Jade Onyx

Biography

Jade Onyx writes about HER ~ Healing Erotic Romance. Although certified in the healing arts, she can now be found occupied at the park, at the local library or at home with her three pre-K kids. (Yes, they are an adorable handful.)

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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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Where to find Jade Onyx online


Series

OceanCrest Latin Lovers
This series covers the trials and tribulations of a husband and wife in a political marriage. Both of Argentine heritage, Natalia escapes the confines of everyday life and duties only to find that what she really needs is right there in front of her in the form of her husband, Mateo. This series has BDSM between a married couple.

Prison Break

Price: $0.99 USD.

Prison Bait

Price: $2.99 USD.
OceanCrest Seattle Summer
This series covers the interracial relationship between a Vietnamese American man and a woman from a family of Irish descent. The first book, formerly published in 2013 as Eat Mì (Eat Me), has a couple that begins their BDSM journey.

Swept Away

Price: $2.99 USD.

Books

Prison Bait
Series: OceanCrest Latin Lovers, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,010. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
After reconciling with Mateo and returning home, Natalia encounters a different struggle: how to reassure Mateo that she is indeed here to stay. Mateo, newly aware of Natalia’s needs, strives to become the man he needs to be to win not only her body back but her heart, mind and soul. PRISON BAIT is a MaleDom BDSM 15,000-word novella written by HER ~ Healing Erotic Romance ~ author Jade Onyx.
Swept Away
Series: OceanCrest Seattle Summer, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,940. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
(4.00 from 1 review)
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
Series: OceanCrest Latin Lovers, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,080. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
(4.00 from 1 review)
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
    (no rating)
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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!