Isn't that lovely? It's the Idstein Christmas Markt in Frankfurt Germany. It looks like a storybook!
Anyway, Merry Christmas to all of you! Peace on Earth. Good will toward men. I hope your holiday has been storybook!
yippee!! It's Blood Betrayal's official release day! It is now available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle format and on Barnes and Noble dot com in paperback and Nook format. Don't forget that I'm currently on blog tour and giving away some awesome swag that includes a Kindle at the end!
Thanks to everyone who supported me on my journey to publication!! you all are awesome!!
MY BOOK!!yes! waiting for me when I got home was a box with my books! what I felt didn't have words. I couldn't believe it. It felt completely amazing to hold my story in book form. like a parent holding their baby for the first time. I was already thrilled when a friend, actually a young woman who I used to babysit and is a ballerina!, posted a pic of herself holding my book. it was surreal. everything became so real. I was honored that someone from my past was reading it! such an indescribable feeling. one of joy and accomplishment. I want to thank everyone of you in the roles you all have played in getting to this point. HUGS!
I am so excited to welcome Jessica Mc Quay author of Black Moon to my little patch of the internet!
Hi Jessica and welcome! Congratulations on your release. It
~Thank you for the
warm welcome and I’m so happy that you enjoyed the story so much.
1)What was your inspiration for Black Moon?
~The paranormal genre
as a whole was my inspiration really. My imagination has always been my escape.
I’ve had stories brewing since childhood. LOL!
2)You write from 1st and 3rd person,
which I found fascinating. Was that difficult?
~It was definitely
tricky. But it was fun too. It helped though because it was like I was writing
two different stories that converged at the end. I had fun with it and I plan
on toying around with the idea again in another book in this series. =)
3)Your world building is incredible. I felt like I was truly
in the book. Do you feel like you have a special connection to nature or just a
~Thank you. It makes
me happy knowing you felt that way while reading the story because that is what
I set out in hopes of accomplishing. I don’t know that I have a special
connection with nature, but I do find beauty in many things. Couple that with a
vivid and active imagination and Varulean emerges. =)
4)I love the friendship betweenPaige and Naialah. It seems there is more
there. Not to be a spoiler but where do you predict that will go?
~I don’t want to give
anything away, but their relationship does progress in the second book. The
things I only hinted at in Black Moon will move into new territory for book 2.
Territory that is unexplored for Paige and very new to her. This relationship
is one that has come under scrutiny and questioning after people read the
story. Mostly because there are a lot of questions left up in the air and some
confusion about their feelings for one another. I do that for a number of
reasons. This is all new for Paige. She is going through a LOT of changes in
this story and questioning her growing attraction is one of them. I don’t push
the love interest because it wasn’t what I wanted the focus of this story to be
about. Book 2 shifts into it a bit more with some added…fun. ;-)
5)Tell me about your writing routine. Do you do anything in
particular to help you write?
~I don’t really have a
routine. I usually brainstorm a little before each writing session on regular
ol’ notebook paper. LOL! Then, I put on some music and get to business.
6)What inspires you?
~Music. Music, music,
music and more music. LOL! I have to listen to whatever my mood fancies at the
time I’m writing in order to get into writing mode. Reading, writing and listening
to and/or playing music make me a very happy camper.
7) Tell me about your road to publication. How hard was it
~The plain and simple
is that it was tough. Very tough. The road to publication is 99% rejection.
You’re told over and over and over again that you aren’t good enough. It’s a
journey about learning exactly who you are as a person. Figuring out how much
you can take and what you can hold up against. It makes you question yourself,
your story and whether or not you’re meant to go down this path. I discovered a
lot about myself. But more importantly was that it reaffirmed my dream. No
matter how many tears I cried, I wanted to be a published writer. So I kept at
it and after just under 2 years of trying, someone said Yes.
8) Any one thing in particular that kept you writing if you
~My husband.His constant encouragement pushed me forward.
It still does.
9) How do you manage stress?
~Have I mentioned
music yet? =P And zumba. Which is just more music with dancing added. LOL!
10) What are you working on now?
~Book 2 in the Paige
Tailor Series! I am about 70% done. But there is still a lot of work to do.
Pushing for an end of 2013/beginning of 2014 release.
11) Any advice for writers? Or words of encouragement?
~Never give up. No
matter what anyone tells you, keep pushing forward. Remember, all it takes is
12) Silly question…what is your favorite holiday show or
~A Christmas Story is my favorite movie, but I also have a
favorite holiday cartoon and its Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
Thanks again for joining me here, Jessica! It was a blast.
Good luck with your book. It’s truly awesome!
~Thank you so much for
having me, I really appreciate it. And it was FUN!
A little about Jessica including where to find her...
About the Author:
There were three
things Jessica loved to do growing up; reading, writing and playing music. She
discovered her love for writing at a young age, when she realized she could
create anything she wanted with words. Jessica lives in Sacramento, CA with her
husband, four children, a goldfish named Sparkle and their cat, Talula. When
she isn't working on the next Paige Tailor novel, taking her children to one
activity or another, or folding the never ending laundry of a six person family,
Jessica enjoys playing her clarinet in the community band, reading while
enjoying a cup of coffee or heading to the theater and catching a movie with
Paige couldn't help but question her sanity. What other explanation could there
be for her hearing a conversation held barely above a whisper in the back of a
classroom full of students? What about coming home to find one of those very
classmates lying in wait in the darkness of her home, ready to attack
Confused, frustrated and feeling every ounce of her social ostracism, Paige
confides in the one person she's always been able to count on: her mom. But
when her mom reveals a deeply rooted, unbelievable family secret, Paige
discovers her world is filled with more than she ever imagined possible. A
world where fairytales live alongside nightmares and secrets are the glue that
binds them together. Suddenly no one is who they seem and Paige is faced with
more questions than answers. Can she survive in a world filled with creatures
scarier than anything she could imagine and where deceit runs as thick as
blood? Or will the truth send her over the edge?
My awesome fiancé and fellow author Scott Baker invited me to be a part of The Next Big Thing. The Next Big Thing
is a blog tour in which the invited author answers a set of questions about
his/her latest work, gives a shout out to the author who offered the
initiation, and then tags five other authors to participate (you can see my
selected authors at the end).
So without further adieu, below are my answers to The Next Big Thing interview
tour. Enjoy. And please be sure to visit my colleagues' blogs to see
how they answer.
What is the working title of your next book? Death Hunter
Where did the idea come from for the book?
Like all my ideas, it came out of the blue. I was watching a show about
terrorism and I thought, what would terrorism against vampires be like and then
it just rolled from there.
What genre does your book fall under?
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Alexander Skarsgard would play Reinhard Heydrich, Patrick Wilson would play Eamon
Rutherford and Amanda Seyfried would play Amelie Rutherford
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
The vampire world will either be revealed or wiped out by blood and the death
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Neither. It will be published by Cambridge Press US, an imprint of Charles
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Still working! What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
wow, that’s tough to say. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I think my love of history fed my desire to write this. That and the
encouragement of my fiancé Scott Baker. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
This and the book before have a rather evil person that I
have reincarnated as a vampire. I’ve chosen Reinhard Heydrich as a pivotal
character. Writing him is strange because he is a real person but I don’t
portray him as totally evil. Like in life, I don’t think he only had one side,
although the more sinister one showed the most.
I thought I would have a spontaneous giveaway. I'm giving away two signed copies of my book Blood Betrayed here on my blog! All you have to do is leave me a comment! That's it! Feel free to share this flash giveaway!
December is a busy month for me! mainly because my book Blood Betrayal is being released on December 20th. I'll let you know when I have links. also, I am hosting fellow Cambridge Press author Jessica Mc Quay for a stop on her blog tour for her release Black Moon. if you like fae paranormals you will love her book! speaking of blog tours, Bewitching Book Tours will be sending me on a month long blog tour for my release. I'm so excited about that. I will give you dates and blogs when I get them but I am giving away some awesome stuff including e copies of Blood Betrayal, nifty vampire swag and a Kindle! so make sure you follow the tour!