Why there’s no real drama in Twist of Fate

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The release for Twist of Fate is going really well.  So far (I always knock on wood when I say things like this) readers are enjoying Gavin & Leah.  I have gotten some feedback about the lack of DRAMA within Twist of Fate– and, while 97.8% of it has been overwhelmingly positive, I’ve also heard from readers who missed it.  In lieu of explaining my reasoning several dozen times to different people, I’m going to address that all here.

Gavin & Leah’s story is different for several reasons– the first being that I felt as if Leah had been through enough.  I didn’t want to throw unnecessary drama at her or Gavin because that isn’t what their story was telling me to do.  I love dramatic books as much as the next person- trust, I get SO excited when there’s some crazy curve I didn’t see coming & I will wait with baited breath for the follow up like an 80′s kid waiting for concert tickets- but Gavin and Leah didn’t need that.

There was kidnapping and drama in Missing & Finding Hart.  Consequences of Deception was fairly dramatic.  I came to think of Twist of Fate as my ‘palette cleanser’.  There’s no assault, cheating, kidnapping, rape, hostage situations, death, murder, stealing, addiction of any kind, lies or other women.  I’ll say again that I have NO problem with any of that– I’ve done some of it in my stories & I will again– but it is VERY important to me that my books not be the same thing over and over again.  My books all share a common thread– that most people who start out good are capable of change & that fate/destiny finds a way to make love happen- but I’m not going to throw unnecessary drama in just for the sake of doing it.  I think my men generally have similar character traits and that’s because I feel VERY passionately about the kind of men I think are good Heroes.  Leah had a tough life and as such, some overbearing asshole that talked down to her and came at her alpha style was not going to work.

Twist of Fate is sweet and direct.  I didn’t add fluff or draw it out to bulk my word count up.  I did what I always do– let the characters speak to me so that their story could be told.  I actually think that Twist of Fate might end up being my most realistic love story.  Gavin and Leah actually communicate and work things out so it’s very low on conflict.

When I was finished Twist of Fate, I was happy and I couldn’t stop smiling. (After I cried while writing the epilogue– don’t judge!) I hope that all of you will feel that way too.

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Cole and Tyson will be the subjects of the final two Renegade books.  Cole and Devon have a great story that I can’t wait to share.  Tyson’s story is completely different than the rest of the band because his is the darkest. There is A LOT that hasn’t been revealed about Tyson’s background but once you get his story… you guys!! The feels on this one.  I was going to keep the identity of Tyson’s love interest a secret but I am terrible with keeping stuff like that in… so……

Hard to Handle wasn’t included in Twist of Fate for no reason.  Tyson’s love interest is none other than Violet’s younger sister, Daisy Hammond.

Tomorrow morning I go back to writing– and I need to decide what to write next.  Here’s what I’ve got in the pipeline.

Saving Hart- The Hart Family Book 7 (Sandra & Todd)

Dark Desires- The Deception Series Book 2 (Killian and Sloane)

Catch and Release- The Catch Series Book 2 (Darby & Trace)

Two Roads- Renegade Saints Book 3 (Cole & Devon)

Shadows and Light- Renegade Saints Book 4 (Tyson and Daisy)

As of right this very second…. Sandra & Todd are talking to me.  Their back stories are BEGGING to be told- especially Sandra’s.  Not all is at it seems…

What would you like me to write next? Sound off in the comments.

Consequences of Deception is a Bestseller!!

 

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Consequences of Deception is currently #54 on the Amazon Bestseller List & #1 on the Amazon Erotica list!

The reviews are amazing! Right now there are 73 reviews & 66 of them are 5 star.
Everyone is falling head over heels in love with Killian and Sloane’s story and I couldn’t be happier!

Consequences of Deception is now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords.

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Consequences of Deception is NOW AVAILABLE!!

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Consequences of Deception is finally here!  So far, the reviews are absolutely AMAZING.  People are stunned by how sexy, deep and dark the story is- not to mention all of the twists and turns.  I’ve gotten more emails, messages, tweets and DMs in the last forty-eight hours than I’ve ever had with any one of my books.  Killian has hit a nerve (and a g-spot) for a lot of you, and I am thrilled! This story is complicated and dark, and I am very proud of how it turned out.  I didn’t shy away from telling the story the way that it needed to be told and I am thrilled with the end result. From beginning to end- and yes, there is an END, this is a stand alone- this story was a labor of love.

I can’t say much else because I don’t want to give spoilers, but I will leave you with what some of the reviews have said.  In 48 hours the book has gotten 42 Five Star reviews on Amazon!

“I am literally in awe of this book. That is how out of this world fantastic it was. I am typing this review after spending the last few hours entranced by its magnificence.” – Megan, The Never Ending Book Basket

“There’s not much I can give you in details without ruining the book for you. You will hate and love Killian, and then hate him some more. He’s angry, cocky, ruthless. At times I didn’t think he had a heart. If you adore those dirty talkers, Killian is your man. Had me tightening my thighs and all *fans self* Can you say Alpha?” – Yahaira, SMI Book Club

“Holy fucking shit..LOVED this book! Bossy, arrogant, rich and fucks like a champ! Killian is my new love…” – Dawn, Tara & Dawns Sizzling Pages

“This by far is the best book I have read this year! I don’t give out many 5 star reviews, I am very picky and the book really has to appeal to me in every aspect, draw me in, keep me there, and want me coming back for more. THIS book did absolutely that!! Killian and Sloane story is so unique that you will have to keep turning the page to find out what could possibly happen next.”   – Rebecca, Author Groupies Blog

“Consequences of Deception in a word, HOT. Killian has a way about him that when he walks in a room, panties start dropping or dripping or whatever. You get the idea. A few parts, I had to reread, because…you know…I needed to really grasp the concept. The delicious, sexy, image of Killian being naughty…yum!”  - Kristi, Book Breath Babe Blog

“A masterpiece of smut, that’s what this book is.  COD is not like any other book Ella has written before; this book is darkerdirtier,kinkier and hotter!”  Midian,  SMI Book Club

You can buy Consequences of Deception by following these links to Barnes and Noble or Amazon  

The prologue for Consequences of Deception

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Prologue

I was being a bad girl and I knew it, but I didn’t care because the need to be with him was so all-consuming that it hurt.  I floated on my back, in the water, while I stared at the late night sky, smiling dreamily as I counted down the minutes until he came outside.  I had turned on the pool lights and slipped into the water, knowing full well that he’d have no choice but to come to me.  If he really wanted to, he could ignore me, but I knew that he would never do that. This was the fifth time I’d done this, and each and every time he broke a little more. The truth is, I would have done it every single night. Since I could only do it when Shannon wasn’t home and my father was safely asleep in my house, I had to take my chances when I could, which is why I was there floating in his pool—after midnight.

I felt him the minute that he was outside, so I turned over and swam toward the spot where I knew he would be standing. I broke the surface of the water and started walking up the steps of the pool in a fluid series of motions, smiling as I watched him devour me with his eyes. My bikini choice was nothing short of scandalous; four teeny-tiny little red triangles that left very little to the imagination.  Smiling at him, I stepped out of the pool onto the stamped concrete patio. Standing next to him, I blatantly admired how sexy he looked in the lounge pants he was wearing.  As was my intention, I’d woken him up, which meant that he came out clad in lounge pants and nothing else.  They sat low on his hips and I licked my lips as I stared at the sexy V-cut muscle that led to his promised land.

“Dammit, Sloane,” he rasped.  “You’re making this so hard.”

Since that was my intention, I didn’t bother to deny it.  There were six more months until I would be eighteen and he wouldn’t bother to fight it at all anymore.  We both knew it. I didn’t see the point in waiting.

“I’m not trying to be difficult, Killian, I just wanted a late night swim.”

He scoffed at that, the same as he did every time I pulled this stunt.  “What’s the difference between my pool and the one in your yard right next door?”

Grabbing the towel he’d brought out with him from his hand, I laughed softly.  “The difference is that if I were swimming in my own pool, you wouldn’t bring me a towel.”

“Do you understand what would happen if your father thought something was going on between us right now?  You’re jailbait, baby, and I don’t want to spend my life, without you, behind bars.”

On my tiptoes, I slid my arms around his neck and linked my fingers together as I smiled up at him.  “My father isn’t stupid, Killian.  He’s seen this coming for a while and he isn’t going to do anything.  How much of a hypocrite would he be if he did have an issue with us?  My mother was ten years older than him.  There’s only a six year age difference between you and me, and it means nothing because we’re meant for each other.”

I could feel him losing the battle, the rigid heat of his erection pressing against my stomach as his hands slid down my sides before settling on my ass.  He wanted this just as much, if not more, than I did.

He groaned as he pulled me closer and lifted me up, a position that I took immediate advantage of as I wrapped my legs around his waist.  The new position left his hands free and he slid one up to the center of my back and the other to cup my face as he stared into my eyes.

“Your father would lose his fucking marbles if he knew the kind of things I like.  God, Sloane… this is so fucking wrong.  You don’t know what you’re asking for.  The things that I want to do to you right now…  you’re too young.  Sex isn’t always champagne and roses, princess.  I think if you knew how wild it gets – you would run.  You should run.”

I’d take him any way that I could get him.  I leaned in until my lips were just over his.  “Don’t you know, Killian?  If you want it, so do I.  If you need it, I need it just as badly.”

Using the hand that was cupping my cheek, he pulled me in and settled my lips against his.  One swipe of his tongue against my lips had me moaning as I opened for him, the taste of his tongue, pure sin and explosive heat, against my own.  This was the fifth time that I’d gotten him to kiss me and he was being far more aggressive than he usually was.  Instead of being scared, I loved it.  I threw myself into the kiss, gasping and moaning as he fucked my mouth with his tongue, and he was hard against my wet center.  Only the fabric of his pants and my bikini kept us from being joined, and I whimpered from the need to have him claim me.  I’d been obsessing for months about what he would feel like inside of me, and instinctively I knew that only he could ease the ache that was building within me.

The feeling of distress that came as he set me down, and away from him, was painful.  “Killian… please!”

He hugged me gently before placing a soft kiss on my forehead and letting out a sigh that sounded a lot like surrender.  “You need to be patient, princess.  In six months, if you’re positive that you want this, I’m going to make you mine.”

I needed the reassurance in order to be able to walk away.  I wanted to be with him—really with him. Sometimes I got scared that he’d be able to walk away from the attraction.  After all, Killian had had girlfriends before, girls that made me want to punch, kick and scream because he belonged with me.   Hugging him tightly, I whispered, “I’m one hundred percent positive now.  It’s always been you, Killian.  Promise me that we’ll be together.  I need to know that you feel it, too.”

Sliding his hands up to cup my cheeks, he looked me straight in the eye as he answered me emphatically.  “I feel it too, princess.  There is nothing that will ever keep me from you, Sloane.  Nothing at all.”

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Of course you all know that nothing is ever that easy….

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 Consequences of Deception arrives Monday February 17, 2014.

Here is the official blurb:

Once upon a time, girl met boy and a love story began.

Their future was assured until tragedy struck and deceptions were made.

There are consequences to every action, and the Consequences of Deception are always the most punishing.

Sloane Evans lost nearly everyone that she’s ever loved, but losing Killian Brandt left a scar that never healed.

Four and a half years after turning his back on her, Killian steps back into Sloane’s life in the most shocking of ways, giving her no choice but to abandon her life and go with him.

Why would a man buy a woman that he hates?

Not everything is as it appears.

Love is beautiful, revenge is ugly, and lies destroy lives.

Prepare to discover the Consequences of Deception.

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My favorite books of 2013

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Mission: Impossible

 

Last year I tried to do a Top 5 books of 2012. That didn’t work and I wound up with 12 books.

 

So this year I figured… 13 for 2013! (If you want to read last years list, click HERE)

 

Here they are, in particular order.  Let me know if you’ve read and loved these books as much as I did!!  If you haven’t, I highly recommend each and every one.  (Note: Click the title of any book and the link will take you to Amazon to read the synopsis & purchase the book, if you decide to do so.  Where possible, I’ve linked the authors website, Facebook or Twitter to their name)

 

1. Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover

Hopeless was on my list last year so you all know how much I loved that book.  Did I ever, even for one second, think that it could be topped?  Absolutely not.  Guess what?  I loved Losing Hope EVEN MORE!! It seems like that should be impossible, but it wasn’t.  Dean Holder is one of my BBF’s for life. Trust me when I tell you, THIS BOOK ROCKS.

 

2. Making Faces by Amy Harmon

This book… I just…. It was unreal.  Honestly, I needed stock in Kleenex by the time that I was done.  I loved it and I think that EVERYONE ON EARTH, EVERYWHERE- should read it.

 

3. When It Rains by Lisa De Jong 

You know how I just said I should have bought stock in Kleenex when I read Making Faces?  Well, someone should have bought me a FACTORY to read When it Rains.  Put bluntly, I looked as if rain was pouring continuously down my face while I read this book.  Heartbreaking, uplifting, soul-crushing, life changing… This book is the entire package.

 

4.  Ignite by Tessa Teevan

This book had me from Hello.  I loved the premise and the execution of the story.  Remember your first love?  This story is the full package- the loss of your life followed by the love of your life.  Yin and yang.  It was handled beautifully and I have a BBF (book boyfriend) for life in Jace.  I’ve read 60% of the follow up book, Incinerate, and let me tell you- Tessa’s got a HIT on her hands.  When Knox & Charlie come out, you guys are going to flip!

 

5.  Bully by Penelope Douglas 

Tate and Jared rocked my flipping world!  You can’t go wrong with this story.  Bully is told from Tate’s (Tatum) POV.   I was SO happy when Penelope did a follow-up from Jared’s POV.  It was all new material and I loved seeing things from Jared’s perspective.  I love him, HARD!

 

6.  Addicted to You by Krista & Becca Ritchie

This series is gritty, real, dark and light.  I alternately wanted to hug and smack Lily & Loren, and I loved the ride.  The story is engrossing.  I love that it was written by sisters.  Every one of these books is a winner.

 

7. Remy by Katy Evans

Two words: REMINGTON TATE.  The third book in the REAL series came to us in Remy’s POV.  THUD.  I loved all three books, but Remy’s POV has a special place in my heart.  I love him now more than ever!!!

 

8. Beautiful Broken Rules by Kimberly Lauren  

I loved Emerson & Jax.  Jax, to me, is one of the best BBF’s ever.  What this man does for his girl!!!!! I love his notes and pretty much every word that came out of his mouth.  The follow up to this, Beautiful Broken Mess is also one of my favorites this year.  I can’t wait for the next book.

 

9.  Beck by Harper Sloan

Beck is book 3 in the Corps Security series.  I have loved each and every one, but Beck…. oh, Beck.  This story was amazing from beginning to end, and I loved finding out all of the things that we didn’t see before.  Harper knocked this one out of the park, no doubt about it.  People tell me all the time that I can write a sex scene.  I can, but as I found out during Beck, I need to bow to the MASTER: Miss Harper Sloan.   Pop Rocks have never looked so interesting!

 

10.  Façade by Nyrae Dawn 

I didn’t think it was going to be possible for me to love book 2 of The Games Series as much as I loved Book 1.  I was wrong.  Put bluntly, Nyrae could write a grocery list and I’d show up to read it.  This woman can write!  I loved Cheyenne and Colt from Charade, but Adrian Westfall is MY MAN.  The things he writes to Delaney… OH. My. THUD.  My heart broke- flipping seriously broke- for Adrian.  I love him.  That is all.

 

11. Very Bad Things by Ilsa Madden Mills 

Nora & Leo are phenomenal!!!!!  Love, love, love them.  This story was rich and full of depth, and I can’t recommend it enough.  I love the way Leo fights it!  I hated Nora’s mother BIG TIME.  I can’t wait for Book 2 in the Briarcrest Academy Series.

 

12. Try by Ella Frank

There are two kinds of people in the world.  Those that have read Try, and those that have not.  Be one of the ones that has!! Logan and Tate are HOT.  As in, ring the alarm and get ready for a hot flash.  It’s almost too good.  I am anxiously awaiting the follow up!

 

13. If I Were You by Lisa Renée Jones

I can’t even count the ways that I love the Inside Out series.  It’s so. damn. good!!   I want to say more but- as you all know- I hate spoilers.  Let me just say that I LOVE the MAIN man of this series.  Loveeee. Himmmmm.

 

So, that’s my list.  This was hard to pare down!  There are honorable mentions, of course-

The Dark Light of Day by TM Frazier

Bad Things & Rock Bottom by R.K. Lilley

Tears of Tess by Pepper Winters

The Breathing Series by Rebecca Donovan

Ruin by Rachel Van Dyken

Leap of Faith by Jamie Blair

Take This Regret & If Forever Comes by A.L. Jackson

The Forever Series by Heidi McLaughlin

Sex, Love, Repeat by Alessandra Torre

Killing Sarai by J.A. Redmerski 

 

What were YOUR favorite books of 2013?

 

 

 

Flash Holiday Giveaway

 

 

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It’s no secret that I love Television, Movies & Gadgets.  What better way to combine them all than by holding an awesome giveaway?!?! 

Here’s the deets.

One lucky winner will get a Roku HD Streaming Video Player and another lucky winner will get Sons of Anarchy Season One on DVD.  This is NOT an international contest, sorry.  USA only.

To win, you need to follow this link and fill in the answers to the WHO SAID IT trivia contest from my favorite shows.  Two winners with the correct answers will be chosen at random.  This giveaway closes tomorrow night 12/16/13 at 8pm.

Good luck!!

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

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I wanted to take a minute to talk about what I’m thankful for this year.  My friends & family are a given, as always.  But then there’s you, Awesome Reader.  I’m thankful to you for encouraging me  & pushing me along to write better stories.  YOU have made my dream come true, and for that, I am unbelievably thankful.  

The Hart, Cross, Rand, Tyler, Hamilton, Cooper, Chamberlain & Reeves families are also thankful to you for giving them life!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Lots of Love

Ella

CATCH MY FALL is a 5 Star Reviewed BEST SELLER!

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I am completely blown away by the reception to Catch My Fall!  I’ve gotten so many emails, tweets, Facebook & Goodreads messages that I can barely keep up and I LOVE IT. Catch My Fall is #35 on Amazon’s New Adult chart & I am OFF THE HOOK with happiness!  Right now out of Twenty-Three Amazon reviews, TWENTY of them are five star!!!  WOOT WOOT!!!

This story was a real leap-of-faith moment for me & I appreciate everyone who has taken the time to contact me & tell me what the story means to them.  Tristan & Mia’s story isn’t just about love- it’s also about hope, strength, endurance & the strength to overcome the hurdles in their way.

While Catch My Fall IS a departure from the Contemporary Adult Romance Genre, it’s a beautiful love story that is meant for ALL lovers of true and deep romance- from age 18 right on up!  And don’t worry- Tristan & Mia have some HEAT.

(Ever wonder what Dante, Damien or Spencer were like as young college men?  I think Tristan’s got some Hart in him.  Honorable to the core and HOT HOT HOT.)

I want to hug each and every blogger, reader that’s left a review and person that’s emailed/messaged/tweeted me.  I love you girls!!

Don’t forget that Catch My Fall is ON SALE this week- if you haven’t picked it up yet, do it today!  And if you’re on the fence, read some of these amazing reviews.

5 Stars from BOOKS UNHINGED Blog    “Ella Fox does it again by making characters that you absolutely fall in love with.”

9.5 Stars from BOOK fri-ENDS Blog  “The story  shows us that our past does not have to define who we are or who we become.”

4.5 Stars from SIZZLING PAGES Blog   “With every tragedy comes the opportunity for a hero to be made I felt like Mia and Tristan were heroes in their own rights. Their love story and friendship had me feeling butterflies, smiles and kept me connected to them from start to the end.”

5 Stars from Julie on Amazon    “In classic Fox style, the plot has great twists and turns-keeping you turning pages until the very end. I can not wait for the second book of the series.”

5 Stars from Angie on Goodreads  “I find that I will love this series as much as her previous series about the Hart family!”

 

Add CATCH MY FALL to your Goodreads TBR list- Click HERE.

Click HERE to go to Barnes & Noble’s CATCH MY FALL page

Click HERE to go to Amazon’s CATCH MY FALL page

Click HERE to go to Smashwords CATCH MY FALL page

To make the release even BETTER, I’m doing a major giveaway!!   <— Click there to enter!

1 lucky winner will receive an iPad mini

2 lucky winners will each receive a $50 Amazon gift card

4 lucky winners will receive a copy of Catch My Fall