The Cougar Journals
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Date of Publication: January 9, 2015
Word Count: 13692
Cover Artist: Sour Cherry Designs
Book Trailer: N/A
Commercial real estate agent, Ava Baldassari, is done with being a good girl. Recently having revamped her self-image, home and wardrobe she finds there is one thing left that needs updating; her sex life.
She runs into her friend and running partner, Cole, one night when she is out with a friend. A bit drunk she flirts with him and is surprised by the enthusiastic response he gives back.
Things reach a point where she has to make a decision whether or not to cross a line she never has before.
Ava is forty and Cole is twenty-five, is she really ready to become a cougar?
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“I’ve been wanting to do this for a while,” he whispered in my ear, still pressed against me as he unzipped my dress.
Me too, I wanted to say. But I didn’t. I was adrift in the onslaught of sensation as he slid the fabric from me, trailing kisses down my back as it went. Making me aware as I never had been of how sensitive the skin there could be. When he reached the small of my back, he lingered, kneading my skin with his tongue and teeth. His hands ran down my legs and then back up to my breasts, and I savored the feel of his fingers. My breaths came heavier. I had been needing this for too long.
He rose and turned me toward him, towering over me. His cap was gone and his dark hair was askew, as though he had run his fingers through it, giving him that sexy just-woke-up look. I slid my fingers from the waist of his jeans, underneath his shirt, to his muscled back. The ridges of strength there were too tempting beneath my fingertips. How did he find the time to work out that much? I had to see with my own eyes. Fisting the hem of his shirt in my hands, I pulled his t-shirt up to remove it. Why should I be the only one standing here naked? With a chuckle, he complied, lifting the shirt over his head and flinging it away in the casual manner of an underwear model on TV.
Sure, I had imagined what he looked like with his shirt off, but the reality was ten times better. He had a runner build, but that was filled out with muscle. The planes of his chest were topped by strong shoulders and arms, which seemed to blossom over the lean ridges of his abdominals, creating a definite contrast. I couldn’t help reaching out and touching him. I ran my hands over his skin, tracing my way upward to the light coating of black hair on his pectorals. He leaned his pelvis into me, forehead on mine, his erection pressing into me, making me shiver with anticipation.
We were on the brink of something oh-so-good, and I was dying to plunge ahead. Yet, I hesitated. Questions burned in my mind. I tried to hold them back, knowing serious talk would ruin the moment. That lasted about two seconds before I gave in.
“Um…” I said.
He lifted his head from mine and looked at me.
I cocked my head at him. “Did you just say you’ve been wanting to do this for a while?” Had he been scoping me out all this time, as I had him?
He nodded. “Who wouldn’t? Look at you. You’re gorgeous.”
I glanced down at myself. My ample buxom looked perfect in the black, lace push-up bra I wore, and the matching thong sat just right, low on my hips. I still had on my red heels, which added a lady-killer effect.
Then I glanced at him. The smoldering look he gave me trumped anything I observed on the physical plane. The messages coming from him on a subliminal level promised pleasure that made me squirm with heat.
“You know it’s going to be good between us, Ava,” Cole said.
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Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
Yes! Always. Since I was very young and read my first Black Stallion novel. Creative writing was what I always looked forward to in school and I’m glad I came back to it later in life. When I got my first acceptance letter…well, there are no words to describe how incredibly great it felt!
When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
Hm. Nothing like an acceptance letter to make it all real, hehe. Of course, I did get a couple rejections as well. But an acceptance letter made it all better. Okay, but that aside, I’ve always felt born to be a writer. And when I finally took myself seriously a year and a half ago, I was prepared for the long haul. Once I set my mind to something I can be really determined and I think it’s at that point that I pulled my writer’s cap out of the secret closet and put it on my head.
How long did it take to get your first book published?
Surprisingly not that long. I hear so many stories about it taking years to get published so I was very surprised at how quickly I was able to get my work onto the market. I finished my first book (Stealing Cupid’s Bow) and pitched it to several publishers at the first California Dreamin’ conference. One of them, Decadent Publishing, offered me a contract 2-3 months later. Following that it came back from edits oh…I think, four or five times. That is a full length novel so by the time I reviewed it the fifth time I was ready to drop kick it across the room, lol. But, being a new author at the time, I really appreciated Decadent’s thoroughness. It really brought my work up to a whole new level and I learned a lot.
Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?
Oh yes. For now. I have worked as a pharmaceutical sales rep since 1999. It’s a great job but I often wonder how much more I could have written in the last year, above and beyond the 7 manuscripts I completed, if I’d had more time. Nah…who am I kidding? I work best when I have a tight schedule. Nothing like a little stress to make you get something done. I think any sales job is a great life skill builder. No matter who you are or what you do, at some point those are skills you will need. I find myself needing them even now as an author, and am really glad I have them!
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
Man Candy is my latest. It came out on January 9th of this year. Oh man, this one couldn’t be easier to summarize. It’s about a “cougar’s” first time taking a young man into her bed.
Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?
I’m one of those crazy hybrids. Hehe. My publisher for Man Candy is Evernight Publishing. But I have also published with Hot Ink Books, Decadent Publishing, self-published and also turned all my books into audiobooks as well.
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
Depends on the length of the book. But I have myself on a schedule of putting down 1500 words most days. So if it’s a short story it could take a week. If it’s a novella, a couple weeks. Novels you would think I could get down in a month or two but those take a little longer on the development and research side sometimes.
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
You are going to see me growing in multiple different areas. When I first started I wanted to focus on paranormal and fantasy but somehow I have also now written contemporary and suspense. I also have a strong urge to write a post-apocalyptic series and have been getting the bones of those ideas down on paper.
What genre would you place your books into?
Paranormal, Fantasy, Contemporary and Suspense…so far. I don’t like to limit myself. I just write the stories that want to be written an then they fit themselves into whichever box they belong.
Do you have a favorite character from your books? And why are they your favorite?
Oh man. Tough choice. I love them all. But if I could only meet one in person it would Alexander (Cupid) from Stealing Cupid’s Bow. Who wouldn’t want to meet the God of Love? He trumps all other men just because of that. lol
How long have you been writing?, and who or what inspired you to write?
I have been seriously pursuing my career as an author for about a year and a half now. Prior to that I just dabbled and kept it in the back of my mind as one of those dreams that never come true. I just always loved creative writing since I was a kid. That was what I always looked forward to in school. I find that my brain really hates memorizing facts and figures or trying to do math *shudders*. But if you sit me down with a pen and paper and tell me to write story about people journeying to another planet after the earth explodes, my brain lights up!
Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
It’s more of a time and word count thing. I usually sit down at 8 pm and peck at the keyboard until either 10 pm or I’ve hit 1500 words, whichever comes first. Do I always make it? No, but I give it 110%! Sometimes music helps, sometimes it doesn’t. When I wrote Rock Star Ex I always had a Guns N Roses song playing. And for one I am working on now about a female DJ, I like to have electronic dance music on. But for the others I liked having it quiet so I could hear myself think.
Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?
When I have time I try to look at them all. I really appreciate those people who have gone out of their way to let me know what they thought of my book whether it’s good or bad. Even if it’s just a star rating, I always appreciate it. When I shop for products online I appreciate seeing both good and bad reviews myself so that I have a well-balance perspective of what I’m getting into.
Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
I’ve always had trouble with titles. But I guess the ones I’ve chosen have been good enough because my publishers haven’t yet asked me to change any of them. The usually come to me after I’m immersed in the book.
Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books? (Morals as in like Aesops Fables type of "The moral of this story is..")
Nah. The only goal I have when I write a story is to make it entertaining. If I have pulled a reader into my world long enough to make them forget about their everyday life then I’ve done my job.
Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?
I was raised with paperback. That’s my go-to format. But, in a pinch, I am so glad that I can download books to my iPhone. That’s like my emergency stash. I have grown to love audiobooks in the last year. They help me keep my sanity during the day while I’m on the road.
What is your favorite book and Why? Have you read it more than once?
I have a lot of favorites. My most recent favorite is the Twilight series and I have read them all multiple times. It’s crazy. I’m one of those people who is like a small child and reads/watches things over and over again. I also have movies and TV episodes I watch over and over. Maybe it’s because I have such a bad memory. Lol.
Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?
Since I became serious I have tried to write them all with movies in mind. I think my short stories would make poor films but great YouTube clips J
Your favorite food is?
Breyer’s Chocolate Chip ice cream. The chips are nice and big and chewy. So yum!
Your favorite singer/group is?
I love EDM (electronic dance music). It’s the only music that I could dance to all night and not even notice how sore my feet are.
Your favorite color is?
Yellow. The color of sunshine and happiness.
Your favorite Author is?
At the moment it is Richelle Mead. I’ve read her Succubus series and the Vampire Academy series and love them both! She is very gifted.
Jewel Quinlan had an abundant imagination and a strong desire to write novels from a young age. She particularly enjoys writing paranormal and fantasy romance but also writes contemporary as well.
An avid traveler, she has visited fifteen countries so far (which she enjoys using as settings in her novels) and has plans to see more of the world. She has a particular fondness for Bavaria and studies the German language as one of her hobbies.
During the day, she works as a pharmaceutical sales representative and, at night, she writes romance. She currently lives in Orange County, California with her dog Penny.
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