Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Q&A Interview and Giveaway with Amanda Ashley

Hello Book Monsters and Literal Addicts! Book Monster Reviews and LITERAL ADDICTION are very pleased to welcome New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Amanda Ashley to our sites today.

Amanda is one of those rare birds--a California native. She's lived in Southern California her whole life and, except for the earthquakes, loves it. She shares a home with her husband, as well as a fluffy Pomeranian named Lady, a sparrow named Tweety she raised from a baby, and a tortoise who remains nameless. Amanda and her alter ego, Madeline Baker, have written 61 books and 14 short stories. Not bad for someone who started writing just for the fun of it. Her books have made the New York Times List, the USA Today List, and the Waldenbooks Bestseller and Mass Market lists.

Amanda currently has 3 series out which include her VAMPIRE TRILOGY ("Shades of Grey", "After Sundown" and Desire After Dark"), her NIGHT series ("Night's Kiss", "Night's Touch", "Night's Master" and "Night's Pleasure"), and EVERLASTING ("Everlasting Kiss" and "Everlasting Desire").

 Amanda also has a new BOUND series coming out. "Bound by Night" the first book in the series was released today and "Bound By Blood" is scheduled to be released on October 4, 2011.

Let's take a sneak peek at "Bound by Night" and "Bound by Blood" to see what it's all about…….

"Bound by Night" synopsis -
A VAMPIRE’S KISS IS FOREVER…Once featured in a horror movie, the crumbling Wolfram estate is said to be haunted by ghosts, witches, and worse. But Elena doesn’t believe a word of it—until she spends the night and wakes up in the arms of a compelling stranger…
Tall, dark, and disturbingly handsome, Drake is the most beautiful man Elena has ever seen. For centuries, he has lived alone, and Elena is the first woman to enter his lair—and survive. And Drake is the first man to touch her heart and soul. By the time she discovers who he really is—and what he craves—it’s too late. Blood lust has turned to love, and Elena is deeply under Drake’s spell. But forever comes at a price for each of them…

"Bound by Blood" synopsis - A VAMPIRES LOVE IS ETERNAL
Zack Ravenscroft loves women-all women-and they love him. The irresistibly seductive owner of the hottest casino in Vegas, Zack has tasted every wicked pleasure Sin City can offer. But never in his six hundred years as a vampire has he seen a morsel as delectable as Kaitlyn Sherrad, the mysterious young newcomer in town. Zack knows nothing about her-except that he craves her.
Kaitlyn is half vampire, half human-and all woman. As the cherished daughter of the Carpathian Coven's master, she has been given every luxury a girl could desire. Now her only need is for a prince. But though she's ready to gamble her heart on Zack, a powerful enemy stalks their every move...watches their every kiss...and waits to destroy their undying love...

Having read Amanda's previous books, we know these will be great.  Let's get started with the interview so we can learn more about Amanda and her new BOUND series.

Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION:  Hi Amanda!  HAPPY RELEASE DAY!!!!  Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to drop by and celebrate the release of "Bound by Night" with us!  We’re so happy to have you with us today!

Amanda:  Thanks for asking me!

Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION:  We always like to start out by getting to know you a little bit better.

Q1):   Can you tell us 3 things about yourself that we can't find out on the internet, in your bio, etc?

Amanda: Hmmm. I’m afraid of the dark. I just bought a new Dodge Charger. And I love my dental hygienist.

2)  What are some other hobbies and interests you like to do when you're not writing?

Amanda: First and foremost, I love to read, always have. I love going to the movies. I just saw Cowboys and Aliens and thought it was really cool. I love spending time with my family. I love walking my dog in the morning.

3)  You first started out writing for the fun of it.  When did you first realize you wanted to get serious about it and try to get published?

Amanda: LOL. If it hadn’t been for a friend of mine, I never would have looked for a publisher. I’d written a couple of books when I mentioned to my friend, Beverly, that I’d written a book. She asked if she could read it.  At first I said no, but then I let her. She said it was really good, very visual, and I should try to find a publisher. She gave me a copy of Writers Market and I began sending out query letters. I never really thought anyone would buy my book but finally, after six years and rejections from every publisher in NY, Leisure bought Reckless Heart.

4)  What made you decide to write paranormal romance novels?

Amanda: My agent asked me if I’d like to try my hand at writing a short vampire story for an anthology. I’d been reading a lot of vampire books and I said sure. I wrote Masquerade, and I was hooked. I’ve been writing vampires ever since.

5)  Do you have any interesting writing quirks or things you must have with you to begin the writing process?

Amanda: Not really. I can write anytime, anywhere. I’ve been known to write in the car, at the bowling alley, on scraps of paper in restaurants.

6)  Who are some of your favorite authors and series?

Amanda: I love Maggie Shayne’s Twilight series, Lori Handeland’s Nightcreatures series, and Patricia Briggs series – the name escapes me at the moment. I also love Jim Butcher’s Dresden books. Oh, and Charlaine Harris’ Sookie books..

7)  What is your favorite inspirational quote?

Amanda: This, too, shall pass

8)  If you could spend the day with any one of your characters, who would it be and what would you do?

Amanda: Wow, no one’s ever asked me that before! Picking a favorite character is like picking a favorite child. Since all my hero’s are married now, I guess I’d spend the evening with Mara and we’d go shopping, get a massage, catch the latest movie, and try to decide which of the Cordova men is the sexiest – Vincent, Raphael, or Rane.
9)  What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview, but never have been?  Could you answer that for us?

Amanda: Gosh, I can’t think of one! I’ll have to get back to you.

Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION:  Now we'd like to ask you some questions about the BOUND series.

10)  Can you please give us some more detailed information about what the BOUND series is about?

Amanda:  Not without giving away part of the plot J I will say that my vampires are a little different from what I usually write, both heroes are yummy, and both were Top Picks for Romantic Times.

11)  Where do you get your information or ideas for the BOUND series?

Amanda: I have no idea where my ideas come from. They’re just there. As for information, can you say Google?

12)  How many books do you have planned for the series?

Amanda: At the moment, just two.

13)  What can we expect as the series progresses?

Amanda: More danger, more romance.

14)  What's next for Amanda Ashley?  What do you have planned in the upcoming months?

Amanda: My next book, His Dark Embrace, is scheduled for June of next year. I’m hoping to get my 5th Night book published next year. A lot of my readers have been asking for Mara’s story. I wrote it sometime back and thought it would be out long before now, but I ran into a snag and put it on hold for awhile. At the moment, I’m working on something new. My readers can get a sneak peek on my web page..

15)  Is there anything specific you would like to say to your readers?

Amanda: I want them to know how much I enjoy hearing from them. I read all my mail and answer every letter. I hope they’ll enjoy reading Bound by Night and Bound by Blood as much as I enjoyed writing them..

Thank you again Amanda for dropping by.  We wish you the best of luck with your BOUND series and we hope to have you on Book Monster and LITERAL ADDICTION again soon.
Amanda: Thank you! I’d love to come back. 

If you would like to find out more about Amanda and her books, you can visit her at any of the sites below.

Amanda's  Website:  http://www.madelinebaker.net/

CONTEST:  Amanda is giving away a SIGNED copy of "Bound by Night" along with a cover flat of "Bound by Blood" to a lucky Book Monster Follower.

To Enter: Make sure you are a follower of the BMR Blog and then post a comment on the interview and make sure you leave a valid email address. Any comments without an email address will NOT be entered into drawing. You must also be a follower of the BMR blog. GOOD LUCK!!!!
Don't forget to drop by the LITERAL ADDICTION website (http://www.literaladdiction.com/) and follow the directions and links to enter their contest for an extra chance to win!!!


blackroze37 AT yahoo.com said...

i ablsolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE amanda! /madeline . i would read any book by her, as long as i knew she wrote it

Linda said...

I sure wouldn't mind waking up in the arms of a tall dark n handsome stranger!

Is there a connection between loving dental hygienists & vampires?! LOL


Linda said...
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Linda said...

I sure wouldn't mind waking up in the arms of a tall dark n handsome stranger!

Is there a connection between loving dental hygienists & vampires?! LOL


Amberia said...

Amanda Ashley is one of my fav paranormal authors! Love the interview and can't wait to read the new series!


Sheree said...

Do you know the name of the male model on the Bound books?

I have NIGHT'S PLEASURE (Paul Marron on the cover) in my TBR pile. I really ought to read it.

ironss [at] gmail [dot] com
GFC follower

Bakerette said...

Have read the Night series by Amanda. Wouldn't mind starting another series by her.


Cath said...

I haven't read any of Amanda's books but they are going on the list to get!!

Kelly Lynn Benson said...

I can't wait to sink my teeth into Amanda's new series!! She has a creative and addicting storylines.


bluesun1218 said...

I love Amanda Ashley! I have all her books and can't wait to start this new series! Thanks for the giveaway!


Melissa said...

I have not read any books by Amanda Ashley, but now that I have read the interview I can not wait to get my hands on a book!! I would love to win this as chance to get started!!


Lori in Philly said...

Thanks for the interview the books look inviting. Going to check out the website now. Thanks BMR and LA for finding me more good reads my list is extremly long now hope I get to the end one day but I doubt it if I keep coming back here and finding more good stuff just can't stay away. Take care

roro said...

haven't read any of Amanda's books but they are going on my tbr read list,

donnas said...

Great interview. I havent read any of her books yet. But I am looking forward to starting them now. Thanks for sharing!!

Im a follower

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Supru said...

I meet this great writter some time ago with a short story and I totally loved it. Since then I try to get all her books. This new serie look as good as all the previos ones, so I would love to grab the first one!! hahahaha

Thank's girls!!


Victoria said...

I've never read Amanda but your books look excellent.
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*yadkny* said...

Your journey to finally getting published is incredible... good thing your friend gave you that little extra push:)

*follower of the BMR Blog

Na said...

Yay! I have more vampire stories to keep on my reading radar. Vampires are my favourite parnormal creatures to read about.

Cambonified {at} yahoo {dot} com

Suppress the Static said...

I love vampire books and the guy on your cover is totally hot! Looks like a must read.
Great interview



LIESA said...

I love that you love your Dental Hygienist!! I'm a Dental Hygienist also!! We need love too!!! LOL


Tanya1224 said...

I've seen a lot of these books but I have not read any of them :( I have no idea why I haven't yet. The new series sounds so good too. Thanks for the post and the chance to win. I'd love a chance to get started on her books. I liked Amanda's comment on which character she'd pick...it ended up being a girl...lol. Now I know that they're all married ;) So the stories end well.
GFC follow as Tanyaw1224

alainala said...

ive read a couple of the books, but would love to get more! thanks for the chance


hstreible said...

I love your books!!!!


Patti said...

I liked the interview. I have your books on my wish list and can't wait to read them.

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Charity Costa said...

I wish we were doing a Chat with Amanda She sounds so cool and would love to pick her brain more about her series lol Hopefully she will come back and let us chat at her lol Great Interview!! :)


Trish said...

Thanks for the interview!


SdyLion said...

I am a huge fan of a your Amanda Ashley works and have read all the vampire based novels under that pseudonym. Thanks for such an excellent interview. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

Temperance said...

I love your books,There the kind of stories you cant put down:)
I loved the post!
im a follower

Christina said...

Thank you for the interview!


Spav said...

Bound by Night sounds really interesting. I'll have to check it out!


Leanne109 said...

Amanda Ashley is one of my favourite authors, I keep all her books :D Great interview!!!


AmyS. said...

I picked up Everlasting Kiss one day by chance and loved it. I have to get the rest of the books too.

truebloodfan AT rock.com

slappylilly said...

I enjoy her writing style.

Chris Disser said...

Loved your interview... Leaving here to download one of your books

Michelle H. said...

I have not read any of her books yet, but these sound great & I'm adding them to my TBR pile.


Lori Z. said...

Thanks for the great interview. I have not read any of Amanda's books yet. I'm certainly putting them on my wish list.

knitrix29 (at) gmail (dot) com

Anonymous said...

I am always looking for new awesome authors; so I'm looking forward to starting this series to see if I like Amanda!!


Autumn said...

Love the interview!
New author equals a new fan! All of your books are going to my TBR pile I see my hubby putting me on a intervention here pretty soon with all the books I will be buying lol. The guy that has blue eyes on your cover is hawt! Just have to say.