Tuesday, September 3, 2013

I Moved!

I moved over to www.elainajohn.com. I will no longer be updating this blog. So, follow me over there. It would make me very happy.

Peace and Love
--Elaina John

Friday, August 23, 2013

Salvage 2

It's been close to a month since my last check in. Since that time, I've been working on editing the new paranormal romance novel that I will be releasing soon and writing the follow-up short story to Salvage called Salvage 2. Very creative, I know.

Originally, Salvage was a stand alone story. However, it's been doing extremely well. So, I wanted to write a little more onto Denise and R.J.'s story. It takes places about a year after the first story. I don't want to give too much away, but let's just say there are a few bumps in the road.

I probably should have thought about writing the sequel months ago. Better late than never, right? It should be out within the next two weeks. Fingers crossed.


Saturday, July 27, 2013

So... What's new?

It's been a while. I suppose I should give an update on what's going on in my literary life. I finished the first draft of my paranormal romance novel (woo hoo!). I just started editing it this week. It's not fun, but someone has to do it. And let me tell you, it needs work. Which is why it's called a first draft and not a final draft, right?

I'm excited for it and will polish it up until it shines. So, who knows how long that may take. I don't even have a title yet. I'm shooting for a September/October release. But we'll see. I don't want to put too much pressure on myself since I want it to be good.

I'll have more to tell you soon. Until then...

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Independence Day

Happy Fourth of July! Be safe (especially around grills and fireworks) and have lots of fun. Enjoy our country's 237th birthday!

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Favorite Heroines

It's pretty much a given that most readers have favorite characters from the books they've read over the years. So, I have created a list of my top three favorite heroines. These are not in any particular order.

(1) Rose from the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead.
Why do I love Rose? She's a tough, funny, intelligent young woman that makes the reader root for her from beginning to end. She can hang with the guys (and probably kick most of their butts) while at the same time making them weak in the knees. Rose has strength and heart, which makes for a fantastic female character.

(2) Amelia from Texas Destiny by Lorraine Heath.
I love Amelia for the simple fact that she has to be one of the sweetest, most innocent characters I have ever read about. Amelia brings out the best in others  from her kindness and warm personality. Lorraine Heath did a wonderful job of making Amelia a heroine that you fall in love with and want the best for.

(3) Stephanie Plum from the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich.
Stephanie is a riot. She's a bounty hunter that brings the laughs because she tends to get into trouble more often than not. The wide array of supporting characters and wild situations she ends up in really bring out her fun traits and connects the reader to her.

There you have it. Those are my favorite female characters.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

New Novel?

A couple of weeks have gone by since my last post and I wanted to give a quick update as to what I am working on and my progress thus far.

Well, State of Finality, the last novel in the States Trilogy was released about a month ago and I had a few different ideas floating around in my head as to what I wanted to start working on next. At first I wanted to begin writing a young adult/new adult book that I've been thinking about of and on for about a year now. However, when I sat down to write it, I hit a brick wall. I had no clue where I was going with the idea. My creative juices seemed to dry up like rain in a desert. I think I probably wrote a page before quitting and telling myself I'd come back to it when I had a real plan on how to tackle the novel.

After that, I moved on to the other book I'd been thinking about. It's a paranormal adult romance novel. And no, it does not involve vampires, werewolves, or angels. But that's all I'll say for now. I don't have a title yet. I'm sort of writing without a set path here, so I don't have a whole lot of details right now. I don't know much myself.

With that said, I better get back to writing since I get so easily distracted by the internet. Otherwise, that novel won't ever get finished.


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Literary Vexes

I read constantly. I've probably read hundreds of books. With constantly being engrossed in stories, I've developed a list of a few things that sort of irk me. I know I'm probably guilty of one if not all of these things, but I'm coming from an avid reader standpoint here. That's why I tell myself that I'm not being a hypocrite! Here it goes...

(1) Unrequited Love (or so the characters think):  How many times have I read a novel where the male and female protagonists are in love/like with each other but thinks the other doesn't feel the same? Countless. I read a ridiculous amount of pages about their feelings yet they don't profess their love until nearly the end. I would much rather see them come together sooner rather than later. But hey, that's my deal.

(2) Unnecessary Deaths: I can't be the only person out there that doesn't like when some authors kill off certain characters, especially those that aren't central characters. Send them off to Mexico or something if they don't have any more reason to be in the story. Don't just send them to meet their makers. If the characters are main, then the deaths are even more depressing and irritating. I know that sometimes deaths are an essential part of a story because it propels actions and also gives motives behind certain behaviors, but that doesn't mean I have to like it.

(3) Disappointing Series Endings: I love to read series because I get to stay with characters and story lines for a while. It brings me into their lives and keeps me looking forward to what happens in the next book and the next. So, it's really annoying that after sometimes years of following these characters and situations when I get to the last novel and it's a total letdown. Things don't go the way I expect. The character may not get a happy ending. Whatever the reason for the disappointment, it can make me wish that the book hadn't been written at all. My imagination was better.

So, those are my vexes when reading a novel. I'm sure everyone has some of their own. You never know how a book's going to turn out until you read it, which adds to the mystery and fun of cracking open a book.