In For Nicky, A Torey Hope Novel Book 1, I share the trait of shyness with Libby Decker. It's something I'm working on. Becoming an author and meeting so many new people has really helped me open up. Having readers love my writing has boosted my confidence a lot. Like Libby, I'm learning to be more comfortable and confident with myself. In Because of Beckett, A Torey Hope Novel Book 2, I share the trait of wanting to be in control with Audrey. I am an organizer, a scheduler, and I like plans to go my way. Sometimes this is a good trait to have, sometimes it's not a convenient trait to have. As a teacher, a parent, and an author, I've had to learn how to let go and be flexible.
One thing you have learned as a writer this year?
There's so much I've learned and am still learning that it would take much more than one blog post to share it all. I think the biggest thing I'm learning is to not compare myself with others. I've written four books with more on the way, that's a huge success no matter how you look at it. I'm learning to let go of envy and bitterness; I'm working on celebrating all of my readers' kind comments about my books and focusing less on sales and numbers. I can't say I've mastered all of this; I'm a work in progress! :)
One writer, you'd LOVE to have lunch with?
I've been blessed this past year to meet so many amazing authors; I've sat down to dinner with them and spent time with them which has been beyond amazing. I've also found friendships with authors who I've yet to meet in person; it would take a banquet room to fit all of us in for lunch.
I think I'd have to resort back to favorite authors from my childhood to pick someone to have lunch with. Ann M. Martin, Beverly Cleary, and Barbara Park are authors who introduced me to the love of books and reading. I'd love the chance to sit with them and chit-chat.
For Nicky, A Torey Hope Novel Book 1
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Because of Beckett, A Torey Hope Novel Book 2
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Christmas in Torey Hope, A Novella
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For Nicky, A Torey Hope Novel Book 1 by A.D. Ellis
Elizabeth Decker views herself as shy, totally average, and pretty much insignificant. She’s nothing special, at least not compared to her little sister, Audrey. Elizabeth is content with her plain and lonely future; she’s too insecure to contemplate a relationship thanks to her sister. Audrey is a bombshell and uses this to get what she wants. She’s a girl who will stop at nothing to control anyone and everything around her. She craves power and doesn’t care if she has to hurt Elizabeth to get it.
Nathaniel Morgan has spent his whole life fighting for his twin brother, Nicholas. Somewhere along the way, he lost himself. Now he’s just getting by. He’s devoted to his family, but emotionally detached from the women he burns through like wildfire. He has no plans of getting into something as complicated and committed as a “relationship”.
Nicholas Morgan has placed the new librarian, Miss Elizabeth, on a pedestal and is begging her to meet his twin brother, Nathaniel. Elizabeth and Nathaniel agree to meet, for Nicky. Both are caught off-guard when unexpected sparks fly between them. This was not in their plans. Will Nathaniel and Elizabeth be able to escape a past that still plagues them? Or, will the past, suspicions, and insecurities come between them one too many times?
**This is a contemporary new adult romance. It should only be read by ages 18+ due to adult themes and situations. This book is a stand-alone but should be read before book 2 in the series.
Because of Beckett, A Torey Hope Novel Book 2 By A.D. Ellis
You met Audrey Decker through Nate and Libby’s story in For Nicky, A Torey Hope Novel Book 1. This is Audrey’s story. It is highly suggested that you read For Nicky before reading Because of Beckett so that you can be emotionally vested in Audrey’s story.
Audrey Decker is a mean girl, a bitch, a bully. She has no plans to stop treating people badly and she’s definitely not going to stop using sex as power. But when she ends up in therapy against her wishes, an ugly and painful repressed past is uncovered and Audrey’s world is tipped on its axis. Everything she thought she knew, everything she thought she was, is all changing.
Jeremiah Jordan returns from serving two years overseas with a detached and hardened heart. When his world is rocked with unexpected news and difficult challenges, Jeremiah faces them head on. He’s comfortable with where he is right now; he has his parents close by and his son is his world. He definitely doesn’t have time for the hassle that has always accompanied dating in the past. He doesn’t have it in him to put effort into forming relationships that may just hurt him or his son again.
A chance encounter, second chances, and a little boy who believes in learning from mistakes is all it takes to bring Audrey and Jeremiah together. However, deserving a second chance and taking that second chance are two very different things. Learning from mistakes and letting go of the past may be easier said than done. Can Audrey and Jeremiah push through the pasts that are haunting both of them or will their romance wither and die under the weight of it all?
Because of Beckett is a story of love, forgiveness, and second chances.
**Because of Beckett is recommended only for ages 18+ due to harsh language, adult situations, and mature themes. Certain pivotal points of Audrey’s history may trigger unpleasant memories for some readers.**