Everyone assumes that Joelie Baudelaire lives a charmed life. She has a generous benefactor in Warren Jardine, and a glamorous lifestyle in the exciting city of Las Vegas. Everyone is wrong.
When Warren is arrested, Joelie has the ability to escape the emotional jail he's held her captive in for two years. Her father's house should be her refuge, but it's another kind of prison altogether. All Joelie wants is a normal, peaceful life. Discovering that she is one of The World Elite, a genetically superior race, puts a whole new set of shackles on her life.
Her destiny is planned, and her future marriage is pre-arranged. While Joelie still remembers her childhood crush on the Elite, Sender Stelle, it isn't easy to accept a betrothal to a man she barely knows beyond his photograph.
Warren doesn't want to release his control over her. The World Elite would force her to fulfill her destined duty, and Sender has gone from resigned acceptance to benign co-operation with the powers that be.
Freedom is just out of reach. All Joelie must do is defy some of the most powerful people in the world, and survive.
Tell me about yourself. What’s a day in your life like?
Depends on the day, of course. lol. First of all, my life is not complicated by any stretch of the imagination nowadays, and I’m enjoying this little break immensely. I’ve fought life very hard to get a moment of peace. Lately, I’ve become an early riser. I’m a night-person by nature, so don’t ask me how or why this happened. My schedule will rotate back around, mark my words. No matter what schedule I’m on, it’s the same routine. I wake up, drink a lot of coffee, and smoke a lot of cigarettes. I mean, a lot. I don’t want to flaunt my accomplishments or anything, but I can drink a half a pot of coffee before an average person has their sugar and creamer mixed just right in their first cup. Work starts as soon as I’m mentally alert. Writing, plot planning, marketing, promoting… I deal with the house and the dogs, against my will. I hate the tedious day-to-day chores, I admit it. Haha.
When you were a child, what was your dream occupation?
I always wanted to be a writer, I just never thought it was a possibility or a realistic dream to have. Of course, none of my dreams were ever that realistic. There’s not been a day that goes by that I haven’t wanted to be rich and famous. I’ve wanted to rule my own country. I’ve wanted to be a gymnast. I’ve wanted to be an assassin. I’ve wanted to be a rock star, but I’m not even remotely musically inclined. One thing I know for sure, I never wanted to be ordinary.
Describe an incident in your life that’s helped mold you into the person you are today.
It’s more like a butterfly effect, really. I experienced rejection at a fairly early age. I went through the same thing a lot of kids do in school by way of name-calling and although I honestly can’t say I’ve ever been bullied, it’s only because I didn’t give kids the opportunity to bully me. I nipped it in the bud before it could even progress. Even at an early age, I understood that cruelty to others was a show of weakness and I learned to exploit it. Never back down. By the time elementary school was over, kids knew trying to pick on me was counterproductive. They found weaker targets and attacked them instead. The process started over in middle school. There were multiple elementary schools and one middle school. All the kids from the other elementary schools weren’t aware of what I was like, but they figured out on their own that I wasn’t taking anything laying down. I had already taken a position as the defender of my friends, but by high school, people I didn’t know were asking me for help with their bullies. So, that’s how I became the bully of the bullies, in so many words.
Who are your favorite authors?
Jude Deveraux, Johanna Lindsey, Nora Roberts… to name a few that I don’t know personally. However, I believe this is a trick question. I know so many talented authors that if I start naming them, we’ll be here for days.
What are you passionate about?
Cigarettes and coffee. I would kill for them. I would drown a puppy, if that’s what it took, to get my coffee and cigarettes.
What would I find in your couch cushions?
Probably stuffing. Oh, you mean, what would you find under and between my couch cushions? There’s probably no money in there, but you’re welcome to look. My bets are on filth of a questionable variety and specks of things that might be cracker crumbs. I don’t venture there. My couch doesn’t have removable cushions. It’s one of those La-Z-Boy couch/recliner combinations.
What’s your biggest fear?
Breaking teeth. My teeth, to be precise.
It’s 10:00 on a Friday night. Where are you?
I’m probably at home or at the movies. I don’t make plans, though. Until I moved to the country, I felt like I was running all the time. Day in, day out, there were plans and places to go. People blowing up my phone with texts and calls - more plans to be made. I was in two places at once. Where I was physically, and thinking about where I needed to be next. It’s a lot calmer now. lol.
What sets you apart from other writers?
I’ve lived a rather crazy life so far, and I’m still young. There’s not too many people I can’t baffle by my very existence these days. A lot of people are surprised I’m still alive to tell about it. Not that I think I’m the only person whose lived life, I’m certainly not.
We’re in a bar and I’m buying you a drink. What’ll it be?
Wouldn’t be the first time I’ve been in this situation… but I stopped drinking.
What are you currently reading?
I’m too busy at the moment, but next on the list is to finish Symphoni by Tianna Scott. After that is Revealing Hamilton – but I forget who that’s by. ::wink::
How do you deal with rejection?
What rejection? What did you hear? What’d they say?
Where did the idea for your novel come from?
Oh man… here and there and everywhere. I just go with the flow as I write. It’s really hard to explain my muses, they’re everywhere. That’s why I’ve got about 15 WIPs right now. It’s a little me, a little fantasy, a little insanity, and at the end there’s a book.
Do you have advice for aspiring writers?
Sure. Quit aspiring and just do it. Do what you want to do. Where there’s a will, there’s a way and you can be anything you want to be. Tell your story.
What is the toughest criticism you’ve received as an author?
I am an information dumper. ::sad face::
What does your main character think about you? Would he or she want to hang around you as their author?
Good question. I honestly think we would get along. Of course, I have a hard time believing anyone doesn’t like me, but that’s because I’m a little egotistical and totally rad. ::laughing::
Who would play the starring role(s) if your book became a movie?
Emilia Clarke would play Joelie and Vitor Belfort makes a good Sender Stelle.
If you had to choose one…which song would sum up your story?
Wow… no. I can’t. I don’t think that’s even possible. If it is, I haven’t heard that song yet. I’ll get back to you on this one… one day. So, when I start shouting a song at you, you’ll know why.
Would you like to say anything to your readers / fans?
Just, thank you! Thanks for coming with me on my little journeys. Thanks for being book-readers. Thanks for all the positive words and the beautiful reviews. It means so much to me that people have responded so well to a sassy chick like me. J
Where link-wise can your readers / fans stalk you?
I love to hear from people, so here’s where you can find me…
Twitter: @coeycain https://twitter.com/coeycain
Amazon Author: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00BUAFN7O
Blog #1: http://iwassociation.com/
Blog #2: http://coeycain.com/
And, of course, please buy my book! Haha…
As a writer, it can be difficult to find enough time in the day to get everything done. Would you like to share your favorite ‘quick and easy’ recipe?
Get a bowl. Put cereal in it, fill half-way with milk, grab spoon. BAM! Meal fit for a champion.
I just want you to know, mothers love me. I’m a hit with moms. :)
Coey Cain is a dedicated author who began writing novels as a means of entertainment at the tender age of eight. Never intending to publish or pursue a career in the field, she chased other opportunities and gained knowledge in a plethora of interests. She spent most of her adult life out West, living a fast-paced lifestyle and appreciating every minute of it. With a great love for fast cars, and with sixteen years' experience in racing and precision driving, she dreams of rally racing cross-country one day.
Coey is an adventurist at heart who's unafraid of new endeavors. She believes that danger and risks are what make for the best experiences, and ultimately better stories. Currently, she's maintaining a quiet lifestyle while focusing on her writing career. Her passion for writing and storytelling has stood the test of time and she feels obligated to herself to make her dreams come true in every aspect of life.