Good morning! Hope Spring is treating you well. Today is a good day, we have the wonderfully talented Jessica E. Subject back with us. I was able to coerce her into an interview, and she also shares info about one of her latest releases, ALIEN ADORATION.
Good morning Jess!
Thank you so much for having me on your blog today, Kacey! It’s always a pleasure to be here with you and your readers.
Jessica, you pen mainly Science Fiction stories … what is it about the genre that keeps you writing in this genre regularly?
I do. For me, I love thinking about the possibilities of life beyond Earth. Plus, the aliens and clones in my story are representative are those that are different from us. I guess my stories are a reflection of society in a universal sense. But hey, who doesn’t want a sexy alien? Or, maybe that’s just me. LOL
Were you a fan of sci-fi movies/books when you were growing up?
I didn’t read a lot of science fiction growing up. Mostly because the books I was aware of didn’t have the romance/relationships that I enjoyed in stories. I did take a science fiction English class in high school though.
And yes, I did watch a lot of sci-fi growing up. I watched Star Trek (TNG, Voyager & Enterprise), Space: Above & Beyond, Out of this World, plus some others that we got up here in Canada. Can’t remember them all.
Who is your favourite Sci-fi hero/heroine? What is your favourite Sci-fi movie? Who is your favourite Sci-fi author?
Hero/Heroine – Cooper Hawkes from Space: Above and Beyond
Sci-Fi Movie – Star Trek (2009) Though the new one is coming out at the end of the week, plus other great sci-fi movies this year, so that may change.
Sci-Fi Author – Gosh, I have to pick just one? Three of the most memorable stories for me are written by D.L. Jackson, Barbara Elsborg, and Pippa Jay. I’ve also enjoyed other sci-fi titles from Gini Koch, Nora Roberts w/a J.D. Robb, and more. I simply can’t choose just one.
When did you begin your writing career?
I started writing for publication five years ago when on maternity leave with my youngest. Though, I didn’t submit anything until 2011.
What would we find you doing on a quiet Friday night at home (aside from writing)?
I’m pretty boring. I’d likely be cuddled with my hubby on the couch while watching a movie. And I’d fall asleep in the middle of it, as I usually do.
If you were to be swept away into a Sci-Fi world – what would the setting be like?
Have you ever seen the movie Contact? Remember the scene when Ellie meets the extraterrestrial life form? That’s exactly what it would be like.
What type of hero would come along to save you?
A man exactly like my husband. I couldn’t ask for a better hero.
Set up the type of Sci-fi adventure you’d like to be the heroine in?
Oh, I’m not always nice to my characters. I don’t know if I’d want to write myself into a story. Though I’d love to explore space and meet other life.
Are you reading any good books right now?
Right now, I’m reading Strangers by Barbara Elsborg. And I have so many on my Kindle and Kobo to read.
What do you like to do for fun and relax?
I like to go for walks with my daughter, get out into nature. I love waterfalls. I also enjoy singing, dancing, reading, watching movies, and more.
Now, about your story, ALIEN ADORATION. Rachel & Luke. She’s had some disastrous dates, he’s come to her rescue … give us some really good deets about this story!
Yes, in this story, Luke rescues her from two disastrous dates. With the first, her drunk boyfriend tries to take advantage of her. She manages to get away from him, but loses her shirt in the process. As she’s walking home in the rain, Luke pulls up on his motorcycle to offer her a ride.
On the second date, she’s at a church potluck at the park. Her date tries to get frisky with her, and when she rebuffs him, she ends up falling into the river. Luke saw the entire incident from a distance and comes to her rescue again.
What makes Luke, an Alien, so attractive? What do you think readers will love most about him?
Luke is humanoid, so, except for his eyes (which he can change), he looks very human. He’s a motorcycle-riding carpenter, sexy as sin, and although he has the reputation of a playboy, he really isn’t. He has a vulnerable side that he hides very well.
What influenced the idea for this story?
This song was inspired by the song Spaceman by Bif Naked. Some of the scenes in Alien Adoration are my interpretation of the lyrics.
Which character was the most difficult to work with – the hero or heroine?
They both had their difficulties. Rachel was just too shy, couldn’t work up enough courage to approach Luke. And Luke had no idea how to talk to Rachel. He was worried she wouldn’t want him because he’s an alien. It was a challenge to finally get them together.
What makes this couple perfect for one another?
Luke has a connection to Rachel that he can’t control. It formed the first time they met as children. And Rachel really needs someone to love her. She’s never had that. Luke can be that person if only she’ll let him into her life.
Do the characters come first or the storyline/plot?
With this story, they both seemed to come at the same time as I listened to Spaceman. Though with any story I write, the storyline always changes from the original outline.
If this book is part of a series…what is the next book? Any details you can share?
This is the first of the Alien Next Door series. The next book will be the story of Luke and Rachel’s son, and the woman who lives in the cottage next door. The third book is the story of their daughter who moves into the city, and a neighbor in her apartment building.
What’s next on Jessica Subject’s bookshelf of coming soon titles? Any dates you could share with us?
I have two stories coming out with Decadent Publishing within the next couple of months. Another Night, Another Planet is a sexy sci-fi romance that is part of the 1Night Stand and Elatia lines. The second is the next book in The Underground series, Never Gonna Desert You. It is a sci-fi/dystopian lesbian romance.
I have the third story in that series ready for submission, and I’m working on a Christmas sci-fi romance, and Alien Next Door #2.
Fast & Fun:
Silk or satin? satin
50 Shades of Grey or no thank you? No thank you. Though, I do read BDSM.
Joe Manganiello or Channing Tatum? Joe Manganiello
Iron Man or Thor? Can’t decide. They’re both awesome!
True Blood or Game of Thrones? Eek! I don’t watch either. *hides in my hole*
*GASP* Jessica! We must buy you Netflix !! *g*
Wine or beer? Neither.
Chocolate or Vanilla? White chocolate.
Favorite Food? Pasta.
Heels or running shoes? Running shoes.
Comfy sweats or jeans? Both
Coffee or Tea? Neither.
Camping or Hotel? I refuse to sleep in a tent.
Do you believe in second chances? Depends on the situation.
Where can readers contact you?
Thank you very much for being here. We all wish you the best of luck!!
Thanks again for having me!
Alien Next Door book 1
By Jessica E. Subject
Erotic Sci-Fi Romance
Erotic dreams fill her with need…
Night after night, Rachel fantasizes about her sexy, playboy neighbor. But in her small town, no one changes, least of all the bad boy next door. But when Luke rescues her not once but twice from disastrous dates, she dares to believe her knight in black leather armor may be the right man for her after all.
Until she learns the truth…
Life on Earth has never been easy for Luke. Stranded as a little boy, he struggled to craft an existence for himself, but he never forgot the first human he met–and he never stopped wanting to see her again. Returning to Hanton, Luke longs for Rachel. Yet, nothing goes as he plans, and Rachel barely notices him. Convincing her he isn’t like all the jerks she’s dated means telling her the truth, but can she handle it?
Can she overcome her fears, or will she deny her alien adoration and leave him stranded once more?
“Need a lift?”
The voice was deep and masculine, one she didn’t hear very often, but would recognize anywhere. Luke. Wonderful! He wouldn’t talk to me before, but now that I’m topless and sopping wet, he notices me.
She circled slowly to stare at the leather-clad figure sitting atop his motorcycle. The visor of his helmet covered most of his face, leaving only his luscious lips and deep, jutting chin, covered in light stubble, exposed. What would they feel like against her lips? Between her legs? Her body tingled.
“Earth to Rachel. Do you need a lift, or should I leave you here in the pouring rain?”
Oh God, he knows my name. Since they’d never actually talked—she’d only heard him greeting his dates—her name on his lips came as a surprise. “Um, yes, I’d appreciate a ride.” On his Harley, and if she was lucky, in his bed. Anywhere. Her romance-first rule didn’t apply to him. He’d already seduced her plenty in her dreams.
Remaining on his bike, he yanked a helmet from his saddlebag and held it out to her. “What happened to your pretty blouse?”
Pretty blouse? He’d seen her earlier? “I….” Fluttering rolled through her stomach. “I don’t want to talk about it.”
She grabbed the helmet from him, fit it over her soaked hair, and buckled the chinstrap. Straddling the seat behind him, she fumbled with her hands, wondering where to place them, no bar behind her to hold on to. Oh, what it would be like to wrap her arms around him, lean against his wide back covered in leather. But what if he didn’t want her to touch him?
Luke pushed off from the curb. “I suggest you hold onto me or you’re going to fall off.”
The bike lurched forward with a roar. She clasped her hands around his waist, her fingers coming together temptingly close to his manhood, cheek pressed to his cowskin jacket. His deep chuckle reverberated across her skin.
“I told you to hang on.”
And she could lean on him forever. Being so close to him with pure raw power between her legs moved her better than any fantasy she had ever created. But what is going to happen when he takes me home? Or will he invite me to his house instead?
She pressed her lips together. Sure, she wanted to know what lay under his tight pants, but she refused to be another conquest. I can’t handle it.
He drove into her driveway too soon, leaning the bike over enough for her to slip off. She removed the helmet and handed it back to him. “Thank you. I appreciate the ride.”
Tucking the helmet away, he nodded. “You want to come over for coffee?”
That and more. Though she refused to go anywhere in her state of disarray. “Um, no, I’m kind of wet.”
“Another time, then?”
She nodded. Shit, why did I say no? They could strip down together and have all kinds of fun. But he drove away before she had a chance to retract her words.
Jessica Subject is the author of contemporary and science fiction romance, ranging from sweet to erotica. 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. Fast. But she just may slow down if there is a waterfall nearby.
Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers.
Jessica is a member of RWA and the Toronto Romance Writers chapter, EPIC, and Savvy Authors.
She blogs weekly at Backward Momentum, and monthly at Paranormal Romantics. You can find her at jessicasubject.comand on twitter @jsubject.
From Decadent Publishing
Intergalactic Heat – print
The Challenge series
Another Night, Another Planet (1Night Stand/Elatia)
Never Gonna Desert You (The Underground)
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