Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Guest Blogger....Ashlyn Chase!

We're pleased to welcome back to the blog a good friend and great author...ASHLYN CHASE!

Ashlyn Chase has been a registered nurse for 20 years. During those years, she wrote articles for professional journals and a thesis, but eventually, thank goodness, discovered the joy and freedom of writing fiction.
Ashlyn considers herself lucky.  Her degree in behavioral sciences is a combination of psychology and sociology, so she has worked with and studied people most of her life.  She never has to write out exhaustive character sketches to understand her characters or predict how they will behave.  That doesn't mean they don't surprise her.  Sometimes they take her on grand unexpected journeys.  For her, it gives "character driven novels" a whole new meaning.
Ashlyn has learned to go with the flow.   To enjoy the journey is not only one of her writing goals, but also a challenge in life so she tries to follow where the story takes her.  As such, she has lived in 17 different places over the years. At last, she's all settled down and comfy in New England.

Ashlyn is the author of the popular "Strange Neighbors" series from Sourcebooks, and her newest, "Flirting under a Full Moon " from her "FLIRTING WITH FANGS" series from Sourcebooks just debuted April 2!

And now...Ashlyn!

Why I hate my writer (sometimes.)
Ashlyn Chase

Hi there. I’m Nick Wolfensen, a character in Ashlyn Chase’s books. She’ll tell you she loves me. Yeah, riiight. If she’s so fond of me, why does she torture me?
Yes, I’m talking torture! She had me tied to a pole in a basement, and then made me shift into my wolf form to get free. Do you know how hard it is to pop and grind into a whole new animal without making any noise? Oh, did I forget to mention she also had an armed guard in the room? If he hadn’t fallen asleep, I’d still be tied to that pole.
And you know what else? She put my girlfriend in the same danger! I’d have taken on all three of those thugs (oh, yeah…it was three against one,) but they had their weapons trained on Brandee. If I’d made one wrong move, they’d have killed her.
Oh, and do you know what else Ashlyn did? She made me wait a hundred years to find my Brandee—my mate. I won’t tell you how hard my heart was lodged in my throat, because I almost lost her as soon as I’d found her. And not just because of bad guys. Ashlyn made me piss off a powerful Goddess who threatened to drop me into an active volcano or send me to a deserted island the size of a postage stamp. All because of one little slip of the tongue.
I can’t be totally upset with Ashlyn though. She gave me a bit of fun too. Great friends. An identical twin. And a job I love. I used to be a cop, but now I’m a paranormal private detective—the only one in Boston, I think. I got some interesting cases and only got shot in the ass once.
But the best thing she did for me was put a sassy little redhead in my life. You know what they say about redheads being passionate…well, it’s true in more ways than one. Whew! We had some hot, smoking...I’d finish that sentence, but she also made me a gentleman.
All in all, I’ve learned one thing about Ashlyn. When she decides to tell a story, she makes us jump through some pretty thorny hoops. Not only that, but she sometimes leave us in the worst predicaments for hours while she does errands, watches TV, or reads. It must be nice to be a writer and imagine new and unusual cruelty for us characters.
At least she wraps up our stories with a satisfying happily ever after ending. Because of that, I might be able to forgive her…eventually.  

Thanks AShlyn!
Hope you all enjoyed her post.

Ashlyn will give away a copy of "Flirting Under a Full Moon" to one lucky reader!  

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Winner will be chosen at random using random.org.  Don’t forget to mention all you’ve done in your comment. Good luck!

Winner of our Rose Pressey giveaway is: Alicia! Congrats!  Watch for an email from Rose!

Next week: Alexandra Ivy!

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  1. lol! leaving them while you do errands . Shameful author behavior! thanks for the fun :)

  2. What a fun post. Ashlyn you are so cruel to your characters. Lol
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  3. Thanks Sharon and Lori!
    What's worse is if I leave them in a love scene. They're so frustrated by the time I get back! LOL

  4. Great post. Ashlyn your characters give you such a hard time. Thanks for doing the giveaway. bluepoh1@hotmail.com
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  5. Thanks for all the promo, Heather! You're awesome!

  6. Awesome post! Woo-hoo! Way to torture your characters!!!

  7. Great post. Nick is going to be fun ;).

  8. and I have always been partial to redheads......

  9. Thanks for visiting Cecy, Victoria, Venus and Rocco. Oh, wait. Rocco isn't visiting. He lives here! Thanks for letting me visit, Rocco.

  10. I seem to have let this slip through the cracks! I have sympathy for werewolves,(and this is new;I didn't know they were that long -lived.)
    Paranormal detective in Boston....sounds like quite a job, and one I'd be interesting in 'watching'(!).
    ...I noticed that Rocco didn't interview the dog-type person....hmmmm.
    will repost, am a follower and friend.
    Continued luck to Ashlyn!