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Thursday, 12 April 2012

Interview and Giveaway with Jennifer Ashley!

Holla Maidens! Please help us welcome back historical romance author, Jennifer Ashley! Ashley writes some of the best historical (and paranormal) romances out there so if you haven't checked out her HIGHLAND PLEASURES series, then here is your chance! Don't forget to stay updated on the latest info on her website here. Now please help us welcome back, Ms. Ashley!
Jennifer Ashley

Thanks for coming back to UTC! It's a pleasure to have you. Eleanor Ramsey is one of my favourite heroines of yours. What quality should every heroine have?


Heroines, imho, need to be strong enough to stand up to that uber-powerful, romantic hero we pair them with. The stronger the hero, the stronger the heroine. And she needs to love him to pieces, even if she believes for half the book that he's bad for her. In the end, they both know that they're stronger together. I love strong women!

Hart is one hot highlander! I know that a lot of readers are anticipating his book. While writing his book, did you find it was easier than expected because he is an established character already or was it more difficult to flesh his character out?

Hart is a hottie, and I've always loved him. I think it's much easier to come up with a brand new character than to start with one partly established in other books, because you have no restrictions. However, with Hart, I've known that character for a very long time, so he was fairly easy to slip into. He played a large part in Ian's book, and that's what I drew from--the relationship between Ian and Hart. Duke's Perfect Wife is very much about the Ian/Hart relationship as well as the one between Hart and Eleanor.

Your next book in the series is called THE SEDUCTION OF ELLIOT MCBRIDE. Readers have seen a glimpse of Elliot already, but what can you tell us about him that we have yet to discover?

Yes. I love Elliot! I know readers don't know much about him, but I think you'll like him. Elliot has had a rough time of it--he was a wild young man who went to Afghanistan and India, and found a way to make money at being a wild adventururer. Then life beat on him (he was imprisoned in a very bad place for a long time), and he's back in Scotland trying to recover. So that wild young man he was is battling the PTSD-like problems he has now plus trying to figure out how to be a proper Scottish laird. Juliana, his heroine, is never sure from day to day what's going to happen!

But Elliot's very hot, loves running around in his kilt (only), and loves kissing the heroine.... no matter where they happen to be or under what circumstance.

I call him "The Untamed McBride".


You've got me all excited now! Daniel Mackenzie is also set to have his story told. How would you say Daniel has grown throughout the series so far?


I'm looking forward to writing Daniel's story. I think he has grown--he was raised with benign neglect, and he's had to watch and learn on his own, for the most part. As he sees each of his uncles find love and happiness, he understands the importance of true love vs. simply having someone to be with. He'll be looking for his one true love, and start to believe he'll never find her. Until he stumbles across her in an unlikely place...

We are fans of highlander romances here at UTC. But we would like to know which books you enjoy. Care to share your favorites with us?

I love a good mystery! I'm a mystery fan first and foremost. The mysteries of Donna Leon (set in Venice) are full of atmosphere, good mysteries, and great food! (I always want risotto after reading one.) In romance, I'm fond of Eloisa James, Elizabeth Hoyt, and Sarah MacLean. They are amazing romance authors, with wonderful senses of humor. Mary Jo Putney was my inspiration to write historical romance in the first place, and I've never stopped loving her books (and she's a very nice person too--when I, drooling fan girl, finally got to meet her). I'm also a fan of fantasy--Terry Pratchett, Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs--I can read and re-read them any time, and find great pleasure there.


You've named some of our absolute favorites there! What is the most essential item you require to crank a book out?

Iced tea. Lots of it.

Ian, Mac, Cam and now Hart - you seem to write the perfect highland hero. But now here's a tough question...If you could choose only one to go on a date with, who would you pick, where would you go and why?

Ahhhh!!! That's tough. I love them all, and I'm loving Elliot now too. I would probably pick Mac, though. He's full of fun and unpredictable, but he'd make sure you had a good time! I love men who like to laugh, and who make me laugh.

How many books do you have planned in this series?

As many as it takes. :-) I'll be discussing this soon with my publisher. I have stories to tell about Ainsley's other brothers (Sinclair and Stephen), and would like to do Inspector Fellows' story. Plus I introduced the character of David Fleming (Hart's decadent friend) in Duke's Perfect Wife, and I'm interested in what makes him tick. And then there's Angelo, the Romany...

And lastly... we are going to ask the question every girl wants to know...What's underneath a Mackenzie kilt?

What do ya think? ;-) Heaven.

I knew it! Cue swoons! Thanks for chatting with us today, Jennifer! It's a pleasure to have you at UTC again. 


It's giveaway time and Jennifer Ashley has a very generous giveaway for you all. She is giving away the COMPLETE HIGHLAND PLEASURES SERIES all SIGNED. Open to all.



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64 comments:

Amber said...

Great interview! And I'd love to read the Inspector's book!

ClaudiaGC said...

Oh yes, please more books in this series! :) I love them all! I was a bit sceptical with the first book but ended up loving it and I've been hooked on this series since then.

Proserpine said...

Hi! I didn't start this series yet, but I love everything with yummy Highlanders! wiggles eyebrows!!! Thanks for this chance, the series sounds awesome!
Proserpine

proserpinecravedfor(at)hotmail(dot)com

Jennifer York said...

I've read Pride Mates by Ashley and really enjoyed it. I have the rest in that series on my TBR list. I'd like to give her other books a try.

Thanks for the interview and giveaway.

savannah said...

Great interview
This series sounds amazing thanks for the chance to win!

Joanne said...

Fun and informative interview. I love this series. I agree that there needs to be more books. Thanks for the chance to win.

e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

erin said...

Thanks sooo much for a great interview and giveaway! I've read such awesome reviews for all of these books and I would love to read them ;)

Diane D - Florida said...

Oh my God, this series looks amazing, and those covers - wow!!! I love Highlander stories with such a passion. I love to follow their battles and eventually end up in their beds with them. (figuratively speaking). These Highlanders are so brave and nothing frightens them. I love how they protect their women and will do anything, and I mean anything, to protect them.

Thank you for such an amazing opportunity.

dpd333 (at) aol dot com

smartmouthtexan said...

I absolutely adore Jennifer Ashley. Not only does she share my name (Ashley) but she writes about my favorite: men in kilts.....

Thanks for the giveaway. You rock.

Shelley B said...

I've actually read all three, but would love autographed copies to add to my book shelf. Thanks!

Krista said...

I've only read Ian's story and it was amazing!

Mary D said...

I would so love to win the whole set of books! I have read all but Ian's story.

LadyRed said...

I'm not yet familiar with your work but I am definitely going to have to familiarize myself with it since it has highlanders :-D Thank you for the interview!

Penfield said...

Thanks for the interview. I've enjoyed this series and it's nice knowing there will be more.

miki said...

Thanks you a lot for this interview and fabulous giveaway. I really hope to read your serie soon so this giveaway is a wonderful opportunity

thanks you a lot

BookAttict said...

I absolutely LOVED The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie! He was such a unique and endearing hero, and I SO want to read the rest of this series!

Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
elizabeth @ bookattict . com

Victoria said...

What a great interview. I'm so excited now for the other books (and other possible books!), I can hardly wait to find out more about Elliot and I'm really looking forward to Daniel's story. :)

GzNKz4evr said...

How many books are planned was the question. As many as it takes was the best answer ever! I love it! Great interview. Thanks for the heads up on this series that I HAVE to check out! :)
Kendra

Di said...

Looks like another wonderful series! And more heroes go into the competition for favorites.
sallans d at yahoo dot com

Sooz said...

Great interview and this series looks fantastic!

Rahey said...

Thanks for the interview and giveaway..looking forward to the duke's perfect wife!

Artemis said...

Jennifer, I immediately became a fan when I picked up and started reading Ian's book. What you did with that was absolutely amazing. I am now half way through with THE DUKE'S PERFECT WIFE and the relationship between the brothers is perfect. Thank you for giving us such a wonderful family. I look forward to reading so much more from you.

Beebs said...

I loved, loved, loved The Duke's Perfect wife. :)

I'll second "as many as it takes". I definitely would love to read Inspector Fellows and David Fleming's stories. :)

Please don't enter me for the comp, I've read and loved the whole series.

Barbara said...

GREAT interview!I LOVE this series...can't wait to read Harts story...ooo, and Elliot's too! Thx for the AWESOME generous giveaway op! :)

barbbattaglia @ yahoo.com

Jane said...

Congrats to Jennifer on the new release. I've been waiting for Hart's book.

Stella (Ex Libris) said...

Congratulations Jennifer on the newest release, here's to many more fantastic stories to tell and keep us entertained! ;-D

Chinyere said...

I have come across this author a few times but I haven't taken the leap yet. I do love historical romances, so maybe it is time I try her out.
Great interview!

bas1chs said...

Wow, these highlanders look and sound great! I can't wait to get my hands on them. Thanks!

Sheree said...

"Heaven"? LOL!

Tina said...

I loved the interview. I have not read this series yet, but it is on my TBR list. I love reading stories based on Highlanders!
purpleunicorn19(at)yahoo(dot)com

Michelle Kelly said...

One of the most anticipated books for me this year. I cannot wait to read it. What a very generous giveaway. Thank you!

Johanna R Jochum said...

I love this series! Ian being my favorite! Thanks for sharing with us today!

evjochum[AT]aol[DOT]com

Patti P said...

This is a series I haven't seen before. I have it on my list now though!
Thanks,
musicalfrog at comcast.net

Kassandra said...

Wonderful interview! Highlanders are at the top of my "to do" list, lol!

sionedkla@gmail.com

mcv said...

Love historical romance and your books!
mcv111 at hotmail(dot)com

Dalene @ A Date with a Book said...

I think the covers of Jennifer Ashley's books are amazing!

Lexi said...

Heaven, well said Jennifer! And from the sound of it a big Thank you for having Elliot run around wearing only his kilt! I hope you get to keep writing about handsome Highlanders, I can never get enough of them!

Linda said...

Love Jennifer's books! I have the 1st two but haven't been able to get the 3rd one. Winning it here would be super!

Jen B. said...

I would love to win this. I saw this series a few weeks ago and added it to my wish list. Thanks! jepebATverizonDOTnet

wanda f said...

I love your books Jennifer when I read your work I fall into the world you create and cant put what Im reading down until I finish it.Thank you for this chance to win

Timitra said...

I thoroughly enjoyed the interview!!!

HighlandHussy said...

I am so excited for Inspector Fellows! I loved the interview, and I definitely loved Hart's book ;)

Julianne said...

I just bet it is. What else could be found under their kilts?
Wonderful interview, I enjoyed it very much. I haven't read this series yet, but I'd love to win it.
luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

kristiana said...

I really loved iced tea.
And of course i enjoy the interview. Thank you! ^^

Filia Oktarina said...

Great interview and great giveaway to!!

I hear from my friends and read her review to, this series was amazing. I want all them and i love yummy highlander...LOL!! And the cover book, Love them all. Thanks for chance to win this series, hope i win:)

SdyLion said...

I just love your books and think you are a fantastic author. It was great to have a chance to get to know a little more about you. sdylion(at0gmail(dot)com

Midnight Boudoir said...

Absolutely amazing interview, I love the look of this series knowing the British Highlands well.
Its always had that air mystery and romance, that's what makes it special.

Midnight Boudoir said...

Absolutely amazing interview, I love the look of this series knowing the British Highlands well.
Its always had that air mystery and romance, that's what makes it special.

Eli Yanti said...

have not read jennifer's books but i'd got a great review especially at this blog, hope can win and read jennifer's book :)

kandj7299 said...

I just love Jennifer's books. I absolutely love this series and so far Ian is my favorite. Thanks for having this giveaway.

kandj7299 at Verizon dot net

Krisz said...

I would love to win!!

Lynn K. said...

I seriously need to catch up on the newer books! (Wild Cat and The Duke's Wife) Enjoyed the Shifters series and I LOVE the Highlander ones. :P

Kitchen Witch of the West said...

Pardon my SQUEEE!!
Ian! He just wandered in and made himself comfortable in my all-time favorite Heroes list.
Then his brothers, what a wonderful, passionate, eccentric family.

Yes, please do more books with them, their friends...

Barbara E. said...

I enjoyed the interview. I've been meaning to start this series but haven't had a chance to pick up the books yet. I guess I better get going, since I'm falling so far behind.

CatsMeow said...

This was a great interview. I love anything Scots and paranormal. Thanks for the deets and contest.
c.

Megan@Riverina Romantics said...

That Heaven answer was the best!

Renee said...

I am anxious to start this series. I have read all of the Captain Lacey books and can't wait to read these. Highlanders are the best!

marybelle said...

I totally agree with the stronger the hero, the stronger the heroine needs to be.


A great interview thank you.

marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

krazymama_98 said...

Oh, I love this series. The covers draw you in first. Then the stories, characters, locations....ahhh... lovely. Love them all. :-)
lisakhutson (at) {cox} [dot]

AquarianDancer said...

I love Jennifer Ashley's books, but haven't been able to read this series yet. This would be a fantastic series to win!

AquarianDancer at gmail dot com

Veronika said...

Thank you so much for making this interview and answering questions! I enjoyed every minute of it!

flchen1 said...

I have a few of these titles on my TBR already--I've heard only good things, Jennifer! Thanks for taking the time to give us a peek at you and your stories!

Helen said...

great interview! I love all her books :)

AmelArmeliana said...

Hi, thank u for this amazing giveaway.

Have to admit, I've never read Jennifer's books before. But I'd love to read it, and this highlanders series seem a good way to start. The stories sound great, I love highlander. They're great.