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Jodi Linton | Jax Garren Interview


For this blog I brought along my friend, author Jax Garren, to chat with me. We met in a whirlwind sort of fashion this past May. I’d signed my first contract with Entangled Publishing, and through the grapevine was told I needed to join the Romance Writers of America. I know. That’s supposed to be the first line of action for every romance writer…um, well I did things backwards. At any rate, I wound up at the Digital Darlings happy hour, and the rest is history. Please give my fellow Texas Hill Country author a warm welcome! *PSST* Jax had to answer a Texas lightening round questionnaire.

Interview questions

jax garren1. Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a small town girl living in the “big” city (Austin’s getting big, anyway). I love both worlds, the calm, friendly beauty of country living and the energy and options available in city living. I also love to travel, try new things, meet new people, eat new foods. And, of course, read new books!

2. What was your inspiration for your current book/recent release/work in progress?
The Elf and the Ice Princess was written during a rough space when my husband and I accepted that we weren’t going to be able to have children and started gathering the will (and the paperwork) to apply to be foster parents. It was an emotionally dark time for me, but one that also brought us closer together as a couple and solidified my belief that while we can’t always get exactly what we want, there is always a path that leads to happiness if you keep hoping and keep trying. Unlike Carrie, the heroine of the story, I had my Prince Charming by my side the whole time while she finds hers along the way!

3. What’s your favorite thing about your current hero/heroine?
I’ll talk about Hauk, the hero of How Beauty Met the Beast. I wanted to write a Beast for whom appearance was a real issue. Hauk is an ex-military burn survivor who is scarred over 80% of his skin, including his face. But despite this, Hauk has a good heart and is able to laugh and make jokes. I believe a good sense of humor is one of the best things a person can have when dealing with trauma, and Hauk’s ability to laugh despite his painful past is my favorite part of him.

4. What authors do you fangirl over? Who is on your auto-buy list?
I’m all over Kim Harrison’s Hollows series. I can’t believe there’re only a couple left!! I love anything written by Kresley Cole, and snap up Kristen Callihan’s Darkest London and Stacia Kane’s Downside Ghosts series. As far as non-UF/Paranormal goes, I love everything written by historical romance writer Sherry Thomas. Jessica Scott, military romance, is also amazing (and factually accurate; she’s career military and a war veteran). I read my first M/M last year, by Ava March, and I love her work, too—particularly her historicals.

5. What TV show are you in love with right now?
Doctor Who. My husband and I watch it all the time. It’s such a great mix of genres with a hero who’s brilliant, complex and kind.

6. What’s next for you?
I’m working on the next book in the Tales of the Underlight series. After that, it’s either a ghost story set above the Arctic Circle or valkyries on motorcycles. Not sure which yet!

Lightning round
Beer or wine? Gin. (I have a medical condition that means I’m not supposed to drink alcohol at all…but if I do, it should be clear liquor.)
Country music or Rock-n-roll? Rock. Although I do enjoy country. (Small town Texas girl!)
Horse or cow? Horse! I miss riding!
Cowboy boots or heels? Heels. The higher, the more fun.
Salty or sweet? Salty, totally.
Honky-Tonks or dance clubs? Hmm… gotta go with honky-tonks. I prefer dancing with someone.
Raylan Givens or Bud from Urban Cowboy? Who? How about…Tenth Doctor or Eleventh?
I pick Tenth! David Tennant,*sigh*

The Elf and the Ice Princess

A frozen heart…
Three years ago, amid grief and defeat, the man who once made Carrie Martin believe in happily-ever-afters deserted her on New Year's Day. Ever since, she’s seen no reason for holiday joy amid the materialism and chaos of the most stressful time of year. So when a tipsy guy in a mall elf costume falls into her lap at happy hour and starts spouting poetry, it's just one more reason to be disgusted at the season’s excess.

A man who’s more than he appears…
Brett Virtanen, part-time elf and a caterer in training, is smitten with Carrie’s strength and sass. Having faced down a painful past of his own, he's determined to be the one to warm her frozen heart. But when Carrie's job forces her to attend a gala hosted by her ex—and his new wife—it could take more magic than a costumed elf can conjure to make this ice princess once again believe in love.

How Beauty Met the Beast

A sergeant – scarred beyond recognition and now defending a colony of anarchists living beneath the streets of Austin, Texas – must rescue a burlesque dancer/rebellious heiress whose family–ties put the home he's found and the heart he guards at risk

The Beast

Scarred. Damaged. Living with a terrible secret. Agent of the Underlight Wesley "Hauk" Haukon has nothing left but the fight for liberty against the oppressive Order of Ananke. He's starting to lose hope...and then he sees her.

The Beauty

Despite her night job as a burlesque dancer, grad student Jolie Benoit has always played the mostly good girl. That all changes following a scorching sexual encounter with a stranger whose face she doesn't see. After she's kidnapped by thugs and rescued by a man with a very familiar voice, Jolie becomes a pawn in a struggle she never knew existed.

Hauk knows he cannot have her, and resolves to protect his heart and his secrets. But as they work together and grow closer, he finds new reason to keep fighting. Dare he risk hope in a new life, one where Jolie can see past his ravaged face and where their friendship can grow into something more?




32 comments posted.

Re: Jodi Linton | Jax Garren Interview

(Pankaj Kumar 4:32am December 21, 2013)

Thank you for putting such interesting characters into your storylines. I love it when there is such a mix that holds your attention from the first page to the last.
(C Culp 7:15am December 21, 2013)

Looking forward to reading this book. Thanks
(Bonnie Capuano 9:37am December 21, 2013)

I found the blog touching, amusing, and enlightening. I'm also looking forward to reading the book being highlighted, as well as possibly trying some of the other authors mentioned. I hope both of you Ladies and your families have the best Christmas, and I wish you both a very Happy and Healthy New Year!!
(Peggy Roberson 9:54am December 21, 2013)

Can't wait to read your book. Very interesting.
(Yaritza Santana 11:32am December 21, 2013)

both book sound so good. I can't wait to read them.
(Debby Creager 11:49am December 21, 2013)

Oh I am liking what I see...
(Colleen Conklin 12:20pm December 21, 2013)

Thanks for stopping by. Jax writes wonderful books, and I'm happy to have her blogging with me today. And she's giving away two of her books. Score!
(Jodi Linton 1:02pm December 21, 2013)

Thanks for sharing! Both of these books sound so good that
I'm adding them to my TBR list.
(Tina Rucci 3:18pm December 21, 2013)

What a great couple of books! I'll definitely be reading them. Thanks for the contest. Have a great holiday season.
(Ann Martinisi 4:09pm December 21, 2013)

Tina, I'm glad you found a new author and new reads.
(Jodi Linton 4:27pm December 21, 2013)

Ann, Getting books is always fun. And same to you- happy holidays.
(Jodi Linton 4:28pm December 21, 2013)

Sounds like great reading, I'd love to win.
(Wilma Frana 4:40pm December 21, 2013)

Wow, Congrats on your new books: HOW BEAUTY MET THE BEAST
and THE ELF AND THE ICE PRINCESS. I love the book covers
too! I am now living in Austin, TX and would love to win and
read your book HOW BEAUTY MET THE BEAST that would hit Home
in Austin, TX. Happy Holidays and Thank You very much.
Cecilia CECE
(Cecilia Dunbar Hernandez 5:17pm December 21, 2013)

I love variations on Beauty and the Beast.
(Janie McGaugh 8:06pm December 21, 2013)

I love the way your books sound, but I'm still fixating on clear alcohol. So you can drink vodka but not wine?
(Marcia Berbeza 8:24pm December 21, 2013)

Congrats on the new releases! Your books sound fascinating. Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas!
(Bonnie H 8:39pm December 21, 2013)

I love the sounds of this re-amp Beauty and Beast story.
(Kai Wong 9:14pm December 21, 2013)

sounds really good cant wait to read the book
(Denise Smith 12:25pm December 22, 2013)

From one Texas girl to another....I am intrigued! Would love to be a winner!
(Melanie Backus 12:59pm December 22, 2013)

Congrats on the release! From reading your blog it sounds as if you've been on a roller coaster. Best of luck.
(Lynda Smith 1:07am December 22, 2013)

I would love the Elf and the Ice Princess...can't wait to read this book!!!
(Bonnie Capuano 9:13am December 22, 2013)

What nice covers on the books. Thanks for the giveaway.
(Barbara Wells 11:29am December 22, 2013)

I look forward to reading the revamp of Beauty and the Beast! Thanks for the giveaway.
(Vennie Martinisi 12:00pm December 22, 2013)

Your books sound so interesting.
(Jean Benedict 12:19pm December 22, 2013)

Sounds like a good read!
(Wendy Jensen 12:43pm December 22, 2013)

sounds like a great read and i cant wait to read.thanks for the chance!! Merry Christmas!!
(Jennifer Beck 7:23pm December 22, 2013)

Wow thank you for the chance! Who is your favorite author to read when you are
not busy writing?
(Vickie Schultz 7:32pm December 22, 2013)

Love the blurbs, =) can´t wait for my chance to read more!
Happy Holidays!!
(Linda Larsson 7:50pm December 22, 2013)

Both titles, The Elf and the Ice Princess and How Beauty Met the Beast, sound like interesting reads. I especially liked the blurb for the Elf and the Ice Princess. Jax Garren is a new author for me, but from these 2 blurbs (& the interview), it looks like I'll be checking her out.
(Donna Durnell 10:27pm December 22, 2013)

I love the sound of your stories.
(Mary Preston 6:53am December 23, 2013)

another book to add to my TBR lsy!!!
(Barbara Studer 7:36pm December 23, 2013)

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