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Meet the Writer Wednesday- Jessica Cale

Writers work hard spending time with their words, whether tackling manuscripts, marketing, or blog posts. So every Wednesday here, we tap into some of that wisdom and get to learn about another creative person.

Today let’s welcome Jessica Cale!

With so many quality quotes from different authors on the subject of writing, do you have a favorite?

“You must write every single day of your life… You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads… may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.” ― Ray Bradbury

Where do you draw your inspiration to write?

It’s the characters, more than anything. My series, the Southwark Saga, has a lot of supporting characters outside of the hero and heroine of each book, and I think about them constantly–where they came from, what they want, what kind of adventures I’d like to send them on. Even relatively minor characters can take on lives of their own, and I like to see where they’re going to go. For example, in Tyburn, Alice Henshawe is a silent, thirteen-year-old barmaid. She appears again in Virtue’s Lady with a slightly larger part, and now she’s going to be the heroine of the third part of the series set several years into the future. This book was completely based on Alice, her insecurities, and my need to give her the happy ending she deserves.

Out of any character you’ve written, is there one that’s near and dear to you–that you feel like you could write about forever?

I have a lot of love for Tyburn’s heroine, Sally Green. She is a very strong character. I put her through more terrible things than a person should ever have to live through, and she’s very close to my heart. I’d like to check in with her periodically to make sure she’s still enjoying life and to see how she’s coping with all of her new responsibilities. She does appear again in Virtue’s Lady, and I have more plans for her for later in the series.

If you had the chance to go anywhere on a dream vacation, where would you travel?

I would love to go interrailing around Europe for a few months. I lived in the UK for several years and did some traveling then, but there’s still so much I want to see. I’d like to take my camera and a notebook and try to get lost!

What project are you most excited for right now?

Right now I’m finishing the third book of The Southwark Saga, tentatively titled The Long Way Home. This one is set six years after Virtue’s Lady ends, and follows barmaid Alice Henshawe as she gets lost in France and takes up some…erm…unusual employment. This has been a very challenging project because it has involved a lot of new research, and I’ve been up to the eyeballs in French history for the past year! The setting is about as far away from seventeenth century Southwark as possible, and all of the characters apart from Alice and Jack are new, and some of them are well-known historical figures. This book has been very hard to write, but I’m finally getting toward the end and I hope my readers will like it.

When you’re not writing, what TV do you watch? Do you have a favorite show on air?

Game of Thrones, hands down! My first degree was in Medieval History, so I love that for fantasy, it’s so close to the reality. The characters are complicated and well-developed and they really make it for me. No one’s really a hero, are they? I’ve read all of the books, so I’m excited to see how everything plays out.

What about in the realm of books? Any recommendations?

I just finished reading the ARC of Vice by Rosanna Leo and it was fantastic. The heroine leads a support group for friends and family of people suffering from gambling addiction and the hero runs a string of casinos. It was emotionally engaging and very sexy, and I just loved it. My other favorite books from this year were probably A Scandalous Wager by Cassandra Samuels and What a Duke Wants by Amy Quinton–both outstanding new regency romances.

What’s your zodiac sign?

Scorpio/Sagittarius cusp!

Do you have any huge pet peeves that might make you put a book down?

I don’t like male characters to read like two-dimensional caricatures of “alpha males”. There has to be more to them than a six pack + something about them to make them “deep.” More than anything, though, I get frustrated when I read a book and I can’t picture what’s going on. I’ve read a lot of these over the past few years. I understand the need to be concise and to keep the pace consistent, but without details, all you have is a three-hundred page conversation. I want to see the houses, feel the clothes, and smell the coffee. I try to make up for this in my books as much as possible, even if the details are unpleasant!

Oh man, I agree with you wholeheartedly on the caricature alpha males! Now, where can readers find you and your books?

Tyburn and Virtue’s Lady are out now from Liquid Silver Books. They are on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo, All Romance E-Books, and lsbooks.com. Paperback copies are also available on Amazon.

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From toiling for pennies to bare-knuckle boxing, a lady is prepared for every eventuality.

Lady Jane Ramsey is young, beautiful, and ruined.

After being rescued from her kidnapping by a handsome highwayman, she returns home only to find her marriage prospects drastically reduced. Her father expects her to marry the repulsive Lord Lewes, but Jane has other plans. All she can think about is her highwayman, and she is determined to find him again.

Mark Virtue is trying to go straight. After years of robbing coaches and surviving on his wits, he knows it’s time to hang up his pistol and become the carpenter he was trained to be. He busies himself with finding work for his neighbors and improving his corner of Southwark as he tries to forget the girl who haunts his dreams. As a carpenter struggling to stay in work in the aftermath of The Fire, he knows Jane is unfathomably far beyond his reach, and there’s no use wishing for the impossible.

When Jane turns up in Southwark, Mark is furious. She has no way of understanding just how much danger she has put them in by running away. In spite of his growing feelings for her, he knows that Southwark is no place for a lady. Jane must set aside her lessons to learn a new set of rules if she is to make a life for herself in the crime-ridden slum. She will fight for her freedom and her life if that’s what it takes to prove to Mark—and to herself—that there’s more to her than meets the eye.

Liquid Silver: http://www.lsbooks.com/virtues-lady-p1008.php

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Virtues-Lady-Southwark-Saga-Book-ebook/dp/B00VC6B9SS

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/virtues-lady-jessica-cale/1121713113?ean=9781622102051

All Romance E-Books: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-virtue039slady-1782182-340.html

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/virtue-s-lady

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/virtues-lady/id983809003?mt=11

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25238694-virtue-s-lady

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Meet the Writer Wednesday- Pippa Jay

Let’s celebrate all of the lovely writers out there working hard to provide you with wonderful stories to read! It’s not easy work in the slightest, and each Wednesday we’ll take some time to get to know the person behind the pen.

Today let’s welcome Pippa Jay!

487970_396457363750310_1481028755_n (640x640)nTo kick off things, what’s your favorite quote about writing?

It’s not really a writing quote as such but more a personal motto (and by coincidence the motto for a multi-author blog I belong to). Never give up – never surrender! Commander Quincy Taggart from Galaxy Quest.

I love Galaxy Quest! Now when you’re working on a story or coming up with something new, where do you get your inspiration from?

Pretty much everything. I mean, I’ve had inspiration for a space battle from a piece of paper hitting the windscreen of my car or funny dialogue from my kids. Mostly my inspiration comes from dreams, music, image sites like deviantart or stock image sites, books, TV and films, but really anything can spark it off. A complete YA dystopia story popped into my head while taking my daughter to her first music concert, sparked off by me watching the crowd file into the stadium and wondering what would be the best escape route in case of a zombie invasion. So yeah, literally anything.

When you’re working with characters for so long, it’s easy to get attached–just like real people! Do you have any you feel like you could write forever?

Ooo, I don’t like to pick favourites! Don’t tell the others, but I guess it would be Quin from Keir. She’s been with me the longest, starting out as a new companion in a Doctor Who story I wrote in 1990. She’s the character most like me, or the me I wanted to be as a teenager, and I have so many adventures with her in my head that I’ve yet to write down that sometimes I think I might explode! I certainly have enough that I could write about her probably for the rest of my life.

Coming up with all these different settings, you must have a place in mind you’d love to travel. Where would you go?

Right now hubs and I have been talking about a trip to Louisiana. He’s been reading a lot of books set there, and I wrote one I set in a made up Louisiana town, relying heavily on research and knowledgeable friends, since I’ve never actually been there. So now we both have a hankering to visit.

What’s the next big project in the works?

After Keir‘s release I’ll be working on the sequel – Keir’s Fall – and a side story set between the two. I’m hoping to have Keir’s Fall out by the end of the year, and the side story soon after. I’ve been promising the sequel forever – since Keir first released in May 2012 – but so many things happened to get in the way. My publisher rejected it, then another that took it on had to close before it was published. So it’s taken over three years to finally be able to deliver it to readers, so I’m really excited about that.

Any favorite shows on air?

Doctor Who. Without question.

Us Whovians are all around : ). What about on the book front? Any recommendations?

I’ve been really struggling to get in reading time in the past year, but five of my recent favourites have been Spark Rising by Kate Corcino (post apocalyptic), Inherit the Stars by Laurie A Green (SciFi romance), My Name is A’yen by Rachel Leigh Smith (SFR with quite a paranormal feel), Rulebreaker by Cathy Pegau (f/f SFR), and Angel’s Keeping by Brantwijn Serrah (f/f angel erotica).

Now my favorite question–what’s your astrological sign?

I’m a Leo, though I always say I’m more like the cowardly lion from The Wizard of Oz than a typical Leo.

When you’re reading a book, are there any huge pet peeves that’ll cause you to put it down?

I cannot stand heroes portrayed as jerks unless they are redeemed or given a huge shake up really quickly. But the biggest thing that will get me dropping a book is repeated typos/grammar issues.

Where can readers find you and your books?

You can stalk me at my website, or at my blog, but without doubt my favorite place to hang around and chat is on Twitter as @pippajaygreen.

 

Website – http://www.pippajay.co.uk

Blogs –

Adventures in Scifi – http://www.pippajay.blogspot.co.uk

Spacefreighters Lounge – http://www.spacefreighters.blogspot.com

Romancing the Genres – http://www.romancingthegenres.blogspot.co.uk/

SFR Brigade – http://www.sfrcontests.blogspot.co.uk/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/pippajaygreen

Goodreads – http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5054558.Pippa_Jay

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Pippa-Jay-Adventures-in-Scifi/114058821953752

Pinterest – http://www.pinterest.com/pippajaygreen/

Google+ – https://plus.google.com/u/0/101080630877126516448/posts

Wattpad – http://www.wattpad.com/user/PippaJay

Amazon page – http://author.to/PippaJay

All Romance eBooks – http://www.allromanceebooks.com/storeSearch.html?searchBy=author&qString=Pippa+Jay

Newsletter – http://eepurl.com/IKX7b

Keir (1)

Blurb:

A demon waiting to die…

An outcast reviled for his discolored skin and rumors of black magic, Keirlan de Corizi sees no hope for redemption. Imprisoned beneath the palace that was once his home, the legendary ‘Blue Demon of Adalucien’ waits for death to finally free him of his curse. But salvation comes in an unexpected guise.

A woman determined to save him.

Able to cross space and time with a wave of her hand, Tarquin Secker has spent eternity on a hopeless quest. Drawn by a compulsion she can’t explain, she risks her apparent immortality to save Keir, and offers him sanctuary on her home-world, Lyagnius. But Quin has secrets of her own.

When Keir mistakenly unleashes the dormant alien powers within him and earns exile from Lyagnius, Quin chooses to stand by him. Can he master his newfound abilities in time to save Quin from the darkness that seeks to possess her?

Book One of the Redemption series and part of the Travellers Universe. A science fiction romance novel previously released by Lyrical Press Inc. 7th May 2012, Keir is a Readers Favorite Contest Awards Finalist 2012​, HOD RWA Aspen Gold finalist (3rd place)The Kindle Book Review’s 2013 Best Indie Book Awards semi-finalist, and a 2012 SFR Galaxy Award Best May to December Romance winner.

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