Monday, October 30, 2023

Did you guess which book I wrote?


Arctic Druid

Arctic Druid

Can this young hunter find the druid in time to save his village?

For as long as he could remember, Eamon has wanted to become a hunter like his father. Now that he is twelve, he can finally go on his solo hunt to show he is ready. As the only person in his village ever to kill a moose, he has a good chance. But when he seeks assistance returning to the village, the hunters decide he should seek apprenticeship elsewhere.

Crestfallen, Eamon waits for his chance to prove himself to the hunters. When a mysterious darkness threatens to destroy his village, he sees his chance.

Only the Arctic Druid can rid the land of the darkness, but reaching him involves crossing the Barren Plains and Do’gorym Sea. No one wants to make the journey to seek his help. Some villagers don’t believe the darkness is a threat. Others doubt the druid even exists. Those who do fear they won’t survive the journey.

Eamon alone believes it’s possible. But will he be in time?

That's right! For the Inkfort Publishing Derby, I decided to try my hand at some low fantasy while writing a book for middle-grade readers.

It must be a big change from my usual writing, because no one who entered my contest was able to guess my identity! But don't worry. I will definitely be participating in the derby again, and you'll have another chance to guess.

So, now that I have another pen name, what am I going to do with it? Many authors are having their covers changed to reflect their regular name. However, I joined the derby with the goal of gaining a new penname to market to a new audience. That's right. I knew back in May that I would be writing a middle grade novel.

With this book, I will be launching a new bi-weekly newsletter especially for children's and middle grade books. This will be alternating with a middle grade Choose Your Own Path story. The first episode comes out this Wednesday!

If you haven't already done so,

Thursday, October 26, 2023

Cozy Mystery Book Blast

Stuff Your E-Reader

A Special Announcement

Cozy Mystery Free Book Blast - Ends 10/26 - Mystery,

We all love free books. So, I wanted to let you know about a one-day, Stuff Your E-reader event! Over 125 FREE cozy mystery books in so many subgenre! Crafts, Recipes, furry friends, and everything in between.

This flash deal is TODAY ONLY, so grab them while you can!

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Want to win a free book?

This Week's Newsletter

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

What's new with Ashleigh?

I know I've been talking about it forever, but Friday marks the end of the Inkfort Press Publishing Derby. Out of 100 participants, I am one of the 48 authors who wrote, edited, and published a book in 120 days. All month, I have been asking if you can figure out which book is mine.

Well, I decided to turn it into a contest! I will be giving away a free copy of my book to everyone who guesses which is mine.

How to play

Visit the Inkfort Press 2023 Derby Page and scroll through the books. I will give you two clues to find mine.

  1. The books are listed by genre. I experimented wiht a different genre for this book.
  2. Within each genre, the books are listed alphabetically. Mine is neither the first nor last in its list.

When you think you know which book is mine, fill out this form:

The form will close early Monday morning, before I send out my next email. Although you can only guess one book, you have the option to change your answer at any time before the contest closes.

In Other News

Over the next few weeks, I will be making many changes to both my newsletter and my website. The first change is my biweekly newsletter.

As you may know, I currently send out four newsletters each Wednesday: one updates you on Hartfield Chronicles while the other three are either book deals or updates to our Choose Your Own Path story, depending on the week. Starting next week month, I will be adding another newsletter: book deals and updates for middle grade and children books. This newsletter will also alternate with a fourth CYOP story.

As a result, I have decided to separate my newsletters. For those of you who subscribe to several or all of my newsletters, this means you may be receiving daily emails from me. I will be honest. This "What's New With Ashleigh" section that I include in the beginning of each email? Unless something major happens, it will probably be the same all week. (My life just isn't that exciting.) But your daily deals will be different, so go ahead and scroll down each day.

And if you're only subscribed to one email and want to receive them more often, you can sign up for them here!

Choose Your Own Path Stories

Have you been following our CYOP stories? If not, here's a quick recap of last week's episodes.

The Detention Adventure

The Detention Adventure is an interactive young adult story.

Late For Work

Late For Work is an interactive romance story.

A Weekend at Munson Manor

A Weekend at Munson Manor is an interactive mystery story.

Hartfield Chronicles

Hartford Chronicles

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 Wednesday.

Free Books

At Any Price

At Any Price
A Kellam High Short

The Truth Behind Margaret

What really happened with Margaret?

A short story told from Margaret's point of view of what happened between her and Mila!

Welcome Home Billionaire

Welcome Home Billionaire
A Small town second chance romance

He's a NYC Billionaire. My best friend's brother. And the father of my daughter.

Nick Pope, Sienna's older blue eyed, totally ripped, completely off limits brother.

It's been years since he left town.

I thought I'd never see him again.

Losing Sienna drew us together for just one night.

And then he was gone, for what I thought would be forever.

But now he's back...more handsome and sexier than I remember.

And he has a proposition...for me.

There is definitely still an attraction between us, but telling him about his daughter now could ruin everything.

Ava is my whole world and I don't want to risk losing her, or my second chance with Nick.

Dark Harvest

Dark Harvest
A Newcastle Novel

It's just a story. Right?

Driven from Salem, Massachusetts, at the height of the witch hunts, a coven calling itself “Sohm” has found a new home in the forest outside of Cooke’s Creek, Vermont, next to William Fletcher’s humble farm. Within those woods, revenge will be theirs.

Soon after their arrival, strange events begin to happen.

Fields smell of death.

Livestock are slaughtered by unseen hands.

The water turns bad.

The church-going townspeople begin to turn on each other.

A diabolical being beyond comprehension has been summoned.

What was once a peaceful hamlet of God-fearing people has turned into a sadistic community of deception, backstabbing, and violence.

Will good triumph, or will evil permanently take root?

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Other Books on Sale

Knockout Girl

Knockout Girl

What happens when a bully crosses a nerd? When Elli is forced to move from Hawaii to Toronto in the dead of winter, she resists with all the saltiness of the ocean she left behind. She befriends a studious boy named Julian and discovers he’s being used as a punching bag for the school's boxing champion. She quickly realizes the only way to get this guy off her friend's back is to beat him at his own game. With the help of a cute jock, a sweet tattooed loner, and a burnt out boxing has-been, she and Julian enter a boxing tournament where Julian will have to face his bully in the ultimate showdown.

Micah's Girls

Micah's Girls
A Single Dad Romance


If I have to listen to the neighborhood Karen gripe about her HOA rules one more time, I'm going to lose it. It doesn’t help that she's trying to push me out because she has a thing against singles. In her opinion, the neighborhood should be filled with cookie cutter couples who have two point five children and a purebred dog. No cats, and certainly no single women. I’d move, but I'm too stubborn to back down now. Besides, there’s a new neighbor joining the HOA. Maybe we can team up against Karen …


With Lisa gone, it's up to me to raise Hailey. I manage to find a nice place that I can afford in a good school system, but the head of the HOA is arguing with me at every turn. She’s constantly accusing me of bringing strange women home. I don’t know where she got the idea that I'm some kind of gigolo, but all I want is a good home for Hailey. I can barely handle one four-year-old girl, let alone the throngs of adult women Karen expects at my door! At least my new neighbor seems to sympathize …

Deadly Tides

Deadly Tides
A Misty Pines Mystery

A missing surf legend. Waterlogged clues. Can he trust his gut instincts to end the wave of murder?

Sheriff Jax Turner is learning to live again. Holding tight to the hope of reconciling with his FBI agent ex-wife, the wary man is determined to keep his focus on his coastal Oregon community. And after a concerned brother requests a welfare check, Jax is troubled to find the absent surf shop owner’s tracks lead to a pool of blood.

Now investigating a potential homicide, Turner chases a tip from his former spouse about a severed foot found on the beach. But when a torrent of leads links the victim to a politician's son, a jealous competitor, and a get-straight program for youth, the steadfast lawman fears layers of lies and secret agendas will keep him from stopping a vicious killer.

Can he unravel the fatal agenda before he’s the next corpse to wash ashore?

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