How I Became a Romance Writer

I have to confess something. I never intended to write a romance novel of any sort. I wanted to write contemporary fantasy. I wrote Ash on the Stairs as an exercise, just to see if I could write a romance. I chose erotic romance because, like angst ridden vampires, there is a market for it. If I succeeded, I could sell it. I needed to get my foot in the door as a published author. It worked. Now I market my story, my characters, and myself. I’m the short lady with frizzy red hair at the keyboard.

In preparation for writing, I read a few romances and one erotic romance. I did not read Fifty Shades of Grey until I finished the first draft of Ash on the Stairs. From the days of Georgette Heyer and Regency Romances to today the formula is pretty much the same. It is the backbone of romance novels. To over-simplify it, it is: Woman meets Man. They are attracted. There are problems. They work them out. They live happily ever after.

Take that backbone, add appendages and flesh in the form of characters to form the story. Tiers of characters, from the main characters to the one-scene one-line types, provided what I needed. They introduced themselves as I needed them. I started with the Woman because she tells the story.

The Woman in the formula is pretty to beautiful. Avoiding the short voluptuous helpless type seen in some books, I gave literary birth to Jesse Neil Ash, a young woman six feet three inches tall. She is a salute to all the tall beautiful women I know. Tall, skinny, and small breasted, she has a genius IQ, a nice backside, a Taser in her tote, and a mysterious back story.

Conflict showed up on page one and never got a full description. Jack Offiel turned into more conflict than I first imagined. Lucky me, he ran the full length of the story. I put every disgusting, leering, groping, greedy jerk I ever met into Jack. You know what they say about writers. Don’t piss them off, they’ll put you in a book and do evil things to you.

The Man in the formula has to be handsome, because honestly, look what happened to Quasimoto. So, Travis Daniel is handsome and wealthy, but certainly no suave lady’s man. His friends say he gets laid more often when he keeps his mouth shut.  Virtually devoid of social graces, he takes a chance and speaks to Jesse. Somewhere along the way, I became a romance writer and the story of Jesse meets Travis got told.

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Author Interview of MRJones

This is from the site, Rock Stars Among Us Book Club

Hi, I’m Maggy Jones, I write as MRJones.

*How long have you been writing?

I’ve been telling stories for as long as I can remember. I’m dyslexic so writing was difficult until I got a computer and Word. That made all the difference in my ability to write. My first novel, Ash on the Stairs, an erotic thriller, came out February 1, 2015.

*What inspired you to write in the first place?

A wild imagination and a voracious reading habit. Yes, I can read. Writing comes out scrambled.

*How would you describe your style?

Imaginative and eclectic in every aspect. I’m an artist and an RN who had a low entertainment threshold as a child.

*What authors inspired you when you were younger?

J.R.R. Tolkien, Ray Bradbury, Kurt Vonnegut, Ursula K. le Guin, Mikhail Bulgakov.

*How would you describe the part of the world that you live in and does it inspire you?

Southern swamp, on the Texas/Louisiana border. It’s a heavily forested sub-tropical jungle with bayous, canals, rivers, and creeks. There are alligators, nutria rats, armadillos, snakes, cows, and horses. All this and oil fields, pipelines, refineries, and rice fields. Yes, this inspires me. My second book, Slant Well, is contemporary fantasy / magical realism set in this area and includes all the above mentioned items plus gods, magic, and mayhem.

*What are you working on at the moment?

Follow up adventures to both books as well as marketing and building my brand.

*What do you want from your writing? Fame, enjoyment or a regular income?

Fame isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. I already enjoy writing. A steady income would be wonderful.

*If you had a magic lamp that granted ONE wish for the future, what would it be?

A sound mind. My father had Alzheimer’s.

*If you could go back in time to meet one person who would it be and why?

Leonardo da Vinci. I’d have to have a crash course in Italian of that day, but, I have always admired his mind and would like to see it working.

*If you could be one of your characters, who would it be?

I would like to be Evelyn Eden, the female lead in Slant Well. She’s an ancient goddess living in this time with incredible power and human foibles.

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Advertising Ash on the Stairs

I am now two weeks into selling my debut novel, Ash on the Stairs. The Graphic Maggy Ad Agency is handling my efforts. I had not used that aspect of me in quite a while. I dragged the wild haired hippie out of the past and sat her at the keyboard. I’m learning to place ads on the run as well as build neatly prepared collages to paste in with copy.

I perused Pinterest for images to add to the book cover. I found a platinum, ruby. and diamond ring, red Manolo heels, red ballet shoes, and the perfect Jesse tote. These and a few other images that fit my mind’s eye are what I used here.

 ATOS 3 side pics  PicMonkey Collage AOTS AOTS collage red shoe ringValentine collage Ash on the Stairs AOTS collage ATOS ell 2

As you can see, I’m having fun. I hope the effort I’m making will pay off. I won’t complain about five-star reviews.


Ash on the Stairs launched

What a weekend! My debut novel, Ash on the Stairs, launched into the sea of readily available reading material. I held my breath, waiting to see if my baby would hit the water and make a ripple, or bounce off a frozen surface. I felt like little grasshopper, sitting with the blind monk, tossing pebbles in the water.

The ripples spread. At first the sales were to my family and friends. That was my pebble. One person finished reading it and posted a 5 star review. The ripples spread. My posts flowed out as one fan shared to another fan of the genre. Every thing I did in the planning stages paid off. That ripple ran beyond my first ring of core human contacts and passed beyond the friend of a friend of a friend.

I’m an adrenaline junkie with a background in nursing and advertising. When I realized word had spread beyond the reaches of my little world, I was as high as a human can get without drugs. I juggled between twitter, facebook (two accounts and six groups), google+, tumblr, Amazon, and the people who believed in a first time writer, Eternal Press.

Working my way through two days of seeing to and dealing with the transition from, “I sold my manuscript,” to “My book is published,” brought back to play a Don Draper side of me. It just flowed. I may be babbling, but this weekend was worth all the work. I started a little ripple and I’m ready to ride it to wherever it takes me.

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Eternal Press



Super Sunday, No Bowl Involved

I know this Sunday is Superbowl Sunday. I’m not much of a sports fan but I usually watch the game. This year I doubt I’ll see it. This blasphemous act will be done because there is something happening that day that is more important to me than football. My novel, Ash on the Stairs, is being released by my publisher that day.

Ash on the Stairs, an erotic romance, is the first of my works to make it to print, so this will be a big deal for me. I get to go to the big leagues and play with the pros. It is something I had on my list of things to do for a long time. It was work. It was fun. Now the game begins. To market the story and gain a widespread audience is the game that’s afoot.

I feel like the quarterback who depends on the rest of the team to to work with him to get the ball down field and across the goal line. I hope all my friends, fans, and readers will pass the word along so together we can take this story to the rest of the world. I want to make a touchdown. I want to run the winning play. I want the world to fall in love with Jesse Ash and Travis Daniel.

On Sunday, Ash on the Stairs will be available from Eternal Press at later it will be available from Amazon and Barnes&Nobles, as well as other fine booksellers.

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He shook his head. His golden eyes had that predatory gleam in them. “Little girl, you have so much to learn. Edward is my driver. He’ll wait for me. I can take all the time I want.” Travis Daniel, CEO, the man who gets his way, walked across the little space between us. “You took the subway this morning after I gave you money for a taxi. I’m not happy about that. I don’t want you to take the subway because I don’t want perverts groping you.” He stood so close I felt the heat of his body. “I want to be the only one groping you.”  Ash on the Stairs by MRJones

Countdown at 14 days to Ash on the Stairs

Only fourteen days until Ash on the Stairs is released. I have the pre-release jitters. Ticking down to the launch of my first novel is to me like the countdown for a space launch is to NASA. So much to go right. The culmination of a lot of work. Please let the rockets fire and a successful lift off occur.

I want the reading world to fall in love with my characters and their story. I hope what happens on the stairs will leave the reader wanting more. ISBN 9781629292151

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Press release for Ash on the Stairs

Press release for Ash on the Stairs

Ash on the Stairs, the debut novel by MRJones, takes erotic romance to a new level of enjoyment through hot sexual situations, captivating characters, and twisting plot lines. Set in the high rise world of New York City, corporate intrigue and mystery give depth to a tale with a heat level that all but scorches. It begs the question: “Can a stairwell provide refuge from a predator and be the place where fascination leads to something more?”

Jesse Ash takes the stairs at work to avoid a predator and meets a man with golden eyes. He confronts her and talks her into joining him for the evening. A game with no names leads to a night of sex. Will this continue when his identity is revealed? Travis Daniel owns the stairwell and the company. He wants Jesse’s heart. When the predator resurfaces, will they rise above the circumstances to find justice and love?

“Your book took me slowly, and I liked it.” Erin Lale, author of American Celebration.

“I have never read an erotic story written with as much intelligence and talent. It is a pleasure to read your book.” Katie McKnight, author of Secrets Revealed

“If you don’t buy this book, you won’t know what you’re missing. You’ll be out of the loop when everyone is talking about the amazing debut erotic romance from this up and coming author.” Roberta Codemo, Codemo Writing Services

MRJones is Marguerite R. Jones, a native and current resident of Beaumont, Texas. A lifelong storyteller, she took that talent and turned it into a career as a novelist.  A follow up to Ash on the Stairs, Ash on the Beach, is in the works. Slant Well, a contemporary fantasy set in Southeast Texas, will be published by Eternal Press later in 2015.

Ash on the Stairs will be released by Eternal Press on February 1, 2015. The erotic romance will be available in paperback and e-book from Eternal Press, Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, and many other fine booksellers.

Contact Eternal Press at  Contact MRJones at

ISBN: 9781629292151

Ash on the Stairs on Eternal Press site

AAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ASH ON THE STAIRS on EP website.
The sun peeked out and I opened an email from Eternal Press. It is from the marketing manager. Ash on the Stairs is now on the Eternal Press website in the to be released section. If you want to see it, go to Eternal Press. com. Things are running faster and faster now. February 1 is so near. The ISBN 9781629292151

This is such an overwhelming thing in my life. Nothing will ever be the same after the book is released. I will be a business. I must snap into business mode and be an efficient marketer of my work. Currently working on setting up the first book signing. I need a fairy godmanager.ASH on the STAIRS cover art for release

Ash on the Stairs Nearing Release Date


February 1, 2015 is a date I will hold dear. The first of my novels to make it to a publisher will be released on that date. As the days tick away, my excitement grows. So much more to do to promote it. Setting up book signings and contacting the news media are on my short list. I need an assistant who knows what they’re doing. Since I can’t afford that, I muddle through, assisting myself. In an effort to entice you, dear readers, I now present the opening paragraph of Ash on the Stairs for your perusal.

Chapter One

My name is Jesse Neil Ash. Don’t let the name fool you, I’m a tall skinny woman from Texas. From the moment I was born, my life was spent in hiding. Not quite twenty-one, I moved to New York City to continue hiding. Soon after going to work in the mirrored high rise housing TDI’s Manhattan office, I met the man who changed that.

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Katie McKnight, author of Secrets Revealed had this to say about Ash on the Stairs, “I have never read an erotic story written with as much intelligence and talent. It is a pleasure to read.”