Tuesday, October 26, 2010

An Award? Moi?

I suppose it's safe for me to announce, since I did receive an official e-mail. I have received another EPIC Award nomination! This year it is for Poetry, the second time I have been nominated in this category, and the first time a DLP Books title has made the cut. Of course, this was the first year DLP was eligible, so it seems we're off to a good start.

My short poetry collection, Nuclear Soul, is on the short list. It is a collection of verse I'd written over many years, and I'm quite surprised it made the cut. I'm curious to know my competition, and imagine it's quite formidable. Yet, a nomination is nice - I have yet to win an EPIC Award, and seeing as how I'm unable to make the ceremony due to work, I'll bet this is the year.

This is also my fourth nomination as an author, second as a solo author. So far I've been nominated for Best Inspirational, Best Non-Fiction (co-author), Best Poetry twice, and twice as an editor for Best Erotic Anthology. I think that's all of them - I've gone home empty each time, but I'm not quite the Susan Lucci of EPIC. Or maybe I am - I hope 2011 is different.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

New from DLP Books! Gin and Juice by JT Whitehall

Now available in time for Halloween: JT Whitehall spins an outrageously sexy short about cheating Death...and showing him a good time!

I had a wonderful time editing JT's story, and hope you enjoy it as well. Ever since DLP put out JT's first story, A Shot of Jack, I've asked him when we could expect a follow-up story. Due to JT's busy work schedule, he doesn't get as much free time as he'd like, so I'm glad to help him out when I can. Soon I'll be editing Sex on the Beach, then his story for the upcoming Silver Wings anthology, and another story as yet untitled (trying to think of a good drink name for it). After that, we're talking about collaborating on a second anthology call.

Gin and Juice - DLP Books
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How would you live the last day of your life, if you knew the date? When Julian "Juice" MacArthur is granted a short reprieve to fulfill one last dream, he dives headfirst into living his final hours. In the company of a gorgeous hunk named Todd, Julian learns exactly what he's missed all his life. Yet, is it really too late for this sinner to repent and reverse his fate?

Gin and Juice will be made available through other vendors and DLP Books this week.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Contest Giveaway Extended!

Please read the original post, pasted here. October turned out to be a busier month than anticipated, so I'm extending my two giveaways through October 31. When I'm back from trick or treating, I'll pick the winners, I swear. Thanks so much!!!!

This September, I had the honor of attending Authors After Dark as a featured author and panelist, and I had a great time. I enjoyed meeting people with whom I'd previously communicated online, and it's always a pleasure hooking up with Bridget Midway, Yvette Hines, and Denise Jeffries. We were the Golden Girls of Erotica and hosted an 80s cheesecake bash. Not sure what's on tap for next year, but I'm in.

For October, I'm planning two different giveaways, so read the whole post!

This year, I brought home from AAD a bulging goody bag of books, promo, and all sorts of neat stuff, and I'm giving it away to one lucky reader. Here are the titles you'll get:

Wild Blue Under - Judi Fennell
Queene of Light - Jennifer Armintrout
Dark Days & Wicked Nights - sampler of excerpts from Allyson James, Devyn Quinn, Meljean Book and others
The Tease Dark Tarot: Death - Dorlana Vann
Tigers and Devils - Sean Kennedy (M/M)
The Beast Within  - Erin McCarthy, Bianca D'Arc, and Jennifer Lyon
plus two freebies by me: a print version of Dareville After Dark and a proof of She Loves Me, my F/F collection.

To enter for the above giveaway, simply click on http://bit.ly/LeighsAADBag and fill out the form. US winner gets the bag, International winner gets free downloads from DLP Books.

Deadline to enter is October 31st, midnight EST.

My second giveaway will tie in with Breast Cancer Awareness Month. My mom is doing the walk for the third year in a row, and as I can't take the time off to do it I will use my Facebook Page as a month-long tribute to the great women we have lost to this disease. Every day will feature a different woman and hopefully create awareness that self-detection and early detection is the key.

For this giveaway, I'll send one US winner a gift from the Republic of Tea (a Sip for the Cure selection) and a print book from my backlist, reader's choice. One International winner gets a $15 gift certificate to Phaze Books. To enter this giveaway, you only have to like my Facebook page! Deadline to enter the second giveaway is October 31, midnight EST.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Working Healthier, Sort Of

Part of the beauty of working in social media is you have the opportunity to learn more about certain topics, and perhaps discover new things you did not realize. Recently the day job firm took on a major client that deals with healthcare, so much of my day writing has focused on multiple sclerosis and different facets of MS treatment. Despite October being breast cancer awareness month, it doesn't mean all the other ailments get that month off. The more I learn about healthcare, I realize we should be aware of everything, all the time.

Part of my job also entails working on a fitness blog, so I've been repurposing older articles on weight loss to update the information, and adding new insights on flushes and the MS diet, for two. Of course, I don't intend to recycle everything, though I have a another client that promotes green parenting and would encourage that sort of behavior.

The research have given me inspiration to get back on my diet, which I intend to do next week. For now, I will keep a better eye on my behavior, eating and otherwise, and always remain aware.

A Ring and a Date...With Mystery

I am pleased to announce the release date for Dead Barchetta, my first mystery under my other non de plume in six years! Barchetta will bow in eBook format through DLP Books on December 21 (or 21/12 /10 as they say in Europe), with print release to come shortly thereafter. I can't tell you how excited I am to see this work finally available - Barchetta, while probably not a magnum opus, was nonetheless a work in progress over the last five or so years. After writing Pithed, I had every intention of writing another mystery, and while attending RushCon 2112 in Toronto several years ago I had the idea of donating my skills to their annual auction. The winning bidder would become a character in the book. I was so excited at the time I actually started the book that weekend. Some people might tell you about a lady they saw in the Orbit Room, writing on bar napkins.

Well, the Lennon maxim held true. Life got in the way, along with other things. Other projects, work, editing, publishing, traveling...and on top of that, what I'd written in Toronto sucked. I lost the motivation to write more as I encountered corner after corner where I could find no right turn. I couldn't get into the main character - originally written as a woman - and when I signed up for NaNo two years in a row with the intent on making this the project, I fizzled. Meanwhile, somebody had bid a pretty penny on this project, and while he understood writer's block, I didn't want to let him down or go back on my promise to the charity RushCon sponsors.

This year, I swore, no more delays. I wrote in the wee hours when everybody slept. I texted dialogue from my phone to my email. I composed entire chapters on my iTouch. If I had a spare minute to write - at Starbuck's, at the movies, even waiting for Rush to take the stage at Jones Beach, I took the opportunity. In the process of writing this book, the hero changed genders (I'm more comfortable writing male characters, don't ask me why) and the story left Toronto and moved to New York. I added a secondary story and a love interest, then set up for book two. In two months, I leave the final word to you.

Friends have asked if this is the end of Leigh Ellwood. Not by a long shot. I have plenty of Leigh WIPs to keep me busy, and rest assured you'll see those come to light soon as well. For now, though, I'm having a Captain Morgan's and Coke (Mexican Coke at that, they're selling it at Fresh Market!) in celebration for the book I thought I'd never finish.

After that, I plot out the sequel. Yes, I love pain. Bring it.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Live from Collingswood

While I was having a good time at the Collingswood Book Festival this year, I decided to make an intro video to use for promotion. Check it out!

Friday, October 1, 2010

31 Days, 31 Amazing People

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and no doubt you're going to see pink ribbons and updates on events in your area, from charity parties to the 3-day awareness walks. All this month, I am devoting my Facebook page to the memory and honor of 31 people who have faced cancer bravely. Some sadly have passed on but others have survived and give a face to hope that someday we can defeat breast cancer for good.

You are cordially invited to join my improved Facebook page, where each week in October I'll select one free winner of a download from my backlist from the "like" list! To be eligible, simply "like" the page - you'll get updates on new releases, book signings, and blog posts.

For more Facebook goodness, don't forget to like Phaze Books,  DLP Books, and Odd Chocolates, too!