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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!!!

Pre-order today…

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B082MPZGV4

Books2read: https://books2read.com/wantedfae

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

*****

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

Your Jessica Aspen Starter Library is waiting.

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

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Wanted is on pre-order

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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.

Wanted was previously published as Grim

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 for FAE MAGIC...

•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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Ready for some Free Fabulous Fantasy?

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It’s winter out there and it’s time to warm up by the fireplace with a winter read giveaway! Check out these fabulous fantasy reads and download some new authors today!

https://claims.prolificworks.com/gg/GJFNzxSWMmLOmcxEtMP0

Have a great day!

-Jessica

P.S. Hidden is out and ready for you to read FREE on KU!!!

HIDDEN

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B081DMLC7V/

Books2read: https://books2read.com/hiddenfae

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49225939-hidden

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/books/hidden-a-fae-fantasy-romance-fae-magic-by-jessica-aspen

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An enslaved princess, a charming thief, and a power-hungry step-mother out for revenge…

Princess Ellasin has been living a life of drudgery in her ver own castle! But when sexy devil-may-care Finn breaks in and invites her to take a walk on the wild side, instead of danger—Ella sees opportunity.

Disgraced prince turned charming thief— Finn has his own secrets.
But when he meets the charmingly innocent ash-girl, he’s intrigued. Seducing Ella into leaving the life she’s always known becomes his new mission.

But freedom comes at a price….

HIDDEN: a twisted Cinderella tale of romance and magic

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

*Cinderella Romance* Bad Boy Makes Good*Fae Fantasy

Previously published as ASHES

Books2read: https://books2read.com/hiddenfae

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49225939-hidden

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/books/hidden-a-fae-fantasy-romance-fae-magic-by-jessica-aspen

 

*****

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

FB starter library no covers

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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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?

Buy HIDDEN today on Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B081DMLC7V/

Need a different Amazon store link? Try Books2read:  https://books2read.com/hiddenfae

Add HIDDEN to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49225939-hidden

Reccomend it on Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/books/hidden-a-fae-fantasy-romance-fae-magic-by-jessica-aspen


*****
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

FB starter library no covers

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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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.

Preorder HIDDEN today…

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B081DMLC7V/

Need a different Amazon store? Books2read:  https://books2read.com/hiddenfae

Add HIDDEN TO YOUR Goodreads shelf: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49225939-hidden

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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

FB starter library no covers

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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Introducing FAE MAGIC!!!

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FAE MAGIC IS HERE!!!

The Tales of the Black Court have had a make-over. New titles, new series name, and brand new covers. And I know you’re going to be super excited!!!

Introducing: FAE MAGIC! The brand new fae romance series that’s actually all the books you’ve come to love. Still fantasy romance, still fairy tale romance, still the Tales of the Black Court, just with a brand new look.

The Dark Huntsman is now HUNTED.Cursed 1900x2850

Prince by Blood and Bone is now CURSED.

 

And Broken Mirror is now ENCHANTED.

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And to celebrate, I’ll be putting each one on sale, starting with today and HUNTED.

So click HERE to download HUNTED for only 99 cents!

Stay tuned for the next sale next week of CURSED, followed by ENCHANTED.

And for those of you who already love the series, there’s a brand new prequel, ROMANCED. Only available to newsletter subscribers, so click HERE and sign up today. https://jessicaaspen.com/free-book-offer/

I can’t wait to share everything that’s coming up in the future. Fantasy romance, fae, witches, shifters…so many books to come! WOOT!

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*****

 

HUNTED

On sale today for only 99 cents.

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Killing her is his mission.

Hers is survival.

Neither of them expects love…

When the Black Queen sends her Huntsman on a mission, the last thing Logan expects is to fail. But one sight of the witch he’s been sent to kill changes everything. Now, instead of riding to kill her, he’s riding to save her…

Swept away to faery, Trina’s falling in love with the enemy—and the one thing that might save her is the one thing she never thought she’d need…true love’s kiss. 

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

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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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Queen of Thorns Cover Reveal

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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

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

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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!

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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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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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Mixing Up the Cannons

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I’ve done something bad. Something fantasy romance writers aren’t “supposed” to do. I even had someone on a loop take me to task for it because you poor romance readers would be confused. What is this awful, terrible, thing that I’ve done?

I’ve mixed cannons.

prince by blood and bone by jessica aspenMy fantasy romance books are not strictly Irish, or Scottish, nor are they steeped in the legends of the North, like Tolkein’s books. I’ve brought in all of those things, mixed it up. I have leaned heavily on the Irish myth and history, but if I like something from somewhere else, I pull it in. Like using the word elves. Even though you as a reader may not realize it, when I did that, I dipped into Germanic stories.

Now why would I do that? Why would I not stick strictly to one mythology or another. Maybe it’s because I see the links in all the myths. They all have elves, even if they don’t call them that name. What’s in a name? Is it the way something is defined? Or is it the thing itself?

I don’t believe that. If an elf were to visit, and someone called him an “elf” in one land and a “shining one” in another land, then it doesn’t change what he himself is. I see the fae mythology as seeping into all cultures. So to me the race of fae, elves, shining ones visited all those places and the people there called them what they would. Made up stories about them. Perhaps only saw some of them and filtered their understanding through their culture.

That’s why I gave my “elves” their own name. Elvatian. Like humans they are a species. They have different cultures and colors and racial characteristics. Some are taller, some are shorter. They have political groups, like the Fir Bolg and the Tuathan. Those names I borrowed from Irish history, but in the future I’ll be borrowing from other culture’s as well.And then there are the lesser fae. Like the Elvatian they come from a separate place of being, not Earth. But they aren’t elvatian. They are the gnomes, and the trolls, and the troll-kin. Their own races with whatever mixed skills and magics I choose to give them.

the dark huntsman by jessica aspenAnd I did all of this on purpose. Yes. I said it. On purpose. Because, unlike that person on the loop, I think all of you can stretch your imaginations behind the rules of each individual culture. I think you can understand that the elvatian, who cross the boundaries of time and place using portals, wouldn’t be bound to one small island or one small continent. They explor our world, and other worlds via the passages in Underhill and the portals, and maybe even through other ways we haven’t even seen yet.

A species like that isn’t limited. And that’s why I broke the rules.

There’s a saying in the writing world, and you hear it all the time. Know and understand the rule before you break it.

Bah! Just crash through them, baby!

I’m currently immersed in Broken Mirror and the amazing impossibilities of crossing cultures. By mixing and mingling fairytales I get to play in different cultures and make my own world rules. Who knew playing creator could be so fun! Hope you are having fun this summer too!

 

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Red The Were Hunter by Rebekah Garniere

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Please welcome Rebekah Garniere to Jessica Aspen Writes. Like me, she twists fairy tales into romances, and her first book in her series is based on Little Red Riding Hood. And like me, she incorporated werewolves. That’s where the similarities end. Check out, Red the Were Hunter.

Red The Were Hunter is the first in nine fairytale retellings that are all woven together in the same world. When I started out I only had the idea for Red and that was all. But then I started thinking of all the other cool fairytales out there and thought it would be fun to weave them all together in a fairytale land called Fairelle. There’s a mythos behind the entire world of how they used to be all humans and united under one banner. But when the king was about to die, his four sons called forth a demon to grant them each a single wish so they would have superiority and be able to rule the kingdom alone. However, the demon twisted their wishes to his own purposes and transformed the four brothers into four different races. Werewolf, vampire, fae and neriad. From there a war broke out dividing and devastating the world. Red The Were Hunter begins many centuries after that war.

 

In the nineties there was a miniseries called the 10th Kingdom. It did a similar thing, weaving the stories together. I loved that miniseries, but was bummed that the series only followed a few main characters. So I decided that in my series I would make each book about a different couple and their story. The characters weave in and out of each other’s books though. They all know each other in one way or another, or are connected through mutual friends. For instance, in Red The Were Hunter you see a vampire named Sage. He is the vampire prince from Snow The Vampire Slayer. And one of Snow’s brothers is the hero of the third book, Zelle and the Tower. I found that a fun way to write them

 

It’s hard working in the original fairytales. If you look at what movie companies have done to the original fairytales over the years, you find few similarities. I found, that for me, the best way was to tell my own stories in my own style, and for grown ups. My brothers, in Snow The Vampire Slayer, are not like the seven dwarfs of Snow White done by Disney. My Rapunzelle from Zelle and the Tower, is not like the Rapunzelle of old. My females are take charge women, rarely are they damsels in distress. My men are heroes, but most come with baggage, and they aren’t always nice. However I do try and put elements from the original stories in that people will recognize. Things like, Red’s cloak. The apple from Snow White. Zelle’s long hair. Things like that. But I think the best way to try and do a fairytale retelling is to make the story your own and give it a new twist on an old theme. So what’s your favorite fairy tale?

 

 

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What if you were the key to an ancient prophecy that would begin to heal your lands, but fulfilling your destiny meant you had to turn your back on everything you’d been taught to believe in?

Redlynn of Volkzene, member of the Sisterhood of Red, is heartbroken to discover another  girl kidnapped and her best friend slain by werewolves. Defying the head of her order, she sets out to kill the beast she believes responsible.  The King of the Weres– But there are worse things in Wolvenglen Forest than the wolves.

Adrian, reluctant heir to the throne of Wolvenglen, and his band of wolf brothers are bound to protect the humans; especially the Sisterhood. Finding Redlynn unconscious in his woods, awakens in him a passion he’s never before experienced and a protective instinct that has him ready to turn on his own men. Problem is, a female is the last thing Adrian needs complicating his life.  

But all is not as it seems in Wolvenglen Forest and to save the missing girls before time runs out, Redlynn and Adrian must move past their inner demons and learn to trust each other. In the search for vengeance however, sometimes you must give up what you desire most.

EXCERPT:

Redlynn whipped her head from side to side. Where am I? Pain exploded in her neck; she tried to reach up with her left arm, but it was pinned to her stomach. It’d been strapped in place by a strip of red cloth. Why am I half-naked? Her tunic and cloak were gone. So was her locket. Redlynn looked around frantically for her locket. Pain hit her in waves, confusing her and forcing her to breathe deeply. She refused to cry.

            Trying to process her surroundings, the fight with the Were flooded back to her. Shockingly, it seemed she wasn’t dead, she was alive, and in someone’s very richly furnished bedroom. She wiped at her face with her right hand, her vision muddled.

            Stone walls surrounded the large, mahogany, four-poster bed she lay upon. Dark, heavy curtains were partially drawn at the end of the bed. On either side, two ancient and beautiful nightstands held ornately carved glass oil lamps. A fire crackled, its golden glow peeking in the gaps of the curtains.

            Redlynn maneuvered herself to the side of the bed and set her feet on the floor. It was colder than her wooden planks at home. Slowly she scooted off the downy mattress, and tried to steady herself on one of the posts. She weakened, the blood draining from her head, her legs wobbling beneath her.

            On the floor lay her cloak. She stooped to pick it up, but lost her balance. At the last minute, she braced herself on the stone wall and avoided its colliding with her face. Taking a deep breath, she steadied herself once more and slowly reached down for the cloak, pressing herself into the stone for support. It took her several minutes to get the clasps buckled so that she was covered almost to her waist.

            By the time she finished, her body shook like she’d tried to pull a wagon by herself. A bead of sweat trickled down the side of her face. Sucking in a deep breath, she tried to clear her mind and listen for sounds. A faint rhythmical buzzing cam e from somewhere near the fire. Pushing past the end of the bed, she saw a large man asleep at a table.

            His head was tilted to the side and long, wavy black hair fell over his eyes and chiseled features. His large and strong form was set with broad shoulders and a powerfully built frame. He’d fallen asleep in his linen shirt and breeches, with his boots still on. A flutter settled in her stomach, the same surge of adrenaline she got before a fight. He was snoring. What was he doing there?

            Confused, Redlynn wasn’t sure if it was her fighting instincts kicking in, or something else all together. Part of her wanted to know what his lips would feel like on hers. Another part wanted to run.

            What the hell is wrong with you? You’d think you’d never seen a man before. She swallowed hard. She hadn’t.Not a man like him.

            She searched for an exit and found it to the far left of the room. The sleeping man didn’t look like he was guarding her, but why would he be in the same room with her, if he weren’t? She scanned the room for her things. Her pack, bow and quiver were nowhere to be found. If she were going to break out, she needed a weapon.

            On the table lay a tray with an empty plate, a knife, fork and spoon. Redlynn inched toward the knife. The closer she got to him, the more drawn she was to him. She stopped, a foot from the table.

            Keep it together! He’s only a man, and obviously your guard. For all you know, he could be a murderer!

            She slid her good hand across the polished wooden surface. As she reached for the knife, her collarbone burned with pain. She stumbled, tripping over her cloak and crashing into the plate.

            The man was up in an instant. Rising, his chair clattered to the ground. Redlynn grabbed hold of the knife and held it out in front of herself, backing away. It took him a moment to comprehend what was going on. He stared at her, not moving. She shook like a rabbit. He had golden eyes.     

            “Your . . .  your eyes,” she whispered.

            “What’s wrong with them?”

            “They . . .  They’re gold.”    

            “They’re brown.”

            “No . . .  No, they aren’t.” She shook her head. “They’re golden… just like—”

            “Like yours,” he murmured.

            Redlynn nodded, her head fuzzy, and her knees wobbly. She blinked several times. His eyes were brown. They had golden flecks in them, but they were definitely brown.

            “You’ve had a bad wound. You should rest.”

            “I have to leave. I have something I need to do.”

            “Do you remember what happened?”

            “Where am I?”

            “In Wolvenglen.”

            “Who in their right mind would live in Wolvenglen? Don’t you know there are Weres out here?”

            “Please, put down the knife.” He motioned to the knife Redlynn had forgotten she was pointing at him.

            She glanced at it and weighed it in her hand. It was solid. Her hunting knife was larger, but she could make do with it if need be.

            “Where are my things? I need to go.”

            “Hanna, our healer, will bring them in the morning when she comes to check on you, and bring you a change of clothes.”          

            Still holding the knife, she reached up and touched her collarbone, underneath her cloak. A bandage covered the wound. It was tender. Peeling it away, she assessed what she could see of the damage.

            “I wouldn’t do that,” he warned.

            Redlynn gave him a hard stare and went back to inspecting the wound. She stuck her fingers in the salve and rolled it between her thumb and forefinger, smelling it.

            “Comfrey and calendula.” Pulling at the green leaves, she winced as they ripped a piece of skin and seeped. Smelling the leaves, she put them in her mouth and chewed them before spitting them out. “Fernblend. Did she do that?”

            “No, I did.”

            “Don’t you know you have to keep it wet?”

            “I thought saving your life was more important,” he bit back. “You were in bad shape when I found you.”

            “Well when I scrub it off, I am going to wish I were dead. Where did you find me, anyway?”

            “Listen.” He took a deep breath. His eyes softened and his voice gentled. “I was trying to help you. It was one of the few things I remember my mother teaching me about herbs.”

            “Your mother’s a healer?”

            “Was. Now, will you please lie down before you pass out? You lost a lot of blood.”

            “I’ve had worse,” Redlynn lied. “I need to get my things and be on my way.”

            “You need to rest. You can barely hold that knife, let alone walk through the forest.”

            “I’ll be fine.”

            He stepped out of her way. “Very well. You are free to leave.” He motioned to the door.

            Was this a joke? Was he really going to let her go? Gripping the knife, she took several steady steps toward the exit before her knees buckled. He caught her around the waist, sending a shockwave of tingles through her body.

            His musky scent mixed in her nostrils and her head lightened again. His body wasn’t just warm, it was hot; he was a fire in his own right.

            “Let go,” she said softly.

            “I was merely keeping you from further injuring yourself.”

            His light blue tunic opened in a “v” and his chiseled, hairless chest peaked out beneath. Her eyes locked with his. He hadn’t shaved in a day or two; the whiskers looked ruggedly good on him. His face wore an expression she’d never seen aimed at her before. Desire. The butterflies in her stomach danced and spun. His face was so close as he studied her features.

            “Please, let go,” she choked.

 

rebekah garniereAUTHOR INFO:

Rebekah is an award winning author. Her first novel Dead Awakenings, debuted in January 2014. Red the Were Hunter, the first in her Farielle Series, will be published May 1, 2014. Her trilogy The Society will be released in early 2015 by Kensington’s Lyrical Press. Rebekah is the VP of Communications of the RWA FFP Chapter as well as a member of her local Los Angeles and Orange County Chapters. In her spare time when she isn’t writing you can find her moderating on Savvy Authors.com and in her local SCV Writers group, or hanging out with her husband, four children and dog, rabbit, two bearded dragons, three tortoises and a handful of fish. The escaped snake has yet to be found.

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