Hi guys! We have A.D. Ellis popping in today with the tour for Hearts Ablaze, we have a great interview, a brilliant excerpt and a fantastic $20 Amazon GC giveaway, so check out the post and enter the giveaway! ❤️ ~Pixie~
Chase Steele and Xander Copperfield are down on their luck, as similar as they are different, and ready for a love they didn’t even realize they’d been waiting on their whole lives.
With two gorgeous “tough guys” discovering and exploring their true selves, Hearts Ablaze is a steamy, slow-burn, friends-to-lovers, opposites attract, bisexual awakening romance.
*This is the first book in the Forged in the City series.*
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever done in the name of research?
First, let’s be very clear that all of my closest friends know very well to ERASE my browsing history. Second, I have two very close friends and our texts get very juicy and weird. I’m lucky they love me and will answer all my questions. I also use a lot of my real-life experiences as research. Wine tastings, walking a certain street, listening to trains, watching movies and television shows, trips to a cabin in the woods, hanging out in bars, a lot of things end up in my stories.
What do you do when you get writer’s block?
I take walks, listen to stories, read, listen to music, binge some shows, write something else, talk about my story.
What were your goals and intentions in this book, and how well do you feel you achieved them?
This book and current series weren’t even planned. When a couple readers finished the Silver in the City series and told me they wanted more, my first answer was that the series was done. But they encouraged me to take the series farther, do a spin off, something. Once they planted the seed, my brain wouldn’t let go of the idea of a spin-off series. My goals and intentions with this book (and series) was to tell the story of six men, revisit a series I absolutely adore, and provide entertaining love stories for my readers. I feel like I achieved what I set out to do.
Do you have any strange writing habits or superstitions?
I absolutely can’t write with anyone standing behind me. My husband, my kids, strangers, I just can’t do it. If I go to a coffee shop, I have to have a corner table with my back to the wall. I can’t stop writing for the day without having a plan of what I’ll start writing the next day. And I almost always strive to hit at least 1000 words every time I sit down to write.
What is the most heartfelt thing a reader has said to you?
A reader got a tattoo recently and had the title of my book put on the image. Her favorite book of mine was Forever Better Together and she inked it on her skin; that meant a lot. Another reader has told me thank you for my stories because they give him and others hope. Any time a reader tells me they fell in love with my characters and my stories, my heart is happy.
Where do you like to write?
I go through phases. A tiny desk in my room. On my couch with a pillow on my lap. Currently, I’m enjoying the kitchen table. If I ever have a moment, I love to go to Starbucks and on a chai tea latte while I write.
What action would your name be if it were a verb?
My real name is Amanda. I’m a total sarcastic smartass. So, to Amanda would be to be a sarcastic smartass.
What are you working on now, and when can we expect it?
I hope to have a romantic suspense finished by the time anyone reads this interview. I’m also working on a story that’s been banging around in my head for over six months and is probably my kinkiest one yet. I’m planning both of those stories to release in 2020.
As I quietly opened the door, I was overcome with nervous anticipation. Sage and Bode were nice, they invited me to stay, there was no reason to feel like I was intruding or needed to sneak around.
Yet, I found myself just outside of the kitchen eavesdropping on Sage and Bode. I hadn’t meant to slink in the shadows and listen to their conversation, I just wasn’t exactly sure where I wanted to be and their words caught my attention. Before I knew what was happening, I was spying like a damn spying spier.
“Think about it. It’s like fate. Remember when you didn’t want me to move in here? You did everything you could to convince the guys to pick someone else. But you ended up with me and it turned out to be fabulous.” Sage’s words were low and persuasive. “Ginny finds her long-lost nephew, he discovers his aunt and a sister he never knew, and it looked very much like he and Xan are totally hitting it off.”
“Babe, he’s a complete stranger.” Bode’s words were gruff.
“Ginny had his records checked. You checked his records—even had Mark check them which I’m still not okay with. We could run a complete check for employment.” Sage paused and I heard the soft noises of a gentle kiss.
I was a total perv hiding in the shadows and getting turned on knowing Sage and Bode were kissing.
“We need an employee. We have an extra room.” Sage was laying it on thick. “We could help bring two siblings together and maybe even strike a love connection.”
Bode began to speak, but I missed what he said because I nearly shit myself as Rosie gripped my hand and basically screamed, “Whatcha doin? Why you hidin?”
Sage and Bode stuck their heads out of the kitchen and I prayed to melt into a puddle right there. Rosie shrugged when she realized it wasn’t a game and went back to playing with Oliver.
“I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to listen in.” My words poured from me like the pathetic excuse they were. “Really, I came for coffee, heard Sage and didn’t want to interrupt. By the time I realized you were talking about me, it was too late and I was frozen.” I ran a hand over my face, my cheeks on fire. “Shit, I’m so sorry.”
“Don’t sweat it,” Sage assured and waved a dismissive hand in the air. “Coffee?”
Since I wasn’t lucky enough to die on the spot, I nodded and entered the kitchen. “Yes, please.”
“Well, what would you think?” Bode leaned against the counter.
“About?” I stammered.
Sage beamed at Bode. It was clear Sage had won. Something told me Sage often won when it came to winning over Bode.
“Sage is right. We do need an employee at The Lizard. We lost quite a few people to college graduation or busy school schedules.” Bode shrugged. “We planned on inviting you to be around as much as possible to build a relationship with Rosie. If you’d be willing to have a complete background check, the position and room are yours.”
I stared at him for years. Decades even.
“What’s wrong with him? Did I break him?” Bode scowled and spoke out of the corner of his mouth to Sage.
Sage chuckled and moved closer to me. He pushed my jaw up. “Close your mouth, sweetie.” He stepped between me and Bode. “Chase, would you like a job at The Salty Lizard? It’s not glamorous or exciting.” He frowned. “Actually, it can be kinda exciting sometimes. And it’s always fun. Great people.” He dipped his head to catch my eyes. “Chase? Job? You want it?”
I nodded and tried to work my sandpapery thick tongue. “Yes, yes, of course, I want it.” I tried to breathe, but my lungs seemed to be faltering.
“We have a room here. You’d pay rent, but it’s a decent price. We’d set some ground rules. You’d have to be okay living with kids.” Sage spoke slowly as if trying to explain quantum physics to me. “Would you like the room?”
“I, um, I just can’t. I mean, yes, of course I’d want the room, but I can’t ask you guys to give me a job, give me a room, and let me hang with my sister. It’s too much.” I moved to the right and leaned against the sink.
“Want to talk about the rent and salary? Make a decision from there?” Sage patted my arm.
I nodded mutely.
Sage went to check on the kids and set them up with crayons and coloring books along with Kidz Bop on a tablet.
Forged In The City series!
Love will find you whether you’re ready for it or not. Join the men of the Forged in the City series as they navigate the twists and turns of falling in love when it’s least expected. This series contains steamy, M/M age-gap, opposites-attract, friends-to-lovers romance tropes.
1- Hearts Ablaze
2- Hearts Afire
3- Hearts Aflame
A.D. Ellis is an Indiana girl, born and raised. She spends much of her time in central Indiana as an instructional coach/teacher in the inner city of Indianapolis, being a mom to two amazing school-aged children, and wondering how she and her husband of almost two decades have managed to not drive each other insane. A lot of her time is also devoted to phone call avoidance and her hatred of cooking.
She loves chocolate, wine with friends, pizza, crocheting and naps along with reading and writing romance. These loves don’t leave much time for housework, much to the chagrin of her husband. Who would pick cleaning the house over a nap or a good book? She uses any extra time to increase her fluency in sarcasm.