April 24th, 2009
Book of the Day: SECRETS 22: Dark Whispers, featuring “Heat,” by Ellie Marvel


“Heat” by Ellie Marvel in Secrets 22: Dark Whispers

What’s a mild-mannered alien guy to do when he goes into heat far from
his home–and women of his species–and the only compatible female
around is a rough and tumble Terran mining specialist who’s a friend
of his but, well, not exactly one to hop into bed with anybody, much
less him? Answer: he courts her. The old fashioned Terran way, at
least insofar as his research about the backwater planet can
determine. Because if he can’t seduce the tomboyish Sarai before his
cycle ends, he won’t get a second chance at love.

Find out of Sarai responds to that age-old pick-up line, “If you don’t
have sex with me, my weenie will fall off!” (Okay, he doesn’t say
that, but it’s funny to think about.)

You can find Ellie:

Web Site

Author Bio: Jody Wallace writes romance fiction as herself and erotic romance as Ellie Marvel. She went to school a long time because she couldn’t find a job and ended up with a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing. Her resume includes college English instructor, technical documents editor, market analyst, web designer, and general all around pain in the butt. One of her many alter egos is “The Grammar Wench”, which should give you an indication of her character. She has always lived with cats, and they have always been mean. You can find out more about her at www.jodywallace.com or the cat’s site at www.meankitty.com

Interview Questions:

1.) How did you get started in writing and how long have you been doing it? This is a convoluted answer. I started writing for publication in grad school when I was getting my MFA. But I was writing poetry, which you typically submit to literary journals first. I had some poems
published, won some contests, but it fell by the wayside. I worked an office job for several years, got married, got pregnant, and in 2001
started writing fiction with the intent to publish. My first short fiction was released from a small press in 2005, and my first novel
was released from a small press in 2008. That novel was the first novel I completed, although it went through multiple drafts. My agent
has several other novels and proposals, so any day now I hope to add a mainstream publication credit to my resume.

2.) What genres/subgenres are your favorites to write within and
do you have any aspirations to write outside your current
genres/subgenres. Try something new?
My favorite genres are paranormal women’s fiction and romance. The particular book I’ve got up for grabs is an erotic science fiction romance and I really loved doing the worldbuilding for that. I loved it so much my Red Sage interactive ebook, Megan’s Choice, is set in the same “world” (would that be universe?). Some day I’d like to try some young adult or children’s fiction.

3.) What are you working on now and what releases do you have coming up? I’m working on a book involving werewolves and witches (no relation to Anya’s witches!), and my upcoming release is the print version of Survival of the Fairest from Samhain Publishing (May 2009).

4.) Anything else you’d like to share? Writers are often voracious readers. I thought I’d share the titles of a couple of the great books I’ve read this year.

GARDEN SPELLS by Sarah Addison Allen. This was a fabulous work of magic realism set in the contemporary South. I adored it and can’t
wait to read more work by this author!

IRON KISSED by Patricia Briggs. The 3rd Mercedes Thompson novel, one of my favorite series. The heroine becomes deeply entwined with the
fae community in this one, as opposed to the werewolves or the vamps from previous books. She also has to make up her mind about which dude
she’s going to hook up with, so the romance thread is a little stronger.

GETTING RID OF BRADLEY by Jennifer Crusie. This book has been out forever, I know, but I just now got around to it! Very funny book with
funny dogs and funny characters. Crusie’s heroines and heroes aren’t always the most admirable of folks but they’re convincing and readable

BEWARE OF DOUG by Elaine Fox. An adorable contemporary romance, again with dogs, that was refreshing to my palate because it didn’t have a
huge action-adventure or high stakes kind of plot.

MIDNIGHT SINS by Cynthia Eden. A hot paranormal romance which I especially liked because the cop hero actually did cop things and — I
hope this isn’t a spoiler — I loved the fact that he put his job before his sex life in several spots! Admirable characterization.

Readers, here is the contest part. Answer this question in the comments to be entered in a drawing for a copy of SECRETS 22. Check back to tomorrow for the announcement of the winner. The winner will have until May 5th (that’s the last day of the contest) to contact me in order to collect the prize. This contest IS open to non-US entrants.

You have just been granted three wishes. What do you wish for? (No wishing for more wishes):

Ellie says: Healthy family (sounds like a Chinese take-out dish!) Diet sodas that taste as good, if not better, than regular sodas. I would order it with the Healthy Family stir fry. Humans all over the world to get more serious about preserving the environment (I figured World Peace was too big of a request….)

Okay, blog readers, what would you wish for?

70 comments to “Book of the Day: SECRETS 22: Dark Whispers, featuring “Heat,” by Ellie Marvel”

  1. Wow 3 wishes…

    For all of my family to live a LONG and HEALTHY life

    For both my husband and I to be able to retire early to enjoy our years with our children

    Would love to own the new Dodge Challenger, have to be black with chrome wheels. Yeaaaaa 😎

  2. Looks like that Healthy Family is a popular new dish! Thanks everyone for dropping by today…I just got back into town from, ironically, a family funeral in another state. I look forward to reading more wishes!

  3. 1.Great Health for me and my family

    2.To find ever lasting love.

    3.Financial Security

  4. Mmmmm
    Health for me and mine
    no money problems
    my own library room like in the old movies

  5. For my entire family (that includes me!) I would with for great health, happiness, and good luck.

  6. my guy find another job
    would love to have a twin of my cat
    have our own place

  7. Don’t put me in this one, I have it but still love to play over here!!!

    My health and strength back
    A secure future for my children in working
    My hubby to be secure with job

  8. Financial freedom, continued good health and inner happiness.

  9. 3 wishes

    !: Id wish for my better half and our family to have everything we could ever need to survive with out a huge struggle to get it

    2: id wish for mild weather not to hot not to cold just right so all the flowers were in bloom where it rained when it needed but not to much

    3:the ability to teach everyone how to read and plenty of books and space to keep them

  10. 1. Health
    2. Financial security
    3. Fulfillment in life

  11. Financial security
    Good health for myself and my family
    Universal health care in the U.S.

    Decided to go with the practical rather than things like immortality and superpowers, tempting as they are, but I really struggled with not including the milk chocolate fountain. 🙂

  12. Long and healthy lives for my lovedones.
    Financial security
    Great looks (for myself) :blush:

  13. 1. health, wealth, and happiness for friends and family

    2. the ability to teleport like on Star Trek etc. – would so come in handy when wanting to travel (which I’d love to do lots)

    3. The ability to eat, drink, etc. anything I wanted while still maintaining perfect health and body

  14. 1. health
    2. A lot of money!!!
    3. Travel in time 😉

  15. 1. health
    2. happiness
    3. peace

    for everyone :mrgreen:

  16. 1. Better health
    2. Husband job security/Financial improvement
    3. College education for my children.

  17. health

  18. The three things I would wish for are:
    1. Good health for me and my family.
    2. The ability to travel to all the places I haven’t had a chance to get to yet.
    3. A wonderful man to share my life with. 😉

  19. 1. Good health for my family
    2. To be able to live comfortably and not have to worry.
    3. Happiness for my loved ones.

  20. Three wishes I would wish for:

    1. Good health for my family
    2. All my student loans paid off
    3. An ebook reader