Writer Spotlight:Carrie Elks
Your Website or Blog :: http://carrieelks.com
In the Author's Words :: I love words. I love combining them to become sentences that become paragraphs that become pages. I also love angst, romance, and strong female characters who succeed against the odds. I write romance and women's fiction, but read everything I can get my hands on!
Who are your favorite author (s)? :: Donna Tartt, Stephen King, Nora Roberts, J.K.Rowling and a whole host of others!
Content Title :: Coming Down
So what's it about? :: Beth Lawrence finally has her life back on track. A
job she loves, a wealthy husband and a beautiful home are a far cry from
the tragedy that struck when she was nineteen.
Niall Joseph is an up-and-coming artist, recently returned from America.
Volunteering to teach in an inner-city drug clinic, the last person he
expects to see is the girl who broke his heart.
Beth finds herself drawn to Niall. But neither of them can anticipate how
hard it is to tread the thin line between friendship and desire.
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Can we read a Sample? :: The campus is dark and mostly deserted. People are either
home, in halls, or cozied up in one of the many bars dotted around the
university. We pass the occasional runner and a few groups of students
walking home from the pub, but for the most part it's just the two of us.
We keep stopping to kiss and touch, which turns the ten-minute walk to the
art building into a twenty minute one. My head is still buzzing, but the
tab of ecstasy we shared before leaving my room is washing away the worst
of my hangover, blanketing me with a sense of sweet euphoria. Whenever he
touches my chest it makes me giggle.
When we finally reach the building it's all too easy to break in. He
jimmies up a sash window with a metal rod, then pushes it up until we can
climb inside. My feet land on the classroom floor, and my heart races,
pounding against my ribcage like it's trying to escape. Suddenly the lyrics
from Bat out of Hell start coming out of my mouth, and Niall muffles them
with his palm, hushing me as he leads me toward the studios.
"But it's Meatloaf," I try to tell him. "Did you know he changed his name
by deed poll? Imagine having to sign your cheques Mr Loaf. He must get
really funny looks when he does the weekly shopping."
"You weren't this chatty an hour ago."
I hadn't taken ecstasy an hour ago, either. Now I want to tell him
everything. There's so much in my brain that's itching to get out, I barely
even know where to start.
This time, he muffles my words with his mouth. Hard, rough kisses that send
my pulse soaring. He cups the back of my head with his hand and presses the
other against my bum. His tongue is soft, though, almost gentle compared
with the rest of him. I let him stroke it against my own.
"You need to be quiet while I paint you, okay?" he says after I break free
to take in some air. His words are punctuated by soft pants.
"I don't know if I can."
"At least try and lie still. I can't do the first sketch if you keep moving
and speaking." He kisses me again, and this time I feel his hardness
digging into my hip. "We should never have taken that bloody E."
"It feels good, though."
Niall pushes me against a table and it rocks precariously against the tiled
floor. There's a crash as a pile of books fall to the ground. He laughs and
pushes me again, this time until I'm sitting on the edge, my legs wrapped
around his hips. He grinds into me, kissing me feverishly until we fall
back onto the scratched wooden table top.
"I thought you were going to paint me," I say.
He pulls my t-shirt up over my head. "Later."
© Carrie Elks
What's on the Horizon for you? :: I'm working on the third book in my current
series, which will hopefully be published later this year. I also have a
number of foreign editions of my book, Fix You, which will be coming out
over the next 12 months (Germany, Italy, Turkey and others).
Where can readers purchase your books or content? :: http://carrieelks.com
Any tips for aspiring writers? :: Try to write every day, even if it's just
a few words. Writing is like a muscle, it needs to be exercised. And make
sure you build up a good network of writer friends for those times when you
need support or help, and be sure to give them support in return!
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