You've been chased into a dark alley by someone who wants to kill you. Which of your characters do you want by your side?
Beast. Nothing like a snarling werewolf to make someone turn tail and run.
Good choice! A snarling werewolf is always a big help in these situations.
We're holding a banquet in honor of your awesomeness. What do we serve for dessert?
Raspberry sorbet garnished with fresh berries. Yum!
Oh, that sounds delicious.
If you could have lunch with any historical figure, who would it be?
Ruth from the Bible. She is just an amazingly strong person.
That would be an interesting meal, wouldn't it? I'd love to meet her too.
You've been plunked down in a fairy tale. Which character are you?
Belle. She gets an awesome garden, library, and eventually a prince.
Oh, yes. Me too!
You're performing on Broadway! What show are you in?
Phantom of the Opera. I have loved that one since I was little.
Good one! I've never seen it. I'll have to do something about that.
A nomad at heart, Ashley Lavering currently claims Nevada as my home. She has a wonderful husband and two young children that put up with her “writing time.” When she’s not pondering a spell that will magically calm the ferocious winds that plague the air around her, you can find her, with notepad in hand, frantically jotting down ideas in those short moments between caring for her girls and working full time at the Elko Institute for Academic Achievement.
Art and science have always been her yin and yang. Throughout her college career, she shifted between the two, but in the end, graduated with a Bachelors of Mathematics and Science from the University of Wyoming.
Charging into adventures and discovering something new has always been a passion of Ashley's, but as a teenager she used to run screaming from a reading or writing assignment. Looking back, the irony isn’t lost on her. Now you can’t catch her without a book in hand or without an open word document. Every time a new idea pops into her mind her heart races and her hands twitch to write it. In that moment, she has her writer's high and prays it will sustain her through thousands of hours of revision.
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**2012 Whitney Award Nominee** Seventeen-year-old Tayla Jonas longs for a simple life, but an ancient curse forces a werewolf to hunt her, to claim what is his. Will Tayla be strong enough to survive the Curse of the Beast? Or will it consume her like so many before? Find out in the first installment of this unique retelling of Beauty and the Beast. A dark shadow stalks the night, watching her—waiting to claim what is his.
Tangled in a web of wills, Tayla must risk everything to break the Curse of the Beast. With failure and possible death looming overhead, Tayla will do anything to find true love. But will one moon cycle be long enough to conquer her wolf and remain human? Or will she become a permanent member of Beast’s pack? Find out in the second installment in the Curse of the Beast series.