May 31, 2019

Book Spotlight - Harcourt's Mountain by Elaine Dodge

Spring, 1867 

The western frontier of British Columbia hardly seems a likely place for romance. Filthy, terrified and confused, Hope Booker is waiting to be sold off the ‘bride’ ship. 

Luke Harcourt happens upon the sale. It’s not love at first sight, but he feels compelled to save her from a life of slavery and prostitution. To allay her fears of being raped by him, Luke promises never to touch her. Being a man of his word, this is a pledge he quickly finds almost impossible to keep.

Battling their growing attraction to each other, they must learn to live together in the forests of the wild and almost unexplored mountains. They face white water, Indians, wolves, as well as a dangerous man from Hope’s past. 

No longer able to deny their feelings, their ‘happy-ever-after’ is shattered when a corrupt land baron forces Luke’s hand. Enraged at the man’s actions, Luke rides into town—and disappears. 

Alone and pregnant, Hope faces the prospect of the worst winter in ten years, a hungry grizzly, and a breach birth. Is Luke still alive and if so, will he make it back to Hope in time?

Praise for Harcourt's Mountain

"A brilliant achievement! 'Harcourt's Mountain' is a gripping, emotion-packed historical romance story with compelling characters, captivating adventures, and a most beautiful, epic love story. Dodge has a talent for painting vibrant scenes and stirring up strong emotions in readers. A well-crafted, immersive, and memorable story sure to appeal to fans of historical romance. 5 stars!" - Natasha Bentley, NY Literary Magazine 

"Elaine Dodge paints a masterful canvas rich in authentic detail and replete with the gamut of human emotions" - Robert Groess, Astrophysicist

"It's the best book of the genre that I've read." - Kevin McLeod, Best-selling author

"Elaine Dodge has a new style that keeps a reader turning the pages and wanting to know what is on that next page." - Shirl Deems, Author

Elaine Dodge Author Bio:
I was born in Zambia, grew up in Zimbabwe and am currently living in South Africa. I did my first round-the-world trip when I was four years old, and have travelled a lot since then. When I can I’m going to visit countries for myself to do research for my books rather than rely on Google.

Writing was an aspect of each part of my career – I trained as a designer, worked in Advertising and Design and then moved into local and international broadcast television when I emigrated to South Africa. Now, I’m a solopreneur content creator and am just about to launch a new business as a ‘restart-your-life coach’.

My second novel, The Device Hunter, which is an altogether different animal, both in genre and temperament is in its third draft – that’s my own fault as I attempted to write this novel ‘by the seat of my pants’, rather than via the in depth plotting I usually do. I’ve had two stories, ‘The Man with a House on His Back’ and ‘Widows Walk’ featured in two different SA Horrorfest Bloody Parchment Anthologies. ‘The Man with a House on His Back’ was featured in the anthology, Bloody Parchment: Blue Honey and The Valley of Shadow and reached the semi-finals of the Screencraft Cinematic Short Story Competition.

Wanting to expand my writing skills, I did a romance writing course where I tried out scenes from a story I had been thinking about for years, At the end of the course, the facilitator took me aside and told me I must write the book. So, nights, weekends and the Christmas break later I had written Harcourt’s Mountain. I realised that apart from white-water rafting down the Zambezi, I feel most alive when I'm writing. That’s what I want to do more than anything else!

My first book, Harcourt's Mountain, signed by Tirgearr Publishing, was launched 15 August 2013. The reviews have been marvellous! Mostly five stars. And, Harcourt's Mountain was nominated for the 2014 RONE Awards. It has also won the NY Literary Magazine Best Story Award and is one of the four highest rated books at Tirgearr Publishing winning me the best-selling author award for September 2018. Because so many readers have asked for it, I've been deep into the plotting and research needed for the sequel.
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May 28, 2019


“I should've stayed away, but I couldn't resist you.” – Corgan Halton

A Vampire’s Tale by @mayatylerauthor

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May 24, 2019

Dedicated to: You

I saw this picture... probably on Pinterest...and knew I had to incorporate it into a blog post. As an author, I often include (sometimes subconsciously) real life things—places, people, events—in my stories. 

I've seen a lot of funny memes about this very phenomena over the years... Warnings about not pissing off authors or you'll become a fictional character who gets "killed" in their next book. Etc, etc, etc.

There's a reason. You write what you know.

When I reread my work...especially after a longish break...I learn all kinds of things about myself and my feelings. Seriously. I'm not a big talker. I write to process and understand how I feel. I really do. That being said...not every part of my very fictional stories is based on my real life. Full disclosure.

I bet you're wondering now what's true and what's not.

May 10, 2019

Bad Things Happen

Life is filled with many events—good and bad—beyond our control. Every experience helps form you into the person you are today.

No one chooses voluntarily for bad things to happen to them. I know I didn't. I confess to asking "Why me?" a time or twelve. But I'm a different person now than I was six years ago. I'm stronger.

I could've lived without the decimation of my core values and deterioration of my health. But will it happen again? Hell, no.


HBO's Game of Thrones (GOT) took a bit of flack for Sansa Stark's comments to The Hound in Season 8, Episode 4. A lot of really horrible, disturbing things happened to the 'Sansa Stark' character. George RR Martin has taken "kill your darlings" to a whole new level. No character on GOT has survived to Season 8 unscathed.

The fact is bad things happen. Even downright heinous and unspeakable things happen. But the key is not to accept it. When we accept that fill-in-the-blank "happens everywhere," something truly revolting happens. Tolerance. Condonement. Indifference.

Continue to be shocked by the bad things. The alternative is worse.

May 3, 2019

Camp NaNoWriMo Goals

My Camp NaNoWriMo goals were writing-related, not project-specific, since the writing process includes more than putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard). It's more like—write; edit; promote; repeat. Plus all the in-between steps. Too many to mention.

I'm juggling a lot of projects right now. I knew dedicating the month to one book was an unrealistic target so I set up some flexible writing-related goals.

1. reformat / pre-edit A Wizard's Choice
2. schedule A Vampire's Tale promotions
3. start my latest work-in-progress (WIP)

I reformatted my soon-to-be released book A Wizard's Choice and emailed it to my editor. She sent it back with round 1 edits / comments, and I'm in the process of addressing her mark-up.

A cover reveal for A Wizard's Choice will be coming soon...

I ran a successful 99c/99p promotion for A Vampire's Tale around the Easter long weekend. Promos ran with Red Roses Romance, Pillow Talk Books, and Romance Reads.

My latest WIP is turning out to be a massive undertaking. I have had to do a lot of pre-writing research—including pages and pages of handwritten notes and diagrams—so my word count is less than 500, but my storyline is sorted... and after a little more thinking... the writing will start in earnest.

Chapters: Interactive Stories released my TapTale Fly Boy as a visual novel in April too which was really exciting. Check out the book trailer.

All in all, April was a successful writing month for me. I can't wait for better weather so I can write outside in my family room.