Book Blast: A Pirate’s Tale

Book Blast Announcement!
A Pirate’s Tale
by Stacey Rourke

pirate banner Who needs a little more Rowan?
Stacey Rourke presents a Gryphon series novella
The call of the sea.
The promise of adventure.
For Rowan Wade, the need to return to his swashbuckling ways is enough to betray the only woman he’s cared for in over three hundred years.
With vengeance in his heart, he’s determined to exact his revenge on those that mutinied against his father.
The arrival of an unlikely ally challenges Rowan’s plans. Her goal isn’t to stop him, but to lead him on a journey of self-discovery to unravel the mysteries of the twisted path that led him to the Dark Army.
Will it be enough to make the pirate shift course? Or will he be lost forever in a rum-induced haze? Hoist ye colors and prepare to set sail with the Gryphon Series’ favorite pirate!
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The Artistic Persuasion & AshleyNicole Books received no compensation for this post.


About the Author, Stacey Rourke



Stacey Rourke lives in Michigan with her husband and two beautiful daughters that she knows are nothing short of a blessing from Heaven. She took a break from working on her young adult fantasy Gryphon Series to share her story of infertility with the world. To learn more about her or her other available titles please visit:

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a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway dates: July 19 – August 4

Disclaimer: A GWR Publicity event paid for by Anchor Group Publishing. Giveaway is sponsored by the author who is responsible for the delivery of prize.
The Artistic Persuasion & AshleyNicole Books received no compensation for this post.


Other Books by Stacey Rourke

Book Three of the Gryphon Series
by Stacey Rourke

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Celeste Garrett has finally found a happy balance in her life as the Chosen One, thanks in large part to a certain hunky Irishman. But if there is any lesson she should heed since receiving her calling itís that everything can change in the blink of an eye. Soon a terrible new threat, unlike anything sheís ever encountered, causes her to make a gut-wrenching choice that will strip her of someone she holds dear.
As much as she’d like to have a pity party for one, there is no time for that now because wedding bells are ringing in Gainesboro! In between dress fittings and rehearsal dinners Celeste will have to fend off attacking demons and leering pirates. As if the Dark Army wasn’t scary enough our heroine is faced with the horrifying trauma of attending a bachelorette party with her mom and watching Grams do Jello shots. Is a walk down the aisle even possible for a member of the Garrett family when the Dark Army is out to destroy them? More importantly, will the Dark Army Glee Club sing at the reception?
Raise your glass to the happy couple, and get ready for a wedding Conduit-style!

Purchase Links

Amazon | Barnes and Nobel | Smashwords


The Conduit
Book One in the Gryphon Series
By Stacey Rourke

The Conduit

All 18-year-old Celeste Garrett wants is to head off to college and make those fun, yet ill-advised, choices college kids are known for.  And maybe to spend some time with the hot cameraman she just met.  Instead, because of a pact her ancestors made in the 17th century with a mythical creature, she has to save the world.
While normal kids are slamming energy drinks and cramming for exams, Celeste will get her adrenaline rush fighting a fire breathing dragon.  She wants to meet friends in the quad to exchange lecture notes, but first she must exchange blows with a shapeshifting demon on the rooftop.  Life isn’t always fair for a superhero, but at least she doesn’t have to do it alone.  With her brother and sister as sidekicks, they alternate between saving lives and getting on each others’ nerves.  Together the trio encounters unspeakable odds, mystical forces and comes face-to-face with an image that will haunt them forever—their grandmother in a leopard print bikini.


“Okay, little side note here. If a psychopathic killer asks if you want to see a trick, say no. That’s the smart thing to do. I, on the other hand, responded, ‘Bring it’.”

Book Two in the Gryphon Series
By Stacey Rourke

EmbraceWhether she likes it or not, eighteen year old Celeste Garrett has come to terms  with being  the Chosen One. She knew having a “normal life” would be tricky,  between intense training  sessions and epic demonic battles, but she didn’t know  at what cost it would come. That is,  until a dear friend is harmed by the  malicious forces hunting her.
Now, she’d like nothing more than to retreat into a hermit lifestyle to prevent anyone else from getting hurt. But startling revelations, amazing new abilities, and mortifying moments in front of insanely hot guys won’t allow time for that. Soon, Celeste finds herself surrounded by darkness and wondering who she can trust—if anyone.

Excerpt: (I chose this excerpt because I can just imagine hearing Celeste say it to herself and it so incredibly awesome.  Makes humiliating yourself in front of a guy not seem so bad in comparison.)

With narrowed eyes, he peered past me to the counter.  ”Ya sure it’s broken?  Sounds like it’s on now.”
I turned my head in the direction of the counter.  He was right, something was whirring.  I could hear it, too.  But it wasn’t coming from the counter, or the DOA cappuccino machine.   It was closer than that.  Close enough that I could feel the vibration in my chest. 
Oh, sweet-mother-of-all-that’s-good-and-pure, IT’S ME!! I’m purring!

The Sidekick Chronicles
A Gryphon Series Novella
by Stacey Rourke

Gryphon seriesCeleste isn’t the only member of the Garrett family whose life changed when destiny called. Every sidekick has their tale and in this Gryphon Series short the spotlight is turned on Kendall, Grams and even Gabe. Get an inside look at the hilarious stress that goes along with being a…sidekick.

Sidekicks…ya can’t live with ‘em and you’d probably die horribly without ‘em.

Purchase Links

       Amazon                                       Barnes and Noble

The Conduit                                         The Conduit

Embrace                                               Embrace

Sidekick Chronicles                           Sidekick Chronicles


Writer’s Retreat

When my AshleyNicole Books Facebook page reached 1k likes I was going to share a teaser from Women’s Island.  Then we had all those storms so I was delayed in posting it.  While I was without internet for those extended periods of time and then on vacation with my family I continued to work on my manuscript.  Getting lost in the world of Women’s Island I began imagining finishing it for my beta readers by the beginning of August, working every free moment to accomplish that goal.  Then yesterday one of my team asked me when I was going to share that teaser I promised…  I’ve been so wrapped up in finishing the book I forgot about the teaser.  But have no fear, I’ve got something better than a teaser now that you’ve had to wait so long.  I’ll be sending the book to my beta readers!  And then my editor!  And another round for good measure.  That means I could have Women’s Island published before October even gets here!  Fingers crossed this can be accomplished.

To keep you occupied while I’m working, I thought you might enjoy this post about Famous Writers’ Retreats.  My favorite retreat is probably “London” by George Bernard Shaw simply because that’s an ingenious way to keep people from interrupting your writing.  However my favorite location would be that of Beatrix Potter!  I love the beauty and quiet of the country side and it’s in the lake district.  Maybe one day I’ll have my own unique retreat…  Until then I’ll stick with writing where ever and when ever I can.  Now I need to stop waisting my time on blog posts and get back to writing my book 😉

Thank you everyone for your continued support!  You’re awesome!
Have a great day!
~ AshleyNicole


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Twist of Fate hits number one in just one week!

Twist of Fate is now available in both ebook and paperback versions.  The feedback from readers has been great and it has hit the top release spot on Amazon in the Poetry Anthologies division!  If you haven’t gotten your copy yet you can find the buy links below.

Amazon Paperback

Amazon eBook

Barnes and Noble eBook

Smashwords eBook

Createspace Paperback


Also stop by the Twist of Fate blog for the latest updates:

Twist of Fate Anthology: Twist of Fate hits number one in just one week!.

Twist of Fate- Now Available in eBook Formats

In May of 2013 storms and tornadoes ripped through the midwestern United States leaving destruction and desolation in many areas. One of the hardest hit states was Oklahoma. “Twist of Fate” is an anthology of writing, poetry, prose, and artwork from contributors around the world, better known as the group: Indies In Action. 100 % of the proceeds from the sale of the book “Twist of Fate” will go to benefit tornado victims in Oklahoma through the May Tornadoes Fund, administered by the United Way.
The Indies In Action (IIA) group has been hard at work to create a beautiful collection of prose and poetry dedicated to the victims of the tornadoes which devastated Oklahoma in recent weeks. This touching collection is punctuated by well-known authors and poets from all over the globe, stirring photography, and a brilliant cover donated by Maria Edwards of Navigator Books.


The Twist of Fate (ToF) anthology has been a group effort mixed with a little bit of madness as all book publications are. From editing, to formatting, and book cover decisions, books are a lot of work even after all the writing and artwork has been done. I’ve truly enjoyed collaborating with my fellow Indies In Action (IIA) members.
And now, after all that hard work Twist of Fate is now available in eBook formats!

Buy Links:

Smashwords | Amazon | Barnes and Noble


Kiriti Sengupta (India) has been very hard at work interviewing some of the contributors of ToF and I thought I would share these with you so you can get to know the contributors who are helping raise money for the May Tornadoes Fund.
I had the pleasure of talking with Kiriti when he had me at the interview desk last week. It was such a surprise to be invited for the interview as I did not contribute any written work to the anthology, rather I submitted my photography. The support and appreciation the members of IIA give to one another is tremendous. Each day I am more and more thankful I was able to join them for such a great cause.

Interview Snippet:

Kiriti: What is the role of the photographs in this anthology ?

Ashley: Photography captures a single moment. I like to think that it brings everyone together, to that one point in time. Next to the literature, we can all experience and feel the compassion that is going into this anthology.

Kiriti: Which comes first, Love or Sympathy ? What is of more importance in a charity work ?

Ashley: The two can often be mixed up or coincide with one another. To me, love is intense and personal. Those who know the victims personally have all the love they require. But sympathy is that emotional tug even a stranger feels for someone in need. It is what drives us to volunteer and give to charity.

You can read the full interview here, Author AshleyNicole fascinates with her insights about charity and Twist of Fate, an international charitable anthology.


Other Interviews by Kiriti:

Stephen L Wilson (U.S.A) | Allison Bruning (U.S.A) | hülya yılmaz (Turkey)

W.F. “Bill” Lantry (U.S.A) | Linda Bonney Olin (U.S.A) | Ency Bearis (USA)

Ranadeb Dasgupta and Prabir Roy (India) | Jon Tribble (U.S.A) | Maria Edwards (U.S.A.)

Elizabeth Esguerra Castillo (Philippines) | Simone Beaudelaire (U.S.A)

Crystal Schall (U.S.A) | Don Martin (U.S.A) | M.P.Witwer (U.S.A.)

Colin Dardis (Northern Ireland) | Marshall G. Kent Sr. (U.S.A) | Madhu Kalyan (India)

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