Jodi Linton | Jax Garren Interview
December 21, 2013
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. Iâ€™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. Thatâ€™s supposed to be the first line of
action for every romance writerâ€¦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.
1. Tell us a bit about yourself.
Iâ€™m a small town girl living in the â€śbigâ€ť city (Austinâ€™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
The Elf and the Ice Princess was written during a rough space when my husband
and I accepted that we werenâ€™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 canâ€™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. Whatâ€™s your favorite thing about your current hero/heroine?
Iâ€™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
Haukâ€™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?
Iâ€™m all over Kim Harrisonâ€™s Hollows series. I canâ€™t believe thereâ€™re only a
couple left!! I love anything written by Kresley Cole, and snap up Kristen
Callihanâ€™s Darkest London and Stacia Kaneâ€™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; sheâ€™s career military and a war veteran). I read my first M/M last
year, by Ava March, and I love her work, tooâ€”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. Itâ€™s such a great mix of
genres with a hero whoâ€™s brilliant, complex and kind.
6. Whatâ€™s next for you?
Iâ€™m working on the next book in the Tales of the Underlight series. After that,
itâ€™s either a ghost story set above the Arctic Circle or valkyries on
motorcycles. Not sure which yet!
Beer or wine? Gin. (I have a medical condition that means Iâ€™m not supposed to
drink alcohol at allâ€¦but if I do, it should be clear liquor.)
Country music or Rock-n-roll? Rock. Although I do enjoy country. (Small town
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? Hmmâ€¦ gotta go with honky-tonks. I prefer dancing
Raylan Givens or Bud from Urban Cowboy? Who? How aboutâ€¦Tenth Doctor or Eleventh?
I pick Tenth! David Tennant,*sigh*
A frozen heartâ€¦
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, sheâ€™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 seasonâ€™s excess.
A man whoâ€™s more than he appearsâ€¦
Brett Virtanen, part-time elf and a
caterer in training, is smitten with Carrieâ€™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 exâ€”and
his new wifeâ€”it could take more magic than a costumed elf can conjure to make
this ice princess once again believe in love.
A sergeant â€“ scarred beyond recognition and now defending a colony of anarchists
living beneath the streets of Austin, Texas â€“ must rescue a burlesque
dancer/rebellious heiress whose familyâ€“ties put the home he's found and the
heart he guards at risk
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
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 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, =) canÂ´t wait for my chance to read more!
(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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