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From the desk of Ashleigh Stevens

This Week's Newsletter

This week's newsletter contains the following features:
(Feel free to skip ahead to what you want to read)
  • What's new with Ashleigh?
  • Do you like the new format?
  • Beta Reading Opportunities
  • Hartfield Chronicles
  • 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.

Beta Reading Opportunities

My young adult romance is still looking for reader feedback. Here's the blurb:

He's the vile boy next door. Who also knows her biggest secret.
Sixteen-year-old Izzy is excited about the all-school ski trip. She is looking forward to learning to ski, even if she will be the only one on the bunny hill. Of course, she has to first make it through a five-hour bus ride with the vilest--albeit cutest--boy in school. And survive the roommates who keep breaking her one rule: "No sleeping with your boyfriend in my bed!"

When an unexpected power outage triggers a panic attack, Izzy is forced to tell Pug her biggest secret. She's even more surprised to learn his, spending the rest of the long weekend looking at her enemy in a new light.

But their secrets are nothing compared to the one Izzy's mother has been keeping for sixteen years. When Izzy discovers the truth, she must learn to confront her panic disorder or else live with the elephant sitting on her chest.
You can read the first chapter here
If you like what you read, feel free to sign up using the form on that page.

Hartfield Chronicles

Hartfield Chronicles follows the lives of Melinda, Pat, and their friends as they navigate their way through boarding school life. Each episode features two stories, one from Melinda's point of view and one from Pat's, along with an excerpt from Melinda's writing journal. New episodes are published every Tuesday and Friday.

Season 3 will be released on November 2.
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you will receive a bonus chapter from the Hartfield Chronicles.

Reviews from Ashleigh's Bookshelf

The books currently on my bookshelf are both cozy mysteries, but feel free to browse the archives to see reviews on young adult books. Better yet, feel free to recommend some books for me to read!
What should I read next?

Free Books

The Ghost of CreepCat
Free Book
The Ghost of CreepCat
A funny, scary and dangerous short story for kids.

Track the ghost cat! Step into the shiny sneakers of the irrepressible Lila Banks as she follows her cat Orangesicle—and fights to survive the night—in a forest where trails move around, strange creatures prowl, and pets are not always what they seem.

When Lila Banks decides to take a hike on her twelfth birthday, she doesn’t expect to be stalked by the ghost of her recently-deceased cat. He was never very nice, but trying to eat her takes unlikable to a whole new level.

This funny, scary short story for kids features:
- a spine-tingling, solvable central mystery
- an alternate USA where monsters stalk the suburbs
Want more free books? Check out this giveaway!
YA & NA Books

Other Books On Sale

The Girl who Woke Up
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The Girl Who Woke Up
A Forgotten Give, A Journey Within,
A Power Unleashed

This delightfully enchanting story is ideal for those who love all things magical and mystical, and for anyone who has ever questioned who they really are.

Clementina has epic plans for her sixteenth birthday. Sun, sea and sand on the sun-kissed party island of Ibiza with her two besties; she’s been looking forward to it all year. Until her dad ruins it all by sending her away to spend the entire summer with her grandparents in middle-of-nowheresville. No Wifi, no Instagram, no Netflix... no way!

If only her mum hadn’t died eight years earlier, if only her workaholic dad would lighten up—she wouldn’t be spending her holidays with a bunch of oldies in the most boring place on earth.

When Clem hears her mum’s voice calling her from her neglected box of tarot cards, her life takes an unexpected turn. A lone card pops out of the deck, offering a coincidental message that seems to trigger a series of bizarre, supernatural events. Led along a mystical path, she discovers her forgotten abilities, and ultimately, her authentic self.

But what is Clem capable of when she awakens to her true nature and realises the full force of her power?

Join Clementina on her magical adventure of self-discovery, transformation and healing. Apply the wisdom and use it to find your own authentic power and return to your true self.

The only thing there is to ‘do’ is to know yourself—you are the key to your own happiness!
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