Please join us in welcoming Charley Descoteaux on her blog tour stop to Sinfully. Charley tells us about how the book and it’s characters came to life and also don’t forget the giveaway. Have fun.
Thanks for having me! I’m thrilled to be visiting Sinfully to talk about my Christmas story Holiday Weekend, Buchanan House: Book Five, and how a supporting character in book three ended up being the star of this story.
Once I decided everyone in the core family group would get a story of their own I had the Buchanan House series pretty well mapped out. But, being a pantser, it didn’t surprise me when those plans changed.
While writing Tiny House (Book #3) I got to know Ryan. At first I thought he would be an incidental character at best—a short-term obstacle between the two men destined to be together at the end of that book. Well, he had other plans. No matter what happened he was always kind and sweet, and I just couldn’t stop thinking about what he would do after that story ended. The poor guy went through the wringer and he didn’t even get an HEA out of the deal.
Early on I decided to give the Elliott Foundation staff and residents a weekend on the coast but wasn’t sure how that would happen. When I pictured that book it seemed like it might be YA, or maybe New Adult, because the Elliott residents are all young. The diversity of those young folks, and the staff caring for them, made the idea of writing about them exciting; the stories I could tell about the Elliott family are virtually unlimited.
So, I thought I would write a novel and include both storylines. It was a great idea—a way to shake things up in the series and tell stories in addition to the Male-Male pairings that drive the series. But real life intervened and health issues ate up half of the time I had blocked out to write this story. Which left me with a choice to make because I only had time to do one thing: write a novel-length story, or have a Christmas release. Obviously the holiday release won! I hope you enjoy Ryan’s story, I had a blast writing it.
Series readers might be familiar with Evan, who now works for the Elliott Foundation, so here’s a peek at a newcomer, Quin, who is a counselor. This is from Glenn’s point of view, he’s in a crisis and went to Elliott House to volunteer, so he won’t have to think about it.
Holiday Weekend (Buchanan House #5)
by Charley Descoteaux
Title: Holiday Weekend
Author: Charley Descoteaux
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release: 16th December 2016
Genre: M/M (Christmas)
Ryan Orchard moved from small-town Idaho to Portland almost two years ago and still feels like a hick. When Paulie Nesbitt dumped him, he wasn’t even surprised. Despite losing twenty-five pounds since then, Ryan’s confidence is nonexistent and his life has stalled. Not only is he convinced the career he wants is beyond his reach, he’s given up on relationships. A new job at a familiar restaurant—and his gorgeous coworker—could be just what Ryan needs to believe in himself again.
Glenn Hernandez might be the only nineteen-year-old in Portland who dreads his days off. Between his horrible housing situation and the ever-present temptation to crawl back into the bottle, Glenn prefers to keep busy. He volunteers at the Elliott Foundation House, a homeless shelter helping LGBTQ sex workers. As an alum of the shelter, Glenn finds it hard to leave his past behind. But when the new server at the trendy restaurant where he works catches Glenn's eye and works his way into his heart, Glenn finally has a reason to start a new life.
The guy who opened the door wasn’t Evan. It was a guy named Quiñones. Well, his name was Henry or something, but he asked everyone to call him Quin. A skinny dude with long black hair he wore in a ponytail or a braid, he always seemed to me like he was trying too hard. Trying to what I wasn’t sure and had never figured out. I’d avoided him when I lived there, but when he invited me in without missing a beat, I had to wonder why. Maybe I’m just an asshole.
“Are you here to work?” Quin smiled, but not too big. His teeth weren’t super white, and one was missing on the side. Something I’d never noticed before.
“Um… is Evan around?”
“No. Robin came by and took him home. What can I do for you?”
I tried not to but glanced at the refrigerator.
“Thirsty? Hungry? You’re welcome to anything in the fridge. Hang out here a sec, and I’ll be right back.”
Quin strolled out, and I opened the fridge. What I really wanted was to open up my stupid head and look around for what was fucking me up. I’d toss it in the trash like a head of wilted lettuce and move on. And, by the way, that wouldn’t be out of place in Elliott’s fridge, but I didn’t think that was what Quin had meant when he’d invited me to go into the refrigerator.
When he returned I was sitting at the island drinking OJ and thinking about comparing that fridge to the inside of my head. It wasn’t far off base, but that didn’t make it any less disgusting. Especially since I had a pretty good idea of what the problem was.
Quin pulled himself up onto the stool beside mine and leaned against the island. He looked skinny and tired, and like he was gearing up to try too hard.
He looks like I feel.
Meet Charley Descoteaux
Charley Descoteaux has always heard voices. She was relieved to learn they were fictional characters, and started writing when they insisted daydreaming just wasn’t good enough. In exchange, they’ve agreed to let her sleep once in a while. Charley grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area during a drought, and found her true home in the soggy Pacific Northwest. She has survived earthquakes, tornadoes, and floods, but couldn’t make it through one day without stories. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Prize #1: signed paperback and swag (US only, winner’s choice: Tiny House or Safe House)
Prize #2: backlist book (any ebook except Holiday Weekend; worldwide)
Tour Dates and Stops:
Dec. 15: Aisling Mancy
Dec. 16: Dreamspinner Blog
Dec. 19: All Romance eBooks Featured Author; The Novel Approach
Dec. 20: Hearts on Fire
Dec. 22: Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews
Dec. 23: Joyfully Jay
Dec. 27: MM Good Book Reviews
Dec. 29: Love Bytes