Writer Wednesday: Meet Elisabeth Joye!

Photo of the author by SJMacky Photography
Photo of the author by SJMacky Photography

Psst. It’s Dr. Seuss’s birthday. It’s also MY birthday.

So it’s with great celebratory fervor, possibly fueled by an overconsumption of carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, that I bring you Elisabeth Joye as today’s Writer Wednesday guest.

Elisabeth writes erotic romance, and is here to, ah, expose a little about herself, and her latest work, Invisible Ink. 🙂

What inspires you to write?

I was inspired to write Invisible Ink by my love of going to concerts…and my love of a specific rock star in particular. My number one rule in writing the book was for the scenes themselves to turn ME on, so I guess you could say that is another of my inspirations. If I wasn’t turned on, it didn’t make it in the book.

Which type of romance do you love most, and why?

I like things dirty…but not pornographic. I write in the erotic romance genre, and that’s what I most love to read. More specifically, I like romance that surprises me and doesn’t follow the typical formula. I also love an alpha, not a nice guy.

Name two things people don’t know about you:

As a reporter, I once slept on the floor of a city manager’s office during a hurricane in Florida. I also had one of my first jobs fitting bras at Victoria’s Secret.

What one piece of advice do you wish you’d had when first starting out?

Self-publishing is mostly about self-promotion, and it’s a lot of work. But it’s worth it. Don’t worry about submitting your work to a traditional publisher or even one of the indie romance publishers. Chances are not great you will get accepted — especially if you write short stories or novellas. Instead, just bite the bullet, find an editor and self-publish. Don’t waste time waiting for rejection letters.

And now, a bit on Invisible Ink:

invisibleinkLex has never felt more exposed.

She has just allowed Jake Reed, the lead singer of rock band Inkjet, to undress her and tie her to a chair backstage after a show, only to have him leave to go sign autographs.

It is the start of a dark, obsessive relationship that will lead Lex, a 20-something public relations professional from L.A., to lose herself almost entirely as she struggles to break through her sexual boundaries without falling in love with Jake, an intimidatingly gorgeous Hollywood actor/rock star who closely guards his emotions.

What starts as a series of casual hookups ends up a powerful addiction that will push Lex past all her sexual boundaries as Jake moves repeatedly in and out of her life, making few promises along the way. Lex fights to keep a sense of herself while she succumbs to Jake’s glamorous world and his irresistible allure.

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://myBook.to/invisibleink
Smashwords: http://bit.ly/InvisibleSW
All Romance: http://bit.ly/AllRomanceInk
iBooks: http://bit.ly/appleink

Author Bio:

writingElisabeth Joye used to write about Congress. Now, she writes about sex. A former political journalist, she’s wanted to write a romance novel since she was 12 and finally found the inspiration to do it by incorporating her love of concerts and musicians. Invisible Ink is her first self-published novella.

Elisabeth’s philosophy when writing romance is simple – she writes what she thinks is hot and hopes others will, too. She wants to create characters who speak, act and fall in love like real people with issues, flaws and fears. But, above all, the sex is got to be hot.

When she’s not writing, Elisabeth is a stay-at-home mom to her four-year-old son. She loves fangirling her favorite celebrities and reading true crime obsessively. She didn’t have a smartphone until 2013 and now couldn’t live without social media and text messaging. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and family.

Want to connect further with Elisabeth? Find her here!

Web site: http://www.elisabethjoye.com
Amazon Author Page: Author.to/ElisabethJoye
Twitter: https://twitter.com/elisabethjoye
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/elisabethjoyeauthor
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elisabethjoye
Tumblr: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/elisabethjoye
Goodreads Author Page: http://bit.ly/GRElisabethJoye
Goodreads Book Link: http://bit.ly/InvisibleInkGR
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/elisabethjoye/

Thanks for joining us, Elisabeth! I think you’ve steamed up the room a bit here.
Excuse me while I catch my breath. Whee haw! 

Writer Wednesday: Meet Scarlet Darkwood!

scarletWoo hoo! Wedneday! WRITER Wednesday. Today we’ve got Scarlet Darkwood, writer of avant garde fiction in the genres of erotica, romance, paranormal, horror, Gothic, thriller. Yup, a little bit of everything, and a whole lot of spicy fun! So settle in with that candy cane and cup of yummy Christmas chai, and learn a bit more about Ms. Darkwood.

Name one interesting thing you learned in researching/writing your last book.

I learned about Venetian carnivals and how it had started out as a festivity, only to become a way of life for nearly a hundred years. The beauty of the original carnival was that it leveled the playing field between social classes because everyone wore a mask when they went out in public. All kinds of clandestine trysts went on, deals were made, and noblemen mingled with scoundrels without knowing it.

scarletdarwooWhat one piece of advice do you wish you’d had when first starting out?

I wish someone would have said write a few books and publish them all at once. I think it’s better if a reader can read more of you if they enjoyed you the first time. The other thing I think new authors need to do is take a personality assessment of themselves and determine if they like writing by themselves or if they enjoy a more collaborative type of publishing, such as co-authoring or writing for anthologies.

Name two things people don’t know about you.

I adore bats. I own a retail shop.

[ML: I suddenly want to know if the two things go together!]

And now, a bit about Ms. Darkwood’s Taming Bad:

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000037_00013]Is biology a friend or foe? This question plagues Newton Grenfield daily. He believes that a man’s virility is the key to his masculinity, his identity. One man’s abundance is another’s curse. Newton discovers how cursed he really is when his libido refuses to shut down, spurring him on in the continual search for the right woman who will welcome his advances in the bedroom. Overeager attempts at finding love fall flat, earning him not only a cold shoulder from the ladies, but an angry father who decides treatment at The House, the local asylum, will do his son good. There’s one catch to this treatment the father demands of Dr. James, The House physician. He wants Newton’s antics stopped—for good.

The doctor has a radical, fail-proof plan that will cut to the core of his patient’s masculine ideologies in more ways than one. Above all, Newton’s attendant must ensure he’s as much of a man when he leaves The House as when he entered it, by helping him hone his lovemaking skills in order to secure the lady of his dreams. One night, Newton meets a young woman wandering the halls of The House, and his life changes forever. He thinks he’s found the right one for him. When he experiences the ultimate change at the hand of Dr. James, he’s left with answering to a confused lover, and wondering if the treatment made a bad situation worse.

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://goo.gl/K2VjwG
B&N: http://goo.gl/zWZxY6
iTunes: https://goo.gl/Y8uJDp

About Scarlet:

writingScarlet Darkwood is an author with Booktrope, as well as an indie author publishing other material. For more information about the latest concerning Scarlet and her work, sign up for her newsletter: http://eepurl.com/Rt5HP

Writing in several genres allows her to unleash her imagination in different directions, creating stories for different audiences. Always preferring avant garde themes, her stories will take the reader on an unusual adventure, exploring the darker parts of the human psyche. From a young age, she’s enjoyed writing and keeping diaries, but didn’t start creating novels until 2012. She’s a Southern girl who lives in Tennessee and enjoys the beauty of the mountains. She lives in Nashville with her spouse and two rambunctious kitties.

Connect with Scarlet:

My Blog: http://www.scarletdarkwood.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ScarletDarkwood
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/scarletdarkwoodauthor
Amazon: http://amazon.com/author/scarletdarkwood
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/scarletdarkwood
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/scarletdarkwood/
StumbleUpon: http://www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/scarletdarkwood

Thanks so much for joining us, Scarlet! Wishing you a happy holiday season!