Thursday, September 3, 2020




A quiet night in the city of Colby is shattered by a crime that leaves a young man dead and a cop looking for answers. Hitting a stone wall at every turn, Officer Mike Collins and the Colby Police Department follow the trail of one young man's criminal act to discover a crime that leaves a family in shambles. Police officers know evil exists, they face it every day, but the evil that looms in the city of Colby may be more than they can handle. 

Book Details:   

Title: Family Secrets: A Colby PD Novel

Author: Ronnie Ashmore

Genre: crime fiction, crime thriller, mystery, suspense

Publish date: June 2020

Print length: 166 pages


A few of your favorite things: spending time with my family, golf, and reading.
Things you need to throw out: anything that doesn’t contribute to overall happiness.

Things you need in order to write:
a quiet place and a busy mind.
Things that hamper your writing: the internet and research can kill my writing time. 

Things you love about writing:
telling a story that hopefully makes much more sense in written form than thought form.
Things you hate about writing: finding a way to not have cliches fill my writing.

Easiest thing about being a writer: having that first spark of an idea. 

Hardest thing about being a writer: turning that initial spark into a full story.

Things you love about where you live: it’s Texas. That is all that needs to be said.
Things that make you want to move: nothing, except maybe the Texas summers.

Things you never want to run out of:
love from my family.
Things you wish you’d never bought: I don’t really think of things in that fashion. Everything is a learning experience.

Words that describe you: honest.
Words that describe you but you wish they didn’t: short.

Favorite foods: most anything my wife makes. She is a great cook.
Things that make you want to throw up: certain smells that you experience in my line of work that as I get older seem to bother me more.

Favorite music: love all kinds of real music. Sinatra, country music, southern rock, jazz.
Music that make your ears bleed: most of the new stuff that is being mass produced these past few years. Although there are some great singers among the mess.

Favorite beverage: water.

Something that gives you a pickle face: sour things.

Favorite smell: leather.

Something that makes you hold your nose: some of the same things that make me want to throw up.

Something you’re really good at: poker and most trivia games.

Something you’re really bad at: running marathons. Never done it, never will because . . .  well, why?

Something you like to do: I like to play golf. I am not very good at it, but I enjoy it. 

Something you wish you’d never done: quit college.

Things you always put in your books: I try, though not always possible, to include something that connects to what inspired the story whether a person or a saying or whatever.

Things you never put in your books: anything that seems fake.

Things to say to an author: loved the book.

Things to say to an author if you want to be fictionally killed off in their next book: Wow. That story sucked.

Favorite things to do: travel, golf, and spend time with the kids and wife. 

Things you’d run through a fire wearing gasoline pants to get out of doing: spending time with fake people.

Things that make you happy: my kids laughter, my wife’s smile. A good cigar and a nice drink. 

Things that drive you crazy: being put on a schedule.

Proudest moment: being a father. Not to sound sappy, but a lot of my pride and joy is wrapped up in my wife and kids. 

Most embarrassing moment: this involves a story from my younger days in patrol and is too lengthy to get into, but it involves a snake and an elderly woman. 


Ronnie Ashmore is a two-time chief of police who started his law enforcement career as a jailer working his way up through the ranks. He has written short stories, poems, and books.

When he is not working or writing and has some spare time, he enjoys playing golf, fishing, and traveling with his wife and kids.  You can contact him at

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