By JIMMY LAWTON
OGDENSBURG – An Ogdensburg author has been nominated for two awards in an online contest held by her publisher.
Kelliea Ashley, has published eight e-books through Breathless Press, and has been nominated for the company’s Best of 2013 Contest.
Her first book “Winter Gifts” was nominated for the “Contemporary Romance” category. Ashley said she recently signed an agreement to write a sequel to the novel.
Her book “When the Fur Flies” has been nominated for the “Paranormal” category. Ashley said the book is part of the “Sisters of Fate” series, of which she is currently working on book three.
"I am honored and very excited to be included in this contest. There are some talented and well-respected authors who are in these categories with me. I also had the pleasure of line editing several of the nominees and even if I don't win a category, I still feel like I have achieved something pretty wonderful by having a small impact on their work," she said.
Ashley said she has been writing since she was about 11 and was encouraged by her mother to hone her craft. She said her books tend to reflect the North Country.
"I love to write about this area because a lot of people confuse us for the big apple. My cover artist actually sent me a draft depicting a river and skyscrapers in the background. I had asked her to include the St. Lawrence,” she said. “It was an epic fail, but I had to laugh about it. She was pretty shocked when I sent her pictures of what I was going for. I want my readers to see the beauty of our state and share my respect for our rural areas and the wonderful people who live here."
To help Ashley win the awards visit www.breathlessblog.com/?p-1870.
Voting ends Feb. 7.
Ashley graduated from Gouverneur Central Schools and attended Mater Dei College in Ogdensburg and now works as a certified pharmacy technician and author.
Her novels are available on the Amazon bookstore and include Winter Gifts, When the Fur Flies Book One of The Sisters of Fate Series, Bitten by Magic Book Two of The Sisters of Fate Series, Enemy Mine Book One of the Mending the Veil Series, Anne's Legacy, Safe in Your Arms, Mistletoe Madness and Spring’s Promise, which will be released later this year.