Hasn’t it been an exciting week though, all these authors really getting to know their characters?
Here’s the lovely bunch of flowers Faith sent Richard…
With edible leaves too seeing as there’s probably no food in his world. While here’s a picture of the branches Antonia is chasing Karl on and through.
Just what she’s always wanted to have in her living room.
That is why I can’t wait to introduce my next guest in the extravaganza. Of course we have met her before, but never like this. SO cue applause–let’s hear it for Charley Descoteaux, ladies and gentlemen who is going to explain to her hero Charlie Price, just why he should be in her book Comfort and Joy.
Er…this could be difficult though since they are both called Charlie but hey, it can’t be worse than yesterday when Aimee Duffy nearly got re-christened Duggy. ….Can it?
Charlie. Christmas? This book is set at Christmas? Are you nutz lady? Can you give me one good reason why I should consent to appear in a book set at Christmas? I mean it’s not as if it happens every day.
Charley. (very hopefully) I know, sweetheart, and don’t we all thank God for that he only had one son not another 364, 365 on a leap year? But readers want stories about the things that change lives, the big moments. They want to watch what happens when you’re at your worst so they can cheer you on until you’re back on top. You’ve heard of Christmas in July, right? You won’t be abandoned for another year.
Charlie. Go tell that to the puppies in the pound.
And I’m some kind of…what?..having a crisis wuss dude?
Charley. Are you feeling okay, Charlie? (Checks his forehead for a fever.) Yes, hon, the story takes place the Christmas after you and Sam moved to LA. Don’t frown at me, gorgeous, go back and read chapter 1 again. A guy with your talent and charisma doesn’t have a lot of “worst moments” so I didn’t have a lot to choose from. It’s not as though I made you impotent.
Charlie. Do I get better?
Charley. Of course you do. Go back and read again. I can wait. I mean I’m just an author right? No day time job or family, social media or anything…. If you want to know how you get better you’ll just have to be in the story. Not that you have much choice in the matter … (taking the ping-pong bat out from under the chair)
Charlie. This big farmhouse? What on earth possessed you? I’m a city guy. Why don’t you people start thinking of these things…oh please don’t think the farmhouse having table tennis will convince me. Or is this an author giveaway? I thought you kept that for your fans?
Charley. Hmm… Not strictly speaking. Though I might be tempted. Okay.. The city worked so well for you, yeah? Seriously, though, I know Sam’s family can be a bit intimidating—their numbers alone would do it, not to mention the noise when they’re all under the same roof—but they love you. Just trust me that things will work out.
Charlie. That’s what they said about the Addams Family. How’s this for a signed photo? Maybe I should speak to Aimee about her book?
Charley. (Aside) Aimee has more taste than go for that picture.
Charlie. But anyway, returning to yours tell me about this Sam dude?
Charley. You mean Sam White, the love of your life? I won’t tell him you asked me this.
You mean the guy you fell for from fifty feet away the summer before your freshman year of college? Or the guy who raced from Chicago to LA within hours of finding out his brother JR was sick. Or maybe you’re talking about the guy who held you on his lap in the back seat of the SUV from New Orleans to Willston and tried to absorb every bump in the road so you wouldn’t feel any more pain, the guy who didn’t even ask why you were freaked out by the idea of getting on an airplane (he would’ve understood you didn’t want anyone but him to touch you or even look at you, by the way, but he didn’t mind not knowing because he loves you that much).
Charlie. Does he play ping-ping too?
SO obviously Charlie agreed….Please note the mention of Duggies and the showing of doggies was purely co-incidental.
BLURB. 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…
Comfort and Joy is available from Amazon. Barnes and Noble. You name it.
Charley cane be found here. Blog: http://cdescoteauxwrites.wordpress.com/
Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/CharleyDescoteauxAuthor
Tomorrow ,well I can’t ask all these ladies to do what I wont’. So I will be here, hopefully with Flint.