Thursday, June 27, 2013

Welcome to my Crazy World, Elodie Parkes!

Hi Elodie! Welcome to my crazy world!

Hi Elizabeth,
Thank you for inviting me to the blog.

You are so welcome! I’m glad you could join me!

Why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself, Elodie?

I live in southern rural England, United Kingdom and I work in an antiques shop as well as writing. I have two dogs that keep me fit with their need for walks. I love the countryside and the coast.
I write romance, contemporary, and erotic with a twist of mystery, suspense, or the paranormal, now and then. I like to make the story unusual in some way, by a quirk in the tale.

When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was seventeen. Life intervened in my writing time and I stopped serious writing for some time. I started writing again seriously a couple of years ago, because I had so many stories in my head.

Below you can find links to all of Elodie's books :D

What do you love about writing?

I love the sudden unfolding of other lives and places. They are suddenly real to me and I can actually see the places and people as I write. I love my characters and even though I have created them, I miss them all long after the book is published.

What do you need when writing? Music, candy, silence, etc.

I don’t need much really, except the time and the laptop.

Time, something we all need more of! :D

How did you go about building your world and characters?
They unfold as I tell the story that has dropped into my head. It just happens. Sometimes I will have seen something that inspires me and so I have a picture that might be the initial scene. In general it’s like magic.

Can you provide us with an excerpt? (Excerpt and book cover :D)
From my new release with Hot Ink Press, The Winter Girl

Lily Prescott is only just over a relationship break up when she decides to take up residence in a house left to her by her recently deceased grandmother. Her corporate law job takes a back seat as she licks her wounds in the small country town. She looks around the main shopping street and discovers people who will befriend her, but she also runs into the town’s most eligible bachelor and secret bad boy, Starr Forrester.
Loved for his lifelong association with the town, Starr hides his methods for staying single well from his friends. He’s nearly thirty, gorgeous, a designer, owns a business and on the lookout for his ‘Winter Girl’….
Will it be Lily? What is a ‘Winter girl’?

Love the cover by the way!

Read an excerpt: Rated: General

As Lily passed ‘Stone Magick’ on the high street, Ash was out on a ladder checking his awning was going to pass muster for the sunnier days ahead. The sun would shine directly in and it was too harsh on the display and in the front part of the shop. He knew Lily’s car, and he saw it pass. He stared after it.
He had accepted that he was in love with Lily. He wanted to tell her, but he couldn’t. He felt feverish with the need for it to spill from his lips when he was with her, but it stayed locked in his heart. He was sure she loved him too. She hadn’t said it, but her looks and the way she had made love to him in the last few days told him so.
He climbed down the ladder and called for his friend who was in the shop putting new lights over the middle cash desk.
“Colin, get out here and give me a hand with this ladder, it’s a real nuisance to take down the alley to the back.”
Colin came to the door with a tool of some kind in his hand.
“Sure, hang on.” He put the tool down and they both lifted the ladder to walk it down the alley by the side of the shop and up to Ash’s garage where it was stored. It was cumbersome, because it was an extendable ladder with three layers and lots of ways to trap your hand as you carried it.
“Can’t you get a new one Ash, this is old and the new ones are so much lighter?” Colin winced as a foot of the ladder hit him in the knuckles when they rounded the corner of the garage.
Ash grinned and nodded. “Just for you Colin.”

Sounds great! I can't wait to read it! 

Elodie is running a giveaway to celebrate the release of The Winter Girl.
Win a $10 or £10 Amazon Gift card, enter via the rafflecopter.

Fun time!

Do you play games? If so what kind? If not, why the heck not?

I don’t play games any more, just simply don’t have any time. The fact is I work 18 hour days what with the day job, writing and marketing needs.

Favorite author?

I read so widely and from different authors that I don’t have a favorite.

Favorite TV guilty pleasure?

Watching The Vampire Diaries

Favorite Action Hero?

Not sure what to answer here, action hero implies ordinary human and I generally find the action heroes I like are guys such as Ironman, Thor, that kind of character.

 Well, you certainly can't go wrong with Ironman! :D

Either/ or Lightening round!

Are you a dog person or a cat person? Dog

Chocolate or Vanilla ice cream? Neither I can’t eat ice-cream

Oh dear!

Fruits or Veggies? Fruit

Coke or Pepsi? Again, can’t have it, there are additives that give me asthma

Oh that stinks!

Sweet or Sour? Sweet 

If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only have 3 things with you, what or who would they be?

Laptop, satellite phone uplink, smartphone

The Important stuff!

Any advice for aspiring authors?

Just to keep going in the face of the hard slog and disappointments that are usual. If you love writing do it.

Where can we stalk… I mean find you?(Links baby!)
Find Elodie online:

Where can we buy your books?

Find Elodie’s books:

Thank you so much for visiting with us today Elodie! Don’t forget to leave a comment if you like Elodie’s books! And don’t forget to check out Winter Girl! 

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