Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Release Party for Third Grave Dead Ahead with Charley & Cookie

Hello everyone!  Book Monster Reviews and LITERAL ADDICTION are very happy to welcome the incredibly talented Darynda Jones back to our sites today, especially since it’s Release Day for the long awaited and heartily coveted “Third Grave Dead Ahead”!

For visitors that don’t know Darynda, history shows that there wasn’t a time when she wasn’t writing. Even when she was a toddler, she would pick up a pencil and paper and scribble nonsense on it, asking her mother to read her literary genius aloud. Soon after, she started writing plays for the neighborhood kids, making up stories for her brother, and creating age inappropriate fantastical stories for Barbie and Ken to enact. In high school she almost finished her first manuscript, and even then, was dabbling in romance and the paranormal.
She took a break from actively writing for several years, wherein she got married, had a couple children, graduated Summa cum Laude from UNM and got a job as a teacher and sign language translator. She missed writing though, and started up again in 2002 with the goal of getting a publishing contract securely in her mind’s eye. After 3 complete manuscripts, she finally landed an agent, a three book deal, and won the 2009 Golden Heart award for Best Paranormal Romance in 2009.
In February of 2011, “First Grave On The Right”, the first book in the CHARLEY DAVIDSON series was released. It was called the best debut novel in years, and a must read for paranormal lovers. Book #2, “Second Grave On The Left”, was released on August 16t, 2011 and got even more amazing praise and kudos. As we mentioned above, Book #3, “Third Grave Dead Ahead” was just released TODAY, and we’re here to help Darynda celebrate and promote like crazy. We can tell you first hand that this book is mind blowing! If you want to see what we thought about it, you can read our 5 Skull review over on our Book Reviews page.
For our readers who aren’t yet familiar with the CHARLEY DAVIDSON series, first, we suggest that you buy/order/download them ASAP and slot out some time in your calendar because you are seriously missing something fantastic. Outside of that though, we thought we’d give you the synopses of books #1 - #3 to get you up to speed before we get to the meat of our Event today and get to know the cast.

“First Grave on the Right”,
CHARLEY DAVIDSON Book #1:

A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper
Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely.



“Second Grave on the Left”,
CHARLEY DAVIDSON Book #2:

When Charley is rudely awakened in the middle of the night by her best friend who tells her to get dressed quickly and tosses clothes out of the closet at her, she can’t help but wonder what Cookie’s up to. Leather scrunch boots with a floral miniskirt? Together? Seriously? Cookie explains that a friend of hers named Mimi disappeared five days earlier and that she just got a text from her setting up a meet at a coffee shop downtown. They show up at the coffee shop, but no Mimi. But Charley finds a message on the bathroom wall. Mimi left a clue, a woman’s name. Mimi’s husband explains that his wife had been acting strange since she found out an old friend of hers from high school had been found murdered a couple weeks prior. The same woman Mimi had named in her message.
Meanwhile, Reyes Alexander Farrow (otherwise known as the Son of Satan. Yes. Literally) has left his corporeal body and is haunting Charley. He’s left his body because he’s being tortured by demons who want to lure Charley closer. But Reyes can’t let that happen. Because if the demons get to Charley, they’ll have a portal to heaven. And if they have a portal to heaven…well, let’s just say it wouldn’t be pretty. Can Charley handle hot nights with Reyes and even hotter days tracking down a missing woman? Will Cookie ever get a true fashion sense? And is there enough coffee and chocolate in the world to fuel them as they do?


“Third Grave Dead Ahead”,
CHARLEY DAVIDSON Book #3:

Charley Davidson—grim reaper extraordinaire, private investigator . . . meh—is practicing her profession under the influence, caffeine and copious amounts of it, due to an extreme desire to induce insomnia. Every time she closes her eyes, Reyes Farrow, the part-human, part-supermodel son of Satan, is there. Only thing is, he’s a tad peeved. She did bind for all eternity, so it’s hard blame him. But 13 days without a wink is bound to bring out the crazy in a girl. So, when a man hires her to find his wife, Charley accepts the job with one goal in mind: Put the man behind bars, and not the wet kind. She can sense the guilt waft off him and vows to find the woman’s body and prove he’s a murderer.

In the meantime, Reyes is back in prison and none too happy about it . . . so Charley thinks, until she is carjacked by the dark-haired rake, who swears the very man he went to prison for killing is not only alive, but close by. And he wants Charley to find him.

While a visit to her old friend Rocket sheds no light on Reyes’s situation, Charley finds out the man’s wife is still alive and time is running out. Finding her before she dies would be a miracle, but she has to try. Together with the help of a fashion-impaired receptionist named Cookie, Charley sets out to bring the bad guys to justice. She just hopes Reyes is not one of them. And that she’s not hallucinating from her self-induced bout with insomnia.

Even the synopses are gripping and captivating, right!? They’re nothing compared to the actual books though. We would recommend this series to EVERYONE – oh wait, we pretty much have. J Seriously though, bump it up in your TBR; we promise you won’t be disappointed!
While we absolutely love having Darynda with us and we’re hoping to learn all sorts of fun stuff in the live chat later tonight, our headliner today isn’t actually Darynda - it’s Charley and Cookie. We had an opportunity to meet with the dynamic duo and ask them a few questions and we’ve brought back a transcript of our time with them to share with all of you. You REALLY don’t want to miss this.

DON’T FORGET: As we mentioned, Darynda will be available to chat live with members, followers, fans and guests starting at 8:00pm EST/7:00pm CDT/5:00pm MDT & PDT today, Tuesday January 31 over in the LITERAL ADDICTION Author Chatroom, so make sure you set a reminder and come back for some fun!

SHOPPING: Check out the available line of Darynda Jones/Charley Davidson fangear. It’s available for browsing and purchase through 3/10/12 from the LLITERAL ADDICTION Fangear area. Chelly Belle Designed and 100% Darynda Jones approved, it’s the perfect stuff for any fan!

Now, without further ado, here's our crazy but hysterical interview with Charley and Cookie……

Our Interview with Charley and Cookie

So, we had the very rare, very amazing opportunity to sit down and talk with Charley Davidson, Grim Reaper and Private Investigator extraordinaire, and her best friend and assistant Cookie.
After setting up the appointment, we arrived at Calamity’s, Charley’s dad’s bar, for a drink to wait for Charley and Cookie to show.  While having our drink, we couldn’t ignore the incredible smells coming from the kitchen, so our ‘drink’ turned into that and an unbelievably delicious meal of Tex-Mex. 
As we were finishing up, Charley and Cookie walked through the front door discussing the whys and hows of the word “condiment”.  We could only watch in wonder and chuckle to ourselves… 



Charley:  Con. D. Ment. I can’t say it any plainer, Cook. Condiment. The topping. The gravy. The jiffy-lube of the food world. How can you not understand the importance of those items? They have to exist, and in my little realm, they are vital. They are bling for the taste buds. Without honey, what is tea? Without copious amounts of sugar and creamer, what is coffee? Fries and tater tots don’t even begin to exist without ketchup. You get me?


Cookie:  Charley, I am perhaps the only person alive that gets you. And I get condiments. It’s a word dear to my very own heart. I won a fifth grade spelling bee with that word, lady. It’s my word. Living deep in my heart word. I make ketchup sandwiches. I eat saltines with mustard. I am committed to the defense of condiments, but what is your beef? *pause* Get it? Beef? *snort*


 
Charley:  Beef is not a condiment. It’s meat. It’s the blah stuff inside the enchilada, the brown slab of protein on the burger bun. Which brings me to my point. What kind of restaurant in Albuquerque calls themselves three point five star and doesn’t offer green chile as a condiment?

Cookie:  Charley, we were eating at Herman’s Schnitzel & Spaetzle German Deli.

Michelle: *stands up* Hi!  Charley?  Cookie?  I’m Michelle from LITERAL ADDICTION and this is my partner Carla from Book Monster Reviews. *gestures to Carla who gives a smile and a wave*  We’re so happy that you could take time out of your busy schedule to sit down and talk with us today.

Charley & Cookie: *in unison* Hi! *cheesy grins plastered on their faces*

Charley:  Ladies. Meet my assistant, Cookie. *gestures to Cookie* Cookie these are the two lovely ladies I told you about. They’re here to “interview” us. *adds air quotes and snickers* Darynda Jones has a new “Charley” book coming out, and they wanted to meet us. I’m pretty excited.

Cookie:  I am too. I can’t believe you’d want to talk to me. I’m just the gal who keeps Charley floating in coffee. So glad to meet you. *shakes hands* I’m a little nervous. I might break out in hives. I do that. *heavy breathing ensues* Can I get a paper bag to breathe in? I don’t want to faint and miss everything.

Charley:  I could put you in a headlock, if that would help.

Cookie: It might be a little awkward for our company.

Charley: Good point, but they both came pretty far for this interview. We should probably try to stay conscious. *smiles at the lovely ladies across from them* We hope you had a good trip. It’s very nice to meet you.

Carla:  Yes, thank you both so very much.  Can we buy you a drink?

Charley & Cookie: *in unison* YES. Woot. Woot.

Michelle:  We don’t want to keep you, we know that you probably have a million places to be, but we know our readers would love to know some things.  First, do we have any visitors from the other side with us right now? *smiles*

Charley:  *glances to the side then back* What? No. Of course not. *Whispers* Beat it kid.

Cookie:  *inches away from Charley, forces a grin*

Carla:  O-okay. Cookie, what are the best and worst parts about working with your best friend?

Cookie:  Let’s see. Well, the best parts are Charley. And the worst parts are Charley.

Charley: What?

Cookie: There are severe amounts of ADD, a penchant for danger—

Charley: But Danger is awesome. We love Danger.

Cookie: Not your left boob. Real danger.

Charley: Danger is very real.

Cookie: Yes, your boobs are real. But I mean the danger that hurts you, as in poking you with sharp objects, shooting you with projectiles, beating you senseless.

Charley: Oh, right.

Cookie: Then there are her extensive bouts of distraction caused by shiny objects.

Charley: Pfft.

Cookie: Did I mention her ADD?

Charley: Squirrel!  *points out window*

Cookie: And the extreme lengths I am required to go to in order to keep up with her demand for coffee.

Charley: Oh, that’s a good point.

Cookie: I’m into extreme couponing, now. I’m in a physical fitness program, training to extreme-coupon her coffee purchases.

Charley: ‘Nother squirrel!

Cookie: Did I mention her ADD?

Michelle:  Seriously Charley, you have the uncanny ability of getting yourself into the worst jams. Do you think it just comes with the job, either one or both, or do you think your luck is just that bad?

Cookie:  Ladies, she chases trouble down the street with her running shoes on.

Charley: That’s so unfair.

Cookie: Once we were at the mall and trouble was there, too. 

Charley: I don't even own a pair of running shoes.

Cookie: Trouble was totally ignoring her, as it shopped for mace and black ski masks. She reaches out as it walks by, grabs it by the cajones and pins it to the floor. She yells, “Gotcha, first, beeootch.” Then runs away laughing like a school girl.

Charley:  She’s being metaphorical. And trouble comes with the job.

Carla:  Cookie, you’re awfully good at what you do.  Do you have any training in research?

 Cookie:  As a work-study student, I worked for a college art professor who was trying to gain his tenure with the university art department. It was either conduct his thesis research or let him grab my ass in his office.

Charley: *gasps* You never told me that.

Cookie: It’s no biggie. But I love me some thesis research.

Charley: Do you think he’s free this weekend?

Cookie: And I’ve had to track my ex down for child support, which required learning how to hack computer systems.

Charley: She is the bomb at hacking.

Cookie: It was a great learning experience.

Michelle:  Charley, do you think you’ve discovered everything you are capable of as the grim reaper yet?

Charley:  Not sure. Don’t really want to think about too much, right now. It’s called avoidance.  I will tell you I don’t have to get as many manicures. I don’t break out as much as I used to, and my hair is glossy and luxurious. *vainly sweeps hair from side to side* Check out what my hair does, Cook, when I do this little flip thing.

Cookie:  I love you so dang much, Charley. I really do. But you scare me.

Charley:  Mmmmm. This is very soothing.

Carla:  What’s up with Reyes these days?

Charley:  Reyes? Reyes Farrow? That boy can bite me.

Cookie: *Dives under the table* Everybody under here. Hide. Hurry. I’m not kidding. *covers her eyes* If he pops in here, I’m not responsible for the chaos that ensues.

Michelle:  Um, well, do you have a new case that you’re working on?

Charley:  I could tell you that, but then I’d have to kill ya. *looks at Cookie under the table* You’re funny.

Cookie:  *slowly peeks out from under the table* Is he here?

Charley:  He better not be. Sees her father crossing the dining area to a nearby table where an elderly couple is sitting. But Dad is. *Points a finger at him* You! Grrrr. I am so angry with you. Yeah. I’m talking to you, mister. That’s right, you better run! *Elderly couple stands nervously* Oh, not you two. Sit. Enjoy your meals. Wait. Don’t leave. Darnit. Well, they were skittish. You gals want to split their food with us?

Carla:  Anything that either of you want to make sure we take back to our readers?

Charley:  Yes. Don’t try this at home, folks.

Cookie: The grim reaper thing?

Charley: P.I. work. Don’t try P.I. work at home. Don’t chase bad guys. And Cookie has a point. Don’t grim reap, either.

Cookie:  Shouldn’t we say something nice about that kind lady who writes those books about you? She seems so sweet. It’s too bad about that nervous twitch thing she gets every time Charley gets near her. Her newest book is called Third Grave Dead Ahead. Whoo. I like the sound of that title. It comes out today, January 31st. She

let me give it a sneak read, and it’s pretty darned good. She let Charley sneak read it, too. You’re aware of her ADD issues? She’s been on the first chapter for three months.

Charley:  But it’s a great first chapter.

Cookie: You mean the chapter with Reyes in it? The same guy you’re angry with? The same guy you’ve sworn never to talk to again as long as you live?

Charley: Yeah, well. *folds arms at chest* It’s a good first chapter.

Michelle:  Again, that you both so very much for the interview.  We really appreciate it.  Take care and try not to get yourselves killed, O.K! *smiles*

Charley & Cookie: *in unison* Thank you both. And thanks to your readers. Happy reading!

After we say our goodbyes, Charley and Cookie head upstairs to the offices of Davidson Investigations while Carla and I head out the front to get on with our day and catch our flight home. 

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CONTEST:
Darynda is offering up an autographed hardcover of “Third Grave Dead Ahead” to a winner from Book Monster Reviews and a winner over at the LITERAL ADDICTION website.

Book Monster is giving away to a second winner a bunch of SWAG that Darynda sent me, which includes bookmarks, candy tins, RTC's and lip gloss.

TO ENTER:
Make sure you are a member of the Book Monster Blog (by clicking on the “JOIN THIS SITE” button at the top left hand corner of blog page), and then post a comment on the interview with your email address. 
*Any comments without an email address will NOT be entered into drawing.
Don't forget to drop by the LITERAL ADDICTION website (http://www.literaladdiction.com/) and follow the directions and links to enter their contest for an extra chance to win!!!
Good Luck!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Q&A Interview and Giveaway with Elise Marion

Elise Marion Intro

Hello Book Monsters and Literal Addicts!  Book Monster Reviews and LITERAL ADDICTION are very pleased to welcome author Elise Marion to our sites today.

Elise is an indie author that writes historical and paranormal romance novels.  So you can get to know Elise a little better, we pasted her bio from her website here.  Please meet Elise…..

I'm Elise, a lover of all things romance. I picked up my first romance novel when I was in high school and have been reading and writing it ever since.

I love the world of historicals starring feisty heroines. I love dark paranormals featuring brooding other-worldly heroes. I love writing stories about love conquering all.

I love writing characters that people can fall in love with. Pick up one of my books, and maybe you'll fall in love too. Check out the different pages on my site for all of my releases, new and upcoming. Happy Reading,

We are helping Elise promote her newest historical romance book, "The Third Son" today.  If you are not yet familiar with her books, here are the book synopses to get you more acquainted…


"The Third Son"

Rake. Rogue. Scoundrel. Each of these words has been used to describe Damien Largess, youngest prince of Cardenas, most frequently by his ridiculously somber eldest brother. Damien is perfectly content to spend his days drinking at the card tables, and his nights in the bed of his scheming mistress, especially since doing these things seems to vex his high-handed brother to no end. But when he steps into a glittering ballroom on the night of his twenty-fifth birthday, the roguish young prince’s life will be forever changed.

Beautiful. Graceful. Sensual. When Esmeralda steps into the center of the King’s ballroom to perform for his youngest son’s birthday, every eye in the room is glued to the tall, lithe Gypsy dancer. One pair of eyes seems to burn straight through her, and though she has worked endlessly to shield her heart, she finds her defenses slowly slipping away in the presence of the handsome prince. She cannot resist his devastating charm, nor is she immune to the earth shattering desire in his kiss. As she falls rapidly under his spell, Esmeralda dares to hope for a future she would never have thought possible.

With a deadly plot against the royal family surrounding him in danger and intrigue, Damien will face a decision he never thought he would have to make. Would he step up to claim a responsibility that should never have fallen to the third son? Or will he abandon it to risk all for love?


"The Second Son"

Princess Isabelle has spent her entire life bending to the will of those who have planned her life out for her. Sent into hiding when she was just an infant to protect her from the rebellion in her own homeland, Barony, she was betrothed to Prince Lionus from the neighboring province Cardenas when she was just an infant. Despite the forced engagement, Isabelle has loved Lionus all of her life. When a devious plot against the royal family results in her husband’s death, Isabelle is left with a broken heart and an uncertain future. Only one year after his brutal murder, she has no choice but to choose a new husband and return to her homeland to take her place as queen and repair the war-torn land.

Prince Serge has secretly loved Princess Isabelle his entire life. The fact that she was promised to his brother has brought him no end of pain and suffering. The second born son of the king, he has resigned himself to a life of living in his brother’s shadow. After a deadly plot against the royal family leaves Serge hovering on the edge of death, he awakens from a coma one year later to find that his older brother has died and his youngest brother has taken the throne in his stead. His future is now uncertain, but Serge is determined to find his own way in the world now that he has been given the gift of new life. When it is suggested that Princess Isabelle take him as her husband, Serge begins to hope that all of his most secret dreams will now come true.
Despite unexpected spark of desire between them, Isabelle resists the new path her heart is taking as she clings desperately to Lionus’ memory. Can Isabelle let go of her past and learn to Serge return, or is she destined to a life tied to one man as she still mourns the other.
Once united as king and queen, Isabelle and Serge face the monumental task of rebuilding her broken homeland and rescuing it from the clutches of those seeking to destroy it. Can the pampered princess find the strength to stand beside her husband and fight for her people? Will the second son of a king finally get the chance to prove his worth? Can either of them learn to let go of the ghosts of the past and find love?

Set in a world of kings and queens, palaces and royal courts, warriors and battlefields, book two of Elise Marion’s ‘Kings of Cardenas’ family saga continues with a story of love, passion, and destiny. 


"Fallen"

In a world full of the sick and dying, the hurting and desperate, and those lost in darkness, angels dwell. An angel of healing, Amir has spent centuries performing miracles for people hovering at the very edge of death.

A professional ballerina, Shayla lives her life to dance. Abandoned by her family, she is alone in the world yet determined to pursue her dream. When a car accident leaves Shayla in critical condition and in danger of never dancing again, it seems that all hope is lost.
Amir enters Shayla’s life intending to heal her, but when he sees her laying in her hospital bed fighting for her life, something unfamiliar resounds within him. A stranger to desire and love, Amir is drawn to Shayla like a moth to a flame despite the fact that the rules of heaven forbid angels to engage in romantic relationships with mortals. Should he give in to temptation he will become one of the “Fallen”, demons cursed to the depths of hell for eternity.

As his desire for Shayla rises to fever pitch, Amir will face the choice between love and damnation, or loneliness and divinity. Will an angel who has roamed the earth alone for centuries choose to continue on the path of righteousness, or will he fall captive to his burning desires and be forever damned?

Sounds great, right!?  Let's get started with the interview so we can learn more about Elise and her books…


Elise Marion Interview


Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION:  Hi Elise!  Welcome to Book Monster and LITERAL ADDICTION.  We’re happy to have you with us today!  Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to drop by and spend some time with us!

Elise: Thanks so much for having me! I’m happy to be here and talk books!


Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION:  We’d like to start out by getting to know you a little bit better.

Q1):   Can you tell us 3 things about yourself that we can't find out on the internet, in your bio, etc?

Elise: 1. I am afraid of pitch black darkness. Call me crazy, but I need to be able to see at least a few inches in front of my face! I have to have some sort of light.

2. I’m one of the tallest people in my family. In my immediate family, I am the tallest. My parents and younger brother are all shorter than me. I’m not sure where the height comes from, but it’s nice to be able to down at everyone. The downside is, clothes don’t always fit, and  people assume I can play basketball. I am way too clumsy for that, believe me!

3. I’m a habitual knuckle-cracker and nail-biter. Seriously, it drives my husband nuts!


2)  What do you love to do when you're not writing?  Do you have any special hobbies or interests?

Elise: Being a stay-at-home army wife and mom takes up most of my time. I have two children, one 4 and one 7 months. As for hobbies, naturally I’m a reader. I love to try sitting down with a good book when the house is quiet (which isn’t often!).
I’m also very passionate about cooking and food. I love to watch Food Network and learn new techniques and recipes. I like having people over and feeding them; it allows me to show off a bit.

I’m also a movie freak. If it’s in the theaters I have to see it. If it’s new on DVD, I have to have it! I just love getting lost in other stories and other worlds.


3)  Who are some of your favorite authors and what books are in your TBR list?

Elise: In the world of romance, I love Julia Quinn. I appreciate her ability to write stories with passion, heart, and humor. At the end of her books I’m also left feeling deeply satisfied. It’s like eating a chocolate bar or something!

Outside of romance I love Ralph Waldo Ellison’s ‘The Invisible Man’. It’s not a sci-fi book, but rather a man who is invisible because of the color of his skin. It is one of the most powerful books I’ve ever read in my life. It’s controversial in its discussion of race and how it divides us. It’s one of those books that never stops affecting me no matter how many times I read it.

I am currently trying to find time to dive into Karen Moning’s Fever series. I have a lot of friends and blog buddies who are always talking about her books. They sound great, and when I have time I look forward to seeing what they’re all about!


4)  Who or what has influenced your writing and why?

Elise: I think my parents have been my greatest influence, as well as my father’s older sister, Mary Anne. My aunt Anne passed away years ago, but she when I was a kid she always encouraged my brother and me to read. Education was important to her, and she wanted her nieces and nephews to gain as much knowledge as possible. Her gifts to us were always books!
Between her and my parents, a whole world of fantasy was opened up to me through books. I was that kid who would rather read than watch TV. Through reading I discovered my capacity for imagination and eventually it translated into writing. I am so grateful to them for giving me that.


5)  Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Elise: For me, it’s always about taking it to the next level and exploring things I’ve never done. I started with historical and then branched into paranormal. Now I’m dipping into some light erotica and considering some urban fantasy as well. My tastes are wide and varying and I like the idea of being able to offer readers of all tastes a bit of what I do. So for me, the challenge is finding the next new thing.


6)  Is there a message in your novels that you want readers to grasp?

Elise: It sounds corny, but I write romance, so the biggest takeaway from my books is ‘love conquers all’. I like a lot of angst and drama, and that is definitely present in my books. Despite all that angst, though, love shines through. It never fails!


7)  Can you please give us a little more detail about "The Third Son"?

Elise: Have you ever heard that saying about a bird and a fish falling in love? That is basically what ‘The Third Son’ is all about. Years ago, I had a vision in my mind of a golden-haired prince. This man is beautiful beyond all reason, spoiled, and privileged, yet it just isn’t enough. Being the third son of a king means that no one takes him seriously; no one expects anything from him.
Enter Esmeralda, the Gypsy dancer from a completely different world. Their lives collide and nothing is ever the same again. It’s sort of a ripple effect. I liked the idea of toying with people’s actions influencing the outcome. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. Will two people from two different worlds find a way to be together? Or will their circumstances overcome them?
In the midst of a deadly plot against the royal family, a jealous mistress, and a mountain of other issues, the two have no choice but to fight for love. The fight is long and hard, but in the end, I found it was worth it to watch these two sail off into the sunset.


8)  What are some other projects you have in the works?

Elise: I have two series’ in progress right now. ‘The Third Son’ is the first book in my ‘Kings of Cardenas’ Series. The second book ‘The Second Son’ was released in January. A collection of 3 novellas, sort of a 2.5 in the series, ‘The Lady Knights of Barony’, will be released soon.The third book, ‘Gypsy Rose’ is in progress and I hope to release it this summer.

The second series is a paranormal series called ‘Angels Among Us’. The first book, ‘Fallen’, was released last year. The second book ‘Tempted’, is also in progress and set for release in March. I am already mulling over the plot for the final book ‘Redemption’.


9)  What advice would you give to writers just starting out?

Elise: Don’t stop writing, and don’t give up on trying to get yourself out there. I was rejected by tons of agents and publishers before I discovered self-publishing. I was wary about it at first, but I am so glad I took a chance and put myself out there. People are reading my books and falling in love with my characters. They are sending me emails and Facebook messages telling me they can’t wait for part two or part three in the series.

If writing is your dream, then pursue it, and don’t stop pursuing.


10)  Is there anything specific you would like to say to the readers out there today?

Elise: I just want to thank everyone for reading this interview. I hope I didn’t ramble on too much and that you check out my books. I hope that if you do, you will fall in love with the worlds I’ve created, just as I have.


Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION:  Elise , again, thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to sit down and talk with us.  We hope to have you on Book Monster and LITERAL ADDICTION again in the future.

Elise: I thank you, and promise to come back as much as you’ll have me!


If you would like to find out more about Elise and her books, you can visit her at any of the sites below.

Elise's Website:  http://www.elisemarion.com/


Twitter: @elise_marion


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CONTEST: 

Elise is giving away an eBook of "The Third Son" to a winner from Book Monster and a winner over on the LITERAL ADDICTION website.

TO ENTER:
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