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. 😀 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.

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Review: All or Nothing

Reviewed by Jen

If you’re looking for a little bit of dirty to warm you up tonight, look no further. This short menage story is a scorcher.

Shannon is completely in love with her husband Nate, but is definitely attracted to his friend Zac when he temporarily moves in with them. She would never cheat on her husband, but Nate is turned on by the idea of sharing his wife with his best friend.

I was a little put off by Zac in the beginning. He was too pushy with his friend’s wife before everyone had their cards on the table. But when these three finally give into their desires, it was phenomenally hot.

…I’m still sweating…

*Review copy provided by author

Click to purchase: Amazon
All or Nothing
by Jessica Jarman
Release Date: September 5, 2005
Publisher: Total Ebound Publishing

Review: Fate’s Song

Reviewed by Jen

Kaelen is a Fae prince in exile. Once destined for the throne, now he lives among the humans, cut off from his kind, without his powers. He is being punished for killing a human in defense of a woman and her children. He must serve out his sentence until he finds his true mate and she loves and accepts him for who he is.

When Abagail stumbles over Kaelen’s beaten body in the woods, she feels the need to rescue him. She gets him back to her cabin, to nurse him back to health. But the two of them are quickly overwhelmed by their attraction to one another. And it’s from there that the inevitable plays out.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out who Abagail is to Kaelen or what began their connection. But I can tell you that despite the lack of any substantial surprises, I did enjoy the book. The sex was rockin’ –hot, heavy, and all around awesome. Everything happens at lightning speed, but I can forgive that with destined mates stories more than with a standard romance. A short, sexy read. A little more than 3 stars.

*Review copy provided by author

Click to purchase: Amazon
Fate’s Song
by Jessica Jarman
Release Date: July 7, 2008
Publisher: Total Ebound Publishing