You ever feel like you’re living the same day over and over, like in the movie Groundhog Day? I often have that experience, especially with writing. I start each week with good intentions and with the hope that I’ll get some writing done. “But it’s hard,” I whine to myself, and then go about my regular routine which somehow doesn’t include much writing.
Enter a welcome break in the groundhog days of my life – the 2nd annual Pacific Northwest Writers Retreat.
Seven writers and one lovely spouse who did the cooking stayed at an amazing house on the coast in Yachats, Oregon. It was grey and rainy, perfect writing weather. We had a fire in the fireplace and the ocean right outside our windows. We even got a touch of magic witnessing the total eclipse of the Super Blood Wolf Moon. Early the next morning the full moon sailed over the ocean.
And a little later we were treated to a rainbow.
Being imbued with magic is a great thing for our writing muses. But we also confronted some practicalities. Lynn Lorenz gave us a great workshop on planning our stories at the front end. We talked publishing and promo. I left rejuvenated!
The retreat was a great kick-start to my writing this year. I finished the proofing edits on my next Campus Connections story for Dreamspinner, The Player’s Protégé, and got going on the third story which features Tyrone. The working title is The Dancer’s Dilemma. I’ve finally figured out what I want Tyrone’s story to be about and the words are coming faster and faster.
As for The Player’s Protégé, get ready. The cover is fabulous and the story tickles me to death. You’ll be seeing it early summer. Here is the final blurb:
When his friends bet cynical Jerry that he can’t turn sweet Arlo into a player, Jerry might win the bet but lose his heart.
College senior Jerry Helstrom survived a gay childhood in Texas by being fierce and fabulous. At school he’s known as a player and has kept his heart so guarded that he’s forgotten he has one. When his friends bet him he can’t teach inexperienced Arlo Barnes to become a stud like him, Jerry takes on the challenge and quickly finds himself drawn to his enticing trainee.
Arlo kicks butt as a Tae Kwon Do black belt, but his sexual game is lacking. He’s been dumped by his only boyfriend and needs help getting himself out there. Enter Jerry Helstrom, player extraordinaire and happy to provide Arlo with some hands-on coaching. Jerry encourages Arlo to ask for what he wants in sex and in life, something Arlo struggles with. The struggle deepens when Arlo discovers that what he truly wants is the seemingly unattainable Jerry Helstrom.
Jerry can teach Arlo to play the field, but can Arlo teach Jerry to play for keeps?
That’s it for this month. Stay warm (or cool if you’re Down Under) and I’ll see you in March.
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 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 family supports her writing habit by staying out of the way when they see her hunched over, staring intently at her laptop.
CJane is the author of the award-winning Serpentine Series, New Adult contemporary novels set at the University of Virginia. Serpentine Walls was a 2014 Rainbow Awards finalist, Aidan’s Journey was a 2015 EPIC Awards finalist, and Sex, Love, and Videogames won first place in the New Adult category in the 2016 Swirl Awards and first place in Contemporary Fiction in the 2017 EPIC eBook Awards. All the Way to Shore was Runner Up for Best Bisexual Novel in the 2017 Rainbow Awards.