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Monday, July 2, 2012

Giveaway & Guest Post: Vampires Are Here To Stay! by Ashley Robertson

Please help me welcome author Ashley Robertson back to Full Moon Bites!

“If your manuscript has the word vampire in it, I don’t want to see it!” was the theme of the 2011 San Francisco Writers Convention, which of course totally threw me for a loop because that’s exactly what my debut novel, Crimson Groves, was—a fresh twist on the sought-after undead that I thought we couldn’t get enough of. And even though most of the workshops I attended discouraged anything and everything vampire, I held in my disappointment, jotted down as many helpful notes about writing, building a social platform, how to get an agent, etc., as I could, and then, at the end of a long, butt-busting day, I returned to my hotel room in tears. “How could this be?” I demanded of my husband, who had come to San Francisco as my support system, handling his own business affairs while I attended the five-day convention. Unfortunately he didn’t have an answer and was just as perplexed as me.

Vampires have been around for as long as I can remember and they surely don’t seem to be leaving us anytime soon, yet why do most of the literary agencies seem to disagree? Does their disinterest have anything to do with the Twilight saga, assuming people would be burned out on yet another story either about vampires or with vamps in it? I can only guess, since I’m no literary agent, but with all the new books, movies, and shows coming out about vampires including Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (novel turned movie), a hugely popular new season of True Blood—with over 10 million “likes” on its Facebook fan page (and novel turned into an HBO series)Vampire Diaries (another novel turned TV series), and Laurell K. Hamilton’s Kiss the Dead just recently rated #1 on The New York Times Best Seller list, it seems proof enough to me that the agents were dead wrong.

My obsession with urban fantasy and paranormal romance is imbedded inside the deepest parts of my mind where there are preternatural beings fighting their way to the forefront, willing me to tell their story. And if you’re a writer like me, then you understand that if you don’t listen to your characters, then they will torment you. So instead of paying attention to all the literary agencies that insisted that vampires were out, I ignored their warning and moved forward with my second novel and new release, UnGuarded. And though my protagonist in this mature YA/urban fantasy/paranormal thriller is a guardian angel who can shift into human form at will, she not only loves her best friend and human charge, Caitlyn, but she’s also madly—and blindly—in love with Cole, a vampire she’s forbidden to be with. Add it to your Good Reads shelf now! (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15356720-unguarded)

And to further rebel against the notion of an anti-vampire world, I’m currently working on Crimson Rain, the sequel to Crimson Groves (book #2 of The Crimson Series). I’m an experienced freelance writer (AKA indie author), and all my works are professionally edited with meticulous attention to detail, story, plot, characters, etc., and I promise my novels will appeal to all who love urban fantasy and paranormal thrillers. Check out my ratings on Good Reads here: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4323952.Ashley_Robertson

I genuinely appreciate every one of my fans, and all the amazing support I’ve received from the wonderful book reviewers/bloggers, without whom I’d be nowhere. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

Stop on by my blog and check out some of the new features I’ve added, including a “review” section: http://www.ashleyrobertsonbooks.com/ (signed copies of my books will be available soon through my website as well—so stay tuned!).

~Ash


"Guardian angel Selene was so close to becoming an archangel—the supreme of all beings—until she fell in love with Cole, a forbidden dark one. Once she discovers her vampire lover has been kidnapped and the only way to save him is by abandoning her number one priority—Caitlyn, her human charge—there really is only one answer in Selene’s mind, even though leaving Caitlyn unguarded will most likely cause Selene to fall from grace.

But her choice to save Cole doesn’t come without a price…and now Selene is racing against time to not only save her dark lover, but find a way to keep Caitlyn alive as well.

With the help of a new vampire ally, Luke, Selene will push her diminishing angel abilities to the point where her very existence lies in the balance. Now threatened with the chance of becoming a fallen angel or even dying, Selene can only pray she’ll have enough time—and good grace—to save the ones she loves.

Check out the first couple chapters on Ashley's blog for FREE:
http://www.ashleyrobertsonbooks.com/b..."



Ashley Robertson resides in sunny Orlando, Florida and loves reading and writing about everything urban fantasy and paranormal romance. When she isn't writing you'll find her spending time with family and friends, training in her home gym, traveling and exploring new places, drinking fine red wines, and making gourmet coffees with her Nespresso machine.

Find the Author:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ashley-Robertson-Books/189402414415555

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/AshleyR0bertson

Good Reads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4323952.Ashley_Robertson

My blog: http://www.ashleyrobertsonbooks.com/blog/



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11 comments:

  1. I do not believe vampires will go away either. There will always be readers waiting for more vampires.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks Debby :-): That's exactly how I feel about it too.
      ~Ashley

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  2. I just wrote a guest post similar to this or my blog your. I don't think vampires are going anywhere either. If your book is original with vampires any better!

    Awesome post. :)

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    1. Here you are. Thanks so much for your comments. For some reason I didn't receive any emails alerting me to posts on here, so I'm glad you mentioned that you saw this and posted so I could come check it out and respond to everyone. Thanks again and very nice to meet you. ~Ashley

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  3. I dont thing vampires are going anywhere either Reader love to read about vampires

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    1. Thanks Cindy. I'm obsessed with vampires and I love reading anything that has them in the story. ~Ashley

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  4. Vampire are Forever after all they will always be around.

    authorleighsavage@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks Leigh! I agree wholeheartedly. I <3 Vampires! :-): --->vampire smiley
      ~Ashley

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  5. There is something timeless about vampire stories and vampire romances are the best.

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    1. That's a great way to put it, Heather. I love a good paranormal romance with...you guessed it, VAMPIRES!
      ~Ashley

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  6. Here's an excerpt from the book:
    He flashed around and locked eyes on me, then licked his lips. “I knew I’d be
    seeing you soon,” he purred, as the unknowing joggers safely moved past him.
    Luke took a few steps my way, smiling. “You look”—his eyes slid up and down
    my body—“delicious.”

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