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Welcome Jenna McCormick


A short while back, fellow SFR writer and Brigade member Jenna McCormick announced that Kensington wanted to contract one of her Science Fiction Romance books. Kensington no less! We at the Brigade were so excited we wanted to rejoice and throw her a release party right then! But we waited. The contract was signed, the book cover art produced (lovely cover) and now the time is here! On January 1, 2012 No Limits released at Kensington Aphrodisia
Happy release Jenna, and thank you for being my guest today.

Thanks so much to my host and wickedly cool SFR writer Kaye Manro!


How Close is Too Close?


As any SFR writer will tell you, one of the best parts about the subgenre is that anything can happen, as long as it is backed by some scientifically based explanation. Any fantasy you’ve ever had can come true, your hero and heroine can be equipped in whatever way you see fit, can interact on a different level than in a standard romance. That kind of omnipotent power is really a head rush. Imagine, creating a world populated by big strong handsome men whose only wish is to see to your every desire?

Okay, so that’s my fantasy, because I hate asking for things. It would be stellar to have a mind reader, or at least a mood reader who knew when to hold, fold, to walk away or to run. Less arguing, especially when I was exhausted or frustrated or just plum tuckered out of words. From that idea I created Rhys, the empathic warrior monk, and a hero who irritated me like no other hero has ever done before.

Why? I knew exactly what I wanted for Gen, my recalcitrant heroine. A man who knew how to please her, to give her what she needed if she didn’t even recognize the need herself. He was an empath, a man on a mission, part of which includes keeping Gen happy so he can continue to take corporeal form. Sounds terrific, doesn’t it?

Yeah, not so much. It became clear very quickly that a man with that much insight is dangerous to a woman’s thought process. He knows just how to distract or divert her and at the same time he doesn’t need to explain why he’s doing anything. It gives him an incredible amount of power over the woman in his life and Gen, once she figured out what he was about, fought him tooth and nail. I really loved this heroine, she’s fantastically spunky.

Sometimes fantasies need to stay there because the wanting is so much better than the getting. Here’s an example (PG rated) from the book.

Pulling back she stared into his face. His eyelids stayed closed, dark lashes casting shadows under his eyes. A small smile played across those firm masculine lips.

Her breath escaped in a whoosh. “You’re doing it again, aren’t you?”

His eyes open as his brows drew together. “Doing what?”

Her shoulders sagged and she rose up from the couch, needing to put some distance between the two of them. “What it is that you do— pull my strings. Your emotional puppet master tricks.” A cold metal weight took up residence in her gut. She could never trust what she felt around him, because she’d never know if the feelings were genuinely her own.  She couldn’t trust him, couldn’t trust herself….

This relationship had toxic written all over it.

“Gen,” Rhys tossed the blanket back and she quickly averted her gaze to the view of the half-frozen lake out the window. Fat dopey flakes fell from the sky and began to blanket the frozen ground. She needed to get rid of him before they were snowed in here together or she’d lose herself in the constant quest for what only he had been able to give her. A sense of her own value.

So tell me, have you ever wanted something, gotten it and then been disappointed by the result? One random commenter will receive a copy of my latest release No Limits. And please, join me on the No Limits Blog Tour for a chance to win a Kindle Fire!

No Limits: Now Available from Kensington Aphrodisia

All Genevieve Luzon wants is to be loved by one man, a seemingly impossible task in New-New York City at the start of the twenty second century. Sure, she can buy sex as easily as order a pizza on a Friday night, but finding a forever kind of love among her self-centered peers is no easy feat for the unemployed off-world vacation coordinator. When an old friend offers her the position of secret shopper to test out the male prostitutes, Gen can’t think of a good reason to refuse. Hell, if she can’t find Mr. Right, she might as well try on a sampler of Mr. Right Nows.

Yet the perks of her new position don’t compare to the strange attraction she has, not for one of the prostitutes, but a candle that seems to warm places of her she never knew existed. When a man appears out of the flame, Gen is sure she's found the one. Rhys is an empath, made a slave by the Illustra Corporation and he’s everything Gen could ever want. Except available. Because Rhys is on a mission. One that might claim his life. He must try to free his people, consequences be damned. Now, Gen must choose between turning her back on the only man she’s ever loved and the monumental task he has set for himself. Should she risk her life fighting a war hidden from polite society against those who wish to control us all?

Is love really worth fighting for?

Buy your copy from Amazon or Barnes & Noble or wherever books are sold.


Visit Jenna on her blog and website.




The Giveaway: You heard right. You can win a copy of No Limits just by commenting on this post. Be sure to answer the question Jenna poses above. Good Luck!

Kaye

35 comments:

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Jenna McCormick said...

Looks like the spam bot beat me here, I'm good, Ohio dating, but thanks for asking! LOL. Thanks so much for hosting me Kaye and congratulations on your double final in the SFR Brigade's pitch tournament!

Heather Cox said...

what a great post! this one is a thinker....hmmmm.....it hurts to think.....ok so since i can't really think of anything major, i suppose a small disappointment will suffice! obviously im a huge book addict...then they go and make some of my favorite books into movies and i bounce up and down waiting to see it....then BAM.....complete disappointment hits me. it happens EVERY time so why the hell do i keep doing it?? glutton for punishment i guess!

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(hehe, i beat my sister to this post today)

Gail Hart said...

I think that's just human nature. The grass is always greener on the other side, so once we get to the other side...

taterbug78 said...

Yes..so much anticipation and then the let down. I love animals and i interviewed for a job at a vets office with 30 other people and was so excited when i got the job. Turns out the Vet was a complete jerk and mean!! I was so sad...i stuck it out a few months because i enjoyed the animals but i couldn't handle the doctor. Oh well...

dianedooley said...

I'm laughing here at Jenna chatting with the spambot!

No need to enter me for the giveaway. I've already read and enjoyed No Limits. I had the same feeling as Jenna about the empath male. Do I really need a man that could do that? I'm quite comfortable with being a woman of deep and enduring mystery to my husband, LOL. It keeps him on his toes.

As far as being disappointed, I have to say it happens so rarely that I can't even think of anything. I've also got the tendency to turn any disappointment into some kind of positive learning experience, so...

Maria D. said...

Really good post. I tend to be like a small kid during the holidays - I have this great tremendous buildup and then bam - the Christmas holiday comes and goes and then I get in a funk. It's not logical (because I know it's only a few days) but somehow the holiday never quite turns out just like how I have it pictured in my mind, and then it's time to go back to work and it's just okay. I kind of felt the same way when I got my first eReader...really excited till it was delivered and though I enjoy using the eReader...it's a let down because the anticipation is gone.

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Kaye Manro said...

Sorry the span got through. Ugh. I guess they are getting more savvy with how they can get in!

We will just go on from here.

Thank you and congrats to you as well. You are also in the SFR Brigade pitch tournament finals!

Jenna McCormick said...

Heather, I so feel your pain on that one. The Harry Potter movies were particularly disappointing to me. I'm still going to see One for the Money and the Hunger Games on opening day though! Gluttons for punishment, table for two, LOL!

Jenna McCormick said...

Gail, so so so true! I notice this all the time in the publishing industry, with that if only addendum. If only I could finish this manuscript, if only I could sell a book, if only I could sell a book to a big six publisher, on and on it goes until we get to the top of the pyramid and all that's left is if only I were Nora Robers/ Kresley Cole/ Janet Evanovich ect. I wonder what their if only's are.

mcv said...

I've never been disappointed by getting something I've wanted, but striving for your goal is actually more rewarding than achieving it.
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Jenna McCormick said...

taterbug, ugh, that's awful. I bet the whole time you figured you could hang in there for the animal's sakes. I probably would have done the same thing.

Jenna McCormick said...

Diane, yup at 5:30 AM it was just me and the spambot, I had no coffee yet and figured, what the hell. That's very cool that you are so rarely disappointed, few people are like that and I think they are happier for their lack of expectations!

Jenna McCormick said...

Maria D. Yeah I know how that goes with the holidays so much expectation and excitement and then you're left wanting. Although I actually enjoy this time of year more, with the holidays safely behind me and no guests in the foreseeable future because acting like a human being, not talking to myself (or the spambots)and feigning interest in stories I've heard 100 times or more, yeah, I'm good.

Jenna McCormick said...

Kaye, no worries, me and Ohio dating were just chewing the fat ;-) Yes, I did final but I think that had a lot more to do with my manic pleas for votes than my ability to craft a stellar pitch!

Cynthia Woolf said...

WOW! What a great concept and excerpt. And that cover!!! Oolala!

I can't wait to read this one. You are definitely on my TBR list.

Cindy

Cynthia Woolf Blog

Jenna McCormick said...

mcv, lots of wisdom in that statement!

Jenna McCormick said...

Cynthia: Thanks so much, glad you could stop by!

Heidi Ruby Miller said...

Love the concept of the book! I'm partial to empath stories anyway. ;)

As for wanting something so badly...when I was in elementary school, many of my friends were getting glasses. I had 20/20 vision and was very upset about that, so I read a story where this little girl was getting headaches and it turned out she needed glasses!

Yep, you guessed it--I faked a few headaches, complained about my eyes and had a pair of reading glasses prescribed for me. They were nothing more than slightly magnified lenses. And I HATED wearing them. They hurt my nose. my ears, and actually did give me a real headache when I wore them too long. I fessed up and the glasses were never seen again.

And I learned a good lesson about using deceit to get what I wanted--it can backfire!

Fun post!

Jessica Subject said...

I LOVE stories about empaths. They're not always what you expect.

And yes, I've gotten things and found myself in situations I thought I wanted, but found them disappointing in the end. All held lessons to be learned, some little and some huge.

Na said...

I like getting what I want when I have earned it, it's part of the rush. If it comes too easily because I've begged for it rather than done work for it, I do find it less satisfying in the long run. It's sort of how I feel about stories, I like HEAs but I want the couple to earn it. It makes it all the more worthwhile.

Rhys sounds like an interesting hero. I think it's a plus if he can irritate (evoke emotions) from the creator :)

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Pauline B Jones said...

Isn't that a Chinese curse? Be careful what you wish for? LOL! Fun and thought provoking post and mega congrats on the release! (I have a Kindle Fire and I LOVE it! Great giveaway!)

Allie Ritch said...

Seriously hot cover, Jenna, and I love the concept. Congrats.

As for getting what you think you want... When I was a kid, I wanted a pet kitten so badly. I begged my parents for one, and they finally agreed. As soon as I got my new pet, I discovered I was horribly allergic to cats! I had to return the cat, and then the house had to be vacuumed twice and aired out before I could breathe properly. Talk about being careful what you ask for.

Jenna McCormick said...

Heidi, Thank you!
I think that's the first time I've ever heard of someone wanting glasses that didn't need them! I was the exact opposite, and can't stand wearing them a lot of the time. Luckily mine is for far sightedness, so reading and writing are a glasses free event.

Jenna McCormick said...

Jessica, well I hope you enjoy this one! Rhys is so damnably frustratingly empathic and he has such an emo streak I wanted to lash him with a wet noodle.

Jenna McCormick said...

Na, I hear what your saying, if it comes to easily is it really worth having? I wouldn't know because I have a way of making everything difficult, LOL!

Jenna McCormick said...

Pauline, yup. Did you ever hear the curse of the Monkey's paw? Where it granted the wishes but in such a way it made the wisher's sorry for wanting in the first place. I see that all the time on cartoons now.

Jenna McCormick said...

Allie, Thank you! And that sound horrible, the allergy and the fact you had to give up your pet. I bet you were already getting attached too, right?

Sondrea said...

I'll keep the topic of disappointment related to books. There have been times where a character in a series takes a life of his own and you wait, and wait, and wait for him to get his own book and then he FINALLY does and it's either just so-so, or it starts off perfect and then drops the ball near the end, driving you crazy with what could have been. I won't name names thereby avoiding cyber rocks, slings and arrows. ;)

Melisse Aires said...

Congratulations! The story is full of intriguing conflict. So exciting to see SFR at Kennsington, too!

Catherine Lee said...

WELL, I try not to accept disappointment. I prefer to turn things into opportunities or learning experiences. That said, occasionally I will have high hopes & expectations for a new restaurant and then be disappointed or a new recipe that doesn't work out. It passes pretty quickly though.

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Laurie A. Green said...

Kaye's right. Making a sale to Kensington is huge! So happy for you, Jenna.

As for disappointments, I'd have to say every RWA National I've attended. No, certainly not the event itself, but the giddy expectation, and then arriving and being swept up in the whirlwind of events, parties, booksignings, workshops, and hanging with friends you only see once a year, and then--suddenly--it's over! I feel like Cinderella after the ball every time.

But...there's always the next one!

Kaye Manro said...

Thank you Jenna for gracing my blog today. It's been so much fun having you here.

Also thanks to all those who stopped by and left comments. Even the early morning dating spammer couldn't spoil our fun!

As for the giveaway, a winner will be chosen soon. Good luck to all!

marybelle said...

I think that pretty much describes men. The package may be pretty darn good, but when you unwrap it, so to speak, there's not much substance to it.

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lindseye said...

I am always waiting to see if the movie trailer matches the movie. Some movies I have waited 6 months or more to see were spectacular and others were very disappointing.
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