Cash: Angel, Demon, Rock Star by Jae T. Jaggart
Series: A Seven Deadly Sins Story #1
Source: Personal Library
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
What happens when a raunchy, bisexual rock star is the prize in a battle between an angel and a demon? And can it matter?
If that dirty, sweaty rock star is going to become a leader and influence a generation, yes.
An angel and a demon have been given a challenge by Management. One or the other must win Cash over. To the good, or to the bad. And when supernatural beings battle, any filthy trick and subterfuge is permitted.
Winner take all. With seven deadly sins to play with, it’s going to get creative. And Management may not approve.
Contains bad behavior, hot m/m action, and a lot of sweaty leather. Approx. 16,500+ words plus bonus material.
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Delightfully amusing and highly erotic…
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This is an Erotic Paranormal MM Romance featuring:
Cash is the first book in a serial series which will feature stand-alone stories. Which means this short story is not a cliffhanger designed to get you interested in the rest of the series. That being said… If the first book is any indication of what will follow… I’ll certainly be lining up to read the next installment in the Seven Deadly Sins series.
Angel vs. Demon.
The goal – the soul of a Rockstar and all the mortals who will follow him in his rise to fame…
It was the opportunity to dirty up the souls of every soft, sweet mind that would pay him mind. The opportunity to scoop up a chunk of those souls and throw them into the fiery pit along with that tattooed howler up there. Efficient.
Management would be pleased.
Of course poor Cash has no idea he is being tempted to sell his soul to the two incredibly attractive beings vying for his attention. Over the course of the story, Cash will experience a myriad of emotions and sins which will leave him questioning his life choices and the projected path of this life.
This is an awesome, steamy Paranormal MM read. It’s short and last time I checked, it was free on Amazon. I recommend that you go out and read it.
Hells bells, the demon thought, eyeing off the figure on the stage.
A rock star. Bare chest, occult symbols the reckless mortal could not possibly understand tattooed, lashing down his heaving, sweat-slicked ribcage, a snake coiled, fangs bared over his heart.
Tight, ratty leather jeans. Silver rings and tattoos on the hand clutching the mic.
Ah yes, this one was already half way there. Mmm hmm.
A pity there were only seven official deadly sins… The fun he could have had with a few more up his sleeve. His glowing eyes slid over the crowd mashed, like a heaving, lusty, dirty human sandwich, up against the barriers. Male. Female. Raunch and sweat rose in a tasty fug above them all.
In that fug the demon saw every color of the rainbow. Every possibility.
Only seven deadly sins. Wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony.
Maybe, with some sharp thinking, he’d be able to work them all into this job. But then Zee had been doing this for a very, very long time. Since time began… And he had a wicked good work ethic.
But fucking hell, so did the heavenly creature on the outer edges of the crowd across from him. Even as he looked the being turned its head and the blazing gold eyes met his.
Not one single human in the crowd saw the great black wings arch out, fan.
It was a declaration of war. The two wings fanned up like two fingers jerked up, in the eternal gesture. Flipping him the two fingered bird.
From one supernatural being to another.
From the angel to the demon.
And all over one dirty, sweaty rock star. Who, the seers had foretold, was going to make it big, big, big, baby, and so influence… a generation. Oh, so many, many softhearted mortals. To the good, or to the bad. Oh yes…
So it wasn’t merely the soul of this sweaty, howling rockster.
It was the opportunity to dirty up the souls of every soft, sweet mind that would pay him mind. The opportunity to scoop up a chunk of those souls and throw them into the fiery pit along with that tattooed howler up there.
Efficient. Management would be pleased.
With a wicked grin, Zee lifted one sharply suited arm, gave the angel a wave, and then, with the contempt old friends and adversaries will always have for each other, flipped him back the bird.
“Game on,” he mouthed.
The angel could lip read.
“Game on,” he replied, through the thrashing metal din of the band. “Wanker,” he added.
Right at that instant the male on stage let loose a blood curdling wail and the audience screamed in response. Panties were soaked. Cocks just aching, lips of all and sundry ready to wrap around anything, a roadie, security, carnal payment and passport just to get at that six foot something hunk of sin and meat on stage.
The color of the fantasies swirling in the air overhead were pulsing filthy.
The demon drank it all in, his eyes half closed.
He’d been merely playing games before. Preparation. A hunch. Now it was serious. Official.
He was going to love this.
Interview with Jae T. Jaggart
1. If you were to describe your e-book/book in only one word, what would it be?
Cosmic-Rockstar-Badboy. (I completely cheated, I know, but we are talking sins here, so I’m staying in character)
2. What would you say inspired you to write it?
Various infamous rock stars, celebrity bad behavior with no seeming consequences, combined with the fact I wanted to write a series of interlinked, but standalone long short stories/novellas, and knew the seven deadly sins would be a great inspiration. I’d already done a series of artworks around that theme.
3. What was the source of inspiration for your protagonist? What about your antagonist?Visually, I ABSOLUTELY had a particular very tough looking, tattooed, muscular singer/rock star in mind. Ironically enough, although he looks the part, he is in no way known for Cash-like sinful self-indulgence. Behaviorally, everything I’ve ever read about iconic rock stars gone wild was wickedly inspirational, and for antagonists, kick-starter images from a favorite handful of films and TV about good and evil were great.
4. Have you ever been hit by the infamous “writer’s block”? What did you do to escape it?
Yes, absolutely, but I keep on going and slog through it – I try to write on a pretty much daily basis. Only twice has it been so bad that after a stretch of sheer The Shining-like same-sentence-forever nothingness, I made myself stop for a week or two and got on with other things. When I went back everything was firing again. It had everything to do with external factors.
5. Your all time favorite book?
Hmm. Okay, I’ll name the one that’s stuck with me the most, and then throw in another one, because as I’ve already demonstrated, I’m no minimalist.
The Long Goodbye, by Raymond Chandler
Black Sun: The Brief Transit and Violent Eclipse of Harry Crosby, by Geoffrey Wolff
6. What made you pick that one above all others?
The Long Goodbye, because I’ve reread it multiple times. I admire Chandler so much as a stylist, and he tells a great story with killer one-liners. I’ve read and reread books over the last years by many romance authors I hugely admire, books that have even made me, a tough broad, cry, but Chandler hooks me in every time.
Black Sun… Well, I am a complete history geek, and it’s a biography of one of the wildest characters no one had to make up. You just couldn’t! Plus, it’s artistic Paris in the twenties, limitless decadence … basically Harry Crosby was into sex, drugs and rock and roll before there was rock and roll. I read this book originally as a teen and maybe my fascination with rock stars and bad behavior started then.
7. What’s the longest time you’ve spent working on a project?
On and off … I have one partial paranormal romance manuscript from last year, and another toe tapping to be finished from later last year. I had actually hoped to get it finished in January but I’ve had to shelf it for the time being. Both novels, one not as far along. However, I do want to complete them both. They are really important projects to me and their characters really took on a life of their own – so to speak. Otherwise, I would say three/four months max. It’s hard to say as I work on several things at once.
8. Would you say becoming an author has changed you? In what way?
It’s made me incredibly sedentary! Ha, but also, you hear people’s incredible life stories and get somewhat vampirish about how you can use all that juicy goodness. And I have a growing awareness that there is just not enough time in the day. It does give you an incredible sense of freedom, especially if you’ve ever spent time dealing with office life and politics.
9. Was there ever a time, during your work for the e-book/book, when you felt like giving up? What made you change your mind?
Not with Cash, which was sheer fun to write. At other times, certainly. Writing, like art, is a very subjective, vacuum-like occupation. Although you can pour your heart into something, there is not the time to put a manuscript aside and get distance before giving it to beta readers. Otherwise, I really love writing, which is why I keep doing it. I’d describe it as a race with myself to constantly improve and change.
10. What does your day-to-day life consist of? What else do you do, aside from writing?
I’ve done the fine art study thing and uni, but I’m also trained in graphic design and multimedia, which is where I’ve earned my everyday living, in one form or another. Otherwise I hang out with the tribe at home or have friends by, listen to music or go see art, films, shows, gab like crazy and stay curious always about everything.
I am also a movie and TV nut in my non-writing, non-work free time, so here’s some Cash Paranormal-ish / Rock Star posting appropriate faves…
TV: Supernatural, Carnivale, Game Of Thrones, Vampire Diaries (a not so guilty pleasure) and Sherlock… because, well, Sherlock IS an alien
Scaryish + dirty filthy rock star movies: The Thing, The Shining, Constantine, Get Him To The Greek, Performance (Mick Jagger playing a reclusive rock star in psychedelic 1970 London, woooow!)
Okay, that’s my short list & pretty inspirational one way or another for a writer.
11. How do you deal with bad reviews or acid criticism? What would you advise other authors to that effect?
Mostly, people are fairly constructive even if something isn’t their thing. It’s a big wide world and there are lots and lots of different books out there, and something I love, someone else might not, so that’s fine. Otherwise I wisely stick my head in the sand. No other advice there. Not unless you want to drive yourself crazy.
12. Is this title part of a series? Without giving us spoilers, of course, what can we expect from the next e-books/books in the series?
Yes, Cash is the first in the A Seven Deadly Sins Story series. I’m going for seven stories, natch, but each standalone, and a battle in one way or another between supernatural forces, choices made and consequences.
Otherwise, I’m part way through the next Seven Deadly story. I was listening to a piece of music and the opening paragraphs kicked in followed by the entire story premise. It did sneak up and wasn’t entirely what I’d been expecting.
13. What do you have stored for us in the future? What are you working on/planning on next, aside from this title/series?
I’m working on the sequel to His (The Hellfire Vampires Bloodline). His is a standalone m/m erotic paranormal romance, set in a world in which vampires ‘came out’ to humans in the wild sixties, although not the demons, lycans, witches and other supernaturals that also form the Hellfire world. It’s the story of human Nix and master vampire Roark. Nix is the reincarnation of Roark’s one time vampire lover, Nikolai, who also happened to have been a psychotic killer, known as the Bloodletter. But hell, he had a bad childhood!
The second in the Hellfire series includes the Hellfire world and characters, but will be able to be read totally separately. It’s about the wild bond between Easton, an assassin by trade and sorcerer by blood, and Grisha Vasiliev, a lycan prince. Vasiliev’s father, a lycan Russian mobster has decided his son must die as he’d rather enforce the law than break it. Easton is hired to kill him. Instead things become far more erotically complex between the human and the shifter.
Needless to say, it’s proving a lot of fun to write.
That series will be ongoing, but I do have several other story ideas lined up. Primarily I’m debating between writing a m/m contemporary or another m/m historical erotic romance, if not after that, then very soon. I published one, Objects Of His Obsession, in March that I really enjoyed researching and writing, and I hope people have enjoyed reading the story of uber sexy aristo Evander and naive Egyptologist Benedict. I also have those other titles I mentioned earlier nagging at me.
14. What made you decide to become an Indie Author?
The freedom. Which is both a blessing and a curse, but truly, I do think it’s a brilliant option and it’s also given readers access to a huge variety of writers and stories they might not otherwise have had.
15. What would you say was the toughest part?
Absolutely not having the machine of a publishing house behind you. I think anyone who hits the “Publish” button for the first time suddenly realizes that they are a very, very small droplet in a massive ocean. Working around that is a challenge. Luckily, for anyone thinking of indie authoring, there are lots of useful resources out there from podcasts to excellent blogs.
16. Did you hire professionals for editing, cover design, formatting?
I’m very lucky that as a web / graphic designer and desktop publisher, I can do all my own covers and formatting. I didn’t have an editor for Cash. A friend is a professional editor, and she edited Objects Of His Obsession for me as a slightly revised edition early on. I’d really, really wanted to write an atmospheric, detail-correct historical, not just Victorian clothing wrapped around a contemporary. With the amount of research it required, I was pretty brain-fried in terms of fine-tooth combing it later and she took it on. She will be editing for me in the future as well.
17. How did you decide who to hire, if you worked with pros?
Process as above, I’m trained, free, and I knew K would do a great job. Although she did have to keep closing her laptop every time her ten year old walked past.
18. How long did the production part take, from the moment you began working on the manuscript to self-pub to when you hit ‘Publish’?
With Cash, I was pretty lucky. I’m not a super fast writer, but as I stated earlier, I also tend to work on a couple of things at once (in this case, it was Cash and Objects Of His Obsession). I would say, time added up, I wrote Cash in around two weeks. I designed the cover in an afternoon. Finding the right photo literally took as long as the actual artwork. Looking at all of those muscular guy’s torsos was a reeaal hardship.
19. Where is your work being distributed, Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, AllRomanceEbooks/Omnilit, some other distributor? How did you decide which one(s) to go with?
At the moment I publish through Amazon, and also use Smashwords. Smashwords is excellent as through it my titles are distributed to Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iTunes and a range of others. I am going through the process of setting up publishing through AllRomanceEbooks / Omnilit, enabling my work to be available there as well, which will be great. Later I would like to set up as a publisher to gain more control and options. Sounds way fancier than it is. As an Australian based writer I have some technicalities to iron out before I can do that.
20. If you could turn back in time and do things differently, would you? What would you change?
Best not change anything and just learn and get better.
1. If you could wish for any one thing, and it would immediately come true, what would you wish for?
Wow. I could go all Miss Universe and wish for world peace, but I think we all do that in any case. What would be very, very fabulous would be organizing a dinner party with every intriguing person, alive or dead, I’ve ever wondered about, admired, thought outstanding, and pile them around the table (living, not green stinky zombies!) and let them talk (or throw bread rolls at each other.) I started writing a guest list for this but it got way long! Tickets to it would sell out!
2. If you were stranded on an isolated island, what’s the one book you’d absolutely wish to have with you?
I think I’d be too busy panicking to read, but doesn’t Hitchhiker’s Guide have some line about Don’t Panic? That one. Just that page.
3. Name your favorite fruit.
4. Coffee or tea?
5. Favorite season?
6. How about favorite time of the day?
7. Were you a boyscout/girlscout?
An extremely unsuccessful Brownie. I will say no more about an unfortunate incident my one time away at Brownie camp, other than it included probably the only thing the brilliant Sarah Silverman and I have in common.
8. Favorite food for breakfast?
Anything someone else has cooked. Ha!
9. Latest book you’ve bought and read?
Okay, actually bought, not borrowed, off the top of my head, the totally incredible Damon Suede’s Bad Idea.
10. Do you collect things, like stamps, or key chains, or shoes?
I collect everything if I’m not careful. Chinese furniture, songs, vintage perfume, quotes! But books most of all.
11. Favorite color, you know you want to tell us!
Purple all the way, purple prose (shamelessly), Purple Rain, Purple People Eaters etc etc.
12. Drama or comedy?
Drama. Comedy I supply unintentionally
13. Have a favorite quote or personal motto?
What nourishes me destroys me. Although I look at it in a positive light, as in, all the dark (and the light) things that feed and nourish creativity don’t destroy if channeled into art and writing, and for me, the urge to create would not exist without them. Catch 22.
14. Cats or dogs?
Both. I had a Siamese, but now have a couple of very big dogs. Note: the departure of the Siamese was not prompted by the dogs but natural causes!
15. Dinner by candlelight or a night out clubbing?
Dinner by candlelight, not always for romantic reasons! I do love great conversation and laughter around a dinner table. Or just plain blather. As has been obvious throughout this questionnaire! But then, I love live music so–
16. My favorite swear word?
Well… It would have to be f**k, because, well, there are times when saying, “Oh, just go away!” lacks the gravitas of “F**k off!” or, “Oh, that really is terribly bad luck,” just doesn’t even up to, “F**k, that’s awful!” So many more examples, but that’s a fair argument for the word, right?
I know your readers will be forming some opinions based on my answer to that question but I really do have impeccable manners. And I never, never ever use that language loudly in public places