Monday, December 20, 2010
Start the blitz at the Galaxy Express & be sure to visit the bloggers who have my titles as well as other fabulous authors:
Silver Bound is at Queen of the Frozen North
Jaq's Harp at SciFi Guy
and Firestorm on E'Terra at Lisa Paitz Spindler's
Thursday, December 9, 2010
You guys! I can't believe I got goosebumps listening to the sample, but I did!
Silver Bound is now out in audio from Audible.com.
If you get a chance, take a listen to the sample & tell me what you think.
Monday, December 6, 2010
Come visit and tell me what you think.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
The Duke and the Pirate Queen is set in the same world as The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover and features characters who appeared in that novel, Duke Maxime and Captain Imena Leung. Captain Leung is forced to abduct Duke Maxime, who is her employer, to thwart an assassination plot against him. He wants her. She wants him. Unfortunately, issues of birth, rank, and their own pasts are in conflict with their desires. And then there are the pirates, the storm, the hostile islanders…not to mention the sharks.
The novel is set in a fantasy world that's based on all kinds of elements taken from our own world. Maxime's duchy is a Mediterranean-esque land with aspects of several centuries and countries. Imena comes from an empire that's very loosely based on fifteenth-century China--I say "loosely" because though I read Gavin Menzies' 1421: The Year China Discovered America, no specific facts from it made their way into the novel. Instead, the idea of a powerful Asian naval power mingled with all sorts of pirate and sea adventure novels in the back of my brain, and later with some reading I did on Asian pirates. I used my research to give a feeling that events and places existed that weren't shown in the story.
That's what I mean by "the world beyond the story." Even though I didn't show the Horizon Empire or any imperial privateers other than Imena, knowledge of both was in my thoughts as I wrote the story, influencing how I portrayed Imena's character and how she interacted with characters from the Duchies. The idea that she came from a large empire troubled by pirates, and that she fought those pirates, and that she gave it up, thoroughly underlies many aspects of her character.
Throughout the first chapters, I dropped small bits of information to build the reader's knowledge of her privateering past. First descriptive facts: "…the intricate blue, red, and white designs tattooed on her scalp, each hard won in her youth as an Imperial privateer." Then their place in the world: "Privateers were considered far below sailors in the navy" and "You can't inherit a position in the imperial navy...You are, however, permitted to work as a privateer, risking death for the Imperium's glory." Then a bit more about what they do for the Imperium: "...the fringe-territory pirates whom they usually hunted."
I think it's just as important not to show certain aspects of your worldbuilding as it is to thoroughly describe. I most enjoy books where I can not only immerse myself in the world of the story, but I can feel that if I reach a bit farther, dig a bit deeper, there will be more of the story's world for me to extrapolate and ponder.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Birds use widespread feathers and shake their tails.
Bucks lock horns with other bucks to prove their prowess.
Lions run, chasing game, to show endurance.
Bears rise up on hind legs to dominate and intimidate.
Every animal had a mating ritual, some are just showy than others. Humans have it best, I think. They use so many ways to flirt and draw attention: eye contact, touch, talking, etc. They can send a drink to a pretty woman in a bar, tuck a phone number in that cute guy’s pocket, or just look across a crowded dance floor and dance, alone, with his eyes locked with yours. Flirting is an invitation.
Even innocent and sweet Disney has characters flirting. Think about the Little Mermaid. Ursula the Sea Witch tells Ariel to use body language.
Beauty and the Beast dance when nobody is watching.
Even Lady and the Tramp has that famous spaghetti by moonlight scene.
I mention Lady and the Tramp for two reasons. One, in LIPSTICK ON HIS COLLAR, the heroine refuses to tell Bram her name. At first, it is a forbidden thrill, an overt flirt to draw him into her web. He calls her simply LADY.
The second reason is actually kind of the same. Once Bram finds her again, he is still firmly ensnared. But she asks him to leave, to go away. Bram is understandably feeling rejected. If she is LADY, does that make him the Tramp? Well, you remember what happened in the movie, right? They did have a full litter that went on to have a sequel. *snicker* Flirting pays off.
Flirting drew Bram to her but her personality is what made him long to find his Lady again. Once he found her, nothing could keep him away. Not even a vengeful ex waiting in the dark.
LIPSTICK ON HIS COLLAR
He never thought his next wildfire would be wearing a red dress.
“Make me your goddess and I’ll take you to heaven.” This sultry promise sparks a scorching, unforgettable one-night stand. The next morning Bram Winters awakes with a hickey and a head full of wicked memories—alone. His nameless goddess is gone without a trace, along with his shirt. And his heart.
Five months later, he stumbles across his mystery lady in a Laundromat, but she still won’t give up her name. Worse, she begs him to leave, no questions asked. Once he catches the spark of terror in her eyes, though, his firefighter training takes over—and he digs in for the duration.
Lady never wanted Bram to see her life’s ugly underside, but it’s too late—his socks are already in the washer. He was supposed to be her declaration of independence from her unstable ex, a bittersweet memory to carry into her new life.
Except the ex continues to stalks her. And Bram’s reappearance sends her emotions and desires tumbling over the edge. As the minutes wear on, sexual tension rises faster than the steam from a hot water wash.
And Lady’s ex watches from the shadows, growing more furious by the minute…
Product Warnings: Scorching sex, icy scissor play and an anonymous woman taking a wet slide down one hot ex-fireman’s pole. Beware of hot flashes and spontaneous combustion. Correct change not required.
Inez Kelley is a multi-published author of various romance genres. You can visit her at her website http://inezkelley.com/ Follow Inez on twitter at @Inez_Kelley or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/inez.kelley
Monday, November 29, 2010
A family legend could lead to a treasure more precious than pearls…or get them killed.
Between babysitting her very pregnant sister-in-law and fending off her mother’s nagging about her marital status, Blair Moreau is going insane. Her only hold on sanity is her daily walk for a guilty peek at her crush, the sexy neighbor who’s fixing up the old Cotesworth place.
Conn Lucas, the bastard son of Culford’s leading family, got way out of town a long time ago. When the only relative who didn’t despise him leaves him her 250-year-old house, Conn plans to refurbish it, flip it, and get back to Connecticut as soon as possible. Until a local beauty with a rare talent for DIY gives him a hand with some stubborn siding.
When he makes her mad enough to swing a two-by-four at his head, he realizes Blair is better than perfect. Especially when his efforts to keep her from killing him explode into an erotic rush of adrenaline that unleashes desires they’ve both kept hidden.
Breaking through Conn’s tough shell isn’t as difficult Blair’s next hurdle—telling him she’s a werewolf. First, though, they’ve got to deal with meddling ghosts and a bad ol’ boy cousin who isn’t above taking what he wants at nail-gun point…
Monday, November 22, 2010
I've picked a random winner from my announcement list and emailed. (winner's email address starts with a V). I'll also be giving away a copy tomorrow (23rd) on the Carina Press blog, so there's another chance to win. Come visit!
In the meantime, here's a teaser:
Guy has Jewel where he wants her, or rather, he doesn't. It's his worst nightmare, he can touch her, she wants him to, but he can't. He shouldn't. But he really, really wants to.
Here's a small taste of Silver Bound.
Guy groaned, long and guttural. “Can I kiss you, sweetheart?” he asked in a choked rush. In a swift, graceful move, he sat next to her on the couch.
“Please.” Nowhere inside her did she find any hesitation. He needn’t have bothered to ask.
“I’m stopping with the kiss. You’ve allowed me that privilege before.” A bleakness in his faraway expression, he stopped inches away. “I’m not taking anything from you. I’m just returning it now, like I borrowed it.”
“You noble, noble man,” she whispered and did as she’d longed to do. Pushing her fingers into his thick shiny hair, she shivered with the sensation like heavy silk stroking her palms. “Take what you want from me. I’m yours.”
A pained grunt came from deep within his chest, and strong arms enveloped her, wrapped around her waist and pulled her tight against his solid strength. At last, in his arms, she gripped his head, bringing him to her, never wanting to let go. Soft petals flickered across her lips, brushed back and forth, before making firmer contact. Like home, secure, surrounded in peace and strength. And blazing passion.
He teased her, nipping at her, licking the seam of her mouth and sucking on her bottom lip. She whimpered and fisted her hands in his hair as she struggled to get nearer. She couldn’t get close enough.
Slanting his head to a better angle, he slipped his tongue into her mouth to taste, to linger, to drive her wild with desire. His wet caress deepened, became forceful, hungry. This kiss was new, more urgent, more determined. Just, more.
Jewel hung there, swaying between heaven and desperation.
Then he pulled back.
A dangerous journey across the galaxy
Sheriff Guy Trident doesn’t have much to do with off-worlders; he has his hands full keeping his own planet safe. But he’ll do anything, go anywhere to save Jewel Quinn. She broke his heart years ago when she left to marry a Terraloft aristocrat. Now she’s run away from her husband, only to fall into the clutches of slavers.
Posing as a wealthy playboy, Guy arrives at Zuthuru Station to learn he’s too late: Jewel’s memories have been erased. She’s been tipped in silver, a process that leaves nothing behind except her body, sexually bound to pleasuring her master. Unwilling to give up hope, Guy buys her.
Jewel fights to reclaim herself, recalling a different connection to the handsome sheriff, remembering the frightened eyes of a young boy and the events that made her run. Together she and Guy search for her cure, plan her son’s rescue from her ruthless ex, and test if they have any kind of future...before the past catches up to them.
Coming soon to audio from Audible.com
EXCERPT from Silver Bound
Text Copyright © 2010 by Ella Drake
Cover Art Copyright © 2010 by Harlequin Enterprises Limited
Permission to reproduce text granted by Harlequin Books S.A. Cover art used by arrangement with Harlequin Enterprises Limited. All rights reserved. ® and ™ are trademarks owned by Harlequin Enterprises Limited or its affiliated companies, used under license.
I'll be blogging later today about Silver Bound, but thought I'd give an update on my whereabouts.
On the 14th, I was interviewed at The Galaxy Express.
17th, at Leah Braemel's, discussing my tomboyness and Wonder Woman.
18th, at Victoria Janssen's talking about world building a Space Western.
22nd, I'll be back here and giving away a copy of Silver Bound!
23rd, blogging at Carina Press, Rustling up a Space Cowboy
29th, at Inez Kelley's
30th, at Cheeky Reads
and Dec 6th, at Tia Nevitt's.
Hope to see you there!
Friday, November 19, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Once a month, Bria Quinlan and Alexia Reed host a bunch of authors who get together and post excerpts from published books, contracted work or works in progress, and link to each other. You don’t have to be published to participate–just be a writer with an excerpt you’d like to share. For more info on how to participate, head over to the Excerpt Monday site or click on the banner above!
Silver Bound is a space western, a story about a man who is supposed to uphold the law, a sheriff, who finds himself fighting his own nature and moral standards when forced to do something illegal--purchase a slave. But the slave is no stranger. Jewel is the love of Guy's life. She no longer remembers him, or her ex-husband, and he's doing all he can to keep things right.
This is a scene after he's broken his rule of no intimate contact. He's done so because he wants to ease the punishment her slave collar has given her.
This excerpt highlights the emotions the heroine, Jewel, struggles with. She has no memory, loves the man who bought her, and doesn't want to remember herself. She wants this new life. But, should she want to remember? What has she forgotten?
Excerpt from SILVER BOUND, available from Carina Press, Nov 22nd.
Text Copyright © 2010 by Ella Drake
Cover Art Copyright © 2010 by Harlequin Enterprises Limited
Permission to reproduce text granted by Harlequin Books S.A. Cover art used by arrangement with Harlequin Enterprises Limited. All rights reserved. ® and ™ are trademarks owned by Harlequin Enterprises Limited or its affiliated companies, used under license.
“Guy,” [Jewel] breathed in relief.
When her swimming vision cleared, she caught sight of him hovering over the bed, concern tightening his mouth.
“No. It’s not that.” She swallowed the bitterness invading her mouth. “I had a memory. My husband.”
“Ex-husband,” Guy insisted, his face blanking as he backed away. “As soon as we get your memory back, you can get in touch with him. But I’m sorry, sweetheart. I don’t know if it’d be a kindness to even talk to him since his wife is now an ex and is sexually bound to another man.”
Jewel had a strong suspicion her ex-husband had no more than a passing acquaintance with the concept of kindness.
“However you want to handle it, we’ll do it. I can’t really think of a way to let you go back to him, though. But if you want to, I’ll find a way if it kills me.” Guy’s expression remained bland, as if they’d never been intimate.
“No. I want to stay with you.” She didn’t dare move, even to clean away the evidence of what they’d just shared. The way he spoke chilled her.
“You say that now, but what do you think will happen when you get back your memories?”
“Let’s not find out. Take me home,” she pleaded. The word “home” curled around her tongue and softened the panic inside her. She’d been in Guy’s home. She knew that, quite utterly.
“I can’t take you home until you’re whole again.” Guy turned his back to her and strode toward the bathroom where he’d spent an inordinate amount of time the past few days.
She had no response and fought the sting of threatening tears when the door closed. Without him, the man she craved as much as she loved—a love she absolutely knew she’d always felt—she’d never be whole again.
The question was, did she deserve him? The memory that had surfaced, unbidden, had hinted that she’d cheated on her husband. She’d been an adulteress.
She didn’t want to remember herself. Not at all.
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Friday, October 22, 2010
I can't wait to hear it! (and yes, I really, truly blushed thinking of some of the scenes that will be in full fledged audio!)
The ebook will released on Nov 22 -- Preorder available at CarinaPress.com & right now, the audio version is set to release on the same day.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
The world setting for Silver Bound is intriguing to me with its blend of frontier and space-set futuristic elements. I've been working on another manuscript in that world, and I've been mulling over the continuing story for one of the secondary characters in Silver Bound. The perfect heroine for our reluctant hero came to me & I've decided to write their story for National Novel Writing Month. (November might be a challenge for me since Silver Bound releases then, but I'm optimistic!)
Before November, I plan on adding some goodies to the site for you to see more of the world in Silver Bound. A cut scene, maps, and more, coming soon!
Friday, September 10, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Silver Bound is coming! The revisions, edits, and blurb have been turned in. Now we're waiting on copyedits and a cover. I can't wait to see the cover. I know it'll be awesome because Carina Press has been rocking the covers. Every day I wake up and check the inbox for it! In the meantime, I'm brainstorming a Silver Bound sequel and hope to start it in the next few weeks. I'm also putting together extras for the novel with maps of the world, a deleted scene, and character bios. I'm having fun with this story. So much fun!
Monday, August 16, 2010
But I'm back and hoping to post on a more regular basis.
In the meantime, since I last posted, The Forbidden Chamber released in print.
And I guest blogged over on Delilah Devlin's blog about dangerous honeymoons.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Over at The Galaxy Express, the Parallel Universe has just started! It's a Science Fiction Romance online event held at the same time as the RWA national convention. A new wonderful post from SFR bloggers and authors will be unveiled every day through the 31st.
This year's theme is diversity.
My contribution was posted today about differences in social status and how that might play out in future set romances. Take a look at The Admiral Duke and the Space Pirate Governess.
The Forbidden Chamber releases August 3rd from Samhain Publishing. It's full of dark, exciting, and sexy Raven shifters. I have author copies!
So tell me, do you have a favorite kind of shifter?
One commenter wins a print copy!
Oh, and one commenter from all my July Wednesday contests wins a gift card. See first post for more details.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
"The Forbidden Chamber by Ella Drake is an extraordinary tale filled with lust and danger. This is the first time I have read a shape-shifter story that was not wolf-related and I have to say I was not disappointed. The bond between Rukh and Isabel is consuming and passionate. The family curse was a good twist and I loved that Isabel was featured as having a key role in securing a future for Rukh and herself. Overall The Forbidden Chamber is definitely a must-read."
Read the full review here.
The Forbidden Chamber is available in digital format right now. It will be available in print August 3rd. You can preorder now from your favorite bookstore.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Don't forget, all who enter my July contests are also entered to win a gift card (see previous post).
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
What I'd most love to give everyone is pleasant, moderate temperatures since it's so hot here this week, but since I can't do that, I'll have to settle for putting my red-hot space-faring fireman story up for grabs.
"Firestorm on E'Terra" is a science fiction romance novella. It's a finalist in the 2010 PRISM awards. It's paired in a hot anthology with "This Fire" by Elise Logan and Emily Ryan-Davis. And it features cold, tasty futuristic smoothies, which sounds good about right now on such a scorching day.
If those aren't enough reasons to read the story, here's another taste (rated adult).
“What change did you make to the shake today?” Dex's dark brown eyes twinkled, but he didn’t let the grin threatening the corners of his mouth slip free.
“Oh. Didn’t have time to mix one. With the aborted mission, I only had time to come straight here.”
Samy could have sworn his kissable lips sunk down momentarily into a frown. Did he actually look forward to her health shakes? She made a flash decision—one she’d have to mark down in her personal journal—one so out of character it’d likely need to be evaluated by the military psych unit.
“Would you like to return to my cabin to try my latest recipe?”
Did she just ask him that?
Like a schoolgirl, she wanted to blush and stare at her feet. The absolute strongest of wills made her stand there, look him in the eye, and wait on her rejection. He ran a towel over his military short, nearly shaved head and scrubbed back and forth before he answered. Waiting on his reply, she stared at his lips and strong chin accentuated by a small soul patch. She’d never liked facial hair before, but she flashed on a recurring fantasy of that patch of hair rubbing the inside of her thighs.
She blinked and crossed her arms over her chest. Her nipples had hardened until they hurt.
“Sounds like a plan, ma’am.”
Now what the hell would she do?
Copyright © 2009 Ella Drake
All rights reserved — published by Liquid Silver Books
excerpt edited slightly for readability
So, all ya gotta do is leave me a comment for a chance to win either the digital format, published by Liquid Silver Books in the Hearts Afire: December anthology, or the print version in Two Flames as One.
I'll be holding a contest like this one every Wednesday this month. I'll pick a winner for the previous week each Wednesday morning, so get your comments in by Tuesday midnight (EST).
Be sure to comment in each contest because you get a second chance to win!
At the end of the month, I'll pick a winner from all comments for a $25 gift card from winner's choice between AllRomanceEbooks.com, Amazon.com, or Barnes & Noble.
Sunday, July 4, 2010
July is also a great month for this author to have a birthday blog bash!
First, take a look at this contest, details below, and go enter! And come back here through the month for more mayhem. Every Wednesday of the month, I'll announce a contest & on July 17th (5-6pm EST), I'll be partying at the Samhain Cafe for "Christmas in July". I'll post more on that later.
Sharon Lee & Steve Miller are the author team behind the classic and ever-popular Liaden Universe®. This series of “adventurous romantic space opera” holds cross-over appeal for both romance and science fiction readers.
To celebrate the release of MOUSE AND DRAGON, Lee and Miller’s thirteenth Liaden novel, the authors are hosting a contest. It’s open to anyone and everyone who has yet to sample a Liaden Universe® novel.
Not only that, but if you’re a blogger who wants to help spread the word about it, you’ll be entered for a chance to win a $36.00 gift card from Barnes and Noble! And if you’re a blogger new to the Liaden novels of Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, you can enter both tiers of the contest.
Here is an excerpt from the official announcement at Sharon Lee’s blog:
In celebration of the publication of Mouse and Dragon, the thirteenth novel set in their Liaden Universe®, authors Sharon Lee and Steve Miller are holding an Expanding Universe Contest! Yes! No less than thirty-six electronic copies of The Dragon Variation will be given away.
The Dragon Variation is an omnibus edition of three Liaden Universe® novels — Conflict of Honors, one of the first modern SFRomances; Local Custom, second place winner of the Prism Award for best Futuristic of 2002; and Scout’s Progress, the first place winner of the Prism Award for best Futuristic of 2002, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice for Best SF Novel of its year, and the prequel to Mouse and Dragon.
That's three complete novels under one cover. No prior knowledge of the Liaden Universe® required. Electronic! In Baen Books’ DRM-free, multiplatform style. This omnibus can be read on your Kindle, your phone, your iPad, your desktop, or other ereader.
To enter the contest, visit Sharon Lee’s blog and follow the instructions you see there (it’s easy). Winners will be announced on Saturday, July 17, 2010.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
It's listed at Amazon, Books-A-Million, Barnes & Noble, Borders, Powell's, and more listed on GoodReads.
Read an excerpt on my website, here.
I can't wait to get my hands on this, myself. I'll be signing this book at the RWA National Conference in Orlando on Wednesday, July 28, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Walt Disney World® Dolphin Resort, Pacific Exhibit Hall, in Orlando, Florida.
Monday, June 28, 2010
The story is on my website: Daphne, Episode Four
Welcome to the special Summer Full Reads for Excerpt Monday. This month, in addition to our typical excerpt week, we're having a week of full stories written by several fabulous EM writers. Visit the Excerpt Monday site! or click on the banner above.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
So much going on that I'm a bit frazzled, but excited and hoping you all will love this book as much as I do.
Here's the unedited blurb:
Backwater-planet Sheriff takes to the space-lanes to rescue his long lost love
Memories ripped away and her entire existence tied to a new owner, concubine Jewel tries to break through her re-programming to remember the man who now owns her. The crumbling barriers in her mind spark a tide of events and a race through space that reveal a murderer. Though it might kill her, she can do nothing less than reach inside herself for the truth.
Sherriff and Rancher Guy Trident poses as a wealthy playboy spacer to rescue kidnapped women from slavers, but this time the imperiled woman is the one who broke his heart five years earlier. Now that Jewel’s tied to him body and soul, programmed to his respond to his every desire, can he keep his hands and mind off of her long enough to save them both from the crimeboss hot on their trail?
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Thank you to everyone who helped me with this story!
Firestorm on E'Terra
Erotic Science Fiction Romance -- NovellaWhen fire meets ice, the storm flames out of control.
Intragalactic smokejumper and former refugee Wilson Dex takes the latest in a long line of risks, a mission to quell the firestorm on planet E'terra.
Equipment from his transport ship malfunctions, forcing by-the-book Commander Samantha Varde dirtside to help Dex though she suffers from landsickness.
While fighting the ill-timed and against-code heat between them, they have hours to reprogram a torpedo, fly into a tornado, and chute into a firestorm, all to save the colony before the storm flames out of control.Available digitally from Liquid Silver Books
in Hearts Afire: December, along with "This Fire", by Elise Logan and Emily Ryan-Davis.Also available from All Romance eBooks -- Fictionwise -- ebookwise -- ereader.com
Thursday, May 20, 2010
The wind from the opening door of the lab blew the tissue thin papers all over the floor.
Thad Stephanos never smiled, and he didn’t now, but his lip quirked on the left side for a few seconds in greeting. He pushed his thick rimmed, black glasses up his nose and started toward her as if to help pick up the scattered prints.
“No.” She held up her hand in a stop motion. “Don’t help. Thank you.”
“You think I’ll steal your blueprints?” The dawning horror on his face halted her move to pick up the papers.
She sighed and answered begrudgingly. She wanted to hate him. She did. She really, really did, but he was so darn good looking, she lost all sense around him.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
I will be holding at least one more contest. So far in the giveaway I have an Ellora's Cave cover model calendar and deck of cards. Posting more about that soon.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
I'm at the RT Booklovers Convention and would love to send one of you guys this bag of goodies. It includes an RT canvas bag, The Christmas Love-Child by Jennie Lucas, Hex in High Heels by Linda Wisdom, Hot Westmoreland Nights by Brenda Jackson, Finding Your Mojo by Stephanie Bond, Vengeance Road by Rick Mofina, Feelin' the Vibe by Candice Dow, A Darker Domain by Val McDermid, a book cover by Hide-a-Cover that says "This is not a trashy Vampire Romance Novel", and the May issue of RT Book Reviews.
Contest is easy. Just leave a comment. If you'd like, you can follow me on twitter, on this blog, or join my newsletter or yahoo group through my contact page. Let me know in the comment & I'll enter you in the contest twice.
I'll pick a winner Saturday morning and email the winner. I'll need to ship this on Saturday, so I'll need your shipping address by noon EST.
If I get another bag of goodies, I'll hold another contest!
Monday, April 26, 2010
I'll be signing The Forbidden Chamber and Hearts Afire: December (includes my SciFi-Rom novella, Firestorm on E'Terra). The event is hosted by All Romance Ebooks.
While I'm there, I will be picking up tidbits for giveaways for my blog visitors, so stay tuned for posts in the coming week!
For more info on the authors attending, check out the RT website.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
- 1764 The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole
- 1794 The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe, precursor of the Byronic hero.
- 1817 Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
- 1847 Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
- 1921 The Black Moth by Georgette Heyer
- 1938 Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
- 1944 DuMaurier sued for plagiarism. Publishers cite formula as defense.
- 1947 The Reluctant Widow by Georgette Heyer
- 1960 Mistress of Mellyn by Victoria Holt
- 1960 Thunder Heights by Phyllis Whitney, first in gothic series by Ace Books
- 1964 Harmsel cites Northanger Abbey as burlesque.
- 1968 Cousin Kate by Georgette Heyer
- 1976 “The Female Gothic” termed by Ellen Moers in Literary Women
You might wonder why I pick these dates...
More on that later!
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Check it out. You won't regret it!
When opposites attract, they are screwed three ways from Sunday.
Frannie learned the hard way that a McHottie doesn’t always equal marriage material. She’s happy with her vanilla life. She has friends, a career and a double-D-powered vibrator. Then Fate shoves her, literally, into Prince Charming’s lap. His declaration of love at first sight is cute—and spikes her bullcrap meter into the red zone.
She’s more than willing to give in with her body. But she’s barricaded her heart behind castle walls—and permanently welded the gates shut.
Tragedy taught Jinx that time is too precious to waste, so when a series of uncanny coincidences thrusts Frannie into his life, he holds on tight. He knows she thinks he’s several fries short of a Happy Meal, but he’s determined to breach the fortress around her heart and give her a Happily Ever After.
Even if he has to carry her fanny-first into his kingdom.
Warning: Includes jelly shoes, a narcoleptic cat, and meatloaf. The steamy sex scenes may lead to fogged windows and wet panties, so proceed at your own risk. Do not attempt to read without the following items: tissues, napkins for spewed beverages, and a booty call on speed dial.You can get it at Amazon or Barnes and Noble or Samhain.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
NY Times/USA Today
NY Times/USA Today
- Annette Blair
- Ashlyn Chase
- Caroline Linden
- Chrisyne Butler
- Dalton Diaz
- Diane Amos
- Donna Russo Morin
- Eve Silver
- Hannah Howell
- Jennifer Linforth
- Jessica Andersen
- J.M. Griffin
- K.A. Mitchell
- Kat Henry Doran
- Kate George
- Kathryn Smith
- Laura Moore
- Linda Bleser
- Linda Cardillo
- Lindsay Downs
- Lindsay Longford
- Lisa Mondello
- Pepper Goodrich
- Sally MacKenzie
- Samantha Hunter
- Winnie Griggs
Thursday, March 11, 2010
- Check out the history behind Read and E-Book Week.
- There are many classics available at Project Gutenberg, which I've been a fan of since around 2006 or so. Project Gutenberg has loads of free, legal, no-longer-under-copyright ebooks.
- Jane Eyre is available at Gutenberg in txt, html, epub, mobi, and other formats.
- The last ebook I bought was Doubled Plots: Romance and History by Susan Strehle and Mary Paniccia Carden. I'm actually kind of excited about how the ereader may impact the future of text books, making them more easily attainable and more affordable.
- Ebooks are better for the environment. I'm all about the environment, trust me on this, but that's not why I read ebooks. The main reason I read ebooks is for the convenience. If I want a new book at midnight, voila.
- Nathan Bransford, agent blogger extraordinaire, blogged about ebook skeptics here.
- I have a list of free Sci-Fi Rom ebooks here, which needs to be updated in the near future because I've found a few new ones to add.
- This month, All Romance Ebooks is having a 25% Omnibucks rebate on all Samhain Publishing titles. This includes my Samhain title, The Forbidden Chamber.
- Last week and the week before, my erotic paranormal short story, Scent of Cin was a top 25 best seller in Romance at Fictionwise. Two weeks! I'm still in awe. Thanks to everyone who bought my story!
- I have ebooks published with three wonderful publishers, Cobblestone Press, Liquid Silver Books, and Samhain Publishing, the last of which will also publish my novel in print this August.
- I'll be signing for the first time as an author at the 2010 RT Booklovers Convention, and I'll be signing ebooks!
- The last ebook I read was Hearts and Minds by J.C. Hay. This is from one of two Space Opera Anthologies from Samhain. I really enjoyed it.
- I'm holding a read an ebook giveaway for all my ebooks this week. Scroll down to my last post to see more. Also to celebrate, I'll be at the Samhain Cafe tonight 7:30-8:30 EST.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
It's read an ebook week!
To celebrate, I'll be giving away one copy each of my ebooks this week.
Leave a comment here or send a comment to me privately through my website contact page (use the send Ella a note form).
I'll choose at random one winner each for my two short stories, Scent of Cin and Wolf-Bitten, and my erotic SF-Rom novella "Firestorm on E'Terra" in Hearts Afire: December along with "This Fire" by Elise Logan and Emily Ryan Davis.
On Thursday, come visit me at the Samhain Cafe for a chance to win the ebook of my novel The Forbidden Chamber. I'll be at the Cafe on Thursday 7:30 - 8:30 PM EST.
You can find the cafe here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/samhaincafe/?yguid=316724180
Read an ebook this week!
Thursday, March 4, 2010
- I love to dance.
- I'm a horrible singer. Don't ever stand next to me on the dance floor while I'm belting out a Madonna song. I'll hurt your ears.
- My favorite author is Toni Morrison. She came to speak to my Women's Lit class while I was in undergrad & I got a smidgen of a crush. She's beautiful in person and her voice is smooth as velvet. She came to Atlanta when the Olympics were there & I dragged my then boyfriend, now husband, to hear her. I love her voice so much, I got a book on tape of her reading one of her books. Turns out, such a wonderful voice doesn't keep you awake while you're driving. Oops.
- Some of my favorite short stories were written by Issac Asimov, but I can't read his longer work.
- I used to work at a large telecommunications company as a programmer. I've got lots of skills in web stuff, video stuff, & phone stuff. I try to forget all that.
- I used to work for a US Senator. I almost got fired for getting frustrated with a caller who repeatedly called to badmouth my boss. I lost my patience one day. Yeah, I've got a limit.
- I've ridden in a Black Hawk helicopter. Drove a tank, shot a machine gun and rode a zip line down from a paratrooper jump tower, but I was too chicken to bungee jump on my honeymoon. Hey, it was my honeymoon! Not ready to die so early in the marriage!
- Number 7 is about as interesting as I get. Really.
- I used to talk on the phone as a teenager for three hours or more. Now I can't deal with being on the phone for five minutes.
- I want to go to L'Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland where they uncovered a Norse settlement in the '60s. Then, onward to Iceland, baby!
- I grew up in football country (that's American football, not that soccer thing). I thought there was nothing like being in a stadium full of 60,000 screaming fans. But, I think I like live hockey more. Go figure.
- I run, hit baseball, and fight like a girl.
- I can parallel park a minivan like nobody's business.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
And, she even found something I hadn't thought about. The story is listed as containing "voyeurism". It does, but I hadn't even considered that aspect until she categorized it. This made my smile grow wider.
Here are some of the highlights of the review (full review can be found here).
"The Forbidden Chamber is riveting and had me sitting on the edge of my seat from beginning to end."
"Two thumbs up to Ms. Drake for providing us with a fast-paced, action-driven, heart-warming, sensual story that brings the characters to life and will captivate the reader; thereby, making them beg for more. I would definitely recommend The Forbidden Chamber to my friends."
Five out of five cherries!
Monday, March 1, 2010
Comment at Excerpt Monday & tell us your favorite type of romance to be entered in the Tuesday night drawing for:
Any book from Juniper Bell’s Backlist
Snowbound by MG Braden
Scent of Cin by Ella Drake
Can’t Stand the Heat by Louisa Edwards
Branded by Emma Petersen
Today for Excerpt Monday, I'm featuring my story, Scent of Cin. Released with Cobblestone in October, this erotic paranormal short story is now available through Fictionwise (available here) and partner websites.
Comment at Excerpt Monday today to enter the contest.
Scent of Cin
by Ella Drake
published by Cobblestone Press
It took death for Cinnamon Murphy to find her love, a sexy half-demon she can't resist.Half-demon Vedo resurrects the newly-dead Cinnamon Murphy, detective, bane of the Hellions - and all woman. Vedo needs her to find his son, product of a forced union with a powerful demoness, but Vedo gets more than he bargains for. Once Cin is no longer a shade, her scent becomes a lure his Nephilim nature can't resist. Cin finds that being raised from the dead gives her uncontrollable cravings for heat, especially for the hot man who needs her help, a man she's sworn to kill.
It's a race to the summer solstice, the stakes are for eternity, the passion is not of this world, and love is an ill afforded weakness.
Here's a small snippet, for just a taste. A longer excerpt is available on the Cobblestone website.
Pulling the car over to the side of the road, Vedo ignored the swerving and honking cars.
Cin’s tension straightened her shoulders. Her intense observation narrowed to the group now a block away from the car. They slowed with their noses in the air, scenting.
“Damn. I don’t have my taser or my sword,” Cin said, her voice calm despite the threat.
Taser to immobilize them temporarily. Sword to decapitate them permanently. He’d seen her skill with the sword, and it was a chilling sight. Chilling not being a comfortable feeling for him, he wasn’t disappointed she didn’t have her sword. Of course, she shouldn’t be defenseless, and he’d had them retrieved after she’d been ambushed.
“I have your weapons in the trunk.”
She leaned into him and gave him a scorching kiss. Hot and greedy, her tongue entered his mouth. After too short a moment, she pulled back.
“You do have your uses,” she said and gripped her knees as if to keep her hands from him.
Maybe he should keep her sword around if it got him this kind of reaction. The scalding waves that radiated from his chest outweighed any amount of chill.
The Hellions smelled Cin, blatant erections undeniable proof. They surrounded the Jag, snuffling. The woman in question remained calm, used to this behavior, but it made his skin crawl. His temper flared, and he thought he heard a growl. Impossible. He’d learned long ago to keep his feral nature in check. Cin flicked an amused glance his way, and the spiking heat in the small space proved he’d lost control.
He’d sunk to the level of the beasts outside the car.
Links to other New Releases
Note: I have not personally screened these releases. Please heed the ratings and be aware that the links may contain material that is not typical of my site.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Because of the copyright law at the time, these magazine covers fell into public domain after their copyright wasn't renewed after 28 years. I find these pulp era covers to be incredibly fun and thought inspiring.
With this kind of artwork, I like to look at it and try to come up with the story that goes along with it. So do my kids. Sometimes it turns into a game of who can come up with the most outrageous story.
What stories do you see?
(hint: you can view these in larger size by right clicking and selecting "view image")
Monday, February 15, 2010
Now available at Fictionwise. 15% off as a new release!
Half-demon Vedo resurrects the newly-dead Cinnamon Murphy, detective, bane of the Hellions -- and all woman. Vedo needs her to find his son, product of a forced union with a powerful demoness, but Vedo gets more than he bargains for. Once Cin is no longer a shade, her scent becomes a lure his Nephilim nature can't resist. Cin finds that being raised from the dead gives her uncontrollable cravings for heat, especially for the hot man who needs her help, a man she's sworn to kill.
Available at Fictionwise, here.
For more info and excerpt, check the Scent of Cin page on my bookshelf.
Friday, February 12, 2010
And here's my lovely addition:
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There's something wonderfully sexy about a barefoot man in worn denim. This is the kind of image I have of the hero of my current work in progress.
Just take a moment and let your imagination wander . . .
Now, after that moment of zen, go ahead and continue on the tour, but don't forget to comment to be entered into the drawing for prizes. If you're dropping in here and don't know about the tour or the available prizes, a copy of the anthology Hearts Afire: December with my novella "Firestorm on E'Terra" and "This Fire" by Elise Logan and Emily Ryan-Davis is included. Check out the rest of the prizes --- here.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
from Space-D, a Science Fiction Comedy Horror:
The gun in her shoulder holster made her back ache, but no way in hell would Daphne open the hatch and step out onto Planet H311 without it.
Thumbs hitched in her coverall straps, she sneered at the portal. The planet’s red sky roiled with an electrical storm that lit up the plexi. "I might be stuck on hell, but you suckers are the pit’s end of hell’s throwbacks. And you’re going down."
Too bad nobody heard her trash-talk. Then again, she still wasn’t any good at it.
With a shaking hand, she slid the locking pin out of the emergency door’s push bar.When she heaved it open, the hatch clanged against the outside hull and reverberated down the empty antechamber. The echo reminded Daphne of her status. Alone. Stuck on a terraformed planet settlement gone wrong. This enviro-struct her only shelter in a world teeming with carnivorous worms larger than her daddy’s pet python and meaner than his crazed, outlawed Rottweiler robo-dog.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
High Octane by Kathleen Scott
Two hearts are never more than one dimension apart.
A routine fuel run through one of the planet's dimensional portals explodes in violence when Major Geneieve Lockhart's Jumper team is hammered with an unprovoked attack. With her ship disabled and contact to mission control limited, Genie faces her worst nightmare—losing her crew on the blood-soaked floor of a foreign desert.
Help comes from an unlicensed freelance mercenary ship, piloted by a man she never thought she'd see again. Her AWOL ex-lover, Lt. Col. Dante Bowen.
Bowen knows answering Genie's distress call puts his undercover mission to expose a governmental conspiracy at risk. But after faking his death six years ago, he owes her something. Ending up chained in her cargo hold for transport to his own court martial wasn't the thanks-for-the-rescue he expected.
The bridges between them may be in ashes, but their desire burns as hot as ever. Even as Genie wonders what happened to Bowen's code of honor, her body betrays her heart at every turn. The hostile race that attacked her ship, though, is coming back to finish them off. The only way to ensure freedom—on both sides of the dimensional divide—is to put her trust in the one man who betrayed it…
***Warning: Contains action-packed dimensional travel, hot military wartime sex, betrayed lovers and evil, power-hungry bastards***
Available now from Samhain Publishing.
Monday, February 8, 2010
When last first saw Daphne, she'd just gotten the better of a bunch of creepy crawly carnivorous space worms. Then, she helped a few military-types rescue her. Today she faces an inquiry into all that's happened. Take a look at the next installment of Space-D.
The story is on my website: Space-D: Episode Three
Can also be downloaded:
Links to other Valentine Free Reads
Note: I have not personally screened these excerpts. Please heed the ratings and
be aware that the links may contain material that is not typical of my site.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
- My favorite type of fantasy being, since I first started reading, is the elf. I still love those characters from The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien and the Shannara series by Terry Brooks.
- Quickly following that is the wizard. Of course Gandalf falls on that list, but so do the many variations of Merlin from the retellings of the Arthur legends that have always captivated my imagination. And of course, Harry Potter and friends.
- Also of LoTR fame, I fell in love with Strider aka Aragorn, a Ranger. So much so, that for years I had to have a Ranger character in my sad attempts at playing Dungeons and Dragons. (It was a sad attempt because I rarely actually played. Mostly I planned to play). A ranger is a woodsman and skilled warrior. Brings to mind a Robin Hood sort of character.
- Dracula. This is that very specific vampire I'm referring to, and even further, the character as portrayed by Gary Oldman in Bram Stoker's Dracula.
- Werewolves. Not the horror types but the alpha hero type like Clay in Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld series.
- Alien. The original movie was made of awesome.
- Predator. Yes, I loved that original movie as well. Perfect predator creature, alien killing machine. Great stuff. Not a fan of Alien vs. Predator franchise, though.
- Cyborg, or variants thereof. Kel-Paten, a bio-cybe in Linnea Sinclair's Games of Command is one of my favorite romance heroes.
- Dragons. I love dragons. Here's my guilty little secret, I have a shelf full of stuffed little dolls. If I were to ever get a tattoo (not happening, I hate pain), I'd get a dragon one.
- Unicorns. If we're talking guilty little secrets, I was one of those little girls with stuffed unicorns, little figurines, and even a t-shirt or two.
- Valkyrie. Women warriors. 'Nuff said.
- Mermaids/Mermans/Selkies. There's something about these water creatures that has a silkiness to it. Water and skin.
- Long living warriors. Warriors of Atlantis, cursed knights. Immortal suffering heroes with tons of delicious faults. Bring 'em on.