Ashlyn Chase Q&A and Giveaway: Romance Awareness Month

RomanceAwarenessMonth1Just a few weeks ago, I was happily surprised to find that August is Romance Awareness Month! I can’t find an origin, but it’s a real thing, and I’m ALL FOR IT!

To celebrate, I sent an *all call* to some of my favorite romance authors, asking each of them the same questions about romance (their own, their favorites, and their characters). All month long we’ll be sharing the authors’ answers, and EVERY ONE OF THEM is offering a giveaway!

 

Please help me welcome today’s author of “light paranormal romance”, Ashlyn Chase!

Just yesterday, Ashlyn released the final book in her Boston Dragons Trilogy, NEVER DARE A DRAGON. One early reviewer says, “… this novel was an awesome mix of fluffy, steamy, adventure, myth and humor.” Add in a romance between shifters, and it’s right up my alley!!

 

 

No one would believe that lovely Lt. Kristine Scott of the NY Fire Department is an actual dragon, but there’s no denying the flames that ignite when she meets firefighting phoenix shifter Jayce Fierro.

One Boston Phoenix + One New York Dragon = Scorching Heat

You think it’s tough being a dragon? It’s a piece of cake compared to being a phoenix shifter. Dragon shifters just have to worry about accidentally setting their stuff (or a loved one) on fire. A phoenix can rise from the ashes, but then they have to start over…as if growing up once wasn’t tough enough..

Meet Lt. Jayce Fierro of the Boston Fire Department, and Kristine Scott of the FDNY. A long distance relationship could never work—especially not with the secrets they’re keeping. But when Kristine lands herself in a blaze of trouble, she’s in no position to turn down Jayce’s help. Even if it means letting down their guards…and giving in to their sizzling attraction.

 

 

RomanceQ&A

What is your simple definition of “romance”?

Romance is the kind of love and trust that allows people to become the best version of themselves.

What is the most romantic thing someone’s done for you?

My husband travels for his job. When he went to India I stayed home to take care of the cat and write. He was gone for two weeks. It was the longest we’ve been apart since we met 20+ years ago. We missed each other so much, he said he would take me with him on any long trip in the future, if I wanted to go. Yes, please! I’m happy to say I’ve tagged along to India, Switzerland, and Spain.

Do you have any “romance mishaps” you can share?

On a shorter trip that I decided to skip, he was in Shanghai, China, for a few days. He finished up early and decided to spend the extra time as a tourist. The last I heard from him was, “Well, I’m going to brave the Chinese public transportation system.” I didn’t hear from him again for 24 hours. I thought he’d been Shanghaied! Literally! He doesn’t speak Chinese and I was imagining all kinds of horrible scenarios. Well, his cellphone’s battery died and by the time he returned to his hotel to recharge it, he figured I’d be sound asleep. Nope. I didn’t sleep worth a darn, which was good because his mother called early the next morning asking me to take her to the hospital. I didn’t want to worry her, so I couldn’t tell her that her son was missing in a foreign country. He finally called me while I was in the ER with her. I wanted to cry, I was so relieved.

If your own romance was a novel, the title would be…

I Suck At Life Without You

What is the most romantic thing one of your characters has done for their love interest? 

One of my firefighter heroes borrowed the fire engine and drove it to the bank where his girlfriend worked. The captain helped him unfurl a banner and attach it to the side of the truck. It said, Marry me, Misty! Then he got somebody to ask her to come outside. Of course he had a bouquet of flowers for her too. She had been miffed at him earlier, but the gesture melted her heart quickly.

Do you have a favorite romance trope? (Either to read, or write.) If so, which one?

Big brother’s best friend. The above story is my first time writing one. I’m really glad it came together so well. I just got through first edits, which weren’t too painful, and the book will be out in the winter sometime. It’s called HOOKED ON A PHOENIX.

Who is your favorite (aside from one of your own) fictional romantic couple?

Outlander’s Jamie and Claire!

 

RomanceGiveaway

Ashlyn has graciously offered a signed copy of NEVER DARE A DRAGON to one lucky reader!! To enter, comment below to let us know which kind of shifter is your favorite in paranormal romances. One winner will be selected, at random, from all entries posted by August 15th, and notified by email. Full winners list will be posted on September 1st.

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