Notes From a Romantic’s Heart is pleased to welcome Author Jayce Carter back to the blog. Today we’ll be featuring her new book, Hell Raising and Other Pastimes, from Totally Bound. You find all the stops on this tour at Goddess Fish Promotions. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a chance at a $50 gift card. The entry form is at the bottom of this post.
Inquiring Minds Want to Know
What inspired you to start writing?
I started writing so early, I have no idea what started it. It feels as if I’ve always been writing. I recall having a three ring binder with a strap I could carry with me full of a horrible story where I clearly had no idea how to drive a car and so made it up—badly. I always had a very creative imagination, and made up stories well before I had the skills to write them down. It was when I started working at a bookstore, however, that I really considered writing as a possible future. That was when I decided to pursue it, to learn to write, and while it would be a decade before I actually finished something and even longer before I got my first contract, the bookstore was what inspired me.
Do you hear from your
I love to hear from readers, and I think as most writers would agree, I never hear from them enough. It is like a high each time I talk to a reader, when I hear about how they enjoyed the work, how it affected them. I grew used to that in fanfiction, where there is less of an author/reader division. I’ve noticed that people were more likely to reach out there, whereas with published books readers usually apologize for contacting me. I reassure them that I love hearing from them, because I don’t think that will ever be a bother or get old!
Describe your writing space.
I have a desk in the living room. It has two monitors on it and room for my bullet journal, my kindle, my freewrite when I need it, and of course my coffee. It faces a corner, because the more visual range I have, the better the chance that something will suddenly become super interesting and distract me. We are in the process of building an outside office for me, one where I’ll have a door to close and work without distraction or interruption. I don’t need calm, or a mood, or anything like that when working but I work best with quiet and little outside distractions.
Is writing your full-time career?
This is a tricky question. I have been a stay-at-home since my children were born (my daughter is 11), so I haven’t had a full time job outside the house in years. I treat writing as my full time job, and I dedicate hours to it a day, every day. However, I don’t make enough to survive off of, not yet at least, and I still do all the stay-at-home mom things I had to do before.
What Is your favorite and least favorite part of the publishing process?
My favorite part are the covers. I love to see the mock-ups, to see the entire thing come to life. It doesn’t matter how many books I publish, I hope I never lose that excitement! My least favorite is the marketing. I’m sure most writers would agree with me on that. Writing the book is fun, but trying to sell it, trying to get it into the hands of readers, that’s less fun. It is taxing, it is hard, it often doesn’t warrant the results we would like, and it makes me feel like I’m begging people to pay attention to me and takes me back to being an awkward teen trying to ask out a boy.
About the Book
GENRE: Paranormal Erotic Romance
Lots of people have told me to go to hell—I guess they finally got their wish.
I’ve finally accepted the fact I might not be entirely human, so you’d think life could give me a minute. Instead, I find myself sucked into hell at Lucifer’s demand, and I realize death is even more complicated than my life was.
I’m still searching for how to stop the missing spirits before it’s too late, and with no suspects other than Lucifer, I have to survive hell—where everything wants to kill me—so I can confront the devil himself. Not even my love life can be simple, though. Troy is terrified of his werewolf side hurting me, Kase and Grant are lying to me, and Hunter is keeping his own secrets. I know better than to trust anyone, especially the men who have taken over my life.
Get to Lucifer’s Court, find out the truth about the missing spirits, figure out exactly what I am, and try not to die along the way. Oh, and don’t fall in love with the men who will for sure break my heart and possibly get me killed.
Easy enough, right?
Enjoy an Excerpt
Why was it that men walked out of quickies like some sort of victory lap, but women felt like we had whore tattooed across our foreheads?
Troy had already headed downstairs after dressing. He hadn’t said a lot, had regained a little of that distance he’d had before. I chalked that up to the awkwardness of the moment.
Besides, I had needed a moment to get myself ready. I’d cleaned up as best I could, using a tiny bit of the water Kase had left for me. No one wanted to walk while still sticky…
Still, as I went down the stairs, as all four sets of eyes swung toward me, I felt like each of them could see what I’d done.
They’ve all seen you naked. They’ve all been inside you. There isn’t much mystery.
My cheeks burned as I tucked my hair behind my ear and tried to look as if I didn’t care.
Men could screw everything that walked. Why not me?
No one spoke at first, and I had a moment of thinking everyone would pretend nothing happened. We didn’t need to address anything, right?
“So what did you think of a knot, shadow-girl? Always wanted to try it myself, but I’m a chicken.” Hunter paired the words with a grin so wide, he looked like some sort of jester.
So much for pretending…
4 Sexy Stars
Nobody really wants to go to Hell. However, with four hunky men there to greet you and bed you, it is tempting. I guess temptation comes with the territory.
Jayce Carter has written an uber-steamy romance in probably one of the most unusual settings. I loved seeing the heroine gain confidence in herself and grow.
What I enjoyed most about this story was the way all the characters developed, not just on their own but because of the others. Well, that and the steamy lovescenes. I mean... really. Isn’t that why we read erotic romance? It’s a bonus when you get an entertaining plot to go with it.
Highly recommended, despite my personal aversion to first person narrative.
Meet the Author
Jayce Carter lives in Southern California with her husband and two spawns. She originally wanted to take over the world but realized that would require wearing pants. This led her to choosing writing, a completely pants-free occupation. She has a fear of heights yet rock climbs for fun and enjoys making up excuses for not going out and socializing.
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