Sunday, April 1, 2018

April News

Happy Easter! Happy April!
I'd say Happy spring, but here in the Northeast, we're still covered in snow. Here's where I tell you not to hate me...we just bought a beach condo in Florida! It turns out that by renting it when we can't be there, it will pretty much pay for itself. And when we want to escape the snow... Well, I'll be there!

I can't wait for my brain to thaw so I can write more books for you to enjoy. I just finished the first draft of book 3 in the Phoenix Brother's series! Quick recap: Book 1 just came out in March. It's a "Stay away from my sister" story, and it's one of my all time favorites! Gabe is the reluctant hero and Misty has her own 'stuff' to deal with in Hooked on a Phoenix.
  Book 2 is written, edited, and awaiting publication in Oct 2018. Here's the first look at its cover.
This is Noah of More than a Phoenix. 

Well, I'm going out to Easter Brunch with a fan who has become a dear friend--because romance readers and writers are like that. We're brining our daughters, so lets see what kind of havoc 4 crazy women can cause in Newburyport today!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

March News. It's here! Book 1 of the new Phoenix Brothers series, blog tour and giveaways!

It feels like forever when you're waiting for a book to come out--especially one that's traditionally published! (Typically it's about a year from author's deadline to publication.) But, at's here!

I'm happy to tell you my publicist set up a blog tour with loads of excerpts--and a prize at every stop! Woo Hoo! Thank you, Beth! Many giveaways last a week or all month! Don't give up if you missed one on the scheduled day.

Here's the schedule:
March 1, Reading in Pajamas:
Reading Between the Wines Book Club:

March 2, USA Today HEA blog
Long and Short Reviews

March 6, Official book release! Yay! Run to Barnes and Nobel, or wherever you buy your books. Unless you already preordered online, of course. (If so, thank you!)

March 7, Ever After blog
March 8, Fresh Fiction blog 
March 9th--two I set up myself for friends: Karen's Killer Fixins,
Bonnie Phelps first kiss blog
March 16, Harlequin Junkies blog
March 25, Night Owl Reviews blog

Don't forget to leave a comment!

And for the cherry on top... I have a box set of erotic romances on sale from March 7 to April 7th...just $1.99!  Universal link to all sales outlets


Thursday, February 1, 2018

February news

Happy love month, everyone! Feb 14th is Valentine's Day (in case you hadn't heard.)

When I was in India about 10 years ago, they had just begun celebrating Valentine's Day. There were a lot of contradictory feelings about it then, and the controversy is probably still going on.

In a land where arranged marriages were the norm and love was a crapshoot, traditionalists hated the idea. Young people were embracing it as a step toward someday choosing their own mates. Who won? Commerce! Naturally. Indian newspapers were filled with pretty red hearts and ads for cards, candy, flowers and all the items we westerners use to express our love.

Speaking of newspapers, I was interviewed by Meredith Goldstein a reporter from the Boston Globe! On Feb 10th, she's outting herself as a huge romance fan and wanted to speak to someone whose romance novels are frequently set in Boston. She said she has a hard time finding the 'escape' she's looking for when the book is set her her own city, and said she didn't find Boston particularly romantic.

Hmmm... a city founded by Puritans and still known for intellectual snobbery, not romantic? Yeah, I guess I can see where she's coming from. However, there are a lot of us romance novelists here! And guess what? We're not all bored singles, eating bon-bons, and crying over our typewriters like Joan Wilder in Romancing the Stone. We're married, single and 'it's complicated'. We're lawyers, teachers, doctors, and a miriad of other professionals.

I was a psychiatric RN with a degree in Behavioral Sciences. All that time studying people gave me plenty of fodder for characterization. Like Meredith, I love the healthy escape of a good book, and an uplifting ending. (One can't say 'happy ending' anymore, since it means something else entirely!) 

I do have some great news to share. I'm gearing up for the release of Book 1 in a whole new series! Hooked on a Phoenix comes out on March 6th. The new series is called the Phoenix Brothers. Some may think these books take place in the southwest, but no...they're still in Boston. For now. Guess what folks? Phoenixes are real and working for the Boston Fire Department!  
Here's a teaser...

“Gabe? When this is all over, can we go out for coffee or something? I don’t want you to just walk out of my life. I’m betting that as soon as your firefighter buddies show up, you’re going to drop me like a hot potato and saunter off with them.”

He tried to muffle his laugh in his sleeve. She didn’t know he was supposed to be keeping an eye on her, but even if he weren’t, he wouldn’t just walk off with his buddies and leave her there.

“Sure. Coffee sounds great.”

He opened his eyes briefly to check the progress of the hole in the ceiling. More light shone through now, and he could see they were working on two sections at the same time. More voices were rumbling. He wondered how many guys were up there. Probably a dozen or more. It wouldn’t be much longer.

Gabe suddenly became aware of the fact that he was stroking Misty’s arm from her elbow up to her shoulder and down. She sighed and sagged against him. The impulse to enclose her in his arms and hold her close was something he had been battling since this all started.

The dust was almost overwhelming. Misty’s voice was muffled when she asked, “Are you sure you’re  okay? You’re trying to breathe through a leather jacket. I have the only handkerchief. Maybe we could share it.”

He almost snorted. “Yeah, right.”

“Gabe!” She kicked him.


“Am I that hideous that you don’t want to look at my face up close?”

“Of course not. It’s just that… Well, it’s the opposite.”

She seemed to take a deeper breath and relax into him a little more “Oh. Well then, here.” She slapped her hand behind his head and pulled him down to her face, then dragged the handkerchief over their eyes, noses, and mouths. They were not only sharing a cloth; their mouths were inches from each other. Not even inches.

He suddenly felt her lip touch his, and without even thinking, he leaned in and increased the pressure.

It started as a chaste kiss, but soon grew in intensity. She opened her mouth, and their tongues found each other. She cupped the nape of his neck. This girl could kiss! Before he realized it, his hands were pulling her closer and wandering over the dip in her lower back. Trying to stop at her hip was killing him. He wanted to squeeze her delectable buttocks.

He didn’t know how long they stood there kissing, because his brain had left the building. At one point, he realized what he was doing and knew he should pull away. But another big part of him—growing bigger by the second—thought,
that ship has sailed, and it won’t be turning around.

You can preorder it now! Here is a handy universal link to all online retailers. Or you can wait and buy it at your local Barnes and Noble, Walmart, or whatever brick and mortar store you like. 

Friday, January 12, 2018

January News

 Only 1 more day for Love Cuffs ! Tug of Attraction is still on sale until the end of Jan!

Also: Stay tuned for the Feb news, because I'm adding a new segment. A sneak peek at the March release! Hooked on a Phoenix. Book 1 in the new Phoenix Brothers series! 
Oops! Here it is Jan 12th and I didn't give you the monthly news yet. I'm sorry!

I do have a good excuse... I've been on vacation! January is a big month for me. Mr. Amazing and I celebrated 24 years of wedded bliss on New Year's Eve--in Florida. Yes, it was chilly, but we kept each other warm. ;) We stayed 10 days to include my birthday on the 7th. Yippee! I'm another year older. Wait... I didn't mean yippee. I meant, groan. Although looking forward to at least three new releases makes this year a Yippee after all!

Advance hint* Love Cuffs goes on sale this weekend. This hilarious novel I wrote with Dalton Diaz in a she said/he said format (which I've never seen done before) is being offered for $0.99 -- limited time!

And don't forget to preorder the March Release, Hooked on a Phoenix. It's the first in a new series, and it's a spin-off of a spin off of a spin off! The first series was Strange Neighbors, which led to the spin off, Flirting with Fangs, which led to the spin off Boston Dragons. And now-- The Phoenix Brothers!

I hope you're reading some wonderful books this winter! (Here's hoping you're reading one of mine.)

Friday, December 1, 2017

December News

Happy Holidays, everyone!
I wish I could say my December is starting out well, but... One of my favorite publishing sites is shutting down. The four Indie books I had published with them were, of course, affected. That meant scrambling to republish four books, all at once, in all sales outlets. Whew! I'm still working on it.

They're back--for the most part. Unfortunately I lost some of those valuable reviews! If anyone would like to read and review one of the following books--for free, let me know. I'd consider it a Christmas present to me!
Laura's Upcycled Life; Thrill of the Chase; Heaving Bosoms; Quivering Thighs.

My assistant Dianne will follow up to be sure you were able to post the review--just let her know how much time you need. I'll give you her contact info when I send the book(s). Please specify Mobi (Kindle) format or Epub format (for Nook and other reading devices.) Use the contact button on my website or email me directly.

Here are the books and sales platforms. You don't have to post a review on all platforms! In fact, Amazon is fine, if you only post it to one place. I simply include the others in case you buy your books elsewhere. I actually get more of my sales from Barnes and Noble, so I buy my books there as a 'Thank you' to them!

I use handy dandy Universal Links! Here's how you can find all of my books and all the sales outlets that carry them at once:
in other words, those 4 books can be found by copying and pasting or clicking on these links:

Thank you for whatever you can do to help!

Monday, November 6, 2017

November News!

Wow! I've been busy! At last I have a moment to update you on the latest news.
First, a new release is coming on Thanksgiving! Laura's Upcycled Life peorder price is only 99 cents! It will go up to $2.99, so don't wait to order it!
Laura McAuliff’s last relationship ended on an all-time low. Her ex-boyfriend, a criminal lawyer, gave her fifty grand to forget she overheard his assassin/client’s confession and vanish before the assassin makes her disappear—like forever.

Now she’s hidden in a tiny house behind a friend’s barn in Maine, upcycling cheap junk into one-of-a-kind treasures to put food on her tiny table. When she finds herself in a tug of war over a set of Mad Men furniture with a stunning blue-eyed asshat, they reluctantly split up the finds.

But Trace Dixon is more than a sexy furniture flipper. He’s an ex-military badass, and when he learns who she’s hiding from he’s intent on protecting her. He offers his address to keep her whereabouts a secret when she testifies. All she needs to do is leave a toothbrush at his place. His offer is tempting, but what if he wants more than her toothbrush—and the bad guys show up?
And in other sale news: Congrats to my Candian publisher!
"It's official we are celebration our 12th anniversary & discounting all #ebooks to $0.99. Come & celebrate with us" Of course this includes my Love Spells Gone Wrong series!
Now--another preorder! This is the first in a new series, so you won't want to miss it! If you read Boston Dragons, you met the Fierros--a legendary firefighting family. It turns out that's not all that's legendary about them. They are phoenixes! If the worst happens, they'll reincarnate in the fire. Find you favorite online store here: HookedonaPhoenix


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.
Readers love Ashlyn Chase's Boston Dragons:
"This story has it all, laughter, tears, magic and sizzling heat."—Night Owl Reviews, 5 Stars, Top Pick!
"Snarky dialogue and sizzling heat."—Booklist

Okay, enough bragging. I'm just thankful I have lots of good news to share this month! Happy thanksgiving, everyone! I have so much to be grateful for!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Sept. News

Oh, boy. I was locked out of my blogger account. (I got error messages that said I didn't have one!) I have four. LOL. Anyway, I'm all set now.

Sorry about September getting away from me like that. I've been head-down, trying to make it for a deadline on 9/30. Between that and the Fall in Love with New England conference, I didn't have much time to do any blogging anyway!

I expect October will be more noteworthy! Stay tuned!