Friday, February 3, 2023

My 2023 Reading Challenge is Live!

This Week's Newsletter
YA Romance Whodunit
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This week's newsletter contains the following features:
(Feel free to skip ahead to what you want to read)

What's new with Ashleigh?

As you know, last week I invited you to join my 2023 reading challenge. I loved the response, so I have created a page for the challenge on my website. You can monitor everyone's progress, join the challenge, and update the number of books you have read. Feel free to share the challenge with others. I can even create some banners to advertise the challenge on social media if anyone is interested.

When I went to update my own reading, however, I realized something:

I read a lot of picture books.

So I made some changes to my personal goals. My new goal is to read 100 books.

  • No more than half (50) can be picture books.
  • No more than a quarter (25) can be beta reads.
  • At least one quarter (25) must be published books with a minimum of 100 pages.

I am super excited about this challenge and plan to create award certificates for everyone who meets their goal this year.

It's not too late to join. Sign up here!

Hartfield Chronicles

Hartford Chronicles
Season 5 of Hartfield Chronicles is here!

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?

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 114
Hartford Chronicles
Episode 115
Hartford Chronicles
It’s game night for Melinda, Pat, and their friends Pat spends time with a new friend

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Announcing the New Hammerhead Club

Hammerhead Club

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  • Access to new bonus chapters every season
  • Each month you are a member, $1 is added to your club credit. This credit can be used to purchase e-books and signed paperbacks at the Ashleigh Stevens Bookstore. Credits never expire.

Free Books


A gripping middle-grade story with a twist.

Beware of this bootcamp. It’s not all it’s cracked up to be!

Ami raced home from school to the orphanage. Today couldn’t possibly get any better. But then it did.

A mysterious stranger from a charity awaits Ami’s arrival in the matron’s office and invites her to Bootcamp to compete for a place on a mission team. The mission… to provide emergency relief to a storm ravaged ski-town.

A jealous bully hinders Ami’s attempts to excel in each of the weekly challenges. Ami must rise above her fears in order to be chosen for the team.

Just when success is within reach, Ami discovers that the charity hides a dark secret. A secret so sinister it rocks her to the very core.

Ami sets her mind to expose the charity’s secret by going undercover on the mission. It will require skill. It will require risk.

Will Ami find the courage to stand up for justice? If she doesn’t, the residents of the ski-town will suffer an unimaginable loss.

This full-length story is the prequel to Molly's Spy Mission.

 Gladiator's Sanctuary

Gladiator's Sanctuary
A steamy scifi romance

Sold by her ex to be breeding stock to a crime lord. Jasmin is trapped in the dark with a wounded, sexy gladiator.

Sold by her ex to be breeding stock to a crime lord. Jasmin is trapped in the dark with a wounded, sexy gladiator.


My life is in shambles after the betrayal of my ex-boyfriend. He thinks he can make some quick cash selling me, and take my precious ship too. No one takes my ship from me!

They lock me in a dark cell, awaiting my new master’s return. What I hadn’t counted on, was the sexy, wounded gladiator in the cell next to mine. I’m never falling for a sexy body or a pretty face again, but it’s a struggle to fight the sizzling attraction between us.

And when a flood means we end up locked into the same cell… I can’t possibly keep my hands to myself.


My gladiator days are numbered, and my shoulder is too damaged to properly heal. If I don’t escape now, my next fight will see me dead on the sands.

When I witness the feisty female being captured, my instincts clamor at me to rescue her. To claim her as my own and protect her from what is to come if we don’t escape. But how can I rescue her, when I haven’t managed to rescue myself?

They put her in the cell next to mine, and sparks fly. She wants me, just like I want her. When the opportunity to escape arises, I put her safety ahead of mine. I’ll get her out, even if it means dying.

The Scent of Bones

The Scent of Bones
A Mystery Thriller

A teenager’s skeletal remains have been found on the beach.

FBI Special Agent Claire Juno is back home on Isle of Bute Scotland island when her father is in hospital.

A teenager’s skeletal remains have been found on the beach.

Together with Oliver Clark, a childhood friend turned local deputy, Claire confronts depressing weather and dismal leads to make sense of the death. The complications pile up as Claire is distracted by nagging memories that draw her eleven years into the past. The remains suggest eerie similarities between this victim and Claire’ brother, who disappeared when he was fifteen.

Claire finds herself up against close-lipped locals, buried town secrets, and even her own heart.

As the case unravels, will she be able to cut through the fog and find justice for the missing and the dead?

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Other Books on Sale


Needing Normal
Freshman Year

What do you do when you find out everything you know might be wrong?

Prove you’re right, of course.

And that’s exactly what Jett Harper plans to do.

As a freshman, she only has two goals:

get good grades and prove she’s normal.

That’s easy enough, right?

At least she thinks so, until she learns her biggest assignment is to understand love.

Harder still?

She must work within an assigned group, her Core5, and they couldn’t be more diverse.

Will they make the grade?

As the Core5 tackles the school year head on, Jett also fights for the definitive answer to one other simple question:

What is normal?

Haley and the Yeti

Haley and the Yeti
A Grumpy Sunshine, Friends to Lovers, Next-door Neighbor Sweet Romance

Her grumpy neighbor wasn’t part of the plan.

After her soul-crushing breakup, Haley Kineman is stepping out of her comfort zone, moving to sunny Tucson, Arizona, and shooting for the stars—literally. When she’s not working as a phlebotomist, Haley’s striving to meet her celebrity crush who’s filming locally.

Haley has even enlisted her grumpy next-door neighbor—affectionately nicknamed Yeti—to help her get onto the movie set. With his long enviable locks, masculine beard, and alpine mountain physique, he’s an obvious choice for an ally.

All Yeti wants is to quietly develop software in his home office, but Haley throws his protective nature into overdrive after being injured in an incident. Then Yeti has no choice but to accompany Haley on her sight-seeing, thrift-shopping, iguana-saving adventures.

But Haley’s bright demeanor keeps messing with his head, making him consider things that aren’t possible. Because with Yeti’s damaging past, no woman would want him.

As their friendship deepens, Haley’s not sure if she should stick to her star-studded plan, or if a real love story is closer to home.

Red Velvet & Murder

Red Velvet & Murder
The Nosy Paralegal Cosy Mystery Series

An elderly couple were found dead in their living room, leaving their cat, Ralphy, to fend for himself.

It appears to be a murder-suicide and the wife's actions in the days leading up to their demise were rather suspicious.

Is the death of Ralph and Janet Shelby as cut and dry as it seems? Or will Barbara Sandosa uncover something that no one would have ever suspected about her warm and loving neighbors?

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