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.