Introducing the main characters of our next novel - Russell's Return

Russell Harper

  • A Wyoming country boy who couldn't wait to get out of the small town that bears his family name
  • Ended up in Las Vegas where he married, had a kid and built a successful corporation that owns and runs three high end restaurants.
  • His young daughter, nine-year-old Miranda, is a troubled child that Russel now parents alone. He has a hard time dealing with her and coping with her eccentricities but loves her more than anyone. 
  • He reluctantly returns home to Harper's Rock, Wyoming where his mother, Evelyn Harper, can help him with his daughter. His ex-wife left them without a word and has nothing to do with their child.
  • He leaves his restaurant in capable hands and takes over the family business for his mother. He is sometimes overwhelmed with stress from having two full time jobs and a problem child.
  • He runs into the nerdy girl that used to crush on his best friend - Emily Zane. And now she is far from the nerdy girl he used to know.
Emily Zane

Mish <3's Emma Stone
  • A Wyoming country girl who couldn't wait to get out of the small town she grew up in.
  • She ended up in Seattle where she went to college and started on her dream of helping troubled children and families.
  • A tragedy sent her back to the safety of her small hometown. She's happy to be home - she didn't realize what a great thing she had when she lived there before.
  • She runs into the best friend of her old High School crush - Russell Harper
  • She becomes the school counselor at Miranda's new school.
  • She finally figures out what is wrong with the little girl and agrees to work with Russell to get Miranda the help she needs. 
The couple work closely together and start to fall in love. They start to put the past behind them and move on. But when tragedy strikes will they let it tear them apart, or will it push them to become closer than either one of them imagined possible. 

For those of you who have read my Sunset Destiny Series, Evelyn Harper (Russell's mom) is the twin sister of the Mannon family patriarch Ethan Mannon. You are first introduced to Evelyn in the novel The Heart of Alaska. Don't forget to visit the buy page for a link to the books.


The Heart of Alaska is here!

The long awaited prequel to the Sunset Destiny Romances is live. This is a stand alone novel and you do not have to read the Sunset Destiny Romances first. It may, however, enhance the experience. 


Two couples, one unforgettable summer.

Charlotte and Ethan – Fate brought them together as children and phone calls and letters solidified their bond. When tragedy struck, they were torn apart until one fateful summer morning when they meet again. Will they be able to acknowledge the love that fate decreed, or will they let the opportunity of a lifetime slip through their fingers?

Francesca and Jackson – They met as children and became a couple as teens. At twenty she must let her one true love follow his conscience into war. Can their relationship stand the test of time and bring them to the happily ever after they’ve always dreamed of, or will their perfect world be shattered?

Join two amazing young couples as they learn to live, laugh and love while working at The Heart of Alaska Lodge in the summer of ’69.


A short while later they were sitting on the loveseat, wrapped in each other’s arms. They found themselves talking about anything and everything. Just like they used to do during their late night phone calls.

“After I told you we should back off, I would sit in the den waiting for the phone to ring,” Ethan told her.
“And when it didn’t I would pick it up and dial your number before hanging up and going to bed."

“I cried myself to sleep many nights, wishing my phone would ring just once,” she whispered.

“I’m so sorry, Princess. How much longer until your nineteenth birthday? Ten months right?”

“Yeah," she sighed, snuggling into his arms. “Why?”

“In many of those conversations we used to have, I promised you that I would ask you to marry me when we were eighteen. That means I only have ten months left to make good on it."

There was no response from Charli so Ethan looked down at her. She was asleep, breathing peacefully
against his chest. It was blowing his mind how he went from not wanting a relationship to thinking of asking her to marry him in a day's time. He had promised her and now there was no way he could imagine not following through. The day she muttered ‘goodbye Ethan, I love you,' as she hung up the phone was the day he knew she would always be a part of him – no matter how much he told himself differently. Fate. The word everyone was tossing at him had stuck. Charlotte Goldstein was his fate.



JJ Ellis is first and foremost a mom to five kids, four girls and one boy, ranging in age from 3-18. After that, she is a physically limited wife, blogger and now an author. She holds a degree in Communication Studies (Public Relations) from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas but never thought she would chose writing as a career, especially at the age of 42. She once wanted to be a publicist in the entertainment industry, but never a writer. Then one day when she was in her mid thirties she was going through what can only be described as an early 'midlife crisis' and ideas just started to come to her and she felt compelled to write them down. She finished her first book relatively quickly, but life got in the way and it took her eight years to revisit it and then publish her first novel. She can honestly say that now she is finally right where she wants to be. 

JJ has been married to her college sweetheart (and romance novel hero) for twenty years and they reside in Casper, WY with their kids and one crazy mutt named Kreuger. She enjoys reading, writing, blogging, computing, and graphic design. She will try anything that will allow her creativity to be released.


TA Ellis is married to best selling romance Author JJ Ellis and is the father to five kids, four girls and one boy, ranging in age from 3-18. He holds a degree in Secondary Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and has flirted with the idea of writing for years. He however did not expect to be writing romance as Sci-fi/horror/fantasy are more to his liking. But as a sounding board for his wife, he realized he had some good ideas and the team of JJ & TA Ellis was born.

TA lives in Casper, WY with his wife and kids and one crazy mutt named Kreuger. He enjoys reading, video games and grilling. He is excited to embark on this romance journey...after all, he's been happily married for twenty years. 



As you know (or are about to find out) I do a collage teaser for each book as publication day draws near so here is the new one for The Heart of Alaska. This will give you an idea of some of the basic ideas that will appear in the book.  Enjoy!

I am also adding a few other teasers that weren't in the previous teaser post. And don't hesitate to click on a picture if you need to see it better! Love you you all

JJ and TA Ellis

Sniper - maciekish
Wedding cake -mwookie
hotel - redfloor
Pregnant woman - merlijn72
couple - betacam
Photo Credits : www.


This will be the final excerpt from this book. All of the chapters after this contain too many spoilers to have really good excerpts. But this also means you won't have to wait much longer to read the whole thing because release day is approaching quickly. Stay tuned!

"Ethan," Charli whispered into the dark.
"Right here, Princess," he whispered as he walked back toward the bed. "How are you feeling?"
"Like I got run over by a truck," she groaned. "What time is it?"
Ethan sat down next to her and stroked her hair. "It's almost dinner time. Do you want to go to the dining room or should I bring you back a tray?"
Charli sat up and had to steady herself. "Give me a few minutes and we can go," she said quietly.
"Before we leave, we need to talk."
"About what?" she asked. He sounded so serious, almost angry.
"About the drinking," he answered as he flipped the bedside light on.
The bright light made her wince. "You sound mad at me, did I make you angry?"
"I’m mad at this whole situation," he murmured.
Tears started to roll down her face. "I'm sorry," she whispered.
"Hey, don't cry. Just promise me you will never do that again. Ever.”
"You seem so upset," she cried. "I never meant to upset you."
"I told you Mom turned to the bottle, but she actually drinks – a lot," Ethan said suddenly, interrupting her. "Honestly, my mother is a fall-down drunk."
"Oh Ethan," she whispered. "I’m so sorry, I didn't realize how bad it was. I thought she just drank enough to get angry easily."
"I didn't tell anyone how bad it was. I avoided situations where I might have to."
"That's the real reason you stopped writing me!" she said as realization hit.
"Yeah," he admitted. "That was a big part of it." He had never wanted her to fall victim to his drunkard mother.
"Is she still drinking?"
"A bit. She's trying to stop, but she's just having such a hard time without Dad."
Charlotte wrapped her arms around her sad cowboy and held him tight. "I'm sorry I scared you."
"It's okay," he murmured pulling away. "Just please don't ever do it again."

"I won't," she smiled. "I promise. Now let's go get something to eat."