Friday, October 25, 2013

Friday Feature: Ashe Barker & The Darkest Hour!

Today I'm excited to welcome Ashe Barker, who's celebrating the release of her third book, which ends a trilogy! She's come on-scene with three back to back releases, and isn't that awesome!?

The Darkest Hour: Ashe Barker

Today I’m visiting C.A. Szarek’s blog, and it’s fantastic to be here. Thank you for agreeing to host me today and to let me tell something of the influences that helped shape Nathan and Eva’s story in The Dark Side.

The third and final book in the trilogy went on general release last week. Darkest is every bit as hot and sensual as the first two books, but this is also the intense and emotional climax to the story. Eva, never especially comfortable around others and with no capacity to speak of for handling difficult personal situations, especially when they involve Nathan, faces her greatest challenges in Darkest. And gets it horribly wrong. Darkest is full of highs and lows as Eva’s emotional roller-coaster hits full speed, and her new-found confidence deserts her.

I loved writing The Dark Side, but it’s always fabulous when reviewers like a story too. This excerpt from a five star review on Goodreads was particularly welcome.

Nathan and Eva have finally found a fragile balance between them. Eva, who has trust issues, thinks she has found it with Nathan. Nathan, who has had many subs, feels Eva may be the not-so-perfect sub for him. Together they start to build their lives but when a moment of betrayal and jealousy arises, they find their world is torn apart.

This third and final entry has the least amount of sex and the most heart wrenching moments. Eva has come so far and to have an act of jealousy come between them was so upsetting. This is definitely the book that made me the most emotional. Even though I feel there is less sex in this book than the previous two, the creative aspect had me liking it the best. You are so naughty and wicked Nathan! I won’t spoil the ending but I will say the journey Eva and Nathan take in Darkest easily makes this my favorite of the three books. I gasp, giggled and cried. As for the end, let’s just say I couldn’t ask for a better one.

And so the story ends. I’m so sad to say goodbye. Eva, Nathan and all the other characters have been some my favorites and I feel like I have moved away from some great friends. If you get a chance, read the The Dark Side Trilogy. As for recommendations, read Darkest. You won’t be disappointed.

The Dark Side was always meant to be about contrast and paradox, about opposites attracting. It places a seriously bright but unsophisticated woman in an unfamiliar situation and watches her make decisions with her heart rather than her head. Some of those decisions are good, others more questionable. But it’s always quirky, and the emphasis is on sexy fun. I hope readers agree, and please feel free to let me know what you think of Eva and Nathan’s story.


The Dark Side trilogy, charts the sensual journey of academic musician Eva Byrne as she struggles to overcome painful shyness, sexual inhibition, and personal tragedy. Lonely, unsophisticated, fragile, and desperately seeking love and approval, Eva is easy prey for sensual and experienced Nathan Darke. 

He wants her submission, and he knows how to go about getting it. Eva is quickly caught up by the whirlwind of his effortless seduction, though she has her own reasons for agreeing to join him in his world of pain and pleasure, on The Dark Side.

Inexplicably fascinated and at the same time totally frustrated by his new submissive, Nathan is increasingly drawn to her as she opens up in his hands and he realises there is much, much more to his latest playmate than he ever could have imagined. 

The Dark Side charts the turbulent relationship between Eva and Nathan as their mutual fascination builds. They both discover what surrender truly means as together they explore the fragile bonds of desire, trust, risk and reward, and the destructive power of betrayal.

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Until 2010 Ashe was a director of a regeneration company in Leeds, in the UK, before becoming convinced there must be more to life. She left to work as an independent consultant, and still does some of that though most of her time is now spent writing, as at last she’s been able to realise her dream of writing erotic romance herself. Ashe has been an avid reader of women’s fiction for many years, and still loves reading historical and contemporary romances – the hotter the better. But now she has a good excuse for her guilty pleasure – research.
Ashe usually draws on settings and anecdotes from her own experience to lend colour, detail and realism to her plots and characters, but her stories of love, challenge, resilience and compassion are the conjurings of her own lurid and decidedly smutty imagination.

When not writing – which is not very often - her time is divided between her role as resident taxi driver for her teenage daughter and friends, and caring for a menagerie of dogs, rabbits, tortoises.  And a cockatiel.  Ashe is a rural parish Councillor, and she’s passionate about evolving rural traditions and values to suit twenty first century lifestyles.

Ashe has just completed her third trilogy in the Black Combe ‘family’ as well as a novella and a short story. All are due for release over the next few months.

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