$15 GIVEAWAY WITH SIGNED BOOKS: Two-Year Book Birthday-aversary of TRAGIC by JA Huss
Published on May 20, 2013 Genres: Contemporary, Erotic Romance, New Adult, Romance, Romantic Suspense
Rook is homeless, jobless, and down to her last ten dollars when she stumbles into a once in a lifetime opportunity—a chance to model for the internationally famous photographer, Antoine Chaput, in a campaign called TRAGIC.
After years of struggling and abuse, Rook is wary of making new friends and she keeps her past life close. But sexy and seductive supermodel, Ronin, latches onto her heart and never lets go. Soon she’s drawn into a world of beautiful people, deep dark secrets, and more exposure than she can handle.
She’s on a wild ride—life is exciting, sex is selling, and the money is flowing. But there might be more to this world than she ever imagined. There might be more to these people than she ever imagined. Because no one, and nothing, is exactly what it seems.
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What started innocently as one sexy new-adult book turned into a three-book series, a four book spin-off, and entire new series based on the spin-offs, a NYT bestseller, the darkest book I’ve ever written, and now, as we near the end of this amazing journey that started with one girl who took a chance on a guy in the smut business – the final book, Wasted Lust.
When people ask me “What book did you write?” I don’t know what to say. I was asked this question in the Dallas airport last Sunday. I had some time to kill, so I was in this fancy purse store looking for gifts for my mother and daughter. They like fancy purses. As the salesperson was wrapping up my purchases, she asked me why I was in Dallas.
Well, I was there for the RT convention. If you’re not familiar, that’s a big deal in the romance world. It’s for readers, blogger, authors, and publishers. Just a way to catch up, network, and have some fun all in one place.
So of course, when someone finds out you’re an author they ask you “What book did you write?” And I always have the same problem. Which book do I talk about?
I’ve written a lot of books. I have an entire new-adult post-apocalyptic dystopia series (I Am Just Junco – Clutch, Fledge, Flight, Range, Magpie Bridge, Return). I have Tragic, of course. And the two books that deal with the relationship between Rook & Ronin, Manic and Panic. I could tell them about those two series.
But there are so many more books! Ford and Spencer each have two books (Slack and Taut and Bomb and Guns, respectively). And the Dirty, Dark, and Deadly series has three (Come, Come Back, and Coming For You)
Plus there is my NYT Bestseller, Three, Two, One (321) and the psychological thriller spin-off of DDD, Meet Me In The Dark.
I told the salesperson about 321, obviously. It’s my bestselling book. But all this began two years ago, to the day, with Tragic. And if anyone really wants to see what my stories are about, they start there. Because I like to connect the dots. And I’ve been connecting the dots in every book listed above since the beginning.
I like complicated stories. I like to weave the plots in a way that leaves you breathless. You can read all those books above, pick up Tragic, and find something new in there on the re-read that pertains to another book in my catalog, that’s how much I like to connect the dots. (example – Antoine’s studio in Tragic is in the same downtown Denver neighborhood as Ark’s boss in 321)
And it’s kinda hard to see where I’m going when I’m in the middle of it. Slack was the first book (the Ford novella that released December 17, 2013) that I really started to get into the Easter egg business. In case you’re not familiar, an Easter egg is an intentional inside joke, hidden message, or feature in a work such as a computer program, video game, movie, book, or crossword puzzle. (source: Wikipedia).
I love the Easter egg hunt. Stephen King does them very well. Anne Rice, George RR Martin – anyone who writes epic stories loves to plant the Easter egg. I am no different. So in Slack I planted an egg named Merc. His book released last month (Meet Me In The Dark) a year and a half after I made him up. A lot of people didn’t “get” that Slack book at the time, but once you realize it was nothing but an egg (yes, the whole book was an egg), and you continue reading (Taut, Bomb, Guns, Come, Come Back, Coming For You, 321, and MMITD) you start to realize what I did. Because I also planted an egg named Sasha.
I identify the most with Rook, the main character in Tragic, Manic, and Panic. But my favorite female character to date is Sasha. She is never what she seems. And when I started to write Wasted Lust (The Sasha Book – A Dark Suspense Spin-off) I wasn’t sure if I should try to get new readers and keep things simple or reveal all the eggs I had hidden in previous books. You can probably guess which one I chose.
Of course, this is superfan stuff. Casual JA Huss readers are not interested in eggs. They just want what they want. But chances are those people probably give up on me in book two, Manic. I don’t think I have a lot of casual readers as fans.
Tragic is also nothing but an egg. You meet a guy who looks a little bit like a prince. You have high hopes for him. He’s the real deal. But then in book two things take a turn and suddenly you’re not quite sure what’s going on.
Rook is this tragic girl. A victim on the outside but a warrior on the inside. And you get to book three and suddenly she’s not so squeaky clean anymore. But aren’t we all that way? I don’t know any squeaky clean people. I know a lot of people who struggle, make mistakes, find success, make new mistakes, fine more success, deal with loss… all of this is the story of human nature.
I love the fact that Rook and Ronin start out as erotic models and end up where they go in the final spin-off, Guns. It’s an epic tale. It’s worthy of all the eggs. And if you like a story filled with romance, suspense, real-life problems, smart characters, and twisted plots that leave you shaking your head at the end – this is the book I wrote.
So to the salesperson at the Brighton store in the Dallas airport who asked “What book did you write?” – here they are. And if you read them in order from beginning to end, you will be immersed in a story filled with love, lust, crime, punishment, loss, regret, revenge, sadness, elation, surprise, tears, laughter, and every other human emotion you can think of.
Because I don’t write books, I tell stories. And this one is epic from the first word in Tragic to the last word in Wasted Lust.
Tragic is not a book, it’s a story that takes you on a journey of a lifetime and it all starts here:
Rook and Ronin
Rook and Ronin Spinoffs
Dirty, Dark, and Deadly
A Dark Suspense
A Dark Suspense Spin-off
Wasted Lust (Coming 6-24-15)
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