Saturday, July 6, 2013

New Adult Authors Unite (NAAU) Blog Tour

I'm part of a new group on Facebook, New Adult Authors Unite, and we're having a blog tour where you can discover some New Adult authors and win copies of their books! I'm appearing on Laurelin Paige's blog on the 8th, where I've giving away a copy of Runaway Groom, and I'm delighted to host Elle Chardou here today!
Tell us a little bit about you and your writing.
I like to think my writing is at the heart romance regardless of the different genres I have tried. I have written paranormal, a dystopian book, a romantic suspense and contemporary romance. My latest books have been New Adult because I really enjoy the breadth of the genre and what can be written about.

How many books do you have out?
A lot. I think between my personas as Elle Chardou and Selene Chardou, I have about 24 plus Omnibus Collections for my rock trilogy and the romantic suspense trilogy I wrote.

You write across a variety of romantic genres: hot romantic suspense, contemporary romance new adult, and paranormal. Which is your favourite?
Definitely contemporary with romantic suspense a close second. I would like to sharpen my suspense chops which is why my current work in process is a contemporary romance crossed with suspense and mystery aspects. It is very interesting and I love how it is a bit different from my contemporary work but at the same time, it is still a New Adult novel.

I’m interested to see you write series and sagas as well as stand alone novels. What’s the difference between a series and a saga?
To me, a saga is a bit more dramatic, hence the reason why all my sagas have been paranormal/urban fantasy in nature as opposed to my series have been contemporary romance. I have several series going but they are all books that can be read as stand alones and although they involve the same characters, they don't have to be read in a particular order (the lone exception being the Atonement series; there will be spoilers if you read the later books before you read the first and second novels in that particular order).

What’s your top promo tip for other writers?
Oh I am horrible at promotion. I have hired a publicist to help me out because I work and write a lot. I usually have a book out each month since this is my career and not just a hobby. I love writing and it's really no hardship. I am always following my muse so novels don't always come out when they are supposed to but they will come out eventually. The best promo tips I can give would be to use Facebook and Twitter but make friends and don't constantly pimp your books. They will be discovered. Also, form solid relationships with bloggers. They are invaluable.

What are you working on – right now?
A stand alone novel that is a romantic suspense novel. All my novels under my Selene Chardou persona are tied by the characters. Someone is related to someone else but all the books don't have to read. In this one, it deals with a specific character's cousin and a tragedy she goes through. She takes her in and unfortunately, her rock and roll lifestyle leaves a mark on her young cousin and she falls for a band mate. There is an eight year difference between them. Just when everything looks like it will be okay, secrets start spilling out and the answers she has about the tragedy are answered but not in a conventional manner. Much like her romance with her rock star lover.

Tell us about your latest book.
A Summer to Remember is a fun book for the season. It is about a damaged yet successful young woman who doesn't believe in love but she finds it in the arms of her brother's best friend. It is also about strong female friendships and how they carry us through tough times. My best explanation is Sex & the City meets Gossip Girl.

Life is really strange. Two events have shaped mine although I am only twenty-four, a successful entrepreneur and owner of my own gallery, Maison des Artistries, in Tribeca. One happened when I was ten: I realized I was in love with my brother’s best friend, Paul. The other event happened while I attended Vassar College during my last semester.”

Jerrica Peterson doesn’t believe in fairytale relationships but she does believe in friendship and she has three best friends who will stick by her through thick and thin.
Jerrica and her best friends: Talia, Autumn and Savannah bond over a summer of heartbreaks and discoveries, love and scandal, and three unforgettable vacations to Southampton, Martha’s Vineyard and Miami Beach. Every moment they spend together will enrich their lives and make it a summer they will never forget and one they will always remember.

A Summer to Remember is available from and and you can find out more about Elle by visiting her blog.
Elle is giving away a copy of A Summer to Remember to one lucky commenter, and I’ll be drawing a winner on the 14th July. Thanks very much for being my guest today, Elle!

Here's the rest of the blog tour, do pop over and check them out - I'm appearing on Laurelin Paige's blog on the 8th where I'm giving away a copy of Runaway Groom...

July 1st Emmy Neal

July 2nd Olivia Mayfield

July 3rd Emma Hart

July 4th Melanie Harlow

July 5th Colina Brennan

July 6th Elle Chardou

July 7th Sally Clements

July 8th Laurelin Paige

July 9th Brit McGinnis

July 10th Katlyn Duncan

July 11th Cecilia Robert


  1. Great post and I'm in complete envy of your output! Best of luck with 'A Summer to Remember'.

  2. Nice interveiw. All the best with A Summer to Remember.

  3. I can't help envying you being able to hire your own publicist so you can just concentrate on the writing! Well done!

  4. Lovely interview! Nice to meet you, Elle :) A Summer to Remember sounds wonderful.

    P.S. I'm in total awe at your output! :)

  5. In total awe of your output too! And also your publicist! Great post. A Summer to Remember sounds lovely!

  6. Love the names of you characters, Elle. The cover is super, too and the setting sounds magical!

  7. Terrific post, ladies. Lots of luck with a Summer to Remember, Elle.

  8. Thank you all so much for commenting! I pulled Elsa out of the hat as Elle's winner today, can you please contact me with your email Elsa so I can pass it on to Elle?
    Also, I see Kathleen on the list - can you please contact me with your snail mail because I think I owe you a paperback of Runaway Groom from another giveaway?
    Thank you!

  9. All the best to a prolific writer for "A Summer To Remember"