Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Fifty Shades Darker Tour: Working With E.L. James

Posted by Laurielu Bona Fide Reflections at 12:01 AM
Welcome to Fifty Shades Darker Book Tour!

Donna Huber with TWCS Publishing House
is guest posting.  She is the marketing director for E.L. James. 
(Book review and giveaway will follow her post.)  

Working with E. L .James

I remember the night that our publisher, Amanda Hayward, told me that we had signed E. L. James and her Fifty Shades Trilogy. While Amanda was excited, I was filled with a bit of trepidation. I knew of E. L. James from the online writing community and had even checked out her story. Let me just tell you, I could give Ana a run for her money in the innocence department. So, yeah, my first thought was “I’m going to have to promote erotica!” and do so without blushing.

The publishing industry is such a gamble. Outstanding stories often are lost in the multitude of options a reader has at their fingertips today. I liken it to almost throwing the proverbial needle into the haystack. I knew E. L. had a large following online, but there was no guarantee that it would follow her into the publishing realm. And here was the root of my trepidation, would I be working with an author who expected to be the New York Times best selling author right out of the gate?

Though deep in the crevices of her highly creative mind, E. L. may be harboring such expectations (who doesn’t want to reach the pinnacle of their chosen profession?), she is no demanding diva. She actually is very humble and grateful about the attention she has received. I remember when Fifty Shades of Grey was added to the Top 100 Rated Erotica ebooks at Amazon US. (For those who do not know, the rated lists are based on tags and the number of LIKES and five star reviews a book has - in other words it is all reader generated.) E. L. was thrilled and maybe even a little floored by the response her book was getting.

Then it came time for Fifty Shades Darker was the #1 best selling erotica novel, not just among ebooks but all erotica books, at Amazon US and Germany (it was in the top 5 at Amazon UK) the day it released. And it continues to be on the Best Seller lists. But even with this success, E. L. has kept the same humble spirit and is a true team player.

Most of my interactions with E. L. come during the launch of the book and the following tour. Just because it’s a virtual tour, it does not mean it is any less time consuming. Over the last couple of weeks, I have gotten to see the person who is E. L. James. She is truly in awe of the reviews and personal emails she receives from fans. The humor that is so prevalent in her books is also present in her daily life, which has been a big help during this crazy tour schedule for the both of us. I love getting emails from her. She has educated me quite a bit (and not on the topic you are thinking, you naughty readers!). I’m not sure if she knows how much I love her Britishness. I have several British friends, but I often forget they're British. Not with E. L. Her use of what I call “British -isms” always makes me smile even though some confuse me (and it makes me wonder if my other friends have toned down their Britishness when talking to me or if she is just more British). So as this tour winds down, and E. L. returns to her messy desk to complete the Fifty Shades Trilogy, I will miss our daily emails.

It is a true honor to work with E. L. James. And while her fans are looking forward to many more books, I’m looking forward to the many more years of working with her.

Bona Fide Review of Fifty Shades Darker 

Amazing Romantica Reading!

Fifty Shades Darker, Fifty Shades #2 by E.L. James is another stunner of an erotic romance book. It starts up where Fifty Shades of Grey ends. Anastasia Steele has broken up with Christian Grey because his demands were too overwhelming for her manage. Even though not much time has passed since their separation, they are both heart sick and make their way back to each other through Mr. Grey’s crafty machinations. Meanwhile, fresh out of college, Ana is trying to establish her career in the publishing industry.

The plot of this book takes Ms. Steele and, especially, Mr. Grey down a much more treacherous impassioned journey when it comes to opening up and laying bare a myriad of feelings compounding the confrontation of deep rooted emotional scars. As layers of Christian’s past are stripped away, Ana and Christian grow exponentially as a couple by learning to meet each others emotional needs, further entwining their already connected hearts.

Reinforcing the plot are two women from Christian’s past who push Ana’s hot buttons forcing the couple to confront the outcome of Christian’s past predilections. Concurrently, Ana is having to contend with issues at work involving her boss and his questionable intentions towards her. The much needed comic relief comes in the form of Ana’s inner goddess and her subconscious that help her through her emotional ups and downs. Adding to the reader’s spectrum of emotion are the emails between Mr. Grey and Ms. Steele that cast poignancy and some additional humor to the story line.

This novel also has Christian and Ana dealing with his past in a very “in -your- face” fashion that will have the reader cringing at moments from the emotional voracity, making the reader’s heart ache, and bring the reader to his/her knees. E.L. James’ ability to rent such feeling from the reader is extraordinary. Fifty Shades Darker is an all together different journey than it’s predecessor; however, it demands no less from the reader’s affections. If anything, it demands more. E.L. James offers readers a story that is unforgettable, stunning, passionate, sexy, needful, cathartic and glorious.

Happy Reading from Bona Fide Reflections!!

Thank you to the author and The Writer’s Coffee Shop for a review copy of this book.
Author's Blog ~~ E.L. James

Fifty Shades Darker can be purchased at the following places:
The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon De

Fifty Shades Darker E-Book Giveaway

Book giveaway of Fifty Shades Darker is courtesy of TWCS Publishing House. One lucky winner will be the recipient of an e-book copy of Fifty Shades Darker.  Please complete the Rafflecopter instructions to enter in the e-book giveaway. Good luck!


Helen on October 11, 2011 at 12:29 AM said...

I would love a chance to read this. I have seen this book on other blogs, and it looks very interesting.
helldog3 at aol.com

Hedy on October 11, 2011 at 1:15 AM said...
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Hedy on October 11, 2011 at 1:16 AM said...

How neat to find out more about working with E.L. instead of just the typical interview questions. She has always seemed like such a wonderful lady and to have another's account of working with her just goes to show how amazing she truly is! I loved her writing before it was published and hope to get the chance to check it out now that she is. :)
Thanks for the great blogpost!

Angela on October 11, 2011 at 12:13 PM said...

What a great story and glad to hear all turned out awesome. Especially for us who get to read about Fifty!
I love his book!

Laurie, love the blog's new look!

_yay_ on October 11, 2011 at 1:17 PM said...

Hey there my lovely! Stopping by to show you some love. I told you before, love your reviews & completely agree with what you wrote abt both Fifty Shades of Grey and Fifty Shades Darker.
Wow, what a great idea to have Donna do a guest post.
Thank you Donna for your hard work with this Tour. It was so much fun to kick it off at Book that Thing!
To everyone who hasn't read the Fifty Shades books. DO IT NOW! ASAP! CHOP CHOP!!! So freakin' good. :-)

Marce on October 11, 2011 at 3:39 PM said...

Donna, i'm not sure I believe you didn't ask for a 'naughty' point or two, lol. Just joking.

I have loved this tour. I am so glad I read both of the books, now i'm patiently waiting to get back in the Red Room ;-)

Cameo Renae on October 11, 2011 at 3:47 PM said...

Great post. This book sounds a wonderful! I'd love to read it! :)

KCBC on October 11, 2011 at 4:01 PM said...

When I read the online version(before it was published) I imagined E.L. to be a hot single girl - how tickled I was to find out she was a hot married mother of two! I love escaping to her world!

E L James on October 11, 2011 at 4:01 PM said...

Thank you Laurie for once again hosting - you have been very generous with your time and blog space. And Donna.. you are very kind and put up with all my ramblings and my busy busy RL - so thank you for all the hard work that you do. It is much appreciated. xx

Denise Z on October 11, 2011 at 4:09 PM said...

I would love to read this book. I do not know if I would be intimidated to work with such wonderfully creative authors or not, but it certainly sounds like a wonderful thing :)


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Under the Covers on October 11, 2011 at 4:45 PM said...

Very cool to read about the other side of how a story makes it to us!


@loucharod on October 11, 2011 at 5:01 PM said...

this story keep me captive! it's so intense!
I would be delight to have this book with me! thank you
Lourdes Chavez

Pam G said...

Very much enjoyed this, always good to have additional info on books I love

CyraBear on October 11, 2011 at 5:08 PM said...

Excited to see this book come out.

Amy Fontaine on October 11, 2011 at 5:26 PM said...

I really enjoyed reading this blog entry. I've followed Fifty's journey for a while now and it is always great to get an inside look into who E.L. really is. I love how she has stayed humble throughout this entire process. I would probably be jumping up and down, screaming at the top of my lungs if a novel I wrote was at the top of Amazon's erotica list....no joke! I truly enjoyed Fifty Shades and I expect Fifty Shades Darker will no disappoint. Thanks for the great post!



MzJosie on October 11, 2011 at 6:11 PM said...

She's a brillant writer and always had me on the edge of my seat. I read her writing through fan fiction and just received the first book from a friend. Ok so why am I still on here? thanks for the opportunity to win a great give a way.

Jennifer Lane on October 11, 2011 at 6:41 PM said...

How cool to hear the marketing director's perspective. Congratulations to E.L. for all of her success! I love Britishisms too. I'm visiting an English friend I met in the online writing community this weekend, in fact.

Karen Vanessa on October 11, 2011 at 7:34 PM said...

great review! it definitely has a bit of everything, that's one of the reason why i liked the first one a lot too. :)

Book Savvy Babe on October 11, 2011 at 7:46 PM said...

Love the guest post, and I'm thinking I need to give this book a try, sounds like a good read. Thanks for the contest! Book Savvy Babe

Molli @ Once Upon a Prologue on October 11, 2011 at 8:24 PM said...

Wonderful guest post. Really makes me even MORE psyched to read these books. I recently won both in a giveaway so I'm not entering yours but I am all aflutter over the chance to read them. :D

Also, great review - really makes me, as the potential reader want to dig into the book. You highlighted the book really well without spoiling! :)

DarkBloodyVamp said...

The more I read the reviews on these books the more I get excited and can't believe I have not come across them before.

Thank you so much for this giveaway ! I would love to win this book!


JessS on October 12, 2011 at 12:04 AM said...

I'd love to read this. Great review.


Megan@Riverina Romantics on October 12, 2011 at 3:17 AM said...

I've been stalking this tour! I want to read this so bad!!!

rootml1 AT hotmail DOT com

Jodie Riverina Romantics on October 12, 2011 at 3:32 AM said...

I've been stalking it along with you Megan. There has been so much talk about this series lately. I need to know what I'm missing.

Sam S2 on October 12, 2011 at 5:41 AM said...

WTH Laurie?! How did you manage to get Donna Huber to guest spot!? That was awesome. Im not entering becuase Im on the tour, but by golly you did a good job.

Author of SER Awesomness
Twitch Palm


Teacher1209 on October 12, 2011 at 7:25 AM said...

Read this when it was fanfic, would like to see how much it has changed since she revised it.

Alyssa (Hesperia Loves Books) on October 12, 2011 at 3:35 PM said...

Loved the fresh perspective of this interview. Not very often do we get a glimpse of what's going on behind the scenes, but this was refreshing & so informative!

Alyssa ♥ Hesperia Loves Books

Jen at Red Hot Books on October 12, 2011 at 7:19 PM said...

Thanks for the contest! Sign me up. :)

JenM on October 12, 2011 at 10:28 PM said...

Thanks for a different perspective on the author and on the books. I would love to win a copy.

jen at delux dot com

Nikki on October 12, 2011 at 10:38 PM said...

Sounds like a totally great read!! Thank you!!

Anne R on October 13, 2011 at 5:58 PM said...

This books sounds fabulous. Loved the interview, thanks for sharing. Thanks!

areeths at new dot rr dot com

Denise Z on October 14, 2011 at 3:01 AM said...

I have been haunting this tour and would love to read this book :) Thank you for the fun giveaway opportunity and participating in the tour.