Hey there Book Monsters and Literal Addicts! Book Monster Reviews and LITERAL ADDICTION are very pleased to welcome NY Times and national bestselling author Jessica Andersen to our sites today.
Jessica is also one of the four amazing authors that are part of the four book miniseries ROYAL HOUSE OF SHADOWS. Jessica's book "Lord of the Wolfyn" is the third book in the series and is scheduled to be released on October 25. Gena Showalter's "Lord of the Vampires" is the first book, "Lord of Rage" by Jill Monroe is the second book, and the fourth and final book "Lord of the Abyss" by Nalini Singh will be released November 27.
Now let's get to know more about Jessica from the amazing bio she wrote for her website. We copied it here for everyone to read…..
"Hi all, and thanks for being interested in learning a bit about little old me.
Hm... where to start? Well, I've lived in New England all my life, growing up in Massachusetts and spending the past decade or so in eastern Connecticut. As a kid, I survived the 80s with no lasting scars aside from a few photos of me with spiked hair and a rat tail (and no, I’m so not posting those). During the 90s, I did a double stint at Tufts University for an undergraduate biology degree and a PhD in genetics, with a year-long break in between that can best be described as: “I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up; I think I’ll do some landscaping”… followed by “um, okay; I think I’ll go back to school now.”
During grad school and for a year after, I worked at the New England Eye Center, helping search for the genetic mutations that cause glaucoma. It was very cool work, but I liked the scientific writing more than the labwork. It wasn’t until the committee head complimented my doctoral thesis by saying it “read like a mystery novel” that I admitted I was… um… writing a romantic suspense novel in my free time. A year later, I left the lab and spent the next while freelancing as a scientific editor and riding instructor while I worked on getting my writing career off the ground.
Released in October of ’03, my first Harlequin Intrigue, Dr. Bodyguard, was an RT Top Pick and kicked off a string of science-themed romantic intrigues that have hit the category bestseller lists and been nominated for Reviewers’ Choice and RITA awards. While writing the Intrigues, I kept honing my craft and submitting new ideas, hoping to make the jump from category to single title success.
I love learning about new things and rediscovering old interests- that’s the researcher in me, I suppose. So one day while I was working on a story idea, I came across a reference to Aztec serpent worship, had an ‘ooh, shiny!’ moment, and followed where the information flow led me… straight to a mention of how the Mayan calendar will end on December 21, 2012. Thus was born the Nightkeepers, and an exciting new direction in my writing!
The first of them, Nightkeepers, was a June 2008 release, and kicked off an eight-book (plus one novella) series about the modern-day magic wielders destined to save mankind from the 2012 doomsday. With appearances on various national bestseller lists, including the NY Times list, the Nightkeeper novels have been an awesome ride! Keep your eyes open for the last two of the Nightkeeper books, coming in April and November 2012.
In addition, later in 2011, I'll be venturing into the world of Harlequin Nocturne with Royal House of Shadows: Lord of the Wolfyn, which is part of a four-book miniseries with super-authors Nalini Singh, Gena Showalter and Jill Munroe ... and in 2013, be on the lookout for the start of an exciting new series!!"
Now that you've learned a little more about Jessica, let's take a look at a brief synopsis of her last few releases in the NIGHTKEEPERS series and her upcoming release "Lord of the Wolfyn" the third book in the ROYAL HOUSE OF SHADOWS series.
"Lord of the Wolfyn" ROYAL HOUSE OF SHADOWS - Book 3
"Demonkeepers" - THE FINAL PROPHECY - Book 4
"Blood Spells" - THE FINAL PROPHECY - Book 5
"Storm Kissed"- THE FINAL PROPHECY - Book 6
Well, now that you guys are adding these amazing books to your TBR list, let's get to learn more about Jessica…..
Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION: Hi Jessica! Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to come by and chat with us! We’re so happy to have you with us today!
Jessica: Thanks so much for having me! I'm hard at work on the last book in the Nightkeepers' series, but am delighted to take some time out today to hang out with you guys :)
Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION: We always like to start out by getting to know you a little bit better.
2) What are some other hobbies and interests you like to do when you're not writing?
Jessica: Well, that's a bit of a loaded question right now, as I'm currently recovering from a gnarly elbow injury sustained while mountain biking (note to self: when crashing at high speed on a downhill, don't stick out your hand to break the fall!!). So for the next six to twelve weeks, I guess my hobbies would be hiking with my arm in a sling and feeding myself right handed. After that, it'll be physical therapy. In general, I'm a fan of outdoor activities, horses, books, home projects and visiting friends and family. All done with the new hubby, of course!
4) Do you have any interesting writing quirks or something you must have with you to start the writing process?
Jessica: I can't think of anything I absolutely have to have in order to write—I actually like variety, and routinely schlep my netbook with me to write wherever. Quirk-wise, though, I need to have the first third of the book working well before I can write the rest of it. It's important to me to have the characters and their own quirks and motivations pretty well nailed down before I can write through to the end. Which, for better or worse, means that I'm usually writing the end of the book in the last few weeks before my deadline. Which I hate ... but the process is the process!
7) Name one person that has always stood by you and supported you during your career?
Jessica: My go-to girl is the incomparable JR Ward. We met way back when we were both getting started out as writers, and bonded immediately. We're very different people in some ways, very different in others, and have a level of trust that I value more than I can say. And I've recently added a go-to guy in the form of the new hubby, who reads my manuscripts and has some great input, as well as just being super proud of me for being an author and doing what I love.
8) If you could have one super power, what would you want it to be and why that one?
Jessica: I love the idea of being able to teleport. It'd be good for the environment and save me lots of travel time!
Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION: Know we'd like to ask you some questions about your books.
9) For the readers out there that are new to your books, can you please give us some more detailed information about THE FINAL PROPHECY series and what the Nightkeepers are all about?
9) What can we expect in the last two books of the series?
Jessica: The series teams up four authors—Gena Showalter (Lord of the Vampires), Jill Munroe (Lord of Rage), me (Lord of the Wolfyn) and Nalini Singh (Lord of the Abyss)—in a miniseries that retells favorite fairy tales in four dark, sexy stories of the magical realm of Elden, its vampire rulers, and the sorcerer who has taken it all away.
In LORD OF THE WOLFYN, Dayn—a hunter and werewolf prince—must fight his way back to his home realm in order to reunite with his three lost siblings and defeat the Blood Sorcerer, who killed their parents and took the throne, and is now destroying Elden. In order to do that, though, he needs the help of Reda Weston, a human cop who doesn't believe in magic or the reality of the wolfyn realm ... or her own blazing attraction to the man who claims she has the power to lead him home.
14) What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview and never have been? Can you answer that for us?
15) Is there anything specific you would like to say to your readers?
If you would like to find out more about Jessica and her books, you can visit her at any of the sites below.
Jessica's Website: http://www.jessicaandersen.com/
CONTEST: Jessica is giving away a copy of "Lord of the Wolfyn" to one Book Monster and one Literal Addict (one winner per site). So make sure you also drop by the LITERAL ADDICTION website (http://www.literaladdiction.com/) and follow the directions and links to enter their contest as well!!!
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