Cutlass Trilogy

Friday, September 23, 2016

An Update on My Life

Hi all,

Things have been busy so I thought I'd take a moment and write a post about it all. On September 17th, after more than a year of planning, I got married.

It was the craziest, most emotional day of my life thus far and I pretty much remember none of it...which is why I'm so grateful for photos.

Since June 2015 (when I got engaged), I've also been working on a book titled WHEN STARS COME OUT. I've written a million drafts and just finished one I'm pretty happy with. I've been going to conferences and talking to editors and agents. I'm hoping to edited this book to perfection and then query...oh, and also start work on Cannon!



Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Cutlass Characters Come to Life!

Hi, it's been a while! 
But I had an amazing experience with some awesomely talented people as we shot some photos and video for the Cutlass Trilogy. 

Behind the scenes:

The Group!

Sara (Logan) Being Badass!

Silly Cove (Cain)!

This is the blind leading the blind.

Leaf (Stuart) using technology.

The group again!

Character Portraits:

Barren Reed 

Larkin Lee

Cove Rowell

Sara Rosamund

Leaf Tinavin

This was such a fantastic project. We had so much fun. More photos to come! Tell me what you all think! 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Announcing BFF!

Fun news, guys! Nicole Singer and I are starting a book review and reading blog! While we both love (and will continue) our writing blogs, we also wanted a site where we could fan out as readers. And we figured you might too!

The result is Books. Fantasy. Fandom. (Or, BFF for those who like clever acronyms.) 

On the site, you’ll find: 

  • Weekly reviews of fantasy books across all ages 
  • Friday Fandom posts about our favorite fandoms on the large and small screen 
  • Q&As with authors like Kate Elliott, KA Stewart and more. 
  • Categories and tags that help you find reviews in our archives (even tricky finds like “YA for boys”) 
  • Our review policy in case you’ve got something you think we’d love! 
As you can probably tell by the number of exclamation points, we’re really excited about BFF and hope you are too!! In fact, we hope you’re so excited you’ll spread the word and stop by to enjoy. We can’t wait to share our favorite books and new reads with you!

If you have questions, salutations or are interested in a guest post, email us at 

Happy reading! 

~Nicole and Ashley

Sunday, July 5, 2015

I'm Engaged!

If you've followed me for any length of time, you know I've dated my boyfriend Aladdin for a long time--five years an a quarter on June 27th, actually.

And that's when he proposed! 

He handed me a copy of The Lord of the Rings: 

And I opened it:

And he asked me to continue our adventure. 

I, of course, said yes.

Everything has been crazy since that day, but we're so excited! 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

CUTLASS is 99 cents for a limited time!

CUTLASS will be 99 cents until the end of this week! Get your copy on Amazon kindle before it goes up again!

Monday, May 25, 2015



Barren Reed hopes to protect the Orient from his tyrant uncle, but his plans to make the King’s life a living hell aren’t supported by the Elders of the pirate community. As it stands, Barren has earned the Elders’ disdain for his carelessness, and they threaten him into exile if he makes one more mistake.

Barren’s not the only one feeling the Elders’ wrath—they don’t trust Larkin either. Worse, Barren can’t comprehend Larkin’s wish to have a relationship with her father, and the secrets she’s forced to keep create a tension that may pull them apart forever.

When the Pirates of Silver Crest begin to die, bullets laced with dark magic are to blame. With more and more of these weapons infiltrating the Underground, discovering who’s behind the dissemination is no easy feat. As fear and tension mount among the people of the Orient, Barren and his crew find themselves in a race against time to stop the spread of dark magic before the world of Mariana spirals into collapse.

Early Praise for FLINTLOCK: 

“If you enjoy YA fantasy, you definitely need this series in your hands right now. Especially if you like YA fantasy with well-rounded characters, gorgeous writing, some of the best world-building I've read, and an exciting plot.” – Ashley, The AP Book Club

"After reading CUTLASS, I couldn’t wait to see where Ashley Nixon took the series. With the release of FLINTLOCK, the answer is: bigger, broader and even more fun! The book grows seamlessly into the full scope and vibrancy of Nixon’s world. The stakes are higher, the stage is wider, and the friendships we came to love in CUTLASS are tested in new and devious ways. Nixon balances the allure of ships, sailing and pirate battles with a growing threat of magic and the politics of both the mortal and immortal worlds. I will definitely be back for Book 3!" – Nicole Singer, Write Me A World

"Well done, Ashley, Well done! I can’t recommend this series enough for Young Adults and Adults, if you want something different with a strong handsome male, kick ass female and an amazing fantasy story, this is totally the book for you." – Michelle, Because Reading is Better Than Real Life 

"I enjoyed Flintlock immensely. Everything Ashley wrote fitted perfectly together, the characters, the world… Everything was just perfect. To top it all of Ashley her writing style is really addictive and I found it impossible to put this book down. I would highly recommend this book and it’s prequel to everyone. Especially if you are a fan of Young Adult fantasy than this is a series that you have to read." – Elien, So Bookalicious!


Some Thoughts:

I can say with absolute certainty that I love this book and I am SO proud of this book. I can't explain how proud I am of where the story went, or how fascinating I find Barre, Larkin, Cove, and Leaf's journeys. 

I'm so glad that I was able to write something like CUTLASS and FLINTLOCK. I can't wait for you guys to read these books. I hope you love them as much as I do!