Favourite Things: Éric

post on Instagram a while back detailing the author’s favourite things, and I thought it would be fun to do that, not only for ourselves, but for our characters too! Here’s Éric’s:

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Missed the launch?

Hello Readers,

Did you miss the fantastic launch of Monsters! Incidental Wedding Guests? You’re in luck; Renaissance Press recorded it.

Enjoy, and remember that it’s available wherever you buy books.

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Favourite Things: Jen

post on Instagram a while back detailing the author’s favourite things, and I thought it would be fun to do that, not only for ourselves, but for our characters too! Here’s Jen’s:

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The Process of Writing a Book 2

There were a few major differences when writing a second book versus writing the first one. If you’d like to read about the first book’s writing process, we wrote about it in 2021.

By the time we sat down to plot and write Monsters! Incidental Wedding Guests, we’d gotten a contract for the first one, done several editing passes with beta-readers, wrote a dozen or more short stories, and talked about the second book the entire summer.

Jen had written Crushing It and I’d written the fourth Elizabeth book, both of which altered the shared world of the Aetherverse to a point where we now had nine books, and a dozen short stories worth of lore.

As much as consistency in story was important, Jen realized we needed to keep track of how we wrote things. Was it Aethercreature, Aether-Creature, or Aether Creature? Not to mention the impressively hard to find rules of Canadian English (looking at you, ‘practise’!). She created a spreadsheet with a list of things we needed to keep consistent. Something I wish I’d thought of after my first book.

The other major hurdle was the sheer quantity of content. Every time one of us took a shower, we’d have new ideas. (Yeah, boohoo. I know.) We had a couple pages of random ideas, scenes, and plotlines. We even had a list of fun quotes we wanted to integrate.

Take all that and having to use everything to start building the overall arc of the series.

We weren’t really thinking about this as a series while we were writing, which means we had to go back into Assassins! Accidental Matchmakers a few times to add foreshadowing and little plot details. (One which won’t come up until book 4!)

This book had the same excitement of the first but felt a lot more like a giant puzzle where every piece was a square.

We managed to corral all the information and looking at the outline now it looks really clean and easy to follow. (Thanks to Jen for updating it as we deviated.)

It’s impressive how every book has a different feel and despite doing it almost the same as last time, it feels like a different process.

It keeps us on our toes and honestly I love it.

Éric

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Virtual Launch Event for Monsters! Incidental Wedding Guests

Join us tonight for an online launch of Monsters! Incidental Wedding Guests, the second book in The Gates of Westmeath series.

As a bonus, Renaissance is going to be revealing the cover designs for their fall releases, so you can get a sneak peak of some of the great stories they have coming out soon.

More details were added to the Facebook page since the creation of this post.

It will be broadcast live to Renaissance’s YouTube channel here!

Let’s launch Monsters… Monsters! Incidental Wedding Guests book launch that is.

Hello Readers!

Join us online this Thursday at 7pm to launch Monsters! Incidental Wedding Guests.

It will be live streamed on Youtube (Keep an eye on the facebook event for the link)

There will be prizes, books, and a sneak peak at the Fall book covers from Renaissance.

See you there!

Éric and Jen

Book Quote Monsters! Incidental Wedding Guests

Kennedy gripped the flying monkey’s head with both hands and quipped, “There’s no place like home.”

Monsters! Incidental Wedding Guests by Jen and Éric Desmarais
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Monsters! Incidental Wedding Guests release day!!!

Hello Readers,

The book is finally here! Get the second instalment of The Gates of Westmeath from your favourite bookseller.

Monsters! Incidental Wedding Guests

The week before Kennedy and Jason’s wedding is busy. There are cake tastings, dress fittings, a formal ball, and, as their superhero personas the Phantom and the Wraith, fighting monsters.

These behemoths are destructive, smell like snack food, and are only after one thing: Door Tech Industries technology.

Adding to the chaos are their friends and families; Jason’s grandmother has returned after having been missing for half a century, Kennedy’s mom is dead-set on keeping things traditional, and Jason’s best friend is kidnapped before the rehearsal.

Kennedy and Jason just want to get married, preferably before the next monster attack.

The second book of four in The Gates of Westmeath series.

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Enjoy!

Jen and Éric

Weddings, Monsters, and Interviews, Oh My!

Hello Readers,

It’s unusual in both Urban Fantasy and Romance to have a series in which the leads fall in love and get married quickly. It’s even rarer to see a happy couple working together without the angst of miscommunication or “dark secrets from their past” adding to the drama. 

So why did we decide to write a wedding with no romantic angst for the second book in The Gates of Westmeath series? There are two main reasons.

The first being that these two characters fell in love fast and hard. They are not tentative people, and once they’ve made up their minds, they stick to their plans. So unless we introduced some sort of drama, it would be an odd outlier in their behaviour.

Second was that we were excited at the idea of writing a wedding in this world and with these characters. Their romance arc has always been about trusting each other and becoming partners, and this felt like the next logical step.

Adding monsters to contrast the wedding preparations and family drama was a delicious challenge.

But what do the characters think?

The Ariki and I

By Juleka J. Jameson

I had the privilege to sit with the Ariki and his future bride, and ask them about the upcoming nuptials.

Juleka: Jason and Kennedy, thank you for speaking with me today. What are you most excited about for the wedding?

Kennedy Fairfield: Getting my family all together with friends and Jason’s family. It’s going to be a whole week of celebrating!

Jason Johnson: The Community Ball. I look forward to introducing Kennedy formally to the Community. She’s made my life so much better just by being in it and I want to share that energy with the Community.

Juleka: Many are surprised by the quick about face from stoic leader to loving family man. What brought about the change?

Jason: Several attempts on my life and Kennedy saving it.

Kennedy: I only saved you the first time.

Juleka: Speaking of saving lives, Kennedy, you were whisked away by the Phantom, Westmeath’s very own superhero. How was that experience and is he as handsome in person?

Kennedy: I was! He even let me put on clothes first.

Juleka: That sounds like a story! Go on.

Kennedy: *laughs* Not really. I was in between outfits at a fashion show. It was quite exciting to be whisked away through shadows, and rather thrilling to trust someone so completely without knowing them. He had a nice jawline, but the mask covered my favourite part of a person – his eyes.

Juleka: Sounds dreamy. Any jealousy about that, Jason?

Jason: Yes, absolutely. I’m extremely jealous that the Phantom has never tried to save me. It would have been very useful several times.

Juleka: Speaking of the Phantom, he and his new partner have been fighting some new threats in the form of giant monsters. Are you worried about an attack on your wedding day?

Kennedy: None of the attacks have been near Oldtown or the church, so I guess we might want to hire security for the shuttle between the two?

Jason: Definitely going to get extra security, but honestly, the Phantom and the Wraith have this well in hand, and if anything happens, the Community isn’t defenceless.

Juleka: Enough politics. Tell me about the dress!

Kennedy: Even my mother hasn’t seen it! I can’t tell you much. I can tell you it’s being designed by the Turgenevas at Seams Likeable, and I hired a lace maker in Baker called Inara Kotosuga who is absolutely brilliant. You’ll have to see it after the wedding. I’ve agreed to let Seams Likeable display it for the rest of the month of June.

Juleka: I can’t wait to see it and thank you for letting me and our photographer cover the wedding. The ball and the wedding promise to be the social events of the year. Do you have any surprises planned that you can let our readers know?

Jason: That’s not how surprises work, Juleka. We are not expecting any surprises. Other than the last minute details, everything should be smooth and expected.


Jason couldn’t be more wrong, find out all the surprises in Monsters! Incidental Wedding Guests

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If Jason Johnson had Instagram

If Instagram existed in 2003, this is what Jason would’ve posted during the book Monsters! Incidental Wedding Guests.

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Monsters! Incidental Wedding Guests is an Urban Fantasy Romance. What happens when superheroes plan a wedding? Monsters, that’s what.

Kennedy and Jason are ready to get married. They just have to deal with evaporating monsters first.

Available for pre-order now!

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