Ashlynn Monroe is a busy wife and mom. She enjoys writing about anything and everything paranormal or fantasy related. She spends most of her time daydreaming up her next tale of romance. She’d love to hear from you at authorashlynnmonroe@gmail. Visit her website at http://ashlynnmonroe.com/ to learn more about the worlds she imagines.
I’ve been very proud and privileged to work with Decedent Publishing.
My Vengeance series was a story that started out as one short story I wrote for fun and it grew and blossomed into a tale spanning three novellas. I love this story. It’s about a character that isn't perfect. She's picking up her life after her husband’s death, raising their young son with the help of her cancer stricken mother. Audra works her job and takes care of her family, devoting herself to them until the day she dies…literally. That’s when her life really gets complicated. I like Audra a lot; she’s done a lot of growing as a person. She went through some stuff and wasn’t the perfect mom, daughter, or employee. She’s struggled, but has come out a better woman for it. I don’t like perfect characters, because I’ve never meet a perfect person. Cain, Audra’s love interest in the story also did a lot of growing. He has a demon, a mission, and a company to juggle every day, but this fine hottie isn’t perfect either. Together the characters complement each other because of their imperfections. I was sad when I wrote the last word, because I’ve grown to care about them. Ironically, they wrote the last book without any help from me. I just transcribed what they decided to do. I never expected to end this the way I did, but they totally obliterated my game plan by page three.
I had so much fun working on these pieces with the fun and fantastic people at Decedent. I’m also pleased to have met such great authors who have been entertaining me each time I enjoy a new release from Decedent. I’ve been delighted with every single story I’ve enjoyed on my Kindle. If you haven’t tried one of my books, I’d love you to. Let me know what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love you to friend me on Facebook or just like my author page .
Here’s the backlist, some are coming summer 2011, but most are already available for your enjoyment (I hope…gulp).
The Vengeance Series-Decadent Publishing-Urban Fantasy
Back in the Saddle-Paranormal 1 Night Stand Series Short
Wild Horse Press-http://www.wildhorsepress.webs.com/
Hidden Magic-Wild Horse Press-Urban Fantasy Romance
The Mirage High series-YA Paranormal-Wild Horse Press
Dark Miracle-Wild Horse Press-Erotic Paranormal
Blood and Bondage-Wild Horse Press-Erotic Paranormal
Wild Hearts-Wild Horse Press-Paranormal Romance
The Mirage High series-YA Paranormal-Wild Horse Press (print anthology or individual eBook shorts)
Blood and Bondage-Wild Horse Press-Erotic Paranormal
My Soul to Keep-Wild Horse Press-Urban Fantasy Romance
Kiss Me, Kill Me, Bite Me-Wild Horse Press-Dark Paranormal Romance
Reality Stinks-Wild Horse Press-Urban Fantasy Romantic comedy
Chemical Lust-Cobblestone Press-Science Fiction Erotic
Passion's Escape-Silver Publishing-Science Fiction Erotic
Lost Heart's-Silver Publishing-Science Fiction Erotic
Wish-Silver Publishing-Urban Fantasy Erotic
Just One Night-Silver Publishing-Paranormal Romance
Vampires and Mistletoe-Silver publishing-Paranormal Romance
Captured Heart and soul-Silver Publishing Erotic Anthology
Love Factory-Wicked Nights-Science Fiction Erotic
Dark Man-Wicked Nights-Paranormal Romance
Eternal Gift-Wicked Nights-Paranormal romance
Aloha Christmas-Wicked Nights-Paranormal romance
kNight Romance Publishing-http://knightromancepublishing.com/
Clockwork Hearts Series-kNight Romance Publishing-Paranormal steam punk
Wicked Ink Press-http://www.wickedinkpress.com/
Blood Kin-Keith Publications-Paranormal Romance
The Templar Vampire Series-Keith Publications-Paranormal Romance
Fallen Angels-Evernight Publishing-Steam Punk Romance
Protector Mine-Evernight Publishing-Paranormal Romance
Indecent Encounters-Evernight Publishing-Erotic Romance Anthology
Master of Mine-Evernight Publishing-Erotic Romance Anthology
Willow Moon Publishing-http://www.willowmoonpublishing.com/
Dream Mists-Willow Moon Publishing-Paranormal Romance
Slave to his Desires-Beachwalk Press
Sails with Hollywood pirates
Discovers her self
Yes, I wrote a haiku to test myself when it came to creating an elevator pitch, condensed even more. Actually, I was dared by a newbie student of Judi McCoy’s last year to come up with an assignment to challenge her. I said sum up your book with a haiku. She did it!
And I knew I needed to do it, too.
A haiku… First line, five syllables. Second line, seven syllables. Third line, three syllables. Of course, it isn’t this simple for a real haiku poet. There is nuance and grace and the many things that make a poem more than just a string of words.
Yet! This is a challenging way to sum up a book. One you’ve read, one you’re written, one you’ve plotted or dreamt of. Even just a relationship…
I’m working on one for the next book…
Running from her past
Followed by monsters and steam
Opens to true love
Eh. I like the first two lines, not so sure of the last. But I’m still working on that last line. It doesn’t really say what I want it to say, yet. This is the next book in the series of the Kraken’s Caribbean; the third will be The Pirate Circus.
My Etwan Chronicles is an ongoing series of novellas. Here are my attempts at haiku for them.
One man’s secret holds the key
Sailing to freedom
Searching for answers
Across a sea of bright stars
Her past waits for her
A haiku does focus the mind in a unique way. When I write straight poetry, I tend to run on. But with haiku…that isn’t allowed!
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I’m not talking about going through the motions of editing or why we have to edit. That’s self-explanatory.
It’s the time it takes up. And let me just say right here. They can send a man to the moon, but that haven’t developed a software that reads your mind and knows that you’re trying to say: “He was going to lift the stone whether he felt like…” as opposed to “He was going to lift the stone weather he felt like…”
I’m just saying.
And don’t you love auto-spell checker? NOT!
As I sat at my computer pondering this dilemma, I thought about all the finished and unfinished manuscripts I have sitting on my hard drive. I’m getting to them one by one and I’m submitting and getting contracts. That’s not the issue. I LOVE WRITING!
Letting the wheels turn in my head as my fingers fly across the keyboard is like a …writer’s orgasm! When you get that acceptance letter or email and contract from the publisher, it’s a multiple orgasm!
Then comes the edits:
“Hey Stephanie, loved this story, kept me on the edge of my seat. Here are your edits with track changes and comments. Get it to me for the ______line. Thanks!
Don’t get me wrong. I love my editors. I have three and they are the best! They make me see things I miss, whether it’s a word missing or a plot hole.
I’m talking about that I have to take time away from my fantastic hero that’s about to get drugged by the evil warlord, that way he will forget that he was suppose to married the CEOs daughter and seal the merger of his company and….
You get my drift?
This just happened recently. I had two stories sitting in the editing queue of one publisher. I have two books out already and a third one on the way. So I took a breath and patted myself on the back. I’m done! They’re not going to get to my next story for at least…I don’t know, three more weeks.
Just when I was getting into my other story and the creative juices where flowing like Niagara Falls…BAM! I got to do edits.
It’s a necessary evil, I realize that and I know you can relate.
We are story weavers! We create, we spin tales of the imagination, we create worlds and characters that remain with the reader and make them want more.
I don’t have time for edits...I could be writing!
For those of you that would like to see some of my tales here are the ones that are available now at Decadent Publishing http://decadentpublishing.com:
I sat on a plane stuck on the runway a few weeks ago looking out the window at the lightning show taking place in the early evening sky. I glanced down on the tarmac and saw more rain being added to the already two feet of water there, and promptly shut the little screen over the window. I looked over at my daughter in the seat across the aisle from me where she sat with a fellow ballerina, listening to the music on her iPhone and singing happily away. We were on our way to Montgomery, Alabama to attend SERBA, South Eastern Regional Ballet Association’s ballet festival, where most of the top ballet companies in the south would meet and enjoy 4 days of intense master classes of various dance disciples. While the focus was on ballet there was an appreciation for all forms of dance. And believe it or not, all the dancers looked forward to not the ballet classes taught by some of the best instructors or chorographers in the business, oh no, they looked forward to the hip hop class. This year being taught by none other than a former So You Think You Can Dance runner up, Twitch.
Meanwhile I just prayed we’d get off the ground and make it there safely. As things stood we were already sitting on that plane going on 2 hours. We had to wait for the okay from the tower that the airport in Charlotte was open, and we could take off in time to make the connecting flight. Apparently, there were tornados in that part of the south and it shut down the airport there and in Alabama.
Finally, we got the okay from the tower to get into position, we’re the forth one in line for take off, the pilot announces much to the delight of all on the plane. Then we’re the next in line. There’s applause. But not two seconds after that announcement the pilot returns to the intercom. “I’m sorry I’ve just been informed by the tower that due to new FAA regulations since we’ve been on the runway for over 2 ½ hours we have to return to the gate.” You can just imagine the uproar.
But in the end some 20 hours later we eventually made it to Montgomery, my daughter and her fellow ballerinas had a wonderful experience and I was just glad we all made it there and back in one piece.
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