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Vacation time!

Do you know how good it feels to read through something you’ve written and realize that it’s some good shit?!

I had one of those moments this morning. I’m hoping there will be more of them.

Four weeks living by the water, with the sound of wind rustling through the trees and the waves crashing onto the shore should inspire me. Let’s hope, because there’s books to be written!!


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Who do you think is sexy? Please help me decide!

I need some help.

Some suggestions, actually. And your opinion, please.

I’ve started another book! 🙂

I took some time off after the Touch series was finished, something I hadn’t planned or wanted to do, but the well was dry. I had ideas, but the words were stuck. I’ve never had writer’s block like that. Yes, I was working on other projects (Holly books) but in the past, I’ve managed to work on more than one project. Like my swingers, with their multiple partners, I could always multi-task! 🙂

But I’m all better now and I’m raring to go.

The new book has no official title yet, but I suspect it may turn into a series. A bit about the premise: Mrs.Robinson operates a B & B in the wilds of Nova Scotia, where swingers come to celebrate. Happily married couples enjoy a party atmosphere and then each other.

Two things I need help with. First, I’m going to include one of the couples from my Husbands and Wives series, but not sure who should be visiting. Who do you think? Jacey and Dominic? Melissa and Mahek? Wendy and Jackson?

Second, I always have a picture in my mind of my characters before I begin. I usually pick an attractive actor/actress; it’s like I cast my book. I was hoping you could help me with this.

I want to know who you think is sexy? I need a 40something woman for Mrs. Robinson. Full, lush, sexy. For

me, Melinda Clark fits the bill, but I’ve used her as a muse before. Any suggestions on who I should use?

And for my man, Michael Lord. I really have no idea about him – blonde, bald…only that he needs to be tall, big in every way. And he needs to be mature enough to handle a variety of women.

So let’s have your comments! Who should my muse be? And who should be the first to visit sexy Mrs. Robinson?


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Where did January go?

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This month may be off to a flying start, but I feel like I’m stuck in reverse. I have no new releases to share with you, or new covers. Or even upcoming books.

(There are plenty of books coming up, but not ready to have covers, titles to show…lots of ideas, not lots of books.)

But it’s only January – the end of January, but still! I’ve got time to make 2017 another awesome year for Anna Ellis, right?

2016 was the year of Touch (and no, not the creepy Donald Trump kind!) I released 9 books last year. They may have been short books, but still – that’s nine books to write, revise, edit, covers and promote. A year of burrowing down in the life of Kenna, Del and Iliya. So it’s no wonder the well is a bit dry. 

It’s not like I haven’t been busy. All of the Touch series and the five books of the Husbands and Wives series,  including the Collection and Interludes Collection, are now available on Kobo, iBooks, Nook, 24 Symbols, Tolino and Page Foundry. Interludes and the Office Plays series will be coming up in the next month or so.

I still have one last book in the Office Plays series to write. It’s coming, I promise!

I’m also going back to the sexy swingers with a new series, Mrs. Robinson’s Red Inn of Happy Couples (not convinced of that title yet, but it will be about a Mrs. Robinson, who is a Tia- like organizer of fun events for couples) One lucky couple from the Husbands and Wives series will be making an appearance! Who would you like to catch up with?

Something in the works that I’m very excited about – I’m going to be dipping into the New Adult genre!  I’ll be co-authoring a book with Holly Kerr! It will be full of Holly’s chick lit fun and flare, plus my sexy bits for all to enjoy. Look for that summer 2017.

And last but not least, don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter to find out all about these projects and more!

three-birds-pressSign up through instafreebie now and you’ll get a FREE copy of Making Friends!  Or if you’d like to give Holly a try and get a FREE copy of Unexpecting!

 

I’ll keep you posted with dates and covers and anything else. But before I go – who from Husbands and Wives would you like to have show up in my new book??

 


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The Writing Life: Time for an Embrace?

The Final Embrace

Five more days to wait to find out what’s happening with Kenna and Del and Iliya – my lonely single and her married couple!

I started this series with the idea of what happens when you fall in love with a man, and his wife.

HusbandsWivesMy Husbands and Wives series was finished, and I was easily distracted away from my Office Plays seriesPrint (btw the third and final book After Hours is coming soon) and I was looking for something different. Instead of a cast of many different characters, I came up with three – the lonely single Kenna, hiding from the world; sexy Iliya with turmoil of her dark past threatening to erupt; and her husband Del, who loves Iliya and accepts what she does, even though he doesn’t like it very much.

More than any other book I’ve written, Touch has really taken on a life of it’s own. I planned on writing a trilogy – Touch, Caress and Embrace. But it wasn’t until I finished Touch, and outlining Caress, that I realized Del and Iliya had their own stories to tell. Iliya had a lot going on with William. There was the relationship with Amy both had to resolve. And Del had a past of his own. They had so much to say and with Touch being from Kenna’s point of view, the secrets of my happily married couple weren’t going to come to light.

That’s why I made the decision to move from three books to nine. I wanted to expand the series to give Del and Iliya a trilogy of their own. Their characters had come to life for me, and I wanted to be able to tell their stories. I didn’t do this for the money, as one reviewer suggested, but because I was invested in Del and Iliya and hoped my readers were, too. Their stories needed to be told.

With the release of Embrace comes the usual bittersweet feelings. I’m happy the story is told, but sad that I have to put these characters to bed. (With each other? ;)) How will it all end for the threesome – will they be able to make their relationship work?

Embrace-AllFind out in Embrace, coming November 22.

And don’t forget – Iliya’s story November 29Embrace-All

Del’s Story December 6Embrace-All


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Taking Back Control

hot-indieBeing an indie author is a bit like BDSM. Both partners share control, reap the benefits and enjoy themselves.

That’s what I thought until Amazon got a little too demanding for my likening.

I got an email from those kind folks at Kindle Select, letting me know that one of my books was found on another retail site. For those of you who aren’t familiar, Amazon has a great platform for indie authors to publish ebooks – Kindle Direct Publishing. And they have a Select program, where you give Amazon exclusive rights to your book in exchange for several perks and benefits. It also allows readers to select your books from millions of others in Kindle Unlimited, which is a subscription service, like a library. This gets you new readers which may be willing to try out an unknown author.

It sounds like a great deal and maybe it still is. But to get all these good things, you can only sell your books on Amazon. No iBooks, B & N, Kobo…nowhere but Amazon. And I’ve gone along with it for years, happy with the perks of being included in the program, and telling myself most of my royalties come from Amazon, so what am I missing out on with the other retailers? Until I got this email.

“…result in your entire catalog being un-enrolled from KDPS and suspended from re-enrollment into the program.”

The words entire catalog and suspended got my attention.

To be fair, it was an oversight on my part that led to the discovery. I kind of forgot that I had (Holly had ) left Unexpecting for sale on Smashwords, another retailer that distributes to B& N and iBooks. My bad. But they didn’t have to threaten to un-enroll my entire catalog! That’s 21 books by Anna Ellis, penalized because my alter-ego Holly Kerr made a boo-boo! Not to mention the other titles by her (4 books) and another also published by Three Birds Press.

It was a pretty effective threat. I admit, it scared me. The royalties from Amazon are my bread and butter, allows me to bring home some bacon.

And then I got angry. At Amazon.

At the control they were attempting to evoke over my books, my career. I had decided to independently publish my books so that I could retain control. One of my books (Holly’s) is with a small press and I can’t do anything with it. It drives me crazy. To keep control, I decided to do it myself. Yes, I didn’t follow the rules, but should my entire catalog be made to suffer?

So I’ve decided to remove my books from Kindle Select.  All of them.indie-author

They will still be sold at Amazon, but readers will no longer be able to borrow them from Kindle Unlimited. They’ll have to pay for them.

I hope those readers who enjoy my books via Kindle Unlimited will forgive me but I needed to take back control. How Kindle Select demands exclusivity of books has been a sore point for many indie authors. I’m a little slow, but it’s finally pissed me off too.

BookJ&J (1)So by the end of October, my books won’t be available to borrow from Kindle Unlimited. But you’ll be able to buy them from Amazon, Kobo, etc. Every retailer I can find!

 

 


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Why I Write the Things I Write

I was with friends this weekend and they watched me prepare myself for the release of Caress, Book 4 in the Touch series. They aren’t writers and don’t know the behind the scenes stuff that need to be done. Like always, they had questions about my writing. Because Book 4 is coming out tomorrow, I talked about the series and why I came to the conclusion that a trilogy should really be a nine-part series and why I would release three books almost at the same time.

FYI…I figured I made my readers wait long enough for the next installment about the sexy single Kenna and how she gets caught up in the complicated lives and unconventional loves of married couple Iliya and Del.

Foreplay is one thing, but I’ve found too much anticipation can lead to impatience and I didn’t want to make anyone wait any longer. So that’s why Caress is out tomorrow, Caress, Iliya’s Story will be available Aug 9 and Del’s Story will be coming to you Aug 16.

(You can pre-order any of the Caress books now. And the three Embrace books will be ready to pre-order Aug 23. Look for them in November)

But back to questions about writing.

I know this genre isn’t everyone’s cup of tea and so I’ve never been offended that only a few of my friends have read the Anna books. (Sidenote: quite a few of my friends have read my Holly Kerr books so please don’t think they aren’t supportive. I’m happy to have a very supportive circle of friends.)

So G and T may not have read any of my erotica, but have always expressed an interest in the process, G more than T.

G and T – gin and tonic. Not their real names of course!

G’s question was – why do I write the ‘sex stuff’?

First of all, I told him because it sells. Being a money guy, I thought he’d understand that. But it’s not the real reason. I write to entertain, to provoke a reaction from my readers. I want to make people laugh, care about my characters. And of course, I’m trying to turn them on.

I want to make my readers happy, with the hope that they will make others’ happy. And so on, and so on. I love hearing stories about couples reading my books together. My favourite review was from a gentleman who was pleased to report the level of arousal while he was reading on the Husbands and Wives books.

Reactions like that are why I write. Imaging the sexy bits is fun, exciting and ensures I keep an open mind about everything.

I love what I do. That’s why I do it.

 


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Two sides of me

Two sides of me – Musings from an erotica writer

I’m going to a adult only dance at my kids’ school tonight. The parents of our little school enjoy getting together for a drink (or several) and our dancing takes over the gym stage. From those I haven’t seen on the playground in a while, I’m sure there will be questions about my writing (I hope there will be!!!) and I’ll happily tell them that my book The Secret Life of Charlotte Dodd will be released next week.

SecretsLiesI probably won’t mention Touch.

And this drives me crazy! Why shouldn’t I take the opportunity to tell everyone I have a new erotic romance novel out, that it’s about a woman who falls for a man and his wife and it has a pretty good girl-on-girl scene at the end? I could tell them it’s the first of a series, that the next book will be out in March. I could go on about how it’s different from my Husbands and Wives  books in that Making Friends et all were about a neighbourhood of swingers and Touch is only about a couple and their unicorn. Maybe they’d ask what a unicorn is.

It’s not that my kids go to an ultra-conservative school. Heck, I’m sure I’d garner quite a following if it got out what I write about. And it’s not that I keep it a secret. Close friends at the school know what I write but the reactions I get vary from wide-eyed shock (usually from the women) to hubby getting a slap on the shoulder and a heh-heh-heh (from the men).  This isn’t a joke to me. It’s my livelihood.

It seems that these people see me as Holly – community mother, volunteer, nice, friendly, helpful. Writer of books that their children shouldn’t read because of bad words and adult situations.bad girl

No one wants to acknowledge that I’m also Anna – full of dirty thoughts and a great imagination who writes books full of sex and adults having sex with people other than their partners. I’m not sure they’d know what to do with me! Would they censor their words and stories in case I’d use them one of my books?

Mwah-ha-ha! Great idea!

To other writers of erotica – how do you deal with this? What are reactions you get when people find out what you write? Do you it a secret from friends and family? Do they read your books?

I let my sister read one of my books once and she hasn’t be able to look at me the same since!

And since I won’t be discussing my new book with anyone, you can bet that I’ll be busy observing everyone and wondering what their dirty little secrets are. Because everyone has one.

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RIP Jackie Collins

jackie-collinsI was saddened to learn of the death of author Jackie Collins last week. She passed away after losing her struggle with breast cancer.

While readers have been saddened by deaths of other prolific writers over the past little while (Colleen McCullough, Terry Pratchett and Tom Clancy to name a few), losing Jackie Collins hit me the hardest, so much that I find myself taking to my blog to post about her.

“Sexy, scandalous and seductive!”

I first discovered the novels of Jackie Collins when I was a teenager. And what an awakening that was!

Collins’ wrote about organized crime and Hollywood heartbreak, all of which were light years away from my small-town upbringing. I devoured her books, reading every one I could get my hands on, thrilled by her descriptions of the rich and famous and agog by all the sex scenes! While there is A LOT of sex in Collins’ novels, the scenes aren’t as descriptive as some books out there. It’s not erotica; wasn’t even close. It’s smut – down and dirty smut and Jackie Collins sold a lot of books writing about it.

Her first book The World is Full of Married Men was published in 1968 and called ‘nasty, filthy and disgusting’ by bestselling romance novelist Barbara Cartland. She announced that Collins’ ‘created every pervert in Britain.’jackie-collins-quote

What a way to create a bestseller!

I wonder what Barbara Cartland would have thought of E.L James?

Married Men was banned in Australia and South Africa but it’s notoriety only increased sales in the US and UK. This led to over twenty bestsellers and 500 million books in print.  Her final novel was The Santangelos, a conclusion to the series of novels she began in 1981 with Chances. 

There are too many of her novels to list but here are a few of my favourites.

rock star lucky lovers and gam hollywood husbands

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

jackie collins 2They are pure entertainment; nothing literary about them.

It’s been a while since I’ve read one of her new books, but I have copies of many on my shelves.  My mother gives them to me! Don’t worry, Mom, I’ll be reading them soon! I need to catch up on the lives of the rich and famous, real people thinly disguised as fictional characters, and as a way to say good bye to the author who inspired so many. She taught me that books are entertainment, and should be fun to read. And making them sexy doesn’t hurt either!

RIP Jackie Collins.


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So I got interviewed!!!

I recently sat with The Phantom Writer for a chat!  Check out my interview here!  I talk about writing, impressing twelve year olds (not with my writing!) and Jaffa cakes!

 

And don’t forget to download your copy of Office Plays this weekend! It’s only 99 cents.

PrintAnd while you’re at it, go ahead and get book two – Secrets and Lies.  You know you want to!!!!SecretsLies

 


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Indie Authors – Please Read this!

I re-posted this from Holly Kerr’s site .  I’d like to open my page for indie authors too!

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: How many books, approximately, do you think you have in your personal collection?

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Musing Mondays post, or share your answer in a brief comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! 😀

Monday Musing – How Many Books?

This is my Monday Musing for the week, but it’s not about reading.  Should be Reading made some changes to her memes and while I’ll still follow along with her guidelines, this week I needed to strike off on my own.  But before I do, I will answer her random question.

I was curious about this, so I went down to my bookshelves and did some calculations.  Let’s just say I have between 500-600 hundred books and leave it at that.  This will be an exhorbent number to a lot of people (probably my husband) and but a drop in the bucket to others.

If you want to make your own bookish confess, leave a comment for me.  I’m interested in hearing numbers.

Monday Musing #2 – If you are an Indie Author, Read This!!

MY Monday musing this week is about authors helping authors.

Absinthe Doesn't Make the Heart Grow FonderMy novel, Absinthe Doesn’t Make the Heart Grow Fonder will be released Feb 17.  It’s the third book I’ve published, and the first one that I know what I’m doing (sort of) regarding the promotion/marketing of it.  I was clueless with my first book and a little more savvy with the second, but had absolutely no time to do anything.  With Absinthe, I’m starting early.  Maybe not the 4-6 months early the marketing gurus suggest, but hey, I’m not perfect.

In my search to find ways to reach new readers, I’ve come across a lot of websites where authors make a point of helping other authors.  I’m not listing them now, but keep watch, because I’ll be featured on a few of them in the following weeks, and I’ll be giving kudos to each and every one of them.  I hook up a list soon, as well.

Indie Author Spotlights

I was inspired by these authors and have decided I want to join in the fun!  I set up a indie spotlight on my blog back in 2013 (example from Rissa Blakeley) where I contacted a few indie authors to interview, but I kind of dropped the ball on that.  I want to pick it up again and begin with an invite to any Indie Author who comes across my blog, to feel free to contact me. I’ll feature you on my site, with either an interview or a guest post or even just a blurb about your latest release.  Writing can be a lonely profession and reaching out to others  makes it a more social event for me.

So contact me if you want on board!  I’m happy to help promote any way I can!!