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I'm author ELLE STRAUSS and welcome to my website!
I write fun, lower Young Adult (teen) fiction to do with whimsical things like time-travel, fairies and merfolk.
When my serious side peeks out, she's called LEE STRAUSS. She likes to write upper YA about real things that have happened in the past, or made up things that could quite possibly happen in the future.
This blog is about books, mine and other fab authors', but occasionally I'll share about other topics.
Thanks for dropping by!
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Saturday, March 24, 2012
The exciting sequel to Watched by Cindy M. Hogan is here! Welcome to the PROTECTED tour!!
They found her.
Now she must run and leave behind everything she knows,
She has the guy. The terrorists have been taken care of and she has a shot at becoming popular.
Life is great!
Until they find her.
Now she must run and leave behind everything she knows,
Goodreads author page
Praise for Protected
"From bullies to terrorists, Christy faces challenge after challenge in this stunning sequel that raises the stakes, both for her safety, and her love-life. A fantastic addition to a series that is sure to catch the hearts of readers." ~Heather McCorkle, author of the Channeler series
"A suspenseful, romantic, and intriguing novel. Protected is a riveting novel that I couldn’t put down until the very last word." Miriam Barton, author
Check out Angela Carlie's blog on Tuesday for the next step of the tour.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Despite the weather it's Spring break, and my body/soul/mind is telling me I need to take one. So Spring-like temperatures or not, I'm taking a blog break. You'll probably still find me peeking into Twitter and Facebook here and there, but for the most part I need to sign out until the end of the month.
Hopefully by then Spring will have stuck its stubborn heels in, and waved winter a final good-bye.
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Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012
Jess' life has never been ordinary. After all, life on the road with an immortal family of gypsies is hardly predictable. Living in the small town of White Salmon, Washington has brought some normality to her life. But when her cheating, sometimes boyfriend, Nicu, gets involved with a group of arachneshifters, life gets a little sticky. Will she be able to save him from the web he's spun? More importantly, how much is she willing to risk to get him back?
This novel is meant for mature readers.
Friday, March 16, 2012
Clockwise has a new cover and I'm super stoked about it!
Isn't it perty?
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
I'm excited to launch this book into the world--and the series has new covers!! Big reveal to come soon.
Here's the blurb:
Monday, March 12, 2012
Read on for a sample teaser, and links to get your copy!
Friday, March 9, 2012
2. CLOCKWISE is getting a makeover--a new cover will be revealed SOON.
3. If you missed my last post, Kirkus Reviews got their hands on Clockwise.
4. Love this post by James Scott Bell at the Kill Zone: You Don't Have to Be a Star. This is one of the great things about the new indie revolution--you can make a living without being a household name. You don't have to be a NYT bestselling author. You just need a few good books and a cult following. I'm not there myself yet, but I know people who are there and it's working for them. G.P Ching author of the Soulkeepers Series, Sarra Cannon, author of the Demons of Peachville High Series, and Addison Moore, author of the Celestra Series. These are just a few of the successful indie authors I'm aware of.
Monday, March 5, 2012
Within the opening paragraphs of this YA romance, the reader learns about Casey’s time-traveling woes. Casey tells the reader herself, in fact, using the same sarcastic, witty first-person voice consistently maintained throughout the book. First-person perspective done right makes a protagonist seem more accessible, and Strauss certainly does it right with Casey. Aside from her secret time-traveling troubles, Casey must also deal with all the relatable drama that often defines one’s teenage years.
But if she thought that balancing her two separate lives proved difficult before, it only gets harder after her two worlds collide; she accidentally takes her crush—school heartthrob and star athlete Nate Mackenzie—back in time with her, and the whole situation leaves him feeling more than a little unnerved. All things considered, though, he adapts remarkably well to this strange set of circumstances and the unusual girl responsible for them—which is fortunate, considering the fact that Casey accidentally drags him back to the 1860s nearly every time they touch. The two of them must determine the nature of their unexpected relationship while navigating turbulent times together.
Strauss successfully addresses the societal differences between then and now, providing enough detail to make the characters’ actions seem plausible without overwhelming the reader with too much historical information. The author addresses the difficult topic of time travel in a similarly balanced manner, leaving the phenomenon just vague enough to prevent too many sticky questions from popping up. The lack of detail in some portions of the novel make a few scenes seem rushed, however, and may leave readers wishing they had more to mull over.
Readers who “trip” back in time with Casey will wish they could stay longer in her strangely relatable place.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Releasing (officially) February 27th in hardback and eBook, Channeler's Choice, the sequel to Heather McCorkle's earth-conscious urban fantasy, The Secret Of Spruce Knoll. To celebrate she's doing a blog tour from February 27th through March 15th along with a giveaway.
Here are the prizes:
An eBook of Tangled Tides by Karen Amanda Hooper
An eBook of The Secret Of Spruce Knoll (if you don’thave a copy yet)
A paperback of Born Of Fire & Dies Irae
(novella combination by Heather McCorkle and Christine Fonseca released through Compass Press)
An eBook of Beautiful Demons & Inner Demons by Sarra Cannon
An eBook of The Secret Of Spruce Knoll (if you don’t have a copy yet)
If you don’t have an eReader then you’ll definitely want to stay tuned on Heather’s blog for a HUGE giveaway taking place at the end of the Channeler’s Choice tour.
To enter stop by her blog for official details.
Channeler's Choice is available here:
Here is a bit about Channeler's Choice:
With her parents’ murderer’s dead, Eren can finally concentrate on fitting in at Spruce Knoll High, not to mention figuring out what it means to be a channeler. If only it were that easy. It turns out she isn’t normal even among channelers - she may be a legendary warrior meant to protect the earth in a last great battle.
But Mayan prophecies are the least of her worries as she involuntarily starts to gather her own Society, another girl moves in on Aiden, her powers rage out of control, and worst of all, someone is stalking her. To top it all off, Eren discovers she doesn’t have to be a channeler after all - she has a choice.
As an old threat closes in and she risks ending up like her parents, she is forced to decide. Be a normal teenager and leave the legendary warrior stuff to someone else, or embrace a dark destiny?