I’m honored to have gotten to beta read this story. My heart broke over and over while reading Broken Pieces. I felt like this was a deeper, darker, gritter story than Collide (which I also loved), and in many ways it was three distinct love stories in one. The way Riley brought these three broken men together was creative, special, and incredibly touching. Must read.
I suck a great deal at updating, so sorry. I get busy, I forget to do things like feed myself, the cat, the blog. The Facebook page! The kids, they can rummage through the cabinets, thank God.
So to give you a quick update – people have been sick, snow has happened, lather, rinse, repeat. I drank some coffee. The zombie apocalypse has yet to happen.
I updated/ am writing two unplanned short stories, so that’s largely why I’ve been busy. One of them is a new lengthened version of Under the Full Moon for an anthology to help Eric Arvin and TJ Klune. They’ve been through a lot and will probably have more struggles, so I wish them all the love and luck they can come by. Especially Eric, who I know has struggled with his health, surgery, etc, and I know it’ll be hard for TJ to have to be away from him. So the old free version of Under the Full Moon will be coming down from this site and from Goodreads soon and I hope you’ll buy the anthology to support Eric and TJ. Also, I’m working on a novella about two college guys who fall in love on a study abroad trip, because Mary Calmes told me to. I love Mary, and usually I listen to her.
So all of that was a break from finishing the sequel to Stripped Clean and I need to get back on that shortly, as well as a very important standalone project that I promised someone. I started on it a year ago and had to stop due to deadlines, and then things got logjammed. I’m looking for the time and space to do the story justice and hope to have it soon. Cross your fingers for me.
Big hugs, everyone.
- A fellow author, Eric Arvin, is in the hospital. About to have, I am told, surgery on his brain stem. This is wicked scary, and he and his fiance, as I understand it, are far enough from home that his extended hospital stay (and I would imagine the associated bills) are going to be difficult. So a fundraiser has been started to help Eric and TJ with expenses, and if you’d like to help out you can contribute, here. (your donation can be kept anonymous, if you want)
- Every day I crush a little harder on Hugh Howey. I confess I was once so down on self-pubbing. Then I published, both with a publisher and without, and compared results. There is still such an interesting stigma attached to doing so because as he points out we see “the slush pile” in self-publishing. The stuff that no publisher would have accepted goes up for sale without editing or attention to cover art, alongside some stuff that’ll really blow your mind. His response to Digital Book World’s survey about author income is very interesting and inspiring.
- I have “Holly Jolly Christmas” stuck in my head. You’re welcome.
- Yes, Sir is back on Barnes and Noble. Not sure why it disappeared, but it has returned. It can also (still) be found for the bite-sized price of .99 at Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, and ARe.
- The paperback version of Stripped Clean is currently 11% off on both Amazon and B&N – it’s a vendor discount, so I’m not sure for how long they will be marked down, but I appreciate both Amazon and B&N putting it on sale. Also, if you get the paperback on Amazon, you can get the ebook for .99 instead of the usual 3.99.
- I’m currently working on a) A nap b) the sequel for Stripped Clean and c) A collaboration with Riley Hart called Out of Bounds. You’ll notice the nap was first. Priorities.
- An adorable YouTube video of kitten pictures, here.
Big excitement over here. My friend Nyrae Dawn, who’s had amazing success as an author of mainstream YA and NA romance, is soon to release her first New Adult gay romance with Grand Central / Hachette Book group. I’m so thrilled for her. It’s a follow-on to a couple introduced in her book Four Summers, but I guarantee it reads just fine as a standalone because I got a sneak peek at it for a promo blurb, and hadn’t yet read Four Summers. Alec and Brandon’s story is so heartfelt and touching, and you’re gonna wanna check it out. You can pre-order now at Amazon or B&N.
This new adult, male/male romance.
Brandon Chase has always defined himself by one thing: football. He loves the game, but struggles with his attraction for his best friend Alec Andrews. Alec thinks it’ll work out as long as they’re together, but Brandon can’t choose between their feelings and his fear of losing his spot on the team. Rather than deal with it, he tells Alec goodbye.
A year and a half later, Alec has finally moved on with his life until he finds out Brandon’s been hurt. Unable to deny his feelings for Brandon, Alec offers to help him train for his senior year and push for the NFL draft.
But as they spend the summer together, the two can’t deny their attraction–the rush they feel when they’re together is even stronger now and neither wants to walk away. Can Alec come out to his family, and Brandon come to terms with being a gay football player? Either way, there’ll be consequences both have to be ready to face.
Hey folks, haven’t bought Stripped Clean yet? Wanna win one to gift a friend? Here you go:
Enter to win at Fictional Candy, where I’m also chatting about the controversial topic of cheating in romance! (ends 12/11)
Enter to win at Brita Addams’s blog, where I’m also sharing the recipe for Breakfast Casserole, Stripped Clean style. Just leave a comment to win, and be sure I have your email address so I can tell you that you’ve won. ;) (also ends 12/11)
Go! Win!! Tell your friends! Fire the silly string!!!
I’m super psyched this morning to help reveal the cover for Riley Hart’s second standalone novel, Broken Pieces, releasing on 2/4/2014! You won’t wanna miss this.
About Broken Pieces: Add to Goodreads
Can three broken pieces make a whole?
Josiah Evans is the orphan who lost both his parents. He’s sweet, shy, and all heart. He wants nothing more than to be loved.
Mateo Sanchez is the son of a gang leader. He’s seen it all, and never hesitates to do what needs to be done, no matter what it is.
Tristan Croft is the wealthy attorney who clawed his way up from the bottom to rule his own world. He’ll never depend on anyone but himself again.
Three men who couldn’t be more different…and yet, as their lives intersect they find an uncommon balance that calms the storms inside each of them, and ignites fires hotter than they ever thought imaginable.
Told uniquely in three parts and spanning ten years, BROKEN PIECES is a journey of healing for three fragmented souls, finding love in the unlikeliest of places—with each other.
Cover Design by Kelley York
Cover Image by Jackson Photografix
About Riley Hart:
Riley Hart is the girl who wears her heart on her sleeve. She’s a hopeless romantic. A lover of sexy stories, passionate men, and writing about all the trouble they can get into together. If she’s not writing, you’ll probably find her reading.
Riley lives in California with her awesome family, who she is thankful for everyday.
Silent was one of those books that made me worry for the characters when I wasn’t reading, and even after I’d finished. I felt Alex’s anger, his want, and his pain so acutely. This is a story of two teenagers finding love and hope in the midst of a hopeless situation, and it was told about as beautifully and carefully as I think it possibly could have been. It felt real and authentic, but awareness for the delicacy of Sebastian’s potential mental health issues and what that meant for Alex was addressed.
We know early on that Alex’s home life is full of abuse and neglect, and he’s facing gang life as his only alternative. The only thing that’s kept him out is knowing he won’t last long in a gang if they find out he’s gay. When he winds up in foster care, he’s horrified to realize he’s developing a growing attraction to his special needs foster brother who’s a good listener to all Alex’s problems–mostly because Sebastian is mute.
This story is such a good read, in part because it’s so gritty and raw. Things seem hopeless for the two young men almost for the entire duration of the book, and that was what kept me turning pages and holding my breath, until practically the last page. Loved. <3
Short answer? I didn’t take it down, so I’m not sure.
Some possibilities are that it got caught up in the latest “porn sweep” (Forbidden Love and Stripped Clean were briefly taken down from Kobo Books, and Stripped Clean has been returned to their catalog but Forbidden Love has not last I checked) or it could have been a random glitch. Unfortunately I didn’t realize Yes, Sir had disappeared from B&N until a reader complained by way of posting the fact that Yes, Sir had been taken down in a Goodreads review, and while I try to check on these things periodically I do tend to assume my books are where they’re supposed to be unless I’ve done something to change their status.
At any rate, I’m looking into finding a solution for the problem and determining the best possible fix. In the meantime, if you want Yes, Sir in .epub format specifically, it is still available at Kobo Books, and All Romance Ebooks.
If there is any further issue with the availability of this or any other of my books, please do email me to let me know (ellis carrington at gmail). It’s the easiest way to ensure I can be responsive to my readers, and I do want my readers to be happy.
Rhys Ford is doing a giveaway of all three of her Dirty Kiss books over at The Novel Approach, too. So you should probably head over and check that shit out. There’s a free shirt, and that’s practically better than porn, right?
Congrats to my Riley Hart for hitting #1 on Amazon’s gay romance bestseller list with her debut adult gay contemporary novel, Collide! I was honored to have the pleasure of beta reading Collide, and am so thrilled to see everybody loving it as much as I did.
I am working on Ricky’s story, Stripped Away, and that’ll be out in the spring I think. Many thanks to everybody who has asked. I’m also working on another standalone contemporary that I promised to someone, and I’m hoping I can make that happen sooner than later. There’s also a sequel in the distance for Forbidden Love for those who have asked, it has just turned out to be more difficult than I thought. As for a sequel to Yes, Sir? That was originally supposed to be a standalone short, but I’ve considered the idea off and on since 2011 when I wrote the original draft of the story. I’m not ruling out the idea of a companion novel, but I want to be sure I can do Nate and Gray justice first.
Meanwhile, there’s that holiday stuff and…whatnot. I get to see a hot, hairy man in a kilt for Thanksgiving. I’m super psyched. Anybody else doing anything festive?
What else could I say?
Everyone was gay.
–”All Apologies” – Nirvana
Nirvana was one of my favorite bands in high school. All those alternative punk bands of the late 80′s and early 90′s were a perfect soundtrack to my angry teenagerhood. This old interview, posted recently to the web site of one of my local radio stations, fascinated me. His pain, both physical and emotional, and the fact that he briefly questioned his orientation, spoke volumes about his music and why so many people connected to it. Maybe also why his life ended so tragically and so soon.
My friend and “work in progress” co-author Riley Hart kicks off her gay romance debut with a sweet small-town first-in series about two boyhood friends who reconnect as adults. I was lucky enough to beta read this one and really enjoyed it:
At ten years old, Noah Jameson and Cooper Bradshaw collided mid-air when they dove for the same football. For three years, they were inseparable…until one day when Noah and his parents disappeared in the middle of the night.
Noah and Cooper never knew what happened to each other. Now, seventeen years later, after finding his boyfriend in bed with another man, Noah returns to Blackcreek looking for a fresh start. And damned if he doesn’t find his old friend grew up to be sexy as sin. Coop can’t believe Noah—the only person he trusted with the guilt over his parents’ death—is back. And gay… Or that Cooper himself suddenly wants another man in his bed for the first time.
There’s no denying the attraction and emotion between them, but can they overcome the ghosts of their pasts to have a future together?
Comment from Ellis: There’s a bittersweet note about the gorgeous cover on this book. The photographer who shot the cover photo, Jackson Photographix, announced on his Facebook page a few days ago that one of the models in the picture was killed by a drunk driver in Alberta. As it turns out, Brennan was a creative guy who made most of the furniture in his own home – very much like Noah, one of the heroes in Riley’s book. It strikes me as a heartbreaking bit of kismet. I’m so sorry to hear of his passing.
A couple of fun giveaways for you guys as we head toward the weekend!
Gravetells has a little background post on my Mayan Mythology novella, Forbidden Love. Stop by to check it out and enter to win a copy of Forbidden Love, Stripped Clean, or a 1 chapter critique (I think this one goes until the end of October).
Okay, tomorrow is Friday, have an awesome one. I’m gonna be hitting it hard with the sequel to Stripped Clean.
My Friday Reads are gonna be a delicious tag-team of The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd and Bad Idea, which was just released by Damon Suede. You don’t have them yet? It’s all good, I’ll just watch some porn or something while you go and buy them.
Apropos of nothing, bunny slippers are the best thing ever.
So just a couple of updates: Today will be the last day for the Government shutdown ebook giveaway (or as Tiffany Reisz so cleverly called it, #smutdown). If you’re a furloughed fed in need of some gay romance to read, shoot me an email before midnight EST (10/13) with your desired ebook reading format and I will send you some angsty manlove in return. Thanks to everybody who joined in, and I hope we all get our government back in working order ASAP.
STRIPPED CLEAN is live today on Amazon and ARe (B&N, and iBooks take a little longer but should have it shortly – at the moment, most of my books aren’t going be available on Kobo because a few peddlers of erotica with questionable content went and ruined that party for all of us).
ANYHOO – I love every book I’ve written, but this story is extra special and I really adore these two heroes so I hope you check it out. And I hope you fall in love with them like I have.
About Stripped Clean:
Carlos O’Shea is stuck. He knocked up a girl in college after a night of too much drinking, and then married her to be honorable. With little money, fewer options, and no degree, he winds up cleaning the floors in a small town gentlemen’s club and thinking desperate thoughts about the handsome owner that’ll lead to nothing but trouble.
Greg Moorehouse only invested in a nudie bar to help his best buddy out of a financial crisis. Now his drug-dealing ex-boyfriend, his reverend father, and a parade of surgically enhanced DDs’ are driving him insane. But what’s really stripped him of all good sense is his growing obsession with his married employee, Carlos.
They circle each other in a push-pull of misunderstandings and growing attraction. Carlos needs to get his boss out of his head, and Greg can’t abide cheaters and married men. So what are a strip-club owner and the guy who cleans for him going to do with their undeniable desires?
Please note: This is an adult gay romance, for mature readers only. Contains explicit love-making between two hot-blooded men, angsty dark moments, and cupcake-baking exotic dancers
Oh, and have a great time at GayRomLit if you’re going. Hope to see you there next time!
Happy Sunday. Love, Ellis
I saw Tiffany Reisz giving away free books on twitter the other day to anybody who was out of work due to the government shutdown, and I thought you know? That’s really nice of her. I kinda wish I’d thought of that. Like so many other Americans, our household has been hit by this shutdown, and also like a lot of other Americans we’re doing our best to stay positive in what is turning out to be a really uncertain time for our country.
It’s hard not to feel angry, and it’s hard not to feel helpless. And I know *I* feel more positive when I have a book to lose myself in a story for a little while, so maybe that’s the only thing I can do right now to help folks who are in this same boat as I am (except perhaps emailing my senator). So. If you’ve been furloughed by this #$*&ing government shutdown and you would like some paranormal m/m romance to keep you entertained, drop me a line (elliscarrington at gmail) and I will hook you up.
For those of you still gainfully employed, I haven’t forgotten about you! Read-love-blog and Stumbling Over Chaos are both giving away copies of my Mayan manlove novella, Forbdden Love for the next couple of days.
Big hugs and lotsa prayers, y’all. Hopefully this gets resolved ASAP.