Wednesday, July 30, 2014

#WWW Did you always want to be a writer? #WritersLife #Giveaway

Today on WWW, I have Ellen Butler, author, chocoholic, & shoe shopper-holic sharing about how she came to be a published writer...

Did You Always Want to Be a Writer?

Hi Terri, thanks for having me at Scribbler’s Sojourn! It’s always a pleasure to reach out to new readers. Following my brief article, you’re visitors will find a blurb from my recent release Heart of Design, and entry for a promotional giveaway. So make sure to read to the bottom!

One of the questions I am often asked in interviews is; did you know you always wanted to be a writer? My initial answer is a resounding, no. My major in college was Political Science, and I have a Master’s in Public Administration and Policy. I was going to be a Congresswoman or Senator. Or I was going to work for a lobbyist, influencing public policy and writing brilliant, mountain moving legislation. However, after working on Capitol Hill for one short summer, my eyes were opened; watching the political grind left me jaded and disheartened. 

Then did you decide to become a writer? You ask. Nope. I found a rewarding position at a medical, nonprofit association providing management services, leadership development, and eventually working my way into international affairs. My job included quite a bit of writing, including articles, bylaws, policies, and marketing materials. So, writing was an integral part of my work life, and I will admit to getting dinged by the editorial staff for using “flowery” language, or going off on tangents; basically, being told “stick to the facts.” I believe it was the glint of early stages of my fiction writing career.

So, how did you decide to become a writer? You’re wondering. After my kids were born, I chose to quit my job and stay home with them. Throughout my life I’d always been an avid reader, enjoying a variety of genres from chick lit, to romance, to mysteries, to legal dramas. When my oldest was three and attending preschool a few hours a week, I found my idle brain cranking away, making up stories. I’d read a news article, or watch a show and my brain would say, “But what if this happened instead?”  So, I created the outline for Poplar Place (released in March 2014) and two other unpublished novels. Then promptly shoved them in the drawer when my second baby was born, too busy and exhausted to carry on. When he went to preschool, those back-of-the-drawer outlines called to me. My husband bought me a new laptop computer and I began banging out my first novel.

I would say that the first novel was easiest one for me to write. There were no deadlines to adhere to, no reviewers to make happy, and no rules to follow. Now that I’m starting my fifth novel, I miss the bygone lackadaisical days of limitless possibilities with minimal constraints. However, I appreciate the vindication that comes with a book contract. That someone in the industry has said, “Yes, you write a good story and we want to publish it,” can mean everything to a new author.

So, for aspiring authors I have this advice to provide; no matter what your background, if you have the urge to write, do so. Stop thinking about writing. Do it. Start with an outline. It’ll help get you on the way. Taking that leap over the edge is the hardest part, but once you do, you’ll never look back! 


Heart of Design 
first in the Love California Style series
Author: Ellen Butler
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Release Date: July 7, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4405-8364-3
Genre: Romance, Romantic Comedy

Sophie Hartland has recently turned 30, and is five years out from a confidence crushing divorce. She’s sworn off men in favor of making her interior design business a success when her best friend introduces her to LA Heat’s hot, new star, Ian O’Connor. He’s one of Hollywood’s beautiful people, with an Irish accent that makes Sophie’s toes curl. Ian hires her to renovate his home, and at their second meeting he initiates a scorching kiss that knocks her socks off. Even though she would love to drop down and go for it on the funky kitchen floor, Sophie sticks to her guns and enforces her “no dating clients” rule.

The tabloids portray flirtations Ian as Hollywood’s latest playboy who has women falling at his feet, and Sophie refuses to be another notch on his bedpost. But Ian isn’t the type to take no for an answer, and he finds Sophie a refreshing change from the actress wannabes trying hop aboard his new gravy train of success. Using his charm, he tries to persuade Sophie to break the rules.

Can Sophie ignore her traitorous libido and hold Ian off for the next five or six weeks until the renovations are finished? Or will she cave in to his pull on her heartstrings, and end up doing the knicky-knacky on the new velvet sofa? More importantly, can she protect her heart in this game of wills?

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Ellen Butler lives in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC, and is new to novel writing. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Policy, and her history includes a long list of writing and editing for dry but illuminating professional newsletters, and windy papers on public policy. The leap to novel writing was simply a creative outlet for Ellen’s over active and romantic imagination to run wild.

Heart of Design is her third release in 9 months. You can find her first two releases, Poplar Place and Second Chance Christmas at Amazon and other major eBook retailers. Professionally, she belongs to the Virginia Writer’s Club, the Northern Virginia Writer’s Club, and is a founding member of the Tempting Romance blog. When she’s not writing, Ellen is either, running around after her children, decorating a neighbor’s house, or holed up in her favorite lounge chair reading. Ellen is an admitted chocoholic and confesses to a penchant for shoe shopping. Book club questions for Ellen’s novels can be found on her website.

Twitter: @EButlerBooks


Giveaway Time!!! 

Signed Hard Copy of Ellen’s Novel Poplar Place & $5 Starbucks Giftcard

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Writing: A Journey of a Soul by Sheryl Winters #PNR #WritersLife

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As part of Ms. Winters' blog tour, I asked her to share something she's learned on her journey to publication which might inspire / encourage other aspiring authors. Here's what she had to say...

The one thing that I’ve learned about writing isn’t so much about the publication aspect, but that it’s more a journey of a soul. Writing sooths me, it brings me great comfort to know that my characters now live in the subconscious of other person. To put it kindly, my characters are now real.

And now for the goods...

Purr-fect Mating
Lil Genie Series Novella
Genre: Paranormal / Romance
Release Date: July 21, 2014
Keywords: Paranormal, Romance, Shifters

Fhina and Wulfar have a little problem.

On their wedding night, at the stroke of midnight, Wulfar changes into his shifted wolf form and cannot shift back. Not even to communicate with the woman he loves.

Fhina, upon waking the day after their mating, no longer recognizes her mate. Pregnant and confused, she’s convinced herself her mate has run away and left her to live alone. With his dog.

Can the cursed pair find a counter charm before Fhina gives birth? Will Wulfar be able to curb his inclination to run?

Or will their mutual curses break up their love affair before it’s really even started.

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“It’s just…Wulfy’s missing, and I thought—” The words stick in my throat. What if she won’t help? How will I ever find him?

“He’s what?” In the background, I can hear loud thumps and shouting. “I’m getting the duct tape out. I’ll use it this time, I swear it!”

“You will not.” I bite back a giggle.

“I might. You have no idea what I’m putting up with. They spent all week at Mom’s, and she hyped them up on pixie sticks and soda. I’ve exhausted a whole day peeling them off the ceiling. I’m just hoping when it wears off they’ll sleep for a week.”

“Good luck with that.”

“Did you say Wulfy is missing? How long’s he been gone? He’s probably off for a long run. Wolves do that, you know? Remember how Mom used to take off for days, leaving us with Aunt Ginger? Always claiming she was out hunting, when she was really in Vegas gambling?”

“But, I haven’t seen him in days.” I shove the notepad back and forth across the table.

“Did you, uhm…snap at him?”


“Well, fess up. What happened?”

“Nothing. I was on the phone with Mom and I uh…” I try to remember the conversation. “I told her about the doggy bowl I got for Wulfy. I even gave him the fancy new dog food I got for him. He scratched at the door and I let him out.”

“You got him a dog bowl?” Bella chokes.

“Well, yes. I thought it was a nice thing to do.”

Honestly, wolves. They never make sense, even in human form. Of course, I gave Wulfy a dog bowl, how else do you show a dog you love them? One can’t go around petting them 24/7. 


Book Blitz and Tour-wide Giveaway
Ecopy of Purr-fect Mating and a $10 Amazon gift card.
Ends 8/15/2014

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Win an eARC of Welcome to Paradise by London Saint James! #Giveaway #Contemporary #Romance

Roane Publishing is giving away three eARCs of Welcome to Paradise!

A Paradise Ranch Novella
by London Saint James
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance (Western)
Keywords: Romance, Contemporary, Western, Erotic, Novella, Series
Release Date: August 18, 2014

Just three days before her thirtieth birthday, Acquisition Editor for Starling Press, Sutton Callaway, has buried the last of her family in the cemetery on the plot of land she inherited.

After turning down the powerful and wealthy owner of Triple Bar-S Ranch to sell her inheritance and walk away from the obligations of running one of the biggest cattle ranches in West Texas, Sutton puts her Dallas condo on the market, resigns her position from SP, packs the contents of her life into boxes, and heads for the one place filled with bittersweet memories—Paradise Ranch.

Will Sutton be able to handle the pressures of being the newly appointed cattle baroness, the rough and tumble men under her employ, and the temptation of a sexy mystery man? Or will her grandmother’s matriarchal boots be too big for her to fill?

Roane Publishing is giving away THREE ARC copies to three lucky winners!

You don’t even have to be a blogger.

If you are willing to leave an honest review between the dates August 18th and September 12th, you are eligible to enter.

How? Simply fill out the form!

You have until Midnight of August 1st when three winners will be chosen by random drawing.


Welcome to Paradise blog tour is now scheduling!

If you're interested in hosting London Saint James, please click on the image above.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Life often gets in the way... #WritersLife #Publishing #MeansofMercy

Everyone has a life out side of writing. Mine the past year has become especially busy due to baby #3 arriving and demanding much of my attention. 

I also had 2 novels release this year - Love's Sorrow (Means of Mercy #1) and Secret of the Souls (Pool of Souls #2). How the heck do I do it all?

No clue.

This is me most days...

Needless to say, Love's Revenge which was due to release in November of this year took a back seat in my mind. After discussions with my publisher, we've agreed to put off the release date until January 2015. 

To those of you DYING to get their hands on the 2nd installment of Anne's not-so-happy-thus-far journey to finding love, please forgive me. While I could have rushed to complete the story, I don't want to give you something that lacked - or didn't satisfy.

ARCs will be available soon after the holidays.

Until then, a little tease in the form of chapter 1 of Love's Revenge will be available as part of Roane Publishing's September FREE READS event. Stay tuned for further details...