I’ve had Ceillie on this block back in August, promoting her debut book Learning Curves. The book was about two young women in university, some snowstorms and stolen moments, loneliness and companionship.
This one was so sweet, and I don’t know that I will find a character who reminds me so much of myself as Cora does.
It’s a short story, the first release from Ceillie Simkiss, and outlines the early relationship between Elena, a lesbian Puerto Rican law student, and Cora, an openly queer, asexual business student with ADHD, both studying at the same university.
When Cora first comes up to Elena, it’s to ask her for notes from a class in which Cora hyperfocused by accident on one of the other students in the lecture who was sitting. From sharing notes to offering the seat next to Elena, the two girls start to get to know each other. They end up in libraries together, even when Cora doesn’t have anything she needs to study. They end up out in the snow together. They end up trying to contain members of Elena’s extended family.
And ever so slowly and gently, their friendship grows to include a romantic element.
Ceillie has since written two follow up stories with these two characters. The first was The Ghosts of Halloween, which was released just before Halloween on the 21st October this year.
And today, I’m here as part of the cover release blitz of the upcoming Wrapped up In You, available for purchase from December 14th.
It’s been two years since Cora and Elena of LEARNING CURVES discovered how easy it is to learn to love–but with Christmas just around the bend, they’re going to have to learn to cope when both their families descend on their household for the first time ever. With her brothers and parents underfoot and a million dishes to cook, it’s hard enough for Elena to plan her double surprise for Elena, even harder when she has to corral her wayward brothers into it–but when Cora’s own surprise plans tangle with Elena’s, it may be impossible to tie up the holiday in a neat little bow.
There’s mayhem and laughter, warmth and unexpected turns–and even if it all doesn’t go according to plan, neither Cora nor Elena care so long as they can stay wrapped up in each other.
And now, without further ado, onto the cover reveal: