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Monday, August 27, 2012

The Progeny Series with Ashlynne Laynne

I'm happy to have the lovely Ashlynne Laynne on Labelle Books with us. Today she gives us first dibs on a picture reveal of her character, Ascher, tells us more about her Progeny Series, and we learn more about Ascher himself.

If you're in need of a new paranormal romance to read, I suggest you pick up this amazing series. It will not disappoint.

Welcome, Ashlynne!

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Ascher Rousseau: Growing Into His Destiny

The Progeny Series is about finding oneself and growing into your destiny. Ascher and Shauna’s characters change and grow from book to book. The series is also about the different types of love—a human mother’s love and sacrifice, Ascher’s love for his vampire clan, sisterhood, brotherhood, and the love of a man for a woman. It was very important to me that there be strong family bonds in this series, but one of the centrifugal threads that weaves throughout is the emergence of Ascher’s Alpha instincts.

I love books with strong kick-ass alpha heroes, but I wanted to do something completely different. Instead of the reader meeting Ascher, as he will be by the end of
the series, I wanted them to go on a journey of discovery with him. I like to think of him as an A.I.T. (Alpha in Training)

When we meet Ascher in The Progeny, he’s disgruntled and questions the reason for his existence. He feels out of step and too different from humans or vampires to comfortably fit into either world. His half-blooded existence is both a gift and a curse.

His genetic predisposition is to be a great vampire warrior, but fires need a spark. Enter Shawnette McCutchin. Shauna becomes the accelerant that feeds the embers in him, igniting his inner warrior and a passion that completely consumes him. She brings with her beauty, mystery, excitement, and a sexual force that turns him inside out. In the course of their falling in love, he begins to see himself more clearly and comes to embrace his destiny, and his confidence is born. Obstacles come at them, one after another, until Ascher’s forced to fight for his love, no matter the cost.

An alpha is born.

In the beginning, I wrote him with boyish charms and his body “more adolescent than man” because I wanted him to transform before the reader’s eyes. During the course of the series, he’ll not only change in appearance but his mannerisms, thought processes and actions will become that of a fierce warrior. Not to mention, the alpha side brings out an intense sexual drive in him that makes the love scenes more explosive.


About Ashlynne

Ashlynne Laynne has always had a soft spot in her heart for vampires but grew tired of the garlic fearing, sun-loathing creatures of old. An avid horror movie fan, she tends to enjoy media and music that is of a younger, more eclectic nature. This was the catalyst for her writing The Progeny. The vampire/witch pairing is unique and different when most books pair vampires with werewolves.

Ashlynne loves writing on the edge and teetering between the erotica and romance genres, and thinks of Ascher and Shauna as the wicked, damned version of Romeo and Juliet. She is currently working on books three and four of her Progeny Series, book one of her upcoming Rocker Series, and an untitled novella WIP. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with her family. She juggles the hats of wife, mother, full time employee and part-time writer, hoping to write full time one day soon.

Ashlynne lives in North Carolina with her husband and teenage son.

About The Progeny Series

At its core, The Progeny is simply a story about a man and woman who fall in love, and the fact that he’s a half-blood (half-human, half vampire) and she’s a Wiccan human are secondary factors. When we meet Ascher, he’s grumpy. Frankly, who could blame him? He’s engaged to seal to Ursula—a cold and careless vampire who wants nothing more than to get her hands on a bloodstone— and he feels conflicted about his existence.

All of that changes when he meets Shawnette McCutchin. She’s beautiful, intriguing and possesses some of the most potent blood that he’s ever smelled. A war immediately begins inside Ascher. He craves Shauna’s blood just as much as he craves her body and the closer they get, the
harder it is for him to control his urges. After Ascher calls off the sealing to Ursula, the trouble begins. His family’s peaceful period ends when Ursula’s army attacks the Rousseaus.

This series is about a family of which we’ve never seen before. They share a common mortal and immortal bloodline but loyalty is the thread that holds this clan together. Once you become a part of this family, the others will risk their lives to protect you. We see examples of this throughout the journey. There is no shortage of romance, steam and surprises in The Progeny Series but these books are for adults and contain adult sensuality, language and themes.

Book one of the Progeny Series—The Progeny—re-released on May 7, 2012. The “revamp” is a second edition full of extended scenes, new details and tighter editing. Book two—Blood Bonds—released July 14, 2012.

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Best wishes,
~Author Jennifer Labelle~


  1. I'm always happy to appear here at Labelle Books. I'm currently writing Blood Promise and the series is really evolving into more than I imagined. It is taking more time than I expected, but it will be so worth it. Thanks for welcoming me back again.

    1. I can't wait to continue the series. *grins* You're a fabulous writer, and I'm always happy to have you guest on my blog.


  2. I have read these books. I truly believe that someday, they will have a huge fan base and an Unbelievable following. I have been supportive of Ashlynne Laynne's Progeny, solely based on this sure belief.
    I did fall in love with Aquita Lane before that though. LOL!
    Also, Jennifer? Your spots are always so wonderful.

    1. Thank you, Wicked Leanore. It's always great to hear from you.


    2. Well, my Wicked Knightess, I do hope you're right. And yes, Jennifer's spots are always fabulous. I'm so lovin' the new look of the site. Especially since pink is my most favorite color in the world. It pained me to get rid of my pretty pink princess on my sites, but I had to do it.

  3. I've read The Progeny and loved it--I have Blood Bonds and I'm anxious to start it. I'm excited to go on the journey with Ascher!

    1. Brenda,
      You awesome doll you! Thanks for dropping by, especially since I know how busy you must be these days. I think we all are. And as for Ash's journey, it's going to get VERY interesting in book three. I get goosebumps when I think about what's coming!


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