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Writing Intertwined Shifter Romance

Thursdays Bite

a blog for the fantastical everywhere

SCARLETT: A Sexy Shifter Fairytale Romance is almost here! Happy dancing!!!

It’s been way more of a challenge than I thought to write intertwined romance stories, especially about shifters. Way back when I first wrote GOLDI I knew I had to do something with those extra bear brothers, Cam and Abe Beresford. Three bears, but only one romance left me two romances short. But I also knew that I wanted to twist the fairy tale Rose White and Rose Red, a tale about two sisters and a bear shifter prince, so I had my solution.

Of course, in the fairy tale only one sister gets the bear, the other gets his brother, but that worked out perfectly for me: two sisters, two bear shifters, two romances. Bingo! I took me a long time to get to the writing of Cam and Abe’s story and when I finally did I was faced with one fairy tale and two romances. Urg! What to do?

How did I split one fairy tale between two books?

Well, here’s how I solved the issue: I decided that each book would have aspects of the original fairy tale with Scarlett being the main story of the encounters with the dwarf. You see, every fairy tale needs a villain and in Rose White and Rose Red the villain is this mean selfish dwarf who has turned the prince into a bear and wants his treasure. The girls run into him several times and try to help him out of predicaments, but he’s always ungrateful and rude. Finally he pushes the bear too far and the bear kills him.

Perfect! I have my story. But…

But, once again, two books, two girls, two bear shifters and two romances. Solution? Two dwarfs! Although in my book the villains aren’t dwarfs, instead they are just mean, cranky or crazy bear shifters.  What this let me do is twist the same fairy tale two ways. Love it!

I hope you enjoy both Scarlett and Silver’s stories. They were harder to write then I thought they’d be, but I learned a lot about myself as a writer, and bear shifer romance in particular

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think about writing the same story from different points of view? Or your opinion on sexy shifter romance and fairy tales in general. I love to hear from you. 🙂

Or check out my last blog on writing bears vs wolves.

Cheers!

Jessica

Scarlett: A Sexy Shifter Fairytale Romance by Jessica Aspen

Trapped in an isolated cabin with trouble on the way, how is Scarlett to know that the man who could be her prince, is actually a bear shifter in disguise.

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Release date: March 18th, 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

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Celebrating the Pagan Calendar

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a paranormal pagan post

ghosts of christmas past by jessica aspenBefore I dive into the blog I want to thank all of my newsletter subscribers who have read and reviewed my new Gothic romance, Ghosts of Christmas Past. I love reading the new reviews, and I’m thrilled that you all love it! I was very scared to delve into something new, but I love Gothics and romantic suspense, so I really wanted to try. Thanks for taking the time to read and review, it not only gives me feedback for my writing, but it also opens doors for new readers to discover my romances. Thank you!

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Celebrating the Lunar Calendar

As many of you know I write about witches in my Tales of the Black Court fantasy romance series and with Halloween right around the corner, I thought it was time for another Pagan Post. When I write about witches in my romances I dip into the new Pagan traditions. That doesn’t mean I always stick with what people in the religion believe or celebrate, but it does mean that I bring in elements from new Paganism. And maybe a little from the old.

The Pagan calendar is divided up by the lunar calendar. In other words, there are thirteen months, instead of twelve, because there are thirteen full moon cycles during a year.

The days that mostly cover September fall into the “Month of Vine”. It begins September 2nd and ends  September 29th. Lunar months are shorter than our Gregorian Calendar  it’s how the lunar calander ends up with thirteen months instead of twelve. I love the idea of using the natural cycles of the Earth and Moon to regulate our days and nights. It makes much more sense to be able to look up in the sky and see that the month is drawing to a close, or that it is just beginning. And there is no pesky Leap Year to try to figure out.

The down side is that the lunar months shift back and forth. But maybe that’s all my perspective from my dependence on the Gregorian Calendar. Our normal calendar is very rigid. It doesn’t change much. It’s why we have the extra day every four years so we can steadfastly maintain our rigid days. It keeps us on task and on topic. Maybe we couldn’t have the organized society that we do without it?

Or maybe not.

Here is one list of names for the lunar months, starting with the New Year, which begins close to Samhain, or Halloween.

And then the cycle starts all over with the months shifting according to the cycle of the moon.

What would you think if we used a lunar calendar? Does that put us in closer contact with nature? What would we do for the people who live in the Southern hemisphere? Would they still be celebrating the winter holidays in the summer or would they have their own celebrations in tune with their own seasons?

Check out next week when I look into what happens to the pagan calendar in the Southern Hemisphere.

Author Bio:

jessica aspen, authorJessica 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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Stephen King, the threat that hangs over all writers

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a blog about the horror of writing

I’ve started writing ghost stories. Gothic romances of vulnerable heroines, desperate heroes, and scary haunted ghosts. I have an extensive reading background in Gothic romance and I love it, so it’s easy for me to create the spooky house, the dark and stormy night, and the hero who might be a threat.

What isn’t so easy for me was writing the ghost. But luckily I have my own ghost lurking behind me, Stephen King. Not that my little haunted holiday romance is anything like Stephen King’s writing. It’s not. Not at all. Don’t pick it up thinking it is. But more to the point, Stephen King is what scares me.

cujo by stephen kingI’m so terrified of him that I’ve never even read one of his fiction books. Just the idea of reading Cujo or Pet Cemetery makes my palms tingle and my knees weak. I know I won’t sleep. I know I’ll be afraid to even turn off the light.

That’s the kind of writer I want to be. Someone who has mastered his craft so well that even the thought of reading their books brings up emotion. I have read Stephen King’s book On Writing. And that was scary enough. I know have Stephen haunting me. Lurking behind me if I don’t write with dark looks, waving a judgmental finger at me. Saying, “You didn’t write today? For shame!”

When I first read On Writing and realized that Stephen King did not consider you a real writer, a serious writer, unless you wrote everyday, I nearly gave up. There was no way with a job, two small children, and a house to run, that I was going to be able to write every day. I needed time to focus. Time to work without someone needing me. Time to write.

But I didn’t give up. I faced the specter of Stephen King’s dire warnings about not writing and I did my best. I wrote slowly during those days. If I hit 500 words when I wrote, that was a good day, and if I wrote three days a week, that was a good week. But still he haunted me.

Even now I can feel him standing behind me. Why are you wasting time blogging? Why aren’t you writing the book? What are you scared of?

Um, you.

I am scared of not writing. Scared of writing. What if it’s not good? What if they hate it? What if I fail?

Stephen moves in closer. I can feel him nearly touching me. So what?

So write.

Even though I’m scared, the ghost of Stephen King is right. None of that matters. What matters in the end is the wordcount. How many words got down on the page. In the long run, that’s all I’ll see as my success or failure.

Who is your motivator? What ghosts do you have lurking behind you  driving you to succeed?

Happy dancing! Ghosts of Christmas Past recieved two five star reviews this week! WOOT! You can read Patricia Statham’s review at Books To Curl Up With or you can check out the five stars that Kathy left on Amazon or Goodreads.

And don’t forget, Ghosts of Christmas Past is only on sale through the end of August. Get your holiday read for 99 cents today!

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Author Bio:

jessica aspen, authorJessica 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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Paranormal Romance in a Car Commercial ???

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a blog for paranormal romance lovers

Okay, normally I fast forward past the commercials like everyone else, but when I saw this Lexus F commercial I definitely tuned in to the hot guys selling sexy cars. And then I did a double take and re-wound it, so I could make sure I heard what I thought I heard.

And I did.

This is mainstream automobile advertising and they have definitely been reading Gena Showalter‘s paranormal romance Lords of the Underworld series. Just watch. And listen—that’s the important part. Ignore the super hot men or you’ll have to rewind and rewatch.

Did you manage to ignore the sexy men and hear it?

“F, provokes Lust.

It unleashes, Wrath.

It incites Envy.

And it elicits Pride.”

Yeah, and I may be mistaken, but the voice over sure sounds like the voice of the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla) from Once Upon a Time.

This commercial is poised to capture paranormal romance readers. Dark streets, dangerous alley’s, wet sexy kisses. It’s got it all. and with every new guy (and car) there is the mention of an evil. If you’ve read Gena Showalter, the mention of deadly sins mixed up with hot sexy guys brings to mind her series of paranormal romances. Definitely.

“Long ago, twelve immortals warriors – each more dangerously seductive than the last — stole and opened Pandora’s box, unleashing the evil from within. Now they carry that evil within themselves. Violence, Pain, Death, Disease, Disaster, Misery, Doubt, Promiscuity, Defeat, Lies, Secrets, and Wrath. When a powerful enemy returns, they will travel the world in search of a sacred relic of the gods – one that threatens to destroy them all.” https://www.goodreads.com/series/46385-lords-of-the-underworld

There is no doubt in my mind that the marketing masterminds at Lexus read paranormal romance. Okay, some of the names are different, but not much. Yeah, they used the seven deadly sins, instead of Gena’s Violence, Pain, and Death…but the parallels are obvious. This commercial is targeted to women. A few sexy women in there, but really, it’s all about the guys.

Had you seen the commercial before? Have you read Gena Showalter? What about JR Ward? I also was reminded of her series as well, but The Lords of the Underworld just fit better. What do you think? Are the marketing masterminds at Lexus secret romance fans?

 

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Fairy tale Inspiration for Prince by Blood and Bone

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a fantasy romance blog

Happy spring! Or happy snow as the case may be. We’ve been alternating between a few warm days and a few snowy days, but that’s pretty typical for Colorado. As I write my next twisted fairy tale romance, I’m watching my bulbs bloom and anxiously waiting to see if the apple tree blblossoms right when it snows. (Also pretty typical for Colorado!)

In case you missed it, I released book two, in the twisted fairy tale series: Tales of the Black Court, and announced it HERE. There is also a short excerpt from chapter one to get you chomping at the bit. And PRINCE BY BLOOD AND BONE, A FANTASY ROMANCE OF THE BLACK COURT  received it’s first amazing review from Books to Curl Up With. It really made my day Tuesday. Here’s my favorite quote.

 You will shed a tear, cheer and scream at your e reader while reading this book. The action is great and the love story takes a life of its own. Jessica weaves the best twisted fantasy .”

You can check out the full post HERE.

Now on to the fairy tale inspiration for my fantasy romance Prince by Blood and Bone.

Prince by Blood and Bone is a twist of the Beauty and the Beast tale, but in writing it I pulled from more than one fairy tale. I’ve always noticed the similarities in East of the Sun, West of the Moon and Beauty and the Beast. In both of them the girl doesn’t have faith and messes up and loses her easy chance at love. She has to dig deep and find her courage to go back to save the enchanted prince. In Beauty and the Beast it’s as easy as going back to him and asking for forgiveness and telling him she loves him, even if he is a beast. In other words, seeing the true man inside the monster. But in East of the Sun, West of the Moon the heroine has to do more. She has to travel to the ends of the earth and confront his evil mother and her cohorts.

Obviously someone thought the heroine in Beauty and the Beast had it too easy, and I agree. It’s so much more interesting to have to delve deep into yourself and find the courage to strike off on your own and fight for your man. That’s why you’ll find Prince by Blood and Bone goes father than the original tale. Bryanna has to find her faith in herself and has to also have faith that Kian is more than a beast. Maybe even more than a Prince.

I’ll leave you with another source of inspiration for me. I love the Celtic legends and here’s another tale of a heroine who needs to be strong and hold onto her love for a fae-touched man, who might be a beast. There are several versions of the Tam Lin tale including some where Janet needs to snatch her lover out of the wild hunt and away from the fairy queen. In this one, when you listen, Carterhaugh is a forest. Enjoy!

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