Monday, February 29, 2016

Meet the Character day with Kelli A Wilkins' Ashton Bailey

Please give a warm welcome to Ashton Bailey, the hero from Dangerous Indenture by Kelli A. Wilkins. Today we sit down and see what makes him tick.

Q: So tell us about yourself. What got you in the cross hairs for your author?
Where do I start? I’ve been described as “a bit of a rogue” by people: I’m opinioned, have a biting wit, tend to be a bit sarcastic… and yet, I’m utterly charming… when I haven’t been drinking too much at the local tavern. (Laughs.) Of course, these “good qualities” have driven members of my stuffy family utterly mad. They referred to me as the “drunken whoremonger with no sense of responsibility”—but I had my reasons.

When Kelli was writing about me, she was kind enough to see past all of my so-called faults and realized that deep down I’m a sensitive, caring individual who just needed to find my way in the world. Meeting Shauna, the love of my life, changed me for the better.

Q: What was it that drew you to your mate?
Shauna Farrow is feisty, clever, and pretty. Most women I’ve dealt with were dimwitted or not terribly interesting. I was intrigued by Shauna’s spirit—she came all the way from Ireland to the Colonies on her own. That takes courage and an internal strength you don’t find in many young ladies in the 1700s. Of course, Shauna did all she could to resist my charms, which made her even more endearing to me. I do love a challenge!

Q: A little naughty fun, where was the wildest place you seduced your partner?
One night, Shauna and I had a lot of naughty fun on my father’s desk in his study. I was trying to do paperwork and Shauna seduced me. I didn’t resist her advances, however, and took her right then and there. The papers went flying everywhere.

We’ve also been known to take our lovemaking outside. Some nights we’ll go into the garden and make love under the stars. It’s very romantic. And once, we went on a picnic and our lust got the better of us. A group of travelers nearly caught us in the act. We do try to behave… (Sighs) but sometimes it’s much more fun not to!

Q: Boxers, briefs or Commando on a man?
Commando. Why waste time having to undress?

Q: If your partner wants to seduce you, what's one sure-fire trick they can do to seduce you?
All Shauna needs to do is touch me—anywhere. The feel of her hands running down my chest, light kisses on my stomach, a pat on my backside… Anything she does gets me going, and she knows it!

Q: What is the one place on your partner's body that you know will drive them wildin and out of bed?
Shauna’s secret spot is along the side of her neck, right near her ear. A gentle stroke, a lick, a kiss, and she melts in my arms. No arguing, no resisting… at that point, she’s all mine.

Q: What was one of the most embarrassing things your author did to you in Dangerous Indenture?
You mean aside from waking up hung over in bed with a whore, throwing up, and crying like a little girl? Hmm… I think that might have covered it. Kelli put me through my paces and made me stronger for it—but at the time, I didn’t appreciate it much.

Q: Anything else you would like to add?
Did I mention murder? Dangerous Indenture isn’t just about Shauna and me falling in love and satisfying our lusty desires. A previous servant at Stewart House was murdered and Shauna got it in her head to solve the mystery. Of course, along the way, her life was in danger and another servant mysteriously vanished. Oh, and I was nearly killed.

Kelli did an excellent job of blending romance, mystery, and even a bit of humor into this anything-but-boring historical novel. I’d recommend it to readers everywhere. I’ve also heard that her other historical romance, The Viking’s Witch is an excellent read, as well.

Thank you Ashton Bailey, for joining us on “Meet the Character”' day here at Dawn’s Reading Nook Blog. You can find all of Kelli A. Wilkins’s books at and


Kelli A. Wilkins is an award-winning author who has published more than 95 short stories, 19 romance novels, and 5 non-fiction books. Her romances span many genres and heat levels. Visit her website and blog for a full title list.

Her writing book, You Can Write—Really! A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Fiction is a fun and informative non-fiction guide based on her 15 years of experience as a writer. It’s filled with writing exercises and helpful tips all authors can use.

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