Welcome to my stop of the Big Bad Bite tour. I have a funny guest post to share with you as well as my review. So get ready for a little laughing with these two funny, crazy at times, authors!
Big Bad Bite (Big Bad Bite #1)
by Jessie Lane
Published January 28th 2013 by Jessie Lane
What would it be like to live in a world where you are considered abnormal to those who are above the norm?
Jenna O’ Conner has been taught her whole life to hide from everyone. Never to let anyone to close enough to know that she would prefer a shotgun for her birthday over of a bouquet of roses. She’s been smothered by her over protective family so that no one learns what she truly is. Which is not human. Nor, is she considered the norm for the supernatural Other community that is benevolent enough to share this world with the humans.
In a desperate attempt to live her own life away from the small town she was raised in, Jenna obtains her dream job as the newest member on the Wilmington Police Department’s SWAT Team. What she didn’t predict was that she would run into trouble her first day on the job, in the form of a deadly, mouthwatering man named Adam McPhee. Who is also not human, but more like a wolf walking around in human skin. He’s determined to figure out exactly what Jenna is, which unbeknownst to him, could very well put her life in danger. He’s also determined to have her all to himself.
As if that wasn’t enough for Jenna to deal with, bad news blows into town. A group of extremist Shifters who think humans are cattle and factions of Others worldwide should stay within their own species - never to intermingle. Chaos ensues. Jenna has to find a way to shut them down, but in the process of trying to do that, discovers things about herself that even she never thought was possible.
Who said the wolf was what you had to worry about?
Welcome to the real world.
7 Things We Need To Write
Hi everyone! We’re grateful that Paranormal and Urban Fantasy Reviews blog reader’s let us stop by today to talk about some of the things we need the most to function as sane writers! (At least we think we’re sane. Our husbands tend to disagree.) During the process of bringing our latest book together, Big Bad Bite, we relied on most of these things day in and day out to get us through writer’s block or pages of dialogue without pulling our hair out.
Big Bad Bite is a paranormal romance that features a kick ass heroine named Jenna who’s not quite what she seems, and the dangerous Alpha wolf named Adam who wants her. If you read this book you’ll see that Jenna has to have one of her beloved guns while at work to have a functional day. If she doesn’t, well she’d feel naked! Below is our list of items/things we used on a daily basis to write.
(Please note, no writing was done while feeling naked due to lack of items listed – or being just plain naked. Cause that would be wrong.)
Quiet. Crystal has two crazy girls. Melissa has a berserk dog named Yuffie and a mouthy husband. Needless to say that maintaining a quiet household while trying to write can be a challenge. This is why we’re grateful for two things. Headphones so we can listen to music and duct tape. We plead the fifth on what we use the duct tape for. Melissa’s Dad always says that silence is golden, but duct tape is silver.
Coffee. We’d rob a Starbuck’s warehouse if we thought we could get away with it. There are days when we live and breathe for coffee. Just coffee. Only coffee. Oh how we love our coffee! We’re waiting patiently for the person who will invent the coffee IV so we can jump on board the caffeine express. Hurry inventive person. Hurry!
Music. For those days that quiet is impossible to obtain, or when we need a spark of inspiration, we turn to music. Music is a huge factor in both of our lives and we need to have daily doses of it to keep us sane. Who on earth would want to go a day without listening to Halestorm or Black Veil Brides?
Post it Notes. Seriously, we should buy stock into the Post It Note Company. We have them everywhere and constantly scribble down ideas or sentences on them. Crystal has a bulletin board that overflows with them. In fact, she needs a bigger bulletin board so she can have more of them! How else will she remember that Melissa told her (repeatedly) that if she overuses the tab button one more time that she would find herself buried alive? Eep!
Internet. We use the internet for so many things. It’s literally vital to us. If we lost the internet we would absolutely perish! Ok, so maybe we wouldn’t croak, but it would probably feel as though we should. We use the internet to connect with each other since Melissa lives in Washington State and Crystal in Kentucky. We also use it for around eighty percent of our research. Why hunt a book down when we have a search engine? HELLO – we’re smart people, remember? Not to mention that when we’re stuck, we pop onto certain websites to entertain ourselves with. How else can we drool over pictures of Alexander Skarsgard, Joe Manganiello, Jason Momoa, and whoever that yummy man in the cowboy hat is? Seriously, we need his name!
Our story outline. This is necessary because Crystal tends to go all wonky and writes one thing at the beginning of a book, and then tries to change the facts of that thing at the end of the book. Melissa then refers to the outline and sets her straight before threatening her with bodily harm if she does it again. Can anyone tell yet that Melissa has a hard job keeping Crystal in line?
Chocolate! If Hershey’s is reading this, and feeling generous, how about hooking up two starving artists? We’d be happy to do a study on how much chocolate a writer can consume daily while typing away on their computer. I’m sure the results will stagger you. (We both prefer dark chocolate, just saying.)
We hoped you enjoyed this list of necessities for two crazy writers who belong in a coffee/chocolate addiction group! So now we’d love to hear from you! What’s something you need to have a functional day? Please feel free to share in the comments section below!
Jessie Lane is the writing team of Melissa Pahl and Crystal Leo. The two sister-in-laws share a passionate love of naughty romance, cliff hanging suspense, and out-of-this-world characters that demand your attention, or threaten to slap you around until you do pay attention to them. Because really, it is ALL about the characters. (They're kind of megalomaniacs - but don't tell them that we said that.) Crystal and Melissa often live half their lives with their heads in the clouds dreaming of alpha military hunks, werewolves and kick ass heroines crazy enough to chase after creatures that they unquestionablyly should know better than to chase. Their first YA novel, The Burning Star, was released in May 2012. Big Bad Bite is their second novel, but their first adult paranormal romance. They are now working on their next two novels, Walk On The Striped Side and Secret Maneuvers. With these projects underway, they are looking forward to showing the rest of the world their crazy stories, heroes and heroines that often plague their minds until written, and hope you will join them on their journey!
Snarky female protagonist? Check. Humor? Check? Shifters? Triple Check!
Right from the start, this book's humor shines through. With a snarky female protagonist, who just happens to be a bad a** cop, and part of the Swat team, we learn there is more to Jenna than meets the eye. She's tough and knows how to handle herself against a male testosterone driven job, plus she has the ability to shift, an ability she has kept secret from the everyone. All that changes the day she meets Adam and learns not only is he a shifter, but figures she is something more, and he is not going to back down from chasing her until he claims her for himself, but that could lead to dangerous consequences.
The hunt was on. Here I come little rabbit.
I did like reading Big, Bad Bite, even though at times I was doing the ole' eye rolling over the humor, that at times seemed forced, but it did have it's good qualities. It was not a fully centered romantic book, although it did have some heated scenes. It had it's share of action and I enjoyed the use of bringing the secondary characters to life, and making them just as front and center as Adam and Jenna.
I also enjoyed the police/swat elements in the book, and how the plot seemed to center around Jenna's job, and paranormal world at the same time. The middle was a little lost in the plot but not so much that would have you completely giving up the book. All in all I would recommend this book to paranormal fans with it's blend of comedy, snark, and action it was a unique mix. Fans of Darynda Jones First Grave On The Right, may find a liking to this book, due to the humor, snark, and the many secondary characters that take front and center at times.
It made her want to chop off his cracker jacks, hang them around his neck like a sadistic messy necklace and say back, ‘Big boy, you’re the prey’
Her brain said to kick him in the nads. Her body was rather loudly telling her brain to shut the hell up. They would need those nads when she tackled him to the nearest bed and did their best impersonation of what female Viagra could look like if someone cooked it up. Stupid body