Friday, October 7, 2011

Guest Blog and Giveaway with C.J. Ellisson

What Do You Like to Read?

Like so many readers out there, I find it very hard to settle on one genre. Truth be told I’m having a hard time settling with just one book club! I’ve been part of one in my hometown now for about four years. Doesn’t seem that long because we only met every two months, but when I look back on it, it really has been quite a while.

They read very intellectual books or “literary” ones and I don’t often read the title before we meet (life is too short to waste time on books that don’t appeal to me). We have chosen some lighter fare in years, like my book and a few mysteries. But I doubt I could get them to read a high fantasy novel, contemporary fantasy, urban fantasy, or anything remotely close to paranormal romance.

Having them read my debut novel, Vampire Vacation, was a riot! I warned them all about the sex, but of course, a few ladies were still unprepared and couldn’t get past chapter three. Yes, I get the action going quite early! Just the way I like it ;-) The readers who made it past the sex were impressed, “Holy sh@!, you can actually write” or “That was damn good.” All coming from ladies who never read vampire books, I couldn’t have been happier.

I do read other things, but I prefer the supernatural critters in my books. Vampires, psychic detective, fairies, ghosts, witches, wizards, hunky werewolf or other animal shifter – bring it! Most importantly, like most of you, I enjoy a good tale. I’ve pulled away from a lot of the romance-based books, because after a while they all read the same.

Girl meets boy, they either fight or hate each other, don’t get along or have no respect for one another, or it’s a combination of those traits with love at first sight but some major piece of baggage holding them back – trust issues, despotic controlling family member, poverty and/or class issue, terrible past, angst riddled character too far gone to be saved…. But yet, they somehow overcome it all in the end and come together. I get it that it’s all about the journey, but at this point in my life I want more than the same old emotional issues leading me to a foregone conclusion.

I want action, adventure, humor, intrigue, a little mystery, a kick-butt heroine who doesn’t screw up her social life, a strong dependable man who doesn’t try to go all alpha-male on her ass and “own” her, and I want steaming hot real sex – not the glossy fake and pretty kind that can’t happen in real life. I want them to be equals, like any good pairing is in reality.

More than anything, I read stories like this so I can escape into the pages and live vicariously through the characters. So I can forget the laundry, the bills, the children and their gazillion obligations that take up our lives after work and on the weekends. I like the strong heroines with the superpowers because they are who I secretly long to be – healthy and in control of my destiny. And just maybe, so I can look at the man who has shared my bed for almost two decades and think of something wicked I’d like to try.

Needless to say, he eagerly supports my erotica reading habit. ;-)

What do you like to read in your favorite book sand why?

I’m giving away a set of ebooks today to a lucky commenter, two if we get over ten comments.

Thanks for stopping by and reading!

Blurb of book two, The Hunt:

Vivian thinks she can control every aspect of a deadly game with her usual manipulations... but what if she can't?

Seven vampires and seven werewolves pay to hunt a supernatural criminal across the cold, vast grounds of an Alaskan resort. The one to catch her, and live through the encounter, will increase their power by feasting on hers.

The tiny vampire they track is more than she appears, however. To escape a fate of twelve years in silver chains, she'll do anything to survive the weeklong excursion. This time, the darkness holds more than just the stinging bite of the Arctic--it holds death.

Journey along, in this next installment of The V V Inn series, for a wild ride as the tale is told through the eyes of all the new seethe members.

Warning: This book contains some explicit sex scenes and is not intended for readers under 18.

Blurb for book one, Vampire Vacation:

Meet Vivian. She’s a 580-year-old vampire who exudes sex, has a talent for drama, and is passionate about two things: her human husband, Rafe, and their resort for the undead. Her ability to project physical illusions has created the perfect vacation spot—a dark, isolated Alaskan hideaway where visitors can have their wildest fantasies come true.

Vivian knows the best performance requires perfect timing, but the powerful vamp is put to the test when she discovers a corpse in a locked guestroom minutes before the next arrivals. Always cool-headed, Rafe hides the body, convinced he and Vivian can find the culprit without disturbing their guests.

Juggling the increasingly outrageous demands of their customers while tracking a killer isn’t easy. Will their poking and prodding give them the answers they need, or will it uncover secrets Vivian would kill to protect?

Warning: This book contains some explicit sex scenes, intended for mature readers only.

Author Bio:
C.J. Ellisson writes erotica and urban fantasy. Her vampire series, The V V Inn, mixes a heavy dose of erotic elements with suspense, action, a little bit of mystery and some light humor. She lives in northern Virginia with her husband, two children, two dogs, and a fluffy black cat who makes her sneeze.

To learn more about C.J.'s books (where you can read half of the novels for free), please visit her website at


LadyVampire2u said...

I like to read a book with a good story line, engaging characters, lots of action, a good adventure feel to the story and an evil villian to hate. I like my books to have a touch of humor in them, romance is a must, I love the added paranormal element which helps kick in thrills and danger. Why do I like all of this in my favorite books? Because my life in reality is not as action packed or thrilling. I like being able to set off on an quest, or save a kingdom from destuction. I dont have to train to win a sword fight or even leave my home to travel out to some exotic location. I become more then I am, more then I could be, and do more then I would ever be able to do, all from the comfort of home through the pages of my favorite books.

LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

C.J. Ellisson said...

Great answer, Lady Vampire! I can tell we're a lot a like in what we read and why. Thanks for commenting and for sharing your thoughts today, I really appreciate it!

Wishing you the best of luck in the contest.

Lil said...

I read as an escape from the grinding part of normal life and love submerging myself in a good book. Since I am happily married, part of the appeal of romance books is that I can re-live falling in love vicariously. As for paranormal, action, and adventure, I enjoy those things for the simple reason that it is an extremely safe and fun way to "experience" them from my comfy couch with my pot of tea beside me.

The occasional alpha-male hero doesn't throw me since they are fun to read though reality would be quite different.

Your series sounds like grand fun!

Missie said...

Yes! I love this guest post! Why do book clubs have to be so stuffy. I've been a part of a few and they do always want to go for 'literary' works that are so boring to me. I'm glad they gave your book a try. I'm a fan of getting smexy times going on early too!

I can't stick with one genre while reading. I need to change things up, but I mainly find myself pulling toward PNR.

My preferred supernatural critter? Vampires. I live for blood lusting, and I'm a sucker for romance. So it's the perfect combo for me. Also, I'm so fascinated by all the different mythologies that are developed vampirism.

LadyVampire2u's answers is spot on to what I usually look for in books.

Thanks so much for the giveaway!
missie at

Bethie said...

I like to read fantastic stories as an escape. I don't want to read about anything that is going to make me sad. I don't read about sick or abused children. I can get that on the news.

Lizzi0915 at aol dot com

C.J. Ellisson said...

Lil - good point about re-living the falling in love moment, that is always nice. Thanks for commenting!

Missie - I agree! I formed two book clubs on Facebook for exactly the same reason. One is for fantasy books and the other is for PNR and erotica.

You all are welcome to check them out and join if you feel up to chatting in a live Fb chat with a bunch of people all reading the same book. We've had one meeting so far and it went really well.

Bethie - same here! I can't stand the tear jerking ones for exactly the same things! Man, I want depressing I'll turn on the TV!! LOL!!

Thanks for commenting, and I wish you all the best in the contest.

June M. said...

I too love a variety of books, although I probably do read more paranormals (both mainstream and erotic) than almost any other type. I love the way that each author can create the world and characters of their imagination and this makes each unique. Plus all the vamps, shifters, demons, angels, etc are hot! LOL
I have never joined a book club, because I have never found one that I thought I would fit into with the variety of books I read.
June M.
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

Roni said...

I don't eread, (gotta have the paper) so I can't enter the contest. But...thank you, thank you. I am so sick of these dominating males and the "taking forever" to get together with the couples; it drives me nuts. I want them to get together, get it on, and cut to the story. I'll be looking for your books.

Alicia0605 said...

I love to read paranormal romance and urban fantasy. If it doesnt have something outside of reality I dont want to read it. I love to see books have a mix of action, sex and romance. I have a one year old and a husband that works away from home a lot so I enjoy getting lost in the fantasy of books!


Elizabeth Irvin said...

I agree with you 100%. I am a new mother to a 7 month old and an Active Army Wife. With my husband being gone frequently I like to take my opportunities to fade into the supernatural books during nap times, bedtimes and any other times I can get while I'm not doing chores around the house. I recently got a Kindle and I have been reading books 5x as fast as I usually did. It took awhile to get used to not turning pages but I can read for hours without my thumb getting sore from holding open the book and it's easier on my horrible eyes. I'm reading Jeaniene Frost right now and she is perfect for what I like to read. There is a main character who kicks butt but is also extremly sexy, witty and her relationships are romantic and funny! I like the books that keep me on edge with the action and laughing and crying with the drama and of course fantasizing about all the sexy characters! What better when your stuck at home with a houseful of laundry, dishes, and dirty diapers!

Hilda said...

I like to read more than just romance... especially that kind of romance that happens at first sight. I like to see characters get involved, and experience their falling in love. I like humor, and action, lots of action. I like it when the story keeps you on edge the whole time, so much that you just can't stop reading. Throw sex in, and you've got yourself a top-of-the-shelf book. But if I am going to read romance, most likely it will be the paranormal kind... or maybe historical romance. The regular one doesn't really float my boat... unless it's erotica, then I'm in :)

Awesome book clubs. Are you having real face to face meetings, or do you just talk online?

hildakullberg (at) gmail (dot) com

C.J. Ellisson said...

June, I know just what you mean! That's why O started my own book clubs. If you're on Fb stop on by!

Roni - You're welcome! I think your issue is the same as mine, we no longer crave the romance and relationship to be the central focus of the book, we want it as more of a subplot. Problem is all the publisher want a true "romance" category book to focus on the relationship. Sure, they allow other stuff, but then it's in a whole 'nother category! You might like Romantic suspense, there are even paranormal romantic supense… which I really like!

Alicia - Thanks for stopping by and reading - appreciate it. Good luck in the contest!

Elizabeth - you and Alicia both sound like me! Except my kids are older now… still have the laundry, the cooking, the cleaning… ugh. It never seems to end, does it?

Hilda - we have book club members from all over the world and hold the "meetings" in a chat room during different time zones. It would be nice if we could met one day, but unless I suddenly become wealthy I doubt it will ever happen ;-)

You're welcome to join, just stop by the links I gave above. We're all like-mined in our reading choices and very welcoming.

Hilda said...

Awesome, I will be joining in from China! :)

Rain Maiden said...

I like to mix up my reading too. I have to laugh because I gave my Mom a book to read and because of the language, she didn't finish it. If I gave her an erotic read, she would probably disown me.

C.J. Ellisson said...

Great to have you in the book club, Hilda! Look forward to getting to know you online.

Rain - both my parents (who are in their 70's) read my first book, V V. Much to my embarrassment! I begged them to let me provide an edited version, but my dad refused to read it if I sent him one with the sex cut out!

I told them to skip what they couldn't handle… but I don't know what they did because I refused to discuss the sex in the book with them!! LOL!!