2nd Annual Multicultural Romance Blog-A-Thon Info

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Multicultural Romance:

Romance in which cultural, racial or ethnic background of one or more of the characters plays a major role in the story and in the romantic relationship.

Think beyond characters who are black and white (African-American and Caucasian) today’s multicultural relationships feature people who are Asian, Hispanic, Native-American, Middle-Eastern, and Bi-racial. In the 21st century love extends beyond all margins and readers love reading romance stories reflecting that.

May is Multicultural month and what better way to celebrate this than by showcasing authors who write multicultural romance. If you’re one such author participate in the Second Multicultural Love Blog-A-Thon. Each day (weekdays only) during the month of May a different multicultural romance author will be featured on my site. All that’s needed is your book cover, blurb and/or excerpt (of the multicultural romance novel/novella), buy links and your social media links. Want to write a guest blog as well or instead? That’s cool!

You’re welcome to host a giveaway on your guest day but it’s not required. I’ll be giving away a $20 Gift Card (Amazon or B&N) to a visitor at the end of the Blog-A-Thon. Any romance genre is acceptable (new adult, LGBT, erotic, etc.)

Interested? Great! Just click on the “Multicultural Romance Blog-A-Thon” tab at the top and post the top two dates you want. First come, First served.

I’m also offering a limited number (up to 10) of cover ads to feature during the Multicultural Romance Blog-A-Thon. For $5 you get a tagline caption, link to a website of your choice and your ad on the site during the entire month of May (during the Blog-A-Thon).  If interested please email me at yolanda [dot] ashton [at] yahoo [dot com].

Yolanda Ashton

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.

 

Alpha Fighter Book Blitz

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BOOK & AUTHOR INFO:
Alpha Fighter by Ava Ashley
(The Alpha Fighter Series #1)
Publication date: December 15th 2014
Genres: New Adult, RomanceSynopsis:

The first part of Alpha Fighter, a two-part series from Amazon bestselling author, Ava Ashley.

Savannah Santos is on the run, almost out of options and cash. The daughter of a motorcycle club king, she fled everything she ever knew to get out of an arranged marriage to a rival club’s prince. Her plan is to follow her career dreams and not endanger anyone by getting too close. But she wasn’t expecting her new roommate to be her dream guy.

For Cooper Quin, being any girl’s dream man, is nothing new, but he’s determined to stay exactly that: a dream. His focus is on killing it in the brutal MMA ring. A former Navy SEAL with a dark past of pain and betrayal, falling in love is the last thing he intends to do. But his sexy new roommate is nothing like one of his usual one-night stands. With her, it feels safe to let his guard down.

Cooper knows a little about running from the past; Savannah’s is still looking for her. He can’t leave her alone, but pursuing her might be the MMA fighter’s undoing. She knows she can’t stay forever—not with two outlaw gangs searching everywhere to bring her back.

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AUTHOR BIO:

Amazon bestselling author Ava Ashley may look like the girl next door, but her steamy romances reveal a very naughty side. Raised in small town Ohio and now living in Homer, Alaska it’s amazing that she hasn’t increased the average temperature in her area of the state with her steamy writing. And she loves reading new adult romance novels as much as she enjoys writing them.Ava likes spending time outdoors and does a lot of hiking and cycling with her husband and four children. When she can get away on her own, she’ll often take pen and paper along, find a secluded spot and let the environment inspire her. Of course, that inspiration frequently results in characters tearing each other’s clothes off, but you would expect nothing less from a romance writer.

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Razor’s Edge Tour

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Title: Razor’s Edge

Series: Afflictions #1

Author: Racquel Reck

Release Date: June 18, 2014

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SYNOPSIS

Escaping the evil man of her past…
With a tattoo gun, Shay Kelly tries to color a better future for herself and her son. When her abusive ex is paroled this proves to be a difficult task. All her clients used to be his and he’s taking them back. But that’s not the only thing he wants.

Screaming his way to the top…
No one can change the visions of Morgan Desario’s past, or what he saw the night his dad died. Marijuana helps the pain his singing can’t numb. When his heavy metal band gets signed, he’s flying high. But fame and fortune do nothing to take away the humiliation he faces every time he gets stuck in a memory.
 
When their morals slip and their sins collide…
They share the same lifestyle, but couldn’t be more different. She’s anti-drug and he’s all for smoking pot. A night of passion bonds them together, but their connection is strained when their pasts are unleashed. On tour, Morgan’s sins flourish. At home, Shay’s morals bend. A sharp line separates what’s right and wrong that both are afraid to cross.

Will they be cut walking the Razor’s Edge?

GOODREADS LINK:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21795774-razor-s-edge

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AUTHOR BIO

Always a fan of books, Raquel began reading at the age of six. Yes, she started early. It fueled her imagination and she began writing her own stories at the age of ten. Then her writing took a back seat when she discovered drama class in high school.

Becoming an actor was what she wanted to do with her life, but she changed her mind. “I felt like I needed to do something more meaningful and planned on becoming a nurse’s assistant.” She went to college for her CNA, but again, not the career choice for her.

When she turned twenty she met her husband, and shortly after, their daughter came. All the while she had these voices in her head, these characters begging her to tell their stories. “I put the mute button on them until I became pregnant with my son, now I can’t get them to shut up.” She wrote five unpublished novels before her son turned three. She hopes that her stories will be inspirational for people going through the same problems as her characters.

Instead of going the traditional route, sending out querys and receiving rejection letters, she decided to take on the world of indie publishing. She writes contemporary and paranormal romances and hopes to one day step outside her genre and write a horror novel.

She resides just outside of Detroit, Michigan with her husband, two children, two cats and a dog. Summer days are spent at the race track and when night time falls, her secret worlds come alive.

 

AUTHOR LINKS

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Racquel-Reck/170142303155147

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/rreck29

Website:  http://rreck27.wix.com/raquel-reck

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8107250.Racquel_Reck

 PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon US:  http://amzn.to/1pOkkUC

Amazon UK:  http://amzn.to/1nlL5Zv

Kobo:  http://bit.ly/1pOl38g

B&N:  http://bit.ly/1qvkCxF 

 GIVEAWAY

There will be a giveaway for a signed paperback of Razor’s Edge

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 What Yolanda thinks about Razor’s Edge:

This new adult romance was gritty and intense. Shay was a heroine I could relate to- a hardworking single mother (with baby-daddy issues) who only wants the best for her son. Any mother can relate to that. What I didn’t like about Shay was her over obsessiveness with a potential beau’s drug usage. To the point that even prescription marijuana is a big no-no.  

 Her ex is one of the biggest douches I have ever read. Not to give too much away but when he gets his I still feel he was let off too easy…but that’s another story.

The love story between Shay and Morgan is combustible. Their chemistry is hot, their sex is hotter and their breakup & makeup was intense. 

If you like gritty new adult romance with twists than Razor’s Edge is for you! 

 

 

See Through Me Tour

Taking a break from the Multicultural Romance Blog-A-Thon to share info about a great New Adult read. The Blog-A-Thon continues tomorrow!

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See Through Me by Sera Bright 
(Lose My Senses #1) 
Publication date: May 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Synopsis:
There’s only one person I want to see when I return home. But I know he won’t be waiting. It’s the reason I feel safe enough to come back.I’m so wrong.Ash Townsend isn’t the same quiet boy from next door. He’s tall, dark, and demanding answers. He wants me, but he doesn’t trust me. Who can blame him? When his own family tried to break him down, he still sheltered me in this town full of liars. And I repaid it by leaving him without a word.Because I’ll do anything to protect Ash. I have the scars on my wrist to prove it.

Goodreads: 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20878454-see-through-me

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  Yolanda’s See Through Me Critique

I loved this book! It is definitely a three-star read! The main characters (Ash and Katie) have a history that forges a bond between them that eventually develops into an intense romance. Katie, a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, is a strong, yet gritty heroine. She’s real, she’s flawed and comes across as a believable character. She’s also been in love with Ash as for almost as long as she’s been alive.

I love characters with history and a real connection. Ash is abused by his parents but instead of making him a victim it’s made him a fierce protector of Katie. I love the element of suspense in this story, the sex and the overall love and tenderness Katie and Ash have for each other. If you love New Adult Romance then See Through ME is worth a try.  

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AUTHOR BIO
When I’m not plotting elaborate schemes in my head, I’m having a fabulous time with my own real life story. That’s what happens when you have three awesome kids, two fluffy (useless) cats, and one very patient husband. I can cook like a fiend but prefer to eat doughnuts with sprinkles for breakfast. Sprinkles make everything taste better. An avid reader of all genres, I shamelessly admit romance will always be my favorite. And while I enjoy the safe and familiar, I’m always up for an adventure.My debut New Adult Contemporary Romance novel SEE THROUGH ME will be released in May. You can contact me at https://www.facebook.com/authorserabright , https://twitter.com/SeraBright , or through my website www.serabright.com 
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An Aria in Venice Blitz

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An Aria in Venice by KaSonndra Leigh 
(A Musical Interlude #1.5) 
Publication date: April 22nd 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Synopsis:
**This novel is a standalone with no cliffhanger.**

His goal…One night with the ballerina.
Her goal…To beat the player at his game.
The outcome…Something completely unexpected.
Adriana Dostov pegged Luca Martuccio from day one: gorgeous, talented, arrogant, a man who has had difficulty committing to one woman in the past. He is known in fashion circles as the player with a scandalous history. So when the girls in her ballet troupe suggest she gives up her virginity to him, she doesn’t say no. But she’s not sure that a ‘yes’ is the right answer either. Yet, she can’t stop herself from making the offer…a one night stand in Venice.Luca wanted fiesty little Adriana the moment they first met – and he fully intends to have her, hence why he’s agreed to accept her proposal. In the end, he’ll get what he wants. No commitment. All sex.But, as Luca discovers, there’s more to the ballerina with the overbearing mother – and he can’t help but care about the frightened girl behind those sad eyes.Adriana discovers Luca isn’t just walking sex on a stick – he has a wildly passionate side, a lost soul who has suffered just as much grief as her. And it could be, they’re exactly what the other one needs.

AUTHOR BIO
KaSonndra Leigh was born in Charlotte, North Carolina. She now lives in the City of Alchemy and Medicine, North Carolina. She likes to write about people of all ages doing fantastical things in magical worlds. Her two sons have made her promise to write a boy book next.She loves to play CLUE, Monopoly (the Indiana Jones version), and Pandora’s Box (good writer’s block therapy). She lives in an L-shaped house with a garden dedicated to her grandmother. It has a secret library complete with fairies, Venetian plastered walls, and a desk made out of clear blue glass.I’d love to connect with you:

Heartbreakers…Are they just Misunderstood?

Definition of a Heart-breaker

Are heart-breakers just guys who can turn into the best lovers or husbands? I’m sort of in the middle with this statement. For the most part I believe heartbreaking are men who haven’t found love with their soul mate. Don’t get me wrong there are exceptions to this rule. Some heart-breakers are just jerks who will get what’s coming to them. Many players have also been hurt in the past and their heartbreaking ways are just a means to cope with the pain.

Or they could be got between a rock and a hard place like my character Sean in “His Source.”

I’ve listed my favorite (and some of the sexiest) – below:

1. Damon Salvatore (The Vampire Diaries)

2. Lothaire (from the novel Lothaire by Kresley Cole)

3. Eric Northman (True Blood)

4. Klaus (The Originals)

5. Tony Stark (Iron Man)

6. Marcus (played by Eddie Murphy in Boomerang)

 Until later

Yolanda Ashton

 

Spring Fling Blog Hop: March 20-23

Love is the best revenge

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Devastated after an emotional break-up, Alexis decides to finish her fall semester and leave East Brook College and the town of East Brook forever, certain starting over in a new place will soothe her wounded heart.  Her plans are derailed when her ex-lover returns wanting another chance.  Despite the chemistry between them and their sensual history, should she risk her heart again for a man who told her she wasn’t good enough for him or his tribe?

Bowing to tribal pressure, Sean Yonah was forced to hurt his best friend and lover, the one woman he couldn’t get enough of. Now the Spirits say she may be his “other.” Sean knows what he did was deplorable, but if he doesn’t convince Alexis to forgive him, he’ll lose a lot more than the love of his life.

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My Contest:

My heroine, Alexis, has to figure out how to get over a broken heart. Help her out! What’s the best way you’ve gotten over a broken heart? Leave a comment below and one lucky commentor will receive an epub edition of my soon-to- be released novella His Source to one lucky commenter! 

Good Luck ….Yolanda Ashton

The Spring Fling Blog Hop has some awesome prizes to give away! Grand Prize List:

1 Kindle Fire (Donated by Blushing Books)

1 $75 Amazon (or B&N) Gift Card

1 $25 Starbucks Gift Card 

1 $25 Blushing Books Gift Card 

1 $25 Loose Id Gift Card 

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New Adult Romance: My New Addiction

For the last few months I’ve been caught up in the wonderfully exciting world of New Adult Romance (a.k.a NA). It’s my new addiction- so much of one, that between reading NA, a full-time job, and motherhood; my writing has taken a back seat. Now that I’m somewhat back on track with writing (don’t judge me please), I have the urge to let others know about some of the wonderful New Adult worlds I visited.  

The first batch (in no particular order) I’m sharing are NA eBooks I loved and recommend for purchase (unbelievably some these eBooks are free). They had strong characters, intense emotion, and a HEA/HFN ending.

Here they are:

You Can’t Go Home Again and Hidden Depths by Aubrianna Hunter

The Secret of Ella and Micha/The Forever of Ella and Micha/The Ever After of Ella and Micha all by Jessica Sorensen

Frigid by J Lynn

Bully (Fall Away Series)  by Penelope Douglass

A Sliver of Hope by Karla J. Nellenbach

Christmas Kisses H.M. Ward

Off Course by Sawyer Bennett

Savor You by Emily Snow

Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder

Him by Carey Heywood

Read some of these? Great! Share how awesome (or not) they are below. If not, follow these directions:

1. Go to your favorite eBook  site (Amazon, GoodReads, BN, etc…)

2. Read the blurbs/reviews

3. Choose one (or many)

4. Purchase and support an author.

Wasn’t hard at all was it? 🙂

Until later 

Yolanda A.