Today I have the fabulous JC Emery, author of Ride, on the blog with a special guest post. Read the post and then enter the contest below.
Family Bonding, Research, and Road Trips
Being a writer can be a very lonely career. Yeah, we writers have our friends who write, but they’re typically online. And while it’s awesome to have the people you love in your daily life be supportive of your work, they don’t always get it. Or sometimes they don’t really ask about it much. And we writers are already a neurotic, insecure bunch. We need reassurance, and for our loved ones to want to talk with us about our work. But we don’t always get that because non-writers don’t always know we need it.
So, having written three books already, I didn’t expect much involvement from my mom while I wrote Ride. But then it happened—I asked her if she wanted to come along on a location-scouting mission (which is code for: you drive, I write/plan). She was game, so we set out in search of the club’s stomping grounds. Somewhere on the four-hour car ride, I started asking her questions like, “should the town be isolated or easily accessible?” Once I let her in, she was all in. It started off pretty basic by her answering questions about different types of clubs, and what they’d look for in a home base (yeah, my mom is the shit because she knows about this stuff). The more I told her about the story and what was going to happen, the more excited she got. She started offering up plot twists, which was cool. I just had to reign her in a little. Hey Mom, write your own book, mmkay?
But it was awesome. I always knew she was proud of me for taking the leap into self-publishing and for being so devoted to my career. It’s just… different… when she got so into something I was writing. It was like she wasn’t just proud of me because I’m her daughter, it’s that she was proud and totally into what I was doing. I should have known—my mom loves bikers.
I didn’t expect to bond with my mom over writing a book, but I did. I got to pick her brain about plot stuff, hash it out with her, discuss the intricacies of club life, and even hit the road with her a few times. Every step of the way with this book, she’s been there, standing over my shoulder to make sure I’m chugging along. “Write it already so I can read it,” she’d say. And then when I was done with it she wanted to know when she’d get her copy. She’s still bugging me about it.
Writing this book was kind of like delving into her past in a way, and I’m proud to say that the character of Ruby—a strong woman who backs down from no man—was completely inspired by my own mother. I feel like I got to know my mom in a way I never have before, and I’ve walked away from the experience not only impressed (and maybe a little shocked) by her insight into the life, but also slightly in awe. It’s official, folks. I’ll never, ever be as cool as my mother.
Principessa to the Mancuso crime family, Alexandra knows a thing or two about living outside the bounds of the law. Suffocated by the future her father has laid out for her, she makes a choice she can’t take back, changing the entire trajectory of her life.
Thrust into the dark and dangerous world of the Forsaken Motorcycle Club for her own protection, Alex finds herself faced with the last thing she needs right now: the man of her dreams. He’s sex in leather, the devil incarnate, and one hell of a kisser. But he’s also off-limits. Ryan Stone can be her friend, but he’s forbidden to be her lover.
Third-generation Forsaken, Ryan knows nothing other than life on two wheels, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. He enjoys the many privileges that come with the patch, and the only laws he recognizes are the ones set-forth by his club. That is, until who he wants more than anything isn’t allowed on the back of his bike —or in his bed. Balancing his desire for her body, and need to keep her safe, Ryan tries to keep Alex at a distance. Finally having made a choice for herself, she’s done hearing the word “no” and will push boundaries even Ryan himself doesn’t dare cross.
Love is never more tempting than when it’s forbidden.
JC Emery Bio:
As a child, JC was fascinated by things that went bump in the night. As they say, some things never change. Now, as an adult, she divides her time between the sexy law men, mythical creatures, and kick-ass heroines that live inside her head and pursuing her bachelor’s degree in English. JC is a San Francisco Bay Area native, but has also called both Texas and Louisiana home. These days she rocks her flip flops year round in Northern California and can’t imagine a climate more beautiful.
JC writes adult, new adult, and young adult fiction. She dabbles in many different genres including science fiction, horror, chick lit, and murder mysteries, yet she is most enthralled by supernatural stories– and everything has at least a splash of romance.
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