Jade Onyx

Biography

Jade Onyx writes about HER ~ Healing Erotic Romance. In addition to writing, Jade is a certified practitioner in the healing arts, a housewife and a stay-at-home mother who is pregnant with her third child.

You can expect her to go through bouts of pregnancy brain and nursing mind in the forthcoming year. Oh, but the characters won't let her forget them, and they insist upon their happily ever afters. So you can rest assured that Jade will be writing more books.

She welcomes emails from readers at www.JadeOnyxBooks.com.
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Smashwords Interview

Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are Shoshanna Evers and Kallypso Masters. They are the first authors who inspired me to take my fiction writing seriously, and they were both very encouraging.

Shoshanna's nonfiction anthology "Successful Self-Publishing: How We Do It (And How You Can Too)" had many tips for self-publishing, especially in the romance fiction industry. At the time, I was just researching the self-publishing industry. Kallypso's essay in the anthology inspired me to look into romance fiction.

As I did more and more research into the romance fiction genre, I soon found the romance writer within me. So I will be forever indebted to both Shoshanna and Kallypso for lighting the path for me.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in San Francisco, California, before it became more and more populated by Chinese people. I have met and spoken with so many kinds of people there that cultural and ethnic diversity definitely shows in my work. Moving to the East Bay and living in such a diverse setting continues to inform my stories and fill a craving I did not know I had until I read other stories in my genre. I find myself very interested in how people interact between cultures, identities, or what Gloria Anzaldua would call "borderlands."

I don't expect all of my readers to understand how my characters interact with each other or how "believable" they are based in one's own realities. I hope that readers will just see the humanity in my characters and relate to them in a way that goes beyond differences. Striving to foreground the humanity within all of us is why I released my novella "Eat Mì (Eat Me)," a romance about an Asian American man and an American woman, on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, even though that was a Saturday and no indie author in their sane mind (including traditional publishers, of course) would schedule release day on a weekend!

We live in a nuclear age, an age of nuclear power as well as an age of nuclear weapons. The attack on Pearl Harbor sparked the U.S. participation in a war that brought all of humankind into our present condition, our clear and present danger of living with nuclear arsenals that can wipe out our whole existence. I self-published "Eat Mì (Eat Me)" as a cause for peace, as a statement toward nuclear abolition, and I hope one day we will live in a nuclear-free world where we embrace and uphold the sanctity of human life and the immense and rich diversity that populates our beautiful planet.
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Books

Swept Away
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Series: OceanCrest Seattle Summer, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,940. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Erotic
(4.00)
Billionaire executive Jessica Wyatt has all the ingredients for beauty, brains and dough. Only problem is, all the good rich men are taken and her latest spineless ex dropped the bomb over the phone. Diamond manufacturer An Tang has no time for relationships but plenty of time for his secret life away from the prying eyes of his parents, a secret life he shares with an honor-bound Jessica.
Prison Break
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Series: OceanCrest Latin Lovers, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,080. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
(4.00)
When Natalia escapes a loveless relationship and fails to seduce an old flame, she makes use of her alluring attire in the comfort of her suite when two strangers hand her a bag and a phone. Some quick and dirty phone sex might be exactly what she needs, but Mateo's not done with his pleasureful punishment yet.

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Smashwords book reviews by Jade Onyx

  • The Chinese Spymaster on Oct. 30, 2013
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    Not my usual genre of choice to read. However, I really liked the action-packed fight scenes, the quick sketch of background that gave you depth to each character significant to the story. The book took you places in the East, West and Middle East. So if you are into international spy stuff, the intrigue in this book will keep you guessing. If you are't into spy stuff usually (like yours truly), then it will take you some time to map things out--since there are some twists and turns in the story that will ultimately make sense in the end. Overall, I found it quite entertaining and learned a thing or two about different cultures. The author has a nice way of painting these descriptions and landing it in succinct and sometimes humorous ways. Definitely an enjoyable read.
  • Ginger Snap on Dec. 20, 2013

    Love Shoshanna's books! I can always expect a happy ending, even if this is a short and sweet novella. :-) If you haven't checked out any of Shoshanna's work before, be sure to get Taste of Candy, which is still available for free right now.
  • Becoming Hers Trilogy Set: Over Her Knee, Denied By Her, & In Her Care, plus a bonus short story on Feb. 10, 2014

    True to its title, "fantasy" definitely describes this trilogy set because it falls into many parts erotica, bitty parts romance and a sweet ending. Evers' quick and masterful introduction and depiction of the characters leads readers to cut to the "chase"--LOTS of chase! :-) Set in New York, a wickedly inventive Domme named Victoria is paired with a younger college age male (23-year-old Blake) with a healthy sexual appetite whose sexual boundaries get repeatedly stretched with each subsequent encounter. Other than their meeting at the diner where Blake works, the rest of the story takes place in Victoria's Midtown apartment. The story is quick-paced, entrancing and hilarious at times, naturally flowing from one sex scene to another, each one upping the anti for the next. By providing both Victoria's and Blake's points of view throughout a sex scene, readers get into the minds of the characters and understand more of their thoughts and feelings and the resulting actions they take. Dialogue between the main characters is fresh and witty, especially how the Domme twists everything around and how fast her sub catches on to her twisted ways and struggles to get the least amount of punishment. Of course, the Domme doesn't let him get away with anything! Blake seems to grow the most in this story, especially when he talks about their future near the end of the story. A highly enjoyable read, I would recommend it for erotica fans.
  • Beauty and the Beast (an erotic re-imagining) on Feb. 14, 2014
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    5 Stars!!! Once again, Shoshanna has delivered a delightful erotic treat for erotica lovers. Gripping and well-paced, I read the whole tale in one sitting. This page-turner kept me wondering whch parts from the classic fairy tale would play out and which parts were the reimagined version. Well, Shoshanna did a fine job keeping me guessing. I was hooked to the very last sentence. Besides the obvious stars in the story, I found the other characters just as amusing. The constable and his wife served as comic relief for me—they were so serious about their jobs yet perfectly opposed to Belle's father's desires. Although their convincing roles were quickly drawn up and integral to the rest of the story, Shoshanna has a way of keeping readers engaged in the star characters with breathtaking suspense. Above all else, I love Shoshanna's books because all the hot-as-hell book boyfriends are respectful and act on consent. So sex with these dominant boyfriends stays in the realm of sexy—even though this book boyfriend happens to be the Beast and likes his sex kinky. By the end of the book, *you'd* want to bed the Beast! Beauty was also a great heroine in that she showed concern for people, fought with her inner demons (or beasts) and stood her ground when it mattered. She was the perfect balance between the traditional devout nurturer and the modern independent woman who could fend for herself. Shoshanna's reimagined tale is far more gratifying than its predecessors in that readers get permission to experience a sexual being, a sexual Beauty, with a sexy, kinky Beast. Overall, I highly recommend this book. The plot is fresh, the characters convincing, the sex steamy, plus there's the happily ever after I've come to expect from Shoshanna's works. I'd say, snuggle up warm under the covers, download the ebook or curl up with the paperback and enjoy a warm night before diving into that chilly stormy night when Beast came into being... I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
  • The Man Who Holds the Whip on May 31, 2014

    The Man Who Holds the Whip is a BDSM contemporary romance between Grace Pontaine and her ex-boyfriend Ian from three years back. After a trying day at work as a nurse practitioner, Grace caves into an evening of wine to drown in her woes of being disrespected by an arrogant boss. Furthermore, she does the one thing that often results from her drunken spells: she texts Ian. Unlike the many times before when he responds from a standoffish manner, he actually bares a secret that shocks Grace into actually looking more into it. Apparently, he stepped away from his old life—leaving her and his life as a lawyer—to work as a Dom for an internet porn site. Grace, intrigued and aroused by the little she did see at the website, takes matters into her own hands. If showing up at the studio is the only way to see Ian now, then she may just as well test how far she would go to do that—including auditioning and starring in a video herself! At a rate that exceeds a whole week's pay per video, how can Grace pass up such an opportunity? Then again, she has been living her life as a goody-two shoes who has done everything right and respectable. Who's to say that Ian wants her back anyway when he left years ago and broke her heart? Can she with her vanilla ways really fulfill his kinky needs? The Man Who Holds the Whip is a touching story between a feisty heroine awakening to sexual fantasies she previously never entertained (nor conceived) and a compartmentalizing male exploring the possibilities of the spectrum of kink (≤ 24/7 TPE) in daily life. When they work out their kinks, the sparks fly and possibilities previously unexplored open up. Definitely a must-read!
  • How to Write Hot Sex: Tips from Multi-Published Erotic Romance Authors on May 31, 2014

    This is a wonderful reference book for erotica writers of all heats. Even if you aren't a romance writer, you can benefit from this reference. Cara McKenna's "Real Ugly" expands on descriptions. Don't just describe coffee as "coffee." Instead, wouldn't you want a sip of that triple-shot espresso with vanilla whip cream and shaved dark chocolate bits sprinkled on top? Desiree Holt's "Five Sexy Senses to Rev Up Scenes" pounds into us to engage our readers with all their senses--draw them into the story by elaborating on these details. Christine d'Abo's "Boys Will Be Boys" tells us terms that boys use with boys. I learned what a twink was, for example, and resolved to read some M/M romances to research more guy terminologies. If you're not a guy, do your research so that you can write a convincing guy's POV. L.K. Below's "Law of Attraction" details the connection that builds between two characters. This is crucial for any kind of relationship you are writing about--romance, friendship, etc. Kate Douglas's "Writing the Fine Line Between Erotica and Porn" points out the differences between emotionless, plotless sex (porn) and a sex scene that actually moves the story forward. If you want your readers to remember your characters, then definitely write those steamy scenes with the plot in mind. Giselle Renarde's "How to Write Convincing Fetish and Niche Market Sex" beseeches the reader-writer to really do the research required to convince our audiences of the authenticity of our characters. What could be worse than a reader picking up one of our books and crossing us off their list for inauthentic characterization? Charlotte Stein's "Sexy Sentences" illustrates different ways to edit our own work to quicken the pace, deepen the connection, and up the heat level. I literally crossed out two of the three times the word "shoulder" appeared in one of my three-sentence paragraphs when I went back to read my first draft. Isabo Kelly's "Fighting Sex" is a prime example of what's possible in succinct writing, when you're successful in weaving emotion, choreography, and character in a scene. Delphine Dryden's "So You Think You Can Kink?" elaborates about the BDSM world and how to have believable characters, scenes, etc. Jean Johnson's "Biology: The Good, The Bad, & the Sex Scene" explains the differences in arousal peaks in both sexes--important when writing believable sex scenes. Cari Quinn's "Rx for a Saggy Love Scene" emphasizes the small stuff, the dirty talk, the internal thoughts and emotions. Quite useful for deep POV writing. Finally, Shoshanna Evers' "Getting Published" gives newbie authors seeking traditional publishing the comprehensive basics of that industry and more. The more refers to tips that indie authors may also find helpful. Overall, I highly recommend this book, which is a great resource for any writer but most specifically those who strive to write erotic fiction.
  • Snowed In With The Tycoon (sexy contemporary romance) on May 31, 2014

    Sarah Geddes is a woman who has been recovering from the death of her mother. The only way she can hold on to her mother is to hold on to the house her mother left behind. However, in treating her mother's fatal illness, the equity on the house has all but disappeared. Sarah finds herself on the brink of foreclosure but unwilling to sell. Real estate tycoon Mike Cavender has bought out all the properties around Sarah's house in upstate New York and has been set on building a housing community for the past two years. He offered Sarah a generous package for the house, enough to help her move and retain her animal rescue business. One unexpected heavy snowstorm finds Mike stranded on Sarah's property. The storm lasts beyond that one evening and things heat up between the two of them. While Mike faces the tragedy from two years past, Sarah faces the threat from one year ago. Circumstances lead the two characters to sort through their inner struggles, win over their external obstacles, and find their happily ever after. This full-length erotic romance novel is rich with emotion, depth of feeling, lots of romance that make the steamy encounters meaningful, and an awesome win-win for everyone involved (including the animals rescued). I highly recommend it.
  • Hollywood Spank on June 06, 2014

    I never tire of Shoshanna's Happily Ever Afters, I mean, her "Sexily Evers Afters." :-) So I of course enjoyed this book. Andrea Landley, undercover reporter baited by her on-and-off-again boyfriend, lies about being a professional submissive to get a job on a movie set of a famous action star. To her surprise, the leading man likes to spank. Even more surprising is when she finds that being spanked by him turns her on. Leading man Mark Cannon has stayed away from family to protect them from the press. Even more tightly protected is his inclination towards kink. Of course, when the Hollywood heads find out about his preferences, they go about posting an ad for an extremely discreet personal assistant. Of course Mark knows Andrea isn't a professional submissive, but little does he know that she just might be in the position to betray him to the press so she could earn more credits and really break into the reporting business. HOLLYWOOD SPANK comes with some steamy scenes with light bondage with towels and duct tape and more. Definitely a recommended read!
  • Overheated on June 06, 2014

    Driving through Texas in an unreliable car, Katie is soon stranded when her car overheats with nowhere in sight. The rest stop was a good few miles back and with no phone she hopes someone will stop by to give her a hand. She couldn't help but think of that sexy cowboy she saw back at the rest stop, who just happened to be passing by on the same road she is. He--Joe--offers her a ride back to the rest stop, and Katie obliges. Grateful for the lift, Katie forms a plan to give him a "special" thank you for his southern hospitality once they reach the rest stop. Accepting the offer, the two go to the restroom for a little something hot and steamy. After they exit the restroom and settle in a diner, a surprise awaits for the reader. I'll say no more or else it'll spoil the story for you. :-) OVERHEATED is a great read, among the first I've read of Evers' work and enough to hook me for the rest. I definitely recommend it!
  • Ginger Snap on June 06, 2014

    I can never put down Shoshanna Evers' books until I finish reading them, and Ginger Snap is definitely one of those reads. It's holiday season and a steady couple is, well, just that--steady. Not that Holly is complaining, but she would really like a little bit more adventure in the bedroom and wants a little bit more domination from her too nice Tom. Topping from the bottom means asking for trouble, and Tom delivers quite nicely with some veggie play that has Holly squirming, pleading and begging for release. GINGER SNAP is a fun hot read about a couple spicing it up, finding more fulfillment, and committing more fully to a D/s relationship. Highly recommended.
  • Successful Self-Publishing: How We Do It (And How You Can Too) on June 06, 2014

    Among the first books I've read of Evers' and definitely memorable, this book launched my commitment to take my writing more seriously and endeavor in the exciting world of self-publishing. A highly recommended read for anyone seriously interested in indie authorship. Shoshanna Evers' introduction lays it out for all authors: writing is a business, and if we can get up to 70% royalty on books we publish ourselves, then why not try it? She rounds up a wonderful selection of authors who share everything from marketing tips, book covers, pricing and so much more! USA Today bestselling author Kallypso Masters shares how she makes $20,000 and up on her kinky military romance series, why she chose to write a series, and why three books minimum is a good start. Gia Blue shares her experience writing hardcore smut in the days before major online retailers performed their content audits and why she chooses to self-publish all the way. H.P. Mallory writes about the importance of a really good book cover. Professional covers pay off and say something about the content as well and about you as an author. What kind of quality do you stand for so that you stand out above the rest of the masses who are self-publishing as well? An interview of Shoshanna Evers by Cara Bristol illuminates even more about the publishing industry, why it's important to continue improving your craft and three tips that every writer needs to do to further their career. Among those tips is staying current on trends. Liz Matis encourages new indie authors to seriously consider their strengths and weaknesses and hire professional help where needed. Then you can focus on your strengths and be more productive. Katreina Knights is a hybrid author who traditionally publishes for certain romances and self-publishes for paranormal short stories and collections, based upon what she has seen works for her in the industry. Heather Thurmeier shares eleven self-publishing tips to make it easier for authors just entering the field. Take notes, people, if you haven't been doing so already! Jennifer Probst used self-publishing to write about her dog, craft a new genre and donate to charity. Skye Warren experimented with two novellas and found her niche when buyer response consistently came through higher on one of the higher-selling genre. Respecting her readers' preferences, she has since made a name for herself in that genre. Jackie Barbosa notes that 99-cent books are not enough to sell a book nowadays. Somehow, every author must differentiate the book from others. Barbosa goes on to cite various pricing experiments she made. Donna McDonald states that it takes at least three books to really crack into the self-publishing market, especially if these three books are part of a series. She goes on to share her experiences getting those series written and the best money she invested in those books to make them sell: professional ebook covers. Debra Holland, by the chapter title, speaks with Shoshanna Evers in an interview about how she sold 17,000 books in 4 months. Though she did very little marketing (personal blogs and guest blogs), what helped her increase sales were the 5-star ratings. David Kazzie speaks in an interview about YouTube videos and the effectiveness of the KDP Select program. Valerie Bowman shares her expertise in Twitter and why every author needs to use that as part of their social media repertoire. K. Rowe tells it as it is: your eBook is the best marketing tool. She shares a four-step plan to get readers and more readers. Heather Hiestand/Anh Leod talks about real-time experiments in pricing over steampunk genre. To wrap up the anthology, Shoshanna Evers provides a basic overview of the publishing industry (both traditional and indie) and leaves readers with helpful links and resources at the end of the book. SUCCESSFUL SELF-PUBLISHING: HOW WE DO IT (AND HOW YOU CAN TOO) is a useful reference I read and reread at times to check where I'm at in the process of indie authorship. A definite must-read for anyone interested in self-publishing!