Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Author A.D. Ellis stops by today! Interview & Review

Please welcome A.D. Ellis to the blog!

Please tell us a little about yourself….
I’m a 30-something wife, mother, teacher, author from Indiana. I grew up in a small farming town in southern Indiana and I now live on the south side of Indianapolis, Indiana. My husband and I have been married for 14 years and we have a 9-year-old and 6-year-old. I teach 3rd and 4th grade alternative education in the inner city of Indianapolis; I’ve been teaching for 16 years. I love to read and write. I also love to find a great deal at thrift stores. I adore my family and friends and enjoy spending time with them.
What is one thing about you that your readers would find surprising or never guess about you?
Hmmm, I’m not sure there’s much surprising about me, I’m pretty much what you see is what you get. Let’s see…..I’m deathly afraid of deep, open water (like ocean or lake where I can’t touch or see the ground), I’m afraid of the dark, I hate scary movies. Maybe most surprising, especially to those who have heard me talk, talk, talk, is that I hate talking in front of large groups (which is ironic since I teach a classroom of kids every day!) I’m not much of a baker or cook; I love flowers but don’t enjoy gardening at all. Finally, I have an abnormal fear of speaking on the phone; to the point that I won’t call to order Chinese or pizza :)
Tell us a little about your latest book/release/WIP?
My first book, For Nicky, A Torey Hope Novel Book 1 released in April 2014. My newest release is Because of Beckett, A Torey Hope Novel Book 2. These aren’t cliffhangers but they do need to be read in order. I currently have Christmas in Torey Hope, A Novella planned to release around Thanksgiving and Loving Josie, A Torey Hope Novel Book 3 is expected early 2015 as long as life doesn’t interrupt my writing too much.
What’s one thing that you enjoy most about writing? Least?
The most? I love planning an idea and seeing it come to life on paper. It’s so much fun to watch an idea veer completely away from my plans and come out better on the other side. But, mostly, I love interacting with readers and other authors and bloggers. I smile so big when a reader messages me or leaves a review stating how much they loved my book(s).
The least? I don’t have time to read much anymore. I used to read 5-7 books a week and now I’m lucky to get through 1 a week.

One thing (object, not people) you can’t live without?
Is it totally terrible that I automatically say MY PHONE!? I use that thing CONSTANTLY! I check email, texts, FB, weather, etc all the time. I text my students’ parents daily so it’s a must have. I would probably need to go to rehab to break my phone habit. Wow, that’s really sad. Sad, but true :)
One unusual item in/on/around your workspace?

Well, my office/desk is in my bedroom so my bed is right to my left. The weights I use to work out are right on the floor next to my desk. Other than those things, my work area is pretty “normal”. It’s messy, very messy, but my husband cracks the whip and makes me clean it about once a week because clutter bothers him. Clutter on my work area doesn’t bother me too much; I always know where things are. I sort of like my piles. :)

Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing a bit about yourself and your books!

For Nicky

Elizabeth Decker views herself as shy, totally average, and pretty much insignificant. She’s nothing special, at least not compared to her little sister, Audrey. Elizabeth is content with her plain and lonely future; she’s too insecure to contemplate a relationship thanks to her sister. Audrey is a bombshell and uses this to get what she wants. She’s a girl who will stop at nothing to control anyone and everything around her. She craves power and doesn’t care if she has to hurt Elizabeth to get it. 

Nathaniel Morgan has spent his whole life fighting for his twin brother, Nicholas. Somewhere along the way, he lost himself. Now he’s just getting by. He’s devoted to his family, but emotionally detached from the women he burns through like wildfire. He has no plans of getting into something as complicated and committed as a “relationship”. 
Nicholas Morgan has placed the new librarian, Miss Elizabeth, on a pedestal and is begging her to meet his twin brother, Nathaniel.

 Elizabeth and Nathaniel agree to meet, for Nicky. Both are caught off-guard when unexpected sparks fly between them. This was not in their plans. Will Nathaniel and Elizabeth be able to escape a past that still plagues them? Or, will the past, suspicions, and insecurities come between them one too many times? 

**This is a contemporary new adult romance. It should only be read by ages 18+ due to adult themes and situations. This is a stand alone book.


For Nicky is so much more than a romance novel! The message contained in this story is very powerful! And yes it is a love story too!

This book is the story of Elizabeth and Nathaniel's road to love and all they endure to get to that moment. It is Nicky who binds them together forever. I usually read for no other reason than to escape to another world. This book may be fiction but it made me take a real hard look at the world around me.

For a wonderful love story with a powerful message check out For Nicky!

Because of Beckett

You met Audrey Decker through Nate and Libby’s story in For Nicky, A Torey Hope Novel Book 1. This is Audrey’s story. It is highly suggested that you read For Nicky before reading Because of Beckett so that you can be emotionally vested in Audrey’s story. 
Audrey Decker is a mean girl, a bitch, a bully. She has no plans to stop treating people badly and she’s definitely not going to stop using sex as power. But when she ends up in therapy against her wishes, an ugly and painful repressed past is uncovered and Audrey’s world is tipped on its axis. Everything she thought she knew, everything she thought she was, is all changing. 

Jeremiah Jordan returns from serving two years overseas with a detached and hardened heart. When his world is rocked with unexpected news and difficult challenges, Jeremiah faces them head on. He’s comfortable with where he is right now; he has his parents close by and his son is his world. He definitely doesn’t have time for the hassle that has always accompanied dating in the past. He doesn’t have it in him to put effort into forming relationships that may just hurt him or his son again. 

A chance encounter, second chances, and a little boy who believes in learning from mistakes is all it takes to bring Audrey and Jeremiah together. However, deserving a second chance and taking that second chance are two very different things. Learning from mistakes and letting go of the past may be easier said than done. Can Audrey and Jeremiah push through the pasts that are haunting both of them or will their romance wither and die under the weight of it all? 

Because of Beckett is a story of love, forgiveness, and second chances. 

**Because of Beckett is recommended only for ages 18+ due to harsh language, adult situations, and mature themes. Certain pivotal points of Audrey’s history may trigger unpleasant memories for some readers.** 


Another great story with another powerful message, Because of Beckett! This book is not for the casual reader. There are extreme moments in this book and it is a very emotional read.

This book is the story of Jeremiah and Audrey's road to love it is also the story of Audrey's road to recovery. That recovery is a very heartbreaking trip. I ran through the gamete of emotions while reading this story....heartbreaking, harsh, sad, happy, elation, and so many others. This book is well worth the read.


A.D Ellis was born and raised in a small farming town in southern Indiana. An avid reader from the time she learned to read, A.D. could often be found curled up somewhere with her nose in a book. Most of her friends and family were not such book enthusiasts, so A.D. got used to dealing with snickers and joking comments about her constant reading habits.
A.D. always dreamed of being a teacher. Graduating from Indiana State University in 1999 and earning a Master's Degree from Indiana Wesleyan in 2003, she met her goal of entering the world of education. A.D. has been teaching in the inner city of Indianapolis, Indiana for 15 years. She spent the majority of her 15 years in fourth grade, but has now taken on the challenges of teaching 3rd and 4th grade alternative education students. A.D. loves teaching fractions, variables, probability, and graphing in Math. She loves almost all aspects of English Language Arts. Figurative language, theme, making predictions, drawing conclusions, inference, context clues, making writing come to life, A.D. loves it all! Her students don't always share in that enthusiasm.
A.D. met her husband in college in 1996 and they married in June of 2000. She lives in a south side suburb of Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband and two school-aged children. When she's not reading or writing with music blaring, she can be found shopping at thrift stores, reading to her children, and running.
A.D. began her writing journey in October 2013 and she is grateful for the friends and support she's found along the way.

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