Never Fear the Reaper Character Interview, Spotlight & Book Tour Giveaway

This morning, I am featuring a paranormal romance in our book spotlight with a character interview / guest post from author Ashley Pagano.  Check out the book, learn more about the character through the interview and enter to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post!

Never Fear the Reaper
Never Fear the Reaper Series
Book One
Ashley Pagano

Genre: Paranormal Romance / YA Fiction

In a world filled with darkness… can true love spark just enough light to save it?

About the Book

She’s been to the other side and back again . . . But she’s never met anyone like him.

He can see things no one else can . . . But he only sees her.

From the moment he witnesses her do the impossible . . . he is obsessed. 

When Chase hires the mysterious ghost exterminator, Ryder, to cleanse his house from a pesky poltergeist he gets way more than he’s paying her for… There’s just something about Ryder that has him mesmerized.

Is it the fact that he’s witnessed her do the unexplainable? Or the fact that she’s absolutely breathtaking? Or perhaps it’s that eerie familiar feeling that they’ve met before, perhaps in another lifetime. 

Chase desperately tags along with Ryder on a whirlwind of life threatening adventures in exchange for a few precious moments of alone time with her. With the Grimm Reaper’s Scythe as their defense, Chase developing some supernatural gifts of his own, and an intense crush developing between them what crazy supernatural force will target them next?

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Interview with the Paranormal Huntress "Ryder" from the Never Fear the Reaper Series:

Hello there, welcome, and thank you for the interview.

Ahem . . . I have to admit I'm a bit apprehensive about this interview. (She mumbles a few snooty comments about the poor soul who tracked her down and signed her up for this).

You shouldn't be nervous. If anything, it's me who should be nervous. (Awkward laugh followed by my gaze creeping downward to her metal case holding her deadly Scythe that she's purposely placed within arms length of our chairs). Promise you won't slash me?

(Amused, she raises an eyebrow) I can't be sure until I've heard the questions.

Fair enough. I'll just fire away, then. (Nervously fiddle with the crinkled up paper filled with scratchy interview questions). So what can you tell us about yourself that may surprise us?

Well if you've read the books, you already know about my strange quirks and abilities. (She leans forward, intentionally invading my personal space).

Moving on. I think it's safe to say you show some pretty strong favoritism towards Chase. What's that all about? (Discretely push my chair backward).

I'm very fond of Chase. He's my boyfriend so . . . I ought to be. (She tries to disguise her love-stricken smile).

So you're actually in love with him? (Try to hide my eager, boyish giggles).


(Well that was easier than expected) What can you tell us about the rumors circulating in regards to the love-triangle that has us all gaga and swooning over?

I have more important things to be concerned with than trivial love triangles. Haven't you heard, I've been single-handily saving this world from demons? (Folds her arms tightly across her chest and cocks her head to the side).

What about the scrutiny about yours and Chase's relationship? People are saying it's a bittersweet thing?

Yes, we're either sassing one another, putting each other in their place, or there's fiery, steamy passion. It's challenging, but so is everything else in my life. I need that kind of kick in the ass sometimes.

With all the demon hunting, ghost slaying, and poltergeist exterminating, when do you have time for each other?

All that is fore play, mister. (She winks)

(Uncomfortably loosen my collar around my neck). It appears that Chase has quite a fan base. Do you ever get jealous of his attention?

You obviously haven't met me. I wouldn't consider any of his young lady fans competition.

Do you see a future with Chase? Or with this dangerous career?

He's the only one who can embark on this career path with me. So yes to both.

Okay. On to the more relaxed questions. What's your biggest pet peeve?

Ha. Ha. It's too long a list for this interview.

Name an item you like to carry around at all times?

(Obviously glances over at her case then back at me).

Oh. Never mind. If you and Chase could go away on vacation anywhere, where would it be?

After all this chaos, we've talked about planning one soon. Perhaps a deserted island, with as minimal people and supernaturals as possible.

If you had to switch jobs with anyone who would it be?

I don't trust anyone else to do my job. (Huffs) But if I have to, I guess Chase could sub in for a day. He's the only one who really understands.

What is your favorite movie?

Lara Croft, Kill Bill, Atomic Blonde . . . catch my drift here? (Sends me a crooked smirk).

If you could tell your fans one thing what would it be?

(Slits her eyes at me) Never disregard the things that 'go bump in the night'.

Okay quick before Ashley Pagano catches on, is it true that Chase actually saves your life in the ending, epic warehouse battle? (Rubs hands together in anticipation)

If we're keeping tally, I think I've saved his life more times than he's saved mine.

Well it looks like our time is up. Thank you Ryder. This has been a very intriguing interview.

Excerpt from Never Fear the Reaper

Suddenly, from behind me, a calm, raspy voice breaks the silence. “Are you Chase? I’m Ryder,” she asks rather firmly, extending her long fingers for a professional handshake.
Oh God, please don’t be her, please don’t be her, please don’t be her, I repeat over and over again to myself. This girl is too young and far too beautiful to be a ghost hunter. Inconveniently, she is literally my definition of perfection, dressed all in black. Long, dark brown hair, perfect bronze skin, bright green eyes that are surrounded by the longest eyelashes I’ve ever seen, a gorgeous pearl-white smile, and a slim yet slightly muscular build. I can’t help but let her catch me looking her up and down. Her appearance makes me even more uncomfortable with my situation. I even notice a colorful, feathery angel-wing tattoo that creeps down her left arm, which is ironic, given her profession. Come on, this girl cannot be doing a job like this.
She smirks in response before I can conjure up an excuse for my gawking.
“Not at all what you expected, huh,” she says, while gesturing to the hostess with two of her fingers.
“Honestly, no you’re not…not really.” I figure it’s better to be honest with her right now. Finally, I build up enough courage to return her handshake. I’m embarrassed when my clammy palm touches her soft, cool skin.
As we follow the hostess to a booth at the far end of the dining area, she responds, “Don’t worry, no one ever does. They expect some older, more spiritual looking woman who’s all decked out in crucifixes.”

About the Author:

Ashley Pagano has always dreamed of being an artist both figuratively and literally. Her love of art was instilled by her mother who always inspired her to be creative either with a paintbrush or with a pen and paper. As far back as she can remember her life was always centered around introspection, storytelling, and imagination. Because she is so artistic, she took to the idea of creative writing very passionately. Her ability to describe a scene, person, or place, she compares to painting a picture, where she can describe every detail vividly in order to make the reader feel like they’re truly living in the story. Her works of writing usually center around a powerhouse female protagonist (which reflect her own personality), who progresses through many wild and extreme obstacles. Ashley loves to write stories that end with a cliffhanger, that leave the reader begging for more and questioning what happens next. Her most recent novel sets the stage for the paranormal romance of the century and includes ghosts, poltergeists, and demons who just love to get in the way of true love. Ashley has won awards for her design, art, and writing.

Ashley doesn’t believe in down time whatsoever and actually loves having a full “To-Do”list. Ashley is a wife to her wonderful husband, Eric and a mother to a beautiful little baby girl named Dakota. She is also a Graphic Designer and a health and fitness coach. Her husband and daughter inspire her to be the best person she can be and encourage her to pursue any of her dreams (no matter how extravagant they may be).

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