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From the desk of Ashleigh Stevens

This Week's Newsletter

This week's newsletter contains the following features: 
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  • What's new with Ashleigh?
  • Do you like the new format?
  • Reviews from Ashleigh's Bookshelf
  • Free Books
  • Other Books on Sale
  • Other Newsletters

What's new with Ashleigh?

Here in Southern New England, we are having a heat wave of sorts. Several days of temperatures in the nineties with lots of humidity and only slight chances of thunder showers. So how am I spending the week?

Camping, of course.

Honestly, I have been spending so much time camping this summer, I'm thinking it's going to have be be a new series. A main character who travels around in an RV and has adventures.

But, I would love some input. As you may know, I write young adult romance, adult romance, and mysteries. You may not know I have also dabbled in middle grade adventure and fantasy, and probably a few other genre I've forgotten. So, my question is, what kind of book should my RV adventures be?

Should it be a middle grade book where a brother and sister go camping with their family and their parents force them to go on hiking trips full of mosquitoes and kayaking trips in leaky boats?

Or should it be a young adult book where an MC is dragged around the country by her parents to places where her cell phone gets no reception and her mother insists on attending historically significant places, like Philadelphia and Gettysburg?

Maybe it should be an adult romance, where the MC enters a contest to find a hidden treasure, traveling to various campgrounds and exploring their hiking trails in order to unearth the next clue, befriending some of the other treasure hunters and becoming more than friends with one of them.

Do you like any of these ideas? While I wait for your feedback, I may start penning some of these this weekend.

Do you like the new format?

As I mentioned in my last email, I am playing around with my newsletter format. One reader suggested dividing my newsletter with more headers, so I decided to try it this week. What do you think? Do you like it? Should I get rid of them?

What other changes would you like to see? Would you like more information about the giveaways and sales? Would you like more book blurbs? Do you like reading my reviews?

Feel free to reply to this email with your suggestions and stay tuned for changes in the next few newsletters.

Reviews from Ashleigh's Bookshelf

Death on Tour
Death on Tour
Janice Hamrick

Texas high school teacher Jocelyn and her cousin Kyla have always been interested in Ancient Egypt, so when presented the opportunity to spend her spring break touring the Great Pyramids, Jocelyn isn't about to say no. She's not even going to let the death of one of her more annoying companions ruin her trip. But, when strange things keep happening to their group, Jocelyn begins to wonder if the trip was really worth it.

Want to know what I thought about this book?
Death on Tour
One for the Hooks
One for the Hooks
Betty Hechtman

Molly has a comfortable life. A middle-aged widow, she works in a local bookstore-slash-yarn shop, is seeing a high-power attorney, and lives alone with several cats and dogs. Until her son moves in with his very pregnant girlfriend. When a horrible, stinky accident causes the death of one of her friends, how could she not try to help. Even if it means working with her ex.

Want to know what I thought about this book?
One for the Hooks

Free Books

The Spy of Escondida
Free Book
The Spy of Escondida
A fast-paced mystery/adventure with a hint of romance 

It was supposed to be an easy job, but this is only the beginning...

Lucia is a retired spy, now running a security company that caters to the ultra-elite in her home country of Escondida, a beautiful Mediterranean island nation off the coast of Spain. Her latest client? The Prince of Escondida himself.

Prince Martin has been put in charge of security for his sister's graduation party. With the help of his friend Gael, Martin is able to hire Lucia for the job.  

After researching the royal family, Lucia determines that she needs more specialized help for this job and enlists the services of four other women from the spy community. Together they follow clues that lead them on a heart-pounding adventure.

And this is only the beginning...

Other Books on Sale

They Never Came Home
Now Available
They Never Came Home
Two gripping suspense thrillers with stunning twists

Her husband was murdered, then thrown into jail, and now he's missing.

After her husband, Bruce, is gunned down by someone she knows, Linda calls every hospital in town but can't find him. Days later, she learns Bruce is alive and being held in a county jail. When Linda visits him, she's surprised to see no signs of gunshot wounds. Linda is happy Bruce survived, but soon she begins to suspect that the man she visited in jail is not her husband.

Linda is puzzled and anxious. Where is Bruce? Is he alive? Why is the impostor impersonating him?

Linda starts searching for her husband, unaware that she is closely watched by a ruthless organization. Unwittingly, she becomes a pawn in a big game with dozens of lives and billions of dollars at stake.

ABDUCTION, a thriller
They kidnapped her family. The ransom: 400 tons of gold.

On July 21, Jane Shepard's eight-year-old daughter and husband are abducted from her car while she's shopping at a grocery store. Days later, she's shocked to learn that according to state records, her family died in a motorcycle crash on July 17. The police believe that the kidnapping is just a figment of her imagination, but Jane knows it's not true and begs the detectives to keep the investigation open.

When she becomes the prime suspect in a murder case, Jane grows convinced that she's been framed by her family's kidnappers. As she searches for answers, she uncovers a conspiracy masterminded by a top U.S. government official hell-bent on breaking into the top 100 richest people in the world.

To save her family, Jane has to find a treasure worth billions of dollars buried somewhere in South America.

The problem is, she has no idea where to look.
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