Big hug to Fiona Jayde! She’s here to tell us about her upcoming Cold Victory, and she and I share a release date of Feb 2. She just got this gorgeous cover. Fiona has been kind enough to offer an ebook download of Cold Victory to one commenter here today. (The ebook will be sent Feb. 1 to the winner).
Intergalactic warfare has not been kind to humans. Convicted pilot Zoya Scott has the chance to avenge her family, redeem an act of desperation with that of sacrifice. She’ll end this war if she betrays the man whose touch burns through her soul, the man whose ship and crew she must destroy. The man who is her bloodmate.
Commander Galen Stark never expected the convicted pilot on his ship to be anything more then a good looking inconvenience. A small brush of their hands grips him with vicious lust, a need he can’t control. She is his bloodmate ““ a biological reaction burning through his veins.
Except she carries an explosive. And Stark may have to give the order to destroy them all.
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Beth: Welcome, Fiona! Congrats on the upcoming release of Cold Victory! Tell us a bit about this space opera/scorcher. (Which I read and loved).
Fi: Thank you for having me! And I’m thrilled you loved Cold Victory! The story is about the human condition ““ how the darkest of situations can be turned around by unconventional thinking and breaking through the “˜labels’ people tend to apply to each other.
I envisioned a future where humans meld technology into their bodies, allowing them to do “superhuman” things and live much longer then the average human lifetime. Because of this, evolution has humans producing less offspring, while at the same time establishing “blood matches” ““ select humans with compatible DNA who when biologically recognizing each other experience an intense hormonal reaction.
I created a word where no matter how much we mess with the natural order of things through technology, nature and our own humanity will always have the upper hand.
In Cold Victory, Commander Galen Stark and Pilot Zoya Scott find themselves in the predicament of being bloodmates ““ something neither of them want to experience. Stark has a ship to lead into intergalactic battle, while Zoya has an opportunity to end the entire war if she finds the strength to blow up the entire BattleCruiser Victory with her bloodmate ““ her lover – aboard.
Beth: Nice. Yeah, it was genius how you mixed the idea of something so primitive, almost animalistic with all that technology. No matter how much you mechanize, you can’t escape lust and love, huh?
You are an experienced graphic artist/artist in addition to being an author. What’s your favorite Fiona Jayde book cover and why?
Hmm… I have to say it’s a tossup between Cold Victory and DragonSlayer and Pas De Deux.
As far as why ““ they all suit the book exceptionally well! In Cold Victory, artist Anne Cain used a cold palette ““ no warm colors. The characters are very close to how I envisioned them, and the design is just awesome. Plus I love the laser beam /ship thingy. 🙂 The whole look matches the book perfectly.
DragonSlayer is actually completely opposite ““ the book is all about fire and heat and a kickass female heroine complete with two swords. My good friend Marteeka Karland helped me with the cover ““ she is great with Daz 3d and was extremely patient with my backseat driving (move her leg here… move her sword there). It was a collaborative effort, and it really represents a kickass fantasy story.
Pas De Deux is a very “subtle” book compared to the previous two. Its all about passion hidden underneath ““ and the cover with its purple tone really captures that idea. The cover artist Amanda Kelsey found a photo that exactly captures my hero ““ down to the little cross he wears on his neck. The cover composition is so elegant with hot undercurrents of passion ““ really matching the tone of the book.
Beth: The CV cover really does match the tone well. That was one of my first impressions. What’s the best thing you ever heard from a reader?
LOL you’ve heard me say that before, but honestly the best thing I’ve ever heard was a certain someone comparing my writing to Raymond Chandlers. (Who is a stylistic god in my eyes, so that was a HUGE compliment!!)
Beth: (Oh! I just got home from work and realized I didn’t respond to this answer! *Waves hand* That was moi who said that).
What’s your biggest fear?
Snakes. Can’t stand snakes. There’s twosnakes in hubby’s office ““ for visitors to gawk at. They are all in cages, but just thinking about them gives me the heebie-jeebies.
Beth: What would you like people to remember about you as a writer?
I’d like to be remembered as a writer who told a damned good story. 🙂
Beth: You are not allowed to bow out of this—I can’t believe how modest authors usually are, refusing to do this part!—please give us a paragraph or two from your writing of which you are particularly proud. Why do you like this portion?
LOL Beth, no getting out of this one, eh?
Here’s a taste from Cold Victory. I really like this passage because it really gets to the heart of conflict between duty and emotion and sexual tension.
“Excuse me, Commander.” Those gold eyes flared. “Perhaps you were misled about their skill level. Most of them never had field experience. Their battle skills were taught in hologames.”
Stark had to get away from her before his damned glands forced him into doing something stupid. Like kissing her. Fucking her breathless. Feeling her shuddering around him as she came. “So noted.”
“Right.” A bitter smirk. Those eyes went dull again, as if he were responsible for leeching out the light inside them. “Your job is to give orders and coordinate attacks. You don’t know who is out there dying.”
He couldn’t breathe without taking in her heat, couldn’t think beyond the words she hurled at him. “You’re right, I don’t. I don’t know their names or anything about them. They’re just soldiers. They’re trained to follow orders.”
Before he knew what he was doing, he roughly pulled at the sleeve of his undershirt, exposing neat rows of tattoos. “I don’t know them.” He shook his head, battling arousal, emotion, and frustration. “I just count their deaths.”
Silence. He was an idiot to lose control like this, to share the part of himself which he’d always kept hidden. He was an idiot to need her to understand the only way he could grieve. He was an idiot to feel this raw, sexual pull toward her.
“I’m-I’m sorry.” Her voice thick, her eyes shattered, Zoya lightly touched the dots on his upper arm.
Shock rippled on his skin, pinpricks of heat and vicious, coiled lust. He nearly staggered, fighting the dark urge to cover her lush mouth while his body primed to take, to feast. Her eyes flared wide, yet she didn’t pull her arm away when his fingers closed around her wrist.
“You shouldn’t touch me.” Her pulse beat hard under his fingertips, her skin like warm, smooth silk. He gave her time to back away, to rip her arm away, say something cutting. Yet she did nothing, simply looked up at him with hot, unguarded eyes, her mouth vulnerable and soft, seconds from his.
Flashes of skin, hot gripping palms, moist hungry lips. Stark didn’t know when he pressed her against a bulkhead, when her hands clutched his shoulders, when her ragged breaths became his own. He couldn’t get enough, couldn’t take a breath, couldn’t tear himself away from ravaging her lips, plunging into the sweet depth of her mouth.
Her scent was like a potent drug pumping into his veins. Lips fused, tongues mated, he kissed her like a starving man, as if both their lives depended on it. Cupping her head, he held her steady for his onslaught, fighting himself, fighting against the soft, hitched breaths she made against his mouth. Even as someone screamed inside his head about duty and protocol, the beast inside him wouldn’t let him stop.
Beth: I remember this scene. So Fionaesque.
What project is up next for you?
I’m currently completing a first draft for Shades of Blue – a contemporary erotic romance about two musicians from different disciplines ““ classical music and blues.
I’m also turning gears on Tainted Glory ““ set in the same universe as Cold Victory.
Beth: I really like that contemp theme, since you are a musician yourself and have some experience to bring to the book. And awesome about steaming on a contemp for Cold Victory!
Thank you for joining me at the Release Contest, Fi!
Thanks so much for having me!
Leave Fi a comment and you qualify to win an ebook of Dark Victory on Feb. 1, even before it comes out. Winner will be announced on Monday morning, when the Release Your Inhibitions Contest continues. If you haven’t entered, btw, better get your name in for the $100 Amazon Gift Certificate. Prize drawn on Jan. 30!
Fiona, Juliana Stone and I are all having a HUGE Release Day Eve party at our Total Exposure Yahoo Group, since we all have the same release date of Feb 2. Join the yahoo group below by hitting the link under “Beth’s Stuff”.