Ashley Abbiss

Biography

Hello there. I’m Ashley Abbiss. ‎

I live and write in beautiful New Zealand, where I live with one large dog, who looks nothing ‎like Friend from my Daughters of Destiny books. She is, however, almost as intelligent and definitely as ‎opinionated, and if she can’t quite speak in the way Friend does to Niari, that doesn’t really ‎hold her back much!‎

I write fantasy, mostly of the epic variety. Let me say right up front that if you’re looking for a quick read, you’re in the wrong place. But if you like a substantial, ‎satisfying story that you can really get your teeth into, stick with me. I may have something ‎you’ll enjoy. There’s no graphic sex in my books. If that’s what you want, you’ll have to look ‎elsewhere. There is violence, and there is swearing, though mostly of the ‘s/he swore’ variety, ‎nothing overly graphic or offensive. I also write about strong, independent female characters, ‎so if your taste runs to something more macho, or something more frilly and helpless, this may ‎not be the place for you. ‎

I’ve always loved wandering in different worlds, be they fantasy or science fiction, although ‎lately I tend to prefer fantasy. The only proviso is that they have to be believable worlds, ‎worlds that feel real, that have depth and scope – and they must, absolutely must be fun to ‎visit. I read for escape and entertainment, and I don’t really want to escape from this world ‎into one even grimmer. Trouble, tension, and danger I can deal with, what sort of story would ‎there be without them? Where would Pern be without Thread, Frodo without Sauron, Harry ‎Potter without Voldemort? But there has to be hope, and there has to be a light touch. Happy ‎ever after does have a lot going for it, even if initially it’s only a very small light at the end of ‎a long, dark tunnel. My personal favourites include Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy, Anne ‎McCaffrey’s Pern series, and the fantasies of David Eddings, and lately, they’ve been joined ‎by J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and a few others. Of those, David Eddings was probably my ‎greatest inspiration.‎

I began to wonder if I could create my own world, one just as believable and multi-layered as ‎theirs. Could I create a world with its own history, geography, social structure, deities, and all ‎the rest? One that hung together? That a reader could believe in? It became a challenge, one I ‎really wanted to see if I could meet. So I dusted off my writing skills, learned a few more, ‎cranked up the imagination, and got busy. I’d always been good at creative writing, but ‎though I’d made a few attempts to write after I left school, none of them came to anything. ‎That was until I started writing fantasy. Suddenly, I knew I’d come home. ‎

I quickly discovered that I’m not the sort of writer who can plan a book (or a world!) before I ‎start. I just can’t do it. But I can create characters, and suddenly the characters took on a ‎reality of their own and took over the stories, often to the extent that they actually surprised ‎me. And the stories worked. Their world worked. Sometimes I had to go back and fix the ‎odd contradiction, but mostly it worked and was very natural and organic. Even though my ‎first attempts were pitiful, I knew I’d found where I belong. I persevered, I learned, I wrote. ‎I discovered that the characters are key for me. Once I get them right, they tell their own ‎story. I was away. There were dark days during which my stories became my refuge, my ‎characters my friends. And I kept writing. There were happy times when I didn’t need a ‎refuge, but my characters were still my friends, and they drew me inexorably back. I kept ‎writing. ‎

And now, I hope my characters may become your friends too, my worlds ones where you also ‎like to walk; perhaps even your refuge from dark days. Come join me in a world where magic ‎is real and the gods are near, where beasts talk and men and women achieve things they never ‎dreamed they could. But most of all, come and have fun! ‎
Happy reading.‎
Ash.‎

Smashwords Interview

What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are everything. Without them, I don't have a career!
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on a new series, probably just two books, about Irilayne, the runaway princess. Irilayne was born a princess, but she hated every moment of it. So when her father wanted to betroth her to a man she couldn't stand, she ran away. But now, her father has been assassinated and her brother, the next king, has disappeared. Suddenly Irilayne realises that she has to go back. She has to find her brother, she has to save her country. She thought she didn't care, but she does, very much...
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Series

The SuperReceptive
Urzites – telepathic animals of many species, as ‎intelligent as humans. ‎ Receptives - humans who can hear Urzites. Most can ‎only hear the animal who is their partner, although there ‎have been a very few SuperReceptives who can hear ‎more than one Urzite. ‎ The Receptive-Urzite pairs function within the ‎government-run Warden Corps. ‎ Naya Sheydaughter does not want to be a Warden. ‎But when it’s discovered that she is an extremely rare ‎SuperReceptive, it looks as though she may not have ‎much choice. And when agreeing to become a Warden is ‎the only way to save a cat’s life, it seems she has none at ‎all. The SuperReceptive is a series of five novels. In the ‎first, Naya recounts how she became a Warden. Then ‎Slink the fox, Stumpy the donkey, Hoo the owl and ‎Mewla the cat all tell part of the tale as they go through ‎their training, become a team, and set out on their first ‎mission together.‎

Naya

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Slink

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Stumpy

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Hoo

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Mewla

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Daughters of Destiny
The gods are at war. But should they fight their own battles they would certainly destroy ‎‎‎the very thing they’re fighting over - the world. ‎‎‎So ‎‎they choose humans to fight for them, with ‎‎‎prophecy to guide ‎them and ‎‎occasional ‎divine ‎intervention when things get really tough. But ‎‎‎life can be difficult ‎when ‎‎you’re born to ‎fight the ‎battles of the gods, especially since you didn’t ‎‎‎get a choice. ‎Niari ‎and Carlitha, sisters, sorceresses and champions ‎‎of the gods, ‎along with their ‎companions, ‎both ‎human and animal, struggle to fulfil prophecy ‎‎and fight the ‎‎very ‎‎battles of the ‎gods ‎themselves. These are stories of epic adventure and magic, but they’re also about friendship and trust, about discovering one’s destiny and one’s strength and learning to accept who and what you are. ‎Come join some very human heroes in a ‎fantastical world where magic is ‎‎real, where beasts ‎‎can ‎speak with ‎‎humans, ‎and the ‎gods are nearer than ‎you might think – and ‎‎more human and ‎‎‎fallible than you ‎‎might imagine. ‎

The Collars of Phaleran

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Voices from the Grave

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The Temple of the Damned

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The Ancient Shrine

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Tassatina

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Irilayne, Runaway Princess
Irilayne was born a princess - and she hated it. So when her father tried to betroth her to ‎Lord Griblon, she ‎ran away. But now her father has been assassinated, her brother the new ‎king is missing, and Griblon is ‎claiming the regency as her betrothed. He has the signed ‎betrothal document, but Irilayne ‎knows she didn’t sign it. He also has magicians to help ‎him, so Irilayne will need magic, too. But magic comes at a price. How ‎much is she willing to sacrifice to save her country? In book one of this fantasy adventure ‎series, Irilayne must find out what’s happened to her brother and help ‎him claim his throne if ‎he’s still alive, while also trying to avoid being caught by Griblon. In book two, she must work ‎to stabilise her beloved ‎country and heal the damage done by her father’s death. And with both ‎internal and foreign threats to contend with, that’s not going to be easy. ‎ Join Irilayne, runaway princess in these epic fantasy adventures as she tries to save her ‎country - and herself - from a fate worse than death, and learns to accept who she is and embrace her destiny rather than run from it.

Arion

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Wanir

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Books

The Heir of Ghlent
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 145,120. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: October 12, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Aralaiah has decided to go on with her teaching ‎tours in defiance of the Sorcerers. But when she and ‎her team encounter a badly-wounded dragon who ‎claims to have seen Sorcerers climbing the rocks ‎towards Dracos, the war and the prospect of invasion ‎suddenly become very real and very close indeed.‎
Rainbow Mage
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 143,200. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 7, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
When a dragon bit her, Aralaiah Sentin became a ‎Dragonesque, part-human, part-dragon. Now, Aralaiah ‎has discovered a new, more efficient way to do magic; ‎one that promises to raise the standard of magic ‎throughout the society. With war looming, she races to ‎educate every Dragonesque in this new method before ‎they have to fight. But then, the enemy learns of this ‎revolution, too...‎
Sorceress of Dawpenel
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 162,240. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: May 12, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
At the end of Goddess of Destiny, Tassi was told ‎that, according to prophecy, she must face Othran, the ‎leader of the New Elithimites, and either kill him or die ‎in the attempt. No ifs, no buts, no maybes, and definitely ‎no choice; that is her destiny. It must happen. But, can ‎she cope with that knowledge? Can she survive the ‎quest? Or will it be the end of her? ‎
Rainbow Dragonesque
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 167,670. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: April 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
When Aralaiah Sentin is bitten by a dragon, ‎everything changes. She changes. She has become a ‎Dragonesque, part dragon, part human. Join her as she ‎struggles to find a place for herself in a world where she ‎no longer fits. Can she make a place for herself in the ‎strange world of the Dragonesque, or is she doomed to ‎live as an outcast forever?‎
Mewla
Series: The SuperReceptive. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 126,640. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: February 26, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
When Mewla is abducted, it becomes apparent that ‎all the Urzites are in danger. Criminals intend to capture ‎them all and sell them. Since Mewla is the only one who ‎can identify the kidnappers, it’s going to be up to her to ‎lead the way as the team sets out to trap the gang. The ‎brat cat will have to leave her spoiled kitten ways and ‎grow up a little if she hopes to save her friends.‎
Hoo
Series: The SuperReceptive. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 135,500. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: January 21, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
The team is passing the town of Mennon, where ‎Hartan Igellson, the man who hurt Naya so badly, lives. ‎The Urzites dispatch Hoo and Hervin as spies to find out ‎where Hartan lives, with the intention of paying him a ‎visit one night. But, what they find in Mennon is far ‎worse than one rogue Warden. And Hoo will be right in ‎the thick of the action. She can give us a bird’s eye view.‎
Goddess of Destiny
Series: Daughters of Destiny. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 116,660. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: December 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Tassi is heading home to Falodirian to go through ‎Transition, her initiation into adulthood. Meanwhile, the ‎goddess Warin must get Niari and Keladryn together as ‎ordained by the great Plan of the gods. The 3-week trip ‎to Falodirian seems the perfect opportunity. It should be ‎a simple task. But with the rather dubious help of her ‎Uncle Atrios, simple is likely to become complicated ‎very fast
Stumpy
Series: The SuperReceptive. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 136,170. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: October 6, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
First, Naya told how she became a Warden. Then, ‎Slink the fox told of their first days as a team, adjusting ‎to having their own person at last, and their time at ‎school, learning to be an efficient team. Now, Stumpy ‎the donkey takes over the narrative as the team finish ‎school and undertake their first mission. Can Stumpy ‎find his confidence and the courage to face the ‎challenges ahead?‎
The Beggars of Nebreth City
Series: Daughters of Destiny. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 122,100. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: August 11, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
The Queen of Nebreth has been shot, and Tassi has ‎been blamed. Some are suggesting that Niari and ‎Carlitha put her up to it. Now, all three women are on the ‎run, because if caught Tassi at least faces summary ‎execution. So why are they all living as beggars in ‎Nebreth City, right under the King’s nose?‎
Wanir
Series: Irilayne, Runaway Princess. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 162,800. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: June 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
The runaway princess is back in her cage. As Irilayne ‎works to help her brother consolidate his rule and adapt ‎to being back in her old life, news comes that Lord ‎Griblon is back in the country. His plan of conquest by ‎marriage can still work. Once again, the net is closing ‎around Irilayne. And this time, there’s nowhere left to ‎run.‎
Slink
Series: The SuperReceptive. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 133,850. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: May 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
In ‘Naya’, Naya related how she became a Warden. ‎Now, join Slink the fox; a bit of a rascal, somewhat ‎greedy, rather highly-strung, and locked in an ongoing ‎battle with Mewla the cat, as he takes up the tale and ‎tells the next part of the story in his own words, as the ‎team begin their training and settle into life as Assigned ‎Urzites.
Tassatina
Series: Daughters of Destiny. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 117,450. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: March 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
‎‎15-year-old Tassatina loves to listen to the ‎minstrels. ‎She loves the songs about Niari and ‎Carlitha and their ‎adventures. Now, Tassi’s ‎idols are coming to town, ‎and the King has ‎organised a parade. When there’s an ‎incident during the parade, she ends up holding ‎Carlitha’s horse for her. All her dreams are coming ‎‎true! But, sometimes, you really should be careful ‎what ‎you wish for.‎
Naya
Series: The SuperReceptive. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 139,970. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: January 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
‎“There’ve only ever been a few SuperReceptives. You can’t just sit here selling vegetables ‎and ignore such a great gift.”‎ ‎“Watch me,” I said. “Just because I can talk to more animals than someone else doesn’t ‎mean I’ll be a better spy, does it? I don’t want to be a spy.”‎ ‎“You will regret this decision,” he said as he stepped outside.‎ ‎“I somehow doubt that, Hartan, but I’ll take the risk.”
The Ancient Shrine
Series: Daughters of Destiny. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 203,380. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: October 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
“Oh no,” the goddess cried. “Mother! Mother!” Destinies are going awry, and as goddess of destiny it’s up to Warin to fix the problem before something drastic happens. Meantime, in the world, a new religion has arisen and one of its major aims is to kill Niari and Carlitha. It’ll have to be stopped if the ladies are to survive. But can they all find the answers before something dreadful happens?
Jesus Christ – Who He Is, What He Did For You, Why You Should Care.‎
Price: Free! Words: 2,470. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: October 22, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christianity, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Faith
Do you really know who Jesus is?‎ Do you know what he did for you?‎ Do you know why you should care?‎ The Bible tells us that what you decide to do about Jesus is the greatest and most important ‎decision you will ever make.‎ So take five minutes to read through this very simple and short summary of who Jesus is ‎and what he has to offer you, and at least make an informed choice.‎
Arion
Series: Irilayne, Runaway Princess. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 209,840. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: September 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Irilayne hated being a princess. So when her father tried to betroth her to Lord Griblon, she ‎ran away. Now her father has been killed, her brother the new king is missing, and Griblon is ‎claiming the regency as her betrothed. He has the signed betrothal document, but Irilayne ‎knows she didn’t sign it. Can she find her brother and save him, her country, and herself before ‎Griblon finds her?
The Temple of the Damned
Series: Daughters of Destiny. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 149,010. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
A year ago, Niari, Carlitha, and company found the Collar of Volandris, the last Collar of Phaleran. Prophecy ‎says that the collars must be taken to the Temple of the Damned so the events that must happen there may take place; events that will determine the very future of their world. ‎But certain signs had to be fulfilled first, so they hid the ‎collars and went home to wait. ‎Now it’s time.
Voices from the Grave
Series: Daughters of Destiny. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 146,970. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Life is good for Niari and Carlitha, sorceresses and heroines of the Battle of Nebreth City. ‎Their brother is king, the economy is improving, the mood is optimistic. Then a ghost ‎appears with a message from the gods. The Cult of the Earth Mother is back, and Niari, ‎Carlitha, Friend, and their companions must confront them once again as the two sides race to ‎find a fabulous magical artefact.
The Collars of Phaleran
Series: Daughters of Destiny. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 177,260. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: June 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
The Collars of Phaleran is an epic fantasy adventure in the best tradition of sword and ‎sorcery. Here you’ll find legendary lost magical jewels, animals that talk with humans, a quest ‎of the gods, a cartload of magic, and even a dragon, though he may not be quite what you ‎were expecting. Plus, of course, two young women struggling to be strong and courageous in ‎the face of impossible odds.‎

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