Portraits of Dack and Sonny

I’m not sure whether it’s like this for every writer, but sometimes, when I’m searching for stock photos to make my book covers, I’ll run across one that looks eerily familiar.

Because it features someone who’s the spitting image of my character.

When I first started writing the Ashkettle Boys books, I didn’t have a concrete image in my mind of what the brothers looked like. And then one day, I ran across this image.

Young man using a digital tablet in the woods

Instantly, I knew this was Dack Ashkettle. I recognized his clothes, his expression and his surroundings. In Book One, Bo reminisces about Dack’s uncanny ability to make himself disappear by heading into the woods with a beat-up book and a cranky flashlight.

Bingo!

The young man in this pic holds a tablet, but the sentiment is the same.

In my mind’s eye, this is Dack after the boys make their escape from evil Uncle Merle and find refuge with Sonny at the cabin.

And after Sonny buys him new clothes that fit, and he gets his stylish new haircut.

And speaking of Sonny …

Dark portrait of scary man with evil eyes

Those eyes, though!

I haven’t run across an image of Bo’s face yet, but when I do, I’ll share it with you. These are all stock images, purchased from the site I utilize for cover art.

What about you? Do you have your own idea of how the Ashkettle boys might look? If so, I’d love to hear about it!

Let me know in the comments 🙂 And don’t forget to claim your free copy of “Ashkettle Fierce!” The promotion ends tomorrow.

Anne

Claim Your Free Copy!

It’s finally here! Free day! If you haven’t already read Ashkettle Fierce, the third book in The Ashkettle Boys series, you can read it for free today, tomorrow and Friday over on Kindle. Follow this link.

Oh, and Happy Valentine’s Day, too 🙂 I hope your day is filled with everything that’s important to you. And if you find time to work a short read in there too, so much the better.

There’s a lot going on today over at Ashkettle Boys Books. Book 4 is rolling along nicely, and still currently slated for a spring release.

The fourth book in the series picks up two years later and is tentatively titled, Shaw’s Obsession. In it, Shaw McAllister gains an early parole and returns to Fulton County to seek revenge against Dack for the testimony that put himself and his brother behind bars:

“No remorse. No regret. Just revenge.

It was Dack Ashkettle’s testimony that put the McAllister brothers behind bars.

But Shaw McAllister just earned early parole.

And he’s coming for Dack.

With two long years to plan his revenge, Shaw intends to take his time extracting his own brand of vigilante justice. But a dogged ex-correctional psychologist named Dr. Katherine Galway is only one step behind the escalating killer.

Can she warn the Ashkettle boys in time? Or will the youngest brother become the final victim of Shaw’s obsession?”

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments! And remember to claim your free copy of “Fierce!”

Anne

 

 

 

 

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Available in Paperback Today

Hi Guys! I have news 🙂

Ashkettle Boys: The Trilogy is now available in beautiful, glossy paperback! And it’s debuting at the low price of just $8.99.

The Trilogy Edition contains the first three novellas in the Ashkettle Boys Books Series:

  • Ashkettle Crazy
  • Ashkettle Haunted
  • Ashkettle Fierce

Each book is included in its entirety, so if you have yet to dive deeply into the turbulent waters of the Ashkettle Boys’ world, now is the time to make that leap.

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“Together for a limited time, Volumes 1-3 of the moving Ashkettle Boys Book Series will keep you up late at night turning pages.

Sonny, Bo and Dack had all the love three boys needed until Mom died and Pop was murdered. That’s when evil Uncle Merle moved in, and life changed from unconventional to unbearable.

Three devoted brothers, one murderous madman and seven long years of abuse merge one November night into the explosive event that kicks off the trilogy.

Follow along as three young brothers from the backwoods of Pennsylvania battle killers, Mother Nature and mental illness in their quest for the perfect, peaceful life.”

But if you like your books a bit more on the electronic side, you can read the trilogy for FREE on Kindle Unlimited.

I hope you’ll pick up a copy!

 

Anne

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Book Recommendation: “I Am Magic,” by Maria Robins

Visualization is a big part of Dack’s recovery in the Ashkettle Boys Books, so are daily meditations and affirmations.

Dack struggles with negative thinking and feelings of worthlessness, both common themes among survivors of trauma.

410rN4X7-GLSo when I ran across this amazing book, written by talented indie author, Maria Robins, I knew it would be a perfect fit for the blog.

Maria has crafted a whimsical and poetic, feel-good book on the power of happy thoughts, inspired by the motivational words of the late Dr. Wayne W. Dyer.

Well-written and uplifting, “I Am Magic” is a must-read for anyone who struggles with a negative self worth and discouraging thoughts.

Filled with gorgeous illustrations that complement the rhymes, “Magic” is a book you’ll want to keep close by for reading and re-reading.

You can pick up a copy on Amazon today here.

 

 

Bo and Janie and News You’ll LOVE!

Have you met Janie Gentry? She’s a character who was initially introduced in Ashkettle Crazy as the narrator of the prologue, and if you’ve made it as far as the third book in the series, you’ve gotten to know her a bit better.

Janie has a big heart and a sharp mind. She’s studying to become a teacher, and she’s the Bella to Bo’s Edward, the Ana to his Christian, the yang to his yin.

They’re friends with benefits, y’all.

No, not really.

In the Ashkettle world, slow romance is still a thing. It might be the 1980s, but these kids have more on their minds than just big hair and parachute pants.

Unlike myself back in the day.

Sonny and Dack love Janie like a sister, but Bo feels a bit differently …

“Sometimes I had a hard time breathin’ when she was in the room.” 

Janie wears Bo’s promise ring on her third finger, but she still lives back home where she attends college and helps care for her father who suffers from dementia.

Because Janie’s got it going on.

This explains Bo’s fury when someone or something threatens the woman he’s loved since he was old enough to walk upright.

In fact, Janie’s psychotic stalker has all three brothers blisterin’ mad.

And three angry Ashkettles are never a good thing.

Unless you’re the young woman being terrorized.

Then the odds are definitely in your favor.

If you haven’t yet picked up your copy of Ashkettle Fierce, now is your chance because:

to say

THANK YOU

and

IN THE NAME OF YOUNG LOVE

the Kindle version of

ASHKETTLE FIERCE will be FREE on February 14, 15, and 16.

You can claim your free copy here on those days.

Happy early Valentine’s Day!

And would it be obnoxious of me to ask for a review if you enjoy the story?

Because I hate obnoxious people.

But I LOVE reviews.

I’m gonna do it.

Please review? Pretty Please? And if you’ve read other books in the series and didn’t hate them, reviews of those would be lovely as well.

And if you read them and DID hate them, email me. We’ll chat. We don’t even have to chat about books. We can talk about other things. Not to brag, but I speak a mean beagle.

Anne

(P.S. I love comments nearly as much as reviews. Join the conversation!)

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