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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!


  1. Thanks for the great interview. I'm hoping Axl will be at the RT convention in NOLA next May. Would love to get a photo with him, my fans would be green with envy.

  2. Awesome interview. Bet he and Jess will cross paths eventually. https://www.facebook.com/jessicaroya?fref=ts I can't get over the flexibility. Wow!

    1. It's pretty amazing. I was also surprised that such a muscular guy could have such flexibility!