Xio Axelrod is a USA TODAY bestselling author of romantic fiction, contemporary romance, and what she likes to call "strange, twisted tales." Xio grew up in the music industry and began recording at a young age. When she isn’t writing stories, she can be found in the studio, writing songs, or performing on international stages (under a different, no-so-secret name). She lives in Philadelphia with one full-time husband and several part-time cats.
The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes
They say the road to stardom is paved with broken dreams.
Growing up, Antonia "Toni" Bennette's guitar was her only companion...until she met Sebastian Quick. Seb was a little older, a lot wiser, and he became Toni's way out, promising they'd escape their small town together. Then Seb turned eighteen and split without looking back.
Now, Toni B is all grown up and making a name for herself in Philadelphia's indie rock scene. When a friend suggests she try out for the hottest new band in the country, she decides to take a chance. She's in for a surprise when one of the decision-makers turns out to be none other than Seb. Toni can handle it. No problem. Or it wouldn't be if Seb didn't still hold a piece of her heart, not to mention the key to her future.
Frankie and Johnny: Let the Music Play2020
When Frankie Meets Johnny2019
The Warm Up2017
Awards and Recognition
- 2018 RONE Winner - Contemporary Romance; 2018 Passionate Plume Finalist; 2016 Readers Favorite - Finalist; 2015 Readers Favorite - Honorable Mention
Press and Media Mentions
- PW review of The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes (top 10 pick)
- Entertainment Weekly: cover reveal and first look at The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes
- "Xio Axelrod debuts with The Calum, a fun (and funny), fast-paced romantic read. There’s poetry in motion when reading this story set in Scotland with brogues and customs to add to the experience. Warning: Once you start, it will be an all-out read-a-thon. Sexy, relatable characters who are seemingly ill-suited must overcome odds to find their cozy hub of happiness. Axelrod’s style to reach that happy ever after or happy for now is amazingly inventive, highly visual and swoon-worthy romantic." [Link defunct]