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Guest Blogger: Elle James (Contest)
Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Elle kindly offered to give away three prizes! The winners were chosen by
random number generator. They are Karen C, Elizabeth H, and Sharon Chalk!
Congratulations,  ladies!  I’ll send your emails along to Elle so that she can get
with you to arrange delivery of your prizes!

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Just Because

I’ve been in a writing funk for the past couple of weeks and I need something to cheer me up. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than to make readers happy. If it’s by the escape I provide, the happily-ever-after I deliver or just saying hello, I hope I make someone else happy in my work. So for all the readers out there, enjoy a good book, take a little journey and have a little fun between the pages. I know where you’re  coming from and enjoy where you’re going to, because I’m a reader too! That’s how I got my start. I love to read, and I love the satisfaction of a great story with a  happy ending.

200_2013-05-01 BooknaBug Bundle of TroubleLeave a comment on why you like to read for a chance to win the prize I’m giving away today in honor of my latest book release VOODOO FOR TWO (CAJUN MAGIC series). The prize? A book and a toy bug. The bug because it’s one of the characters in the book. The book, just because.


Elle’s Bio:

Elle James spent twenty years in South Central Texas, ranching horses, cattle, goats, ostriches and emus. A former IT professional, retired Army and Air Force Reservist, she’s proud to be writing full-time, penning intrigues and paranormal adventures that keep her readers on the edge of their seats or laughing out loud. Now, living in northwest Arkansas, she’s given up wrangling cattle and exotic birds to wrangle her muses, a malti-poo and a yorkie. When she’s not at her computer, she’s traveling, out snow skiing, boating, or riding her four-wheeler, dreaming up new stories.

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About Voodoo For Two:
Voodoo For Two CoverBe careful what you wish for…

Determined to marry the most eligible bachelor in the parish to save her family, Lucie LeBieu turns a “love bug” loose to cast its Voodoo spell. What she doesn’t count on is hitting two targets—the golden boy congressional candidate, and her Cajun-hot ex. To set things right, she must undo the spell before she falls into bed—-and back in love—with a certain down and dirty heartbreakin’ cop.

Undercover investigator Ben Boyette is back in Louisiana on special assignment when he runs across his old flame, brewing up trouble as usual. But when hometown threats turn deadly, Lucie’s life is on the line. Determined to protect both her and his politician assignment from falling victim to a murderer, Ben finds that he’s the one who’s falling hard…for the irresistible bayou temptress.

38 comments to “Guest Blogger: Elle James (Contest)”

  1. Chris Bails
    · May 22nd, 2013 at 8:46 am · Link

    I am sorry that you are in a writing funk. When I get in a funk I re-read a favorite book or two to make me feel better. Every once in awhile I get in a reading funk and can’t find something good to read, so I pick up and old favorite and that usually gets me back in the mood to read something new. One of my favorites that I re-read on a regular basis is the Anita Blake series. I love the earlier books because they are about Anita’s work and love meeting some of my favorite characters for the first time. Especially when she meets Jason and Richard for the first time. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.


  2. Elle James Author
    · May 22nd, 2013 at 8:55 am · Link

    Chris, that’s a great idea. I need to give myself permission to read. When I’m on deadline, I get very single-tracked. Everything else gets pushed to the side until I reach my goal.

  3. Jessica James
    · May 22nd, 2013 at 8:57 am · Link

    MY main reason for reading, is simple. Life, at this time, is rather boring! I can’t afford to travel, so I travel by reading books. Time, distance, it doesn’t matter to me. Plus meeting a nice, good looking guy is not so easy in real life. Happens every time in a good romance! 😳

  4. merriedth
    · May 22nd, 2013 at 9:04 am · Link

    I just like to read…But it also gives me the escape I need sometimes…I hope your writing Funk picks up…have a great day 😀

  5. Toni Whitmire
    · May 22nd, 2013 at 9:17 am · Link

    I like to read because It gives me a way to escape and imagine I am in the heroine in the

  6. Kris.
    · May 22nd, 2013 at 9:18 am · Link

    I read to escape. Whether it is an escape from my daughters dramatic arguments with each other or just escape after a long tiring day. Or escape from worry while awaiting a test at the Children’s hospital.

    I hope you get out of your funk soon.

    Also. That little bug is adorable! And it reminds me of my oldest daughter because her nickname was bug and her room was ladybugs as a baby/toddler! 😛

    Thanks for the contest.

  7. eli yanti
    · May 22nd, 2013 at 10:37 am · Link

    You are right, read a good book can make you smile. Hope you got something that can cheer you up. Just go refreshing and play with kids or pet something can make us happy 🙂

  8. Teresa Hughes
    · May 22nd, 2013 at 10:38 am · Link

    I like to read because I can escape and dream for awhile. When life stresses get me down I can pick up a book a just drift away. It helps to soothe my nerves as well as indulge in some fantasies if it is the right kind of book.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Amy C
    · May 22nd, 2013 at 10:45 am · Link

    Why do I read? A simple question that could honestly be answered easily or quite detailed. A lot of times life can be a lot to handle, be it bills, jobs, children and many other things that can weigh heavily upon anyone. I read to escape all that. To go on an adventure or feel a forbidden love that perhaps would never find its way into my life. I love the roller coaster of emotions I feel for either the characters that can be just as equally hated as they are loved. In some cases you feel there is nothing else that could happen, you are thrown another curve ball and sent down another long path that is to help the characters within grow. Oh, and seriously how often can you sit back and read feeling one hell of a connection with a character because of all the trials they have to go through and conquer. I just simply love the escape, there is no demands when you pick up a book, if you need to do anything you just set it down and come back. No rewind or fast forward…just open and away you go. 🙂

  10. Rita Wray
    · May 22nd, 2013 at 10:58 am · Link

    I like to read to relax. A story also takes me to another place away from my daily life.

  11. ronnie cornett
    · May 22nd, 2013 at 11:05 am · Link

    I used to read alot before I had my boys…then I stopped to be there for them….when my daughter was born with a heart defect…and died after open heart surgery, I went back to my books as an escape…they helped with my grief. Now years later I still love to read, am in a book club, and writing. My 2 older boys have moved out and my youngest is in college….as an empty nester I have plenty of time for it now!!! (Still think of my Kellimarie every day…love you Kelli!!!) ❗

  12. Crystal
    · May 22nd, 2013 at 11:41 am · Link

    I like to read because it takes my mind off my pain. I have ms, and love to take a break from the real world. I’ve always loved to read but after I was diagnosed I read even more, it is my escape.

  13. pam howell
    · May 22nd, 2013 at 11:42 am · Link

    I want to win – ’cause you can NEVER have enough bookmarks!
    I really want that LADYBUG – for my sister in law Tammy
    She has a thing for ladybugs 😳

  14. pam howell
    · May 22nd, 2013 at 11:45 am · Link

    WHOOPS – didn’t read that correctly 😳
    I like to read — um — because I get to go places I never imagined before – sending you good vibes to get your muse up & running again!!
    I REALLY want that ladybug DD!!!

  15. Karen C
    · May 22nd, 2013 at 12:26 pm · Link

    I can’t offer anything new for the reasons I like to read. Reading lets me leave my humdrum life with all its stressors for just a little while. I can believe there is a man that cherishes me and knows how to show it; that I have some wonderfully close girlfriends; that there really is a HEA. I can travel to exotic places. Or perhaps I can be the kick butt heroine that will save the world or solve the mystery. Hope you can kick your writing funk out the window soon!

  16. Elle James Author
    · May 22nd, 2013 at 12:58 pm · Link

    I love all the reasons you are listing for reading. I too like to read to escape or go on a journey without leaving the comfort of my recliner. It’s exciting, it’s filled with adventure and romances always give me my happy ending. Hugs to those who have lost someone dear. A good story helps me to get back to a happy place and put my sorrows behind for a short time. I can so relate!

  17. Elizabeth H.
    · May 22nd, 2013 at 1:10 pm · Link

    Sorry you’re in a writing funk! I hope you can get out of it soon! The reason I read is for the HEAs! I LOVE me some happily ever afters! Thanks for sharing and for the awesome giveaway!

  18. June M.
    · May 22nd, 2013 at 1:36 pm · Link

    My main reason for reading is pleasure. I have always loved reading. Since I became disabled a few years back, my reading has become a bigger part of my life because there are many things that I can’t do anymore due to pain, muscle spasms, etc but reading is something I can do even on days when I have to lay on my side for hours to reduce pain/pressure on my back & hip.

  19. June M.
    · May 22nd, 2013 at 1:38 pm · Link

    I forgot to say that I LOVE ladybugs! I actually collect them! I have a huge pillow one that all my nephews have loved to roll around on and I have lots ceramic and glass lady bugs and objects with lady bugs.

  20. Amber H
    · May 22nd, 2013 at 2:24 pm · Link

    I’ve always loved to read ever since I can remember. I just love that for those few moments or hours you can forget all your problems and get lost in the different worlds.

  21. Mary McCcoy
    · May 22nd, 2013 at 3:01 pm · Link

    I love to read because books they let you escape when you need to, but they can also help you improve the reality you live in. Today, they are helping me take my mind off tornados.

  22. Gemma Juliana
    · May 22nd, 2013 at 3:02 pm · Link

    Reading is an escape, a delight and a source of replenishing my writing flow every time. It’s hard not to get into a funk these days with all the stuff going on. Then I pick up a book and life is beautiful again, even if it’s three hundred years ago or light years away. And as someone said, there’s almost always a HEA… I’m sure you’ll pull yourself out of it soon. The good news is that writing funks don’t last long!

  23. Pam Denham
    · May 22nd, 2013 at 3:22 pm · Link

    Reading is a nice escape from reality. Whenever I feel like my life is too stressful, I pick up a book. I have a vivid imagination and can imagine the places the writer describes in full detail.

  24. BookLady
    · May 22nd, 2013 at 3:46 pm · Link

    I love to read because it takes me into a fantasy world where I can forget about the stress and problems of everyday life.
    Congratulations on Voodoo for Two! I am intrigued by the “love bug”. I will definitely be putting this book on my TBR list. Thanks for sharing.

  25. Becky H
    · May 22nd, 2013 at 3:47 pm · Link

    Why do I like to read? For me, the question is why wouldn’t I? Books are such an important part of my life. They are my go to for any reason. No matter what I read, I can usually take away something, even if it is no more than a feeling of accomplishment because I finished the book. But usually, it is more profound than that. I LOVE to read. I read all the time. I have always had a book with me! Now with the eReader, I can have my whole library with me. I love it. Keep writing! I will keep reading. This new one sounds really fun! Thank you for sharing.

  26. Jane
    · May 22nd, 2013 at 4:05 pm · Link

    I read for entertainment and to relax. If I’m having a hard time finding a book I want to read, I’ll pick up some magazines or comic books.

  27. Becky Ward
    · May 22nd, 2013 at 4:37 pm · Link

    I love to read for relaxation and my of travelling since I can’t afford to travel. Reading to me is a way to escape when need to or all of the time.

  28. jennifer mathis
    · May 22nd, 2013 at 4:50 pm · Link

    I like to read to get away frm my boring life and into a life that is more exciting

  29. Rachelle Lerner
    · May 22nd, 2013 at 4:57 pm · Link

    Reading sometimes takes you to places where you have not been and sometimes reminds you of places you have visited, For me it has helped me from feeling lonely, bored or depressed. I love reading new series and some old favorites.

  30. Pat Freely
    · May 22nd, 2013 at 5:19 pm · Link

    Reading takes me out of what is happening. After the death of my partner of 27 years in September, reading was my one escape.

  31. Laura B
    · May 22nd, 2013 at 5:30 pm · Link

    I love to read because I love to learn, whether it is learning something new to apply to work, life, or hobbies or learning more about the human condition I love to learn. Reading fiction is awesome because it gives you a new insight on to so many potential problems or solutions, it has come from the imagination, fiction is having an opportunity to enjoy someone else’s daydreams.

  32. Carolyn Walker Rhodes
    · May 22nd, 2013 at 6:05 pm · Link

    I enjoy to read because it takes my mind to another place and time. It’s also relaxing. 🙂

  33. catslady
    · May 22nd, 2013 at 7:20 pm · Link

    I can honestly say I have never been in a reading funk. It has been my escape since I learned to read. I could count on one hand in a year how many times I didn’t read every day (usually night). Hope it doesn’t last for your! There are just so many books out there that I want to read – at least a couple of lifetimes lol.

  34. Elle James Author
    · May 22nd, 2013 at 8:23 pm · Link

    I’m really enjoying reading about why you all like to read. I’m in agreement with most of you. When I have any downtime, I have something in my hands to read. Whether it’s a book, a magazine or facebook (yeah, I find that interesting too) I’m reading! I loved the glimpses into some of your lives and you all touched my heart. Thank you for sharing!

  35. sharon chalk
    · May 22nd, 2013 at 9:28 pm · Link

    I like to read because I can go anywhere and do anything I want to do in my mind that night.No matter what mood Im in,I can find a book that will help me to escape to that world,cheer me up when Im sad and release my emotions when Im mad.I can see any part of the world I want to,without having to come up with thousands of dollars for plane tickets.Books are an escape that I can afford and I love all the authors that share their imaginations with us ,so we can get away from the everyday humdrum of life,its wonderful.

  36. Charlene
    · May 22nd, 2013 at 11:34 pm · Link

    I firmly believe that I inherited the reading “gene” from my Grandmother. She is 92 years old and still reads everyday. I believe it keeps her mind sharp. One of my favorite memories is from when I was about 10 years old. She and I were up really late reading together. My Grandfather kept asking her if she was going to come to bed. She would wink at me and say,” Just one more chapter, honey.” I read to escape, to have the HEA over and over, to keep my mind sharp and to honor my Grandmother and the gift of reading she instilled in my life. I read to set an example to my own 10 year old and hope to pass the “gene” to him as well.

    Thank you for the contest and I genuinely hope our thoughts help to put the kabash on the writing funk.

  37. Delilah
    · May 23rd, 2013 at 1:01 am · Link

    Elle kindly offered to give away three prizes! The winners were chosen by random number generator. They are Karen C, Elizabeth H, and Sharon Chalk! Congratulations, ladies! I’ll send your emails along to Elle so that she can get with you to arrange delivery of your prizes!

  38. Karen C
    · May 23rd, 2013 at 3:52 pm · Link

    Thank you so much! Elle has already been in touch to let me know the book she would be sending me – whoo hoo!!

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