This week’s Free Book Friday giveaway title is A Matter of Temptation by Lorraine Heath.
To enter the giveaway for this book, simply leave a comment to today’s post that includes the code FBF—for “Free Book Friday,” of course—to let me know you’re interested in the drawing.
U.S. residents only for the prize, please, but everyone is welcome to chat.
Winner will be announced during our “Happy Sunday” post on…well, you know, Sunday.
Winner is responsible for contacting me with her mailing information—i.e. I will not be contacting you—so be sure to check back in or you might not even know you won! :waaa
(If prize isn’t claimed within 14 days, another name may be drawn or item may be tossed back into the goody bag to be re-used for a future giveaway.)
Time to vote in a new Hunk of the Month for February’s sidebar!
(Who needs Cupid?)
(Roses aren’t the only things that’s red…)
We haven’t had a guest drop by in quite a while, but I’m delighted to have our very own Darling Jessica (aka Jessica Lemmon) in The Dungeon today, talking about her publishing debut, TEMPTING THE BILLIONAIRE.
Jessica Lemmon has always been a dreamer. At some point, she decided head-in-the-clouds thinking was childish and went out and got herself a job. And then she got another one because that one was lousy. And when that one stopped being fulfilling, she went out and got another…and another.
Soon it became apparent she’d only be truly happy doing what she loved. And since “eating potato chips” isn’t a viable career, she opted to become a writer. With fire in her heart, she dusted off a book she’d started years prior, finished it, and submitted it. It may have been the worst book ever, but it didn’t stop her from writing another one. Now she has several books finished, several more started, and even more marinating in her brain (which currently resides in the clouds, thankyouverymuch), and she couldn’t be happier.
She firmly believes God gifts us with talents for a purpose, and with His help, you can create the life you want. You can visit Jessica on the web at JessicaLemmon.com.
I’m a little surprised Jessica agreed to drop by, actually. I mean, she’s seen others stretched & punished on The Rack. You’d kind of think she’d run screaming in the other direction. But since she didn’t, let’s see if she can stand the heat… splat
What is your favorite color? This question always reminds me of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. *snicker* I love earth tones—olive green, brown, copper, orange… I know that’s more than one, but it depends on what day you ask me which is my favorite.
Favorite song? Right now? Carina Round’s “For Everything a Reason”—haunting and beautiful. And Muse’s “Madness”. See? I can’t give just one answer!
Favorite movie? *cries* These are hard, Heidi! I’ll tell you the movies I watch every year: Beautiful Girls, Home for the Holidays, Just Friends, If Lucy Fell.
And of course, favorite book? Impossible! You know (know!) I have to put a Heidi book on this list. And you probably know I’m going to say Blame it on the Blackout. Peter and Lucy. *le sigh* And (yes, there’s an “and) I absolutely adore Knock Me for a Loop. Zack. *RAWR*
What was the first book in your chosen genre that you remember reading, or that made you want to write the same? An unpresumptuous little Harlequin Special Edition by Gina Wilkins: The Best Man’s Plan. The guy on the cover looks so much like a young Patrick Dempsey—BONUS!
What do you think of Heidi? She’s great, right? Ohmygosh, THE BEST! I mean, if I were you, I’d take her opinions to the BANK. She knows of what she speaks. Like, say, when she refers to an author’s debut as “smashing”. :like
How did you get started writing? I wrote some really awful emo poetry when I was a disgruntled teen, and a few disjointed bits of chapters here and there. I love to create. Writing is what I did in between drawing.
Tell us a little bit about The Call—i.e. your first sale. It was a beautiful summer day…and I was in the basement. (Hey, that’s where my office is located! :tongue ) My agent called to say that Grand Central/Forever loved my book. Loved! And that they wanted book #2, as well. eBook, print, and an advance. I was over the moon! :love
Fill in the blank—If you like [blank], you’ll love Jessica Lemmon! I was forged in the romantic fires of Heidi Betts and Sarah Mayberry.
You made your debut this month with TEMPTING THE BILLIONAIRE. Tell us about it and why we’ll love every word. It’s about an all-business billionaire who learns there’s more to life than a bottom line when he hires his sweet, sexy, unassuming personal assistant. (Has trouble written all over it, doesn’t it? :moonyou )
I understand you also got a fantabulous cover quote from a really super-duper amazingly talented author. Wowza. How’d you manage that? LOL! Well, I think it has something to do with my years of groveling at the feet of Mistress Heidi. :flutter I’m a fan girl of Heidi Betts—I wrote a gushy fan girl letter several years back, in fact. When the kind-hearted—how did you put it?—“super-duper amazingly talented author” offered to read and quote, I said, “YES!” Well, first, I swooned and fainted a little. Then I said, “YES!” :hide
(Note from Heidi: Boy, that was really generous of said author. She sounds like an absolute saint! You should send her flowers or candy or a naked & oiled-down Winchester to thank her. Just sayin’. :peekaboo )
If your plane crashed in the Andes, would you convince the other survivors to eat Heidi first or last? Last. I’d probably have to be eaten first since I don’t eat meat and would likely meet my demise sooner than the rest of you. *shudder* Now I’m thinking of Alive; my goodness that movie terrified me…
If you could write anything—whether in the same genre/sub-genre as you’re writing now or another—what would it be? I love the idea of New Adult, but haven’t read one yet! I like that age, that over-eighteen-still-struggling-to-find-your-way age…or in my case, age 35. :tongue That or paranormal.
What are you currently working on? Book #2 in the “Love in the Balance” series, entitled Hard to Handle. This book follows the story of Shane’s cousin, Aiden, and Crickitt’s best friend, Sadie. And, imho, if anyone deserves a happily ever after, it’s Aiden and Sadie!
Leather or lace?
Devil or angel?
Angel—one of those really sexy ones with white wings and 8-pack abs I see around here on Happy Hunk Day…have any of those to spare?
(Note from Mistress Heidi: The Dungeon never has hunks “to spare,” but I supposed a wee little blatant beefcake on a mild-mannered Tuesday couldn’t hurt. Something like this, perhaps…)
Angel food or devil’s food?
Hemlock or arsenic?
Blood, sweat, or tears?
Boxers, briefs…or commando?
Cowgirl or missionary? (Hey, get your mind out of the gutter. I was simply asking what you wanted to be when you were growing up. :muahaha )
Cowgirl. Most definitely.
Thank you so much, Jessica, that was great! And congratulations again on your debut! :topofthemornin
Via her publisher, Jessica has also generously offered to give away two copies of the TEMPTING THE BILLIONAIRE e-book after today’s visit.
To enter, simply leave a question or thought-provoking comment for Jessica.
These will be digital copies, so be sure you have an e-reader before entering. (If you don’t, but want to ask a question or leave a comment without being entered in the drawing, just say so. :like )
U.S residents only for the prize.
As usual with Dungeon giveaways, the winner will be announced during our “Happy Sunday” post on Sunday, February 3rd. Winner is responsible for contacting me with her mailing information once the announcement has been made. I will forward it to Jessica & her publisher, & they’ll send your e-book at their earliest convenience.
I hope that makes sense! Any questions, just ask. :flutter
Good luck, & enjoy your time with Jessica!
A few weeks ago, I came up with the brilliant idea of including an excerpt for PROJECT: RUNAWAY BRIDE (Book 2 in my “Project: Passion” miniseries with Harlequin Desire) in the back of PROJECT: RUNAWAY HEIRESS (Book 1 – April 2013). I just love little sneak peeks like that when I’m reading, & thought it would be a fun way get readers revved up for Juliet’s story once they’ve finished reading Lily’s. :peekaboo
I wasn’t quite sure how that sort of thing worked at Desire, though; I’ve never had the occasion to find out. So I asked Editor C what he thought of the idea, & if it was even a possibility. He liked it, but said he’d have to check to see if it could be done. When I didn’t hear back after a while, I figured it was a no-go. Which was fine; a little disappointing, but fine.
Then I get a response from Editor C, after all. He says they can do a 400-word excerpt, & will need the first chapter by the next day so they can pull an appropriate section.
The next day?! splat
Um…I’m kind of in the middle of something else & haven’t even started PROJECT: RUNAWAY BRIDE yet. I had zero words written, let alone a first chapter. So we had a real “aw, shucks” moment when we realized we’d gotten all excited for nothing. :waaa
But after I told Editor C there was no way I could get an excerpt to him overnight, it really bugged me that the opportunity was there & I wouldn’t be able to take advantage of it. (FYI, telling me I’m not allowed to or am not capable of doing something is the very best way to get me to buck up & not only do it, but kick your ass in the process. :starwars )
So I suited up in my Weekend Warrior gear. Re-read the short synopsis I’d written while plotting the story originally. Then began to channel my inner Winnie-the-Pooh—think, think, think. And I started to write.
I had no idea if I’d come up with enough for an excerpt. I had no idea if what I came up with would be decent enough to share with anyone, let alone put in the back of the book. But I did manage to pump out something, & the very next day, sent it off to Editor C with this note:
Okay, Charles—I whipped up a quick start to RUNAWAY BRIDE. Not a full chapter & probably more than you actually need as an excerpt for the back of RUNAWAY HEIRESS, but I’ve gotta tell you, I love both the very start & the very end of this. It gave me shivers when I wrote it. So hopefully you can find a way to get the right length & still keep the really bold, catchy aspects. That’s if A.) it’s not too late, B.) this even works, & C.) you even like it. But, hey, at least I gave it a shot. :)
A few minutes later (yes, I said minutes :moonyou ), I got this reply:
Well, to start, I skimmed it and I LOVE it. Let me see what we can do…
And a couple of hours after that:
Okay, so… (A) It wasn’t too late after all, (B) boy, does it work and (C) I don’t just like it, I love it. Stacy does too, so a 400-word excerpt of this is going in the back of PROJECT: RUNAWAY HEIRESS. Thanks for going the extra mile to get this to me, Heidi.
Whoo-hoo! Another crisis averted. splat
And even better, a wee excerpt of Book 2 in the back of Book 1. I love that. Especially since I also love the excerpt & think it makes the absolute perfect opening to PROJECT: RUNAWAY BRIDE. :love
Next week, I’ll share the pages with you & we can all try to decide which 400 words will end up plucked out for the actual excerpt. :hide