Friday, January 15, 2010

Interview & Giveaway with Sharon Ashwood


Hello my lovelies!
I am really honored to introduce you to a great fellow Canadian, and fantastic author Sharon Ashwood !

She very nicely accepted to do an interview in honor of her last release Scorched (December 1st, 2009).

Without any more waiting, here's what came out of our "meeting" =)


Would you like to introduce your Dark Forgotten series to readers who haven't laid their eyes on them yet?


The Dark Forgotten stories fall between paranormal romance and urban fantasy. There are elements of both in the books, but each has a romance at the centre of the story. In this world, the supernatural creatures—vampires, werewolves and so on—live side by side with humans, but it’s not an easy relationship. There is a lot of tension between species. Vampires are particularly dangerous, because their bite is filled with a venom that gives a highly erotic and addictive rush. Humans can be enslaved with as little as one bite. Some demons, on the other hand, have the ability to steal your soul with a kiss. Basically, you have to be careful who you date!

As the story progresses, we discover the Castle, an interdimensional prison for the supernatural. That adds a whole new level of problems. I should also say that there is a lot of magic, fight scenes, and adventure in my books.

Ravenous was your first novel, how did the publication process go?

Getting a book out the door is never simple. Ravenous went through quite a few drafts before it hit its stride—it began as a project I concocted for fun with an online critique group. One day I thought—hey, this could be a whole book! Then one day I submitted it for publication and was completely surprised that it was accepted. I have a wonderful editor, and she worked with me until it was the best possible book.

With shelves full vampires and werewolves, how do you think your series stands out?

My stories have a lot of humour. They’re about the collision between the monsters and our everyday world. I mean, what kind of pension benefits do you give a vampire? When you arrest a werewolf, does he go to jail or the pound? Can you unionize zombies?


It’s also about obligations and relationships—not only love, but also loyalty, friendship, family, colleagues and all the other connections we have. If you’re hundreds of years old, there’s baggage. If you’ve just been made into a demon—well, then what? Nobody likes you anymore. How do you find a place to fit in? Nobody’s life is simple


Oh, and I have sexy vampires. That never hurts, does it?

I know there was a 3rd novel announced in the series, how many can we expect?

I’m working on a fourth—I have plans for a couple more after that.

Let's learn more about you =)


What's your favorite book ever?

Kind of depends on my mood. I love swashbuckling classics like The Three Musketeers, but I also love a lot of young adult books, such as The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander, Alan Garner’s stories, and Susan Cooper’s novels. I’ve always loved a good fantasy adventure.

Your favourite perfume?

Armani Emporio. It’s a bit on the spicy side.

Where are we most likely to find you at 11pm?

Getting ready for bed. I have a day job! I like to read in bed though, and a good book will keep me up late.

What's the latest movie you saw on big screen and what was it?

I saw Sherlock Holmes, and I highly recommend it. It’s tons of fun!

Your biggest dream?

That’s simple—I want an abundant supply of enthusiastic readers to entertain. Any storyteller will say the same thing!


Thank you SO MUCH Sharon for taking the time to stop by Tynga's Reviews, it's very appreciated!
If you wanna say a little something to Sharon, feel free to leave a comment she'll stop by to take a look!

She generously offered a copy of either Ravenous or Scorched to 1 lucky reader (winner's choice).
(click the book to read an excerpt)


Here are the rules to follow to get your hands on one of those!

- Open Internationnal (Thank you Sharon!)
- You MUST be a follower (Click on the follow button on the right if you're not already)
- You MUST leave a comment on this post and fill the Form.
- Ends January 29th, 2010.

Extra entries:
+5 for tweeting/sidebar about this post.
+10 if you make an actual blog post.
+5 for referring someone (+2 for being referred).

Tynga is a 28 years old mom from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and blogging about them. You might also catch her watching an hockey game. Make sure to say hi on twitter!

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62 People left their mark' :

  1. I'll have to check the series out.
    I need a good humorous read.

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  2. Very Interesting, a really good interview. Good books keep me up late too ^.^

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  3. I've been so anxious to read this series! It's great to hear the background on how it came about. I already like this genre but if there is humor involved too that makes it a must read. (Werewolves at the pound!) Can't wait! Thanks for your giveaway!

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  4. I must admit feeling a bit swamped by all the Vampire/werewolves etc on the shelves these days and getting a bit jaded.

    At least the idea of a bit of humour in the books is a relief. Maybe I will give your a try.

    Since this genre will eventually go out of fashion (as everything does) where do you see yourself going in the future ?

    Carol

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  5. Thanks for the chance to win and the interview!

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  6. Ah, I like knowing different perfumes to check out. I always get sick of mine. I'll have to check this one out hehe :)

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  7. I really want to see Sherlock Holmes too.

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  8. This looks like a great read! I filled out the form and am crossing my fingers.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

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  9. Thanks for introducing me to to these books, they look great! I am adding them to my wish list now!

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  10. Enjoyed the first book, I've been looking forward to the next one! tWarner419@aol.com

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  11. These look smokin'! I look forward to getting sucked into this series.

    Miranda

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  12. Thank you for the blurb on the intro to the series!! I have not read these yet but WOW does it sound filled with all the elements of a great book!!=)

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  13. I've not heard of this series before but I really like the sound of them. I love a good read that has some comedy in it!

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  14. These look great! Either way, I will get my hands on these books :)

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  15. great interview.Thanks for the chance to win a book.I have the first one but haven't had a chance to read it yet. I've read a lot of great reviews for both book so far.

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  16. Thanks for stopping by and for the great interview. Can't wait to read these books!!!

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  17. I haven't had a chance to start this series yet, but I'd really like to. Winning a copy would certainly get me started. :o)

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  18. I have been anxious to read this series. As a Canadian, I am always on the lookout for Canadian authors. Thanks for the chance to win this book.

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  19. Hi ;)
    Thank you for the great interview with Sharon Ashwood and thank you to Sharon for sharing here. I enjoyed the fun & informative give & take. YAY for book 4 being written!
    :)

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  20. Great interview! I find it interesting how many authors that write "naughty" parts in their books read YA novels.

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  21. Haven't read this series as of yet but maybe (hopefully?) that will change in the near future soon.

    *goes off to fill form*

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  22. Great interview. Ravenous was a great book and I am looking forward to reading Scorched. Congrats on the release.

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  23. Hi, all! Thanks for commenting. It's great to "meet" new readers! Buddyt asks what I'll be writing after paranormals. Who knows? Fantasy? Mystery? I think I'll always have supernatural elements somewhere in the background!

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  24. Great Interview,I Have Not Read This Series But I Am Very Intrigued By It. It Sounds Like A Series i Would Love To Read.

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  25. I'm always searching for new books /authors. This series sounds right up my alley. Great interview:)

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  26. This series sounds interesting! I definitely need to check it out

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  27. Super interview...can;t wait to see Sherlock Holmes!

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  28. Great interview, this series sounds great...will definitely check it out!

    thanks for the giveaway!

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  29. I have not heard of these books yet. I like that they are supposed to be humourous. Those are one of my fave type of books to read. I'll have to check these out.

    ~Erin D.

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  30. This series sounds like it could be amazing. I love humor and anything that is urban fantasy/super natural. Thanks for the awesome interview, Sharon Ashwood sounds like someone I would hang out with!

    :D
    -Jess (Find the Time to Read)

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  31. I love books with a dash of humor. Great interview!

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  32. great interview!!! I didn't know this series. It sounds awesome!

    THANKS for the contest

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  33. I am adding these books to my wish list. They sound spectacular. Thanks for sharing and having the contest.

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  34. Awesoem contest! Haven't read either of these yet. ~crosses fingers~

    Good luck everyone!

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  35. I like some humour with my paranormal this sounds like a fun series I should try.

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  36. I haven't had a chance to pick up either book in Sharon's series yet, so I'd love to win a copy of Ravenous so I can get started.
    I enjoyed the interview, great questions.

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  37. I love that humor is tossed in the mix. Some urban fantasy just gets too serious, and real life is serious enough. Gotta have some fun.


    heatwave96(at)hotmail.com

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  38. I've never heard of this series but I'll check it out! It seems interesting...

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  39. I'll definitely have to check these books out. Have to support my fellow Canadians after all.

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  40. Sounds like an awesome series! I can't wait to read it!

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  41. Great interview! Thanks for the cool giveaway. :D

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  42. These books look fab, informative interview as well. The read has added a nice break in my day! Fingers crossed for the comp, I've retweeted on Twitter too (@Robo_Kitten)

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  43. When I Entered On The 15th/16th I Don't Think I Left The Right Blog URL. Here Is The Right Blog Of This Giveaway.
    http://skyla11377.blogspot.com/2010/01/tyngas-reviews-blog.html

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  44. Enjoyed the interview, especially about your publication process.

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  45. awesome interview.. would love a chance to win, filled out the form

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  46. Awesome interview and great contest! thanks for making it international:)

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  47. Hi Sharon, what a great interview. I actually read Scorched first, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Would love a chance to read Ravenous.

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  48. Very cool giveaway! Never read anything by the author, but Ravenous is waiting at the library for me right now.

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  49. oppppsss. why i missed this giveaway before ? :) Awesome books !

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  50. I really want to read this series! Great interview and contest!

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  51. I love the books that have sexy vampires!
    Thanks for the (international) contest.

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  52. Thanks for the great interview! I loved Ravenous and have been looking forward to next book in the series!

    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  53. This looks like a great series, and I'm always looking for new books to read.

    ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

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  54. I'm looking forward to reading your books, I have Ravenous in my tbr pile though my husband keeps commenting on how the woman on the cover is so scantly clad :)

    I always like reading books with a new take on the vampire/ werewolf/ etc. mythology...

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  55. These books are on my wish list. Thanks for the contest and sharing!

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  56. Everyone has been telling me I need to read these books. I can't wait to give them a try.

    seriousreader at live dot com

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  57. I want to read this series, good humor, and variety sounds good, not only vampires, and not only love ^^

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