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Andrew Ashling
I write stuff. Gay stuff. Very gay stuff.
Hoi there...

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

I published the first installment of my story Lee-Lack's Gold on my site.

There is also a General Introduction.

The stories are set in the world of Anaxantis. They run parallel to the events related in the trilogy The Invisible Chains and the sequel quadrilogy The Invisible Hands.

These are the tales of some characters who have left the main story line as told in the first seven books. It isn’t strictly necessary to have read those, but if you haven’t, you might miss some subtle references. I tried to make these stories stand on their own. That means that if you have read the first seven books, some events will be familiar to you, though they will be told from a different perspective.

The installments will be regularly published and are free to read. You can check the website, or, on the landing page, subscribe to the blog posts (fourth box down in the right column) to receive email notification when a new installment is published. Each email contains an unsubscribe link.
When the story is finished it will stay up for a few weeks, then it will be published as an ebook.

I hope you'll enjoy Lee-Lack's Gold.
2015-06-25 20:50 - New, Free Stories
I've been working on a new story, or rather a new line of stories — plural.

They'll be shorter tales about characters who, at one time or another, left the main story line of Dark Tales of Randamor the Recluse. The drawback is that those who have read all seven books will recognize certain events, though now told from another perspective. There will be new stuff as well, of course.

The good news is that I will publish them — for free — in regular installments on my website, Ximerion, where you can read more about this…
My novel Mate was nominated for the eFestival of Words – Best of the Independent eBook Awards 2015: http://goo.gl/5FCka4

This is the second time I participated in the Hop Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia 2015.

You can find my post here, about how hatemongering and public appeals for physical violence against gays turned against the Georgian soprano Tamar Iveri.

Scroll down to the bottom of my post and you'll find 119 writer participating in the blog hop. Most of them — myself included — give away books, ebooks or swag.

Cover Anthology Stories on the Go

Stories on the Go is an anthology of 101 Very Short Stories by 101 Authors.

The idea was launched by Hugh Howey of WOOL-fame on Kboards, a forum for kindle readers with an active — well, turbulent — community of indie writers. It is a collection of very short stories, thousand words or less, by very different authors who write in many genres. There is, besides the usual Table of Contents, and Index by Author and an Index by Genre. There are a few gay/m-m stories besides my own.

Somehow I ended up coordinating this project which aims to give you an idea of recent indie writing.

Oh… and you can download the ebook for free on several vendors.

Amazon (in most regions — Attention: every Amazon site can put the book free or not at their own discretion)
Apple iTunes (everywhere)
Barnes&Noble (everywhere)
Kobo (everywhere)
Inktera (everywhere)
Scribd (everywhere)
2014-12-13 00:34(no subject)
1. Family Games

2. Family Payback

3. Family Meal

4. Family Visit

5. Family Sound

I put the five gay humorous stories of Just Don't Mess with Us separately in the Kindle Unlimited program.

This means that, as long as you are a KU subscriber, you can basically borrow them for free, or, more correctly put, at no additional cost. After you have read the story, you can return it to borrow another book. And I get a little something from Amazon. If a lot of people borrow these stories it might even be enough to buy myself a nice poster of a yacht.
Cover Castling
My latest Epic Fantasy Gay Romance book, Mate, part four of The Invisible Hands, the seventh volume in the Dark Tales of Randamor the Recluse series is now live on all vendors.

These are the links:

Amazon (azw & azw3)
All Romance ebooks (ARe) (epub & mobi)
Apple iBooks or Itunes (epub)
Barnes & Noble (epub)
Inktera (epub)
Scribd (epub)
Kobo (epub)
and, of course, on my own site in the eShop (epub & mobi).
I’m almost finished with the final preparations for the release of my latest Gay Epic Fantasy book, Mate, part four of The Invisible Hands, the seventh volume in the Dark Tales of Randamor the Recluse series.

This means you can expect publication by Thursday or Friday this week.

I still need to write the blurb and I want to give the book a final once-over, but that should be it.

That means it’s time for a cover reveal.

Limited introductory offer at reduced price: For notification by email, subscribe to my New Releases Newsletter on this page.
I’m almost finished editing my gay Epic Fantasy Mate, the seventh book in the Dark Tales of Randamor the Recluse series, and the fourth and last part of The Invisible Hands.

I still need a few days, though. My earlier estimates are off by about a week. Release will be begin November, but not later than the first week.

I will announce the release of Mate first by mail to the subscribers of my New Releases Newsletter, when the book will still be offered at a lower, temporary introduction price. A few days later I will announce the release by a regular blog post, like this one.

If you’re not already subscribed to my New Releases Newsletter, you can do so here if you want.

Meanwhile, to tide you over, you can read a longer excerpt featuring Ehandar, which should please his fan club. It is taken from the penultimate Chapter 15: Serpents in the Grass.

You can read it here.
I’m about one quarter to a third through editing my gay Epic Fantasy novel, Mate, the seventh book in the Dark Tales of Randamor the Recluse series, and the fourth and last part of The Invisible Hands.

So, it's time for an excerpt.

You'll find it here on my website.

If you want notification when Mate is published and take advantage of the reduced launch price, please subscribe to my New Releases Newsletter.
The winners of eFestival of Words 2014 Awards were announced today.

In other news: some people are very kind.

I bloggged about it on my website, Ximerion
Some kind soul nominated me for the September Author of the Month Group Reads of Goodreads' M/M Romance Group.

If you are a member and so inclined, I'd appreciate your vote.

You can vote here until August 27th.
I'm nowhere near ready to publish, but last Sunday I wrote THE END under the final scene of the final chapter of Book VII of Dark Tales of Randamor the Recluse, The Invisible Hands - Part 4: Mate.

I started writing Mate on December 23th, 2013, and on August 17th, 2014 the first draft of Mate was finished.

Mate is the longest book of the series. The first draft weighs in at more than 179,000 words, but I'm sure, after revision, I can shorten that to around 185,000 words. The whole quadrilogy is more than 654,000 words long. The whole series more than 1,062,000 words.

You can read what's in store here, on my website.
I don't know how I did it but two books of my series Dark Tales of Randamor the Recluse and a cover are finalists for the 2014 eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards.

You can see how they're doing here:

for Best Novel
for Best Fantasy (High Fantasy/Sword and Sorcery)
for Best Cover Art
2014-06-01 21:59(no subject)

A few days too late, but here are the winners of the

Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia 2014 Contest

Roger Grace
Shirley Ann Speakman

The winners of the Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia 2014 Contest were randomly drawn from all the commenters by an innocent hand.

Please, if you are among the winners, leave a message, using the contact form on my site.

Don't forget to mention if you want the first two books of the first trilogy, or the first two books of the sequel quadrilogy, and in which format (only epub or mobi).

I'll send the books to the mail address you'll fill out in the appropriate box.

Congratulations. ;)

Happy weekend everyone.

Today, May 17th, is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Like a lot of authors I participate in the Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia 2014.

You'll find the complete list, with links, at the bottom of the post on my website. Be sure to check them out, because they deserve your support, and most of them give away swag and/or books. As will I.

It may sound a bit like preaching to the choir, because I suppose if you're reading this at all you're not the one this international event is aimed at. In fact, it says a lot about the sorry state of human society that such a day is still necessary.

Read more, and find out how you can win ebooks, on my site, Ximerion.
To my surprise, and excitement, I've been nominated for the 2014

eFestival of Words - Best of the Independent eBook Awards

Not once, but four times.

I blogged about it on my site.

Like a lot of independent authors, about a year ago I started a New Releases Newsletter.

The purpose is sending you timely notification when I release a new title. Additionally, I will send some exclusive previews of scenes or short stories that may or may not be published at a later date in a bundle or an anthology. No spam. No chatty mails about the cute antics of the kitty I don't have or my personal gripes with the grocery or my annoying Aunt Beth. Just a notification of new books and the occasional freebie, and a link in each mail to unsubscribe whenever you feel like it, no questions asked.

Some may wonder why. Do authors think we need more emails? Doesn't Amazon offer a similar service, on the author's personal page? One click and you're done. Sounds easy enough, doesn't it? So, why subscribe to New Releases Newsletters?

You can read more of this post on my website, Ximerion.

2014-04-18 20:19 - Chat
I'm doing a chat on Rainbow Gold Reviews on Saturday, 19th. With giveaways.
2014-02-25 19:06 - Caddy Rowland After Party
Join me at my good friend Caddy Rowland's After Party, today Tuesday, February 25th from 5 to 9 CST.

Caddy is the author of the popular historical fiction series, Gastien. Her latest release is a new genre for her, a book of contemporary drama, and suspense, House of Pleasure. Both series have gay characters.

I'll be giving 3 copies of Bonds of Hate away for FREE.
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