10 Surprises About The Assignment by Jade A. Waters + #Giveaway

10 Surprises About The Assignment
by
Jade A. Waters

I rarely watch the “Special Features” on the DVDs I get, but when I do, I enjoy discovering the big reveals from the director, actors, or crew members the most. Recently, I shared 10 interesting facts about my new release, The Assignment—but today I thought I’d give you some details that are a little more surprising. Some were surprises for me when I wrote the book; others are more behind-the-scenes surprises for readers. Either way, I hope you find them interesting!

1. By accident, the last scene almost wasn’t a last scene.

I’m an extremely linear writer…and by accident, I wrote the last two or three pages before I yanked my fingers off the keyboard and said out loud, “Oh, crap. That’s the supposed to be the end! Right there!” I had to stew for a while on how I wanted to deal with that, because it definitely needed to be the last scene.

2. The novel was written in seven weeks, including outlining.

I had several days off in a row at one point during the five weeks it took to do the actual drafting, so that was helpful—but I was putting down around 5,000 words a day (that’s approximately 20 pages). I have rarely, if ever, repeated that number of words in a day before or after for anything else I’ve written. I don’t even think I’ve pulled that off for a short story…

3. The draft of The Assignment was also started on the heels of one of the most painful breakups of my life.

They say the best way to get over someone is to get under someone else. While I agree that can be helpful, I think getting into the heads of an entire book’s worth of someone elses might be far more healing. I had a lot of pent up energy to work with!

4. We’ve billed The Assignment as my debut novel, but it definitely isn’t my first novel.

I have also written a couple young adult novels, back when I was a young adult. As an actual adult, though, I’ve written a romantic fantasy and a comedic memoir. I’m not sure if either of them will ever meet the public…but maybe, one day, that memoir will surface. (If you’re curious about how I finally officially made my way over to erotica, you can read my journey here.)

5. As much as I love Dean Sova, the romantic interest in The Assignment, I have at times wanted to smack him.

A couple friends who have worked beside me will attest that “I love this man but if I were to make out with him, I swear I might smack him a second later” has come out of my mouth one or two times. (It’s not you, Dean. It’s me.)

6. Dean was named Griffin throughout the entire outlining process.

Then my mom teased me about it in a conversation about my book-to-be, because she thought it was too much of a go-to romantic lead name. But I persisted…until I started drafting and Dean opened his mouth. That second, he was clearly a Dean. (Another fun fact: his original last name was Faustin, but this was so not Croatian sounding to me.)

7. Speaking of Dean’s Croatian roots…these are apparently thanks to my long running affection for Goran Višnjić and some incredibly handsome men I met on a vacation in Rovinj, Croatia.

Sure, Višnjić has been in my head since Madonna’s “Power of Goodbye” video (never mind all those episodes of ER), but I didn’t realize how into Croatian features I was until I got back from a Rovinj trip that happened not three months before I started The Assignment, and, bam. Some of the beauty I saw there was suddenly transferring into my book. Hello, handsomes.

8. Selby’s domestic nature, as well as Alex’s speech patterns and handyman awesomeness, are modeled after two incredibly dear friends of mine.

Okay, so this isn’t surprising. But what I do find surprising is that these two VIPs have never met in real life, yet through multiple conversations, all three of us are 100% sure they’d be an absolute fail as a couple.

9. The sex club scene was rewritten three or four times.

Each time, Dean’s role changed dramatically. I’m finally happy with how it turned out. Oh and fun fact—the club’s layout is a blend of two real sex clubs located in San Francisco.

10. I cry every time I finish reading this book.

Which, considering all the drafts, edits, and proofs of this story, is a lot. I guess we know where Selby got her sappiness from. 🙂

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10 Surprises About The Assignment by Jade A. Waters + #Giveaway

The Assignment by Jade A. Waters

Published by Carina Press on December 12th 2016
Genres: Romance
Format: eBook
5 Stars

What would you do if someone offered to fulfill your wildest fantasies?
Seductive.
Charming.
Dominant.
Dean Sova is everything Maya Clery craves. From the first touch, their connection is intense. After leaving her troubled past behind, Maya thought she was happy—she is happy—but meeting Dean forces her to acknowledge dark needs she longs to explore yet has never had the courage to face.
Her perfect match, Dean encourages Maya to set loose the submissive urges inside her in a series of assignments intended to open her mind and test the limits of pleasure…but Maya isn’t sure she can fully let go of her inhibitions.
What would you do if someone offered to fulfill your wildest fantasies?
The answer seems obvious. You take the offer and hope the price isn’t too high.
Book one of Lessons in Control
This book is approximately 81,000 words




What would you do if someone offered to fulfill your wildest fantasies?

Seductive.

Charming.

Dominant.

Dean Sova is everything Maya Clery craves. From the first touch, their connection is intense. After leaving her troubled past behind, Maya thought she was happy—she is happy—but meeting Dean forces her to acknowledge dark needs she longs to explore yet has never had the courage to face.

Her perfect match, Dean encourages Maya to set loose the submissive urges inside her in a series of assignments intended to open her mind and test the limits of pleasure…but Maya isn’t sure she can fully let go of her inhibitions.

What would you do if someone offered to fulfill your wildest fantasies?

The answer seems obvious. You take the offer and hope the price isn’t too high.

  • On sale date: Dec 12, 2016
  • Miniseries: Lessons in Control
  • Category: Erotic Romance, Romance, BDSM, Carina Press Romance Promise
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About the Author

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About Jade A. Waters

Jade A. Waters is an erotica author in Northern California. Author of the Lessons in Control series, releasing from Carina Press beginning December 2016.

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