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Friday, November 26, 2010

Author Interview & Amazon GC Giveaway w/ Jessica Lee!

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Hey Everyone! It’s My pleasure to welcome here today Author Jessica Lee! I actually met Jessica at this year’s AAD in New Jersey, the conference was amazing and I met so many wonderful people and Jessica was definitely one of them!

I reviewed Jess’s new M/M Paranormal Romance that is coming out TODAY, Bloodlines, yesterday and today Jess is giving me an interview and giving away a Gift Card! With Xmas and Holidays approaching, I'm sure you guys will love it!

Check out my review of Bloodline HERE and enjoy the interview, Giveaway deets are right after it!



Hi, Larissa! Thanks so much for having me on your blog today.

- When did you first start writing?

That would be back in 2007, not too long after I decided to stay home with my two-year-old. This year, I officially retired from nursing after 24yrs. ( I was really young when I started. lol) I never thought I had the creative talent to be an author. Science had always been in the forefront of my mind. But I'm so grateful to have had the opportunity to stay home with my son and thus explore my creative side, because I truly feel I've found my passion.

- Have you always been interested in Romance?

Oh yes. I can say that I've always been interested in romance—for as long as I can remember.

- What about in the Paranormal?

I discovered paranormal romance back in 2005. After stumbling upon Karen Marie Moning's Highlander series, in particular, Spell of the Highlander, I was hooked!

- Why writing M/M Paranormal Romance? 

I have Jet Mykles to thank for my love of M/M romance. I dearly love her Heaven Sent series. *sigh* So it was a natural fit forBloodLines me to blend both of the genres I love: M/M fiction and Paranormal romance.

- Were there any Books, Movies or Writers that have inspired you?

Karen Marie Moning, JR Ward, Jet Mykles, Lora Leigh… and so many more, it's hard to name them all.

- What is your favorite subject in the Paranormal Romance Realm?

Alpha males who bite. LOL *wink*

- Do you find it hard to write the sex scenes in your books?

I wouldn't say that I find them difficult to write. Writing hot and sexy has always been something that was fun for me. What's hard about them is that they take a lot of energy; I'm usually mentally exhausted by the end of an intense scene. LOL


- Favorite Paranormal themed Movie?

Hmm…tough choice here. Off the top of my head, I'd say the Underworld series.

- Favorite Paranormal themed TV Show?

Ooh, that one is easy. True Blood!

- Favorite Paranormal themed Book?

The Black Dagger Brotherhood. ( can't just pick one of those. lol)

- Favorite Author?

Karen Marie Moning. So talented.

- Favorite Paranormal Romance Author?

Lora Leigh for erotic paranormal romance.

DarkDesire - Favorite Genre that is NOT your own?

Naima Simone from Ellora's Cave pens fantastic interracial contemporaries. She has a new release coming out soon called, To Love and Protect, and a short story with Breathless Press in Dec. called, Claiming Christmas. Hot stuff.

- Favorite one of your Books?

Oh man… That's a hard one. But I've heard a lot of authors say that they love with the one they've just finished the most. And I agree, because I love Evin and Mason's story. It's my favorite right now.

- Who is your favorite of your own characters?

I guess it would be Kenric. He's my first, and you know how the first always lingers with you.

- Which was the hardest to write?

Desire to Die For. I was growing as a writer during the creation of that story. A lot of blood, sweat, and tears went into that one, but I was SO proud of the final product.

- What would you be if not a writer?

Probably still working as a nurse. Or working on an advanced degree in a science field of some kind. That is if I'd never discovered my love for the publishing industry and continued my work as an editor.

- If you Could be a Paranormal Being, Who would you be?

A shape shifter like Rosa in Bloodlines. How cool would that be to be able to shift into a wolf!


- Coffee or Tea? Coffee

- Up or Down? Up

- Virtual or Real? Real

- Right or Left? Left

- Day or Night? Night desire_to_die_for

- Here or There? There

- Sooner or Later? Sooner

- Light or Dark? Dark

- Fast or Slow? Slow

- Vampires or Werewolves? Both. Hehe

- Angels or Demons? Angels

- Reading or Writing? Reading

- What is your favorite part of the writing process?

The brainstorming! Love that part when you can let your muse run wild. It sort of like an adrenaline rush for me.

- What is your least favorite part?

Finding the quiet time I need to sit and write. That can be the hardest part some times.

- Can you tell us a little bit about the books you have out right now?

I have the first two books in my Warriors of the Enclave series out right now at Loose id. They're the first installment in a series about five vampire warriors who defend humanity against the DEADs and their struggle to find their soul mates. If hot alpha male vampires with tortured souls do it for you…then the Warriors of the Enclave are exactly what you've been looking for.

ASW4C - What is coming up next for you?

Let's see… Bloodlines from Breathless Press on November 26, 2010
All She Wants 4 Christmas from BP on December 10, 2010
Make Me: A KinKaid Wolf Pack Story from BP as well on February 11, 2011

- What are you working on right now?

That would be Eve of Desire, book three of the Warriors of the Enclave series.

- Do you have any advice or tip to those like me that want to become a published Author someday?

I know you've heard this advice over and over, but it's so true: don't give up. It takes a thick skin in this business, because we all pour our hearts and souls into our work. But if you really want it, you can't give up. Keep learning. Absorb everything you can from workshops and the writing of your mentors. The more polished your work is, the better your chance will be to stand out in the crowd.

- Anything you would like to say to your fans out there?

* Big Hugs* Thank you all so much for taking the time to read one of my stories. Please feel free to contact me anytime; I love hearing from you. It makes my day when I learn that someone has read one of my books and enjoyed it—that it gave them a few minutes of escape from their daily life. That's my goal. I want to give my readers a story that'll take them away on a journey and give them a few hours away from their own world.

- Thanks so much for being here!

It was my pleasure, Larissa! Thank you.


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91 Responses so far.

  1. Jason says:

    your m/m romance looks awesome. :)


  2. I just looked at the synopsis for Bloodlines, a friend of mine would LOVE it!

    It's so cool that you got to explore your "creative" side :) It's always great to be able to do that.

    I'd love to enter the lovely giveaway!

  3. Robin K says:

    Great picture ladies! Awesome post.

  4. Amy says:

    Jessica's books look hot! The covers look so sexy and make me want to read


  5. buddyt says:

    I am not really into m/m books.
    In fact I have only ever read one that was recommended to me by a gay friend.

    It is just not something that holds my interest.

    But I have nothing against them or the people who write or read them.

    Best of luck with your book and hope it has great success.

    Happy Thanksgiving.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  6. Always had a weakness towards M/M novels *sigh*
    Great interview ladies :)

  7. Megan says:

    Great interview!! Love learning about new (to me) authors and books!! :)

    megankyser at gmail dot com

  8. stacey says:

    Looks like a great book and i love the cover art.Karen Marie Moning is one of my favorite authors Two I Love her Books.

  9. Great interview! Makes the book even more interesting knowing the person behind it.

    Happy blogoversary!

  10. debbie says:

    I love reading interviews, it is always interesting to read about authors.

  11. I always like the author interviews because we can get inside their head a little. Being a writer and a RN is a big difference. You must be good at a little bit of everything. Great interview.

  12. Tore says:

    Great interview. Thanks for the giveaway. Tore923@aol.com

  13. Jenny says:

    Love this interview! And I'm with her on the Alpha males who bite, I always enjoy reading about them;) And she's a BDB fan which makes her even more awesome:)

  14. I have never read a m/m rom before but your interview was very enlightening. Thanks.

  15. Barbara says:

    Great interview!! Love learning about new authors and books!!
    Barbara Palermo

  16. Kulsuma says:

    That was a really thorough interview! Loved it! Thanks.

  17. Kristen says:

    LOVED the interview!! Thanx for introducing me to a new author! Like I need anymore haha!
    Cannot wait to pick up your books!

    My Bloody Fairy Tale

  18. Cathy M says:

    Really enjoyed the interview, Jessica. I've read both stories in the Warriors of the Enclave, and thoroughly enjoyed your storytelling and your luscious heroes. Up next is Bloodlines, and I can't wait to read it.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  19. Teril says:

    I totally enjoyed your hugs for being a fan. Thank you for coming on and giving us some more info on your amazing reads. I cannot wait to read more of them.

  20. Wow, I have some catching up to do here, saying hello. lol

    @Jason --Thanks for stopping by *smooches* in return. :)

    @TV& book addict -- Yay! Hope your friend gets a chance to read it.

    @Robin-- Thanks! *hugs* Nice meeting you at AAD!

    @Amy -- Wow! Thanks. I do love that cover too. :)

    @Carol -- Thanks okay. Everyone has different tastes and interest. Make the world a more colorful place to live in.

    @Smitten -- Oh me too. m/m romances are my guilty pleasure. hehe

    @Megan-- Thanks! so glad you stopped by.

    @Stacey -- KMM is uber talented. I've met her a couple of times now, and I still become a gushing fan girl every time. LOL

    @Teena -- Aww, Thanks! Appreciate your stopping by.

    @Debbie -- Thanks! I enjoy it as well. Love the sneak peek behind the book when you get to know more about its author.

    @Danielle -- LOL I wish that was the case. Cannot sew for the life of me. Unfortunately,for my son's school projects, just don't have a crafty bone in my body.

    @Tore -- You're most welcome!

    @Jenny -- Thanks! Go, BDB! You bet. Mmm Rhage, Butch & V. LOL

    @Barbara -- Love your bee, Barbara. Thanks for checking out my interview.

    @Kulsuma -- Larissa worked me over hard, didn't she? :) Pulled out all my deep dark secrets. LOL

    @Kristen -- Yay! So glad you liked the sound of my books! Thanks. :)

    @Cathy M -- Hi Cathy *waves* Woot! So glad you liked the Enclave Warriors! Hope you enjoy Evin and Mason's story too. :)

  21. Thanks for this! I have never read an M/M book, but I think it would be something I would eventually want to pick up.

    Thanks! :D

  22. Giada M says:

    Great interview! :D I love all your favorites. Underworld!*_*
    Thank you for posting and for the giveaway! ^O^

    Giada M.

    fabgiada (at) gmail (dot) com

  23. What a fantastic interview! :)

  24. Fabulous interview! And I love the Quickies part!

  25. lingeorge says:

    It is really great to find someone who didn't give up the dream. Although you started "later in life" it appears that you will be very successful. The books look great, keep up the good work.

  26. JoAnna says:

    Thanks for the interview. I added Bloodlines to my amazon wishlist so I will remember to get it when I get my kindle. :)

  27. Brooke says:

    Oh how I love Paranormal romantic Christmas books! It's going on my shopping list! Thanks for the interview!

  28. @Teril -- What kind words. I do appreciate it. Thanks, and you're most welcome!

    @Ammy Belle -- Oh, you really should give m/m a try. I don't think you'll be disappointed with the genre.

    @Giada M -- You're welcome. :) Yes, I'm a huge Underworld fan. I even mentioned the movie in book two of my Enclave seried, Dark Desires at Midnight. lol

    @IvaliceAlliance -- Thanks for dropping by!

    @Jeanette8042 -- The Quickies were fun! Larissa does a great job with her selection of interview questions. Thanks!

    @Lingeorge -- Aww, thanks! That's one of the special things about this business. You're never too old. Even when your body is aging, writing romance keeps your heart and mind young. :)

    @JoAnna -- Yay! fyi, Since you mentioned getting a Kindle, thought I'd let you know I'm also holding another contest with an author friend of mine, Naima Simone. The grand prize is a Kindle 3G! If you'd like, you're welcome to check it out here: http://heatinguptheholidays.blogspot.com/

    @Brooke -- Happy Holidays! I do hope you enjoy. :)

  29. I loved the interview books sound so good keep finding new books to read. thank you so much great giveaway!

  30. What beautiful covers - I am sure you love them too, Jessica. Do you ever seem them before hand or do you have no say?


  31. Jade says:

    I've always enjoyed Larissa's interview questions, and I can't imagine the adrenaline rush Jessica may have got from answering the "quickies". The whole back-and-forth was v. interesting and I'd love to get my hands on Jessica's books. They already have gorgeous covers, I can't wait to find 'em!
    Thank you so much for the giveaway! :)


  32. Sena says:

    Great interview! The covers look really H-O-T!!

  33. Dina says:

    Hi Jessica, really enjoyed your interview. :)

  34. Selena says:

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  35. amandawk says:

    This book sounds really good!

  36. What a fun interview. I just read my first m/m romance - I might have to give some more a try.

    She looks good BTW (header) I think this was my fav.

  37. Tanya1224 says:

    Your books look really good. Sound good! Is that 2 guys on the cover of Bloodlines? I'll have to look into that book, I've never read anything like that before =) I love me some Paranormal though. Thanks for the interview and new reads.

  38. WOW,terrific! Would love to read that! thanks!

  39. Rad Hall says:

    Interesting interview. Thanks for the international giveaway.

  40. @Ashley -- Thanks for joining in on the party. :)

    @Latishajean -- You're most welcome, thanks! And Good luck!

    @Chrizette -- Thanks on the covers. I feel very blessed and lucky to have had such terrific cover artists. Yes, i do get to see them before they are finalized and can usually comment if something is just way off and ask for revision.

    @Jade -- Larissa had great questions, and it was a lot of fun. lol Yay! So glad my stories have sparked your interest.

    @Sena -- Thanks! I appreciate it. :)

    @Dina -- Thank you so much. Kind of you to stop by.

    @Amandawk -- Appreciate it! Loved writing their story. :)

    @ParaJunkee -- I read my first m/m about a year ago and was hooked! There are so many good books out there. Enjoy the journey! *g*

    @Tanya -- Me 2. Love paranormal! Yes, those are two guys on the cover. hehe Writing m/m is a lot of fun. And I have really enjoyed reading the genre. Give it a try; you just might find a whole new line to enjoy and explore! Thanks :)

    @Meeyeehere -- Thanks for commenting!

    @Rad Hall -- No problem. Happy to be here. :)

  41. Vicky CK says:

    Wow, your Desire/Warriors of the Enclave series looks really hot. I would love to read them (will have to wait till next year, as I have already spent yearly book budget last month. Being a book junkie and reading almost a book a day has some draw-backs, hehe). Good Luck with the new releases coming up!


  42. Hmm, I wonder if the author ever used her experience as a nurse to write a scene (like to explain injuries after a fight, an illness, an emergency room visit, etc)?


  43. Carol M says:

    I enjoyed the interview. I like finding new authors to read.

  44. I cant wait to check out your books~

  45. Asenath says:

    It's always nice to know more about how authors got their start (it gives me hope, lol)

  46. Anne says:

    Hi, Jessica-

    You;re a new to me author, but all of your work seems to fall in the areas I love: alpha weres and vamps. I enjopy m/m as well as the usual f/m. Kind of surprised me, still not quite sure why, but hey, whatever.

  47. @VickyCK -- Oh, I understand. I don't even want to calculate how much I spend every year. *cringe* lol Thanks! I appreciate it.

    @BethanyC -- I sure have. lol Both in Desire to Die For and Bloodlines. Comes in handy. :)

    CarolM -- Thanks! Good luck in the contest.

    @Samantha35 -- *g* Hope you enjoy!

    @Asenath -- Best wishes with your writing!

    @Anne -- You know, it sort of caught me by surprise as well at how much I do enjoy the m/m genre. But I do love men, and in m/m you get two for one, so that must be a part of it. lol

  48. Great interview! The "quickies" part of the interview is always my fave :)

  49. Sarah says:

    I just bought "Bloodlines" and can't wait to read it! :-)

  50. emmad says:

    Ohh I think I'm going to have to go add you to my author list on amazon :)

    Also wondering if there is a theme going on here but started to notice a lot of the authors I like are Red Heads ;)

  51. Hi! I loved the interview. I must say that as a fellow writer I also find that some scenes take more energy from you than others. It's an odd feeling that I don't mind all the time. :)


    Liz ^_^

  52. Rhianna says:

    I've been pondering trying M/M Romance next year (one of a few book related resolutions) I shall have to check out your work Jessica. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  53. Candace says:

    I've never read m/m romance. Not where it went anywhere anyway. But I think it's something I'd like to try out and a paranormal is right up my alley. I'll have to give it a try!
    And you sound like such a nice person, I get a great vibe which makes me want to give your books a try even more!
    And thanks for the giveaway!

  54. Thank you for the nice and very informative interview Jessica! :-)

    Could you please help me out, which books would you recommend to a M/M virgin? Which novels are great for initialisation and not to scare me off? Thank you! :-)

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  55. Ebyss says:

    Great interview. I love reading about authors and things they like.

  56. nicely done interview!




  57. Thank you for sharing your story with us!

  58. JenM says:

    Congrats on getting to do something that you clearly love. I always admire people who manage to get a writing career going in spite of working full-time at something so demanding as nursing.


  59. BK says:

    Hello Jessica and Larissa,

    What a wonderful interview. Your books sound fantastic, I can't wait to read them (added to my TBR). I too LOVE the Underworld series!

    I love the blog Larissa.

    Wishing you much success in the future Jessica.


  60. Andrea I says:

    I love your covers. I still haven't read a M/M book, but yours looks interesting.

  61. Alexa says:

    Great interview, I have never read a M/M book but I might have to start.

  62. Lena says:

    Great interview! I love True Blood. And great writing advice. I won't give up. NEVER! :-P

    Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  63. Wendy says:

    I can't wait to read Jessica Lee's books! They look amazing!


  64. RENEE says:


    Fantastic interview...interesting to hear your science side. I'm a chemist (not completely nerdy...but a nerd nonetheless) and as much as I love reading, I've never felt creative enough to write my own...Hmm...maybe I should rethink seeing another science type doing quite well!

    :) Ren

  65. RENEE says:

    Oh, I always forget to sign with my email info.


  66. Jessica says:

    Great interview! I love Karen Marie Moning too--I am more than ready for the new book to finally come out!

    thejoyofthejoyofcooking at hotmail dot com

    (that isn't the same email I used in the form--does that screw stuff up?)

  67. Glory says:

    wonderful interview!
    the books look like very funny as the writer... :)

  68. Sharli says:

    This is a new author to me but her books sounds awesome!
    Thanks for the interview :)

  69. carmen says:

    Neat! I love getting the behind-the-scenes info. Thanks for sharing!

  70. Dovile says:

    Thanks for the chance!

  71. lingeorge says:

    Fascinating interview. Haven't read any of these yet, but I plan to check them out soon.

  72. I can't imagine how difficult it would be as an author to find quiet time to write and just unwind. That must be hard. It's hard enough as a single mom and blogger/substitute teacher!

  73. What a beautiful interview! I haven´t heard about this author, but I add to my wishlist now!

  74. Very nice interview. Thank you for sharing.

  75. natalie23 says:

    I have noticed that a lot of women enjoy reading m/m books and like the idea of watching two men have sex.

    Will this ever become as cliche as men and f/f?

    By cliche I don't mean anything bad, just that the concept of men enjoying watching two women or having sex with two women is very common place, to the point of being expected.

    Is it possible that women and m/m will get to that point or will it always be a case of, oh we don't talk about women enjoying sex/having fantasies, kind of mentality which is so common today. (at least it seems like it to me)

    I hope that makes sense, it did in my mind not sure I explained properly.


  76. @Sarah --Yay! Hope you enjoy. :)

    @Emmad -- Woot! Thanks! Just trying to cover up all that gray. LOL

    @Rhianna -- I don't think you'll be disappointed with m/m. But granted not everything is a perfect fit for everyone. But I do hope you like. :)

    @Candace -- Aww, you're too kind. Thanks! Good Luck with the giveaway!

    @MrsCullenized -- LOL Thanks! Love your Avatar!

    @Stella -- Hmmm... I would have to say Jet Mykles' Heaven Sent series. They broke me into m/m. lol Have fun on your journey. :)

    @Ebyss,@FairWhispers,@ Rosie Hong, @JenM -- thank you all for stopping by; I really appreciate your time.

    @BK, @Andrea, @Alexa -- Thanks so much for the best wishes. Hope you get a chance to try m/m as a new genre.

    @Lena -- That's the attitude! Keep learning, writing, submitting, and Your dream will surely become a reality.

    @Wendy, @Renee, @Jessica -- Thanks so much for the lovely comments! Hey you never know Renee, there just might be a novel inside you just waiting to come forth. lol
    Oh Gosh, I know, Jessica, Need Shadowfever now, please! LOL

    @ Lisa, @Glory, @Sharli, @Carmen, @Dovile, @lingeorge -- So kind of you to stop by and thrilled you liked the sound of my books and their covers!

    @ruthhill74 -- Oh yes, can be a real challenge sometimes to wind the brain down enough so that I can place myself into my character's head.

    @The Itzel Library -- Thanks! You've made my day. I do hope you enjoy.

    @Jeanette J -- You're welcome! and Good luck to you :)

    @Natalie23 -- You know, Natalie, I do think the mindset is starting to shift in regards to women as sexual beings who enjoy reading about two men. In fact, in Rolling Stone's recent What's Hot for 2010 issue, they listed that in paperback it was M/M! How about that! :)

  77. aryan says:

    What kind of fun Christmas traditions can my boyfriend and I start now that we live together.

    Community site http://stayingsafestories.com

  78. Llehn says:

    Thanks for sharing.

  79. That was fun!

    nedsped at verizon dot net

  80. The interview was great and the author is so nice! Love her books!

  81. Tina says:

    I had never heard of this author before, but after reading this interview I'm interested in her books.

  82. Steph says:

    I love the word "Enclave." Makes me want to join up with those vamps!Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust
    email: steph@fangswandsandfairydust.com
    twitter: @fangswandsfairy

  83. marian says:

    never really read any m/m books but i think i'm gonna give it a try

  84. SandyG265 says:

    I like your book covers.

  85. Haven't read anything m/m ..but i would give it a try ... the cover is awesome !!

    raluk.93 at gmail (dot)com

  86. Abby says:

    Awestruck by cover! Thought that was a girl underneath until I looked closely. Must say I have never seen a M/M book like this before. How exciting!!

  87. ~ Babs ~ says:

    What a great interview I am going to have to add this to my TBR list

  88. I've always had a hard time getting into alot of M/M books, but after reading about some of your books I am putting them on my TBR! Thanks for a great interview!

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