Author Spotlight/Interview: J.A. Huss

Posted September 27, 2013 by sarah in Author Spotlight, Giveaway, Review, Uncategorized / 10 Comments

J. A. Huss likes to write new adult books that make you think and keep you guessing. Her favorite genre to read is space opera, but since practically no one reads those books, she writes new adult science fiction, paranormal romance, contemporary romance, urban fantasy, and books about Junco (who refuses to be saddled with a label).

She has an undergraduate degree in horses, (yes, really–Thank you, Colorado State University) and a master’s degree in forensic toxicology from the University of Florida. She used to have a job driving around Colorado doing pretty much nothing but shooting the breeze with farmers, but now she just writes, runs the New Adult Addiction and Clean Teen Reads Book Blogs, and runs an online science classroom for homeschoolers.

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New Adult Contemporary Romance *Mature Content* Recommended for ages 17+ due to sexual situations and language usage.

Rook Walsh is TRAGIC

Because life so far – just sucks. Some girls get parents. Rook got the foster care system. Some girls get Prince Charming. Rook got an abusive frog. Some girls get lucky…

Rook got a second chance.

And she took it. Because when fate throws you a bone – you grab it with both hands and run.

Antoine Chaput knows the minute he spies Rook in his photography studio that she’s got The Look. The dark and desperate look he must have to land the exclusive TRAGIC media contract.

Rook is paired up with top model, Ronin, and he’s everything her abusive ex-boyfriend wasn’t. Patient, gentle, happy, attentive, and sexy! He knows exactly what to do to make Rook blush for Antoine’s camera.

Rook’s luck changes in an instant and suddenly she’s the darling of the modeling world. It’s a dream job to go with a dream guy and all she has to do is look pretty and follow directions. But there’s always a price to pay – and Rook is about to get the bill.

Sarah’s Review:  This was something like I’ve never read before.  It keep me interested and wanting more the whole time I was reading it.  If you want something different this is a must read! 

 TRAGIC is over and Rook is ready for the future—Spencer Shrike and the STURGIS contract!

It’s three months of body art modeling! That means three months of Spencer Shrike’s paintbrush all over her body, three months in front of Antoine’s camera, and three months of twenty-four hour filming for Spencer’s Biker Channel reality show.

Wait a minute…what reality show? Maybe she should’ve read that STURGIS contract a little closer? 😉

Sure, Rook’s bank account is almost overflowing, but Ronin is angry, Clare is trying to escape rehab, Antoine is a worried mess, and Elise is just trying to hold everyone together. Her new family is about to fall apart before she even gets the chance to enjoy them.

Add in a mysterious man from her past, a road trip to the famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and a final show in front of the entire world where all her goods are on display, and you’ve got Manic—a new adult contemporary romance that will definitely make your summer sizzle.

Rook is chasing her dream—film school and a chance at a life beyond the one she left behind six months ago. But before she can become the girl she wants to be, she must deal with the girl she left behind.

Ronin is also chasing his dream—a family of his own and a life away from erotic modeling. And he too, has a past he’s trying to forget. A past that makes Rook question everything about their life together.

Lies, secrets, and shocking truths will rock the foundation Rook and Ronin have built. Can they put the past behind them and move forward together? Or is this just another too good to be true relationship that will crash and burn in the end?

J.A. Huss’ other books 
How many books are you planning on having for Rook & Ronin?

The Rook and Ronin series
has three books, but I have several more planned for that world.  The first spin-off after Rook and Ronin
completes is about Ford.


What was your inspiration to write about Rook & Ronin?

I was shopping stock art
sites for a sexy cover and if you look at these pictures long enough, like all
us romance authors do – we are constantly searching through stock art looking
for pictures that drips sex without crossing lines – you notice things.  One is that not all sexy pictures are
equal.  So I started wondering if the
reason some pictures are sexier than others is because the models have a real
chemistry going on and it’s not just a job. 
I decided to explore that, and that’s how the book started.  I wanted Ronin to be “almost” perfect and I
wanted Rook to suspicious and aloof, so that’s the basic characterization I
went with when I started writing. 
Everything after that just came out as I wrote.


How would you describe Rook?

Rook is suspicious and
street smart, but she got that way from experience.  She’s made a lot of bad decisions, and she’s
still making them in this series, but the thing that sets Rook apart from a
dumb girl, is that she learns from her mistakes.  She’s always learning and trying to make
better decisions.  Maybe not quite GOOD
decisions, but better ones.  No one’s


Out of all the books you’ve written which one might be your favorite?

My most unpopular one – the
Fourth Junco book – RANGE.  Junco is one
disturbed character and in this book she totally loses her mind.  Not figuratively, she slowly goes insane over
the course of the book and the ending is shocking.  People don’t like the way it makes them feel,
and that’s a good sign for me.  Because
when they’re reading it, they ARE Junco. 
So when she finally goes off the deep end, they go right along with
her.  Not everyone likes that, but I did
my job right if they feel that way at the end.


If you could have lunch with any author (past or present) who would it be?

I could never pick one –
Karina Halle and CM Stunich because I’m a total fangirl and they have both been
an inspiration to me as an Indie. Richard K Morgan because he write the Takeshi
Kovacs books, which is my favorite SF series. 
Ella James because she’s seriously – SERIOUSLY— supportive of me.  Cassia Leo, Mimi Strong, Elle Casey, HM Ward,
Hugh Howey and a lot of others who started out with me from Kindle Boards
because I feel like we’re old friends already, even though we’ve never met.


What book are you reading right now?

I’m re-reading my Junco
series because I’m writing the final book. I’m finishing up CLUTCH
tonight.  Yesterday I read Taming Cross
by Ella James, and tomorrow I’ll start My Unexpected Forever by Heidi
McLaughlin, another author I’d love to meet- we’re in a promo group together
(Indie Inked) and she’s been very supportive of me as well.


What do you do in your spare time?

Read and watch movies
mostly. I’m actually addicted to that show Breaking Amish – those Amish kids
are cray cray.


Can you tell us what you are working on right now?

The final R&R book went
to the editor last week, so now I’m working on the last Junco book, called
RETURN.  And I’m mentally plotting the
Ford book and another standalone – which will be a very dark romantic suspense
for next winter.


Anything else we should know about you?

I love five star reviews
with mad gifs everywhere.  🙂  They totally make my day.

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