I am thrilled to be a part of Jessie Lane's book tour for Secret Maneuvers. This is my first time interviewing a writing duo and there are a few questions I've always wanted to ask! Before I get to the interview though, let's find out a little more about this talented pair!
Jessie Lane is the writing team of Crystal Leo and Melissa Pahl. The two sisters-in-law share a passionate love of naughty romance, cliff hanging suspense, and out-of-this-world characters that demand your attention, or threaten to slap you around until you do pay attention to them. Because really, it is ALL about the characters. (They're kind of megalomaniacs - but don't tell them that we said that.)
Their first YA novel, The Burning Star, was released in May 2012. Big Bad Bite is their second novel, but their first adult paranormal romance, and was released in January 2013. Their third book, Secret Maneuvers, releases on June 15, 2013, and will be the start of a new adult contemporary romance series (Ex Ops Series). They are now working on their next three novels, Walk On The Striped Side (Big Bad Bite Series #2), Stripping Her Defenses (Ex Ops Series #2), and The Frozen Star (YA Star Series #2).
With these projects underway, they are looking forward to showing the rest of the world their crazy stories, heroes and heroines that often plague their minds until written, and hope you will join them on their journey!
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Welcome and thank you so much for taking the time to chat with me on my little corner of the internet!
Crystal and Melissa: Thank you Adria for inviting us! We’re very excited to be here talking with you today. :)
First of all, congratulations on the release of Secret Maneuvers! This is your third published book, do you think you'll ever get used to seeing your work out there for the public to read?
Crystal: Thank you! We’re pretty excited about this book. As for your question, no. I don’t think I’ll ever get used to see my work on anywhere but my desktop. Which I’m sure is unbelievable to some because they must think, “But you wrote the book”. It’s always very surreal for me when the book is published and I see it out there on websites like Amazon or B&N or some blogger’s website. I almost want to say, “Huh. How’d that get there?” I get to feel that sense of awe every time I see it somewhere though, and that’s pretty cool.
Melissa: She’s just being modest. But, she’s right. It is somewhat surreal and really cool when we get to see our books out there for the public to read.
I'm always impressed with writing teams because I can't even write by myself because it seems like I always have two versions of any story/essay/poem in my head and inevitably, there's an argument. How difficult is it for you two to write together? Do you have drastically different styles/views or are you pretty much in sync with each other? When there's a difference of opinion in regards to a storyline, how do you go about solving it?
Melissa: It’s not that difficult for us to write together because we think way too much alike, so our writing styles are very similar. Now when we have issues with the storyline we tend to just call the other and work it out over the phone or through email since we live so far apart.
Crystal: *nods head* What she said.
I'm very particular about my environment when I'm writing, it has to be quiet. Are you two particular about yours or can you write no matter what the environment is like?
Crystal: Quiet. I have to have it. Unfortunately in my busy house, it can sometimes be a non-existent. Like right now, my husband is hammering away on something. *glares through the floor at annoying husband* Sometimes I can tune everyone out if I listen to music, but that doesn’t always work for me.
Melissa: My husband is a gamer and is always playing his ps3 in the same room as I’m typing, so my escape is headphones and Pandora music.
Is there any chance that you both will want to do solo projects in the future?
Crystal: Maybe one day. I’m comfortable working with Melissa right now, and we’ve loaded ourselves with a pretty busy schedule. Perhaps when one of our three on-going series are done, and I have some spare time I would consider a solo project.
Melissa: Actually, I do have a few ideas that I’m working on that Crystal knows about. But I don’t see those being finished for a while.
What were some of the challenges you came across while writing Secret Maneuvers?
Melissa: Going back and forth between the characters views.
Crystal: There is a situation that I can’t talk about in the book without being super spoilery about, but it was the hardest for me because I struggled with what the characters emotions should be.
What authors/genres do you like to read when you have time off?
Crystal: I mainly read a variety of romance genres these days, although I have read high fantasy (Elizabeth Haydon’s Rhapsody Series) and young adult (Melissa Marr’s Wickedly Lovely Series) in the past. Some of my favorite authors are Karen Marie Moning, Jeaniene Frost, Kresley Cole, Maya Banks, Jaci Burton, Kristen Ashley, Lora Leigh and Shelly Laurenston.
Melissa: I pretty much read whatever Crystal tells me too! *LOL* But my favorite author is Cassandra Clare, whom I actually was able to go to a book signing for recently. *Jumps up and down like a teenager* It was my nerdy moment.
And now for a little bit of fun :)
Last movie you saw in theaters?
Crystal: Magic Mike with Melissa and my step-sister Lisa. *woot woot!* Joe Manganiello dressed as a fireman! Be still my heart.
Melissa: So glad we didn’t take mom to see that with us! LOL. The Hobbit with my husband.
*Whimpers* I STILL haven't seen Magic Mike, but I did see The Hobbit. I'm a huge fan :)
Favorite tv show?
Crystal: I’ve recently fallen in love with Game of Thrones.
Melissa: The Voice and Vikings.
*I LOVE Game of Thrones!!! Totally Team Targaryen ;) and The Voice is the only reality show I never miss, cause I love Adam and Blake.
Crystal: Chocolate – but don’t tell my husband! *grumbles* Stupid healthy eating…
Melissa: Can we all say cheesecake…
Crystal: Rock n Roll! *throws up the devil horns and gives a rebel yell*
Melissa: Pretty much everything.
If you could make one of your books into a movie, which book would it be and who would be your ideal cast?
Crystal: For a movie, Secret Maneuvers. Now if we were talking a tv show? Big Bad Bite. Could you imagine Grandma Ivanov on the tv screen? That would be a riot! As for casting? I would cast Chris Hemsworth for Bobby (you think he could pull off a Georgia drawl?) and I’ll let Mel pick for Annabelle.
Melissa: You and your Chris Hemsworth…*bad sissy* Annabelle ummm…..Jennifer Lawrence. She can kick some booty.
Thanks so much and best of luck to you with all your future books!
Thank you so much for having us today Adria! We had a blast!
Some mistakes from the past haunt us forever...
One 'dear John' letter haunts Bobby Baker's every living moment. It’s the letter he stupidly wrote to his high school sweetheart, Belle, right after he left to join the Army. The letter that he told her that he wasn't so sure if they were ready for forever yet. But before he can let her know that the letter, and his second thoughts, are nothing but a mistake, she up and disappears from the small Georgia town they were both raised in.
unless fate steps in with a second chance.
Fifteen years later, Belle unknowingly walks back into Bobby's life when her job as an ATF Agent forces her to work with a group of men secretly headed by the CIA to help her track down whoever is involved in funneling black market weapons to a drug cartel in Mexico.
Bobby will use this mission to try and soothe Belle's hurt feelings while proving to her that their love is still meant for forever. He'll use every dirty trick he's learned since he joined the Army to maneuver her back into his life for the long haul. But Belle's not making it easy as she keeps him at arm's length in the hopes that mistakes of her own never come to light.
Be sure to check out the rest of the blog tour stops and enter the tour wide giveaway! One lucky person will win the following:
- Secret Maneuvers ebook
- Custom designed bag
- Custom designed dog tags
- $50 Gift Card to Amazon or Barnes and Noble
- REV IT UP by Julie Ann Walker
- IN THE AIR TONIGHT by Stephanie Tyler
- FREE FALL by Catherine Mann
- Catherine Mann bookmark
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