Today, Literary Escapism is excited to welcome Jaime Rush to the floor. Jaime is the author of the fabulous Offspring series and the third novel, Touching Darkness, was just recently published.
Nicholas Braden has an uncanny psychic talent for finding things—which is why he’s been recruited for a covert government program designed to hunt down terrorists. While his work for a shady controller named Darkwell is leading him down some very questionable alleyways, it’s also bringing him closer to Olivia, Darkwell’s stunning young assistant. A “good girl” with a wild, secret side, Olivia tempts Nicholas in ways he never believed possible—and in his business, a loss of control could prove fatal.
But there is something not right about the operation. And as Nicholas and Olivia’s passion reaches a white-hot intensity, chilling reversals of good and evil, of right and wrong, suddenly threaten their very survival.
Make sure you stick around to the end as we’re giving away a signed copy (and bookplate) of Touching Darkness to one lucky winner.
Roller Derby saved my book!
It’s funny what can influence or inspire a story or character. Sometimes it’s an overheard conversation. Or a movie trailer. Or an Anthony Bourdain show. Yes, that wonderfully irreverent travel show host who loves the “nasty bits.” He’s my lunchtime vice, and I have about 30 shows DVR’d. (http://www.travelchannel.com/TV_Shows/Anthony_Bourdain?fbid=OQiTGagT-Uk)
When I finished book 3 of my Offspring series, Touching Darkness, I loved the forbidden aspect to their attraction, the juicy conflicts. But there was something missing. I had always seen my heroine, Olivia, as passive in the beginning of the story, domineered by her powerful father. I like watching a heroine overcome those kinds of internal conflicts because it’s such a wonderful growth arc. I liked her, but I didn’t really connect to her. It was driving me crazy because I couldn’t figure out why, even after finishing the book and doing three rounds of edits. I was hoping my brilliant editor would give me a clue from her distance.
Then, days after mailing it off, I watched Anthony Bourdain in L.A. He was hanging out with the L.A. Derby Dolls. I’d heard of roller derby, but only in a vague sense. (This was before Whip It was a whisper on the scene. Great movie, as an aside!) I loved the diversity of the women, their courage and strength, their spunk. That’s when it hit me. Olivia needed spunk! She needed something that was hers alone, that she kept secret from everyone, especially her father. I knew in an instant that Olivia was a roller derby chick. From that one tidbit bloomed a whole personality: playing passive, but feisty on the inside. Playful, sexier dialogs between her and the hero sprouted in my mind, and, of course, my hero, Nicholas, responded to that new personality, too. While she has more than one secret, this one was a lot of fun to incorporate, especially when Nicholas finds out.
I contacted the Blue Ridge Roller Girls (Asheville, NC) and got to hang out with them at one of their bouts. Talk about cool! They shared tidbits about equipment and how they come up with their nicknames (a very fun process for me to do). It was fun for me and made the book more fun, too.
Always be open to inspiration. You never know where it will come from.
So share your secrets! Do you have a secret activity? If not, what wild activity would you do if you weren’t worried about getting hurt/caught?
And for something fun! I’ve been running my Kick Butt First Line contest for every book I release: Shocking, suspenseful…make us want more! Cash prizes! Contest runs from May 1 through June 1, 2010. It’s open to readers and writers. The entries are entertaining to read, even if you don’t enter. For details on that and my books, go to www.jaimerush.com.
Contest Time! Jaime has graciously offered to give away a signed copy (and bookplate) of Touching Darkness to one lucky winner. To get your name in the drawing, all you have to do is answer Jaime’s question: Do you have a secret activity? If not, what wild activity would you do if you weren’t worried about getting hurt/caught?
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 Are a follower of Literary Escapism on Facebook and/or Twitter
- +10 Purchase any of Jaime’s Offspring novels – A Perfect Darkness or Out of the Darkness – or any print novel through LE’s Amazon store sometime during this contest and send a copy of the receipt VIA email for your purchase to: myjaxon AT gmail DOT com. Each purchase is worth ten entries, but it has to be through the LE Amazon Link.
I have not been contacting winners, so you will need to check back to see if you’ve won.