Alex’s Law: Chasing Dreams with Jayce Ellis – Post + Giveaway

July 25, 2016

Jayce Ellis joins us today to chat about new book “Alex’s Law”!

Chasing Dreams

If anyone had told me a year ago when I started writing Alex’s Law, that it would actually be accepted, let alone actually published, I would’ve told them that I wanted whatever they were smoking. For the record, I don’t smoke. But the idea of being an actual author, with my name on a book available for public consumption, was a pipe dream if I ever had one. In the far recesses of my mind, it was always a possibility, just like becoming a professional clarinetist, or even a singer. My singing voice sounds like a dog screeching. It is not pretty. I’d minored in English in college (originally it was a major, but I got lazy and didn’t finish), but it had been my “love” major. Politics was my “job” major. I never expected it to go anywhere.

One fateful day, I was on the Dreamspinner website decided to click under submissions. Why not? What’s the worst that could happen? I mean, aside from them crushing my nascent dream before it began. Seriously though, I would’ve been perfectly content with a polite decline with some suggestions on how to improve. What I got, the reality of Alex’s Law now being available, is way more than I ever expected. So, what was the actual writing process like?

In every way possible, it was the best case of the blind leading the blind. I had no clue what I was doing. I had no clue how to put together a character arc, a story plot, subplots (OMG, what the heck are those?), or anything. And the amazing words and sentences and phrases and everything swirling around in my head turned into complete gibberish on the page. I spent a significant amount of time spent pounding my head on a desk. A solid, cherry wood desk older than me. Not my brightest moment.

Then my husband asked me, “So what do you see these guys as really looking like?” And that switch, from having an abstract idea in my mind to an actual representation, did wonders for me. If you’re interested, check out my Pinterest board for Alex’s Law to see the inspiration for the characters in this book. Once I had real people in my head, I could see real interactions in real situations, and then was able to put something semi-coherent together. I hope you like what I came up with.

Now, I am a series lover. I read series. I devour series. If I see that the book I’m reading is book ten, best believe I’m going to grab books one through nine first. And, with any luck, I’ll read them all in a weekend. Considering how much I toiled putting together 18,000 words, my respect for those authors who write full-length novels, multiple times a year (Charlie Cochet, I’m looking at you), only to have readers like myself consume them in one morning with a cup of coffee and a bagel, has grown exponentially. So, right now I’m working on what will hopefully be book two of this series, with the working title Bailing Out. It is a full-length novel, and with any luck I’ll have it out for consideration by the end of August. If they like it, there are a few more ideas that I have on tap, including (crossing my fingers) a longer novella with Alex and Law. Because in my first draft, many, many moons ago, I had a second subplot—yes, I know, two subplots is absurd. Told you I was a newbie—that delves a little bit more into their backgrounds and their families, that was just way too much to put in this little ditty.

So, let’s wrap this up. Since Dreamspinner has done me the greatest honor in publishing this, I’d like to give something back to the amazing readers. I am doing a $25 giveaway card for Dreamspinner Press books. Given how often they have sales, you can stock up on the cheap. All you have to do is two things. One, leave me a comment below. Tell me when you went after a dream that you thought you’d never achieve, and tell me how that worked out for you. Hopefully we’ll get a lot of positive stories, but they don’t have to be. And two, you can either like my Facebook page, or follow me on Twitter, or sign up for my newsletter. Each other gives you another entry, but everyone who comments will automatically be entered. It closes on July 31, 2016.

Thanks for listening to my ramblings and musings. I can’t wait to see what you guys have to say about chasing your dreams, and thanks so much for all of your support.

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Blurb:

Alex Corrigan is in love with his boss, Judge Lawson Daniels, and thinks those feelings are returned. That assumption is sorely tested two days before the court holiday party they’re organizing together, when the venue calls and cancels, followed by a snafu with the caterer. Alex could handle that, but after an intimate dinner followed by a decidedly unromantic e-mail, he’s left wondering about the future of his employment as well as his relationship with the debonair older man.

Law can’t wait to see his clerk again. But Alex is cold and distant in the light of day, and Law doesn’t understand. The party looms in the background, but Law’s excitement is turning to dread. On top of that, someone is sabotaging them, trying to get Alex fired and drive Law off the bench. If there’s any chance for a happy holiday for Alex and Law, they’ll have to find out who.

 

About Jayce Ellis:

Jayce Ellis has three loves: her husband and her two turtles. Hubby loves her back. The turtles she’s not so sure about, but they do love their sports (Bay Area teams FTW!). She still hasn’t figured out why she lives in Northern Virginia, where there’s weather, instead of California, where she’s from, and where it’s just…pretty. Jayce spends her days divorcing happily-married couples (or so she’s been told), and her nights talking maniacally to herself. Thankfully the recorder catches her rumblings and magically turns them into words on a screen. Painting nails is way easier when you don’t actually have to type, and with well over 500 polishes to get through, there’s a lot of painting going on.

Notwithstanding her no-good, very bad, horrible day job, Jayce seriously believes that true love conquers all. Even Maleficent said it. Sure, she was having an epic Mean Girls moment at the time, but she still said it. And she’s right. The only thing Jayce loves more than writing about true love conquering all, is hearing from readers who feel the same way. Drop her a line; she’d love to hear from you.

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24 Responses to “Alex’s Law: Chasing Dreams with Jayce Ellis – Post + Giveaway”

  1. Susan says:

    I was a little girl when my father got his PhD. I grew up wanting the same thing and while my father always supported me, most of society did not. I was told I would get married and have kids, even though that was never my dream. After receiving a scary health diagnosis, I decided to seize the day and get my PhD (I already had my MBA). It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but I aced it and still love being able to put Dr. in front of my name if I want.

  2. H.B. says:

    I had a pretty emotional pre-teen/teenage years growing up. Majorly depressed and whatnot. I literally hated school and just wanted to drop out because I figured it was a huge waste of time and I just didn’t enjoy the company of others. I was under belief that everything I wanted to know and needed to learn could be self taught. Dropping out at that young of an age would have made me a piranha in my own family. Anyway a awfully lot of encouragement/urging from my sister I managed to finish up my schooling all the way through getting my bachelor degree. That itself was pretty shaky and I managed to get a pretty good handle on my depression.

  3. Serena S. says:

    Congrats on your firt book! I love to meet new authors. This one and Counting Fence Posts by Kelly Jensen are in my TBR list for this week, I like to read short stories when I travel.

    I can’t say I went after my dreams but something I would like to do in a few years: to own a bookstore. Until then,I need to work hard. ;)

    Good luck with your writing career!

  4. Jayce Ellis says:

    Hey guys! Thanks for checking out my post and responding. I have all the feelz right now.

    Susan, may I call you Doctor? That’s got to be an absolutely amazing feeling, and I’m so happy that you followed your dream. I hope that your health is better and continues to improve.

    H.B., I’m so glad that you were comfortable expressing what must have been such a difficult time. My high school was horrendous just because I didn’t really understand what being an introvert meant for how I process things, and I can’t imagine how much more difficult it must have been for you. So happy that your sister never gave up and you’ve gotten your bachelor’s. Even happier that you have better control over your depression, and continued wishes for your success!

    Serena, when you open your bookstore make sure you have a HUGE section for the LGBTQIA books! And thank you so much for your well-wishes. I hope you enjoy Alex’s Law!

  5. Toni says:

    Congratulations on your first book! I think I’m still working toward a lot of my dreams. But I did make one dream a reality. I always wanted to travel, especially to Italy where my family comes from. I did it and I loved it. Now I’d love to go back. Hopefully someday.

  6. Laura05 says:

    Congrats on the release of Alex’s Law :) I’m all for chasing dreams because when your dream becomes reallity that is the best feeling in the world.

  7. Terri says:

    I’m so excited for you! I too want to publish one day, so you are an inspiration to me. :)
    I hope this is the start of a grand adventure for you!

  8. Debra Guyette says:

    In my 30s, I quit my job and returned to school to become a science teacher. I am glad I did

  9. Jayce says:

    Toni, that sounds so exciting! I bet Italy was stunning. One day I want to travel as part of my “research” for new stories ;) .

    Laura05, thank you so much! I never thought this would happen as anything more than a fantasy, so this whole process has been amazing!

    Terri, thanks!! Do it do it do it! Fingers crossed that they’ll like more soon :D

    Debra, good for you! That’s awesome, and so needed. I hope you continue to enjoy it!!

  10. Heather Rawlins says:

    Congratulations on your first book!

    I dreamed of cooking and I earned my Red Seal Cook through apprenticeship. I worked at a high end restaurant in Edmonton Alberta. I learned a lot that I use in my home cooking. I am now a civil servant and only cook at home, but I love bringing yummy food to events. Pay was horrible, and killed my feet, plus now my hands react to raw meat and fruit juice. I don’t regret my experience at all.

  11. Oor Janie says:

    I always dreamed of having a westie as a pet and this pastcweekend we got to adopt one. He is so special & brings us joy
    Congrats onthe release

  12. Congrats, it’s got my attention.

  13. Angela says:

    Wow, it must be very excited to have your debut book released, congratulations to you. My dream for today is to sit in my garden watch the kids play and read a good book :)

  14. I’m still chasing my dreams. I’m an author and resisting crushing my creative spirit. It is hard to do with the way the world is these days. I can’t wait to read Alex’s Law!

  15. Rene says:

    Thanks for this post and for sharing your book release with us. I like the blurb and put Alex’s Law on by wish list.

  16. Jayce Ellis says:

    Heather, it’s kind of awesome when an experience doesn’t go EXACTLY according to plan, right? Maybe? Sometimes? Either way, I bet what you cook is DELICIOUS!

    Oor Janie, ack! That’s so exciting! Congratulations :D , and thanks for the well-wishes.

    batchelorboy55, thank you so much. I really appreciate it.

    Angela, from your lips to god’s ears! I hope you’re able to enjoy that dream sooner rather than later.

    Shiloh, thanks!! I’m tapping your brain for the next one (or two, or three…).

    Rene, thank you! I hope you like it when you have a chance to pick it up.

  17. Alaina says:

    Congrats on the release! I moved to Wyoming for my first job out of college, over 1500 miles from home. I always dreamed of living out West, and it has been a wonderful experience.

  18. Shirley Ann Speakman says:

    At 25 I hated my job and decided to make a change I got a better one and really enjoyed the work and of course a lot more money I’d always dreamed of seeing some of the world and went on a trip to US and visited New York travelled all the way up to and Canada. Then the following year travelled to Canada again. I’m so pleased I did all this because the following year I was in hospital and now I can’t travel any more due to ill health I’m glad that I also took the step to change my job too.

  19. Trix says:

    Even though I’m still not 100% sure what I want to be when I grow up (at this late date!), I’ve had some successes writing and cooking!

  20. AHPG says:

    My dream is to become a librerian, maybe someday :)

  21. Jayce Ellis says:

    Sorry I wasn’t on yesterday guys! Can you believe clients actually expected me to go to court? The nerve, I say! Anyway, moving on :D

    Alaina, I’m so glad you’re loving it! I did the opposite, moving from the West to the East Coast, so I know it’s a MAJOR shift. I always thought I’d go back, but then I met hubs and decided to stick around. Enjoy!

    Shirley Ann, the older we get, the easier it is to find excuses to not follow our passions, isn’t it? I’m glad you took that opportunity to follow yours, and my best wishes for improved health to you, so you can take flight again :)

    Trix, what a coincidence! I’ve had some success with reading and eating ;) . Seriously, good food is like a balm to the soul, and a great book next to it is like icing on the cake. So keep pushing and striving, no matter your age!

    AHPG, I think that’s totally awesome. I once considered becoming a librarian, and then I realized there were multiple degrees involved. Which was both enticing and terrifying. But you guys do yeoman’s work, so definitely push toward that goal. We’re running short on libraries and high on need. Best wishes!

  22. Ami says:

    I must say congratulations on your first book!! And I hope you can write more (and getting them published!!). As for chasing my dreams … hmm, I can say that I like my life now and I enjoy it. My dreams will probably involve traveling more, to places I haven’t visited. Which is why I try to do that every year, setting aside money to travel abroad.

  23. Cee Brown says:

    I am chasing it right now. I have become a reviewer and look forward to eventually becoming an editor or owning my own successful blog.

  24. susana says:

    Thank you for your post. I’m always trying to chase my dreams, whatever it is at that moment. I’m obviously a dreamer, and sometimes I succeed and sometimes I do not. But that does not prevent me from keeping on dreaming. Right now, my dream is a trip to Scotland this September.
    Congratulations and good luck with your new book. It sounds great.

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