Jayce Carter — Saving the World and Other Bad Ideas

I’ve gone to hell, I’ve faced off against the devil and I’ve lost someone who meant the world to me. That’s usually the end of the story, but it seems the universe isn’t quite done with me yet. Lilith is still out there, the end of the world is getting closer and only I can hope to stop it. The more I discover, the deeper I dig into the mystery of Lilith’s past and my own powers, the less sure I am that I can actually defeat her. Still by my side are the four men I’ve fallen hopelessly in love with—leave it to me to get my romantic life in order just as the world falls apart. With all the questions, there are only two things I know for certain—I will face Lilith, and only one of us will walk away from it.

Jayce Carter

Give us the one to two sentence tagline for your book.

I finally get four hot men and the world’s going to end. Typical.

What is your favorite scene/moment in your book?

When writing it, I realized that two of the character had never actually had sex. That clearly needed to be resolved, and my favorite scene is when they finally do get the chance, just the two of them, and how much it matters to them both.

How do you use magic in your book?

Magic in this book have a few different types, which is what I find so interesting. There is nature magic, death magic, elemental magic, and a myriad of other kinds. The main character in the trilogy has a unique type, and her ability to use it through the story, to learn to harness and accept it, is a big part of her growth throughout the entire story.

Would your hero enjoy pumpkin spice lattes, candy corn, or apple bobbing?

Troy would enjoy apple bobbing, Kase is a wet blanket and wouldn’t enjoy any of it, Grant would happily snack on candy corn, and Hunter would walk around with a pumpkin spice latte without the slightest concern for his manhood!

What costume would your heroine wear to a halloween party?

Ava would want to wear something leather and bad ass. She tends to doubt herself but has secretly always wanted to be the sort of girl who wears leather and has weapons strapped all over her.

What scene did you adore writing in this book?

There is a scene when the book opens, where Ava, the main character, is ‘defending’ a barista and putting down a rude customer. However, things aren’t exactly what they seem and Ava quickly has to admit the customer wasn’t really being rude and that it was more about what Ava was going through than actually defending anyone. I loved this scene because of how relatable it is, and how easy it is to go overboard or to assign things going on in our own lives. I think we’ve all felt like we’re the hero when we later have to realize we might have actually been the douche in the situation.

Is this book a spooky/scary PNR, or a cozy/snuggling with a monster PNR?

This is a spooky, scary PNR with plenty of humor!

What is your favorite monster to write?

I love unique monsters. Vampires and werewolves are always fun, I do enjoy getting to put my own spin on them each time, but there is always something fun about creating lore and dealing with a monster who isn’t given much attention normally.

If you had to pick, would you rather have fangs, claws, or wings?

Wings. I want to be able to fly right away from peoples bullshit!

Halloween’s coming. Do you do anything special to celebrate?

We usually watch scary movies and give out candy!

Excerpt from Saving the World and Other Bad Ideas

The picture faded away, as if it had never been there, and behind it, a darkness so deep, I had an instant moment of ‘fuck that nonsense.’ It reminded me of the void, of that crushing moment I’d fallen into it after trying to find Rachel’s spirit.
He caught the look. “It’s fine, Ava.”

“Dark, scary tunnels are rarely fine. In those choose-your-own adventure books, this is considered the obviously bad choice.”

He twisted his hand, palm side up, so a small ball of light rested there. He held it out to me, and it rolled from his palm to mine. It was warm and reminded me of a levitating bouncy ball. “The darkness isn’t so bad,” he told me.

“In my experience, some pretty horrible things happen in the dark.” I remembered the nights I’d fallen asleep as a kid, in beds I didn’t feel safe in, the times night felt too empty and full at the same time.

He caught my chin so I looked into his green eyes. “Trust me, Ava. I’ve been through this place a thousand times. You are the scariest thing that’s been in these tunnels.”
I took a deep breath before nodding. I didn’t feel like the badass he seemed to think I was, but when had that ever stopped me before? “Into the creepy tunnel we go.”

Jayce Carter lives in Southern California with her husband and two spawns. She originally wanted to take over the world but realized that would require wearing pants. This led her to choosing writing, a completely pants-free occupation. She has a fear of heights yet rock climbs for fun and enjoys making up excuses for not going out and socializing.

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