writing life

Change in the air : Accidental Roots and Elle Keaton going wide


I hope everyone is doing well on this Wednesday almost Thursday.

Only nine days until the release of the sixth in my accidental roots series -- finally Ira gets to share why he was such a grumpy man-ho. Pre-order is up and running on Amazon for Ira and Cam's story, why wait? Click on over!

You've also probably seen the MASSIVE BLOG TOUR announcements on Facebook and Twitter and the cover reveal of Unforgivable, in a word: Gorgeous. Enough about that for now. I will continue daily updates of where you can read a little more and enter for a chance to win a copy of As Sure As the Sun...plus a few more in the Booking Room FCBK group (see that handy link?)

The really big, really scary, news is that I am taking all of my books off of KU. In future, I may not publish using KDP at all but will instead use Draft2Digital, which is an independent distributor where I can load to several storefronts (ie: BN, KOBO, iBooks etc.) from just one place. I tell you, writing books is a lot of administrative work. If you are considering self-publishing I cannot recommend them enough. Their help dept. is responsive and amazingly helpful!

Therefore, as of May 18, the very day Unforgivable is live, all Accidental Roots novels will be out of KU. I imagine I will lose some readers, although I hope not. But, as a small author/publisher, I cannot afford to have my livelihood dictated to by, basically, a bully.

Strong words? Yes.

This morning I received this notice:


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The email is at best ambiguous, and since I only advertise through AMS (amazon marketing services), Facebook/Instagram and two newsletters, I am not sure where to look to find these 'bad readers'. This past month I added a Bookbub ad and another newsletter. This notice refers to March, not April. None of those things happened in March.

What did I do? I expanded my AMS advertising, I messed with my keywords and tried to figure out what the hell optimal SEO is. Aside from the KDP content review team mysteriously declaring my earnings (not insignificant in March, for me anyway) illegitimate, they seem to think I will be able to wave a magic wand and discover what has happened. Yes, I have written back asking for more information. No, I do not expect to get it.

I am extremely lucky to have a partner who supports me and my writing, who even after today says: 'Go work on the next book, I'll buy you dinner and drinks.' I don't know what I'd do without him.

Ironic that I was already planning on taking my books out of KU at the very least. This little notice has just spurred me on. I will absolutely continue to offer my books in mobi (Kindle) format - no need to worry there. Another thing freedom from KU will allow me to do is run more promotions of my books. So if you like instafreebie or things like that stay alert!

Thank you so much for joining me on this journey, bumpy rides and all, readers are the best and I love you all.



The next thing...as I was saying

As I was saying before I rudely interrupted myself days ago...I'm working on a new thing. I've written about half of the first book - maybe a little less, we'll see after it comes back from a trusted source who will yay or nay it. It's a mishmash of urban fantasy and paranormal romance and whatever else I find to throw in there.

The three book series is tentatively titled (until I hate it so much I have to come up with something new) Codex Obscura in which a 'bibliophile changeling with sticky fingers unwittingly saves the day', and is set in the Pacific Northwest. How's that for a premise?

This is a stretch for me genre-wise and my writing muscle is feeling it. One of the things I have done is start a Pinterest board to help with visuals, not something I've used before but I'm having a lot of fun researching various ideas and am looking forward to sharing these new characters when I can! I'm still trying to figure out the purpose of Pinterest (as well as Tumblr) but maybe it will help me keep focus? What do you use Pinterest for? Tumblr? Any hints?

Also, you know, promo....if you have gotten this far...I am offering a chance to win a free copy of River Home, all you have to do is follow me on Amazon!  


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See this #AmazonGiveaway for a chance to win: River Home (Accidental Roots Book 5) (Kindle Edition). https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/4bd8a3fa24432646 NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends the earlier of Mar 8, 2018 11:59 PM PST, or when all prizes are claimed. See Official Rules http://amzn.to/GArules.

If you don't know what you want - would you know if you found it?

River Home Preorder Available now AMAZON


Six days and Miguel and Nate will be in your hands and out of mine. Their trip has been a fabulous one for me to be a part of, I sincerely hope you enjoy reading River Home as much as I enjoyed writing it. 

Spread the word far and wide, you, readers, are my best advertisement and I appreciate every effort you make on my, and other indie authors, behalf. Between us we have shown the big publishing houses that readers are starving for diversity in reading material -- yay! Now we need to keep the momentum going forward.

Have a great week, a happy valentines day (if you celebrate) and ....keep it real.


River Home, upcoming dates and whatnot.

Twenty-Seven (27!) days and River Home leaves the nest. Sniffle.

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I won't inundate all of you with a ton of updates but thought it would be nice to do a rundown of what's coming up, where to look for fun stuff and blog tours ... that kind of thing.

February 3rd I will be, uh, 'taking over' the QueerRomanceInk facebook page from 10-12 PST. Save me now. Yes, giveaway. Something for certain.

February 7th ....drum roll.... lovebytesreviews is hosting the River Home cover reveal! There will be a chance to win the book of your choice from my backlist <3. I'll be offering all formats including a hard copy. River Home will also be available for pre-order from Amazon on the 7th.

27 days! Official release day is February 16th -- my *late* valentine gift to readers. Friday the 16th I will be at the Novel Approach with an interview and a chance to win an e-copy of River Home. Somewhere along the way I will stop by JoyFully Jay and maybe a few others ....*wipes forehead*

Over the release weekend and the week beyond, a variety of blogs will be hosting RH -- A loud shout out to Signal Boost Productions for making this happen for River Home.

Bayou Book Junkie

Padme's Library

Sarandipity Book Reviews

The Geekery Book Review

Dog-Eared Daydreams

Hearts On Fire Reviews

Valerie Ullmer | Romance Author


Diverse Reader

Drops of Ink

Making it Happen

Book love

Wicked Reads

Rules to live by: Keaton style

1. Don't Panic.

2. Don't walk with your hands in your pockets on ice.

3. Don't play cards with a guy named Vinnie.

Don't Panic: Update

Still trying to figure this out - but it may be solved by requesting a price match ..... will keep you updated

Storm Season is (maybe) coming off Amazon for a few days. It should be back on Monday (hopefully). The short story is that when an author publishes directly with the the big A they don't have as much control over the pricing as they might like. Publishing directly through them means using KDP.  Lesson learned.

Slowly, over the next few months, I will be moving my work to an aggregate that allows more freedom for me. Don't fret too much. No Pressure will be up on KU through the 25th. Spring Break and As Sure As the Sun will stay at least through the end of February 2018. 

The good news for readers is that Accidental Roots will now be available in ebook format on other sites like Barnes and Noble, Kobo and iBooks.

2&3 are really self-explanatory.


But wait, you gasp, what about book 5? The one you are supposed to be working on? 

Don't Panic.

I am working on it, I have the title and cover art I just need to write those last 15k words -- the end is in sight! I love these two characters and am going to miss them after they have gone out into the big bad world. Look for it mid-February.




As Sure As The Sun, up for Pre-order!

Firstly, I'm not sure how much I can express the love I have for this cover, designed by Cate Ashwood - It is perfect. 

Secondly, wow, these two, Sacha and Seth, they did not make it easy for me. I feel as if I sweated actual blood and tears over their story. I went back to their origins several times rewriting and reimagining. The novel ended up at about 70K words, but I think, not kidding, that I wrote and deleted another 50k -- easy. Some of it was just not needed other was just not right.

I had a lot of help and folks who think they may have overstepped -- were spot on. Thank you so much. 

I adore these two, they made me both laugh and cry -- sometimes at the same time, I hope they do you as well. 


Is the universe is trying to tell Sacha Bolic something? A fire escape collapses underneath him, he lands in crap, a killer barely misses his target... all in the same few seconds. That's on top of a long list of mishaps and job dissatisfaction. Not one to ignore signals when they're shoved in his face, Sacha retires and uses his savings to buy an old building in Skagit, Washington. With a little help from DIY videos, he’s going to bring it back to its former glory.  And, yeah, it’s a metaphor. If he makes one change, others will follow…

Seth Culver avoids entanglement, romantic or otherwise. Who needs it? He’s learned the hard way that people betray you or leave. Still, Seth finds people compelling. He sort of collects them, learning their secrets before letting them go their own way. His commitment to no commitments may have met its match in Sacha. Handsome and hot, Sacha seems to offer a permanence that scares Seth more than anything ever has. Seth will have to decide if he’s going to grab life by the balls or keep watching from the sidelines.

A box of inconsequential belongings hidden for decades in the old building hints at lives imagined but not lived, reminding them both there are no guarantees in love, or this thing called life.

A standalone in the Accidental Roots series, HEA, and hot, dirty, men. 18+ please.

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.


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+

Funday, Monday.

Funday, Monday.

Musing about the weather and upcoming publications.

Read More

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

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


Thank you everyone

A quick thank you, again, to everyone who participated in my debut release day for Storm Season. There will be a final fun 'appearance' tomorrow 9 am PST where I will make myself available for questions/answers, an e-book giveaway for Storm Season and, dah-dum....a cover reveal for the next in the series, No Pressure.

I am looking forward to meeting you all!


We will be celebrating the release of Lisa Oliver's new book, A Tiger's Tale! 

New Release Eve: Storm Season is here.....

There's no stopping the storm now...

https://www.amazon.com/Storm-Season-Accidental-Roots-Book-ebook/dp/B06XDRQQJW   will be available for purchase tomorrow and drop onto e-readers sometimes tonight.

This has been a long time coming and, well, I will never have another 'first ever release day'. I can't begin to tell everyone how grateful I am for encouragement and support.

Drop by  http://www.thenovelapproachreviews.com/

in the morning, there will be fun times and a giveaway. 

Sunday, I am lucky to be part of an author take-over for Lisa Oliver's new release, A Tiger's Tale' hosted by https://www.facebook.com/EnchantingNovaBookPromotions/! My time slot is 9 am PST. There will be another giveaway and whatever else I can come up with. Maybe a teaser and cover reveal for No Pressure... which directly follows Storm Season.

Below is the link Sunday's event:


Not sure how much sleep I'll get tonight!