Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Author Post: Jayden Brooks and That's Who I Am

Smoocher's Voice is happy to welcome Jayden Brooks to the Blog. Jayden recently published her first book: That's Who I Am, with Dreamspinner Press. 


Jayden:

My main character, Jared, has a habit of blurting out whatever pops into his head. Living life without a fully functional filter is something I think many of us can relate to. I know I can.

There’s been many a day where I opened my mouth, brain screaming at me to zip it, and said some pretty embarrassing crap. Sometimes I’m hyper aware it’s happening, but like a train wreck I’m absolutely helpless to stop the carnage. Other times, I won’t realize the err of my mouth until I have a chance to sit and reflect. I’m not sure what’s worse.

I’m going to share an example of one of my more recent, but epic flubs. This one has been eating at me for a while.

I have an itty-bitty fangirl obsession with a certain go-go dancer and his main squeeze. One day, after a few glasses of wine for fortification, I sent an email. I rambled a bit, but otherwise it was fairly straight forward, I was asking for permission to use a photo. Weeks go by and I don’t hear back, I was a little bummed, but I knew he was on an extended tour so I put it behind me, figuring it wasn’t going to happen. Then out of the blue, he sends me a Facebook friend request. And this, right there, is the point when my brain went on hiatus.

I can sweep in and competently handle a disaster with a calm head and a steady hand. I’m serious, even if it involves one of my children (two or four legged) and copious amounts of blood. But a happy surprise will trip me up. Every. Single. Time.

So as I’m scrambling in shock at his merely sending me a friend request, screeching like banshee… he sends me a pm. And I was done. My oxygen starved brain ceased all non-essential functions. That’s the only excuse I have. Even with the benefit of not having to immediately respond, of having the opportunity to stop and think before I hit send… my little piggy’s flew across the keyboard and let fly responses that would convince anyone that I was not competent enough to write a grocery list, much less a book. I goobered all over the nice man. Needless to say, the photo thing didn’t happen, I think it was mostly due to bad timing, but I’ll never be 100% certain.

Do you have an embarrassing story? I’d love to hear it.





Blurb:

Jared Winters’s life has been little more than a collection of moments where he didn’t think before opening his mouth. Always a bit different, he’s learned to accept an existence on the outside looking in. But one day, his mouth lands him in a position that nearly costs him his life. Only the timely intervention of Sophie, his twin Conner’s ex-girlfriend, saves him.

Siblings Sophie and Donovan Carrigan step in and offer support, comfort, and a place to call home. Under their care, Jared begins to heal and learns to trust just enough to act on his attraction to Donovan. He just hopes it’s worth the risk.



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Author Bio:

Jayden Brooks is a pretty cool chick. Just ask her friends. She's a woman of great mystery and suspense, but she can't tell a lie without confessing. She's fond of gingers, tea, and tales of hot men falling in love with each other—not necessarily in that order. She lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her family, a golden retriever who goes by the name of Mickey, and a cat who wandered in one day and never left. More than anything, she believes that love is love, and everybody deserves a chance at a happily ever after.

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23 comments:

  1. But are you still facebook friends??? My favourite moment was when I got to meet some "adult film entertainers" and this gorgeous young American boy came sat down RIGHT next to me smiling and saying "Hi how ya doing" ..... and I moved over 6 inches cos PERSONAL SPACE!!! *head desk*

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    1. Yeah, we are still friends. Turns out he's kinda awesome and very forgiving.

      And OMG I can totally see muscle scooting over out of nervs.

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  2. Yeah, I'm not going to share my embarrassing story. Lets just say it involved a very drunk 16 year old me and my first real blow job... Congratulations Jayden. I wish you every success in the world!

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  3. Oh I can imagine. :)

    Thank you, Tina. *hugs*

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  4. Does it count if I opened mouth, and told my boss ( a VP) "No" when directed to have my staff do a particular job? Yep, I was outta the door 4 months later..............

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    1. Oh man! I say it counts! You deserve a reward for standing up and speaking your mind. <3 *hugs*

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  6. I work as an airline agent and I was doing a departure with this newbie girl and I was showing her how to relay messages into the airport and I told her that everyone will hear your messages so be as professional as possible. So she was getting use to have the mic in her hand and this one passenger came up to me and he was deadly hot and when he walked away...I said OMG I would fuck him in a heart beat and then realized this newbie bitch was holding down the MIC so everyone in the airport heard me....I literally wanted to die but it turned out good as he gave me his number and we dated for a year....lol

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  7. THAT! IS! EPIC! I love it. Thank you for sharing! <3

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  8. Congratulations Jayden on your very first book!!!!!!! :D

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  9. Great story & congrats on the book. Totally awesome!!

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    1. Thank you, Rodney! I'm having a blast! :D

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  10. I already told Jayden my Andrew Grey story, when I had a pretty big "foot-in-mouth" moment.. But like Jared, I'm one of those people that is forever stepping in it. If there is a way to say something wrong, I'll probably do it.. And that helps my social anxiety SOOO much lol. Here is my TJ Klune story.. I'm sitting in the lobby of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino waiting for my room-mate to arrive, and I'm with a pretty large group of people all there for GRL 2012, in walks TJ Klune.. I of course turn to whomever was next to me and squeal, "OMG There's TJ Klune!", well the ENTIRE group turns to look and watch him as he is trying to check in.. He notices.. He looks completely creeped out. Being as shy as I am, I didn't say hi or anything, we all just watched him.. except for Anne Tenino, she finally got up and introduced herself.. I finally spoke to him the next day but yep.. made an ass out of myself.

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  11. Congrats on your new release! I love the cover by the way. :)
    Great post!
    Love the comments, and the laughs.
    Wishing you the best Jayden, and continued success!

    Darcy
    pomma @akwolf.com

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  12. hot cover!
    sounds great...would love to read it :)

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  13. book sounds hot.cant wait to read

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    1. Thank you, Jodi. I hope you like it. :D

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  14. Love the sound of your book.
    Great cover

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  16. HI, congratulations on the book. I picked this little gem up at Dreamspinner a week ago. I enjoyed the story line and really felt for Jared. Being in health care can be interesting. I've learned a few things. For example: I walked into a patient's room and introduced myself to the nice 30ish man. Sitting at his bedside is an older woman, I'd say 50ish, and I say "and is this your mother.?" Turned out it was his wife. Now I ask "and how are you related" to any visitors. Saves on embarrassing situations.

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