Wednesday, March 24, 2010

NEC Conference

This weekend, I'll be attending the NEC-RWA 2010 Let Your Imagination Take Flight Conference being held in Framingham, MA. At the end of the conference, a book fair, open to the public, will be held. Proceeds go to the Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts. Below are the authors who will be signing, the first three authors being guests of honor:

Brenda Novak
NY Times/USA Today
Best Seller

MaryJanice Davidson
NY Times/USA Today
Best Seller

Judith Arnold
Award Winning
Best Seller

  1. Annette Blair
  2. Ashlyn Chase
  3. Caroline Linden
  4. Chrisyne Butler
  5. Dalton Diaz
  6. Diane Amos
  7. Donna Russo Morin
  8. Eve Silver
  9. Hannah Howell
  10. Jennifer Linforth
  11. Jessica Andersen
  12. J.M. Griffin
  13. K.A. Mitchell
  14. Kat Henry Doran
  15. Kate George
  16. Kathryn Smith
  17. Laura Moore
  18. Linda Bleser
  19. Linda Cardillo
  20. Lindsay Downs
  21. Lindsay Longford
  22. Lisa Mondello
  23. Pepper Goodrich
  24. Sally MacKenzie
  25. Samantha Hunter
  26. Winnie Griggs
If you're in the area, come by and see me!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Have you read an ebook this week? You should.
  1. Check out the history behind Read and E-Book Week.
  2. 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.
  3. Jane Eyre is available at Gutenberg in txt, html, epub, mobi, and other formats.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Nathan Bransford, agent blogger extraordinaire, blogged about ebook skeptics here.
  7. 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.
  8. This month, All Romance Ebooks is having a 25% Omnibucks rebate on all Samhain Publishing titles. This includes my Samhain title, The Forbidden Chamber.
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. I'll be signing for the first time as an author at the 2010 RT Booklovers Convention, and I'll be signing ebooks!
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
    Come visit!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Read an Ebook Week


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

Things you may not know about me

  1. I love to dance.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Some of my favorite short stories were written by Issac Asimov, but I can't read his longer work.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. Number 7 is about as interesting as I get. Really.
  9. 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.
  10. 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!
  11. 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.
  12. I run, hit baseball, and fight like a girl.
  13. I can parallel park a minivan like nobody's business.
Alright then, tell me something about you!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

A happy author

Yesterday I stumbled across a review for The Forbidden Chamber that made me a very happy author (If you call googling your name "stumbling across"). What I love about this review is that the reviewer, Jasmine from Whipped Cream Erotic Reviews, not only liked it, but picked up on so many of the threads I so loved creating in the story.

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

Get some Cin

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Welcome to the New Release Monday. This month, in addition to our typical excerpt week, we're showcasing new releases by several fabulous EM writers. Excerpt Monday site! or click on the banner above.

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
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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.
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Scent of Cin
by Ella Drake
ISBN: 978-1-60088-469-6
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.

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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.

He’d growled.

Damn.

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