Dangerous, the Complete Novel

Fantasy 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 Jones thought it was harmless fun to pose for pin-up pictures for her unhappily-married boss—until he suddenly sold the company. Kendra knew she had to retrieve the pictures from his office before the new owner discovered them, but arrived too late—not only has he found the file, but he’s chosen a few favorite shots to keep for himself. Worse, he’s Reid Stirling, a sexy millionaire entrepreneur Kendra’s always admired. When Reid suggests she become his personal assistant in every way, Kendra seizes the chance to explore her fantasies. As their mutually satisfying game becomes obsessive, neither realizes that it’s put Kendra in the sights of a stalker determined to make Reid pay for his sins of the past.

Dangerous, an erotic romance by Ella Ardent

Dangerous, the Complete Erotic Romance Novel

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A Dangerous Update

Here it is the middle of August already, and time for an update on Dangerous.

Dangerous, an erotic romance by Ella Ardent

I had warned you that there would be a gap in releases this summer, because I’m doing things a bit differently with Dangerous: instead of publishing the story as I go (the way I did the Plume series) I’m writing the whole thing first. It will all be done and ready to go before the first installment is published. The story is taking longer to write than I’d expected (this seems to be typical) and it’s coming out longer than I’d anticipated (also typical) but I like the result a lot (I hope that remains typical!). There are some other changes to my process this time, too. I’ve hired an editor for this project (as well as my usual beta reader) so once the book is in the editor’s hands, I’ll update the page for Dangerous here on the site.

Dangerous is a dark erotic romance. It will be published in nine weekly installments, then the whole story will be available in trade paperback. The installments will be available for pre-order at Kobo, and we’ll see where else pre-orders can happen. Dates are still a bit squishy, but it looks as if we’ll launch in mid to late September. After Dangerous is on its way, I’ll work on the first three stories in The Phoenix series.

I hope you’ve all had a good summer so far! I should be doing that update around the end of this month. 🙂

The Plume: The Third Anthology

The Plume: The Third Anthology by Ella Ardent

The Third Anthology of The Plume

This anthology includes the last three novellas in this series: FLASHBACK, SWITCH and CELEBRATION. It’s available in both a digital edition and a trade paperback.

Available from Amazon.
Available from All Romance eBooks.
Available from Barnes and Noble.
Available from Createspace.
Available from KOBO.
Available from Smashwords.
Also available digitally from Apple and Sony.

Celebration

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Welcome to the Plume – where members are bound by desire and fantasies come true…

Debts are settled and new beginnings are launched in this culmination of the Plume Series. As the former members of the private BDSM club locate each other and undertake an initiative of their own, Athena plans a party to celebrate her new venture. Joanna and Mike will be getting married, even if Joanna’s newest idea is causing Mike some concern. Rex finds new hope in unexpected places, even before he’s presented with a gift that will both thrill and challenge him in the years ahead.

Available at Amazon.
Available at Amazon.co.uk.
Available at All Romance eBooks.
Available at Barnes & Noble.
Available at KOBO.
Available at Smashwords.
Also will be available at Apple and Sony.

btw, I’ve learned something new. My formatter uploads a lot of content directly to Apple, and she said their new rules (from February) require for erotica to have its first category as Fiction-Erotica-General. (These categories mirror BISAC codes, which define the appropriate category for any given work. That tells retailers how to list or shelve books.) Smashwords allows books to have two categories. I’d chosen Fiction-Erotica-General as the second category for Switch, because I didn’t think the order mattered. Maybe it does. I fixed the categories for Switch when she told me that, and have published Celebration with that category first. We’ll see if it turns up in the iTunes store faster as a result. I hope so!

Update!

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Phew! You’ll all be glad to know that Celebration is very very close. (I’m certainly glad!) I have to go through the whole story one last time, probably add a bit here and there, then will get it to the formatter on Friday. I’ve asked her to do us all a big favor and turn it around quickly, so fingers crossed that there’s time in her schedule for that.

Right now, it’s looking like Celebration will be about 40,000 words in length. The other Plume novellas have been around 30,000 words, but there were lots of loose ends to tie up on this one. I’ve run out of Post-it notes on my desk, and no characters have whispered in my ear for a few days, so I think we’ve got it all covered.

I’ll let you know when it’s published. It’ll go to all the portals roughly at the same time, but will go live at ARe and Smashwords first (because they have no review process), then Amazon, KOBO and B&N. Apple will bring up the rear, as usual.

Thanks again for your patience and I hope you find the final installment of the Plume Series was worth the wait!

Next up will be the anthology of the last three Plume books, in both print and digital. Look for that in June, as I still need to have a cover designed.

About Apple Distribution

Some of you have been asking why Switch isn’t available at Apple yet. I’ve asked Smashwords again, and it turns out that my suspicions were right – there’s been a change in Apple’s process. They added some new content rules and processes in late February or early March, one of which is to try to ensure that minors can’t buy erotica from Apple’s site. So, even though they will continue to sell erotica, the review process for erotica has changed.

Apple reviews all files manually before posting digital books for sale as part of their quality control process. That’s why it takes one or two weeks for books to appear there after distribution. BUT the change means that works labelled as erotica now are subject to another review that can take 8 more weeks. So, the process of review can be three months for erotica for the Apple site.

And you’ve guessed it – Switch is in the midst of that process. There’s no telling how long it will take for it to appear on their site. The first transmission of the book to Apple was in mid-February, then it was sent again March 3. I’m not even sure which would be the start date they’d be counting from. 😦

At least we now know what’s going on and what to expect.

Almost Mid-March

Time for an update on Celebration!

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The story is coming along really well – Rex IS behaving himself and his part is done. (Yes, I’m kind of amazed about that myself.)

One of the things I’ve been wanting to do is to have my book files professionally formatted. This will make them look better on your e-readers, and is also an opportunity to get lots of links into them. This means I need to read them all through one more time to check for minor corrections and tweaks. It’s a great moment to do that now – I can ensure that Celebration ties up all the loose ends and that there are no continuity errors in the series. I’m diving into that this week, before I do the final edit on Celebration.

Celebration will also be the first of my books to be professionally formatted right from the outset. I’m hoping that this will mean it is published more quickly at Apple than other titles – things seem to be really slowing down there. It will, though, take a bit of time depending on the formatter’s schedule. We’re trying to keep everything tightly organized! I’d like to try out the pre-order option now available on KOBO but that will depend upon how the time shakes out. That might have to wait until the next book.

At this point, it looks as if Celebration will be a March release, but not one on the 15th.

I’m hoping that by the end of April, there will be beautiful new editions of everything out in the world. You might get the new versions automatically from the portal where you bought your copy, or you might need to request them, but I’ll let you know when they’re available.

And finally, I’m adapting my plan for the future. For the next series, I’m going to write all of it before I begin publishing it. There will be a gap in releases while I write away, but then we’ll have definite release dates for every installment of the next series.

So, there you go! That’s all my news for now.

Tomorrow

Tuesday November 12 is the day FLASHBACK will finally be published.

I’m doing the final read and formatting today. Phew! I like this one, despite the fact that Athena gave me a bit of a challenge in the writing of it (and the Count wasn’t cooperative at all.)

As usual, it will appear at Amazon and Smashwords first, then All Romance eBooks. After that, it will have to get approved for premium distribution at Smashwords and work its way to Apple, B&N, Sony, KOBO etc. That seems to take at least three weeks, depending on the portal.

Thanks so much to all of you for your patience!

Cover for FLASHBACK

Just got this from the designer and I think it’s wonderful! I had to share. Have a peek:

Now, you don’t just want to see the cover – you want to read the story! So, here’s where I’m at this month: my plan is to finish both FOREVER BOUND and FLASHBACK and publish them both by the end of October. I’m finishing FOREVER BOUND first – Rex doesn’t get to jump line twice – but you can probably plan on seeing both in that last week of October. (I’ll be away at a writers’ retreat and probably won’t be able to get online for a week or so. On the upside, though, I’ll get lots of writing done.)

So, by the end of October, I’ll be finally caught up!

Now tell me – what do you think of the new cover?