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Monday, February 7, 2011

Guest Post & Contest with author Jamie Rush

Today on My Overstuffed Bookshelf, I have the pleasure of introducing to you author Jamie Rush!  She is the author behind The Offspring Novels and she is a wonderful writer!  Let's sit back and see what Jamie has to say today!

The Things We Do For Love

We slay adjectives and adverbs. We slice and dice our words, cutting precious phrases and sentences, sometimes even entire scenes. Occasionally we have to kill a character, even a good one. We face the evilest of villains, fearlessly fighting for justice, for the innocent. We are writers. Not just writers, but fiction writers, creating whole words from nothing more than a glimmer of inspiration. Facing the blank computer screen with nothing more than an outline, if that.

We suffer disparaging remarks about writing "those trashy books." We brave critique partners, editors, and reviews about our "precious children," letting 12-page revision letters and negative reviews bounce off our shining armor. We fear what the rising piracy rates steal from us, not just money but perhaps our chance to make our livelihood doing what we want most.

We follow our dreams with the lofty ideals of some of our heroines, fighting to keep our hope alive as we face all the travails this life throws into our path. We do it for love, for money, but always from passion. There is nothing more satisfying (well, not much) than creating people, worlds, danger and triumph, putting that manuscript into the mail and sometime later receiving a much smaller envelope with the finished book.

We love hearing from our fans, knowing we have taken them into our world for a while, and hopefully, into their hearts. Our stories are, at their core, about people. Sure, larger than life, but still, people like us. People who love. Who are afraid they're not enough. Who've been hurt by life but still dare to try again. People who go through hell but find love on the other side. Love for someone else, and most importantly, for themselves.

And that, my friends, is what writing is all about, at least for me. We are all the heroes and heroines of our own stories. And while there is no guarantee of justice, the perfect romance, or a happy ending, I hope that you will be inspired to never give up, never give in, and always give love.

Like all of my characters, Fonda and Eric have their issues. She's clinging to the memory of the only guy who ever stood up for her, because her father never did. And then Eric went and torched him. She would feel worthless if she doesn't finish the task the CIA operative who hired her set out to do: kill Eric.

Eric is the first to admit he's an arrogant ass. He thinks he'll have no problem killing the enemy, even if she's a cute blonde. Both think they're on the right side. And when they reluctantly work together, they see that maybe they were wrong about each other … and about themselves, too. And we can have the enjoyment of watching them on their journey to self-discovery.

I'm celebrating the release of BURNING DARKNESS with my Kick Butt First Line contest.  Shocking, suspenseful…make us want more!  Cash prizes! Contest runs from Feb 1 through March 1, 2011. For aspiring authors, it's a chance to get your name out there and add a "win" to your bio.  For readers, it's a chance to play at being a writer.  Even if you're not inclined to write a line, check out the entries—they're a lot of fun!  For details, go to www.JaimeRush.com and click on the Contest link.


BURNING DARKNESS, Book Four of the Offspring Series
By Jaime Rush
Avon Books, Feb, 2011 (ISBN 978-0-06-201885-4)
RT Book Reviews and Night Owl Reviews Top Picks!

Fonda Raine lives for one thing: killing Eric Aruda for slaying her lover. But she'll have to be careful--Eric can set fires with his mind. Seconds from plunging a knife into his heart, an assassin tries to take them both out. Now, she must choose: join forces with the man who's burning through her defenses or go down in flames.

Thanks to Jamie, I have ONE copy of Burning Darkness to giveaway! All you have to do is answer the following question:

What is your greatest triumph? 

1. This contest is open to the USA only.
2. No need to be a follower, but I would love it if you would!
3. Leave a comment with an email address to contact you with if you win.
4. Contest will end on 2/12/2011.


Blogger Ammy Belle said...

Hey - thanks for the contest! My greatest triumph at this point in my life is probably getting into law school - that's the thing that still floors me! Thanks for the contest and the post! I love your blog! :)


February 7, 2011 at 5:34 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Ammy, getting into law school is huge! That's awesome!

February 7, 2011 at 6:30 AM  
Blogger Maureen said...

Congratulations on the new book! I would say my greatest triumph is being married for over twenty years.
mce1011 AT aol DOT com

February 7, 2011 at 6:34 AM  
Blogger Jamie Manning said...

Thanks for the great contest, and congrats on the book! My greatest triumph is probably actually finishing a book (currently querying). It was a very long, very difficult road, so I'm proud of the achievement - published or not!


February 7, 2011 at 9:58 AM  
Blogger Stephanie M said...

My greatest achievement so far is my IB diploma and getting out of college in only 3 years.

smccar1 at hotmail dot com

February 7, 2011 at 11:51 AM  
Blogger justpeachy36 said...

My greatest achievement is my children... and my writing career. I freelance, for print and web media, and I'm writing that great American novel LOL...

Please enter me in the giveaway.


February 7, 2011 at 11:55 AM  
Blogger Single country gal said...

My biggest accomplishment would be Graduating college and loving myself.
please enter me in your giveaway

February 7, 2011 at 12:02 PM  
Blogger Victoria said...

Mine was putting myself through college and getting a ceramic engineering degree.

February 7, 2011 at 12:31 PM  
Blogger Lisa Potts said...

My greatest accomplishments are my kids and having the strength to leave a bad marriage and go back to college.

Thanks for the chance to win!


February 7, 2011 at 3:19 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Being a wife, mom and successful business owner :) I know that is three, but how could I rate kids and hubs.

robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

February 7, 2011 at 3:33 PM  
Blogger Pat Cochran said...

My greatest accomplishments are
my 50 year marriage to my Honey,
our family and my volunteer
work. I've amassed 35 plus years
as a volunteer in area schools,
our parish and our community; had
awards named for me, represented
our district in a national compe- tition and was nominated for a
position on the school board.

February 7, 2011 at 5:27 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hmm, don't know what happened to my second post. My internet has been acting up all day. This is from my phone :?

Some great accomplishments! I just celebrated 21 years of marriage and 16 years of being published! Jamie and the other writers here, good for you and best of luck to you! Writing is the best and most maddening profession. Getting out of a bad marriage even more of an accomplishment than staying married. Sometimes it saves your sanity, sometimes your life. And loving yourself...a must! You are all incredible, beautiful, and talented--believe it!

February 7, 2011 at 6:21 PM  
Blogger The Romance Girl said...

I'd say getting a full scholarship to college. I have a lot of life ahead of me so I'm excited to see what else I'll do.


February 7, 2011 at 9:40 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

DL, that's awesome! I believe we all come here with a goal and the talent to achieve it.

February 8, 2011 at 9:27 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

OH Amy!!! this looks good.. Thanks for sharing.. Just another to add to my ever growing list..

My Greatest Triumph?
Starting my own business or learning that I can be a runner, or maybe the fact that my teenage daughter is really at GOOD kid!?!?!! So many choices.. So I am going with ALL the above.. Can't wait to see what 2011 brings..

Kelly M

February 8, 2011 at 12:40 PM  
Blogger Book Club Reviewer said...

Being voted as one of "2011 Top Ten Latino authors to watch!"

Sandra L


February 8, 2011 at 3:11 PM  
Blogger Pamk said...

Being married almost 25 yrs may it will be. And getting oldest son grown and well on his way to being a great man. and almost getting younger son there. Wish me luck I am heading into the hardest years with him. He'll be 15 in two weeks.

February 8, 2011 at 8:04 PM  
Blogger donnas said...

Graduating college. I really did not like school or studying. But I did it and in 4 years.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

February 8, 2011 at 8:15 PM  
Blogger Chelsea / Vampire Book Club said...

The book looks great. Count me in for the giveaway.

chelsea AT vampirebookclub.net

February 9, 2011 at 4:33 PM  
Blogger Vampyre Gurls Book Club Blog said...

This looks awesome!

My gr8st accomp..Hmmm....I'd say getting clean and sober. I saved my life & soul & sanity. I was young and angry and confused and wasted time, money and years using drugs. Saw many good ppl die because of drug use or end up rotting in prison.
I am gr8full every second for my second chance at life. I get sad or dwell but I remember it could be worse..
Spay & neuter your pets everyone!
DONT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST THE BREED PITT BULLS ROCK! (my rescued PB Bella is glad I got over my PB stereotypes to take her in off the street that cold Jan night long ago)

fcolemanct @ yahoo . com

February 10, 2011 at 7:52 PM  
Blogger PrincessFlorella said...

My Love is innocence. Thanks for the win.

February 11, 2011 at 7:44 AM  
Blogger Emily H. said...

My greatest triumph is graduating from grad school in 2 years.

treerose AT yahoo DOT com

February 11, 2011 at 4:37 PM  
Blogger Meredith said...

Raising 3 happy, healthy boys!

meredithfl at gmail dot com

February 12, 2011 at 8:29 PM  

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