Monday, December 24, 2012

Guest Post with J.T. Geissinger


Book Nerd Guest Post

A native of Southern California, J.T. Geissinger is an author, entrepreneur and avid wine collector. She writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance and is currently at work on the third book of the Night Prowler series. Her debut novel, Shadow’s Edge, was released by Montlake Romance in June, 2012, and book two, Edge of Oblivion, will be released October 2nd. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband and one too many cats.

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Ego, Deadlines, and Other Things That Go Bump in the Night 

by J.T. Geissinger
When I began writing my first novel, it seemed a wonderful and lofty enterprise, unsullied by the pedestrian business of deadlines or the need to please anyone but myself. Once I landed an agent and a book contract, however, the ugly reality of the publishing business began to intrude. What do you mean, I have to rewrite entire chapters? What do you mean, this character's motivation is unclear? And, really now, what do you mean I have to cut this, change that, shorten my brilliant tome by twenty thousand words?

And by this weekend???

Book publishing is a business, one with a bottom line all businesses share: profit. For the novice author with dreams as big as the federal deficit, this can be tough to swallow, but I learned a few things in my journey to publication that might save you a Tylenol or two.

1. Put your ego aside

Easier said than done, I know, but an absolute necessity. You must develop the hide of a rhinoceros and not only listen to critiques of your work, but solicit them. Critique partners and supportive/trustworthy friends will help you refine and revise your work until it gleams, so get it out there and let the feedback pour in. You’ll be a better writer for it. One caveat: there is a big difference between critique and criticism. If anyone ever says anything remotely resembling, “Your story sucks/you have no talent,” you should cut that person out of your life immediately and forever. Even if it’s your mother. Especially if it’s your mother! Naysayers are a black hole from which your ego might never escape.

2. Learn to write under deadline

Besides running out of Merlot, there really is nothing more terrifying than making the transition from a lackadaisical, whenever-I-can-get-to-it writing schedule to the totalitarian, you-will-produce-the-manuscript-or-be-shot deadline imposed by a publisher. Suddenly writing isn’t so much fun anymore. Suddenly it’s (gasp!) work. If you’re planning a career as a writer, give yourself daily or weekly writing goals, and stick to them. Write when you’re sick, when you’re tired, when you’d rather be watching Modern Family. Because once you get a publishing contract, that’s exactly what you’ll be doing. And by then your family will be accustomed to your absences.

3. Give up the deadly/soul killing/totally unachievable goal of perfection

Your manuscript will never be perfect. NEVER. There, I said it. The goal shouldn’t be perfection, it should be completion. Seriously, there are many saleable, unfinished novels gathering dust on shelves because the author couldn’t push through to the end without perfecting that one sentence, that one paragraph. Don’t allow yourself to get mired in the quicksand of perfection. Get it done, get it out there, then let it go.

4. Think like a CEO

That is to say, long term, big picture. If you’re going to have a successful, long term career as an author, you must deliver the goods (your work) in a timely manner (on deadline) in a pleasing, consumer-oriented format (unless you’re going to write very highbrow literary fiction, which almost no one will read) and it also has to stand out from the competition. How are you going to do that?

Research. Which in this case = reading. Read everything, within and outside your own genre. Get a feel for what works, what doesn’t and why. Then use it.

5. The Green-Eyed Monster

A final word about jealousy. Don’t allow yourself to go there. There are better writers than you. There are worse writers than you. There is room for all of us, because the public has such a huge array of tastes, and the market has niches both big and small. Jealousy kills creativity. Don’t try to write the next Twilight, the next Hunger Games, the next anything. It will always come off as false and the readers will know it. You can’t fool them! Don’t try to predict the next big thing and write for that. Write for one reason and one reason only: because you love it. And therein lies your soul.



There exists a world beyond our own. It is a world of ancient magic and well-guarded secrets, a world of strict laws and harsh punishments for those who betray them, a world inhabited by the Ikati, a race of gifted people who are so much more than they first appear. Brought together by fate in this world of danger and beauty, two people with dark pasts will meet.

Morgan is beautiful, smart, sexy…and about to die. Convicted of treason against her shape-shifting kin, she is given one last chance at redemption; discover the hidden lair of the enemy intent on destroying every one of her kind, or forfeit her life.

Xander is ruthless, heartless, cold-blooded…and assigned to kill her if she fails in her task. Expecting to feel nothing but contempt for the traitor under his watch, the assassin accompanies Morgan on her search, but as the two race through the heart of Italy while the clock winds down to zero hour, he finds himself drawn into a dangerous web of desire as powerful as it is forbidden. Their passion will test everything they believe in, and endanger the future of the tribe itself.

Sensual, edgy, and action-packed, Edge of Oblivion is a must-read for lovers of dark paranormal romance.


The second book to the Night Prowler series, Edge of Oblivion, author J.T. Geissinger continues to further develop the intriguing story of shapeshifters called Ikati. Moving the setting from the murky and misty forests of England, she takes us to the gorgeous Italian city of Rome. The series shifts character story to Morgan Montgomery, who makes a huge mistake in the first book, is ordered to locate the Ikati’s premiere enemy, the Expurgari. Under the presence of assassin Alexander “Xander”Luna, she tries to complete her mission in order to show her trust towards the Ikati. Failing to do so will have Xander executing her. Only one problem…they fall for each other.

Author Geissinger manages to produce another intriguing story. The interactions between Morgan and Xander are filled with brilliant dialogue that molds them into characters that readers will care about. As they grow and become closer together, Xander realizes that there is more to Morgan than meets the eye. The mystery and history of the Ikati slowly disentangles and readers will appreciate how much Geissinger has put in to create such an amazing group of shapeshifters and their way of life. The prologue provides the basics behind the Ikati which is imperative when stories undertake century-old history. Readers are given a captivating look at the legacy of these shapeshifters and learn about their unique views on love, conflict, pain, grief, and loss. Edge of Oblivion lives in an amazing world of action and romance. The rich writing style of Geissinger is beautiful and the story will have readers intrigued by its darkly violent and restrictive theme.

You can purchase Edge of Oblivion at the following Retailers:
          


And now, The Giveaways.
Thank you J.T. for making this giveaway possible.
1 Winner will receive a copy of Shadow's Edge & an e-copy of Edge of Oblivion by J.T. Geissinger.
1 Winner will receive a Kindle Paperwhite by J.T. Geissinger.
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26 comments:

  1. Thanks so much J.T.! I believe at one point you had another giveaway going on with Jean where you were giving away a kindle reader? I apologize if that is incorrect but I do think it is. Anyways I remember saying that I would have rather won a copy of your book than a kindle reader because this books looks incredible:) Happy Holidays!

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  2. This is fantastic!! Thank you for the giveaway =)

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  3. Please be me, please be me, please be me!!

    :-D

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  4. I thanked J T on her FB page..Happy New Year!!

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  5. Totally Fantastic of JT to offer such a brilliant Giveaway Prize xx Fingers crossed

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  6. What a fabulous way to start the new year!!! Thank you Jean and J.T. for this awesome giveaway!!!

    http://pinterest.com/pin/310537336775843334/

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  7. commented on facebook. eep! thank you so much for having this cool giveaway. :D

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  8. Thank you for sharing some info on yourself with the readers.
    It's always nice to get to know the authors of our favourite books and what makes them tick!!
    Also, a big thank you for the generous gift you have donated!
    I have the paperback copies of Shadows Edge and Edge of Oblivion, and can't wait to read them!!
    Thanks to Jean for hosting the blog too!!

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  9. I didn't actually see what a person needs to do to enter the contest. So, I'm here hoping this is it, leaving a comment? Almost bought a reader at Christmas

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  10. Thank you so much JT! Keep writing! ;)

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  11. Thank you for the amazing giveaway!

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  12. Very good. I look forward to reading your book.

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  13. What an amazing giveaway!!!!! Thank you so much!!!!!!!!

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  14. WOW, great giveaway! Thanks to both JT and Jean!

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  15. thankyou very much for the giveaway :)

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  16. Thank you so much for the lovely giveaway!

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  17. Wow! You sure got our attention with this giveaway!

    Thank you for being so generous ;)

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