Today, I am
proud delighted freaking ecstatic to be showcasing N.L. Gervasio a.k.a. Jinx and her release of the novel Nemesis.
I first read this novel way back in the beginning, and have subsequently re-read it numerous times, throughout the editing process. Now I’m not usually a gigantic fan of the Romance genre, but the main female character is a total bad-ass chick, which I immediately identified with.
Prince Charming was a putz.
Prince Charming number two was even worse.
After the last prince ran off without any notice, breaking her heart and their engagement along the way, Nemesis Mussolini swore off men and passed the time kicking ass and slinging drinks, something her mafia father would never approve of. But, when her boss Clancy ups his flirtations, it’s difficult to remember she’s not interested, especially when he gets that delicious evil glint in his eye that has her melting. Just when Nemy starts to think all men might not be bad, she hears whispers about Clancy’s less than legal past, and wants to run like hell from the idea that he could be just like her father.
Great … Prince Charming number three may possibly be on FBI’s Most Wanted.
While Nemy and Clancy tumble down the romance road, hitting potholes every step of the way, Nemy discovers how much of her heart already belongs to Clancy, and how much of a Don’s daughter she really is. When Clancy’s daughter is kidnapped, they must work together to use every talent and connection they have to get her back, which means Nemy must learn to trust again. If they fail, Clancy could lose his daughter forever. Can Nemy surrender in time to get her happily ever after, or is she hell-bent on letting her past keep her from the one man who could be her true Prince Charming?
Doesn’t that blurb make you want to read it?
Bad-ass chick meets bad boy…LOVE!
Today, I have the pleasure of interviewing N.L. Gervasio about her new release, as well as many other various topics.
Me: As an avid reader and writer, I am always curious about how this novel came to be?
Jinx: Nemy, my main character, just started talking one night, telling me her story, and I wrote it down. I can’t recall what the actual trigger was, to be honest, but I can tell you that it foretold the demise of my relationship about two months before it happened. For whatever reason, my fiction always correlates with my reality in one way or another. Yes, I find it strange too. The funny part is that I’d only ever written one romance story in my life (my first book as an adult), having moved on to the paranormal after that and staying there for a good long time before this one popped up. It kind of shocked me when I realized it wasn’t paranormal, though I’d flirted with the idea of turning it into a werewolf book well after it was finished. The reason I didn’t was because I’d already written a book and a half on my thirteen-book werewolf series, and the two books would have been too similar.
Me: How much time did it take to write initially and after revisions?
Jinx: It took approximately two and a half months to write, and a year and a half off and on to edit.
Me: Anything personal you’d like to share about inspiration?
Jinx: For me, Life is inspiration. I don’t have a muse. I don’t believe in them, unless you want to call Life a muse. The tiniest thing can trigger a story for me. For instance, on my Unclouded Perspicacity blog, I have a Flash Friday short (less than 1000 words) titled Fallen. The story, which will turn into the second book of my Armageddon trilogy, was triggered by a falling star. It wasn’t just any typical falling star though. This one burned long and bright and it had an orange tail. I’d never seen one like it, so I surmised what it could possibly be and why it was different than all the others. And out popped a book! The first is Dusk of Death.
Me: I posed this question to your partner at Running Ink Press, Sharon Gerlach, during her interview for the Malakh release, and I think it applies well with this novel: Bad boys or Good guys?
Jinx: I tend to lean toward the bad boy image, which is why the hero, Clancy, isn’t exactly a “good guy” in this book, but more along the lines of “good fella,” if you catch my drift.
Me: I adored the addition, in the later revisions, of Sean, the quintessential Irish bad boy. How did he come into being?
Jinx: Sean was actually part of the major overhaul I edited into the book after an impromptu 15-minute plot session with CJ Redwine. She helped me find the gaping holes in my novel and together we figured out how to fix it, so I owe a lot to her.
Me: None of your characters are strictly good or bad, but some sort of balance between the two. Was that a conscious attempt to make them more human?
Jinx: Absolutely! Characters can’t be perfect. They have to have flaws, just like we do, or they won’t be believable.
Me: Is there room for a sequel? Maybe a novella of Cherry’s story? (ok so that’s what I want to see)
Jinx: Nemesis is the first of a seven-book series I like to call the Kick-Ass Girls Club series, but hey, I love the idea of writing a novella for Cherry! Thanks!
You can find it on the Running Ink Press website, which will direct you to the purchase points.
Nemesis has her own blog: Foxy’s Den
Nemy can also be found on Twitter: Nemy_girl
You can preview part of chapter 1 here.
N.L. “Jinxie” Gervasio was born on Friday the thirteenth. Her dad wanted to call her Jinx. Her mom said no. It took thirty-four years for her to discover the nickname, and she’s grown quite attached to it. She lives in Tempe, Arizona with Umi (her mother) and Moon (her Alaskan malamute). She enjoys riding her beach cruiser “The Betty” around downtown Tempe, loves a good pub crawl, and has had the pleasure and the heartache of experiencing a love far greater than she could have ever imagined.
You can find Jinx here:
Blog: Jinxie’s World
Other blog: Unclouded Perspicacity
Fun stuff: Zombie Survival Crew
Email: jinxieg13 (at) gmail (dot) com