About BookLessons Learned (The Gifted Realm #2)
Author: Jillian Neal
Publication date: October 30th 2013
Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy
SynopsisOne, breathtakingly hot, passion-filled, night ignites a fire in his soul. Everything in his world should be nothing short of perfection…but he is Rainer Lawson.
His wild evening with Emily is the Realm’s front-page story. Could he have lost the respect of the man that has been like a father to him? Could his family’s hard-earned fortune really dissolve before his very eyes?
Evil rapidly cinches its chokehold, and everything his father fought and died for threatens to implode. Rainer attempts to protect those that he loves and satisfy the fiery passions between he and Emily, but everything in his world is spinning wildly out of control. His desire to prove himself could very well be his undoing.
Sometimes the best of intentions are not enough, but perhaps it is the trials by fire that make the man. Steel sharpens steel, and the passions burn white hot in “Lessons Learned.”
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Jillian lives outside of Atlanta with her husband, and children.
Author InterviewTell us a bit about Layers?Hayley makes a resolution to declare her loose lifestyle over, a resolution that doesn’t stand a chance when sparks of attraction fly as soon as she meets the Daniel Stark.
When she decides to give in to attraction for the very last time with the blessing of her two best friends, Ian the gay self-absorbed, aspiring model and Natasha the witty, borderline neurotic soul mate, they all agree she should not make it more than it is, not with him.But life has its own course and what you plan is not always what you get.
Both Hayley and Daniel who don’t exactly believe in love or relationships for that matter, find themselves battling inner struggles, trying to stay true to their beliefs while irresistibly being pulled toward each other. There you go, Layers in a nutshell…
What inspired you to write Layers?To begin with, the characters of Daniel and Hayley have resided in my mind for a very long time, combine that with a love for surfing, tattoos and humor, and it was just likely that the mixture will end up as a book.
Do you have any traits in common with Hayley the protagonist?There are a few similarities, we both lack a mind to mouth filter. Deep inside we both are what you may call a “good girl.” And both of us care dearly for our friends. But I guess there’s where it ends. Hayley is much more brazen and outspoken, and the entire “loose lifestyle” thing she had going on, definitely not my scene.
Name 5 things that people don’t know about you and about the book!About me:
- I am a non-romantic... that writes romantic books.
- I’ve lived in five different countries and travelled to more than a few dozen.
- I am a words nerd, I skim through dictionaries for fun and try to learn a new word a day. Pathetic but true.
- I add cinnamon to almost everything I cook.
- I named my new baby Daniel as I fell in love with the name while writing Layers.
Do you write full-time or part-time?
- I actually got a publishing contract but decided to decline it and self-publish, still hoping I will not have to drown this decision in many intakes of alcohol.
- Ian’s character is based on a real person.
- For the first half of the book both Hayley and Tasha had different looks.
- One of the most intense scenes was written on 4 sick bags as my Laptop’s battery died in the middle of a flight.
- Snow Patrol’s best songs were played in a loop throughout the writing of the book
Unfortunately, with a five month old baby aka my new boss, I can’t write full-time. I’d love to though, and hope it will become possible for me in the future.
Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
Take a break. Disconnect for a while, don’t think about it, do something that distracts you and then return to your work. Don’t fight it...
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
First and foremost with English being my second language and one of a few that I speak, from time to time, I need to make sure that for example a certain idiom I’m using is actually taken from English and not my translation from one of the other languages that I speak.
Another thing, I try to make my stories believable, stay true to real situations and people. As a writer you sometimes tend to take imagination to the next level. I find myself occasionally reassessing the validity of a situation, asking, if I were this character would I really act a certain way, speak in that way.
Do you read much and if so what are your favorite books?Oh, I read, a lot! I think that if you check my kindle for the amount of books I’ve purchased so far, it will imply that I read about a book and a half a week. I have many favorite books from a variety of genres. The first three that pop to my mind are:Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, The ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ series by George R. R. Martin, The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski.
How do you relax?Sparkling, a bottle or two … just kidding, no drinking problem here, yet… anyway.Two things that set me at ease are aimlessly driving by myself with very loud music as company and cooking. If you find 2-3 freshly baked cakes on my kitchen counter, you can without any doubt assume I was a mess not long before.
What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer?
Who says writers are sane? Overall, I guess, it’s the ability to write, knowing when to come back to the real world, and mostly, having a very thick skin.
Any more books on the horizon?Yes, actually there are two. First, there’s Inner Core, Layers’ sequel which will examine whether a relationship is strong enough to overcome too many mistakes, differences and… life. The lightness and fun will follow this book as well and there’s much to be expected in terms of character development.
The second project is Leaving Me Behind. Leaving Me Behind is about a thirty-something successful business woman who leaves her stressful life to pursue serenity and break her too many strict rules in a coastal city in Spain.
When are these books coming?Inner Core is planned to be released at the beginning of 2014. Leaving Me Behind is expected Mid- 2014.
Rapid Fire Question!!!Coffee or Tea?Coffee and a lot!Drama or humor?Humor, and the crazier the better.Day or night?Night.Sooner or Later?Sooner, always.Reading or writing?Writing.Favorite part of writing?Dialogs.Least favorite part of writing?Editing. And the dreadful synopsis.Something we don’t know about your writing?I make myself laugh, geeky and pathetic as it may sound, I do.What would you take to a deserted Island?My kindle!Best invention of the 21st century?Coffee to go.Is there anything you’d like to add?Yep, first, thank you for having me here. Second, I want to thank everyone who read Layers, a big, fat thank you!
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