Sunday, October 23, 2011

Guest Post - Jacqueline Paige

Characters pick their own power
By Jacqueline Paige

Everyone thinks when a paranormal author sits down and plots out a story they plan which character is going to be able to do what. While that may be true in the beginning it never seems to stay that way for me, once the characters are finally free on the pages (and out of the writers head) they seem to pick their own power.

This is what happened when I started writing In Our Dream. Dominic and Jennah were supposed to only possess the ability to dream walk. They weren’t happy with just being able to communicate in their sleep, so they changed the rules and what they could do. It seemed by the end of the story they also established the rules for their abilities.

I was able to control these two characters for the most part in the first part of the short series, but once they came back in the sequel From A Dream they brought with them another character that had abilities. At first Tess was supposed to be an average female officer with a little attitude. When she first demonstrated what she could, I stopped and sat back reading over the last scene and couldn’t have been more surprised. Not to mention that what she can do it just plain cool and if I could do that my life would be simplified.

The third part of the series After The Dream I did actually set out to have several characters with different abilities or powers to go along with Dominic, Jennah and Tess— what I didn’t know until I actually typed it out was what power they would have. I decided to let them tell me what they could do.

Here are a few random scenes from the three stories that make up Dreams to give you a little example of what my characters decided they were doing.

Excerpt 1

Jennah motioned toward the warden’s SUV. “I’m going to disable that so we can go get the car and go help.”

He shook his head and cursed under his breath as he felt for the mic on his collar. “Tess, are you still on the west side.” He looked back toward the cabin. “Move in and cover me. I’m going to put the SUV out of commission.” He took two steps toward the cabin and then stopped and turned to glare at her. He pulled off his glove and hit the collar again. “She won’t, Dom! We’re well back just keeping an eye out.”

She smirked at the pleading look on the man’s face. “Dominic?”

Why aren’t you sitting back at the house drinking tea?” He sounded out of breath.

She shrugged. “I’m not thirsty. I feel bad for almost crippling Brody and slicing him up. I wanted to stay and help in case they double back.” She kept her voice soft and pleading.

“I’m fine, just a little battered.” She heard Brody mumble. “I will. I’m going to go disable the SUV and then head for the cars.” He turned back to her. “Cover me.” She nodded and knelt down and started skimming for movement in the trees along the cabin.

Babe, you watch his ass and then get yours back to the car.”

Yes, dear.” She heard his exasperated sigh. 

She saw a movement in the trees and it wasn’t in the direction Tess was supposed to be in. “Dom, tell Brody to get down.” As soon as she’d said it, a shot rang out. She looked quickly toward the direction Brody had gone in. “Someone doubled back. Brody’s been hit.” She moved as fast as she could while staying low to the ground.

Tess is on it.”

So am I. Tell her they’re in the trees to the southeast. I’m heading to cover Brody.” She cleared the trees as she said it and ran as fast as she could toward the snow bank between her and where she’d seen the movement.

Shit!” was the reply she got back inside her head.

Is Brody all right?”

He’s pissed, but will live. He says he sees you coming and you’re covered.” He growled. “I am going to kick someone’s ass when this is over!”

She smirked, but decided she’d better not comment. “Does Tess have him?”

No. I’m heading back that way. I’ll be coming out of the bush on the northeast side.” She ducked down behind a mound of snow and looked to where Brody was laying flat and with his gun aimed at the trees across from him. “First I beat him and try to slice him, and then I let him get shot!”

Dom’s chuckle filled her mind. “He needed to be taken down a few pegs, babe. Don’t let it concern you.”

She carefully scanned the trees. “Tell Tess I’m going for him.”


She jumped up and headed straight for Brody. Sliding in beside him, she flipped and aimed her gun at the trees. “You looked like you needed company.”

He snorted and moved his weapon down the line of trees. “I could use a beer, too. Did you bring any?”

She sighed. “Sorry, small pockets.”


Excerpt 2

“They had to have the things shut off, right? Wouldn’t that mess with the trucks electrical system or something?” Her eyes looked hopeful.

“I don’t know.” Motioning to Joslee, he waited for the other man to move over closer. “Get on the mic with Gray and see if whatever they made would screw up the truck if they were still on.” Joslee nodded and began talking quietly.

Tess moved over beside him and knelt down. “If those containers are moved, we may never get another.”

She was right and he didn’t like to think what would happen if they lost them and couldn’t track them down again. The idea of what the person in charge of them could do was too vast to even figure out where they might start with them. Turning he looked over at Joslee. “What’s he say?”

Looking skeptical Joslee moved back over beside them. “He seems to think the truck would be protected by the boxes of foam and copper they’d have to have lined the containers with.”

“So it shouldn’t affect me.” Tess added quietly.

Looking around for the hundredth time, Brody hoped to spot a way of getting down to the truck and back without being seen. It was impossible and he knew it. Sighing loudly, he put the mic piece back in his ear and depressed the switch. “Dom. They’re going to move out and we can’t follow from this point without being seen. Tess wants to flash down and disable the truck to slow them down.” He studied the pale skin on her face as he listened. “I don’t like it either, but unless you have the Calvary rounded up we’re out of options.” Her soft eyes pleading with him wasn’t helping him to focus on the situation. “If we lose track of this shit we’re screwed.” Clenching his jaw he nodded. “Got it.” Pulling out the ear piece, he leaned closer to her. “You go down, cut the blue hose between the truck and trailer and then get your ass back up here and clear.”

Avoiding the look of doubt on Joslee’s face, he watched her pull the cutters from the bag and secure them on the side of her belt. She checked the clip in her gun. Her special gun, that wasn’t metal or steel and would transport with her. He still didn’t like it. When she nodded at him, he turned and looked towards the truck. “Try to aim for just behind the cab.” He picked up the binoculars she’d set down and scanned all doors in the building. “Be fast, Tess.”

“I’ll be right back.”

When he turned to remind her to put her mic piece in, she was already gone. Shit. Grasping the binoculars tightly he looked at the truck. He checked in front and behind the cab, she wasn’t there. “Do you see her?”

“Yeah, she came out between the two containers.”

His head snapping in that direction he spotted the red hair. “This is the stupidest idea yet.”

“She’s okay,” Joslee reassured. “There’s no one around. She’ll get in and out before you know it.”

Raising the binoculars, he zoomed in on her. She knelt between the containers, with her eyes closed. Shit, this wasn’t the time to have the side effects that went with her jumping location. She opened her eyes and it seemed like she looked right at him. Putting in the ear piece he watched her reach for the mic switch. Shaking her head, she pulled it back out quickly and turned and looked at the container. “I don’t think she meant to land there.”

“Yeah I was just thinking the same thing.”

“Her mic doesn’t work.” Brody, scanned the building again. “Hurry it up Tess,” he muttered under his breath. 

By Jacqueline Paige

A Dream series - three steamy tales of romance, suspense with unexpected paranormal flares

ISBN/EAN13: 9781463685331

Page Count: 326

Binding Type: US Trade Paper 5" x 8"

Genre: Fiction / Romance / Paranormal

Review of 5 delightful diva’s for In Our Dream


She’s a small town cop. He’s an inmate undercover. They meet in a dream.


Jennah Best left the adrenaline packed life of being a cop on the edge for a more peaceful place. She escaped a marriage that almost destroyed her and now lives her life working for a small police station in the town of Ridge. At her age, she’s accepted that it’s too late and too much work to start all over again, until she meets a man in a dream...

While young, Dominic Palmer has always proven he can get the job done.  Or at least, that was the case before he accepted a job and agreed to go undercover as an inmate. When months go by and there’s no word from his outside contact he wonders if he’s been left on the inside for good. He’s fighting to stay alive and keep his sanity, but finds himself completely distracted by a mysterious woman he met in a dream...


She wakes up in a dark hole, alone. He’ll stop at nothing to find her.

Jennah has found happiness. She wasn’t looking for it but isn’t about to give it up now that she has it. Everything she craved for years was now right in front of her--a man that makes her feel cherished, a peaceful life, and a job she enjoys. It all changes when she wakes up in a dark hole, alone, unarmed and unable to connect with the one man she’s grown to need.

Dominic realizes he is one of those men that wants the whole package of marriage and a family, and he’s found the woman to have that with. He’s going stir crazy having to stay hidden until the leader of a criminal organization is caught, but he’s more than willing to stay right here with her.

All of his plans evaporate when a vindictive criminal takes her from him as a hostage. He won’t rest until she’s in his arms again. 

Brody believes he’s a normal man. Tess has felt like a freak most of her life- except when she’s around one man.


Feeling less then worthy as a normal man surrounded by a team with special skills, Brody has to wonder why he’s a part of it. If it weren’t for one team mate being there, he’d transfer back to normalcy.

Tess has always felt like a freak, even surrounded by others that are different she still feels like an outsider. Only one of her team mates make her feel like an everyday person. 

About the Author:

Jacqueline Paige is a world class multi-tasker being a mother to five adventurous and unpredictable children, a cafe manager and having a colossal imagination that allows her to step outside of reality into a world of paranormal romance —with just a touch of suspense.

Jacqueline lives in Ontario, Canada and avoids the ever changing weather of the region she lives in by creating other worlds to fall into in her stories of all things paranormal.

Her first book was published in 2009 and since then has published ten. She is always writing and currently has more than a dozen stories in one stage or another of the writing process.

You can find all of Jacqueline’s books at:

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