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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Getting Personal With Cover Model, Axl

Darlings, have I got a special Halloween treat for you! This week we’re getting personal with romance cover model, Axl. The fabulous Ellora’s Cave Man dropped by to chat about modeling, being a male entertainer, and, oh yes... sex.

So, slip into something more comfortable, pour yourself a cool drink and enjoy Getting Personal With Axl.

 "I go after girls with a high capacity for emotional connection. I only consider dating girls that are very loyal by nature." ~ Axl

So, handsome, tell us a little bit about yourself…

I grew up in Conway, Arkansas. I was homeschooled until the 7th grade, then I entered public schools. I was a little awkward, still am. I never really stood out academically but I also never tried. I started reading a lot in the 11th grade and have read pretty consistently since. After graduating, I moved to Destin, Florida and worked for an air brusher down there. I came back for 3 weeks to run a fireworks stand.

I went to the University of Central Arkansas. I didn’t really know what I wanted to do in life at that point (like I know soooo well now) so I breezed through easily. I wrote a paper on porn stars, for my freshman writing class. I received an A.

My family owns businesses back home so I’ve worked all sorts of jobs: dishwashing, busser at a restaurant, server, working on an oil rig, cleaning parking lots, bush-hog, mowing lawns, construction work of all types, working on a farm, owning a fireworks stand, doing airbrushed tattoos, working at an airport, working in a mortgage company. I eventually found my way to being a dancer.

I’m kind of a jack of all trades but still think I’m pretty good at most of them. I rode a motorcycle for two and half years in college as well. From there I moved to Round Rock and took some acting classes in Austin then moved up to Dallas and started dancing. The rest is pretty much history.

What did you go to school for and did you ever work in that field?
I went to Greenbrier high school, where I was an all-state running back and also the Beta club president. After that, I went to the University of Central Arkansas. Not knowing what I wanted to do, my family encouraged me to not drop out. Some friends that I rode motorcycles with were going through the accounting program so I ended up taking classes with them. I worked as a financial analyst for three months and decided that wasn’t for me. I’m going back to school in the spring for computer science. I’m interested in all sorts of things and love to learn.  

"I’m interested in all sorts of things and love to learn."  ~ Axl

Did you play any sports?
I played football in high school and was an all-state running back. I had no desire to play at a university even though I had the ability.

Do you currently model for anyone other than Ellora’s Cave?
I went to an agency and they told me I was too big and I typically don’t have the discipline to stay in shape enough to be a fitness model.

Do you ever read the books that feature you on the cover?
I have read several erotic romance novels but currently none that I’ve been featured on.
What came first, dancing or modeling?
I did a little bit of modeling when I lived in Arkansas but it never really caught on with me. Once I started dancing I started doing more modeling.

How did you get your start?
I started dancing at the end of March 2012. I was working in a restaurant and everyone told me I should. Once I checked it out I was hooked.

Do you have formal dance training?
Ha ha! I wish. I’m not a very good dancer so I rely on my stage presence and performance to take me a long way. I think I do relatively well for how little skill I have in that area. I also do aerial silks.

Do you ever get nervous performing?
Of course-- but only before. Once I’m up there and the adrenaline is going I’m enthralled with the energy.

The best thing about modeling/dancing?
Well I love the travelling I get to do with Ellora’s Cave, but also love how much sex I get to have as a dancer.

The most challenging thing about modeling/dancing?
Moderation. It’s easy to get caught up in a lifestyle that has no future. I had to step back and reevaluate where I wanted my life to go and what kind of future I wanted for myself.

How do you stay in shape?
I eat decently healthy. I’m gluten and dairy free so that helps. Other than that I try to keep my workouts to 30 minutes or less if I can. I’d rather do two 30 minute workouts in a day rather than one long one.

Describe your perfect mate.
Physically I like petite girls. I enjoy variation in hair color, skin tone, fashion style, etc., so I don’t have a preference on things like that so much. Having a pretty face is much better than having a sexy face. I’m very specific about some things, like eyes. I am a big fan of beautiful eyes, but only if the soul is beautiful as well. I like girls that have an elf-like look, which might sound weird but I think there is a certain cheekbone structure coupled with nice ears that give them a very fair look. I’ve only met a few I would say look like that though. I’m impartial to boob size but I do like girls with nice nipples which I classify by how proportionate they are to the rest of the body. Same thing with the ass. Proportion is probably the biggest thing I look for.

"I am a big fan of beautiful eyes, but only if the soul is beautiful as well."
~ Axl

As for everything else, I like a girl to be intelligent. I classify this not by qualifications but by the way she processes information. Everyone has a certain style of thinking and obviously I look for someone that thinks like me and I can be in rapport with. I like someone that is their own person but is also fine being with me. Emotionally I go after girls with a high capacity for emotional connection. I only consider dating girls that are very loyal by nature. I judge this by how they treat others around them and also talk about others. I’m rather high maintenance.

Funny fan story?
I went on a roadshow and had a threesome with two sisters. We came back three weeks later and went to Twin Peaks (bar/restaurant) where we saw one with her giant boyfriend and the other with her dad. The one ignored us the entire time, the other girl introduced all of us guys to her dad and he proceeded to buy us a shot. If he had only known. Not sure that’s a ‘funny fan story’ but it’s still rather amusing.


What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
Any job after dancing. It’s ruined me.
What would readers be surprised to know about you?
I love sweets, especially chocolate things. It’s incredibly hard to stay looking good when I can eat an entire pan of brownies by myself. O and I like them cooked for ¾ of the time, so they’re nice and gooey. Please nobody make me any though, I already have enough problems controlling my eating as it is.

What’s your ‘guilty pleasure’?
Well, I do love massages, especially with happy endings ;-)

"I’m rather high maintenance." ~ Axl

What do you like to do when you’re not working?
I like to read, take trips, be outside, and just chill. I like going to the movies a lot too.

Describe your perfect evening.
This depends entirely on my mood. I like good food a lot, so it would probably entail a very nice restaurant followed by lots of sex. Probably sex before the restaurant too now that I think about it. Or a blowjob on the way. Can you tell what kind of mood I’m in tonight? haha

Where’s the one place in the world you’d like to visit?
I’ve always wanted to visit Norway.

Favorite swear word?

Favorite food?

Favorite author/book?
The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind.

Favorite movie?
I really like the Harry Potter series. Do you see a pattern here? I really like series. I’m not big on singular movies.

Thanks so much for dropping by, Axl! We loved getting personal with you!

Darlings, I’m so thrilled that Axl represents my werewolf hero, Alex, on the cover of my new release Animal Behavior – book 1 in the Wolf’s Mark series. Axl was the perfect choice! Read Animal Behavior today and I’m sure you’ll agree!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Getting Personal With Author Jocelyn Dex

This week we’re Getting Personal With Author Jocelyn Dex. Jocelyn stopped by to talk about the writing life and share an excerpt from her HOT paranormal romance “Valia’s Villain” – Book 2 in the Sempire Seductions series.

Jocelyn is also giving away a great prize package. Enter below!

About Jocelyn Dex
Jocelyn was born in Iowa and currently resides in hot-as-hell Texas. She shares her home with her very own 6'4" alpha male and varying numbers of spoiled cats and dogs. Teaching one of her dogs to file his nails is one of her all-time favorite accomplishments.

She thinks dragonflies are awesome, spiders are creepy and it’s rumored that she sleeps with a machete by her bed in case zombies attack in the middle of the night.

Jocelyn loves to paint, loves to read, and loves to write sizzling erotic romance about yummy demons that would make your momma blush.

Connect with Jocelyn

And now, let’s get personal with author Jocelyn Dex!

Where do you write?
Usually in bed where I am surrounded by cuddle doggies, but when it’s not too hot and humid, I like to take my laptop outside and write on the back porch.

What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever gotten?
Oh, this one is easy. Out of all the articles I’ve read and advice from random authors, this is my favorite and it is now my mantra. Just sit your ass down and write! See? Simple, to the point and effective.

What are you working on now?
I’m working on the first round of edits with my editor for Fin’s Fantasy, book three of the Sempire Seductions series. I’m also working on two other, unrelated stories. Both are about demons. Yeah, I definitely have a thing for demons. Maybe I’ll try to break away from that soon and write the contemporary featuring a married couple that I’ve been twirling around in my head. Maybe.

What is your most current release and what is it about?
Valia’s Villain, book two of Sempire Seductions, released October 23, 2013. It’s filled with demons, revenge, hot sex, emotion, humor, a quirky villain, a little bit of blood and love. I’m excited for Valia to be out in the world and hope other people love her as much as I do.

How did you come up with the title?
The first book in the series is titled Araya’s Addiction. When it came time for book two and I knew the heroine’s name was Valia and her hero was pretty villainous, I thought, hey why not Valia’s Villain? It follows the same pattern as the first book. And I continued that with Fin’s Fantasy. And the series name Sempire Seductions.

What would readers be surprised to know about you?
Hmmm… Oh, my husband and I have decided to renew our vows on our 10th anniversary in Vegas and we want Elvis to conduct the service. Hahahaha. Why? Why the hell not? Sounds fun to us.

What’s your ‘guilty pleasure’?
I like beer and I may or may not drink a bit more of it on the weekends than I should. Beer just goes great with weekends, grilling outside on a nice day and football. I’m answering this question on a Friday so guess what I’ll be doing later tonight. If you guessed drinking a beer, you’re correct. Don’t judge me. I am going to the gym first.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I’ve been being crafty lately. I needed some cool swag for the Romanticon conference and I made my own key chains and magnets. I made some coasters too, but have a couple of kinks to work out in those. Thanks for reminding me. I might work on that this weekend. And, of course, I also love to read.

Favorite swear word?
How can I pick only one when I enjoy them all so much? Hmmm… Probably fuck and all of its variations. Cocksucker is a fun one too. It just rolls off the tongue, don’t you think?

Favorite food?
This could change depending what I’m craving when you ask me, but I definitely have a thing for spinach enchiladas. Love them with a passion. Yum!

Do you have any pets?
Oh but yes! I don’t called them pets though. They are my animal family/animal friends. Currently, there are six furry butts in my home. Five dogs and one cat. Poor cat, right? They are all mutts except one. We have a beagle mix, a Chihuahua, a Chihuahua-terrier mix, a terrier-who knows what mix, and one who looks like a husky but is only half the size so who knows what he is either. The kitty cat is long-haired and white. And yes, I am pretty much covered in fur every day.

What’s one of your favorite quotes or lines from Valia’s Villain?
This is silly but when Valia said it, it made me laugh. She’s talking to the hero.
“You’re a party pooper and kind of a dick.”

Thanks so much for having me on your blog today. I enjoyed the interview!
Thank YOU, Jocelyn! Come back any time, and bring more of your naughty demons.

And now, Darlings, pour yourself something cool to drink and enjoy a taste of “Valia’s Villain”

About Valia’s Villain
When Valia approaches the Ferox demon, hoping for scorching sex and a feed, she doesn’t expect to be handcuffed, transported to the demon realm, accused of dirty deeds she has no memory of committing and held captive for three days.  Even though she believes her captor to be crazy, she feels a connection to him she’s felt with no one else.

When Rydin senses the Sempire who locked him up, fed on him and used him as a sex slave many years ago, he knows his wait for revenge is finally over. Burning with the need to punish her, he imprisons her in the demon realm, where she is at his mercy, but as much as he tries to ignore it, a connection sparks between them every time they touch.

Valia couldn’t remember ever wanting another being so desperately. Her body hummed as his tongue worked her into a frenzy. Bossy son of a bitch, he was, but she expected no less from a Ferox.

She shuddered and moaned as he rolled his tongue around her clit, the pressure building in her lower abdomen. With her free hand, she wrapped her thumb around one of his horns as her fingers dug into his scalp, urging him to send her over the edge.

He growled and bit the inside of her thigh.

 “Stop,” Rydin commanded.

“Stop what?” Valia asked.

“Don’t touch my horns.”

“But they’re so sexy.” She gave him her best pouty face.

He blinked at her, a look of surprise crossing his face, quickly replaced with a scowl. “Are you teasing me, female?”

“I told ya, my name is Valia, male. And no, not teasing. Your horns are super sexy and I wanna touch them.”

He looked at her for another long moment as if searching for something. He dipped his head and bit the inside of her other thigh. God, he was going to drive her crazy. He looked back at her and said, “They are sensitive and I am already too stimulated. I want to fuck you. I’m going to fuck you. If you do as I say, I may give you permission to touch them later.”

Oh wow. She hadn’t known his horns were an erogenous zone. Now she really wanted to touch them. His tongue lapped at her clit furiously. She avoided his horns but couldn’t stop herself from grabbing a fistful of his hair. Her hips ground against his tongue, his lips. Intense pleasure knotted deep inside. Little sparks began erupting inside her but just as she was about to fall over the edge, he stopped.
She groaned and still with a fistful of his hair, tried to force him to continue.

His eyes dark and his lips glistening with her pleasure, he said, “You were about to come. I did not give you permission.”

She choked out her words. “If you don’t want me to come, you shouldn’t lick me like that.”

His lips quirked into a cocky smile. “My tongue pleases you?”

“It’d please me if you’d put it to better use than asking me stupid questions,” she grouched.

Like what you’ve read so far? Find out what happens next. Buy Valia’s Villain today from Ellora’s Cave, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other fine eBook retailers

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