Thursday, January 21, 2010

Guest Author - Jill Myles (The Succubus Diaries)

My guest today is the funny and talented Jill Myles whose first two paranormal romances in her Succubus Diaries series have just been published back to back, with Gentlemen Prefer Succubi out at the beginning of the month (December 29) and Succubi Like It Hot hitting shelves this past Tuesday. I just recently read Gentlemen Prefer Succubi and found the Jackie Brighton character to be funny, smart and a very reluctant succubus to highly entertaining effect.

Jill Myles has written a special post for us today called Twisting the Mary Sue that explains how she has taken what could have been  your typical Mary Sue character and turned the concept upside down. If you haven't heard the term Mary Sue before, check out the Wikepedia article on the topic. Jill will drop in occasionally to respond to questions, so please welcome Jill and take the opportunity as her what's in her diary.

I am giving away a copy of both books and Jill has graciously donated a goody package of signed promotional swag (signed bookmarks, cover flats, etc.) to be won by one lucky commenter. Details on the giveaway guidelines at the end of the post.

Twisting the Mary Sue

A while back I had this idea – I wanted to write about a normal sort of girl who got mixed up with immortals. It was such a fun idea to play with – what if you were transformed overnight into some sort of mega-attractive immortal? Eat whatever you want and never gain a pound?

What if men were falling all over you and you had these new powers that would allow you to control the thoughts of others as they slept?

Pretty cool, right?

Pretty lame story, though. There are no drawbacks. There are no bad things that could happen. So you wake up as a hot immortal – oh you POOR thing. How you must suffer.

That was how Gentlemen Prefer Succubi started out. I loved the concept of a woman being turned into an immortal overnight, and detailing out how she would learn to cope with this new, cutthroat world she’d been introduced to. The thing that was stopping me was that the entire idea seemed a little too…pat.

So…I decided to mix it up a little. Play with the concept. Who is the sort of person that would hate to be a sex vampire? Answer: Someone that can’t find a date.

Who would hate to be looked at as a sexual object by every man she runs across? Answer: someone that relies on her brain to get ahead.

What would be the downside to being a ridiculously hot immortal? Answer: not being in control of your own actions.

I piled all of these flaws onto my main character, Jackie Brighton. I made her a grumpy, dissatisfied docent. She has a job at a museum, and desperately wants to get ahead. Her boss hates her. She has no boyfriend (and hasn’t for a while). And when she turns into a succubus, things go from bad to worse. Her boss thinks she’s skipping out on work because she went to get a boob job. The museum guests follow her wherever she goes. No one seems to take her seriously anymore.

And she has these…urges. Oh dear.

Things go from embarrassingly bad to worse for poor Jackie – as a succubus, she’s slave to the whim of not only one master, but two. And they hate each other. And they both want her for themselves (and so do a few other unsavory characters).

Still a Mary Sue? Not so much. For me, that’s one of the most fun things about writing these books – taking the concept of something that could be amazing, and making it into a giant pain in the ass for the main character.

(Although, an afterlife with endless Doritos doesn’t sound *that* bad.)

Jill Myles



The second book in The Succubus Diaries was just released Tuesday so if you haven't tried the series you can pick up both books and read them back to back. Here is the cover and blurb to Succubi Like It Hot.


Nobody said Sucking was easy.

With a flirtatious new figure, her dream job as an archaeologist, and two gorgeous boyfriends to scratch her seductive Itch—an angel and a vampire—Jackie Brighton is totally getting the hang of life as a succubus.

Then her need for sex spirals out of control, and she accidentally knocks the pizza guy unconscious with her touch. Great, she’s cursed. Unfortunately, neither of her jealous lovers is exactly talking to her right now.

So after Jackie strikes a deal with a crafty demon, she and her best friend Remy take a cross-country road trip to deliver a cryptic message to the nation’s oldest succubus (who doesn’t look a day over eighteen.) Their journey gets weirder with every mile—demonic possession, a charming stalker, a deadly hotel room warning—but when they get to New Orleans, Jackie discovers a dangerous catch to her supernatural bargain. Someone wants her dead (again), but has she been sleeping with the enemy?

Or do the forces of evil think they’re some kind of match for a vixen in a miniskirt?


A big thanks to you Jill for the insight into Jackie and best wished for terrific sales on the series. Now for Book 3 !
 
You can find Jill Myles on the web at: Official Website | Blog | Twitter | Odd Shots Blog

GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES:

I am giving away a copy of Gentlemen Prefer Succubi and Succubi Like It Hot and Jill has graciously donated a goody package of signed promotional swag (signed bookmarks, cover flats, etc.) to be won by one lucky commenter.
  1. Leave a question or comment for Jill. 
  2. Open worldwide (any where The Book Depository ships).
  3. Leave a way to notify you if you should win.
  4. Blog, tweet, post on Facebook or other social network sites for an extra entry. Leave a comment here to let me know.
  5. Giveaway open until Midnight, January 27, 2010 EST. Winner will be selected by the Randomizer.

68 comments:

  1. I've read Gentlemen Prefer Succubi and loved it! Congrats on your release of Succubi Like It Hot!

    lilazncutie1215 @ yahoo.com

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  2. Actually I thought Succubi were evil spirits ? Shows I have not read any recent books using them as characters.

    What made you decide to use Marilyn Monroe movies as the titles for your books?

    Carol

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

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  3. The Succubus Diaries sounds great, looking forward to reading them!


    Littopandaxpress(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  4. Great post!!!

    SincerelyEmmaM@yahoo.com

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  5. I've been waiting for my copy of Gentlemen Prefer Succubi to arrive in the mail and once I get it, my greedy hands will be reaching for Succubi Like it Hot. All the ladies at The Oddshots blog is hilarious! I've become an avid fan and can't wait for the next releases!

    Thanks so much :)
    chichai_hana at hotmail dot com

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  6. I look forward in starting this series.

    Jill - do you think book trailers help in book sales?

    Thanks,
    Tracey D
    booklover0226 AT gmail DOT com

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  7. Count me in, I am waiting for the 1st book to arrive, and I hear the 2nd is even better :D

    blodeuedd1 at gmail dot com

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  8. Great interview Jill! (I've been reading them all around and they're all very interesting!) Congratulations on your new release =)


    chrissy - dot - morin - at - gmail - dot - com

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  9. Great post and a book that is on my "must read" list.

    :o)

    MsM

    email: MsMoonlight9598[at]AOL[dot]com

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  10. Can't pass up a chance at these. Two of my friends have given the first book really good reviews.

    melissa.walker@gmail.com

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  11. Hi Jill! Great post! Read Gentlemen Prefer Succubi and I can't wait for more. Count me in for the contest. bpatrick64113@sbcglobal.net

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  12. Sounds like a fun read. Off now to Chapters.ca to buy Gentlemen Prefer Succubi.

    contestmom@hotmail.com
    Will post to twitter too
    twitter.com/mountie9

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  13. I have seen these books float around blog land... and I am dying to get my hands on them! Please enter me in for a chance to win!!!!

    alliwantandmorebooks(@)gmail.com
    Thanks!!!!

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  14. Thanks for the comments, everyone! I'll keep peeking in to see what sorts of questions you have for me. :)

    buddyt - Hi! Succubi are a type of demon in traditional mythology, but I mixed it up a little for my books. As for the titles...they just seemed like a fun fit. :)

    booklover0226 - I have no idea if it does. I'm guessing not, but I enjoyed putting one together so it's not a total waste!

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  15. You are a new author for me. I love the humorous look at how you created your heroine. Thanks for visiting.

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  16. awesome post!!! *sniffles* my book hasn't arrived yet, but it will come. must come.

    I know your way to getting published was a long one... but: Was there a point where you considered giving up?

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  17. Congrats on "Hot" or SD2 (Succubus Diaries - Book 2). Do you ever use real people in your books? (As punishment or reward?) It would be great to get revenge on someone by making them a terrible character in a book. Thanks!!

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  19. A reluctant Succubi - we should all have such problems!

    Movie titles - fun idea.

    tcty123ATyahooDOTcom

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  20. I'm in the middle of reading Book 1 and picked up SD2 because I wantd to have it when I finished the first.

    solimond(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. How many books will be in this series?
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

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  22. Sounds like a great read. I'll surely read them. Loved the post!

    carianmoonlight at gmail dot com

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  23. throuthehaze - There are 3 scheduled right now (I'm working on wrapping up the first draft of book 3 as we speak). There could be more if my publisher wants them, but if not, everything wraps up very well with 3 books.

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  24. cheesebk - Nope! Never wanted to give up. :)

    Xid - Never used real people, either! That would feel a little weird for me.

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  25. Thank you for the insight to your characters and books and cograts on the new release.

    Who is your cover artist?

    cheleooc at yahoo dot com

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  26. Hi Jill, thanks for stopping by. I haven't read either of your books yet, but am very anxious to grab them and start!

    rosie0512 @ hotmail . com

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  27. Do you always know how many books are going to be in a series or do you sometimes add some....at the last minute?
    I hope I get a chance to read these babies.

    dorcontest at gmail dot com

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  28. Wow, those books seem like great stories all wrapped up in the cutest packages (and the half-naked man on the cover is also cute)! How have I missed them? It would be so cool to read the two books back-to-back... yum...

    Susan in AZ

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  29. Can't wait to start the series! I follow your blog, you are absolutely hilarious!

    csolomon(at)aol(dot)com

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  30. please enter me in the giveaway.
    I am seeing great reviews for these books.I so want them,right now..lol.I cannot wait to read them.
    Love those covers too :)

    tweeted http://twitter.com/elaing8/status/8041505924

    elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

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  31. I wouldn't mind have 2 boyfriends! Jill- this looks like a cool read :)

    Would love to be entered in the contest,

    valli.frasercelin (at) gmail.com

    Tweeted: http://twitter.com/vallifc/status/8042253846

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  32. I'm still waiting for book depository to shipped my books out so I haven't read them yet. I just wanted to say, I'm really looking forward to read them and your blog is hilarious.
    Ying X
    Ying.Areerat@gmail.com

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  33. I haven't had a chance to read any of Jill's work yet but I gotta say she has some of the hottest covers around!!! annhon@aol.com

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  34. wow - looks fun jaz.whitt@fsmail.net tweeted kikicomp

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  35. Loved the information on twisting the Mary Sue. Can't wait to read the books.

    Cheers,
    Erin Kendall

    ericon_22 at hotmail dot com

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  36. My first name is Jackie and would love to read books based on a character with my name!!! Sad to say that there are no books from Jill in my house, need some though they sound fun and hot!!!!

    Posted at profile here:
    http://www.facebook.com/jacabur?ref=profile
    Tweeted link here: http://twitter.com/jacabur1
    Link on profile here: http://bittenbybooks.ning.com/profile/JackieBurris
    Link on profile here:
    http://www.myspace.com/texasgirljackieb
    Link on right sidebar here:
    http://jacaburintexas.blogspot.com/

    jackie b central texas
    jacabur2008(at)gmail(dot)com

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  37. Hi, Jill,

    These books sound like they have a lot of elements I like, as well as some humor. A win, win. :)

    Good luck with the books, and thanks for the contest!

    karenwitkowski AT aol(dot)com

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  38. Daelith - I'm not sure who the cover artist is, but I love his/her work!

    Dor - Right now I have 3 books scheduled but I'm hoping there will be more. :)

    Everyone else, thank you! :)

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  39. wow this sounds like a great series. How many books are you planning in this series or do you know.
    I added this contest to my sidebar @ www.bookcrazyscrapbookmama.blogspot.com

    scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

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  40. I have seen the first one in the store, but after reading this post I will definitely go back and take a second look as it sounds really interesting. I am curious as to where you get your inspiration for these books?

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  41. Pamk - there are 3 scheduled at the moment, but I am hoping for more! But even if we ended at 3, I think the story still ends well.

    Stephanie - I've always loved vampires and more than that, fallen angels. I read a lot of the Book of Enoch and some reference books on angels themselves, and it sort of formed in my head over time. :)

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  42. The series sounds great and I love the trailer too. I wonder who Jackie will pick.

    Tweeted: http://twitter.com/Jullysay/statuses/8055237550

    jen4777[at]hotmail.com

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  43. That book trailer was super cute! I can't wait to read your books, but I have to get them in ebook form cause my husband will tease the crap out of me over the covers. lol


    tiahmichelle@gmail.com

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  44. Just wondering -- aren't there also male succubi? Or is this a game that only women can play? Seems unfair somehow...

    mbarker at computer dot org should work fine...

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  45. Hi Doug & Jill :)
    Thank you for the great post. I enjoyed learning the inception of the Succubi series. Thank you to Jill for sharing here!
    :)
    I tweeted & posted about this on my blog for my Fri 5am EST post.
    All the best,
    RKCharron

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  46. I've got to see if I can track these down now. They sound great!

    Laura

    macmomma2099 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  47. I have heard such wonderful things about these books. I can't wait to read them!

    Sidebar post here

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  48. Congrats on your releases! I can't wait to read this series. It sounds awesome.

    k8_a_723(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  49. After all the talk in blogland about this series, I'm really hoping I win it. It's sounds intriguing and I like that you chose succubi as your heroes. What is it about them that you like--other then that they're hotties?

    I posted this on my FB page in the my links section.

    I tweeted about this too (http://twitter.com/jone402/status/8086038200).

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

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  50. I am about halfway through the first book. Looking forward to finishing it and then looking for book 2. Would love to win these so my friend can have copies as well.

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  51. Mike - There might be guy counterparts to succubi! I'm not saying, I'm just saying that this aspect is answered in book 2. ;)

    Joder - I picked succubi because there was so much room for story in that type of creature. I liked the concept of an immortal that needed sex to survive, but she has issues with it. Succubi seemed the natural choice!

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  52. Jill, you are a new to me author! Your books sound wonderful and I can't wait to read them..

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

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  53. Jill,
    You and your books are new to me but both books sound great.

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  54. Hi Jill! I've heard really good things about this series, and I especially appreciate that the heroine is a docent because I've done that myself! (As a volunteer, though!) It really sounds like you've found a good way to get around the "Mary Sue" problem, and I look forward to reading about Jackie's adventures!
    I have tweeted about the contest @KimBea.
    Thanks!
    beax0002 (at) umn (dot) edu

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  55. Hi Jill,
    These books sound really fun, more to put on my 'to buy' list.
    Having the books out back to back must make things quite busy for you - how did you end up with them coming out at the same time?

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  56. gapyeargirl - They've been scheduled since 2007! Both of them were written, and they just happened to fall that way in the schedule. :)

    Jill

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  57. Hi Jill. Your books sound great. I love the covers.

    Crystal816[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  58. I have added them to my wish list!!!
    cfisher1504 at gmail dot com

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  59. I love The Oddshots blog, you ladies are hilarious and so sweet. While I'm a bit hesitant toward Succubi stories, yours sounds so much fun.

    kimplovely at gmail.com

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  60. Please count me in.

    Jill - looks like you hit this spot on! Vampires and Angels are so hot right now. Congrats on the release.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

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  61. It sounds like an interesting series. Count me in!

    Tweet: http://twitter.com/Sparima/status/8288552991

    spav05(at)gmail(dot)com

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  62. I'm very interested in reading more fiction about succubi, so this looks right up my alley.

    Tweeted about contest (http://twitter.com/suan_tian)

    patronus89013[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  63. No need to enter me, but I loved the first book and am currently reading the second book. I'm reading it slower, so that I can savor it....Stacy

    When is the next installment?

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  64. These books sound really good, I definitely want read them!

    Skk25@aol.com

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  65. secretivesoul AT gmail DOT comJanuary 27, 2010 at 3:44 PM

    Hi, I have a question for Jill:

    Why do you think UF/Paranormal romance readers choose to try a book with a succubus heroine? Are they just bored with the popular vampire/shapeshifter themes or is it the different type of female protagonist that attracts them(i.e. one that's more sexually active/emancipated)?

    Wishing all the best with the new series,

    Ro

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  66. Jill is a new author for me, I'll definitely read the Succubi novels!

    delilah0180(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  67. Stacy Stew - Book 3 is scheduled for early 2011 (like January). :)

    secretivesoul - I'm not sure what might draw readers to the succubus heroine. I liked that her only powers were around useless things like her looks or people's dreams. I suppose this was my response to the ass-kicking, gun-and-knife wielding urban fantasy heroine. I wanted her to be, well, NOT GOOD at being an urban fantasy heroine, if that makes sense. :)

    -- Jill

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  68. I was just wondering if you're at all familiar with Richelle Mead's Succubus series, and if so what you thought of it?

    leighofthestone(at)yahoo(dot)com

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