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Sunday, 2 October 2011

E.L James Interview and Giveaway!

Fifty Shades Darker Blog Tour

I was chatting with a girlfriend not so long ago when she recommended that I look into a book called "Fifty Shades of Grey". She absolutely raved about it, so I decided I would give it a go. So off I trotted to Amazon and bought myself a copy. What I didn’t know when I started reading this book, was just how much it would get to me. I was drawn into this book like a moth to a blow torch. I finished it in one day and then freaked when I realized I had to wait two days for the release of book two : Fifty Shades Darker. But once I got my copy I once again blew thru the book and ever since then have been pimping this trilogy incessantly. Book one and two are easily the
must have books of 2011.

So hold on to your panties ladies, I have for you the interview and giveaway that will get you all tide up. Firstly, we have an awesome interview with your truly, E.L James followed by an epic giveaway of 'Fifty Shades of Grey'. But to make this giveaway even better, if we get over 50 entries, I will also include "Fifty Shades Darker' to our lucky winner.

Sams Reviews:

About the Author
E L James is a TV executive, wife and mother-of-two based in West London. Since early childhood she dreamed of writing stories that readers would fall in love with, but put those dreams on hold to focus on her family and her career. She finally plucked up the courage to put pen to paper with her first novel, Fifty Shades of Grey.
E L James is currently working on the sequels to Fifty Shades of Grey, and on a new romantic thriller with a supernatural twist.


I first have to start by saying that you have officially stolen my heart. I said this in my review of Fifty Shades of Grey and I will say it again, I give my heart to one author a year that just blows me away and I had already given it to someone, but then I read your book and Im blown out of the water. You have amazed me in how much I was drawn to your book. Please tell me where your inspiration to write this amazing book came from?
Oh my – that’s such a lovely thing to hear – I am grinning like a loon; I am so glad you enjoyed the first book. I think the inspiration came from reading some BDSM stories – which talked about but never showed the paperwork. I wanted to see the paperwork because I am a paperwork sort of person –well, I used to be - so I knew that whatever I ended up writing I would do a BDSM contract. I also wanted to explore what would happen if you met someone who was in the lifestyle but you weren’t comfortable with it. It kind of went from there.

When I approached you about an interview saying I wanted to read and review your book, you replied saying that, its not everyone cup of tea. Where you relating to the BDSM aspect of this novel? And what made you decide to go down the path of BDSM? I for one am not usually a BDSM fan, but I think you have done it astoundingly. Even I wanted to jump into Christians play room and have a go. But only if it meant Christian was there as my personal tutor ;)
I don’t think it’s the BDSM per se. In fact I don’t think of it as a BDSM book at all – that’s just background really. I think people find Christian – and why he’s so controlling – very hard to understand. Most people get it, but some don’t – so I was referring to that.

Did you have to do much research for this book? Or is Wikipedia all we all ever need?
I did a great deal of research. Thank heavens I have older children – one of my fears is Social Services finding what’s on my laptop and my kids being taken into care. It wasn’t just the salacious aspects of the novel I had to research. I live in the UK and have never been to Seattle, but that’s the setting I’d decided on, so I had to do a great deal of research into the area -- Portland, Vancouver WA, the university there… Streetmap became my friend. I found the most expensive apartment I could find for sale – which was in Escala… and kind of went from there…

I freaking loved the back and forth emailing that both hero and heroine participate in during the novel. Its cute and romantic and made me giggle. Do you spend a lot of time on your computer doing things other than writing....am I right in the conclusion that youre a twitter fan?
I am a Twitter freak i.e. I’m hopelessly addicted. I really enjoy tweeting and have met the most extraordinary, talented, warm and funny people through this medium.

Im very excited to start reading Fifty Shades Darker which is released on the 15th September. Im scared that we will be left hanging like we were in Fifty Shades of Grey please tell me there is some sort of resolution? *biting fingernails*
I think so… I hope you enjoy it.

What are your plans after the Fifty Shades series is complete? Do you have another book in the works that you can tell us about?
I have quite a few ideas at the moment, so much so that it kind of freaks me out sometimes because I have to pick one to work on. I have virtual post-it notes on my computer and twelve story lines going at the moment. I’d like to finish an earlier novel I wrote which is a paranormal romance – but I’m working on a new erotic romance at the moment. I’d like to write a thriller too – but it’s just a question of finding the time.

· Where do you like to write?
 At my little cream-coloured desk.
· Whats your favourite place to eat out?
 Gosh thats a hard question mostly anywhere that does good food. I like French food.
· What are wearing right now?
 Chanel No 5. Actually, jeans (but Chanel is a funnier response!)
· Strength?
· Weakness?
 Stubborn and never being able to say no. O.o


When literature student Anastasia Steele is drafted to interview the successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey for her campus magazine, she finds him attractive, enigmatic and intimidating. Convinced their meeting went badly, she tries to put Grey out of her mind - until he happens to turn up at the out-of-town hardware store where she works part-time.
The unworldly, innocent Ana is shocked to realize she wants this man, and when he warns her to keep her distance it only makes her more desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her too - but on his own terms.
Shocked yet thrilled by Grey's singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success– his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving adoptive family –Grey is man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a passionate, physical and daring affair, Ana learns more about her own dark desires, as well as the Christian Grey hidden away from public scrutiny.
Can their relationship transcend physical passion? Will Ana find it in herself to submit to the self-indulgent Master? And if she does, will she still love what she finds?

Daunted by the singular sexual tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house.
But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven and demanding Fifty Shades.
While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her, and make the most important decision of her life.

Both books are available for purchase through


We are giving away to one lucky follower a eBook copy of

Fifty Shades of Grey


But to make this giveaway even more awesome, if we get over 50 entries, I will also give away a copy of

Fifty Shades Darker


Competition is INTERNATIONAL.
Please see Giveaway policy for any questions.

Just fill out the form below and your in the draw!

Dont forget to stop by all the other blogs on this Awesome Tour
Today (OCT 3) there are two stops on the tour! Review, Interview and Giveaway x2 So make sure you stop by Book That Thing!

Oct. 3 Review, interview, and giveaway at Sam, E & R's Awesomness!! http://samsawesomness.blogspot.com/

Oct. 4 Guest Post and giveaway at My Life. One Story at a Time http://mylife-in-stories.blogspot.com

Oct. 5 Review, guest post, and giveaway at Journey with Books http://journeywithbooks.blogspot.com

Oct. 6 Review, interview, and giveaway at Endlessly Bookish http://endlesslybookish.blogspot.com/

Oct. 7 Review, interview, and giveaway at The Book Hookup http://thebookhookup.com/

Oct. 8 Review, guest post, and giveaway at Reading Lark http://readinglark.blogspot.com/

Oct. 9 Review and giveaway at Badass Book Reviews http://badassbookreviews.com/

Oct. 10 Review, interview, and giveaway at Fiction Vixen Book Reviews http://fictionvixen.com

Oct. 11 Review and giveaway at Bona Fide Reflections http://bona-fide-reflections.com


Angela said...

Great interview S,E & R!!!
Nice to know my Fave Author is wearing Channel no.5. Lol I can't express just how much I love Christian Grey and His Anastasia!!! Waiting anxiously for the next book. I mean patiently.

Chrisbails said...

Both of these books look great. This is a new author for me and would love to win and read this book. I am not on twiter so not able to click all entries.
GFC & blog follower: Chris Bails

Proserpine said...

HI! I don't know this author but I read pretty good reviews for these books! Thanks for this giveaway!


Jodie Riverina Romantics said...

I have heard so much about this book lately. I want it soooo damn bad.

riverinaromantics (at)gmail (dot) com

Jodie @ Riverina Romantics

Great giveaway ladies!!

Sam S2 said...

For anyone who hasnt read this author yet, I can only hope you win, because weeks after reading these books Im STILL thinking about them...

Good luck everyone

Lady Jayne said...

Great interview and giveaway! I haven't read these books but have seen great things about it. I want! I want! ^_^

Lady Jayne @ Lady Jayne's Reading Den

Megan@Riverina Romantics said...

You guys have piqued my interet as far as this book goes! I want to read it!

Annie said...

I'm really looking forward to reading these books!

Flaming Junebug said...

Great interview...I can't wait to read part 2!!!!!!!!!!!

toronto27 said...

Yes, yes and yes. Darker.

helpmerhonda72 said...

Great interview Sam!!!
AWESOME BOOKS Mrs. James, I finished FSD last night..... *swoons*

Elena said...

*Squee* I'm so excited we're on E.L James blog tour!! This series deserves all the hype that goes around.

Awesomsauce Interview and Give-Away!

I can't wait to see who will be our lucky Winner!!

Rhonda! I want, or rather need details on your swooning. I'm still in my own world of bliss with this series :D

Juliana said...

Great giveaways and great interview!

Fenix said...

I really want to win the book read the stories on line and loved it but noting like a physical book ;)

Bona Fide Reflections said...

Very nice interview. I enjoyed the back and forth banter between you and Ms. James. And good luck to all the entrants in the giveaway. (Sam, E & R - I hope you get your 50 responses.)

Happy Reading, Writing, and Blogging,
Bona Fide Reflections

ahz1 said...

Great interview, girls.

Alyssa (Hesperia Loves Books) said...

Great interview! I can't wait to get my hands on this fabulous book ♥

Yvonne said...

Great review! These books sound really good, thanks for the giveaway :)

Emma Ciz said...

I absolutely loved fifty shades of grey.. I have never wanted to read the sequel to a book more than this one!

always yours said...

I can't say enough how great Fifty Shades of Grey is, I was lucky enough to read it on-line and I can't wait for all the books to come out.

eelayn said...

love, love, love Fifty-from fanfic to book!

_yay_ said...

Weird...posted a comment earlier. No show lol.
Fab interview. Your fellow #TeamFiftyShades member ;-)
Thx for pimping my tour stop!
_yay_ @ BookthatThing!

TerriG said...

Really intriguing. Would love to start reading something that sounds a little racy but that still has true romance at its heart. Heard such a lot about "Fifty" and his shenanigans!!!

E L James said...

Hi Sam, Elena and Rhonda - thank you so much for a great start to the Fifty Shades Darker Blog tour. I hope you've had some fun. Good luck to the peeps after giveaways - and thanks to those who have read - or are going to read.
All the best
EL x

Sam S2 said...

It was a pleasure! Its gone off with a bang too!

Good luck everyone and keep spreading the word!

Karen Vanessa said...

i'm really looking forward to get the chance to read the 2nd book the first one was so intense and so good, was fun to read and very well written so yeah i'm dying to read it and so excited to hear there is a 3rd book on the way!!!

Pants Off Reviews said...

Taking a chance, since you been going on and on about these books. I wanna know for myself LOL!

marijee said...

Great interview. EL James is a very talented author. Looking forward to reading both.

Jodie O said...

I can't believe I haven't read either of these books yet. They sound awesome! They have just moved to the top of my tbr pile :) great job girls...

VA said...

I'm excited EL James is doing this blog tour! Fifty is AWESOME! Laters Baby! Best Regards!

Under the Covers said...

James is so damn popular right now! WHY AM I MISSING OUT?!!?


Lisa said...

This is such a cute interview. So fun. REALLY looking forward to reading both books. They sound awesome.

Ollie said...

These book so HOT and AMAZING!

I added them to my TBR list!

Thanks for this giveaway!


Ollie aka DarkBloodyVamp

Helen said...

These look great!

Denise Z said...

Wonderful interview and I do think Chanel was the more giggly answer LOL I would love to read Fifty Shades of Grey and Fifty Shades Darker. Thank you for the awesome giveaway opportunity.

sugrc0atdlies said...

It would be great to win this book. I would love to read them both; I have heard such great things about them!!

Laura H. said...

Wow! How could a person pass up entering this contest after reading your interview!?!?? Sooooo count me in! This series is going on my TBR list ASAP!


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