Category Archives: Book Trailers

Snow and the Seventh Wolf Trailer

Thursdays Bite

It’s out! Snow and the Seventh Wolf trailer is here!

I love book trailers! As many of you know I’ve featured them here several times. In fact below are the links if you would like to see some amazing trailers. I’ve been wanting to do a book trailer for some time and when the opportunity came up to do one with the cover artist for Snow and the Seventh Wolf, I took advantage of it. I wasn’t sure what would be required when I did this, but Lex Valentine of Winterheart Designs is a professional and she did all the work. All I had to do was provide my blurb and a little information and she put the whole thing together.

So, without any more hoop-la, here it is!

You are welcome to like it, share it, spread the news! And as for those other posts with all those other trailers, here are just a few:

https://jessicaaspen.com/2012/09/27/mermaids/

https://jessicaaspen.com/2012/09/20/im-gone-but-here-are-some-booktrailers-for-you/

https://jessicaaspen.com/2012/08/09/the-taker-a-slow-turning-screw/

Let me know what you think about my book trailer. Have you ever created your own book trailer or slide show? Are you as freaked out about the process as I am? What are your favorite book trailers?Leave me the links so I can check them out!

And don’t forget that Snow and the Seventh Wolf is finally out and ready for purchase. Click HERE for a list of sites.

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Mermaids

Thursdays Bite

a paranormal blog

Have you ever dreamed of being a supernatural being? A vampire? A werewolf? A mermaid?

I’m sure you’ve heard of how you can have a dentist apply fangs to your real teeth, and of course there is always makeup, but slipping on a tail and sliding into the pool has always presented a problem for people with legs. But now there is a woman who is making the dream reality. Stephanie Summers is operating the business Fish Butts.

Ariel at the paradeFor a base price of $1500 you too can be a mermaid. These tails are amazing. They look real and you can actually swim in them. (Make sure you have someone to pull you out if things go wrong.) They are designed with small holes in the sides to let excess water drain, I’m sure Disney’s Ariel would love them.

I would post photos, because they are really cool and would sell mermaid tails for Stephanie, however, due to the recent paranoia on posting photos I will merely say, HERE is the original article I read in my local paper, check out the fab photos.

Traci Hines is a singer and one of the things I love about her is her 1950’s pin-up style. She does some great goth work as well. Maybe I’ll do a photo shoot á la Traci Hines someday. Ooo la la! On her Facebook page she sports a gorgeous tail. Check out Traci Hines Facebook page HERE.

Want to see a mermaid swimming in her tail?

And just in case you were wondering how this relates to Thursday’s Bite. Here are some links to discover Mermaid Paranormal Romance. Enjoy!

Paranormal Romance Everything

All Romance Writers

Ever dream of being a mermaid? Would you spend the big bucks to do it? How do you think that big latex tail feels?

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I’m gone, but here are some #booktrailers for you!

Thursdays Bite

Typically a paranormal blog, but today on hiatus

I’m off to the Colorado Romance Writers September Writing Retreat, so no blog today. But I wanted to leave you with a little something, so here are some new book trailers for your enjoyment

And if vamps are not your thing, try…

And for you people who love the fae…


See you on Monday! Have a fabulous weekend!

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The Taker, a slow turning screw

Thursday’s Bite

a paranormal blog book review

the taker by alma katsuOne of the free books at RWA Nationals was The Taker, by Alma Katsu. Given the fantastic cover you can see why I had to read it first. But it wasn’t what I expected.

The cover, the blurb, it all said paranormal romance. Or maybe urban fantasy with romance being a central theme, but after starting it I knew, this wasn’t a romance. Or at least, it shouldn’t be billed as one. There is a romance throughout, but there is no happy ending. And I pretty much knew there wouldn’t be a happy ever after right from the begining. Rather than saying it’s a romance, I’d say it’s a gothic in the tradition of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. And since I’m a Dracula fan, I found the book fascinating.

The Taker jumps from modern day scenes to scenes over two hundred years  in the past, and further back than that. It tells the story of Lanore, a star-crossed lover who desires only one man, and whose intense pre-occupation with achieving her desire leads both of them into a life of eternal debauchery.

Is there a romance?

I don’t think so. Is it romantic to have one person so obsessed by the other that she is willing to do anything to preserve their love? What if her love isn’t returned? To me, romance requires love on both sides, and while Lanore may be deluded into thinking that there is love on Jonathan’s side, he only comes across as selfish and callow.

But despite that, I found myself unable to put the book down. It drew me in with that slow build that a traditional Gothic has. Not a Gothic romance, but a true Gothic, set in a house of horrors with the dark master and the mystic feel. There is a slow build of feeling that something horrible is going to happen, even after the worst has occurred.

One of the very interesting things is how Katsu works in Dracula, without referencing the book, the characters, or even the time period. Katsu uses just enough common themes from the Dracula legend for the reader to know that she means Dracula. The story references a similar area of Europe, there are  scared villagers, and the scary man in the castle. All of these plus the pacing and long drawn out story bring Bram Stoker’s work to mind.

Would I recommend The Taker?

That depends what you are looking for. I love Victorian Gothics. Old horror. Edgar Allen Poe. I also love the slow pacing and implied action that characterize these books. If you love traditional stories of the supernatural, are not looking for romance, and want a very well written book. Then yes, I’d say read The Taker. My only complaint was that I felt the end was less than satisfying. I wanted the  screw to turn and twist. But maybe that’s in the second book.

Do you read Victorian books? What about Gothic romances of any type? Do you love the slow build of The Turn of the Screw? What is your favorite book over one hundred years old?

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Wowza! Pamela Clare’s Defiant

Sensational Saturday

a blog for whatever

As many of you know, I love book trailers. I’m definitely going to have one for my next release, Snow and the Seventh Wolf, when it comes out in 2013. In the meantime I have become a book trailer junkie, scoping out my friends book trailers and sighing enviously over their gorgeous scenery, lovely music, and all those hot men with six-pack abs.

So it’s no wonder that when I saw that two of my favorite authors had gotten together and put together a book trailer I sashayed right on over to YouTube and got that puppy up and running. But oh, no baby, I was not prepared.

Not prepared for the absolute gorgeousness of the scenery, the sound, the man.

And I really wasn’t prepared for the…da-da-da-da!

 LIVE ACTION!!!!

Yes, you got it right. This is film, baby!

I love Pamela Clare‘s books. Not that I’ve read her historicals, I haven’t. I’ve only read her absolutely amazing suspense series. So I’m unfamiliar with the McKinnon’s Ranger series, but if you read historical I have it on the best authority that these books are just the same high quality as Pamela’s suspense. And of course, they are full of hot Scotsman. What more could a romance reader want?

Well, you might want to see that same hot Scotsman running through the woods in a live action shot. Picture Last of the Mohicans and you’ve got the idea. Pamela got together with Jenn LeBlanc, whose illustrated historicals have made history themselves, and the two of them (and a few other people) got together and WAMMO! a live action book trailer.

Okay, I’ve teased you enough. Enjoy!

And, just for fun here are the covers to the entire MacKinnon series. Check out Pamela’s Books too!

Pamela Clare's Surrender

Defiant by Pamela Clare

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