Jennifer Ashley Guest Post and GIVEAWAY

Jennifer Ashley aka Allyson James

I’m often asked why and how I write several different genres and under several different names. Good question!!

I write romances as Jennifer Ashley and Allyson James. Jennifer Ashley writes historical and paranormal romances–primarily. Allyson James is a little more varied–she writes erotic romance, paranormal romance, and urban fantasy.

I have another pseudonym, Ashley Gardner, who writes mysteries (at this point historical mysteries, but who knows what else she’ll do?)

As for why:

I picked up different names at various stages in my career because 1) I wrote for different publishers, and 2) it’s a good idea to use a pen name if you write genres that have very different readers; for example, historical mystery and erotic romance.

Readers want a good idea what kind of a story they’re going to get when they pick up a book with your name on it. If you give a sweet historical loving reader a hard-core paranormal erotic romance (or vice versa), they’re going to be understandably annoyed and perhaps not trust you again. Likewise, readers who might like lush historical romances might not want any pesky urban fantasy, thank you very much.

Why different genres?

Because I love so many different things! I started out as a historical romance author, but at the same time I was writing historical mysteries. Both got published at about the same time (after years and years of rejection, so don’t think that was an easy feat).

I write what I love, but my tastes encompass historical romance (which I adore), paranormal romance, and urban fantasy (I read a ton of fantasy and scifi in the 70s, 80s, and 90s, plus the classics). But then I love mysteries, which these days is my number one choice when I’m reading for pleasure.

I got into writing erotic romance after I’d already started publishing romance. My romances tend to be on the steamy side, so I thought I’d try my hand at writing genuine erotic romance. I combined that with wanting to write scifi romance, and the Tales of the Shareem series (by Allyson James) was born.

Now the question, how do I write so many?

Again, good question! I’m not sure I have an answer. When I love what I’m writing I just get into it and shut out the world. If I’m writing historical romance, I don’t worry about the paranormal–no shifters or dragons creep in.

When I’m writing paranormal romance set in contemporary times, I’m very into the contemporary world where magic is real. I completely believe in that world, and therefore I can write it. When I write the mysteries, it’s gritty realism–my characters don’t even think about magic and the supernatural.

So I can write back and forth because I change my mindset. I can get into each world and totally believe its rules–even if those rules are different from another world’s rules. Just as I can read a variety of stories, I write them too.

Also, switching back and forth between genres keeps my writing fresh. I don’t become stale on the rules of magic or Victorian fashion. When I’m burned out on urban fantasy, I can switch to hot shape-shifters or hot Scottish men in kilts.

What would I like to write that I haven’t tried?

Contemporary romance (which I love to read), romantic suspense (combining mysteries and romance–great!), and contemporary mysteries, possibly with a female police officer protagonist.

I’ve been lucky that my editors and publishers let me get away with my split personality writing habits. Long may that continue!

Thanks for hosting me on your blog! I’m thrilled that Pride Mates, book 1 of the Shifters Unbound series is re-releasing!




To most, they are animals even when in human form. They are to be collared and kept on the fringes of society, scorned because they are feared, hated for their extraordinary powers. And attorney Kim Fraser has to go right into the heart of their lair.

It s her job to defend those in need. But there s absolutely nothing defenseless about Liam Morrissey. His soft Irish lilt and feline grace can t disguise his sheer strength. Nor can the silver chain at his throat, designed to control the aggression of his kind, completely reassure her that this man has been tamed.

Yet when a feral shifter begins to stalk them both, Liam is the only one she trusts with her life. She ll let him claim her for her protection, for her pride, and for a passion that knows no bounds.

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*Wow, I’m so excited Jennifer Ashley made it here today! I absolutely fell in love with this series and can’t wait to read the next one, Primal Bonds. A big thank you to Berkley Publishing who are graciously providing a print copy of Pride Mates for a giveaway! Contest open to US only. I will leave the contest open until July 9th and announce the winner on the 10th. To enter simply leave a comment and also a way for my to contact you if you win. Stop back tomorrow to read my review of Pride Mates!*


  1. I love Jennifer Ashley she is a fantastic author, I haven’t read this series yet though.


  2. Can you believe this awesome interview and giveaway. I understand now why authors have different pen names and it makes so much sense. I remember reading a particular author for a long time and then they wrote a novel in a completely different genre than I was used to and while the novel was good – my mind could not get past the previous series and the new novel ended up being less satisfying. Had I read it not necessarily knowing it was the same author, I probably would have enjoyed it a lot more. Thank you for sharing today and for the giveaway opportunity, I would love to read Pride Mates – it sounds really good.


  3. Great post & thanks so much for doing the giveaway! 🙂
    I loved reading about the reasons for different pen names.


  4. Ok so a hot agressive man with a soft irish lilt? oh hells yeah! Sign me up for this give away! 😉 I am going to have to get into this series, it sounds great


  5. Wow! You can feel the tension in just the short teaser given here. I want to read this series! Also, thanks for the info about pen names.

  6. I’m glad Pride Mates is being re-released. After reading the blurb I would love to start this series from the beginning. Thanks for the giveaway!

    user1123 AT comcast DOT net

  7. I am so going to set a record at Amazon for the number of books bought. I have seen so many excerpts that send my fingers running across the keyboard to hit the “buy” button. And you are so right Ashley. The pics are so good.
    I may have to linger and browse for awhile. heehee

  8. I was introduced to the series by doing a book review of Primal Bonds. (Loved it.) Of course, I wanted to read the first book but couldn’t find PM in the bookstores,so I checked it out from the library. Loved it. Put it on my Must Buy List. Looking forward to reading more in the series.

  9. I love to try out a new author, and tend to be loyal once I find one that I like there writing style, for instance I read all of the in death series in three months once I was given an old copy of the first book….. let me know, what is a good book to start with here?

  10. I really like reading her writing and was wondering about the “multiple names.” I guess it functions like a filing system for her. Sounds good. I hope I win the give away since this is one that is on my wish list but I haven’t read yet.

  11. Ladies! Thanks for the great interview. Many of my questions regarding pen names were answered here! I can relate to having so many varying projects percolating, but there seems to be a room for each of them, keeping them separate. Fascinating approach to a common “problem”. Thanks for giving us that insight!

    A free copy of the book would be lovely as well. *bats lashes* I can’t wait to dive into everything on your list of titles!

  12. I love Jennifer Ashley’s books! I have not read any of her PNR yet but I have heard they are awesome! I have added to my wish list! Thanks for the chance to win one!


  13. I love your storytelling no matter which genre, and have a particular fondness for sexy and romantic shifter stories. So thanks for the chance to win a copy of Pride Mates.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  14. Oh another new author for me to add to my list…

    Thank you.
    Would love to win this book
    Kelly M

  15. I would love to win this. I bought the second book in this series but wanted to get the first book before reading it. So this would be PERFECT for me. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.

    June M.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  16. looks like my type of book.can’t wait to read fav is paranormal romance but i like other types of books to.

  17. Thanks for both the post and the giveaway. This book sounds like a keeper. I have added it to my book wish list.


  18. I really enjoyed Pride mates (but don’t have my won copy) and am looking forward to hearing Liam’s brother’s story.

    Big Fan of the Janet Begay series too.

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