Friday, April 6, 2018

Interview + Giveaway: Never Fear the Reaper by Ashley Pagano

UFI welcomes Author Ashley Pagano. Thanks for Joining us!!

What do you enjoy doing on your down time? 
I have a beautiful family and an extraordinary baby girl whom I am honored to be her mother.  Most of my free time is devoured by her but with the little time and energy I have left, I workout.  Running, Crossfit, or Insanity are my stress-relieving outlets (yes, even authors need outlets).

What is your Favorite part of writing?  

Honestly, if you know me than you know I love a challenge. Therefore, I always knew which climactic scenes I wanted to tie into my stories so the most challenging part, and my favorite part, is getting from one to the next.  Linking them together while keeping the nail biting, edge-of-your-seat feeling up. I like all the space and dialog in between.

What would your ideal career be, if you couldn't be an author?  

I think something to do with fitness instruction.  I’d love to inspire woman by using my personal workouts, which I’ve uniquely modified.  

Do you have any certain routines you must follow as you write? 

No really. Once I have a blank piece of paper in front of me I just let my wild imagination run rampant.

What are some of your Favorite books or Authors in the Urban Fantasy/ Paranormal Genres? 

I’m going to be honest, yet clich√©, here and say J.K. Rowling for her indescribable imagination and Stephenie Meyer for how she writes about all- consuming, challenging, meant-for-each-other love.

How would you pitch Never Fear the Reaper to someone who has not heard of it before?

She’s been to the other side and back again . . . But she’s never met anyone like him.  He can see things no one else can . . . But he only sees her. From the moment he witnesses her do the impossible . . . he is obsessed.  

When Chase hires the mysterious ghost exterminator, Ryder, to cleanse his house from a pesky poltergeist he gets way more than he’s paying her for… There’s just something about Ryder that has him mesmerized.

Is it the fact that he’s witnessed her do the unexplainable? Or the fact that she’s absolutely breathtaking? Or perhaps it’s that eerie familiar feeling that they’ve met before, perhaps in another lifetime.  

Chase desperately tags along with Ryder on a whirlwind of life threatening adventures in exchange for a few precious moments of alone time with her. With the Grimm Reaper’s Scythe as their defense, Chase developing some supernatural gifts of his own, and an intense crush developing between them what crazy supernatural force will target them next?  

This story will make you cringe, bite your nails, shimmy to the edge of your seat, and excessively fan yourself.

Can you tell us a little bit about the world that Never Fear the Reaper is set in? 

It takes place around my hometown in New Jersey in the current time period.  However, there’s a parallel, paranormal world, that only Ryder and Chase are in tune with, happening all around us.  They constantly jump in and out of it while desperately trying not to fall in love with each other.

Do you have a favorite scene in Never Fear the Reaper?  

Yes, in chapter 4 when Ryder tells Chase her back-story, that she’s died once before, encountered the Grim Reaper and has seen all his terrifying details, and stolen pieces of his deadly Scythe in order to escape death.  When you meet Mister Grim, from her perspective, it’s one you’ve never heard before or can barely fathom.

Which one character out of all your books was your favorite to write about? What about the hardest to write about? 

I think the story’s protagonist, Ryder, was my favorite to write about because I modeled her after my own personality mixed with the woman I strive to be. Her sassiness, independence, and my strong will are all reflections of my own.  The hardest character to write about was her love interest, Chase, because I needed him to be her opposing personality yet appealing enough to spark her interest. He needed to challenge her and hold his own against her demanding and lethal attitude.       
 
What Other Projects can we look forward to reading from you?

Besides, the other two books in this series, I’m in the process of writing a completely different book.  It’s another YA, paranormal romance but the characters are much different and there’s more of them to fall in love with.  This one takes place in a completely different, inventive setting.
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Ashley Pagano has always dreamed of being an artist both figuratively and literally. Her love of art was instilled by her mother who always inspired her to be creative either with a paintbrush or with a pen and paper. As far back as she can remember her life was always centered around introspection, storytelling, and imagination. Because she is so artistic, she took to the idea of creative writing very passionately. Her ability to describe a scene, person, or place, she compares to painting a picture, where she can describe every detail vividly in order to make the reader feel like they’re truly living in the story. Her works of writing usually center around a powerhouse female protagonist (which reflect her own personality), who progresses through many wild and extreme obstacles. Ashley loves to write stories that end with a cliffhanger, that leave the reader begging for more and questioning what happens next. Her most recent novel sets the stage for the paranormal romance of the century and includes ghosts, poltergeists, and demons who just love to get in the way of true love. Ashley has won awards for her design, art, and writing.

Ashley doesn’t believe in down time whatsoever and actually loves having a full “To-Do”list. Ashley is a wife to her wonderful husband, Eric and a mother to a beautiful little baby girl named Dakota. She is also a Graphic Designer and a health and fitness coach. Her husband and daughter inspire her to be the best person she can be and encourage her to pursue any of her dreams (no matter how extravagant they may be).

Find Ashley and her books
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Never Fear the Reaper
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She’s been to the other side and back again . . . But she’s never met anyone like him.

He can see things no one else can . . . But he only sees her.

From the moment he witnesses her do the impossible . . . he is obsessed.


When Chase hires the mysterious ghost exterminator, Ryder, to cleanse his house from a pesky poltergeist he gets way more than he’s paying her for… There’s just something about Ryder that has him mesmerized.

Is it the fact that he’s witnessed her do the unexplainable? Or the fact that she’s absolutely breathtaking? Or perhaps it’s that eerie familiar feeling that they’ve met before, perhaps in another lifetime.

Chase desperately tags along with Ryder on a whirlwind of life threatening adventures in exchange for a few precious moments of alone time with her. With the Grimm Reaper’s Scythe as their defense, Chase developing some supernatural gifts of his own, and an intense crush developing between them what crazy supernatural force will target them next?

Excerpt:


Suddenly, from behind me, a calm, raspy voice breaks the silence. “Are you Chase? I’m Ryder,” she asks rather firmly, extending her long fingers for a professional handshake.
Oh God, please don’t be her, please don’t be her, please don’t be her, I repeat over and over again to myself. This girl is too young and far too beautiful to be a ghost hunter. Inconveniently, she is literally my definition of perfection, dressed all in black. Long, dark brown hair, perfect bronze skin, bright green eyes that are surrounded by the longest eyelashes I’ve ever seen, a gorgeous pearl-white smile, and a slim yet slightly muscular build. I can’t help but let her catch me looking her up and down. Her appearance makes me even more uncomfortable with my situation. I even notice a colorful, feathery angel-wing tattoo that creeps down her left arm, which is ironic, given her profession. Come on, this girl cannot be doing a job like this.
She smirks in response before I can conjure up an excuse for my gawking.
“Not at all what you expected, huh,” she says, while gesturing to the hostess with two of her fingers.
“Honestly, no you’re not…not really.” I figure it’s better to be honest with her right now. Finally, I build up enough courage to return her handshake. I’m embarrassed when my clammy palm touches her soft, cool skin.
As we follow the hostess to a booth at the far end of the dining area, she responds, “Don’t worry, no one ever does. They expect some older, more spiritual looking woman who’s all decked out in crucifixes.”


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