20 November 2014

Ashley's Dream

A New Adult Romance Novel

Ashleys dream BR KingsolverMy latest book is Ashley’s Dream, a New Adult romance novel. Ashley is twenty-three and graduating from college as the book begins. This book is a complete departure from my paranormal urban fantasy books.

Ashley isn't looking for love. She has a dream is to travel the world, and getting tied down by a man doesn't fit into her plans. Relationships always get so complicated, and men always lie. It's better just to have some fun and no one gets hurt.

When she graduates college and the job offers don't come rolling in, her life continues as usual: working as the manager of a college town bar and hanging out with her friends. Then a tragic event pushes her to take a chance on romance. 

But things are not always as they seem, and Ashley’s white knight has secrets. Her friends try to tell her something isn't right, but her common sense is smothered by his kisses and soft endearments.

When the job offer she has always wanted arrives, will she follow her heart and choose love, or follow her life-long dream?

Click HERE to read the first two chapters and VOTE TO NOMINATE ASHLEY'S DREAM before December 20.

Click "Continue Reading" below to read an excerpt from the book.

Rather than publish the book myself, as I have done with my other novels, I’m trying another publishing avenue. Amazon has a new program called Kindle Scout. Kindle Scout is reader-powered publishing for new, never-before-published books. It’s a place where readers help decide if a book gets published.

With Kindle Scout, Amazon is taking a 21st century approach to publishing, letting readers nominate which books progress to funding. It’s like your favorite reality TV show, except for books. It means you can now read excerpts from hitherto unpublished books and, if you like them, give your thumbs-up.

Each book, across the romance, science fiction and mystery & thriller genres, has 30 days to get as many votes as possible. After this period, Amazon checks which titles have the most backing, and selects which will be published.

So why would you wish to nominate a title? Well, if you like what you’ve read in the first two chapters on their web site, it means you can read the full novel when it hits publication. But more than that, you will also receive a free Kindle edition of the book a week before it’s officially released.

Cleck HERE to read the first two chapters and VOTE TO NOMINATE ASHLEY'S DREAM before December 20. 

Here is a bonus excerpt:Ashleys dream BR Kingsolver

When Jeff came over after his softball game, I still had a lot of anger and resentment that I hadn’t taken out on Marcie. I didn’t even know it was there until I had another convenient target.

He pulled me into his arms and kissed me, but I pulled away. Walking away from him, I said, “Why didn’t you tell me you were rich? Or that your father’s company is Owens, Hart and Collins?”

“You never asked me. Why, is it important?”

“I guess it isn’t if this is just a temporary fling. I just think it’s polite to let a girl know that you’re never going to take her home to meet your parents. It sort of puts everything in perspective so that she can decide whether or not she’s comfortable just being a casual fuck.”

“Ashley, what is going on? I’m not trying to hold anything back from you. We hardly know each other.”

“Yeah. I was asked earlier today, what your last name is and I didn’t know it. My fault, I guess. Normally you find that sort of thing out on a first date, but I guess we haven’t had our first date yet, have we? We just jumped into the fucking part and left the introductions for later.”

“I’m not the one who did the seducing,” he said. “I told you that we should wait. You’re the one who was hot to trot, and now that’s my fault? You’re being incredibly ungrateful. I think you’ve got issues, and I’m more than willing to let you work them out. Good night.”

He didn’t exactly slam the door, but he didn’t close it gently, either. I stood staring at it with my mouth open. What the hell just happened? The last thing I wanted to do was fight with Jeff. When he knocked on the door, my heart jumped in my chest, and I skipped to the door to answer it. And then I opened my mouth, and the same bitchy crap I’d laid on Marcie earlier came spilling out.

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