Thursday, April 26, 2012

Indie April with Elle Strauss and Clockwise Giveaway

Today in the spotlight I have Elle Strauss author of Clockwise

Hi Elle, welcome to the blog, What Inspired you to write CLOCKWISE?

Many years ago I wrote a time travel book with a teen protagonist. This was before I was aware of the term YA and long before YA got "hot". I had a lot to learn as a writer and it wasn't very good, but I always like the twists in thinking caused by the time travel theme. Then, about the four years ago, I thought I'd like to try again. Eventually it turned into Clockwise. 

Indie publishing- Why do you think its becoming so popular?

I think it's become popular because it's given authors something they've never had before, control. For so long every little step was decided by someone else. It is now in our power to make things happen for us. What we used to have to wait, hope and pray that someone else would do for us, we can now do on our own. 

CLOCKWISE has become a movie, who is playing your main character and why?

This is a hard one for me because I really don't have time to watch a lot of TV and movies and I don't know who's who anymore. I'll take recommendations in the comments.

hmmmmmm...may I suggest casting Matt Damon for the movie and letting him play all the parts? That would be a one man show......

What top three Indie books would you recommend to readers and why?

There are so many great ones out there, it's impossible for me to choose. 

Alright you cant pick three Indies, how about one time travel novel that sticks out in your mind......and tell us why you loved it.

I just read Tempest and I thought it was brilliant. Julie Cross has a lot going on in her brain to keep all those leaps and story lines she created straight. It's older YA, more New Adult I'd say because of the college age of the main characters in the present storyline--for parents who are wondering. The writing style is compelling and I was pulled in immediately and it didn't let me go, not even at the end, because yes, there's more. 

Whats on the horizon for ELLE STRAUSS?

I have a lot planned for this year. The first new thing to come out is my middle grade, IT'S A LITTLE HAYWIRE, look for it this month. The sequel to Clockwise, CLOCKWISER, will be out in May and a companion book called LIKE CLOCKWORK, is set for June. I'm planning to launch a historical drama called PLAYING WITH MATCHES towards the end of summer. 

What do you want readers to walk away with after reading your book (s)?

First of all, I just hope they are entertained. I also hope that something deeper in the books makes them think. That something about what they read will stay with them for a long while.

Thanks Elle for being on this event, I read and loved Tempest too so great choice for a time travel book. Best of luck to you and the Clockwise series.


Today Elle is giving away one Ebook copy of her book Clockwise. Please leave a comment for your chance to win. Also Clockwise is blog touring right now on various blogs so you can check out more fun things around the blog world and even purchase Clockwise for .99cents on Kindle.

Casey Donovan has issues: hair, height and uncontrollable trips to the 19th century! And now this --she’s accidentally taken Nate Mackenzie, the cutest boy in the school, back in time. Awkward.

Protocol pressures her to tell their 1860 hosts that he is her brother and when Casey finds she has a handsome, wealthy (and unwanted) suitor, something changes in Nate. Are those romantic sparks or is it just “brotherly” protectiveness?

When they return to the present, things go back to the way they were before: Casey parked on the bottom of the rung of the social ladder and Nate perched high on the very the top. Except this time her heart is broken. Plus, her best friend is mad, her parents are split up, and her younger brother gets escorted home by the police. The only thing that could make life worse is if, by some strange twist of fate, she took Nate back to the past again. Which of course, she does.

Find out more about Elle on the Web~Goodreads

**Matt Damon PhotoCredit- CC- Photograper**
PS- I wanted to use a great photo of him but due to Copyright laws this is the best one I could find~


  1. "may I suggest casting Matt Damon for the movie and letting him play all the parts?"

    I so thoroughly approve of this suggestion Tina! I like the way you think ;-) I'm a big fan of time travel stories, I can't help but wonder where I'd want to go if it were possible! Sounds like such a fun story:)

  2. Yes you may suggest Matt Damon I am sure many of us would really be ok with that LOL :)

    I love that she has a Historical Fiction coming out. I will be watching for that one!

  3. Ooh, I want to read this! Really? Clockwise is becoming a movie? Congratulations! I would have to wait until I read the book to pick out the actors. :D

  4. Sounds so cute.
    Love the cover.
    (not an entry)

  5. This sounds like a good book.



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