Friday, October 28, 2011

Guest Blog by Jessica Sims and Giveaway - October 28, 2011

The Fine Art of Dating…For Those of the Paranormal Persuasion

When I first thought of a paranormal dating agency, it made perfect sense from a convenience sort of view. I was on a flight, reading a magazine and came across an article for an ‘exclusive’ dating service that catered only to businessmen that made over a certain dollar amount a year. And while this might have been a thinly veiled advertisement for call girls, it also got me to thinking. There are specific dating agencies out there for all kinds of needs. Disabled? There are wheelchair dating websites. Catholic? Jewish? Mormon? Specific dating websites. Over fifty? You guessed it.

In a world where there are shapeshifters and vampires and the like, of course it would make sense that they had a dating agency. Once I determined the agency, though, I had to think about privacy. Supernaturals in my world aren’t ‘out’, so to them, privacy is of the utmost concern. There’s rigorous background checks for anyone that tries to set up a profile at the agency, and all dates are monitored by a crack team of employees who do their best to ensure that they’re not pairing up were-cats with were-dogs.

Clients that need a dating agency also have different kinds of dating needs. A vampire might need a date that’s available for late nights, doesn’t like garlic, and maybe has an “O” blood type. Of course, she’d have to be okay with dating one of the undead as well. Even though vampires are welcome at my fictional dating agency, they still have a difficult time getting the right dates, since they're not *all* sexy undead. Sometimes they're just undead, and undead can be tough to pull off as sexy.

Most of the clients of Midnight Liaisons (my paranormal dating agency) are of the shifter variety, and as such, they prefer to date other shifters. It’s a lot easier to date when you don’t have to explain why your date shouldn’t wear perfume (sensitive animal noses), why your new boyfriend likes his meat really raw, and why he sometimes grows a tail. Or whiskers. Or both.

Of course, most of the employees at Midnight Liaisons (with the exception of the boss) are human. Which leads to an entirely new, delicious set of problems…

About Beauty Dates the Beast

Beauty Dates the Beast
Midnight Liaisons 1
Pocket Books, October 25, 2011
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages


Single human female to join charming, wealthy, single male were-cougar for a night of romantic fun—and maybe more.

Me:  The tall, sensuous, open-minded leader of my clan.

You:  A deliciously curvy virgin who's intimately familiar with what goes bump in the night. Must not be afraid of a little tail. Prefer a woman who's open to exploring her animal nature. Interest in nighttime walks through the woods a plus.

My turn-ons include protecting you from the worst the supernatural world has to offer. Ready for an adventure? Give me a call.

Vampires and doppelgangers need not apply.

About Jessica

Jessica Sims lives in Texas. She hates writing a bio, so something cool will undoubtedly go here later when she actually thinks of something interesting to write. She has some cats, but what writer doesn’t? She plays video games and confesses to reading comic books. And she likes writing, but that one was pretty obvious.

Jessica's Links


The Giveaway


What:  One commenter will win a signed copy of Beauty Dates the Beast (Midnight Liaisons 1) from Jessica! US and Canadian Mailing Addresses Only.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Who or What is your perfect paranormal date? 

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)  Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)  Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)  Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a US or Canadian mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Friday, November 4, 2011. Void where prohibited by law. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*


  1. Beauty and the Beast sounds great!

    I think my perfect paranormal date would be a shifter- maybe a werewolf or a large cat shifter...I wouldn't mind if he had to have a semi-raw steak as long as he doesn't mind if I get a chocolate dessert. Maybe we could even share some wine.

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  2. awesome giveaway thanks!
    i think it would be awesome to go flying with a dragon or bird shifter.. dinner in paris maybe?

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    alainala AT hotmail DOT ca

  3. My perfect paranormal date would be a shapeshifter because they're my favorite paranormal creature. But I'd be happy as long as it wasn't a vampire trying to eat me. That would be a horrible date.

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  4. Hm, it's either going to be a flying shifter of some sort or an angel. We might as well fly to our date destinations without dealing with airplanes.

    ironss at gmail dot com
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  5. If the date involved a meal, a shifter of some sort since I'd be uncomfortable eating when the other person wasn't. otherwise, I'd be game for any supernatural who promised not to eat/kill me.

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  6. US/CAN only?... oh well.. dont count me in but it was a great post

  7. i would be ok with a date from a vampire. however it would be a bit strange to have dinner. maybe we could do a red wine and a quiet low light date? a shifter would be ok too.

    Terri M

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  8. my perfect paranormal date would be with Ash from Sherrilyn Kenyons dark-hunter series :)

  9. I think that the perfect paranormal date would be with a shifter or some sort with wings who could fly me around. That would be very romantic :)

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    Thanks for a great post and giveaway! I've heard such great things about this book and I love her books as Jill Myles.


  10. My perfect paranormal date would be with a vampire.

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  11. My favorite paranormal date would be with Barrons, who is intense, sarcastic and not very fond of food. However, no matter what we did or where we went I know he would be protective, interesting and far from boring. We may even get to kill a few unseelie or two.

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  12. Hmmm -- just give me one of the BDB Vampires or LOTU Demons. Either one will pacify me :)

  13. Not quite sure how it would work, but a date with a ghost might be pretty interesting.


  14. My perfect paranormal date would be with a were-creature, preferably a were-tiger or were-panther! They just sound so sleek and sexy!

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  15. I would love to date a revenant! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom
    GFC Krystal Larson

  16. I'd choose a date with a nice, sexy vampire. Although the big cat shifters sound pretty nice.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com
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  17. I'd like to enjoy a moonlight stroll with a vamp... perhaps share a piece of very dark chocolate ...
    Thanks for the giveaway!
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  18. Lately I am enjoying shifter stories. So I would like a date with a shifter. We could share some wine and a run.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  19. Tall, dark, handsome and deadly. A vampire. Please enter me in contest.

  20. My perfect paranormal date would be with Barrons from Karen Marie Moning's Fever series. He's just so intense and unforgettable.

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  21. OMG! What a great idea and super funny to boot. My perfect paranormal date definitely involve the Alpha of the local wolf shifter pack(sorry, vamps! I know. you never thought I'd desert you, but I prefer a little bark with my bite this evening!).
    He would take charge and bring on a wonderful date starting with him doing the usual pushing me up against a wall and telling me in a low, raspy growl that this date with him WILL be the best i've ever had abd it will end with a vigorous romp in his private estate's 100 acre forest. Oh, yeah - dude's gotta be loaded. Am I right, ladies?
    msmjb65 AT gmail DOT com

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  22. I agree with alainala, to ride on a dragon shifter would be a great date. I just want to watch him eat any raw food, though!

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  23. Probably a vampire! :-) This new book sounds great!


  24. My perfect paranormal date would be with Wraith from Larissa Ione's Demonica series. I wouldn't care where he took me as long as I got to look at his smexy butt, I'd be good :)

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  25. Perfect date? Oh someone I lust after that lusts after me and turns into love. awwww.... :) Oh and a hot shifter doesn't hurt either! LOL

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  26. My perfect paranormal date would be with a shifter...preferably of the large cat family. It'd be fun to see if I could make him...purr!

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  27. I would like to go on a date with Bones!!! I don't think Cat would like that one bit though. Thanks for the chance.

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