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Devon Ashley

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I'm a mom, a wife, a lover and a fighter, a coffee addict, a total smartass, wicked knitster, a Microbiologist, a baker of fine yummy treats, and someone who will fight you to the death for that last Twinkie bag of M&Ms during the zombie-apocalypse. Seriously, my addiction is that important to me. Oh, and I say seriously way too much. Seriously…

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Ordained awarded 2011 Reader Views First Place for Best Fantasy

Favorite Silly Quote: Cedric didn't die. Carlisle found him and turned him into Edward.
Interesting Fact: I share my birthday - December 16th - with my favorite author, Jane Austen.


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Devon Ashley Oh, boy. This might be a little longwinded.

At the time, I was actually trying to write Catacombs (again.) Problem was, I was on a romance-writing…more
Oh, boy. This might be a little longwinded.

At the time, I was actually trying to write Catacombs (again.) Problem was, I was on a romance-writing binge and Catacombs was more about the urban fantasy than the little romance that flowed through it. I was frustrated and whining (yes, whining) to a writer buddy of mine that I wasn’t getting anything done. (I won’t name drop, but I will abbreviate drop – lol) JAR suggested I shove the story aside again and just write what my head wants to write. Said Catacombs would suck if my head wasn’t in it anyways.

I agreed. But what the hell did my head want me to write then? After soaking in a thirty minute bath, I came out with the basics for Nearly Broken, and I was so eager to get started I wrote 5K that first day. I knew I wanted to write about a girl on the run. But what inspired me to take the sex trafficking angle? I had recently watched a movie based on true accounts about that very same thing. The Whistleblower. It was one of those movies that stuck with you, you know? And I just couldn’t get that awful world of sex trafficking out of my head and the pain of those girls suffering through it. I’m not naïve. I know it goes on in the US right under our noses, so I wanted that to be Megan’s background story.

Originally, I had planned to make Nearly Broken a standalone about a girl trying to lose the need to hide as she slowly made her way through recovery. But nothing I ever write goes as planned - that’s why I don’t bother with outlines anymore. The story kept changing with me as I wrote. I had always intended on having flashbacks of her slavery and being physically damaged by her efforts to escape, but I had no idea I’d write what I did with the last 30%. That wasn’t the kind of story I typically wrote, but hell if it didn’t come out. And my body seriously ached after writing those scenes.

Yep, this was totally me at times coming to terms with what I had written...
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When I finished Nearly Broken, I realized I wasn’t done with Megan yet. I could’ve let it end there like I had planned, but I wanted to bring a little more awareness to the sex trafficking world. Even though we occasionally have something pop up in the news, as a country, we’re pretty naïve when it comes to human trafficking, especially when it occurs on our own soil. There are scenes in Nearly Mended that focus on that sick world of organized trafficking, and Nearly Undone will take you in even deeper. A lot of people won’t be able to stomach it – probably because they realize it’s happening somewhere right now, maybe even right down the road. Maybe even in your neighbor’s basement. Or maybe they just can’t stomach the way I let Megan’s emotions spill off the page, making them feel like they’re right there with her, experiencing every horrible act right along beside her.

This trilogy isn’t easy to read, but beneath the harshness lies stories of love and determination and the strength to keep moving forward that makes it worth pushing through for. (less)
Devon Ashley Getting to work in my jammies all day. And getting paid to sip on sweet, sweet wine to loosen up all the dirty thoughts I never thought I'd admit to!…moreGetting to work in my jammies all day. And getting paid to sip on sweet, sweet wine to loosen up all the dirty thoughts I never thought I'd admit to!

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The Nearly Trilogy is coming to a close. Bummer, really. Though incredibly difficult to write at times, this series has been a blessing. It’s brought me a slew of new readers, and judging by all the reviews, I’ve come really far as a writer – one who can engage readers on such an emotional level that they feel everything as if they were right there themselves. Which given the subject matter ca... Read more of this blog post »
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" I'm completely TRAUMATIZED, my brain has been thoroughly CRUCIFIED, and my mind has been utterly BLOWNED! Total Book Hangover! This book, is absolutely the BEST BOOK, I have read so far this year (and I've read plenty of books)! My goodness, the p... " Read more of this review »
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Why did I stop when I was so close to finishing? Truthfully, I wanted to quit long ago. I felt no connection to the characters and the story never felt like it was going anywhere. And now I see this is a trilogy and I can't help but wonde...more
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“I'm not looking for the perfect man. I'm looking for the man whose imperfections I can put up with.”
Devon Ashley

“Chuckling, I cried, “I’m sorry.” I pulled even harder and broke loose from his grip, but I fell backwards onto the floor. He slowly stalked towards me, his smile filled with desire and I pointed my hand at him. “Don’t. Behave!”

“Don’t behave? I accept your terms of parole.”

“That’s not what I meant!” But when my smile broke through, he knew I was lying.”
Devon Ashley, Falling in Between

“I do love you. And I never gave you anything less than everything I had to give. - Jenna Baker”
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The 2nd annual Nothing but Reading Challenges' Best 'DRESS'ed Cover Poll. (2012 edition.)

Help us pick out the best DRESSed cover of 2012. If you don't see one of your favorites please feel free to add it. Just make sure you add it to the right dress category and that the cover came out in 2012. We have six categories:

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Each category has it's own poll and we'll pick the top 3 from each to go in a finally poll to determine which cover had the most beautiful dress. Enjoy!

The colors for this round are Purple & Pink:

 
  25 votes, 19.4%

 
  24 votes, 18.6%

 
  22 votes, 17.1%

 
  15 votes, 11.6%

 
  10 votes, 7.8%

 
  9 votes, 7.0%

 
  6 votes, 4.7%

 
  4 votes, 3.1%

 
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  3 votes, 2.3%

 
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Thief of Shadows by Elizabeth Hoyt (write-in)
 
  1 vote, 0.8%

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“I'm not looking for the perfect man. I'm looking for the man whose imperfections I can put up with.”
Devon Ashley

“Shane was just leaving, too.”

“What?” he cried.

I slammed my palms flat against his body. Dear God, there were some nice ridges hiding under that shirt! My hands slid up to his pecks and pushed. “Yeah. You have to go now.”

“Are you for real?” he asked. He was slowly backing his way through the room, but it had nothing to do with the strength of my push…or lack thereof.

“Very. I can’t. I need to sleep on this.”

With a wicked smile, he flattened his hands over mine and sassed, “I’m all for you sleeping on me. Let’s go.”
Devon Ashley, Waiting On My Reason

“Just for the record, the way to a man's heart isn't through his stomach, but through the best fucking blow job ever. You want a man to be your bitch? Perfect your craft.”
Devon Ashley, Falling Upward

“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.”
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message 38: by Devon

Devon Ashley Lucinda wrote: "Dear Devon,
Thank you so much for acepting my friend request! I am delighted to have won a copy of "Nearly Mended (Nearly, #2)" and cannot wait to read & review your work!! Other books {including D..."


Hope you enjoy it. I'll be getting a shipment in next week, so it'll be going out soon.
Cheers!


message 37: by Lucinda

Lucinda Dear Devon,
Thank you so much for acepting my friend request! I am delighted to have won a copy of "Nearly Mended (Nearly, #2)" and cannot wait to read & review your work!! Other books {including DUST} are already on my TBR list!
Kind Regards
Lucinda Fountain


message 36: by Ellen

Ellen Just got Falling Away! :) Great 98 cents sale!


Christine The Dark Romance Junkie *Mafia Princess* Thanks for the invite Devon!!!


message 34: by Holly

Holly Hi Devon,

Thank you so much for linking me the quote from Falling Away! I am looking forward to reading both the Falling series and your Immortal Archives series as well! :)

- Holly
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message 33: by Devon

Devon Ashley Sri wrote: "Thanks for the request!!!
I loved ur falling series..waiting for 2nd book..
Sri.

P.S:I know that teddy is too cute..isn't it? ;)"


Just finished the halfway mark with Falling Away. :)
...I'm so envious of teddy right now.


message 32: by Radiant

Radiant Thanks for the request!!!
I loved ur falling series..waiting for 2nd book..
Sri.

P.S:I know that teddy is too cute..isn't it? ;)


message 31: by Liz

Liz Thanks for the Friendship Devon!! Happy Reading!!


message 30: by Karie

Karie Thanks for the book recommendation. I will have to check it out when its released. :)


message 29: by Sierra

Sierra Abrams Thanks for the add! :D Pride and Prejudice - awesome!


Ms. MiLo Thanks for the add Devon! Looking forward to reading your book(s) :)


Nina ♥ Hi, Devon. Thanks for the friend request! ^-^ <33


Parvathy Hi, Thanks for the friend request


~forever~ Hey! Thanks for the add:) your new cover for falling in Between is GORGEOUS


message 24: by Devon

Devon Ashley Kiki wrote: "Hey Devon, go vote for Patch on http://ya-sisterhood.blogspot.com. He is up against Ash from The Iron Fey series....aggghh, Patch is behind! We all <3 PATCH insanely so join his army and VOTE PATCH!"

DONE!!! :) I <3 Patch!


message 23: by Jenni

Jenni Hi Devon!
Thanks for the friend add.
Love your profile pic by the way, those origami birds are lovely :D
Looking forward to read your books!


message 22: by Katie

Katie Hi Devon, thankyou for the friend request, I look forward to reading your novels! :)


message 21: by Kiki

Kiki Hey Devon, go vote for Patch on http://ya-sisterhood.blogspot.com. He is up against Ash from The Iron Fey series....aggghh, Patch is behind! We all <3 PATCH insanely so join his army and VOTE PATCH!


message 20: by Amber

Amber Hughes Thanks for the invite! :-)


message 19: by Maria

Maria Thanks for the add, Devon! btw, looove your profile pic!


April (Book Geek Central) Hi thanks for the friend request!! :D


message 17: by Hannah

Hannah Hi Devon :) Thanks for the add!


message 16: by Sarah

Sarah Hi thank you for the friend request! :)


message 15: by Shanna

Shanna Thanks for the friendship :D


Michelle hey Devon, thanks for the add :)


message 13: by Holly

Holly Thanks for the friend request, Devon!! :)


message 12: by Nicole

Nicole Hey Devon. I just wanted to let you know that I have a blog now, in case you felt like checking it out. Thanks! :) http://nicoleyalover.blogspot.com/


message 11: by Devon

Devon Ashley Jessica wrote: "Just searched by your name, the only thing that came up was "The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance" here is a link to my library if you're curious, at the bottom is a list of the cities that particip..."

LOL. That one's not mine. :) I'll let you know if I get another shipment of books. Right now all I have is an uncopyedited edition so it's not suitable for a library.


message 10: by Jessica

Jessica Wirth I looked for your series at my library and they don't have it )c: If you want to send me a copy of Ordained, I can get it into circulation at my library (after I read it of course) which networks with several in the Cleveland (OH) area. I've done this for other authors, sometimes I can get the library to feature a book for summer reading or a book club. Based on circulation, they may pick up the rest of the series. Let me know if you're interested. Thanks for the friend request!!!


Eloise Thanks for the friend request Devon! :)


Malithi Heyyy Devon,Thanks for adding me


Taznim hi Devon,
thanks for the add,hope to read your book soon!!!


Tvaleros (SpadesHighReads) thank you for the book recommend (Out In Blue), read the except and im already interested and cant wait for it's release... =)
Thanks again and Happy & Safe Holidays!!


Tarra (Twilight Book Junkie) Thanks for adding me, glad to be friends and hope to read your book soon! =)


Thomas Amo Hi DEvon thanks for the comment on my interview with Renee!! Was nice to see you there.


Cheryl Landmark Thanks for accepting my friendship, Devon. I'm looking forward to reading your book "Ordained".


Thomas Amo hi Devon, thanks for the friendship!! Look forward to becoming friends!


Sangria Thanks for the friendship, Devon! :D


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