Monday, July 22, 2013

Author Spotlight: Charlotte Copper, Author New Release - Silver Blade


Please welcome Black Rose author Charlotte Copper. Her short story Silver Blade releases July 24. Charlotte will give a free .pdf copy of Silver Blade to two readers randomly selected from all those who leave a comment on any of the blogs she visits during her upcoming tour. Visitors can have multiple entries if they comment at more than one blog. Dates and sites for the tour can be found on her website,

 Let’s turn it over to Charlotte!

When was the first moment you felt comfortable saying, “I am a writer?” I’m not there yet.  I’m not sure if it is because my book is only available electronically…which is funny, because I’m getting most of my own reads that way now, and I consider all those people writers.  My friends are all like “that’s so cool, I don’t know any other authors”, so I really should just accept the fact:  I AM A WRITER!! 

Take it from your editor, Charlotte, you are a writer.
Do you write to make money or for the love of writing?   I have a full time day job that pays the bills, and I’ve been there twenty-five years. When I told my boss that I wrote a book, I said “don’t worry, I need my job at least another eight years.”  Once my daughter is out of university, then maybe I can think differently, but even then it will be for the love of writing. The money will just be a bonus!

What are some traditional methods of marketing you have used to gain visibility for you and your book(s)?  The first thing I did was create a website:  It was a lot of work, but it was also an interesting learning experience. (I’ve since created one for my daughter’s volleyball team for recruiting purposes.)  I try to post something each week, but sometimes life just takes over. At first it stressed me out that I wasn’t posting weekly, but then I just realized I would rather talk about something important to me then just post something to meet a deadline. (I’m sure my followers feel the same.)

I’m also taking advantage of many of the other wonderful authors out there who invite writers to come to their blogs for interviews.  Authors are a wonderfully supportive group of people, and I’ve got a number of visits scheduled for late July / early August. (Dates and locations can be found on my website.)

I checked out your website. Nicely done, with some interesting Canadiana. I liked the Facts and Faves page.
Are you someone who can write on demand? Or do you have to stew and coax an idea before you sit down and write?  Or maybe you write when the muse knocks you upside your head? I can NOT write on demand. Kudos to those authors that sit down each morning and start typing.  I have difficulty at workshops just trying to come up with something small.  I like to work the idea around in my head for a bit, making little notes here & there, before I actually sit down to write. I always carry a notebook with me, just in case.


Do you have an upcoming release?  You do! Oh please tell us all about it. J  I’m so excited that my first book, Silver Blade, is releasing July 24th. I want to thank The Wild Rose Press and my editor, Eilidh MacKenzie, for all their wonderful help and support.

Silver Blade is a paranormal romance novella.  It is the story of Angela Knight, an attractive black jack dealer, and Oscar McAvoy, a demon hunter whom she literally picks up at the side of the road. It’s a story about two people who feel unworthy of love, but who find out fate has a plan of its own.

TWRP thanks you, too. We wouldn’t be where we are without our authors.

Are any of your characters modeled after people you know?  Funny story there. My free Wild Rose Press short story, Emerald Eyes, is about a man who sleeps with his sister-in-law, Jen. Well, my sister-in-law is Jennifer, and my family made comments about this when my book came out. I never even thought about the coincidence until they pointed it out, probably because I never think of my sister-in-law as Jen, she is always Jennifer.  So the answer to this is NO, my characters are NOT modeled after people I know.  I think that could get me in a lot of trouble with my friends.
Yikes, that’s quite a coincidence!

What do you do for relaxation? I have a lot of hobbies, but I don’t think of them as forms of relaxation, they are more like ways to keep from getting bored. Besides reading and writing, I cross-stitch, knit, quilt, rug hook, crochet, scrap-book and make jewelry. I also LOVE movies—going to the theatre for big screen & big sound! I start my movie watching list as soon as the preview magazines come out. By the end of the summer, I’ll have seen over twenty movies in 2013. (Favorite so far: Star Trek Into Darkness.)

You sound really busy.

When do you read?  Where?  I read a lot more often now that I have a Kindle. I always have it in my purse, so even just waiting in a line at the grocer or parked outside my daughter’s school for ten minutes, I’ll take it out and read.

What type of stories do you like to read and why?  I’ve been reading more paranormal and urban fantasy, and a lot of dystopian YA lately.  If I find a writer who I like, I will read everything they have. My husband will tell you that I don’t like to read “deep” books. If it requires a lot of thinking (be it self-help or following all the characters in The Lord of the Rings), then it is not for me.  I like to be entertained.

What TV shows do you watch?  I pop in and out of shows, and I often use the television as background noise when I’m cooking or running reports for work. I’d say the only television show I’m faithful to is True Blood.  (Bill, Sam, Eric & Alcide…need I say more?)

Trueblood is my favorite too.

Have you been inspired by any particular movies or shows you have seen? I wrote a few stories as a teenager, but only got the writing bug again as an adult about 6 years ago.  That story was based on the television show Stargate Atlantis, and started with me daydreaming in the car thinking “OK, if I was on Stargate Atlantis, what would my role be?”  Admittedly, I ended up happily ever after with John Sheppard/Joe Flannigan (LOL) but that got me wanting to write more.

What is your favorite holiday? And why? No hesitation…Halloween!!  Chocolate, decorating and costumes!! Even now that my daughter is too old to trick-or-treat, we both get dressed up and decorate the outside of the house to hand out the goodies.

Thank you, Charlotte, for sharing a taste of your world with your fans. I hope you have fun with the rest of your blog tour.

Best wishes,
Black Rose Editor

Charlotte Copper’s Bio:

 I live in Stouffville, Ontario—that’s in Canada, eh—with my husband, daughter, and two part-time step-daughters.  I just celebrated my 25th anniversary at work (a major computer company), and when I’m not working at my full-time job or driving my daughter around for volleyball, I like to craft, read, and, of course, write. 

 I’m addicted to Coca-Cola, chocolate, and action movies. I’m also an optimist; I believe the glass is half-full, that everyone deserves a happy ending, and that one day my lottery numbers will be drawn.

Silver Blade Blurb:

Oscar McAvoy hunts demons. Chosen to rid the world of evil, he nevertheless condemns himself as a murderer. When saved by the beautiful Angela Knight, he judges himself undeserving of love.

Angela Knight is on the way back from her brother’s funeral when she stops to help a fallen motorcycle rider. Her body responds to the handsome stranger, a man whose scars and tough exterior suggest a rough and dangerous life. When she can’t stop thinking about him, Angela must decide if she is willing to give the sexy, mysterious stranger a chance.

 Love chooses us; we do not choose who we will love or who will love us.


I will be giving away a pdf copy of Silver Blade to two readers randomly selected from all those who leave a comment for me on any of the blogs I visit during my “tour.” Visitors can have multiple entries if they comment at more than one blog. Dates & sites for my tour can be found on my website.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Author Spotlight Segment: Ann Kellett, Author New Release: Demon Fire

Hello everyone!!! Lill Farrell here once again. I'd like to welcome Ann Kellett to the author spotlight.  Ann is one of our new authors here in the dark side of the garden and has a wonderful short story releasing on July 24th.  Demon Fire is a little bit cowboy, a little bit demon and filled with sexy demon warriors. 

What inspired you to write your first book?

A wise person once said something to the effect that writing success is a matter of getting all the voices in your head to talk to one another about the same thing. Although I don’t hear voices, I often play out scenes in my mind, thinking “what if” about everyday occurrences or the news in the headlines. Getting it on paper is cathartic.
I hear you on that.  I've had authors tell me how their characters demand that their stories be told!!!  How many books have you written?

If by “written,” you mean brought to completion beyond the first chapter or two, then the answer is a measly one. And even that is very, very short, at about 70 pages!

My writer friend wanted us to attend the retreat sponsored by The Wild Rose Press in Bandera, Texas (Cowboy Capital of the World, ladies!) in fall 2012, and I wanted to be able to tell the other participants that my “latest work” was “with an editor.” I left out the part about having written only one! (And the retreat exceeded all expectations. I encourage any writers reading this to attend.)

Learning that The Wild Rose Press accepted my manuscript for publication as an ebook was one of the happiest moments of my life, and motivated me to get to work on two more, still in progress: another paranormal romance and a murder mystery set on a university campus.

Well we are very glad you decided to share your work with us!!  And I am happy to hear you enjoyed the retreat.  I haven't made it to one myself but I hear that they are a rocking good time!!  How do you decide on your books topic?

I was drawn to romance because figuring out how to keep readers turning the pages when the outcome is known all along is a fun intellectual exercise. In addition, real life can be so odd, so intriguing, that I like to build on something “real.” I love the legend that the Spanish left behind caches of gold and other treasures as they moved across the Texas Hill Country in the mid-1750’s. Asking myself, “what if?” led to the premise and plot.

I've always loved a bit of "real" worked into a "what if" myself.  It really makes you start to think!  What works best to keep you focused and on track?

I outline thoroughly before writing. Plot and structure are much more difficult for me than the writing (although that can be time-consuming and frustrating as well).

Last year, I emailed Erik Larson, author of narrative non-fiction best-sellers such as “Isaac’s Storm” and “In the Garden of Beasts,” with an idea for a future project and a question about how he stays on track. He was nice enough to respond, saying he always ends a writing session knowing exactly how he’s going to pick it up the next time, so the words flow easily from the beginning. This has worked well.

That takes some dedication!  It must be very satisfying to end your sessions knowing you've accomplished what you've set out to do AND know where you are going.  Do you write to make money or for the love of writing?

 Strictly for love! The most talented and hardest working writers don’t always achieve the success they deserve, and focusing on the bottom line can turn writing from a thrill into just another chore. I’d rather have the thrill!

That is wonderful that you find so much fulfillment in writing.  When was the first moment you felt comfortable saying, “I am a writer?”

At age eight or nine, with a story about giant, talking cats who ruled a planet that collided with Earth. Writing is liberating because all it takes to be a writer is to sit down and write! Plus, it’s one of the rare professions in which practitioners can get better and better as they grow older.

I will have read that story!  It is wonderful to hear authors talk about stories they wrote as children and how their craft has grown through the years.  What type of stories do you like to read and why?

Reading, for me, is a way to experience hundreds of lifetimes during this single, relatively mundane lifetime—to find out how others act in all kinds of situations.  I prefer romantic thrillers and murder mysteries, but occasionally go back to the classics I read (or was supposed to have read) as an English major in college.

I totally agree that reading opens doors, windows and the mind to things we would never be able to experience otherwise.  That is one of the great things about writing it can take you anywhere you want to go and places you haven't even dreamed of.  When do you write (daytime, nighttime, on your lunch hour, before the kids get up, after everyone is asleep?  In large chunks of time or stolen snippets?)

Having the discipline to write after sitting in front of a computer monitor at my university job all day has been my biggest hurdle. I found success by writing during my lunch hour when possible and on weekends, and spending weekday evenings either thinking about the plot/structure or reading about the craft.

Outlining the whole thing before starting page one (and revising as needed) has cured me of writer’s block and its evil cousin, procrastination. No more, “Oh, look—another episode of Law& Order!” or that sudden compulsion to vacuum.

I can't say I have fallen victim to the sudden compulsion to vacuum but even editors find themselves visited by procrastination or in my case "Let me see what's on FB."  Staying focused seems to get harder in the day and age of constant digital distraction.   Do you put pieces of yourself or your life in your stories?

Not deliberately, although novelists generally write about what interests them, and I hope readers find my story interesting, too.

I can say that Demon Fire is quite interesting.  What is your least favorite thing to do as an author? Allow me to clarify: query, write a synopsis, write a blurb, market, you get the pictureJ

Marketing and promotion! I hated selling Girl Scout cookies door-to-door way back when, and I haven’t changed much in that regard.

I hear you on that.  I think a lot of authors feel that marketing is one of the hardest parts of the writing world.  Would you share some personal information with us?  What are some of your favorite things?

What is your favorite type of music? Classical and classic rock.

Favorite pass time? Sitting on the back of my husband’s motorcycle going through

the Texas Hill Country, Big Bend or the mountains of Arkansas.

Favorite food? Sushi or eggplant parmesan.
Perfume/cologne? The crisp, green scent of Eau De Cartier, although I think it’s intended for men!

Time of year and why? Any time but December, January and February, when it’s rainy and dark and the Texas humidity makes the cold seep into your bones. (Don’t laugh, Northerners. The guy I dated back in 1989 barely survived—and he grew up in Vermont!)

Prizes: If you can’t guarantee that a sexy (shapeshifter?) cowboy will appear under your Christmas tree, you can at least try to win his favorite critter to put on your tree! I will give away an armadillo Christmas ornament (two-inch, cast stone, hand-painted resin, with a red or green knitted scarf) to five random commenter's who post ideas for my next paranormal romance (and if it’s based on a real legend, even better)!

Blurb: Meredith Stone has an enormous case of writer's block and has no idea how to
start her second novel.  Even more embarrassing she has no idea how to explain to her editor that the ideas for her first best seller came to her in a dream.

Dax Thelassian's problem is that nearly every word of Meredith's novel is true.  A portal from the demonic underworld really does exist on a ranch in the Texas Hill Country. Dax and a few other half-human half-demon warriors have spent the last two and a half centuries watching evil energy build.

Now that battle is imminent, Dax is determined to pry the truth from the sexy but naive writer. Does she hold the key to the one item that could keep the world safe and allow him to embrace life as fully human?

Bio: Ann Kellett earned a degree in English from Hendrix College in Arkansas, then moved to Texas, where she has translated real estate research results into plain English; written training materials for emergency responders; and provided content for newsletters and websites at various organizations within The Texas A&M University System. She lives with her photographer husband, Michael, and four cats in Bryan, Texas. She would love to hear from you at

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Author Spotlight: Ash Krafton, author Stranger at the Hell Gate

 Callie Lynn here. Hello, everyone! Please welcome Ash Krafton to our Author Spotlight segment today. Ash is our first paranormal author signed when we opened our submission guidelines to mainstream.  Her story is unique and an awesome read. So, without further adieu, let's find out what makes Ash tick.

Hello, Ash and welcome to the Black Rose Blog. Tell me about yourself. What makes you angry, happy, sad, snoopy dance?

I’m a full-time pharmacist, Qigong novice, and lifetime leather bootreally makes me happy—altering reality, one word at a time.
aficionado who, several years ago, decided to get back to what

As for what makes me tick emotionally? Doctor Who does it all. Honestly, every reader and every writer needs to sit down and get addicted to the Doctor. I don’t remember any other series that had this ability to invoke such wide range of emotions—in every single episode. The scripts are stellar, the Doctor is brilliant, and Hell just might have a special place for the writers, I’m sure, because they kept killing Rory Williams.

Yes, I hear you. Amazing man, that Dr. Who. Tel us, what is your favorite holiday? And why?

Definitely Halloween. I have a very macabre sense of humor sometimes, despite a strict Catholic upbringing, and an obsession with      Edgar A. Poe. Halloween is a time for dark things, not bad things—dark, luscious shadows that hold all kind of surprises. The holiday was especially fun back when I volunteered at my children’s Catholic elementary school. Man, did I mess with those kids...good times!

In fact, I keep Halloween decorations up all year—a string of solar-powered LED ghosts that float in my yard. (Last Christmas, I gave them scarves and dubbed them the Ghosts of Christmas Whenever.)

LOL I know what you mean, Ash, Halloween is my favorite as well next to Christmas so you will always find something I left out:) When was the first moment you felt comfortable saying, “I am a writer?”

I put the cart before the horse on this one because I identified myself as a writer long before I set out to prove it. Although I wrote as a kid, I didn’t really embark on my journey to author until I was in my thirties. By then, I had an established career in pharmacy as well as a boisterous family. Writing was a hobby that became a job.

Even in the years between my first poem about trees and my first book about vampires, I was a dormant writer, who was imagining and churning the stories up in my head without laying a single word down on paper. (Oddly enough, the head work, I’ve discovered, is 85% of the writing process.)

What type of stories do you like to write and why?

I’m a speculative fiction writer—meaning, I love the WHAT IF? factor. The nice thing about spec fic is that it doesn’t tie me to any one single genre—I love urban fantasy with romantic elements, I love horror with philosophical consequences. Often I’ll start out writing something contemporary and that WHAT IF? piece of my brain starts up  and suddenly the story turns off onto a shadowy unmarked road.

Who would you say modeled your career? Who would readers compare your work to?

A literary agent once called my first book “Stephen King meets Sophie Kinsella.” I remember how that knocked my socks off—and then I realized who Kinsella was, and it was MIND BLOWN from there. The comparison was a major compliment on both sides because I wasn’t hard core in either genre—my writing is definitely a blend of elements.

When do you write (daytime, nighttime, on your lunch hour, before the kids get up, after everyone is asleep?  In large chunks of time or stolen snippets?)

When I first began serious writing, I was a morning writer, a waiting-in-the-car writer, a five-minutes before day job writer. I couldn’t go anywhere without a notebook!

Once my first novel was published, though, it became WORK, and the responsibility alone altered the creative process enough to change my writing habits. Deadlines made it necessary to “clock in” and get writing and edits done on a schedule, and gradually it turned into hours-long stretches of marathon writing. I missed the passionate spurts of creative sparks, so I was very glad to participate in a Fast Draft activity (I talk about it at the Query Tracker Blog in this article).

Doing Fast Draft last month took me back to writing in sprints, and I accomplished two things—I met my deadlines AND had the rosy glow of creative passion while doing it.

Wow! Sounds like you have your game down pat. Good for you, Ash. You sound very disciplined. Do you put pieces of yourself or your life in your stories?

I can’t help but do it. My sister told me that she had a hard time reading my first book (Bleeding Hearts, Demimonde #1) because it had so much “me” in it…and she was busy trying to figure out all the real-life connections that inspired the story I guess she distracted herself. I had to work very hard to convince her I never actually met a vampire.
(Right now, she’s beta-reading Demimonde #3 and having a good time trying to figure out all the people and places in the book. Poor girl, I haven’t the heart to tell her: it’s fiction. J )

You have an upcoming release here at TWRP, please do tell us all about itJ
Stranger at the Hell Gate is my first Wild Rose Press release, and will be released July 10, 2013.  When a charming Seraph knocks on half-demon Jagger’s door, he doesn’t expect her to be anything more than a vulnerable woman in need of shelter. Sonya, however, isn’t just another pretty angel. She’s an unexpected ally in his war against Hell, his brother…and himself.

Where did you get the inspiration for Stranger at the Hell Gate? It was born during a moment of mental break—I’d been working on the Demimonde series and, faced with a deadline, I was constantly in that storyline, running into all sorts of walls. It was always my habit to work through writer’s block by writing something else—poetry, flash fiction, a blog post. Hell Gate was written in spurts during that time. Kind of like pickled ginger for the writer’s brain—a mental palate cleanser. Once my main project was complete, I couldn’t get those snippets of Hell Gate out of my head. I had to go back and make it a complete story.

Well, Ash, I for one, am so glad the muse forced Hell Gate to be finished! It is just such an awesome read. What TV shows do you watch? 

Mainly, detective, medical, fantasy, and news—and I’m happiest when my shows are as cross-genre’d as my stories. I’m a faithful watcher of several HBO shows: True Blood, Game of Thrones, Newsroom. On the Beeb I like Doctor Who, Copper, Sherlock, and Kitchen Nightmares (because Gordon Ramsey makes me feel a lot better about my relatively occasional potty mouth). I adored Body of Proof and House (medical + detective), still have Castle (detective show + fantasy legend Captain Mal). Of course, news for me is GMA in the morning and Comedy Central at night.

What type of music do you favor?  Oh, I’m a rockin’ kind of girl…mainly I listen to prog rock and metal. I usually have Rush, Lacuna Coil, and Blind Guardian on my phone. However, I noticed I have Shakira in my car and a Garth Brooks CD in my pickup. I can’t tell you why, but I’m not taking them out, either. I like them too much.

Do you use music as a motivational source when writing? Absolutely I do—and I have a different play list for every piece I’ve written. Hell Gate’s soundtrack has a lot of heavy guitar tunes, including “Dorian” by Demons & Wizards, “Cowboys From Hell” by Pantera, and “Follow” by Breaking Ben; that’s because I imagine Jagger’s brain would sound like metal guitars when he was out shredding demons. There’s “Don’t Talk To Strangers” by Dio, which just fits—the music, the duality of Ronnie’s voice, the fantasy, the theme. “All That I’m Living For” by Evanescence has a haunting quality that reminds me of where Sonya is in the beginning of the story. Finally there’s the oldie but goodie “Demolition Lovers” by My Chemical Romance, because it’s got that desperate rage that Jagger endured when he woke up to find her gone.

 Well, I will say we have several shows and music in common, Ash.  I am thrilled to have had you here to day. It has been a pleasure to pick your brain today. I feel like such carrion but honestly, it has been such fun.

Thanks for having me, Callie. I am thrilled to have a place in this dark and seductive corner of the Garden amongst the Black Roses…
A place you have earned well, Ash. I wish you all the best and do be sure to come back again. 

Thank you, Callie! To celebrate the release of Stranger at the Hell Gate, I’m holding a special giveaway for TWRP fans. I’m giving away a ten Dollar gift certificate from The Wild Rose Press to a lucky commenter so let’s hear your thoughts!

While I was writing this story, I often wondered: if I could be a character in this story, which would I be? So hard to choose…I identified with both of the creatures for completely different reasons. Tell us—if you could be either half-demon or half-angel, which would you choose, and why?

Thanks for stopping by to read about my new book and good luck, everyone! I can’t wait to see who will win: Team Angel or Team Demon…and be sure to stop by my blog on Release Day, July 10, for another raffle. 


Stranger at the Hell Gate
Ash Krafton

Genre: urban fantasy
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Date of Publication: July 2013

Word Count: 20,000

Cover Artist: Debbie Taylor

Find it at The Wild Rose Press

Book Description: 

Jagger Sintallon, a half-demon warrior, has dedicated his existence to fighting demons who enter the world through Hell gates. A loner of conflicting ideals, he offers shelter to a troubled woman but knows he is too rough, too dangerous, and too cocky for her delicate nature.

Dedicated to Divine Will, Sonya Camael, a Seraph, is determined to discover why she is drawn to Jagger's doorstep and the reason behind her mission. She needs the demon's help but fears he may get himself killed before she can figure it out and the world slips into Hell's dominion.

Sonya faces grave danger with evil stalking her every move, and Jagger shouldn't care but realizes he cares more than he'd likely admit. Sonya knows Jagger cannot win this war alone, but will her divine intervention mean his imminent end? Or will just the right combination of Heaven and Hell set the world right once again?

 Short Excerpt:

Jagger hung his head, looking very much out of patience. With an exasperated huff, he turned in place, his boots clomping. Cocky stance, head back, and eyes daring her to say something. But these things she only partially registered because when he turned to face her, his entire upper body—chest, face, arms—glowed with the marks of past insult and injury. And that sickle shape burned into the skin over his heart—

She whimpered, heart-sick to see him in this way. Her mother's blood cried out at the thought of what agony he must have endured to stand here now, so marred and wounded. Covering her eyes, she dispelled the Seraph sight and fought the tears.

"Hey." He was in front of her within moments, pulling her hands down and leaning to peer at her downturned face. "Hey, what's wrong?"

"You. You've been through so much. Just look at you."

"I'd rather not. I'm not a pretty guy."

"Jagger. These scars. You have countless hurts. I can't see a part of you that isn't injured." She raised her eyes, tears brimming on her lower lashes. "Let me help you."

"What, you're a plastic surgeon?"

She swallowed and regained part of her composure. "Better."

He looked alarmed and rocked back on his heels. "You don't mean—"

"Yes, I do." She held onto his hands and kept him from backing away. This felt right, this decision.

His eyes shifted. "Ah, I don't think it's a good idea, doll. Our kinds don't mix well."

About the Author:

Ash Krafton writes from the heart…of the Pennsylvania coal region, that is.
She is the author of Stranger at the Hell Gate (Wild Rose Press), the Books of the Demimonde (Pink Narcissus Press), and several works of short fiction and poetry.
BLEEDING HEARTS (Demimonde #1) is a six-time RWA finalist and was voted "Reviewer Top Pick" by Ash continues the story of Sophie and her Demivampires in her latest release BLOOD RUSH (Demimonde #2). She's hard at work (when she isn't watching Doctor Who) writing the third book, WOLF'S BANE.
Ash Krafton's poetry and short fiction has appeared in several journals, including Niteblade, Bete Noire, Abandoned Towers, and Silver Blade. She's a member of Pennwriters, RWA, and Maryland Writers Association. She lurks near her blog and contributes to the QueryTracker blog.
Ash lives with her family and their German Shepherd dog deep in the Pennsylvania wilds, awaiting the day the TARDIS appears in the driveway (the dog most likely keeps the Doctor away. What a beast.)

Until then, she writes.
 Find Ash at:
The Demimonde blog