Happy Wednesday everyone! I’m pleased to welcome new author Jordan Ashley to Wednesday Words. Her debut novel All the Difference released yesterday at Siren-Bookstrand.
Lynne St. James: Can you tell us a little about your background and how you started writing?
Jordan Ashley: Well, the very first thing I wrote was a fan fiction to L.J. Smith’s Dark Visions trilogy. You might recognize that name, she penned the original five books of the Vampire Diaries series. But the fan fiction took on a whole new life, I ended up revising it and it took on a whole new life. I’m still working on perfecting the story to seek out publication for it. It wasn’t until 2011 that I found erotica, and the freedom that came with writing it. That freedom and creative outlet comforted me a lot in the following year after I left my domineering ex husband. (He gets a little nod in All The Difference see if you can catch it.)
Lynne: Your first book, All The Difference, released yesterday. Can you tell us a bit about your main characters?
Jordan: Diego Ramirez is a six foot two inch God among men. Haha, just kidding – kind of- Diego is a male stripper, fitness competitor, and cover model for a publishing company. He lives a fast paced life, and is known as the resident playboy at the club he dances at, Club Aries.
Jamie Monroe is a five foot two inch secretary for Carter and Mellencamp, big hot shot lawyers that think their poop smells like roses. She’s a wall flower normally, and has a strict schedule. Work, eat (sometimes), sleep, repeat. When she decided to break that routine is when her life changes forever.
Lynne: How did you get the idea for the Club Aries series and how many books will there be?
Jordan: The idea for the Club Aries series came about after getting to talk to two cover models for Ellora’s Cave. David – the man that inspired Diego first struck the spark for All The Difference. A bit of wish fulfillment if you will. Ace – he inspired Adrian, and his character came about when I was in the midst of edits for book one. I let Ace read the first chapter and he asked if I would ever write a book for him, because he knew who Diego was modeled after. I figured I could, so for Nanowrimo last year, I sat down and wrote out 36K for Adrian’s story. I realized then that Travis, Vincent, Jason, Nicholas, and newbie, Joey needed to have their stories told as well. It’s just grown since then.
I’m planning 11 books so far. Up to book six is plotted out, after that will be the boy’s discretion, who talks to me first, as to who gets their story told first. Two newbies, Iain and Luka (Mentioned in book two and three respectively) will get their own books, and Travis’ mechanic friends, Sebastian and Shawn will have their own as well.
A spin off is forming as well, you’ll meet the ladies of The Libra Club in book four, the owner is Aries’ owner’s cousin. They’ll be fun and interesting to write.
Lynne: If you could meet one author, who would it be and why?
Jordan: Julie Garwood. I have actually emailed her and gotten responses before, and I think it would be so awesome to meet the woman that introduced me to how amazing romance novels could be. I’d also like to beg her for a sequel to Saving Grace. LOL
Lynne: She’s one of my favorites too and Saving Grace is my favorite book of hers. I had to buy a second paperback copy because I wore the first one out.
Lynne: Do you write in story order or hop around?
Jordan: I have to write in story order. HAVE TO. Each book’s events spills into the next one. I have to know how the family is effected by each little action, which may differ from how I originally envision it.
Lynne: What do you find hardest about writing? Easiest?
Jordan: The first chapter is the hardest. You only get one chance to make a good impression. If you don’t have them hooked by the end of the first paragraph, you’re screwed.
Lynne: Do you have a specific writing “ritual?”
Jordan: I suppose I do. Music always has to be playing. Always. I go back and read the last chapter, catch any errors, and then let the rest flow until I find a decent stopping point. Sometimes it takes a half hour, other days I’m writing for four hours straight.
Lynne: What one word would you use to describe yourself to a complete stranger?
Jordan: Eclectic. I like a little bit of everything, from food, to music and movies, books as well.
Lynne: If you were shipwrecked on a desert island and only could bring one book, which one would it be?
Jordan: Julie Garwood’s Saving Grace. It is still my favorite book I’ve ever read.
Lynne: What is your favorite curse word?
Jordan: Fuck. LOL! It’s the most diverse of all of them. Don’t believe me? Youtube search Boondock Saints rocco scene. And I agree with Connor, “It certainly illustrates the diversity of the word.”
Lynne: What is your biggest pet peeve?
Jordan: Biggest? I have to pick one? Hmm, gotta be if you’re going to pull out in front of someone when the road is clear behind them, go the damn speed limit. Don’t force them behind your slow ass because you didn’t want to wait an extra thirty seconds for me to go by.
Lynne: What is your guilty pleasure?
Jordan: Anything connected with the WWE. I’ve gotten back into watching it after 23 years, and I’m addicted now Total Divas is my biggest guilty pleasure.
Lynne: Is there anything else you’d like to share with our visitors today?
Jordan: Is begging for people to buy my book too demeaning? LOL. Seriously though, I’d just like to ask people to give me and my Aries brothers a chance. Their stories are sweet and hot, and there’s plenty more of them to come. In each consecutive book you get to peek in on the couples that came before.
Jamie Monroe had enough of her monotonous life. One quiet weekend away to a local hotel in Nashville, Tennessee was just the ticket she needed. That option flew out the window the moment she met eyes with Diego Ramirez. Sexual tension flowed even across the room, and only intensified as he turned his full attention onto her for the evening.
Diego lived a fast-paced life of fitness competitions, photoshoots, and dancing onstage at Club Aries. One night with Jamie was enough for him to finally hit the pause button and lose himself in one woman. He didn’t count on her writhing her way under the walls he’d so carefully built around his heart.
Both of their personal insecurities keeps them from contacting the other for six full weeks after that whirlwind weekend. Their love for each other burned brightly over that weekend, but can it be a bright enough beacon to make All The Difference?
An Excerpt from All the Difference:
“Longer?” She all but choked on the word.
“If you wish,” he answered while pulling the boxes of food from the bags. “I went with pork fried rice for the both of us. Can’t go wrong with that.”
Jamie’s head was spinning at the thought of being on Diego’s arm for the rest of her weekend, or longer if she so wished. Who wouldn’t wish for that? What shook her out of her gaping silence was the thought that he, of course, meant simply as fuck buddies and nothing else. “Uh, yeah, rice is fine. Though you do know, we’ll be hungry again in a half hour.”
Diego chuckled, pausing with his plastic fork halfway to his lips. “Very true. Guess it’s a good thing I counted on dessert.”
The wink he gave as he finished taking his bite caused Jamie’s face to flush. Her heart began to pound in her chest, and she let out a little laugh of her own. “Right…”
Diego’s amusement faded almost instantly as he saw the deer-in-headlights expression on her face. Had he said the wrong thing? “Or not, if you’d rather—”
“No!” Jamie cut off his speech, shaking her head quickly. “I didn’t mean that. Just not used to those kinds of comments.”
The Latino simply nodded his head in understanding, grinned at her, and then moved over to the bed to rest his back against the headboard. “Get used to hearing it, beautiful.” Diego gave her a wink and watched her as she crossed the room to grab the box of takeout and then start for the other bed. A grin spread on his lips as he shot his leg out in front of her to stop her. “Where do you think you’re going?”
“To sit down,” she said, her voice trailing off as she saw him shaking his head. “I guess I’m not sitting there, am I?”
“Why would you when there’s a perfectly good seat right here next to me?” Diego popped another bite into his mouth and smiled at her, his cheeks bulging out a little from the way the food shifted in his mouth.
Jamie couldn’t help the giggle that escaped and surrendered to him. She climbed over his legs, paying very close attention to the way his eyes roamed her body as she straddled his legs before settling on the bed beside him. They ate in silence for a moment before she dropped the plastic fork and sighed, meeting his confused gaze. “Why me, Diego?”
“What do you mean?” he asked, tilting his head to one side as he looked at her.
“Why did you pick me? I mean there was a lot of beautiful, fit, skinny women down there last night. But you picked me, and you, well, you’re…” She trailed off as she gestured with her hand as if to say ‘”Well, just look at you.”
Diego sighed and set his container on the nightstand before turning to face her completely. “What if those skinny girls aren’t my type, beautiful? The stick figures that were downstairs last night may attract those too concerned with appearance, and even then how attractive can a skeleton be? You got all the right things in all the right places, beautiful. How many of those women out there can look like a sweet little Irish girl, and have the ass of a Puerto Rican? I’m attracted to those curves of yours, baby. Hell, the T and A you’ve got, I’ll be the envy of the guys at the club.”
He stopped as he realized what he was about to say. One night and he wanted to keep this girl in his life? No, that wasn’t him. Not Diego Ramirez, a man known to all of his buddies as a playboy until death. But he couldn’t help the nagging thought in the back of his head that the slip may have been true. After all, he gave up close to seven hundred dollars in his pocket to spend another day and a half with the woman seated next to him.
Jamie seemed oblivious to his slip, and laughed. “Right, you’re gonna tell all your boys about this weekend, aren’t you?” She sighed and took a bite of her food, though there was a bit of amusement in her eyes as she looked up at him.
Diego brightened a little as he saw the mischief there, realizing the potential within her. “Oh, you know I am, beautiful. I’m also going to tell them how I kicked your ass in bowling and on the arcade games at Dave’s.”
Her eyebrows rose in surprise and her hand froze in the air with a bite of food on her fork. “What?”
“I’m taking you out tonight, and I’m going to kick your ass in all the games.” He grinned at her before leaning back against the headboard. He picked up his food, and continued eating as if he hadn’t said a word. While staying right in that room with Jamie and losing himself in the erotic embrace with her over and over again for the next thirty-six hours seemed like heaven, he wanted to see more of her than that.
“Oh, oh you think so, huh?” And there it was. Jamie’s competitive side was rearing its ugly head, and she wasn’t sure if she wanted to show that side of herself to him or not. “We’ll see about that, pretty boy.”
Diego loved hearing her feisty words and could do nothing but grin at her. We’ll see indeed.
Buy the Book and Follow Jordan:
All the Difference available now from Siren-Bookstrand
I want to thank you, Jordan for visiting with us today and I hope you enjoyed yourself. Congratulations on your new release! I’m looking forward to reading All the Difference and the rest of the Club Aries series, it sounds like a lot of fun.