Friday, 6 October 2017

Fixation Friday—Ellie Jean—Guest Interview


Please welcome Ellie Jean to The Flare Up! 
Ellie's debut novel, Sweet Deception, released on October 4th. She's kindly agreed to answer some questions so that you can all get to know her better.
She's also giving away a $10 Amazon gift card for one lucky reader!



What inspired you to write erotic-contemporary romance? 

After a few years of reading this genre of novels, a story stated to take hold of my mind. It would escape my mind. It was probably a year after that, that I thought I should give it ago and just write. I started writing and although it has taken a while and a lot of persistence, I finally have a novel of which I am proud of. 


Which one of your characters was the hardest for you to write and why? 

Isla- she is vulnerable and been through a lot, so trying to capture this and also show the readers that she is strong was difficult. 


Which authors have influenced your writing?

I love reading contemporary romance with die hard romantics, MC books, alpha males and males with mafia ties. J. Kenner, Meredith Wilde, Jamie Begley and recently S. Nelson, Meghan March and Jodi Ellen Malpas, have all inspired me with their protective and passionate leading men. 


What is one genre that you’d never write? 

Paranormal as I wouldn’t know where to start! 


Have you ever based a character on a real person? 

No. I only wish/dream I knew some really broad chested, muscular, tattooed protective and passionate men who will do anything for the woman they love. 


What’s the one book that you’ve read that you’ll always remember and read repeatedly? 

Christina Lauren’s Beautiful series! They are hilarious, swoon worthy and great reads. 


Happy endings—yes or not always? 

Yes please…Always- I like to think we all deserve and hope for one in our own lives. 


What’s the worst/ best piece of advice you’ve ever received? 

Best piece of advice: It was from one of my Beta readers. She told me not to sit on this novel but I must get it out into the world so readers can enjoy it. 


What is something that a reader will find in your books that they won’t find in others? 

The story line is a little different to most out there with the problems be unlike what most readers are used to. 


Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know. 

I am a huge, huge Disneyland Fan… I would go every year if I could and more if I lived anywhere near one. Being In Australia limits my trips but I have been extremely lucky to go three times and I’d still go back for more! 


If you could travel to anywhere in the world where would it be? 

Paris. I just want to see the Art galleries, museum, the romance of the streets and shops and then of course Disneyland. 


Quiet night in, or big crowds and live music? Which would you choose? 

Quiet night in with the Hubby minus the children, with some Bacardi/coke and chocolates and a good movie sounds like heaven.
Thank you, Ellie! Best of luck with the release.
Read on for more about the book.


I can’t let any man get too close to me…ever. But he’s the only man who has made me want to risk everything.

On my knees, looking up at Alex Raven changed my life irrevocably. Self-assured and powerful, his presence commanded attention…especially that of women. Intoxicated by what I wasn’t allowed, I entangled Alex in my web of lies and deceit…better known as my past and present. Shouldering his own secrets, he freely gave me his trust and protection. But would pulling him into my world be the future I so craved? Or mean the end for us both?

Isla:

I want to be a normal twenty-four year old.
With a normal job. A normal family and a normal relationship.
But I know that it is impossible.
I’m not allowed.
EVER…
The Boss owns me.
Fooling myself into believing differently plays havoc with my mind.
The small reprieve from my normal life has thrown me into a tailspin.
His large powerful hands and the strength and passion he takes me with makes me forget reality.
Devouring my body expertly, making me scream his name over and over is my new favorite
pastime. Nothing else matters.
Making me reckless and deceitful.
But he wants me so badly. His words, his touch and his actions show me without a shadow of a doubt.
He protects what is his.
Will I still be his when I reveal my normal life? Or will we both pay for my deception?

Alex:

My life is routine, busy, dangerous and with little privacy.
I’m consumed with my multimillion dollar ‘Raven Resort and Casino’ unless my family needs my help.
Discreetly, silencing any problems.
My dick, my brain and very quickly my heart has different ideas.
Her curves, the way her body melts under my touch, her voice when I take over her completely and the persistent need to fiercely protect her throws my ordered life into chaos.
I simply can’t get enough of her.
I can tell she is trying to fight us.
She has secrets. But I do too.
There is one thing I know without any confusion - She will be mine…





Ellie Jean is giving away a $10 Amazon gift card to one lucky reader!



My wonderful life consists of my everyday job and looking after my 3 boys and husband. In my 'spare' time I like to try and do some writing.
I love cooking especially desserts and anything chocolate. I am a self confessed chocoholic!
I also love making craft, painting, drawing, cross stitch and calligraphy. But there isn't much time for these at the moment.
Sometimes I just love to grab a cup of tea and read a good, (maybe erotic) romance novel and have some peace and quiet.


FOLLOW ELLIE JEAN:

Monday, 2 October 2017

Book Store Signing—Finding Home Official Release!


Hello lovelies! It has been a long time since I've written a blog post, but I thought I'd drop in and give you the update on what's happening.

I'm currently writing Convincing You, book 2 in the Sensing Series. This one is a bit more complicated with several plot lines that cross over, so it's a bit more challenging. I love to push myself to do better and I'm revelling in the experience. I think this might be my favourite couple out of all my books, and it's mostly set in Australia, so I feel more at home.

I'm also writing another book that is a stand-alone. Definitely not a romance. I'll be publishing that under a different pen name because it's something else altogether. I can't tell you much more than that. Stay tuned for more info.

GUEST POST AND GIVEAWAY

This Friday, I have a special guest on the blog. Author, Ellie Jean, is celebrating the release of her debut novel, Sweet Deception, and she'll be dropping in to answer some questions.
She's also giving away a $10 Amazon gift card, so don't miss it!

BOOK SIGNINGS


It's less than 3 weeks until Riveting Reads Australia.
I'm getting so excited about this event.
Check out the website if you don't already have your ticket.

AND ...

This Saturday (October 7th) I'll be signing copies of my books at Books @ Stones in Brisbane between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Come and say hi!

Visit the Facebook EVENT page.

Don't know where it is?
Check out the WEBSITE.

Happy reading!
Cheers

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Finding Home Release Day!


Title: Finding Home
Series: Coming Home #2
Author: J.M. Adele
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Published: August 16, 2017
I’ve done some things I’m ashamed of. Been the subject of gossip they didn’t even bother trying to keep from my ears. But I’m here, thousands of miles away trying to atone for my sins. Funny thing is, some sins are so ingrained it’s impossible to scrub them from your DNA.

Chelsea’s hell bent on reigning in her free spirit and becoming the daughter her mama could be proud of. Lord knows she owes her that much. But when a stranger crosses her path, her wild heart flares to life. She figures a little bit of fun never hurt none. She isn’t prepared for the lesson fate serves with a slice of pie, and some sweet tea on the side.

Greyson is done with being neck deep in cow dung. He’s ready to hang up his cowboy hat and replace it with a toque blanche. Following his passion all the way to Boston, he gets the shock of his life when the smokin’ hot blonde from Alabama turns up in his uncle’s restaurant.

But her plans and his future are set for different destinations. And distance isn’t the only thing trying to tear them apart.

The kitchen is about to go volcanic as he fights to chase his dream, and hold on to his dream girl.

Chelsea will have to make a choice between her heart, or her home.

Which one will it be?

* Recommended for readers 18+ due to mature content. *



Finding Home Excerpt © J.M. Adele 2017

Like the rest of town, Lucy’s Diner was stuck in a time warp. They had the jukebox to prove it, complete with vinyl records. It had a nice homey feel to it, though—another thing she’d miss while she was gone.
The bell on the door jingled as it slapped shut behind her. An aromatic cocktail of grease and coffee hung on the air, assailing her senses, and triggering her hunger. Chelsea turned and waved to Angel as she drove off shaking her head. Her friend thought she was crazy, meeting a strange man who wasn’t hanging around for long. She’d learned to be more selective and trust her instincts when it came to men, despite her impulsive tendencies. Unwilling to repeat the fatal mistake from her past.
Maybe she was crazy, but there was something about him… She wasn’t completely irresponsible. The diner was her turf and it was safe. There’d be people here that would look out for her.
She had this under control.
Chelsea’s blue gaze roamed the cracked red vinyl booths, until they landed on the deliciousness that was Greyson Stranger. She didn’t know his last name, so Stranger it was, and that’s how she wanted it to stay. This was just a short detour to let off some steam before she had to get back to the serious business of paying for her sins.
Her smile stretched wide as she watched him take her in, the heat in his eyes blazing. His long, dark hair hung over one eye, brushing the tops of his wide shoulders. He leaned back in the chair and rested his arms across the table in front of him, with a hint of a smile in greeting.
Slowly walking towards him, she kept eye contact, half because she wanted to make an entrance, and half because she couldn’t look away.
“Is this seat taken?”
Greyson waved his hand across the booth as if to say, “Be my guest.”
Chelsea slid into the seat and rested her chin in her hands, still staring at him.
“Hi.”
“Hi.” He smirked.
“You hungry?”
“Yeah. I’ve ordered a piece of pie and sweet tea. I didn’t know if you were gonna show up, so I figured I’d… fill up my body…” He wiggled his fingers to put air quotes around his use of her phrase. “… before gettin’ back on the road.”
At the mention of his body, Chelsea’s eyes dropped to his straining T-shirt again. It was hard not to look. The man was gorgeous. “Well, sugar, if I invite a man somewhere you can always guarantee I’ll show up. A piece of pie and some sweet tea sounds mighty fine right about now.”
The waitress appeared in time with Chelsea’s declaration. “Hi sweetie, good to see you again. You having what he’s having?” The older lady stood with pencil and pad poised, and a ready smile.
“Thanks, Doreen.”
“Okay, hun.” She bustled back behind the counter.
Chelsea turned back to her companion. “So, tell me about your first kiss?”
Greyson’s mouth dropped open and he huffed out a laugh. “Excuse me?”
“First kiss. Come on. Spill.”
“Mindy Lawson, second grade, on the swings. How about you?”
“Decker Turner, two years old, in the playpen.” She grinned. “What did you think you’d grow up to be when you were a kid?”
“Superman… How ‘bout you?”
“Lois Lane.” The corner of her mouth kicked up as she batted her lashes playfully.
A deep laugh rumbled out of him, sending tingles down her neck.
“Do I get to ask a question?” He raised a dark brow.
“Only if it’s not personal.”
“Your first kiss isn’t personal?”
“No.” She shrugged.
“So, I can’t ask what your last name is?”
“Nope.”
“Or your number?”
“Nooo.” She shook her head, dramatically.
He sat up straight and scratched the stubble on his chin, one side of his mouth quirked. “Arrabbiata or Carbonara?”
“Ooh, good one. It depends on my mood. Arrabbiata, most of the time.”
“Spicy… Nice.” He leaned towards her, his eyes dipping to her lips for a second, before seeking her gaze again.
She put her hands on the table, mirroring him as she leaned forward. “Red or white wine?”
“Whatever goes with the dish.”
“I like an adventurous man.” The smile broke out on her face again.
“I’m on the biggest adventure of my life.”
“Where ya headed?”
“Isn’t that a personal question?” He raised a brow and moved his hand closer so their fingers touched.
“Touché. Yes, it is.”
The clink of plates on the table broke the intensity between them.
Chelsea took in a desperate breath as they both leaned back. “Thanks, Doreen, you’re a darlin’.”
“You’re welcome, sweetie. Enjoy!”
They each took a forkful of pie, and chewed as their eyes roamed over each other. The taste on her tongue was amazing. The country song playing on the jukebox barely registered over the sound of Grey’s lips smacking together as he enjoyed his food. He made a low hum in his throat, and she let out a whimper. It was the most intense foreplay she’d ever experienced.
She couldn’t help feeling sad at the thought that this couldn’t go anywhere. It should have been a warning signal, when fleeting hook-ups were the only relationships she dared to entertain. The type she could control. Maybe it hadn’t been wise, starting something with this man. It echoed of her past. Of a stupid decision that cost a life. She feared she was setting herself up for a painful experience, rather than the fun she’d hoped for.
Picking up her glass, she gulped down some cool, sweet tea, looking away from him for a beat.
“Feelin’ a bit heated, sugar?” The amusement was obvious in his voice.
The glass thunked on the table as she put it down too forcefully. “I am. You wanna get out of here?”
“What’s the hurry? Are you tired of me already?”
“Nope. It’s just the opposite. I’m afraid I’ve bitten off more than I can chew, but like the greedy girl I am, I’d like to gorge myself some more.”
She had lost her everlovin’ mind.
His jaw tightened and he paused, his eyes flashing to her mouth. She watched that jaw loosen as he continued to chew and swallow slowly. His gaze drifted back to hers, and he picked up his drink, draining it in one long chug before pushing the glass away.
“You’re a wild one… Tempting.”
He sat so still with his eyes boring into hers, his face an intense mask. His eyebrows had dropped. He looked almost angry… or maybe frustrated. It did nothing to dispel the heat that gathered in her core. If anything, the hint of fire in his eyes set her desire for him at furnace level. She’d never experienced an attraction like this before, putting her at a distinct disadvantage. She needed to be the one in control, and she felt anything but.
“I need to get back on the road. If I don’t get out of here now, I’m never going to leave,” he muttered, before he stood. Reaching into his back pocket, he pulled out his wallet, and threw some green onto the table. His warm palm caressed her cheek, as his thumb drifted across her bottom lip. The touch set off all sorts of tingles, further awakening parts that had no business being excited in a 1950s diner.
Chelsea’s heart thundered in her chest as he leaned down to place a soft kiss on her lips. The barely-there touch seared more than the hottest chili.
“The first kiss is always personal,” he whispered in her ear, before walking out of her life. 
For good.
She sat for the longest time, staring at where he’d been sitting, trying to calm the hell down. Wondering what the fuck had just happened, and why she suddenly felt so bereft. Like her carefully planned future now had a gaping hole she had no idea how to fill.


Former nurse, reluctant romantic, and chocolate lover, J.M. Adele, is the author of paranormal and contemporary romance, and romantic suspense. After years of indulging in her addiction to reading, her own characters started to tell their stories. They were relentless, forcing her to put pen to paper and release them into the world. She also owns and runs The Flare Up book blog where she shares her reading obsession.

On most days you can find her running between the desk, and wrangling her three boisterous boys while carrying a book in one hand. When everyone else drifts off to dreamland she escapes into the worlds conjured by the characters in her head.
Hosted By: 
 

Monday, 14 August 2017

Nothing but 99 Sale & Giveaway


ONLY 99 CENTS!!

Check out the August Nothing But 99 Sale & Giveaway!
Over 45 Romance Authors are offering 99 Penny books.
Most of them are on sale for a limited time. It's just our way of thanking our loyal readers.
Even better, we've pooled our funds to offer an awesome giveaway! Enter to win a Kindle just for subscribing to our newsletters or following us on social media. 
Here's the link to the August Nothing But 99 Sale & Giveaway:

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Charity Anthologies Only 99 Cents! Limited Time Only.


Love Kissed Anthologies

Don't miss these LIMITED EDITION boxed set created to benefit the March of Dimes. 

Only 99 Pennies Each!!


Haunted by Love


Ten of your favorite romance authors have come together for a charity anthology. With vampires, witches, wizards, shifters, shadow walkers, fallen angels, demons, and a wraith king, you're sure to be enthralled. Be prepared for greed, lust, lies, and betrayal to culminate in coups and menages. After all, the fate of the world often depends on the actions of hot alphas.

~~~~~


New Love


Seven of your favorite romance authors have come together for a charity anthology. If you like billionaires and witty heroines, or high school sweethearts and runaways, or southern stories with a love as big as Texas, then settle in for tales of finding home, overcoming the past, loyalty, broken promises, and even a surprise wedding. Even family obligations can't hinder what's simply meant to be.

~~~~~


Lucky in Love


Ten of your favorite romance authors have come together. Enjoy second chance romances, sports romances, and rocker romances. Meet your new favorite bad boys and blue collar lovers. There may even be a surprise pregnancy or two.

~~~~~


Dangerous Love


Prepare to dance with the dark side of love. This collection is full of suspense with crimes like stalking, kidnapping, and murder. Meet some men in blue and some bad boys too. If you have a taste for dystopian, enjoy interracial love, and get hot and bothered over sexy protectors such as private investigators, the FBI and CIA, then one-click right away.

~~~~~


Forbidden Love


This set is about as naughty as a collection can get. They may look innocent, like the boy next door, or the brother's best friend, they may be working like the blue collar guy making a house call, the undercover cop, the rock star, the bodyguard, or the stripper. Don't be fooled. These stories are filled with romance, suspense, and temptation. Oh, and no one seems to decline the opportunity for romps in public, with a stranger, a roommate, or the occasional affair.

Learn how forbidden love makes for strange bedfellows in these modern fairy tales of love, lust, and deception.

~~~~~


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...