Posted in Decadent, Guests, heroes, Reading, Talking with

Talking with Jessica Subject

I’m heating up the blog with a visit from fellow Decadent Publishing author Jessica Subject.  I did a lot of reading before I wrote my forthcoming 1Night Stand and Jessica’s Beneath the Starry Sky was a standout. I loved how she blended  science fiction and real world concerns. When I learned Beneath the Starry Sky was becoming an audio book, I had to invite Jessica over.

audio Beneath the Starry Sky

  1. Let’s play “dump the purse.” What’s in yours?

LOL Do you really want to know? There is, of course, my wallet, keys, and sunglasses. I usually keep some pads in there, in case of emergency, whether my emergency, or a friend’s. One never knows. I also have mints from Boston Pizza, pads of paper, pens, old cards from flowers that my husband sent me, lip gloss, gum, old shopping lists, receipts, my author business cards, and a couple book postcards. Oh, I have my night driving glasses, a nail file kit, and a hair band.

  1. We’re out at a bar, what are your characters drinking?

Josh would have a beer, whatever is on tap. Tamara would have a Merlot. If wine is not available, she would have a Long Island.

  1. When you heard your characters come to life in someone else’s voice, what was it like?

Honestly, it was the strangest thing ever. Narrators (and readers alike) don’t always emphasis the same things I would. Names may be pronounced differently, and secondary characters might get a different personality than I’d intended. Luckily, by the time I had Beneath the Starry Sky produced as an audio book, I’d had three others produced, and knew what to expect. It’s definitely exciting by the time the final recording is ready.

  1. “Beneath the Starry Sky” is one crazy hot story, and funny to boot. You are one of my go-to authors, which got me thinking, who are some of yours?

Thank you so much, Lola! I get a kick every time  someone says that my stories are funny. I never intend them to be humorous, but it always seems to slip in somehow.

Hmm, I have a lot of go-to authors, and I’m always trying new authors as well. The first author who came to mind was D.L. Jackson. Kate Richards, Kacey Hammell, Kelley Armstrong, Beth Revis, Sharon Lynn Fisher, Andrew Fukuda, and Rick Yancey would be on the list, too.

Beneath the Starry Sky ~ An Audio Book!

A 1Night Stand story

By Jessica E. Subject

Narrated by Audrey Lusk

Erotic Contemporary Romance

Left at the altar with bald patches on her head and her self-confidence stripped away, Tamara Johnson must pick up the pieces of her life and face her Alopecia Areata, the autoimmune disease causing her hair to fall out. She is convinced no man will date a bald woman and arranges a one-night stand through Madame Evangeline’s popular service, 1Night Stand. With her new wig held firmly in place, Tamara arrives at the Castillo Hotel in Las Vegas for a night of passion and pleasure. Anything more than one night would mean exposing her bald head, and she will never do that to any man again.

 

Running into the Castillo Hotel, away from the paparazzi constantly at his heels, Josh Summers wants to spend his next few days locked away from the flashing lights and screaming fans. When he finds an incredibly sexy woman lying on his hotel room bed in nothing but lingerie, he thinks management has made a mistake. Leaving her behind, he heads for the lobby to get the situation rectified. But an unexpected text from Madame Evangeline sends him back to his room. Though unsure whether the woman on the bed is really his perfect match or just another fan believing him to be like his character on television, he knows he must find out, even if it means he must risk telling her his own secrets. If Tamara can handle his imperfections, she just might be his ideal woman.

 

audio Beneath the Starry SkyAudio book available from:

Audible | Amazon | iTunes

 

Get the Kindle version for only 99¢ at Amazon through October 9th!

Amazon US / UK

 

 To learn more about Alopecia Areata and to help find a cure, visit the National Alopecia Areata Foundation http://www.naaf.org and the Canadian Alopecia Areata Foundation http://canaaf.org/

 Listen to a sample from the audio book

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Link: https://soundcloud.com/jessica-e-subject/beneath-the-starry-sky-by-jessica-e-subject-audio-book-sample

 

About the Author

Jessica E. Subject is the author of science fiction romance, mostly alien romances, ranging from sweet to super hot. Sometimes she dabbles in paranormal and contemporary as well, bringing to life a wide variety of characters. In her stories, you could not only meet a sexy alien or two, but also clones and androids. You may be transported to a dystopian world where rebels are fighting to live and love, or to another planet for a romantic rendezvous.

When Jessica isn’t reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to get out and walk with her giant, hairy dog her family adopted from the local animal shelter.

Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers. You can find her at jessicasubject.com and on twitter @jsubject.

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Posted in Bad Traveler, heroes

News Flash – Do good and get a good book.

Normally a “Buy my book” push would qualify as shameless self-promotion, but I have no guilt this week.  Why? Because for one week, I’m donating my profits from the sale of Bad Traveler  to The Wounded Warrior Project.

My research for Bad Traveler made me more aware of the mental and physical plight of our service men and women upon returning home. Medical advances have allowed many to survive severe injuries, but surviving is not the same as living full lives. The Wounded Warrior Project creates a community for and provides assistance to injured service members and their families.

Please consider buying Bad Traveler between November 9th-November 15th. I guarantee a minimum donation of $20.00, but I sure would love to give The Wounded Warrior Project more. If getting a book doesn’t appeal, make a direct donation of five dollars to an organization that aids veterans.  It’s not much. The survivor stories I read noted the importance of teamwork. Let’s build a team to support those who have served for Veterans’ Day on November 11th.

Buy links:

Amazon

All Romance

Decadent Publishing

Barnes and Noble

Coffee Time Romance

iTunes

BookStrand

Posted in Conference, heroes

March Madness Inspiration

Are you watching the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament?  I am.   I wasn’t much of a college basketball fan until meeting my husband who has been known to schedule vacation days so he can watch all the tournament action.  At first, I thought of myself as a “March Widow,” but after a year or so I decided, I’d see my husband more in March if I cracked open a beer, parked myself in front of the TV, downed some hot wings and succumb to the madness.

Besides, the vast majority of coaches wear suits and there’s something about a man in a suit.  The men on the side line fascinate me.  Some scream or are emotional and their suit coats flap in the air as they jump up and down.  Others are an oasis of calm, appearing unruffled in spite of the high stress, high risk and high reward situation.  I began to wonder about their inner lives and a story was born.

Imagine my surprise this year watching Florida Gulf Coast, a fifteen seed that only became eligible for post season play last year, do what had long been seen as impossible and inevitable.  They knocked off heavily favored Georgetown on Friday and San Diego State on Sunday to become the first fifteen seed in the Sweet Sixteen.  The players on Florida Gulf Coast slayed giants, and as FGC star Sherwood Brown’s megawatt smile showed, they had fun.  As the cameras continued to roll, showing the team celebrations, it also became clear, these guys loved their coach Andy Enfield, a young coach in a suit who projected a calm demeanor on the sidelines, but clearly inspired his team with a positive attitude, work ethic and sense of fun.

This man and this team, I thought, are the real life version of my fictional “Ravens of Corwin College” in one of my manuscripts making the rounds.  I can’t wait to share the story of Kyle, Gwen, and the Ravens with you.

In the meantime,  I’ll be cheering that my Ravens find a home and that the charmers of Florida Gulf Coast keep the madness going.

Sherwood Brown – Image appeared from CBS Sports

Who do you cheer for?

Posted in heroes, Movies, On Writing, Reading, Writing

Casting Finnick: The Hunger Games

I’m an unabashed fan of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games series.  I hoped like crazy “they” wouldn’t ruin the book when turning it into a film and was pleased the first movie turned out so well.  I loved the casting of Woody Harrelson as Haymitch.  When I read the book, he played the role in the movie in my mind.

Finnick and Katniss I mean Claflin and Lawrence

I am more nervous about the upcoming Catching Fire, and I’m not alone. It comes down to the casting of Finnick.  When I read the book, I could come up with no real life equivalent.  In my mind, he was a cross between Adonis and a much younger Neptune.  Finnick is such a terrific character overall not because of the swagger that comes from being the most desired hunk in Panam, but because of his heart.  I read the recent Entertainment Weekly article featuring Finnick’s portrayer Sam Claflin with skepticism, wondering if there really is anyone out there with “Finnick-ness.”

Then, a few days ago, as I was cleaning up the DVR scheduler and removed Amazing Race 21 from the line-up, I had an epiphany.  Finnick may not be as far removed from humanity as I first thought.

Jaymes and James

Throughout the Amazing Race 21, Chippendale Jaymes Vaughan proved you can have a hot body, a playful sense of humor and a big heart.  I may have a bit of a crush, which you can read in the same tone Jaymes used when said he may have seen a hard hat or two working at Chippendales.  No offense to Sam Claflin, but I’ve found my Finnick.   Who is yours?

Posted in heroes

Real Heroes

In the writing world, we talk a lot about heroes. In the romance genre, the hero should be someone to fall in love with, or at least worthy of the heroine’s love. But no matter how wonderful the writer, our heroes fall flat compared to the real thing.

I cannot think too much about the tragedy in Connecticut. My heart hurts too much for those parents who lost a child.  I cannot wrap my head around the whole situation. Neither can my nine-year old daughter, who asks me questions I cannot answer.

My daughter and I have talked a lot about heroes, about those special people who did the right thing even though they were scared or horrified or both.  The image of children being led from Sandy Hook reminded me of 9/11 and the brave teachers who corralled preschool students and walked them away from the debris field.

There are more heroes. Kaitlin Roig hid her students in a bathroom, and the music teacher who used large instruments as a shield. The story of Victoria Soto who hid her students in cabinets before confronting the gunman has a tragic end. Both acts made me think of those brave souls who hid Jews during Nazi round-ups.  I imagine the children, then and now, were equally frightened.

We must not forget principal Dawn Hochsprung, who ran at the shooter when most of us would run away.  The school and world lost a fierce advocate for children.

Talking with my daughter, I try to emphasize these heroes, not fictional ones. Real life heroes need no embellishment to inspire.  They are amazing.