FAQs

Are you planning on bringing out all of your titles in print?

Currently, I’m bringing all my titles out in print. The Rock Chick, Dream Man, Colorado Mountain, Unfinished Heroes, Chaos, ‘Burg, Magdalene, Fantasyland and Three series as well as Heaven and Hell and Play It Safe are all out in print. Through to the end of 2016, we hope to bring out the rest of the books, including  Ghosts and Reincarnation and Three Wishes.

 

Many of my independently published titles are available in print only on online stores. I’ve included links on all the series Titles pages for you to pick your favorite online bookseller to purchase your book (including Amazon, BAM!, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s and Tattered Cover).

 

For those of you outside the US, all my titles are available at The Book Depository and it’s my understanding that they ship worldwide for free.

 

One last note, many of my series are independently published. As these independently-published books are print-on-demand, not mass market paperbacks (this means they’are not printed in huge batches but in much smaller batches , they’re also “trade paperback” which means they’re larger in overall size than the mass market paperbacks and have higher quality paper inside). Because of this, the end product is more expensive for the reader than I’d like it to be (something over which I have no control) and this explains why some of my books are under $10 in print and others are over $20. My mass market paperbacks include the Colorado Mountain, Dream Men and Chaos series. The rest are independently published trade paperbacks.

Do you have a street team?

I don’t, technically, have a street team. Though I consider all my Rock Chicks as loyal supporters because I know they share not only among themselves but widely that they dig what I do. And I’ll take this moment to say it means the world…the world…to have so many sisters helping me nurture this dream.

 

That said, you wouldn’t click on this question if you weren’t interested in spreading the KA word.

 

If that’s what you’ve an interest in doing, it will absolutely NOT be me who stops you!

 

Although I don’t have any organized activities, here are ways you can help:

 

  • Tell family, friends and co-workers you dig my work. I know this sounds like, “Duh!” but it isn’t. I’ve read many a book (many!) that others have gushed about. It seems such an investment of time, not exactly like going to spend a couple of hours at a movie, to suggest a book. But trust me, simply saying my name to others helps, even if they aren’t moved to rush out and buy one of my babies.
  • You could one-up this by gifting my books to friends and family. Obviously, if they don’t dig romance, that’s not the way to go. But if they do, share the love. And honestly, if they can’t get into me, it’s unlikely they’ll toss the book in the trash. They’ll pass it on, sell it to a used bookstore or donate it to a charity or a library. In the end, that book is out there, making the rounds, and that always helps.
  • Write a review. I know this isn’t easy for some to do and if you’re not into that, don’t do it. I never want you to do anything that makes you uncomfortable. But reviews on Goodreads and any book-selling vendor online helps folks make decisions about whether or not to try a book.
  • Suggest your book club read my book. Hopefully, your fellow clubbers will dig it…and want more!
  • Ask for my books at your local bookstore. The store may stock some traditionally published KA titles (like Colorado Mountain, Dream Man and Chaos) but it’s highly unlikely they publish my independent titles. And they may not, even if you ask. It’s hard for booksellers to make that investment. But again, every time you say KA, awareness is increased and they might just say, “We gotta look into this chick!”
  • If you’ve hit one of those rare times in life you have a spare few dimes to rub together, buy a book and donate it to your local library or hospital. Both struggle to keep stocked to provide for the needs of patrons. And many, many romance readers are voracious and simply don’t have the funds to buy every book they read. Libraries are necessary resources for them. And for any author, it’s a privilege to be on a library shelf for a lot of reasons, one of which is that it’s an excellent way to share your work with a mass audience.

These are just a few ideas that spring to my  mind. You could do one, you could do several, you could do all…or you could do none.

 

I just hope you know that you simply looking at this page warms my heart. So anything further you decide to do rocks my world!

Do you have any books translated into languages that aren’t English?

Yes, indeed I do.

 

The following is a list of what’s here and what’s coming. I’m afraid I can’t help with links to purchase some of these, but if you’re in one of these countries, you should be able to find them! Also, The Book Depository is another possible resource.

 

List As of April 2016

  • Brazil – Mystery Man set to publish Spring 2016. Wild Man, Law Man and Motorcycle Man to come.
  • Bulgaria – The Will is published. Soaring to come.
  • France – Rock Chick is published. Rock Chick Rescue to come.
  • Germany – Mystery Man published. Wild Man soon to come.
  • Hungary – Mystery Man and Wild Man both published. Law Man and Motorcycle Man to come.
  • Israel – The Will is coming!
  • Italy – Mystery Man and Wild Man published. Law Man to come.
  • Japan – Mystery Man is coming!
  • Poland – The Dream Man series is coming!
  • Slovenia – The Will and Soaring are coming!
  • Thailand – Mystery Man, Wild Man both published. Law Man and Motorcycle Man to come.
  • Turkey – Mystery Man, Wild Man and Law Man have all been published. No license purchased for Motorcycle Man.
How can we know to expect new books coming out?

This website is kept up-to-date and I announce on the home page what’s been recently published or what’s up next or what I’m working on. This information is also available on my Coming Soon page. I give dates when the books will be released when I know the book is done and dusted and ready to go and these will include pre-order links so you can get your order in.

 

Further, I keep readers informed through social media sites and my newsletter. I visit my Facebook and Twitter pages daily and keep readers in the know on what I’m doing and generally commune with all who are interested. Facebook and Twitter are where you’ll hear first about new downloadable teaser chapters, where I unveil my book covers, where I announce competitions, etc. Though, for those who go the extra mile and subscribe to my newsletter, although I don’t send newsletters out often in order not to clog up your in boxes, I do try to add something juicy, hear-it-first-there news for subscribers. I also have an Instagram account where I share news. Then there’s my Pinterest page where I share images that gave me inspiration, book covers, memes I think are funny or speak to my soul–all the goodness you can get from Pinterest!

 

If you’re not already a follower of mine, please join in! The more, the merrier! You can hit any button at the top of this page for my social media accounts and the Sign Up for My Newsletter button at the left side of this page.

How do I contact you?

Go to the top menu at the right and hit the Contact button. Then just complete the contact form and hit submit. I very much enjoy hearing from readers and try to reply personally to communication, so please do not hesitate to contact me. That said, if you ask a question that’s answered on my website, seeing as I get a lot of communication, I hate to say it but your question will go unanswered. I update my website often to do my best to make certain that my readers know what I’m working on, what’s coming out and when (hit my Coming Soon section for details).  Also, at the end of each page in my Titles section, I explain where I’m taking a series, if the series is complete and/or if there are some beloved secondary characters who may (or may not) get a future book. I love to hear from folks, definitely! But if I’ve already answered your question, I hope you understand that I’d rather be writing the books you may want to get, so it’s a better use of my time to do that!

How do I know what future books to expect in certain series?

If you go to the Titles section of this website and click on the series, there will be a listing all the way at the bottom of that series page of what will be coming up next or what’s on my mind to include in the series or, alas, if a series has concluded.

 

I try to do my best to be certain to add as much information as there is available so you’ll know what to expect…and when to expect it. If there isn’t a note to say a book is in the works or what the release date is, then I also don’t know when a certain story is going to be coming. This website is updated as frequently as we can carve out some time to update it. So if a story isn’t noted as coming in my home page or on Coming Soon page, then I don’t know when I’ll get to it. I just know that someday I will!

How do I subscribe to your newsletter?

You can subscribe to my newsletter by clicking here.

How do stories come to you? What are your inspirations?

Stories come to me all the time and anything can be my inspiration. A television show, a movie, an experience. This will morph and grow then the hero and/or heroine will come to me very strongly and they’ll guide me as I go along and take their journey.

 

For instance, while watching the film Faster, I thought it would be interesting to write a romance with an anti-hero freshly released from prison. As this idea turned in my head, I came up with the idea that the hero had been wrongly imprisoned (unlike the film) and was released with nothing but vengeance on his mind (just like the film). Ty Walker of Lady Luck came to me and he came so strong, it’s his story I told. But Ty was absolutely not an anti-hero, though he was a wronged man. So I told Ty’s story as it played out in my head.

 

I have many, many different stories just like this. I even started the basis of a hero on the visual of a man who I saw walking a street simply because I liked the way he moved! As a writer, I keep my mind open, my radar tuned and am always open to let anything in that might kick off a kickass story.

How do you write? Do you outline, write notes, know how the story will end and work to that?

I make notes only to be certain I close loops during a story. I do not outline or write notes about where the story is intended to go. I only know there will be a happily ever after. I don’t know how I’ll get there; I just know it’ll happen. I simply follow the journey of my characters. It’s much like they’re living their story in my head, I’m a fly on the wall or part of the character’s subconscious and I type out their thoughts, descriptions of places and actions and the dialogue I hear.

 

This is why dialogue in my books is often colloquial and full of curse words and slang not to mention the narrative of the book is rather free-flowing and usually first person. It’s also why there’s a great deal of description in most of the books as I’m sharing what I’m seeing. All my books played like movies in my head and I type as fast as I can to give you want’s happening up there in its entirety.

I don’t live in the US, how can I get your books in print?

There are a few options here.

 

First, many of the Amazon country sites stock my print books, sometimes the mass market size that are traditionally published (Colorado Mountain, Dream Man, Chaos – though this also might not be the case as my publisher doesn’t have worldwide rights to sell these titles) and my trade paperback independently published books (all the rest that are in print).

 

However, sometimes they don’t.

 

I really don’t have any control over what any vendor stocks either online or in stores.

 

I always recommend if Amazon is your go-to that you ask them if they stock them and if they don’t, would they stock them. You may not be the only one who wants them and I’d love the shout out to any vendor. The more requests they get, the more chance they’re going to stock them.

 

That said, there is another option. The Book Depository stocks all my print books (even some foreign-language editions) and they say they ship worldwide for free. So if you’re jonesing for a book, hit there and hopefully they’ll take care of you!

I have a certain character in one of your books I’d love to see have a story, how do I find out if they’re going to get one?

I gotta tell you, it is not a hardship to hear from a reader that they fell in love with someone in my books and they want to know more. Most definitely not. Daisy and Marcus. Sam Sterling. Landon Cage. Hap and Luci. The entirety of Mace’s agency in LA. I could go on. And on. And I’m delighted I can!

 

To learn who you may be reading about in the future, in most cases, at the end of any listing of a series on its Titles page, I’ll share where I am (or may) be going with that series or a possible spin-off series, including characters I see having books. I’ve been pretty thorough about this. That’s my gentle way of saying, if someone has not been mentioned at the bottom of a series page, it’s unlikely they’re on radar to get a book. This doesn’t mean they won’t hit me at some later date, burrow right into my head and demand their story to be told, it’s just not what I’m seeing in the future of my writing…for now.

 

So if you have a favorite, go to the series page of the book that introduced you to them in and scroll all the way down. That’s where you’ll find all I have to share. And if it’s not there, it’s not to be had to share…even by me!

I like to picture people in my head like celebrities when I’m reading. What celebrities do you think of when you think of your characters?

My characters come to me as “real” in my imagination, even secondary characters. This includes how they look, move, dress, talk and think as well as their histories, personalities and motivations. Therefore, I see/hear them very clearly and they’re their own entities in my head. Because of this, I don’t think of celebrities when I write or read my work. In fact, even after I’m done, it is difficult for me to think of celebrities who fit my characters!

I’m an aspiring writer, do you have any advice?

Boy, do I!

 

In fact, I put a lot of work into the downloadable document below because I found my own way and it would have been nice to have just that eensy-weensiest bit of knowledge before I struck out on this path.

 

That said, this is not the golden word of advice on publishing. It’s more of a guide with helpful advice and sharing of experiences. Nothing I say is a guarantee. There are no guarantees in life, and as I note in this document, there are even fewer in publishing!

 

However, it is pretty thorough considering this kind of thing is often relayed in full books. Consider it a jumping off point, if you will.

 

All that I ask is that, if you share it, do so as the notice on the footer of the document demands. I’ve also been pretty thorough when writing this as what it’s intended to be. So if you have further questions and you’re that kind of person who does copious research, I’m sure there are great books to buy that will provide more guidance. Or you can dig in to research online. But I can’t expound further on the points I’ve made. In other words, use it, I hope like heck it helps and encourages you to sally forth with your writing, but after you consume my top tips, take the bull by the horns and find your own way!

 

Download Top Tips for Self Publishing

I’m not an online book buyer, are your print books in stores?

Yes…and no.

 

My mass market traditionally published books–the Colorado Mountain, Dream Man and Chaos series–should be more widely available in brick and mortar stores like Barnes & Noble and Books-a-Million. I would also guess other bookstores, big and small, may carry these. I cannot say that every store stocks every title, but you should (hopefully) find me on their shelves.

 

For my independently published titles, such as my Rock Chicks, ‘Burg, Magdalene, Unfinished Heroes, The Three and Fantasyland series, as well as Heaven and Hell and Play It Safe, it’s up to each store to decide whether they’ll put these books on their shelves. I know some do. The majority don’t.

 

That said, don’t despair! All my books, both independently and traditionally published, are in the bookstore ordering catalogues. If they don’t have them and they offer the service, they can order them in store for you to pick up. It may be a bit of a wait, but I hope it’d be worth it.

 

You can also buy all my books on this website (including boxed sets of my independently published titles at a discount). A caution to this, we don’t “sell” books, other than boxed sets (as you can’t find them at a discount elsewhere), we sell signed books. This makes the books more expensive than just purchasing them online or ordering them in a bookstore. However, if you want a signed print book, just hit my Merchandise page.

 

And last, if you don’t live in the US, you can find all of my print titles, including foreign language translations, in print and available to ship (free of charge for delivery, according to their website) at The Book Depository.

I’m new to the Kristen Ashley World, is there a way I can check out your work before I purchase?

Absolutely! Each published book is available to sample on on-line retailers like Amazon’s “Look Inside” and Barnes & Noble’s “Read Instantly.” Just go to the title you’re interested in and have a read!

 

If you’re into audio, you can sample the books right on my page. Just go to my Audio Books page and enjoy!

When is the spin-off series for Rock Chicks (Mace and Stella in LA) coming out?

The Rock Chicks being my flagship series, and loosely based on my life in Denver (sans the kidnapping, stungunning and car chases), it carries a special place in my heart. And after it ended with Rock Chick Revolution, I did not want to say goodbye. So I decided I didn’t have to and shared with the world that I intend to spin this off by following Mace and Stella (from Rock Chick Reckoning) to LA and starting a new series with Mace’s security-to-the-stars agency. And, of course, I intend to drag the Rock Chick and Hot Bunch out there to stick their noses in that business, for sure!

 

I know this is a heavily anticipated series and I absolutely freaking adore that it is. Trust me, you can’t wait and I can’t wait either!

 

The thing is, I’ve got a variety of series running right now. This means, as I do them in rotation, folks are waiting for the next book in their particular favorite series for too long. I don’t like to make people wait. So at the time of me typing this, I’m trying to close out a number of series so that I’ll be in a place where I’m only working on 2-3 at a time. This will mean a far shorter wait between books for you.

 

I’d love to give you a definite time or at least an idea of when I’ll be jumping into the Rock Chick spin-off. But to avoid disappointment, I won’t make any grand statements or even any guesses. What I will most assuredly do is shout it out (and maybe hire thousands of skywriters across the globe…too much?) to share the word when I dig in.

Which heroine do you identify with most?

I actually have this question asked quite a bit. Probably because I put a lot of love in my books (and I hope my readers feel that), and in doing it, I sometimes base characters on friends or family members.

 

It could be that the character is very much like that person in my life (in the case of Tod and Stevie or Trish and Herb from my ROCK CHICK series and Uncle Marsh and Aunt Bette in MOTORCYCLE MAN). It could be that the character is an exaggerated version of their real self (Annette in the ROCK CHICKS). It could be I used some characteristic of a loved one to remind me of them when I write a character in hopes of instilling the love I have for them in my readers (the description of Trixie’s hands in ROCK CHICK RESCUE or Nancy’s majorette smile (my mother’s smile) in that same book). Or it could be I name a character after a friend in order to show my love for them (the vampire Stephanie in the THREE series is named after my bestest bestie for ages, who also loves vampires and horror of any kind).

 

That said, there are also bits of me I put in my heroines. I do this in hopes that my readers will identify with her and the real parts of being a real woman–her ups, downs, inner demons, struggles, triumphs.

 

This is not to say any of the characters are me. But I’ve been on this earth awhile. I’ve learned a few things. I’ve experienced more. I know a lot of people, been a lot of places, eaten a lot of food, listened to a lot of music, and as is the beauty of life, that goes on. I’ve had my fair share of bad times. I’ve fortunately had many more good times. I’m far from perfect. But I do my best to be the best me, knowing this work is never done, and I can’t fall down on that job.

 

Thus it’s easier to ask which heroine I least identify with. And for those, I’d say the badass ones: Ally (the ROCK CHICKS), Sylvie (CREED), Tabby (OWN THE WIND). Or the cold (and maybe a little cynical) ones: Olivia (SEBRING). Or ones who can do work on their house: Cassidy (DEACON).

 

However, to answer the question that was asked, I would say Lauren from SWEET DREAMS is quite a bit like me. I have her sleep issues. I searched for something special all my life (and found it in my writing, which has always been anywhere and nowhere, right in my head wherever I wanna do it). There’s also a lot of Indy in me (ROCK CHICK). I’m pretty crazy, but mostly I like to collect people to fill my life, and when I get them, I don’t like to let go. I like to think I’m like Dusty (GAMES OF THE HEART). I’m pretty sure of what I want from life, who I am and how I expect others around me to treat me. Then there’s also some Justice in me (BOUNTY). In a way, I’m an artist. I love what I do. But that love is increased exponentially by the loyalty I get back from my readers, and I appreciate it in the ways Justice describes she appreciates those who enjoy her music. Put simply, it’s a thing of beauty.

 

Now there’s also Jet in me (ROCK CHICK RESCUE). I get shy around hot guys. And I’m not big on attention being focused on me. And also Roxie (ROCK CHICK REDEMPTION) because I very much like nice things, I’m a designer whore and proud of it. And Leah (UNTIL THE SUN FALLS FROM THE SKY), because I’m not twenty anymore but I intend to be a girl and live like a girl (in other words, never really grow up) until the day I die. Then there’s Nina, from THE GAMBLE, who lived in England and I lived in England. And I own Hanna’s bike from RAID. Not to mention, Julia (SOMMERSGATE HOUSE) and Sibyl (LACYBOURNE MANOR) who both work in charity, and I used to work in charity, and who both are a little crazy, and like I’ve mentioned, I’m a little crazy. In fact, I worked in a version of the community centre Sibyl works in in LACYBOURNE. Then, of course, there’s Lily from THREE WISHES, who wants to write romance novels…and realizes her dream. And I did the same. And Mathilda, in MATHILDA SUPERWITCH, who likes to bake, likes hot guys, movies, shopping and family, and, well…that’s all me.

 

I’ll stop there as I think you get my drift.

 

I’ve also been asked which characteristics of my characters I’d like to have and this answer would get insane if I listed them all. But I wouldn’t mind being able to work on my house (like the above-mentioned Cassidy, but also Ava from ROCK CHICK REVENGE). Nor would I mind being a little more badass (like the above mentioned Ally, Sylvie and Tabby). And I’m up for adventure, as long as it comes with comfort, so it wouldn’t hurt if I had a little more Finnie in me (WILDEST DREAMS). But I might not be able to tile, kick someone’s ass, and I would definitely be more than a little put out if I was dumped in a frozen, filthy cottage in the middle of nowhere (however, I like to think I’d be able to sort myself out)–still, since hopefully I won’t be in any situation that would require these things from me, I think I’m good.

 

I think everyone’s work is very personal to them. But this gives indication of how and why my babies are so very personal to me. In a way that’s fictionalized, I’m sharing myself with my readers.

 

Make no mistake, I also have a vivid imagination so all of this is made up (erm…mostly). My work isn’t a long, drawn-out autobiography.

 

But one of my many goals is to draw my readers into my work giving them real. Giving them honesty.

 

And in order to do that, I give you little bits of me.

 

Will Daisy and Marcus get a story?

Daisy and Marcus from the Rock Chick series are definitely favorites, not only of my readers, but also me! I love the love out there for them and that so many people want to hear their full story.

 

And now I can share they will have a story. Working with the fabulous 1,001 Dark Nights series, on January 3, 2017, Daisy and Marcus’s story, Rock Chick Reawakening, will be told as a novella!

 

You can purchase this as a pre-order now right here!

 

Please note, that for the first 90 days, all 1,001 Dark Nights titles are available exclusively on Kindle. I recognize that all e-readers are not Kindle readers and rest assured, after that exclusive 90-day period, the book will be available widely on all vendors. However, if you can’t wait, you can download FREE Kindle apps to read Rock Chick Reawakening on your computer, phone or tablet. Just go to this site  to download one of Kindle’s “Read Everywhere” apps.

 

And as always, stay tuned into my Coming Soon section on this website for any new releases coming your way. Not to mention, anything new coming in a series will be at the end of the series page in my Titles section.

 

Will Emma and Lachlan get a story?

We were introduced to ghost hunter Lachlan McPherson in Lucky Stars. I had actually expected the Ghost and Reincarnation series to end with that book. But then I met Lachlan…and after I met him, he met Emma.

 

I get a number of requests for this book and it warms my heart. My Ghosts and Reincarnation books were fanciful, they took me to places in I loved while I lived in the UK and I enjoyed the heck out of writing each one. I do intend to get back to them to tell that one last tale and give that one last happily ever after for that series.

 

Your question is, when?

 

My answer is, alas, I don’t know. I just know when I finally sit down to do that, I will not keep it a secret! I’ll spread the word in the usual channels including here on my Coming Soon page. That’s a promise!

Will Hap and Luci get a story?

Hap and Luci–introduced to my readers in Heaven and Hell–are on my mind all the time. [Beware: Spoiler!] They were left at a bit of a loose end (to say the least) at the end of that book. I’m not a big fan of loose ends, especially for such awesome people…erm, I mean, characters. I love those two and would so enjoy giving them their happily every after.

 

However, right now, they are not scheduled to be written. I will assure you, they haven’t been forgotten. It could be they’ll have a novella. It could be they hit me strong and get a full book. I’ve no idea how they’re going to come to me or when they’re going to squeeze themselves in. What I do know is that, as with anything, I’ll put it on my Facebook page, Tweet it, add it to the Coming Soon section or announce it in my newsletter when I know for certain they’ll be coming your way.