Celebration, Fantasies and Giveaway!

This week I am doing a giveaway to celebrate passing the mark of 100,000 ebooks sold. 🙂  Being a writer, I ought to be able to find the words to express how it makes me feel to see my stories getting a new life and reaching new readers.  But all I can say is I’m doing the happy dance, thought perhaps not quite as gracefully as this lady!
As I look at my backlist, I remember how much fun I had writing each book. The traditional Regency genre may have been a niche that didn’t pay well, but my editors allowed me a lot of creative freedom. I could let the sex happen naturally and go as far (or not) as it made sense for the couple and the story. I could experiment with everything from a romp to a Gothic. I took my characters everywhere from the villages of the Cotswolds to the Cornish coast. My heroes were not all rakes; I could give the nice guys a chance, too.
I indulged in a lot of different fantasies with these books. It’s one of the great things about being a romance writer and reader. Even if you’re happily married, a little fantasy never hurts!
Since I’m in a good creative place, my current favorite fantasy is my work-in-progress. At other times it may more closely resemble a demon-infested swamp, but right now it’s wonderful. Much of the story takes place in the South Downs of Sussex, a spot I chose because it’s a plausible balloon-ride from London and also because I lived there for three years on international assignment. This picture shows the South Downs Way, parts of which I have hiked. My hero looks a bit like John Corbett, not the way he was in Sex and the City but the way he was in Northern Exposure.
What would your favorite romantic fantasy be? Is it based on a book or film? Where is it set?  Who does the hero look like?
Comment for the chance to receive the ebook of your choice from my titles (complete list at  www.elenagreene.com/books.html). Void where prohibited. You must be over 18. No purchase necessary. Post your comments by midnight EST on Thursday, June 14th.  Please include your email address or check back next Friday, June 15th, for the announcement post.
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About Elena Greene

Elena Greene grew up reading anything she could lay her hands on, including her mother's Georgette Heyer novels. She also enjoyed writing but decided to pursue a more practical career in software engineering. Fate intervened when she was sent on a three year international assignment to England, where she was inspired to start writing romances set in the Regency. Her books have won the National Readers' Choice Award, the Desert Rose Golden Quill and the Colorado Romance Writers' Award of Excellence. Her Super Regency, LADY DEARING'S MASQUERADE, won RT Book Club's award for Best Regency Romance of 2005 and made the Kindle Top 100 list in 2011. When not writing, Elena enjoys swimming, cooking, meditation, playing the piano, volunteer work and craft projects. She lives in upstate New York with her two daughters and more yarn, wire and beads than she would like to admit.
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cherrychnagan
10 years ago

You’re right…a little fantasy never hurts.

Jane George
10 years ago

Congratulations! That’s wonderful!!!

And I second the Chris in Northern Exposure inspiration. yum

Jane George
10 years ago

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Louisa Cornell
10 years ago

Wow, that is fabulous news, Elena ! You are rocking the e-book sales!

And fantasy is a big part of why I write. I can enter the Regency world and matchmake to my heart’s content!

My fantasy would probably be a cliffside house in Cornwall with a reclusive hero who looks like Gerard Butler!

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Anonymous
10 years ago

Your hero DOES look like John Corbett, for whom I have a mega crush.

Diane Gaston
10 years ago

Elena!! 100,000 books???? Way to go!

Janet Mullany
10 years ago

Congrats on the nice big fat round number!

bn100
bn100
10 years ago

Congratulations! Anywhere with Bradley Cooper.

bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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librarypat
10 years ago

My fantasy may change tomorrow, but today I would like to be in a flower surrounded cottage on the Irish coast. I think Pierce Brosnan would be nice to spend some time with there.

Elena Greene
10 years ago

Thanks for all the congrats. Happy there are other Chris fans out there–must Netflix some of those old episodes!

Cool fantasies. I’d have a tough time choosing between Cornwall/Butler and Ireland/Brosnan.
bn100, life has had me so media-starved these past few years I had to google Bradley Cooper. Thank you for catching me up!

Amanda McCabe/Laurel McKee

That is wonderful, Elena!!! I am sooo happy about all the new, fabulous markets opening up for all kinds of stories. It’s very exciting.

And I’ve always been a huge Northern Exposure fan, so of course I think Chris makes a fab hero 🙂

G Bell
10 years ago

Congratulations Elena. I love reading the risky regencies blog – always entertaining and inspiring. I’m currently reading “‘something borrowed” which is a fun romance.
Anyways, my ideal romance… I think it would be set in italy, the sun setting, florence, 2 strangers meet and fall in love, walk around the Ponte Vecchio (not at all inspired by my own experience there 😉

Elena Greene
10 years ago

G Bell, I’ve read several romances set in Venice but not in Florence, which I visited a long time ago (I have relatives in Italy). It’s one of my favorite cities ever and I agree, it would make a great setting!

Linda
10 years ago

Congrats! That’s awesome. Now for the next 100,000! My fav romantic fantasy would be somewhere in the wilds of Scotland & involve a yummy Highlander that bears a remarkable resemblance to Hugh Jackman.

Elena Greene
10 years ago

The Highlands and Hugh Jackman–sounds like a winning combo to me! 🙂

Elena Greene
10 years ago

The Highlands and Hugh Jackman–sounds like a winning combo to me! 🙂

Ebony Morton
Ebony Morton
10 years ago

A Little Fantasy is good. I like it . 🙂

Rebecca E. Grant
10 years ago

Congrats on 100,000 ebooks. A milestone and a role model for all of us!

Elena Greene
10 years ago

Thanks, Ebony and Rebecca (blushing). I appreciate all the support!