Saturday, October 11, 2008
Please Welcome, Jaclyn Tracey, Author of Eden's Black Rose, coming soon at The Wild Rose Press
I would like to begin by thanking my friend and gracious host, Dayana Knight for inviting me to this forum. This is my first official blog so please excuse any shortcomings. I would like to do a quick shout out to my editor, for without her, I would not be here at all. Callie Lynn, if you’re out there get a glass of wine and cheers with me. I don’t care that you haven’t had your coffee yet or that it’s only 8 am. No time like the present. Third, I would like thank the Wild Rose Press for mediating the month long celebration of All Hallow’s Eve. There really are spookier things out in the world other than werewolves, vampires and witches. An author with a virgin sheet of paper and a pen in a rotten mood can be lethal. In a romantic mood, she/he can be your date on a lonely Friday night. In a quirky mood, they can leave your cheeks hurting and your heart filled with laughter. They can make your one-room apartment feel like the Taj Mahal or steal you away from your job at lunch when you’d love nothing more than to have a piñata with your boss’s name tag pinned to it. Trust me… been there! It’s why I love to read. I recently read an article in one of the Romance Writers of America’s journals that stated most writers are depressed people. If this is true, I should be on a cocktail of hefty medications, but instead, I find humor works the best magic to healing one’s soul.
In case you’re wondering who I am, my name is Jaclyn Tracey, author of Eden’s Black Rose, a paranormal romance that takes place in London 1896. The story is about Dr. Serina Spencer, a young woman with hidden talents that she’d like kept that way. While walking home from the morgue, she inadvertently wishes for a man to show up on her door stoop, alive, in one bloody piece, betrothed to no one and interested in anyone other than himself for a change.
Serina finds out the hard way it’s not so much what you wish for, but more importantly, how you wish for it, when a young man gets delivered to her door ravaged and left for dead from a vampire attack. After years of hiding her powers from the world Serina is faced with a choice—use them or lose the one man that can make her dreams come true.
Lucian St. James is not your typical royal heir to the throne, wanting nothing to do with his heritage until that option is stolen from him. Awakening in a bloody carriage with a gorgeous green-eyed beauty buried within his loins, he finds out fast, all things are not as they seem. Lies have been told, family members murdered and now Lucian and Serina find themselves in the centre of a macabre plot to knock out all heirs to the throne beginning with him on his honeymoon.
In November ’04 after my team went home without another ring in the World Series, I began reading to take up my spare time. Television was taboo. I’d had it with reality shows. I have enough drama in my life.
Soooooo… after 2 months of doing absolutely nothing other than reading all of my favorite author’s books, (Laurell K Hamilton’s—Anita Blake Vampire series; Karen Marie Moning’s—Highlander series, Christine Feehan’s—Carpathian’s and Kim Harrison’s—Hollow’s series) I sat down and picked up a pen, yes a pen, because I seriously can’t type and my editor will attest to this and began writing the great American novel. A few months into this my husband bought me a computer and with it, himself some headaches.
I spent 365 days secluded (more or less) with my computer. 1120 pages later, I emerged triumphant. I wrote a book! Then the fun/fear began. I went in search of publishing houses. As every author has their list of “Dear John” rejection letters, my first one dragged me down into the pit of despair. The piñata would have come in handy then. How could that man not see that he had a best selling novel in his grasp and he let her go? He didn’t deserve her. He wrote one word on the first page of my MS—Etymology Book. All right two words!
I learned a great deal from that and sent my baby out into the world smarter, better prepared, and 700 pages thinner. My editor found Serina and gave her a home. And while she whittles away further at her, I have the sequels Eden’s Cross, near completion and the third book, Eden’s Charms, completely finished collecting dust as Savanah awaits her departure time. My web site will be up and running in a few weeks so you can log on to read an excerpt from the book. Let me know what you think.
*I need a name for a hawk in my fourth book. If someone comes up with a crafty name, I’ll give you a free download of my first book just as soon as it is released.
Again, thank you, Dayana for this and Wild Rose Press for hosting the month long event.