Saturday, September 3, 2011

Jess Macallan Guest Post & Giveaway

I am pleased to be a site on Jess Macallan's blog tour for her new book Stone Cold Seduction. I really enjoyed this urban fantasy novel and look forward to books two and three in November and January.

Check out what Jess has to say about a writer's family and then enter the giveaway for an ebook copy of her story.

A Writer’s Family

I’m excited to be at Inside of a Dog today. Thanks for having me! I’m celebrating my upcoming  release STONE COLD SEDUCTION with Entangled Publishing. I’ve been asked a lot of questions about my characters, my inspiration, and my story line. I love talking about those things, but I also need to give credit to the other important people in my life: my family.

I see a lot of blogs discussing how writers manage to write and juggle family time, so I won’t bore you with another one. But have you ever wondered how families juggle life with a writer? Creative types aren’t all that easy to live with. A lot of focus is given to our support systems or lack thereof. I’m lucky to have a husband and kids who are supportive and understanding. Very understanding. Let me give you a few examples:

One day I was desperately trying to finish edits, and dinner time was closing in. I had the brilliant idea to let my kids do what we now call Snack-y Dinner. Their eyes lit up, because it was essentially a free-for-all. I let them raid the cupboard and the fridge (within reason), and load up their plates with their favorite snacks. I finished my edits, and the kids were fed. Success! Or rather it would have been if I’d only done it a few times. You know you’ve relied on Snack-y Dinner too often when your kids request baked chicken and lots of veggies instead of more snacks. Ahem.

My poor husband asks a week in advance if I can pencil in time to sit and watch our favoritenshow together on his days off. However, he has a better chance of getting a response if he asks via Facebook or Twitter because, well, I don’t hear much of anything while I’m typing. Have I mentioned he’s very understanding?

My parents and grandparents are afraid to call because I’m usually writing like mad during our normal chat times. I have a sneaking suspicion they can hear me clicking away on the keyboard while they update me on their lives. It’s not that I don’t care, or don’t want to talk. But when inspiration strikes, you learn to take advantage of it. And…er…I might possibly suffer from creative tunnel vision.

A few years ago, I could multi-task with the best of them. I’ve since discovered writing and multi-tasking don’t make good bedfellows. When I’m writing, I’m consumed with the story. And by consumed, I mean completely oblivious to anything and everything around me. There are only a few things that can pull me out of my creative flow. Kids screaming bloody murder, my husband offering to cook dinner, and the need for a piece of chocolate. Everything else is off my radar.

Fortunately, my obliviousness paid off. STONE COLD SEDUCTION is the first in the Set in Stone trilogy and I’m thrilled to share it with the world. Plus, I promised my family I’d take an entire month off when my writing, editing and blogging are done. *girns* Hey, I’m never above bribery.

If you’re a creative type, are your loved ones understanding of your quirky habits?

Thanks again for having me on Inside of a Dog today. I love chatting with readers at | Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads  (Check out her blog too.)

Happy Reading!

Would you like a copy of Stone Cold Seduction? Here is the product description:

When a regular night of Robin Hood-ery results in the manifestation of some, um, unusual paranormal abilities, perfume-maker Elleodora Fredricks realizes the normal world she lives in isn't quite... normal. And neither is she, thanks to her father, king of the shadow elves. Not only is he evil incarnate and the reason Elle moonlights as a burglar someone has to take care of all his victims he s stolen her memories.

And only reading her fate can fix that.

Good thing she s got a trio of hotties willing to help her find said fate, but only if she gives them something in return. Saving her oracle BFF's fiance, falling in love with the gargoyle, and making up for breaking the phoenix s heart ought to be a piece of cake for the princess of the shadow elves.

If only the king didn't want his daughter dead...
Entangled Publishing is letting me give away one ebook edition. This contest is open internationally. Fill out the form below for your chance to read this exciting and entertaining title. You can check out this link to Entangled Publishing to read the first two chapters too.

Enter by midnight on Friday, Sept. 9. The winner will be chosen using and notified on Saturday, Sept. 10. Good luck.

1 comment:

  1. Your book sounds great, Jess! Just up my alley. My husband and I work well together. He likes to have his free time to play video games and I like to write. We have a toddler now, so it's much harder to do either of those things. I'm keeping in mind Snack-y Dinner for when he gets older!


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