A spin-off of a spin-off of a spin-off—my head is spinning!
May 17, 2018
I understand the Fresh Fiction readers love lists. Well, have I got a list for
you! All of my books in the same Boston paranormal world.
- STRANGE NEIGHBORS
- THE WEREWOLF
- THE VAMPIRE NEXT
- FLIRTING UNDER A FULL
- HOW TO DATE A
- KISSING WITH FANGS
- I DREAM OF DRAGONS
- MY WILD IRISH
- NEVER DARE A DRAGON
- HOOKED ON A PHOENIX
You know you've created a successful world when your editor asks for more books
set in that world. My new series (Phoenix Brothers—Book 1,
HOOKED ON A PHOENIX
(March 6th) is a spin-off of book 2 in the Boston Dragons series. Oh!
And the Boston Dragons
series is a spin-off of book 2 in the Flirting with Fangs series!
And, oh yeah, the Flirting
with Fangs series is a spin-off of book 2 in the Strange Neighbors series!
Yeah…always book 2. Weird coincidence? Or numbers? Knowing that publishers are
keeping track of things like sales, I can pretty much guess it has to do with
numbers. I'm not a math person or a business person. I'm a creative person—not
that those things are mutually exclusive! More and more authors are becoming
business savvy. I'm late to that party, and I'm not sure I want to attend.
Let's just say my priorities are still with the stories. A lot of writers are
getting obsessed with the business and short-cutting important steps like
writing the next book, rewriting, editing, re-editing, proofreading, well—you
get my drift.
Making the best book possible is the author's job…in my opinion. Working closely
with a professional editor is part of that job. Now, authors seem to be taking
on a slew of new jobs. Publisher, Cover artist, Marketer, Publicist… It makes my
head—that was already spinning—spin harder!
What will I do when the final book is 'in the can'? (a Hollywood term from the
days when a finished film was literally put in a large metal disc-shaped can,
How about a long, tropical vacation?
Nope. Not for me. I can take a short break, but I've already begun my new
project! Argh. Workaholic much?
My new project is a Young Adult fantasy (under a new pen name.) I still love
romance, so I won't leave that important part out. I'll just be concentrating
more on the development of the relationship and less on where it might
eventually lead. But you can count on humor and an uplifting ending! That's why
I write. I write what I love to read. A good story with love, laughs, and
justice for all.
And I don't like cliff hangers! No, no, no… I love to read a complete story even
if it's part of a series. I want to be able to accidentally read book 3 and then
say. Oh! I guess that was part of a series. Not, how the heck did this happen
and why isn't it resolved?
If the author loves the world they created, and readers can't get enough of it,
publishers will certainly do what they can to keep a series going. Everybody's
happy. I can't see myself running out of stories to tell.
I think I know why book two gets the spin-off. By then, I'm already creating new
characters who readers want to see more of. Yeah, I'm guilty of having secondary
characters who sometimes steal the show. But isn't that part of the fun?
If you haven't already, I hope you'll begin reading any of my books in any
order. See? That's my publicist coming out. Or is it my inner marketer? Argh. I
can't keep all these hats straight!
LOCKED IN A BANK VAULT TOGETHER...
THEY MIGHT REDEFINE THE MEANING
OF 'SAFE' SEX
Misty Carlisle works as a bank teller in Boston's
financial district. She's had more rotten luck in her life than most, except
when her childhood crush shows up to cash his paycheck. Then her heart races and
her mouth goes dry.
Gabe Fierro is a firefighter—and a phoenix. Like his brothers, his biggest
challenge is finding a woman open-minded enough to accept a shapeshifter into
her life. When his boyhood friend asks him to watch over his little sister
Misty, he reluctantly agrees. But when the bank where she works gets held up,
Gabe does everything he can to protect her. The two of them end up locked in the
bank's vault...where things get steamier than either of them ever imagined.
[Sourcebooks Casablanca, On Sale: March 6, 2018,
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9781492645498 / eISBN:
Where there's fire, there's Ash
Ashlyn Chase describes herself as an Almond Joy bar. A little nutty, a
little flaky, but basically sweet, wanting only to give her readers a
She holds a degree in behavioral
sciences, worked as a psychiatric RN for several years and spent a few more
years working for the American Red Cross. She credits her sense of humor to her
former careers since comedy helped preserve whatever was left of her sanity. She
is a multi-published, award-winning author of humorous erotic and mainstream
She lives in beautiful New Hampshire with her true-life hero
husband who looks like Hugh Jackman with a salt and pepper dye job, and they're
owned by a spoiled brat cat.
3 comments posted.
Re: A spin-off of a spin-off of a spin-off—my head is spinning!
(Rannisingh Singh 5:55am May 18)
I find spin offs delightful! I have a tendency to fall in
love with secondary characters! Thanks.
(Kathleen Bylsma 3:52pm May 18)
(Zonnisingh Singh 6:54am May 21)
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