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Elle's first self-published romantic comedy, The Frog Prince, became an Amazon bestseller in December 2010--a distinction it kept through the summer of 2012, when it peaked at #1 on Amazon's Top 100 List for Humor ahead of both Tina Fey and Janet Evanovich. She was one of the first authors to sign on to Amazon's KDP Select and to take advantage of that program's "free promo days," which she used on Valentine's Day 2012 to give away 45,000 copies of her novels, catapulting her second novel, Sleeping Beauty, to Amazon's bestseller list. In March of 2012, she published an alternate ending version of her novel Sleeping Beauty called Sleeping Beauty Wakes Up! in response to fan feedback. Her fourth contemporary romance, Alice in Wonderland, was released in November 2012. Gilding the Lily-pad, a "companion novel" that retells the story of The Frog Prince from Roman Lorraine von Habsburg's point of view was released in October 2013. A sequel to The Frog Prince--The Frog King, what else?--is in the works. 

Elle is considered a "reluctant expert" on the topic of self-publishing and consumer purchasing psychology, and she is well-known for taking advantage of her full creative control by pushing the envelope--and advising other independently published authors to do the same. In May 2012, Elle was invited to become an Expert Publishing blogger for Digital Book World. Her second blog for that site was named one of the "Top 10 Digital Publishing Stories of 2012." She has contributed to articles on self-publishing for Time Magazine and Writers Digest. Her interviews have appeared on USA Today's Happy Ever After blog and GoodEReader. She's appeared on the Trash Talk Show with Barb Tobias, Your Book Is Your Hook with Jennifer Wilkov, Authors on the Air with Pam Stack, and Denver's 9News.

Elle lives in Denver, Colorado, and keeps a miniature dachshund named Bacon around the house to provide comic relief.

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  • File Size: 674 KB
  • Print Length: 474 pages
  • Publication Date: August 29, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005K151Y4
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A "military brat," Elle was born in Germany and spent her childhood in such far-flung places as Puerto Rico, Charleston, S.C., Italy, and Washington D.C. Sadly, the only language she ever became semi-fluent in is English. She writes romantic comedies that are loose riffs on the popular fairy tales she read as a child--stories she still loves as an adult.

Elle's first self-published romantic comedy, The Frog Prince, became an Amazon bestseller in 2010--a distinction it kept through the summer of 2012 when it peaked at #1 on Amazon's Top 100 List for Humor. Her other novels include Sleeping Beauty, Sleeping Beauty Wakes Up, Alice in Wonderland, and Gilding the Lily-pad. Elle lives in Denver, Colorado, and keeps a teenage boy and a miniature dachshund named Bacon around the house to provide comic relief.

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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful By LadyoftheIvy on January 31, 2012
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I will admit that I was very much in the mood for a book with a happy ending when I purchased this one, but chick lit is also a genre I enjoy much of the time these days anyway. I had read the author's previous book (The Frog Prince (A Romantic Comedy)) and enjoyed it, so I decided to go ahead and take a chance on this one. I definitely wasn't disappointed. The characters are well done and enjoyable, and the plot is definitely different than anything else I've read and holds your attention quite well. It has humor, some sadness, and of course the happiness I was looking for.

The main character, Claire, has an absolutely fascinating medical condition (in the sense that you'd never expect something like this to be real) which basically causes her to black out and sleep on and off for long periods of time, with no recollection of what happened during her episode. The story is told from her point of view. In addition to her, you'll meet her brother (West), her brother's boyfriend (Davin), the doctor she sees to try and deal with her condition (Dr. Brendan Charmant). And yes, someone at some point in the book does acknowledge the joke in Dr. Charmant's name. Basically, we get to see Claire in action, before an episode of her condition, and what happens after that episode. As Claire learns what happened during her episode, we do too.

There's both happy and sad features to the story, but none of the sad parts get too dark for anyone worried about that. And I never got the feeling of being led along an already done path as I have with some other chick lit books, which is part of what made this one hard to put down.
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 25, 2012
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I got this book from the Kindle Lending Library. When it started out, I thought it was hysterical. However, halfway though the book there was suddenly a very confusing court case and quite a bit of distracting peripheral action. I thought it took away from the book. Good start, dumb finish.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Susan on February 20, 2012
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There's spoilers in here.

Okay, my title of this review is a little bit of a lie. I LOVED Davin. I hated Brendan. As a doctor, as someone that researched all of her symptoms and the disease that she had, you would think that he would have known that she wouldn't remember what was going on. I hated him. I wanted him out of the story. I disliked him from the moment that he rudely asked her if she needed to be wearing a helmet. What kind of doctor says something like that? A BRAIN surgeon no less. Everything about him grated on my nerves.

I really disliked how everyone was always covering things up from Claire. Her brother refuses to tell her what day it is? Childish, and could be dangerous. She's left alone for huge chunks of time when they know (in the previous episodes) she can't take care of herself adequately.

Oh the entire book just irked me. I have it 3 stars only because *SPOILERS* Davin didn't die, and I kept expecting him to. And because I cried when she was watching the video Davin made for her of CB.

I had to force myself to finish it. And even then...I only did because I was hoping she would end up with Davin.

Also...it's not funny. I apparently missed everything in this book that would make it a comedy...
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful By ABBI on November 23, 2011
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Why on earth does this book have such a high rating? It was bad. Granted, it was written well (with the exception of some over describing), but I didn't like it. It started out good, then half way through the book it began to drag on and on and on and on. I honestly started skimming through chapters because it lost my interest and I just wanted to finish it.

All and all, it was a painful read. The pros seriously out weighed the cons. There were SOME pros, so I gave it two stars instead of one. Don't waste your time and money on this book. In retrospect, I wouldnt even get this book if it were free.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Laura Centracchio on July 8, 2012
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Don't assume that you'll like this book if you liked The Frog Prince. You'd never know the same author wrote both. Sleeping Beauty was anything but funny. I think its supposed to be a, 'romantic comedy.' Its quite dark and not remotely funny. I'm easily amused too. Anyway, the dialogue between characters is cheesy and made reading the book difficult. The endless "surfer dude" dialect is incredibly annoying as well. If you're looking for either funny, or romantic, keep looking and steer clear of Sleeping Beauty. I'm glad I'm done with it!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Resa on August 4, 2012
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Before getting into my review I would like to point out that Sleeping Beauty is the first/original version of Lothlorien's Sleeping Beauty Wakes Up. According to reviews and the author herself, this book was changed in Sleeping Beauty Wakes Up from chapter 11 on after several negative reviews and feedback. As this, the original book, has not been unpublished or the price reduced (at the time of review) I can only assume that means the author still believes this book is as good as her second version, therefore I will be reviewing it as is without taking into consideration any changes made in her other book. So keep this in mind when deciding which version to purchase.

Claire suffers from KLS, otherwise known as Sleeping Beauty Syndrome. She falls asleep in random places and can sometimes stay asleep for days. Dr. Charmant is assigned to her case and after their loathing and first sight the two start to fall in love. But when sleeping beauty can't remember what happens during her black out episodes how does she know prince charming is the gentleman he claims to be? It all leads to a story of allegations, a court case, a love triangle, and a sleeping beauty who'll need a lot more than a kiss to get her out of this mess.

Lothlorien's writing style is enjoyable and she shows some great promise as a writer through her descriptions of Claire's surfer world California and the research done about KLS. Unfortunately all the characters, with the exception of Davin, come across as flat. I wasn't able to sympathize with Claire as a heroine and while she spends most of the book complaining people hide information from her she never really takes control of her own life. While we're told Dr.
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