Writing is my life. Life is my hobby. ~Emma Lai

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Ashley Ludwig on All or Nothing

Emma: Today, I am featuring an interview with author Ashley Elizabeth Ludwig on her story All or Nothing now available from White Rose Publishing.


A widow finds love.
A soldier seeks redemption.
A murderous bandit threatens to destroy them both.

RuthAnne Newcomb, a young widow starting over, nearly dies on the perilous winding road to Tucson, Arizona in 1876. The accident is a cover-up for a heinous crime at the hand of the murderous bandit El Tejano. Robbed and left for dead, all that remains for RuthAnne is her faith and her God-given talents. She needs both to endure the handsome, vengeful cavalry captain who saves her life.

Captain Bowen Shepherd offers aid in exchange for information leading to the criminal's capture. El Tejano is bound to strike again, likely against the only living witness to his crimes.

Bowen and RuthAnne must work together and risk everything to unmask the bandit. Will their newfound love, or their lives, be the cost of bringing a murderer to justice?

Welcome, Ashley! What a great blurb, and I love the trailer you did for this story!

Ashley: Thanks a lot! I had a blast making it, and have had many favorable comments. Looking up the images, finding the song, and setting it up to tell the story in 2 minutes or less! It’s a challenge and so much fun when it works.

Emma: From reading your bio, I see your field of study, Anthropology, challenged your beliefs, and I find it admirable that you found a way to consolidate your faith with your interests. And, now you use both in your writing!

I see All or Nothing has received some great reviews. How does this inspire you?

Ashley: I blogged on my site just recently about reviews on my site: www.ashleyludwig.com . I feel it’s important to learn from the not so sparkly ones as well as the good. Of course, the good ones are far more fun to read!

I do my google searches as often as I think of them, and it’s so exciting when a new review pops up! Especially when you’re not expecting one.

Our stories are, after all, a labor of love, and it inspires me to keep writing when I hear that I have people who have read and enjoyed the book, and are looking forward to the next one. Makes me think I should get back to my WIP, and fast!

Emma: I can't wait to get my first review, good or bad. It's nice to see how people receive your work.

You do freelance writing on a variety of topics. I’m in awe. Every time I contemplate writing an article I wonder why anyone would want to read what I have to say about x. Do you have the same fear, and if so, how do you overcome it?

Ashley: Well, first step I guess is to write about things that interest you. I post to a content web site, and people can shop around for articles of mutual interest. I write about everything from recipes, to housekeeping articles, to the latest uses of technology for authors, book lovers, and libraries. I haven’t written as many lately, as I’m focusing on my creative writing, and my current WIP that’s taking up all of my brain-space!

Emma: I know you have another release, By Another Name, and a free read, Tessa Takes a Chance, available from White Rose Publishing.

I don’t know if you remember, but back in February I was lucky enough to win a copy of By Another Name. I happened to mention that I loved Tessa Takes a Chance and my desire to see more of the story. You told me it was a story in three parts and you had submitted a proposal for the remainder. Did you ever hear anything back on it?

Ashley: You know, I tabled that read, due to another story that the editor wanted to see. So, I shifted focus to finish that one—turned it in, and am waiting until mid August for her reply on whether it’s ready or not.

One thing about the editors at TWRP, they are a busy bunch! Even though I’ve published with them four times (I have another free read for readers of the White Rose Publishing Yahoo Group – called “Sparks Still Fly”) – it still makes you nervous waiting to hear the word “Contract.”

Emma: I know what you mean! I'm waiting on two stories at the moment. It's nerve racking!

I won’t keep you much longer, but I have to ask if you have any plans to branch out from inspirational romance? Do you have any other works in progress that you’d like to share?

Ashley: Funny you mention that. The current project under review is a “Sweet Romance” and not an Inspirational project. It just didn’t suit the story. My current WIP is a romantic/suspense/thriller, and the main character is a marine archaeologist. I’m having a lot of fun with it, but there are so many plot twists, I have to keep moving sticky notes around to keep up with the red herrings and threads so nothing gets lost!

I have a drawer full of plotted pieces that I’ll get to as soon as time allows. Being a working mama, there are only so many hours in a day! Prioritizing family time, writing time, working time, and housekeeping – something has to give. It’s usually the house! Thank Heaven for takeout, for a hubby that likes to do laundry, and kids that are getting old enough to entertain themselves for at least an hour while I do an interview with lovely ladies like you!

Emma: You sound like you're great at juggling!

Thank you for your time, Ashley, and good luck on your future books!

Ashley: Thank you, Emma – and I’m a new fan of yours, too! This is a lovely venue for authors of all genres – you’ve really done a great job of making your interview site a home. Thank you for having me.


Emma Lai said...

Thanks for being my guest today, Ashley!

Readers don't forget to leave a comment to be entered to win a prize from my release party. You can check my website...http://www.emmalaiwrites.com.

ashleyludwig said...

My pleasure!

I've said all along, you're an excellent interviewer and I'm thrilled to ping-pong with you today! LOL


Emma Lai said...

Thanks, Ashley!

Skhye said...

Oh, I want to read about the marine archaeologist! Still love that cactus cover! The desert is so amazing. Great interview!

Sarah Simas said...

Hi Ashley and Emma!

Great interview! You gals crack me up with the ping-ponging. It all goes to show how fantastically famous you both are. :o)

Ashley, I just love the colors for the covers of All Or Nothing. So, eye catching!

Well, I'm here for the party, Emma! lol You have any chips? ;O)

ashleyludwig said...


Good morning, hon! I'm having a severe "plot wedgie" with current work in progress.

I'm having to go back to the beginning and check that all the dips and curls I've added as my characters have grown into their own people make sense!

Call me a plotting-pantster with this one!

Thanks for weighing in and hope you're having a fun summer!


Emma Lai said...

I agree, Skhye and Sarah, it is a great cover!

No chips, Sarah, just lots of prizes to give-away!

Grace Brooks said...

Great interview. Makes me want to read all your books

ashleyludwig said...

Sarah - it's too early for chips out here, but I have these gooey, yummy cinnamon rolls and freshly squeezed orange juice!

*pouring glass*

Want some?


ashleyludwig said...


Nice to meet you!

Send me your e-mail address and I'll forward anyone who wants one both of my free reads for a fun filled weekend...


Shoot me a note and I'll send them your way!

Who wants coffee? cappuccino? Lattes? *placing orders for Starbucks*


Hywela Lyn said...

Hi Ashley and Emma

Great interview ladies - and I agree, that's a super cover! Love it, very striking!Darn, there's another story for my wish list. The book fairy must be bent over with the weight of all the books I'm waiting to read!

Emma Lai said...

Grace, I definitely recommend Ashley's books! Grab her free read and you'll be hooked!

Emma Lai said...

Thanks for bringing refreshments, Ashley!

Emma Lai said...

That's funny, Lyn! Since I started reading eBooks, I've had to modify my back up system to handled all of them!

ashleyludwig said...


I love the cover -- Kimberlee Mendoza does fantastic work.

She actually took this shot when she lived in Ft. Huachuca - just south of Tucson, where All or Nothing is set.

She captured the imagery exactly! it was so awesome to have a cover artist on exactly the same page as me!

Oh - and let me know if you want to do an author swap *wink* - will trade books for reviews! LOL


Emma Lai said...

Ooh...what a fun fact. I was born in Ft. Huachuca, not that I remember the place, but maybe it explains my fascination with desert scenes.

ashleyludwig said...


Small world. One of my sorority sisters at U of A was Miss Sierra Vista.

Small world. We've had lots of conversations on our Sweetest Romance Yahoo Loop about how you either love the desert or you hate it.

There is beauty, life, and passion in that landscape, though I also love trees and the ocean. I've always felt torn between my love of the coast and of the rugged Arizona desert. of course, this time of year, it's easy to stay away from 100+ days!

Can you imagine living in those conditions with no air conditioning?!?



MarthaE said...

Hi Ashley and Emma! Nice interview...always learn something new! Looked at the trailer again - I like that old movie effect. Your books sound so good. Good luck with the WIP and your pending books! Martha

Emma Lai said...

What a horrid thought. Of course, they used to design houses to keep in the cool in the summer and the heat in the winter.

We have now lived in both the desert and on the coast and my personal preference is the coast, but talk about humidity!

Emma Lai said...

Thanks for visiting Martha! I love the old movie effect of Ashley's trailer!

MarthaE said...

Emma - I live in Florida, although not the coast anymore, and I guess I am used to the humidity. We were in San Antonio, TX a couple of weeks ago and I found that dry heat of 95-105 much more difficult!

Emma Lai said...

Martha, I'm not a big fan of San Antonio in the summer myself. It's a little too far west for me! :) If you go down to the River Walk though, you'll get the wash of humidity you're used to...and get a little shopping in too.

My husband and I always laugh when people tell us "At least it's a dry heat in the desert." We much prefer the humidity. But everyone has their preferences and I must say that the desert in the winter is beautiful.

ashleyludwig said...

Hey, Martha!

Glad to see you, and thanks for the kudos. I've been blessed with wonderful reviews thus far. Florida! Wow, talk about one end of the country to the other! We're just inland and north of San Diego and I love it here. Very similar in climate to Napa -- and the local wines are outstanding.

Thanks for the kudos, and I do hope you'll send me your e-mail address for your free read for dropping by!



ashleyludwig said...

Wow, Emma

It's almost lunch time out here in the west! I'm heading over to www.mamawriters.com for a bit to see if anyone's sent over a favorite recipe.

I mentioned I'm making your casserole for dinner tomorrow... :)


Emma Lai said...

You'll have to let me know if you think it's as yummy as I do!

Cate Masters said...

Great interview, Emma and Ashley! And loved the trailer too. Congrats on your release - best of luck with it!

Emma Lai said...

Thanks for stopping by Cate!

EA said...

Lovely review. The novel looks great, and your WIP is definitely ambitious. Good luck.

Emma Lai said...

Thanks for visiting EA!

ashleyludwig said...

Hey, Cate! thanks for dropping in...

EA - you know I love ya! :)


SarahAnn said...

Lovely interview, Ladies! Ashley, your blurb for All or Nothing is very tempting. Your WIP sounds really interesting too. Marine archaeology is a great setting for a romantic suspense.

Emma Lai said...

Thanks for posting, Sarah Ann!


Good interview! I think the book will be a good read.

Emma Lai said...

Thanks for stopping by Loretta!

Caffey said...

Hi Emma! Hi Ashley! I read about this book recently and very excited about it. As I love historical romances, I so treasure when there is a western one because there's just something special about reading that setting! Are you working on more historicals? Other settings/time periods you'd like to write?

Emma Lai said...

Thanks for visiting Caffey!

Laurean Brooks said...

Hi Emma Lai and Ashley.

Wonderful interview! All or Nothing is a great read. Romance and the wild west. What goes together better than that? Unless it's ham and eggs.

Like you, Ashley(my gifted friend,good reviews excite me. More! More! LOL

And guess what? I have Pamela Thibodeaux onstage at Laurean's Lore right now, on this beautiful Saturday morning. She reveals her heart, soul, and wildest dreams. And gives tips on how to manage a busy life.

Pop over to http://laureanslore.blogspot.com and give us your personal input. See ya there.


Emma Lai said...

Thanks for visiting Laurie! I'll have to stop by for a visit.