Gabrielle Bisset

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Author Jennifer James Guest Post

Nerd Lovin’ and Valentine’s Day
I don’t usually write contemporary romance. Vampires, werewolves, demons, hybrid creatures, heck, I love to see an entirely new creature pop up. Things that go *bump-groan-sigh-suck* in the night are my thing.


So, how did I end up writing a novella about Valentine’s Day? First off, it was mostly happenstance. I saw some submission calls and realized that I’d really like to write a book with geeks in it. But not ucky socially awkward geeks with no personal hygiene. Not the types of guys you’d see in an old movie from the 80’s like Revenge of the Nerds.

No, MY geeks would be sexy. Hot, yummy, witty, and smart. Yes, they’d like to play video games and spout movie lines (like a certain author ;) ) but they wouldn’t be an introverted weirdo hiding in the basement and stuttering every time an attractive person tried to talk to them.

Well, at least Tom, the hero in LOVE KINECTION doesn’t spazz when he converses with Abby, the heroine. She freaks around him, but it has more to do with a broken heart and loss of self-confidence than anything else.

As I re-read LOVE KINECTION without the pressure of a deadline or edits to work on, I realize that I sort of created a new creature. Oxford Dictionary defines paranormal as “denoting events or phenomena such as telekinesis or clairvoyance that are beyond the scope of normal scientific understanding.” It defines geek as “an unfashionable or socially inept person” when being used as a noun.

Tom and Abby are attractive, fun, smart, and have a slew of friends. They are well beyond the boundaries of a traditional geek, even though they will both admit to and tease each other about their own levels of nerddom.

So, are sexy geeks paranormal? What do you think?

I’m going to give away a copy of the e-book to one lucky commenter, so give me your best (nerdy) answer!

Available JULY 31, 2012

Love, romance, hearts, flowers, cupid…. Rubbish.

Abby Fine still hasn’t gotten over the pain of a year-old betrayal and plans to spend this Valentine’s Day drowning her sorrows with a ménage of men named Ben, Jerry, and Riesling.

Her plans are diverted when she drops and breaks her new iPhone and gives in to a momentary hormone surge, agreeing to let office hottie and tech god Tom Walker squirm his way into her condo to fix it.

Tom shows up with his Xbox, spicy Chinese food, and a habit of stealing kisses every time she lets her guard down.

Can a weekend of laughter, video games, and movies change Abby’s opinion of stupid Cupid?

His hands crossed the gap between our bodies and rested on my hips.  Backing away would be the smart thing to do. But hope filled my belly he’d kiss me again. The stupid part of my brain had taken control again, and I didn’t fight it. I wanted a real kiss. “So if you are in fact the geekier geek, what do I get as a forfeit?” he asked.
The shadow of stubble covered his chin and his upper lip, ran up to the short sideburns he wore. His ears begged to be nibbled on. What would that stubble feel like brushed against my skin? Dangerous thoughts, especially since my hands had somehow ended up on his waist and my fingers clenched his shirt. I looked at his arms, still surprised by the size of muscles when they flexed. If the biceps were any indicator of the body hidden under the cloth, it broke the mold of a stereotypical geek’s.
“Yeah. You know, like a prize.”
“I think you already got a forfeit. You got to see me naked.” And all I’ve gotten is a few stolen kisses.
“That was an accident.” He grew hard against my belly. It pleased me to wonder what direction his thoughts had gone. I wondered if ice cream intoxication existed. “How about sex in my truck?”
“No. Car sex isn’t really comfortable. And who said anything about sex?”
“A man can hope. Besides, I know you’ve thought about it.”
“Have not.”
“Have, too.”
“Shut up and kiss me.”
He shook his head. “I promised to behave. You kiss me.”

For a girl whose first book was called “The Scariest Forest Ever”, the jump to romance may seem to be a far one. But a love of happy endings and the stories she kept making up in her head for strangers on the street lead to an unhealthy amount of time spent behind the keyboard typing away and giggling mischievously over sassy heroines, sexy heroes, and healthy sprinklings of geek humor.
With time split between a day job staring at teeth, two little girls, college courses, workaholic husband, and too many voices in her head, Jennifer still finds time to sneak off and devour all the books she can find – even if it means hiding in the closet to read them.
She insists on her jokes being dirty, drinks spiked, and tattoos placed in intriguing, muscular places you can only find when the clothes come off.
Twitter: @JenniferJames34
Blogs I contribute to: Paranormalists


Anonymous said...

Fabulous post. Waiting with baited breath for the book to release. Put it on the top on my to read list (pesky thing only gets longer).

CeNedria235 said...

Yes, yes they are!

Jennifer James said...

Hi Gabrielle! Thanks for having me today!

@sabrina: yeah, those pesky lists just get longer all the time. :) Thanks for putting LOVE KINECION on yours.

@CeNedria: ;) Thanks for commenting.

barbara said...

Really looking forward to reading Love Kinection! And, in answer to your question... yes they are! :)

Congrats on the release and thanks for the giveaway.

bimmerglrmd at gmail dot com

jessiel said...

Yes, I believe they are! Thank you for paricipating in this blog hop. I am being introduced to many new authors & adding books to my TBR list.

Rosanna Leo said...

(Awkward smiles). Hey, Jennifer! Great post and awesome book! I'm a big nerd myself. You got it. Ed Grimley, all the way, baby. I'd stay to read more, but I'm pretty sure Star Wars is on...

Christine said...

I don't see why they couldn't be. In fact, I think they would be fantastic.

Thanks for being a part of this blog hop and for the giveaway


Jennifer James said...

@Barbara: Thanks! It's a lot of fun, sexy, nedry silliness. With snark.

@jessieL: Hi! *waves* Thanks for commenting.

@Rosanna: HA! Well, don't let me keep you from Boba Fett....

@Christine: So, what's a geek superpower then? Writing computer algorithms? ;)

Tiffany said...

I have the next book I am going to read... thank you...

Jennifer James said...

That is so sweet of you to say! Thanks so much for that. :)

Jennifer James said...

Thanks to everyone for commenting. If you're visiting this post late, thanks for stopping by. I've closed the contest, but you can find more dates for my book tour here: