Jess C Scott

Biography

Jess is an author / artist / non-conformist who loves original stories and seeking the truth.

She is the founder of jessINK, a publishing company dedicated towards creating “meaningful entertainment.”

Jess was a participating author in the 2012 Singapore Writers Festival, and has been called “bold, daring, and always original” by The Arts House.

Psychological thrillers are where she explores the dark side of human nature.

“I find psychopaths intriguing and disturbing,” she says. “I doubt the nature versus nurture debate will go away any time soon.”

[x] Erotic Fiction is where she explores intimacy/passion/intensity, not explicitness ;)

BIO: http://www.jessINK.com/bio.htm
DISCLAIMER: http://www.jessINK.com/erotic_writing.htm

Smashwords Interview

Where did the idea for your psych thriller, The Wilde Trilogy, come from?
I have had a long time interest in taboo topics and dark subject matter. For some reason, I feel compelled to explore the darker side of the human psyche. It’s not that I’m a completely cynical or pessimistic person. But I do understand what Freud meant when he said he was "only interested in the basement of the human being."
How did you go from writing erotic fiction to crime fiction?
I initially wrote erotic fiction (or "contemporary fiction with erotic elements"), some of which were taboo-themed. Some of those books got banned. I was informed that taboo themes in "mainstream fiction" was a more acceptable thing. I thought I'd try out crime fiction since I've always loved crime dramas, murder mysteries, and films in the psychological thriller genre. I am endlessly interested in motivations and sources.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Jess C Scott online


Where to buy in print


Books

Owned
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Price: Free! Words: 14,520. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2014. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Passion. Murder. Bloodlust. Among these nefarious stories, siblings strengthen their bond by plotting against their aggressor; an animal lover seeks revenge; and a psychiatrist gets what's coming to him when he abuses the trust of a jaded client. These stories take readers straight to the scene of the crime, exploring just how and why people are driven over the edge--and driven to kill.
Wilde Twins: Trilogy (Box Set)
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Series: Wilde Twins, Book 4. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 177,590. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2014. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
A psychological thriller about a brother sister serial killing team--and their slow descent into amoral mayhem. Follow The Wilde Twins in a twisted tale of love and loyalty. Playmates, Bedmates, Soulmates (Box Set; Books 1-3).
Soulmates
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Series: Wilde Twins, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,080. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2014. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
As young adults, Tania and Trevor attempt a fresh start in terms of paying their debts to society. When the siblings both find themselves in unfulfilling marriages, they become increasingly drawn to each other for comfort and solace. The profound evil from their past is back to haunt them with a chilling reminder: *You can get away with this, again...*
Bedmates
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Series: Wilde Twins, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 60,870. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2014. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
As teenagers, the siblings pursue random hookup romances in an effort to distract themselves from two things: their propensity for murder, and the burgeoning sexual tension between them. What begins as harmless flirtation soon turns into jealousy and ruthless competition in a wild game of sibling rivalry, as Tania and Trevor seek to prove their undying love and loyalty to each other.
Playmates
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Series: Wilde Twins, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 55,130. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2014. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Book #1 in The Wilde Twins: a psychological thriller about an "evil twins" serial killing team--and their slow descent into amoral mayhem.
Bro Sis Diaries
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Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 57,090. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Erotica Anthologies
Featuring more fantastic tales of forbidden love in Jess C Scott's second taboo anthology! Explore a unique and very sweet type of love in the Bro Sis Diaries series, where consenting step siblings indulge in devilish fun with the sexual love they share and desire. Genre: Erotic Love (more plot than porn; 5 stories--approx 55,000 words)
Play the Game
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,040. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
In the process of inviting his stepsister to be his wingwoman, playboy Nikolai discovers just how attractive Natalie really is. Story #1 in the *Bro Sis Diaries* series by Jess C Scott. Genre: Erotic Love (more plot than porn; approx 10,500 words)
My Protector
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,640. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Fiona knows she can always count on her older brother. When things move too quickly between Fiona and her new boyfriend, she discovers how far Jordan is willing to go to ensure her safety. Story #2 in the *Bro Sis Diaries* series by Jess C Scott. Genre: Erotic Love (more plot than porn; approx 10,000 words)
Casual Encounter
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,050. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Roy is checking out Craigslizt when he sees Anita's nude photo in a personals ad. He sends a fake email--which Anita responds to. Story #3 in the *Bro Sis Diaries* series by Jess C Scott. Genre: Erotic Love (more plot than porn; approx 12,600 words)
Addicts Anonymous
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,920. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Alexa and Peter live with overbearing parents who are actually sex addicts. Will the step siblings be severely punished or encouraged for their 'bad' behavior, if they're caught experimenting? Story #4 in the *Bro Sis Diaries* series by Jess C Scott. Genre: Erotic Love (more plot than porn; approx 12,600 words)
Jet Set
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,060. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Romance
Seiji is concerned about Nyanko's stale love life, till he notices being in the same place with his stepsister all the time might come with extra perks. Story #5 in the *Bro Sis Diaries* series by Jess C Scott. Genre: Erotic Love (more plot than porn; approx 10,600 words)
My Inner Goddess (Fifty Shades Parody)
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 54,160. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
(5.00 from 1 review)
Cool, cunning, and amusing, My Inner Goddess is a devious satire that explores how far we're willing to go to answer the question: "Can love really conquer all?" * * * A Fifty Shades of Grey Parody, by Jess C Scott. 51,000 words (novel).
Teen Guide: A Little Bit More...
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Price: Free! Words: 15,840. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Sex and Relationships  » Sex and culture
In this promotional eBook, Matt Posner and Jess C Scott answer a selection of additional questions from readers (upon publication of the original Teen Guide to Sex and Relationships). Includes a Q&A on good girls, bad girls, soul mates, true love, and a short essay on Fifty Shades of Grey.
The Art of Erotic Writing
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Price: Free! Words: 11,740. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Sex and Relationships  » Sexual health
Jess C Scott talks about the themes and inspirations behind her works of erotic fiction. 'Erotic fiction' here refers to literature which deals openly and excitingly with sexuality as a part of human experience. *** Features an essay on Fifty Shades of Grey, along with interviews and excerpts from various blog tours. *** 11,000 Words
Self (Seven Heavenly Virtues Anthology)
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 53,520. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2012. Category: Fiction » Christian » Contemporary
A short story collection which links personal spiritual growth to each of the seven virtues. Covers the seven virtues of chastity, temperance, diligence, kindness, charity, patience, humility. * * * Genre: Edgy Christian/Inspirational Fiction 52,000 words * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Touched (Virtue: Chastity)
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,830. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2012. Category: Fiction » Christian » Contemporary
A group of friends find out how much they really have in common, the closer they get to temptation. Part of the Self “7 Heavenly Virtues” anthology. * * * Genre: Edgy Christian/Inspirational Fiction 6,700 words * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
See-Saw (Virtue: Temperance)
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,550. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2012. Category: Fiction » Christian » Contemporary
A teen unexpectedly discovers the drive that fuels her addiction to supernatural romance novels. Part of the Self “7 Heavenly Virtues” anthology. * * * Genre: Edgy Christian/Inspirational Fiction 8,200 words * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Hit the Floor (Virtue: Diligence)
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,650. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2012. Category: Fiction » Christian » Contemporary
A struggling entrepreneur turns a disaster into an opportunity to put his true vision in action. Part of the Self “7 Heavenly Virtues” anthology. * * * Genre: Edgy Christian/Inspirational Fiction 8,600 words * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Heart 2 Heart (Virtue: Kindness)
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,820. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2012. Category: Fiction » Christian » Contemporary
Sibling rivalry ensues between a pair of singer-entertainers with completely different outlooks on life. Part of the Self “7 Heavenly Virtues” anthology. * * * Genre: Edgy Christian/Inspirational Fiction 6,900 words * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Masquerade (Virtue: Charity)
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,580. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2012. Category: Fiction » Christian » Contemporary
All's fine until churchgoers start to doubt the "most giving, most generous" one amongst them. Part of the Self “7 Heavenly Virtues” anthology. * * * Genre: Edgy Christian/Inspirational Fiction 6,500 words * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
13:4 (Virtue: Patience)
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,540. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2012. Category: Fiction » Christian » Contemporary
Despite painful separations, a couple learns of love's endurance, the more time and space they allow for it to grow. Part of the Self “7 Heavenly Virtues” anthology. * * * Genre: Edgy Christian/Inspirational Fiction 7,700 words * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Spiral (Virtue: Humility)
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,790. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2012. Category: Fiction » Christian » Contemporary
An upper middle-class family must come to terms with whether upholding tradition overrides the pursuit of happiness. Part of the Self “7 Heavenly Virtues” anthology. * * * Genre: Edgy Christian/Inspirational Fiction 6,600 words * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Self-Publishing Wiz
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Price: Free! Words: 12,280. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
Jess is the founder of jessINK, an innovative publishing company that focuses on substance over marketing hype. In this eBook, Jess shares a selection of blog posts (from 2009-2012) which capture the true power and spirit of the 21st-century self-publishing revolution. * * * LENGTH: 10,000 Words * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Play / Bdsm: Walkthrough
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Price: Free! Words: 7,410. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Educational
The Play / Bdsm Anthology by Jess C Scott is a collection of Bdsm-themed contemporary short stories. Play / Bdsm: Walkthrough is a freebie mini compilation. In this promotional eBook, Jess talks about the themes and inspirations behind her (non-pornographic Bdsm-themed) project. Genre: Education (Reference / Commentary) * * * Length: 5,800 Words * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott
Bad Romance (Seven Deadly Sins): Walkthrough
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Price: Free! Words: 7,060. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Educational
The Bad Romance Anthology is a pop culture inspired short story collection, which links star-crossed lovers to each of the seven deadly sins. In this promotional eBook, Jess C Scott talks about the themes and inspirations behind her (unintentionally satirical) project. GENRE: Education (Reference / Commentary) * * * LENGTH: 5,400 Words * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott
Naked Heat: Walkthrough
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Price: Free! Words: 7,290. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Educational
The Naked Heat Anthology by Jess C Scott is a collection of incubus and succubus stories. Naked Heat: Walkthrough is a freebie mini compilation. In this promotional eBook, Jess talks about the themes and inspirations behind her incubus/succubus themed project. GENRE: Education (Reference / Commentary) * * * LENGTH: 5,500 Words * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott
Teen Guide to Sex and Relationships
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 73,010. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Social Issues / Dating & Sex
(5.00 from 1 review)
Teen Guide answers the important and confusing questions young people have about their bodies and their hearts. It's an advice book from two authors who care about young people and want to help them with tough questions about love, sex and relationships. Genre: Teen Health/Sexuality | 75,000 Words * * * Co-authored by Matt Posner and Jess C Scott.
Zombie Mania: A Parody
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,600. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
Summary: A family of zombies struggle to stay alive when they roam the earth on a freak Friday the 13th. A "Zombie Apocalypse" Parody. * * * For fans of South Park, MAD Magazine, The Simpsons, and DListed. * * * 5,700 Words | Short Story * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Instantaneous (In)sanity: A Collection of 500 (pseudo-)haiku
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,090. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2012. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Featuring 500 haiku from the personal collection of author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott. Jess's style of (pseudo-)haiku more or less follows three major principles of minimalism, immediacy and human insight.
Bad Romance: 7 Deadly Sins Anthology
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Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 91,690. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2012. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
A pop culture inspired short story collection which links star-crossed lovers to each of the seven deadly sins. * * * Genre: Fiction (pop culture / contemporary / dark humor) 90,000 words * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Never Gonna Give You Up (Pride)
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,550. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
A supermodel's 7-year marriage breaks down when her musician husband tires of being in the shadow of her spotlight. Part of the Bad Romance "7 Deadly Sins" anthology. * * * Genre: Fiction (pop culture / contemporary / dark humor) 7,000 words * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Heart’s Blood (Anger)
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,490. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2012. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
A student plots to annihilate the cheating player that broke her former tutor's heart. A rape and revenge story. Part of the Bad Romance "7 Deadly Sins" anthology. * * * Genre: Fiction (crime fiction / psychological thriller) 14,000 words * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Poor Little Rich Dude (Greed)
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,090. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
A young man leaves his lover behind when a winning lottery ticket transforms his life. Part of the Bad Romance "7 Deadly Sins" anthology. * * * Genre: Fiction (pop culture / contemporary / dark humor) 11,500 words * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
“I’m Pretty” (Envy)
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,820. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
A beautiful reality TV star indulges a new obsession when she rekindles an old flame. Part of the Bad Romance "7 Deadly Sins" anthology. * * * Genre: Fiction (pop culture / contemporary / dark humor) 11,000 words * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
The Champion (Sloth)
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,990. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
A gaming addict attempts to win at life when he meets his match and marries a fellow gamer. Part of the Bad Romance "7 Deadly Sins" anthology. * * * Genre: Fiction (pop culture / contemporary / dark humor) 9,500 words * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Blind Leading Another (Lust)
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,600. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
A high-schooler in a bad situation is unaware her secret crush is one of the participants. Part of the Bad Romance "7 Deadly Sins" anthology. * * * Genre: Fiction (pop culture / contemporary / dark humor) 12,000 words * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Literary Heroin (Gluttony): A Twilight Parody
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,100. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
(4.25 from 4 reviews)
Isobel's fanfiction dream comes true when Edwin and Jacobus materialize out of thin air. But the two hunks secretly have the hots for each other... * * * Genre: Fiction (satire / parodies) | 22,000 Words * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Naked Heat #1
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 91,360. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Summary: A collection of incubus and succubus stories, where the way of life is all about seduction—its rules, its pleasures, its secrets... * * * 86,000 words. * * * Recommended for readers seeking something different in the "paranormal" genre. * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Kylie
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,910. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Summary: Kylie, a cougar succubus, gets involved in a complicated love quadrangle, where delirium and violent passions fuel unbridled killer instincts. * * * 28,000 words. Part of the Naked Heat anthology. * * * Recommended for readers seeking something different in the "paranormal" genre. * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Clear: A Guide to Treating Acne Naturally
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 30,020. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Diseases / skin
In this concise guide, Jess shares her tips on treating acne holistically, without any drugs, creams, or face washes. Based on Jess's own journey to re-discovering clear skin. 80 Pages. By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Real Love Versus Romance
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Price: Free! Words: 5,830. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2011. Category: Essay » Sociology
A 4500-word mini collection of (informal) essays on commercialism’s de-spiritualizing effects on society, by author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott. Genre: Essays | 4,500 words ***** Note from Jess: This is a mini collection of short essays on arts, culture, society, and my resistance towards commodity production and 100%-commercialization.
Skins (flash fiction mini collection)
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Price: Free! Words: 6,550. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2011. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Summary: A 5000-word mini collection for animal lovers by author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott. She will work at developing more stories with the subject of "animal rights" in mind. * * * Genre: Flash Fiction | 5,000 words * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Piety (Dragon poems, mini collection)
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Price: Free! Words: 2,270. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2011. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Summary: A 1000-word dragon-themed mini poetry collection by author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott. "Piety" is the prototype for Jess’s London Underground Trilogy (forthcoming dragon-themed urban fantasy series; 2012). * * * Genre: Poetry | 1,000 words * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Primal Scream (full edition, erotic anthology.02)
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 153,050. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2011. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Erotica Anthologies
Summary: jessINK is pleased to present the second erotic anthology by author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott. Stories include taboo-themed material, factual fiction, and non-pornographic BDSM stories. * * * Genre = Contemporary / Erotic Fiction (the focus is on psychosexual themes, not explicit graphic scenes). * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Play (Bdsm Anthology)
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Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 67,270. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2011. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Summary: jessINK is pleased to present the first collection of BDSM-themed stories by author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott. * * * Genre = contemporary fiction with non-graphic BDSM elements. Explores the psychosexual themes of BDSM. * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Switch (bdsm story.02)
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,620. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Sex and Relationships  » Sex and culture
Summary: Christopher Creme and Kaja Kunis switch things up by switching D/s roles in their relationship. * * * Genre = contemporary fiction with non-graphic BDSM elements. Explores the psychosexual themes of BDSM (gender + role identity). * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
The Velvet Rope (bdsm story.05)
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,620. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Sex and Relationships  » Sex and culture
Summary (novelette): A disenchanted lady boss recruits a personal toy boy, before the complexities of a recent divorce send her completely over the edge. * * * Genre = contemporary fiction with non-graphic BDSM elements. Explores the psychosexual themes of S/M and mild erotic asphyxiation. * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Teacher's Pet (bdsm story.04)
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,580. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Summary (novella): A truant student gets her lecturer’s signature--and more--when she needs an official form signed. * * * * Genre = contemporary fiction with non-graphic BDSM elements. Writing style = simple/understated (a bit like Hemingway). * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Evolution
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Price: Free! Words: 14,940. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2011. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
A compact compilation of stories by author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott. Evolution showcases Jess’s penchant for working in various genres and formats--read with caution.
Rockstar (bdsm story.03)
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,480. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Sex and Relationships  » Sex and culture
Summary (novella): Hideki brings on the knife and bondage play to help Daniel come face-to-face with his dEniAl. * * * Tone of story = subtle/implicit > violent/explicit. Writing style = simple/understated (a bit like Hemingway). * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
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Smashwords book reviews by Jess C Scott

  • Short Shocks Volume I on Aug. 26, 2009

    To be quite honest, I found the two stories to be more entertaining/interesting/stimulating, than most modern-day bestsellers. Andy draws his inspiration from a sordid, brutal and horrific Scottish history, where there is an abundance of fables, folklore, murders and superstitions. This is evident in the book, SHORT SHOCKS. There is an eerie mood (and setting) which wraps you in and keeps your attention. A word about the dialogue – I felt that the lines of conversation, could have been more carefully edited. For example: --- “You do what you want.” John shouted. (“You do what you want,”) “It’s getting colder these nights” (missing full-stop) “Mr. Bastion,” Said the Lord. (said > Said) --- Perhaps it’s because I am naturally extremely attentive to such details (I also edit some short stories for publications, on the side)...and to just harp on this, and overlook the loveliness of everything else of the two stories, would be my loss/an error on my part. I also thought the dialogue in the first story could have sounded a bit more “old-worldly”, because the story takes place in the year 1834. I must emphasize “a bit”, in my previous sentence, because dialog that’s lengthy and difficult to decode (how I feel when reading Shakespeare sometimes, even though I truly love The Bard lots!)...can get in the way of the forward motion of a story/book. ‘Minion’ and ‘A Night With Frost’ are two incredibly imaginative, original, and well-crafted stories. Horror is not the usual genre I peruse material in, so I was initially wondering if it’d be too “gory” for this reader’s tastes, but nope, the descriptions added very nicely to the stories [“the eyes weeping bloody streams of fear and panic”, oh and the part about John “(returning) to his room, to lick the bad taste from his conscience” – I thought that was very nicely phrased]. ‘Minion’ has a whole gothic and terrors-of-the-soul mojo going on (the journal format/gothic mix of ‘Minion’ was reminiscent of Bram Stoker’s Dracula) – ‘A Night With Frost’ was/is very aptly titled – it’s gripping and chilling (how fitting!) and keeps you hooked to the story till the end. One gripe (more so than my comments on the dialogue): I wish there would have been more stories!!
  • The Hunted of 2060, a Shifter Dystopian (Shifter Evolutions Book #5) on June 27, 2010

    [Well-written fiction by a well-read author] The summary of The Hunted of 2060 begins with: "Set in Alaska in 2060, when April enters her Sophomore year at University..."--I was immediately drawn into the world and setting that the author so deftly and effortlessly creates, in this futuristic novel. I really liked the part about the electrical newspapers "beam[ing] in and out against the shop walls" displaying current events, ha ha! In the chapter entitled 'Siblings' (Page 16), there's one line that reads, "complex themes [are] interwoven into relatable story lines"--the main character is referring to the subject of English Literature, throughout the paragraph where this sentence appears. I think the universal themes mentioned in this section echo the main themes of Ms. Blackwelder's novel--kinda like how the pastor's sermon in Moby-Dick reflects some of the main themes in the entire book. This is how it should be done, as compared to certain blockbuster mainstream books, where names of classic books seemed to be dropped for no reason other than to create an added sense of melodrama and/or to make the main character seem 'smart'. I thought this was a well-written piece of fiction (which veered to "realistic fiction" very often), with well-crafted characters and a strongly developed setting--by an experienced, well-read author.
  • Miami Snow on June 27, 2010

    I noticed the words, “quiet fury,” upon first reading this novel (on the copyright page, not within the story itself). Actually, a quiet fury seems to run through the characters/story--like a golden thread of intensity, quietly simmering under the surface, which holds the story together. Speaking of intensity, I noticed the line “Nickelback blasted from her speakers” on one of the book's pages, as I was pondering over this whole element of intensity. Everyone who knows Nickelback’s music knows how intense those guys can be, heh! Ms. Helle has a great, unforced writing style. Nothing makes me more tired than variations of purple prose, which thankfully do not feature throughout this book. For instance, here is the opening paragraph of Chapter 33: “…Dante watched as Kiera effortlessly cut through the water, swimming with easy strokes. The white bikini she wore covered as little as possible. He liked that she wasn’t shy.” Less is more--and I’m referring to both the white bikini, and the style of writing. Brandy, oh man, I liked Brandy, lol. I liked the portrayal of her sexuality, and that the drug aspect is part of the plot (not there for “sensationalized” purposes or to “glam up” the storyline). Actually, I felt a little bit like a voyeur (having a look into the characters’ lives), despite the disclaimer at the start that it is a work of fiction. I’m left with the feeling that these were real people I was reading about--fact combined with fiction usually is a necessary thing for characters to come alive. Ms. Helle has this down pat.
  • Glimpse (Zellie Wells #1) on June 27, 2010

    I love how Glimpse's artsy and pretty cover creates a sense of mystery and curiosity! On to the interior content--I liked the sensory elements included straight from the opening paragraph (and the combination of these visual/audio sensory elements, combined with the characters being "in line to take communion," was a hilarious touch). Pacing is good, as is the descriptive writing. For example: "I began at [Avery's] feet. Polished black dress shoes, black socks slouching at the ankles, a glimpse of beautiful calf, his khaki pants hiked up just a little." and "Avery felt electric. Lying on top of his made bed in the dark, still wearing his church clothes, he listened for his parents, trying to detect any movement coming from their bedroom. All he could hear was the energy coming off of him. The whole room was buzzing." This novel has an authentic YA voice--which is neither patronizing/pretentious, nor whiny. I enjoyed the great attention to visual detail too, like the opening of Chapter Two, where the narrator observes her best friend cutting her punk rock hair. This sort of attention to detail livens potentially commonplace scenes. There was also a great balance with the interactions between 1) the narrator and her romantic interest, Avery, 2) the narrator and her best friend, Claire, and 3) the narrator and her family members. I think it ended on a good note--because it leaves me impatient/wanting to see the next installment! Ms. Wallace Benefiel has penned a delightful romance packed with emotion, tension, and likable characters that pull at your heart.
  • Celtic Evil A Fitzgerald Brothers Novel: Ian on June 30, 2010

    I really enjoyed the style of scene breaks in this dark fantasy novel. I thought the “scene settings” stated in bold (to mark a change of setting), added to the excitement and pace of the story. This technique enables the story to cover a lot of ground (quickly—personally, I’ve never been a fan of extremely long, rambling detailed descriptions of “the setting”), and creates a more ‘expansive’ feel to the geographical scope of the story. On a side note, these scene breaks remind me of certain scene break sections in Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, heh. Back to Celtic Evil. For example (re: the scene breaks): Fitzgaren, County Kerry, Ireland, four days later: (Chapter 2) Trinity University, Ian Fitzgerald’s dorm: Dublin, Ireland: (Chapter 7) Avebury, Great Britain: (Chapter 24) There’s a skilful blend of modern-day and fantasy elements too, without a sense of the author “trying too hard” with the creation/execution of the story. The characters are relatable, and the relationship of the brothers showcases the strength of family ties (something which might be in short supply, the more technologically advanced the human species gets). I also enjoyed the ease and comfort the author has with writing about subjects/content that are related to magic/witchcraft—these vivid scenes enliven the interactions between the characters. I look forward to trying some of this author’s other books (like S.E.A.L. Team Omega, that falls into the adventure genre!).
  • Gas For Grass on Aug. 27, 2010

    I have not read a lot of "Bizarro Fiction," but I think this story fits the genre aptly (where weirdness is the defining trait!). I haven't really been a long-time horror fan, but I've been gaining more interest in the genre (on the film side, I'd rather watch a well-produced action/horror flick, than a rom com, possibly 90% of the time!). I didn't really fancy that the neighbor in the story was a dike--I felt this didn't really contribute to the story. Well, maybe it did in some ways, but I've always been very kind to the GLBT community...and maybe I'm reading too much into things too. I guess I'll have no issues if one views this aspect as being part of what drives the narrator's rage (in the context for this story). Apart from that, I liked the story's flow (the run-on sentences work well and unpretentiously / the writing is tight too), and I think Mr. Poe Speicher did a slick job with taking the reader through the mind of one driven by pure RAGE (all caps for the emphasis).
  • Closing My Eyes Helps Me To See Clearly on Aug. 27, 2010

    I enjoyed being led through the story, paragraph by paragraph...the author certainly has a skill with imagery. Personally, I don't really dig it if/when a writer starts to get a little (or not) bit "over the top" with descriptions--"and she was filled with an inner darkness, black and dark as an oil slick" (from a recently published YA novel--won't say which!)--Mr. Speicher's descriptions are more lyrical. He has an understanding of what good poetry is (most Poe fans do, while those who detest Poe usually don't--c'mon, Edgar Allan Poe's THE MAN, admit it *insert smiley face*). P.S. Visually (if this were to be translated onto a screen), it could potentially be something very "eerily other-worldly" to view/experience (and I don't mean "other-worldly" in the paranormal-creatures sense--this is something greater/that covers more scope than a genre category).
  • The Toilet Business on July 09, 2011

    ===A rollicking romp of an employment record=== Enjoyed the insight of this collection of short and digestible essays, with regards to the author's employment history. The down-to-earth tone and there were many things that "rang true", such as: 1) "I’ve looked into becoming a radiology tech, an interpreter for the deaf, a massage therapist, a yoga instructor, a court reporter, a medical transcriptionist, and a lab technician. Basically anything that requires me to go to a trade school for 18-24 months." (pg-11) 2) Pro vs. Con of "being older than [one's] 22-year-old boss," (pg-35) 3) What people really get up to at records stores (lol!) As I approach my mid-twenties, I can totally appreciate the ups and downs of being in and out of crappy jobs (throughout my teens, it was never a dream, but a requirement, that I would eventually find a career that I actually enjoyed). I don't wanna give away any spoilers (especially with endings), but I'll say here that I especially enjoyed the conclusion of this book. I'll say that it ties in wonderfully and positively to The Toilet Business's opening paragraph -- so kudos to SWB on that!
  • Narcissism (Soon you will be free...) on Aug. 13, 2011

    The author's website states that one of the genres she writes in is "literary / lyrical trance." One would be hard pressed to think of a better description for Vixen's style of writing, which features beautiful prose that isn't superfluous or pretentious. In our post-modern world that seems to be flooded with commercial fluff, Vixen Phillips's work is emotional, daring, and a breath of fresh air. "Narcissism" was a pleasant read and well-paced, wonderfully visual and descriptive, and is a great introduction to the imaginative mind that fuels the storytelling craft and talent of Vixen Phillips.
  • Dragonworld ETC (The Society On Da Run #3) on Oct. 14, 2011

    Very creative (thank God because creativity is something that's sorely lacking in our over-commercialized world). One thing I enjoyed very early on was/is the multicultural/international/global flair throughout the poems. I like/appreciate the mention of astrology/the stars in "The Sweet Starry Night Dreams of the Dragonflies" also (a layered/structured/thought-provoking piece I'll slowly read, and not rush through tonight). I enjoy taking my time when it comes to reading poetry, as I'm doing with this collection right now :) Greetings from www.Dragonsinn.net :)!
  • Dragonworld ETC (The Society On Da Run #3) on Oct. 14, 2011

    Very creative (thank God because creativity is something that's sorely lacking in our over-commercialized world). One thing I enjoyed very early on was/is the multicultural/international/global flair throughout the poems. I like/appreciate the mention of astrology/the stars in "The Sweet Starry Night Dreams of the Dragonflies" also (a layered/structured/thought-provoking piece I'll slowly read, and not rush through tonight). I enjoy taking my time when it comes to reading poetry, as I'm doing with this collection right now :) Greetings from www.Dragonsinn.net! :)
  • Dragonworld ETC (The Society On Da Run #3) on Oct. 14, 2011
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    Very creative (thank God because creativity is something that's sorely lacking in our over-commercialized world). One thing I enjoyed very early on was/is the multicultural/international/global flair throughout the poems. I like/appreciate the mention of astrology/the stars in "The Sweet Starry Night Dreams of the Dragonflies" also (a layered/structured/thought-provoking piece I'll slowly read, and not rush through tonight). I enjoy taking my time when it comes to reading poetry, as I'm doing with this collection right now :) Greetings from www.Dragonsinn.net! :)
  • Dragonworld ETC (The Society On Da Run #3) on Oct. 14, 2011
    (no rating)
    Very creative (thank God because creativity is something that's sorely lacking in our over-commercialized world). One thing I enjoyed very early on was/is the multicultural/international/global flair throughout the poems. I like/appreciate the mention of astrology/the stars in "The Sweet Starry Night Dreams of the Dragonflies" also (a layered/structured/thought-provoking piece I'll slowly read, and not rush through tonight). I enjoy taking my time when it comes to reading poetry, as I'm doing with this collection right now :) Greetings from www.Dragonsinn.net! :)
  • Dragonworld ETC (The Society On Da Run #3) on Oct. 14, 2011

    Very creative (thank God because creativity is something that's sorely lacking in our over-commercialized world). One thing I enjoyed very early on was/is the multicultural/international/global flair throughout the poems. I like/appreciate the mention of astrology/the stars in "The Sweet Starry Night Dreams of the Dragonflies" also (a layered/structured/thought-provoking piece I'll slowly read, and not rush through tonight). I enjoy taking my time when it comes to reading poetry, as I'm doing with this collection right now :) Greetings from www.Dragonsinn.net! :)
  • Dragonworld ETC (The Society On Da Run #3) on Oct. 14, 2011
    (no rating)
    Very creative (thank God because creativity is something that's sorely lacking in our over-commercialized world). One thing I enjoyed very early on was/is the multicultural/international/global flair throughout the poems. I like/appreciate the mention of astrology/the stars in "The Sweet Starry Night Dreams of the Dragonflies" also (a layered/structured/thought-provoking piece I'll slowly read, and not rush through tonight). I enjoy taking my time when it comes to reading poetry, as I'm doing with this collection right now :) Greetings from www.Dragonsinn.net! :)
  • Paradise on Oct. 21, 2011

    Wow, this was a mother-effing cool read. Don't be deterred by the short story word count -- as the new wave science fiction author J. G. Ballard once said, "there are many perfect short stories but no perfect novels." I couldn't predict the plot of PARADISE from the opening lines of the eBook (or the summary) -- though it was a really great/satisfying ending. I greatly appreciate the author's creation of stories with low fluff content. I also enjoy the handling of the theme(s) of sexual obsession/violence that are part of the plot. This is not the sort of cheap erotica that's nothing more than "literate porn" designed to arouse the reader and generate a profit for the producer. And I don't know why I took so long to dive into some of Ms. Christian's work, but I'm glad to have done so. P.S. This is subjective, but I enjoy having 'Stabbing Westward' on in the background while perusing Ms. Christian's work (moments of absolute pleasure, lol!).
  • BestsellerBound Short Story Anthology on Nov. 03, 2011

    A refreshing and concise anthology--I enjoy "variety" in both life and literature, and I enjoy anthologies such as this one because of the diversity offered. This introduces the reader to different genres and narratives styles, something which I greatly appreciate. Commercial mainstream fiction tends to be more homogenous than original/innovative, which is why anthologies such as this are great to introduce new readers to a range of independent writers/authors. In the independent scene, a writer can maintain creative control over their work (without altering it so that it suits a certain "commercial category" better). In this anthology, you'll get suspense; an introspective/engaging story involving a lost love and a lost earring; a story told entirely in dialogue; an insightful story reminiscent of the film "Country Strong"; a fantasy story about wizards and spells; and more. All for the price of FREE too--so set aside some time, download a copy, and see what gems you discover for yourself ;)
  • BestsellerBound Short Story Anthology Volume 2 on Nov. 04, 2011

    A refreshing and concise anthology--I enjoy "variety" in both life and literature, and I enjoy anthologies such as this one because of the diversity offered. I'm familiar with the work of some of the writers featured in this anthology. It's so nice to see versatility and a love for writing (and respect for the craft) being given the priority over homogeneity (which is what the mainstream commercial traditional publishing industry encourages, fosters, and promotes, in the name of reaping profit$ from book$ with built-in audience$). This anthology features tight writing and each author's style is given the freedom to shine. One of the things I liked most about all the stories is that they all show a genuine care for character development, which is refreshing (a lot of commercial fiction tends to be heavily plot-driven, with less emphasis on depth and insight). This is partly why I now spend more time reading classic books and indie works (more so than the formulaic fluff the commercial publishing industry has settled to offering). I understand my review sways more towards a personal than objective tone (at points)--for me, reading is a rather "personal affair." I have a low tolerance for creative work that isn't somehow original and/or innovative, that doesn't bring anything new or of value to me as a reader, so I appreciate it greatly when I do find something that's non-cookie-cutter ;) P.S. Be sure to also check out Bestseller Bound Anthology Volume 1.
  • Fusion on May 04, 2012

    I don't judge books totally by their cover, though I have to say that I really appreciate the thought that goes behind Maria Savva's book covers. For the longest time, I thought the cover of 'Fusion' was a photo of a white flower against a black background. I've only just realised "what the picture is, really," and how the black and white tones in the photo seem to be a "seamless fusion." I was initially surprised and intrigued with the table of contents (feat. 22 stories). I assumed that they'd be of 'flash fiction' length (i.e. short short stories), which I've always enjoyed reading because there tends to be focus in a well-written short piece (as opposed to long novels with a lot of filler text). I found the writing style to be very clean and sharp, which made for easy reading, which reminded me of the following quote from Nathaniel Hawthorn: "easy reading is damn hard writing." There were very, very nice twists to certain stories, and I liked the scope of the stories. Seemingly ordinary people in ordinary circumstances, yet with a profound simplicity that can escape us as we hurtle on in our "technologically advanced" age where speed and new things seem to matter above all else. Ms. Savva's work is original and personal, and individualistic yet 'social' at the same time, in the sense that the characters and storyline are things people everywhere can relate to. That to me is what really captured the 'fusion' in Fusion. "Thought provoking and eventful stories written to entertain and inspire," indeed!
  • The Same Moon on May 13, 2014

    This is a beautifully-written book by a highly literate author who has a respect for the written word. No gimmicks, no hype, nothing that's cheap about the all-important subject of coming of age...how refreshing! Reading the chapter titles alone is stimulating, because you get a glimpse of the structure of the book without being told the exact details (which of course, entices you to want to see how the story plays outs). The realism of the book draws the reader in effortlessly. The journey is epic and dramatic without being formulaic or repetitious. There are many poignant lines throughout the content too, which give the book added depth and insight. I think the following line (from one of the chapters in The Same Moon) describes the book very well: "Life was no film set, and there was no script." I particularly enjoyed Chapter Five: The Courtship for its unabashed view on "the dating game." As someone who enjoys culture and travelling, this book was certainly a treat. The strength of books like these is that they remind discerning readers how literature is differentiated from the film medium. While the latter tends to be more impressive in terms of 'visuals', good literature is intimate because it engages the reader through a one-on-one experience. That is one of the things I enjoy the most about reading, which The Same Moon delivers.