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Everything About: Two For Trust

My latest book is out! Purchase Two For Trust at all the usual book-getting places.

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  • My SuperRomance Origin Story. The inspiration for Two For Trust: why I wrote a very sweet, very tropey, very old-school Harlequin category. With delight and glee, and for my romance hero Betty Neels.
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One Month Left

Only one month before my latest book is out! I’m so pleased to share the perfect & amazing cover that artist Bree Archer created for me:

A fairy-tale vacation—if he can get the ending right.

American nurse Finch Mason steps beyond the comfort of his orderly life and takes a dream trip to England, complete with a National Trust Pass so he can visit numerous historical sites. At the first one on his list, he’s warmly welcomed—and told he bought a pass good for two.

Finch doesn’t hesitate to offer the pass to Benedict, a handsome Brit also there on an outing. They spend a magical week touring the countryside, and while it’s too soon to get attached, Finch wishes their time together would never end.

Then Finch finds himself stuck abroad with no money, and he has no one to turn to but Benedict. Benedict is happy to help, but he also owes Finch some answers—such as who he really is and why he was at the estate where they first met.


Two For Trust is a contemporary, sweet category romance for Dreamspinner Press’ Dreamspun Desires line. Snap it up May 15.

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Everything About: Drawn

My latest book is out! Purchase DRAWN at all the usual book-getting places.

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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 October! It’s autumn & I’m thrilled. My favorite time of year. Crisp air, crunchy leaves, slow mornings, mellow evenings. I’m busy with several projects & I’m excited about all of them–complicated feelings college historical! SAR teams! bff boys on the bumpy road to love! Can’t wait to share them with you. || 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 bit of mystery 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, then loses everything, but in the process just might find his Prince Charming.

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) Contemporary starring a guarded cowboy falling for a doubly-guarded outsider 4) Romantic Suspense with hunky heroes to the rescue–of each other and 5) The Untitled Complicated Regency.

EVENTS

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

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Friday Fun Five

Happy Friday! Today’s guest is Avon Gale. Thanks, Avon!

To know more about Avon Gale, check out avongalewrites.com or see what she’s up to on Facebook and Twitter (@avongalewrites). Her latest literary triumph is the novella Conversation Hearts, available here.

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1) If you were a Dream Date Coordinator, what all would you plan for a couple whose first date had been a disaster?

I would send them to an amusement park, because who can’t have fun on roller coasters?

2) Terribleawesome TV Movies: Lifetime, Hallmark, or SyFy?

SyFy all the way! Though I will not say no to the others. I just happen to like things with robots and giant animal monsters. Especially in the same movie.

3) Conversation hearts or chocolate roses?

Conversation Hearts! Okay, not really, unless they’re the kind that taste like good ol’ sugar instead of chalk. I like dark chocolate, but not milk chocolate unless something else is involved, like peanut butter 😀

4) What is your favorite word?

If you look through my manuscripts before I edit them, probably “almost.” I’m on a mission to stop using that word so much! But I do really love the word Sacrosanct. It just looks pleasing and I like how it sounds 😀

5) Which Valentines that you gave out as a kid were just the coolest ever?

Oh man, I know I had some pretty sweet Transformer Valentines back in the 80’s. And I also vaguely remember having some that came with these suckers where it was next to impossible to get the plastic wrap off of them. I’m not sure these were cool as much as really annoying, though!


Avon Gale wrote her first story at the age of seven, avon-gale-author-pic-300x300about a “Space Hat” hanging on a rack and waiting for that special person to come along and purchase it — even if it was a bit weirder than the other, more normal hats. Like all of Avon’s characters, the space hat did get its happily ever after — though she’s pretty sure it was with a unicorn. She likes to think her vocabulary has improved since then, but the theme of quirky people waiting for their perfect match is still one of her favorites. Avon grew up in the southern United States, and now lives with her very patient husband in a liberal midwestern college town. When she’s not writing, she’s either doing some kind of craft project that makes a huge mess, reading, watching horror movies, listening to music or yelling at her favorite hockey team to get it together, already. Avon is always up for a road trip, adores Kentucky bourbon, thinks nothing is as stress relieving as a good rock concert and will never say no to candy. At one point, Avon was the mayor of both Jazzercise and Lollicup on Foursquare. This tells you basically all you need to know about her as a person.

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Friday Fun Five

Happy Friday–and Happy New Year! This week’s guest is Elizabeth North. Thanks, Elizabeth.

To know more about Elizabeth North, check out her blog, or find her on Twitter  (@Elizabeth_DsP) and Facebook. Her ongoing triumph is being Executive Director of Dreamspinner Press, DSP Publications, and Harmony Ink Press.

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1) Will pretty packaging sway you to buy something you absolutely don’t need?

It won’t sway me to buy it if I don’t need it, but it will definitely influence me to choose one item over another. The small details of a well packaged item pre or post purchase make a huge difference to me. A heavy box, a ribbon for lifting out a tight fitting item, accessories neatly arranged and tucked out of sight make opening a new item a joy.

When I was in Korea last year, I bought a dozen little gifts to bring home to my family. Every store had a unique heavy paper or cloth bag with handles. They removed tags and wrapped items individually. Frequently tying them with ribbon or twine and slipping paper cutouts of leaves, birds or flowers under the tie. The paper was usually plain, and they had red ink stamp for the store that they would mark the package with before slipping it in the bag. I’ve seen items packaged after they’ve been purchased in a high-end boutique, but these were trinkets. In most cases the packaging and bag cost more than the item, but it increased their worth tenfold.

2) Dream book: Brand new and unknown or a comfort-read old favorite?

Definitely brand new. I don’t typically reread books–even old favorites. My version of revisiting a beloved book is by sharing it with someone else.

Brand new books fall into two categories for me: known and unknown. I love seeing a new book from a favorite author, but I’m delighted when I find an outstanding book from an author previously unknown to me. It is the gift of a wonderful book, plus a backlist of titles to explore.

3) Good luck food to eat for New Year: 12 grapes or sausage & lentils?

Neither? I like both, but my family never followed a good luck food tradition. After living in the south for many decades, I’ve eaten many a bowl of black-eyed peas on New Years, but I don’t plan on it ahead of time. I will share my favorite recipe.

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Ingredients

1/2 onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped
2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 (8 ounce) bottle zesty Italian dressing
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained
1 (15 ounce) can black-eyed peas, drained
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
hot sauce to taste
1 bunch chopped fresh cilantro

Mix first 11 ingredients together and let chill in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours – overnight is better. Add cilantro. Serve with pita or tortilla chips.

I also attached a picture from the front of my local grocery store.

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4) What is your favorite word?

Absolutely impossible to say. I love all words. I’m a complete word geek. I will tell you a story, however.

Early in my life, my grandmother cared for me while my mother worked. To this day, I’ve never met anyone with a vocabulary greater than my grandmother’s. Most importantly, she used it. A day didn’t go by without us pulling her heavy dictionary off the shelf. She taught me that language is beautiful, that the choice of the correct word outweighed the use of a string of less precise words, and that the history of a word is as fascinating as the meaning. Her love of words was so genuine that she never came across as pretentious.

When I was thirteen, I slipped up and cursed in front of her. There was no punishment or even disapproval, but she sat me down and told me that cursing was a lazy habit because I couldn’t be bothered to come up with the appropriate adjective. That “d*#n” door is really that “stuck” door. That “as@%&le” cashier is really that “lackadaisical” cashier. In her opinion, the only proper use for a curse was an exclamation, usually of pain. She had no problem with a heart-felt expletive when you stubbed your toe on a chair in the middle of the night.

I never looked at swearing the same way again.

Bonus: http://www.wordthink.com/

5) Instead of making a resolution for yourself, is there one you would wish for others to have in their New Year?

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A few days ago on Facebook, I posted a cover to a book. Don’t Let Anything Dull Your Sparkle: How to Break Free of Negativity & Drama. That would be my New Year’s resolution. Collectively, we would be so much happier if we could stop our attraction to negativity and drama and focus on the good and joy in the world with gratitude.


A longtime lover of books and romantic fiction in 2006, elizabethnorthElizabeth North commented that someone should start a publishing company that specialized in gay romance. This sparked the creation of Dreamspinner Press, focusing on treating authors well, producing quality books that feel good to hold, and providing a happily ever after for all. Elizabeth’s gift is one of vision: she saw that the publishing industry was ready for gay romantic fiction to join the mainstream rather than being pigeonholed as a specialty genre. With extensive management experience and a master’s degree from Florida State University, she has guided the company toward a bright future, making authors’ and characters’ dreams come true and providing a great reader experience. Elizabeth is a strong believer in family, both by blood and by choice. She has a husband, four children, three dogs, two cats, and a circle of adopted sisters, but there is always room for more. With a maternal surname of Love, she knows that the emotion knows no limits.

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Friday Fun Five

Happy Friday! This week’s guest is Andrew Grey. Thanks, Andrew — and happy birthday!

To know more about Andrew, check andrewgreybooks.com or find him on Facebook and Twitter. His latest literary triumph is Eyes Only For Me, available here.

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1) If you could have any five guests (historical, famous, etc) at your Thanksgiving table who would it be?

Sir Isaac Newton, Leonardo DaVinci, Michelangelo, Michael Faraday, Thomas Edison.

2) Cranberry: Relish or jellied?

Definitely relish.

3) A nice brisk walk or a nice long nap to follow a big meal?  Actually both.

I’d go for a walk and then take a nap.

4) What is your favorite word?

Butthead. The one time my mother was speechless was when she was getting on my last nerve and I told her she was being a butthead.

5) What do you hope to be thankful for in 2016?

The continued health of myself and my family.


Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Andrew GreySince then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation.

Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing)  He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

 

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Friday Fun Five

Happy Friday! This week’s guest is Rose Archer. Thanks, Rose.

To know more about Rose Archer, find her buried in emails and books, busy writing tantalizing blurbs as Dreamspinner Press’ Blurb Coordinator.

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1) What everyday household chore do you get the most satisfaction from doing?

I like working outside–mowing the grass and doing yard work. I get tan in like five minutes so I can see the difference when I’m done.

2) Stay up all night to finish a Netflix binge or an entire book?

I’ve done both at various times. It depends on my mood and what I’m watching or reading and how much it holds my attention.

3) Shoes: Buy for comfort or buy for cuteness?

Flip-flops to wear from the car to the beach, Chuck Taylors for everything else.

4) What is your favorite word?

Cat 🙂

5) Which US National Landmark resonates with you most? (Monument, nature, building…)

Beaches. I love the sea and get a little depressed if I have to be away from it for too long.


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Friday Fun Five

Happy Friday! This week’s guest is Anne Regan. Thanks, Anne.

Anne Regan is Executive Editor at Dreamspinner Press and manages the Harmony Ink Press teen LGBTQ+ fiction imprint. Her duties include submission review, editing, social media (Facebook! Twitter! Tumblr! Oh my!), and whatever else Elizabeth tells her to do. You can find her on Facebook both on her own and at the Harmony Ink page.

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1) Is there anything you thought you’d never dream of doing, but then have?

Leaving my evil day job at the beginning of this year to work full-time at Dreamspinner. It had been in the plans for at least the past three years and didn’t happen for various reasons, but at the end of January I finally pulled the plug. It didn’t help that my husband was unexpectedly downsized from his job a few months later and we went from three salaries to one, but he’s back working now, and it’s wonderful being able to focus all my energy on something I love.

2) Which store shopping spree would you rather have: arts & crafts or home & building supply?

The local Home Depot store is exactly 1.4 miles from my house. I know this because my husband shops there at least twice a week. When he was job hunting. I told him he should apply there since he has every aisle in the place memorized. We bought our home almost new when we moved to Texas, but that was 20+ years ago and like any aging property (myself included!) it has lots of little things that need repair. I also have a closet full of artsy-craftsy things I used to work on before Dreamspinner that I haven’t touched in years, so I’d definitely opt for the building supply spree. It’s good to keep my husband happy!

3) Sweet or salty snacks?

Can I cheat and say a little of both? I’m not much for purely sweet, but dark chocolate covered nut clusters? Nirvana.

4) What is your favorite word?

It may sound saccharine, but: love.  It makes everything better.

5) How would you spend an ideal rainy day?

In front of a warm fire with my six adopted sisters, reading, writing, and just being together. We usually plan an annual retreat every summer but it didn’t happen this year, and I missed it terribly. I’m looking forward to seeing most of them at the end of this month. There’s so much positive energy generated when we’re together that it fuels me for the rest of the year.


Anne Regan earned a BA in English and education before her student teaching convinced her she didn’t want a career Anne Selfie Respect 0315disciplining other people’s children. She’s spent the next thirtysome years in corporate America, moving between roles of increasing responsibility in IT project management, developing training curricula, and drafting user manuals. Anne has been part of Dreamspinner Press since its inception in 2006. She is currently Executive Editor of Harmony Ink Press, works with DSP Publications, and does anything else Elizabeth tells her needs done.
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Happy Friday! This week’s guest is Jacob Flores. Thanks, Jacob.

To know more about Jacob Flores, you can follow his musings on his blog, at his website dedicated to the Warlock Brothers of Havenbridge or become a part of his social media network by visiting Facebook and Twitter. Also find him on PinterestGoodreads, and connect via GooglePlus.

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1) Is there a movie you always have to watch if you flip past it on TV?

OMG. I have so many movies I do this for. Alien, Shawshank Redemption, The Color Purple, and Gone With the Wind are just some of my must-watch movies. Whenever they’re on, I stop whatever it was I was doing to watch. Alien remains my all-time favorite though. It still gives me goosebumps when Ripley realizes she’s the only one left alive on the ship. Of course now that I’ve talked about it, I’m gonna have to go watch it.

2) On a road trip, do you stop and see all the sights or is it pedal to the metal?

It’s pedal to the metal for me. I don’t like stopping at all. The problem is I am in love with a man with a bladder the size of a peanut. He has to stop every thirty minutes it seems. Our drive from San Antonio to San Diego took forever, but I wouldn’t want to make that drive with everyone else. He’s so lucky I love him and his small bladder.

3) Band camp or space camp?

Space camp! I can’t tell you how badly I wanted to go to space camp when I was a kid. Do they even still offer it? If they did, I’d sign up. Going into space has always been a dream of mine.

4) What is your favorite word?

Turgid. Hahaha! Sorry. I just had to go there, partially because I know so many in our community hate that word, none more than Lynn West, our wonderful Editor-In-Chief at Dreamspinner. I’ve teased her that I’m going to write a novel titled A Turgid Man is Good to Find.

Seriously though, it’s hard for me to choose one word, but if I had to choose one it would be munchkin because that’s what I call my daughter. She’s the most important person in my life, so any word associated with her is my absolute favorite.

5) Do you have any hidden talent that’s come to the rescue in unexpected ways?

Well, yes. I won’t go into too much detail, but I’ll tell you this: I can do some pretty amazing tricks with my tongue that have served me well over the years.


Jacob Z. Flores lives a double life. During the day, he is a respected college English professor and mid-level administrator. Tharp-Flores--(1179)__06_12_13At night and during his summer vacation, he loosens the tie and tosses aside the trendy sports coat to write man on man fiction, where the hard ass assessor of freshmen level composition turns his attention to the firm posteriors and other rigid appendages of the characters in his fictional world. Summers in Provincetown, Massachusetts, provide Jacob with inspiration for his fiction. The abundance of barely clothed man flesh and daily debauchery stimulates his personal muse. When he isn’t stroking the keyboard, Jacob spends time with his daughter. They both represent a bright blue blip in an otherwise predominantly red swath in south Texas.