Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Get to know the cast of Seducing His Senator

This is something new.  I thought it might be interesting to talk about the characters of one of my books and see if we find out what makes them tick, what makes this book so special and different from the others.  

Let's start with the Senator herself, Vivian Le Masters.

She's older than your typical romance protagonist.  She's thirty six, accomplished, savvy and articulate. But there is something missing in her life.  Love.  Not just a romantic relationship, but love in general.  The lack of love and being part of a family unit has made her feel isolated even though she is usually found speaking to crowds or giving speeches.  This makes her especially vulnerable and her high position makes her extremely selective.  So much so, that she doesn't even attempt to find love at all.  And, since the atmosphere in DC and in Arizona is so quick to point fingers, she's scared of becoming a tabloid headline. 

Brock Barone-Rancher

Brock has all kinds responsibilities that weigh him down.  The ranch and his ailing father.  There is also a family legacy at stake.  His uncle holds all the cards and wants to use Brock's good looks and the family charm to lure the pants off of one sexy young Arizona senator lady.   Brock is caught between his love for his father, the Bar One Ranch and doing what's right.  He's not a player, he's not a scammer and he's not a seducer.  But when he lays eyes on Vivian.  Something happens.  Now Brock wants it all.  How is he going to accomplish that and still stay the good guy?  How can he keep it all intact without causing a scandal.  He can't. 

Jackie Warner 

Jackie is Vivian's assistant and really drives this story behind the scenes.  The hero might not always be the love interest.  The best friend that's willing to sacrifice herself, no matter how down and dirty she has to go to do it,  can also be the hero.   Jackie is warped, funny and makes you wonder just who is really running the show.  She's easy to love and to hate and that's why we need her to help balance out the story line.  Personally, I loved her. 

Olson Barone.

If you watch Shark Tank and know who Mr. Wonderful is,  I think I have a crush on the man.  But he was the perfect inspiration behind Olson.  Although I don't think Mr. Wonderful would stoop to Olson's level.  
Olson want's revenge for losing the love of Brock's mother to his very own brother.  When he sets his eyes on the Senate seat, he's willing to create a scandal to screw up Vivian's good reputation and he's willing to use his sexy young nephew to do it.  But Olson has a weakness.  It's up to Brock and even Jackie Warner to find it. 


So there you go, readers.   Some inside look into the complexity of the characters I create in my books.  There's plenty of steam but let's have a good plot with some twist and turns and maybe a little unconventionality thrown in.  After all.  Real life never colors by the numbers. 

Happy Reading.  



Sunday, April 26, 2015

Welcome Susanne Matthews. She's here to talk about her latest novel, The White Carnation.

Susanne, we are so excited you stopped by today to talk about this exciting new release.  I've been looking it over and there's no doubt, that this book has all the elements of a best seller.

Here is the blurb;

The last person disgraced reporter Faye Lewis wants back in her life is Detective Rob Halliday, the man she blames for ruining her career and breaking her heart. But when she finds an old friend murdered, he’s the one she calls.
 For the past year, Rob and his team have been hunting the Harvester, a serial killer who ritualistically murders new mothers and vanishes with their infants. What Rob doesn’t need is another case, especially one involving his ex-fiancĂ©e.
 Then Faye is assaulted, and Rob realizes the cases are connected. She may hold the answers he needs to find the elusive killer. But the more they investigate, the more complex the situation becomes. Can they set the past aside and work together, or will the Harvester and his followers reap another prize?

  Here is a little about Susanne Matthews and some contact/buy links.
About the author:

Susanne Matthews was born and raised in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada. She’s always been an avid reader of all types of books, but always with a penchant for happily ever after romances. In her imagination, she travelled to foreign lands, past and present, and soared into the future. A retired educator, Susanne spends her time writing and creating adventures for her readers. She loves the ins and outs of romance, and the complex journey it takes to get from the first word to the last period of a novel. As she writes, her characters take on a life of their own, and she shares their fears and agonies on the road to self-discovery and love. 
Follow Susanne on her:  Website    Blog    Facebook page    Twitter @jandsmatt
Amazon author page   

To purchase The White Carnation on Amazon Amazon Link

Finally, here at Elite, we always have our guest answer the "Deserted Island" question.  
Okay, Susanne...
If you could only take one of these things with you on a deserted island, what would you choose? 

Food:  "Cheesecake"
Person: "My husband.  I really do enjoy his company."
Book:  "Swiss Family Robinson.  Maybe I'll get some ideas from it."
Song:  "Love Lifted Me" by Kenny Rogers
Luxury Item:  "A Yacht so I can leave when I want to."  (We here at Elite think that's cheating or brilliant, we haven't decided.)
Entertainer:  "Jeff Foxworthy" 



Monday, April 20, 2015

Solstice Publishing and I are sharing our One Year Anniversary!

  It's hard to believe that a year has passed since I thought I might be finished as a published author.  Let me explain;
  I wrote and sold three books to a small publishing house that for all the world looked and felt like the real deal.  But it wasn't, not by a long shot.   My second book became a big Amazon best seller and for a new author the thrill was amazing until I realized I wasn't going to see a dime of royalties.  Yep, the publisher took it and ran and closed down on me and other hardworking men and women who thought we had a good thing going. 

Enter Solstice Publishing.  What can I say?  This publishing company should have a company logo of a red cape, or a golden halo.   Without question, they picked up all my old contracts, and had me back on the market within a matter of weeks.   Talk about an author being relieved and grateful.  I was that and more. 

In my hand, not yet published was my full length novel that at the last minute got shelved by Harlequin.  I didn't hesitate to hand it to Solstice and within a few weeks, together, we saw amazing sales of which I'm not sure I'll ever see again.   Now with all that loot headed my way, I held my breath and probably had one too many glasses of wine wondering ......will Solstice find a way to keep the money like the last people? 

NO.  Solstice Publishing with Melissa Miller CEO, and a team of caring and gracious editors, not only paid on time, they gave up their own time, their own twitter, fb and other outlets space for my book to get exposure.   Then, when I attempted another Harlequin contest, they supported me there too when they didn't have to.   Talk about a classy company. 

So, in honor of our one year together, and despite the fact that Josey's Mountain is still on Amazon's Best Seller's list, and more than 3800 units sold,  we are going to give it away for FREE for one day only.   Wednesday, April 22nd.  

So get your free copy on Wednesday and lets shoot this novel to number one and help me thank Solstice Publishing for such a wonderful first year.

Friday, April 17, 2015

It's getting HOT in here! Get to know The Pin-Up Artist and Top Brass

Two of my hotter romances just got a face-lift recently.  Top Brass  and The Pin Up Artist are now heating up the place.   I'm very grateful to C.A. Speakman, owner and operator down at http://coverture.myshopify.com/ for designing a new smoldering look for two of my earliest works.  

The Pin-Up Artist is a romantic comedy with a definite mystery surrounding the fires taking place at a small beach side town in Florida.  But it's not only the fires making things hot.  The fire Captain and the spunky waitress do a good job of it as they come together to solve the crimes of Gold Coast Florida.  There are awesome secondary characters, such as "Ma" who is just crazy as hell as she feeds pancakes to the K9 cop and then gets herself in a heap of trouble with the bad guys.   This book has four five star ratings. 
The downside---It never went to an editor.  Have fun finding my typos.  However, you will laugh.  That's a guarantee.  1.99 kindle full category length romance. 

Top Brass has a lot of fans out there already.  Set in a strip club, cowgirl Dixie Reece puts it all on the line to save a ranch full of abandoned horses.  She gets a crash course lesson in striping and in falling in love.  Dalton, the club owner wishes he was anyplace else but at a gentlemen's club.  He'd rather be  on horseback than watching the pole dancers.   But when the new hire, Dixie comes out on stage with a new name of Copper Penny.   Dalton thinks no price is too high to win the cowgirl of his dreams.  This book also has a cast of secondary characters.   You have to meet Phillip the costume guy.  He's fabulous and he's funny.  Everybody loves Phillip.   This book has six five star ratings. 1.99 kindle larger novella length.


Monday, April 13, 2015

It's all about YOU

Did you know that everything around you, everything you see, all your friends, your home and your pets all began with a thought?  You had a notion and then you took that and created your own reality.  So yes, good or bad, it's all your fault.  But wait!  That's not very nice, Elle!  Well, no, but if you created this reality, you can create another. How?   With thought.  If you keep thinking in negatives..."Oh, nobody is going to like this book.  I don't have a chance in hell...."  THATS WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO GET.    "Nobody likes me.  I'm too mean, to forward, too wimpy, too fat, too skinny.  I have acne."   YEAH, THEY WILL ALL THINK THIS AND HAND YOU SOME FACE CREAM.   
  Do you really want to succeed?  Really and truly want to see fruits of your labor?  LIVE THE DREAM.  Start right now.  Begin with your thoughts.   Keep it simple, light and fun.  Keep your thought process positive always.   I promise, changes will occur to make those thoughts a reality for you.  THEY HAVE TO.  YOU CAN'T FAIL if you always take what isn't working and find a good reason to keep positive.  It simply, can't happen. 
  Now, you still have to do the elbow grease, learn your trade, do some homework. etc... but do it with high expectations and believe it's all there... Your most powerful tool in life is you.  The most powerful engine are your thoughts and your attitude.   Attract success.   

Good Monday Everyone.   It will happen because you claim it right here, right now.  Elle

                                             



Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Grab your free copy of Top Brass!

For the next few days, Top Brass Cowboy Heat Series Book One is FREE!  Yay!!!  Make sure to read the second book in that series, Seducing His Senator at a special promo price.   By Monday, all will return to normal. 

Have fun and happy reading!

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