Friday, March 5, 2010

Ellora's Cave

Well, it's finally happened. I have a book contracted with Ellora's Cave. They are a big name in electronic erotic romance publishing industry. It's been bandied around the Net and pretty much agreed that Ellora's Cave, Samhain, and Loose Id are the big three out there right now. In sheer numbers, Ellora's Cave publishes--heck, I'm not even sure how many books they have out a month. But right now there are eleven new releases available on their website.

When I first started writing, I was under the impression it was best to publish with one publisher. Except when you do that, you run the risk of your one publisher either going under, going crazy (man, I have stories I could tell you about THAT), or pigeonholing your audience.
I started with NCP, contracted with Venus Press (which folded), then signed up with Loose Id and Samhain. But none of my beginnings were easy.

Loose Id published a previously released book of mine on the condition I do extensive editing and write a new book for them. Made sense to me. Samhain rejected my first story, asked for rewrites, then accepted the second time. And what's funny, that book has consistently sold well since 2007! (Enjoying the Show, bring it!!) Ellora's Cave rejected me not once, but twice. I figured my timing was off. But I swore to myself someway, somehow, I'd get in the door. The word "no" only makes me work harder.

And now I have a new contract with EC. I'm hoping to broaden my readership, join a terrific group of authors, and bring an exciting new story to life.

Namesake is the beginning of (what I hope will be) a new series. Here's a blurb:

In the year 2078, central Kansas is now home to Cross Step, a government bordered area containing strange portals called Voids, which lead to parallel worlds. Norms--normal people, Voiders--those who came through the Voids, and Conduits--humans affected by the Voids, all live together in Cross Step, segregated from the rest of the world. Vicki Fox is a Conduit, a human with the psychic ability to tap into the energy around her. A mistake at a bar puts her under the scrutiny of one very hungry Ravager, a werewolf-like Voider who likes what he sees.

But Eric isn’t just any Ravager, he’s Prime, the king of his clan. He takes what he wants when he wants it, and he wants Vicki. It’ll take more than her sneaking, conniving, and seductive ways to dissuade his interest. Because in Vicki, Eric and his packmates have something much more precious than a rare queen, but a woman to love forever.


s7anna said...

Congratulations Marie on your EC contract! That's awesome news! I look forward to finding out more about your work with them.

Marie Harte said...

Thanks, s7anna! I'm always excited to branch out into other publishers. Ellora's Cave looks like a thrill. I can't wait.


ElizabethN said...

Congratulations! Sounds like a fantastic story, another to add to the buy list.

lindseye said...

Love the description of the book and will look for this at EC when available.

Marie Harte said...

Thanks, Elizabeth. I've had the story in mind for quite a while, but never had the time to write it. It's a whole new world to explore. Or should I say, whole new worlds?


Marie Harte said...

It's pretty steamy, Lindsey. But I really like the Ravagers. Tall, dark, and handsome with fangs. So for me, what's not to like?

:) Marie