Interview with Ashlyn Chase

indexTell us about your publishing journey…

I took a screenwriting course first, thinking I’d like to write movies. Hollywood passed on my romantic comedies but I still wanted to write. I joined RWA and learned a lot from generous romance novelists who were successful. I adapted one of my screenplays into a novel. (I know. It’s usually the other way around.) But that became my first published book. Meanwhile I was working on something new, and that was a great learning experience. I joined a critique group, and because everyone in the group was writing suspense, I did too—for a while. When I finally found my own voice it was humorous! I was funny! Who knew?

What inspired you to write this book?

A contract. There’s something about being paid in advance, and knowing you’ll have to give back the money if you don’t perform, to give any writer a kick in the pants. LOL. Actually, it’s a series spin-off of the last series. Book 2 in the Flirting with Fangs series was How to Date a Dragon. I hadn’t thought of writing more dragons until my publisher asked me to. I aim to please.

What question do you want to be asked in an interview, then please include your answer.

What punishment do you think Internet Prates should face?

IF they survive walking the plank in shark infested waters (which should happen just to drive home the point that they are pirates) then they should have to forfeit their paychecks until every artist, author, actor, and musician has been paid what they stole from them. They think it’s a piddly amount that won’t be missed, so it doesn’t count. Guess what asshole? You just took a loaf of bread out of my pantry. Pirates ought to eat Ramen Noodles until their victims are fully compensated.

What do you love about writing?

Waking up when I’m good and ready. Working in my bathrobe… Nah. The ability to indulge my creativity is paramount. I was a nurse for 20 years. Creativity is greatly discouraged by doctors who want you to carry out their orders to the letter.

I love the freedom to invent unique characters and the world they live in. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate being able to make a paycheck that way.

If you had a time machine, which era would you go to and why?9781492610090-PR(1)

I’m not one to long for a nostalgic past. I think every time period has its problems. I might like a peek at the future to see if we’ve solved some of those dilemmas. Batteries that last forever? No more computer glitches? I doubt we’ll have world peace. Unless human beings have found a magic chill pill that can go into everyone’s water supply.

If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and what would you eat?

Well, the character would be Jaime Fraser, obviously. I could introduce him to Ramen Noodles and he could introduce me to Haggas. I’m sure it would be hilarious. Then maybe we could get a decent meal at a local establishment after that.

If you could be any supernatural creature, what would you be and why?

Everything has its drawbacks. Werewolves go through a painful transition every month. Vampires have to drink blood and avoid the sun. Maybe I’d be a phoenix. I’d have pretty tail feathers, be able to shift and fly, and if the worst happened, I could crash-land into a bonfire and reincarnate.

In a fire, what 3 things would you rescue?

My cat, my husband, and myself. Everything else is just stuff.

Who would be your dream cast for your book?

My Wild Irish Dragon? Let’s see. The heroine Chloe is an athletic blonde with freckles. Maybe Kate from the old TV show Lost would be willing to dye her hair. And Ryan is our hero. Pick a tall, dark, and handsome actor with a smart-alec smirk. Maybe James Franco.

What are you working on now?

First book in a whole new series. The Phoenix Brothers. Book 1’s main characters are Gabe Fierro and Misty… I haven’t come up with a last name for her yet.

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Book Review: Eternal Flame by Valerie Twombly

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A woman he cannot have, a man who is only a dream…

When guardian Marcus Dagotto, discovers the Gods have gifted him with a mate, he is pissed. He has no room for love and even less for a human who has no idea he exists.

Cassandra Jensen, has a shattered heart and has given up on men. Only one man can set her body on fire, but he is a fantasy that haunts her sleep.

Two worlds, one desire.

When the two collide, fate will rip them apart and test their resolve. Will darkness and evil prevail? Or, will love conquer all?

About the Author:

As a child, Valerie would often get into trouble for peeking at her mother’s favorite TV show, Dark Shadows. She can still hear her mother saying “It will give you nightmares.” She was right of course, but that did not stop Valerie from watching. As an adult, her love of the fanged creatures never waned. She would watch any vampire movie she could find.

Being a true romantic, Valerie was thrilled when she discovered the genre of paranormal romance. Her first read was one of Lara Adrian’s, Midnight Breed Series and from there she was hooked.

Today, Valerie has decided to take her darker, sensual side and put it to paper. When she is not busy creating a world full of steamy, hot men and strong, seductive women, she juggles her time between a full-time job, hubby and her two German shepherd dogs, in Northern IL.









My Review:

Okay, I really liked this book. It was well written and the story itself was a good one that didn’t just rely on steamy sex scenes and a destined romance – however I really feel like the title lets it down. Eternal Flame is the name of a very famous Bangles’ song that has been covered several times and can be heard in wind chime format in lifts all over the world – not to mention hold music. By giving it a title that can never truly belong to the book lightens its impact. I know there are many books out there that have similar/ the same title as other books, movies and songs – it can’t be helped; but in my opinion the really famous ones should be avoided like the literary plague.

As characters go, I think we can all relate to Cassandra and her ‘unlucky in love’ scenario. Although a little cliché, it does speak to most of us ladies who perhaps are our own worst enemies on the love front. It’s all too easy to imagine gorgeous men who treat you like a queen and be disappointed when life doesn’t work out like that – fortunately for Cassandra she actually does get a pretty decent hero (still, probably not who she was expecting!) As an author myself I tend to feel a certain obligation to reward my own characters with soul mates of their own, so I appreciated the effort that Valerie went to craft the romance between Marcus and Cassandra.

The world building and flow were excellent and there was a massive supporting cast of other interesting characters introduced that, I’m assuming, go on to star in their own books.

From a writer’s perspective, some of the dialogue was a little unrealistic to me. Although not all the time, but sometimes they would dip into ‘oldey worldy’ speak which comes across both tired and wrong. One of the most important things in a paranormal/ urban fantasy setting is to make everything else around your supernatural elements as real as you can – thus making the unbelievable that much more believable.

The front cover is a little cartoony for my liking and, to be fair I almost didn’t read the book at all on this weakness. I know it’s wrong to judge a book by its cover, but hey that’s just how it is. I think it would do the book more justice if it were both characters on the front in a more artistic format.

Overall I’d give Eternal Flame 4 out of 5 stars. If you’re dying to get your teeth into a new paranormal romance series, then chomp, chomp this way.


Book Spotlight: Open Flame by Lacy Danes


Between hate and lust lies heaven, hell… and smoldering love.

Like his brothers, Madoc is a dragon born by blood magic. Unlike them, he has only once bitten a human in a near-hopeless quest to find his eternal mate. Watching that woman die nearly destroyed him.

Now he works to invent a watch that will rewind time. When he attends the Spectacle of Time in Paris, though, he finds a woman who shakes the foundation of his world and crumbles his ferocious control.

Ever since the black-haired man with the red crescent on his cheek ruined her family, Fina has hated him. When she runs into him in Paris, she is determined to show him just how much. Instead, overwhelmed by the desire to both kill him and bed him, her body betrays her and she melts in his arms.

Sparks fly, and—when his teeth sink into her skin—she ignites. But she can’t run far and fast enough to avoid the burning truth. She is now part of Madoc’s dangerous world?body, soul, and fire.

Warning: This novel contains explicit sex, time-shifting, distance-hopping, a super-hot dragon, and a woman who can take the heat.

About the Author: LacywithUmbrella

Lacy Danes made a New Year’s resolution to write a hot, historical romance. A year and a half later, she achieved her goal. She lives in Portland OR, where besides writing she enjoys horseback riding, gardening and savoring a great martini while watching the world go by.

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I’ll be reviewing this book and the first one in the series later in the year.

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