Monday, January 25, 2010

New Release--PRIDE MATES!

I am very excited to announce the release of PRIDE MATES, which will hit the stores officially this Tuesday (Jan. 26). PRIDE MATES introduces a brand new series of shape shifter novels.

If you enjoyed my alter-ego Allyson James’s Dragon or Shareem series, or Jennifer Ashley’s Immortals series, I think you’ll enjoy this one too.

(For Kindle readers, Pride Mates *should* be out in Kindle shortly after it is released in print. Please keep checking Amazon if it’s not there right away.)


Twenty years ago, shape shifters of all kinds banded together and announced themselves to the world, only to be shunted to areas no human wanted ("Shiftertowns"). They are forced to wear Collars that control their hunting and fighting instincts (referred to by Shifters as "Taking the Collar").

Liam Morrissey is currently liaison between the Shifters of Austin, Texas, and the humans of the city. Kim Fraser, attorney, finds herself in the unique position of having to defend a Shifter on a murder charge.

She ventures to Shiftertown to seek out Liam's help, and there stumbles across too many secrets the Shifters want kept secret. The un-mated Liam is forced to protect Kim against the wrath of his clan leader and his own father, and to his surprise he discovers a powerful attraction to the sassy, sexy lady.

I have a website devoted to the series:
where you can learn all about Shifters and the books, read excerpts and blurbs, and other good stuff. I have a contract with Berkley to continue the series, which I am working on right now.


As some of you may know, PRIDE MATES will be the last book I do at Dorchester Publishing. I’ve pretty much moved lock, stock, and barrel to Berkley, and they will now publish both my Allyson James and Jennifer Ashley novels. Dorchester will still publish my backlist, most of which is still in print and available at bookstores or from online booksellers (Amazon, B&N, Borders, etc.). And I still have things going at Ellora’s Cave as Allyson James.


More Mackenzies! LADY ISABELLA’S SCANDALOUS MARRIAGE will be out in July 2010, followed by Cam’s and Hart’s stories. Please see my website for the beautiful cover of LADY ISABELLA (, plus the Mackenzies site for details on the series:

Also, if you enjoy sexy urban fantasy, check out my new Allyson James series, STORMWALKER, featuring a young Navajo woman who can channel the power of storms to work great magic. (I say “urban” fantasy, but it’s set in a small town near Navajo country in the Southwest, and there is plenty of romance in it.)

STORMWALKER debuts from Berkley Sensation in May 2010.
That series also has a site:


Because I have so many books published now, I created a page on my website that lists all series, under all pseudonyms, with the books of each, in order. I’ve projected out as far as I can with upcoming books. I hope you find the page helpful!

Everyone have a great Valentine’s Day, and enjoy lots of chocolate!

Best wishes,

Jennifer Ashley
Aka Allyson James

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Countdown to Pride Mates: Excerpt and Chat with Liam

Pride Mates officially releases next Tuesday, the 26th!

Read Chapter One here:

And a message from the hero, Liam Morrissey here:

Releasing the same day, see my short story, "Shifter Made," in The Mammoth Book of Irish Romance, for the tale of how the Sword of the Guardian came to be.

I hope you enjoy the peek at the Shifters world I set up in Pride Mates. Much more to come!

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Drumroll... Cover for Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage

This is Book 2 in the Highland Pleasure series (or the Mackenzie series; the book following Madness of Lord Ian.)

Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage will come out in July of this year, from Berkley Sensation.

I'm pleased with the cover--I told the cover designers that Isabella wears a blue ballgown at one point, and this is what they came up with. Pretty.

If you have not read the first book, this is a Victorian set historical romance series. You can read book 2 as a standalone, though of course you'll encounter characters from the first book.

As time nears, I'll be posting more about the book, excerpts, and so forth. You can read about the series as a whole at The Mackenzie Series Page.

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Thursday, January 07, 2010

Countdown to Pride Mates

I'm starting my countdown to the new shape shifter series: Pride Mates! (Pub date Jan. 26)

For a look at the Shifter world, I've prepared "A Human's Guide to Shifters." Here's a peek:

Shifters: Shape shifters of all species, mostly predatory: Most commonly Feline and Lupine. The Fae bred Shifters millennia ago from the best of each species to be hunters and fighters for the Fae. Shifters rebelled during the human Middle Ages, fought the Shifter/Fae war, and thereafter lived independently of the Fae.

Collars: Developed by a half-Fae, Collars are both magical and technological. Tied to the adrenal system, they send shocks and pain through the Shifter's body if he starts to get violent.

Mates: Pairings recognized by the pride or clan leader in two rituals, one under full sun, one under the full moon. Shifters are not allowed to be legally married under human law, but the sun and moon rituals are recognized by Shifter law as a marriage.

Shiftertowns: Enclaves in inner-cities or remote rural areas cordoned off by humans where Shifters must live. Shifters are not allowed to live outside Shiftertowns.

Read more:

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