Friday, April 24, 2015

An interview with Elley Arden

Elley Arden, the talented author of Running Interference, joins us for a a quick interview about her writing, her muse, and her novel!


Contemporary Romance
Date Published: January 19, 2015


As an offensive linewoman for the Cleveland Clash, Tanya Martin is tough inside and out. The 5'9" beauty can take a hit and keep on going. But when the man she was best friends with - and secretly in love with - in high school comes home the same day she learns her father's gym is in financial trouble, she's unexpectedly blindsided.

Super Bowl MVP Cam Simmons is only back in town to convince his mom to move out of her failing neighborhood and live in luxury with him in Boston. But running into Tanya stirs up plenty of old feelings he never resolved. He was happy to leave his old life behind him when he hit the NFL, but walking away from their friendship was a mistake he wants to rectify.

As they work together to help save her dad's gym, Cam and Tanya's easy camaraderie and undeniable chemistry resurface. But can she open up enough to trust him with her heart a second time around?
 

So, Elley, can you tell us a little bit about yourself? 

 Sure! I'm a hopeless dreamer, which pretty much meant I was destined to be a writer when I grew up. I spent ten years writing non-fiction and ended up exactly where a dreamer should be, as an editor for the Walt Disney Company, but fiction has always been my biggest dream. These days, I write romance full time, and I love it!

And what do you do when you are not writing? 

 I have three kids and a husband I adore, so I like to hang out with them. I also have a great group of friends who love to get together for wine and laughs. I am ALWAYS up for an evening out.

How did you choose the genre you write in? 

I grew up reading contemporary romance novels by authors like Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Rachel Gibson, so when I decided to write my own, I naturally wrote what I knew.

Female football players exist, but they aren't common. How did the idea of using one as your protagonist come about? 

My husband is a sports medicine physician, and when he was first starting out in his career, he was the team physician for a women's full-tackle football team. I was so enamored with these amazing, strong women. Years later, I had a hero who needed an unorthodox, sports-minded heroine, and I immediately knew she would play football. That coupling became HEAL MY HEART (Kemmons Bros. 3), which the Clash series spins off of.

If you had the chance to change anything in the book, would you? If so, what? 

I'm very satisfied with the book as is, but for the sake of playing the game, I'll say I would make it longer. There's room to explore the issues. There are so many wonderful characters who could have more developed story lines. But at this point, that's not the kind of books I'm writing.  

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? 

It's basically pure imagination except for the bits and pieces that I gleaned from my husband's experience as a team physician for a women's full-tackle football team. And while the neighborhood is fictional, my husband lived in Cleveland for four years while we were dating, so I grew very fond of the city.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why? 

Writing the scene where Cam and Tanya are sparring in the boxing ring was so much fun. I love the banter and the build up of sexual tension. I also love that she is clearly the one with the edge in the ring.

How did you come up with the title? 

When I knew I was writing a football series, I Google searched football terminology, and "running interference" was perfect, considering that's what Tanya tries to do with the relationship for much of the book.

How do you decide to turn a book into a series rather than ending the characters' story after one book?  

I like the longer experience of a series, especially when the books are a shorter length. It's more satisfying for the reader to know that the story doesn't exactly end at 50,000-ish words.

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment? 

My toughest critic is my editor, Tara. She's very no nonsense when it comes to revisions. She once told me that a story wasn't working--at all. She called it "rough." And it was the hardest thing I've ever had to swallow. Of course, she was right, and the reworked story shined. As a result, her compliments are a big ego boost. But, my best compliment came from a reader who told me she would read everything I ever write.

Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers? 

There is a lot of advice out there. So many people and groups want to tell writers how to do it, who to follow in order to do it, and even when to do it. That is a high school-ish merry-go-round that doesn't need to be ridden. If something sounds good to you, then great. If it doesn't, then that's great too. The only advice that is truly universal is to write and submit over and over again, because you'll learn by doing. And as long as you're learning, you're growing and getting closer to the writer you're meant to be.

Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?

I love you! I love sharing what's inside my head with you. Even though I've never met most of you, knowing that you've spent hours with my words and ideas makes me hold you in a very special place in my heart. I'm humbled by you and honored to have you.
  
And we love YOU, Elley!
 
Elley Arden
Elley Arden is a born and bred Pennsylvanian who has lived as far west as Utah and as far north as Wisconsin. She drinks wine like it’s water (a slight exaggeration), prefers a night at the ballpark to a night on the town, and believes almond English toffee is the key to happiness.
Charming characters. Emotional stories. Sexy romance.




Thursday, April 23, 2015

For the Love of a Gypsy

Historical Romance
Date Published: April 17, 2015


Can she betray the Gypsy clan who saved her for the love of a stranger? 
Martine Petrulengo is stifled by the traditions of her adopted Gypsy clan. They gave her new life when she was left all alone. And now she is expected to marry in order to forge clan allegiances. When she nurses handsome and charming Lord Declan Forrester back to health, she is lured by the seductive idea of life outside of the clan—and the prospect of love with the Irishman. 
Can he prove his innocence in order to claim his Gypsy?
Lord Declan Forrester trades prison bars for a loveless marriage in order to save his soul. And now he’s trying to prove his innocence not only as a traitor, but that of his wife’s murder.  When the lovely and beguiling Martine saves him, he falls in love for the first time. Yet, the obstacles of his past seem insurmountable. 

Martine and Declan must fight tradition, prejudice and the haunting ghosts of their past in order to fight for their love and ensure their future.

EXCERPT

A rider urged his horse forward. He wore a leather doublet of a quality she’d never seen. The black hide was pierced with metal and thick stitching formed elaborate Celtic designs. Regal and rich. His breeches hugged his thighs so closely ’twas indecent, but that didn’t stop her gaze from venturing along the hard expanse of his legs. Heat crept up her neck and flushed her face like a flame.
He tipped his head in her brother’s direction. Martine gasped.
The stranger from the glen.
“We’ve business,” was all he said.
Rafe nodded, but didn’t twitch a muscle. Martine wanted to run from the confrontation, hide in her grandmother’s berth safe from the bewitching blue eyes of the intruder. But her feet stayed rooted to the ground.
Och, this man was handsome. Strong jaw, brilliant eyes, and a broad mouth composed a man so striking. His face was a composite of hard planes of granite that matched the intense glare of his eyes.
The man sighed and his comrades inched closer to his side. They dressed as he did, except their clothing lacked the obvious quality she could see stitched in the leather of his.
“The villagers are concerned with your presence, Gypsy.”
She could feel the tension in the tight line of her brother’s shoulders, taste the anger in the air that hummed about him and the stranger. His jaw clenched and he remained silent.
“I’ve come to ask you to leave. Gypsies bring foul memories to Riverton.” His voice was rough, husky, as he commanded her brother.
Rafe stepped forward. She knew he wished to throttle the tactless man. “We’re Tinkers. Men and women with skills and trade.”
“And itchy fingers if Lady Bannon’s sheep have say of it,” the man behind the stranger spouted. The other men chortled and slapped the man on the back.
The stranger held up his hand and was rewarded with instant silence.
Her brother shrugged, a harmless action unless you were Rafe Petrulengo. “My clan has no need of other people’s sheep.”
Martine took a step forward.
The stranger’s head snapped in her direction.
He leaned forward in his saddle. “You’ll leave my land, or pay the consequences.” His tone brooked no room for argument.
“We’re people of the land, trainers of dogs, and masters of horses.”
Her brother’s words seemed to befuddle the stranger’s friends. They looked to one another, smirks creasing their faces. If only they knew her brother’s genius.
“I’m Lord Declan Forrester, Earl of Riverton,” the stranger pompously said. “This is my land—and you are to leave.”
Rafe bowed deep at the waist, his extended arm almost grazing the dirt before him. “As you wish.”
“Be gone by morning. ’Tis all the time I’ll give you.”
A shiver ran up her spine at the cold gruffness of his voice. He clucked his horse forward, a magnificent animal, well-muscled with a gleaming coat of black.
Martine was so aware of the lord’s presence, her skin tingled. And she knew without looking up that trouble was about to ensue. He stopped the horse before her and just sat. When her gaze met his, the lord nodded his head and gave a mocking salute.
She sighed, not knowing why she was reacting so unlike herself, why she was enthralled with the stranger.
With a nudge to his horse’s side, he was off without a backward glance at her or her brother.
One look at Rafe and she knew he’d witnessed what had transpired. Rage boiled in his dark eyes and tension pulsed his jaw. He tapped a pointy leather boot against the packed earth. The women of the clan weren’t to be appraised by Gajos. Especially a Gajo who’d ordered the Kapo to leave.
No matter, she thought with a smile of satisfaction. Lord Forrester had acknowledged her, and the realization swept through her with unparalleled warmth.


Madelyn Hill has always loved the written word. From the time she could read and all through her school years, she'd sneak books into her textbooks during school. And she devoured books daily. At the age of 10 she proclaimed she wanted to be a writer. After being a "closet" writer for several years, she sent her manuscripts out there and is now published with Soul Mate Publishing. And she couldn't be happier! A resident of Western New York, she moved from one Rochester to another Rochester to be with the love of her life. They now have 3 children and keep busy cooking, watching their children's sporting events, and of course reading!
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

"The Schwarzschild Radius"




   Crime Thriller
   Date Published: September 2014

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 Columbia student Rachel    Wallen descends into the netherworld of runaways and predators to find her sister, Olivia, who has been abducted by a killer who auctions the deaths of young girls in an eBay of agony. As she closes in on the killer who’s taken Olivia, Rachel becomes his next target.

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“A fierce thriller that doesn’t offer many chances to catch a breath.” ~Kirkus Reviews

“A top-rate thriller.” –San Francisco Book Review

“One of the Top-Ten Fiction Books of 2014″ –Thelatinoauthor.com

“The next GONE GIRL”–Bestthrillers.com

‘Vivid, sinister, unsettling – Florentin delves into the darkest recesses of humanity in this fast-

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The Schwarzschild Radius is available in both print and ebook formats.

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Gustavo Florentin was born in Queens, New York and received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of NYU. He spent a decade in the defense industry then, after the fall of the Soviet Union, he moved on to the financial sector in New York where he is currently a network engineer. His passions include violin, travel to exotic places and exploring worldwide conspiracies. He lives in New Jersey where he is working on his third novel.




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