Accidental Romance with Jessica Subject and a giveaway!

JES_Accidental romance_MDAnd now you’re an adult…

Thank you so much, Kerry, for having me as a guest on your blog! It’s a pleasure to be here.

Hello everyone! It’s been a busy week for me with two releases, but I’m having a lot of fun. One of my new releases is Accidental Romance, which is a new adult contemporary romance. This book is different than the stories I generally write, as it is a sweet romance rather than erotic romance and erotica, and there are no aliens, or any aspects of sci-fi in the story at all.

After I contracted Accidental Romance as part of Decadent Publishing’s new Challenge series, I had a lot of readers and other authors asking me about the New Adult genre. Many had never heard of it before. And the other stories from The Challenge series are geared toward adults. While independent authors have been writing stories that would be considered New Adult for years, it has risen to the spotlight after St. Martin’s Press hosted a contest for books to market to both YA readers and Adult readers. Thus, New Adult fills in that gap.

New Adult stories deal with characters in their early twenties trying to find their path in life, away from their parents, and learning to deal with the pressures of everyday adult life. It’s a big change for many 20-somethings. I remember all the stress of those years, and like my high school years, I wouldn’t want to live through them again. Though I met my husband in those years, moved in with him, and became pregnant with my first child.

In Accidental Romance, Leanne still lives at home after finished college, but is getting ready to take over the family farm. But a tragic accident stands to ruin all of her hopes and dreams of the future. She had even bigger struggles to deal with as she tries to find her place in life. Lucky for her, she has friends and family to help her in her everyday struggles.

Accidental Romance Blurb:

At twenty-two, Leanne Declan has graduated from college and hopes to take over the family farm until a tragic accident changes her life forever. Unable to do the simplest everyday chores, she must depend on her family and friends as she learns to face life’s challenges. But when her fears threaten to destroy her future, can an unexpected love be strong enough to help her dreams come true?

BUY LINKS:

Amazon Canada

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Decadent Publishing

All Romance

Barnes&Noble

Excerpt:

A million needles pierced her wrist. She had to get away from the fire. Leanne flicked open her eyes, screaming, longing for the agony to stop.

White walls surrounded her. Machines beeped. Taking in the new scenery, she closed her mouth, the pain forgotten. Bags filled with clear liquids as well as blood hung from a metal pole. She followed the tubes from the bags into her left hand. Was that where the burn came from? She glanced at the other arm, the end of which was wrapped in thick bandages. The image of spinning blades and her mangled flesh flashed before her eyes. She screamed again, tears falling down her cheeks. This can’t be happening.

Bodies rushed into the room, many in scrubs. With her vision blurred, she didn’t recognize anyone. All strangers. She was in the foreign place by herself. A nightmare. Has to be.

“Shh, calm down, sweetie. You’ll be okay.”

A familiar voice. She glanced to her other side to see her mom standing beside her, her eyes glassy. She held her hand, but Leanne couldn’t feel it, only the throbbing which had returned to her other one, the one that was…gone? She groaned, turning on her side, and pulled her knees up to her chest.

“Mom, is it really…?”

She brushed her fingers over her forehead. “Don’t worry about it right now. You need to rest.”

“It hurts so bad.”

“I know.” Her mother stroked her face again. “But the nurses will help it go away.”

“Leanne,” one of the nurses hovering around her said. “I want you to take deep breaths and count backward from ten.”

“Ten.” She sucked in air and cried out in agony.

Between clenched teeth, she continued. Anything to stop the pain. “Nine.”

Ice traveled through her veins. “Eight.”

The throbbing slowly ebbed away. Seven.

Darkness swept over her and pulled her down with it.

Bio:                           

Jessica Subject started writing to encourage her daughter to read. Now she writes to keep herself grounded. Although she reads many genres, she enjoys writing Science Fiction Romance the most and believes everyone in the universe deserves a happily ever after. She lives Southwestern Ontario, Canada with her husband and two kids and loves to hear from her readers.

Find Jessica here:

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Goodreads

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Giveaway:

For your chance to WIN Accidental Romance swag, leave a comment telling me your favorite memory from your early twenties. Winner will be notified by email on January 26, 2013. Good luck!

Senator, Mine is on Amazon…

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Late last night, on my oldest daughter’s 18th birthday, I went to check Amazon to see if SENATOR, MINE had been loaded, and sure enough–it had.  I am so thrilled to be among Decadent Publishing 1Night Stand authors-such a fabulous group to join. You can see the entire 1NS list here:  http://www.decadentpublishing.com/index.php?cPath=75_105&osCsid=pbric4stp1fg3scoi50hihh633

Blurb for SENATOR, MINE:

Eleanor’s dream of a romantic tour of Italy shatters when her long-time boyfriend breaks up with her in Pompeii. Determined to enjoy the once in a lifetime vacation, she enlists the 1NS service. She continues her trip, stopping to buy a small golden signet in a mysterious antiquities shop in Rome.

Darius, a hard-working Senator in Ancient Rome, is puzzled by the Sibyl’s words: You will not find love in your lifetime. Hoping to find a measure of happiness, he agrees to the Sibyl’s quest. In the olive grove, he spots Eleanor, a barbarian wearing his stolen senator’s ring.

A night spent together may be just what they both need to break down the columns of time that stand between them.

 Excerpt:

“What is it?” She moved closer to examine the object he held.

“A senator’s ring from the time of Augustus.” He waved the item with a flourish. “A rare and beautiful find, for a deserving young woman.”

The golden circle sparkled in the half-light like the wedding band that shone in her dreams. She tried to control her sharp intake of breath.

“A rather personal memento, wouldn’t you say?”

“It’s beautiful.”

“Indeed.”

“Which senator?” Gorgeous. What a find. Was it legal to take it out of the country? Surely it held historical significance.

“Yes, it can be exported,” the shopkeeper said. “We don’t know who owned the signet, as many records of the Senate at that time were lost, but it has been cleared by the Antiquities Commission.”

She hadn’t mentioned exporting it aloud. Had he read her mind? No, that wasn’t possible. She squirmed. Nothing about the shop or its contents felt normal. One thing was certain. The ring was amazing. And perfect.

“What does the engraving say?” she asked.

“Darius.”

She drew in a quick breath, as a gasp of warm air breezed across her neck, making the hairs stand. She shuddered. I’ve been watching too many old movies.

“As common as the name was at the time, no senators named Darius are on any rolls.” The shopkeeper pushed it closer to her face. “And Madame Eve recommends it. What do you say?”

“How much?” Eleanor whispered.

“Ah.” The shopkeeper grinned. “What price would you pay for a little ring that will change your life forever?”

 

 

As part of the blog hop, I am giving away a $25 GC to either Amazon or B&N — winner’s choice!  Have fun!

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