Thursday, 18 April 2013

Guest post by Elise K. Ackers + Giveaway

I am happy to welcome to Ex Libris and introduce you to Elise K. Ackers, who is here today celebrating the release of Ask Me To Stay, the first book in her brand new contemporary romance series, the Homeland series, set in a small and gossipy town. Please give a warm welcome to Elise and read on to discover this new series of hers and to get to know a bit more about Ask Me To Stay, you could even win a copy if you answer Elise's question at the end. (all photos in the post are from Elise's website)

Gossip is a constant and unwelcome guest in Ask Me To Stay, my new release and book one in the Homeland series with Destiny Romance.

When family obligation brings Ethan Foster back to his hometown in country New South Wales, Australia, he is made to feel like an outsider by the people of Hinterdown. Estranged from his older brother Dean, and still paying for a mistake he made over ten years ago - Ethan is called everything from a drunk to a coward. But for all the things everyone imagines him to be or to have done, no one guesses that Ethan is protecting a life-changing secret.

Growing up in a small town means your reputation is constantly being scrutinised and reshaped. But gossip has many faces, not all of them malicious or hurtful. In fact, gossip both condemns and redeems Ethan in Ask Me To Stay.

In this small country town, gossip is better than television. It's an ever-evolving story, and if the plot isn't moving fast enough, locals are more than happy with re-runs. Ethan's childhood sweetheart, Samantha O'Hara, experiences this first-hand when Ethan returns to town. What should be a long-buried memory is dug up, dusted off, and talked about ad nauseam. Ethan and Sam: what does this return mean for these long-ago lovers?

Everyone has an opinion. But the only opinion Ethan cares about, is the one belonging to the private and guarded Samantha.

Will she dare to take a second chance on Ethan, when no one in town has a kind word to say about the man who stole her heart all those years ago?

The gossip theme will link all three books in the Homeland series. Reputation is similarly explored, as is the importance and magnetism of family. The second book, Ask Me For More (scheduled to come out in July this year), focuses on Ethan’s best friend Cal, and the third (scheduled to come out in October) focuses on Ethan’s brother, Dean. Hinterdown's leading men will need to contradict the gossip of an entire town.

Elise K. Ackers is from Melbourne, Australia. She writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense and is published with Destiny Romance and Escape Publishing. Elise is an animal foster carer, a magnet for unusual accidents and an enthusiastic couch commentator. Ask Me To Stay: A Homeland Book is her fourth book. The second title in the Homeland series will be available in July 2013.

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When family tragedy brings bad boy Ethan Foster home, he doesn't expect a warm welcome. In the small town of Hinterdown reputation is everything - and Ethan's was ruined long ago. Nobody wants him around, particularly not Sam O'Hara, the girl he left behind.

There's still a powerful spark between them, but Sam is afraid to risk her heart again. And Ethan is hiding a secret that will have repercussions for his whole family. Will the townspeople ever forgive him? More importantly, will those he loves the most find it in their hearts to take him back?

This tender tale of love and redemption is the first in a brilliant new series by Elise K. Ackers, author of Small Town Storm and the bestselling The Man Plan.


Elise has generously offered an ebook copy of Ask Me To Stay to a lucky commenter!

All you need to do is leave a comment answering Elise's question: Do you believe in positive gossip, or do you feel there is only the negative kind? Has gossip ever surrounded the person you loved, or surrounded you?

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 27 April 2013!

Good luck!

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