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“Bitten by Magic” by Kelly Ashley published today

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“Bitten by Magic,” the second book in Kelly M. Ashley’s Sisters of Fate series, is out today.

A follow up to her fantasy romance novel, “The Fur Flies,” which was released in May, Mrs. Ashley’s new book centers on the passion of Alexa, a witch, and Wilhelm, a vampire.

In “Bitten by Magic” Alexa is required to marry Wilhelm in order to settle a dispute.

“It’s a paranormal romance,” Mrs. Ashley, who writes under the pen name Kelliea Ashley, said. “If anybody likes the witches and the vampires and the werewolves that’s what it is.”

But Mrs. Ashley cautioned, “It’s not ‘Twilight,’” referring to the popular book and movie series. “My vampires don’t sparkle.”

Born in Gouverneur, Mrs. Ashley currently lives in Ogdensburg and said she draws inspiration from the north country as settings for her novels.

“All of my books have a north country feel,” she said. “Even with the vampires and werewolves.”

Mrs. Ashley said she originally intended to write the Sisters of Fate series as a trilogy, but was pushed by her editor at Breathless Press to explore the characters further and extend it.

“It’s open ended,” she said, so readers can expect more tales of forbidden love between witches, vampires and werewolves.

Mrs. Ashley said she has been writing since she was 13 but it was her husband, Joshua, who finally convinced her to find a publisher for her novels in 2012.

Her latest book is available as an e-book at breathlesspress.com, amazon.com, allromanceebooks.com, Apple I-Books and bookstrand.com.

“As long as [people] read them and get away from their everyday life, that’s what I’m shooting,” Mrs. Ashley said. “I’m not looking to get rich; I’m just looking to put my work out there.”

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