A Shared Universe

There’s a lot of talk about shared universes in fiction these days. The movies are doing it a lot, from superhero movies to the resurrection of the old monster movies. A shared universe is a series of stories all set in the same world or universe, sometimes characters cross over and make appearances in each other’s stories, sometimes they even help each other resolve a conflict.  Even TV series are doing it and if you were a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer you undoubtedly heard of the Buffyverse.

Well, did you know, my series are subtly part of a shared universe? That’s right. The wolves of Redfern, in The Beast Within series, temporarily hide out in the hometown of the witches of Raven Cove.  The Witches of Raven Cove have a truce with the wolves that live in the mountains of Redfern….and the Fallen Angel (Demon) in The Warring Hearts Trilogy returns to Earth in the town of Blackstone….a town that is just a stone’s throw away from Raven Cove.

And there’s more… once The Warring Hearts trilogy wraps up, a new evil will rise that will threaten all of these heroes. A new story is unfolding and the Wolf, The Witch and the Demon will have to join forces to stop it and save everyone they love. This new series right now is called “Cross Worlds” and will be my most ambitious tale yet.

So, why not get a jump start and lose yourself in my paranormal romance stories… some of the first books are even FREE!  Check them all out below for yourself and pick up something to read over the holiday weekend enjoy!

 

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Kai is coming! Cover sneak peek!

Woo-hoo…I’m half way through the third and final story in the Alpha Club.
Kai should be on his way in a few weeks. Stay tuned for a fiery finish!
PS: Their just might be a spin-off shifter series in the works… Alpha Club: The New Breed. Hmmm. we shall see. Until then…be on the lookout for Kai!
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Don’t Forget About Ian!

The Alpha Club– my new erotic thriller series!

If you happened to pick up The Alpha Club: Levi during one of the FREE days recently, don’t forget to continue the story with Ian. He is waiting for you.

The Alpha Club: Ian continues the erotic mystery of the Alpha Club. He’s just as hot and ready to fight to the end for the men he loves. Click the cover below to get your copy today!

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#shifters #Alphas #Gayerotica #werewolves #paranormalromance

 

Author Interview: Laura Lux

I want to welcome Laura Lux, the author of several gay fantasy tales–from medieval and historical fiction to the new Elf Thief series, to the J. Ashburn Blog. Thank you Laura for taking the time to do this interview.

When did you first start writing fiction? Oh, I’d say when I was a teenager. I doodled a lot in school, scribbles, sketches, poems, short stories. I loved telling stories.

Did you have any formal writing training or education? No, not really. Just lot’s of practice at home.

What drew you to fantasy fiction?  My mom. Lol. She and I used to watch all kinds of fantasy movies when I was a kid from Conan the Barbarian to old seventies movies like The People that Time Forgot and At the Earth’s Core. But some of my favorites were the animated stuff like The Last Unicorn, Wizards and The Hobbit. The Hobbit was one of the first fantasy books I read. I get all of my talent from my mom, she encouraged me to write and she was a little bit of a writer herself.

What made you decide to feature gay characters in your work? My older brother was gay and I always wanted to feature more gay characters in my work because I felt they weren’t really given any attention. In fact, not many appeared in fantasy stories at all. So I started writing stories about gay men finding love in dangerous fantasy worlds.

Where do your ideas come from? I definitely know I was influenced by the classics in fiction and on TV but I try to make the stories my own. I mix influences and come up with other cultures similar to Vikings, Celtic tribes, Roman and Greek. Then I add some mystical elements or mythology. I find it to be really fun.

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What do you do to tackle a project? Do you write outlines or keep it all in your head? No outlines for me. I write as a I go. Sometimes I jot down notes as I work on the story but mostly I see the scene in my head and just report what I see… lol.

Did you ever feel uncomfortable writing the “steamy scenes?” I was waiting for this question! 🙂 At first it was strange but now it’s no big deal. I must admit that I get a thrill out of sprinkling those loves scenes throughout the story.

How does your family react to you writing erotic romance or do they know? They know I write. That’s about it. I just tell them I write fantasy fiction and that’s it.

Have you ever thought of trying another genre? Sometimes. I like science fiction and horror too. I may even try some steampunk, not sure yet.

What do you like to read when you’re not writing? I like Tolkien, Ursula LeGuin, I also like discovering new authors in fantasy and sci-fi fiction.

What current projects are you working on? Right now I’m in the middle of a new series about a gay elf thief. It’s my most ambitious series yet. Most of my tales have been two book series. So far with this one I have 3 tales with my new elf character and I’m hoping for a bunch more. It’s called Tales of an Elf Thief.

What does the future hold for Laura Lux’s fiction? Many more gay fantasy tales I hope!

Where can readers find you and your work? I have a facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009505140504   Other than that… you can find me on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. 🙂

Girl, we need to get you an official website! Thanks so much for taking the time to do my interview, it was fun for me, how was it for you? Lol. Thanks for having me J! It was so much fun.

Check out Laura Lux’s titles below and get lost in her fantasy worlds.

 

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Still Free!

Hello my sweeties,

Just a reminder for any new readers out there that the first books of my two most popular series are still free for you to devour. Take your pick from sexy shifters to lusty witches.  Man and the Beast Book 1 of the Beast Within Trilogy and That Old Black Magic: Book 1 of the Boys of Raven Cove are yours for the choosing or just take both! They’re free after all. Click the covers below to go download them today.

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Enjoy your Spring Reading! 🙂

 

Bedeviled is 99 Cents!

Hey everyone,

If you haven’t sunken your teeth into my newest series: “The Warring Hearts Trilogy” now is a great time. Books 1 and 2 are now out and book 1: BEDEVILED is now only 99 cents.

But hurry! It;s only at this price for a limited time. Now go on…get it…get it now! Just click the cover below to go straight to the Amazon page.

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Interview with Author and Publisher Eden Myles

Welcome back sweet peas, tonight I have another good friend and writer with me and she’s a publisher too! Eden Myles owns Courtesan Press, has a flock of talented writers in her stable and is a fantastic writer to boot! Check out my interview with her below.

Thank you Eden for taking the time to do this interview for my blog.

When did you first start writing fiction? It actually began in high school. I was deeply into the journalism program, went to all the games for free with my little journalism pass!

Did you have any formal writing training or education? Journalism experience, only. And a small number of Internet articles. Do they count?

What drew you to erotica and other spicy fiction genres? I grew up during the romance explosion of the late 80s and the 90s, when the shelves were full of bodice-rippers. I think I just extrapolated from there.

Where do your ideas come from? I’ve been a lifelong fan of nighttime soaps, the steamier the better.

What do you do to tackle a project? Do you write outlines or keep all in your head? I’m a messy writer. I have notebooks full of story ideas and research material. In the end, I usually just write by the skin of my teeth anyway.

Did you ever feel uncomfortable writing the “steamy scenes?” Maybe the last time was in high school, when I was writing Josie and the Pussycat fan fiction, but not lately, no. *grin*

How does your family react to you writing erotic romance or do they know? They’ve actually been very supportive of me throughout my career.

How did you come up with the Dollhouse series and which book is your favorite of them all? That happened right after I finished Fifty Shades of Grey. I thought, “Yeah, I could maybe do that,” but I wanted it to be high-class and kind of artsy. I wrote the first collection, Evelyn, over four weeks, with one book a week. I think she’ll always be my favorite.

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Have you ever thought of trying another genre?  I’ve been playing with speculative fiction, but nothing too serious just yet. Who knows?

What made you start your own publishing business on top of already being an author? It just sort of grew organically out of a collection of us. I really didn’t mean for it to happen that way, which proves that business has a mind all its own.

How long has Courtesan Press been in business? We’re going on four years now.

What’s it like to work with so many writers in your stable? All of them are great, very cooperative. And they go out of their way to help each other out.

What are the challenges of owning your own press? Probably trying to get in enough time to do some serious writing.

What do you like to read when you’re not writing? I’m an avid cook and gardener, as well, so I have stacks of cooking and agricultural magazines lying around all the time.

Who is your favorite writer? Jane Austin, hands down.

What current projects are you working on? I’m sort of in between, at present. But I really want to get back to the antics at the Dollhouse Society.

What does the future hold for Courtesan Press? I’m not sure. We want to try a number of different angles. When we know for certain, the world will be the first to know!

What can readers expect from your own writing in the future? Basically, anything can happen.

Where can readers find you and your work? https://courtesanpress.wordpress.com, of course!

Thanks so much for taking the time the do my interview, it was fun for me, how was it for you? Lol. Thanks for letting me hang, J.!

Check out more of Eden’s titles below! 

 

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Infernal-Available for all!

Hello my lovelies,

Just stopping by to let you know you can pick up Infernal: Book 2 of the Warring Hearts Trilogy for your favorite reader or at the vendor of you choice. See below!

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Enjoy these sizzling demons and angels as they fight to protect their love!

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