Showing posts from March, 2014

See Elle Hop: Soul Mate Blog Hop

Several of us Soul Mate Publishing authors are hippity-hopping all over the Interwebs in a delicious blog hop. I would like to say I participate in these because I think they help expose me (hee hee) and snag me more reader minions, but we all know it’s because the word “hop” makes me think of froggies. Or maybe bunnies.
Anyway, here’s how it goes. I’m going to dazzle you by answering some questions about me. After your pulse returns to normal, please read below about a couple more Soul Mate authors. I urge you to visit their sites, too, and shamelessly lavish them with attention and love.
So, hop on, my friends!
1. What am I working on right now?  At the end of my summer break last year, I finished The Tithe, a futuristic, paranormal romance about a scholar, a blind man, some angels, and a bunch of people who find themselves cast out of their societies. Essentially, seventy people with disabilities are tithed, or left in the desert to die, by their t…

Vote, Vote, Vote for Elle, March 31-April 6!

Guess what, endless hordes of Elle Hill fans. In just two days, you'll be able to vote for Hunted Dreams as your favoritest paranormal romance ever! Or, well, at least from among those in the contest. 

In two short days, I shall unleash you all like the hounds of hell to obliterate the competition and ensure your literary mistress continues to rule the paranormal night. (Okay, is it just me, or did that get a little weird toward the end?)

Anyway, as wise little weasels have been known to say, "Vote, vote vote like a baby stoat!" And stoats don't even have opposable thumbs!

In all sincerity, thank you. If I win this contest, I shall celebrate and invite you to join me. Much gratitude and love, faithful friends.

Details on voting lie below.

*************************** Dear Elle Hill,
Because your book, Hunted Dreams, received the high review rating of a 4 star or better, it has continued to the second, public voting phase for the 2014 RONE Awards.  In this phase the readers…

Five Line Friday: The Tithe

I recently learned of this "Five Line Friday" thingy. Where have you been hiding, my sweet? Elle wants to come out and play. 

The five lines I'm choosing are from The Tithe, my latest completed novel. It's still in the editing process, but my editor tells me it should be released this summer. Till then, here's a five-line taste. Hope you savor!

Trapped with the angels.
The sound crescendoed behind her. She closed her eyes.
Wind, cool like the desert night, swirled around her head, breathed across her flushed cheeks.
She felt the brush of a feather against the back of her neck. Her heart slowed to its normal rhythm, and she drifted with a small smile to the smooth floor below.

Thursday Threads: The King's Vampire by Brenda Stinnett

The King’s Vampire, first in an Abyss series
Author: Brenda Stinnett
Genre and setting: Historical Paranormal Romance set in London, England, after the Restoration of Charles II.
Heat scale: Sizzling
Darius Einhard, demon slayer, will stop at nothing to help Elizabeth Curran, immortal vampire, break the bonds of vampirism, even while helping her protect Charles Stuart II, who’s in danger of being entrapped into becoming an immortal vampire and leading his people into the abyss of hell by the psychic vampire demons. 

The ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, England, November, 1675 First to reach the top of the ladder, Elizabeth said, “I see a dim light outside the archways of the church. Follow me.”
They’d almost reached the entrance when a hooded figure came rapidly gliding toward them. In silence, the shadowy figure stepped in front of them, blocking the exit while tossing back its hood. Elizabeth recognized Julian, his horrible eyes blazing blood-red, and his mummified fac…

I'm Not Flaky; I'm Brilliant!

Do these manuscripts make my cognitive processes look non-standard to you?
I recently read an article summarizing a study that claims writers’ thought processes closely resemble those of folks diagnosed with depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. According to the article, many famous writers – F. Scott Fitzgerald and Charles Dickens, for example – deviate from so-called “normal” ways of thinking and feeling because their brains are constantly squeezing out too much creative juice to focus too long on one thing. According to the article, “Fink’s hypothesis is that the most creative people are continually making associations between the external world and their internal experiences and memories. They cannot focus on one thing quite like the average person.” Presumably, because of this inability to focus, these folks are too scattered to enact socially appropriate behaviors and think in a traditionally linear manner.
I can relate. Well, sorta. For me, the experience is a little d…

Thursday Threads: Hidden Mortality by Maggie Mundy

Hidden Mortality by Maggie Mundy
Genre: Paranormal romance Heat level: Sensual

In Bath in 1850 a witch is murdered in a ritual granting longevity to four men. What they are not aware of is that she has bestowed the same power to another called Seth to avenge her death. 

Cara is a descendant of the witch and fills her days with food with her Irish-themed catering business. Her nights are another matter; they are full of erotic dreams of a mysterious lover, or nightmares with mutilated bodies. So this wasn’t the best time for her Nana to tell her she is coming into her power. 

Of the original four immortals, Vincent is the only one left and to stop his own long life from fading he needs another witch to kill. Seth was meant to protect the witch’s descendants from a distance, but with Cara he can’t stay away. He has to make a choice to love Cara, or avenge the original death and possibly die himself. Cara has the fight of her life on when one man comes to kill her, and another to lov…

The Best and Worst of Times

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”
Word, Charlie Dickens.
My last few weeks have been a rollercoaster of stratospheric highs and Earth’s-molten-core lows. In case you noticed and cared, this is why I’ve been pretty silent lately. The Hill universe (I was gonna say “world,” but I’m a big woman; I need a universe) remains in upheaval till further notice.
It all started when my best friend, she of the endless “OMG, is this your twin?!” inquiries, landed for a two-week visit. I hadn’t seen her since last October, so there went two weeks of solid bonding.
A day or so after my BFF* left, my pipes froze. Dr. Google told me to turn off the water valve because when they thawed, they might burst and gush water. LOL! What’s a water valve? So, yeah, my pipes burst. Water fountained. Six hundred dollars and many tears later, I now know how to shut off my water.
Meanwhile, my partner and I continued our hunt for the perfect house. (The pipes incident occurred during a house visit. …

Thursday Threads: In My Wildest Dreams by Larynn Ford

In My Wildest Dreams By Larynn Ford
Genre: Light Paranormal Heat Level: Sensual
Blurb: When she becomes the victim of several life-threatening incidents all in one week, it seems fate is out to put an end to Lynzi Lancaster. Her close calls with death trigger a series of dreams about a magical place and a certain man who broke her heart twenty years ago, Layne Brady. Could her life get any stranger? When the star of her dreams announces in person that he had faked his death for twenty years in order to protect her, oh, and that he’s not actually human, the fireworks begin. Does she believe his extraordinary story of another world, the magical world of the Fae? Do fairies really exist? Should she trust her heart? Could her dreams come true?
Excerpt: The feeling of being watched washed over me. I checked over my shoulder to make sure of the gate’s location in case I needed to make a quick getaway. I ran my gaze over the house and froze when I made eye contact with the person standing on the d…

Thursday Threads: Cursed be the Wicked by J.R. Richardson

Cursed be the Wicked by J.R.Richardson
Genre – Paranormal Mystery Romance Heat Level - Sensual Release Date: March 5, 2014
Blurb: Cooper Shaw lives his life under a pen name and enjoys the anonymity it provides during his journeys across the globe as a seasoned writer for a travel magazine. When his job lands him in his hometown of Salem, Massachusetts to cover the famous Festival of the Dead, he soon realizes that he can’t stay invisible forever as he faces ghosts from a past he’s been trying to forget ever since he left.
The city holds nothing but bad memories for Coop until he meets a quirky young woman with an old soul and curious insights by the name of Finnley Pierce. While she acts as his tour guide through a town he thought he knew, Finn helps him unearth the truth of his childhood and might even begin to open up his heart.
By unraveling the mystery of his father’s murder, Coop may finally accept who he is, where he came from, and perhaps even realize what he wants for his future.

Thursday Threads: The Perfect Duke by Dawn Ireland

The Perfect Duke By Dawn Ireland
Genre: Historical Romance (Late Georgian Era) Heat Level: Sensual
Back Cover Blurb:
Known as The Marble Duke amongst the Ton, Garret Weston, the Duke of Kendal sets himself apart from his peers. Nothing will hinder his guilt-driven attempt to become a perfect duke.  Nothing that is, save the alluring and imaginative betrothed he’d thought dead. His intended believes-of all things-that she is a Vicar’s daughter. The “perfect” duke needs a “perfect” duchess, but how was he to discern her suitability? Employing her as a governess to his niece seemed like an ideal solution. But whose “suitability” is being tested? His betrothed refuses to see he is beyond redemption. And most grievous of all, she stirs his blood, making him forget what’s important.

Cara believes fairy tales really can come true, until she meets the unrelenting and arrogant Duke of Kendal. He looks like a Prince, but acts like a Beast. Why must he challenge her at every turn? Her greatest peril …