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.
I wasn’t sure about the different relationships at first. However, I’m happy with how it turned out in the end. I was nervous for Brent when he came out on how everyone would react. I really enjoyed the side characters. They were colorful and fun, and brought a great dimension to the story. I want the story of the guy Brent didn’t have a happy ending with. He deserves a story too. I need it!
In the book, Cody is a musician. Of course being a huge music fan I had to ask him what kinds of things he enjoys playing. He’s here today to tell us a few of his favorite things to play. Read and enjoy!
Hi, it’s Cody here. I’m flattered you want to know about me and what I love to play. I grew up listening to blues and jazz, because my dad was a jazz drummer. Some of my favorite music comes out of those genres.
“God Bless The Child”
For instance, I fucking love “God Bless The Child,” the famous Billy Holiday tune. It’s both the music, her smoky voice, and the lyrics. Here’s the first verse:
Them that’s got shall have
Them that’s not shall lose
So the Bible says and it still is news
Mama may have, Papa may have
But God bless the child that’s got his own, that’s got his own
My friends talk about how independent I am, and I guess that’s another reason I like this song so much. Here’s a link to the Billy Holiday recording:
Another great song about freedom, sung by the great blues singer Nina Simone, is Feeling Good. Here’s the first verse:
Birds flyin’ high, you know how I feel
Sun in the sky, you know how I feel
Breeze driftin’ on by, you know how I feel
It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life for me.
Yeah, it’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life for me,
And I’m feelin’ good.
I love new beginnings, new adventures. Life is like a gigantic playground to me. Here’s the Nina Simone version of Feeling Good:
“Everybody Wants To Rule The World”
Okay, another song about freedom and living life fully. I love the music and the words of this Tears For Fears song, “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” (and I was covering it long before Lorde, in case anyone has heard her recent version). I like these lyrics in particular:
It’s my own design
It’s my own remorse
Help me to decide
Help me make the most
Of freedom and of pleasure
Nothing ever lasts forever
Everybody wants to rule the world
Here’s a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ST86JM1RPl0
How about something more recent? I think Pharell’s song “Happy” is totally catchy and upbeat. It matches everything I try to be.
Here come bad news talking this and that
Yeah, give me all you got, don’t hold back
Yeah, well I should probably warn you I’ll be just fine
Yeah, no offense to you don’t waste your time
Because I’m happy
I love the music video too! Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6Sxv-sUYtM
“I Won’t Give Up”
So all this talk about freedom might fool most people, but my friends Bette and Aurora know that underneath my casual exterior lurks a mushball. That’s what gets me into trouble. I start out in relationships so easily (remember how I love beginnings?) but at some point my casual stance crumbles and I’m clinging, which I hate. That’s about the time I break things off, acting cool and casual, no matter how much it hurts me inside. And then I go listen to sad songs like “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz. This is one I play in the privacy of my own place, never in concert. What he’s saying is what I might some day have the courage to say:
I don’t wanna be someone who walks away so easily
I’m here to stay and make the difference that I can make
Our differences they do a lot to teach us how to use
The tools and gifts we got, yeah, we got a lot at stake.
Here’s a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1-4u9W-bns
As Brent sat cross-legged on a pillow, tearing pieces off the rubbery bread and dipping them into various dishes he couldn’t identify, he realized he was having more fun than he’d had in ages. Along with being thoughtful and smart, Graham was one of the most hilarious people he’d ever met, and Brent was in stitches for most of their lunch.
“If only my dates could be like this,” Brent said, after another bout of laughter between them, then widened his eyes. “Oh, wow, man, that sounded dumb.”
Graham didn’t seem fazed. “They’re not? But why? You’re so fun to talk to. Any woman would be nuts not to appreciate you.”
“Uh, well, tell them that. But I guess I don’t really appreciate them either. I don’t know, it’s like, awkward and boring most of the time. Whatever. Ari keeps trying to set me up, but…. Anyway, how did this get into talking about my love life, or lack thereof?”
Graham regarded him, warmth in his eyes, and said softly, “You’ll find it, Brent. Everyone deserves to have love in their life. You’re young. You’ll find it.”
Graham’s words touched Brent, but the intensity of the moment made him uncomfortable. Even worse, he noticed he was getting aroused.
He shifted on his pillow with a weak laugh. “Hey, no more of this ‘young’ crap, okay? You’re not that much older than I am.”
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.
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