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Giveaway: Beauty and the Billionaire by Jessica Clare

To celebrate the release of Beauty and The Billionaire by Jessica Clare aka Jessica Sims aka Jill Myles, we have a lovely 10 copy digital book giveaway. This will be a short one, running from today until Wednesday, but the good news is that if you don’t win, the full length romance is only $2.99.

Beauty and the Billionaire

Why do you want to read this book? Let’s see what Jess/Jess/Jill has to say:

1) You have a lot of names. Are you, in fact, three different people?

Just one person!

2) If you are not three different people, why the different names?

I…like a challenge? Just kidding! I started out under one pen-name (Jill Myles) and published a series through Pocket that was kind of part urban fantasy, part erotic romance, part light and funny. I know – I love a challenge, right? It didn’t do as well as we’d hoped sales-wise, so when I pitched my shifter romances to Pocket, we thought we’d go with a new name and a new brand. Thus, Jessica Sims was born. When I contracted with Berkley for my contemporary romances, they suggested a new pen name as well, and I figured I was starting a collection, so why not? I continue to self-publish under Jill Myles because I’m a stubborn cuss.

Long story short:

  • Jessica Clare: Contemporary romances
  • Jessica Sims: Shifter romances
  • Jill Myles: Little bit of everything else

3) One of my favorite series by you is the Reality TV series. Every one of your reviews for Wicked Games pretty much starts out with “I don’t really like Reality TV books, but I liked this one.” Did you expect that?

No! You mean everyone doesn’t love Survivor as much as I do? LIFE HAS LOST ALL MEANING…

Just kidding. I had an idea. I wrote it many, many moons ago and pitched it to my agent because I loved it. She told me that reality TV romances were a really hard sell, so I had an idea. But in self-publishing, anything goes and so I wanted that book to have a chance. I’m actually super happy that everyone seems to enjoy it regardless of topic.

As for the reality TV angle, I love a good ‘situation’ romance. You know, hero and heroine are thrown together in a situation, and shenanigans occur. It’s the perfect set-up to bring together personalities that wouldn’t normally give each other the time of day. I’m also a fan of the scheming. Who doesn’t love scheming?

4) The Billionaire series isn’t full of dark brooding heroes but seemingly ordinary women and decent guys with a lot of money. Why are your characters so decent and likeable?

My first rule of characters is that I have to like them as people. I loathe a hero that’s so far up his own asshole (pardon the french) that he treats the heroine like shit until the 11th hour and then magically all is forgiven. NO. Or maybe I’m just a big grudge carrier. I wouldn’t forgive that and I don’t expect my heroines to, either. There have to be qualities to the hero and heroine both that make them decent human beings, or I just can’t get past the first page. I just can’t.

5) How important do you think humor is?

It is the peanut butter with the jelly. :) I am not a serious person in real life (like, at ALL) and I am constantly looking for the humor in a situation, so it naturally carries over into my writing. I also mentally get ‘in’ to my stories when I’m writing them. I read books that influence the feel of them, listen to music that influences it, daydream constantly about the next scene, watch movies to refill the well, etc. I’m ‘in’ and living the story while I’m writing it. Which is also why I can’t write dark, hugely morbid books. I’d be so depressed!

6) Does your mom read your sex scenes?

My mom is my alpha reader and she reads everything. She is not a fan of the anal scenes, though. She called me up and squealed with horror after reading one. I think I scarred her permanently after that.

7) What’s the craziest question you’ve ever been asked as a writer?

Well, someone did ask me to guide them in their career because they wanted to write books and make a lot of money. It took about an hour into a serious conversation about agents and contracts and such that this person pointed out that they were ‘thinking about getting a computer’ and when they did, they’d then start writing ‘seriously’. Ooookay.

8) What’s so great about your release of Beauty and the Billionaire?

I know it’s cool to go on and on about how awful traditional publishers are at the moment, but I am so in love with Berkley Intermix for really pushing my Billionaire books. We have an awesome price ($2.99! full length book!) and great covers and some behind the scenes stuff going on that makes me ultra excited. Basically, they’ve been incredible to work with and I couldn’t have asked for more. I feel like they’re really paying attention to the shifts in the market and are trying out some new stuff, and I’m super grateful that they believe in me enough to push my books.
Also, I kind of heart the book in a major way. Big scarred virgin hero. Loudmouth, forward heroine. It kinda called to me.

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Sandy
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 10:04:09

    Love G.A Aiken aka Shelly Laurenston-she writes with so much humor and of course Darynda Jones-her Charley Davidson series

  2. Amy R
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 10:06:07

    Shelly Laurenstons Pride Series always cracks me up.

  3. Rebe
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 10:08:48

    When I really need a laugh I read Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer. It slays me! I also like her What the Lady Wants.

  4. Jennifer Wilck
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 10:10:05

    I love books with humor in them! Honestly don’t have a favorite at this time, though. Good luck with your book–it sounds terrific.

  5. Fran S.
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 10:11:38

    I’m a new fan–I just picked up Fire & Frost and Speed Mating was totally my favorite part of the collection. This is really exciting, thanks for the giveaway!

    and I have to second the comment that G.A Aiken/Shelly Laurenston cracks me up :)

  6. Jules
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 10:13:54

    My favorite funny books are the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones, the Pride series by Shelly Laurenston, and the Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole. IAD is more wtf zaniness than ha-ha funny but I adore the crazy things Nix says or does.

  7. Sarah
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 10:17:18

    I have enjoyed her books in the past. I especially liked The Care and Feeding of an Alpha Male. The cake stuff was cute.

    Also, my favorite funny book, hm, that’s tough but I liked Jane Graves for amusing romances.

  8. Renda
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 10:20:58

    I love Jennifer Crusie for humor. But recently enjoyed Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid. Excellent book, funny, well written.
    And I also have to add Saving Saffron Sweeting by Pauline Wiles since I just finished it last night. Very fun and funny.

  9. Hanne
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 10:24:59

    I also love the Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole when it comes to humor – there are always quite a few “giggling manically” or “snorting loudly enough to scare my husband” moments to be found :)

  10. CrystalGB
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 10:30:15

    Sandra Hill’s Viking books make me laugh. :)

  11. may
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 10:31:38

    Jennifer Cruise and Susan Elizabeth Phillips write many funny books!

  12. Jacqueline
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 10:33:57

    They aren’t romance novels, but the books in Lisa Lutz’s Spellman Files series are hilarious nonetheless.

  13. Andrea2
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 10:37:34

    I love Linda Howard’s Blair Mallory books – To Die For and Drop Dead Gorgeous. They are not strictly comedies, but they are pretty funny as well as being just plain fun! Wish she’d write another in the series.

  14. LauraB
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 10:52:43

    Hmm…. I do like a book with wit. This isn’t a romance, but my favorite “funny” books are the Discworld books by Terry Pratchett. I just wish more people would use “crivens”!

  15. Angie
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 10:53:23

    My favorite funny book is STRAIGHT MAN by Richard Russo. Tears of laughter every time.

  16. Justine
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 11:01:52

    Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern is hilarious year-round, not just for Father’s Day! I didn’t think Halpern’s follow-up I Suck at Girls was as funny, though.

  17. Lammie
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 11:07:32

    My favourite funny book is Good Omens. Having the four horseman of the apocalypse ride in on motorcycles never gets old.

  18. Lisa J
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 11:10:11

    Books with humor are my favorite. I agree with Hanne about the Immortals After Dark series. It was also the humor in the first Julie Garwood book I read that hooked me on her writing.

  19. Alison Robinson
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 11:11:42

    Sadly, what everyone else said, Shelley Laurenston/G A Aiken, also great shout for Good Omens (love the speaking to plants to make them grow). I also really enjoyed Wicked Games

  20. JenM
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 11:12:07

    Okay, you’ve said the magic words, “scarred, virgin hero” LOL. I am so there! For funny, I love Jennifer Crusie. Every time I reread Bet Me, I just crack up. In PNR, I’d also agree with the other commentors that Shelly Laurenston is very funny also.

  21. Mo
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 11:17:04

    I always had towards books with humorJillSHalvis, Angie Fox, Lisa Lutz . . . .

  22. Jess
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 11:26:22

    Susan Elizabeth Phillips always makes me laugh. Lady Be Good especially.

  23. cleo
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 11:34:48

    My favorite funny author is Jennifer Crusie. But the funniest scenes I’ve read recently were in Forever Promised by Amy Lane – it’s the final book in a high octane, over the top, super charged angsty series and it’s pretty angsty – but there are several coaching 6 yr old soccer scenes that made me laugh out loud and then continue giggling for days later, whenever I thought about it.

  24. Tabs
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 11:45:34

    Jennifer Crusie is my go-to funny lady.

    I also love the Shelly Laurenston books. I just gobbled the whole Magnus Pack trilogy up this past weekend.

  25. Kim
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 12:13:44

    Any Julie James, Rachel Gibson or Susan Elizabeth Phillips book.

  26. Kristi
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 12:38:24

    Susan Elizabeth Phillips makes me laugh a ton. I love her ‘Nobody’s Baby but Mine’.

    I just have to say I ADORE Jill Myles’s Survivor book and started glomming the rest of her other stuff! I can’t wait to read Beauty and the Billionaire.

    FYI – The Rafflecopter 3rd entry is not legit because the facebook URL is not correct.

    EDIT: Okay, the facebook url is correct but Jill Myles is a friend page. Jill! Think positively! Get a fan page because friends can only have 5,000 friends! :) You will be past that in no time! Do it now before you have to ask all your “friends” to “fan” your new page you create.

  27. Evelyn
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 12:47:47

    Love her comment about liking her characters in real life which makes me happy because I like to like the characters in real life too in order for me to go back and read another book by the same author.

  28. Jae Lee
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 12:53:55

    For funny reads, I really love Pratchett’s Discworld novels, especially the ones that feature The Luggage. If I had to pick one, it would be The Colour of Magic.

  29. MaryK
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 13:18:45

    I’m liking Kerrelyn Sparks’ vampire series. They remind me of Lynsay Sands’ series only a little more serious. In the first book, the vampire hero loses a fang and has to have it replaced. It could’ve been silly, which isn’t my kind of humor, but since within the plot it was acknowledged as a ridiculous thing to happen, it worked for me.

  30. Jess1
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 14:05:28

    Wild About You by Kerrelyn Spark is quite humorous. Your last line about the scarred hero is very appealing to me.

  31. Erica H
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 14:08:06

    Jennifer Crusie Agnes and the Hitman!

  32. Nancy B
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 14:48:50

    Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore is my favorite funny book.

  33. Lindsay
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 14:50:50

    I REALLY enjoyed Stranded with a Billionaire (and didn’t think I would as I wasn’t a fan of the billionaire trope) and am eagerly looking forward to all the rest in this series. Who knew you’d take something I didn’t like and make it catnip?

    Tina Fey’s Bossypants was the most recent funny book I’ve read, I love humour in books but I don’t think I classify a lot of books as strictly funny. There are a lot of suggestions here for me to get started though.

  34. Lozza
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 14:51:09

    I’m a fan of Bill Bryson’s travel books when I want a laugh.

  35. cyclops8
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 14:53:39

    One of my favorites is Jon Stewart’s “Naked Pictures of Famous People.”

  36. mssarahb
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 15:06:39

    Favorite funny book of all time: My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell.

  37. kp
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 15:27:45

    I am reading the cut & run series…and while not a “funny” book there is so much humor in this series!!! Love them…

  38. Jennifer
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 15:38:22

    Welcome to temptation – well most of Jennifer Crusie’s books

  39. Elizabeth
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 15:58:45

    The first funny book that came to mind was “Cheaper by the Dozen” by Frank and Ernestine Galbraith. I am one of six children, but I am pretty sure that even if there had been twice as many of us, life would never have been what it was for them. I am also pretty sure that it was much funnier to read than it was for them to live through!

  40. Lynnette
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 16:16:41

    Crusie, SEP, G.A Aiken are all great. But who really cracks me up is Carl Hiaasen. He’s got some really weird and wacky characters.

  41. ruth
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 16:44:08

    I am looking forward to this book! My favorite author Shelly Laurenston/ G.A. Aiken

  42. Suz
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 17:05:54

    For laugh out loud reading, I can highly recommend Lois Greiman’s Chrissy McMullen series.

  43. EvelynS
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 17:44:24

    Definitely GA Aiken/Shelley Laurenston!! Love her Dragon Kin and Pride series!!

  44. Julie
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 18:08:45

    Anything by Shelley Laurenston/G.A. Aiken. Also most of David Sedaris’ books, and Dan Savage’s column.

  45. Tory
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 19:55:13

    I was one of those that don’t like reality tv, but liked Wicked Games.

    For funny books – I too go to Laurenston for paranormal and Crusie for more contemporary. I also like Lynsay Sands historical a, especially the countess and some of her older ones.

  46. hapax
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 20:05:19

    I would n+1 practically all of the suggestions above. But to toss in something nobody else has mentioned (I think), I’ll recommend Max Barry. Not at all romances, but wickedly funny dark satire.

  47. bn100
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 20:26:30

    falling for the ghost of you

  48. Cherry
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 20:34:44

    Bliss by Lynsay Sands it cracks me up.
    Pretty much all Lynsay Sands historicals are guaranteed to have you chuckling.
    Aisling Grey series by Katie MacAlister

  49. Charlene
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 22:15:18

    I have just started reading the Shelly Laurenston series, too. She writes such fun books! That’s what I look for humor in my reading.

  50. Kimberly C.
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 22:40:13

    Another vote for Jennifer Crusie, especially “Welcome To Temptation.” Cracks me up every time!

  51. Kare
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 23:13:05

    I love “Welcome to Temptation.” That water-tower gets me every time!

  52. Erika
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 23:42:59

    I’m less into reading funny stories, but I will admit that I laughed a lot when reading Bridget Jones Diary.

  53. Patti (@lovesfabromance)
    Jul 16, 2013 @ 07:36:48

    Just about anything by Molly Harper makes me laugh. I loved her contemporary ‘And One Last Thing…’

    I was one of those that doesn’t like/watch reality TV but loved ‘Wicked Games’ :)

  54. Maureen
    Jul 16, 2013 @ 09:22:15

    Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase had me laughing. I loved the heroine shooting the hero.

  55. Sandypo
    Jul 16, 2013 @ 09:31:16

    Anything by Nora Ephron or Carrie Fisher although those are not necessarily novels…but both women make me laugh out loud!

  56. Pamela
    Jul 16, 2013 @ 10:02:22

    The funniest book I’ve read recently is
    I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

  57. Islandjavaguy
    Jul 16, 2013 @ 15:14:46

    Recently really enjoying the “Iron Druid” series by Kevin Hearne. Some really funny moments, AND a wisecracking telepathic dog!

  58. Julia Gabriel
    Jul 16, 2013 @ 15:50:14

    Scarred virgin hero? You’ve piqued my interest!

  59. Carly m
    Jul 16, 2013 @ 23:56:58

    Vivi Andrews’ The Sexorcist. Unfortunate name, hilarious book. And heartwarming too!

  60. Ailsa
    Jul 17, 2013 @ 02:31:47

    My favourite funny book for the past few months has been Alice Clayton’s ‘Wallbanger’ – it can leave me giggling out loud even though I’ve read it at least 3 times now.

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