Sunday, December 2, 2012

2nd Day of Christmas: Jessica E. Subject

Cate: Jessica Subject is here to spread some holiday cheer! Jessica, please tell us a little bit about yourself.
Jessica: Happy 12 Days of Christmas, Cate! Thanks for inviting me to be a part of this event.
I write romance stories that may include a sexy alien or two, clones, and even regular people. Depends on my mood. Plus, I’m also a wife and a mother of two wonderful children.

Cate: What do you love most about Christmas?
Jessica: Besides the excited expressions on my children’s faces when they see their gifts? I love getting up early before everyone else. It’s been that way since I was a little kid. But as I grew older, I learned to let everyone else sleep in.

Cate: The kids make it so much fun, don't they? Do you have a favorite memory of a Christmas past?
Jessica: Oh gosh! I remember so many wonderful Christmases. It’s hard to pick only one. Last Christmas was pretty cool though, as it was the first my son actually knew what was going on.

Cate: If Santa could grant one wish, what would you ask for?
Jessica: To keep my family happy and healthy.

Cate: Love that. What was the best gift you’ve ever received? What made it so special?
Jessica: My first laptop computer. It was shortly after I received it that I submitted my first story and was offered a contract for Celestial Seduction.

Cate: And you put it to work right away, I bet! Any favorite Christmas recipes you’d care to share?
Jessica: In my household, I always have to make the peanut/marshmallow squares, and peanut butter cups. Though growing up, one of my favorite recipes was Christmas Jewels. 

Here’s the recipe:

1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar (not used all at once)
¾ cup softened margarine
1 egg
½ tsp salt
1 ½ cup mixed nuts
1 ½ cup halved candied cherries (red and green)
1 cup chocolate chips

1. Combine flower with 1/3 cup of brown sugar. Cut in margarine until crumbly. Press mixture into bottom of ungreased pan. Bake at 350F for 15 min.

2. Beat eggs slightly in a large bowl. Stir in remaining brown sugar and salt. And nuts, cherries, and chocolate chips. Toss mixture lightly to coat. Spoon evenly over baked layer. Press firmly to ahere layers. Bake an additional 20 min. Let cool.

Cate: Yum! Thanks for sharing. 
Tell us about your latest release, and where readers can find it online.
Jessica: My latest release is the print anthology of all of my 1Night Stand stories, Intergalactic Heat. It is available from Amazon (Canada, UK, US), Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, and more. Here’s the trailer for the book.

Cate: Care to share a blurb or excerpt?
Jessica: Sure, here’s the blurb:

A date on a space station? Alien lovers? Madame Evangeline, owner of the exclusive 1Night Stand dating service is known to be magical in fulfilling the ideal dates of her clients, but she’s outdone herself this time, bring together beings from Earth and beyond. As long as applicants are willing to let go of their pasts and open their hearts and minds, she will find their perfect match, whether they be a former sci-fi television star, a nurse, an employee of the Space Service, a former Marine, or even an extraterrestrial. Because everyone in the universe deserves a happily ever after…

And an excerpt from Beneath the Starry Sky, the first story in the anthology:

She’d held onto so much hope for this date, and nothing had gone right. She still didn’t know who this guy was. Yet, he’d already rejected her with his expression. This is the last date Im going on, unless Im lucky enough for my hair to grow back.
His gaze never left her, making her even more humiliated. “You’re….”
“What? Ugly? Bald?”
He shook his head. “No, I was going to say my date. I’ve been so busy lately and Madame Evangeline had to send me a reminder.”
She paused at the Frenchwoman’s name. Could this hunk of a man really be her date? Didn’t matter. He wouldn’t want her now. “Well, surprise! I’m damaged goods, so you might as well leave and ask her for a refund.”
As she slumped to the floor, more tears streamed down her face. Why is life so unfair? She’d worked hard all of her life, never taking shortcuts or the easy way out. Not an outcast or popular, she’d been friends with everyone in school and college. And healthy. She’d taken extra care to eat properly in order to avoid being diagnosed with diabetes, like her parents.
Since that fateful day when she’d discovered her two, oval-shaped bald patches, she’d been dumped by her fiancĂ© and lost all of her hair, along with any chance to find love and have a family vanishing. Kids were out of the question. Sure, their chances of inheriting alopecia were unlikely, but on the chance they did, they’d hate her for passing her faulty genetics on to them. She couldn’t live with that. She’d be alone. Forever.
Cate: What inspired you to write about the theme?
Jessica: The overall theme in all of my stories is unconditional love and acceptance. It’s something I believe in, so, of course, that is reflected in my writing. As for writing the 1Night Stand stories, well, I started with Celestial Seduction. Then many of my readers asked for Tamara and Josh’s story. After Beneath the Starry Sky, I was addicted, and I wrote more.

Cate: Anything else you’d like to share?
Jessica: Yes! I have another story releasing on Friday, called Alien Lover. It is a sci-fi erotica story about a woman searching for her lost love in space.

Cate: Woot! Jessica has her Santa hat on. :)
Jessica: Leave a comment telling me your favorite gift from childhood for your chance to WIN an ebook copy of my upcoming release, Alien Lover. Prize will be gifted to the winner from All Romance eBooks. Winner will be chosen December 6, 2012. Good luck!

Cate: Thanks so much for being part of the 12 Days of Christmas! Hope you have a jolly holly holiday!
Jessica: Thank you again for having me. Happy Holidays to you and all of your readers! 


Anonymous said...

Oh lordy, my fave gift from childhood...this is a toughie! I think I'm going to have to go with the plastic camera my aunt gave me one year. I LOVE film cameras with a fiery passion, and to receive my very first one when I was about 8 or 9 was just fab!

As a matter of fact, I found the camera in a recent shift around of stuff - so excited to put some film in it and see what it can do!

Great interview, and I can't wait to read Intergalatic Heat!

Debby said...

Every year, I got a new doll for Christmas and they were always my favorite. The one I really loved had eyes that closed and long brown hair.
debby236 at gmail dot com

Cate Masters said...

Hey Jessica! *waves* I'm off to a late start today. Love your question, but it's a toughie. I do remember one Christmas, when I found the banana seat bike beneath the tree, being ecstatic. :)
Cassandra, I always gave my kids film cameras - my favorite was the one that turned the photos into stickers. I'd love to find that one again.
I was too much of a tomboy for dolls, Debby. Give me some Matchbox cars, and I was a happy camper.

JoAnna said...

I don't know if I can remember that far! My mom would always give us a present on Christmas eve so we would have a nice outfit to wear to church that night. I think those would be my favorite. I know it is not just one thing but getting a pretty new dress as a little girl was always nice.

petula said...

I always was a girly girl and had lots of dolls. One year I got 5 new dolls and they were all black back nearly 50yrs ago that was unusual. The one I remember best was black with blond hair.

Arlene said...

You've contributed some awesome stories to the 1NS line, Jessica, and I look forward to your latest.
As to xmas gifts,I'm gonna say it was either a tea set or a red wagon. That's what the old movies show me playing with. One thing I know, my least favorite at the time, was my youngest sister when I was 7.
Lovely interview!

barbara said...

I think one of my favorite gifts was my Barbie dollhouse. :)

Congrats on the releases Jessica!
bimmergrlmd at gmail dot com

Denise Gardner said...

My all time favorite gift from
childhood through today is the love
and support from my awesome family.

Jessica Subject said...

Cassandra - Oh, I was so excited when I received my first camera, too. I still have a film camera even though I only use my digital. I just can't get rid of it, as it was the first I bought myself. Thanks!

Debby - Oh, I remember those dolls. Great choice! :)

Jessica Subject said...

Cate - It was a late start for me, too. So much to do, and so little time. But we did get our Christmas tree up. :)

Living up here in Canada, we always had snow in December, so bikes were one of those gifts that we had to wait for months to use.

Thanks so much for having me as part of the 12 Days of Christmas!!

Jessica Subject said...

JoAnna - Like Cate, I was more of a tomboy, so I didn't play with many dolls, and disliked wearing dresses. But pajamas the night before Christmas are always a cool thing. :)

Jessica Subject said...

Petula - That is very unusual back then, but I think that is awesome! :)

Arlene - Thanks so much! I loved my tea set given to me by my aunt. Though I can't remember playing with it with anyone. Must have been my imaginary friends. LOL about your sister. Yes, I felt the same about my brother, though he didn't come at Christmas, but just after my birthday.

Barbara - That is a cool gift! I didn't play with many dolls, but I do remember playing with a Barbie camper when we visited my grandmother. :)

Denise - Yes, that is a special gift that nothing can match. :)

laurie said...

I think one of my favorite gifts was my Barbie dollhouse. :)

Congrats on the releases Jessica!

Jessica Subject said...

Laurie - I'm sure it was! :)

Thanks again, Cate, for hosting me. And congratulations to JoAnna who wins a copy of my new release, Alien Lover.! :)

JoAnna said...

Yay! Thanks Cate and Jessica!