Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The future of Rapunzel, floating towers and braided silk

Braided Silk has released from Liquid Silver Books! This novella features a future of urban sprawl, pollution, bio-tech, and an out-of-control mad scientist. But it's also a story of self, finding what it means to be human, and love. Between primal attraction and expectations, love can get lost, but Zel and Langley struggle to find and keep that bond between them.

My second Future Tale, Braided Silk is another twisted fairytale in the futuristic setting of New Castle. Read an excerpt on my website, or check it out at Liquid Silver Books.


Braided Silk

Futuristic Romance/Twisted Fairytale/Biopunk -- Novella
Rapunzel was made with technologically advanced hair. As a trained Mother agent, Zel can't escape the DNA that makes her a pawn in corporate espionage. Kidnapped and held in a tower on Gothel Island, she falls to the sexual allure of her captor’s son, Langley, a man whose every tantalizing touch makes her forget she wasn’t born human.

Langley Gothel protests the existence of creations such as Zel, but when faced with losing her, he sees the truth: Life is precious, whether born, modified, or shaped in a Petri dish. He does the one thing he's thought he'd never do. He has to give up Zel, or become a mod. But will that be enough to get them down from the floating islands and safely to ground?

From Liquid Silver Books

Also available from
All Romance eBooks -- Amazon / Kindle


The first Future Tale, Jaq's Harp, is on sale for $1.99 through the month of November. If you haven't read it, not to worry, both novellas are stand-alone, but if you want more of the world of floating islands and futuristic fairytales, now's the time to check it out.

If you'd like a copy of Braided Silk, leave a comment! I'll pick a random commenter to win an ebook copy. Contest closes December 1st. Winner announced on the 2nd.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Contemporaries for the Spec Fic Romance reader

So you want to read a contemporary...

If you're like me, you read paranormal or science fiction/fantasy romance almost exclusively. But if you're also like me, there are times when the mood for a contemporary strikes. Recently on twitter, I butted in on a conversation between and about this topic and ended up buying Below the Belt by Sarah Mayberry for my Nook Color reading pleasure. This was an easy choice for me to make, since her Anything for You (Harlequin Blaze) is one of the few contemporaries on my keeper shelf.

As I read this book and quite enjoyed it, I wondered what appealed to me as a SF Romance reader and writer. This was also intriguing to me because in addition, I don't enjoy boxing (both the hero and heroine are boxers). It's the world-building, of course! Mayberry does an exceptional job of creating a world, even if it's a "real world" contemporary. She's done her research. I felt as if I could understand boxing, the business and the personalities. I didn't get lost, there weren't too many details, just the right amount.

But that's not all. There's the obvious romantic tension, but there's also action. There are elements of physical danger. And suspense. How in the world could they make all this work?

Top all that off with a heroine who knows her business, she trains hard and well, she'd unapologetic about her sexual needs--yes! Completely unapologetic! And she doesn't change for the hero. He loves her as she is, and she doesn't get weak just because she falls in love.

So, if you're in the mood for some contemporary amid your paranormals and scifis, this is a great one.

Have any recs for contemporaries for the speculative romance reader?


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

MiniReview: Water Mark by Kathleen Scott


Looking for political intrigue, romantic tension, and world-at-stake adventure? You'll find it in Kathleen Scott's Water Mark, a Science Fiction Romance with reunited lovers and cross-dimensional travel.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Winners for SFR Birthday Bash!

Using random.org, I've picked the winners and have emailed them.
Thanks, everyone. You helped make my birthday special!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

SFR party at Ella's!


It's my birthday, and in keeping with a tradition that's ... oh, about one year old, I'm doing a giveaway! A few giveaways!! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment with your email address, or if you don't want to leave your email address in the comments, go to my contact page and use the "send a note to Ella" form.
Since it's my party & I just spent the past few days at Readercon, a SF/F convention, I'm doing a Science Fiction Romance (SFR)theme. Because I can. And it's my party!

Here are the giveaways:
1. A rare paperback edition of my Silver Bound, a hot space western romance from Carina Press. A hard cover edition of Sherrilyn Kenyon's Born of Shadows, fourth in her SFR The League series. A Samhain gift certificate for $5.50 off next purchase at Samhain store. A pack of Jaq's Harp bio-tech beans and Romance Trading Cards!
(for US Residents only. Sorry about that, readers outside the US, but shipping is going up and up. See #3 below).
2. Four winners will receive a Samhain gift certificate for $5.50 off next purchase at Samhain store. And Romance Trading Cards for Silver Bound and my Prism finalist Firestorm on E'Terra. (This is for US and Canadian residents)
3. An ebook bundle of my Science Fiction Romance titles: Firestorm on E'Terra, Jaq's Harp and Silver Bound. (open to entries from anywhere! All you need is an email address and a way to read ebooks.)

That's it! Happy Birthday!!
Once again, to enter, just leave a comment. If you require shipping outside of the US, just let me know so I can enter you in correct contests. Winners will be chosen by Random.org and giveaway ends July 24, 11:59pm EST.

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Quick sneak peak at next giveaway. My next release is a Science Fiction Romance, Braided Silk (Future Tales #2). For a chance to win a copy, sign up for my notification list. Every release day I send an email and pick a subscriber to win an ebook copy of the book.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

MetalMark -- Six Sentences #7


It's been a while since my last six! I thought I'd post more from MetalMark:

***
One by one, he tongued and lapped, cleaned the juice from her fingers. Unfocused until now, he’d experienced the endless want, the itch he couldn’t scratch, once a month, but he’d never known this depth of desire before. Her essence, salty mixed with the berries, gave him a hunger for more. Jazz slid closer to him, her breathing hot and heavy on his neck as he leaned forward, intent on the blue smudges on her breasts.

His lips touched between her breasts and small bumps rose on her skin, rough against the long lick he made around and around the stain.

Her hands clutched him tight against her, and the ache of his loins, heavy and wanting for days, brought a rumble from his chest

***
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Sunday, April 17, 2011

MetalMark -- Six Sentences #6


This is the first kiss in MetalMark, Science Fiction Romance manuscript I'm revising.

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“Beautiful,” he whispered, an eternity later as his lips rested a heartbeat away from hers.

She rubbed her mouth back and forth across his, light as gossamer, the tickling sensation gripping his throat and sending small bumps over his skin.

God’s Stone!

He’d never known his first kiss would travel over his entire body, that the touch of one point could make him shudder all over.

Reluctant, he pulled back, not daring to take more from her so soon in their courtship.

Jazz caught at the back of his head and halted his retreat.
***
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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Want beans?

If you'd like your own bio-tech beans*, featured in Jaq's Harp, just drop by my giveaway to get them in the mail. Plus, three Romance Trading Cards!

More details on my Giveaway page!



* bio-tech beans are otherwise known as jelly beans.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

MetalMark -- Six Sentences #5


The rough, first draft of MetalMark is done. I've moved on to revising, which for me is sometimes fairly in-depth and requires major heavy lifting. The first thing I did was add a new opening chapter. I decided to post my first six sentences today. Then,  when I looked at them, ready to publish, I realized I didn't like them as the first sentences. They weren't enough to bring the reader in. So, a little rearranging and these are the latest opening lines. Let me know, would you keep reading?
***
Time to get this over with.

Sitting at his desk and ignoring the sick feeling in his gut, he started the signalcast device that was of yet, still unfamiliar to him.

“Prince Lye,” the disemboweled voice answered immediately. Someone always did, though he knew they didn’t sit by their communications device anxiously awaiting his decision. “Do we have an agreement?”

“My blood samples in exchange for a seat in the Syndicate.”

Edited to Add: Thanks for the catches on "disemboweled". Yes, it should be disembodied. You guys rock! Editors rock. They keep us from doing these sorts of things in public. I'm sure I was caught in the "sick feeling in his gut" imagery & made that mixup. Thanks again & I'm leaving it as is since that's how I posted it!
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Sunday, March 20, 2011

MetalMark -- Six Sentences #4


This week, I thought I'd give a glimpse from the POV of the heroine's best friend, Shifty. She's been so much fun to write that I'm as concerned for her happy ending as I am for the heroine's.

She hurried away as fast as she could on her blasted legsshort and not shapely enough to make up for it. Not like Tami, whose body was damn perfect. She’d do her, and she wasn’t even a man.

She concentrated on keeping her face still, the tears at bay, until she got to her lab behind the closed door. She slid to the floor and covered her face, unable to keep the sobs from ripping from her chest.

This abstinence shit was hard.

***
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Sunday, March 13, 2011

MetalMark -- Six Sentences #3


Last week, we left off with the heroine's first glimpse of the hero. Here's the hero's POV from MetalMark, my SF Romance, lust in space, work in progress:

The red witch with the tantalizing scent drew up straight, and Lye sensed her recognition of him at that precise moment. Like the fields of sage growing on the Mountain of Solace, the heady aroma of her arousal grew thick and his shaft tightened. Again.

He’d never experienced this heightened awareness for a mate. He nearly snorted in derision at himself. Of course he hadn’t experienced it, or even now he’d have a partner.
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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Romance Trading Cards


These are designs for my first two Romance Trading Cards! I'll be handing these out at the RWA National Conference in New York and I'm making arrangements to send them to the RT Book Lovers Convention. Check out the RTC website for more on other authors who will have cards.
I'll share more when they're ready!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

MetalMark -- Six Sentences #2


Last week, we left off with...
...the prince asked, "Red?"

Her hand shot to her hair before she could stop it. Used to the mane that fell midback, she hadn’t considered the impact it would have on a Brutusian. The entire race had black hair and green eyes until they attained the status of elder when both turned silver. Since the infestation of the biomechanical MetalMark, the turned citizenry shaved or cut short their hair to leave the back of the neck bare.

Bright auburn hair, free and long, had to be a sight this prince had never seen before.
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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Six Sentences from MetalMark

This is from my current work in progress, MetalMark, a lady space pirate story that I'm so in love with! (It's also a prequel to Silver Bound).

This is the first meeting of gal pirate and the prince:
Hand on sabre grip, Jazz shot to her feet and rounded on the newcomer.
     The sight shocked her speechless.
     A tall young man, skinny and pale in a voluminous purple robe seemed to float in the middle of the room. Partially covered by a lock of shiny black hair, his deep, green eyes grew wide. His fragile appeal broadsided her, and she took a step back.
     With a tilt of his head toward Carner, who’d come around to stand near her, the prince asked, “Red?”

***
This is the one year anniversary of Six Sentence Sunday. Yay! There are prizes to be had, to celebrate, be sure to visit the Six Sentence Sunday homepage!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

epub files downloading as zip files

Recently I added epub versions of my free reads to my website (here). I did due diligence, or so I thought. I created the files and tested them. I added them to the page as downloads, uploaded, and then tested the downloads again. Usually I would do all this testing in all browsers, but since this was a simple click to download, I didn't (shame on me). Everything worked fine in Firefox for me, but today I was contacted by someone who ran into a problem.

When my website visitor tried to download the .epub version in Internet Explorer, it tried to save it as a .zip file. I did some research and thought I'd share how I fixed it, in case you are like me and would like to post .epub digital books on your website--and in case you run into this problem.

The basic issue is that the web server doesn't know what an .epub file is. You need to tell it to treat it in a certain way. On your server, there is likely a .htaccess file in the root directory of your website. If not, you can create one. It just needs to be a text file named ".htaccess"

In that file, you need these two lines:
AddHandler application/epub+zip .epub
AddType application/epub+zip .epub

I'd also recommend changing your link to your .epub file to include a type. Here's my code as an example:
<a class="link" href="http://www.elladrake.com/freereads/Grounded%20-%20Ella%20Drake.epub" title="Grounded" type="application/epub+zip">epub</a>

That's it! If you have this problem & this doesn't work, leave a comment, and I'll see if I can help.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Release Day for Jaq's Harp!

So happy to announce this!!!

Jaq's Harp
Jaq’s Harp 
Now available!
Futuristic Romance/Twisted Fairytale/Biopunk -- Short (ebook)
In a world of floating islands and bio-engineered beans, the bad guys are taken down by agents of the Mother organization—agents like Jacqueline “Jaq” Robinson. Instead of accepting her next routine assignment, she sets out on a mission of her own—to destroy Giant Corp, the company responsible for her sister’s wasting illness. Jaq must steal her cure from Giant’s headquarters high above the city…even though she’ll be brought face-to-face with Harper English, the man who left her to go deep undercover at Giant.

For Harp, Jaq had been a distraction the mercenary thought he couldn’t afford. But once he sees her again, Harp knows he’s made a mistake. Even though she vowed he won’t have her again, it’s clear they still have a powerful attraction. Harp’s determined to get a second chance with Jaq—if they can escape Giant Corp and get back to solid ground in one piece…


Available from Carina Press


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To read the entire first chapter, check it out on Kobo.And then if you're here for part of Excerpt Monday & would like, please leave a comment!



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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.
As always, our hostesses Bria Quinlan (PG13), Alexia Reed (R), Rachel Jameson (PG13) and Kendal Corbitt (R) thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

One more peek of Jaq's Harp

From Jaq's Harp, novella coming Feb 21st from Carina Press. This is a snippet from when our intrepid heroine, Jaq, is climbing the beanstalk:

Eyes closed against the dizzying sway of the vine, she took deep breaths. She could do this. She had to.

Her hands started to sweat. She held on tighter as a chill worked under her jacket. Behind her, a low churning sound grew louder.

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Text Copyright © 2011 by Ella Drake
Cover Art Copyright © 2011 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.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Upcoming Jaq's Harp Schedule

Jaq's Harp releases on Monday, Feb 21st (I'm trying my best not to run around screaming in panic). In celebration, I'm visiting around the blogosphere and giving away copies to random commenters as I go. So, here's the scoop:
Today, I'm at Sandra Sookoo's Author Folk Friday and at my usual bi-weekly spot at Contact--Infinite Futures discussing Science Fiction and Details.
Upcoming:
20th, Six Sentence Sunday, here at my own blog with another sneak peek at Jaq's Harp
21st, Release Day!
22nd, Carina Press Blog (giveaway)
22nd, Manic Readers Blog (giveaway)
22nd, Contact--Infinite Futures (giveaway)
23rd, Quirky Ladies (giveaway)
And I'll also be at the The Biopunk Reader. More on that soon!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday - Jaq's Harp

From Jaq's Harp:

The familiar need to keep her safe pissed him off again. Close enough to touch, he didn’t. He put a hand on each side of her and leaned toward her until their exhales mixed, combined, caressed. Her scent, clean and rich, green, overwhelmed him and brought it all back, the feel of her in his arms, the wholeness of being with her.

She panted.

Good.

Thought I'd go with the general theme from last week of breathing. This is from Jaq's Harp, novella coming Feb 21st from Carina Press.

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***
Text Copyright © 2011 by Ella Drake
Cover Art Copyright © 2011 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.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Fixing Covers on the NookColor


I received the lovely gift of a NookColor for Christmas & yay, happy day! Now I'm ready to move my ebook library onto the device. But, there's a problem. When I sideloaded my previously purchased, non-DRMed books onto my NookColor, some of them didn't show up with a cover.

Off I went to research what to do. I tried a bunch of tricks. I followed several threads on how to fix the epub files. What has finally worked for me turns out to be rather easy.

This is what works for me:
1. Open Calibre. I use this to manage my ebooks and to load any and all ebooks not purchased from B&N onto the NookColor. Using it with the NookColor is as easy as plugging in the USB cord.
2. Find the book that doesn't have a cover. (If you downloaded the ebook directly to your NookColor, then select "Device" at the top to view the ebooks on the NookColor. Then right click book & select "Add Books To Library". Then go back to the "Library"--icon at top)
3. Right Click on the ebook and select "Edit Metadata" then "Edit Individually"
4. Find a copy of the cover online (perhaps from the ebook store where you purchased it).
5. Drag and drop the cover from your browser or file manager into the "Book Cover" area in the "Edit Meta Information" window.
6. Fix any other metadata info while there then select "okay"
[edited to add: To ensure the rest of this works, I've found that you might need to add a step here. Right click on book, select convert book individually, select EPUB in top right corner as output format EVEN IF you're already working from an epub file. This will recreate the epub file correctly with the new cover]
7. Right click on title, select "Send to Device" and "Send to Main Memory". (or "Send specific format" if necessary. Choose epub!)
8. The ebook will either replace the one already there or copy a second ebook. If that happens, go to "Device" and delete the older ebook (right click, remove).

When creating the new cover, Calibre creates the metadata with the new cover and viola! It works on the NookColor.

This may sound like a lot of steps, but if you're like me & can't stand not having covers, it's worth it. Once you get the hang of it, it's fast and easy. And it works every time, so no more frustration.

Themes

I've been thinking a bit about themes and branding for a variety of reasons. And mulling this over, looking at my published work as well as those in progress, I've realized something. I tend to write characters who have issues of control.

In Silver Bound, Jewel loses control over her own memories, her thoughts, her body. In Scent of Cin, Cin also loses control over her body when she's killed then brought back to life by a nephilim , who ends up owning a piece of her as a result. In Wolf-Bitten, Alaya ends up getting herself mated to a werewolf whether she wanted it, or not. (Or, maybe she did.) In The Forbidden Chamber, Isabel's passion is controlled by a curse. (Or is it?)

In every single one of these stories, the heroines learn to understand what's controlling them and finds a way to take back that control. They're all fighters.

I'm working on a story set in the same universe as Silver Bound, where you'll be happy to know that the hero gets a dose of control-loss.

This concept of loss of control of your own body's reactions is a disturbing one that gets to the heart of how many women must feel at one point or another. In some way, writing the fictional heroine who finds how to take back control is a theme I'm finding may to with frequency.

I'm sure I'll be exploring this theme again!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

If you write SFR, pay attention!

From Heather at Galaxy Express: "Lois McMaster Bujold recently posted her introduction to DAW’s LOVE AND ROCKETS anthology (*waves to Mike B. who tipped me off*). Since she always writes/speaks about blends of science fiction and romance with such eloquence, my post today will serve as a gateway for her incredibly insightful comments."

I read & loved this intro by Lois McMaster Bujold. Can't recommend it highly enough. Go forth & read!
Seriously. Like, now.

...are you done, yet?

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday

Joining in the Six Sentence Sunday fun with six lines from Silver Bound!

She forced her lips into a smile, and he moved again, silencing the flutters. He stepped between her bound, outstretched legs and bent over her. The rest of the room, everything, faded away, and all she saw, all she felt, all she breathed, came from him.

“Jewel,” he whispered, his mouth against hers before he licked her shivering lips.

She moaned with the exquisite pleasure. His soft, luxurious clothes rubbed against her instantly aroused body, sensitive and aware of his every movement.

(Silver Bound will be available for free from Carina Press on Wed. February 9th only)

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Friday, February 4, 2011

Breaking Tropes

The trope. I happen to both love them and roll my eyes at them.

What is a trope? In some ways, they are cliches, or in the case of Romance, they can be a type of situation we see in many stories. For instance, I love the friends-to-lovers trope. There's the secret baby trope. There's the Gothic heroine trapped in a creepy castle/mansion trope (The Forbidden Chamber). There's all sorts. Some of us will go out of our way to buy books with a particular one. I know I love the arranged marriage trope in historical romance. Something about a couple being stuck together and then falling in love really does it for me. But I know some readers can't stand that one and some say it's overdone. But there's something about the familiarity of knowing the type of story you're getting into. Like your favorite music, or your favorite pair of fuzzy socks, it's comfortable knowing what to expect.

In the case of my writing, I do tend to like twisting or breaking tropes, both in honoring them and in maybe poking a little fun at them. I think it's possible to do both.

One big example of this is Silver Bound, where I both go with the trope of futuristic love slave (there's a fairly large subgenre of these stories in erotic Sci-Fi Romance) and break that trope. Delving into the expected while staying within theme, allowed me to explore different sides of creating a story.

My upcoming release, Jaq's Harp, also tackles tropes and twists them. I've taken the Jack and the Beanstalk story and flipped it, created an alternate futuristic world of fairy tales, and ran with it. There are further tropes within the story that I addressed and I hope you read it and have as much fun finding them as I did writing them. The biggest one being, flipping the action hero saving the heroine standard.
I also liked tackling the ideas of danger and sex, the ethical questions of Jack stealing from the Giant, and magical beans. They're all in there... but slightly twisted.

What are your favorite tropes? Or, have you read a story that breaks them and pulled you right along a reader?

Friday, January 28, 2011

Date Movies

Last night, my husband and I watched the movie Knight and Day. Though it hasn't had great reviews (click on the movie poster to see reviews at Rotten Tomatoes), this was a great "date movie". Both my husband and I thought it was fun, despite a few obvious flaws. There was action, just enough romance for me and not too much for him.

There aren't many movies out there that really do the trick. We both enjoy action movies, so those movies are the usual go-tos when we watch the rare movie together, but when the movies don't add some humor, it's harder to overlook the flaws or things that don't fit with the plot. The thing about Knight and Day was that there was an edge of parody that made it fun while keeping the action moving forward. Taking a step back, it seemed to both make fun of action movies with impossibly-talented god-like spies, while celebrating them at the same time.

Parody is a difficult thing to get right. It doesn't always work. Take for instance, one of our other favorite date movies, Galaxy Quest. We both enjoy that movie (once again, only a bit of romance, which fits for both of us). I think they got it right, but some critics didn't get that film when it came out.

So, tell me, what are good date movies? Give me ideas of movies with action, a bit of romance, with good comedic timing, and maybe some parody. Sounds like a tall order, but I think the perfect date night movies are.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Welcome Stacey Kennedy

Hi Everyone!

Big thanks to Ella for letting me stop by and share my new release with you all. My novels are light-hearted fantasy with heart squeezing, thigh-clenching romance, and even give a good chuckle every now and again.

My journey as a writer began as a way to keep my brain alive since being a stay at home mom can be a little let’s say numbing. It was an escape from screaming kids, dirty diapers and plain old mom duty.

It started as a hobby, but as the stories progressed it became a passion. Now, I indulge at nap time, especially the juicy bits! Every mom needs a good thrill!



FIRST AND LAST
The Magical Sword ~ Book Four

Liquid Silver Books ~ January 24, 2011

One woman, one bond, one final battle … can even Nexi Jones defeat the deepest darkness of evil?

Meet Nexi Jones—Witch, Guardian and now, Lady of the Underworld. Embracing her new role, Nexi begins the task of changing a world led by darkness. But not everyone is happy to see her rise to power. Before long, a resistance within the Underworld is forming.

As the darkness begins to close in around her, Nexi’s magical abilities flourish in response—forcing Nexi to dig down deeper into her past to discover this source and why she was gifted with such incredible strength.

With her Guardian, Kyden by her side, Nexi will meet her greatest challenge yet as she begins to discover that fate might have been a bitch, but she was a bitch with a plan.

Thanks to Stacey for visiting today. To read an excerpt of First and Last, keep reading past the fold!
--Ella

Saturday, January 22, 2011

LRC's 2010 Best Science Fiction/Futuristic Book ...

Silver Bound was nominated for 2010 Best SF/Futuristic at Love Romances Cafe.
This is very welcome news and I'm excited to say the least.

Dawn's Reading Nook: Nominees for Best Science Fiction/Futuristic Book ...: " To vote, please comment on this post with your ONE choice. Best Science Fiction/Futuristic Book-2010..."

Monday, January 17, 2011

Ready for Jaq?

Jaq's Harp is just over a month away & I'm getting excited!
An early review is in, from Penelope's Romance Reviews :

"...the sci fi details are awesome. Drake does a tremendous job with her world-building. The bio-engineered beanstalk, the floating "islands," the hovercrafts, the dark, gritty, and desperate feel to life for the poor schmucks left on the surface of the earth, all make for a stunning vision of a world gone awry with technology." (B+)

And also in the good news department, Jaq's Harp is coming soon from Audible.com, who I think did a fantastic job with Silver Bound ( Audible / Amazon ). Can't wait to hear Jaq!

If you want a release day reminder for Jaq's Harp (futuristic, twisted fairyale goodness)--and to enter for a chance to win--sign up for my notification list. (no spam promise!)

and there's more...
I have another signing being arranged. Hopefully I'll have more details soon.
I'll also be visiting a few blogs around release day for Jaq. I'll post a calender when all the deets are nailed down.
Have a great day!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Contact - Infinite Futures

Happy New Year! Hope you've had a great 2011 so far!
I'm starting the new year off participating in a new joint author blog, Contact - Infinite Futures. This new blog is by SF/SFR Carina Press authors. We'll be talking Science Fiction sans Romance and Science Fiction with Romance.

We consist of Carina authors Shawn Kupfer, KC Burn, Lilly Cain, and Robert Appleton.

My first post, I discussed one of my favorite topics, the coming apocalypse.