I understand the Fresh Fiction readers love lists. Well, have I got a list for you! All of my books in the same Boston paranormal world.
- STRANGE NEIGHBORS
- THE WEREWOLF UPSTAIRS
- THE VAMPIRE NEXT DOOR
- FLIRTING UNDER A FULL MOON
- HOW TO DATE A DRAGON
- KISSING WITH FANGS
- I DREAM OF DRAGONS
- MY WILD IRISH DRAGON
- NEVER DARE A DRAGON
- HOOKED ON A PHOENIX (just released!)
You know you’ve created a successful world when your editor asks for more books set in that world. My new series (Phoenix Brothers—Book 1, HOOKED ON A PHOENIX (March 6th) is a spin-off of book 2 in the Boston Dragons series. Oh! And the Boston Dragons series is a spin-off of book 2 in the Flirting with Fangs series! And, oh yeah, the Flirting with Fangs series is a spin-off of book 2 in the Strange Neighbors series!
Yeah…always book 2. Weird coincidence? Or numbers? Knowing that publishers are keeping track of things like sales, I can pretty much guess it has to do with numbers. I’m not a math person or a business person. I’m a creative person—not that those things are mutually exclusive! More and more authors are becoming business savvy. I’m late to that party, and I’m not sure I want to attend.
Let’s just say my priorities are still with the stories. A lot of writers are getting obsessed with the business and short-cutting important steps like writing the next book, rewriting, editing, re-editing, proofreading, well—you get my drift.
Making the best book possible is the author’s job…in my opinion. Working closely with a professional editor is part of that job. Now, authors seem to be taking on a slew of new jobs. Publisher, Cover artist, Marketer, Publicist… It makes my head—that was already spinning—spin harder!
What will I do when the final book is ‘in the can’? (a Hollywood term from the days when a finished film was literally put in a large metal disc-shaped can, awaiting release.)
How about a long, tropical vacation?
Nope. Not for me. I can take a short break, but I’ve already begun my new project! Argh. Workaholic much?
My new project is a Young Adult fantasy (under a new pen name.) I still love romance, so I won’t leave that important part out. I’ll just be concentrating more on the development of the relationship and less on where it might eventually lead. But you can count on humor and an uplifting ending! That’s why I write. I write what I love to read. A good story with love, laughs, and justice for all.
And I don’t like cliff hangers! No, no, no… I love to read a complete story even if it’s part of a series. I want to be able to accidentally read book 3 and then say. Oh! I guess that was part of a series. Not, how the heck did this happen and why isn’t it resolved?
If the author loves the world they created, and readers can’t get enough of it, publishers will certainly do what they can to keep a series going. Everybody’s happy. I can’t see myself running out of stories to tell.
I think I know why book two gets the spin-off. By then, I’m already creating new characters who readers want to see more of. Yeah, I’m guilty of having secondary characters who sometimes steal the show. But isn’t that part of the fun?
If you haven’t already, I hope you’ll begin reading any of my books in any order. See? That’s my publicist coming out. Or is it my inner marketer? Argh. I can’t keep all these hats straight!
LOCKED IN A BANK VAULT TOGETHER…
THEY MIGHT REDEFINE THE MEANING OF ‘SAFE’ SEX
Misty Carlisle works as a bank teller in Boston’s financial district. She’s had more rotten luck in her life than most, except when her childhood crush shows up to cash his paycheck. Then her heart races and her mouth goes dry.
Gabe Fierro is a firefighter—and a phoenix. Like his brothers, his biggest challenge is finding a woman open-minded enough to accept a shapeshifter into her life. When his boyhood friend asks him to watch over his little sister Misty, he reluctantly agrees. But when the bank where she works gets held up, Gabe does everything he can to protect her. The two of them end up locked in the bank’s vault…where things get steamier than either of them ever imagined.
Romance Paranormal [Sourcebooks Casablanca, On Sale: March 6, 2018, Mass Market Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9781492645498 / eISBN: 9781492645504]
About Ashlyn Chase
Where there’s fire, there’s Ash
Ashlyn Chase describes herself as an Almond Joy bar. A little nutty, a little flaky, but basically sweet, wanting only to give her readers a satisfying,entertaining experience.
She holds a degree in behavioral sciences, worked as a psychiatric RN for several years and spent a few more years working for the American Red Cross. She credits her sense of humor to her former careers since comedy helped preserve whatever was left of her sanity. She is a multi-published, award-winning author of humorous erotic and mainstream romances.
She lives in beautiful New Hampshire with her true-life hero husband who looks like Hugh Jackman with a salt and pepper dye job, and they’re owned by a spoiled brat cat.