Friday, February 4, 2022

It's been a crazy month

This Week's Newsletter
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What's new with Ashleigh?

January was a crazy month, am I right? I don't know about you, but we were hit with a couple major snowstorms (with another one expected this weekend). During the last one, we rearranged the house a little and I now have a desk for the first time in over a decade. (No more using the kitchen table!) I joined Instagram and TikTok, so feel free to follow me there. And, oh yeah.

I published a book!

Elephant on my Chest

Elephant On My Chest

He's the vile boy next door. Who also knows her biggest secret.

Sixteen-year-old Izzy is excited about the all-school ski trip. She is looking forward to learning to ski, even if she will be the only one on the bunny hill. Of course, she has to first make it through a five-hour bus ride with the vilest—albeit cutest—boy in school. And survive the roommates who keep breaking her one rule: "No sleeping with your boyfriend in my bed!"

When an unexpected power outage triggers a panic attack, Izzy is forced to tell Pug her biggest secret. She's even more surprised to learn his, spending the rest of the long weekend looking at her enemy in a new light.

But their secrets are nothing compared to the one Izzy's mother has been keeping for sixteen years. When Izzy discovers the truth, she must learn to confront her panic disorder or else live with the elephant sitting on her chest.

Warning: This book describes panic attacks. If this will trigger you, this book may not be for you.

Now available

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Hartfield Chronicles

Hartford Chronicles Melinda and Pat are both happy to celebrate Thanksgiving with their families. But when rumors of Pat and another girl appear in the celebrity gossip columns, his relationship with Melinda is tested.

Hartfield Chronicles follows the lives of Melinda, Pat, and their friends as they navigate their way through boarding school life. Each episode features two stories, one from Melinda's point of view and one from Pat's, along with an excerpt from Melinda's writing journal. New episodes are published every ​Friday.

Here's what you've missed

  • Episode 68: Melinda has a sleepover.
  • Episode 69: When Melinda sees Pat kiss another girl, she starts to question their relationship.

Reviews from Ashleigh's Bookshelf

Up to No Gouda
For mystery readers

Up to No Gouda

Linda Reilly

After the death of her husband, Carly has moved back to her small Vermont hometown to pursue her life-long dream: opening a restaurant that specializes in grilled cheese. Despite the fact business is booming, her new landlord decides not to renew her lease. When her best employee becomes the prime suspect in a murder, Carly embarks to prove her friend's innocence, maybe saving her shop in the process.

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Roosevelt Bands and the Attic of Doom
For children

Roosevelt Banks and the Attic of Doom

Laurie Calkhoven illustrated by Debbie Palen

Ten-year-old Roosevelt Banks can't wait for summer. Mom will be working, his little sister will be at day care, and it will be a SUMMER OF DAD. Unfortunately, his father already has plans -- remodeling THE ATTIC OF DOOM into Roosevelt's new bedroom. Can Roosevelt convince them this is a bad idea? Or will he be forced to move in with the ghosts that want to take over his body?

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Free Books

The Altruism Trail

An adventure chapter book follows a self-centered, entitled boy as he crash-lands on an island and slowly learns the importance of selflessness and altruism.

Could crashing a plane fix his problem?

Riley Pickering knows he'll be the next Sidney Crosby so it is expected everyone should cater to him, take care of his needs, and worship the ground he walks on. In addition, he has no patience for school, Science, Mme. Capretta, the French language or following rules. However, when a Science Project goes horribly wrong, Riley finds himself in the middle of the Pacific, stranded on an island scrambling to find ways to survive. When he meets two teenagers who are in a similar predicament, he begins to question whether he accidentally landed on the island, or whether he was intentially sent there.

The Broken Heart

True love never did run smooth ~ but there is a price to pay for giving up

When Ashley catches Daniel with another woman in a compromising situation, her love is deeply shaken, and she questions the bedrock of their relationship. To find herself and heal her broken heart, she comes to Settler’s Ridge, a remote mountain village in New Zealand. Falling in love with the slower pace of village life, she has to rethink her values and what’s important to fight for.

Can Daniel redeem himself and prove that he’s the victim of a set-up? He realizes their ten-year relationship is at stake and asks his friend Mark, a private investigator, to help him. They’re faced with unraveling a string of incidences that get increasingly more serious and life-threatening. When things get heated, all he wants is to keep Ashley safe … but can he?

Parents Don't Approve

Kidnapping mystery of a privileged teen

This story explores the lengths people are willing to go for passion and conviction, for hatred and vengeance. It also reconnoiters the blessedness of determination and zeal in the quest for justice and demystification.

Marcus with a die-hard determination to pursue a career as a private investigator leaves his job as an officer behind. Just while the consequences of his actions begin to dawn on him as he roams the streets of Nebraska, jobless, broke and hungry, luck smiles on him.

There has been a kidnapping. An old college friend reaches out to Marcus about his rich uncle whose son had just been kidnapped. Without earlier knowledge on the dangers of the perils and uncertainties of this investigative adventure, Marcus dives in without a second thought. For he must prove to himself, and his doubtful mother, that he knows his onions.

Marcus' genius is tested as he evaluates the case of the abduction of a college student from a rich home. There are almost no clues left in his search, as this kidnapping seems to have been the work of an evil mastermind. Everything seems to point in the opposite direction. The clues he finds in his search for the young, endangered boy keep pointing him back to where his search had begun – the wealthy Cromwell family.

There is a whole underbelly of betrayal, past violence and murder that finally blows open. And for the first time, edges this new PI, Marcus, in the right direction in his investigation. Would Marcus be able to connect the dots? Will he be quick enough before someone else gets killed?

This story explores the lengths people are willing to go for passion and conviction, for hatred and vengeance. It also reconnoiters the blessedness of determination and zeal in the quest for justice and demystification. This story is worth the read, and it would take you on a thrilling voyage through the criminal underworld and the efforts and exploits of hero-detectives who come along to restore order.

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Hey, Brown Girl

17-year-old Raven Jamison, and her three best friends, Nia, Jasmine, and Trinity, make up The Brown Girls Club. The girls spend long and carefree days in their bayou town of Lake Lacroix, nestled behind the big city of New Orleans.

A dinner time knock at the door abruptly changes everything.

When child protective services descend on their doorstep dropping off her younger cousin Carter, Raven is suddenly thrust into a brand new reality. Generational ties that affected the entire family for decades soon resurface. Carter’s presence rips at the Jamison household, and his aggressive and shocking behaviors may prove too much to handle for this seemingly picture perfect family. Raven, her family and friends must work together to overcome their shared pain and help Carter find his voice before it’s too late.

Hey, Brown Girl is a compelling and thought-provoking young adult novel about struggle, forgiveness and hope. When this Melanin rich family finds strength in their shared bonds, it’s undeniable proof… love conquers all.

Silver Silence

Warriors of Valose Saga 6


War with the gray invaders was imminent, and an even bigger threat loomed beyond the stars. We had obtained more powerful weapons and had a spacecraft at our disposal. For the first time in Valosian history, all three clans had reached a temporary accord to fight as one for the good of our world. Even with all that, it still might not be enough.

I worried over the survival of my species, and even more so for the future of the abducted human females—especially one in particular. My Elise—the one who awakened me—had a disability, making her more vulnerable than the others in my dangerous world. It would be a great honor to be her protector as she was my only light in the impending darkness that was to come. I knew she felt the yearning of her spirit to join with mine, but she held herself back, and I had been too afraid of her answer to ask why.

As I watched her form silent words with elegant hands, a smile glided across my face. I felt like a fool to have not thought of this before, but what my spirit mate referred to as a disability on her world could be the key to winning the war on mine.


Vallon was in complete possession of my heart. His eyes drank me in as if he couldn't get enough of the sight of me. There was nothing I wanted more than to bond with him and be his spirit mate, but with my disability, I was a serious liability. I knew he would die trying to protect me, and his world was a most dangerous place. I couldn't allow him to give his life for mine.

Not only that, but he was of another species—one that lives considerably longer than mine. Now that we knew babies were possible on Valose, what if I was taking away his chance of finding a mate in a female closer to his own species?

A Thief in Stickleback Hollow

The Mysteries of Stickleback Hollow Book 1

She can’t believe her parents are gone. But the noblewoman’s arrival in England has exposed a mysterious conspiracy that stretches across the British Empire.

Lady Sarah Montgomery Baird Watson-Wentworth is still grieving her mother and father’s death at the hand of an ugly fever when she has to leave everything behind. Leaving her birthplace in India and navigating London’s stiff and starch Victorian society has only compounded her grief and brought further frustrations. An invitation to a sleepy rural estate on the border of a quaint country village seemed like the perfect escape. That is until a thief triggers events that turns everything she ever knew upside down.

Unconvinced by the fingers pointing at the surly, but handsome groundskeeper as the thief, Lady Sarah can’t help but search for the truth, with a local constable to help her in her hunt. But with shady characters lurking down every leafy lane, and a perilous secret buried somewhere in her late father’s belongings, the determined peeress could be poking a very large hornet’s nest.

Can this clever aristocrat unmask a crook before she loses her most treasured heirlooms?

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