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Mercury in Retrograde

Dealing with the downs of the fickle planet

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Mercury in retrograde? WTH?

I don’t know who planned this. (Okay, no one plans this, but we all have to deal with it.) I never think about Mercury being in retrograde, unless things are tanking all around me. And that’s what has happened this spring. I think I’m on track, and then things fall apart. And I think it’s just normal stuff, but then more things fall apart and someone says, “Hey, Mercury is in retrograde.” And I realize, wow, it really is!

People are crazy right now!

It’s true. During this time Murphy’s Law is in control. “If it can go wrong, it will go wrong.” Like recieving the edits for Wolf Enforcer while trying to catch up on Pack Enforcer, and while prepping for vacation. After being sick for two weeks.

Oh, and I find out someone planned the pre-order for the Alphas of Summer during the same time. REALLY? Does everything have to happen all at once?

Yes. It does. Why?

Because Mercury is in retrograde!

What does that really mean? Well apparently the planet is moving backwards, so it screws with the entire psychic well-being of our planet. Want more detail? Here’s a super cool article that explains it much better than I can.

http://www.astrologyhoroscopereadings.com/2017-mercury-retrograde-calendar.html

And want to know something super cool?

So, I do try to plan for Mercury’s wild shennangans, if I happen to think about it. And if my schedule stays the same. But that never happens. And there are some things you just can’t control. Like everyone else planning for you. Yikes!

But if you are a year long planner, like me, you can check out Mercury’s schedule and add it to your schedule. Then you can leave that month and a half for other things. Like lying in the sun. Or, taking lots of baths. Or, playing with the dog.

Sure, because we are all able to take an entire month and a half off because of a planet. Really???

But seriously.

Don’t plan big things (like book releases) during that time. If you can avoid it. If you can’t? Plan for things to go wrong. Double check, and triple check, all the little details. And then relax. You can’t control anything anyway so you might as well grab a glass of wine and let it all go. That’s what I’ll be doing. After I frantically try to clean up the retrograde mess.

Want to find out how your astrological sign is affected by Mercury in retrograde? There is a list of all the sign at the bottom of that Mercury article, so click this link, then scroll down and find your sign. Have fun!

http://www.astrologyhoroscopereadings.com/2017-mercury-retrograde-calendar.html

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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 inform

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Queen of Thorns Cover Reveal

Thursdays Bite

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It’s here! Book Five in my fantasy romance series, Tales of the Black Court, finally has a cover. SQUEE! And isn’t it hot! My fabulous cover artist, Viola Estrella of Estrella Cover Designs has done it again. I love the way she’s stayed with the essence of the entire series, and yet this cover is something new and different. It totally says ‘fantasy romance’ to me. And I’m especially thrilled because this book is the last one in this series arc, so it’s great to end this story line about the evil Black Queen on such a super high note. I hope you love it as much as I do.

Presenting:

Queen of Thorns: A Fantasy Romance of the Black Court. Book Five, Tales of the Black Court.

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When Thorn discovers her greatest secret will the man she’s fallen in love with turn on her? Or will he give up his life to protect her?

Ardan is on a quest: return to Prince Kian’s court with the head of the Black Queen—or lose everything. Including his life. But finding the elusive faery queen is proving difficult. And time is running out.

When Aeval wakes up the only thing she remembers is her name. But soon she realizes that even a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. So she becomes Thorn instead, setting off with the man who accidentally kisses her awake on a quest to find and kill the Black Queen.

As Ardan and Thorn travel through the magical lands of Underhill and learn to trust each other, it becomes more and more obvious to Thorn that she and the queen might share more than just a name.

When Ardan finds out that Thorn might be the queen he’s sworn to slay, will he kill the woman he’s starting to fall in love with? Or will Thorn take up the mantle of dark power and again become the Queen of the Black Court?

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

Pre-order today.

Ibooks      Barnes & Noble      Kobo

Available July 28th on Amazon

Did you miss out on books 1-4? Here’s the link to book four, The Winter Queen’s Dragon. Or you can start with the box set, Tales of the Black Court, and catch up on the first three in the series. Dare to discover the Dark Forest of Underhill.

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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 newsletter and get your link to download your exclusive FREE book, please click HERE.

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Enslaved in Shadows

Whimsical Wednesdays

a blog for paranormal romance lovers

I’m super excited to announce that I’ll have a brand new paranormal suspense novella, Lone Enforcer, part of the Wolf Enforcer series, in a boxed set this summer. ALPHAS OF SUMMER comes out the first week in July, and I’m in with some rocking authors, including Tigris Eden, whose book one in her Shadow Unit Series, ENSLAVED IN SHADOWS, is out now and it’s only 99cents!

 

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He’s torn between his past and his future…

Agent Draven Stone’s job is simple, most of the time. An agent of the Shadow Unit, he polices his own kind. As a powerful werewolf, he’s very good at his job. But when a routine assignment in lovely, tropical Belize means he must protect the lovely human female who still stars in his darkest fantasies, Draven faces a terrible choice–between the sweetest memory of his past and his responsibility to the future of his kind.

Her battered heart will be tested yet again…

Jesminda Zealand can’t let the tall, magnetic Draven back into her life. Five years ago, she trusted him for one magical night, and he disappeared, leaving her to deal with the consequences alone. When she turned to another man for help, she found herself trapped in years of abuse that have left her scarred, both physically and emotionally. Does she dare to trust again? Her life has forced her to be strong, but she’s not sure she can survive one more betrayal.

In the battle to come, lives will be changed. For the better, or will woman and were find themselves enslaved by their need for one another?

**This is a Multicultural Dark PNR Erotic Romance** Warning: Torture Scene and foul language. 18 years and older

Don’t miss this thrilling, sensual tale of dark suspense–get your copy of ENSLAVED IN SHADOWS today!

available at Amazon
Only 99 cents!

Read Book 1 in the Series for Free when you opt into the Newsletter: https://instafreebie.com/free/TmL0U

 

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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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Wolf Enforcer is to be published by Kindle Press-WOOT!

Sensational Saturday

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Woot! We did it!

Thanks to everyone for all your support and nominations on Kindle Scout for WOLF ENFORCER, book one in the Wolf Enforcer series. Because of all your efforts the amazing people at Kindle Press have chosen to publish it and it will be coming out very soon.

Yay! Happy Dancing!

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Here’s what I know:

In the next 30 days all the prep work on my end needs to be completed. Then a publishing date will be set. From what I know about Kindle Press, they like to move fast! And since this book is already edited, has a fabulous cover, and is ready to go, I’m assuming we’ll see publication this spring. But that’s totally an assumption on my part, so stay tuned and I’ll let you know when and what’s going on both here on the blog and in my newsletter.

Speaking of my newsletter. If you haven’t signed up yet for the newsletter, and you want a taste of the Wolf Enforcer Series, then you’ll love the FREE book, ROGUE ENFORCER, that you get in your very first official email. 🙂 Click HERE to sign up.

Now, on to the rest of the series plan.

I’m still working on release dates, but book 2 BLOOD ENFORCER, is in final edits and will be coming out hot on the heels of WOLF ENFORCER. And I’m also writing PACK ENFORCER, the third book. So, this series will be done and out, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

And, as if that weren’t enough, I am also going to be in a super exciting boxed set, THE ALPHAS OF SUMMER, and I’ve written a super special novella set in the Wolf Enforcer series called LONE ENFORCER.

That boxed set comes out in July, and I’ll be letting newsletter people know, as well as here on the blog, and on Facebook.

OH Yeah! Facebook…

I started a group just for the Kindle Scout adventure https://www.facebook.com/groups/WolfEnforcer/ and it’s still live and hopping. I plan to be on there most days and we’ve been sharing fun wolf pictures and other super cool things. I’m going to keep that group open for the rest of the books, so if you haven’t been by yet, come on in and say ‘hi!’

Okay, now I’ve got to get back to work. I now have a ton on my plate, which makes me super happy. I love having plans. 🙂

To summarize:

  1. If you haven’t yet, join the newsletter and get your FREE copy of Rogue Enforcer. http://eepurl.com/zs4Sj
  2. If you want more info on a daily basis, join the Wolf Enforcer Launch Facebook group and check out the fun wolf pics. https://www.facebook.com/groups/WolfEnforcer/
  3. I’ll be updating on the schedule, but for now it’s. TBD and here’s the order of events: Kindle Publishing will set the date for WOLF ENFORCER, and then I’ll set the dates for BLOOD ENFORCER and PACK ENFORCER.
  4. And look out for the fabulous boxed set ALPHAS OF SUMMER that comes out July 3rd.

That’s all folks!

Once again, thank you!

-Jessica

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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 newsletter and get your link to download your exclusive FREE book, please click HERE.

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Sneak Peek into Wolf Enforcer

Fantastic Fridays

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Happy day! Wolf Enforcer is in Kindle Scout and has been on the Hot & Trending List for 180 hours!

The first book in my new alpha wolf shifter romance WOLF ENFORCER is entered in the Kindle Scout contest and I’m super excited at all the support it’s getting. I’m not sure there are enough exclamation points for all my excitement, so if you see a few too many, please excuse my joy!

Kindle Scout is a 30 day competition and it’s pretty cool for both writers and readers. Readers vote on which book they want to see published, and if the book ‘wins’ everyone who voted for it gets a free book! (See, more exclamation points, LOL) If you want to read all the details of Kindle Scout, click HERE.

If you haven’t voted yet for WOLF ENFORCER, there’s still time. Click HERE and nominate it. If it wins, and you’ve left it in your nomination queue (you only get three at a time) then Amazon will send you a free Kindle copy of the book. Easy peasy!

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WOLF ENFORCER

Gabe caught the woman’s scent from across the meadow. Light vanilla with a hint of feminine musk and it turned his head in an instant. Her skin had a light sweat that made her glow, almost as much as the heat in her eyes when she looked at him. His temperature rose to boiling.

He’d had a terrible day. He’d fought with his twin Sam over who should be handling what responsibilities at the restaurant they were now both responsible for. His recently widowed mother had lectured him about getting along with his brother. And then he’d come up here to run off the tension and had a run-in with Chief Howler, telling him they were shorthanded and he needed to put in more hours on his part-time enforcer job.

Shifting to wolf and taking the mountain at a breakneck pace had taken the steam out of his anger. It had left him tired and relaxed, and more than just a little hazy from the run.

The woman drew closer, each step breaking and releasing the smell of sun-warmed grass. “Hi,” she said.

“Hi, yourself.”

“I know it’s crazy.” She was tall with long legs and long, straight, black hair gleaming with health. And the way she walked toward him with purpose in her eyes gave him an instant hard-on he did nothing to hide. “I know we haven’t known each other long enough. But I have to know for sure.” She reached out a hand and touched him, setting all the little hairs on his forearm at alert. “Kiss me.”

It was totally crazy. Like some mind-blowing dream. A too-hot afternoon, a tall woman with long hair moving gently in the breeze. Her black eyes were full of secrets, and promises, and a hunger he couldn’t resist.

He lightly touched her arm with just the tips of his fingers. As tall as she was, she still had to lift her face to his. He closed the gap, afraid she’d disappear into the warm haze of the afternoon.

His kiss was tentative, just a brushing of his lips on her softer ones, but her reaction was not. She kissed back, increasing the pressure, and his world spun off of its foundation. She wrapped her arms around him and pulled him in close, his erection pushing in between them. It was unbelievable, she was unbelievable. But the spark between them was hot and real and he wrapped his arms around her and pulled her in tighter, trying to get every bit of need he had into the kiss.

They broke apart and she laughed, the sound belling out over the empty meadow. “That’s what I thought.”

“What?”

She shook her head, her long hair rippling with the movement. “How popular is this trail?” The gleam in her eyes had his cock twitching.

He swallowed. “Not that popular. It’s a work day. Everyone’s busy.”

“Good.” She pulled her t-shirt off over her head and then reached back and undid her bra. “I want you here. Now.”

Her breasts were round and firm, her nipples taut, hard peaks in the center. His mouth watered. She was perfect, a goddess offering herself to him on the platter of the hot, sunny meadow. This had to be the most insane day of his life, but he was taking the chance.

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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 newsletter and get your link to download your exclusive FREE book, please click HERE.

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Wolf Enforcer is Live on Kindle Scout!

Thursday’s Bite

and oh what a fabulous day!

Squee! Wolf Enforcer is going to be in Kindle Scout and you get to participate!

What’s Kindle Scout?

  • Kindle Scout is a program where you can vote which books you want to see published. The book that gets the most votes in a thirty day period wins!

What does that mean for you?

  • If WOLF ENFORCER wins, everyone who voted get’s a FREE e-copy of the book from Amazon. WOOT!

How does it work?

    • Click HERE to join Kindle Scout and vote for Wolf Enforcer, it’s super easy and you can vote for three different books, so after you vote for Wolf Enforcer, check out the competition. Just remember to leave Wolf Enforcer in your queue so that your vote is tallied on March 18th.

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Remember, to leave your vote up for Wolf Enforcer so you’re sure to win the free ebook when Wolf Enforcer wins Kindle Scout.

  • Want some help remembering? Join my WOLF ENFORCER Facebook group. I’ll have fun prizes for sharing, and excerpts, and all kinds of things going on for the entire 30 day voting period. WOO-HOO!

Cheers!

Jessica

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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 newsletter and get your link to download your exclusive FREE book, please click HERE.

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Creating Dragons

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A blog for the fantasy romance lover in all of us

I’m only a few months away from releasing book four in the Tales of the Black Court, THE WINTER QUEEN’S DRAGON and I’m getting super excited! It’s been months of elves and witches and evil queens. And of course…dragons.

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Every time I write a book set in the world of Underhill I get to play with magical creatures, and while I mentioned the dragon in PRINCE BY BLOOD AND BONE, you actually get to meet him here. And it turns out he’s not just any dragon, he has a complex backstory with lots of dragon details. And I had to come up with all of them.

How long does it take a dragon egg to incubate? How long to become a mature dragon? How old is a young adult dragon and how old is an esteemed elder dragon? How many teeth do they have? How many types of dragons are they and how can I make them unique from everyone else’s dragons, and yet still be dragons that readers will enjoy?

And then of course, this is fantasy romance. There are all kinds of decisions regarding my hero. He’s a shapeshifter, so can he do it at will? Are there things he has to consider? How Gifted is he magically? Doyle Atavantador, the hero of THE WINTER QUEEN’S DRAGON, is  a dragon first and foremost, so I want him to be powerful, but even a dragon needs some kryptonite.

And once again, this is a fantasy romance. So, how do you balance a huge dragon with two sharp rows of teeth and scales and claws, with a man who needs to be sexy? And a heroine who needs to be in awe of a dragon, yet fall in love with the hero?

Well I can’t wait for you to discover all of the details. How Doyle and Siobhan meet. How scary he is. How sexy and amazing she finds him to be. And how he meets his kryptonite.

It’s coming soon, in January when I know you’ll need to find something to blast away the post holiday blues. And I can’t wait!

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What’s a heroine to do when her dragon captor is not only her enemy’s best defense…
but is also the man of her dreams?

Deep in the north of the fae world of Underhill, Siobhan has been frozen for a hundred years. Finally gaining her freedom from the ice the only thing on her mind is vengeance. Instead, she becomes the prisoner of the Winter Queen’s Dragon: Atavantador. But nothing is as it seems. To become powerful enough to get her revenge, Siobhan must make an unlikely ally—the dragon’s sexy manservant, Doyle.

Doyle is hiding more than one secret—and all of them are worth his life. To keep the queen on his side he must play the game of dragon so well that no one guesses his true secret: beneath the Winter Palace lies one of the keys to all dragon kind’s survival.

And time is running out.

Can Siobhan trust a man who is secretly her dragon captor and sworn to protect the Winter Palace? Or will she find out that ending a queen’s reign means sacrificing true love in her quest for revenge.

Dare to enter Jessica Aspen’s world of fast-paced fantasy romance
 Tales of the Black Court

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Pre-order today at:

Ibooks       Kobo       Barnes & Noble

and Amazon

 

 

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 newsletter and get your link to download your exclusive FREE book, please click HERE.

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Release: The Mercenary and the Shifters, by CD Hersh

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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

 

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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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Squee! The Winter Queen’s Dragon Cover is here!

Thursday’s Bite

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I am super excited to reveal the cover for Book Four in the Tales of the Black Court, my fantasy romance series. I love the new direction for my fantasy covers. It keeps so many elements from the first covers—the font, the magic, a single person—but it adds in something new: the hero!

Ever since I started publishing this series I’ve had readers ask, where are the heroes? They should be on the covers too. And for this book, I’m featuring Doyle, my sexy dragon shifter. Love writing this romance between a fae and a shifter, and I can’t wait until it’s out!

the winter queen's dragon a fantasy romance by jessica aspen

What’s a heroine to do when her dragon captor is not only her enemy’s best defense…
but is also the man of her dreams?

Deep in the north of the fae world of Underhill, Siobhan has been frozen for a hundred years. Finally gaining her freedom from the ice the only thing on her mind is vengeance. Instead, she becomes the prisoner of the Winter Queen’s Dragon: Atavantador. But nothing is as it seems. To become powerful enough to get her revenge, Siobhan must make an unlikely ally—the dragon’s sexy manservant, Doyle.

Doyle is hiding more than one secret—and all of them are worth his life. To keep the queen on his side he must play the game of dragon so well that no one guesses his true secret: beneath the Winter Palace lies one of the keys to all dragon kind’s survival.

And time is running out.

Can Siobhan trust a man who is secretly her dragon captor and sworn to protect the Winter Palace? Or will she find out that ending a queen’s reign means sacrificing true love in her quest for revenge.

Dare to enter Jessica Aspen’s world of fast-paced fantasy romance
 Tales of the Black 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

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Silver: A Sexy Shifter Fairytale Romance, Released!

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Silver is on sale today!

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In all the best fairytales, bear shifters mate for life. Right?

Silver Rose thought having her credit wiped out by her ex-boyfriend was the worst thing that would happen to her—then her grandpa died. Now, she isn’t sure which is worse—living with her sister for three months and gaining an inheritance—or having her independence and losing it all. But someone doesn’t want the girls to succeed in living on Beresford Mountain and is leaving nasty surprises, each one more horrible than the last. And as Silver discovers—bankruptcy and getting close to her sister aren’t the only dangers in the woods.

Abe Beresford, bear shifter, has seen the worst side of the mating bond and he never wants to be that attached to anyone. Ever. When he has a one night stand with Silver, he’s confident there’s no risk of falling in love—or even worse, mating for life. When he starts to feel more than just lust for the lovely Silver, he backs off, hurting Silver’s feelings but protecting his heart.

But Abe can’t resist either Silver or the urge to claim his mate—even if she’s human and hasn’t a clue about bear shifters. And when Silver runs into trouble on the mountain can Abe avoid the mating bond and still save her from a rabid attacker? Or is he doomed to succeed at rescuing her only to watch her walk away?

 Lions and wolves and bears, oh my…

 Read on for an excerpt of

SILVER: A Sexy Shapeshifter Fairytale Romance

Silver: A Sexy Shifer Fairytale Romance by Jessica Aspen

The outside door of the bar opened and the last of the daylight flooded in. She blinked back spots and checked out the newcomer. Tall, dark and delicious. Mmm, yes, definitely someone she could lap up with a spoon.

Whoa, she pulled herself back. That had to be the alcohol thrumming in her system. Yes he was gorgeous. He was tall in a bar full of unusually-tall people. Was everyone in this town related? Even most of the women looked bigger than normal—stronger. She’d noticed that when she’d first walked in. But this guy was sexy dangerous to boot, with blacker than black hair and just a bristle of beard. His eyes met hers and they flashed interest. She warmed inside, blamed the vodka, and quick looked away.

She’d come here looking for trouble in her swishy short dress and her high laced-up heels that showed off the expert nail treatment her friend Traci had done for free last week. Last week, when she’d finally given up on being able to afford her own rent and taken up residency on Traci’s couch.

Had it really only been three weeks since she’d woken up one morning and realized Bill was gone, and he’d taken not just everything worth anything in the apartment, but her credit rating and all her money too?

She really needed that third drink.

“Here, miss, that gentleman over there just bought you this.” The new bartender handed Silver another vodka and cranberry and nodded at the other end of the bar.

She blinked blearily at the guy down the bar. Bleh. Too much hair on his neck and ears and not enough in the fringe he had combed over the top. And there was something about the way he was looking at her. She gave a quick shiver.

“No thanks.” She tried to push the glass back but it was too late—it was a busy Friday night and the bartender had moved on. Hairy neck guy smiled at her and she frowned, giving her frostiest go-away look. But just looking at him must have been enough because he got up off of his stool, drink in hand and a loopy smile on his face, and headed for her.

Fabulous, just what she needed.

She got up too fast and had to hold still, letting the room rise up to meet her. She should not be this drunk. Two drinks, right? Either Nita was heavy handed or they’d both miscounted.

Hairy guy wedged himself between her stool and the off-duty waitresses partying it up next to her. “Hi.” He breathed fumes down her shirt.

Silver choked on his exhaled whiskey and looked frantically around for a solution. The bar was packed with people chatting it up and laughing, but of course she knew no one here in Smittsville. After all, she’d only been here twenty-four hours and was only here for the reading of the will.

Or at least that had been the plan. Now everything she’d thought she was going to be doing for the next three months might be put on hold, that is, if she decided to do what Grandpa wanted her to do and move into his ancient cabin with her sister.

Scarlett.

Her very own overbearing, thinks she knows best, ruin my life sister. The sister she’d thought she’d hated until she’d seen her coming in to the lawyers office with that hopeful look on her face. At the thought of the disaster her emotions were concerning her sister she nearly reached for the drink and swallowed it down.

“So, you want to go out and see my truck? I got a Hemi in it.” Hairy Ear’s words were damp.

Silver wiped the spray off her cheek. “Um…”

Damn. Coming here hadn’t been her best idea, but dealing with Scarlett after everything else that had happened this month with Bill had really rattled her, and she’d wanted to blow off some steam. In this tiny town there were only two places to get a drink and she’d caught sight of Scarlett entering the Growler with a guy. So that had left her here at the Chug ‘N Whiskey, a hole in the wall if there ever was one.

Her nemesis draped an arm around her shoulders. “I’m Ned,” he breathed into her face.

She waved a hand in front of her watering eyes and pushed his arm off. “I’m sorry.” Stepping back, she ran smack into her own barstool. “There must be some mistake. I don’t know you.”

“I just bought you a drink.” His smile faded and his face turned hard. Silver tried to move around the barstool, but his arm shot out, blocking her path. “You owe me a kiss.”

“No, I don’t.” She jerked her head away but her reflexes were too slow. Wide wet lips hit her on the cheek, smearing whiskey-laced slobber down her skin. “Eww! Get away.” She pushed on his chest, but it was like trying to shift a boulder. He wasn’t moving. And worse than, his grubby paw landed on her thigh, inching up her short skirt and heading fast for her ass.

Why oh why had she decided to be a rebel and not wear panties?

From out of nowhere black-haired hotty stepped up. “Ned, the lady doesn’t want your attention.” She craned her neck to look up at him. At five foot eight she’d always felt like a giraffe, and with her heels on tonight she was close to six feet, but he towered over her by a good five or six inches. Despite the dire situation she felt a warm glow of gratitude to him for making her feel almost petite.

“Back off Abe. I bought her a drink. Ned moved in closer. “She owes me a kiss.”

Silver wasn’t sure if it was his huge silver belt buckle or something else pressing against her belly. She scooted behind her rescuer. “I didn’t drink it. Look, it’s still there.” She pointed at the full glass still sitting on the bar, brim-full of jewel bright cranberry on ice.

“She doesn’t want your drink, Ned. Why don’t you go back to your end of the bar and sit down before someone steals your seat.”

“She owes me a kiss—a real kiss with tongue.” Ned moved faster than she thought a man of his size could, ducking around Abe and heading for Silver. She stumbled back, grabbing for balance, but her rescuer was quicker. She didn’t see his hand come up but before she could blink he had Ned’s shoulder locked in place and was walking him out of the bar to raucous cheers and cat-calls.

Silver reached for her purse on the bar and rummaged for her phone. She couldn’t afford cab fare, but she was way too drunk to drive all the way to the outskirts of town where her no-tell motel was located.

“Leaving so fast?” Her rescuer had come back into the bar. “How about one more drink? I know you didn’t want Ned’s offering, but it’s good alcohol and it’ll just go to waste if you don’t drink it.”

He moved in close and the warmth of his presence spread through her. Not only was this man super tall, and super good looking, but she could feel the rush of him all over her skin.

She hesitated. “Well, it is just sitting there.”

He waved down the bartender and ordered a beer. “Now, what’s your name, pretty lady?”

The line was cheesy, and she knew she was more than tipsy, but the way he smiled at her had her tingling from the top of her head to the tips of her toes peeping out of her black strappy heels.

“I’m Silver.” She held out her hand. This was so not her, picking up men in bars. She’d always taken her time. Been cautious. Made sure they were safe. But the old her had terrible taste in men, first the notorious Steven Schmidt, and then the even worse rebound man, Bill. What was there to lose by embracing her fresh start and go with her gut?

His broad hand nearly swallowed hers up. “Silver—Silver Rose?” His brows lifted.

“Yes.” She frowned up at him. “Do I know you?”

He grinned, the sudden pirate smile lighting up the depths of his black eyes. “Abe Beresford. We played together up on the mountain as children.”

She took a second look, trying to find the boy in the man. “Wow, you have grown up.”

“So have you.” He looked her up and down, and unlike Ned’s attention, his had her already flushed cheeks burning.

It was still early and she had nowhere to go but back to a lonely hotel room. Why not have some fun with one of the best looking men she’d seen in a long time? A small quiver of caution raised its head, Scarlett would disapprove.

She squashed the feeling. Scarlett, with her bossy ways had been out of her life for over a year. Just because Grandpa’s will said they had to live together for three months to inherit didn’t mean Scarlett would be in charge. This was Silver’s second chance. Why not start by proving to her sister, and to herself, that she could make her own decisions? That she could be the naughty one and didn’t always have to be protected.

The bartender brought his beer.

“Put that on my tab.” Silver smiled up at Abe and he smiled back. “I owe you for fending off Ned.”

“You don’t owe me a thing. But if it will make you feel better, you can pay for it—as long as you let me get the next one.”

Screw it. She’d had a rough day and she could always call that cab later. Besides, this was Abe Beresford. She’d run all over the mountain with him when they were children. Why not do some adult exploration, now that they were grown up? “Sounds like a plan. Let’s find a table.” She winked at him.

He winked back, a long slow movement of thick, black eyelashes showcasing the gleam in his devil-may-care eyes. “Shall we?” He held out an elbow and she linked her arm in his.

A deep shiver ran through her as they made their way to a shadowy table for two. This was going to be some night.

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