories. My Serpentine novels are new adult with most of the characters in their late teens to early twenties. The common theme in my stories is self-discovery that leads to the ability to love and be loved in return.
Oh I'm sorry, I was searching on Dreamspinner ;P, I am so reading these!! I love MM books about self discovery, they usually have so much depth!
- Give us an insight into an important secondary character. What does she do that is so special?
Morocco Ambrose is a key secondary character in Sex, Love, and Videogames. She’s main character Charlie’s cousin and she’s transgender. What’s special about Morocco is her being unapologetic about who she is. She and Charlie were raised in a close-knit African-American family and their conservative Baptist church plays a large role in their lives. Morocco insists on being who she is in the face of her church and her Granny Myrt believing that she is misguided and led astray. Granny Myrt misgenders her throughout the story, insisting on addressing her as Ronald, her birth name. But Morocco isn’t stopped by this or much of anything else. Morocco is Charlie’s inspiration to be more courageous in his own life.
See just another reason of many I need to read this book like yesterday!! :)
- What are you working on at the moment? What’s it about?
I’m in edits for a follow up story to my novella Wild and Precious. Titled There You Are, it’s the story of bisexual musician Cody Bellstrom and what happens in his life after the events of Wild and Precious. Cody takes off on a cross-country train journey to join a band in Portland and meets young Sandy Nixon who is running away to live with his uncle, Phineas MacDonald, after his parents discover he’s sexually active and threaten to put him in a “pray away the gay” camp. It turns out that Cody’s band member is Phineas’s best friend and Cody and Phineas are thrown together through circumstance as well as a growing attraction. But Phineas is still mourning the death of his longtime partner and Cody has his own barriers to love which he must face before getting to his happy ending with Phineas.
That sounds AWESOME!!!! I need that one too! So many books, so little time :P
- Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
Sometimes but not consistently. I tend to be deadline-driven rather than a steady day-by-day writer. Part of that is because I work 32 hours a week as a Hospice social worker and do most of my writing on my days off. But when I do set a goal of so many words a week, it’s amazing how well it works!
Well that is a job anyone can be proud of, and you write too! Amazing!! Thanks so much for answering these questions, this interview was a blast!!
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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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Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
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