Friday, February 14, 2014

Friday Feature welcomes back ASHE BARKER on the Three Rs!

Today I'm excited to welcome back fellow Totally Bound author, Ashe Barker, who has yet ANOTHER release! She's a writing MACHINE!

She's going to blog about her new release, The Three Rs. Without further ado, here's Ashe!

The Three Rs is a slight departure from the norm for me as most of the action does not take place in my native West Yorkshire, although the story is set in northern England. This time, I’ve chosen Berwick-upon-Tweed, a small town right up close to the Scottish border for the main setting, a glorious place steeped in history. I’m not certain how many times Berwick changed hands as the Scots and English battled it out over the centuries, but these days the town seems at least as Scottish as it does English. And the fabulous Northumberland scenery and coastline is well worth a mention. I hope I manage to do both of these justice in the story.

The front cover features The Angel of the North, a superb sculpture designed by Antony Gormley. This landmark, close to Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, dominates the landscape for miles around. It was completed in 1998 and is the most viewed piece of art in the UK, visible from the mainline railway and the main A1 motorway linking London and Edinburgh. And it’s probably responsible for more than its share of near misses as motorists crane their necks for a better view.

“People are always asking why an angel? The only response I can give is that no-one has ever seen one and we need to keep imagining them. The angel has three functions – firstly a historic one to remind us that below this site coal miners worked in the dark for two hundred years, secondly to grasp hold of the future expressing our transition from the industrial to the information age, and lastly to be a focus for our hopes and fears.” (Anthony Gormley, sculptor)


The Three Rs is the story of Abigail Fischer, who unexpectedly inherits a share in a construction company from a man she’s sure she never met. She has no idea why James Parrish would have any interest in her, let alone leave her anything in his will. And James’ nephew, Cain Parrish, is even more baffled. Not to mention he’s also mad as hell about it. Parrish Construction is his firm, he’s built it and worked for it, and suddenly a perfect stranger turns up to take over his thriving company. He’s not about to take that lying down so the sparks soon fly.

Cain and Abigail are attracted to each other, and pretty quickly the sparks are of a distinctly sensual nature. As Abigail joins Cain in Parrish Construction he starts to warm to her, not least as they both prefer their sex to be of the not exactly vanilla variety. 

But Abigail has a secret. A big secret she’s managed to keep for most of her life. How long before Cain works out what she’s trying so desperately to hide? And how will he react when he does?

You can get your hands on The Three Rs from Totally Bound, and it will be on Amazon from today. And look out for the promotional giveaways on Facebook.

Perfect strangers don’t just leave you a share in their business. Do they? And even if they do, surely the rightful owner won’t just take it lying down…?

Abigail Fischer is about to find out. When a mysterious letter arrives informing her that she’s inherited a controlling interest in a thriving construction firm Abigail thinks it must be a mistake. Or a sick joke. Until she’s confronted by her new, very angry and very reluctant business partner. Handsome as sin but determined to be rid of her, Cain Parrish is everything Abigail desires – and most fears. Forced to uproot from her safe but dead-end job to help run the firm, Abigail is quickly drawn to her dominant partner. Attuned to her most secret desires, and able to meet them effortlessly, he quickly finds his way past her defences
But Abigail is not what she seems. Astute in business and a skilled Dom, Cain can easily demand her submission, but can he find his way past Abigail’s carefully constructed fa├žade to discover the shameful secret she’s managed to conceal all her life. And despite her growing enthusiasm for the new opportunities now facing her, Abigail can’t become something she’s not. Or can she? Is it possible to leave the past behind and start over?

When things start to go wrong in their business, and as Abigail’s blunders threaten to sink their small but up to now profitable enterprise, will their delicate personal relationship survive?
Will Cain forgive Abigail’s mistakes or is there a deeper significance to her apparent ineptitude?

More Ashe: 


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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