Amok on Mondays with cover model Jason Aaron Baca

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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  When they see an image they want, see the rules in the journal. That simple.


jasonbaca89Jason 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.

You can find him online at Pinterest as well as DeviantArt.

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.

Mind Meld: Who loves the end of the world?

I’m over at SF Signal today, talking about Love in the Time of Apocalypse along with Jaye Wells, Jesse Petersen, Amanda Bonilla, Joss Ware, Hillary Jacques, Lilith Saintcrow, Karina Cooper, and Delilah S. Dawson. Yeah, pretty much some of the coolest writers of end-times lovin’! Plus me!

Just like to point out that my guy is the nekkidest. Are there points for that?

It Takes 2

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Double the lovin’! Or triple it, I suppose, depending on the cover! 🙂

I’m cruising with Carrie Ann Ryan, sharing our new January releases with the world. Scroll down for a sampling if you haven’t seen the goods already.

purple dangle earringsLeave a comment here AND on Carrie Ann’s blog and you’ll have a chance to win an ebook from Carrie Ann’s backlist and a $15 Amazon Gift card or an ebook of DARK HUNTER’S TOUCH, Sheerways #1, from me, along with a pair of metal leaf chain & Swarovski dangle earrings. (Notice how the colors match my cover!)

Tell me, what new books are on your nightstand/in your purse/on your e-reader/by your couch that you’re most excited about?

We’ll choose our winners January 18. (P.S. Tell a friend about this post and have them comment with your name and you’ll both be double entered for a chance to win my prize. Thanks for reading!)

A Little Night Muse by Jessa Slade

Jessa Slade

Convicted of treason, Adelyn has been banished to the sunlit realm of humans—a fate worse than death for a musetta who exists only to inspire other phae. To reverse her exile, she must find a pair of lovers who have fled the court and return them to face the Queen’s wrath. But once in the mortal realm, she meets a man who unveils her hidden desires…

When Josh Reimer discovers an ethereal beauty at a cabin near his ranch, he decides the neighborly thing to do is take her in. Adelyn inspires a passion unlike anything he’s ever known and he vows not to lose the magic they’ve found together—even if that means she must choose between her home and their love.

Author’s Note: Although this is the second book of the Steel Born series, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSE can be read alone. You can find the first adventure of the steel-born phae in DARK HUNTER’S TOUCH.

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Carrie Ann Ryan

Hannah Jamenson has babies on the brain. It seems that her sisters-in-law are expanding their family in the blink of an eye, but Hannah  feels left behind. Every time that little test reads negative a little part of her dies and she feels like her Healing powers are failing her. Her mates, Josh and Reed, are doing everything they can to help her deal with their trials and losses, but they too feel like there is nothing they can do.

Just when the lines of what they mean to each other go out of focus, an enemy from Josh’s past is back to prove the things that go bump in the night are real and everything they had held dear is now in jeopardy. In order to fight back and find their way, they’ll need to put everything on the line before they lose it all.

Author’s Note: This is a novella set between books 4 and 5 to give you a taste of Reed, Josh, and Hannah. It is best that you have already immersed yourselves in the Redwood Pack world, however even new readers will enjoy a glimpse of the Redwood’s favorite triad.

Read the excerpt here.

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Holiday Delights: Holiday cookie & story blog hop

Today is National Cookie Day!


To celebrate the return of the cookie season (not that the cookies season ever goes out of style for me) some of my favorite authors are sharing their favorite holiday cookie recipes AND their holiday-themed books!

Read to the bottom to find the list of authors and read more of their sweet, sweet delights! You’ll find great ideas for your holiday baking…and in the 10 minutes or so between batches, you can read!

Mom’s Spritz Cookies

These are some of my absolute favorite cookies. They are easy to make and I always have the ingredients. Plus, their delicately sweet and comforting flavor is perfect for short, cold days accompanied by a cup of tea.

  • Jessa Slade tea and cookiesButter, 1 cup softened
  • Sugar, 2/3 cup
  • Vanilla, 2 teaspoons
  • Flour, 2 1/4 cups
  • Salt 1/2 teaspoon

Preheat oven to 400. Cream butter, sugar and vanilla. Add salt and flour. Beat until just mixed. Use a cookie press or cookie cutters. Sprinkle with sugar-in-the-raw or colored sugars for decoration. Bake 8-10 minutes until lightly browned. (The browning brings out the flavor). Cool on racks. Keeps well for days…if you don’t eat them 🙂

For more holiday spirit, check out the new Marked Souls Christmas novella:

The Darkest Night by Jessa Slade

A Marked Souls Christmas Novella

Possessed by a divine entity, Cyril Fane fought rampant evil and the pain of more private losses with a fiery golden sword…until he was beaten and left for dead by a malevolent force. Now exiled from his angelic brethren, he reluctantly joins the Chicago league of talyan—immortal warriors possessed by repentant demons—as his only chance to reclaim his sword and his place in the holy sphericanum.

Bella McGreay, mysterious mistress of the Mortal Coil night club, has also danced around an uneasy affiliation with the talyan. She has secrets of her own to keep, and as the days shorten toward the winter solstice, shadows are deepening all around. Even as she barricades herself against the joys—and terrors—of the Christmas season, she’ll have to decide whether the shadows or her secrets are more dangerous.

Bella and Cyril have good reason to fear evil when an old enemy returns to torment them and the Chicago league. But only together will they find a way to the light after the darkest night.

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Find more Holiday Delights from  these fabulous authors:

Do you have a favorite holiday cookie? Leave a link to your recipe in comments. The more cookies, the merrier!