Out Today: Grand Adventures


The Grand Adventures anthology is out today! Just a reminder that all proceeds go to help Eric Arvin and TJ Klune help to manage the bills and expenses incurred as a result of Eric’s recent medical scare. And it has some amazing stories by some amazing authors, so check it out. Get it at: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon | ARe

There’s a blog tour, and today kicks off at Sinfully Sexy book reviews, with a cool chance to win a signed print of the Grand Adventures cover. Enter here.

About Grand Adventures:

On September 1, 2011, TJ Klune wrote, “…it’s not about the ending, it’s about the journey…” in a review of Eric Arvin’s Woke Up in a Strange Place. With those words, two men began a journey of love and invited us to ride along. TJ and Eric have shared so much with us: their wonderful books, their smiles, their humor, their lives, and their inspiring devotion to each other. In December of 2013, their journey took a detour when Eric was taken to the emergency room. He survived the surgery to remove a cavernous hemangioma from his brain stem, but the challenges TJ and Eric face are far from over. 

The authors in this anthology donated their talent as a way to support Eric’s continued recovery, to help bring strength to TJ, and to show both of them just how much love surrounds them. Grand Adventures is a diverse range of stories about the journey of love. We’re going on some grand adventures for a great cause. Thank you for joining us.

One hundred percent of the income from this volume goes directly to TJ and Eric.

Foreword by S.A. McAuley
An Unexpected Thing by John Amory
The Twinkie Ignition by J.E. Birk
When Friendship Becomes More by Sophie Bonaste
Isle of Waiting by Sue Brown
The Jogger by KC Burn
Holding Court by Cardeno C.
For Dear Life by Mary Calmes
Under the Full Moon by Ellis Carrington
Stripped by Shae Connor (2nd edition, 1st edition published February 12, 2011 by Silver Publishing)
That Place Across the Hall by C.C. Dado
Mistaken MD by Phoenix Emrys
Cops and Comix by Rhys Ford
Last First Kiss by LE Franks
Tomorrow by John Goode
From Fantasy to Friends by CR Guiliano
Witness Protected by Dawn Kimberly Johnson
Water Under the Bridge by Mia Kerick
A Gentle Shove of Human Kindness by Amy Lane
Air (Roads #1.75 million) by Garrett Leigh
An Atheist and a Yoga Instructor Walk into a Bar by Rowan McAllister
Stalking 101 by Moria McCain
Simple Desires by Tempeste O’Riley
Object of Care by Zahra Owens
Kid Confusion by Madison Parker
Fall Train by Jaime Samms
The Exhibition by Andrea Speed
What You Will by Tinnean
Prologue by Brandon Witt

 

 

 

Out Now: Immortal Valentine


 

Immortal Valentine Cover

Cover photo by Jackson Photografix ~ Cover design by Babski Creative Studios

I released Immortal Valentine with Amber Allure press for Valentine’s Day in 2012. It remains one of my favorite stories–who doesn’t love vampires, right? And Caleb and Angelo were a truly special pairing to me. But deep down I always felt the execution could have been something more. I’m grateful to the folks at Amber Allure for helping me to put a story into the world that I loved so much. I’m also grateful to them for returning the rights on this book that meant so much to me, so that I could polish it both inside and out, and make the whole thing shine brighter. I’m also grateful to Tere Michaels for helping me to re-edit Immortal Valentine, for pointing out the places where she thought it was good, but it could be even better. :)

If you’ve read the original version of Valentine, I thank you. Not a whole lot has changed from the original version. A couple of extended scenes, a little extra dialogue. And of course, a new cover and a lower price. And if you enjoyed it enough that you’d want to go and leave an Amazon review I’d be grateful, since all the old reviews went away when the original edition was taken off sale.

If you haven’t read Valentine yet, now’s the time to check it out – for the next few days it’ll be on sale for only .99 at Amazon and All Romance ebooks in ebook, and thanks to the badassery of Babski Creative studios, it is now also available in paperback.

About Immortal Valentine:

After a heart-pounding brush with danger on Valentine’s Day, Caleb runs into a handsome stranger and decides to roll the dice on a one-night-stand. Things don’t work out the way anyone intended when Caleb gets sick. He wakes up alone the next day, extremely confused and utterly embarrassed.

Angelo is an insomniac vampire who leads a solitary existence. Once a year he comes out of hiding—each Valentine’s Day—to soothe one lonely human soul while drinking the blood he needs to survive.

When Caleb falls ill, Angelo winds up connecting with a human as never before. But helping this human puts Angelo’s own life at risk.

Thanks again for spending time with my vampire and his human–I hope you enjoy.

Also, just a reminder that the Grand Adventures anthology will be out soon, and all proceeds go to help Eric Arvin and TJ Klune – do consider checking that out.

Coming Soon: Grand Adventures


I’m really happy to be a part of this anthology – releasing at the end of the month, all proceeds go to help Eric Arvin and TJ Klune help to manage the bills and expenses incurred as a result of Eric’s recent medical scare. Please do check it out.Pre-order at Dreamspinner Press

About Grand Adventures:

On September 1, 2011, TJ Klune wrote, “…it’s not about the ending, it’s about the journey…” in a review of Eric Arvin’s Woke Up in a Strange Place. With those words, two men began a journey of love and invited us to ride along. TJ and Eric have shared so much with us: their wonderful books, their smiles, their humor, their lives, and their inspiring devotion to each other. In December of 2013, their journey took a detour when Eric was taken to the emergency room. He survived the surgery to remove a cavernous hemangioma from his brain stem, but the challenges TJ and Eric face are far from over. 

The authors in this anthology donated their talent as a way to support Eric’s continued recovery, to help bring strength to TJ, and to show both of them just how much love surrounds them. Grand Adventures is a diverse range of stories about the journey of love. We’re going on some grand adventures for a great cause. Thank you for joining us.

One hundred percent of the income from this volume goes directly to TJ and Eric.

Foreword by S.A. McAuley
An Unexpected Thing by John Amory
The Twinkie Ignition by J.E. Birk
When Friendship Becomes More by Sophie Bonaste
Isle of Waiting by Sue Brown
The Jogger by KC Burn
Holding Court by Cardeno C.
For Dear Life by Mary Calmes
Under the Full Moon by Ellis Carrington
Stripped by Shae Connor (2nd edition, 1st edition published February 12, 2011 by Silver Publishing)
That Place Across the Hall by C.C. Dado
Mistaken MD by Phoenix Emrys
Cops and Comix by Rhys Ford
Last First Kiss by LE Franks
Tomorrow by John Goode
From Fantasy to Friends by CR Guiliano
Witness Protected by Dawn Kimberly Johnson
Water Under the Bridge by Mia Kerick
A Gentle Shove of Human Kindness by Amy Lane
Air (Roads #1.75 million) by Garrett Leigh
An Atheist and a Yoga Instructor Walk into a Bar by Rowan McAllister
Stalking 101 by Moria McCain
Simple Desires by Tempeste O’Riley
Object of Care by Zahra Owens
Kid Confusion by Madison Parker
Fall Train by Jaime Samms
The Exhibition by Andrea Speed
What You Will by Tinnean
Prologue by Brandon Witt

Review: Broken Pieces


Broken Pieces
Broken Pieces by Riley Hart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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.

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Andrew Grey

Andrew Grey gave me this photo, from one of his exotic vacations I think. I’ve got six inches of snow in my driveway. I’m gonna just pretend I’m here, right now.

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.

– Ellis

Some Important Stuff, and Some Other Stuff (the week in review)


  • 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.

Coming Soon: Rush by Nyrae Dawn


Rush by Nyrae Dawn

Rush by Nyrae Dawn

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.

About Rush:

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.

Pre-order now at Amazon or B&N. | Add to Goodreads TBR.

This week’s #free book giveaways!


Hey folks, haven’t bought Stripped Clean yet? Wanna win one to gift a friend? Here you go:

Fictional Candy

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!!!

Coming Soon! Broken Pieces by Riley Hart


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.

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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.

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Cover Design by Kelley York

Cover Image by Jackson Photografix

Facebook– https://www.facebook.com/jackson.photografix.page

Website— http://www.jacksonphotografix.com

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.

Blog—www.rileyhartwrites.blogspot.com

Twitter–@rileyhart5

Tumblr–http://rileyhartwrites.tumblr.com

Facebook– https://www.facebook.com/rileyhartwrites

Review: Silent


Silent
Silent by Sara Alva
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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

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Quickie: Why did Yes, Sir disappear from B&N?


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. :)

Humpday Wrapup!


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Stripped Clean is now available in print! *tosses glitter* You have one more day to win a copy from Read-Love-Blog, and you can also order it from Amazon.

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?

Kurt Cobain thought he was gay?


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.

Out now: COLLIDE by Riley Hart


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:

Available at: AmazonB&N|  Add it to your Goodreads TBR

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About COLLIDE:

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?

Available at: Amazon| B&N|  Add it to your Goodreads TBR

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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.