Sunday, June 24, 2018

Win a Barnes & Noble gift card from author Ashlyn Chase!

Can a witch with superpowers and PMS complete a frustrating mission and harm none?

Ashlyn Chase was a registered nurse for 20 years and wrote articles for professional journals and a thesis, and eventually discovered the joy and freedom of writing fiction.

Ashlyn studies people. She doesn't have to write out exhaustive character sketches to understand her characters or predict how they'll behave. Sometimes they take her on grand unexpected journeys.

Ashlyn has learned to go with the flow. To enjoy the journey is not only one of her writing goals, but also a life challenge. I should take a page out of her book so to speak and learn to go with the flow. Too often I get hung up on things.

Ashlyn tries to follow where the story takes her. Her identified theme involves characters who reinvent themselves. And why not? She has reinvented herself numerous times - from artist, to nurse, to hypnotherapist, and to author.

At last, she's all settled down and comfy in New England, just like I have.

Imagine seven butt-kicking, crime-fighting witches with superpowers—and PMS!

Joell of the League of Amazing Witches, gets a desperate call for the League’s help. She reminds their contact that the women are unable to work right now since they have to lock up their weapons when it’s—ahem—that time of the month. Unfortunately, the victims are male models kidnapped from a romance convention! Since all the members of the League write sizzling romance novels in their spare time and can’t resist a pretty face on a hunky body, she agrees.

But who’s the hero in all of this? The models’ agent, willing to pay big bucks to get them back? The undercover cop, hired to work with them since he can pass for a model and be trusted with weapons? Or will it be someone else? Someone with superpowers of his own?

Still curious about the author? Time for an interview with Ashlyn...

What inspires you to write?
It has to be the creative urge itself. Most creative people feel this internal need to express themselves. If they bottle that up, it comes out eventually, and sometimes explosively! I've been in a job where creativity was a 'no-no.' As a nurse, your job is to carry out the doctor's orders to the letter. I used to paint--and then I married a neat nick. I still needed to express myself, so I began taking a screenwriting course. Telling fictional stories was a fantastic--and clean--way to create. Breaking into Hollywood from New Hampshire seemed impossible, so I turned a couple of my screenplays into novels and looked toward NY. Joining RWA was the best thing I did as far as improving my skills and learning the trade.

How long does it take you to write a book, on average?
It takes 6 months to craft, self-edit, submit, and reedit an 80K+ book. I'm sure others can work faster, but I have physical limitations re: how long I can sit at a computer. I've begun dictating my books now. It helps because I can lie down and take the pressure off my neck and shoulders. I've had a spinal fusion due to some degenerative joint disease in my neck. I do hear from fans that they wish I'd write faster. I'm doing what I can...

What are you working on right now?
I'm finishing up the last of the Phoenix Brothers series for Sourcebooks. Then I'll turn my attention to a whole new genre and pen name. As Liz Lorow, I'll be trying my hand at writing Young Adult fantasy.

What's the best writing tip you can offer?
Best writing tip I can offer...write a book. Then write another as you submit the first to a professional editor (not a beta reader or your English teacher-mom.) Learn from each experience and keep writing! As with anything, you get better as you practice.

What's a book written by another author everyone should read in their lifetime?
I love Outlander by Diana Gabeldon, and I think every writer can learn something valuable from reading it--Book 1 or the entire series. Those who write romance and those who don't can both see how multi-layered stories are just richer and better for a good balance.

So who wants the chance to win a prize?

In celebration of her new release, Wonder B*tch, Ashlyn Chase is going to give away a $10 Barnes & Noble gift card to TWO (2) lucky Giveaway Guy readers!

Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below.

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This giveaway is open to users in the U.S. only. Two winners will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter, which I will contact by email after entries are verified. The winners will have 24 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for all your writing tips. Plus how you've journeyed through different professions to become a writer.


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