Friday, October 26, 2012

Guest Post + Giveaway: Ella Frank and her debut Exquisite


Every now and again we come across a book and an author that we feel is worth shouting praises for. Ella Frank is that author and her debut book Exquisite has grabbed our attention. Her writing shines and her book reads as though she has many novels to her credit. So, have a look at the woman behind this smashing debut, leave a comment and you could win one of two ebooks that Ella Frank has so graciously offered to give away! We have no doubt that her future shines as brightly as her book!!   

Exquisite

 
Her heart was guarded…


Tormented by self-imposed guilt, Dr. Lena O’Donnell has spent the last nine years in survival mode. Struggling through days that seem to blend together and battling her way through each horrifying night, she’s determined that this is what she deserves…


Until he tore down the walls…

Mason Langley’s life is going exactly the way he planned it, until her. A confirmed bachelor and the successful owner of the hottest restaurant to hit Chicago, he never expects to be blindsided by an angry woman in a pair of scrubs. No matter how hard he tries, he can’t seem to shake the doctor, and he finds himself liking the way she makes him feel.

Almost over night Lena finds her world turned upside down by Mason and the sexual desire they discover together. Slowly, she lowers her guard and invites him inside but when tragedy strikes she begins to believe that sometimes it’s better to be alone and safe than to love and lose… 

Read our reviews of Exquisite by Splage and Karla.


Please welcome: Ella Frank





 
I grew up in Australia and moved over to the States when I married the love of my life. I was always a bit of a romantic, ever since my nana gave me a romance novel to read, so it made complete sense to me that I would follow my husband across an ocean. That’s what one does for love, right?  It didn't however; make a lot of sense to my parents.  I understand their apprehension, but several blissful years later I am happy too say romance did not let me down.

As a new author I originally sat down to write this story in June of this year. I decided to 'try' my hand at actually finishing a book I started after reading an article about self-publishing. So, I sat down in June and the words started to flow. I then let a good friend of mine read the first written chapter.  That was the best thing I could have done because she pushed me every day for more. Within one month, Exquisite was done.

Everyone writes differently.  I would love to say I had an outline, a synopsis or some kind of plan to go by, but I'd be telling a lie. I liken my writing style to brain vomit. I sit down and it just comes out, not the best advice for any writer, but so far it's what has worked for me.

The Exquisite series came to me through several different stories I was writing, and then they all seemed to merge together.



I was originally drawn to the tortured side of Lena and her struggle to move past her guilt and fear and to recognize the love and warmth that is Mason. I wanted to write a series about women. I wanted to showcase three strong women who all had different issues to overcome, and the men who helped them overcome them.

I wanted to explore other options than the bad boy. I think I wanted people to meet a man who could be strong, solid and essentially good without being a troubled soul. After all, in reality it isn't always the man who needs healing, and that is how the Exquisite series came to life.

My hope is if you choose to pick up this story that it touches some place inside of you. I hope you will follow Lena and Mason and watch their progression in book two and three where you can learn more about their friends and family.





Giveaway

Ella is giving away 2 ebook copies of Exquisite in the ebook format of your choice. Leave a comment with your email address and you will be entered to win a copy of this fabulous book.  This Giveaway is International and ends on Monday, October 29. Good Luck! 


You can find out more about Ella Frank on her


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Exquisite is available on
 
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50 comments:

  1. Is this where I leave my email for the giveaway? If so it is kgourgues@me.com. If not... let me know.

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    1. Yes it is Karen! Thank you for stopping by and good luck!

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  2. Goodmorning Ladies!

    Thank you so much for the warm words and the opportunity you have granted me here.

    I look forward to sharing a little bit of myself with your readers and if they have any questions today I will check back in here and try to answer them.

    You have all been, more than a pleasure to work with and I really appreciate the time you put in to review of my book. Have a great Friday everyone!!!!!

    Ella

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    1. Good Morning Ella! Loved your debut book! It was a pleasure to read and review. We are thrilled about this giveaway and excited to present your book to our followers and friends. Yours is now a "buzz" book and that can only mean all things good! Best of luck and we here at Swept Away look forward to the next book in the series. Love that Shelly, give her a man as honorable, charming, and sexy hot as Mason, she deserves it!!

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    2. WOW! Ella, I LOVED reading about your life, how you came to be in the USA and about the way you let the love of your husband bring you here. That is VERY romantic and I'm happy that things worked out so well for you.

      From reading Splage and Karla's review of your book I most certainly plan on reading it too.

      I hope that your writing keeps going so well because I'm sure with the success of Exquisite that your going to have tons of fan's just waiting for more :-)

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    3. I was so excited to get on Swept Away this morning and read all about the Exquisite give away and about you, Ella. You are very talented and I can't wait to read more of this series.

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    4. Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and leave a comment, Ella. I'm so glad you agreed to come on and do a guest post. We are big fans of yours here at Swept Away By Romance.

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  3. Hey, girls! Thanks for organizing this giveaway and making it international. I've heard a lot of good things about this debut book. Wish me luck.

    The address is jomitama@open.telekom.rs

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    1. Good luck Ana and thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Thanks for the giveaway.....! & Congrats on all of your success Ella!

    mmalavec(at)med(dot)umich(dot)edu

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    1. Ella, I wanted to know how is Lena pronounced? Is it prounced like e in Easter, or E as Elephant?

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    2. I know this response is late - I'm about to go to bed- but it is pronounced as in Lee-Na ;)

      Hope that helps!

      Night all

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    3. Thanks Ella! Yes that helps :0)

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  5. I absolutely loved Exquisite, what a wonderfully written book Ella. I also saw that the next installment of the series is Entice, based on Shelly's life, could we maybe hear a bit more about her and her story?

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    1. It was fantastic Joy! I'm excited about Shelly's story too!

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  6. Morning ladies! I cannot tell you enough how excited I was to read the email from you this morning. I haven't read the book YET, but its definitely on my TBR list and moving up fast. The reviews I'm reading are absolutely amazing. I know Ella has to be very proud. Thanks so much for the giveaway and good luck to everyone who has entered!

    Email: RaddenB@gmail.com

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  7. This book looks awesome. Can't wait to read it.

    mcammack1952@yahoo.com

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  8. Looks really good!

    amandakgc@hotmail.com

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    1. Hey Amanda! You are sure to enjoy it!

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  9. Hi there ladies - thought I'd creep back here and check up..I'm creeping cause I'm at work..shhh.

    Let's see if I can answer a few things for you all..first THANK YOU Splage, Karla and Steffi. This month has gone by crazy fast and Exquisite has been recieved so well I feel like I'm walking around in a dream ;-)

    To Kathleen - I'm so fortunate that my husband literally walked into the place I was working, it was a meant to be moment - so I guess it is another reason I am a true believer of the ever popular HEA.

    As for Shelly and her man.. yep they are up next and I have a feeling that if you loved Mason and Lena you will definately find a spot somewhere in your heart for Mr. Joshua Daniels. He is so sexy and sweet we may all get cavities ;-) I kind of fell in love with him...don't tell my hubby, but then again I feel in love with Mason too. The best part is we also get more Mason AND Lena plus the rest of the gang!

    I look forward to everyone taking a peek at Exquisite and letting me know what you think.

    Thanks once again for all your support - it means so much to me.

    Ella

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    1. Hey Ella, me again! Jackie and I were just talking and we were saying how the intimate scenes in Exquisite were so well written, and want to know if...ahem *clears throat*...do you write about what YOU'VE experienced??

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    2. Hey Karla..LOL I am laughing so hard in my cubicle right now.

      Wouldn't it be nice and shocking to say YES we tried every single one out?

      This however is all I'll say... I have a wonderful husband who is very supportive of my imagination, and we'll leave it at that ;-)

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    3. Wow...a very diplomatic answer! Thanks Ella and that man of yours is a keeper!

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  10. Wow, thanks for the opportunity everyone! Ella's book looks fantastic!

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  11. Looks like a keeper! Thanks for the opportunity to win a free copy!

    Christina G
    MsChris1161@aim.com

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    1. It is a keeper for sure! Good Luck!

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  12. Can't wait to read it!
    ~ Candace
    email: thefirstmidgette@gmail.com

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  13. Very interesting book! Looking forward to reading it! :)

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  14. Hi Karla, Steffi and Ella!
    I've been DYING to read this book since I started seeing Karla's updates for it on GR. I was going to run over to Amazon and buy it, then she told me about the give-away. So here I am hoping to win a free copy!
    Thanks so much!

    Kelly
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    1. Kelly my girl! Thanks for coming by. Good luck, but if you don't win...then you can run to Amazon and buy. Well worth the money spent!!

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  15. Can't wait to read this book!!!! <3

    natashaisabookjunkie[at]me[dot]com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Natasha. I can't wait for you to read it too...I want to follow your updates!

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  16. Looks a really interesting and would love to read ☺

    dee-reads@hotmail.co.uk

    Dee
    xx

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Dee. It's an amazing book and I think you'd love it.

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  17. Ella congrats on your debut release, It looks to be a great book. Thanks for the chance at a copy Karla and Steffi! Carin
    mawmom at gmail dot com

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  18. Would love to win this one!! Its on my to-read list!!!!

    Ms. Reality

    realityfun2@gmail.com

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  20. Thanks for sharing the post ...
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  21. It would be great to get a chance to read this book. It looks like a wonderful story. Julie

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  22. I like to read about strong woman, so this one sounds like right it's right up my alley. Thanks for much for the opportunity at reading your work :)

    Eva
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  23. This is another book on my to be read list! Reviews are great and I can't wait to read this one.

    You're blog is killing me with more books each day to add!

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  24. Hi everyone

    Just wanted to say one more time how grateful I am for the opportunity to reach out to you all.

    Thank you all for your support and for giving a new author a go! Good luck everyone and I can't wait to see what you all the think.

    Ella

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