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About the author:
Ashley is a strong supporter of the organization Stand Up 2 Cancer and a dedicated member of the Crush Kids’ Cancer team. Ashley also supports the NOH8 Campaign, Charity Water and R-Word.
What inspired you to write your book?
After writing and publishing my first GLBT novel, “A Melody in Harmony,” I just fell in love with my characters and their story and wanted to continue it. In the first book, it ends one year later and my characters are married. In this new book, it starts right after their wedding and the story rewinds as the characters think back on their last year together. This allows the readers to see what happened during that year that was skipped in the first book.
Here is a short sample from the book:
“Hi, Grandma.” Ronan said as he gave his grandmother a hug upon arriving at her house. Being at his grandparents’ house still felt weird to Ronan ever since his grandfather died. There was a prominent piece missing in that house and as much as he wanted to avoid being there, he knew he couldn’t do it forever.
“So, how’s business been going at the bookstore?” Ronan asked as he walked into the kitchen with her.
“It’s going well, but your seanáthair’s slowest time of the year was always the spring and summer. We’ll see how things pick up in a couple of months.” she explained as Ronan nodded and sat down. “So, how are things with you, Muirnín? I heard on the news that they’re meeting tomorrow about allowing same-sex marriage here.” she said.
Ronan shot his head up at her. “I knew that was coming up, but I didn’t know it was tomorrow.” he said as he began to unconsciously fidget with his hands and his grandmother noticed.
Mrs. Shea sat down in front of him and placed a hand over Ronan’s fidgeting ones. “Relax, Muirnín.” she spoke softly.
Ronan sighed. “Grandma, you don’t know how badly I want that law to pass.” he admitted.
“I do know, Ronan.” Mrs. Shea began. “And your seanáthair knew, too.” she spoke, looking deep into her grandson’s eyes. “You know, your seanáthair was so proud of you. He’d say so every chance he got.”
Ronan’s eyes darted down to his lap. A part of him didn’t want to hear this, but a part of him did. He hadn’t really sat down and talked with his grandmother about his grandfather since he’d died. Even while in Ireland a few weeks back, Ronan would divert conversations every time the subject came up. The last thing he wanted to do was break down in front of his grandmother and he knew talking about this would only make it harder.
“He loved you, Ronan, and he loved Noah. He was so happy whenever he saw you two together. He could see how happy Noah makes you and he was so proud to have been the one to introduce you two.” she continued.
Ronan finally met his now teary eyes with his grandmother’s. “I know Grandpa would have wanted the law to pass.”
Mrs. Shea was silent for a few seconds as she watched her grandson. “You know, Muirnín, the way you’re talking about this has me thinking there may be another reason you want this law to pass.” Mrs. Shea said. “Are you planning on proposing to Noah?” she then asked.
Ronan looked at her, hesitant to answer. “Let’s just say, I definitely plan on marrying him someday.”