CK: Hello! Please welcome fellow Eirelander author, Ashley Blade.
AB: First, I have got to say thank you Charisma for having me and I am excited to be here with you today…so where are those questions you have for me??
CK: When did you launch your writing career?
AB: I started writing when I got my first computer about six years ago. I dabbled at first but then I got really serious about it and started asking questions. Pretty soon I felt comfortable enough that I started submitting and last year I got my first contract.
CK: Where do you come up with some of the awesome creatures you create?
AB: Well it’s kinda like sitting in a café at a table by myself and this person walks in and starts talking. When I ask for a name they say I don’t know, but you better make it good. So I write the story and find the name that fits. Sometimes I can go through five names before I get the ok from the character.
CK: Where did you submit your first story?
AB: Cobblestone and got rejected…LOL!!! I believe there are reasons why you get rejected or whatever. You’re not where you’re supposed to be and now I am. I needed those rejections so I could work my way through the process to find Eirelander.
CK: Hey, we've all had our share of rejections. They are nothing but learning experiences. You found an excellent home for your story!
How do you fit writing into your busy schedule?
AB: I try to get some in while I work, but most of the time it is about 9pm until I just can’t keep my eyes open.
CK: What are the pros and cons of being a published author?
AB: The pros are numerous, I mean, you get to share your characters their lives and worlds with the people. You get fans, which is weird and too surreal for me and extra spending cash to buy more books with! The cons of it are also numerous, I mean you have to worry if it will be good enough, if it will sell, the demand to write more and then the sacrifice of time too. You have to remember that when you write you have deadlines and edits and promo and everything that goes with it. If you can’t work with that then you need to really think is this what I want to do.
CK: Yes, sharing your craft with the world can be such a wonderful experience. Honestly, I'm still in shock from having fans. I love their encouragement, and it really is rewarding when they reach out to me. I think we all wonder if our writing is good enough. Writing is indeed a sacrifice. You must fit it in among other areas of your life such as children, day job, home, etc. It is so worth the sacrifice. Promoting is necessary to anyone's writing career, and can be time consuming, but one way or the other, we all learn how to juggle things successfully.
CK: Please, tell us about your most recent project.
AB: My most recent project is A Dangerous Game, out now. It is about two people who find each other not in the most advantages time. Especially when there is another person involved. The story is mostly about trusting again, love and dealing with the consequences of a sexual fantasy come true.
CK: Can't wait to see an excerpt!
AB: Sure here it is:
A Dangerous Game
Suzy stood at the front of the restaurant waiting for the clock to hit eight. Trace was supposed to meet her there for their weekly adventure. Each time they were someone different, a nurse and a fireman, police and a bank robber. Suzy laughed just thinking about their little adventures. Tonight however, she was the hostess and he was the owner of one of L.A.’s finest establishments.
She looked toward the door; he was running late and Saul wasn’t going to allow their little role play interfere with his service any longer than it had to. Come on Trace, where the hell are you? she silently chastised him.
“Sweetheart, if he isn’t here in twenty you have to go, you know I can’t risk PD taking my license, especially after that little incident a couple of months ago.” His Spanish accent was thick and alluring.
“I know Saul, I promise he will be here.” Suzy knew he would show, but sometimes he could be an ass about it. They weren’t in a traditional relationship…it was more of a convenience for them. Trace had his heart broken one too many times and so did she, so love was the furthest thing from their minds.
The swooshing of the front door jarred her from her thoughts. Trace stood before her with a beautiful woman on his arm. Any thought she may have had of role playing with her lover were gone, leaving Suzy cringing. She was not the jealous type but damn, did he have to rub it in her face that he could have any beautiful woman he wanted and she was doomed to be practically alone?
He walked toward her, his cocky grin firmly in place. The redhead he sported on his right arm oozed sex and screamed ‘take me now.’ Suzy felt something raw and primal fill her senses. She wasn’t sure if it was jealousy or lust. Who are you lusting after Suzy-Q, the woman or Trace? “Does it matter?” she mumbled to herself.
“Does what matter?” Trace asked taking his normal place beside her.
“Nothing,” she growled, but blushed when he cocked his brow at her. “Who’s the cheap trick?” she asked changing the subject. Trace squirmed.
“She was going to be our playmate for the night but if you want I could toss her,” he chuckled as the redhead snarled at him.
“I didn’t say toss her, I was just curious.”
Suzy was nervous, never had she even thought about having a threesome, but something about the woman had her on edge. She looked over her shoulder at Saul and found him standing by the bar, a smile on his face as his hand formed a claw and swiped the air. Suzy giggled and waving good-bye mouthed “thank you.”
The bright lights of the Hilton Marquee filled Trace’s BMW and blinded Suzy for a moment. Her teeth chattered from nervousness as she sat in the front seat. She was used to their hum drum sex life, vanilla was what Saul called it, but now Trace was adding an element she wasn’t so sure about. Before she could voice her concerns the valet had opened her door and was helping her out.
“Welcome to the Hilton, we hope you enjoy your stay,” he said smiling at her.
Oh yeah, she was definitely going to enjoy her stay. Trace had something planned, she could feel it; what it was though, she had no clue. “Thanks,” she murmured.
Traced stepped around the vehicle and wrapped his arms around her and their faithful companion for the night. Was it rude of her to not inquire the woman’s name, or was this part of the role play? Suzy wasn’t sure, but when Trace’s hand squeezed her hip desire began to pool between her thighs. She wanted to hate him—hate his ability to draw those responses out of her, but she couldn’t.
“You two wait right here and play nice while I get the key,” he grinned kissing both women on the cheek.
Suzy decided she would be the bigger woman and play nice. “Hi, I’m Suzy, sorry about earlier.” She extended her hand out to the other woman.
The redhead looked down over her pert nose at Suzy, “Are you talking to me?”
Bitch, she thought lowering her hand. “Yeah, I mean if this is something Trace wants to do, we should at least get to know each other a little before we fuck or whatever.” She was nervous and when she was nervous she blathered on like a school girl.
The woman laughed, “What makes you think he wants both of us, especially when he can have me all to himself?”
Suzy scowled and turned away from the woman. Whatever it was she felt began to falter as she looked for Trace. “Well, someone will have to remove the stick you have stuck up your narrow snatch before he’ll want you,” she smirked as Trace rejoined them.
CK: Hott! What an enticing excerpt Ashley! I told you months ago when you shared that excerpt the book had me curious!! Sounds like an awesome read. Thank you for that excerpt!!
Where do you see yourself two years from now? Well in my well placed imagination I am sipping fuzzy navels on North shore, Hawaii, of course, with a handsome cabana boy to have at my beck and call…because of course I’m rich and famous. LOL!!! In reality, I would hope all of this, pans out and I can write full time from my house and not have to worry about making the bills every month.
CK: What are your hobbies?
AB: I like to fish, camp, quilt, take pictures, write, yes write because to me it’s fun…uhh...I like watching NASCAR, I have been to a race, it was fun. I also like to explore things, I live in an area that is rich in history so I love finding out new things, especially about the civil war.
CK: Cool, I enjoy fishing too. Only thing is, I can't stand hooking a worm. LOL Once it's water logged, then I'm okay with touching it. Imagine that! Ha Ha
CK: How do you unwind?
AB: Usually I read, or watch TV, anything to wind my brain down after staring at a computer all day LOL!!!
CK: Yeah, I hear you. LOL
CK: Do you mold your characters strictly from imagination or from those you cross paths with in everyday life?
AB: The majority of my characters come from my imagination, some though are molded after people, which ones, I’ll leave up to my readers to figure out.
CK: What are your favorite paranormal creatures? Pick two please.
AB: Oh now that is hard…Vampires would be the easy answer right, I mean with all the True Blood hype and everything…same with werewolves. I would have to say demons and zombies…right now they aren’t very popular, but I have a feeling pretty soon Zombies are going to be the next Vampire.
CK: I know, vampires are my first love too! I love True Blood! That and Vampire Diaries! You know, I thought of writing about zombies. LOL
CK: Where can you be found on the internet?
AB: You can find me on Facebook under Ashley Blade, http://ashleybladereviews.blogspot.com/ and at http://eirelander-publishing.com/
CK: Ashley, thank you so much for sharing. It was awesome having you here today! Congratulations to you on the new release, and may there be many sales!
AB: Thanks Charisma! I had a blast too!