Monday, January 27, 2014

Interview with Jackie Ashenden, author of 'Hollywood Blackmail' - Win a $50 Gift Card!

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Title: Hollywood Blackmail
Genre: Romance
Author: Jackie Ashenden
Publisher: Entangled Indulgence
Pages: 152
Language: English
Format: Ebook

 Lizzie Kent needs to forget the past. She lives in total anonymity, immersing herself in nursing to help her forget. But when a man from her previous life turns up in her clinic, the life she’s tried to create for herself may come toppling down. Ash knows what he wants and he wants Lizzie, the girl who left him all those years ago. As Hollywood's greatest action superstar no one says no to him, but when Lizzie refuses to acknowledge their shared past, he has to resort to a little old fashioned blackmail. Will Lizzie revisit her past to enable her future with the man she loves, or do old wounds run too deep?


Could you please tell us a little about your book?

Hi and thanks for having me on the blog.  Okay, so Hollywood Blackmail contains some blackmail (obviously), Hollywood (again obviously),  a hot action star, a nurse in hiding, sexytimes in a private cinema and some blatant Wuthering Heights appropriations. J

Did something specific happen to prompt you to write this book?

Actually yes. I was asked to write this book as a start to the Seacliff Medical series, a series set in an LA plastic surgery clinic. There are three other writers who will be writing the next books in the series – should be great!

Who or what is the inspiration behind this book?

I guess I wanted to go all out with the fantasy element. I thought if you were going to set it in LA with Hollywood stars then one of the ultimate fantasies is having a hugely famous, incredibly hot actor fall for the plain not-famous girl. So that's what I wrote.

What are you currently working on?

I'm working on a book for Samhain at the moment. This book is different from Entangled books in that it's much, much darker and angstier. In fact, it's probably going to be the darkest book I've written so far.

What is the most important lesson you have learned from life so far?

If you have a dream you want to follow, don't wait. Do it now. And never, ever give up. The best things in life are worth working hard for.

Is there anything you regret doing/not doing?

I regret not following my writing dream sooner. But then, if I had, I may not have had the toughness I needed to get through to actually achieving it.

You know the scenario – you’re stuck on an island. What book would you bring with you and why?

The Lord of the Rings because it's really, really long and when you've finished reading the story, you've still got all the Elvish poetry to go back and read. ;-)


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Jackie has been writing fiction since she was eleven years old. Mild mannered fantasy/SF/pseudo-literary writer by day, obsessive romance writer by night, she used to balance her writing with the more serious job of librarianship until a chance meeting with another romance writer prompted her to throw off the shackles of her day job and devote herself to the true love of her heart – writing romance. She particularly likes to write emotional stories with alpha heroes who've just got the world to their liking only to have it blown wide apart by their kick-ass heroines. She lives in Auckland, New Zealand with her husband, the inimitable Dr Jax, two kids, two cats and some guppies (possibly dead guppies by the time you read this). When she's not torturing alpha males and their stroppy heroines, she can be found drinking chocolate martinis, reading anything she can lay her hands on, posting random crap on her blog, or being forced to go mountain biking with her husband.


Pump Up Your Book and Jackie Ashenden are teaming up to give you a chance to win a $50 Gift Card (Reader’s Choice Amazon/B&N etc)!

Terms & Conditions:
  • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
  • One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive one $50 Gift Certificate
  • This giveaway begins January 13 and ends on February 7.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on February 8, 2014.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
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