Jun 16, 2014


Author Spotlight with Ella James

Here at MarkedbyBooks, we read, review, and host. Sorry, couldn't find another "R" word. And in this particular case, my lovelies, I am given the honor of being able to do an author spotlight for the author Ella James!! If you keep up with our lovely blog, a while back, you will remember I did a review for her book Here. And if I might repeat, it was AMAZING.

So, while trying to come up with this, Taylor and I decided that a playlist would be an ideal spotlight to try. Luckily, on her website, she has a few songs that inspired her to write each book. And here they are!!!


Here Series

Here by Ella James (Book 1)

Milo Mitchell's life used to be charmed, but that was before her family dissolved, she went a little crazy, and her best friends started acting more like strangers. Spending Saturday morning in a treehouse with a stun gun for company and a herd of deer for friends is the only exciting thing in her life...until she shoots a fawn and finds her dart stuck in a guy.

Her gorgeous victim is dressed in a Brioni tux and armed with a hanky. He has no idea who or where he is. Afraid her dart caused his amnesia, Milo takes him in, names him Nick, and vows to help him solve his mystery. Soon the pair find Nick's face in a newspaper obituary, and Nick beings to have strange, ethereal memories of Milo--who is sure she's never met him. Suddenly Nick knows things he shouldn't know and is doing things he shouldn't do. When the Department of Defense shows up, Nick and Milo run--toward a shocking conclusion that could destroy both their worlds.

Now for her chosen playlist:
1. Whistle- MGMT
2. ET- Katy Perry (MY personal favorite)

Trapped by Ella James (Book 2)

When Milo Mitchell falls for the beautiful, tuxedo-clad guy she found wandering her family’s rural Colorado property, she never dreamed he was a scout from another galaxy, or that their relationship would leave him with an impossible choice: eradicating humankind, or initiating the end of his own people.

Nick’s job is finding the elements his people need to power their elaborate interweb of minds. Being a scout means he is capable of traveling to other planets on his own. It also means that, unlike The Rest, he has access to primitive feelings and individual desires. For eons, he was part of the whole, but when he encountered Milo, his obsession with her changed everything.

Nick’s partner, Vera, is capable of independent thought, but not compelled by it. She is satisfied with her existence as one of The Rest, and she won’t agree that humans are worth sparing; not when their planet has a precious cache of the gold her people need so badly.

While Vera tries to force Nick into endorsing an Earth invasion, working behind the scenes to tie his hands, and the Department of Defense lays a trap for them with Milo’s mom as bait, Nick and Milo are waging their own war – against a primal desire that can only lead to one thing: heartbreak.

Selling Scarlett by Ella James

Elizabeth DeVille doesn't belong at a party like this—one where the gowns cost more than her Camry and cigars run higher than her grad school utility bills. Dragged out of seclusion by her best friend Suri, Elizabeth is merely playing dress-up, rubbing elbows with a crowd that banished her troubled family years ago.
Hunter West is tired. Tired of parties, tired of pretending, and tired of trying to right a wrong that haunts him every day. Bourbon heir and professional poker player by day, by night Hunter is gambling with his life in a high-stakes game of crime and blackmail.

When Elizabeth stumbles into Hunter's den of vices, she's a light in the darkness, a flame in the void. And, just like everything he touches, Hunter mars her in a record time. To rectify the damage done, Elizabeth needs money she doesn't have, and she's come up with a foolproof way to get it.

Follow Elizabeth—code-named Scarlett—to the lush Nevada brothel where she'll auction her virginity and risk the only thing that's not for sale: her heart. The highest bidder is a familiar face, with wicked hands and the devil's mouth. And a secret so dark that it could cost her life.

**Mature Content Warning** Not recommended for readers under the age of 17, due to mature language, sexual content, and violence.

Now for her chosen playlist:
Wait...she doesn't have one....But that does not make the book any less interesting! To me, sounds like something I would most definitely read!!

Stained series


Stained by Ella James (Book 1)

After a fire destroys seventeen-year-old Julia’s home and kills her foster parents, she chases the half-demon responsible across the country and back, determined to avenge her family and discover why a host of celestial baddies want her dead. With Julia is enigmatic hottie - Cayne, who has his own score to settle with the half-demon, and who might be just as dangerous as the creature he and Julia hunt.

Now for her chosen playlist:
1. Roll Away Your Stone- Mumford and Sons
2. Skinny Love- Bon Iver
3. Fog- Mason Proper
4. Talk to Me- Bon Iver 


Stolen by Ella James (Book 2)

With Cayne's fate in the hands of his enemies and Julia spirited away to the covert Stained compound, the two are separated by impenetrable walls and a gulf of unanswered questions. Soon Julia learns the truth about the Stained and the planes they have for her, the compound is attacked, and a a new group is running from an unwanted destiny, searching the globe in pursuit of the knowledge that just might save them all.

Now for her chosen playlist:
1. Holocene- Bon Iver
2. Blood Bank- Bon Iver
3. Heavy in Your Arms- Florence + The  Machine 

Chosen by Ella James (Book 3)

Julia has been chosen. While at the Stained compound, she was tapped as  The One to win the war against the Nephilim and leashed with an illness that worsens each day she is away from The Three- and her destiny. Determined not to return to the frightening Chosen leaders and desperate to escape her fate, Julia and her friends journey to the Swiss Alps, home of a rogue Chosen clan.
In this snowy haven, all hell breaks loose.

Someone is traitor. Someone changes sides. Some is dragged to Hades. A new romance blossoms. An old romance is damned.  
And The Three will stop at nothing to recover the weapon that will help them regain power.

Now for her "Chosen" playlist....(no pun intended)
1. Calgary- Bon Iver
2. Stacks- Bon Iver
3. Rabbit Heart- Florence + The Machine
4. Hopelessness Blues- Fleet Foxes
4. Michicant- Bon Iver 


Exalted by Ella James (Book 4)

Ripped apart by the betrayals of two friends and ensnared by Celestial captors, Julia and Cayne are poised to fulfill their sacrificial role in The Three's return to power. Their Chosen friends will move Hell and Earth to win their freedom, but how will they fight fate when a powerful deity gets the upper hand? 

The net will come down. Someone will be sacrificed. A dear friend will die. And a Celestial battle will play out on Earth, with everything-and everyone-at stake.

Now for her chosen playlist:
1. Little Lion Man- Mumford and Sons
2. Without You- Dakota Suite
3. My Love-Sia
4. Rabbit Heart- Florence + The Machine
5. Perth- Bon Iver
6. The Shrine- Fleet Foxes
7. An Argument- Fleet Foxes

About the Author:

Ella James is a Colorado author who writes teen and adult romance. She is happily married to a man who knows how to wield a red pen, and together they are raising a feisty two year old who will probably grow up believing everyone's parents go to war over the placement of a comma.

Ella's books have been listed on numerous Amazon bestseller lists, including the Movers&Shakers list and the Amazon Top 100; two were listed among Amazon's Top 100 Young Adult Ebooks of 2012.

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