Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2015 In Review


As I reflect on this year, the thing that keeps coming back to me is Friendship. I have spent a lot of time on the road, sometimes alone, but much of the time with friends. I've only been in the writing world for less than 3 years (I started as a blogger), but it seems like I've known some of you for ages. I've never been a person to have a lot of friends, but I have found that to be untrue now. So many of you have embraced my books and have become closer to me than family.

This entire journey started with my best friend, Sydney Logan. She is such a wonderful person and fantastic author. She continues to encourage me when I'm ready to give up. I dipped my toes into writing when I published With This Ring back in August 2013. Things have continued to snowball. I Thee Wed came out on December 27, 2013 and both were put together to create Wedding Dreams six months later.



November 2014 brought the first book in my stand-alone Strength Series, Stronger With Him. This book cover has turned many heads and every time I see it I can't believe that it's on my book. 2014 also brought my first book signings when I traveled to Cleveland, OH, Knoxville, TN, Greenville, NC, Huntington WV, and Indianapolis, IN. If you've never attended an author event, you really should. There are such wonderful people to meet, friends to make, and fans to make you feel like you matter. I drove to all of these events (one was up to 14 hours away) and when I had someone with me, it was just another way to talk books uninterrupted.


November 2015 brought Stronger With Her, book 2 in the Strength Series. It's been an interesting exercise to write a series that has the same characters but different points of view. I also traveled a lot this year as well. I drove to Cleveland, OH, Columbus, OH, Bardstown, KY, Louisville, KY, and Huntington, WV for signing events. I met even more people, reconnected with old friends, and was influenced but others in the industry. Have I mentioned that indie authors are ridiculously supportive? 


Now 2016 is just around the corner.


This year is going to be amazing. For a woman who never thought she would, let alone could, write a book, I'm planning my 4th novel, Stronger With Us. I'm working with a professional photographer and model (this still doesn't seem real) for the cover for the first time. I'm flying to an event for the first time in Las Vegas, and really, what better reason to fly! Then I'll be in Indianapolis, St. Louis, and Huntington, WV once again. I can't wait to meet new people and have new experiences. I hope that you will be part of this journey with me. I love to talk books more than just about anything else. I want to hear your thoughts, your ideas, and what you like. I want to get to know YOU. 

So, thank you, for all your love and support. Thank you for coming with me on this ride. I hope to see you again soon!

Love,
JA Hensley

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Free shipping on signed paperbacks

I've been trying to figure out what to get my friends and family for the holidays and I'm coming up empty. Then I figured others must be having the same struggle! So, I've decided to offer FREE SHIPPING on my autographed books this year. You can go to the Buy The Books tab and find them. Order directly from my page and I will personalize them anyway you want and ship them where ever you'd like. For an extra charge, I'll even gift wrap them for you and include a card! All books are $10 each, which is cheaper than anyplace else. I hope to hear from you soon!


Sunday, November 1, 2015

Stronger With Her Release Day

Title: Stronger With Her
Author: JA Hensley
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 1, 2015 
Stephanie’s life has been on auto pilot for years. Growing up a child prodigy with a troubled family does that to a woman. Her job as a computer tech just reinforces her invisibility. She wants to be seen, to be noticed, and her solution is working part-time as a dancer. What she wants more than anything else, is to be known. 
James suffered a tragic loss four years ago and has since kept his focus on work. He’s built Owens Ammunition from the ground up to be a very successful company. When his buddy makes him attend a birthday party, he’s forced to go outside his comfort zone. That’s when he sees her on stage and his world shifts on its axis.
One night, one dance, one fateful meeting that changes two lives forever. Will he find that he’s stronger with her?

“Now coming to the main stage is The Shady Sprocket’s very own Vixen!” Paul turns around, practically jumping out of his seat to get closer to the stage. I shake my head and sit back down, effectively moving as far away from the stage as possible. If Paul’s excitement is any indication of how this girl is, my bladder will have to wait so I can watch him make an ass of himself.

All the lights dim as the spotlight focuses on the curtains at the back of the stage. The opening chords of Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me” are blaring through the speakers, and I roll my eyes at the cliché song. Every stripper uses this one at some point. The curtains open and this tiny woman wearing platform heels, a black leather halter top and the tiniest skirt with zippers up both sides that barely covers her ass slinks out from backstage.

To be fair, everyone is tiny compared to me but she can’t be taller than five and a half feet without her stripper shoes. Walking slowly and seductively up the stage, looking at the men like she wants to eat them, she stops at the pole, leans her back against it and slides down to the floor. She humps the floor a couple times, bounces up to her feet, reaches behind and pulls herself up the pole. She spins around slowly and as she does she slides down, ending in the splits. This routine continues for the duration of the song. All the while, men are throwing money at the stage and vying for her attention while she takes her clothes off, leaving her in just heels and the tiniest black thong on earth.

Just as the song reaches the bridge, she looks directly at me. I find that I can’t look away, like there’s something holding my gaze to hers.

With long black hair, sparkling blue eyes, and plump red lips begging to be kissed, she’s beautiful. There’s no denying it, but it’s something else. I watch her on the stage, twirling on the pole and she looks . . . happy. Most of the women in here look bored like they’re trying to imagine themselves anywhere else. This woman, however, is smiling and enjoying herself; showing off her gorgeous tits as she hangs upside down, sliding toward the stage slowly. My friends have been dragging me here for years, and I’ve never seen anything like it. Obviously, neither have the rest of these men who are going crazy. I can’t believe the sight in front of me of grown men practically crawling over each other to get closer to the stage.

The bouncers must hate this. My friends are in the thick of the crowd, and I shake my head. Being over six five, I don’t have any problem watching the show from where I am. Def Leppard continues to blare out of the speakers, and she moves perfectly with the music. She’s really good and she knows it, teasing and wiggling just enough to keep the dollar bills floating to the stage. Why have I never seen her before and why can’t I take my eyes off her? I feel like I’m under some sort of spell, drawn in by a force I can’t explain but not wanting to fight it at all. It’s not lust; it’s something else.

She smiles and winks at me just before spinning one more time to land on the floor in the splits as the music comes to an end to the loudest cheers I’ve ever heard in here. This girl knows what she’s doing.



The volume of the crowd is deafening as they chant, “Vixen! Vixen!” It takes two men to help her pick up all the money on the stage but she walks slowly around the stage lifting the bills and giving everyone a little bit more attention. I follow her every move, unable to look away. When she finally makes her way backstage, the spell is broken, and I feel like a part of me is missing. What the fuck is that about? I throw back the shot that has apparently been waiting for me and shake my head to clear it.
  
   J.A. Hensley's debut novel, Wedding Dreams, was named an Amazon Erotica Best Seller. She loves smut of all kinds and is a reader first. J.A. is constantly working on a new project, whether it's writing or working in her craft room. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and daughter, and spends her days teaching college students about social work and human sexuality.
Amazon USA Best Seller Erotica Category #91
With This Ring: Amazon USA Free Erotica #1
Amazon Best Seller Romantic Suspense: Australia #60; Canada #23; USA #92
Winner: Sexiest Alpha Male—Ever After Author Event Readers Choice

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Cover Reveal--Stronger With Her


Title: Stronger With Her
Author: JA Hensley
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 1, 2015 

Stephanie’s life has been on auto pilot for years. Growing up a child prodigy with a troubled family does that to a woman. Her job as a computer tech just reinforces her invisibility. She wants to be seen, to be noticed, and her solution is working part-time as a dancer. What she wants more than anything else, is to be known. 
James suffered a tragic loss four years ago and has since kept his focus on work. He’s built Owens Ammunition from the ground up to be a very successful company. When his buddy makes him attend a birthday party, he’s forced to go outside his comfort zone. That’s when he sees her on stage and his world shifts on its axis.
One night, one dance, one fateful meeting that changes two lives forever. Will he find that he’s stronger with her?









   

J.A. Hensley's debut novel, Wedding Dreams, was named an Amazon Erotica Best Seller. She loves smut of all kinds and is a reader first. J.A. is constantly working on a new project, whether it's writing or working in her craft room. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and daughter, and spends her days teaching college students about social work and human sexuality.


Amazon USA Best Seller Erotica Category #91

With This Ring: Amazon USA Free Erotica #1


Amazon Best Seller Romantic Suspense: Australia #60; Canada #23; USA #92

Winner: Sexiest Alpha Male—Ever After Author Event Readers Choice




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