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Andrew Ashling
I write stuff. Gay stuff. Very gay stuff.
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Hi,

My name is Andrew Ashling. I write gay stories. Novels actually. Then I publish them.

So far I have published seven books. (Well, nine actually, but I have been too lazy to update this Welcome Note. Yeah. Sorry about that.)

A Dish Served Cold by Andrew Ashling Just don't Mess with Us: Family Matters by Andrew Ashling Bonds of Hate by Andrew Ashling Bonds of Fear by Andrew Ashling Bonds of Blood by Andrew Ashling Gambit by Andrew Ashling Castling by Andrew Ashling


The first twelve chapters (60,000+ words) of Bonds of Hate, the first book in the Dark Tales of Randamor the Recluse series are online as a FREE read on my website, Ximerion.

You can find all my books in Kindle format on my author's page on Amazon, and in epub, pdf and mobi format on my own website, Ximerion


Indie Speculative Fiction of the Month is a round-up of speculative fiction by indie authors newly published this month, though for the debut edition some December books snuck in as well. The books are arranged in alphabetical order by author. So far, all the links only go to Amazon.com, though other retailers may be added for future editions.

Pawn Storm was mentioned in the very first post Indie Speculative Fiction of the Month: January 2014 on Cora Buhlert's site.

Indie Speculative Fiction of the Month contains a broad spectrum of books, ranging from modern fairy tales via historical fantasy, epic fantasy, paranormal romance, urban fantasy, dystopian SF and space opera all the way to hard science fiction. There are books for all age ranges, from a collection of bedtime stories for young children to some very dark and adult works.

The books mentioned in Indie Speculative Fiction of the Month are not reviewed. Just a general introduction is given for each title. Still this could be a very useful series of blogposts if you want to be kept abreast of new releases by indie authors in the field of speculative fiction.

My thanks to Cora Buhlert for including me.
The Invisible Hands - Part 3: Pawn Storm (Book VI of Dark Tales of Randamor the Recluse)
has been released. I hope you'll check it out on:
It should also become available soon on
I'm editing and formatting the last chapters of my latest Epic Fantasy & Gay Romance book, Pawn Storm, part three of four of The Invisible Hands, the sixth volume in the Dark Tales of Randamor the Recluse series. This means I'm still on course for a release early next week, mainly thanks to my editor who has agreed to work a lot faster, though being ill.

As always when I publish a new book, worries and doubts emerge from all nooks and crannies. Writers are not particularly known for their self-confidence.

So, here are a few of the things I wonder about as to how they will be received.

If you want to receive an email on the day Pawn Storm goes live on Amazon, please subscribe to my New Releases Newsletter.
I’m writing the last scenes of The Invisible Hands — Part 3: Pawn Storm.

I had thought to almost, but not quite, reveal the identity of the Trachian prince at the end of this book, and keep the secret for the next book, The Invisible Hands — Part 4: Mate. This would have been a terrific cliffhanger, but I decided not to be cruel, and, besides, the revelation scenes are a perfect ending for this one. That doesn’t mean there won’t be some kind of nailbiter though.

For the second excerpt I chose most of the second scene of chapter 3, Visitors, featuring Anaxantis and Ravvid, one of the Clansmen.

I hope you’ll enjoy it.

Anaxantis is lonely, but he is not the only one…

You can read the excerpt here on my site.

If you want to receive an email when Pawn Storm is published, you can subscribe to my New Releases Newsletter.
One day after BookLikes.com came out of beta, Goodreads amends its review policy, and launches new review guidelines and author guidelines.

In the author guidelines, Goodreads states explicitly:

"Goodreads is a place for all kinds of booklovers, and that includes authors. There are many ways you, as a Goodreads Author, can participate in the community. We hope that you enjoy using the site, and that Goodreads also helps more readers discover your books."

There is quite a debate going on about the new policy. At the time of writing, and about 3 hours after having been made public, the thread has over 300 comments. No surprise there: Goodreads has already deleted a lot of reviews and bookshelves that go against the new policy, without giving readers the chance to download and save them.
2013-09-05 22:46 - Interview
I was interviewed on Graeme Brown's blog, A Fantasy Writing Journey, about life, writing and my books.

Check it out here.
I posted a first excerpt of "The Invisible Hands — Part 3: Pawn Storm" (Work in progress, 6th book of the Dark Tales of Randamor the Recluse Series, Epic Fantasy & Gay Romance).

It features Thenoclon and his slave, Lexyntas. And no, it's not what you think. It's actually rather sweet. :)

You can read it here.
I'm about 80,000 words into what was supposed to become the last book in the next Dark Tales of Randamor the Recluse trilogy, and I'm fairly sure now that is not going to happen.

The trilogy, I mean. There simply are too many characters and there is too much happening to fit in just three books.

I blogged about it in this post on my website Ximerion.
2013-05-06 20:22 - Beware the Predatory Penguin

A Warning to New Authors Who Want to Be Published


It used to be simple. If a publisher was interested in your work he paid you an advance and published your work.

These days once respected publishers like Penguin operate as vanity-presses. They try to sell you something, for thousands of dollars, that you can do for yourself or for which you can hire people do to it for you for tens of dollars.

In other words, they prey on the vulnerable and naive, fleecing them for all they're worth. In some cases you can take this literally.

I blogged about it in this post on my website.
Happy twenty-first birthday, Emily.

Emily decided to celebrate her twenty-first birthday by interviewing an author every day of the month of April on her blog Sharing Links and Wisdom.

You can check out my interview here, but don't forget to take a look at the others as well. We all give away free books.
2013-02-27 22:36 - The Next Big Thing Blog Hop
I participated in a blog hop. I got to answer questions like “Where did the idea for the novel come from?” and “Which actors would you choose to play the characters in a movie rendition of the novel?” and “Who or what inspired you to write this novel?”

You can read my answers to these and other questions here.
Once in a while I get an email from a reader asking me all kinds of things about my future plans for the Dark Tales of Randamor the Recluse-series.
Yesterday someone asked me if the books would be bundled in omnibuses.

So, for anybody who’s curious, I wrote a blog post about my plans as I now see them.
The Invisible Hands - Part 2: Castling (Book V of Dark Tales of Randamor the Recluse) has been released.

You can check it out at

Amazon in Kindle-format
All Romance ebooks in mobi (Kindle-compatible) and epub
iTunes in epub/iBook
Kobo in epub

It should also become available soon on Barnes & Noble in epub.
The artist has promised me a full color first draft of the cover for The Invisible Hands - Part 2: Castling by the end of this week. Believe me, I'm as anxious and impatient as all who have written me. There probably will be a few adjustments that will have to be made. Blame my difficult and finicky nature. These as well could take a few days.

Partly it's my own fault: I commissioned the cover far too late. A mistake I won't make again, I promise. Another mistake I won't make again is pin a definitive date on it, but I expect the cover to be ready somewhere next week. Maybe sooner. Fingers crossed.

Right after I have uploaded the book to all the vendors, I will send out an email to all subscribers to my New Releases Newsletter. You can subscribe on this page.

Castling, like all my books, will be available on
While I'm still waiting for the cover art, I'd thought I give you both a second excerpt and an idea how the book will look on an actual device.

If you'd like to see how the book will look on an iPad (and epub-ereaders like the Kobo Glo, the Sony PRS-T2, and compare is to the classic Kindle 3 Keyboard, I've put up some screenshots of the beginning of chapter 9 on my site, Ximerion.
The editing and formatting of The Invisible Hands – Part 2: Castling (Dark Tales of Randamor the Recluse – Book V) is finished.

So why the delay?

Explanation here.
«Dark Tales of Randamor the Recluse: Beginnings», which contains the first twelve chapters of the epic fantasy & mm-romance Dark Tales series, is now also available as a FREE ebook in Europe on amazon.com (previously it was only free in America).

The powers that be at Amazon's have also decided to make the book kostenfrei in Germany, on amazon.de, and gratuit in France on amazon.fr.

For links to mobi and epub format, from anywhere in this world and neighboring planets, parallel universes included: ARe & Kobo.
I published a first excerpt from The Invisible Hands - Part 2: Castling (Dark Tales of Randamor the Recluse - Book V), due to be released in December, on my blog.

I chose a lighthearted scene from Chapter 14, The Other One, featuring Rullio and Merw.

I hope you'll enjoy it.

You can read it here.
2012-10-25 01:02 - Amazon Japan
Noticed that since a few hours my books are now also available on Amazon Japan.

This is Bonds of Hate surrounded by kanji. Price is ¥ 316.
Dark Tales of Randamor the Recluse: Beginnings has gone FREE on Amazon. (In some parts of the world delivery costs may be charged. Check before clicking)

This book contains the first twelve chapters — over 60,000 words — of Bonds of Hate, the first volume in the Dark Tales of Randamor the Recluse series.

It is meant to give the reader a good idea of the story, and a better one than just a sample can give, before embarking upon a long series of books.
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