Friday, May 25, 2012

It is a very special day for us here at the blog. We are so excited to have Jessica Andersen visiting with us and answering a few of our questions. At the RT Convention last month we were thrilled to get to meet Doc Jess and attend a featured interview with her. Yes, we stood in line for a very long time, but it was well worth it to be able to listen to her talk about her work, share her thoughts, and answer questions from many of the convention attendees. We can not thank her enough for taking time to spend with us today and as “fans” we admire her talent and applaud her work.

1. The NIGHTKEEPERS series has been a big part of your (and our) life for about four years now. With only one installment planned to be published left, for you, is this a good thing to move on and step forward with new and different projects that you didn’t have time for in the past because of THE NIGHTKEEPERS ? 

Well, it’s definitely bittersweet to end the series. I’m very proud of the last book (SPELLFIRE, available November 2), and how it brings everything to a close and gives happy endings to two of my favorite characters (Rabbit and Anna—and no, they’re not a couple, it’s two separate storylines). I’ll be sad to say goodbye to this part of my writing career, but I’m also excited to be working on two new series for ’13. I hope fans of the Nightkeepers will stay tuned for more info on both of them!

2. Being a writer is so much more than sitting in front of a keyboard. What are three of your favorite aspect about your career and why?

Hmmm… that’s a good one! Okay: 1) I’ve always had a ton of different interests, and I love how writing allows me to explore them, and lets me pretend that I’m an archaeologist, a treasure hunter, a tarot reader, an outbreak doctor … it’s like playing make-believe for a living! 2) Mentorship is really important to me, and I love how groups like RWA bring romance authors together. I’ve gotten help along the way from some really wonderful writers, and at the direction of one of them (the amazing Suz Brockmann) I’ve tried to thank them by paying it forward to other writers. 3) I love meeting romance readers, because I already know we have something in common: the love of a story that, no matter what happens, leaves us smiling at the end, satisfied by the happily ever after. So, yeah, the whole sitting in front of a keyboard thing didn’t make my list (snicker), but even though the writing process isn’t always my favorite part, I really love being an author.

3. How do you go about picking characteristics for your characters and have you ever changed your mind, gone back, and changed or tweaked anyone’s personality traits?

In the first book of the Nightkeepers series (the aptly named NIGHTKEEPERS- lol), I introduced most of the characters who would be important to the series, and I worked really hard to give them distinct voices and characteristics. But the thing was, I didn’t always know *why* they were acting the way I saw them in those scenes in the middle of the first book. Then, when it came time to write their stories, I was dealing with characters who I knew from the outside (from seeing them in the other books), but I had to really get into their heads to figure out why they acted that way, and what it meant in their stories. I had a particularly hard time getting inside Michael’s head (SKYKEEPERS). So I wouldn’t say that I ever consciously went back and tweaked traits, but I did sometimes struggle to get inside their characters and really figure out what made them tick.

4. Shapeshifers have popped up a few times in your work, DAWNKEEPERS and LORD OF THE WOLFYN. Are shapeshifters something we will be seeing more of in your future work?

Absolutely, yes! I’m a huge animal person, and I love projecting wild traits into my characters, especially my heroes. You can definitely expect to see more shapeshifters going forward, and … well, I can’t really say any more than that without hitting spoiler territory! Stay tuned for more info on the new series ;-)

5. Do you think it is important for your characters to have or show flaws in their personality and if so, why?

Hm… I don’t really sit down to write and think ‘what are his flaws?’ It’s more that I see the characters in their scenes, and have to pull back the layers of their psyches in order to figure out why they’re doing what they’re doing, or saying what they’re saying. To me, the characters are the characters and the stories are the stories. The question is whether I can get deep enough into their heads to understand their flaws, and whether I’m a good enough writer to get it on the page, so the reader sees what I see!

6. Have you ever modeled one of your heroes after someone close to you?

Until just recently I would’ve said ‘no, not directly’… but then I read back over the last Nightkeeper book, SPELLFIRE, and realized that I’d written my new hubby into the book, complete with email flirtation (we met on and the awkward moments that happen when you’re bared your souls in email and then meet in person, and realize that you’re total strangers in some ways, yet know each other very well in others. I think it’s a really special storyline, and hope that readers love David (that’s the character’s name, not hubs’) as much as I do!

Cara Liu must earn her place as the leader of the winikin, but her powerful feelings for Nightkeeper Sven could jeopardize the balance right when the winikin must become warriors to help the magi fight their increasingly powerful enemies. Sven tries to keep his distance given their troubled past, but when they are betrayed by one of their own, he can no longer deny the attraction. Their searing chemistry—and the danger—increases as they race to locate a hidden cave that could hold the key to resurrecting the Nightkeepers’ strongest ancestor. But their growing feelings face the ultimate test when the winikin army faces an unimaginable threat and Sven is called on to make the hardest choice of his life.
Cara Liu figured it didn’t matter whether it was a Catholic mass or a bloodletting ritual, funerals just flat-out sucked. More, the grief of losing Aaron—who had been a good guy, always ready with a laugh, a beer, or an ass-kicking depending on the situation—came with an equal amount of fear, because the men and women gathered around the pyre knew damn well that it could’ve been any one of them.
Aaron might’ve been the first winikin to lose his life fighting alongside the Nightkeepers, but it was a sure bet he wouldn’t be the last. With the earth’s magic-wielding guardians decimated and the end-time approaching fast, their new leader, Mendez, hadn’t had a choice. Within a month of Cara persuading fifty rebels to return to the training compound that they and their parents had fled nearly three decades earlier, Dez, had “promoted” the winikin onto Nightkeeper-led fighting teams and put them through a crash course in killing demons and protecting their own asses, roughly in that order.
Sure, the winikin had voted in favor of fighting … but given that the alternative was an apocalypse that would turn mankind into an undead army, what other choice was there? Besides, the winikin were preprogrammed to accede; they were, after all, members of the servant class in the traditional Nightkeeper culture.
At least they had been. Now, they were soldiers.
As the last of them passed by the pyre, thunder grumbled in the distance, warning that the darkening horizon meant business. It had been a dry desert summer, but it looked like the autumn rains were coming sooner than later.
Like now.
“That’s just freaking great,” Cara muttered to nobody in particular, using irritation to blunt the knowledge that Aaron wouldn’t be dead if it hadn’t been for her. She had tracked him down in a small town in upstate New York, where he’d been teaching high school English and coaching basketball, and she’d persuaded him to come to New Mexico. The world needs you, she’d said. And now, nine months later, he was dead, killed down in Central Mexico when it had turned out that the extermination team hadn’t taken care of all of the infected villagers, after all. There had been one left, and it had gotten Aaron before any of the others had a chance to react.
When Cara’s eyes prickled, she scrubbed at them on the pretext of shoving her black, skunk-striped hair out of her face. She stood apart from the others, halfway up a flight of stone steps that led from the packed earth of the ball court. Wearing slim black pants and a matching blazer punked out with chains and zippers, with her weapons belt conspicuously absent in deference to the ritual, she thought—hoped—she looked calm, controlled and capable. Nobody else needed to know that her insides were churning with anger and grief, along with the unease that had been dogging her for days now, weeks.
Don’t think about it, she told herself. It’s nothing.
Only it didn’t feel like nothing.
If she had been a Nightkeeper, she would’ve thought it was prescience, a foretelling of some dire threat. She was a winikin, though, which meant that the nerves were probably just nerves, brought on by the knowledge that the zero date was almost on top of them and her people weren’t the united force they needed to be. Far from it, in fact.
Don’t think about it, she repeated inwardly, and forced herself to look at the intricately tied funerary bundle that rested atop the pyre. But it was like trying not to think about a big white wolf, because the moment she thought it, boom, there the big furry bastard was, smack in the middle of her brain, along with all the other stuff she was trying to ignore. It wasn’t like she was playing ostrich, either. In fact, she was emulating the Nightkeeper warriors and their ability to prioritize their goals and put the needs of the many over those of the few, even if those few were teammates or even their families and loved ones.
Love … Now there was a concept. As was family.
She glanced over at her father, Carlos, who was a stocky bull of an ex-rancher in his fifties. His hair was silver-shot and his face was showing its age now, where before he’d looked a good decade younger than his calendar years. As she gazed at him, his shoulders went suddenly very square beneath his dark suit jacket, letting her know he’d caught her look, though he didn’t respond, didn’t even meet her eyes. The fiercest of the traditionalists, he hadn’t forgiven her for leaving Skywatch in the first place, never mind everything that had happened since circumstances had forced her to return.
Jamming her hands in her jacket pockets, she rocked back on the worn heels of her black cowboy boots. Holdovers from her old life in Montana, they were as much a comfort to her as chocolate or mac and cheese might be to another woman. They reminded her of green meadows, endless gallops and family dinners, all long gone.
She sighed and glanced again at the horizon. “The winds are changing,” she said, pitching her voice so it would carry to her second-in-command, who stood below her on the ball court.
Zane nodded without taking his eyes off the pyre. “We should move this along if we want to beat the rain.” The ex-Marine was at parade rest, though she wasn’t sure if he was standing guard, awaiting orders, or a little bit of both.
He had been one of her first recruits, and although he had carried serious rank out in the human world, he had zero problem taking orders from an inexperienced, pint-sized woman ten years his junior. Rather than joining the others in complaining about how she’d wound up leading the winikin, he had done his damnedest to squelch the discontent and help level things off between the rebels, traditionalists and Nightkeepers. And thank the gods for that, because she didn’t know how she could have gained even a semblance of control without him.
Touching the high-tech bracelet she wore on her right wrist, over the place where she had once been marked with the glyphs marking her as a servant to the coyote bloodline, she murmured into the bracelet’s audio pickup, “Rabbit? It’s time.”
The magi had paid their respects already, leaving the winikin to conduct their own ceremony, as was proper. Cara had decided to break with tradition, though, in having the Nightkeepers’ sole surviving firestarter light Aaron’s funerary bundle—both for the symbolism and because it would ensure a complete burn.
To her surprise there hadn’t been much of a protest, even from the trads. Then again, it wasn’t the first change she’d made, and it sure as heck wouldn’t be the last. Her predecessor, the royal winikin, Jox, hadn’t chosen her to do more of the same; he’d picked her precisely because of who and what she was: a half-human, half-winikin who had been born after the massacre and been raised by the one of the most traditional of the trads, but had no interest in serving the coyote bloodline as Carlos did.
I want someone to shake things up, Jox had written in the sealed letter that named her the winikin’s new leader, and she had done plenty of that. But the countdown to the end date was down to its last three months and a few days now, which meant there wasn’t much shaking room left. At some point they were going to have to go with what they had.
“Here he comes.” Zane tipped his head toward the open end of the ball court nearest to the mansion.
Rabbit approached at a ground-eating jog. Although at twenty-three he was the youngest of the magi by nearly a decade, he looked to be in his late twenties or early thirties, having been aged prematurely by the strange and powerful hybrid magic given to him by his mixed heritage. Gray-eyed, sharp-featured, and back to sporting a short mohawk, Rabbit could’ve stepped right out of central casting for Last of the Mohicans even though his jeans, black tee, Goth-chained boots, and MAC-10 machine pistol were thoroughly modern.
Many of the winikin—and not just the newcomers—were wary of Rabbit, who was a mind-bender and telekyne in addition to being a firestarter. Cara, though, felt a certain nonconformists’ kinship. They were both half-bloods born after the massacre, both prone to making waves. He had the advantage, though—he had more magic than all the other Nightkeepers put together. She just had herself, and the illusion of control.
She came down the steps while he took his place at the foot of the pyre. And, as she hit the ground, she pretended not to see Zane’s outstretched hand. Guilt stung, though, along with a fleeting wish that things were different between them.
Zane was a good man, clean cut and handsome in a blocky, bench-pressed sort of way, and it would’ve make practical and political sense for them to get together, giving the winikin some badly needed stability … But two days ago, when he’d surprised the hell out of her by showing up at the door of her suite with a bouquet of cactus blooms and feelings she hadn’t realized he’d been percolating, he’d put it exactly like that: practical, politically advantageous and stable. That wasn’t exactly the protestation of undying love she would’ve been hoping for … If she’d been hoping for one. Which she hadn’t been, because although circumstances, destiny, or whatever you wanted to call it might have forced her back to Skywatch, she’d be damned if she let herself fall into a relationship because it was practical or con-freaking-venient.
She wanted more than practicality and politics, more than a lover who was her lover because he was right down the hall. No, she wanted sparks, fireworks, affection, trust. A guy who turned her on, adored her, would be there for her no matter what … and in her experience, that combination was about as common as a whale watch in the desert. As in not at all.
Besides, she thought, stifling a sigh as Zane fell in beside her and they crossed the short distance to the pyre together, it wasn’t like she had the time or energy to start something right now. Not even close. She had an army within an army to lead, dissidents to soothe, battles to fight … all in the hopes of making it through to December twenty-second intact and moving on with her life.
That was her promise to herself, the four words that kept her going day after day: I’ll do it after.
After the final battle, when—please gods—Skywatch disbanded and they all went their separate ways, she would throw herself into the hunt and find a job she loved, a man she loved, a life she loved. Sparks, fireworks, volcanic eruptions … she would go for broke and live the life she hadn’t managed to find before Skywatch reopened, when she’d been young and sheltered, or after she’d escaped the training compound to go off on her own, little realizing that her restlessness and chronic poor health had been the magic’s way of saying “get back where you belong.”
Well, she was back at Skywatch, all right, but she still didn’t belong. She was determined, though, to live long enough to escape, and do her part to make sure there was a world worth escaping into. And if that meant falling asleep some nights with her pillow clutched to her chest and her insides so hollow they ached, then that was a sacrifice she was willing to make. That was what she’d told Zane—more or less—the other night, and it was what she reminded herself now as she had to fight a brief and unfair desire to lean into his solid bulk.
Instead, taking a deep, settling breath, she moved into the circle on Rabbit’s right side, which put her next to Natalie, the pretty, blonde—and thank the gods, politically neutral—archaeologist who had become her closest friend at Skywatch. The women exchanged a look, but said nothing. Now wasn’t the time.
When Zane stepped up to complete the circle on Natalie’s other side, face set, Cara nodded to Rabbit. “Go ahead.”
The big, tough-looking mage hesitated, though, and took a long look around the winikin. The pause lasted so long that she wondered what he saw. Did he notice that he was taller than any of them by at least a head, heavier by a good fifty pounds? Did he ask himself what the hell Dez was up to, trying to make the members of the servant class into a fighting force? Or was he thinking about something else entirely?
It was hard to tell with Rabbit.
Finally he said, “For what it’s worth, I think it sucks that the First-Father’s magic has trapped you the way it has. It’s not fair that you don’t have a choice whether to serve or not, and, well …” He scanned their faces, though she didn’t know what he was looking for, still didn’t know what he saw. “Anyway. I’m sorry for your loss.”
He said something else, but Cara couldn’t hear him over the sudden rushing in her ears as his words kicked up memories of one of the things she was seriously trying not to think about: the last funeral she attended.
I’m sorry for your loss, the priest had told her sincerely, and most of the people who filed past the grave had spouted a variation on the theme. She had made the right noises, forcing herself to act the hostess because there was nobody else left to carry the burden. Her mother was in that fresh-turned grave, her father just standing there beside her, staring through the people who stopped to shake his hand and murmur something they thought would comfort. And the fourth member of their strange little family—her so-called foster brother, Sven, who hadn’t been any sort of brother at all—hadn’t even shown up. He was off diving the Great Barrier Reef, he’d said by way of a voicemail, and couldn’t possibly get there in time. So he hadn’t even tried.
That wasn’t the first time Sven had let her down, but it had been the final proof that he cared far more about his adventures than the people who loved him.
Shit. Don’t go there. And for gods’ sake, focus. This wasn’t about her and Zane, wasn’t about her and Sven, wasn’t about her at all. It was about completing the ritual and showing the winikin that she wasn’t dumping all of the old traditions. Just the ones that didn’t make any sense in modern day.
Realizing that Rabbit had started the funerary rite, she winced and made herself dial back in
“… We ask the First Father, the Hero Twins, and the gods themselves to take the winikin Aaron Rockwell up into the sky to be reborn,” he said, reciting from memory, though she’d told him he could read it. “Since what has happened before will happen again, we will see you anew, brother, in the next cycle of life.” He lifted an oblong bundle wrapped in gray cloth, which he opened to reveal a thin, narrow stone spike that had been carved to resemble the barb of a stingray’s tail and sharpened to a deadly point. Then he turned and handed it to Cara.
Her stomach churned as she took the smooth, thin stone, but there was adrenaline alongside the nerves now. The funeral ceremony was one of the very few rituals that called on the winikin to make their own blood sacrifice, bringing it very close to an actual spell. And there were recent hints that the winikin could do magic, after all. Which had prompted speculations: What if the gods were trying to even out the odds by giving the winikin access to the magic? They were spell-bound to the Nightkeepers, after all. What if there was more to the power?
But although Dez had lifted the stricture forbidding the winikin from working magic—he, too, had been put in place to shake things up—none of them had been able to manage even the simplest spell. More, a search of the Nightkeepers’ vast library had failed to turn up any hint of how a winikin was supposed to work magic, or even if it was possible. She kept hoping, though. And given the nature of the magic and its dependence on blood sacrifice, it was tempting to think that Aaron’s death might be the sacrifice that would open the floodgates.
As she slid her fingers along the spine, all other thoughts fell away, leaving only her awareness of the pyre and the others gathered around her, the sudden tension in the air. Please, gods, she whispered inwardly. Then, steeling herself, she set the spine to the tip of her tongue, then closed her eyes and with a quick, jerky move, drove the bloodletter deep and yanked it free again.
Pain flashed and her stomach lurched as blood filled her mouth, making her want to gag at the salty tang. Instead, she let the blood pool in her mouth, then stepped forward and spat the mouthful of mingled saliva and blood—both sacred to the gods, who had given their blood to create mankind in a land where water was scarce.
Optimism flared for a nanosecond … and then died. Because when her offering hit the pyre there were none of the red-gold sparkles the Nightkeepers talked about seeing, no buzzing hum in the air. All she got was a throbbing tongue, a gnarly case of muck-mouth, and a solid reminder that none of the prophecies ever even mentioned anyone besides the Nightkeepers fighting in the final battle, never mind using magic to do it.
Exhaling, she passed the spike to Zane, who took it without comment and made his sacrifice in grim silence. The others did the same, all the way around the circle until the bloodletter returned to Rabbit, who touched it to his lips and then tossed it on the pyre. Overhead, the storm clouds had blotted out the sun, turning the scene dark and gloomy, though the air didn’t really smell of rain.
Rabbit looked around the circle again, as if he wanted to say something else. But then he shook his head, focused on the funerary bundle, spread his fingers and called fire in the old tongue with a whisper of: “Kaak.”
Energy cracked and a gout of flames erupted from the base of the pyre. The fire geysered upwards in a blaze that rose ten, then twenty feet, and the air went suddenly scorching, burning Cara’s skin. Whoa! She stumbled back, shielding her face with her arm as the churning in her stomach suddenly increased a thousandfold. “Rabbit, dial it down!”
“I can’t!” His eyes were wide, his face ashen with strain as he tried to beckon the power back into him. “It’s not working! The magic is—”
Crack! A huge lightning bolt lashed up from the fiery pillar and speared into one of the black storm clouds. Cara screamed, heart clutching as the cloud freaking detonated, fragmenting into dark chunks that plummeted toward the earth, trailing vapor. The missiles hit in a circular spray in and around the ball court, impacting meteor-fast, shaking the earth beneath her feet and digging huge craters that spewed dirt and broken stone.
“Form up!” Zane shouted to the winikin over the roar of the fire and the aerial cannonade. Some of them responded instantly, scrambling into the four fighting teams; others stood and gaped.
“Get close together,” Rabbit yelled. “I’ll shield!”
Cara went for her wristband, hit the panic button that would broadcast on every available channel and hit all the alarms back at the main mansion, and shouted, “Mayday, mayday. The funeral is under attack!”
“Come on!” Natalie grabbed her arm and dragged her into a stumbling run toward the others as Rabbit started casting his fiery orange shield spell around them.
Catching sight of movement, Cara missed a step and the churning in her gut suddenly condensed to a hard, cold pit of terror. “The craters! Look!”
Shiny black shadows writhed from within each pit, boiling up and over to become dark creatures, huge animals that were twisted from their true forms into hideous monsters. Gods! What were they? How had they gotten inside Skywatch’s shields? She saw jaguars, foxes, eagles, owls, all black and slick, their pelts glued together into slimy spikes by a sticky coating, as if they had just been born, fully formed, from the underworld itself.
The demons screeched and roared as they materialized, a dozen of them and then more, landing with earth-shuddering thuds and casting around momentarily before they oriented on the winikin and began to move. They were slow at first, uncoordinated, as if learning to use their bodies. But that didn’t last long.
Rabbit shouted, “Cara, move! Come on!” He waved to the single gap that remained in the fiery shield, left open for her and Natalie.
Heart pounding, Cara bolted the short distance remaining and shoved Natalie through. “Is everyone—” She turned back and broke off with a gasp as she caught sight of two stumbling figures lagging behind, recognized them. “Zane!”
He was coming toward them half carrying, half dragging Lora, who had been a decorated cop in the outside world, but now was limp and sobbing.
Cara’s breath froze as a huge shadow rose up behind them: a huge eagle with a minivan wingspan and a talon spread the size of a human head, coordinated now and flying with fiendish intent, its coal-red eyes locked on its prey. It was maybe a thousand feet from Zane. Eight hundred. Seven.
He wasn’t going to make it.
Her heart went thudda-thudda, but she didn’t let her voice shake as she said to Rabbit, “Give me your gun.”
His eyes blazed. “No fucking way. I’ll go.”
“You need to protect the others.” The other demons were homing in on the winikin huddled within his glowing shield.
“I—shit. Here.” He tossed the MAC-10. “Go!”
She caught it, fumbled it, then got it in a two handed grip. The machine pistol still felt strange in her hands even after all the training she’d had, as if her body knew on the DNA level that she wasn’t made for fighting. But she hung onto it, fingers slipping with the cold sweat that suddenly bathed her as she wheeled and bolted toward the stragglers.

7.  Where can our readers keep in touch with you and find information about your books?
I’m active on Facebook (, and try to keep up with my website, Become a fan on Facebook to get up-to-the-minute reports on my (usually naughty) typos!

Hi all, and thanks for being interested in learning a bit about little old me.
Hm... where to start? Well, I've lived in New England all my life, growing up in Massachusetts and spending the past decade or so in eastern Connecticut. As a kid, I survived the 80s with no lasting scars aside from a few photos of me with spiked hair and a rat tail (and no, I’m so not posting those). During the 90s, I did a double stint at Tufts University for an undergraduate biology degree and a PhD in genetics, with a year-long break in between that can best be described as: “I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up; I think I’ll do some landscaping”… followed by “um, okay; I think I’ll go back to school now.”
During grad school and for a year after, I worked at the New England Eye Center, helping search for the genetic mutations that cause glaucoma. It was very cool work, but I liked the scientific writing more than the labwork. It wasn’t until the committee head complimented my doctoral thesis by saying it “read like a mystery novel” that I admitted I was… um… writing a romantic suspense novel in my free time. A year later, I left the lab and spent the next while freelancing as a scientific editor and riding instructor while I worked on getting my writing career off the ground.
Released in October of ’03, my first Harlequin Intrigue, Dr. Bodyguard, was an RT Top Pick and kicked off a string of science-themed romantic intrigues that have hit the category bestseller lists and been nominated for Reviewers’ Choice and RITA awards. While writing the Intrigues, I kept honing my craft and submitting new ideas, hoping to make the jump from category to single title success.
I love learning about new things and rediscovering old interests- that’s the researcher in me, I suppose. So one day while I was working on a story idea, I came across a reference to Aztec serpent worship, had an ‘ooh, shiny!’ moment, and followed where the information flow led me… straight to a mention of how the Mayan calendar will end on December 21, 2012. Thus was born the Nightkeepers, and an exciting new direction in my writing!
The first of them, Nightkeepers, was a June 2008 release, and kicked off an eight-book (plus one novella) series about the modern-day magic wielders destined to save mankind from the 2012 doomsday. With appearances on various national bestseller lists, including the NY Times list, the Nightkeeper novels have been an awesome ride! Keep your eyes open for the last two of the Nightkeeper books, coming in April and November 2012.
In late 2011, I ventured into the world of Harlequin Nocturne with Royal House of Shadows: Lord of the Wolfyn, which is part of a four-book miniseries with super-authors Nalini Singh, Gena Showalter and Jill Munroe ... and in 2013, be on the lookout for the start of an exciting new series!!

Doc Jess is going to give a signed copy of MAGIC UNCHAINED to one of our very lucky followers. Leave a comment or question along with your email address and you will be entered in the random drawing

Our very own Crazy Chick,.. Princess LT with Jessica at the RT Convention in Chicago


  1. I love your writing Doc Jess.., you were so kind and friendly when we spoke.. i love love love this series... and so glad to see a certain father back.. I missed his gruff self.. But i'm so worried about Rabbit

    1. ong i would have still been wearing that tiara

  2. Thanks for having me here! That's really a great pic, thanks for posting it :)

    I'll be checking in throughout the day. Hope to hear from some of your followers!

  3. I just wanted to say I'm a huge fan....and can't wait for 11-02-12!!!!!

  4. I am so jealous.. didn't have a camera or I would have gotten a pic with the good Doc myself!!

    Doc J is one of the best and I adore the Nightkeepers! Excellent interview!

    And I noticed that you too didn't mention the Doc's fantastic typo page! *grins* I got teased for this so had to pass it on!!

    But seriously Great questions!! Love this blog!!


    1. so true.. i was just giggle off of reading ( stepping wobby dick and looking for rot spots) LMFAO

    2. I have been working with a bunch of Zombie authors.. I sent them to Doc J's page and they are completely cracking up over it

  5. I can't wait to see a new series with shifters! And I looove that photo with LT - she totally rocks the tiara!

  6. Thank you Doc Jess for stopping by today, I'm looking forward to reading your Nightkeeper series- LT loves them all and reviewed them on the blog. Thank you for stopping by

  7. How does your hubby feel about David having some of his characteristics?

  8. I am embarrassed to admit I have not yet had the pleasure of reading this series. As a newcomer to the party, what book would be the best to start with and is the series written within the same world but stand alone or do we want a chronological experience. I love a good series and this one certainly sounds tasty. Thank you for taking the time and effort to share with us today and for the lovely giveaway opportunity.

  9. Never heard of you before but so glad I have now!

  10. Aw, thanks for the waves and props, guys!

    Shonna--Um, the DH doesn't actually know he's in the last book. He'l l see it in the dedication, though!

    Denise Z--I'd recommend starting with NIGHTKEEPERS. I did my best to make the stories stand alone, but there's definitely a bunch of story arcs that go from one book to the next. Or if you want a taste of the world without going whole hawg, there's a Nightkeeper novella in the anthology ON THE HUNT with stories from Gena Showalter, Shannon Butcher and Deidre Knight.

    Happy Friday to all!

  11. Hi! Wow, what a post! I never read this series (sounds really good BTW!), but I read Lord of Wolfyn a few months ago and I really enjoy it! Thanks for this chance! I'Ll put NightKeepers on my HUGE TBR pile for sure!


  12. Thanks for stopping by. LT loves your books and since we both like the same I am sure I will enjoy them also as soon as I get to them on my TBR. Thanks for the great interview and the giveaway.

  13. Wow! What a great blog review! I can't wait to jump into these books.

  14. In spending 4 years writing a series, and coming to the end what does the future hold for your readers?


  15. Happy weekend, all!

    Enthusiast-- I'm not ready to go public (oops, just wrote that one without the 'l', which is a whole 'noter answer!) with the new series quite yet ... but I'm excited to be writing it!

  16. That is so cool that you and your hubby started as an internet relationship!

    riverinaromantic AT aol DOT com

  17. I loved the post and the excerpt was fantastic. I haven't started this series yet, but I'm really looking forward to it.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  18. Thanks, guys! I really appreciate you having me on today, and all the great comments. I'm checking out now (past my bedtime!) but hope you all have a great weekend :)

    Happy Reading!

  19. A new author for me to check out and i love those covers :)