Ashley Barron's Blog

How Old is Too Old?

How Old is Too Old?

After an unexpected project, one that took nearly nine months to bring to completion, I am back to doing what I love: writing, blogging, and building.A painfully large backlog of blog posts, book plots, and marketing ideas are raining down on my brain like meteorites from an explosion on Planet Creative. I’m racing to catch […]

Downsizing To An E-Reader

Downsizing To An E-Reader

 My family is filled with serious readers. When together, we collect books, trade books, talk books. Even the little humans among us refuse to go to sleep without their favorite stories being read to them.Recently, during an all-hands-on-deck session to help a family member with a move, while packing up about 20 shelves crammed with […]

Amazon Vs. Hachette

Amazon Vs. Hachette

Let me open this blog post by clearly stating my position: I am not for or against Amazon. I am not for or against Hachette. I am on the side of the marketplace.Sometimes, this is the toughest position to be in. Loyalty pulls in one direction while, often, practicality pulls in another.Consider: I am an […]

Writing Fiction: Historical vs. Contemporary Romance

Writing Fiction: Historical vs. Contemporary Romance

Like many writers, I find my creativity fueled by reading the works of other novelists.I read every fiction genre, major or common, except horror (I’m not emotionally equipped for the utter darkness often presented in its pages), and I tend to be the type of consumer who purchases my stack of my weekly reading, one […]

TLC, Twitter, and (Very) Smart Marketing

TLC, Twitter, and (Very) Smart Marketing

Back in October, on the season premiere night of Long Island Medium, TLC decided to try a new marketing strategy, one involving Twitter.  A few days before the big event, I happened to catch the promos, and they advertised two things:-          a live commentary from Theresa Caputo during the premiere’s commercial breaks (it’s her show)-          […]

NaNoWriMo and the Evolution of a Writer

NaNoWriMo and the Evolution of a Writer

Writing a book as part of the annual NaNoWriMo contest is a bit like dating in college: a day feels like a week, a week feels like a month. And a month, well, that’s practically forever.On November 1st, I started NaNoWriMo filled with excitement and curiosity. How would the book idea I’d been mulling over […]

Guest Blog Posts

I’ve Been Set Up!

I’ve Been Set Up!

A guest post by author Thomas Waite:The setting of a novel is critical, particularly for a mystery or thriller. After all, in addition to providing details that enrich the story, the setting can actually assist, or impede, an investigation. Choosing a familiar setting is usually a good idea for a mystery or a thriller because […]

The Help of Others

The Help of Others

A guest post by writer Jessica Loftus:I’ve always thought that the idea of writing being a completely solitary lifestyle was a myth. The act of writing is solitary, not the life of a writer. Especially a fiction writer. For those of us that have the characters in our heads all the time, we wish we […]

The Dumbest Thing I Ever Heard…Is True

The Dumbest Thing I Ever Heard…Is True

In early 2010 I attended an event called “Eat, Love, Write.” It was a fundraiser featuring bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert and her sister Catherine Gilbert Murdock as the keynote speakers. Catherine is a successful author in her own right—specializing in young adult novels. During the question and answer session, someone asked, “How do I get […]

The Power of Good Enough

The Power of Good Enough

 I’ve read amazing authors, from Ken Kesey and John Steinbeck to James Lee Burke and Harper Lee, whose perfect, seamless prose carried me away to those wonderful, far places where books transport us. I never imagined I could be one of them. They never inspired me to write.My inspiration came from a very forgettable culinary […]

I am my characters

I am my characters

People often comment on how “real” my characters are and they ask me how I create such believable heroines. I suppose it is because most of my work is grounded in reality. My characters are not me but some of their struggles, particularly with men, come from my own struggles—even if I don’t realize it […]

Thwarting my Laptop

Thwarting my Laptop

My tiny hand-me-down laptop gave me the good ole Blue Screen of Death a few weeks ago. I loved working on the thing because, honestly, the screen was so small, it was unpleasant doing just about everything but typing on it. Web surfing was clumsy, and every window I opened was scrunched up and cramped […]

Author Interviews

Author Interview: Jonathan Digby

Author Interview: Jonathan Digby

Welcome, Jonathan! Tell us about your background and how you came to be a writer.My background is that I am English, I live in London and I’m an actor and a musician. I wanted to write a book for a long time but couldn’t really decide what to write. I’ve started various writing projects over […]

Author Interview: Vivien Jones

Author Interview: Vivien Jones

 Welcome, Vivien! Tell us about your background and how you came to be a writer.  I’m a middle child of three, born into a Naval family in 1948. I was an early and avid reader. By the time I was 10 years old I was an avid story writer too and this continued long into […]

Author Interview: Kate LeDonne

Author Interview: Kate LeDonne

  Welcome, Kate! Tell us about your background and how you came to be a writer.I was born and raised in the Midwest, Indiana to be exact. I was a bookworm from a very early age, reading everything I could get my hands on. The “Choose Your Own Adventure” series was about the best thing ever. […]

Author Interview: Dean F. Wilson

Author Interview: Dean F. Wilson

Author Dean F. WilsonThank for being here today, Dean! Please tell readers about your path from writer to published author.Thank you for having me, Ashley. I started writing “officially” when I was around 11, but had been doing bits and pieces before that. That was when I began a film script, which then turned into […]

Author Interview: Adrienne Thompson

Author Interview: Adrienne Thompson

  Q: Thanks for being here today, Adrienne! Please tell readers about your path from writer to published author.I’ve technically been a writer since I was ten, when I attempted to write my first book (which was a rip-off of a Judy Blume book.) I wrote poetry for years and when I was a freshman in […]

Author Interview: Staci Hart

Author Interview: Staci Hart

Author Staci Hart1. Thanks for being here today, Staci! Please tell readers about your path from writer to published author. So happy to be here with you all!When I first began to write, it was purely experimental, but once I started writing it, I knew that it was something I would see through. I knew […]

Free Books

Free Book: A Measure of Disorder by Alan Tucker

Free Book: A Measure of Disorder by Alan Tucker

High school will be a breeze for Jenni Kershaw — if she lives long enough to enroll, that is.Jenni’s ordinary, eighth grade life becomes a thing of the past when her science class goes on a field trip. Armed with only their notebooks, MP3 players, and wits, Jenni and her classmates are unknowingly transported to […]

Free Book: Save My Soul by K. S. Haigwood

Free Book: Save My Soul by K. S. Haigwood

Kendra Larkin had everything going in the right direction. Her life was seemingly perfect, and she wouldn’t have changed a thing about it. Unfortunately, the course of her life was about to be forever altered. A tragic rappelling accident lands her on Dr. Adam Chamberlain’s operating table.She agrees to a deal proposed by a guardian […]

Free Book: The Janus Complex by Graeme Gibson

Free Book: The Janus Complex by Graeme Gibson

 The Janus Complex, Book One of the Dark Secrets Trilogy, follows  the growing pains  of a young man (Jamie Raeburn) through all of the complications of life, love, lust, intrigue and violence. Street wise but impetuous he saves the life of an American sailor being brutally attacked in a dark Glasgow alleyway and his life changes completely. Why was Lieutenant […]

Free Book: Kill Me Now! by Lawrence Fisher

Free Book: Kill Me Now! by Lawrence Fisher

Kill Me Now! is about Lawrence, a man in his late 40s dodging bullets deep in the dating battlefield while searching for the ONE.In Kill Me Now! Lawrence tries to decode the signals of his enigmatic opponent, often resulting in his hasty retreat. Why is she resting her head on her hand? Is she bored? […]

Free Book: Deadly Deception by Andrea Johnson Beck

Free Book: Deadly Deception by Andrea Johnson Beck

Dr. Anne Jamison, brilliant neuropsychiatrist, living the concrete jungle life in Minneapolis with her fiancé, prominent attorney, Adam Whitney. The mysterious death of Carter Leeds, her former boyfriend, haunts her to this day. After three years of unanswered questions, a secretive note finds its way to Anne, revealing the possibility that Carter may in fact […]

Free Book: What Squirrels Do: The Squirrel Olympics by Hazel Nutt

Free Book: What Squirrels Do: The Squirrel Olympics by Hazel Nutt

What Squirrels Do: The Squirrel Olympics is Book Two in the “What Squirrels Do” Series.The Squirrel Olympics happen almost everyday at a wood near you and even on the washing line in your garden.This childrens’ picture book takes a funny look at Olympic events that squirrels could do. There are traditional events that humans do […]

Blog Tours and Contests

Contest: Win a Kindle Fire!

Contest: Win a Kindle Fire!

*** Be sure to stop at everyone’s blog to increase your chances of winning! Comments on http://theromancetroupe.blogspot.com do NOT count toward the prizes ***  CONTEST ENDS MARCH 22, 2013 TOUR STOPS Krystal ShannanNatalie Gibson – Satin Sheets RomanceJinni JamesSusan D. TaylorDariel RayeLynda Kaye FrazierLiberty Ann IrelandHarlie WilliamsAngela RoseSusan B. AnnaSuzan Tisdale  Leave a comment and your email at […]

Contest: “Rocked” Giveaway by Barbara Elsborg

Contest: “Rocked” Giveaway by Barbara Elsborg

*** Publisher’s Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable ***Barbara Elsborg is doing a giveaway with the blog Amber’s Reading Room. Barbara will be giving away 2 e-books of Rocked.  Also 1 $10 gift card to amazon. So if you have not read this then this […]

1,2,3 by the Sea – publication day giveaway!

1,2,3 by the Sea – publication day giveaway!

’1,2,3 by the Sea’ is officially here! And to celebrate I’m having a giveaway for 2 lucky winners! TO ENTER FOLLOW HAZEL MITCHELL’S BLOG AND LEAVE A COMMENT ON THIS POST. (Alternatively send me an email if your comment will not post, to hazel-mitchell@hotmail.com) Open internationally – draw will be made from entries 10pm ET […]

Contest: Win 2 Hours of Professional Manuscript Editing

Contest: Win 2 Hours of Professional Manuscript Editing

About This Contest This contest provides the opportunity for a writer to receive a two-hour professional manuscript session from Karen E. Martin. The contest ends on March 6th. To enter the contest simply “Like” Karen’s Facebook page. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/karenmartinauthor/app_228910107186452   About Karen E. Martin Author, Editor, Adventurer Twitter: @KarenEMartin1 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karenmartinauthor

International Novelist Competition

International Novelist Competition

A few days ago, I received a tweet from @InterNovel alerting me to a newly created contest for authors. I followed the link, and what I found there intrigued me. The contest fosters interaction between readers and writers in a way I had not seen before now. To enter, authors submit their novel titles, covers, […]

Book Trailers

Book Trailer: Two Graves by D.A. Graystone

Book Trailer: Two Graves by D.A. Graystone

About Two Graves (A Kesle City Homicide Novel):Forty year old Preston Peterson, pudgy, myopic and socially inept, knows the terror of being bullied. From his earliest childhood memory, he has faced ridicule, name calling, harassment and beatings. Fear ruled his life, possessed him, controlled his every encounter with others.Now, he has killed.Now, rage rules his […]

Book Trailer: The Broken Destiny by Carlyle Labuschagne

Book Trailer: The Broken Destiny by Carlyle Labuschagne

About The Broken DestinyAn amazing new sci-fi, urban fantasy series begins with The Broken Destiny: Book One of the Broken Series. Ava’s people have been exiled to the planet Poseidon where, through a series of awful events, Ava discovers that their existence has been fabricated by the Council and that she has a Destiny that […]

Book Trailer: We’re All Different but We’re All Kitty Cats: First Day of School

Book Trailer: We’re All Different but We’re All Kitty Cats: First Day of School

 About We’re All Different but We’re All Kitty Cats: First Day of School”My name is Carlos and I have no fur,” the kitty cat says to his classmates on the first day of school.A kitty cat with no fur? How strange thought the other cats, laughing and giggling at Carlos. Hurt and embarrassed in front […]

Book Trailer: The Black Witch by Micheal Rivers

Book Trailer: The Black Witch by Micheal Rivers

About The Black Witch It was the adventure of a life time. In an obscure marina off the shores of Maryland a schooner unlike any other ever built was discovered. Dorian and Diana Coe purchased the schooner and sailed from the shores of tranquility into the bowels of hell itself. Prurient tales of suicide, murder, […]

Book Trailers: This is Fun!

Book Trailers: This is Fun!

Recently, I tweeted a request and asked authors with book trailers to please post the link here. Many thanks to the twenty authors who offered their book trailers for this post!
Isabel Hierro, Emma Meade, Lk Gardner-Griffie, Deborah Batterman, Micheal Rivers, Carolyn Smith, Rosanne E. Lortz, Candace Mountain, Pamela Turner, Iris Blobel, Christine Cunningham, Collette Scott, Wodke Hawkinson, Belinda G. Buchanan, Shalini Boland, Mark Edward Hall, Denny Upkins, Nikki Duncan, and Elizabeth E. Wilder.
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Hope you enjoy watching these book trailers as much as I did. If you would like to share your own book trailer, please post the link in the comments section.
Enjoy!