Sunday, May 31, 2015

Get Lost in Pipe Dreams and Ashantay Peters

Get Lost in a Story Readers, I’m delighted to introduce to you Ashantay Peters.  I had the lovely opportunity to meet Ms. Peters a few years back. She’s charming and fun, and I know you will love her, too. She’s also a romantic suspense author with the Wild Rose Press, and as you will soon learn she also dabbles in fantasy and PIPE DREAMS. Let’s get to know her further, want to?


 Abigail Stephens left her past behind or did she? When she moved to Blue Peak, she expected to find sanctuary and a new start. Instead, her new home includes a hippie, a ghost with a mission, and a sexy coffee house owner who undermines her plans.

Carlos Young quit teaching when his fiancée left him for another professor. He’s avoided dating, but his mother’s demand for grandchildren is unceasing and more attractive once he meets Abby.

She resists his overtures...for now. Can an intrusive mother, a reticent ghost, and a run-down house bring Abby and Carlos together or will they continue to live pipe dreams?


         “So are you the new owner of this wreck?”

         Her hands clenched, along with her jaw. “I’m the proud owner of what will soon be a lovely home.”
         He snorted. “You planning to have this in shape any time before winter? Because from where I’m standing, you’ll need more than a mop.”
         Abigail’s ears heard echoes of Rich. “I have power tools, and I know how to use them. You have an issue with that?”
         “No, I don’t have an issue. You’ve got work ahead of you. Just sayin’. I guess you’ll be hiring a crew for the big stuff, right?”
         Abigail threw her shoulders back. This guy sounded exactly like Rich. Bossy. “I can handle it.” She’d already sub-contracted the larger jobs, but that wasn’t his business.
         His mouth drew into a tight line, his hands fisted on his hips. “Sorry to bother you. I stopped because it looked like you might need a hand. Guess I misunderstood.”
         Dropping his hands, Carlos turned to leave, looking back with a frown. “Good luck with this place. Come on, Henry, we’re not needed here.”
         Henry paused, allowing her to ruffle his fur. He broke into a run, following the pissed-off man. An imp on her shoulder prodded her to call after him, “Bye, Henry. You can come visit anytime.” Sotto voce she added, “But leave your human home.”
         The dog’s owner kept walking with his shoulders up around his chin.
“Men,” she huffed under her breath. “Just a bunch of know-it-all jackasses. And the good-looking ones are the worst.”

DONNELL:  Ashantay, welcome. What an intriguing blurb and excerpt, and why are the good-looking ones the worst ;) I love that we’re in your heroine’s point of view and we see she’s comparing Carlos to Rich. I immediately felt sympathy for Abigail. These two are going to have their work cut out for them to get to the happily ever after. Conflict is hard for some writers. How about you?

ASHANTAY: Hmm. Okay, I’ll fess up. My first books were way too nice. Bo-ring, right? Then I learned to do nasty things to my characters for their own good. Ha! Now, late at night after putting my protagonists through the wringer, I rub my hands together and cackle.

 DONNELL:  Blue Peak. I take it this is fictional? Is this based in North Carolina?  You live in such beautiful country.  Is this where Blue Peak is based?

ASHANTAY: Good guess, Donnell. Blue Peak is a fictional town filled with quirky, down-to-earth folks, and based on a small town in my area. I live south of Asheville, North Carolina, not far from a section of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Appalachians aren’t as rugged as the Rockies, but are truly “purple mountain majesties” at dusk.

 DONNELL:  What is your favorite thing about writing? Do you love the first draft, the revision process, creating the characters…?  Do you outline or plot?

ASHANTAY: I enjoy the whole writing process, though sometimes I’d like to throw my keyboard through the front window. You know, those times when nothing seems to work and the 30k words you’ve sweated out seem meant for the waste basket. Then I take a break and fewer words meet the delete key than expected. Do I outline?  I’m one of those strange hybrids of pantser and plotter. I start with a general story line then allow the characters to flesh it out themselves. Ooh, yes, I hear voices. Insistent voices.

 DONNELL:  When you’re not writing, where will we find you?

ASHANTAY:  In the garden. I love to play in the dirt. If I’m not there, you’ll find me volunteering at the local library or reading. Or eating. Eating is good.

 DONNELL:  What is the most interesting thing you have in your closet?

ASHANTAY: Hang on, I’ll have to look. Oof! Ouch! Clatter. Bang! Let’s see. I’ve got some cool shoes, a handmade pieced and painted silk tunic, and two etched cranberry glass vases that came to me from my mother. (Yes, I cheated and listed more than one thing.) (I am not ashamed.)

DONNELL:  Who inspired you to write, and do you have a book you’ve read over and over again?

ASHANTAY: Gosh, that’s a difficult question. Agatha Christie was an early inspiration, along with Carolyn Keene’s Nancy Drew stories.  I’ve read many--let me stress many--books more than once.  Sometimes a girl just wants to curl up with an old friend.



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Angi Morgan said...

Welcome to GLIAS, Ashantay.
And yes...I have several books that I read often.

girlygirlhoosier52 said...

I have re-read several books... usually the classics. I think a good book delivers every time you dip into it.

Ashantay Peters said...

I agree! Thanks for your comment and for stopping by.

Ashantay Peters said...

Revisiting those favorite characters is lots of fun - thanks for your observation.

Donnell Ann Bell said...

Ashantay,welcome again. Yes, yes, yes, I read books more than once. I also seem to repeat myself :) Thank you for being our guest today!

Laura Strickland said...

I have read many books more than once. As you say, Ashantay, it's like visiting with an old friend. As a child, I determined I would memorize Louisa May Alcott's "Rose in Bloom". I didn't get far but oh, how I loved that book and still do, today. Great post!

Lori Waters said...

Ashantay, Love the things in your closet. Cool shoes are a must. I do re-read the oldies. And Pipe Dreams was such a fun read.

Sandra Dailey said...

My shameful answer is no. I keep hundreds of books, intending to read them again, but when I have time to read, there's a stack of new ones waiting for me. My husband says this is the way we'll spend our retirement, rereading our massive collection.

Joanne Guidoccio said...

Hi Ashantay, Excellent interview and excerpt! Joanne :)

vicki batman said...

Good morning, Ashantay and Donnell!!! Let's see books I've read over: Rebecca, Dick Francis, Emilie Loring, Mary Stewart. And Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Devereaux. Happy Monday, my friends.

Ashantay said...

Thanks for inviting me!

Ashantay said...

Thank you for stopping by, and I'm glad you enjoyed the book!

Ashantay said...

Thank you for your comment!

Ashantay said...

Sounds like a fabulous retirement to me! Thanks for stopping by and for your comment.

Ashantay said...

Thanks, Joanne!

Ashantay said...

Yes, Rebecca is a perfect book to revisit! Happy Monday to you, and thanks for stopping by!

Kathy Otten said...

Hi Ashantay,
Great interview. Glad for the opportunity to get to know you a little better aside from seeing your familiar name. I have hundreds of books I reread over and over. Like you said they feel like friends. Congrats on your new release. Best Wishes. :)

Rita said...

Yes I do read my books more than once. Two authors whose books I have read many times are Kathleen Woodiwiss and Judith McNaught.

Ashantay said...

It's always good to know more about Roses! Thanks for stopping by and for commenting, Kathy.

Ashantay said...

Two great choices, Rita! Thanks for your comment.

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Katherine said...

Hi Ashantay,

First let me say, I love your cover! I am usually reading two books at once. One for pure enjoyment and one for research purposes, usually non-fiction. There have been a few times when I've read 3 at once, 1 non-fiction, 1 in one genre and 1 in another. I don't do that very often though. If I find myself picking up another fiction novel before I've finished the first, it's usually a sign that I've lost interest in the first one and I don't end up finishing it.

Ashantay said...

Oh, I know what you mean about not finishing books. I've begun doing the same over the last year or so. I'm glad you like my cover! I do too. (grin) Thanks for commenting.

Liz Flaherty said...

I loved your interview--and that excerpt!

Charlotte Copper said...

Great interview and I love the cover!
As for reading a book more than once, I can honestly say NEVER. I can watch movies over and over again, but I don't feel that way about books. And considering how big my TBR pile is, that's probably a good thing.

Ashantay said...

Thanks, Liz!

Ashantay said...

I hear you, Charlotte! I shouldn't re-read given my TBR pile, but sometimes I just can't help myself. Thanks for stopping by!