Today I’d like to welcome author Elodie Parkes to talk to us about her
Latest Book The Winter Girl to be released June 14 from Hot Ink Press
Lily Prescott is only just over a relationship break up when she decides to take up residence in a house left to her by her recently deceased grandmother. Her corporate law job takes a back seat as she licks her wounds in the small country town. She looks around the main shopping street and discovers people who will befriend her, but she also runs into the town’s most eligible bachelor and secret bad boy, Starr Forrester.
Loved for his lifelong association with the town, Starr hides his methods for staying single well from his friends. He’s nearly thirty, gorgeous, a designer, owns a business and on the lookout for his ‘Winter Girl’….
Will it be Lily? What is a ‘Winter girl’?
Fun, sex, romance and a little twist of the paranormal, makes this a must read.
Elodie is celebrating the June 14 release of The Winter Girl with a giveaway. Enter via the rafflecopter to win a $10 or £10 Amazon gift card to buy anything you want. Look out for other giveaway’s on Elodie’s blog as this erotic romance is released.
Hi Elodie! Can you give us a little insight into your world?
I guess I’m a romantic at heart. I’m always looking for the good in people and situations, although I’m not one of those perpetually chirpy people who don’t let others feel sad or angry. I really love the natural world, plants, animals, and trees. I especially love trees. I was so happy to have the chance to write an urban fantasy short for an anthology that was released this March when I found the brief was about the Autumn equinox. It inspired me and I had a gorgeous hero in that story who is really the Green Man. What else? I love music. I find myself humming or singing and people say ‘you’re happy today’ but it’s just a natural thing for me. (Smiles) I can sing louder at home because there’s only the dogs to hear me.
I get upset at animal cruelty, war, poverty, and generally wish the human world was a better place and matched the beauty of our natural world. There’s so many lovely places in the world and so many people never get to see them and be inspired by them.
You do sound like a romantic! 🙂
Name guilty pleasure.
I only get one? (Laughs) Toffee
Ohh, I love toffee. Killer on the teeth, though! Yea, lets stick to one. I don’t want to put all of your business out there! lol
What are you reading, when you’re not writing?
I read all different genres. I just read a blurb and the book appeals so I buy and read. Paranormal romance, mystery, detective series, adventure, fantasy, romance, some non-fiction too.
So you have variety of tastes. What inspired you to write your first book?
I need to talk about my recent work because that’s been inspired by real things.
The first of my recent books, early 2012, Millie Reinvented was inspired by seeing the sadness of a young woman whose husband no longer kissed her. She told me that as she was buying a little statue of lovers in the shop where I work. It got me thinking about all the broken hearts and unrequited love that goes on. Love is very hard to find. I talked with an indie documentary film maker at the time because she was making a doco about women who just never got asked out, and women who were dumped by their guys. She had interviewed them and their stories were so interesting.
Wow… That’s deep. Life isn’t always romance and HEA’s, huh?
Can you tell us a little more about your current/future projects?
Currently I’m working on a book that features the brother of a character in my last release, the erotic romance The Last Time released by Eternal Press this May. It’s titled simply, Jake Snow and it’s romance with a touch of mystery.
I’m also working on an erotic romance short paranormal for an anthology call.
After the June 14 release of The Winter Girl, I have an erotic romance that’s a little darker than I usually write because it has some magic themes called The Old Star, that’s releasing August 23.
Where do you get the inspiration for your book titles?
The titles of my books just evolve as I write, usually something a character says or a sentence in the book just stands out and it’s the title.
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Actually, I have no family support (Smiles) and ‘entity’ kind of infers a supernatural being or deity for me. I can only point to finding solace in the countryside or along the coast when I’m stressed or tired. That’s what I do…head out and soak up nature.
Is writing a career for you?
I do, but it’s just not lucrative enough to pay the bills. It’s real work though, and I think non authors might be surprised at how much effort and long hours are put in by authors.
You’re absolutely right. As an author, you really have to be in it for the love of writing and sharing First.
Is there anything you would you change about Winter Girl?
No. I love this book. The publisher loves it too. Sometimes as an author, you love various work more than others. I often write two books in close succession. The Winter Girl and The Old Star were written like that. I love them both, but then I wrote them (laughs).
Share your favorite scene from The Winter Girl
It’s hard to choose one scene as my favorite. I can choose one of my favorites. It’s one of those events where people who are strongly attracted to each other kind of dance around it and all the time they are desperately wanting each other.
Lily looked at his hand. It was clean, strong and his fingers were long. She placed her items in his palm and brushed his hand with her fingertips.
Ash almost dropped the things because a jolt of feeling passed right up his arm from the contact with her fingers. He let out an almost audible ‘uh’ sound of pleasure. ‘If this was how it felt to have his hand touched then how would it feel to kiss her, fuck her?’ Ash almost couldn’t wait. He wanted her so badly right at that moment he thought he would fall down.
He didn’t look at the items in his hand. He turned and placed them on the middle cash desk. He knew one of them had one of his little white card labels attached, but his heart was hammering and his mouth had gone dry with the complete attraction he felt for Lily.
She smiled. “Thanks Ash. I’m not disturbing your work am I?” Lily followed him to the café area where she noticed his laptop open on a table and his chair pushed back from when he had walked to her.
“No Lily, it’s good to see you. I’m updating the shop website and ready for a coffee break.” He rounded the café counter and reached for coffee mugs from the shelf above it.
His gray, fine wool sweater rode up and displayed his hard, flat, stomach. His jeans were cut low and Lily could see the delicious V-shape of his hips as they dipped into the denim.
She almost licked her lips and felt a pulse of desire dampen her underwear slightly. She closed her eyes and concentrated on not feeling the throb between her legs.
Ash had poured them coffee and turned to her.
“Lily, can I get you anything else? Jen has brought a batch of scones today and a chicken pie,” he added laughing, “I reckon she thinks she needs to feed me like the birds in winter now.”
Lily’s eyes were shining. She loved the way Ash laughed.
“No thanks Ash, coffee is lovely.” In her thoughts Lily added, ‘so are you.’
I hope that your readers enjoyed that little excerpt.
Thank you for inviting me to talk with you on your blog today Olivia, it was great fun.
Thank’s for stopping by Elodie!
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