Monday, May 4, 2009

Win a Galley of Beyond the Rain!

Hey everyone! I'm super excited to announce my very first contest, right here, right now!

You could win a signed and bound galley copy for Beyond the Rain a whole whopping three months before it hits the shelves. There are only two of them in the entire world, and one could be yours.

That is super special right there. Sure, the copy is missing the typesetting for a lot of italics, but who cares? That just makes it even more awesome. So here's the game.

All you have to do to win this extremely exclusive copy of Beyond the Rain is ask me a question in the comments section right here on Something Wicked. You can ask anything, the only rule is that you don't ask a question that has been asked before in the comment thread. If you aren't the question asking type, then hop over to my website and in the comments section write something you saw or read from the site. It could be anything, but again, it can't be something someone else has mentioned.

The contest will remain open until 8:00 pm EST on Sunday May 10th. I'll shuffle through all the valid entries and grab a winner, then announce that winner next Monday. Good luck everyone, have fun! I'll do my best to answer all the questions, so ask away!



LadyVampire2u said...

I have to say that since I found out about this new book coming out, I've been on pins and needles to read it. Sounds wonderful and I so enjoyed the excerpt on your website. I would so thrilled to be able to read this book ahead of time.
Okay, my question: What or who was your inspiration for writing this book?

Chris said...

Do you listen to music while you write and if so, what sort?

Blodeuedd said...

Looks good :D

My question: How many hours a day do you normally spend writing?

macbeaner said...

If you had to pick one place to spend eternity-where would it be and why?

Marnie said...

What snack do you indulge in while you are writing?

The Brunette Librarian said...

What do you enjoy reading and why? How does it factor in to what you write or does it?

Anonymous said...

Thanks guys, this should be fun. Like a week long interview. LOL

Lady Vampire, this story really started with the conflict. I wanted to create a conflict as terrible and awesome as a fireman falling in love with an arsonist. So I started with the idea of someone who couldn't be touched without horrible social consequences, and decided to match her up with someone who needed physical touch to survive. It was a fun conflict to work with, and turned out super sexy.

Chris, I do not listen to music while I write. I have to write in silence or I have a terrible habit of writing the lyrics into the middle of my narrative. I guess I can only concentrate on one thing at a time.

Blodeuedd, when I'm on a roll, I'll write about three hours in the day. One or two in the morning and one or two at night.

Macbeaner, I'd have to choose heaven, to be honest, but if you're asking where my personal heaven would be it would be someplace with cool spring weather and lots of flowers. I'm partial to the mountains and pine forests. So I guess I'll go with either Yosemite or Yellowstone in spring.

And Marnie Colette, hmm that one's tough because my hubby gets on me for eating around me keyboard. I'm partial to baby cut carrots, lemonade, and mini Twix bars. (Not all at once.)

Anonymous said...

RachieG, I love reading romance. I enjoy historicals, paranormals, and SFR. I'm really into Nalini Singh's shapeshifter/Psy series, and Elizabeth Hoyt at the moment. I've also got Susan Grant's latest The Warlord's Daughter just waiting for me.

Anonymous said...

I didn't answer the why there, did I? Shoot. I love Nalini's series because of the tight bonds, and the interesting world building of the Psy. I think the emotionless nature of the Psy creates some interesting story telling.

I like Hoyt because her characters are so darn compelling. I can't stop thinking about the hero of The Serpent Prince.

And I like to read SFR in general because of the high action/adventure nature of the subgenre. I write SFR because I like its flexibility and potential for conflict. I also love world building. If I've been influenced by anyone, it's Susan Grant. She's my hero both personally and professionally.

Okay, now I think I've covered it.

Metonia said...

I followed your RWA link and my question is can we ask more than one question? lol I am terrible at questions and though I love contests I never win at the ones that have restrictions like "the best question" or "the most interesting true story" etc. I have had some luck at the "random" pick as long as the entry numbers are small... big groups... I loose... so if we ask more than one question does that increase our chances of winning? lol.. so my next question (if allowable) is how did you get into writing... was it a life long passion or a spure of the moment decision... in otherwords... why do you write?

Anonymous said...

Everyone who asks a question or gives a detail from the website will have one entry in the pot, and I will choose randomly from those.

You never know when you will win something, and now you're in the running for this one! So it's all good!

Anonymous said...

And as for your second question.

I remember writing my first story when I was about eight. I remember it was about a princess trying to sneak out of a castle because her brother was being mean.

My older brother liked to write science fiction and fantasy, and I'd emulate him and listen to his stories.

I wrote stories in my notebooks in high school, then took fiction writing for fun in college and I was hooked.

Right after college I decided I wanted to do this professionally, and a decade later, here I am.

Cathy in AK said...

Boxers or briefs? Sorry, nevermind : )

My question: Which science fiction tv show, past or present, would you give/have given a limb to write for, and how would you incorporate more romance into it if it didn't have enough already?

Unknown said...

Beyond the Rain sounds great!

Unknown said...

Hi. I would love to win this book thank you so much for the chance.

My question to you is do you have a favorite author? 1 that inspired you to write.

Caffey said...

Huge congrats Jess! Looks fab too! Can't wait to pet that cover as well as read it!

My question for you is what other genres would you like to try writing?

Anonymous said...


Neither, *wink*

And seriously, we used to watch Star Trek the Next Generation every night during dinner. And then at Christmas, we'd watch all three Star Wars movies. It was a tradition. I guess I grew up in a space opera kind of household.

My brother and I used to get into Next Generation trivia contests with one another. We'd fling questions like, "What animal did Spot the cat turn into in the episode where they were all de-evolving?" and be able to answer without thinking about it.

Yeah, we were so cool. LOL. I loved the episodes where Jean Luc had these intellectual love affairs. I wanted more of those. I thought he was so sexy. I loved the Picard/Crusher undertones, but I would have really liked to see a Picard love story that didn't end like some Shakespearean tragedy.

I guess that's what I would have written.

My favorite author is currently Rowling. I could read the HP series over and over and over and there are moments that make me laugh and cry every single time. I'm a huge fan.

Sarabelle, As far as authors that inspire me, I took a lot of Shakespeare in college, and there are so many things I love about the Bard. The subtlety is my favorite. I'm also in love with Frankenstein. I guess that goes along with my Science Fiction inclination, but that is such a heart breaking story.

And Caffey, I want to try writing YA. I'm not sure if I can pull it off, but I'm going to try. Other than that, I'm not sure. I've had people suggest I should write a non-fiction book on butterfly gardening. I thought it would be fun to gear it toward kids.

Also, if I could write anything at all and have it guaranteed to get out there and reach the audience I want it too, I'd write an advice book for teen girls simply called, "Look, Here's the Truth," and clue them in to all the things they don't want to hear from their mother, but they need to hear from someone.

Unknown said...

How do you choose your character's names?

Are you a plotter or a panster?

Anonymous said...

Wow, that's an interesting question, Amy.

Cyani came from the color cyan, though in my head I say her name See-YAWN-ee. Instead of Sigh-annie. I don't really care how people say her name, so long as they recognize it and can say it in their head easily. I don't like to get too funky with my names.

Soren I just made up because it was easy to say and spell. His name took a long time to stick.

Cyn named himself. I was going through c-names to try to find a fit for Cyani's brother. I literally heard a voice in my head that said "Cyn, my name is Cyn." Which sounded like, "My name is sin," and of course I immediately fell in lust with him.

Most of them just come to me off the top of my head. Some I like to mix up familiar names. I've got a character named Maxen in the second book because I think the name Max is sexy, and I wanted to turn it a little exotic.

And I'm a plotter. I'm a structure nut when it comes to stories, so I can't just let things go and see where they lead. I'm doing that with my Ethel the Space Pirate story on my blog, but it is hard for me to give up the control of plotting and let the readers decide what happens next.

Unknown said...

How did your writing day change to accommodate your children?

Anonymous said...

That's another good one Kate,

I got into a routine after my first. I'd write during nap times and early in the morning.

Now with two, I have to scratch for a moment here or there. I can't wait for the kiddos to be in school. I'll miss this baby time, but it does wear me ragged.

Right now my best writing time is between 8:30 and 10:30 to 11:30 at night when the kids are in bed and everyone is settled down for the evening.

Angie Fox said...

Woo hoo! This is a fantastic read. I was lucky enough to get a first peek. The conflicts are amazing, the chemistry between the characters is hot and - okay, I'm biased - but the heroine has a little fox for a pet. I love heroines with pets.

Anonymous said...

Hey thanks, Angie. Vicca is a cutie all right, but she is one tough little soldier as well.

HockeyVampiress said...

Ok my question is Do you have anyone in mind if your book ever went to production for the big or little screen? Any certain actors or actress'????

Jess (The Cozy Reader) said...

I love the opening line to your book! I just read it on your web site. I would love to win a copy of this! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi HockeyVampiress,

I had a hard time thinking of actors that suit these two characters, or even what they look like. Cyani looks like Catherine Zeta Jones to me in my head, just classically beautiful but still powerful and strong.

Soren's a little different. If I had to cast someone, it would probably be Sean Bean, who played Boromir in Lord of the Rings. He's got that rough darkness about him.

And thanks for reading the opening line, Jessica, you're in!

Unknown said...

I've been wondering anyway... how did you get into butterfly gardening? {SMILE}

Anonymous said...

Well, I've always been into flowers. My mother loved her flowerbeds, and taught me about the plants she planted every year, the agapanthas, impatiens, lobelia, alyssum, etc. I'd help her plant her annuals every year, but didn't give it much thought after that.

When I lived in Ohio, and was on my own for the first time, I tried my hand at growing cutting flowers for bouquets. Irises are my favorite flower, so I grew them, and tulips, daffodils and lilies. I love day lilies.

Then we moved to the desert, and I got into bird watching, because I couldn't grow much there.

It wasn't until I moved to Florida that I started butterfly gardening. I had a patch of our yard that was a blank slate, and I wanted to put a flower garden in. I thought it would be fun to turn it into a butterfly garden, because I figured the tropical climate would be good for butterflies. I had taken entomology in college, and had a little thing for developing ecosystems, so I started out knowing nothing and making a lot of mistakes.

But Florida has been forgiving, and I feel the garden has been both beautiful and successful. I'm excited to go back to Ohio, and turn a part of my flowerbeds there into a new butterfly garden.

The bottom line is, butterflies are a miracle to me. I start with these fat little caterpillars, then through a process I can't begin to understand, they just change into something so beautiful, I have to stop and stare at them.

They are delicate, precious, and I've given them a home. I'm very proud of that. I love my butterflies, I'm definitely going to continue my butterfly gardening, even if it is only in a pot.

They're simply fantastic.

Mariee said...

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Anonymous said...

An animator for Disney. That's what I really really really wanted to do.

I still love to draw, though I'm out of practice. And now that animation has gone the way of computers, I'm not so sure I would have been as drawn to the tech side of the art.

I am still obsessed with the stories though. If I could pick any job now, I'd work on storyboards for Pixar. Or do costume design for a studio or theater. That would be awesome.

Anonymous said...

OK, if you loved ST:TNG, are you going to see the new "reboot" movie coming out today? I know I am!

Love the books and all the explosions!

Anonymous said...

As soon as I can, I'm so there. I don't have too many preconceived thoughts about the movie, so I plan to go in and let it (hopefully) surprise me.

Gillian Layne said...

This is a great way to run a contest!

Ok, my question: What's the best piece of writing advice you've received and/or the best writing class you've taken or best conference class you've attended?

And congrats on the really awesome cover. :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the cover compliment. I love it. I'm going to frame a flat and hang it above my desk. :)

The best piece of advice I've received was from my crit partner. I was really frustrated during that time in my career where I believed in my book, but no one else seemed to.

Rejections were crushing, and I almost gave up, because I didn't know what else I could do as an author to bust open that door.

She said, "It just takes one."

It only takes one yes, and that door opens up. You can knock and knock and knock, and get a million rejections, but as soon as someone opens that door of opportunity, it busts open, and it is easier to keep it open than get it open.

So my advice to everyone out there is be ready if that door cracks. Don't miss that opportunity. I'm glad I didn't give up.

Gillian Layne said...

Wow, thanks Jess. That is really a beautiful thought; just don't give up. :)

Lisa Marie Wilkinson said...


My question is: what is the first book you remember reading, and what made the book memorable for you?

Unknown said...

Hi Jess! How many manuscripts did you write before you sold your first?

Anonymous said...

Hey Lisa Marie,

The first book I really remember reading on my own was Hop on Pop in preschool.

The first story I remember was the Wizard of Oz. My great-grandfather had a L. Frank Baum collection of really old hard bound books. They still are beautiful. My Mom currently has them. She'd read them to us, and eventually I read them over and over on my own. They were ancient, and I knew in my heart they were very special. They were more than just stories. They were a part of the family.

But I think my sense for world building may have started with Oz.

And Danielle,

I wrote three books in a series. My first book was called The Hunted, followed by Hunted #2, and Hunted #3. They were shape-shifter romances set during theh gold rush, but they were riddled with poor writing.

I did some fan fiction after that, and if I added up the pages for my fan fiction stories, they'd equal two more novels. Then I had short shape-shifter story that was epubbed.

After that, I started Beyond the Rain, but took a break from it and wrote a middle grade novel about a boy who may or may not have been a Troll.

Then I got serious about Beyond the Rain, got a new critique partner, used everything I had learned to revise the first half of Beyond the Rain and turn it into the story it is now.

So I've got about 575,000 words under my belt that no one will probably ever read. Man.

Metonia said...

I already asked my question.. just came back to say hello and see some of the other wonderful questions... one thing... you didn't say what "spot" turned into... it was a lizard/iquana wasn't it... lol I loved STNG too.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I'm pretty sure it was a green iguana. LOL

Anonymous said...

This contest is now closed. Thank you to everyone who posted and good luck!