Please welcome special guest Jessica Lee to the virtual offices! She’s here to chat about Undying Embrace.
[Jessica Lee] Thank you so much, Julie for the invite to guest on your awesome blog today. I’m so excited to be here.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Jessica Lee] Wife, mother, former science geek with a passion for writing romance novels filled with alpha male characters who bite.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Undying Embrace?
[Jessica Lee] In Undying Embrace we learn more about Enclave warrior Arran MacLain and the female member of the team, Gabrielle Stevens who’s claimed his heart. Both carry a ton of baggage from their past, and because of those issues, they continue to fight their attraction.
Arran is vampire on a mission to find his partner, Markus, the male who betrayed not only him but the Enclave. During his search, he runs into Gabrielle who is on a mission herself to locate her missing sister. Together, they have to put aside their personal pain and join forces to fight the evil that’s invaded both their worlds.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Jessica Lee] I love watching vampires on TV and in the movies, so I think it was inevitable that I would create my own world of alpha vamp heroes. In the movies, I have always the one to cheer for the vampire to get the girl, his queen.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Arran?
[Jessica Lee] Tortured, loyal, fierce
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Gabrielle had a theme song, what would it be?
[Jessica Lee] Good question… I think Bleeding Love by Leona Lewis fits her perfectly.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Arran is never without.
[Jessica Lee] Oh, that would be his knives.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Gabrielle’s purse?
[Jessica Lee] Perfume, (she lives with vampire and their sense of smell is too sensitive), Condoms. (her heart is already taken), Mace (who needs a spray deterrent when you’ve been trained to kick__)
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Arran’s greatest regret?
[Jessica Lee] That he can never be the man Gabrielle deserves.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Jessica Lee] I would say music. I love it when a song taps into the emotions I’m feeling within a character. After that it would be other writers and their work. They inspire me to work harder at my craft. Too push myself beyond my boundaries.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Jessica Lee] Music, coffee, and chocolate. hehe
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on Undying Embrace?
[Jessica Lee] Back when I was writing Undying Embrace, I was also working as an editor for a small press. Balancing my time between my own works in progress and the demands of my other job was difficult at times.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
About the book:
Arran MacLain is a vampire on a suicide mission, driven to kill his former partner who betrayed him and the Enclave they served. But two things stand in his way: Gabrielle, the human female who holds his heart, and the past that won’t let him go. If only death was enough to cleanse his soul.
Gabrielle Steven’s sister is missing, and she won’t just sit around and wait for the authorities to find her. But her hunt for clues brings her face-to-face with the one vampire she can’t forget.
Now, their missions combine, and the two are thrust them into the heart of evil. And they’re about to find out if their passion is enough to overcome the pain from their shared past, or if their dark desires will destroy them both.
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