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Sale!

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Instead of posting a preview today I thought I'd share this for those who haven't seen it on FB. 35% off your order expires April 30. Now's your chance to stock up at a great savings. This includes all pre-orders as well.

Here's the link to the Dreamspinner Store: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/

Next Friday I'll resume my regular preview posts.

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Bay Area Professionals

Dr. Ethan Marshall is the young medical student on call the night Tessa Duran murders her husband for abusing her twelve-year-old-son, Rino. Ethan stays in the cubicle while the rape kit is performed and is surprised when the boy resorts to prayers instead of tears.

Despite compelling evidence, Tessa is sent to jail for life. To avoid placing Rino in foster care, their parish priest agrees to raise him. Ethan is touched by Rino’s plight and visits whenever possible, but the connection is broken when the priest and young boy leave the area months later.

Raised by the Dominicans in California, Rino considers joining the order until a romance blossoms with a fellow student. After much soul-searching, he turns his back on everything familiar, and chooses his orientation over his perceived vocation. Upon graduating dental hygiene school, Rino takes a job at the office of Scott Gregory and Robin Kennedy.

Seventeen years have passed since that horrible night in the em…

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Fractured is the third novel in the Bay Area Professional Series. It can be read as a stand alone but you can expect to see characters from Impacted! and Bonds of Love making guest appearances.

Blurb

Bay Area Professionals

Roque “Ro” Celdran dreams of a better life, far away from the hand-to-mouth existence of his migrant worker family. He moves to San Francisco to study Landscape Design but finds himself short of cash. Tony, Ro’s identical twin, comes up with a plan to help Ro make ends meet. The BDSM club Tony frequents is looking for gay men to act as submissives to the Dommes-in-training. Ro reluctantly takes the job and falls headfirst into a world he neither understands nor desires.

Lance Roberts is the new doctor at the dental practice started by Scott Gregory and Robin Kennedy. On the surface, he seems to have it all: the Mensa IQ, blond and blue-eyed good looks, and the determination to make it in his competitive field. Underneath lies a frustrated Dom in search of the perfec…

Tax Relief Sale

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Everything is on sale at the Dreamspinner store including my entire back list. Check it out!

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/searchresults?q=mickie+b.+ashling

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Sequel to Impacted!
Bay Area Professionals

Getting to know each other hasn’t been an easy journey for Scott Gregory and Robin "Red" Kennedy. Falling in love and exploring their kinkier sides revealed a perfect match, and Scott is a devoted sub to Red’s headstrong and often impulsive Dominant personality.

Scott, Robin, and their friend, Susie, open a new dental practice a short distance from the old office but miles away from Scott’s former boss and his Promise Keeper mentality. But the move doesn’t guarantee a happy ending. Robin’s mother is in a medical crisis. Scott’s grandfather makes an unexpected appearance. Ongoing interference from Jenna, Ron’s needy assistant, stirs up trouble. And Susie, having completed her training as a Dominatrix, is on a quest for the perfect male submissive.

Then there's one more threat to their relationship: Robin’s desire for a public collaring, something the shy and formerly closeted Scott is having a really hard time accepting. Is a strong …

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Impacted is the first book in the Bay Area Professional Series. It was my second novel published with Dreamspinner Press in 2009. I remember how excited I was to find the perfect cover for this story. I still love it after all this time. 

Blurb

Bay Area Professionals

On his way home from vacation, Scott Gregory, a closeted sub, hooks up with the gorgeous Red, a flamboyant Dom, for a thrilling one-off at a BDSM bar. They part ways after a satisfying scene... but meet again when Robin Kennedy—Red—arrives at his new job as a dental hygienist and discovers one of his two bosses is Scott.

Robin and Scott embark on a journey of exploration into their kinkier sides and discover they're more than compatible—they're a perfect match. But keeping employer/employee and Dom/sub separate at the office presents difficulties, and to make matters even more complicated, the owner of the dental practice is an acknowledged homophobe.

They fall in love, but Robin chafes at all the secrecy, refusing to …

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Cutting Out is the final book in the series. Once again, Anne Cain created this beautiful cover. It'll resonate with readers who've been following the story. 

Blurb:
Sequel to Cleave

Hours after stepping off the yacht where they had their mock wedding, real life intrudes, and arguments arise between Sloan Driscoll and Trent Hamilton.  Seeking relief at his BDSM club, Trent bumps into an old army buddy who tells him things are different now that DADT has been repealed.   Meanwhile, Sloan receives a frantic call from ex-lover, Cole Fujiwara, who tells him that his twins and ex-wife have been kidnapped. Cole asks Sloan for help but makes him promise not to include Trent in the rescue attempt.

Trent considers the opportunity to resume a career cut short, and despite Sloan's threat to postpone the wedding, he leaves for the Middle East as an independent mercenary while Sloan rushes to aid Cole.

In Tokyo, disturbing revelations draw the former couple together, and old feelings are re…

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Cleave is the third book in the Cutting Cords Series. It follows right after Vessel (wherein the big break-up occurred) and Cole's father has just died. Now we deal with the aftermath of his machinations. 

Here's a preview. 

     We headed toward the cluster of people near the open casket. I averted my eyes because I had no desire to look at Ken in death. I was still angry at him for manipulating Cole and destroying our relationship. Now it was too late to call him a conniving son of a bitch, and I refused to give him more than a passing glance. I was here for only one reason. Cole was facing his dad but turned toward me the instant he felt my presence.
    “Sloan?”
     “I’m here,” I said, reaching for his hand. “I’m sorry for your loss.”
     Cole’s stoic fa├žade fell apart as soon as he heard my voice. He could barely croak out the words of acknowledgment. It broke my heart to see him in such pain, and every protective instinct was immediately resurrected. I enfolded him in my ar…

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Sequel to Cutting Cords. 

Five years into their relationship, Sloan Driscoll’s peaceful existence is suddenly upended. His lover, Cole Fujiwara, gives him an ultimatum: agree to a surrogate birth or break up. Noriko Evans, a beautiful woman of Japanese/American descent, is handpicked by Cole’s father to be the surrogate. At the same time, Trent Hamilton, model and established Dominant, sets his eyes on Sloan, offering him another life choice.

Sloan is thrown off balance by this series of events he can neither understand nor control. He’d thought the topic of children had been laid to rest years ago, but with the advent of a new form of genetic testing, Cole’s fear of passing on retinitis pigmentosa, a disease that leads to blindness, has been greatly reduced. Noriko’s abrupt appearance threatens Sloan, as does Sloan’s attraction to Trent and a side of the BDSM world he’d never thought to explore.

Will Sloan be able to muster the inner strength he’ll need to deal with one shocking revelat…

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When Sloan Driscoll and Cole Fujiwara become reluctant roommates, neither man is willing to share too much. Sloan is instantly attracted to Cole but knows it's a hopeless cause; Cole has a steady girlfriend. But one night they share a joint, and Cole opens a window neither anticipated.

A relationship may be impossible—both men are living with heart-breaking secrets. While Sloan is smart, sassy, and a brilliant graphic artist, he’s also a pothead with severe body image problems. Cole, a former major league pitcher, has his own personal crisis: he's going blind. Sloan and Cole are suffering on so many levels, they might not realize that the ultimate salvation could be within each other’s arms.

Preview:

Cole spent his Saturday practicing how to be blind. He was well aware his limited sight could last for years at this level, but he had to face the reality that tomorrow everything might change.

He started by putting on a sleeping mask, one that Juliana had left the last time she'd…

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A plot bunny + hours of YouTube clips featuring famous ice skaters like Johnny Weir = Enforcing Emory. It released in 2015 and continues to be one of my bestsellers. Here's a short excerpt.  


     “Did that man really tell you to stay away from his family?”
     Nikolai nodded an affirmative but immediately realized he should have lied. His mother was fiercely protective of her children, especially Nikolai, her only son. She loved her three daughters unconditionally, but they didn’t have to struggle for recognition or live up to the ideal Igor had saddled on her Kolya. She’d never tolerate anyone who thought he was better than her boy.
     “What’s the guy’s name?” Irina asked. She was two years younger than Nik and had taken to Western society like a duck to water. Hooked on social media, she was never far from her iPad. “Let’s google the creep.”
     Nikolai snorted. Irina considered Wikipedia and Google the sources of all information, and if she couldn’t find her answer with a few …

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Here's an excerpt from Yesterday, a period piece that takes place during the last few months of the Pahlavi dynasty. The year is 1978 and the setting is Karachi, Pakistan. My main characters come from two very different backgrounds and, despite all the warnings, start a friendship that changes their lives forever.  During this tumultuous time  in our history, I think it's more important than ever to focus on our similarities rather than our differences. Love is love.   


     We got to the round table, and he pulled out the chair for me. I was taken aback by the gesture; I didn’t think royals did that sort of thing. I obviously had some preconceived notions I’d have to discard.
     Once we were settled, he asked, “What would you like to see today?”
     “How about I let you decide?”
     “All right,” he agreed. “Why don’t we stroll through Empress Market for starters?”
     “What is it?”
     “The oldest, filthiest, most congested bazaar in the world, but it’s a wonderful and intere…

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I've been immersed in Chyna's universe for the last few months. The sequel has been completed and sent off to my pub for consideration. Now I'm writing the spin-off featuring a new couple. Last week I watched Katie Couric's National Geographic special called Gender Revolution. She shared a lot of good information, and it was especially gratifying for me, as an author. to know I wrote my first intersex character accurately. If you're interested, here's a snippet from the book Chyna Doll and the buy links. Dreamspinner Press is having a special sale on paperbacks for a week. As with all their books, if you buy a paperback you get the e-book for free.

Here's the excerpt of Chyna Doll

     All Chyna wanted was to fit in. She’d have given anything to be one of her dumpy half sisters or adorable like Chip, but that wasn’t the hand she was dealt. So why not turn lemons into lemonade? If she were to become a supermodel, no one would give a shit if she were as tall as…

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While sitting in traffic on the way home that afternoon, Bryce sifted through his memories of Owen, trying to figure out what his next move would be. Admittedly, the young man he’d known back in college was nothing like the jaded adult he’d become; however, Owen had always blamed everyone but himself for any slight, real or imagined. Accepting responsibility for his failures had never occurred to him. Those basic characteristic traits hadn’t changed over the years. His delusional sense of entitlement was the only catalyst he needed to justify his illicit behavior. Bryce was certain Owen wouldn’t quit until he won the next round. So far he was zero for two, and scores like that were unacceptable to a man who considered himself superior in every way.
     For one fleeting moment, Bryce thought about keeping this new information from Seth, but the second he walked through the front door, he decided it would be foolish to even try. Seth could read him like a book and he knew something was …

Open Case Blog Tour Schedule

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Hi, everyone. Here's the schedule for the upcoming blog tour. As usual, I'll be sharing exclusive excerpts, and offering giveaways. Stop by any of the listed blogs and throw your name in the hat for a chance to win. Open Case is the final book in the Open Series.


Tour Schedule
Feb. 3 - Sinfully
Feb. 6 - Love Bytes
Feb. 8 - Bayou Book Junkie
Feb. 10 - Diverse Reader
Feb. 13 - Molly Lolly
Feb. 14 - The Novel Approach
Feb. 16 - Prism Book Alliance
Feb. 20 - Two Chicks Obsessed
Feb. 23 - Just Love

Happy Year of the Rooster!

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Many of you know I believe in Chinese Astrology. I've even used one of the signs as a title for a novel (Fire Horse). Last year was a terrible year in many ways. Here's hoping this one will be a lot better. I've attached a link so you can read your individual horoscopes. Your animal sign is based on year of birth. Have fun checking out the predictions.  


http://www.sunsigns.org/chinese-horoscope-2017/

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“If I were Owen, I’d be hitchhiking my way to California, but he was always ruled by his emotions rather than his pea brain. We’ve already established that. What if I’m right, Seth, and he’s out for blood? I fucked him over by calling in Adam and Jack. You managed to screw up his plans by locking yourself in that room. He’s not only broke; he’s been humiliated, and he’s not going to let that go.” “Stop it,” Seth pleaded. “You’re scaring the heck out of me.”  “I’m sorry, babe, but if it’s any consolation, I’m scared as well. And that’s another thing,” Bryce admitted. “I never stood up to Owen, and the day he showed up in my office and shoved me against the wall, I froze. Instead of fighting back, I let him intimidate me like he did in the past. If I had been quicker to react, the cops might have gotten to you before Owen did.” Seth regarded Bryce with renewed interest. “Aside from being a cheating asshole, was he also physically abusive?” Bryce thought about lying to spare his ego, but he …

iBook Sale

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iBooks has Horizons on sale for 99 cents until February 3 along with several other Dreamspinner titles. Check it out! 
Direct Link: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/book/horizons/id1092292985?mt=11

Flash Sale!

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Today only! Check out these fabulous 99 cent deals from some of your favorite authors. Open House, book 2 in the Open Series is on the list. My entire backlist is 30% off as well. 

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“It started out innocently,” Bryce said. “Back in those days I was pretty vanilla and didn’t know anything about breath play. I just figured Owen liked it rough, but the first time he wrapped his fingers around my neck and started squeezing, I panicked.” “Jesus!” “Yeah, it was terrifying because I didn’t realize what he was doing or why. I was sure he wanted to kill me.” “Why on earth would you think that?” Seth asked. “We’d been seeing each other for over six months, and I was starting to complain about being his dirty secret. It ticked me off that we never went out in public, and sex was always rushed. He didn’t talk about a shared future or admitted that he cared for me, much less loved me. I was starting to realize the romance was one-sided, and it was getting old.” “Why didn’t you try seeing someone who was emotionally available?” Bryce snorted. “Owen threatened to tear off my dick if I looked at another guy.”
The entire Open Series is 25% off until January 23. Get caught up before Open…

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Everything is on sale at the Dreamspinner Store including pre-orders and paperbacks. Get caught up on my Open Series before Open Case, the final book in the series, releases on February 3. 

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-open-series-7684-s


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The doorbell rang, jerking Seth back to the present. Shutting his laptop, he made his way to the front door, grumbling about another interruption. As he turned the deadbolt, he wondered why no one had buzzed him from the security desk downstairs, but that didn’t pop into his head until he opened the door and stared into the now familiar face of Owen Lightfoot. He was wearing a Jimmy John’s hat and vest and holding up one of their bags. “Lunch?” he offered cheerily.
Reflexively, Seth said, “Wrong apartment.” “Is that the way to greet an old friend?” “You’re no friend of mine.” “Well, at least we agree on something.” “You need to go.” Seth attempted to close the door, but Owen was quicker than a weasel and just as intent on his target. Blocking the door with what looked like a size-sixteen boot, he shoved his way past Seth, muttering, “Out of my way, blondie.” “What do you want?” Seth asked. To his own ears, he sounded fearless, but his heart was banging against his chest and a part of him wan…

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I'll be sharing a few lines from one of my novels every Friday to give you a preview. These are from Open Case which will release on February 3. 

     “I should kick you in the balls for keeping something this important from me,” Seth griped. “What the fuck, Bryce? I thought we’d moved past this stupid need to swaddle me like an infant.”
     “You’re right, and I’m sorry. My only excuse is that I was in shock.”
     “So was I,” Seth replied in a calmer tone, “but you didn’t see me clamming up and harboring a giant secret.”
     “Point taken and acknowledged. I was wrong to keep this from you. To my way of thinking, I was sure the cops would find Owen in a few days and this implied threat would be a moot point.We’re going on three weeks, and that fucker is still out there. Now I’m really starting to worry, and that’s why I suggested the guns.”
     “Do you honestly think he’ll come back?”

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Cover Reveal!

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Unveiling the gorgeous cover created by Catt Ford for Open Case, the final book in the Open Series. I'm over at Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews today sharing an exclusive excerpt and giveaway. Check it out!

Sinfully:  http://sinfullymmbookreviews.blogspot.de/2017/01/exclusive-cover-reveal-open-case-by.html

Pre-order here: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/open-case-by-mickie-b-ashling-8112-b

Happy New Year!

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Wishing everyone who visits this blog (I know you're out there because I see the stats) a very Happy New Year!

For my part, I plan on starting out 2017 on a positive note. I've completed my 30th novel today, the sequel to Chyna Doll. Those of you who've been waiting for this story need not wait much longer.

Watch for the Cover Reveal on January 3 over at Sinfully Book Reviews for Open Case, the final novel in the Open Series. I can't wait for you to see the gorgeous cover and read the exclusive excerpt. Stay tuned for more info.