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So What’s The Fuss About Scrivener?

I’ve been debating on using this software, until I came across this post on Fantasy Faction. I’m going to give it a try. I’ll report back if there are survivors.

Review of Scrivener, the word processor for writers.

via So What’s The Fuss About Scrivener?.

Blog Changes (sounds like an interesting read right?)

Here’s the deal pickle; this blog will be undergoing some changes.

Not this kind of change.

Some really cool things are happening in my writer world and because of that I am directing all power from my brain cells to my work. Because of this…

I will be converting my blog to the website for my works.  There will still be a Blog tab, but I will be using it for write-ups on events and such. But….

If you truly dig what I do and want to keep riding the Frankie Ash train, hook up with me on Twitter and Instagram (author_frankie_ash). Also….

I am working on a newsletter that I would like to send out on the regular, so when I get that ready to go, I will post here to direct you guys where you can go to email sign up. Ya dig?

While I have your attention (and if I don’t…HELLOOOO!!!) I would like to tell you guys to look out for the August issue of Sci Fi magazine. ERAMANE will be in it!!!!! And, if you happen to live in/around/other prepositions that work the Winchester, VA area, the lovely folks at Winchester Book Gallery are hosting a signing for ERAMANE August 16th at 3p.m.

If you don’t preposition that area, look for future announcements on my events in the D.C. area.




Angry Robot Books discontinues Strange Chemistry and Exhibit A Imprints.

Image from Strange Chemistry Site

Image from Strange Chemistry Site

Upon hearing the reports this morning of Angry Robot Books discontinuing two imprints: Strange Chemistry and Exhibit A Books, I immediately went to the Twitter feed that surrounded this news. Hundreds of authors/readers/industry professionals are tweeting their thoughts/condolences and it shows how extremely personal this feels to all us authors/bookish folks, (I’ll stop forward-slashing everything now).

My first reaction was to Tweet my 140 character “sorry” but then it occurred to me that I have a bigger voice than 140 characters. I have a fan base (small, but powerful…so I like to think) and it’s my obligation to pull my efforts in another way. I can actually support these authors.

Frankie, what are you getting at? Are you a magician? All this holding out has got me on my seat’s edge. All thoughts I’d like to think ya’ll are thinking.

So, here are my thoughts. The purpose of this blog is 1) to inform those who do not know of this new. Read it here. And 2) to list the authors affected by this and their works so yous (yeah yous) can go show your support (actions are louder than words).

Go forth yee readers\authors\industry professionals (I said I wouldn’t forward slash gah) buy a book! Post it with your lovely face or cat or dog or ferret or ant collection. Show off your fabulous Tropical Smoothie alongside your newly purchased book! I’ll have mine up as soon as I get out today to get one. And don’t forget to hash-tag them! Or use this one #happytosupport. Eh? I’m open to suggestions on that one.

And, if you are unable to dish out the dollahs, support these authors by other means. Give them a shout out on Twitter, write a blog post on one or more of your favorite authors from these imprints,  vlog yourself, or your dog, or cat, or ferret, or ant collection? rolling around in copies you might already own…spread the word man!

Blog hopping…Why and how I write what I write


So, Lindsay Cummings (author chic who wrote a book I can’t wait to read…The Murder Complex) unofficially called me (by me I mean everyone) out to write a post on their writing process. At first I was like, “I don’t wanna, cause my writing process is top secret and, well, I don’t want to have to flash that little red light from M.I.B I, II, and that other one in ALL.THE.EYES. But then I figured, why not, I haven’t used it in a while.
So, hopping on Mrs. Lindsay’s Divulge your most secrety secrets train, I shall reveal.
1. What am I working on?- At this very moment I have a doc opened and minimized, and it’s labeled “My Sci-Fi WIP”. Most of you know a little about it because I have posted some peak-a-boos on my blog. But it’s quite more than just a YA Sci-Fi book, as they all are right? Am I right? I’m right. But aside from that, my lips are sealed, like a…(you choose the visual metaphor) and as Forrest Gump says, “That’s all I have to say about that.”
2. How does my work differ from other’s of its genre?- Hmmm. It just does. It’s different because there isn’t a ton of young adult sci-fi out there. It’s different because of its plot and its characters and their motivations and the setting and the characters, and it’s a total left fielder for me. I believed (before I busted out this awesome monster) that I could only live and write in the realm of fantasy, because I love it so. But I’m also a huge sci-fi fan and exploring that side of my writing has opened me up to writing all kinds of different things…like my short story Serial Wanda. You member that post don’t you? Member?
3. Why do I write what I do?- Because I grew up watching movies like Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal, Legend, Star Wars…I mean…I just…I love it like I love my own blood. Yes, that sounds strange but think about it…think about your blood and how sad (and dead) you’d be if you didn’t have it anymore. See.
4. How does your writing process work?- It’s not really a process because it’s not a rhythmic thing I do.
In short, I write every day.
In long, my mornings are precious. The Earth is quiet and it gives me a chance to be still and let my creativity do its thang. It’s hard to write on my WIP every day because there are also other things that I have to write: blog posts, Twitter snarkies (insert your own definition…it’s more funner that way), Facebook…all the social media what-nots. But at least four days of the week are devoted to my project and on a good day (three or more cups of coffee) I can knock out 3500-4000 words, on a regular day (one cup), 1500-2000. But, there are those special moments when you HAVE to write. Those moments when you wake up in the middle of the night and can’t do anything else but drag yourself to the computer and work. I love those. And on those occasions I have written some of my best content.
That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.

Tonight…”Winter is coming,” …for some.

photo from HBO website

photo from HBO website

It’s amazing how fast time flies when you’re working on a refreshing project. My young-adult, sci-fi work has been a blast to write. Since I’m almost finished with the first draft of this WIP, I’m contemplating if I should write a sequel, maybe even a trilogy. Trilogies are tough though because it’s always a challenge to make the next book better than the previous. Eramane has proven to be a task in the matter of plotting the third book. Book two is coming along well, and I must say…it’s better than book one. I’ve grown as a writer, developed better techniques used to plot chapters/scenes, and I’ve learned that writing isn’t just a passion; it’s a craft in need of constant nurturing.
I apologize for the above paragraph…it’s a bit foofy. But it makes my point…. which happens to be foofy.
Moving on, I’d like to say…goodbye WINTER!!!
Moving on further I’d like to say, OMG GAME OF THRONES COMES ON TONIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!
And with that I’ll leave you with this little video. Rage of Thrones.


I’ve been absent for a few weeks, and here’s why.

My awesome puppaaayy!

My awesome puppaaayy!



No joke, it’s been crazy having an eleven week old golden retriever. I think I’m still wearing the clothes I wore the day we picked him up. I kid…no but really.

So, I assume I’ve been pardoned by you all and am moving on. I’ve been working on a book of the sci-fi sorts, and thought that since I am nearly finished with it, it’s time for a teaser. I don’t know if it’s a good move to throw out teasers of unfinished/unedited works, but whatevs…I do what I want…fellow Chivers?? Anybody??

Anywho…here it is…a couple sentences of my work in progress. Lemme know what you think.

            Nova catches Haylun’s reflection in the window, and she stops thinking about Earth. She watches him, sure that he hasn’t noticed she’s not looking out anymore. Instead she watches him run his fingers through his thick black hair before assessing her own reflection to make sure her hair is…decent. It looks as it did this morning when she braided it, a long, brown braid hanging over her right shoulder. She fidgets in her dark-red Medical Cluster uniform, not having yet returned to her quarters to change into her “other uniform” as she calls it: a white shirt and white pants, standard issue clothing to everyone on the ship.
Nova turns to face Haylun, hoping to conceal her moment of lament, praying that he is as excited to see her as she is him. She looks into his hazel eyes and wishes she could hug him instead of just stand there, but that would be a bad idea since today is the end of their separation orders, and if Inspection and Enforcement spot them in the middle of a friendly hug, they are likely to report it, and the Commanding Officials have little tolerance.
Haylun lightens the awkward moment, “What do you have for me today? Leave out…”
“…the gory details, yes I know,” Nova interrupts.
“You know that stuff gets to me Nova, especially before I eat.”




click on screenshot to enlarge

click on screenshot to enlarge

Since book two of The Eramane Trilogy is well underway and set to go out to the editor in less than two months, I thought I’d give you guys a sneak peek at the first chapter.

At the end of Eramane book one, there is a sneak peek, but things have changed since then and while those pages are still in book two, they are no longer the opening act. Cause you know why??? I had a *mind-blowing idea that hit me several months ago and it changed everything for Eramane, Limearsy, and Samiah!

Oh you so excited, oh you can’t deny it! (Dance…it makes it more funnerer!)

Anyway…I’m really amped about book two because, well it’s badass. I’m not just saying that and once its pages get into your paws you’ll see too!

So, here it is, a few sentences in chapter one from book two of The Eramane Trilogy. Enjoy. Or turn inward on yourself from utter repulsion. Either way…you will EXPERIENCE.

*Frankie Ash’s brain did NOT explode. Dramatics guys. Dramatics.*


Flash Giveaway!

cover of eramane on blog (396x640)

Since some of this site’s followers don’t connect with me via other social media, (BTW, my feelers are all hurt and such) I wanted to make sure no one misses out on this flash giveaway. It only lasts until midnight tonight, so make with the clicky! Below is the post from my fanpage with a link that will take you there, it’s really quite magical, like Aladdin’s carpet (except there will be no beautiful princess or sing song while you are being redirected).

#‎HappyValentinesDay! To celebrate this day of romance, or as I like to call it, the day of chocolate, I will be hosting a Flash Giveaway! Just LIKE and COMMENT on this post (maybe send a valentine shout out to someone you love, or comment on ERAMANE) then email me at frankieashbooks@gmail.com with your preferred eBook format, and you will receive a free eBook of ERAMANE. Contest is International and not sponsored by Facebook. You have until midnight tonight to enter here https://www.facebook.com/authorfranki…

Book Expo America 2014

Courtesy of BEA website

Courtesy of BEA website


I have some exciting news! It has just been finalized that ERAMANE will be featured at this year’s Book Expo America! And guess what…yours truly will be there too! Wha Pow!

This year, BEA will be at the Javits Center in New York, May 28th – 31st. ERAMANE will be featured in the NEW TITLES showroom right next to the author signing room! Holy rusted metal Batman! (I’m using lots o’ exclamations…I know!).

But, it has not been finalized yet, as to whether I will be signing. Once I know for sure, I will announce it here on my site and give the date and time, ya know…in case any of you ERAMANIACS plan to attend.

I’m supah stoked and can’t wait to mingle will all the bookish type peeps!

That’s all for now, but I assure you…this year has lots in store. More exciting news still to come!

Limited Time Offer!

I don’t like using my blog as an advertising page, but for some reason I couldn’t tag the post  under my Buy the Book tab, so I will give it a quick blast here.

For a limited time, you can purchase a signed copy of Eramane for only $13.99 plus $3.98 shipping! This is nearly a 30% discount!!

All you need to do is send an email to frankieashbooks[@]gmail[dot]com requesting a copy, an invoice will be sent to your email address via PayPal, so you will need to have a PayPal account, confirming that your shipping address is not hidden.

Don’t miss out! This promo won’t last long!

Okay, I got it out of my system, promo barf fest over…all may rest easy:)