Today I am so pleased to welcome C.C. Bridges to Joyfully Jay. C.C. has come to talk to us about her latest release, Better Latte Than Never. She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!

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Writer’s block. Does it exist? Or is it a convenient excuse to avoid writing?  I’ve always been filled with so many ideas that I couldn’t imagine the well ever being empty, that one day I would be unable to write. Until it happened to me.

Last year we had to say good-bye to our beloved 17 and a half year old dog. We raised him from puppyhood, so it was shocking going to a suddenly quiet house. I didn’t have to feed him or listen for his barks to be let inside. We had a hole in our home.

The last thing I wanted to do was write. At the time I was working on my final project for my MFA program. I had to finish it or else I would have wasted four years and a lot of money. Eventually, I dragged myself back to the keyboard and finished the book. But it wasn’t easy.

Unlike me, Finn in “Better Latte Than Never” had a much more enjoyable experience when he tried to rediscover his writing. Let’s take a step back, first and talk a little bit about Finn and why he’s special.

Finn is a famous author with a deadline. He has to deliver or risk losing his contract. He blames his spout of writer’s block on a bad breakup. The man he was secretly dating was only sleeping with Finn for access to his fame. Of course that betrayal would wreck any bit of Finn’s creativity.

Finn discovers that the joy involved with writing has been gone for some time now. He can’t blame his block entirely on his ex. For a long time he depended on that well inside him and now that well is empty.

Until he meets Enzo.

Enzo is a starving artist, working at his Aunt’s cafe, brewing coffee for the regulars and working on his paintings in his spare time. Unlike Finn, he is filled with creativity. He has more ideas than time to get them all done. He’s creating in obscurity, selling his work online and at the local street fair. But he’s not famous, though he dreams of his art impacting people around the world.

Of course Finn would be attracted to that brilliance. The moment he meets Enzo at Aunt Rosa’s cafe, Finn knows he’s something special. He becomes Finn’s muse, inspiring the best novel he’s ever written.

Ultimately this is a book about Finn rediscovering his love of writing. He’s been writing popular books for so long, he’s forgotten how to write for himself – and for the man he’s fallen in love with. 

The path to love isn’t easy, although it isn’t quite as hard as writing a novel. I hope you enjoy Finn and Enzo’s journey to love, and maybe it will inspire you to create something yourself!


better latte than never coverFinn’s love stories always end in death.

He’s made millions writing as author Morgan Heart and his fans can’t get enough of his tragic love stories. But a bad breakup results in a killer case of writer’s block, and Finn needs to try something drastic to fix it, like. . .going to a coffee shop to write. There’s got to be a reason it’s a cliche, and in his world, cliches sell.

He shouldn’t be flirting with the hot, younger barista. He shouldn’t be using said beautiful barista as another character to kill off in his new book. And he sure as hell shouldn’t be getting his heart involved, especially since he’s still keeping his real identity secret.

Working at his aunt’s coffee shop is a temporary thing. . . that’s been going on for eight years now. One day soon Enzo is finally going to make it big with his art and move on. But when Finn walks into the cafe – confident, mature, put together, everything Enzo is not – he can’t help developing a huge crush, even if Finn is a customer.

As their relationship deepens, Finn’s deceptions and Enzo’s insecurities threaten to undermine everything they are starting to build together. If they can each confront their inner demons, then Finn might be writing a happy ending for the first time in his life.

Better Latte Than Never is an m/m age gap, coffee shop romance featuring a slow burn attraction that grows steamier than an espresso machine.

Warnings: Mention of partner betrayal, death of character’s parents in the past

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CC Bridges spent her childhood visiting other worlds in books, comics, and the starship Enterprise. It’s no surprise that she ended up a librarian, being surrounded by the books she loves so much. She writes about amazing worlds with honorable heroes. Her hobbies include paying money to get locked in a room for an hour so she can solve puzzles to escape, along with the aforementioned reading. She lives with her husband and son on the Jersey Shore. She is currently pursuing an MFA from Southern New Hampshire University


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