Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Author Take Over! (SoP Special)

Ashley Suzanne has been writing as long as she can remember. As a youngster, she was always creating stories and talking to her imaginary friends. Thankfully, her parents also carried this love of fiction, and helped her grow into the writer she is today. 

Ashley is a bestselling author and spends equal amounts of time writing and reading. Being the true book whore she is, Ashley would rather dive into a good book before going out of her house. Giving up her career in Real Estate, Ashley has officially moved to hermit status.

When Ashley isn't coming up with her next story, you'll most likely find her on the couch with a kindle in her hand (probably watching some crappy reality show while , annoying her husband by telling him all about her new book boyfriend or spending quality time with her two gremlins ... Sorry, I mean adorable children.


Hey guys!! My name's Ashley Suzanne and I'm gonna take you through a quick ride of my currently published New Adult novels!!!

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away... well, it's not really far, far away. It's right up the road from me in Ann Arbor, Michigan (GO BLUE). Okay... where was I? Oh, yeah, I remember. Once upon a time, there were a group of friends...

Mira fell hard core in love with Danny during their freshman year of college. The two were inseparable, except for when Mira moved in with her best friend Kylee and Danny was with his childhood partner in crime, Skylar. College flew by, and as the group was getting ready to embark on the new path their lives were going, tragedy hit and knocked everyone on their asses. Luckily, with the three remaining friends, and a new edition (Jacoby Roberts), the bonds that were tested to the extreme persevere.

Mirage, Book one in The Destined Series, was my debut novel and might have coined me the nickname of "Queen of MindFuck". I wear that title with pride and these characters all mean so much to me. Without them, I would have never made it to where I am today. I owe them everything.

You can CLICK HERE to watch the trailer for The Destined Series.


Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Shades of Pink

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Last year, the Shades of Pink event raised over $10,000 through more than 1300 donations! This year, 22 authors have allied for one cause: fundraising for research. Their gift to everyone who donates? A romance anthology titled Shades of Pink (vol 2). 

The suggested donation is $5. All proceeds go directly to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Whichever amount you decide to donate, you have our gratitude, and our words. The fundraiser is now started and will run until mid-November. 

For more information go to Kallysten's Blog

As part of the Shades of Pink promo I was lucky enough to steal Amanda, the main character of my book, Gabriel's Rose - which is included in the anthology - away for a quick chat!

Hello beautiful, and thank you for joining us today. I am so pleased that you agreed to come in and share your story, I really appreciate it. In your own time, please.

It’s good to be here, and I’d like to help with breast cancer awareness in any way I can, even if that means something as simple as sharing my story. I was twenty eight years old when I was first diagnosed with breast cancer. In the time leading up to this I was never once ill, nor was I sore. There was never any reason for me to worry about the big C. I mean, I was too young to be diagnosed, or so I thought. One day while in the shower I noticed a discharge coming from my right nipple. My stomach sank. At first I thought it was breast-milk and worried I had gotten pregnant without knowing, then I realised that the color and substance was all wrong. I contacted my doctor immediately and she brought me in for some tests which lead to a mammogram, and finally an ultrasound.

I can't even begin to imagine how hard that was for you. How did you cope with it all?

At first I didn't! Waiting for the results had been torture, and when they finally came in I was sitting at home alone. I wanted to run and hide. Fear assailed me as I listened to the doctor speak, and the second I heard the words breast cancer, my world tilted. I was devastated. I remember feeling cold and numb, denial bombarded me, and I was at a loss as to what to do. I was quickly scheduled in for emergency surgery, they removed a tumour of about four millimetres in size. In addition, there were blockages in several ducts, so I decided to have a full mastectomy of my right breast. At the time I was too shocked to think straight and refused the breast reconstruction. I always regret doing that.

Do you mind me asking why you refused it?

To be honest, I wasn't thinking straight. My head was all over the place, and the only thing I could think was; I don't want any of those huge fake boobs. I was picturing playgirls with hard weird chests, not my own smaller soft breasts. It sounds weird, but it was all I could think. And as i said i regretted my decision. For months I found it difficult to expose my breast to anyone, even my best friend, and nurse, Aisha. I hated looking at myself, seeing that scar and knowing that I would never be whole again. And to top it all off my boyfriend of five years left me, he said he couldn’t cope. The asshat! At first I hated him, but then I couldn’t seem to blame him for getting rid of me. I was no longer the woman he loved.

I was offered counselling to help me deal with my newfound body image issues, yet I never left my sessions feeling any better about my appearance. My mood changed, I had long periods of feeling low, my personality and image changed drastically. So much so that I never really celebrated the day I was told I was in remission. The months past in a blur of self-hate and loathing. My friends done everything in their power to help me deal with it all. It was difficult, but gradually I began to feel a little better about myself. It was around this time that Aisha discovered the bucket list I had wrote in a moment of madness. I needed to do something to help myself heal emotionally, so following her constant harassment I decided to go ahead with the list and try to live life to the fullest.

I don't really know what to say to any of that, all I can say is you are amazing. It's great that you were able to lift yourself up again, and that you have such supportive friends. I'd love to know what was on that list of yours too.

Ah, now that's a secret. There are things on there that you'll just have to wait and see if I am brave enough to do them. Yet, as you know, this is how I met Master Gabriel so you might find out sooner rather than later. 

Speaking of Master Gabriel...

Gods that man, I have no words for how he made me feel. How he makes me feel still. He was a force to be reckoned with, so dominating and demanding. So goddamn sexy! He took complete control of me, and using nothing more than that erotic pink rope, the mirror, and his deep sensual voice, he made me bloom. Gabriel made me break through the barriers I had erected, and admit that I am beautiful. I. Am. Beautiful.

That you are gorgeous, that you are, and thank you again for being so open with us all. I can't even being to imagine what you've been through. I appreciate this, and think you are an amazingly strong person.

Thank you. It took me a while to realise that, but I’m glad I’ve finally got to a good place within myself where I can. I cannot believe I almost gave up. Foolish!

Naw, its not foolish, its understandable. You rock! Thanks again! So, is there anything else you would like to say to those listening before you go?

Thank you for listening to my story, and please, please, ensure you always look after your health. Never forget that you are beautiful, and never ever give up! Live life to the fullest, always. Now, if you’ll excuse me I have a very important date with a gorgeous man, and his pink rope.

Rawwr! Have fun Mandy! I must say, I would love to try out some pink rope for myself. I wonder if I can bribe my hubby dearest into it?!

Monday, 13 October 2014

No Bra Day!

Today marks bewbie freedom day for women, bra’s are being left at home in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Whether your boobs are adorable, jiggly, miniature, bouncy, glistening or naughty or jelly like, ladies are confidently spending 24 hours free from bra support for the sake of National No Bra Day.

As much as the no bra occasion appeals to women only, men interested in raising awareness can join in the by wearing something pink or purple as a sign of support.

Don't forget ladies, and gentlemen, that cancer can be treated if detected early. It’s important to examine your breasts often because the sooner breast cancer is diagnosed, the better your chances of beating it. So learn to do a breast examination every month a week after your period.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Shades of Pink

Meet the Authors

The Shades of Pink Anthology is an ebook that gathers 22 short stories and that we offer as a gift to any person who donates in any amount to our fundraiser for research against breast cancer. During the month of October, we'll be posting excerpts, interviews with the authors and characters, and blog posts about why we wrote these stories. Today, here's a peek at the blurbs...

SEAL IT IN THE PAST by Natasza Waters
After an injury takes Navy SEAL Matt Saunders from active combat, he flourishes in his own business. Some call him a gigolo. He prefers escort. The Navy wants him back, but it's not until a customer turns out to be the first girl he loved that he reconsiders his path.

PURE ROSE by Vivien Dean
When her company decides to throw a Grease-themed party to celebrate the national attention they’re getting, lead developer Rose Meszaros opts not to go since it will mean dealing with her ex. Devilmaycare, one of her gaming buddies, thinks it’s a mistake. The party is to celebrate her work, after all, and why should she deny herself the glory just because the guy she used to date is a jerk? Though she eventually caves, it comes with a price. Rose will be facing her fears the same night she finally gets to meet Devilmaycare in person…

When Samuel gets his class of elementary students to write letters to soldiers on the frontline, they coax him into doing the same. Lieutenant Williams soon answers his letter, and it’s only the beginning of a long exchange of thoughts, anecdotes and feelings…