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

"“What do you want, Cade?” he asked, wondering what brought the mighty warrior to his door.
“I want to help,” Cade replied, just as another body landed not far away.
The figure dropped into a graceful crouch, his wings extended, until he landed on the ground and his right ankle went out from under him. “Damn!” he cursed.
Skye was so shocked that he looked to his old friend in wonder. Who is this child? he asked, taking in the cropped dark hair and green eyes of Cade's new companion that appeared so familiar. I know him, he admitted.
Cade stepped across to his friend and helped steady him to his feet, smiling as he ignored his questions. “Are you alright, my love?” he questioned, as they both dusted the dirt from his clothes.
“Yeah,” the stranger complained, with a frown. “I just figured I'd have this down by now.” He sighed and shook it off, only to beam up at Cade. “I might have…possibly…bruised my lips.”
Cade laughed – actually laughed – at the pathetic human teasing and kissed the young man he was with. It was the first time Skye had seen Cade kiss a human in centuries. “I will see to all your aches soon, my love,” he promised, while he patted down the oversized jumper that kept him warm on this cold night.
“You better,” the man said, ducking in for another quick kiss."

Cacodemon Book 2

Eyes on the Angel, by Elaine White

Withered + Sere (Immemorial Year #1) by T.J. Klune
Withered + Sere (Immemorial Year #1) by T.J. Klune

Once upon a time, humanity could no longer contain the rage that swelled within, and the world ended in a wave of fire. 

One hundred years later, in the wasteland formerly known as America, a broken man who goes only by the name of Cavalo survives. Purposefully cutting himself off from what remains of civilization, Cavalo resides in the crumbling ruins of the North Idaho Correctional Institution. A mutt called Bad Dog and a robot on the verge of insanity comprise his only companions. Cavalo himself is deteriorating, his memories rising like ghosts and haunting the prison cells. 

It’s not until he makes the dangerous choice of crossing into the irradiated Deadlands that Cavalo comes into contact with a mute psychopath, one who belongs to the murderous group of people known as the Dead Rabbits. Taking the man prisoner, Cavalo is forced not only to face the horrors of his past, but the ramifications of the choices made for his stark present. And it is in the prisoner that he will find a possible future where redemption is but a glimmer that darkly shines. 

The world has died. 

This is the story of its remains.

Facts About Me: Top 10 Films of All Time

Okay, I'm not going to explain myself because there are a million reasons I love each of them. And if you've never seen them, go watch them! (In no particular order...)

 

Willow

Labyrinth

The Princess Bride

John Wick

My Cousin Vinny

Big Trouble in Little China

Streets of Fire

Dangerous Minds

Stick It

Stargate

 

Teaser Tuesday: The Chosen

Black Magic (Women Writers of Urban Fantasy #1) - S.J. Davis, Rue Volley, Faith Marlow, Lily Luchesi, Sarah Hall, Nicole Thorn, Laurencia Hoffman, Elizabeth A. Lance, Elaine  White

 

The Chosen

smarturl.it/BlackMagicWWS

Charity Anthology for Meals on Wheels

#MM #PNR #BlackMagic #lgbtq #indieauthor #supernatural

 

 

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Mirror Mirror by Cara Delevingne, Rowan Coleman
Mirror Mirror by Cara Delevingne, Rowan Coleman

A book from my Netgalley TBR list.

 

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"Among the students of Pimlico Academy, Red, Leo, Rose, and Naomi are misfits—outsiders who have found a safe haven in music and their band, Mirror, Mirror. For these sixteen year olds, fitting in at school is nearly as difficult as navigating their complicated home lives. Red has an alcoholic mother and a father who’s never around. Leo’s brother is in prison. Rose uses sex and alcohol to numb the pain of a brutal attack. Naomi’s punk rock princess persona gives her the freedom to be her true self.

When Naomi mysteriously vanishes and then is found unconscious, her friends are shaken and confused. Could it have been an accident—or did someone deliberately try to hurt Naomi? If she was in trouble, why didn’t she turn to them? How well do they really know their bandmate—and each other? If Naomi wakes up from her coma, will she ever be the same?

To understand what happened to Naomi, Red, Leo, and Rose must ultimately face their own dark secrets and fears, and reconcile the difference between what they feel inside and what they show to the world."

"Peregrine, what have you done? Cade's voice rang inside his head.
Perry fell against the table and gripped the sides, to stop himself from falling to the floor. It was such a welcome relief to hear Cade's voice in his head. But he sounded disappointed and sad.
He'd hoped Cade would never have to know what he'd done, but now that he knew, he tried to think of how to explain. Cade. He smiled as he thought about him, fresh tears coming to his eyes. I love you. A part of me will never leave you, but this is how it has to be, he apologised.
Then, he did what had to be done. He closed his eyes and located the invisible thread that tied his mind to Cade's. Whatever he was going to experience from now on, he didn't want Cade being aware of it. He couldn't serve one Master with his body, while his mind sought out another.
He cut the tie and fell to the floor, as his knees gave out.
Perry leaned forward, to rest his forehead on the solid marble table, and couldn't help his instincts.
Please God, forgive me."

Cacodemon Book 1

Deal With the Devil, by Elaine White.

We Met in Dreams by Rowan McAllister
We Met in Dreams by Rowan McAllister

In Victorian London, during a prolonged and pernicious fog, fantasy and reality are about to collide—at least in one man’s troubled mind.

A childhood fever left Arthur Middleton, Viscount Campden, seeing and hearing things no one else does, afraid of the world outside, and unable to function as a true peer of the realm. To protect him from himself—and to protect others from him—he spends his days heavily medicated and locked in his rooms, and his nights in darkness and solitude, tormented by visions, until a stranger appears.

This apparition is different. Fox says he’s a thief and not an entirely good sort of man, yet he returns night after night to ease Arthur’s loneliness without asking for anything in return. Fox might be the key that sets Arthur free, or he might deliver the final blow to Arthur’s tenuous grasp on sanity. Either way, real or imaginary, Arthur needs him too much to care.

Fox is only one of the many secrets and specters haunting Campden House, and Arthur will have to face them all in order to live the life of his dreams.

Facts About Me: Interview

What can you tell me about yourself?

I'm an author and reader equally, because I'm a firm believer in that you can't be an author if you don't read. I always find that I'm inspired by the most surprising things, so I love to keep all avenues open, when it comes to being creative.

I'm a geek, with a fandom and book obsession and a mild collector's problem. I am not a hoarder, though I'm pretty sure I would be if I had the money to afford it. Books don't count.

I've got an addiction personality, so when I write then I usually write a lot. When I edit, I edit a few books in a row and, similarly, when I read, I tend to read for about two weeks straight. It's the way I function; I get in the mood for something and just keep following that mood until it breaks.

 

Where do you see yourself five years from now?

Hopefully still writing. Maybe a little fitter and slimmer? That would be great. Being disabled means that it's hard to beat the medication-induced weight, and being a writer who sits for 90% of my day really doesn't help. I'm trying to break some bad habits this year, so my hope is that they're completely broken 5 years from now. I should, at least, have made a decent headway into getting more books published and more books off my TBR. Right now, like every other day, reading and writing is my main priority.

 

What are you working on at the minute?

I've got a lot of projects on the go, right now, but I'm currently writing an enemies to lovers story.

Blurb: "Dante was raised in a gang environment. He was raised with expectations of taking over the gang, just as soon as he turned of age. But he didn't want to live his life by the gun, fighting over egos and territory.

At the age of eighteen, he escaped into the army, with the help of the one man who should have been his enemy...Cassius. Leader of a rival gang, he shouldn't be the only friend Dante has. He shouldn't be his first crush. He shouldn't be anything to him, much less the architect of his escape.

So when his military career crashes after two years, Dante is forced to return home to the same pressures, the same expectations and the same dangers he thought he'd left behind. And the only person who can save him from his family legacy is the one man who is more dangerous than all the rest. To Dante's life...and his heart."

 

 

Do you let the book stew – leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit?

I'm a weird writer. I don't seem to fit any of the stereotypes or 'styles' that others do. After a book is completed, I let it sit for a few weeks or months then come back to edit it, then leave it for a few more months before editing it again and again and again. I like to do about 10 edits before I submit it to any publishers, just because I know I struggle with editing and want it to be perfect. But when it comes to writing a book, there are times when I hit a block and reading back what I've already written is the only way to keep going, but there are also times when I zip straight through from page one to The End without stopping and don't edit it for months. I especially like to do this if I'm going to be writing a series one after the other. Then I'll stop at the end or when I get stuck, to go back and refresh what's happened before.

 

For your own reading, do you prefer e-books or traditional paper/hard back books?

Definitely e-books. I have weak muscles and nerves in my hands/wrists/arms, so holding a paperback or hardback can be far too painful to do it too often. I'm a sucker for a good bargain, though, so if I can get a paperback or hardback cheaper than the e-book, to suit my budget, I'll definitely not hesitate to buy it. It just means that I have to plan my reading of that book for when I know I won't be doing much else.

 

Pen or typewriter or computer?

Oh God! Computer! Definitely. For the same reasons as above, a pen or typewriter would kill me! Sometimes a laptop is just as bad, but I've really fallen in love with my new one, the Samsung Tab Pro S. It's smaller than I'm used to, but that means the keys are a little closer together, leaving me to do much less stretching across the board to reach the keys I want. Even if I keep missing the 'k' for no reason I can fathom.

 

Do you write Alone or in public?

Alone. I can write with just one or two people in the room, but it generally has to be really quite for me to work. I don't like music or noise when I'm writing, since I usually end up distracted and sing along more than I write. In the right atmosphere – my comfy chair, feet up, food/drink nearby, the dog settled, no noise and alone in the house – I can get chapters and chapters written in a day. Or spend it on Facebook. Either way, it's how I function best.

 

Goals of certain # of words a week or when inspiration strikes?

Oh, nope. I could never constrict myself to a set number of words. It would drive me insane. Although I plan the vague outline of my plot – the who, the why, the how and the when – as well as a few specific conversations/events I want to happen, I'm a pantser. I can either write thousands of words a day or two sentences. Either way, I believe in following the muse and never putting shackles on her. I would either be constantly kicking myself for not meeting a deadline word count or I'd get too confident about over-reaching it.

 

Teaser Tuesday: The Trade

The Trade - Elaine  White

 

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

#TeamLiam or #TeamRocky

 

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Source: http://smarturl.it/TheTrade
Handbook for Mortals (Handbook for Mortals #1) by Lani Sarem
Handbook for Mortals (Handbook for Mortals #1) by Lani Sarem

A book from my Netgalley TBR list.

 

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"Zade Holder has always been a free-spirited young woman, from a long dynasty of tarot-card readers, fortunetellers, and practitioners of magick. Growing up in a small town and never quite fitting in, Zade is determined to forge her own path. She leaves her home in Tennessee to break free from her overprotective mother Dela, the local resident spellcaster and fortuneteller.

Zade travels to Las Vegas and uses supernatural powers to become part of a premiere magic show led by the infamous magician Charles Spellman. Zade fits right in with his troupe of artists and misfits. After all, when everyone is slightly eccentric, appearing "normal" is much less important.

Behind the scenes of this multimillion-dollar production, Zade finds herself caught in a love triangle with Mac, the show's good-looking but rough-around-the-edges technical director and Jackson, the tall, dark, handsome and charming bandleader."

"“Why don't you sit over here with me? If we're going to read this, then it's stupid to be at opposite sides of the room,” he said, to divert his thoughts.
Liam flashed him a happy smile and practically bounded over to his bed, before getting comfortable. He lay with his head on the pillow and his legs stretched across Rock's lap.
Rock gave them a shove onto the bed. He might have done just about anything to get good grades, but Liam hadn't mentioned sleeping together. He was keeping his clothes on and as much of his dignity as he could.
“Coward,” Liam fake coughed into his hand."

The Trade, by Elaine White

Mending Noel (North Pole City Tales #1) by Charlie Cochet
Mending Noel (North Pole City Tales #1) by Charlie Cochet

All is not sparkly snowflakes and sweet candy canes in North Pole City. Office workers Tim and Noel do nothing all day but antagonize each other—petty fighting that might be based on hatred… or a heated mutual attraction. It’s up to Jack Frost and his elf-friend Rudy to broach the hostilities and introduce some Christmas kisses, but is the Frost Prince up to the challenge of launching a new romance when someone’s trying to break his holiday spirit?

Facts About Me: Top 10 Movie Franchises

I'm a total action girl, at heart. I ship Stucky and Drarry. I love the Mummy movies, both original and Tom Cruise, too, but I couldn't justify kicking anything off this list to fit them in. ;) I'm a huge fan of Han, from Fast and Furious, and I believe Die Hard is a Christmas movie. Yes, I said it. It has decorations, a Christmas party, presents, snow, Christmas music and a really jolly Ho Ho Ho teddy bear on the elevator. What else could it be but a Christmas movie?

 

So, here, in no particular order, is my list of top 10 movies that were made into a series.

 

  • Die Hard
  • Fast and Furious
  • Mission Impossible
  • Bourne
  • Anything Marvel
  • Resident Evil
  • Predator (I'll include AVP and Prometheus here, but I'm not a fan of the original Alien movies)
  • Lord of the Rings / The Hobbit
  • Blade
  • Harry Potter

 

Teaser Tuesday: Forged in Fire

Forged in Fire - Elaine  White

 

Forged in Fire, by Elaine White

http://smarturl.it/Forged.in.Fire

They were forged in fire, but can they survive the flames?

#MM #Military #lgbtq #indieauthor #mmromance

 

 

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Source: http://smarturl.it/Forged.in.Fire

Hello!

It's been a really long time since I was last on BookLikes. To be honest, it's a simple matter of being forgetful. I forgot I even had an account here, until recently, when someone reminded me.

 

Now...I'm back!

 

I hope you all had a great Holiday season. Things were nice and quiet here at home. We had some family round and enjoyed a nice family Christmas. We'll be having an even quieter New Year, as my mum is working, so our celebrations will be delayed until the next day.

 

I've figured out a new schedule for this new year, so expect to see a lot of book recommendations, thanks to my reviews for Divine Magazine and Netgalley, as well as some teasers and promo posts for my own writing. I'll slip in the occasional 'inspirational' post.

  

So here's to a new year, new goals, and new friendships.

 

A Tangle of Secrets

A Tangle of Secrets - R.G. Thomas Book – A Tangle of Secrets (The Town of Superstition #4)
Author – R.G. Thomas
Star rating - ★★★★☆
No. of Pages – 277
Cover – Perfect!
POV – 3rd person, one character
Would I read it again – Yes
Genre – LGBT, Young Adult, Adventure, Coming-of-Age


** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK FOR MY READING PLEASURE **
Reviewed for Divine Magazine


This story is a difficult one to review, because it's mostly quite a negative story – full of negative emotions, chaos and a lot of bad teen experiences happening to a teenager – but on the other hand, there are some shining moments of joy and relief that match the previous books. For me, this is the first book that felt really long and a hard slog to work through. This was mostly due to the negative experiences and emotions that took over the majority of the book. It made it hard to be stuck in for so many hours at a time. I had to put the book down a few times, just to get a little relief from the intense teen hormones causing so much negativity.

The story offers a few new supernatural aspects than before: revisiting the wizard heritage, introducing ghosts, and changelings. However, it felt that a lot of magical stuff was going on at one time and it made it harder to follow from one sub-plot to another. Despite them all being interlinked with each other, the various sub-plots were often abandoned and not fully explored to my liking, because the story focused too much on Thaddeus' experiences in high school and his emotions. I wanted him to have an adventure, but he didn't. He watched Teofil and his siblings go off on adventures, investigating things without him, off page, while Thaddeus dealt with teen drama. I would have liked to have had a dual POV or split POV so that we could follow Teofil on his journey and see what he was experiencing.

I found the new characters interesting, and there was no shortage of suspects for who Logan, Lucius and his thugs might be pretending to be. The intrigue was high, the chaos full scale, and there was plenty of emotional intensity. I loved when Teofil and Thaddeus were alone together, but when other people were there, the chemistry was ruined and Thaddeus began acting like a stranger. It was only when they were together that he was the same old Thaddeus that I've grown to love throughout the series. I was a little disappointed at the distance Teofil put between them, but was prepared for that after reading the blurb. All of this came together to really show the dramatic change in Thaddeus and add another layer to the plot that helped explain all of the negativity and bad experiences as being related to his mood and vice versa.

In the end, the answers given settled some of the issues I'd had and made sense of them, questions were answered and plots were resolved. It just felt like it took a long time to get there. Overall, it was a book of two halves. It really did resolve the overall plot, with an ending that I could buy, while also leaving the possibility of more in the future, but it was a tough read, emotionally. I found myself losing interest at points, just because there was so much negativity all clumped together. I could have used a break from the onslaught of emotional torment, but I did like that it answered a lot of questions and finished off the story well. I could happily read more in this series in the future, and if that isn't in the cards, then that's okay with me too, because this one offered a solution and ending that sits well with me. I'll definitely be buying these books in paperback, just as soon as I can.

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Favourite Quotes

““It hasn't been easy for you, has it?” Thaddeus asked.
His father shrugged. “Not always, no. But I had a great motivation to do the right thing.”
“What was that?”
“Keeping you alive.””