Everyone please welcome our Wednesday Author Ashlynne Laynne!
Hi Nikki, let me just start by saying how thrilled I am to be here on your blog today. I love your visuals and the John Lennon quote is one of my personal favorites. Today I’m offering two copies of the revamped version of my first novel, The Progeny to two lucky commenters. If I might, I’d like to begin by telling a bit about myself. I write under the pen name Ashlynne Laynne. I live in North Carolina with my husband of nine years and my nineteen-year old son. I’m a full time employee at a major power company, and I write part-time. I’m currently writing books three and four of my Progeny series, editing book two of the same series, editing books one and two of another upcoming series, and writing book one for a series I plan for late 2013.
Ashlynne Laynne has always had a soft spot in her heart for vampires but grew tired of the garlic fearing, sun-loathing creatures of old. An avid horror movie fan, she tends to enjoy media and music that is of a younger, more eclectic nature. This was the catalyst for her writing The Progeny. The vampire/witch pairing is unique and different when most books pair vampires with werewolves.
The infinite possibilities, for such a wickedly unique couple, intrigued her. There is no shortage of romance, steam and surprises in The Progeny. These books are for adults and contain adult sensuality and themes, but minimal profanity. She loves writing on the edge and teetering between the erotica and romance genres. She thinks of Ascher and Shauna as the damned version of Romeo and Juliet.
Ashlynne is currently working on books three and four of her Progeny Series, book one of her upcoming Rocker Series, and an untitled WIP. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with her family. She juggles the hats of wife, mother, full time employee and part-time writer, hoping to write full time one day soon.
Book one of the Progeny Series—The Progeny—will re-release soon. The “revamp” will be a second edition full of extended scenes new details. Book two—Blood Bonds—is set to release in June of 2012.
Ashlynne lives in North Carolina with her husband and teenage son.
The Progeny Blurb
“No fate other than the one I choose.”
The timeless creed, and tattoo, bore by the Rousseau’s— a vampire clan with the purest bloodline of any vampire family. Out of this clandestine group came one who was different, yet the same: Ascher - a half-bloodling— half- human, half vampire.
Ascher questions the purpose for his existence and which world he truly belongs to: the human world or the vampire world. Two months from sealing to Ursula— a prearranged union to a woman he abhors — he’s at his wit’s end. He knows if he calls off the sealing, the Romanian clan will strike with deadly force, but he cannot see eternity with a cold empty shell of a woman like Ursula.
Just when he thought life was complicated enough, he meets Shauna— a beautiful, bi-racial human Wiccan — and immediately develops an unshakable attraction to her. She makes him feel alive and vital despite his origins and Ascher makes a decision that turns his immortal world upside down.
When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer? The writing bug bit me pretty earlier in life, around age 8. I entered and placed third in an Optimist Oratorical contest on Freedom in America. This was the first time that I saw the true power of my words. I was pretty much hooked after that. Over the years, I’ve written poetry and songs but never considered myself patient enough to sit and write a novel. That all changed two years ago after I had an intense dream about a man who’d later became my character, Ascher. After that, I was pretty much in it until the end.
How long does it take you to write a book? It usually takes me four to six months, depending on the other factors in my life.
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing? I work my A job Monday-Thursday from 5:30 am- 1:30pm. I usually settle down to network, check email, and take care of blogs and whatnots from 2:45- 3:30. I try to write at least two hours every day. I get the bulk of my writing done on the weekends when I don’t have to work during the day.
Where do you get your information or ideas about your books? Believe it or not, the Progeny Series started as a dream about Ascher. It really freaked me out, because I woke up with this compulsion to know who the gorgeous guy was. Most of the scenes in my books are dreams. I keep notepads and pens around my house because I randomly have thoughts, dreams, or ideas pop into my head many times during the day.
What does your family think about your writing? I think my husband was ready to commit me some place at first. When I told him that I was going to write a book about a vampire and witch who fall in love, he gave me the analytical look that Ash gives Shauna a lot in the series. Over time, as I became more engrossed in my quest to write these characters, hubby came onboard. My birthday gift last year was a new laptop so that I wouldn’t be confined in my writing room, hovering over the desktop all day.
Do you like creating books for adults? I love writing for adults. Though my first book was labeled erotic paranormal romance, I had no idea that was what I wrote. I shied away from using harsher words out of fear of the unknown. Then a friend, who is a very prolific erotica writer, told me that she saw me holding back in my love scenes. So I took a scene that I was working on in book three, stripped the purple prose away and replaced it with more heated descriptions and actions to match. And you know what? It was very liberating! I’ve never felt freer or more creative. I’m pretty sure I’ll never go back.
Five things readers wouldn’t know about me. Hmmm, let’s see. Well readers wouldn’t know that my only child has autism. I’m a big crusader for all causes associated with autism and plan a project where the proceeds will go to autism research. I’m also afraid of clowns. Stephen King’s It pretty much ruined clowns for me for a lifetime. My favorite dogs are Yorkshire Terriers. My favorite color is pink, but I’m sure that anyone who’s visited my blog or website could’ve figured that one out. Lastly, I’m sure that my readers wouldn’t guess that I’m a lover of metal music. Rob Zombie is one of my favorite artists.
What TV shows do you watch? my favorites are Family Guy, The Cleveland Show, Bitchin’ Kitchen, The Secret Circle and Vampire Diaries
Tell us about your upcoming releases. If you could call it that, the revamp of The Progeny is my latest release. This is a re-edited, extended detail version of the original book that released back in February. It’s been an amazing experience for me because I was able to go back and bring more detail to these characters, now that I’m writing in book four of the series. The sequel, Blood Bonds, is set to release this summer.
Where can we find you online?
Facebook Book Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Progeny-Series/129418917161599?bookmark_t=pageRomance Book Club Author Page: http://www.romance-book-club.com/ashlynne-laynne.html
Author Blog: http://ashlynnelaynne.blogspot.com/