Author Jessica L. Randall
Posted February 7, 2018
Welcome Jessica L. Randall!
I can’t think of a better way to kick off the day than with guest author, Jessica L. Randall. Author of The Obituary Society three book series, Golden Hood, and Lovers’ Quarrel, Jessica released her sixth novel, Keeper, in January.
Hi Jessica! Would you share with us what you enjoy most about writing?
I love the way I feel when I get an idea for a story, and I start exploring the possibilities. I love it when a piece of the story-puzzle falls into place, and it feels like it was always there, just waiting for me to discover it.
I admire your insight! What was your inspiration for Keeper?
I’ve long had a thing for aliens. It started in college when my parents bought me a shirt that said The Many Moods of an Alien, and of course there were twelve expressionless aliens on it. They said it reminded them of me. After that I received more alien gifts. It was very flattering.
I was a big fan of the Roswell series. It’s the complete package, with hidden identities, superpowers, teen angst, and forbidden love. I also enjoyed reading I Am Number Four. One day after re-watching that movie, I really had an itch to write an alien story myself. But it wasn’t until I watched Dark Skies on Netflix that the concept for Keeper came to me. I hit the internet and started reading about all the creepy signs that you might be the victim of an abduction, and that really got me going.
The cover is beautiful and intriguing. Is there anything you can reveal about it without giving away a spoiler?
Thank you. I wasn’t sure I could design this one, but I was pleased with how it turned out.
The story is about a girl named Lexi whose life is saved by an alien-human hybrid. The trouble is, when Micah takes her into his ship, he is forced to choose her as the test subject for his research. Neither of them feels they can escape their fate. But the bond they form gives them unexpected strength to fight.
Jessica, thanks for sharing these fun Keeper details! I appreciate you being my guest. Congratulations!
Lexi is almost certain that her rescue by an extraterrestrial was just a vivid nightmare. But when the boy that has haunted her dreams shows up in her speech class, she has to accept that it was all too real. To complicate matters, Micah didn't just save her life, he chose her. She is his test subject.
Even though she should be terrified, Lexi suspects that the rigid, rule-abiding alien isn’t what he seems. As she helps him uncover the sensitivity and individuality his superiors have tried to bury, the bond between them grows. Their connection creates unexpected changes in both of them, but for Lexi, they mean danger. A super-human ability has been awakened in her, making Lexi and her little brother specimens of interest to Micah’s ruthless alien race. When Micah discovers that Lexi is no ordinary lab rat, will he help her and her family, or will he use her to advance his species and win the respect of his father? And even if he chooses her, is there a way out for either of them?
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