CAFE IN THE PARK & giveaway with Elodie Parkes

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BOOK INFORMATION

TITLE – Café in the Park
AUTHOR – Elodie Parkes
GENRE – Contemporary Erotic Paranormal romance
PUBLICATION DATE – September 9, 2014
PUBLISHER – Siren Publishing
COVER ARTIST – Elodie Parkes

 

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BOOK SYNOPSIS

When Emily joins a dating agency, she never expects to meet someone like Chris. Everything she ever hoped for in a man, he’s special in more ways than one. Their intense attraction to each other is fueled by their shared loneliness. Will Emily find out his shocking secret when someone from his past comes back to haunt him?

How can love blossom, when someone is trying to tear them apart?

 

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EXCERPT

The next day after work, she kicked off her high-heeled shoes at the front door and padded along to her study to check the date matching mailbox on the website. There was one reply.
“Meet me for coffee Thursday lunchtime. I’ll wait at the front of Café in the Park at one o’clock. I’m tall, dark haired, and will be wearing black.”
Emily took off the jacket of her business suit and read the message again. Café in the Park was easy to get to from her workplace. She hadn’t too much time to worry over the meeting, since today was Wednesday. She only had to cut down an adjacent street to meet the large square of the city park. There was a pond and a big bistro café there. Lots of workers went to eat their lunch at the café or sit on the benches that lined the path through the park…so a safe enough assignation.
As she ate her evening meal, she daydreamed about the meeting, hoping the man would be attractive, intelligent, kind, and sexy.
The next day, even though she’d promised herself she wouldn’t fuss, she put on her shortest work skirt and highest heels, and instead of the tan stockings she ordinarily wore, she chose black. As she drove to work, a flutter of anticipation grew in her stomach.
The morning dragged. She began to get cold feet, but then, ten minutes before one o’clock, she put her computer to sleep, picked up her jacket from the back of her desk chair, and left her office. Emily told the receptionist she was going out for a sandwich. As she strode down the street and detoured to the park, nervousness took over. Her heart beat a little faster. By the time she approached the café, she was shaking.
There was no one outside it that matched the description in the message. Two young men in white shirts and tan chinos passed her and went into the café. Three women all in business dress talking and laughing together, waited for a fourth to join them, and then went into the café. Emily took a deep breath to steady her nerves and walked right up to the café entrance. She stood around for a few moments trying not to feel self-conscious, but it got the better of her. She retreated to a bench seat on the path a little way off from the door to the café.
At one fifteen, she slipped her cell phone into her jacket pocket after checking the time, and stood. She walked to hang around outside the café entrance for another five minutes, but then feeling foolish, she went back to work.
She detoured into the staff kitchen and got coffee to take back to her desk. As she sat down in her desk chair, she couldn’t help a sigh of disappointment escaping. That afternoon sadness crept over her. At the end of the working day as she traveled home, she realized just how much she’d hoped to meet a man who might love her. A fresh wave of foolishness flowed over her as she acknowledged hurt at being lured to the meeting only for no one to show up.
She almost cancelled her membership of the matching service and especially her attendance at the speed-dating event the next evening, but then a little flame of hope sprang up. I’ll try for a little longer.
©Elodie Parkes 2014 Siren Publishing All Rights Reserved

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AUTHOR BIO

Elodie Parkes is a British author writing romance, erotic, contemporary, and often with a twist of mystery, paranormal or suspense. Her books are always steamy — cool stories and hot love scenes.

Elodie lives in Canterbury with her two dogs. She works in an antique emporium by day and writes at night, loving the cloak of silent darkness that descends on the rural countryside around her home.

Elodie writes for, Hot Ink Press, Moon Rose Publishing, Eternal Press, Secret Cravings, Evernight, and Siren Publishing.

She has also released titles as an individual indie author.

 

 

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GIVEAWAY PRIZES

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  • Five eCopies of Elodie’s latest release from Hot Ink Press, Love at First Sigh, for kindle and gifted from Amazon a duo of contemporary erotic romance for 18+ readers

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NIGHT OF THE HORSE and SWOOP ON LOVE with Elodie Parkes and giveaway

Thank you for inviting me to the blog to talk about my two new Evernight Publishing releases. They are both paranormal erotic romances. Night of the Horse was released on October 17 and Swoop on Love was released on October 31.

They are also shifter romances. I always write steamy stories with a twist in the tale.

Night of the Horse

A lonely young woman signs up for dance lessons. Two gorgeous guys find her as fascinating as she finds them. On the country road where she lives, she hears horses in the night, and opens her bedroom window to watch them gallop. They’re beautiful, a silver white horse and tall black horse…they turn to stare at her. Had they heard and understood when she sighed over them?

Meet Jude

He’s six feet tall, fit, and muscled.

His hair is shoulder length, dark and glossy.

His eyes are sapphire blue.

He’s traveled a lot in his life, sometimes to hide from scrutiny.

His favorite clothes are faded denims and black boots, except when he’s a dance partner in his best friend’s classes, when he wears a tux.

He doesn’t sleep much and so takes walks in the night.

He’s lonely and looking for love.

He’s an artist.

He’s passionate, enigmatic, and sexy.

He has his own business.

What’s so hot about Night of the Horse?

It could happen to you.

Two gorgeous guys and one girl. The steam rises from the love scenes.

Two men who are so different, one whose gentle, sensual lovemaking wraps you in a haze of lust. (Justin)The other whose hot, raw sexual need, wets you through and takes you on a wild ride to bliss. (Jude)

Who doesn’t dream of having both?

 

Read a snippet from Night of the Horse

 

“We’re starting classes this evening, Rosie, so please sign up.” Jude’s voice and stare was dreamy. Rosie felt so drawn to him, and yet when Justin handed her a small form and a pen, his fingers touched hers and a jolt ran up her arm into her heart. She looked into his chocolate brown eyes, and then at his enticing lips, wanting to kiss him.

“Is it okay to come alone? Will there be other people there to partner with?” Rosie felt foolish and needy as she asked this. She scribbled her name, address, and cell phone number onto the form, and ticked the box to pay by credit card.

Jude leaned onto the counter top and turned the form around to read it. He looked across into Rosie’s eyes, his sapphire-blue gaze broadcasting sexual heat.

“I’ll partner you. I do that. Justin teaches, but he partners too if necessary. We have lots of people coming, almost twenty. You can start this evening, can’t you, Rosie?”

Copyright Elodie Parkes

One day as I was traveling across country in my day job, I came across a sign pointing to an interestingly named place. Unable to help myself I took the turning and found a small village. There was a large open space in front of what appeared to be an old Inn. It was deserted and in bad shape. On the grassy space was the post where the sign for the Inn must have hung in better days. I photographed it because I suddenly had the idea for the story ‘Swoop on Love’ drop into my mind.

By the time I had crossed the next county to get the highway east home, I had the plot and characters firmly fixed in my mind.

 

Swoop on Love

Lured to the place by its intriguing name, Jeanie was to find no owls lived there, but someone or thing does…will she realize before it’s too late?

Suspense…shifters…sex…and love

Jeanie explores her new neighborhood and finds a strange little road leading to a place with an intriguing name. Owlswick. It’s Saturday and she has no plans, as usual, why not drive down this road? What she finds there is even more fascinating than the place name, and to her delight, a very attractive man lives there. Too bad he’s furious with her for taking a photograph. Why is that? What will Jeanie find when she checks the picture out at home later?

A love story.

The countryside glistened in the sun, making the drive enjoyable. When Jeanie reached the signpost for Owlswick, she turned onto a pretty, single-track road bordered on either side by flowering trees. The road wound around, becoming narrower as the hedgerows grew wider with bright green leaves, and white trumpet flowered vines. Quite suddenly, the road widened and split into two. The section to the left led to a row of large houses and a big, low roofed workshop at one end. In front of the buildings a square of grass rippled in the breeze, and in the middle of that, an old sign swung on a long timber pole. Jeanie turned into the road when she spotted a big colorful display of a barn owl painted on the sign.

She slowed right down as she drove past the row of buildings. When she reached the end where the low-roofed building was, she saw a gnarled street sign attached to the wooden fence out the front. It read Owlswick. Disappointment pricked her. Is this all there is? Jeanie hadn’t expected to see owls, but she hoped the place offered somewhere to stop, have coffee, and maybe take a photograph or two.

She glanced back at the building behind the wooden fence. Shallow windows peeped from under the roof at the top of the walls. They were dark. From an accumulation of grime, or purposely tinted black? She couldn’t decide. Some kind of signage clung to the wall at the corner of the building, but it was impossible to read. The paint peeled off it, and a few of the curling vine plants she’d seen growing in the hedgerows sprang up from the dirt driveway and wound around the sign. They obliterated any lettering.

Jeanie shifted gear, intent on turning her car and going back home, when a huge bird flew rapidly from somewhere near the building and over her car. It winged barely an inch from the windshield, its sharp talons extended. The bird glanced at her then disappeared. She didn’t know exactly what kind of bird, but it must be a bird of prey with such a fierce looking beak and talons. She trembled with shock as she peered up into the sky.

Copyright Elodie Parkes 2013

 

About Elodie

Elodie Parkes is a British author writing romance, erotic, contemporary, and often with a twist of mystery, paranormal or suspense. Her books are always steamy, cool stories and hot love scenes.

Elodie lives inCanterburywith her two dogs. She works in an antique shop by day and writes at night, loving the cloak of silent, darkness that descends on the rural countryside around her home.

Elodie writes for, Hot Ink Press, Moon Rose Publishing, Eternal Press, and Evernight

She has also released titles as an individual indie author.

Find Elodie online: Blog  Tumblr  Facebook  Twitter  Google +  Pinterest  YouTube..Amazon USA..Amazon UK  Smashwords  Barnes and Noble  ARe  Manic Readers

Elodie is offering a copy of Swoop on Love or a copy of Night of the Horse to two readers who comment on the blog.

The books will be gifted through Amazon for kindle.   The prize winners will be randomly drawn by Manic readers November 15.

THE LAST TIME and Elodie Parkes with giveaway

 

Just a little about me to let your readers know who I am.

I live in rural England, United Kingdom and I work in an antiques shop as well as writing. I have two dogs that keep me fit with their need for walks. Love the countryside and the coast.

I write romance, contemporary, and erotic with a twist of mystery, suspense, or the paranormal, now and then. I like to make the story unusual in some way, by a quirk in the tale.

I started writing when I was seventeen. Life intervened in my writing time and I stopped serious writing for some time. I started writing again seriously a couple of years ago, because I had so many stories in my head.

I write contemporary, erotic romance, and sometimes even in the middle of writing the steamiest scene, I will suddenly realize something is not quite right and it will have me grinning.

Take my new release, The Last Time. I have to smile at the journey made to the principal characters’ names, and quietly wonder if anyone will notice what I am about to spill the beans on to you readers here.

The two characters that fall in love were originally called Anna and Graeme. Then a very well-known trilogy used the name Anna and her beau was called ‘Mr.Gray’, and I decided I couldn’t possibly let my characters have those names.

I considered new names for a week, unable to write until I had my darlings re-named.

I came up with Seth and Bethany, and her brother would be Jake.

I settled to write and wrote happily for a few days until…. wham…in the middle of a love scene steaming up the screen of my laptop, I suddenly realized Seth was calling Bethany, ‘Beth’ and she naturally was calling him, Seth. That didn’t seem right…Beth and Seth?

I went on a rampage through baby name websites looking for names I liked for these characters as much as Seth and Bethany and then…exhausted and out of chocolate biscuits I decided Seth wouldn’t ever shorten his loved one’s name. It would always be Bethany, and even her brother would stay with Bethany.

Hallelujah for MS Word, as only a few minutes later I could once more let my sweethearts fall in love on the page.

The book is a love story, with threads of mystery. It is also supposed to be a fun and sometimes wistful look at what people do for love. How it sometimes drives them to things they would not normally do.

The Last Time, published by Eternal Press.

Actor Seth Carbery swears he will never fall in love again, that is until he meets private detective Bethany Snow.

Something strange is going on. Seth and other members of the movie cast and crew are receiving threatening letters, but no threat has ever been carried out… yet. Bethany Snow is sent on location by the Black Agency to investigate, and guard Seth Carbery against danger.

The case is not what it first seems and even when Bethany thinks it could be over, a new twist means she becomes a target.

Seth and Bethany find they can’t keep their hands off each other.

Who is sending the letters and why? DoesSethhave a secret admirer or stalker?

With steamy romance, graphic love scenes, and a quirky story of what people do for love this erotic romance is for adults only.

 

 

“We have webcams up and the program we use can be set to watch nighttime activity.” She said softly, looking at his perfectly kissable lips.

Seth’s eyes had darkened at her and his gaze was dreamy.

“You’re kidding, what if a cat walked by?” He moved slightly closer to her as they stood by the table.

“Oh the heat signature wouldn’t register enough to set the alarm off” she answered, and she leaned slightly towards him.

Sethlooked a little amused. “So I can’t go anywhere at night without you bursting out of your trailer? You do know I work far into the night sometimes?”

He was very close, andBethanywondered how she could keep her hands off him.

“We wouldn’t have that part of the program set at those times. I can explain everything to you some other time. Right now it’s very late, and you have to be on set tomorrow. I’d better go.”

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Sethdidn’t want her to go. He was desperate to kiss her. He looked into her blue eyes, and then at her lovely mouth and creamy skin with its sprinkle of freckles. He reached out a hand and gently held her face.

“It’s already tomorrow,” he said, and he kissed her.

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Enter the rafflecopter draw to win $25 US, or £25 GB Amazon gift card and an ebook basket, of all five of Elodie’s erotic romance books released to date.

Millie Reinvented, Two of them,The Horoscope Writer,  A Celtic Tapestry in which Elodie has a short, The Picnic, and The Last Time.

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The prize winner will be announced on June 1 on this blog, Facebook, and twitter. The prize winner will be emailed to let them know.

Meet Elodie Parkes and Romance with a twist

How far away from Cinderella is modern romance?

I write romance, contemporary romance, erotic romance, with sometimes a twist of suspense, mystery, or the paranormal.

The reason I write romance is because I like happy endings. I know lots of authors who do. Somehow for me, the harshness of modern life has the edge dulled by my writing romance. Perhaps readers can identify with that feeling? Maybe that is why romance novels are some of the most popular books around.

What is nicer than when the guy gets the girl or the girl gets the guy?

 

 

In my book ‘Millie Reinvented I actually have a group of women friends who love the central male character August, and they want him to have the woman he loves. They even say it.

‘We have to help him. August has to get the girl just like in the movies. I want him to be happy; he’s so bloody gorgeous and kind. Who’s in it with me?”

They all nodded. “What’s the plan?” Samantha said.’

I write love stories. They are sometimes based on real people I have noticed in everyday life and something about them has sparked a story idea in my mind.

I sometimes see an unhappy situation and in my story I give it a happy ending.

 

 

 

I give lonely people someone who loves them and within my stories I explore the human condition. Loneliness, the need for companionship, the need to belong, are often themes within my stories.

When I was a teenager we had to study various genres in high school. I fell in love with the romance genre where the happy ending was used. At the risk of offending the staunch fans of Jane AustenI have always thought her stories were like Cinderella. There at the end of the trials and worries, against all odds in her most famous novels comes the happy ending. The lovers unite, or failing that they are loved by someone who they suddenly find themselves in love with.

When it came to Shakespeare  the play we studied was Romeo and Juliet.  I loved the play but was constantly re-writing the ending in my mind so that it had a happy ending. I am constantly saving the lonely and careworn in books and movies I read or watch. Why is that?

Many modern romance novels could easily be compared with Cinderella. The deserving lover is united with the one they love. It might take a little while to get there but in the end that little buzz of satisfaction that someone has love never fails to warm my heart.

 

 

 

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