Hello everybody I hope you want to read this book by the end of this review/interview. I have done a tiny section on the book because there is so much that I could give away and the blurb sums it all up in one. The interview is very in depth and Jessica doesn’t hold anything back. As a disclaimer I wasn’t approached by Jessica herself, I was approached by Gemelli press to be a part of the blog tour and offer my honest opinion.
“Exposed” is a short, erotic suspense novel. After her husband suggests visiting a club where public sex and the erotic are common, Jessica explores sex with strangers in sex clubs where menage and other erotica taboos are acceptable behavior.
But there is more to Jessica than just sex. After she defends in court a girl accused of importing drugs, Jessica becomes the target of someone who wants her dead.
Eventually, the themes of this contemporary suspense, romance and sex novel come together when Jessica learns who she really is, finds her attackers and gets her revenge. “Exposed” describes how Jessica became the directing force of her own life, how she leaves condemnation behind, and separates sex and romance.
You don’t think we’ve met? We have, more than once. I sat next to you once at the airport, and you asked me what time it was. I hoped you wanted to strike up a conversation. We sat at tables next to each other at that coffee shop on the corner, where the atmosphere and coffee both have character.
Remember when I caught you staring at me when I came out of the courthouse? Or was it the exquisite old building where I practice law? You were embarrassed, but I didn’t mind at all. In fact, you made me smile.
Maybe we met at one of the “special clubs” I enjoy in Seattle, or Portland, or Vancouver or San Francisco, Denver, or Las Vegas. You know, clubs where clothing is optional and anything goes, with friends or with strangers. I admit I like that, but “no” always means “NO.”
￼I’ve been told I am as cold as the Antarctic, or as hot as a black sand beach in the Caribbean; it’s said I am either indifferent, or too passionately engaged. These are labels and don’t really matter to me anymore. I’ve been called a slut, a force, a lawyer, a nymphomaniac. You decide which one was the insult if you’d like, I don’t really care.
This book is about who I am and why I’m that way. I describe a few events in a story you will think explains everything. It does not, but will give you an idea of how I grew up, how I discovered sex, what I like about men and what I don’t, how close I came to being murdered and how that led to my discovery of who I really am.
This book was amazing I was hooked from the beginning, I love how Jessica left nothing untold and literally tells you every personal detail from the beginning.
There is nothing bad I can say about this book, it was well written, and better than an autobiography as it misses out all the boring parts, and skips right to the good bits.
I feel by the end of the book I now know Jessica on such a personal level, I feel that there is so much I could ask if I met Jessica in America. I think I know more about her then my friends, that is how much detail she gave in this book.
And wow it has been completed at such a high standard, I wish there was more to read, that would be the only downside because now I know it isn’t a ‘story’ but real life therefore there really isn’t going to be sequels.
“This is my life. We make choices, we live with them” (Jessica’s Grandmother).
This book is amazing, to the point, real, and to finish it off full of revenge. But of course Jessica can tell the rest.
- Why did you want to be an author?
That’s a tricky question, Hannah. Actually, I didn’t.
Some of my friends make a distinction between being an author and being a writer. I tend not to look at myself as a “role,” but instead, view myself “in action.” So the truest answer I can give you is that I didn’t want to “be” an author: I want to write. It is the writing, the act of creating, that gives me the greatest satisfaction. There are many things about being an author that do not give me satisfaction, usually those that take time away from what I do love, creating fiction. (I enjoy answering your questions though, because they make me think and connect me with interesting people.)
- What inspired you to write this book?
I enjoy sensually and, at first, I thought I’d share some fun with it. But then something happened: the book became very different from what I first intended. Other writers know exactly what I mean. Some characters changed the plot, others made stupid mistakes and faded from view, events unfolded that I swear were not from my imagination but appeared on pages I created. Then there was my grandmother. I didn’t know until I’d written much of the book just how deeply she had molded my character. I wanted to share her strength, her words. In a very basic way, her message to me, encapsulated in the phrase “Everything changes… ” was the beginning point. I just didn’t know it at the time.
- Has it been a struggle to become an author?
Hard, awful, demoralizing, exhausting and absolutely wonderful. I imagine it’s the same being consumed by any passion, be it dance or opening a new taco stand. The things we love are often the most difficult and the most rewarding. Some of us can’t do anything else.
- Will there be a second book and if so what will the title be?
Yes. I am at work on “Crosscurrents,” also set in the Seattle / San Juan area. The book is mapped, several chapters are written, and I am pretty excited to see what it will create itself to be.
- How long did it take you to write this book?
Another tricky question. What do mean “write?”
Exposed took a little less than a year to complete, from the time I first had the idea until it was available at booksellers. The first draft took much less than that. But then there was the second draft, and then the third, then picking the cover, then proofing, then editing then … you get the idea.
Is there is anything else you have to say?
The are two sides to this relationship: writers and readers. I wouldn’t do this if every manuscript went into the bottom drawer of my desk, never to be seen again, even though this is the activity (almost) that gives me the most pleasure in life. But would I write the same sentence over 10 of 15 times to get it just right if I didn’t think someone was going to go, “Wow, that was nice,” or, “Hmmm, that makes me think.” This sounds a bit narcissistic, but it’s not. If I were one to say “Look at me, I’m an AUTHOR,” then it would be. But saying, “Here, look at this flower I grew, do you like it?” is not. Take away: writers NEED readers. It’a a relationship.
For more book reviews on Exposed, please check out fellow bloggers:
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1/28 – Country Gals Sexy Reads: http://www.countrygalssexyreads.wordpress.com/
1/30 – Up All Night Book Blog: http://upallnightbookblog.com/ ;
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