Monday, February 13, 2012

AAD Author Spotlight & Giveaway: Jessica Jarman

Author Jessica Jarman is joining us today for our latest AAD Spotlight. Jessica is a Midwestern girl and a mom to four kids, but she says finds time to write to clear the voices in her head.  Please help me welcome her to the blog today!

Jen: Tell new readers a bit about the Fey series.

Jessica: The Fey is a paranormal/fantasy series with faeries and magicks. Using magicks to interfere with or influence events in the human realm is strictly forbidden. Every faery, young and old, in the Fey Realm knows this.

When Kaelen, Prince of Fey, breaks this law, everything changes. Because he acted in defense of others, his life is spared. Banishment is his sentence. He has little to no hope of returning home.

He has no clue that the events that lead to his exile will not only affect him, but all those around him. Dark magicks are at work and will touch the Prince and his people in more ways than they could imagine.

Jen: What about Into the Shadows and Angel Lake?

Jessica: Into the Shadows—Welcome to a world where vampires exist, but not the vampires of legend. They do not fear the light, crosses and holy water make them laugh, and they won't ask you to hold the garlic when you serve Italian.

They, like us, live ordinary lives, finding love and trying to survive. But there are still monsters lurking in the shadows. Those who refuse to follow the laws of their kind. Those who, out of fear, hunt what they do not understand.

There are also those who fight for the safety of all, who enforce the laws and vow to protect, no matter what the risk. These are their stories, stories of bravery and love so strong it withstands everything.

Angel Lake is a contemporary series that revolves around the Monroe family, who own and run luxury hotels and a resort in the town of Angel Lake. The books are emotional driven as the Monroe siblings deal with the death of their father, cope with running the business and just being a family who gets along, and figuring out how love fits into the equation.

Jen: What draws you to writing about otherworldly characters?

Jessica: It feeds the creative side of me. There are no limits, you know? There are no set rules that say if you write vampires (or faeries or shifters) you HAVE to write them this way. Of course, I have to be consistent with those creations throughout the story and/or series, but I can have them be anything I want them to be. And that is pretty darned awesome for a writer.

Jen: Which is your favorite among the supernatural species and why?

Jessica: Oooh, that’s a tough one. I would have to say vampires. I can’t pinpoint exactly what it is about them, but I’ve always been fascinated. I love vampire movies, books, you name it. And writing them is a total dream come true.

Jen: As a mom of two children, sometimes I swear I'd forget what sexy is all about if it weren't for my book addiction. With four kids, how hard/easy is it for you to get into the groove for writing the saucy or steamy elements of your books?

Jessica: It can be difficult. I can say that whole-heartedly as we come out of the holiday break—two weeks of kids and hubby home 24/7. OY! Though, now that the kids are school aged, I try to do the majority of my writing while they’re at school and I can focus without distractions. If I’m on a tight deadline, I’ll write in the evenings as well. They have learned, though, that if Mom is on the computer and she had earbuds in, unless it’s an emergency, they aren’t allowed to interrupt. But it is definitely difficult to get into the hot and steamy when they’re in the room playing a game or something. LOL That’s when I’ll head to the local coffee shop or hole up in another room with the door closed.

Jen: Tell me about the first time you ever sat down to write a love scene. Did it come naturally? Were you happy with how it turned out?

Jessica: It came pretty naturally, because it’s where the characters took me, and I was happy how it turned out. The most uncomfortable part, honestly, was I didn’t have a writing space to call my own and usually wrote with the kids running around (they were quite small at the time). Thank goodness they couldn’t read then, but it was a bit hard to get “in the mood” with the wee ones around. LOL

Jen: Who are some of your favorite authors to read?

Jessica: Jane Austen, JRR Tolkien, Nora Roberts/JD Robb, Julie Garwood (particularly her older historicals—they are the ultimate comfort read for me), Shelly Laurenston, Maya Banks, Bianca D’Arc, Bronwyn Green, Jacqueline Carey… I could go on for pages, so I’ll just stop there!

Jen: What are you working on now?

Jessica: I’m working on a new series called Northern Circle set in a small town in Upper Michigan—where I happen to be from. :-D It has witches and other magical beings and it just a blast to work on.

I’m also working on the next Angel Lake book.

Jen: When people see your name on a book, what should they be expecting?

Jessica: I really try to stay true to my tagline—Real Women, Irresistible Men Endless Possiblities. So when readers see my name on a book, they can expect stories about real women they can relate with and irresistible men they can fall in love with.

Jen: What are you looking forward to most at AAD in New Orleans?

Jessica: Seeing friends I only get to see at events like this, meeting readers, and talking books—in my opinion, that’s the perfect time away from home.

Jessica is generously giving away titles from her backlist to two lucky winners.  Just enter the Rafflecopter form below.  The winners can choose among any of Jessica's books.  In the meantime, if you want to learn more about Jessica, check out her website!

Anne R is the winner.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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At Monday, February 13, 2012 at 8:41:00 AM CST , Blogger Joanne said...

All your books sound great. Can't wait to read them. thanks for the giveaway.


At Monday, February 13, 2012 at 8:49:00 AM CST , Blogger Good Choice Reading said...

Great interview! I am curious now and cannot wait to pick up one of your books!

At Monday, February 13, 2012 at 9:09:00 AM CST , Anonymous Susan W. said...

Hi, Jessica. You're a new to me author and I'll be checking out your backlist! Thanks for the giveaway!

At Monday, February 13, 2012 at 12:15:00 PM CST , Blogger Jo said...

I've never heard of Jessica or her books. It's going to be interesting to read.
Great giveaway.

At Monday, February 13, 2012 at 7:37:00 PM CST , Blogger Anne R said...

Great interview. All the stories sound great but I am definetly interested in the one you are currently working on. I love reading stories set in teh Upper Peninsula (i am from there)...
Great giveaway!

At Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 5:19:00 AM CST , Blogger CYP @ A Bookalicious Story said...

Cool interview! Those book covers are REALLLLY racy!! Hahaha. But I REALLYYYY wanna read them! Haha. Thanks for the giveaway!:)

At Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:35:00 AM CST , Blogger Mary @SweepingMe said...

Sounds like a awesomely HOT book. I love the covers! Thank you so much for stopping in and chatting with us and for the chance to read your book!


At Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:44:00 AM CST , Blogger Sizzle C said...

Books sound great, can't wait to try them out! :)

At Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:45:00 AM CST , Blogger Laurie said...

Thanks for the interview, you were new to me. Now I'm adding theses hot titles to my TBR list! Thanks!!

At Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 10:17:00 PM CST , Blogger *yadkny* said...

Hi Jessica!
It's so nice to get to know a new to me author such as yourself! I've just added more books to my wishlist:) Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Valentine's Day!!!

At Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 10:24:00 PM CST , Blogger Linda said...

I like the sound of vampires who don't seem to have any of the "normal" vampirish characteristics!

At Friday, February 17, 2012 at 1:55:00 AM CST , Anonymous bn100 said...

I enjoyed your interview. Your books sound very good.

At Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 12:56:00 AM CST , Blogger lisagkendall said...

I enjoyed All or Nothing. Thanks for the post, enjoyed it.


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