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Release Day Guest Post, Excerpt, and Giveaway: A Forced Silence by Cate Ashwood


We’re so pleased to welcome author Cate Ashwood today, on the tour for her new novel A Forced Silence. Enjoy the sneak peek from the book, and also be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter for the chance to win an e-book from Cate’s backlist and a $25 Amazon Gift Card.

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I am so excited to be here at The Novel Approach today. Thank you so much for having me!

Today is release day and I want to tell you a story about my cousin (no, really, it was my cousin). When he was a kid, his family decided they were going to take him to Disneyland. For a kid, nothing is a bigger deal than Disneyland, right? So they drive to the park, and everyone is super excited to get inside. They park the car, everyone gets out, and my cousin is so excited, he promptly vomits in the parking lot (he’s now 40 and still hasn’t lived this down).

Release day is a little bit like that for me. I am not one of those authors who forgets they have a book coming out. It’s marked on my calendar (unnecessarily, because the dates are seared into my brain) and I have butterflies in my stomach the whole day. When it gets to be close to 9:00 (midnight on the east coast), I sit at my laptop and refresh the new releases page over and over until I see my book pop into view. And then I feel like I am going to puke.

It’s totally the best.

There’s really nothing like seeing my book released into the world. It’s terrifying and exhilarating, and I am addicted to the rush. I can’t imagine a time when it won’t be just as thrilling.

So here’s to celebrating release day for Adam and Sam! Happy Birthday, Boys!


ForcedSilence[A]FSBlurb: For paramedic Adam Carson, his world is lights and sirens and saving lives. Pressures at work keep him firmly in the closet, and life is too busy to contend with the complications that come with dating and relationships. When a familiar face from his past turns up where he least expects it, Adam starts to question whether or not there is room in his life for those complications.

The last person forensic pathologist Sam McKenna expects to see at pub night is Adam, the guy who made his life hell in high school. The attraction is instant, but Adam isn’t gay and Sam has no interest in pursuing him. Still, the leftover animosity from their teenage years isn’t enough to extinguish the lust growing between them. After both are called to the scene of a horrific murder, Adam admits he’s not as straight as he led Sam to believe and they seek comfort and distraction in each other’s arms. One night becomes many as the murder investigation intensifies, but when Adam is faced with losing Sam, he is forced to make a choice: to break his silence, or to give up everything for the job he loves.

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Excerpt: “Adam, John, this is Sam. Sam, these are two of the city’s ugliest heroes, John and Adam.” Ford made the introductions as John slid into a chair across from him, lifting his head in greeting.

Sam swallowed hard, barely registering anything other than the man still standing in front of him. Adam Carson. He watched as recognition dawned in Adam’s eyes and a slow smirk appeared on his face. It was the same familiar cocky expression he wore when Sam knew him a billion years earlier.

“You sure have grown up, Dexter,” Adam said, exercising the nickname he had used for him all through school.

Sam lifted one eyebrow. “It seems you haven’t.”

“You two know each other?” Ford asked, eyebrows lifted in question.

“Oh, me and Dex go way back,” Adam supplied, never taking his eyes off Sam.


Sam rolled his eyes. Ford was his friend, but that didn’t mean he wanted to rehash the shit that happened back in high school. That name was one that haunted him right through the twelfth grade. When he moved, he tucked it safely away, but tonight, it seemed, it had followed him.

“Long story,” Adam said. “It’s good to see you. It’s been a long time.”

Sam nodded politely and tried to turn his attention away. He’d known Adam a lifetime ago. Sam wasn’t the same person he had been in his fragile teen years. Long gone was the shell of brittle aloofness that covered the core of deep insecurity. He had learned to be proud of who he was, and he owned it in every way.

But he’d be fucked if the familiar feelings of self-doubt didn’t set in the moment he realized it was Adam Carson strutting across the room toward them. He was always good looking, but since Sam had seen him last—graduation day—he’d definitely matured, physically at least. The handsome teenager had transformed into the type of man who oozed masculinity, his laid-back confidence potent enough that Sam could practically taste it from where he was sitting. The jeans Adam wore fit low and snug around his hips, and his soft gray T-shirt was tight enough for him to make out the well-toned muscles beneath it. Sam’s stomach fluttered as he felt Adam’s gaze bore into him.

Agreeing to let Ford drag him out was quickly becoming the worst move he’d made in a very long time.


Cate AshwoodAbout the Author: Cate Ashwood wrote her very first story in a hot pink binder when she was in the second grade and found her passion for writing. Her first successful foray into romance writing came five years later when she wrote her best friend, who was experiencing a case of unrequited love, her own happily ever after.

Cate’s life has taken a number of different and adventurous roads. She now lives a stone’s throw from the ocean, just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia with her husband, son, and two cats. Her life is filled with family and friends, travel, and, of course, books.

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4 Stars, Cate Ashwood, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed By Carrie

Review: Tasting Notes by Cate Ashwood



Title: Tasting Notes

Author: Cate Ashwood

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 200 Pages

At a Glance: This is the first book in a new series for Cate Ashwood, and I am looking forward to the next installment!

Reviewed By: Carrie

Blurb: There’s nothing that can’t be solved over a glass of excellent wine.

Joseph “West” Weston has paid for his wealth and success with long hours at the office and no personal life to speak of. Meetings, conference calls, and paperwork dominate his waking hours and have kept him from honoring the promise he made to his late grandfather years before.

After leaving the Marines, Robert “Rush” Coeman returns to his hometown and settles in as a Christmas tree farmer. His life is quiet and simple, and he likes it that way. When West arrives in town and buys Rush’s parents’ vineyard on a whim, that simple life is turned upside down. The animosity between them is palpable, but Rush shelves his preconceived notions in order to protect his parents’ legacy. He agrees to help West learn how to run the vineyard, and Rush soon realizes that love doesn’t necessarily come in the package he expected.


Review: Joseph “West” Weston is a thirty-five-year-old venture capitalist, a man who has given everything he has to his job. Owning your own firm at such a young age is quite a feat, and it has made him a billionaire but left him wrung out and empty.

West’s grandfather meant everything to him as the old navy seadog raised him after his parents died when West was young.  When his grandfather died, West makes a promise to himself to scatter his grandfather’s ashes in the ocean – a promise he hasn’t fulfilled because he has been too busy at work. West is headed for a breakdown, and after witnessing a man die of a heart attack at lunch one day, he can’t take it anymore. Loading his one pair of jeans and his grandfather’s ashes into his Ferrari, he heads to the coast to finally pay homage to the man that raised him. When West stops in Canyon Creek, he feels a pull to the little town, and suddenly, he can’t leave. On the spur of the moment and for sentimental reasons, he buys the small boutique winery of Lennox Hill.

Lennox Hill winery has been in Rush’s family for generations. Dumfounded that his parents would sell it without his knowledge, he is irate at the man who bought it – even though he’d told his parents years ago that he didn’t want it. Retiring from the Marine Corps has left Rush with wounds that refuse to heal, and the little Christmas tree farm he owns gives him all the peace he now needs. But Rush is angry, a bit of a hothead, and when West comes knocking and asking for help with the winery, Rush is an ass. Snap judgements are one of his failings, and he has decided that West is just a spoiled rich prick who is going to ruin what his parents worked their whole lives to build.

Tasting Notes is an enemies-to-lovers tale, even though there is never really any mutual animosity – it is all one way, flowing from Rush to West. I have to say that I had a real problem with Rush at the beginning of this book, and it never really resolved itself in my mind. He never gets around to fully apologizing, just explaining why he has the reaction he does. West is an amazing character, even though at times he is rather immature emotionally, not a characteristic you would expect from such a successful venture capitalist. They begin with a fragile friendship, working the vines, and when the explosion comes it is worth it.

This book is hardcore romance from that point forward. West is a sweetly vulnerable character, and Rush needs that to help heal old wounds from his past. The scene where West scatters his grandfather’s ashes was incredibly written, and the love and caring just pour from the page. The journey toward the HEA is not easy for these two men, but the vignettes that the author draws for us really paint a picture of two men willing to go the distance to be with each other and make their love work.

I would recommend this book for all romance lovers out there. Yes, I had some issues with it, but they were not enough to detract from the enjoyment of the story as a whole. This is the first book in a new series for Cate Ashwood, and I am looking forward to the next installment!






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4 Stars, Cate Ashwood, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Sammy, Self-Published

Release Day Review: Bloom Box by Cate Ashwood

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Title: Bloom Box (Heartsville)

Author: Cate Ashwood

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 61 Pages

At a Glance: Bloom Box is a delightful addition to this collection.

Reviewed By: Sammy

Blurb: If there’s one thing William Sullivan knows less about than how to run a business, it’s flowers. When Will is left carrying responsibility for the flower shop he’d leased for his cheating ex-boyfriend, he is sure it will lead him into financial ruin.

Just when he’s about to abandon all hope, in walks Milo Hart—young, overflowing with energy, and perhaps best of all, a genius when it comes to flowers. Will hires him on the spot and they begin a working partnership that might be Will’s only saving grace. The more time they spend together, the more Will’s feelings for Milo evolve and Will must choose between keeping things strictly business, or taking a chance to let love bloom.


Review: Will is adrift in more ways than one. He has lost a man he thought would be his forever in a heartbreaking revelation of cheating and lies. Left behind with a building in desperate need of a facelift, a floral business that he knew nothing about, and was now somehow expected to launch, and a heart that needed some serious mending, Will is not sure which way to turn next. Then Milo arrives and with more than a little flower know-how, and heaps of infectious good will, he slowly transforms both the shop and Will. Despite the age difference this rose was bound to bloom, and Will could only hold on tight as the spark between him and Milo grew and grew.

Cate Ashwood delivers another sweet romance direct from Heartsville. With Bloom Box, this author solidifies the idea that this imaginary town is the place to visit if one is looking for romance. More than a little healing also takes place in this story as Will begins to come back from a horrid breakup and realizes that, just maybe, a May/December affair is not too shabby a thing to let happen in his life. Milo is like a giant puppy dog at first glance. However, before long the author adds dimensions to both characters that make them more realistic and terribly appealing.

Bloom Box is a delightful addition to this collection. With just a hint of angst, we are drawn into a world where love can happen only if we allow it. Will resists as best as he can, but Milo is determined to have his man. When these two finally embrace their feelings for each other, this story takes flight and offers up a tender love affair between two lovely men.





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3 Stars, Cate Ashwood, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Jackie

Review: Thirty Things by Cate Ashwood

Title: Thirty Things

Author: Cate Ashwood

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 210 Pages

At a Glance: This book just didn’t do it for me.

Reviewed By: Jackie

Blurb: All their lives, Finn and Nate have been inseparable, sharing everything, and when a childhood accident left Finn broken, Nate stood by his side as all his other friends left. After all their years together, there’s one secret Finn still hasn’t revealed: he has been in love with Nate since they were eight years old. Hiding his feelings for twenty-one years—terrified of what might happen if Nate ever found out—has been difficult, but losing his best friend would be worse than living with a bad case of unrequited love. Unfortunately for Finn, Nate doesn’t make it easy.

Nate believes there are some things that just have to be done before your thirtieth birthday. As a gift to Finn, he plans an adventure to check off a list of thirty things to experience before hitting that milestone. Starting in Crawfordsville, Indiana, they tour the country, trying new things and meeting interesting new people. Nate’s having the time of his life, but he can tell Finn is holding something back. As the days count down, navigating the back roads suddenly seems easier than figuring out where their relationship is heading.

One thing’s for certain. There will be no turning back.


Review: Cate Ashwood is one of my go-to authors when I want a feel good read with just the right amount of angst. When I saw this book on the list for review, I was excited and couldn’t wait to read it. I mean, really, who doesn’t love a great friend-to-lovers story that includes a super-cool road trip?

The book begins by laying out Finn and Nate’s relationship. Basically, these two have been best friends since they were eight. Since then, Finn has had a severe case of unrequited love for Nate. Finn has kept a lid on his feelings the entire time they have been besties, but it’s getting harder for him as time goes on.

When Finn decides to put some space between himself and Nate, right before his thirtieth birthday, he is shocked when it seems Nate is doing the same thing. The last thing Finn expects is for Nate to be putting space between them also. It turns out there isn’t any terrible reason for this space, just Nate planning a great surprise for Finn’s big three-oh. The two friends are going on a road trip! The best part of this road trip is the fact there are thirty envelopes for Finn to open, one for each day of the trip, basically. Personally, I thought this was an ingenious idea for a birthday trip. Finn and Nate got to do so many fun things they may not have done otherwise. Color me a bit jealous on that one.

The biggest shock to Finn comes early on in the trip…Nate kisses him! The kiss, of course, leads to more, and soon they are in a full on relationship. Up to this point I was completely loving this book. Unfortunately, what followed didn’t really work for me. Now, the writing was wonderful, but I just didn’t feel like the characters were consistent with their personalities from the beginning.

Nate is a details guy, made clear by the to-the-smallest-detail planning he did for the trip, but he and Finn don’t talk about what’s going on between them at all, until Finn flips his lid and they get in an argument. Also, after twenty-some years of friendship, Nate is just now telling Finn he is either gay or bi? Seemed strange to me. Add in the fact that Nate brought home women to have sex in the room right next door to the man he professes to have loved for years? It just didn’t jibe for me.

The premise of Thirty Things was great, the writing was definitely good, but unfortunately I couldn’t get past some of the characters’ behaviors to really enjoy the story. There were some great parts to this novel, and even a little forgiveness for a nemesis from Finn’s youth. I am still a huge fan of Ms. Ashwood’s work, and I will definitely be reading any books she writes in the future, but this book just didn’t do it for me.


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The Past Doesn’t Stay In The Past In “Five Ways a Boy Can Break Your Heart”

“Where words leave off, music begins.” ― Heinrich Heine

Title: Five Ways a Boy Can Break Your Heart

Author: Cate Ashwood & Skylar M. Cates

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 116 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: When Trey and Liam meet in boarding school, they couldn’t be more different. Liam is a classical violinist with a scholarship, and Trey is a punk rocker with famous parents. Despite their conflicting backgrounds, they hit it off and bond over their love of music. But after spending every waking hour together, Liam is devastated when Trey leaves school without an explanation. Worse yet, Trey capitalizes on a song they wrote together.
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“Five Ways a Boy Can Break Your Heart” – Number One: Unrequited Love – But A Giveaway Could Make It Better

Hello! And thank you so much for having us here today. We are so excited to be making this stop on our blog tour for Five Ways a Boy Can Break Your Heart. I’m Cate Ashwood and I am half of the team that wrote it.

When Skylar and I were brainstorming ideas for this story, one of the first thoughts that came to mind was unrequited love. We knew we wanted the boys in love with one another right from the get-go, but neither one would know about the other’s feelings.

The reason we wanted to go in that direction is because it is so universal for people. I think everyone has, at some point, experienced it. Who doesn’t have a story of falling madly in love with someone who never returned their feelings? It’s a horrible and wonderful thing all at the same time.

My first case was in the first grade. His name was Jeffrey, he had red hair, and liked airplanes. I was head over heels for this boy. I would try to sit near him at circle time and I would be close by through recess and lunch breaks. And as starry-eyed as I was over him, he never noticed me. I was heartbroken.

Although he will always hold a special place in my heart, I did eventually get over Jeffrey . It took many candy necklaces and multiple bowls of bubblegum ice cream, but I was able to move on. For Trey and Liam in Five Ways a Boy Can Break Your Heart, it wasn’t so simple. When they are kids, studying music together at boarding school, Trey and Liam are in love with one another, but those feelings are never spoken. Seven years later, the feelings Liam and Trey have for one another have intensified, but there is a gauze-thin line between love and hate.

Here’s the official blurb:

When Trey and Liam meet in boarding school, they couldn’t be more different. Liam is a classical violinist with a scholarship, and Trey is a punk rocker with famous parents. Despite their conflicting backgrounds, they hit it off and bond over their love of music. But after spending every waking hour together, Liam is devastated when Trey leaves school without an explanation. Worse yet, Trey capitalizes on a song they wrote together.

Seven years later, they bump into each other at a charity benefit in New York. Old sparks fly, but Liam hasn’t quite recovered from the pain Trey caused. Liam doesn’t know if any explanation Trey can offer will be enough, or if he can find it in his heart to forgive the only man he’s ever really loved.

And here’s a quick little snippet from the first chapter:

LIAM LET his heavy backpack slide off his shoulder and to the ground with a dull thump. He kicked it to the side before flopping himself down on Trey’s bed. Loosening the knot in his tie, he leaned back against the wall, careful not to catch the corner of a NoFX poster tacked haphazardly to it.

“The next two months are going to be epic,” Trey said, sitting down at his desk and rifling through a stack of CDs on the shelf. “The summer concert, the end of the year dance, and then… sweet freedom. I’m getting out of this place, and I’m going to spend my summer watching half-naked girls tanning on the beaches of Morocco. My mother just called today with the news.”

“Yeah, that’s great,” Liam agreed, not really meaning it. He hated summer. It was too hot, and he actually liked school. He was lucky enough to be enrolled at Kingston Academy, one of the top boarding schools in the country. Without classes, there wasn’t much chance for him to play violin. Summer was for working, usually at some lousy fast food place, and worse than all of that, Trey always left.

Trey held up a handful of CDs, fanning them out so Liam could see the covers. “Which one?” he asked.

“That one,” Liam said, pointing to the Strokes CD in the middle, knowing it was Trey’s favorite.

“Great choice,” Trey said, almost proudly. He stacked the rest of the CDs back on the shelf, then opened the case and carefully removed the disc. He placed it in the CD player and pressed the lid closed. Before Trey had a chance to hit the play button, David Thomlinson and Jason Wallace came toward Trey’s room, their donkey-like laughter rolling through the open door.

Liam tried not to cringe as they neared, hoping they wouldn’t notice him there. The last thing he needed was to remind them that he and Trey were friends. His heart still stung with what he’d overheard the day before.

David and Jason had been walking toward McLeod Hall and hadn’t noticed Liam walking behind them. Liam’s ears had perked up hearing his name.

“I don’t understand why Trey bothers to hang out with Liam Montgomery,” Jason had said. “Liam’s such a tool and everyone knows he’s a complete charity case. His dad’s a fucking mechanic.”

“Yeah, I know. I heard the only reason he got in here was because his aunt works on the board and she pulled strings to get him funding. If I were Trey, I’d be embarrassed to be seen hanging around with him.”

Liam had hung back, ducking sideways and taking a different route to his next class. He knew he was a charity case, but still, it hurt to hear the other guys in his class talking about it. Once or twice, he’d even wondered the same thing about Trey. Trey was so perfect. Perfect skin, perfect blue eyes, and a smooth voice that could make any girl melt. Even his spiky Mohawk, which Liam knew would look silly on his own head, gave Trey a fierce sort of beauty. If there was anyone who could be said to have it all, it was Trey.

It went beyond his good looks. As the son of the president and CEO of a major tech company, he and his mom flew all over the world. He was incredibly talented, too. It had been so much simpler when they were younger. An easy friendship had begun and had continued, until recently when doubts began to creep in.

What did Liam bring to the table? Not a whole lot.

Liam’s head snapped to the side when Jason knocked on the open door.

“Hey, man,” Jason said, leaning against the frame.

Trey turned toward Jason, but his gaze was still fixed on the CD player as he answered him.

“Hey,” he replied, sounding disinterested.

“Whatcha doin’?”

“Nothing. Just hanging out.”

Jason noticed Liam sitting on Trey’s bed. He glared at him, the corner of his mouth lifting in an unattractive sneer. “With him?” he scoffed. “We’re heading to the caf if you wanted to come.”

“No thanks,” Trey said, finally looking up from the CD player. “We’re kinda busy.”

“But… I thought you said you weren’t doing anything,” Jason argued.

Liam watched as Trey’s eyes flashed with something he couldn’t quite place. Trey crossed the room and gripped the edge of his door.

“I’d rather do nothing with him, than anything with you,” Trey said. Jason scrambled to move out of the way of the closing door as Trey slammed it. Happiness blossomed in Liam’s belly at Trey’s words. He still had no idea why Trey would want to spend time with him over anyone else, but he wasn’t going to argue.

Without saying a word, Trey walked back across the room to his CD player and set the disc spinning. Liam didn’t say anything either. The understanding that they were best friends and no one else would come between them sunk into Liam’s bones. The music soon filled the tiny dorm room, cocooning them in sound.

Skylar’s Bio:

Skylar M. Cates loves a good romance. She is quite happy to drink some coffee, curl up with a good book, and not move all day. Most days, however, Skylar is chasing after her husband, her kids, and her giant dog, Wasabi. Skylar dreams about spending her days writing her novels, walking along the beach, and making more time for her good friends. On a shoestring budget, Skylar has traveled all over in her early years. Although, lately, the laundry room is the farthest place she has visited, Skylar still loves to chat with people from all around the globe.

Skylar can be found on Facebook, Goodreads, or her website.

Cate’s Bio:

Cate Ashwood wrote her very first story in a hot-pink binder when she was in the second grade and found her passion for writing. Her first successful foray into romance writing came five years later when she wrote her best friend, who was experiencing a case of unrequited love, her own happily ever after.

Cate’s life has taken a number of different and adventurous roads. She now lives a stone’s throw from the ocean, just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia with her husband and two cats. Her life is filled with family and friends, travel, and, of course, books.

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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Hi, everyone, I hope you’ve all had a great week, and are looking forward to good things in the week to come.

Speaking of great weeks, we’ve got one coming up here at TNA: guest authors, blog tours, giveaways, and, of course, lots of reviews. Here’s a look at who and what’s on tap for the week ahead:

MondayCate Ashwood and Skylar M. Cates make The Novel Approach a stop on their Five Ways a Boy Can Break Your Heart Blog Tour, with an article about and exclusive excerpt from the book, and there’ll be a giveway.

TuesdayAlgenon Lusch stops by on his Seeing DOUBLE Blog Tour, and he’ll be offering a giveaway of the book.

Brita Addams is also here for her monthly visit, with an article that’s near and dear to my heart.

WednesdayRhys Ford pops back in on the Clockwork Tangerine Blog Tour, and ::bad pun warning:: gears up for a great and totally unique giveaway.

ThursdayIndra Vaughn stops in today on The House on Hancock Hill Blog Tour, and she’s offering a giveaway of the book.

FridayJaime Reese drops by on the A Better Man Blog Tour and will be offering a giveaway of the book.

Jess Faraday will also be our guest today on her Turnbull House Blog Tour, and she’ll be giving away the two book set of the series, The Affair of the Porcelain Dog and Turnbull House, either Print or E-book (reader’s choice), to one winner.

Saturday – Author Johnny Williams dances his way to TNA to introduce his new book, Klub Kids, and give away an e-copy.

Sunday – To round out the week, A.F. Henley flies by on the Second Star to the Right Blog Tour, with an interview and a chance for one lucky reader to win an e-copy of the book.

Have a great week, and happy reading!

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Cate Ashwood’s “Ironhearted” Is A Wonderful Third In The Hope Cove Trilogy

“Once you want something, everything changes.” – Ally Condie

Title: Ironhearted (Hope Cove: Book Three)

Author: Cate Ashwood

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 200

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Haydn Prescott stood by and watched his friends fall in love, something he hopes never happens to him. It’s too much drama, thankyouverymuch. He just wants a hot guy to roll around with every once in a while. No muss, no fuss. Out for a night of dancing, he meets Trevor Ryan and the two are explosive together. The next morning, Haydn wakes up alone.
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Cate Ashwood’s “Wholehearted” Is An Enchanting Tale

“Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice.” ― William Jennings Bryan

Title: Wholeheartedly (Hope Cove #2)

Author: Cate Ashwood

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 208

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: Officer Declan Grant responds to a call at the Hope Cove docks to find Lucas Hale barely alive after being beaten and tossed off his fishing boat. The violent crime rocks this tranquil community where everyone knows each other and doors are rarely locked. Despite Declan being new to Hope Cove, he wants to keep his new home and Lucas safe. He starts by volunteering to care for Lucas after he’s released from the hospital.
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Please Welcome Cate Ashwood On The “Ironhearted” Blog Tour – And There’s A Giveaway!

Thank you so much for hosting me here again today! It has been such an amazing few months of releases and I really am so very excited to be here today to talk about the last book in the Hope Cove series, Ironhearted.

This book follows Haydn, who is Oliver’s business partner from Book 1. He’s a little wilder than the other guys and convinces them to go with him to the next town over to dance at a club. A few minutes after they get there, Haydn spots Trevor across the room and there is an instant connection between them. They end up going to a hotel together where they spend the night er… getting to know one another a little better. Haydn is in lust with this guy, but knows it’s a one-time thing. A while later, who walks into the bakery back in Hope Cove, but Trevor. Only he’s not alone. He’s with a woman and a kid.

This book was the most fun to write, and it is by far my favourite. I love Haydn, but more than that, I got to visit with Oliver and Mack and Declan and Lucas from Book 2. It was nice to be able to see them again and check in on how they were doing.

All through the series I was looking forward to writing this one though because Haydn is my favourite (but don’t tell the other guys). I love how sassy and funny he is, but at the same time, he’s scared shitless. It makes him endearing for me. And Trevor just balances him out. He’s overbearing and sweet and just so perfect for him. I loved being able to give these two their happily ever after.

I’m sad to be leaving Hope Cove, but it was so much fun while it lasted.


Official Blurb:

Haydn Prescott stood by and watched his friends fall in love, something he hopes never happens to him. It’s too much drama, thankyouverymuch. He just wants a hot guy to roll around with every once in a while. No muss, no fuss. Out for a night of dancing, he meets Trevor Ryan and the two are explosive together. The next morning, Haydn wakes up alone.

Trevor is gone and Haydn thinks he’s seen the last of him… until months later when Trevor walks into Haydn’s bakery in Hope Cove. Entanglements and complications ooze from Trevor, but Haydn can’t ignore him—Trevor won’t let him. Haydn always believed he wanted to be free and single forever, but now he’s torn: does he want to be with Trevor or should he play it safe and stick to what’s worked?

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“PUT YOUR fucking cell phone away, Oliver. Mack’s got Maggie. She’s fine,” Haydn whined.

“Cut him some slack, dude. It’s the first night away from his kid. Of course he’s gonna be a freak about it,” Lucas countered.

“The two of you can kiss my ass. I’m just making sure Mack remembered she needs her bunny before bed.”

“Tonight is not about bunnies and babies. Tonight is about getting me laid,” Haydn said as he flicked the visor down and used the miniature mirror to touch up his eyeliner. “It’s been way too long since I’ve been good and fucked, and if you two are proper wingmen, we can find some beautiful man to take me home and I will be far less of a bitch in the near future.”

“Well, if that’s the case, consider us Goose and Iceman.”

“Is that some sort of weird hetero reference I’m not getting?”

Lucas looked at him with disdain. “Hetero reference. I have more gay sex than you do, asshole. It’s from Top Gun.”

“Is that a movie?”

“Jesus Christ, Haydn. Did you grow up in a cardboard box? Everyone’s seen Top Gun. Hot guys in fighter jets? Tom Cruise?”

“Hmmm, I’ll put it on my to-see list. In the meantime, how’s my hair?” he asked, pulling the dark curl at the front down in front of his eyes.

“Looks fine, I guess,” Oliver chimed in. “You didn’t wanna go with one length?”

Haydn shot him a dirty look. “It’s not like I have a fucking mullet. Shorter on the sides and longer on top is very in right now. Not that you’d know. You’re one step away from mom jeans.”

“I’d rather be seen in mom jeans than the tinfoil hot pants you’re currently sporting,” Oliver retorted.

“You’re the worst homo ever. How’d you even get your gay card? I assumed silver hot pants were a requirement.”

“Only for whores.”

Haydn shrugged, “Fair enough.”

THEY ARRIVED at the club a few minutes later. The bass from the music was loud enough to vibrate the inside of Lucas’s car as they pulled into the parking lot. Haydn shimmied in his seat, his red leather jacket making little rustling noises with the movements.

They walked across the parking lot with Haydn leading, anxious to get inside the club and dance. They paid their cover, and Haydn darted out ahead of his friends, skipping straight onto the dance floor. He fell into the gyrating rhythm of the music immediately. He lived for dancing. Hope Cove, where he, Lucas, and Oliver lived, was too small for a club. They had to drive half an hour out of town to go, so they didn’t go often. It was the one single thing Haydn didn’t like about living in Hope Cove. There was no place to dance.

He scanned the room, evaluating his prospects. There were some pretty boys over by the bathroom, no doubt waiting for hookups. It was a possibility if Haydn hadn’t found anything better before it was getting close to closing, but for now, he preferred to keep his options open. He looked back toward the door where his friends were still standing. Silly boys. They were wasting time. Although, if Haydn had a hot man at home he supposed he wouldn’t be all that eager to fling himself into the fray either.

He spun around, running his hands down his bare torso. His hips swayed back and forth, driven by the steady beat of the music. He let the sound surge through him, feeling like the low vibrations of the beat were triggering his own heartbeat. His body was flanked on all sides by other bodies, as men and women dry-fucked on the dance floor. The song changed then, the music becoming darker, sexier.
Slowly, his gaze settled on a man sitting at the bar. He watched as the man signaled the bartender and gave his order, turning and leaning with both elbows on the bar as he waited. The man surveyed the room before his eyes locked on Haydn. He licked his lips, causing Haydn to experience a sudden rush of blood downward. He was so fucking horny, and the way the guy was looking at him made him hungrier, more desperate for that release.

The bartender returned and slid the beer across the wooden counter with one hand. The stranger brought the bottle to his mouth and tipped it back to let the frigid liquid flow down his throat.
Fuck. Me. Haydn thought. Where were his wingmen when he needed them? He dipped and swayed around, and spotted them still by the door, watching him dance. Quirking his head, he motioned for them to follow him to the bar. When he was flanked on either side by his friends, he made his way over to the long bar. He intentionally ignored the man seated to their left, focusing instead on the bartender. He could feel the man’s eyes on him though, caressing him, scorching his already heated skin.

He knew how he looked; like spandex wrapped sex. He was average height, but he took care of himself. It made for a great visual when the fabric hugged his slender body in all the right places. It left nothing to the imagination, and Haydn liked it that way.

He leaned on the polished wooden counter, resting one foot on the base of a stool and arching his back, thrusting his ass out. Shameless? Maybe, but he wasn’t taking any chances. The guy watching him was fucking hot, and it wasn’t beneath Haydn to resort to dirty tricks to get what he wanted.
Haydn motioned for the bartender to take their orders and lifted himself on tiptoes, bending himself over the counter to talk into the man’s ear. He ordered a gummy worm martini for him and two coronas for Oliver and Lucas. So fucking dull.

The bartender placed their drinks on the bar and Oliver paid him. Haydn picked up his glass filled with bright green liquid and threw it back, downing it all in one shot. He returned the glass to the bar and dug into it with long fingers, pulling a gummy worm from the bottom. He locked eyes with the man who was still watching him as he sucked half of it into his mouth, pulled it back out and curled his tongue around to catch the end. The man looked like he was going to come in his jeans just from watching Haydn eat a fucking piece of candy.

He didn’t move though, just sat there watching, his dark blue eyes hungry as he waited until Haydn had pushed the empty glass to the side. He strode over to him, mindless of Oliver and Lucas. The man crowded close, pressing their bodies together, trapping Haydn against the bar.

“Dance with me,” he said, the tone of his voice leaving little room for disagreement, not that there would have been any. At all.

Author Bio:

Cate Ashwood wrote her very first story in a hot pink binder when she was in the second grade and found her passion for writing. Her first successful foray into romance writing came five years later when she wrote her best friend, who was experiencing a case of unrequited love, her own happily ever after.

Cate’s life has taken a number of different and adventurous roads. She now lives a stone’s throw from the ocean, just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia with her husband and two cats. Her life is filled with family and friends, travel, and, of course, books.

Cate loves to hear from readers. You can find her at:

Website | Blog | Email | Facebook |Twitter



Cate Ashwood, Dreamspinner Press

Cate Ashwood “Wholehearted”-ly Wants To Give Away A Book!

Thank you so much for having me here today! I am happy to be here and excited to talk about my new release, Wholehearted.

Wholehearted came out on December 9th from Dreamspinner Press. It is the second book in the Hope Cove series and picks up just after Brokenhearted left off. Oliver and Mack, the main characters from the first book, do play important roles in the second, but Declan and Lucas are the main focus this time around.

Declan is a deputy in the Hope Cove police department and is called one day to the docks to rouse a man sleeping there. When he arrives, however, he discovers that the man is not sleeping at all, but rather, has been beaten to the brink of death. Immediately, Declan feels a sense of protectiveness and compassion for the guy. When the medics arrive, Declan insists on going with them to the hospital to make sure Lucas is okay.

When Lucas wakes up, he is less than grateful for Declan’s help in saving him. He is snarly and surly and generally just a bit of an ass. Declan still feels a pull towards him though and wants to crack past the tough outer wall that Lucas has created around himself. When the doctors release him from the hospital, Declan convinces Lucas to come home with him to heal. As they spend more time together, Lucas begins to open up and to let Declan in.

It was wonderful to be able to return to Hope Cove and to revisit the people that live there. I really loved writing these two boys. They were very distinct in my head and I fell in love with both of them right away. Declan, of course, I knew from Brokenhearted, so it was nice to be able to tell his story. And Lucas, Lucas is so grumpy and broken that I couldn’t help but want to snuggle him. Of course I let Declan have all the actual cuddles, but you know what I mean.

Here is the official blurb:

Officer Declan Grant responds to a call at the Hope Cove docks to find Lucas Hale barely alive after being beaten and tossed off his fishing boat. The violent crime rocks this tranquil community where everyone knows each other and doors are rarely locked. Despite Declan being new to Hope Cove, he wants to keep his new home and Lucas safe. He starts by volunteering to care for Lucas after he’s released from the hospital.

Lucas just wants to put the whole incident behind him and move on, but the more he gets to know Declan, the harder he finds it to push Declan and his do-right attitude away. The investigation into the assault continues, but Declan will soon face a moral dilemma, a choice that may topple his tidy life and force him to choose between Lucas and the law.


Declan could feel Lucas beginning to withdraw again. If he wasn’t careful, he could destroy the progress that had been so difficult to make.

He stepped closer to Lucas who was staring intently at his own lap. “Lucas,” he said. He didn’t move; he just kept staring. Declan reached out and touched his face, stroking down his cheek and lifting his head with a gentle finger under his chin.

Lucas’s eyes were so expressive. Declan felt as though he could read every emotion, every fear and every desire in them. He leaned forward, gradually, giving Lucas time to back away if he wanted to. Lucas’s eyes widened, but he stayed put, waiting for Declan to close the last few inches of space between them.

Declan kissed him, slowly at first, reveling in the feeling of Lucas’s lips, so soft and pliant beneath his own. He slid his hand behind Lucas’s ear, encouraging him, giving him something else to feel, to ground them together. He kissed him long and slow. Lucas responded to him so easily, opening for him, melting into him.

He eased up; brushing his hands along Lucas’s cheek as he gently broke the kiss.

“Is this okay?” Lucas asked hesitantly.

“More than okay,” Declan reassured him, kissing him on the forehead. This was different for Declan, to see Lucas like this. Up until now Declan believed he only operated in two modes, asshole and completely withdrawn. This was something else. Declan liked it. A lot.

Declan kissed him deeper and gently guided him backward to lie down on the bed. Lucas moved with him, never breaking their kiss. Lucas whimpered into his mouth, and Declan pulled back abruptly.

“Oh God, did I hurt you?”

Lucas’s lips were swollen and wet. He looked like sex incarnate. He just shook his head, laced his fingers though the hair on the back of Declan’s head, and pulled him back down.

Lucas’s uninjured hand wasn’t idle then, running along Declan’s side, his fingertips brushing lightly against the skin just under the hem of his shirt. Lucas moaned low into Declan’s mouth as Declan touched and teased Lucas right back.

The noises were making Declan crazy, the moans and whimpers ratcheting up his arousal. The kisses were becoming deeper and more fevered. Declan needed to feel skin on skin. He dipped his hand to Lucas’s waist and tugged on the drawstring that held his pants right. Lucas’s eyes shot open, and he forcefully pushed Declan off him.

Author Bio:

Cate Ashwood wrote her very first story in a hot pink binder when she was in the second grade and found her passion for writing. Her first successful foray into romance writing came five years later when she wrote her best friend, who was experiencing a case of unrequited love, her own happily ever after.

Cate’s life has taken a number of different and adventurous roads. She now lives a stone’s throw from the ocean, just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia with her husband and two cats. Her life is filled with family and friends, travel, and, of course, books.

Cate loves to hear from readers. You can find her at:

Website | Blog | E-mail: | Facebook | Twitter

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And Now, Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Happy Sunday, and welcome to another look at what we’ve got on tap for you in the coming week. We’ll have more reviews, including stories in the Dreamspinner Advent Calendar anthology Heartwarming, as well as some other Christmas themed stories. We’ve also got interviews, guest articles, a Backlist Book Bump, and plenty of giveaways in store.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up:


MondayLiam Livings is our guest today on his Christmas Serendipity Blog Tour and he’ll also have a giveaway of the book

TuesdayMary Calmes will be here with Quade and Roman from Old Loyalty, New Love. They’re doing an interview and offering a giveaway of the book

WednesdayCharlie Cochet kicks off The Heart of Frost Blog Tour right here and, and she’ll also be offering a giveaway at the end of the tour

ThursdaySara York and Ethan Stone will be here on their Transparency Blog Tour and will be offering a giveaway to one lucky reader

FridayCate Ashwood stops by on her Wholehearted (Hope Cove, Book 2) Blog Tour, and she’ll be offering a giveaway

John Goode – Will be here today with “Where Are We Now?” – Part 4 in his guest writing series

SaturdayLori Toland stops in on her Home for the Holidays Blog Tour with an Interview and giveaway

SundayErica Pike is doing a little Backlist Book Bump of A Life Without You and is offering a giveaway of the book


And that does it for the upcoming week. Until next Sunday, happy reading!

Cate Ashwood, Dreamspinner Press

Cate Ashwood Promises To Leave You Only A Little “Brokenhearted” With This Giveaway

TNA: Hi, Cate, thanks so much for being here with us today. Why don’t we start out by having you tell us a little bit about yourself? Hobbies, interests, odds and ends things that make you, you.

CA: Thank you so much! I can’t tell you how excited I am to be here, so thank you for having me!

Like most authors (I think), most of my hobbies revolve around books. When I’m not writing, I enjoy reading, not only published stories, but I actually really like beta reading for people. Being a part of other people’s creative processes and getting sneak peeks into the stories before they’re perfectly polished makes me happy.

TNA: What was your first published M/M title? Do you remember the precise moment you came up with the story idea and knew you wouldn’t rest until it was told?

CA: Keeping Sweets was my first novel. There wasn’t exactly a precise moment, more that the story kind of built slowly in my mind, and then when I went to write it, the words just kind of fell onto the page. It started with a line from a song, something I heard on the radio, and that kind of morphed into a scene that didn’t actually end up in the book, and the rest was built around it. All in all, it worked out pretty well!

TNA: If you could go back in time, to the moment you sat down and began writing that first story, what’s the one piece of advice you’d give yourself?

CA: To enjoy the process. When I wrote Keeping Sweets, it was really the first thing I had ever really written. I knew absolutely nothing about writing or publishing. I knew I loved books and I knew what I liked to read and the types of stories I wanted to write, and that was the extent of it.

It’s not that I don’t enjoy writing as much now that I’ve learned more about the process, but I feel like now that I know about editing and reviews, I’m more critical of my writing (which might not be a bad thing!).

TNA: Let’s chat a little bit about your new book, Brokenhearted. Will you tell us about it and how you came up with the idea for the story?

CA: Brokenhearted is the story of Oliver, a chef from Seattle who had been on his own his whole life. He comes home from work one day to find Mack on his doorstep. Mack is the sheriff of Hope Cove, a small coastal town in Maine, and he’s flown across the country to tell Oliver that his sister had died. Oliver didn’t know he had a sister, and so returns to Maine with Mack to try to get to know who she was.

I actually wrote the first 500 words or so of Brokenhearted before I wrote Keeping Sweets. Oliver began as a woman and there was no Mack. I wanted to write a story about sisters, but the more I thought about it, the more that the main character just felt wrong. I scrapped 499 of those first 500 words and started over. I knew the feeling I wanted to create with the story but not really the full plot. Once I’d figured out the characters, everything else came together.

TNA: What’s the one thing you hope readers will take away from the book?

CA: Is it too cheesy to say happiness?

I write (and read) for pleasure. I like my stories to have a nice balance of fluff and angst, and always with a HEA. When I find a story like that, it’s nice to escape my life for a few hours, to feel that lightness when the characters find each other, and the satisfaction at the end when you know they’re going to be together forever. I hope that people feel the same way about my stories.

TNA: Would you care to share an excerpt from Brokenhearted with us?

CA: Sure! This scene is from the beginning of the story when Mack is telling Oliver about his sister.

Mack took a deep cleansing breath in, letting it out slowly. “In 1984, a woman checked herself into Maine Coast Memorial Hospital. A few hours later, a baby girl was born. The baby was in rough shape, addicted to opiates, and after delivery, the mother refused to see the child. A few hours later, the little girl was all alone in the world, and going through bad withdrawal.

“There was a nurse named Amelia who was working the surgical floor that day. She happened to walk past the NICU on her way to lunch and heard the perinatal nurses talking about the baby. One look, and it was love at first sight. Family services were called and after piles and piles of paperwork, Maggie had a new mom and Amelia had a family.” Mack paused to guzzle back the rest of his juice.

“That’s a lovely story,” Oliver said, his voice tinged with disparagement, “but I don’t really see what that has to do with me.”

“You told me to start at the beginning. This is the beginning. Sorry, but I want to get this right, and it’s kind of a long story.”

Despite his confusion and uncertainty over the strange turn his Sunday afternoon had taken, Oliver urged Mack on.

“Far as we can tell, the woman took off and ended up following some deadbeat guy across the country, where a few years later, a new story began to unfold in the same way. She was admitted to Women’s and Children’s in Seattle where she gave birth to a baby boy. Now, there are some bits missing from this part of the story, almost twenty-five years of missing parts, but what I am sure of, is that you were that baby boy.”

Oliver felt like someone had dropped an anchor on his gut. His mouth became dry and his eyes widened. He didn’t know whether to jump up and dance at the idea that he had a sister, or fucking pass out because this was a lot to digest all at once. He had a million questions and he wasn’t sure he wanted to know the answers to any of them.

His life had just started to fall into place. After years and years—his whole life really—of struggling just to keep going, there was finally a spark of hope that he might be okay. All he wanted was a restaurant to run, a hot guy to pick up every once in a while to scratch the itch, and for everyone else to leave him the fuck alone.

Mack stared at him with whiskey-colored eyes, waiting for a reaction. Time stretched out between them, making the silence awkward.

“That’s it?” Okay, so not the most brilliant response, but at least he had forced more than one word out of his mouth. Two words. Two words that went together, even.

“Unfortunately, no,” Mack replied, face crumpling a little. Those cathartic breaths were back, bolstering him for the next chapter of the story.
“The woman was young when she had her babies. Only twenty-two when you were born. Less than a year later, she was dead. I’m sorry Oliver.”

Oliver hardened, fists clenching lightly at his sides, hidden beneath the table. “Don’t be. Never knew her. Never wanted to. Some people just aren’t meant to be parents. Can’t say I’m really surprised that she died. Drugs will do that to you.”

Mack nodded curtly. “There’s more. Maggie grew up a happy kid, Amelia loved her more than anything, and Maggie thought Amelia hung the moon. They were everything to one another because it was always just the two of them. They lived in a small fishing town on the coast of Maine. Small. The kind of place where everyone knows everything about everyone else whether you want them to or not. She had a normal life, did all the normal kid things, grew up into a beautiful, talented, wonderful person. You look a little like her… I mean, not like a girl… but you can tell there are some similarities there. God, the most beautiful fucking grey eyes.”

Mack looked down at his hands, voice wavering slightly. Oliver just waited for him to go on. There wasn’t much to say, really.

“When she got a little older, she started to get curious about her birth mother. Typical adopted kid stuff, I think. Amelia was always really open with her about the circumstances of her birth, but for her own curiosity she wanted to know, you know? We looked for years, and then when I became a cop, it opened a few new avenues for us to search. Eventually we found out about your mother, and then you. She was so fucking excited to find out she had a brother.”

Mack chuckled, the deep rich sound winding around Oliver, pulling him further into it, making him feel like the story was about someone else, someone worth getting excited about finding.

“She jumped up onto her bed, almost cracked her fucking skull open she jumped so high. She said she had the perfect life: the best mom, best friend, best town, and now the best brother. She really did love her life. She only ever left Maine once, to go to school, but as soon as she could, she was back and there to stay. Opened a bakery on Main Street and there were barely enough hours in the day for her to keep up with the demand. She loved every minute of it though, wasn’t happier anywhere than in her kitchen.”

Mack got quiet then, letting the information sink in, letting Oliver feel it. He could feel the stillness in the room, the heaviness hanging over Mack, pulling him, tugging him down. He was afraid of the next question, but he couldn’t stop the words from tumbling from him, “Why isn’t she here with you, telling me all this herself?”

Mack looked up at him, eyes boring into his, tears threatening to swell over. “She died Oliver. I’m so fucking sorry. For the longest time, all she ever talked about was finding you. She wanted to know you so fucking bad. She would have been here, right here next to me, telling you all this, hugging you and making you laugh, but instead all you’ve got is me, sitting here fucking up a story I’m not even sure you want to hear.”

Oliver steeled himself against the emotions creeping in around the edges. He was good at this. Almost professional. But even with all his years of practice, his voice sounded thin and tinny to his ears. “How? How did she die?”

“She drowned. Maggie swam every morning. We live on the coast, where the cove shelters the beach. The water’s pretty calm most days and Maggie liked to swim in the ocean. We’re not really sure how it happened….”

Oliver nodded. “So why come at all? Why fly across the whole continent to tell me all this?”

“I am so fucking bad at this, Oliver, but it was all she wanted, you know? Wanted her brother. Her family. She was my best friend. Has been since the fourth grade when she stepped in and saved my ass from getting girl cooties from Samantha Jensen. She was my best friend and I loved her. I would do anything for her and she would have wanted this.”

Mack stood, crossing the room to where he had deposited his jacket on the floor. He reached into the pocket, pulling out a folded piece of paper and handed it to Oliver. “This is yours. It’s open ended, so you can use it any time. If you want.”

Oliver took the paper, opened it and read it over carefully. “A plane ticket?” “Yeah, to Maine. Mags didn’t have a will. She didn’t think to have one drawn up, but you’re her family. Everything she had is yours: the bakery, the apartment, everything.

“What if I don’t want it?” Oliver asked. He didn’t mean to sound insulting, although that’s the way it came out. This had been a weird afternoon. It was a lot to process. He was still reeling.

“Well, that’s your decision. No one would blame you if this is all too much for you. I’ve dumped a lot on you. I’m going to go, let you process all this, but I’ve written my cell number on the back of the ticket. I’m flying back tomorrow. You are more than welcome to come with me if you want, or you can call me later, or you can never speak to me again. Like I said, this is your choice to make and I will not think badly of you if you just want to forget this day ever happened.”

Oliver nodded, not trusting himself to say anything. He followed Mack to the door, letting it close with a soft thunk behind him.

TNA: Did either of the main characters give you fits as you were writing, not wanting to cooperate with where you saw their story going? If so, which one?

CA: They all did! There were several times that I wrote myself into a corner with this one, and it just wasn’t working until I stopped thinking about it, and just wrote the story the way the characters wanted it. It flowed a lot better afterwards.

TNA: This is the first book in a series: do you have an idea how many total books there’ll be, or are they not all plotted out yet?

CA: Brokenhearted is the first of three books. Wholehearted is Book 2 and is due out December 9th. Ironhearted is Book 3 and will be released January 6th.

TNA: Will the sequels carry on with the same main characters, or will each book feature new MCs?

CA: Wholehearted is Declan’s story and Ironhearted is Haydn’s story. But almost all the characters make appearances in all of the books. I liked being able to revisit my earlier characters, and also seeing how their lives have progressed since the end of their books was so much fun.

TNA: I know this is sort of like asking you to name your favorite child, but of all the books you’ve written, do you have a favorite? If so, which and why?

CA: Yeah, that’s a really unfair question!

I would say that I think it’s a tossup between Brokenhearted and Ironhearted. I love all the characters in the series, but Oliver and Haydn just kind of get to me.

TNA: If you could bring one of your characters to life, who would you choose and why? What makes him or her someone you think would make an impression (good or bad) upon the world?

CA: Honestly, I think Haydn. He’s so spunky and so vulnerable at the same time. I really love him. He’s a secondary character in Brokenhearted, but he gets his own story in Book 3.

TNA: What would you say are the best and worst parts of the writing process for you?

CA: All of it? Is that a cop-out?

It’s true, though. There are days that the words just flow onto the page and everything clicks effortlessly into place, and there are other days where every word painful to write, and I just know I’ll end up re-writing later, but for me it’s important to try to get the words down on the page.

The publishing aspect of it is incredibly exciting and trying all at the same time. The thrill of receiving the cover spec sheet is quickly eclipsed by the fact that I actually have no idea what my story is about. Things like that. All in all, writing can be difficult, but it’s still one of my favourite things.

TNA: Are you a plotter or a pantser? Whichever you are, why do you feel that method works best for you?

CA: Definitely a pantser when I can be. I have tried to plot out my stories, but the final story ends up so far from where I had originally intended it to go, that it doesn’t seem worth plotting it out ahead of time.

Skylar M. Cates and I wrote a novella that comes out sometime this spring, and we learned very early in the process that when you’re working with someone else, you need to plot the whole story in extreme detail or you’ll run into problems.

TNA: If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?

CA: Time bending (is that a thing?). If I could somehow create more hours in the day, that would be pretty awesome.

TNA: If time travel were possible, where would you go and why?

CA: I think I would like to go back and kind of glimpse at the everyday lives of people in history. Not necessarily famous people, but interesting people from the past. One of my favourite books of all time ever is A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. What I loved most about this book was the anecdotes and side notes.

For example, Jack and J.B.S. Haldane, who studied the toxic effects of carbon monoxide on the body by seeing how much of it they could inhale before they passed out.

Or Mary Anning who discovered one of the dinosaurs at the age of 11 when she was digging for fossils on the banks of the English Channel. (She’s also the girl behind the famous she sells seashells rhyme).

I find that stuff so interesting.

TNA: Would you care to share a little bit of information on any of your current WIPs?

CA: I have way too many things on my WIP list right now, but I am too attached to the stories to shelve any of them.

I am in the process of writing a five book series that focuses on emergency services: cops, paramedics, emergency room nurses and social workers.

For NaNo this year, I’m writing a story about a dancer from a small town who graduates and moves to a larger city to join a dance company where he meets a pole dancer who helps him discover who he truly is.

I’m also doing a couple of collaborations with some other authors that I am really excited about.

TNA: Where can readers find you on the internet?

CA: Facebook


Cate Ashwood wrote her very first story in a hot pink binder when she was in the second grade and found her passion for writing. Her first successful foray into romance writing came five years later when she wrote her best friend, who was experiencing a case of unrequited love, her own happily ever after.

Cate’s life has taken a number of different and adventurous roads. She now lives a stone’s throw from the ocean, just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia with her husband and two cats. Her life is filled with family and friends, travel, and, of course, books.


Thanks so much for being here with us today, Cate, it’s been a pleasure chatting with you!


Cate Ashwood, Dreamspinner Press

Cate Ashwood Proves Dreams Can Still Come True For The “Brokenhearted”

“A broken heart bleeds tears.” ― Steve Maraboli

BLURB: Oliver Parrish has been alone in the world since he was born. So when Sheriff Owen “Mack” Macklin shows up on his doorstep to deliver the news that Oliver’s sister has died, he’s beyond surprised. Still, Oliver returns with Mack to Hope Cove, Maine, hoping to get to know the sister he never knew he had. As he tries to snap these new elements into his solitary life, he’s not sure how they might fit.

His life is shaken up further as he falls in love with the irresistible town of Hope Cove, and with Mack, its equally irresistible sheriff. But when he receives devastating news about his sister’s cause of death, Oliver doesn’t know whether to stay and fight for love and a good life, or cut his losses and run.

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