After promoting other people’s debuts here, it feels weird to be promoting my own, but here I am. Save My Soul: Book One in the Kemmons Brothers Baseball Series was released March 25. What I like most about this book is it’s not what normally passes as category-length, contemporary romance for me. When I wrote it years ago, I was heavily influenced by paranormal’s popularity, and honestly, I was in a confusing space in my life.

Rather than prolong this self-promotion, I’ll leave with this. Nicole said it best: “If you like vivid writing, sparkling sexual tension, and emotional reads check out Save My Soul.”

Save My Soul by Elley Arden

Buy it now at: Amazon and iTunes (BN.com to come)

For more about Elley and her books, visit her website.

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About a year ago, before I became a contributer to From Fact to Fiction, Elley asked me to be the first participant in Writer Wednesday.

Today, my first book releases. It’s been quite a year. I had my second child, turned thirty, and have truly begun to think of writing as my career. This may be my first book published, but I’m determined it won’t be my only.

It’s kind of amazing what can happen in a year, but when I look back at my answers to last year’s post only two things have changed: where I write (now it’s usually one handed on my tablet while I feed my one-month-old) and my worst rejection (an editor viewed a technical glitch (which was totally my fault) as my inability to proofread and rejected what she said was a good story based on that). Why I write is still very much the same. I love it. It makes me happy. It’s a part of who I am. I can’t imagine that ever changing.

All’s Fair in Love & Politics releases today from The Wild Rose Press, and I’m very proud of this book. It’s come a long way from its first draft, and so have I. Also, this was the first book I worked on with Elley as my critique partner. It is absolutely because of her help that All’s Fair has gotten this far.

Here’s a blurb and excerpt. I’ve also blogged over at my own site today about some of my inspirations.  I hope if it looks interesting to you, you’ll consider having a read!

All's Fair in Love and PoliticsShe’s a politician from a political family with big secrets. He’s a journalist for a political magazine. Love won’t be easy.

Blurb: When sexy reporter Doug Kapshaw shows up on Abigail Fortman’s doorstep to cover her state senate campaign, Abigail knows to keep her guard up. Doug’s not after her story. He’s after an expose on Abigail’s U.S Senator father. Though Abigail’s relationship with her father is tense at best, she’s not going to be the pawn that brings Grant Fortman down. Despite his assignment to use Abby, Doug can’t help but be attracted to her mix of strength and vulnerability. When Grant gets Doug fired, Abby is ready to take a stand against her father. Working together to bring Grant down, Doug and Abby can no longer fight the attraction between them. Attraction turns into much more, but while the secrets they uncover promise to revive Doug’s career, the ugly truth poses the biggest challenge to Doug and Abby living happily ever after.

Excerpt: There was something arresting about the picture. Some uncomfortable déjà vu feeling. Which was absurd. She’d certainly never been to the Kapshaw farm, and she’d known Doug for little more than a week.

And yet there was a feeling she’d been there before, watching the cool breeze ruffle the waves of his dark hair, her heart beating quicker as she took a few steps towards the house. A feeling that this was something… important.

Foolish. Ridiculous. Utterly insane. Even as she took the first stair of the porch, her heartbeat still wasn’t steady.

“Why did you bring me here?” Abby demanded. Something in the way his green eyes watched her added to the unnerved feeling.

“You’d never been to a farm. That’s a pretty egregious disconnect if sustainable agriculture is your pet issue.”

Because he stood there, leaning against the post of the porch just as casual as could be, Abby took the last step, putting herself only inches away from him. Though it did nothing to ease her erratic pulse, she was determined to stand her ground and get to the bottom of this puzzle.

“It’s not your job to correct my egregious errors. It’s your job to exploit them and make me look like a fool.”

His eyes studied her mouth for a moment, and Abby refused to analyze why heat crept through her center and up to her cheeks.

“No, it’s my job to make a story out of you. I only have to make you look like a fool if you are one.”

A voice in her head scoffed. That voice told her reporters lie, all people lie. No one was as good or honest as they seemed. It was her father’s voice, and it was surprisingly weak against the force of her heart that wanted desperately to believe Doug’s words were the truth.

***Elley and Tari would like to congratulate Nicole. She’s the first of the trio to have her fiction published! Let’s hope she starts a trend around here. 🙂