Sunday, April 11, 2010

Ten Questions with author Jessica Lee


Welcome author and friend Jessica Lee to the blog today! She has a hot new release out, Dark Desires At Midnight, the second in her Warriors of the Enclave series, and let me tell you, it sizzles! She is also giving away a $10 Loose Id Gift Card to a random commenter, so be sure to leave one for the chance to win!!

Thanks for stopping by Jessica. Without further ado, take it away!


1. What is your favorite beverage when you write? Oh, that's an easy one. LOL A Starbucks Iced Vanilla Latte!

2. What is your favorite font to write in? Times New Roman 12font. Maybe not my favorite, but it's sort of required, and I've gotten used to it.

3. What music do you listen to when you write (or do you prefer it quiet)? I like to listen before I start writing, just to get into the mindset of my characters. But when I'm actually writing, I prefer quiet.

4. When it comes to those all important jotted notes, which is it – composition pads or sticky notes? Sticky notes. Jeez, you should see my desk. LOL

5. What’s your favorite snack when pounding away at the keyboard? Hmm… Chocolate.

6. What inspires you when you write? Songs and photos/images before starting. But when I'm writing, I have no clue where the words come from most of the time.

7. What do you turn to when you stumble across a road block in the creative process and need to regroup? For me, it would be who do I turn to, and that would be my critique partners. Naima and Lanna are wonderful to bounce ideas off of, or to go to when I'm not sure where to go with perhaps a certain scene.

8. Where do the ideas and concepts for your work come from? Man, I wish I knew the answer to that question, because I'd visit that place a little more often. LOL

9. What do you wish there was more of in the market? Honestly, I'd have to say that I don't feel like there is something missing in the market.

10. Lastly, what advice would you give to an up and coming writer that hopes to submit their work and become published in the future?

Here are my top five tips for any aspiring writer:


1. Read, read, read in the genre that you write.

2. Never get to the point that you think you know it all. There's alway room for improvement.


3. Get involved in a writing group. Be it RWA or some other. Talking and sharing with other authors is so motivating and super educational about the business.


4. Set a schedule. If you want writing to be a career, you have to treat it like one. (I need to take my own advice sometimes. lol)

5. Never give up. Don't lose sight of your dream. When things get rough sometimes and you want to cry and throw in the towel, don't forget why you wanted to do this in the first place. Because it can be really tough sometimes, but in the end, it's worth all the swollen feet and the aching backs.

Tell us where we can find you on the web. www.jessicaleenovels.com www.facebook.com/jessleenovels www.twitter.com/jessleenovels Or share any upcoming projects with us! Latest release: Dark Desires at Midnight buy link: http://www.loose-id.com/Dark-Desires-at-Midnight.aspx


Dark Desires At Midnight Blurb:


Arran MacLain is a vampire on a suicide mission, driven to kill his former partner who betrayed him and the Enclave they served. But two things stand in his way: Gabrielle, the human female who holds his heart, and the past that won’t let him go. If only death was enough to cleanse his soul.


Gabrielle Steven’s sister is missing. Her hunt for clues brings her face to face with the one vampire she can’t forget. Their missions combine and thrust them into the heart of evil. Will their passion be enough to overcome the pain from their past, or will their dark desires destroy them both?


Dark Desires At Midnight Excerpt:


Arran rolled his Ninja into the parking lot beside Gabrielle’s car and killed the engine. She’d taken the newsflash about Markus and Marguerite pretty much like he’d expected. She’d mumbled an oath of determination right before she’d kicked him out of the car. Gabrielle wasn’t a member of the Enclave in name only. It didn’t matter that she didn’t work patrol. Gabrielle was as much a warrior as any of the males. Life hadn’t dealt her any favors. And she wasn’t one to lie down and let it bulldoze over her. She stood and fought for every inch of ground gained.

He waited for her to get out of the car, then removed his helmet.

“You didn’t need to follow me home,” she said over her shoulder, heading for the front door of her sister’s townhouse. He was surprised when she’d led him here instead of a hotel. The place must have belonged to her sister. He palmed his keys, slid off his bike, and shoved the keys in his pocket.

“I wasn’t going to let you leave alone after the info I just dumped on you,” he said as he came up behind her while she unlocked the door. “I wanted to make sure you got home safe. And I wanted to be sure you actually went home.”

“Oh my God, you can be such an ass sometimes.” Her back was to him, but Arran could almost hear her eyes roll with that statement. She was right. He was an ass. But while he was here, he would be taking care of hers.


Gabrielle flipped on the lights, and he followed her inside. The heels of her boots clicked on the hardwood floor of the foyer, echoing in the open stairwell of the two-story apartment. She couldn’t have been in town long, but the air in the place already carried her scent. He pulled in another slow, deep breath through his nostrils. His heart rate quickened. Honeysuckle. Arran wanted to smile but repressed the grin. Ironic that such a delicate and sweet fragrance emanated from the hellcat with whom he’d just been reacquainted.

Her keys clinked as she dropped them in a bowl on a table near the staircase. Arran’s gaze devoured her provocative profile. He’d never seen her dressed like she was tonight. Living with five male vampires within the Enclave walls, she usually dressed a bit more conservatively. Not matronly, but definitely not this revealing. A short black leather skirt barely covered the lush curves of her ass, and a shirt that couldn’t have been more than a decked-out bra did its best to contain her full breasts. Shiny black leather boots wrapped her legs, highlighting the toned sweep of her calves. This couldn’t happen again. Arran slowly shook his head. He would end up killing someone if she dressed like this again.


She turned her head to the side, facing him. “I don’t need a babysitter. I’m more than capable of taking care of myself.” She shifted and faced him head-on. “You’ve been gone a long time, Arran. Things have changed. I’ve changed.”


“Maybe so. But you’re not taking on that colony alone. I can’t believe Logan let you come here without him.” Gabrielle turned her back, rearranging her purse on the table. Shit. He recognized the body language. “You didn’t tell him, did you?” Arran closed the distance between them.

“No. I didn’t need him here.” Gabrielle looked up, fierce determination written on her face. “I can handle this. Alex needed me. And I’m going to be there for her.” She shifted to face him again, leaning her hip against the table. “I’m smart enough to know if -- and when -- I need help.”


Arran closed in, crowding her personal space, wanting a reaction. Aching for it, actually. Gabrielle straightened and took one step back but stopped and lifted her chin, refusing to cower and give him the reaction he itched for. She caught on quick.

“You think you have it all handled, lass?”


“Yeah, I do.”

“You got it all under control?”

The amber color of her irises had grown near molten. He allowed a small smile to pull at the corner of his mouth, loving the way she got all hot and bothered when he pushed her.


“Yes. I do.” The words had barely left her lips when she attacked, one leg coming out to catch the back of his ankle. Caught off guard, he stumbled.

Before he could regain his balance, she had his wrist locked in her grip. Swinging his arm up, she spun underneath, twisted, and wrenched his arm up the middle of his back, then shoved him face-first into the dank-smelling wall.


Well, damn. Not bad.

“You’ve been training,” he mumbled against the Sheetrock.


“A little.” She sounded quite proud of herself. She was good. He’d give her that. But her heavy breathing told him it was all she could do to contain him, and he hadn’t even come close to tapping into his full abilities. She’d caught him by surprise, but she was human, a woman, and no match for a mature vampire. Especially in a multiple attack.


With a burst of speed, Arran pushed back, forcing Gabrielle to release him instead of falling on her rear. He whirled, catching her before she hit the floor. In less than a second, their positions reversed. Except this time, he’d pinned her back against the wall, her hands imprisoned by his, over her head.


The position pushed her full breasts up, almost spilling them from her top. Nice. He lifted his gaze, prepared for a hard glare. If her eyes were molten earlier, they were near boiling now. He couldn’t have stopped the next words that spilled from his lips if he’d tried.


“I win.”


“You ass!” She squirmed and bucked against him like a feral cat. Instead of gaining her freedom, though, each maneuver jammed her tighter into his hold. Her every inhale shoved her breasts into his chest. Heat radiated off her body, threatening to scramble his brain. Before he knew he’d even moved, his lips hovered over hers. What made him stop, God only knew. Maybe it was the way she’d suddenly grown still? Or maybe it was the moment she’d parted her lips, releasing warm, peppermint-scented bursts of air that seduced his mind. So damn enticing. All he had to do was lean in one more inch, and he’d --


Fire shot up his arm. “Son of a…” Releasing her, he jumped back and flung his gaze to the offending limb. Blood.


A thin line of crimson blossomed along the outside of his bicep. She’d played him. Purposefully distracted him, so she could pull her hand free and reach for a blade that must have been hidden under her skirt and against her thigh. The little minx.


He swiveled his head back in Gabrielle’s direction. Air punched from his lungs. Christ. Blood surged to his cock. The overwhelming urge to stroke the rock-hard length at the sight of her was short-circuiting his brain. Gabrielle stood, one boot in front of the other, palming a short dagger. She was ready to fight.

He was ready to fuck.


Arran rocked from one foot to the other, searching within for the strength not to take what was his. Mentally, he shook his head. No. She’s not yours, asshole. But damn if his cock had the sense to listen.


“I know you weren’t about to kiss me, warrior. Were you?” She raised a delicate brow and tilted her head. “Because last I heard, my kiss was ‘forgettable.’”


Ouch. He’d had a feeling if he ever saw her again, that asinine comment would come back to bite him in the ass.

“Give me the blade, Gabrielle.”


“This?” She twirled the dagger, then palmed the hilt and held it up for display. “You want it?” A devious smile lit her face. With her other hand, she beckoned him with her fingers. “Come and take it.”

Bad, bad challenge, kitten. A tremor started in his gut and worked its way up, until it was a buzz inside his brain. Every cell in his body wanted to take.


Mark.

Claim.


A gasp of air in his ear was the only indicator that he’d grabbed her. He didn’t remember the trip. Arran lifted her feet from the floor, whirled, and gently laid her on the stairs, pressing his hips, his chest into hers. He had to get his body next to hers. Everywhere. The dagger fell from her hand, rolling and thumping its way down the steps, each tumble a hollow thud.


The loud percussions bypassed the noise inside his head and brought him to a dead halt. He lay with his hips between her legs, his groin pressed to hers. His mouth suspended above her lips. He dropped his gaze to her mouth. God, how he loved the delicate line of her lips, a perfect bow. So full and pink. Her tongue darted out and moistened the lower one. He couldn’t stifle the groan that rolled from the back of his throat.


He dragged his gaze back to her eyes. Passion mixed with doubt and fear stared back at him. “I’m sorry.” The whispered words tumbled from his heart.

She blinked, then swallowed. “Why?”


“For hurting you.” Her eyelids shuttered, and her breath hitched. Did she believe him? Was an apology enough for what he’d done? He’d walked away, leaving her to think he’d never wanted her, when the truth was, he wanted her more than his next breath. Sorry sounded so insignificant, compared to how much damage he’d done to her heart.

“Gabrielle.” Long, dark eyelashes lifted. Beautiful, near gold eyes shimmered with unshed tears. Please don’t cry. If only he had the power to bring her tears of joy. Instead of the pain he was so damn good at. He wanted to kiss the hurt away. “Remind me.”


Her lips parted first in silence before she asked, “Of what?”


Arran released her arms and cupped her face with his palms. He caressed her lips with his gaze before lifting it back to hers.

“What I walked away from.”


Thanks again for visiting Jessica!! Wishing you many sells and much success. Be sure to check out Dark Desires At Midnight and if you haven't read it, the first in the series, Desire To Die For.

9 comments:

Kaye Manro said...

Great q/a Jaime and Jessica! What an inticing cover, Jessica! Woderful sounding book too.

Madelyn Ford said...

Now I'm craving a Starbucks dark cherry mocha, lol. Congrats on the release, Jessica. It sounds great.

Jessica Lee said...

Thanks, Kaye! I feel so fortunate to have Anne Cain doing the covers for my Enclave series. She's so gifted. So glad you liked the sound of Dark Desires, and I appreciate you stopping by. :)

Hi Madelyn, Don't you know it. That's all it takes is for someone to mention a Starbucks drink, and I'm wanting to get my keys. LOL I'm so hooked. Thanks for the congrats and for checking out my series! :)

Cari Quinn said...

Excellent interview! Oh, Jessica, your book sounds awesome! Seriously, I'm going to have to go check it out just based on that excerpt. And what a cover!

I'm with you on Starbucks...I spend all my money on books and coffee, LOL. Right now I'm sucking down a coconut iced coffee from DD. ;)

Jessica, best of luck to you. I can tell I'm going to love your books!

Brindle Chase said...

*lol*@Madelyn .. that's my fav these days too!

hey Jessica, congrats on the release. The excerpt is awesome and I put this on my to-read list!

Thanks for having Jessica here, J.A!! Us 'Loosers' have to stick together! hehehe.

Lynne Roberts said...

Starbucks lovers unite! : ) Great Q&A ladies and great advice, Jessica. You and I have similiar habits when it comes to music and writing. I will listen to a song, sometimes several times, to get into the mood of a scene or a characters mind, but once I start typing the music goes off.

...and now I need another cup of coffee. : )

Helen Hardt said...

Great to meet you, Jessica! I'm a Starbucks addict too. Aren't we all? For me it's Dark Cherry Mocha or Peppermint Mocha -- with all the fat :).

Jessica Lee said...

Whoo-hoo for us Starbucks lovers! LOL Jeez, thanks guys, I had to run out and grab a caramel macchiato after all that. *sigh*
Hi Cari, Yay! I'm thrilled you love the sound of the Warriors of the Enclave. I hope you enjoy!!

Hi Brindle! Yes, us Loosers have to stick together. hehe. I really appreciate you stopping by my interview and putting my work on your TBR list. That was SO cool. :)

Hi Lynne, SO true, when I write, the music has to go off. I can only seem to listen to one voice in my head at a time. LOL

Hi Helen, Boy, you mentioned Peppermint Mocha, and I was "this" close to ordering one a minute ago. lol But I settled for the macchiato. Just wasn't cold enough for the PM. IDK why, but it has to be cold outside for me to drink those. Must be the Christmas thing with Peppermint.
Thanks for stopping by, and nice meeting you as well!

J.A. Saare said...

Jessica~

Thanks again for visiting. It was so wonderful to have you here!

Jaime