Saturday, February 27, 2016

Great review for Yesterday



For those of you who are on the fence about my historical novel set in the Middle East, here's a great review from Alex over at Rainbow Book Review that might help you make up your mind

http://www.rainbowbookreviews.com/book-reviews/yesterday-by-mickie-b-ashling-at-dreamspinner-press.


If you're so inclined, you can purchase the novel here: http://www.amazon.com/Yesterday-Mickie-B-Ashling-ebook/dp/B01ACZE6JI/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Or here: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=7256

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Release Day Reviews of Mayon



Today is release day for the second edition of my historical romance, Mayon.  This new edition, published under the DSP Publication imprint, has additional content, and has been thoroughly re-edited. I'm attaching two release day reviews I was excited to find this morning.

Multitasking Mommas: http://www.multitaskingmommas.com/2016/02/blog-tour-earc-review-excerpt-giveaway_23.html

Love Bytes Reviews:  http://lovebytesreviews.com/2016/02/23/release-day-review-mayon-by-mickie-b-ashling/

Read what inspired Mayon and check out these photos!

Did you know? https://www.dsppublications.com/news/did-you-know-194

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Blog Tour: Mayon





The second edition of Mayon releases on February 23 under the DSP Publications imprint. Join us on  the blog tour to read exclusive excerpts and win some giveaways.



TOUR SCHEDULE
Feb. 22 - The Novel Approach
Feb. 23 - Multitaskingmommas
Feb. 24 - Love Bytes
Feb. 25 - On Top Down Under Book Reviews
Feb. 26 - Prism Book Alliance
Feb. 29 - MM Good Book Reviews



Sunday, February 14, 2016

Valentine's Day Excerpt



 “Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.”
Khalil Gibran 1883-1931

“What if,” I suggested, “you wake up in the next few weeks and decide you want to leave this all behind. How would you do it?”
“It’s not going to happen, Grady.”
“Humor me, Kam. It doesn’t hurt to be prepared, right?”
“Put your Hollywood dreams back in your camera,” he admonished.
Determined to play this out, I continued with my questions. “Could you get to Europe in this thing?”
“How do you think it got here?”
Ignoring his sarcasm, I asked. “Where’s your passport?”
He shook his head. “In my safe at home.”
“Which home?”
Sighing, he grabbed my head between his hands and planted a big wet one. “It’s here in Karachi, but this crazy notion of yours needs to stop, Grady. As soon as you board the plane to New York, I’m going back to Tehran, and I’ll be married within two weeks.”
“What’ll happen to the yacht?”
“We’ll put it in dry dock for the winter, and then Jon and Gus will go home for a much-needed break.”
“Where does it dry dock?”
“Right here at the boat club.”
“That’s good to know.”
“Why?”
“’Cause it’s not there,” I said. “You can’t very well escape if they impound your boat.”
“You should really become a writer instead of a cinematographer,” Kam noted, shaking his head. “What an imagination you have.”
Ignoring him, I asked, “How long is the car ride from Tehran to here?”
“Grady, stop this,” Kam said irritably.
“Answer me.”
“It’s a little under three thousand kilometers door to door. A full day at least, maybe less if we drive straight through.”
“What about gas?”
“What about it?”
“Won’t you need to stop? What if they put some kind of embargo on gasoline?”
“Who’s they?” he asked, voice rising.
“I don’t know,” I spat out. “The king of fucking Siam!” I choked on this last bit and buried my face in my hands. Without warning, I was crying and felt every bit the teenager I was. How could I expect this man to take my advice? I was a child compared to him and a crybaby to boot.
“Hey,” he said softly.
I couldn’t see his face, but I could tell by the tone of his voice that he’d banked his anger. Apparently my tears were far more effective than my logic. I looked up at him, no longer ashamed of my emotional outpouring. I wanted him to know this impending marriage was breaking my heart. I knew I had no right, but it wouldn’t hurt for him to see how much I cared.
“Come here,” he said, reaching for my hand and drawing me onto his lap.
I straddled him and stuck my face in the crook of his neck, continuing to snivel like I was ten. “I can’t stand the thought of you being so miserable,” I murmured when I could finally speak. “Living a lie will shrivel your soul, Kamran. You’ll turn into a bitter old man long before your time.”
His spoke softly against my ear. “Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.”
“Exactly,” I said, straightening up. “I agree with Gibran. I know you’re terribly conflicted about a lot of things, and I’ll never know what it’s like living in a culture where you have to follow orders blindly because of tradition, but you do have resources to fall back on should you choose to follow your heart. I want you to know that I’ll support you any way I can, and if my father can help, he will. You just need to ask.”

Excerpt from my novel Yesterday





Saturday, February 13, 2016

Valentine's Day Q&A



John and Greg, the main characters of my novel Mayon, are participating in a Q&A over at Scotty Cade and Jo Peterson's blog---Between The Covers.  You can read a snippet from Mayon and click on the Rafflecopter widget for a chance to win an e-copy of the novel which releases February 23.

Here's the link: http://scottyandjo.blogspot.com/2016/02/romance-z-with-mickie-b-ashling.html

Monday, February 8, 2016

Happy Chinese New Year!



This is the first day of the Chinese Lunar Calendar and we're celebrating the year of the Fire Monkey. I'm attaching a couple of links for those of you interested in reading how your animal sign will fare in 2016.  If you don't know your sign, there are specific dates assigned to each animal on the second link. I know this is far from an exact science, but in my experience, I've found Eastern horoscopes to be more accurate than Western. Go figure. Anyway, who can pass up a chance to look into their future?  Pretend you're walking into an exotic fortune teller's secret cave and get a sneak peek at what's in store for you this year.

http://www.narryecaldwell.com/year-of-the-fire-monkey-february-8-2016/

http://www.sunsigns.org/chinese-horoscope-2016/




Saturday, February 6, 2016

Saturday Author Spotlight and Interview



I'm the featured author today over at Diverse Reader. There's an interview and some giveaways for those of you who are interested in learning a little bit more about me and my writing process. Check it out!

http://diversereader.blogspot.com/2016/02/saturday-author-spotlight-mickie-b.html

Friday, February 5, 2016

Giveaway!



I'm offering two signed paperbacks of my novel Yesterday as Giveaways. Click on the widget to get more details. The contest is open for one month.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Yesterday by Mickie B. Ashling

Yesterday

by Mickie B. Ashling

Giveaway ends March 05, 2016.
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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Blog Tour: Final Stop


Today is the last day of the blog tour. I'm over at Sinfully where you can read another exclusive excerpt of Yesterday.  The giveaway ends tomorrow so if you haven't already clicked on the Rafflecopter widget now's your chance.

http://sinfullymmbookreviews.blogspot.com/2016/02/exclusives-blog-tour-yesterday-by.html

Yesterday reviewed a 4.5/5 rating over at Joyfully Jay. You can read it here if you haven't already seen in.

http://joyfullyjay.com/2016/02/review-yesterday-by-mickie-b-ashling/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Lastly, I'd like to thank everyone who's followed along on this blog tour. It was impossible to answer all of you, but I was very happy you appreciated the exclusive excerpts at each stop, and I enjoyed reading your comments.