The Ashtray

Author Spotlight: The Ashtray Volume 1

So, today I’ll be featuring a spotlight on the authors of a collection of short stories entitled The Ashtray, Volume 1 which you can check out on Amazon by clicking on the title.

I’m currently reading this lovely collection of stories, and hope to have a review of it by this weekend, but I can tell you so far, I’m loving the stories, and that they are not lighthearted, but definitely something we can all relate to.

The authors are 3 women, Nicole, Elizabeth and Joan who through their collective experience have written an interesting, though provoking collection of stories that calls out to women in the 20’s and 30’s in such a strong way!

About the authors:


Nicole Diver, Elizabeth Luna, and Joan W. Jones met at the University of Texas at Austin, where they studied English Literature. They graduated in the Spring of 2011 and began working on The Ashtray the following year. They currently live and write in Austin, Texas.

Ashtray Cover

The book is set in present day Austin, Texas, The Ashtray follows the unique perspectives of young women in their twenties through three vignettes. In these self-destructive and trivial dramas, the authors ultimately illustrate pervading issues of modern society with raw wit and humor. The Ashtray features illustrations by Andrew Craft as well. Which are beautiful, imaginative and capture the stories in such a youthful way.

The Ashtray is set to be a series of books, with this just as the first of many to come.  I am sure with the unique perspective and haunting voice of these ladies, we’ll be seeing a few more volumes of The Ashtray.

For a sample of the wonderful writing of these ladies check out the Ashtray Prologue, and then check out their book on Amazon!

Weekly Round Up – The Help, Between Eden and The Open Road, and King Hall!

So, as it’s Friday, and the end of my work week, I figured I’d round up some of the books I recently finished and love, some of the books I’ve started and some of the books I’m excited to start reading! 🙂

Books I’ve read this week:

1. The Entire Fallen Trilogy by Lauren Kate (Yes, I became addicted and couldn’t help it, you start with the first book in this series, and I promise you, it will snowball, and you’ll want to read them all, which I have, this week. Hence the lack of posting)

2. Entwined With You by Sylvia Day (Yes, I know, mainstream romance novel at it’s finest, but I honestly can’t help reading books that are on some best seller list, I always feel like if I don’t read them, I’ve never have anything to bring up in conversation.)

3. The Help by Kathryn Stockett (I’m reading this along with one other book, Marked by P.C Cast & Kirsten Cast for my book club, I’ve previously read Marked and loved it and it’s series, but never read the The Help. I can honestly say I loved this book, and it kept me on the edge of my seat because you really pull for these characters)

Book’s I’ve Started and am in Love with!

1. Between Eden and The Open Road by Phillip Gaber – This book is great, I expected a novel, but what I got was an outstanding collection of prose and poetry, I’m more then 3/4 through this book, but I can honestly say the disaffecting tone in this poetry collection is refreshing and honest. I enjoy reading it because it feels truthful, gritty and real. It’s a great collection!

2. The Ashtray Volume 1 by Joan W Jones, Nicole Diver, Elizabeth Luna– This is a collection of short stories, firmly rooted in real life, and the things that you can experience in the bar scene and life in general in your college years and beyond. The voices of these authors are clear, beautiful and haunting. The book is outstandingly simple and complex at the same time, and the illustrations through the book really bring something extra to the table, I cannot wait to finish this book and give a full review, because I’m sure a lot of people will be eager to read this.

Book’s I’m excited to Start!

25 Perfect Days by Mark Tullis – This is a collection of poetry set in the distopian future, and mixing in religious and other things that have lead out civilization to where it currently resides in these poems. I’ve been waiting to finish my other poetry collection in order to start this one! So excited!

2. King Hall by Scarlett Dawn – This book looks amazing, and I’ve super exciting to have ARC in order to review it, because it it just up my alley. Supernatural, romance, vampires, shifters! It’s got everything a fantasy lover like myself could want in one book! 🙂