"All I knew was Jas was super excited and rubbing her hands together while laughing maniacally. That, right there, told me all I needed to know. [...]
Soul Bound: The Warrior is edgy, thrilling, enthralling, and beautifully written. Thank you, Jas, for taking me on this wicked journey. This story was brilliant--seriously brilliant, and one I won't forget any time soon." - Anne Mercier, Goodreads
Releases June 13th, 2017!!
Death May Be The End...
But Love Doesn't Give A @&%#.
Jace Camden is haunted by his past. One that has many believing he got
away with murder. He’s on the run from it, trying to start a new life in a new
town. But his past won’t let won’t him escape, and it’s determined that his future will not long.
Death will demand its due… and his dead wife will make sure that debt is paid in full.
Kitt Thomas’ life is in a rut, but that changed when she looked into the sad, haunted eyes, of Jace Camden. Something about his wounded soul called to her—like a like a whisper of a melody in a mysterious abyss she should have the sense to ignore.
But his past will make sure Kitt is no more part of Jace’s future than life is.
Because he’s Soul Bound – and that’s a shackle that can only be broken by death.
It's not about the Happily Ever After...
It's about surviving the read.
*Warning - this book deals with the subject of death, grief in a graphically realistic and dark manner*
Describe your writing style.
I'm a generational story teller and it shows in my books. When they read it, it's as if I'm telling the reader a tale and they get lost in it as it plays out. Luckily, they agree.
What makes a good story?
Definitely the characters. No matter how great your sentence structure or story premise is, without characters a reader can identify with, it's not going to matter.
What are you passionate about these days?
Writing! I have so many ideas just waiting in the mental wings to be told. Since releasing Soul Bound, which was such an emotional catharsis for me, my mind is on a blitz of ideas. And that thrills me. I can't wait to see where the stories take me.
I was so fortunate to be able to buy a house at the beach last year and just a few minutes on the deck on a busy day is amazing therapy for me. When I'm not doing that, Netflix is my best friend to find movies and binge watch shows.
What made you want to become an author and do you feel it was the right decision?
I've been told and made up stories most of my life. It was a great outlet when life was difficult in my childhood and adult years. It's also my escape when I really need one. As far as the right decision--if one reader tells me they loved my book and the worlds I created, then it's validation of the path.
What is your writing process? For instance do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first?
I just sit and write. I often don't know where it's going to take me. I do, at times, write the beginning and the ending first. Then it's just a matter of filling in the middle.
Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Soul Bound?
Yes! I love Soul Bound: The Warrior and Jace, the main character, is such a tortured, deep soul. He's had such a hard life and yet keeps trying. But he's been so determined to be alone that when he finds that maybe, this time, he can have friends and if he even dares... love, it's hard for him to believe. But it's not going to be easy. Kitt, the woman who takes the chance to love such an intense man with secrets he wants kept hidden (dare I say the word, Murderer?) is the perfect opposite--her lightness in life to his darkness. I love them together . And you truly start to root for Jace--even if you have no idea how happiness is going to be possible. Add Skylar and Zane as his two friends for comedy and snark, you have the twisted, dark and at times, fun world of Soul Bound.
But careful... nothing is as it seems.
And it's very dark there?
Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?
I pretty much have the "cast" of characters before I begin writing. It's getting them to cooperate that's the hard part.
What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?
My books all occur in the here & now so that saves me some research. Soul Bound and my upcoming contemporary romance, A Little Pill Called Love, both take place in the Galveston, Texas area. That's also where I live, so I use what's familiar to me.
About the author:
"I am the product of several realities making the whole: a troubled childhood, domestic violence survivor, homeless person, single mother and a suicide survivor. But in every single one of those realities, one thing remained true - my imagination.
Reading and writing has always been Ward's escape. And she wants to continue to give that to her readers. Known for action, drama, laughter, darkness and twists you don't see coming in the same book, Ward is known for writing books that are diverse, different and unique.
Born and raised in Texas and spending time living in Kentucky, Ms. Ward spends her days and nights writing as therapy to handle surviving domestic violence and loss of love. She is the proud parent of three very independent grown children and grandmother to three delightful grandchildren.
She has two furbabies that sit and ponder why their human is talking to herself late into the night as she writes out colorful and diverse if not twisted characters and tales.