CHASING SHADOWS COVER REVEAL!!!

I could not be more ecstatic, excited, and flipping out in pure elation (lot of “e” words, there) to announce that “Chasing Shadows” officially has a cover!!! EEEEEPPPP! We’re just working on a few finishing details and deciding on text, and then it’s bada-bing–off to the presses! I’m freaking out here! Which I thought was a tad obvious with all of my exclamation points, but I thought I should clarify for your benefit. ~_^

Is it weird that I want to make out with you sweet, sweet cover?

Is it weird that I want to make out with you sweet, sweet cover?

We’re almost done with the final edits, as well, and I have been smiling and crying and laughing all over again as I read it for, what? The 50th time? It still gets to me! I cannot wait to hear all of your reactions to the newest additions to our cast of Serimone characters, including (be still my heart!) Damien Lisandro, the handsome, tortured, cheeky Spaniard I’ve mentioned before. I keep getting hung-up on his scenes, reading them over and over and smiling as I pick up new inflections in his tone. Ack! I just adore him and know you all will too.

Side note(s), because I have way too many updates to give you guys:

BA-BADA-BAAAA!!!!!!!!! The “Chasing Shadows” playlist is nearly there and, if I may say so myself, spectaculaaaaar. We might even be sneaking it into the backs of the paperback copies, so keep your eyes peeled at the end of the story.

Also, our amazing web designer and digital wizard at Ink Smith Publishing, Macy, is diligently working on getting a possible cast together (yes, a Shadow and bow and forest and REAL people) for the “Chasing Shadows” trailer. Be. Still. My. Heart. So for those of you on the “Tube,” please subscribe and share Ink Smith’s YouTube page, and keep your eyes peeled for my trailer. *giggles in sheer delight* I just love saying that. http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQEHbnEhJhMf1me8LPVJy9Q

Don’t forget to add “Chasing Shadows” to your Goodreads, become a fan, and post your reviews. You wouldn’t believe how helpful and encouraging your responses are. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22545313-chasing-shadows?from_search=true

And Can we all just give Roan Carter a round of slow-building applause? He has been so diligent to work with me and make this cover for the sequel absolutely everything that I envisioned, and so much more. He’s even taking the time to work up a map of Serimone and the countryside for the book. Bah! *flat-lines in joy* Be sure to check out his amazing website and illustrations. http://www.roancarter.com/

As always, stay awesome, my delightfully quirky readers!

2014 Classic Reading Challenge

Last year I read and LOVED “North and South” by Elizabeth Gaskell and several other classics, so this year I’m setting a “classics” goal. Here are just a few that I’m hoping to finish before the year is out. *crosses fingers*

 

I will finally finish every last story of the cleverest, cheekiest mystery writer of all time.

I will finally finish every last story of the cleverest, cheekiest mystery writer of all time.

Watched Disney's Tarzan the other night with the girls. . . I'm sold. ;-)

Watched Disney’s Tarzan the other night with the girls. . . I’m sold. ;-)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

frankenstein

I applaud a woman who can write such dark fiction. Muwah-ah-ah!

 

Read "The Madman's Daughter" by Megan Shepherd. Wow! Now I actually have to read the original to compare.

Read “The Madman’s Daughter” by Megan Shepherd. Wow! Now I actually have to read the original to compare.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Author Interviews

I was nearly late for work yesterday doing some final edits on “Chasing Shadows” before its release on paperback in September (gah! Can’t wait!). I was also working on the playlist for all 52 chapters, which is so much fun for me, since I love music and reading and writing. BONUS! I was sitting there with my jumbo pink headphones on and my iTunes blasting out my inspiration playlist, and then I got a notification  that ta-da!!! My first blog interview for “Chasing Shadows” is out. Yippee! I had a lot of fun working on this one, and hope you’ll all share this around. And if any of you are interested in reviewing “Chasing Shadows” before or after its release, please shoot me an email with your blog site, and then we can go from there. Have an awesome Independence Day, guys!

ashleytownsend.author@yahoo.com

http://www.beachboundbooks.com/author-interviews/author-interview-ashely-townsend

“Chasing Shadows” is Finally Coming Out

It’s finally happening! “Chasing Shadows” is being released this year. . . . In PAPERBACK! That’s right people: my precious sequel to “Rising Shadows” (and my favorite overall storyline of the trilogy to write and read) is coming out in September of this year in ebook AND physical formats. Can you smell the enthusiasm? I am already envisioning that moment when I get to hold and sniff and—yes—more than likely lick it. But, hey, I’ve waited for what feels like forever to hold my precious in my hands. I might even strap it in a car seat, pop it in a perambulator, and take it for a stroll around the park, laughing all the way. . . . You think I’m joking. -_- When I unwrap my arc copies, I’m going to be like this old lady and go all “My precious!” on them.

      Funny GIF My precious

A long, long time was spent holding out for a physical publisher, one that was interested in taking a leap with a fresh young author with great ambitions but not a ton of experience in the field. But I’m so happy I did! Ink Smith is like a dream to work with; they want this story out as quickly as I do, are willing to work with me on whatever I need, and they love to promote authors who are passionate about sharing the written word. It’s taken a lot of faith and a plenty of toads to find my “prince” in publishing, but it was well worth the wait. You’ll feel the same way when “Chasing Shadows” comes out, and trust me when I say that you do not want to miss this one: Will and Sarah get torn apart, the corrupt Cadius at last enters the picture (so evil!), death at every corner, another ball *cue girlish shrieks*, repercussions of time travel, Karen finds romance, and a handsome Spaniard named Damien who provides a shoulder for Sarah to lean on, and who I guarantee will steal your heart. Ack! I’m practically salivating just thinking about it. When I get the official release date, be sure to mark it on your calendars, because you do not want to miss this one.   

Pretty soon I’ll be releasing the “Chasing Shadows” playlist, artwork, sample chapters, character profiles, and interviews I do in town and on the web on a special page just for this newest installment in the trilogy. Below, be sure to check out the summary for the book on Ink Smith’s site, then “like,” Pin, Tweet, reblog—whatever you can do to help! I so appreciate you guys sticking with me for the long haul, and I know it will be worth it when the book comes out in September.

http://ink-smith.com/product/chasing-shadows/

 

http://ink-smith.com/our-authors/ashley-townsend/

 

 

 

 

 

Starbucks Schmarbucks! Make at home Frappe.

I have been craving iced beverages lately, what with the weather being about a BAGILLION degrees for a solid week in San Diego! Okay, more like 103 degrees, but with no air conditioning inside, it definitely feels like it’s in the bagillion digits. Anyway, my heat-stroked mind convinced me that a Starbucks frappuccino would be just the thing to cure me of my delusions of cheeseburgers dancing Zumba on the beach. And it was tasty. . . For about five minutes until it separated and I was sucking on nothing but milky foam. Ick! Since most of you know I can’t just sit idly by and not cook or concoct something, I was desperate to find a solution to my parched pallet and discovered a recipe online for the Starbucks Java Chip frappuccino. I was, however, a little disappointed to discover it was nothing but chocolate and ice and milk and sugar. 

So, of course, I had to make a couple minor adjustments. . . Like freezing coffee cubes instead of ice, using dark chocolate sauce inside the drink, nixing the white sugar, adding plenty of vanilla, and just a plash of milk to keep it smooth. The result is delicious! And it doesn’t get that funky separation because it’s nothing. but. COFFEE! Try it and see for yourself.

Oh, yeah, and we have also been remodeling our kitchen for about a week, which means we’ve been without a kitchen sink and counters for several days. . . which also means getting very creative with what we cook and where we do so. But it led to a great discovery! If these suckers can be made in a bathroom (I’m a germaphobe, so it’s completely sanitary), then they can be made anywhere. I.E.: Yes, YOU, dormroom kiddos, campers, etc. So long as you have a blender, you’re good to go! I mean, I guess if you were desperate enough, you could go all caveman on the cubes and chips and use a rock or something. *shrugs* If that’s your only option, then I would definitely explore it, because you don’t want to miss this. Be sure to check out my recipes on the upper left of the site.

The Step-Aside, Starbucks! Choco-Chip Frappe:

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2 C frozen coffee cubes, apx. 16 cubes for an ice tray (any type of coffee it great!)

1/4 + C milk (add 1 TBS at a time, if you need more for smooth consistency)

1/3 C chocolate chips

3 TBS dark chocolate syrup

1 tsp vanilla (1/8 tsp of anything is an insult to extracts)

Caramel sauce for decoration

Dump everything in a blender or food processor (sans caramel sauce) and pulse it up to break up the chips and cubes, then blend smooth. I like adding everything in this order because sometimes the fudge sauce will solidify if dumped directly on top of the frozen cubes. If it’s too icy for your liking, just add a splash of milk at a time and then pulse until you get the right consistency (I like it pretty thick, because I enjoy eating it with a spoon). Drizzle a glass that has been in the freezer for 10 minutes with a little caramel and fudge for decoration. When the frappe is ready, pour into glass and drizzle the chocolate sauce and then the caramel over the top. And this tasty beauty melts slower than your favorite Starbucks frappe, too, because there’s no water added! The trick with the frozen glass helps a little, too. ~_^ Enjoy, and stay cool, my very cool friends!

NOTES: I used World Market brands for the caramel and chocolate sauces. They have great, smooth flavors. I make my coffee the day before and let it freeze in the trays overnight–that way you get a really yummy frozen texture and don’t have to deal with half-frozen cubes or excess liquid.

 

 

 

 

 

Once Upon a Time

Originally posted on booksandwonderful-things:

Sorry, guys, about the lack of book posts lately. Sadly, I haven’t found a good book to read in over a month. But, alas, I have not despaired (yet) because of a magical show (no pun intended) called “Once Upon a Time.” I have watched all of season three (up until the newest episode), and I have enjoyed it quite a bit, but it was just in the last couple of weeks that I really got into the show. Me and my sisters started watching a few episodes every night, and it has been so much fun going through it again. It has been a while since I’ve had something to really fangirl over; I was a bit out of shape there for a while, but now I’m once again a full-time, high functioning fangirl. My favorite thing to fangirl over has to be Captain Swan (Emma Swan and Captain Hook…

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Enlisted on Fox

YES! If you check my Twitter, it’s pretty much blowing up with pleas to save “Enlisted.” Haha. But, seriously, if you like clean, ridiculously hilarious comedies with brotherly love and humor at the center of every episode, please reblog, pin, Tweet, post, whatever you can think to bring this puppy back! And be sure to watch the show to see just how fantastic it is.