Beyond Reach: Don’t get rid of your drafts (they may help you in the future)

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By Jessica E. Subject

In the past year, I have re-released several titles which were originally published by a digital publishing company. Most of them only needed a few minor changes—like the publisher listed and the cover—before I was able to send them out into the book world again. One of them, I edited and expanded the story to address the concerns of some reviewers. I completely rewrote another story, keeping only the characters’ names and species.

When a story is part of a special line at a publisher with its own guide, the changes don’t have to be a complete rewrite, but they have to be a little more drastic than changing the publisher and the cover. Back in 2011, I was invited to be a launch author for a new sensual sci-fi romance line at one of my publishers. I was extremely excited due to my love of this sub-genre. But, when I submitted my story, it wasn’t the right feel for the publisher. It was too dark. So, I changed portions and the second version was contracted, and released as An Unexpected Return in 2012. Unfortunately, the line didn’t go over as well as everyone had hoped. And when my contract expired, I asked for my rights back.

Before I could re-release this story, there were many things that had to be changed, especially planet names. While I made the necessary changes, I renamed the characters as well. But, I still didn’t feel right about the story. I’d planned to expand the story, but it wasn’t enough. So, I looked through the old drafts of the story I had saved. And I ended up going back to the darker story I’d originally wrote.

I’m so glad I kept all the drafts of the story along the way. It made the revision process much easier, as well as the expansion of the story. Now, I present to you… BEYOND REACH.

And don’t forget to keep your drafts. They may help you in the future.

jes-beyondreach-432x648Beyond Reach blurb

Abandoned by her parents…

Born on Earth, Nixie was left on the planet Schedar when her parents returned home. Growing up on the pleasure planet, she follows in the footsteps of the woman who raised her, and learns the art of erotic massage. But Nixie yearns for a different life, one where she receives as much pleasure as she gives.

A runaway prince…

In an attempt to escape his arranged marriage, Prince Mekai flees to Schedar. For, he could never love his betrothed when he already loves another, a fantasy woman who invades his dreams every night. When the woman he seeks carnal pleasure from turns out to be the same one in his fantasies, he believes fate brought them together.

Fated lovers or forever enemies?

Just when Nixie and Mekai believe they have a chance at happiness with each other, they find out why their races are at war, and why they can never be together.

Please note: Beyond Reach was previously published with another publisher. It has been revised into a darker story than the original, and expanded to give the hero and heroine a harder, but much more satisfying happily ever after.


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Walking into the silky rear-end of an uidiss, she came to an abrupt halt. The creature had been walking at a steady pace and then stopped. She’d failed to notice in time. Wiping fluff off her face, she turned around and walked into another hard body. “I’m so sorry.”

Hands clamped down on her arms. “Are you all right?”

She stared up into deep brown eyes. Chewing her bottom lip, she nodded. If this man hadn’t been holding on to her, she would have fallen to the ground. The word swoon held no meaning for her until now.

Am I only like this because of the ipsum I inhaled back home? Or was there something more she found heart-racing about the blue-skinned, well-muscled hunk of an Ubetron who held her up?

No, she couldn’t feel anything for him. Their races had been sworn enemies for years. Everyone across the galaxy knew that. Yet here she was, standing face to face, gazing intently at him, with no will to move.

He smiled at her, drawing her attention from his eyes to his lips. How would they taste? She’d never kissed anyone intimately before.

“You look familiar. What’s your name?”

Name? Gods, what was her name? “Ni…Nixie.” Had she told him, or only thought the word?

He released her arms to brush his fingers along her jaw line. How she remained standing, she had no idea.

“Nixie. A beautiful name belonging to a beautiful woman. Have we met before?”

Moisture pooled between her thighs. Her cheeks warmed. “Thank you, but no.” She’d definitely remember meeting him.

As he trailed a hand down her arm, she sighed. Her entire body tingled from his gentle touch.

“Okay, weird. You must remind me of someone else. Now tell me, why were you in such a rush that you walked into the rear end of that slow-moving beast? We’re supposed to be on vacation, enjoying all this planet has to offer.”

Laughing at his description of the uidiss, she leaned against his arm. Never before had she enjoyed a man’s attention like this. “I’m not visiting. I live here. Have my whole life.”

He raised his eyebrows. “Really? So, what was it like growing up on the pleasure planet?”


Jessica E. Subject is the author of science fiction romance, mostly alien romances, ranging from sweet to super hot. Sometimes she dabbles in paranormal and contemporary as well, bringing to life a wide variety of characters. In her stories, you could not only meet a sexy alien or two, but also clones and androids. You may be transported to a dystopian world where rebels are fighting to live and love, or to another planet for a romantic rendezvous.

When Jessica isn’t reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to get out and walk with her giant, hairy dog her family adopted from the local animal shelter.

Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers.


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4 Responses to Beyond Reach: Don’t get rid of your drafts (they may help you in the future)

  1. Thank you so much for hosting me, Cara! With this story, I was so glad to see that I had kept the older, darker version. 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  2. Jo jones says:

    Great post. ThNks for the giveaway

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