Books by Elsa Holland
The Bound Heart reviews:
“The second book in Holland’s Velvet Basement series features two strong characters whose unconventional and passionate courtship will keep readers turning pages. Her incorporation of Shibari provides a unique, refreshing look at Victorian England and its interpretation of foreign cultures. This is no typical romance–readers should expect scenes involving BDSM–and Holland continues to surprise and delight.' - RTBookReviews - 4 Stars Scorcher
'In The Bound Heart, the second book in the Velvet Basement series, Elsa Holland reaches far beyond the standard formula of romance yet her work is accessible and touching. Ms. Holland writes of extreme subject matter with a grace and subtlety that cannot be learned as shown in her portrayal of the lead characters unconventional deep-seated and beautiful courtship……' - Jenerated Reviews
'This is NOT your grandmother’s Victorian England era romance! Ms. Holland continues to amaze me in the boundaries she pushes in the historical romance genre. I was blown away with the first book and the second book is no different. She tackles a darker side of the Victorian romance, but not without delivering an HEA for which we long.' - Amazon Reviewer, Jennifer G
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The Velvet Basement Series:
The Painted Sisters Series:
Elsa Holland writes lush, sensual stories set in Victorian England. They skirt the edge of gothic eroticism and dark romanticism giving them a rich, moody feel (which has nothing to do with the bowl of chocolates at the side of her keyboard or the pictures she chooses for her desktop). Her heroines walk fearlessly through the dark and her heroes are exactly the kind of men you want to find there.
She is strongly influenced by fairy-tales... but how they used to be told, the ones that held real darkness to overcome and where the rewards for undertaking the journey were often not what you expected.
The first series in the Velvet Basement Series holds elements of Sleeping Beauty (The Veiled Heart), Cinderella (The Bound Heart), & Beauty and The Beast (The Painted Heart).
The Veiled heart was published in July 2015
The Bound Heart was published in January 2016
Ms Holland is an active member of Romance Writers Australia
As a member for RWA Australia Ms Holland has judged numerous competitions:
Completions covered: 2009 - 2016 High 5's, Selling Synopsis, and STALI.
From 2013 Ripping Start and Selling Synopsis.
From 2014 - 16 First Kiss, Valarie Pav, Selling Synopsis, Ripping Starts competitions
Introducing workshop presenters at the RWA 2012 Gold Coast Conference.
Volunteer assisting manuscript pitching at RWA conference 2014
Is part of the 2017 RWA Conference Committee
Ms Holland is also a member of:
Queensland Writers Center
Romance Writers of America
Independent Book Publishers Association
Elsa lives with her Viking-stock husband and her follow-you-everywhere dog, in semi-tropical Queensland, Australia.