She can kill with a kiss. But can assassin Tyree also heal one man’s grief, and bring peace to a galaxy threatened by war?
For Tyree of the Su, being an assassin isn’t simply something she was trained for. It’s the sole reason for her existence. A genetically enhanced clone—one of many in Refuge—she’s about to learn her secluded lifestyle, and that of all her kind, is under threat by a race capable of neutralizing their special talents to leave them defenseless.
For Zander D’joren, being a diplomat has not only cost him his appearance, but also the love of his life. Scarred, grieving, he must nonetheless continue in his role as co-delegate to the fearsome Tier-vane or risk a conflict that could only end one way.
Now both of them need to keep each other alive and maintain a perilous deception long enough to renegotiate the treaty with the Tier-vane, or throw their people into a war that could wipe out Terrans and Inc-Su alike. But there’s more at stake than humanity, whether true or modified. Can the love growing between them save them both? Or merely hasten their destruction?
I cannot believe it’s Friday tomorrow already. Is it just me or are weeks going faster? The great thing is that we’re heading for our 5th birthday in August and it’s going to be phenomenal!! Today though, I’m super excited to chat to Pippa Jay, whose book Tethered releases tomorrow!
Hi Pippa and welcome to the Breathless Blog!
Hi Domino and thanks for having me. I’ve been looking forward to hanging out *grin*
Me too! So Pippa, can you remember if there was a moment when you decided you wanted to be a writer?
Not a writer, because I’d written all my life so that was just something I always did. But a published author, yes. I’d just finished the first draft of what eventually became my debut novel, and I remember staring at the screen thinking ‘So what now? Stash this away on my hard drive and forget about it, or try and get it published?’ I went for the latter.
Awesomeness! I’m glad that you did. It’s a choice that a lot of people never make. What was it that actually inspired you to write that first book?
It actually started with a dream. The dream became a rather bleak short story that sat in a file for a few years. Then one day I pulled it out and thought ‘I should do something with this’. And so it became a novel.
Sounds like it was a fairly determined story that didn’t like being in a drawer *grin* How did it feel to finish your first book?
Freeing. I hadn’t written in over a decade, and had poured the words out in an absolute frenzy that had my husband convinced I’d gone insane. It was a very cathartic experience, and a real epiphany at the time.
Wow! Over a decade huh? I’ll bet those words had been stomping around in there waiting to hear from you… So what would you say was the most terrifying thing about submitting that first book?
Thinking that everyone would hate it or laugh at me because it was so bad.
I’m guessing that’s a common fear for many writers and one that can be paralysing. I know that it’s a fantastic feeling to hear someone say that they enjoyed your story and I’m guessing no-one laughed at yours! How did it feel when you had to edit or make changes to your “baby”?
I cried the first time I ever got edits. Actually sobbed. I felt so crushed that so much needed changing and wondered why the heck I’d been offered a contract. It was hard!
I hear you on that. Someone the “silly” things that you missed are actually harder than the big things that you couldn’t necessarily have known needed changing, but ultimately, you usually end up with a better book! Would you say that it gets any easier with more releases?
Much, much easier, although I still flinch every time I open the first round of edits. I can’t seem to help it. Even though I know I’ve improved as a writer and I often put my work through several critiques and beta readers, you just don’t know what you might get.
It’s kinda like a surprise party with booby traps *chuckles quietly*. So you say it gets easier, but I wonder if it’s still just as exciting to have a book accepted and why do you think that is?
Yes! Because with the first one you could think it was just a one hit wonder. The fact that people keep on wanting your stories is awesome.
That’s a fairly great answer. Hmm… What would you say is the hardest part of being published for you?
Pirates. I LOATHE them. And the people who download books from them.
I agree there, although I’d like to give some people the benefit of the doubt and think that maybe they don’t realise they’re on a pirate site. It would be great however if for every 1 pirate book they downloaded, they would then go off and buy other titles by you! Ok, if I had the power to grant you one wish, what would you do with it? (No, you can’t cure diseases or solve world peace…but for the rest… go nuts).
I would love to go back to my teenage self and give her a big hug and promise her everything would really be all right in the end. Then give her a slap for moping around being miserable instead of going out and having some fun.
I like that… although I wonder if that would change the person you are today? It’s a timeloop conundrum!! What is your least favourite part of the whole process of writing, editing, publishing and promoting a book?
I don’t enjoy promoting very much. Networking, yes, but actually pimping my books, not at all.
It’s not always the fun part, but at least you’re good at it! It’s an ongoing struggle though. So how do you deal with it?
I’m a very reserved person, very introverted, so I’m really not good at putting myself forward, but that’s where the internet and social media has helped. It’s kind of like going to a big party and being able to chat with loads of people but still hide behind the pot plant in the corner of the room. And actually chatting to people is far better and heaps more fun than hitting on them with ‘buy my book’.
That’s the secret of it all… Simply going on about your book isn’t going to resonate with people, but once they’re invested in you as a brand or a person, then they’re more inclined to spend the money to support you. What is your highest point since being published?
The next book I contract is always the high point. But this year I’ve had three titles contracted in quick succession, plus I’ll have self-published three titles myself by the end of the year, so reaching 2015 and looking back will be a huge high.
I like how you think. Your highest point is still ahead of you! Oh, here’s a great one!! What has been the strangest place that inspiration has struck and how did you deal with it?
I’d taken my daughter to her first music concert – the music wasn’t really my kind of thing though hardly horrible, but I wanted her to be able to have her first experience with a band she loves – and while I sat there surrounded by screaming young teens I had an idea for a zombie story, and actually had the entire thing sketched out in my head from beginning to end (another rarity) by the time the concert finished. Although the story had absolutely nothing to do with my location, the event, the band…nada!
I have a similar story… remind me to tell you over cocktails some time… I get how the strangest things can trigger creativity in your mind. Awesome!! Last one… If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?
Mind control. I’m such a control freak, and people who break the rules or are cruel for no reason or violent just drive me insane. I’d love to get inside their heads and make them stop.
Oooooo. I wish I could give you that one!! Pippa, thanks for an awesome day. Here’s to a great release day tomorrow! To order your copy, visit our website on www.breathlesspress.com or click on the cover image above.
Until next time…