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Thursday, July 5, 2012

The One Night Stand. D.L.Jackson's journey into a writing and reading addiction.

Hi, my name is D.L. Jackson and I have been addicted to 1NS for a little over a year now.

When I was first asked if I’d like to write a 1NS story by a friend, Rebecca Royce, I said, “I don’t know. I have so many projects.” At first I didn’t want to ask what the heck a 1NS was, feeling maybe this was something the savvy author was suppossed to know. Kind of like all that cute jargon more seasoned authors use that makes the newbies scratch their heads, like WIP, IMHO, Beta, Skiffy Rommers, urban fantasy, dystopian, etc., etc.  Not wanting to look stupid, I hesitated to ask. Then curiosity got the better of me. It always does. “What’s a 1NS?”
“It means One Night Stand,” she said.
At first I thought what? Really? I like to write erotic romance because of the HEA, and this sounded like straight erotica. “Um, I don’t know. I kind of like those happily ever afters,” I said. All I could think was okay, they want a single scene where the lovers get together for a tryst and then go their separate ways, never to again meet. Boring! At the time, I didn’t know how wrong that assumption was. Rebecca set me straight.

“They can have happily ever afters—many of the stories do. Here’s the link: Check them out.”

So I did. There were a little less than thirty stories in the series at the time, which if you look at other publisher’s series, that’s not small potatoes, but for the 1NS series, it was only the beginning of the extraordinary collection that has over one hundred thirty titles now.
Vamps, weres, time travel, ghosts and aliens. Contemporary, military and it went on and on. It sure wasn’t that ho-hum theme I thought it would be:  Boy meets girl. They get it on. They part ways. No, this was so much more diverse than I ever thought it could be. Now she had my undivided attention.

 The next thing I noticed was the names of the authors who were writing the 1NS series. Many I knew personally, and some I knew by reputation. And believe me, I was looking at cream of the crop, wondering if I would ever get a story accepted, so impressive the list. There were several award winning authors, including a Prism award winner, a New York Times Bestseller, authors who wrote for the big pubs, first time published authors and veterans. And I said, “There must be something to this 1NS thing.” Yeah, there was.
Then I noticed the covers. If you’re a writer and you’ve ever gotten a bad cover, you’ll know why I wanted to do back flips. The covers were gorgeous. Not merely pretty, but stop you in your tracks, OMG I want that book, stunning.
Still not sure, I was ready to take a leap, you know, new publisher, new series.... Could I make another commitment to another publisher and keep my sanity? I checked out the submissions guidelines and fate slapped me upside the head and said “What are you waiting for?” One of my favorite editors was leading the charge with this series, and I knew my baby would be in no better hands. I didn’t leap—I dove in.
The rest is history. From there, Cinderella Wore Combat Boots was born. Following on its heels were This Endris Night, Seducing Liberty and my newest release, My Boogie Woogie Bugle Guy.

Now you know how I became addicted to writing and reading 1NS. So, if you’re looking for a series that goes on and on, is diverse, and inexpensive, you have to grab a 1NS. But don’t say I didn’t warn you. It’s addictive.
Go out and get your fix. Go on. I dare you. 

Okay, for the first giveaway on my blog to someone who comments, I have an e-copy of Cinderella Wore Combat Boots. For a second lucky commenter, I’m giving away a signed t-shirt with one of my 1 Night Stand covers. I have medium, large and extra large. And last but not least, for a third lucky commenter, a set of four romance trading cards, including Rebel Souls, Seducing Liberty, Courtesan Boot Camp, and This Endris Night. In addition, you get entered for a chance to win the grand prize of a Kindle Touch and a 2nd place prize of a $50.00 Amazon gift card. So be sure to leave a comment on each blog post to improve your chances, but only one comment will count as an entry per blog.
Once you comment click on the button at the top right of this blog to continue hopping.


Barbara Elsborg said...

You're right Dawn, the covers for the INS series are something special. Such a simple concept but it works really well and there are some fabulous stories to be read. Including yours!!!!

D L Jackson said...

Thanks, Barbara.

Jessica E. Subject said...

Thanks for participating in the hop, Dawn!

You know how much I love your stories, Cinderella and Boogie Woogie amongst my all-time favs.

And yes, the covers are absolutely amazing. We have awesome cover artists! And editors. :)

Funny, it was Rebecca who suggested I write for the series as well.

Anonymous said...

Great stories and covers. Thanks for sharing and for he great blog tour.

Yvette said...

Awesome prizes!

Drea Becraft said...

You have some really great covers. Thanks for sharing with us your 1NS joining story!


Unknown said...

I love the covers of the 1NS stories. They're what originally drew me in (and then I got hooked).

jlhmass at yahoo dot com

Arlene said...

Yep, awesome covers. But, Dawn, even more awesome stories when it comes to you. I love them all.

Unknown said...

Thanks for the great giveaway offerings!

Melissa Keir said...

I've read almost all of your books and loved them! Cinderella Wore Combat Boots was such a touching story. I couldn't put it down.

Melissa Keir

Carin said...

One of the other blogs in the hop asked commenters to look at all the 1NS books and pick the one they would like to read most, The one I picked was "Cinderella Wore Combat Boots" I love the story line.
Thanks for your participation in the hop.

Anne said...

I really like the variety of stories in theis series.

Toni said...

I really do have to agree with you. 1NS are very addictive and gorgeous. You can't beat them for quick, very enjoyable reads.


andieleah said...

I haven't read a 1NS book that I didn't love!

Buffy Kennedy said...

Great looking stories, I look forward to checking them out!


StacieD said...

The 1NS series has become one of my favorites. So many unique and fun stories.

Geishasmom73 at yahoo dot com

Nay Nay said...

Hi D. L.
I have all of your 1NStand books already. I just got them and am going to be reading them as soon as I finish the current book I'm on.

So If you pick me for one of your prizes, I would like the t-shirt in large please. LOL
Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.
reneebennett35 (at) yahoo (dot) com

VS Morgan said...

Hi DL,

Just stopping by to say hi! Cinderella Wore Combat Boots is one of my favorite 1NS books. Courtesan Book Camp is definitely going on my TBR list.


bas1chs said...

Thank you for being part of the hop! I completely agree that the 1NS series is very addicting LOL
bas1chsemail at gmail dot com

elaing8 said...

I have Cinderella Wore Combat Boots on the ereader ready to go :)
Thanks for the giveaways

Susan W. said...

Love your covers! 1NS stories are great ways to find new to you authors. Thanks for the giveaway!


Cathy M said...

I am new to this series and you explained it perfectly. I can see how you could get aadicted to these sexy stories.

Caity_mack@yahoo dot com

Zee Monodee said...

1NS is totally addictive, whether as a writer or as a reader! I got pushed by friends to submit to the line, too, and it's one decision I don't think I'll ever regret!

I'm amazed by the diversity of this line - no other line, imo, caters this widely to all tastes. :)

zeemonodee [at] hotmail [dot] com

Molly said...

OMG!!! I love all the covers for these and they have been on my wishlist for some time now! I'm on a mission to collect all the 1Night Stand series for Mr. Kade...that's my Kindle by the way :D Thanks!

Cate Masters said...

1NS stories are addicting! I've had yours on my TBR list for awhile.

Lisa said...

I agree, the covers are hot.


Unknown said...

Love the covers, love the series!

sarashafer at rocketmail dot com

Unknown said...

I love the 1NS Series!


Vanessa N. said...

I love the covers. So many sound great. Definitely addicting.

Catherine Lee said...

You're right about the covers for the 1NS books...and I love the Cinderella Wore Combat Boots cover!
catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

bn100 said...

Nice post and covers.


Eva's Flowers said...

I picked up a link at one of the stops that has a listing of them all! I hope to be able to obtain all of them, well little by little ;) They really are awesome stories. Thanks for participating and the awesome gifts you are offering!


Tamaria Soana said...

I've read Seducing Liberty and I have My Boogie Woogie Bugle Guy, I just need to read it!

Erykah Wyck said...

I have to say Cinderella wears Combat boots is one of my favorite titles ever. Okay just stopped by to show my support of my fellow 1ns authors

Unknown said...

I have been hooked on 1NS since winning one about 6 months ago. Love the quick stories and great covers. There is something for everyone.
bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

VanillaOrchids said...

I am already obsessed by the 1NS stories. :)
I have to agree, the covers for the 1NS books are awesome.
Thanks for the giveaway!


Brandi Slater said...

I like your story of how you got into the 1NS series. I have only read a couple, but I have plenty more on my Nook waiting to be read. Thanks for the giveaway!

Julianne said...

That was so interesting in how you started to write 1NS stories. Oh and I agree, the covers are beautiful and it's so hard to pick just one to read.
luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

Unknown said...

I read Cinderella and it is SO GOOD! (just thought I'd let you know) :D

teresa dot miller at tigerblossom dot com

June M. said...

The covers of the 1NS books are very beautiful. Sometimes books, while having a great story, will end up with a sucky cover. Not so with this series (1NS). Every one that I have seen is just gorgeous.
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

Dominique Eastwick said...

Love love love your books :)

Anywho just hopping in to show some 1NS love to my fellow authors :)

Unknown said...

Love your covers hon. Cinderella Wore Combat Boots is my kind of book. That is so cool. I definitely can't wait to read it. Thank you so much for the great post and giveaway hon :)

Unknown said...

Oh and here is my email address. Totally forgot :(

drharleyquinn87 (at) gmail (dot) com

JoAnna said...

I haven't read any of the 1NS series but I will definitely be checking it out. thanks for the giveaway!
beckerjo at verizon dot net

Tina B said...

That was a great story on how you came about being an author for the 1NS series. :)
Thank you for sharing your journey.
Thank you for the wonderful giveaway also. I love the title Cinderella Wore Combat Boots.
trb0917 at

Adila Mammadova said...

The Cover with the girl in the boots is something. Rare cover.

Adila said...

The covers are awesome, and I talk to some of the authors who write for the series. I have thought of turning a story in, but with so many other WIPs I haven't taken the time.

Unknown said...

So far I have loved all the covers I have seen. Thanks for the books.
author_tonya_callihan at hotmail dot com

Kristina's Books & More said...

Amazing covers, especially the Jimmy one! :)

Thanks for the giveaway and for participating in such a wonderful hop! I've had so much fun!

D L Jackson said...

Tonight is your last chance to get your name in the hat for the prizes. The winners for the big prizes will be drawn tomorrow. I will be drawing names for the prizes on my blog tomorrow morning and announcing tomorrow night. If you haven't left your email, please make sure you do so I can contact you in the event you won.
Good luck!

Shadow said...

Great covers! Thank you so much for the giveaway and the awesome hop!

Emily said...

Love your covers, your books sound awesome!! Thanks for participating!!


D L Jackson said...

First I'd like to thank everyone who stopped by Backward Momentum for the blog hop. Now on to the part that everyone is waiting for. I'm announcing the winners.

Jlhmass--you are the winner of a e-copy of Cinderella Wore Combat Boots. I will be contacting you shortly by email.

Casandra K S--You're the winner of the book cover tee-shirt. I'll be contacting you shortly by email.

Shadow--You've won the romance trading cards. I'll be contacting you shortly by email.

Thanks again to all for stopping by. Now, a surprise. The turn out for this blog hop was amazing and I want to pay back some of the love. The above were the randomly drawn. Now, I'm picking two more names from my favorite comments to win signed tee-shirts and here we go....

Carin--you're a winner of a tee-shirt. I'll be contacting you shortly by email.

Nay Nay--you're a winner of a tee-shirt. I'll be contacting you shortly by email.

Tina B said...

Congrats to all of the winners. :)