The February Update

Revealed, book one of The Phoenix series of contemporary romances by Ella ArdentAs you know, I’ve come back to writing and publishing after a hiatus. I miss writing and I still have so many stories that I want to tell. I’m making some changes this time around, so will do a monthly update here on the blog to keep you in the loop on my progress. This month’s post is a bit long.

My motto for this month is: You can do anything, but you can’t do everything.

• I’m back at my day job, and have been for a while. This has both its perks and its drawbacks. On the upside, there’s that pay check, and I do like my job. On the other hand, I have less time for writing and publishing my books, and publishing takes an enormous amount of time. I’m hoping to get more efficient and actually, the heavy lifting is done now that all the backlist is available again.

• I have repackaged and republished my backlist now (phew) so that job is done. It was a good reminder of the dangers of rabbit-holes and time-sinks in this business. I wasn’t happy with the options for cover designers for new covers for The Phoenix, but I had a very firm idea of what I wanted. I decided to do the covers myself (!) which meant I had to acquire some design software and learn how to use it. In the end, it all worked out, but took much longer than anticipated – and I have another skill to add to my resume. 🙂

Haunted, book three of The Phoenix series of contemporary romances by Ella Ardent• I have a new newsletter sign-up. Yay! As before, I’ll only send a newsletter when I have a new release (and republishing new editions of older titles doesn’t count). Since the existing list was a few years old, it seemed to make more sense to just start over again. (I actually did this in 2018, but am counting it as an accomplishment now anyway.) You can sign up right here.

The Plume and The Wedding are currently enrolled in Kindle Unlimited. Interestingly enough, some things haven’t changed—that strategy isn’t working particularly well for me this time, just as it didn’t in the past. LOL! So, those books will be coming out of that program later this month and going into wide distribution again.

• I’m now using a service called Books2Read Universal Links. I like that it provides a link to many portals without me having to include all of them on my website. Also, Amazon is becoming particular about consumers shopping from the regional store that serves their territory, if there is one. So, if you’re in Canada and follow the Amazon.com link, you might be told that my book isn’t available to you. That’s nonsense, but the links don’t re-direct to Amazon.ca based on the location of your ISP. I’m sure Amazon will work this out, but for the moment, if you need a different Amazon store than the US one, you can find it through this link. Books2Read also supports a lot of other international portals, which is cool. You can see my author landing page on B2R right here (and you can get to it by clicking any of the individual B2R book links, then clicking on the book cover, then on my name.)

Hunted, book four of The Phoenix series of contemporary romances by Ella Ardent• I’m not going to fuss with social media this time because I want to write as much as I can. You can follow me at Amazon or BookBub to get notifications of new releases, although I’m not sure how consistent they are in doing that. You can also follow this blog or sign up for my newsletter above.

• Similarly, I’m not going to worry about print editions right now. If you really want a print edition of a certain title, please let me know in the comments. Some of the print editions have made the transition from Createspace to Amazon KDP and are thus available on Amazon. I know that doesn’t work in all territories and that some  of you don’t like shopping at Amazon, so let me know what you need or want and I’ll try to work it out.

What’s next?

• I’ve put Euphoria aside for the moment, since very few of you seem to be interested in that series. I’d originally planned for five fairy-tale-retellings in that world and have the covers already so may come back to it in future.

Claimed, book six of The Phoenix series of contemporary romances by Ella ArdentThe Phoenix was supposed to have three more books to complete that series: I’m going to write Marked (Book 7) next and see if I can wrap it up in that one volume or not. I’ll know more when that book gets closer to completion.

The New Project. One of the reasons for my hiatus was that I had a character show up and start talking to me. Her story was in first-person POV and I wasn’t sure what the heck it was. I didn’t know how it fit into my brand and whether it would meet your expectations. I was thinking it might be a reverse-harem story, but now I suspect it’s a journey, with similarities to Joanna’s journey in The Plume, as well as a story in which two wounded souls heal each other. (I like those kinds of stories.) Because it will be serialized (and long), I’m going to write the whole thing before I start publishing, but I’ll keep you updated on my progress. The bonus of this is that this story ties into the world of The Plume and The Phoenix—yes, we will see more of Rex—which means I have a better idea of how The Phoenix series needs to end. In fact, the hero of this new project will appear in Marked.

So, that’s the plan! I’m excited about the possibilities and am glad to see you here.

Drop by on March 15 for another update on my progress and in the meantime, happy reading!

New Covers for The Phoenix

The amazing thing about publishing is that everything takes so much longer than I ever expect. (And that goes double over a few years ago.)

Finally, though, I have new covers for The Phoenix books to show you. Yay!

Revealed, book one of The Phoenix series of contemporary romances by Ella Ardent Harnessed, book two of The Phoenix series of contemporary romances by Ella Ardent Haunted, book three of The Phoenix series of contemporary romances by Ella Ardent Hunted, book four of The Phoenix series of contemporary romances by Ella Ardent Sold, book five of The Phoenix series of contemporary romances by Ella Ardent Claimed, book six of The Phoenix series of contemporary romances by Ella Ardent

What do you think? I’m really pleased with them.

Having the covers meant the books could be reformatted and reloaded to the various portals. There are new buy links at Kobo and Smashwords already, and the others are populating. Check the individual book pages for links.

There’s another job off my list. I’ve decided to write a monthly update here on the blog of what’s going on. The first one will be on February 15, so please stop by for that. I’ll do them on the 15th of each month after that.

 

Dangerous Republished

Dangerous is available again at some portals. It’ll be in wide distribution: I’m working on the other distribution avenues. Right now, you can find it at Kobo, Amazon and a few other portals.

Seduced, Episode 1 of Dangerous, a romantic suspense by Ella ArdentA temptation claimed…

Kendra thought it harmless fun to pose for pin-up photos for her boss—until the company is suddenly sold and her new boss catches her trying to retrieve the pictures. Reid Stirling is a successful, gorgeous entrepreneur with a reputation for getting whatever he wants—and he wants Kendra. Kendra can’t believe her luck when he offers her the job as his very personal assistant—and she’s quick to accept, independent of the terms.

Reid believes it won’t take long to teach beautiful and impulsive Kendra Jones a lesson, but her enthusiasm is both unexpected and seductive. There’s nothing Reid loves more than control, but Kendra’s taste for risk is infectious and he finds himself becoming obsessed with training his enticing employee.

As Reid and Kendra explore private passions together, neither is aware that they’re being watched—by a killer determined to have his revenge on Reid at any price.

Seduced available at
Amazon.com
Kobo
Books2Read Universal Link

Shattered, Episode 2 of Dangerous, a romantic suspense by Ella ArdentA trust broken…

Kendra soon realizes that she’s not without power in her relationship with Reid—she can provoke him to explore new territory in his determination to please her. Being with him is everything she’s always wanted and more, and she’s not going to take the chance of losing his attention.

Reid has never been so enthralled with a woman as he is with Kendra. There’s something about her that feeds his need to control and possess. He’s sure nothing will convince him to let her go—until he discovers that she’s deliberately broken his rules. Releasing her nearly kills Reid, though he knows her choice means their game has no future.

What he doesn’t realize is that his choice will leave Kendra undefended when she most needs protection. Will Reid discover his mistake in time?

Shattered available at
Amazon.com
Kobo
Books2Read Universal Link

Satisfied, Episode 3 of Dangerous, a romantic suspense by Ella ArdentA love in peril…

Kendra and Reid recover their trust in each other, only to be challenged again. The body of Reid’s estranged wife is found and he becomes a suspect in her murder. Kendra believes in Reid’s innocence—and is determined to prove it—even as the true villain’s carefully-laid plans come to fruition.

Compelled to work separately, can they solve the puzzle in time to ensure that Kendra doesn’t share the fate of Reid’s wife?

And even if they do, will their love survive the ordeal?

Satisfied available at
Amazon.com
Kobo
Books2Read Universal Link

Dangerous: The Complete RomanceFantasy can be the most deadly game of all…

When a woman with a hunger for risk challenges a man who needs to possess, nothing can quench the passion that sparks between them—except a secret from the past, one that will seal their fates together forever or destroy them both.

Kendra thought it harmless fun to pose for pin-up photos for her boss—until the company is suddenly sold and her new boss catches her trying to retrieve the pictures. Reid Stirling is a successful, gorgeous entrepreneur with a reputation for getting whatever he wants—and he wants Kendra. Kendra can’t believe her luck when he offers her the job as his very personal assistant—and she’s quick to accept, independent of the terms.

Reid believes it won’t take long to teach beautiful and impulsive Kendra Jones a lesson, but her enthusiasm is both unexpected and seductive. There’s nothing Reid loves more than control, but Kendra’s love of risk is infectious and he finds himself becoming obsessed with training his enticing employee.

As Reid and Kendra explore private passions together, neither is aware that they’re being watched—by a killer determined to have his revenge on Reid at any price.

Dangerous: The Complete Romance available at
Amazon.com
Kobo
Books2Read Universal LInk

 

New Books2Read Universal Links

Here’s another solution to finding my books in your Amazon store, if you’re living outside of the US. I’ve added Books2Read Universal links to the book pages. I’m quite impressed with these, actually.

When you click the Books2Read link for a book, like The Best Man, here on my site, you’ll be directed to a landing page. In this case, that landing page is right here. In case you don’t feel like clicking, it looks like this:

Books2Read landing page for The Best Man by Ella Ardent

Of course, the book is only shown as being available for Kindle, because it’s enrolled in Kindle Unlimited. If it was available at other stores, their logos would all be displayed in a row.

If you click that link, Books2Read will direct you to the book page in your local Amazon store (UK, CA, DE, whatever) based upon the location of your internet service provider (ISP). It redirects, exactly as Amazon does not. How cool is that? Also, Books2Read will remember your preferred store and take you directly there when you click on their link in future, on this site or any others.

So, you can use the Amazon.com link for the US store and the Books2Read universal link for all other Amazon stores.

I also end up with a landing page for ALL of my books through this service: Ella Ardent.

On another note, I added links for the print editions of the Plume anthologies to the site. Amazon is rejecting the cover for the Wedding collection and also the one for the complete Plume, so I’m hoping my designer can sort it out. This is weird, because they were fine before, but we’ll get it solved.