Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Sniffles

I'm full of stinking cold at the moment. Stinking because it's one of those stealth bugs that fools you into thinking you're well when you're not. It came out of nowhere on Friday and turned my throat into a prickly hedgehog, annihilated a few brain cells and then pretty much disappeared again. Now, it's sudden returned and installed trapdoors in my sinuses that make it virtually impossible to breath regardless of whether the darn things are open or closed. Closed beats the leaky tap effect of them being open.

Hence, it's no wonder I'm a little down on my word count goal (only 1000 words). It's so hard to write sexy stuff when you're a walking germ mine. That said, the shortfall could also be attributed to my fascination with the projects that are supposed to be waiting in the wings. I did a bit of outlining on one of those projects yesterday, which is gearing up to be a three guys/one girl situation. Though possibly not on a permanent basis.

I'm still seeing flashes of the SF thing I'm contemplating too, along with snapshots of Vaughan et al. One of the things I want to get done soon is to drag out my notebooks from when I was writing Phantasmagoria and go through the notes/scenes I wrote for AGW3 at the time. I'm also toying with the idea of writing a Xmas story from Lucerne's point of view to post on my blog during advent. I was going to do that last year, which perhaps gives you and idea of how slowly things sometimes move.

Okay, need to get out of bed now. Kiddies Halloween party looms. At least I'll blend in with the other zombies.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Future Plans

Friday I sat down and outlined my "timetable" of projects for 2012. This involves blocking off sections of time in pretty colours on a spreadsheet and estimating how long it'll take to get things done. The result, while theoretically do-able, is also highly optimistic. It doesn't account for natural disasters or the fact that I probably won't manage to write 9K every week. (9K of drivel, maybe. But I need most of it to be sound.) Also, things are subject to change depending on what I hear back from editors on the work I currently have on submission.

So, what's the point if I know I'm going to deviate from the plan?

Simple. It's a target. It gives me a frame to work to. More importantly, it lets me acknowledge all the projects that I have stacked up in the background, and says, "This is when I'm going to work on you."

Next year's aim then is to work on two projects at any one time in order to complete (I'm laughing here, because it's such a good joke.) four full length novels and three novellas. I know what three of those novels will be, but I'm less certain of the novellas which tend to be more along the lines of whatever takes my fancy at the time.


Vaughan fans will be pleased to know that TSK (or AGW3) is currently first on my list once I've completed Nookie Island.

I've lots still to complete for 2011 first. Nookie Island is past the mid-point, but still a long way from finished. I also have a couple of short novellas I want to finish off, both historical and a proposal to write for another contemporary novel. Crazily, I'm also toying with the idea of writing an SF set novella. I know, madness, isn't it, but I've always enjoyed SF horror type stories. The question is whether I can blend that with the erotic. Hopefully, I can.

PS. You can make what you will of my pic choice.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Addendum


Enticement seems to be on a bit of a roll at the moment with another top notch review. This one from You Gotta Read It Reviews who gave it a You Gotta Read It rating, and said among many lovely things including  "this is a fine example of erotic romance and I highly recommend it."

Hope you'll check out the full review. 



Mid Points

I've reached the mid-point of Nookie Island and boy can I tell. Mid-points are awkward. This is the point in a book where my initial enthusiasm is completely gone and I start wondering how I'm ever going to get to the end. It's the point where I wonder if I've put down enough groundwork to hold the story.  It's also crunch time for my characters and whether there liked and understood. If they're not by this point, they've no hope of holding a readers interest for the rest of the book. This is why I tend to linger around this point for a while without really progressing (in terms of the word count. I do make progress in other ways). Things seem extra doubtful for this project because I've reached this point far quicker than I've ever done before working on a full length novel.

So, what can I say about this book... There's an awful lot of sex, some seriously rotten, gothic weather, ice-cream and lots of exposures! Kara is confused, Zach is sulking and Ric... Ric is pretending that everything is rosy, because that's way easier than dealing with reality. Silly boy likes to bottle up his baggage and stow it in the cellar. (His cellar has about reached bursting point.) Oh, and the tide is never convenient for travel to the mainland. I suppose it would help if they occasionally stopped bonking or actually read the tide timetable. LOL.

In other news, "We Were Lovers Once" is now available at All Romance Ebooks in addition to Amazon. I'm amazed I've managed to navigate the process, but it's looking good. I may hit other outlets in the future, but for the moment I'm more concerned with my deadlines.

Lots of projects waiting in the wings too, another proposal for seckrit publisher that wants Nookie island, the next bloody book, plus the third AGW book (Vaughan is showing immeasurable patience), my Edwardian project and a whole slew of other shorter works, all of which should keep me busy for years.I'm not going to ask for votes on how to prioritise it all, because I suspect I already know the answer.

Finally, I'm mulling over what to do for Xmas this year. I'm not sure whether to repeat the Advent Calendar or go for something less extensive. Suggestions welcome.

*****
Recently watched: Pitch Black (again), National Treasure (hm) & Downton (love it).
Recently read: Manwich by Sedonia Guillone



Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Awesome Review

Oh, happy days! Nothing brightens my day quite like a glowing review, and considering the dismal weather today, my day certainly needed a bit of brightening.

Alberta over at Manic Readers gave Enticement 5 stars and opened her review like this

Whew!! Get out the fan, turn the air conditioning to freezing and get a cold drink before you read this one. It’s so hot flames were spouting out of my ereader!
You can read the rest of the review by following this link to Manic Readers. She says some very lovely things about bad boy, Kit and his errant ways eg:

 Kit is the kind of man that everyone needs in their life at least once. If you are lucky enough to have a Kit in your life permanently, you may not need this book at all! But read it anyhow. Kit eats, lives, breathes, thinks, acts, and actually IS sex.
I'm pleased to know I'm not the only one who thinks so. Thank you, Alberta.


Monday, October 10, 2011

Where have all the good words gone?

I'm 36K words into Nookie Island now. Yep, things have slowed down. Matter of fact, I've been fighting with it for well over a week. I'm over the frantic rush at the beginning to get the words down and make it work, over the elation of acceptance, and mired in the reality of getting the damn book written.

There's a secondary problem with the words slowing to a trickle in that I start doubting myself. Note: this is not intended as a woe is me speech. Think of it as more of an observation of the facts.

FEWER WORDS = BAD MOOD = I SUCK AT WRITING = BAD MOOD = FEWER WORDS

I think all writers go through this. We all doubt ourselves. At least, all of the ones I've ever met. We get over it too. I'll keep on writing and suddenly it'll all fall into place. That or I just have to keep plodding until I reach the end. Every book is different. Some of them flow onto the paper better than others. This one, I think, is going to be a choppy ride.

Oh, nearly forgot to mention the lovely review of Enticement I received from Rage, Sex & Teddy Bears. Who said "I think that if you enjoy menage stories at all, this should definitely be on your list. It takes a very graphic and hard look at the lifestyle without losing any of the innate sexiness." You can read the complete review here.

Sunday, October 09, 2011

WE WERE LOVERS ONCE available on Kindle

My little Saturday project has reached fruition (at least I hope it has). That is to say, it's now available to download at Amazon, and hopefully at some other outlets in the near future.


Former artist's model, Sophia Melrose has come to bid farewell to a past lover, only to haver her old desires reawakened by his mesmerising son.
      Gabriel Hawksmore has long been fascinated by the enigmatic Mrs Melrose. Now, at his father's wake he finally has the opportunity to act.
      Caught up in the act of rekindling past passions and old memories, Sophia and Gabriel collide to form some scorching new ones.

http://www.amazon.com/We-Were-Lovers-Once-ebook

http://www.amazon.co.uk/We-Were-Lovers-Once-ebook

This short story can also be found in the Mammoth Book of Hot Romance.

Friday, October 07, 2011

Winners


Thanks to the wonderful peeps who entered my release day competition. Since there were so few entries, I've decided to give each of you a prize. So, maggieblackbird, Patti & Leilani, please email me: madelynne at madelynne-ellis dot com and let me know whether you'd prefer a copy of Enticement or Three Times the Scandal, and your preferred e-format.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Enticement in Print

Enticement, my contemporary menage novel set in the sleepy village of Kirkley, Yorkshire is officially released in print today. Wheeee! Release days always put an extra bounce in my step. Hopefully enjoying the hot sexiness contained within its pages will do the same for any readers.


Here's the blurb to remind you what it's all about.

Once trouble moves in, it can throw a kink in your plans.

Evie’s future finally looks as tidy as the Yorkshire house she shares with Ross, her serious boyfriend. Until she comes home and sneaks into his after-work shower—and discovers she’s just jumped a naked stranger with mysterious, deep-running ties to Ross’s past.

Fresh from a bartending stint in Japan, Kit plans to move into his newly inherited house as soon as it gets a roof. Meanwhile, his old friend Ross has offered him a spare room. How better entertain himself than by pushing Evie’s buttons…and her boundaries?

Risk isn’t Ross’s style—at least, not anymore—but then again, he was never able to say no to Kit. Memories of their wild adventures still spice his sexual fantasies. Fantasies that could cost him Evie’s love, if she knew.
Captured by Kit’s bad-boy charm, Evie finds her vision of domestic bliss rapidly fading in the growing intensity of Kit’s dark sexuality. Kit knows he’s playing fast and loose with Ross and Evie’s relationship, but he’s certain he can win them over and have what he’s always wanted. A three-way romance.

Even if his last attempt ended in a disaster that comes back to haunt them all…

And here's some buy links from where you can purchase its goodness.
http://store.samhainpublishing.com/enticement-p-6539.html

http://www.amazon.com/Enticement-Madelynne-Ellis/dp/1609282922/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1317816182&sr=1-4

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/enticement-madelynne-ellis/1100397911?ean=9781609282929&itm=1&usri=madelynne%2bellis

You can also read the first chapter here.

Prizes too! I can't have a release day without prizes. So, I'm giving away ebook copies of Enticement and Three Times the Scandal to which ever lucky person gets drawn out of the hat. Leave a comment to enter.

Also, if you like Kit, you might like to check out his first appearance in the short-story Woe in Kabukicho.

Sunday, October 02, 2011

My Saturday Project

This is what I got up to yesterday afternoon. Sadly, that isn't a picture of me enjoying myself. Nope, I'm attempting to figure out Amazon DTP etc in order to load We Were Lovers Once, which is the story that was recently published in the Mammoth Book of Hot Romance. Even if I don't figure it out, I had fun making the cover.