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Monday, February 20, 2012

A Giveaway and an Interview with Ashlynne Laynne

I'd like to welcome paranormal romance author Ashlynne Laynne to Labelle Books. Today Ashlynne answers our interview questions, and gives us a sneak peek of her latest release 'The Progeny.'

“No fate other than the one I choose.” The timeless creed, and tattoo, bore by the Rousseau’s— a vampire clan with the purest bloodline of any vampire family. Out of this clandestine group came one who was different, yet the same: Ascher - a half-bloodling— half- human, half vampire.
Ascher questions the purpose for his existence and which world he truly belongs to: the human world or the vampire world. Two months from sealing to Ursula— a prearranged union to a woman he abhors — he’s at his wit’s end. He knows if he calls off the sealing, the Romanian clan will strike with deadly force, but he cannot see eternity with a cold empty shell of a woman like Ursula.
Just when he thought life was complicated enough, he meets Shauna— a beautiful, bi-racial human Wiccan — and immediately develops an unshakable attraction to her. She makes him feel alive and vital despite his origins and Ascher makes a decision that turns his immortal world upside down.


Welcome Ashlynne, how long have you been an author?
Ashlynne: I’ve been a poet and songwriter since I was twelve years old. I never thought myself patient enough to write novels. In October 2010 I got serious about my writing and decided to write about my two most favorite mythical creatures—vampires and witches.

Congratulations, what is your favourite genre?
Ashlynne: paranormal romance

I'm a huge fan of a good paranormal myself. *grins* What is the biggest surprise you’ve discovered about the writing process?
Ashlynne: I’m overwhelmed with the amount of work involved. Being an author isn’t just writing a book and sending it to a publisher to go out. Currently, I’m promoting The Progeny, dealing with the cover art for book two—Blood Bonds—and writing the third book in the series. That’s a lot of work considering I also have a family to look after and a full time job.

It certainly is, and I can relate being and author and mother myself. The Progeny sounds like a great read though, and I'll have to keep an eye out for the continuation of your series. Can you tell us about one of your current works in progress?
Ashlynne: I’m currently writing the third book in my Progeny Series and writing the first novella in my Deadly Divas Successions.

Awesome, now for a few fun questions; if you had a warning label, what would it say?
Ashlynne: Warning: mood swings and frequent bouts of crazy.

LOL, Love it!
If you could choose to time travel, would you go backward or forward, and why?
Ashlynne: I’d love to go back to the free love hippie movement. I’ve become a flower child in recent years and would love to have experienced that time in American history.

I'd like to thank Ashlynne for joining us today, for those of you who would like to learn more about Ashlynne and her work she can be reach through these links:
Twitter: @qlane
Facebook: Book Page- Ashlynne-Laynne/129418917161599
Author Page-
Author Blog:

Please enjoy the exclusive never seen before excerpt Ashlynne has provided. It's one hot read that will tempt you to want more, and don't forget to leave a comment with your email address for a chance to win a pdf copy of 'The Progency.' We'll announce a winner on February 22.

Better yet, let's make this a little more interesting...

Instead of a generic comment, answer this question:
Vampires or Witches, which do you prefer and why?


The burn deepened as he released the left breast and suckled at the right one, tweaking the other nipple with his thumb and forefinger. Her hand grasped the top of his head, raking her fingers through his wet hair. His tongue and fingertips continued teasing her, whipping her into a heated frenzy. Her breaths quickened as he pushed both breasts together, flicking his tongue across the rigid nipples.
Her heart spluttered then picked up, beating double time to make up for the pause.
She tried to speak but the sensations took her voice, leaving only pants of pleasure behind. Warm drones of electricity spiked in her body, concentrating in her nipples then pooling below. Her head was light— too light to hold her body up.
His red eyes gleamed with lust and a wicked fire that stunned her, paralyzing her body. He lifted her, whirling her across the bathroom and landing her on the black, marble countertop.
Excitement flooded her racing heart as she struggled to stay conscious. His hands explored her wet body— rubbing, caressing and stroking her all over. His tongue breached her lips, driving prickles of warmth throughout her overexcited body, causing her to squirm. His hand trailed her body, probing her with a gentle finger, pulling her bottom to the edge of the counter.
He knelt on the floor in front of her.
“Ash,” she whispered her voice rough and hoarse, “what are you doing?”
He glanced up at her, his red eyes sparkling and a naughty grin on his face. “I hurt you. Now I have to make it better. Just relax. Enjoy it.”
She attempted to speak but his eyes burned her, his head shaking, discouraging her from protesting. His hand rested on her stomach, urging her back against the mirror.
He dove right in.
His lips nibbled her sensitive bud, his tongue encircling it in slow and careful sweeps. She quivered. He opened her wider, burying his face into her. The loud moans synchronized with the wild thrusting of her hips.
Her excitement was cresting.
His tongue twisted, twirled, and did wicked things that no human’s tongue should be capable of. Her hazy and incoherent mind remembered that he wasn’t an ordinary human. It was so easy to forget.
He was exceptional at pleasuring her.
A hot flush colored her thighs red with a love blush as her heart soared. She struggled to draw air into her heated body, the tingling and throbbing peaking inside of her.
Her hips spiraled against his face as his tongue stirred her body into convulsions, her eyes rolling in her head.
He gave her a smug smile, continuing to lap her until she pushed his head away. “I surrender!” She leaned back against the mirror, struggling to catch her breath while raking her fingers through his damp hair.
He came up, kissed her then whispered, “Better?”
“You have no idea,”

Best wishes,
~Author Jennifer Labelle~


  1. You ask hard questions :( So which do I prefer? Well witches are fun with all that magic to play with but I guess in the end I prefer Vampires. Smoldering, sexy, bite me, Vampires :D

  2. Great answer, ilona. Witch's or Vampires? Choosing between the two is a hard question to ask. I personally love them both, and when there's a witch/vampire combo I'm in reader's paradise. I love paranormal romances. :-)

    Thank you for stopping by with a comment.

  3. Thanks for dropping in, Ilona. I love both vampires and witches but I have to agree with you. Vampires with mass sex appeal are the best. Ascher will grow into his alpha male role during the series. As his relationship with Shauna grows, their individual characters will transform. And trust me, the excerpt today doesn't hold a candle to what's coming! They definitely get more "comfortable" with one another. My husband and I have a running joke that The Progeny Series will be Erotica before the last book. Come to think of it, he may be right! :)
    Hope you enjoyed the excerpt and interview.

  4. Ashlynn Laynee is a new author for me; I look forward in reading her works.

    Vampires all the way! I like the idea how they have "lived through and experienced" history. Can you imaging living for 200 years and seeing and experiencing all the world's changes?

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

    1. Thanks for dropping by, Tracey. The Progeny is my first novel and I'm really proud of how it's turned out. I'm a little partial to both vampires and witches. I thought a witch and vampire would make for an interesting couple. I agree that vampires are cool. I tried to bring a little of the turn of the century to Ascher's mannerisms and dialogue. He's essentially an old soul trapped in a twenty year old's body.

  5. I prefer vampires. I think they are hot and sexy. They can bite me anytime. PLease enter me in contest.

    1. Ha ha, Tore. I so agree. In the book I use biting and the consumption of blood as more than just a way for Ash to feed. It takes on a very erotic meaning for the couple. I've always thought of it as something that should be sensual and not a means of changing someone or to kill them. My vampires don't feed on humans to kill them. This will also play out later in the series. Thank you so much for stopping by!

  6. I have to say vampires. they are so damn sexy, edgy, and primal.

    Excellent interview. And I've read The Progeny and can hardly wait for book 2!

    1. Brenda,
      Yes they are. While my Ash is an alpha in the making, I know a certain other vampire named Mel who is 100% gorgeous, alpha male. What do you think Mel and Ascher would talk about if they could meet? What naughty things would Shauna and Breeana share about their men? wandering mind wonders. Thanks for dropping in!

  7. I have heard some fabulous things about this new author! She will certainly be a success!The cover is wonderful and unique and from the great excerpts I've read, the books looks awesome as well. Keep them coming, Ms. Laynne

    1. Leanore,
      I love the cover, too. I wanted it to be different than anything else out there (seems to be a recurring theme of mine).My cover artist is ridiculously talented. And believe it or not, this was her first ever cover! She's busy working hard on the cover for Blood Bonds and doing some other projects. I'd say that I'd relay your compliment but she has my tour schedule, so I'm sure she'll pop in! Thanks for dropping by!

  8. Ashlynne,

    Great interview! I just bought your book! Best of luck to you on your blog tour.

    Sandy :o)

    1. Thanks for dropping in, Sandy. And thanks for the support. I count my blessings daily that I am growing such a devoted following. The tour is going fantastic. So well in fact, that I've booked two professional ones right on top of this one! After the tours, I'll take a few weeks to regroup, then it'll be time for book two to drop in June. I'm busy and have never been more happy!

  9. thank you for the great post today. for me it has to be vampires. the reason is very simple really. in 1979 when i saw my very 1st "horror" movie ever, it was Dracula starring Frank Langella. it was the most romantic and hottest thing i had ever seen up to that point and i have been a Dracula groupie ever since. all other vamps come in a close 2nd followed by werewolves and other supernaturals.

    tammy ramey

    1. Thanks for stopping in, Tammy. My favorite vampire would have to be, Brad Pitt in Interview With the Vampire. He's so gorgeous and he was even more gorgeous in that role. Gary Oldman in Bram Stoker's Dracula is a close second.

  10. Choosing between vampires and witches? That's a hard one. (Almost a tie.) But, I'll have to say that I'd prefer a witch (or warlock). Why? Because it's more likely than being involved with a vampire; because you can still go out in the sunlight; you can still eat food {rather than blood}; and casting spells would be a neat ability.

    Lea Ellen {night owl in IL}

    1. Thanks for stopping in, Lea Ellen. Those are some very good reasons! :)

  11. Forgot to mention that this sounds like a great book! I was also wondering if it'll be available in print in the future? (I'm a die-hard print gal.)

    Lea Ellen {night owl in IL}

    1. Lea Ellen,
      My publisher is primarily an e-pub but maybe if it sells well, I may be able to convince them to start a print press for it!

  12. ~Congratulations ilona~

    You were chosen as todays winner on Labelle Books. Thank you all for commenting. I hope you'll visit again sometime.

    Best wishes,


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