Frequently Asked Questions

The most frequent questions I get are about if so-and-so will get a book. Check each series page (you can find them all under the Titles section) and you’ll see what I intend to do…or not. If your favorite character isn’t mentioned, alas, they’re not on radar to get a book.

(Please click on the “+” below to get the answers to the questions listed.)

Upcoming Release

I announce on the homepage of this website what’s been recently published and what’s up next.

I also keep readers informed through social media sites and my newsletter. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are where you’ll hear first about new downloadable teaser chapters, where I unveil my book covers and where I announce giveaways, sales, 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 inboxes, I do try to add something juicy, hear-it-first-there news for subscribers.

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!

Last, you can follow my author page on Amazon, or become a follower of mine on BookBub, and those platforms help spread the news about what’s happening in the KA book world.

In other words, I work hard to get the news out to my Chicklets by any means available. Follow one, follow all, but somewhere along the line, you’ll get all the info there is to have.

If you’re not already a follower of mine, please join in! The more, the merrier!

Check the What’s Next section on the series page on this website. There you’ll find information on what’s 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 featured on my home page or on the coming soon page, then I don’t know when I’ll get to it. I just know that someday I will!

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. Sam Sterling. Landon Cage. Emma and Lachlan. 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, on any series page listing, I’ll share where I am (or may) be going with that series or a possible spin-off, 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 on the 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 and look for the what’s next section. 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!

The Rock Chicks being my flagship series, and loosely based on my life in Denver (sans the kidnapping, stun-gunning and car chases), it carries a special place in my heart. And after it ended, I did not want to say goodbye.

Therefore 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!

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.

Stay tuned!

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 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! And they’ll probably be seen in a future Loose Ends anthology, getting their own novella. When it happens, though, I’ll spread the word in the usual channels including my Coming Soon page. That’s a promise!

Advice

Boy, do I!

In fact, I put a lot of work into a downloadable Tips For Self Publishing document 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!

This question could take a year, and a book, to answer.

However, I’ve made a Kit’s Recommendations list! Hopefully if you journey into these books, you’ll find a path to all new worlds you enjoy.

Samples

Absolutely! Each published book is available to sample on online retailers like Amazon’s “Look Inside” and Barnes & Noble’s “Read Instantly.”

Print

All of my traditionally and independently published titles are available in print on online stores. I’ve included links on all the series pages for you to pick your favorite bookseller.

My traditionally published titles (Dream Man, Colorado Mountain, Chaos and the Honey series) can often be found in (or ordered from) brick and mortar stores like Barnes and Noble and Books-a-Million.

Online retailers don’t sell boxed sets in print at a discount and my independently published print books are rather expensive. If you have a KA series you love that you’d like the entire set, discounted boxed sets (unsigned) can be purchased through my store. We don’t sell traditionally published books in boxed sets as they would be much less expensive to buy through bookstores.

Sadly, we cannot sell boxed sets outside the US due to the very high postage rates. We’re trying to offer a bargain to readers and this would not be a bargain. Purchasing the books one by one through Amazon or Book Depository would be a far less expensive option for my readers outside the US.

All of my books are available to purchase signed on my online store.

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

I’m known as a “hybrid” author. That is, I publish both traditionally and independently.

My traditional titles (Dream Man, Colorado Mountain, Chaos and the Honey series) are published traditionally through large New York publishers. This means the print books are mass produced, and in turn means they can be sold at a lower cost. Onward from that, Dream Man, Colorado Mountain and Chaos are printed in mass market paperback (the smaller books with thinner paper), which brings the cost even lower.

The rest of my titles are published independently through my own imprint, Rock Chick Press. These titles are published “print on demand,” in very small print runs. Further, these books are published in “trade paperback” (the bigger books) with higher quality paper. This means the cost per book is a good deal more. Sadly, the print runs of these novels (and as such, the price) is not under my control.

However, I do keep my eBook prices for my independent titles at an affordable rate and very often do BookBub promotions and sales on eBooks so they cost even less. Be sure to follow me on social media and subscribe to my newsletter so you don’t miss a deal!

Yes…and no.

My traditionally published books–the Colorado Mountain, Dream Man, Chaos and the Honey 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 Hero, The Three, Fantasyland series, Ghosts and Reincarnation, Moonlight and Motor Oil, as well as Heaven and Hell, Play It Safe, Three Wishes and Complicated, 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 signed copies of my books, including unsigned boxed sets, of my independently published titles at a discount in my store. A caution to this, we don’t “sell” books, other than boxed sets (as you can’t find them at a discount elsewhere). We only sell signed books or boxed sets that are unsigned.

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 Book Depository.

There are a few options here.

First, many of the Amazon country sites stock my print books, sometimes the traditionally published (Colorado Mountain, Dream Man, Chaos, Honey – though this also might not be the case as my publisher doesn’t have worldwide rights to sell these titles) and my 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. 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!

Style

Stories come to me all the time and anything can be my inspiration. A television show, a movie, a song, 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.

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.

In other words, all of my books play like movies in my head and I type as fast as I can to give you want’s happening up there in its entirety.

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!

Even though I don’t picture celebrities, I do take a great deal of inspiration from images and I share all of that with readers on my Pinterest page. If you’re interested, have a gander!

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 (Rock Chick Revolution), Sylvie (Creed), Tabby (Own The Wind), Sixx (The Greatest Risk). Or the colder (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, Tabby and especially Sixx). 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.

Contacting Kristen

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 page for details). Also, on 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.

You can subscribe to my newsletter for the latest up-to-date information concerning all things Kristen Ashley.

Translations

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, Book Depository is another possible resource.

Please note, some of these titles are out, some are coming!

Brazil
  • Mystery Man
  • Wild Man
  • Law Man
  • Motorcycle Man
  • The Deep End
  • Wildest Dreams
  • The Golden Dynasty
  • Fantastical
  • Broken Dove
  • Midnight Soul
Bulgaria
  • The Will
  • Soaring
  • The Time in Between
Croatia
  • Knight
  • Creed
  • Raid
  • Deacon
Czech Republic
  • The Will
  • Soaring
Denmark
  • Mystery Man
France
  • Rock Chick
  • Rock Chick Rescue
  • Mystery Man
  • Wild Man
  • Law Man
  • Motorcycle Man
Germany
  • Mystery Man
  • Wild Man
Hungary
  • Mystery Man
  • Wild Man
  • Law Man
  • Motorcycle Man
Israel
  • The Will
  • Soaring
  • Mystery Man
  • The Gamble
  • Sweet Dreams
Italy
  • Mystery Man
  • Wild Man
  • Law Man
  • Motorcycle Man
  • Rock Chick
  • Rock Chick Rescue
  • Rock Chick Redemption
  • Complicated
Japan
  • Mystery Man
  • Law Man
  • Wild Man
Poland
  • Mystery Man
  • Wild Man
Thailand
  • Mystery Man
  • Wild Man
  • Law Man
  • Motorcycle Man
Turkey
  • Mystery Man
  • Wild Man
  • Law Man

Marketing

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 to have so many sisters helping to 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. 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, please don’t worry about it. But reviews on Goodreads and other book-selling vendors online help readers 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, Chaos and the Honey) but it’s highly unlikely they publish my independent titles. And they may not, even if you ask. 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 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!

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