Friday, January 17, 2014

Blog Tour, Exclusive Interview, & Giveaway for Permanent Lines by Ashley Wilcox!

Title: Permanent Lines

Author: Ashley Wilcox

Release: January 13, 2014


Merrick Drake.

Bartender, dirt bike racer, and far from settling down…until that one race, and that one girl that changed everything.

Amelia Driscoll.

Amelia took Merrick by surprise, bringing out emotions that he never knew existed. Amelia stole his heart…

Only to break it.

When fate puts Merrick and Amelia back together, it doesn’t come without a price- it comes with vengeance, determination, and putting his life on the line for the one he loves.

But, how much is Merrick willing to put on the line to have a future with no reason to hide? In the end, fate will decide...

Who's permanent.

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I received an ARC of Permanent Lies as a part of the release day blog tour.

This story reminds me of how far a person will go to be with the one that they love. Merrick Drake is a bartender at the very bar that he owns. His other passion is dirt bike racing. Merrick Drake lives in the apartment above his bar. Merrick was never interested in settling down, he was absolutely content with having a good night with a girl and moving on. No strings attached. He was not what one would call a womanizer...he treats the girls with respect, of course. Merrick felt that he had everything that he wanted out of life until the day he competed in a dark bike race. It was the day that changed his priorities and perceptions on was the day that he met Amelia Driscoll.

At first Amelia was more of an annoyance. Merrick viewed Amelia as a spoiled rich girl with a new hobby. I mean come on...a girl racing dirt bikes? Her voice was nails on a chalk board to Merrick. Then, Merrick got the opportunity to really look at Amelia and that was all it took. At first it was her aqua really an eye color?

Shaken by his instant attraction towards this mysterious girl, he had to clear his thoughts for the race that was about to begin. As always, Merrick was in the lead, but there was a component on his tail. The race was too close to call..The racer pulled up along side him and removed their helmet. What happened next completely surprised Merrick. It was Amelia that almost claimed his title. This alone sent Merrick need and want for Amelia into overdrive. Not only was Amelia beautiful, but she was a bad ass dirt bike racer. Merrick was determined to get to know her so he invited Amelia to his bar for the celebratory party in honor of his win.

After Merrick introduced Amelia to his friends he felt possessive, he felt that he needed to claim her. His friends comments about Amelia's appearance actually bothered him. After spending the night hanging out at the bar Merrick invited Amelia up to his place. They spent an amazing weekend together. Then Amelia was gone. Merrick tried relentlessly to contact Amelia after she departed to no avail and was almost like that week they shared together never existed. Merrick was not accustomed to these new feelings and didn't know how to handle it especially since Amelia was not contacting him. Merrick felt that Amelia was avoiding him. How could he have such strong feelings for her, but the feeling wasn't mutual. Merrick couldn't cope with the idea of these feelings being one sided. However as the days, weeks, and months passed he knew that he needed to move on. Merrick tried to move on, but he couldn't bring himself to follow through, Amelia was not only haunting his dreams, but also interfering with pursuing a relationship with other women. Merrick was at a loss. He needed answers that he thought he would never receive.

Merrick's best friend persuaded him to meet a girl. She ended up being great. She was everything that he could hope for, but she was not Amelia. Then, as fate would have it their world collided once again, but what happened next was a chain reaction that would soon turn his life upside-down. How far one one go to be with the person they love? In this story you will find out just how much Merrick will sacrifice in order to be with the girl that stole his heart. Amelia has a complicated life that makes her unattainable, but Merrick will stop at nothing to make Amelia his once and for all.

You must read Permanent Lies to find out Merrick and Amelia's journey and what fate has in store for them. You don't want to miss this thrill ride!

About Ashley Wilcox

Living in Syracuse, New York, Ashley Wilcox is happily married to her husband of over six years, and a mommy to two little boys, and one little girl who is expected to be here in March 2014. Through her addiction for reading, Ashley has discovered her passion for writing. She loves reading and writing about anything romance. Some books that Ashley is most commonly known for are The Forever Series, Summer Rush, and her latest, Permanent Lines.

To find out more about Ashley and what she is currently working on, please visit her website at

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Author Interview

What inspired you to write Permanent Lines?

My a-team and editor. As soon as they finished reading Running From Forever where you get a quick glimpse of Merrick, they demanded his own story. I initially said no- I was bound and determined to move on from the Forever Series. I said if I was going to do a whole Merrick book, it wasn’t going to be a part of any series, it was going to be totally different, and could completely stand alone by itself. So, I did it!

What was the hardest part of writing Permanent Lines?

Everything! Lol Permanent Lines was nothing like I had ever written. Not to mention, I had just found out that I was preggo when I started writing it, and had super bad morning sickness. But regardless, it was a tough book for me to write all around. Merrick and Amelia are complex characters. To put it lightly- they have issues, so creating a book about them wasn’t going to be all hearts and flowers with an easily caught happily ever after. This book required an incredible amount of research, beta readers, and was put all together nicely, in the end, by my amazing editor Erin Roth. If you could have only seen it when she got it…yikes!

Are any of the characters in Permanent Lines that are based on someone you know?

No, and thank God! Haha. But I will admit, I had the most fun writing in Merrick’s point of view than any of my previous characters. I had no boundaries with him. I could say, act, do... anything I wanted with him. He’s definitely an unfiltered, hot, individual.

Were you portraying any type of message to your readers in Permanent Lines?

Um, hmm, that’s a good question. I think when you’re thinking about Merrick, and how the story sums up, you can see that it doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from, you are your own person. You determine your own ending- your happily ever after. And Merrick knew what he wanted, and knew how to get it. It wasn’t always easy- not even close, but he got to where he needed to be eventually.

Do you like to listen to music when you write, if so what do you prefer?

Most of the time, no. I know- everyone does, but it distracts me. Sometimes I will have it low in the background, but typically, I like complete silence when I write. My playlists for books comes from songs I hear when I’m not writing that hit me hard and remind me of the book and/or characters.

If you could change anything in Permanent Lines would you?

You know, it’s funny you asked this, because a lot of readers are having a hard time getting through the beginning- as Merrick kindly puts it in the preface- when he was being a pussy. And I thought about taking some out and adding something different, but that’s just how Merrick is. He’s deep. Passionate. All in. So I couldn’t cut back anything. To me, it just wouldn’t be his story if I didn’t include it all. You had to get through his tough time too- with him.

Is this the end for Permanent Lines or will there be another book?

Honestly, I don’t know. As I said before, I intended it to be a standalone, but something in me wants to show you a bit of Amelia- her side of things. And Micah and Maddy…they keep lingering in my head too. So, I guess my answer is…we’ll see ;)

Can you share a little of what you are currently working on?

I’m working on the rewrite of Summer Rush. Although many think that Planning on Forever was my first book, I actually wrote Summer Rush at the same time as I wrote Planning on Forever, and I LOVE Summer Rush’s storyline. But, like most first books by authors, it needs more. Not only is it short, but there’s a lot more to Joey and Hope’s story that I need to tell. So, I’m rewriting it, keeping the same storyline, but jazzing it up A LOT. My goal is to make it twice as long as the original.

What inspired you to write your first book?

I was in love with reading at the time- still am! But then, I was reading at least one or two books a day. I love romance. I love escaping into this beautiful world that, in your head, really exists. I seriously just sat there one day, opened my old, crappy laptop, and started typing. It was the weirdest thing, but I just kept going and going until it formed into a book. It’s become my obsession. I haven’t taken more than a week or two off since. I really, truly can’t stop!

Do you ever have writer’s block? How do you handle it?

I wouldn’t really call it writer’s block. If I get stuck in a scene it’s usually because I have a particular idea in my head that I can’t find the right words to express it. I’ll find myself writing then deleting. Writing then deleting. If I notice myself doing this, I’ll stop, walk away and try to do something else. Just taking a step back sometimes, really can perfect a scene.

If you had to choose, which author would you consider an inspiration?

Abbi Glines got me writing. I loved her books. I couldn’t get enough. Cage York?? Come on, how can you not love him?? I loved her style of writing- a lot of people actually compare my style to hers. But I don’t think I can say one author is my true inspiration. Jamie Mcguire brought out the feisty characters in me (Travis Maddox is still my #1 book boyfriend).  Colleen Hoover inspired me to think outside the box- to go above the typical romance story. Karina Halle made me challenge myself- that throwing suspense in a story can make a story really come to life. Rebecca Donovan showed me how to dig deep emotionally. There’s so many. Every book that I read inspires me in some way, shape, or form. That’s why, I think, even if you’re swamped with writing and deadlines, pick up a book and read every once and awhile. Reading someone else’s work can inspire you to write or do something you wouldn’t typically do or write.  Books can really change your way of thinking, and help you grow as a writer. 


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