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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Barbara Elsborg Discusses POWER OF LOVE

…and offers a chance to win a free copy of the e-novel!  Read on.

I'm normally very busy reporting Barbara's new releases, rave reviews, and other news, but this interview is going to be a little different. Barbara is going to talk very candidly about her one novel that had less than stellar sales, despite getting some excellent ratings and reviews—POWER OF LOVE. So here's a glimpse into the business side of writing, explained from the author's perspective.

POWER OF LOVE is a Twilight line e-novel released on May 20, 2009 by Ellora’s Cave. It’s about love, loss, and the power of the human spirit to overcome death. Here's the blurb of the novel from the Ellora's Cave website:

Joe is a lost soul.

When Joe is killed in the line of duty, the result of a blunder by his girlfriend Poppy, he ends up stuck between worlds, not quite in heaven, not quite in hell. Heaven is Poppy lying in his arms, hearing the sound of his name on her lips as he makes love to her, again and again. Hell is the knowledge that to save Poppy, he must convince her to let him go.

Poppy is a soul lost.

Joe was Poppy’s heart, her soul, and since he died she’s lost it all, including her sanity. Everywhere she looks, he’s there—talking to her, touching her, sharing ice cream, showers and making love to her like there’s no tomorrow. But tomorrow does come, and letting go of Joe could destroy her.

Sometimes love lasts a lifetime. Sometimes love reaches beyond death. Sometimes…love lasts forever.

L: Barbara, can you tell us what inspired this story of Joe, who's an angel, and Poppy, his girlfriend who grieves him and may have been responsible for his death?

Barbara:  I’d wanted to call the book – Letting Go – but that title was already taken. It was the idea of letting go as a theme that started me off on the story – that Poppy couldn’t let go of her dead lover, that she HAD physically let go and let him fall, that Joe couldn’t let go of his feelings and admit what he felt for her. This was one of the few occasions when a title has come to me first. Then I couldn’t use it! But Power of Love works because the story proves how powerful love can be.

L: What about the characters will the readers find interesting or compelling?

Barbara: I do like to create quirky characters and I think despite the subject matter – these two are very funny. The scene where Poppy ends up in a tree and the first scene where Joe discovers he has extra appendages are some of the funniest I’ve written. But these two are also deeply in love, though one of them can’t admit it and I hope I show the depth of the passion between them.

L: Is THE POWER OF LOVE your only novel with an angel as a character?

Barbara:  It was but I’ve just added one in my WIP – titled tentatively Remember Me – for Loose-Id but if that title is gone, it will have to have another one.

L: What do you think are the strengths or highlights of the story?

Barbara: The humor in the face of adversity! The sex!

L: Using a point system that reflects sales, POWER OF LOVE only rated about 30 points where some of your other novels scored 300 or more. POWER OF LOVE got great reviews and I know from reading it myself that it's a wonderful story. Were you surprised by this, and why do you think it hasn't sold well?

Barbara:  Writers are very coy about their sales figures. I understand that. It would be very depressing to think your sales were good and find out they were less than average but the sales for Power of Love are awful. No beating about the bush. I’ve sold to date around 150 copies. That is staggeringly bad.

WHY? I wish I knew.

Well, I have a few theories but I’d love to hear from readers about this too.
  • The blurb – is it not enticing? Does it put readers off?
  • The extract – again – is it off-putting?
  • The cover – it’s not my favourite but there’s nothing too awful about it.
  • The subject matter – angel, death – maybe readers think it will be a depressing story – it’s actually one of the funnier ones. 
This story was the next one out after I’d been to the Romantic Times convention in Orlando in 2009. I handed out a lot of leaflets about Power of Love – with an extract to read. So I did more for this story than any other I’ve written and the sales were worse. Kind of ironic.

Although I’ve had a couple of reviews for the book, there was less take up than for some of the others. Maybe that made a difference. Yet – one of my best selling books – Susie’s Choice – has only had three reviews.

Basically – I’m baffled.

L: What would you be willing to do to give readers a chance to experience this wonderful story?

Barbara:  I’d love to hear from readers who decided NOT to buy this book. If they could tell me why that would be great.

I’d love to hear from readers who would LIKE to read this book.

If you comment on this post – I’ll send a free copy of Power of Love to one reader.

L: Thanks so much, Barbara, for taking time out from your busy writing schedule to give fans some insider information about Power of Love. 

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READERS: Write a comment below and give Barbara your thoughts for a chance to win a free copy of the e-novel, POWER OF LOVE courtesy of the author! Be sure to include a way for us to contact you either via a user name linked to your profile that includes contact info, or your encoded and “unspammable” e-mail address. For instance: youremail (at) aol (dom) com.  Thank you for your thoughts!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Strangers is a Top Ten Pick for 2009!

It's official!

STRANGERS has tied for #4
earning a Top Ten slot on the
Preditors and Editors (TM)
Reader's Choice Poll
for the best erotica e-book of 2009.

Congratulations, Barbara!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Strangers Now Available for Kindle

Strangers is now available in Kindle version through Amazon!  Click here for the shortcut.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

It's here!

FINDING THE RIGHT ONE  -- the sequel to DOING THE RIGHT THING -- will be released by Ellora's Cave on Wednesday, January 27th.

Are you dying to know how things turned out?  Well, lucky you! You don't have to wait a year or more to learn what's in store for one of the sexy Mansell brothers.

Don't miss this exciting new novel from Barbara Elsborg.

Click here for the shortcut to FINDING THE RIGHT ONE.

And be sure to come back and tell us how much you enjoyed it.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Whipped Cream Reviews The Misfits

Whipped Cream Erotica Review website has given four-and-a-half cherries to The Misfits in a recent review.  In addition, you can vote for The Misfits in a contest for the Best Book of the Week from among the books reviewed.  To vote for THE MISFITS, go here.  The voting only runs the weekend of January 23 - 24, so time is running out.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Night Owl Reviews STRANGERS





What a week it's been for STRANGERS!
It made the TOP TEN (#5) for
Preditors and Editors (TM)
Readers Choice Poll for 2009 erotica e-books
~~ and now ~~
Night Owl Reviews has given STRANGERS
a perfect 5-Star Rating!
Read the Night Owl Review here.


Saturday, January 16, 2010

STRANGERS (unnofficial) Top Ten in P&E Reader's Choice Awards!

Big news!

After a meteoric overnight rise from #23 to #4 and ending in the #5 position (of all erotica e-books of 2009!) Barbara Elsborg's STRANGERS made the (currently unofficial) TOP TEN of the Preditors and Editors (TM) Reader's Choice Award, Erotica category, that just concluded on January 14th! 

Once the results are official, we'll post an announcement here.  Our special thanks to the anonymous fan who nominated STRANGERS to this wonderful contest that allows the readers to choose their favorite e-novels of 2009.  Thanks also to the many fans who voted and sent this novel soaring to #5 in less than 24 hours.

Since STRANGERS just debuted on December 4th, it was a wonderful endorsement for Barbara Elsborg's engrossing erotica romance tale of a love that survives against all odds.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Strangers Nominated to P&E Readers' Choice Poll!


EXCITING NEWS!!!  Be sure to read the NEWSFLASH below.

Strangers has been nominated to the Preditors & Editors (TM) Readers' Choice Poll on Critters Workshop! 

If you loved Barbara Elsborg's wonderful story about Kate Snow and Charlie Storm, please head on over the Critters Workshop and cast your vote to help bump this fabulous novel up the list.  It's easy.  And YOU could win a prize, too.  Just hurry! The poll ends tomorrow--January 14th!

Not sure what this is all about?  Read the rules here.  (Scroll down to the Readers Poll information.)

Then:
Just go to this site:  http://www.critters.org/predpoll/novelerot.shtml

Find "Strangers" (on the long list) and click on the circle beside it to vote.  (You can only vote for one novel per category, but you can also vote in other categories if you wish.)

Scroll down and enter your full name, email address and be sure to type in the encrypted message.

P&E will email you immediately. Click on the link to confirm your vote.

That's all you need to do.   Thanks for supporting Barbara.

UPDATE:  STRANGERS is moving up!  It rose from #23 to #14 overnight.  Only 22 hours left.  If you loved this story, stop by and place your vote.  Thank you!

NEWSFLASH!!!  STRANGERS is on the move!  Climbing from #8.....to #7.....and now #6 in just the last few hours! There's still time to vote, so if  you loved this story, please click the link above and let the world know this is a MUST READ book.  STRANGERS may end up in the TOP FIVE.  Quite a feat for a novel that was just released on December 4th! 

Monday, January 11, 2010

Romance Studio Review: Doing the Right Thing


The Romance Studio just reviewed DOING THE RIGHT THING on January 8th and awarded it four-and-a-half stars!  You can read the review here.

We're not 100% sure whether the original version (released in September 2009) or the more explicit version just released on January 4th was the actual subject of the review, but regardless, the basic plot hasn't changed so the review could apply to either.

Click here to read the blurb or here for an except from the book on the Ellora's Cave web site.


Sunday, January 3, 2010

DOING THE RIGHT THING

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Release date: January 6, 2010

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Coming this Wednesday from Ellora's Cave!
And don't forget you can read the sequel
FINDING THE RIGHT ONE
later this month when it's released on January 27th!
No year long wait to find out...
"What happens to....?"

You can read the background story on "THE RIGHT" novels here.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

LUCY IN THE SKY Reviewed


A December review of LUCY IN THE SKY is out on Fallen Angels Reviews.  Read what the reviewer has to say about Barbara Elsborg's only Science Fiction Romance/erotica novel.

LUCY IN THE SKY review

The link to this review is being added to the sidebar of reviews at the left.

You can check out some of the other reviews on LUCY IN THE SKY and Barbara Elsborg's other novels by clicking the links.

Friday, January 1, 2010

STRANGERS: 14 Five Star Reviews!


The glowing reviews just keep rolling in!

STRANGERS (released December 2nd) has now received 14! five-star book ratings. 

Read what everyone is saying raving about HERE.