This week's Spotlight is on author Jacqui Jacoby and her latest release Dead Men Play The Game! There will be giveaway of Amazon GC and a Kindle copy of Dead Men Play The Game to one commenter!
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1. How did you pick the title for your books?
Seven months of continuous searching for the right sound that described the idea behind the stories. Hours of searching Amazon on titles of books with friendship, paranormal and vampires. Meticulous note taking on my phone of possible ways to go. Until a Tuesday, in the kitchen, in month eight, when it was sotra like a hammer to the forehead. "Well, duh ... that's the title." Seven months of searching, a moment of revelation.
2. How did you choose the setting for your books?
Depends on the book. WITH A VENGEANCE was set all over the world as the spies took flight. The Dead Men, they are restricted by their nature and physical limitations to live in a specific environment: they can't be in direct sun. That limits the United States to The Pacific Northwest. Story dictates location, I think.
3. How did you come up with the names for your heroes and heroines?
Characters name themselves. If you try to mess that, they will refuse to work with you and sit on the sidelines until you get it right. Trust me on this. I tried changing a Scott to Mitch once and man he was mad. Background, physical appearance, hobbies, it all plays a part, but in the end, if they don't they like it, they will let you know.
4.What makes your heroes irresistible?
That's like asking what ice you want. There are so many different varieties. In WITH A VENGEANCE, the hero, Stephen Reid was dedicated to the people around him and the ones he loved. He would give his life for any of them or buy them a beer, depending on the occasion. The heroes in The Dead Men, are very similar. Each with a distinct personality with ages ranging from seventeen to thirty-four, every single one of them would die to protect the other, without question and without regret. In romance, all of them, in both books (Ven/Dead Men), they bring this to their love life, giving personally first before taking anything for themselves.
5. Share some random facts about yourself...
In 1984 I lived in London for four months. As a history major in college, with a lean toward strange, I decided to locate and visit the graves of all of Henry VIII's wives. It took me three of the four months. I found all six but only got to visit five as the last was in the chapel of a private estate. I also did The Jack the Ripper pub walk at midnight in Whitechapel, but that's another story.
6. Your advice to new writers.
Finish it. Yes, that story you are working on. No matter what other story is itching to displace it, keep typing on that first story and keep a notebook on the next. Finish one, then you can start the next.
After decades of murderous violence to survive day to day by taking human souls, five cold blooded killers will come to the decision that their lives have been wrong since the day they were turned. Their brutal, predatory actions were unforgivable in their minds and each knows they want more than the killing and blood and death that make up each of their nights. "We were hard-wired different at our turning," vampire Jason Sullivan explains. "Somehow part of humanity stayed with us and after a long, cold period of insanity, we were able to find it again …."
In Book I, DEAD MEN PLAY THE GAME Ian Stuart has fought against the monster controlling his life, living as a human among humans with his four friends: Travis, Jason, Quinn and Evan. He wanted his personal loneliness to go away. Detective Ashley Barrow is working the worst murder case in Davenport, Oregon's history. She wants a drink, she wants some quiet and she walks in to sit on the stool in Ian Stuart’s pub.
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