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Monday, September 30, 2013

Flirting With Fangs Trilogy author Ashlyn Chase Interview & #Giveaway

Today our guest has a medical background. She can sit you down, take your pulse, look down your throat and tell what is wrong with you. And she has just the right prescription, a paranormal romance: How to Date a Dragon
Welcome Ashlyn Chase!


Ashlyn: Hi Lexi! Thanks for the confident intro. I’m not sure I could tell anyone what’s wrong, but you’ve got the prescription right. I believe laughter and love can cure a lot of the world’s ills. 

Lexi: You were a RN for 20 years (or still are?); do you feel that the technical side of you is balanced out by your creative outlet? 

Ashlyn: What technical side? LOL. I operate from the right side of my brain (the creative side) 99% of the time. As an RN, my creative side was frustrated. Nurses can ONLY follow doctor’s orders. No improvising, unless you like job hunting. That’s when I started writing. I took a screenwriting course and switched to a job on the night shift so I’d have more time to write. That plan backfired when they began taking night admissions. As a detox nurse, imagine how many drunks rolled in at 2 a.m. LOL. I was busier than ever! Then my parents passed away and left me enough money to pay off our mortgage. My husband (who I call Mr. Amazing) said he’d pay the smaller bills and let me write full time if I got rid of that pesky monthly mortgage payment—which I gladly did! 


Lexi: I know you met your fair share of interesting patients. Any chance one of them inspired Dragon shapeshifter Drake?

Ashlyn: Nope. There are few things I take seriously, but I take the confidentiality of my patients very seriously. I took care of all kinds of fascinating people, some were even famous, but I never, ever, broke confidentiality…not even in fiction. I have been inspired by some bizarre situations, but I’ll put a totally different character in their shoes. i.e. Tonya from my first erotic romance, Heaving Bosoms. She had been married to a mobster and divorced him when he went to prison—then she had to disappear. True story. But my imagination took it one step further—what if she were found? Then my crazy-ass wild imagination took it about four steps further than that. What if she had half an offshore bank account number tattooed on her rear end? What if the mobster’s mistress had the other half? What if these two women hated each other? Now you can see where my mind goes with an ‘innocent’ beginning.  


Lexi: How to Date a Dragon sounds exactly like the kind of book I need to pick up. Cute, full of paranormal elements (like dragons!!!) and a fun love story. What is your favorite thing about the Flirting with Fangs Trilogy?

Ashlyn: I’m so glad you asked. I love to have one omnipotent character in each book—someone that can’t be shut-up, and no one can do anything about them. Then I give that character an attitude and a snarky sense of humor. What you get is raw, in-your-face hilarious truth that the others characters are forced to deal with. In the Strange Neighbors trilogy, it was Chad, the ghost. In Flirting with Fangs, it’s Gaia--Mother Nature herself! (And you wouldn’t believe how much she hates it when people try to fool Mother Nature!)


Lexi: Would you care to divulge who book three will be about? Do we get to meet book 3’s hero and heroine in How to Date a Dragon? We promise there are no HIPPA violations in sharing this information.

Ashlyn: LOL. Of course. You can let go of my arm now. In both books 1 and 2 you’ll meet the bar owner vampire Anthony and his human manager Claudia. They’ve been secretly in love with each other for 5 years, but they’re afraid of what Anthony’s ex-girlfriend would do if she found out. Ruxandra is a spoiled, hot-tempered vampire who refuses to let go of Anthony no matter how many times he tells her it’s over. Both Claudia and Anthony have carefully guarded this secret infatuation, even from each other! But when it comes out, there’s no taking it back. 


Lexi: This series is new to me, but now I am excited to go find book one and read them back to back! Thanks for stopping by Ashlyn, and thanks for being so much fun! You are a breath of fresh air! Congrats on your new release!

Ashlyn: Thanks for the fun interview, Lexi. I always appreciate a chance to reach new readers. I hope you (and they) enjoy my wacky imagination!   


HOW TO DATE A DRAGON BY ASHLYN CHASE – IN STORES SEPTEMBER 2013


Let the Sparks Fly…Bliss Russo thought nothing exciting ever happened in her life. Until her building caught on fire and she had to be carried out of the flames in the arms of a gorgeous fireman. Sure, her apartment is now in shambles and she'll have to start her huge work project completely from scratch. But at least her love life is finally looking up...if only she can find her red-hot rescuer again.

Dragon shapeshifter Drake Cameron is the last of his clan, and the loneliness is starting to claw at him. He's met only one woman who might be able to stand the shock of his true nature. After all, she barely batted an eyelash when her home burned down. And feeling her curves against him was just as hot as the inferno. Just when he thinks he'll never track her down, she walks into his firehouse—with no idea what she's about to get herself into...

“[Ashlyn Chase] entertains with a voice that makes reading her stories pure pleasure. It’s like spending time with your favorite friends. Reviewer Top Pick” —Night Owl Reviews on How to Date a Dragon


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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 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 paranormal romances, represented by the Seymour Agency. 
She lives in beautiful New Hampshire with her true-life hero husband who’d look like Hugh Jackman if you dyed his hair, and they’re owned by a spoiled brat cat.  For more information, please visit www.ashlynchase.com, follow her on Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/GoddessAsh, and like her on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAshlynChase

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~*GIVEAWAY*~
Sourcebooks is offering up one copy of book one of the Flirting with Fangs Trilogy: Flirting Under A Full Moon. (US and Canada only) To enter leave a comment for Ashlyn, what do you think about in-your-face snarky characters? Love 'em? Then fill out the Rafflecopter...good luck!

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16 comments:

Victoria said...

I love snarky characters. That's why Larissa Ione's a Wraith became my first book boyfriend.

I love Ahsyln's work. Always has an enjoyable read. Thank you.

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May said...

I love snarky characters. So much fun and they make me laugh!

Ashlyn Chase said...

Thanks Victoria and May! I have so much fun writing these books, it's probably illegal in some states.

VenusBookluvr said...

I love Ashlyn's snarky characters! Trust me this is a must read, like all her fantastic books :-)

Ashlyn Chase said...

Thanks, Venus! Hugs

Anita Yancey said...

Yes, I love in your face characters.

VampedChik said...

I find them alot of fun.

Di said...

Snarky characters? they can be fun if they aren't mean & nasty along with the snark

erin said...

Snark is awesome!!! Thanks for sharing :)

gamistress66 said...

This series sounds great and snarky char can be so much fun :-)

Susan W. said...

Love snarky characters! They can completely draw you into the story and be a lot of fun!

Barbara E. said...

Yes, I love in-your-face snarky characters. They always add some fun to a story.

Ashlyn Chase said...

Thank you all for your comments and encouragement! I'm glad you enjoyed my post.

Thanks so much to Reading Between the Wines for having me! Much, much appreciated.

Good luck in the drawing, everyone!

Natasha D said...

Love them!
Thanks for the chance to win!

Leslie Rodriguez said...

It depends on the situation