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Friday, December 28, 2012

What I've been up to

Here is what I've been up to, lovies! Wreck Me is my second novel and it is tentatively scheduled for release some time in late March 2013. The cover reveal will be soon and I must say it is H.O.T. JB McGee, the author of Broken and Mending has designed BOTH of my covers. She has done a fantastic job and I am excited to show off her handy work. Very, very soon. Until then, hop over to www.goodreads.com and add Wreck Me to your list. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17185511-wreck-me

-Lots of love,
    J.L. Mac

 Wreck Me

Life can be cruel. People can be ruthless and evil. The world can be cold and uninviting. No one knows these things better than Josephine Geroux. By her own definition, she is a twenty-five year old “nobody with nothing,” and she is content to stay that way. Growing up an orphan has made her tough and indifferent to the people around her until she meets a strangely familiar man with a face that haunts her for reasons she can’t understand.

Despite the pain that will inevitably ensue, she makes it her mission to discover what parts of her tragic puzzle she is missing. On her journey to discovering why the she feels an alarming connection to an absolute stranger, her greatest fear is reawakening the demons and darkness from the past that will surely overtake her if she lets her guard down.

Little does Josephine know that the past should be the least of her worries. She is toying with a man who has already broken her heart once. She just doesn’t realize it.
Although she makes it a point to avoid interactions with others, Josephine’s life becomes entangled with the enigmatic stranger. Before she realizes it, she has given herself over to the one person who is close enough to wreck her.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Snippet. This one is a real teaser ;)

Here is official snippet #2. Things change during editing but I hope this doesn't. Hope you guys enjoy.

      Soft music filled the space around us. The song was Blue In Green by Miles Davis. One of my favorites. “Dance with me, Kathleen.” I broke the trance that the photo had on me and looked at Ben. He seemed to be staring at me like I had stared at the photo above his mantle. He had rid himself of his jacket and tie. His shirt was unbuttoned at the top showing just a glimpse of skin. I nodded my head and Ben’s arms encased me. He pulled me close to his body. My breathing stalled when one of his hands left my bare back and his large hand cupped my face and neck while he leaned toward me and rested his forehead against mine. His hold on me was purely intimate and despite my apprehension, I dissolved under his willful touch. He closed his eyes and breathed deeply and I followed suit. I shoved away my own personal fears and allowed the fire that burned between Ben and I to battle away the darkness that loomed over me for so long. We were a human, living, breathing version of the photo above his mantle that I was so taken with. We danced slowly while the strains of soft jazz filled our ears and the heat from our bodies pressed together expunged any lingering tension from the ball. I could hear only the music. I could smell only him. I could feel only him. I could see only him. The world fell away and only he and I remained. We stilled. He leaned forward and cupped my face with his other hand and pressed his lips against mine and this time it was not a gentle chaste kiss. I could feel his desire. His soft lips kissed me deeply, passionately. I moaned into his mouth as his tongue slipped across my lips and deep into my mouth. Tasting, searching, longing for more.
Friday, December 21, 2012

The first legit snippet!

Snippet! The first ever legit snippet of SEVEN YEARS OF BAD LUCK and it's a hefty one to boot! Here it is. Has not been edited yet and stuff changes so, yeah...enjoy!

As I kept thinking about my less than good fortune in the love
department during my seven year marriage I came to the conclusion that my crap marriage was likely my own doing. The age old legend says if you break a mirror, you will have to endure seven years of bad luck. I don’t think I had ever broken an actual mirror but I definitely peered into the proverbial mirror and saw myself reflected in my truest form. I was strong, willful, unbridled, ambitious. I was someone I could be proud of. Years at Aidan's side past and I allowed the person who I knew as me, to be broken, shattered, and forgotten. The true me slipped into the shadows of a dysfunctional relationship and was beaten down into submission until there were no signs of life from the former me. The person who I saw reflected after that was a distorted, lack luster impostor who I could barely stomach looking at in the mirror. I deserved bad luck for sacrificing myself to circumstance. I could forgive Aidan for all he had done and I knew that one day I would. The task of forgiving myself for ever giving up, for letting go of my dreams, my hope, my faith in everything was a task far more difficult than I could ever imagine.

...I wept for the loss. Tears did not come initially, only anger. I swallowed it down like the foulest of anything I had ever experienced the taste of. I choked it down whole and it hit the bottom of my stomach with a crippling, explosive crash. It resided there from then on. The pain and heartbreak lived deep within me, festering and eating away at me like a cancerous growth. I always thought that perhaps
one day I could be purged of my ailment. I thought and maybe even hoped a bit that I would heal emotionally. My mother always said that in order to heal, I would have to be willing to let it go. Clearly, I had yet to arrive at that point. I’m not sure that I will ever be to that point where grief and grudges escape a person’s death grip and leaves them standing as only half the person they were before, but leaves them, nonetheless. As for me, right now, it’s just me and my anger and grief in the throes of a tumultuous dance to a sad ballad on an endless loop.

-Seven Years of Bad Luck

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Next Big Thing


The Next Big Thing

Fellow Author, Lauren Blakely tagged me for The Next Big Thing where you chat about what you're working on. Thanks to Lauren Blakely for including me! Check out what I've been working on. 
What is the working title of your book? Seven Years of Bad Luck

Where did the idea come from for the book? Well, the story line in SYBL has evolved from multiple places. It is a patch work drawing from the lives of multiple people who are close to me. There are many parallels to my own life in the book. People will be glad to know that Kathleen Cooper and Cheyenne Reed are REAL people and many of the events in the book actually happened. That is why Kat and Chey, as they are affectionately called in the book, are banned from a select few cities in the continental United States. Okay, I'm only kidding...maybe. 

What genre does your book fall under? I have been calling it Contemporary Romance with a healthy dose of Erotica. *Shrugs* What can I say?!
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? Excellent question! I actually have never thought of that since most of the characters in SYBL are actual people. I suppose if I had to pick based only on physical looks I would have to choose Emma Stone to play the part of Kathleen Cooper. Reese Witherspoon for Cheyenne Reed. Gerard Butler as the incredible Benjamin Chase and last but certainly not least, David Beckham as Tucker Barrett.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? Kathleen Cooper's shattered self-image due to her painful past puts her heart in danger of never finding true love but it's her misguided choices that put more than just her heart in danger. That's a tough one.
Will your book be self-published?
Yes!

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
82 days.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I think it has many things in common with other fantastic books. It's hard to say specifically one over another. 

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I would have to say the story of Kathleen Cooper is what inspired me. I put off telling the whole sordid story and finally the it seemed to take on a life of it's own and refused to go untold any longer. I was compelled to write Seven Years of Bad Luck. I often wondered who was in charge, me or the story.
What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?
I think readers will love to find out who these characters are and what about their real lives made them interesting enough to be included in a romance novel. Their unique relationships with each other are endearing and their whirlwind lives are thrilling to read about. It doesn't get much more interesting than love, sex, tragedy, mystery, and danger.  

Head over to www.goodreads.com and add Seven Years of Bad Luck to your to-read list. Follow me on Twitter, https://twitter.com/JaimiLMcCormick, and find me on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004848574267

*A side note* Every one look out for the release of Lauren Blakely's book CAUGHT UP IN US expected January 2013. Check out her Blog at http://laurenblakelybooks.blogspot.com/2012/12/the-next-big-thing.html  

And now I tag  JB McGee. http://www.facebook.com/jbmcgeebooks! Her novel, Mending, the second part of the This trilogy is fresh on Amazon and Smashwords RIGHT NOW! Go get it. Go JB!