Summer 2014 Newsletter

10312579_10152357221103326_361961938920997917_nIf you’re not signed up for my author newsletter, you don’t know what’s up with this donkey! CLICK HERE!! to find out.

My latest newsletter is filled with info about new books, recent awards, and coming stuff, including a giveaway of my new book STUCKEY’S LEGACY. I’m giving the book away this Saturday, before it is available to the public, so pop over and enter. CLICK HERE!!

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Goodreads Giveaway of “Stuckey’s Bridge”

Stuckey's cover_webIn preparation for the coming release of “Stuckey’s Legacy: The Legend Continues”, Goodreads is hosting a giveaway of the first book, “The Legend of Stuckey’s Bridge.” There are 20 paperbacks available and the drawing runs through April 10th. Hop over there and claim your FREE copy. Here’s the link —> GOODREADS GIVEAWAY!

Here’s the blurb and the creepy book trailer…

In 1901, the Virginia Bridge & Iron Company began re-building a fifty-year-old Mississippi bridge. In the middle of the project, they began discovering bodies buried on the banks of the river.

Legend has it, he was so evil, he was even thrown out of the notorious Dalton Gang. Years later, he opened an inn near the river, and on foggy nights, boatmen witnessed him pacing back and forth across the bridge, waving his lantern, offering travelers a hot meal and a soft bed.

Those unfortunate enough to take him up on the hospitality were often never seen again.

To this day, eerie experiences are still reported around the bridge that now bears his name, but not much else is known about the man locals refer to as Old Man Stuckey…until now.

Book cover and video trailer by Elite Book Design


Hi everyone!

Last month, I released my book Okatibbee Creek on audiobook at Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. It was narrated by the talented and fabulous Margaret Lepera. Audible has granted me a few FREE copies and I would like to give them away to you!

Please read the blurb below and and check out the sample at Audible – click HERE. If you find the story fits your taste, shoot me an email at and I’ll send you a FREE download code. I have ten to give away, so hurry up and be the one of the first ten to send me an email. I only ask that you rate it on Audible when you’re done listening. I only have one rating over there so far, and it looks pretty lonely. 😦


In the bloodiest years of our nation’s history, a young mother was left alone to endure the ravages of the Civil War and a typhoid epidemic that threatened the lives of everyone left behind.

Okatibbee Creek is based on the true story of Mary Ann Rodgers, who survived the collapse of the Confederate dollar, food shortages, and the deaths of countless family members to war and disease. As she searched for a way to feed her children and her orphaned nieces and nephews, Sherman’s Union army marched through Mississippi on their way to destroy Meridian, and Mary Ann found the distant war literally on her doorstep.

Help arrived just in the nick of time in the form of an unexpected champion, and Mary Ann emerged on the other side a heroic woman with an amazing story.

Okatibbee Creek is a tale of historical fiction that brings the Deep South vividly to life and will have you cheering and crying through a real-life story of loss, love, and survival.

UPDATE FEBRUARY 11: I still have one more copy if you’re interested.

Book Cover Contest – please vote!

Hi Kidleys! Big favor to ask of you. Please vote and pass along to your friends. Repost, Share, Tweet, Shout from the rooftops!

AOH%20cover_webMy book cover for AN ORPHAN’S HEART is up for an award in the 2013 AuthorsdB Book Cover Contest in the History category. It was created by Elite Book Design and is definitely one of my favorite covers. You can vote on both Facebook for COVER OF THE YEAR and on AuthorsdB in the History category. You can vote once every 24 hours. Please bookmark it and do so!!

Stuckey's cover_webMy book cover for THE LEGEND OF STUCKEY’S BRIDGE is also up for an award in the Mystery/Thriller category. It too was created by Elite Book Design. Please vote at AuthorsdB.

Thank you all for a successful book tour!

elly cover_webI’d like to blog a gigantic thank you for a successful ELLY HAYS book tour. I have to admit it was majorly stressful putting it all together, but in the end, the stress and preparedness paid off. Everything went off without a hitch. I’d like to thank my hosts: Pat Fitzhugh, Anna Belfrage, Ionia Martin at Readful Things, Sandi Layne, Patricia Zick at Writing Whims, David Lawlor, and Christoph Fischer. These folks are the nicest bunch of bloggers, authors, and friends a girl could ask for.

Now, without further ado, here are the winners of the eBooks offered at various stops. If you’re name is here, please email me at and claim your prize. The prize is a copy of your choice of OKATIBBEE CREEK or AN ORPHAN’S HEART and it can be claimed as a Kindle or Nook.

Nov 5 this blog Elly Hays video debut – NikiMarie

Nov 7 Anna Belfrage’s blog – Sharron McAvoy

Nov 8 Readful Things – Julian Froment

Nov 13 Writing Whims – Francis Guenette

The $25 Amazon gift card prize for signing up for my newsletter will be announced Nov 18 in the newsletter. Still time to get in on the drawing!! Hurry up! Sign up at

If you’d like to see what we chatted about at the Nov 4 online release party – click HERE. If you’d like to see our live Nov 16th Twitter chat, go to Twitter and search hashtag #ellyhays. Hillarity ensued as I tried to get author PC Zick to sell author Anna Belfrage’s book during PC’s book tour. Leave it to the blonde to mess things up. Yeah, that’s me. ♥ you all!

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Hallowe’en Blog Hop – Trick or Treat!

trickbanWelcome to the Hallowe’en Blog Hop Trick or Treat! Thank you so much for stopping by and thank you to author Francine Howarth for organizing the spooky event.

The following is an excerpt from my book The Legend of Stuckey’s Bridge. Please leave a comment at the bottom of the page and include the words “Trick or Treat” to be entered into my witches’ hat for a Kindle copy of the book. Only one copy will be given away, and a winner will be chosen at the witching hour Oct 31. That’s midnight Pacific Time for you mortals. Check back Nov 1 to see if you’re the winner and to claim your prize. Have a safe and ghoulish Hallowe’en, my little toadlets!


Stuckey's cover_webThe Legend of Stuckey’s Bridge excerpt

The fog was dense, and the freckled boy couldn’t see more than a few feet in front of him, but he ran as fast as he could, tree branches whipping at his face. He tripped on a log, lunged forward, and nearly hit a tree head-on, but he caught his balance with his hands on the large tree trunk. He swung around behind it, leaning his back into it. He put his hand to his mouth to quiet his panting and felt the stickiness of sap from the trunk. He tried to wipe it off his face with his other hand, but that one was full of sap, too. He breathed slowly through his nose as he listened for his pursuer. He didn’t hear anything.

He was shaking uncontrollably and couldn’t stop himself. He clenched his jaw so his teeth wouldn’t chatter. Maybe he lost the murderer. Maybe he was dreaming. Maybe this was all a nightmare. Maybe he didn’t just witness an ax splitting his friend’s head wide open. He looked up into the black arms of the branches but couldn’t see anything but shadows. He glanced around in every direction, not being able to see more than a few feet in front of him. Where should he go? He didn’t know where he was or how long he would have to run to find safety. The nearest person could be miles and miles away. He didn’t see a place to hide. He would have to keep running. Surely the man wouldn’t follow him all night.

He held his breath and listened. Nothing. Which way? His breathing had begun to return to normal when a twig snapped loudly behind him. He gasped.

“You can’t hide forever, Freckles,” came a singsong voice. “Come out and let’s talk about this.”

He bolted in the direction opposite the voice, straight into the thick fog, running as fast as his feet would carry him. Vines and barbs grabbed at his legs, and branches scratched his arms like the claws of an unknown creature trying to rip off bits of his skin. He ignored them.

He stopped dead in his tracks as he felt an immense pain on his forehead, but he knew it couldn’t possibly be his pursuer’s ax. The murderer was way behind him.

He reached up to his face and felt something metal—something with a wooden handle. What is this!? The thick fog had limited his visibility. The sticky, warm wetness dripping into his eyes blinded him completely. His face was covered in warmth. Is this blood? He moved his hands over the object stuck in his forehead. A rake? Where did a rake come from? And how did it hit him squarely in the forehead? Confused, frightened, and in pain, he dropped to his knees, and an agonizing scream involuntarily escaped his lips as the long, wooden handle of the rake reached the ground before his knees did. The tines jerked upward, ripping off the front half of his scalp. The last thing he felt was the ax on the back of his head.


Don’t forget to say “Trick or Treat” in your comment to be entered into the ghastly drawing and check back Nov 1 to see if you’re the winner!

Please visit the other Hallowe’en blog hop participants.

1. Francine 9. Denise Covey 17. Susan Hanniford Crowley
2. Marie Laval 10. Grace Elliot 18. Stephen Tremp
3. NancyJ 11. Gilli Allan 19. Hywela Lyn
4. N. R. Williams 12. Alison Stuart 20. Iyana Jenna
5. Alison Morton 13. Mary Pax 21. Vala Kaye
6. Karen Aminadra 14. Natalie-Nicole Bates 22. Yolanda Renee
7. Lori Crane 15. Douglas Boren
8. Derek Birks 16. Anna Belfrage