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Monday, September 23, 2013

Guest Post with Author Jackie Ashenden and Giveaway

Meet Jackie Ashenden, author of Talking Dirty with the Player.

Jackie has been writing fiction since she was eleven years old. Mild mannered fantasy/SF/pseudo-literary writer by day, obsessive romance writer by night, she used to balance her writing with the more serious job of librarianship until a chance meeting with another romance writer prompted her to throw off the shackles of her day job and devote herself to the true love of her heart – writing romance. She particularly likes to write emotional stories with alpha heroes who've just got the world to their liking only to have it blown wide apart by their kick-ass heroines.

She lives in Auckland, New Zealand with her husband, the inimitable Dr Jax, two kids, two cats and some guppies (possibly dead guppies by the time you read this). When she's not torturing alpha males and their stroppy heroines, she can be found drinking chocolate martinis, reading anything she can lay her hands on, posting random crap on her blog, or being forced to go mountain biking with her husband.

Places to find Jackie:
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Five Fun Facts about Talking Dirty with the Player

Hi everyone, thanks for having me on the blog, it's fab to be here. Today I'd like to share five things about my latest release – Talking Dirty with the Player.

1. Firstly my hero is based on Sonny Bill Williams, a certain hot tattooed, Kiwi rugby player. The Aussies like to claim him because he's now living there and playing rugby league but I'm afraid he was Kiwi first. So there.

2. My editor actually asked me to hot the love scenes up in the first edit pass, especially the dialogue because if you're going to have a book called 'Talking Dirty' there actually has to be some dirty talk in it somewhere. So I really pulled out the stops for these two – Caleb is quite a naughty guy and my poor heroine is made to say some things she really doesn't want to. I think she survived though….

3. I didn't want to write a book about a rugby player. When my editor suggested that I make Talking Dirty with the CEO the first book of a series, I was all, 'yeah, that's awesome' and so I originally wrote Caleb as a PR guy. But then my editor came back with , 'this isn't working for me. What if he was a sports hero?' and I was all 'ugh. No way'. Because I hate sports. I really do. But then – since I like a challenge – I pulled on my big girl panties and decided if I was going to write any kind of sport playing hero it would be a rugby player since rugby is the Kiwi game. And also see point 1. ;-)

4. I was originally going to set the book in the summer because Auckland is really beautiful over summer. Sea, sun, heat, etc. But then I realized that rugby is a winter game and that if there was going to be rugby playing in it, it had to be during winter. Curses. Then again there is rain. And certain people do get rather wet…

5. Judith, my heroine, actually appears in Talking Dirty with the CEO, the first book of the series, as does Marisa, the heroine of the third book. I never meant for either of these two to have their own books and some of the things I introduced in the first book have made writing Judith and Marisa's books VERY difficult. If I had my time over again there are a couple of things about these two that I would have changed in the first book! But since the first book is already out, I'm not going to tell you what they are. ;-)

Up-and-coming photographer Judith Ashton is pretty sure she has everything in her life under control. That is, until a blast from the past comes back to taunt her, in the shape of Caleb Steele, her older brother's best friend...and the man who broke her heart eight years ago. Their chemistry is combustible, but she's been fooled once by this player, and she's not going there again. To pro rugby player Caleb, Judith has always been his Kryptonite. But his former playboy lifestyle is the last thing she wants to be involved in. In the midst of her brother's threats to back off, and the deal of his career sending him far away from her, he knows he's playing with fire. And this is one game he's going to lose.

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His smile widened and Judith had to remind herself that she was now immune to its lethal charm. Completely immune. “Oh don’t be like that,” he said. “You missed me. Admit it.”

“Yeah. Like I miss gonorrhea.”

One dark brow rose. “You’ve had gonorrhea?”

Judith sighed. He was all about the witty comeback. If that’s what you called wit. “Oh, shut up, Caleb.”

“See, this is what I’ve missed while I’ve been away. I say something then you say something, then I say something back and you end with ‘shut up, Caleb’. We always have such great, in-depth conversations.”

Still the same old Caleb. Patronizing, arrogant, and cocky as hell. They’d been friends once, a long time ago. And then more than friends. Until he’d broken her poor little teenage heart. She’d forgiven him for that, though; it had been years and years since their affair, after all.

Eight years to be exact.

Nevertheless a familiar feeling began to creep up on her. An antsy, irritated feeling. Like she’d brushed up against poison ivy. Okay, so she may have forgiven him. That didn’t mean he didn’t bug her on occasion.

Judith swallowed her irritation and maintained her usual calm-and-in-control expression. The one that seemed to exasperate him as much as his teasing arrogance exasperated her.

“Did you have something special you wanted to say?” she asked him in bored tones. “Or are you just here to be annoying?”

“Actually, I’m here to shoot you. Though, being annoying is always an added bonus.”

Check out what's up for grabs.

Up For Grabs For Entire Tour:
  • 1 $50 Amazon Gift Card + a copy of Talking Dirty with the CEO

To Enter: 
  • Please leave a comment or question for Jackie.
  • Please leave your email address along with your comment to be entered. 
  • Giveaway ends September 30th.

Good Luck! 

Special thanks to Meg Lacey and Goddess Fish Promotions for sponsoring this tour-wide giveaway.


  1. Hi Jackie! I think this sounds like such a great book and i would love to read it. I love it when you have the H/h butting heads and have added humor in their exchanges. I can't wait to read this.
    Q: Is this 'in love with brothers best friend' a personal experience for you or someone you know?

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  3. I read talking dirty #1, can't wait to read this one. My question is, are there going to be any more on this series?

  4. You're a new author for me but this book sounds like one I would enjoy. Thanks for letting us know about the book.

  5. Thanks for this giveaway :)
    olga_sergejeva (at)

  6. You covered the CEO and the Player what's left?
    Also, I adored your book Falling for Flynn. Definitely a highlight contemporary for me. Thank you for sharing some book facts with us. Learning the behind the scenes is always fun.

  7. Thank you so much for the post and giveaway! I loved the excerpt.

    Fingers crossed for the giveaway! :-)

    Best Wishes,
    Lindsey V.

  8. Ooo, I like the excerpt! Sounds fun and sexy!


  9. are a new to me author and I can't wait to start on this series....looks so good!! Thanks for the

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    1. Thanks for the fun facts, I love reading about the process in creating a story/book. I was wondering if it is hard working with an editor and is it hard finding one to work with for you to be your best? Thanks for the post and the giveaway, I am excited to read this!

  11. 5 Fun Facts About Why I Want This Book:
    1. Rugby players are absolutely at the top of the sports chain
    2. Kiwis have the BEST accents.
    3. I love books when one of the protagonists is the BF of a sibling
    4. I have a dirty talk fetish.
    5. I am a series slut.

    blueshedevil32 AT gmail DOT com

  12. Thanks for the giveaway. Good luck everyone

  13. Ooo, I like the excerpt! Sounds fun and sexy!

  14. Good book to add to the reading list.

  15. This book sounds great! I love the cover, very hot! Thanks for the giveaway chance!

  16. You're a new author for me but this book I'm really looking forward to read it!!!! Thank you for he giveaway!!!

  17. This book sounds great. can't wait to read it.

  18. I don't know much about Rugby, but it seems to be a very intense sport.

    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  19. Love the excerpt. I already found myself LOL'ing, so I know this will be a good book. I LOVE funny banter between the MC's. I will definitely be putting this on my TBR pile.

  20. Love the excerpt, sounds like a good read.


  21. Sounds like a great read. Found another new author to follow. kumquat8 at hotmail dot com

  22. I'm a huge fan of sports related romances. Rugby is one of my new favorite sports.

    I'm not sure how much you know about American football, a sport I enjoy watching as well. If an American football team played a game of rugby which of the two teams do you think would win?


  23. Did you have to learn about Rugby to write about it? I'm a sports type of girl but know nothing about that sport.
    suegaluska (at) yahoo (dot) com

  24. sounds fantastic!!! Thanks so much for sharing and congrats to jackie on the newest release!!!


  25. I loved Talking Dirty with the CEO. I can't wait to read the next book and having a rugby player hero sounds awesome.

  26. The book sounds really good.
    How many more books in the series?
    Lorimeehan 1 at aol dot com

  27. I'm a current librarian, Jackie...No secret writing cravings! I might have some cravings for a hot rugby player, though. They are super tough guys!
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  28. This looks like so much fun!


  29. Such a tease, not telling us what changes you would make. Thanks for the interesting post. lisagk(at)yahoo

  30. What next? I am putting this on my TBR list. Love hearing about the process for this book.
    avonsherry2003 at yahoo dot com

  31. I love sports romances but I've never read one about rugby players so I'm looking forward to that!

    ahui89 at hotmail dot com

  32. I always enjoy books with the siblings friend trope so I'm adding this one to my TBR pile! Thanks for sharing this with us!


  33. Sonny Bill Williams is rather gorgeous I must say.


  34. Sonny Bill Williams is rather gorgeous I must say.


  35. Funny that you don't care for sports! Who will you be talking dirty with next?

  36. Sounds like a great read!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  37. Never read a book about a rugby player! This one sounds like a really fun read, can't wait.
    Thanks for the chance to win it.

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  38. I haven't read the books before or books from this author before but it sounds very hot lol. I now want to read it...especially the first book if it is about a CEO. Thanks for the giveaway!

  39. Hi Jackie-- Was there anyone in your life who first convinced you to sit down and write a book?
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    mestith at gmail dot com

  40. Youre a new author for me so Im excited to read your work! This one sounds like a fun read!
    kdjohnston at yahoo dot com