Spotlight & Giveaway: Deep River Promise by Jackie Ashenden

Posted March 25th, 2021 by in Blog, Spotlight / 36 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome author Jackie Ashenden to HJ!

Hi Jackie and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, Deep River Promise!


Please summarize the book for the readers here:

Damon has to stay in Deep River to fulfill a secret promise to his best friend, which involves looking out for his buddy’s son. Not a problem – except that not only is the kid’s mother the town mayor, but she’s also sexy as all get-out and too much of a temptation for Damon to resist. But he’s got his own burdens to carry and they’re not exactly light, and his plans definitely don’t include falling for the pretty mayor. Yet, however Damon might resist, it could be that one protective teenager and his mother might be just the family he didn’t know he needed.

Please share your favorite quote from the book

If Damon was annoyed by her tone, he didn’t show it. He merely studied her with those warm blue eyes.
“You don’t trust me,” he said eventually, and it wasn’t a question.
There was no point in pretending otherwise. “Would you? In my place?”
“No.” His smile turned rueful. “Not sure I’d trust anyone I first saw hanging out on a balcony stark naked.”


Please share a few Fun facts about this book…

  • Astrid didn’t want to be mayor, which is why the town elected her — they always elect people who DON’T want to be mayor.
  •  There are library sexy times!
  • Damon is a complete charmer and Astrid steadfastly refuses to be charmed (spoiler alert: she fails)


What do you want people to take away from reading this book?

That healing, hope and happiness after bad times is possible!

Thanks for blogging at HJ!


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Book Info:

Coming home was the easy part. Facing her will take everything he’s got…

Silas Quinn hasn’t been back to Deep River, Alaska, in years, not since he joined the army. He left behind the best friend he’d ever had. But he knew Hope Dawson was meant for bigger things than Deep River—and he—had to offer. What he didn’t know was that when he left, he took Hope’s dreams right along with him…

Then tragedy strikes and sends Silas home, and the entire town is thrown into chaos when they learn what brought him back—he’s inherited ownership of the town and the newly discovered oil reserves under it!

Hope gave up on ever getting out of Deep River. Her mom needed her, then her grandfather died and left her the local hangout to run. Now Si is back in town, stirring up old feelings—including her anger at being left behind. His return brings Hope an offer that can change her life. Love, or adventure, are almost within reach—but she can’t have both…

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Meet the Author:

Jackie Ashenden has been writing fiction since she was eleven years old. She used to balance her writing with the more serious job of librarianship until a chance meeting with another romance writer prompted her to devote herself to the true love of her heart – writing romance. She particularly likes to write dark, emotional stories with alpha heroes and kick-ass heroines. She lives in Auckland, New Zealand.

36 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Deep River Promise by Jackie Ashenden”

  1. Mary Preston

    I love the interesting and quirky characters that turn up throughout the story.

  2. Pamela Conway

    I like small town romance for the support the people give each other & the close friendships.

  3. Lori R

    I live in a small town so I can relate to the story better than if it takes place in a big city. I also like the friendly people who help each other out and the cute shops that are unique for that town.

  4. laurieg72

    I grew up in a small city of 12K. Loved the camaraderie, the close friendships, the knowing people and their families. The ability to get involved to the extent you want to. I felt safe. My mom still doesn’t lock her doors!

  5. Texas Book Lover

    Small town romance is my favorite. I love how everyone knows each other and is always willing to lend a hand no matter what. I love that we get to know the characters so well over the course of the series and there is always that one extra nosy or helpful neighbor that doesn’t hurt either.

  6. Kathleen O

    I like small towns in books, because everybody can get into the main characters business, because everyone knows each other. And authors usually have quirky people, especially the elders of the town. They do and say anything they want.. I always get a good chuckle out of them.

  7. eawells

    I love how supportive everyone is and how well they really know each other.

  8. Glenda M

    Having lived in more than one small town I love reading romances based in them that highlight all the good things about small towns

  9. Bonnie

    I love the interaction between the characters and the warm cozy feeling in small town romance.

  10. Ellen C.

    Small town stories are fun. Not only do you get quirky characters, but there is a legitimate reason for the main characters to keep running into each other. (Limited places to be in a Small town.)

  11. Patricia B.

    I like small town romances for the intimate feel one has with a small community where everyone knows one another. The town itself becomes a character with the locale and specifics giving its own flavor to the story. In a series it works even better because you get to revisit friends from earlier books.

  12. rkcjmomma

    Everyone knows eachother and are close and help one another like a big extended family

  13. Linda Herold

    Since I come from a small town, I can really relate to them. Love them!

  14. Irma

    I love them. There’s always some asshole living in the town who spices the things up. I love the simplicity.

  15. Diana Hardt

    I like the feeling of community and everybody wanting to help somebody when needed.

  16. joab4424

    I like how everybody knows everybody else and everything about them. They might be nosey and gossip a lot but they always help each other out.

  17. Joye

    There is a sense of togetherness or community in a small town that lends itself to more interesting relationships and friendships.

  18. Anna Nguyen

    i love all the quirky and nosy characters that make the town feel like a place you don’t want to leave because you will miss all the amazing and wonderful characters.