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 booksfantasyfandom@gmail.com. 

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!



Wednesday, May 20, 2015

5 Reasons to Read FLINTLOCK!

With FLINTLOCK releasing in 5 days, I decided I'd post 5 reasons to read FLINTLOCK!

Here it goes!

5. Because it’s the sequel to CUTLASS…wait, you haven’t read CUTLASS you say? Uh, go get it, dude!! 


4. There’s some serious swordplay. 

3. And badass chicks who can fight!

2. Maybe some of this: 

And this:

1. PIRATES, duh. 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Countdown: Two Weeks!

It's two weeks until FLINTLOCK is released!! I'm so excited!! Some early readers have had exactly the reactions I wanted, and it's fantastic! 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Friday, April 17, 2015

Sneak Peek & Trailer for FLINTLOCK!

Today you can view the first chapter of FLINTLOCK at Michelle's Blog Because Reading is Better than Real Life. 

Also, here is the trailer for FLINTLOCK! Thanks of Kendal at Book Crazy



Thursday, April 16, 2015

Sometimes I don't know what I'm doing

Hi guys! *waves*

YES. I'm posting on my blogger account. There's a whole dilemma with the WordPress Account that I don't really feel like fixing. haha.

So. I have tons of announcements.

FLINTLOCK is slated to release MAY 25, 2015.

You can sign up for the blog tour (running the May 25th-31st) HERE
You can join my release party for FLINTLOCK HERE
You can request an ARC HERE

I will have a second tour running from June 1-5th, if the May 25th-31st dates do not work for anyone. I'll post that link when I have it.

The first book in my next series NACOMA KNIGHT is up on GoodReads! You can add it HERE.

Here is the blurb:

Anora Silby wants her mother alive again. She’d do anything to feel her touch, hear her voice, and understand the strange circumstances surrounding her death. So when the new kid, Thane Treadway, offers outlandish answers, Anora listens.

Thane believes Anora’s mother had her soul stolen by the Cercatore di Anime, a race of soul eaters. It isn’t until Thane starts forgetting things and having random outbursts of anger that Anora begins to wonder if Thane has personal experience with the Cercatore.

Anora’s search for answers leads her into the center of a mid-world battle between good and evil—the soul and the soulless. Not only that, she is the Eurydice, the only one of her kind who can enter and exit spirit. Her gift makes her a target, and soon Anora finds herself faced with the loss of her mother or the love of her life.

Can Anora see past her grief long enough to make a decision or will she lose everything?
NACOMA will release October 31, 2015!

Lastly, here's a cool DWTS Pirates of the Caribbean dance! I love it!

Also, I'm officially putting my MLIS degree to work today as I start a new job as an IS assistant for my public library system! I'm excited and nervous and all that jazz.

Hope everyone has a great day!!