December 18, 2012
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November 16, 2012
Let me introduce you to a great writer and a very good friend! She writes good literature, new, fresh, deep and funny, and I hope you all will agree she’s one of a kind!
So, world, here’s Livia Ellis and her novel series, The Memoirs of a Gigolo
Were I to write a personal ad about myself it would read as follows:
Blond. Blue. 5’6”. A lady never discloses her weight, but I’ve never had any complaints. I only run if I’m being chased by a gun wielding maniac, but I do love yoga. Bit of a shoe hound. Have had issues passing up handbags. Trying to learn to play the Irish harp. Enjoy both theater and concerts. Love to read fantasy and science fiction. Am not ashamed to admit I adore Star Trek. Have a picture of myself (dressed as a nun) and the late Patrick Swayze (dressed as a medieval warrior) in a frame (Yes – I did cry when he died). Perpetual student with advanced degrees that are mostly useless when seeking job opportunities outside academia. Vivid imagination. Sexually adventurous only on paper. I never know what to say when people end a conversation with ‘god bless’. Occasionally play the lottery – but generally only when I’m feeling really poor. Love to travel. Fluent French speaker. Seeks readers whom enjoy what I write.
Information About Memoirs of a Gigolo:
Memoirs of a Gigolo is a twelve part serialized book written by Livia Ellis. The twelve volumes will be distributed over a year. The plan is to release one a month, every month, for a year. Volume One was released on October 1st, 2012. In addition to the twelve volumes in the main story arc, there will be a minimum of six stand alone volumes. Each will have a holiday theme and be told from a different POV.
The story is written in the first person POV from the perspective of the main protagonist, Oliver Adair. Memoirs of a Gigolo is written as a heroic journey. From the call to the adventure, to the trials, and finally the reward.
Oliver Adair enjoys a life of women (sometimes men), travel, and sex. Unfortunately these things cost money – something he doesn’t have a lot of. After a personal scandal lands him on the cover of just about every newsstand tabloid and celebrity magazine the proverbial party of his life comes to an end.
He’s lost most of his money, his family has pretty well disowned him, and the woman he loves has returned to her husband. He’s come to the conclusion that the most expeditious way to get his life back is to find a wealthy wife. To this end, he engages the service of a matchmaker. While she’s searching for a wife for him, he’s working for her as an escort. When he’s offered an opportunity to get paid for doing what he loves, he happily signs on to become a male escort. Oliver quickly discovers that in this
world of high priced sex, not only is being a mans man still desirable, but expected. By embracing his masculine sexuality, he makes a name for himself in the world of escorts.
What sparked the idea for your novel?
I was on a flight and ended up stuck on the tarmac. As one does, I got to talking to the man sitting next to me. He was impossibly beautiful. Blond, but spoke with a Spanish accent. I guessed correctly that he was Argentinian, which kicked off a conversation. After a ten hour flight followed by two hours of sitting motionless, I learned that he was an escort. I thought about him for a long time. Then one day I was stuck in an airport (these ideas always come to me in airports or airplanes for some reason) and as I
trolled through the magazines and read about scandals and downfalls, Oliver appeared to me. I had my story.
What was the hardest part to write in the book?
Writing from the first person POV of a man. I’m not a man. I had to put myself into the mind of a man. Not easy to do.
What is your favorite part of the book?
Any part that has to do with subtly revealing Oliver’s character. I like the challenge of slowly showing rather than telling. I’m hoping this comes across in the scene with Elon and Oliver. I want the readers to see that they have a very deep connection, that they love each other, but that Elon is in love with Oliver in a way that Oliver can never reciprocate. Although Oliver engages in M/M sex as an escort, he is heterosexual.
How did you come up with the title?
I was playing around with a few ideas that had to do with autobiographies, biographies, journals, diaries, etc., etc… Then there it was Memoirs of a Gigolo.
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
Worst: You suck. Best: Style-wise it’s really excellent. Makes me smile. It’s well-written, good pace, good dialogue (which a lot of people cannot do), and I am very interested in it. (I just received that bit of feedback on my Irish Harry Potter – fingers crossed it gets picked up.)
What advice do you have for someone who would like to become a published writer?
Writing is a hard job that requires an extraordinary amount of time, mental energy, effort, and dedication. There is a part of me that feels so deeply sorry for these people that just started writing and think they are somehow due success because their mother/aunt/sister/boyfriend think their writing is fantastic. I’ve been at this for years and I’ve devoted hours and hours to dedicated practice. Writing is a craft that has to be learned. That’s not to say there aren’t people that get lucky and fall into success, but
for the rest of us it’s a lot of heartbreaking work. My advice: If you think you might rather do something else, then do it. If you know you can only be a writer, then that’s what you are.
What project are you working on now?
Memoirs of a Gigolo is going to take up the better part of the next year. I am also about to start releasing another serial: The Secret World of Juniper Grace. I started writing about Juniper when I was in college. My friends that have been reading Juniper all along have been prodding me to publish. Now that I’ve taken the plunge into self-publishing and found the water both warm and pleasant, I’m going to start putting more work that is lingering on my laptop out there. I am also working on a YA dystopian, a few other erotic stories, and a story I like to call my Irish Harry Potter (Can I call something an Irish Harry Potter? Will J.K. Rowling’s cabal of lawyers come after me? I guess we’ll find out!).
Available on youtube http://youtu.be/bJkf7as6ueI
Information about Promo days on Amazon:
In order to promote Memoirs of a Gigolo, build up some readership and hopefully to build up the number of reviews and likes it has, I will be offering Volume Two for free on Friday November 16th and Saturday November 17th. The buy links are below. I’m available to answer questions or write blog posts. Just let me know what you would like. I included a few answers to questions I received when interviewed for the Tarashphere and Pankhearst.
Livia Ellis Facebook Author page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Livia-Ellis-
Livia Ellis Amazon Author page http://www.amazon.com/Livia-Ellis/e/B0093XV43M
Livia Ellis on WordPress http://www.liviaellis.com/
Memoirs of a Gigolo Volume One on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Memoirs-Gigolo-Volume-Oneebook/
Memoirs of a Gigolo Volume Two on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Memoirs-Gigolo-Volume-Twoebook/
Memoirs of a Gigolo Happy Halloween Oliver on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Memoirs-Gigolo-
Memoirs of a Gigolo Facebook Fan page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Memoirs-of-aGigolo/
July 24, 2012
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Au avut dreptate. Se intampla sfarsitul lumii anul asta. Dar nu cade pamantul de pe axa. Nu vin extraterestrii. Nu se crapa cerul sub greutatea asteroidului menit sa ne puna capat agoniei. Ar fi prea simplu. Prea usor. Sa ai privilegiul ca intre doua batai de gene sa te trezesti ca te indrepti spre lumina… nu…
Sfarsitul asta vine individual, personalizat cu numele nostru pe plic, custom-made, cu dedicatie chiar. Sa ne sfarame in cioburi dar sa supravietuim. Sa il simtim, sa il privim in fata, sa nu care cumva sa ne scape constientizarea ficarei picaturi de sange care ni se scurge din ochi.
Muribund si cu anticipatia dezastrului care urmeaza dupa acest preludiu, nu ai decat doua solutii simple: sa-I dai satisfactie sinucigasului din tine si sa accepti invitatia la un vals etern cu intunericul sau sa intampini valul de ura si lacrimi cu increderea unui ucigas in serie convins ca nu-l va prinde nimeni.
Sfarsitul de capitol vine cu tot cu un vid din care ne priveste inapoi chipul ranjit al nebuniei. Si noptile pe care stii ca nu le vei mai dormi, pernele din care o sa musti urland, peretii de care te vei da cu capul, tentatia de a ingenunchia zdrobit de magnitudinea apocalipsei, neputinta, sufocarea, jalea, dezintegrarea sufletului de pe trup, toate te fac sa iti doresti cu pasiune sa fi venit asteroidul ala. Dar nu ti-e dat.
Vomitand fiere si fum de tigara intelegi ca in fata inevitabilului, nu iti mai ramane de ales decat sa iti masori din ochi crucea si sa speri ca macar au croit-o pe masurile tale. Sa nu fie totusi PREA mare ca sa nu ti se potriveasca cuiele in palme. Nu-i nimic, ce daca ti le-au batut direct in creier, in coaste si-n genunchi, o poti duce si asa.
July 7, 2012
- It all started some days back, when a company called Allwrite Advertising & Publishing (who’s a Facebook friend of us), launched a Following Contest on the above-mentioned social network, on YouTube and on Twitter, the winner being promised a free book analysis. They’re from Atlanta, Georgia, and have a pretty impressive portfolio in the publishing business.
- So, like the panther I am, I jumped my accounts within seconds and finished the contest first!
- Then, I let All Writers know I participated and they congratulated me for being the winner. Sent the book (with my heart pumping in my chest) to them and we got back the results in no time!
- And I’d say they are EXCELLENT considering this is a first novel written by an author who doesn’t have English as native language (but who owns in nonetheless: D).
- Next in line, All Writers offered us a very affordable fee for stepping to the second stage of the process, the book review. I wrote them telling that we agree and now we’re just waiting for their feed-back regarding the money transaction (seeing that Andrei is currently in Tampa Bay, Florida)
- As I said, I’m so proud of him and the book, you’d think I was the one who wrote it!
- Hope to come back soon with even more good news!
- PS. I’d like to thank a very special friend named Oly Saldinger, the drummer of Raizing Hell Band, (Bucharest, Romania), who offered me some moments of his time to calculate the means for every sub-chapter analyze and to give me back the overall results. He did that because I was too tired and busy to calculate, but mostly because he’s a great, great pal!
- So, (in order not to keep you any more in suspense), things look like this
- On a scale from 1 (which is very bad I guess) to 5 (very good) CRUX was rated as follows:
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|Interest and appeal||
July 6, 2012
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“RIDDLE ME THIS” ON THE ANGELLOVE SOCIETY’S PAGE
There was once a young man who, in his youth, professed his desire to become a great writer. … When asked to define “Great” he said, “I want to write stuff that the whole world will read, stuff that people will react to on a truly emotional level, stuff that will make them scream, cry, howl in pain and anger!”
He got his wish.
QUESTION: WHAT DOES HE WRITE NOW?
“He now works for Microsoft, writing error messages”
A few days later, nobody guessed that, but everybody had some fun! So, a big round of applause for our guests:
And now, for this week’s Angellove Society Exercise, we have another riddle!
TODAY WE HAVE A FAMOUS AMERICAN AUTHOR. LOVELY CHILDHOOD PICTURE. CAN YOU GUESS WHO HE IS?
Anybody can leave the answer in a comment on the Page.
AND NOW, THE PROMISE I MAKE TO MYSELF
This used to be my personal space. My hide-out, my napkin to wipe my tears away. It was about my writing, my feelings and my non-sense. A hide-out if you please and a playing ground for ideas, thoughts, dreams and memories. I forgot when I wrote something of some quality last time, as well as I can’t remember somebody telling me I still have some talent.
All of this happened because mostly, I hate this template, the colors, the fact that it looks sad, boring and totally devoided of the humor that used to be my sweetest touch on writing. It depresses me only to come here.
Furthermore, this precious universe of mine turned into a total mess, with posts both in Romanian and in English, a mix-up of my literature (or whatever the hell I was writing some time ago), my business of promoting “Crux” and many other small stuff I can’t even begin to label.
So. The moment I have some free time, I will break this space into little pieces and hopefully, I’ll put them back together in a more attractive, logical, reasonable structure. It will take some time, because basically I hate the WP platform but I’ll do it. Even if I get to write once a year, I need to have my place back. This used to be a blog many people loved and many people visited and now it just looks like an abandoned post-war bombed building.
I write this down only not to forget. I’ll have my home fixed sometime. And I’ll write again too.
June 7, 2012
June 4, 2012
Mai sunt si zile ciudate, in care Universul conspira ca sa te simti tu mizerabil.
Si apoi, dai de asta
Citindu-i cartea, povestile, blogul, rolurile de pe Darkness Forum, aproape ca am uitat cat e de bun ca jurnalist, de fapt.
Asa ca pare sa fie adevarat ca the Universe has a way of course-correcting its trajectory…
Mai rar gasesti jurnalism atat de pur si de dur si de drept.
Nu am altceva de facut decat sa ma inclin.