Friday, April 30, 2010

Please welcome Ms. Ashlynn Pearce & a little Giveaway!

Hey gang.... if you were here the other day... you remember seeing that hot cover Rough Edges ~ right!
I mean, how you could you forget such a cover like that!!
Not to mention that Jimmy Thomas is on the cover!
***Smutty swoons and passes out***
**damn that man is hot**

Well, today I am very lucky in catching Ms. Ashlynn Pearce for a couple of quick questions!
She has been a dear friend of mine for quiet some time, so please help her feel welcomed to the Lair!!!

I found Ashlynn through another blog (you know how that goes...) and one thing lead to another and I was over at her place feeling right at home. Well, lo and behold one day she offered up part of story she was working on..... Now if you know me, hee hee which I think you do.... I pumped her for more of the story!!! IT was that freaking awesome!

And what was even more awesomeiness (yea, I make up my own words) is was when she came on her blog to report that she sold the book and it was coming out for us to have and hold!!!!!!!!!

Hey Ash!!!!!! Welcome to my Lair. I know you have come around a few times to comment... but you have never been in the spotlight before... so, please make yourself at home!

Why don't you tell my peeps a little about you?

First off, you’re right. I haven’t been in the spotlight before. What a whirlwind!

In short, I’m a wife, mother to two teenagers, graphics business owner, secretary by day, serve as vice-president for my local chapter and…write romance. I stay busy! It’s an ongoing joke to ask which hat I’m wearing. Most times, I’m wearing 2 at once. I’ve become good at multi-tasking. Not that I have a choice. If I want to keep up with the chaos it’s necessary.

What got you started into writing?
When I was 14 my grandma gave me my first romance novel, Sweet, Savage, Love by Rosemary Rogers. From that moment on, I was hooked. I’ve read thousands of romance novels since, inhaling them as fast as I can. Not long after my son was born, about 11 years ago, I had an incredibly vivid dream. One of those dreams that wouldn’t leave me alone. So, I started writing it. Up until that point, I hadn’t really written anything. For several years I struggled writing it. I didn’t know what I was doing. Finally, 4 years ago, I decided to get serious. I joined RWA, then braved it and joined my local chapter, RWI. Without my RWI girls, I wouldn’t be right where I am now.

What motivates you to keep writing?

The absolute joy it brings me when I write. I can be struggling to write a scene, then suddenly it’s perfect…and the feeling is indescribable. It’s an instant smile. An instant joy. I’ve been known to jump out of my chair and dance around the room because it’s perfect. I know, I’m a lil off, but sanity’s over-rated anyway. Lol

What was the process of getting this book off the ground ~ or in the case, out of the computer and into the hands of people who could make it happen?

These characters have been floating around in my head for a while. They probably popped up not long after my first story. But I didn’t write it. I did jot down some character details and I think I wrote one scene, but that was it. One day I was working on my second book and I was stuck. Bad. Talk about a wall. It was ugly. So trying to get my muse to talk to me, I started going through notebooks. I have several filled with characters. Everything from fantasy to contemporary, and I ran across Jake. His story hit me so hard, I couldn’t focus on anything else. I called a good writer friend, Margaret, to talk about the wall I’d hit and when I mentioned Jake’s story she said, “Write his story.” So I did.

In 2 months his story was out and finished. 2 weeks later I shipped it out. His story just poured out of me. Funny thing was, I never intended on writing erotic, but two pages into the story I knew that’s exactly what it was. Up until that point, I’d been writing historicals. Go figure!
I know we have floated on cloud 9 with you (and will continue to do so, with bubbly I might add), tell us what is like to get that call/email/letter??

Oh, wow. Amazing. I was totally shocked. And cloud 9? How about cloud 59! Lol It all happened so fast. From that first email, to the announcement of my release date, I’ve been floating. I remember asking her, approximately how long from contract to publish and she said about 4 months. Well, it happened in 2! *gulps* When I saw my book at Ellora’s Cave with my blurb, my bio and excerpt…that’s when I totally lost it. I cried like a baby. You know, the ugly cry. I think that’s when I realized I had really done it. It’s a dream come true.

Now for the juicy part... tell us about the tale of Rough Edges... Yea, I want inside scoop on this book... Not to much to give it away...

Jake Korte is emotionally broken. Angry. Hurt. Worthless. Fearing that he will become the abuser his father was, the last thing he needs is a woman in his life. He feels like a virtual time bomb just waiting for the internal explosion. So when tiny Rebecca Saylor “chats” her way into his life and then crawls under his skin, panic descends. He can’t seem to stay away, but is terrified to be with her.

After surviving an abusive marriage, Becca isn’t looking for love, only safety. But through her research for her column “Chat Addiction”, she meets Jake who is anything but safe. He’s the one man who can make her feel alive again. But can she overcome her own fears to claw her way into the heart of a man so fractured?
Now for my favorite part... Make me fall in love with Jake... give me the dish on this man!?!
Let's introduce Jake...

I thought about telling you about him myself, but I thought you might like to hear it straight from him. But I’m warning you, he doesn’t talk much, so I’ll do my best. The last interview I had with him, didn’t go well.

I watch as Jake walks into the room and sit in a chair. He’s wearing worn out jeans, biker boots, a black tee, black sunglasses and a black cap on backwards. Yeah, he likes black. As usual, you can’t tell by his expression what he’s thinking.

AP: I’m really glad you could stop by. How are you?

Jake: Good.

Just so you know, he’s got one of those voices that just trickles down your spine. I may be married but I ain’t dead, and any woman who’s immune to that voice would HAVE to be dead!

AP: So what would you like the girls here to know about you?

He rests his foot on his knee and leans back, arms stretched out along the back of the couch. I fidget because he doesn’t say anything at first. Finally, he shoves his glasses up on his hat. Except that’s worse. Because now, I can see those unusual blue-green eyes set off by dark brows and lashes. Fine. I admit it. He’s hot!

Jake: You seem nervous, darlin’.

AP: Well, I am. *I swallow when he smirks* This is my first book and your…well, you. They want to know about you, not me. I already spilled my guts, it’s your turn.

Jake: I don’t like spillin’ my guts. Besides, you know all of it. You tell them.

AP: I know. But the point is, they would like to hear it from you. Can you tell them a little something?

Jake: I ride a motorcycle.

I glare at him, when he doesn’t say anything else. His response, one raised dark brow and he crosses his arms over his chest. Have I mentioned he’s built too? Those arms muscles bunch very nicely when he does that.

AP: I think they probably get that. You’re wearing riding boots. Do you have a girlfriend?

Jake: No. I don’t do girlfriends.

He’s almost frowning at this point.

AP: What about Becca?

Now a muscle is ticking in his jaw.

Jake: She’s just an internet babe. Nothing else. Is this all you wanted to talk about? I could have saved you the trouble. *he moves to get up*

AP: Wait. You haven’t told us anything. If she’s just an internet babe, how come you can’t talk about her?

Jake: I can see where this is leading. Just like the last time you interviewed me. What’s there to tell? Some girl in a chat room. That’s it. I got stuff to do. Later.

I can tell he’s done, because his jaw is tight and his eyes have gone flat. That and he’s walking off. Except I can’t help but admire they way his jeans cling to his ass. He really is dead sexy.

Jake has reasons he is the way he is. You probably got a little of that from the blurb. What he wants the world to see isn’t who he really is. I hope enjoy his story!!

Okay ladies I will leave you with this tease... 
The man on the cover.........
Ms. Ash will be back for a full lenght interview after I review her book.... hee heeee...
So, look for that to come (and a giveaway)!!
For today...
Enter in for your chance to win Rough Edges bookmark!!
Gawd only knows I want my hands on Jimmy any way I can get them!!!!
So, drop a comment to Ms Ash and be entered...
The contest will end... Friday ~ May 7th
It is open internationally! (I'll ship it myself if I have too)
The winner will till Monday, May 10th  to contact me; 
or another winner will be drawn.
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  1. To AP: Congrats on your first book! It sounds amazing, I think I must get my hands on it. :)
    To Ms. Cecile: I love your yummy Gerard goodness. I must confess sometimes I stop by just to catch a peek!

  2. Cecile does have a tendency to find gold ;)

    Oh and that is one hot man!
    So congrats on the release, totally worth an ugly cry or 4.

    Truth be told, I have been writing for years, I never really thought much about it, but now I want to. So any advice for a wannabe writer?

  3. Loved the interview... both interviews! LOL
    Yes, definitely when I saw the cover in a previous post I knew I had to come back and meet the lady who wrote the book! :D
    She sounds great and already putting the book on my TBB list!

    Thanks for sharing hun!

  4. Hon,

    Great interview...and as always nice on the sexy guys!

    Thanks for starting me day off right!


  5. Not entering the contest, but you know I'll mention it next week!

  6. Congrats on your first rlease Ashlynn
    It soundslike a fantastic book. I'd really like to get to know Jake a bit...ok alot :D better.

  7. That is an awesome character interview! They are always my favorite... :D

    Miranda ~ Sweet Vernal Zephyr

  8. Ashley! Hey Ash! I am glad that you appreciate my Gerard yumminess! I love that man! He is just oh so damn delicious! Anyway... thanks for coming over! Even if it is to just stop by for a quick peek at him, lol!! I sure don't blame ya! =) I do it all the time, lol! Say hi whenever you want! You are always welcome here!

    Blodeuedd!! Awww, thanks honey!! You know I love sharing my yummy goodies with you all!! And yes, that is one hot man!!! Thanks for coming back honey!!!
    You have been writing... oh now you must post something up at your place so I can read!!!!!!! That is a must!!!!!!
    I hope you have a great weekend!

    Hilda! Hey honey, thanks for coming over!!! I am glad that you enjoyed both interviews... I am hoping that I get a more detailed interview with Jake once I read the story.... (Hint to Jake...)
    This story is explosive (I am on page 64) and it is super duper hot!!!

    Houston A.W. Knight!!! Hey honey!!!! Missed you!!! Hope all is well for you my dear sister friend!!! Thanks for coming over here and finding the time to squeeze me in your day, lol!!!!

    Chris!! Hey honey! Thanks for coming over and showing support! Love ya for that!!! And thanks for the mention!

    elaing8!! Hey honey! So, how you like Jake?? He is a very..... oh damn... I want that man!!! You will enjoy him!!

    Sweet!! Hey honey!! Thanks for coming over! The interview Ashlynn did with Jake is awesome, but I am hoping to catch him a little later **evil wink** to get a **cough cough** one on one with him!!! We shall see, lol!!!

  9. I don't stop by JUST for Gerard. I find your writing fascinting, you also have great taste in books and men. When I'm stumped on what to read next I stop by here or Sweet's and I always find something! :)

  10. Hey Cec, I stopped by to check out your interview with Ash. Well done. I can't wait to get my hands on her ebook. I'll be honest and say I normally don't read ebooks, but because it's her I'll make an exception. ;) Plus Jake is H O T!!

  11. Hi Ashlynn and Cecile! Great interview and nice to get to know you better Ashlynn! Your book looks awesome and loveeeeee that cover! Cecile I'm with you Jimmy is hot with a capital H!

    Big hugs

  12. Ms. Ash what is your muse when writing your books?

    Please count me in.

    cindyc725 at gmail dot com

  13. Ashley, well it is nice to hear that you don't but if you did... it would be okay, lol!!! **blushing** Thank you very much for the sweet compliment. I love my men just about as bad as I love my books, lol!!! And I like equally as hot, lol!!!! =)
    Awww you are a sweetheart!! ->"When I'm stumped on what to read next I stop by here or Sweet's and I always find something!" Yea, Sweet's is another great place to go!!!

    Erika!!! Hey honey!!! I am so glad that you made over to my place!! Thanks for coming show your support to Ash! I know she appreciates it!!
    Girl, in this book... Jake is triple as hot as you think he is going to be!!!!!!!! OH MAN!!!!

    JennJ!! !Hey honey!! Big hugs to you!! Thanks for coming over! I greatly appreciate it! This is a great new author!!!!!
    Girl... you know I love me some Jimmy!!!!!

    I Heart Book Gossip! Hey Cindy! Glad you could make it! Thanks for coming by!

  14. I'm looking forward to reading this book!

    Ashlynn, I know what you mean about seeing your book at Ellora's Cave for the first time and the emotion. I felt that way too with my first one there...

    Excellent interview!


  15. Great interview and I loved the cover. Congratulations on your book it sounds great.

  16. Big congrats, Ashlynn, and you've got the perfect excerpt posted at your blog. I can already tell that Jake is going to break my heart.

    Looks like you picked another winner, Cecille.


  17. Lissa! Hey honey! Thanks for coming over to visit! Ms. Ashlynn is another great new author to me!!! I love introducing new people (you should know =)

    Sherry! Hey honey! Thanks for coming over! Isn't her cover hot!

    Cathy M! Hey Honey! Thanks for coming over! I hope all is well for you!!! Hugs to you honey!
    And Jake... will break your heart!! But you will eat him up!


I want to thank you for stopping by my place... I hope to see you again!!
I hope you enjoy my little bloggie home as much as I do!
With hugs, love and smiles... Cecile

My Fictional Smutty Boyfriend.... =)