Archive for November, 2014

#HottieHunt #GiveawayHop Meet Nick Virtue from Tyburn (The Southwark Saga, Book 1)

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

10355012_10102690979522270_4637630053447065698_nMorning all. Today is the start of the Hottie Hunt! Before I put this Hottie on the hot seat, I should let you know about all the potential perks of reading this post:

STOP GIVEAWAY: I’m giving away an electronic copy of my own book, Within His Sight (Heart of Justice #1) as part of this giveaway hop. To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment here, working in the name of the gorgeous hunk I’m interviewing. This comment also counts as one of the entry options in…DRUM ROLLLLL:

HOTTIE HUNT HOP GIVEAWAY: There’s a $10 Gift Card up for grabs. The lucky winner will be announced shortly after the hop’s end, and one of the entry options is commenting here. Don’t forget to scroll down to find out how to enter.

HOTTIE HUNT $100 HOLIDAY BONANZA GIVEAWAY: I’m one of the many romance authors taking part in a completely separate giveaway, where you can win a Gift Card and tons of eBooks. For your convenience, I’ve also linked to it at the bottom of this post.

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With the admin stuff out of the way, let me scoot a little bit closer to Nick Virtue.

Q: Has your author ever put you into an embarrassing situation? How did you handle it?

A: Oh, yes. Most of them were embarrassing in one way or another. I’ve never handled embarrassment particularly well. I get very quiet, and I’m told I blush.

Q: Describe the girl of your dreams.

A: (clearly flustered) Well, I… I don’t make a habit of inventing imaginary women, but I suppose the perfect woman would be kind. She’s thoughtful, sweet, funny, and absolutely stunning. She bakes bread so heavenly that it will make you weep. She’s very brave, too, and she has this gorgeous accent…

Q: Is this somebody you’ve met already?

A: You told me to describe the girl of my dreams and I did. I’ve dreamt of her every night since we met in Hyde Park.

Q: Why don’t you just marry her already?

A: You’ve been talking to my brother. I’ll tell you what I told him: I’m not altogether certain that’s what she wants. I don’t want her to feel uncomfortable around me if she doesn’t want to, or to say yes because she feels she must. To trap Sally into a marriage that is repellent to her — and after everything she’s survived? — that would be devastating. Her happiness is of paramount importance, you understand. If I can avoid making a fool of myself, so much the better.

Q: You’re such a good guy, Nick. What’s the naughtiest thing you’ve ever done?

A: (Blushes to his ears)

Thank you Nick!

It was a pleasure spending some time alone with Nick, but now he/she must depart. If you’re curious, Adam Becker from my book Ashfall (The Wasteland Trilogy #1) is being interviewed over here http://www.authorjessicacale.com. There’s an ebook you can win there as well.

Thanks again for stopping by.

Unfortunately, Rafflecopter and my blog don’t like each other, so you’ll have to make an extra click after you comment. Go here to enter both extra giveaways, where you’ll also find a list of other hotties to discover.

 

A BIT MORE INFORMATION ABOUT TYBURN & JESSICA CALE

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Tyburn (The Southwark Saga, Book 1)

Sally Green is about to die.

She sees Death in the streets. She can taste it in her gin. She can feel it in the very walls of the ramshackle brothel where she is kept to satisfy the perversions of the wealthy. She had come to London as a runaway in search of her Cavalier father. Instead, she found Wrath, a sadistic nobleman determined to use her to fulfill a sinister ambition. As the last of her friends are murdered one by one, survival hinges on escape.

Nick Virtue is a tutor with a secret. By night he operates as a highwayman, relieving nobles of their riches to further his brother’s criminal enterprise. It’s a difficult balance at the best of times, and any day that doesn’t end in a noose is a good one. Saving Sally means risking his reputation, and may end up costing him his life.

As a brutal attack throws them together, Sally finds she has been given a second chance. She is torn between the tutor and the highwayman, but she knows she can have neither. Love is an unwanted complication while Wrath haunts the streets. Nick holds the key to Wrath’s identity, and Sally will risk everything to bring him to justice.

Unless the gallows take her first.

Pre-order on Liquid Silver

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Author Bio:

Jessica Cale is a historical romance author and journalist based in North Carolina. Originally from Minnesota, she lived in Wales for several years where she earned a BA in History and an MFA in Creative Writing while climbing castles and photographing mines for history magazines. She kidnapped (“married”) her very own British prince (close enough) and is enjoying her happily ever after with him in a place where no one understands his accent. You can visit her at www.authorjessicacale.com.

Website/Social Media Links:

http://www.authorjessicacale.com

https://www.facebook.com/authorjessicacale

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quick & Dirty Update

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Hello everyone! A flyby blog today. I’ve had one heck of a busy week, so rather than just leave this ole blog moldering with nothing new, I’m doing a drive by for today.

The publishing world is keeping me busy and I can’t argue with that good fortune. I’ve announced before that Ashfall comes out in December. The second great thing is that I’m in a boxed set in February. I don’t have all the details yet on the boxed sset, but hope to have them to you soon.

Third is that the second story in The Wasteland Trilogy, Darkfall, will be out in March 2015! So I’m plenty busy. More details on all that good stuff later.

In the meantime, feast your eyes again on the wonderful cover for Ashfall. I just can’t get enough of this cover.

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Excerpt: Ashfall (Wasteland Trilogy Book 1)

Friday, November 14th, 2014

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Post apoc romance anyone? Today I thought I’d give you a sneak peek at Ashfall, the first story in my Wasteland Trilogy which comes out in December. (Unedited blurb and excerpt). This excerpt shows some of the beginning heat between the hero and the heroine. Enjoy!

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A strong woman and a former Air Force pararescueman tangle with a brave new world forged by an apocalypse no one could stop.

Mally Andretti survived an apocalypse that has altered the world. Tucked away in a huge compound she should feel safe, but loneliness eats away at her. Until a deep, mysterious voice tantalizes her over the ham radio and invites her into soul deep conversation. Who is the man who claims to be her friend, who awakens mental and physical cravings?

Working for a private security company takes every bit of former Air Force pararescueman Adam Becker’s time, until a sexy voice on the ham radio tempts him to do and say things he’s never done before. Mally calls on every fiercely protective instinctive inside him, and when she’s in serious danger he’ll do anything to get to her in time.

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Adam and the two other men shuffled Tanner out of the complex and through the gate. After they’d released the idiot outside the gate, only Adam returned to the front door. The other two men stood outside the still open gate, weapons at the ready. A curious mixture of excitement and caution mingled in her psyche. Whoever Adam Becker really was, he scared the crap out of her in so many ways. Her gaze snagged on his body, and just from the way he moved, from the confidence he displayed, she imagined he was an interesting lover. But which type of lover was he? Uncouth and ruthless, or gentle and accommodating?

Really? She was thinking about this now? She’d officially lost her mind.

He stopped at the closed screen, a frown still in place, his weapon anchored over his body by a sling. He tucked the thumb on his left hand into his belt. His wide shoulders, muscled biceps and powerful forearms screamed intimidation.

“You okay?” he asked.

“Wonderful.” She knew her comment was laced with sarcasm.

“Can I come in a moment?” he asked quietly.

When she hesitated, he took off his sun glasses and hooked them in the front of his vest. She dared gaze into the darkest brown eyes she’d ever seen. But there was worry and warmth in those eyes, too. Now that his face was entirely revealed, she could see his heritage in his deeper-toned skin. His features were craggy in that his nose was a bit sharp and long and his jaw too hard. His mouth was…well, it was just right. Kissable. Embarrassed by the ridiculous and out-of-place fantasizing, she felt her face heating. She jerked her gaze from his.

“Mally, I’m not going to hurt you.” He glanced down at the Glock in her hand. “Hey, you’ve got a weapon. If I pull anything, you can just shoot me.”

She couldn’t smile, the situation was too bizarre and her heart thudding too fast. She nodded and opened the screen door. She backed away to let him inside, and he closed the door with a snap. He didn’t lock it and as she continued into the living room, she kept her weapon in hand. Feeling a little ridiculous, she took a risk and set her Glock on the coffee table.

He crossed his arms. “Serious heat you’re packing there.”

“Do you blame me?”

“Hell no.”

For a few seconds he said nothing, but then he approached. Her insides trembled, uncertainty gripping her. He drew nearer, and she felt like a deer about to bolt. When he stood close beside her, his attention like a hot brand on her face, she tilted her head slightly back to examine him. He was easily over six feet, and at five foot seven she felt seriously at a disadvantage. In sheer muscle he outweighed her by a sizable amount. She could easily picture him saving other military personnel in his capacity of pararescueman. Right then her legs turned to gelatin. Either Tanner’s intrusion had disturbed her more than she thought, or this man’s mere presence set off a weird reaction.

Impulsively she put her hand on his vest, ready to push him away. “Think you’re standing close enough?”

His hand covered hers and held it in place, and he edged the tiniest bit closer. She drew in a sharp little breath.

“God,” he said softly as he looked down at her. “You’re trembling. It’s okay. No one’s going to hurt you. You’re safe with me.”

“What about your friends?”

He shook his head. “They’re solid guys. If one even considered touching you, I’d pound their faces.”

A wild heat danced through her, and she couldn’t help smiling just a little. She drew in a deep breath. He smelled like man…a mild mix of musk and maybe leather. It penetrated her senses and sent the warmth higher. Her fingers curled into his ballistic nylon vest. Recklessness beat in her veins, and she’d never felt anything quite like it before.

 

 

Celebrating Genres Within Historical Romance

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

While I write in many genres within the romance world, historical holds a special place in my writing heart. Probably because I’ve found particular satisfaction in researching the different worlds within historical romance. As a romance author I’ve seen many attempts to categorize the different sub genres within the romance field. By sub genres I mean Civil War, Regency, you name it. Regency era romances, whether sweet romance or hot, always seems to be extremely popular. Although I’ve loved reading some Regency era romance, I’ve never been too interested in writing it. Maybe because I’m the unintentional rebel. I don’t color outside of the lines when I write romance because I’m doing it to “be” a rebel. I just am. It is in my bones to write about and read about eras that aren’t the soup du jour. Some of the eras and subjects I’ve chosen to write about are a little obscure, but I manage to find information on what I need to know.

Dark Deadly Love centers around the Jack The Ripper murders of 1888 (no the hero isn’t Jack The Ripper), and I loved writing this book.

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A challenging book to write, but a satisfying one to create, was my Roman Britain book For A Roman’s Heart set in 167AD Britain. Because I lived in England three years, I loved setting this novel in the same part of England that I lived…East Anglia as it was during 167AD.

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For many years I’ve wanted to write a story set during the Blitz of London in 1940. I wrote One London Night and loved every minute of the research and putting it together. I had two beta readers from England willing to read it and they helped me enormously with making sure I didn’t mangle the English accents.

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It is hard for me not to make the paranormal a part of some of the historicals I’ve written, and in The Asylum Trilogy (which features one contemporary novel as the third book), I combined 1906 Colorado, the end of World War I, and a contemporary setting into one trilogy. It challenged me a big way, but I have to admit the World War I novel really gave me a workout because I also researched the Spanish Flu that decimated millions.

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In Love From The Ashes (2001 EPPIE Winner for Best Historical Romance), I plunged into the world of 1906 San Francisco and the Earthquake and Fire that took the city.

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In Before The Dawn I wrote about the early days of the Trans allegheny Railroad and a hero who had been wrongly convicted and sent to Eastern State Penitentiary.

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With Meet Me At The Castle I take readers into a paranormal setting in early 1800’s in rural England. This story has a gothic flare to it. I was tipping my hat to the gothics I loved to read in the 70’s as a teenager.

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In Forevemore I take readers from contemporary to 1800’s Victorian Scotland via reincarnation. This novel also has a gothic flare.

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Currently I’m writing a novel I’ve tentatively called (tongue-in-cheek) That Novel About That Thang which is set right before the enormous Krakatoa explosion in 1883. The story is in Indonesia, and because I know very little about Indonesia during that time period, the research is enormous. But you know what? I love it all. It seems one of the bigger challenges will be to discover a good name for this story, but I figure by the time I’ve finished it I might have a title!

So you can see, my love for historical novels and historical romance set in different situations and time periods is far and wide, and writing historicals has always been and will always be a great love of mine.

 

 

The Wasteland Trilogy: Ashfall Cover Reveal

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Hey all! Welcome to my new blog today. After the long Halloween month, I’m ready for some downtime. This month I’m working on a story that will go into a Valentine’s Day boxed set in 2015. I’m almost finished with the story! In the meantime, I wanted to reveal the cover for Ashfall, the first novel in my Wasteland Trilogy which comes out December 2014 from Liquid Silver Books. To say I’m excited about this cover is an understatement. The artist did a great job with capturing the hero Adam. Here’s the unofficial blurb to give you a quick taste of what’s to come. Then the cover to give you a thrill. Enjoy!

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A strong woman and a former Air Force pararescueman tangle with a brave new world forged by an apocalypse no one could stop.
Mally Andretti survived an apocalypse that has altered the world. Tucked away in a huge compound she should feel safe, but loneliness eats away at her. Until a deep, mysterious voice tantalizes her over the ham radio and invites her into soul deep conversation. Who is the man who claims to be her friend, who awakens mental and physical cravings?
Working for a private security company takes every bit of former Air Force pararescueman Adam Becker’s time, until a sexy voice on the ham radio tempts him to do and say things he’s never done before. Mally calls on every fiercely protective instinctive inside him, and when she’s in serious danger he’ll do anything to get to her in time.

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