June 19, 2014

Year 3.3: Jessie Lane Books + Chat & Giveaway

Walk On The Striped Side | The Burning Star
Big Bad Bite 2 | Star 1
Jessie Lane
Paranormal Romance | Young Adult Fantasy
February 25, 2014 | May 23, 2012
Whiskey Girls Publishing

Walk On The Striped Side

Does he have his claws in her for good? Or is she just yanking his tail?

Elena Demos’s life has been turned upside down. Her mother has passed away, leaving Elena and her two half-sisters to deal with their mother’s will and the crazy stipulations it contains. For the three sisters to inherit the substantial amount of money left behind, they have to go to work with two aunts they’ve never met, in the family business they’ve known nothing about, Amazons Inc. If that isn’t bad enough, she runs into the man who once broke her heart, and it’s only their first day on the job.

Gage Ivanov is a stupid beast. He let the woman who should be his mate go because she couldn't be told of his Other identity. Now, Elena’s back, but she refuses to give in to his demands for her to be his mate. The timing for all of this couldn’t be worse, either, because Gage and his circle of friends are trying to subdue a rogue pack of wolf shifters in Germany who threaten to out the Others to the world of humans. Will he be able to juggle the oncoming conflict and win back his mate?

Claws, love bites and handcuffs - OH MY!

The Burning Star

*This book is a re-release and revision from the original book. Please be aware that some things have been added, deleted or changed.*

Kay’s journey of a lifetime started in the woods outside of Asheville, North Carolina. It was there that the 17 year old met a beautiful man along with a monster. The chance encounter led her to an unbelievable world that shouldn’t exist; a place where myths and fairy tales were real, and in some cases, deadly. Kay knew she would have to brave this new world if she hoped to find a cure for her terminal cancer.

With a strange yet beautiful cast of characters that she would meet along the way, Kay uncovered truths that would change her life forever. However, before it was all over, it would become clear that Kay wasn’t the only one with problems.

Yet another 17 year old young woman was fighting for her freedom and her life.

Kira had lived in a magical world that Kay had only dreamt of. Despite this, her life had not been filled with many good things. As a matter of fact, she considered her empty, emotional solitude the only positive aspect of her life. She fought daily battles to escape abuse and torture.Trained to be an expert assassin, she was charged with kidnapping Kay and delivering her to Kira’s master, Lord Donovan.

As the two young women set forth in their journeys, their paths would cross in unimaginable ways. The only question that would remain was who would come out alive and whole in the end?

WARNING: This is a upper ya/young adult/new adult fictional story that includes some explicit language, graphic violence, and mild sexual situations. Recommended for ages sixteen and up.

Jessie Lane, Crystal and Melissa, is one of my favorite indie authors. Their books are always snarky, funny, and packed with the good stuff, it's hard NOT to get lost in their tales. Not only that, these two are such sweethearts! Very personable, treating their "fans" like friends, zero diva airs. Win-win! 

Now the chat interview below is kinda important. Why? Because Jessie Lane is sans Melissa now... Juicy bit, right?

Hi everyone! Today, Melissa and I (Crystal), formerly the Jessie Lane writing duo, are stopping by Talk Supe today to interview each other! How’s that for a change? We’re going to talk books and what the future looks like for both of us after Mel has departed Jessie Lane. Ready for this? シ

Crystal’s Interrogation… err… Interview of Melissa:

CRYSTAL: You’ve just published your very first book, THE FROZEN STAR! CONGRATULATIONS LADY! How do you feel? Nervous? Excited? Anxious to move onto the next project?

MELISSA: Nervous and ready to move on at the same time. I have a lot of ideas about what I want to start next and can't wait to get them going.

CRYSTAL: What was your favorite part(s) of writing THE FROZEN STAR and why? 

MELISSA: Having Liam beat the crap out Cole was one of my favorite scenes. I wanted to show the warrior/deadlier side to Liam since the beginning of the book. Liam reminds me of all the men in our family and what they would do to protect us.

CRYSTAL: What were some of the movies, books, music or other things that helped you delve into the fantasy/paranormal world of the Star Series for THE FROZEN STAR

MELISSA: I'm a geek and so is my hubby. So I watch him play video games and he always explains things "in detail" to me so when I asked about the mages or as I called them “spell-speakers”, he was my best resource for what they could and couldn't do.

CRYSTAL: So, you and I have told the world through the Jessie Lane website that you’ve departed from Jessie Lane to pursue a solo writing career. Now that the cat’s out of the bag, tell everyone what you’re working on! What book will you release next? 

MELISSA: First up is the book I'm writing with my brother, Matthew, called Zombies Don't Ride Motorcycles. Which we are aiming for a late summer or early fall release. I also am working on a romantic comedy inspired by the hilarious antics of my husband and our friends, the first book will be out this fall.

(Okay, Melissa, you gotta hit me up when this Zombie book of yours comes out)

CRYSTAL: From what you and I have discussed, you’re dabbling in a little bit of many genres. Urban Fantasy, Paranormal and Contemporary Romance. What’s your favorite genre to write and why? 

MELISSA: At the moment it’s paranormal. I love the no holds bar aspect to the genre. My imagination has a mind of its own so it’s best to let it run free when it can. 

CRYSTAL: FUN QUESTION! If you could be transported to live inside the book of your choice, which book would it be? 

MELISSA: It would have to be one of Shelley Laurenston's books.

Melissa’s Interview of Crystal:

MELISSA: Out of all the books that are under the Jessie Lane pen name, which one was the hardest scene for you to write? 

CRYSTAL: This is a toughie for me. There have been a few scenes that were hard for me for one reason or another, but if I have to choose one it would come from Secret Maneuvers. At the end of the Prologue, when Belle is fighting with her Dad and then receives Bobby’s break up letter had me in tears. Her sense of loss and helplessness is overwhelming and it’s always hard to read or write about a character who’s that broken. The second toughest scene I’ve written, funny enough, is in Stripping Her Defenses, the second book in the Ex Ops Series. I’m still working on that book.

MELISSA: I know you’re a music nut just like me, so tell everyone what's on your playlist right now for your go to music to get you ready for the day. 

CRYSTAL: Five Finger Death Punch, Halestorm, Stone Sour, Shinedown, Of Mice and Men, Volbeat, Like A Storm and We As Humans. I listen to a lot of rock and metal when writing any Big Bad Bite Series book and I’m currently working on The Demon Who Loved Me.

MELISSA: If you could become a member of the Fae world, what race would you choose and why? 

CRYSTAL: Ohhhhh, this is a really good question Mel! Um, if I had to pick a class of Fae it would probably be the Sidhe. Not because it would put me in any “royal” family as it’s written in the Star Series world, but because the idea that I could have wings and powers. And I’d want to be from the Summer Court. They’re the “party crowd” and I think we all know I like to get wild every now and then, lol.

MELISSA: What is the next big thing you are excited about for Jessie Lane? 

CRYSTAL: I’m very excited about a few things coming up for Jessie Lane. The first would probably have to be the fact that both Big Bad Bite and Walk On The Striped Side are coming out on audiobook through Tantor! Big Bad Bite releases June 19th and Walk On The Striped Side releases July 10th. I’m also very excited to be working on The Demon Who Loved Me and I just bought the cover model photo for that book. I stumbled across a model who looks just like how I picture Kent in my head. I can’t wait for everyone to see the finished book cover in a couple of months!

MELISSA: What is your favorite genre to write in and why? 

CRYSTAL: I don’t have a favorite. I love paranormal and contemporary equally. The paranormal genre allows me to write out of this world scenes and unreal humor that would be over the top in a contemporary world. The contemporary genre allows me to delve into human emotions and how actions in life affect us. I love both aspects.

MELISSA: Your turn on the FUN QUESTION - If you could be transported to live inside the book of your choice, which book would it be? 

CRYSTAL:I’d love to live in a Karen Marie Moning book I think. I love all of her worlds and characters and wouldn’t mind meeting one of her sexy highlanders in person. Hee.

CRYSTAL: Before we go, a few people have inquired if things are still amicable between Melissa and myself since we’ve gone our separate ways. So let’s make that our last question that we’ll answer together to squash all the curiosity and possible gossip out there. Melissa and I are family. We’ll always love each other. So yes, not only are things amicable, but things are great. We’re both very excited about our future projects and what’s ahead of us. Right hoss?

MELISSA: Right. There are just a lot of things that are going on in both of our lives that require more attention and unfortunately I need to depart from the duo so that I can pursue mine on my own, but we don't know what the future holds for us. We will always be family and therefore support one another in whatever we want to do.

CRYSTAL: I can’t wait for the world to see what Melissa has in store for them! I hope everyone enjoyed our interview today. Was there anything that wasn’t asked that you hoped would be asked? If so, feel free to ask us below in the comments section! Thanks everybody! And thank you Braine for having us by your super fabulous blog today. HAPPY BLOGOVERSAY LADY!

Thanks crazy Beeches for the updates which I'm excited for as well as ending speculations about y'all's relationship. Love you, guys!

A Walk On The Striped Side Review & Links

The Burning Star Links

Crystal and Melissa often live half their lives with their heads in the clouds dreaming of alpha military hunks, werewolves and kick ass heroines crazy enough to chase after creatures that they unquestionably should know better than to chase.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. They are now working on their next two novels, Walk On The Striped Side and Secret Maneuvers. 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!

Stalk Them!

Signed print copies of WALK ON THE STRIPED SIDE and THE BURNING STAR is up for grabs, contest open international too, woot!

Also, don't forget to enter the US Only Print giveaway bonanza! Links on the blogoversary header!


  1. Fun interview! I've seen a lot of great reviews for Walk on the Striped Side.
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. I know you rarely read PNR now, maybe try their romantic suspense series? They really write awesome books

  2. Oh I've got them on my tbr pile! They sound like such fun reads :)

  3. Oh it's interesting, I remember seeing the second cover aroung but never heard about the first one or I forgot. thanks for the post.

    1. Glad to introduce you to it, they write amazing fantasy and I know you love UF/PNR

  4. Braine, thanks for having us on your blogversary. And I'll let you know when my next project is done. I know you wan your hands on it. ;)

    1. Yes, I do! You know it and thanks for stopping by, Mel, and for doing the fun interview with Crystal!

    2. Anything for you! :) Thanks for all your support!

  5. I getting to know so many new authors :)

  6. Thanks for having us Braine! <3 you lady! ;D

  7. What a really fun idea! I enjoyed both of the interviews. :)

    1. Just between us, that's my stealthy way of letting them do most of the work... :D

  8. I still haven't read these yet, but they are on the wish list. Fun interviews! I would totally live in KMM's world too. ;)

    1. Who wouldn't!? I'm just not sure I'll survive it but it'll be worth seeing all those fae even for just a day

  9. Really fun interview! I haven't read either of those, but I'll definitely keep an eye on them. Anyone who wants to live in a world filled with KMM Highlanders is cool by me ;)

  10. I can't wait for Stripping Her Defenses!! I loved Secret Maneuvers and agree that the scene Melissa spoke bout was tough for me too! Great post babe! xoxo

  11. These were great interviews. Not seen one where they interview each other. Fun title Zombies Don't Ride Motorcycles. I've not heard of any of Crystals music she listens to. I would want to be transported into Fever world too. Hell . Yeah! Imagine meeting Jericho. Whahhh!! Knees go all wobbly.


    1. The title for ZDRM actually came as a joke. My friend Amia and I were on the phone with my brother and we were on a sugar high and that's what came of it. :)

  12. That was a neat way to do an interview - and I'm glad they are still friends. Still haven't cracked open one of their books, but I will! ;)


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