Sunday, December 18, 2011

A Book Lover’s Holiday by Jess Macallan

*Jess has kindly offered an ebook copy of STONE COLD SEDUCTION.
Open internationally!*

Hello Paranormal Romantics! I’m thrilled to be here today. The holidays are upon us, and if you’re anything like me, you still have a lot to do. Don’t get me wrong, I love the whirlwind of activity, and I love when it’s over. I have extra compassion and patience for fellow shoppers (which is easy when you shop online). I love snow days because it means I can stay inside and read. And I especially love gift giving. There’s nothing better than picking out the perfect gift and seeing the recipient glow with appreciation.

If I have to shop in a brick and mortar store, I try to make it a bookstore. My gift-giving list this year included calendars, a journal, stocking stuffers, a magazine subscription, and books (naturally). While I’m there, I indulge in a hot drink and sit back to people watch. I love seeing shoppers with arms full of books. There’s magic in the season and books truly illustrate that. When you gift a book to a loved one, you’re opening up a new world, new friends, and possibly even new ideas for them.

When I receive a gift certificate for a bookstore, I feel like a kid in a candy store. Where do I start? A sweet romance? Dark and sexy urban fantasy? A new mystery maybe? The possibilities are endless. After I have my new book in hand, I savor every page, much like a box of chocolates. Except better, because I can reread a great book as many times as I please.

Some of my personal favorites to gift are:

1) The Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. This is one of my favorite urban fantasy series of all time. Shifters, werewolves, vamps, and fae...’nuff said.

2) The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordian. This is a great middle grade series even adults will enjoy. Egyptian mythology and lots of action adds up to an entertaining series.

3) The Eat Clean Diet by Tosca Reno for all of the New Year’s resolution enthusiasts.

4) The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. This book is perfect for creative types.

5) A blank journal for recording dreams, wishes and everything in between.

It’s the thrill of turning a new page and exploring a new world that lead me to give books as gifts. Books are my escape, my addiction and my pleasure all wrapped into one. I can only hope everyone else finds their perfect book and experiences the same.

What was the best book-related gift you’ve ever received?

Thanks again for having me here today! Best wishes to all of you as you celebrate the holidays and gear up for the new year. You can connect with me at | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | JessMacallan |

About Jess Macallan

Jess lives in the Inland Northwest with her husband and three children. She thrives on creative chaos. Curiosity drives her to try new things as often as possible. When not writing or chasing trouble, she teaches yoga, reads, runs a mini farm, watches MMA and gardens. The only things she takes seriously are chocolate, tea and world domination. But mostly chocolate.

Get your copy of STONE COLD SEDUCTION at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books On Board | Powell's | BAM | Diesel Look for Stone Cold Revenge and Stone Cold Destiny coming in 2012 from Entangled Publishing!


“Elle. It’s just Elle.”

When a regular night of Robin Hood-ery results in the manifestation of some, um, unusual paranormal abilities, perfume-maker Elleodora Fredricks realizes the normal world she lives in isn’t quite… normal. And neither is she, thanks to her father, king of the shadow elves. Not only is he evil incarnate and the reason Elle moonlights as a burglar—someone has to take care of all his victims—he’s stolen her memories.

And only reading her fate can fix that.

Good thing she’s got a trio of hotties willing to help her find said fate. Saving her oracle BFF’s fiancée, falling in love with the gargoyle, and making up for breaking the phoenix’s heart ought to be a piece of cake for the princess of the shadow elves.

If only the king didn’t want his daughter dead…


“You are my true mate.”

My lips were still tingling, and my brain was fuzzy. “Jax, I’m not sure what that means.”

He didn’t answer, but instead pressed a kiss to my temple. And another to my cheek. Slowly, he nuzzled his way to my neck. I let my head drop to one side, giving him better access.

He whispered his approval, and lightly nipped at my neck. “It is a connection between souls. A bond determined by fate. I will show you what it means.”

His lips and tongue were doing a slow, erotic dance along the oh-so-sensitive skin down my neck, and coherent thought was impossible. He could show me whatever he wanted, as long as he didn’t stop.

I sighed, and Jax took that as acceptance. Before I knew what he was going to do, he’d scooped me up and was halfway up the stairs.

“Jax!” I yelped.

He stopped, but his muscles were vibrating with energy. He waited until he had my full attention before repeating, “I will show you. We are mates, connected in ways you and the phoenix will never be.”

His silver eyes were bright and intense. I could admit to having had many, many fantasies where he’d carried me upstairs, and all sorts of amazing things had happened. But this was real. And he was dead serious. It scared me, thrilled me, and seriously confused me.

When I didn’t respond, he lowered my feet to the floor and pressed me up against the wall in the narrow stairwell. His eyes held mine as he leaned close. “I will show you, so there are no doubts.”

Then he kissed me again, and this time, he held nothing back. Possession, need, and barely leashed control. Jax’s mouth told me more than words ever could. He leaned against me so our bodies were in full contact. Need burned through me. His taste, his touch, drowned out my worries. His scent surrounded me. He smelled crisp and clean. Like a sunny, winter day. But the heat he created inside me was intense. Just like the man himself.


Arlene said...

Wow. That excerpt promises Stone Cold Seduction to be a sizzling read and one now on my must have list. I too am hooked on people watching, buying, browsing in bookstores.
Happy Holidays and even Happier Reading.

Joanne said...

What a great excerpt. Can't wait to see what happens next. The best book related gift I got was a cover for my Kindle, a book light and a Amazon GC. Thanks for the giveaway.


Jess said...

Arlene--Thanks for stopping by! I think bookstores are the best place to people watch--such a diversity, much like the books they're buying. :)

Joanne--I love accessories for my e-reader too. Book readers are so easy to please. Anything book related and we're happy. :) Thanks for commenting!

JenniferK said...

I'm looking forward to reading this book, it sounds great. The best present I ever got that was book-related was the Kindle Fire. My husband knew I was trying to save up for it and when he got his Christmas bonus, he bought it for me.

Anonymous said...

The best book related gift I ever received was my Nook 3g. and a gift card to fill it.
Love the excerpt and interview!! Thank you for sharing with us today <3

Stacey said...

Congrats to Jennifer K for being drawn the winner! Jess will be in contact with you soon! Thanks for dropping in everyone! :-)

Brenda Demko said...

Stone Cold Seduction was a great read! I can't wait for the next book!