I’m on Crazy Tuesdays with Rowena Cherry talking about… well, about everything. Or at least a bunch of the things I love: chocolate, writing SFR, talking too fast, freaking out about writing, plotting, and my XY the musician. Listen in and leave a comment if you are so inclined at Crazy Tuesdays with Rowena Cherry.
National Novel Writing Month is a religious experience for many writers, especially people who've always wanted to write but never quite got around to -- ya know -- actually writing, as in putting words on the page. Even when I don't participate in the “oh please, God, let me finish” fervor, I appreciate the November energy. It's a reminder to focus on what's important to me as a writer: writing!
Note from Jessa: There’s a lot that goes into the making of a romance novel — the writing, the rewriting, the editing, the formatting, the publishing, the marketing… and of course, the pretty, pretty covers! Here’s a chance to learn more about one of the faces that helps brings the stories to life.
Jason Aaron Baca is a model who has graced the covers of some of the best-known names in romance. Read on! For a chance to win a signed model card from Jason, leave a comment or tell us which is your favorite romance novel cover pose.
(Second Jessa note: Some of the questions have been changed to be less female-centric. I didn’t quite realize how not inclusive I was being with my Disney princess question. Kudos to Jason for playing along today!)
Which is your favorite myth, legend, urban legend, Aesop fable, fairy tale, or superhero, and why?
Well I’d have to go with Superman of course… He’s practically impossible to cut up to say there’s a bad quality. The Man Of Steel.. The guy every guy wants to be.
Which Disney prince are you most like? Or least like? Personalities aside, whose hair would you want?
Cinderella’s Prince Charming I am most like. I will leave it to your imagination as to why I choose him. And he’s got a cool hair style. I wonder what type of gel he uses? Maybe he’d be kind enough to let me borrow some?
Which romantic lead tropes do you find yourself returning to in your stories?
As a cover model, I don’t have the luxury of picking and choosing which covers I end up on. The cover artists get to do that part of the thinking. I will say that I have been on a lot of covers where the lead ends up returning in an awesome sequel.
When did you realize you were a model? What was your inciting incident?
I realized I possibly had a special talent for this when a photographer from one of the movie locations approached me asking if he could take photos of me. He explained how I was a natural and should be excellent in this field. It was at that very moment that I knew it was in my heart, in my eyes, in my mind and it became a part of my entire body once I began working towards my new goal.
If you weren’t a model, what would you do with all that free time?
Boy I haven’t had a chance to really think in those terms because of how busy this has all gotten. Most likely I’d be in a beautiful location, somewhere where there is a brook with mountains of endless land and rolling hills and the smells all around are fresh and there are only sounds of the wind crackling against the trees… Yes.. that’s where I’d be on my free time.
What is your personal theme song today?
I have so many I could choose at this very moment right now. Fame – Irene Cara!
Not including the obvious (guns, knives, etc.) which object nearest you would make a suitable weapon in the event of a zombie-ninja-robot invasion?
My mind! I know that a physical weapon against something of that nature would not be suitable so I would have to outsmart them, out think them. Allow them the chance to figure things out.
What do you like best about your current work?
I get the opportunity to be that character, that hero. It has a lot of satisfaction in it for me. That feeling of being chosen as the guy, the one for this individual.
What one question would you want to ask another model, living or dead?
Don’t you think you’d look better if you had a beard?
What is your earliest memory or story?
Oh this would have to be at my grandparents house my grandpa was coming home from his last day of work. He was retiring. I just remembered the look of relief on his face. And happiness because he was able to spend time with his family.
Do people in the industry try to sabotage your career ever?
That is hard to say. I mean there are thousands and thousands of people that want to do what I’m doing. They’d do anything to do it and end up going outer limits sometimes. When a person witnesses something where someone is trying to hinder their own career, there is that initial reaction you get. They possibly take your self control. It’s important to stay focused on what you want. Energy directed other ways can only slow down your progress!
Where can a cover artist, publisher or indie author get a hold of your photos for their book covers?
Very simple, all they need to do is visit http://jasonaaronbaca.deviantart.com When they see an image they want, see the rules in the journal. That simple.
Jason Aaron Baca of Los Gatos, CA, is a romance novel cover model of more than 185 book covers and counting. Jason has appeared in some of today’s top fitness magazines including Men’s Fitness Australia, YMLA, Industry Magazine, Men’s Workout Magazine, Exercise & Health as well as many many others.
Jason is giving away a signed model card to one lucky commenter so just say hey or tell us about your favorite poses on romance novel covers.
Saturday’s Kobo Reader Party was a big hit, with eighteen authors, dozens of books, tables of food and wine and chocolate, plus goodies and giveaways galore, not to mention lots of readers! Thank you to Jan’s Paperbacks for hosting us and Kobo Books for showing us all a good time.
And we want the party to continue!
So through the end of the month, those of you who couldn’t make it will have access to our download codes for free Kobo ebooks! Below is the list of pre-holiday presents for you. Just click on the book titles to be taken to the book’s page. Then:
- Click the Buy Now button. (Don’t worry you won’t pay anything because you have the download code.)
- Sign in with your Kobo UserID and Password. If you don’t have one, you will need to set up one. You can do that through Jan’s Paperbacks website. Click on the blue Kobo button on the left which will take you here.
- Once you are signed in and selected the book with the BUY NOW button, it will take you to the “Confirm Your Purchase” page.
- Click on tone link for “Have a gift card or promo code?” It is just below your address on the purchase screen.
- A field will pop up for you to enter the PROMO code: jansbooks
- Click the APPLY link.
- A box will pop up saying that you’ve covered your cost so they won’t have to bill your credit card.
- Now you will see at the BUY NOW button that $0.00 will be charged. Click the BUY NOW button.
- Then you get the DOWNLOAD EPUB button. Click it to download to your computer.
- HAPPY READING!
(Thanks to Maggie Faire for the download instructions!)
The Darkest Night
Erin Kellison, KC Klein & Jessa Slade
Hotter on the Edge
The Commodore’s Daughter
Fire & Frost
His Wicked Heart
Her Wicked Ways
Chameleon: The Awakening
Lord of the City
City of the Lords
Secrets of a Mayan Moon
Marshal in Petticoats
C Morgan Kennedy and Therese Patrick
Author Marketing 101
Lady of Pleasure
Romancing Lady Stone
Wait For Me
The Woman in the Wing
An Uncluttered Palette
Shadows of Kings
Please feel free to share these links with your reader friends. Here is the shortlink http://wp.me/phJhP-R4 to share on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, heck — everywhere! The more downloads, the merrier
Need signed books from one of these authors for a gift this holiday season? Check out this party post for a list of the authors’ books. Jan’s Paperbacks will happily ship you a signed copy if they have it.
Thank you for reading!