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Jessica Sorensen – Guest Blog & Giveaway


Today we are happy to have debut YA author Jessica Sorensen here with us at SVR to celebrate the release of her second book in The Fallen Star series, The Underworld! She’s written up a great scene between some of the main characters in the series which had me laughing. This is a good way to get to know some of the characters and have a taste of Jessica’s writing.

Jessica has generously offered up print copies of both The Fallen Star and The Underworld to one lucky commenter! Giveaway details will be at the end of the post. Let’s give Jessica a warm welcome!  🙂


Being in a jail cell sucks. Especially when you’re locked in one with a very annoying faerie/Foreseer, an overly emotional witch, a Keeper/vampire who just recently discovered his thirst for blood, and a Keeper who can make your skin heat in ways you didn’t even know were possible.

“What are we going to do?” Aislin whined with tears streaming down her cheeks. “This can’t be happening.”

Alex rolled his eyes. “Aislin quit crying.”

She wiped her tears away. “I can’t. I mean, this is so bad—us being locked up in here.” She pointed at Alex and me. “And you two—you can’t be this close to one another.”

She was probably right. Alex and I were sharing a bench with one another. Plus, it was awfully electric in here. That was when I realized Alex’s hand was on top of mine. We both pulled away.

“It smells like feet in here,” Laylen suddenly said, looking over at Nicholas.”Really, really bad.”

Nicholas gave Laylen a dirty look. “It’s not my feet.”

I laughed. “Yeah, his feet probably smell like flowers.” Everyone looked at me and I furrowed my eyebrows. “Sorry, I have no idea where that came from…Well, actually I do. It’s because he smells like flowers.” I was being rude—I knew that, but I didn’t know why.

“It’s so hot in here.” Aislin fanned her hand in front of her face. “And Laylen looks really hot today.”

Awkward silence filled the air.

“Oh my God,” Aislin said. “I don’t know why I said that.”

“You said it because he does look hot today,” I told her and then felt my face heat.

Laylen looked back and forth between Aislin and me. “As much as I love the fact that both of you think I look hot, I think there might be something wrong.”

“Yeah, I’m pretty sure it’s my feet that smell,” Alex said with his nose scrunched up.

Aislin and I gave Alex a grossed out look and Laylen shook his head and said, “Too much information, dude.”

“If this is what you guys sit around and talk about all day,” Nicholas said, “then I’m a little bit relieved I’m evil and don’t have to listen to it.”

“This is not what we talk about all day,” I informed him. “Mostly we just lie to each other about our feelings…well, that’s me and Alex. Laylen and I actually have very nice talks.” I slapped my hand over my mouth. Why did I say that out loud?

Alex looked both confused and hurt, and then suddenly, he was jumping to his feet. “Hold on a second.” He climbed up on the bench and peeked through a vent on the wall. “Crap.” He turned to us. “There’s a truth tank in there. The room is being ventilated with truth gas.”

“Great!” Aislin cried, nervously twirling her hair around her finger. “Now Laylen’s going to know I still have feelings for him.” Her green eyes widened and she looked down at the floor.

“We already knew that.” Alex gave me an angry look. “But what we didn’t know is that Laylen and Gemma have feelings for each other. At least, that’s what I think.”

“It’s true,” Laylen said, and then his eyebrows dipped down.

Alex looked at me, waiting for me to respond.

I tried to keep my mouth shut, but apparently, the truth gas was stronger. “Sometimes I think I do…I mean, have feelings for Laylen…But I have a lot of feelings for you too, and it’s all really confusing.” I wanted to shrink myself into a little ball and hide. This was so bad.

“You know, when I was little, I wanted to be a ballerina,” Nicholas said.

Okay, so maybe mine wasn’t that bad.

“A boy ballerina,” Nicholas clarified as everyone stared at him.

Alex cocked an eyebrow. “So you wanted to wear a tutu.”

Nicholas crossed his arms and looked over at the wall. “No, I just wanted to dance.”

“That’s great, Nicholas.” Alex gave Laylen an “okay” look.

“Boy’s can be ballerinas, Alex,” Aislin said. “I mean, when you were little, you begged me to teach you how to tap dance.”

“I liked the noise the shoes made,” Alex gritted through his teeth.

Laylen held back a smile. “Was that the only reason?”

Alex shot him an angry look.  “No, I—”

“How about we all just stop talking,” Aislin interrupted, “before something really bad slips out of one of our mouths.”

“Like the fact that you once kissed Nicholas,” Alex said, and Aislin glared at him. “That one was for the tap dance remark.”

“You kissed Nicholas?” Laylen’s bright blue eyes widened with shock. “When?”

“Don’t worry,” Nicholas told him. “It wasn’t when you two were dating or anything.” He paused. “And it wasn’t that great of a kiss…not like when I kissed Gemma.”

I shook my head. “That’s great, except I hated our kiss.” Before I could stop myself I added, “the only person I want to kiss is Alex…well, and sometimes I think about kissing Laylen.”

It got really quiet.

Awkward,” Nicholas muttered.

“Yeah, I think about kissing you too,” Laylen mumbled with a perplexed look on his face.

“And sometimes I think about punching you,” Alex snapped, stepping toward Laylen.

“Same here,” Laylen bit back.

“Please make it stop,” Aislin wailed, looking up at the ceiling.

“Yes, please do,” I agreed, looking up at the ceiling too, wondering who she was talking to.

Suddenly there was a loud buzz, and then the cell door swung open.

“Times up,” a guard said.

Thank God.



Thanks Jessica! That was awesome, lol. If you’ve already read the first book, then you know just how great this scene was. 😀

Giveaway Details:

Jessica Sorensen has been gracious enough to supply one print copy of each of her books The Fallen Star & The Underworld! That’s right, one winner will receive both of her books! Contest is open to Everyone. I believe that Jessica will be popping by to respond to comments or questions as she’s able, so feel free to ask her questions as well.

Question: Have you ever had a really awkward moment with someone you were really attracted to? Fess up and give us some details!

For one entry: Please leave a comment with the answer to the question.  (+1 entry)

For extra entries:

I’m going to streamline this, so for each follow on twitter, facebook, goodreads or subscription to my blog, you can add an extra entry but be sure to let me know in your comment along with your username at each of them.

If you tweet about this contest, post it on facebook or post about it in your blog, for each link you provide, you get an extra entry.

  • Contest is open to Everyone and will run through October 12th until 11:59pm. The winners will be posted here on October 13th.
  • Please leave your email addy in your comment for me to contact you if you’ve won, but please post it like wilmaflinstone(at)boomshakalaka(dot)com so you don’t get any spam. If I haven’t heard back from the winner in 7 days, a new winner will be drawn from the eligible comments. Winners will be chosen on  by a random number generator. Good Luck everyone! :)

Please leave your links in one comment if possible. And yes I know I should get that Rafflecopter everyone’s using, lol.  Thanks!



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  1. Yes, of course I had. I stuttered and babbled whenever I saw him. It was so embarrassing that I wanted to dig a hole in the ground and bury myself within.

    Comment by aikchien | September 28, 2011 | Reply

  2. +1 I’m a Twitter follower @aikchien
    +1 I’m a Facebook fan – Aik Chien
    +1 I subscribed via Google reader.

    Comment by aikchien | September 28, 2011 | Reply

  3. Welcome Jessica. Your book sounds really good. I can’t wait to read it. I am not entering the contest. I am a reviewer for Judi. I just wanted to welcome you. Torivicious

    Comment by Victoria Zumbrum | September 28, 2011 | Reply

  4. Loved it! I love Laylen and Gemma together.

    Comment by Chandy | September 28, 2011 | Reply

  5. I totally had one if those moments! I fell on my face, tried to recover, only to realize the zipper of my pants was down! Ah! He married me anyway, so I guess he
    could overlook it! 🙂
    I loved these books! And, my daughters are named Gemma, and Sophia! I kinda feel like this was written for me! 😉

    Comment by Crystal D | September 28, 2011 | Reply

  6. Hi Jessica!
    Okay first off my most awkward moment would have to be when I went surfing in High School with a bunch of my friends for the first time ever. This guy that I had a major thing for offered to teach me how to surf and I was extremely hesitant. Mostly because being in a bikini isn’t something I enjoy to begin with let alone being in one around someone who is also half-naked and that I find extremely attractive. So anyhow he kept pushing me to try and so I gave in. Needless to say I ended up falling off the board on my first attempt and then the evil board (which I now believe to be the spawn of satan himself) ended up crashing into me after I fell. But it didn’t just knock me on my head or bump my knee. No the front end where it points to a tip rammed right into my southerly region! I felt like I had been kicked in the balls. It hit me so hard that it hurt to walk and I ended up having a bruise for a week! Things only got worse when I found myself laying on the beach half on the sand and half in the water holding my said unmentionables and moaning as “the guy who I found attractive” towered over me laughing. I was mortified to say the least. Thankfully (or maybe not so thankfully) he saw the whole thing happen so I didn’t have to explain to him why I was lying on the sand and grabbing my “you know what”. I haven’t attempted to surf since and I doubt I will ever try again. So that’s my sad story.

    +1 for facebook
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    +1 for google fan on your blog
    I should come up as Melissa Perea on all of them or Melissa E Perea

    Comment by Melissa Perea | September 29, 2011 | Reply

  7. I haven’t ever had a moment like that before, but I enjoyed reading it. I was laughing out loud on the computer!

    +1 facebook
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    Comment by Dawn | September 29, 2011 | Reply

  8. Twitter Icecream1891
    RSS Lindsay Ann/Krystal Larson
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    Goodreads: Krystal Carson (I THINK I got the right one >.>)
    I haven’t had that much of an embarrassing story as I didn’t care for the small selection of guys throughout my grade and highschool. However, I have completely slipped and fallen complete with the squeal in front of my entire classroom. edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom Would love this book, thank you for the chance!

    Comment by krystallarson | September 30, 2011 | Reply

  9. Currently, I really like a guy who makes me smile and become really bashful. Whenever he’s around, I sort of draw up into myself, though when he talks to me, I think I’m pretty normal, although inside I’m always freaking out. The worst is that everyone knows I like this guy, so whenever he’s around they’re always making faces and gestures behind his back to spur me on, which can be really nerve rattling. I honestly don’t think he’s interested, though.

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    -Shana @ A Book Vacation

    Comment by ABookVacation | October 1, 2011 | Reply

  10. Oh yes! And that kind of thing have been happening a lot of time…Because I was (And I still am) I quick lover! 🙂 One of them was at a club, the guy have been invited by some other guy to join my girlfriends and I in a club. But I was so excited to see him and stressed that I never stop drinking until I ask him to join me and dance. I turn around and I fall face first on the ground….I get up and headed to the back door and flew…Saw him the next week-end in a party and it was pretty awkward. Every time are eyes meet…. Anyway!

    I tweet:!/PCravingBooks/status/122402184242532352

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    I don’t know the author Jessica Sorensen, but her books sounds pretty good and I really love the cover!
    Thanks again!


    Comment by Proserpine | October 7, 2011 | Reply

  11. […] cell full of truth gas. It’s just for fun, but if you want to check it out here is the link: There is also a giveaway there you can […]

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