I am excited to welcome author Jess MacAllen, who has just released the first novel in her new Set in Stone series, Stone Cold Seduction.
When a regular night of Robin Hood-ery results in the manifestation of some, um, unusual paranormal abilities, perfume-maker Elleodora Fredricks realizes the normal world she lives in isn’t quite… normal. And neither is she, thanks to her father, king of the shadow elves. Not only is he evil incarnate and the reason Elle moonlights as a burglar someone has to take care of all his victims he s stolen her memories.
And only reading her fate can fix that.
Good thing she s got a trio of hotties willing to help her find said fate, but only if she gives them something in return. Saving her oracle BFF’s fiance, falling in love with the gargoyle, and making up for breaking the phoenix s heart ought to be a piece of cake for the princess of the shadow elves.
If only the king didn’t want his daughter dead…
Make sure you stick around to the end. We’ll be giving away an ebook of Stone Cold Seduction.
Emotional Geometry 101—The Conflict of Love Triangles
I’m thrilled to be at Literary Escapism and to have the opportunity to chat about my new release Stone Cold Seduction. One of the things I’ve encountered time and again with this particular series is the topic of the love triangle. One thing I can say for certain is that readers have strong feelings about the idea. In Stone Cold Seduction, Elle Fredricks, is faced with two men: one from her past, and one from her present.
As a reader, I have a number of favorite authors who’ve introduced love triangles in their story lines and series. In all honesty, I love some of them, and hate others—for a variety of reasons. Initially I struggled with whether or not to put a love triangle in this series. I decided to go for it, because it tied into how I wanted the story to end. With that said, I’ve had a number of readers ask if I give everyone a happy ending, if I tie up all loose ends, etc. They don’t want to start the book, only to see one guy go home broken-hearted and empty-handed.
As a writer, I can’t make things easy for my characters. If it’s obvious and neat and tidy, the story would be boring (which might also explain the staying power of soap operas). Elle can’t choose both men. She only has one true mate. It takes her a while to discover who that man is, but when she does, what happens to the odd man out?
I’ve had a couple readers suggest it would be kinder to kill him off than to leave him hanging. Because this series is urban fantasy, that could work. But I’m a diehard romance reader. I can’t leave one of the guys hanging (or dead) any more than readers want me to. They’ll all get their happily ever after, but they’ll have to earn it first.
Life is like that. Many of us have experienced unrequited love. We’ve had our hearts broken, or maybe we’ve broken someone’s heart. It’s painful, but it happens. The world I’ve built in the Set in Stone series may be paranormal, but the emotional issues are real. Not everyone can win. Not everyone gets the girl (or at least the girl he thought he should have). And if I killed the losers off, well…that would be too easy. I want to make them live through it. I want to show readers they’re stronger for it. I want readers to root for them to get their happily ever after as well.
It’s not much different than the heroine who catches her boyfriend/husband with another woman, then goes on to find her true love. That heroine is always stronger after the heartbreak, and better prepared for the new relationship. Elle, Jax and MacLean will all be stronger by the end of the series. Why? Because they’ll have survived heartbreak and a whole lot more. They’ll have earned their happily ever after. And those pesky loose ends will be all tied up, I promise you.
What emotional issue do you love to see characters overcome?
Meet Jess Macallan!
Jess lives in the Inland Northwest with her husband and three children. After pursing a degree in finance and economics, she realized she was better suited to weaving words than crunching numbers. Curiosity drives her to try new things as often as possible. She has a bad habit of trying too many new things at once and has amassed an odd resume of talents including yoga teacher, knitter, writing mentor, gardener, mixed martial arts junkie, and author of a variety of genres. In her spare time, she raises crazy chicken breeds and reads anything she can get her hands on. She’s allergic to shopping and reality shows, but loves chocolate and anything with Will Ferrell. She also loves hearing from readers.
Excerpt from Stone Cold Seduction
“You are my true mate.”
My lips were still tingling, and my brain was fuzzy. “Jax, I’m not sure what that means.”
He didn’t answer, but instead pressed a kiss to my temple. And another to my cheek. Slowly, he nuzzled his way to my neck. I let my head drop to one side, giving him better access.
He whispered his approval, and lightly nipped at my neck. “It is a connection between souls. A bond determined by fate. I will show you what it means.”
His lips and tongue were doing a slow, erotic dance along the oh-so-sensitive skin down my neck, and coherent thought was impossible. He could show me whatever he wanted, as long as he didn’t stop.
I sighed, and Jax took that as acceptance. Before I knew what he was going to do, he’d scooped me up and was halfway up the stairs.
“Jax!” I yelped.
He stopped, but his muscles were vibrating with energy. He waited until he had my full attention before repeating, “I will show you. We are mates, connected in ways you and the phoenix will never be.”
His silver eyes were bright and intense. I could admit to having had many, many fantasies where he’d carried me upstairs, and all sorts of amazing things had happened. But this was real. And he was dead serious. It scared me, thrilled me, and seriously confused me.
When I didn’t respond, he lowered my feet to the floor and pressed me up against the wall in the narrow stairwell. His eyes held mine as he leaned close. “I will show you, so there are no doubts.”
Then he kissed me again, and this time, he held nothing back. Possession, need, and barely leashed control. Jax’s mouth told me more than words ever could. He leaned against me so our bodies were in full contact. Need burned through me. His taste, his touch, drowned out my worries. His scent surrounded me. He smelled crisp and clean. Like a sunny, winter day. But the heat he created inside me was intense. Just like the man himself.
Thank you Jess for taking the time to stop by Literary Escapism!
Contest Time! Jess is giving away an ebook of Stone Cold Seduction. To enter, all you have to do is answer this one question: What emotional issue do you love to see characters overcome? Remember, you must answer the question in order to be entered.
Even though I’m not giving the additional entries any more, you can still help support the author by sharing their article, and this contest, on your blog, Twitter, Facebook, or anywhere you can. After all, the more people who are aware of this fabulous author ensures we get more fabulous stories.
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.
The contest will stay open until September 27th at which time I’ll determine the winner with help from the snazzy new plug-in I have.
I have not been contacting winners, so you will need to check back to see if you’ve won.