Monday, January 16, 2012

KICK START MONDAYS: Contests & More - with JESSICA E. SUBJECT

Today I'm introducing the talented and wonderful Jessica E. Subject who writes about settings in books, i.e., locations. This is a topic after my own heart as I love to explore different locations when I write. Jessica, however, is a true "traveller"...and she takes her settings a few steps out of the beaten path...

Welcome, Jessica!

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Settings – How to choose

To start off, I want to thank Natalie for having me here today. :)


I now have three stories out as part of Decadent Publishing’s 1Night Stand series, and each of them takes place in a different setting. I’m not talking different rooms—as most of the 1Night Stand stories occur in a hotel room—but different cities, countries, and even planets.
So how did I choose?

For Celestial Seduction, the first story I wrote, I wanted it set somewhere in Canada. And since the Castillo Resorts and Hotels (also common to the 1Night Stand series) are a chain, they are usually located in a big city. To remain in familiar territory, I wanted to limit the setting to Ontario. The two big cities that came immediately to mind were Toronto and Ottawa. And in the end, I chose Ottawa.


Now, Beneath the Starry Sky takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada, the flagship setting for many books in the series. Because this city is unfamiliar to me, I had to rely on other authors to answer questions about this city and surrounding area.

And in my most recent release, Unknown Futures, the setting is a space station owned by the Space Service (mentioned in Celestial Seduction). With this setting, I had a lot of creative freedom and enjoyed adding in the futuristic technology throughout the station.


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So, contest question: Which do you prefer, more familiar settings or those that are completely different from those you know?

Giveaway

I will randomly draw a name from those who answer my question in the comments to WIN one ebook copy of winner’s choice of any of my Decadent Publishing stories. Please leave your email address in the body of your comment so that I may contact you if you win. Contest is international. I will choose a winner on January 20.

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Unknown Futures Blurb

Attacked as a young adult, Jewel is left scarred and alone. She applies to the 1Night Stand service, believing no one can see past her appearance to love her. But she doesn’t expect to be sent to a space station where her date could be any number of unusual alien species.

Flavia left everything behind to be one of five humans working for the Space Service space station. Extremely homesick, she is excited to learn she will be a guide to a woman from Earth visiting the station for a couple days. She is immediately drawn to the petite woman, seeing past her scars to her true inner beauty, stirring unforeseen desires.

Unfortunately, Jewel is there for a date which Flavia hasn’t been told about. Can she contain her lust and simply show her a good time? Or will she let her desire lead them into an unknown future?

Book trailer: http://youtu.be/HOBmZ9vKwYE

Available from Decadent Publishing and other ebook retailers.

Buy Links here: http://www.markofthestars.com/wp/?page_id=7671

Bio:

Jessica Subject started writing to encourage her daughter to read. Now she writes to keep herself grounded. Although she reads many genres, she enjoys writing Science Fiction Romance the most and believes everyone in the universe deserves a happily ever after. She lives Southwestern Ontario, Canada with her husband and two kids and loves to hear from anyone who has enjoyed her stories.

Website/Blog: http://www.markofthestars.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/jsubject
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jessica-E-Subject-author/205759796126370
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4959083.Jessica_E_Subject
Google +: https://plus.google.com/100079570422204018357/posts

~ Natalie ~
No Rules. No Formulas. Just Love.

17 comments:

Jessica Subject said...

Thank you so much for having me today, Natalie! :)

Tonya Moore said...

Fantastic post. Congrats on the new publication, Jessica. I've got Unknown Futures on my Kindle shelf--can't wait to read it!

Jessica Subject said...

Thanks Tonya! :)

savannah said...

:) Congrats! I like both settings so its hard for me to pick... hmmm I am going to pick those completely different from my own just because its like a get away and for the duration of the book you get to escape reality. Thanks for the great post and the chance to win!

Jessica Subject said...

Yes, Savannah, there's nothing like an escape to some place foreign. Thanks for stopping by! :)

Layna Pimentel said...

Call me patriotic if you'd like, but I love stories that take place locally. I guess that's probably why I've used Toronto a few times.

On the other hand, I love hearing about places I've never been to and may not have the opportunity to visit.

Great post ladies!

Natalie G. Owens said...

Hey Jessica, you're welcome! Good to wake up to all these comments in the morning! xoxo

Christine said...

Congrats on the new book :D. I would have to go with totally different settings, as while the normal and everyday settings might feel like a comfort, they can tend to get tedious and after a while, boring. I like to be able to stretch my imagination and be drawn into a totally different reality to what I know, and escape everyday life for just a while as I share in the author's vision. :)
Christine
vampyangel291197 at gmail dot com

Jessica Subject said...

@Layna - Yes, I have a few that are places I know well, but like you, I do like to mix it up when reading and writing. :)

@Christine - When I need an escape, out of this world books are where I turn.

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Loved the post!

As to your question - I prefer settings I don't know. Reading is armchair travelling for me, so whether it's a real location or a completely imagined one, I'm all for something new :)

email - zeemonodee@gmail.com

:) XOXO

Jessica Subject said...

@Zee - Thanks so much! :) I love how books can take us away to an entirely new place, make us feel like we're there even though we never left the house.

Natalie G. Owens said...

I so agree with you, Jessica! It's like armchair travelling :D. Now I wish I could participate in this contest, lol

Jessica Subject said...

@Natalie - Isn't that the best? Sometimes I just need a quick fix while I'm preparing supper, or other times. Read a couple pages and I'm good. LOL

Christine said...

With 5 little kids, I would lose my sanity if it were not for the few minutes I catch here and there while reading on my ipod.
It is my own personal stress relief. When waiting in the car for the kids to get out of school...ipod. Sitting down for a cuppa and a break from chores...ipod. Can't sleep due to hubby's incesant snoring...ipod hehe. But, in all honesty, the actual device would be worth nothing if not for the captivating ebooks loaded onto it :) So, when you think about it like that, I owe my sanity to the authors :P

Jessica Subject said...

@Christine - 5 kids? Wow! I do that on a part-time basis, but only have two of my own. I can understand your need for stress relief. Been there with the hubby snoring, too. LOL Yes, yah for books! They're my addiction. :)

Jessica Subject said...

Thanks again, Natalie for hosting me!

The winner is Christine, who gets her choice of my 1Night Stand stories. Congratulations!

And thank you to everyone who stopped by! :)

Christine said...

Thankyou so very much Jessica and Natalie for hosting the contest :). I can't wait to read Unknown Futures Jessica!