Thursday, 23 March 2017

Author Interview with JJ King!

Looking for that little extra something to boost you through Thursday and into the weekend? We've got you covered! JJ King is here today, answering some hard-hitting questions and sharing a look at her newest release, EPIC LOVE. Without further ado...

Hey, JJ! Welcome to the blog. Tell us a little bit about your newest release.

I’d love to, thanks! It’s called Epic Love and it’s the first of four that will make up the Masterclass series. It’s my first with Evernight Publishing’s Romance on the Go line, which is this amazing line of short stories for those of us with little time to read but with all the impact of a full length romance novel.

Epic Love is set in Newfoundland, Canada, in the oldest city in North America, St. John’s. I’m a Newfoundlander and I lived in St. John’s for around ten years so it’s part of who I am at this point. Plus, it’s this great old city with amazing homes that have secret passageways and hidden rooms, which is a big part of the mystery in this story. The main characters are Zoey Matthews, a divorced woman who is reclaiming her life and has returned to her alma mater to do a masters in English literature, and Dr. Sebastian Lane, the incredibly sexy professor her friend introduces her to. The sparks are intense and fly immediately, and the rest is up to you to discover!

I love the sound of this! I'm a big short story fan, and this one appeals as I'm an English Lit girl myself. Is there any part of this story you absolutely love, and why?

Epic love is set in St. John’s, Newfoundland, a place that I called home for almost ten years during my twenties. I made so many memories in that city, good and bad, that it’s become a huge part of what’s made me who I am. It’s also where I attended university and where I spent five years of my life, the best five years, doing an English literature degree.

In my story, Zoey Matthews is back in university, rediscovering her passions and meets a man who awakens desires inside her that she’s never felt before. Writing her character and her rediscovery of life was fun because I know the ins and outs of being an English student so well. I know the professors, the comradery and stresses, and I know the passion that lives inside the walls of the Arts building. Writing a romance just felt like a natural extension of those passions.

About halfway through this story, they end up at a downtown house. In St. John’s, the older homes are amazing and chalk full of little nooks and crannies that made writing the mystery a complete joy.

It's always fun to know an author has incorporated real life experiences into their work when they can - it just makes the story so vivid. Who are your biggest influences – they don’t have to just be literary ones!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, hands down. I think I was at the right, young adult stage of my life, when it began and I was sucked into this amazing paranormal world where women could be sexy and strong and fight to save the world, all while caring about what they looked like. There was no “this is the only way to be a woman” attitude. It helps mold my entire character.

As for writers who’ve inspired me, I have to say it’s an equal toss between Stephen King and Nora Roberts. They both have incredible work ethic and amazing attitudes about what it means to be an Author. They aren’t elitist or snobbish and each writes what they love. I find that admirable and, besides all that, I love to read their novels. The Dark Tower series is my favorite series of all time.

I've only read the first Dark Tower book. I need to catch up before the film comes out! What else are you working on right now? What's up next from you?

I’m kind of in love with the idea of Evernight’s Romance on the Go line, which is why my next release, which is coming in a few weeks by the way, is another short story. It’s called The Scent of His Woman and it’s a cougar shifter story, the first in a three part arc called Northern Wild.

I’m a huge paranormal romance geek. I love reading it and I love writing it. My first published novel, Blood of Eden, is the first in a series called The Guardians. Books I and II are available now and book III is coming later this year. The Guardians is a wolf shifter series set in Canada and centering ona kickass alpha female character named Katherine LaFlamme.

I love writing wolf shifters, or my own version of them, so I didn’t want to do another wolf story. I went in search of an anaimal that intreagued me and I came across northern cougars. They’re so different than wolves, more solitary than pack creatures, and they’re just so beautiful. The secent of his woman is about a young woman named Kennedy who feels disconnected and lost. Adopted as a child, she doesn’t know who she really is, but that all changes when she meets Trace Grady, a cougar shifter, who triggers her first change. It’s sexy and passionate, and it’ll be a fun ride.

I’m working on the second book for the Masterclass series now, it’s called Theoretical Love. I’ll be working on both series for the next few months, getting them out to readers as quickly as I can because I know they’re going to want to keep going with these stories.

Okay, we have a lot in common writing-wise. I love writing wolf shifters, and I have a cougar shifter series under my pen name. I'll definitely be checking out your paranormal stuff! Are there any genres you haven't tried yet that you really want to?

I write paranormal and contemporary romances so far, but I’ve always really enjoyed epic literature and mythology. I think my next big project will be to encorporate mythology with epic qualities into a romance series that will be anything but predictable.

Thanks for having me. It’s been a blast! Epic Love – Masterclass book I is live today on the Evernight Publishing website and on Amazon. And, for this week only, to celebrate the release of Epic Love, my contemporary romance, Finding the right words, is on sale at Evernight and Amazon for .99¢! If you want a full length novel that oozes sexy, Finding the right words is for you!

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Thanks, JJ! Some really interested and fun answers :) 

Now read on to get a proper (x-rated) look at EPIC LOVE!

Epic Love ~ Masterclass Book I by JJ King

The first Romance on the Go in a series of four called Masterclass. Sexy professors make all the difference when it’s time to learn!

Zoey Matthews’ life is finally back on track after years of pretending to be the perfect suburban wife. She’s doing what she wants now, and has returned to her alma mater to complete a Masters in English literature. Despite trying, she doesn’t quite fit in with her classmates, which is why she’s so excited when her friend Rachel, a professor in the department, introduces her to some of her co-workers.

Dr. Sebastian Lane makes Zoey’s knees go weak the moment she sees him. After years of being lonely, she’s finally found someone who makes her body come to life, so when the sparks fly, she follows where they lead.

Will they lead her on a mysterious adventure or straight into his arms?


Bash reached out a hand and laced his fingers with hers, pulling her in until the length of her body pressed against his. The nervous anticipation she’d had earlier when she’d thought about being alone with him returned ten-fold. Her heart raced, pumping heated blood through her limbs, lighting her nerves on fire. She folded into him, staring up at him through a haze of lust.
 All signs of excitement faded from Bash’s face, replaced by an instant awareness. His mouth slipped open as he gasped in a breath, drawing Zoey’s attention to his beautiful lips.
 They were so tempting, firm yet soft, and she knew they were delicious. The tiny taste she’d gotten in the cab now seemed a tease, a promise of more. She raised up on her tip toes and reached for his neck with trembling hands.
 Bash met her halfway, scooping her into his arms. He twisted and pressed her against the wall just next to the obscure opening they’d discovered together. She gasped in desire when his big hands delved into her hair, tugging at the roots, as his lips crushed against hers.
 He tasted different this time, like the red wine they’d sipped downstairs. But, underneath, was the real flavor, his unique taste, and it drove Zoey wild. She licked out her tongue, lapping at him, wanting to taste all of him, wondering what his body would taste like.
 The fine hairs all over Zoey’s body stood on end, straining to be touched. Zoey ground her hips against Bash’s abdomen, urging him on, needing so much more than he was giving at the moment. His response was to tug her hair even harder, to the side, and settle his teeth and lips on her neck.
 The feel of his tongue as it slid over the tiny hurt he’d inflicted with his teeth made Zoey cry out. She’d never been a vocal lover, had never been swept away like her favorite heroines in the books she loved to read. Even before Hayden, she’d enjoyed sex, but it hadn’t been mind-blowing or awe-inspiring. This, though, this time would be different. Bash was different.
 His torso held her in place as his hands left her hair and began to explore her body. Up and down her length he traveled, touching softly then pulling and grabbing with intent. He moved so quickly, touched so much, that she never had a moment to acclimatize. Zoey’s nerves danced, exploding all over, driving her into a frenzy. She writhed against the wall, clutching at his neck and shoulders, clawing her nails into his skin in desperation.
 Bash growled deep in his throat and grabbed her around the waist, lowering her to the floor. Zoey’s legs wobbled as her knees threatened to give way. She sucked in deep gasps of oxygen, trying to understand why Bash had stepped away from her. He crossed the room quickly, his gait a little crooked, and slammed the door to the storage room shut, deftly locking the door.
 “I don’t want any interruptions,” he rasped.
 Zoey’s heart soared and she ran to him, throwing herself into his open arms and sealing her lips to his. His tongue flicked out to taste her and she bit down on it, then sucked it into her mouth. His arms came around her body and lifted her and then she was being walked backward while he licked and sucked her lips. She yelped and dissolved into giggles when she flew through the air and landed on a couch covered with a white sheet.
 Bash’s long body covered her in an instant and his lips returned to hers. His clever hands danced over her clothes, moving down over her hips to the hem of her dress. Zoey threw back her head, encouraging him to move to her neck, one of her favorite erogenous zones, and then sighed in abject pleasure when he licked from her jaw to her clavicle. His teeth grazed the bone there, then moved to her shoulder, making every part of her brain melt. Only one thought remained, that she needed to touch him.
 Zoey reached for his sweater and started tugging it over his head. Bash paused from his goal for a moment to tear the offending piece of clothing off his body then tossed it to the floor. She froze. Her entire awareness narrowed and all she could see or hear or know was Bash’s chest. His shoulders were wider than she’d ever seen on a man in real life, then he cut down at an angle to a waist that was…she swallowed hard and reached out tentatively, stroking her fingertips over the indentations his heaving muscles made. Her mouth watered.
 A second later, Bash’s fingers grasped the top of her tights, along with her panties, and pulled them roughly down her legs. They stopped abruptly on her shoes and he cursed, then pulled her heels from her feet and shucked her tights, leaving her naked from the waist down and completely ready.
 They locked eyes, neither moving as they each breathed raggedly. Bash’s eyes questioned her, asked for permission, as his hand hovered above her junction, waiting to dip into her hot sex.
 Zoey looked up at him through half-closed eyes, feeling more desirable than she ever had, and nodded. She opened her legs to accept him.
 His eyes stayed on hers as he slipped a finger into her folds and slid against the bundle of nerves there. The sensation was so intense that she mewled and thrust her hips up, begging for more. With a dead sexy grin, Bash let his digits move lower, finding the opening to her body, and thrust inside.

Links to buy Epic Love

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Finding the right words by JJ King is on sale for .99¢!

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Author biography

I love writing and reading and eating sushi with friends. A world devoid of my girls is a barren place. My heart lives in my son and with my family, and I love life, and cats, and wine. I write contemporary and paranormal romance, and I love chatting with readers, so check out the links below and swing by for a chat.

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