August 6th, 2007

Please welcome our very special guest star, Amanda Ashby!

Yaaaaaaaay! *jumping up and down while flapping arms like Kermit the Frog*

I've joined the Girlfriend Cyber Circuit, a virtual book tour. A time or two per month I'll be posting info about a new release and my interview with the author. First up is Amanda Ashby with You Had Me At Halo!



In Amanda Ashby’s YOU HAD ME AT HALO (NAL Trade Paperback Original; $12.95; August 7 2007), Holly Evans has just seen her own body laid to rest. If it had been up to her, she wouldn’t have chosen that particular polyester dress for the event. Still, she could live with that (so to speak), if it guaranteed a quick jump to Level 3 of the afterlife, which she hopes will feature both reruns of Friends and reunions with long-lost loved ones.

But Holly has some mortal baggage to unload first, starting with the matter of how she died. Yes, she drowned in her bathtub under suspicious circumstances, but she did not kill herself. Holly had too much to live for, from her recent promotion to taking the next big step in her relationship. Okay, her life had a few loose ends, but whose doesn’t?

Holly's heavenly shrink isn’t buying it. He says she has to return to earth to straighten things out. The thing is, she’ll need to borrow someone’s body to do it—and the body in question belongs to none other than computer geek Vince Murphy. Oh, and although Vince was supposed to have vacated the premises, he apparently never got the memo.

Now, Holly has forty-eight hours to resolve her issues while sharing arms, legs, and...other things...with a guy she barely noticed while she was alive. But the real surprise is what life has to offer when you have only two days to live it...

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Amanda Ashby was born in Australia and studied English and Journalism at Queensland University. Since graduation she has worked in sales, marketing and travel before discovering that she was no good at any of them and so decided to turn her attention to writing instead. She is married with two young children and has recently returned from the UK to live in New Zealand.

JENN'S INTERVIEW WITH AMANDA

If you write full-time, when and how did you make this transition? If not, do you expect to write full-time in the future, and when will that be?

I'm in the lucky position of being a stay at home mother, so I do get quite a lot of writing time. My goal was always to be published before my youngest son started full time school - mainly so I could convince my husband not to send me back out to work!!!! Anyway, my son starts school in three months so I've only just made my deadline! Money wise, it would still probably be better for me to go back to work, but for sanity reasons, I'd rather have less money and more happiness!!!

Where do you write?

We've just moved country and right now we're in a rental house where my laptop is perched on the kitchen bench without even a David Boreanaz photo to keep me company (but on the plus side, I'm very close to the refrigerator!!!!)

What makes you happiest about writing?

When a story is going well it gives such a thrill and can be totally consuming. This is normally when I start burning the fish fingers and forgetting what my kids are called - but thankfully, but this stage the
story is so consuming that it doesn't take me long to write it!!!

Give us a run-down on all your books. How do you see this new book fitting into the work you've produced so far?

YOU HAD ME AT HALO is about a twenty-two year old dead girl who gets sent back to earth to sort out her issues. Unfortunately, heaven makes a bit of a mix up and she gets stuck in the body of a geeky male co-worker while she does this!!

This is my debut book, but I think it perfectly sums up the sort of book that I like to write, because it's quirky, has a hint of paranormal and I've even managed to pay tribute to my television addiction!!!

You can visit Amanda at www.amandaashby.com or amandaashby.blogspot.com.
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