Elaine White's Life in Books

The Author

 

Elaine White is the author of multi-genre romance, covering everything from paranormal, crime and contemporary. Growing up in a small town and fighting cancer in her early teens taught her that life is short and dreams should be pursued. Living vicariously through her independent, and often hellion characters, she lives comfortably at home with a pack of wolves cleverly disguised as one standard poodle. The Winner of two Watty Awards – Collector's Dream (An Unpredictable Life) and Hidden Gem (Faithfully) – and an Honourable Mention in 2016's Rainbow Awards (A Royal Craving) she has explored the worlds of multiple genres, but remains a romantic at heart. A self-professed geek, Elaine has fallen in love with reading and writing LGBT romance, offering diversity in both genre and character within her stories.

 

The Reviewer

 

I’m an author and reader, who just can’t get away from books. I discovered the MM genre a few years ago and became addicted.

Top #50 UK reviewer on Goodreads
#1 reviewer on Divine Magazine

Perfect Liars by Rebecca Reid
Perfect Liars by Rebecca Reid

TBR for Netgalley:

 

They have it all. And they’ll do anything to keep it that way.

For fans of The Girlfriend and Liane Moriarty as well as TV hits Doctor Foster and The Replacement.

Sixteen years ago, best friends Nancy, Georgia and Lila did something unspeakable. Their crime forged an unbreakable bond between them, a bond of silence. But now, one of them wants to talk.

One wrong word and everything could be ruined, their lives, their careers, their relationships. It's up to Georgia to call a crisis dinner. But things do not go as planned.

Three women walk in to the dinner, but only two will leave.

Murder isn't so difficult the second time around...

Gripping and unputdownable, Perfect Liars tells the story of a group of friends bound by their dark pasts and their desperate need to keep their secrets hidden from the world around them. How far would you go to protect the life you’ve built?

"The world stopped.
It didn't spin and the earth didn't move. Javon was entirely sure about that. It simply stopped. The sound from the movie, the action of the screen to the right, that had been distracting and out the corner of his eye, was all gone. Rook, Vito and Digby disappeared and the entire world whittled down to Tracy. Tracy's lips moving. Tracy's voice saying those words. Tracy. Tracy. Tracy.
Javon grabbed the arm closest to him and fell forward to rest his forehead against a strong shoulder. Now the world was spinning. Moving so fast that he felt like throwing up."

The Bright Side Brigade, by Elaine White

 

COMING SOON

Facts About Me: John Wayne Quotes

I love  movies, and classic westerns. I grew up watching them, because my dad was a big fan, and I learned a lot from them.

I thought I'd share a few of my favourite moments/quotes with you:

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Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday.

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I would like to be remembered, well ... the Mexicans have a phrase, "Feo fuerte y formal". Which means he was ugly, strong and had dignity.

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Becky! Come here. Somethin' I ought to tell you. Guess now's as good a time as any. You're going to have every young buck west of the Missouri around here tryin' to marry you - mostly because you're a handsome filly, but partly because I own everything in this country from here to there. They'll think you're going to inherit it. Well, you're not. I'm going to leave most of it to, well, to the nation really, for a park where no lumbermen'll cut down all the trees for houses with leaky roofs. Nobody'll kill all the beaver for hats for dudes nor murder the buffalo for robes. What I'm going to give you is a 500 cow spread on the Upper Green River. Now that may not seem like much, but it's more than we had, your mother and I. Some folks are gonna say I'm doin' all this so I can sit up in the hereafter and look down on a park named after me, or that I was disappointed in you - didn't want you to get all that money. But the real reason, Becky, is because I love you, and I want you and some young man to have what I had, because all the gold in the United States Treasury and all the harp music in heaven can't equal what happens between a man and a woman with all that growin' together. I can't explain it any better than that.

 

 

 

 

Teaser Tuesday: Never Let Me Go

#teasertuesday

Never Let Me Go, by Elaine White

Coming August 20th

What if...is a whole other story.

http://smarturl.it/NeverLetMeGo.TBR

#neverletmego #theonethatgotaway #lgbtq #indieauthor #mmromance #authorsofig

 

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Source: http://smarturl.it/NeverLetMeGo.TBR
A Son of the Sun by Fabien Nury,  Eric Henninot (Illustrator)
A Son of the Sun by Fabien Nury, Eric Henninot (Illustrator)

Parlay is the French king of a dying island tribe and the father of the sublime Armande. He’s selling his pearls, a fortune collected from his island’s lagoon. The wealthiest traders in the Solomon Islands have been invited to the auction, except for David Grief, the Englishman the natives call the Son of the Sun. Come hell or high water—probably both—Grief will be there. And he isn’t coming for the pearls.

 

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REVIEW

 

** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK FOR MY READING PLEASURE **
Copy received through Netgalley

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A Son of the Sun is based on Jack London novels. While I've never been a Jack London reader, I found this graphic novel to be beautifully illustrated, with that old-fashioned grit and colour of classic books, and well paced, with a great plot.

A Son of the Sun, by Fabian Nury
★★★★☆
80 Pages

Let's start with the simple stuff:

Would I read it again?: Yes!
Genre: Comic, Graphic Novel, Adventure
Content Warning: deals with alcoholism, gambling, slavery, suicide, racism


Now, let's get down to the nitty gritty:

David Grief is an interesting lead character. He has everything he could want at his disposal, wealth, respect, a business empire, but he has nothing really to live for since the woman he loved committed suicide. There are a whole host of other traders and sailors, but he's the main plot, and by far the most interesting.

There are hints that this “Parlay” character is the one bringing them all together, but that Grief is the only one not invited, and we don't really know why until they reach Parlay's island. The slow trickle of information and backstory was really well done, I loved the snippets of flashbacks and the hints that were littered throughout, but never too heavily relied on.

The writing style is great, for a graphic novel. It gives the same kind of detail and background as a novel could, but in a condensed form and keeping only to the bullet point facts that we need to know to follow the story. The plot was well paced and told a great story about the dangers of greed, lust, and love. About how pride could hurt yourself more than anyone else, in the end. And that last panel was a perfect ending.

The one fault I had – the reason it's not a 5 star review – is because the format of the pdf meant that it was hard to read. If it had been in comic form (cbr/cbz) then I could have used a comic reader to read each individual panel. However, that option wasn't available, so I had to enlarge the page, which meant that the page took a moment to adjust and sometimes didn't; I often ended up with blurry text that was hard to read, no matter how far I zoomed in. It made for a difficult reading experience and I missed a few speech bubbles, for the simple fact they were too small and too blurry to read, which, in the end, affected the flow and ease of reading.

However, the story still managed to come through, so I'd still read it again.

Although it's currently not available on paperback, I'd definitely buy it. I'm also going to get the original novel, and read that. This graphic novel was a great introduction to Jack London's work, for me, and I'm eager to read more from both this author and him.

"“What are you thinking?” he asked softly, trying not to break the spell of comfort that surrounded them.
Rory turned his head and smiled. “Nothing. And I kind of like it,” he confessed in a near whisper, “it's like I'm surrounded by you, in all the ways that I could ever want. You're right here, beside me, and I can feel your heat. I can hear your breath, and feel it when you look at me; I can feel every move you make and it's like...like we're the same. One heart, one soul, one breath.”
There he was; his romantic Rory, fighting through all his insecurities and fears to say something utterly beautiful."

Never Let Me Go, by Elaine White

Source: http://smarturl.it/NeverLetMeGo.TBR

Facts About Me: The 90s

I'm a total child of the 90's. I was born in 1986, so the 90's were everything to me. Hanson made me bop to Mmmbop, then stole my heart with “With You in Your Dreams.” I shouted “Roger!” along with Sister, Sister; I sang “Shake You Whammy Fanny, Funky Song, Funky Song” along with Sabrina the Teenage Witch. And I STILL do those things, now that I'm 30-ish. And I will ALWAYS do those things when the mood takes me. Because those were important times, my pivotal growing years, and those stay with you longer than any other era of your life.

I still think that “I Got Soul” is one of the best charity songs of the 90's, and the Spice Girls rule forever! I still think Buffy the Vampire Slayer is the best vampire TV show on the planet. Sweet Valley High were the first teen-fiction books I ever read, and I wish I'd bought them instead of loaning them from the library, because I would kill to re-read them (but they're either very expensive or impossible to get your hands on, these days) I still know all the words to All Saint's “Never Ever”. I still know the names of every member of A1, Boyzone, Westlife, 5ive, N'Sync, Backstreet Boys, and all the big boy bands of the day. In fact, I was one of the only people at a Boyzone concern to know who the opening act of Next of Kin were. True story! And, I knew (then) and know (now) all the words to their only hit.

 

(Oh, and you're welcome for the constant run of “Shake You Whammy Fanny, Funky Song, Funky Song” that is now stuck in your head. And mine.)

 

P.S. If you want to check out some of my favourite 90's tunes, including some cheese-tastic hits from Mandy Moore, The Moffats, Amy Studt, Billie Piper, and Robson & Jerome, check out my soundtrack for The Bright Side Brigade. It is 90's pop ALL over!

 

Teaser Tuesday: The One That Got Away

#teasertuesday

The One That Got Away, by Elaine White

http://smarturl.it/TOTGA.EW

Can Bradley finally capture the one that got away?

#theonethatgotaway #lgbtq #indieauthor #mmromance #authorsofig

 

 

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Source: http://smarturl.it/TOTGA.EW
Katey Hawthorne - Superpowered Love #1: Equilibrium
Katey Hawthorne - Superpowered Love #1: Equilibrium

TBR for Netgalley:

 

 

Hansen has been hot for Sam since they first bonded over their secret superpowers—literally hot, since Hansen can produce fire from thin air. But Sam is always covered in girls, so Hansen keeps his feelings deeply buried and settles for being Sam's best friend.

Then Sam's electrical powers go haywire in public, and in the fallout a mutual attraction is forced to the surface—but bisexuality is new to Sam, and Hansen is afraid to admit he's in love. And in the midst of trying to figure out themselves and each other, they have to face—and survive—the unfriendly witness to Sam's explosion.

 

Source: http://lessthanthreepress.com/books/index.php?main_page=product_bookx_info&cPath=123&products_id=1640
"“Please,” Rory whispered. “I can't take much more of this,” he said, leaning in to kiss him, briefly. “I'm miserable without you, Bradley.” He ran his hands up his chest and weaved long fingers through his hair, as he nudged their noses. “I'm sorry for everything. All I wanted was for you to love me, openly. I don't understand this fierce protection of your privacy and I'm sorry for that,” he continued, rambling and kissing him lightly.
“I'm sorry I never listened when I should have. When it mattered. I'm sorry I was so heartbroken over losing you that I couldn't open your letter, until you told me you loved me four and a half weeks ago,” he muttered to himself. “That's why I read it to you. Because I opened it, for the first time, the night you stood in this parking lot, screaming that you loved me,” he admitted, turning his head to kiss his cheek.
Bradley was stunned into silence. He didn't have the first clue what to say or how to react.
“I don't want to wait another twelve years,” Rory whispered desperately, kissing his lips. This time, he responded, losing all of his fight at the tender contact. “I've wasted enough time. You're right; I never listened, because I was too scared. I was terrified you were going to say that you'd had another baby before me, that you'd find another one after me,” he confessed quietly, kissing his lips.
“Why didn't you trust me?” Bradley asked, deflated and unable to fight any longer. He just stood there, scared to walk away and scared to move forward.
“Because you mean more to me than anyone else.” Rory smiled and framed his face in both hands. “I could believe anyone but you. You're perfect, why would you ever want me?” he asked."

The One That Got Away, by Elaine White

Source: http://smarturl.it/TOTGA.EW

Facts About Me: Best Movie Ending

So, there's a debate on Twitter about #bestmovieending

For me? West Side Story. I've loved that movie for most of my life, and that final scene has always killed me, every single time I watch it.

Everything about the lead up to those last ten minutes is gut-wrenching, with Maria holding Tony as the two gangs stand there, realising what they've done. But then Maria says:

"You all killed him and my brother and Riff. Not with guns or bullets, but with hate. Well, I can kill too, because I have hate."

It has to be one of the most profound and relevant moments in movie history.

That movie taught me so much about life, about the world, and about how good people with nothing better to do could get caught up in something they don't understand. How one act can change the course of a life forever.

Natalie Wood was stunning, nailing the acting and the emotion of the role. And the movie still holds up today, challenging the same issues that we're still dealing with in the world. The best thing about it is that it challenged this concept of Romeo and Juliet, that she couldn't live without him. And though Maria talked about how there might be one bullet left for her, she didn't do it. She knew Tony didn't want that. That she had a family and friends and a life to live. She went on, so that he would never be forgotten and so that she could help change the hate that had taken over her streets. That is a true inspiration.

P.S. On the soundtrack, there is actually one track that is the whole last scene. With gentle music, then Marie shouting for Tony, and Tony getting shot. Right there, on the track. I used to cry just listening to that one track, never mind watching the movie.

 

 

Teaser Tuesday: Following Orders

#teasertuesday

Following Orders, by Elaine White

http://smarturl.it/FollowingOrders

Can Christian follow orders...or will Duncan prove too hard to resist?

#ACE #lgbtq #indieauthor #mmromance

 

 

Source: http://smarturl.it/FollowingOrders
The Devil You Know by Camilla Quinn
The Devil You Know by Camilla Quinn

Tom used to be a lot of things: assassin, interrogator, sadist. But for the past decade he's worked on being a better person, a good father to his loving daughter. But for a man with his past, a bullet is the only end he can expect—he just hopes his daughter will survive the inevitable fallout. 

Doro has no illusions about himself: provocateur, infiltrator, killer. Even though he's one of the youngest assets the Vaylen Crime Family puts in the field, he's skilled and eager to prove himself. 

After years of civil war, the Family has finally settled, and their leader wants to tie up loose ends. That includes sending Doro to get rid of the only man to ever walk away from the Family, the man once known as The Devil.

 

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REVIEW

 

Book – The Devil You Know
Author – Camilla Quinn
Star rating - ★★★★★
No. of Pages – 91
Cover – Creepy!
POV – 3rd person, multi-POV, present tense
Would I read it again – Yes!
Genre – LGBT, Assassin, Contemporary
Content Warning – memories of violence, kidnap, torture, dissociative identity disorder


** COPY RECEIVED THROUGH NETGALLEY **



This was a refreshing and original take on the whole assassin/mafia enforcer theme. 

Present tense is usually not my friend, but I really liked how it was used here to provide a more intimate view of the personalities at play. The characters were both real and slightly typical of the mafia genre, well developed and explored, without any kind of info dump for back stories. I loved the father/daughter dynamics between Tom and Jessie; the chemistry between Tom/the Devil and Doro. The POV was split between all of the main characters – Tom and his split personality, the Devil; Jessie; and Doro. They all got to show their own thoughts and experiences, which really helped explore the delicate dynamics between them all. It also helped with the isolation of the location, making the story much more character and plot focused. I particularly loved the bit about using Christmas music as torture.

Overall, it was a great exploration of the genre, with originality and great characters. I'd love to read more with these characters, but I also really love the perfectly ambiguous and HFN ending.

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Favourite Quote

“His instructors used to speak of this man, spun of flames and nightmares. They spoke of his violence, his ingenuity, his insight. He used to think they exaggerated.
As he drifts into the darkness, he realized they did not.”

Source: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37487095-the-devil-you-know
"With a sigh, the man traced his fingers just above the picture, too far too smudge it, but enough to show his approval and amazement. “There is love, here. The love of these two men you have drawn. Yet there is a sense of longing and distance, that tells me you are not one of those men, nor do you need to be. You admire them, you care for them and – the most amazing of all – you truly see them, for who they are,” he explained, shaking his head as he spoke softly, with reverence. “You see their good and bad sides, the truths and secrets that they hide even from themselves.” With that said, he sighed and handed the notebook back.
Bredy had never heard anyone speak of his drawings in such a way. Surprised, he looked down at the picture he had drawn and tried to see all that this man had, but he was not able to. Perhaps it was because he had drawn the image and was too close to the subjects, or perhaps this man saw something that Bredy never could."

COMING SOON

 

A Royal Legacy: Part One

Book 4 in The Royal Series

Elaine White

Source: http://smarturl.it/TheRoyalSeries

Facts About Me: Writing Plans for 2018

I have a whole lot of goals for 2018, most of which is completing lists that I've already started, such as my huge Netgalley TBR, and finishing books that have been started but not completed.

This post will keep me accountable...it's my list of books that have been started and that I want to finish writing in 2018.

 

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Angelicae is a follow-up series that moves on from the events of Cacodemon, but by focusing on the children: Wesley, Dwain, Shiloh and Samael. I wrote Victims of the Night, which introduces a new character who will be really important, but although I started the official Book 1: The Failing, I have yet to get even halfway through it.

 

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Creatures of the Night is the one series that is almost complete. It is so nearly finished! I have books 1-4 written, edited, and ready to go. But Book 5 hasn't even been started, despite having a definite plot for both 5 and 6. I just need time to work through 1-4, refresh my memory of what's happened so far, and get my butt sat down to write 5 and 6.

 

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By Appointment Only is my first BDSM series and I think that's the problem. I love how Book 1 turned out, but after writing Book 2 I began to have doubts about whether it fitted, whether it went the way I hoped it would, and whether it was any good. I had a total crisis of confidence that stopped me starting Book 3. However, I have a set plot for all the books, so I just need to pick up my big girl pants and get it done.

 

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This series is a little darker than my usual writing. It's still contemporary, but it's a little less romantic and more "I need you, I want you". Plus, the MC's are all "bad guys" in the sense that they all have a history of being in a gang, which ties them together, and they're unapologetic about the things they're willing to do to get what they want. I have Book 1 halfway finished, with strict plans for Books 2 and 3. I just need the time to sit down and write it.

 

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This is my first fantasy series and I'm really eager to get it done. I loved how Book 1 turned out, with a faint twist on the Maleficent/Sleeping Beauty concept of two kingdoms at war and a child being the key to their feud. I just tweaked the rest of it so that it was wholly original. Books 2 and 3 are set in the same world, but each book is set at least a few hundred years apart.

 

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Finally, my first sci-fi series. I have book 1 written, book 2 started and definite plans for all the novels. However, I ended up incorporating other books/series into this one, which is why it looks like so many books. It's going to be a series of Volumes, four volumes in total. Each volume will have a trilogy spanning one plot, but all the volumes will take place in the same world and reference the characters of previous/future books. It really is as intricate and complicated as it reads, which is why I haven't gotten very far with it. The first three books were always planned, the second trilogy an addition when I fell in love with secondary characters, and the final two trilogies were only added after I incorporated an 11 book series into this one. So, there is a lot of work to be done.

 

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Teaser Tuesday: The Trade

#teasertuesday

The Trade, by Elaine White

http://smarturl.it/TheTrade

Will the trade he agrees to, be the only trade he makes?

#MM #Swimmer #TheTrade #lgbtq #indieauthor #mmromance #authorsofig

#TeamLiam or #TeamRocky

 

 

Source: http://smarturl.it/TheTrade