Tuesday, 11 December 2012

The Winemaker's Dinner: Entrees Playlist

As y'all know, when I released my playlist for book one, I released a song a day leading up to the launch. Well, I'm doing things a bit differently this time around. I'm going to release a partial playlist now and the remainder of it after the book comes out. My playlist is pretty extensive this time around and I don't want to give away any spoilers. So without further ado, here are the first 15 songs.

1. Hedley - Hot Mess
2. Hedley - Kiss You Inside Out
3. Maroon 5 - Payphone
4. Chantal Kreviazuk - Feels Like Home
5. Gym Class Heros - Stereo Hearts
6. Ron Pope - A Drop In The Ocean
7. Shawn Desman - Shiver
8. Train - Drive By
9. Fun - We Are Young
10. Howie Day - Longest Night
11. Faberdrive - Candy Store
12. Nickleback - Gotta Be Somebody
13. R Kelly - Ignition Remix
14. Marianas Trench - Celebrity Status
15. Billy Idol - Rebel Yell


Monday, 10 December 2012

Notable Novels 2012

2012 has been one helluva year. It started with Ivan and I getting a publishing contract for our erotic romance series, The Winemaker's Dinner. This opened up a world of new opportunities and possibilities. In April, we travelled to Chicago to attend the RT12 convention. We continued writing, working on book two in the series, and on July 31st we  launched the first book. With the help of  our amazing publicists at Omnific Publishing, Diva Moms, Mollydooker Wines, and Aflio, the launch party was a huge success. But between travelling, writing, editing, and promoting The Winemaker's Dinner series, that hasn't left me with a lot of time for reading. However, I have read several notable novels this year. Now, I'm not going to give a full blown review of each book, but I will tell you why I loved each and every one of them.

So let's start with 50 Shades of Grey. I, like millions of other women across the world, fell in love with this series. Earlier this year I wrote a post entitled "Why I won't read 50 Shades of Grey."  Don't get me wrong, it's not that I had anything against reading the book(s), but I don't like to read books in the same genre that I'm writing for fear of being influenced by another author's writing style. But alas, I caved in and read it (along with several others that I'll get to later in this post). For me, 50 Shades of Grey wasn't about the hype, or the steamy sex, or the gorgeous ,twisted, damaged hero of the story. Albeit, Christian was an added bonus. It was more about the empowerment this book gave women. For once it was okay to be seen sitting in public reading an erotica novel. It gave women the power to be more open and confident about their sexuality and to not be ashamed to tell their partners "Tie me up!" Granted, this book may not be for everyone,  but I would recommend it to anyone that's looking for a good, steam, heartfelt read.


Next on my list, and my favourite read of the year, is the Gabriel's Inferno series by Sylvain Reynard. Not only does this story take place in Toronto (my hometown), but it's the perfect blend of sensuality, romance, and angst that makes this book the ultimate love story. The characters are lovable and believable, and Sylvain Reynard captures the true essence of sexuality in the sex scenes without using one iota of vulgarity. Kudos! That's not an easy task. This is definitely one series that I will reread for many years to come. Oh, and did I mention that there's third book on the way? That's my most anticipated read of 2013.


Another notable novel I've read this year is from friend and fellow author, Tiffany Reisz, entitled The Siren (The Original Sinners series). Now, trust me when I say that this novel is not for the faint of heart. It's edgy, twisted, dark, and downright awesome. What I love most about this book is that the author isn't afraid to break the boundaries of what some may consider mainstream fiction. If you like BDSM and hardcore erotica, then this is definitely the book for you.

This brings me to the last book on my list of Notable Novels 2012, Wallbanger by fellow Omnific author, Alice Clayton. Talk about ending the year with a bang!!! I've only just begun reading this book, so I've very little to say about it at this point, but I can tell you this... buy it, read it, love it! You won't be disappointed. I'm only a few chapters in and already it's one of my favourite reads of the year.
And what kind of author would I be if I didn't include a bit of self-promotion in this post? The second installment, TWD: Entrees, is being released December 18th and is available through Omnific Publishing. If you haven't checked it out yet, you should. ;) Well folks, that just about wraps up my list of literary highlights of 2012. If you'd like a little more info about my series, The Winemaker's Dinner, please be sure to check out the website and Facebook page for updates.


Saturday, 8 December 2012

Holiday Kindle Giveaway

Hey all!

Did you know that my publisher, Omnific Publishing, is giving away Kindles? Well, they are. And not only that, but they come preloaded with awesome books.

So what are you waiting for? Get entering!!!

"To celebrate the amazing year we've had here at Omnific, with thanks to each and every of our fantastic authors, who have been such a gift to us, we offer a gift to you, our readers:

We will be giving away not one, not two, but THREE Kindles, each one loaded up with hot, sweet, rule-breaking romance! Each day we will feature a new holiday themed post with some of our great characters. Come back every day to get extra entries!"

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Saturday, 11 August 2012

What Romantic Reading Escapes Has To Say About TWD

Recently, I was sent a link to a review of  The Winemaker's Dinner, a book I co-authored with Dr. Ivan Rusilko. My first thought when reading this was... WOW! When I was able to form a coherent thought and wipe the tears from my eyes, I continued reading. Thanks to Kathy Womack and her blog Romantic Reading Escapes for the wonderful, heartfelt review of TWD. It is by far my favorite.


An Erotic Tale with a Back Porch Feel

“She was a small-town girl from Colorado, and Ivan was a farm boy from Pennsylvania. Together they were a force to be reckoned with."

I’ve been looking forward to this book for months forever! The thirty days of foreplay had me writhing struggling in my wait for its release, knowing it would be epic. I was so enthralled with the prequels, I told all my book-lover friends [and even the non-book lover friends] that TWD was going to be the book to read. I even wrote a promo (There's a New Hero in Town), because of my excitement about the book I knew would be a best seller. Did it live up to the viral hype that spread over the internet so quickly? You bet it did!

Goodreads description:
The Winemaker's Dinner: Appetizers (The Winemaker's Feast)Recently named executive chef at one of Miami Beach’s hottest restaurants, Jaden Thorne is determined to make her culinary mark and fulfill her professional dreams. When Jaden is given highly coveted tickets to the ultra-exclusive Winemaker’s Dinner, she jumps at the opportunity to meet South Florida's wealthiest and most influential food and wine enthusiasts.
Jaden’s eyes are drawn to the VIP section even before the appetizers appear, but she soon finds herself thinking less about networking and more about the intriguingly sexy stranger eying her from across the room. After dinner, what begins as a light-hearted flirtation unexpectedly catapults into a night of explosive passion. But when morning dawns, Jaden leaves her sleeping Mr. Oh So Sexy behind, sure they’ll never see each other again.
Dr. Ivan Rusilko, a handsome, young physician, boasts an extensive resume’ and a well-established position on Miami Beach’s social scene. But despite his success and glamour, he’s routinely had to suffer uninspiring dates and doomed relationships. With a romantic heart, Ivan’s not the love-‘em-and-leave-‘em type. But when he awakens to find that the girl in the red dress has done exactly that, he resolves to find her--only if it’s just to ask why she left without even a kiss goodbye.
The Winemaker’s Dinner is a fictionalized erotic memoir inspired by the romantic triumphs and tragedies of Dr. Ivan Rusilko’s real life. Weaving fact with fantasy, authors Everly Drummond and Dr. Ivan Rusilko have gifted readers with a swoon-worthy flesh and blood romantic hero and the intoxicating bouquet only a heartfelt tale of passionate love can create.
My thoughts:

Although this is considered a fictional memoir inspired by Dr. Ivan's triumphs and tragedies in love, the lines between fiction and truth are blurred. The way the book is written, I assume there is more truth than fiction in Dr. Ivan's views and genuine feelings about life and love, especially when writing about his family, making this novel all the more endearing, heartfelt, and all the more real. Perhaps the names have been changed to protect the innocent [or guilty]? But, we all know what Dr. Ivan said about assumptions. “Assumptions, baby girl, are never right!” One thing I am sure of - and this is not an assumption - is that the book gave me a deeper insight as to who Dr. Ivan is. I love that the co-authors were able to do that, and it makes me like and respect the real, as opposed to the fictional [is there really a difference? I just don’t know!] Dr. Ivan all the more. Any author who can make me believe as a reality, fall into the story and know in my heart and mind that it’s real - all the while calling it fiction - has something special. That is my view of Dr. Ivan Rusilko and Everly Drummond after reading TWD.

I smiled, laughed, cried and exhausted myself through much of the book. The banter Ivan has with everyone he meets and his witty personality that is so common among ordinary people, introduced us to a celebrity who is...just an ordinary person who happens to have achieved success on a grand scale. Because of the blur between truth and fiction, it is difficult for me to discuss my feelings and opinions of the characters in this book, because of the indescribable idea I have of my tittle-tattle about a real person and how that character/person made me feel. With each passage read, I could only picture the real Dr. Ivan in my head, pulling me into the story all the more. But I will try to give credence to my feelings of the characters, hopefully without embarrassing myself.

The song title headings for each chapter set the stage for the excitement I experienced while reading. I moved from chapter to chapter seamlessly without stopping; I was so engrossed and invested in Dr. Ivan's and Jaden's romance. I love the little details, such as Dr. Ivan's grandmother’s denim chair brought from home, or the Pink Floyd shirt [one of my favorite all time bands], and his 'old-school' Jeep Wrangler, Betty. Dr. Ivan never left his roots behind him.

Jaden's character tends to dominate the chapters in the book, and that's okay. I really liked Jaden and viewing the world (and Dr. Ivan) through her eyes. Jaden is a sweet country girl, yet she has a hidden excitement about her. When shy and embarrassed Jaden walked out on a sleeping Ivan after a night of unbridled passion, I knew that girl needed her head examined!! Self-image issues smissues! Who would leave that man without some sort of "make sure he remembers me" speech...gesture...note....something! Jaden also feels inadequate in the Miami social scene because she is just a chef. I wanted to smack her at that point, as I hold chefs in high esteem for personal reasons (my son is a certified culinary wizard who earned his title, Chef). Well, our sweet little Jaden with her low self-image comes into her own, gaining her self-confidence and more over time, thanks to Dr. Ivan; in fact, she turns out to be quite the seductress, unleashing that hidden excitement. Jaden is Dr. Ivan's "sweet new addiction." She is a career climber with big dreams of fame, but will her career dreams fall in the way of love...or worse, will it tear love apart? I feel as though I was transformed into Jaden, enabling me to feel everything that Jaden felt. I took possession of Jaden’s character. That is a great, but difficult, accomplishment for any author.

Now, let's talk about "Mr. Oh So Sexy." He is just that and a Mollydooker Carnival of Love all rolled into one. "Right now I’m just a guy…desperate for you to give him a chance. Nothing more." *Swoon* Dr. Ivan/Dr. Ivan's character (that line is still blurred) says some of the most romantic things and makes the most romantic gestures of any character I've read in a book. Perhaps, this is because in real life, he is really the romantic about whom he wrote? He is the small town, down-to-earth man whose roots never left his heart, and his heart never left his roots. His respect for women and how they should be treated is something to which other men should aspire. His gifts and romantic gestures astounded me. He is selfless [as shown over and again through the book], thoughtful, and knows how to worship the whole woman - not just worship her body - although the steamy sex even had me completely satiated. I'm pretty sure I went blind after a couple of passages. *blush* Where are all the Dr. Ivans in the world?! He is very deep in his thinking and has a genuine appreciation of everyone and everything, taking nothing for granted. He is sincere in his speaking some of the most romantic lines ever written in a book - he is so darn believable! Dr. Ivan for President, 2012!!!! I didn't see Dr. Ivan Rusilko, hero of TWD; I saw Dr. Ivan Rusilko, the man who chose to put his life exposé in print. His description of love captured in the pages of the novel and continued in the acknowledgements is nothing short of amazing...beautifully written and straight from his heart.

To Dr. Ivan: We all fall in love with our literary heroes...until the next literary hero comes along. However, Dr. Ivan, you are the real hero, and I can’t help but feel this is your true story. I believe that you portrayed yourself candidly and sincerely. For that, I wish you all the joy and happiness from all the readers who will fall in love with another literary character in you. Thank you for being my fictional boyfriend for a few pages in time, and I wish for you to find your "miracle" in life.

Most romantic moment: The words spoken when requesting a second date knocked me over in a swooning frenzy. Dr. Ivan swept me off my feet, and I wasn’t the one offered a second date with such special words and gestures! Or was I? I was so transformed into Jaden’s character in my mind, maybe I really did?

Favorite romantic moment: The heart costume scene was epic! Someone of Dr. Ivan’s caliber doing what most would find silly and embarrassing, actually gave us insight to the self-confident, fun, and uninhibited man Dr. Ivan really is.

Laugh out loud moment: I'm torn between the skeet shoot and Jaden's inability to remember Ivan's name....Igor? Really??

Moment of Angst: Chapters 32 and 33 had me sitting on the edge of my seat, pulling my hair, and crying my eyes out! I was breathing hard and fast. My breath could not keep time with my heartbeat, because my heart was pounding its way from my chest!

Books transcend our time and space. No matter how dynamic or static our lives become, we love for books to transport us to a place where wishes and dreams come true, an escape from reality. TWD is such a book, in which we are transported into Jaden and Dr. Ivan’s world as characters in his life story...the ups and the downs. This is not just an erotic or romantic story. There are strong messages to be received by the reader. "Life is short: Forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh." "Don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened."

I have to admit that when it came to writing this review, it took a while to remove my heart from my throat…I assume that was the lump in my throat, because my heart was no longer where I left it in my chest. I needed time to collect my thoughts and return from whatever dimension I found myself. I’m still not sure I’m ready to share this review, because this book touched me in so many ways, making it difficult to find the words to express my opinions and feelings (you're probably thinking...not from the length of it! Ha!). This book introduces us to the romantic hero for whom every girl would give her plasma to gain his love. Even the acknowledgements in this book were beautifully written words describing love by Dr. Ivan and expressions of gratitude from Everly Drummond. Dr. Ivan bared his soul and exposed his life to entertain me, the reader, and I am honored to have shared a part of his life through words on a page. I give this book 5 stars and recommend it to those readers who want that little piece of Heaven here on Earth. Now, I will forever dream big, because I learned in a book that anything is possible.

Saturday, 30 June 2012

Saturday, 16 June 2012

The Madness Behind The Music

"Music and words together can be a very powerful thing."
~Bryan Ferry

Music is powerful, soulful, and inspiring. I love to listen to music while I write. It evokes emotions, memories, and ideas, and fuels the imagination. As a writer, these things are so important. A little bit of ourselves bleeds into every scene we write and every character we create, and the music that inspires us gives others insight into who we are.

My tastes in music are as eclectic as my tastes in food. There's no particular type of music that I listen to. I enjoy everything from 80s Rock to Modern Country, and everything in between, and my playlist for The Winemaker's Dinner reflects that. Each song has inspired an entire chapter, a scene, or something as simple as a line of dialogue. Some songs, although unrelated to a particular spot in the book, have spurred my imagination one way or another.

Am I going to tell you which songs go with which chapters? Hell no! That would be giving too much away. I'll let you read the book and discover that for yourself.

Each of the songs listed below are in order of the # of plays in my iTunes, starting with the least played song and counting down to the most played song. I'm not going to tell you what the play count is for each individual song, but I can tell you this... The most played song on my playlist is currently at 329 plays.

#34 Beouin Soundclash - When The Night Hears My Song

#33 Avenged Sevenfold - Seize the Day

#32 Ronan Keating - When You Say Nothing At All

#31 Shaggy - Sexual Healing

#30 Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight

#29 James Blunt - You're Beautiful

#28 Proclaimers - 500 Miles

#27 Mark Masri - Con Ti Partiro

#26 Aerosmith - Cryin'

#25 Michael Buble - I'm your Man

#24 Michael Buble - Save The Last Dance for Me

#23 Marianas Trench - Beside You

#22 Maroon 5 - The Way You Look Tonight

#21 Beck and Bats For Lashes - Let's Get Lost

#20 Jason Aldean & Kelly Clarkson - Don't You Wanna Stay

#19 Maroon 5 - Moves Like Jagger

#18 Skillet - Say Goodbye

#17 Secrets in Stereo - Make You Happy

#16 Marianas Trench - Cross My Heart

#15 One Republic - Come Home

#14 Adele - Someone Like You

#13 Lady Antabellum - Just A Kiss

#12 Train - Hey, Soul Sista'

#11 Hedley - Perfect

#10 Lady Gaga - You and I

#9 Sara Bareilles - Breath Again

#8 Faber Drive - You and I Tonight

#7 Keane - Somewhere Only We Know

#6 Gavin DeGraw - Not Over You

#5 The Pogues - Love You To The End

#4 Pitbull - Give Me Everything

#3 Cobra Starship - You Make Me Feel

#2 Craig Smart - 123

#1 Frankie Valli - Can't Take My Eyes Off of You

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

TWD Launch Party!

Thanks to the amazing women at DivaMoms.com, The Winemaker's Dinner will be taking over Manhattan!

Join us on July 31st for an intimate evening of good times, great wine, and sexy book talk. Space for the event is limited, so head on over to www.DivaMoms.com to register for your evite.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Why I Won't Read 50 Shades of Grey.

It would seem that many of my friends and Twitter followers watched the Dr Oz show because I've been getting tons of questions today about 50 Shades of Gray. Have I read it? Did I like it? Is The Winemaker's Dinner similar to it? The answer is, No, I have not read 50 Shades, nor do I plan to, at least not for a long while. As y'all know, The Winemaker's Dinner series has been picked up by Omnific Publishing. Right now I need to focus on blazing my own path and getting the TWD books finished. Did I know about 50 Shades when I started writing TWD? No, I did not. I hadn't even heard of it until recently when it began to make headlines. Perhaps at a later time when I don't have so much on my plate, I'll pick it up. And for the record... TWD is NOTHING like 50 Shades. TWD is it's own story. Plain and simple. 50 Shades is fiction. TWD is is a unique blend of fact and fiction that incorporates a real life, living, breathing hero into the story. It IS the real life story of Ivan Rusilko's love life blended with a fictious plotline that will keep you wondering what is real and what is fiction. I've been writing erotica since my college days, so this isn't a new thing for me. TWD was not written on the tails of 50 Shades. It's something that's been in the making for over a year now. I hope this answers your questions. If not, feel free to post them below.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

The Winemaker's Dinner

"Former Mr. USA, Dr. Ivan Rusilko, and erotica author, Everly Drummond, ink new book deal with Omnific Publishing, for their first co-authored erotic romance novel, The Winemaker's Dinner."

Have I caught your attention yet? If so, read on, dear reader, read on.

Dr. Ivan Rusilko and myself are happy to announce that we have joined the Omnific Publishing family. The first book in The Winemaker's Dinner series is set to be released late summer 2012. For more information about the book (or just to ogle smexy pictures of the Good Doctor) click here.

To view the official media release for The Winemaker's Dinner please visit the Omnific Publishing website.

And if you'd like to see more smexy pictures of the Good Doctor, visit Dr. Ivan's personal website at http://www.drivanrusilko.com/.

Ivan and I will be appearing at the Romantic Times Convention in Chicago on April 14th and 15th. If you can make it, great! If not, you can follow the hashtag #DrIvan for updates on the release date and upcoming appearances.

Now, I know that the end of summer seems like a long time to have to wait for all that smexy, so the amazing team at Omnific have put together a little teaser for you to drool over. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did! ;)

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Win a signed copy of City of the Damned.

Sorry Folks, but it seems that my previous idea on hosting this contest seriously bombed. Therefore, I'm going to try and make this as simple as possible. If you want to win a signed copy of City of the Damned, just post a comment below and include your email address in your post so I can contact the winners when the contest closes.

However, there are still a few rules...

1) You can only enter once.
2) Two signed copies of City of the Damned will be given away, and the winners will be chosen using Random.org.
3) Contest closes on February 14th, 2012 at 11:59 EST.
4) If you aren't comfortable with publicly posting your email address, you can send an email to everlydrummond@hotmail.ca. Be sure to put "City of the Damned Contest" in the subject line.

Good luck!

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Forbidden: City of the Damned Book 4

FINALLY! Forbidden is now available. Check my list of retailers to see where you can purchase a copy. It may take a few weeks to show up on some of the retailer's website because Smashwords takes a while to distribute to some retailers, but keep checking back. In the meantime, it's already available on Amazon and on the Smashwords website. Happy reading!

In the forth and final instalment of the City of the Damned series, Sara and Gedeon travel back to South Beach where they spend Christmas with the family and exchange their wedding vows before returning to New York to have the baby. But little do they know what lies ahead. Sara's concern deepens when it becomes evident that Gedeon is hiding something from her. What neither of them realise is that Gedeon's secrets come at a high price. It will cost him something more valuable than anything money can buy. In this riveting conclusion, find out who will live and who will pay the ultimate price for his secrecy.

New covers, same books!

I'm sure many of you are wondering why I've gone through the trouble of changing all the covers for the City of the Damned books. Well, let me explain. I knew that once the 4th City of the Damned book was released, the series would be going to print. I also noticed that there were a lot of reviews mentioning the errors in the first three books. I figured that since all the books were getting re-edited for print, why not update the ebooks as well. So aside from the books being re-edited, they've all got new covers.

I'm still in the process of re-editing the books, but as soon as they're finished, you'll be available to go back to your place of purchase and download the updated copy at no cost. I'll post updates on Facebook and Twitter as they become available.

And now for a sneak peek of the new covers...

Monday, 9 January 2012

The 50 Book Pledge

Last Year I focused a lot of my attention on writing, which meant that many other things got swept under the rug or put on the back burner. What suffered the most was my reading. By the end of 2011 I had a stack on books on my desk that not only collected dust, but were screaming at me to be read. One day while I was on Twitter I stumbled across the #50BookPledge hashtag. Essentially, it's a pledge to read 50 books during the course of 2012. How difficult can it be, right? Well, between writing, editing, the horses, the dogs, and all the other fun stuff I have to do, it can be near impossible to find the time to pick up a book. But this year I'm pledging to read no less than 50 books. You can follow the #50BookPledge hashtag on Twitter to join in the discussion or see what other folks are reading, or you can visit the Savvy Reader website to learn more about the pledge. If you want to see what books I've read, or which books are on my reading list, just take a look below. I'll update the list as the year progresses.


1. Divergent by Veronica Roth
2. Seven Day Loan by Tiffany Reisz
3. Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
4. The Woefield Poultry Collective (Am Reading)

To Be Read

1. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
2. The Jane Austen Bookclub by Karen Joy Fowler
3. City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
4. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
5. The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
6. Swoon by Nina Malkin
7. Hotel Verdome by Danielle Steel
8. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
9. The Siren by Tiffany Reisz
10. Sepulchre by Kate Mosse
11. Sherlock Holmes the Collected Works
12. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstein
13. Sacre Bleu by Christopher Moore
14. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
15. Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts by Mitzi Szereto
16. The Woefield Poulrty Collective by Susan Juby
17. Arranged by Catherine McKenzie
18. Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson
19. Everneath by Brodi Ashton