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

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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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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/

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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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#Fantasy #Romance Two for One #Cover Reveal!

Fantastical Fridays

a blog for the wonderment in all of us

I’m super excited to have two covers to reveal for my fantasy romance series, Tales of the Black Court. My new cover artist, Viola Estrella of Estrella Cover Art, did a fantastic job keeping the essence of the series intact, but also adding some new twists. And that makes this twisted fairy tale romance author very happy.

If you’ve been waiting to find out what happens to Cassie after the end of PRINCE BY BLOOD AND BONE, you won’t have to wait much longer. BROKEN MIRROR will be out soon. I’m hesitant to pick a date since every time I do that fate jumps in and takes a hand, but it is coming. And soon. So, just to tide you over, here is the cover and the blurb!

Broken Mirror cover art by Viola Estrella

BROKEN MIRROR

A Fantasy Romance of the Black Court

by Jessica Aspen

Cassie MacElvy believes she’s a fae princess, but her life of pretty gowns and constant parties is an illusion. Trapped in a twisted spell, Cassie uses her psychic Gift to help the Black Queen hunt down the rebel Prince Kian and his human wife, never knowing she’s hunting her own sister. But when a handsome black-eyed fae kisses her, the fairy tale begins to crumble, and she tumbles down into a confused rabbit hole of memories and magic.

 

Bosco is the court’s fool and a womanizer, but secretly he’s a spy, looking for a missing human psychic. All he has to do is find her and hand her over to his mysterious employer, and he’ll finally have enough power to complete a quest he started nearly a hundred years ago. When he runs into a beautiful fae princess who shouldn’t exist, he knows something is very wrong in the Queen’s court. But lovely Cassie might be the only person who can help him achieve his quest, and Bosco decides he will root out all of Cassie’s secrets, even if it means losing her trust.

And that’s not all!

I know you all are dying for BROKEN MIRROR to be published, but it has so much editing and proofreading—and all that jazz—yet to go through, that it won’t be out for a little longer. BUT WAIT!

I’ve written a little prequel for all of you to tide you over. It’s titled, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR, and it’s what happened to Cassie and her mother when they were torn from Bryanna’s arms in the first chapter of PRINCE BY BLOOD AND BONE. It’s not a romance, since Cassie doesn’t meet her hero until BROKEN MIRROR, but I think readers will love getting a behind the scenes glimpse into the backstory of both books.

And here is the fabulous cover that Viola did for THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR.

The Other Side of the Mirror, cover art by Viola Estrella

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR

A Fantasy Tale of The Black Court

by Jessica Aspen

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? 

Don’t you love the way Viola has Cassie behind that super cool Evil Queen mirror? And, thanks to my husband, Jeff, for suggesting that if it’s in a mirror, the image should be reversed. Don’t know why I didn’t think about it, but he’s the visual person in the family. I’m just the writer!

Want a free copy of THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR? Newsletter subscribers will have the opportunity to read and review it for free. So, if you haven’t signed up yet for my newsletter, CLICK HERE and sign up, then keep an eye out for the free copy announcement. You’ll also get a free bonus book.

I’ll also be publishing this book in May as a serial on Wattpad, so another option is to join Wattpad and follow me.

And of course, like the other books in the Tales of the Black Court Fantasy Romance series, it will be available for sale on Ibooks, Amazon, Nook Press, Kobo and ARE.

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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Hibernation Versus the Cold Burn

Moonday Mania

a blog… just because

What do you do during the winter months? Do you hibernate? I had a friend who always put on ten pounds in the winter and shed it in the summer. That’s not me, I like ice cream too much during the summer months to ever be that consistent losing summer weight. But I do want to hibernate in the winter. I don’t want to go out in the snow to get groceries. I want to write romance. And specifically, this year, I want to write my fantasy romances, the Tales of the Black Court.

Writing seasonally

I also write a lot in the fall, so fall and winter are huge characters in my books. Some people write of the season they are dreaming about, but not me. When I’m looking out at leaves turning, I write fall. This February it’s been cold and dark and snowy and it makes me want to write snow and ice and frigid winter cold. Which is lucky for me, because I’m in the process of working on the fourth (yes, number four!) Tales of the Black Court. It’s just in the ideas stage, but it will be centered on the Winter Court of the White Queen, so snow is paramount.

Book Four: Winter Court.

Why am I shifting over to the White Court? Well, you’ll see when you read Broken Mirror, but the basic reason is my original trilogy about the three MacElvy witches concludes with book three, Broken Mirror. Even though I’m out of MacElvy cousins and I originally I planned for only three books, I had some terrific ideas for at least two more books. In Broken Mirror the hero is Bosco, and he is from the lands of the North and I get the chance to introduce more of the northern queen and the White Court that came up in Prince by Blood and Bone. Bosco has a sister, Siobhan, and I’m so excited to be writing down ideas for her book. It’s going to be a departure from the other books, not only because of the White Court, but the heroine is elvatian (elven) so look out!

Book Five…

Psst! I know what book five is going to be about, but I’m not telling. Not until you’ve had a chance to read Broken Mirror. Because, when you get to the end of the book, you’ll know. And it’s super cool.

No, I’m not telling. You can stop asking. I’m not going to spoil the surprise, no matter how much you beg.

Tee-hee! I’ll give you a hint, thought. Like all of my Tales of the Black Court, it’s going to be based on a fairy tale and this one is…Sleeping Beauty. But there is a huge twist and it’s nothing like the latest Disney movie. I’m so excited!!!

What else is going on this month?

I’m still editing Broken Mirror. And I’m working on getting a cover. Honest! I have the developmental editor all lined up for March, so theoretically, we could be a go for April. Cover willing. I don’t know why these covers are so hard, but they seem to come with trouble built in. Anyway, it will happen. It is written, it’s just not ready for prime time yet.

I also am working on re-branding the Twisted Tales: Come Into the Woods sexy shifter romance novellas. I have the original three and once Broken Mirror is out the door I’ll be writing three more books. WOOT! I have a cover artist lined up and have some super ideas for changing the branding. Can’t wait for those to come out in the fall of 2015!

What are you doing while it’s snowing outside? Are you being creative? Dreaming about summer? Leave a comment and tell me what your February is like.

 

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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Spank! A Post Where I Review the 50 Shades Parody

Moonday Mania

putting on my reviewer hat

Okay, I admit it. I haven’t read Fifty Shades of Grey yet. The entire world of soccer moms, beauty queens, and accountants (as well as every other romance writer in the world, especially the ones who write spicy romance!) has read this book, at leas the first one. But I’ve been busy. I’ve had other super sexy romances to read. And to write. So when a friend said she was getting a group together to go see the musical parody of the book, well, of course I had to go!

I figured I had time to read it, and I did try to get a copy of the book, but a loaner copy failed to appear and by the time I got on the waitlist at the library I was number 9 on the ebooks and 35 on the 17 print book list. I showed up unprepared and unread. But, it turns out that I had an advantage the rest of the girls in the group didn’t have… (Okay, we’re old enough to be women, but it’s girls night out!) I am a romance writer and I have listened to the hot gossip surrounding the writer of Fifty Shades of Grey, as well as the book itself. And this play was focused on the writer, EB Janet, just as much as it was focused on the plot for the book.

And it was funny!

All the hot gossip about how the book was written, was it Fan-fic or not? Did she base it on Twilight? Was there a bit of the batman story behind the scenes? The actress who played author Janet, Amanda Barker, did a fabulous job camping it up for us. She was interactive with the audience, bringing in lots of local references to the Denver area and making fun of the people who arrived late. She really made the show.

Another thing that I hadn’t expected was that they would use classic music pieces and re-vamp the words to attain a comedy twist. Loved it when Ken Allen, who played sexy, ultra-cool, billionaire Hugh Hanson (which really sounds like handsome when you hear it in the theater) introduced innocent Tasha to the ‘red room’ and sang about domination to the tune from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory song ‘Pure Imagination’, complete with tails, top-hat, and of course, a cane.

Andrea Muller, who played the poor deluded Tasha Woods, also did an excellent job. Her improv was great and really added to the show. Loved when she came out into the audience and involved the poor woman in the front row. And I was super glad, being the introvert that I am, that it wasn’t me answering those questions!

Overall it was a five star presentation.

I highly recommend going, and if you can make sure you see this cast, I would. They did an amazing job. Terrific girls night out and I’m so glad I braved the snow!

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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2.5 Novella for Tales of the Black Court is Finished!

Moonday Mania

a blog for a snowy day

It may not be snowing where you are, but it definitely is white outside my window. I write a lot in the winter. In fact, many of my books end up being set in snowy woods. It will be interesting when the girls no longer are home for summers and I write more in June, July, and August. My romances will be filled with sultry days and sunny skies. Meanwhile I have lots of snow, clouds, and ice.

That’s true with the book I’ve just finished and am inches away from releasing to my hungry Tales of the Black Court fans. This is not a fantasy romance, but it is the backstory behind Prince by Blood and Bone, and I’m doing something fun with it. Once I have a title and a cover I’ll be sending my newsletter subscribers a free version (thanks for subscribing!) and I’ll also be posting it on Wattpad

What is Wattpad?

 

Wattpad is a social media site for writers and readers where anyone can post their writing and anyone can read it. For free! Books are generally serialized, and you follow people so that you get their latest updates. I’ve been thinking about posting something there and this story is perfect. For one thing it is definitely PG 13. This story is the behind the scene’s tale of what happens to Bryanna’s mother and sister, while she’s off falling in love with a beast.

It doesn’t have any romance, and it’s super short.

And…It’s also the back story to Broken Mirror!

If you are waiting for the next book in the series, Broken Mirror, I’m working hard on edits. I still need a cover, as well. So I’m estimating this spring for the book to be released. But, you can get your fix via this 2.5 novella. Cassie, Bryanna’s sister and Trina’s cousin, is the heroine of both the 2.5 book and Broken Mirror. This is her story. How she gets into the next book. Which you have a glimpse of, if you read Prince by Blood and Bone, but this gives the nitty-gritty details.

So, when is it available?

Soon! I promise you, soon. The cover is the last thing that’s keeping me from releasing this book. Sometimes when you are publishing a book the details don’t all come together at the same time. The good news, is the text is ready. The bad news is that I have to have a title and a cover.

What am I doing about it?

I have emails out to my cover artist, and I have a backup plan. It will have a cover. And I am determined to think of a title this week! I have some ideas mulling around in my head. Unfortunetly my brain has also been full of plotting the next Tales of the Black Court book and I’ve had to edit Broken Mirror and jot down notes for the next book all at the same time. Ever wonder what it’s like being in a writer’s head? Try TV watching with a channel surfer who controls the remote. You want to watch Downton Abbey and they keep switching to Sherlock. Brain rebound!

Thanks for your patience.

Seriously, this book has taken longer than I wanted it to, but I’m finally getting my health and schedule back on track and coordinated with working at a real job. I feel like that should be easy, but for me, it’s not. So I appreciate the patience.

What’s next?

Next week I will have a title and a blurb for you for this book, and (fingers crossed) some cover news. Meanwhile, stay warm!

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

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Meet Up with Other Indie Authors

Moonday Mania

a blog for a snowy day

It’s cold outside! And baby, I only want to stay in and eat warm foods and snuggle by the fire. But yesterday I put on my sexy new boots and hauled my car up to the North Metro Area of Denver to participate in my very first Meet-Up. Meet Up is a website where you can find like-minded people and network, for just about anything under the sun. Interested in Primal Cooking? There’s a Meet Up group for you.

This one was set up for Indie Authors, and it turned out to be a nice group of people, of which I knew a heavy third. That’s because it was also posted on my local RWA chapter group, so several of us showed up. It was nice to meet new people and to meet authors in other genres, but one thing I noticed was that most of the romance writers really knew their stuff. Their publishing stuff, that is. ;)

Romance authors are ahead of the curve on marketing, pricing, and just getting our books out there. We were some of the first to jump on the indie bandwagon, but more than that, we’re enthusiastic sharers of information. That was pretty clear at the meeting. (Yes, I have to remind myself to not share so much!).

Are there other authors in other genres who know a lot about publishing? Absolutely, and we had a few of them there. But we also had a lot of new people, and that was nice too. It was interesting to see who’s writing what and how far they are in their writing journey.

The best thing for me from my Meet Up experience?

I always feel so behind in my life and in my writing, but when I started to talk about what I’ve done and where I’m going, I realized that I’m ahead of the curve! I’ve published six books in the last few years, and by the end of this year I’ll have at least four more out. That’s pretty incredible. I also know what I’m talking about. Just a few years ago that would have been me asking all those questions. Or, in reality, sitting there wondering what to say because I didn’t know enough to know what to ask.

Another great thing for me is that I think I’ll be joining a few of those fellow authors and spending Fridays writing. I’ve needed a dedicated day for writing for some time, and Friday’s have become it. But for me, dedicated usually means half the day. But they’re there writing all day!

Can I do that? I don’t know, but I’m going to try.

As I drove to the Meet Up I thought, I should be spending my time writing instead of socializing, but now that I’ve gone I think it was a good way to spend my time. It was a Sunday, and I never write on Sunday’s anyway because it’s a busy weekend day, so I didn’t miss any writing time. And the benefits I received from going and socializing with other like minded writers? Priceless!

Do you socialize with people in your area that have common interests? Have you tried a Meet Up group?

Let me know what your experience has been with networking. Where have you gone? Who did you meet? Was it fun?

the dark huntsman by jessica aspenThanks to everyone who voted for The Dark Huntsman and Tales of the Black Court in the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Awards. The Dark Huntsman came in third in the SciFi/Fantasy category and Tales of the Black Court came in second! 

WOOHOO!

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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Winners of my books on the PRG ReVamped FB Party

Just a quick post to say thank you to everyone who dropped by and said “howdy” on the PRG ReVamped Facebook Party yesterday. I had a lot of fun talking about romance and paranormal romance, and I have some new books added to my TBR pile!

The winner of the print version of The Dark Huntsman is Lori Lynn.

The winners of the ebooks are Ashley, Kathy, and Avery.

I’ve messaged you all on facebook, but if you can’t get a hold of me there, leave me a comment here and I’ll email you.

Thanks again to everyone!

And if you haven’t voted yet in the PRG Review Awards I have a book or two that could use your votes! Just sayin’ ;)

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Moving the Balls

Moonday Mania

a blog about the joys of juggling balls

Before I start in on the blog, just a reminder I’m hosting the PRG Re-Vamped Facebook Party from 3-4pm EST (for those of you out here with me in the west it’s 1-2pm). Come on by and win prizes all afternoon and into the evening. And if you read down to the bottom of the post you’ll see the link to vote for the PRG Review Awards. I’m nominated, so please vote!

I’ve discovered a new way to work out. Balls. 

ballsYep, I work out moving heavy balls around the gym. And I love it. Who would have guessed that the fat girl who failed gym would love working out?

Okay, given my previous posts on fun with balls, you might have guessed it. But I had no clue. For years I’ve been using those stupid weight machines. I also tried free weights. And it’s not that each of those isn’t appealing or has it’s joys, but playing with the balls is so much more fun. And I get a better work out.

Working your whole body rocks!

I’ve used the weight machines for several years now, and about four years ago I moved into the free weight section of the gym for a few things, like my triceps and biceps. I was even doing the bench press…with just the bar. The thing I loved about the free weights is that you used more muscles than just one or two when you moved the weights. The machines focus on individual muscles and that means you have to work out each and every one, what a pain, but when you do a free weight, you have to use more of your body to shift the weight. That means, if you are doing a bench press you use your shoulder, back, stomach, arms. For those few reps you get a big payback in a multitude of muscles.

That means you get to work out less time for more payback!

Now I love that. I’m pressed for time, everyone is. So why did I move to the balls?

Natural movement. We are designed to use our entire body when we work. It’s what our bodies do. We bend over and pick up something heavy and we use, not just the upper body, but the entire body. Using the medicine ball I stand up, rotate to the side, rotate to the middle, squat, stand, rotate to the other side—then do it all backwards. That’s using my entire body. Back, shoulders, forearms, legs, stomach—you name it, it’s used. So in just a few reps, just a few minutes, I’ve worked out every muscle in my body.

Work out done!

Now I’m doing in twenty minutes what I used to do in an hour. And there’s no waiting in line. I love it! I do squats on one day and sit ups another. Yes, even the dreaded abs are easier and quicker. Add in some aerobics on the elliptical and some stretches and I’ve had a full work out, Jessica style, in an hour. Now that’s time management!

So, how does this apply to writing romance?

Healthy body, healthy writer. When I’m not working out, I’m sluggish. I don’t think well. I always walk in the mornings, but adding in the weights means that I feel strong. And I love feeling strong. I fall off of the wagon with my gym visits, I only went once in November and not at all in December. Starting up again in Jan was tough, but once I did I felt so much better. Everything works better when I exercise: my brain, my body, my emotions.

And I’m more creative. I think up lots of ideas while I’m working out. Somehow, just letting your mind flow while your body is working is super good for creativity. I’m also out and about, seeing new people and getting new ideas. Love it!

Try something different this year with your body.

Tired of doing the same old, same old? Try moving the balls. I’m now doing sit-ups with a ten pound ball. If you had told me I’d be doing that a few years ago, I’d have walked out of the gym. I’ve always hated sit ups and with two cesarean births I had worse than no stomach muscles, I had damaged ones.

Start small. Use the 6 pound ball and keep your sets down to a few reps. Take breaks. Just like my sprinting started with slow walking, fast walking, I started my sit ups with reps of fifteen. I’d do a few different exercises, then I’d take a break.

Just get moving, a little bit counts

 

I like to do a loop on the track in between my sets. That gives my muscles time to relax and I can then do more than I would if I was trying to aim for a hundred sit ups or squats. I write like this too. I set a timer and do 45 minutes, then I get up and do something physical. It’s how I get my housecleaning done in those fifteen minute breaks, but I could use it to do a few squats or sets of stairs or a quick loop around the block, if I wanted to. This year I had a terrible time sitting down and writing, and I had to tell myself that I only had to do a little bit. Just get started. That helped immensely. Once I sat down I was involved and writing. But the getting started was the hard part. That’s true with exercise too.

How do you like to move? Do you just do little bits or are you an all or nothing person? How does that work for you?

More ball posts to love! Why Everyone Needs an Extra Pair of Balls, Revenge of the Dryer BallsHot Balls of Luv, Martha Stewart Has Balls,

Voting closes Wednesday for theParanormal Romance Guild Reviewer’s Choice AwardI’m nominated in two categories, both the Sci-fi/Fantasy book and series. Please go vote!

All the participating books are nominated by reviewers, but after that, it’s up to popular vote as to who wins, so I’m asking all my readers to take a minute and go to the PRG Website and vote!

And it’s for both the dark huntsman by jessica aspenTHE DARK HUNTSMAN and PRINCE BY BLOOD AND BONE!prince by blood and bone by jessica aspen

WOOT!

Unfortunately I think you can only vote for one of them, but pick your favorite. I’m having a tough time deciding which one to get behind myself, but choices must be made. :) Which book did you like the best?

And, TALES OF THE BLACK COURT was nominated in Sci-fi Fantasy series, so that helped. Only one to vote for there!

Voting is open for one week starting today and closing on 1/28/15

PRG 2104 Reviewer's Choice Awards

And, bonus this year! My crit partner, ML Guida has been nominated as well in three other categories, Paranormal Romance Shifters, Paranormal Romance Vampires AND Paranormal Romance Series. Whew! You can vote in each category, so for her’s you don’t need to choose. Lucky Mary!

Thanks to all of my readers for all of the fantastic support this year. You all rock! I’m looking forward to making 2015 a fabulous year and you are a huge part of that motivation.

Thank you!

Jessica

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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