‘Debut Author Spotlight’ is a new feature here at Book Chick City. We will be showcasing a debut author each week from the genres of horror, urban fantasy and paranormal romance. We will give you all the relevant book information as well as an insight into the author.
Life-long lover of reading and a self-professed “book addict,” J.T. Geissinger didn’t realize her dream of writing a novel until a milestone birthday forced her to take stock of her goals in life. Always believing the right time to commit to putting pen to paper would magically announce itself as she helped her husband with his business and kept busy with the business of life, it took waking up one cold January morning with a shiny new zero as the second number in her age to kick start her determination. More than a year and two unsold novels later, it was time to take stock again. But her determination matched her initial procrastination, and she kept on writing and learning and trying to improve, trusting that if it was meant to be, it would be.
Then, during a trip to Italy in honor of their 10th wedding anniversary and the honeymoon she and her husband never took, she received an email that would change her life. It was from an agent, Marlene Stringer of Stringer Literary, and it contained the three words every aspiring author longs to hear: “I loved it.” Marlene sold the manuscript, initially titled The Skinwalker’s Daughter, to Montlake Romance who published it six months later. Hitting the Amazon bestseller lists in both the US and the UK within weeks of publication, Shadow’s Edge is the culmination of the refusal to give up (some would say grow up) with the staunch belief that all good things come to those who wait…and sometimes to those who wait longest. Book one of the Night Prowler novels, Shadow’s Edge will be followed by Edge of Oblivion in October, and Edge of Surrender in spring 2013.
RELEASE DATE: 12th June 2012 | PUBLISHER: Montlake Romance| GENRE: Paranormal Romance
Deep within the primeval forests of southern England, a race of beautiful, savage shape-shifters lives hidden from the everyday world. Bound together by ancient bloodlines and a ruthless code of secrecy that punishes traitors with death, the Ikati send their leader Leander on a mission to capture one raised outside the tribe before she can expose their secret. When Leander tracks the unsuspecting outsider to Southern California, the hardened warrior is prepared for a fight—but not for the effect the sensual young beauty has on his heart.
Jenna spent her childhood in hiding, on the run from someone—or something—her parents refused to discuss. She trusts no one, not since her father’s mysterious disappearance, not since her mother’s sudden death, and definitely not since she began exhibiting strange, superhuman abilities. When handsome, enigmatic Leander appears, promising answers to the mysteries that shroud her past, she knows she shouldn’t trust him either. But their connection is undeniable, and as powerful as the enemy hell-bent on destroying every one of their kind…
Hi JT, welcome to Book Chick City. What’s SHADOW’S EDGE about?
Distilled down to one sentence, it’s about an ancient race of shape-shifters who live hidden in small colonies around the world, and the dangerous attraction between their leader and the woman who may be the downfall of them all. It’s a blend of paranormal romance, urban fantasy and suspense.
Tell us a bit more about the hero/heroine in SHADOW’S EDGE
Leander McLaughlin is Alpha of the shape-shifting Ikati, and like all alphas, he’s used to getting his own way! Powerful, virile and dangerous, he’s also a big softie at his core. Falling in love catches him completely by surprise. The heroine, Jenna Moore, is smart and self-sufficient, but sometimes a bit too stubborn for her own good. It isn’t until she meets Leander that she realizes she’s met her match, in more ways than one. I had so much fun writing their interactions, because neither one of them backs down. Which makes for some very interesting chemistry, to say the least.
How did you research SHADOW’S EDGE?
As my mother was born in England and I live in Los Angeles, I’ve visited all the locations in the book which helped tremendously in developing the setting. (Though I did take some artistic license with the New Forest in Hampshire, making it larger and less populated than it is in real life, which hopefully won’t upset readers familiar with the area!) Since Ikati origins are tied with real historical people, events and places–such as the battle of Actium, the fall of Egypt to Rome, Cleopatra and the cat worship culture of ancient Egypt–I did extensive research into the time period and culture of ancient Egypt, which is a fascinating period in history.
Is SHADOW’S EDGE the first in a series or a stand alone?
Shadow’s Edge is book one of the Night Prowler Novels. Book two, Edge of Oblivion, comes out October 2nd, and the third book in the series, Edge of Surrender, will be published in spring 2013. At this point, I’m planning six books in the series total.
When is your favourite time to write?
Early morning, before I’ve even had coffee or brushed my teeth. I get so much inspiration from dreams and my mind operates on a more creative wavelength before I’ve been exposed to “normal life”. Plus, it has to be perfectly quiet or I get distracted, so early morning is best. When I’m on a roll, I’ll work from 5am to noon straight before taking a break.
Where is your favourite place to write?
I detest laptops (and their wimpy keyboards) so I have to be sitting at my desk, in front of my computer. I have two screens, one for internet/research and one oriented vertically so it displays an entire page of the manuscript on the screen at one time.
What was the last book you read and enjoyed?
I loved Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. The writing is impeccable and I’ve never met such gleefully detestable characters. I love unreliable narrators behaving badly, it makes for such fun reading!
Which authors do you admire?
My favorite book ever is Everything Matters by Ron Currie Jr. Second runner up is Geek Love by Katherine Dunn with third place being The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. I love it when people die at the end of a love story, to me it makes it that much more poignant.
Describe yourself in five words
Super. Cali. Fragilistic. Expiali. Docious.
I’m working on book three of the series now, and a werewolf just arrived on scene who may or may not be getting his own side story. We shall see.
JT is giving away an amazing prize: either a KINDLE FIRE (US/Canada Residents) or a KINDLE TOUCH (UK Residents). Please note, there is only ONE winner. So if you are chosen your prize will be determined by where you live. This giveaway ends 1st September 2012.
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