A GIF from Me to You…

Published October 19, 2014 by Ashley Townsend

Get it? Because they’re gifs, but close to gifts. . . Never mind. 

Anywho, the Chasing Shadows Twitter Release Party yesterday went so quickly (I barely kept up with my replies!) that I didn’t get to use all the fun and emotional gifs that I had planned. So I figured I’d share them with you and tell you what sort of question I was anticipating to use them for. And you can check out my replies and answers on my Twitter page @TownsendTales. Enjoy!

How do you prep for an afternoon of writing: 

I get myself psyched for “Author Mode”

The 40 Greatest Dog GIFs Of All Time

Yay!

Audrey

So Relatable - Funny GIFs, Relatable GIFs & Quotes

this gif. hahahaha.

Do you regret killing off any of your characters in “Chasing Shadows”?

Short answer: No. They had it coming or it served a purpose.

WHEN SOMETHING HAPPENS IN YOUR FANDOM

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Although there IS one character that I want to be in Book III that is, at the present time, deceased in some fashion. I can fix that!

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Explain your reaction when your fictional couple gets together:

GIF.

What about when your favorite character dies?

Thanks for bringing up that difficult memory.

Zach Roerig

What are your feelings towards people who don’t enjoy reading:

If only I could send this gif to someone when they get on my nerves. Loki is 1000000‰done

MINION!!! Gif

Favorite snacking and brain food for inspiration when writing?

Coffee and chocolate.

coffee

Have you ever tried sushi for brain food? People say it’s–

No. -_- I’ve tried it and, well:

Best gif in the worllddddd

Explain your reaction each time you finish writing a story:

minions gif

tom

Use one gif or picture to describe yourself:

cookies

Add “Chasing Shadows” and review on Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22545313-chasing-shadows

Buy the paperback or ebook at B&N and Amazon:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/chasing-shadows-ashley-townsend/1120440724?ean=9781939156570

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Chasing Shadows Twitter Release Party Today!!!

Published October 18, 2014 by Ashley Townsend

In about an hour (1-3pm west coast time), we’re going to kick off the Chasing Shadows Twitter Release Party with @doubled_books. Double Decker Books is doing a ton of promoting for “Chasing Shadows” and we’re doing an author Q&A time that YOU can participate in, too. During the party, shoot me whatever questions you have for me, and I’ll promptly respond with my best answer and/or an appropriate gif/picture that will hopefully split your pants.

GIVEAWAY! I’m also giving away prizes, such as a paperback copy of “Chasing Shadows” and Amazon and Starbucks e-giftcards (your choice!) for participating. Since “Chasing Shadows” revolves around time travel, I’m having everyone in attendance wear a timepiece of sorts. I have my Alice in Wonderland pocket watch (yes, I’m a hundred) and tweeted a picture of it today–go check it out! Starting now and until I announce the winner at the end of the party (3pm PS time), you can tweet me a pic of you and a timepiece of your choice, or just the timepiece. Make it however clever or serious as you’d like! Just be sure to tag me @TownsendTales and use #NationalTimepieceDay to enter the contest. Like I said, I’ll select the winner with coolest time travel savvy at the end of the party and have them email me at ashleytownsend.author@yahoo.com to receive their prize. I’m getting excited, aren’t you?

Don’t forget to invite your Twitter friends so that they have a chance to enter in the craziness. Oh, yeah, and also win free stuff!

So join us in less than an hour on Twitter to support the release of my second YA fantasy novel “Chasing Shadows,” and don’t forget to grab your own copy before and after the party!

Q&A Time:

When tweeting your questions, be sure to tag @TownsendTales and @doubled_books during the party so that I know you want ME to answer them. ^_^ As I’ve said before, hit me with your weirdest, silliest, and most serious questions. Trust me, I have gifs prepared for ANY occassion!

Hashtags to use during the party:

#AuthorAshley  #ChasingShadows  #DDBTwitterParty #YA #book #NationalTimepieceDay #ChasingShadowsBook #timetravel #fantasy #scifi

 

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Chasing Shadows

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Blog Tour with Author Ashley Townsend

Published October 17, 2014 by Ashley Townsend

Originally posted on cup of tea and a book:

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Book Blurb:

Would you choose to entwine your fate with a hero of the past, even if it meant altering the future?

The murder of an ancient king spurs Sarah Matthews to travel back in time, putting her life in jeopardy as she races against the clock to solve a thousand-year-old mystery and pick up the pieces of her star-crossed romance. Her return to Serimone reveals that the kingdom is in upheaval and that the elusive Cadius has sinister plans for the throne. Unable to right the empire alone, Sarah reunites with Will, the love she left behind and the man beneath the Shadow’s hood. As they work together amidst lavish balls and explore the secret depths of the castle, they discover that the conspiracy runs deeper than they ever imagined. And when a counterfeit Shadow claims the life of someone close to her after a personal threat from Cadius…

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Between the Pages: Meet Will Taylor

Published October 17, 2014 by Ashley Townsend

Meet your next book crush (and my forever fictional crush), Will Taylor from “Chasing Shadows.”

Will Taylor—brunette

Will, so nice of you to—Oh, you can remove the blindfold now.

Yanks it off his head. “Where in blazes are we? And why did you cover my eyes?”

In my basement, and there are some things that would be … difficult to explain if you saw them, like my car and microwave. Now, we know that you’re 22, have super-human good looks–born with them!—and have a passion for saving people, but tell us a little something about yourself that we don’t already know.

“Where’s Sarah?”

*sighs* Will, honey, focus. You’re adorable when you’re being protective, but you’re fine, she’s fine, we’re all fine. I just need a few minutes of your time, and then I can return you to where you came from after we conclude our interview. Speaking of which, what do you like best about living in twelfth century Serimone?

Shifts uncomfortably. “Pardon?”

Too tough? Okay, then, what’s your favorite color?

“Green, I suppose.”

What is a fond childhood memory you’d like to share?

“Following my father through the castle and exploring the secret passages deep below. Every day was like an adventure, and my knowledge of every inch of Serimone Castle has helped in certain other ‘endeavors.’”

Like sneaking in to find evidence against the king’s assassin. Alright, now we’re getting somewhere. . . . Good Lord, you’re dreamy. Okay, stay focused, be professional.

“… Did I awake in a mental infirmary?”

What? *giggles nervously* No. Of course not! Anywho, moving on. Do you have any favorite hideouts?

“There is an enormous birch tree on the property near my cabin. I am very fond of watching the sunrise from there. Especially when the company is very fair.” 

That’s a secretive smile. Care to share with the rest of us?

“Forgive me, but no. That memory is very close to my heart.” 

You are just as private as Sarah. . . Ah, I get it now. Well, then if you could have any superpower, what would it be?

“To travel back in time.”

… Uh-huh, How interesting, and no hesitation. *clears throat* What would you see or change if you could?

“I would go to the past and stop my parents from being murdered.” Sighs. “Though Sarah would tell me that I can’t change the past, but should make the most of my present.” 

I’m sure your parents would be proud of you. You took over your father’s blacksmith business, right? Do you want to do that permanently, or do you have other interests?

“Um, no, I do not wish to be a blacksmith forever. And I do have other hobbies…”

You mean being the Shadow, Serimone’s vigilante?

“How did you—“

Long story. Plus, I’m also a huge fan of yours—you know, running around the forest in a cloak and fighting for justice with a bow is pretty awesome—so I’ve been keeping tabs on you.

“Thank you? I took on the persona of the Shadow so I could seek out my parents’ murderer, and then I continued on with my pursuit for justice when I realized that I could truly help people.” Mouth tips. “And I kept on with it to a help a certain young lady stop an assassination.”

That reminds me, do you think you’ll ever be able to prove that Cadius killed his brother, the king?

“The two of us are doing everything we can to bring him to justice, so I suppose we’ll see someday.”

Speaking of Sarah, do you have long-term aspirations for your relationship?

Smiles very slowly. “My goals involve forever.”

*heart melts* I’m trying really hard to not ship you guys right now.

“Ship? I’m sorry…?”

Oh, it’s not like an actual ship-ship. It’s when you root for a fictional couple and combine their names. Like you and Sarah could be … Swill? Willah? Umm, Maylor?

“You do realize that sounds horrible.”

Yes, I’ll definitely think up something else, but you get the idea for now. I just have to be careful that I don’t get more attached than I am if I have to kill one of you off.

Eyes widen. “Kill one of—Hey, let’s not be hasty.”

Well, that’s all we have time for today. Thanks, Will, for traveling all this way. If you’ll just put this blindfold back on, we can get you back to where you belong. A little quicker now, if you don’t mind.

“And what do you mean fictional?”

… Houston, we have a problem.

Getting Ready for the Weekend

Published October 17, 2014 by Ashley Townsend

My post is now up on Double Decker Books’ blog! There was a slight delay, and so the tour will be postponed another day or two, so we have a little spot up right now. But please be sure to check it out, like, and share. And don’t forget to join me for the rest of this week’s shenanigans. 

Today:

http://doubledeckerbooks.blogspot.com/2014/10/medium-earl-tea-time-with-author-author.html

Tomorrow, Saturday the 18th, 1-3pm PS time:

Stop by Twitter for the Chasing Shadows Twitter Release Party. Be sure to tag me and Double Decker Books with your questions.

@TownsendTales

https://twitter.com/TownsendTales

@doubled_books

https://twitter.com/doubled_books

Sunday, October 19th, 2pm PS time:

Come hang out with me for Barnes&Noble’s 2014 Gold Rush with authors like Livia Blackburne for Q&A and tons of giveaways. Want to catch a coffee beforehand? ^_~

5500 Grossmont Center Dr, Ste 331,
La Mesa, CA 91942

(619) 667-2870

 

October and November

Published October 16, 2014 by Ashley Townsend

Ashley Townsend:

SWEET! “Chasing Shadows” is on booksandwonderfulthings’ list of anticipated books for the year. Is it on yours yet? Be sure to check out the other amazing reads she’s excited about and follow future posts. And don’t forget to add, rate, and review “Chasing Shadows” for yourself. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22545313-chasing-shadows

Originally posted on booksandwonderful-things:

Hello! I’ve got some updates on the reviews that I’m going to be releasing during the months of October and November. Here are a few lists of what I am currently reading and reviewing, and what I hope to complete in the next couple of weeks.

What I’ve read:

1. “Alice in Zombieland” by Gena Showalter

2. “Through the Zombie Glass” by Gena Showalter

3. “Destined for Doon” by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon

4. “The Princess Spy” by Melanie Dickerson

5. “The Kiss of Deception” by Mary E. Pearson

 

What I’ve Reviewed:

1. “Deliverance” by C.J. Redwine

2. “The Kiss of Deception” by Mary E. Pearson.

3.  “Wish You Were Italian” by Kristin Rae.

What I’m reading:

1. “Maid of Deception” by Jennifer McGowan

 

What I’m going to read:

1. “Chasing Shadows” by Ashley Townsend

2. “The Madman’s Daughter” by Megan Shepherd

3. “The Queen of…

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