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.
Thank you so much, Dawn, for inviting me back to your blog! It’s been an exciting month for me with two releases. Today I’ll talk about Sudden Breakaway, and tomorrow I’ll be back to talk about Crash Landing. Plus, I’m giving away a $10 Amazon.com gift certificate, so be sure to read on...
Sudden Breakaway is my fifth story with Decadent Publishing’s popular 1Night Stand series and released at the beginning of September. It’s a little bit different from most of my other stories, in that while there is some science fiction involved, none of the characters you meet are aliens. The hero and heroine are both from Earth, and the date takes place on this planet, at a hockey game. Here are some fun facts about the story starting from the initial idea to the final published product.
10 Fun Facts About Sudden Breakaway
- I had originally planned this story to be an M/M story with the Space Service recruiter mentioned in Unknown Futures, and Jared. But that Space Service recruiter wasn’t cooperating, and Paige appeared, more than willing to go on a one-night stand. Jared had no objections.
- Once Paige appeared, so did Jared’s niece and nephew. Then the story fell into place.
- Although not mentioned in the story, the hockey game Paige and Jared attend is between the Washington Capitals, and the Ottawa Senators (my favorite team). Since the date takes place in Washington DC, that would make the rink at The Verizon Center.
- I wrote one scene (excerpted below) after a particularly trying day with a bunch of kids in my house (not all my own).
- A Break From the Past was the original title of the story. But since the date takes place at a hockey game, I thought Sudden Breakaway was a more appropriate title.
- During edits I learned that the custom to automatically take off one’s shoes after stepping into someone’s house is not common everywhere else. Must be a Canadian thing since we don’t want to track winter snow through someone’s house. We even take our footwear off at the doctor’s office. LOL
- One of my awesome critique partners, DL Jackson, helped me with military terminology and more. She knows what she’s talking about from personal experience.
- The hero’s name, Jared Barnes, comes from a combination of two guys I had crushes on as a teen. Though I’m happily married now and haven’t seen those guys since high school.
- If you want to get a general idea of what the suite that Jared and Paige have their date in looks like, you can visit: http://verizoncenter.com/lexus-suite-level-rentals/
- Perfect was one of my overused words in this manuscript.
Sudden Breakaway Blurb
Dressed in her black designer suit, Paige Brown recruits men and women for the Space Service. After the end of her marriage, and several failed recruiting missions, she yearns to find a way out of her lifelong contract to live a normal life. To find love again.
Jared Barnes’s life had been flipped upside down by two little kids. When his former Commander’s wife shows up to give him a reprieve, he jumps at the chance for a break, and to visit his former squad. But it is not his buddies he meets in the private suite at the Washington Capitals game, instead a woman who has been the star of all of his recent fantasies, fulfills his wildest dreams except the one that binds his heart.
Has Madame Eve made a mistake or can two lonely hearts overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles?
Now available from Decadent Publishing and other ebook retailers.
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Here’s an excerpt:
What have I done? Jared yanked Dylan off the top of the fridge, holding him under his arm as the kid tried to wiggle free. “Superman can fly. You can’t. If you jump from that high, you’re going to get hurt.”
Once the boy stopped squirming, Jared set him down and rushed over to his niece, who had decided to scribble on his white cell phone with a marker. “Madison, I know you love everything pink, but my phone does not need a makeover.”
He grabbed the marker and she squealed, escaping under the table and down the hall clutching his phone. His morning had just begun. He couldn’t even take a leak without the kids finding some kind of trouble. Yes, they went to daycare while he worked, but beyond the hours of nine to five, they were all his, and on weekends, he had no pardon. Why on Earth had he thought he could raise two preschoolers on his own?
The doorbell rang.
He glanced down the hall toward the bedrooms, where an ominous silence reigned. With the children quiet, they had to be plotting their next mission to destroy his sanity. Or perhaps they’d already started. Shrugging, he headed for the door, risking a future disaster to see who stood on his porch.
Dylan came charging at him, his dark eyes wide, reminding him of his sister when she was a child. “Someone’s at the door. Who is it, Uncle Jared?”
The boy skidded straight across the slippery linoleum, his body slamming into Jared’s knees.
Jared stumbled back, trying to regain his balance, and grasped the doorknob. The latch clicked open. Losing his footing again, he stumbled to the floor, his nephew landing on top of him. Groaning, he glanced up at the woman standing above him; his former commander’s wife. “Can I help you, Mrs. Collins?
She lifted Dylan and balanced him on her hip. “From the look of things, I think I can help you.” Slipping off her shoes, she lined them on the mat beside the rest of the footwear and continued into the house. “I’m giving you the day off.”
What? He’d dreamed about time to himself since the day after his niece and nephew had arrived, but had accepted that would never happen. Not until the preschoolers were old enough to stay on their own, anyway.
He hopped to his feet, shut the door, and followed them into the living room. Madison had materialized out of nowhere, to join her brother, the pair of them sitting on either side of Mrs. Collins, their lopsided halos balancing atop their horns. Why couldn’t they sit as still when no one else was around?
Slumping onto a chair, he leaned back and sighed. “How do you do it? How do you make them turn off?”
She chuckled. “I’m a guest. Trust me when I say kids always behave better around people they don’t see every day. Back to why I’m here. My daughter says every time she sees you grocery shopping, you look ready to explode.”
He didn’t remember seeing the commander’s teenage daughter, but any out-of-the-house excursions with the kids resulted in him trying to get back home as soon as possible. He tried to avoid running into anyone he knew. “I’m still getting used to having Madison and Dylan here. It’s been quite a change.”
The woman wrapped an arm around each child and snuggled them closer to her. “I always found I was a better mother when I had time away from my kids. I came back to them with a new focus and less stressed. But I had family around to take them here and there. Since you don’t, I’m here to give you a break.”
As much as he needed the respite, he worried about leaving his niece and nephew with someone else. What would they do to poor Mrs. Collins? “I don’t know….”
“I raised three kids with Ernie in the Marine Corps. Two are away at college, and my baby is a senior in high school. I’ll be fine.”
He stared at the children, resentful of their sudden change in behavior. He needed to get away for a couple of hours. “Okay, you’re right. I’ll go get groceries and return right after.”
She shook her head. “Not today. You’re taking the rest of the day off. You need it.”
“Think of me as part of your team, Jared. That means you have to show some trust. I’ll be by every Saturday to give you some time to yourself. Today, though, I’ve planned something extra special for you.”
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