Friday, November 15, 2013

Tag, You're It! Blog Hop - Friday, November 15, 2013

So, yesterday the wonderful Patricia Macias, author of the sinfully delicious De La Cruz Saga and Razer 8 series, tagged little ol' me in the Tag, You're It! Blog Hop.

Thank you, P.T.!!! 

Here's how it works:

I answer the following four questions, than tag three more friends, who have to do the same, thus spreading the joy of the blog hop in multiples of 3!!

And you know me - I can't resist a good threesome! :D

So here goes:

Question 1: What are you working on now?

Right now, I am working on a number of stories, but mainly Temptation, the follow up to Queen of Storms in the Tarot of the Acolyte series.  This little gem continues to develop the relationship between the humans who become obsessed with the images portrayed on the cards, their own desires, and how the myriad of characters in the cards bring them the satisfaction they so desperately seek - or not, as the case may be!
I am also trying hard to complete my novel Discovering Jenna, which describes in wonderful, erotic detail the adventures of my close friend as she struggles to come to terms with the changes in her life as she nears the dreaded Big 4-0, and how she learns about the secret desires of her past that now feed her dreams and needs.
Then, of course, there's the myriad of other stories and books I am working on, too, such as the scintillating holiday tale I wrote, Three of Stones, which is included in the Sexy Holiday Bites anthology, which is free from mid-December on, so fill your Kindles with some hot, winter delights!   

Question 2: How does your work differ from other work in it's genre?

Wow! That's a good question! I like to think the big differentiator for me is the amount of detail I love to cram into my writing. I really enjoy filling up my readers senses in as many ways as possible - I want my words to not only paint pictures in my readers' minds, but to also fill their ears with the sounds, their noses with the smells, their tongues with the tastes, and their fingers with the touches that my characters get to experience.  I want my readers to feel the same things I felt as I wrote those tales - I want to take my readers into the world I create, so that they are as much a part of the passion, the pleasure, and the terror, as I was.
That's not too much to ask, is it? 

Question 3: Why do you write?

I have always had the desire - even the need - to write, as far back as I can remember.  Sadly, I wasn't always able to follow that dream.  So many things got in the way.  Then I finally decided that I needed to write stories I would enjoy reading myself, and, after starting an epic fantasy pentalogy, I took some of the scenes from that, and re-wrote them as erotica.  It just felt so natural to write those that way - I mean, we all do IT, right?  Then I expanded that into some newer tales, and have been doing that for about 6 years now!
So my goal in writing is to satisfy my biggest critic - me - with wonderful, detailed, complex stories that I can enjoy reading, and then sharing these with my like-minded readers, so they can enjoy them, too!
How am I doing?

Question 4: How does your writing process work?

Dang! Another good question! You see, the thing is, I use different techniques for different types of writing.  So, for stories like Tales from the Tarot of the Acolyte, I like to research the underlying background - the Tarot, the mythological characters, the symbolism, etc. - and then apply that knowledge to the various ways I can get my human characters to interact with my paranormal characters.  Then I sex it up.
With reality works, like Discovering Jenna, I get all the information I can from the person who is the main focus of the novel, wrap them up into a chronological timeline, then apply my detail-expanding style to deliver the full Ashen White experience.  One thing I figured out early, was the difference between an "Ashen" start, and, for want of a better term, a "not-Ashen" start. So, an Ashen start is one that starts with a really hot scene - see Queen of Storms - and then gets hotter.
So, I hope you enjoyed this little expose, and now I tag my three darlings:

          Paige Matthews
          Suzy Ayers
          Shiralyn J Lee

Let's all hop together now!!

Ashen xxx

Friday, November 1, 2013

Great Autumn Giveaway Event - Page 2!!!

Okay, wonderful people, here is the second page of books for our event on my blog!

Dangerous Embrace by Dana Mason

Sarah Jennings wants nothing more than a quiet life--alone. Raised by an eccentric mother, their life on the road only taught her how to run away from hard times. When she finds herself in an abusive relationship, this lesson serves her well.

Eight years later, she's settled back in her hometown and less fearful then she's ever been in her life. She's a first grade teacher, and with few friends and less family around, she has what she wants, a quiet life under the radar where she can be free of her past and live quietly. Until one night and one brutal act of violence changes everything.

Injured and afraid, Sarah wants to run again, but Mark Summors refuses to let her go.

Mark was born and raised in Santa Rosa. He married his high school sweetheart and never questioned his life, until he found his wife with another man. Now divorced, he wants something more. He's passionate about his job, he wants to protect people, and he devotes his life to it. This time he's protecting more than just another client, he's protecting his future; at least, Sarah Jennings will be his future, once he convinces her she loves him.
When Sarah agrees to let Mark help, she doesn't anticipate just how important of a role he'll play in her future or how the violence in her past will come back to threaten them both.
Daimones by Massimo Marimo
Dan Amenta wakes up one morning to discover the world has changed...the Apocalypse has arrived.

Death, destruction, and disaster are spreading around the globe. Yet Dan and his family remain untouched. He begins to fear they are the only three people left alive on Earth. They are not.
Efforts to survive and make contact with others reveal disturbing truths about the human extermination. Dan finds Laura who discloses even more. Her presence - a young, sexy, disruptive girl - adds questions about what is moral and ethical in this new reality.

Then supernatural experiences reported by other survivors force Dan to seek explanations from his own past. Memories of childhood hallucinations strike him with sledgehammer force, bringing him face-to-face with a secret millions of years old. Planet Earth is in the hands of an older power, one Dan never envisioned and dares not disobey...

ʺEven with the best of intentions, cruelty is just around the corner.ʺ
The Mistaken by Nancy S Thompson
All Tyler Karras wants is to enjoy life with his expectant bride. What he gets instead is a graveside seat at her funeral. With the woman who killed her uncharged and still free, all Ty wants now is revenge.

His brother, Nick, has dangerous connections and suggests a sadistic plan: grab the woman responsible and hand her over to Nick’s associates—sex-traffickers in San Francisco’s Russian Mafia. They offer Ty more than he dreamed possible. In exchange for the woman, they’ll finally let Nick leave the business for good—with his debt wiped clean and his heart still beating.

There’s just one problem: Ty kidnaps the wrong woman. Now he must protect Hannah Maguire from the very enemy he's unleashed.

While on the run, Ty and Hannah share their life stories and begin to bond—Hannah out of compassion for Tyler’s crushing loss, and Ty in his overwhelming need for atonement for having derailed Hannah’s life. Alone and desperate, they cling to each other in an intimate moment of human need, but their new bond puts Hannah at even greater risk, for the Russians are holding Nick as leverage to force Ty to complete their deal and hand over the girl.

Caught in a no-win situation, Ty must find a way to save himself, his brother, and Hannah, but with the Russian Mafia, even two out of three makes for very long odds.
White's Nights #1 by Ashen White
Join popular eroticist Ashen White as she brings you a collection of scintillating stories that are guaranteed to heat you up in all of the right places.

In this collection, you will encounter a winsome Irish wife enjoying the company of a young male colleague, a very close encounter between a beautiful human female and an interesting alien species, the birth of a technologically enhanced office romance, and the conubial activities of a young, nubile couple and their lady guest, while knowingly being watched by their erstwhile neighbor. You'll encounter an erudite Cockney cougar starting her conquest on a whole new profession, and, as a scintillating closer to the book, there's a preview of Ashen's upcoming erotic novel, Discovering Jenna, where you will get to meet exquisite TV weathergirl Jenna Ashton and her friends, as they seek to discover new ways to obtain the emotional and sexual satisfaction they so desperately need.

Whether for reading alone, or for sharing with that special someone or someones, this collection is sure to get you in the mood.

Stories in this collection cover M/F, F/F, and human-alien erotica.
The Brevity of Roses by Linda Cassidy Lewis
eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards, 2013 Runner-Up in General Fiction

Book 1 of the Bahia de Sueños Novels

Jalal Vaziri has looks, money, women--and a habit of running from reality. Convinced he's only running from a father who hates him, a career mistake, and endless partying, he abandons Wall Street and reinvents himself as a poet in a California beach house. A fresh start is all he needs. When Meredith, an intriguing older woman enters his life, he believes all his dreams are coming true. But too soon those dreams dissolve into nightmare. Jalal flees again. He's nearing the point of no return when young and feisty Renee blocks his retreat and challenges him to finally face the truth about what he's trying to outrun.

In this contemporary tale of love, loss, and redemption, a desperate man discovers his salvation lies in an unlikely source.
Deadly Obsession by Kristine Cayne
When an Oscar-winning movie star meets a department-store photographer...

Movie star Nic Lamoureux appears to have a playboy's perfect life. But it's a part he plays, an act designed to conceal a dark secret he carries on his shoulders. His empty days and nights are a meaningless blur until he meets the woman who fulfills all his dreams. She and her son are the family he's always wanted--if she can forgive a horrible mistake from his past.

A Hollywood dream...

Lauren James, a widowed single mother, earns barely enough money to support herself and her son. When she wins a photography contest and meets Nic, the man who stars in all her fantasies, her dreams, both professional and personal, are on the verge of becoming real. The attraction between Lauren and Nic is instant--and mutual. Their chemistry burns out of control during a photo shoot that could put Lauren on the fast track to a lucrative career.

Becomes a Hollywood nightmare

But an ill-advised kiss makes front-page news, and the lurid headlines threaten everything Nic and Lauren have hoped for. Before they know what's happening, their relationship is further rocked by an obsessed and cunning stalker who'll stop at nothing--not even murder--to have Nic to herself. When Nic falls for Lauren, the stalker zeroes in on her as the competition.

And the competition must be eliminated.
Under His Command by Kristine Cayne
A firefighter desperate to save his failing marriage earns the trust--and the sexual submission--of his controlling wife in the most pleasurable of ways.

After an explosive one-night stand results in pregnancy, Jamie Caldwell is thrilled to marry the perfect foil to his Dom side. But when his submissive wife starts cringing every time he gives a command, Jamie shackles his dark desires. A bout of rough, frenzied reunion sex makes him wonder if now he should free the Dom he's kept in chains and teach Erica the joys of submission and sexual surrender.

Erica Caldwell secretly loved every sinful thing Jamie did to her on their first night together. However, terrified she'll become a codependent doormat like her mother, she repeatedly rejects Jamie's dominance, despite craving the kind of release only he can give her--the release that comes from yielding to Jamie's every demand.

Hoping that the trust required by BDSM will help them rebuild their faith in each other, Jamie and Erica embark on a journey of sexual exploration. But is it too late to repair their crumbling marriage?
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So that's my second cut of books!  Join the Facebook group to follow the party and have some fun!
And complete the Rafflecopter below to win these books!!!


Great Autumn Harvest Book Giveaway Event (Nov. 1 - 3, 2013)

Welcome to the Great Autumn Harvest Book Giveaway Event (Nov. 1 - 3, 2013)
Cool weather, colorful leaves, and a warm cocktail. What could be better? We are over 35 authors giving away a ton of great ebooks and prizes. Keep reading to find out what they are!
The Great Autumn Harvest Book Giveaway Event
Have you joined our event on FaceBook yet? Please take a moment to do so and invite your friends. We are using the event page to highlight the books that are being given away on our blogs. We're also having some games you can play to earn additional entries in the giveaways. Come on over so you don't miss out on anything!
Book Prizes
We have over 35 ebooks to give to our readers! Each blogger is giving away 3-4 of them. You can win one of four right here on my blog.
Shayla's Story by Beverly Preston
Amazon bestselling author of No More Wasted Time presents book two in The Mathews Family Series...Shayla's Story.
People come into your life for a Reason, a Season or a Lifetime ~

A Reason…
Questioning her relationship with a man who worships politics more than her, Shayla Clemmins escapes reality for the seductive sunsets of Greece. There she finds exactly what she didn’t know was missing from her life, but fears she’ll lose him to her past.

A Season...
John Mathews works hard and plays even harder. When he finds a new passion in the sensual warmth of Greece, he discovers that one lust-filled weekend of romance is just not enough.

A Lifetime...
With Shayla’s past catching up to her and an anonymous threat to her future, can she and John make a lifetime together?
Take a Chance on Love by Christi Williams
One paper copy of Take a Chance on Love.
When Chancie de Leur meets highway patrol trooper Micah Taylor one frosty Wyoming night, instant sexual heat kindles between them. Chancie’s a lonely young widow who owns her own business and Micah is divorced, so there shouldn’t be anything holding them back. But Micah wonders if Chancie’s obvious wealth might become an issue, or the fact that she’s apparently the second woman in his life who has zero interest in ever having his baby.

Micah has no idea of the real problem between him and Chancie, until he meets her son. Ten-year-old Jamie de Leur is determined to break up his mom and her lawman, and Micah questions whether any relationship with Chancie is worth dealing with the spoiled kid she’s raising.

In a showdown over Jamie breaking the law, Micah has to decide if he wants to be Chancie’s cop—or her family man.
Moore To Lose by Julie A. Richman
Continuing the fight for their happily ever after that began in Searching for Moore, Schooner Moore and Mia Silver struggle to overcome the ghosts and baggage they accumulated during their time apart.

Exploring the missing 24 years when they were separated, Moore to Lose follows Mia's journey from heartbroken teen to kickass businesswoman to her emotional reunion with Schooner and the exploration of the love that was ripped from them.

But is their love really strong enough to overcome the damage of those missing 24 years or will they continue to be ripped apart by pasts that can't be changed?

This is Book 2 in the Needing Moore Series trilogy and is not to be read as a standalone book. Searching for Moore is the first book in the series and is to be read prior to Moore to Lose.
Consume Me by Paige Matthews
Emma O'Connor's interest in bondage and submission has led her to the training program at Devoured. With past sexual experiences less than par, Emma wants nothing more than to submit to a Master. With her need for pleasure and her desire to please, Emma finds herself exploring the desires that have remained subdued; although unsure if she could make a good submissive.

Marcus, the Dom in charge of the training program at Devoured, is more than interested in the feisty submissive. When Emma walks in for her interview, Marcus knows he's met his match. Consumed by nothing but thoughts of her, Marcus begins to doubt his ability to stay in control and his previous stance on collaring a submissive. Marcus finds himself unsure of his feelings for Emma, and his responsibility to the other trainees.

When a threat surfaces against Emma and her past comes back to haunt her, Marcus must admit his feelings for her in order to protect her, or risk losing her forever.

Join Marcus, Emma, and the rest of the Devoured Club Doms and Subs in the second installment of the Devoured Club Series.

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Here's how it works: There are eleven of us who are featuring the giveaway books on our blogs. The books will be won individually so your chances of winning are very high. Be sure to go to all eleven blogs to maximize your odds.
To enter: fill out the rafflecopter below. The more actions you do, the more entries you get!
Grand Prize

Now for the grand prize. We are also giving away a $175 Amazon gift card!

To enter: fill out the rafflecopter below. Complete as many of the actions as you can to increase your odds of winning!

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What Now?

For more great ebooks to win, please return to the Great Autumn Harvest Book Giveaway Event page. We'll be highlighting more ebooks, and the blogs where you can go to win them.


Thanks for joining us!
Love, Ashen xxx