Jess Bryant is an avid indoorswoman. A city girl trapped in a country girl’s life, her heart resides in Dallas but her soul and roots are in small town Oklahoma. She enjoys manicures, the color pink, and her completely impractical for country life stilettos. She believes that hair color is a legitimate form of therapy, as is reading and writing romance. She started writing as a little girl but her life changed forever when she stole a book from her aunt’s Harlequin collection and she’s been creating love stories with happily ever afters ever since.
Jess holds a degree in Public Relations from the University of Oklahoma and is a lifetime supporter of her school and athletic teams. And why not? They have a ton of National Championships! She may be a girlie girl but she knows her sports stats and isn’t afraid to tell you that your school isn’t as cool as hers… or that your sports romance got it all wrong.
For more information on Jess and upcoming releases, contact her at JessBryantBooks@gmail.com or follow her on her many social media accounts for news and shenanigans.
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Book 2 in the Fated Mates Duet
Fate can be cruel.
Luna DeLuca has lost everything except for her faith in herself. Kidnapped, tortured and threatened by a male that’s already killed half her family, she knows the only way to save the other half is by offering herself up to him. To save her sisters, she’s willing to do anything, even accept a claim from a male that isn’t her mate, a mark on her soul that will ruin her forever. But if this is what her family needs, what her pack needs, she’ll do it to save them all.
Fate can be twisted.
Michael Hudson thought his mission to save the neighboring Crescent pack was about helping out a friend. He thought it was about avenging an attack on his own. But the second he sets his eyes on the beautiful girl locked away in a dank basement he knows she’s why he was put on the face of this planet. She’s the reason he’s here. She’s everything. She’s his. His mate. His fate. His future. Only, she bears the scent of another and is nothing like what he imagined his fated mate to be.
But fate can also be kind.
As brave as she is, Luna’s wolf is submissive and submissive wolves aren’t meant to lead packs. They aren’t meant to be Queens. She knows that. So does Michael. But when he refuses to give up on her, refuses to walk away or back down, she begins to see why fate put them together. She softens him and he strengthens her and maybe, just maybe, if they believe in fate enough they can find their way to forever.
What inspired you to be an author?
I’ve been writing since I was a little kid. I have an embarrassing number of NSync fan fiction stories where I fall madly in love with Justin Timberlake and we live happily ever after. I stole a book from my aunt’s Harlequin collection when I was far too young probably but I’ve been writing love stories ever since.
What genre do you write?
Romance. So far I’ve delved into Contemporary, Male/Male, Sports and PNR. They’re all genres I love to read so I’ve tried my hand at them. I write what I like to read so there may be new genres coming soon. You never know what I’ll write next and honestly, neither do I.
What is your current project?
Currently I’m working on a few WIPs. I have my next Bomar Boys book in the works. I have a follow up to my paranormal shifter duet coming as well. And as always there’s a standalone in my Fate, Texas series coming soon. Plus, I have a couple of surprise appearances in Anthologies and my MM debut, Stay a Little Longer, will be rereleasing from NineStar Press this fall.
What were you like as a child? Did you like to write then?
Oh yes. I was always writing. I have boxes upon boxes of nothing but notebooks with tiny little stories in them. I think I already mentioned the NSync fanfic but yeah, there was always some sort of fairytale going on in my head and if I wasn’t writing I was reading.
What is your favorite book? Why?
Ever? OMG you did NOT just ask that. Okay, so, that’s way way too hard to answer because I have favorite books depending on the day and hour and sometimes the minute of what I’m feeling. I’ll say that my current favorite read, the one I hold close and still loving stroke (don’t judge me) on my shelf is The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah. I also love classics and reread Wuthering Heights every winter. I’ll take a tortured Heathcliff over a Darcy any day. I also love thrillers, horror stories and of course I read romance almost nonstop. My current favorite romance read is by one of my indie author Besties, Maren Lee, it’s called Changing Lanes and it is some of the hottest, sexiest, alpha cop male stuff I’ve ever read in my life! 🙂
What is your favorite book that you have written? Why?
Books are like babies and your’e not supposed to play favorites with your kids right? That’s what I usually tell people but the truth is, my current favorite is Call Me, Irresistible. It’s always the book I point people towards when they’re new to my work. I think it sums up my writing maybe better than anything before or anything that has come since. I even coined a new type of hero in it: the grown ass man aka the man old enough to know that a simple conversation can work out most problems instead of creating a ton of drama. Not to humble-brag but my friends say it’s my best work ever and I just love the characters of Shane and Lemon.
Do you ever use a pseudonym? Why or why not?
Nope. When I started writing I was married. I chose to write under my maiden name because even at the time, that felt more like the real me. Turns out that was a good idea since I’m now divorced. I AM Jess Bryant. To my fans, to my friends, to my family. In the words of my alma matter, there’s only one. (If you get that reference come find me because we are new best friends)
Do you have a writing routine?
No. I have a first idea that morphs into chapter ideas but I never have a full outline per se and it is always changing. It varies greatly one book to the next as I feel it should, to keep things interesting for the reader otherwise they’ll eventually say, oh chapter 12 is when we get the first sexy scene. And who wants to know that kind of thing in advance?
How do you decide on character names and plots?
Both simply come to me together as one inspiration. I always have a name for a character before I start writing them and it rarely involves any sort of research. It’s simply “who” that character is to me in that plot-line. One time and one time only I changed a name of a lead character because a friend of mine was publishing just before me with a character named the same thing and I didn’t want to tread on that and even to this day, when I try to look at it or reread it, the whole thing seems off to me.
Are you a full time author or do you have a day job?
I’m a side-writer. I work full time, 40 hours a week minimum for an OIl & Gas company (I live in Oklahoma so duh) doing administrative work. I call myself a side writer because I’m not a “night” writer like some people who get off work and then go home and pound on the keyboard until dark. I write on my lunch hour, during my breaks, when I can sneak in a chapter on the sly. I write on the side of coffee cups and I write in notebooks that I carry around. I write whenever and however I can because when the words come, you can’t risk letting them slip away.
What is your latest book and what was the inspiration for it?
My latest release is Unbelievable Faith, Book 2 in my Fated Mates Duet. It’s a paranormal romance with wolf shifter. The inspiration for it was really a dream I had. It involved a scene that never quite made it into the books but might, eventually, in the spin-off I have planned, so I can’t go into too many details but suffice to say I love paranormal TV and movies and books and I have a very active imagination.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.” These are not my words but I cling to them with everything I am. It’s hard to be fearless when the world is telling you that writing is a hobby and you should get a real job, that you should focus on your family and not your computer all the time, that you’ll never be the next (insert NY Times Bestseller Here) author but the thing you have to remember is that, you’re doing this because it’s something you love, because you can’t imagine not doing it and that is what will make your words great. So ignore all of the voices of doubt and hate and just do you because YOU are special and your words are meaningful.
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