Guest Author, Jax Cassidy

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When did you know you wanted to be a writer? I’ve always loved the art of storytelling since I was able to write. I filled dozens of art pads and notebooks up with my fairytales. I didn’t seriously attempt to write a novel until I was about twelve or thirteen.

Which author inspire(d) you? I actually have three authors that were pivotal in my decision to become an author. The first time I picked up a Harlequin category, it was Satan’s Master by Carole Mortimer, and it was like I’d discovered a portal into a magical world of romance. I think I made trips to the library every week to grab as many books as possible. That’s when I fell in love with Jude Deveraux’s Highland series, but it wasn’t until I was in my early 30s before I read Nora Roberts. That was a game changer for me. I was so impressed by her strong female heroines and storytelling that I knew writing romance was what I should be doing.

What has been the best piece of advice you ever received for your writing career? I was a journalism major at the time, and I had the honor of meeting Dr. Maya Angelou. She told me that any dream was obtainable with hard work and determination. All I needed to do was face my fears and dive straight in. The fearless ones, the resilient ones would rise to the top?and I can do all that without losing myself in the process. Those words were so eloquently said that I’ve always carried it in my heart.

Where did you get the idea for this story? I’ve worked briefly in the music industry and have always been fascinated with anything dealing with the arts. I’ve met many interesting people who have pursued music as a career and either have done amazingly well or fail dismally. In ALL OF ME, I wanted to write a love story that was set in the world of music because it’s something I’ve always wanted to do.

What’s your writing schedule like? I don’t have a set writing schedule because my life is so hectic. It’s easy for me to escape and write. I crank up the music and either I’m all in or I power down on days I can’t get the right flow. It’s useless to sit there staring at a blank screen so I do something else and that will inspire me to open my Word doc right back up.

Who would you cast to play your hero and heroine in an adaptation of your story? I don’t really imagine any specific actors in the roles when I create my stories. I get some inspiration from celebrity photos but I’m afraid it too difficult to narrow down who would fit the personality of characters in my head.

What’s one thing about you that would surprise readers? That’s a trick question, right? I guess it would be that I used to be a child actor. But that’s for another time.

What’s your favorite quotation?  “If you’re going through hell, keep going”Winston Churchill

What’s a fact most people couldn’t guess about you? I’ve worked in almost every industry you can imagine before I figured out my career path. Artist, actor, lyricists, personal assistant to millionaires, journalist, bartender to server in a sushi bar. Just to name a few. I’ve done it all.

Where can readers find you in the next six months?  In 2015, I’ll be attending Coastal Magic Convention in February and the RWA National Conference. There’s a possibility I’ll attend RT and maybe a few smaller conferences.

Links to Jax Cassidy’s Online World

Please enjoy this excerpt from:

AllOfMe_600Wesley Stark was all charm swathed in darkness…

He had everything and wanted for nothing.
I possessed nothing and desired everything.

We were two fractured souls thrown together by circumstance. Our attraction consumed us.
An insatiable addiction that lasted beyond our temporary arrangement.

He called me his muse…the air he needed to breathe.
And Wesley…he was the antidote that soothed the poison from my past.

Our worlds didn’t connect.
Our differences played on our insecurities.
Yet, when we touched…something transformed inside of us.
Slowly healing us.

Was this undeniable bond enough to keep us together, when others wanted us apart?

About Our Guest Author

Jax Cassidy followed her dreams to Paris, then Hollywood to pursue a film career but managed to fall in love with penning sexy romances and happy endings. She writes contemporary, paranormal, & young/new adult romances. She is Co-Founder of Romance Divas, an award winning writer’s website and discussion forum. Jax is also known as one-half of the retired writing team of Cassidy Kent. She is represented by Roberta Brown of the Brown Literary Agency.

Exciting News! Images Eternal Cover Revealed!

I am so excited to share this wonderful news from fellow author Toni DeckerImages Eternal is the first book in The Shoalman Chronicles, and it will be available for purchase September 15th.

How about a preview? Read on!

The blood of a Guardian, the heart of an artist, no one can hide the truth from Amanda Hayworth. Focusing her visions through her camera lens, she reveals secrets no one plans to expose, even her own. To protect herself, Mandy hides her ability in plain sight, photographing local bands and showcasing the dramatic images on her website. Most bands beg for a feature article. But the new lead singer of one particular up and coming band isn’t like anyone she’s ever met. Lucien entangles her with his mystery and makes Mandy want things she’s never wanted before—strings.
Lucien Solvak has to impress an influential music blogger whose promotion could skyrocket his new band to stardom or flush them straight into the gutters. But the moment Mandy aims her camera his direction, he fears the images will expose his ties to the immortal he’s sworn to protect and destroy his one chance to live out his musical dream. Hiding from her camera is tough enough. Denying his growing feelings becomes an impossible feat, forcing Lucien to choose between oaths as a Guardian, his rock-star dreams, and the girl he wants.
Secrets define them. Lucien’s bind him to silence; Mandy’s bring her nothing but pain and disappointment. Only when they focus on what’s behind the images can they embrace their secrets for what they are—truth

And now, a look at that beautiful cover:

Images Eternal CoverWasn’t that wonderful? I can’t wait for more…so I’m marking my calendar for September 15th, and I bet you will too. AND you can look for Shoalman Immortal, book two in The Shoalman Chronicles in January 2015.

Also, for a special treat, check out the blog post by amazing Cover Designer, Sharon Carpenter, on the behind the scenes look at the cover design.

Author Bios:
Who is Toni Decker?
Two authors telling one sizzling story after another about twenty-somethings getting along in their own crazy, fantastical worlds. Both women are wives and mothers, sharing brain cells and characters as if they only exist with the other.
Toni, one half of the Toni Decker brain, is an avid reader of all things Young and New Adult while Kira, the Decker half of Toni Decker brain, devours fantasy for midnight snacks.
Co-writing together, we leave it up to the readers to guess who writes which character *grin*

Contact Info:
You can chat with both Toni and Kira on a variety of social media. They love talking books, writing and life in general.
Twitter: @ToniPicker & @KiraDecker and stay tuned to @ToniDeckerBooks for more updates and teasers for the upcoming release.
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