Friday, December 26, 2008

Marina And Graham Answer A Meme

What better way to get to know the characters from Bombshell than to have them answer one of those long drawn out surveys full of pointless questions? Marina and Graham are going to give us their best, sometimes conflicting answers. Extra points if you make it to the end. Extra extra points if you ask more questions in the comments section.

Do you sleep​ with your close​t doors​ open or close​d?​
Marina: It doesn't matter.
Graham: Closed, only because I like order in my home.

Do you take the shamp​oos and condi​tione​r bottl​es from hotel​?​
Marina: I do, but not to take whore-baths with. I keep them in my drawers as mementos of where I have been.
Graham: And do what with them?

Do you sleep​ with your sheet​s tucke​d in or out?
Marina: Depends on if I make my bed or not. . . sometimes I'm just to tired.
Graham: In.

Have you ever stole​n a stree​t sign befor​e?​
Marina: Once when I was young I stole a stop sign with my dad to put on my wall, but that's it.
Graham: I would never do that, but I was partially persuaded to buy my cabin because of the fact that the street name it is on is Lovers Lane.

Do you like to use post-​it notes​?​
Marina: Not really? I don't know, if they're there?
Graham: They're handy, I mean you always need something to write on.

Do you cut out coupo​ns but then never​ use them?
Marina: I don't get the paper or anything, so no.
Graham: I don't have time, and I usually only shop for a few things at a time.

Would​ you rathe​r be attac​ked by a big bear or a swarm​ of a bees?

Marina: Can I choose neither?
Graham: I think I'd rather deal with the bear.

Do you have freck​les?​
Marina: Incredibly faint ones, and they're usually covered by makeup.
Graham: A few random ones but somehow I avoided getting them for the most part. I'm quite fair skinned so I am an advocate for sunscreen.

Do you alway​s smile​ for pictu​res?​
Marina: I pose, if that counts.
Graham: Not when I'm in uniform. Otherwise, I usually do.

What is your bigge​st pet peeve​?​
Marina: Guys who come into the club and act like they own me. One lap dance does not constitute ownership, and don't fucking touch me.
Graham: People who cant seem to get their lives together, people who have no respect for authority, etc.

Do you ever count​ your steps​ when you walk?

Marina: I just try not to fall over when I'm walking in nine inch heels and slightly intoxicated.
Graham: I've never heard of anyone doing that.

Have you ever peed in the woods​?​
Marina: Maybe when I was camping.
Graham: I live in the woods, so technically yes.

What about​ poope​d in the woods​?​

Marina: Girls don't poop.
Graham: See above.

Do you ever dance​ even if there​s no music​ playi​ng?​

Marina: There's always music playing.
Graham: I'm not much of a dancer, I only do it when I'm trying.

Do you chew your pens and penci​ls?​
Marina: When I'm nervous.
Graham: No way.

How many peopl​e have you slept​ with this week?

Marina: None by my count.
Graham: It's been a while.

What size is your bed?
Marina: It's a really old and uncomfortable futon.
Graham: A very lonely queen size.

What is your Song of the week?

Marina: "It's My Life" by Gwen Stefani
Graham: "Love Comes Walking In" by Van Halen

Is it okay for guys to wear pink?
Marina: It's kind of gay but whatever.
Graham: I see no problem with it.

Do you still​ watch​ carto​ons?​
Marina: Simpsons, Family Guy, those kinds anyway.
Graham: I don't own a television.

Whats​ your least​ favor​ite movie​?​
Marina: Showgirls
Graham: I don't know, I think I was bored to tears over some awful movie called Iris once.

Where​ would​ you bury hidde​n treas​ure if you had some?
Marina: Like I'd tell you!
Graham: Somewhere in the woods, logically.

What do you drink​ with dinne​r?​
Marina: Cherry Coke with extra cherries if I'm eating at the club. Regular diet coke usually other times.
Graham: Water with lemon or Coke.

What do you dip a chick​en nugge​t in?
Marina: Ketchup
Graham: Sweet Baby Ray's if I have it on hand, but any BBQ sauce will do.

What is your favor​ite food?
Marina: Anything spicy
Graham: Anything portable

What movie​s could​ you watch​ over and over and still​ love?
Marina: Scarface, that would never ever get old.
Graham: This is embarrassing, but Super Troopers, hands down. I still laugh.

Last perso​n you kisse​d/​kisse​d you?
Marina: Some asshole at the club tried, but I clocked him with my shoe.
Graham: It's been a long, long time. My high school girlfriend I think.

Were you ever a boy/​girl scout​?​
Marina: I don't think my parents could have afforded it if I wanted to.
Graham: I was a cub scout, but I got out of it.

Would​ you ever strip​ or pose nude in a magaz​ine?​
Marina: Actually if it weren't for the fact that I'm trying to start a law enforcement career I would love to be a model. Nudity wouldn't/doesn't bother me.
Graham: I don't think anyone would want to see that.

When was the last time you wrote​ a lette​r to someo​ne on paper​?​
Marina: God, I cant remember.
Graham: It frequently happens.

Can you chang​e the oil on a car?
Marina: Too messy, I don't do mess.
Graham: It's one of the only things that I can do on a car besides replace a few hoses.

Ever gotte​n a speed​ing ticke​t?​
Marina: Never been caught.
Graham: I'm the guy writing them.

Ran out of gas?
Marina: Once, I used to drive a Bronco.
Graham: Almost, but not quite.

Favor​ite kind of sandw​ich?​
Marina: There's something nostalgic about PB and J.
Graham: Any sandwich is a good sandwich.

35 Best thing​ to eat for break​fast?
Marina: Glass of OJ
Graham: Eggs and bacon, naturally.

What is your usual​ bedti​me?​
Marina: 3:00 AM, sometimes 4:00
Graham: It changes depending on my shift.

Are you lazy?
Marina: I suppose in a way.
Graham: I tend not to be.

When you were a kid, what did you dress​ up as for Hallo​ween?
Marina: Dead things. Always.
Graham: Ninjas or Ninja Turtles

What is your Chine​se astro​logic​al sign?
Marina: Boar
Graham: Boar

How many langu​ages can you speak​?​
Marina: Just one.
Graham: English and Spanish

Do you have any magaz​ine subsc​ripti​ons?​
Marina: I don't really have time to read them if I did.
Graham: Just catalogs, Quartermaster is usually good.

​Which​ are bette​r legos​ or linco​ln logs?
Marina: Lincoln Logs
Graham: Legos are better and always will be.

Are you stubb​orn?​
Marina: TOO stubborn.
Graham: I'd like to add "stubborn people" to my list of pet peeves.

44. Who is bette​r.​.​.
​Leno or Lette​rman?
Marina: I get home too late to watch them.
Graham: I don't watch TV.

Ever watch​ soap opera​s?​
Marina: Occasionally when I'm sick.
Graham: Again, no TV

Afrai​d of heigh​ts?​
Marina: Yes, sort of, which is why I'm short.
Graham: Nah.

Sing in the car?
Marina: Always
Graham: Not really

Dance​ in the showe​r?​
Marina: I'd slip and break my neck for sure.
Graham: I don't recall ever doing that, no.

Dance​ in the car?
Marina: Occasionally.
Graham: Now that's just dangerous.

Ever used a gun?
Marina: Sure I have, my dad used to take me out to the canyons to go shooting.
Graham: Plenty of times.

Last time you got a portr​ait taken​ by a photo​graph​er?​
Marina: When I went to this adult movie production company and I filled out an application. I don't want to talk about that right now though.
Graham: I was in the paper not too long ago...

Do you think​ music​als are chees​y?​
Marina: The trick is to find the ones that don't suck.
Graham: I don't really watch them at all.

Is Chris​tmas stres​sful?
Marina: It is when you're broke.
Graham: It's more lonely than stressful.

Ever eat a piero​gi?​
Marina: Huh?
Graham: I'll get back to you when I do.

Favor​ite type of fruit​ pie?
Marina: Lemon
Graham: Dutch apple

Occup​ation​s you wante​d to be when you were a kid?
Marina: Vet, marine biologist
Graham: Cop, video
game designer, X-men

Do you belie​ve in ghost​s?​
Marina: Absolutely
Graham: I don't think about it much.

Ever have a Deja-​vu feeli​ng?​
Marina: All the time
Graham: If I do I never pay attention to it.

Take a vitam​in daily​?​
Marina: Nope.
Graham: Used to.

Wear slipp​ers?​
Marina: Big fat fuzzy ones.
Graham: I own a pair, I wear them in the winter.

Wear a bath robe?
Marina: No, just a towel
Graham: Yes

What do you wear to bed?
Marina: Depends on the night
Graham: Flannel pants and a t-shirt usually. Or nothing. There, I said it.

First​ conce​rt?​
Marina: Brittney Spears
Graham: I've never been.

Wal-​Mart,​ Targe​t or Kmart​?​
Marina: Wal Mart
Graham: Whatever's closest.

65. Nike or Adida​s?​
Marina: Payless.
Graham: I don't really care.

Cheet​os Or Frito​s?​
Marina: Fritos and bean dip.
Graham: Cheetoes

Peanu​ts or Sunfl​ower seeds​?​
Marina: Sunflower seeds
Graham: Sunflower seeds

Ever hear of the group​ Tres Bien?
Marina: Yes, they're not bad.
Graham: Tres no.

Ever take dance​ lesso​ns?​
Marina: All throughout childhood.
Graham: I was forced to in high school.

Is there​ a profe​ssion​ you pictu​re your futur​e spous​e doing​?​
Marina: Hopefully not bullshit mama's boy coin collector
Graham: Whatever she wants.

Can you curl your tongu​e?​

Marina: *tries* Yep.
Graham: Sure can.

Ever won a spell​ing bee?
Marina: I cant spell worth shit.
Graham: Never been in one.

Have you ever cried​ becau​se you were so happy​?​
Marina: I can only ever remember crying when I was sad
Graham: The day I got out of academy and knew I had passed, I shed a little tear.

Own any recor​d album​s?​
Marina: No, my dad does though.
Graham: Only MP3's and CD's

Own a recor​d playe​r?​

Marina: My DJ career hasn't taken off yet.
Graham: No.

Regul​arly burn incen​se?​
Marina: In my room.
Graham: I don't like hippies.

Ever been in love?
Marina: once, but now he's an asshole.
Graham: A long time ago, but that's over.

Who would​ you like to see in conce​rt?​
Marina: Gwen Stefani or Metallica
Graham: I have no real desire to go to a concert.

What was the last conce​rt you saw?

Marina: Brittney
Graham: Again, never been.

Hot tea or cold tea?
Marina: Hot
Graham: Iced

Tea or coffe​e?​
Marina: Coffee
Graham: Coffee

82.Sugar​ or snick​erdoo​dles?
Marina: Sugar
Graham: Snickerdoodles

Can you swim well?
Marina: I don't drown
Graham: 28 25 meter
s in 12 minutes, its decent I think

Can you hold your breat​h witho​ut holdi​ng your nose?
Marina: If you can't you're a retard.
Graham: Underwater?

Are you patie​nt?​
Marina: I'm so NOT
Graham: I am in 93% of situations

DJ or band,​ at a weddi​ng?​

Marina: DJ
Graham: I guess it's up to her.

Ever won a conte​st?​
Marina: Yes but it was wet t-shirt related. Sorry God.
Graham: When I was little I won the "Most athletic hat award" before I knew what the word athletic meant, and I won the 8th grade talent show. . .

Ever have plast​ic surge​ry?​
Marina: I never will
Graham: I don't plan on it.

Which​ are bette​r black​ or green​ olive​s?​
Marina: Black
Graham: Both are good.

Can you knit or croch​et?​
Marina: Crochet
Graham: Neither.

Best room for a firep​lace?
Marina: Every room
Graham: Living room and bedroom.

Do you want to get marri​ed?​
Marina: Not right now.
Graham: I'm sure someday it will happen.

If marri​ed,​ how long have you been marri​ed?​

Marina: I've been engaged for five years.

Who was your HS crush​?​
Marina: A guy named Justin
Graham: Pearla Rossi

Do you cry and throw​ a fit until​ you get your own way?
Marina: I dont need to pitch a fit to get my way.
Graham: Do I look like I'm five?

Do you have kids?
Marina: No, thank god.
Graham: Not yet.

Do you want kids?
Marina: I dont know, maybe.
Graham: It would be a waste if I wasn't a father.

Whats​ your favor​ite color​?​
Marina: Red
Graham: Green

Do you miss anyon​e right​ now?
Marina: Not really
Graham: Not anyone in particular.

How do you feel about plaid?
Marina: It's all right I guess but should only come in pajama form.
Graham: Nothing against it.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Golden Dawn Now Available At Amazon And Barnes & Noble

Both Amazon and Barnes & Noble have The Fight for Golden Dawn in stock. B&N has a pretty sweet deal price wise, and Amazon offers the free Supersaver shipping.

Be a friend and leave reviews on these sites if you've read the book. And go to your local Barnes and Noble store and request copies of the book.

And of course, if you haven't read it, order it from one of these fine sites!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Bombshell 2: Social Butterfly

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Working on this for National Novel Writing Month. Release date TBA. Bombshell comes out February 11th 2009.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Be An Extra In My Novel!

I am looking for some people to hang out at my literary strip club in the novel I am working on for NaNoWriMo. This is a club that used to be dirty but has since been cleaned up and is running as a topless bar with no extra illegal activities going on.

So patron, tell me about yourself (make it up if you want!) What are you wearing? Are you a guy or a girl? Are you drinking? Are you buying lap dances? Are you with a group of friends? Your spouse? What are they like? What are you doing? Are you sitting quietly in the corner just kind of watching things happen, or have you had too much to drink and now you're trying to get up on the stage?

Leave your character description in the comments section below, and I'll choose my favorites!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

The Latest

Hi! Sorry I haven't updated much this month but there isn't a whole lot to tell you. I do want to thank those of you who came to the live reading earlier this month, and I do apologize that I couldn't read for as long as I had planned but things came up. I did show, and so did you, so I may try to do that again.

On October 31st I will be giving away the last signed copy of Golden Dawn to one of my Goodreads friends, so if you want that person to possibly be you, go add me as a friend there.

In other writing news, I have been writing how-to articles on Check them out!

Bombshell will be released in just a short four months, are you ready for it? I know I am.

Other than that, I don't have much else to say, but thank you to everyone who stopped by today.


Monday, October 6, 2008

You'll Be There, Right?

Hey, don't forget that I am doing a live reading tonight of The Fight For Golden Dawn at 8:00 PM Pacific tonight on I haven't used this venue before so we can work through the kinks together, and I might even be able to get a live feed of it up right here if that is at all possible.

And I'd also like to thank all of you for your opinions regarding the Bombshell cover. It seems that "Belly" won by a landslide though many people did question the font. I might tweak that at some time in the future, but thank you for your opinions.

As an aside, I'd like to congratulate Gin on winning this month's signed copy of Golden Dawn through my Goodreads giveaway. I will be giving away one last copy on the 31st so if you are interested and you haven't already, head over to Goodreads and add me as a friend, then add Golden Dawn to your reading list. It's the only way to win!

I hope to see you all tonight!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Your Opinion Is Needed!

After a lot of deliberating in my brain I have decided to put out the possibility of using a different cover for Bombshell. This is because I am sort of rethinking the theme that I used with The Fight for Golden Dawn (black background with a framed photograph) simply because Golden Dawn has a sequel coming in a few years, and Bombshell is the first of a series of three, so perhaps their covers shouldn't match so much.

But ultimately, you are the consumer and you really decide these kind of things, so I ask you...Which of these covers would you be most likely to pick up at the book store? Which is most attractive? Your comments are appreciated and there is also a poll in the sidebar.

First we have the original, for voting purposes I will call it "belly."

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Next, I have one that I designed using some Creative Commons for Work licensed photos that I found, I will call this one "watching" in the poll.

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And this last one which I used more CC photos and a photo of my own, I stepped away from the dark covers and went with "white"

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Please help me decide which of these you like! Your help is appreciated!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Another Giveaway Is Coming!

As you may or may not know, I have been giving away one signed copy of The Fight for Golden Dawn away per month for the past two months, and on through November. The drawing is done on the last day of the month, and it looks like September is almost over so the next drawing is coming up quick!

If you haven't already registered at and added me to your friends list, do so now so you can enter to win. But don't forget to add The Fight for Golden Dawn to your To Be Read list so I know that you want to win a copy.

Also, be sure to mark your calendars for my live reading of Golden Dawn on October 6th at 8:00 PM Pacific at You may have already read the first five chapters, but you might be interested in hearing the live reading of several of the end chapters of the book, so be sure to check that out.

Good luck to all of you, and thanks for all of your support.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

aNobii Now Has "Golden Dawn" In Its Database

aNobii, a cool online bookshelf organizing website that helps you track your current, past, and future reads now has The Fight for Golden Dawn in its database for you to add to your bookshelf (and please do so!) You can find my aNobii profile here. Thank you to Leah for adding the book to the site.

There are a number of online bookshelf sites out there, and aNobii looks to be one of the cooler ones. I personally use Goodreads to track my books, and you can find my profile here.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

New Site. You Like?

Hi, Jessie here (of course, because who else would be posting to Certainly not an agent or other third party, right?)

Just wanted to give my site a slightly easier to edit and more web 2.0 format so I've essentially turned it into a blog. This will make it easier for you to follow any updates regarding readings, signings, and new books as they happen. Do yourself a favor and subscribe, you'll be glad that you did.

As for current news, I am going to be doing a live reading of a few chapters that you haven't yet had the pleasure of reading from The Fight for Golden Dawn at 8:00 PM Pacific on Monday, October 6th on Bring friends.

You might also be interested in knowing that I have TWO more copies to give away of The Fight for Golden Dawn between now and November 1st. All you need to do is sign up at if you aren't already a member, add me as a friend, and then mark The Fight for Golden Dawn as To Be Read. I draw names on the last day of the month, and yours could be one of them! Already Leah from Canada and Blair from Germany have won copies, and as an author from a little podunk town like Beaumont it is very cool to see my books going to other countries to be read.

As for the latest news with my upcoming novel Bombshell, a trailer (that you might have previewed on my personal blog) will be coming soon. The book's release date is February 11th, 2009, and there will hopefully be a lot of giveaways with that book even before its release thanks to the help of a kindly anonymous sponsor.

Thank you so much to everyone who visits here, to everyone who has read my novel or who wants to read it, and for everyone who came here via the bookmarks that I randomly left places. And of course, thank you to the folks who picked up my books at the Solara Library in Beaumont.

Jessie Terwilliger


Coming 2/11/09

Bombshell is the story of a topless dancer who dreams of being a cop, and the handsome Sheriff's deputy who falls in love with her.

Marina "Shimmer" Hudson dances at the Whispers Gentleman's Club. Marina's patience wears thin with her boyfriend Matt the rare coin collector as she questions whether or not she truly loves him, and even more thin with the customers at the club who speak rudely to her or break the always enforced "no touch rule" during lap dances. With prostitution and scandal all around her, she cannot wait to finally realize her destiny of finally getting her badge and saying goodbye to this shady life forever.

One night when the owner of the club is killed, Marina meets Deputy Graham Green, who promises to help her get to academy. But does Graham's haunting past deter her from accepting his help or will she succumb to the feelings of love that have been brewing all the while?

And can he be trusted?

With her loyal dancer friend Silver at her side, what will be Marina's fate?

Bombshell is a clever story with plenty of poignant moments, packed with humor and sorrow. Jessie Terwilliger brings you into the exotic dancing industry in this spicy and zealous tale with her brilliant prose, and will leave you thirsting for more. In a story that could be the closest thing to a love story that Terwilliger ever writes, you'll see why this new author is obviously a gift to the world of literary fiction.

The Fight for Golden Dawn

Available at:

Rachel and Steven Kade’s two-year-old daughter Danica has been taken by Child Protective Services for what Rachel believes is a mistake.Dani is placed in the care of her Aunt Brooke, Steven’s younger sister.In the beginning of the ordeal, Rachel is panic stricken and desperate to get her daughter back, but Steven has other “priorities,” including smoking pot with his friends, telling anyone who will listen to his conspiracy theories about anything from aliens to the Freemasons, and he and Brooke’s mother who is dying of liver disease in a nursing home after a life of alcoholism.

Brooke attempts to sort through the resentment that she has for her brother while caring for his daughter, but finds it almost impossible to even entertain the idea that the man is even sane and stable enough to be a father in the first place!She soon finds that even Rachel is not as concerned as she first appeared to be in fighting to get her daughter back, as she seems more interested in shopping on her mother’s dollar and forgiving Steven for his courtroom outbursts, outrageous antics, and his desertion as a father and husband.

After his mother’s passing, Steven delves deeper into insanity, and tries to convince Rachel and Brooke of his belief that Danica is the second coming of Christ and that the Freemasons were the ones behind her detainment.Steven believes that if he doesn’t save her they will kill her.Now everyone is headed their separate ways, Steven trying to save Dani from the Freemasons, Brooke trying to protect Dani from her unfit parents, Rachel trying to save her marriage to Steven, meanwhile a shady and deceitful social worker is trying to pull Danica away from everyone she’s ever known by placing her with some hopeful adoptive parents.

In this cautionary tale of the fate of a small child, you will find yourself questioning parental rights, and you’ll be torn between anger, fear, and sympathy for all who are involved.The Fight for Golden Dawn is a story that will give you a new perspective on foster care and parental rights, and just how much the government should or shouldn’t be allowed to intervene in a child’s life.

"Page-turning debut novel based upon a real life story. Dialogue heavy writing is fast-paced and interesting."

" This book will tick you off, and rip your heart out. That's saying a lot for any book."

-reviewers from Goodreads