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Tales of the Black Court Blog Tour and Where the heck is Book Two?

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a paranormal blog

Hi, I’m still on tour  with The Dark Huntsman, A Fantasy Romance of the Black Court, and there are only a few spots left to go. Here are all the fabulous romance blogs that I’ll be appearing on for the rest of the week:

the dark huntsman blog tourJan 9 Interview
Aly @ Aly’s Miscellany
Jan 9 Spotlight
Share My Destiny
Jan 9 Spotlight
Book Suburbia
Jan 10 Guest blog and review
Victoria’s Gossip
Jan 10 Spotlight
Paranormal Romance and Beyond
Jan 10 review
Mousehead & Tales
Jan 13 Spotlight and review
The Book Landers
Jan 13 Spotlight and review
On the Broomstick
Jan 13 Spotlight
Tattooed Book Review
I’m loving all my tour hosts, and guess what? So far, overall, they love the book. That’s amazing to me and has got me excited for Prince by Blood and Bone, which was supposed to be out by now. But it’s not. If you were wondering, I’ve hit a few snags. My editor got it back to me nearly a month late, and of course by that time I was working and I dropped the ball. I did get through all of her edits, but while I was doing that I realized I needed to tweak it one more time. And then there were the holidays. Also I’m waiting on my cover artist to get my cover to me. It’s harder than you think to put just the right cover elements together and she has a life too. Sigh.
No worries, the book will be out soon. All I need to do is get the cover together, finish my final run through, convince my oops editor that she has the time to get it done ASAP, and put it all together. Not much, right? LOL
At this point I’m having to say, okay, this book will be out much later than I had anticipated. And learn from the whole experience.
What have I learned?
Number One: Wait to tell anyone when the book will be out until it’s at the oops editor and has a cover.
Number Two: Get the cover way in advance. Much further than I think I need it, because there are bound to be issues.
Number Three: Don’t sweat it when life intervenes, because it always does. Just because I set the goal and thought I’d put it all in place to achieve it, doesn’t mean everyone else in my life will fall in line.
And Number Four: Okay, there really is no number four. That’s all I learned.
So, the book will be out when it’s out and I am doing everything I can to facilitate that. Then it’s on to book number three, Broken Mirror. Needless to say I’ll be applying all my hard won lessons. So when is book three coming out. Sorry, my lips are sealed, but I will tell you MY goal is before 2015!
What has fallen apart in your life lately? Have you had to give up control to other people and then wait for them to come through? What about your own planning, was it appropriate? Did it have fail-safes? Leave me a comment, I’m always interested in what you have to say. Unless it’s that spammy stuff about sales. Sorry, you all get deleted. 🙂

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The Top Three Questions Bloggers Ask Authors

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a blog of questions for the questioner

the dark huntsman blog tourI’m on an author BLOG TOUR for The Dark Huntsman, A Fantasy Romance of the Black Court, and one of the things I’ve noticed after doing several interviews is that most bloggers ask similar questions. So I decided to answer them here, just in case you missed my answers elsewhere. And of course these answers have a few twists of their own.

Here are the top three questions bloggers ask romance authors:

-Where did you find your inspiration?

For this one they are usually asking about the inspiration for the book itself, but sometimes it’s general. Inspiration for The Dark Huntsman came from desperation. I wasn’t sure what to write, so I chose a fairy tale to twist. Then I had to make it different, so it started to spin itself. I loved the idea of a series, so I had the three MacElvy cousins, Trina, Cassie and Bryanna. But wow! That made it difficult. Especially when I sat down to write Prince by Blood and Bone, book two and Bryanna’s story. I had a series idea, but I had to make it new and fresh and yet connect to book one and three. That’s where I really had to dig for inspiration. Thank goodness book two is super close to being done. I’m anxiously waiting on the cover and will be getting it off to the last editor very soon. A month late, but that’s the way the inspiration crumbles.

-Do you ever get writer’s block?

I always say no. Which isn’t exactly true. Writer’s block, to me, is sitting there not writing. And I never do that. There is always something to write. I can skip to another scene or chapter. I can write down something terrible and know I can come back and fix it later. And, if desperate, I can go to another book and write that. Sometimes I’ve even been known to blog. But I don’t sit there staring at the computer wailing about my writer’s block. So not me! How would anything get done?

I approach life that way too. If I can’t clean the kitchen because someone is in there, I go clean the living room. There is always another job to do in my life, far too many of them are left undone, and writing is the same way. Too much to do to be sitting there doing nothing!

-What do you love/hate about writing?

I love writing. I hate writing. Even though I don’t let myself have writer’s block, that doesn’t mean it’s always easy. Getting started on a project is tough. Today I’m struggling with writing the blurb for Prince by Blood and Bone. I have one, I just don’t like it, so I tweak it. And tweak it. Then tweak it some more. The hardest thing about writing is the perfectionism. ALL the writers I know have it. They never think the book is ready, or good, or done. But we have to send it out at some time.

And I don’t want to do anything else. I’ve done jobs I’ve truly hated, and this isn’t one of them. Even on the worst day I would rather be here staring at my computer and frustrated with my words, than doing something else. Okay, I always want to be on the beach and on vacation. Just reading. Or off socializing at the coffee shop. But it’s the love of writing that keeps me in the chair. If you don’t have that, you can’t finish a book. You can’t break that writer’s block. And you don’t get the next book done. And it’s always about the next book.

I hope you enjoyed my mini-interview for my blog tour. You can check out the rest of my tour and discover all the other questions HERE and enter the contest by leaving a comment. There are some killer reviews of The Dark Huntsman, as well as some interviews where the questions are more varied and my answers may be a little different. That’s the thing about asking a writer a question, the answer is always different. 

Did I miss a question? What would you like to ask me? Ask away and you’ll be entered in my contest, check the tour page for details of prizes and rules.

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New Book Trailers and More Fab Book Tour Stops

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happy new year!

It’s been a terrific New Year. The Dark Huntsman, A Fantasy Romance of The Black Court, is on on tour with Bewitching Tours, and every review so far has been amazing. I’ve truly enjoyed my New Year seeing what all the fabulous reviewers like about the book. For the complete list go HERE to my Moonday Mania post, and don’t forget to enter to win my contest by leaving a comment. And for now, here are my next few stops:

Jan 2 Spotlight
Literaria
 
Jan 3 Guest blog
Mayhem and Magic
Topic: Please tell us about the (world) myths you’ve drawn upon to create this fairy-tale “spin-off”.
 
Jan 3 Spotlight
Book Bliss
Jan 6 Interview
Fantasy Book Addict
 
Jan 6 Spotlight
Book Liaison –
Jan 7 Guest blog and review
Who’s Reviews –
 
Jan 7 Interview
Pembroke Sinclair.

And, just because it’s paranorma Thursday, I’m leaving you with some fun paranormal trailers. Enjoy!

YouTube Trailer for The Zoastra Afffair. Check out Victoria Pinder’s blog post last week HERE.

A fellow Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal author from the FF&P chapter of RWA posted this one. I think it is terrific! Check out Dead Awakenings, by Rebekah Garniere

http://youtu.be/Buah-LGT4tA

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Round Robin Authors #Romance and #Giveaway

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my turn!

It’s day four of our Facebook Round Robin where five, fabulous, romance authors join forces and forge a story, one link at a time. Check it out HERE. UPDATE here is the link for all five parts: https://www.facebook.com/notes/holley-trent/round-robin-story-part-5/435522866573735

And don’t for get to register for the Round Robin Romance Giveaway!

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/ZWY5NTVkZGQ0NjA2NjdlMjRjODY0ZmZjZjNmZGU1OjI=/

Have fun!

Oh, and just a note, I’m taking next Monday off for the holidays, but I’ll have a post on Thursday, so come on back on December 26th and discover author Victoria Pinder’s new release, The Zoastra Affair. See you Thursday!

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Wrestling with a Round Robin

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a blog for…flying between the pages

Today, at some point, on Selena Laurence’s facebook page, you will discover a story.

Not just any story.

This one is a Facebook Round Robin written by some fabulous romance authors, and it is going to fly from Selena’s blog on Monday, all the way to Holley Trent’s blog on Friday. I’m Thursday’s Child, so you’ll see my piece then. And, I’ll be posting the sections on my Facebook page as they come up. Oh! And there are prizes, of course, so you get to enter for those as well on my facebook page and all the other authors pages as well.

We decided to write the story in advance, that way none of us had to worry about getting our section on a day when life fell apart. Which seems to be happening to me a lot. I’ll be blogging about that on Thursday when I give my paranormal release update on Prince by Blood and Bone. Writing it ahead of time meant that I still only had one day to get my piece done so I could send it to Holley Trent.

It was a little scary at first, but I had to get my section done, no matter that I wasn’t sure where the story was going. I knew where it had started and I could see the threads twisting through the pages. Time to take three author’s story and make it my own. Then, despite where I thought it should go I had to hand it off to Holley. Oh, the worry! Oh the concern! Would she pick up my threads and take them where they should “ahem” go?

I won’t know until Friday because, like you, I haven’t seen Holley’s section.

I think Holley had the toughest portion of the job—making the story gel at the end. I realized this when I got the first three pieces of the story. Each author had added a new twist, and I needed to get them into a place where Holley could pick it up and wrap it up. Especially since our sections aren’t too long. We’re all used to having a lot of time to develop a plot and this was only about a page and a half. No space for deep thinking or long term plots. The action needed to take place now, and with romance that can be tough.

So check out Selena’s Facebook page HERE and read Monday’s post. Tuesday you can read Lisa Swallow’s section, and Wednesday is Rebecca Raisin. Mine is on Thursday and our finale is Friday with Holley Trent. And of course you’ll be able to find them all on my page https://www.facebook.com/JessicaAspenAuthor. Have fun and Happy Holidays!

Rafflecopter link for fab prizes from each of us! http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/ZWY5NTVkZGQ0NjA2NjdlMjRjODY0ZmZjZjNmZGU1OjI=/

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Free on Amazon The Dark Huntsman!

Get The Dark Huntsman FREE today on Kindle http://amzn.com/B00FN2P7A8

So many things happening today. Not only do I have my fantasy romance, The Dark Huntsman, free on Amazon, but I have the pleasure of announcing that the winner of the Quarterly Release Blog Hop Prize from my site. BN100 has won a copy of one of my spicy, new adult, romances from the Twisted Tales: Come Into the Woods series. Check the Rafflecopter link for more details of winners of the Grand Prize drawing.

And everyone is a winner today! Hop on over to AMAZON and download your FREE copy of The Dark Huntsman, A Fantasy Romance of the Black Court for your prize. Remember only available free on November 1st and 2nd, 2013.

Halloween is over and the Trick or Treat hop has drawn to a close. Check Sam Cheever’s website in the next few days for details of the grand prize winner and I’ll be sending her the name of the winner from my site for the grand prize drawing. I had a lot of people send me their picks from the treat bag! Great contest and I hope I get to  participate next year.

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Thanks everyone for a terrific release month for The Dark Huntsman!

And if you would like to know about new releases  Subscribe to my new release only mailing list and I’ll send you announcements of when I have new books out!

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The Quarterly Book Release Blog Hop- October Edition!

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a fab blog hop with all new October releases

As the last blow-out in October to celebrate the release of my latest twisted fairy tale The Dark Huntsman: A Fantasy Romance of the Black Court I am participating in the October New Release Blog hop. Today  through next week you have the opportunity to check out October’s new releases. And they aren’t all paranormal romance authors. There are fantasy authors, YA authors, even historical authors on the list.  Check out the link to discover fantastic new releases! 

These amazing authors all have releases in October and have banded together to not only let you check out their new books, but they’ve donated fabulous prizes including copies of all my Passion in Print e-novellas, Twisted Tales: Come Into the Woods.

So, if you are a regular visitor here and know all about The Dark Huntsman, feel free to hop to the other sites and check out their books and enter to win. And you can hop on by Rafflecopter and enter to win directly here:  http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/e2460a64/quarterly blog hop october edition

Now, for all of you new visitors, welcome to the blog!

The Dark Huntsman

A Fantasy Romance of the Black Court

Ebook will be FREE on Amazon on Halloween!

Want a reminder? Fan me on Facebook HERE and I’ll be posting the free days that are coming up.  October 31st and November 1st, 2013

I’ve been twisting fairy tales for several years now and one of my favorite fairy tales to twist is Snow White. Unlike other paranormal romance authors who twist fairy tales my books do not stick to the story. They wind and bend their way through a brand new tale. Here’s the blurb for The Dark Huntsman:

An evil queen, a dangerous man, and a witch, tangled together in a tale of Snow White…

Desperate to save the last of her family from the murderous Faery Queen, Trina Mac Elvy weaves a spell of entrapment. But instead of a common soldier, the queen has released the Dark Huntsman, a full blooded fae with lethal powers.

Caged for treason, Logan Ni Brennan, is ready to do anything to win free of the manipulative queen, even if it includes running a last errand for her…murdering a witch. The sight of Trina, ready to fight despite the odds, gives him another option: use the witch as a chess piece, put the queen’s son on the throne, and bring down the queen forever.

As the queen slides into insanity and her closest advisor makes plans to succeed to the throne, Logan secrets Trina away in the enchanted forest and makes a decisive move in his dangerous game of manipulation. But the gaming tables of fate turn on him, and when Trina’s life is threatened he discovers he risks more than his freedom…he risks his heart.

Dare to enter Jessica Aspen’s world of steamy, fantasy romance in her new twisted fairy tale trilogy: Tales of the Black Court…

As you can see the evil queen is not Snow White’s step-mother, in fact, Trina has never met the faery queen and is no relation whatsoever. Trina is an orphan and she has a sad tale, but it’s not Snow’s tale. She’s been on the run from the queen nearly her entire life with her cousins and her aunt who make a larger appearance in Prince by Blood and Bone, book two in Tales of the Black Court (out late December). The Dark Huntsman takes on an urban fantasy feel as we start in windswept modern day Wyoming and jump into the land of the fae, Underhill. We meet two of the seven brothers of the Fir Bolg and Trina does end up cleaning a cottage, but she doesn’t share it with the brothers, instead she and Logan must discover how the two of them can take on the evil queen together and in the process they fall in love.

I enjoy leaving a few elements of the main fairy tale in my stories. You’ll find apples and witches and magical kisses. What you won’t find is a heroine who is passive, or a prince who sweeps in at the end to save the day without putting in some blood, sweat, and his own magical tears.

Click HERE to read an excerpt from The Dark Huntsman.

Do you like new twists on classic tales? Hot paranormal romance? Couples who can take on not just each other, but dark evil as well? Then delve into The Dark Huntsman. Available on Amazon today.

Snow and the Seventh Wolf by Jessica AspenAnd leave a comment about what you like about hot, twisted, fairy tale romance. I’ll have a drawing for your choice of Little Red Riding Wolf, Snow and the Seventh Wolf or Goldi and the Bear on Halloween Eve. Make sure your email is correct in the WordPress form to win as I’ll be letting you know via email. All three of those twisted tales will be in the big prize package, so if you haven’t done so hop on by the Rafflecopter link or on to the other authors sites and enter to win more prizes!

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Picking Up After Ourselves on Elaine Cougler

Wednesday Jump-In

Congratulations to my Goodreads Giveaway Winners! WOOT! Ten print copies of my brand new, fantasy romance, The Dark Huntsman, will be going out to ten lucky winners in the mail this week. WOOT!

Today I am a guest on Elaine Cougler’s blog HERE and since she writes anything but paranormal I wrote a fun little post that dog lovers and writers alike will enjoy. I love to read a variety of authors and Elaine’s book The Loyalist’s Wife is burning a hole in my Kindle waiting for me to have the time to really dig into some historical fiction. I figure that will be November at this rate, when I go back to the day job and writing becomes very difficult for me to accomplish.

Tomorrow I start a brand new blog hop with the October New Release blog hop. Tons of new authors for you to meet, all with brand new books this month. Like me! And there will be prizes available, so check back for a non-paranormal Thursdays Bite, tomorrow.

And speaking of prizes there is only one week left to hop to the rest of the authors on Sam Cheever’s Trick or Treat Blog Hop. There are TWO grand prizes in that hop, two Kindle Paperwhites! As well as lots of books and goodies, including a print copy of The Dark Huntsman! Click HERE for details.sam cheevers trick or treat blog hop

Now on to the blog.

UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE

Prince by Blood and Bone, A Fantasy Romance of the Black Court will be back from my editor this week! WOOT! That means I need to get a jump on my Christmas novella, The Ghosts of Christmas Past. This was supposed to be a 20-30 k novella when I started it and as of now it has topped 35k. I think it will be closer to 40k by the time I send it to my editor and if it hits over 40k it is no longer a novella. It will be a novel. But a small one.

What is a novella? Isn’t it a small novella?

Typically a novella is defined as a fictional book between 20,000 and 40,000 words. Anything over 40k is considered a novel. But when you consider that The Dark Huntsman, and Prince by Blood and Bone are both 85,0000 words, is it fair to count a book that is half their length as a novel?

Well, the answer is, yes. But I would consider anything under 65k a short novel. Most short contemporaries, think Harlequin’s traditional little books, are under 65k. They are novels. And NANOWRIMO (National Novel Writing Month), which is coming up soon, considers a 50k novel to be a complete work.

Why is that?

NANOWRIMO braceletsTraditionally novels used to be shorter. In the times of expensive paper and ink and handwriting a book a fifty thousand word novel was an amazing accomplishment. It still is, it is just easier to achieve now that we have computers and e-readers and the cost of writing and production has dropped to just about nothing. But actually sitting down and writing that novel is tough. Thousands of people attempt NANOWRIMO in November, I’ve tried it several times, and most of us fail. That’s right. Me, who writes long involved novels, has never won NANOWRIMO.

It’s hard!

It’s really very difficult to write a novel and to do it in November is (for me) very tough. I work and there is a holiday, which helps some people because they are home and not working, but for me it means EVERYONE is home and not working and my house is crowded and noisy. Not my favorite writing environment.

So this year I am not attempting NANOWRIMO, but I would love to encourage those of you who are. I will be looking at my editors’ comments for both Prince by Blood and Bone and (hopefully) The Ghosts of Christmas Past (should it ever get finished). I will be formatting both of them and bringing them to production so that by January they will both be out and about and available for consumption.

Actually, I’m planning on the Christmas novella on being available for consumption much earlier than January, but today a lot depends on my long-suffering editor’s schedule, since I’ve bumped it up twice due to Jury duty, flood, and just general not getting it done. See, it takes at least two months for me to write a 35k novella. Writing 50k would be a huge challenge. But I’m up for it! I still would love to complete NANOWRIMO some time and I think next year I will plan my year around it. I’ll make sure I have a plot ready to go and outlined and all my other projects are on hold for November. And maybe, just maybe, I’ll kick everyone out of the house for Thanksgiving and get to writing.

HAH!

Are any of you planning on attempting NANOWRIMO? What have you done to make sure you can accomplish this Herculean feat? Have you prepped your loved ones to expect no turkey or stuffing on Thanksgiving? Have you finished your Christmas shopping early? Is your house clean and ready for guests at the drop of a hat so you can focus entirely on your manuscript?

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Working Wicca Into My World – Jessica Aspen

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a super quick guest blog note

Today I’m guesting on Worlds of the Imagination with the article:

Working Wicca Into My World – Jessica Aspen.

How witches and spells and modern Wicca became part of my fantasy romance, The Dark Huntsman.

trick or treat blog hopDon’t forget to stop by Sam Cheever’s blog and hit all thirteen authors in the Trick or Treat Blog Hop HERE and you can complete your entry at my stop HERE.

For more information on Jessica Aspen’s twisted fairy tale releases sign up for the New Release Email Blast. My next newsletter  should be coming soon with news about my Gothic Chritsmas novella: Ghosts of Christmas Past as well as book two of the Tales of the Black Court: Prince by Blood and Bone.

Have a terrific weekend! I’ll be partying it up at Hot Mojave Knights in Las Vegas. Romance, Romance Readers, and Romance Authors: WOOT! I’ll let you know all about it on Monday.

Cheers!

Jessica

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Hunting for a Dark & Delicious Read

Had to share the terrific post and book review of The Dark Huntsman,  from award winning author Sherry Isaac.

Hunting for a Dark & Delicious Read.

via Hunting for a Dark & Delicious Read.

And check out Lynn Cahoon‘s blog from yesterday. I had fun tying her Council Series in with my Tales of the Black Court.

Last but not least we are Trick or Treating through the end of the month for fabulous prizes. Click here to discover how to enter to win a Kindle Paperwhite and loads of books and terrific Halloween swag.halloween toombstones

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