Saturday, August 23, 2014

INTERVIEW: Ashley Ladd plus #Giveaway!

Today we're talking to the lovely Ashley Ladd who comes to us with the most adorable hat picture (bonus points for kitty!) and a very nice giveaway! Check out her interview for the details.

Hello Ashley and welcome to The Hat Party <3 Thank you so much for subjecting yourself to the RANDOMNESS that is a Raine O'Tierney interview! Please don your best hat, and let's get started!

What is your super-secret, wildest, most outlandish writing dream? (Nothing is too wild!)

To be able to quit my day job and write full time. I’ll be able to afford two nice houses, one in Cincinnati, Ohio and one in South Florida, both fully staffed with chefs, housekeeping, and grounds staff. I’ll travel the world at a whim and attend all the romance writing and reading conferences in existence.

Give us 5 ½ words of wisdom.

Write write write until you drop.

Tell us about a time you were changed.

A pretty pivotal day was when my oldest son told me he had something extremely important to tell me and he wanted to take me to lunch. I thought he was dying or going to jail or losing his job. It turned out he was planning to become a woman. She’s now my transgender daughter. I know she went through the largest change by far, however I think this has been a big change for me and our entire family.

You’re writing along and you’re attacked by a horde of zombies…ON FIRE…how do you survive? Or do you become a zombie too?

I’m a really good shot with both a variety of guns and a bow and arrow. I shot trap and skeet with my dad as a kid and I was also in Junior Olympic archery. More recently I also trained in karate and dummy me, stopped just short of a black belt. I would shoot those suckers right between the eyes or if they surprised me without a firearm handy, I would go all Taekwondo on them. Hopefully it would work. If not, I’d become a zombie too.

You have 200 words—Make. Me. Swoon. (PLEASE!)

And why had he kissed her? If you could call that a kiss…

Unable to break eye contact, she was so mesmerized she couldn’t move when he reached in and feathered her lips with a soft, tentative kiss.

Even though the contact was ever so slight, flames licked her veins and she wanted—needed—more. Cupping his stubbly cheek with the palm of her hand, she held him captive against her mouth as she opened her lips, inviting him inside.

He plunged his tongue into her mouth, seeking, tangling with hers. Then he curled his arms around her and molded her against his heart.

On fire now, she ran her fingers through his thick hair. Against his lips, she murmured huskily, “I don’t know what’s possessing me to do this. I barely know you.”

“You’re overthinking this.” He crushed her to him, making his desire obvious. He cursed and with a red face, set her aside. “You’re not up to this. You need to rest.”

Protests began to explode from her lips when the phone rang. As she read the display, she groaned. “Damn! It’s the owners.” Like I’ll get any rest now.

Describe yourself using lyrics.

I think Kelli Pickler’s song “One of The Guys” says it perfectly. J

"One Of The Guys"
Every single day it's the same old thing
 Wake up every morning do the same routine
 Paint my nails and get my hair to curl
 Lord it's hard being a girl
 I love getting all dressed up to the nines
 But sometimes it's fun to be one of the guys
Somethin' bout old blue jeans and a baseball cap
 Fellas I get it and I admit it
 It just don't get any better than that
 Chicken wings, NASCAR, and football Monday nights
 Sometimes it's fun to be one of the guys
 I like to put my hair up in a ponytail
 Climb up in a pickup and just raise some hell
 Have a four-wheelin mud boggin real good time
 Then go home and play poker all night long
 I still love chick flicks a real good cry
 But sometimes it's fun to be one of the guys
You can go back to any point in your life to give you past self a pep-talk. How old is your past self and what do you say?

I would be 19 years old and I would tell my younger self, “Be extremely careful that you marry the right man. Follow your heart.”

Your thoughts on libraries: GO!

They’re fantastic! I just wish they were open later at night so I could partake of them more. I work full time days and often I work late. I want to be able to stay until 10 or 11 at night and they often close at 5. If I’m lucky they stay open late (until 9 pm) a couple nights weekly).

What’s the biggest mistake you’ve made in your career and what did you learn from it?

I’m not sure. I’ve allowed my feelings to be hurt and perhaps burned some bridges. I didn’t know what I was doing once and blew a really awesome opportunity with a huge mover and shaker in the book world – not on purpose, but because I was a newbie and had no clue what I was doing. I’m still upset and embarrassed by it. I’ll probably never get that kind of a break again.

And finally, for THE most important question of all: what kinds of dachshunds are the BEST kinds of dachshunds?

I like the short-haired dachshunds best. My good friend Linda raised them and they gave her such joy and they were such sweetie pies. Linda’s gone now but whenever I see a short-haired dachshund I think of Linda and her Annie and April.

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Guy Rogers is extremely attracted to his new realtor, Tom Beaudreaux. As a passionate vegetarian and animal activist, he’s ecstatic that Tom is a kindred soul. He could never be with a carnivore. Unfortunately, Tommy isn’t really a vegetarian or animal activist. He never said he was either, he just didn’t eat meat when he was with Guy. And maybe he emptied his house of all meat and dairy products before inviting Guy over. In fact, Tommy’s family owns the most popular barbecue restaurant in town and if his family has their way, he’ll manage the new location.

When Guy finds out that Tommy eats meat and his family owns a restaurant that is a monument to eating meat, he’s livid and doesn’t know if he wants anything else to do with Tommy.

But then Guy’s life gets crazy –his dad’s paranoia blossoms into violent dementia, he gets arrested for picketing a doggy mill, and then he winds up in even more legal trouble. When Tommy sticks by him through all his trouble and does everything he can to help him, Guy wonders if he’s been too militant and narrow-minded. Perhaps he can learn to live with people who have opposite views.


Guy finished his meal, wadded up his napkin and dropped it on his plate. “Do you think it will take long to find more houses for me to look at?”

“I’ll make you—it—my priority. Just give me a couple days.” Damn! A Freudian slip.

Guy reached over as if to put his hand on Tommy’s, but stopped in midair. His eyes softened and hope flickered. “I’d like it if you made me, not my business, your priority.”

Tommy’s throat went dry and his heart flipped over. “Do you mean what I think you mean?”

Guy lowered his hand and took Tommy’s in his. “I think so. I like you—a lot. You’re handsome and charming and I feel a connection. I know it’s quick, but I’m a forthright, fast kind of guy. Besides, if you find me a house as rapidly as I want, you’ll be out of my life before I can do anything about it. Do I have a chance with you?”

Tommy wanted to jump up from his seat and shout, “Hell yeah!” But his inner angel was quarreling with his inner devil about work ethics. It wasn’t as if real estate agents had long-term contracts or dealings with their clients. They found a home, closed the deal then moved on to the next client. He supposed it wouldn’t be the end of his career if he got together with one client. Feeling as if his heart had leapt into his throat, he turned his hand over and squeezed Guy’s fingers. “Yeah. I like you a lot too.”

Guy looked like he was about to let out a whoop of victory then remembered where he was. Instead, he lowered his voice to a husky whisper. “I’d invite you to my place, but my dad would be a buzz kill. Do you have your own apartment?”

Tommy swallowed a gulp. “I do in Davie. If you don’t mind the long drive.”

“You’re a funny, funny man, Tom Boudreaux. I’ll follow you to the ends of the Earth.”

Tommy licked his suddenly dry lips and his cock twitched. In mach three, blood was rushing into it. “So I did hear that?”

“Yeah, babe, you did.”

He liked being called ‘babe’, especially by Guy. He threw several dollar bills on the table, which included a generous tip, then he stood, hoping the evidence of his arousal wasn’t noticeable. From the amused glint in Guy’s eyes, it had been noted.


*What inspired you to write the book you’re promoting?

There’s a couple things going on in Business or Pleasure. First, there’s the vegetarian-animal activist vs. the meat eater. A good friend of mine is a vegetarian and she and my doctor are ganging up on me to give up meat. Also, I’m a big fan of Food Network and HGTV so this is sort of a marriage of the two. Also, there’s a sub plot about Guy’s father spiraling into dementia. Unfortunately, this terrible disease has claimed my father in some pretty terrible ways, not that I know of any nice ways.

*Is there anything special you’d like us to know about your book?
Family can sometimes be annoying and irritating but they’re still family. They still love you and you still love them no matter what. Also, people should give each other slack and live and let live. Someone else’s sexual orientation—and eating habits—is their personal choice.
*What are your hopes for this title?
J Of course I want this title as well as all my other titles to hit the New York Times best seller’s list. I want it to make it possible for me to quit my day job and write full time while I live in the lap of luxury.
Realistically? I’d like to be able to pay off my son’s hospital bill and have enough left over to buy some Christmas presents for my children and grandchildren. 
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About the Author: Ashley Ladd is a disabled Air Force vet that is hard of hearing but still loves language, especially the written word. She loves a sexy man, especially one with a military background and they’ll often pop up in her stories. She also loves cats and has been known to empower a cat with the gift of speech. Unfortunately he wouldn’t shut up. J She loves to plug into Pandora and sip Diet Coke while writing, usually with a cat or kid at her side.

How you can contact Ashley:


Win a $20 Amazon Gift Certificate from Ashley Ladd.

To be eligible to win please leave a comment on this blog post and Ashley will draw a name of a lucky commenter from her Business or Pleasure blog tour. The more you comment during her Business or Pleasure blog tour, the more chances you have to win. To see a list of the other blog tour hosts visit Ashley’s blog on August 22nd at: for the complete list.

She will pick the winner on October 1st and announce it on her blog at Please leave a way for Ashley to contact you if you are the winner.


  1. Thank you for hosting me and Bobby today. We had a lot of fun partying with you. Have a happy Saturday. Ashley

  2. I did not realize Ashley was in the AF - so was I! We are a very small minority. I too love cats. Business or pleasure sounds great!

  3. Thanks for the interview and the giveaway!

  4. I enjoyed your blog post and look forward to reading your latest book

  5. thank you for an interesting post and I love the cat accessory, I used to have a white cat that lay around my neck :) and I definitely want to be in your team if the zombie attack ever happens!

    Thank you for a chance to win in your blog tour :)

  6. Thanks for all the great responses and the chance to visit with you. Ashley Ladd