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Do You Really Want To Be Fed To The Sharks?
By Ashley Ladd
Not only am I a writer but I’m a reader. Reading is one of my favorite pastimes and I devour hundreds of stories a year. Often I catch myself wishing my life was even half as interesting as those of the heroines. Then I put on my writer’s cap and scream noooooo!!!

Do I really want to be like one of the heroines from the books I read or write? No way in hell!

ashley ladd sharks (2)We writers TORTURE our heroines. The more we torture them, the more you, our readers, root for them to succeed. The more we mess up their lives, the more we put the screw to them, the more sympathetic they become.

Recently I read a book where the poor heroine was fed to hungry alligators. Well, the villain tried to feed the heroine to the alligators and much to my happiness, the villain fell victim to her own evil machinations. Still, there were several scary, heart-pounding moments where the heroine was scared out of her wits.

Currently I’m reading a book where the heroine walked in on a demon eating, yes I said EATING, her ex-boyfriend. Then the demon turns her bloody, disgusting face onto the heroine still with a hungry look in her eyes.

Is it interesting? Yes. Is it heart-pounding? Yes? Is it page-turning? Yes?

Do I really want to exchange my humdrum existence with hers? No!

Why is it that readers love to read about other people being tortured? Me included?

My family love to tease me about my love of “end of the world” movies like ‘Independence Day’, ‘The Mummy’, ‘Night of the Comet’, ‘Armegeddon’, ‘The Stand’, ‘Left Behind’… They don’t understand what I find satisfying or enjoyable about them.

I’ll let you in on the secret. I love to watch good triumph over evil. I love to watch them survive against all odds. I love to watch ordinary people find their inner hero and heroine. Had their lives stayed in their former boring molds, had they not been pushed to their limits, they would never have become leaders, world rebuilders, and even saviors.

As exciting and exulting as all that is, I’d still rather write, read, watch, and dream about it than do it. I don’t wish for an extinction level calamity to threaten us. Nor do I wish to play Russian roulette with my own mortality with one of our infamous Florida alligators.

ashley ladd cookingupastorm_800 (2)Brooks and Rique desperately want to win the head chef’s position offered by an eccentric millionaire Jonah Verleun on his beautiful, private but peculiar island that includes a zoo full of exotic animals, an amusement park and a monster shark tank beneath Jonah’s bedroom floor. While Brooks wants the job to escape his heartache and the lover who thwarted him, Rique is hiding from the mob, hoping to live long enough to pay them off with the prize winnings. Fierce competitors, they cook up a storm in a series of cooking challenges while trying to turn down the heat on their intense attraction. When a hurricane strikes the island, the storm Rique has been cooking up explodes, and no heart—or body—is safe.

About the Author:Ashley Ladd lives in South Florida with her husband, five children, and beloved pets. She loves the water, animals (especially cats), and playing on the computer.

She’s been told she has a wicked sense of humour and often incorporates humour and adventure into her books. She also adores very spicy romance, which she weaves into her stories.

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  1. I like the triumph of good over evil in the stories that I read or shows that I watch too. Your books sound so exciting.
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  2. Great post! We think book-heroes live just like the rest of us, in between those terrifying moments. So perhaps your hero wants to live YOUR life. 🙂

  3. I think you are right about how satisfying to watch our favorite heroes and heroines come out on top against all odds. It gives us hope that when things get nasty, we too can some how persevere.

    on an aside, – it sounds like you enjoy some serious sci-fi adventures yet when I saw the picture of a shark, my first thought was Sharknado! I love silly humor. 😉

  4. Great comments.

    Kirk Russell is one of my favorite heroes. Not only is he super handsome and charming, but he usually starts off as a regular guy that everybody underestimates, then he kicks into high gear and saves the day.

    I bet some of the book heroes do want our lives. 🙂

  5. SHELLEY S says:


  6. That book you read sounds odd

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  7. Ohh your first paragraph is so true. Without all the troubles that heroines go through we wouldn’t enjoy reading about them. brown_angel 123at) yahoodot)com

  8. Barbara Elness says:

    I’ve always enjoyed end of the world stories too, I love to see people fighting against the odds to survive and use all the resources they can to help them do it. I think the TV show Falling Skies is a great example of that and I love it.

  9. Vanessa N. says:

    Love the cover and great post. I love the heroines in the books I read but I would not want to be be some of them.

  10. Your book sounds wonderful. I too am one that like good triumphing over evil. Fan of those movies too.
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  11. I love Armageddon stories. SyFy channel is a weekend favorite. While I love happily-ever-afters, I certainly don’t mind some conflict. Living on the Gulf Coast, however, makes me a little bit squeamish about hurricanes. Rita

  12. Shirley Ann Speakman says:

    Great post and some authors do seem to enjoy torturing their characters and no I would want to be in a book like that!!!


  13. Thank you everybody for commenting and making me feel so welcome.

    I drew the winner and (drum roll…) It’s Rita!

    Rita, please email me at chinara @ aol (dot) com with “ASHLEY”S LASR WINNER” in the subject line. I also left this message on your blog so I hope you see it.

    Thanks and congrats!


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