Thursday, February 14, 2013

Killing Me Softly By Elle Chardou ~Review & Guest Post~

Killing Me Softly 

Romantic Suspense/ Erotica/ BDSM
Date Published: 1/12/13
Aurélie experiences an identity crisis now that so much has happened over the past few months and realizes she is no longer comfortable with being sub for her fiancé, Rory Krieger. She leaves him though he tracks her down several months later and begs her to return and promises to change for her.

Meanwhile, ghosts from the past continue to haunt their togetherness and Aurélie wonders if a happy ending is at all possible between the two of them. When her family is placed in the center of the conflict, she must decide how far she is willing to go to keep them safe.


A rather interesting look on couples in a BDSM relationship. Sometimes even the strongest have problems.

This story has it's ups and downs, there are a lot of different situations that come across through out.
I for one, really enjoyed Rory. He is a man in love and he lives in a life-style that demands certain things. Aurelie took a bit too long to come to the realization that isn't the life style for her.  
Aurelie seems to want a lot, even after leaving she didn't give up everything Rory had given her, then upon returning she was kinda expecting things to be back to norm with him and friends.
The story on a whole was interesting with the twist and turns...then finally what all comes out in the end.

The author, Elle Chardou, is very descriptive in her writing and makes this story more vivid. Her characters are interesting enough, just at times hard to relate full with( not in a bad way, just a bit confusing).

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And now a word with our author....

Why Book Covers are So Important
by Elle Chardou

The book cover is the first part of your product the reader sees so it has to be engaging and eye-catching. I am a control freak and work directly with my cover designer on every aspect of the cover. For instance, sometimes I go completely simple and use a stock photo of a couple and give it to my cover artist. She works her magic and voila! It looks like nothing else even if the same photo is used on a different book.
I have accepted I do not make good covers or ones that don’t scream: “Indie book!” so I rely on an expert who has designed covers for publishing companies and knows what a good cover looks like.
For example, all the covers in The Ties That Bind Trilogy are all various photos blended together. I hand picked them myself and sent them to my cover artist. I trust her vision and I have yet to be disappointed in a cover she has done for me.
If a book cover fails to engage the reader or it is poorly done, the reader may just pass by your book and not bother to read the description. That is why it is important to seek out professional help so you can make your book cover as great as possible. Ask for a sample of the cover artist’s work or peruse their website to make sure they are a good fit for you.
Most importantly, know what kind of genre they excel at best and then think of the genre you are writing in. You don’t want a cover artist that does primarily thrillers to do your New Adult or Contemporary Romance cover.
A good cover designer will be professional, stay in touch and always be sensitive to changes you would like to do. They will also be efficient and give you a deadline as to when they can finish your cover. Always ask about the paperback as well because if you have written a good eBook, you will want to design a paperback for those who may not be ready for the eBook revolution yet but they still want to read your book.
However, the best advice I can give is be friendly with your cover designer and realize they are human with family and outside obligations just like you. Be willing to be flexible and if they are super busy then don’t send them a rush job. And if you have a certain type of book cover in mind, check out stock photo sites. Sometimes having the pictures handy is a great way to help your cover designer and let them know what kind of cover you want. If a writer can accomplish all of this then they will have a very happy and productive relationship with their cover designer and will be satisfied with the results that are produced.

Elle Chardou is a world traveler and author of several different series.
Ms. Chardou is the author of The Ties That Bind TrilogyThe Atonement SeriesThe Hart Family SagaThe Vamp SagaThe Supernaturals,Beginnings: Book I (The Plague) series.
She is currently working on UndertowOnly Love (The Atonement Series), and several other novels for her continuing paranormal series, The Vamp Saga.
Ms. Chardou has lived abroad in Stockholm (Sweden), Manchester (England), Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area and Portland. She currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.

*Disclosure of Material Connection: no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising*

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