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?”

 ≈≈≈

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

Add to Goodreads Shelf

 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?”

 ≈≈≈

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

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-3/29/15-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

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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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

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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

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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

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