Monday Craziness! And I’m Finally Finished With the Book!

Whimsical Wednesdays

a check in blog for you curious cats

I’ve been AWOL. Between my incredible vacation to Jamaica and finishing up edits on the third book in the TALES OF THE BLACK COURT fantasy romance series, BROKEN MIRROR, I gave up on trying to keep up with the blog. But I finally finished the book! WOOT!

Yes, that’s right. I was reading romance on the beach and spending one on one time with my sweetie. It took 14 hours to travel there, and another 14 hours to travel back, door-to-door, and it was worth every minute. Love the ocean. Love the atmosphere. And I love my sweetie!

Okay, back to reality.

We came back to rain, rain, rain. Grass that is out of control. And a sick kid, who promptly infected my husband. I’ve been holding it off until my edits are done. That’s a skill that women all over the world have, the ability to hold off the illness while the world falls apart. It doesn’t mean you don’t get sick, it just means you can be the last one to get it, after you’ve worn yourself out taking care of everyone else’s needs.

Crazy Week! And another Crazy Week! And then a third Crazy Week!

Why is it when you go on vacation, everything blows up so that when you get home you have to work three times as hard as normal? I thought work was going to be taken care of while I was gone, but it wasn’t, so I arrived home after traveling on Saturday (14 hours people) to work a nearly ten hour day on Monday. And the work still wasn’t done.

Plus, I had set aside this time to finish BROKEN MIRROR. It’s tough to write romance with a coughing sick child on the couch and work falling apart. But I kept at it. Okay, I sat too much with the child sipping tea and watching re-runs of Murder She Wrote and Midsommer Murders, because that’s how we roll.

And it lasted into the next week, and the next!

By golly, work still wasn’t taken care of by the following week. Parts didn’t arrive. Customers did. It was crazy! The child got better and the husband got sick. And I still had to edit. Add in driving for hours to help D2 pack up her dorm room and a flat tire in the rain during rush hour traffic. And another five hour trip the next day to pick up our pastured hog. (Well worth it as I cook my super delicious bacon and ham steaks.)

And I was still editing!

But now the hog is in the freezer. The eldest child is ensconced in the basement with all her gear. The husband is still sick, but back at work. And the book is put to bed.

So now it’s time for me to get sick, and boy can I feel it creeping in. I have that sore tickle in my throat, and I woke up with my lungs feeling yucky. And I know this is just the begining because I’ve watched them drop one-by-one. So, I hope to be blogging away next week, but I may be on my sick-bed watching Columbo and drinking Earl Grey. Don’t wait up!

Broken Mirror cover art by Viola EstrellaBROKEN MIRROR has been sent off to the copy editor. It will come out on time on June 18th, but you can order it now using Amazon’s pre-order function.

I’m super excited to test out pre-order, but I don’t know if I’ll ever try it again. Worrying about hitting the deadline has made me crazy. And truthfully, I would have wanted one more week on the book.

But then again, all authors want just one more week, don’t they?

It’s just that crunch time hit right after my vacation when my day job was super busy and everyone in the house was getting sick. I also have so many family obligations and social activities this month, that I’m really looking forward to summer and not having things to do. Crazy, but true.

Author Bio:

Jessica Aspen

Jessica Aspen has always wanted to be spirited away to a world inhabited by elves, were-wolves and sexy men who walk on the dark side of the knife. Luckily, she’s able to explore her fantasy side and delve into new worlds by writing paranormal romance. She loves indulging in dark chocolate, reading eclectic novels, and dreaming of ocean vacations, but instead spends most of her time, writing, walking the dog, and hiking in the Colorado Rockies. You can find out more information and read about Jessica’s paranormal romances at http://JessicaAspen.com

To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

 

Author web links:  

Website: http://jessicaaspen.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5759763.Jessica_Aspen

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JessicaAspen

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JessicaAspenAuthor

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jessicaaspen/

Join the Jessica Aspen mailing list! Get the scoop on new releases, sales, plus the chance to win ARCs and participate in special giveaways.  When I send you an email, there’s always something in it for you! To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

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Son of the Moonless Night Cover Reveal From Fab Writing Team CD Hersh

Fantastic Fridays

a blog for new reads

I’m super excited to share with you the new cover for Son of the Moonless Night from the amazing writing duo, CD Hersh. CD stands for Catherine and Donald and they write a terrific series of paranormal suspense romance books,The Turning Stone Chronicles. Check out the new cover and then check out the excerpt below. 

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Thrust back into the world of paranormal huntress, Deputy Coroner Katrina Romanovski must unravel a string of murders she believes are vampire attacks. When she discovers the shape shifter she’s in love with is the murderer, she must reconcile her feelings for him, examine her life of violence against paranormals, and justify deceiving him in order to bring him to justice.

 

Owen Todd Jordan Riley has a secret. He’s a shape shifter who has been hunting and killing his own kind. To him the only good shifter is a dead shifter. Revenge for the death of a friend motivates him, and nothing stands in his way . . . except Katrina Romanovski, the woman he is falling in love with.

Deputy coroner Katrina Romanovski has a secret, too. She hunts and kills paranormal beings like Owen. At least she did. When she rescues Owen from an attack by a werebear she is thrust back into the world she thought she’d left. Determined to find out what Owen knows about the bear, she begins a relationship meant to collect information. What she gets is something quite different-love with a man she suspects of murder. Can she reconcile his deception and murderous revenge spree and find a way to redeem him? Or will she condemn him for the same things she has done and walk away from love?

 

Excerpt:

A crash in the alley stopped Katrina Romanovski mid-stride. Like the October mist swirling in off the lake, her gypsy blood stirred sending her intuition into high gear. Something unnatural was happening.

Go see what’s wrong. She heard her father’s voice as clearly as if he stood next to her.

On the heels of his words came her mother’s pragmatic warning in clipped British tones. You know what curiosity killed. Katrina pushed the ever-present warning aside. Mom never approved of Dad’s supernatural hunts and even less of his drawing her into them.

Pulling the oversized cross she always wore out from under her shirt, Kat looked around for a weapon. Please, not a vampire. I hate vampires! A piece of wood sticking out of the trashcan at the front of the alley caught her eye.

Grabbing it, she broke the end off into a sharp point. The mist-filled air filtered the light from the single bulb over one of the alley doorways. The wind swirled the loose trash around making a quiet approach difficult. Sidestepping the paper, with the stake in one hand and holding the gun she took from her purse in the other hand, she crept into the alley.

A roar echoed against the buildings, the sound nearly sending her running. That roar wasn’t a vampire. It sounded more like an animal. Kat inched closer. In the yellow pool of light from the back door of the building, a black bear, over seven feet tall, reared on its back legs and swung its paw at the man standing at the edge of the light. He crashed to the ground, shirt torn open from the slashing claws. Blood covered the fabric, and he clasped his left hand over his shoulder to stem the flow. The bear bent toward him, teeth bared in a smile. A wicked smile.

Kat aimed her gun, but before she could pull the trigger, a shot rang out. The flash of gunpowder lit the face of the injured man. The blast reverberated against the buildings. With an enraged bellow, the bear staggered backward against the wall. Shaking his head, the animal dropped to all four paws. Weaving like a drunk, he lumbered toward his attacker. The man took aim again, shooting the animal between the eyes. Animal and human collapsed on the dirty, littered pavement.

As she started to move forward, Kat’s gypsy senses crawled over her skin like angry red ants. As she slipped back into the shadows, the bear shed fur. Changing size. Then, finally, turning into a man.

Shape shifters. Her stake wasn’t any good against them, and her bullets weren’t silver. This one appeared dead anyway. Had the wounded man seen the shift? Tossing the stake aside, she paused by the shifter and quickly moved to the wounded man. Out cold. Still human.

When she touched him, his eyelids fluttered open. “Did I get it?”

“What?”

“The bear.”

 

Amazon buy links:

The Promised One (The Turning Stone Chronicles Book 1):

eBook: http://amzn.com/B00DUMODKI

paper back: http://amzn.com/1619353504

 

Blood Brothers (The Turning Stone Chronicles Book 2):

eBook: http://amzn.com/B00OVNFC8W

 

The Son of the Moonless Night (The Turning Stone Chronicles Book 3):

eBook coming soon

 

Bio:

c d herschPutting words and stories on paper is second nature to co-authors C.D. Hersh. They’ve written separately since they were teenagers and discovered their unique, collaborative abilities in the mid-90s. As high school sweethearts and husband and wife, Catherine and Donald believe in true love and happily ever after.

 

Together they have co-authored a number of dramas, six which have been produced in Ohio, where they live. Their interactive Christmas production had five seasonal runs in their hometown and has been sold in Virginia, California, and Ohio. Their most recent collaborative writing efforts have been focused on romance. The first two books of their paranormal romance series entitled The Turning Stone Chronicles are available on Amazon. The third book in the series Son of the Moonless Night is to be released mid-May by Soul Mate Publishing.

 

Where you can find CD:

Website: http://cdhersh.wordpress.com/

Blog: http://cdhersh.wordpress.com/blog-2/

Soul Mate Publishing: http://smpauthors.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cdhershauthor

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/C.-D.-Hersh/e/B00DV5L7ZI

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorCDHersh

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/CDHersh

 

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Spring Into Writing

Moonday Mania

a blog about writing

It’s spring and romance is in the air. Well, maybe not when it’s snowing, which it does in April in Colorado. Wet, heavy, spring snow. We love it and hate it. It’s cold and icy and weighs a ton. But it also provides moisture to sustain us through a dry year. March is Colorado’s snowiest month and April our wettest. And just like I have to deal with slogging through the heavy snow to find the spring flowers, when I write I have to slog through the heavy writing to get to the finished manuscript.

Romance should be easy.

It should just flow from my fingers, and sometimes it does. Sometimes it’s like shoveling spring snow and I sit at my desk looking outside thinking, that’s what I should be doing. But I don’t. Instead of doing the heavy lifting of writing romance, I scoot over to Facebook and see what my friends are up to. Or I write a blog. Blogs are easier for me than plotting fantasy and suspense twists.

Why is that? Why is it that, even though I love writing romance. Even though I love twisting the fairy tales and bogging down my heroines in complex plots, why is it I find every excuse in the book not to write?

Good question. And when you find the answer, let me know. I do answer my comments. (As long as their not spam about shoes, or where I can find the latest political information and male enhancement devices.) I really have no idea. I do know that I love what I do.

How do I know that I love what I do?

Because even though it can be torture to sit at that black computer screen. Even though I have to sometimes put aside the joys of social media and treat myself like a teenager who only wants to play games and surf the internet. Even though sometimes I struggle with putting those hot sexy scenes down on the page…

I don’t want to do anything else.

So, I’ll sign off now. And if you don’t see many blog posts from me. Or you think I’m not on social media enough, don’t tempt me! I’m sitting down and writing what you and I both want. The next book. And the next. And maybe, just maybe, the one after that.

Author Bio:

jessica aspen, authorJessica Aspen has always wanted to be spirited away to a world inhabited by elves, were-wolves and sexy men who walk on the dark side of the knife. Luckily, she’s able to explore her fantasy side and delve into new worlds by writing paranormal romance. She loves indulging in dark chocolate, reading eclectic novels, and dreaming of ocean vacations, but instead spends most of her time, writing, walking the dog, and hiking in the Colorado Rockies. You can find out more information and read about Jessica’s paranormal romances at http://JessicaAspen.com

To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your FREE book, please click HERE.

 

Author web links:  

Website: http://jessicaaspen.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5759763.Jessica_Aspen

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JessicaAspen

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JessicaAspenAuthor

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jessicaaspen/

Join the Jessica Aspen mailing list! Get the scoop on new releases, sales, plus the chance to win ARCs and participate in special giveaways.  When I send you an email, there’s always something in it for you! To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

 

 

 

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Camp NaNoWrimo Check In -or -How to Write Two Books At Once

 

Moonday Mania

a blog for the goal challenged in all of us

Ar you Nanoing this April with Camp Nano? I am. I’m participating in Camp NaNoWrimo by writing my fourth sexy shifter romance. And not only does this one have bear shifters and a twisted fairy tale, but I’m doing something cool with it. I’m actually splitting the fairy tale romance into two books. How do you do that? Let me explain.

Two books, but one fairy tale means that there will be two romances, each participating in the same fairy tale retelling.

This fairy tale has two sisters, so I could have written a longer romance with one main couple and a sub-plot with the other sister, but that’s not what I’m doing. Instead I’m writing two novellas each with it’s own heroine, hero, and romance plot, but since they share the fairy tale, they run concurrently!

What fairy tale is it?

I’m not quite ready to share yet, but I’ll give you some hints. It has two sisters and a bear shifter. I’ve changed it to have two bear shifters. Not only so could we have two hunky men, but when I wrote the Goldilocks story it had three bears, but only one got a happy ending. Sad. We couldn’t leave them single for too long, could we? No way! Now each of the guys will be settled down with their own happily ever after.

So, how do you write two books at once?

Well, you really don’t. What I’ve done is loosely plot the two books, but as I write the first one I’m changing and adding to the plot structure of the second one. They’ll fit together nicely this way. The plan is to write the rough draft of romance one, and then let it sit while I write the rough draft of romance two. This way I can change the second one to fit the first one, and vice-versa. Neat huh?

Putting it all together.

When both rough drafts are finished I’ll go back to book one and polish it’s draft and then I’ll do book two. This way I should be able to catch errors between the plots. My goal is to send them to the editor at the same time so that she’ll be able to do the same thing-go back and forth between the books as necessary.

Where did I get my inspiration for writing two books that have intertwining plots?Twin of Fire

Twin of Ice by Jude Deveraux

While I’m sure other people have done this, my inspiration is Jude Deveraux’s books, TWIN OF FIRE,  and TWIN OF ICE. I read them years ago and they are some of my favorites.

I loved the way the twins switched places and ended up in each other’s plots trying to fool each other’s heroes and I’ve always remembered how clever she was to have thought of the idea. When I decided to twist a fairy tale with two sisters, I definitely wanted to try it.

And no, mine aren’t twins, so no switching. I thought about it, but if you want to read that plot twist you’ll have to read the original mistress of romance, Jude Deveraux.

Author Bio:

Jessica Aspen has always wanted to be spirited away to a world inhabited by elves, were-wolves and sexy men who walk on the dark side of the knife. Luckily, she’s able to explore her fantasy side and delve into new worlds by writing paranormal romance. She loves indulging in dark chocolate, reading eclectic novels, and dreaming of ocean vacations, but instead spends most of her time, writing, walking the dog, and hiking in the Colorado Rockies. You can find out more information and read about Jessica’s paranormal romances at http://JessicaAspen.com

To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your FREE book, please click HERE.

 

Author web links:  

Website: http://jessicaaspen.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5759763.Jessica_Aspen

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JessicaAspen

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JessicaAspenAuthor

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jessicaaspen/

Join the Jessica Aspen mailing list! Get the scoop on new releases, sales, plus the chance to win ARCs and participate in special giveaways.  When I send you an email, there’s always something in it for you! To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

 

 

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Sneak Peek Sunday-4/12/15-The Other Side of the Mirror

 

Sneak Peek Sunday

it’s back!

Curious to know where Cassie and her mom are heading? Here’s the next sneak peek into my short prequel, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR. This is the tale before the fantasy romance, BROKEN MIRROR. Want to read the first few sneak peaks? Click HERE for week one, and HERE for week two, and HERE for week three. And if you want to read the whole book, check below for links to purchase. I’ll also be serializing it on Wattpad for FREE, but that doesn’t happen until May. Until then, enjoy!

The Other Side of the Mirror

A Fantasy Tale of the Black Court

sneak peak

 

Her mother’s brave facade crumpled. “She didn’t make it through.”

Images of her baby sister flashed in her memory. Bree sitting in a colorful pen of balls at a fast-food restaurant, her baby face alight with glee. Bree and Cassie hidden under the covers with a flashlight, while Cassie sang protective nursery rhymes to her sister to drive away the nightmares. Bree holding out her hand to Trina when Trina’s parents had been murdered by the Queen and lisping, “You can sleep in my room, I don’t mind.”

A lump the size of the world settled in Cassie’s throat.

“Oh Mama…” There was nothing else to say. It was just the two of them now. And if they stayed here with no water or food, soon there would be no MacElvys left alive.

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Stepping out from the shelter of the fairy circle was one of the hardest things Cassie had ever done. She looked out at the dark forbidding trees leaning in their threatening circle, swallowed hard, and raised her foot.

“Wait.” Theresa gripped Cassie’s sleeve and tugged her back before she could take that first step out of the guardian pansies. “What if we leave here and Bryanna comes through?”

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Check out next Sunday for another snippet from chapter two!

The Other Side of the Mirror, cover art by Viola EstrellaWant to read all of chapter one for free?

I’m publishing THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR  in May, starting with chapter one, on Wattpad. Wattpad is a place where you serialize books, or write them chapter by chapter, and members can comment on what they read. And it’s all free! Click HERE to check out Wattpad. Sign up and follow me, Jessica Aspen, and every week, starting in May, you’ll get a chapter of THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR to read. For free!

But, if you can’t wait, and you want the whole book, you can purchase it in it’s entirety at these fine distributors

Amazon

Ibooks

Barnes and Noble

Kobo & All Romance Ebooks (pending)

Want to know where it all started? Want to be ready when book three, Broken Mirror comes out? Read The Dark Huntsman,

book one in the Tales of the Black Court.

Dare to enter Jessica Aspen’s world of steamy, fantasy romance in her new twisted fairy tale trilogy: Tales of the Black Court…Start with book one, The Dark Huntsman, and discover your imagination

the dark huntsman by jessica aspen

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 Buy on Amazon

Buy on All Romance Ebooks

Buy on Barnes and Noble

Buy on Kobo

Buy on iTunes

 

Click here to visit the Sneak Peek Sunday Blog and find other fantastic participating authors!

Click here to visit the Sneak Peek Sunday Blog and find other fantastic participating authors!

Author Bio:

Jessica Aspen

Jessica Aspen has always wanted to be spirited away to a world inhabited by elves, were-wolves and sexy men who walk on the dark side of the knife. Luckily, she’s able to explore her fantasy side and delve into new worlds by writing paranormal romance. She loves indulging in dark chocolate, reading eclectic novels, and dreaming of ocean vacations, but instead spends most of her time, writing, walking the dog, and hiking in the Colorado Rockies. You can find out more information and read about Jessica’s paranormal romances at http://JessicaAspen.com

To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

 

Author web links:  

Website: http://jessicaaspen.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5759763.Jessica_Aspen

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JessicaAspen

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JessicaAspenAuthor

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jessicaaspen/

Join the Jessica Aspen mailing list! Get the scoop on new releases, sales, plus the chance to win ARCs and participate in special giveaways.  When I send you an email, there’s always something in it for you! To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

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Release Day! The Other Side of the Mirror

Fantastic Fridays

a semi-erratic fantasy romance blog

WOOT! I published a book this week!

The Other Side of the Mirror, cover art by Viola EstrellaTHE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR, the non-romance, fantasy, short story that precludes BROKEN MIRROR: A Fantasy Romance of the Black Court, is out. And I’m super excited to say that my newsletter subscribers all had the opportunity to download free copies. Of course, it’s a bargain anyway at 99 cents, but I wanted to say “thank you” to everyone who has waited patiently for BROKEN MIRROR, and sending a free copy to newsletter subscribers seemed the best way to do that.

If you’ve wondered what I’ve been up to, it’s been working on getting this book out. Publishing a book has so  many small steps, it’s a wonder they all get done and there is finally a book to read. But it does happen. The other things I’ve been working on are edits for BROKEN MIRROR as well as writing new words on my sexy shifter story. And having a life. Of course, that takes some time too.

So, if my blogs are short and sweet, you’ll know it’s because I’m working hard to get you the next book. :)

Lost in Underhill, separated from her sister by a powerful fae spell, Cassie must help her mother and herself get back to Earth. But, strange beasts, evil spirits, and fierce warriors stand in their way. Will they ever get home, or will the last battle with the faery queen prove their undoing?

When the Black Queen of the fae sends ogres to attack their safe-house in Albuquerque, the three remaining MacElvy witches are forced to use a mystical fae globe to escape. But things go very wrong. When Cassie comes-to her sister, Bryanna, has disappeared and Cassie and her mom are stranded in the lands of the fae. With nothing but their magical Gifts to help them they must find Bryanna and make their way home through Underhill, a magical land where strange beasts, evil spirits, and fierce warriors stand in their way. Or will the evil Black Queen track them down and kill them before they can make it to safety?

Available at:

Amazon

Ibooks

Barnes and Noble

Kobo

Broken Mirror cover art by Viola Estrella

Ready for Broken Mirror: A Fantasy Romance of the Black Court? You can pre-order at Amazon HERE.

 

Author Bio:

Jessica Aspen

Jessica Aspen has always wanted to be spirited away to a world inhabited by elves, were-wolves and sexy men who walk on the dark side of the knife. Luckily, she’s able to explore her fantasy side and delve into new worlds by writing paranormal romance. She loves indulging in dark chocolate, reading eclectic novels, and dreaming of ocean vacations, but instead spends most of her time, writing, walking the dog, and hiking in the Colorado Rockies. You can find out more information and read about Jessica’s paranormal romances at http://JessicaAspen.com

To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

 

Author web links:  

Website: http://jessicaaspen.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5759763.Jessica_Aspen

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JessicaAspen

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JessicaAspenAuthor

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jessicaaspen/

Join the Jessica Aspen mailing list! Get the scoop on new releases, sales, plus the chance to win ARCs and participate in special giveaways.  When I send you an email, there’s always something in it for you! To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

 

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Sneak Peek Sunday-4/5/15-The Other Side of the Mirror

Sneak Peek Sunday

it’s back!

sneak peek sunday

Click here to visit the Sneak Peek Sunday Blog and find other fantastic participating authors!

Time for sneak peek number three into THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR.

It’s time! This week I’ll be sending my newsletter subscribers a free copy of THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR, and the opportunity to pre-order BROKEN MIRROR. Sign up today.

But just to whet your whistle, here is sneak peek number three.

 

The Other Side of the Mirror

A Fantasy Tale of the Black Court

sneak peak

 

“Mom.” Cassie took Theresa’s icy cold hand in hers. “How long have we been here?”

“A few hours? I’m not sure. It was dark when we got here. It’s morning now.”

Watery light trickled through the heavy canopy of branches. “How can you tell? It’s pretty dark.”

Theresa shuddered. “It was worse before. Luckily, the globe put us here, in the faery ring.”

“This is luck?” Cassie examined the small perfect circle of grass. Outside the ring were three stones, humped with age and lichen, standing equidistant guard from each other. “Mom,” her voice hushed. “We can’t stay here. Goddess only knows what might come through next.”

“I know, but you couldn’t be moved, and I didn’t want to go far in the dark. Now that the sun is up we can leave.”

“But what about Bree?”

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Check out next Sunday for another snippet from chapter two!

The Other Side of the Mirror, cover art by Viola EstrellaWant to read all of chapter one for free?

I’m publishing THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR  this week, starting with chapter one, on Wattpad. Wattpad is a place where you serialize books, or write them chapter by chapter, and members can comment on what they read. And it’s all free! Click HERE to check out Wattpad. Sign up and follow me, Jessica Aspen, and every week you’ll get a chapter of THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR to read. For free!

But, if you can’t wait, and you want the whole book, you can purchase it in it’s entirety at these fine distributors starting Friday!

Or, don’t forget. I’ll be sending my newsletter subscribers the opportunity to download THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR this week. Sign up today.

Amazon

Ibooks

All Romance Ebooks

Barnes and Noble

and Kobo

Want to know where it all started? Want to be ready when book three, Broken Mirror comes out? 

Dare to enter Jessica Aspen’s world of steamy, fantasy romance in her new twisted fairy tale trilogy: Tales of the Black Court…Start with book one, The Dark Huntsman, and discover your imagination

the dark huntsman by jessica aspen

Add to Goodreads Shelf

 Buy on Amazon

Buy on All Romance Ebooks

Buy on Barnes and Noble

Buy on Kobo

Buy on iTunes

 

 Links to, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR, Sneak Peek no. 1, Sneak Peek no. 2

Author Bio:

Jessica Aspen

Jessica Aspen has always wanted to be spirited away to a world inhabited by elves, were-wolves and sexy men who walk on the dark side of the knife. Luckily, she’s able to explore her fantasy side and delve into new worlds by writing paranormal romance. She loves indulging in dark chocolate, reading eclectic novels, and dreaming of ocean vacations, but instead spends most of her time, writing, walking the dog, and hiking in the Colorado Rockies. You can find out more information and read about Jessica’s paranormal romances at http://JessicaAspen.com

To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

 

Author web links:  

Website: http://jessicaaspen.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5759763.Jessica_Aspen

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JessicaAspen

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JessicaAspenAuthor

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Sneak Peek Sunday-3/29/15-The Other Side of the Mirror

Sneak Peek Sunday

take two

sneak peek sunday

Click here to visit the Sneak Peek Sunday Blog and find other fantastic participating authors!

I’m so excited to have my 2.5 prequel, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR, as my Sneak Peek today.

If you haven’t heard, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR, is my short story prequel to my upcoming book three in the Tales of the Black Court, BROKEN MIRROR. It’s runs concurrently to PRINCE BY BLOOD AND BONE.

 

 

The Other Side of the Mirror

A Fantasy Tale of the Black Court

sneak peak

 

Tall, spindly pines loomed over a perfect circle of short, fine grass bordered by purple pansies. The ring of flowers was barely wide enough to hold the two of them huddled together, but outside the ring everything looked cold and dark. Wait…The two of them.

“Mom, where’s Bree?”

Something terrible spasmed across her mother’s face. Then it went blank. “Take another sip, honey.” Her mom pushed the water towards her.

Apprehension crawled along Cassie’s neck, stiffening her back and shoulder muscles. She shook her head. “Where’s Bryanna?”

“I don’t know.” Theresa’s eyes flicked away. Her skin was grey, her lips pressed together in a thin, tight line, as if she’d aged ten years in the time Cassie had been unconscious.

“You don’t know where we are? Or you don’t know where Bryanna is?”

 ≈≈≈

Check out next Sunday for another snippet from chapter two!

The Other Side of the Mirror, cover art by Viola EstrellaWant to read all of chapter one for free?

I’l be publishing THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR , on Wattpad. Wattpad is a place where you serialize books, or write them chapter by chapter, and members can comment on what they read. And it’s all free!

Sign up and follow me, Jessica Aspen, on Wattpad, and every week you’ll get a chapter of THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR to read. For free!

But, if you can’t wait, and you want the whole book, you can purchase it in it’s entirety at these fine distributors next week!

Or sign up for my newsletter. I’ll be sending my newsletter subscribers the opportunity to download THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR soon. Sign up today.

Amazon

Ibooks

All Romance Ebooks

Barnes and Noble

and Kobo

Want to know where it all started? Want to be ready when book three, Broken Mirror comes out? 

Dare to enter Jessica Aspen’s world of steamy, fantasy romance in her new twisted fairy tale trilogy: Tales of the Black Court…Start with book one, The Dark Huntsman, and discover your imagination

the dark huntsman by jessica aspen

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 Buy on Amazon

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Author Bio:

Jessica Aspen

Jessica Aspen has always wanted to be spirited away to a world inhabited by elves, were-wolves and sexy men who walk on the dark side of the knife. Luckily, she’s able to explore her fantasy side and delve into new worlds by writing paranormal romance. She loves indulging in dark chocolate, reading eclectic novels, and dreaming of ocean vacations, but instead spends most of her time, writing, walking the dog, and hiking in the Colorado Rockies. You can find out more information and read about Jessica’s paranormal romances at http://JessicaAspen.com

To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

 

Author web links:  

Website: http://jessicaaspen.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5759763.Jessica_Aspen

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JessicaAspen

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JessicaAspenAuthor

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jessicaaspen/

Join the Jessica Aspen mailing list! Get the scoop on new releases, sales, plus the chance to win ARCs and participate in special giveaways.  When I send you an email, there’s always something in it for you! To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

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Retreating and Writing Romance: a super fun combination

Moonday Mania

a blog that’s been AWOL for a while

Hello!

I haven’t been blogging very regularly since December and I figured it was time for an update. But never fear, instead of blogging I’ve been having fun at the Colorado Romance Writers’ annual retreat working hard at writing romance for you!

What do writer’s do at a writer’s retreat? Shh, don’t tell anyone, but we write. I know, I know, it’s a big secret. I’m letting the very fat cat out of the bag. But the truth is we romance writers do a few more things than write. One of the most fun things we get to do is get out into nature. When you are sitting all day concentrating on getting words on the paper, you need to stretch. And what better way to stretch than to see the Big Horn Sheep grazing outside of the cabin.

big horn sheep

Okay, this picture is from the car. But trust me, they were grazing right next to our porch all weekend.

 

And of course we need to take hikes in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. I didn’t get to hike much, because I was slaving away on my plotting, but the area is so beautiful and the weather so warm, there was no way I was just sitting inside for three days. Especially since I’m working on my Colorado sexy shifter romances. The fresh vanilla scent of Ponderosa Pines and the sight of snow on the Rockies is perfect inspiration for writing wolves running through the trees.

And of course we have evenings by the fire drinking our wine, chatting about writing romance and the publishing industry. There’s nothing like chatting with people you enjoy about a subject you are obsessed about. And I am obsessed about writing romance.

Oh, and there is the food! We have fabulous food for our potluck lunches. And way too much chocolate. Can’t have romance without chocolate, now can you?

But in the end it’s all about the writing, so we spend a lot of our time working hard on our computers slaving away on our romances. Okay, we love it! That’s why we’re here, isn’t it?

Have you ever been on a writer’s retreat? What about a romance writer’s retreat? Where is the most fun location you can think of that you would have fun, but still be writing. Springtime in the Rockies does it for me. How about you?

Author Bio:

Jessica Aspen

Jessica Aspen has always wanted to be spirited away to a world inhabited by elves, were-wolves and sexy men who walk on the dark side of the knife. Luckily, she’s able to explore her fantasy side and delve into new worlds by writing paranormal romance. She loves indulging in dark chocolate, reading eclectic novels, and dreaming of ocean vacations, but instead spends most of her time, writing, walking the dog, and hiking in the Colorado Rockies. You can find out more information and read about Jessica’s paranormal romances at http://JessicaAspen.com

To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE. 

Author web links:  

Website: http://jessicaaspen.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5759763.Jessica_Aspen

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JessicaAspen

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JessicaAspenAuthor

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jessicaaspen/

Join the Jessica Aspen mailing list! Get the scoop on new releases, sales, plus the chance to win ARCs and participate in special giveaways.  When I send you an email, there’s always something in it for you! To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

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Sneak Peek Sunday-3/22/15-The Other Side of the Mirror

Sneak Peek Sunday

it’s back!

sneak peek sunday

Click here to visit the Sneak Peek Sunday Blog and find other fantastic participating authors!

I’m publishing my prequel THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR this week, and I’m stoked!

If you read PRINCE BY BLOOD AND BONE, (book two in the Tales of the Black Court) the first chapter of THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR will seem mighty familiar because this story runs concurrent with PRINCE BY BLOOD AND BONE. But even though it starts in the same kitchen with the same characters, it’s told from Cassie’s point of view and not Bryanna’s. And the story takes a dramatic turn from the other book with chapter two.

So, I’ve decided not to post much of chapter one, just a tiny snippet from the very end to help orient anyone who didn’t read the other book. And starting next week it will be fresh words. WOOT!

 

The Other Side of the Mirror

A Fantasy Tale of the Black Court

sneak peak

 

The glow brightened. Cassie pressed her face against her sister’s shoulder, and hid from the glare.

Whomp!

The kitchen wall shook. Dust and drywall fell onto her face and into her hair. Her sister stretched out her fingers and tugged the faded gingham curtain aside. The hairy face of an ogre smooshed against the glass, its brown, leathery lips spreading out wide.

Bryanna jumped and Cassie struggled to stay standing, her blanket sliding to the floor. She hung on to her sister, and watched her vision come true. Ogres, clubs gripped in hairy fists, poured out of the misty tendrils of the portal and filled the alley. She barely heard Bryanna. “Whatever it is, we’d better use it now.”

“Hold tight girls, and pray it works. It’s really only meant for one.” Her mother wrapped her arms around them, pressing the tingle of the globe between them. The glow grew bigger, enveloping them in a sphere of golden light that Cassie could see even with her eyes pressed shut. There was a slight dizzy feeling and the quiet pop of a bursting bubble.

Then everything was gone.

 ≈≈≈

Check out next Sunday for a snippet from chapter two!

The Other Side of the Mirror, cover art by Viola EstrellaWant to read all of chapter one for free?

I’m publishing THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR  very soon, starting with chapter one. And I’m going to serialize it on Wattpad. Wattpad is a place where you can either serialize whole books, or write them chapter by chapter as you go. Members can comment on what they read.

And it’s all free

Click HERE to check out Wattpad. Sign up and follow me, Jessica Aspen, and every week you’ll get a chapter of THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR to read. For free!

But, if you can’t wait, and you want the whole book, you can purchase it soon in it’s entirety at these fine distributors

Amazon

Ibooks

All Romance Ebooks

Barnes and Noble

and Kobo

Or, and this is the kicker. If you are a member of my newsletter I will be sending out a link for you to download this book, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR, in it’s entirety. Just by being a newsletter subscriber and opening your newsletter, you’ll be able to read it. Isn’t that fantastic!

To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

Want to know where it all started? Want to be ready when book three, Broken Mirror comes out? 

Dare to enter Jessica Aspen’s world of steamy, fantasy romance in her new twisted fairy tale trilogy: Tales of the Black Court…Start with book one, The Dark Huntsman, and discover your imagination

the dark huntsman by jessica aspen

Add to Goodreads Shelf

 Buy on Amazon

Buy on All Romance Ebooks

Buy on Barnes and Noble

Buy on Kobo

Buy on iTunes

 

Author Bio:

Jessica Aspen

Jessica Aspen has always wanted to be spirited away to a world inhabited by elves, were-wolves and sexy men who walk on the dark side of the knife. Luckily, she’s able to explore her fantasy side and delve into new worlds by writing paranormal romance. She loves indulging in dark chocolate, reading eclectic novels, and dreaming of ocean vacations, but instead spends most of her time, writing, walking the dog, and hiking in the Colorado Rockies. You can find out more information and read about Jessica’s paranormal romances at http://JessicaAspen.com

To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

 

Author web links:  

Website: http://jessicaaspen.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5759763.Jessica_Aspen

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JessicaAspen

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JessicaAspenAuthor

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jessicaaspen/

Join the Jessica Aspen mailing list! Get the scoop on new releases, sales, plus the chance to win ARCs and participate in special giveaways.  When I send you an email, there’s always something in it for you! To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

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