About Kelly Hashway

I'm the author of the Touch of Death series (Spencer Hill Press, 2013), the Birth of the Phoenix series (Month9Books, 2014), and The Monster Within (Spencer Hill Press, 2014) . I'm proudly represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency.

Two Releases on the Same Day!

I’ve been really busy lately preparing for two upcoming releases under my pen name Ashelyn Drake. Both blog tour are running at the same time. Why? Well, the books release the same day. That’s right. I have two titles releasing on September 9th. Here they are:

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Sophomore year in high school comes with its own set of problems. You’re no longer a freshmen, but you’re still two years away from ruling the school. So, you sit and languish in a kind of purgatory until junior year, when things start to get interesting.

That is, unless during your sophomore year, you find your boyfriend making out with another girl in front of your locker. Then, interesting takes on a whole new meaning, and that’s what happened to seventeen-year-old Meg Flannigan. It’s no wonder her self-esteem suffered a major hit.

Now a senior, Meg catches the eye of not one, but two guys at school (I know, right?). They happen to both be gorgeous, and each vies for her attention in the most flattering of ways. Sounds good, right? Not if one of the guys is her boyfriend, and the other one wants to be.

Meg doesn’t want to lose Ash. They’ve been together for almost five months, and she’s falling in love with him. But Noah. Ah, Noah. He’s the irresistible guy Meg has been crushing on for two years, and she isn’t ready to send him away either. But stringing both along could have disastrous results, leaving Meg in the cold once again.

One thing’s certain. Meg needs to decide between Ash and Noah soon, or she’ll lose her perfect match forever.

 

Expected publication: September 2014 by Swoon Romance

 

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Sixteen-year-old Cara Tillman’s life is a perfectly normal one until Logan Schmidt moves to Ashlan Falls. Cara is inexplicably drawn to him, but she’s not exactly complaining. Logan’s like no boy she’s ever met, and he brings out a side of Cara that she isn’t used to. As the two get closer, everything is nearly perfect, and Cara looks forward to the future.

But Cara isn’t a normal girl. She’s a member of a small group of people descended from the mythical phoenix bird, and her time is running out. Rebirth is nearing, which means she’ll forget her life up to this point—she’ll forget Logan and everything they mean to one another.. But that may be the least of Cara’s problems.

A phoenix hunter is on the loose, and he’s determined to put an end to the lives of people like Cara and her family, once and for all.

 

Releasing September 9, 2014 through Swoon Romance (ebook) and Month9Books (paperback).

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Blog Tour hosted by Chapter by Chapter:

WEEK 1:

9/8/2014             Medeia Sharif – Spotlight/Promo

9/8/2014             We Do Write – Interview

9/8/2014             A Backwards Story – Review

9/9/2014             Vicki Leigh, YA Author – Guest Post

9/9/2014             A Dream Within A Dream – Review

9/9/2014             Kelly P’s Blog – Spotlight/Promo

9/10/2014           Living in a Bookworld – Spotlight/Promo

9/10/2014           Bitches n Prose – Review

9/11/2014           Ketch’s Book Nook – Guest Post

9/11/2014           Bookreviewsandgiveaways – Review

9/12/2014           Angelia Almos – Interview

9/12/2014           Novels by G. Donald Cribbs – Review

9/13/2014           Jen McConnel: Weaving Words – Spotlight/Promo

9/13/2014           Nay’s Pink Bookshelf – Review

9/14/2014           Library of a Book Witch – Review

WEEK 2:

9/15/2014           Writer’s Alley – Review

9/15/2014           Mythical Books – Guest Post

9/16/2014           Fi’s Magical Writing Haven – Interview

9/16/2014           Between fantasy and reality – Review

9/17/2014           Lost in Ever After – Review

9/17/2014           Rockin’ Book Reviews – Interview

9/18/2014           Reading Away The Days – Guest Post

9/18/2014           Book Briefs – Review

9/19/2014           Once Upon a YA Book – Character Interviw

9/19/2014           Nicky Peacock Author – Review

9/20/2014           Simplistic Reviews – Review

9/21/2014           Bookraptured – Review

I hope you’ll join me on the tours!

 

The Monster Within MONSTER Giveaway!

Squee! The Monster Within releases June 17th! That means it’s time to celebrate! And what better way to celebrate than by having a giveaway? But before we get to the giveaway, check out the cover and blurb for The Monster Within.
 
The moment seventeen-year-old Samantha Thompson crawls out of her grave, her second chance at life begins. She died of cancer with her long-time boyfriend, Ethan, by her side—a completely unfair shot at life. But Ethan found a way to bring her back, like he promised he would. Only Sam came back wrong.


She’s now a monster that drains others’ lives to survive. And after she kills, she’s tortured by visions—glimpses into her victims would-have-been futures had she not killed them. Barely able to live with herself and trying to make things right, Sam ends up a pawn in a vicious game of payback within the local coven of witches.


But when the game reveals what Ethan had to do to save Sam, she must make a choice that will change all their lives forever.
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
ISBN:  978-1-937053-85-7
Release Date: 6/17/2014
Formats: Paper, e-book 

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So, what can you win? 

 
  • 1 signed copy of The Monster Within
  • The Monster Within bookmarks
  • a mask (winner’s choice of purple, green, or gold)
  • a mood ring (winner’s choice of small, medium, or large)
  • a triquetra necklace (not shown in picture)
  • a paperback ARC of Cold Calls, a YA thriller by Charles Benoit
  • a hard cover copy of The Magnolia League, a witchy YA by Katie Crouch
  • a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card (winner’s choice; gift card not shown in picture)

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For the Love of Romance

Ever since I was a child, I’ve been drawn to paranormal and fantasy books. So when I started writing, that’s where I began—writing paranormal. But then I branched out and read a few contemporary romances. Like …

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And Easy by Tammara Webber

Easy (Contours of the Heart, #1)

The next thing I know, I’m hooked on contemporary romance, reading that genre just as much as paranormal fantasy. Yes, I read two books at once. Oddly enough, I tend to read contemporary romance on my Kindle and paranormal in paperback or hardcover. I’m not sure why.

But now I write both genres as well. Kelly Hashway writes paranormal fantasy, and my alter ego, Ashelyn Drake, writes contemporary romance. It’s fun to branch out and try something new.

New in 2014

2014 is bringing some new things for me. For starters, I have a new agent. My former agency closed, which left me querying at the end of 2013, but now I’m proud to say I’m represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency. I’m excited to go out on submission for the first time with Sarah.

I’m also facing my first full year writing under two names. In addition to my speculative fiction that I write as Kelly Hashway, I’m also writing contemporary romance as Ashelyn Drake.

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The third and “final” book in the Touch of Death series, titled Face of Death, releases later this month. I say “final” because it’s technically the last book, but there will be a novella from Alex’s perspective in the future. 🙂

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I also have three new series coming out this year! I’m really looking forward to The Monster Within (YA paranormal), Into the Fire (YA paranormal), and my first middle grade series, Curse of the Granville Fortune.

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So, I’m hopeful that 2014 is going to be a great year.

What’s new for you this year?

All I Want For Christmas Is…

…an agent.

The end of 2013 has been rough for me. My agency closed, leaving me without representation once again. I’ve had some other things go wrong as well, but having my career feel like it’s been put on hold has been the toughest on me. I’m in the query trenches again, and thankfully I have some fulls and partials out already.

So this Christmas, all I really want is an agent who will help me get my books back out on submission with publishing houses. That’s what’s topping my list.

What do you want this holiday season?

Thank You

This month’s topic made me realize I have a lot to be thankful for. Family, friends, my fellow writing buddies… The list goes on and on. But I’ve decided that I want to focus on my readers. Those people who, for whatever reason, choose to read my books among the millions of books out there.

Here’s why. Well, obviously I’m a writer and what fun would that be without readers? But more importantly, anyone who takes the time to read my books deserves my gratitude because they are taking a chance on me and my fictional worlds. The inside of my head is crazy at times, and to know there are people out there who want to see that craziness in the form of books is just pure awesome.

So this month (and every month really), I’m especially thankful to my readers. And as a way to say thanks, I want to invite you all to download my FREE short story Curse of Death, which is a prequel to the Touch of Death series. You can find it here. Enjoy! And thank you so much!

I Like Being Scared…Sometimes

Scary can be good. When it comes to horror movies, I’m all in. That kind of scary is fun. Halloween haunted houses totally freak me out, but again it’s all in good fun. But the real world has a lot of scary in it too and that’s the kind that gets to me. So here’s what scares me (not necessarily in order—other than the first one).

The BIG scary things:

  • Something happening to my family (This is my biggest fear. I love my family.)
  • Incurable diseases. (I’ve seen too many deaths caused by disease. Let’s find some cures already.)
  • Letting people down. (I hate to disappoint people, which is why I give everything I have when I do things.)
  • Failure (I think this one scares most of us, but failing as a mother, wife, or author would crush me.)
  • Losing my eyesight (I know it sounds strange but I wear contacts and I think that makes me appreciate the ability to see. If I couldn’t see my daughter grow up, I don’t know what I’d do.)

The not-so-big scary things:

  • Snakes (There’s a reason snakes appear in my paranormal/horror novels. They are downright terrifying.)
  • Ghosts (I tell myself they aren’t real because I’ve read that you can block them that way. Nope, not real.)
  • Sharks (I may have seen Jaws at a really young age.)
  • Dolls (I blame the movie Child’s Play and also those dolls that have the eyes that can close. That noise they make when their eyes close makes me shiver. Can you tell I have a life-size doll like this when I was little? It TERRIFIED me! I hated it but it was my mom’s and I didn’t have the heart to tell her I didn’t like it.)

I’m sure I can think of more things that scare me, but those are the ones most readily on my mind.

What scares you?