Monday, June 4, 2012

TAKING IT TO THE EDGE


Congratulations to Martha, the winner of Jaime's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated.

I've always been drawn to the dark side. Maybe it was those MAD magazines my dad left around for me to read (And those nightmares about Alfred E. Neumann's head floating outside my bedroom window!). Or that a childhood friend was murdered by her own father, along with her brother and mother. Or maybe I was just weird right from the get-go. One of my first stories, written at around age seven, was called PATHWAYS TO DEATH. A man, a castle, a witch and a puppy. Hey, what can I say, I was seven.


I was also fascinated by the unknown, the weirdness that inhabits our world. Like psychic abilities, near-death experiences, and membrane theories about the possibility of parallel universes. I've written about all of those things over the years, tying them into a suspense plot with a romance at the heart of it. In my Offspring series, from Avon Books, I've had a lot of fun twining these concepts into an X-Files meets LOST meets Friends ride. A group of twenty-somethings live ordinary lives but possess extraordinary psychic abilities. They are the Offspring of parents involved in a mysterious experiment gone awry. Sexy…dangerous…outcasts… They are being hunted by the government and others like them. Together they must find the truth and fight an enemy out to destroy them.

DARKNESS BECOMES HER spins off into a slightly new direction, as we get to know Lachlan, who appeared briefly in the previous stories. His addiction to astral projecting mistakenly caused the death of someone he loved. Now he lives in the shadow of his own self-imposed prison, stripped of his abilities. But when he gets a spontaneous vision of his brother's death at the hands of the woman he's infatuated with, Lachlan sees a chance to redeem himself by saving him. Jessie, however, is not a crazed murderer but a woman being hunted by a supernatural being. When he takes on her war, he takes a bigger risk than being killed. Because falling in love with the woman his brother cares about will destroy the honor he's trying so hard to revive.

I love stories about redemption, especially when it's wrapped up with honor, love, and a big dose of danger.

Darkness Becomes Her, Book Six of the Offspring Series
Avon Books, June 2012 (ISBN 978-0062018922)

A man beyond redemption. A woman beyond hope. And a battle that will either kill them...or bring them back from the edge.

Lachlan McLeod has a mission: find the beast who put his brother into a coma. He'll start with Jessie Bellandre, his brother's girlfriend, who's harboring a dark, dangerous secret that could get them all killed. But as they plumb the depths of Darkness, and the light he didn't know existed in the shadows of his heart, not falling in love with her will be as hard as staying alive.

Here's a sneak peek:
Jess waved her hand. "Go on, do whatever you were doing. Pretend I’m not here.”
Lachlan made a sound suspiciously like a grunt. “Then you’d better close your coat.”
She jammed the edges together, her cheeks warming at the cleavage she'd been showing, and quickly changed the subject. "The bruises. Did I do those?" She walked up to him, taking a closer look at the ugly purple bruises on his shoulder.
He looked at them. "You fight like a hellcat."
She couldn't help herself, reaching out and gently touching the skin next to the bruised area.
He flinched but didn't move away. "Don't touch me."
She met his gaze at the soft order. "Does it hurt?"
"Yes."
Her fingers barely grazed skin that had no bruising. She let her hand drop and walked to the place he’d indicated before.
He faced an imaginary opponent, bringing his sword around. He pretended to meet his enemy's sword, his blade pointing downward. Then, rotating the sword above his head, he delivered a fatal, slashing blow.
The sword was black metal, with what looked like a playing card’s spade at the base of the handle. What she thought were hand guards were angled toward the blade. The metal was pitted and looked forever old. He was liquid motion, steel strength, and she could see how he maintained his lean but muscular physique. Her chest tightened as she watched, and that odd sensual heat curled through her like tendrils of fire.
He ran toward the far wall as though he intended to barrel right through it. At the last second, he tucked his sword to his side and ran right up the wall, doing a complete flip until he landed on his feet again.
“Show off,” she said with a smile.
He slid her a look. “I’m pretending you’re not here, remember?”
“Oh … right.”
She'd put her hand to her chest, her fingers clutching the edges of the coat. If she watched him the whole hour he planned to be in here, she'd be a puddle on the floor. That every now and then he slid a glance her way made it even harder. She actually didn't get the sense he was showing off. Between those glances, he was focused, eyes as hard as the steel of his blade. He hated whoever he imagined as his opponent. Every thrust, every slash, carried the extra energy of that enmity.
"Who are you pretending to engage?" She followed his gaze to the mirror, seeing the recipient of that hatred.
He didn't answer, just gritted his teeth and kept fighting.
"You're fighting yourself, aren't you?"
He grunted, neither confirming nor denying.
He had gone beyond grief and self-recrimination to punishing himself with meditating in the cold, these brutal workouts, and that bare room. Cutting off his desires, a psychic castration.
But she had made him respond.

Author bio:
Missing the romance, relationship drama, and action of her favorite television shows, X-Files, Roswell, and Highlander, New York Times bestselling author Jaime Rush created her own mix in the Offspring series, from Avon Books. The Offspring: Sexy…dangerous…outcasts. They possess extraordinary abilities, and they're being hunted by the government. Together they must find the truth and fight an enemy out to destroy them. The first book in the series garnered a Reviewer's Choice Award from RT Book Reviews, and the most recent won three Top Picks. In early 2013, Jaime will debut a new paranormal romance series called The Hidden, from Grand Central Publishing.

Jaime Rush is also bestselling Tina Wainscott, author of eighteen novels for St. Martin's Press (now being re-released as e-books) and Harlequin. Contests, sneak peeks and more at www.jaimerush.com. 

**Win a copy of Darkness Becomes Her! Just comment or answer this question to be entered: if you could have any extraordinary ability, what would it be and why?

(Independent giveaway not associated with the one listed above.) I'm celebrating the sixth book in her psychic romantic suspense series, DARKNESS BECOMES HER, with my Kick Butt First Line contest.  Shocking, suspenseful…make us want more!  Cash prizes! Contest runs from through January 1, 2012. For aspiring authors, it's a chance to get your name out there and add a "win" to your bio.  For readers, it's a chance to play at being a writer.  Even if you're not inclined to write a line, check out the entries—they're a lot of fun!  For details, go to www.JaimeRush.com and click on the Contest link.


**Giveaway ends 10pm EST June 5th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@justromanticsuspense.com with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.

17 comments:

  1. i would love to read mind or mind control :)

    thanks for the giveaway

    eli_y83@yahoo.com

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  2. Happy Monday, everyone!

    And what kind of things would you have people do, Eli? Hmmm? LOL

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  3. I would like to time travel so that I could go back & see those who have died.
    Jan

    janet_kerr@msn.com

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  4. Jaime,
    my power would be telepathy, to move stuff with your mind, because i could control people and things with just one thought, i wouldnt have to worry about things being in my way i could have everything i wanted or needed at the thought of ones mind. and happy monday :D
    thanks for the chance to win one tammy.
    tammyjackson75@yahoo.com

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  5. Janet, what a great idea! I'd love to go back and spend time with those who have passed.

    Tammy, I'd also love to be able to bring something I've lost to me. Like right now I'm missing a check! ::snap:: there it would be in my hand. :)

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  6. Congrats on the book! I'd like to teleport, so I can travel to different places easily.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  7. Sounds like a series I should get into...
    As for an ability... I would like the ability to communicate with animals and ask for their help at times.

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  8. I am SO EXCITED to finally get Lachlan's story ~ Woo Hoo :-) He has fascinated me since you introduced him into the series...THANK YOU!

    If I could have any extraordinary ability it would be the ability to fly. I have ALWAYS wanted to fly. To be able to soar over everything and see the beautiful landscapes would be awesome. I live in the Pacific Northwest and we have glorious vistas... Thanks for sharing your fabulous imagination with us!

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  9. I would want to be able to transport myself places which would be so much nicer than sitting in traffic.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

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  10. Thanks, bn100! Yeah, teletransporting would be awesome! No luggage, security lines, or canceled flights!

    Colleen, communicating with the animals would be so cool and so helpful at times. If I could just explain to the geese that I would be happy for them to hang out in my yard if only they'd go do their business on the blank lot next to us...

    Thank YOU, Glittergirl! Flying is the best! I haven't been out to the PNW, but would love to someday.

    Maureen, ditto! So much easier! Just to pop over to Paris for the day...

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  11. I would want to be a healer. I will be able to heal just by touching a sick person. They would be cure of their illnesses. I just can't stand watching a person suffering of their illnesses and knowing that I have done all I can and yet unable to do more.

    kmccandle(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  12. I'd like the ability to be in multiple places at the same time.
    Love the Offpring series - looking forward to reading Lachlan' story.


    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  13. I'm at ButchDurbin@Charter.net. I'd also love to be able to talk to animals through voice and mental telepathy. Imagine being able to summon a dozen pitbulls when you need them!

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  14. Thanks for a great post and giveaway! I'm super excited to be starting Jaime's series ;)

    I'd love to be like Professor Xavier of X-men. being able to communicate telepathically and move things w/ mind would be awesome!

    efender1(at)gmail(dot)Com

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  15. I would like the ability to never tire! Boy, the things I'd do in my house!!!

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

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  16. If I could choose an ability it would be to manipulate time. What power I would have.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  17. What great responses! Such a wide range of abilities, all good ones.

    Thanks, everyone, for coming by and good luck!

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