We’re so pleased to have author Cate Ashwood with us today, on the tour for her latest release A Fallen Heart. Enjoy Cate’s guest post, and then be sure to check out the Rafflecopter widget below to enter for the chance to win an e-copy of the book.
Thank you so much to The Novel Approach for hosting me today on release day for A Fallen Heart!
Release days are always filled with excitement for me. Since I started publishing four years ago, they haven’t lost a single ounce of thrill, but more than that, with each book that is released, I am more and more grateful that this is my actual life.
When I began this journey, it was a solitary endeavor. I wrote in my living room with the lights off after my husband had gone to bed. It wasn’t until I was nearly finished the manuscript that I let my husband and sister in on the fact that I was writing. Fast forward four years and writing and publishing is more fun than I ever imagined it could be. It’s no longer me on my own. I have a whole team behind me who are as invested in my stories as I am and I couldn’t be more indebted their hard work and patience.
It goes beyond those who are paid to help me with my work, though. The friends I’ve made in this community are ones that I know I will have for life. My beta readers are so generous with their time and they aren’t afraid to kick my ass when I need it.
For this book, there is one person in particular who helped me beyond measure. Sandra is one of my best friends, and she was absolutely instrumental in making this book what it is. Without her, it would have been a vastly different story. She listened to me whine when I was stuck and let me bounce ideas off her when I needed to. She made suggestions and acted as general cheerleader throughout the process. And after all of that, she edited the crap out of it too.
I don’t know what I would do without her.
Okay, so this turned into a bit of a love letter. Seriously though, none of this would be possible without the people in this community. Both those who are directly involved with the publication of the book, as well as the bloggers, reviewers, and readers who invest so much in the authors in this community.
I am so very lucky to be an m/m romance author and I will never take that for granted.
About the Book
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Series: Zero Hour (Book Two)
Length: 200 Pages
Release Date: 29 August 2016
Purchase Links: Dreamspinner || Amazon || ARe
Blurb: After his last disastrous relationship, Joseph Ford has absolutely no interest in getting attached again. Concentrating on working as a trauma nurse and keeping his life as simple as possible are his only goals. Unfortunately, his plans could be derailed by the charming, sexy Nash.
Things are looking up for paramedic Ridley Nash when he transfers to Station 217. He gets along with the crew, likes his partner, and is finally on a team willing to accept him—gay and all. It’s everything he’s always wanted, but when he meets Ford, Nash knows his life is about to get very interesting.
As Ford and Nash find themselves stuck in the middle of a homicide case, things become more complicated. For the last year, the mutilated bodies of teenage boys have been showing up all over downtown. With no leads, the police are getting desperate. One of the victims is found alive, and he’s the best chance the police have to catch the killer—if only they can get him to talk.
Will Nash be able to catch Ford when he falls, or is there too much standing in their way to make it work?
They’d reached the lot beside the ambulance station where Nash’s Highlander was parked, and Ford was so relieved Nash hadn’t called him out. Instead Nash clicked the button on his keyless entry and the wall behind the vehicle illuminated with the flash of the taillights.
After climbing in, Ford got comfortable in the oversized SUV. He could almost fall asleep where he sat. The leather seats were so comfortable.
“This is an awfully big vehicle. Either you’re compensating for something or you’ve got a secret gaggle of kids I don’t know about,” he said when Nash was sitting next to him.
He chuckled. “Nope. Neither. I bought it, thinking I’d do all kinds of outdoorsy stuff. I wanted to hike and snowboard and kayak.”
“Yeah. It looks like fun.”
“Sure, sure. Suctioned into a tippy-ass boat, floating in the middle of the frigid ocean. That sounds like a blast.”
“I thought it did. Unfortunately, most days off are spent sleeping, wasting time until my next block of shifts starts. One day I’ll summon the motivation to take advantage of living here. It’s nearly winter. Maybe I’ll get around to snowboarding this year.”
“I still don’t understand the desire to voluntarily spend time outside. Humans learned to construct buildings for a reason. Strapping your feet to a board and hurling yourself down a mountain sounds like a good way to get hypothermia and lose a testicle.”
“I don’t think hypothermia of the testicles is all that common.”
“You never know,” Ford said. “I’m not willing to take any chances. That’s why I spend my days off meeting Sam for boozy brunches and parking my ass in front of my TV with popcorn that has more butter than actual popcorn to go along with a marathon of shows about sweaty guys in kilts, or whatever those things they used to wear in ancient Rome were.”
“You have a thing for guys in skirts, huh?”
Ford paused, pretending to contemplate the question. “I never realized it, but I guess it is kinda hot, all that easy access.”
“You know, uniform pants provide pretty easy access. Just sayin’.”
About the Author
Cate wrote her very first story in a hot pink binder when she was in the second grade and found her passion for writing. Her first successful foray into romance writing came five years later when she wrote her best friend, who was experiencing a case of unrequited love, her own happily ever after.
Cate’s life has taken a number of different and adventurous roads. She now lives a stone’s throw from the ocean, just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia with her husband, son, and two cats. Her life is filled with family and friends, travel, and of course, books.
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