Pleasure Me With Jade Lee

>Ya’ll are in for a REAL treat today! Jade Lee is a wonderful writer of varied subgenres and time periods in romance. According to the Chicago Tribune, her “…beautifully nuanced characters and impeccably crafted historical setting are guaranteed to cast their own seductive spell over readers.” Her Tigress series with their China settings were my first introduction to this terrific author. Please welcome Jade for today’s Pleasure Me With Romance guest post.

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DON’T HURT THE KITTY!

Some time ago, my very good friend Elizabeth Hoyt taped something to my computer.  Imagine a picture of a kitty.  A beautiful, innocent, sweet little kitty looking up at the camera with big eyes.  And on it, she wrote the words: DON’T HURT THE KITTY!  Those words saved my career.

Anyone who’s met me will tell you what a reserved, quiet, and calm individual I am.  Very level-headed.  Knows math.  Never gestures wildly or talks too loud.  NOT!  Have you seen the pictures of me on stage with the cover model at the Romantic Times convention?  A year before that I won a Time Warp dance contest.  My editor once told me I had a “stentorian” voice.  No kidding.  I am an EXTROVERT, and to tell you the truth, I try and moderate it.  So what you all have seen is only the tip of what I can do.  (Elizabeth shuddered when she read that.)
 

Wicked Seduction

A MAN INTENT ON JUSTICE…
After seven years of battling for survival on a pirate ship, Kit Frazier returns to England to right a wrong and make peace with what he lost. But once in London, he finds himself unexpectedly at sea, caught in his swirling attraction to the beguiling and elusive Maddy.
A WOMAN DETERMINED TO BE FREE…
Maddy will do anything to escape the desperate circumstances of her life, and helping her cousin Rose catch the man of her dreams seems an easy enough task–until Maddy meets the handsome pirate captain Kit. The dashing rogue has only two purposes: to rescue the boy in his care and to seduce Maddy into his bed.

Now imagine all that seething, bubbling energy sitting at a desk (or cafe table) for months on end writing her latest WIP.  That’s my life, and I love it.  Until THE REVISIONS COME. Yup.  Then I turn into a seething mass of pent of FURY!  Now let me say right up front that, in general, my editor revisions have all been…well, okay, somewhat on target.  Maybe.  And…oh hell, they were right, damn it!  Absolutely right!  Without the benefit of my brilliant editors, my books would all be crap!  (Not that I swing by extremes or anything)

But it takes me a while to get there.  It takes many hours of ranting and even spitting in my fury before I calm down enough to get some perspective.  But as I read through the revisions, each new editorial comment is greeted by renewed vitriol. Hence the picture taped to my computer.  DON’T HURT THE KITTY.  The kitty, in this particular case, goes by the name of my editor.  Elizabeth even made a little heart sticky with his name on it.  And when I got a new editor, kitty got a new name tag.  Before I’m allowed to voice, text, or email my agent, editor, or even my husband, I must look at the kitty and think about what I’m saying.

She saved my career.  I kid you not.  Because, as I said, upon sober reflection, my editors have all been right about their comments.  Not necessarily the individual instruction, but the thrust of their message.  Make this funnier, I don’t get this, or my most hated one: is this really what you want your hero doing? Really?



So to those of you who think that our stories spring forth in pristine glory from our brains, I say to you, absolutely!  Of course, I’m that brilliant.  Thanks to my kitty.  Who deserves much praise and no screaming.

Now imagine all that seething, bubbling energy sitting at a desk (or cafe table) for months on end writing her latest WIP.  That’s my life, and I love it.  Until THE REVISIONS COME. Yup.  Then I turn into a seething mass of pent of FURY!  Now let me say right up front that, in general, my editor revisions have all been…well, okay, somewhat on target.  Maybe.  And…oh hell, they were right, damn it!  Absolutely right!  Without the benefit of my brilliant editors, my books would all be crap!  (Not that I swing by extremes or anything)

But it takes me a while to get there.  It takes many hours of ranting and even spitting in my fury before I calm down enough to get some perspective.  But as I read through the revisions, each new editorial comment is greeted by renewed vitriol. Hence the picture taped to my computer.  DON’T HURT THE KITTY.  The kitty, in this particular case, goes by the name of my editor.  Elizabeth even made a little heart sticky with his name on it.  And when I got a new editor, kitty got a new name tag.  Before I’m allowed to voice, text, or email my agent, editor, or even my husband, I must look at the kitty and think about what I’m saying.



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She saved my career.  I kid you not.  Because, as I said, upon sober reflection, my editors have all been right about their comments.  Not necessarily the individual instruction, but the thrust of their message.  Make this funnier, I don’t get this, or my most hated one: is this really what you want your hero doing? Really?

So to those of you who think that our stories spring forth in pristine glory from our brains, I say to you, absolutely!  Of course, I’m that brilliant.  Thanks to my kitty.  Who deserves much praise and no screaming. 

And now, two short pitches for the books that my kitties made fabulous!

WICKED SEDUCTION (by Jade Lee) is a book I’ve wanted to do forever: pirate comes home.  It’s all well and good to live a life on the high seas, charting your own destiny Jack Sparrow-like, but eventually a man needs to come home and try and fit back into the life he’d once lost.  Especially if he didn’t become a pirate by choice.  That’s the story of Kit Frazier who comes home to Regency London only to find that everything is exactly the same as before.  The only thing different is himself.  How does he find peace and love?  Through some funny, dangerous, and very sexy adventures!

IN GOOD HANDS (by Kathy Lyons) comes out of my studies in the field of energy healing.  I know a woman who gave up a lucrative practice as an orthopedist to follow research that eventually led her to energy healing.  I am so impressed by this woman that she wandered into my creative subconscious and created my heroine.  My hero has high blood pressure that medicine isn’t helping, and so beings a tour through the wacky world of energy medicine as they struggle to find a cure.  And love.  Always love.  But since it’s a Blaze, there’s plenty of sexy action too! 

So now it’s your turn.  Tell me if you have a kitty in your life, or just tell me to not hurt my kitty! 

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About the Author
A USA Today bestseller, JADE LEE has made her mark with sizzling romances whose unique settings, intriguing backdrops and exotic characters lure you in.” (Romantic Times Book Club reviews).  Her China-set historical romances are a first in genre history.  Her six-book Tigress series stirred reader passions for foreign settings, and her fantasy romances continue to be ground-breaking.  No one does dragons like she does in Dragonborn and Dragonbound!  But she hasn’t forgotten her Regency roots. Look for Wicked Seduction March 2011.

And don’t forget  KATHY LYONS!  She’s Jade’s lighter, funnier, and sexier half.  Kathy writes for Harlequin Blaze, giving us a mesmerizing tale in Under His Spell and then workplace hilarity in Taking Care of Business and the sequel In Good Hands.
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About Monica Burns

A bestselling author of erotic romance, Monica Burns penned her first short romance story at the age of nine when she selected the pseudonym she uses today. From the days when she hid her stories from her sisters to her first completed full-length manuscript, she always believed in her dream despite rejections and setbacks. A workaholic wife and mother, Monica believes it’s possible for the good guy to win if they work hard enough.

39 thoughts on “Pleasure Me With Jade Lee

  1. >Yeah, I have to watch what I say more than what I type. Fortunately, I spend much of my days at home writing, so I can blurt out anything I want. It's just when I go out that I have to remember to button my lip!

  2. >My kitty would probably be my sister, who is also my roommate. I don't have to watch my emails, but I do have to watch what I say, because she's the type of person who reacts emotionally, and that results in such things as dirty dishes that linger around the sink for ages.

    jbrink83 at hotmail dot com
    Arizona

  3. >I have two kitties and love them both and threaten them with bloody murder at tleast weekly. Taking a deep breath before commenting would make many situations smoother so that is good advice from your friend.

    linze_e at hotmail dot com
    WA

  4. >Don't have a kitty, but when I'm upset I always listen to music. Yay! More dragons! Don't hurt the poor cute kitty 🙂

    S _ libenson AT Yahoo DOT COM
    Texas Dallas

  5. >Hi Monica and Jade ,
    Loved the post. I don't have a kitty but "Please don't hurt the kitty". 🙂
    I look forward to reading your books. I have so much appreciation for the work that goes into every book I read.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750@aol.com
    N.J. USA

  6. >Jade,
    I usually write my comment to the question the visiting author poses — then I read the comments posted.

    The comments to this post reiterated why there are so many differing opinions when we read books. (Sometimes I'll read a review after reading a book, and think, "Did we read the same book?") When I read this post, I took the "kitty" to be a metaphor — thus, was amazed at the number of commenters who spoke of their actual cats.

    Thus, my original post was: Someone needs to tape the picture of that kitten to my steering wheel (and have Elizabeth Hoyt {*sigh, don't I just wish*} write "idiot drivers" on the name sticker). I suffer from road rage. I say my very worst curse words when I'm driving. There are just too many slow, rude, oblivious drivers on the road.
    -Vonda

    2much2reid {at} comcast {dot} net / Texas

  7. >Oh, I have a couple of "kitties" in my life, both literally and figuratively. My literal kitty is my cat, Monty, who is my baby now that my other "babies" have left the nest. He is very spoiled but very loving and I can't imagine any ONE or THING harming him. My figurative kitty is my husband. I have a tendency to "fly off the handle" sometimes and can get very "agitated" very quickly but my husband reminds me to take deep breaths and count to 10 before I "hurt somebody". 🙂

    BornajhawkATaolDOTcom
    Kansas

  8. >We haven't had a kitty in the house since we lost our Gerald over ten years ago. If he were here, he would join me in saying "Please don't hurt any kitties!"

    BTW, I love the "kitties" (white tigers) found
    on Jade's bookmarks.

    Pat Cochran
    p-cochran@juno.com
    Texas

  9. >Please don't hurt the kitty! :< This is kind of funny to read, because I'm usually the kitty, lol. My friends come to me to be talked down from flying off the deep end.

    julieguan AT gmail DOT com
    California

  10. >Hello Jade and Monica !!

    This was a very timely post for me as I am in the middle of revisions suggested by my agent on my third manuscript, you know, the one we both REALLY want to sell? Did I mention, I HATE revisions???

    Funnily enough, when I got the two pages of suggestions from my agent after she read the book I was HORRIFIED! I told everyone "She hated it!" And I believed it! Then I waited a few days and took her up on the phone call she suggested. We talked over her suggestions and gradually I realized, just as you did, that dammit she was right. SIGH!! So now I am in the middle of gutting and sewing back together my baby.

    I am so glad I decided NOT to Hurt the Kitty. However, if she doesn't like the book after all of this I may need to put TWO kitties up there to remind me!

    And I DO love a good pirate book!

    louisa@louisacornell.com

    Alabama

  11. >Yes, I do have a kitty – my dear Husband. He has kept my ground through my many rants and raves. I'm sure I may have tried to kick at least once at some time during these many years, but he's been quick enough to move out of the way!

    cindersmaria @ yahoo DOT com
    South Carolina

  12. >Hello all! I'm so sorry for the delay in getting here today! Computer problems kept me from participating until now. ARG! But here I am now, and I loved reading all your posts! I am happy to say that so far, I have not hurt my kitties! (Although my real ones have started bringing in wild mice as fun toys…yuck!)

    Loved hearing about all your kitties and hooties and family friends who kept you from saying waht you were thinking. It's a hard process to learn isn't it?

    Big thank you to all who have read my work and those who are now going to check me out. And yeah…there will be more from my dragons! Soon! I swear!

    I'm gonna grab some dinner and check back in a bit. And again, everyone, so sorry I wasn't able to comment earlier!

  13. >Hi! I love the sound of your books. I am about to be buried under my TBR pile! I love it!'

    I don't have a kitty either. But, I always remind myself never to do anything while I am angry and never write anything down you wouldn't want everyone to read. 🙂

    Can't wait to find one of your books, they sound fabulous!

    julieboo817 at gmail dot com
    Arizona

  14. >LOL, I have a kitty that purrs and a metaphorical one as well. Probably several metaphorical ones. I wish they worked better 🙂

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com
    MN, USA

  15. >Good Afternoon Jade and Monica….Lol…loved the post….Don't hurt the kitty…..I don't have a kitty of my own but I do a pretty good job of controlling what I put into any emails…lol….

    junegirl63(at)gmail.com
    US Resident

  16. >Funny post. Not really a pet person, brother had a very friendly cat who'd put her paws around his neck, hug him like a baby. Love your dragons, Jade.

    pambook alt email pamreads @ mail.com from CT

  17. >Sylvia, I'm so glad you got the bookmarks. I think I was late in sending them! And your husband read the flyer! Oh my! Did I intrigue him enough that he wants to read! I do have a lot of men readers. *grin*

  18. >Hey Jade,
    No one would dare hurt your kitty. I don't have one, but I wouldn't mind having one to cuddle with.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com
    NY

  19. >I don't have a kitty; I'm allergic to them!

    Don't hurt yours, please!

    Thanks,
    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com
    Maryland

  20. >Jade –

    My kitty Charlie (aka Atila because he can open the heavy sliding glass door in the kitchen) said to tell you please don't hurt the kitty!

    Charlie loves your books because they make me give him extra kitty treats so that I can keep reading your stories!

    I can't wait to read Wicked Surrender and Charlie asked me to thank you for naming Kit after him and all the kitties in the world.

  21. >Monica, got my bookmarks and bookplate signed by you in the mail yesterday. Thank you so much. My husband even read the flyer for Pleasure Me and said how nice it was for an author to make time to connect with her readers the way you do.
    What a special treat. I have been reading Jade Lee for several years now and was hooked from the start. I know almost nothing about asian culture, but her books put me in the setting and describe it without bogging me down and preventing me from enjoying the story.
    I love that you have to have a kitty. I blustered through life for several years without a filter between my brain and my mouth. Who doesnt love a sassy woman, right? Seems, in my case anyway, there is a fine line between sassy and full fledged bitch. I got my first "kitty" when I married my husband, who had a daughter from a previous marriage. No matter how mad I would get, or want to give my opinion, sometimes I had to keep my mouth shut for the sake of the child. I soon learned it was a valuable skill in other parts of life as well, especially dealing with work and family. Over the years, I guess I have become a full fledged crazy cat lady with a house full of kitties that help me monitor my behavior. Love to know I am not the only one.
    Sylvia
    shumphreymlt@gmail.com
    Mississippi

  22. >Enjoyed the post. You're an artist — you're allowed to be extrovert & swing between extremes 😉 though prob best to not do it at the cafe table if you want to be allowed back in 😉 I agree that it's always best to wait to send the email until after your emotions have settled some so I agree — Don't hurt the kittie, it only wants to help. Congrats on the releases 😀

    gamistress66 (at) aol (dot) com
    VA

  23. >Don't hurt your kitty! I live next door to a nice but introverted cat. Every time I greet him, he blinks at me in reply.

    I loved "Wicked Surrender" (and not only because it had my favorite cover model, Paul Marron, on it) and I can't wait to read poor Kit's story. You really made the poor boy suffer, didn't you?

    ironss[at]gmail.com
    California

  24. >Hey, Jade! Love this blog!

    My kitty would have to be my husband. He keeps me grounded and gives me a subtle signal if he sees that I'm losing patience. Being home with our kids all the time can do that to a person! LOL

    ~Andrea
    dadaw1321 AT numail DOT org
    Georgia

  25. >I don't have a kittie…but this was an interesting post. Congrats on the new release, the book sounds really good and who doesn't love a pirate every now and again?

    June in KY
    hmanning[at]bellsouth[dot]net

  26. >roflmao – I have lots of kitties and I would never hurt a kitty lol. What striking covers too!

    catslady5(at)aol.com
    PA

  27. >Jade and Monica – Good morning!
    I am sorry but I don't have a kitty – I had a very bad experience with them. I love animals as long as they are someone else's pet. I can't handle when something happens to them. To much sadness.
    I am excited to log on to my e-mail because I have to see who Monica has on line each day.
    I just can't believe that I can leave a comment to the different authors that are on this site.
    Thank you very much Monica.
    I am albe to catch what new books to read next.
    cky15

    cwall88@yahoo.com
    Utah

  28. >How I can relate to your rantings about someone wanting to make a change to your work—I'm an accountant, and I feel the same way and I'm always speaking before I think and getting into trouble—I desparately need a kitty!!!

    farrell@crosslake.net

  29. >Beautiful trailer Jade! I added Wicked Seduction to my wish list. My kitty would have to be my boys. They keep me grounded and laughing. Their kisses and hugs always turn a bad day into a good one!

    cbandy10(at)hotmail(dot)com

    New York

  30. >Loved this post. I think I have a Kitty in my life and that would be my younger brother. We've always been very close and talk about everything. He's the only person in the entire world who can give me criticism and I'll actually listen to what he has to say without getting upset and I do the same for him.

    miztik_rose@yahoo.com
    Nevada

  31. >Good morning Jade and Monica!
    well I can safely say I am very sick this morning and your post amused me so much that I figure your books have to be that amusing as well! 🙂 I will look them up on the nook while I am trying to recover.
    as for rethinking what you write a very good point I am a say what I am thiking kind of girl whether in person or in email it gets me into a bit of trouble now and then because I tend to hurt peoples feelings, I do try to rethink things now days but sometimes it just doesnt work out for me the way i wanted it to!
    thanks for the great blog

    Kris b
    krysti33 @ frontier dot com

  32. >Good Morning.What a wonderful post. Thank you for sharing. I have "Wicked Surrender"and now have put "Wicked Seduction" on my TBR list.The covers are gorgous.I enjoy pirates and historicals.This one sounds very interesting.As to a kitty,yes I have a black male,who has only a few specks of white here and there.My family calls him demon(he is sooo mean),but his name is Sassy(my grandson,named him).He was a rescue cat of sorts,my daughter find him at her house,his mom apparently had been killed by dogs.So,I bottle feed him,he was only a few days old.The vet says every black cat he has dealt with,is mean.Hey he has is moments of sweetness,playfulness and he is soo cute.But,if he gets mad,he eyes turns red and his hair stands up. He will be three in May.We also have a parrot,she to is a little mean,loves to bite.She will call him sweety and he goes to her.They get along wonderfully.What a pair we have,so entertaining and what company they are to us.They also love to ride.We take them with us to the beach,in their carriers,of course.They seem to enjoy going,seating on the porch and watching people go here and there.
    Thank you for taking a few minutes of your time for your readers today.Have a great weekend.Keep writing your wonderful stories.
    tarenn98[at]yahoo[dot]com
    North Carolina

  33. >Good morning everyone! I've notified Jade, and she'll be here as soon as she kind. I'm going to be under the waves finishing Inferno's Kiss this weekend if it kills (it probably will!).

    Have fun talking with Jade, she's a blast!! Love her books and her.

  34. >Oh dear, Jade, please don't hurt your kitty…!

    Very interesting post. I am not a writer nor aspire to be one but I love hearing about the creative process from those who can and do write.

    WICKED SURRENDER looks awesome — I just pre-ordered it for my Kindle. I have a soft spot for pirate books but haven't read one in a while. Squeee! Looking forward to Tuesday.

    BabsVick AT gmail DOT com
    Virginia

  35. >Hi Jade,

    Enjoyed your post today and loved the vid too. I don't have any of your books on my TBR shelf but that is soon to change. Kit and Maddy sound fantastic together.

    Don't have a kitty but I read somewhere recently about sending angry, scathing emails. Don't address it first…always wait until after you've had a chance to re-read what you wrote. You can rant and rave all you want, but, by then, you may be cooled down enough to look at your words rationally. IMO, good advice. I put this in the 'I wish I knew then what I know now' category. I sent one of those angry rants once and was sorry for it a few days later. We eventually got past the hurt feelings, but it did take a while.

    kkhaas at bellsouth dot net
    NC, USA

  36. >Hello, Jade! You are a very versatile storyteller! Stentorian in your speaking voice and also in your voice as an author : )

    I don't have a kitty–I have a hoot-owl aka "Hootie". My late mother's best friend decided to make me one of her priorities, offering me endless unwanted advice and wedging herself into my life. She's very short, white-haired, and wears big glasses. She is omnipotent : ) I keep telling myself that she means well. She just doesn't care how she goes about it! Don't hurt the Hootie!

    VA–USA Resident, GFC Follower, Subscriber

    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

  37. >Good morning, Jade Lee & Monica! I can't believe I'm the 1st to offer a comment this morning! Please don't hurt your kitty! I thought your post was very interesting. I want to thank you and all the wonderful authors who spend hours every day agonizing over a story to be enjoyed by the masses. Every time I read a good book, I silently send a thank you to the author for the respite. Your books sound wonderful. I love pirates… and energy healing… that's a new twist! I'm into all the new age stuff too.
    Linda T.
    lindalou(at)cfl(dot)rr(dot)com
    Florida, USA