Updates…..or a long rant…….

It’s been awhile since I’ve written, re-posted or done anything  on my blog site. Mid-2015 to now has been hectic. I’ve moved to a bigger, bustling city and accepted a new job (hopefully the last full-time teaching job I’ll ever have). Life changes are always stressful but coupled with raising a teenager and a seven year old it crosses into chaotic. During this process my writing has suffered, to the point that I haven’t written anything in months. Basically my writing “mojo” went on hiatus and recently just returned.  This experience has reminded me (daily) that teaching is psychologically and emotionally draining (especially when at the middle school level) and parenting along with it kinda left me feeling like a zombie.

One day while sitting at my desk I looked at my calendar and realized it was November. Something inside of me woke up. When I moved I had plans to buckle down and write. With the goal of transitioning to a part-time teaching position (at the elementary level) and the goal of becoming a full-time editor/ writer. I hadn’t made any progress. Realizing it was November 1st and I wasn’t closer to achieving my goals scared me. Let’s face it life is short. I don’t want to wonder in five years, ten years or even twenty years why I didn’t follow through. Coupled with the fact 2015 is almost over and soon it will be 2016 — a fire has been smoldering inside of me.

I think the universe agreed because the next day I received first chapter edits back from a well-known freelance editor. I made a spur of the moment decision back in September to attend a local chapter of RWA and won the free critique. 

Her words were encouraging and she seemed enthusiastic about my work.

So what am I doing now……….

I’ve enrolled in a six week online editing course. I’m actually participating and doing the assignments. I’m working on my manuscripts and am determined to finish both of them (OK at least one) by the end of this year. And I’m reading again. My current book list includes:

A Mad Zombie Party by Gena Showalter

About A Vampire by Lynsay Sands

So I’ll be posting updates weekly on this journey to get shit done.

Until the next time….

Yolanda

A Will for Love’s Debut

I’m sooo excited that my novella A Will for Love is AVAILABLE now on Amazon (the link is below).

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Blurb:

Lanya gave her love and trust to a man, only to find out their relationship was a lie. Shattered, she decides she’s never give her heart to anyone again. But when her ex, Mikael LockRidge, offers her a proposition she can’t refuse, Layna finds being with him makes it impossible to resist the sensual pull between them.

Blackmailed to commit an act that still haunts him, Mikael accepts his current loveless relationship as karma. But when he receives unexpected help from the grave, Mikael realizes he wants back what he lost. He just has to convince the ex he hurt to let him back in her life and her heart.

Buy Link:

Giveaway:

One lucky winner will win a $25 Amazon Gift Card! Here’s how:

After purchasing your copy of “A Will for Love”, email/forward your receipt to me -yolanda.ashton [at] yahoo dot com. One reader will be randomly selected as the gift card winner.

CONTEST INCLUDES PURCHASES FROM 2/19 – 3/20. WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON 3/30 ON MY BLOG.

Novel Lines~ A Will for Love

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Below are some of my favorite lines from my upcoming novella A Will for Love:

  • ..her eyes met the sky blue eyes that made her nights an emotional hell.
  • .. he had to tell Layna he was about to marry the woman he’s been engaged to his birth.
  • Eyes that once gazed at her with love, idolized her body with desire were now cold and foreign.
  • Mikael wondered how in the hell he would convince Layna to give him another chance.
  • …..Because the man, who had already devastated her life once, had the power to do it again.
  • “I am not excited to see him.”..Her voice sounded weak to her own ears.
  • “Did you not take my virginity, allow me to fall in love with you, connect to you, while being engaged to another woman?

I tried to capture sexy, emotional, funny and intense moments of Layna and Mikael’s story w/ these lines. Let me know what you think 🙂 

Until next time….

Yolanda A.

 

Cover Reveal~ A Will for Love

A Will for Love 

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Coming February 11

Blurb

Lanya gave her love and trust to a man, only to find out their relationship was a lie. Shattered  she decides she’s never give her heart to anyone again. But when her ex, Mikael LockRidge, offers her a proposition she can’t refuse Layna finds being with him , makes it hard to resist the sensual pull between them.

Blackmailed to commit an act that still haunts him, Mikael accepts his current loveless relationship as karma. But when he receives unexpected help from the grave, Mikael realizes he wants back what he loss–  he just has to convince the ex he gutted- to let him back in her life and her heart.

Hope you enjoyed 😉

Yolanda A

Sneak Peek Sunday~ A Will for Love

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Below are six paragraphs from my upcoming novella A Will for Love, releasing February 11.

Layna hurried in, her eyes connecting with Mikael as soon as his apartment door closed behind her.

“I came as soon as I got your message.” Concern etched her face. “What’s wrong? Your message said it was important.”

Layna’s heart rate had skyrocketed when she received the text from Mikael telling her it was an emergency and to come to his apartment as soon as possible.

Expecting to see chaos as soon as she entered, Layna stopped and took a deep breath noticing for the first time that everything looked calm, including the sender of the text.
Something was not right here.

“Mikael, what’s wrong?”

His blue eyes were chilly and his usually messy black hair was styled perfectly giving him a debonair look. She asked as she realized he was dressed in business attire. Mikael’s usual style was rocker meets prep. He left her and other girls drooling when he wore his trademark tight black tee and faded blue jeans. Although the black suit fit his lean, muscular six–foot-plus frame nicely it also made him look cold and detached. She had jokingly referred to it as his LockRidge armor. He only wore his ‘armor’ when he had to deal with his father.

Check out the other wonderful sneak peek snippets by clicking here:

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