Sunday, June 17, 2012

TTVBT - Ellie's Inspiration.

Introducing Ellie Mack and Her Favorite Author!
This week on the Tasha Turner Virtual Blog Tour I am proud to present my guest, Ellie Mack. Ellie is an aspiring author who is currently working on two books. Today she talks about an author who has inspired her. Take it away, Ellie!

My current favorite author is Karen Marie Moning. I’ve read every book in Karen’s Highland series as well as the Fever series. As much as I enjoyed her well written romances, the Fever Series was phenomenal.  The Fever series consists of five books, which should be read in order: Darkfever, Bloodfever, Faefever, Dreamfever, and Shadowfever.  These are dark, gritty, urban fantasies that got me to read outside the box of my preferred genre.

I have never been so completely transported into a fictional world as I was with the Fever series.  Mackayla Lane or Mac for short takes a journey to Dublin, Ireland in search for answers about her sister’s murder.  What she finds is the greatest challenge of her life, and two mysterious men that are vying for her attention.  Jericho Z. Barrons, a mysterious, wealthy, powerful man that evades questions and Fae prince V’lane, a ‘death by sex’ Fae, use every weapon in their arsenal to win Mac to their side. Her true mission becomes clear, to obtain the elusive all powerful Dark Book, the Sinsar Dubh.

The first line in Darkfever, the first book in the series is:  My philosophy is pretty simple, any day nobody’s trying to kill me is a good day in my book.
Later in the series, Mac states:  Although it may not seem like it, this isn’t a story about darkness. It’s about light. Khalil Gibran says, “Your joy can fill you only as deeply as your sorrow has carved you.” If you’ve never tasted bitterness, sweet is just another pleasant flavor on your tongue.  One day I’m going to hold a lot of joy.

Author Karen Marie Moning
Karen’s ability to draw me completely into her character’s world has caused me to examine my own writing, digging deeper, tapping into the dark places to eventually produce the joy.  I’ve survived a few darknesses in my own life, and if I can use that to produce a better story for my readers, it makes my scars a badge of honor.  It’s the victors that tell history, not the defeated.  What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. I think on some level I could relate to the character of Mac, realizing that I was made of stronger stuff than I thought I was.

Have you ever read a book that made you really think?  Made you examine yourself in ways that you wouldn’t if you had not read the book?   Who is your favorite author or book?  Why? Was it simply a great story, or something more?

Write on my friends, write on!

Ellie Mack
Ellie Mack lives in a small town near St. Louis, Missouri. She graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a BS in geography/cartography. She has worked for Department of Defense, county government, as a substitute teacher, and various other jobs.  Her hobbies include reading, bicycling, playing Tombraider, and Dance games such as Dance Dance Revolution, and Zumba. Between being a mother to two teenage girls, a wife, homemaker, and a mortgage loan officer, Ellie writes paranormal romances.
Ellie’s first erotica piece can be found at:
Ellie’s blog can be found at:

Her current works in progress are Kiss of the Dragon and Faere Guardian.

Kiss of the Dragon is a paranormal romance about Isabelle Lennox, an interior designer from Texas.  She falls through a mirror to end up back in medieval times where she meets Zanathrus Fallon, Lord of the Green Dragons. Everything that she has thought about who she is, is about to be shattered.  When she is thrown into Zane’s world, it “wakes her up inside” awakening her true being. Like a Celtic knot, her life is interwoven intricately into the tapestry of life, prophecy, and destiny. The hidden truths begin to surface as their relationship develops. The ordinary existence she had is nothing compared to the grandeur of who she really is. In a world of dragons, wyverns, mages, and warriors; Isabelle discovers her own strength and purpose. She is either the destiny or destruction for the dragon world.  Which will it be?  Either way, there’s no turning back to the darkness that was before. Reality has never been as good as fantasy.

 Faere Guardian, is the first book of a trilogy known as Celtic Ties.
Lexy Barton is an average midwestern girl, mostly.  She is unaware of the powers she has been given by he Tuatha de Danaan, or Faeries  When Lexy runs into Kyle McAlister in the bookstore where she works, her world begins to spiral out of control. Mystical ties to her ancestral land and to the Fae hurl Lexy and Kyle into a world of chaos and danger. As Guardian to the Seelie court, Kyle has been charged with the responsibility to keep the gateways in his region closed to the Unseelie who are hell bent on destroying humans and regaining their footing on Earth. Someone is determined to allow the Unseelie access.  Will Kyle manage to prevent it?  Ties are much deeper than Kyle or Lexy ever could have imagined.


  1. Great post. I love the way you pull out a few sentences and show their meaning to you both for your own writing and in your own life.

  2. Ever wonder who my favorite author is and how she influenced my writing? Check out my guest post on Anjie Harrte's blog at