Update

It’s short notice, I know, but… I will be doing a book signing Saturday, January 17th, at Past Tense Books in Holly, MI. The bookstore is located downtown, right on Saginaw Rd, south of Grange Hall. It’s above Morgan’s Boutique. The signing will be from 1 until 3 pm, so if you’re interested in getting a signed copy of Blood of the Immortal, stop in to see me!

I’m working hard on Book 2 of the series, currently titled Original Blood. It’s a bit different from the first, as the story is told from two main characters: Corbin and Zoe. And NO, they are NOT a couple. If you’ve read Book 1, you know why. The both have their own romantic interests. The story also takes place twenty years after the end of the first.

I also have a plan for Book 3, and have one chapter down (kinda hard to work on it when the second hasn’t played itself out yet). And it’s main character (drum roll, please)… VIC! Yes, he’s getting his own book. (You’re welcome to a certain individual that kept bugging me about giving him one)

In the near future, I plan on posting a short story that is related to Heart of Lavora, the fae novel I recently finished. I’ve debated putting it into the novel as a prologue, since it explains what happened 200 years in the past to cause the current conflict. As of right now, it’s not going in, but we’ll see what happens.

Looking forward to the signing, and maybe seeing some of you there! Happy Reading!

Meet My Character

So I was tagged by Nancy Tucker, a fellow author, to do a post about a character in an upcoming book. In turn, I’m tagging Brenda Hasse and W.C. Hoffman.

The idea of this is to introduce a character from a recently completed piece or a work-in-progress. The following questions were part of the challenge:

  •   What is your character’s name?
  •    Is your character a fictional or historical person?
  •    When and where is the story set?
  •    What should we know about him/her?
  •    What is the main conflict/ what messes up up his/her life?
  •    What is the personal goal of the character?
  •    Is there a working title for the book and where can we read more about it?
  •    When can we expect it to be published?

We’re then supposed to tag other authors, asking them to do the same, and we put little bios for those authors the the end of our post. So, here goes!

1-2. My character’s name is Skye Lockhart, and she is fictional.

3. Most of the story takes place in the fictional city of Haven, located on the coast of Mass. (Though now that I think about it, the name of the city is only given once, and I never say the state.) In the last few chapters, the characters travel to the Sidhe homeland, called Lavora.

4. Skye isn’t what she thinks she is. In other words, she’s not a normal young woman. Certain aspects of her life, her heritage, have been hidden from her. She prefers to solve problems on her own, not wanting to rely on others or possibly risk their safety. That being said, when she knows she can’t do something on her own, she’ll go to others.

5. The conflict begins with Skye attempting to distance herself from her abusive ex-boyfriend, but it becomes much more. Skye is smack in the middle of a two-century long battle between Sidhe clans. She must discover her strength if she is to bring an end to the war.

6, In the beginning, Skye’s goal is to get away from her ex. Later, it shifts to finding a way to end the war, keep her family safe, and protect everyone in the human land.

7. The working title is Heart of Lavora. I’ll probably be posting more information about it on my blog soon.

8. I’m in the process of sending to agents at the moment, so I don’t have an exact date as to when it’ll be out.

Brenda Hasse is an author of children’s books, as well as young adult novels. She has several children’s books out, such as My Horsy and Me, What Can We Be?, A Unicorn For My Birthday, and Yes I Am Loved. Her YA novel is titled Wilkinshire. 

W.C. Hoffman’s debut novel, Twins of Prey, is a great outdoors mystery/action story based in the woods Michigan. It’s part of a three book series, and book two should be out soon! (Sorry, I don’t remember the exact date, though I believe it’s in October)

Finding Time

The people that know me personally, and know I am responsible for three children under the age of five (my husband works about 12 hours a day), often ask me when I find time to write. The answer is whenever I can.
I’ll find something to occupy my kids, open the laptop, and just write, even if it’s only for five or ten minutes. I always have a notebook with me, usually in the center console of my car, or in my bag. My youngest two tend to fall asleep in the car, so on days they’re fussy and I can’t get them to go down, I’ll take a drive until they’re out, then I park and write. This works better when my oldest is in school, as he doesn’t nap anymore (bummer), and I’m lucky if I get a half hour, but at least it’s a half hour of quiet time to work!
Most of the time, I don’t get to do anything until after I’ve put the kids down to bed, which happens to be just before 9 pm. This is if I’m lucky. They don’t like to go down without a fight. Even then, it’s not distraction-free writing time. The hubs will have the TV on, or want to talk, so in total, I might get another half hour of writing time before I go to sleep around 11.
Now that I’m putting this down on paper, I’m realizing how little time that is. Realistically, I’m lucky if I get 3 hours total of time to write. I’m sure my husband would disagree with that number, as he thinks that’s all I ever do, but if I’m honest with myself, I’m lucky to get that much time.
I happen to be a night owl, so working at night doesn’t bother me. In fact, I think I probably write better stuff at night, when I’m not getting up constantly to break up a fight or feed kids, or pick up some sort of mess they’ve made. I can actually FOCUS then. But if the muse is whispering to me in the middle of the day, I can’t ignore her. Sometimes, much to my husband’s dismay, the laundry or the dishes just have to wait a bit. It’s not like they’re going anywhere (unlike my kids).
The point of this is, no matter how much or little time I have, I just have to write. It’s what I love. Yes, this means it can take me longer than I hope to finish stories, but as long as I JUST WRITE every day, I’ll eventually get them all on paper.

Blood of the Immortal now available!

I’m so excited to announce that Blood of the Immortal is LIVE! For now, the paperback is only available through CreateSpace, but it will be on Amazon.com next week. It is also available on Kindle, and should be live on Nook tomorrow.

Here are the links! Happy reading!

 

Paperback:

https://www.createspace.com/4744474

 

Kindle:

http://www.amazon.com/Blood-Immortal-Trilogy-Ashley-Jeffers-ebook/dp/B00JWT55PU/ref=sr_1_16?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1398387523&sr=1-16&keywords=Blood+of+the+Immortal