Author Archives: Elle

Happy Canada Day

It’s Canada’s birthday. She’s 151 years young. How are you celebrating? Barbecue? Fireworks? Running through the sprinkler?

I’m planning on all of the above. Have a great day, whatever you’re doing!

Happy Solstice!

Female hand touching the Sun

This is it, Canada. The day we waited for all through those long winter nights. The longest day of the year. I can’t speak for your area, but Winnipeg is HOT. And sunny and altogether delightful today. I hope you can get outside and enjoy it. Don’t forget to watch the sunset tonight – it’ll only be earlier from here on in.

 

Recipe Poll

I am adding a new feature to my newsletter – a dedicated monthly recipe section. I’ve sent out a lot of cookie recipes (and will continue to do so, because cookies!) but I’d like to know what kind of recipes you enjoy trying.

Please leave a comment to tell me which of these options appeals, or if you’d like something else.

Commenters will be entered to win a $5 Amazon gift card.

RECIPE CHOICES

  • Appetizers
  • Baking only (cookies, cakes, desserts)
  • Easy Entrees
  • Kid-chef friendly
  • Vegetarian/Vegan
  • Change it up every month
  • add your own option

It Girl on sale

Rock goddess. Television star. Movie scene-stealer. Caitlin Kelly is taking Hollywood by storm as the new It Girl everybody wants.

And if you want her, you can get her book for only $0.99 until the end of February! Happy Valentine’s Day to you!

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Sean Glenn fell for Caitlin the first time he saw her, almost a year ago. Now that the rising star is working on his show, he could finally have a shot with her, if it weren’t for his well-known history as a player. Sean has his work cut out for him.

Entertainer Caitlin Kelly has spent the last decade taking every job she could get. Now all her hard work is paying off. When her new role on a hit show brings fame and a potential real-life love interest, she has to make some serious choices about her priorities.

While Caitlin is torn about decisions the spotlight forces on her, especially those regarding Sean, the actor is suffering his own problems with stardom. Sean finds himself in a stalker’s sights, and the safest place for Caitlin may be far away from him. Is love strong enough to keep them together?

Find the e-book on sale for only $0.99 at Amazon.com,  Kobo, and Google Play, (Check the price at  Barnes and Noble and iBooks before you click – they are a couple days off the others).

 

Introduction to Romance Writing

I have teamed up with the Manitoba Writers Guild and am putting on an evening seminar to cover the basics of romance writing. If you are in the Winnipeg area, it will be in the ArtSpace Building (218-100 Arthur Street) on Thursday, February 15th from 6-9:30pm.

Please feel free to share with any writers you know. Tickets are available here.

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As Valentine’s Day looms, minds wander to thoughts of love (and heart-shaped, chocolate-filled boxes.)

MWG can help you with the love. If you are a romance reader and have always wanted to write one, Elle Rush will start you on your way with this Introduction to Romance Writing workshop.

Topics will include:

What is a Romance? How does it differ from love stories, women’s fiction, and erotica? Participants will also examine the various sub-genres within romance, including Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal, and more.

How do I plot the story? There are four basic ‘Acts’ or segments of the romance story, each important to the plot. Find out what they are and how to ‘flesh them out’.

How do I avoid romance stereotypes? Elle will discuss common and popular tropes, character development for your protagonists, and why references to Fabio should be left in the 80s.

Newsletter news

I’ll be changing direction in 2018, and that path will be leading directly to sweet romance. I’ve decided to step away from romantic suspense for a while, and concentrating on what makes me happy – namely, a lot of flirting, a lot of laughing, and a kiss to seal the deal when my characters fall in love.

That said, I’m also changing up my newsletter to include more than book sales. In five weeks, my Valentine’s newsletter will be going out. What would you like to see in it?

Gardening news and tips?

Updates on my crafting projects and links?

Recipes?

Travel snippets and pictures?

Quick reviews about movies I’ve seen and books I’ve read?

The newsletter is for you, so I want to ensure you get something out of it. Do any of these topics appeal? Do you have any other suggestions? Please let me know in the comments. Thanks!

 

Happy New Year

May the new year find you healthy, wealthy, and wise. Happy New Year and have a wonderful 2018!

Clock close to midnight, fireworks and crowd waiting for New year

HOLLIS AND IVY is out!

Spread the Christmas joy! HOLLIS AND IVY is out for all to enjoy. If you enjoy Hallmark Christmas movies, this sweet romance is for you! And if you like Christmas in general, it is for you. And if you like mountains, skiing, flowers, parrots, or coconut, it is for you too! (I’m having Oprah flashbacks). Basically, everybody should read HOLLIS AND IVY immediately!

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Unlucky Ivy Teague can’t win against her competition’s dirty tactics, and she will have to close her flower shop unless a Christmas miracle arrives at her door.

Hollis Dash has been sent to finalize a business deal with Ivy’s rival, but meeting Ivy upsets all his plans.

Can they both get what they want for Christmas? Only Santa knows.

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You can get it now from Amazon, Amazon.ca, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, iTunes and Google Play.