Sunday, October 28, 2012

Blood Lust has arrived!

Yes, it's official! Blood Lust is now available on Amazon! Since its release on October 15, things have been moving right along. I've received a couple great reviews and even did a giveaway on a great Vamp Lit blog. Thanks to Nikki Archer for that!

Blood Lust is about to go on tour, which is so awesome! I'm very excited about hanging out with some great book bloggers and spreading the word about my lovely Nexess. I can't wait!

I thought I'd post the schedule for the tour so you guys could follow along if you wanted to. The blogs that are hosting me and my book are fabulous and very diverse. It's a pretty sure bet that you'll find something to pique your interest...


Tour Dates/Sites:

October 29:  Publishing the Paranormal @ http://jbridgerwriting.blogspot.com

October 30: Reginamayross's Blog @ http://reginamayross.com/

October 31: The Insane Ramblings of a Crazed Writer www.jessekimmelfreeman.com/blog.html AND Fang-tastic Books @ www.fang-tasticbooks.blogspot.com

November 1: Celestial Reviews @ http://cecesreviews.blogspot.com

November 2:  http://daydrmzzz.blogspot.com

November 5: Carly Fall - Where Fantasy Meets Romance @ www.carlyfall.com

November 6: Readaholic's Reviews @ http://readaholicsreviews.com/

November 7: www.bendingthespine.blogspot.com

November 8: Kacey's Konnections @ http://kaceyskonnections.blogspot.com AND www.rabidreads.ca

November 11: My Escape @ http://myescape84.blogspot.com

Hope to see you on the tour!




Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Author Spotlight...The Wonderful Jacoba Dorothy!

We have an absolutely amazing author here today who is just the nicest person you'd ever want to meet. It's a bonus that she writes so well, too!
Please join me in welcoming the lovely Jacoba Dorothy to the blog today. Hello, Jacoba!



1)    Tell us about yourself. What started your writing journey?
I am the mother of two, a teacher and I live in Australia’s bush capital, sharing it with all kinds of native flora and fauna. Its magpie season at the moment, and you can’t walk down our street without being dive bombed by one of those crazy birds. Heaps of bike riders where these helmets with spiky plastic things sticking out of them, to stop being pecked. Crazy!!!!
My writing journey has been relatively short compared to most. I only put fingers to keyboard about three years ago. Not really sure why, I just kind of got the urge to give it a go, and here I am three years down the track about to be a published author.  So awesome!!!

2) What is your book about?
It is a trilogy, called Eternal Curse and it’s the continuing story of two sisters who are bound by an ancient curse, set to create the next sorceress in their family. The main character, Jo is unaware that she and her sister have been cursed. The first book, Reflections, tells the story of how she finds out and how she makes a few more discoveries about her family history and herself along the way.

3) Do you identify with one of your characters? Are any of your characters based on real-life or anyone you know?
I identify with the problems my main character faces, not in the fantasy sense but her bumpy road to self-discovery. I also admire her steely determination to follow through and make the most of what she’s got and who she is.
I didn’t intentionally base any characters on anyone I know, except Jack, who is based on my son. But a couple of my friends, who have read it, said the characters reminded them of members in my family and close friends. I guess subconsciously you can’t help but be affected by people around you and stories you hear.

4) What is your favorite genre to read and do you write in that genre?
I love a good love story. The kind that make you tingle, and say Aww…. I also love a good story. The kind you can’t get out of your head for days. I have read so many books over the years, and have my favourites, the ones I would read and re-read.
But to write is a different story. I feel most comfortable writing fantasy, although I’d love to write a memoir of having my son, who has Down syndrome. There seems to be a lot written, fiction and non-fiction about special needs kids but not all of it paints a positive picture.  And I know it’s different for everyone, but for us, having Jack has been, for the most part, a positive experience, and I’d like to reflect that.

5) How does your inspiration strike?
Like lightning!!! No just kidding. I wish. I have about five to six stories buzzing around in my head at the moment, but I’m concentrating on editing my trilogy and hope once that’s done I can set those stories flying.
I usually find, once I start typing, the words just flow, I don’t always know what I’m going to write, until my fingers hit the keys. Not sure if that’s a good thing or not!!!

6) If you had to start your book over, would you do anything differently?
Definitely not. The journey has been incredible! My learning curve hit the roof. I’ve loved every minute of it.
(My husband and kids not so much… LOL)

7) what do you hope readers take away from your book after they've read it?
Firstly, enjoyment. Secondly, they are hooked enough to give the second and third one a go. And thirdly, well, if they can have that Ah… moment, or if the stories stays with them for a few days, well I’d feel like I’d hit the jackpot.

8)
glasses Do you have any new works in the pipeline? If so, what are they about?
I’ve started another YA fantasy called The Filigree Key. I’d really love to keep working on that. I’m also half way through a spoof on the Snow White fairytale, called Cold Grey. And as I said I have about another four or five others buzzing around the old noggin.  I hope once my trilogy is edited and published, I’ll have more time to concentrate on writing other stuff.
Oh, and Jess, you and Sam inspire me, I’d love to write an adult contemporary romance one day. You know when I’m all grown up... LOL! Thanks heaps for having me. Jxx




Saturday, October 6, 2012

Updates, October 2012

Hello!

It's been a while since I've posted any updates so I thought I should let you all know what's been going on in my crazy life over the last month or so. 

I was talking to Kathleen, one of the owners of Taylor Street Books, a few months back about genre. We were discussing what sells and what may not and how tough it can be to change genre. Obviously, paranormal romance is a hot seller right now and I jokingly said to Kathleen, "I should write a vampire novel."

Kathleen got very excited and said, "Jess, what a great idea! You'd probably be pretty good at it."

I really had been joking. But she wasn't. Gulp. Crap. OMG!

So, I said, "Well, uh, alright. I guess." And I wondered what I'd just agreed to. 

And that was that. The subject was dropped, and a month later, I thought she'd forgotten about it, but she brought it up again. It was then I realized that I simply had to do it. I, Jessica L. Degarmo, would enter completely foreign territory and push out a book someone thought I might do well, even though I'd never done anything like it before. I said, "Ok, I'll have it done by Halloween. No problem."  No pressure, right?  And, yes, I'm fully aware I'm insane!

So I started writing the book  at the end of August. It was a bit rough at first, and I wondered if I would actually be able to get the thing done like I told her I would. For a few weeks, I had nothing except a rough mental sketch and the names of my vampires.  Then it started coming together and turned into a runaway train, and before you knew it, I had an idea for a trilogy in my head!  

Now I know some of you might be thinking, "You, writing Vamp Lit? Why? What about the nice little love stories?" And yep, I would have agreed, at least until I got into the meat of this book. It was so much fun to write!  And honestly, it was refreshing to take myself out of my comfort zone and let it all out without worrying that it was too much, too edgy or too gory. I removed my self-imposed limits and let the book come naturally.

I think you readers will see a different side to me, and I hope you like it. I'm not done writing romance books, far from done, in fact, but I think it's important to explore and try new things. My husband said something very profound to me when I told him I was a little afraid I'd be accused of selling out. He said, "You're not selling out. You're just trying to figure out where you fit."

He was absolutely right. And I just might have figured a few things out. For example, I don't want to pigeon-hole myself. I want to expand and grow and challenge myself to write something different, to show my readers that I'm not a one-trick-pony (with loads of cliches, but hey, if the shoe fits...groan!). I want to explore multiple genres and see where I fit. I want to try to master them all. 

And after a feverish month of edits and rewrites and brain-wracking sessions and tons of daydreaming, I am happy to announce that Blood Lust, the first in the Lust Trilogy, will be released on October 15, 2012 by Taylor Street Books! For a sneak-peak and the official trailer, see the Blood Lust tab at the top of this page. 

And I'm not done exploring. Guess what? Next year will bring the release of a psychological thriller, another Johns Creek Second Chances book, and the remaining two books in the Lust Trilogy. And, if I can make it work, one of my older books will truly be finished when I complete and release the sequel THIS YEAR! I'm hoping to have it done by December. Wish me luck! And I know I'm teasing you, but you'll just have to wait and see which story will finally be completely told. You may be surprised!

So, with my free time for the next year and two months already accounted for, I'm happily plugging along doing what I love to do: telling stories and finding fulfillment or enlightenment or self-actualization or something like that, anyway, and completely overwhelming myself and creating deadlines that might just give me either grey hair or a heart attack! And yeah, it's going to be a minor miracle if I can pull it all off, but it's worth a shot!

 I hope you all join me in celebrating the release of Blood Lust on October 15. I'll be hosting a giveaway/book launch party on Facebook, and I'd love for you all to be there. https://www.facebook.com/events/371939562881307/

And that, my dear friends, is enough for now, I think. I'd write more but since I've committed myself to tasks that are just crazy enough to get me committed, I'd better go...

Hugs!
Jess