Thursday, July 12, 2012

Guest Post: Ashley Robertson Author of Unguarded

I am happy to have  Author Ashley Robertson on the blog today.  Ashley is the author of Crimson Groves.  Her latest release is Unguarded, which we are featuring today.  Unguarded is an urban fantasy/paranormal romance that released on July 1, 2012.  You can follow the Goodreads link below to read the first two chapters of Unguarded.  There are also links to Ashley's website and Facebook page below.  

Book Blurb: 
Guardian angel Selene was so close to becoming an archangel—the supreme of all beings—until she fell in love with Cole, a forbidden dark one. Once she discovers her vampire lover has been kidnapped and the only way to save him is by abandoning her number one priority—Caitlyn, her human charge—there really is only one answer in Selene’s mind, even though leaving Caitlyn unguarded will most likely cause Selene to fall from grace.

But her choice to save Cole doesn’t come without a price…and now Selene is racing against time to not only save her dark lover, but find a way to keep Caitlyn alive as well.
With the help of a new vampire ally, Luke, Selene will push her diminishing angel abilities to the point where her very existence lies in the balance. Now threatened with the chance of becoming a fallen angel or even dying, Selene can only pray she’ll have enough time—and good grace—to save the ones she loves.

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Now here's Ashley 

by Ashley Robertson

The Urban Dictionary defines freestylin’ as “to make things up as you go along.” And that pretty much sums up the way I write my novels. I’ve never written an outline, and when a synopsis is requested of me, I totally cringe. When asked how I keep my book on track, my answer is that I don’t. The main plot is in my head, but sometimes the details end up changing certain aspects of the plot, and I actually like having that freedom to change things around when the scene demands it. I’ve read bios and interviews of most of my favorite authors and a lot of them swear by outlining, which led me to believe I was different from most other writers. But believe it or not—I’m not that different at all. A few weeks ago I reached out to a new author friend of mine, who’s got a literary agent and about a dozen books available through big-name publishing companies, and I asked about her writing method, fully assuming she’d tell me about her outlining strategy. Only that wasn’t her answer at all. She said that she’s a freestyler too and has only just recently been experimenting with the outline method. And though she claims there is some simplicity to outlining, she also told me that leaving big gaps in it is a must for the most creative in-between scene details. Because if you’re a writer like me, then you completely understand how carried away our characters can get, and yes, I believe our characters do need some boundaries, but sometimes when you just let it roll, the outcome of the scene is pleasantly surprising.

So then, of course, I had to post the same question about writing method to a group of newer authors, still thinking the old outline process would stand on its own. But can you believe a majority of them are also freestylers? I know, I was completely shocked too. Not only has the book industry seemed to change so much with regards to indie authors versus traditionally published authors, ebook sales compared to paperback and hardcover, but now it seems that freestyle writing is becoming the more popular method of getting the story out. I even went back to a few of my old favorite authors and read some of their new interviews, only to find that some of them have now taken a liking to freestylin’.

If you’re a writer, what is your style? Do you outline or are you a freestyler too? 

Brief Author Bio:

Ashley Robertson resides in sunny Orlando, Florida and loves reading and writing about everything urban fantasy and paranormal romance. When she isn't writing you'll find her spending time with family and friends, training in her home gym, traveling and exploring new places, drinking fine red wines, and making gourmet coffees with her Nespresso machine. Visit her website to learn about her upcoming releases, guest blog posts, and featured giveaways at:


  1. This book sound incredible :)
    I'm a freestyler too! I know the 1st scene and the last, and the path illuminates as I write...

  2. I haven't started this one yet, but I have it to read soon and I am looking forward to it. I love all you authors, you amaze me. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Awesome guest post and I like the cover and plot.

    By the way you've received the Liebster Award:

  4. I think I would probably freestyle if I were an author. It's cool to just let the story flow. I'm glad this seems to be working for Ashley.
    Nice post!


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