Today’s guest is Jess Granger, who writes fabulous futuristics for Berkley Sensation. I’m always so excited to be able to recommend futuristic authors to people and Jess is one whose name comes up all the time. I love her writing. To get a taste of it, head over to her website to the Beyond The Shadows page to read the excerpt there.
I’m very excited to join the Take You To Another World Contest. The timing made me laugh because I just drove from Minnesota back to Ohio yesterday to return from a wedding. I don’t know about you guys, but really long car trips can be both fun and torture at the same time. I didn’t travel a whole lot as a kid. I think the longest trip I can remember was down to Disneyland. That was about an eight hour car trip, and it seemed like it lasted seventeen lifetimes. In college, I crossed the country several times. It was always an adventure, but an exhausting one.
Now as an adult, I enjoy the time when I’m not at the wheel to think about my writing and sleep. Sometimes boredom can do wonders for your creativity. On this trip I had the chance to muse a little about my two protagonists in Beyond the Shadows. If traveling across five states is a long haul, imagine traveling across five galaxies. In the beginning of Beyond the Shadows, Cyn and Yara embark on one heck of a road trip, complete with boredom and the crazy thoughts that follow when all you have to stare at is one other person; someone you don’t know, don’t trust, but find yourself irritatingly attracted to at the same time.
Here’s the blurb…
A man of deception. A woman of justice. Will their fragile trust be strong enough to prevent a war?
Commander Yara knows perfect leadership requires perfect control and discipline. She has spent years living without the distraction of caring for anything—or anyone. It’s a sacrifice she’s willing to make. Yara has honed herself into the perfect heir to the Azralen throne, but a bloody coup could destroy everything she’s worked so hard for. She must return home to prevent war. Unfortunately the only ship available belongs to an Earthlen trader with no regard for authority—especially hers.
Cyn is a rebel, driven to protect those suffering at the hands of the Elite leaders of Azra. Using his alias to manipulate the lovely but icy commander onto his ship, he has to keep her from Azra long enough to ignite the revolution. But when he awakens a vibrant and feeling woman beneath that icy exterior, he gets more than he bargained for—love. He must find a way to convince Yara to join him, before they get caught in a web of deception that could tear their world apart.
These two characters couldn’t have been further apart, so it was immensely amusing to stick them in close quarters and watch the sparks fly.
Today’s Question to win a signed copy of Beyond The Shadows: So, how about you guys? What’s your favorite thing to do on a long road trip? Any outrageous stories? I’d love to hear them.