Do you write under a pseudo name?
Yes, we do! ‘Jessie Lane’ is actually the writing team of Crystal Leo and Melissa Pahl. Instead of playing rock, paper, scissors or having a wrestling smack down over what our name should be we both chose some of our favorite female fictional characters and wrote one long list. In the end we both agreed on ‘Jessie Lane’. ‘Jessie’, is Melissa’s favorite female lead character in the movie, Queen of The Damned, and ‘Lane’ after Crystal’s favorite female lead character from Karen Marie Moning’s ‘Fever Series’ with MacKayla ‘Mac’ Lane.
Regular or decaf?
Regular and STRONG!
Swimming in the ocean or a pool?
Ocean. We’re coasties of course!
Candles or spray air fresheners?
Candles because they set the mood. Febreeze just does not set the mood.
Do you have a green thumb for plants?
No. Actually we are notorious plant serial killers. In fact we can kill a fake plant. Don’t ask how, it’s a very sad thing.
Do you like feather pillow or foam?
What happened to good old fashioned stuffing? We life fluffy!
What do you collect? Trinkets? Books? Gadgets?
Books! Hundreds of books. However our husbands are now ecstatic that those hundreds of books are now on an e-reader and not clogging book shelves since our last moves.
Real sugar or artificial sweetener?
Must have suger!
Coke or Pepsi?
Sweet tea. That was option three right?
Do you drive a manual or automatic vehicle?
Automatic because Crystal behind a manual should be considered a hazard to everyone else’s health. Melissa however can work a manual without threatening lives.
Tell us about the first story you ever wrote and how old you were.
Melissa wrote her first story when she was twelve about a vampire. The first story Crystal remembers writing was in middle school about a young woman who wanted to be a samurai warrior.
Do you prefer to live in a big city or in the country?
Melissa likes the big city. Crystal wants to forever live as a hermit in the country.
Who is your favorite actor and movie?
Melissa says Denzel Washington in Man On Fire. Crystal says you have asked the impossible for wanting just one movie. She loves many. However she is willing to drool over Alexander Skarsgard all day long, (just don’t tell her husband).
Do you play an instrument? If so what?
Melissa can play the piano. Crystal would like to spare everyone’s ears from bleeding from torture.
Besides writing what other artistic talents, do you have?
Crystal has always enjoyed drawing. Then she graduated to some painting, but alas, no one besides her family appreciates her very strange images. She also enjoys photography. Melissa likes to paint as well.
What was your first job?
Crystal says McDonalds. She’ll never look at grease the same way again. Melissa washed dishes in a restaurant.
Have you ever gone to work wearing house shoes?
Crystal is a walking fashion disaster. However thankfully she has never ventured beyond her yard in her house shoes. Melissa says her bright blue fuzzy Chewbacca slippers have been to her job though.
Title: The Burning Star
Author: Jessie Lane
Publisher: Jessie Lane
Length: 100,800 words
Genres: Teen/YA Romance, Paranormal Romance, Fantasy
Available to buy at:
All Romance ebooks/OMNI Lit: http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-theburningstar-820786-143.html
Blurb: She’ll have to believe the unbelievable to survive.
The doctors have told Kay that she will die before she reaches her eighteenth birthday. Her mother’s determination to save her life leads them to a move outside of Asheville, NC to a new set of cancer specialists in the hopes to help her. But it’s not what Kay and her Mom find in the doctor’s offices in Asheville that lead them on the journey to save her before time runs out. It’s what Kay finds in the woods outside of Asheville, and an inhumanly gorgeous guy named Ryan, instead.
Myths and fairy tales come to life before Kay’s eyes, bringing her closer to the ultimate cure if she can stay alive long enough to get there. And if the cancer doesn’t kill her before she finds the cure the secrets her mother has hidden from her may be the beginning of the end.
Can she reach her destiny before tragedy strikes?
Jessie Lane is the writing team of Crystal Leo and Melissa Pahl. The two sister-in-laws share a great love of breath-taking romance, cliff hanging suspense, and out-of-this-world characters that demand your attention or threaten to slap you until you do pay attention to them. Because really, it is ALL about the characters.
This is their first novel but they are all geared up and excited to be releasing other projects soon!
I stood there frozen knowing that I would probably die because of this wretched creature. All of a sudden I saw the quick movement of an arm bringing down the point of the knife slicing down towards the large creature’s skull. The animal’s enraged screams ripped through the woods around us. My brain tried to analyze what was happening before me I stood as still as a statue and watched as the monster started crumbling away. That’s right, I said crumbling. Like something that had been burnt from the inside out and then fell apart, it was just disintegrating into nothing. This can’t be real. I looked up from the ashes into the face of an angel. No, he’s not an angel, he’s just a guy right? He was staring at me like he had just seen me sprout a second head and I was staring at him like I was about to scream again and that’s when I fainted. At least I didn’t scream again, right?
When I opened my eyes to see his two ethereal blue eyes staring back into mine my head felt like it might split in two from a raging headache. “Are you okay?” his strong but sweet voice whispered.
But before I could stop myself from saying anything ridiculous I replied, “Are you an angel? Did I finally die and go to heaven?”
He bellowed a laugh and I blushed a shade that was more than likely lobster red. I
really just didn’t say that did I? Stupid, stupid, stupid Kay. I smacked myself in the
forehead and tried to hide my face. That’s a great way to make a first impression to an
extremely hot guy. Let’s just faint like an air headed girl, which I am not, and then wake
up asking stupid questions. And then that’s when it hit me. The past few moments of
events flooded my brain again and I started to panic. “Wait, wait a minute! What was that
thing and how in the world did it just, just…”
“The dog? I’m sorry to tell you I had to cut it with my knife to scare it away. It
wasn’t a mortal wound though. He took off through the woods in an escape. Sorry if
you’re one of those animal lovers, but I was afraid it might kill one of us.”
I shook my head to try and clear it. “No, no, no, no. That was no dog. Well I mean,
it was at first, but then it became something else. It was black, and huge, and had those red
eyes…” And before I finished my sentence I looked up at him to see complete shock
and amazement on his face. I had never seen anyone look so bewildered. “Don’t look at
me like that! I know what I saw! Now what was that thing and what happened to it at the
end. It didn’t run off, I saw you kill it. And I would point to the body to prove it, but it;
well it fell apart or something.”
And in just a split second the shock had disappeared from his handsome face and
was replaced by something more masked and calculating. “I’m sorry. You’re quite
mistaken. I didn’t kill it. I only wounded it. And it was a dog. Are you sure you didn’t hit
your head or something? I’m afraid you might be having some kind of hallucinations of
some kind.” Somehow, when he said it, it didn’t seem as scary or grotesque as it did
when I played what I thought I saw back in my head.