Friday, December 9, 2022

2022: A Reflection

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

This is my final newsletter of the year. Because I will be traveling for the holidays, I have decided not to send a second newslatter this month. But don't worry. I will return next months with links to more free and discounted books.

But that means you won't hear from me until next year. Can you believe it? 2022 is nearly over. As I look back at the year in review, I am setting goals for the new year.

Of course, I have the regular goals. Exercise more. Eat healthier. I also have my reading goal: read 52 books, or a book a week. I plan on publishing at least 2 books early in 2023, and I am hoping to get an agent for another book or two in 2023.

But my greatest goal for 2023 is to spend more time with my family To pa attention to them mroe and enjoy one another instead of just being in the same room but not really being present.

How about you? What are your goals for the new year?

Hartfield Chronicles

Hartford Chronicles
Season 5 of Hartfield Chronicles coming soon!

Melinda loves Pat, but sometimes she wishes he had friends of his own. When he starts spending time with her dance partner, however, Melinda can't help the feelings of jealousy that surface, especially when he starts choosing him over her. Will their relationship survive Pat's new bromance?

Coming December 16th!

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.

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Episode 107
Hartford Chronicles
Melinda has an uncomfortable conversation with her mother and everyone returns to school

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Free Books

Song of the Siren

Song of the Siren
A short story loosely based on a popular fairy tale

She's lost her ability to sing. Will she also lose her chance at love?

Ariel can no longer sing after a mean prank by her cousin, Ursula.

Even worse, the one guy she'd had a crush on is returning to Grimmly Woods for a special duet with Ursula. There's a rumor that Eric has written a special song for a special girl, but since Ariel's lost her ability to sing, she doesn't stand a chance.

She hopes Eric leaves town as quickly as possible and never remembers the girl who once had an amazing voice. Because she doesn't want to relive the humiliating day she lost it.

Beach Romance

Beach Romance

New Beginnings, New strangers
Seductive, surprise!

After a swimming injury that halts her career and a nasty breakup, Maya Cove decides it might be time to shy away from the spotlight and start all over again. She picks Diamond Sands, a small clearwater beach on the coast which she visited with her parents when she was seven. The townspeople are welcoming and live simple lives, and after three years, Maya is sure that she made the right decision.

Living in Diamond Sands with Tabby, her cat, and running her coffee and pastry shop, Sandbar, is just what Maya needs to unwind. It has always drawn her to the water, and the breathtaking view of the beach from her window every morning never gets old. Her parents were also beach lovers, and they spent many family holidays on new beaches that her parents discovered. These beach-cations, as they called them, were the highlight of her childhood and held many beautiful memories about her family.

Life is good in Diamond Sands and quiet, just the way Maya wants her life to be. She became a professional swimmer to honor her mother, who died when she was eight. Her life had become a constant turmoil of training and competitions ever since. Now, she had peace in Diamond Sands, a cat who adored her, and a father who called every other week to check in on how she was doing. She could ask for nothing more.

However, when she saves a drowning dog at the behest of a stranger who can’t swim, Maya’s life might just take on a new twist. Roddy Sanders is in town. Maya falls quicker than she ever imagined. Roddy seems to feel the same way about her, but Maya knows they doomed a relationship to failure from the start.

Maya’s world crumbles a few weeks later after she receives devastating news about her father. The situation is direr than she can handle, and Roddy offers to help.


Forecast: Foul Play
A Cozy Mystery

Weather Advisory: 100% chance of sabotage, murder, and mystery

I’m Autumn Davis, a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist, and this was supposed to be my big break.

I uprooted my life in hopes of creating a name for myself. Becoming the prime suspect in a high-profile murder investigation wasn’t a part of that plan.

Now, a storm is brewing, and the barometric pressure of this situation is threatening to cause a downpour on my future.

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The Determiner

The Determiner

Henry will do anything to save his father. Even if it means keeping secrets. Big ones.

Thirteen-year-old Henry Miller knows he's not typical. And it's not just because he's the president's son. When a mysterious assassin attacks him after school, Henry uncovers a strange power: the world slows down while he speeds up--stronger and faster than his short, stout body has ever been. Trouble is, Henry can't seem to talk about it. Literally. Or make this new strength happen at will. If he could, he might be able to help some people, and to be seen as his own person instead of just a politician's kid.

Instead, he's stuck navigating the daunting world of White House ushers and antiques, maids and security. As if that's not enough, there's his fancy new school with its formidable principal and the senator's snotty daughter. In the midst of it all, Henry feels a little lost and a lot useless.

Until he and his best friend Lucy uncover a plot to assassinate his father.

But the closer Henry gets to finding the assassin, the more he begins to wonder if it's really the president at stake. Or is his father just a pawn in a game where they need to find the king?


Book 1

Trapped and alone in a life full of regret is how Rachel feels in her loveless marriage to her high school sweetheart. Her very wealthy and powerful husband stopped being sweet over the years, and she stopped defending herself. With sudden confidence to attend her high school reunion, she reconnects with old friends and one, in particular, Jake. Rachel, Jake, and her husband were inseparable in high school, but after graduation, they went their separate ways.

Remembering the feeling of freedom and young love helps Rachel to gain the confidence it takes to step out of her comfort zone, breaking the barriers her husband put around her. But when he finds out she's talking to Jake, he has plans of his own.

Will Rachel overcome her fear of leaving the caged life she has become so used to over the years? Or will she finally step out on her own to find the true meaning of life and love?

Mystery Maid

Mystery Maid
A Deliciously Addictive Cozy Murder Mystery

A posh hotel, guests with secrets to hide and a mysterious dead body.

Ivy Stone is excited to begin her first day as a maid at London’s Hotel LaFontaine, but from the moment she arrives, nothing goes as planned. She insults a guest, is snubbed by the other maids, and finds a dead body, all before lunch.

With help from new friends on staff, Ivy’s amateur sleuthing uncovers clues to a thickening plot of revenge among the glamorous guests.

While preparing for a prestigious fashion show, sampling gourmet dishes and falling deeper in love with Monty the pup, Ivy suspects the killer is among them and will strike again.

In a race against time, Ivy must unmask the true culprit and save her friends before it’s too late.

A deliciously addictive cozy mystery full of charm and intrigue with bonus recipes included!

The Maid Ivy Cozy Mystery Books are standalone books in a series aimed at adults and can be enjoyed by young adults who love a great whodunit full of friendship, clues and heart.

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