Saturday, 29 January 2011

Spotlight on: The Werewolf Upstairs by Ashlyn Chase

One of my favourite authors is Ashlyn Chase. Her unique blend of off beat characters, quirky situations and warmhearted humour always make me smile, and lots of times laugh out loud. But of course the romance makes my heart melt too. Ash has a great talent to weave that all together in some fabulous stories.

Her latest release is the second book in her Strange Neighbors Series...The Werewolf Upstairs. I have it on order and I can't wait for it to arrive:-) 

Luckily for you and me, here's an excerpt to tease you:

Excerpt from The Werewolf Upstairs
Copyright 2011 Ashlyn Chase

His mate. He’d found her! At last. Telepathic communication
didn’t happen by accident. He had heard of it only in mated couples. Even then, not every couple was lucky enough to experience it.

His canine tooth accidentally scraped her tongue. Her
blood must have triggered the telepathy. Now he was
burning to find out if they were compatible in bed, but
if he rushed her, he could scare her off. Especially with
her history.

She interrupted his thoughts. “What’s so special about my history?”


“You were saying…or rather thinking, something about my history. Something special?”

“Oh. It was nothing.” Damn, this telepathy is going to be a pain in the ass.

“Tell me about it.”

“Shit. You heard that too?”

Roz giggled. “This is really weird. Kind of fun, but totally bizarro.”

Konrad took a deep breath. “Let’s go home and try not to think until we get there. Are you up for a jog?”

“Sure. If I get tired, I’ll walk and meet you there.”

“Or I can carry you.”

Roz burst out laughing. “Yeah, right. I may not weigh as much as a ton of frozen food, but I’m no lightweight.”

“Sure you are.” He turned his back to her and squatted slightly. “Hop on.”

“What? Are you nuts? You want to give me a piggyback?”

“Why not? We’re going to the same place, and we want to get there quickly.”

“I’ll slow you to a crawl.”

“Try me.”

Roz folded her arms. “I’m not getting on your back.”

“Why not?”

“Because I weigh too much. And I don’t want you to know how much too much.”

“Suit yourself.” Konrad turned back toward her and scooped her up in his arms.

She shrieked.

As he strode off in the direction of their building, only a few more blocks away, she wriggled in his grasp.

“Put me down!”

“If you don’t stay still, I might drop you.”

“Fuckin’ caveman.”

“Did you know that contrary to popular opinion, the cavemen were neither slovenly nor dimwitted? Regardless of having no manuals, no education, no knowledge of science or mathematics at all, they managed to live beyond puberty to raise the next generation.
That points to intelligence.”

“What are you, Mr. Wikipedia? Did you just Google cavemen?”

“No, I’m trying to impress you. It’s also agreed that language has been around for a million years or more. They developed language in order to communicate with each other. To do that, they must have been extremely intelligent.”

“Yeah, yeah. You’re a freakin’ rocket scientist. Now put me down! I’m too old to be carried like a baby.”

“I’ve got a better idea.” He set her on her feet.

“Whew, finally. I—”

Konrad dipped down and came up with Roz draped over his shoulder.

She gasped.

“If you’re going to accuse me of being a caveman, I might as well act like one.”

Roz thumped him on his back. “Put me down this minute!”

“Just relax and enjoy the ride.”

“I don’t usually hear that until I make it to the bedroom.”

Konrad laughed but ignored her plea and strode off in the direction of their building as if she weighed no more than a sack of tennis balls. He added to her embarrassment
by whistling.

“Oh, very nice. What if I have to fart while I’m up here?”

“Then fart. We’re traveling downwind.”

Roz giggled and bounced along with Konrad’s long
strides. “I give up.”


“It’s your hernia.”

“You’re not as heavy as you think you are. So many women have negative self-images. You think you have to be bony to be beautiful, when it’s the opposite for
most guys.”

“Oh, really?”

“Well, I guess I can’t speak for the entire male population, but most guys I know like a little meat on their women.” He patted her ass.

A passing couple laughed.

“Oh, for Christ’s sake. Do you have to embarrass me completely and totally?”

“If that’s what it takes to convince you that you’re ravishing.”

She sighed. “Ravage me when we get back to your place, and I might believe you.”

Konrad slowed his march. “Did you mean for me to hear that?”

“Put me down, and I’ll tell you.”

He quickly set her on her feet and grasped her shoulders to steady her.

She looked up into his serious face and took a risk.

“Yeah, I meant it.”

He straightened, and his eyes widened. “I’ll race you.”

They grinned at each other and took off running the final block to their building.



Here's what some of the reviews are saying:

 From The Romance Studio:
This was a fantastic, fun paranormal romance. I loved the light, upbeat feel that this book left me with. I found myself with a big goofy grin on my face long after I finished this light-hearted read. Roz and Konrad are a quirky couple that quickly found a place in my heart. I love heroines who are curvy and when you pair that with a kind heart and a quick wit for me, that's a keeper.

From bookaddictpatti:
Ms. Chase writes a great combination of Contemporary and Paranormal romance -
upbeat and fun with just the right amount of weird. I am loving getting
to know the quirky residents of this apartment building and I can't wait
to see who's story is next!

From Suite101:
Ashlyn Chase has created a whirlwind romance story in this light
paranormal; The Werewolf Upstairs. Funny and entertaining, the literary
prose is written well and easily flows from one chapter to the next,
making this one fun read to escape into. This hard-to-put-down novel is
full of supernatural entities, hunky alpha-males and spunky women who
take them all on. Well recommended for anyone who likes a little
paranormal with their romance. 

So what are you waiting for? Isn't it great!

Go out and buy it!  You can get it at Amazon and the usual places!

You can find Ashlyn hanging out at a few places...


Helen said...

Hi Maggie

I have heard a lot about Ashlyn's books I have added them to my must have list

Loved the excerpt

Have Fun

Maggie Nash said...

Hi won't be disappointed! Ash's books rock!

I've read Vampire Vintage 4 times! (It's one of her earlier's with Ellora's Cave...

Thanks for dropping by!


Margaret Tanner said...

Wow, that was a great excerpt.I will have to go check Ashlyn's books.



Rosalie said...

Hi Maggie
I have the first one and really enjoyed it. Love the sound of the second one. :)It's on my February order.
These books are refreshingly different. Not easy when you're trying to write vampires and shapeshifters these days.

Lisabet Sarai said...

Absolutely wonderful excerpt, Ashlyn!

I love the covers, too!

Ashlyn Chase said...

Thank you for the wonderful spotlight, Maggie, and I appreciate your lovely comments more than you know, ladies!

Big hugs,


Dalton Diaz said...

I can't wait!

Anonymous said...

I want MOAR!!!