Around The Globe With Sharon Ashwood

VanMusicFesthsrsFor my next featured author I don’t have to transport very far when I pick her up. She wants to stay near home and visit the Vancouver Music Festival. It’s a bit loud to do an interview, but we talk between acts. Smells of pizza and beer drift on the air. People are smiling and having a great time. Let’s talk!



1. Who are you and what makes you the most fascinating person in your city?

I’m a word ninja living a secret life. I look perfectly respectable during daylight hours—paying bills and holding down a normal job—but at night I transmogrify into a dragon-battling, match-making fairy godmother bullying my characters toward a happy ending.

2. Without revealing a deep dark secret (unless you want to), what one thing would people be surprised to learn about you?

At one point in my life, I really wanted to be a Rockette and dance at the Radio City Music Hall. When I finally visited New York, I had a thrill when I saw the neon sign. No one offered me a job, though.

3. What interested you to become a writer rather than something else such as rock star?

Being a rock star seems like noisy, sweaty work and might involve wearing tight leather garments. Writing can be done on my own time wearing comfy pajamas. Plus, I don’t have to be nice to my bandmates because the only other person in my writing space is my cat (and he doesn’t do drum solos).

4. Writers are readers. With which author(s) would you enjoy sharing dinner? Why?

George R.R. Martin, because he has an interesting mind. Plus, I could tie him up until he finished the {insert colorful vocabulary} series.

5. If I were stranded on a deserted island or suffering from a four hour layover at the airport, why would your book(s) be great company?

Whether I’m writing romance, steampunk, or fantasy my focus is always on character. I do my best to deliver a story with really interesting people, a lot of adventure, and a bit of humor. And, since my Camelot Reborn series is romance, there’s a steamy central love story. My goal is to make you miss your plane.

6. Share your process of writing in regards to: plot and character development, story outline, research (do you Google or visit places/people, or make it up on the spot), writing schedule, editing and number of rewrites.

My characters tend to walk into my head, so I don’t know whether that qualifies as a process. Plot for me requires a lot more thought. I put sticky notes on the wall with bits of story and move them around until I have something that makes sense and falls into the natural “beats” of story structure. For writing gurus, I find Michael Hague the most useful resource, though I tend to stick to the broad strokes. Research depends on what I’m doing and can range from Google to getting on a plane to go soak up atmosphere someplace. I still love libraries, though, and am quite happy to go old school with a stack of books.

Then I dive in and start writing until I get about 5 chapters in, which is where I typically have to go back and start over because I have developed a feel for the book and its natural pace. I write between 1,000 – 2,000 words in an evening and double that on a day off. Once deadlines loom, I tend to pick up the pace a bit. I’ll go through 2 or 3 edit passes before I turn it into my editor, and then the rewrites begin—usually 2 or 3 counting page proofs. I never, never put something before the reader without a lot of polishing.

7. “I think I have a good idea for a story, but I don’t know where or how to begin. Your process may not work for me. Any advice?”

The two basic elements of a story are character and conflict. If you make the reader care enough, you can get away with breaking other rules.

8. I saw an amusing T-shirt the other day which read, “Every great idea I have gets me in trouble.” What is your philosophy of life?

Long ago I decided that I’m not obliged to have an opinion about everything, and I will reserve my adrenaline for things that actually matter.

9. Please tell me you’re not going to stop writing? What’s next for you?

I have two more Camelot books coming, plus some other projects still too new to announce. I’m going to be very busy this fall!

10. Where can people find more information on you and your projects?






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Enchanted Guardian

Camelot Reborn Series

Book Two

Sharon Ashwood

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Harlequin Nocturne

Date of Publication: August 1 2016

ISBN: 978-0373009763


Number of pages: 300

Word Count: 85000

Book Description:

Enchanted Guardian- A love of legendary proportion

In another time, in a place once known as Camelot, they had been lovers. Torn apart by betrayal and lies, Lancelot Du Lac and Nimueh, the Lady of the Lake, had each suffered greatly.

But the magic of the fae had reawakened a man once trapped in stone, and Lancelot was determined to find his long lost love. Only, Nim was desperate to hide her fae soul, as she was marked for death by their mutual enemy.

Though centuries apart had not diminished their passion, they would once again face a dangerous test to prove each was the other’s destiny.


Lancelot caught her arm, pulling her up short. Nim scowled down at the long, strong fingers. Fine scars ran along his tanned knuckles, evidence of a life around blades. Heaviness filled her, a primitive reaction to the strong, aggressive male taking control of her in the most basic way. Once it might have grown into anger or lust, but now it confused her.

Take your hand off me,” she said, letting her voice fill with frost.

No.” He pulled her closer, turning her to face him. “You will answer my questions.”

Nim jerked her arm free. They were so close, she could feel his warm breath against her skin. “About what?”

His nostrils flared as if scenting her. Still, Nim studied his tense jaw and the blood flushing his high cheekbones. The heat of his emotions made her feel utterly hollow. His hand closed around her wrist again, almost crushing her bones.

There are too many people here,” he growled.

There are enough people here for safety. Perhaps I don’t want to answer you.”

His eyes held hers a moment, dark fire against the ice of her spirit. That seemed to decide him, for he pulled her close and took a better grip on her arm. “Come with me.”


He didn’t reply, but steered her toward the door, moving so fast she skittered on her heels. She took the opportunity to pull against him, but this time he held her fast. “Don’t.”

The threat was real. Her fighting skills were nothing compared to a knight’s. Lancelot could crush or even kill her with a single blow. Still, that didn’t make her helpless, and she would not let him forget that fact. Rising up on her toes, she put her mouth a mere whisper from his ear. “You forget what I can do. My magic is nothing less than what it was when I was the first among the fae noblewomen. I can defend myself against your brute strength.”

Just not against what he’d done to her heart. She closed her eyes a moment, feeling his breath against her cheek and remembering the past for a long moment before she denied herself that luxury. “Let me go,” she repeated.

In response, he pulled her to the side of the building, refusing to stop until he was deep into the shadows. The ground was little more than cracked concrete there, tufts of grass straggling between the stones. He pushed her against the siding, her back pressed to the rough wood. “Not until I’ve had my say.”

He had both of her arms now, prisoning Nim with the hard, muscled wall of his chest. Anyone walking by might glimpse two lovers in a private tête-à-tête, but Nim drew back as far as she could, something close to anger rising to strike. No one handled her this way, especially not him.

Then talk,” she said through gritted teeth.

Aren’t you even surprised to see me?” he demanded.

Why should I be?” She needed to squash any personal connection between them. Even if she was whole and their people were not at war, he had betrayed her.

He put a hand against her cheek, his fingers rough. She jerked her chin away, burning where his touch had grazed her.

But he was relentless. “I’m told you were caught by Merlin’s spell along with the rest. I know what the fae have become.”

Soulless. As good as dead inside. Lancelot didn’t say the words, but she heard them all the same. “It’s true,” she replied. “It’s all true.”

His expression was stricken as if hearing it from her lips was poison. Good, she thought. Better to be honest. Better that he believe her to be the monster she was.

Maybe that’s true for some. I don’t believe that about you. You still have too much fire.”

With that, he claimed her mouth in an angry kiss. Nim caught her breath, stifling a cry of true surprise. The Lancelot she’d known had been gentle and eager to please. Nothing like this. And yet the clean taste of him was everything she remembered.

His mouth slanted, breaking past the barrier of her lips to plunder her mouth. The hunger in him was bruising, going far beyond the physical to pull at something deep in her belly. Desire, perhaps, or heartbreak. She wasn’t sure any longer, but she couldn’t stop herself from nipping at his lip, yearning to feel what she had lost. A sigh caught in her throat before she swallowed it down. Surely she was operating on reflex, the memory of kisses. Not desire she might feel now. The warmth and weight of him spoke to something older than true emotion. Even a reptile could feel comfort in the sun. Even she…

Still, that little encouragement was all the permission he needed to slide his hand up her hip to her waist and she could feel the pressure of his fingers. Lancelot was as strong as any fae male, strong enough certainly to overpower her. That had thrilled her once, a guilty admission she’d never dared to make. She’d been so wise, so scholarly, so magical, but an earthy male had found the liquid center of heat buried under all that logic and light. They had always sparked like that, flint against steel.

But then his hand found her breast and every muscle in her stiffened. This was too much. Memory was one thing, but she wasn’t the same now and she refused to have a physical encounter that was nothing more than a ghost of what it should be.

Nim pushed him away. “I don’t want this.”

Something in her look finally made him stop, but his eyes glittered with arousal. “Are you certain about that?”

ashwoodAbout the Author:

Sharon Ashwood is a novelist, desk jockey and enthusiast for the weird and spooky. She has an English literature degree but works as a finance geek. Interests include growing her to-be-read pile and playing with the toy graveyard on her desk. As a vegetarian, she freely admits the whole vampire/werewolf lifestyle would never work out, so she writes her adventures instead.

Sharon is the winner of the RITA® Award for Paranormal Romance. She lives in the Pacific Northwest and is owned by the Demon Lord of Kitty Badness.






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