By: Ashlynne Laynne
Genre: Paranormal Romance
THE PROGENY (The Progeny Series #1)
“No fate other than the one I choose.”
Ascher questions the purpose for his existence and which world he truly belongs to: the human world or the vampire world. Two months from sealing to Ursula—a prearranged union to a woman he abhors —he’s at his wit’s end. He knows if he calls off the sealing, the Romanian clan will strike with deadly force, but he cannot see eternity with a cold empty shell of a woman like Ursula.
Just when he thought life was complicated enough, he meets Shauna—a beautiful, bi-racial human Wiccan—and immediately develops an unshakable attraction to her. She makes him feel alive and vital despite his origins and Ascher makes a decision that turns his immortal world upside down.
At its core, The Progeny Series is simply about a man and woman who fall in love. The fact that he’s a half-blood (half-human, half vampire) and she’s a Wiccan human are secondary factors. This series encompasses a family dynamic of which we’ve never seen.
The Rousseaus share a common mortal and immortal bloodline, but loyalty is the thread binding this vampire clan. Shauna and Ascher’s dissuaded love only strengthens the family bonds. Their unique union transcends bloodlines and completes the prophecy, defying the beliefs of centuries old covenants while shattering the wall between the Wiccan and vampire worlds that have existed for ages.
This series is erotic paranormal romance intended for adults and contains strong sexual content, adult sensuality, language and themes.
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Ashlynne loves writing on the edge—combining the erotica and romance genres—and thinks of Ascher and Shauna as the wicked, damned version of Romeo and Juliet. She is currently working on books six and seven of her Progeny Series, book one of her upcoming Alterity Series, and a novella spin off. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with her family. She juggles the hats of wife, mother, full time employee and part-time writer, hoping to write exclusively one day soon.
She lives in the Carolinas with her husband and son.
More about Ashlynne
Favorite Music Genres: Alt Rock, 90’s Grunge, Pop
Favorite Musical Acts: Maroon 5, Rihanna, Lil Wayne, Bruno Mars, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Imagine Dragons, Florida Georgia Line, Adele, Rob Zombie, Robin Thicke, Kings of Leon, Coldplay, Drake, Justin Timberlake
Favorite Movie Genre: Horror
Favorite Color: Pink
Favorite Authors: Stephen King, Anne Rice
Foods: Yogurt, Chocolate Milk, Chicken Alfredo
Q&A with Ashlynne
For me, inspiration comes at any moment. I think my brain works funny, because I do most of my brainstorming and plotting in the bathtub, while I’m getting ready for my day job every morning. I usually keep the note program in my tablet open so that I can plug the ideas in.
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he do that is so special?
Ascher Rousseau is the hero of my Progeny Series. He’s half-human and half vampire. When we meet him in The Progeny, he is distraught and questions what his true purpose is in life. He is sealed to marry a full-blooded vampire named Ursula. He loathes her, but feels he has no way out of the arranged union. All of that changes the moment he locks gazes with Shauna McCutchin. She stokes a fire inside him that alters his life forever. Their meeting also sets forth a chain of events that will change humanity as we know it.
Is there a certain type of scene that's harder for you to write than others?
In life, I am a very tenderhearted person, so highly emotional scenes tend to drain me. I usually need a few days to recover after I write those types of scenes.
If you didn't like writing books, what would you do for a living?
I work with numbers all day at my day job, and only write part time. I hope to write fulltime one day soon.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
What do you think makes a good story?
The stories I love have believable characters that seem to jump right out of the page. I will also admit loving some steam with my story.
What books have most influenced your life most?
Anne Rice’s vampire novels started my life-long love of the fanged ones. She is the mother of the modern day vampire.
What can we expect from you in the future?
I am currently working on the next two books in the Progeny Series. The audio book of The Progeny is in post-production and Blood Bonds is in pre-production. I also hope to find an anthology that catches my eye to lend my voice to.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
I know everyone says it, but write every day. Even when you don’t feel like it.