Today I want to welcome fellow Etopian Charley Descoteaux and her sexy novella Comfort and Joy.
I’m a big fan of Charley’s cover and the excerpt is outstanding! Charley is going to share with you some New Year’s goals. Take it away Charley!
New Year’s Goals
Thanks for having me, Milly! I hope your family had a wonderful holiday!
Goals for the New Year seemed like an easy subject, but I’m one of those Resolutionists who usually make long lists and accomplish maybe one or two things on each! For many years I listed the same goal on every list: to have a novel published. I’ve been lucky with short stories, but only the tame ones – it seemed the steamier they got the more rejections I got.
I took a couple of years off from seeking publication to deal with health issues, and when I ventured back the wild world of ebooks greeted me! I was like a kid in a candy store, running around the internet sampling all the sweet and spicy treats. It took a little while, but I realized the kinds of stories the mainstream publishers had been rejecting were exactly what I was reading! I dove right in and started writing with the goal of being published again, but this time the bedroom doors all stayed open.
I love my sexy guys, and plan to keep writing their stories as long as they’ll keep talking to me. I’m also hoping to stretch outside the contemporary romance genre in 2013. I’ve been working on a paranormal erotic romance that can’t decide if it wants to be a mystery or a thriller and it’s been a lot of fun.
What’s on your list of goals for 2013?
Comfort and Joy
How much love does it take to heal the wounds of hate?
Sam and Charlie have been together over a decade, and their commitment to each other has only grown stronger through the years. But love isn’t always easy, and eighteen months after a violent assault, their fairy-tale relationship is still struggling. Charlie can’t shake the lingering fear of attracting more violence by displaying affection, and he’s angry at himself for not getting past it. Sam would do anything to help Charlie feel better—if only he knew what that was.
The century-old farmhouse in Northwest Oregon is the perfect place to spend the holidays with Sam’s family, but it was their refuge after the attack, and it still holds painful memories of those difficult first months. Christmas should be a joyful time, but even being surrounded by people who love him isn’t enough to make Charlie feel safe. He could try to keep to himself, but even if Sam agreed to give him the space he needs, Sam’s warm and loving family might not. And even though they agreed not to exchange gifts, Sam has a surprise up his sleeve that he hopes will make everything merry and bright. But he may end up more surprised than Charlie before the week is out…
Sam continued up the stairs, considering how to go about putting Charlie’s perfect ass on a piano bench became entangled with the unfortunate fact that as long as they slept upstairs they would be showering separately. He gave Charlie first chance at the hot water and then sped through his shower as fast as he could. Sam stopped just inside the bedroom door and closed it quietly. He towelled his hair and let his gaze linger on Charlie, lying still on top of the quilt, bare feet on the floor, partially covered with a green towel. A slice of moonlight filtered through the curtain on the opposite wall and across Charlie’s body, which was a work of art even when not bathed in romantic mood-lighting. After a few moments Sam realized Charlie was also watching him.
Charlie flipped the towel up and away from his body and Sam felt as though someone had just grabbed him by the throat. After barely a heartbeat’s hesitation he strode to the foot of the bed and leaned over Charlie to kiss him. Sam’s free hand caressed his slender chest and shoulders. When he felt goose bumps Sam lowered himself over Charlie but kept all his weight on both knees and one hand.
Sam moaned softly and moved his dark hand over the fair skin on Charlie’s abs. He hadn’t regained any of the bulk he’d lost but made up for it with dizzying definition and a solidity he hadn’t had before.
“Vanilla ice cream.” Sam began to kiss his way down Charlie’s chest and felt a cool hand on his head exerting a gentle pressure, urging him lower.
“You’re lactose intolerant.”
Sam looked up and grinned for a short moment, then slipped down even farther. “I’ll just have to lick you instead.”
Charley Descoteaux has always loved stories and began writing them down to appease the characters in her head who insisted daydreaming just wasn’t good enough. Home is Portland, Oregon, where the weather is like your favorite hard-case writing buddy who won’t let you get away with taking too many days off, and in some places you can be as weird as you are without fear.
Buy Comfort and Joy
Amazon US – http://amzn.com/B00APRADZ0
Amazon CA – http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00APRADZ0
Amazon UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00APRADZ0
Barnes & Noble – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/comfort-and-joy-charley-descouteaux/1113992806?ean=2940016096100
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Nice to read about another Etopia author. I hope all goes well. Great cover by the way.
Thanks for stopping by, Tristram. I’m smitten with the cover too — Valerie Tibbs truly outdid herself!
Happy New Year! :)
Love the post about resolutions. Hope all turns about especially writing a paranormal erotica romance. Nothing like stretching into hot and tasty for the New Year. Happy Holidays – Namaste, Charley and Milly.
Thanks, Susan! The hotter the better in the wintertime! Much more fun than running the heater. ;)
Happy New Year!
Don’t we all have those long lists of resolutions. I’m glad you finally get to put a checkmark on the publishing a novel one!!
Thanks Brinda! :)
Wow, I love this cover, but I also love the themes you tackle here. I’m a sucker for the Christmas-in-Connecticut type winter romance too. Adding this to the never ending TBR list!
I tend not to make resolutions–most of my successes sneak up on me when I’m not actually trying! I’m the queen of self-sabotage, it would seem! But one of the things I learned toward the end of 2012 is that life is too short to work hard every day and not take time for play. So if I have any goal for 2013, it is to have more fun on a day to day basis!
Thanks, Sarah! Valerie did an excellent job capturing the feeling of the story with her cover art.
That’s a good goal! Fun is important, I get so much inspiration from the times when I just let go and have a good time. :)
Happy New Year!
Glad you kept going Charley. Happy New Year and happy new contracts to you and Milly
Great cover and great story. All the best for 2013!