This is my second last post from the Goddess Fish blog tour. There’s been a lot of talking about myself, and it’s becoming hard to sound interesting at times, but all in all, it’s been a lot of fun!
Welcome Anna! Please start off by telling us a little about yourself.
I like tea, wine, dogs and enjoy Martini Fridays. I’m obsessed with the world of Star Wars and Harry Potter and secretly want to be a superhero. I guess that makes me a geek who enjoys her gin!
Is Room Service a single title, or part of a series?
Room Service is the second book in the Adults Only series about a bed and breakfast that caters to swingers.
What were your inspirations for the story?
I was inspired by my characters in the other series I’ve written! There were some who still had stories to tell so I came up with a new series where I could include all my favourites.
Please share your setting for Room Service. Have you ever lived or visited there? If so, what did you like most?
I set my Adults Only series in Nova Scotia. I have no reason why, although I have visited the Bay of Fundy area and loved it. All of my other books are set in and around Toronto so I wanted something different.
When did the writing bug first bite?
I’ve been writing since I was a little girl but it was my last year in high school when my English teacher starting encouraging me that the bug really began. Thanks Mr.Clarke!!
Who are your favorite authors, book/series?
It’s so hard to pick favorited! I love Alice Clayton’s Hudson Valley Series, as well as Emma Chase’s Royal series.
If you could have an author roundtable discussion with any authors, who would you invite?
Ooh, that’s a good question! I think I’d want to talk to Stephen King, Colleen Hoover and Jilly Cooper.
Do you have any hobbies or special things you like to do in your spare time?
I have 3 kids so there’s not a lot of spare time! But these days I’m teaching my daughter to drive, helping my son train for his first 10km race and re-watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer with kid #3.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve heard or seen?
One of the strangest thing I’ve done is trying to help a snapping turtle cross a road
What is the one thing that you would tell an inspiring writer to do?
Get yourself a writing group. Writing is very solitary, but you need support, especially from other writers.
If you follow my blog, you know that I’ve been on tour with Goddess Fish for the past few months. It’s called Before the Masses Tour and it’s purpose is to get me out there for more readers to find. Of course I can’t pinpoint if this has been helpful, but I have made new friends, found new blogs and have really liked working with the gals at Goddess Fish.
Most of the stops involve Q& A or a guest post. Monday’s stop was at More Books Than Livros and it was full of reviews!! Here’s what Isabelle thought of Making Friends, Shared Accommodations, Office Plays and Touch!
You MAY read this because you follow the author; you SHOULD read this because you enjoy erotica; you MUST read this if you have read Jacey and Dominic’s story before.
You MAY read this because you follow the author; you SHOULD read this because you enjoy erotica; you MUST read this because is hot and unusual!!!
- You MAY read this because you follow the author; you SHOULD read this because you enjoy erotica; you MUST read this if you are looking for something different than what is out there.
You MAY read this because you follow the author; you SHOULD read this because you enjoy erotica; you MUST read this if you enjoy F/F/M.
There’s lots more to be found on More Books Than Livros. Check it out – I’ve never had such in-depth reviews of my books!!
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Interview with Anna Ellis
What inspired you to write Husbands and Wives series?
I was inspired to write my Husbands and Wives series – which is about a group of swinging neighbours – because I have a group of neighbours that I’m quite close to. Not that close, though!! But one day, I looked at everyone sitting around my living room, talking and laughing and drinking wine and thought…what if?
My latest series, Adults Only, came about as a result of that. I had wanted to get back into writing about swingers but didn’t want a rehash. My hubby came across an article in Maxim’s magazine or something like that, about a man who would travel around paying visits to women, at the bequest of their husbands. That got me thinking, what if there was a place to go where that happened. And I came up with Mrs. Robinson’s resort for swingers!
Can you tell us a little bit about the next books in Adults Only series or what you have planned for the future?
The next book in the Adults Only series will be about Iliya, who is one of the characters from my Touch series. She’ll visit the resort with her significant other, who played an important role Morena’s past.
After I finish the third Adults Only book, I’ll give the series a little break. My next project will be a full-length romance about Callie, the main character from Room Service. While I was writing it, I found myself wanting to know more about her. I hope my readers do too!
Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Room Service?
There are three main characters in Room Service. Callie is from my Office Plays series, and is fun and sexy, and a bit wild, and just really likes sex. She’s ready for anything new. At the beginning of the book, she’d nursing a broken heart and looking for a way to get over him. She hears about Mrs. Robinson’s B&B that caters to the swinging crowd and decides a new experience would be a good way to get over Michael. Morena – Mrs. Robinson – is a sexy fiftysomething with a past out of a Jilly Cooper novel. She runs the resort with Lorde, her (also!) sexy handyman, who is in love with a woman he can never have.
You know I think we all have a favorite author. Who is your favorite author and why?
I can never pick just one! I’ve narrowed it down to three – J.K. Rowling, because of Harry Potter; Jane Austen, because of her wit and characters, and because Mr. Bennett is one of my favourite characters ever; and Jilly Cooper, who is a British author who writes the most delicious smut ever! I love all her books.
If you could time-travel would you travel to the future or the past? Where would you like to go and why would you like to visit this particular time period?
Because I love history, I would have to visit the past. Maybe if I could find a way to go back, I could finally write the historical fiction without doing all the research!! I would go back to Tudor England, in the time of Henry VIII.
Do you have any little fuzzy friends? Like a dog or a cat? Or any pets?
This is a contentious subject in our house! Hubby DOES NOT like animals. He tolerated my cat, Sebastian, because my aunt gave him to me as a kitten. But when we lost Sebastian a few years ago, that was it for him, to everyone’s dismay. At least it for anything fuzzy. I managed to convince him our son needed a bearded dragon for a pet, so we have Spyro the dragon, and we have fish. But I would love a dog.
Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to visit with us today!
Thanks so much for featuring me! It was fun!!
Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?
I got one message/review of my third book, The Wives from a husband and wife! They said they loved reading the books together. I thought that was amazing, and after that, I’ve always kept in mind men are reading my books too. So I write for both men and women, targeting married couples. I have a lot of mature readers as well, which is why I came up with the character of Morena in my new series.
How did you come up with the title of your book or series?
I’m giving hubby credit for this. I had the idea for the Adults Only series and was about halfway through the first book and couldn’t come up with a name. So I mentioned it to him – I don’t normally discuss my writing with him for some reason – and bam, he came up with Shared Accommodations, Room Service and Late Check-Out, all related to the B&B. So, thanks!
Who is your favorite character from your book
Where did your love of reading/storytelling/writing/etc. come from?
I used to hang out at my local library when I was a kid, and Mrs. Adams, the librarian certainly helped with the love of reading. I think it was a natural progression to go from reading everything and everywhere to writing.
Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
I would really like to say yes, I do but I don’t! I have a love of movies and the ability to remember a whole bunch of pop culture trivia. I play Trivia Crack with my daughter and I’m very good at it!
What’s the strangest thing you have ever had to research online for your book?
What can we expect from you in the future? What are you working on now?
I’m putting the finishing touches on Room Service, the second book in my Adults Only series. It’s out Feb 27 but you can pre-order your copy now. Then I’ll be jumping right into the third book, Late Check-Out.
What can readers who enjoy your book do to help?
Write a review! Tell your friends. Word of mouth is the best and easiest way to help a book stand out of a crowd. Follow me on Facebook, Twitter and soon, Instagram! Sign up for my newsletter and join my street team. And tell me you liked my book – that’s really important and fun to hear!!!
There’s no shameless promotion here!!
I stopped by Fabulous and Brunette today and came up with Five Fabulous Reasons for you to buy new book, Room Service. Reasons to pre-order it actually, since it won’t be out until later this month. (February 27! Red letter day!!) Here’s the link in case I convince you.http://getBook.at/CallieRoom
But really, these are the same reasons I’d tell you if you asked for reasons to buy any of my books
Five Reasons You Should Read My Book Room Service:
- I write sexy scenes. For example:
He kissed her again, fumbled with the square foil, and made Callie laugh at how he ripped the wrapper with his teeth.
A soft moan escaped from Callie as Lucas slid inside her.
“That’s what I wanted to hear,” he told her, thrusting slowly. “Last night with the others…I wanted to be the one making you make those noises.”
Callie held his gaze and moaned again, finally closing her eyes at the pleasure of having him deep inside her.
Sexy scenes aren’t for everyone, but how would you know if you don’t try? Give my book a try to see if you like it!
- Room Serviceis the second book in my Adults Only series. You can pre-order your copy now, and it will be out Feb. 27. But in the meantime, you should read the first book in the series, Shared Accommodations!!
My Adults Only series is fun for me as a writer because I bring back characters from my other series. It still works if this is your first foray into the world of Anna Ellis, because there’s enough introduction to the characters in this new series.
(Of course I’d love it if you read all my books, but I don’t want to be pushy!)
In the first book, Shared Accommodations, I bring back the characters of Jacey and Dominic, a happily married couple who develop intriguing (and exciting!) relationships with their neighbours. Doesn’t everyone want a sexy neighbour? Well, inHusbands and Wives, I created a whole street of them!!
In Room Service, I welcome back Callie Champlain, from my Office Plays books. Callie is sassy and straight-shooting and loves sex.
I created new characters as well; Morena, the fiftysomething owner of Mrs. Robinson’s B&B, the resort that caters to swingers; and Lorde, the sexy handyman who tries to hide his broken heart by enjoying the ladies who visit the resort.
- I think you should read my book because I write books about regular people having sex with other regular people. But I make the sex fun, and hot and spicy, never boring. Many of my characters are married couples, and what couple doesn’t want to find a little excitement in their marriage? There are a lot of way to do this, but in my books – myHusbands and Wivesseries, as well as Adults Only– my married couples have sex with other married people. They’re swingers.
- I write about swingers. If you’re looking to read about sex with a variety of partners, little or no angst, not much brooding and sex that isfun, then you need to read my books.
- If you like brooding men and damaged characters, you still need to read my book for a change of pace!
Don’t forget to drop by Fabulous and Brunette or any of the other stops for a chance to win a $50 gift card!!
Another week, another stop on my blog tour! Today I’m over at Angels with Attitude Book Review.
Check it out for a chance to enter the giveaway!!
What would you have done differently if you were the main character of your book?
If I was Jacey, who is the main character of my Husbands and Wives series, as well as Shared Accommodations, I’m honestly not sure I would be able to act out on my desires and fantasies as much as she does. She has much more sexual confidence than any (real) woman I know! This is why it’s so much fun to write her, because Jacey does things I’d never be able to.
What was your inspiration behind this book?
I was inspired to write Shared Accommodations because I read this article about a man who travelled around the country, having interludes with women. Most of these were set up by the woman’s husbands. I thought what if they have some kind of resort for couples to visit? I researched couples resorts but they have counseling and yoga, both beneficial, but a little different than what I came up with.
Why did you become a writer?
Because there’s never been a time in my life that I wasn’t writing. It’s like breathing for me, just something that I have to do. I’m lucky enough to get paid to do it.
Do you have a favorite author or authors?
Yes, but I can’t pick just one. For classics I have Jane Austen and JK Rowling. But for romance, I love Colleen Hoover and Christina Lauren. I will also read anything by Sarah J Maas.
Do you like to write your books in a continuing series?
I do because it lets you really get to know the characters. I can delve into lots of backstory and friends and family and get a lot of conflict happening.
If you could date any character from any book, who would it be and why?
From one of my books? Probably Del, from my Touch series. He’s sexy and fun, and he’s a writer too, so we’d have that in common! But from any book…I’ve once said that Jamie Fraser from the Outlander books is the perfect book boyfriend, so I guess it would have to be him.
What kinds of books do you like to read in your spare time?
I honestly don’t read a lot of romance! I love historical fiction, and YA fantasy.
As a reader and writer I think it is important to get to know your fans and make a connection with them as an author who takes the extra step to hear what their fans think and want in their continued writing is continued success and key to selling more books .Do you agree with that?
Yes! I love getting to know my readers. Having a strong connection with 10 readers is more important to me than 100 sales.
Do you cry when writing sad scenes?
If I don’t cry when I’m writing sad stuff, how will my readers?
Did you have a Cover Designer?
Yes, I work with a graphic artist named Donna Chabot
If you were able to dine and have a one on one with your favorite writer/author who would it be?
Stephen King. He just seems so cool and I’d love to be able to pick his brain about his success
Do just re-read your favorite books?
Yes. In fact, I’ve decided this will be the year of the re-read.
Do you ever get in a reading slump like your readers do?
I do, usually when I finish a really good book. So I take a couple days and read magazines until I’m ready to pick a new book. I’m never not reading something.
What is the funniest book you ever read?
That’s a really good question. I’m sticking to novels here – I really had fun reading Alice Clayton’s Hudson Valley series, and MaryJanice Davidson’s Undead series is always hilarious. I remember the scene in a book where I laughed my a#@ off – but I can’t remember the book it’s from! It’s when the heroine comes home from an evening out, a little intoxicated, and somehow winds up sleeping inside her duvet. Again, can’t remember the book, but it was such a funny read! If anyone knows what I’m talking about, please let me know!
If you’ve been following along with my blog tour you have. If not, what are you waiting for? Find out more about me, my books and maybe win a gift card so you can buy more books. Doesn’t have to be mine, although that would be so sweet of you!!!
Here’s my stop that should have gone up last week. I visited Turning the Pages
INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR!!!
What can we expect from you in the next year?
I have big plans for 2018! First off is continuing with my Adults Only series. At first I thought it would be a trilogy, with the characters from my previous series, Husbands and Wives, Office Plays, and Touch visiting Morena’s resort for swingers, but now I think there will be new folks to meet. The second book, featuring Callie, Sadie and Jason from the Office Playsbooks, will be out in February, with the third out in the spring. Iliya and William from Touch will be heading to Morena’s for some play time.
I’d also like to delve into Callie’s life with her own full-length story.
And finally, I want to get back into writing about neighbours and swingers, so I’m gathering thoughts about that. Let’s see how much of this I can fit in!
What are 3 things we can always find in your grocery basket?
Fun question! You’ve got the basics for our house – bagels, milk and bananas. Always a lot of fruit, because that’s the one thing my son can’t live without. But for me, it would be a variety of teas (green, Earl Grey with vanilla and my old staple, Red Rose), Pepsi, and cheese. I love cheese!
Are any of the characters in your book based on real people you know?
The characters in my first series, Husbands and Wives, were actually based on a group of my neighbours. We used to host Friday nights where friends and neighbours would come by for wine and pizza. Kids were included too. In Making Friends, the first book in Husbands and Wives, I introduced Jacey and Dominic, who just moved into a neighbourhood where all the neighbours liked to get together about once a month. In my book, they left the kids at home and shared much more than just pizza and wine!
What is something that happened during or right after your publishing journey that nobody knows about?
When I started my writing career about five years ago, I was also writing and editing the newsletter for my church. It was okay when I was writing PG rated women’s fiction, but when I dipped into erotica, I went to my minister (who had been a friend as well) and confessed to what I was doing. I thought I’d give him a chance to replace me as editor, and I was fine with that. But no, he said he wanted me to continue and wished me all the luck! I ran that newsletter for three more years, writing sexy bits in the morning and then switching to articles like the origins of Easter bunny in the afternoon!
What is your morning routine like?
My morning starts early. I like to get up to have time before anyone else is up. These days, I get up, check email and Facebook for anything interesting, then exercise or go for a run. (I’m putting this in to motivate me! If I tell you I’m doing, then I have to!) After that, I plan my day – what I’m going to be working out, whether it’s my WIP or marketing/promotions. Then, if I’m up really early, I get a little writing done before the kids wake up. After that, I break and do the breakfast/shower/dishes/tidy thing. Once the kids are off the school, I head back to my PC and get to work. Some days I’m amazed what I can accomplish before nine a.m!
Are you a morning, afternoon, night writer?
Definitely morning. I run out of steam around 2:30, and can’t do much after kids are home from school.
When did you write your first book (doesn’t have to be published) and how old were you?
I wrote my first book, Get Carter, when I was in university, so I was in my early 20s, in the mid 90s. I worked on that book for years, even taking it to a novel writing course and a writing group after I graduated. I remember being devastated when I was at the movies and saw a trailer for a Sylvester Stallone movie with the same name in 2000! I finally gave up on the dream of Carter coming to life, but never forgot him. I used part of the plot and a couple of the characters in my book Absinthe Doesn’t Make the Heart Grow Fonder (written as Holly Kerr)
What does your family think about your writing?
My hubby thinks it’s going to be his retirement plan! My kids still think it’s cool that I’m a writer, even though they don’t know exactly what I write about. I tell them it’s romance for adults, but now they’re getting older, it wouldn’t take much for them to figure out how adult it really is! And my parents are proud of me, even though my father will never discuss my books. I don’t think he can fathom how his little girl can write sexy bits like that!
What was something you loved doing during the summer growing up?
I loved going blackberry picking with my mom. We lived in the country and had a trail lined with bushes, so we would get up early and take the dogs and see who could pick more. Now that I have a big enough backyard in the city, I’ve started planting my own bushes and my daughter and I will pick together. No dogs, though.
What is something you love doing during the winter now?
I’ve never been a skier, but I do love tobogganing with my kids.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I was writing women’s fiction and one of my books had a scene that was a bit too steamy for some of the readers. This was when Fifty Shades of Grey had come out, and I was reading it with the rest of the world. I thought, maybe I could write something like that, so I gave it a try. I left out the red room and added swingers and my Husbands and Wives series was born!
Give us three “Good to Know” facts about you. Be creative. Tell us about your first job, the inspiration for your writing, any fun details that would enliven your page.
Three things to know about me:
- I never drink coffee. I hate the taste, but love the smell. Tea has always been my drink of choice, even though I did do my best to love coffee when I was younger. And I don’t like chocolate. Potato chips (plain Miss Vickies) are my snack of choice.
- Looking for gift idea for me? Easiest thing to make me happy are gift cards for Indigo book store or the liquor store! I really can’t stay out of those places
- I am a bigger Star Wars nerd than your average twelve-year old boy. We’re talking movies, books, games. I have an R2-D2 keychain and a Han Solo figure sits on my desk. Talk Star Wars with me and you’ll have a friend for life!
Can we have an excerpt from one of your favorite books you’ve written?
Of course! Here’s a bit from Making Friends, always a favourite because it was my first. Jacey and Dominic show up in book one of my Adults Only series, Shared Accommodations, and it was fun to check in with them.
This is from the first time Jacey goes to one of Tia’s swinger parties.
I don’t know what to expect, but Tia manages to create this whole atmosphere of hedonistic pleasure in her house. Or maybe it’s always like this. Although with three kids, I sincerely hope not.
We’re ushered into the living room where the lights are low, the music sultry, and the spread of food and wine are amazing. I’m wearing my red wrap dress, the one I haven’t had a chance to wear since before Hanna was born. It shows a lot of leg and an amazing gorge of cleavage. I’m getting off on the unmistakable admiration of the others. As nervous as I might be, I’ve haven’t felt this sexy in a long, long, long time. I’ve forgotten how much fun it is to talk and flirt with a handsome man who isn’t my husband.
I take the opportunity when we first show up at Tia’s to learn as much about these people as I can. Because really, other than Jackson, it’s going to be like sleeping with a stranger. And while I have done that enough in the past, I think I should at least have a working knowledge of who is who and belongs to whom. Everyone stresses the friendship theme so if we’re doing this, I should get on board.
It’s not that difficult once I make an effort. Colin is married to Paige and is tall, a bit gangly with thinning hair on top. If he’s not forty, he will be soon. He has very nice eyes – almost an ice blue, with tiny wrinkles at the corners. I’ve always been into eyes, probably because I get a lot of comments on mine. Colin sticks close to Jackson, which is a shame because Jackson’s gregariousness almost eclipses Colin’s more quiet humour. But like I say, I’m into making an effort tonight and manage several conversations with him.
I don’t really need to make an effort with Melissa’s husband because he seeks me out within the first ten minutes. And once I stare mesmerized into his darkly hooded eyes, I pretty much forget any other husband exists, including mine. But I draw a blank on his name. I’m bad with names, and he’s not helping by distracting me being so good-looking. He’s taller than Dominic and very dark with loose, wavy curls and a close cut beard. I remember seeing him at Melissa’s welcome to the street brunch and in several pictures dotting her house but for the life of me, I can’t remember his name!
“You seem to be getting along well with Mahak,” Tia asks with a smile as she pours more wine for me. “Melissa’s husband,” she prompts as I stupidly stare at him.
“Mahak. Melissa’s husband. Of course. I’m sorry but I’m not that good with names.”
“There is no need for apologies.” He picks up my hand and kisses my fingers. “I will make sure you never forget it.”
“Oh.” Cheesy maybe, but Mahak works it. I can’t seem to tear myself away from his dark hooded eyes. Listening to him, I hear a mixture of formal English and melodious Arabic.
“I’m at your service. In every way possible.”
“You don’t seem like a Mac.”
“It’s Ma-hak,” he corrects. “Arabic. It means waning of the moon.”
I purposefully let my eyes drift downward. “And is your moon waning tonight?” Might as well have some fun with this.
“I sincerely hope you shall find out?” he asks with a huge smile.
“I’ll let you two become better acquainted,” Tia says with an indulgent smile, moving away.
“So…Jacey…” Never before has my name sounded quite so sexy. “Welcome. My Melissa has been telling me so much about you.”
“She’s very…intrigued by you. Almost enamoured.”
“Of me? Why?”
His eyes travel down my body, so slowly it makes me breathless. No man has ever looked at me quite like Mahak does – like he wants to eat me alive and how it promises to be so very good! “You are exquisite,” he finally says, after following the trail of his eyes has left me hot and bothered. “Such a welcome addition to our little group. I very much hope I am the one to get to know you tonight.”
“Okay,” is the only thing I can think of to say. I empty my glass of wine to relieve the sudden dryness of my mouth. Mahak tops up my glass which gives me a little time to collect myself. I glance around the room.
“So you’re married to Melissa.” She is on the couch with Dominic, laughing hysterically at everything he says and constantly touching him. She’s touching his chest now, running her skinny fingers over the buttons on his shirt. I turn back to Mahak. “You seem really different.”
“Our love keeps and our hunger for life keeps us connected.” He has a big wolfish smile on his face, so I’m guessing he’s not totally serious.
“You sound…how did you end up here?” I wonder. I don’t say ‘with her’ but I’m thinking of it. I can’t stop watching his fingers stroking the stem of his wine glass.
“We moved from Dubai when I was a teenager to London, and then Toronto. I’ve been here since my early 20s.”
“I love the accent.”
“Most women do.”
I’m in for the long haul as Goddess Fish ushers me through my blog tour. Last week was a no-show(no, I didn’t forget that one, too!) but we’re back on track this week.
I’m featured on Harp’s Romance Book Review. Stop in and check it out and don’t forget to enter the draw to win a $50 GC!
INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR
Where do you get your book ideas?
I got the idea for my latest series, Adults Only, from a couple of articles I read. One was about a nudist resort in the Caribbean, and the other was about a gentleman who enjoyed visiting ladies on behest of their husbands. Mix those two together and you get the idea for a B & B for swingers, run by a sexy fiftysomething, known as Mrs. Robinson! Other idea just sort pop into my head, based on people or a character I come up with. It’s kind of a mystery where they come from.
Do you write outline to start or just start writing?
I have a bit of an outline before I start, and then I firm it up as I go along. Usually I know how things are going to end, even though my characters have been known to change things a bit as I go along.
How long does it normally take to write the book before edits?
It takes me about a month or so to get a rough draft down, but it’s the revisions and edits that take most of the time.
Are you an indie author or mainstream author?
I am an indie author and proud of it!
How did you get started, can you give people wanting to write an idea how to get started?
I had an idea for a book and I wrote it. Then I wrote another one. And then I wanted people to read them. Self-publishing isn’t easy, but it’s very doable. If you want to write, you just have to start putting words on a page. Read what you can about the trials and tribulations of self-publishing, and if it hasn’t scared you off yet, give it a go!
Here you go!
Drop by for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate and here’s my take on how to write a steamy, sexy bit for your next book!
Author Spotlight on Anna Ellis (GIVEAWAY)
How to write a sex scene…
I’m pretty proud of that one!
Know your characters.
Plot it out.
Treat it like an action scene.
Use your senses and don’t forget the foreplay.
Be prepared to get aroused