Saturday, May 25, 2013

NASHVILLE AUTHOR SIGNING



BIG NEWS!

Do you notice something super awesome about one of those names up there? Um yeah, ONE OF THEM IS MINE! Which is just a huge honor for me to me included among some of these talented women, most of them I started out reading before I even started writing. And not to mention my writing BFF, Michele G Miller, will be there, too! 

Metamorphosis Books is hosting this signing with over twenty authors!
It's in Nashville, TN on June 27, 2013 from 6pm-8pm at the Hotel Preston.

You can check out the event on Facebook and don't forget to RSVP!

This is also the weekend of UtopYA, which I will be attending as a huge fangirl. If you're in or around the Nashville area, please come and pop by to say hi! I will have lots of swag and books with me, but you can also go and discover some great authors as well. 

I am beyond excited because not only is this my first signing I've ever been to, but it's my first signing as an author as well. I can't wait to meet a whole bunch of new faces! I'm all about the love if photo's too, so come by and take some pictures so I can add them to my super sweet scrapbook! I


Event is sponsored by Metamorphosis Books in partnership with Indie Inked

Friday, May 24, 2013

How I Voluntarily Spent Ninety Minutes in a 100 Degree Room

I'm not sure if you know this or not, but I'm somewhat of a hippie....Or I guess, rather, I have a hippie heart...or something like that. Either way, I embrace my inner tree hugger and get on with my life, spreading my views when I can. I started meditating daily about six months ago and that's something that has truly brought inner peace and self-love into my life. I'm not sure if meditating can 100% contribute to my new state of happiness, but I believe it has played a huge part in it.

When my friend Sheridan mentioned she was going to try this new place in town called Raja Hot Yoga, I knew I had to go with her. I've done yoga many times on my own and have always loved it. I've heard about hot yoga and the whole thing intrigued me, but I always had some excuse as to never go an try it out. Well since living with my new found attitude, I texted her and we made plans to go a few nights ago.

I want to start off by saying I really did enjoy this experience and plan on going back at least three times a week. I am, however, going to tell you the true story of my first hot yoga experience in my very own and goofy way.

I am the first to arrive between Sheridan and I, and since I hate going new places alone, I blow up her phone to see where she's at. She tells me she's on her way, so I suck it up and go inside the lobby. I only needed to place one foot inside the door to know I was going to be pretty miserable. I knew that it was hot yoga and that I would most likely be really, really hot. What I didn't realize is that is would be SCORCHING. Like, might-as-well-let-your-entire-body-melt-off-your-bones-because-there's-no-chance-you-can-mop-up-all-the-sweat-that-is-about-to-pour-off-of-you hot. And I was only in the lobby!

I immediately text Sheridan to let her know just the lobby had me sweating my (imaginary) balls off. That's when I realized, I forgot a towel. I'm thinking to myself, really? How does one go to hot yoga and grab everything but a towel? Thankfully, this whole place is awesome and you can borrow towels! Whew!

Sheridan finally gets there and we get our stuff ready to go inside the HOT ROOM, which is aptly named, because they keep it between 99-100 degrees the entire time. By this time, I've already got sweat pooling in undesirable places. We find a spot once a very nice woman scoots over and makes room for both of us to be next to each other. We observe everyone else in the room and follow their lead by laying our towels down on our mats, which by the way, mine is pink. Did you expect anything else?

We sit for a few minutes while we wait for our instructor, Sarah, to begin. The entire time, we're giggling about how fricken hot it is. Finally Sarah begins, and Sheridan and I only exchange a few more stifled giggles before we both get really into it. Some of the poses I knew from doing yoga at home and others I couldn't even mimic if I tried. Our instructor was really awesome and came to help me out a few times. I also learned I needed a big towel because you're slipping and sliding all over your mat if you don't have one that cover the entire thing. This would be because you become a human salt lick with the amount of sweat that emerges from your pores.

I feel like you may think I'm over-exaggerating, but I'm not. It was hot and humid. Like when you walk outside from your AC in the summer and you almost gag because it's so hot and stuffy outside. It's like that, except, you're breathing deeply and moving slowly and trying to concentrate on yourself, all while sweat is beading all over your body. I honestly think I could feel the sweat pushing it's way through my skin and dumping off of me. It was that hot.

I finally start to get really into it. I'm falling all over the place when we're supposed to be balanced, but Sarah keeps telling me it's okay and that whatever I can do today is just perfect for me, and I'm eating her words up, because they're inspiring. I'm so connected with myself and I'm not even thinking of the butt sweat I probably have going on, until Billy, the owner who has been doing yoga with us on the front pallet, goes down into this crazy arm-stand thing and Sarah tells us we can do the same. And then I let out the most obnoxious sound of disbelief from my mouth. And I am immediately embarrassed. But let me show it. It looked like this over here. Yeah, you see that? It took him all of five seconds to make his body do that and I couldn't even stand on one leg for more than twenty seconds. I questioned real life at that moment.

I did feel amazing throughout the whole session. I love listening to someone talk about all the valves I wish to embrace, like pushing yourself to attain your goals, overcoming adversity, empowering yourself to be who you wish to be, and being strong. That's what I want to be - all of those things. It really puts your mind someplace else. It was awesome.

Once we make it through all of our poses and are allowed to lay back and bask in the glory of our sweat, Sarah takes over with her amazing words again. We are rewarded with a cold, wet washcloth that at this time feels like someone just handed me the keys to a walk-in freezer. I couldn't get it on my face fast enough. I spent the next fifteen minutes soaking up the essence of the cold rag and practically fall asleep until the session is over and I'm forced to peel myself up off the floor.

Afterwords, I felt spectacular! I wanted to go conquer the world! Despite feeling like hot lava was oozing out of my body, I loved it, and I'm actually on my out the door to go to another session as I type this! If you are looking for something new, different, and empowering  - do some yoga. I mean it. Try it!



Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Who's That Wednesday - Meet Hannah


The next character I want to introduce from Promise Me This is Hannah!

Hannah is Charlie's very best friend from since she was knee high to a pigs eye. Despite their personality differences, they both thought of each other as the sister they never had had. Hannah is fun, carefree, and quirky all the time; traits that Charlie often envied of her partner in crime. This girl knows how to work what her mama gave her and isn't afraid to go after what she wants. 

Hannah does have one weakness - Charlie's happiness. Ever since they were little she has always had her back and would make sure no one ever messed with her. She's very much a do what I say and not what I do kind of girl, because Charlie tries to embrace her inner Hannah a few times, and she was the first to try and knock the sense into her about not being so impulsive, which backfires on Hannah anyway! 

She has an infectious personality and her witty one-liners will leave you in tears. This girl has the looks and the sass to knock anyone on their butts with just a few words. But that's just what draws you in about her. 

Here's Hannah's playlist. She's a fun one, I tell you!

Monday, May 20, 2013

TEASER TUESDAY

Well last week you had a  chance to see Jhett pull some moves on Charlie. This week it's her turn to make him melt.
       Jhett was panting, both his arms now placed on either side of me on the counter.  Mine had found their way around his shoulders, twirling the hair I could grasp in between my fingers as I kissed my way from the collar of his plain white signature tee up his neck and to his swollen lips.    
   “Charlie, are you sure you’re okay with this?  We can stop.  We can go back to how things were going to be.”  He leaned back just out of my reach, putting the brakes on my trails of kisses.  When I saw the conflicted look on his face, my heart sank.      
 I pulled his hand from beside me and placed it on my chest, my heart beating so fast, I knew he couldn’t deny what I was about to say.  “Do you feel that?  No one has ever made my heart race like that before.”  I left my hand on top of his, my fingers still tracing every inch of skin I could touch.  “So don’t tell me we can go back to how things were before.  I don’t want to.  I want whatever we are now, right in this moment.”   
       A smile that I couldn’t stop, even if I’d tried, crept onto my lips; my words surprised not only Jhett, but myself as well.  I’d never been one to jump into things with both feet.  I’d always held back in the past, but right now, I felt like I would hate myself forever if I let him walk away and think that I didn’t want this too.  That I didn’t need this.
       Jhett’s free hand swept the rogue hairs that had fallen in my face and pushed them behind my ear.  He leaned forward with ease and placed his warm lips against my forehead.  That one single, tender action just added fuel to the fire inside me.

Well, well, well. We're getting closer to release date. There's only three Tuesdays left after today. I'm starting to go into some sort of shock, I think. I'm getting feedback from Beta's and strangers are getting excited to read Promise Me This. I think that's what is blowing my mind the most! I just can't believe it sometimes. Tomorrow, and every Wednesday until release day, I'm going to be featuring a character on the blog, kind of like how I did with Ginger. I think that's be fun to put a face to the names and get to know them a little before you meet them.

Also, enjoy the little extra picture. I really love with one of Charlie, even though you can only see her eyes peeking over Jhett's shoulder, something about those eyes will get ya!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

PROMISE ME THIS Cover Reveal

After what feels like months and months and months of waiting...THE DAY IS FINALLY HERE! This cover has been a journey in itself to create. It has taken a total of five people, including myself, to make it get to the beautiful piece of art, but it was beyond worth it.

The first person who needs a great big awesome THANK YOU is my photographer, Chad Spann. I've known him a while and randomly sent him a Facebook message asking if he would be interested in taking the photo for my cover. He responded back with a giant YES and was just as excited to get things started as I was! And we ended up with over 600 pictures at the end of the shoot. You're a phenomenal photographer, Chad, and as always, a hoot to work with! Thank you for taking all the gorgeous photos from that day. Now get prepared for the next one!

Then came my models, Cathleen and Steven. Both of them have been supportive of me, my book, and my crazy posing ideas during the shoot. I even made them lay in the sand and they complied, with only minimal complains. Haha. Thank you both for jumping in with both feet and never looking back. You guys both made this experience SO much easier and much more fun than I ever expected.

And Sarah Hansen at Okay Creations, thank you for bringing everything together and putting up with my countless emails and crazy mind. It couldn't be any more perfect. You worked some magic for this cover, girl, because I haven't been able to stop staring at it for a week.

Are you ready now? Dying of anticipation? Well here you go...



Promise Me This by Sarah Ashley Jones
Cover Design by Okay Creations.
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 17, 2013

Welcome to the South - where the tea is sweet and the accents are sweeter. This Southern way of life is all Charlie has ever known. It’s not until she loses the only person who pushed her to break free of the Southern Belle mold that she starts living the life she needs and not the life her parents forced on her.

Jhett has lived on the edge for as long as he could remember - constantly teetering back and forth between being a rock star and living a normal life. His rebellious and sometimes arrogant attitude is known to get him into trouble, especially with the girls who hang on his every move.

Charlie never thought that a trip to pack up her brother’s apartment would leave her feeling even more unsettled about the grainy details of her brother’s death. Her quest for information leads her straight to his old hangout and into arms of Jhett, who suspiciously knows more about her situation than he ever should.

Only a few questions remain - Can you trust someone based on their word alone? And if you make a promise, how far will you go to keep it?


About The Author

Sarah Ashley Jones was raised in San Diego, California, but currently wrangles her husband and four dogs in Clarksville, Tennessee. When she's not writing she works in a pottery studio and comes home covered in paint on a daily basis. She has a slightly unhealthy obsession with cupcakes and chapstick. She is an eternal optimist and can often be found dancing and singing to music at any given time. It's rare to see her not smiling or laughing, but if you do, just bring her a cupcake and it will cheer her up.

Promise Me This is her first novel and is a story that weaseled its way into her heart and wouldn't leave her alone until she typed it up on the computer. She already is hard at work on ideas for her next book and hopes that the
characters never stop coming to her. Her huge imagination was always in overdrive as a child and now she is beyond excited to put it to good use as an adult. She plans to write as long as she has stories that need to be told.

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So what do you all think? I'm dying to know so please humor me and tell me!

Monday, May 13, 2013

TEASER TUESDAY

So it's been a while since I've done a Teaser Tuesday but I'm editing and ran across one of mine favorite scenes! This is a typical playful Charlie and Jhett scene.

I only took a few steps before collapsing on the floor in pain.  I rocked back and forth as I held onto my knee with a death grip.  Charlie was instantly at my side, kneeling down next to me in my too-big-for-her shirt. 
“Oh my goodness, Jhett!  What happened?!  Are you okay?”  Her voice was strained with worry as her hands flew to my knee; she was trying her best to get a handle on the situation.  The concern she had for me was starting to border on panic, which almost made me feel bad about what I had done.
With one quick sweep of my arms I had Charlie flat on her back again, this time right on the kitchen floor.  Her moans of frustration only fueled my desire for her.  “Hey, remember - I don’t get even, I get ahead,” I smirked, as she crossed her arms in a last ditch attempt to try and get out of losing.  
Her shoulders dropped in defeat.  “Fiiiiine,” she sighed.  I knew that I had her right where I wanted her.  I sat back on my heels and waited for her to admit that I had won.
Without warning Charlie turned the tables this time, throwing all her body weight against me as I tumbled backwards.  It was her turn to straddle me; her bare legs falling on each side of my torso as her hands held my wrists against the cold floor just as I had done to her earlier.   Her golden locks were a wavy mess; her braid never stood a chance.  But there was a new fire burning behind her eyes that I’d never seen before.  She was enjoying the sudden shift in dominance.  In her eyes, she’d won our game.
“Say it!” she demanded, only inches away from my face.  “Say ‘Charlie’s the Queen’.”   She was challenging me!  I should have known to stop underestimating her.  She never ceased to amaze me.
            “You’re my Queen, Charlie,” I told her, my voice just above a whisper.  

Ahhh. Are you swooning, yet? Because Jhett seems to make all the ladies swoon when he is around.

Don't forget - the cover reveal is scheduled for THIS FRIDAY! I'm chomping at the bit to share it with you guys!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day

Today is Mother's Day and a day that is very bittersweet to me. Each year I battle the scale of emotions that I feel - happy, sad, bitter, envious, anger, frustration, love, hope, appreciate, and sometimes as much as I don't like to admit it...hate. These are normal human emotions and I accept that I don't feel this way all the time. But it is days like today that I do.

Today is my third Mother's Day as an angel momma. I won't get into too much detail, but I do want you to know that my husband and I have two brilliant babies up in heaven. Each year we celebrate Mother's and Father's day the same way parents who have their children here on Earth do. My love as a mother started the moment I held those positive tests in my hands and my love for them will never fade away. Each year, I'm honored to be included in people's Mother's Day wishes. It means more than you can imagine to be included in such a wonderful day.

I know many people don't know what to say to parents who have lost a child, whether it was before they go to hold them in their arms or after they had already made their appearance. I can't speak for every angel mom, but for most, just saying Happy Mother's Day or that you're thinking of of us is enough. We became a mother the instant we found out about our babies, but just because they are no longer in our arms, doesn't mean we stopped being a mother.

So thank you to those who think of every type of mother on a day like today! I was overwhelmed with the people who sent me messages, tagged me on facebook, and called or sent a text. You are awesome. You made this mama happy. And thank you to my husband, who every year, makes it a point to make sure I feel special and celebrated. You are my hero, too, babe.

I also wanted to share a few other things with you. I participated in an eco-friendly world-wide balloon release. This was the first I had done it and the experience was amazing for me. We sent up two balloons and I can't begin to explain the feelings that came with watching them float away.

Another thing I wanted to share with you is this video I made for my mom. I'm sure if you have been around me in Facebook land that you have seen my mom comment and posting things on my page. She's amazing. In fact, I think she's going to try and make it to Indie Girl Con in February 2014 so if you go, you get to meet her, too!

She has been a constant driving force in my life since I was a little girl. Sure, we had our rocky moments, but most of my memories are great ones. We tried really hard this month to get together (she is still in CA while I am in TN) and things happen where we just couldn't pull it off. One day I was thinking of all these random memories I have with her and they kind of blossomed into a video idea. So enjoy this little ditty I made called Things I learned from my Mother.


I hope all of you enjoyed your day, Mother or not. Thanks everyone for your continued love and support in every aspect of my life!
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