This post is part of the blog tour for Read Self Published Month, when dozens of self-published authors band together to celebrate each others’ work. To find out about all the events — like readalongs and giveaways — check out the Read Self Published Month Facebook page.
Don’t miss my giveaway! Read to the end of this post to find out how to win ebook copies of all three of my books: Starfall, Shifting Borders, and the soon-to-be-released Negative Return.
Hi, I’m Jessie!
I’m a freelance writer and novelist, and this blog is mainly home to my writings about fiction and creativity.
As a reader, what you need to know about me is that I love writing characters who press each others’ buttons and have each others’ backs.
I’m fascinated by the family dynamic — both biological families and found families — and I mostly write stories about deeply flawed people who love each other deeply. Even when they hate each others’ guts.
What can I say — I have a sister.
My first book, Shifting Borders, is the story of two sisters dealing with the aftermath of the younger one’s truly, epically bad decisions. It’s a ghost story and a thriller, but my favorite reviews are the ones that say things like, “I normally don’t read this genre, but found myself hooked by the unfolding relationship between Valeria and Patricia.”
It’s dedicated to my little sister — but although I certainly drew on our childhood angst, it’s in no way inspired by her. If anything, she turned out to be the more responsible one.
My second book, Starfall, is the story of a jaded gangster bent on revenge, and the teenage girl who pulls him back from the brink. It’s a sci-fi adventure, but again it’s more a story about family. Jaantzen and Starla have both lost theirs, but life has conspired to bring them together into a new one — if they so choose.
My third book, Negative Return, is the story of a young bounty hunter who’s about to learn a hard lesson about who you choose to call your crew — and how the people you should trust aren’t always the ones you would expect.
Negative Return is on its way out to the world as we speak. Keep on scrolling to see the cover reveal, and sign up for my mailing list (or follow me on Twitter, @jkwak) to stay in the loop for when it’s released.
When a resurrection goes awry in a cold Seattle cemetery, mother-of-three Patricia Ramos-Waites finds herself possessed by the ghost of her sister’s dead lover — and the target of a ruthless drug smuggling gang who are desperate to get their hands on the ghost she’s hosting.
As Patricia struggles to understand both ghost Marco and the danger she’s now in, she realizes this may be her only shot to heal the decades-old rift between herself and her sister.
Shifting Borders was shortlisted for Chanticleer Reviews’ PARANORMAL Book Awards for Supernatural Fiction 2016!
A headstrong teenager. A world-weary crime lord. A dangerous prison break.
Starla Dusai is fifteen, deaf — and being held as an enemy combatant by the Indiran Alliance. Willem Jaantzen is a notorious crime lord about to end a fearsome vendetta — and most probably his life. When he learns his goddaughter has been captured by the Alliance, will he be able to save her? And her, him?
STARFALL is the first book in Jessie Kwak’s Durga System series, a fast-paced series of gangster sci-fi novellas set in a far-future world where humans may have left their home planet to populate the stars, but they haven’t managed to leave behind their vices. And that’s very good for business.
Negative Return — cover reveal!
Manu Juric is better at reading people than he is at killing them, but he’s managed to make life as a bounty hunter work so far. Until he goes after his most fearsome target yet: notorious gangster Willem Jaantzen.
After the attempt is horribly botched, Jaantzen spares Manu’s life in exchange for his help on one small heist. As Manu plunges into a web of uneasy dangers, he realizes he’ll need allies if he wants to get out alive — and that the one man he needs to trust the most is the man he’s been contracted to kill.
(Launch date to be announced shortly. Sign up for my mailing list to stay in the loop.)
Read Self Published Month Giveaway!!!
There’s already a massive giveaway in the works for Read Self Published Month (sign up here if you haven’t already), but I’m doing one of my own, too.
Leave a comment on this post, and I’ll randomly choose one lucky commenter to receive ebook copies of all thee of my books.
Cover photo by Jane Ryder via Unsplash.