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Snow can’t wait to finally get out from under her stepmother’s control, but only a few weeks away from her birthday and freedom, her stepfather takes her out to the woods and tries to kill her. Now, Snow must figure out who to trust. Or end up dead.

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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

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Cover Reveal: Sexy Shifter Fairytale Romance

Moonday Mania

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Super excited by my new covers for my Sexy Shifter Fairytale Romances. I have the first three done and ready for pre-order, and three more coming soon!

WOOT! I’ve been working hard on re-issuing Little Red Riding Wolf, Snow and the Seventh Wolf, and Goldi and the Bear. Check out their new adult look and their new adult titles. These aren’t your kiddo’s fairytales!

And a huge thank you to Viola Estrella at http://estrellacoverart.com/ for their new look. Love it!

Coming January 2nd 2016

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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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Werewolves or Shifters? What’s In Your Romance?

Fantastic Fridays

wolves, bears, and jaguars…oh my

I’m happy to announce that I have the rights back to my first three hot¬†paranormal romance novellas, Twisted Tales: Come Into the Woods.

In 2015 I’ll be working at¬†re-vamping and re-branding the series. They’ll still be the hot, twisted fairy-tales they’ve always been, but with new covers, new blurbs, and possibly a new series title. I love these books. They are fun, sexy romps through the wilds of¬†Colorado and they are chock¬†full of romance, intrigue, and hot alpha werewolves.

Or do I mean shifters?

When I first wrote these novellas the paranormal romance readers hadn’t latched onto the shifter label as hard as they have now and I used werewolf¬†to describe my beasts, even though my characters shift into full wolves and not scary Boris Karloff wannabes. Grr!

But, a year or two after¬†my books became published it became clear to me that the romance community had issues with the word werewolf. They saw it as the half-man, half-beast from the horror movies. And, if I were writing a paranormal with a scary half-man, half-beast, it would still work. But I’m not. I’m writing about sexy shifters who become full fledged amazing animals. Wolves and bears, and maybe I’ll be venturing into jaguars. (I’ll have to tell you about the super sexy Latin lover I just met. Mmmm.)

Sorry, got distracted. Back on topic…

Now that I’m re-vamping these books I have to consider several issues.

Are they dated? Do they need new edits? And what sort of changes should I make?

I don’t think they’re dated, but I will definitely read through to make sure I don’t have any glaring issues with technology. One of the things I find funny about watching old movies is how fast we’ve changed in our technology. Just look at how the shape and size of the cell phone has changed. From a bulky thing wired into your car, to a huge rectangle, to something so tiny you could easily hide it in a bra, now back to larger bulky rectangles. Who would have predicted they’d get bigger and not smaller?

As for new edits: I think I had pretty decent editing from my previous publisher, but I know my writing has changed and grown. When I re-read through them I think it will be very hard not to tweak my own words and style. I have to decide if I should or not. Would you? If you had the chance to re-write something like that would you take the time? Or would you let it stand as it is. Many e-books are voraciously re-written, even without republication, but that’s not true of classic print novels. Should we re-write?

Back to the question.

So that leads me to the werewolf vs shifter thing. I think, given the current climate of the paranormal romance world, I’m going to seriously consider changing werewolves to wolf shifters. And werebears to bear shifters. I never liked the word werebear anyway. It’s awkward to say. And those aren’t total re-writes, merely a twitch to a wrinkled skirt.

So…

What’s your opinion? Are you a sexy shifter reader? Do you care if it says sexy werewolves? Or do you think horror movie heroes and scary villains instead of hot, hunky, alpha wolves?

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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Seven Men to Twist and Bend

Thursdays Bite

a blog on fairytales

Business first! I’m a guest on fellow Colorado Romance Author¬†¬†Cynthia Woolf’s blog, featuring The Dark Huntsman. It ran yesterday, but you can still hop on by and post a comment. Also, I have a 99cent sale coming up in December and it’s not just my book! I Read Fantasy! is having two days of sales and The Dark Huntsman, A Fantasy Romance of the Black Court, will be on day two,¬†so keep your eyes open for that opportunity.¬†

Fantasy Romance Holiday Promotion #1 will run Dec 4-7.

Fantasy Romance Holiday Promotion #2  will run Dec 11-14.  (The Dark Huntsman will be on this one.)

Now on to the blog:

Russian Fair Tale BookOne of my favorite twists of Snow White is old,and it’s difficult to tell which came first, the German one the Grimms set on paper or this one. Set in Russia Snow flees the evil step-mother and takes shelter with seven studly woodcutters. Not dwarves. Sometimes the men are noble knights, who take care of the princess. We think the tales are set in stone but when they were told around fires they were changed a little every time. It’s not until we set them in paper that they hold a static shape.

That’s one of the reasons when I twisted my tales of Snow White I chose to take different routes. From young sexy werewolves to ¬†still sexy, thousand year old fae, I chose this section of the tale to stray from the story line. I kept the number seven, kept the idea of seven men living together in the wilderness, but changed them up.

Snow and the Seventh Wolf has a cabin full of young, hot werewolves, one of which is Seth, my angry alpha hero. They’ve chosen to leave their traditional packs and live closer to humans in a small, tourist area of Wyoming. Set in the cold, snowy mountains I now have six more men who could possibly have their own shape-shifter fairy tale twists, and in fact I think they are¬†anxious to find their mates. From oldest to youngest, from the responsibly leader to the computer geek, women are not far from their minds and hearts.Snow and the Seventh Wolf by Jessica Aspen

I took a different route with The Dark Huntsman, A Fantasy Romance of the Black Court. The seven brothers of the Fir Bolg are older, and are Logan’s uncles. They’ve been enemies of the Tuatha De Danann¬†for thousands of years and have strong reasons to hate the queen. I chose to only write about two of them, mostly because it became a challenge to differentiate between seven men in one scene. I had a fun seen with one in an apron cooking breakfast for Trina, but I ended up cutting it and the story is better for it, but maybe someday I’ll detail all their personalities.

So how else can you twist this tale? Could you do seven grumpy women? How about seven nuns cloistered on a mountain hilltop and a lost hero? Would you chose to go with the dwarves we are all familiar with? Or are you thinking about the possibility of seven sexy woodcutters and one lost lonely princess?

That’s what I love about choosing one element in a classic tale and changing it up. All our stories go back to a few common tales and whether you change the apple to a peach or maybe to peach jam, or you change the hero to a heroine, the choices are endless. Keep the number seven and a piece of fruit, a lost lonely girl and an evil step-parent and no matter how you twist it, it’s still Snow White. Or is it?

Who are you interested in for seven characters? Would you pick seven Valley Girls and a lost boy? Or seven frat boys and a fleeing snow boarder? What about seven men locked in a cabin for a business retreat and a lost supermodel?

Book two in the Tales of the Black Court will be coming out soon! Sign up for my newsletter for information on Prince by Blood and Bone and other special events. 

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Guesting today at Karen Docter. Com and a #Giveaway

Moonday Mania

a holiday post

Hi all, it’s Memorial Day here in the states. It is a serious holiday and for my friends with family in the military I’m definitely thinking of you. Most of us play outside and picnic, but those people up in New York with three feet of snow may have to change their plans. Luckily I’m in sunny Colorado and taking today off from blogging here, but you can find me today and Wednesday at my fellow CRW author Karen Docter’s blog HERE (yes, that is not a typo, that’s really how she spells her name).

Come on by and leave a comment to win a free copy of either one of my first two novellas, Snow and the Seventh Wolf or Little Red Riding Wolf. Winner’s choice!

Leaving you today with some fun writing music. Love those alpha men with angst!

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Tortured Hero Blog Hop!!!!

Thursdays Bite

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Today was supposed to be the kick off for the Tortured Hero Blog Hop, but it’s sadly been canceled. So sit back and enjoy my post anyway!

Betrayal, by ml guidaUnlike my Critique Partner ML Guida‘s¬†heroes,¬†Seth (my hero from¬†Snow and the Seventh Wolf, and my most tortured hero to date) doesn’t undergo the tortures of demons, the devil, or hell. No, his torture comes from his own stubborn¬†insistence¬†that humans are a lesser species than werewolves. Seth first appeared as the angry brother in Little Red Riding Wolf, and he tortured not only himself, but his sister with his¬†prejudices, but once he reaches his own book, I turned the heat up in the form of his own sexy human lover, Snow Electra Jazzman.

But there are so many other tortured heroes! Paranormal books are full of them? Why do we love the angst of an alpah male? Why do we love to cause them pain, or find them already wounded, and salve their wounds? What is it about the damaged man that is so appealing to the female psyche? Are we sick? Twisted? Perverted?

No, we’re just in search of love.

And we want to be the one who heals the men. We want the heroine to be the only one who heals her lover, or the only one he’ll let close enough to heal his wounds. I’ve been working on a Beauty and the Beast Twist for my other series, Tales from the Black Court (book one out in fall 2014) and in my¬†research¬†all the beasts have inner wounds to match their outer ugliness. Look at Disney’s famous film and you can see that not only is the prince in need of learning how to help others love themselves, he doesn’t understand how he lost other people’s love. He’s wounded, and Belle can see it. She can see his inner pain.

So can Belle on one of my favorite shows,¬†Once Upon a Time, see into¬†Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold’s heart. And we see with her. He’s bad, he’s got¬†flaky¬†gold skin, and a funny weird laugh, but she sees that inside he just wants love. And why does he? Because women have wounded him over and over again and now he’s defensive and angry. A true beast.

In the end I believe all romances with tortured heros are versions of the Beauty and the Beast story. A man who was wounded and is now as ugly on the outside as we think he must be on the inside. A woman who sees the wounded man underneath. And a magic that will triumph over evil queens, magic spells, and plain old ornery stubbornness, true love!

Think about other tortured alpha males. Who is your favorite? Is he too a  Beast?

her warrior's three wishes by carrie ann ryanAnd while you’re at it check out Carrie Ann Ryan’s website. Carrie Ann usually organizes these hops, but due to overwhelming personal challenges she had to cancel. And this is during her release week for¬†Her Warrior’s Three Wishes (Dante’s Circle),¬†so hop on by her site and wish her well!

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Goldilocks Cometh

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I’ve sent the third book and possibly final novella in my Twisted Tales: Come Into the Woods series off to Passion in Print. Last year as my edits approached for Little Red Riding Wolf, I found myself unable to commit to starting a large new project. I thought about writing the sequel to Little Red, but I wasn’t sure of my direction. Should I write about Red’s brother, the erstwhile villain in Little Red Riding Wolf (next time I pick long titles, someone stop me)? Seth has depth. He’s a good older brother, watching out for his little sister and at the same time there’s something dark and tortured about his soul.

It was definitely an interesting idea. The prodigal brother finds love. Hmm, maybe. Or should I focus on the other brothers. The ones you never see in Little Red Riding Wolf, but you know exist. They are all blank slates waiting for stories. And there are so many fairy tales to chose from. Any one of the werewolf brothers could twist his own tale.While Seth’s story¬†intrigued¬†me it wasn’t the one I started last year.

I played with the idea of setting another story in the small town of Radon? Create a new hero or heroine. Someone to play a modern werewolf Belle or Cinderella or even Ariel. The¬†possibilities¬†are endless. I’ve found that I could, if I so chose, write the same fairy tale over and over. Twisting it in a different way each time so that each plot, each heroine and hero have their own setting and story.

In the end I started two stories. Seth’s, now Snow and the Seventh Wolf and Goldilocks, and¬†Goldi and the Bear. So look out Radon, I’ve created a storm that’s brewing nearby. Close enough to cause trouble for the wolves, but with a distinct bear flavor. I’m not giving up the wolves, nor am I leaving Radon too far behind, but Goldilocks calls. And bear shapeshifters present a whole new idea. Hmm. How many bears were there? Now that’s a romance.

As much as I love shapeshifter romance and twisted fairy tales. As much as I love the way my paranormal romances have turned out, I’m working on some new ideas right now and all my twisted shapeshifter romances will have to wait until my current muse is satisfied. While I’m putting my Radon stories on the backburner, I’m up for suggestions on which fairytale to twist next for the series and I need title. It’s tough to keep the original title and the shapeshifter theme going, so I’m calling on you to use your imagination and give me some suggestions. When I’m ready to write I’ll have a whole slew of ideas ready to go, so let me have ’em!

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Celebrate the Release of Snow and the Seventh Wolf

I’m on tour February 18th!

Hop on by and enter to win books, read reviews, and discover some fantastic sites.

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I’ve had lots of people ask about the music that Lex Valentine of Winterheart Designs ¬†used for my book trailer, the band is Flyleaf and the song is Bury Your Heart.

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Discover A True Alpha Male Love Song

I admit it. I love alpha¬†angst. Give me a strong man in so much love it hurts and I’m happy. It’s twisted, but it’s true. Maybe it’s because I grew up on rock songs with men in so much torment you could taste it.

Meatloaf’s Hot Summer Night – a true alpha male love song.

Happy Valentine’s Day

And if you haven’t dropped by yet, I’m still giving away a copy of spicy werewolf love on Sherry Isaac‘s blog. Stop by today and comment to enter to win!

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Snow and the Seventh Wolf Trailer

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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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