Guest Blog & Giveaway: Jess Macallan “Stone Cold Seduction”

September 12, 2011 Giveaways, Guests 44

We’re very pleased to welcome author Jess Macallan to the site one day before her urban fantasy romance debut STONE COLD SEDUCTION, the first book in the Set in Stone series which is full of elves, gargoyles, and phoenixes.  Julia reviewed is last week and thanks to Entangled Publishing, one of you who comments on this post will win your own paperback copy of STONE COLD SEDUCTION.  See details below.

Alpha Assets
Jess Macallan

New-SCS-Cover-500Thanks so much for having me at All Things Urban Fantasy today! I love this blog, so it’s  a treat to be here as an author. I’m celebrating the release of Stone Cold Seduction, the first book in my Set in Stone trilogy, available now from Entangled Publishing. I’d love to talk about alpha assets. Those physical traits every supernatural alpha has that make us swoon. For the purpose of this conversation, let’s assume size matters. Some readers love a man with fangs. Of course, big teeth doesn’t mean better here, it’s all about how they use them. Maybe your tastes run more towards hairy men. No, not an Austin Powers-like chest pelt, but rather shifters. And I love shifters, but again, size doesn’t necessarily matter there either. Those guys rely on speed and agility. Ahem.

Size matters when it comes to wings. My favorite supernatural alpha asset. So it was only natural for the two heroes in Stone Cold Seduction to have them. Jax is a gargoyle. His wings are sexy with a capital “S.” With a span of just over seven feet, it’s hard not to be impressed. Dark gray and used to fly or fight, they complement his chiseled frame perfectly. MacLean is a phoenix, with an equally impressive spread…er…span. His wings are brilliantly colored—the hue of a living flame, with bright reds, blues and greens thrown in. He can make your temperature rise without lighting a single fire.


I’ve always been a sucker for a guy with wings, but I haven’t read too many books with alphas who have them. A cape is well and good, but not nearly as much fun for flying. And alphas who can appear and disappear at will? Sure, that’s fine too, but it just doesn’t have the same thrill factor for me. When I created these characters, I had to use elements that were interesting and important to me. It was a lot like piecing together a costume. Their words, actions, physical traits, abilities, and clothing all had to fit who they are in the story. It’s an art form. As we read about new characters, we need to get a great image of how they look, how they act, and who they are in our heads. It’s up to the author to build the character up, piece by piece, until we have the image locked in our minds.

I started with mythological creatures with wings, and built the heroes around that. *grins* Every alpha has to start somewhere, right? I gave Jax and MacLean personalities that I thought fit their alter egos, and voila. I had my guys. They were a blast to work with, and I hope you’ll all enjoy reading about them!

I’d love to know: if you could put together your perfect alpha, what asset would you start with?

Thanks so much for having me here today! I love chatting with readers. I hope you’ll all come find me.


Jess Macallan

Jess lives in the Inland Northwest with her husband and three children. She thrives on creative chaos. Curiosity drives her to try new things as often as possible. When not writing or chasing trouble, she teaches yoga, reads, runs a mini farm, watches MMA and gardens. The only things she takes seriously are chocolate, tea and world domination. But mostly chocolate.

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Giveaway provided by Entangled Publishing LLC

One paperback copy of STONE COLD SEDUCTION by Jess Macallan


Available now from Entangled Publishing LLC

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When a regular night of Robin Hood-ery results in the manifestation of some, um, unusual paranormal abilities, perfume-maker Elleodora Fredricks realizes the normal world she lives in isn’t quite… normal. And neither is she, thanks to her father, king of the shadow elves. Not only is he evil incarnate and the reason Elle moonlights as a burglar-someone has to take care of all his victims-he’s stolen her memories.

And only reading her fate can fix that.

Good thing she’s got a trio of hotties willing to help her find said fate, but only if she gives them something in return. Saving her oracle BFF’s fiancé, falling in love with the gargoyle, and making up for breaking the phoenix’s heart ought to be a piece of cake for the princess of the shadow elves.

If only the king didn’t want his daughter dead…

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44 Responses to “Guest Blog & Giveaway: Jess Macallan “Stone Cold Seduction””

  1. Rain Maiden

    Wow I don't think I've read a book about Gargoyles…I know I have one on my shelf some where. Rafflecopter yea! Thanks for the giveaway.

  2. acm05

    I've read another series, author and titles escape me, with a gargoyle hero, but he's was really very secondary to the heroine. Time for gargoyles to get their day in the sun!…oops, there's a problem with that, isn't there?

  3. Laura B

    This book sounds like a lot of fun! Building my perfect alpha would have to start with the eyes. They need to be haunting and have a mischievous twinkle.

  4. Barb P

    I love books that have anything to do with Gargoyles and this book sounds wonderful! There are so many characteristics that I would love to have in my perfect alpha. I think that he needs to be strong mentally (and physically) yet have a compassionate side. Thanks for the contest! [email protected]

  5. TxDee

    My perfect alpha starts with a wicked smile that says "Come play, you won't regret it"! Thanks for the chance to win this one. I enjoyed the interview.

  6. Victoria Zumbrum

    My perfect alpha. I would have to start with his body. I would want a very hot and sexy and tan body. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. [email protected]

  7. RebeLovesBooks

    This sounds so cool! I like the idea of gargoyles. Marjorie M. Liu has a couple of gargoyles who are heroes in her Dirk & Steel novels as well, but this series is new to me.

    My perfect alpha would have to not be a jerk. Cuz I get really tired of the "alphaholes"! I like a strong hero who isn't afraid of a strong woman.

  8. Mary

    This sounds like my kinda book, gonna have to read this one.
    My perfect Alpha would start off being tall. I love a man I have to look up to. After that, long dark hair, big black wings…killer smile, hard body…LOL

    [email protected]

  9. Denise Z

    The perfect alpha for me is very strong, self-assured, and does not participate in nonsense. He must also be kind without being a pushover 🙂 Thank you for the fun today.


  10. [email protected]

    I love a guy with wings too but only know archangels as winged heros so far. It'll be interesting to read about Jax and MacLean as different creatures with alpha hero qualities. If I could put together my own alpha the asset I'd probably start with would be eyes and hair color; for some reason I automatically associate different personalities with different coloring and hair styles lol.

  11. Na

    An ideal alpha for me is strong, loyal, protective and loving. He's not perfect but he's a go-getter and determined. No matter what he won't give up without a fight.
    cambonified (at) yahoo (dot) com

  12. Anonymous

    Sounds like fun! I'd start my perfect alpah with eyes (and tall).

    melissar527 at yahoo dot com

  13. Proserpine

    The cover is awesome and the book sounds great, looking forward to read it! Thanks for the giveaway!


  14. Amy

    My perfect Alpha hero would first have to have a commanding appearance (usually starts with having piercing and intense eyes).


  15. Anonymous

    When I think alpha, I think shifters; shifters with packs. That kind of alpha would need to be physically strong – the strongest in the pack – intelligent, and altruistic. The last characteristic is because the alpha always needs to think of what's best for the pack, not what's best for the alpha. A tough job!

    Mickie T
    mdturett at juno dot com

  16. Adrienne

    I love the gargoyle idea! As for an alpha, I think physical presence is key, and for me, wit and compassion are also essential.

  17. Chelsea B.

    I would start with a tough but good heart 🙂
    I can't wait to read Stone Cold Seduction !!

  18. Undinesprite

    My perfect alpha would start with eyes, devilish sense of humor, and a killer smile.

    Looking forward to reading Stone Cold Seduction – one way or another 🙂

  19. Katie

    i think my perfect alpha would have confidence and an arrogance (but not too much) great sense of humor and a type of character that just draws people to him

    i can't wait to read this!

  20. June M.

    The first thing my perfect alpha would have to be is a dominate personality without being cruel or disrespectful to others.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  21. Pam S (pams00)

    I am loving that more gargoyles are coming out! The few I've read with them were great. Putting together a perfect alpha.. hmm would start with since of needing to protect others.

    This sounds like a great read congrats on it.

    pams00 @

  22. Amber Hughes

    Really looking forward to reading this book! I'd start with the eyes & dark hair. He'd have to have a great sense of humor, be strong, loyal & compassionate 🙂

    Thanks so much for the giveaway! 🙂


  23. Anonymous


    I love a sexy alpha with wings. I love dragon shifter books so I am sure that I will love gargoyles just as much. Thnaks for the giveaway.

    [email protected]

  24. Pabkins

    hahaha – "Robin Hood-ery" that just got me chuckling good. This one sounds out there – alright I'll give old chance a whirl.