I’m a terminal introvert, raised a farmer’s daughter in small-town Ontario. Most often I’m the strangest one in the room, and that’s a-okay with me. I’m now helplessly addicted to words, married to my high school sweetheart, and have a wee girl of 7. Life is good.
Darkside Sun takes university student Addison Beckett from an oddball bookworm loner to the only chance the human race has of staying off the endangered species list. Instead of denying what she can see, she’s faced with hunting it. Good thing she’s got professor Asher Green to help her through it all. If only he wasn’t gorgeous and she wasn’t helplessly attracted to him, since touch could kill them both.
Asher has a troubled past, and even when he tries to do the right thing, it often doesn’t turn out the way he intends. His heart is always in the right place, though. Addison likes to poke fun at his love affair with his iron and his grumpy moods, and finds the courage to stand up to him. Remy is one of my favorite characters in the book. He talks in a Hawaiian creole accent, is half covered in tattoos, and is so huge Addison nicknames him King Kong. He’s a gentle giant with a mischievous side, and he was a lot of fun to write.
I don’t write typical romance novels. Mine are often high on action and intensity, and the heroes aren’t cookie-cutter boy-next-door types. The romance usually comes at the end of a hard, bumpy road, making it all the sweeter when it finally happens. This is the case with Darkside Sun. Not everyone will love Asher like I do, but I hope they’ll understand and pull for him. Beyond the romance, the reader will also find a complicated world born of my childhood stargazing and speculation about what would happen if we found out our world isn’t what we thought.
I do have one process that’s rather odd. Because I have the patience of a sugar-high hummingbird, I have a need to know how the story ends…like…now, as I don’t plot anything. To get around my short attention span, I write a skeleton draft of the book first. It’s simply the dialogue and simple speech tags, along with the scene change filler. Once that’s done, I go back and add the flesh and color with actions instead of speech tags, add in emotion, descriptions, and reactions and such. I end up going through about 10 rounds of editing before I even make it to my beta readers. A lot, I know, but it works for me.
I love Laurell K. Hamilton, Chloe Neill, J. R. Ward, and Karen Marie Moning to name a few. I could probably fill the page with the ones who have inspired me.
Gosh, my schedule is so tight with deadlines this year the only thing I’m reading is my own work. I’ve just finished up #2 of the Mortal Machine series, Midnight Dawn, which takes place right after Darkside Sun, and once that’s done, I’m going to be finishing up Soul Stone which is #3 in my Ironhill Jinn series.
Write because you love it and not because you want to be rich and famous. Put your passion on the paper and send that darling out into the world to entertain your readers. That’s the true joy of authordom.
Darkside Sun by Jocelyn AdamsSeries: The Mortal Machine #1
Published by Macmillan on 2014-03-10
The dead have been waiting for her…
Addison Beckett tries hard to pretend she’s normal, but she’s far from it. Since she was six years old, she’s seen the world around her unraveling, as if someone is pulling a thread from a sweater and it’s all slowly coming undone. When she ignores it, it goes away, so that’s what she does.
Enter her arrogant-but-hot professor Asher Green. He knows all about her special brand of crazy. In fact, he might be just as nuts as she is. Asher insists that the dead from a parallel dimension are trying to possess the living in this one. And since Addison seems to be the only one who can see these “wraiths,” she just might be the key to saving the world.
Addison wants nothing to do with Asher or his secret society, The Mortal Machine. But as their animosity grows, she finds it harder and harder to ignore the chemistry between them. And when she discovers that Machine laws forbid her from touching him, she realizes that’s all she wants to do.
Stop the wraiths. Break the rules. Save the world. All in a day’s work.
Normal was overrated, anyway.
1 $25.00 gift card from Amazon or B & N (winner’s choice), Sun charm necklace, and a Signed bookmark
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