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Creating Dragons

Thursday’s Bite

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.

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

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!


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

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Paranormal Book Trailers, Take 2: Spring 2014

Thursdays Bite

a paranormal romance blog

Love paranormal romance trailers? So do I and here on Jessica Aspen Writes I try to feature them several times a year. This time I searched for fantasy romance book trailers and discovered romances featuring YA, fallen angels, and Greek myth. Here are my latest paranormal book trailer discoveries.

First we’ll start with the fantasy YA, Uncovering Cobbogoth, by Hannah L. Clark. Love all the eye images in this trailer, especially the motion sequence with the golden eye.

Now for a twist on angels and a little sweet urban fantasy book trailer. If you’re looking for love with the dark angels, here is Bespoken by Marie Michelle Coleman

And we’ll round it out with the Greek Myth Fantasy Series by Elizabeth Rose. Love the comic book theme! I haven’t seen anything like that before.

Which one is your favorite? What kind of trailers do you like? Do you look for them on YouTube?

Believe it or not it’s getting hard to find new paranormal romance book trailers. I’d love some help, so if you have some good ones, please post them in the comments.



Filed under angels, Book Trailers, creatures of myth, Fantasy Romance, Supernaturals