Please welcome my friend, J.K. Coi. She was kind enough to host me on my 50day/50 blog VEXING THE VISCOUNT tour last winter. She also writes dark and edgy paranormal romance, where love is all consuming, the stakes are always high, and the immortals are to die for. Her newest title, Forever Immortal came out June 16, 2009 from Linden Bay Romance. So with no further ado, take it away, J.K.
I’m so excited to be here as Emily’s guest. Thank you very much for having me!
I was thinking about what to blog about today. And since this week the fourth book in my series, Forever Immortal, was released, I thought I should talk about the book. But you know what, I think I’ll just leave you with a rundown of the book at the end of this post and you all can tell me what you think of the excerpt in the comments because what I really wanted to talk about today is something much more exciting!
What do I love about summer? Well, it can’t be the vacation time because I don’t get much of it, and it can’t be the heat because I live in Canada ().
What I really love about summer is that it gives me a new perspective on the world at large. Have you ever noticed how tense and stressed out everyone usually is? Generally, most of us live our lives rushing from one thing to another. Constantly. Whether it’s dashing out of the house first thing in the morning to take the kids to school, then rushing to the day job and working crazily for the next 8 hours straight before jumping across town to the grocery store for something to make for dinner—which has to be inhaled because someone’s got hockey practice and then homework to do before bed. Whew. We all spend half of our lives being too busy to breathe, much less relax and enjoy it.
But just the word summer makes you want to sigh with relief, doesn’t it? It seems that no matter how busy I am, the daily grind just doesn’t seem so...grinding as it does during other times of the year. The sun is shining, the birds are singing. You can step out of your front door and take in a deep breath filled with the intoxicating scent of wildflowers and fresh-cut grass (as long as you don’t suffer from allergies ). A simple moment of relaxation as you greet the new morning can invigorate you for the whole day, partly because you know that when you come home from work it’s actually still going to be light outside!
Summer also gives me a chance to do a lot more writing. While I don’t get very much vacation time, my husband and son both have the entire summer off. It means that they’ll go to the cottage during the week while I’m working, leaving me with many quiet evenings to get down and dirty with my manuscript and I’m really going to need that this year because the Spring was full of too many distractions and now I’m way behind!
So while I leave you with a quick excerpt for Forever Immortal and I hope that you enjoy it, please tell me what your plans are for the summer—hopefully it will be filled with lots of BBQ, afternoons at the lake, purple popsicles, and reading!
© Forever Immortal, J.K. Coi
Gideon smiled as the redhead started in surprise and swung to face him with wide eyes. She had stunning green eyes. A sharp buzz of electricity ran between them, entrancing him. Even while he’d made his way across the crowded room, he had been telling himself not to get involved. He was there to do a job, not pick up women. It hadn’t worked. There was something about her that drew him and he didn’t want to ignore it.
He put himself between her and the smarmy loser that he’d watched slide on up to her side. “Sorry I’m late.” He winked and leaned forward, pressing his mouth against the leaping pulse of her throat. Her eyes dropped closed and he felt her shiver. Knowing he was crossing a line, he opened his lips over her neck anyway, touching the tip of his tongue to her skin just to hear her soft gasp.
A world of sensation concentrated into one touch, everything else forgotten for a brief moment, including the music blaring around them, the room full of people, and one oily lounge lizard who was no doubt staring with his mouth hanging wide open.
Gideon hesitated at her neck for a second longer before pulling back and turning his attention to their gaping audience. He curled an arm behind her. Her body was warm beneath the thin silk of her dress as he splayed his fingers over her back, fighting the urge to step in closer still.
“So who’s this?” He narrowed his eyes at the lounge lizard. “A friend of yours?”
“This is, um...Dan. He offered to wait with me until you arrived.”
“Dan, I hope you’re not trying to pick up my girl.” Gideon noted with pleasure that the overconfident smile finally started to falter.
Apparently deciding not to waste any more time when he obviously wasn’t going to score, Slick made his apologies to them both for intruding on their evening and slithered away. The beauty breathed a sigh and turned to him with a smile. “Thanks. That was just about to get ugly.”
“It was no problem.”
“I’m Lyssa James.” She reached out. Closing his hand over hers, he rubbed his thumb gently across the slim curve of her wrist.
“Lyssa.” He said her name slowly, liking the way it rolled on his tongue. “Nice to meet you, Lyssa. I’m Gideon Bennett.”
Thanks so much for stopping by, J.K. Ok, everybody, you can read more about Forever Immortal at: Linden Bay Romance
And for more about J.K.:
Quick note from Emily: I'm still at Royal Reviews for their LOVED UP FRIDAY! Please join me!
Hi JK Coi, I have yet to read any of your books. I am thinking now that I have been missing out and I need to pull those boxes of books out of my closet that my mother dropped off a few months ago. I know I saw you in there! Great meeting you!
Hi Heather, Love the butterfly. Also love your blog!
Good morning Emily, thanks again for having me visit today! Let's hear it for a fabulous sunny weekend (although I might be deluding myself, it's supposed to rain)
Heather, hi! Hope you find me in that box and enjoy the books! Lovely meeting you as well.
Wow, JK, you're up early! I thought you were on the west coast!
No such luck for a sunny day in Boston. We're socked in for rain all weekend, but that's great reading weather!
Nope. Not the west coast. Ontario :)
And it looks like a very busy day at the day job--but I'm popping in every once and a while to see what everyone has to say !
Summer means less TV and more reading for me! And even in Hawaii, it's not always summer! I'm always happy to discover new authors and I also like paranormals so nice meeting you here, JK -- I'll be sure to check out your books!
Hi etirv! You're in Hawaii? I've always wanted to go!
I'm glad that you can find more time for reading during the summer. Hopefully, we all can find some time this summer to do a few relaxing things like reading, or going outside to play!
Here in Boston, they always have Shakespeare on the Common--an outdoor performance on Boston Common (the community grazing grounds founded in 1634!) Last year it was a very lusty production of a MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM.
And almost every week at the "Hatshell" on the Charles River, there's a free concert of some sort.
So if summer every arrives (last week we had high temps only in the 50's!) there's always plenty to do.
Love that scene - great first meeting! Thanks for the sneak peek. I'll have to add you to my list!
Thanks Cheeky! (Love that name) Have a great weekend!
Cheeky has a great blog too called Cheeky Reads. Her rating system is hysterical!
JK--I really love the meet in your excerpt. Especially when Gideon realizes he's crossed a line, so he just crosses it some more!
Did you have an inspiration for this lovely alpha?
Thanks Emily. Gideon was one of my favourite heroes to write because I look at him as a combination of a few different people that I know (including primarily, my own husband) :)
Gideon is usually pretty easy going and good-natured. He's absolutely brilliant and focused. But he also feels things very deeply and has a strong sense of what's right.
My DH also accuses me of robbing from him to give to my heroes! LOL! He's right more often than not!
JK! Emily! You both mentioned your hubbies.... I know you can be realy creative but do you think it's harder to write romance when an author is not in a happy/stable relationship?
I think whatever an author's personal life, the fictive dream is something very much apart from it. I don't write anything autobiographical (however much my DH wants to take credit!).
Horror writers don't need to live in a haunted house to write convincingly of terror. I know several romance writers who are divorced or are going through one. They'll use the experience, as writers use all experiences, to make their stories richer and more real.
etirv, I think it's very true that writers use as much as possible from their own experiences--but that doesn't necessarily mean that the experience has to be the same the one they are trying to portray. For example, an author may be going through a divorce, but that doesn't mean they've never felt the kind of emotion needed for a particularly loving, tender scene for a book--it's a matter of drawing on those memories and using them.
Was here on the 19th and can't believe I didn't leave a comment. Gideon sounds like a charmer. I am just discovering how many different variations are o=in the paranormal genre. Since everyone writes their own variation of the rules of the characters, it must give you a lot of leeway to develop things as you wish.
This summer will be filled with summer reading programs at the library and planning what I'll do the rest of the year. We have two reunions to go to in August and Oct., so I'm planning trips.
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