Monday, January 25, 2010

Valentine's Day Contest - Free Book Giveaway

In honor of Valentine's Day and also in honor of my soon to be released book "Naked Ambition", I'm going to give away two free download copies of my book.


How to enter?
Leave a comment on my blog between today and February 7th telling me what your perfect Valentine's Day date would be.

Or...

Retweet the following tweet on Twitter using the hashtag #NakedAmbition

"Win a download copy of Ashley Ladd's Valentine's erotic romance Naked Ambition. RT to enter before Feb 7th" #NakedAmbition


The Prize



Blurb
Ali James will do anything to raise her orphaned sister and finish medical school, even work as a topless waitress.


Ali James is determined to finish medical school and cure cancers like the one that killed her mother. She's also determined to raise her trouble-making teenage sister. As if it's not hard enough to juggle all this and her job as a topless waitress, her ex-fiancé comes back to town and makes it plain he's still sore she chose her career over him and that he very much disapproves her of job.


Excerpt: Naked Ambition
“You’re okay by the grace of God. If I hadn’t been here, you could be dead.” Cliff faced off against her and narrowed his eyes.


They were dark and inscrutable but the set of his lips and his flared nostrils told her he was pissed. Not that he had any right—he’d given that up when he’d dumped her on Valentine’s Day four years ago.

“Hello to you, too,” she drawled and squared her shoulders. “I never expected you to darken my door again. What brings you back to town?”

His glance slid around the room then dwelled on Timmy who stood by her as if he was her personal bodyguard. “This isn’t the place and I’ll be the one asking the questions. I need you to go to the station.”

Frankie appeared out of nowhere. His face was red and blustery and he seethed. “You can’t take her. She did nothing wrong. I’ll be short a waitress if she leaves.”

Cliff looked Frankie up and down with disdain. “I need to get her official statement.”

He turned his back on Frankie and looked at her again. “Did you bring decent clothes with you? Change and come with me.”

She bristled. Did he think so little of her that she’d drive across town in this scandalous costume? “Of course.”

Even though she wasn’t eager to spend time with the holier-than-thou cop, she wanted out of this place more. She didn’t feel safe and was too shaky to continue her shift.

When she rejoined her ex, she returned his t-shirt. For a moment she was sorry he had to cover his awesome chest. Then she chastised herself for such a random, out-of-place thought. She had no intention of seeing this man naked again, much less any intention of seeing him after he finished with her statement. “Can we hurry this up?”

When she went to get into her car, he grabbed her elbow. “You’re coming with me. We’ll send someone back for your car.”

Aghast her jaw dropped. “Am I under arrest? Or do you just not trust me?”

“You’re not under arrest. You’re more like summoned. As far as trusting you, I don’t know. I never expected you to do something so boneheaded. Why are you here?” He opened the passenger door to his unmarked vehicle and waited until she slid in. Then he locked and closed the door.

She quirked a brow and twisted in her seat to glare at him. “If I refuse to go with you, nothing will happen to me?”

“I’ll have to take you into official custody.”

She rolled her eyes and leaned against the seat. “Why were you there? Business?”

“Yeah.”

She was frustrated when he didn’t elaborate. It was one of the things that had driven her crazy when they’d been together. He’d had so many secrets. He’d been away so many nights without being able to tell her where. “Is this the type of place you were at all those nights you couldn’t or wouldn’t tell me where you were?”

He guffawed and turned into traffic. “Who are you to ask me that? After the way I caught you tonight?”

“Caught me?” The hair on the back of her neck bristled and she gave him the glare of death. “How can you catch me if we’re not together?”

“Ditto.”

Naked Ambition coming soon from Total-E-Bound


When will the winners be picked?
I'll pick the winners Sunday night February 7, 2010. I'll announce them both on Twitter and here on my blog.


What my favorite Valentine's Day would be
I'll get the ball rolling. My idea of a perfect Valentine's Day would be a romantic candlelit dinner for two outside under the moonlight with some snuggling and slow dancing. Then I'd like to see a romantic movie with my sweetie. If you know my hubby, please feel free to tell him.

Your turn. Leave me a comment and tell me what your favorite Valentine's Day date would be.


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8 comments:

Robyn Campbell said...

Ashley, my perfect Valentine's day date would be a day of water skiing off the Florida Keys and then a romantic early supper at The Ocean Reef club. Followed by...who knows" I'll leave that to the imagination. *grin*

Robyn Campbell said...

But my word verification was ironing. So I guess that about sums up my life right now.

Linda Kage said...

Wow, love that cover.

I'm pretty simple, so my perfect Valentine's Day date would involve food (of course) and just spending time alone with that special someone.

My hubby and I call our second date, THE DUCK DATE, and it was my favorite. After taking me out to pizza, he wasn't ready to go home yet (neither was I), so he drove me around the countryside, showing me places in his life that he'd visited and been. Since he was into hunting, he drove me out to a duck refuge where he liked to hunt, and we sat on the tailgate of his truck as he named the sounds of the different ducks quacking around us. It was probably so memorable because we were just getting to know each other. But I'll always remember the duck date.

Regina Carlysle said...

Oooh. This sounds good, Ash! Love the excerpt.

Dawn said...

My favorite Valentine's Day would be my hubby and I snuggly in front of a cozy fire, dancing to some music (perhaps the song from our wedding), and enjoying some chocolate covered strawberries and Moscato wine.

Your book sounds great, by the way. :-)

Amber Skyze said...

Holy Hotness on the cover! :)

Love the excerpt.

Right about now anywhere the DH wants to take me as long as it's away from the house, would be my perfect Valentine's Day. We missed celebrating our anniversary on New Year's cause I was in the hospital.

Ashley Ladd said...

Ooh! What great dates. If I had a way to still waterski and if hubby knew how, I'd love to do that, too.

Now I'm thinking of more things I'd like to do. How I'd love to go horsebike riding and take a picnic lunch. We'd stop by a lake or a canal and have a little afternoon delight.

I'd also love to go rollerskating or ice skating. I'd really love to go ice skating outside. (One problem - I could never ice skate well although I was a demon on roller skates.)

I guess I was being too realistic and thinking of things hubby and I are still able to do. Unfortunately, hubby can't walk too well anymore, so I have to tone done real dates.

Jen said...

How fantastic! I just happen to run across your blog and I'm glad I stopped by! Congrats on the book!

My perfect Valentine's Day date would be eating pizza and watching a romantic comedy with my hubby... silly I know but I love those days the best!

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