Welcome Ashley March, author of Romancing the Countess

Ashley March is giving away a copy of Romancing the Countess to one random commenter, AND as a grand prize at the end of her blog tour, she is giving away at least 50 books to one lucky winner! 
Apart from the chances visitors have of winning a copy of ROMANCING THE COUNTESS, Ashley will give away at least 50 books (maybe more!) to one lucky winner at the end of the book tour! All you have to do is collect the answers to the clues she gives for each book tour stop and at the end of the tour in November email her with your answers. One random winner with all the right answers will win at least 50 romance novels! Is this easy to do? Yes. Is August 22nd to the end of November a long time? Yes; such a contest is not for the faint of heart. Is it worth it for a chance to win at least 50 romance novels? If you're a rabid romance fan like Ashley is, definitely!

Ashley kindly took the time away from her hectic writing and family schedule (two little girls!) to answer all my questions, so be sure to read and leave a comment for a chance to win a copy here, and maybe you'll also win 
The Grand Prize! 

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40 thoughts on “Welcome Ashley March, author of Romancing the Countess

  1. Hey my fellow RBW's!Are you both behaving yourselves after the Halloween?! [asking while hiding all her wrappings]Ash, wishing you the best and I am so excited about the Chicago 20's stories, I can't even tell you. There are so many possibilities for love stories, and one of my fave shows LONG time ago was THE UNTOUCHABLES with Elliot Ness :)BTW: Will you be coming over to Chicago in April for RT thingy? I think you need to make the trip for 'research' purposes :)Melwww.bookworm2bookworm.wordpress.comVanessa Kelly’s ‘Hook-a-Book’ is SEDUCTION!

  2. Great interview! I'm a huge GWTW fan, too – in fact, one of the big reasons I took my first job here in Atlanta was because the PR agency that offered it to me was around the corner from the Margaret Mitchell house. I thought that was the coolest thing ever. 🙂

  3. Great interview, I enjoyed hearing what Ashley finds so attractive about her characters, her excitement is contagious! And my oh my, 200 books shipped home from one conference?! She leaves me in her dust with a to-read pile!!

  4. I am so excited for you and I'd like to congratulate you on your successful weight loss too! I agree, Julia Quinn and Lisa Kleypas inspired me to start writing again, but while I used to consume grocery sacks of stripped Regencies from when I ran the bookstore, my series of stories I'm working on are contemporaries. What a thrill to be able to write what you want in addition to being under contract. AND to meet all the authors. I would have totally done the same thing–skipped out of panels for the autograph line and did so many times at different science fiction conventions I've been to over the years. Much success!

  5. Before I even started reading your interview, a question popped into my head: How does an author decide what time period (year) to set the story in? Now you are going later into the Victorian era and coming into early 20th century. Love those roaring 20's. My father lived in Chicago in the 1920's for several years before moving back to Michigan. He had some interesting stories to tell!

  6. Leslie, isn't it funny to see the Dump – a lovely brick home – surrounded by all those highrise office buildings and businesses? Makes me wonder what it was like to live in the city all those years ago. Hello Michele! I'd say time to cull that herd of a TBR pile! LOL! Hi Julee! I know I'm guilty of skipping workshops and sneaking into booksignings early myself! Sssshh! Hello Karen! Thank you for dropping by. Wow – bet your father did have some stories! Did you ever get them recorded? It would be such an invaluable resource not only to writers, but so many other ventures. I need to get my own parents' recollections about the Depression and WWII soon myself. Thanks for dropping by Anonymous! Me too!

  7. Hi Ashley,What a great interview. You've done a lot since you got started…er..restarted in 2008…way to go, girl!Your new book sounds fabulous and this is the first I've heard about the romance writers weight loss! This is what I need! (g)

  8. Nice to meet you Ashley. Great interview! In 2010, I attended my first RWA conference and it was the greatest thing ever! Like you said – meeting your favorite authors, all the free books, the workshops – fabulous experience! Congratulations on all of your success 🙂 Here's wishing you more!

  9. Hi Jamie Rae! Glad to see you here! Sandra, hello! There are 2more GRW members on different teams of RBW too! LSUReader, hi! I'm an alum – glad you're here! Geaux Tigers! Beat Bama! Hi Kellie – I'm glad you're here; I bet RWA was great & I can't wait for 2013 when it's here in ATL!

  10. Hi Melanie! Fortunately for me, I'm not much of a candy person. Just keep the pastries and other desserts away, though! I think I'm going to need to hide from the pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving this year. =)Oh, I've never heard of the Untouchables! I'll have to look and see if they have it on Netflix. I'm hoping to come to Chicago for RT. I'm definitely planning on going to the Barbara Vey Readers' event, which is the Tuesday before, so hopefully I can go to both. =)

  11. Hi Julee! Congratulations on your own writing journey! If you've never been to a RWA national conference before, I would highly recommend it. Even if you don't end up going to the workshops/panels, I feel like it filled up my well, just to be in the same place with that many other writers. Good luck on your contemporaries! =)

  12. Hi Karen! This is a great question. =) It was kind of random in a way for me to pick 1848-1849 in the Victorian era. I knew that I wanted to be in the middle of the transition of technology and reforms, and I also thought it would be interesting to have stories set near the potato famine in Ireland and the European revolutions, too. A lot of interesting characters can come from both of those events. =)And I'd love to hear about your dad's stories sometime!

  13. Hi Maybe31! Thanks so much! =) Not only am I excited to be writing in the 1920s, I'm very happy to see how much positive response I've gotten from readers for the idea. Thanks for your comment! =)

  14. Hi Sandra! Thank you very much. =) It is hard to believe that only 3 years ago I was still dreaming about getting published. I've been very blessed. =) The current RBW competition ends January 5th…we might have another one afterward, but I'm going to have to figure it out. If you remain interested, email me and let me know and I'll keep your name reserved. =)

  15. Congratulations on everything Ashely! We are all rooting for you, and I am delighted to hear about your Golden Twenties series. I love that period, and as you know, it's not something you see in traditional romance novels.

  16. Wow! All great info. YOu named a bunch of my favorite authors as well. The Romance Biggest Winners sounds very cool. I am definitely going to look that up. The series sounds great. I wish you all the best with all this.Headed over to your website now. :)Tami

  17. Hi Linda! I hope you enjoy the books! I actually have a lot of different time periods I want to write, but reader response and my own enthusiasm led me to the 20s. (I'm also interested in WWII, the Elizabethan era, ancient Rome, 14th century Italy…and the list goes on ;). And what I want to know is why your question about Chicago made me start to hear the Cats soundtrack. =)

  18. Hi Carey! Thanks so much! That truly means a lot to me. =) And I'm so happy to hear how many other people are interested in the 20s. I don't think I could ever give up the Victorian period, but I'm definitely excited about trying something new, and giving readers more options in historical romance, too. =)

  19. HA! Ashley! – Looks like you've got a second (or third) career starting up – Weight Loss Counselor! Hi Linda! Hi Carey! I know I can't wait for the Roaring 20's either! Hi Tami! A couple of us have already been doing it – it would be great for more of us in January! Sign me up Ashley!

  20. I haven't read Scarlett. I read up to where Rhett carried Scarlett up the stairs to have his wicked way with her and put Gone with the Wind down so I made up my own HEA!! I felt robbed when I saw the movie as part of a school trip! No way was I going to read the whole book and then have no HEA.Looks like lots of exciting things are happening in your career Ashley – all the best with it! 🙂

  21. Hi Na – have to agree with Ashley there. Plus, if he can do laundry….Kaetrin, hello! It's a favorite saying here in the Mason house: "Tomorrow is… another day." Especially when it comes to laundry. Wait, can you hear the washing machine calling?

  22. all the best with your career, for me i will try to win this book ( and later why not the 50books package) because i love reading and i love romance but…i don't have any book of that genre yet^^;;thanks you for the opportunityisabelle(dot)frisch(at)gmail(dot)com

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