1. I hear you have a pet in your debut novel. Tell us about it.
Pets are so amazing. I can’t imagine life without them and so it’s only natural that I would give my novel characters pets as well. My debut novel, Romancing the Royal, is book #3 of a multi-author series that is actually centered around corgis! Each book in the “Celebrity Corgi” series was written by a different author and contains a celebrity who has a spoiled corgi, with the corgi actually having a front and center role in the book. The corgi in my book, Gatsby, belongs to Prince Dorian of Avington. He was modeled slightly after what I’ve read about Queen Elizabeth’s corgis, and he has quite the personality. The books I’m working on now all have dogs in them, too–a Chihuahua in one and a litter of lab puppies in another. Expect to see a variety of pets in all my books.
Romancing the Royal blurb: Emmie Walker never wanted to be a royal canine companion for the Crown corgi of Avington, but she needs some way to pay the bills until her dream of opening her own service dog training facility can become a reality. Now the best chance of making that happen is to spend the better part of her time looking after the spoiled royal corgi, Gatsby. Gatsby, however, comes with strings attached. Namely a leash that leads right to the Prince of Avington, Dorian Tennesley.
Prince Dorian leads what appears to be an enviable life, but behind his stately façade lies a man who longs for more than mere pomp and circumstance. When the unlikely trio heads to America for a taste of real adventure, Emmie and Dorian find they have more in common than either could have ever imagined. With the help of Gatsby, might these two find themselves falling head over heels despite what it could cost them both?
Amazon buy link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/108199293X
2. Why do you add pets to your books?
I truly believe pets make us the best versions of ourselves. They are 100% the definition of unconditional love. I’ve had pets my entire life. Cats when I was younger and dogs now as an adult and, much to my husband’s chagrin (it’s mostly an act though…don’t let him know I’m onto him), will never be without one.
We currently have a German Shorthaired Pointer and two Chihuahuas. The Chihuahuas are my constant companions. They follow me everywhere (I haven’t gone to the bathroom by myself in over 9 years. LOL). The grey/tan one (the color is technically blue/tan) is 9 & 1/2 years old and his name is Pippin. The yellow one was supposed to be a purebred longhair, but as you can see he is an elusive wire-haired bearded Chihuahua and his name is Gus. He is 3 & 1/2 years old. I can’t imagine life without them.
3. What other romances have you written?
Romancing the Royal is actually the first book I’ve ever written. I was blessed to have been chosen by Sweet Promise Press to write in that series. I am working on a sweet/inspirational contemporary for them, as well as a sweet historical pioneer romance. Additionally, I have another sweet historical pioneer romance to write as part of another series. All will release in 2020. I plan to continue to write both sweet/inspirational contemporary and historical novels going forward.
4. Tell us about your kudos or reviews.
Being that my book was just released in July, it has no awards, but the reviews have been very good.
5. How do you promote your books?
Book promotion is something I’m still learning. I don’t have a large marketing budget, so I rely on as much free promo as I can find and that includes Facebook parties, newsletter swaps, and blog features (thank you).
6. Where can readers learn more about your books and connect with you online?
My website is www.LauraAshwood.com and there is a link to sign up for my newsletter there. Subscribers get exclusive content, a chance to enter a monthly drawing, and get to vote on things like character names. My Amazon page is https://www.amazon.com/Laura-Ashwood/e/B07D2HNHBN. My social media: Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook. I have a storyboard for all my books (the one published and ones I’m working on) on Pinterest.
Marcia James: Thank you, Laura, for stopping by my Go Pets! blog! I look forward to reading your Romancing the Royal and the rest of the “Celebrity Corgi” series!
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