Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Big Bad Bite Tour: Promo/Guest Post

What would it be like to live in a world where you are considered abnormal to those who are above the norm?

Jenna O’ Conner has been taught her whole life to hide from everyone. Never to let anyone to close enough to know that she would prefer a shotgun for her birthday over of a bouquet of roses. She’s been smothered by her over protective family so that no one learns what she truly is. Which is not human. Nor, is she considered the norm for the supernatural Other community that is benevolent enough to share this world with the humans.

In a desperate attempt to live her own life away from the small town she was raised in, Jenna obtains her dream job as the newest member on the Wilmington Police Department’s SWAT Team. What she didn’t predict was that she would run into trouble her first day on the job, in the form of a deadly, mouthwatering man named Adam McPhee. Who is also not human, but more like a wolf walking around in human skin. He’s determined to figure out exactly what Jenna is, which unbeknownst to him, could very well put her life in danger. He’s also determined to have her all to himself.

As if that wasn’t enough for Jenna to deal with, bad news blows into town. A group of extremist Shifters who think humans are cattle and factions of Others worldwide should stay within their own species - never to intermingle. Chaos ensues. Jenna has to find a way to shut them down, but in the process of trying to do that, discovers things about herself that even she never thought was possible.
Who said the wolf was what you had to worry about?
Welcome to the real world.
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Everyone climbed into their respective vehicles to follow Jenna to her house. She should have been worried about Kent’s lack of intelligence at smarting off to the most powerful wolf shifter in the United States, but she wasn’t. 
She should have been worried about whether her Uncle Owen would snap her partner’s neck for getting into a pissing match with him in a public place. But she wasn’t. 
She should have been worried about whatever the reasons were for having members of a slightly psychotic wolf pack running amuck in the new city she called home. But she wasn’t.
No, suddenly Jenna was panicked about two things.
One, did she have enough food in her house to feed two overgrown shifter males and a large sneaky demon? Because she knew shifter appetites bordered on ridiculousness that could empty a small grocery store once a week, and that was in a word - scary. But she also had no idea if demons carried the same kind of appetite, and if they did, then she was in another word - screwed. Somehow she didn’t think her meager stash of pepperoni slices, cheese and crackers would go real far.
And two; she really, really hoped that she had managed to pick up her dirty clothing from around the house. She had a terrible habit of stripping off offending clothing the moment she walked through the door. So it wasn’t unusual to see her bra lying on the living room floor as she made her way to the shower after getting off a shift from work. She also was not the tidiest person on the planet. In fact, her Mama had repeatedly called her a hopeless slob of epic proportions if not kept in check. The absolute horror of her little brother, whom she didn’t even know existed until this morning, seeing her bras or panties was enough to terrify her and humiliate her beyond words.
Because she was quickly discovering that the possibility of little brothers, even if they appeared to be over the age of eighteen, seeing your undergarments equaled two words.
Total mortification.

Guest Post
Study on the Mammal Known as the Writer

Hi everyone! Big Bad Bite is our second novel, and there are a few things we’ve noticed about ourselves in this crazy pursuit of being an “Author”. In our studies (time wasted on the internet stalking our favorite authors), we’ve noticed that many of them share the same habits or quirks that we do. Some of these things will seem like common sense, and some of these things may cause you to have the overwhelming urge to call the closest loony bin and try to have us committed. Either way, here goes.
Writers are readers. We may spend a good portion of our day in front of the computer, banging away at the keyboard to put into words what the many voices occupying our head say, but we also spend an insane amount of time reading. Sometimes this voracious reading sparks ideas for us, and sometimes it has consequences. For instance, Crystal’s husband has threatened to take her Nook and hide it if she doesn’t start acknowledging his existence more often.
Sometimes we forget the rest of the world exists. There’s a life beyond my computer desk? Say it isn’t so! When in the ‘zone’, writers can forget about everything else around them. This is a good thing. It’s when we get some of our best work done. Of course, it can also mean that we forget to feed ourselves, ignore our chores around the house such as cooking a real meal for our children, and sometimes we find ourselves doing the pee-pee dance as we race to the bathroom because we forgot to take a break for that too. But hey, we typed out a chapter where we ‘punked’ the annoying character in such a way that readers everywhere will be using it as inspiration for revenge against their own real life irritants. What more can you ask for in life?
We find inspiration everywhere. Movies, books, music, going to the grocery store, all of these simple things can give us inspiration for our writing. Crystal once found inspiration as she walked down the street to her friend’s house. Who knew that was possible? Melissa finds inspiration with the many conversations over dinner or drinks with her husband. That man needs his own book. (Which she is secretly writing when he isn’t watching.) So, inspiration can be found everywhere, and because of that you will often see writer’s digging for that notebook to jot it all down before they lose their idea. If a notebook can’t be found – well hello arm! Won’t it be cool that someone will mistake your mad ramblings written on your skin as the newest tattoo fad?
Technologically smarter than the average bear, but not a genius. Writers can find their ways around most computer programs pretty easily. This does not mean they’ve conquered them though. At least three times a week Crystal threatens to throw her computer out of her second story bedroom window because it refuses to do what she wants it to. If her computer is lucky, her husband is home to pry her away from it before something irreparable is done. The sad thing is Crystal’s mom thinks she’s half-technological genius because she knows her way around the internet and a few programs. This would make Crystal extremely proud of herself if her Mom didn’t still occasionally refer to the computer as ‘The Devil’, and accuse it for the upcoming apocalypse.

Melissa can work her way through a computer blindfolded, but ask her to hook up the HDMI cables to a new Plasma TV, then to the PlayStation 3, and make sure the surround sound stuff works too? Nope, not gonna’ happen. She’ll bring in the big guns and tell the hubby to do it while she watches from the safety of her couch. Remember kids, wires are a trip hazard for the seriously uncoordinated. Couch = Safety.
We have a love/hate relationship with the blank page. It’s our best friend one moment and our worst enemy the next. It can signal the start of a chapter, or the beginning of a new book. Sometimes this is a good thing, and sometimes we’d rather jump off the nearest high rise building. Either way, we spend minutes, hours, or days (Please God let it be just minutes! Pretty please? We promise to remember that a real world exists outside of that page…) staring at it, hoping for the words to just jump out at us so that we can “put pen to paper” in a sense. Most days they flow, and well, others not so much. That’s when we need to push away from the desk, get out of the chair, and find the nearest liquor store, or Dunkin Donuts. Whichever one is closest. If it’s a really bad day, maybe both.
We have our own kind of porn. It has many nicknames. Cover lust, cover candy, man candy, and book porn. It doesn’t come in a brown paper wrapped package in the mail, and usually our significant others never have a clue that we’re drooling over it. In fact, you can find book porn almost anywhere you go! Super stores, grocery stores, airports, and of course the book store. If we accumulated a list of all our readers who love their book porn, then we’d probably have bigger numbers than Playboy’s magazine subscriber list. Our real life stars like Paul Marron are smoking hot, and he probably doesn’t get mobbed to badly while walking down the street. Our fictional stars like Christian Grey have half the women in the world dreaming about him as they sleep. In my opinion we are the most ingenious porn industry ever invented. The best thing about it all? Most of our significant others don’t even realize we’re looking at it, or even reading it, when they’re in the bed with us at night. See? Ingenious.

We hope you enjoyed our observations on the mammal known as ‘The Writer’! So now we’d love to hear from you! Are you a writer who thinks we left out a pivotal trait? A reader with a comment on one of our characteristics listed above? Please feel free to share in the comments section below!
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Jessie Lane is the writing team of Melissa Pahl and Crystal Leo. The two sister-in-laws share a passionate love of naughty romance, cliff hanging suspense, and out-of-this-world characters that demand your attention, or threaten to slap you around until you do pay attention to them. Because really, it is ALL about the characters. (They're kind of megalomaniacs - but don't tell them that we said that.)      
Crystal and Melissa often live half their lives with their heads in the clouds dreaming of alpha military hunks, werewolves and kick ass heroines crazy enough to chase after creatures that they unquestionably should know better than to chase.     
Their first YA novel, The Burning Star, was released in May 2012. Big Bad Bite is their second novel, but their first adult paranormal romance. They are now working on their next two novels, Walk On The Striped Side and Secret Maneuvers. With these projects underway, they are looking forward to showing the rest of the world their crazy stories, heroes and heroines that often plague their minds until written, and hope you will join them on their journey! 

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1 comment:

Diana Ramsey said...

Amazing guest post. I bookmarked it LOL! Liquor and Dunkin' Donuts sounds like a winning combo to me LOL! Thank you so much for sharing :D