Pay It Forward Friday: Elsie Elmore

Pay It Forward Fridays came from this post by Emily Guido. The idea is to feature a blogger or author on Fridays and give them a little shoutout. Anyone goes as long as they’re interested.

I’ve received an incredible amount of support from bloggers, authors and people I’ve met on line who didn’t know me and were just very kind, supportive souls. And, when I read that post by Emily Guido, I thought: time to give back.

I loved this quote from Emily’s mother:

“I cast a couple of pieces of bread on the water and the waves bring me back a ham sandwich.”

Karma is a beautiful thing.

Today, I’m focusing on Elsie Elmore.

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A bright young writer who’s just starting out but is full of promise, Elise is also an incredibly kind person. She, however, describes herself with the following ‘factoids’.

Favorite color? Red, all shades. Always has been, suppose it always will be.

Favorite adult book?   There are just too many to list. But here are a few of the titles and authors I enjoy: Middle Sex by Jeffrey Eugenides, Anna Karenina by Leo TolstoyDracula by Bram Stoker, the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson.  And of course, Stephen King. That’s just to name a few.

Favorite young adult book? Michael Scott’s Alchemist series, The Heir series by Cinda Williams, Looking for Alaska by John Green were all wonderful reads. I also enjoy reading Stephanie Meyers, Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth, Simone Elkeles, Sarah Dessen and Aprillynn Pike. And of course, J.K. Rowling.

Why do I write?  I love to breathe life into the stories drifting around my head. It’s an obsession, a passion, and an escape.

What am I working on now? THE UNDEAD, a paranormal romantic story of a 16 year-old’s encounter with the grim reaper, is complete and will be published by Curiosity Quills this fall (my official release date is September 3, 2014!!).  My Nanowrimo baby, a fairy tale retelling called RYDER AND WOLFE, is patiently waiting for me to finish edits for THE UNDEAD.  SEREN’S HEART, a magical realism story of a witch burdened with the rescue of her society, is in the rewriting stage.

Favorite season? Thanks to being raised in the south, I prefer fall. I love the crisp air and brilliant colors. But when the air becomes too crisp and snow falls, I hibernate.

Elsie has an awesome site: http://elsieelmore.com with everything from resources for writers to her books, to awesome quotes.

She has written the book titled: The Undead: Playing for Keeps

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Here’s a little blurb:

When an undead woman with serious de-comp issues stalks sixteen-year-old Lyla Grimm, her hope of rescuing her rock-bottom reputation takes a back seat. Especially once Lyla’s new talent of resurrecting the dead draws the attention of Eric, a Grim Reaper with a guitar and a chip on his shoulder.
While Lyla navigates the gossip-ridden halls, Eric works to gain her trust and discover why Death’s clients aren’t staying down. If she passes on her gift, his death-messenger destiny might be altered. But the closer he gets to Lyla, the less sure he is of his plan. The dead are way easier to deal with than the living.

Gossip explodes, the Grimm family implodes, and desperation sets in. Death wants the gift and a soul. Lyla and Eric face hard choices with hidden consequences. Sometimes life’s choices aren’t really choices at all.

Click here to buy from Amazon.com and Amazon.uk or here to go to her site and check it out.

A bright new writer, full of talent. Why not check out her book?

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For romance readers

I want to recommend the site All About Romance to you. It’s a huge site and it does mostly reviews but that’s not all it does. It has some really great features.

First, the obvious one. If you’re looking for a book, odds are it’s in All About Romance’s review archives. It’s moving slowly but surely into the indie market and has some reviews for books that are ebooks, so that’s an area of growth for the site. But if the book is in print, odds are, it’ll have it. Here’s the search engine.

AAR is also open to reviews. Under the reviews button, you can go to ‘Want your book reviewed’.

AAR reviews two books a day, every day except Sundays. So it’s a great way to hear what is happening to your favourite authors and their books. If you’re wondering how Nora Roberts is doing with her new series or J.R. Ward, this is a great place to come.

Under reviews, it has a section for upcoming reviews. So, you can see what books are going to be reviewed and consider buying them or not. It also has a section called Desert Island Keepers for those books that were outstanding. If you’re looking for a sure thing, that’s a great place to go. Look under the search for the ‘DIK Searches’.

Under the Features button, you’ll find the links. Those are links to the authors they’ve reviewed, to publishers and even other review sites.

It’s also a blog, so the reviewers speak out and have not only interesting posts but very enlightening ones. Here‘s their take on the series Outlander.

It’s easy to navigate and–best of all–only reviews romance. Only. Isn’t that absolutely the best? 😀

Final tid bit. The site is www.likesbooks.com. Easy!

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Looking for a good read?

I’m looking for a book to read. And I want a good one. I might moan and rave about the books I read but that’s because, since I’m so picky about what I read, they are very good. I don’t just read anything. I won’t put up with some horribly written nightmare that makes no sense and has no plot. No thanks. I inspect books I read very carefully and discern what goes on my TBR pile and what doesn’t.

So, where do I look? I’ve mentioned before Penny Dreadful Reviews and Goodreads but there’s another place I go when I’m searching. It’s Likes Books.

The great thing about this site is that you can go under the Reviews tab and do a Power Search. Say you’re looking for historical romance, you can choose that under their Book Type. It contains everything from Alternative Reality to Young Fiction. You can select the Grade the books received, you can even choose the sensuality level! Best of all, you can search for books by a particular author or by a particular title.

In this site, you can discover all the books Sherry Thomas has written, how well they did and what the reviewers thought. Then you can open up those reviews and read about the book that interests you in depth. Before you buy. In fact, you can do that with every writer you’ve ever liked and some you haven’t discovered yet.

Best of all, all their books are…romance! Yeeey!

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For bloggers

I was just on this site and was basically drooling at the tips and suggestions. I know I’m a writer and this blog is about writing, so this post is out of touch with the purpose of the blog…but I really appreciate it when I find something that’s good on line (and easy to access).

Molly Greene has a great site. On it, she has a tab: Industry resources (which is partially for writers and sort of puts me back on track…ha!).

http://www.molly-greene.com/industry-resources/

But, the reason for this post is that she has a post for 101 blog topic ideas…Isn’t that a great help? 101! That’s a lot!

http://www.molly-greene.com/101-blog-topic-ideas/

I think it deserved a post.

Great site for writers

This site is awesome. It has so many resources for writers! It’s is getting an immediate bookmark in my computer.

From author platforms to free advice to great links for writers, this site has it all. But don’t take my word for it, it won the Writer’s Digest best Site for Writers Award and Alliance of Independent Authors Award.

http://janefriedman.com

I thought I’d pass it on. We authors need all the friends and help we can get!