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Friday, April 6, 2012

Sizzling PR: The Zurian Child - Jessica E Subject - Guest Post/GIveaway

Lindsay Beckett longed to be reunited with her first love, Quinn Montgomery, until she learns the secret that sent him fleeing from her in the first place. He’s an alien, a Hemera, and she’s half-Hemera herself. As if that wasn’t enough to ruin her dreams of a perfect life, when their child is born, they discover she fulfills a prophesy told twenty light years away and many years ago. Lindsay wants to ignore it, until her husband is murdered and suddenly believing becomes a matter of survival.

Lindsay and her young daughter are forced to rely on another Hemera, her husband’s partner and best friend, Bryce Beuermann as more and more of the Hemera are slaughtered. Bryce will do anything to help his best friend’s widow—including suppressing his own deep feelings for her. But he must prove they can trust him, even pretending he doesn’t want her with all his heart

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The Zurian Child Playlist

Thank you so much, Liz, for hosting me on your blog today!

There are many things which inspire me while I’m writing, but I would have to say the biggest influence is the music I listen to. Not only does a single song spin many new ideas in my head, but it can also convey the mood I am looking to create in my own story.

So here are ten songs from my playlist for The Zurian Child:
Untouched by The Veronicas
This Love by The Veronicas
I Could Get Used to This by The Veronicas
I’m Yours by Jason Mraz
Afraid by Nelly Furtado
Spaceman by Bif Naked
Breathless by The Corrs
Wicked by Econoline Crush
Men In Black by Will Smith
Before You by Chantal Kreviazuk

So, that’s my list. Keep in mind I started writing this story a few years ago, so none of these songs are recent. They still have a lot of meaning to specific scenes in the story though.

The song Wicked by Econoline Crush helped to inspire this scene:

She waited until the sun had set before driving to the address he'd given her. She met the other alien—Jack—repulsed being in their presence. They said they wanted her to know the truth before she and Reid rekindled their relationship. While her husband left to use the washroom, the gray-haired alien left to gather information for her to read. There would be no discussion. She spiked their drinks with a small amount of the black liquid.

When they returned, she leaned forward in an attempt to look receptive to everything they had to say while watching the aliens drink their coffee. She would pull this off. They had to die.

Reid did most of the talking, so Jack drank his coffee faster. Jack started to twitch, his wrinkled face turning a sickly green color. A few seconds later, his eyes rolled back into his head. Oblivious, Reid kept talking until Jack choked on the foam spilling out of his mouth. By then he couldn't be saved.

As Reid brought his hands to his throat, his eyes met hers. "How could you?"

Beside him, Jack slumped over, already dead.

Isabel stood up and spun away from Reid as he thrashed on the couch, his hands clutching his neck. Only a couple of minutes passed before he ceased moving, black foam covering his face. She could no longer see his once tender eyes. A pang of guilt made her stumble, but the memories of the child she once carried renewed her focus. I have to do this.

Not wanting to leave fingerprints on the aliens, she checked for signs of life with a rubber glove. Finding no pulse from either of them, she snatched the papers from Jack's hand and the glass she had drank from. After pulling on a black hoody and making sure no snoopy neighbors had their eyes on the house, she left her husband and his friend without a backward glance. Three blocks down the street and around the corner, she found her car.

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Jessica Subject started writing to encourage her daughter to read. Now she writes to keep herself grounded. Although she reads many genres, she enjoys writing Science Fiction Romance the most and believes everyone in the universe deserves a happily ever after. She lives Southwestern Ontario, Canada with her husband and two kids and loves to hear from anyone who has enjoyed her stories.

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  1. Wow, gripping excerpt, Jessica. Just wanted to pop in and say congrats, no need to enter me in the giveaway.

  2. Great playlist! Love the excerpt. I have this on my To Buy list and it's going to be going to the top of the list.


    1. Thank you, Susan! I'm glad you enjoyed the music and excerpt. :)

  3. That excerpt is absolutely chilling! Such a contrast to the other snippets I've read from it.

    1. Thanks, Pippa! Yes, I wanted to show Isabel as well. She's an important character through most of the series.

  4. Oh my! That is one hell of an excerpt!

    1. Glad you enjoyed it, Sarah. Thanks for stopping by. :)

  5. This is the first time I heard of this book, but I am intrigued with the description..I don't think I've ever encountered a romance with aliens before. The excerpt left me with chills and I am liking the playlist!

    Lilian @ A Novel Toybox

    1. Oh, there are so many great alien romances out there. Be sure to check out Gini Koch and Barbara Elsborg, among many others. Thanks! :)

  6. Thank you everyone for coming by! I agree, this excerpt is fabulous! Good luck to all of you in the giveaway :)

  7. This sounds like a really interesting story. I have read many alien stories and loved them. The excerpt was great and I would love to find out more about Lindsay, Quinn, & Bryce. And I want to find out who this Isabel is.

    Btw, the guy in the trailer as Bryce is HAWT! Yum-Yum! LOL
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    1. Hey June!

      Glad you enjoyed the excerpt and video. :) And yes, Isabel is quite an interesting character, along with the rest.

      Thanks so much!

  8. This is the first I have heard about this book! I love when authors put playlist with thier books. Thanks for the giveaway!


    1. Well, I'm glad you stopped by then. :) I try to create a playlist for all of my stories, but there is the occasional short story that slips through without one.


  9. That excerpt is very fierce, that's some warning don't get between a mother and the lengths she will go to protect her child. I think its great, I love aliens! Very cool trailer, I always love those.


    1. Thanks, Criss! Yes, there are two mothers in this story that are very protective of their children. And book trailers are so fun to create. :)

  10. Great excerpt, thanks for sharing. I enjoyed the trailer.
    This book sounds very interesting.
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  11. This sounds like a really interesting story, and the excerpt is absolutely greats. I can't wait to read this book. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks, Filia! Glad you enjoyed the excerpt. :)

  12. Very nice excerpt. The book sounds very good.


  13. I want it!

  14. I love Untouched! ;) Good mix in all really. :)

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    1. Thanks, Niina! Untouched was the first song by The Veronicas that I heard. Now I listen to them quite often. :)

  15. Liked the book trailer. Love that a child is involved. It makes it more family and love. Enjoyed the playlist too. Can't wait to read it
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    1. Thanks, Kelly! The entire series is very much family oriented. :)

  16. Hi! Well I have to say: The book cover is really interesting! I really love the mix of color and the ''background'' couple! The blurb reminded me of the TV show :Starman!!! I was pretty young (and it was a traduction since I'm from Quebec) but I really enjoyed this show! The book seems intriguing and I would love to read it!!!
    Thanks for hosting this giveaway!



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