Spotlight & Giveaway: Law Man by Kristen Ashley

Posted December 15th, 2013 by in Blog, Spotlight / 193 comments

Today it is my pleasure to welcome New York Times bestselling author Kristen Ashley to HJ!

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Hi Kristen, Welcome to HJ

Thank you for having me!

What would you say are the defining characteristic of your novels?

Kristen AshleyIt’s more than likely my beyond-alpha alpha male heroes and I would hope it’s the strength of my heroines, either quiet inner strength, that full-on attitude kind of strength or the strength they build through growth as the novel plays out. I also have a cadence to my writing that hopefully allows my readers to really get into the minds of my main characters, understand what they’re thinking, feel my characters’ feelings while they read, and pull them fully into the story. Again, that’s a hope!

5 best things about being a writer?

I only get five things? Hmm, I suppose you don’t have novel proportion space to place this interview so here goes…

1. I get to meet fabulous fictional characters, hold them precious in my head, have the privilege of getting to know them, sharing their stories, and journeying with them to their happily ever after. I have hundreds of family members, people who aren’t real and live only in my head, but they are very dear to me.

2. Publishing books allows me to acquire other types of family members in my life, these real but many of them I’ll never meet. I have always wanted to be a writer and, of course, in wanting that, I wanted readers. Though I never allowed myself to think beyond finishing a book and hoping people would read it. Once they started doing that and reaching out to me, it’s impossible to relay how utterly amazing it is to have my world expand so colossally by embracing these folks who enjoy my books and take the time out of their busy lives to share that with me, and further continue commune with myself and other readers. It’s truly a blessing and without question the best part of this gig.

3. I work at home. No rush hour traffic. I can go to the grocery store at 10:30 in the morning. I can throw on some sweats, grab a cup o’ joe and be at work and stay there as long as I like, lost in my worlds.

4. There is never-ending challenge to writing. I push myself with every book to do better, give my characters what they deserve, grow as a writer. In valuing the family of readers who have embraced my work, it’s crucial to me to do my best in an effort to make certain I don’t disappoint them. This job is not staid, the same ole same old. Every day is different. Every story is different. Every character is different. It is not ever boring. Because of this, I don’t drag my heels as I wander to my office. I can’t wait to get to work and often find it hard to quit for the day!

5. The writing community is really fabulous. Fellow writers, my agent, my editor, all the folks at Grand Central Publishing, the sisters who work with me. I lived in England for nine years and started to publish in earnest there, all self-publishing. Thus I was very removed from the world I’d chosen to live in. Although it may take a bit to get myself geared up to do it, I’m a risk-taker but that doesn’t mean there aren’t concerns with taking risks. The unknown is a pretty scary thing. It was such a welcome thrill to jump into those waters and find them so warm!

If you were a heroine in a book, your character would be – The girl next door, the damsel in distress, Kick-butt take charge heroine or the aloof ice queen and why?

Oh boy. I think I have multiple personalities because I could be all these things.

I’m definitely a farmer girl from a small town at heart so the girl next door works for me. And I’m a girl. I dig women who’ve got it in them to face everything and do it all but I don’t have a lot of interest in changing my oil or mowing my lawn so I could see falling into a damsel in distress mode, depending. For instance, right now, I’ve got a dead bird on my balcony—that’s hardly damsel in distress, but I wish I didn’t have to go see to giving that birdie a final resting place. That said, if it’s gotta be done, I’ll do it. So I can kick-butt and take charge (and thus, after I finish this interview, I’ll be taking care of that poor bird).

It’s likely I could be the aloof ice queen too, but only because I can sometimes get shy. So it would only seem I was the aloof ice queen. Recently, a man was waiting outside an elevator with me. He’d hit the down arrow. I’d hit the up arrow. I didn’t pay him much heed since I was gabbing with my sister—until the up elevator came and he got in with us. He noticed he’d got in the wrong elevator, turned amazing blue eyes to us and said, in a smooth, deep, beautiful voice with a fabulous smile, “I got in the wrong elevator.” I instantly turned into a shy girlie girl and it’s a wonder I didn’t titter and wring my hands! Just from those eyes, that voice and that smile! So instead, I just tipped my head noncommittally and stared at the elevator doors. He probably thought I was aloof, or something else. But instead, I was just an idiot.

Let’s talk about your newest release: Law Man

If you had to summarize the book for the readers here…

LMThis is definitely a girl next door story, as in literally. Though, our girl Mara didn’t have the greatest upbringing and when she finally gives her neighbor, Detective Mitch Lawson an in, he comes charging. But Mitch faces a number of obstacles when it comes to Mara, and these include her two young cousins who she assumes care of because their father is not father of the year, to say the least. So, after years of living across a breezeway from each other with both of them wanting to get to know the other, they suddenly find themselves building not only a relationship but also a family.

Please tell us about the characters in your book

Mitch Lawson is the epitome of the white hat type of guy. He’s a good cop, a good friend, a good son, a good brother, just a good guy. A hot guy, but a good hot guy.

Mara Hanover, on the other hand, did not have it great growing up and learned from the way she did that she was, in her own classification system, a “below three.” Seeing as Mitch has broken the scale and is beyond a ten, she doesn’t think she’s good enough for him.

Mitch has a time of it in trying to convince her she’s wrong. Luckily, he’s not the kind of guy who gives up easily!

What scene did you have the most fun writing? Why?

Ooo, this is difficult because I really like the scene where Mitch fixes Mara’s sink. And another one I enjoyed writing was when Mitch refuses to take no for an answer when Mara is rescuing her cousins and he goes with her (the convenience store scene and what he says in her ear…yum!). And also the scene where Mara confronts her family at her place of business while Mitch is on the phone, very funny.

But I have to say, I truly enjoyed sucking in some characters from my Rock Chick Series as well as all the other heroes and heroines from the Dream Man Series. I love to revisit characters from other books seeing as it’s a way I can utilize not to have to say goodbye!

What scene was the hardest to write? Why?

There are many of these too. When Mara shares what her issues are that are holding her back from Mitch. When Mara’s little cousin Bud’s anxiety builds that the new goodness in his life will be swept away.

But I cried all through the part when Mitch finally proves to Bud that he’s not going anywhere. It’s hard to say it was “hard” to write because I loved writing it. It was just difficult because it was so emotional and I was a complete mess as I was tapping it into my keyboard!

Who would you cast in the role of your characters if your book was optioned for a movie?

I’m not a big fan of disappointing people ever, including when this question is asked. But it is rare that I find anyone who is real who embodies my characters. This is because they are so fully formed in my head, they live there not only during their stories but also after I’m done. They’re with me all the time and I pull them up often, and include them in other books. So I infrequently put actors, models, sports stars, etc. to my characters because no one really fits. Therefore I’m sorry to say, I wouldn’t even begin to know who to cast if the book was optioned for a movie. Just that I’d really want to be in on the casting (especially of Mitch!).

What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned in 2014?

I’m currently finishing up Broken Dove, the next in my Fantasyland Series and if I can pull it off, I’ll be releasing it at the end of 2013. I’ve also finished The Will, one of those books that hit me like a shot and I had to get down. It wasn’t in the writing schedule but it so obsessed me, I couldn’t go on without writing it. I love it! It fulfills two bucket list items for me (one being the hero is a former boxer, always wanted to write about a boxer!). That should be released in April 2014. And onward from that, Frankie and Benny’s book, the next in The ’Burg Series and then the finale to The Three Series, both of these out in 2014.

Where can readers get in touch with you?

They can send me an email on my contact form at www.kristenashley.net. I also check Twitter feeds on a normal basis. But I hit my Facebook page daily so that’s the swiftest way to get to me.

A big thank you to you for asking these questions and letting me do one of my favorite things in the world, gab about my books!
xx-Kit

Kristin, thanks for blogging at HJ! 🙂

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193 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Law Man by Kristen Ashley”

  1. Jenn McElroy

    If I’m kidnapped, send them all! The more the merrier!!! Thanks for the giveaway! 😉

  2. Chelsea B.

    I don’t know! Have one of those scenes like in This Means War where danger strikes and I have to make a split-second decision 😉

  3. Kim Perry

    All great choices, but I’ll go with Kane Allen and his Chaos MC! What’s not to love about bikers?

  4. Klindsay

    Can I not pick Lee Nightingale? If not, I’d have to go with Mitch. They’re all HOTNESS INCARNATE though.

  5. cahmmerritt

    How could anyone pick? Each one has a history and infallible spirit… I honestly could not choose one without changing my mind over and over… love them all!

  6. Jennifer Noe

    If my kidnapping was bad enough, I would hope that Tack would show up and throw me on the back of his bike, while Hawk and his commandos took care of the situation.

  7. Sandie W

    Kane and his motorcycle gang. I’ve always loved bikers and what better way to be rescued than by the ones others regard as “bad” boys!

  8. Kai W.

    Hawk Delgado and his commandos. There is something about military that just attracts me and I like that alpha protective mode he goes into.

  9. Carolyn Valdez

    Since I don’t know any of them I don’t know which to choose. But they all sound like they could get the job done.

  10. Lori Meehan

    I can’t answer that because I’ve not read any of your book yet. They sound good though so I’m going to have to start digging into them.

  11. Margaret

    Definitely Kane “Tack” Allen and his Chaos motorcycle club – it would fun to flip off my kidnappers from the back of his bike!

  12. Laura

    Of those three options I’d want Hawk and his commandos, but I’d really prefer Lee Nightingale and his team! The Hot Bunch is seriously hot!

  13. Ginger Conti

    I love Kristen Ashley she writes characters you want to be, as well as be friends with!

  14. Kathy

    I know I am in the minority, but Mitch; there is something about him that ‘calls’ me. He doesn’t come off as badass as the others, but he IS in his own way.

  15. Ginger Conti

    I left a comment and didn’t answer the question and my answer is Hawk I know there is some unclaimed man candy on his team of commando’s and after Gwen and Hawks book there should be a story that gives a “GINGER” a better rep and a happier ending.

  16. Marta

    I would take Hawk and his buds because I have thing for hot commandos and I bet they could get me out of anything!
    … will there be a book about some of the other commandos? PLEAAASE I need them. 🙂

  17. Monica Valentin

    Hmm tough question! But Tack holds a dear place in my heart so I have to choose him!

  18. carmen

    Kane “Tack” Allen definatelly because to me he is the hottest most kick-ass alpha-male.

  19. Jamie Webb

    Always love hearing from KA!! If I were kidnapped…that is so hard cuz i’d definitely want them all. But, if I have to choose, I’d say Hawk and his commandos. Love my Mystery Man. ♥

  20. iona cook

    wow there all awesome but i would have to pick tack he’s got it all…….cycle, hot, cooks 🙂

  21. Ann Thomas

    Hawk Delgado!! Out of all the books I have read (and they are plenty) – Hawk is my all time favorite Alpha!!

  22. Naomi

    This is sooo hard!!! Can I choose Tate, Ty, Max, Chace and all the Colorado Mountain men? =D Haha, I love this series…but if I had to choose with these men I’d take Tack and the Chaos MC! Because I love Tack, I love MCs in general and this one is awesome and they’re fearless! ;p

  23. Jocelyn

    Since they partner up occasionally….I will have to say all of them! All are tough, sexy and sweet in their own way 😉 Though I have a special place for Tack and Brock!!

  24. Amanda Goodburn

    Definitely Tack. He is my favorite in this series and it would also be cool to see all his brothers from the MC rolling in.

  25. Amber H.

    I loved all these guys but I really love Tack the most. he is such a badass but is still able to turn around and show how much he loves his family. Plus who doesn’t want to be swept onto the back of a motorcycle and ride off into the wind?

  26. Joyce Jarrett-Gee

    I’m thinking Hawk and his commandos…they’d do whatever it took to get me home safely…..they walk the “grey area” line…good guys that love to be bad….

  27. Christine L.

    I’d go with Tack and the Chaos MC. What better way to ensure the kidnappers won’t try again by having bad-ass bikers scare the, um, STUFFING out of them?!

  28. Eva Tello

    While I do love commandos and men of the law I have something for the Chaos MC guys. Being rescued on the back of a bike sounds awesome.

  29. ashleigh

    I would want Tack and Hawk!! Tack is the sweetest and gets it done with an easiness about him, hawk because he too gets the job done but is better trained in dangerous situations…. Wait Maybe I want Mitch too???? I want them all!!!!!!!!!

  30. Sarah M.

    I wouldn’t mind being in the middle of a Brock & Mitch sandwich! I think Brock was my fave guy from the series, but I’m not exactly sure why… Lol

  31. Melanie

    I’ve been in Love with Kane “Tack” Allen forever and a day … That man can put me on the back of his bike any day! ….

  32. Rachel Miles

    Definitely Tack so I could hold on tight behind him on his bike and let him go all alpha on me 😉

  33. Tamicka

    I would want tack and chaos to come and get MW. That means a motorcycle ride and tequila from the bottle when I’m done being rescues. And great sex. So much good sex

  34. Catherine Carr

    Oh that is a hard question! Mitch is my favorite KA man, but I would love to have Hawk rescue me!!

  35. Page Turner

    Kindly remove MY MITCH from the list of choices. He is mine. Mine I tell you!
    I choose Mitch and Brock.
    Warmest Regards;
    Ms. Mitch Lawson

  36. Lori

    While any of them would be lovely….I would pick Tack and Chaos. I’m a cop, so I have all the former military and law enforcement I need……bad boy biker-dudes would definitely be a good change of pace….LOL!

  37. Michelle Macrander

    Honestly, I don’t think I could pick one of KA’s heros… Can’t I just have one of each?!

  38. Lu Bielefeld

    Kane “Tack” Allen and his Chaos motorcycle club!
    Because I can’t resist a hero dressed in leather jacket and full of attitude and riding a Harley!

  39. Angela

    Difficult question! But I think I’d go with Tack and Chaos. There’s something about them and their determination 🙂

  40. Denise

    I would pick Kane “Tack” Allen because every time I read this book I think of him and the Chaos crew coming to rescue me!!!!

  41. Brenda Starling

    Awww….it’s so hard to choose between!! I love both Hawk and Tack. Fine, it I have to pick only one it would be….Tack. No Hawk! Grrr….okay my final answer is Tack!

  42. kalee deuel

    That’s a hard question I love Tack and Hawk but if I had to choose id have to say Hawk. He’s yummy in every way cant find one thing wrong with him

  43. Jen Morales

    Such a hard choice! But, of this series I have a super soft spot for both Slim and Mitch. I just love them both!

  44. Ella Combs

    I think, hmmm, uhhhh, geez, can’t go with all of them, huh? Well, ok if pressed I would have to say Kane “Tack” Allen and his M.C. Just because, he was the first hero introduced to me by Kit.

  45. Beth Puls

    I would want Hawk to rescue me because I know it would be done without any harm coming to me and I would be swept up, loved and protected.

  46. Holly Casteel

    Kane Tack Allen and Chaos MC. Why, cause who wouldn’t want hot badass bikers riding in to rescue me. OH, don’t forget the tattoos, what a turn on.

  47. Kathryn Sikora

    Hawk and his commandos!! Hawk and his commandos would protect me because that is what they have trained to do at whatever cost!!

  48. Martha Moon

    I would be happy with any of them but since you are making me choose, I’ll say Tack becuase I’ve never been on a motorcycle and after reading these books, I would love to expeerince it ….and I just think that would be cool!

  49. Carey Piret

    Without a doubt…Tack!! He is the epitome of the rough and tumble alpha male. Plus he would bring along all the yummy men from Chaos!!

  50. Lynne M Costa

    Hawk & his commandos.There is something about a hot man with weopans & military skill that makes me drool.

  51. Wendy

    I would want Tack and the MC to rescue me but I would hope that Mitch and his guys along with Hawk and his guys were along on the search and rescue.

  52. Courtney L.

    I’m gonna have to go with Hawk and the hotties, er, I mean commandos. They’ll get the job done. 😉

  53. cherie

    I love Hawk but Mitch is wonderful too. I loved the part in Law man where she is talking about Mitch’s name. …………it is a perfect name for a cop. Strong constants in Mitch and Law-son, son of law.

  54. linda delaney

    Hawk and his crew..love how sneaky he is (like a ghost)….Although ..HOT.. out in the open..crashes through the front door,guns a blazing..Tack, would be an awesomer rescuer too!!..P.S. Slim and Mitch..~sigh!!!

  55. Atalia M.

    Kane “Tack” Allen and his Chaos boys!! With their determination, possessiveness, and overall attitude, I know they wouldn’t stop searching until I was found. 🙂

  56. pamla lane

    Kane “Tack” Allen and his Chaos motorcycle club, seems I’m going through a biker phase at the moment

  57. Sunny

    Hawk and the Commandos, they will do whatever it takes to get you back, even operate outside the law. And unlike the Chaos bikers (whom I love) are probably better trained at retrieval.

  58. dutcheja

    Hawk and his Commandos, they get the job done no matter what and would definitely provide the romance to help you recover from being kidnapped.

  59. Cassie Guest

    That is a hard one… they are all bad ass alpha males and they are smokin hot… I guess i would go with Hawk and his commandos because they are just very mysterious and totally awesome. Thanks for the giveaway!

  60. s0ph1ar0s3

    Tack or Hawk because they wouldn’t be stymied by a little thing called the law, but then again…Mitch and Brock have some rule bending tendencies in a dangerous sitch too. Oh who am I fooling, I take help from any of them because they’re all capable and lethal.

    Enjoyed the review! Thanks for posting the giveaway.

  61. Caroline Edge

    Much as I love Hawk and his badass commandos , Tack Allen is definitely my choice of rescue hero. Imagine being wrapped around a gorgeous hunky badass of hotness whilst being whisked away to safety with a throbbing growling motorbike between your thighs. Then you can settle down for a load of beers and hog roast !!!

  62. Sharon

    Don’t know as I haven’t read her books before. I am always looking for new authors to read.

  63. Kellie Forthaus

    Tough choice, I could see be rescued by all of them. But I think I’d choose Mitch and Brock.

  64. Komal

    I haven’t read the series yet (working my way through the Rock Chick series), but I can’t wait to start it!

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