May 27, 2014
Everyone give a warm welcome to our guest today, Sharon Ashwood!
As a writer, you get a lot of advice. One of the common tidbits thrown at the beginning writer is that you shouldn’t be afraid to put your characters in tough situations. In fact, the more you torture them, the better your book will be.
Unfortunately, what these helpful souls do not mention is the difficulty this causes when it comes to character relations. For instance, I received the following message just this morning. While authors always have to put the readers first, this note goes to show just how important it is to remember the feelings of your hero and heroine:
I am writing to you regarding the working conditions within your current novel, POSSESSED BY A WARRIOR. As hero of this book and the spokesperson elected by your cast of characters, I have been charged with making our feelings known.
While we acknowledge, with gratitude, the opportunity to participate in this project, we do feel the nature of this book was misrepresented to us. In particular, YOU SAID THIS WOULD BE EASY!
I am a vampire, and an elite undercover operative of the famed Horsemen team. As a creature of the night, I have been used to a certain level of respect and dignity. In the course of this book, I and my cast mates have been kidnapped, chased, assaulted with china figurines, subjected to undignified dental mishaps, held at gunpoint, and obliged to deal with the mother of the bride. For instance, there was the incident with the werewolf and certain hair products. There is not enough doggy shampoo in the world to set that right.
And what is this in aid of? Yes, there is the matter of the mysterious wedding dress leaving a trail of bodies in its wake. Yes, any team of hunky heroic supernatural superspies are going to give their all to save the day, solve the mystery, and etcetera. We know the terms of our contract and are doing our utmost to bring satisfaction to all parties involved. Speaking for myself and the heroine, Chloe Anderson, we’re all over the issue of getting satisfaction. But . . .
You claimed, madam, that this would be a light little fun romance with a bit of spy action. Light? Fun? For you, maybe? On three separate occasions, I was forced to brood for pages in excess of contractual obligations. I’m sure your readers may judge this book as a fluffy romp, but speaking as a party intimately involved with the making of your product, I question your definition, not to mention your compassion!
As a guarantee of compensation, I personally am demanding the traditional payment rendered to all bone fide heroes. That is, I DO GET THE GIRL, RIGHT? I have to say, that is the one part of this sad affair that you have got exactly right: Ms. Anderson is all that a romance heroine should be. Although you are the author, and I am merely the character enacting your instructions, I do not feel it is unreasonable to expect some guarantee of a happy ending for the two of us. It should be the least we can expect after all this ridiculously dangerous activity.
Sam Ralston, Member,
International Fellowship of Paranormal Romantic Heroes
Tall, Dark and Dangerous Division
A signed paperback of POSSESSED BY A WARRIOR (international okay).
Possessed by a Warrior
A dazzling dress is wreaking havoc—and costing lives…
The violent death of her uncle sends Chloe Anderson reeling—and rushing to his estate. As coexecutor of Jack’s will, she assumes that he has left her something. What she doesn’t expect is a bejeweled wedding gown with a note warning her to trust only his business partner—dark, mysterious and sexy Sam Ralston.
Chloe’s been burned in love, but never bitten, and there’s something about Sam that keeps drawing her in, despite her fears. The attraction is mutual, intense, and it takes all of Sam’s willpower to hide his fangs. With Chloe’s career at stake and murderous thieves hot on their trail, the vampire vows to protect her. But can he save her from himself?
Possessed by an Immortal
Can a mother in jeopardy melt the heart of a jaded vampire?
After witnessing a murder, Bree Meadows is on the run with her young son. But the bad guys are in hot pursuit. Dropped in the middle of nowhere amid a torrential thunderstorm, things look pretty grim. To make matters worse, her son is in desperate need of medical attention.
Mark Winspear has been alone for too long. When the vampire senses a gorgeous female nearby, he discovers that her swift, selfless courage pulls at his instincts. The doctor has history with the same men who are after Bree—and he’s ready for revenge. Working together now, they discover an attraction that might save them both—if they’re lucky.
Excerpts to both books are available here: http://www.sharonashwood.com/horsemen/
Sharon Ashwood is a novelist, desk jockey and enthusiast for the weird and spooky. She has an English literature degree but works as a finance geek. Interests include growing her to-be-read pile and playing with the toy graveyard on her desk. As a vegetarian, she freely admits the whole vampire/werewolf lifestyle would never work out, so she writes her adventures instead.
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