Please welcome the lovely Ellie Barker to the StudioBlog. Em was lucky to have been asked to create the covers for her series, so it’s doubly exciting to have Ellie with us today. Sit back and enjoy getting to know this great author!

Studioenp: Pepsi or Coke—or something else?

Ellie: I’ve recently gotten into ginger ale—I never liked it growing up, but as an adult I’ve found that I prefer it. Coke and Pepsi always have a faintly artificial aftertaste, and I’m enjoying the almost spicy tang of the ginger instead.


Studioenp: Yes, it’s a lovely drink, as is tonic water, another drink you don’t tenf to consider when younger. Which season do you like best and why?

Ellie: Autumn! I lived in London for a while and have a thing for rain, plus there’s something wonderful about crisp mornings and rustling leaves.


Studioenp: Autumn is Em’s favourite, too, although not the rain. Blasted stuff. What’s your fondest childhood memory?

Ellie: When I couldn’t sleep, I would take my stuffed animals and my duvet, and go wandering to make a nest someplace else in the house. My mother still tells the story of the evening she found me—and my animals—asleep on the landing, and I actually remember settling myself there! We were going to have a picnic, which obviously got interrupted by my impromptu nap.


Studioenp: Aww, what a lovely memory. Do you have a best friend—who is it?

Ellie: I have two wonderful best friends who are both on constant call (when not interrupted by their respective children), and are the snarkiest, warmest, wittiest friends I could wish for. We always have a message thread on the go and range from the sublime to the ridiculous in seconds, with plenty of love and support thrown in. They’re both writers as well, so it’s also an excellent source of plot solutions and character help!


Studioenp: Excellent! Do you have any quirks?

Ellie: Plenty, although I like to think they’re adorable rather than annoying! I eat the orange part first off a jaffa cake, can start reading a book from any page, enjoy tidying things (apparently that’s a quirk?) and can’t ever spell “restaurant”... I let spellcheck do the work on that one so it should be spelled right!


Studioenp: Hahahaha. Post-It notes or notebook?

Ellie: Both! I always have a notebook in my bag, along with electronic post-it notes for random ideas when I’m on my laptop. I prefer writing electronically, so a physical notebook is only for those ideas I get when I’m travelling—but I hate to be without one.


Studioenp: What do you do to relax?

Ellie: Read, watch Ghibli films, walk, and read awful stories on Reddit. In terms of writing, my guilty pleasure is fanfiction—if I ever get stressed over my WIP I’ll go and write something in someone else’s universe.


Studioenp: Great! Perfect three-course meal?

Ellie: Location: a tiny restaurant in Italy, preferably Florence or Bologna. Bruschetta, pasta, whatever main is recommended, and then tiramisu, all with a bottle of the local red. Absolute perfection. Failing that, I usually settle for the perfect trinity of pizza, garlic bread, and ice cream, on my sofa.


Studioenp: Yum yum, it all sounds delicious. What type of music do you enjoy?

Ellie: I’ll usually be listening to eighties and nineties pop, with a selection of modern bits thrown in. My current favourite is soundtracks—I’m flitting between various Ghibli films and Disney (I’m an adult, honest) with some chillout mixes thrown in.


Studioenp: Sounds like quite a mix! Do you dance like no one’s watching?

Ellie: Always. My favourite memory of a night out was randomly getting dragged to a live music venue—I was in jeans and a t-shirt when everyone else was in clubbing clothes, and I danced my heart out to AC/DC and The Killers. Screw everyone else, have fun!


Studioenp: That’s a great outlook! Thank you so much for letting us get to know you a little, and we wish you well with your upcoming releases. May you sell thousands!

Dear readers, please feast on the waffles and ice cream over there on the table, and there’s some chocolate sauce to dollop on top as well. Cor! Then sit back and enjoy the following excerpt. Whoop!

Blurb for Secrets and Spies:

When Nikolas Jinsen, police mole, meets an unusual woman named Sky, he thinks he's just in for a night of pleasure. But he's soon pulled into a world of mafia dealings, stolen documents, hacked computers and kidnappings - not to mention a woman with a taste for exhibition, a Queen who demands payment in pleasure, and Sky herself; unusual, intoxicating, and wanting more than Nikolas may be willing to give.

Secrets and Spies is transgender erotica at its best.

Excerpt for Secrets and Spies:

The first thing that attracted me to her was the bright blue, almost luminous hair. It’s not often that you see a young woman with that particular shade of dye, and when you add chocolate skin it makes a rather arresting combination.

She was with another woman; tall with a long blonde plait, pale skin and dark eyes. She was pretty, sure, but fairly generic. I’d just come back from a stint in a place where beauty was in the unusual, and found that I’d gotten bored with standard looks. It takes something different to catch my eye, which Miss Blue-Hair provided. The hair drew my attention...and the rest of her kept it. Shorter than me—but then at over six foot, most people are. A slim body, from what I could see beneath her leather jacket. A tight ass beneath jeans that had holes in both knees. An effortless walk and a quick glance from dark eyes that seemed to take in every shadow and detail in seconds.

We were in a bar, and I admit I assumed she was there to do what everyone else was there to do—drink, flirt and forget about work. But as her friend found a willing target and homed in with a well-practiced flick of her hair, Miss Blue-Hair just found a table and pulled out her phone. Interesting.

Well, I can’t say I’m averse to a challenge. I strolled over to Miss Blue-Hair, and her eyes flicked up to me as soon as I got within range. Maybe she was on the pull after all. I met her eyes and smiled, gesturing to the seat opposite her. “May I?”

She gave me an assessing look, and I wondered what she thought of me. Six-foot-something with dark hair tied into a ponytail, bright blue eyes and a lean face, mostly consisting of planes and angles. As her eyes scanned down my body and back up, I resisted the urge to smirk. Nice muscles covered by jeans and a black t-shirt that had short enough arms to show off those muscles; I say it myself, but I look good. Obviously, she approved, because she nodded towards the empty space. “Of course.”

I slid into the seat and grinned. “I would ask what a nice girl like you is doing in a place like this, but...”

“I’m not a nice girl.” I saw the glint in her eyes, and then a real smile curved her mouth as she saw that I got the joke. She had a faint accent, and to my ear it was hella sexy. “What’s your name?”

“Nikolas. Yours?” I prompted when all I got was a faint frown.


That took a moment to sink in. “Fucking hell, the Sky?”

She rolled her eyes and leaned back. “Which stories have you heard?”

“The thief.”

“You’ve still got all of your valuables, right?”

“So far.”

“You’ve been here for a few seconds. You’re safe.”

“I wouldn’t say that.” I smirked at her.

About Secrets and Spies:

Out Now – Secrets and Spies, Undercover Lovers: Book One by Ellie Barker

Released on May 18th 2018 from Sinful Press, Secrets and Spies is the new LGBT erotic crime novella by Ellie Barker, and is the first novella in the Undercover Lovers trilogy.


Starting life as Miss Blue Hair, a short piece from Sinful Press’s Sinful Pleasures anthology, Secrets and Spies follows the story of Nikolas, a bisexual police mole, and Sky, a transgender thief, as they work to infiltrate the local crime syndicate. Ellie Barker has created a fast paced and highly entertaining trilogy, with a diverse range of characters, various sexual encounters, and unconventional romance. In Bed with the Enemy and For Queen and Country, the remaining books in the trilogy, are due for release on June 15th and July 13th respectively.



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