Today I am so pleased to welcome C.S. Poe to Joyfully Jay. C.S. has come to talk to us about her audio release of Color of You. She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!


Hello, everyone! I’m C.S. Poe, and you may know me as the author of gay mystery, romance, and paranormal books, such as Southernmost Murder, Joy, and the Snow & Winter series. I’m thrilled to be here at Joyfully Jay with the second stop of my mini blog tour for the audiobook of my first full-length, contemporary romance novel, Color of You, narrated by the ever incredible and supremely talented, Greg Tremblay.

Color of You is a small town romance. Our hero, Bowen Merlin, is a recent transplant to Lancaster, New Hampshire, from New York City. He’s the regional high school’s new band director. Bowen meets Alan Hansen, a promising fifteen-year-old clarinetist, and through Alan, Felix, his single father and the love interest for the story.

As I mentioned at The Novel Approach, I really loved the character of Alan, and I think he helped to create the loving, family feel of the book. His addition to the cast also facilitated the growth and complexity of Bowen and Felix’s relationship. So I thought, a great way to celebrate the audiobook would be to share journal entries made by Alan!  I’d say these are pretty spoiler-free, they take place before the story and just after the start of it. If you’re new to Color of You, I hope you’ll be intrigued to pick up a copy!


Alan Hansen’s Online Journal:

Athene_of_Windsfell: December 3, 13:54

I got out of going to the food fair today (since I’ve helped at Dad’s booth for like the past six years) on the grounds that I clean the house before he gets home. I think I got the better end of the bargain. The house is already clean.

I’ll sweep the stairs and do a load of laundry. Oh, and blast Imagine Dragons at full volume!



Athene_of_Windsfell: December 3, 19:20

Dad came home from the food fair in a weird mood. I asked him if something happened, but of course he said no. He’s a really shitty liar, but what can I do?

I offered to make dinner, but he wanted to. And he’s been puttering around in the kitchen for over an hour now. I dunno. I’ll clean up afterward, maybe that’ll make him feel better.



Athene_of_Windsfell: December 4, 16:25

So I met the new band director at school today. His name is Mr. Merlin. He’s kind of… awesome? I mean, nerdy, but awesome.

He’s from New York City, and he used to be in an orchestra! And he plays at least a dozen instruments, including the violin!

Also, he pulled me aside after class and asked why I wasn’t first chair. I think he’s going to be shifting seats around. I don’t want to get my hopes up, because first chair is reserved for seniors, but… I don’t know… I guess I did a good job today.

I did think he was a visiting student or something at first. He’s pretty young. But that’s cool.



Tour Schedule:

June 26 – The Novel Approach

June 27 – Joyfully Jay

June 28 – Love Bytes

June 29 – DreamReaders


Bowen Merlin—yes, that’s his real name—accepts a position in the quaint town of Lancaster, New Hampshire, as the high school band director. He leaves New York City for the snowy countryside of New England just in time for the holidays. With class, homework, after-school activities, and a surprise Christmas concert to plan and rehearse, Bowen is plenty busy. And since he’s never had much luck with romance, factoring in time to find Mr. Right isn’t a priority….

Until he meets the proprietor of Snowy Ridge Apple Orchard, Felix Hansen. Suddenly, true love seems like a possibility for the first time in Bowen’s life. The two are a perfect match and fill the skipped beats of each other’s hearts. But as wonderful as Felix seems, he’s harboring scars that could end their budding relationship when someone in town goes to great lengths to sabotage their careers.

If Bowen is to survive the holidays, he’ll need to lean on old friends and new, convince Felix he’s worth any hardship, and prove they can come out of the catastrophe stronger if they do so together.

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C.S. Poe is a Lambda Literary and EPIC award finalist author of gay mystery, romance, and paranormal books.

She is a reluctant mover and has called many places home in her lifetime. C.S. has lived in New York City, Key West, and Ibaraki, Japan, to name a few. She misses the cleanliness, convenience, and limited-edition gachapon of Japan, but she was never very good at riding bikes to get around.

She has an affinity for all things cute and colorful and a major weakness for toys. C.S. is an avid fan of coffee, reading, and cats. She’s rescued two cats—Milo and Kasper do their best on a daily basis to sidetrack her from work.

C.S. is a member of the International Thriller Writers organization.

Her debut novel, The Mystery of Nevermore, was published by DSP Publications, 2016.

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Trained in vocal and stage performance, Greg Tremblay brings a passion for storytelling to every aspect of his life and work.

Critically-recognized and listener-beloved, Greg’s work has been praised by Audiofile Magazine’s “Earphone” award, numerous blogs, and is the recipient of the GoodReads Reader’s Choice award for Best Narrator – 2016 in M/M Romance.

Greg also maintains a curated collection of uniquely and delightfully spicy boudoir treats branded under the “Greg Boudreaux” narration name.

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C.S. has brought a choice of backlist ebook for one lucky Joyfully Jay reader. Just follow the Rafflecopter below to enter. The contest runs through July 4. 

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