Monday, December 24, 2012

Guest Post with J.T. Geissinger

Photo Content from J.T. Geissinger

A former headhunter and entrepreneur, J.T. Geissinger is a bestselling author of emotionally charged romance and women’s fiction. Ranging from funny, feisty romcoms to intense, edgy suspense, her books have sold more than one million copies and been translated into several languages.

She is the recipient of the Prism Award for Best First Book, the Golden Quill Award for Best Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, and is a three-time finalist for the RITA® Award for excellence in romance fiction from the Romance Writers of America®. She has also been a finalist in the Booksellers’ Best, National Readers’ Choice, and Daphne du Maurier Awards.

Her first novel was published in 2012. Since then she’s written twenty more. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, drinking bourbon, surfing the internet, and daydreaming about all the things she’s going to be when she grows up. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and deaf rescue kitty, Ginger.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

You can purchase Edge of Oblivion at the following Retailers:

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


  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!

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

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


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

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

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

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

  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!!

  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

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

  11. Thank you for the amazing giveaway!

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

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

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

  15. thankyou very much for the giveaway :)

  16. Thank you so much for the lovely giveaway!

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

    Thank you for being so generous ;)