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Jade Astor is a longtime fan of male/male erotic love stories, and got her start writing paranormal and sci-fi fan fiction back when such publications were still run off on photocopiers, stapled together, and shipped out to other fans in manila envelopes. Years later, she was delighted to find a thriving population of like-minded writers and readers in the ebook community. When she is not writing, Jade enjoys sculpting, tinkering with computers, and training (and retraining) her small herd of unruly but adorable rescued Chihuahuas.

Q. How long have you been writing fiction?

A. As my bio mentioned, I got started writing for fanzines back in the 1970s, when I was still in high school. I learned a lot about fictional technique, as well as editing from those homemade and privately distributed publications, some of which had professional-quality production values and were even edited by moonlighting professional writers. Most of them had science fiction or fantasy elements, which became my favorite type of story both to read and write.

 

Q. What do you like best about writing M/M stories?

A. Believe it or not, M/M stories were very popular with the fanzine crowd some thirty years ago. They were called “slash” stories back then, referring to the typographical slash between the letters.  Though I didn’t write them back then, I have always been intrigued by the new twist a same-sex pairing can put on even the most traditional romance plot. Male sexuality is different from female sexuality, obviously, and the qualities that make men sexy increase twofold when a pair (or more) of guys fall for each other. At least, that’s the way I see it! The story possibilities seem endless. I just hope I can write fast enough to complete all the ones I have teeming in my mind.

 

 Q. What do you like best about writing ebooks?

A. Creatively speaking, ebooks offer so much more flexibility in terms of length, subject matter, and style than any other kind of book that has ever existed. The explosive popularity of ebooks isn’t coincidental. Readers are responding to the new freedom ebooks offer both them and the authors. The variety of books and the ease of shopping for them just can’t be matched by traditional print publishers, though I wouldn’t like to see those go away. They just serve different purposes.

 In terms of the medium itself, ebooks provide the perfect way to combine my interest in technology and my love of storytelling. Ebooks can connect authors to readers instantly, by way of lightning-fast downloads as well as contacts through social networking. Don’t get me wrong—I love print books and have no plans to stop reading them, but I am quite content to immerse myself in electronic media for now.

 

Q. What’s the most challenging aspect of writing for you?

A. I’m sure my answer is the same as most any other authors’, whether she is writing for ebooks or print—something akin to panic at the sight of a blank page or screen. No matter how much I write, I always have that lingering fear that one day I will sit down at the keyboard and the well will suddenly run dry. Sometimes putting the first line down takes forever. However, I am happy to say that so far, I have not actually encountered severe writer’s block. Once I get going, I find that I am okay after all. The ideas and the words start flowing eventually.

  

Q. Do you have any favorite themes, settings, and time periods to write about?

A. Lately I’ve been focusing on fantasy with a vaguely medieval setting, which is how my new Siren series came about. I’ve always been fascinated by castles and history, though using these types of settings in fantasy frees one from the rigid confines of actual historical events. I also like to have magic and paranormal elements in my stories, which seems to fit a little better into a medieval setting, where beings like elves, fae, and wizards, not to mention pregnant male elves, seem perfectly natural and maybe even expected! In the Elven Conceptions series, I was able to combine some of these elements in a way I sincerely hope readers will find pleasing.

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Return to Warlock's Cove, Part Four

Jade Astor (Published by: Painted Hearts Publishing)

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The Final Three Chapters... On his way to a college party for vampires and human students, young warlock Milo Hawthorn is shocked when a bike swerves out of the darkness and crashes headlong into his car. Th MORE...

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Return to Warlock's Cove, Part Three

Jade Astor (Published by: Painted Hearts Publishing)

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The story continues... Chapters 6-8: On his way to a college party for vampires and human students, young warlock Milo Hawthorn is shocked when a bike swerves out of the darkness and crashes headlong into MORE...

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A Meeting of the Minds

Jade Astor (Published by: Painted Hearts Publishing)

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Dane, a neuroscientist, is studying ESP when he meets Jesse, who claims to be psychic…and seems to know exactly what is on Dane’s mind. Dane, a graduate student in neuroscience, is helping a senior scien MORE...

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Passion Unmasked

Jade Astor (Published by: Painted Hearts Publishing)

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While attending an academic conference in New Orleans, graduate student James Caldwell stumbles upon a party unlike any other he's ever attended. He's relieved when one of the guests, Malcolm, takes him under h MORE...

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Return to Warlock's Cove, Part Two

Jade Astor (Published by: Painted Hearts Publishing)

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The story continues... Chapters 3 - 5: On his way to a college party for vampires and human students, young warlock Milo Hawthorn is shocked when a bike swerves out of the darkness and crashes headlong in MORE...

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Warlock's Cove: The Complete First Series

Jade Astor (Published by: Painted Hearts Publishing)

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The Complete First Series! Warlock’s Cove, a picturesque village nestled on the rocky New England coast, is a small town like no other. Founded in the seventeenth century by two families driven out of Euro MORE...

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Return to Warlock's Cove

Jade Astor (Published by: Painted Hearts Publishing)

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Part One : Chapters 1 - 2 On his way to a college party for vampires and human students, young warlock Milo Hawthorn is shocked when a bike swerves out of the darkness and crashes headlong into his car. Than MORE...

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Resurrected Heart

Jade Astor (Published by: Painted Hearts Publishing)

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Knowing that the kind of relationship his heart longs for is forbidden by the laws of Victorian England, college student Gray Langley fights his loneliness by throwing himself into his studies and his artwork. MORE...

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The Werewolf Tutor

Jade Astor (Published by: Painted Hearts Publishing)

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Garth, Cage and Strike Marrick have always lived on the edge. As three of the last cougar shifters left in New England, the brothers have learned to rely on each other for guidance and protection. Nothing they MORE...

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James Eyre

Jade Astor (Published by: Painted Hearts Publishing)

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In Victorian England, 21-year-old James Eyre, frightened by his feeling for another man, decides to leave the boys’ school where he has spent ten years, first as a student and then as a teacher. He manages to MORE...

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Warlock's Cove, Part Five

Jade Astor (Published by: Painted Hearts Publishing)

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The exciting conclusion! Warlock’s Cove, a picturesque village nestled on the rocky New England coast, is a small town like no other. Founded in the seventeenth century by two families driven out of Europe MORE...

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Warlock's Cove, Part Four

Jade Astor (Published by: Painted Hearts Publishing)

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The story continues in Part Four... Warlock’s Cove, a picturesque village nestled on the rocky New England coast, is a small town like no other. Founded in the seventeenth century by two families driven ou MORE...

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Warlock's Cove, Part Three

Jade Astor (Published by: Painted Hearts Publishing)

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The story continues in Part Three... Warlock’s Cove, a picturesque village nestled on the rocky New England coast, is a small town like no other. Founded in the seventeenth century by two families driven o MORE...

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Warlock's Cove, Part Two

Jade Astor (Published by: Painted Hearts Publishing)

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The story continues.... Warlock’s Cove, a picturesque village nestled on the rocky New England coast, is a small town like no other. Founded in the seventeenth century by two families driven out of Europe MORE...

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Warlock's Cove, Part One

Jade Astor (Published by: Painted Hearts Publishing)

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Warlock’s Cove, a picturesque village nestled on the rocky New England coast, is a small town like no other. Founded in the seventeenth century by two families driven out of Europe for practicing witchcraft, MORE...

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Jefrus and the Alien Genius (MM)

Jade Astor (Published by: Painted Hearts Publishing)

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Jefrus Kelby is skeptical when his boyfriend, fellow Star Cadet Neval Camden, suggests that they team up to seduce the shy, virginal alien Zoran Azii. It’s not just a matter of lust—Zoran is the Academy’s MORE...

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Serge (MM)

Jade Astor (Published by: Painted Hearts Publishing)

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Serge, the youngest Lyall brother, wonders if he will ever find the kind of committed love his brothers Darius and Caleb now enjoy with their partners, Ash and Desmond. Then he meets Nicholas Starling, a myster MORE...

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Caleb (MM)

Jade Astor (Published by: Painted Hearts Publishing)

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Caleb Lyall enrolls in college, hoping to research, and perhaps find a cure for, the lycanthropy that has afflicted his family for centuries. He finds a welcome ally in the form of Desmond Quinn, a graduate stu MORE...

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Darius (MM)

Jade Astor (Published by: Painted Hearts Publishing)

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Sheriff Ashton Rawling never expected to see Darius Lyall back in town. Five years ago, just as their friendship seemed poised to turn into something more, Darius fled the small northern town of Moon Lake under MORE...

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Passionate Lessons: Four Stories of Women in Love (FF)

Jade Astor (Published by: Painted Hearts Publishing)

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A collection of short stories from Jade Astor celebrating the timeless love between women... In THE PLUNGE, daring poet Judith Blackwell boldly flouts the conventions of 19th-century England in order to pur MORE...

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Dustin and the Diplomat (MM)

Jade Astor (Published by: Painted Hearts Publishing)

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Cadet Dustin Ezerus is thrilled when he learns that his hero, intergalactic ambassador Praex Gallilu, is passing through the quadrant. Better yet, he's stopping at the academy to offer a lecture and accept an MORE...

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Morgan and the Star Guard (MM)

Jade Astor (Published by: Painted Hearts Publishing)

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Growing up on one of the quadrant’s most popular star stations, Morgan Drex has spent half his life fantasizing about one day wearing the sleek blue-and-gold outfits and tall, gleaming black boots of Earth’ MORE...

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Artemis Gardens (FF)

Jade Astor (Published by: Painted Hearts Publishing)

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Fresh out of business college, 22-year-old Winifred Harper arrives at Artemis Gardens, a large, mysterious, and possibly haunted estate in the Berkshires. There, she will begin her new job as personal assistant MORE...

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Blaik's Desire (MM)

Jade Astor (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc.)

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[Siren Classic ManLove: Erotic Alternative Historical Fantasy Romance, M/M, elves, HEA] Elven Bearer Conor and King Lyndor happily await the birth of their heir, but Conor’s visiting brother Blaik MORE...

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Conor's Mate (MM)

Jade Astor (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc.)

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[Siren Classic ManLove: Erotic Alternative Historical Fantasy Romance, M/M, elves, HEA] Elven Bearer Prince Conor has mixed emotions when his betrothal to a foreign king is arranged as part of a peace treat MORE...

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