Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Saturday, August 15, 2020
As far back as I can remember, I enjoyed "Dracula" stories more than any other.
I first met Count Dracula at a Scholastic Book Fair in Middle School in the form of a graphic novel. As a budding fine artist myself, I fell in love with both the characters, the story, and the illustrations.
I moved then to the novel by Bram Stoker and I became inflamed with the desire to write vampire stories. At age 12, I began drawing Dracula scenes and writing short stories about vampires.
Allow young Ellen to read adult novels and by age 14, I was reading vampire fiction intended for grownups - with sex and profanity, oh my!
Voraciously, I purchased every novel about vampires on the bookshelf, and this was before online shopping. I would be AT AN ACTUAL BOOKSTORE surfing actual shelves for new vampire books. I gobbled them up, reading them sometimes 20+ times.
This whole time and into high school and then college, I continued to read vampire books and write vampire stories. My career plans had nothing to do with writing - I never dreamed to be a writer at this time. I was training to be a psychologist and when I reached my senior year of college, I had decided I would get a Masters and work with the elderly.
I got married to my high school sweetheart and a year later, we had our daughter. I quit work and became a mommy. I wasn't until my daughter was 10 years old did I pick up writing again.
This is when I wrote THE JUDGING. My first novel took 3 years to write and I immediately wrote Book 2 and then a new novel called RABBIT: CHASING BETH RIDER. Over the years, all three of these became bestsellers and spawned two separate series' that I love dearly.
So by now, 2020, I have written and published more than 40 vampire-themed novels and stories and I still have dozens left in my head!
My next blog, I am going to discuss a character named Androni from the end of one of these series. He has commanded me to write him a spin-off novel and I will comply. If I refuse, he will haunt my sleep and keep me up at night. It's true.
Okay, let's go read. You might be surprised to hear that even though I am writing a new vampire novel right now, I am reading a cozy mystery about a woman and a Boston Terrier. Yes! I am a reader, too and now that I write vampire books, it's been years since I read a vampire book by someone else. Sure, I will go back and read my favorites from the 80's, but I have not read the new stuff. I should... I know... maybe later.
HUGS to you all and stay well!
PS: If you enjoy vampire novels (and I am also writing a cozy mystery series with NO vampires but a snarky cat, LOL) - please sign up for my newsletter. Here's a link and it provides a free book, The VAMPIRE Magician!
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Thank you all for your support!
Thursday, December 26, 2019
Friday, December 20, 2019
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Thank you, Jewel!
If you are wondering what rapid release means, Jewel Allen explains it in a concise and transparent manner. I gobbled the book up quickly and made notes along the way.
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Friday, September 20, 2019
BOOK REVIEW ~ 5 Gigantic Stars for The Girl I Left Behind, Historical YA (Civil War) by Author Stephanie Bain
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Everyone and their mother should read this book. Historical YA fiction regarding a young woman who's twin brother is KIA Civil War. She dons his uniform and poses as a male cousin and goes to war in his place. The most enjoyable tale I've read in years, and the author has done her homework. The historical elements are perfect. HORSE LOVERS will rejoice at how the mounts are mentioned and considered during the course of the telling. It only makes sense - a horse was a person's car and pet, so when your life depends on how well it performs, it will be part of your thought stream!
I want to buy a bunch of these and give them as Christmas gifts! Don't tell my family!
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Saturday, September 7, 2019
It's time for a little reading, beloved. A million twitterbirds told me it was #NationalReadABookDay and I am promoting all sort of books from all sorts of authors on Twitter and Facebook this week.
For today's blog post, I want to share my recent excerpt blog below. HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND!
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Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Ten years has passed since the Rakum began chasing Beth Rider, her vampire novel provoking them to action.
For those familiar with RCBR (and subsequent installments), this edition contains new material as well as a new look / format inside.
For new readers, hold on and be prepared for a wild and unique trip down the rabbit hole. Christians and non-believers will be surprised what they find inside as the author takes Beth Rider through a tortuous and frightening hell in these three-hundred-plus pages.
Do you like to read and review books? Have a book blog?
The author has review copies available. Email Ellen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below is the 2019 Press Release and we hope you will contact the author if you would like to connect.
The Author: Ellen Sallas (Ellen C Maze) email@example.com
Special Edition Paperback Publisher: Outskirtspress.com
Published in digital and previous edition: Little Roni Publishers, LLC, Byhalia, MS www.LittleRoniPublishers.com