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27th-May-2009 11:24 pm - Location, location, location
(Cross posted from TRS blog)

Location, location, location

In any ending there is a beginning. Even though the economy is looking up, I lost one of my many part time jobs a few weeks ago, and another one is on hiatus. So, pinching my pennies and looking for coupons, I decided to take a break for a while and concentrate on spending time with my son and writing.

It's been so worth it. In just these few weeks, I've gotten so much done. I've got two manuscripts in my own final editing stages ready to go off to my editor for a thumps up or down (up? Please up?). I've got another three manuscripts well on the way to solid beginnings, everything from erotic sci-fi to erotic historical.

I'm excited about writing again, and how much fun it is to tell a story!

But something I've been struck by is the role location can play in a romance. It can be a silent backdrop, a fun accent, or even another character in a story.

In some of my work, I start off with a clear story plan, and then time and especially place interfere, creating a different world than I ever would have expected. It's certainly true when a place is the complete invention of the author. In my Lithian Lusts series (including Seeds of Garnet, Sea of Pearls and Veins of Turquoise), I had so much fun creating the Planet Lithos that by the third book, the planet itself was definitely a character, and the boundaries between what was alive and what was rock became very fluid. I loved that planet so much I might just return one of these days to explore it more.

But even real locations can become characters in the story. Enchant the Dawn, the first book in the Passion Magic series, is set in New York City of 1926. I was focused on the excitement of the a flapper era and the tangle of magic between Daron and Sophia, but NYC couldn't be denied its moment to shine. The energy and vitality of the city pulsed through the plot, and I hope the reader can taste the kind of rhythm that the Big Apple can sing.

played a part in the next Passion Magic book. The sense of purpose within D.C. is always there, but never more so than during WWII. The frantic energy and hope and fear all combine to give a special energy to the sexy magic between a speechless Brit Magi and a special intelligence agent who can understand any language under the sun. It's Christmas time and the city is split between holiday spirit and air raids. I just loved reading up on the geography of the city at the time and what were the landmarks and the feel of the place during such a hum of activity.

There are times when a location is so compelling, I have to find a story to be set there. I've just finished a manuscript set in the Italian Alps, tentatively titled Divine the Sin, and the heart of it is the beauty of the mountains. I have to say although it's set in the Alps, my inspiration is my beloved Sierra Nevada in California. I love the mountains, and Cassandra, my heroine in Divine the Sin has lived an ugly life, and the beauty of the mountains and the people who live there is her salvation.

One of the manuscripts I'm currently working on is another Passion Magic story, set in Hawaii. My family has some deep roots in Hawaii, and I love it there. I wanted to share some of the unique history of the Big Island, and so when I thought of a story that needed a setting full of horses and lonely stretches, the Parker Ranch in the north of the Big Island was the perfect solution. The magic and multicultural heritage of Hawaii have ended up being a huge character in the story, the lifeblood of the tale. Now -- if only I could afford some airline tickets to visit for "research".

Another place I would love to visit features in my April release Command the Wind. The Isle of Wight is the setting, and this is the one Passion Magic story I've written where I've never visited the locale. I had a great time looking at old maps, photos and travelers' descriptions of the Isle and its history. Again, I was looking for a place important to the invasion of the Spanish Armada, and what I ended up finding was a place whose beauty helps bring the story to life, whose shores become a key part of the tale. Someday, I dream of being able to visit the Isle of Wight and view some of the vistas I fell in love with from all my research. I think Cora and Marcus would love me to see the vineyard that inspired so much of the story.

Are there any places that you know would make a fantastic setting for a romance, but have so far been neglected? Drop me an email at elalowe@gmail.com or visit my website at www.elainelowenovels.com. I'd love to hear from you!

Elaine Lowe is a work-at-home mom in Silicon Valley. With a background in bioengineering and pharmaceutical chemistry, writing has long been a passion in which she didn't think she could indulge. Now, she's living out a bit of a dream with the publication of her novels, including Tears of Talent with Cobblestone Press, Match Made by Moonlight with Cerridwen Press, Nancy's Sweet Spelling Bee, Scandalous Profession, Lady Six Sky, Lithian Lusts (Seeds of Garnet, Sea of Pearls and Veins of Turquoise) and the Passion Magic series (Enchant the Dawn, Reveal the Heart, Command the Wind) with Ellora's Cave.

29th-Apr-2009 10:16 pm - A new commitment to writing!

   Long time no see! It's been a while since i've posted, but I plan on being here much more in the very near future. One of my contract day-jobs is ending in mid-May, and I've decided to take the leap and devote a big chunk of time to writing, promoting and blogging about it! 

  I haven't been able to finish any writing projects for a long time, and now I've got plots running amok in my head, fighting to get their way into my word processing program. Some examples:

   1) About 3/4 done, a project in my Magi series, about a clairvoyant countess and the mountain Magi who she's really meant to be with. Set in war torn 1805 alps. Interesting things you can do on horseback abound.

   2) A sequel to Nancy's Sweet Spelling be about another of the Wakely Werewolves, Mary. Think about extending the Wakely candy empire to the West Coast, a dead sexy Tazmanian wolf who happens to be a master chocolatier, and a mystery regarding the fall of a San Francisco chocolate company. Did I mention running wild through the vineyards of Napa?

   3) Another Magi book, set in the 1880s on the Big Island of Hawaii. A Portguese baker with a magic touch, and the twin Magis who show her the meaning of lust and love.

   4) An interesting twist on time travel, with a couple of college students in the present who can't quite cross the boundary of friendship to lovers, and the physics experiment that sends one into the future, where he learns a needed lesson in the power of passion.

   5) An erotic Regency about a woman trying to hold her family's shipping empire together, and a reluctant earl trying to reclaim a family legacy he's not sure he even wants. A masquerade, abolitionist and an evil double cousin make the fireworks between these two ignite.

Sound interesting? I'd love feedback!
8th-Apr-2009 02:15 pm - Updates!
Hello everyone!

I've got some exciting news today! First of all, I'm blogging for the great site, Night Owl Romance, about writing and inspiration. Come see my article: http://nightowlromanceblog.blogspot.com/2009/04/inspiration-glory-and-bane-of-writer-by.html

Also, I have just gotten my first ever book in print! It's beautiful! I'm part of an anthology Tempting Turquoise, and Veins of Turquoise is in there in black and white print!

And coming up on Friday, the next book in my Passion Magic series is coming out. Follow the next Magi as he finds his mate in Elizabethan England!

1st-Mar-2009 04:20 pm - Nancy's Sweet Spelling Bee
I only just realized that I never posted an update about my Valentine's release, Nancy's Sweet Spelling Bee!

This is my first contemporary and my first shapeshifter! I plan on doing a lot more playing in this world, so look out for more adventures of the Wakely siblings in upcoming books.

Also, I'm making a commitment to write at least 500 words a day starting today, March 1. I really need to get back in the writing groove again so...

If you want to be on my WIP posting list for 500 words a day of my current WIP, please comment or send me an email at elalowe@gmail.com.

Happy March!

22nd-Jan-2009 09:51 am - January Newsletter
The rain has returned and boy does California need it. I know my garden does! Time for a cup of hot tea and to pull up my keyboard and get writin'! What do you like to do in on a cold winter day? The nights, cuddling (or more) with a partner is ideal on a chilly night!

I've just published by January newsletter, with info on my latest releases, Tears of Talent and Veins of Turquoise, as well as some other tidbits. If you want to receive my newsletter, send me an email at elalowe@gmail.com!

Happy Year of the Ox!

9th-Jan-2009 10:00 am - New Release and a New Publisher!
I love Ellora's Cave, but I'm also very happy to announce my first book with another great publisher, Cobblestone Press!

Today one of my favorite books, with characters I love and an intricate, sexy plot is finally coming out. Tears of Talent was a labor of love, and I hope you read it and love it as well.

A hero, Rajan Azra, battles to subdue the forces of evil. But, in victory and its aftermath, what happens to his trusted sidekicks, two lovers trapped within an epic adventure. Iona Gabal, common-born Sense Mage, dreams of the death of her lover Lir Morgan over and over again.

Is it prophesy or simply battle terror from fighting an evil overlord? With the help of the symbiotic nanites that give them power of Talent, Iona will save Lir’s life, by trapping him in a portrait. But will life be worth living when he can’t touch the woman he loves? 

I'm also happy to announce that my first ever print book will be coming out in Spring of 2009! Veins of Turquoise will be included in an Ellora's Cave print anthology called Tempting Turquoise. I'm so excited!!!!

Now, if my vertigo would calm down so I would keep working on the three books I'm juggling in my brain, I would be perfectly content!

31st-Dec-2008 11:15 am - Happy New YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!
Start your New Year off with a bang! The third installment of Lithian Lusts is out TODAY! I am so happy with this series. I hope to revisit this planet and its fascinating people soon, and catch up with some of the couples I've loved to write. See how the ship DMTR and her crew are interacting with the hard bodies of Lithos in:

And don't forget the other books in the series:

I'm also very happy to be participating in the Night Owl Romance Web Hunt

Check out this fun contest at one of my favorite review sites and enter to win cool prizes (including a copy of one of my books, Reveal the Heart!)

Have a Happy Healthy Wonderful New Year. Best wishes and HAPPY READING!!!

Hello everyone! Happy Holidays!

I hope you are all having a wonderful winter. My Solstice Day has been full of lovely cooking scents and some great news on the writing front. The next book in the Lithian Lusts Series, Veins of Turquoise is coming out December 31 - a great way to start the New Year off with a bang.

he standalone sequel to Seeds of Garnet and Sea of Pearls.

Galita is full of discontent. The orgy rooms on the Tessnet don’t satisfy her anymore, and the windswept plains of her new part-time home, Lithos, call to her. Mardon, a huge, red, mysterious Lithian, haunts her thoughts waking and sleeping. For the first time, she wants to know what a man feels like between her thighs, not just in simulations, but a real hard, hot man.

Contacting an alien consciousness and saving the planet from destruction are just distractions from the most amazing sex she could even imagine—and she’s got one hell of an imagination.

A while back, I contracted an incredible artist and friend to help imagine the couples from the Lithian Lust series. I'm posting a sample here, with the full image to come later. Venessa is amazing and she's going to go far. So I present Lithian Lusts: Pearl, Garnet and Turquoise

Please do not use this image for anything. Hey, I trust you guys.

I'm also happy to announce that on January 9th, I have my first book coming out with Cobblestone Press. Tears of Talent.

Tears of Talent is a labor of love, an experiement for me in a different style of writing. It's an erotic, epic science fiction about the sidekicks of a man who has to save a planet, and how they pick up their shattered lives after the great victory. It's about a love that can create magic, on a world where magic is science and an everyday event. Lir and Iona are some of my favorite characters, and I hope you check out this book and get caught up in the dense story!

I hope everyone has a Very Merry Holiday, and leaves some time on a quiet New Year's Day for a little light reading! You won't regret it!!!

19th-Nov-2008 08:11 am - Reveal the Heart!
Hello everyone!

I did send out my newsletter last week, but I didn't get to do a blog post! Last week the sequel to Enchant the Dawn came out. It's a WWII erotic romance staring Hester Lowbridge (with cameos from her mapcap roommates) and Jack Powell. She's a codebreaker with a Gift for understanding languages, anything spoken or written she can crack. He's a Magi with a serious head injury, sent to the US to recover. He can only speak an ancient language no one understands, and Hester's called in to see if he's crazy or not. The first word he speaks to her? Ashavi - soulmate.

Check out the new improved Ellora's Cave and take a gander at Reveal the Heart:


Excerpt for Reveal the HeartCollapse )


Also, I'd like to invite everyone to Heather Bennett's great site, Blaze of Beauty. She has some amazing candles and other home products, and some excellent contests that you can win!  Please drop by and say hi! Tell her I sent you!

9th-Oct-2008 12:15 pm - Map of Tyral System
Thank you for reading Tears of Talent. Here is the map of the planet-moon Tyral:

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