Happy Saturday to you all! It's the first Author Saturday Spotlight of 2017 and we are so thrilled to have the talented and lovely Eli Easton here! She's written so many books and series' in this genre. Books like Superhero and Puzzle Me This to amazing series' like Sex in Seattle and Howl at the Moon. And let's be honest; it's never the holidays unless Eli Easton has written a Christmas book!
Today we are doing an interview with this fabulous lady, taking a look at her work, and closing it down with a giveaway. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy!
Josh finds himself homeless at eighteen, but he has a plan. He’ll head north on the bus to New England and spend October there for his mother’s sake. She always talked about going to see the fall leaves someday. And when the leaves are done and the harsh winter comes, Josh plans to find a place to curl up and let go. It will be a relief to finally stop fighting.
Mark spent his life trying to live up to the tough swagger of his older brothers until he pushed himself so far against his nature that he cracked. Now a former Marine, he rents a little cabin in the White Mountains of New Hampshire where he can lick his wounds and figure out what to do with the rest of his life. One thing was clear: Mark was nobody’s hero.
Fate intervenes when Josh sets up camp under a covered bridge near Mark’s cabin. Mark recognizes the dead look in the young stranger’s eyes, and he feels compelled to do something about it. When Mark offers Josh a job, he never expects that he’ll be the one to fall.
The snow is coming soon. Can Mark convince Josh that the two of them can build a life together before the flurries begin?
Toby Kincaid loves being the junior librarian in his hometown of Sandy Lake, Ohio. He spends his days surrounded by books and chatting with the library patrons. He especially adores the head librarian, Mr. Miggles, who is kind, witty, knowlegable about everything, and hopelessly addicted to Christmas. Sean Miggles is also pretty cute—especially for an older guy who wears ties and suit pants every day.
But Sean keeps himself at a distance, and there’s a sadness about him that Toby can’t figure out. When Sean is accused of a crime he didn’t commit, he gives up without a fight. Toby realizes that he alone can save the library—and their head librarian.
Toby will need to uncover the darkness in Sean’s past and prove to him that he deserves a second chance at life and at love too. And while Christmas miracles are being handed out, maybe Toby will get his own dearest wish—to love and be loved by Mr. Miggles.
David Fisher has lived by the rules all his life. Born to a Mennonite family, he obeyed his father and took over the family farm, married, and had two children. Now with both his kids in college and his wife deceased, he runs his farm alone and without joy, counting off the days of a life half-lived.
Christie Landon, graphic designer, Manhattanite, and fierce gay party boy, needs a change. Now thirty, he figures it’s time to grow up and think about his future. When his best friend overdoses, Christie resolves to take a break from the city. He heads to a small house in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to rest, recoup, and reflect.
But life in the country is boring despite glimpses of the hunky silver fox next door. When Christie’s creativity latches on to cooking, he decides to approach his widower neighbor with a plan to share meals and grocery expenses. David agrees, and soon the odd couple finds they really enjoy spending time together.
Christie challenges the boundaries of David’s closed world and brings out feelings he buried long ago. If he can break free of the past, he might find a second chance at happiness.
Thank you, Eli, for being here today as the Author Saturday Spotlight! You’re our first Spotlight of 2017!! YAY! It’s such a great pleasure to have you here today. I’m such a fan and not only admire your work but, through the power of social media, have enjoyed seeing many accomplishments you’ve had. I’m going to ask you a few questions and hopefully you’ll like them and answer them and not hate me.
Ha! Thanks for having me on the spotlight. I’m honored and I always enjoy your book recs on facebook too.
In you Howl at the Moon series we deal with dog shifters. Dogs of all breeds. So it begs the question; do you have a favorite breed of dog?
We have three bulldogs and I’m a huge bulldog lover. But I love all types of dogs really. If we were to get another dog it would likely be a mutt from the shelter, probably a larger dog like a collie or retriever.
Falling Down was such an incredibly emotional and haunting book. It deals with something so many people suffer from… depression. In this book it’s terrifying because right off the bat it’s the absolution the main character has about death. I have to ask first, how you got into the MC’s head there, and how you decompressed after writing it?
To me it was a metaphysical book, about the meaning of life and the meaning of death and looking at it from a very high level. Like, ultimately, we’re all these finite creatures that have such a brief existence in the span of things, and does it really matter? And yes, Josh is certainly depressed thinking like that, but also he’s been traumatized (by witnessing his mother’s death) and he’s just so ready to let go. I’ve certainly had times when I felt like that, though never to the extent that Josh does. But my husband and I recently witnessed my father-in-law’s passing in June. It does get you thinking about how transient life is. So I guess that’s where the book came from.
I tried to approach death as something beautiful and spiritual too in the book, the way the season of fall is beautiful even though it’s a season of nature dying. I’m not sure how I ‘decompressed’ after writing it, but currently I’m working on a light-hearted and sexy rom com, so I guess I’ve had no choice but to pull my head into a different space.
You got a lot of praise for A Second Harvest. It’s award winning now so many people are wondering when they might see a book two for that series?
It was super surprising and exciting that it did so well in the Rainbow awards. Yes, there is a book #2. It’s the next book I plan to start after I finish my WIP. The current plan is that it will feature a gay man who is starting a farm sanctuary in Lancaster County and a young Amish man who’s been cast out for being gay.
Where is one place you’d love to visit for book research purposes?
Oh, man. I’d love to visit Israel to write a thriller I have in mind. For romance, Scotland or the deep South, someplace like Charleston. I’ve always wanted to just go live someplace for 2 months while I write a book at that location, but I’ve never had the chance to do it. It’s always just my imagination and research.
What do we have to look forward from you in 2017?
I’m writing this book now called “Five Dares”, which is a lighter college age romance. That should be out in October. I’ll be doing the second book in the Men of Lancaster County series, which should be out from Dreamspinner this year. I hope to get the 4th book in the “Howl at the Moon” series out by end of April. There will be a Christmas novella, of course. And probably one more self-pubbed book, TBD.
How did you celebrate New Years?
In a very boring manner! My husband and I and all our critters just hung out at home.
When you were a child what did you want to be most in the world?
A writer. I loved books as a kid.
Where can your readers follow your work? Facebook, website, twitter?
Fast Fire Questions:
Favorite Season? Fall
Favorite color? Green
Vegetables or fruit? Both! I’m vegan
Coffee or tea? Coffee! Tons of it.
Favorite flower? hydrangeas
Day or night? Day. I love to hike or bike outdoors when the weather is good.
Okay, Eli, thanks again for being awesome!
Thanks for having me on!
Eli Easton will be doing a giveaway
for one reader to choose one of her self published
Contest will end on January 13th!
Thank you to Eli and to all of you for hanging out!
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