Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Interview with Jessica Sims

Please welcome Jessica Sims to The Qwillery. Between a Vamp and a Hard Place is published today by Pocket Books. Please join The Qwillery in wishing Jessica a Happy Publication Day!

TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery. You've written several novels and novellas in the your Midnight Liaisons series. Has your writing process changed from when Beauty Dates the Beast (2011) was published until now? What is the most challenging thing for you about writing? 

Note: Between a Vamp and a Hard Place is a standalone novel and not part of the Midnight Liaisons series.

Jessica:  Thanks for having me!!

I’ve gone from being a pantser to more of a plotter. I wrote one too many books in which I’d get 60% of the way through and totally stall out. No thank you! So now I do all the work up front. THAT is the most challenging thing about writing – figuring out the entire story before you write a word. But it’s worth it when you get in the weeds!

TQ:  Are you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Jessica:  Started out pantser, and am now firmly a plotter. ☺

TQ:  In your Midnight Liaisons so far who has been the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Jessica:  Probably Sara was the easiest, just because I was SO excited to jump into her book and write the scared heroine versus the big bad bear. The hardest was Ryder, because she had so much backstory to unpack that I had a hard time working it into the story without dumping on the reader.

TQDescribe Between a Vamp and a Hard Place in 140 characters or less.

Jessica:  Put a revenge-seeking 600 yr old vampire into the modern day and dare him not to fall in love!

TQ:  Tell us something about Between a Vamp and a Hard Place that is not found in the book description.

Jessica:  The heroine has a really kickass friend and sidekick named Gemma. I’m a big fan of heroines having female friends that they hang out with.

TQ:   In your opinion, why are vampires so popular as romantic leading men?

Jessica:  I think it’s the air of danger. To them, we’re prey. It’s the ultimate ‘taming the bad boy’ situation.

TQ:  Which question about Between a Vamp and a Hard Place do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Jessica:  What’s up with all the pottery love that Lindsey has? Well, self, I thought you’d never ask! When I worked on this book, I was going through a phase where I was major, major into Chinese pottery. Random, right? But I’ve always collected ginger jars and was spending hours on ebay looking for steals, and wandering through all the antique shops in my local area. Did you know that most antique shops have a ‘smell’? I do. Heh. NOT A GOOD SMELL but a smell nevertheless. Also apparently glass chicken-shaped dishes are a thing at antique shops. I’ve seen far too many.

TQ:  Give us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery lines/paragraphs from A Vamp and a Hard Place.


“You could always swear fealty to me the way a vassal swears fealty to his lord.”

“How’s that?”

“A kiss.”

“I’m starting to think this is all an excuse to make out with me,” I grumbled, but I stepped forward anyhow. “So you made out with all your vassals? Tongue included?”

He flashed another smile at me. “No tongue. Just a chaste kiss of fealty on my foot.”

“Your foot?” I sputtered. “I’m not kissing your foot!”

“I will allow you to kiss my mouth, then.”

Sneaky vampire. But it beat foot-kissing. “I’m not sure I signed on for any of this.”

“Then how can I possibly trust you?”

Damn vampire. “Fine. Let’s get to it, then.”

TQ:  What's next?

Jessica:  In February or so, I’ll be putting out ALPHA EVER AFTER, Savannah and Connor’s story! Yay!

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Between a Vamp and a Hard Place
Pocket Books, December 29, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

In the wickedly funny spirit of bestselling authors Kerrelyn Sparks and Molly Harper, this sexy paranormal romance features an estate broker and a 600-year-old vampire out for revenge.

Lindsey Hughes loves antiques and couldn’t be happier to make a living in the estate sale business. But when her assistant accidentally buys an entire estate without her approval, Lindsey is forced to clean up the mess herself.

Lindsey travels to the newly purchased, age-old house in Venice, Italy, and soon discovers more than she (never) bargained for. While digging through the hoarder’s trove that fills every floor, she finds a secret staircase behind a wall that leads to a strange coffin…with an even stranger inhabitant.

Vampire Rand FitzWulf has been in his coffin for 600 years. But now that he’s awake, he’s ravenous, and there’s a delicious-smelling woman with a rare blood type in his basement. Luckily, Lindsey has more to offer than blood: she agrees to travel throughout Europe with Rand to help him get revenge on the one who turned him. But as the unlikely pair grows closer, will the billionaire vampire be overtaken by his thirst for blood—or his thirst for love?

About Jessica

Jessica Sims lives in Texas. She has some cats, but what writer doesn’t? She plays video games and confesses to reading comic books. And she likes writing, but that one was pretty obvious.

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(To see the novels and novellas in the Midnight Liaisons series visit Jessica's website here.)

Beauty Dates the Beast
Midnight Liaisons 1
Pocket Books, October 25, 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages


Single human female to join charming, wealthy, single male were-cougar for a night of romantic fun—and maybe more.

Me: The tall, sensuous, open-minded leader of my clan.

You: A deliciously curvy virgin who’s intimately familiar with what goes bump in the night. Must not be afraid of a little tail. Prefer a woman who’s open to exploring her animal nature. Interest in nighttime walks through the woods a plus.

My turn-ons include protecting you from the worst the supernatural world has to offer. Ready for an adventure? Give me a call.

Vampires and doppelgangers need not apply.

Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter
Midnight Liaisons 2
Gallery Books, August 30, 2014
Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, October 30, 2012


Is your new pack driving you a little crazy? Tired of all those wolves in sheep’s clothing? Let me be your fierce protector.

Me: A strong, silent type who doesn’t care much about the creature comforts.

You: Sweet as honey. No such thing as too big or too small— you’re just right.

Let’s take things slow. I’ll start as your bodyguard, but hopefully soon I’ll shift into your mate. You need a man who’s born to be wild, and I’m ready to protect you from all the wolf pack can throw in your direction. Don’t be afraid of your animal side. Show me yours, and I’ll show you mine.

Are you curious what else Midnight Liaisons dating service has to offer?

Read what our satisfied customers are saying about past romantic escapades!

Must Love Fangs
Midnight Liaisons 3
Pocket Books, August 27, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

From the supernatural dating capital of the world, it’s the Midnight Liaisons Dating Game!

Let’s meet our eligible bachelors . . .

“Cold hands, warm heart” applies to Bachelor #1. He believes that nighttime is the right time. Welcome, Bert the vampire!

Bachelor #2 is an old soul—four hundred years old, to be exact. If you want someone to spend eternity with, choose Andre the vampire!

Dying to snuggle up with a strong, sexy were-cougar? Bachelor #3 is a real cat(ch) who will tail the woman of his dreams until his irresistible charm melts her heart. He’s Joshua Russell!

Who’s our lucky bachelorette?

Professional matchmaker Marie Bellavance has hooked up hundreds of were-things, harpies, faeries, and vamps. Now it’s her turn. This alluring human’s not afraid to break the rules. But when nature takes over, a forbidden romance could be her only chance to live a full, healthy life. If there’s a trick to getting turned, she needs to find it . . . fast.

Wanted: Wild Thing
Midnight Liaisons 4
Gallery Books, September 5, 2015
Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, August 26, 2014

The final book in a romance series set in a “fun, sexy world” (USA TODAY), where paranormals seek love through a dating service called Midnight Liaisons.

Ryder is hiding a dark secret from her coworkers at Midnight Liaisons. Every time she’s sexually attracted to a man, her dragon side breaks through. Not exactly man-bait! But she needs to lose her virginity before her twenty-fifth birthday, or she’ll become a dragon forever.

Her solution? Big, hunky Hugh, the appointed guardian of her chastity. He’s clearly hot for her, but he has powerful reasons to resist Ryder. Can temptation—and love—possibly find a way?


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