Thursday, December 19, 2013

Mistletoe Madness by Kelliea Ashley

1. How did you start writing erotic romance? I always had a knack for telling stories. When I got my hands on my first romance novel I was hooked. There is something remarkable in finding one's other half.
2. Plotter or pantster? I am definitely not a plotter. I do not plan out my story, my characters have an annoying habit of keeping me guessing, so I try to go with the flow.
3. What are three things you have on your writing desk? A Franklin Electronic Dictionary(5 writing books in a three by four inch device, love it), a small organizer to keep track of my days, and a container holding umpteen number of thumb drives, most of which I can't remember what they were for.
4. Favorite food? Pork chops, mac 'n cheese, and mushrooms in butter. My little sister makes the best mushrooms for me!
5. Tell us a little about your new release. What character in the book really spoke to you? My new release is Mistletoe Madness, coming out on December 20th from Breathless Press. Izzy, my heroine has struggled with the holidays after losing her mother. I know exactly how she feels. I lost my own mother fourteen years ago right before Christmas. My true love helped me see that celebrating and enjoying the holidays would be a way to remember her life, not her passing. Izzy wanted that too.
6. I write because ____... I have to write. I tried to do without it, but the characters in my head won't be silenced. They want their Happy Endings and I need to find that for them.
7. What is your favorite type of character to write about? The strong woman who doesn't think she needs a strong man to protect her. She is so much fun when she tackles her hero head on.
8. What is the sexiest scene you ever wrote? The steamiest scenes are definitely in Mistletoe Madness. The scene on the couch was pretty intense. I squirm when I think of my aunts reading this, but they love my writing so far.
9. What advice would you give new authors in the erotica/romance field? Write about what you know. If you've never stepped foot on a farm, don't try to write about a farmer. Stay with what you know, or do some research. Mostly write about what makes you happy.
10. What is next on your writerly horizon? I have two more novels fast tracked to Breathless Press. One is the sequel to my first novel, Winter Gifts. I also have the third novel in my Sisters of Fate series to come out next year.
It will be up for release from Breathless Press on December 20thon Bookstrand, Amazon, Goodreads, and Allromancee-books.

Mistletoe Madness Blurb-
Christmas is hard for Izzy to face, but when her grandmother gives her magical mistletoe she may find a new love for the season.

Who would have thought a bunch of English holly could change Isabella Cortez's life forever? Izzy doesn't know what to think when her grams gives her the holly and insists she hang it in her apartment. Grams has always been the superstitious, gypsy of the family. When she foretells that the mistletoe will make the man of her dreams profess his love for her, Izzy's more than a little worried, especially when the man she's been seeing calls to ask her to dinner. Can she accept love from the man who might ask for her hand when another has always secretly held her heart?
Dane Johnson is an ex-SEAL who bought a personal gym in a small town. He was looking for the promise of a peaceful life, but what he got was a drenched woman trying to fix a flat tire in the middle of a rainstorm. They quickly became friends and he had to hide his true feelings for her beneath a layer of meaningless dates that didn't go anywhere.  This Christmas feels different, though. Izzy has finally dumped the stuffed shirt she's been seeing and made a real effort to celebrate the holiday season. Now, all he needs is a small miracle to get her to open her heart and mind to the love he's been carrying for her all this time.

Mistletoe Madness Excerpt-

"Um...Izzy, about what happened—" He rubbed a hand on the back of his neck in a gesture that spoke volumes. It was his tell that he was uncomfortable with the present conversation. Izzy fought the wave of disappointment as her ego took the hit. Just because her girly parts were suddenly jumping for joy at his touch, didn't mean he was feeling the same temptation. She wasn't exactly his type of woman, either. Dane was an exercise junky. All his women went to his gym and had tall, slim figures. She, on the other hand, was on the shorter side of average with more padding on her hips and thighs than she was comfortable with. No, she wasn't his type. The sooner she got back to feeling like his sidekick, the better.
"Nothing happened." She shrugged her shoulders, her arms dropping to her sides as she bit her lower lip hard. I am such a liar! Two more minutes of staring into those beautiful eyes of his and I would have been begging to lick my ice cream off his naked chest!
"What if I wanted something to happen?" His eyes were guarded as he watched her closely.
"What?" She could have sworn the rug shifted beneath her feet but knew it was her head spinning with the question she never thought to hear from her best friend.
"You do realize I'm not gay, right?" His grin could charm the panties off a mother superior.
"Yeah. I just—You never—" Oh heavens! Her body was burning up like a hay bale doused in gasoline, and all he was doing was running those hungry eyes over her body. At this rate my panties are going to burst into flames!
"We're friends!" she blurted out as she fought to deny the attraction sparking between them. His head snapped back as if she'd sucker punched him. For a split second she recognized the hurt expression he was quick to hide behind a slow breath and a shrug that came off as far too casual.
"You're right. We are friends." He stood up away from the wall and turned to leave the room. Izzy rolled her eyes up in a silent plea for guidance, her gaze colliding with the red and green bunch of leaves hanging over his head as he ducked beneath it.
"Dane!" Her outburst had him swinging around to catch the mistletoe right in the face. He grimaced as he bent his head to look at her. She moved before she could talk herself out of it.
"Izzy?" He caught her around the waist as she charged right into his chest, sinking her fingers into his still-damp hair. Sighing, she tugged his head down to hers.

About the author:

Kelliea Ashley lives near the Canadian Border in upstate New York with her husband, a cat named Copperkitty, a dog named Sammy, and several fish, who do not have names and are very lucky her husband feeds them.
A Jill-of-many-trades, she likes to incorporate her experiences from various jobs in her writing. She has been a nurse's aide, a news reporter, a radio personality, a dairy farmer, and a pharmacy technician to name a few. Though she didn't enjoy every job, she did take something important from each and every one of them.
Kelliea grew up an only child with a devoted single mother. She looked at books as companions and writing as a favorite escape. She has always been a bookworm who steadfastly refused to give up her paperbacks until her loving hubby bought her a Kindle for Christmas. Secretly she still adores the smell of a well-read book, but sh… don’t tell her husband.
She has a habit in the form of chocolate and loves a glass of sweet red wine. Romance has always been her favorite genre because she sees the miracle and magic in finding ones’ true love.

Kelliea has several other titles published by Breathless Press. They are for sale on Breathless Press's website, Amazon,Bookstrand, and Goodreads. Kelliea Ashley can be contacted at the links below.
I'd like to thank Erzabet’s Enchantments for inviting me to visit. I want to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and hope to hear from my readers in the new year!!


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