Quickie giveaway roundup


A couple of fun giveaways for you guys as we head toward the weekend!

Stumbling Over Chaos is giving away a copy of Stripped Clean and you can go get in on that action until tomorrow (10/25) at 7pm.

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.

Happy weekend,

Love, Ellis

Cover Reveal: Bad Idea by Damon Suede


 
Bad Idea 
By 
Damon Suede
 
Blurb: 
Some mistakes are worth making. 
Reclusive comic book artist Trip Spector spends his life doodling super-square, straitlaced superheroes, hiding from his fans, and crushing on his unattainable boss until he meets the dork of his dreams. Silas Goolsby is a rowdy FX makeup creator with a loveless love life and a secret streak of geek who yearns for unlikely rescues and a truly creative partnership.

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Win Swag from Ellis Carrington and Damon Suede


Sharon over at the paranormal / UF blog I Smell Sheep does some awesome giveaways. If you’re not following her, you should be. This week she’s offering up a bundle of Ellis Carrington and Damon Suede swag, including THREE free ebooks! One of those ebooks is an original copy of my erotic short story, Yes, Sir. Now, Yes, Sir is in the middle of getting a makeover. It’s being re-edited and getting new cover art so that I can put it up on Amazon. As far as I know this is the last available copy of that original version.

Many thanks to Sharon and I Smell Sheep for offering the giveaway! Go here to enter.

#gaycoffee


Last night I had the strangest dream: I was all frothy and bitch-slapping mad at editor and fellow manlove romance author Kate McMurray about the structural state (or lack, thereof) of my current contemporary project. I’ve had to temporarily put it on pause, and I guess my subconscious was more bummed than I realized about taking a break from the writing. Or Kate was, and we have a never before discovered telepathic connection. *shiver*

SO now that I am awake, I need coffee. And people, I have discovered the bestest coffee. It’s Gay Coffee. GAY COFFEE! What better way to immerse yourself in gay culture and perk yourself up at the same time, right? And this is some good shit, yo. Roasted to order, fair trade, organic, whole-bean goodness. And for those of you who are coming to GayRomLit, I talked to the lovely, awesome owner of Gay Coffee and she is sending me samples! They’re going to grind it up for me and wait to send it when the date draws nigh (and drawing night it is!), so it’s at the peak of freshness and everything!! If you will be there in Albuquerque, come and hit me up for some Gay Coffee goodness!

Soapy studs: this week’s episode of Boxer Falls is by Jeremy Pack, and he’s introduced a mystical twist to the murder and mayhem that’s been afoot lately. Come check it out on the Goodreads M/M romance group. Next week? Damon Suede handles the men of Boxer Falls. I have an idea of what he has planned. I do believe it will be a little bit twisted. Stay tuned.

Until next week, I’m off to bitchslap Kate McMurray (no, I’m TOTALLY kidding you guys. Kate’s a friend, and she’s lovely).

The Bridegroom Kickstarter Project, and I an interview where I poke Damon Suede with sticks


This touching video has gone around the internet quite a bit, but just in case you haven’t seen it I’m going to give the super-fast nutshell explanation about it: Boy meets boy, boys fall in love and plan a lifelong commitment to one another, boy falls off a roof and dies tragically before his time.  Other boy is prohibited from attending his partner’s funeral, and even threatened with bodily harm by his late fiance’s family. In the hopes of of shedding light on this terrible situation and the larger issue of marriage inequality, they are trying to get a documentary made about their story. I hope you will consider contributing. There are only a few days left and they loose all donated funds if they don’t reach the goal. You can find out more about the Kickstarter project and become a backer, here.

Unarguably, this is unfair, and I would really love to see them get this documentary made.   Some have argued to me that it is sufficient for folks in same-sex relationships to have paperwork and contracts, and the fact is they don’t cover everything. And these guys, sadly, didn’t have wills. Maybe they should have, but you know what? My husband and I should have wills also, we really should. We live busy lives and we haven’t gotten to it yet, and statistically the odds are slim of us dying right now. But if God forbid my husband dies tomorrow, nobody is going to stop me from saying goodbye. That is as it should be for all humans. I really don’t like to get political a lot, and truthfully I don’t feel like I’m exactly getting political now. To me, this is about basic human decency. I really applaud what this young man, Shane Bitney, is doing. Putting your painful story out in the world for everyone to see is no easy thing.

On a lighter note… Damon Suede and I have been buddies and beta readers for going on a couple of years now. Recently we took a short break from our busy schedules to interview each other over at Hearts on Fire reviews, in what we liked to call A Rousing Interlude In Which Damon Suede and Ellis Carrington Poke Each Other With Sticks. We had a lot of fun. Stop by and say hello. 🙂

Soap Up and Get Down!


This week’s episode of Boxer Falls, our free soap opera-style serial drama is up! The last episode of each month one of the head writers takes a turn at the wheel, either Damon Suede, Poppy Dennison, or myself. This week was my turn, and I decided to bring everyone’s favorite “it” couple back together. Here’s an excerpt:

…Quinn found his fingertips digging into the arm of his chair at the wistful tone in Oz’s voice when he talked about Yoshi, not to mention the reminder that the guy could have been killed not too long ago. Fuck it all to hell. He sank lower in his hair and rubbed a hand over his forehead. “Look, Oz, I—“ I’m sorry I was a dick that morning you wanted to hang out in bed. I’m glad you weren’t hurt worse in that wreck. I’m being a tool right now because the thing is I keep thinking an awful lot that maybe I was wrong when I said no second dates. Only, it’d be nice if I actually thought you’d be willing to be seen with me in public and stuff. Looking around this huge-assed office and your dad’s massive fucking mansion, I don’t see how I’ve got the first thing to offer that would possibly make you wanna do that. Sure as hell I ain’t gonna magically grow a set of bangin’ D-cups. “I think it’s real manly sounding when you talk about sports equipment like that.”

Oz laughed. A real, deep, rumbly laugh that Quinn liked the sound of more than he should have. He stood and it was like the office had gotten smaller and darker. His clothes rubbed and constricted uncomfortably. He wanted his T-shirt and his kilt and his boots back.

He jerked a thumb toward the door. “I’d better get back out there. Thanks for patching me up, Oz.” He held out a hand, an effort to be well-mannered and civil.

When Oz slid his palm against Quinn’s and blue eyes met green, the spark between them was back again. Undeniable.

“You don’t have to go yet do you?” Oz’s voice was almost a whisper. A dangerously low, guttural, sexy as all fucking hell whisper…

Read the rest and catch up on the other episodes at the M/M Romance Group, on Goodreads.

Today’s Quickie: Gearing up for GayRomLit, Sudsy Studs, and More Free Books!


Aight! I am all signed up for GayRomLit! I hope to see you there. 🙂 I’ve signed up to do a reading, and I’m already trying to decide what I’ll read. Maybe something filthy, I kinda like having an excuse to say naughty words out loud. If you’re on the fence about attending, they’ve already got about 100 authors signed up last I heard, and the total head count cutoff is 400 people, so act fast. It’s gonna be a BLAST.

If you didn’t go to GRL last year, you may have missed out on the author scavenger hunt, headed up by Damon Suede. 17 authors pitched in beads, and the goal was for readers to unscramble anagrams and clues, and find each author to get a bead for their bracelet. Well if you didn’t get one, I blogged over at Guilty Pleasures about our new homoerotic soapy drama Boxer Falls, and if you stop by and leave a comment you’ll be entered to win one of last year’s bracelets, as well as an ecopy of my latest paranormal novella, Immortal Valentine.