Welcome Ashley! Please start off by telling us a little about yourself.
Well I just had my first book published September 25th, it’s the first item on my list of Adult Achievements I’ve been able to scratch off. I’ve had some great reviews from it which makes me extremely happy. I love to read, my Kindle is my most treasured possession.
Is Blood Purple a single title, or part of a series?
It’s the first of 5 books. The series is call The Blood Series. We have Blood purple which is already out, Next is Blood Yellow and then Blood Green. All three of those will follow the same story lines. You need to read them in order so you can understand what is happening. Blood White will be more like an insider’s guide with 2-3 short stories and a bunch of extra facts about the Algula Word. Blood Black will take place 1000 years ago or so. I have the idea in my head but I’m still tweeking what I want it to be about.
What were your inspirations for the story?
Honestly my own family lineage. I took some of where my roots are from in Lebanon and mix and mingle it into a world for Vampires.
Please share your setting for Blood Purple. Have you ever lived or visited there? If so, what did you like most?
There are two settings, originally it starts in Zahle, Lebanon. I had to do all my research online as I have never been there myself. Then Colorado Springs, CO. I’ve been there a few times, I also have family there and a friend who used to live there. So I had some minor knowledge of the area. When I went to Colorado Springs I loved Garden of the Gods.
When did the writing bug first bite?
When I was a teenager.
Who are you favorite authors, book/series?
Tami Hoag, Kay Hooper, Catherine Coulter, Linda Howard, Nora Roberts, JR. Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kim Harrison. I LOVE the FBI Series with Dillon Savich I also love the psychic crime FBI series with Bishop. The Hollows is a fantastic series and the Brotherhood and Dark Hunters are really good too!!
What is your most favorite childhood memory?
I have way too many to pick from so I will go with the first time I swam the freestyle in under 60 seconds for my swim team race one summer. My dad and I had been working on that over and over and I remember he was waiting for me at the finish line, his smile, he was yelling, You did it you did it!! It was a great day.
Do you have any hobbies or special things you like to do in your spare time?
Outside of reading and writing? Not really, I’m a wife and love spending time with my husband and our two dogs.
Boxers, brief or commando?
I prefer guys in Boxers.
Favorite eye color?
What's the strangest thing you've heard or seen?
Once at the Renaissance festival there was this guy who was putting these major sized nails up his nose with a hammer and they came out of his mouth…that was pretty strange, and gross.
By Ashley Nemer
In a world we think we know, live other races entirely hidden from the mortal perspective. Creatures of legend, of fable and myth, their very history and nature have allowed them to walk side by side with humans since time immemorial. They are warriors, they are hunters, and they are Algula Vampire. And in their own midst, a battle is brewing for supremacy, for dominance, that can and will affect all around them. Old hatred never dies and vengeance is a fiery sword that cuts a bloody swath.
~~ Excerpt ~~
Hamza walks into the room with his guard looking at Nikole’s still body lying on the table. “Is she dead?” he questions.
“No sir, she passed out while we were in the middle of the procedure. We were doing like you instructed and burning her body with the needles when she went unconscious. We thought it best to come get you right away.”
Hamza looks over her body, placing his fingers to her neck and feeling only a small hint of life. His lips curve up in excitement as he anticipates what is yet to come. “Good, leave us alone.” He starts to walk around the table staring at her naked and bloodied body.
The room emptied out while Hamza continued to circle the table. He tried to decide what to do with this dead weight prisoner. Leaning over her body, he backhanded her jaw, the cracking of her bones deafening in the silence of the room. He heard her moan in agony while she slowly came to consciousness.
“Nikole, I think it would be best if you just gave me what I asked of you. As soon as you tell me what we want to know this pain will all stop.” Taking his knife from the sheath on his belt, he placed the cold blade to her cheek. “I will cut your pretty little face apart. Don’t think I won’t.” Taking the tip of the blade he breaks the skin at the top of her left cheek and slowly cut lines into her face. Droplets of blood ran down her cheek staining her flesh as he slashed her face. Nikole’s voice is gone from all the screaming she has done and all she can do is heave a cry. Her eyes are still forced open, not even tears can form since she can’t blink. “Come on little Princess, just tell me where Zayn is so I can kill him. I promise this will all stop.”.
~~ About the Author ~~
Ashley is married and lives in Houston with her husband Tony. They have two dogs named Toto and Doogie. They have been together for almost 8 years and he brings her more joy than she could ever imagine as a child. She loves to read and has been hooked on the romance genre ever since her lifelong best friend Laura gave her "Ashes to Ashes' by Tami Hoag to read when they were younger.
Ashley finds her strength through her family, especially her parents. They always support her in life and they push her to strive for greatness. There once was a motto that Ashley heard in her youth through her Taekwondo life 'Reach for the Stars' and that is what Ashley has always done. It was through her upbringing that the values Ashley has and display's came from. With her Parents always cheering her on in life she was able to grow up having faith in herself and her ability to conquer the world.