Author – Tea Drinker – Adventurer

Welcome

Welcome to the official website for author Elle Brownlee. Thanks for stopping by! Find out what’s new with me in the post below, and keep scrolling to read my blog. Social links to the side, author links up top, and the kettle’s always on. Enjoy.

NEWS

  • Hello December! The month of giving, gatherings, endings, and planning what to start anew. || There’s a lot going on in the world so take care and protect yourself, each other, and this glorious planet we share. Hold on best you can to a fighting, willing, generous spirit.
  • Be sure to check out Bookshelf Buddies, a Facebook author group with my pals Tere Michaels, Kate McMurray, and Rayna Vause. Join for fun activities, book talk, and exclusive content.

LATEST BOOKS

  • DRAWN || A contemporary romance with a mysterious twist. When a free-spirited artist meets a remote businessman they discover an instant connection they can’t explain or deny. With a little magic mixed in and kept at a constant simmer over some steamy NOLA heat.
  • TWO FOR TRUST || A contemporary, sweet, old-school Harlequin tropey category for Dreamspinner Press’ Dreamspun Desires line (think Betty Neels <3). The Cinderella story of an American tourist who takes an impulsive dream vacation to England, makes a silly mistake, loses everything–but in the process just might find his Prince Charming.
  • TWO FOR TRUST is now available on Audible!
  • Coming March 2018 || Coast Guard Rescue: Staggered Coast Station. Contemporary romantic suspense with hunky heroes to the rescue–of each other.

WIPs

I’m busy at work on several projects: 1) 1930s Americana historical of college boys feeling complicated feelings 2) Magical contemporary where boys grow up together, become besties become Bonded, fall in love, and then are torn apart by circumstance 3) The Untitled Complicated Regency. Can’t wait to share them with you.

EVENTS

I plan to attend the following events. Hit me up to meet, chat, and share a pot of tea.

Link-Up

Link-Up

Using the below keywords for loose inspiration, I’m sharing a little bit of everything I’ve come across and liked, bookmarked, saved, or added to a wishlist. Hopefully it gives you something to like, link, read, make, or get for your own.


LOOK
Ignored By Big Telecom, Detroit’s Marginalized Communities Are Building Their Own Internet. By Kaleigh Rogers for Motherboard.

LISTEN
From Russia With Love. Two women, a tiny boat, the wide open ocean… and kismet. By Liz Mak for Snap Judgment.

LAUGH
Wildlife Selfies. From The Dept of the Interior.

CREATE
Change. Heifer International–help them reach 1 million via donation matching. Through Dec 12.

READ
A Year Inside the Black Lives Matter Movement. By Touré for Rolling Stone.
Patagonia and the Federal Government Go Head to Head. Did Donald Trump “steal” public land when he shrunk two Utah national monuments on Monday? Depends on who you ask. By Abe Streep for Outside.
This agency protects Davids from Goliaths. By David Perry for CNN Opinion.

RESTORE
After the lights dim, Rockefeller Christmas trees still give. Old Rockefeller Center Christmas trees never really die, they just get built into the wall frames and floor supports of Habitat for Humanity homes. By Michael Hill for Associated Press.

CRAVE
Conservation. Join Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count.


Please feel free to comment with your own recs and/or if any links are broken.

Link-Up

Link-Up

Using the below keywords for loose inspiration, I’m sharing a little bit of everything I’ve come across and liked, bookmarked, saved, or added to a wishlist. Hopefully it gives you something to like, link, read, make, or get for your own.


LOOK
Climate Refugees: Nations Under Threat. From CBS News.

LISTEN
Patton Oswalt’s incredible new comedy special, Patton Oswalt: Annihilation. On Netflix. And his interview with Fresh Air. From NPR.

LAUGH
Math & Costuming magic. By Kim Spek on Twitter.

CREATE
Change. Call the Chairman of the FCC. Say NO to ending Net Neutrality. h/t Sarah Sweeney.

READ
The Nationalist’s Delusion. Trump’s supporters backed a time-honored American political tradition, disavowing racism while promising to enact a broad agenda of discrimination. By Adam Serwer for The Atlantic.
A Most American Terrorist: The Making of Dylann Roof. By Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah for GQ.
The Trump-Russia Story Is Coming Together. Here’s How to Make Sense of It. By Bill Moyers and Steven Harper. For Moyers & Company.

RESTORE
Christmas Together. From BBC One.

CRAVE
10 Best Easy Hikes with Big Rewards. By Doug Schnitzspahn for National Geographic.


Please feel free to comment with your own recs and/or if any links are broken.

do good, Link-Up

Link-Up

Using the below keywords for loose inspiration, I’m sharing a little bit of everything I’ve come across and liked, bookmarked, saved, or added to a wishlist. Hopefully it gives you something to like, link, read, make, or get for your own.


A Special ‘Giving Tuesday’ Link-Up

LOOK
At natural beauty, grandeur, protection. NRDC — Natural Resources Defense Council. Donations matched up to $100K.

LISTEN
Birdsongs. Audubon Society. Challenge: Raise $75K & $75K will be matched.

LAUGH
Family&Friendship. Team Sierra Fundraiser with The Sierra Club.

CREATE
Teamwork. You Can Play Project — LGBTQ Athletes, allies, teaming up for respect. Donations matched up to $20K by the Lawrence Family Foundation.

READ
Changes Lives.
K.I.N.D. Kids in need of desks. From Lawrence O’Donnell & UNICEF.
Daring Books for Dedicated Teens. A Donor’s Choose effort, h/t Kelly Jensen.

RESTORE
Forests & Grasslands. National Forest Foundation. Donations matched up to $5K.

CRAVE
Conservation. National Parks Conservation Association. Donations matched up to $25K.


THANK YOU

Link-Up

Link-Up

Using the below keywords for loose inspiration, I’m sharing a little bit of everything I’ve come across and liked, bookmarked, saved, or added to a wishlist. Hopefully it gives you something to like, link, read, make, or get for your own.


LOOK
16th century ‘zoological goldmine’ discovered – in pictures. By Florike Egmond with The Guardian.

LISTEN
The Reckoning. A WNYC investigation on the #MeToo movement.
– NASA’s Gravity Assist, a new science series podcast.

LAUGH
4lbs of fuzz. Cheetah cub.

CREATE
Change. Choir Up. Fighting sex trafficking one shirt at a time. A collection by Amber Tamblyn with My Sister.

READ
Cheap Tricks: The Low Cost of Internet Harassment. By Julia Angwin for ProPublica.
Evangelical Preachers Grandson Says Protestants Abuse Kids Just Like Catholics. By Josiah M Hesse for Vice.
The Gerasimov Doctrine. It’s Russia’s new chaos theory of political warfare. And it’s probably being used on you. By Molly K McKew for Politico.

RESTORE
Up TV’s Meow Manor live kitty cam. You’re welcome.

CRAVE
Rocket Science — how spaceships work. A Kickstarter project by Andrew Rader.


Please feel free to comment with your own recs and/or if any links are broken.

Link-Up

Link-Up

Using the below keywords for loose inspiration, I’m sharing a little bit of everything I’ve come across and liked, bookmarked, saved, or added to a wishlist. Hopefully it gives you something to like, link, read, make, or get for your own.


LOOK
Endangered. Gorgeous/heartbreaking portraits of animals at risk. By photographer Tim Flach.
Sonic Sea. The devastating impact industrial & military ocean noise has on marine life. A film by Michelle Dougherty & Daniel Hinerfeld.

LISTEN
Dispatch, a new investigative podcast from the Frontline team. Five episodes so far, all worth your time.

LAUGH
Doge, meet fall leaves.

CREATE
Change.
– Liberation Library Announces Holiday Card Drive for Youth Behind Bars. By Brittney McNamara for Teen Vogue.
Holiday Fairy List — help holidays shine brighter for families in need. Complied by Kit Rocha.

READ
Deep Intellect (On Octopuses). By Sy Montgomery for Orion Magazine.
The First Woman To Translate the ‘Odyssey’ Into English. By Wyatt Mason for NYT Magazine.

RESTORE
Fearless Photographers’ Best Wedding Pictures gallery.

CRAVE
Hear 75 Free, Classic Audio Books on Spotify. Curated by Open Culture.


Please feel free to comment with your own recs and/or if any links are broken.

Link-Up

Link-Up

Using the below keywords for loose inspiration, I’m sharing a little bit of everything I’ve come across and liked, bookmarked, saved, or added to a wishlist. Hopefully it gives you something to like, link, read, make, or get for your own.


LOOK
Parallaxing time-lapse of Yellowstone’s Grotto geyser. Keith Ladzinski for NatGeo.

LISTEN
Multiplayer Ensemble plays Ezio’s Family and these Assassin’s Creed ambients. On YouTube.

LAUGH
Dog Walks Himself. From The Dodo.

CREATE
Change. Give, spread the word, support World Central Kitchen. Still in Puerto Rico feeding thousands of people.

READ
Farewell to the Most Sparkly Sacred Place in New York. By Lucy Boyle for NYMag, The Cut.
Man Comes Forward to Describe an Alleged Extended Sexual Relationship He Had at Age 14 With Kevin Spacey. By E Alex Jung for Vulture.

RESTORE
20 Kids Who Are Changing the World. By Jenn Savedge for Mother Nature Network.
Meet Autumn, a 13 year old Indigenous water protector. By AJ+.

CRAVE
Holiday Cheer, Hearty Treat, or Spice Jubilee tea samplers from Adagio Tea.


Please feel free to comment with your own recs and/or if any links are broken.

Link-Up

Link-Up

Using the below keywords for loose inspiration, I’m sharing a little bit of everything I’ve come across and liked, bookmarked, saved, or added to a wishlist. Hopefully it gives you something to like, link, read, make, or get for your own.


LOOK
Autumn Splendor. Blue Ridge NPS, by Philip Varney.

LISTEN
Important conversations and thoughts for surviving current times. With Junot Díaz (Radical Hope Is Our Best Weapon), Arnold Eisen on Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (The Opposite of Good Is Indifference), and Joan Halifax (Buoyancy Rather Than Burnout In Our Lives). From On Being with Krista Tippett.

LAUGH
Wait for a surprise.

CREATE
Crowdsourced knowledge. Hundreds of Mysterious Stone ‘Gates’ Found in Saudi Arabia’s Desert. By Nicholas St Fleur for the New York Times.

READ
The Tragic Legacy of Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently. By David Remnick for The New Yorker.

RESTORE
Handsome Cat and Climber Duo Camp Across the World In One Sleeping Bag.

CRAVE
Jigzone. Free site full of digital jigsaw puzzles.


Please feel free to comment with your own recs and/or if any links are broken.

Link-Up

Link-Up

Using the below keywords for loose inspiration, I’m sharing a little bit of everything I’ve come across and liked, bookmarked, saved, or added to a wishlist. Hopefully it gives you something to like, link, read, make, or get for your own.


LOOK
Autumn splendor. Bosque del Apache by Robert Dunn. Also, it’s Wildlife Refuge Week.

LISTEN
My History Can Beat Up Your Politics. A podcast that uses history to elevate the discussion of today’s politics, with Bruce Carlson.

LAUGH
Sweet kitty snugs.

CREATE
Change. Almost Like Praying. Help ongoing relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

READ
Rex Tillerson At The Breaking Point. By Dexter Filkins for The New Yorker.
Here’s How Breitbart And Milo Smuggled Nazi and White Nationalist Ideas Into The Mainstream. By Joseph Bernstein for Buzzfeed.

RESTORE
iNaturalist. Sign up, share observations, connect with the natural world.

CRAVE
Six Of One: Blackwing by DeAnna Zankich. The start of a promising paranormal fantasy series steeped in magic, with natural & supernatural forces.


Please feel free to comment with your own recs and/or if any links are broken.

Link-Up

Link-Up

Using the below keywords for loose inspiration, I’m sharing a little bit of everything I’ve come across and liked, bookmarked, saved, or added to a wishlist. Hopefully it gives you something to like, link, read, make, or get for your own.


LOOK
New York 1911. Filmed by cameramen with Svenska Biografteatern. Restored by the MoMA.

LISTEN
The Last Podcast on the Left. Dig into those archives. By Ben Kissel, Henry Zebrowski, and Marcus Parks.

LAUGH
Champions of Migard! TableTop with Wil Wheaton (but really, watch them all).

CREATE
Change. Liberation Library: donate books for incarcerated children via their wishlist.

READ
The Scalp From Sand Creek: Does returning artefacts help to heal the scars of conquest. By Chip Colwell for AEON Magazine.

RESTORE
First gay couple featured on Dodger Stadium’s Kiss Cam.

CRAVE
Dawn Chorus app created by Carnegie Museum of Natural History & The Studio. Wake to gentle bird songs. Nice.


Please feel free to comment with your own recs and/or if any links are broken.

Link-Up

Link-Up

Using the below keywords for loose inspiration, I’m sharing a little bit of everything I’ve come across and liked, bookmarked, saved, or added to a wishlist. Hopefully it gives you something to like, link, read, make, or get for your own.


LOOK
Old Faithful webcam, Yellowstone National Park. Please stand up for #ProtectOurParks.

LISTEN
Thinking & Friendship in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt for Now. From On Being–Krista Tippett in conservation with guest Lyndsey Stonebridge.

LAUGH
Point, Counterpoint: Wonder Woman. From Late Night with Seth Meyers, with Ally & Amber.

CREATE
Change. Support The Human Utility. Help turn the water back on for people in Detroit and Baltimore. Also @humanutility.

READ
Adam West Saved Batman. And me. By Glen Weldon for NPR.

RESTORE
Man rescues a moose. From The Dodo.

CRAVE
30 Days of YA LGBTQ reading. From the NYPL.


Please feel free to comment with your own recs and/or if any links are broken.