Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Winner of contest

The winner of the print copy of The Forbidden Chamber is Beth!
I sent you an email!
Check back tomorrow for another contest! It's the last time to enter my July Wednesday contests and the last time to comment for a chance to win a $25 gift card.

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.

Contest! I have pretties!

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

5-star review!

Back from vacation to a wonderful review from Gianna at Joyfully Reviewed (in truth, the review came out in April, but I just got the alert).

"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

quick contest

The next July Wednesday contest is easy. Just leave a comment to be entered to win ebook copies of my two Cobblestone Press short stories: Wolf-Bitten and Scent of Cin. For more info, including excerpts, check them out on the Fiction page of my website (link above). One winner will be announced next Wednesday.
Don't forget, all who enter my July contests are also entered to win a gift card (see previous post).

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Easy-peasy birthday contest

I'm celebrating my birthday this month and I'd love to give you stuff! Isn't that what birthdays are all about? Well, okay, usually you give things to the birthday gal, but not on this blog!

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?”

Holy stars.

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

Expanding Universe Contest

July is a great month for summer reads, a great month for contests, and a great month to try a Liaden novel if you haven't yet. I'm passing along info on this great contest and encouraging all of you who enjoy romance and/or science fiction, to take a look at this series.

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

The Forbidden Chamber - Print edition available for preorder

The print edition of The Forbidden Chamber is available for preorder. The official release date is August 3rd.
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.