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29Sep/17

Keelan Ellis

September 29, 2017


It gives us great pleasure to welcome Keelan Ellis as the guest on Episode 131: I Have a Playlist for That!

This week Keelan Ellis returns to the show so we can discuss her latest release The One Thing I know, and its upcoming spin-off Everything I Have. We also delve into writing recent historic fiction and what to do when current media forces you to change your story!

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** To learn more about The One Thing I Know read Jayne’s review: http://www.wrotepodcast.com/the-one-thing-i-know-by-keelan-ellis/

Bio:

Keelan Ellis has been a writer her whole life, but has only recently stopped hiding behind her unexplored potential. Now that the authoring-floodgates are open, she’s got a million ideas about what to write next. Additionally, she’s got an amazing family, and her children astound her on a daily basis.

 

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June 10, 2016

Misinformation AnywhereYouGo It gives us great pleasure to announce Keelan Ellis returning as the guest on episode 061: Keep Your Word Count Up!
Join us as we discuss her past year’s journey, character building and politics, socio-economic elements to character and world building, non-romance mystery writing with a gay protag, and tease the upcoming series she’s co-writing.You can buy Keelan’s work here:

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Bio:

Keelan Ellis has been a writer her whole life, but has only recently stopped hiding behind her unexplored potential. Now that the authoring-floodgates are open, she’s got a million ideas about what to write next. Additionally, she’s got an amazing family, and her children astound her on a daily basis.

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July 3, 2015

I'll Still Be There It gives us great pleasure to announce Keelan Ellis as the guest on episode 006: Ghosts Of Love And The Mighty Blog Tour!
Join us as we talk with Keelan about long lasting love, ghosts, and highly ambitious blog tours.You can purchase Keelan’s premiere novel here:

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29Sep/17

The One Thing I Know by Keelan Ellis

WROTE Podcast alumni, Keelan Ellis, has recently been with us to talk about her new novel, and what happens when media events force an author to change their story. To catch up with Keelan and get links to her work, listen to Episode 131: I Have A Playlist For That!

This first book in the B-Sides series is a change of mood for Keelan Ellis, whose paranormal romances I am familiar with. Set in the 1970’s music scene, it concentrates on the relationship between two men, one a studio musician, Henry, who has been offered his dream job, and Terry, the band’s front man, who is still reeling from the death of Dell Miller, the band’s creative life force.

I wasn’t really sure about this book at first. The lightness of touch which makes this author’s previous books so easy to read is absent, and in its place is something much grittier. It is a romance, but there are dark elements; drug use, addiction, inter-band squabbling, soulless sex just because its available, as well as painful stints in rehab speak true of the rock n’ roll lifestyle, which really isn’t as fabulous as people like to think it is.

I had to read back a few times to remind myself that this book was set in the 1970’s. The sense of period was lost in places, with only mentions of Rolling Stone magazine and the Beatles to pull it back. As both are still relevant today, it wasn’t entirely successful. Also, Henry seemed genuinely sweet and honourable, and I found it incomprehensible that he would just drop his knees the first time Terry demanded it. For me, it was a jarring moment that made it difficult for me to believe they would find their HEA, and it took a while for the romance element to find its equilibrium again.

But despite those elements which pulled my focus away from the central story, it was a very enjoyable read, well-written and researched. It’s so refreshing to read a romance novel that doesn’t make paper cut-outs of its characters. The reader actually sees Henry and the Vulgar Details working, doing their thing, practicing their craft, not just looking great in tight jeans and sweaty hair. It definitely isn’t all about limousines and mountains of coke (although there’s plenty) but about cleaning up vomit, paying for trashed hotel rooms, having to get on stage with crashing hangovers and fighting a grief that cannot be expressed.

And it’s important to note the book also attempted to highlight the attitudes towards gay relationships in 1970’s USA. The general assumption is that the era was free love and peace for all, but in reality, that only applied to men and women. Gay men were tolerated, but there was still a massive stigma that meant Terry had to hide his grief for Dell behind outrageous outbursts, eventually ending up in rehab, and Henry lived in constant fear of his sexuality being found out, therefore jeopardising his career.

So yes, this is a rock star romance, but scratch the surface and it is so much more. I read this book a couple of weeks back but it has stayed with me, which is always a good thing. A meaty, satisfying read for those who want their characters with grit and depth, and a realistic romantic premise. A strong start to the B-Sides series.

BLURB

Talented studio musician, Henry Cole, is offered the dream job of touring with popular rock band, the Vulgar Details. Things aren’t all rosy, though, as he is hired to replace Dell Miller, creative force behind the band, who recently flamed-out in a car accident.

Henry is all too aware that he’s no replacement for someone like Dell. He’s not the only one who feels that way, either. Terry Blackwood, band front man, has been giving him a hard time even before the tour start. He seems to resent Henry’s presence beyond all reason. What Henry doesn’t know is that Terry and Dell’s relationship was both intensely close and fraught with conflict.

Terry’s grief over Dell’s death is overwhelming and threatens to destroy not only the band but his life. It doesn’t help that the new member of the band makes him feel things he doesn’t want to. Worse, when he sings, Henry sounds just like the man Terry cared so deeply for.

With so much at stake, everything could come crashing down around them and mean the end for the Vulgar Details. Or, just maybe, Henry and Terry will find the one thing they need most.

Sometimes redemption comes from the last place you expect to find it.

14Sep/16

Review of Misinformation by Keelan Ellis

Misinformation

Keelan came back to chat to us earlier this year, to talk about her latest book. Find out more about Keelan and her work on Episode 061: Keep Your Word Count Up!

REVIEW

Keelan has veered away from ghost stories with this city romance between Ethan, bisexual, closeted presenter for a conservative cable news programme, and Charlie, who is Ethan’s daughter’s first grade teacher. Ethan has been obliged to take the job at the programme so he can be near his daughter, who has been taken to New York to live by his ex-wife. Charlie is commitment-phobic and fiercely independent. Brief hook-ups with closeted celebrities suit him just fine, but neither of them expected to fall in love.

So that’s the setup. Firstly, a couple of niggles, nothing to do with the writing, which is consistently great. I trust Ellis to be technically spot on and she is here as well. First niggle is with Ethan, who has left a successful job in Philly to take a position with a cable company that has totally different ideals to his own, and is regularly disparaging to the LGBT community. He is their star performer, regularly spouting things he doesn’t agree with. He says he does it purely to be with his daughter, but I can’t help wondering if any LGBT person would do this.

Number two is Charlie, the first grade teacher who very rapidly hooks up with Ethan, despite being the teacher in charge of Ethan’s child. That’s unprofessional at best, yet the school don’t seem to have an issue with it when it all comes out. I’m English, so I know what would happen here. It’s not an LGBT issue. It’s a professional issue. Maybe in the States it’s different.

Like I said, these are niggles that wouldn’t go away for me, but in the end, they didn’t spoil my enjoyment of this book. If, like me, you can push through them, you will be rewarded with a sexy, emotional love story, with some unpredictable twists and turns.

And this is what Ellis does best; throwing a curve ball into the mix just as you think this is going to go the way of many romances. It doesn’t. Ethan does come across as a bit of an ass at times, but he’s a wonderful father and his daughter is cute as a teddy bear. His ex is also a great character, flawed as well so you can see why the marriage didn’t make it, but decent, and a decent ex in a romantic novel is a rare thing indeed. In a way, her main flaw is interfering with the best of reasons. She was cleverly drawn and I liked her. So often, the ex is someone to boo and hiss at, but not here. The villain of the piece is the Fox-alike cable company Ethan works for, with a boss so vile I wanted to punch him.

Charlie is also an interesting character. First school teachers, especially male ones, can be exotic creatures. No-one really knows why they choose to spend their time with loathsome oiks, when they could be doing important things like being captains of industry, or firefighters, or heart surgeons. I thought he was totally convincing, very likeable despite his phenomenal ability to make poor life choices. The chemistry between him and Ethan, from the first fumbling, drunken encounter to the realisation that they both care for each other, is genuinely touching and well-balanced.

And finally, Ellis has really upped her game in the sex scenes. The others were good. These are great, tender and hot as prime beefsteak. That’s all I’m saying…

 

31Dec/15

2015 Twelve Days of Stories

We at the Written on the Edge podcast are grateful for the family-in-spirit that has grown up around the idea of our stories of love, life, and living to the fullest.

As you bebop through your holiday this year, we’d like to show our gratitude with a little cheer. Twelve cheers, actually. Delivered to you in the mornings as daily half-hour stories through the end of December.

Set your listening app to automatic download. You may find a new author whose works you’ll love, or be treated to a new tale from a favorite storyteller.

We only ask that you spread the love and tell people about the authors and stories you hear this year.

Warm, safe, and happy holidays from all of us at the WROTE Podcast!

2. The Holiday Spirit Dec 15 – Turtledoves Carole Cummings
3. Trois Poules Françaises Dec 16 – French Hens Freddy MacKay
4. Trouble Sits Down for Dinner Dec 17 – Calling Birds Pat Henshaw
5. Five Rings Dec 21 – Gold Rings Jamie Fessenden
6. Six Geese Laid Dec 22 – Geese a-Laying (Winter Solstice) A. Catherine Noon & Rachel Wilder
7. Seven Swans Dec 23 – Swans a-Swimming Albert Nothlit
8. Full Moon to Manhattan Dec 24 – Maids a-Milking (Christmas Eve) Jayne Lockwood
9. Midwinter Dancing Dec 28 – Ladies Dancing (mid-Kwanzaa) Angel Martinez
10.  Ten Dec 29 – Lords a-Leaping J. Scott Coatsworth
11. Piping Through the Night Dec 30 – Pipers Piping A. M. Burns
12. En Pointe Dec 31 – Drummers Drumming (New Year’s Eve) SA “Baz” Collins
29Oct/15

WROTE Podcast 2015 Halloween Radio Show

WROTE-2015-Halloween-Radio-ShowWe’re inviting you to a whole new “Boo!”

Open up your goodie bag and we’ll give you a treat. After all, my little goblins, how can you resist tales about things that go bump in the night?

This Halloween your WROTE Podcast hosts – Jayne, Baz, and Vance – have teamed up with several podcast alumni authors to bring you ten tales of Mystery, Malevolence, and Mayhem.

This special episode will celebrate us taking the mask off the podcast to offer you more LGBTQ inclusive content. That’s right… queer storytelling in all genres.

So grab your security blanket and get ready for ten narrated tales that celebrate Halloween in Written on the Edge style.

Still think it’s a trick?

This cauldron contains goodies from F.E. Feeley Jr., Albert Nothlit, Angel Martinez*, Joe Cosentino, Keelan Ellis, J. Scott Coatsworth, Jayne Lockwood*, SA “Baz” Collins, Rick R. Reed, and Brad Vance*.

Click on the cauldron and test your mettle… If you dare!

* Narrated by the author. All others narrated by Vance Bastian.

In case you’ve got wee goblins running around… This special does have a NSFW rating.