About The Guardians Series: Your Questions Answered

So, you know how you get an idea and get so jazzed about it, you get yourself all worked up over it? Maybe it was a New Year’s resolution, or maybe you were going to start a new diet, or a huge redecorating project. You get the idea. That initial burst of energy when the idea strikes is so powerful you start feeling like Wonder Woman (or, Superman if you’re a guy reading this post) and you feel like you can knock that sucker out with one punch.

Sometimes things work out and that energy carries you until the end of your project or idea. Other times, your ambition doesn’t exactly line up with the time you have, or the actual energy you possess once that initial burst of adrenaline wears off. It happens to us all in different areas of life, and I am hardly immune to the phenomenon.

In 2012 I concluded the Angels Among Us series. In the final book, I teased a spin-off series featuring the Guardians, a hybrid race of humans created by God to fight the battle against the demons and their minions on earth. I promised the first book by spring of 2013, and … well, there really isn’t one single reason why the project never made it off the ground. There are actually several reasons that all converged to rob me of the motivation to write the books.

I got pregnant with Baby M (the roughest of my three pregnancies and delivers), my husband went through some very serious health issues, other projects took up more time than I’d anticipated, I struggled with migraines … and on top of all that, I just lacked the drive to do it. The idea was so awesome at first, I couldn’t wait to write it. Then, the longer it took me to get to it, the less inspired I became, until I wasn’t sure I’d ever want to do it.

I answered everyone’s questions and emails in the best way I could, by telling you all it had been delayed but was coming. Which was the truth. Despite all my other projects, The Guardians has never been away from my mind. I just didn’t want to force it, because when creativity gets forced, the story is never as good as it can be. If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know I prefer to let things happen organically.

 

So, I’m happy to announce that the delay is over. The Guardians Series WILL hit virtual bookshelves this year (likely October). What’s changed? Well, I went to New Orleans in May for a book convention and got my socks knocked off with Inspiration. If you’ve never been, it’s definitely one of those places you want to put on your bucket list. A city so full of history and mysticism … NOLA is a colorful place, and I found myself watching the scenes of this story playing themselves out in the city and even in the bayou. I am excited to make this city come alive and introduce you to the characters of The Guardians trilogy. Within the next couple of weeks, there will be a cover reveal and release date announcement, so stay tuned for that.

 

I hope this puts some of you at ease about the series and answers your questions. It was never my intention to wait this long, but sometimes waiting is best. In waiting, I found the inspiration I needed to make this series what it should be. Thank you all for your love and support throughout this writing journey.

 

Happy Reading,

Elise

Chained Trilogy Book 1 is now available!

I have been waiting a long time to announce that the first book in the Chained Trilogy is now available! Starting this series really breathed new life into me as a writer and I cannot wait for my readers to become familiar with Alemere, the world I’ve created. I hope you enjoy Caden and Gwen’s story.

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House Toustain … House Maignart … two royal houses once embroiled in a bloody feud … Thirty years of peace now broken in an instant …

Sir Caden Maignart has been captured, beaten, locked in a dungeon, and wrongfully accused of kidnapping and oath-breaking. Determined to free himself and his men, and clear his besmirched name, Caden does not count on the willful nature of his captor, Lady Gwendolyn Toustain, the daughter of the man who was once his father’s mortal enemy. After several attempts at escape, the lady orders him bound and chained to a wall in her chambers—where he will remain under her personal guard at all times and kept from conspiring with his men. While the lady’s high-handedness infuriates him, Caden cannot deny that everything else about her drives him to distraction. Forced into close proximity with her, Caden soon finds it hard to remember his mission of escape.

When Lady Gwendolyn of House Toustain first lays eyes on her prisoner, one thing about him is abundantly clear: Sir Caden of Daleraia is a dangerous man. Yet, she must show him no fear. The captured band of knights from Daleraia are her only clue in the mystery surrounding the disappearance of House Toustain’s sons, and it falls to Lady Gwen to seek justice. Is this kidnapping merely the ploy of mercenaries out for a ransom? Or has Sir Caden acted on the order of the High Lord of Daleraia and broken the peace? As she searches for the answers, she never expects the surge of passion that ignites between herself and her prisoner. The longer he remains in her clutches, the more Gwen realizes that though she has him chained, she is the one who has been captured.

 

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Chained is now available for pre-order!

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Cover Reveal: Hot Summer Nights

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I am so excited about this group project I got to be a part of. Getting together with 8 other authors to offer up an anthology of hot summer stories has been one of my funnest projects of the year so far. Read on for more about Hot Summer Nights, which includes my Contemporary short story, Life After Death.

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Hot Summer Nights Volume One

A multi-author anthology by: Alicia Michaels, Carly Fall, Casse NaRome, C.J. Baty, Elise Marion, Kacey Hammell, Natalie G. Owens, Peggy Martinez, and R.K. Ryals

Genre: New Adult/Adult, Contemporary Romance, Paranormal, Time Travel

Release Date: July 30, 2014

Website: www.dasiaisland.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/dasiaisland

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22430015-hot-summer-nights-volume-1

 Pre-order information coming soon!

 

Blurb:

Welcome to the exotic paradise of Dasia Island. In the Elysium Resort, nestled among the lush beauty of the rainforest, adventure and romance await. In these nine short stories by bestselling and award winning authors, passion ignites between people from all walks of life, with stories ranging from New Adult to Erotic Romance, and even a bit of Paranormal and Time Travel thrown in—after all the island itself has a mystical history, with mysteries and legends to explore. Lose yourself in the magic of the island … you’ll never want to go home again!

Beauty and the Brain by Alicia Michaels (New Adult Contemporary Romance)

Chloe Sanders would rather be anywhere than on vacation with her parents. It’s not like they ever pay any attention to her, and being a witness to their constant fighting and boozing isn’t exactly her idea of fun. Still, when they drag her along on a trip to the Elysium Resort for a week, Chloe is determined to have a good time—knock back some drinks, spend all her spare time shopping or at the spa, and maybe even in the arms of a hot surfer. She certainly doesn’t count on Chase, who’s roughing it in the rainforest with a research group, studying wildlife. He’s an annoying know-it-all, and not shy about letting Chloe know what he thinks of her bratty ways and expensive lifestyle. The two couldn’t be more different, but in the swelter and mystery of the island, opposites just might attract.

 

 

The Laws of Attraction by Carly Fall (Contemporary Romance)

High-end criminal attorney, Jared Greer, has spent his adult life working for his father’s legal firm and chasing the next big client. The legal world is shades of gray, and he doesn’t think about right and wrong when representing a client—he thinks of the paycheck. His hard work has paid off, and he lives a lavish lifestyle filled with expensive cars, a luxury apartment, and the best of everything.

He takes a private jet to Dasia Island for a meeting about possible representation with a CEO of a toy company accused of knowingly producing toys that killed 15 children. As Jared and his assistant, Monica, work through the case documents and share some of what Dasia has to offer, their passion on the magical island makes Jared consider the way he lives his life, especially if he wants Monica in it.

 

The Art of Losing Inhibition by Casse NaRome (Contemporary F/F Romance)

One man’s trash is another woman’s treasure.
Reeling from the loss of her husband to a carefree socialite, uptight Kennedy retreats to Dasia island for a little bit of R and R. Will she learn to let loose in the arms of Basil, the wild-child trust-fund baby with a silver tongue?

 

His Island Paradise by C.J. Baty (Contemporary M/M Romance)

Gar Lancaster wasn’t depressed, no matter what his sister said. He didn’t need a trip to a tropical island to meet some guy for a vacation romance. But when Mike Peters kissed him on the balcony under a sea of stars with the pounding waves hitting the shore below them, things changed.

Maybe, he didn’t need a happily ever after. Maybe happily for right now would be okay. Whatever happened, Gar was pretty sure he was in way over his head.

 

Life After Death by Elise Marion (Contemporary Romance)

When his friends invite him for a guys-only vacation to the exotic Dasia Island, the last thing Jameson Blake expects is to run into Victoria, his ex-wife. The loss of their son in a tragic accident left their marriage in tatters, and together they were never able to move past it. But in the wilds of the rainforest, revelations will rock them both, forcing them to confront their past. In the process, the realization that love has never died between them will rise to the surface. With that knowledge, will Jameson and Victoria be able to overcome the past and strive for a future together?

 

Layover by Kacey Hammell (Contemporary Romance)

 

Hand’s off. That’s Gemma Sands’ cardinal rule when it comes to dating co-workers. Even though she’d like to get her hands on Michael Harmon.

Michael has his own idea about where he’d like to put his hands. But Gemma’s steadfast rule means Michael simply admires from afar.

But fate has other ideas when an unexpected layover on Dasia Island pairs the couple in less than ideal conditions. Forced to share tight quarters, and unable to resist their passion, they finally surrender to every touch they need so desperately.

 

 

 

Woman in the Mist by Natalie G. Owens (Paranormal Time Travel Romance)

A free spirit and sole heir of the 5-star Euthykhia Hotel, Garrick Kaili ‘Kai’ Langston remains on Dasia Island out of loyalty to his family. But this sprawling, recently renovated building, originally built in the thriving period between the two major world wars, harbors some dark secrets. Unsolved mysteries that continue to haunt at least one of its oldest residents…

A man shot to death, his murderer never found…and a young woman disappearing into thin air on the same night in 1965. A curse, or simple foul play? Some say Poppy Drummond’s fate was to be swallowed by deadly mists near the ruins of Dasia. Others claim such notions are merely fruit of the meanderings of a crazy mind…

But Kai is just about to find out—the truth is never what it seems…when the walls between fantasy and reality come crumbling down.

 

 

 

Guide me Gently by Peggy Martinez

 

 

City of Sin by R.K. Ryals (New Adult Contemporary/Paranormal Romance)

On the Island of Dasia, there’s a legend about a city of sin, a tragic story that ended in a mist of death. Haven Ambrose is a Journalism major on a mission. River Brayden is a meteorologist with a tropical system to follow. Their love is strong, but is it strong enough to survive a storm that leaves them stranded them with an ancient evil?

 

 About the Authors

 

Alicia Michaels

Ever since she first read books like Chronicles of Narnia or Goosebumps, Alicia has been a lover of mind-bending fiction. Wherever imagination takes her, she is more than happy to call that place her home. The mother of two and wife to an Army sergeant loves chocolate, coffee, and of course good books. When not writing, you can usually find her with her nose in a book, shopping for shoes and fabulous jewelry, or spending time with her loving family.

Carly Fall

I am a wife, a mother and a slave to Nicky the dog.

I love to laugh, I think chocolate and wine should be considered their own food group, and I wish Christmas happened twice a year.

I love hearing from readers, so please send me an email at carlyfall@gmail.com, or connect with me on Facebook, Goodreads or Twitter.

 

Casse NaRome

Casse NaRome is the alter ego of a self-proclaimed awesome weirdo. She is also an Air Force Brat, so she has picked up the odd habit of never staying in the same place for too long. Casse is never serious, has been accused of wishing her life was a sitcom – laugh track and all. She loves to laugh and occasionally snorts but that is sexy, right? She talks to herself out loud and is fine with being a little insane.

Casse NaRome has three series including the bestselling YA/NA Sci-Fi & Fantasy, The Reborn series from Bayou Brew Publishing as well as the adult paranormal Death Knows My Name from Soul Mate Publishing and the NA paranormal Part Time Reaper

CJ Baty

CJ Baty lives in southwest Ohio with her very patient husband and two encouraging children. Her heart however, lives in the mountains of Tennessee where she hopes to retire some day. The mountains have always provided her with inspiration and a soothing balm to the stresses of everyday life.

The dream of writing her own stories started in high school but was left on the back burner of life until her son introduced her to Fan Fiction and encouraged her to give it a try. She found that her passion for telling a story was still there and writing them down to share with others was much more thrilling than she had ever expected. Publishing her own stories has been a highlight in her life.

 

One thing she has learned from life and she is often heard to say is, “You are never too old to follow your dream even if it takes you fifty years!”

 

Elise Marion

Elise Marion is a lover books and has a special place in her heart for sweet and sensual romance. Writing about love across all walks of life is her passion, as is reaching people through the written word. The Army wife and stay-at-home mother of three spends most of her time taking care of her children. Her second job includes writing stories about characters that people can fall in love with. When the Texas native isn’t caring for her family or writing, you can usually find her with her nose in a book, singing loudly, or cooking up something new in the kitchen.

 

Kacey Hammell

 

Avid Reader. Romance Author. Redhead…

Canadian-born author Kacey Hammell is definitely a book-a-holic. A romance reader from a young age, she fell in love with happily ever afters.  These days, as a multi-published erotic romance author, she enjoys adding a lot of heat, sass, and emotion to the many genres she writes.

 

A mom of three, Kacey has made certain each of her children know the value of the written word and the adventures they could escape on by becoming book-a-holics in their own right. She lives her own happily ever after with her perfect hero in Ontario, Canada, and is a true romantic at heart.



 Natalie G. Owens

Pink velvet and black lace. Light and darkness. A world of contrasts exists in Natalie’s stories because every rose has its thorn. Her favorite stories to write are romances with a dark edge featuring brooding heroes, strong heroines, and a good dash of fantasy.

Married with one son, she now calls the beautiful island of Malta home after eleven good years in Atlanta, GA. When she’s not working or writing—or muttering to herself about it like a batty old maid—she enjoys spending time with family and friends (both online and offline), reading, cooking, watching a good movie, taking trips, and ogling shoe store displays.

 

Peggy Martinez

When not writing, Peggy can be found spending time at home with her husband, her teen son, and four little girls. She loves reading, writing, soap making, aromatherapy, gangster movies, prepping for the zombie apocalypse, and downing insane amounts of Twizzlers and Kazoozles.

As if being a wife and homeschooling mom of five doesn’t keep her busy enough, Peggy Martinez is a full time Author who has six published books, including The Time Warper Series, State of Decay, Sweet Contradiction, and Unnatural Occurrence. Peggy’s dream is to own a small homestead where she can raise some chickens along with her five kids, tend to a large garden, and one day take her dream vacation’s to Ireland, Greece and Scotland.

 

R. K. Ryals

 

R.K. Ryals is the author of emotional and gripping young adult and new adult paranormal romance, contemporary romance, and fantasy. With a strong passion for charity and literacy, she works as a full time writer encouraging people to “share the love of reading one book at a time.” An avid animal lover and self-proclaimed coffee-holic, R.K. Ryals was born in Jackson, Mississippi and makes her home in the Southern U.S. with her husband, her three daughters, a rescue dog named Oscar the Grouch, A Shitzsu named Tinkerbell, an OCD cat, and a coffee pot she honestly couldn’t live without. Should she ever become the owner of a fire-breathing dragon (tame of course), her life would be complete.

 

 

 

Cover Reveal: Chained (Chained Trilogy Book One)

Coming July 6, 2014!

Pre-order info coming soon!

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House Toustain … House Maignart … two royal houses once embroiled in a bloody feud … Twenty years of peace now broken in an instant …Sir Caden Maignart has been captured, beaten, locked in a dungeon, and wrongfully accused of kidnapping and oath-breaking. Determined to free himself and his men, and clear his besmirched name, Caden does not count on the willful nature of his captor, Lady Gwendolyn Toustain, the daughter of the man who was once his father’s mortal enemy. After several attempts at escape, the lady orders him bound and chained to a wall in her chambers—where he will remain under her personal guard at all times and kept from conspiring with his men. While the lady’s high-handedness infuriates him, Caden cannot deny that everything else about her drives him to distraction. Forced into close proximity with her, Caden soon finds it hard to remember his mission of escape.When Lady Gwendolyn of House Toustain first lays eyes on her prisoner, one thing about him is abundantly clear: Sir Caden of Daleraia is a dangerous man. Yet, she must show him no fear. The captured band of knights from Daleraia are her only clue in the mystery surrounding the disappearance of House Toustain’s sons, and it falls to Lady Gwen to seek justice. Is this kidnapping merely the ploy of mercenaries out for a ransom? Or has Sir Caden acted on the order of the High Lord of Daleraia and broken the peace? As she searches for the answers, she never expects the surge of passion that ignites between herself and her prisoner. The longer he remains in her clutches, the more Gwen realizes that though she has him chained, she is the one who has been captured.

Add to your lists on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22328684-chained

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Photography by Imagine Images (Larry J Stephens)

Models: Jason Lee Erickson and Nandii Ramesra

Cover Art Design by: Najla Qamber Designs

I’m going to Indie Bookfest 2014!

Indie Bookfest 2014

 

Attention all Florida readers! August 8-9 I will be attending Indie Bookfest in Buena Vista, FL at the Buena Vista Palace! Join me on Saturday, the 9th from 1-4 pm for a book signing, where I will be selling and autographing paperback copies of my upcoming Medieval Fantasy novel, Chained! I may have some special guests with me as well … stay tuned for more info!

 

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By the way, when I come to IBF, I won’t be coming alone! Making a special appearance at the book signing at Indie Bookfest (August 9) are my very gorgeous models for the Chained Trilogy book covers. By then Chained will have been released, and they’ll be with me to greet readers, take pictures and sign books. And just wait until you see the cover. These two showed OUT in front of the camera and delivered some beautiful images, three of which will grace the covers of the trilogy.
If you live in Florida, this is an opportunity most won’t get: to get a copy of the book in paperback signed by the author as well as both cover models. Check out the Indie Bookfest Website for ticket info (book signing is FREE)
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An open letter to the organizers of the RT Booklover’s Convention

To the Romantic Times Magazine, and organizers of the RT Booklover’s Convention,

I will never forget the first time I heard about the RT Booklover’s Convention.  As a newly self-published Romance author, I was thrilled at the thought of an event that huge. I wanted to be a part of something that celebrated readers and writers of Romance, and I wanted a place to network, build relationships, and interact with readers.

 

Last year I attended my first RT in Kansas City and had a great time. The panels were interesting and informative, the parties were fun, and I got to spend time with authors I had forged friendships with via social media. It was why I was so excited to attend this year’s RT convention in New Orleans. I had every intention of making RT a part of my year travels. However, I found myself very disappointed in the way my fellow indie authors were treated this year. I am speaking, specifically, about the Giant Book Fair.

 

In 2013, there were two book signings held at the RT convention. One was for independent authors, ebooks, etc. The other was for mostly traditionally published authors. At the time, I was disappointed to know that RT felt the need to separate indies from traditional, as if there was some reason we could not share a space and sign together. However, I was happy just to have a table to sign at RT.

 

When I registered for the 2014 convention, I was elated to see that the two signings would be combined. Anyone who has ever attended RT knows that many people who cannot come for the whole week, make the effort to come to the Giant Book Fair. The amount of attendees at the Giant Book Fair are exponentially more than those who would attend the Indie and Ebook Expo. It hardly seemed fair that only traditionally published authors would have access to those crowds. For that reason, I was excited by the change. One book fair, traditional and indies signings together—that is what was promised. That promise was never fulfilled.

 

While I did not register early enough to secure a table at the book fair, several of my indie author friends did. Even though I was not part of the signing, to see the way indie authors were treated at the book signing was very hurtful to me. Indie authors are a community, and what hurts one of us hurts all of us.

 

At this point in my open letter, I would like to pose the following questions. What motivated you to separate indie authors from traditionally published authors for the Giant Book Fair? What logic was applied in this situation? Who decided that indie authors were not good enough to sign alongside the traditionally published authors? Did you think that readers would care that we were mixed together?

 

Let me tell you something I’ve learned in the three years I’ve been in business as a self-published author. The majority of readers out there don’t care who publishes their favorite books. There are many who can’t even name the publishers of their favorite books. All they know is that they love to read. The authors they love inspire and encourage them—we transport them to different worlds and different places and write characters that they can fall in love with. Whether we are traditional or indie, we are who they come to this event to see. To have a joint signing with both indies and traditionally published would have been RT’s chance to show that they support the rapidly growing indie movement. On the surface, it seems as if you do. You allow indie authors to register for your convention and pay the nearly five hundred dollar fee—the same as the traditional authors. You host many panels at the convention about indie and self-publishing. You even teamed up with Smashwords and Amazon this year—two businesses that are at the forefront of the indie publishing movement.

 

However, your decision regarding the book fair is very telling. It shows us exactly where we stand in your estimation and just how little you think of us. My next question to you is: how could you? How you could separate indie authors from the others? How could you give them a smaller table space than what was originally promised? How could you allow your volunteers and staff to herd readers away from the indie room and toward the traditionally published? Lastly, how could you allow your staff and volunteers to refer to the traditional authors as ‘published’ and the self-published authors as only ‘aspiring’? Actually, I’m going to take this a step further and ask: how dare you refer to us as aspiring? With this insult, RT has blatantly shown us that we are not real authors to them. We do not count, because we don’t have the backing of a traditional publishing house. Even though a large portion of us sell enough books a year to be able to support our families. Even though some of us have followings of thousands of readers who are rabid for our books and support us by purchasing, reading and reviewing those books. Even though some of us have earned the distinction of being on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, New York Times, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal bestsellers lists.

 

How dare you trivialize those accomplishments by calling us aspiring? I went into business for myself as a self-published author almost three years ago and in that time I have created a brand and grown that business. I help my husband support our family, and now my household has two steady incomes. Indie authors are bold and brave, we are intuitive and we are resilient. We are changing the face of publishing, and those who cannot acknowledge this and accept those changes are stuck in the past.

 

I am taking this time to say that I do not plan to ever attend the RT Convention again. I am sure my measly $500 registration means nothing to you in the grand scheme of things, but this is a matter of principal. I do not believe any Indie author should fork over that much money to be treated poorly at your convention. All of those authors who were forced to sit elbow to elbow in a tiny room separated from the rest of the signing deserve an apology and a refund, and in the future you might consider handling this sort of thing differently.

 

I am sure in the days to come, you’ll start rolling out the excuses. I’ve already seen a few of your tweets defending these actions or trying to ‘lay rumors to rest’. What I am hoping, is that you will not just talk, but listen. You posted on social media that you wanted feedback and you are sure to get exactly that from the many authors and readers who were outraged by this situation. It is my hope that you will take our feedback seriously and rethink the current format of your convention, which is discouraging for Indie authors, to say the least. Until significant changes are made, I will only support conventions that support freedom of choice and artistry instead of deriding it. I implore my fellow authors to do the same … not just Indies, but traditionally published as well. We are all published authors, and we are all a part of the wonderful Romance community. There is room for all of us on the bookshelves of readers and at the RT Convention.

Sincerely,

Elise Marion (more than just an ‘aspiring’ author)

 

P.S. If any of my reader or author friends reading this letter wish to share their thoughts with the good folks at the RT convention, you may do so at this email address: trent@rtconvention.com

They have stated that they welcome feedback. Show them where you stand. By the way, Trent (who’s email address this is) is a great guy, so be nice to him. He was nothing but courteous toward us when we interacted with him and was doing the best he could. Thank you

Kings of Cardenas Series is now available in a complete e-book set!

If you’ve never read any of the books in the Kings of Cardenas Series, now is your chance to own them ALL. Also, you can save 5 bucks when you get them as a set, as opposed to separately. Take the journey of the Largess royal family and indulge in court intrigue, passion, and romance!

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The Groom needs your help to win the Rone Award!

The Groom w EM LogoHello my lovely readers! InD’tale Magazine has nominated The Groom for its annual Rone Award in the Romantic Suspense category. What does this mean? The Rone Award recognizes achievement in Independently published books in the romance genre. Their reviewers are professional and aren’t exactly easy to please, and Groom managed to get a 4.5 out of 5 rating, which is spectacular! It’s an honor to just be nominated and this is actually the second year in a row one of my books has been in the running. I would love to make it to the finals, and possible even win this thing!

 

What does this have to do with you? Well, the first round of voting belongs to the readers! In’Dtale is asking readers to vote for their favorite books in each category. I would be thrilled if you, my wonderful readers, would take a moment to cast your vote for The Groom. If I make it to the final round, my book goes into judging, which will then determine if it wins or not.

 

Here’s how to vote. There are 2 ways:

 

1) Visit In’Dtale’s website by going to this link: http://indtale.com/2014-rone-awards

In order to vote this way, you will need to register with In’Dtale and create an account. They need voters to do this to ensure that you’re an actual person before you’re allowed to vote. Once you’ve created an account, you can find The Groom under the heading Suspense/Thriller.

2) There is a second, simpler way to vote, which is by email! Simply copy this text: Romantic Suspense category: The Groom by Elise Marion

and email it to: anasmith@indtale.com

It’s as simple as that! I will be sure to update you all on whether or not The Groom makes the final round. Thank you so much for all your love and support. I have the best readers an author could ask for. You all have made this journey a memorable one!

 

 

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The Gypsy is now available!

I am happy to announce that the final installment of the Kings of Cardenas series is now available at select ebook retailers. The Gypsy is now available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, and AllRomance Ebooks. iTunes and Kobo will be soon to follow, as well as Paperback books. Writing this final book was bittersweet, but I am happy with the way I left things. Be sure to check out the very end of the book (after the epilogue) for a very special surprise. Trust me, you want to check it out, this is HUGE!

Download your copy of The Gypsy now!

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As a young man, Desmond Brandon was a dreamer. When his sister married the king of Cardenas, the son of a Gypsy dancer and a sailor became a titled lord with more wealth, land, and power than he could have ever hoped to possess. It wasn’t long before he discovered the true nature of both his adulterous wife, and the gilded cage of the royal court. With the stars dashed from his eyes, Desmond cultivates a reputation for himself as a conscienceless rake, one that he wears over his jaded heart as a badge of honor. When Desmond visits The Red Rose, a high-end brothel that caters to the tastes of the wealthy and titled, he never expects to find the woman who will turn his world upside down. Yet the beautiful Ana is not what she seems. Despite the mystery surrounding her, Desmond finds himself enthralled by her. As feelings of passion begin to develop into something more, the Gypsy lord will be forced to face the things he’d hoped to forget.

Anastasia Harden does not want to keep the truth of her past from the man she loves, but the revelation would tear them apart. Yet, when that truth becomes a danger to them both, she is left with no choice but to reveal all. Faced with the possibility of losing everything, Anastasia will learn that the wild heart of a Gypsy is not so easily captured, or tamed. Will the jaded Gypsy lord return her love, despite her deceit? Or will the truth tear them apart and doom them both in the process?
Elise Marion concludes the Kings of Cardenas Series with this stunning story of love, deception, passion, and intrigue.

The Gypsy Cover Reveal + Release Announcement

I am so happy to he able to finally announce a release date for The Gypsy. The wait is over, March 15! Thank you for your understanding and patience as this project took me longer than expected. But, I think you’ll be happy with the outcome. Also, I’m happy to announce a little bonus for you guys. So many of you have expressed curiosity over the Queen Mother, Alexandra Largess. I’ve been asked time and time again who she really is and why she is so cold. You wanted her story, so now I’m telling it. At the end of The Gypsy will be a short story entitled The Queen Diaries, an inside look at Alexandra and her thoughts. And who knows? She might even find love!

 

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As a young man, Desmond Brandon was a dreamer. When his sister married the king of Cardenas, the son of a Gypsy dancer and a sailor became a titled lord with more wealth, land, and power than he could have ever hoped to possess. It wasn’t long before he discovered the true nature of both his adulterous wife, and the gilded cage of the royal court. With the stars dashed from his eyes, Desmond cultivates a reputation for himself as a conscienceless rake, one that he wears over his jaded heart as a badge of honor. When Desmond visits The Red Rose, a high-end brothel that caters to the tastes of the wealthy and titled, he never expects to find the woman that will turn his world upside down. The beautiful Ana is not what she seems. Despite the mystery surrounding her, Desmond finds himself enthralled by her. As feelings of passion begin to develop into something more, the Gypsy lord will be forced to face the things he’d hoped to forget.

 

Anastasia Harden does not want to keep the truth of her past from the man she loves, but the truth will tear them apart. Yet, when that truth becomes a danger to them both, she is left with no choice but to reveal all. Faced with the possibility of losing everything, Anastasia will learn that the wild heart of a Gypsy is not so easily captured, or tamed. Will the jaded Gypsy lord return her love, despite her deceit? Or will the truth tear them apart and doom them both in the process?

Elise Marion concludes the Kings of Cardenas Series with this stunning story of love, deception, passion, and intrigue.

*Includes bonus content: The Queen Diaries (A Kings of Cardenas Short Story)

Come hang out with me at The Novel Experience!

TheNovelExperience1 March 28-30, 2014, I’ll be hanging out at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, Georgia for a fun Author/Reader book event. The event is FREE! You can come for the whole weekend, or you can just attend the book signing (where I’ll be signing books) on Saturday from 10-5. VIP tickets are available for a great price and include some awesome perks! I’ll also be hosting a party Saturday night from 9 until … A bachelorette bash themed after The Groom and other wedding-themed books by other authors. Bring your singles for the entertainment and get ready for some bawdy fun!   Get more info at the Novel Experience Website. Like the Novel Experience Facebook Page.   Hope to see you there!

Hot Summer Nights is now available!

I am so honored to have been a part of this amazing anthology with 8 other authors! 9 sexy stories written to heat up those last days of summer. The special release price of $0.99 is only good for a limited time, so don’t miss out! Includes my short story, Life after Death.

 

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Hot Summer Nights Volume One

A multi-author anthology by: Alicia Michaels, Carly Fall, Casse NaRome, C.J. Baty, Elise Marion, Kacey Hammell, Natalie G. Owens, Peggy Martinez, and R.K. Ryals

Genres: New Adult/Adult, Contemporary Romance, Paranormal, Time Travel

Release Date: July 30, 2014

Website: www.dasiaisland.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/dasiaisland

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22430015-hot-summer-nights-volume-1

 

Blurb:

Welcome to the exotic paradise of Dasia Island. In the Elysium Resort, nestled among the lush beauty of the rainforest, adventure and romance await. In these nine short stories by bestselling and award winning authors, passion ignites between people from all walks of life, with stories ranging from New Adult to Erotic Romance, and even a bit of Paranormal and Time Travel thrown in—after all the island itself has a mystical history, with mysteries and legends to explore. Lose yourself in the magic of the island … you’ll never want to go home again!

 

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 The loss of their son in a tragic accident left Jameson and Victoria Blake’s marriage in tatters. Together they were never able to move past it, and they parted ways after a painful divorce. But in the wilds of the rainforest, the realization that love has never died between them will rise to the surface.

New Release + Giveaway: Prank Me by Kacey Hammell

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I’m happy to share my friend, Kacey Hammell’s new erotic romance release, Prank Me. This little story is a Quickie from Ellora’s Cave, and will give you heat and steam with a satisfying ending in a one-sitting read! Check out the smokin’ excerpt and be sure to enter my giveaway (which you can find at the bottom of this post). I’ll be gifting 3 copies of Prank Me to random winners from the ebook store of their choice!

PRANK ME

Kacey Hammell

Contemporary Erotic Romance

Quickie Short Story

ISBN # 9781419945007

Publisher: Ellora’s Cave

From zero to sixty … no amount of braking will stop this crash course with love.

 

Race car driver Lark Stevens agrees to help a close friend prove that paybacks can be a bitch. But what she doesn’t expect is to fall in lust with her mark. Or is he who she thinks he is?

 

Set on her mission, Lark assumes the mystery man who amps up the heat and pushes her heart into overdrive is her intended target. And once they connect, getting even is the last thing on her mind.

 

As the heat smolders and revs from zero to sixty in mere seconds, Lark realizes she’s on a crash course with love that no amount of braking will stop.

Inside Scoop:  No holds barred sexual teasing, dances meant to titillate and push you over the edge, and M/F love scenes to get engines revving.

 

Buying Links:

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Prank Me Excerpt © Kacey Hammell

A Romantica® erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

 

Lark grinned. So the studmuffin wasn’t used to women who dressed like her. Good. Made it all the more fun to entice them.

“I’m sorry, am I in the wrong office?”

“You’re here to see Bobby, correct?” She knew he was, but didn’t want to give the game away.

“Yes I am.”

“Then you’re in the right place.” She drew open the sides of the belt keeping her jacket closed. Working it apart in deliberate slow motion to heighten anticipation, she again instructed, “Have a seat. I don’t bite.” She smirked. “Unless you ask me to.”

He watched her, eyes bulging as she pushed the material off her shoulders and laid it over Bobby’s desk.

Shock and uncertainty flooded his eyes but was quickly replaced with interest and heat as he took in her scantily clad body.

Good. She liked his full attention on her.

“I’m not sure what’s going on here. Are you Bobby’s secretary?” She opened her mouth to speak but he raised a hand and ushered her to hush. “I’ve never seen a secretary look like you.”

She laughed, ignoring his question about her identity, and winked at him as he sat in the chair in front of Bobby’s desk. “Oh this old thing?” She gestured to her red silk croptop, her black lace bra showing through, and her crimson leather skirt, which was so short her panties would surely show if she bent over. “Just something I threw on this morning.” She moved in front of him and leaned her ass on the desk.

He grinned and stared up at her. “What can I do for you?”

“Oh honey.” She retrieved her cell phone. “Ask not what you can do for me.” She pressed the music button and selected her dance playlist. “But what I can do for you.”

Strains of a bass guitar filled the room and vibrated to her soul, begging her to succumb to the seductive rhythm.

About Kacey:

Avid Reader. Romance Author. Redhead…

Canadian-born author Kacey Hammell is definitely a book-a-holic. A romance reader from a young age, she fell in love with happily ever afters.  These days, as a multi-published erotic romance author, she enjoys adding a lot of heat, sass, and emotion to the many genres she writes.

A mom of three, Kacey has made certain each of her children know the value of the written word and the adventures they could escape on by becoming book-a-holics in their own right. She lives her own happily ever after with her perfect hero in Ontario, Canada, and is a true romantic at heart.

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