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

PS Anthology (Box Set #3, AFF + BDSM)
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Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 114,160. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Transgressional
Summary: Introducing part of Jess C Scott’s second erotic anthology (AFF + BDSM). The full edition of Primal Scream contains taboo sex, AFF, and BDSM-themed stories (best value). * * * Genre = Contemporary / Erotic Fiction (the focus is on psychosexual themes, not explicit graphic scenes). * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Primal Scream (Box Set #2, Taboo Sex + BDSM)
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Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 106,120. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Transgressional
Summary: Introducing part of Jess C Scott’s second erotic anthology (Fashion Icon + PLAY/BDSM). The full edition of Primal Scream contains taboo sex, AFF, and BDSM-themed stories (best value). * * * 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: 67,180. 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: 17,550. 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: 16,510. 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.
Primal Scream (Box Set #1, Taboo Sex + AFF)
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Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 86,640. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2011. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Introducing part of Jess C Scott’s second erotic anthology (Fashion Icon + AFF / taboo sex + Asian factual fiction). This is a work of contemporary/erotic fiction, not pornography. * * * The full edition of Primal Scream will contain taboo sex, AFF, and BDSM-themed stories. * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
AFF (Asian Factual Fiction)
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 47,240. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2011. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Literary Erotica
Featuring Jess C Scott’s "Asian factual fiction" collection. These 3 stories will be included in the upcoming anthology, Primal Scream. Story summaries are included in the sample download. * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Catholic School Girls Rule
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,120. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2011. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Literary Erotica
Summary: When BFFs Chantal and Aisyah meet a Catholic school boy and his androgynous best friend, the two couples collectively discover how much they really have in common. This story features in the short story collections, AFF (Asian Factual Fiction), and Primal Scream (full anthology). * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Jack in the Box
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,000. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2011. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Literary Erotica
Summary: A sensuous business acquaintance breaks Drea’s stale fixation with her first love, Jack. * * * This is a work of factual fiction; not a light/casual read. * * * Tone of this story = plot > porn (via an epistolary and 'sexual-astrological' perspective). P.S. Grammatical and other inconsistencies are due to artistic license. * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Fashion Icon (special edition)
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Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 46,190. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Transgressional
Jess has compiled five of her (deviant, but reworked) short stories, and placed them all together into one collection, priced reasonably. This edition establishes the characters as step relatives. A short summary is included at the start of each story. Enjoy! * * * "Fashion Icon," Special Edition * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Master & Servant (bdsm story.01)
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,070. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Transgressional
Summary: Stacia wakes up to find herself in the middle of her rape fantasy--that has come true. * * * Content = M/F/M threesome + slightly twisted romance (second part) + BDSM themes. * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott. (approx 7,300 words)
The Other Side of Life (Book #1, Cyberpunk Elven Trilogy)
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 66,730. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Intermediate
(4.00 from 8 reviews)
Summary: A thieving duo’s world turns upside down when an Elven rogue uncovers the heinous dealings of a megacorporation. * * * Genre: Urban Fantasy / Cyberpunk / YA with adult crossover appeal * * * Recommended for adults or young adults seeking cyberpunk themes (not hardcore sci-fi), and a love story (not fluffy romance). * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Sven (incubus story.02)
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,480. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Summary: A novella, in which an incubus makes it his mission to rectify a teen starlet’s first sexual misencounter. * * * 26,000 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.
Incestiable (incest stories)
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Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 39,450. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2011. Category: Fiction » Erotica » General
Featuring the first collection of Jess C Scott’s incest-themed erotic short stories. A short summary of each story is included. Print version available via Jess's website in late Jan 2011. * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Spinning Around (Taboo Story.05)
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,920. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Transgressional
Summary: 48-year-old Deryk Wolf’s not-so-little girl shows her appreciation for his support of her passion for fashion. Part of Fashion Icon, and the Primal Scream Anthology. * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott. (approx 7,200 words)
Business Plan: Building a Positive Mindset + Attitude
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 13,030. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2010. Category: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Small business and entrepreneurship
Part 1 of this business plan contains Jess’s 10-page final project for an upper division business module (an in-depth organizational analysis). Part 2 of this plan consists of a set of templates which has helped Jess develop the right attitude to “make things happen,” with regards to her independent writing/publishing endeavors. * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Ringfinger (story.04)
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,180. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2010. Category: Fiction » Literature » Transgressional
Summary: 22-year-old Nathan Karim proves his lifetime commitment and loyalty to Maya Karim, three days before Maya’s wedding day. Tone of story = plot > porn. Part of Fashion Icon, and the Primal Scream Anthology. * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott. (approx 5,500 words)
The Boy Who Played with Fire (Part 1)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,880. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2010. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(4.00 from 1 review)
The first of Jess C Scott’s dragon-themed stories. * * * Summary: A teenage hooligan with a penchant for playing with fire goes in search of a dragon, before stumbling upon the London Underground’s deadly secret. * * * Genre: Urban Fantasy / Action & Adventure / Fantasy & Magic. * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Crunk (neighbors, special edition)
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,670. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2010. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Literary Erotica
Summary: Cougar on the prowl Rachel Coker turns her attention to Brent, her 20-year-old next door neighbor. This is a special/"friendly neighborhood" edition. Part of Fashion Icon, and the Primal Scream Anthology. * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott. (approx 4,500 words)
The Other Side of Life (Cyberpunk Elven Trilogy, Book 1, Pre-Final Version)
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 62,440. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2010. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Book 1 (Pre-Final Version), the first of Jess C Scott’s Cyberpunk Elven Trilogy. * * * Summary: A thieving duo’s world turns upside down when an Elven rogue uncovers the heinous dealings of a megacorporation. * Genre: Urban Fantasy / Elf Punk / Cyberpunk. * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Crunk (Incest Story.03)
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,580. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2010. Category: Fiction » Erotica » General
Summary: Cougar on the prowl Rachel Coker turns her attention to Brent, her 20-year-old son (original version). Part of Fashion Icon, and the Primal Scream Anthology. * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott. (approx 4,500 words)
4:Play (Minus One): A contemporary cocktail of erotic short stories
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Price: $5.49 USD. Words: 70,410. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2010. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Literary Erotica
In this anthology you'll get nine of the currently-released "4:Play" short stories--nine stories for less than the price of four if purchased separately. The original version of "4:Play" is blocked in Jess’s Amazon account for containing the incest short story, Wicked Lovely (banned by Amazon in Dec 2010!). This is a special edition that contains all the other stories in the collection.
Swiss Miss (Taboo Story.02)
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,790. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2010. Category: Fiction » Literature » Transgressional
Summary: Listless Andy Acklin underestimates the hold his younger neighbor (who he treats close as a sister) has over him, who’s blossomed into a full fledged hottie. Part of Fashion Icon, and the Primal Scream Anthology. * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott. (approx 8,000 words)
Erotica Romance Short Story (The Gift)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,590. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2010. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
An erotic short story of a certain proposal/proposition, by a global superstar, to one lucky fan. * * * ‘The Gift’ features in Jess’s multiple-genre-crossing erotic short story collection, 4:Play. Tone of this story is more erotic/romantic, than pornographic. * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
My Chance Encounter
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,630. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2010. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
Summary: Simon encounters a female apparition--who has a thing...for him. * * * 'My Chance Encounter' is a flash fiction piece, which features in Jess's short story collection, Diva, and her writing/illustrating portfolio, Porcelain. * * * Author Bio: Jess identifies herself as an author/artist/non-conformist (and is an English/Business senior at Adams State College).
Cyberpunk Elven Trilogy (Elves, Urban Fantasy, Book 1, Part 5, The Other Side of Life)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 19,350. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2010. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Book 1 (Part 5), the first of Jess C Scott’s Cyberpunk Elven Trilogy. * * * Summary: A thieving duo’s world turns upside down when an Elven rogue uncovers the heinous dealings of a megacorporation. * Genre: Urban Fantasy / Elf Punk / Cyberpunk. * Note: Covers basic plotline of final draft--do not read if you don't like spoilers! * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Cyberpunk Elven Trilogy (Elves, Urban Fantasy, Book 1, Part 4, The Other Side of Life)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,680. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2010. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Book 1 (Part 4), the first of Jess C Scott’s Cyberpunk Elven Trilogy. * * * Summary: A thieving duo’s world turns upside down when an Elven rogue uncovers the heinous dealings of a megacorporation. * * * Genre: Urban Fantasy / Elf Punk / Cyberpunk. * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Cyberpunk Elven Trilogy (Elves, Urban Fantasy, Book 1, Part 3, The Other Side of Life)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,550. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2010. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Book 1 (Part 3), the first of Jess C Scott’s Cyberpunk Elven Trilogy. * * * Summary: A thieving duo’s world turns upside down when an Elven rogue uncovers the heinous dealings of a megacorporation. * Genre: Urban Fantasy / Elf Punk / Cyberpunk. * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Cyberpunk Elven Trilogy (Elves, Urban Fantasy, Book 1, Part 2, The Other Side of Life)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,500. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2010. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Book 1 (Part 2), the first of Jess C Scott’s Cyberpunk Elven Trilogy. * * * Summary: A thieving duo’s world turns upside down when an Elven rogue uncovers the heinous dealings of a megacorporation. * * * Genre: Urban Fantasy / Elf Punk / Cyberpunk.
Cyberpunk Elven Trilogy (Elves, Urban Fantasy, Book 1, Part 1, The Other Side of Life)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,200. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2010. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Book 1 (Part 1), the first of Jess C Scott’s Cyberpunk Elven Trilogy. * * * Summary: A thieving duo’s world turns upside down when an Elven rogue uncovers the heinous dealings of a megacorporation. * * * Genre: Urban Fantasy / Elf Punk / Cyberpunk. * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Take-Out, Part 1
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,320. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2010. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Take-Out (Part 1), the first of Jess C Scott’s “Asian Fetish” stories. * * * Summary: Jake Blake “the Rake” from a small New England town meets his cosmopolitan Asian counterpart-cum-fetish. * * * Genre: Erotic Fiction / Contemporary Adult Romance / Psychology (Human Sexuality). * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Diva (short stories)
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,850. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2010. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A short story collection by author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott. Diva showcases Jess’s penchant for “bending the rules”—read with caution. * * * Most of Diva features in Jess's writing/illustrating portfolio, Porcelain. Diva focuses on short stories, only. * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Black Velvet (erotic short story)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,050. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2010. Category: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
(4.00 from 1 review)
An erotic short story in which two friends yield to their animal instincts, in a straight-up, gratuitous public encounter. Bonus / Story #2: A short story of a certain proposal/proposition, by a global superstar, to one lucky fan. These stories feature in Jess C Scott's bestselling collection, 4:Play. * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
4Play (bisexual, gender bending short story)
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,260. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2010. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
A short story in which two guys see what’s really in their hearts, with the support—and shining example—of two girls in the same predicament. This story features in Jess C Scott's bestselling collection (of the same title), 4:Play. * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Tongue-Tied (succubus, bisexual short story)
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,040. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2010. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
A short story featuring a voyeuristic succubus driven by jealousy, a dangerous fixation, and a duty to please the sexually unsatisfied women of the world. Tongue-Tied was originally published in The Devilin Fey (novella of two stories; red dahlia cover), and features in Jess C Scott's bestselling collection, 4:Play. * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Trouble (poetry, poetry book)
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,690. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2010. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
A poetry collection by author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott. "Trouble" showcases Jess’s penchant for “bending the rules”—read with caution. * * * Most of Trouble features in Jess's writing/illustrating portfolio, Porcelain. Trouble focuses on poetry, only.
Young Adult Fiction, Seven Deadly Sins Series (The Intern, Book 1, Lust)
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 66,220. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2010. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Dating & Sex
A 17-year-old intern must choose between trusting an irresistibly suave dance instructor—or her instincts * * * Book #1 (Lust) in Jess C Scott’s SINS07 "seven deadly sins" series. A "Reviewer Top Pick" at Night Owl Reviews (Dec 2011)! * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Business Plan: Building Brand Identity (An Indie Author's Advertising Plan)
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 9,950. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2010. Category: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Small business and entrepreneurship
Contemporary writer Jess C Scott’s 35-page business/advertising plan, on establishing brand identity. This plan also shows the opportunities that independent publishing offers, which traditional publishing does not. Jess is currently an English/Business senior at Adams State College; this 35-page plan was submitted as the final project for an upper division business module.
New Order (glbt, gay romance, gay fiction, erotica, short stories)
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 33,400. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2010. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Lesbian Erotica
(4.00 from 1 review)
A choice selection of stylishly wild and wicked GLBT stories, from Jess C Scott's bestseller 4:PLAY * * * SUMMARY: The following stories include: a suave concert pianist...a bisexual succubus...two young ladies reliving and exploring their school friendship...m/m gay street sex...a gender-bender...and a hot, sexy, epic blog.
Wicked Lovely (taboo short story)
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,010. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2010. Category: Fiction » Literature » Transgressional
(3.00 from 1 review)
A short story where a pair of neighbors close as siblings look to themselves, and not society, to make sense of the sexual love they share. * * * Summary: Ed has been (guiltily) attracted to "Goddess Julie" for as long as he can remember--but moves out once he finishes high school. Unexpectedly, Julie discovers she has similar sentiments... * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
Porcelain
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 40,370. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2010. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A collection of both new and previously published short stories, poems, and essays, by author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott. Porcelain offers a personal draft of the author’s navigation through a world that is fantastical, offbeat, ironic, unexpected, and true.
The Devilin Fey (paranormal romance)
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,050. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2010. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(3.00 from 1 review)
A novella of two stories, featuring an incubus and succubus. Story #1 features a demure young woman unleashing the “devil in” her, through the intimacy with an incubus. Story #2 features a voyeuristic succubus driven by jealousy and a dangerous fixation. * * * Recommended for readers seeking something different in the "paranormal romance" genre. * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
4:Play: A contemporary cocktail of erotic short stories
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Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 83,110. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2009. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Among these progressive stories, a brother and sister try to make sense of the sexual love they share; a demure young woman encounters an incubus; and two friends strike up a stimulating discussion that acts as the perfect aphrodisiac. With a scope and style that is fresh and compelling, 4:Play dives into the depths of navigating gender, sexuality, and the lines of desire.
Appetizers
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Price: Free! Words: 580. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2009. Category: Fiction » Erotica » General
A choice selection of poems which cater to the palate of erotic delights. Poetry is sexy. * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
New Order (gay, yaoi, erotic short story)
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Price: Free! Words: 2,000. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2009. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
(1.00 from 1 review)
Erotic Short Story: A suave concert pianist has an unshakable hold on the narrator, who is drawn in like a wayward moth to a burning flame. * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.
EyeLeash: A Blog Novel (teenage memoir, coming of age, internet romance, sexting)
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 65,700. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2009. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
(4.50 from 6 reviews)
Jade Ashton is a sassy virgin. In her blog, she vents about "fitting in" a superficial world. Suddenly all logic flies out the window when she meets Novan: the former geek, who's morphed into a delicious songwriter-musician. EyeLeash captures self-discovery in the 2000s, and showcases the intricate drama in two youths' relentless search for themselves--and what's really in their hearts.

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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.