Today I am so pleased to welcome CD Rachels to Joyfully Jay. CD has come to talk to us about his latest release, The Moves We Make. He has also brought along an exclusive excerpt and great giveaway. Please join me in giving a big welcome!

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Exclusive Excerpt

“No, really! You helped me out a lot. Made me… realize things.” It sounds like there’s so much weight behind his words. 

“Is that the only way I helped you come to terms with…your identity?” 

“No.” I can hear him smiling and I feel my face get warm. How is this guy still getting under my skin after all these weeks? The kiss was supposed to end it, and all it did was make me go to a freaking soccer game!

We finally make it to my building, and, after I swipe my key card, I hold the door open for him. Whatever we’re doing, it won’t be out here in the frozen tundra. He smiles at me, and I feel the butterflies in my stomach while he walks through the doorway. 

“There’s a lounge over here if you wanna talk.” He follows me into the public lounge, and I’m glad no one else is here at this hour. Truthfully, I can’t be trusted to keep my head straight if I invite him to my room. 

Right now, I’m barely keeping it together as we both sit on a couch in the corner. I’ve still got my hands in my hoodie pockets to help resist the urge to grab his hand. 

“I can’t believe how cold it is tonight,” Landon remarks.

“You’re going to have to walk back through it to get to your dorm.”

“I know.” He smirks at me. This small talk is so awkward, but I really don’t know what else to say.

After thirty seconds of silence, I say, “We don’t have to hook up,” right when Landon says in a much louder voice, “I wanna date you!” 

We blurt out, “What?” at the same time. There is no way I heard him right. 

Landon and I chuckle awkwardly. “You first,” he says.

“Did you say you wanna date me?” I hope I don’t come off as disgusted, I’m just trying to wrap my mind around it. It doesn’t make sense.

Landon breaks out in a shy smile. “Yeah. If, uh, you want to…” 

This has to be some sick joke. No one’s ever asked me out before, but I’m not about to let that slip. “Aren’t you still experimenting?”

“Nope. Kissing you confirmed that I am, in fact, very bi and very into you.”

“I…I kissed you first.” I’m trying to reason with Landon, make him realize that I am definitely not worth dating. 

“And I kissed you second. And now I wanna date you.”

“This has to be some weird prank.” I get up and shake my head, turning to leave. 

“It’s not!” Landon yelps, getting to his feet. I turn and get a good look at him; he’s so handsome, rich, and popular. Why would he want to date plain old, ugly me?

“I don’t…” I’m not sure how I want to end this sentence. Landon is asking me out. Why am I fighting this? This is exactly what I wanted! 

Landon leans in and slowly puts a finger on my chin, forcing me to look at him. “Pretty please?” He knows he has me wrapped around his finger. 

“I…I think I need to think it over.” I expect Landon to get mad at this, but instead he shrugs and smiles.

“That’s fair.” Seriously?

“Okay.”

He lifts his hand and reaches for my chin. I stare at him, not blinking, waiting for him to touch me, but right before he makes contact, he pulls back.

“Alright, well, I should probably get back to my dorm.” He scratches his head. “You have a good night, Dane.” With one last smile, he turns and walks out of the lounge.

I’m left standing there, alone in the dark, more questions in my head than answers. Landon is into me, presumably for real. So why can’t I accept it?


Blurb

moves we make coverArtists and Athletes, Book 2

Landon
On my university soccer team, people see me as an obnoxious loud-mouth, but this semester, I’m turning over a new leaf. Part of that involves supporting my best friend and his new relationship (with a guy!). Ravi being gay has really thrown me for a loop. The way he looks at Steven, it makes me feel… jealous? I’m not gay, but no girl has ever made me feel the way those two feel about each other. To top it off, I’m forced to take my university arts requirement in the form of a dance class! I have to fumble around trying not to fail while the teaching assistant Dane refuses to take it easy on me.
Still, the longer I spend in dance class, the more I get to know the real Dane: he’s fun, interesting, sweet, attractive, and… did I say attractive?! No way, that’s not what I meant. Because if I actually feel that way then… turning over a new leaf just got a LOT more complicated.

Dane
Dance is my life, and being a performing artist is my ultimate goal. That’s why I took this university TA position and why I’m hoping to secure an internship in the big city. I refuse to get distracted by some (admittedly handsome) jock that I’m tasked with teaching. He’s uncoordinated, but eventually, I can tell that he’s actually trying, so I cut him some slack. There’s also the tiny detail that he admits he may not be 100% straight.
That’s fine by me. It’s not like a guy like that would go for someone with a messed up face like mine. Still, as the weeks go by, something shifts and we become closer. I can’t let myself become sidetracked in catching feelings for a boy who’s new to being queer. I just need to disregard the burning chemistry we have whenever we’re in the dance studio alone. It’ll be easy to ignore the way he makes my heart flutter when he talks to me, or how charming he is when he lets down his guard.
Well… maybe one kiss won’t hurt, right?

The Moves We Make is a low-angst, male/male romance, opposites-attract story involving hands-on movement lessons, road trips, drunken dance floors, soccer games, and discovering what love and sex with the RIGHT person can actually lead to, HEA guaranteed. It is the second of the Artists and Athletes series but can be read as a standalone.


Bio

CD Rachels logoCD Rachels has been coming up with stories since he was little. At first it was all about superheroes and pocket monsters, but his genre of choice has expanded since puberty.

He’s been consuming young adult gay fiction since he was a teen, but within the past five years moved up to the big leagues of gay adult romance. In 2020 during quarantine, he burned through more male/male romance books than he ever had in the previous 29 years combined.

He lives in New York City with the love of his life and works in health insurance. When he’s not reading and writing, he’s playing board games and practicing music. He is honored to become a self-published author, and if you’re reading this, your support means so much to him that it’s giving him a tingly feeling (in a good way).


Giveaway

To celebrate CD Rachels new release, he is giving you the chance to win a 1 of 2 e-sets of the Artists and Athletes Series so far (2 eBooks)! Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for your chance to win!

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