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Taste of Wanted…

Whimsical Wednesday

LOVE REDEEMED BAD BOYS? SECRETLY LONG TO BE KIDNAPPED TO A TOWER AND LOCKED AWAY? EVER WONDER IF YOU’RE TRULY A PRINCESS?

He’s a bitter man with a taste for revenge—and she’s the perfect means to get it.
She’s a princess who’s lost her throne and is looking for answers…
All Grim wants is to resurrect the past, but to do so he must get a princess to spin straw into gold. When the perfect princess Ana falls into his hands he’ll sacrifice anything to get his revenge—even true love…
Ana was happy with her party princess life, until her stepsister turned out to be Cinderella. Now, Ana doesn’t know who she is. When she’s kidnapped by a dark stranger demanding her to be more than just arm candy, she has to step up or be lost forever under his spell…

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“You’d do best to cooperate. Besides, it will be easy for you.”

She glanced down at him. “What will be easy for me?”

“Why, spinning that into gold.” He pointed to the corner where the musty straw now shone a bright fresh yellow. “When I’ve got what I need, Princess, you’ll be free to face your fate.”

Ana stared at the pile of straw next to the brand-new spinning wheel. Her mouth dried to sand, her fake confidence fleeing. “Wha…” She swallowed and tried again. “What makes you think I can do anything of the sort?”

“Solanum told me I’d find the right princess in that garden, and there you were, made-to-order turning a tree into gold.” His face eased into a smile and Ana realized with a horrified sense of irony that if she’d met him at the ball and he’d smiled like that at her, she’d have thought he was truly a handsome man. “By Brigit’s hand, he was right.”

He laughed, the musical sound lifting into the rafters and sending ice cold chills down her spine.

Ana went upstairs without another word. Facing the freshly made bed across the room, she shook, her breath coming in short painful gasps.

She couldn’t do this. Not only had she never spun a single thread in her life, but all her gold, every single piece of it, turned back into dross within twenty-four hours. She’d be stuck here forever trying to fulfill this madman’s needs.

Or worse, he’d figure out she was a phony. Then what would he do?

He couldn’t afford to return her to the castle—the guards would kill him on sight. That meant that sooner or later, he’d have to silence her—whether or not she fulfilled his request. And since she couldn’t do it, that meant her death was coming faster than she’d ever planned for. Maybe even tomorrow.

WANTED will be here next week!!!

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fae romance * fantasy romance * kidnapping * enemies to lovers *

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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 fantasy and paranormal romance at http://JessicaAspen.com

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Hidden is here!

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LOVE REDEEMED BAD BOYS? SECRETLY LONG TO BE KIDNAPPED TO A TOWER AND LOCKED AWAY? EVER WONDER IF YOU’RE TRULY A PRINCESS?

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He’s a bitter man with a taste for revenge—and she’s the perfect means to get it.
She’s a princess who’s lost her throne and is looking for answers…


All Grim wants is to resurrect the past, but to do so he must get a princess to spin straw into gold. When the perfect princess Ana falls into his hands he’ll sacrifice anything to get his revenge—even true love…
Ana was happy with her party princess life, until her stepsister turned out to be Cinderella. Now, Ana doesn’t know who she is. When she’s kidnapped by a dark stranger demanding her to be more than just arm candy, she has to step up or be lost forever under his spell…

Immerse yourself in Jessica Aspen’s fast-paced fantasy romance…clever, sexy, and just a little on the dark side. Read WANTED today.

* Fairy Tale Romance * Kidnapping * Enemies to Lovers *

If you love Once Upon A Time, Grimm, and Lost Girl, you’ll love Fae Magic.

Here’s what readers are saying about Jessica Aspen’s Fae Magic series:

*****Holly Cow on Rollerblades!
Fan-Blessed -Tastic there is everything in this mind blowing book – Adventure, Survival, Fear, Betrayal, Suspense, Action Packed, Loyalty, Hate, Love, Wickedly Hot Scenes – so much Drama, Revenge, Sacrifice! Definitely a Must Read!

*****This book was so good I couldn’t put it down

***** The story and characters just swept me along, till I just couldn’t put the book down. Jessica Aspen has the gift of superbly evocative words, as she conjures up settings and descriptions, so that fantasy seems real.

When Jessica Aspen takes on fairy tales…watch out! You’ll love hunting for the twists in her dark fantasy romance series, Fae Magic.

Want twisted fairy tales with sexy fae, magical heroines, dragons and more?

Here’s where to go…

•Snow White—HUNTED
•Beauty and the Beast—CURSED
•The Frog Prince—ENCHANTED
•The Snow Queen—CAGED
•Sleeping Beauty—BESPELLED
•Cinderella—HIDDEN
•Rumplestiltskin—WANTED
•Little Red Riding Hood—HOUNDED

*****

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

Your Jessica Aspen Starter Library is waiting.

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Hidden is almost here!!! Want a taste?

Hidden will be here next week! And I’m super stoked!!!

I finally have a cover— WOOT! Don’t you love it? 🙂

If you’re a member of my newsletter and you read ROMANCED you’ll find you know the Evil Queen in this story. Mwa-ha-ha! I can’t wait for you to read it, so here’s a quick taste…

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Holding the girl close, Finn felt a rise of attraction. Despite her servant’s attire, she smelled fresh, like the garden itself, with an underlay of something sweet and delicious. He closed his eyes and inhaled and while he was distracted she jerked away, aiming the sharp tines of the pitchfork directly at his groin.

“How did you get in here?”

He wasn’t about to tell her of the nearly forgotten postern gate hidden under a hedge that led out beyond the outer bailey and dropped off into the moat. He’d paid dearly for the information years ago, when he’d first arrived in the area and still thought there was a chance that Odette was hidden in the castle named after the woman who had caused all the misery in his life.

Instead, he went to move around the girl’s weapon, but she made a vicious move and he barely jumped back out of the way before the metal tines stabbed his most vulnerable part.

“Back off. I may be nothing but a servant, but at least I have integrity.” The crystals in her mossy green eyes sparked defiance.

“Yes, you definitely do.” To his surprise, Finn found himself smiling at the black-haired wench with the pitchfork aimed right at his balls. “Tell me, why is a serving girl so intent on protecting the king’s produce?”

“I—” She took a firmer grip on her pitchfork. “Don’t tell me you don’t think women should be warriors?”

“Oh yes. It only makes them more intriguing. But you, my feisty flower, are not someone who fights.”

Her whole face deflated. “You can tell?”

“Let me see.” He cocked his head to the side and examined her carefully. “If I had to guess, I’d say, ash-girl.”

“How did you know?”

“A bit of soot.” He slid his finger down the tip of her nose. “Just…here.”

Her breath caught.

For a second, Finn was distracted from his mission. He could take a few minutes, spend some time with this girl. Get to know her.

And then he recalled why he was here. Odette had waited so long. He couldn’t get distracted now.

He gave her a dazzling smile, the one that always got him out of trouble with women. “Now, since you are such a fierce defender of the king’s garden, perhaps you could satisfy my curiosity. There are rumors of a garden here with the most lovely roses in Underhill.”

Her face fell. “Oh, you don’t want to go there.”

“Why not? It’s really why I came.”

“You snuck into the king’s garden, risked death, all to see a rose garden? Why?” She eyed him suspiciously. “I thought you came to steal the apples?”

“Well, as good as the apples are, it’s harvest time on the other side of the wall and we have barrels of apples ripe for the picking.” He moved in close to her, appreciating the way her rapid breathing made her breasts move up and down. Their soft curves peeking out from the top of her badly fitting uniform reminded him that it had been a while since he’d last lain with a woman. Too long. Women loved men who loved them, all he had to do was let her see his true attraction, and she’d give him what he wanted. Besides, what he wanted was so small, just a flower. How could she resist?

He leaned in and let his arousal show as his eyes dipped down to her cleavage and back up to her face. Her pupils dilated, and he smiled in response. “I’ll let you in on a little secret. It’s rumored that in the garden is a statue of a gorgon, held in perpetual imprisonment. And if you stare into her eyes, you too, will be turned to stone.”

The girl laughed. “She’s ugly enough for that.” She stared into his eyes for so many seconds he began to worry he was losing his charm. But then she nodded. “Okay, I’ll take you. But, promise me, no more stealing apples. Stealing from the queen is a capital offense. If the guard caught you, you could be killed.”

He nodded solemnly. “On my honor.” Using his best courtly style, with a flourish of his hand, he bowed. “After you, my lady.”

She blushed and set out through the trees, leading him away from the tall bright walls of the newer parts of the castle and instead in the direction of one of the stodgy gray towers to the side.

“It’s too bad. The flowers are very pretty, but the statue makes it unpleasant.” She shivered. “I usually don’t stay long.”

“Do you get much time to spend in the gardens?” His recollection of palace life was that the ash-girls were the bottom of the heap, abused by everyone from the parlor maids on down. But things might have changed in the decades since he’d lived in a palace. Many things had.

She gave a rueful shake of her head. “No, but I sneak off as much as possible.” She gave him a shy glance. “The gardeners cover for me.”

He could see why. With her riot of black curls and the mischievous sparkle in her eyes giving her a willful look, she must have half the male staff wrapped around her fingers. Despite her hard life, her face curved up, as if she smiled a lot, the apples of her cheeks a pale blushing pink. She caught him appraising her and her cheeks bloomed an even deeper color. His cock stirred. Yes, he’d love to delve deeper into this serving maid. Perhaps when he’d found Odette and finally done what he needed to do, perhaps he’d come back.

As they approached a wall surrounding one of the towers, he noticed the garden was less regimented here. A few wildflowers peeped out of the borders amongst their more sedate cousins, and the grass was taller and un-cut.

“It’s just in here.” She pushed open an old wooden door set in the wall. The hinges creaked and he instinctively stiffened, checking from side to side.

“Don’t worry. No one comes here.” Her voice dropped. “They all think it’s haunted,” she whispered, and laughed.

Yes, he definitely wanted to come back. It had been a long time since he’d felt this way, as if the world were a bright and sunny place.

They entered the walled garden and the sounds of the castle grounds faded away. Here, it was as if time stood still. Roses bloomed everywhere, a riot of reds and pinks and purples, interspersed by thick lush greenery. There was no bird song, and even the breeze seemed to still. White climbers tumbled up and over a bench, leaving only a small space on the mossy stone to sit. And there, at the base of the old crumbling tower, were the yellow roses with bright red spatters, that he’d been sent to steal.

“It’s out of control. Do the gardeners never come here?”

“No, they’re terrified. I could tame it, I suppose, but I love the chaos. Everywhere else on the grounds the queen dictates complete control, but here—” she stroked the delicate petals of a white rose “—here, it’s all mine.”

She pointed at the statue in the center of the garden. Nothing grew up to its feet, and even the grass that was brave enough to come close looked thin and barren, a direct contrast to the over-blown color of the rest of the garden. “There she is. Are you brave enough to look into her eyes?”

There wasn’t any definition to the statue’s features. Just the suggestion of the shape of a woman in armor, her empty hands thrust to the sky. And coming from it a palpable sense of dread.

“She’s hideous.” He circled the statue, strangely entranced by its evil. “Who would put something like that here? I can almost believe she can turn a man to stone.”

“She’s ugly,” Ella agreed. “But I think you can tell your myth is just that.” She gestured to the rest of the garden. “No one else has turned to stone.”

“A pity.” The freshness of her face cleared his mind of the negative lure of the statue and he turned his back on it. “Now I’ll have to think of some other reason to be here.”

Her partially opened lips were soft and rosy, like the delicate petals falling to the ground with fall’s first cool nights. He needed to kiss those gently curved lips, take what she so innocently offered. Kiss her easy smile and maybe he could ease some of his own heartbreak.

From somewhere across the garden a woman called, “Ella!”

She flinched, stepping away. “I have to go.”

The moment was gone, leaving him feeling strangely bankrupt. He didn’t want this interlude to end. “Wait.” He caught hold of her hand before she went more than a few steps. “Meet me tomorrow in the town square. It’s the harvest festival and there’s so much to see.” He wanted to see her sparkle and shine at all the wonders of the fair.

“I can’t.” She bit her lip, sinking her teeth into the pink softness.

He suppressed a groan at her response. “You can. You’re the defender of the gardens. You took on a stranger with just a pitchfork, braved the vision of the gorgon. You can steal just one day.” He stroked the back of her wrist. “Please.”

She sucked in a breath and her eyes fluttered shut. When she opened them, she searched him with that deep mossy stare, as if to see if he were real.

He didn’t want to tell her he suspected he might not be very real at all unless she was here, talking to him. Touching him. There was something about this girl that woke him up inside, in a place he’d thought long dead. Maybe it was the possibility of finally being free of his quest. Maybe it was because her innocence reminded him of Odette. Maybe it was just that he was lonely and jaded, and in desperate need of something to guide him. He didn’t know what it was, but he knew—he had to see her again.

“Okay.” She smiled, a joyous full smile that lit up her whole face and had him grinning from ear to ear.

“Ella!” The woman’s voice took on an impatient tone. “Where are you?”

She ducked and spared another look over her shoulder at the gate. “You have to go.”

He nodded and bent down, giving her a quick brush across the lips, the brief contact tingling long after he’d backed away.

“Meet me at ten tomorrow at the well in the town square.” He raced to the base of the tower and plucked a half opened red spattered bloom, a surge of happiness giving him a burst of energy. “A lovely flower for a lovely lady.” He ran to the wooden door and gave her a bow. “Tomorrow, my lady.” Then he slipped out of the door, phasing as soon as he was out of her sight and easily avoiding the other woman searching across the garden.

He tucked the rose into the box he’d brought for it and snapped the fastener shut. Shrinking it down, he tucked it into the pocket of his leather jacket and headed toward the orchard, a spring in his step. He had a date for tomorrow, as they’d say in the humans’ world—and he was excited.

It had nothing to do with getting the rose, or with Odette. For the first time in nearly two-hundred years he’d almost felt free. And he found he wanted that feeling. Needed it. He wasn’t a prince any longer. Hadn’t been for so long he’d nearly forgotten what it was like to be pampered and coddled. This girl brought something out in him, and he wasn’t letting her go. At least, not yet.

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LOVE REDEEMED BAD BOYS? SECRETLY LONG TO BE KIDNAPPED TO A TOWER AND LOCKED AWAY? EVER WONDER IF YOU’RE TRULY A PRINCESS?
*****

He’s a bitter man with a taste for revenge—and she’s the perfect means to get it.
She’s a princess who’s lost her throne and is looking for answers…

All Grim wants is to resurrect the past, but to do so he must get a princess to spin straw into gold. When the perfect princess Ana falls into his hands he’ll sacrifice anything to get his revenge—even true love…
Ana was happy with her party princess life, until her stepsister turned out to be Cinderella. Now, Ana doesn’t know who she is. When she’s kidnapped by a dark stranger demanding her to be more than just arm candy, she has to step up or be lost forever under his spell…

Immerse yourself in Jessica Aspen’s fast-paced fantasy romance…clever, sexy, and just a little on the dark side. Read WANTED today.

* Fairy Tale Romance * Kidnapping * Enemies to Lovers *

If you love Once Upon A Time, Grimm, and Lost Girl, you’ll love Fae Magic.

Here’s what readers are saying about Jessica Aspen’s Fae Magic series:

*****Holly Cow on Rollerblades!
Fan-Blessed -Tastic there is everything in this mind blowing book – Adventure, Survival, Fear, Betrayal, Suspense, Action Packed, Loyalty, Hate, Love, Wickedly Hot Scenes – so much Drama, Revenge, Sacrifice! Definitely a Must Read!

*****This book was so good I couldn’t put it down

***** The story and characters just swept me along, till I just couldn’t put the book down. Jessica Aspen has the gift of superbly evocative words, as she conjures up settings and descriptions, so that fantasy seems real.

When Jessica Aspen takes on fairy tales…watch out! You’ll love hunting for the twists in her dark fantasy romance series, Fae Magic.

Want twisted fairy tales with sexy fae, magical heroines, dragons and more?

Here’s where to go…

•Snow White—HUNTED
•Beauty and the Beast—CURSED
•The Frog Prince—ENCHANTED
•The Snow Queen—CAGED
•Sleeping Beauty—BESPELLED
•Cinderella—HIDDEN
•Rumplestiltskin—WANTED
•Little Red Riding Hood—HOUNDED

 

*****

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

Your Jessica Aspen Starter Library is waiting.

Click HERE to discover Jessica Aspen’s fast-paced world of paranormal romance

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DISCLOSURE: Some of the links on this site are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and purchase. Myself and my coffee fund thank you! 🙂

 

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The Tower is available on Amazon! WOOT!

CRIMSON COURT NEWS

Ready for more fast paced fantasy romance?

Ready for more fairy tale twists?

Ready for hot alphas, determined heroines, and…

…did I say romance?

Of course you’re ready!

Now, you can download THE TOWER, the prequel to ASHES, and discover the place where all the fun adventures began.

the tower: a fantasy tale of the crimson court by jessica aspen

A trapped princess, a crumbling kingdom, and a vicious evil queen out for blood…

The Tower: a twisted fairy tale of romance and magic

Rapunzel has been waiting her whole life for tonight. Not only when she will be acknowledged as princess and heir to the throne, but the man of her dreams, Slaine ni Brennan, will be there and she’s been longing for his touch. But it’s been all winter since she and Slaine shared their first kiss— will the fierce warrior still love her?

Instead of a night of romance and dreams, war comes to the kingdom.  Unable to sit and wait, Rapunzel takes off her fancy ball gown and puts on her armor. Before she can get to the battlefield the horrors of war come to her and her everything she’s ever known, comes crumbling down.

Dare to discover Jessica Aspen’s world of steamy, fantasy romance in her brand new twisted fairy tale series: Tales of the Crimson Court

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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

Your Jessica Aspen Starter Library is waiting.

Click HERE to discover Jessica Aspen’s fast-paced world of paranormal romance

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DISCLOSURE: Some of the links on this site are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and purchase. Myself and my coffee fund thank you! 🙂

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Books for you…Happy Halloween!

FREE BOOKS and a chance to win an ereader!

Just in time for Halloween, it’s your chance to download fabulous fantasy, sci-fi, and paranormal romance from top-authors. All for free!

And you can enter to win an ereader too.

Just click HERE for your Halloween Fall Book Giveaway Bonanza, and dive into your favorite kind of romance fun!

 

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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

Your Jessica Aspen Starter Library is waiting.

Click HERE to discover Jessica Aspen’s fast-paced world of paranormal romance

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Magic in New Mexico!

Introducing S.E. Smith’s Magical New Mexico

I’m super excited to be working with an amazing author, S.E. Smith who writes the , Magic, New Mexico series. The town of Magic, New Mexico is a place where the paranormal is abnormal. Under our very noses, witches, fairies, trolls and vampires all have everyday lives. Okay, not so ordinary. Especially when an alien lands in the desert and it turns out he’s the perfect mate for a witch!

touch of frost by S.E. SmithWhat makes the town of Magic so fun, and the entire Magic New Mexico world fun, is that anything can happen. And does. The town is packed with supernaturals. And romance. Lots and lots of romance. Whether it’s a sci-fi adventure, like TOUCH OF FROST, or it’s a straight vampire meets werewolf, like TAKING ON TORY, it’s crazy, crazy romance!51urp2cq8ql

And her very latest book is coming out on September 19th, at the same time as TOUCH OF BEAUTY and all the other fab authors books. It’s going to be a whirlwind of sci-fi, fantasy, and paranormal romance with lots of twists and turns, and of course…Magic!

Check out all the Magic in New Mexico books on September 19th! Including the brand new ALEXANDRU’S KISS.

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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

 

Your Jessica Aspen Starter Library is waiting.

Click HERE to discover Jessica Aspen’s fast-paced world of paranormal romance

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Release: The Mercenary and the Shifters, by CD Hersh

Whimsical Wednesday

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Announcing CD Hersh’s latest book: The Mercenary and the Shifters

(The Turning Stone Chronicles Book 4)

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When mercenary soldier Michael Corritore answers a desperate call from an ex-military buddy, he finds himself in the middle of a double kidnapping, caught in an ancient war between two shape shifter factions, and ensnared between two female shape shifters after the same thing … him.

Shape shifter Fiona Kayler will do anything to keep the shipping company her father left her, including getting in bed with the enemy. But when she believes the man trying to steal her company is involved with kidnapping her nephew, she must choose between family, fortune, and love. The problem is … she wants all three.

Title – The Mercenary and the Shifters, The Turning Stone Chronicles, book four

Author – C.D. Hersh

Genre – Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Suspense Romance

Heat Level – Sensual

Release Date: July 27th, 2016

Excerpt:

Mike Corritore wheeled up the circular drive of the impressive house on Lakeshore Road and cut the engine on his motorcycle. After a quick glance around, he shouldered the bags containing his clothes, ammo, pump shotgun, and talwar sword. Then he headed for the carved front door. The doorbell echoed inside indicating the mansion had a cavernous entry hall. He searched the entrance stoop for security cameras and found none.

What the heck had he gotten himself into? A rich bitch, with no security on her home, mixed up with a bad syndicate spelled major trouble. With this chintzy level of security, it would take more time than he originally anticipated to make her house and business secure.

After a couple of minutes the door opened.

“Can I help you?” asked an attractive redhead.

“I’m Mike Corritore. Here to see Fiona Kayler. Will you tell her I’ve arrived?”

The redhead looked him over, then braced her legs shoulder width apart and crossed her arms over her curvy bust. “Do you have identification, Mr. Corritore?”

Mike returned her once-over. Her porcelain complexion blushed pink at his bold examination, and she tossed her mane of wavy, mahogany hair defiantly.

Damn, she was gorgeous.

If she thought her insolent pose enough to keep him, or intruders out, she’d better reconsider.

“Hugh sent me.” He stepped forward but she blocked him.

“A driver’s license for your very expensive motorcycle will suffice,” she said, wiggling her fingers at him. When he didn’t comply, she stepped back and reached to the side of the door.

The distinct cachung of a gun cocking sent him flying to the right of the doorway.

“Identification, Mr. Corritore. Please,” she said as she leveled a pistol at him.

Mike dug in his rear pants’ pocket. “Hugh lied,” he said as he held out his driver’s license. “You don’t need protection.”

After inspecting his identification, she lowered her weapon and waved him inside. “For my business, Mr. Corritore. I’m capable of protecting my home, but I can’t draw my gun just anywhere.”

“You should get a conceal and carry license,” Mike said as he entered.

She put the safety on the gun and stashed the weapon in the table beside the front door.

“I take it you’re not the help,” he said, glancing around the entry hall.

She held out her hand. “Fiona Kayler. Nice to meet you, Mr. Corritore.”

“Mike,” he said, taking her hand. Her palm, warm and soft, told him she lived a life of leisure. But her strong grip screamed, No patsy. He held her hand a bit longer than he should have. She wriggled free and waved him to the left.

“Ladies first.”

With a nod, she led him toward a sumptuously decorated room. He followed, his eyes taking in the soft curves of her rear as she sashayed across the marble-tiled floor. Mike’s body reacted to the seductive wiggle of her bottom. She walked as sexy as she looked.

Keep your mind on the job, Corritore. He shifted his gaze away from temptation, searching the ceiling and corners of the entry for security cameras. If she had them, they were well hidden.

The measured click of her high heels on the hard marble tile floor disappeared as they stepped on the thick, white carpet of the living room. This room appeared cozier than the entry. A huge gold, gilt-edged mirror hung over the fireplace reflecting the scene outside the oversized plate-glass window.

She motioned to a seat beside the fireplace. Mike chose a location less exposed to the exterior, where he could watch the entrance to the room. Fiona dragged a side chair across the room to where he sat, positioning it at a right angle to his seat. Two vertical furrows appeared in the carpeting, bisecting their shoe impressions and the vacuumed paths in the thick fibers. Apparently, she didn’t use this room much.

“So, Ms. Kayler—”

“Fiona,” she corrected.

“Fiona, exactly what do you need me to do?” As he said the words, he had a lurid vision of what he’d like to do to this lovely woman. He shook it off. She was Hugh’s friend and in trouble. He had no business screwing around with damsels in distress. They were needy. The last thing he wanted.

“A couple of years ago I had a problem with smugglers. They brought in some hazardous materials which got me in trouble with Homeland Security and the FBI. They cleared me, but my business took a pretty big hit. To keep things afloat, I’ve had to get in bed with some rough characters recently.”

At the phrase get in bed with Mike cocked his eyebrow at her.

“Not literally,” she amended quickly, as a dusky pink blush crept over her pale complexion. “I need my security beefed up so I don’t have a replay of two years ago.”

“Any good security company could upgrade you.”

“I also need someone I can trust implicitly. Hugh vouched for you, and I trust Hugh.”

“We should start with your home security. I didn’t see surveillance cameras at the door.”

“My home is perfectly safe. It’s my business I’m concerned about.”

Fiona crossed her arms over her chest, her body language closing off to further suggestions. Mike followed her motions. As he did, he spotted a red dot on her chest. The dot wiggled.

“Get down!” Mike shouted as he dove for Fiona.

 

Amazon buy links for The Turning Stone Chronicles

The Promised One (The Turning Stone Chronicles Book 1):

eBook: http://amzn.com/B00DUMODKI

paperback: http://amzn.com/1619353504

Blood Brothers (The Turning Stone Chronicles Book 2):

eBook: http://amzn.com/B00OVNFC8W

paperback: http://amzn.com/1619358271

Son of the Moonless Night (The Turning Stone Chronicles Book 3):

eBook: http://amzn.com/B00XK3E172

The Mercenary and the Shifters (The Turning Stone Chronicles Book 4):

eBook: https://amzn.com/B01I01W2JC

 

c d hersch

Putting words and stories on paper is second nature to co-authors C.D. Hersh. They’ve written separately since they were teenagers and discovered their unique, collaborative abilities in the mid-90s. As high school sweethearts and husband and wife, Catherine and Donald believe in true love and happily ever after.

Together they have co-authored a number of dramas, six which have been produced in Ohio, where they live. Their interactive Christmas production had five seasonal runs in their hometown and has been sold in Virginia, California, and Ohio. Their most recent collaborative writing efforts have been focused on romance. The first four books of their paranormal romance series entitled The Turning Stone Chronicles are available on Amazon. They also have a Christmas novella, Kissing Santa, in a Christmas anthology titled Sizzle in the Snow, with seven other authors.

Where you can find CD:

Website: http://cdhersh.wordpress.com/

Blog: http://cdhersh.wordpress.com/blog-2/

Soul Mate Publishing: http://smpauthors.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cdhershauthor

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/C.-D.-Hersh/e/B00DV5L7ZI

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorCDHersh

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/CDHersh

 

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Rom Con 2016 is on Sale and I’ll be there!

 I’m going to be at Rom Con 2016 this year, and they are having a 50% off sale. Ends soon! If you’ll be in Denver  September 30th-October 1st and want to have some fabulous fun with romance writers, check it out!

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New this year: A special screening of romance documentary Love Between The Covers, an all new mystery event hosted by the delightful and fun NYT bestselling author Heather Graham, an all-author scavenger hunt, killer karaoke and more!

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Musing on Writing

Moonday Mania

a blog about writing

A little business before I get down to the blog business:

If you are a member of my newsletter and see the hot new cover for Rogue Enforcer, my elusive paranormal suspense shifter romance for new subscribers, don’t fret. I’ll be sending it out to current subscribers on April 1st. Due to the logistics of launching Scarlett I had to wait, but I didn’t forget you!

Scarlett: A Sexy Shifter Fairytale Romance by Jessica AspenAnd speaking of Scarlett, if you haven’t had a chance to buy your copy yet, there’s still time! You can find all the buy links HERE as well as the description. I was able to make this one available on all the channels so you can buy it today on: Ibooks Barnes & Noble Kobo and Amazon.

 WOOT!

Okay, now that that’s done, on to the blog!

Writing is a funny thing for me. I have this love hate relationship with each and every stage. Whichever one I have to start, that’s the one I’m reluctant to move into. For instance. I’m finally done with the edits etc for all the Sexy Shifter Fairytale Romances. Phew! That took forever! Not just because the project was way bigger than I thought it was going to be, but also because my body pooped out on me. Yeah, that’s right. I’m not Super  Woman. Not even Wonder Woman. Major bummer, I know.

But, they’re finally finished and I’m working on Book Four in the Tales of the Black Court. Now I started fiddling with the plot for this book way back in January between edits and other nit picky jobs I had to do, but I really haven’t started the writing yet. I’m ready to start. Really I am.

But…there’s so many other things I could be doing. Right?

Wrong!

I need to be writing. I’m ready to be writing. The plot is there, the characters are there, and I’m super excited to get to the whole thing. I’m really super excited to be finished. But what I’m not super excited to be doing is actually writing the damn romance!

I love the writing. I hate the writing. But what’s really tough is moving into starting the writing. Or the edits. Or the production. Each stage has me dragging my feet, until I’m in it. And then the romance starts for me. After I’m in the grove and the story is forming all those twisty tendrils of plot intertwining together, after the words start coming 500… 1,000…3,000 at a time. After I finally figure out what motivates my alpha heroes and what is going to make my heroine ticked off. Then I love the writing.

And then it ends.

And then I have to fight myself to start the next stage. Tearing it all apart and editing it. Grr. Why does the writing have to start? Why does it ever have to end?

So now you know. I’m officially insane. But I think all authors are. We get so immersed in our worlds, we don’t want to set foot there. And then we’re there, and we never want to leave. I’m the same way about getting into the ocean. No, don’t make me get in. NO! Don’t make me leave!

I’d love to hear what your favorite books of mine are. I’m at a crossroads and trying to decide what comes after Six Sexy Shifter Fairytale Romances, and Five Tales of the Black Court. Should I keep one series going? Should I start something else? I’m looking forward at that ocean and I’m not sure if I’m ready to dip a toe in, so help me out. Please?

Leave a comment and let me know your opinion.

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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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Rogue Enforcer by jessica aspen

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Camp NaNoWrimo Check In -or -How to Write Two Books At Once

 

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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

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