By Jessica E. Subject
Happy 2014! I hope your new year is starting out well. For me, my kids are now back at school, and I’m back to writing. This year, I hope to write even more. Longer stories especially. And my focus will be on new adult stories. Yes, this genre is really big right now, but that’s not why I’m writing in this genre. You see, some of my stories already fit in this genre before it became popular.
New Adult looks at those between 18 and 25 who are leaving home for the first time, making big decisions that can affect the rest of their lives. The stories can range from no romance at all to erotica, so there’s something for everyone.
The first New Adult story I wrote was Never Gonna Let You Go, which is celebrating two years published this month. At 18, Calla and Erik left home to work for Planet Core, promised food, shelter, and a good life. But when they are sent to another planet, they learn of Planet Core’s deception.
In An Unexpected Return, Xia has just graduated from learning the art of erotic massage, and is taking her first clients. But when a different life is offered to her, she must decide what she wants in life.
Accidental Romance (one-year published this month) is one of two contemporary romances that I have published. The people I know, the stories I’ve heard, and the places I’ve lived helped to inspire this story. Leanne, just graduated from college, is getting ready to take over the family farm. When she loses her hand in an accident, her life is changed forever. She must decide whether she wants to fight for her dream, or give everything up she’s ever wanted.
And His Alien Virgin is coming soon from Decadent Publishing. It is a 1Night Stand story about 18-year-old Skylar who escapes from her home planet to get out of her arranged marriage to a space pirate. Will she find what she’s looking for on Earth?
I have to say that I went through a lot of changes during this time in my life, from leaving home to go to University, figuring out what I wanted to do in life, leaving home for good and moving in with my boyfriend (now husband), and getting pregnant. It’s an exciting yet tough time, and there is so many stories that can come from it.
Tell me: What do you remember most about that time in your life?
Answer the above question for your chance to WIN an ebook of Accidental Romance. Contest is international. Winner will be drawn January 10, 2014.
The Challenge series
By Jessica E. Subject
Contemporary Western New Adult Romance
At twenty-two, Leanne Declan has graduated from college and hopes to take over the family farm until a tragic accident changes her life forever. Unable to do the simplest everyday chores, she must depend on her family and friends as she learns to face life’s challenges. But when her fears threaten to destroy her future, can an unexpected love be strong enough to help her dreams come true?
A million needles pierced her wrist. She had to get away from the fire. Leanne flicked open her eyes, screaming, longing for the agony to stop.
White walls surrounded her. Machines beeped. Taking in the new scenery, she closed her mouth, the pain forgotten. Bags filled with clear liquids as well as blood hung from a metal pole. She followed the tubes from the bags into her left hand. Was that where the burn came from? She glanced at the other arm, the end of which was wrapped in thick bandages. The image of spinning blades and her mangled flesh flashed before her eyes. She screamed again, tears falling down her cheeks. This can’t be happening.
Bodies rushed into the room, many in scrubs. With her vision blurred, she didn’t recognize anyone. All strangers. She was in the foreign place by herself. A nightmare. Has to be.
“Shh, calm down, sweetie. You’ll be okay.”
A familiar voice. She glanced to her other side to see her mom standing beside her, her eyes glassy. She held her hand, but Leanne couldn’t feel it, only the throbbing which had returned to her other one, the one that was…gone? She groaned, turning on her side, and pulled her knees up to her chest.
“Mom, is it really…?”
She brushed her fingers over her forehead. “Don’t worry about it right now. You need to rest.”
“It hurts so bad.”
“I know.” Her mother stroked her face again. “But the nurses will help it go away.”
“Leanne,” one of the nurses hovering around her said. “I want you to take deep breaths and count backward from ten.”
“Ten.” She sucked in air and cried out in agony.
Between clenched teeth, she continued. Anything to stop the pain. “Nine.”
Ice traveled through her veins. “Eight.”
The throbbing slowly ebbed away. Seven.
Darkness swept over her and pulled her down with it.
Jessica Subject is the author of contemporary and science fiction romance, ranging from sweet to erotica. In her stories, you could meet clones, or a sexy alien or two. You may even be transported to another planet for a romantic rendezvous.
When Jessica isn't reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to get out and walk. Fast. But she just may slow down if there is a waterfall nearby.
Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers. You can find her at jessicasubject.com and on twitter @jsubject.