50 Shades of Spenny Update

Hi there, folks.
Mata Hairy
Gayleen will be shooting the photos for the 50 Shades of Spenny contest on Saturday.  As we sold 7 copies of the book within the contest time frame we will be posting 7 photos over the next week.

We have a contest attached to this as well.  Send us photos of your dog dressed as a fictional character of your choice.  The winner receives an autographed copy of What The Cat Dragged In, our latest novel from The ASP, and a little something extra.

The deadline was today at midnight, and we have received a few entries, but, in light of the announcement last week being on a long weekend and such, I’ve decided to extend the deadline to Monday at midnight, so you have all weekend to take those photos and send them in to theaspbooks@gmail.com.

Our first entry today, sent by Fred Bradbury, is his dog Lucy in tempting and flirty deshabille as Mata Hairy.

You can order WCDI by Gayleen Froese by following links here:

I mean really, though, you’re here.  You should buy everything we sell…then ask for branded merchandise.

Thanks, Vegreville Centennial Library

The ASP was happy to spend Friday night at a fundraiser for the Vegreville Centennial Library.  The library staff did a great job of organizing the event, gussying up the facility, and bringing out a large crowd.

Gayleen read from her books, followed by a lively Q and A session.  After that we mingled for a while, sold a great many books, and got into somekeeper excellent conversations about writing and the state of the publishing industry.

Gayleen then performed a few songs, and we headed out onto a rather terrifying highway and then home.

You never know what you’re wandering into when you sign on for a reading.  This was one of those great nights  when you have an interested crowd, and the time to really get to know them.

Thanks again to the staff at the VCL, and to everyone who came out.  We had a great time.

We were able to get some footage of Gayleen reading and performing as well.  Enjoy!


Meet The Asp

WCDIOur Gayleen Froese was invited to read and perform her music at a library fundraiser at the Vegreville Public Library tonight at 7 p.m.  Gayleen loves libraries and would never say no to a fundraiser for one of them.

We’re going to be there as well, selling her books and CDs and supporting her in general.  We’d like to invite you to come out and see her.  She’s an amazing live reader and musician, and we can pretty much guarantee a good time.

You can find directions to the library here.

The What The Cat Dragged In contest is now in effect and sales to folks who mention they saw our posts, or who know us totally count toward the contest.

If you want to support independent publishing and music, this is a great, fun chance.

If you want to see Laird Ryan States in a TIE, this is also a great fun chance.

Promo Contest, and Reading

As many of you know The ASP has released Gayleen’s book, What The Cat Dragged In, as our second release.
The contest that we had for Silver Bullets was kind of fun, so we thought we’d try something similar but different. The contest is two-fold.

1) On this coming Friday, February 13 from Noon MST to Mindnight MST, for every copy sold as a paperback on Lulu, or as an ebook on Kindle, Gayleen and Spenser will pose separately or together for iconic scenes from books or movies. We’re calling it 50 Shades of Spenser. Is that dirty? The pictures won’t be.

2) And this the fun part. From this Friday to Friday February 20, 2014 you can send your pictures of your pet dressed as a private detective, or your favourite fictional characters. Gayleen and Spenser will pick a winner, and that winner will receive an autographed copy of the book plus a special something extra.

We’ll post all the pictures as we get them.

Please send them to us here.

I will, of course remind you Friday when the sales contest is about to start.

Let’s have some fun with this one, and share this one. Gayleen’s book is, I think going to be a lot of fun for wider audiences, and this is a fun contest.


This post, and details on where and how you can order Gayleen’s book (and mine should it appeal) will stay up at theasp.ca

Also, on Friday, Gayleen has a reading at the Vegreville Public Library @ 7pm. She be reading a few parts from her books, playing some tunes and chatting with people. It’s a library fundraiser, and Gayleen will do darned near anything to help libraries, as she reckons they’re one of the things society did right. So if you’re free, and up for the drive, we’d be happy to see you there.

Interview With Gayleen Froese

meandspenwebThe ASP:  What The Cat Dragged In is narrated by Spenser, who is a dog.  That can be really twee, but that absolutely isn’t the case here.  What was your approach, and how do you think you dodged that bullet?

Gayleen Froese:  I decided to make this a proper noir mystery. The humour comes from the fact that this straight-faced book, with all the betrayal and moral slippage of noir, is about a bunch of animals and peanut butter sandwiches. There’s no need to get cute beyond that.

The ASP:  What or who was your inspiration to write this book?

Gayleen Froese: A few people had recommended to me that I write about my pets. I didn’t want to do a  Marley and Me kind of book. I wasn’t sure people would want to read a book about  my dogs when they could instead be playing with their own dogs. But the idea of taking something of my pets’ personalities and relationships and building a genre story around that sounded fun. 

The ASP:  Spenser is, of course, your actual dog.  How much of your actual dog made it to the page.

Gayleen Froese:  Spenser is part of everything in my life, because shepherds shed like crazy and, once you own one, you can’t have an experience that doesn’t include their hair. 

In terms of whether his personality made it to the book, I think it did. This is a dog who walks me to and from the garage when it’s dark and watches me like a lifeguard when I’m swimming. When new people come to our house, he escorts them to and from the washroom to make sure they behave while they’re upstairs. He assumes a lot of responsibility for keeping his world in order. 

Also, he’s much too friendly with the neighbour’s cat.

The ASP:  This book shortlisted in the 2010 3-Day Novel Contest.  Did you enjoy that experience?

Gayleen Froese:  It’s a good challenge in the sense that it teaches you things about your strengths and weaknesses as a writer and you have a legitimate sense of accomplishment when you’re done. More than anything, I think being forced to put around 30,000 words to paper in three days makes you get out of your own way. You don’t have time to question the very idea of writing or revise the same paragraph a hundred times. 

That said, one of the harder lessons in my life has been that I there’s only so far I can push myself. It’s exhausting to focus on a puzzle as difficult as a novel(la) for three straight days. If you don’t believe me, try it. 

To be honest, I do think anyone who’s interested in writing should try it at least once. But I have done it, so, these days, I save that energy for whatever novel I’m working on. 

The ASP:  Where do you get your ideas?  Just kidding.  Who would you say is the writer that had the most influence on you, and why?

Gayleen Froese: I think detective fiction in general has influenced me because it goes after who we are, who we want to be and how people live… but it doesn’t crawl into its own navel. There’s dialogue and character and plot and motion instead of endless rumination or three page descriptions of a violet on a stone. 

Because I grew up reading Rex Stout and Dashiell Hammett and Ross Macdonald and Robert B. Parker, I knew big questions could be tackled in the middle of a good story… so that became what I wanted to do.

Our Second Release–What The Cat Dragged In by Gayleen Froese

WCDIThe Asp is pleased to announce the release of our second title, released today in paperback from The ASP here.

It can also be purchased as an ebook here, here, or at any of Amazon’s international affiliates.

What the Cat Dragged In by Gayleen Froese is a children’s book written in such a way that it has just as much to offer adults.

Spenser T. Dog is a German Shepherd with a 100 pound imagination and time on his paws. From his office in the dining room, next to the place the balls roll under, Spenser sniffs out a case that involves a peanut butter sandwich heist and a feline femme fatale. His papillon secretary and scruffy informant next door help him in his eternal quest to prove that, in a morally complicated world, he really is a good dog.

Look forward to an interview with Gayleen in the near future to discuss Spenser, and his adventure.