As Sure As the Sun....cover reveal

Here it is! The beautiful cover of As Sure As the Sun -- created by the talented Cate Ashwood. 'As Sure As the Sun' features Sacha Bolic and Seth Culver, both of whom readers have met in earlier Accidental Roots books. This can be read as a stand-alone but familiar characters make appearances don't worry!

For a variety of reasons, this has been a particularly difficult addition to the series. Sacha and Seth are both complicated characters with convoluted personal histories which made them hard to pin down. Funnily enough, it has been Seth who has proved to be the most difficult. Never fear! They do *grudgingly* get to their HEA.  

This particular volume is dedicated to my own Great-Uncle Owen who tragically, died in a 'sanatorium' in the 1940's where he had been forced to live by his father due to his 'unnatural affinity for other men' and fondness for alcohol. Because he couldn't be with who he wanted he drank and was unable to stay employed, Owen died of alcoholism and, I imagine, loneliness. He died before I was born but he was my grandmother's favorite uncle and she grieved for him long after his death. I couldn't give my own great-uncle a happy ending, but I managed to give one to Seth and Sacha.

The story I provide Owen comes from my imagination, I have no idea who Owen wished he could be with, I am just glad that times have changed/are changing so that we can love as we like. My grandmother never talked about how she felt about same sex relationships, but I feel that since she and my grandfather moved from Mercer Island to Broadway -- even now the epicenter of gay culture in Seattle, but the only such place in the 1960's -- that is was a symbolic gesture of posthumous support.

I hope you enjoy ASATS, it certainly has been a true labor of love.

 

Socks: instruments of the devil...Yay or Nay? And other musings.

I admit it.

I hate socks. My favorite thing about the weather changing from winter to spring is NO MORE SOCKS. Seriously. Socks suck. They bunch at my toes, slide down uncomfortably, cause blisters, get holes where they shouldn't, make my feet sticky. If I am fond of a pair, they always get lost first. Socks arrive home in pairs but never stay that way, you'd think there would be a way to keep them together, some kind of gravitational attraction toward each other -- like a magnet. But no, one of the pair almost always disappears into the void leaving me with one favorite sock. 

There is a universe out there clogged with single socks and I want to know what they are doing with them. Or, I am inadvertently freeing House Elves every time I do laundry.

Yes, I am working in "As Sure as the Sun" which will be the fourth in the Accidental Roots series. As Sure As... features Sacha Bolic (grumpy US Marshal) and Seth Culver (Adam Klay's 1/2 brother). I am hoping to have it published early September. As soon as I have some cover art I will share it. Just started working on a stand alone possibly set in Skagit, not certain yet, but I think you will all like it.

Here is a reward for reading these silly words:

 

“Have you ever kissed a man before?” Seth asked quietly, brown eyes looking directly into Sacha’s own. Sacha nodded, mute. Not like this, he wanted to say.

“May I?”

Heat flared across his cheeks followed by a searing spark of emotion in his chest, something in his expression must have encouraged Seth though, he leaned forward gently touching his lips to Sacha’s.

Sacha barely restrained from jerking from Seth’s gentle hold. For the first time in his life the desire to know, overcame the terror which had festered since he was small. This would be an actual kiss, not one in a dark hallway or an anonymous bathroom.

Seth was gentle, nothing more than the press of his lips, infinitesimal. Sacha’s lips opened of their own volition wanting more but Seth didn’t take advantage, instead, he softly pressed their mouths together, barely there. A touch so strong it was close to sending Sacha into orbit. He breathed in, smelled the beer they’d had. Felt Seth’s warm breath mingling with his own. Felt.

Lightning didn’t strike, not anywhere except his heart which thundered its response to Seth’s touch. Sacha closed his eyes, opening them again, he found himself staring into a calm brown gaze. Seth’s smiled against Sacha’s mouth, pressed quickly again before leaning back.

“There.”

It must be somebody's birthday! Accidental Roots 1&2 on sale thru 7/23.

I'm having a sale -- get those clicky fingers over to amazon, Storm Season and No Pressure are on sale this weekend for $0.99. Help spread the news! 

Kicking and Screaming toward their HEA - Spring Break by Elle Keaton

What a wild ride for Carroll Weir and Sterling Bailey, it's hard to know up from down when you don't know what your heart wants.....Don't miss Spring Break, the third in my 'Accidental Roots' series! Can be read as a stand alone. 

Sometimes a guy needs a break. Carroll Weir got one--but it wasn't what he expected. 

All he dreams of is escaping dreary, damp Skagit, WA, for a warmer climate. Instead, Federal Investigator Carroll Weir is assigned to a cross-agency case involving geoduck smugglers and a very dead Fish and Wildlife Detective.

Sterling Bailey, the regular bartender at the Loft, likes to think of his customers and employees as family since he doesn’t have one of his own. Exhausted and tense, Carroll Weir wanders in one night and one thing leads to another. All in a night’s work, right?

The spark burning between the two of them is hot enough to scald, unless they’re careful somebody’s going to get burned.

*HEA No cliffhanger
*Intended for a mature audience, 18+

Why wait? Spring Break, Accidental Roots 3, is here now...

I've never been one for delayed gratification...Spring Break debuted a week ago if you haven't downloaded a copy or checked it out through KU why wait? Get those clicky fingers moving!

Sometimes a guy needs a break. Carroll Weir got one--but it wasn't what he expected. 

All he dreams of is escaping dreary, damp Skagit, WA, for a warmer climate. Instead, Federal Investigator Carroll Weir is assigned to a cross-agency case involving geoduck smugglers and
a very dead Fish and Wildlife Detective.

Sterling Bailey, the regular bartender at the Loft, likes to think of his customers and employees as family since he doesn’t have one of his own. Exhausted and tense, Carroll Weir wanders in one night and one thing leads to another. All in a night’s work, right?

Who murdered Fish and Wildlife Detective Peter
Krystad? Does the killer have Weir in his sights? Things begin to heat up between them but Sterling and Weir will have to move past their personal history in order to change the course of their future.

The spark burning between them is hot enough to scald unless they’re careful somebody’s going to get burned.


*HEA No cliffhanger
*Intended for a mature audience, 18+

 

It's here early! Spring Break, Accidental Roots 3 is live!

It could take up to 72 hours to publish, apparently also means, it could take as few as three. Spring Break is officially live, click below to purchase, it is also available on KU. 

Carrol Weir and Sterling Bailey, what a pair. They fought me, and themselves, every step of the way. I hope you enjoy reading their journey as much as I did writing it. 

I'd love to know what you think about Spring Break, or, who you hope to read about soon (or both) contact me thru the website or elle@ellekeaton.com 

Happy Reading

~ A three day weekend (or bank holiday) is for reading ~ reviews are up ~

My plans this weekend involve writing writing writing also going to read a few things I have saved on my kindle....my patio chairs are the perfect place to sit and read for long hours (yes also to write). I may take the weekend off from social media, with any luck there will be new photos on the site next week. Have a wonderful weekend, for those of you who served or have families who served, thank you.

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Storm Season (Accidental Roots #1): Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 308 Pages

Blurb

They say you can’t go home again, Adam Klay doesn’t intend to until the death of his father, a famous artist, forces his return to Skagit, Washington. Cleaning up his father’s chaotic life was never on Adam’s bucket list. Worse, Adam finds himself inexplicably drawn to the elusive, terminally-clumsy, gorgeous, Micah Ryan. No way is he getting involved with someone from his hometown, he’s always insisted the best view of Skagit was in his rearview mirror.

Micah Ryan has been coasting on auto-pilot since his family was killed in a car accident a decade earlier. He runs a web business and has an irritable cat. He hardly leaves his house, unless it is for his afternoon espresso. His world tips upside down when Adam Klay rolls into town. For the first time in years, he feels alive. Unfortunately, Micah’s return to the living has been noticed and is not appreciated.

Someone has a secret. Someone is exploiting the vulnerable youth population in Skagit. Teenagers are disappearing, young women turning up dead, the dirty secrets of Skagit are surfacing.


No Pressure (Accidental Roots #2): Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 224 Pages

Blurb

Home is where the heart is, right? Except when it's not. Not when you're afraid for your life.

Joey James has given up on finding his 'Prince Charming'. There is no such thing, he needs to be realistic about his chances of a lasting relationship. A chance encounter with a former school mate at the local grocery store changes everything-maybe. Before Joey can decide what to do about it, he is swept into a terrifying scheme. Forced into helping a dangerous stranger in exchange for his family's safety, Joey begins a perilous journey into the criminal underbelly of Skagit. He will do whatever is needed to protect his family.

Buck Swanfeldt had a secret crush on Joey James in high school. Social anxiety and a two-year age difference made it impossible for him to approach Joey then. Life since high school has been challenging. And lonely. Eight years later, fate brings them together and Buck decides to act. He utterly fails. He would have left it at that, except fate seems to be intent on pushing Joey in his direction, and clearly Joey needs someone at his back.

Dark, sordid secrets hiding in Skagit are bubbling to the surface, danger lurks in unexpected places. Buck has never been anyone's hero but something about Joey has him throwing caution to the wind. Together the two men take on a dangerous force greater than themselves. But sometimes our worst enemy is ourselves.


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Author Bio

Author, photographer, rare Pacific Northwest Native, Elle grew up in Seattle, WA., with the Cascade Mountain range to the east and Olympics to the west. Less than two hours northwest lie the majestic San Juan Islands. To the northeast is the Methow Valley and the scrub deserts of Eastern Washington. Geography ripe with material.

A graduate of Western Washington University, Elle has a BS in biology which taught her to be tenacious. The closest she has come to biology since then is having two kids. Like an experiment or something. She’s lived in four states (none of which were gaseous), London England, and Hong Kong; always knows what time it is, and has no problem finding parking even in the most difficult places. Cannot balance a checking account.

Elle's series Accidental Roots, mostly set in the Skagit Valley of Western Washington, will make its debut spring of 2017. Storm Season is tender, sometimes irreverent, full of nosy neighbors and help when the hero didn’t think he needed it. Writing has always been a passion but not something she was able to take seriously until recently. Now her head is full of ideas and not enough time in each day.


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Twenty years ago today at 6:33 PST after 36 hours of labor I was handed a baby. It was at this exact moment that I realized I had never held a live baby before therefore, I had NO IDEA what I was doing. ZERO. I still don't know what I'm doing but having the time of my life.
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Sneak Peak! Spring Break : Accidental Roots 3

It's Monday AGAIN! And it is the first of May, where has the year gone?

 

In celebration of May Day, the beginning of three months of birthdays and other shenanigans, I thought this would be the perfect time to let everyone see the cover ofSpring Break, the third in the Accidental Roots series. 

Spring Break is currently going through its (*hopefully*) last round of edits. Tweaking a few things here and there. If you follow/like my facebook page you already know a little bit about the story and have seen the cover. If you haven't liked/followed yet, head on over it's painless and you might get some free stuff! There will be some giveaways and other fun things coming before the release day of June 9th.

Questions? I love questions! Bring 'em on!!

 

Another lovely cover design by Zoe Cottingham. If you are interested in having a simple, yet elegant cover designed for you, she can be reached at zoecaughtaham@gmail.com. She will work with a photo you provide or stock. Pricing extremely reasonable and a quick turn around.

Fear, Women's intuition, and the Horror Genre.....you MUST read this.

READ THIS amazing piece. All. The. Way. Through.

Here is a teaser from about halfway, once I got to this point there was no stopping: "She told you she heard something, or saw it out of the corner of her eye. She told you she was scared, that she didn’t want to go into that boarded up house or creaky old cabin, that she didn’t want to keep making out, that she didn’t like this corner of the woods. She told you she was scared and you laughed at her. She told you she had a bad feeling and you thought it was adorable. She whined at you and she tugged at your sleeve and sometimes she even begged you to leave it, to just go home deal with it all later. You thought that made her a wet blanket, or worse, a tease. As though that somehow mattered more than the sanctity of her life. Or yours."

and then this: "Any human being can tap into intuition, but women are constantly pegged as the humans who own this preternatural ability. Why? Because women are supposed to be on their guard every second of the day. Because our very existence, in the right skirt or pair of high heels, is an invitation to untold abuses. Because we’re not supposed to trust anyone—but we’re supposed to be unfailing sweet to everyone. Women are intuitive because tapping that intuition is something that we are encouraged toward from the day we are born, for the sake of our safety and our lives. "

I cannot tell you how many times I have argued that we, women, are taught from the very beginning of our lives to live in fear. I have to say, I think this sums up why I dislike horror so much.

Anyway. Read this, share it, let's talk about it: www.tor.com/2017/04/13/the-peril-of-being-disbelieved-horror-and-the-intuition-of-women

The blog which wouldn't write OR post-itself : Second Act

Finishing up first round edits for Spring Break. I'm excited about this one -- goes out to a few readers this weekend and I'm looking forward to what they have to say. 

With luck, hard work and getting over this stomach bug/food poisoning -- hoping that I can stick to my timeline. It looks like we may see Spring Break as early as June 9th!

For those that missed my author take-over last weekend, Spring Break features Carroll Weir and Sterling Bailey. These guys have been a little more complicated to write than I expected so editing has been tough. Where Storm Season was more Adam's story and No Pressure is Buck's, Spring Break is really both Sterling and Weir's stories together.

I will keep you up to date on progress and do a cover reveal as we get closer....in the meantime here is a little teaser I posted last weekend (I hope you like it!)

No Foolin', No Pressure is here and ready for your weekend

I'm assured this feeling will never go away *sighs dramatically*.

No Pressure (Accidental Roots 2) is out in the world for readers enjoyment, my hope is that you get to escape from the real world a little this weekend, surely No Pressure will help. 

As I write this morning, the greater Seattle area is experiencing only its seventh day with less than 10% cloud cover since last October. The weather is real mind you, this has been a brutal winter, even for us.  My point being: I didn't make up the constant rain and cold!

There is a release day contest going on over on my facebook page Elle Keaton, click on over for a fun chance to win a $5 amazon gift card!

Join me tomorrow morning, I will be taking over Lynn Michaels Facebook page from 11-12 EST in celebration of her new release Hole Shot 2

*rubs hands together* more giveaways and some sneak peaks....

Be there or be square! :P

Elle

Another count down....

March 31st, No Pressure will be available for your reading pleasure. In the meantime, spend this weekend reading Storm Season--if you haven't already! 

https://www.amazon.com/Storm-Season-Accidental-Roots-Book-ebook/dp/B06XDRQQJW/

My new series, Accidental Roots, is set in the Pacific Northwest where I, in fact, grew up and currently live. Skagit is not a real place, although it is a real river and a real region of Washington State. As the name of the first in the series suggests it does rain a lot here. This winter has been particularly brutal, I think if I had known how bad it would be I would have set these somewhere warm with pool boys and hot sand we could dig our toes into. But, then it wouldn't be the same story.

Washington State has its own particular beauty, as do all of the states. Personally, I have tried to move away no less than ten times and have always returned. Somehow, a magical day of sunshine erases the prior four months of rain. There is a lot of weather in the series, in some sense it is a character in itself. 

Writing this little part of the world has been a lot of fun, I am so happy to be sharing it with everyone.

 

It would mean a lot to me if you have read Storm Season if you would leave a review--makes all the difference!