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Monday, February 13, 2012

Blog Tour Guest Post & Giveaway -- Odd by Leigh Ellwood

Let's give a grand welcome to Leigh Ellwood, who I'm turning over my blog to today and is talking about her latest novel "Odd!!"

ALSO -- Be sure to comment on this post to be able to sign up for this tour's and this blog's GIVEAWAYs (listed below)!! [Book Tour will run from February 13 - 17, 2012]

So ... here we go ...



About "Odd" :

Hello, and thank you for reading. I am Leigh Ellwood, author of romance and erotica, and I am happy to be the guest blog today. My latest release, "ODD," is an M/M contemporary short and part of the All Romance Perfect Strangers series. It is available exclusively through All Romance in digital format.

The theme of this story, naturally, is written to suit the ARe imprint, which focuses on stories of total strangers who meet and instantly fall in love/like/lust, whatever you wish to call it. Is this something that happens in real life? I can’t say that it’s happened to me personally, though I will admit the first time I saw my husband – nearly 20 years ago in an English class we shared – there was definite immediate interest. We didn’t start seeing each other until several months after that first meeting, however. So if there was love at first sight happening there, there was no love at first action.

The one challenge to writing a story like "ODD" is making the relationship believable. I’ve talked with enough people who affirm that love at first sight is possible. In fiction, you must write it in a way that a reader accepts. There may be hesitation on part of one person to move forward, but if the emotions are strong enough a writer can take two characters in love and make the relationship last.

If you have fallen in love at first sight, I hope it worked out for you and that you are living the happily ever after! Thanks for visiting.

If you comment on this post, I’ll give a random visitor two free downloads from my backlist (see below for more info). I have a number of M/M and het erotic romances, which I hope you’ll enjoy.



About the Author :

Leigh Ellwood is an award-winning author of erotica and erotic romance fiction. Following the release of her first novel, "Truth or Dare," in 2004, Leigh has since written several novels, novella, and short stories. She is an EPIC Award winner and has been nominated for many reviewers awards for her works.
Leigh welcomes reader mail at kspatwriter (at) yahoo (dot) com.




"Odd" [Perfect Strangers Series] by Leigh Ellwood

Author's Book Description :

    Greg Hargrove has a ticket to the hottest party in town: Drew Bradley's annual Odd Ball. Dressed for the theme as one half of a popular sitcom duo, Greg doesn't expect to meet his match and engage in a secret night of passion while the festivities rage on. When handsome Rick Wade falls on his radar, however, Greg decides to partake of more explicit party favors. Is Rick more than a one-night stand, though, or can Greg look forward to many passion-filled reruns?



Book Excerpt :

In the ten years Drew Bradley hosted his annual Odd Ball, people knew to expect two events: sometime toward the end of the evening Drew would lose his pants, and the two winners of the Best Oscar and Best Felix costume awards would immediately hook up afterward and live happily ever after. That many of the happy couples continued to come to the big party as their chosen television personas stood testament to their host’s impeccable matchmaking—and entertaining—skills.

Greg Hargrove personally didn’t care if either happened on his watch. After years of watching siblings primp and prepare for the biggest bash in town, he’d finally reached the requisite legal drinking age and could now attend. Though he’d never seen the television show that inspired the theme of the party, he’d gleaned enough by living vicariously through older friends—and researching YouTube clips—to know the score.

On November fourteenth, Felix Unger was asked to his leave his apartment. This request came from his wife...

There was more to the prologue, he knew, but in his excitement Greg thought himself fortunate to recall his own name, much less those of characters from a TV show that ceased airing first run episodes long before he was a “glint in the mailman’s eye,” as his brothers liked to tease.

Greg adjusted his Yankees ball cap and smoothed a hand over his three-day-old stubble. It itched like hell, but he wanted to shoot for realism even if he didn’t win the grand costume prize. Would be nice, though, since neither of his older brothers had won before, and Greg had heard Drew didn’t skimp on the goods. Last year’s couple, he’d been told, won matching gold watches.

At the front door of Drew’s McMansion of a home, a wiry, unsmiling man with a long nose looked down at Greg over his John Lennon glasses. “Your invitation?” He held out a pale, almost wrinkleless palm.

“Sure.” Greg surrendered the requisite card given him by his brother Joe, who couldn’t make it this time. Joe hadn’t kidded him when he warned about the exclusivity of the event. What the hell went on here that required protection against crashers?

The butler-bouncer, for lack of a better description, peered down at the invitation for a long moment, as though determining its authenticity. Then, curling it in his bony hand, he addressed Greg. “You may access all designated party rooms with the exception of the VIP area, and you must stay in character. How everyone behaves throughout the evening will determine the final judging for the contest.”

“Got it.” Damn, people sure took this party seriously. At least, going as slovenly Oscar rather than uptight Felix, Greg believed he could blend in easily. Acting like a slob came naturally to him anyway.

“Good.” The man startled Greg with a warm smile that completely softened the landscape of his face. “Enjoy yourself.”



Giveaways!! :
  • A $10 All Romance eBooks gift certificate to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour
  • Giveaway for a randomly drawn commenter on this specific blog: Readers choice of two downloads from Leigh’s backlist!

Soo .... COMMENT, COMMENT, COMMENT on this post!! And you could WIN!! =0)


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11 comments :

  1. Odd sounds good, one for my to buy list...after reading the excerpt it moved up the list...and here I wanted to restrict my book buying this month :)

    Happy Valentine’s Day!!!
    Emma
    E_l37(at) gmx {dot} de

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  2. wonderful interview, and the book sounds good. have a nice St Valentine;s day. DebP
    r.d1@myfairpoint.net

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  3. I'm new to romance and erotica. There seems to be a lot of m/m out there...a lot more than f/f. I'm not sure I'm ready for m/m...I may have to try dipping in my toe...

    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

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  4. Thanks for hosting me on the blog tour! I am currently without a computer and begging, borrowing, and stealing to get work done this week. Perfect timing, of course. :)

    Leigh

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  5. Odd was great! Just wanted to say that I really enjoyed the book :)

    Anastasia
    Anas-karina(AT) mailDOTru

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  6. I'm not sure about love at first sight but sometimes you just know that one is not right for you. A friend of mine wanted me to get together with her male bestfriend but the first time I met him I had just an inner voice telling me NO, and really it did not change after I got to know him, we just had nothing in common.

    Lyra L
    lyraDOTlucky7ATgmailDOTcom

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  7. Well it works for Hollywood, why would a One Night not work for a book ;)

    anzumerlin(at)mailDOTru

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  8. Congratulation to the new release Leigh, Odd does sound pretty promising!

    emiliana25ATwebDOTde

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  9. Thank you, Anastasia. Glad you enjoyed it. :)

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