MV Ellis has lived the life of a romance heroine, falling in love with a rock star, and now lives in Sydney with her own hero. Her debut novel came out in 2018, and her writing career promises to be one to keep an eye on.
Your 3rd book, Pushing Arlo: A Rock Star Romance (Heartless Few Book 3), came out on September 1, What was the inspiration for the story?
Pushing Arlo is the third book in the Heartless Few series, which began in February this year with the launch of my debut novel, Catching London: A Rock Star Romance (Heartless Few Book 1). In that book we are introduced to Arlo and London, a sexy and tumultuous couple who ride an epic emotional rollercoaster of emotions on their path to true love. That story was told from London’s point of view, and it whet readers’ appetites not just for more of their story, but also for more of Arlo’s voice. Following on from Catching London: A Rock Star Romance (Heartless Few Book 1) came novella Cold, Hard, & Heartless: A Rock Star Romance (Heartless Few Book 2) which retells some of the story we saw in Catching London, this time from Arlo’s point of view. The third book in this Heartless Few series, Pushing Arlo: A Rock Star Romance (Heartless Few Book 3) is also written from Arlo’s point of view. It picks up from where Catching London left off, taking the story further. We follow the feisty couple as they continue to chase their happy ever after. This book was a natural follow on from Catching London, and was really begging to be written the moment I typed ‘the end.’
An avid reader for as long as I can remember, I always knew I’d write a book of my own someday. Finally, after a career spanning advertising, marketing, and social media, I was inspired to write Catching London: A Rock Star Romance (Heartless Few Book 1) drawing on my own experiences. I know firsthand what it’s like to fall head over heels in love with a badass musician, having followed my heart and my HEA halfway around the world to be with one. I moved from my hometown of London to Sydney more than a decade ago, after a steamy holiday romance with a sexy bass player in sultry Brazil. Twelve years, two children and a dog later, and I’m still in Sydney, and still smitten. I have toured with said badass and several bands, in Australia and overseas, and draw from the things I saw and heard during those crazy times in my novels. I certainly have plenty of inspiration to work with!
What place would you most like to visit?
Now that’s the sixty four million dollar question! There are way too many to list here. I haven’t travelled half as much as I would have liked to, and as a result, my global to do list is looooooong! However, somewhere I’m really keen on going is Japan – such an interesting country, and so different from anywhere I’ve ever experienced. It’s on the bucket list, for sure.
Who is your perfect hero? And why?
My perfect hero is perfectly imperfect. I like my heroes a little rough around the edges, definitely somewhat flawed, and maybe a tad hard to handle at times. Even better if all of that comes in a package that some people may find off-putting. For example, Arlo Jones from my Heartless Few series has tattoos all over his body, and if I’m honest, can be a bit of a d#ck at times. Scrap that. Most of the time. However, I also like my heroes with redeemably qualities that outweigh their flaws – loyalty, courage, passion and a huge heart, to name but a few. They say that those who are the hardest to love need our love the most, and I second that emotion when it comes to my heroes. You may have to dig a little deeper to find it, but they are at heart great guys who’d walk to the ends of the ends of the earth on ground glass and hot coals for the woman they love.
What is the nicest thing a reviewer has ever said about one of your books?
Oh, I’ve had a few lovely ones, though I thought this recent one was great “A shatteringly wonderful love story quite unlike any I have read before.”
If you were a cartoon character, who would you be?
Upon careful consideration, I feel there’s not a cartoon character out there who quite works for me, so I’ve invented my own. I’d be a mix of Betty Boo, Wonder Woman and Jem from Jem and the Holograms. Totally kickass.
He thought he had it all, until he met her.
They say you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone, but for notorious womanizer Arlo Jones, it’s a case of not knowing what you want ’til it’s standing in front of you. The moment he meets London, he realizes she’s the piece of the puzzle he never knew was missing, but can’t live without. He does everything he can to get her, but just as he thinks she’s finally ready to give in to her feelings, he’s reminded how empty his life was without her in it.
She thought she had a plan, until she met him.
They say the best-laid plans often go awry, and for aspiring photographer London Llwellyn, that’s definitely the case when she falls for Arlo. That was never part of her plan. She tries her best to avoid being pulled into his vortex, but he manages to turn her head upside down and her heart inside out. Just as she thinks she’s ready to commit to forever, she’s reminded of the reasons she resisted him for so long.
He’s pulling her closer. How long can she keep pushing him away?
Buy it here (affiliated link): Pushing Arlo: A Rock Star Romance (Heartless Few Book 3)