Interview With Ashlyn Chase
1. What draws you to romance?
AC: The happy resolution (Sorry, but I can’t say ‘happy ending’ anymore. Those words have a new meaning in the urban dictionary. Now the phrase makes me feel ewwww. Thanks a lot, questionable massage parlors.)
2. Have you ever written outside the romance genre? If not, do you ever plan to?
AC: My first novel was meant to be a serious literary piece worthy of a Pulitzer prize. You, know…the great American novel. Thank goodness I got real. Writing romance is much more fun!
3. What’s your earliest childhood memory?
AC: Oh, boy. You don’t want to know. Maybe it’s just me, but traumatic memories seem to stick harder than pleasant ones. On the other hand, maybe it’s what made me funny. “Tears of a clown’ so to speak.
4. If you could pick anyone in the world to be the cover model(s) on your latest release or next release, who would it be?
AC: Chris Hemsworth (Thor!), please. He’d be a perfect Nick Wolfensen! Of course, the cover for Flirting Under a Full Moon is already done, but because I can’t see the hero’s face, I can pretend it’s actually him. *Smile.*
5. What’s your favorite hobby outside of writing?
AC: I make jewelry. My eyesight is getting worse with age, so I’m using those large hole beads and making Pandora-type jewelry. I have an Etsy.com store called Ashlyn’s Imagination, and I sometimes use the finished products as contest prizes. I have a necklace with a wolf charm in the center to celebrate the new release. The beads are blue—the color of Nick’s eyes.
6. What would constitute your own personal happily ever after?
AC: I’m living it. Being able to spend my days creatively and my nights with my wonderful husband, whom I call Mr. Amazing, is heaven on earth.
7. How do you spend a typical writing day?
AC: Um…writing. LOL. Sorry, I tend to be a smart-ass. Actually, I answer email first, after at least one cup of coffee, then write 1,000 plus words. At noonish I knock off and do other stuff. I have to fit promo in there somewhere, but I have an assistant to help me with that now. (Thanks, Jenni!)
8. Have you ever experienced a paranormal event in your life?
AC: Yes. It’s a little freaky, but I know when my dear departed family is visiting. My entire family of origin is on the other side now, so I’ve had to become comfortable with the occasional ‘drop in.’
9. Please leave us with a short excerpt from Flirting Under a Full Moon.
“Make yourself comfortable.”
She did. With her stocking feet curled up under her thighs, she faced him and lifted her glass.
“Cheers,” he said.
“You know that’s the name of a rival bar, right?”
“Oh, right. Well then, Boston Uncommon! Where everybody knows you’re strange.”
She giggled, and they clinked glasses.
After each of them took a sip, he asked, “So, how do we start this?”
She knew what he meant. She had asked for this conversation, but knowing where to begin was daunting. Might as well jump in anywhere.
“I think we need to talk about what we expect from each other.”
He nodded. “Okay. You go first.”
Lovely. Now she had to figure out how to put her feelings into words. “I guess I just want a normal boyfriend.”
He let out a loud guffaw. “Boy, did you come to the wrong place. No wonder you’re disappointed.”
“I never said I was disappointed. I just think we went a little too far too fast. Maybe because we’ve known each other for a while, we thought we knew each other better than we do.”
“Hmmm… Okay. I think I get it. You missed the old-fashioned courting thing?”
“Huh? No. I don’t need that. I just think we should have gone on a few dates and talked about ourselves—our pasts, our present, and maybe the future.”
“Oh, is that what dating is for?” he asked, with a teasing smile.
She rolled her eyes. “Sheesh, I forgot. How would a player like you know that, especially if you’ve never done it?”
“I’ve done it…superficially. I just never got wrapped up in anyone’s life before.”
“Yeah. I think that’s the problem. You got too wrapped up in mine, instantly.”
“Hey, when it’s right, it’s right. Why waste time?” He gave her another teasing grin.
“Stop being charming for five minutes, will you?”
Instead of listening to her, he leaned in for a kiss. And instead of meeting his lips, she raised her glass of wine and took a big sip.
He sighed and leaned back into the loose pillows. “Cock blocked by my own crystal.”
“Nick, I’m serious. We need to talk first.”
“And I’m serious too. About you. About us. I love you, Brandee. You’re the only woman I’ve ever loved.”
Her jaw dropped. “Really?”
“Honest to God.”
She couldn’t help being impressed and just a little bit flattered. “You’re full of surprises.”
“You are too.”
“Me? I thought I was an open book.”
Nick played with a few strands of her hair. “Maybe with a few pages stuck together. You said there were some reasons you were reluctant to be with me.”
“Yeah. Well, they mostly have to do with my past. I’ve been stood up and dumped a few times. I’ve become kind of cynical when it comes to men in general.”
“They were idiots. I’d never do that to you,” Nick said.
“I’m beginning to believe you.”
“Just beginning to?”
She shrugged. “It’s been hard to trust guys after all those disappointments. It might take a little time.”
“Was any particular relationship more disappointing than the others?”
How should I answer that? Should I tell him about Darryl? Apparently she hesitated too long.
He backed off from the question. “I’m sorry. It’s impolite to talk about ex-boyfriends or ex-girlfriends. Forget I said anything. Suffice it to say you’ve been hurt.”
She nodded and took another sip, relieved that she didn’t have to go into it.
“Just tell me this. How long ago did it end?”
“Uh…recently.” Her face heated.
He stared at her for a moment. “How recently?”
She squirmed a bit but wanted their relationship built on truth. “A couple weeks ago.”
“A couple weeks? Holy… No wonder.” He cupped her cheek. “Hey, I’m sorry.” A small smile stole across his lips. “But not really.”
She had to laugh. “Yeah, your timing was kind of impeccable. I didn’t even have time to cry about it.”
“Good, because he doesn’t deserve your tears.”
Sure, it was what she wanted to hear, but she didn’t get the sense that he was just saying it to make her feel better. He means it. And surprise, surprise, I believe it.
Relief washed over her like a warm shower washing away the dirt of her past.
This time when he leaned in, she met his lips. It started with a gentle nibble but didn’t stay that way for long. His lips were masterful. Before she knew what was happening, she found herself lying supine with his big body over hers. Her head spun. Why did his kisses always affect her so profoundly?
His mouth traveled from her lips to her neck and collarbone. He hastily pushed up her blouse and bra, then kneaded her breast. Her desire spiked and her body screamed to couple with his.
As his mouth latched onto her nipple, she sucked in a deep breath and arched her back. What had they been talking about? What was she going to ask him? All thoughts flew out of her head, except What’s happening to me? She felt all tingly and hot, as if she was blazing out of control.
She slid her hands into his hair and clutched his head to her breast. A visceral reaction caused her womb to clench. She wanted to take, but she also wanted to give him as much pleasure as he gave her. She wanted to give him—everything.
© Ashlyn Chase, Sourcebooks Casablanca, 2013
FLIRTING UNDER A FULL MOON BY ASHLYN CHASE – IN STORES APRIL 2013
Never Cry Werewolf…
Brandee has been dumped in every way possible, but by text is the last straw. That's it—she's officially done with men. Unfortunately, she's just been told her "soul mate" is the drool-worthy hottie all her friends call One-Night Nick.
Nick has been searching for true love for one hundred years. After all, werewolves mate for life, and he does not want to mess this up. As soon as he kisses Brandee, he knows she's the one. But how will he convince a woman who knows nothing of paranormals that she's about to be bound to a werewolf forever?
“A wonderful start to a very lighthearted series...” —Night Owl Reviews, 4.5 Stars, Reviewer Top Pick
ABOUT THE AUTHORA multi-published, award winning author Ashlyn Chase specializes in characters who reinvent themselves, having reinvented herself numerous times. She has worked as a psychiatric nurse, and for the Red Cross, and has a degree in behavioral sciences. She lives with her true-life hero husband in beautiful New Hampshire. The next book in the Flirting with Fangs Series, How to Date a Dragon, will be in stores in September 2013. For more information, please visit http://www.ashlynchase.com/, her Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/AuthorAshlynChase, and on Twitter https://twitter.com/GoddessAsh.
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