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Thursday, August 19, 2021

Guest: Jessica E. Subject #NewRelease VAWN #sfr

 I'm happy to share in the celebration of my friend Jessica E. Subject's new release.



Hello Diane and visitors! It’s a pleasure to be visiting this blog again to share my new release with you! VAWN is the first book in the Kaddim Brothers series, and a return to sci-fi romance for me. The last sci-fi romance I released was in October 2018 with TAYRYM from my Galactic Defenders series, before devoting my time to writing paranormal romance in the form of my Shifter Towers series. I really enjoyed writing that series, which consists of six stories, and brought to life some of my favorite characters. It was set on an alternate Earth where men who are omegas can get pregnant.

For my new series, I wanted to stick with the ideas of Mpreg and omegaverses, but combine it with other worlds at the same time. So, I decided to write sci-fi romance. This series includes beings from all over the universe, where gender is not binary, and sexuality is far from heteronormative. And they come together for the space racing circuit, which can be thought of as a combination of Formula 1 racing and pod racing in fighter jet-type spacecraft.

Plus, I wanted to go back to writing sci-fi. I had a really great idea that wouldn’t work in any other genre. I wanted to write about space travel, aliens, and people from different worlds falling in love.

I’m sure I’ll go back to writing paranormal worlds in the future here and there, but for now my muse is traveling through space again. I have two more Kaddim Brothers stories to write, and a couple stand-alone stories embedded in my mind already.

Check out VAWN below!



VAWN

 

Kaddim Brothers book one

by Jessica E. Subject

Release date: August 9, 2021

Genres: Romance, Sci-Fi, LGBTQ, MPreg

Digital ISBN: 978-1-68361-552-1

Print ISBN: 978-1-68361-566-8

 

Published with Decadent Publishing Company, LLC

Cover artist: Fantasia Frog Designs

# of words: 35,200

 

BLURB:

 Vawn doesn’t need a mate. He’s already established himself universe-wide as a hot name in fashion, while raising his daughter. But he won’t say no to a fling with a hot space racer when he travels to Eurebly to visit his brothers. One night. That’s all he can give. Because his heart shattered when he lost his previous alpha, and he hasn’t been able to repair it completely. He refuses to love someone like that ever again.

 Ojokun survived on Jenegath in order to leave the planet and become the best space racer in the universe. Though he flies with a team, he’s never depended on anyone outside of his jet. He keeps to himself. Has one-night stands, just like every other space racer. But, after a mind-blowing night with the brother of two of his teammates, he can’t stop thinking about the gorgeous omega, or the foreign longing that scares him more than his overly-protective teammates.

 Can Ojokun convince Vawn that he wants more than one night? Or is that all they were ever meant to be?

 

EBOOK BUY LINKS:

 Amazon US:  https://www.amazon.com/Vawn-Kaddim-Brothers-Book-1-ebook/dp/B098M9SJJ7/

Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1683615662/

 

GOODREADS:

 Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58657618-vawn

 

EXCERPT:

 “So, what happens if I press this button right here?”

 Ret yanked my hand away from the console. “Seriously, Vawn, I don’t know why I let you anywhere near my jet. You won’t stop touching things.”

 “Well, sorry for showing some interest.” I rolled my eyes while Genj laughed, standing on the platform below.

 Ret shook his head. “You can show interest without using your hands, you know.”

 “Darn right I can, but I’m not interested in your jet that way.” I ducked as my oldest brother tried to swat my head.

 “How about you get out now?” Ret wrapped his fingers around my wrist. “I don’t need you accidently starting my jet and crashing it into our dormitory. I’d have nothing to fly and nowhere to live because my baby brother couldn’t keep his hands to himself.”

 I laughed at him. “You can’t even handle me. How are you going to cope when you have Enif in here for the first time? You promised her, and I can guarantee she will touch and flip everything in this cockpit.”

 My brother sighed. “I’ll deal with that when the time comes, but right now, I want you out of my jet. Let’s go to the museum instead.”

 “Fine.” I grabbed his wrist with my other hand and made him help me out.

 Genj shook his head at the both of us. “It’s unbelievably quiet when you two aren’t together.”

 We both turned to him and stuck out our tongues.

 After leaving the tarmac, we headed into the main building of the facility. The museum was somewhere inside, and my brothers mentioned all kinds of items they wanted to show me as we walked through the hallways.

 While I tried to pay attention, I was completely distracted the moment we walked past the fitness room. But I really couldn’t help myself when the sexiest being alive was chest pressing on the bench with a whole lot of weight on either end of the barbell. There were more modern ways to build muscle now, but him standing inside a machine wouldn’t have given me this breathtaking view. Being from Jenegath, he had black forearms and thighs, his skin changing to blue and reaching toward his torso like the tips of flames. And the golden lines all over the rest of his tanned body proved how vascular he was. All muscle and definitely drool-worthy. I wiped the corner of my mouth as he put the bar in the stand and sat up, catching me staring at him. He winked before he reached for his bottle for a drink. Shit, he was definitely a candidate for tonight. He ran his hand through his dark locks, longer on the top and undercut on the sides. I had to experience him.

 Ret peeked over my shoulder. “No.” He spun me around and moved me away from the door. “That is my teammate. Stay away from him.”

 “But he’s so hot,” I whined as I was dragged down the hall. “I wonder how hung he is.”

 “Not something I want to know,” Genj groaned.

 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

 Jessica E. Subject is the USA Today bestselling author of science fiction and paranormal romances, bringing to life a wide variety of characters. In her stories, you could not only meet a sexy alien or a pop star tiger shifter, but also unsuspecting clones and feisty omegas. You may be transported to a dystopian world where rebels are fighting to live and love, or to an alternate reality where shifters live among humans.


When Jessica is not reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to go to fitness class, listen to BTS, and walk her Great Pyrenees/Retriever her family adopted from the local animal shelter.

Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two not-so-little children. And she loves to hear from her readers. You can find her at jessicasubject.com.

 

AUTHOR LINKS:

 Website - https://jessicasubject.com

Newsletter - https://eepurl.com/eX1Zw

Twitter - https://twitter.com/jsubject

Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jessica-E-Subject-author/205759796126370

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/jessicaesubject/

BookBub Page - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/jessica-e-subject

Amazon Author Page - https://amazon.com/author/jessicasubject

Goodreads Page - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4959083.Jessica_E_Subject

Authorgraph - https://www.authorgraph.com/authors/jsubject



Thursday, August 12, 2021

Guest: J.Q. Rose #NewRelease GIRLS SUCCEED!

 My friend and fellow Michigander, author J.Q. Rose has a new book. I hope you enjoy her post.


Girls Succeed! 99 cent Promo August 6-14 for eBook

TAGLINE: Empowering girls to Dream Big!

BACK OF THE BOOK: Girls Succeed! Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women by J.Q. Rose

Discover the inspiring stories of sixteen contemporary women who had ambitious dreams when they were girls.

Find out how they made those dreams come true!

Readers cheer for these amazing women when they follow their lives to discover how they overcome obstacles and crash through barriers to complete their goals. Learn about their workday and the achievements in their chosen careers.

Girls Succeed: Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women includes stories about 21st-century women who have discovered cures to stamp out disease, made people laugh, earned Olympic and Paralympic gold medals and crossed the country behind the wheel of an 18-wheel semi-truck and more. Meet the people who mentored these dreamers and helped them to negotiate the curves and bumps along the way.

With resources related to the occupation, girls can dive deeply into the career and the woman's life. The accompanying quotes inspire girls to work toward making their dream careers come true.


The Girls Succeed Reader's Guide, included in this book, suggests project and discussion ideas for classroom teachers and home-school educators to expand on themes covered in the book.

Author J.Q. Rose uses her experience as a classroom teacher and her storytelling skills as an author to inspire girls to dream big!

Amazon Link to Paperback  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09B3FXN4R

Amazon Link to eBook  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B092H6XSQ4/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1


BIO:

Whether the story is fiction or non-fiction, J.Q. Rose is “focused on story.”  She offers readers chills, giggles and quirky characters woven within the pages of her mystery novels. Her published mysteries are Deadly Undertaking, Terror on Sunshine Boulevard and Dangerous Sanctuary released by Books We Love Publishing.  

 

Using her storytelling skills, she provides entertainment and information in articles featured in books, magazines, newspapers, and online magazines. With her non-fiction book for girls, Girls Succeed! Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women, she returned to her first love, writing about real people. J.Q. taught elementary school for several years and never lost the love for teaching passed down from her teacher grandmother and mother. She satisfies that aspect of her character by presenting workshops on Creative Writing and Writing Your Life Story and creating a book for life storytelling, Your Words, Your Life Story, based on her workshops. JQ decided to take the advice she gives to her workshop participants to sit down and write their stories. BWL Publishing released her memoir, Arranging a Dream, in January 2021.

 Blogging, photography, Pegs and Jokers board games, and travel are the things that keep her out of trouble. She and her husband spend winters in Florida and summers up north with their two daughters, two sons-in-law,  four grandsons, one granddaughter, two grand dogs, four grand cats, and one great-grand bearded dragon.

 


CAREERS INCLUDED IN THE BOOK

Horse trainer, competitive dressage rider

World and national champion cyclist

Children’s book author and artist

Medical Doctor

Cooking Professional

Technology expert and filmmaker

Christian minister

Horticulturalist

Medical scientist

Olympics gold medalist in women’s ice hockey

Semi-truck driver

Teacher

Social worker

Entrepreneur

Professional Clown

Attorney

THANK YOU!!

 



Wednesday, August 4, 2021

#IWSG: Favorite Craft Book

 


Happy Insecure Writer's Support Group Day. IWSG is the brainchild of Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh.

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! Thanks, Alex, for starting this group and keeping it going. We are rockin' the neurotic writing world!


The awesome co-hosts for the August 4 posting of the IWSG are PK Hrezo, Cathrina Constantine, PJ Colando, Kim Lajevardi, and Sandra Cox!

 

This month's question: What is your favorite writing craft book? 

Kudos to whoever came up with this question. I have many writing craft books. Some have been great, while others were a waste of money. (Not because the book wasn't good, but it didn't help me.) Like much of the advice given to writers, you need to find what works for you. That's true of craft books.


My favorite craft book is Christopher Vogler's The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers. For years, Vogler's evaluated scripts for Disney based on Joseph Campbell's The Hero's Journey. Campbell came up with the progression that all heroes went though in ancient myths. Vogler makes understanding that journey easy.

If you've read my blogs, you know I love movies, especially action movies. I fell in love with Star Wars: A New Hope when it came out. No matter how many times I watch that movie (and it's many, many times), I get caught up in the story. Thanks to Vogler, I can see the steps the hero, Luke, goes through. The stories I write appear in my mind as a movie. Even before reading The Writer's Journey, it seemed instinctual to follow that format. 

Years ago, I made a "template" of the hero's journey (according to Vogler). With each new story, I fill in the steps my hero makes on her journey. Whenever I get stuck, I go back to the checklist. Inevitably, I find that I've missed a step, causing the problem.

As many of you know, my writing journey pretty much came to a halt over the past year. Your supportive comments (and prayers, healing thoughts) have meant so much to me. That's what this group is all about--support for writers. We're all on the journey together. Sometimes, we're the giver, and other times, the receiver of support. I hope in sharing my favorite craft book that I've given back a little of the support you've given me. 


Click here to find others on the Insecure Writers Support Group Blog Hop. Or go to IWSG on Facebook to see who’s blogging today.

Happy Writing!