Monday, July 08, 2019

SHADOWING STELLA - Elle E Kay - One Free Book

Welcome back, Elle. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I love reading romantic suspense, so it’s the genre that comes most naturally to me. I write romance, too, but romantic suspense/thriller is where I feel the most at home.

I love reading romantic suspense novels. Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
The day my son was born.

How has being published changed your life?
It’s given me a sense of accomplishment, and the work itself now takes up many hours of my life, but most things have stayed the same.

What are you reading right now?
I’m reading the Cape Refuge Collection by Terri Blackstock. I haven’t read enough to have an opinion yet, but I usually enjoy her books.

What is your current work in progress?
I’m finalizing the third and final book in the Endless Mountain Series due out later this month, Chasing Sofie.

I’m looking forward to featuring it on my blog, too. What would be your dream vacation?
I’d love to go back to Hawaii, but my husband wants to go to Alaska first, so Alaska it is. I’m sure I’d love it, too, but I’m not fond of the cold. I’d also love to go to Scotland. My ancestry is Scottish, and I’ve always longed to go there, but it’s chilly there, too, from what I understand.

I’ve had a couple of contemporary books with Scottish heroes. How do you choose your settings for each book?
Some of them are set in the area where I live, Pennsylvania’s Endless Mountain Region. Others are set out west because they’re Western historicals, so they would only make sense set there. Several of them take place in Cimarron in the New Mexico Territory, because I used to live in the Jemez Mountains, so I’m somewhat familiar with the terrain of the area, and it works well with the stories since it’s near the Santa Fe Trail.

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
That’s a tough one. I’m not much for celebrities or politicians, so I guess it would be my son, Ian. He’s stationed in San Antonio, so I haven’t seen him in a long time. I’d love a day to spend with the grandkids, too. We are hoping to plan a vacation to San Antonio, so we can see them all soon.

A lot of authors choose someone who isn’t a celebrity for that question. What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
Bird watching and playing with our farm animals. The goats provide endless hours of entertainment.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Starting. That’s it really. If I can write those first few words in each writing session, then the words will flow, but getting to the point where I open the document and start writing can be challenging. I tend to procrastinate.

What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Read craft books. You may think you know everything there is to know about writing from reading, but you don’t. There are things you don’t notice until you start writing yourself. Learn the craft. It will pay great dividends.

Tell us about the featured book.
Shadowing Stella is the first book in the Endless Mountain series. It was also my debut novel. It’s different from the other books I’ve written in that it offers additional points-of-view. Much of the book is personal to me, so it was a labor of love. The book touches on serious issues, but does so in a tasteful way that provides hope and encourages faith.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Stella rubbed her eyes. Her heart beat hard against her ribcage. She jumped up in the bed she’d been lying in. Holding the sheet in place with one hand she took in her surroundings. A high end hotel room it seemed. A painful stabbing sensation let her know all was not well. What am I doing here? Stella listened intently to make sure she was alone. When she rose, she looked out the window and noticed she was on an upper floor with a private balcony overlooking the ocean. The waves crashed violently against the sandy shoreline. As her senses awakened, she realized that her last memory was from the club the night before. She glanced around the room wildly. Finding her clothes stacked neatly on the chair, she dressed as quickly as she could with shaking fingers. It took several tries to get the button on her skirt fastened. What happened to me? Where are Cindy and Joan? I need to get out of here. Stella opened the door to the hallway and peeked out to make sure nobody was around. I’ve got to get home. She hurried to a nearby elevator. When she reached the lobby, she looked over at the front desk clerk; a middle-aged woman with long gray hair. For a moment, she considered talking to the woman, but decided against it.
Instead, she exited the hotel through the front doors, looking back at the older woman with the kind blue eyes one last time.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
Readers can find me on my website and on social media.

Thank you, Elle, for sharing another of your books with us. I’m eager to read it.

Readers, here are links to the book.
Shadowing Stella: A Christian Romantic Suspense Novel (Endless Mountain Series) - paperback
Shadowing Stella: A Christian Romantic Suspense Novel (Endless Mountain Series Book 1) - Kindle

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Melanie Backus said...

This book sound like one not to miss!
Melanie Backus, TX

Linda Kish said...

I love romantic suspense also. This sounds like a good one. Linda in So Cal.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Caryl Kane said...

Sounds like a must read!

Caryl K in TEXAS

Elle E. Kay said...

I hope you will enjoy Stella when you get the chance to read it. The third book in the series is going out to my ARC readers today. :D

Patty Camp said...

This looks like a great read! Love finding new authors in this genre. Blessings to you from Costa Rica!

Lucy Reynolds said...

Thank you for sharing a new author to me. I’m picking tomatoes and cucumbers here in WV.

Elle E. Kay said...

Tomatoes and cucumbers sound good, Lucy, send some this way. Lol. 😃 I never got my vegetable garden planted this year. Too busy writing.

rubynreba said...

Looking forward to this! Thanks for the chance to win.
Beth from IA

Sharon Bryant said...

Enter me in your awesome giveaway!!
Conway SC.

Lourdes said...

Okay caught my attention, would love to win.

Lourdes Long Island NY