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First Page Feedback by Harlequin

ProofreadingHarlequin critiqued Sweet Justice!

At least, they looked at the first 500 words.  A while back I saw they were accepting for a First Page Feedback project on their blog.  So I did a whirlwind edit of Sweet Justice and sent it in.  So glad I did!

Follow the link to read the first page and their comments.  Lots of great advice that will make my opening stronger.  As the image on the left shows, I caught the typos after I hit send.  Doh!  To err is human…

Help Me Choose!

MusicYou like music, right?

I’m trying to select some background music for a book trailer for Stealing the Wolf Prince, my fantasy romance with Irish influence.  I’ve narrowed it down to two royalty free tracks and now I need help deciding which to use.  Clicks on the link to listen!

1)  Moorland – This has Uilleann pipes, which I love, and percussion.  Its very dark and somber, slight build through the piece but nothing climactic.  The feel is right but I fear it’s too somber for a romance novel trailer.

2)  The Pyre – This has cellos, mandolins (love!), percussion, and violins in the second half. The strings keep the Irish tone but the overall affect is medieval. I feel this has a more positive feel than Moorland but doesn’t have the mystery so much.

Both are good but I’ll only get a small 30 to 45 second chunk of music for my trailer.  Which would you more associate with a fantasy romance?  Stealing the Wolf Prince was described as a fairy tale by my editor so there is a mystical property to the novel as well.

Let me know in the comments!

Sweet Justice

Sweet JusticeExclusive Sneak Peak!

I know I promised a peak at Kiss from the Deep but a publisher I’ve been keeping an eye on has a submission call for super hero stories.  So I’m dusting off Sweet Justice for editing.

I wrote Sweet Justice for the National Novel Writing Month in 2013 and to the let you see the mock cover I made using stock images and the Amazon KDP cover creator.

Blurb:

Between secretly spying on her employer, heavy office flirtations with the mail clerk, and an unhealthy obsession with super hero news, Justice thought that things were finally going her way. As the ChemPharm research facility exploded and demolished months of undercover work, Justice took some comfort in the arms of Ultraman as he whisked her away from the blast.

When a drunken midnight calling card meant for Ultraman attracted Blaze instead, Justice has the chance to tell off the lab saboteur. Only instead of searing jibes and insults, sparks start to fly between Blaze and Justice and his abrupt departure leaves her confused and angry.

Will Justice be able to pick up the pieces of her destroyed project? Will Justice have to choose between the super hero and his arch nemesis? And what about the mail clerk who fills out his dress shirts just right?

Read the opening excerpt:

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Book Tour: Tethered by Pippa Jay

Tethered by Pippa Jay

Tethered by Pippa Jay

She can kill with a kiss. But can assassin Tyree also heal one man’s grief, and bring peace to a galaxy threatened by war?

For Tyree of the Su, being an assassin isn’t simply something she was trained for. It’s the sole reason for her existence. A genetically enhanced clone—one of many in Refuge—she’s about to learn her secluded lifestyle, and that of all her kind, is under threat by a race capable of neutralizing their special talents to leave them defenseless.

For Zander D’joren, being a diplomat has not only cost him his appearance, but also the love of his life. Scarred, grieving, he must nonetheless continue in his role as co-delegate to the fearsome Tier-vane or risk a conflict that could only end one way.

Now both of them need to keep each other alive and maintain a perilous deception long enough to renegotiate the treaty with the Tier-vane, or throw their people into a war that could wipe out Terrans and Inc-Su alike. But there’s more at stake than humanity, whether true or modified. Can the love growing between them save them both? Or merely hasten their destruction?

About the Author:

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Dusting off An Old Draft

First Draft Kiss from the DeeKiss from the Deep

In 2011, I won NaNoWriMo with Kiss from the Deep, an urban fantasy romance.  Like all my drafts it went into hibernation for a bit and I got it out last week.  I’ve since read the entire MS, made notes, stuck post-its, scratched my head, and formed a game plan.

My goal is to get the novel all cleaned up to find a publisher before the end of the year.  I think with my current schedule that’s something I can accomplish.  Stealing the Wolf Prince is still being edited so that will be a priority, and I do intend to attempt NaNoWriMo again this fall, but I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t aim high and torture myself.

I hope you all have a great weekend, hopefully next week and can share chapter one.

Requited is Live & We have a Winner!

requited cover 02Requited is Available!

After some hair pulling and cursing at my computer, Requited is finally available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, & LeanPub.

Axel the Black is the scourge of sea and sky; a ruthless pirate famed for his loyalty to no one. But when his secret obsession with a little known opera singer lands her in the clutches of his most hated enemy, Axel must risk everything to save her. Even if that means losing his legendary airship…

You may notice that Requited and Unrequited now have a series name…  I do plan on writing one possibly, two novel in this realm.  Everything is in the planning stage at the moment but watch for more steampunk from this writer.

And the winner is…

Our randomly selected Rafflecopter winner is…  Brandi D!  The randomly selected Newsletter subscriber is… Jessica D!  Check your email, your prize has already been sent!    If you didn’t win this time around, Requited is merely 99 pennies.  Give it a one-click and see what the fuss is about.  🙂

Requited Goes Live Tomorrow!

requited cover 02Add to Goodreads today!

Requited is listed on Goodreads so you can add it to your “To Read” list and I highly recommend that you do!  The ebook short will be available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and LeanPub for purchase.

Still holding out to win a copy?  You can sign up for my Newsletter and one random person will receive a free copy. And you can also sign up for my Rafflecopter and earn extra entries by tweeting daily.

I’m so excited to be able to share this with you!

Check Out My New Cover

requited cover 02Requited by Elle Clouse

And, because I like you, here is the blurb:

Axel the Black is the scourge of sea and sky; a ruthless pirate famed for his loyalty to no one.  But when his secret obsession with a little known opera singer lands her in the clutches of his most hated enemy, Axel must risk everything to save her.  Even if that means losing his legendary airship…

You have two ways to win a free copy of this steampunk romantic short.  You can sign up for my Newsletter and one random person will receive a copy.  You can also sign up for my Rafflecopter and earn extra entries by tweeting daily.

Official release date is FRIDAY and the giveaways last until Friday as well.

Win Requited by Elle Clouse

IMG_0396Sign Up for my Newsletter for a chance to win!

Not only can you win a copy of Requited by joining my  Rafflecopter giveaway here, but if you sign up for my Newsletter, you get another chance!  If you are already signed up you are automatically entered.

Tomorrow I will release the blurb or the cover, maybe both.  I haven’t decided.  What do you want to see?  🙂

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