New Portland

This past Thursday the Facebook fan page AshleyNicole Books exceeded the 800 fan mark!  I was going to share a teaser before dinner to celebrate the increased fan base but when I tried to get online I realized the storm knocked out our internet.  Now that it is back up I’ve decided to share the revised beginning to Women’s Island.  This isn’t the whole of the first chapter but a good teaser of it.  It’s bound to change again once it goes to the editor but I hope you’ll enjoy it.  You may notice the present year has changed from 2029 to 2035.  The reason for this is after doing some fact checking Senator Andrew Chamberlain wouldn’t have the chance to be elected until the year 2030 in the state of Maine (fictionally speaking of course *wink*) so I have altered the timeline a bit.  Thank you and I hope you all enjoy the teaser.

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Teaser from upcoming Women’s Island

 

Senator Andrew Chamberlain is a tall, strong man.  Everything about his appearance is a look of success.  From his serious but friendly eyes, and blonde well groomed but slightly disarrayed hair to his broad shoulders and defiant stand.  He has always commanded attention and carries the properties of a good leader.  But today, he is on his way home in New Portland from Washington, D.C. and has disturbing news to reveal to his wife.  When Andrew was elected as a senator of Maine in November of 2030 he never thought his country would fall this low.  When he began his campaign he saw his country as one technologically advancing to a world that cures cancer, solves the economic and environmental problems of the world, and justice treats everyone fairly.  The dream of being a part of the government to take his country to the next level was what drove his determination to be elected.  Now, five years later, he realizes his country is not what it seemed.  In hindsight, there were signs of society changing for the worst while technology and economy rose, but once he noticed, it was too late.  Ever since he has been fighting with his political strength, trying to open the eyes of the other men in government, but today, was the greatest failure so far.

The hydroshuttle stops, allowing Andrew off several blocks from his home.  Too lost in his thoughts, he ignores his surroundings, walking on autopilot to his home, his wife, his children, and the horrific news he must share.  The heart-wrenching plan he must put into motion.  Tonight maybe the last moments he will ever share with his family.

 

ⓒ Copyright 2013 AshleyNicole Books

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Fighting Back – Women’s Island Teaser

In honor of reaching 700 likes on the AshleyNicole Books Facebook page I am sharing a teaser from Women’s Island that I hope you will enjoy 🙂

Fighting Back

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Hunched over the desk sits a man fighting a war inside, trying not to lose himself and remember what side he is really on.  His hands clench the disheveled hair atop his head, inflicting a slight of pain so he knows how to separate what is a nightmare, and what is real.  Digging his elbows into the top of his desk, Senator Andrew Chamberlain raises his head, not bothering to fix his hair at the sound of someone knocking on the door, “Enter.”

Officer Fremont comes in and quickly closes the door behind him, “We have received news of your wife.”

Andrew’s voice comes out level and monotone, “Only of my wife?”

Fremont drops his head, “It may not be her, just a woman claiming to be.”

Clenching his fists, “Where?”

“She’s in Kentucky.  No one knows which direction she came from, only that there were a lot of explosions one week before they found her.  The explosions were all near labs in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.  Something triggered a chemical reaction within the water pipes.”

“How were only the labs affected?  What does that have to do with my wife?”

Fremont shrugs his shoulders, “The labs that were affected ran off of their own nuclear power plants and somehow, that small difference in the water, maybe the radiation, triggered the explosive reaction.  The one lab in Kentucky managed to only have minimal damage but the others will be out of commission for a while.”  Fremont sits in a chair across from Andrew, “As for your wife, if it is her, she admitted to blowing up the facilities and demanded to see you.”

“And what would you advise?” Andrew asks, wondering why his wife would blow up labs, and where his children could possibly be.

“I would advise, you go see this woman.  And if she is your wife, find out if your children are safe.  Keep in mind; they have her at a lab.  And if you don’t want anything bed to happen, you need to get there quickly.”

Andrew jumps out of his chair, realizing what Fremont is insinuating.  “We need to go.  We need to go right now.”

“Slow down Senator.”  Fremont pulls back on Andrew’s shoulder making him realize he had been racing for the door.  “They are already getting a jet ready.  We will be there soon enough.  I promise.”

“I never thought I’d admit it, but I think I’m going to need you around for this,” Andrew says looking at the firm hand holding him in place.

Fremont suppresses a laugh, knowing Andrew is being serious, “Don’t worry.  I’ll help you keep your sanity and remind you what side you’re on.  We will protect her and your children.  There is a lot you’re going to accomplish in this war, and I’m going to be there to help you do it.”  Fremont drops his hand to his side as Andrew turns around.

“I thought you knew which side I was really on.”

Fremont laughs, “Don’t start doubting me now Andrew.  Don’t you see what it would mean, what you could do?”

“No Fremont, I don’t.  What wonderful bout of destruction do you imaging I could unleash as the leader of such a war?”  Andrew forces himself to pace the room and hear Fremont’s plan before he takes violent action.

“You could destroy the government’s power over women,” Fremont smiles mischievously.

Andrew stops in shock facing Fremont, “Come again?”

“Honestly, how did you become a senator?”  Fremont shakes his head.

“I have an intelligent wife to fill in the blanks for me,” Andrew states mournfully, worrying if she is alive and safe, or being tortured in a lab states away.

Fremont just nods and continues, “If you are the face of the war, if the government believes that you are on their side, then you can lead them away from the real path, away from the real haven of the women.”

“And how would I know if I am leading them away?” Andrew asks.

Fremont smiles, “Women are smart and strong.  They know the chances of getting caught, and when they are interrogated, they know when to give the false bust close to the truth information, so the government never finds their trail.”

Andrew shakes his head, “Cressida told me the truth when I interrogated her.”

“She told you a partial truth.  They did go through the sewers and onto a logging road, but they didn’t go north towards Canada.”  Fremont sits back down feeling that this conversation is going to be longer than he thought.

Andrew drops his head in thought and suddenly snaps it up to look at he’s only trusted friend, “That’s why Mercy blew up the labs.  So that no one would know which direction to find Luke and Christian.  The only reason she would have done that was to protect them.  And the only reason she would need to protect them is because they are safe.  My children are safe.”

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Kidnapped

Yesterday I was working on a Women’s Island scene where my characters are reading a news article and although they don’t have “newspapers” anymore, I decided to type up the article for fun and inspiration as if it were a newspaper.  This is just for fun and I used the image I found of Chris Evans for The Next Big Thing Blog Hop to play the part of Senator Andrew Chamberlain.  I hope you’ll enjoy it.  I put a faint watermark all over it.  So hopefully no one will think it is a real article about Chris Evans being a senator who’s children were kidnaped…  Anyway, here it is.

DISCLAIMER: The newspaper image above is not a real article.  The image of Chris Evans is not owned by or claimed by AshleyNicole Shelton, WordPress, Twitter, Facebook, or any other website this newspaper image appears on.  You can find the original image of Chris Evans by clicking here or typing this into your address bar: http://www.fanpop.com/clubs/chris-evans
The rest of the image was made by AshleyNicole Shelton using Microsoft Word and basic image editing.

The Revolution TimesA just-for-fun Newspaper Article set in the world of Women's Island by AshleyNicole Shelton.

The Revolution Times
A just-for-fun Newspaper Article set in the world of Women’s Island by AshleyNicole Shelton.

Teaser from Women’s Island
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Fremont pulls out a transparent, holographic card from his pocket before he begins swiping and taping away at the surface.  Finally he finds what his is looking for.  Holding the card parallel to the floor an image projects into the air above them.  It is the front page of an electronic newspaper.  Andrew’s picture is in the center while the headline reads, “Senator’s children kidnapped by wife.”

“Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord” – Colossians 3:18 – There is one woman, who did not follow these wise words.  Just two short weeks ago, Mercy Chamberlain kidnapped Senator Chamberlain’s three-year-old son and six-year-old daughter, a terrible transgression punishable by death.  Since then he has be doing everything he can to get them safely back home.  He is heart broken and thirsty for justice.  After many hours of finding evidence on Women Rebels, Senator Chamberlain followed a trail, hoping to find his children and sadly the evidence has gone dry.  But he has not given up on them.  He will find them and bring the kidnapper to justice.  His assistant released a statement this morning that Senator Chamberlain has vowed, “I will not stop at finding my children.  It has come to my attention, that there have been many instances where women are kidnapping their children at the insistence of the Women Rebels.  Because of this, I will not stop, until we bring these children home safely.  I don’t know why it has stayed quiet for so long, but I will make sure, the issue is quiet no more, until the children are returned.”  Such motivating words, but he does not have to do this alone.  Help Senator Chamberlain’s cause to stop these rebellious and traitorous women.  Wives, you can start by submitting to your husbands as the Lord demands and keep your children safe at home.  Able men, go to the closest recruitment office, and help those who have been victimized to get back what is rightfully theirs.  Bring home the children, safe and sound.

ⓒ Copyright 2013 AshleyNicole Books

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Now, which side do you think Andrew is on?  Do you believe the media, or do you think Mercy knows her husband as well as she believed she once did?  I’m really getting excited about Women’s Island (more so with every word I write) and I hope you all will enjoy it as much as I do.  Have a great day everyone!

First Teaser: Forest Warrior

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Ever of Tree Stump – Forest Warrior
A Women’s Island Teaser

“You can’t just leave. You’ll never find the next stop without a guide.” Ever has lost control of the situation.

Mercy takes a threatening step toward the forest woman. “We made it here just fine without one. If we don’t find the place of refuge, we will just survive on our own.”

Stumbling backwards, Ever looks into the treetops for support and sure enough, more women drop to the ground. Luke screams as one of them grasps his arm and tries to take him away from his sister. Christian snatches the woman’s arm and bites down hard on her wrist forcing the woman to release her brother. They run to their mother and are too terrified to protest when Mercy lifts both of them and begins to run into the trees away from the forest women. Not knowing her way around and the added weight of her children are thoughts Mercy pushes to the back of her mind. She knows the chance of them getting away are slim to none. But if anyone wants to take her children, they will have to kill her first.

Christian and Luke hold on tightly to their mother, careful not to choke her or block her vision and trying their best to not be dead weights in her arms. Fear is wrapped around them so strongly they can’t even begin to image what might happen in the moments to come, they can’t even hope. All they can do is think of their mother, running for all of their lives, and the creepy dark forest, that no longer seems beautiful.

The forest women take to the trees, leaping great distances and covering much more distance than the vegetation allows on the ground. Still, Mercy’s speed and agile movements surprise them. She reminds Ever of a deer running from a hunter.

“Ever!” bellows one of the forest women leaping to a branch below her. “Circle around them. We will close them in and attack on the ground.”

“Don’t attack!” Ever shouts.

“They are a threat. We have to.”

Before she can protest the forest woman is gone. “Pine needles!” she chides herself and makes her way to her part of the circle as quickly as she can. When she gets there the forest women are still moving, trying to maintain the circle while keeping up with Mercy and her children.

“Now!” roars one of the women.

Ever drops to the floor and runs straight for Mercy. She gets there just before one of the others pulls a dagger from its sheathe. “Stop!” she howls. The blade slides cleanly into Ever’s arm.

Ⓒ COPYRIGHT 2012, 2013 ASHLEYNICOLE BOOKS
First Round of edits by Cindy Davis
Art by Black Raven Studios

Sister & Brother

Say Hello to Christian and Luke Chamberlain

Here is another character reveal image by my cover artist, Aedo Morin, with Black Raven Studios. Teaser coming soon!

Two in One

TWO CHARACTER REVEALS IN ONE BLOG POST

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WRITING PROGRESS

I am still writing Women’s Island and it is going to be longer than I anticipated, but I think that will make it even better.  One of my beta readers sent me her notes yesterday and gave me some great critiques.  I can’t wait to go back through the first half and make some changes for the better.

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FUNDING UPDATE

With only 4 days left to go on the Women’s Island Kickstarter Project we are just $75 away from the fundraising goal!  It’s amazing how many contributors have pledged and I couldn’t be more grateful!

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ART BY AEDO

The teasers are not yet finished but I wanted to share some more art from my cover artist with you.  Please enjoy these Character Reveals.  I will share the teasers with you as soon as they are ready.

 

“Cavern Dweller” Art by Aedo Morin

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“Islander” Art by Aedo Morin

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Thank you all again and good night.

Character Reveal: Ever – Forest Warrior

Character Reveal Teaser for Women’s Island

Ever – Forest Warrior

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“You can’t just leave. You’ll never find the next stop without a guide.” Ever has lost control of the situation.

Mercy takes a threatening step toward the forest woman. “We made it here just fine without one. If we don’t find the place of refuge, we will just survive on our own.”

Stumbling backwards, Ever looks into the treetops for support and sure enough, more women drop to the ground. Luke screams as one of them grasps his arm and tries to take him away from his sister. Christian snatches the woman’s arm and bites down hard on her wrist forcing the woman to release her brother. They run to their mother and are too terrified to protest when Mercy lifts both of them and begins to run into the trees away from the forest women. Not knowing her way around and the added weight of her children are thoughts Mercy pushes to the back of her mind. She knows the chance of them getting away are slim to none. But if anyone wants to take her children, they will have to kill her first.

Christian and Luke hold on tightly to their mother, careful not to choke her or block her vision and trying their best to not be dead weights in her arms. Fear is wrapped around them so strongly they can’t even begin to image what might happen in the moments to come, they can’t even hope. All they can do is think of their mother, running for all of their lives, and the creepy dark forest, that no longer seems beautiful.

The forest women take to the trees, leaping great distances and covering much more distance than the vegetation allows on the ground. Still, Mercy’s speed and agile movements surprise them. She reminds Ever of a deer running from a hunter.

“Ever!” bellows one of the forest women leaping to a branch below her. “Circle around them. We will close them in and attack on the ground.”

“Don’t attack!” Ever shouts.

“They are a threat. We have to.”

Before she can protest the forest woman is gone. “Pine needles!” she chides herself and makes her way to her part of the circle as quickly as she can. When she gets there the forest women are still moving, trying to maintain the circle while keeping up with Mercy and her children.

“Now!” roars one of the women.

Ever drops to the floor and runs straight for Mercy. She gets there just before one of the others pulls a dagger from its sheathe. “Stop!” she howls. The blade slides cleanly into Ever’s arm.

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Character Art by: Aedo Morin

First Round of Edits by: Cindy Davis