Thursday, August 18, 2022

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What's new with Ashleigh?

Firstly, I would like to thank all my lovely readers to responded to my last newsletter. I was very surprised that NO ONE was interested in reading new chapters to a story.

So, you win. I will save my serials to publish online at my own pace.

Most of you told me you wanted to know what was going on in my life. So today, I wanted to share with you the game my oldest daughter invented this weekend.

For her last birthday, we bought her artist colored pencils. There were maybe 50 of them in a soft case that rolls up. She loves the kit so much, she carries it everywhere.

Anyway, Sunday night, she invited everyone to share her pencils (a good thing, too, since most of ours are broken or lost in the depths of the house). We were to draw a picture. Anything we wanted. The only catch? No one else could see it. She even gave us several hours to do it.

As we finished our drawings, we slid them into a manila envelope. Just before supper, my daughter held up each picture and we all had to guess who made each. When all six were out, we laid them on the table and gave one final guess.

Most were obvious, although we were definitely surprised by one another's skills. Everyone enjoyed it so much, we decided to make this a weekly event.

Except, we changed it up a bit. For next week, we have a theme: Evil. I have no idea why my twelve-year-old chose this theme or how my four-year-old will draw it, but I am excited to see the results. We also have all week to draw the picture. My daughter placed the envelope outside her bedroom door for us to deposit our pictures at our convenience. I already know what I want to draw. Now to find the time to do it.

So, that brings me to this week's question.

What are some activities your family enjoys doing together?

Hartfield Chronicles

Hartford Chronicles
Season 4 of Hartfield Chronicles has arrived!

When Melinda is invited to join a new dance class, she sees this as her big break, a chance to advance her skills. Before she can accept, however, another kind of break stops her in her tracks.

Pat wants to be the supportive boyfriend, but his efforts seem to be making Melinda uncomfortable. He can’t go to his own friends for advice, because they can’t understand.

After Melinda calls for another type of break, she and Pat must examine their relationship to determine whether they are meant for each other.

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 missed:

  • Episode 91: Melinda questions her relationship with Pat
  • Episode 92: Melinda gets to see Walter at work while Pat broods about his breakup

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Free Books

The Forgotten Mystery

The Forgotten Mystery
A funny, thrilling cozy mystery.

Wren's very first murder mystery has been wiped from her memory. Now she's about to remember...

The Forgotten Mystery takes us back in time two years to Wren's very first murder mystery, the day she first got her cat Gracie, a day that was wiped from her mind. But why was it taken from her? And was her first mystery a success or a failure? Find out in this funny, intriguing little cozy mystery.

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Totally Rad Wormhole

Totally Rad Wormhole
A totally radical action-packed sci-fi comedy

It’s 1989, and high school seniors Alex and Roger cannot wait to graduate. High school may be heinous, but they have big plans for adulthood. Then, something goes wrong with their science project – it rips open a hole in time, a tunnel to the year 2021. The boys journey into the future to find out how their lives will turn out. But when they meet themselves at their high school reunion, they are not pleased with what they’ve become and set out to change their fate. Their future selves, however, remember this journey and compete to influence the outcome.


Start of an epic tale of tragedy, triumph and romance

Only the first domino needs to be tipped....

Parv Zarinth learned early in life that if he wanted to defy his father, he’d have to do it from somewhere half-way across the galaxy. He does his best on Hettamir to represent his father’s interests. It’s a pleasure to do business on Hettamir. And Parv has been mixing business with pleasure for five years now. The business is to expand his father’s commercial interests. The pleasure has a name: Ahrun Dyem. And which one is worth going to war for, only time will tell…

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Less than Perfect Fifths

Less than Perfect Fifths
A Sweet Young Adult Romance

Less than Perfect is back for another school year, this time with some different dynamics—which leaves them struggling to readjust.

Three new bandmates have arrived from out of the country. Silvia and Kelsie are back in their home and native land, and Gianni is supposed to be enjoying his study exchange experience—but it's so cold! Meanwhile, Travis isn't a team player, May just wants to fit in, and Tyler reluctantly agrees to fill in the space Bryan left behind.

While some of the group are butting heads, others are growing closer together. With Claire and D-rock taking on the leadership role, it’s time for them to face the music—and their feelings for each other. But what if everything goes wrong?

Alien Warrior Bound

Alien Warrior Bound
Galactic Gladiator Games Book 1

They have only one job: beat all the other contestants.

He’s a former POW who escaped the galaxy’s most secure prison.

She’s a curvy book nerd, abducted from her job as a small-town librarian on Earth.

Welcome to the Galactic Gladiator Games, where the toughest aliens in the galaxy fight for the most prestigious titles. But these games come with a twist: every alien warrior is mentally and emotionally bound to a potential Earth mate, forced to work with her to overcome their enemies--and sometimes each other.

The Hacker of Escondida

The Hacker of Escondida
The Treasure of Escondida Book 4

Escondida’s elite, all-female spy team is challenged to a battle of wits between hackers when El Orden makes a play for the Treasure of Escondida.

Sofia, resident hacker and pop culture expert, is most comfortable in front of a screen finding information the team can use. As she is researching the latest lead, her worst fear is realized as a sophisticated virus begins to infect the castle’s mainframe.
Alex has been tasked with writing, installing, and maintaining a virtual attack on the castle. He’s never encountered a hacker like Sofia, and sparks fly when these two learn more about each other.

How will Sofia fend off this attack and keep the royal family from harm? Join the team once more as they get one step closer to bringing down El Orden. Grab your copy today for another thrilling adventure full of espionage, romance, and suspense.

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