Today, I would love to welcome Sourcebooks Casablanca author, Ashlyn Chase, who is celebrating the release of her new novel, Strange Neighbors.
He’s looking for peace, quiet, and a little romance…
There’s never a dull moment when hunky all-star pitcher and shapeshifter Jason Falco invests in an old Boston brownstone apartment building full of supernatural creatures. But when Merry MacKenzie moves into the ground floor apartment, the playboy pitcher decides he might just be done playing the field…
A girl just wants to have fun…
Sexy Jason seems like the perfect fling, but newly independent nurse Merry’s not sure she’s ready to trust him with her heart…especially when the tabloids start trumpeting his playboy lifestyle.
Then pandemonium breaks loose and Merry and Jason will never get it together without a little help from the vampire who lives in the basement and the werewolf from upstairs…
Make sure you stick around to the end. We’ll be giving away two copies of Strange Neighbors to two lucky individuals.
A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Series…
I’m sure you’ve all heard “Never say never…” Yeah, I’d heard it too, but that didn’t stop me from saying I’d never write a single title and I’d certainly never write a series of them!
I was a short writer, a quick storyteller who liked the length and pace of novellas. Get in there, tell a fast paced story without all the fluff and boring details, then get out. That was my style.
I kept hearing from editors, readers, friends—in short, everyone—that I really ought to think of a series idea. Everyone (except me, apparently) loved a series. I avoided them like housework (Hey, the plague isn’t hard to dodge anymore). So I was happily e-publishing with the largest e-publisher in the world, making good money, and churning out novella after novella.
Suddenly the bottom dropped out. I blamed e-pirates, the economy, and a glut of new competition. But whatever the reason, my checks went from Ahhh…to Eek! So, what do career focused authors do in a case like that? From where I sat (on high, looking down at the big picture,) I had two choices. Push myself past my comfort level and write stuff that didn’t appeal to me but sold like hotcakes, or push myself past my comfort level and write a freakin’ series. Face it, if I had do all that work, I’d want a traditional publisher who liked my content, my voice, and was willing to pay a decent wage for it. In other words, an advance. E-publishers don’t usually give advances, just royalties, so no sales equals no paycheck!
I brainstormed a few series ideas, which was hard since my brain wasn’t wired that way. I began by trying to think in multiples that I could use with my hot, paranormal, romantic comedy style. Naughty New England? Hmm…six states. Six stories. Too regional. How would the Midwestern reader identify with lobster fishermen and maple syrup makers?
Back to the drawing board. This went on and on until I started thinking in terms of what’s universal—what we have everywhere…um, people. Quirky people. Yeah, and people need places to live. Not everyone can afford a house, but many of us started out in apartments. And what else do we have everywhere? Cities, towns, vampires. Huh? There I go again…pardon my imagination, but we do have mythology everywhere. Today’s mythology includes vampires, werewolves, and other shapeshifters, plus any number of alien creatures. I thought I’d stick with the better known beings and branch out.
So book one has a vampire, a werewolf, a ghost and a couple of other shapeshifters. Our hero has a wonderful unique paranormal identity, but I won’t ruin it for you if you’d like to discover it while reading the story—sort of like the heroine did. But you can laugh at what she does because it isn’t happening to you!
In the subsequent books, I introduce some new characters, and they’re pretty unique too. It was great fun populating this cool, remodeled apartment building and making every character function exactly as they needed to in order to provide you with maximum entertainment. I really hope you’ll enjoy my Strange Neighbors. I certainly did!
About the Author
A multi-published, award-winning author, Ashlyn Chase specializes in characters who reinvent themselves, having reinvented herself numerous times. Among her many day jobs, she has worked as a psychiatric nurse, run blood drives for the Red Cross, and now uses her degree in behavioral sciences to avoid writing exhaustive character sketches. She lives with her true-life hero husband in beautiful New Hampshire. For more information, please visit http://ashlynchase.com/.
Contest Time! Ashlyn has graciously offered to give away two copies of Strange Neighbors to two lucky winners. All you have to do is answer the question: What kind of neighbors do you find strange? What do you think of Ashlyn’s Strange Neighbors? Sorry guys, contest is only open to US/Canadian residents.
As always, there’s more ways of getting your name in the hat (remember, these aren’t mandatory to enter, just extra entries):
- +1 for each place you post about today’s contest on your blog, social network, or anywhere you can. Digg it, stumble it, twit it, share it with the world. Wherever you share it, make sure you add a link to it along with your answer.
- +1 to any review you comment on, however, comments must be meaningful. Just give me the title of the review and I’ll be able to figure it out from there.
- +1 If you are a follower of Literary Escapism on Facebook and/or Twitter
- +10 Purchase any of Ashlyn’s, or any, novel through LE’s Amazon store or the Book Depository sometime during this contest and send a copy of the receipt VIA email for your purchase to: jackie AT literaryescapism DOT com. Each purchase is worth ten entries.
There is one thing I am adding to my contests now…the winner must post a review of the novel someplace. Whether it is on their own blog, Amazon, GoodReads, LibraryThing or wherever, it doesn’t matter. Just help get the word out.
I have not been contacting winners, so you will need to check back to see if you’ve won.