Meet Jase Spencer.
He’s just your everyday kinda guy, a hard-partying, hard-living professional hockey player. Nothin’ special.
Good-looking and ripped, the man has moves, on and off the ice. But, he’s also jaded and alone, and tired of living out of suitcases.
For as long as he can remember, hockey has ruled his life. He’s chased pucks across more than a dozen countries, and had his pick of women in any town he visits.
Then he met HER. And now, he’s about to turn his life upside down because of HER. Because he can’t get the one night of passion he shared with a smokin’ hot biker babe out of his head. Unfortunately, DeeDee wasn’t interested in anything long term, and she’s gone before he’s ready.
Life becomes complicated and difficult when Jase is traded to another team, and as he tries to settle in his new hometown, everything seems to conspire against him, determined to go wrong.
Dancing around their mutual attraction, one day he and DeeDee find themselves face-to-face and body-to-body, but will they be able to set aside their past pain and focus on the future they could make together? Can he make her reconsider her relationship fears and trust him?
Jase is on a mission to show her what they have together is worth fighting for, to convince her to take a chance on him. His attempts will bring him squarely into the path of a motorcycle club, earning him the attention of Mason, president of the Rebel Wayfarers MC.
Jase says, “Bring it on.”
You miss 100% of the shots you never take. – Wayne Gretzky
I do believe that I now have a favorite book in the series. I have loved each book in the Rebel Wayfarers MC series but Jase has surpassed them all. Ms. deMora has managed to combine just the right amount of sports romance and MC romance to give me the best of both worlds with this book. As expected, the author adds some seriously hot sex scenes between a sexy as sin hockey player and a sassy yet vulnerable biker babe that nearly had my Kindle overheating. All that along with some MC action, humor, family-building, and appearances by characters from previous books made for an engrossing read.
As it has been several months since I read the first three books in the series, I only vaguely remembered Jase and had no recollection of DeeDee when I began the book. But this mattered very little as each character quickly pulled me into their story on their own merit. One of the many things I enjoy about Ms. deMora’s writing is that she starts each couples’ story at the beginning, before they meet, so that if you pick up a book in the middle of the series you will know all you need to know about the main players in that installment. Despite knowing this about her books, I was not prepared to start off Jase by crying, yet that is exactly what I did when I read DeeDee’s story; in a matter of a few pages, I was heartbroken for her and understood the driving force behind her behavior. I also knew that Jase was going to have a very hard road ahead of him if he intended to make a life with DeeDee, and that was before I was even aware of their age difference. Despite Jase’s repeated assertions throughout the book, I understood her reservations about getting involved with a man 22 years younger than her – a man young enough to be her son. While the support that Jase received from the club was vital, it was his mother’s acceptance and guidance that gave Jase the encouragement he really needed to pursue DeeDee when she kept running and boy could that woman run. Fortunately Jase proved that he could be just as persistent and determined off the ice as he was on the ice and even though it took him longer to make DeeDee his, he finally succeeded.
Another aspect of the author’s writing style I enjoy is that Jase, like the other books in the series, unfolds over several years. This allows the author to interweave the stories in such a way that you get to experience scenes playing out from different points of view, yet doing so without feeling too lost because you don’t know what’s going on as you are only aware of what’s occurring from that character’s perspective. I got to “revisit” scenes from previous books to learn what part Jase played in them and will admit that I was both surprised, yet not to see the level of commitment he brought to the Rebel Wayfarers when he became a member (yeah, that was news). Getting to see the connection that Jase now has to Gunny left me chomping at the bit for the next book in the series, but even my desire for Gunny is overshadowed by my NEED for Mason. The continued revelations of just how much an integral part that Mason plays in the lives of his friends and families has me wanting him to find his much deserved happiness, no matter how painful I know that journey will be for him. No doubt about it, Jase is my favorite to-date but I look forward to seeing what Ms. deMora has in store for the rest of the Rebel Wayfarers.
Jase is completely different from the other books in this series. Jase is a hockey player and not a part of any MC. But, after falling for DeeDee, the widow of a patched member, he gains the attention of Club President, Mason. I loved Mason’s appearance in this book! The way he handles these two is pure perfection!
Normally, changing POVs annoy me. But, it only enhanced and made the story that much better! My heart broke for DeeDee – even though there were times where I wanted to smack her upside the head! You wouldn’t know that she is much older than Jase by the way she acted. His sweetness with her was such a turn on…I want a Jase of my own! Even though he is adorably sweet, he is also a true alpha that knows what he wants. And he wants DeeDee for his own.
deMora is fantastic at storytelling. I absolutely love that these aren’t your standard macho MC men, but a group of guys who know how to treat their women and what is important in their lives. I LOVED this book!
Who in your personal life was the biggest supporter of your writing?
My daughters, both of whom were among the first readers of my first story, Mica. /wave/ Stephie and Hanna!
Do you prefer quiet or background noise when writing? If background noise, what?
Music, always. I’ll find a song that resonates with a character, and put it on repeat until I’m no longer listening to the words, just the evoked emotions.
What is one thing you wish your readers could understand about the writing process?
How stinkin’ easy it is to get it wrong, and how hard it is to get it right. It is so much more than typing or writing the story. It’s about the editing, and rewriting; ripping apart the story to remove the things that don’t advance the storyline, and identifying the pieces that you initially felt were so blatant they didn’t need to be written, but you were wrong.
If your characters could come to life and be a real human, which one do you think you would get along with best and which one would drive you crazy first?
Mason, I’d get along with him the best. He’s plainspoken, straightforward, true, and faithful. LOVE him so freakin’ hard!
Crazy? Yeah, probably Jess, because she has such an in-your-face attitude.
When did you start writing and what was your inspiration?
The when was the week between Christmas 2013 and New Years. I woke up one morning after Thanksgiving that year with a story in my head…no, actually it was a scene. But, by the time I started plunking it onto the page, it was a story. The why was because it was a tenacious, stubborn story that simply would not go away and leave me alone! So, I wrote to try and get the character, Mica, and
her cast of friends out of my head. It didn’t work, by the way!
Is there a genre or type of book that you love to read but could never write and if so why?
Paranormal. At this time, I cannot imagine me having the vocabulary to produce believable scenes that don’t have a foot in reality. I’d love to, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t think that is in the cards for me.
Since you’ve been writing how much has the genre changed? Good, bad?
Not much, since I’m just a baby author. However, even over that short period of time I’ve seen the launch of a number of sub-genres that are interesting.
Seeing more and more authors going the “self-pub’ route. Thoughts?
Cool, do the indie route, but make your product worth the time and money of your readers. Even if your story idea is phenom,
don’t dig yourself a negative review hole by producing un-edited stories, where the readers spend their time highlighting the errors instead of enjoying the story and characters. Understand that you become blind to your own work, and have trained professionals review and edit. Take the time to do it right, then sit back and watch the happy readers come out of the woodwork for your stories!
How much thought do you as an author put into your cover, cover models etc. And has that changed since you started writing. If so, have you or will you go back and re-do covers you’re no longer pleased with?
A ton of consideration and work goes into each cover. Even finding the right cover artist was a project, because I wanted someone who had an understanding of the genre, someone who had seen success. So I trolled the NYT and USAToday best seller lists, making notes about the covers I liked and why – was it the cover image, added elements, use of font treatments, or colors, etc. Then I looked up the cover artists for my favorites, and found a gal who I thought could do the images in my head justice. Fortunately for me, she was avail and I locked her into several books right away. The other thing I wanted was continuity in the look and feel of the covers, so the readers could easily recognize the series. For the images, it’s about what works best. I’ve used licensed stock images, purchased or licensed images from photographers, and even set-up one photoshoot with a model for one – that’s Jase, the book release for this tour. I hope I’m happy enough with the covers that I don’t have to go back and re-do any!
What is the most intense scene you have ever written? Did you find it difficult writing that scene?
That’s for an upcoming book, Gunny, release date June 29. There’s this one scene where the heroine’s ex shows up, and the Hero
has to decide what to do with him. The ultimate and permanent resolution to an ass-hat problem. That scene was extremely difficult to write, and I had to stop a couple of times to step away from the keyboard.
If you could write in any genre that you’ve never tried, what would it be and why?
Historical fiction. I recently read All The Light We Cannot See and LOVED the way Anthony Doerr wove the hard timeline of the
war into the softer emotional scenes of his characters. I think that would be a challenge I would enjoy!
When thinking about writing any specific genre, what triggers your fears and insecurities the most?
Still paranormal, and for me it’s the fear that I wouldn’t be able to position the story and events in such a way that the reader could suspend disbelief.
When writing, what comes first? The characters or the plot?
Yes. In Jase, there was a character who had been introduced in a previous book who showed up unexpectedly, and then tried to take over the book. Seriously tried to take it over. When I did surgery to rip Gunny out of the book, he took nearly 50,000 words with him when he left! In that case, the character drove the plot in its entirety. But there are lots of examples where the plot outline was pretty
much intact at the end of a chapter or section.
Do you find that you write what you love to read? Or a different genre?
I read everything I can get my hands on. Books, papers, magazines, cereal boxes … so I write my genres, plus.
Do you ever write your own personal fantasies into your books?
Fantasies … and experiences! I’ll leave it up to the reader to decide which is which!
How much if any of your story line comes from real life people or events.
There is a certain amount of influence that people and places I know bring to the stories, especially when the setting or events are similar to real life. In some cases, where the individual is still with us, they know they have a character with a trait or two modeled after them. Lots of scenes in the stories began with a sliver of a real experience, but the fiction quickly becomes layered on, so that the reality is no longer distinguishable. Except when it’s not! There’re a few scenes where pieces of dialog or action are taken wholesale from events in my life. Like in Slate, where he falls in the sheep dip? Shortest job I ever held – 4 hours. I fell in the dip twice before I gave up!
How many times do you read what you wrote and think “where the hell did that come from?!”
All the time! Either in amazement as I do my read-through after letting the story sit and season, or as I re-read something I just typed. Most often, the thought is more like “how the hell did I get to be so twisted??!”
Do you have to look at the keys when you type?
Nope, I’m a “close my eyes, tip my head back, and type, type, type, type” person.
How much wood would a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood?
Fourteen pounds of green beans. /nodnods/
What are your two favorite 80’s movies?
The Princess Bride and The Lost Boys. Whew. Love both of those! It’s inconceivable that someone might not have seen them!
Why are man-hole covers round?
HA! I actually know the answer to this one because my middle son works in civil engineering! Round manhole covers cannot fall into the pipe they cover, because the circumference won’t allow it. Round also allows for quick replacement of the cover if needed, because there
aren’t any corners to line up and fit together!
Raised in the south, MariaLisa learned about the magic of books at an early age. Every summer, she would spend hours in the local library, devouring books of every genre. Self-described as a book-a-holic, she says “I’ve always loved to read, but then I discovered writing, and found I adored that, too. For reading … if nothing else is available, I’ve been known to read the back of the cereal box.” She still reads voraciously, and always has a few books going in paperback, hardback, on devices, on napkins!
Oatmeal is her comfort food. She hates gardening but loves flowers; not cut arrangements, but in the wild, outside. She has a deep and abiding respect for our military. Her dad was career Air Force, and flew during the Cuban Missile Crisis, Korean Conflict and Vietnam War. Parades make her cry. Walking Dead is about the only TV she watches anymore, don’t bother her on Walking Dead night, when she’s been known to shout, “Go Team Darryl!” Yes, she’s still sad about Firefly.
She’s a hockey fan, like … a serious hockey fan. She’s loyal to the Edmonton Oilers, but asks that we don’t judge her about that. She also likes the Nashville Predators and Ottawa Senators. The local ECHL team, the Fort Wayne Komets, are a fav of hers, and she has season tickets. She’ll also generally try to hit the road games within a hundred-mile radius.
She’s a wanna-be hiker, working on a “bucket list” of hikes like Knobstone (completed in four days mid-April 2014 – whoooo!), sectioning parts of the AT (51 miles in Georgia in early-May 2014), and now and then looking west towards PCT.
She embraces her inner geek; MariaLisa has been working in the tech field for a couple decades. A sometime PC gamer, she still plays EverQuest after all these years. She says, “What can I say, I’m loyal (see above, I’m an Oilers fan LOL). Yes, I’ve heard of WoW, and have a coupla toons there, too.”
On music, she says, “I love music of nearly any kind—jazz, country, rock, alt rock, metal, classical, bluegrass, rap, gangstergrass, hip hop—you name the type, I probably listen to it. I can often be seen dancing through the house in the early mornings. But what I really, REALLY love is live music. My favorite way to experience live music is seeing bands in small, dive bars [read: small, intimate venues]. If said bar [venue] has a good selection of premium tequila, then that’s a definite plus!”