New Release: ALLEY CAT

The fourth Cats & Conjure book is here!

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Adelaide Deveraux has at last come into her powers, but her gifts have come with a price: she has lost the love of her life. Now surrounded by allies but still utterly alone, she’s seeking to build a new Sanctuary and provide shelter for those who need it, even though none of it will heal her broken heart.

Tiger-shifter Erik Wells was willing to sacrifice everything to save Addie from the psychopathic sorcerer after her, including his life. But despite paying the ultimate price and annihilating their enemy once and for all, he still isn’t at peace. Some greater power is seeking to resurrect Erik, willing to move heaven and hell to see him breathe again. Whether that power is good or evil, he doesn’t know, and he’s running out of time as something’s hunting him in the underworld, seeking to destroy his very soul.

Release Date: March 4, 2016
Genre: IR (bwwm) paranormal romance
Length: 30 000 words (or 100 pages)
Series: Cats & Conjure #4
Format: ebook
Ebook Price: $2.99
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This book hints a little more at the overall mythology coming into play (the next book reveals what Addie really is and what’s with all the cats) and introduces a new villain that will carry through the end of the series, so I’m quite excited about it.

To celebrate the release, the first novella Cats in Heat is now being serialized on Wattpad for free. If you’re a fan of the series and want to encourage others to give it a shot, I’ll be updating Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays starting today right here.

For those looking for more Midsummer books, Gold is out May 27 and will be up for pre-order soon (more about that next week).

I don’t have a release date yet for Cat’s in the Cradle, the fifth C&C book as explained in my 2016 release forecast. News when I have it!

Finally, my erotica writing buddy Aylia Ryvelt is promoting her new hate-to-love romance serial, Reunion. The first book, called Love & Hate, is currently free for a few days, and the second part, Hate So Sweet, is now available. (The third is coming soon.) Aylia is amazing–she was the force behind me finally publishing my work–so I encourage everyone to check her out.

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*A note about this title being free…

It’s common with series to make the first free by the time there are four or so out, which is why I’ve chosen to do it with Cats in Heat. This title, however, is still under copyright.

Please only download the book from legal channels. The more downloads a book gets on legit sites, the higher the rankings in the the store, and the greater the visibility the book gets (and therefore new people hear about it).

All rights are reserved. The book may not be copied or distributed elsewhere without my permission. Thank you for respecting my rights.

Pre-order: SNOW

The third Midsummer Suspense Tale is almost here!

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Release: March 27, 2015

A witness hidden
away in a small town.
After waitress Liliana
White witnessed a murder, she wanted nothing to do with helping the police or
putting the target behind bars. She’s not interested in justice or being a hero;
she just wants to stay alive. A brutal death waits for her if the culprits get
their hands on her, and given that one of them is her ex-boyfriend, she knows
precisely what he’s capable of and will avoid him at all costs.
The bodyguard
sworn to protect her.
Stoic and
efficient, personal security expert Michael O’Hara is cautious in all
things—both work and women—and has built a reputation in the private sector as
the top of his field. But though he thinks he’s seen it all, nothing has
prepared him for keeping Liliana White safe. She doesn’t trust him, doesn’t
trust the police, and not even a vicious contract killer known as The Huntsman
on her heels is enough to convince her she needs him.

But Liliana does
need him. Only Mike stands between her and certain death, and despite all he
does to keep his emotional distance, the longer he spends with her, the more he
has to face the possibility that he just might need her too.

Don’t forget, Beauty is on its way next week: January 23, 2015.

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Snow is another category length novel, around the size of Beauty. I’d meant to be working on The Book of Love next but I was really excited to write this one, so I took a little detour.

What’s next for Midsummer after this? It’ll really depend on sales, unfortunately. I have Beast and Red roughly mapped out but I’d like to see how Byar’s (and now Mike’s) story does before I commit to it. This is, unfortunately, how things work in publishing, and why Cats & Conjure hasn’t concluded yet. Books require a huge investment of time to write and money to publish, and the only way I can work on something that doesn’t sell as well is if the others make up the difference. I want to write more Midsummer stories (and finish Stray Cat Strut, and Gimme Shelter), but it has to be financially viable for me to do so.

I get your inquiries about these books, I hear you, and I promise I’m doing my best. Thank you to those of you who purchase my books. To those who pirate, well…delays and cancellations fall firmly on your shoulders, I’m afraid. I can’t work for free.

I’m going to try to finish up the summer release I have in progress at the moment. Keep following the blog for details!

Books in Print

Just a quick note that my longer titles are currently available in print format.

This includes Cinders, Wild Horses, and Sympathy for the Devil. Future titles will hopefully release in print the same time as ebook when long enough. (At the very least, a long novella like Cinders or a short novel like Wild Horses–anything Sympathy’s length, definitely.)

I’ve had a lot of visitors to the site the past while looking for book updates. As mentioned here, it’s been a really tough year for me and my family, and my health has not been great, so writing unfortunately went to the backburner. I still have a lot in progress and will hopefully have some news for you soon, but I’ve wiped everything off my plate for 2014 and should be back with new releases in the new year.

Thank you so much to everyone who purchased up Cinders and continues to seek out my backlist. Your support is what draws me back when I’m tired and feel like closing up shop for good. I’ll endeavor to deliver more stories for you that I sincerely hope you’ll enjoy as much as I do.

If you want to be notified about new releases, I have a mailing list for that. You can also follow my Facebook page and you’ll find me on Twitter.

Coming Soon: CINDERS (& Other News)

Well, it’s been seven months since I’ve had a new release.

I have a lot in progress and I was hoping THE BOOK OF LOVE would be out by now, but it’s not just books on my plate; there’s a lot going on at home, a lot of changes, losses in the family, and a long novel is really tough for me right now.

Then along came CINDERS.

It’s the first of a few interconnected romantic suspense tales–entirely contemporary, no paranormal–very loosely based on fairy tales. Writer friend Darien Cox (if you’re into M/M you must check out his books) encouraged me to go for it and I’m having a blast. The next one, BEAUTY, will follow soon (hopefully). From there, it’ll depend on sales to see when I can get some work in.

And that, there, is the reality of things. Some books sell well.

Some don’t.

STRAY CAT STRUT was originally scheduled to be written and released by Feb/Mar, but CAT SCRATCH FEVER didn’t sell well enough for me to take the time off of work to write the next novella, hence seven months between releases. I’m hoping the Midsummer Suspense Tales will buy me a bit of time to complete some projects, including Cats & Conjure. If you purchase my books, thank you so much, and I’m sorry for the delay but I’m doing the best I can.

CINDERS is currently with my editor and I’ll update soon with release details. Although it’s a longer novella–37 000 words, or 120 pages or so–and not a full long novel, there’s a chance I might do print as well (I *really* want a set of the Midsummer covers on my shelf).

The sad girl he never forgot… 

Things haven’t been the same since the death of Gina Cassidy’s father. It thrust her under the rule of her cruel stepmother and turned the family bakery into something unrecognizable. But now Gina’s an adult, not a frightened child, and she has a plan: figure out what secrets her stepmother has been hiding and how it relates to her father’s death once and for all.


The complication she doesn’t need but desperately wants… 

When wealthy, reformed troublemaker Brennen Prescott weaves his way into her life, her desire for a different future—her desire for him—can’t be denied, even if it upsets the fragile balance around her. But getting close to Brennen puts more than her carefully laid plans in jeopardy: his life will be in danger if she can’t unravel her own dark family secrets in time to save him.

COMING SOON!

What I’m Working On & Other Updates

Cats in Heat came out a week and a half ago. Some readers so far seemed to like it and sales are trickling in, so I’m working on the next in the series, Cat Scratch Fever. I’m hoping to get this done and up for preorder by the end of the month.

As I’ve said…pretty much everywhere, this is a series that follows the same couple from novella to novella. The endings aren’t cliffhangers per se, but I leave threads to pick up with the next one. This form of serialized storytelling really appeals to me as I like traditional paranormal romance and urban fantasy books that utilize it, so I thought I’d give it a try.

I am not attempting to just “piecemeal” together a larger story out of tiny bits–each novella is 100 pages or more, so a substantial chunk of story with forward plot movement and a conclusion. There will be three to four of them, and I’m aiming to get one out every two months or so, with a “boxset” of all of them perhaps by next summer. If you want to wait until that time to check it out, I completely understand and I hope you enjoy the stories when you get to them.

For those still complaining about the length of my older books from last year, I hear you. And I’m sorry. As I’ve explained, writing for a publisher meant writing to a certain length to keep in a lower price range. I could spend time right now going back and revising all of those stories to add to the total word count, or I could write new books for you. I’m choosing the latter, and as I’ve said, my new situation means I can write longer works and keep lower prices on them. Writing to complain to me about the older novellas doesn’t fix anything (it just makes me feel badly and therefore harder to work on new things).

Finally, I do not have news for you about I Who Have Nothing. The book isn’t ready yet. I will update here when I have something new to say. I also keep getting emails about this, and yes, I know, I am no longer listed on the publisher’s website. This is because I am no longer with them but releasing books on my own.  I promise I will blog as soon as I have further information about release dates and the like.

As always, thank you for reading, and I appreciate the support. It’s back to work on Addie and Erik for me…

-Asha