Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Just Finished Reading... Extreme Exposure by Pamela Clare

I had been looking for a good romantic suspense book for a fair while, wanting an author who could really suck me in like Suzanne Brockmann. Someone suggested Pamela Clare's I-team novels, so I bought the first one and then it sat on my bookshelf for weeks. I'm not sure if my tastes have gotten harder to please over the years, or I'm just so busy that I subconsciously don't want to spend what little reading time I have on a book I have to work at liking or reading. I'd started and put down A LOT of books in the last few months and was reluctant to pick up Extreme Exposure in case it wasn't as good as I hoped. When I finally picked up this book, it was actually a relief to find I connected with the characters and got sucked in within a few pages.
 

Kara is a typically driven reporter with one point of difference: she has a four year old son, Conner. Part of why I enjoyed this book so much, I think, is because Conner wasn't just a story device as kids sometimes end up being, only brought out when they're need to cause conflict, and strangely not around 90% of the time so the h&h can get it on uninterrupted. This always annoys me because the realities of kids is that they're ALWAYS around and it is quite hard to get time alone, or go gallivanting around, doing whatever you want. Connor was his own character, and Kara's struggle between self-mom-work-professional-and-personal was handled very well and very realistically, in my opinion. There were times when she had to choose between her son and the career she loved, and my heart ached for her as she felt the guilt and shortcomings. Also, she got to tell her crappy boss where to go, but didn't lose her job because he wasn't treating her (or the other staff) fairly anyway. I'm sure we've all had crappy bosses we've wanted to yell at,so I was cheering her on for that.
 

As for Reece, at first I was a bit worried that I was not going to like him by the end of the book. He had "too perfect" hero syndrome at first. A man who used to be a school teacher, he became a senator to show his students that one man could make a difference and not be corrupted by politics. He was tall, handsome, loved to cook, wanted to look after her, was more interested in her pleasure than his own, willing to take things slow and stood firm about wanting a relationship even when Kara hesitated. Etc, etc, etc. Personally I'm not a fan of the perfect hero, usually, unless they get suitably tortured over the course of the story (I'm mean, I know) but luckily, Reece faced his share of fire through a series of events (which I won't reveal, because I didn't see one in particular coming, so won't spoil it for anyone else!) in the end, I thought Reece and Kara deserved each other (in a good way) and enjoyed seeing their HEA. I'm definitely going to get the next books in the I-Team series and hope they're as good as this one!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Holiday Mode For Atrophy Release

Today is the day!
Seven years after I first wrote it, today is the day Atrophy officially becomes a published book. Expecting happy dances, flowing champagne and fireworks? Well, yeah, it would be nice, but the day rolled around and is quietly passing while I wrap Christmas presents for my kids between doing totally not glamorous things like update my website.
... #authorlife
Seriously, though, while I'm so happy and grateful that Entangled gave this book a home, teamed me with a wonderful editor and now all my daydreams about Atrophy being an actual real story that people I've never met before read and (hopefully) love as much as I do, compared to the energy, levels of organization and enthusiasm I had about Damage Control and Escape Velocity, this release day so far has been a much more relaxing experience. Maybe its because this is the third release this year, so I've kind of got the whole process (mostly) firgured out.
But actually, I think it has more to do with the fact that I am totally going into holiday mode. Usually, in years past, I take the entire month of December off from my writing so I can enjoy shopping, spending time with my kids and the first wonderful month of Summer here in Australia.
So my mind is telling me its time to switch off, even though I've had this book out today, have edits to do and another book to finish writing.
But its hard to keep my butt on the chair in front of the computer when the weather is warm, there are presents to be wrapped beneath my Christmas tree, ripe fruit and veggies to be picked from my garden and fun things to do with the kids. 
This blog post was my last official duty for the day, so now I'm off to do some of the above mentioned activities.
Click some of the links below if you want to find out more about Atrophy, but just quietly, get out and enjoy December -- whether you're in the northern hemisphere enjoying the holidays by a roaring fire as it rains or snows outside, or you're down here with me in the southern hemisphere and getting ready to hit the beaches or pools. Either way, 2015 is almost over. Its time to enjoy our families, reflect on the year that was and look forward to new beginnings in 2016.
Happy Holidays!

No one on Erebus escapes alive...

Twelve years on the prison planet Erebus makes a man long for death. The worst part for Tannin Everette is that he was framed for murder. He’s innocent. When the ship Imojenna lands for emergency repairs, Tannin risks everything to escape…only to find himself face to face with the captain’s undeniably gorgeous sister.

Zahli Sherron isn’t planning on turning Tannin in. In fact, she actually believes him. Sure, he’s sexy as every kind of sin, but he’s no criminal—so she hides him. But no one escapes from Erebus and lives to tell about it. With every day that passes, Zahli further risks the lives of the entire crew…even as she falls in love with a man she can never have for herself.


Find it:
Enatangled Publishing
Amazon
Goodreads
My Website
 

Saturday, December 5, 2015

The Only Thing Better Than Watching Joss Whedon's Firefly...

...Is when you do it with other die-hard Browncoats!
First off, I just have to say a quick sorry for the total abadonment of NaNo and my blog in general. During the second week of NaNo, I had a family emergency that saw me spend the latter half of that week going back and forth to the hospital. Everyone is fine, thankfully, but obviously writing was way down on my list of priorities. By the time I was ready to get back into it, first round edits for Quantum arrived and NaNo 2015 was over for me. I did managed to write 26,609 words in that first week and a half, so all in all, it probably wasn't a bad effort.
And now that we're in the beginning of December, while I'm still working on those edits, Atrophy is coming out on Monday. Lots of happy dancing happening around my house.
If you've stopped by my blog in the last few days, then you would have seen the banner at the top of my page for the very awesome release celebration my publisher has organized -- a live twitter viewing of the pilot episode of Firefly! To join in, simply follow @entangledpub
or @JessAnastasi
For those of us in Australia, that will be Thursday 10th December at 1pm.