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.
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
Cacodemon Book 2
Eyes on the Angel, by Elaine White
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.
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...)
The Princess Bride
My Cousin Vinny
Big Trouble in Little China
Streets of Fire
Charity Anthology for Meals on Wheels
#MM #PNR #BlackMagic #lgbtq #indieauthor #supernatural
A book from my Netgalley TBR list.
"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."
Cacodemon Book 1
Deal With the Devil, by Elaine White.
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.
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.
The Trade, by Elaine White
Will the trade he agrees to, be the only trade he makes?
#MM #Swimmer #TheTrade #lgbtq #indieauthor #mmromance
#TeamLiam or #TeamRocky
A book from my Netgalley TBR list.
"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."
The Trade, by Elaine White
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?
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.
Forged in Fire, by Elaine White
They were forged in fire, but can they survive the flames?
#MM #Military #lgbtq #indieauthor #mmromance
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.
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.