Monthly Archives: September 2011

Random Interview – Jessica Freely

We’re lucky enough to have author Jessica Freely with us today, as the first victim participant in our new series of interviews pulled from the Random Interview Generator.  Her new release is called “Broken”, and it’s available now from Loose Id Publishing.  Welcome Jessica!


Tell us a little about yourself.  What do you like to write?  What’s your latest release about?  What have you read recently that knocked your socks off? (Note: Feel free to talk about your body of work, not just your most recent release.  Don’t feel limited by genre lines when talking about what you like to write and/or read.)

Jessica: For years I struggled with writing. I was driven to do it for some reason, but it was agony. I questioned every word I wrote and it took me ages to finish anything. Then one day I gave myself permission to write whatever I wanted, without worrying about whether it was any good, whether anyone would want to read it, etc. And that turned out to be the first m/m romance I ever wrote. What a difference! It felt as if someone had finally removed the fifty-pound weights around my ankles. Suddenly all I wanted to do was write. And plotting, which I’d always struggled with, just seemed to take care of itself. Of course I still find challenges in writing, but it’s all so much more fun now. I think that’s the advantage of discovering what you love to write about.

Story-wise, I like to play rough with my characters, but I like to reward them in the end too. My rule of thumb is the darker the journey, the happier the ending, and my new release, Broken, is no exception. It’s about Eben, the closeted younger brother of a mob boss, and Xiu, a rent boy the boss just bought from a Hong Kong triad. Needless to say, when these two fall for each other, they’re both in peril.

Broken just came out from Loose Id on Sept. 20: Leave a comment to this post and you’ll be entered to win a free copy. The contest winner will be announced tonight at 9 p.m.

What is there in you or your life that you’ve never encountered in anyone else? – Submitted by Maggie

Jessica: My family has an expression I’ve never heard anyone else use. “Die the death of a rag baby.” It means to retreat in shame and disgrace. When I ask people, nobody has ever heard of it before. Where did it come from? We may never know.

What music do you listen to while you write? Do you soundtrack stories while you work on them? – Submitted by Harper

Jessica: I totally create soundtracks for my books! Certain songs evoke particular feelings that fit with the story I’m telling. Here’s my soundtrack for Broken, for example:

For more audio goodness, you might want to check out the free audio excerpt from Broken on my newsletter group:

If you could steal one thing in the entire world without consequence, what would you steal?

Jessica: Time.

Who’s your favorite member of Winger?  (Note: When we said random, we meant it!)

Jessica: LOL. I’m so out of touch, I had to look this up on Google to find out what it was. Uh… John I guess. He’s got that dark, troubled thing going on. And the hair. I love long hair. I don’t think I’d want to date him, but I’d definitely write about him.


Here’s an excerpt from Broken. I also want to mention that for the first four months I am donating half of my proceeds from Broken to Project Polaris, combating human trafficking and modern day slavery.


Thanks to Jessica for taking part in a Random Interview.  Check out her excerpt from Broken, below.

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AAD Bookie Awards Nomination – SciFi Novel of the Year

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve been nominated in the “Sci Fi Novel of the Year” category of the annual Bookie Awards, presented Authors After Dark.  You can cast your vote here – Bookie Awards Voting

Voting closes at midnight, October 1, 2011.

How I Write – Reesa

I’m pretty comfortable with my writing process.  I know what it takes to get my words out, even if I sometimes sit at the computer and play on the Twitters instead.  I may have mentioned before that when I write, I’m translating the movie in my head.  I know writers who see their work in words, but mine comes to me in technicolor picture shows that I have to find the language for.  I’m okay with that, though I know it makes me a much slower writer than someone who has the words waiting for them.

It takes me some time to settle into the translation process.  Everything twitches and shifts, and gears disengage as I realign.  The funny thing about having a Day Job is, they aren’t particularly keen on my just checking out and playing movies in my head all day, no matter how great those movies are.  Once I’ve found my way back to that place, taken my seat in the theatre and tuned in, I have a tendency to let go of the world around me.  Those poor, unfortunate souls (it’s sad! but true!) who try to interact with me while I’m checked out are often met with a rather surly response.  Once I’m in it, I’m in it, and I really don’t like coming up for air.

Being transported to another world when I write is great, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.  But it means that when I get stuck, when the words just aren’t right, all I can really do is block everything else out and hope I can untangle the pictures and turn them into prose.  I’m not a fan of free writing, because my personal goal isn’t just to inflict my words on a page, it’s to tell a story, generally one already in progress.  With free writing, I wind up feeling like I’ve wasted that time, since I very rarely walk away from it with anything I can use to further a plot.  I know it works to shake things loose for a lot of people, but it’s definitely not my cuppa.  I wish I could get my brain to work that way, sometimes.

So that’s a little of my behind-the-scenes process when I write.  The next time it looks like I’m staring blankly into thin air, give me the benefit of the doubt- I’m probably writing.  Probably.


The Very Merry Un-Birthday Contest

My birthday is September 19th.  I’ve always thought of it as my own personal holiday, because everyone should get one of those.

This year, for Reesa Day, I’m going to give someone else some presents.  Maybe you!  No, no, you don’t have to give me a present, but if you wanted to, here are some things I’d like:

  • Blog, Goodreads or Amazon reviews – Now, I’m not asking for only good reviews, just fair ones.  If you want to talk about an aspect of the story that didn’t work for you, have at it.  On the other hand, good reviews make me happy to the tips of my toes, and I’d appreciate it if nobody went out of their way to make me cry on my birthday.
  • Read The Slipstream Con or The Balance of Silence.  If you buy a copy, even better.
  • Tell someone else about either of our books.  Post something on your blog, twitter feed, or Facebook.  Word of mouth makes for the best kind of advertising, and we appreciate every single one of you who have mentioned our book to others.
  • Give someone a courtesy wave.  Hold the door for someone, even if you have to wait an extra moment.  Say “Thank you kindly.” if someone does something polite for you.  Courtesy gives me the warm fuzzies.

What You Can Win:

  • A $5 gift certificate to either Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or the independent bookstore of your choice.  International winners, the equivalent of a $5 gift certificate to the Amazon affiliate or local bookstore of your choice.  In both cases, I -MUST- be able to purchase the gift certificate online, through a secure commerce site.  PayPal is fine.
  • OR – A collection of cool Ylendrian Empire swag.


How You Can Win (yes, The Rules):

  • Contest is open until 9 a.m. EST, 09/19/2011.
  • To enter, leave a comment on THIS BLOG ENTRY.  Only comments left on this entry will be included in the drawing.  All comments MUST include your NAME and your EMAIL ADDRESS.  Comments that do not include an email address will not be included in the drawing.
  • Two (2) winners will be chosen, using a random number generator (  The first winner will be given their choice of the two prizes available.  Second winner will receive the remaining prize.
  • Winners will be notified via blog entry and email.  You must claim your prize by 09/25/2011, or forfeit.
  • Prizes not claimed/confirmed by 09/25/2011 will be given to a runner-up.
  • Contest is open to US and International entries, but you must be over 18 to win.
  • One entry per person.


Simple enough, right?  If you’re already dropping a comment, why not link us to your review?   We’d love to see your thoughts.

Fifteen Minute Fiction – Inkling (pt. 12)

When last we left Our Protagonists, one of them was bleeding, and one of them was pretty sure his day had just gotten even weirder– and that’s saying something, given the day he’s had so far.  We now return you to Inkling, already in progress.

(If you need to catch up, you can always read the full story (for free!) here: Inkling

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