You asked Elizabeth Lennox and she answers!

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When I first approached Elizabeth Lennox  and asked if she would be willing to answers questions submitted for her she didn’t hesitate to say yes.  She said it sounded like fun and was an open book.  Her enthusiasm and gung-ho attitude told me she had an adventurous soul just as many of her female characters are written.  I also found Ms. Lennox has a wicked sense of humor!  I had so much fun getting to know Ms. Lennox through our emails and can truly say she is a wonderful, funny, helpful and very kind person.

Thank you Elizabeth Lennox for taking the time to answers the great questions that were submitted.

These are the questions submitted and Elizabeth’s answers.  I hope you enjoy them!

Wynde

Let me start off by saying I love your books! Especially your sheik books. Thank you for the opportunity to ask a question. I have two. 1. When will your next sheik book be out? 2. What is the most important lesson you’ve learned to date about writing?

  • My next sheik book will be part of the Montana Men series.  I know – where’s the connection with Montana and tall, dark, arrogant sheiks, right?  Well, Droon had to run away from his homeland – his aunts were trying to kill him so that their children could take over the country.  Droon ran away and discovered Samantha and Charlie DeBron’s ranch (Samantha and Charlie’s romance will be a free novella coming out in October).  Eventually, he must leave Montana and go back to reclaim his throne.  His story will be told in the series along with Vince, Joe, Halley and Fleur.
  • The most important lesson? Goodness, I don’t know about THE most important lesson.  There are so many things I’ve learned and some of the lessons have been hard to take.  I think the most important lesson was to avoid reading any reviews until I’ve finished (or at least started) writing another story.  I’ve received many good reviews (thank you!) but the negative reviews really get to me.  Sometimes they are pretty harsh and I could have become discouraged by some of them.   So I tell all new writers to avoid reading reviews until they are at least halfway through their next story.  Always keep writing – no matter what people say.

 

Carrie Marie 

What is the hardest part of writing for you? What’s the easiest?

The hardest part of writing would definitely be the editing process.  Most people don’t realize that writing the story is only about twenty-five percent of the effort.  The next several weeks or months will be editing, polishing, re-editing, tweaking your story.  You’re never really “done” with a book.  There’s always another edit that can be done.

What is the easiest?  The beginnings!  Goodness, those beginnings are fun to write and just fly out of my fingers.  I love writing the beginnings – all the sexual tension, the intense awareness, the instant lust…it is so much fun!!

Shellie

How do you come up with all of your ideas for stories?

I get asked this question a lot.  In fact, it is always the second question people ask me.  And the answer is – I don’t know.  I always have a story in my mind.  It might not be a viable plot.  I might start it and realize it is stupid or unworkable.  But yes, I always have a story ready to go.  I can sit in a coffee shop, stare at the other customers and come up with a story about them.  Driving down the street?  Music on?  Story pops into my mind.  Love it!!

 

Ruth

Have you ever written a story that we haven’t read? Are there any that you have written that you don’t like?

Goodness yes!!  LOL – I have dozens, maybe even hundreds of stories that didn’t work out.  Or stories that I started and abandoned because a better idea came along and I just forgot about the previous one.  It is crazy – but yeah.  Lots and lots of stories.

And then there are the stories which I know are horrible.  The Montana Men was going to be a six book series – six siblings, six stories (plus the parents).  But Rico’s story just didn’t flow properly.  I’ve started writing his story about seven times, one of which is about thirty thousand words.  It isn’t good enough.  I will come back to it in a few months or years and work on it again – because I like the premise for the story – I just couldn’t make it work correctly.

My sister is an English professor and she said that’s one of the hardest lessons a writer has to learn – just let go of something that isn’t working.  Sometimes that means deleting thousands of words.  Yes, that is heartbreaking, but it has to happen.

I won’t release a story that isn’t good.  If I don’t like it, you ladies won’t see it.

Liz 

Have you ever written any other genre besides Contemporary Romance? If not, would you want to? What genre would it be?

I have written some erotica and I have plans to write a romantic series with magical elements to it.  I don’t know when that will work itself out in my brain, but yes.  More is coming.  I also have some ideas about a series for young adults, telling the stories of pre-teens or teenagers, dealing with some of the issues they are facing.  Again, I don’t know how that will work itself out, but that is another possibility.

I’d also like to challenge myself to write romantic mysteries but contemporary romance is still my favorite.

Wynde B

Do you have a favorite time of the year to write? If so, why?

Interesting question – I’ve never thought about that.  But now that you’ve brought it up, the fall.  If you have ever been to Washington, D.C. in the summer, you know that the heat and humidity here is oppressive!  It bogs one down like a thick, wet blanket (filled with mosquitoes!).  So summers are hard for me – I struggle to write, to meet my deadlines.

But when September rolls around this area, the humidity lessons, the heat seems to cool down and the world is a different place.  I seem to com back to life in the fall.  My mind is freed up, my body feels better and the stories just fly through my mind.  I can sit outside (as long as the spiders stay away) and enjoy the sunshine while I write and life is good!

Sally

I love the way you always create your heroines with a strong sense of self. Even if they have…issues. What is your motivation behind this? IF there is one

LOL – I think that we all have “…issues”.  I definitely do!  Just ask my husband or family!

But all the women in my stories – and the men – have issues that they need to resolve in order to make way for love.  The women are all strong, all have good careers and challenge the world.  Or at least, that’s my intent.  Why?  Because women are strong.  Women all have issues, but we step up and get done what needs to get done.  Period.  We don’t mess around, we don’t wait for someone else to fix our problems.  We just…get it done – whatever “it” is.

My books reflect the power that all of us have inside of us.  Yeah, we might not like the issues we have to deal with.  And there are many times my characters just want to grab a bag of chips and sit on the couch to avoid the world.  Don’t we all?

But in the end, they face up to their issues and get them resolved.  So do you, right?

Miranda

I can’t wait for your Bold Alaskan Men Series. Have you ever been to Alaska? Is this what motivated this series?

Yes!  I went to Alaska twice – in 2015 and 2014.  I loved that state!  It was incredible!  So the whole series is based off of both those visits.  The oceans, the whales, the crazy things that Alaskans do – like bore tide surfing, skiing down impossible mountain sides, living in a world that goes dark for all but a couple of hours during the winter…!  (Apparently, it is harder to get used to the endless light in the summer months – who knew?!)

Loved Alaska!  And in addition – my family and I flew into Seattle in order to get to Alaska – so there’s a series based in that city as well!  Oh – I love the northwest area!  So completely different from Washington, D.C.!  And cooler!  (except when I’m there – I tend to bring heat wherever I go!)

Katelyn

What books are YOU reading right now?

I just finished Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance (and got a great idea for a plot out of that book!) and Malcom Gladwell’s “Outliers” – there will be a funny story about this one in a book too!  Over 4th of July weekend, I read Janet Evanovich’s “The Job” (great series, by the way) and I was honored to read (ahead of the release) Liz Scott’s “You Promised Me Forever” – awesome story!

Skye

Which writers inspire you? How?

This is going to sound crazy, but good and bad writers inspire me.

When I write a good story, I want to do it better.  I want to twist the plot around so it is more interesting or write better dialogue, better emotional connections.  I love good stories from fabulous authors because they challenge me, inspire me to write better, to set my standards higher.

But I also love bad stories because the writer might have an awesome plot, but she or he might completely fail to live up to the idea.  I want to do the idea better, to make the plot more complicated or more emotionally compelling.  I want to make the characters more real.

So good or bad, I’ll use that to emphasize my strengths or challenge my weaknesses.  I love a writer with good words or with a twist that really grabs me.

And readers – believe it or not – readers inspire me!  When I read the reviews from you ladies, that creates a lot of pressure to do it again, to write better, to replicate a good story.  I never take my readers for granted.  I know how easy it is for romance readers to find a new favorite.  I currently have 4.5 star ratings on almost all of my books and that’s a huge amount of pressure to maintain!  I won’t release any book I don’t think is good enough because I don’t want to lose that average rating.  It is incredibly important to me that my readers like the stories I put out there.

Barbara

Who does your sexy covers!

I do!  I search around for photos on the various photography sites until I find just the right picture.  Sometimes I’m sitting on my bed with my husband reading next to me, flipping through all of the buff guys and my husband just grunts occasionally.  He’s a sweet guy – and endures all of it!

 

Thank you all for taking part in this blog spot with Elizabeth Lennox.  Remember, her newest book of charming alphas and amazing women has just released today.  The Billionaire’s Beautiful Mistake, book 1 in the Bold Alaskan Men Series.

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Ask Elizabeth Lennox!

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Elizabeth Lennox is, in this blogger’s opinion, the queen of alpha men and fiery women whether found in the romantic shifting sands of the desert kings, the board room of corporate America or the farthest reaches of the wilderness. I know many of you are avid readers of hers and absolutely love her stories as I do.  I am also sure that at some point you thought of a question that you would have loved to ask her.  Well, here is your chance!  Woo Hoo Elizabeth Lennox has graciously agreed to answer your questions!

From now until Tuesday, July 12, 2016 you can enter your questions in the comments of this posting.  Please read the previous questions to keep duplicates from happening.  On Tuesday your questions will be forwarded to Elizabeth and her answers will appear on Friday, July 15 to celebrate the release of her newest series.  Now is the chance to ask and stop wondering! Enter your question for Elizabeth Lennox!  

As another special treat for her readers, Elizabeth will be submitting her own post here on Sunday, July 10th. Please check in to see what she has in store for us.  If you don’t know much about Elizabeth then you need to read her post where  she will share a little of her self with us.  It is a great time to find out  about the fabulous woman behind these sexy alpha’s we love!

And remember that on Friday, July 15, 2016 the first in the new series, Bold Alaskan Men, will be released.  The Billionaire’s Beautiful Mistake is currently available as a pre-order so grab your copy and be a part of this new series with Elizabeth.

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Don’t Miss this chance to ask Elizabeth your questions and get the answers directly from her!  Submit your questions here until Tuesday, July 12, and read the answers on Friday!  Check in on Sunday, July 10, to read Elizabeth’s post and read what she has to tell us

If you haven’t already found Elizabeth’s website I would suggest taking a look to learn more about her books and Elizabeth herself. Check out Elizabeth’s website:  http://www.elizabethlennox.com   and follower her on Amazon:   http://www.amazon.com/ElizabethLennox/e/B008KSC084/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

I am so excited with this opportunity to spend some time with one of my favorite authors. I hope you will be a part of it with me!  Let’s celebrate the release of her new series…

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The Sheik’s Jealous Princess by Elizabeth Lennox

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It is almost bittersweet to read of the last sibling in the Samara Royal Family, Shantra del Abbas Samara.

Shantra has managed to keep a very big secret from her brothers and sister.  In return for keeping her secret she has had to portray herself as having her head in the clouds so that they never discover she is the mysterious designer behind the Jesek Designs clothing line.  Shantra is happy with her life as she designs clothing for women knowing she is helping them to look and feel beautiful.  But she is feeling the loss of her sister, Ciala who recently moved away due to her marriage.

Laithir del Hassam is not looking for marriage after the horrific mistake he made before, but when he sees Shantra he knows he will have her in his bed.  Shantra is enchanting, beautiful and nothing at all like his first wife.  Shantra is nervous and acting completely out of character when she is around Laithir.  After being with him for several functions, Shantra has determined that her brother Ramzi is trying to play matchmaker and quickly declares to that is not going to happen! She soon realizes that isn’t the case and her outburst sets into the motion that very thing.  Laithir declares they will be married in 6 months!

When they arrive in his country of Piora their relationship begins to change and Shantra is startled to hear that Laithir not only knows her secret but he will support her in continuing to do her designs.  As the newlyweds grow closer toward loving each other, Shantra is being tormented by Sheik Laithir’s first wife’s family.   As the onslaughts grow, Shantra tries to contain her anger but finally erupts in a fantastic display of righteous retaliation.  When she notices that her husband has witnessed her actions she is left wondering what will become of them.  Will he be angry enough to send her away? Will he punish her? Is she going to lose him when she finally knows how much she loves him?

I fell in love with this series from the very beginning.  Elizabeth Lennox has a wonderful writing style that will draw you in and help you fall in love with her characters.   I have been reading Elizabeth Lennox for some time now and I have seen her style develop more debt as she writes more stories.  There is always a happy ending for us to enjoy.  One aspect of Ms. Lennox’s books that I do appreciate is her covers. The cover styles are stunning, sensual and stylish.  I for one am drawn first to a book cover and then I read the description so I do appreciate the covers greatly.

We don’t have long to wait for the next series to captivate as the Samara Royal Family.  The new series will have the location of Alaska and of course sexy alpha males and is called the Bold Alaskan Men Series.  The first book is scheduled for release on July 15, 2016 and is titled, The Billionaire’s Beautiful Mistake.  I have already reserved my copy and if you would also like to here is the link:  http://amzn.to/1tAWW0D.

 

Embark on the next series with:

The Billionaire’s Beautiful Mistake coming July 15, 2016

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3 Days to the combined box set by Elizabeth Lennox and Leslie North!

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Amazon Link:  http://amzn.to/1r5yiTU      PRE-ORDER TODAY!

Read Amazon’s description of this box set by the dynamic duo of Elizabeth Lennox and Leslie North.  I can’t wait to read two of my favorite authors of Sheik romances!

 

 

 

“Get four breath-taking sheik romances from two of your favorite authors – all in the same boxset!

The Sheik’s Challenge by Elizabeth Lennox

When she sings, she sounds like a cat in heat…but Ana, a brilliant mathematician, stuns and surprises Najid del Sabur, Sheik of Safir. Her bright eyes defy him and her smiles sooth him, while her body makes him lust for her. But can he catch her? Can he convince her that her past won’t hurt their future?

The Prince’s Challenge by Elizabeth Lennox

She can’t sit still. She’s beaten every nurse and doctor on her floor at cards. And she’s achingly beautiful. But is she friend or foe? Having been caught in the line of fire by a bullet meant for his brother, Prince Jual del Sabur, Minister of Defense for Safir can’t decide if the lovely Sonya was part of the assassination attempt or innocent and just caught by bad timing. All he knows is that he is definitely caught by her startling eyes and her soft sighs as he explores that question.

The Sheikh’s Untraditional Lover by Leslie North

Ultra-traditional and devastatingly handsome Prince Zafar Tadros thinks a business/sports complex is not what is needed for his country—but he believes in helping his family. With the region increasingly doing more business with Western companies, his father Sheikh Ahmadi has ordered this new business/sports complex to be a mix between West and East cultures.

Zafar has decided he will work to integrate as much traditional elements as possible, but Belle Mooney, an innovative American architect has taken her direction from Zafar’s father and is going for innovations. The two clash over designs—and only one can win.

The Sheikh’s Stubborn Partner by Leslie North

With the deadline fast approaching, playboy Prince Adyan Tadros must supervise the only construction company that will take on the job of building the business/sports center in less than six months. The meticulous Edna Abbey has taken over her father’s construction company while he recovers from a stroke, and the last thing she wants to do is rush the project. But with attraction between her and the Prince growing everyday, she may be glad for the distraction…”

The Sheikh’s Secret Baby: Nothing Stays Hidden Forever by Clare Connelly

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I recently purchased this book as a new release by Clare Connelly and I have already re-read it! If you enjoy Sheik Romances from Elizabeth Lennox and Leslie North, you are sure to enjoy Clare Connelly.  If you haven’t read her books I highly suggest them as she is a writer very much like both of those authors.

The Sheik’s Secret Baby is a contemporary romance that takes the reader from Manhattan, NY to the desert kingdom of Delani.  Abigail (Abi) McClean is studying Literature and History in college and works as a waitress at a high class restaurant.  At the age of 19 she never expected that her world would change in a matter of weeks, but it does beginning the day Sheik Kiral Mazoui walks into her life.  Three years later that new life is about to change again drastically.

Sheik Kiral Mazoui has just made an agreement for the benefit of his country when he encounters Abi and recognizes her as the other half of his soul.  In just a few short weeks the very agreement that was made for his country will shatter his own heart.  In just a few short weeks, he will tell Abi they are through and will walk away from her.

Three years later, Abi arrives in Delani just as Kiral is supposed to be marrying. Kiral, of course, believes she is there to thwart his marriage but she isn’t.  Abi has kept a secret from Kiral out of fear.  When he told her good bye three years earlier, neither knew that she was pregnant with their son.   Michael, their two year old son, is extremely ill and Abi needs money for his surgery.  She hopes that Kiral will help her.  Abi is shocked at Kiral’s anger and his treatment and prepares to leave Delani without Kiral never knowing about his son.

But fate has other plans for these two.  Kiral and Abi will do what is necessary to save their son.  But what are the costs?  Abi faces a life full of hate and punishment that Kiral has set her up for.  Will she be able to handle it?  Will Kiral see past his own pain to see what he is doing and what he may lose?

Journey to the desert to see if an age old tale of the first Sheik will come true to save Kiral, Abi, Michael and the people of Delani.

Clare Connelly writes of desert kings and the women they love and will fight all odds to possess.  Her women are compassionate but not weak for they stand up to the arrogance their men wield.

COMING SOON! ELIZABETH LENNOX AND LESLIE NORTH TOGETHER!

RELEASE DATE: JUNE 6, 2016

GET YOUR COPY FOR ONLY     $.99!!!

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Elizbeth Lennox has written the following about this exciting combination from two of the queens of Sheik Romances!

Get four breath-taking sheik romances from two of your favorite authors – all in the same box set!

The Sheik’s Challenge by Elizabeth Lennox
When she sings, she sounds like a cat in heat…but Ana, a brilliant mathematician, stuns and surprises Najid del Sabur, Sheik of Safir.  Her bright eyes defy him and her smiles sooth him, while her body makes him lust for her.  But can he catch her?  Can he convince her that her past won’t hurt their future?

The Prince’s Challenge by Elizabeth Lennox 
She can’t sit still.  She’s beaten every nurse and doctor on her floor at cards.  And she’s achingly beautiful.   But is she friend or foe?  Having been caught in the line of fire by a bullet meant for his brother, Prince Jual del Sabur, Minister of Defense for Safir can’t decide if the lovely Sonya was part of the assassination attempt or innocent and just caught by bad timing.  All he knows is that he is definitely caught by her startling eyes and her soft sighs as he explores that question.

The Sheikh’s Untraditional Lover by Leslie North
Ultra-traditional and devastatingly handsome Prince Zafar Tadros thinks a business/sports complex is not what is needed for his country—but he believes in helping his family. With the region increasingly doing more business with Western companies, his father Sheikh Ahmadi has ordered this new business/sports complex to be a mix between West and East cultures.
Zafar has decided he will work to integrate as much traditional elements as possible, but Belle Mooney, an innovative American architect has taken her direction from Zafar’s father and is going for innovations. The two clash over designs—and only one can win.

The Sheikh’s Stubborn Partner by Leslie North 
With the deadline fast approaching, playboy Prince Adyan Tadros must supervise the only construction company that will take on the job of building the business/sports center in less than six months. The meticulous Edna Abbey has taken over her father’s construction company while he recovers from a stroke, and the last thing she wants to do is rush the project. But with attraction between her and the Prince growing everyday, she may be glad for the distraction…

The Sheik’s Captured Princess (The Samara Royal Family #4) by Elizabeth Lennox

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With Elizabeth Lennox’s focus on the sister’s on the Samara Family we find the series coming to an end.  In this book, The Sheik’s Captured Princess, we read the story of Ciala, the historian of the family.

I so enjoyed this book.  I found it fun that the author has created a family of three intimidating brothers who rule a country through various avenues of dealings and information, and yet NONE of them seem to truly know their younger sisters and what they are capable of.  Ciala is not only a beautiful woman who is educated but one who is poised and graceful.  However, unknown to her big brothers, she is trained in combat, skilled in subterfuge and exiles in escape tactics.

Ciala is secretly entering the country of Drakar in order to collect information on religious sites for her thesis.  Knowing that her brothers would never allow her to do this, she has taken on measures of disguising herself to travel as she needs with her interpreter. During one of these trips, Ciala finds herself in the middle of a rebel attack.  While trying to flee, she is detained by one of the most handsome men she has met and one who quickly subdues her.  Jurar doesn’t know if he is more disgusted by the little man he has taken prisoner or by his own men that were taken down before he arrived.  His men are supposed to be elite fighters!

The jail scene is one that would rival any Lara Croft movie with the quick thinking and escape shown by Ciala.  Jurar can’t help but be impressed even if he now must search out this rebel!  When he visits the neighboring country of Kilar, he never expected to find Ciala the beautiful sister of Sheik Ramzi.  He certainly didn’t expect to make the connection of Princess Ciala del Abass Samara and his rebel fighter to be one and the same.

Jurar finds a way to have Ciala sent to his home under the pretense of needing her expertise in history.  It doesn’t take him long to seduce her and from there he wants marriage.  But their life isn’t exactly smooth and the fun is just beginning as Ciala is determined to finish her research and Jurar isn’t convinced that she not a rebel.

Ms. Lennox is a master at creating these strong, passionate characters in both male and female that will keep you reading and wanting more at the end.  I enjoy these series that she is writing, and as always the stories set in the desert with kingdoms ruled by alphas with compassion are some of my favorites.  The Samara Royal Family series ends with the last sister, Shantra del  Abass Samara.

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Coming June 17, 2016

The Sheik’s Jealous Princess

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