Interview and Giveaway with JAMES ELLIS, Cover Model from HER PERFECT MATE (X-OPS 1)! – Paige Tyler – New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author

Interview and Giveaway with JAMES ELLIS, Cover Model from HER PERFECT MATE (X-OPS 1)!

To celebrate the release of HER LONE WOLF, Book 2 in my X-OPS Series, I’m giving away a paperback copy of HER PERFECT MATE, Book 1 in the series, signed by me and…

Wait for it…

Hunky cover model JAMES ELLIS!

Not only did James sign the book, but he also did an interview with me, which you’ll find below! And don’t forget to enter the rafflecopter for a chance to win a signed copy of HER PERFECT MATE!

I’m so excited to have you on my blog today, James! When my editor sent
me the cover for HER PERFECT MATE, I was absolutely thrilled. I couldn’t have
asked them to pick a better model for the hero. You fit my image of Army
Special Forces Captain Landon Donovan perfectly. Best. Cover. Ever!

Do the photographer or publisher (Sourcebooks) tell you anything
about the book you’re posing for? Like what type of hero you’re playing? Do
they talk about your character’s “motivation?”
James: Actually, they simply told me that I was an Army Special Forces
Captain and they told me to act the part for the camera. I had a really great
time acting the role and it is such an honor to be on the cover of ‘Her Perfect
Mate’.   J

That is so cool!  It’s an
honor to have you on the cover!  And you
capture the hero Landon Donovan perfectly, right down to the intensity in those
eyes!  Love it!  Can you walk me through the photo
shoot?  How many photos do they take?  How long does the shoot take?
Inquiring minds want to know!
James: When I got there they looked through some of the clothing that I
had brought and chose what options they liked. They also had some options for
me to try as well. We shot of a couple of different clothing options for about
30-45 minutes doing a bunch of different poses. 
Then about 45 minutes into the shoot the girl that is on the cover with
me showed up and we did some couples shots together for about another 45
minutes. It really was a great time and the photographer ended up with some
amazing images, too.  J

If the pic on the cover is anything to go by, I’m sure! Have you
ever worked with the female model playing the feline shifter heroine Ivy
Halliwell to your hero before the cover shoot for HER PERFECT MATE? Feel free
to give her a shout out here if you want because like you, she’s perfect for
the heroine!
James: Actually, I had never worked with her before, but she was a
really great model and a lot of fun to work with, too.
Did you see the cover before I showed it to you? What did you
think of the finished version?
James: Yeah, the photographer let me know that it was out when it hit
the shelves.  I was really excited as the
cover looks incredible. I love how it all came together and the image is very
impactful/powerful, too. I shared it on my social networks right away and they
loved it, too.
I couldn’t agree more. 
Best. Cover. Ever! Have you done a lot of romance book covers?
James: Yes, I have been on the covers of about five romance books I believe.
My main job is fitness modeling and acting, though, and I’ve been blessed with
just over 40 fitness magazine covers.  
Acting, huh? If my X-OPS Series gets optioned into a movie, are
you available to play Caption Landon Donovan? 
James: Yes, I do some acting as well and it would be an honor to play
the part of Captain Landon Donovan if that role is offered to me. That part
would be right up my alley with the action style of acting that I like to do,
That would totally rock! 
When I write Landon’s character now, you’re definitely whom I picture!
So, are you a dog person or a cat person? Keep in mind that your partner in the
super-secret Department of Covert Operations you both work for in the X-OPS
Series is a feline shifter. J
James: I am actually a dog person and would love to get an ‘Argentine
Dogo’ someday. Right now I live in a condo that doesn’t have yard space, so I
wouldn’t really be able to get a dog that big, nor do I have the time available
to take care of a dog. My roommates and I do have a cat, though, as our condos are
cat friendly.  
The Argentine Dogo isn’t the dog in the pic above, but it is a gorgeous dog! And that is a great pic! But then, again, all dogs
are! I love all animals, but I’m a dog person, too! Our fur baby has totally
stolen our hearts! Speaking of animals, the shifters in the X-Ops Series don’t
actually turn into animals, but instead have certain traits. For example, as a
feline shifter Ivy can see better at night, has a keen sense of smell, has
claws and fangs that come out when she need them, etc. If you could be a shifter
in the X-OPS world, what kind would you be, and why?
James: I think I would want to be a Cheetah, because of its great speed
and hunting ability. Another option would be an Eagle as it is a very powerful
bird and would be cool to have the ability to fly and rule the air. Plus, they
have great sight, talons, and hunting ability as well.  
Both excellent choices! It’s hard to believe you were ever a
skinny 135 pound high school nerd! What’s your workout routine like today?
James: Yeah, I certainly was that 135 pound high school nerd. Then,
when I went off to college I decided to hit the weight room and change my
physique.  My workout routine changes a
lot based on whatever my goals might be at the time. Sometimes I am trying to
bulk up more, and other times I am trying to lean out more and cut up.
The plan I am on the most is my ‘Scientific Training Methods’
program, which is a six day a week program. Day 1: Back/Biceps; Day 2:
Chest/Triceps; Day 3: Legs; Day 4: Shoulders; Day 5: Arms; Day 6: Weighted
Abs/Non-weighted Obliques; Day 7: Day Off. 
I also throw in abs randomly at the end of some of those other days,
too.  I usually stick with a Hypertrophy
Rep Range, which means I’m doing 3 sets of 12, 10, & 8 reps with a 60-90
second break between sets. You can find all 6 of these full length workout video
downloads on my website at:
I’ve already “Liked” you on FB and checked out your site!  I’m a huge exercise junkie (especially when
it comes to jogging and power yoga) and I love the motivational posters you
share on your page. You’ve also been in commercials, as well as quite a few TV
shows and movies. Congratulations!  What’s been your favorite role so far?
James: I don’t know if I can really narrow it down to just one, so I’ll
mention three really great ones that I enjoyed. 1. Being on the Ellen Degeneres
show over 30 times as one of her ‘shirtless hunks’ as she calls us. 2. The
three projects I worked on with legendary Betty White (two AARP commercials,
& a skit with her on the television show ‘The Talk’).  3. My feature part on the television show
‘Bones’ playing the fraternity character ‘Dalton Abbot’.  4. I’m throwing in a bonus #4, because I also
really enjoyed working on the movie ‘300-Rise of an Empire’.  : )
Bones is one of my favorite shows ever!  And those commercials with Betty White
rock!  If anyone hasn’t seen them check
them out! You can find them on James’s website under “Reels.”  What are you up to now and
where can people find you on the net?
James: I am doing the same things still for the most part. Working hard
to always stay in great shape so I can continue to shoot these romance novel
covers and the fitness magazine covers, etc. 
It also helps to always stay in great shape because the Ellen Degeneres
show, The Talk, Jimmy Kimmel, & other random shows often call me with no
notice to come on their shows shirtless, too. Other than that, I am working
really hard to turn my current website that has workout video downloads on it,
into a fitness membership website: .
Places I can be found are:
Thank you so much for this amazing opportunity to not only be on
your book cover, but also to be interviewed here on the blog. Such an honor and
blessing and I hope to be back on here again in the future to talk about
another book cover with you.

hope so, too!  I’d love to have you
featured on another cover!  And thank you
so much for doing the interview and signing a copy of the book for the
giveaway!  You rock!

James will also be my special guest at the release party for HER LONE WOLF (X-OPS 2) on Facebook Nov 4th from 8 – 10 pm EST. Hope to see everyone there!

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway using rafflecopter below!  Contest open to US residents only because of shipping. 🙂

And to get ready for the release of HER LONE WOLF (X-OPS 2) on Nov 4th, pick up the ebook version of HER PERFECT MATE (X-OPS 1) at the SPECIAL PRICE of 99 CENTS now through Nov 3rd!



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sin says October 28, 2014

Thank you for the interview 🙂

Samantha says October 28, 2014

Great Interview 🙂

Christine B says October 28, 2014

I can't wait to read the book!

Anonymous says October 28, 2014

Great interview, thanks!

Rose G.

Jonella Moore says October 28, 2014

Very good interview! I enjoy that James Ellis is a good guy, as well as very handsome ��

Tracey Parker says October 28, 2014

What an awesome interview! Thank you for taking time to do so, seems like you are a very busy man! Congratulations on the success of all your different ventures!
Thank you Paige for the interview! So great to get to have some questions answered and they need to make a movie so I can drool, I mean watch it!

Sidira Kyriaki says October 28, 2014

That was an amazing interview!!!I am now a fan of James!!!

Kyrulz says October 28, 2014

Great interview and a hunky cover model

Kelli W says October 28, 2014

What a great interview. Thank you both!

Eva Millien says October 28, 2014

Great interview! If you were a shifter what kind would you be… a wolf or another?

Steph F. says October 28, 2014

Great interview and congrats on the cover for the new release. I'd want to be a big cat as well, all that stealth, speed and power would rock.
Looking forward to this book.

Donna says October 28, 2014

What a fun interview.

Chelsea Snow says October 28, 2014

Cool interview Paige! Does James have any of his photos on stock sites? 😉

Sonia Forbus says October 28, 2014

great interview. Look forward to reading book, .

Witchy Woman says October 28, 2014

I love covers because they can be so beautiful "artistically." It's also fun to read the novel, and then go back, and compare the image one conjured to the image on the cover.

James must be extremely disciplined to follow training/dieting routines long-term.

slimssis says October 28, 2014

Great interview

Anonymous says October 28, 2014

I enjoyed your interview with James Ellis. It's nice that your wonderful books have great people on the covers!

Anonymous says October 28, 2014

love the covers and the puppy

elizabeth says October 28, 2014

Love the interview. Will definitely be looking for more books with James on the cover.

Michelle Ahrens says October 28, 2014

Great interview!

ErikaHF says October 28, 2014

I love cover model interviews!! And I especially love when they sign books (since half the time they played a significant role in my picking the book up to begin with!!)

Janet Overstreet says October 29, 2014

I just purchased this book and am so ready to start reading it. And WOW, the cover is Hot! The interview is great.


Ashley F. says October 29, 2014

Sounds really interesting. 🙂 And the cover looks great. Thanks for having the giveaway.

Grannymama says October 29, 2014

Fantastic interview. Love this series. Look forward to seeing and hearing more about James.

@ericmullins1975 says October 30, 2014

James is an awesome guy. I'll have to get him to sign my copy soon. First one was a great read.. Can't wait for this one 😀

Pamela Leonhardt says October 30, 2014

Loved the interview. Can't wait to read it

Chrisbails says October 30, 2014

Great interview. Love Paige's books and can't wait to check this one out.
My question is are you planning on being on any more books in the future? You definitely want to make me buy whatever cover you are on next. Thanks for letting us admire your gorgeous body.
Thanks for the chance to win.

Christy Bravo says October 30, 2014

Awesome interview, very interesting
Thank you

Anonymous says November 2, 2014

OMGoodness!! Awesome interview and he is GORGEOUS… I have to keep my eyes open when I am watching Ellen.. Thanks Paige 🙂


Anonymous says November 3, 2014

Love the interview AND the model!

Tanya Gaunt says November 3, 2014

Nice interview gorgeous model

Fedora says November 3, 2014

Awesome interview, Paige and James! How exciting to be able to collaborate like this on your cover! I'm keeping my fingers crossed–what a special prize this is! Do you have plans for any future cover projects together with James, Paige??

Pamk says November 3, 2014

great interview and love the cover

Barbara Shuler says November 4, 2014

This is a GREAT interview. And the series is off to an awesome start! I am loving it!!

thurley321 says November 4, 2014

Great interview. Love all your books. Looking forward to more in this new series!

Debby says November 4, 2014

I enjoyed reading the interview and checking out the sights! Thanks

Dory Mojica says November 4, 2014

Thanks for the interview..I really enjoyed it

bn100 says November 4, 2014

Nice interview

Ruth Gutscher says November 4, 2014

I really enjoyed the interview and reading this book,I just picked it up this morning and so want to read book 2 …

Colleen C. says November 4, 2014

Enjoyed the interview… love the pic with the cute puppy… 😉

nikirenee says November 4, 2014

I enjoyed getting to know about you during this interview. thank you for giving us a look at the real you.

Jen's Reading Obsession says November 4, 2014

Awesome interview, it's great to get to learn about the cover models!

danniell says November 4, 2014

Thanks for the great interview and the giveaway.

Tina says November 4, 2014

Thanks for the fantastic interview.

tazmother says November 5, 2014

Thank you for the interview

jmcgaugh says November 5, 2014

Really interesting interview. I enjoyed reading about the behind-the-scenes part of your job.

Rachael Brooks says November 5, 2014

Loved the part about his dog loving 🙂 Looking forward to read the book!!

Alexandra J Andrews says November 5, 2014

Great interview! Loved it 🙂

CelticAmazon says November 5, 2014

Great interview. Loved the book.Patricia

kaisquared says November 5, 2014

Terrific interview! James, is Betty White as much fun in person as she seems?

ee5943ac-88aa-11e3-9bc2-000f20980440 says November 5, 2014

Oh my goodness, I want to know your impression of Betty White too!! Is she really as engaging as she seems?

kerribookwriter says November 5, 2014

Smart and hot! I mean James and Paige. 🙂 Great interview and I cannot wait to read Paige's latest.


paigetyl says November 5, 2014

And the winner is…

Michelle Ahrens! Congratulations!

Thanks so much for you comments, everyone! Hope you'll check out my X-OPS Series! 🙂


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