Today I am so pleased to welcome Elizabeth Silver and Jenny Urban to Joyfully Jay. Elizabeth and Jenny Urban have come to talk to us about their latest release, In His Majesty’s Service. They have also brought along an amazing giveaway. Please join me in giving them a big welcome!
On Besties and Great Life Choices
By Elizabeth Silver and Jenny Urban
Once upon a time, on a website far, far away, two women with a lot in common met, bonded, and became besties. They shared a love of books, movies, TV shows, and hot guys in sinfully tight jeans, not to mention a definite slant toward writing fun, dirty stories together. What started as a game turned into a hobby until one day Jenny said, We should actually submit something to a publisher.
Liz may or may not have had a panic attack at the mere thought, but at least Jenny was there to remind her to hold her shit together.
Jenny said it again. We should actually submit something to a publisher. She said, I have a friend. Finally, she said, Let’s just have her look at it and see if she thinks it’s any good. No submission pressure.
Lo and behold, Jenny’s friend said it was good. She said there some things they could work on to make it better, but that it was definitely worth the effort. Jenny resisted the urge to say I told you so.
So they set that first story aside to work on and Liz came up with a new plot to start fresh with, and after much work and discussion, Winner Takes All was born.
In their defense, Jenny and Liz did not mean to use one of the most common titles in existence. They had some growing to do, learning to get out of the way, even if the title issue still got in the way of their next book, Where the Heart Is. They were nothing if not consistent in those early days.
Then life got in the way, and it was several years before our dynamic duo decided to ride again. This time it was Liz who said, Hey, let’s write something. How do you feel about soulmates who hate the concept of soulmates? And can we do it in space?
It made sense at the time.
Jenny said, PORN IN SPACE!
What followed was the most intense, most creative period of writing our two heroines had ever known. They wrote five books in about six months. There would be a lot of editing and weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth to come, but the basics were there.
The best part? They came out the other side still as friends. Friends who’d written some amazing books and are looking forward to writing so much more.
Everyone in the Drion Collective knows that finding your match—the one person in existence with the same soul mark as yours—is the best thing that could ever happen. But the last thing Lord Anders Hawthorne is thinking about when he boards a ship to Drion for the king’s funeral is finding his soul mate.
Captain Zachary O’Connell has the perfect life—his ship, the stars, and no emotional entanglements. When heat sparks between him and Lord Hawthorne, Zach gleefully dives into a no-strings arrangement. He doesn’t expect it to last beyond arrival at Drion, any more than he expects trouble along the way.
Trouble quickly finds them, however, and it soon becomes clear that Lord Hawthorne is not only not who he says he is, but also that he’s the target of a deadly plot. With danger all around them, Zach and Anders must work together to save the Collective. Meanwhile, Zach must come to grips with losing everything he always thought he wanted, to have the one thing he never dreamed he needed.
About Elizabeth Silver
Elizabeth Silver is a writer, a tarot reader, a Level Two Cat Lady, and an internet junkie. Her day job is terribly dull, her hobbies oddly specific and quirky, and her husband the most patient person a writer could ask for.
A New Jersey native, Liz is a proud nerd and an awkward human being. She likes to think it makes her endearing. When not writing, Liz can be found collecting tarot cards, chasing Pokemon, fighting her way out of YouTube spirals, and/or performing online searches that will probably land her on a government list somewhere someday.
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About Jenny Urban
Jenny Urban lives not too far from Las Vegas—but not too close—with two cats named after fictional wizards. She has been writing with coauthor Elizabeth Silver for nearly fifteen years, with their first book published in 2010.
When not writing or at the evil day job, she loves to sing, play the piano, read, and watch monster-hunting brothers on TV.
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To celebrate the release of In His Majesty’s Service, one lucky winner will receive a Kindle Fire 7, and a second lucky winner will win a swag pack including a bag, a t-shirt, a $5 Riptide gift card and a collection of paper goodies! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on September 16, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!
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