Friday, December 9, 2011

Welcome Guest Author Jeanette Grey & Her Debut Cyperpunk Romance!

I'm so excited to welcome 
debut author 
Jeanette Grey 
to the blog today!
Look down below for her giveaway!
Welcome, Jeanette!  Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

Hi! I'm a northern girl, currently living in the south. I'm a former teacher and a life-long reader and writer of romances, but I'm brand-new to actually putting them out there for other people to read. I write sizzling hot contemporaries and action-packed science fiction romances.

Awesome! And congratulations on your first book! Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

Unacceptable Risk is a cyberpunk romance about an ass-kicking heroine trying to save the world, and her best friend Edison, who is always trying to save her. It's set in a not-so-distant dystopian future and features lots of tech, lots of adventure, and probably my favorite love story I've ever written.

Ooh…definitely intrigued here! Which character is your favorite and why?

Edison, for sure. He's the sort of hero who doesn't mind that his girl is strong and independent, or that her convictions come first. But he's strong in his own right and refuses to sell himself short when he thinks Plix isn't being fair. He's smart and strong and sexy and incredibly unselfish in his love.

Me likey! As the author, what surprised you about this story?

This was one of those stories where I plotted out the ending about a hundred times, but I could never seem to come up with a solution that did the characters justice. Taking a big leap of faith, I kept writing anyway. And boy was I ever surprised when just as I was hitting the end of my outline, the characters told me exactly where the story needed to go.

I LOVE when that happens! Good for you! Will there be any sequels or other books in the same series?

I've been playing with the idea of writing another book involving one of the side characters, but I haven't made any firm decisions yet. I do have another work in progress that's set in the same universe. Not sure if it'll end up being part of a series yet or not.

Good luck! What was the hardest thing for you about writing this story?

Balancing the futuristic, high-tech elements of the story with the human, romantic elements which are really its core. The setting is critical to the story of course, and I wanted to paint a vivid picture of this world, but without getting too technical and keeping the reader from the emotions and the characters. It was a tricky balance!

I have a lot of respect for authors who take on scifi or steampunk, etc., for just this reason! What are you working on right now?

I'm editing up a super-hot contemporary novel full of sarcastic humor, dark pasts, and cross-cultural miscommunication. The hero and heroine meet at a three day-long Indian wedding, and then have to figure out how to make their relationship work once it’s over.

I'm also writing another cyberpunk romance novella involving a tormented mercenary and a beautiful scientist.

It's fun having a couple of very different projects going. Means I always have something I can write on, no matter my mood.

These sound awesome! What happened to the first book you ever wrote?

Oh gosh, I wrote it when I was seventeen, so it's probably in the back of my closet at my dad's house! I hope he never looks there!

LOL! What do you find easiest and hardest to write?

I find love scenes easiest. When I'm in the zone, they just flow. Action and dialog are much more difficult, but I like pushing myself, and I usually end up happy with the outcome because of the struggle.

Always interest to hear different authors’ takes on that! So, have you incorporated actual events or people from your own life into your books?

Never wholesale, though little glimmers of real people and real moments sneak in from time to time. Back when I was younger, I used to write a lot of real-life events into my stories, but I tended to get caught up in being faithful to the events and was hindered in my story-telling. The departure into pure fiction is really what gave my story-telling wings and freed me up to write more compelling people, worlds and narratives.

Is there a theme or message that runs through your work?

I write a lot of different kinds of stories, but I think the common thread is the idea of love as a redemptive force. My characters are often lonely, damaged people, and it's through love and connection that they find happiness and healing.

Love that! What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

That back when I used to teach, I was a physics/chemistry teacher. People seem to assume that because I write I used to reach English.

I can see that. Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?

The Demonica series by Larissa Ione. What an amazing world she made!

Good pick! Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

Oh, I love them all! But if I had to choose, probably the heroine from the contemporary novel I mentioned earlier. She's sarcastic and damaged and just so much fun to write.

Can’t wait for that one! Okay, now, just for fun:
Milk chocolate or dark chocolate? Dark. Always.

Salty or sweet? Both. Preferably at the same time. Chocolate-covered pretzels are my kryptonite.

Bed or kitchen table? Bed, but only because walking there to cuddle after is such a hassle.

Beach or mountains? Ooh, close call, but I'll go with mountains – assuming there's a cabin with indoor plumbing and electricity. I don't camp.

Give or receive? Give. (But always with the hope of reciprocation. I am human.)

She may learn to live for love…if vengeance doesn’t kill her first.

Plix spends her lonely, gritty life trying to solve the mysteries her father left behind. Armed with a variety of cybernetic enhancements and a talent for getting into places she shouldn’t be, she searches for clues to his murder—and who’s responsible for poisoning her city.

Waking up on a street corner with her brain wiring fried to a crisp, she figures she must have gotten close this time. There’s only one man she trusts to pull her back from the brink: a tuner who can retrieve the evidence hidden deep in the recesses of her mind. A man she dares not let too close to her heart.

When Edison downloads a secret SynDate schematic from Plix’s burnt-out circuitry, he knows with dreadful finality that nothing—not even the fiery kiss he’s been holding back for years—will stop her from pursuing her quest past the point of insanity.

All he can do, as he helps her plan her final mission, is ease her pain, watch her back…and hope one of them doesn’t pay with their lives.

Thanks for being coming on the blog! Where can we find you on the web?

One commenter who leaves their email address will win an ecopy of Unacceptable Risk! Open to international! Winner to be chosen by Contest closes midnight EST on Sunday, 12/11! Good luck!

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING MY GUEST, JEANETTE! And thanks for reading everyone!
Laura & Jeanette


Laura Kaye said...

Welcome to the Blog, Jeanette!!

Mad4Hugh said...

I've read Jeanette's fanfic stories and absolutely love her writing. Loved the except and I can't wait to 'Unacceptable Risk'.

Mad4Hugh said...

Whoops! Forgot to include my email addie:

Deborah said...

Well put another one on the ole wishlist! The excerpt is fabulous - I love how Jeanette makes us "feel" the scene! Hope hope hope I win!
Can't wait to read more from Jeanette!

booklover0226 said...

This sounds interesting; I think I'll enjoy it.

I'm adding this to my must have list.

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Jeanette said...

Thanks so much for having me, Laura!

Rhianna said...

Oooh the blurb for this got my geekside all aflutter! Gonna add it to my wishlist. :D

EmilyD said...

This looks just like something I'd enjoy reading. Already added to my kindle Wish List. Congrats, Jeanette!

(My email is

Jo said...

What a great interview. You're so clever!

Victoria said...

Nice interview. This sounds very good. I like how tough she looks on the cover.

Laura Kaye said...

I know, Victoria, that girl is kick ass!

Thanks for all the comment love for Jeanette everyone!

Jeanette said...

Yup, huge thanks to everyone who's commented. Victoria, I was thrilled when I saw that cover. Just as badass as I had hoped!

Wendy5542 said...

Can't wait to read this! I love strong female characters.

Steph from said...

I am intrigued but unsure what cyber punk is versus steam punk.
Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust

*yadkny* said...

Congrats Jeanette on your cyberpunk romance debut!!! The book sounds and looks fantastic!

Happy Holidays!!!

Jeanette said...

Great question, Steph. I'll actually be blogging about the difference later in the tour.

Steampunk is about going back to the steam age and re-imagining how technology would have evolved if it had taken that course. Lots of clockwork gadgets and gears and period clothing like corsets and dusters. Primary examples include the new Sherlock Holmes movies and the Wild Wild West movie from a few years ago with Will Smith.

Cyberpunk is set in the not-too-distant future and looks at how technology could evolve from where it is now. Think cybernetic implants that integrate tech into people's bodies, virtual reality and hackers. Primary examples include The Matrix and Blade Runner.

Hope that helps clear things up!

GraceDZ said...

Love the cover! I have a chemistry background too, so I'm a science geek at heart. Great interview. I added the book to my wishlist. Congrats!


Laura Kaye said...

Thanks for all the great comments for Jeanette everyone! And great explanation of steampunk versus cyberpunk, Jeanette!

Laura Kaye said...

And the winner of Jeanette's ebook is:

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Congratulations! And thanks for all the comment love for Jeanette!