Friday, February 8, 2013

Blog Tour + Giveaway: Entice by Ella Frank




Welcome to the amazing Ella Frank!! We are extremely honored to be a part of the blog tour for Ella’s second book in the Exquisite series, Entice!! Once again she has wowed us!! WOW…WOW…WOW!! No one-hit wonder here, Ella has staying power, and her storytelling and writing shine in Entice. So check out the book blurb, interview, and some fun facts about Ella! Then enter to win, Exquisite and Entice, the first two books in the Exquisite series! We have no doubt you will be swept away by this captivating series! Let the fun begin!



 Blurb

What if everything you think you want isn’t what you actually need…

Dr. Shelly Monroe is a woman who doesn’t shy away from going after what she wants, but lately good sex has been hard to find. Shelly’s become increasingly frustrated with the men she’s been dating and the men she believes are the right choice. 

Joshua Daniels is certainly not even close to the right choice. In fact he is exactly the wrong choice. For one thing, he’s Mason Langley’s best friend and best man. Second he’s too much of a risky complication for Shelly to even consider.
 
Then why can’t she stop thinking about how delicious he looked that first night she met him at Exquisite? Why is it so imperative to keep her lusty desire for a man that doesn’t meet her preconceived mold hidden from Lena and Mason, her trusted friends? It seems unreasonable that being with a man completely wrong in theory could somehow feel so right.

Then why is it the more she sees him the more enticing he becomes?


You can read Splage's review of Entice here, and Karla's here!


 Interview

Was the entire Exquisite series laid out in your mind beforehand or does the storyline come to you from one book to the next? If you could or would change anything, what would that be?
Yes and no. The characters of the Exquisite Series were firm in my mind, their stories however, evolve as I write. Honestly, I always knew that Lena and Rachel would be the darker, more intense stories and Shelly was supposed to be the ray of light in the middle. That changed somewhere along the way though, Shelly morphed for me and her perfect love story wasn’t so easy after all. 

Readers seem to have an intense reaction to what happens toward the end of Entice I have noticed, which I didn’t expect. The funny thing is I got to know my husband very well through spending months apart, so it was never an odd situation for me as a writer, but I wouldn’t change that. To me it was just the way Shelly’s story evolved and I am happy with how it turned out.

Why Chicago, what was the appeal of that city as the setting for the Exquisite series?
I have always wanted to visit Chicago, I love cities. Even when I was living in Australia I was fascinated with it. I was in a musical way back in the day that was set in Chicago and ever since I have just found it appealing and on my top ten places to visit.


Your characters go on a journey of hardship and seeing past their own insecurities to find love, nothing is simple. It makes for some emotional reading and drains you a reader; does it take a similar toll on you?
Again, my answer would be yes and no. When I’m writing, the words seem to just come out the way I want them to, it’s during the re read and critique of it that it is draining. A good portion of Entice I wanted to throw my computer across the room and then my feelings would switch and I’d feel terrible for the stubborn woman I had put on the page.

I think life is full of struggles, it isn’t easy and honestly Rachel’s story is going to be one of the hardest for me to write because the subject is very personal and close to home. 

Okay Ella, we have to ask, you write some of the most sensual powerful sex scenes, and quite imaginative too, does experience play into the picture? You can tell us, we won’t tell anyone.
Ha. I’d love to say I go on a full month’s research journey with my husband, but in actuality it really just comes from my brain and a healthy, happy marriage. I also like looking around my house and thinking, what if.

We loved the trailer for Entice!  Do you use music to inspire your writing?
Thank you for that. I was surprised how people took to the trailer. It came from an unhealthy addiction I have to iMovie. 
I do use music to inspire me; I have a play list for every book I write. Music is so important, in my opinion. It can lift your mood, inspire you, and sometimes it can make you cry uncontrollably. I don’t know about you but when I was a younger and had my heart broken I would turn on the saddest song I could find and sing horribly through sobbing and sniffling. 

Who has been your favorite character to write about?
That’s hard. I have two. One is Gemma Harris, she is in the upcoming erotica Blind Obsession. The second I have just touched on, but have not yet completed his story. He’s bossy, honest to a fault and he has been talking to me since the first book, Exquisite, back in June 2012 when I first started.

While you were writing Entice you were also working on Blind Obsession, how do you manage to keep the storylines and characters straight?
I had actually finished Entice and it was in critiques when I started writing Blind Obsession. I was originally going to write Edible directly after Entice, that however was not the case. I wrote the first chapter of Blind Obsession and after that I couldn’t stop. It was like a compulsion to get it out of me before I moved on to Rachel’s story.

Have you ever considered writing other sub-genres of romance, like a paranormal series, military suspense, romantic thriller, or maybe even young adult?
Not really. I started a sci-fi romance, let’s just say no one will be reading that anytime soon, ha. I think contemporary romance/erotica is my field and I don’t really see myself leaving it anytime soon. I do however, love to read PNR.

What do you like to read in your spare time? Any books you’d like to recommend to us?
I love romance, obviously and I am addicted to BDB by JR Ward and I am anxiously awaiting March for the next installment in that series. If you haven’t read the Nalini Singh, Psy/Shifters series I highly recommend those. They are an amazing PNR series that I am in love with. 
I’m a huge fan of books that have family, friends and character connections. Jill Shalvis has a really great pilot series, Smart and Sexy, Strong and Sexy, Superb and Sexy not to mention her Instant Attraction Series..okay honestly I could go on all day, but that’s a few. 




10 Facts About Ella



   I am first a foremost a wife.
   I am a cat person at heart but do also love BIG dogs (small ones scare me)
 I love, love, LOOOOVE caramel – on pretty much anything.
  My car is called Betty – she is amazing !
 I am known to those close to me as a Pelican
I love to eat!!!!!!!
    I hate to work out. But my husband is wonderful at dragging me to spinning classes.
    I love to travel just about anywhere – I really would like to go to Ireland and Scotland.
     I love to write ALL the time whenever I get the chance – and even when I am probably not supposed to:)
 I AM A HUGE HUGE READER!!!!!! I LOVE TO READ 


Want To Know More About Ella Frank?



GIVEAWAY 

Ella is giving away both Exquisite and Entice, so you can enjoy the whole Exquisite series and catch up if you haven’t read the first one yet. To enter the ebook giveaway, just leave a comment with your email address, it’s as easy as that. This Giveaway is International and ends on February 11. The winner will be chosen using random.org and contacted on Feb 12.

Good Luck!



  

46 comments:

  1. These books are at the top of my TBR list. Can't wait to read them!

    Loved the interview! It's fun getting a peek inside the author's head.

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  2. I would love to read it!! Thanks for the giveaway!!
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  3. Thanks for the giveaway! would love to read it!!!

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  4. Excellent review. I really do need to read these two books soon.

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  5. Morning Ladies! Thank you for having me by today and taking the time to read, review and put up with me lol. I look forward to stopping by and chatting through the day. I hope this finally goes through, I am the least tech savy person I know and this is the third time - so if you get this message three times..THAT is how much I love you all ;-) Xx Ella

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  6. Awesome giveaway!! Thank you !!

    Loved the interview with Ella ;)

    Can't wait to read this series.

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  7. I have not read Entice, but I did borrow Exquiste and absolutely loved it! I heard great things about book 2 in the series.

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  8. Entice sounds hot! I love a strong female character. I would love to read this.
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  9. This series has been on my TBR list, forever!!
    I can't wait to read it: )
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  10. These have been on my TBR and I am looking forward to reading them, they sound great!!

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  11. These books have been on my wishlists for what seems to be forever! Thanks for the chance to win them. :)

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  12. Would love Entice :) Thanks for the chance!
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  13. I've been hearing great things about Exquisite & Entice :) I cannot wait! What a great giveaway!!!
    Stacy
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  14. Would love to win this ..Thanks
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  16. I have read many great reviews for both books. I like stories that cover the full range of emotions with smart and funny dialog, and interesting characters. This sounds like it has it all for me. I would love to win both books and discover a great new author! Thanks for the chance to win!
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  17. I would love to win these book! Thank you for the giveaway! Sportsfanz16@aol.com

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  18. Love it! I have discovered a new author and would be very excited to win! My e-mail address is

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    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  19. Love discovering a new author!
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    Thanks!!

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  20. Been hearing about this book all over! Looking forward to reading this series! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  21. Love the interview! Love exquisite and can't wait to read entice and there will be also edible! Can't wait.
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    Thank you!

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  22. Great interview, and the books sound sexy and, dare I say, enticing! ;)
    Also, I have to ask...does the husband actually attend the spinning class too, or just make sure you get there? Lol My hubs would kill me I tried take him to of those.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
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    1. Hey there mmph! Actually YES, my husband is the one who drags ME to the spinning class. He grew up running, biking and swimming. I grew up reading, writing and eating LOL. I hate the gym I will confess - he IS my motivator. Good luck!

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  23. I've heard great things about these books! Can't wait to read them! Great interview and thanks for the giveaway!
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  24. Awesome Book! Love Lena & Mason

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  25. Thanks for sharing the interesting post :)

    Congrats on the release

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  27. Easiest giveaway ever!

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  28. Thanks for the giveaway(:

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  29. Can't wait to try this author! EMAIL. jashworth1980@yahoo1980@yahoo.com


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  30. *hangs head in shame* I haven't read both books, but I'm dying to! :( They're both on my TBR list and I've read amazing reviews! Loved the interview btw! Happy to know that Ella is a cat person too! I've got 13 cats (had a dog, but Teri passed on due to old age) all strays, abandoned or abused victims that we adopted. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. I am definitely a cat person, I have always lived with at least one in the house. I love their quirky personalities and the fact that sometimes they just hate you for no reason. That sounds odd but come on - that is sass!

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  31. Oh my I would love a chance to read this series and any other books you have. You interview was great and I'm like you.. what I call little big dogs(little dogs who act like they are 150 pounds of Rottweiler) scare me our neighbors have 4 of the lol demon dogs. Thanks for the giveaways my email addy is ccthall@yahoo.com. thank in advance! Much love, Christy Hilton-Hall

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    1. Thanks Christy I love visiting with the ladies here at Swept Away, they are all so lovely and give great recommendations on books. I also see they are waiting for my must read this year JR WARD.
      Small dogs are crazy scary, those little things take a hold of your ankle and it's all over, they are fierce but you have to admire their bravery. Good luck! lol

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    2. We love having you Ella! Excuse my absence for the last day, I've been fighting through a snowstorm, but I'm finally home!

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    3. Thanks!! Great as always to be here! I thought you may get caught it that Karla you are up in Jersey if I remember right... What is it with you guys and major storms lately? Trying to give us down here in the south a reprieve for a while?

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  32. The books sound terrific! Can't wait to read them! I'm a cat person too; in fact a good book, a comfy chair and a cat on my lap makes for the perfect afternoon! Best of luck to you Ella in your writing career!!
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    1. Hmmmm...what about those crazy dogs of yours. I won't tell them you said that! You would love Ella's writing Kim, I hope you get to read her books soon. Thanks for stopping by and good luck!

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    2. Thank you Kimberly! I love having my cat in my lap too. But only after she is feed and content otherwise she drives me insane. I don't have children but I am thinking she is similar to a 6month old who is hungry.

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  33. Loved Exquisite! It is different to the Books I normally read & I throughly enjoyed it

    Love Lena & Mason

    Can't wait to read Shelley's story!

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    1. So sorry, I forgot to include my Email address.

      It is Dannii060@gmail.com

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    2. Stupid Ipad - it is Dannii0609@gmail.com

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  34. These books are up soon for me, so many great reviews from friends!!!!
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  35. Heard awesome things about the series. My GR friends gushing about it. Really love to read the books.
    Thx for the giveaway

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