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Help! I’m in love with an alien! by Jessica E Subject

Hello readers! I’m here with the heroines from my new box set, An Alien to Love, to engage in a panel discussion with them about dating an alien, or aliens, as is the case for one guest. So, being as we don’t have a lot of time, let’s get started.

Ladies, what was your first reaction when you learned your date was an alien?

Ava: I was shocked. I mean, I knew Nate came from a different planet, but I didn’t expect him to be Claustrian. Though, it explained why he vanished from my life all those years ago.

Carrie: You were shocked? I didn’t even know aliens existed until I met Frey.

Danyka: Me, too! I mean, I believed, but I never expected to come face-to-face with an extraterrestrial, let alone end up the soul mate to two of them.

Melinda: I was happy. I write about relationships with aliens all the time. Though, I never believed my childhood neighbor to be from another planet. His reaction to my finding out was much worse. Thank goodness he got over that.

Skylar: I’m not sure I can answer your question, since I’m not from Earth. But, when I learned the identity of my date, I ran. I thought he planned to take me back to the tentacled space pirate I was supposed to marry.

 

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All interesting reactions, but your dates seem to have worked out in the end. So, let me in on a secret. What’s the worst thing about being with a man from another planet?

 

Carrie: I couldn’t give birth to my daughter in a hospital. I had to disappear when I was ready to deliver, and remain in hiding for the early part of her life.

Danyka: Yes, it’s hard to live on Earth when the government wants to dissect the man or men you love.

Melinda: Wow, I hadn’t thought of that. Cooper has lived here all his life, but… Maybe we won’t have children.

Well, this is depressing. How about you all tell me the best thing about being with an alien.

Skylar: Finally, a question I can answer. He understands me. And he makes me happy.

Carrie: [nodding] He knew what I longed for from the moment we met.

Melinda: He’s all my fantasies come true.

Danyka: Fine, I’ll say it. The sex is out of this world.

Ava: Yes, explosive.

[The is a lot of smiling and nodding around the room.]

And on that note, I’ll let you all go. I know some of you have a spaceship to catch. Thank you for taking the time to chat with us today!

 

Book Blurb:

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Five HOT 1Night Stand stories by Jessica E. Subject about sexy heroes from other planets.

What do a librarian, a nurse, a director’s assistant, a housekeeper, and an orphan have in common? They all end up spending an evening with a gorgeous stranger. But, will one night lead to more, or will the women end up running away when they learn their sexy suitor comes from another planet? Find out in these five sensual 1Night Stand stories by sci-fi romance author, Jessica E. Subject.

Contains: Celestial Seduction, Satin Sheets in Space, Another Night, Another Planet, His Alien Virgin, and Her Alien Hero

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Giveaway: Jessica is offering a $5 Amazon.com e-gift certificate to one commentor. For your chance to WIN, leave a comment with the name of your favorite alien (from television or movies). Must be 18 or older to enter. Contest is international except where prohibited by law. Contest ends 7/19 at 11:59PM EDT. 

 

Author Bio:
Jessica E. Subject is the author of contemporary and science fiction romance, ranging from sweet to erotic. In her stories, you could meet clones, or a sexy alien or two. You may even be transported to another planet for a romantic rendezvous.

When Jessica isn’t reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to get out and walk with her giant, hairy dog her family adopted from the local animal shelter.

Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers. You can find her at jessicasubject.com and on twitter @jsubject.

 

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Fiction Versus Reality by Jessica E. Subject

Hello all!

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In 2014, the creators of the 1Night Stand line put out a call for the authors attending Romancing the Capital. They wanted stories about an author or reader who would have their blind date during the convention. I decided to write one, but had no idea what the venue looked like. I guessed and hoped some aspects were accurate. After attending the conference, I learned some of my details worked, while others didn’t. Here are some pictures and corresponding excerpts to show how reality is not always as I imagine.

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Excerpt: Melinda Rose tossed a quarter into the gleaming-white marble fountain near the porte cochère. I wish to find my soul mate, the man I’m going to marry, in the next year. She’d waited long enough, dated men of all ages and races, but had yet to come across her forever man.

 

Reality: No fountain near the porte cochère, but there was room for one if they removed the benches.

 

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Excerpt: After a quick glimpse in the mirror to ensure he’d return to his human image, Cooper slipped on his shoes and grabbed his key card. He didn’t know Melinda’s room number, but he would acquire it. He rushed out the door and down the hall to the stairwell, no patience to wait for the elevator. When he reached the lobby, he sidled up to the front desk.

 

A balding, middle-aged man raised an eyebrow at him. “Can I help you?”

 

Reality: Except for the stairs from the lobby to the second floor, I never did find the stairwell. Plus, I never saw any balding, middle-aged men at the front desk. Everyone there was young and on Friday they wore Ottawa Senators shirts. I would have included that if I’d known.

 

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Excerpt: At the ding of the elevator, he instinctively peered over at the opening doors. Melinda strolled out, her hair rolled up in a bun, and her lips a brighter red than when she’d left him in the suite.

 

Reality: The front desk was really close to the elevator, so I got this right.

 

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Excerpt: She caught his gaze and spun the other direction, heading down a crowded hallway.

 

Cooper darted after her, dodging yet another swarm of women along the way. “Melinda!”

 

She didn’t turn around, didn’t even pause. She marched across the plush carpet, straight through a double doorway.

 

Reality: Melinda would have had to go up the stairs first to get to the conference rooms.

 

While the hotel in my story did not exactly match the venue of the first Romancing the Capital, it could match one in the future. I had a blast at the con, and hope it continues for many, many years.

Book Blurb:

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Librarian by day, erotic romance author by night, Melinda Rose sets out for another exciting conference, this one in Canada’s capital city, Ottawa. But all her plans go up in smoke when the 1Night Stand she applies for is set to happen at the same time.

Cooper Tate heads to Ottawa to meet a friend. When he learns of her deception, he is ready to head back home and vows never to trust her again. That is, until he sees a picture of his stunning date.

With the help of Madame Eve, can these two former neighbors become lovers? Or will extraterrestrial secrets rip away the hero Melinda has always dreamed of?

 

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**Giveaway: Tell me who from your past you would like to be set up with for a 1Night Stand (no names necessary, just how you know them) to win a digital bundle of INTERGALACTIC HEAT, containing my first five 1Night Stand stories, AND a $5 Amazon GC. Comment to enter. Contest ends 5/3 at 11:59PM EDT**

 

Author Bio:

Jessica E. Subject is the author of contemporary and science fiction romance, ranging from sweet to erotic. In her stories, you could meet clones, or a sexy alien or two. You may even be transported to another planet for a romantic rendezvous.

When Jessica isn’t reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to get out and walk with her giant, hairy dog her family adopted from the local animal shelter.

Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers.
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Bringing Characters to Life by Jessica E. Subject

Recently, I’ve had three of my titles produced as audio books, and I’ve worked with three different narrators, both male and female, each producing a different type of story. While I’ve read my stories out loud many times, it is completely different when someone else reads my work. For the auditions, I chose scenes between two important characters, sometimes a sex scene. Those are definitely interesting. If a narrator makes a romantic interlude between two or more characters sound more like a porn flick, or something else totally creepy, they are definitely not the one you want. I have listened to a few of those.TSP once upon a time teaser

After I decided on a narrator, I waited to listen to the first fifteen minutes of the production. This is where I get to check for mispronunciations and decide whether I like the voices the narrators have used for all of my characters. It can get interesting here. I’ve only had minor corrections in this department, but I can definitely say that my narrators don’t always understand a character the same way I do. It really is all about interpretation. I’m not saying it’s always like this. With my most recent audio book to be produced, not yet released, the narrator “got” both of my main characters on the first try. With The Star Princess, the narrator asked a lot of questions before recording anything, which was really nice. I’ve learned that the more information you give a narrator beforehand, the less corrections you’ll have to make in the end.

Listening to the entire production is like an out-of-body experience. Not only did I spend some time writing these stories, I spent even longer editing them, reciting the words over and over in my head to make sure everything flowed correctly. When someone else reads the same words, it’s like my characters have come to life. They are no longer in my head or simply on paper.

If you would like to listen to samples from my audio books, you can find them here on Soundcloud.

Book Blurb:

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In one week, Princess Ro’sa will board a spaceship, leaving her home on Minjet to be with her betrothed on Earth. The only problem is, she detests the prince’s selfish and arrogant ways, preferring to spend time with his personal aide, a man who stirs her desires in ways she never imagined possible with his radiant blue eyes and smouldering lips. And oh, the way he touches her.

Earth’s post-apocalyptic landscape offers little but the alliance offers much and a princess must do her duty, no matter the danger to her person and to her heart.

 

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**Giveaway: Leave a comment telling me what type of scene you would be most uncomfortable reading out loud for a chance to WIN an Audio book of The Star Princess. Contest ends 3/12 at 11:59 PM EDT.**

Author Bio:

Jessica E. Subject is the author of contemporary and science fiction romance, ranging from sweet to erotic. In her stories, you could meet clones, or a sexy alien or two. You may even be transported to another planet for a romantic rendezvous.

When Jessica isn’t reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to get out and walk with her giant, hairy dog her family adopted from the local animal shelter.

Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers.

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