Oct 3, 2014

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Exhale Cover Reveal!

EXHALE_cover I’m so excited that the next book in the Breathe series is about to launch! I will be publishing it on October 30th! It will be available for preorder on Apple and Amazon shortly! Darling diva daughter did a fabulous job on the cover once again and I love it.  

So what could this story possibly be about? I mean, didn’t everyone end up with their “happily ever after”? Not exactly.  I left quite a few things hanging in both Breathe and Shimmer.

A novella that takes place just months after “Shimmer” ends, this story came pouring out so fast I had to tell each character to wait their turn. They all had a lot to say.  

This is a family story, with lots of emotion, tons of drama and of course, romance, and suspense as well. All your favorite characters return for a Thanksgiving weekend that is not at all what they had planned. Instead of a quiet relaxing four days off, Jasmine finds herself in trouble once again, needing to make choices between what she thinks is right and what everyone else thinks is best and safe.

Here’s the blurb:

 

In the four years since her kidnapping, Jasmine Rourke has been attempting to live a quiet, normal life under the radar. She graduated from high school, lives on campus at University of Louisiana Lafayette and is enjoying the college life with her “Dream Guy” boyfriend, Easton Ward.

But for the Rourke family a peaceful life just isn’t in the cards. Only months after her brother’s terrifying run in with a mob gunrunner, the events of Thanksgiving weekend will change the course of their lives forever and it will all start with the ringing of a doorbell…

 

Anyone interested in reading and reviewing either Shimmer or Exhale just send me an email at info@elenadillon.com and let me know!

 

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Aug 28, 2014

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Shimmer Release Day!!

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Shimmer released today and I’m pretty excited. It’s been a long time coming I know.  It was tons of fun to write, and a lot difficult as well. It was about Caedan, for heaven’s sake and we know he’s never easy to deal with. Lol.  I can’t wait to hear how you all like it.

Here are some links if you are interested!

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

iTunes Bookstore

 

 

 

Also in celebration Breathe is on sale for $0.99 everywhere so if you haven’t read it, now’s a good time

 

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 If you get a chance to read either I would love it if you could review it on whatever platform you read on. Amazon, iTunes Bookstore or Barnes and Noble, etc.  Reviews help authors out much more than you probably know. Even a few words is of great help and let’s us know how we are doing!

Links for Breathe on Sale!

Amazon

iTunes Bookstore

Barnes and Noble

Also I’m having a fabulous Facebook Release Day Party so come join in the fun here!

 

 

 

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Aug 8, 2014

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Love and Other Oddities

 

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 I’ve been thinking a lot about love lately. There are so many different kinds. Love for your spouse. Love for your children, your friends, parents and so on.  Love really is an amazing thing since we are such fallible creatures.

Here’s the reason I’ve been dwelling on this a bit lately.  My husband and I are making some life changes. We are empty nesters (sort of) and we are now living in a much smaller space than we ever have.  Ever.  Now we made this choice on purpose. It wasn’t forced upon us. When we told our friends we knew it would be interesting.

The most frequent response to this move has been quite singular across the board. “Have you lost your mind?” Uhhh. Maybe? But overwhelmingly the next statement is “You’re going to drive each other crazy.”

I thought about this for a while before we actually made the decision. I can understand why people might think that but here is the thing: I think if it was going to happen it would have happened a long time ago.

There I said it. If I didn’t drive him crazy with my completely paranoid helicopter parenting style, or my ridiculous inability to let even the smallest thing go or my high strung, nonstop, arm flailing chatter in the last twenty five years I’m pretty sure it’s not going to happen.

He must love me. Who knew?

As far as him driving me crazy? I already know what he’s going to do about an hour before he does it. He’d like to think he’s an international man of mystery, unpredictable and spontaneous but it’s not terribly complicated. We’ve been together for a really long time and I know what’s coming next.

So if he’s going to drive me crazy it’ll happen in a big space as easily as a little one.

And I love him so who can’t tolerate a little annoyance? Besides if anyone is going to be high maintenance in this situation it’s definitely going to be Brutus. Husband I can handle. The dog who behaves like a toddler? That’s a whole other thing.

We have some adventures coming and I can’t wait to see what’s next.

What about you? What adventures are on your horizon? Let me know in the comments!

 

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Jul 28, 2014

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Cover Reveal Day!

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Cover reveal day is here! I’ve been dying to show you all the new covers! Woohoo! My graphic designer rocks (also know as diva daughter) and has done a fabulous job with the redesign of Breathe and Shimmer’s cover.  I’d love to hear what you think of them.  Also if you sign up here for my email list today I’m giving out free ecopies of Breathe to all my new subscribers  to celebrate!

 

P.S. Shimmer’s available for preorder at the Apple iBookstore here at a discounted price!

 

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Jul 19, 2014

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Shimmer, Breathe Series Book 2

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I’ve been pretty quiet here on my blog for a while now. I had to make a choice. Blog or write. Writing won. I’ve been writing a lot. I’m actually done with 4 manuscripts and in the middle of another. I feel accomplished but I realized I haven’t filled anyone in on what’s happening with the books.

I’m so happy to finally announce that the next book in the Breathe Series- Shimmer is coming out August 28th.  It’s available for preorder right now on Apple iBookstore here and soon on Barnes and Noble and Kobo.

Shimmer is Caedan’s story. It takes place four years after Breathe. Jasmine and Easton make cameos and Lily, Finn and Abby are all back as big parts of the story.  Here’s the blurb:

Chandler Raines and her “dad” are on the run. Never staying in one place for very long. It’s just not safe.  When they arrive in Lafayette, Louisiana, Chandler quickly realizes this is the place she wants to call home. Friends, a cute boy, and competitive cheerleading have her taking dangerous risks to have the life she always wanted. Risks she promised she wouldn’t take. 

When her lies catch up to her, a decision has to be made. Stay or run? Will the evil that’s chased them for the last four years catch up to them? When Chandler’s past comes screeching into the present she’ll have to sacrifice everything to keep what she loves safe. But will it be enough?

If you haven’t read Breathe, if you preorder Shimmer any time before the release date and send me your receipt, I’ll send you a free ecopy of Breathe.

Also I’ve finished Exhale, a novella told from Jasmine’s point of view. It’s a Thanksgiving story coming out in time for the holidays. A family story that wraps up some loose ends. Not all of them of course. There are still stories to be told in the Breathe series.

I’ve also written a prequel about Daisy that I will release shortly after Exhale. Daisy is a short story that takes place in the days before she went missing and will launch a new series that should be out by January if all goes according to plan.

I’ve got a book about Social Media coming out as well.

I told you I’ve been busy.

The cover reveal for Shimmer is July 28th so keep an eye out. I’ll be doing lots of giveaways, teasers and contests in the next month or two!

I hope you’re all enjoying your summer.

 

 

 

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Jul 4, 2014

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4th of July Traditions

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I was thinking the other day how much I wish my family had established a tradition for the 4th of July holiday.  I love the idea of doing the same thing every year on this day. We have at different times done the same thing for a few years in a row but inevitably something changed and we would move on to something else. We’ve been camping, rented a condo in the Sierras, went to the lake and for quite a few years went to the parade in our town since it happened right at the end of our block. The floats and people were lined up on our street so it was pretty unavoidable. Especially when your friends are knocking on your door at 7am asking to use the bathroom.

My kids rode on our church VBS float a couple of times, happily spraying the onlookers with water guns. My daughter marched with her cheer team, my son with his football team. The parade was very small town but being close to Edwards Air Force Base every year the Stealth did a fly by. That was always the highlight.

We’ve since moved and although the kids are home this weekend they have their own plans. Parties, the beach with friends and so on.  I’m happy they are enjoying their adult lives now but maybe it’s time Kevin and I started finding our own traditions for this holiday.

So far on my list? Clean my office, hit my word count, go to a movie, bbq and a  swim. I will contemplate new traditions for next year as I float.

What are your 4th of July traditions? Let me know in the comments!

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Jun 12, 2014

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Theater Nerdiness

Pantages I’ve realized I am the only theater nerd in my family.  Last night I went to see Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat. I’ve never seen this particular show before. Of course I knew the bible story and I was really excited to get to see it. Here’s the thing. I had to horn in on my friends Mother/Daughter trip to the theater to do this. Now they are the sweetest people in the world and they said they didn’t mind but it got me thinking.

No one else in my family likes musical theater. My husband will take me if I beg to go see a particular show but it can’t be too girly and he really only likes Phantom and Fiddler on the Roof.  My daughter hates musical theater and my son has zero interest.  How exactly did this happen?

I grew up in a home where musical theater was part of our everyday lives. I thought everyone loved it. My dad was a stage hand and worked for many years in the different theaters around Los Angeles. He had hilarious stories of what went on backstage. My mom and I would watch Guys and Dolls and Sound of Music everytime it came on and we both loved plays.

I took my kids to lots of plays when they were younger. It’s not like they weren’t exposed to the culture of theater.  What did I do wrong? Is love of theater in the genes? Are Kevin’s Non Nerdy genes stronger than my Nerdy genes?

They must be because I realized when I extrapolated this thought out my kids really don’t like most of the things I like. Neither one of them loves to read like I do, they don’t love superheroes, Harry Potter, Star Trek, LOTR, Sherlock or any of my other nerdgirl obsessions. My son loves Star Wars but he that’s a whole other story for another day.

I love them anyway. I mean they’re cute and I’ve worked really hard on them so I’m not giving up on them just because they don’t have the good taste to like all the things I do. I’ll just have to keep working on them and hope they come around. As it is they look at me like I’m a complete weirdo from another planet if I start talking about any of the above mentioned subjects. 

I’m glad I didn’t realize what a nerd I really was when I was a kid. I think I would have been so much more self conscious then I already was if I’d been aware. I just thought everyone loved the stuff I did.

I’m also really glad I have friends that are sweet enough to include me in their jaunts to the theater this season.  If you get a chance, go see a play sometime soon. They are some of the hardest working and talented people in the entertainment business.

I’d love to hear about your favorite play it the comments below!

 

 

 

 

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