Julesfest: Day 4

On Day 4 of Julesfest, I have chosen the drop-dead (ha!) Nicholas Hoult as our Jules-of-the-Day (who was, by the way, suggested by Geraldine in yesterday’s contest).

Broody Jules

Smoldering Jules

Wasn’t Nicholas smoking hot in Warm Bodies? How many times have you heard people say, “I never thought I’d find a zombie attractive,” in conjunction with that role? Which is why he’d be PERFECT for our Jules!

Today in JULESFEST, I’m giving you something REALLY special. It’s a deleted section from DIE FOR HER, which will give you an idea of the tone of the novella. The reason it was cut: I decided to slow down the rate at which Jules fell for Kate…this seemed a little too abrupt/early. But I think you’ll enjoy it anyway!! The scene occurs right after Jules drags Kate away from Vincent’s bed when she finds him dormant and thinks he is dead.

I think about her all night. This girl who has wormed her way into our lives. How could I not have seen it before: her beauty…her bravery? I was so intent on protecting Vincent that I only saw her as an annoyance, not as a woman.

Vincent spends the night beside her, willing her to be comforted—to sleep—until just after midnight when he re-animates. I’m there when he awakes.

“Jackass,” he whispers feebly. “You scared her. You hurt her.”

“I know,” I reply. “I’ve been kicking myself for it all night.” I go work out in the armory, pushing my muscles until they burn as my penance. And when Gaspard calls us all together into Vincent’s room, I walk right up to her and apologize. She magnanimously shrugs it off with dignity. Like a queen.

During the house meeting, I feel almost proprietary about her. When JB tells her off for intruding into our house, I want to frog-march him out of the room. Which would be treason: JB is my clan leader.

But I don’t want anyone to hurt Kate like I did the night before. I don’t want anyone to scare her. When Vincent asks me to, I explain my story to her in the easiest way I possibly can. Sparing any shocking details.

And when she goes to sit next to Vincent on his bed, and I see him passing his calm to her, something visceral moves through me. I want to be the boy this beautiful, strong girl turns to for comfort. I want my hand to be the one she holds. I recognize my jealousy, and I am ashamed.

Vincent has been my friend for half a century. We’ve died side by side, we’ve planned vacations as well as battle tactics, and we’ve gone to war against the numa together. The two of us have spent more hours walking Paris’s streets than can possibly be counted. We’ve literally spent decades together. And now I want what he has.

I know Kate’s not a possession, but he’s the one she was willing to face her fear for last night. He’s the one she watches so carefully, with obvious relief that he’s not dead. Her trust in him allows her to believe the unbelievable: that we are immortal.

I tell myself the feeling will go away—that my jealousy is from having to share my best friend with a human. To watch him be completely consumed with his fascination with her, leaving mere crumbs of personality for me. That my jealousy has nothing to do with the girl herself.

But every time I look at her, I know my justification is ludicrous. I want her body and soul.

I worry about hiding my feelings. Surely everyone can see that I burn for her. Surely she can see it. When JB allows her to leave—making her swear to keep our secret—I volunteer to show her out of the house.

And that’s when I have the revelation: I will be honest. I will say exactly what I think. And everyone, including Kate, will think that I’m kidding. My love of women is so well-established in the minds of my kindred, that everyone will believe I’m just being my “normal flirty self.”

If you liked that, I’m sure you will like Jules’s eNovella DIE FOR HER. If you haven’t ordered it yet for $1.99, you can right here! (I wish I could say that Jules would hand-deliver it, but it’s an eBook, so not technically possible. In any case, he’s a little busy seducing half of Paris and saving people’s lives.)

click to pre-order DIE FOR HER

Since today is Day 4 of JULESFEST, today’s contest boasts 4 prizes:

Two signed bookmarks and two signed bookplates to stick inside your copies of DIE FOR ME and UNTIL I DIE!

And today, what I want to know is where you would want Jules to take you on your first date. (He’s flying you to Paris for the day, of course!) I will choose randomly from those who comment. Can’t wait to read what you come up with!

48 Comments to Julesfest: Day 4

  1. by Tiffany - On March 28, 2013

    I’d like for it to be a surprise, actually. Even a date at a coffee shop would do. After all, it’s not about where you are, but who you’re with. ;)

  2. by Olivia - On March 28, 2013

    I would love for him to take me to dinner to a nice little Cafe on Montmartre and then to my favorite place in Paris (and in the world), the Pont des Arts bridge :-) That would be my perfect Paris date!

  3. by Kelly - On March 28, 2013

    I would be totally swooned if Jules take me to a Paris café to have some coffee. Yes, I like coffee. Then at sundown we’ll walk by the Seine and be amazed as the City of Love becomes the City of Lights. It’ll be the most oh-so-perfect date for me

  4. by Nicola Donoghue - On March 28, 2013

    I’m gonna be that creepy person who says the catacombs under Paris. I think they’d be fascinating! After that go for a picnic in the sculpture garden in the Rodin Museum, secluded and romantic (and artistic for Jules!)

  5. by Aleisha judge - On March 28, 2013

    I would want him to show me all the sites in Paris. After site seeing a romantic boat ride through one of the canals with a little picnic lunch.

  6. by Becky Williams - On March 28, 2013

    A walk through Paris during the day and then a surprise of going to the top of the Eiffel tower in the evening, imagine how crazily romantic that would be! :)

  7. by Linnéa Grip - On March 28, 2013

    Since I’ve never been in Paris and it’s my dream to go there. For a perfect date I would like to, at night, go up go up in the Eiffel Tower. Look at the beautiful view, listen to some violin music, take some wonderful and romantic pictures, then end the night with a romantic dinner with candle lights.

    A date with Jules would be perfect!

  8. by Caya - On March 28, 2013

    Perfect date with Jules in Paris… Last week-end during the book fair ! Perfect place if he wants to know me !
    And then any litte restaurant, he would kno and choose a perfect one for sure.

  9. by Shelby von wahl - On March 28, 2013

    I would love it if Jules took me to an art museum; he probably knows more about the art than the ppl working there…then a small cafe at the end…sigh

  10. by Ninia - On March 28, 2013

    never been to Paris but I’ve heard that Eiffel tower is a romantic place go. I’ll be a nice place to get to know each other, quiet, breezy, overlooking and oh-so-sweet… :)

  11. by Rhian - On March 28, 2013

    I would want him to take me on a tour of his favourite places in Paris, we could get to know each other and he’d show some romantic sights while holding my hand :)

  12. by Stephanie - On March 28, 2013

    The Eiffel tower and some sort of cafe :)

  13. by Sarah Nicholson - On March 28, 2013

    Niagara Falls, then the Planet Hard Rock Café! It is the most romantic honeymoon spot in Canada! I also know how “touristy” he is!

  14. by Doris - On March 28, 2013

    I would love him to take me on a museum walk, and he show me all the paintings that have meaning in his life. Ending with an evening of coffee and cake by the river :)

  15. by Krista - On March 28, 2013

    I would love for Jules to play tour guide for the day and show me Paris. I’ve never been there before, and would want to see all the out-of-the-way and off-the-beaten-path attractions that only he would know about.

  16. by Brittany - On March 28, 2013

    Where i would like Jules to take me on our first date would be a walk around Paris where he could show me around. Then we could eat at cafe. And for finale watch the sunset off the Pont des Arts.

  17. by Katherine - On March 28, 2013

    I would love to have Jules give me a tour of his art studio.

  18. by may - On March 28, 2013

    Some small french cafe!

  19. by Jennifer K - On March 28, 2013

    I’ve never been to Paris so definitely the Eiffel Tower. And maybe a little cafe!

  20. by Nicole M - On March 28, 2013

    I’ve never been to Paris! So I would ask him to pick the most romantic place he could think of

  21. by Haley Gottardo - On March 28, 2013

    I would love Jules to show me his painting style. I like to paint in watercolor, and he’s good at oil, so an awesome date can be him teaching me how to oil paint. That would be fun. :)

  22. by Danielle - On March 28, 2013

    I think it would be cool to go to the Lourve! I’ve always wanted to go. Then a picnic by the Eiffel Tower:)

  23. by Ems - On March 28, 2013

    The perfect date with Jules would start out with a leisurely stroll through the Jardins de Luxembourg. We’d go to the Cluny afterwards and enjoy the medieval exhibits. We’d make our way over to Ile de la Cite and wander awhile. After that, it’s off to Montmartre to enjoy the street art. We’d cap off the day with a Seine River cruise.

    Now I really need Jules to be a real guy!


  24. by Joelene - On March 28, 2013

    I would let Jules take me anywhere that he wanted to; be it a small cafe or an elaborate show at a theatre. As long as I was with Jules and we were enjoying ourselves I know we would have a wonderful time!

  25. by Sophie K - On March 28, 2013

    a walk next to the seine or a drive (by scooter) through the beautiful and old parisian streets… perfect (:

    and after that he can show me around in his bedroom…

  26. by MaríaT - On March 28, 2013

    After reading this deleted scene from Die for Her, I’m sure I love Jules even more.

    My perfect date with Jules starts at Shakespeare and Company (Yes, I’m dreaming with this bookstore for years). Then I ask him to show methe Paris he loves, where he has lived so long. And if the visit includes Macarons, even better.

  27. by Nora, 12 years old - Norway - On March 28, 2013

    Oh, a date with Jules would be heaven!
    I would love it if Jules take me to the cafè
    Les Deux Magots where we could eat.
    Oh, and afterwards we could gone to a museum or an art gallery. That would be lovely.
    And after all we could go to the Eiffel Tower on the evening with the sky full of stars…
    That would be the perfect date. :)

  28. by Geraldine Frost - On March 28, 2013

    My perfect date with Jules would be dinner at a little restaurant by the Seine at night. Then leisurely walk home hand in hand enjoying each other’s company and the beauty of Paris at night.

    only 5 more sleeps till April 2nd!
    email: geraldine.frost@bippond.com

  29. by Nora - On March 28, 2013

    A date with Jules would be enough too.
    That’s a dream come true.

  30. by Rosalie Hobbs - On March 28, 2013

    I would hope Jules would whisk me off to one of the many beautiful bridges over the Siene river . Tell me his take on the city of love and lights. Teach me how to paint a glorious picture of the Eiffle tower where we’d end up eating dinner. ( we’ll probably end with a kiss!)

    xox, rose a.k.a. revenant grl

  31. by Grace - On March 28, 2013

    I think it would be amazing to go to the Pont des Arts and the Eiffel Tower on a date!!=)

  32. by Rosalie Hobbs - On March 28, 2013

    Like Jules I am also a very Flirty girl so I guess you’d say we’re perfect for each other! ;) xoxoxo

  33. by Megan Loy - On March 28, 2013

    I would want Jules to take me to his studio and teach me how to paint, and for him to draw me the way he sees me. For him to tell me everything about him, how he was beofore he died. And to go to gallerys for him to show his favorites.

  34. by Tess - On March 28, 2013

    I would want Jules to take me to a small French cafe before showings the sights of Paris so I can see the beautiful city he loves

  35. by Sammy G - On March 28, 2013

    Honestly, anywhere BESIDES a coffee shop! (I hate coffee) I think it would be romantic to just walk and talk with him, you know? At sunset would be cute, too!

  36. by Michelle M - On March 28, 2013

    I love art museums so a walk around the louvre and some snacks as we walk the streets of Paris and go into any interesting stores for fun

  37. by Lauren - On March 28, 2013

    I would go to point zero why not start where it all began from there we would just walk around aimlessly until we get tired. That would be amazing **sign** why can’t it happen.

  38. by Carla - On March 28, 2013

    I’m all for a surprise but I would love him to show me all his favorites places in Paris. :)

  39. by Romana - On March 28, 2013

    I would love to see Paris with him, all the places that he loves. And listening to his stories and memories…That would really make my day unforgetable :)

  40. by Cali W. - On March 29, 2013

    Jules can take me anywhere really, but a great place would be the Montmartre. Thanks for the giveaway <3

  41. by Shanny S. - On March 29, 2013

    I’d love for Jules to take me to the Jardin des Plantes and have a picnic at sunset.

  42. by Ellie Fetzer - On March 29, 2013

    If i were to go on a date with Jules (which would be pretty freaking awesome) i would want him to show me the beauty of Paris…. after the tour we could go to a little cafe and just enjoy each other company ( I would probably catch myself drooling a little, i mean who wouldn’t, he’s HOT) anyways, after that we would go to his art studio and he can show me his mater pieces, then of course i wouldn’t mind modeling for him… Lolz!! That would be mine and Jules perfect date… Thanks for the giveaway!!

  43. by Sydney Arant - On March 29, 2013

    Honestly as he is a romantic of sorts I think I’d leav it up to him. I bet Jules would come up with an amazing date. But I’m sure somewhere in there we would be seeing some amazing art work hopefully mostly his.

  44. by Lindsey W - On March 29, 2013

    I would love to go to the Eiffel Tower, even though it is very cliche. I have never been to Paris, though, so honestly anywhere would be wonderful. I would absolutely love to go the Louvre, too!

  45. by Amina - On March 29, 2013

    Seriously, this “scene” is awesome, I really can’t wait to read Jules’s novella!

  46. by Amarleen - On March 29, 2013

    If Jules was real and he fell in love with someone as ordinary as me it would be a dream come true. I would want our first date to be in an art museum because like Jules I love to paint. I’d want to share our passion for art and just roam around the museum and soak in all the colors around us. I’d also would want to spend some time at a cafe so I could learn more about him and his likes and dislikes :)

  47. by Princess - On March 29, 2013

    I love museums and appreciate art so I cannot wait for whatever kind of Paris Jules will show me. I’m ready for the unfamiliar places and the Paris that he loves.

  48. by amy - On March 29, 2013

    I LOVE THESE DATES!!! (And am totally going to use some of your ideas for myself with New French Boyfriend!!)

    The winner chosen by Randomizer today is Brittany, who’s date with Jules consists of this:

    “Where i would like Jules to take me on our first date would be a walk around Paris where he could show me around. Then we could eat at cafe. And for finale watch the sunset off the Pont des Arts.”

    Love it! Brittany, write me with your mailing address so I can send you your prizes!

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