Saturday, December 24, 2011

Capa nominations are in. I'm on the list! Twice! Three times if you count my cover...

We are so pleased to announce that The Romance Studio will be giving the ninth annual Cupid and Psyche Awards on Valentine's Day 2012!

What are the CAPA's? They are awards given by The Romance Studio for excellence in romantic fiction. Categories have changed for the 2011 awards and include inspirational, contemporary, fantasy, historical, paranormal, romantic suspense, young adult, sci-fi, anthology, BDSM, and the Ariana Overton Award for Best Cover Art or the Ari.

Only books reviewed by The Romance Studio after November 24, 2010 and prior to November 22, 2011 with a publication date during that time will be considered for the awards (with the exception of the Psyche Award see below). (Please note that overall ratings given to books in posted reviews at TRS are not indicative of book(s) strength or weakness in consideration).

Winners of the CAPA's will receive the award graphic (above) for display on their web site.

Reminder The Psyche Award is a category for romances that did not meet the nomination criteria but that our reviewers felt deserved special recognition. Books in this category have not previously received a CAPA award.

The final awards will be announced on February 14, 2012. A nominee graphic will be available to nominees when we reopen on January 2, 2011 -- email us!

Nominees will be announced at our Christmas Party on 12/23/11 and here the same day!

2011 CAPA Nominees

Contemporary romance

Send Her To Me by Ronna Gage (Siren-Bookstrand)
Colters' Daughter by Maya Banks (Samhain Publishing)
Illusions by Sheryl Hames Torres (Sapphire Blue Publishing)
The Salisbury Key by Harper Fox (Samhain Publishing)
Yours to Keep by Shannon Stacey (Carina Press)
Adding Heat by Cris Anson (Ellora's Cave)
Sunshine on Chrome by Lynne Connolly (Ellora's Cave)
Dani's Duo by Lauren Fraser (Ellora's Cave)
Genetic Attraction by Tara Lain (Loose Id)
Southern Comfort by Mari Carr & Jayne Rylon (Samhain Publishing)
A Little Harmless Addiction by Melissa Schroeder (Samhain Publishing)
Deliberate Deceptions by Leah Braemel (Samhain Publishing)
Shelter Me by Michelle Cary (Loose Id)
Razor's Edge by Jayne Rylon (Samhain Publishing)
Any Given Sunday by Mari Carr (Ellora's Cave)
The Reluctant Nude by Meg Maguire (Samhain Publishing)
With this Kiss by Marianne Evans (The Wild Rose Press)
Bought for the Millionaire's Bed by Jan Bowles (Siren-Bookstrand)
Rawhide and Roses by Maddie James (Turquoise Morning Press)
A Father at Last by Jan Scarbrough (Turquoise Morning Press)
Belong to Me by Shayla Black (Berkley Publishing)
Winter Fire by Jess Dee (Samhain Publishing)
The Perfect Play by Jaci Burton (Berkley Publishing)
Playing for Keeps by LuAnn McLane (Berkley Publishing)
The Chauffeur Wore an Evening Gown by Roni Adams (The Wild Rose Press)
Dance With Me by Heidi Cullinan (Loose Id)

Fantasy romance

Goddess With a Blade by Lauren Dane (Carina Press)
The Dragon's Heart: Dragonstone Book II by Michelle Young (The Wild Rose Press)
Storm Called by Dorothy Muir (The Wild Rose Press)
Claimed by Evangeline Anderson (E.A. Publishing)
The Angel of Berlin by Red Haircrow (Flying with Red Haircrow)
Bitterwood by Rowan Speedwell (Amber Quill Press)
Tithed by Megan Hart (Samhain Publishing)
Touching Ice by Laurann Dohner (Ellora's Cave)
Changes by Jim Butcher (Berkley Publishing)
The Pleasure Girl by Jan Springer (Siren-Bookstrand)

Historical romance

Tiger Eyes by Kimberly Nee (Samhain Publishing)
Suspicious Minds by Eve Adams (Siren-Bookstrand)
Waltz of Seduction byNatasha Blackthorne (Ellora's Cave)
Sea Change by Darlene Marshall (Amber Quill Press)
Civilizing Frances by Marguerite Butler (Musa Publishing)
The Gladiator's Master by Fae Sutherland & Marguerite Labbe (Carina Press)
The Warlord's Promise by Alyssa Morgan (Phaze)
A Midsummer Night's Sin by Kasey Michaels (Harlequin Romance)
Prisoner of Love by Samantha Kane (Ellora's Cave)
All Lessons Learned by Charlie Cochrane (Samhain Publishing)
Devils on Horseback: Gideon by Beth Williamson (Samhain Publishing)
Prisoner of Desire by Mary Wine (Samhain Publishing)
A Contract Bride's Triple Surprise by Reese Butler (Siren-Bookstrand)
Ravished by a Viking by Delilah Devlin (Berkley Publishing)
The Spy Who Loved Her by Melissa Schroeder (Samhain Publishing)
The Peacemaker by Jianne Carlo (Etopia Publishing)
Beguiled by Paisley Smith (Loose Id)

Paranormal romance

The Vampire Next Door by Ashlyn Chase (Sourcebooks)
Blood on Silk by Marie Treanor (Berkley Publishing)
Amazon Chronicles: Jungle Fire by Sarah Makela (Changeling Press)
Dead Sexy by Paige Tyler (Ellora's Cave)
Wolfman: Salvation by Brannan Black (Changeling Press)
Demon Possession by Kierstan Fey (Kierstand Fey)
Blood Knot by Tracy Cooper-Posey (Tracy Cooper-Posey)
Just Like Cats & Dogs by B A Tortuga (Torquere Press)
Dreaming of the Wolf by Terry Spear (Sourcebooks)
Mirror,Mirror: Gladiator by Alice Gaines (Changeling Press)
Asylum by Cassidy Hunter (Loose Id)
Darkess Falls by Trista Ann Michaels (Loose Id)
Hour of the Lion - Cherise Sinclair (VanScoy Publishing)
His Perrfect Mate by Laurann Dohner (Ellora's Cave)
Valiant by Laurann Dohner (Ellora's Cave)
Spellbound Moon 3: Third Time Lucky by Loribelle Hunt (Loose Id)
Ty the Sexy Dragon by Lexxie Couper (Ellora's Cave)
The Dragon Who Loved Me by G.A. Aiken (Kensington Books)
Cipher by Moira Rogers (Samhain Publishing)
The Lone Warrior by Denise Rossetti (Berkley Publishing)
Deadlock by Moira Rogers (Samhain Publishing)
Indulgent by Cathyrn Fox (Berkley Publishing)
The Canuck Werewolf by Marisa Chenery (Ellora's Cave)
Mesmerized by Lauren Dane (Berkley Publishing)
Big Bad Beast by Shelley Laurenston (Kensington Books)
Jace by Sarah McCarty (Berkley Publishing)
Legacy Found by NJ Walters (Samhain Publishing)
Hunter's Fall by Shiloh Walker (Berkley Publishing)
A Storm That is Sterling by Lisa Renee Jones (Sourcebooks)
Wild Hunts by Rhea Regale (Siren-Bookstrand)
The Grave Watchers by Missouri Dalton (Torquere Press)

Romantic suspense

Jungle Inferno by Desiree Holt (Ellora's Cave)
The Covering by Dana Pratola (White Rose Publishing)
Hidden Away Maya Banks (Berkley Publishing)
Deconstruction by Kit Zheng (Aspen Mountain Press)
Forget Me Not, Terri Molina (Terri Molina)
Devian Devil by Jianne Carlo (Loose Id)
All She Wrote by Josh Lanyon (Samhain Publishing)
No Place to Run by Maya Banks (Berkley Publishing)
Deadly Lies by Cynthia Eden (Grand Central Publishing)
Cover Me by Catherine Mann (Sourcebooks)
Deep Disclosure by Dee Davis (Grand Central Publishing)


Lovers by Roxy Harte (Lyrical Press)
Make Me, Sir by Cherise Sinclair (Loose Id)
Bound by Honor by SE Jakes (Samhain Publishing)
Nowhere Ranch by Heidi Cullinan (Loose Id)
Black Jack by Mari Carr (Ellora's Cave)
Three Days of Dominance by Cari Silverwood (Loose Id)
Midnight Playground by Eliza Gayle (Loose Id)
A Taste of Scarlett by Evanne Lorraine (Loose Id)
Operation: Spank Me - Christina James (The Wild Rose Press)
Santana's Heat by Kitty DuCane (Loose Id)
Slapping Leather by Desiree Holt (The Wild Rose Press)
Eight Second Ride by Desiree Holt (The Wild Rose Press)
Siren Enslaved by Sophie Oak (Siren-Bookstrand)
Siren Beloved by Sophie Oak (Siren-Bookstrand)

Inspirational romance

White Roses by Michelle Levigne (Desert Breeze Publishing)
Buried Treasures by Mary Manners (White Rose Publishing)
Felines and Flowers by Stephanie J. Grace (Decadent Publishing)
Glass Angels by Karen Wiesner (Whiskey Creek Press)
Faithful Danger by Tanya Hanson (White Rose Publishing)
Accident Waiting to Happen by Trinity Hart (Inspired Romance Novels)
Sanctuary by Tanya Hanson (White Rose Publishing)
Kylie's Kiss by Delia Latham (White Rose Publishing)
A Face in the Clouds by Marianne Evans (White Rose Publishing)
In All Things by Shawna K. Williams (Desert Breeze Publishing)

Ari (Cover art award)

The Werewolf Upstairs by Ashlyn Chase (Artist unknown)
Archangel's Blade by Nalini Singh (Artist unknown)
Hawke's Purr-fect Mate by H.C. Brown (Artist unknown)
What the Lady Wants by Dc Juris (Artist unknown)
Southern Comfort by Mari Carr & Jayne Rylon (Artist unknown)
Sunshine on Chrome by Lynne Connolly (Artist unknown)
Make Me, Sir - Cherise Sinclair (Christine M. Griffin, artist)
Prisoner of Love by Samantha Kane (Artist unknown)
Asylum by Cassidy Hunter (Valerie Tibbs, artist)
Cipher by Moira Rogers (Artist unknown)

Psyche Award

Painted Lady by Roxy Harte (Loose Id)
Better Than Chocolate by Maddie James (Resplendence Publishing)
Water Bound by Christine Feehan (Berkley Publishing)
Doms of Dark Haven Anthology (Loose Id)
Cinderella Wore Combat Boots by D.L. Jackson (Decadent Publishing)
Spellbound Moon 2: Twice Bitten by Loribelle Hunt (Loose Id)
Trouble in a Stetson by Regina Carlysle (Ellora's Cave)
Wicked Bad by R.G. Alexander (Samhain Publishing)
The Visionary by Pamela S. Tribodeaux (Five Star Expressions)


All Wrapped Up Volume 2 (Changeling Press)
Escape (Changeling Press)
Cereus: Building (Torquere Press)
Light My Fire by Cooper McKenzie (Secret Craving Publishing)
Men out of Uniform (Berkley Publishing)
Entangled (Authors 4 The Cure)
Doms of Dark Haven 2 Western Nights (Loose Id)

Favorite Author

Ashlyn Chase
Carolyn Brown
Christine Feehan
H. C. Brown
Claire Thompson
Sophie Oak
Mary Calmes
L.A. Witt
Mari Carr
Cherise Sinclair
Sierra Cartwright
Cameron Dane
Desiree Holt
Loribelle Hunt
Laurann Dohner
Kitty DuCane
Tara Lain
Lynne Connolly
Jayne Rylon
Violet Summers
Samantha Kane
Christina James
Moira Rogers
Beth Williamson
Delia Latham
Marianne Evans
Lori Foster
Maya Banks
Lauren Dane

Young Adult

Drink Deep by Chloe Neill (Berkley Publishing)
The Tracks: Dark Territory by J. Gabriel Gates & Charlene Keel (HCI Books)
Initiation by Rebecca Royce (Decadent Publishing)
Real Boys Kiss Boys by Joe Filippone (Noble Romance)
Dreamwalk by Sarah MacManus (Young Rebel Publications)

Sci-fi Romance

Cindra's Bounty Hunter by Paige Tyler (Ellora's Cave)
Water Mark by Kathleen Scott (Samhain Publishing)
Cyborg Doms: Fane H. C. Brown (Noble Romance)
One Match by Kimberly Hunter (Cobblestone Press)
Captain O'Reilly's Woman by Gwen Campbell (Shadowfire Press)
Collective Memory by Tielle St. Clare (Ellora's Cave)
Braden by Allyson James (Ellora's Cave)
Sold by Elizabeth Raines (Siren-Bookstrand)

GLBT Romance

Steam Powered: Lesbian Steampunk Stories by JoSelle Vanderhooft (Torquere Press)
Love Revisited: Nash and Paul H. C. Brown (Noble Romance Publishing)
Blank by Sommer Marsden (Xcite Books)
Hawkin's Ranch: Quick to the Hunt by Cameron Dane (Loose Id)
Perfect Knowledge by Alex Standish (Torquere Press)
Rougaroux Social Club: Bayou Dreams by Lynn Lorenz (Loose Id)
Sully by Lynn Hagen (Siren-Bookstrand)
Push Pull by Joely Skye (Samhain Publishing)
Life, Love and Lemon Cookies by Ally Blue (Samhain Publishing)

Thank you to our reviewers and congratulations to our nominees this year!

Thank you!

The staff at The Romance Studio

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Still looking for the perfect gift?

My publisher has about a gazillion books on sale for $1.99 for your ereader. Ever author's first in a series books. Here's the skinny.

To celebrate the holidays, Sourcebooks has put announces its most extensive eBook promotion to date! From December 21, 2011-January 8, 2012, purchase the first book from a Sourcebooks author for only $1.99—books that are the first in a series, or the first book that Sourcebooks published by that author (and a few extra for good measure). More than 65 exceptional books ranging from young adult to adult fiction, romance, and non-fiction. For complete details, please visit our landing page devoted to this promotion:

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Monday, November 28, 2011

Love book trailers? I do!

Here's a new site dedicated to the viewing of book trailers!


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Sometimes others say it best

The wonderful Joan Reeves gave me permssion to repost this article. Thank you, Joan!

I hear a lot of writers bemoan the pop culture of today's world. They denigrate the music, novels, art, etc. and can't seem to find much of worth in any form of entertainment--and books are entertainment. I think they completely miss the boat. Why? Because they live today, not in the retro 1950's or the counter-culture 1960's or the greed 1980's or the recent millennial decade, but today.

If you live in today's world, which you do unless you have a time machine stashed in the garage, then you must write for the time in which you live. It doesn't matter if your writing is as exquisite as Bronte or Austen or Dickens or Michener or any of the past brilliant writers if the times in which you live don't support writing of that style or voice.

If you want to be a professional writer, write for your peers. That doesn't mean to dumb it down, but it does mean to not be intellectually snobbish and disdain the common reader. Most of those we revere today as renowned authors were considered genre authors in their day.

I have few favorites among today's so-called literary authors because most of them couldn't plot their way out of a room with 4 unlocked doors. They're all flash and no substance when it comes to creating prose - sparkling sentences that have no relation to the forward motion a novel should possess.

If you're not selling the way you want to be selling, don't disdain the books that do sell. Don't dismiss them out of hand. Instead, read the best-selling books in your genre. See what it is about those books that make readers eager to grab them. Compare your books--plot, premise, characters, execution--and see what the other authors bring to the table that you don't.

Your Writing Identity

1. Make sure your skills are up to par.

You must possess the narrative skills that enable you to craft a well written piece of fiction. Today, fiction of every genre is vibrant and exciting, with excellent characterization. Most of today's best writers work in genre or commercial fiction.

2. Find your identity as a writer.

You do this by discovering the stories that you want to tell. That's usually the same kind of story you like to read so finding your story identity should be easy.

3. Find the niche that allows you to tell your kind of story.

Do some research on the kind of stories you like to read. How are they categorized? In what genre or sub-genre do you find yourself shopping most frequently? That's probably the niche in which you want to position your books. The broader the niche; the harder it is to make an impact. The tinier the niche (and it still must be a niche that attracts many readers); the easier it is to get noticed.

4. Write a lot.

One way to discover your writing identity is to simply write. One of my favorite literary authors Larry Brown and bestseller thriller author Dean Koontz both said virtually the same thing: "You must write X number of words before you'll ever write anything worth publishing."

I believe that. There is a related truth to that theory. No one knows what X is because it's different for every writer so get started on your X number of words today.

Joan Reeves--Check out her blog:

and her newsletter is here:

If anyone is wondering how much my writing has changed over the years, I have examples for you! I just repubbed a couple of my very first novels and you can find them here: $1.99

Friday, November 4, 2011

I have romance trading cards!

I can send you a whole set (see example) If you live in the USA, I'll pay the 61 cents postage. If you live Internationally, email me and we'll work something out re: postage.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Party time! Halloween parties where I'll be...

Going on now, and with an ipad up for grabs...see my contest page for Sam Cheever's trick or treating fun.

It's going on now, but I'll be there 10/24. Stop by each day to see what new and fascinating posts there are (and prizes, of course.)

Marie Treanor's Shifter party All week from 10/24, but my day is 10/25.

Then the Spookapalooza at TRS (The Romance Studio) 10/28 to 10/31 I'll be popping in with excerpts from my various paranormal books. They're giving away a nook!

And I have a treat for you too! Strange Neighbors will be available for only

$0.99, that's right--99 cents from 10/28 until 11/3

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Have you seen my new book cover?

I have a couple of new books coming from Ellora's Cave...release dates to be announced as soon as I know what they are. Meanwhile, enjoy the first cover!

I think it's absolutely gorgeous!

Friday, October 7, 2011


Oct 8 at noon until 3 pm...I'll be signing the series at The Official Witch Shoppe on Pickering Wharf in Salem, MA.
Laurie Cabot is an actual character in book three, The Vampire Next Door.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Press release--pass it around!

Press release
Vampires and Werewolves can be cute, cuddly and comical!

For immediate release:
Raymond, NH – Ashlyn Chase finds the fun in writing Vampires, Witches and Werewolves, oh my!

This Halloween, if you enjoy the holiday but don’t appreciate being scared to pieces, you might look into a new type of book that’s gaining popularity. “Paranormal chick-lit” is the term used by Mary Janice Davidson, who has been credited with originating the genre.


Ashlyn Chase decided to try her hand at it and hit it big. The romance genre is 55 percent of the paperback market and women really want authors to turn up the heat these days. Chase believes, “The world needs more laughter and love and paranormal stories are the ultimate escapism.”

When asked how she finds the funny in dark characters like vampires and werewolves, Chase says, “I never overlook the obvious.” Let’s take a moment to embrace the clich├ęs. Think about Vampires. What does everyone know about vampires? A) They have fangs and drink blood, usually by puncturing the victim’s carotid artery. B) They’re nocturnal and both silver and sunlight burns them. Chase takes that myth a step farther and has them “drop dead” when the sun rises, wherever they happen to be. How about Shapeshifters? A) If they shift while fully dressed, their clothes won’t fit their new shape. B) When they shift back, they’ll be naked. Both vampires and werewolves are super strong and have superior senses. What about ghosts? Ghosts are disembodied. They can see the physical world, but unless there’s a medium handy or they’ve learned some kind of telepathy, their influence is limited. Chase gives her ghosts someone to communicate with and sometimes telekinesis (the ability to move objects, mentally.)

In Chase’s new series, Strange Neighbors, her snarky ghost has an opinion on everything. He likes to scare off potential renters by making things move on their own. Also during the series her vampire breaks his fang on a rapper’s neck bling. Now where does a vampire find a dentist and how funny would it be to give him a lisp if he can’t retract his fangs? By deciding the bling was a knock-off, i.e. gold over silver, she made it happen. Her shapeshifting falcon is only half shifter so he doesn’t have good control and accidentally shifts under stress. Naturally, he gets stuck in his sweater and can’t shift back before being discovered. The witches? Well, they’re mainly human, but when one of them is Southern and has a butt-load of colorful expressions, imagine how her spells can backfire. “I’m not afraid to embarrass my characters,” Chase says. “It’s hilarious because it’s not happening to us. We’re a little warped that way.”

Strange Neighbors is garnering a lot of positive attention. Publisher’s Weekly wrote such a glowing review it caught the eye of a Hollywood Producer, who is considering the series! Book one in the series has been contracted for a Thai translation and her publisher is negotiating a Chinese translation now.

These books are geared toward women, although recent polls show that more and more romance readers are men. Because the hero in Strange Neighbors is a major league baseball pitcher, her series has mass appeal.

Her next book signings are Oct 1st 1 p.m. at the Peabody, MA, Barnes and Noble, and on Oct 8 at noon she’ll be signing the series at The Official Witch Shoppe on Pickering Wharf in Salem, MA.
Laurie Cabot is an actual character in book three, The Vampire Next Door.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Beautiful new cover for my novella...release date TBD

Houston, we're having a problem. Sorry. You can find my new cover here:

Click "like" on the page while you're there!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Winner of the frequent follower contest

...the $25.00 Barnes and Noble gift card goes to...
Tracey D! She commented at almost every single stop all month long!

Congratulations and thank you, Tracey!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Updated blog tour, etc.

Aug 9--Preturnatura interview
Aug 12--
Aug 13--In person book signing! Well Read Books, Plaistow, NH 10:30 to 2 p.m.
Aug 19--
Aug 20-- ($25 B&N gift card)
Aug 22--
Aug 25--Red Pencil Thursday (critique my work in progress!)
Aug 29-- AND
Aug 30--

Monday, August 8, 2011

500 followers on my facebook fan page!

It's time to celebrate reaching the magic number on fb with a contest!

Simply email your email addy to my contest addy and tell me why you want to win my swag bag of books, mugs and sunglasses.

I'll draw a winner on the next full moon (August 13th)

Saturday, July 30, 2011

My kindle books can now be autographed!

I'm serious!
If you have a Kindle version of any of my books located here:

I can add a personal message and sign them for you--no charge!
You just need a Twitter account to sign in.

Give it a try...I can't wait to see how it works!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Blog tour...let the madness begin!

Almost all of these blog stops have a giveaway. Juat leave a comment to be entered into the drawings.

July 28--The Romance Studio release party
July AND radio interview
Aug Interview
Aug 2--Bitten By Books release party ($50.00 Amazon gift card up for grabs!)
Aug Launch party AND
Aug 4--The Qwillery AND
Aug 9--Preturnatura interview
Aug 12--
Aug 13--In person book signing! Well Read Books, Plaistow, NH 10:30 to 2 p.m.
Aug 19--Girls who Bite blog
Aug 20-- ($25 B&N gift card)
Aug 22--
Aug 25--Red Pencil Thursday (critique my work in progress!)
Aug 29-- AND
Aug 30--

On Aug 31st I will be lounging in my backyard.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

New paperback is out!

Just released while I was blissfully partying the nights away...
A duo with Isabelle Drake from Ellora's Cave about brothers who work as hard as they play and the women who really make them sweat.

Demolishing Mr. Perfect
Even though she's a nurse at a sperm bank, meeting young, virile professionals every day, Natalie Watson's relationships always seem to suffer from "stress fractures". With a hopeless prognosis, she seeks metaphysical help. The tea leaf reader tells her there's a perfect man for her, but she might have to change her definition of "perfect".

Shane (Crusher) Derby, owner of Derby Demolition, takes out his aggressions all day long by blowing up buildings and smashing the contents. He couldn't be mellower until the nurse in the adjacent building tells him to keep it down. He's making her donors jump and miss their cups. And he has the nerve to think it's funny.

Hard Fall

Have sex with a stranger? Never. But Brooke is fed up with life and looking for a change. When she meets a from-out-of-town cowboy in a Cambridge bar, she decides he’s exactly what she needs—a quick, anything goes, one-night-only distraction.

Liam thought wearing a cowboy hat to his favorite sports bar because he lost a bet was pure humiliation, but when a hot, short-skirt-wearing woman tells him he’s just what she wants, he changes his mind. But one night isn’t enough for Liam and he’s willing to change the rules of their game to get what he wants.

RWA National Convention (my experience)

I just returned from the RWA national convention in NYC. It was awesome in many ways. I drank too much champagne, received overloads of adulation and inspiration, and felt like a rock star.

Strange Neighbors was up for a National Readers Choice Award, and even though I didn't win, I received plenty of positive attention by getting a ribbon and 3 certificates. One for me, one for my editor and one for my agent. My editor and publisher were there to see it, which was a nice surprise.

They took us (all the Sourcebooks Authors) out in limos to a Vietnamese restaurant down on 2nd Ave. We were on 45th, so it was a nice long limo ride. I finally learned how to use chopsticks! It was either that or starve. There were about 10 courses, and when the final one came out, there were metal spoons to serve it with. I almost yelled, "Come on, you had silverware all this time? And you didn't tell us?" Sheesh. Oh well, I'd only have eaten more if I'd had it at the beginning.

I saw lots of my Ellora's Cave buds and the bosses as well. They gave us these pretty umnbrellas that said Thank You in several languages. I love mine!

Because it was in New York, I was able to take the train, which is a beautiful ride along the coast. Guess who walked by me in my car on the way home? Elijah Wood! Traveling coach. Alone. His stock just went way up in my eyes. I like celebs who aren't full of themselves.

Well, that's about it for now. I need to go back and revise my proposal and finish up a story that Ellora's Cave just contracted. Well, I best be getting back to work!

Oh! And my agent and I came up with the funniest idea for a scene by scene freebie right here on my blog! Stay tuned for Karma Cleaners!

Friday, June 24, 2011

4 1/2 stars from RT for The Vampire Next Door!

My August release was just reviewed by RT magazine.

Here's a snippet: Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Sensuality: MILD

Description: Rating

Vampire Sly has been suffering a broken heart since he lost his wife 26 years ago. What Sly can’t imagine is that his family and friends are desperately trying to get him involved with a Wiccan woman whose psychic powers may end up not only easing his heart, but saving his undead life as well. In a literary world chock full of vampires, this is one that’s absolutely fantastic. With its humor, dialogue, theme and heart, Chase has put together an outstandingly fun romance with a great twist!

Amy Lignor

It's availabe for pre-order now and will be released Aug. 1st.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Another author needs help!

Oh, dear. More sad news. This one affects one of my biggest fans and supporters.
Over the past few days Rhonda and her family have been living a nightmare that none of us would wish on anybody. Her niece Tori died of a rare disease at the age of 20, leaving behind an infant son.

If you can and would like to donate to the family, Rhonda has set up a paypal account to help with funeral expenses and anything Hunter might need.

Thank you!

Friday, June 17, 2011

A fellow author needs help.

One of my fellow EC authors is battling a serious illness and needs help with medical bills. An auction is being set up as we speak. It will run from June 21 to July 1. I'll be offering a bunch of Ellora's Cave paperbacks. (Not just mine.)

Or, if auctions aren't your thing and you'd like to help, you can make a direct donation at the same place.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

National Readers Choice Awards finalist!

Awesome news!
Strange Neighbors was nominated for a prestigious National Readers Choice Award!
Woo Hoo! Winners will be announced at the annual RWA convention in New York City. That takes place from June 28th to July 1st...and I'll be there! Woot!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Last book in the series available for pre-order

Whew! All the hooplah surrounding The release of The Werewolf Upstairs is over. I hardly know what to do with myself now that I'm not blogging every day...oh yeah, perhaps I'll get back to writing 1,000 minimum words per day. I'm writing two more books simultaneously, so I'd better do that if I intend to finish either one.

Meanwhile, The Vampire Next Door is up at Amazon and Barnes and Noble now, ready for pre-orders! Please help me get rich slow, and pre-order your copy now!

AND I just noticed that Amazon Kindle's edition of The Werewolf Upstairs is going for only $2.99 today! Wow!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Blog Tour, Contests, and more!

It's that time. The release of The Werewolf Upstairs came a bit early! Fine with me. Waiting is one of the hardest parts of being an author.

So, the celebration blog tour is in full swing. This is the updated calendar.

2/14 TRS (The Romance Studio) blog
TWU will be their book-a-day giveaway on 2/5

2/15 Interview Queen of Happy Endings

2/16 Kristal Lee Romances

2/17 The Book Fairy blog, topic: what inspired me to write paranormal romance and tips on character building
(Sorry about the previos typo. Try this url.)

2/18 Topic: How I got my start in publishing

2/19 NEC blog (my regular bi-monthly)

2/20 Interview

2/21 blog topis: Inspiration and ideas

2/23 Interview

2/24 Topic: What makes your shapeshifter different?

2/28 Interview
I have a few events in March, but those details will be posted later.

I hope to see you at one or more of these tour stops and good luck in the drawings!
If you don't win a signed copy, please let me know and I'll be happy to send you a signed bookplate (or 3 if you plan to buy the whole series!)