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Monday, December 28, 2009

Fast and Furious: A Chronology of Novel Releases

To say Barbara Elsborg has had a phenomenal career as an author would be quite an understatement. By the end of January 2010, over the course of approximately only 21 months, she will have fifteen e-novels released with two also released as print books.

January will mark the first month where this prolific author will have three separate novels offered (DOING THE RIGHT THING on January 6th, DIGGING DEEPER on January 13th, and FINDING THE RIGHT ONE on January 27th), but in October of 2009 she had two novels released only six days apart, with LUCY IN THE SKY (Ellora's Cave) and THE MISFITS (Loose-Id).

Here's a chronological diary of Barbara Elsborg's novels and their release dates. Did you miss any?  (Click on the picture of the novel on the left sidebar to read more about the story.)

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Perfect Timing (e-book) -- April 30, 2008
Daisy Leaf was named one of the Favorite Female Characters of 2008 by Book Utopia.

The Consolation Prize (e-book) August 11, 2008
The first of the Trueblood vampire sibling series from Loose-Id.

Falling For You (e-book) -- November 18, 2008
The second of the Trueblood vampire sibling series.

Something About Polly (e-book) -- January 21, 2009
A companion book to Perfect Timing featuring Jake's brother Adrian.

Lightning in a Bottle (e-book) -- February 24, 2009
The third of the Trueblood vampire sibling series.

Perfect Timing (print) -- March 11, 2009
Barbara Elsborg's debut novel released in  print version.

Anna in the Middle (e-book) -- March 27, 2009
A companion book to Something About Polly introducing Jax as a main character.

The Power of Love (e-book) -- May 20, 2009
An amazing tale of angelic love after death.

Susie's  Choice (e-book) --July 31, 2009
Three all-new characters in a sizzling and touching menage story.

Something About Polly (print) -- September 2009
Release of Barbara Elsborg's second print version novel.

Doing the Right Thing (original version e-book) -- September 24, 2009
This version is no longer available.  A newer, sexier version is coming in January.

Lucy in the Sky (e-book) -- October 21, 2009
A sometimes zany, sometimes suspenseful and always sexy science fiction romance.

The Misfits (e-book) -- October 27, 2009
The fourth novel in the Trueblood vampire sibling series.

Strangers (e-book) -- December 2, 2009
A contemporary love story extraordinaire!

Doing The Right Thing (new version, e-book) -- January 6, 2010
Addie, Will and Ed return in a sexier, steamier version.

Digging Deeper (e-book) -- January 13, 2009
Can archeaologist Beck survive the mayhem that calamity Flick brings to his life?

Finding the Right One (e-book) -- January 27, 2009
The sequel to Doing the Right Thing follows right on the heels of the first book.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Scoop on THE RIGHT Books

Barbara, I'm really looking forward to the re-release of DOING THE RIGHT THING on January 6th, with FINDING THE RIGHT ONE, the sequel, January 27th.  [What a treat!  How often does a reader get to read the sequel so soon after the original?]  These books present a wonderful continuing story that I know your readers are absolutely going to love. But back to the first book, DOING THE RIGHT THING. I mentioned it's being re-released and has a very different cover. Can you tell us the story on that?

After I had my first acceptances with Ellora’s Cave, I submitted my less-sexy romances for consideration for Cerridwen Press. All three were accepted – ‘Strangers’, ’Digging Deeper’ and ‘Doing the Right Thing’. But sales for CP books aren’t as high as for EC and my editor asked me if I’d consider sexing up all three and letting EC release them.

Easy with ‘Strangers’ – it was already a very sexy story. I decided not to with ‘Digging Deeper’. It didn’t lend itself to altering and the whole gist of the story is that the two main characters never seem to be able to get together. Changing ‘Doing the Right Thing’ was a tricky decision. The story worked fine as it was but I added more to the encounters between Will and Addie and I didn’t feel it detracted from the story. ‘Doing the Right Thing’ had already been issued by CP. I’d even had a couple of good reviews on it but it was pulled after a couple of weeks and now comes out in an improved form. I DO like it better. I think had I been writing with EC in mind when I first penned it, it would probably have been the story it is now. 

[The original cover featuring the kite scene and the new cover are pictured at right.  The original version of DOING THE RIGHT THING is no longer available, so if you bought a copy you may have a collector's item!]


You took a bit of a chance with DOING THE RIGHT THING and left a character with a very unresolved storyline. Was that your intent from the start, or is that just how the story evolved? Did you find yourself compelled to write FINDING THE RIGHT ONE for the sake of this character?

I knew when I started the story that one guy wouldn’t get the girl. But the first version had a very different ending. On advice of beta-readers, I changed it and let a different guy win out. It was the right thing to do. Ooh a pun!! Either version would have left one character with unresolved issues. I felt sad for the guy who lost out but I didn’t particularly feel I needed to write his story.


Others disagreed. Including my great editor at Ellora’s Cave. So I wrote ‘Finding the Right One’ and I’m glad I did. I feel happier now my characters are happy. And my editor! It was a strange experience writing about a character I’d already created. I had to recall all his foibles and make sure I stayed true to him. As it was, I fell in love with him all over again.

Tell us a little about the heroine in the first book. Where did the idea for her character come from? The opening of the story almost had me falling out of my chair with laughter, I could so relate to the heroine's plight. Do your own personal experiences sometimes find their way into the pages, or do your heroines ever experience similar situations to your own?

Daisy in ‘Perfect Timing’ is my typical heroine. All subsequent ones have a touch of Daisy though I think she was based on Flick – in the very first romance I wrote. I like tall, awkward women. I AM a tall, awkward woman. Yes, my own experiences often find their way into my stories. The start of ‘Finding the Right One’ is almost entirely true. So awful that my editor asked me to tone it down because it made Imo, the heroine, look bad. But yes, I did break a bed, yes, I did scratch a marble floor, yes, I did chase a poor Greek guy with a metal bar (it’s a lamp in the story). I have had a disaster in a tanning booth as in ‘Digging Deeper’. I did brush my father’s ashes off my hands and coat with a disgusted look on my face – oohhh. I nearly drowned in a parasailing accident. I’ve had swimming costumes change size in a pool. Etc etc But all the sex is made up.

Oops, sorry husband of mine, not true of course. He’s my inspiration.

Think I got away with that?

We'll be posting a history of your book release dates and titles soon, but can you tell us in what order you wrote your novels? Was the order they were released quite different from the order of their creation?

Yes – in places.

Unnatural Selection – suspense - not published – and never will be!!!!!

La Heroica - suspense - not published

Chosen – suspense – not published

Digging Deeper

Crossing the Line – suspense – not published

Doing the Right Thing

Strangers

Perfect Timing

Susie’s Choice

The Consolation Prize

Anna in the Middle

Falling for you

Power of Love

Lightning in a bottle

Lucy in the Sky

The Misfits

Finding the Right One

I think I have that right.

Anything else you'd like to say about your current or upcoming novels?

I’m working on Remember Me? – title might change if someone already has it – for Loose-ID. It’s a ménage to match ‘The Misfits’. I’m currently about half way through. I don’t plot before I write so that causes me problems down the line. I’m constantly having to write my way out of black holes. BUT I have come up with an idea for a paranormal for Ellora’s Cave which will be my next project.

Thank you, Barbara, for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer a few questions.

Just a few more weeks until the world will get to read the *new* DOING THE RIGHT THING, and even more exciting, you won't have to wait a whole year to read the continuing story in FINDING THE RIGHT ONE.  Don't miss them!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Eleven Five-Star Reviews for STRANGERS!


STRANGERS, Barbara Elsborg's latest contemporary romance/erotica released December 2 by Ellora's Cave has now gathered eleven 5-star reviews!

Don't miss this amazing tale of love and romance in the modern pop culture. 

Here's the blurb from the Ellora's Cave web site:

"Kate Snow’s had enough of bad boys until a one-way swim in the ocean puts her on a collision course with a man she can’t resist. Charlie Storm has turned being a bad boy into an art form. Already a famous pop star, mega-success in the movie business beckons until his inner demons send him spiraling out of control and right out to sea. The last thing he expects to do before he dies is crash into a suicidal woman.

When the worlds of these two strangers collide, their lives take an upward twist. In surviving the waves, they find they can’t stand to be apart, in or out of bed. Kate seizes a chance for happiness, seeing in Charlie a man she can finally trust to love her. Charlie can’t let go of Kate because she’s the only woman able to see the man he wants to be."

Barbara Elsborg considers STRANGERS the best novel she's written.  See if you agree.

Don't miss STRANGERS!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Cover Unveiling!




Barbara Elsborg's latest cover for FINDING THE RIGHT ONE
 to be released on January 27th!
FTRO is the sequel to DOING THE RIGHT THING
 to be released January 6th.
Want to know more?  Just click here to read the blurb
on FINDING THE RIGHT ONE.
We'll have more details about THE RIGHT books
in an upcoming interview on December 23rd.
Be sure to stop back.


Monday, December 14, 2009

Barbara on Barbara

I caught Barbara Elsborg in a few of her spare moments and asked her to answer some questions about her work, herself, one of the men in her life and some things you may not know from her bio.

Hi, Barbara.  Thanks for taking the time out to do this interview.  To start off, let me ask this: What's something your readers may not know about you?

I hate shopping for anything – food, clothes etc. I don’t like jewelry. I don’t even wear a wedding ring. I am the most difficult person to buy for in the world which is why my husband once gave me grocery story vouchers for Christmas. Twice actually. Well, that was better than the chain saw or the electric screwdriver of the previous two years. But I am married to a guy who LOVES shopping especially if he can find a bargain.

You've written so many books with wonderful characters. Which are your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?

My favorite is a guy called Charlie – in ‘Strangers’ – which came out with Ellora’s Cave in December. Charlie is a rock star turned actor whose life is out of control. He’s on a downward spiral of drugs, drink and sex. I like him because he’s so damaged but loveable with it. The story is a journey of self-discovery for Charlie and for the heroine. It makes me cry when I read it. It’s the best thing I’ve written.

My favorite heroine is Jo, my werewolf in ‘Falling for you’. I think because she makes me laugh. She was the first alpha female I’d written. I tend to go for the slightly quirky, clumsy women and while Jo is that too, she’s also very courageous.

Now let's turn to the dark side. Who's your favorite villain and why?

I’ve noticed that with each book I write – paranormals in particular – the villains seem to get a bigger and bigger role. I know that not all readers like that. But the one thing about my stories that is important to me is that they aren’t just a series of strung together sex scenes. I want a plot, I want strong character development, I want humor, I want realistic dialogue. That’s what I like to read and what I like to write. Bad guys of course are far more interesting.

I think my favorite very bad guy is Jack- in a story not yet published – a suspense. He kidnaps Kate and takes her on a nightmare cross-country journey, even going so far as to snatch a child and pretend he’s the son Kate thought had died. Jack is evil. He’s the most comprehensive portrait of a villain I’ve attempted but it does make this a rather dark book. It’s called ‘Chosen’ – but it awaits discovery.

Your readers may not be aware that many of your books have connections to others. Can you tell us which books are series or companion books, and how they are related?

‘Perfect Timing’ was my first published book, about Jake who has a pain-in-the-neck brother called Adrian. I felt Adrian needed some closure so I wrote ‘Something About Polly’ which is his story. The two books are stand-alones but it would make sense to read them in order.

I introduced a character called Jax toward the end of ‘Something About Polly’ and he is one of the heroes in ‘Anna in the Middle’. Similarly I have a character called Edward at the end of ‘Anna in the Middle’ who I intended to give his own story – but haven’t yet got around to it! But the connections in these are more for fun than anything else. I did have an email from a reader asking who’d bought Polly the flowers in ‘Something About Polly’ and the answer is in ‘Anna in the Middle.’

But it’s the paranormals for Loose-Id that are connected. I don’t think of them as a series because they all stand alone. There is no requirement to read one to understand another. I prefer to read books that don’t rely on having read others so that’s what I write too.

‘The Consolation Prize’ is the first book that introduces a member of the Trueblood vampire family. Luka is the hero. His brother Alek features in ‘Falling for you’ and their sister Erin is the heroine in ‘Lightning in a Bottle.’ I hinted at the end of that there were other family members and the first is shown in ‘The Misfits’ – Dominic is one of the heroes in this story. I’m currently working on Rhyl’s tale, Dominic’s twin brother, in what I’ve tentatively called ‘Remember Me’. I don’t know if there will be any more. My editor suggested I should wrap up this group of stories with a big reunion

We've talked about your books, now let's talk about you. I guess the standard first question is usually: When did you start writing?

My first real memories of writing were in my teens – when I filled notebooks with fan fiction. I was a TV addict and a movie expert. Now I rarely watch either. I still have the 200 or so stories I wrote. My first serious writing started when I’d left university. I wrote about a girl who was abused by her step-father and ran away to New York only to be snagged by a mafia boss and then seduced by his son. It’s a rip-roaring tale of sex, drugs and violence and lies at the bottom of the closet for when I need a good laugh.

Sometime back, you shared "20 Things About Me" with your co-bloggers on Take it to the Stars. I found it very amusing. (Understatement!) Would you mind if I share the link with your readers?

Yep that’s fine.

Thank you.  Click to read 20 Things About Me.

I understand there's a new man in your life named Winston?  Please tell us about your latest love. And do you have a photo you can share?


Ah, Winston Kennedy. He’s not mine. He’s my son’s and his girlfriend’s miniature longhaired dachshund. She’s from LA so the dog has famous British and American names! Son and girlfriend live in a city center apartment where dogs are not allowed so we have Winnie in the week and they sneak him in to their place at the weekend. Winnie sits by my feet as I write. He follows me everywhere – even the loo. He’s a very unusual color for a dachshund – well in the UK anyway. But because he’s so low slung, he gets filthy when I take him for a walk so has to be washed a lot. He likes the shower but not having his teeth cleaned. He’s also picky about what he eats. Arrhhghgh – I’m a dog person.

I told the kids they couldn’t have a dog so the moment my son left home, he bought one and now we get to look after it.

Oh, he's completely adorable, Barbara.  (And by the way, I think I recognize that t-shirt in the photo as one that Will was wear in DOING THE RIGHT THING, yes?)

Oooh, well spotted. Yes, that IS the T-shirt out of DTRT!
 
Some of your peers know you by your nickname, Flick.  Where did you acquire that nick?

I called my heroine in ‘Digging Deeper’ by the nickname Flick. Short for Felicity. Digging Deeper, out in January with Cerridwen Press [see earlier announcement], is actually the first romance I ever wrote. Flick is the most trouble-prone character I’ve created. Not like me at all of course. Hmmm. But the tanning booth incident did happen to me though I didn’t laugh at the time.

I joined Critique Circle and needed a nickname and thought I might as well use Flick from the story I needed critiquing and it’s stuck. Partly because I’m too stupid to work out how to change it on my Google account. Still, I like it!

Thanks, Barbara, for answering a few questions. I'm sure we'll be back with more soon.

If you'd like to ask Barbara Elsborg a question, scroll down to the post titled ASK THE AUTHOR and post your question as a comment. She may answer you directly or her response might turn up in a future interview.

Thanks for tuning in.  Watch for the next interview where Barbara discusses some of the fun details behind THE RIGHT novels--DOING THE RIGHT THING (re-release) and FINDING THE RIGHT ONE, both coming in January 2010. 

Be sure to stop back tomorrow for the cover unveiling of FINDING THE RIGHT ONE!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

ASK THE AUTHOR

If you'd like to ask Barbara Elsborg a question about her writing, her novels, her series or her upcoming releases, you can post it in a comment here.

She may answer you directly or her response might turn up in a future interview.

Thanks for your interest. 

(Note:  Barbara loves to communicate with her fans, but an open forum is always a gamble on the internet. Please be aware that inappropriate questions or comments--as well as random spam--will be deleted by the host.)

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Win a FREE COPY of Lucy in the Sky!


Barbara Elsborg's LUCY IN THE SKY, her only science fiction romance novel to date, is being offered as part of a huge SFR promotion called the SFR Holiday Blitz.

Want to enter? It's so easy! Just go to Spacefreighters Lounge and enter a comment on the SFR Holiday Blitz announcement to enter (click here to make the hyperjump). (And since LUCY IN THE SKY is an e-book, there's no stipulation you must be a US citizen as with the other print books offered!)

So come join the fun, but hurry! The SFR Holiday Blitz ends at midnight EST tomorrow, December 11th. But the good news is, winners will be announced on Saturday, December 12th.

Don't miss your chance to win LUCY IN THE SKY!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Coming January 6th!


Doing the Right Thing
from Ellora's Cave

What Addie needs is a man.  Real would be ideal, but she'll settle for pretend.  Anything to shut her mother up.

Tall, dark-haired Will is the epitome of Addie's hero, but he nearly chokes on his drink when she asks him to spend the night in her room.  He can't believe his luck, because women usually go for his blond-haired brother, Ed.

Lucky for Will and Ed they don't share the same taste in women. 

But that was before they met Addie.


Coming January 13, 2009!


Digging Deeper
from Cerridwen Press

Archeaologist Beck isn't expecting much from his summer dig...until he rescues an accident-prone redhead from an amorous ram.

The last thing Flick needs in her life is a digger.  Because some secrets are meant to stay buried.

Another fun & steamy romantic adventure from Barbara Elsborg.

Strangers Receiving 5-Star Reviews


NEWSFLASH!!!

STRANGERS, a contemporary romance just released on December 2nd is getting rave 5-star reviews from Ellora's Cave readers. 

You can read what fans are saying here.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Welcome to Barbara Elsborg's Fan Club

Welcome!

This is the official online fan club for romance and erotica author Barbara Elsborg, hosted by one of her fans (and a fellow writer).

What's so great about an online fan club?  Lots of things.

No membership dues.

Up-to-date news.

Interviews and commentary by the author herself.

Previews of upcoming releases.

Maybe even some surprises and giveaways.

What's not to like?  Please book mark this site--or better yet, click the button on the left to follow it--so you can visit often for the latest news and insiders' info about the author and her novels.

Thank you for visiting.  :)