Welcome to the Exclusive Cover Reveal of Charley Descoteaux’s Art House, book six in the Buchanan House series from Dreamspinner Press!
Hello everyone! I’m thrilled to be here at The Novel Approach to reveal the cover for the last book in my Buchanan House series. Thank you for having me!
I started the Buchanan House series in 2014 and am a little sad to reach the end. It’s been fun hanging out with the Buchanan House family and I want to thank all the readers and reviewers who took a chance on an unknown author all those years ago. Without you, one novella wouldn’t have become a six-book series.
But I’m here to talk about covers! LC Chase has worked magic with the covers for this series—they’re all wonderful, and look amazing together! Since Art House is the final book, I asked L.C. for a cover set after sunset but before full dark because Romances don’t end with darkness, even when you can see stars twinkling overhead. 😉
Art House tells the story of Chase and Garrett’s HEA, but it also wraps up threads from the entire series. I hope you’ll enjoy seeing updates from some of the previous couples in the series. Speaking of which, here’s an excerpt from Chapter One that features two men you might remember from previous books.
Chase watched as more figures appeared behind the mourners standing around the mouth of the open grave, huddled under their umbrellas. The new group wasn’t dressed for the weather, they wore shorts and sandals, their hair hanging in long unruly strings and obscuring their faces. He found it harder and harder to breathe and to act like he wasn’t watching.
Garrett might stop drawing if he felt everyone’s attention on him, and Chase didn’t want that to happen. The plain brown paper covering the table at the brewfest could use more than the standard “X Loves Y” and “Kilroy Was Here” type of graffiti, but the real reason was that he loved to watch Garrett work. Even when his work veered into dark places as it was obviously doing. Chase resisted the urge to touch him, to try and soothe away whatever had prompted Garrett to draw a funeral scene in the middle of a brewfest on a rare sunny spring day in Portland, when as far as he knew, nobody had died recently or was even sick.
Most years the tents in Waterfront Park would be securely closed, the heavy tarp walls drawn and tied against the wind and rain. The tent walls were there in case the weather changed—it is Portland, so in half an hour it could be raining—but tied back to let the sunshine in. The day wasn’t warm but was pleasant enough to sit for an afternoon tasting microbrews and bullshitting with the family.
Chase resisted the urge to figure out what was bothering Garrett—which, seriously, I wouldn’t be able to do anyway given my limited resources—and tried to keep up with the conversation. Kyle was catching Bran up on his massage therapy program—and in his sexiest voice, which is doing its job as far as I’m concerned—when someone rested a stein beside Garrett’s drawing, making him jump.
I’m an asshole for being relieved he jumped toward me.
“That’s cool. Are you an artist?” The young woman slurred a bit, and she and her companions giggled as they wobbled on their expensive sandals.
Garrett shook his head without looking at them.
“Well you should be. Do you mind if we join you?”
Four women standing; four men sitting. Anywhere else it might have been the start of something. Anywhere else and the women might have been surprised when Bran wrapped his arm around Kyle, pulled him close, and kissed him noisily on the mouth. Instead the women rolled their eyes and walked on before Bran came up for air.
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About Art House
Series: Buchanan House
Book Number: Six
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 21, 2018
Length: 254 Pages
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Blurb: Chase Holland spends his days painting Portland scenes to hang in local businesses, neglecting his own surrealist style. After twenty-five years as a full-time artist, he’s frustrated that his career has stalled, but churning out the equivalent of corporate art is better than getting a day job. Chase and Garrett have been together—off and on, but mostly on—for a decade. If asked, they would both say the source of their trouble is the seventeen-year age gap. The truth is less clear-cut. Life would be so much easier if Chase could make a living with his own art, or if Garrett held less conventional ideas about relationships.
Garrett Frisch has been watching their friends get married for the past two years, and it’s taking an emotional toll. When he proposes as a way to keep them together permanently, he thinks he’s being responsible, but Chase is ambivalent and hurt and can’t hide it. It doesn’t help that Garrett’s anxiety is out of control and he’s dealing with insecurities about his own art career. They will have to do their least favorite thing—talk about something more important than which food cart to visit—if they are to get the happy ending they both want.
About the Author
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.