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Interview with Jessica Sims


Please welcome Jessica Sims to The Qwillery. Between a Vamp and a Hard Place is published today by Pocket Books. Please join The Qwillery in wishing Jessica a Happy Publication Day!



Interview with Jessica Sims




TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery. You've written several novels and novellas in the your Midnight Liaisons series. Has your writing process changed from when Beauty Dates the Beast (2011) was published until now? What is the most challenging thing for you about writing? 

Note: Between a Vamp and a Hard Place is a standalone novel and not part of the Midnight Liaisons series.


Jessica:  Thanks for having me!!

I’ve gone from being a pantser to more of a plotter. I wrote one too many books in which I’d get 60% of the way through and totally stall out. No thank you! So now I do all the work up front. THAT is the most challenging thing about writing – figuring out the entire story before you write a word. But it’s worth it when you get in the weeds!



TQ:  Are you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Jessica:  Started out pantser, and am now firmly a plotter. ☺



TQ:  In your Midnight Liaisons so far who has been the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Jessica:  Probably Sara was the easiest, just because I was SO excited to jump into her book and write the scared heroine versus the big bad bear. The hardest was Ryder, because she had so much backstory to unpack that I had a hard time working it into the story without dumping on the reader.



TQDescribe Between a Vamp and a Hard Place in 140 characters or less.

Jessica:  Put a revenge-seeking 600 yr old vampire into the modern day and dare him not to fall in love!



TQ:  Tell us something about Between a Vamp and a Hard Place that is not found in the book description.

Jessica:  The heroine has a really kickass friend and sidekick named Gemma. I’m a big fan of heroines having female friends that they hang out with.



TQ:   In your opinion, why are vampires so popular as romantic leading men?

Jessica:  I think it’s the air of danger. To them, we’re prey. It’s the ultimate ‘taming the bad boy’ situation.



TQ:  Which question about Between a Vamp and a Hard Place do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Jessica:  What’s up with all the pottery love that Lindsey has? Well, self, I thought you’d never ask! When I worked on this book, I was going through a phase where I was major, major into Chinese pottery. Random, right? But I’ve always collected ginger jars and was spending hours on ebay looking for steals, and wandering through all the antique shops in my local area. Did you know that most antique shops have a ‘smell’? I do. Heh. NOT A GOOD SMELL but a smell nevertheless. Also apparently glass chicken-shaped dishes are a thing at antique shops. I’ve seen far too many.



TQ:  Give us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery lines/paragraphs from A Vamp and a Hard Place.

Jessica:

“You could always swear fealty to me the way a vassal swears fealty to his lord.”

“How’s that?”


“A kiss.”


“I’m starting to think this is all an excuse to make out with me,” I grumbled, but I stepped forward anyhow. “So you made out with all your vassals? Tongue included?”

He flashed another smile at me. “No tongue. Just a chaste kiss of fealty on my foot.”

“Your foot?” I sputtered. “I’m not kissing your foot!”

“I will allow you to kiss my mouth, then.”

Sneaky vampire. But it beat foot-kissing. “I’m not sure I signed on for any of this.”

“Then how can I possibly trust you?”

Damn vampire. “Fine. Let’s get to it, then.”



TQ:  What's next?

Jessica:  In February or so, I’ll be putting out ALPHA EVER AFTER, Savannah and Connor’s story! Yay!



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.





Between a Vamp and a Hard Place
Pocket Books, December 29, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Interview with Jessica Sims
In the wickedly funny spirit of bestselling authors Kerrelyn Sparks and Molly Harper, this sexy paranormal romance features an estate broker and a 600-year-old vampire out for revenge.

Lindsey Hughes loves antiques and couldn’t be happier to make a living in the estate sale business. But when her assistant accidentally buys an entire estate without her approval, Lindsey is forced to clean up the mess herself.

Lindsey travels to the newly purchased, age-old house in Venice, Italy, and soon discovers more than she (never) bargained for. While digging through the hoarder’s trove that fills every floor, she finds a secret staircase behind a wall that leads to a strange coffin…with an even stranger inhabitant.

Vampire Rand FitzWulf has been in his coffin for 600 years. But now that he’s awake, he’s ravenous, and there’s a delicious-smelling woman with a rare blood type in his basement. Luckily, Lindsey has more to offer than blood: she agrees to travel throughout Europe with Rand to help him get revenge on the one who turned him. But as the unlikely pair grows closer, will the billionaire vampire be overtaken by his thirst for blood—or his thirst for love?





About Jessica

Interview with Jessica Sims
Jessica Sims lives in Texas. She has some cats, but what writer doesn’t? She plays video games and confesses to reading comic books. And she likes writing, but that one was pretty obvious.




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Check out Midnight Liaisons!
(To see the novels and novellas in the Midnight Liaisons series visit Jessica's website here.)

Beauty Dates the Beast
Midnight Liaisons 1
Pocket Books, October 25, 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Interview with Jessica Sims
WANTED

Single human female to join charming, wealthy, single male were-cougar for a night of romantic fun—and maybe more.

Me: The tall, sensuous, open-minded leader of my clan.

You: A deliciously curvy virgin who’s intimately familiar with what goes bump in the night. Must not be afraid of a little tail. Prefer a woman who’s open to exploring her animal nature. Interest in nighttime walks through the woods a plus.

My turn-ons include protecting you from the worst the supernatural world has to offer. Ready for an adventure? Give me a call.

Vampires and doppelgangers need not apply.



Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter
Midnight Liaisons 2
Gallery Books, August 30, 2014
Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, October 30, 2012

Interview with Jessica Sims
SUPERNATURAL SINGLE SEEKS SEXY SHE-WOLF TO HELP HIM BEAR ALL

Is your new pack driving you a little crazy? Tired of all those wolves in sheep’s clothing? Let me be your fierce protector.

Me: A strong, silent type who doesn’t care much about the creature comforts.

You: Sweet as honey. No such thing as too big or too small— you’re just right.

Let’s take things slow. I’ll start as your bodyguard, but hopefully soon I’ll shift into your mate. You need a man who’s born to be wild, and I’m ready to protect you from all the wolf pack can throw in your direction. Don’t be afraid of your animal side. Show me yours, and I’ll show you mine.

Are you curious what else Midnight Liaisons dating service has to offer?

Read what our satisfied customers are saying about past romantic escapades!



Must Love Fangs
Midnight Liaisons 3
Pocket Books, August 27, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

Interview with Jessica Sims
From the supernatural dating capital of the world, it’s the Midnight Liaisons Dating Game!

Let’s meet our eligible bachelors . . .

“Cold hands, warm heart” applies to Bachelor #1. He believes that nighttime is the right time. Welcome, Bert the vampire!

Bachelor #2 is an old soul—four hundred years old, to be exact. If you want someone to spend eternity with, choose Andre the vampire!

Dying to snuggle up with a strong, sexy were-cougar? Bachelor #3 is a real cat(ch) who will tail the woman of his dreams until his irresistible charm melts her heart. He’s Joshua Russell!

Who’s our lucky bachelorette?

Professional matchmaker Marie Bellavance has hooked up hundreds of were-things, harpies, faeries, and vamps. Now it’s her turn. This alluring human’s not afraid to break the rules. But when nature takes over, a forbidden romance could be her only chance to live a full, healthy life. If there’s a trick to getting turned, she needs to find it . . . fast.



Wanted: Wild Thing
Midnight Liaisons 4
Gallery Books, September 5, 2015
Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, August 26, 2014

Interview with Jessica Sims
The final book in a romance series set in a “fun, sexy world” (USA TODAY), where paranormals seek love through a dating service called Midnight Liaisons.

Ryder is hiding a dark secret from her coworkers at Midnight Liaisons. Every time she’s sexually attracted to a man, her dragon side breaks through. Not exactly man-bait! But she needs to lose her virginity before her twenty-fifth birthday, or she’ll become a dragon forever.

Her solution? Big, hunky Hugh, the appointed guardian of her chastity. He’s clearly hot for her, but he has powerful reasons to resist Ryder. Can temptation—and love—possibly find a way?

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

I'm a bit behind on announcing winners and getting out winnings. We had a family emergency (all is well now, I think) and then lost power for over a week in the great Autumn Nor'Easter that hit on October 29th. I'm behind, but I will catch up. So without further ado, excuses, or explanations... the winners are:


The Shadow Reader (McKenzie Lewis 1) by Sandy Williams

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Question: What is your favorite soda or other beverage?

Kristina who said...

Shadow Reader looks like it is going to be an awesome read! Definately going on my TBR list!

*my favorite soda is Coke...just like the refreshing taste and the fact that I can leave it out for a few hours and its not flat at all!

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011


Dark Sins and Desert Sands (Mythica) by Stephanie Draven

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Question:  Do you have a favorite myth?

Scorpio1974 who said...

Well I love pretty much all things paranormal and supernatural so I like a lot of the myths surrounding those things like vampires, were-animals, zombies and such. I also like the greek and roman myths about the gods and goddesses.

and

Patsy who said...

My favorite myth is the City/Island of Atlantis. I am truely fascinated by it!

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011


A Novel Seduction by Gwyn Cready

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Question:  Hero in a tuxedo or hero in a kilt?

Jary who said...

What can be better than a man in a kilt? Especially if he is bare chested. YUM!!

The books looks great. You are a new author for me but definitely going on my TOB list.

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011


Mirror Maze by Michaela Jordan

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Question:  Have you ever been in a maze and where? 

erin who said...

Thanks for a great interview! I hadn't encountered this book before and it sounds great!

I've only been in a maze once and it was a corn maze attached to a haunted house. Of course, we went at night and it seemed like it took us forever to find our way out. Don't know if I'd do it again, but it was scary!

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011


Beauty Dates the Beast (Midnight Liaisons 1) by Jessica Sims

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Question:  Who or What is your perfect paranormal date? 

Sheree who said...

Hm, it's either going to be a flying shifter of some sort or an angel. We might as well fly to our date destinations without dealing with airplanes.

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011


The Vengeful Dead (Deadworld 2) by J.N. Duncan and cover flat for The Lingering Dead (Deadworld 3)

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Question:  Leave a comment about J.N. Duncan's post.

Bethany C. who said...

I like how you described your writing process. It sounds like how I would go about it if I were to ever start writing a book/series.

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011


Swell by Corwin Ericson

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Question:  What is your favorite kind of whale?

msmjb65 who said...

The answer to the question is easy: the humpback whale. I have always been intrigued by this mammouth of the sea.It's just so amazing when you see one breach - that it can get itself out of the water like that is nature at its best.
I have yet to be in the right place at the right time to go whale watching, but one day I'll get to see one in person. Swell looks really interesting and different - I love different!
Congrats on the release..

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011


Who Do, Voodoo? (A Mind for Mysteries 1) by Rochelle Staab

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Question:  Tarot Cards or Palm Reading?

samantha35 who said...

I love the idea of palm reading- seems more personal!
great giveaway

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011


Awaken the Highland Warrior and Embrace the Highland Warrior by Anita Clenney

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Question:  Who is your favorite writer and why?

Laura_darkelvengirl who said...

Who's my favorite writer?
Easy yet hard I have to say these people. Nalini Singh, Alexandra Ivy, and Kerrelyn Sparks. The reason I would say these are my favorite writers are that they deliver stories that leave me loving them, and wanting more.

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011


$5 gift certificate to the online book store of the winner's choice from Natalie J. Damschroder 

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Question:  Which goddess or god would you be (if you could be a goddess or god)?

latishajean who said...

I would pick Persephone I love the story one of my favorites!

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011


Prize pack, including a signed copy of Under Attack (The Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles 2) by Hannah Jayne

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Question:  What job would you do if you could do anything?

Teril who said...

Well for starters if I could do anything, it would be find teleportation and make it free because I am tired of sitting in traffic. That and driving in the snow. So teleportation it is. That and becoming a shifter, since then I could be moody and hawt!

Under Wraps was an amazing novel I love the heroine and the setting! I cannot wait to read Under Attack. Thank you for the giveaway.

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011


The winners have been notified and have until 11:59 pm US Eastern Time on Monday, November 21, 2011 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.

Guest Blog by Jessica Sims and Giveaway - October 28, 2011

The Fine Art of Dating…For Those of the Paranormal Persuasion

When I first thought of a paranormal dating agency, it made perfect sense from a convenience sort of view. I was on a flight, reading a magazine and came across an article for an ‘exclusive’ dating service that catered only to businessmen that made over a certain dollar amount a year. And while this might have been a thinly veiled advertisement for call girls, it also got me to thinking. There are specific dating agencies out there for all kinds of needs. Disabled? There are wheelchair dating websites. Catholic? Jewish? Mormon? Specific dating websites. Over fifty? You guessed it.

In a world where there are shapeshifters and vampires and the like, of course it would make sense that they had a dating agency. Once I determined the agency, though, I had to think about privacy. Supernaturals in my world aren’t ‘out’, so to them, privacy is of the utmost concern. There’s rigorous background checks for anyone that tries to set up a profile at the agency, and all dates are monitored by a crack team of employees who do their best to ensure that they’re not pairing up were-cats with were-dogs.

Clients that need a dating agency also have different kinds of dating needs. A vampire might need a date that’s available for late nights, doesn’t like garlic, and maybe has an “O” blood type. Of course, she’d have to be okay with dating one of the undead as well. Even though vampires are welcome at my fictional dating agency, they still have a difficult time getting the right dates, since they're not *all* sexy undead. Sometimes they're just undead, and undead can be tough to pull off as sexy.

Most of the clients of Midnight Liaisons (my paranormal dating agency) are of the shifter variety, and as such, they prefer to date other shifters. It’s a lot easier to date when you don’t have to explain why your date shouldn’t wear perfume (sensitive animal noses), why your new boyfriend likes his meat really raw, and why he sometimes grows a tail. Or whiskers. Or both.

Of course, most of the employees at Midnight Liaisons (with the exception of the boss) are human. Which leads to an entirely new, delicious set of problems…


About Beauty Dates the Beast

Beauty Dates the Beast
Midnight Liaisons 1
Pocket Books, October 25, 2011
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages

Guest Blog by Jessica Sims and Giveaway - October 28, 2011
WANTED

Single human female to join charming, wealthy, single male were-cougar for a night of romantic fun—and maybe more.

Me:  The tall, sensuous, open-minded leader of my clan.

You:  A deliciously curvy virgin who's intimately familiar with what goes bump in the night. Must not be afraid of a little tail. Prefer a woman who's open to exploring her animal nature. Interest in nighttime walks through the woods a plus.

My turn-ons include protecting you from the worst the supernatural world has to offer. Ready for an adventure? Give me a call.

Vampires and doppelgangers need not apply.


About Jessica

Guest Blog by Jessica Sims and Giveaway - October 28, 2011
Jessica Sims lives in Texas. She hates writing a bio, so something cool will undoubtedly go here later when she actually thinks of something interesting to write. She has some cats, but what writer doesn’t? She plays video games and confesses to reading comic books. And she likes writing, but that one was pretty obvious.

Jessica's Links

Website
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads





The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a signed copy of Beauty Dates the Beast (Midnight Liaisons 1) from Jessica! US and Canadian Mailing Addresses Only.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Who or What is your perfect paranormal date? 

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)  Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)  Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)  Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a US or Canadian mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Friday, November 4, 2011. Void where prohibited by law. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*
Interview with Jessica SimsWinners x 12 - November 14, 2011Guest Blog by Jessica Sims and Giveaway - October 28, 2011

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