After surviving the Irish Potato Famine, Liam Niall was possessed by a demon in search of redemption. Now, he heads the Chicago league of taylan in their fight against evil. Jilly Chan is a mentor to the local homeless youth-and warrior against the criminals who prey upon her charges. She’s already half-taken by a demon, so Liam reluctantly tries to guide her into full power.
Even as the proudly independent Jilly tries to remain true to her own soul, Liam’s fiercely passionate touch leaves a mark on her desirable flesh as enduring as her new demonic tattoo…
Make sure you stick around to the end. We’ll be giving away a signed copy of either Seduced By Shadows or Forged of Shadows – winner’s choice – to a lucky reader.
The Runway Behind You is Useless
So the year is half over. At this point, I usually like to dig out my New Year’s Resolutions—which I know I’m supposed to post somewhere where I can see them daily, and I DID post them somewhere where I could see them…back in January, but my desk has…er, evolved since then. Most years, I read my resolutions, then I weep and gnash my teeth that I have not accomplished even half of the half of the year’s worth of resolutions I set myself.
But not this year. June was a very creatively joyful month in my house. I launched the second book in my urban fantasy romance Marked Souls series, Forged of Shadows, and turned in the third book, Vowed in Shadow, to my editor, and my XY finished recording and mastering his second album. (You can sample the Seduced By Shadows theme song which will be on the second album at http://tinyurl.com/seducedsingle; why yes, there are advantages to sleeping with a musician.)
XY and I actually had a bet who could use the title of this blog post first. I tried to find a place for it in my third book, but XY beat me to it by titling one of his songs with the phrase. So I lost the bet (although technically, this is the first place the phrase is in print, so ha) but I’m taking the wisdom to heart:
The runway behind you is useless.
Shout out to Peter Browne, retired bomber pilot, whose flight instructor shared that pithy and painful truism. I love the visual of the unwieldy plane fighting earthly drag and weight to struggle skyward. Who doesn’t feel like that sometimes?
The heroes in my Marked Souls stories feel like that a lot. They are immortal warriors whose damaged souls made them uniquely vulnerable to possession by repentant demons. They sacrifice what’s left of their blissful ignorance to protect Chicago from demons that are decidedly NOT repentant. My heroes know they can’t look back. They can only fight on.
That’s how I feel about my calendar. Okay, admittedly not as dramatic as battling malevolent demons, but checking off those days to my new goals can be every bit as satisfying. And get me one step closer to my eventual salvation.
How have you done on your New Year’s Resolutions? Are you setting any new goals for the rest of the year? And how do you keep yourself on task when you don’t have all the demons of hell nipping at your heels?
Leave an answer in comments for a chance to win a signed copy of Book 1 or 2 of the Marked Souls. Not sure which one you want? You can read the opening chapters at http://jessaslade.com
Contest Time! Jessa has graciously offered to give away a signed copy of either Seduced By Shadows or Forged of Shadows – winner’s choice – to a lucky reader. All you have to do is answer Jessa’s question: How have you done on your New Year’s Resolutions? Are you setting any new goals for the rest of the year? And how do you keep yourself on task when you don’t have all the demons of hell nipping at your heels?
As always, there’s more ways of getting your name in the hat (remember, these aren’t mandatory to enter, just extra entries):
- +1 for each place you post about today’s contest on your blog, social network, or anywhere you can. Digg it, stumble it, twit it, share it with the world. Wherever you share it, make sure you add a link to it along with your answer.
- +1 to any review you comment on, however, comments must be meaningful. Just give me the title of the review and I’ll be able to figure it out from there.
- +1 If you are a follower of Literary Escapism on Facebook and/or Twitter
- +10 Purchase any of Jessa’s novels – Seduced By Shadows or Forged of Shadows – or any novel through LE’s Amazon store or through the Book Depository sometime during this contest and send a copy of the receipt VIA email for your purchase to: jackie AT literaryescapism DOT com. Each purchase is worth ten entries.
There is one thing I am adding to my contests now…the winner must post a review of the novel someplace. Whether it is on their own blog, Amazon, GoodReads, LibraryThing or wherever, it doesn’t matter. Just help get the word out.
I have not been contacting winners, so you will need to check back to see if you’ve won.