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10.19.2010

PJV welcomes Ashlyn Chase...

 
 
Parajunkee's View would like to extend a warm welcome to the Ashlyn Chase...author of Strange Neighbors along with a plethora of other steamy novels. 

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Ideas

Often in interviews, I’m asked where I come up with my ideas? I’m sure I’m not the only author who is asked that question, but since my romantic comedies betray some pretty wackadoodle ideas I’ve had, I may get it more than some. 
Heaving Bosoms. Sounds like words in a bodice ripper romance from the seventies, right? Well, with my irreverent tongue firmly planted in my cheek, I thought, wouldn’t that make a wonderful title for a romantic comedy? Oh, yes. I must remember that one. So I tucked it away in my idea file.
Now, I should let you know that my idea file is only for me. Therefore, I can put my most bizarre ideas in there without editing myself. Sometimes I go back and shake my head at something I had thought was brilliant at the time and hit the “poof” button (what I call delete,) before I make anyone else groan. Usually, I let the title or idea sit in my folder. God forbid I drop dead someday and my relatives find that folder! 

But the reason I keep it is because, inevitably the day will come when I need an idea prompt and will check my folder. Of course sometimes I don’t even need to open it. Simply because I performed the act of writing up an idea, some opportunity will present itself and I’ll remember, “Ah-HA! I have something in my folder that would be perfect for that!

For instance, my dear friend and fellow writer Dalton went to her town Founder's Day Fair one fine summer day. She and her friend were simply walking along and chatting when she suddenly disappeared from view! She had stepped into a hole and twisted her ankle. Much to her chagrin, the EMT's kicked the local kids off the ambulance on display, and carted her off to the hospital. Thank goodness it was only a sprain.
Thalia The Muse of Comedy

In the retelling of this story, another writer commented something like this, “If you weren’t so top-heavy, you would have stayed upright instead of falling over and then the hunky EMTs wouldn’t have had to show up.” My funny title sprang to mind and the rest is history—or at least a contemporary romantic comedy that opened the door to my wonderful publisher. I whole-heartedly recommend keeping an ideas folder. It’s worth the risk of posthumous embarrassment. Of course, I may not have to worry since anyone who reads my books knows I think “differently.” Consider the fact that I wrote a sequel to Heaving Bosoms called Quivering Thighs. Also, Being Randy, Wonder Witch, Demolishing Mr. Perfect, Love Cuffs and Vampire Vintage. And guess what? Quivering Thighs was just released in print!

Visit my website for more information.  http://www.ashlynchase.com/

Oh, and how do I answer that question when I’m asked in interviews, “Where do your funny original ideas come from?” I blame it on Thalia, the muse of comedy.


Today’s contest is for a copy of Strange Neighbors—paperback if in the USA, ebook if International.

Strange Neighbors by Ashlyn Chase

He's looking for peace, quiet, and a little romance...

There's never a dull moment when hunky all-star pitcher and shapeshifter Jason Falco invests in an old Boston brownstone apartment building full of supernatural creatures. But when Merry MacKenzie moves into the ground floor apartment, the playboy pitcher decides he might just be done playing the field...
A girl just wants to have fun...

Sexy Jason seems like the perfect fling, but newly independent nurse Merry's not sure she's ready to trust him with her heart...especially when the tabloids start trumpeting his playboy lifestyle.

Then pandemonium breaks loose and Merry and Jason will never get it together without a little help from the vampire who lives in the basement and the werewolf from upstairs...

Contest Deets:
- 1 winner will receive a copy of Ashlyn Chase's Strange Neighbors
Deadline Oct 19th 11:59 CST ;)
- If in the US winner will receive the paperback
- International winner will get the eBook

Requirements:
Following is not required but is appreciated!
Thoughtful comment to win

22 comments:

Linda Henderson said...

I would love to read this book. Ever since I heard about it, it's been on my wish list. I think it would be quite an experience to have neighbors like these.

seriousreader at live dot com

JenM said...

See, this is why I'm always amazed at authors' imaginations, and why I know I don't have a book in me. I never get those flashes of "Gee, that's a great idea for a book". I think this would be a fun book to read and I'm off to look up the synopsis of Heaving Bosoms - what a great title.

jen at delux dot com

The Wishful Lamb said...

i would love to win this, i love to read and this sounds awesome!

Robin K said...

I am a US follower and would love to be entered.

robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

Stephmartin71 said...

Please enter me into this contest this book sounds Great!
Stephmartin71(at)yahoo(dot)com

Ashlyn Chase said...

I really appreciate all the encouragement! Be sure to tell your friends about me. Word of mouth is the best advertizing (and the best way to drop a hint for a great Christmas gift!) LOL

Amber Skyze said...

It doesn't matter where the ideas come from as long as they continue to come! I love your books. :)

Christine H said...

Hi Ash, Don't enter me in the contest since I have 2 copies of the wonderful book already, but I enjoyed your post and I have a copy of Heaving Bosoms too but It's still sitting in the TBR pile that keeps growing and I can't keep up. My cover of that book looks different it's black and I think I like it better. I remember ordering that one before I knew you, because it said explicit sex scenes, something along those lines and I thought sounds perfect for me. lol

Good luck with your blog tour and I hope everyone give Strange Neighbors a try, I'm sure they'll love it!!

Ashlyn Chase said...

Thanks Amber!

And Christine, don't worry about that TBR pile. It's better to have too many wonderful books than too few, right?

Ash (who's TBR pile is also quite tall.)

Cindi J said...

This sounds like a delightful book. I love paranormal reads. Please enter me in the contest for this book

ParaJunkee said...

You know...I don't think I even have to read the synopsis on Heaving Bosoms - you got me at the title. LOL

Chrizette said...

I am glad "Heaving Bosoms" didn't get hit with the "poof button" - it is a great title. :)

"Strange Neighbors" sounds like such a fun book - I love paranormal books! Please enter me for the eBook as I am in South Africa.

~Chrizette
baychriz at gmail dot com

Tore said...

I am a follower and email subscriber. Sounds like a really good book. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

Dalton Diaz said...

Oy! I'm never going to live that down, am I? LOL!

Judy said...

Strange Neighbors sounds like a great read!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

I am a follower!!

Judy
magnolias_1@msn.com

Ashlyn Chase said...

ROFL! My inspiration showed up and outed herself.

Of course, anyone who knows me can figure out I'm talking about Dalton Diaz! (Double D as we call her on my yahoo loop! LOL.)

Check us out if you like having fun with some wacky writers. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ashlynsnewbestfriends/

Ash

susan said...

I would love to win this book so I can read it and share the news with my reader's group. I think it's neat what you come up with in the different sayings. I look forward to learning more cute sayings as well as reading a good book. susan Leech garysue@dejazzd.com

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Heaving Bosoms?! LOL! I smirked at the title. :)

Oh, yea, I've been hearing such good things about this book and I must read it.

books (dot) things (at) yahoo (dot) com

Ashlyn Chase said...

Thanks Melissa. I've had some awesome reviews!

Ash

Ashlyn Chase said...

And todays winner is...

Judy!

Congratulations! Send me your snail mail address if you want the paperback, or let me know if you prefer a pdf ebook.
ash@ashlynchase.com

ParaJunkee said...

Congrats Judy!

Judy said...

This is fantastic!! Thanks everyone!! I just replied to Ash with my choice!!

WOOT!!!!!

Judy

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