Something new is on the rise!

Whew, we made it through another holiday season! This one was a real doozy…I worked my tail off night and day! And now, as I stare at my lonely, neglected little author’s page, I see it’s been months since I last posted. I want to express my deepest apologies for being so rude. I’ve been busy in my writing cave writing this lovely little story, as you might’ve already guessed. It took me weeks to get the blurb right, and I hope it gets you right in the feels!

We all have emotional scars, and finding the road to healing can be tough. But if there’s someone to walk the walk with you, wouldn’t that be a start?

Blurb:

All Chloe Anderson wants to do is spread her wings, but her fear of rejection has her cemented to the ground in a mundane, colorless life. Her cynical family has no time for her exasperating childlike nature, and self-harming is the only way she can cope with the distance. She’ll never be free if she doesn’t let go of the past. And Shiloh Duncan might be her one-way-ticket out of isolation.

Drifters, however, are hard to hold on to. Shiloh only plants his feet long enough to construct butterfly gardens along his path to reconciliation, and soon he’ll be off to another monarch habitat without her. Nonetheless, Chloe’s seen the magic of his remarkable hands working the soil, and he might be the one person who can bring her caged heart out into the great-wide-open.

But Shiloh has his reasons for running, and a new one just arose from the ashes of his own scandalous past. And his instinct to fly runs bone deep.

Can the love of a damaged outcast change the ways of a born wanderer? Only the butterflies know for sure.

 

 

Coming February 2018

 

 

 

 

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New Faces

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My first novella published has been a real learning tool. Lesson one: Check and recheck to make sure the proper file has been loaded. If that means combing through every sentence and every word (again) then so be it. Even though you’ve read it a hundred times already! Even if you have a publisher and an editor. They are human too, and ultimately you wrote it, your name is on it, you made the mistakes, and it’s your responsibility to make sure it’s as perfect as it can be. Lesson two: Getting cover art is exciting, but it’s the face of your story forever. Make sure it’s exactly what you envision because it’s not easy to change later. Lesson three: Make sure you have several people beta read your manuscript before you submit. Having no experience writing books, I was clueless. Having unbiased people read my story would’ve saved me tons of work later on.

So, ta-da! Three years later I’m giving Lizbeth a new face! Some people say let the old books on your backlist go and focus on new creations. I just couldn’t do that with this story! She deserves a second chance. The paperback is second edition, and I want to say pretty clean. I’ll let you all know when she’s loaded and ready. We are just in the process of finishing up the details. Have a GREAT JULY, everyone. You’ll definitely need a copy for your beach bag. It’s full of colorful underwater (and above water) magic, and of course, it’s a telling young love story. And who doesn’t like love and magic?liz new cover

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Lizbeth by Ellen Cummins

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This book has been described by my readers as “brave and kind, daunting and beautiful, packed with twists and wonderment.” It was my first novella, and I admit the first edition was flawed. Sadly, the unedited file was published by accident, and before we knew what hit us, several had been sold, read, and given five star reviews! So with that said, edition number two (only in paperback) is close to perfect. Take a ride with me to a world so dark only the strongest of hearts will survive, but never fear because within this world is some of the most colorful magic you will ever come to know!

Also, if you know me personally, I have paperbacks on hand!

Nineteen Days is live!

Yes, I staged my book as I would a newborn babe. It is, after all, the brainchild that kept me awake many nights as I thought about these two polar opposites. Hour by hour I schemed and plotted on how I could push them together, how I could make this work. Thrill-seeking Jack Spencer secretly admires the quiet, gentle beauty who comforts and calms her grumpy customers, but she won’t even look his way. He can tell there’s more to Emma Mallory’s story–an introverted germaphobe working in a pharmacy?  Weird. But, again, she seems to be the kind of girl who’d do anything to help someone out, even if it means sacrificing her own sanity. What he doesn’t know is, she questions her own sanity more than anyone. She’s made so many mistakes in her life, years have been lost, and now she can barely handle the thought of taking even one little risk. She’s afraid to go fast–she’s heard the rumors about Jack; he loves to go fast, and she feels she could never relate to him even though she is completely intrigued by his enigmatic personality.

But he offers her a deal she can’t refuse.

Nineteen Days is now available on Kindle and in paperback. Take a risk on Jack and Emma and find your way to the true meaning of forgiveness. Experiencing a daunting love story in-between is just a bonus.

 

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A Novel Idea

Hello, everyone! Yeah, it’s been a number of weeks since I’ve posted a blog, but you know, busy busy busy!

In the seven years I’ve been a writer, I could never seem to get past the 40K word mark. I wanted to resolve my conflicts and let the boy GET THE GIRL! I needed that happily-ever-after ending in a bad way, and I wanted it now! Not that I rushed through my story, but I just felt like that was enough to get the point across and get the story told. And it was. But now it’s not. At least not for Emma and Jack.

In order to get to the real meat of this new story, I had to dive way down deep. Emma is a clerk at Rex’s Pharmaceuticals with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder resulting from a tragedy at the tender age of eighteen. She’s terrified of everything, especially germs. (imagine working in a pharmacy where you have to deal with sick customers…yeah, that) She likes to live her life in the slow lane. Jack, one of her intriguing, painfully handsome customers, has the need for speed. But she’ll never know any more than that because she’s too shy to speak to him.

When he forgets his wallet at the counter, Emma’s boss Maggie Finnegan works up a plan to get the two of them together. She slips the wallet into Emma’s purse and leaves a message on her answering machine at home to return the wallet to Jack in person.

But there’s a snag in the plan. Emma learns Jack is moving seven-hundred miles away very soon. He wants to teach her what it’s like to feel alive again, but that requires time. She works full-time, he needs to prepare for his new job and has boxes to pack. Escrow closes in twenty days.

He shows up on her doorstep in the middle of the night determined to get her heart pumping again if she’d allow it. Time was slipping away. And bucket-list-adventures were afoot.

Although it seems I’ve written something highly erotic, truth be told, I haven’t. This is a story about deep loss, debilitating fear, and delves into the consequences of bad decisions and how guilt can hold a person back from truly living life. But have no fear, it’s sexy and filled with angst and yearning (and a little sex too) I love love. I will always write about love. I hope you’ll love Nineteen Days as much as I do. It’s available for your Kindle and in paperback on Amazon.

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The Heartbeat Journal is $2.99

BWP-EC-THJ-1600x2400-HREverly needs protection. Ben needs her in his bed. They’re both targets. A dangerous love is a wild love, and he will do whatever it takes to see to her safety even if it means unearthing his deepest, darkest secret. Two lives collide. Two hearts revealed. One sexy ride.

As if your summer wasn’t hot enough already, The Heartbeat Journal has been permanently reduced to $2.99!

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